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Scott Young put the pedal to the metal right from the word ‘Go’ with Justasmalltowngirl in Tuesday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters at Georgian Downs, and the mare kept on trucking en route to a narrow score. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Armbro Exuberant sliced out splits of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27.1 before using a :29.4 closing quarter to win by a quarter of a length in 1:57. Justasmalltowngirl edged out Euro Classic, who was eventually placed fifth for causing interference to another foe in the late stages of the mile. Will To Do was third-placed-second while Thor Seelster finished fourth-placed-third. To view the rest of this story click here.

Bee A Magician, the 2013 Dan Patch Harness Horse of the Year after her undefeated 17 race season, finally got her first win of 2014 after five starts, beating the top trotting mares in the country in a $40,000 leg of the Miss Versatility at the Meadowlands Saturday. And unlike most of last year, she did it by coming from behind for driver Brian Sears. Classic Martine (Tim Tetrick) was the first to leave with Perfect Alliance (David Miller) also leaving and settling into the two-hole. They went to the first quarter in a quick :26.3. Then Miller came out with Perfect Alliance to quarter move and before she could clear to the lead, there was Maven and driver Yannick Gingras flying three-wide on the outside and they took command. Past the half mile marker in :55.2, Maven was in control of the lead as D’Orsay (Corey Callahan) came first-over and Miller followed the outside flow second over with Bee A Magician. To the three-quarters in 1:24.3, Maven was still on top but D’Orsay was gaining ground and giving Bee A Magician a perfect outside trip. Down the stretch D’Orsay past Maven and then Sears got Bee A Magician into high gear and she trotted on by and then was able to hold off a late closing Charmed Life (Brett Miller) to win by a neck in 1:51.1. D’Orsay was third. Trained by R. Nifty Norman, Bee A Magician is a four-year-old mare by Kadabra and is owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. Her time of 1:51.1 was one fifth of a second from her lifetime mark. She paid $4.00 to win as the even money favorite. Bee A Magician By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

On Thursday, July 3 Northfield Park hosted the first leg of Ohio Sires Stake racing action for two year-old fillies as part of a 15-race program. Trotters and pacers each competed in three divisions. The pacers started the stakes action in the evening's opening race. Friskie Lil Devil (Feelin Friskie-Devils Desire-Cole Muffler) bested her competition by three lengths in her $40,000 stakes event. The race was Friskie Lil Devil's career debut. Chris Page piloted the filly for trainer Brian Brown and owner Lil Devil Stable of Findlay, Ohio. Friskie Lil Devil started from post two. Page sent her to the lead and never looked back. She posted fractions of :29, 59.1, 1:29 and 1:58. Finishing behind Friskie Lil Devil were Hailstorm Grace, Finefeelinfriskie, Happy Jude, Zebra Stripes and Feelin Outragous. Friskie Lil Devil returned $14.80 to win. Trotters took to the stage next for the second race of the evening. Honey B (Victory Sam-Honey Mesquite-Angus Hall) took the lion's share of her $40,000 division. Kyle Ater piloted the filly for trainer Dan Ater and the owning partnership of Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. Honey B started from post two and led at virtually every call. She trotted fractions of :30.4, 1:03.2, 1:34.1 and 2:04.2. She held off late closing challengers by a head in this career debut. She was followed across the wire by Student Of Life, Song Of The Valley, Sammy Star, I'd Rather Walk, Star Of Thine and Iron Lucy. Hello Chipper was scratched. Honey B paid $7.80 to win Suite Feelin won the $40,000 second division for filly pacers in the third race of the night. Ronnie Wrenn Jr. was the winning driver for the owning partnership of Dr. RV Hutchinson of North Ridgeville, Ohio, Dr. R Van Hutchinson of Avon Lake, Ohio and TF Hoovler of Pataskala, Ohio. Mike Medors is the filly's trainer. Suite Feelin (Feelin Friskie-Easter Lace-Dare You To) started from post one and was content with letting her competition post the :29 opening fraction before taking the lead in the second quarter. Once on the lead, Suite Feelin did not experience an anxious moment for the remainder of the mile. She continued on the lead through fractions of :58.4, 1:28.2 and 1:58.4 and was a dominating 5-1/4 lengths in front as she crossed the wire. The time represents a new lifetime mark for Suite Feelin. Thursday's victory was the second start and second win for Suite Feelin, who now has earnings of $21,475. Suite Feelin was followed by Playa Del Sol, Karlee Sue, Corner Girl, Zoey's Lemon Tart, Feelin Flirty and Blinded. She returned $6.40 to win. Trotters again competed in the evening's fifth race. Sunrise Nibbles (Iron Duke-Sweethomeourbama-Kadabra) won the $40,000 second division. This win was Chris Page's second stakes victory of the night, this one was for trainer Christopher Beaver and the owning partnership of C Beaver of Delaware, Ohio, Synerco Vent of Ontario, Canada, S Zeehandler of Worthington, Ohio and D Lang of Hilliard, Ohio. Sunrise Nibbles started from the rail and led at virtually every call. She posted fractions of :31.1, 1:02.4, 1:34.3 and 2:04.3. She held off her challengers by a neck. This victory is her first win in as many starts. She was followed across the wire by Dolly Dunn, Soaring Flight, Influential Girl, Sammie's Delite, Bettys Sam, Talissa and Defiant Victory. Sunrise Nibbles was the punter's choice and paid $3.00 to win. Pacers returned to the scene to compete in the $40,000 third division. Friskie Til Dawn (Feelin Friskie-Lullaby Til Dawn-Dawn Ofa New Day) bested her competition by two lengths. The race was Friskie Til Dawn's career debut. Tony Hall piloted the filly for trainer Jim Arledge Jr. and owner Spring Mill Venture of New Albany, Ohio. Friskie Till Dawn started from post four. Hall sent her to the lead and there was never a question. She posted fractions of :29.1, 59, 1:29.3 and 1:59. Finishing behind Friskie Til Dawn were Medoland Kendolin, Bevnlindas Blossom, Tolatetoapologize, Colossal Chaos, Forever Golden, Indian Rockette and The Light. Friskie Til Dawn returned $4.60 to win. Totters completed the evening's stakes action in the twelfth race. I'm Chiptastic captured the $40,000 third division. John Ryan Melsheimer trains and drove the filly for owners Mel Rose Stable of Hopewell, Ohio and David Pierce of Houston, Texas. The win came in I'm Chiptastic's career debut. I'm Chiptastic (Chip Chip Hooray-Kamtastic Score-Final Score) started from post five. Melsheimer sent the filly to the front and she continued on the lead throughout. I'm Chiptastic posted fractions of :31.1, 1:03.3, 1:33.4 and 2:03.2. I'm Chiptastic won by 1 ¾-lengths. Finishing in succession after the winner were Lisa Jane, Dark Roast, If I Could Count, Little Casino, Miss Fanci Cash, Hot Chip and Chip Chip Skater. I'm Chiptastic paid $7.00 to win.  

