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Richard "Nifty" Norman is looking forward to watching his 3-year-old female trotters this season and is getting an early look at one of them that he didn't get to see in action on the racetrack last year. Haveoneforme was unraced at age 2 because of soundness issues. She made her career debut Jan. 25 and defeated a field of mostly older horses, both male and female, in a conditioned class at the Meadowlands. She returns to the same class Friday and is the 9-5 morning-line favorite from post eight with Dexter Dunn in the sulky. She is among a group of 3-year-old fillies that has Norman feeling hopeful as he looks ahead to stakes season. Others in the stable are returning Grand Circuit winners Evident Beauty and Princess Deo as well as lightly raced Mother Bonnie. Princess Deo and Mother Bonnie were trained previously by Noel Daley, who returned home to Australia to continue his career at the end of last year. "I've got a good group," Norman said. "I've got a couple others that are just maidens but have got some talent I think. It's good to have depth. Anytime you've got depth, you're all right." Haveoneforme adds to that depth, although she might be pointed more toward restricted-stakes action in Ontario. The filly is a daughter of Kadabra out of All Filled Up. Her second dam, Filly At Bigs, and third dam Mombasa were O'Brien Award winners. The family also includes stakes-winners Big Rigs, Miss Tezsla, and Bridger. "We trained her down last year and she got a bit sore," said Norman, whose Enzed Racing Stable owns Haveoneforme with Mel Hartman. "She went through the July (Tattersalls Summer Mixed) sale and we bought her back. She is pretty good this year; no killer, but handy. I'm probably just going to stake her in Ontario. I think she could maybe do well up there. "I liked her last year. She was nice enough, but she wasn't sound. We just turned her out and gave her some time, let her grow up. She's lovely to be around, has got a good head on her, and she is good gaited." Haveoneforme finished second in a qualifier prior to winning her debut in 1:58 on a 30-degree night at the Big M. "I wasn't sure if she had enough speed, but she actually showed good speed in her qualifier and her race," Norman said. "I liked the way she finished up both times. I just wanted to race her a few times to see if she's good enough to go to the next level. I'll maybe give her three starts and then give her another break and get her ready for Ontario." Racing begins at 7:15 p.m. (EST) at the Meadowlands. Six-year-old Trolley, trained by Erv Miller and driven by Marcus Miller, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the night's Preferred Handicap for trotters. Trolley is 2-for-2 this year and has won five of his past six races dating back to November. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Harness racing stallion breedings to Kadabra, Always A Virgin, Andover Hall, Racing Hill, Muscles Yankee and Conway Hall are among the 75+ offered in New Vocations Stallion Auction that also includes the recent additions of All Bets Off and Boston Red Rocks along with four Michigan stallions. The auction is currently in progress at https://ongait.com/s/newvocationsauction and will end at 2:00 pm Thursday Feb 7. The auction is held in an open-ended-format that allows for bidding up to two minutes after the last bid on breedings with high activity at the 2:00 pm cut off. All proceeds go to rehab, retrain, and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. For more information call (937) 947-4020 or email dot@horseadoption.com by Dot Morgan, for New Vocations          

WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 5, 2018 -- Caught widest in a four-ply battle for the early lead, Expose Yourself persevered, eventually crossed over and had just enough late to capture Wednesday's harness racing $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself had to work hard on the sloppy track to overcome post 9 and needed nearly all the opening three-eighths to reach the point. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt tired in deep stretch but found enough for Dave Palone to hold off Chapter Too by a neck in 1:56.2. Glidinthruparadise rallied for show. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the 11th time this year and boosted her lifetime bankroll to $176,961, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Trainer Randy Bendis enjoyed a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $1,510.10 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 28, 2018 -- Parked the opening three-eighths, Expose Yourself was so dominant that she still blew away the harness racing field by 6-3/4 lengths in Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself dueled with Looking For Zelda and Dirty Secret before she was able to cross over for Dave Palone. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt drew steadily away and scored geared down in 1:55.2 over a "good" surface. Dirty Secret and Bessie completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who won for the 10th time this year and pushed her career bankroll to $166,961, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone collected four wins -- including a pair for Burke -- on the 13-race card while Mike Wilder enjoyed a triple. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

