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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: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.net.   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: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca.   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

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It came down to the very last race of the competition with four drivers, John Campbell, Jody Jamieson, Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion all able to win the inaugural Hippodrome 3R All-Star Driver's Tournament Sunday with a triumph in the ninth race. And when the dust (mud actually) settled, it was Jody Jamieson's second place finish in the ninth race with Matts Phil that won him the tournament. Also in the tournament were Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Mario Charron and Denis St-Pierre. They all competed in eight championship races with $10,000 in prize money on the line. Jamieson, with his 25 points in the last race, ended with 160 points. John Campbell was second with 135 points and Sylvain Filion third with 128 points. "This victory is just extra special," Jamieson said. "Going against John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, local stars Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Yannick, Daniel and Sylvain, I'm just ecstatic with this trophy. "I drove one really bad earlier," Jamieson said, "or else I would have left nothing to chance, but it all worked out. The track was super despite the rain. It was actually better with the hard rain as it kept the mud down and make racing good. "I had no idea of the scores going into the last race," Jamieson explained. "And maybe that was the best strategy going forward. I went into the last race not know, just trying to win it. "I am so happy to represent racing in Ontario (WEG) and to bring home the trophy!" Jamieson said with a smile. "It means that much more to me. "And what a crowd here today despite the rain." Jamieson added. "I must of signed hundreds of autographs and the management at 3R are top notch. Harness racing has such a great following in Quebec and I hope they really do well this season." The tournament started in the second race with Jamieson taking the early point lead as he gave the maiden trotter, Victor D Morgan ($9.90), a perfect second-over trip and the three-year-old son of Charlie B Morgan came on in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 2:03.4. The third race was won by Charlie Drummond ($9.00) and driver Sylvain Filion, who was winless in 23 prior starts. The fourth race saw John Campbell, who had no points after the first two rounds, put a lifetime mark of 2:01 with the trotter Sexy PC ($15.00). Tim Tetrick made his presences known in the fifth race and he was able to take the early lead away from Force Seelster (Yannick Gingras) and then wire the field with Hard Rock ($3.70) in 1:59.2. "What a super facility this is," Tetrick said. "The turns here are banked perfectly. Even in the rain my horse flew around the turns as if it was a fast track. It is my first time here and I am impressed with this racetrack. The fans get right up on the fence and you can hear them cheering and shouting for you down the stretch and right to the finish." Daniel Dube then got into the tournament with his victory in the sixth race aboard My Lucky Bluejean ($3.40) in 1:58.1. Then in the seventh race, John Campbell surged back into the lead with a strong front-end victory aboard Rainbow Palace ($5.90) in 1:58.1. Jamieson then surged back to the lead in the eight race, taking full advantage of starting from the rail with Fortune Playboy ($3.8), leading from start to finish in 1:58. That put Jamieson on top by just two points over John Campbell, 135 to 133 with the final race still to be contested. Both Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion could also come back and take the trophy if they could win the ninth race. It was Daniel Dube in the ninth race with SOS Mach Xtreme ($4.70) who was the victor, but Jamieson, who started from post seven, had left sharply with Matts Phil, then gave away and took the cover from SOS Mach Xtreme. He then waited until the top of the stretch to come after SOS Mach Xtreme, but it was too late. The move though did insure that Jamieson finished second and that gave him the tournament victory. Jamieson was the only driver in the tournament who was able to score points in all eight of the championship races. It was also the second 3R tournament that Jamieson has won. He was victorious in the 2014 fall tournament at 3R. "This has been a fantastic day." Said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "I never dreamed that these best drivers in North America would come for a tournament at 3R. I believe this is the confirmation that we have a nice facility, a good, fast and quality racetrack and these drivers all raved about how good it was despite the rain. "The people in Trois-Rivieres and the surrounding area are coming here. They proved that today with 4,000 fans braving the bad rains to come for this tournament and to meet and see great drivers in action. "Having these drivers supporting the relaunch of harness racing in Quebec is so great." Trudel added. "We have gone through turmoil in the past and will now show our government that racing could still be a big thing for this jurisdiction. If it was a sunny day this afternoon we might have had twice the crowd we did. "And what a competition it turned out to be." Trudel said. The winner could not be decided until the final race of the tournament. Each race was exciting for the drivers and