The temperature was just above the freezing mark for an eight-pack of qualifiers Friday morning at Mohawk Racetrack. The track was listed as fast Friday, but the judges did allow a one second variant on the chilly and windy morning. Many eyes were on the seventh qualifier, as World champion Hes Watching and Milton Stakes winner Voelz Hanover lined up behind the gate. Leaving from post six in a field of six, Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples sprinted off the gate to grab the early, while Hes Watching and Jody Jamieson dropped in the two-hole. After an opening-quarter of :28, Volez Hanover kept the tempo hot with a :27.3 second-quarter to lead Hes Watching by half a dozen lengths. Voelz Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24, but Hes Watching, who was five lengths back, started to hit his best stride as they rounded the far turn. In the stretch, Hes Watching would track down Voelz Hanover, but came up half a length short at the wire in 1:53.4. Hes Watching paced his last quarter in :28.4, while Voelz Hanover's final panel was in :29.4. Hes Watching was making his second qualifying appearance in as many weeks in preparation for the Breeders Crown eliminations next weekend at the Meadowlands. The son of American Ideal is trained by Dave Menary, who shares ownership with Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Muscara Racing Trust. Hes Watching has won five of 12 starts this season for earnings of over $837,000. His career bankroll currently sits at over $1.1 million. Voelz Hanover was making her first appearance since finishing fourth in the Fillies & Mares Preferred at Mohawk on October 10. She was entered to race the following week at Woodbine, but was a vet scratch sick. A nine-year-old daughter of Astreos, Voelz Hanover recorded the biggest victory of her career back in September when she won the $286,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk. She is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume and has won six of 16 starts this season for earnings of over $262,000. Voelz Hanover's career record currently sits at 44 wins from 168 starts for earnings of over $1.7 million. Also making an appearance Friday morning was Valley Victory elimination winner Whataworkout. The Frank Antonacci trainee turned in a 25 length victory in 1:58. Driven by Domenico Cecere, Whataworkout was making his first appearance since making a break in the stretch of the $521,000 Valley Victory on October 25 at Woodbine. A two-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Whataworkout has won twice in his first five starts for earnings of over $32,000. He is owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut. Ontario Sires Stakes standout Sports Chic was also a winner Friday morning. A two-year-old daughter of Sportswriter, Sports Chic won her qualifier by 13 lengths in 1:56.4. Driven by Jody Jamieson, this was Sports Chic's first charted line since finishing fourth in the $250,000 OSS Super Final on October 11 at Mohawk. Trained by Blake Macintosh, Sports Chic has won five times from 10 starts for earnings of over $241,000. Macintosh is also a co-owner of the filly along with Hutt Racing Stable. The full list of Friday morning's winners can be found below. Mohawk Qualifiers - Friday, November 7 Race 1 - Whataworkout (Domenico Cecere) - 1:58 Race 2 - Sports Chic (Jody Jamieson) - 1:56.4 Race 3 - Sas Warkentin (Scott Young) - 2:00 Race 4 - Century Angeldust (Mike Saftic) - 1:58.2 Race 5 - Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) - 1:59.1 Race 6 - Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury) - 2:00.2 Race 7 - Voelz Hanover (Randy Waples) - 1:53.4 Race 8 - Screen The Call (Jody Jamieson) - 1:58 Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred
Coming off a race described by trainer Dave Menary as "vicious," Charmed Life might finally be sitting pretty as she gets ready for Saturday's $178,000 Muscle Hill Stakes for older female trotters at Vernon Downs. Charmed Life drew outside starting spots in four of her previous five races, but will begin the Muscle Hill from post four with driver Jody Jamieson, who on Thursday night got career win No. 7,000. The 10-horse field features the four richest trotting mares this season: Classic Martine, Bee A Magician, Charmed Life, and Perfect Alliance. The Ron Burke-trained entry of Maven and Handover Belle was installed as the 2-1 morning line favorite, followed by Bee A Magician at 3-1 and the three-part Jonas Czernyson entry of Ma Chere Hall, Mistery Woman, and D'Orsay at 9-2. Charmed Life is 8-1. "I think any race (worth) over $100,000, I haven't drawn very well with anyone this year," Menary said. "You need a little bit of luck. This worked out good for her; the four hole should be a good spot. They're all tough, but a lot of the better mares are on the outside." Charmed Life, a 4-year-old daughter of Majestic Son-Christina M, has won six of 19 races this season and $186,953. She is owned by Menary Racing, Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. The group purchased the mare in March, prior to the start of this year's campaign. "She could have had a better year with a little bit of luck, but she's a model of consistency," Menary said. "We've had a lot of fun with her and hopefully it's not over yet." Among Charmed Life's wins was a 1:52.2 victory in a preliminary round of the Miss Versatility Series at Tioga