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The Cleveland Trotting Classic, Northeast Ohio's newest premier race, will go to post Friday (July 3) at the harness racing meeting at Northfield Park. The Classic carries a $170,000 purse for its inaugural edition and has attracted some of the best veteran trotters in North America. The Grand Circuit race is the featured event of a stakes-laden program that offers total purses of $647,500. 1 - Count Me In Is one of two starters from the powerful barn of Ron Burke. Owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Michelle Yanek, he has won 30 and been on the board in 64 of 95 career races. His lifetime mark is 1:53.3 (Mea 5/8) with a career bankroll of $427,919. The six year-old has already posted four wins this year and has been racing against the best trotters at Scioto Downs. Burke has named Josh Sutton to drive this 9-2 morning-line competitor.   2 - Obrigado The 2-1 morning line favorite, has the highest win percentage of any starter in this inaugural edition. He has been victorious in 31 of 51 career races, including a 21 race win streak earlier in his career. He has earnings of $421,164 and a 1:51.3 (M 1) mark in his most recent race in the $50,000 TVG Free-for-All Trot. The five year-old is owned by Paul Kelley, Linwood Higgens, William Weaver III and Stable 45. He is conditioned by Paul Kelley. Canadian native Mark MacDonald has been named to steer.   3 - DW's NY Yank Sports career earnings of $855,914. He has 103 lifetime starts and 37 career victories. He is a six year-old son of Dilbert Hanover with a lifetime mark of 1:51.3 (PcD 5/8). DW's NY Yank, one of two entrants in this field by trainer Ron Burke, is owned by Burke Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. He has won five of 13 starts this year and has been made the 7-2 second favorite. Chris Page has been given the driving assignment.   4 - Awesome Valley Will start for the Trust of Barbara Boese. With 27 career victories, he has been a model of consistency, finishing in the top three 62 of his 100 lifetime starts. He has already won four starts this year with three second and third place finishes in 16 starts. This six year-old son of Valley Victor has career earnings of $365,863 and sports a 1:53 (DD 5/8) lifetime mark. This 20-1 morning line selection is trained by Joseph Hundertpfund Jr. and will be driven by Montrell Teague.   5 - Datsyuk Enters this race for owners Leonard Buckner and Charlie Norris. He is also conditioned and usually driven by Norris, but Don Irvine, Jr. gets the reins for tonight's outing. The four year-old has garnered five career victories in 21 starts, earning a mark of 1:53.1 (TgDn 5/8) and $454,253 in earnings. The son of Explosive Matter was unraced as a freshman but had a stellar sophomore campaign last year, winning three legs of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes and a Tompkins Geers Stake. He carries a 15-1 morning line.   6 - Rompaway Galaxy Is owned by Rompaway Farms and trained by Krista Harmon. The four year-old has raced over Northfield Park's Flying Turns three times, posting two wins and a third place finish. He has a total of 29 career starts with 14 triumphs. He earned a 1:52 (M 1) lifetime mark just two races ago and has career earnings of $423,981. He was the Ohio Sire Stakes Champion as a freshman and won the Ohio State Fair Stakes and Ohio Breeders' Championship as a sophomore. Mike Micallef has been named to drive this 12-1 morning-line starter.   7 - Daylon Magician The 6-1 shot is the richest horse in the inaugural Classic field with $1,849,527 in earnings. This son of Kadabra has five wins in eight starts this year and 30 lifetime scores to his credit, the richest being the $1,020,000 Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk Racetrack in 2011. Jack Moiseyev is the 7-year-old's trainer and driver for owner Daylon Farms LTD. Moiseyev posted a win at Northfield Park in the Cleveland Classic with 3 year-old pacing star Precious Bunny in 1991. Daylon Magician has a 1:51.1 mark at Mohawk Racetrack, trotted in 2013.   8 - Il Sogno Dream Odds of 8-1, even though he won just two weekends ago by open lengths in an impressive effort from post eight at Scioto Downs. He has a 1:52.2 (ScD 5/8) lifetime mark, trotted this year, and career earnings of $488,101. This son of Cantab Hall has won 10 of 33 career starts and is two for four so far this year. Christopher Beaver trains Il Sogno Dream for owners Bill Manes, Dan Manes, Leonard Christopher and Randy Christopher. Aaron Merriman has been given the driving assignment. Merriman, the current leading driver in North America, has won more local races than any other driver over the Flying Turns.   This year's Classic program undercard is highlighted by 11 $40,000 Ohio Sires Stakes races featuring the best freshman filly pacers and trotters in the Buckeye State. There will be six divisions of filly pacers and five filly trot stakes races going to post. Superfecta wagering has been added to Friday's 11th race, the Classic feature. A $10,000 guaranteed Pick-4 has also been added and covers races eight through 11. First race post time is 6 p.m. Guests who want to be close to all of the racing action can stop by the grandstand apron for a plethora of free fanfare activities. These attractions include a t-shirt toss from the winner's circle by the successful driver of each race, driver meet-and-greets and commemorative poster signings throughout the evening, Harness Racing Bingo offering more than $1,000 in cash and prizes, country band Six String Cowboy performing on the apron from 6-10 p.m., and spinning of the Northfield Park Prize Wheel for cash and prizes from 8-9:30 p.m. Ayers Ratliff  