for the fans and that is what counts." TRACK NOTES: Live harness racing resumes at 3R Tuesday night with the third round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. For a free race program and live video feed of the races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - If there ever was more of an incentive to win Sunday's All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, Denis St-Pierre should capture the event hands down. The Quebec native is ready to take on fellow horseman Mario Charron and throw in harness racing greats John Campbell, Yannick Gingras, Tim Tetrick, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion and Jody Jamieson and St-Pierre is in awe. "What great talent and ability all of these drivers are bringing to 3R Sunday." St-Pierre said. "That is enough incentive for me to be on my best game, but I guess you can say that I have a special "ace" up my sleeve for tomorrow." Sure, Denis St-Pierre knows all these horses. It's his home track where he was won the driving title the last two years. He has driven some in the past, knows their quirks and knows the ability of the other horses and drivers in the race. It's a fair advantage in his favor. "My special "ace" is coming to see me at the autograph session," St-Pierre says with a smile. "I will get up from my seat when she arrives and walk in front and give her a big hug and kisses and then I will cry." See you, Denis St-Pierre is going to meet his half-sister, Nathalie Cartier, for the very first time at the autograph session. "Six months ago this woman contacts me to be her friend on Facebook," St-Pierre explained. "Then one night she sends me personal message that she has to talk with me. I was tired and did not want to. Then she writes again and again so I call her. "She asks me if I am the professional harness racing driver," St-Pierre explains, "Then she tells me about father and that I am her half-brother. Boy oh boy I nearly fell on the floor. We have since talked and talked and she has met other members of my family, but because of my schedule between Toronto and Montreal, I have not been able to actually meet her yet. That special meeting will take place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. "She called me and said that she is coming to meet me at the tournament." St-Pierre said. "And that she is expecting me to win it for her. If that is not enough of an incentive for me to be at my best, then nothing is. "Rain or shine tomorrow, I do not care." St-Pierre added. "I have a new angel in my life and she will be there rooting for me so I will be doing more than my very best on the track." St-Pierre said that after the races the family and newest member will all go out for dinner and catch up on a lifetime. TRACK NOTES: Track announcer Guy Lafontaine and his trademark start of every race, "Hippty Hippty Howe BOOM" will also be calling the races in both French and English. The 3R track commentator, Daniel Delisle will be joined by Harnesslink's Steve Wolf and they will do live interviews after every race also in French and English. Most racetracks, wagering website and OTB's will be carrying the Hippodrome 3R signal. There is a free program available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com along with a link to watch the races live on the internet via Roberts Communications. There are ten races on the Sunday program, the eight drivers will compete in races 2 through 9. The point system is 1st - 50 points, 2nd - 25 points, 3rd - 12 points, 4th - 8 points, 5th - 5 points, 6th - 2 points and 7th and 8th - 0 points. In the event of a scratched horse, that driver will get an average of his seven drives in the tournament. The meet and greet autograph session gets underway in the clubhouse at 12:15 pm and first race post time is 1:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 2 - Harness racing six-year-old trotting mare Charmed Life reached the $1 million earnings mark in style Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dave Menary trainee was able to convert off a three-hole trip from driver Jody Jamieson to score her first win of the season and reach the $1 million mark. Charmed Life entered Thursday's race less than $5,000 away from the milestone and picked the perfect time to win in a $24,000 Fillies & Mares Trot. The daughter of Majestic Son is owned by Menary Racing Inc., Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero. Charmed Life has been a standout on the WEG circuit since her Ontario Sires Stakes days. Trained by John Bax until 2014, the classy trotting mare has tackled and defeated her male counterparts on multiple occasions in the Preferred. Charmed Life has also had success on the Grand Circuit with a victory in the Miss Versatility and runner-up finishes in the Armbro Flight and Miami Valley Distaff. The Menary trainee banked over $209,000 last season and finished third in the Breeders Crown Mare Trot at Woodbine. Thursday's 1:54.1 victory was the 19th career win for Charmed Life, who sports a career-mark of 1:52.2. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Charmed Life and all her connections on becoming harness racing's newest millionaire. Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The most competitive field of world class drivers ever to grace a harness racing oval in the province of Quebec, will be at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday for their inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament. Hall of Famer John Campbell, American sensation Tim Tetrick, 2015 Driver of the Year in the USA, Yannick Gingras, Yonkers sensation Daniel Dube, 2015 Driver of the Year in Canada, Sylvain Filion, World Driving Champion Jody Jamieson and 3R's leading reinsman from 2015, Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron are the stars that will be performing. They will battle in eight All-Star races Sunday with $10,000 in prize money on the line. "What a super group of top drivers we have for this first time event," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at the Hippodrome 3R. "Never before has such a tournament like this with many of the best drivers in the world taken place not only in Quebec, but many tracks throughout racing. It will be very exciting for our fans, our horsemen and our staff to see this competition Sunday." The post positions were drawn earlier in the afternoon. All eight of the drivers will each start once from posts 1 through 8 on the afternoon card. The point system is 1st 50 points, 2nd 25 points, 3rd 12 points, 4th 8 points, 5th five points, 6th place two points and those that finish 7th and 8th get no points. If a driver loses a horse due to a scratch, that driver will get an average of his points from their other seven drives that day. For both John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, it will be their first time ever driving at the Hippodrome 3R. "I am very pleased with how the post-position draw came out today," said Trudel. "I want to thank all the trainers and owners who entered their horses today for the tournament on Sunday. "We were hoping to have at least nine races on the program," Trudel added, "and we have ten full fields, which is very encouraging. I also must thank the drivers for taking time from their busy schedules to come to 3R to participate. We feel this is a great event that will help promote the Hippodrome 3R and our strong growing race program in Quebec." TRACK NOTES: Post time is 1:30 pm but race fans will be treated to an autograph session with the eight drivers in the Clubhouse from 12:15 pm to 1:00 pm Sunday, then a special on-track introduction of all the drivers. The competition begins in the second race. Race fans that come to the track will also be able to compete in a special contest to pick the winner of the tournament. All that is needed is to selection the winning driver and deposit the entry form in the drum for that driver. After the tournament, one winning name from the driver that finishes 1st, 2nd and 3rd will be drawn to share in $500 cash. After each race on the program, there will live interviews by 3R's Daniel Delisle and USA's Steve Wolf with the drivers in the tournament. Race fans will be able to watch and wager on the 3R program at most simulcast outlets and online wagering websites. A free race program will be posted and there will be a free video feed of the race card by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The World Chariot Racing Federation (WCRF) pre-Olympic tour on its "Road To Rio" made stops in both Sweden and Canada over the weekend. The WCRF is dedicated to resurrecting Chariot Racing in the Olympics while revitalization and reshaping the sport of harness racing. WCRF founder, Sam Stathis, was in Stockholm, Sweden Saturday and Sunday for the world renowned Standardbred harness horse race called the Elitloppet, where more than 28,000 fans came out Sunday to see the classic event. "What a tremendous weekend of racing at the Solvalla track," Stathis said. "The crowds were overwhelming, everyone rooting for his or her favorites. It took me more than a half hour to get from the dining room to the winner's circle just in time to see Jimmy Takter's Pinkman win his race." Stathis met with Swedish racing officials over the weekend, setting up WCRF future events for later this summer and for 2017. "I want to thank the AGT for hosting the WCRF at their tremendous VIP party," Stathis said, "My good friends Ann and Johan Lindberg (secretary general of Travsport) introduced us to racing dignitaries from as far south as Australia, Russia to the north and everyone in between. This will help pave the way for the WCRF to do some great things around the globe as I met people who now know about the goals of the WCRF and will join our team." "Pink highlighted the day," Stathis explained, "There were pink hats, shirts, pants and dresses topped off by a "pink horse" Pinkman, who won his race while defeating other US Stars. And what a great ambassador for the USA and WCRF pre-Olympic Tour as world renowned driver, Yannick Gingras joined us and his friends at the VIP party for a pre-race photo shoot and then topping it off by carrying the Olympic and Greece flags in the winner circle after Pinkman won. Stathis said they were also joined at the VIP party by Mr. and Mrs. Karl-Eric Bender, owners of the Palema Trotting Center in Vero Beach, FL along with Jimmy Takter and his wife Christina and renowned Australian breeder Duncan McPherson. "This was an amazing party," Stathis said, "and a superb weekend of racing that I will cherish in my memories the rest of my life. Everyone wanted to take a photo with the Greek and Olympic flags in support of the what the WCRF is doing for the special Olympics." The Pre-Olympic "Road to Rio" tour is being highlighted by the exotic chariots designed by Sam Stathis as the sport that the ancient Olympics were founded on in 776 BC. The tour is winding its way around the world and winding up at the Olympic city of Rio de Janeiro in August, 2016. At Mohawk Raceway in Ontario, Canada on Saturday, one of the WCRF exotic chariots was on the track during their stakes race evening, taking children around the main track, showing off the unique two-seater design. World champion harness driver, Jody Jamieson and the trotter, Calamar, took the children for their rides. "This is what the WCRF is all about," Stathis said. "Educating children and adults with hands-on "grass-roots" experience getting to sit behind a racehorse on the track." Stathis's Celebrity Farms top racehorse, Celebrity Eventsy, was also at Mohawk Raceway Saturday, finishing third in the $174,000 final of the SBOA Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. With international support from every equine discipline, the WCRF is leading the effort to return Chariot Racing to the Olympics. Stathis is now on his way to his native country of Greece, where on Sunday, June 5 he will be at the new Olympic Stadium with special Olympic children, attending the National Show Jumping competition. For additional information, visit www.worldchariot.org. From the World Chariot Racing Federation  

