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DUBLIN, Ireland - With just over 24 hours to go before the world record attempt for 2 miles, the last of the preparations are currently taking place at Portmarnock Raceway, ensuring optimum track conditions for the seasons finale. The weather forecast is currently good for this time of year with an expected high of 18 degrees and plenty of sunshine forecasted for tomorrow (Sunday). Five of Irelands top trotters are set to go to post at approx. 3.30pm (10.30am USA) and for those that cannot make it in person, this race will be covered LIVE on Portmarnock Raceways Facebook page. Likely favourite is renowned stayer Vichy De Moem and trainer/driver Alan Richardson has oozed confidence all week in the run up to the 2 mile marathon. Brenda Hudson drivers her own Scoops Team and there wont be a dry eye in the house should the only female driver in the line-up beat the boys on the day. Billy Star the youngest in the field at only 5 years old will be driven by the oldest driver in the race Christy "Hopper" Foran and a win for him will ensure SHRI Trotter Of The Year honours for popular local trainer Stephen Foran. Silvano Bello for West Cork's Donal Murphy has hit form with a vengeance in recent weeks whilst Patrick Kanes Twist Du Layon claimed the last invitation to the race with a track record win over 1¼ miles at the venue last Sunday. Both look to be up against it on form but over this extreme trip of 2 miles, four laps, all 5 runners have live chances of landing the spoils. This event has captured the imagination of harness fans worldwide with luminaries such as top announcer Roger Huston, Australian broadcaster Gareth Hall, current record holder Ake Svanstedt, world driving champion Jody Jamieson from Canada, journalist Bill Hutchinson and US based driver "Irish" Joe Hanney all posting up messages of support on Portmarnock Raceway's Facebook page so far with many more well-wishing videos expecting to being posted up by the great and the good of the sport every other hour in the lead up to the contest. Local track promoter and photographer Nadina Ironia has been thrilled with the interest that this world record attempt has generated and for such a small trotting community the Irish are certainly punching above their weight knowing the eyes of the harness racing world will be on focussed on Portmarnock tomorrow afternoon. A recent on-line poll has revealed that over 75% of respondents believe that this record of 4:06.8 held by Svansted's Clear Sign, will be broken and it will be the first time that the Irish will hold a harness racing world record. So will it be victory for Vichy? can Hudson Scoop the pot? Is there a new Star about to be born? will Silvano be the saviour for the bookies? or will there be one final Twist on the final day of the season. Come out for the closing day of racing at Portmarnock tomorrow or watch on Facebook LIVE - Portmarnock Raceway Facebook page approx 3.30 local time (10.30am in USA). by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

AUGUST 23, 2016 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson made the trip to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to drive a quartet of three-year-old pacing colts in their second last regular season Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots start and scored two wins, one second and one third. Jamieson posted his first win with Piranha, guiding the Badlands Hanover son to a front-end victory in a sharp 1:50.4. The gelding hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Arsenic, who pursued the fan favourite from the pocket. Tango Star finished third in the $18,000 Grassroots division. "That was the first time I've driven Piranha and he was ultra-impressive," said Jamieson. "That was a huge mile at Georgian." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Raymond Farmer of Erie, MI and owner John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. It was Piranha's second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle this season; the gelding was also victorious in the season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16. With 100 points earned through those two Grassroots victories, Piranha is assured of a berth in the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack and Jamieson expects him to earn a shot at the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. "He'll be tough to beat come the Semi-finals and Final of this series," said the Moffat, ON resident. Jamieson's second victory came with Continual Hanover in the last Grassroots division. After an early skirmish that took them by the quarter in :26.4, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover in behind fan favourite Blaise Mm Hanover and stalked the pace through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Jamieson pointed Continual Hanover at the wire and the colt sprinted by the pacesetter to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. "Continual was back to his harder-trying self," noted Jamieson. "He's been hit and miss this year, with a bit more miss than hit lately. Tonight he beat a well-meant favourite in Blaise Mm Hanover, so I'm hoping he stays with this form until, at least, I'm driving a different horse, most likely his stablemate St Lads Moonwalk or maybe even Piranha." Jamieson pilots Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. The Bettors Delight colt was victorious in the Grassroots season opener and in the July 1 event at Mohawk, but finished third on July 30 at Hanover Raceway and fourth on Aug. 13 at Kawartha Downs. In spite of his mid-season misses, Continual Hanover sits second in the three-year-old pacing colt division with 170 points, five points behind stablemate St Lads Moonwalk. Sent off the favourite in the first division on Tuesday, Jamieson and St Lads Moonwalk had to settle for the runner-up spot as Red Dog Saloon sprinted up from the backfield to grab a head victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Sports Authority finished three-quarters of a length back in third. Erin, ON resident Steven Hudon owns, trains and drives Red Dog Saloon, who jumped into third spot in the division standings with his second Grassroots win of the season. The Mister Big gelding was also victorious in the July 1 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The other Grassroots trophy went home with first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winner Big Place, who watched a speed duel between Wichita Lineman and Day Trade Hanover from the middle of the pack and then powered by the tiring leaders to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:53. Bettor Memories also closed well to take the runner-up spot away from Jamieson and Wichita Lineman, who settled for third. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station piloted Big Place to his first Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. In his first four provincial starts the Big Jim colt had posted one second, two fourths and one sixth, giving him a point tally of 94 and a shot at the Grassroots post season. The three-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 1, and then the top 20 point earners will begin preparations for the Sept. 16 Semi-finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will secure a berth in the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs this Saturday, Aug. 27 as the Innisfil oval celebrates Customer Appreciation Night with Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the Honourable Earl Rowe Trot. Saturday's action-packed program gets under way at 7:15 pm. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club          