Doug McIntosh missed out on a piece of the eight-foot long cake, but the Wheatley resident still left the harness racing meeting at Dresden Raceway on Canada Day in a celebratory mood after Cincinnati Miss delivered an impressive victory in her $18,000 Grassroots division. "It's now one race at a time, but she kind of made us believers, and I'm very, very happy," said McIntosh. "It worked out great." Sent off as the narrow favourites over Allies Gift and Luc Ouellette, Cincinnati Miss and driver Trevor Henry sprinted away from Post 4 and took early control of the race. As the pair rolled through fractions of :29, :57.3 and 1:28 with Allies Gift tucked in behind them, McIntosh worried the tempo might be too quick, but Cincinnati Miss found another gear in the stretch and pulled away to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. "I was a little concerned that the fractions were pretty heavy," admitted McIntosh, who shares ownership of Cincinnati Miss with Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, Ohio. "But you know what, she made us proud in the stretch, she just dug in and got the job done, and within two-fifths (of a second) of the track record." The win improved the Kadabra daughter's sophomore record to two wins, two seconds and one third in five starts and boosted her season earnings to $25,160. The consistent young trotter will make her next start in the July 14 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs. "I can't say enough for Bob's team, they've done a great job," said McIntosh, who retired from training horses in the spring and handed care of Cincinnati Miss off to his brother Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. "Daryl (Wayne) that looks after her is a very, very efficient groom, she's had a lot of experience and she knows what to do. She's very, very proud." McIntosh was also pleased to see the enthusiastic crowd gathered at Dresden Raceway to celebrate Canada Day and the Grassroots trotting fillies. In addition to Cincinnati Miss, the fans greeted six other fillies as they returned triumphant to the Dresden winner's circle. The aptly named Summers Jewel kicked things off with a 1:59.2 score in the first Grassroots division, circling out three-wide to claim a two length victory over Pointe Of Inquiry and JLs Too Hot Taj. Mario Baillargeon piloted the fan favourite to her first win of the season for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON, who also owns the daughter of Angus Hall. In the second division Hope Rises tracked down pacesetter Misslarissa heading for the three-quarters and accelerated away to a three and one-half length victory in 2:01. Fan favourite Lady Caterina settled for second, with Misslarissa hanging on for third. Sylvain Filion drove the Windsong Espoir daughter to her first win of the season for trainer Kelly Goodwin and owner-breeders Deborah Spike-Pierce of Lexington, KY and Madelon Spike of Jerome, MI. Local filly Judy The Beauty, owned by Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, had fans on their feet in the stretch of the third division, but finished one-quarter length behind winner Flexceptional in the 2:01 mile. Dave Tyrrell trains Flexceptional for Michael Casalino Jr. of Freehold, NJ and Anthony MacDonald piloted the Federal Flex daughter to the win. Tymal Fireitup rounded out the top three. La Bella Rosa's late sprint in the fourth division paid dividends, as she hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Giona and fan favourite Kaddy. The Holiday Road filly gave driver Sylvain Filion his second win of the afternoon. Filion engineered the 1:59.4 win for trainer Reaume Bouvier and owners Bella Fortuna Stable of Laval, QC and Patricia McGuirl of Guelph, ON. Kadabra daughter Wing Flash displayed an impressive turn of foot in the fifth division, sailing along on the front end to a seven and one-half length victory in 1:58.2. Sheguindah and Stay In Touch completed the top three. Trainer-driver Wayne Henry of Arthur, ON shares ownership of Wing Flash with Daylon Farms of Komoka, ON. The final Grassroots division saw Trevor Henry make his second appearance in the Dresden winner's circle, guiding Muscle Mass daughter Sumthintotalkabout to a three and one-quarter length win for trainer Stephen Bossence of London, ON and his partner Stephen Palermo of Brampton, ON. Ill Stay Here and fan favourite Oh My Magic finished second and third in the 1:59.3 mile. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on July 14, with each of the Canada Day winners hoping to add a few more points to their total in pursuit of a berth in the post season. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 29, 2015 - Dresden Raceway will ring in Canada Day with exciting prize draws, an eight-foot long cake and seven Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for the talented three-year-old trotting fillies. It will be the first Ontario Sires Stakes event at the historic half-mile since September 2013 and Dresden fans are looking forward to seeing the province's best in harness racing action. "The races themselves are kind of a highlight for us," says General Manager Greg Blanchard. "They haven't had OSS races there in quite some time, so I think there's a lot of excitement around there for that." Among the fillies heading to Dresden for the 1:30 pm program is Cincinnati Miss, co-owned by Wheatley resident Doug McIntosh. Cincinnati Miss posted a third-place result in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 22 and McIntosh likes her chances from Post 5 in Wednesday's sixth race. "I was saying, the four or five is perfect at Dresden," McIntosh explains. "But there's a couple in there that can go pretty good too. The Grassroots is not easy racing now, it's pretty solid. It's a good quality of racing, and that's what we're after." McIntosh shares ownership of Cincinnati Miss with breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, Ohio, and his brother Bob McIntosh of Windsor trains the filly. Through four starts this season the daughter of Kadabra and Livias Image has tallied one win, two seconds and one third for earnings of $16,160. "We don't know what we've really got," adds McIntosh, who retired from training horses in the spring to focus on his business, McIntosh Pro Line. "I think she'll be a nice filly and I think there's life for her beyond (the OSS), as a four-year-old. I think she'll get better." In addition to the seven Grassroots divisions, racing for a total of $126,000 in provincial purse money, early arriving Dresden Raceway fans will be treated to an OSS t-shirt with their program purchase and OSS ball caps will be tossed to the crowd between divisions. Fans can also enter to win a variety of prizes from local sponsors and enjoy a piece of the eight-foot long Canada Day cake. "There will be lots of prizes and giveaways - and cake to celebrate - throughout the day," says Blanchard. Dresden Raceway's Canada Day program gets under way at 1:30 pm with seven $18,000 Grassroots divisions followed by three overnight events. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 24, 2015 - Lets Be Honest battled in the Gold Series as a two-year-old, but Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon decided to start the trotter in the Grassroots this season and the decision proved a wise one as the harness racing gelding captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday. Lets Be Honest and driver Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON benefitted from Post 1 in the fifth Grassroots division and were able to sit behind pacesetter A Little More Love through fractions of :29.3, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before sneaking up the passing lane to a narrow victory. A Little More Love settled for second in the 2:00.2 mile, with Jayport All Muscle completing the top three. "He's coming along real nice," said trainer Baillargeon after the race. "He's got a little bit of talent, let's put it that way. I don't know if he'll be able to step back up to the Gold, we'll see as we go." The horseman conditions Lets Be Honest for Claude Gendreau Stb. Inc. of Buffalo Grove, IL. Through eight starts this year Lets Be Honest has tallied two wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $20,318. Since finishing sixth in the Grassroots season opener on June 4, the Deweycheatumnhowe son has two wins and a third, all over Mohawk Racetrack. "So far he's done what we ask him to do," noted Baillargeon. "He's getting better every start." Baillargeon also picked up a runner-up cheque with Numbers Game in the fourth $18,000 division, while Century Behemoth made a break and finished sixth in the sixth heat. "I've got three or four (3-year-old trotting colts), they're mostly all Grassroots right now," added the trainer. "Hopefully one will step up to the Gold, but right now it's still too early." Unlike Lets Be Honest, Its Huw You Know was a regular on the Grassroots scene last year and the Holiday Road gelding picked up his second ever Grassroots trophy in the first division on Wednesday. Fan favourites Its Huw You Know and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON led from start to finish, sailing under the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of P L Intimidator and Mandeville. The 2:00.2 clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the gelding's personal best. Conditioned by Keith Jones of Midland, ON for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON, Its Huw You Know had been winless through eight starts prior to Wednesday's outing. The second Grassroots division also featured a tight finish as favourite Call Me Richard stuck a neck in front of pacesetter New Muscle AS at the wire. South Star finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell engineered Call Me Richard's first sophomore victory for trainer Clare Bradshaw of Simcoe, ON and owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, ON. At two the Muscle Mass colt was a three-time winner in the Grassroots program. Buzz scored his first ever victory in the third division, trotting home three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Easton Road and Innkeeper in 2:01.3. Sylvain Filion made his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding the Kadabra gelding home for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Top Dollar earned his second straight Grassroots victory with an impressive come-from-behind effort in the fourth split. Another son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Top Dollar sprinted from fifth at the top of the stretch to a three length victory over Baillargeon starter Numbers Game and Molon Lave, halting the teletimer at 2:00.1. Guelph, ON reinsman James MacDonald piloted Top Dollar to his third lifetime victory for trainer Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood, ON and her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Stig Westrum and Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood. Arthur, ON horseman Trevor Henry captured the sixth Grassroots trophy with lightly rated Delcrest Massy. The pair powered down the stretch to a 1:58.2 win over Tswalu and Irish Scotch. Henry was in the race bike on behalf of trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. The evening's final trophy went home with Windsor, ON resident Bob McIntosh, who will add it to the hardware Kadabrasnewrecruit earned in the Grassroots season opener. Driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON fired the Kadabra gelding straight to the front and the heavy favourites led through all stations on their way to a 1:59 victory. Ontheroad De Vie and Rebel Rebel rounded out the top three. McIntosh owns and trains Kadabrasnewrecruit, who boasts a record of two wins and two seconds in four sophomore starts for earnings of $27,250. After their second Grassroots victories, Top Dollar and Kadabrasnewrecruit share top spot in the standings with 100 points and will have an opportunity to add to their tally at Mohawk Racetrack on July 3. Rather than head to Mohawk, some of the three-year-old trotting colts may choose to return to Grand River Raceway when the Elora oval hosts the third Gold Series leg for the division on Wednesday, July 15. Ontario Horse Racing