As part of The Raceway at Western Fair District's Molson Pace night festivities, the province's top harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings kicked off the 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes season in front of an enthusiastic group of supporters on Friday evening. Under balmy skies and with fast track conditions the colts rang up sharp miles, culminating with a track record equalling performance by Sintra in the third $70,000 Gold Series division. The Mach Three son was driven to the 1:52.4 victory by Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON, who said the result came as no surprise to the gelding's connections. "All I can tell you is that Dave Menary, tonight, was as confident in a race as I've ever seen. He wasn't worried about Gerries Sport, he wasn't worried about anybody. He said this horse will win and he'll set the track record. And he did that," said Jamieson, who piloted Sintra to the win for trainer Dave Menary of Rockton, ON and his partners Brad Gray of Dundas, ON and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. "He was actually three-fifths of a second off his prediction, but it was still pretty impressive to see how good the horse was." Sintra bested fan favourite Gerries Sport by two and one-quarter lengths, with Flaherty seven and a half lengths back in third. The win was Sintra's third in three starts this season and Jamieson is confident that it will not be his last. "I schooled him before I qualified him and I knew what kind of horse he was. He was just deadly qualifying and his first two starts were a laugh, 1:51, just jogged," said the reinsman. "Obviously the half-mile track is a bit of an equalizer for some horses, but he just proved right there that he can go with anybody on any size track." Sintra raced just three times as a two-year-old, and was the second lightly raced youngster to emerge victorious in Gold Series action on Friday. Magnum J, who went behind the gate four times last season, captured the first Gold division in 1:53.2. Magnum J and driver Doug McNair carved out fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.4 on their way to the two and one-quarter length win over Brookdale Sonny and Bettor Memories, and McNair is also expecting a strong sophomore campaign from the Big Jim gelding. "He cut it home in 27 and a bit, and he did that on his own, so it's scary how big of a mile he probably could have went if he had to," said Guelph, ON resident McNair. "He's fast, he can come off a helmet. It's tough to say how good he is. He only had four starts last year," added the driver. McNair's father Gregg, also of Guelph, conditions Magnum J and shares ownership of the gelding with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover. The other Gold Series trophy went home with Print Media, who upset the favourites with a 1:54.1 front-end effort engineered by Sylvain Filion. The Vintage Master gelding finished one length in front of War N Munn and Semi Automatic to score his first win of the season. "This year they had him ready a little bit earlier so I think they caught those Gold horses off guard tonight," noted Filion, last year's leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "He was ready and there were a few here that weren't quite ready to roll, you know, and I think that gave him an edge." Milton, ON resident Filion engineered the win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner Saverino Spagnolo of Ottawa, ON. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 2. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues on June 4 with the first Gold Series Leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies going postward at Mohawk Racetrack. In addition to the Gold Series divisions, London area fans were also treated to four City of London Series Finals and two Alliance Series Finals, all leading up to the $150,000 Molson Invitational Pace. Filion and Moreau combined for a second upset in the Molson Pace, as the lightly rated Evenin Of Pleasure sprinted home to a track record 1:50.3 triumph. Sunfire Blue Chip finished a neck back in second and McWicked was hot on their heels in third. Ontario Racing