London, November 27, 2018 -- Ontario Sires Stakes graduate Daylon Magician etched himself into the harness racing provincial history books Tuesday night at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The 10-year-old son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel, with Bruce Richardson in the bike, captured the $11,500 Preferred 2 event which catapulted him over the $2 million mark in career earnings. In the same race, his four-year-old son Scene A Magician was just nipped at the wire for second in the 1:59.2 mile. Owned, trained and bred by Dave Lemon, the 33-time winner, Daylon Magician, made just his second start of the season after standing stud the past two seasons. Daylon Magician was voted as Canada's Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the year in 2011 following victories in the $1 million Canadian Trotting Classic, Canadian Breeders Championship and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes victories. From 83 career starts, Daylon Magician has compiled a record of 33-10-14. Greg Blanchard

Trois-Rivieres, QC - R Rkadabra, who had not been able to go gate-to-wire in his last four harness racing starts, was able to return to winning form, holding off Jamigo to win the Preferred Trot at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon. The sixth race feature saw R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy shoot out to the early lead by four lengths. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) was the race favorite and got away in second place as R Rkadabra cut a :28.1 opening quarter mile. R Kadabra and Roy were in easy command of the race approaching the half mile mark as Daniel Laflamme came first-over with Jamigo into a half in :59.2. Jamigo and Laflamme kept inching their way towards R Rkadabra at the three-quarters in 1:30.1. R Kadabra and Roy were now hard pressed by Jamigo as Holiday Party and Pascal Berube came three-wide to mount a challenge. Once starting down the stretch it looked as if Jamigo would be able to catch and beat R Rkadabra, but that was not happening today as R Rkadabra kicked in another gear and held off Jamigo by a neck in 2:02. Holiday Party was third. It was the fifth win on the year for R Rkadabra, a ten-year-old gelding by Kadabra, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and is owned by Gestion Mark Lemay, Inc. of Quebec City and he paid $13.60 to win. The long shot of the day came in the 8th race pace when Clever Thing and driver Tyler Jones was able to grind it out first-over against Allstar Seelster (Stephane Brosseau) and then held off D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) to win by a half-length in 1:58.1. Sent off at odds of 16-1, Clever Thing paid $34.70 to win in posting his tenth win of the year for trainer Francis Guillemette. Jones and Gullemette co-own the eight-year-old gelding by Stonebridge Regal. Track Notes: Starting next week at H3R the drivers will forgo their whips as the last two days of the race season will be competed without whips. First race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHESTER, PA - Gold Orchid N handled a stepup in class to keep her North American record perfect after five starts, winning a $14,500 high-level conditioned distaff pace at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday in 1:52. Fellow New Zealander Dexter Dunn was in the sulky behind the victorious daughter of Bettor's Delight, and they couldn't have enjoyed a better journey. Delightful Dragon grabbed the lead early and passed the ¼ in 27, but JK Jazzitup was soon on the go and took over the lead by the 56.1 half, with Terror At Night starting the outer tier uncovered and Gold Orchid N right behind her. After a battle on the front end resulted in a ¾ clocking of 1:23.4, Terror At Night had forged a short lead by headstretch, but Gold Orchid N still had plenty in the tank and went on to post a 1½-length victory over Terror At Night, with third-over Ella Christina coming on for third, another 1¼ lengths back. Mark Harder trains the "ceiling unlimited" mare for BAMQ LLC. Unusually for "Filly and Mare Friday" at Philly, the top purse event of the day was a trot, a $16,000 contest won by a male, as the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini equaled his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 over a track that had been rerated to "sloppy" after a hard rain about an hour earlier. Mr Houdini worked out a pocket trip, but looked like he wouldn't shake free in enough time to catch Girl Talk, who had swept wide off cover to the midstretch lead. "Houdini" and driver Brett Miller escaped from the box in just enough time to produce a surge that got him home first by a head for trainer Ron Burke and the ownership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. There's no question that trainer Mike Dowdall and driver Brett Miller are the "go-to" team at Philly for longshot tallies, as they clicked again in