Frehold, NJ --- Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter by Kadabra, reclaimed the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following her stakes-record 1:51.4 win in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover, a 3-year-old male pacer, made a big move into the Top 10, adding 209 points to his total from last week to land at No. 4 in the rankings. Wakizashi Hanover defeated previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit by three-quarters of a length to win the Cup in 1:48, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record. Wiggle It Jiggleit fell from the top spot to second in the poll. JL Cruze, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by a half-length over Father Patrick in 1:50.4, moved from fifth to third in this week’s rankings. Father Patrick is fifth. Another newcomer to the Top 10 is Doo Wop Hanover, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, and joined the group at No. 6. Doo Wop Hanover won by one length over fellow Top 10 member Rockeyed Optimist in 2:02.3, setting the world record for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 6 – 6/23/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (29) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 342 2 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (4) 3pg 11-10-1-0 $338,242 283 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 255 5 4 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 6-5-1-0 $494,418 242 -- 5 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 4 6 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 114 -- 7 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 109 8 8 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 96 7 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 67 9 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 5-4-0-0 $264,095 65 3 Also: Artspeak (49); State Treasurer (44); Lady Shadow (33); Canepa Hanover (18); Crazy Wow, Uncle Lasse (12); Shake It Cerry (11); Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll, Habitat, Physicallyinclined (8); Yagonnakissmeornot (7); Foiled Again (6); Lost For Words (4); The Show Returns (3); Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns, JK She’salady (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

The Canadian harness racing breeding industry had a stellar day yesterday at Mohawk with several of the day's features captured by stock sired by Canadian based stallions. Leading the way was the evergreen Mach Three who had a day to remember. His three year old daughter Wrangler Magic took out the $479,000 Fan Hanover in 1:50.2 and another daughter in Solar Sister flashed home late for an unlucky third in the same race. Physicallyinclined, a son of Mach Three who missed the North American Cup Final after having no luck in his division last week, showed he wouldn't have been out of it in the big dance when he easily won the $75,000 North American Cup consolation in a sharp 1:49 after starting from barrier eight.  Mach Three progeny also won two other races on the undercard in a timely reminder to breeders of what a great stallion he is. The great trotting mare Bee A Magician was her old self once again, completely dominating the $272,000 Armbro Flight, clearing out for an easy victory in a smart 1:51.4. It was the daughter of Kadabra's 37th lifetime victory and took her earnings to $3,174,386 and it looks like there is plenty more to come. Another Canadian based sire to taste victory on the day was Shadow Play. His outstanding daughter Lady Shadow franked her good form this season with a dominant win in the $350,000 Roses Are Red in a very sharp 1:48.3 It was Lady Shadow's 14th career victory and took her earning to $692,679. The other highlight on the day for Canadian breeders was the victory by Hemi Seelster in the $233,000 Goodtimes Final for three year old trotters. A son of the first crop of the Ontario based sire Holiday Road 1:52.4 ($426,200), Hemi Seelster was aided by a couple of the favourites galloping but he still got the job done in 1:54 Those results yesterday at Mohawk were a timely to North American breeders that  the Canadian based stallions can more than hold their own against all comers. Harnesslink Media

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 20, 2015 - The little three-year-old pacing filly, Rainbow Palace, put her two-race win streak against the boys at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and came away with her third straight harness racing triumph in an exciting four-horse photo finish. Owned and driven by Francis Picard for trainer Dominique Picard, Rainbow Palace started from the rail in the ninth-race co-feature pace and got away in third place as Matts Phil (Pascal Berube) outgunned Shanghai Kang (Michel Nolette) as they sped to the opening quarter in :28.2. Then as the field walked to the half mile marker in :59.2, Picard came first-over with Rainbow Palace and then the pace quickened and Rainbow Palace could not gain on Matts Phil and settled into the two-hole before the three-quarters in 1:28.4. But as the field came around the final turn, Picard sent Rainbow Palace out again and the filly responded, collaring Matts Phil as they started down the stretch, those two, along with Barre Oblique (Sylvain Lacaille) and Y S Joe (Stephane Brosseau) made for the close photo finish. Rainbow Palace emerged the winner by a head with Y S Joe finishing fourth by just a half-length. Matts Phil was second with Barre Oblique third. The time of the race was 1:58.3. It was the third win in seven starts this year for Rainbow Palace as she preps for the upcoming Quebec-Bred Series. The daughter of Royal Mattjesty is owned by Francis Picard of Warwick, QC. She paid $4,60 to win. The third race co-feature trot saw a real dogfight early on as Beer Maggs (Kevin Maguire) got the early lead but Somoli E (Jerome Lombart) wanted the front and Beer Maggs made him pay, parking him to the opening quarter mile in :28 and then to the half mile in :57.1 before Somoli E cleared to the lead. Meanwhile, sitting in third place the entire time is R Rkadabra and driver Stephane Gendron. Now it was their turn to take command and they shot to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:28.2 and breezed homed to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4. Beer Maggs head game and was second with Erge Baboche (Stephane Brosseau) third. A seven-year-old gelded son of Kadabra, it was the second straight win and third victory in the last four starts for K Rkadabra. He is trained and owned by Marc Lemay and paid $4.10 to win. Live harness racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday with a special post time of 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Quebec Jockey Club    

