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November 21, 2015 - Adrian Kolgjini piloted the Lutfi Kolgjini trained Buzz Mearas (4g Dream Vacation-Dance Of Joy-Malabar Man) to victory in today’s Axel Jensens at Bjerke, with 300,000NOK to the winner of this 1609 meter autostart contest. The winner scored easily timed in 1.10.4kr (1:53.2 mile rate) to defeat Explosive De Vie (4g Explosive Matter-Ava-Pine Chip) driven by trainer Jim Oscarsson with third to Daley Lovin (4m Conway Hall-Dreamsmadeofthis-Dream Vacation) handled by trainer Daniel Reden. Exodus Hanover and Royal Ice took the next two spots. All of the top five, except the winner, were bred and registered in the US. On the Bjerke card was the Kai Eriksens Gold Division and the winner was Denmark’s Tycoon Conway Hall (5m Conway Hall-Golden Sunday-Supergill) for trainer/driver Steen Juul. The winner earned 150,000NOK in victory over the 1609 meters autostart course. Timed in 1.11kr (mile rate 1:54.3) Tycoon Conway Hall defeated Magiccarpetride (9m Angus Hall-Meadowbranch Magic-Valley Victory) reined by Orjan Kihlstrom and third finishing Chatain (6g Love You-C’est Bon-Bosphorus) from Denmark and piloted by Erlend Rennesvik. Remee La Marc (7g Andover Hall-Loving Her Is Easy-Valley Victory) and Vidar Hop was fourth ahead of Art On Line (8g Rite On Line-Lass Fleur-Backstreet Guy) and Johnny Takter. Bjerke’s Silver Division Flaata Eiendom for 125,000NOK to the winner over 1609 meters autostart went to US-bred Call Me Hanover (6g Kadabra-Chiptease-Pine Chip) driven by Eriend Rennesvik. Timed in 1.11.2kr (mile rate 1:54.6) the winner vanquished Denmark’s Punk (6m Angus Hall-Primavera-SJ’s Photo) driven by Tom Erik Solberg with third to Tripolini VP (5g Archduke Kemp-Lady Magic-Shane Scottseth) and teamster Jeppe Juel. Highspeed Call, by From Above, was fourth with Ja El Tomcat, by Chocolatier, fifth, that one from the dam of JL Cruze, Topcat Hall by Conway Hall.  Earlier in the week at Aby SWE (November 18), the Jerry Riordan trained, Lisa Riordan owned, Radysin America won an event worth 70,000SEK to the winner. Radysin America (5f Donato Hanover-Zagabria Dei-Victory Dream) was driven by Peter Ingves and scored in 1.13.1kr for her third 2015 victory and 12th career win in 40 starts. Radysin was bred by the late Lou Guida and is a half-sister to the great European mare Lisa America, bred in Italy. Thomas H. Hicks

TORONTO, November 21 – Ontario three-year-old harness racing colts and geldings kicked off their Autumn Series with four divisions Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 pacers and 20 trotters made up four $18,000 round one divisions. Mach On The Beach kicked off the night with a 1:52.2 victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Mach On The Beach flashed early speed aiming for the front, while Twin B Sportsman was pacing hard early looking for the lead. Mach On The Beach got to the pylons first and Filion opted to stretch Twin B Sportsman out by the opening-quarter in :26.2. Filion eventually released the challenger at the top of the backstretch. After a half of :55.1, Mach On The Beach came to the outside and surged by Twin B Sportsman to take the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Mach On The Beach left his rivals in his dust and paced away to an easy-looking four-length victory. The Rock finished up with a strong final-quarter to come from eighth to finish second. Sports Lightning finished third, while Windsong Lightning was fourth. A son of Mach Three, Mach On The Beach is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The sophomore gelding now has seven wins from 24 starts in his first season of racing. Mach On The Beach pushed his earnings to over $60,000 with the victory Saturday, while also lowering his career-mark by more than two-seconds. The Moreau trainee paid $3.90 to win. Mach On The Beach In the second division, Cajon Lightning came first up to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Mike Saftic, Cajon Lightning got away fifth in the early stages, while Doctor Royal and Major Dan took turns on the lead through panels of :26.1 and :56.1. Saftic sent Cajon Lightning first up around the final turn and the even-money favourite was second and less than two-lengths from the front at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Cajon Lightning powered by Doctor Royal and paced home strong in :27.2 for a length and a half victory. Jack Reacher finished second, while Naturescape finished third just ahead of Doctor Royal. Another son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning is trained by Scott Bell for owner John Taylor. Saturday’s victory was the third from 16 starts this season for the gelding. Cajon Lightning has now earned over $48,000 in his first season of racing. The clocking of 1:52.4 matched his career-mark taken October 12 at Woodbine. Cajon Lightning paid $4.10 to win. Cajon Lightning On the trotting side, Stormont Wizard took the first division in 1:56.1 at odds of 3/5. Driven by James MacDonald, Stormont Wizard trotted out strongly to grab command at the opening-quarter in :28. Down the backstretch, Win The Day came first up from fifth at the half to challenge the leader. MacDonald kept his trotter moving well and turned aside the first-over challenger to lead the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Stormont Wizard sealed the deal with a :30 final-quarter to score a two and a quarter length victory. P L Icabod finished second, while Lmc Mass Oak was third. Win The Day rounded out the Superfecta in fourth. A son of Kadabra, Stormont Wizard is trained by Kevin Benn for Stormont Meadows. The sophomore gelding now has two wins in 12 starts this season. Last year, Stormont Wizard scored a single victory in seven starts, while hitting the board five-times. The Benn trainee has banked over $48,000 this season and $74,000 lifetime. Stormont Wizard paid $3.40 to win. Stormont Wizard Love Hunter turned a two-hole trip into a victory in the second trotting division. The Nick Gallucci trainee left quickly for driver Trevor Henry to challenge for the lead, however Gronk, the even-money favourite, pushed forward for the lead and forced Henry into the pocket. After setting fractions of :26.4, :57.3 and 1:27.1, Gronk carried the lead into the lane with Love Hunter on his back. In the stretch, Love Hunter came to the outside and waged war with Gronk, eventually edging by in deep stretch to win by half a length in 1:57. Freddie closed with good speed for third, while Thoughtful Leader was fourth. A son of Holiday Road, Love Hunter entered Saturday’s contest with one win in 10 starts this season. The Autumn Series division victory pushes the gelding’s earnings in 2015 to over $34,000. Love Hunter paid $12.20  to win. Love Hunter In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. The second round of the Autumn Series for the colts and geldings will take place next Saturday (November 28).