The top 7 Grassroots starts and the top points earner in the Gold OSS series will compete this Saturday at Hanover Raceway. Tyrone Haji leads the Gold Point earners for Trainer Bob McIntosh who shares ownership of the 3 year old with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. The son of Kadabra won a Gold Elimination at London on May 30th and was 5th in the slop at Mohawk in his last start on June 24th. Mcintosh says they decided to drop the 3 year old into the Grassroots because he races really well on a half mile track, and he felt that the son of Kadabra is better suited in the Grassroots. The top points earner in the Grassroots this season is Aventure who is 2 for 2 this summer including a 1:55.3 win at Mohawk on June 26th. Bill Budd of Waterdown says he got the horse from Orville Rursch of Illinois as a 2 year old, and he returned him back this year. Budd says the son of Muscle Mass is a pleasure to work with and he's very handy both on the 7/8th and the half mile track. Budd says he expects driver Trevor Henry will leave from post position 6 but says the colt has proven he can work out a mile from the front, or from behind. Also doing well this season is Dream of Glory eligible horse, Razor Ramone for trainer driver and part owner Mark Etsell, formerly of Hanover. Etsell shares ownership on the son of Kadabra with Bob Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. The homebred has a win and a 2nd at Mohawk in 2 OSS starts this year, including a win from Post 10 at Mohawk on June 26th. Etsell says he's not sure how his horse will handle the half mile, and isn't too concerned about getting the outside 7 post position. Razor Ramone won his last start from the 10 hole at Mohawk, and despite an early break 3 starts back, closed well enough to finish 2nd on June 9th in his other OSS start. Etsell says if he would have had a few more feet of stretch drive he probably would have won adding if Ramone does well on Saturday he'll likely be back for the Dream of Glory eliminations on July 26th. 6 divisions of 3 year old Colt trotters hit the track Saturday night. It's also Ladies Night with special prize draws, and the start of the Survivor Handicapping Contest. One lucky fan will win a high definition Television courtesy of Country 93 radio. The FREE contest starts in Race 5 and runs every Saturday for the month of July. Post time at Hanover Raceway is 7:15pm. From the Hanover Raceway Press Box

WASHINGTON, PA, July 2, 3014 -- Eric Goodell, who owns Magic Will Work, took matters into his own hands Wednesday at The Meadows when he drove his 5-year-old mare to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Trot. Magic Will Work stalked the leader, Mistress Valentine, from the pocket, then drew off in the Lightning Lane to triumph in 1:54.4, a lifetime mark. Mistress Valentine saved place, 2-1/2 lengths back, with Homepage third. Paul Kennedy trains the daughter of Kadabra-Raquel Victory, who soared over $100,000 in career earnings. Elsewhere on the program, freshman pacer Given Up Terror scored in 1:55.4, fastest this year by a 2-year-old gelding on a five-eighths-mile track. Chris Shaw piloted the son of Western Terror-Ain't Given Up for trainer Lisa Beinhauer and owner Chad Parker. Dave Palone drove three winners on the 15-race card. On Thursday, July 3, The Meadows Racetrack & Casino will offer a $5,000-guaranteed pool for its Pick 5 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. The Meadows added the “instant” guarantee after Wednesday’s Pick 5 was uncovered, resulting in a $1,215.59 carryover. Minimum wager for the Pick 5 (Races 11-15) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. by Even Pattak, for the Meadows

On Thursday, July 3 Northfield Park will host six divisions of Ohio Sires Stake racing action as part of the 15-race program. This will be the first leg of the Sires Stakes for the freshman fillies. The stakes action will help to highlight "Back to the Track." The United States Trotting Association has coordinated "Back to the Track" with racetracks across the United States to make it a national event. "Back to the Track" is designed to promote harness racing and encourage occasional or former race fans to come "Back to the Track" for an exciting night of entertainment. Freshman filly pacers will start Thursday's stake action in Race 1 for the $40,000 first division. Finefeelinfriskie (Feelin Friskie-Lady Shuffle-Cam's Card Shark) is the 7-5 morning-line favorite for owners CT Howard of Hilliard, Ohio, Herres Stables of Bellbrook, Ohio, GS Tucker of Quebec, Canada and DA Mitchell of Novi, Michigan. Virgil Morgan Jr. is the filly's trainer and has enlisted the services of Greg Grismore. Finefeelinfriskie makes her first lifetime start. She has posted three qualifying efforts, most recently winning at Scioto Downs in 1:56.4. Finefeelinfriskie will start from post three. Also competing in the first division will be Naughty Osborne, Friskie Lil Devil, Happy Jude, Feelin Outragous, Zebra Stripes and Hailstorm