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20…Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, made her rivals disappear down the stretch, scoring an effortless four and three-quarter length victory over longshot Charmed Life in the $272,000 Armbro Flight for filly and mare trotters at Mohawk Racetrack, part of a star-studded stakes harness racing undercard on Pepsi North America Cup night. Named for Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1964, 1965 and 1966, the Armbro Flight showcased not only the eventual winner, but also 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and the defending race champion, Classic Martine. But it proved no contest.  Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears, sent postward the overwhelming 1-5 choice, popped out from fourth and took over from Classic Martine after the half was reached in :56.4. From there, after opening six lengths while getting three-quarters in 1:24.2,  it was just a question of how far the five-year-old mare would win by, as she clipped a fifth of a second off the stakes record set by Buck I St Pat in 2010, completing the mile in 1:51.4.  Classic Martine held on for third with Shake It Cerry fourth. The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive came into the final sporting five wins in six starts this year, including an easy 1:51.1 four-length elim win last week for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. “I just let the race come into its own, just playing it by ear,” said Sears, celebrating his third Armbro Flight success, following Stroke Play in 2004 and Pembroke Heat Wave in 2012.  “She raced so good first-over last week I wasn’t going to try to move her hard to the front.   I got away in first-over position and she did the rest.  I’m just thrilled to get the opportunity to drive a great mare like that.  ”She’s one of the top horses I’ve gotten the opportunity to drive,” continued Sears, who also drove greats like Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to major wins and year-end honours. Added Norman, “She’s in a really good little groove.  Haven’t done much with her between races.  It seems to really suit her.  She’s thriving.   I think she’s getting better.  We’ll give her a couple of weeks off then go to the Meadowlands.” Bee A Magician was winning her 37th race in 54 starts.  As a three-year-old, she went undefeated in 17 outings, earning over $1.5 million en route to Horse of the Year honours in both Canada and the United States. After a subpar 2014 season, winning just four of 17 starts, Bee A Magician has returned with a vengeance and has now earned almost $3.2 million for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida. Bee A Magician paid $2.60, $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($13.20, $6.80) for a $24.90 (5-6) exactor.  A 5-6-2 (Classic Martine, $4.30) triactor was worth $102.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-3 (Shake It Cerry)] returned $114.60. WEG Entertainment

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 12 - Bee A Magician set a Canadian record in her harness racing return to Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Armbro Flight eliminations. A fantastic group of 17 older trotting mares were split into two $35,000 eliminations to qualify for the $272,000 Armbro Flight final. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, headlined the first elimination and continued her impressive five-year-old season with a Canadian and track record performance of 1:51.1. Driven by Brian Sears, Bee A Magician got away in fourth and sat in that spot through the opening-half. Around the final turn, Sears sent the Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee first up to challenge the leader Handover Belle and edged ahead to the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Bee A Magician trotted home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by four-lengths and establish a new Canadian and track record. Classic Martine finished second, while Allie Labrook was third. "I was really happy with the way things worked out," said Sears following the race. "She was really good tonight scoring down and I think the cool weather might have helped her a little bit too." Bee A Magician has now won five of six starts this year. All six of her starts have been made over the course of the last 41 days, but Sears said that didn't show Friday night. "She was razor-sharp tonight, I was really happy with her." A daughter of Kadabra, Bee A Magician now has 36 career victories and added to her bankroll of over $3 million. The clocking of 1:51.1 erased the former track record of 1:51.4 set by Perfect Alliance in last year's Armbro Flight final. Perfect Alliance also set the former Canadian record of 1:51.2 in May last year at Woodbine. A graduate of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Bee A Magician has now won 15 of 17 career starts at Mohawk. She returned $2.80 to win. Bee A Magician The second elimination saw another heavy favourite visit the winner's circle. Shake It Cerry extended her win streak to three in a row with a 1:52.4 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Shake It Cerry made a second-quarter move from fourth to take the lead at the half in :56.1. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Shake It Cerry pulled away from her rivals in the lane and trotted home under no urging from Gingras in :28 for a 2 ¾ length victory. Rockin With Dewey finished second, while Bax Of Life got up for third. Charmed Life and Frau Blucher rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Gingras talked about a pending matchup with Bee A Magician. "Bee A Magician is tough and she's a great mare," said Gingras. "She won just as easy as myself, so it's going to be a great matchup." A four-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover, Shake It Cerry is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Solveigs Racing Partners. She now has three wins from six starts this season and 26 in her career. Shake It Cerry's career earnings sit at over $2.1 million. She paid $2.60 to win. Shake It Cerry The Armbro Flight final will take place next Saturday (June 20) as part of the Pepsi North America Cup card. The post positions for the final were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup in the $272,000 final. 1. Bax Of Life 2. Classic Martine 3. Shake It Cerry 4. Rockin With Dewey 5. Bee A Magician 6. Charmed Life 7. Frau Blucher 8. Harley Momma 9. Handover Belle 10. Allie Labrook AE: White Becomes Her Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - The buzz for this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations is electric, but not lost in the shuffle is the excitement surrounding harness racing's previous two Horse of the Year recipients gracing the Campbellville oval. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and JK Shesalady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will be strutting their stuff this weekend at Mohawk. Bee A Magician will make her Mohawk return Friday night in an elimination for the Armbro Flight Stakes. The "Queen Bee" will leave from post two in the first $35,000 elimination (Race 3) with regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra is off to a fantastic start this season with four wins from five starts, including a victory last Saturday in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The $100,000 in earnings Bee A Magician received for winning the Hill Memorial made her the newest member of the triple millionaire club with over $3 million in career earnings. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee has been installed as the 6/5 morning line favourite in Friday's elimination. The three-year-old pacing colts may take centre stage on Saturday night in the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, but all eyes will be on JK Shesalady in an elimination for the Fan Hanover Stakes. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major puts her perfect 13 for 13 record on the line in Saturday's third-race. JK Shesalady will be making her second start of the season Saturday and will team up with driver Tim Tetrick to leave from post three. The Nancy Johansson trainee has had plenty of success north of the border. Last season, JK Shesalady won the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk and the $424,000 Three Diamonds at Woodbine en route to being named Horse of the Year on both sides of the border. The sophomore pacing filly enters Saturday night with $947,375 in career earnings. JK Shesalady is the overwhelming 2/5 morning line choice in her elimination. Both Bee A Magician and JK Shesalady are big fans of Mohawk Racetrack. Bee A Magician has won 14 of 16 career starts over the Campbellville oval, while JK Shesalady is a perfect three for three at Mohawk. Fans won't want to miss the opportunity to see two of harness racing's superstars race on back-to-back evenings this weekend. If all goes well for Bee A Magician and JK Shesalady, both stars could be racing on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 20). Post time Friday and Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Nichols, N.Y. -- Sent directly to the front for the second consecutive week, Dan Clements's Its Payday Friday ($3.30) registered another pillar-to-post harness racing victory, drawing clear of his seven rivals in Saturday (June 6) evening's $14,000 Open Trot at Tioga Downs. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding made all the pace with his owner at the lines, clearing B L Class Act (Jim Meittinis) through a :27.4 first quarter. He subsequently staved off a first-over challenge from I'm Fabulous (Jim Taggart, Jr.) on the backstretch, edging clear off the far turn after a :57.2 middle half. Its Payday Friday ultimately put three lengths on B L Class Act, proving a solid winner in 1:54. Massacaia (Phil Fluet) overcame mid-race traffic trouble to claim third, rallying up the pegs in the final yards.   Renaldo Morales, III trains Its Payday Friday, who earned his fifth win on the season and the 14th of his career.   The weekend of harness racing at Tioga Downs concludes with an 11-race card on Sunday (June 7) afternoon. Post time is 1:30 p.m. Eastern time.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs    

Vernon, N.Y. -- For Table Games ($14.80) and Jitterbug ($10.20), the pocket was the place to be at Vernon Downs on Friday (June 5) evening, as they both scored minor upsets after tracking the pace-setting favorites in their respective featured events on the evening's 12-race harness racing card.   Eight distaff pacers contested a $5500 purse in the co-featured eighth race, with 3-2 favorite Janie Bay (Greg Merton) handling the pace-setting duties after she cleared from post 7. While able to rate a :57.4 middle half, she ultimately was softened up by first-over pressure from Sweet Bettor (Chris Lems) before Table Games made her move from the pocket in mid-stretch. The 6-year-old Bettor's Delight mare stormed to the fore, just holding off a late bid from Kardashian (Truman Gale) in 1:53.1. Frank Davis drove Table Games for owner Edmund Namiotka, Jr. and trainer Paul Minckler.   The tenth race saw seven trotters vie for a $5100 purse, with Jitterbug ceding the lead to 6-5 favorite Sweet Thing (John MacDonald) on the backstretch after clearing from post 5 through a :27.4 initial quarter. Sweet Thing faced no challengers through the far turn, before Brett Crawford angled Jitterbug out of the pocket in mid-stretch to give chase. The 4-year-old Kadabra entire trotted right past, edging clear by 1-1/4 lengths to prevail in 1:54.1. Jackie Rousse trains the victorious Jitterbug for owner Janie Martin.   Live racing resumes at Vernon Downs on Saturday (June 6) evening, headlined by a pair of $61,300 New York Sire Stakes events for 3-year-old trotting colts and geldings. First post for the 14-race program is 7:10 p.m. Eastern time, just after the simulcast of the 147th Belmont Stakes.   by James Witherite, Vernon Downs  