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing. Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but is also driving in other races on the program and won the first revival of the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014, setting the Canadian track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. "It's definitely great coming home to Quebec," Yannick Gingras said. "I will get to see my family and friends again and that is always good. As for racing Rockin Ron against Wiggle It Jiggleit, earlier this season Rockin Ron was 10 for 10 and beat WIJI in the Confederation Cup so maybe we can do it again Sunday!" Local driving sensation, Louis-Philippe Roy, is have a breakthrough year as he is the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R and is in second place at Rideau Carlton. In addition, he recently won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division and last week won an elimination division for the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park and will be in the final Saturday night on Prince Edward Island and then fly right back to race at 3R. "I'm very happy to get a drive in the Prix D'Ete." Roy said. "Two weeks ago I never thought I was going to drive in both the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday and the Prix D'ete on Sunday. I'm so grateful to the trainers and owners that have given me these opportunities. "For sure the Prix D'Ete will be the biggest purse I have ever raced for," Roy added. "From what I remember the biggest purses I had ever raced in was last year in the Quebec Series Finals for $65,000. This is going to be so great." Montrell Teague is making his first journey to Quebec and the Hippodrome 3R. He was the 2015 USHWA Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner for his superb efforts last season with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I usually have to adapt as it seems we go to a different track every week." Teague said. "I usually watch a couple of races before mine and see how they do their post parades, where all the poles are, and see where the car picks the horses up and lets them go. "Each track I race at has different times to be on the track before we race," Teague said. "So I try and stay within the pack just to make sure I do not stray too far away. I usually go a slow trip with him just to show him what size track he's on so he knows what to do. He's always smart enough to pick it up. "He's feeling good and trained great Wednesday." Montrell added. "He seems ready to roll and what a great drawing horse he is. I'm always happy to get the rail in a small field like this. I'm looking forward to coming to Quebec and meeting more harness racing fans." Jody Jamieson is no longer a stranger to the Hippodrome 3R. He is coming to 3R from the WEG circuit in Ontario and is one of the top drivers in the sport. He drove in the Prix D'Ete last year and has captured two driving tournaments at 3R, most recently on June 5, against all an-star field that featured John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion. He drives Rockin In Heaven from post three, who ships in from Mohawk Raceway where he has won his last two starts, the fastest in 1:50.4. "Anytime I can come back to 3R it's something I look forward to!" Jamieson said. "If there is ever a moment when Rockin In Heaven could beat WIJI in a race, it will be this Sunday at 3R. He's sharp and I'm hoping he can come up big." Last, but not least, is driver Daniel Dube, a native of Trois-Rivieres, who knows the 3R track like the back of his hand. In anticipation of his arrival, trainers and owners at 3R have put him up to drive in ten of the twelve races on the program Sunday. He will have his work cut out for him driving Rock N Roll World, who was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. "I always look forward to coming back to Trois-Rivieres," Dube said. "It was my home and I have so many family and friends to see and will be cheering for me. I will be at my best with Rock N Roll World and maybe I can work a trip and take home the Prix D'Ete trophy this year!" In addition to the Prix D'ete race, the Sunday program has four divisions of the third round in the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. This series has drawn another Quebec native, Sylvain Filion, the leading dash leader and top money winning driver at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario and the reigning champion in 2015. Filion will be driving for his father, Yves Filion, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Other top drivers on the card this Sunday will be Pascal Berube, Gaetan Lamy, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

AUGUST 17, 2016 - Southwind General made his harness racing career debut in the third of three $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and may make his second start against North America's best two-year-old pacing colts. "To be honest, right now I'm thinking about the Metro (Pace), so he's going from a Grassroots to maybe the Metro," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "If he comes out of it okay, and everything looks good, I'll give him a whirl in the Metro." Not every novice can proceed directly from the Grassroots to the Grand Circuit, but Southwind General impressed Darling from the start. The Cambridge resident offered up $110,000 for the son of Sportswriter and Gamblers Passion at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and felt the colt was among his best all winter. "Early, he was our best one training down, and then kind of towards the end he was just okay. He's a very big colt and he kind of went through a bit of a growth stage where he got kind of flopping around, but just recently he's really come into his own again," noted Darling. "So I was hoping for a mile like he went tonight, but you never know until you see them do it." Southwind General and driver Jody Jamieson delivered a commanding performance from Post 3 in the third Grassroots division. Taking control of the pace going by the :27.3 quarter, the fan favourites proceeded through a :57 half and 1:27.1 three-quarters, and then sprinted away from the field to an eight length victory in 1:55.1. Stonebridge Pocket finished second and One Source was third. Wednesday's Grassroots outing was not originally on Southwind General's schedule, but a bout with sickness delayed his debut and caused Darling to go looking for an alternative to the August 11 Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "Things just really didn't work out for his schedule. Everything was going fine and then he got sick there (mid-July) and we had to qualify him again (Aug. 9), and then I couldn't get him a race at Mohawk, so I put him in here," Darling explained. "Luckily he got around the track good and he was pretty impressive. I really liked the looks of him at the wire." Southwind General's performance capped off a solid night of Grassroots competition for Darling and Moffat, ON resident Jamieson as the trainer-driver duo also finished in the runner-up spot in the other two divisions. Master The View finished second to Down On My Luck in the first split and Trident Seelster was