Grace. Race 2 will be the $40,000 first division for two-year old filly Ohio-bred trotters. Trainer Dan Ater will start Honey B (Victory Sam-Honey Mesquite-Angus Hall) as the 3-1 slight morning-line favorite. Honey B starts from post two and faces seven rivals. Honey B shows two qualifying lines, most recently finishing second in 2:03.3 at Scioto Downs. Kyle Ater is scheduled to drive for owners Jim Burnett of Wilmington, Ohio and Tim Homan of Maineville, Ohio. Song Of The Valley, Iron Lucy, Student Of Life, I'd Rather Walk, Hello Chipper, Star Of Thine and Sammy Star complete the line-up. Pacers return to the stage in Race 3 for the $40,000 second division Ohio Sire Stakes. Karlee Sue (Feelin Friskie-Magical Jeanie-Magical Mike) is the 2-1 morning-line favorite for owners Dennis Stolz of Midland, Michigan, Daniel Mitchell of Novi, Michigan and co-owner/trainer Allen Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan. Karlee Sue has one start to her credit, a 3rd place finish in a $11,160 race at Mohawk. Driver Chris Page will start the pacer from post-six in a field that consists of Suite Feelin, Playa Del Sol, Zoey's Lemon Tart, Blinded, Fellin Flirty and Corner Girl. Trotters again compete in Race 5 for the $40,000 second division of the Ohio Sires Stakes. Sunrise Nibbles (Iron Duke-Sweethomeourbama-Kadabra) starts from the rail and is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. She is owned by C Beaver of Delaware, Ohio, Synerco Vent of Ontario, Canada, S Zeehandler of Worthington, Ohio and D Lang of Hird, Ohio. Trainer, Christopher Beaver, has called upon Chris Page to drive. This filly has two qualifying efforts, winning both, the fastest in 2:02.1 at Scioto Downs. Sunrise Nibbles starts from the rail and has a host of rivals consisting of Influential Girl, Dolly Dunn, Defiant Victory, Talissa, Bettys Sam, Soaring Flight and Sammie's Delight. Race 11 will host the $40,000 third division for two year-old filly pacers. Medoland Kendolin (Feelin Friskie-Wanida Jean-Mattcando) is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for owners TF Hoovler of Pataskala, Ohio, RV Hutchinson of North Ridgeville, Ohio and Dr. R Van Hutchison of Avon Lake, Ohio. Mike Medors trains the filly and uses Aaron Merriman to drive. This freshman has two qualifying lines, most recently finishing second and pacing in 1:59.3 at Scioto Downs. Medoland Kendolin starts from post three in a field consisting of The Light, Indian Rockette, Friskie Til Dawn, Tolatetoapologize, Colossal Chaos, Forever Golden and Bevnlindas Blossom. Race 12, the final freshman stakes on the night, is the $40,000 third division for trotters. I'm Chiptastic (Chip Chip Hooray-Pleasure Skate-Super Pleasure) is the 3-1 morning-line favorite for owners Mel Rose Stable of Hopewell, Ohio and David Pierce of Houston, Texas. John Ryan Melsheimer is the filly's trainer and driver. I'm Chiptastic makes her first lifetime start. She has posted two qualifying efforts, most recently being timed in 2:02.3 at The Meadows. I'm Chiptastic will start from post five. Also competing in the third division will be Miss Fanci Cash, Hot Chip, If I Could Count, Chip Chip Skater, Little Casino, Dark Roast and Lisa Jane. Northfield's Lady Luck's Clubhouse restaurant will be open featuring a picnic style buffet for just $12.95. Reservations are preferred and are placed by calling 330/467-4101. Harness Racing Bingo is back by popular demand as part of the "Back to the Track" festivities. Bingo is FREE to participate in and offers prizes worth over $1,500. Guests in attendance will receive a FREE 2014 Northfield Park Drivers Poster. A driver autograph station and meet and greet will be open from 6:00 to 10:00 p.m. Fans can catch t-shirts that will be tossed into the crowd by the winning driver of each race. "Back to the Track" also features FREE television carrels. Dollar programs, hot dogs and soft drinks will be offered as well as $3.00 beer specials. With exciting racing action and a host of great activities, everyone has a reason to come "Back to the Track." Thursday night has a regular 1st race post time of 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park      

Mohawk Racetrack treated its fans to more of the Ontario Sires Stakes program Tuesday evening, as three-year-old trotting colts and geldings braved the elements in a set of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Jitterbug overcame a second-tier start to capture the first division in 1:56.4 for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Marcel Barrieau. The son of Kadabra-Jodis Jayme got away sixth and watched race favourite Muscle Matters chop out fractions of :28, :58.1 and 1:27.4. Jitterbug hitched a ride on cover in backstretch before making a three-wide move coming off the final turn. The colt’s :28.3 closing quarter was more than enough for him to win by 1-3/4 lengths over Muscle Matters in 1:56.4. Ole Jack Magic rounded out the top three finishers in the rich tilt. To view the rest of the story click here.