WEDNESDAY, MAY 27, 2015 - Everything went according to plan for driver Trevor Henry and three-year-old trotting colt Olympic Son as the duo captured the first Gold Series Leg of the 2015 season at the harness racing meeting at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Wednesday evening. Starting from Post 3 in the $52,500 contest, Henry sent Olympic Son directly to the front and the colt cruised along unchallenged to a two and one half length victory in 1:58.2. Luck O The Irish and fan favourite Covert Operative finished second and third. "I kind of wanted to be on the front with him," said Henry of the Majestic Son colt. "I know he's good on a half - I won at Hanover with him last year - so that's kind of where I wanted to be." A two-time winner at the Grassroots level last season, Olympic Son is trained by Paul Reid for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The second division saw local favourite El Diablo Hall match the 1:58.2 clocking, sailing under the wire four and one-half lengths ahead of Namesmuscle and Concept. El Diablo Hall is trained by Anthony Montini for London's Dale Hunter, Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston, Albina Montini of Acton and Paul Giammichele of Burlington. The win marked the first start of the season for Windsong Espoir son El Diablo Hall, who was the Grassroots Final runner-up at two. Lightly rated Winning Wizard and driver Paul MacDonell conjured up a win in the third division, reeling in the favourites down the stretch to claim the 1:57.1 victory. Favourite Hemi Seelster finished one-quarter length back in second with Alacrity rounding out the top three. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions Winning Wizard and Neven Botica of Perth, Australia owns the gelded son of Kadabra, who was making his first appearance in an Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Fan favourite Rubber Duck took home the final Gold Series trophy of the evening, halting the teletimer at 1:57.3 in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut. Platoon Seelster and Jayport All Muscle completed the triactor. Sylvain Filion engineered the win for trainer Julie Walker and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. The 1:57.3 win established a new personal best for the son of Muscle Mass. The three-year-old trotting colts make their second Gold Series stop at Mohawk Racetrack on June 30, while Ontario Sires Stakes action races back to The Raceway at Western Fair District this Friday, May 29. As part of Friday's Molson Pace night, Ontario's exciting three-year-old pacing colts will warm up the crowd in three $70,000 Gold Series divisions before the country's top aged pacers take the track in the evening's $150,000 finale. In addition to the outstanding racing - highlighted on the large trackside video board - fans can enter to win prizes, try their luck at four guaranteed pool wagers, and join the Molson Party on the Patio. Post time for Friday's festivities is 7:15 pm. Ontario Horse Racing - Check site here - www.ontariohorseracing.caF

WILKES-BARRE PA - The Napolitano brothers accounted for the sulky success in the $22,000 twin harness racing features Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with Anthony taking the trot with Swishnflick in 1:54 and then George winning the pace with Scott Rocks in 1:50.1.   The Kadabra mare Swishnflick was sent right to the top in the trotting headliner, putting down fractions of 28.1, 57.4, and 1:26 for "Ant'ny Nap." There turned out to be only one stretch challenger for Swishnflick - the pocketsitter My Love Bi, driven by brother George - and the latter pair were closing outside the leader with every stride, but Swishnflick held together gamely to the wire to get the nose nod for win for trainer Gus Scarpias and owner Kenneth Westerside.   "Pocket rocket" tactics proved more profitable for "George Nap" and Scott Rocks in the pacing feature. The pair quarter-moved after a 26.4 opener; as soon as they made the top, Great Artist completed a huge move (26.1 individual second quarter) to go by before the half in 54, and keeping the lead through a 1:22.3 three quarters clocking. The right-hand linetug at headstretch worked better for "GNap" in this event, as he rallied Scott Rocks, an altered son of Rocknroll Hanover, to catch Great Artist by a neck for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey.   PHHA / Pocono

EAST RUTHERFORD (May 9, 2015) - If the first two starts of her 2015 harness racing campaign are any indication, Bee A Magician will be a force to be reckoned with once again. On Saturday night at The Meadowlands, she not only defeated the boys in the $50,000 prep for the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial, she destroyed them. Escaping at 12-1, despite coming off a track record performance at Yonkers, Bee A Magician was dismissed by the punters from post position 10. Off the gate, Zeron asked his champion mare for a little speed, but his plan wasn't to make the lead. "I figured we would float out there and I would try to set her up second or third over," said Zeron, "but nobody else really pushed out there, so she brought me to the top rather easily and then we let Yannick go, sat behind him and that was perfect." Bee A Magician did lead at the first point of call, which she reached in 27.4, but she would relinquish that lead to DW's NY Yank, who briefly went off-stride at the start. The Burke-trainee entered tonight riding a four race win streak and he would lead the field past the half-mile in 55.4. Meanwhile. The even money favorite, Melady's Monet was taken back off the speed and would commit first over as the field moved down the backstretch. Hambletonian Winner Market Share would ride his cover around the far turn. Bee A Magician