Downs. The time was the fastest trotting mile in track history. She started the $121,500 Miss Versatility Series final from post seven at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio and finished second by a neck to Classic Martine. Earlier in the season, she drew post eight for the $244,720 Armbro Flight Stakes and finished fourth. Charmed Life has hit the board in 13 of her 19 starts, and 10 of 12 since adding Lasix in July. "She's been good her whole life, and as long as we've had her, but since I put her on Lasix she's had a little bit extra kick coming home," Menary said about Charmed Life, who has won 13 of 53 career races and $629,613. "If she's in the right spot, like at Tioga, she can go with these mares." Last week, Charmed Life started from post seven in the preferred at Woodbine and rallied from ninth place at the half - a dozen lengths behind the leader - to win by two in 1:54. She trotted the second half of the race in :55. "She was vicious," Menary said. "She came from an impossible spot. She looked like she was probably a little too far back; not a lot of horses could have gotten up from there. But she really exploded. It was a good last quarter, but she really came a wicked last eighth. "I've been experimenting with her bridle the last couple starts. The week before she was kind of caught in, but still closed up good (to finish third by a nose in the preferred). It was maybe a little bit disappointing two weeks ago, but I changed her bridle again and she was vicious last week." Following the Muscle Hill, Charmed Life will be pointed toward the Breeders Crown at the Meadowlands. She will continue racing in 2015. "One hundred percent," Menary said. "I've contemplated racing her at home a little bit this winter. We'll just take things weeks by week." Saturday's card at Vernon Downs also includes the $178,000 Artiscape for older female pacers and Kindergarten Classic finals for 2-year-old male and female trotters. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications
TORONTO, October 30 - Another action packed round of the Autumn Series took place Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A trio of $14,000 second leg divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings and the freshmen trotting colts and geldings were contested. In the first division for the trotters, One Direction repeated him impressive performance from leg one to win in 1:58.2. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, One Direction dropped in third and came first up in the middle half for driver Chris Christoforou. After leading the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.4, One Direction cruised home under a hand drive from Christoforou to win with ease. Rubber Duck was a hard closing second, while Jayport All Muscle finished third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, One Direction broke his maiden last week in the first leg and has now won twice in six career starts. Trained by Dustin Jones for owner Ernst Gerbaulet of Germany, One Direction lowered his lifetime mark by a fifth of a second and increased his earnings to $14,800. He returned $2.70 to win. In the second division, Irish Scotch and Jody Jamieson were able to capitalize on a break by the favourite to win in 1:58.1. Olympic Son, the 1/2 favourite, made a break as the wings of the gate folded allowing Jamieson to send Irish Scotch to the lead. After control the tempo to his liking, Irish Scotch was never in any danger in the stretch and trotted home in :29.4 to win by a length and a quarter over Olympic Son. However, Olympic Son would be placed from second to sixth for failing to lose ground while making his break at the start. William Star became the new second place finisher, while Duh Bubbees was bumped from fourth to third. A son of Muscle Mass, Irish Scotch is trained by Don Lindsey for owner Paul Lindsey The second leg victory was a maiden breaking score for Irish Scotch and pushes his career earnings to $14,495. He returned $6.70 to win. Muscles All Over had a rough start, but kept it together to take the final division in 1:59. Driven by Daniel Potvin, Muscles All Over was a little rough gaited at the start, but was still able to leave and get the front. Around the final turn, Delcrest Massy came charging first up to challenge Muscles All Over and the pair dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3. In the stretch, Delcrest Massy backed off and tried to re-rally up the rail, but Muscles All Over would not relinquish the lead and held on to win by a length and a quarter. Don Jarvis got up to take the show spot. A son of Muscle Mass, Muscles All Over is owned and trained by Ivan Gallant. The two-year-old trotter, who finished second in the first leg, broke his maiden with the victory Thursday night. Muscles All Over has now earned $24,840 in 12 starts. He paid $5.50 to win. Sugarsam rode the rail to victory in the first of three divisions for the rookie pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Jamieson, Sugarsam left hard to take the early lead, but would allow The Battle Begins to overtake the lead in the second quarter. After sitting patiently in the two-hole, Jamieson would shoot Sugarsam up the inside in the stretch and power on to a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:53.1. Lancaster Park, who was first up, finished second, while Pan Street Usa followed him to a third place finish. A