The track it pedigrees for the 24 Deo Volente yearlings of 2014 can be found on their website at  http://deovolentefarms.com/Home.html and activated by clicking on the yearlings name. Of the 24, 17 are slated for the Lexington selected sale as part of the Preferred Equine consignment. The remaining seven are slated for Harrisburg and will be consigned by Northwood Bloodstock. Among the Lexington highlights include Mikhail Deo, a Kadabra brother to this year’s sensational Perfect Alliance and Can’t Hold This a Donato Hanover colt from Yursa Hanover, she a near million dollar winning sister to Perfect Alliance’s dam Yalta Hanover. Among the outstanding pacing prospects are Timber (Art Major-Bjs Canouan) from a productive sister to Rocknroll Hanover and Charlies Man the Art Major colt from Worldly Beauty’s productive dam World Of Her Own. Charlies Man is thus a half brother to the well known Sir Richard Z Tam  Leading the Harrisburg offerings are Lovin Life (Western Ideal-Lisjune) a three quarter sister to last year’s brilliant I Luv The Nitelife and Mavens Way (Muscles Yankee-Doris Deo) he from a sister to Donato Hanover. From Deo Volente Farms

Szimfonia with Sandor Varga aboard won today's featured Kanca DIJ over 1900 meters autostart. Purse was 2HUf million for this classic event for three year-old fillies. The winner is by Medic Hanover, a son of Meadow Road from Melon Hanover. Baboo Va Bene (she by Diablo Va Bene, a son of Kadabra) ended second and the Wall Street Banker filly Silver Lady was third. June 14, 2014 Kincsem Park, Kanca DIJ, three year-old females, purse 2,000,000HUf, 1900 meters autostart, 1.17.6kr 1st Szimfonia (3f Medic Hanover-Dallan-Magnas), Sandor Varga trainer/driver for owner Her-Lo Racing Kft., 7.4/1 2nd Baboo Va Bene (3f Diablo Va Bene-Pretty Paige-Armbro Goal), Sandor Varadi, 2.5/1 3rd Silver Lady (3f Wall Street Banker-Golden Lady-Endless Sands), Balazs Juhasz, 6.8/1 The solid undercard featured the 500,000Huf G. Denes Gyorgy Memorial, a marathon contest over 3600 meters autostart. The field circled the 1200 meter racetrack three times in a winning time of 1.17.9kr with veteran class-master Orlando Bloom the victorious for Andrea Nagyvary and trainer Imre Fazekas. The Tony Oaks sons Masterpiece and Nemesur finished two-three in this one. The Dorettya DIJ over 1960 meters for 330,000Huf went to Italian-bred Ps I Love You as the five year-old daughter of Muscles Yankee defeated another Italian-bred female, the four year-old Rachel CR by Indro Park. Summaries follow. June 14, 2014, Kincsem Park, G. Denes Gyorgy Memorial, 3600 meters autostart, 500,000Huf purse, 1.17.9kr 1st Orlando Bloom (6m Zador-Donna Summer-First Dust), Andrea Nagyvary up for owner Pimri Bt. and trainer Imre Fazekas 2nd Masterpiece (8m Tony Oaks-Fairplay-Witsend's Speedy), L. Marton, 3.4/1 3rd Nemesur (7m Tony Oaks-Elegant Lady-Mill H), V. Mazsity, 3/1 June 14, 2014 Kincsem Park, Dorettya DIJ, 1960 meters distance handicap, purse 330,000HUf, 1.19.2kr 1st Ps I Love You (5f Muscles Yankee-Gisele SLM-Viking Kronos), L. Orso aboard for owner BalatonEurotrade Kft., 5.6/1, traveled 1960 meters, Italy 2nd Rachel CR (4f Indro Park-Briggie Hanover-Pine Chip), Emil Csordas up, 3.7/1, 1980 meters, Italy 3rd Perfect (5m Superior Dream-Calorina-Keystone Patriot), S. Kolozsi up, 13.4/1, 1980 meters As the summer season heats up so does Derby time. The gallop Derby goes postward July 6 and the trotters a month later. Both events are exceptionally well-promoted and covered by broadcast and other media outlets. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com      

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) parlayed a pocket ride to victory to prevail in the $17,000 Open Trot for the first time at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Stephane Bouchard piloted the four year old trotter for the Kellogg Racing Stables and trainer Jackie Rousse. The veteran reinsman worked out a two hole trip behind Just Like Lloyd (Mark Beckwith) and cruised up the passing lane to secure the Open score. Just Make Believe, who had finished third in the feature on three occasions, scored at odds of 8-1, getting the best of Just Like Lloyd who held second while Justa Rebel (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The victory came in 1:56.2 for Just Make Believe whose sixth win of the season came over a tracked labeled "good" following a day of off and on rain in the Spa City. Live racing continues on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway

Campbellville, ON --- Last weekend’s elimination winners McWicked, Tellitlikeitis and Lyonssomewhere head an extremely competitive field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup harness race, this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 31st edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest 3-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:14 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN. A half-hour preview of the race will air on TSN GO from 9:30-10:00 p.m., with the race set for TSN from 9:30 p.m.–10:30 p.m. The winner will earn C$500,000. Post positions were drawn today at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Dave Bolland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three Cup eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field was drawn. Seventeen of the past 30 Cup winners also won their elimination. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Cup with Sportswriter, sends out McWicked, who recorded the fastest elim, winning by two lengths in 1:48.3, from post two. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked, a son of 2002 Cup third place finisher Mcardle, is a five time winner in 14 outings with career earnings of $244,707. Driver David Miller has yet to win the Cup in 13 tries, but has twice been second, including last year with a 96-1 shot Twilight Bonfire. Trainer Jimmy Takter, more renowned as a trotting conditioner for such stars as Moni Maker, Kadabra and Malabar Man, but who also directed filly pacer See You At Peelers to championship seasons, will have two Cup entrants, Tellitlikeitis (post three) and Lyonssomewhere (post four), who both won their elims in ultra-impressive fashion and who both will be solidly backed on Saturday night. Tellitlikeitis, bred and owned by Lothlorien of Cheltenham, Ontario, took his elim in a career best 1:48.4, blowing by heavily-favored He's Watching to win by 2-1/4 lengths in only his second start of the year. The regally bred son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said out of champion Kikikatie also won his season opener, a Pennsylvania Sires Stake, at Pocono Downs in May. Lothlorien has shared ownership of three previous Cup winners -- Well Said (2009), Rocknroll Hanover (2005) and Red River Hanover (2002). Takter has only started two previous Cup entrants, both in 2012, and finished second with Time To Roll. Driver Brett Miller has two previous Cup drives, finishing second in 2010 with We Will See. Lyonssomewhere, owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford, Ontario is undefeated in five starts. The son of 2008 Cup winner and Horse of the Year Somebeachsomewhere took his elim comfortably in 1:50.1 by 1-3/4 lengths in his first stakes appearance. He’ll be driven by Corey Callahan, making only his second Cup drive after finishing fourth with Mr Wiggles in 2009. He's Watching (post seven), co-owned and trained by David Menary of Rockton, Ontario, finished second to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, but last year won all eight starts en route to a Dan Patch Award as the United States’ top 2-year-old colt pacer. Winner of a Somebeachsomewhere division on May 31 in a career best 1:49.3, the son of American Ideal will be driven by the continent’s perennial leader, Tim Tetrick, who steered champion Captaintreacherous to an authoritative score in last year’s Cup. JK Endofanera (post nine), trained by Ron Burke for owner-breeder 3 Brothers Stables of New York City, had a five-race win streak broken in his elim when finishing third as the 1-2 choice to Lyonssomewhere, while drifting out in the stretch. The son of Art Major is the field’s leading money winner with $453,517, topped by his win last year in the Governor’s Cup at the Meadowlands. He’ll be driven by Brian Sears, who steered Rocknroll Hanover to victory in the 2005 Cup. Last year’s Breeders Crown champion, Luck Be Withyou (post eight), was third to Tellitlikeitis in his elim, after finishing second to JK Endofanera in a Somebeachsomewhere division the week before in his seasonal debut. Trained by Bill Cass for owner John Craig of North York, the son of Western Ideal will be driven by Ron Pierce, who has won two Cups, with Total Truth in 2006 and Well Said in 2009. Let's Drink On It (post five), trained by Joe Seekman, is a seven-time winner in 16 starts and was third to McWicked in his elim. A son of Art Official, the only horse to defeat Somebeachsomewhere, he’ll be piloted by 21-year-old Tyler Smith, who would become the youngest driver to win the Pepsi North America Cup. Sometimes Said (post 10), another son of 2009 Cup winner Well Said, finished second to McWicked last Saturday, the ninth time in 14 outings he’s been the runner-up. Trained by Jim Campbell for owner Fashion Farms and driven by his Hall of Fame brother and record six-time Cup winner John Campbell, Sometimes Said was also second to Luck Be Withyou in last year’s Breeders Crown. Beat The Drum (post one), a son of 2007 Cup winner Tell All, finished second as a 27-1 shot to Lyonssomewhere in his elim for trainer Staffan Lind. Yannick Gingras drives the three-time winner in 17 starts, the most outings by any Cup entrant this year. Completing the field is Ideal Cowboy (post six), who finished fourth to McWicked in his elim but drew into the final. Trained by PJ Fraley, the son of American Ideal has banked $48,684 in 10 career starts. Scott Zeron will drive. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettor's Delight has won the race by the largest margin, 4-1/2 lengths, in 2001. Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cam's Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006. It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007. The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from race seven to 10 and will feature the Roses Are Red, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and conclude in race 10 with the 31st Pepsi North America Cup. $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Post–Horse–Driver-Trainer-Line 1–Beat The Drum–Yannick Gingras-Staffan Lind-20-1 2–McWicked–David Miller-Casie Coleman-7-2 3–Tellitlikeitis–Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-3-1 4–Lyonssomewhere–Corey Callahan-Jimmy Takter-4-1 5–Let's Drink On It–Tyler Smith-Joe Seekman-6-1 6–Ideal Cowboy–Scott Zeron-PJ Fraley-15-1 7–He's Watching–Tim Tetrick-David Menary-5-1 8–Luck Be Withyou–Ron Pierce-William Cass-12-1 9–JK Endofanera–Brian Sears-Ron Burke-10-1 10–Sometimes Said–John Campbell-Jim Campbell-20-1 AE–Jet Airway–Scott Zeron-Erv Miller From the Publicity Department at WEG

Three-year-old trotting colts and geldings dominated Monday’s 11-race program at Mohawk Racetrack, as the Campbellville oval hosted its first OSS event of the season. The first Grassroots division went to Massive Pockets, who went gate-to-wire in 1:55.4 for driver Trevor Ritchie and trainer Marie Dupont. The homebred son of Muscle Mass-Striking Pockets led through splits of :28, :58.3 and 1:27.3 before stepping home in :28.1 to seal the deal over race favourite Whichamacallit. Kiwi Pres was third in the $18,000 affair. The gelding, who won for the first time in his career, is owned by M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, Florida. The $9,000 payday bumped his overall bankroll to $38,710. The betting public was in love with Ole Jack Magic in the second division, and the homebred didn’t disappoint his backers. The son of Kadabra-Whitesand Electra watched Headsaregonna Turn lead through first-half fractions of :27.2 and :57.2 before taking matters into his own hands. Chris Christoforou brushed Ole Jack Magic to the top going into the final turn and they led the group to the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1 before using a :29.4 closing panel to secure the win in 1:56. It was 5-1/4 lengths back to runner-up Crowningcrest, with Jack Litten a lapped-on third. To read the rest of the story click here.