Harrisburg, PA --- Senena Esty is proud of her boy, but it is hard to say goodbye. Esty's Spring Haven Farm consigned colt trotter Kadillac, who was Tuesday's sale-topper at the Standardbred Horse Sale. The Ontario-eligible yearling, a son of stallion Kadabra out of the mare Proactive Gal, was purchased for $260,000 by Clark Beelby. Kadillac's family includes stakes-winner Bramasole, who also is the dam of this year's Peaceful Way winner Caprice Hill. "It's hard to see him go because I've spent every day with him," Esty said. "I try to be professional, but I've shed a few tears. I'm very proud of him. He just grew to be an outstanding individual. He's the nicest trotter I've ever sold." Kadillac was joined at the top of Tuesday's sale prices by colt pacer Sovereign Deo, who sold for $190,000 to Tom Hill. Sovereign Deo is a son of Mach Three out of World Of Her Own. His second dam is Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty and his family includes stakes-winners World Of Rocknroll and Rock N' Roll World, plus Worldly Treasure, who is the dam of Dan Patch Award-winner Captaintreacherous. Tony Alagna, who trained Captaintreacherous, will train Sovereign Deo. "Basically, it's the same family as Captaintreacherous," Tom Hill Jr. said. "Tony liked the horse. I spoke to Tony several weeks to go, he phoned me up, and his exact words were 'Wow, what a jaw-dropper he is.' He has a great conformation and the pedigree is second to none. "In my opinion, he was the best pacing colt in the sale. I think the price proved that. I'm very happy with the purchase. My dad wanted him and he step up. Fortunately, we got him. We'll just hope for a little bit of luck and take it from there." Through two days at the Standardbred Horse Sale, a total of 650 horses were sold for an average of $39,396. The average is a drop of 15.7 percent compared to the average of $46,748 for 535 horses last year. Standardbred Horse Sales Company President Pete Spears said some of the drop was the result of the Pennsylvania's budget impasse that led Gov. Tom Wolf to threaten to halt horse racing in the state. Negotiations are continuing to resolve the issue. A total of 398 Pennsylvania-eligible horses have sold for an average of $38,573. "After two days it's clear that the recent problems in Pennsylvania have had an adverse effect on the sale's results," Spears said. The price for Kadillac topped last year's Tuesday sale-topper, which was $225,000 for colt trotter Gotalottacredit. "I never try to have expectations because you don't want to set yourself up for disappointment," Esty said about Kadillac's price. "We're just a farm family and we just try to make a living doing what we love. But as the sale got closer and he looked the part, I thought hopefully he would bring $100,000." Esty bought Kadillac, who was bred by Dunroven Stud, as a weanling in November 2014. "He had a very good family and the conformation to go with it," Esty said. "It just looked like he had the potential to grow into a very nice colt." After watching Kadillac bolt through an open gate, Esty thought he had true potential. "He was in a group of 10 other colts and got past the gate," Esty said. "He got past me pretty quick. But, boy, you should have seen him trot. That was the day I knew I had something there. "He was quite the special colt so I had to pick out the perfect name for him." David Meirs III understands how Esty feels. Meirs' Concord Stud Farm raised and consigned Monday's sale-topper filly trotter Future Secured, for $500,000. The price equaled the auction-sales record for a yearling filly trotter, which was set by Courtney Hall in 2003. It tied for the fourth-highest auction price for any yearling and was the highest price for a yearling at auction since Detour Hanover sold for a record $825,000 in 2011. "It's not fully sunken in," Meirs said. "It's something I'm going to cherish. I sensed by whom was looking at the filly there was a chance (for a high price), but I've been there. I've done this now for more than 40 years. There are so many times you sit there and think you've got that one. "But when she hit $400,000 it was like being in a race. I saw multiple hands going up in the air and I almost had to catch myself; I was turning white. I starting thinking 'Where are we going here?' It was that thrill, but that's only part of it. Now I want her to do well. Nothing is going to make me happier than seeing this horse go forward and do well for the owners, and I can be a part of that." Meirs began to think Future Secured could be special when he watched her trot alongside her dam, 2010 Merrie Annabelle winner Thatsnotmyname, in the field. "I did not start to truly appreciate the filly until I watched her mom going through the field with her," Meirs said. "She would go stride for stride, exact same motion in the front. Her mother is a kind filly, but a little tough. But I think you need a little bit of that toughness to be a good racehorse. But what I enjoyed about this filly is that she's gaited exactly like mom." Meirs is no stranger to success --- Concord Stud Farm also consigned, as agent, last year's sale-topper Brooklyn Hill for $390,000, for example --- but he takes nothing for granted. "It's like the racing game," Meirs said. "You have your highs and you have the lows. When you have the high, cherish it. "There are a lot of keys to success, but it's not just one person. It's family; my family is involved very closely in the business. I've got a very good staff of people. We work seven days a week and we take a huge amount of pride in the product we come out with. We put a lot of time and effort into these youngsters to get them here to this point. It gives us a lot of self-satisfaction." Day Two Top 10 Hip-Sex-Gait-Name-Sire-Dam-Buyer-Consignor-Price 385-C-T-Kadillac-Kadabra-Proactive Gal-Clark Beelby-Spring Haven Farm-$260,000 499-C-P-Sovereign Deo-Mach Three-World Of Her Own-Tom Hill-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$190,000 2022-C-T-Wild Whiskey-Cantab Hall-Bourbon Belle-Joe Holloway-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$130,000 557-F-T-By A Neck Hanover-Chapter Seven-By A Nose Hanover-Andy Miller Stable, agent-Hanover Shoe Farms-$105,000 316-C-P-Must Be Luck-Camluck-Fashion Sureal-Dave Menary-All American Harnessbreds-$100,000 367-C-T-Change Page-Chapter Seven-Order By Credit-Michael Pozefsky-Concord Stud Farm, agent-$100,000 402-F-T-Royal Witch-Kadabra-Royal Tennis-Benoit Baillargeon, agent-Preferred Equine Mkt. Inc., agent-$100,000 442-C-P-Twin B Rockstar-Rocknroll Hanover-Sugar Sugar-Brian Brown-Twinbrook Farms-$100,000 390-F-P-Crooked Halo-Big Bad John-Real Lady Katie-Jeff Webster-Northwood Bloodstock Agency-$95,000 410-C-P-Beach House-Somebeachsomewhere-Sara Sue-Harry Locke-All American Harnessbreds-$92,000 Ken Weingartner          

'Neither rain, nor snow, nor gloom of night can stop the mail' paraphrases a slogan once used by the United States Postal Service. But those words could be used to depict the harness racing conditions that the participating Billings members had to endure on Saturday night (Oct. 24) in their Midwest region trot at Dayton Raceway in the final competition before the regional finals. Nevertheless, despite the deplorable weather conditions Dave "Linemaster" Ehrenberg not only was a convincing winner with Windsong Illusion in a time of 1:57.4 but in the process he established a new lifetime mark with the 6 year old altered son of Kadabra. YL Crasher and Gary "Soups" Campbell sped to the lead when the wings of the mobile gate folded and kept Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and Bold Strike on the limb as the leaders passed the quarter pole in a swift :27.4. At that point Ehrenberg was in third along the pylons. "It was really tough going out there with the pouring rain and the sloppy racetrack but I figured if I let Steve in in front of me that when I decided to make a move I wouldn't have to go around him and I'd have clear sailing," Ehrenberg related via telephone after the race. It turned out to be a great strategy because after a :58.2 half Ehrenberg moved out to challenge YL Crasher and he was alongside Campbell's trotter at the third panel as the timer flashed 1:27.2. From there Windsong Illusion began to draw off and they coasted home an easy four- length winner over Bold Strike. Third place went to the betting favorite Heza Rube driven by Bob "Lumberman" Troyer. The winner, owned and trained by Rod Debeck, was sent off at odds of almost 7-1. It was the second win in 10 seasonal starts for Windsong Illusion. He returned a $15.80 mutuel payoff. And for Ehrenberg, a real estate magnate from Lewis Center, Ohio, the victory was his third this season and 48th of his amateur driving career. John Manzi