son of Sportswriter, Sugarsam is trained by Corey Johnson for owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos. The two-year-old was a winner a week ago in the first leg and now has five wins in 11 starts for earnings of $32,475. He returned $6.40 to win. In the second division, Jamieson would find the winner's circle once again to reach a career milestone. Frankie Boy and Jamieson made a break before the start and spotted the field five lengths as the gate took off. Antar Phil, the public's choice at 6/5, would also make a break before the opening quarter. Three different horses would hold the lead in an action packed opening three-quarters, setting things up for the back of the pack to come to life. Frankie Boy, who was ninth at the three-quarter pole, turned in a :27.2 last quarter to sweep by the field and win by a length in 1:54.4. His Boy Elroy finished second, while Red Pine was third. Frankie Boy's victory was Jamieson's third win on the card and his 7,000th career victory. A son of Artistic Fella, Frankie Boy is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owners Lomangino Standardbreds and Leo Lomangino. The second leg victory was the first win in six starts for Frankie Boy and increases his earnings to $9,580. He returned $30.00 to win. In the final division, Robert Hill had to dig deep to pull out his Third Straight victory in 1:54.2. Driven by James MacDonald, Robert Hill got away third and was sent to the lead in the second quarter. Around the final turn, Robert Hill would be challenged hard by Three Rivers Dell and posted a third-quarter of :27.4. Despite the big third panel, Robert Hill turned aside Three Rivers Dell and dug deep to just hold off J Js Delivery, who got a second over trip, to win by a nose. Halton Hurricane, a leg one winner, finished third. A son of Jeremes Jet, Robert Hill, who won a division of the first leg a week ago, has now won three starts in a row and four of 11 this season. Trained by Tony Alagna, Robert Hill now has career earnings of $46,150 for owner Tom Hill. Robert Hill paid $5.60 to win. The finals for both gaits will go next Thursday, November 6. The top ten money earners that enter will contest next week's finales. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, October 30 - Driver Jody Jamieson became the newest member of the 7,000 win club Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack. In the evening's seventh race, Jamieson guide pacer Frankie Boy to victory in a division of the Autumn Series for his 7,000th career win. Jamieson, 37, entered the night three wins shy of the milestone, but quickly moved in on the 7,000 win plateau after scoring victories in the second and sixth race. The Moffat, Ontario resident has been consistently among the top drivers on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit over the last decade and was the circuit's top driver in 2008, 2009, 2011 and 2012. Jamieson has captured several of the sport's most prestigious titles including the North America Cup twice, the Little Brown Jug and the Maple Leaf Trot. In August of 2013, Jamieson reached the $100 million mark in career earnings. This season, Jamieson has recorded 254 wins and earnings of just under $5 million, while his career earnings number sits at over $107 million. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Jody on his accomplishment and wish him continued success. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, October 27 - Second round action of the Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack and new faces found their way to the winner's circle. A pair of $14,000 divisions for both the two-year-old pacing and trotting fillies were contested. In the first division for pacers, Evas Girl and Jody Jamieson rebounded from a sixth place finish in the first leg to score a leg two victory in 1:53.3. A daughter of Rambaran, Evas Girl got away fourth and was sent first up around the final turn. In the stretch, Evas Girl powered to the lead and cruised to a 2 ¼ length victory. Little Miss Artist finished second, while Lady Hill took the show spot. Trained by Peter Core, the second leg victory was the second win in nine starts for Evas Girl and pushes her career earnings to over $17,000 for owner Nicolas Stoukas. Evas Girl paid $4.40 to win. In the second division, a big opening quarter might have been the turning point to allow Dublin Rose to score the victory. Tessa Seelster blasted off the gate to the front and hung up a wicked opening quarter of :25.4. As the field entered the backstretch, Dublin Rose came out and around to the lead for driver Paul Macdonell. In the stretch, Tessa Seelster came out of the two-hole, but didn't have enough to get by Dublin Rose, who scored a length and a half victory in 1:53.4. Marachere finished third. A daughter of Major In Art, Dublin Rose is owned and trained by Allen Tomlinson and had finished third in the opening leg. The second leg victory is the second win in eight starts for Dublin Rose and increases her career earnings to over $22,000. She returned $8.30 to win. Cum Laude Hall took the opening division for the two-year-old filly trotters. Trained and driven by Rick Zeron, Cum Laude Hall got away third and was pushed first up in the second quarter. After clearing to the lead just past the half, Cum Laude Hall never looked back and trotted clear to a 3 Â¼ length victory in 1:57. Magic Shelley finished second, while Battle Mage got up for third. The second round victory was a maiden breaking victory for Cum Laude Hall, who had finished third in the first leg. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Cum Laude Hall is owned by Walnut Hall Limited and now has career earnings of $24,353 in eight starts. She paid $6.40 to win. In the second division, Meadow Seelster was a gate to wire winner in 1:58.1. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Meadow Seelster set fractions of :27.4, :59 and 1:29.3, before digging in late to hold off a late surge from Hape to win by a length and a half. Yanks Ball Girl finished third, while leg one winner Mischief Smile had to settle for fourth. Trained by Bill Budd, Meadow Seelster, who finished second in the first leg, has now won three of 10 career starts. The daughter of Holiday Road is owned by William Dixon and has now earned $26,030 in her young career. She returned $6.30 to win. The Autumn Series is for Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2014. The finals for both Autumn Series categories will take place next Monday, November 3rd. Autumn Series action continues Thursday night with second leg action for the two-year-old colts and geldings. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Brian Sears, Jody Jamieson and Chris Christoforou, three of harness racing’s top reinsmen, are nearing major milestones in their career dash totals. With their busy race schedules, all three drivers should be able to hit their milestone marks by this coming weekend. Sears leads the way with 8,994 wins as of today and thus is just six away from #9,000. When he hit that milestone, Sears will become only the 16th driver in the history of harness racing in North American to achieve 9,000 wins. Jody Jamieson currently has 6,995 career wins and is just five away from #7,000 while Chris Christoforou is at 5,994 wins and six away from #6,000. Good luck to all three drivers this week! By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
TORONTO, October 15 - The Mohawk summer meet has come to a close and fall has officially arrived as live harness racing returns to Woodbine this Thursday, October 16. The Fall/Winter meet will feature four-nights-a-week of racing, Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Broadcast upgrades and the return of a state-of-the-art tracking tool will change the way fans and horseplayers watch the races from Woodbine. Beginning with Thursday's opening card, the Woodbine Standardbred simulcast feed will be produced in High Definition (HD) in a production control room on the fourth floor of the Woodbine grandstand. Customers on site will be able to view the races in HD (1080p; 16:9 aspect ratio). Fans south of the border will be able to view the races in HD as TVG, the premier horse racing TV channel in the United States, will be carrying the Woodbine 1080p HD signal. As for the product on the track, driver Jody Jamieson believes the track dimensions at Woodbine allow for more upsets. "A lot of the time the best horse wins at Mohawk, but at Woodbine the turns are different, a little smaller then that big last turn at Mohawk that allows horses to get into the race," said Jamieson, "At Woodbine, the best horse can be kind of marred in traffic and get himself beat a little more often then at Mohawk." Jamieson is also a big fan of the track surface at Woodbine, which will offer purses of approximately $200,000 a night, and the speed it offers. "I love racing at Woodbine...I think the track is a faster track and maybe one of the fastest tracks in the world to race good horses on." As for an adjustment period between switching from Mohawk to Woodbine, Jamieson said it doesn't take long. "I adapt to it right away and I think most guys adapt right away to the racing style and hopefully the bettors appreciate it." While not installed for opening night, fans will also soon enjoy the return of Trakus to the Woodbine Standardbred broadcast. Trakus, the automated racehorse tracking system, is being relaunched to provide Standardbred horseplayers with the best data around. The reintroduction of Trakus to Standardbred racing will offer horseplayers the most accurate charts and information in harness racing. Trakus compiles information on each horse at every point of the race through wireless communication to a tag placed inside the saddle pad. Horesplayers will now know exactly where each horse is during the race, through the Trakus technology incorporated into the live simulcast feed. The opening weekend at Woodbine will feature the return of the Fall Four Stakes. Last contested at Woodbine in 2010, the Fall Four Stakes brings the top two-year-olds in harness racing to Toronto to contest the Governors Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid. Eliminations for the events will take place this Friday and Saturday and the finals will take place as part of a $2 million card on Saturday, October 25. Post-time for each night of live racing is 7:25 p.m. except on two special occasions. Post-time on Saturday, November 1 will be 7:55 p.m., while the special afternoon Boxing Day card on Friday, December 26 will feature a post-time of 1 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Never count Jody Jamieson out of any harness racing driver’s tournament. There is a reason why Jamieson will be representing Canada in the world driving championship once again and he showed