Undefeated in four starts this year, Decret Justiciale made it a clean sweep of the Quebec-bred Series for older trotters at the Hippodrome 3R, winning all three preliminary rounds and then capturing the $35,000 final on Sunday. Trained and driven to victory by Denis Filion, Decret Justiciale did not have it as easy as his record shows, especially in the final. The fifth race finae for older trotters started off with Decret Justiciale and Filion getting parked out past the opening quarter mile in :28 by Sucre A La Crème and driver Danka Veilleux. Once Filion had Decret Justiciale on the lead, Veilleux came right back to challenge with Sucre A La Crème and they battled through the half mile in :57.4 and through the three-quarters in 1:29.1 before Sure A La Crème began to fade after being parked out. Then in the stretch, Filion and Decret Justiciale were still able to hold off all contenders in winning by one length in 1:58.2 over Domino Cybele (Guy Gagnon) and third place finisher Ken P V (Sylvain Fontaine). A five-year-old gelded son of Justice Hall, Decret Justiciale is owned by Danielle Levac of St. Augustin-Mirabel, QC and paid $2.80 to win. The fastest and most competitive of the four finals took place in the sixth race older horse pace as the action started from the start and never faltered until the finish. Out of the starting gate came The Real One and driver Rheo Filion, who made it to the lead but was pressured immediately by Primeride and driver Guy Gagnon, who was determined to get to the front. Those two thus got into a dogfight past the opening quarter mile in a blazing :26.2. Primeride was in the lead but The Real One would not let him pass them by and they continued to battle through the half mile in :55.2. Meanwhile, McKinney and driver Denis St. Pierre was following second-over behind Primeride and third-over was the race favorite and all-age track record holder, Duc Dorleans, who was being driven by Stephane Brosseau. Once the field entered the backstretch the final time, Brosseau moved three-wide with Duc Dorleans and looped the field only they was unable to get past The Real One at the three-quarters in 1:25.2. As the field started down the stretch, The Real One finally began to fade, Duc Dorleans had the lead but could not hold off the late charge by McKinney, who went on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55. Duc Dorleans was second and The Real One held game for third place. Trained by Corey Johnson and owned by G. Arthur Slack of Rockwood, Ontario, it was the second straight win and third victory this year for McKinney, a four-year-old gelding by Santana Blue Chip. He paid $7.40 to win. Another slugfest took place in the tenth race final for older pacing mares as Racey Miss and driver Stephane Gendron, despite being parked out first-over from the half mile, still was able to grind it out against pacesetter My Tallia Ideal to win in 1:55. Her time was just two fifths of a second off of the track record for older pacing mares. Lady Valentine (Jonathan Drury) was the first on the lead and they parked My Tallia Ideal to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.3. Once settled in, My Tallia Ideal and driver Denis St Pierre were pressured on the outside immediately by Racey Miss and Gendron and they pushed the race to the half in :56.2  and then to the three-quarters in 1:25.2. Coming down the stretch, Racey Miss would not be denied despite the overland journey and went on to win by a half length over My Tallia Ideal with Lady Valentine third. Trained by Marcel Barreau for the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, it was first win in seven starts this year for Racey Miss. The four-year-old mare by Shanghai Phil paid $8.80 to win. Ocean Mist Beauty continued her dominance in the older mares trotting ranks, posting her third straight win in the third race $35,000 series final. Driven by Stephane Brosseau, the four-old daughter of Kadabra went after early leader Canbec Kangourou (Jocelyn Gendron) and took command away after the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Then leading the field to the half mile in :58.2, Ocean Mist Beauty was challenged first-over by Uliane Bayama (Denis St. Pierre) but that effort was in vain they could not collar the leader by the three-quarters in 1:28.4. In the stretch drive Ocean Mist Beauty held the field at bay, winning by two open lengths in 1:59.3. Canbec Kangourou was second with La Neuvilloise (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained by Richard Moreau, bred and owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, it was the fourth win this year for Ocean Mist Beauty, who paid just $3.10 to win as the betting favorite. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Univers de Pan overcame a second tier start, heavy traffic, breakers and a three-wide move around the last turn without cover to steadily rally for victory in today's Gr. I UET Master Series classic Oslo Grand Prix at Bjerke. Trainer/driver Philippe Daugeard and his six-year-old stallion by Kenya du Pont-Gypsilore-Pan de la Vaudere handled the task very effectively to secure the 1.5 krone million first prize ($250,000 US). They scored in 1.11.9kr by a length over Support Justice (5m Kadabra-Artisane) and reinsman Geir Vagard Gundersen (also trainer) with Solvato (5m Donato Hanover-Solveig) a fast closing third for trainer Veijo Heiskanen. Solvato vacated the pylons early, tried unsuccessfully for the lead, retreated back into the third inside position and then was blocked until late. He finished very well. Univers de Pan is a 73% French trotteur/27% standardbred outcross (3.8% inbreeding coefficient) and he recorded his third 2014 victory in eight starts with four second place finishes. Career earnings now exceed 11.6 million