There were some new faces in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies closed out their Gold Series regular season. After finishing second in three Gold Legs and third in the other, Will Take Charge finally found his way to the winner's circle in the second of three $70,000 trotting colt divisions. The Kadabra gelding and driver Paul MacDonell took command of the race past the half-way marker and cruised home four length winners in 1:57.2. Mass Balance was second and Midnight Toker finished third. "He just had second-itis," said trainer John Bax wryly. "He's been pretty good all along, just an easy on himself kind of horse, I can't really complain about him," continued the Campbellville, ON resident. "He kind of just does whatever you want and does it right." Bax shares ownership of the trotter with Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI, Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON and John Hayes of Sharon, ON. In 10 starts Will Take Charge has tallied one win, four seconds, one third and $123,590. Tuesday's Gold win puts him in a tie for third in the division standings with 137 points. Will Take Charge will make his next start in the Oct. 10 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack, and Bax is hoping the gelding's consistency carries on through the $250,000 post-season showdown. "One more start," said the trainer. "Hope it keeps going." In the first division, Tony Soprano moved to the top of the point standing with his third Gold Series win, touring the Mohawk oval in a personal best 1:56.2. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell guided the Kadabra son to the win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his partners Mardon Stables of Loretto, ON, Paradox Farm Inc. of Caledon East, ON and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. Dreamliner and Willyorwonthe rounded out the top three, more than 10 lengths behind Tony Soprano. The victory improved Tony Soprano's freshman record to three wins, one second and two thirds in nine starts and boosted his earnings to $161,430. He leads the parade of freshman trotting colts into the $250,000 Super Final with 187 points. The third trotting colt division saw Dunvegan Don earn his second Gold trophy, sailing along on the front end to a five and one-half length win in 1:58.1. Nofear Blue Chip and Dia Monde trotted into second and third. Doug McNair of Guelph, ON engineered the win for trainer Herbert Holland of Milton, ON and his partners Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON, Guy Polillo of Brantford, ON and Kevin McKinley of Holland Landing, ON. In seven starts Dunvegan Don has accumulated three wins and one third for earnings of $85,900. The Cornaro Dasolo son wrapped up the regular season in fifth spot with 115 points. In the first three-year-old trotting filly division, 2014 Grassroots Champion Second Sister garnered her first-ever Gold Series trophy with a 1:55.4 effort. Starting from Post 1, the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON tucked in behind fan favourite Muscle Baby Doll and stayed on that filly's heels as she moved into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. After using Muscle Baby Doll as a wind break, Second Sister was able to power past the favourite in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length win. Muscle Baby Doll settled for second and pacesetter All That Sparkles was third. "She's been pretty consistent all year, but it was nice to win one," said trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON. Much like Will Take Charge, Second Sister had been close in the first four Gold Legs, posting two seconds, one third and one sixth-place result. Tuesday's win boosted her from sixth to third in the division standings with 115 points. Through all 13 of her sophomore starts the filly has two wins, four seconds, three thirds and earnings of $146,660. "She's just been a nice solid mare, doesn't do much wrong," said McNair, who conditions the filly for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI . "Hope she draws kind of decent over at Woodbine, and go from there I guess." In spite of suffering her first defeat in Gold Series company Muscle Baby Doll remained atop the division standings with 175 points, followed by Elegant Serenity, who picked up her second Gold trophy with a 1:55 effort in the second division. The Kadabra daughter took command of the race heading for the half-way marker and stayed game to the wire, holding off Youre Majestic and Danielle Hall by one-half length. Roger Mayotte of Mississauga, ON trains and drives Elegant Serenity for owner-breeder Doug Millard of Woodstock. In 10 sophomore starts the daughter of former Ontario Sires Stakes star Elegantimage has tallied six wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $356,665. In four Gold Series starts the filly posted two wins, one second and one fifth-place result for a total of 130 points. The top 10 point earners in all eight trotting and pacing divisions will now begin preparing their battle plans for the Oct. 10 Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack, where a total of $2 million will be on the line. Ontario Horse Racing

ANDERSON, Ind.-September 26, 2015 - Bee A Magician made Hoosier Park history as she became the first mare to ever win the $210,000 Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino on Saturday, September 26. With harness racing driver David Miller in the bike, Bee A Magician dominated a field of nine male counterparts to win by a length in 1:53. The World Champion mare was able to overcome a long, first over trip to score her second consecutive victory and first victory at Hoosier Park. When the talented field of ten left the gate, Lindy's Tru Grit and Andy Miller fired from the wings to reach the opening panel in a snappy :26.4. Wind Of The North and Dave Palone grabbed the pocket seat while Bee A Magician let just enough to grab a spot next in line, third. Yannick Gingras pointed Gural Hanover to the front and they were in command just before the half in :55.3. Miller gave Bee A Magician the green light approaching the final turn and she ranged up to reach the leader's wheel at the three-quarter clocking in 1:23.4. As the field turned for home, Bee A Magician began to put her talent on display as she found another gear to trot away from the field. Wind Of The North rallied gamely in the stretch but had to settle for second place honors while Gural Hanover held on for third. As the 3-5 favorite, Bee A Magician returned $3.20 at the betting window. "She's an amazing animal," winning driver David Miller noted in the winner's circle after the victory. "She was able to overcome a bad post and unfavorable trip to win that race tonight. There was enough early speed that I didn't have to move her till late in the mile so I felt pretty good about it coming around the last turn. She raced great again." "She really is something though," he continued. "To be able to continually dominate at this level and take on the boys week after week is pretty special. She's a pleasure to sit behind." Trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman, the five-year-old Kadabra mare scored her 41st career win and 10th seasonal victory from 14 starts. With the win, Bee A Magician pushed her career bankroll to $3.6 million for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. The victory was also one of four wins on the 14-race card for driver David Miller. Live racing at Hoosier Park Racing & Casino will continue on Tuesday, September 29 with a 14-race card that is set to begin at 5:15 p.m. Following a Tuesday through Saturday schedule, live racing will be conducted through November 14. For more information on the upcoming entertainment and live racing schedule, please visit Emily Gaskin