Like many residents north of the border harness racing trainer David Menary is a huge hockey fan and also was a participant in the game. Therefore, it is certainly not surprising he employs jargon stemming from the sport when he describes Charmed Life. “She is a franchise player,” he said. “She is not Bee A Magician but she is one of the top three horses in my barn and I am grateful every day for my lovely wife, my two beautiful daughters and Charmed Life.” The now 6-year-old daughter of Majestic Son and the Muscles Yankee mare Christina M seeks her first victory of the season and continues her quest to reach millionaire status when she lines up behind the gate on Monday (May 23) in the second of two C$30,000 divisions of the Miss Versatility Series at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned by Menary Racing Inc., Brad Gray and Michael Guerriero, the mare will be in rein to Jody Jamieson in the evening’s ninth race against seven rivals, including Harley Momma, Rockin With Dewey, Stormont Kate and Second Sister, who will be vying against her to claim their own spot in the winner’s circle. Charmed Life enters this contest fresh off three consecutive second place finishes. She was directly behind the very talented mares Muscle Baby Doll (on April 25 in a conditioned race at Mohawk) and Hannelore Hanover (on May 8 in the $100,000 Miami Valley Distaff) and then came home the bridesmaid to the classy stallion Flanagan Memory on May 16 in the Preferred Trot at Mohawk. “Every time she goes out there you can expect her best effort,” Menary said. “Any time she loses it is not her fault and she always has a valid excuse. Like last year when we raced her in the Fresh Yankee on Hambletonian Day and she threw in the worst race of her life (10th place finish). She had the thumps that day and then it happened again when we shipped her up to Vernon Downs for the Muscle Hill right after that (eighth place finish). That was the only bad month she has ever had and all she needed was just some extra fluids because it was so hot out. She is low maintenance and requires no vet work. She is so easy to handle, she could probably live out of the back of a truck.” Charmed Life has competed in 83 trotting miles with 18 wins, 20 second place finishes and 15 thirds. She has collected $923,532 during her career and kept company with the likes of elite mares such as Bee A Magician, Maven, Classic Martine and D’One. She was third in last year’s Breeders Crown final, nearly set a track record in her very first start at age two and has banked more than $175,000 in each of the four full years she has raced. This year’s edition of the Miss Versatility will be her third attempt to take home the series title. She was fourth in the $100,000 final last year at the Delaware County Fairgrounds and second the previous year. For both her appearances in Central Ohio, Charmed Life was saddled with the outermost post, which can be notoriously difficult to overcome at that venue. “They say the third time is a charm, so we are going to try and get that win for her again this year,” Menary said. “When she finished second she came from way back at the top of the stretch and passed Bee A Magician and Maven. I really thought she was going to win but she came up just a neck short (of Classic Martine). Even when she finished fourth (last year) she still raced well and never had a pylon in her line of vision the entire way around the track. You couldn’t ask anything more from her and we are hoping this year we draw a little bit better. We would really like to see her in the winner’s circle for this series.” Prior to Menary and his partners purchasing her in March 2014, Charmed Life was under the watchful eye of John Bax and was owned by John Houston, Parkhill Stud Farm, Goin To The Show Stable and Dale Debnam. Menary worked with an agent to broker the deal and remains thrilled he has the opportunity to own Charmed Life. “John (Bax) was the one who made her,” he said. “He was the one that taught her to trot and I just had to learn about her. It took a couple of races for us to figure her out. We raced her the same way John did with leaving with her, then moving her twice during the race. She didn’t seem to be finishing as strongly as I thought she should be so I kept scoping her and found she was full of mucus and was bleeding a little. “To be honest with you, He’s Watching had an impact on the longevity and success of her racing career. I took her down with us to the Meadowlands when he raced in the Meadowlands Pace and she was in the Miss Versatility. That is when I decided to put her on the lightest dose possible of Lasix because I do that in New Jersey without having to sit out of racing her. She was terrific that day and finished a neck behind Bee A Magician, but she came home her final quarter in :25.4. “I don’t really believe in giving my horses anything and am very straightforward, but with his mare it really helped her. In fact just about six weeks after that she had what I think is the best race while I have had her in a Miss Versatility leg at Tioga Downs. She beat Classic Martine and Maven and set her lifetime mark of 1:52.2. Jody (Jamieson) was driving her and he said she literally was coming out of the bridle down the stretch. He was impressed.” Charmed Life will follow a similar schedule to her two previous campaigns with Menary. “I lightened up her stakes schedule some this year but not much,” he said. “We’ll do the Miss Versatility series and I can put her in some races here at home while maybe giving her a week off here and there. We also decided not to go to the Muscle Hill this year and we’ll be skipping the Allerage down in Lexington with her. I want her to be a fresh horse for the end of the year. “Also her groom should be credited for how she has turned out as well. His name is Mark Cecile and he has spent a lot of time with this mare making sure she is in the best of health. I can’t say enough about the work he has put in with her and he’s been with her right from the beginning. “We are just so lucky to have her. She may not be the fastest or the strongest, but she is a grinder and she will wear you down. Horses like her don’t come along often and that is why she is the backbone of this barn.” by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

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