continued to draft in the pocket behind the leader past three quarters in 1:24.3. But from there, the mare made her move. "She pulled me out of the pocket," added Zeron. "She wanted to go and once she made the lead she kicked in even more." Bee A Magician opened up daylight in the stretch and was a geared down and ultra-impressive winner in 1:51.3. Wind Of The North rallied well to finish second, with Melady's Monet holding onto third despite a tough first over trip. In 2013, Bee A Magician completed an undefeated campaign, that included a Hambletonian Oaks win. That campaign led to her being voted the Horse of the Year. She will look to become the first mare to win the Arthur J. Cutler Memorial in the 17-year history of the race in the $175,000 Final on Saturday, May 16th. The magnificent mare by Kadabra is owned by Melvin Hartman, Marvin Katz and David Mc Duffee and trained by Nifty Norman. For Queen Bee, it was her 33rd victory from 49 starts. Her earnings continue to close in on $2.8 Million. The win capped off a big night for Scott Zeron, who won four races on the card. Bee A Magician Earlier on the racing program, the top pacers contested the $27,500 Open Handicap which was scratched down to a field of six. Newcomer Ellis Park was a 9/5 favorite at post time, but both Dovuto Hanover and Doctor Butch were not far behind in the pari-mutuel wagering. Doctor Butch was asked for speed off the gate and would be guided to a pocket spot behind Fool Me Once who would lead the field for the first three quarters of a mile, establishing fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:21.2 but the lead would not last the length of the stretch as the field closed in, none more so than Doctor Butch. The five year old son of Art Major ripped out of the pocket in the stretch and scampered away from the field to win impressively in 1:48.1, establishing a new lifetime mark and sending his lifetime earnings past $900,000. Dovuto Hanover rallied from off the pace to finish second, while Ellis Park, who roughed it first over, held on for third. Doctor Butch won for the 23rd time in his career for Linda Toscano and Kenneth Jacobs and was driven to victory by his usual partner in the sulky, Tim Tetrick. Doctor Butch In other action, Rock Of The Ages scored a victory over a trio of Meadowlands Pace-eligibles, winning in 1:51 for Brett Miller. Trading Up, Sicily and Jo Pa's Well Said, all on the road to The Meadowlands Pace finished behind the 7-1 upset winner. Rock Of The Ages Tony Alagna had a good night on Saturday at The Meadowlands. In addition to his Trading Up finishing second in his three year old debut, he won a pair of races with Shades Of Bay and Odds On Equuleus, both with Scott Zeron in the sulky. The former is a Meadowlands Pace-eligible colt who was making his three year old debut. He was victorious in a very sharp 1:50.3. The Meadowlands Pace theme would continue in the very next race, as Edward Teach, another Pace-eligible colt scored in a condition event in a lifetime best 1:51 for the Burke/Gingras connection. Shades Of Bay Odds On Equuleus Art History won for the third consecutive time, taking a tough condition even in 1:51.1 capping what was a very good night for Scott Zeron. Art History There were two winning tickets in the fifth race Jackpot Super Hi-5, so that jackpot pool carried over once again and will feature a $112,844 carryover into Friday night. The last race jackpot also went unclaimed and that carryover will be $87,837 into the Friday program. The handle of just over $2.8 Million was virtually flat compared to this night in 2014, with one less race. Racing returns on Friday which features the New Jersey Sire Stakes for thee year old trotters and the eagerly anticipated three year old debut of Mission Brief. Post time is 7:15 P.M. Darin Zoccali

May 9, 2015 - Today’s V75 hasrness racing card at Umaker was a dandy, headed up by the Gold Division victory by former Elitloppet winner Nahar (10g Love You-Mahonny Broline-Joie de Vie) and trainer/driver Robert Bergh. Timed in 1.11.6kr over 1640 meters autostart, the veteran rallied from near the back to sweep around the field in late stretch for owner Stall Sedin HB. Nahar has 34 career wins in 98 starts for earnings of over 11.3SEK million. Knows Nothing (6m Kadabra-Savvy Yankee-Balanced Image) was second for Ulf Ohlsson and trainer Reijo Liljendahl ahead of Panne de Moteur (7h Credit Winner-Jalopy-Donerail), making his initial 2015 start, handled by Orjan Kihlstrom. The winner earned 200,000SEK first money. While Nahar is a likely Elitloppet invitee, the race leadership wants to wait until all major weekend races are complete before extending more bids.  The co-feature Berth Johanssons Memorial (2140 meters autostart, 200,000SEK to the winner) went to Cool Keeper (5m Broadway Hall-Missys Go Go-Yankee Glide) and driver/trainer Leif Witasp, timed in 1.12.6kr with a very quick last 1140 meters. The winner recorded career victory 12 in 29 starts for earnings of over 1.9SEK million. Stall Mamsen owns the winner. Special Topgear (5m Love You-Pan Seared Tuna-Andover Hall) was next for John Ostman with Screen Height (5m Scarlet Knight-Rose The Goal-Armbro Goal) third for Torbjorn Jansson. Jerry Riordan’s trainee Rod Stewart was sixth, Creatine eighth and Vasterbo Loveboat ninth as these well-regarded starters failed to hit the board. Creatine was fourth, parked with cover, before making a three wide backstretch move that stalled after reaching second. The Silver Division (2140 meters autostart, 125,000SEK to winner) went to Coldtown (6g Cantab Hall-Brylin Starlet-Balanced Image) with Jorma Kontio up, timed in 1.13kr for trainer Timo Nurmos. The pace was well-rated in this event. Stein Daylight (7m Steinlager-Danilova-Anders Crown) was second for trainer/driver Leif Witasp with US bred Talk The Talk (5f Donato Hanover-Letsjusttalkaboutme-Self Possessed) third with Ulf Ohlsson driving for trainer/owner Stefan Melander. Radysin America was eighth after a parked with cover trip with dead cover. Thomas H. Hicks

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