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Southwind Frank streaked to a seventh straight victory, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras picked up his third consecutive William Wellwood Memorial Trot trophy on Saturday evening at Mohawk Raceway, part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With the win in the $373,000 race for two-year-old trotters, trainer Ron Burke also captured back-to-back Wellwood finals. Both Burke and Gingras won the 2014 edition with Habitat and Gingras scored in 2013 with the Jimmy Takter-trained Father Patrick. In the 2015 dash, Brooklyn Hill was the fastest off the gate, taking the early command. Southwind Frank, the 1-9 favourite, following behind in second but never found a spot on the rail as the rookie colts and geldings went past the first quarter in :28-flat. Into the backstretch, Gingras sent Southwind Frank to the front and that is where he stayed, posting the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.4. In the final turn, Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron made a bid for the lead, but they couldn't catch Southwind Frank, who ultimately stopped the clock in 1:55.4 to win by one and one-quarter lengths. Marion Marauder finished second and Deep Impact got up for third. "He's raced good that way (on the front)," said Gingras. "There wasn't that much speed out of the gate so I figured to take control of the race and let him do his thing...I knew I had the best horse in the race. My job is to just keep him out of trouble and get him to the wire." Owner Jerry Silva is now looking to next year's stakes schedule due to the triumph. "It makes me think next year. Hambo. We're going to be in it," he said. "We tried this year with Mission Brief against the boys. We didn't have a boy, but now we got a real boy, Southwind Frank." The son of Muscle Hill and Flawless Lindy is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J And T Silva Stables LLC and boasts earning of $513,505. Southwind Frank now has eight wins from nine outing, which includes victories in a Champlain and Reynolds Stakes division, the Peter Haughton Memorial Final and a New Jersey Sires Stakes Championship. Southwind Frank paid $2.20 to win. Southwind Frank Mission Brief cruise to Elegantimage victory Mission Brief continued her dominance of the three-year-old trotting filly division with a crushing five and a half length victory in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke trained filly came into the Elegantimage final off a 15-length victory in her elimination last week. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Mission Brief and driver Yannick Gingras were able to drop in fifth, while several fillies slugged it out in the early stages. Muscle Baby Doll and driver Doug McNair wanted the front and parked out Wild Honey by the opening-quarter in :26.4. Down the backstretch, Gingras made his move with Mission Brief, but was forced to go three-wide around Wild Honey before overtaking Muscle Baby Doll at the half in :55.2. It was game over once Mission Brief found the front, as the superstar filly trotted a third-quarter in :28.1 and a final-quarter under wraps in :28.3 to win in 1:52.1. "She was amazing tonight, I didn't even start her up," said Gingras following the race. "The plugs are still in and she's just toying with them. She's in another class." Wild Honey finished second, while Elegant Serenity, the daughter of race namesake Elegantimage, finished third. Trained by Ron Burke, Mission Brief has now won seven of nine starts this season and 16 overall. Gingras had high praise for how the filly gets the job done. "She makes the game plan, when she steps on the racetrack sometimes like last week she decided she was going to go all the way," he said. "Today she was a little bit more (easier) to handle so we just let the dust settle. I can't make plans with her, she makes them." A daughter of Muscle Hill, Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC. and Weaver Bruscemi. The Elegantimage victory increased her career earnings to over $1.3 million. Mission Brief paid $2.40 to win. Mission Brief Hill celebrates birthday with Peaceful Way win Rookie trotting filly Caprice Hill gave her owner Tom Hill an extra special 65th birthday present this year - a $410,000 Peaceful Way Stakes win on Saturday evening at Mohawk, which is part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, the Tony Alagna-trained Caprice Hill also made her fourth consecutive trip to the winner's circle. The 4-5 favourite got away fourth and followed behind fractions of :27.1 posted by Celebrity Eventsy, and :56.3 then 1:27 put up by Emoticon Hanover. Into final turn, Could It Be Magic advanced first up from third and Caprice Hill tracked her cover. At the head of the lane, Caprice Hill kicked off cover and was fed open racetrack. The bay miss responded and trotted on by her rivals to score by one and one-quarter length and stop the teletimer in 1:56.1. Celebrity Eventsy finished second and Dewdle All Day rallied for third. "It's great to win a big race especially when it is your birthday," said Hill. "Yannick [Gingras] drove the filly along and he said when he drover she was Mission Brief with brains and she's proved it tonight. She is a gift from God. "Kadabra has proven to be as good a sire as any trotting sire in the world," added the longtime owner. "I don't know a lot about trotters. We asked Tony to get us a nice filly and he went and picked her out and he deserves all the credit and all the praise. He's picked her. He's trained her." Hill was then quick to correct himself. "He doesn't deserve all of it," the resident of Hamilton said, as Alagna chuckled. "His mother deserves a lot as well." Alagna's mother, Donna Lee Ozment, trains Hill's yearlings in Illinois. The daughter of Kadabra and Bramasole now boasts earnings of $377,730 and has six wins and one second-place finish from seven starts, which includes a victory in a Champlain Stakes division. Caprice Hill paid $3.90 to win. Caprice Hill Mark McKelvie

Ontario's talented two-year-olds put on an impressive show at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the top 20 point earners in each division were whittled down to 10 in Grassroots Semi-Final action. Muscles For Life kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes post season, sprinting down the stretch to a 1:57.3 personal best in the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass son and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON bested Money Mission and United BI by two and three-quarter lengths to secure their spot in next weekend's Grassroots Championship. "He was a little late getting started, he made a few mistakes and then we had to put the hopples on him," said trainer Gregg McNair about Muscles For Life, who finished the regular season with one win, one second, one fourth and one eighth in four outings. "He's raced pretty good every time. He's got a lot of trot. "He got a good trip, but he's got fairly good talent," added the Guelph resident, who trains Muscles For Life for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. Fourth and fifth-place finishers Cool Creek Victory and Muscle Time also advanced to the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. Muscles For Life The first trotting filly Semi-Final was the first of three captured by Trevor Henry, who is in a fight for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion. Henry teamed Myretirementticket to a 1:57.1 personal best ahead of fan favourite and division point leader Magical Steph and Jangone. Myretirementticket hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of her rivals. "She's getting better every week," said Henry. "She does everything right, she's a sweetheart to drive." Henry engineered the win for Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again. Very Classy and Dayliner rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship. Myretirementticket Arthur, ON resident Henry faces a tough choice for the Championship, as he also piloted the winner of the second trotting filly division. Traviata cruised home a four and one-half length winner; matching Myretirementticket's 1:57.1 clocking. The fan favourite bested Mariana, Liseberg, Malia and Tough Affair. "She's pretty nice too, it's going to be tough to be pick," said the reinsman, who engineered the Kadabra daughter's fourth straight victory for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman of Allentown, NJ and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Traviata Henry's third win came with pacing filly St Lads Smokin Hot, who powered down the stretch to a 1:53.1 personal best. Noone To Depend On finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, favourite and division point leader Sports Expert was third, with Selling The Dream and Miss Print completing the top five. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau trains St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The Lake, ON. The No Pan Intended daughter finished the regular season with a pair of wins - both over half-mile ovals - two thirds and one sixth in five starts. St Lads Smokin Hot Gerries Sport captured the first pacing colt Semi-Final with a 1:53 personal best for trainer Robert Robinson and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Mach Three son and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON controlled the tempo for much of the race and cruised home three and one-quarter length winners over Print Media, Blue Zombie, Bingo Ingo, and division point leader St Lads Moonwalk. "He's a nice little colt," said Zeron. "He had a little confusion when we first started going with him so we were pretty conservative with him and let him pace into where he wanted to be to get his form going, and as the summer went on he's gotten smarter and better." Gerries Sport Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev piloted two Semi-Final winners, starting with pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in Race 8. The fan favourites pressed the pace in the outer lane through much of the mile before getting up for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53. Im In Luv, Buttermilk Hanover, pacesetter Southwind Shania and No Shadows completed the top five. Moiseyev engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Mach Three miss was a two-time winner and one-time runner-up in three regular season Grassroots starts. Mayhem Seelster One race later Moiseyev was back in the winner's circle with the only division point leader to add a Semi-Final win to their resume. Trotting colt Georgies Pockets sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:58.