the harness racing fans and driving colony at the Hippodrome 3R why on Sunday as Jamieson rallies from fourth place half way through the competition to win it all in the very last race. “That is why I came here today,” Jamieson said, “To win the competition and to have some fun and I was able to have both here at 3R.” Jamieson was able to rally late in the eight-race competition, winning the eighth and ninth races to collar early leaders Stephane Gendron and Sylvain Filion. Then in the last race of the competition, Jamieson sealed the victory finishing second with Coraggio Hanover in the tenth race. At that point only Stephane Gendron could have beaten Jamieson, but he had to have won the race and Jamieson finish third. Gendron ended up finishing fourth. “Thank you Trois-Rivieres and thank you to everyone,” Jamieson said after the victory. “It has been an amazing experience today. I had my eye on this trophy earlier today and I am glad to be holding it now.” Hippodrome 3R general manager, Vincent Trudel, invited Jamieson to come back next year and defend his title. “I love being here,” Jamieson said, “I love that they have done with this place and how everyone is trying to revitalize racing harness racing in Quebec and that is near and dear to my heart and I want to be here for it. “The horses today have been just fabulous,” Jamieson said. “The guys that brought them in had them in peak condition. I have not driven a bad horse today. They have all put in their best efforts. I just can’t say enough about how great today has been. I just love being here, it rocks.” Jamieson was in fourth place halfway through the competition with Sylvain Filion, Stephane Gendron and Denis St. Pierre holding the early lead. One of the keys to Jamieson’s victory was that he scored points in all eight of the races in the competition. Then in the seventh through tenth races he won twice and was second twice and that sealed the victory. The final statistics were: Jody Jamieson 196 points Sylvain Filion 133 points Stephane Gendron 129 points Denis St Pierre 109 points Stephane Brosseau 92 points Jocelyn Gendron 61 points Mario Charron 42 points Pascal Berube 38 points The first five finishers in the competition received tournament bonus checks. Jody Jamieson received $1,500; Sylvain Filion $750; Stephane Gendron $360; Denis St Pierre $240 and Stephane Brosseau $150. Next Sunday will be the final live card at the Hippodrome 3R before the end of the 2014 race season. Next Sunday post time returns to 1:00 pm. For more information visit their website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
October 11, 2014. “Down by the wire tonight I was asking her to go and she was looking at me like ‘we’ve got it won bud, just relax,’ And we did.” That’s how harness racing driver Jody Jamieson described the end of his trip with Danielle Hall who parlayed a perfect pocket trip to score a mild upset over favourite Stubborn Belle in tonight’s $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies at Mohawk. It was the first of eight Super Finals on the card wrapping up the 2014 OSS season. Paul MacDonell and Stubborn Belle protected their rail position as the race got underway with Jamieson tucking Danielle Hall (who left from post two) right behind. Stubborn Belle reached the first quarter in :27.1, the half in :56.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25. As the field trotted around the final turn Jamieson pulled the right line on Danielle Hall and she managed to get by Stubborn Belle and hit the wire first in 1:54.1. The time was just two-fifths of a second off the OSS record established by Bee A Magician. Muscle Baby Doll was able to get up for second for Doug McNair while Stubborn Belle held on for third. Steve Condren managed to work out a rather impossible trip for Stubborn Belle’s stablemate from the John Bax barn to grab fourth. Mischief Smile earned the final cheque. It was win number seven in 10 tries this year for Danielle Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe owned by trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, and Winnipeg Racing (Tom Kyron) of Concord, Ontario. She now has $378,000 earned this year. “I really didn’t see the race turning out like that. I thought that Mac (MacDonell) would let a couple go and re-move but his filly got off on a real good foot tonight. I was a little bit behind the eight ball making sure I closed up the two hole when it was there following Stubborn Belle there was no other trip,” explained Jody Jamieson. “I wasn’t confident in pulling that early but Dougie (McNair) was coming with a really nice filly (Muscle Baby Doll), trained by Tony O’Sullivan, she’s been sprinting by me or close to me all year. My mare felt so good I just I said ‘well, it’s now or never.’ She showed tonight she’s a pretty nice animal. “She’s just so smart, a couple of times I’ve won with her here and turned her around, just like I did tonight, and walked her down the rail and she’s got her ears up looking around. She’s very smart, that’s one of her best attributes.” Danielle Hall was a $21,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Select Sale from breeder Walnut Hall of Lexington, Kentucky. She is the third foal from $247,000 winner Debbie Hall. Carl Jamieson reports she'll head next to the Goldsmith Maid followed by the Breeders Crown if all goes well. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11.