second to Silverinyourpocket in the other tilt. Down On My Luck kicked things off with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 1, rolling through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2 on his way to a 1:58.4 victory. Master The View and Jamieson sat in the pocket and hit the wire one and one-half lengths back in second, with Tigers Way on their heels in third. "He's a nice gaited colt. Very, very lazy, a four-year-old kid could jog him, but when a horse comes to him he keeps going," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "He's a tough horse not to like." McNair piloted the Camluck son to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor and David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON. The full brother to $284,615 winner Coach Cal was a $10,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Silverinyourpocket and driver Sylvain Filion also used front-end tactics to secure their victory from Post 7. The pair powered through fractions of :29, :59.2 and 1:29.2 on their way to a 1:57.2 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Jamieson and Trident Seelster and well ahead of third-place finisher Monty Mono. Milton resident Filion drives Silverinyourpocket for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owners David and Marguerite Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. In four Grassroots outings the son of Badlands Hanover has posted three wins and one third, putting him at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 162 points. A $19,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale, Silverinyourpocket will make his next start at Mohawk Racetrack in the fifth Grassroots event on August 29. "Our goal is to keep him together and healthy for this year," said Moreau. "I want to make sure he stays brave, and the hope is to have an even better horse next year." The two-year-old pacing colts have two regular season events remaining on their schedule, with the top 20 point earners from the six regular season events advancing to the Sept. 15 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 7 with the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, headlines a short field of five pacers that will do battle Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. Currently ranked #1 in the North American Top Ten Poll and the richest harness horse of the 2016 season with earnings of $1,016,927 (US), Wiggle It Jiggleit, drew post one in the Prix D’Ete. Once the richest and most prestigious race in all of Canada, the Prix D’Ete was dropped from competition in 1992 and was then revived by the Quebec Jockey Club at the Hippodrome 3R two years ago. Prior winners of the Prix D’Ete before coming to 3R included world champion performers Niatross (1980), Cam Fella (1982), Strike Out (1979), Beach Towel (1990), Armbro Emerson (1986) and Romulus Hanover (1972) to name a few. As the Prix D’Ete was an open event in the past, it is now restricted to just four-year-olds. The race was captured by Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014 and by All Bets Off in 2015. Both horses won in identical times of 1:50.3, which was the fastest miles ever in Canada for four-year-old pacers on a half mile track. “It will be very special this year to all the harness racing fans in Quebec to be able to come and see the Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, compete at the Hippodrome 3R,” said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. “To have a world champion in this race is what made the Prix D’Ete so special many years ago and is now happening again this Sunday. It will be very prestigious for our racing program to feature such a great horse.” The post-position draw is as follows: 1 - Wiggle It Jiggleit - Trainer Clyde Francis - Driver Montrell Teague 2 - ASAP Hanover - Trainer Sean Mehlenbacher - Driver Louis-Philippe Roy 3 - Rockin In Heaven - Trainer Dr Ian Moore - Driver Jody Jamieson 4 - Rock N Roll World - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Daniel Dube 5 - Rockin Ron - Trainer Ron Burke - Driver Yannick Gingras Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the race with 11 wins in 17 starts and lifetime earnings of $3.2 million. Last week he captured the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park in 1:49.1, last quarter mile in an amazing :26 in defeating rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off and Shamballa. “The draw worked out great again,” George Teague, owner of Wiggle It Jiggleit said. “We can’t wait to come up to Quebec this weekend. Wiggle It Jiggleit is feeling great and from what I hear he will really like racing over 3R’s oval. It will also be special to show him off to the race fans in Quebec.” Rockin Ron hails from the Ron Burke Stable and comes into the race sporting 10 wins in 18 starts, a record of 1:50.1 and earnings this year of nearly $300,000. His stablemate, Rock N Roll World, sports two wins and earnings of nearly $100,000 this season. Rockin In Heaven comes into the Prix D’Ete for trainer Dr. Ian Moore, off an impressive 1:51.2 victory at Mohawk Raceway for driver Jody Jamison. He has three wins and $84,000 won this year. ASAP Hanover has been first, second or third in eight of his 12 starts this year for trainer Sean Mehlenbacker and has a record this season of 1:50.2. Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R on Prix D’Ete Day is 1:30 pm. For more information, visit  From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - With Candlelight Dinner skipping round two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series, it was time for another rookie pacing filly to step up and visit the harness racing winner's circle Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A compact field of six two-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $14,000 second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Black Jack Pat, who finished second in round one, was able to get up in the final strides to score her first career victory in 1:56.2. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, Black Jack Pat and driver Jody Jamieson got away second behind Touching Thought and Paul MacDonell. The fillies would remain in the same positions for three-quarters of a mile, as MacDonell and his charge cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Black Jack Pat came to the outside to try and track down the leader. Touching Thought dug in and did her best to hold off the favourite, but Black Jack Pat was able to grind away and got by in the final strides to win by a head. Come What May also made a late bid to finish right along side the top two fillies for a third-place finish. Warrawee Star finished fourth, while Ohello Blue Chip was fifth. The final filly in the field, Southwind Gio, broke a hopple before the start and was pulled up in the first turn. A daughter of Well Said, Black Jack Pat is trained by Dave Menary for owner Dave Van Camp. The rookie pacing filly was making her third career start Thursday and now has a win and runner-up finish on her record. A $13,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Sale, Black Jack Pat is the second foal out of Camluck mare Mrs Noce, who is a full-sister to Ontario Sires Stakes star Luck Of Michelle ($907,709 - 1:53.1). Candlelight Dinner, who won last week's opening leg by six lengths, is expected to compete in next week's series final. The Whenuwishuponastar Series finale is scheduled for next Thursday (August 4). Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 14, 2016 - Conditions were not ideal for their third Grassroots event, but Ontario's three-year-old trotting fillies still turned in some impressive harness racing performances at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. The 11 fillies in the third $18,000 division paraded onto the racetrack in the driving rain, but neither the weather nor Post 9 kept Myretirementticket from picking up her second straight Grassroots trophy. In rein to Moffat resident Jody Jamieson, the fan favourite watched from the outer lane while second choice Powerful Glare carved out the mile, then powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:59.3. Powerful Glare stayed game for second and Silky Flashy Nfast closed hard to be third. "I actually went over after the race to say 'Hi' to her and she wasn't happy to see me at all. I think it was because of the trip I gave her," quipped Jamieson. "She didn't see the rail the whole way, but I was never more confident in a horse as she sloshed along in the pouring rain." Eli Wagler of Ingersoll bred, owns and trains Myretirementticket. The daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again was also victorious in the July 1 Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway and finished second in the June 14 season opener at Mohawk, giving her 125 points and top spot in the division standings. In seven sophomore starts the filly now has two wins, one second, two thirds and earnings of $24,468. As a two-year-old Myretirementticket was a three-time Grassroots winner, including her Semifinal, and finished third in the season-ending Championship. "She's a sweetheart to drive and I'm hoping Eli (Wagler) gives the Gold a try soon," Jamieson added. Myretirementticket Two races later, Haileysgonedancing jumped up the point standings with her very first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Although the rain had stopped, the racing surface was still rated sloppy, three seconds slower than normal, but that fact did not deter driver Sylvain Filion from sending Haileysgonedancing straight to the front from Post 9. The Manofmanymissions daughter slogged through fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28 on her way to a one and one-half length win in 1:58 over Sunrise Avenue. Very Classy finished third. "She's a good honest filly, she gives everything she's got," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan. "She's honest as the day is long." The Puslinch resident shares ownership of Haileysgonedancing with Kirk McKinnon of Brampton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. Although she missed the board in the Grassroots season opener, the filly was a hard fought second in the Dresden event and Thursday's victory moves her into fourth spot in the division standings with 78 points. "The Grassroots is a good spot for her," noted O'Sullivan. "She's done a good job." Haileysgonedancing Flanking Haileysgonedancing in the point standings are Could It Be Magic and Magical Steph, who also captured their Grassroots divisions on Thursday. Could It Be Magic kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, reeling in pacesetter Trumpets in the stretch and reaching the wire in 1:59.4. Majestic Mistress closed hard to finish second, one and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite, while Trumpets held on for third. Wayne Henry of Arthur drives, trains and shares ownership of Could It Be Magic, who was a three-time Gold Series winner at two, with Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON. Thursday's win was the first of the season for the Kadabra daughter, and combined with her runner-up finish in the Grassroots season opener gives her a total of 75 points. Could It Be Magic Henry's brother Trevor piloted Magical Steph to victory in the second division, sending the heavy favourite to the front before the halfway marker and cruising home in 1:59.2. Pocket-sitter Stonebridge Peace finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Profound Patience recovered from an early break to be third. It was the second straight Grassroots win for Magical Steph, who is trained by Gary Lance for GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. The Kadabra daughter currently sits second in the standings with 108 points, 17 behind Myretirementticket. Magical Steph The evening's final Grassroots contest went to Anneli Hanover, who sprinted down the stretch to reel in favourite Magical Valentine and Traviata in a personal best 1:58.1. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the two and three-quarter length win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and Barry White of Ottawa, ON. "I didn't really want to cut it, because I saw she got beat a couple times on the front," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in the Majestic Son daughter's race bike. "So I landed in the two-hole, and I ended up in the three-hole, but around the last turn she felt good and when she got room she just flew, she won very easily." The win was the filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, but her fourth on the season. After going winless at two, Anneli Hanover boasts a sophomore record of four wins and one second in nine starts for earnings of $22,500. Anneli Hanover The sophomore trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Grassroots start on August 9. On Friday's program Mohawk puts the spotlight on the two-year-old pacing colts, who will wage their second Grassroots battles in Races 2, 7, and 8. Post time for the first race at the Campbellville oval is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 9 - Sintra and Lindys Nightmare turned in outstanding harness racing performances to win their respective series finals Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The $47,000 Summertime Series and $48,800 Town Pro Series finals helped make up a solid 11-race card Saturday evening at the Campbellville oval. A field of eight sophomore pacing colts and geldings clashed in the Summertime final, but all eyes were focused squarely on Dave Menary trainee Sintra. The gelded son of Mach Three entered the Summertime final with just a single loss on his card this season and he kept it that way with an easy 1:50 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sintra got away third and made a second-quarter brush to the front to reach the half in :55.2. The Menary trainee ramped up the tempo in the third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:23 and finished off the mile with comfortable :27 kicker to win by four-lengths. Major Hill finished second, while Blayde Hanover grabbed third. After going winless in an injury-shortened rookie season, Sintra now has seven wins in eight starts this season. "He's just been a great horse all year," said Jamieson following the race. "They were high on him last year and when the horse moved over from Dan Lagace's barn, who did a great job prepping him last year, he just took a bad step at Grand River and got hurt, but Dave (Menary) has given him lots of time and brought him back the right way." Sintra's only loss this season was a runner-up finish to Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line in an OSS Gold event last week. "You can't really call it a blemish when Betting Line beats you in the stretch," noted Jamieson. "But that's his only blemish so far this year and he's just been a monster and tonight was no different." Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra now has $136,250 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $145,400. The clocking of 1:50 shaved three-fifths of a second off his previous career-best. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $2.20. Sintra The Town Pro Series final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw another impressive victory by a heavy-favourite. Lindys Nightmare followed up her 1:50.4 victory in the opening leg with an open lengths score in 1:51.2 Saturday night. Driven by Rick Zeron, the 1/5 favourite moved from fourth to the front in the second-quarter, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :54.4. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2, Lindys Nightmare waved goodbye to her rivals and pulled away for a seven-length victory. Queen Ideal edged out Southwind Tango for second, while Shes Lights Out was fourth. "I was pretty confident with her," said Zeron post-race. "She did get used a bit going to the half, but she kicked into gear in the lane and was all by herself." A daughter of Western Terror, Lindys Nightmare didn't race at age two and now has four wins in five starts this season. Her career earnings sit at $46,400 for Lindy Farms of Connecticut following Saturday's victory. Lindys Nightmare paid $2.50 to win. Lindys Nightmare For both the Summertime and Town Pro Series, three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2016 were eligible. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - July 7 - After finishing second to the Pepsi North America Cup champion, Sintra returns to the Summertime Series Saturday looking to finish what he started two weeks back. The Dave Menary trainee headlines a field of eight for the $47,000 Summertime Series Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Sintra won the opening leg of the annual series for sophomore pacing colts and geldings on June 25th, but skipped the second leg in order to compete in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event last Saturday. The son of Mach Three and driver Jody Jamieson called all the shots, but surrendered the lead in the stretch to finish second to arguably the top pacing colt in the sport, Betting Line. The OSS defeat was just the first loss of the season for Sintra. "I just thought it was herculean," said Jamieson about Sintra's effort in the OSS. "He got beat by Betting Line, I mean Betting Line beat the world...he proved it again beating a very good horse in Sintra. "I had my way, Jonathan (Drury) said he was having trouble steering him around the half and I thought I dusted him in the third-quarter and he just came back to beat me." Proving he can go with a top Grand Circuit horse, Sintra returns to the Summertime Series with many expecting him to cruise to victory in the final. However, several of the other starters in the series finale have plenty of ability between them and will look to ensure it's no walk in the park for Sintra. Major Hill disappointed in last week's leg, but the stablemate of Sintra has two victories this season and has hit the board in six of eight outings. Major Hill sports a career-mark of 1:50.4 and has earned a cheque in each start this year. Dreamfair Mesa scored a 17-1 upset in last Saturday's second leg. The Pat Fletcher trainee stopped the clock in a career-best 1:50.3 and could be finding the potential he showed when he debuted back in the winter. Blayde Hanover finished second to Dreamfair Mesa last week and has only finished outside the top two once in five starts this season. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee has paced home in :28 or faster in each start this season. Sintra is the clear horse to beat with six wins in seven starts this season. Another victory Saturday would add the Menary trainee to an impressive list of recent Summertime Series champions, including Split The House, Melmerby Beach, Lucan Hanover and State Treasurer. The Summertime Series final has been carded as Race 2 on Saturday's 11-race card. Three-year-old pacing fillies will also wrap up a series on Saturday evening, as a field of nine will compete in the $48,800 Town Pro Series Final. Lindys Nightmare is expected to be the favourite after a 1:50.4 dominating victory in the opening leg. The Frank Antonacci trainee skipped the second leg and enters the final with three wins in four career starts. Rick Zeron will drive Lindys Nightmare and the duo will leave from post seven. The Town Pro Final has been carded as Race 8. Saturday's card will also feature two $105,000 OSS Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies and a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the fields for the Summertime and Town Pro Series Finals. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Race 2: Summertime Series Final - Purse: $47,000 1. Major Hill (D. McNair - D. Menary) 2. Sintra (J. Jamieson - D. Menary) 3. Blayde Hanover (S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan) 4. Some Gold (C. Christoforou - Dr. Moore) 5. Brookdale Sonny (R. Waples - Dr. Moore) 6. Dreamfair Mesa (T. Henry - P. Fletcher) 7. Teddys Super Toy (P. Hudon - M. Brealey) 8. Whatashowinontario (J. Drury - C. Auciello) Race 8: Town Pro Series Final - Purse: $48,800 1. Collective Wisdom (J. Drury - R. Moreau) 2. Southwind Tango (S. Condren - C. Mitchell) 3. Rocknroll Vision (J. Jamieson - D. Jones) 4. Queen Ideal (M. Saftic - M. Brealey) 5. Shes Lights Out (C. Christoforou - K. Sucee) 6. Bad In Paradise (S. Filion - R. Moreau) 7. Lindys Nightmare (R. Zeron - F. Antonacci) 8. Twenty Three Red (T. Henry - J. Pereira) 9. Square Dancer (D. McNair - D. Jones) Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

JULY 4, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the first two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Monday and the freshman pacing colts delivered a pair of impressive harness racing performances. In the first $105,000 Gold Series division driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON sent Calvin K to the front from Post 5 and the colt sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.3 on his way to an uncontested 1:52.3 victory. Shadow Rouge finished three lengths back in second and Big Bad Bill was another length back in third. "Jody just figured it was a short field, and he wanted to try and control it, or have him up close, if he could and not put him in a bad spot," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Calvin K's front end effort. "And it worked out." A half-brother to $1.5 million winner Mypanmar, Calvin K arrived in O'Sullivan's barn in mid-May after spending the winter with Jeff Fout, the racehorse trainer for owner-breeder Winbak Farms of Chesapeake City, MD . "Jeff had said that he had acted like he was a nice colt all winter and the first time I trained him you could tell that there was a fair bit of speed there," noted O'Sullivan. Prepping for Monday's Ontario Sires Stakes event, Calvin K qualified at Mohawk on June 10 and raced in a two-year-old overnight event at the Campbellville oval on June 20, delivering off-the-pace victories in both. Those off-the-pace efforts were intentional steps in the Classic Card Shark son's education, and O'Sullivan expects to see more of that as the season progresses. "He's probably a colt that's going to need to race off the pace a little bit, he gets a little bit full of himself," said