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Dynamic Edge and Willyorwonthe. Gonna Fly and Asterix finished fourth and fifth. Mike Vanderkemp of Hillsburgh, ON conditions Georgies Pockets for owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. In five regular season starts the Muscle Mass son posted an impressive record of three wins and two seconds to top the freshman trotting colt division. Georgies Pockets The last of the Grassroots Semi-Final trophies went home with Kokanee Seelster, who prevailed in the second pacing colt split. The Camluck colt and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph controlled the temp from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Tango Star in 1:53. Favourite King Of Sports was third, just ahead of Azul Pool and Only Half Bad. Anthony Montini of Acton, ON trains Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill, ON. The pacer posted two wins and one second in three regular season Grassroots starts. Kokanee Seelster The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will now begin preparations for next Saturday's (Sept. 26) $50,000 Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by their three-year-old peers, who will wage their Semi-Final battles at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 18. The sophomores are featured in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 on the program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

When Ontario Sired super mare Bee A Magician turns to the starting gate Saturday in the $680,000 final of 63rd edition of the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, her part-owner Mel Hartman will be biting his nails watching the race on TV from his Ottawa home. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra out of Beehive has earned more than $3.3 million, but Hartman said he still gets nervous every time she races. "If she can beat the boys I think it is another feather in her hat," Hartman said. "It's an honour, in a way, because usually horses race in their own class, which is tough enough." Hartman shares ownership of Bee A Magician (New Image Media photo) with Montreal native and former Toronto resident Herb Liverman and David McDuffee of Florida. Bee A Magician finished a neck behind Natural Herbie Sept. 12 in their Maple Leaf Trot elimination. The mare drew post two in the final, which is race seven on a card that features four other rich stakes finals for trotters, including the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds. "I feel more confident this week, because last week she hadn't raced in about three weeks and I thought she'd be short, but she raced very well," Hartman said. Earning a cheque would push Bee A Magician past Hall of Fame pacer Somebeachsomewhere on the all-time earnings list for Ontario-sired standardbreds into fourth place behind trotter Arch Madness ($4.3 million) and pacers Mister Big ($4.1 million) and Boulder Creek ($3.8 million). Hartman said Bee A Magician would be given every opportunity, health willing, to continue to climb the money list. On Oct. 10, she will represent Canada while taking on the boys again in the $1 million International Trot at Yonkers Raceway in New York City. "I think we would like to race her as long as she's sound and healthy. If she can continue to race at this level I take a look at what Moni Maker made and there's been some comparisons of (Bee A Magician) to that horse," Hartman said of the late, great U.S. trotting mare that earned nearly $5.6 million lifetime and frequently beat the boys in stakes races on both sides of the Atlantic. "That horse was a hell of a horse. I don't know if (Bee A Magician) is in the same league or not, but she can be mentioned in the same paragraph, that's for sure." Two years after Bee A Magician was a perfect 17-for-17 and earned more than $1.57 million en route to the Horse of the Year Award in both Canada and the United States, the magic mare is still a model of incredible consistency. She's won eight of 12 starts this year and put more than $550,000 in the bank for driver Brian Sears and New Jersey based Richard "Nifty" Norman. "Honestly, every day I think about her I have to pinch myself that I own a horse like that," Hartman said. "She's just one hell of an athlete. She knows how to take care of herself and she's really something special... I can't say enough about her. She's just a special, special horse. It's more than a once-in-a-lifetime dream. It's an honour to own a piece of her." Hartman, the owner of the wholesale produce company Orleans Fresh Fruit based in Ottawa, said some of his customers get a kick out of seeing what trinkets he's added to the Bee A Magician display he has in his office. "It's nice to work away at my desk and look up and see her. It just gives me a warm feeling," he said. "I have Breeders Crown trophies, I have pictures. If I added more I'd have to build a bigger office and add more walls." He would dearly love to add a Maple Leaf Trot to the collection, despite no longer having the desire to make the long road trip from the nation's capital to Campbellville to see the race in person. "It would be a hell of an honour to win Canada's prestige trotting event and something that would be down in history forever. It's something they'd never be able to take away from her," Hartman said. By Dave Briggs, for Ontario Horse Racing  

Nichols, N.Y. -- While steady rain in the Southern Tier made for sloppy going by the end of Saturday (September 12) evening's 10-race harness racing card, the spirits of those backing Jim Marohn, Jr. were anything but dampened by his six-win performance on the Closing Night program at Tioga Downs.   The "Mighty Mite Part Two" reeled off five wins in the first six races, teaming up with Take Charge Karl ($3.50, 1:55.2), Smellthecolornine ($5.50, 1:54.4), Race Me Rocky ($15.00, 1:54.2), Bugger Bruiser ($17.80, 1:52.1), and Ruthless Ace ($5.50, 1:55.1).   In the closing race of the season, a co-featured $14,000 Open Trot, Marohn wasted no time taking charge with Swishnflick ($6.10), sprinting clear of Lutetium (Corey Braden) early on and edging away from a first-over challenge by B Yoyo (Joe Bongiorno) at the top of the stretch. The 5-year-old Kadabra mare beat the boys by four lengths in 1:55 over sloppy going, with Bourbon Bay (John Cummings, Jr.) emerging from traffic to just nab Lutetium for second.   Arthur Green trains Swishnflick for owner Kenneth Westerside.   The other featured event on the evening's card, a $14,000 Mares Open Pace, saw Arodasi ($9.90) sustain a first-over move out of midfield, working clear of pacesetter and odds-on favourite Icommandmyspirit (Cummings) in mid-stretch while holding sway of pocket rival Southwind Trini (Marohn) for a 1:53.2 victory. Mike Simons handled the driving duties of the 6-year-old Western Terror mare for owner-trainer Joe Pavia, Jr. and co-owners Peter Shank, Joseph Barbera, and the AGC Stables.   Seasonal champions acknowledged   With the 61-program season at Tioga Downs in the books, Mike Simons was crowned the leading driver, amassing 82 wins on the meet over Jim Marohn, Jr.'s 76. The race for leading trainer went to Gary Messenger, harnessing 32 winners over Ronnie Morales, III's 28.   Mach It a Par was named Pacer of the Year, having reeled off six wins at Tioga in 10 starts, rallying from off the pace to be a formidable force in top distaff events. Dan Clements owns the mare, while Ronnie Morales, III handled the training duties. Bourbon Bay took Trotter of the Year honors, breaking the track record for trotters on Opening Night with a front-end 1:52.1 mile and not looking back, earning seven wins in 12 local starts on the season. John Cummings, Jr. leases the gelding, with Megan Wilson training.   Racing will return to Tioga Downs in May of 2016. For updates on the 11th season of harness racing in the Southern Tier, visit   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