krone. He's a likely leader of the new European trotting contingent based his superb gait and manners. Un Mec d'Heripre and Bjorn Goop had aggressively moved three wide at the halfway mark of the 2100 meter autostart test, to gain the death seat and out battled pacesetter B.B.S. Sugarlight late in the final turn before going offstride. Roi du Lupin and Raja Mirchi (racing with shoes) also made breaks during the early portion of the contest. Replay clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xhcwRF08YbE Stelton (5g Dream Vacation-Nanuet’s Crown) took today’s Akershus Traktors Europamatch at Bjerke, scoring in 1.13.2kr over 2100 meters autostart for trainer/driver Jeppe Juel. Owned and bred in Denmark, Stelton earned first money of 300,000 krone for the victory in this race for four and five year-olds. The winner is now perfect in 2014 with three wins in as many appearances. Last year he recorded seven victories in ten starts and was never worse than third. Today’s win moved his career earnings to over two million krone. Clint W. Boko (5m Abano As-Vantz Boko) was second for Robin Bakker and trainer Paul Hagoort. Indigious (5m Prodigious-Indication) held on for third driven by Erik Adielsson for legendary trainer Stig H. Johansson. Nothing But Class (5m Andover Hall-Bold Dreamer) finished fourth. The Finn-Tack for Open Mares was a hotly contested affair with 12 entrants going 1609 meters autostart for 175,000 krone first prize. Favored Canaka B.F. (7f Jobie Tempest-Frida Filiokus) took the prize for Ulf Ohlsson at the lines for trainer Reijo Lilendahl. The invader from Sweden was timed in 1.11.8kr as she swept past rivals in the late going. France’s Tina du Citrus (7f Niky-Onna Lisa) was a good second for Bjorn Goop, driving for Jean Michel Asin trainer and for owner J-P Barjon of Ecurie Citrus.  The Jerry Riordan trained Rossella Ross (4f Self Possessed-Northern Jewel) finished second with Erik Adielsson aboard and former Hambletonian Oaks winner Bold And Fresh (6f SJ’s Caviar-Odre Coucou) was fourth handled by trainer Frode Hamre. Other interesting winners today were Denmark’s Ruth Reerstrup (6f Carmondy Lobell-Diva Reerstrup) in 1.13.6kr for Bo Westergaard, also trainer. She won the Contender Sulky sponsored race with 105,000 krone first prize in this 2100 meter autostart event three year-olds and up. Sweden’s You Talking To Me (6g Credit Winner-Tiba Lavec) finished second for Erik Adielsson. The BIS Maskins for four year-olds went to Italy’s Reve d’Amour in 1.14.1kr over 2100 meters autostart. Torbjorn Jansson drove for Mike Lenders trainer. The mare by Love You-Daventry won for the second time in five 2014 starts, the other three times she was second. Finishing third was Il Pizzalolo (4m Deweycheatumnhowe-Pizza Dolce), trained by Frode Hamre and reined by Per Oleg Midtfjeld. Another  Italian, Relight My Fire (4g Ganymede-Basic) was second for trainer/driver Hamre. A group of lightly raced three year-olds contested the 2100 meter autostart Stralfors for 60,000 krone first money. Nelson Nora (3f Muscles Yankee-Lindys Holiday) took that one in 1.15.1kr for Bo Westergaard, her second win in four lifetime appearances. She’s been on the board every time. The Bjerke card this day was an exceptional display of international trotting before a large and enthusiastic audience and winners representing many nations. The atmosphere was electric with emotion and excitement throughout the racing day. by Thomas H. Hicks, for Harnesslink.com  

The cream of the crop among the Quebec province four and five-year-old trotters and pacers will be on display at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday in the $35,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Four divisional finals headline the ten-race program that gets underway at 1:00 pm. The third race first $35,000 divisional final is for trotting mares and headlining the field is Ocean Mist Beauty. Despite having to start from the far outside in post position 8, the four-year-old daughter of Kadabra is on a two-race winning streak in the series and was second in the opening round. Trained by Richard Moreau and driven by Stephane Brosseau, Ocean Mist Beauty has also won her last two starts by impressive margins of six and ten and one-quarter lengths, while leading from start to finish nearly every week. She has three wins this year for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal and her fastest winning time this season is 2:00.2. Her main competition will come from Canbec Kangourou, a four-year-old mare by Amigo Hall, who was the Quebec Sire Stakes Champion last year with five wins and earnings of $40,000. She is the only one to have beaten Ocean Mist Beauty in the series and also has two wins and one second place finish. She will start from post six for driver Jocelyn Gendron. Another major contender in the field is La Neuvilloise from post two. She also scored two wins and a second in the series and has yet to finish worse than third in her four starts this year for owner/trainer Noel Ferland, who bred the mare. The trotting horses are in the limelight in the fifth race $35,000 final and featured is undefeated Decret Justiciale, who will be seeking to make a clean sweep of the entire series. The five-year-old gelded son of Justice Hall is the only horse in the series to have won all three preliminary rounds and has nearly led from start to finish in each leg for driver/trainer Denis Filion. The fastest win this year for Decret Justiciale was last week when he won in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.1. Owned by Danielle Levac of St. Augustin-Mirabel, QC, Decret Justiciale has 17 career wins. It will not be a cake-walk for Decret Justiciale in the final as there are numerous contenders in the field. Domino Cybele raced in only the