the Puslinch, ON resident. In addition to Calvin K's victory, O'Sullivan also earned runner-up honours in the second division with Happy Trio, a Mach Three colt he owns in partnership with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. "My little bull dog. He's a stout colt," said O'Sullivan with a chuckle. "He was pretty unassuming down to about 2:20, and then the first couple times we asked for a bit of speed you could just kind of tell that there was some there, and the more we trained him the more interested he got." Knowing he had two potential Gold colts in his barn, O'Sullivan put Calvin K in Jamieson's hands and assigned Happy Trio to last year's top OSS reinsman Sylvain Filion. In rein to the Milton, ON resident, Happy Trio won his June 10 qualifier and finished fourth to his stablemate in the June 20 overnight test. On Monday Happy Trio finished second to heavy favourite Sports Column, who wrested control of the race from Happy Trio just after the :27.3 opening quarter and then sailed along to a :57 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters before reaching the finish one and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:52.1. Classic Pro rounded out the top three, making it a sweep by Winbak Farm-breds. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou Jr. piloted Sports Column to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. "He was my best colt training down, but... I thought he was a pretty special horse, but you never know until you get them there, we've been fooled before," said MacIntosh of the Sportswriter son. MacIntosh prepped Sports Column with a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk, on June 10 and 17, and the colt won both. On June 27 the youngster, a $20,000 acquisition from the 2015 Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale, made his debut in an overnight event for two-year-olds, where things did not go quite as smoothly. "He'd had the rail in both his qualifiers and then he was behind the car (Post 6) and he wouldn't go up behind the car," MacIntosh explained. "So he (Christoforou) backed him off, and then there was just no flow. It was just unfortunate luck in his first race." Sports Column and Christoforou still managed to salvage a second-place result, but the colt's connections were delighted to see him return to form on Monday. "Training down he was a very nice horse, hopefully, if everything goes right, we'll have a great season with him," said MacIntosh. Sports Column and Calvin K will have their second shot at a Gold Series trophy when the program returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, July 16. Tomorrow evening (July 5) the Campbellville oval welcomes the two-year-old pacing fillies for their Gold Series debuts. The pacing fillies will be featured in Races 8 and 9, with the action getting under way at 7:30 pm. Calvin K  Sports Column Ontario Racing

JULY 1, 2016 - Ontario's talented harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings returned to Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening for their second Grassroots start and Continual Hanover jumped out to an early lead in the division point race with his second straight victory. Starting from Post 1 in the fourth Grassroots split, the Bettor's Delight son and driver Jody Jamieson cruised through fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.4 on their way to a 1:52 victory, a new personal best for Continual Hanover. Derecho finished one length back in second and Levy Taylore was two more lengths to the rear in third. "He's a top Grassroots horse," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "He just does whatever I ask, so far, and only what I ask." Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling owns and trains Continual Hanover who is two-for-two in 2016. The colt was also a two-time Grassroots winner at two and captured a Gold Series division at the end of his freshman season. Friday's victory pushed the colt's lifetime earnings to $126,400, completing repayment of his $120,000 purchase price from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Fan favourite Inspiration View kicked off the Grassroots action in Race 4, holding off a charging Wichita Lineman by three-quarters of a length in 1:52.2. Vegas Dream rounded out the top three. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry guided Inspiration View to the win, the Shadow Play colt's second of the season, for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON and owners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY, Peter Venturini of Rockaway, NJ and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ. The winner of $89,729 was also a Grassroots winner at Mohawk as a two-year-old. In the second $18,000 Grassroots division Flaherty overcame a break behind the gate - which triggered a recall - to score his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. The Up the Credit son and driver Phil Hudon led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2 and then waged a fierce battle through the stretch against fan favourites Arsenic and driver Doug McNair. The duelling colts hit the wire separated by a neck in 1:52.4 with Blaise Mm Hanover two lengths back in third. "He's a nice colt; he had good fractions and paced home really well. I thought he was beat coming out of the turn, then he fought Doug's (McNair) horse off and won," said Guelph, ON resident Hudon. "He's a handy horse and a big strong colt." Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON conditions Flaherty for his partners Mack Stable and Joe Carnovale of Stoney Creek, ON. The gelding now boasts a record of six wins, three seconds and two thirds in 16 sophomore starts, for earnings of $79,620. It was Steven Hudon's turn to hoist a Grassroots trophy in the third division as the Erin, ON resident piloted Red Dog Saloon to a come-from-behind victory. The duo roared up the outside to catch Chalk Player and Brookdale Sonny in a personal best 1:52.1. Hudon also owns and trains Mister Big son Red Dog Saloon, who boosted his sophomore record to five wins, one second and one third in 13 starts for earnings of $29,183. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to Perseverant, who spoiled Jamieson's hopes of a driving double by reeling in fan favourite St Lads Moonwalk in the stretch. Perseverant hit the wire a neck in front of St Lads Moonwalk and one-half length ahead of A Bettors Risk in a personal best 1:52. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion piloted Perseverant to his second straight win for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and Determination of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on July 30. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, with the Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and geldings squaring off in two $105,000 divisions. The second division features both North America Cup champion Betting Line and the OSS "Be A Winner" contest, which will see one lucky fan join in the winner's circle celebrations. The first race goes postward at 7:30 pm and the sophomore pacing colts and geldings will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Racing