A trio of eliminations were contested Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack for the Peaceful Way Stakes. A group of 22 two-year-old trotting fillies were separated into three $30,000 eliminations with the top three finishers and a fourth place finisher drawn by lot advancing to the $410,000 final on Saturday, September 19. In the first division, Staffan Lind trainee Celebrity Eventsy looked like she was all by herself on the racetrack winning easily in 1:55.2. Driven by Brett Miller, Celebrity Eventsy sprinted out to lead and posted an opening-quarter of :27.4. A first turn break by Hills Angel, who sat second, left the Lind trainee on top by about ten lengths down the backstretch. After a middle fractions of :56.3 and 1:26.1, Celebrity Eventsy trotted home in :29.1 to score an easy-looking four-length victory "The only problem tonight she was pretty hot," said Miller following the race. "Going to the gate I was really worried, when I got up to the gate she pushed her face up against it and I was lucky to get her out of there trotting and once I got her out of there she was pretty hot and wanting to go fast." Ultimate Shopper inherited second thanks to the first turn breaker and never gave up that position, while Pennies From Above overtook third in mid-stretch to qualify for the final. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Celebrity Eventsy is owned by Celebrity Farms and now has two wins from six starts to begin her career . The Lind trainee lowered her career mark by a fifth of a second Thursday evening and increased her bankroll to over $34,000. Celebrity Eventsy paid $7.30 to win. The second division featured Caprice Hill coming out on top in a great stretch battle with All The Time. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, Caprice Hill flashed some early speed for driver Tim Tetrick, but All The Time and Yannick Gingras, at odds of 2/1, were able to power by on the outside and take command heading into the first turn. Emoticon Hanover, the third-choice, left from post two and got away third. The fillies sat in those positions through fractions of :27.4, :58.1 and 1:27.1 to set up a stretch battle. In the lane, Caprice Hill came to the outside and went toe-to-toe with All The Time. The fillies slugged it out, but in deep stretch Caprice Hill was able overtake the lead and win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55. Emoticon Hanover stayed right with the top pair and came up just a neck short of getting by All The Time for second. A daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill is trained by Tony Alagna for owner Tom Hill. The rookie trotting filly has drawn plenty of hype for her impressive performances this season and now has five wins from six starts. "I was happy with (the two-hole)," said Tetrick following the race. "Yannick's got a nice filly and it's always good to follow one of Takter's and take it as easy on mine this week because next week is where the big money is and hopefully that trip will pay off next week." Thursday night was Tetrick's second time driving the Alagna trainee and he was able to gain some redemption after driving the filly in her only loss on August 4. "I was kind of mad at myself or embarrassed she got beat," said Tetrick. "She should have never got beat, she's a nice filly and luckily she showed that again tonight." Caprice Hill increased her earnings to over $172,000 with the victory and lowered her career mark by two-fifths. She paid $3.70 to win. Could It Be Magic stretched her win streak to four in a row with a 1:56.4 in the final elimination. Trained and driven by Wayne Henry, Could It Be Magic, the 3/5 favourite, got away second behind High Heels, who posted an opening-quarter in :27.4. There was no switch in position through middle-half panels of :57 and 1:26.3. Could It Be Magic popped the pocket at the top of the lane and overtook the lead. Dewdle All Day tried to chase down the favourite, but she came up a length and a quarter short, as the Henry trainee scored her sixth win in seven starts. Crazy Wild Desire was able to get up late for third to advance to the final. High Heels faded back to fourth, but afterwards won the draw of fourth-place finishers to advance to the final. Following the race, Henry said Could It Be Magic is a simple and versatile filly. "She's pretty straight forward," he said. "She can do it both ways. She likes the front, but she will come from behind." A daughter of Kadabra, Could It Be Magic is owned by Henry Stable and Fred Brayford. The rookie trotting filly has banked over $164,000 in seven starts. Could It Be Magic paid $3.20 to win. The Peaceful Way final will take place on Saturday, September 19 and will be part of a stacked Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic undercard. Following the eliminations Thursday, the post positions were drawn for the $410,000 Peaceful Way final. 1. Pennies From Above 2. Emoticon Hanover 3. Could It Be Magic 4. Caprice Hill 5. Celebrity Eventsy 6. Ultimate Shopper 7. High Heels 8. Crazy Wild Desire 9. Dewdle All Day 10. All The Time AE: Side Bet Hanover Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 8, 2015 - Magical Steph wrapped up the Grassroots regular season with a perfect harness racing record of four wins in four starts and heads into the Semi-finals off an impressive 1:56.4 score at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The two-year-old trotting filly and driver Steve Byron lined up behind Post 4 in the third Grassroots division and when the wings folded they went straight to the front. Rolling unchallenged through a :28 quarter and :58.4 half, the fan favourites shook off a challenge from Dayliner at the 1:28.1 three-quarters and sailed home to a five and one-half length win in a personal best 1:56.4. Pocket-sitter The Muscle Touch and challenger Dayliner finished second and third. "I was surprised how strong she was going to the wire, to tell you the truth," said Byron. "She did it on her own." The Thornton, ON resident has driven Magical Steph in all but one of her seven starts, guiding her to Grassroots victories over Grand River Raceway's half-mile oval on July 22, Georgian Downs's five-eighths mile oval on Aug. 8 and to a pair of wins over the seven-eighths mile surface at Mohawk, the first coming on July 30 and the second on Tuesday evening. In addition to her quartet of Grassroots wins, the Kadabra daughter won her elimination and finished second in the final of the Balanced Image Trot at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 22 and 29, and finished fourth in the first Gold Leg at Georgian Downs on July 12. "She's been a nice filly all year long, that's for sure," said Byron, who drives Magical Steph for trainer Gary Lance and GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. "They tried her in the first Gold at Georgian and she finished fourth, but he decided - she's a late foal and little on the small side - so he thought he'd go the Grassroots route. She's been pretty push button all summer." With her four-for-four record, Magical Steph leads the division point race with 200 and will be among the fillies to beat in the Sept. 17 Grassroots Semi-final. While her connections would prefer a favourable post, Byron has faith in the filly's versatility. She has won races from Posts 7, 8 and 9, with Tuesday's outing being the closest to the rail she has ever started in Ontario Sires Stakes action. "Obviously I'd sooner have a good post, but you know, she's pretty versatile," noted Byron. "That's the nice thing about her, she doesn't have to race on the front and she can race off cover just as well, I think. "She's a pretty nice filly," he added. Magical Steph The other Grassroots winners at Mohawk on Tuesday evening were Tymal Tempest, Myretirementticket, Jangone and Traviata. Tymal Tempest kicked things off in the first race, keeping a determined nose in front after a gritty trip in the outer lane. The Deweycheatumnhowe daughter and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, ON stopped the teletimer at 1:59.2, holding off Tough Affair and Shes In Gear. It was the first win of the season for Tymal Tempest, who logged one second, one fourth and one sixth in her other three Grassroots appearances. The win boosted the filly's point total to 86 and moved her from thirty-fourth in the standings to thirteenth, causing trainer Erv Abdulov and owner Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, ON to add the Sept. 17 Semi-finals to their calendar. Tymal Tempest In the second division Myretirementticket moved one step closer to delivering on the promise of her name for trainer, owner and breeder Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON. First up on the outside for much of the mile, the Cornaro Dasolo filly accelerated down the stretch to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:58. Majestic Presence and Windsongmusclelady finished second and third. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry engineered the win, Myretirementticket's second in Grassroots action. In five appearances the filly posted two wins, one second, one fourth and one sixth for a total of 136 points and a share of fifth spot in the standings. Myretirementticket Jangone and trainer-driver Riina Rekila of Campbellville romped to a seven length win in the fourth division, recording a lifetime best 1:58.3. Herbe A Loral and Majestic Diva battled into second and third. Rekila conditions the Johnny William filly for Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville and guided Jangone to two wins, one second, one fourth, one seventh and one eighth in Grassroots action, accumulating 136 points. The filly heads into the Semi-final tied for fifth with Myretirementticket. Jangone Traviata captured the last Grassroots trophy of the evening with a late sprint that saw her get a head in front of fan favourite Powerful Glare at the wire. The battling leaders stopped the clock at 1:57.4, well ahead of third-place finisher Toss It Back. Trevor Henry made his second appearance of the evening in the Grassroots winner's circle; guiding Traviata to her second Grassroots win for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. The Kadabra daughter wrapped up her season with two wins, one second and one seventh for 127 points and sole ownership of seventh in the division standings. Traviata The two-year-old trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 17 - along with the two-year-old trotting colts, pacing colts and pacing fillies - for their Grassroots Semi-finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a return trip to the Campbellville oval for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships. Ontario Horse Racing