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R will host its second annual Drivers Tournament Sunday afternoon with a purse for the conductors at $3,000. Last year it was Yannick Gingras who put on a driving clinic in the inaugural tournament, winning five of the eight races in the competition, but this year he could not return to defend his title. Featured in the contest will be Canada’s top driver and representative to the World Driving Championship, Jody Jamieson and also coming back to 3R is native son, Sylvain Filion. “I'm always up for a tournament,” Jody Jamieson said. “I love the competition and 3R has done a great job so far and I'm excited to see what's in store for this day!” The leading driver this season at 3R, Denis St Pierre, heads the local drivers along with Jocelyn Gendron, Mario Charron, Pascal Berube, Stephane Brosseau and Stephane Gendron. “This is going to be a good tournament,” said Denis St Pierre. “Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion are great drivers but I am ready for them. I did not get lucky with the post position draws, but I am never out of the race and look forward to some good competition.” The tournament will be held in eight of the ten races on program, races 2, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. The point system used is the same a purses are allocated, 50 for 1st, 25 for 2nd, 12 for 3rd, 8 for 4th and 5 for 5th place. And the $3,000 prize will be divided up the same way. One of the great matchups takes place in the ninth race pace where Jody Jamieson is aboard the 5/2 race favorite, Articular, who is one of three return winners in the field. Articular won his last start by wiring the field and winning by a neck in a lifetime best 1:57.2. He will start from post four. Another contender is LaCaille Gabe from post seven for driver Stephane Brosseau. LaCaille Gabe was able to post his first win this year last week, also in a lifetime mark of 1:56. The third return winner in the field is Matts Phil, who starts from the rail for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Matts Phil already has five wins this year and last week led from start to finish in a lifetime best 1:58. “This competition will be very competitive,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. “The drivers love to win and the racing fans love to see them in a tournament like this. I wish the best of luck to all nine of the drivers.” There is a special post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R at 2:00 pm. Racing fans are encouraged to come out early as there will be an autograph and meeting and greet session with the drivers in the tournament starting at 12:15 pm. For more information or to view the live racing on Sunday visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
The Hippodrome 3R will be hosting a driver’s tournament on Sunday, October 12 and it will be quite an event. Special invitations have been accepted by Grand Circuit star and recent Prix D’Ete winner, Yannick Gingras, and also coming in special for the tournament with Ontario’s top driver, Jody Jamieson. The other six spots in the tournament will go to the six leading drivers this year after this Sunday’s ten-race program. It looks pretty well set as Marie Claude Auger has a prior engagement and cannot be in the tournament. Listed below are the six leading drivers who will most likely make up the 3R representatives in the tournament. Leading drivers at Hippodrome 3R as of 10-4-14 DRIVERS Sts 1st 2nd 3rd $Won Win% UDRS Denis St Pierre 186 59 28 29 243,733 31.7 .453 Stephane Brosseau 226 33 37 31 216,574 14.6 .283 Mario R Charron 227 28 28 25 155,044 12.3 .229 Marie Claude Auger 204 24 32 34 151,675 11.8 .260 Sylvain G Lacaille 143 24 21 15 132,555 16.8 .284 Stephane Gendron 147 23 29 12 183,740 15.6 .293 Pascal Berube 188 21 20 11 87,146 11.2 .190 The winner of the tournament will be determined by a points system based on 50-25-12-8-5 in each race to the first five finishers. The purse of the tournament is $3,000 and will be divided among the top five drivers 50%-25%-12%-8%-5%. Sunday’s race program has nine trotters going to post in the seventh race feature. Despite making a break in his last start and finishing ninth, the 5/2 morning line favorite is Bel Gazou from post four for driver/trainer and owner, Martin Gingras. Two starts back the ten-year-old gelded son of Armbro Nash, who happens to be the oldest starter in the field, was a winner at 3R with a ten length romp in 1:58.2. Also in the field is Miss Jackpot from post five for driver Serge Quellet. Miss Jackpot has won her last two starts at 3R. Another return winner in the field is Aworthy Bi from post three for driver Francis Picard. Aworthy Bi won his last start by four lengths at 3R. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm and for more information visit the tracks website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Nat A Virgin and driver Jody Jamieson worked out a third-over trip into a trip to the winner’s circle in capturing the $110,000 first division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for three-year-old pacing fillies. Sweetnsinful (Mark MacDonald) was the first on the lead and then gave way to a determined It Was Fascination (Scott Zeron) after the opening quarter mile in :26.4. Then it was the race favorite, Gettingreadytoroll and driver Yannick Gingras coming first-over to challenge at the half in :55.1 and following their outside cover was Southwind Silence (Matt Kakaley) and then Nat A Virgin. Past the three-quarters in 1:23.1, Jamieson fanned out with the 5-1 Nat A Virgin and they were able to not only collar the race leaders in the stretch, but pass them by, all except for Uffizi Hanover and driver David Miller. They were charging down the stretch but Nat A Virgin held on for a head triumph in 1:50.3. Gettingreadytoroll was third. “I wasn’t sure how the race was going to go,” said Jody Jamieson, “Just as the gate folded away it looked like a bunch of leavers so I tried to wrestle her back. I really had to wrestle her back. She wanted to go. I had to wait going into the last turn and I released her a little early but she paced right to the wire.” It was the third win this year for Nat A Virgin. The daughter of Always A Virgin is trained by Dustin Jones and was bred and is owned by the Dustin Jones Stable and William Jones. She paid $12.40 to win. Nat A Virgin Act Now traveled wire-to-wire in the second division of the Glen Garnsey, winning in 1:50.1. Uncontested on the lead, Act Now set quarters of :28.1, :55.1 (:27), and 1:22.3 (:27.2). Allstar Rating rode the pocket, with Ali Blue racing third. The only challenge towards Act Now came from Allstar Rating at the eighth-pole, attempting to slingshot to the front. Yet, Act Now was stern and progressed to the finish in front, forcing Allstar Rating to settle for second, and Precocious Beauty finished third. Owned by Joe Davino and Patrick O’Brien, trained by Nik Drennan, and driven by Brian Sears, the Western Ideal-Cpa-Real Desire filly has earned $374,106 in her career. She paid $4.00 to win. “He [Brian Sears] just took a shot,” trainer Nik Drennan said. “He said nobody was leaving, so he went to the front. We’ve been racing her off the back, and she hasn’t been getting it done, so we changed it up and it worked out.” “Absolutely,” Nik Drennan also said, in regards to his filly’s tendency to come to a halt in the midst of a bid. “She really should have won her last six starts. She’s cleared, she’s opened up, and then, down by the wire, she kind of just lets the horse get her. It’s pretty frustrating.” Act Now Live racing resumes on Sunday, October 5 with the $89,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Trot, $90,000 Allerage Filly and Mare Pace, $173,000 Allerage Open Trot, $160,500 Allerage Open Pace, $224,000 Kentucky Filly Futurity, and the $435,000 Kentucky Futurity. Post time for closing day of The Red Mile’s meeting is set for 1:00pmEDT. By Steven Wolf with Ray Cotolo, for Harnesslink.com
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An overall increase in handle (total money wagered) and seven track record performances marked a successful 2014 season at Tioga Downs, which concluded on Saturday, September 13. Overall handle on the 61-day meet was considerably improved in comparison to the 2013 season, with all-sources handle showing a 5.4% increase. This increase was largely due to a more involved simulcast audience, whose handle was 13.4% higher than in the previous season. "We thank our customers and horsemen for their support of our 2014 racing season," said Jason M. Settlemoir, Regional Vice President of Racing at Tioga Downs. "We are proud of the great competitive racing on our 5/8 mile track, and that it continues to be well received across the North American harness racing audience." With respect to the record books, four-year-old distaff trotter Charmed Life and driver Jody Jamieson established a new overall record for trotters on New York State's only 5/8-mile track, winning their Miss Versatility preliminary in 1:52.2 as part of the Cane Pace undercard on Monday, September 1. Trotting geldings Datsyuk (three-year-old, Charlie Norris), Obrigado (four-year-old, Aaron Byron), and Traverse Seelster (older, Brandon Simpson) also turned in track-record performances through the season, scoring in 1:53.1, 1:52.3, and 1:52.4 respectively. Two-year-old trotting filly Jolene Jolene (David Miller) equalled You Want Me's mark of 1:55.2 as well, completing the quintet of record established on the trotting side of the ledger. Additionally, a pair of pacers entered the Tioga record books, with Sweet Lou's 1:48.3 triumph in the Roll With Joe on Sunday, June 1 (Ron Pierce aboard) equalling Shark Gesture's past mark for older pacing entires. Mosquito Blue Chip (Jim Morrill, Jr.) set a new record outright for two-year-old pacing fillies, proving victorious in 1:52.1. Jim Marohn, Jr. claimed his third consecutive driving title with 91 wins on the meet, 13 more than runner-up Aaron Byron. Top training honors went to Mike Deters, who took his second training title and first outright with 33 wins. Normand Fluet and Gail Wrubel finished in a dead heat for second with 20 wins apiece. by James Witherite, for Tioga Downs