the first race with Cinder Rita ($79.40) - the fourth time at the meet the pair have produced a $50+ winner. Dowdall's quartet of bombers puts him far ahead of other conditioners - no other trainer has more than one! - while Miller's seventh overall $50+ horse ties him for the meet lead with Eric Carlson in that category. Race one also went to the top in longshot production - a longshot led the card for the sixth time in the meet, breaking a tie with races six and ten. (In case you were wondering, races five and fourteen have yet to see a $50+ win payoff.) Tim Tetrick won four races Friday, reducing George Napolitano Jr.'s lead in the seasonlong driving standings to 218-213. Cat Manzi won the first dashwinning drivers title at Philly, and since then it has either been Napolitano (six times, including the last four) or Tetrick (five times) on top. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

WASHINGTON, PA, Nov. 7, 2018 -- Dramatically changing tactics, Expose Yourself rallied from far back to capture her third straight victory in Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself got away first or second in each of her last five starts. On Wednesday, however, she ducked for Mike Wilder and was 6 lengths back when she launched her second-over move. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt roared wide through the lane to score in 1:55.3, a length better than Glidinthruparadise. The first-over Rose Run Sydney finished third. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who extended her career bankroll to $154,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Jim Pantaleano collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 31, 2018 — Expose Yourself turned back the determined challenge of You’re Majestic and went on to a comfortable victory — her second straight — in Wednesday’s $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows. Expose Yourself seemed secure on the lead after a soft 29.4 second panel, but when You’re Majestic — who was jumping up two classes after a pair of victories — came at her, the 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt was forced to dig in. Expose Yourself edged clear through the final turn and drew off late for Dave Palone to down Expose Yourself by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.2. The pocket-sitting Glidinthruparadise completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who triumphed for the fourth time in her last six starts and extended her career bankroll to $145,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Mike Wilder collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 24, 2018 -- Expose Yourself angled off the cones out of the final turn and blew by Rose Run Sydney in the lane to capture Wednesday's $20,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot in 1:54.3, matching her career best. Rose Run Sydney got the jump on Expose Yourself with a first-over bid that carried her to the lead. But when Dave Palone showed Expose Yourself racetrack, she found another gear and downed Rose Run Sydney by a length. Early leader Glidinthruparadise finished third. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt who lifted her career bankroll to $136,561, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone had four assignments on the 13-race card and won three of them -- all for Burke, who added four victories to Tuesday's six-bagger. by Evan Pattak, for The Meadows

MILTON, ON - October 18, 2018 - Preliminary round action of the Harvest Series wrapped up Thursday with two-year-old colts and geldings in action at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 15 pacers and 12 trotters went to battle Thursday evening over four $17,000 second-leg divisions for the Harvest. Shadow Play gelding Shadow Of A Daut launched the evening's festivities with a 12-1 upset in the opening split for pacers. The Michel Rivest trainee and driver Mike Saftic enjoyed a three-hole trip to the half before staying inside behind the leader Mantario, who battled pocket-popper Better Earl to three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Shadow Of A Daut had room to come off the rail and powered by to the lead for a 1:54.2 maiden-breaking score. Forever Fav rallied to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Crusher Q was third. Race-favourite and leg-one winner Mantario was fourth. Shadow Of A Daut, a $42,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase, maiden-breaking victory comes in his eighth start and pushes his earnings to $16,055 for owner Claude Poirier. He paid $26.10 to win. Shadow Play colt Carlisimo extended his win streak to three with a 1:54.2 score in the second division. The James 'Friday' Dean trainee and driver James MacDonald got a two-hole trip to the far turn before sliding out and sitting on the back of the first-over challenger turning for home. Carlisimo powered by early in the stretch and went on to win by a length. Sugartown finished second, while Joe McDude and Shrimp And Grits completed the Superfecta. A $13,000 Atlantic Classic Sale purchase, Carlisimo improved to five for 11 in his rookie campaign and has now earned $52,148 for