Muscle Mass daughter Desis Dream arrived at the harness racing meeting Hanover Raceway on Saturday needing a win to keep her Ontario Sires Stakes season alive and the three-year-old trotting filly got the job done in thrilling fashion. Starting from Post 5, driver Ryan Holliday settled Desis Dream into fourth on the rail as Ill Stay Here rocketed out to a :27.4 opening quarter as Arthur, ON resident Wayne Henry took his foot off Ill Stay Here's accelerator in the second quarter - reaching the half in :57.1 - Holliday and Desis Dream moved up to third. Heading for the 1:27.1 three-quarters Holliday sent Desis Dream up the outside to the lead and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Flexceptional and Tymal Fireitup in 1:58.2. "She's a good, honest little filly who capitalized on a great drive," quipped Mount Forest, ON resident Holliday. "She fought hard right to the wire." Holliday engineered the filly's first Grassroots win of the season for trainer David Byron and owner-breeder Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON. In her five previous Grassroots outings the Muscle Mass daughter had tallied one second, two fourths, one fifth, and one sixth-place finish and she was sitting twenty-eighth in the division standings heading into Saturday's test. With the win, she jumped into the top 20 and will compete in the Sept. 18 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. The other four winners also secured their spots in the post season, including local filly Mass Rail, who kicked off the festivities in the first race. Starting from Post 3, Mass Rail and driver Alfie Carroll got away fifth and moved into the outer lane heading for the half. Turning for home Carroll sent the Muscle Mass daughter after the leaders and Mass Rail got a head in front of Allies Gift for the 1:59 score. Roses In The Rain, who had served as a wind break for Mass Rail, settled for third. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll crafted the 1:59 victory for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON, Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, ON. The win was the Muscle Mass daughter's first of the season, and with the two seconds, one fourth and one sixth she posted in her first four Grassroots starts, gives her 111 points and a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "She is a big filly. She can't leave, but loves to finish," said Trevor Henry, who relinquished his usual spot in the filly's race bike due to driving commitments at Mohawk Racetrack. "With a little luck she will do good in the finals." Giona scored her second straight Grassroots win in the second division, controlling the tempo through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:28.4 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:58.4. Oh My Magic finished second and division point leader Renegade Magic settled for third after pressing the pace for most of the mile. Chelmsford, ON resident Wayne MacLean trains and drives Giona for Jocelyne Menard, also of Chelmsford. The Angus Hall filly scored her first Grassroots win in the Aug. 25 event at Mohawk Racetrack and has also finished second, third, fourth and fifth in her six regular season starts for a total of 150 points and sole ownership of third in the division standings. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted Sheguindah to her first Grassroots win of the season in the third split, tipping out in the stretch and trotting home to a one and one-quarter length victory over GS Grasshopper and Tymal Signature. Sheguindah halted the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:59. "She's a solid Grassroots filly," said McClure, who piloted the Angus Hall daughter to the win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. "The Fairs have done a great job with her and she is going into the end of the season in great shape." Sheguindah wrapped up her regular season with one win, two seconds and one third in four outings for a total of 112 points. The final division saw Alfie Carroll make his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding Cincinnati Miss to a front-end score in 1:58.3. The Kadabra daughter hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Wing Flash and Summers Jewel. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Cincinnati Miss for his brother Doug McIntosh of Wheatley, ON and breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, OH. In five Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, one second, one third and one seventh for a point tally of 139, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. The top 20 fillies will battle in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 18, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

Grand Circuit week continued Friday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies and the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotters A group of 12 three-year-old trotting fillies contested a rich $223,193 division of the Simcoe Stakes. Roger Mayotte trainee Elegant Serenity was sent off as the 3/5 favourite from post six, as she entered Friday's contest on a two-race win streak. Driven by Mayotte, Elegant Serenity and several fillies flashed early speed heading into the first turn. The public's choice was parked around the first turn, but quickly cleared to the front ahead of Danielle Hall in the second-quarter. Lock Down Lindy pressed at Elegant Serenity in the middle-half, but Mayotte put away the challenger in the third-quarter and took his filly by the station in 1:25. In the stretch, Elegant Serenity showed plenty of determination and trotted home in :28.2 to win by a length over a hard-closing Speak To Me. Bee The Queen finished third, while Danielle Hall was fourth. A daughter of Kadabra and out of the great Elegantimage, Elegant Serenity is owned and bred by Doug Millard. Following the race, Millard talked about his homebred star filly. "She's really come on strong the last two or three starts," said Millard. "Middle of winter I was about ready to breed her because she was quite a handful. Sandra (Burns) had to really work at her to get her right. She got her right and we turned her over to Roger and he's done the rest." Elegant Serenity now has five victories from seven starts this season after going winless in seven starts last season. The sophomore trotter increased her bankroll to over $288,000 with the victory. The clocking of 1:53.2 was a new career-best for the Mayotte trainee and she paid $3.20 to win. Elegant Serenity will now head to the race named for her mother, the Elegantimage Stakes. Elegant Serenity A total of 19 two-year-old trotting colts were split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes Friday. In the $117,406 first division, Southwind Frank continued his dominance of the rookie trotting division with a 1:54.1 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Southwind Frank got away third, but was quickly moved to the front in the second-quarter and reached the half in :57.1. The Ron Burke trainee trotted his third-panel in :29, before drawing away from his rivals with ease in the stretch to score a 4 ¼ length victory. Brooklyn Hill, who got a two-hole trip, held position for second, while Zlatan was third. A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank added the Champlain Stakes to his impressive resume, which includes the Peter Haughton Memorial and the New Jersey Sires Stakes. Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J And T Silva Stables LLC. He was purchased for $100,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Southwind Frank's record now sits at five wins from six starts and earnings of over $310,000. The Burke trainee paid $2.50 to win. Southwind Frank Dominion Beach capitalized on breaks by the favourites to win the $118,907 second division. Driven by Brett Miller, Dominion Beach showed good early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Tony Soprano, the 3/2 second-choice, got away second, but made a break in the first turn. Deep Impact, the 6/5 favourite, inherited the second spot following the break, but he made a miscue of his own in the second-quarter. Dominion Beach was able to take full advantage of the situation by posting middle-fractions of :59.2 and 1:28, before trotting home in :28 to score a maiden breaking victory by a length and half in 1:56. Lean Hanover finished second, while Dreamliner rounded out the top-three. A son of Muscle Hill, Dominion Beach is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner Courant Ab and was purchased for $90,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. The rookie trotting colt was making his sixth career start Friday and bumped his earnings to over $86,000 with the victory. Dominion Beach paid $15.50 to win. Dominion Beach The three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old trotting colts will return to Mohawk Racetrack next Friday (September 11) for more Grand Circuit action. Up next for the fillies is the Elegantimage Stakes eliminations, while the rookie trotters will contest the eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial. Grand Circuit action continues Saturday night with over $2.4 million up for grabs. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and $685,000 Metro Pace headline the rich card. Post time is 7:05 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Rookie trotting fillies took centre-stage Thursday night at  the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack for three divisions of the Champlain Stakes. The annual Grand Circuit week at Mohawk kicked-off with 26 two-year-old trotting fillies competing in three Champlain divisions over a 'Good' racing surface. Hall of Fame trotter Kadabra was a proud father Thursday night, as his fillies swept the three Champlain divisions. There has been plenty of hype surrounding trotting filly Caprice Hill and the Tony Alagna trainee lived up to that hype once again in the $87,960 final division. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Caprice Hill trotted well off the gate to grab the front heading into the first turn. The daughter of Kadabra went unchallenged through the opening-half, posting fractions of :28.3 and :58.4. Around the final turn, Caprice Hill began to extend her lead and was on top by four lengths at the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4. In the stretch, Gingras was motionless as the rookie trotting filly made her way home in :28.3 to score a 7 1/4 length victory. Im Outstanding finished second, while Twice Is Right was third. Owned by Tom Hill, Caprice Hill was purchased for $55,000 as a yearling and spent the winter training down under the care of Alagna's mother, Donna, in Chicago. "I bought the filly at Harrisburg and a lot of the colts of Tom Hill's we send back to Chicago and mom gets them ready," said Alagna, following the race. "When she had her back there she said this filly is really special...I put the bike on her the first time and I said boy this filly is something nice." A daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill now has four wins from five starts and earnings of over $157,000 to start her career. "She's been really good, she's real versatile, she'll come off the pace, whatever you need to do with her," said Alagna. "She's just a very bright filly with a big future." Caprice Hill paid $2.70 to win. Caprice Hill In the $86,460 first division of the evening, Could It Be Magic needed no tricks to win her third in a row by 3 ½ lengths in 1:57.4. Trained and driven by Wayne Henry, Could It Be Magic got away fourth and sat along the rail until nearing the half. After Silvia trotted by the half-mile pole in :58.3, Henry and Could It Be Magic made a big rush to clear to the front and opened up several lengths on their rivals at the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4. In the stretch, Could It Be Magic maintained her big advantage and trotted home in :30 to win by 3 ½ lengths. High Heels made a charge on the far outside to finish second, while Pennies From Above was third. A daughter of Kadabra, Could It Be Magic now has five wins from six starts and earnings of just under $150,000. She is owned by Henry Stable and Fred Brayford. Could It Be Magic has three victories this season in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events. She paid $4 to win. Could It Be Magic Emoticon Hanover never saw the rail, but still came away with a 1:57.2 victory in the $87,660 second split. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Emoticon Hanover left from post nine and was parked around the first turn in fifth-position. Dewdle All Day and Dustin Jones led the field down the backstretch and kept Thankful Reward parked in second, while Emoticon Hanover followed second-over. After the half in :58.3, Dewdle All Day led the field around the final turn and put away Thankful Reward, who began to back up, forcing Emoticon Hanover three-wide to overtake the lead at three-quarters in 1:28.3. In the stretch, Emoticon Hanover continued to trot strong right to the wire and cruised home in :28.4 to win by a length and three-quarters. Worldclass Hanover held on for second by a nose over a charging Ultimate Shopper. Also a daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover improved her record to four wins from five starts with the Champlain victory. The Luc Blais trainee won a conditioned event heading into Thursday's start and also has two victories in OSS Gold events. Emoticon Hanover was a $165,000 yearling purchase by Determination and the Champlain victory increased her earnings to over $112,000. She paid $4.90 to win. Emoticon Hanover Two-year-old trotting fillies will be back in the spotlight next Thursday for the eliminations of the Peaceful Way Stakes. Grand Circuit action continues Friday night with the Champlain Stakes for rookie trotting colts and the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 26, 2015--After two decades, the return of Yonkers Raceway's International Trot is within sight, thus it makes perfect sense that the field of world-class harness racing participants is beginning to take shape. With just under seven weeks until the million-dollar event--Saturday afternoon, Oct. 10th, to be precise--the connections of Bee a Magician and Magic Tonight have offered unqualified commitments. Bee a Magician, the triple millionairess and 2013 Harness Horse of the Year, has found herself right at home in Westchester. In four Yonkers' starts, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra won three of 'em, setting an aged-group track record each time. "We're honored to be invited," Richard (Nifty) Norman, Bee a Magician's trainer, said. "She's proven she gets around Yonkers very well and we have no reason to think that won't continue." Magic Tonight has "2015 Elitlopp winner" stamped on his business card, so obviously, he means business. The 6-year-old son of Andover Hall has earned more than $1.3 million, taking into account his both-sides-of-the-ocean performances. Yonkers' International Trot Selection Committee (no relation to that of the NCAA) is continuing its due diligence, with further invitations/acceptances to be announced in the not-too-distant future. Again, this is a special Saturday afternoon card, with a proposed first post of 2 PM (pending approval of the New York State Gaming Commission). As of this writing, the International--scheduled for 10 starters at a distance of mile-and-a-quarter--would go as the program's fourth race (approximate post time 3:25 PM). The International Trot would also be the main cog in a high-end, Pick 5 guaranteed pool (exact number TBA), while Yonkers is surrounding the event with an Oktoberfest on the track apron as well as a hat giveaway (while supplies last) and drawings for terrific prizes, including a vacation to the winning horse's home country. Purse distribution would be the same as all events (winner-50 percent, 2nd-25 percent, 3rd-12 percent, 4th-8 percent, 5th-5 percent). Non-cashing overseas entrants receive $37,500 via a purse supplement, while non-cashing North American entrants receive $10,000). "It's our pleasure to bring back the International Trot," Raceway president Timothy J. Rooney said. "It's been a signature New York race since it debuted at Roosevelt Raceway back in 1959. We took over the race after Roosevelt closed, and it was very well received. "With Yonkers now a major player in the overseas simulcast market, we feel this is the best time to showcase our track to the world by again inviting the best trotters in the world to race here. We have had tremendous cooperation from our horsemen, and all of us are looking forward to it." Frank Drucker

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