For the second straight year Dresden Raceway's annual Canada Day celebrations will feature some of Ontario's most talented three-year-old trotting fillies as the half-mile oval hosts five $18,000 Grassroots divisions. "People really look forward to the OSS," said Dresden Agricultural Society President Lucille Laprise. "And for them to come on Canada Day makes it that much more special." The trotting fillies will kick things off at 1:30 pm on Friday, July 1 and will also be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, and 7. In addition to the on-track excitement Dresden fans will enjoy a variety of give-aways, the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest and the raceway's traditional eight foot long Canada Day cake. "We're encouraging people to wear their red of course, and we'll have our cake and our great give-aways - we've got red and white t-shirts that we're giving away," added Laprise. "And the drivers are going to be doing some tossing of the OSS t-shirts." Fans have an opportunity to win even more OSS apparel by entering the "Be A Winner" contest. Each finalist receives an Ontario Sires Stakes shirt, ball cap and lanyard badge, along with a $15 win-place-show wager on their selected horse, while the grand prize winner will take home a trophy, an official OSS jacket and golf shirt, a winner's circle photo with their chosen horse, and a $50 wagering voucher. Among the trotting fillies hoping to take home an OSS trophy is locally-owned True Muscle. The Muscle Mass daughter is owned by Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON and will benefit from Post 1 in the second Grassroots division. True Muscle scored her first lifetime win in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 14, circling the seven-eighths mile oval in 1:57.1. She heads into Friday's test off a third-place finish in the Alliance Series Final at Georgian Downs on June 19. Keith Jones of Barrie, ON conditions True Muscle and the winner of $19,040 will be driven by the Ontario Sires Stakes program's leading reinsman, Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON. "We're quite grateful for the community support, and for all the great horses that come to race here in Dresden, and the drivers and the trainers and everybody," said Laprise. Dresden Raceway's Canada Day program gets under way at 1:30 pm, with the three-year-old trotting fillies featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7. In addition to the Grassroots battles, contests, give-aways and cake, the final race of the afternoon will introduce fans to Racing Under Saddle (RUS), capping off another memorable Canada Day celebration at the Dresden oval. "We're hoping to have great weather and great horses and great fans and a great Canada Day," summed up Larprise. "You can't ask for any better." ched: True Muscle, pictured in her June 14 Grassroots win, will be hoping to earn a second trophy for owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre when the Ontario Sires Stakes program stops at Dresden Raceway on Canada Day. (New Image Media photo) From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

After winning a pair of Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson topped that accomplishment by capturing three more divisions on Friday. Picking up where their masculine peers left off, the three-year-old pacing fillies delivered seven impressive Grassroots performances on the Campbellville oval’s Friday evening program and Jamieson waved at fans from the winner’s circle following Races 5, 7 and 9. The Moffat, ON resident started his win streak with lightly raced Forever Liza, guiding the filly to her first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) victory in a personal best 1:52.3. The Bettor's Delight daughter drifted out widely in the stretch, but still hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Selling The Dream and Kays Shadow. “She has just been getting better and better with every start. Tonight she smelled the ribs and was going after them in the stretch, but she got to the wire first in spite of that,” quipped Jamieson, referring to the racks of ribs that were flying off the barbecue just beyond the rail the filly drifted toward. Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The filly — who has three full-siblings with $200,000-plus in earnings — now boasts a record of two wins and one second in five sophomore starts. Jamieson’s second appearance in the winner’s circle came aboard “family horse” Noone To Depend On. Owned by his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, and sister, Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON, Noone To Depend On controlled the pace from start to finish, reaching the wire in a personal best 1:52.2. The fan favourite finished four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Miss Babe Delight and Windsongmagnifique. “She really impressed me tonight. Usually she can’t cut the mile, but she just exploded tonight when I called on her and won very easily,” said the driver. “She should be one of the best Grassrooters.” Noone To Depend On captured one Grassroots division last season and boasts a record of two wins and two seconds in eight sophomore starts to date. The Santanna Blue Chip miss boosted her lifetime earnings to $77,230 with Friday’s win. Jamieson completed the driving hat trick in the sixth division with fan favourite Thisorthat Hanover, who also cruised to a four and three-quarter length win in 1:52.2. HP Sissy and Tempus Seelster rounded out the top three. “Thisorthat can flat out fly,” said Jamieson. “She has had issues in the past, but Doc (Moore) seems to have her on the straight and narrow. She’ll likely go to the Gold now, and if she stays in this current form she’ll be heard from.” A Gold Series winner at two, Thisorthat Hanover is trained by Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, ON for Scott Horner of Toronto, ON. The Sportswriter daughter was a $110,000 purchase from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and Friday’s victory pushed her career earnings just over her initial purchase price, to $111,900. The final division was captured by another filly that is expected to make the leap back up to the Gold Series when it returns to Mohawk on July 9. Twin B Thong stepped out from behind cover in the stretch to score a two and three-quarter length victory over Twenty Three Red and Bad Lightning in 1:52.3 and trainer Casie Coleman is hoping the Sportswriter daughter has recovered the form that propelled her to second spot in the two-year-old pacing filly division last season. “She trained back huge, but had a bunch of issues when she shipped home,” said Coleman. “We took some time off and got her back to herself tonight, finally. “She’ll most likely go back to the Golds now, if she stays good,” added the Cambridge, ON resident, who shares ownership on the filly with West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. The other three divisions went to Windsun Glory, Bourbon Seelster and Sports Expert. Windsun Glory and driver Doug McNair captured the first division, slipping out of the pocket in the stretch and sprinting home to a two and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:52. Mattjestic Tempo and Heavenly Bet paced into second and third. The Guelph resident piloted the Mach Three daughter to her first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON, Windsun Farm Inc. of Uxbridge, ON, Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing, ON and Jim Fielding of Toronto. Bourbon Seelster took the second division, adding a sophomore Grassroots trophy to the three she earned last season. Driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville engineered the 1:52 victory over Jimmys Little Girl and Maxim Seelster on behalf of trainer Robert Manders and his partners Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. The fourth trophy went home with Sports Expert, who was also a three-time Grassroots winner last season. In rein to Billy Davis Jr. of Guelph, the Sportswriter daughter paced under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Buttermilk Hanover and Alphabet Queen in a personal best 1:52.2. Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge conditions Sports Expert for his partners Touch Stone Farms of Guelph and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 11 at Grand River Raceway. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack’s Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the Gold Series opener for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday, June 27. Ontario Racing