last two legs of the series and did not face decret Justiciale as he is also undefeated in two starts, the fastest a 1:59.2 lifetime mark last week. He starts along side Decret Justiciale in post four for owner/trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. Other contenders include Ken P V (post 2), Caroluzzo (post 6) and Excel PV (post 7). The fastest division in the series will take place in the sixth race pace final for older horses. Here is where four recent winners, Duc Dorleans, McKinney, Primeride, Histoire Eternelle and Lucky Nadotremblay will all face-off for the winner’s share of the $35,000 purse. Duc Orleans is the slight 5/2 morning line favorite and is the all-age track record holder at Hippodrome 3R. Only that title did not hold up last week as Duc Dorleans cut all the fractions only to get nipped at the wire by McKinney in 1:54.2. Duc Dorleans starts from post five for new driver Stephane Brosseau. Last week’s victory by McKinney was his second win this year for driver Denis St. Pierre and he will be seeking that special two-hole trip once again from post six. Two starts back Primeride was able to lead from start to finish in 1:54.4 in the series and has won three of his last six starts. He starts from post seven. The tenth race final $35,000 Quebec-Bred Series on the program features pacing mares and the 5/2 favorite is My Tallia Ideal from post six for driver Denis St. Pierre. My Tallia Ideal is the only mare in the field that has won twice in the series, both times leading from start to finish. She will start from post six and has three wins this year for trainer Michel Allard. The four-year-old mare by Western Ideal was bred and is owned by Gestion Mario Audel, Inc, of Yves Sarrazin, QC. Her main rivals will include return winner D G’s Laurie (post 4), last year’s Quebec Sire Stakes queen, Lady Valentine (post one) and the entry of Shanghai Mimi (post 3) and Racey Miss (post 8) from the Marcel Barreau Stable. For more information please visit the Hippodrome 3R website at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Campbellville, ON --- The Van Camp family of Port Perry, Ontario, is well known both in Hollywood and in harness racing and the two shall meet on Monday night (June 9) at Mohawk Racetrack when the 3-year-old trotting colts contest their first Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event of the season. Robert Van Camp is the co-owner and breeder of Windsun Revenge. He shares ownership of the horse’s dam, Oaklea Polly, with Harley Harkness of Uxbridge, Ontario, who operates Windsun Farm which explains the gelding’s first name. The Revenge part is in honor of the hit television show Revenge which stars Van Camp’s daughter, Emily, who is also known for her roles on Everwood and Brothers And Sisters. Robert Van Camp and Harley Harkness purchased Oaklea Polly, a daughter of Balanced Image, at the end of her racing career where she earned just under $20,000 for trainer John Bax. “She’s a full sister to Oaklea Omega (a winner of $396,217, also for Bax),” explained Van Camp who also owns another sister, Oaklea Uppity, in partnership with Bax. “Oaklea Omega sold for a lot of money to Europe and I thought Oaklea Polly was her spitting image. She had some bad luck and an injury so Harley and I bought her when her racing career was over.” Windsun Revenge is her second foal. “Her first one sold at Harrisburg for $22,000 and this colt came along the year of the crash (when the slots at racetracks program was cancelled in Ontario). I liked him very much so I bought him back for $9,700,” said Van Camp who owns and operates Brooks Feed Company in Port Perry, which services a multitude of equine owners. “I contacted Jeff Durham who is one of our dealers and also trains horses. He’s a hard working young man and I asked him to break this colt for me. He liked him and asked me if he could buy in so now he owns a share. I’m hoping for his sake the horse does well.” Windsun Revenge showed promise last year as a 2-year-old, finishing third in an OSS Gold event at Grand River Raceway in just his second lifetime start. However, a bone chip limited his season to just four starts. This year at three the son of Kadabra has made five starts to date including a recent win at Mohawk in a life best of 1:57.4. Chris Christoforou was in the sulky for that win and will be back at the lines for Monday’s start where Windsun Revenge has drawn post one in the fifth of six C$18,000 divisions of the Grassroots event. This will mark Windsun Revenge’s first appearance at the Grassroots level and his performance on Monday will determine if he continues there or moves up to the Gold. “We’ll let him prove himself, he’s got some talent. There is major competition in the Gold as well as the Grassroots, there are a lot of really good colts out there. The quality of horses competing in the OSS is unbelievable.” Van Camp isn’t the only member of his immediate family with an interest in trotters. His father Glenn bred and co-owned one of the greatest trotters ever bred in the province, the $3 million winner San Pail. His brother Paul has owned a myriad of top performers over the years including last year’s Hambletonian starter Your So Vain. “I actually got involved in owning horses before they did, they’ve just had better ones,” laughed Robert. “I’m always trying to raise a good trotter. I think it’s important in my business to be involved in the industry. That way I can understand exactly what my customers are going through and relate to it as I’m in it myself.” Post time for Monday night’s races at Mohawk is 7:25 p.m. The OSS sophomore trotting colts will be spotlighted in races one, two, three, five, eight and nine. The full card may be viewed through this link.

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