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Harness driver Yannick Gingras put on a driving clinic at his home track at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, winning four of the ten races including the revival of the prestigious Prix D’Ete Pace with Sunfire Blue Chip for a purse of $200,000. The Prix D’Ete is part of the national Grand Circuit and was restricted to only four-year-olds who had made prior nomination payments. Saddled with starting from the far outside on 3R’s speedy half mile oval, Gingras left with Sunfire Blue Chip but ended up having to float on the outside as Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) was first on the lead. That lead was short lived as Mach It So and driver Scott Zeron wanted the front and took it by the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26 despite the rain that began in the post parade. At the opening quarter it was Gingras and Sunfire Blue Chip pressing on the outside and they were able to go against Mach It So and take command after the opening quarter mile and they led the field to the half mile marker in :54.1. Sunshine Beach and Doug McNair then came first-over and following their outside flow was Lucan Hanover and driver David Miller. Then at the three-quarters in 1:22.1, Miller sent Lucan Hanover three-wide to trip and loop the field but to no avail. By the top of the stretch, Yannick had the lead for good with Sunfire Blue Chip and they went on to win by two and one-half open lengths in 1:50.3. Local favorite Due D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) closed well to be second with Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) third. The time of the race shattered the all-age track record of 1:52.4 set by Duc D’Orleans back in 2013. “When I scored him down before the race he felt unbelievable,” Gringras said about Sunfire Blue Chip. “He was really sharp, sometimes he’s not, but today he definitely was at his best. “I knew I had to get into the race,”” Gingras explained, “It cost me a little more than I hoped to get to the front. I was a little worried but he got the job done. He was just scary sharp today. “If I had rolled him a little more in the backstretch,” Gringras said, “I had to respect the other horses in the race. It was such a quality field. So I did not turn him loose until the top of the stretch. If I had turned him loose a little sooner we would have gone in 1:49.3, maybe 1:49.1. I wasn’t really looking at setting the track record, I just wanted to win the purse.” It was the fifth straight win for Sunfire Blue Chip. The four-year-old son of American Ideal is trained by Jimmy Takter and is owned by Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Brixton Medical Ab and R A W Equine, Inc. Sent off as the 3/2 wagering favorite, Sunfire Blue Chip paid $5.00 to win. Yannick Gingras started off the day winning the 4th race trot with Somoli E in 2:01.3, then won the 5th race pace with Icare De Chapra in 1:56 and also the tenth race with Enduring Grin in 1:56.3 to cap his four win afternoon. “How great is it to come back to Quebec and the Prix D’Ete,” Gringas said. “I have so many family members and friends here supporting me, I had to do well. And what a great day for harness racing in Quebec and at the Hippodrome 3R.” Gingras will be back at the Hippodrome 3R, along with Ontario’s Jody Jamieson, on Sunday, October 12 for the first Tournament of Drivers at 3R. Featured will be the top six leading drivers at 3R through the October 5 race program along with Gingras and Jamieson. The eight drivers will be in competition for a prize of $3,000. From the Quebec Jockey Club
If omens mean anything, then Corey Johnson is the trainer to watch Sunday in the Prix D’Ete. Saturday night at Mohawk Raceway his top mare, Voelz Hanover, pulled off a stunning upset in the $286,000 Milton Final at odds of 33-1. Corey is the trainer of Si Semalu, who drew post two in the Prix D’Ete, is a four-year-old gelded son of Modern Art who has won on a half mile in the past and figures to be a long shot in the race, just like Voelz Hanover. Sunshine Beach is, in fact, the only horse in the Prix D’Ete field that has never raced on a half mile track. He is also the richest money earner in the field and can surpass the million dollar mark in career earnings with a victory. Duc D’Orleans, in post five for local owners Geston Levesque, Les Euries D’Orleans, Inc. and Helen Dupont, holds the all-age track record at the Hippodrome 3R of 1:52.4 that he set in 2013. Meet and Greet with the drivers, trainers and owners of the Prix D”Ete horses will take place in the big tent by the first turn at 11:00 am Sunday morning until 11:45 am. The 9th race featured Prix D’Ete will go off at approximately 4:00 pm. This is the first time that David Miller, Jody Jamieson, James MacDonald, Scott Zeron and Doug McNair have ever driven at the Hippodrome 3R. The Hippodrome 3R oval continues to have a banner season when it comes to its racing oval. Saturday night saw the 17th time in 2014 that a track record has been set or tied. Saturday night it was Out Of The Hat and trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot who earned the spotlight as they wired the field in the ninth race $6,000 feature trot, scoring by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:57. The pocket-sitting Rocky Boy was second with track record holder Decret Justiciale third. It was the 8th win this year for Out Of The Hat. The five-year-old mare by Kadabra is owned by Meadowgem Farm and Stehane Pouliot and her time of 1:57 surpassed the prior record of 1:57.2 set earlier this season by Margarita Bi. From the Quebec Jockey Club