A couple of heavy hitters presently bedded down on Millionaires Row in The Stable That God Loves will join seven of their stablemates Saturday night on Mohawk Racetrack's big stage, looking to garner the winner's share of their respective races to support the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada.   The talented group of multiple stakes winners will share the evening's limelight with the rich Pepsi North America Cup.. While the continent's best three-year-old pacers duke it out for their share of the Cup's million dollar purse, God's Stable members will compete for $764,000 in eight races, including the Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red Stakes. Charmed Life ( 86 19-21--15 $1,009,016 1:52.2) a recent addition to The Stable's Charmed Circle on Millionaires Row, will tackle a classy field of nine trotting distaffers in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Stakes with Jody Jamieson driving for co-owners Michael Guerriero and trainer Dave Menary and partners. She will face heavily favoured Hannelore Hanover, winner of her last six of seven starts for the powerful U.S.- based Ron Burke Stable, along with local stalwarts Rockin With Dewey and Elegant Serenity.   Considering the devastating fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier in the year at Classy Lane Training Centre, the fact that Doug Millard's Elegant Serenity (21 6-3-7 $470,020 1:53.2) is presently racing, is tinged with divine intervention. Following the Breeders Crown race last October, Millard decided to send his royally bred homebred daughter of Kadabra - Elegantimage to Florida's Gilcrest Training Centre where she was turned out for two months before being put back into training.   If she had been left at the Classy Lane Training Centre with trainer-driver, Roger Mayotte, who developed and guided her in her highly successful career, she could have been destroyed in that disastrous fire. Elegant Serenity will be looking for her first season's win when she leaves from No. 8 post in the Armbro Flight Stakes with Mayotte driving.   Rockin With Dewey (73 16-19-12 $537,915, 1:52) bred by Harry Rutherford and Diane Ingham and co-owned with trainer Ben Baillargeon, sports a lifetime on-the-board percentage of 62.50 and 71.43 in 2016. Mario Baillargeon, who has driven the consistent five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe in 56 of her 73 lifetime starts will be jetting to the lead from the advantageous post 2, in search of her third season's win.   Devil Child (38 10-11--15 $450,938 1:49.3) a four-year-old daughter of American Ideal trained by Chris Oakes for his wife Susan and Michelle Crawford, will represent The Stable That God Loves in the $370,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for fillies and mares in race 11. Devil Child has a pair of wins from six attempts this year. Dave Miller will handle the reins from post 6 in the 10-horse field.   The Casie Coleman trained Reverend Hanover (17 8-4-2 $530,953 1:48.3) will play the favourite's role in the seventh race with Dave Miller in the bike. The four-year-old son of Sportswriter has been a gem of consistency throughout his career with an on-the-board percentage of 81.25 and 75.00 in 2016 for owner Steve Calhoun and partners. He notched an easy victory, his first in four season's attempts, on June 11 at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sintra, the morning line favourite in Saturday's race 13, was sidelined with a broken bone in his leg at two, but now is an emerging star in The Stable That God Loves, with four consecutive victories in as many attempts for trainer Dave Menary, who co-owns the three-year-old son of Mach Three with Michael Guerriero and partners. Michael Guerriero is one of the largest contributors to God's Stable     He has pledged ten of his co-owned colourbearers to The Stable That God Loves, a gesture that speaks volumes about his caring, generosity and support for a program that, in turn, supports a Chaplaincy program that supports those less fortunate in horse racing with emotional, physical, financial and sometimes spiritual needs . . . and just plain human kindness.   Stonebridge Quest, the four-year-old daughter of Camluck trained by Andrew McCabe for breeder Angie Stiller and Glenview Livestock, Ltd., strutted to victory in her lone season's attempt on May 27th with Trevor Henry in the bike.. In 2015 Stonebridge Quest produced purse earnings of $157,000 for God's Stable when she won six of 14 races competing successfully in Ontario Sires Stakes and the Kin Pace. Stonebridge Quest leaves from post 4 in the sixth race for fillies and mares with Henry driving.   Our Hot Majorette (41 10-7-4 $196,813, 1:51.4) a consistent campaigner trained by Rick Zeron for George Millar's Newmarket Farms (13 3-4-2 in 2016) will face six fillies and mares in a Preferred Pace in the second race.   McWicked (46 15-13-9 $1,787,476, 1:47.3) the top money winner in God's Stable and winner of important stakes events, including the Adios and the Hempt at three, was scratched from Mohawk's Gold Cup on Saturday in favour of the $179,000 Open Pace sponsored by Blue Chip Farms at Tioga Downs on Sunday. Top teamster, Tim Tetrick will guide the five-year-old son of McCardle from post 7. McWicked, who is winless in three season's attempts, has had an active year in the breeding shed. Owner Ed James has bred him to a select group of mares in his broodmare band.   Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Every trotter, pacer Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse is welcome and guaranteed a stall. Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton:, or Norm Clements:   For regular up-to-date postings on The Stable That God Loves, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter@StableGodLoves.   For additional information contact: Bill Galvin:   From The Stable That God Loves  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 7 - Jody Jamieson, a two-time Pepsi North America Cup winning harness racing driver, will be appearing on CHCH Morning Live Wednesday (June 8). Jamieson will be sitting down with the morning show's host Bob Cowan to discuss the upcoming Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Saturday, June 18. Jamieson captured Canada's richest harness race in 2007 with Tell All and again in 2011 with Up The Credit. The live interview is scheduled for around 8:20 a.m. from the CHCH Hamilton studios. Mark McKelvie

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