owner Reginald MacPherson. The Dean trainee will have an opportunity to sweep the Harvest Series in next week's final. Carlisimo paid $5.40 to win. All Wrapped Up took the evening's first trotting division to situate himself with an opportunity at a series sweep next Thursday. The gelded son of Archangel was a coast to coast winner in 1:58 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rob Fellows. Encarnacion followed in second the entire mile and was defeated by 3 ½ lengths. Esa was third, while Mac N Caps was fourth. All Wrapped Up's second consecutive coast to coast victory gives him three wins in his last four starts and three wins in seven starts overall. The $11,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase has now earned $25,250 for owners Fellows, Arpad Szabo, Blair Corbeil and Mike McAllister. A $2 win ticket on All Wrapped Up returned $2.60. Cool Clifford put on a show in the evening's second division, delivered a stunning 9 ¼ lengths victory in 1:57 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Scott McEneny. The gelded son of Kadabra moved out from third nearing the half, took the lead entering the far turn and proceeded to leave his rivals well behind for the career-best victory. Cool Clifford's blowout score was also his first-career victory, coming in his 10th start of the season. Herbs Journey finished second, while Cousin Peter and Clash were third and fourth, respectively. A $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Cool Clifford pushed his career earnings to $44,269 for owners Brad Grant and Martwest Racing Stable. He paid $3.70 to win. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. All four finals of the Harvest Series for two-year-olds will take place next Thursday (October 25). Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Ten sophomore trotting fillies made the trip to The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening to compete in a pair of $94,000 Gold Series divisions, and both races featured upsets as the favourites failed to live up to fan expectations. Apprentice M scored her first win of the season in the first division, inheriting the lead around the final turn when pacesetter Zorgwijk Sophia and fan favourite Illusioneesta made breaks as they battled for control. Unfazed by the chaos, the steady Apprentice M and driver Paul MacDonell simply carried on down the stretch to a 2:01 victory. Miller Time also delivered a flawless effort to finish three-quarters of a length back in second and Illusioneesta recovered quickly enough to claim third. "That's why they race horses," said the philosophical MacDonell. "She's pretty solid gaited, which helps on the half-mile track, and then as you saw, things worked out." MacDonell steers Apprentice M for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, Ontario and owner Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, Kentucky. In her four previous Gold Series starts the Kadabra daughter had recorded one second, one third and two fifths. Tuesday's victory pushed her point total to 97 and puts her in fourth spot in the standings heading into the Oct. 13 Super Final. "She just hasn't really kicked in like she probably should have, but again I think she's got $100,000 made, so it's hard to knock her," said Guelph, Ontario resident MacDonell. "It's late in the season and a few of the fillies are getting tired and stuff, so you can take advantage of that sometimes." Tuesday's victory pushed Apprentice M's 2018 earnings to $109,253 and put her less than $10,000 shy of $200,000 lifetime. MacDonell finished second with Bax trainee Magical Lady in the other division, following Collateral Beauty and driver Louis Philippe Roy as they went gate-to-wire in 1:59.2. Pocket-sitter Town Hall Justice settled for third, well ahead of favourite Smoke And Mirrors, who took herself out of contention with an early break. The win was Collateral Beauty's second in the Gold program. The Kadabra daughter was also victorious at Georgian Downs on July 21 for trainer Herb Holland and owner Carolyn MacIsaac of Milton, Ontario. "She's a little bit of a lazy filly, but looking at her lines, it seems like she takes her job a little more seriously when there's big money on the line," said Roy, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "Herb told me she's better when you put her into play right off the gate, so that was the plan today and it worked good." With two wins, one second and one seventh in four Gold Series starts, Collateral Beauty heads into the $225,000 Super Final tied for second with 127 points. Tuesday's win bumped the filly's sophomore earnings to $123,800. The top 10 point earners from the five regular season events will now head to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Oct. 13 Super Final. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Run Director wrapped up the three-year-old harness racing colt trot regular season with his third Gold Series victory on Thursday evening, circling the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in 1:54.1. Starting from Post 8 driver Sylvain Filion eased the heavy favourite away from the starting gate and trotted along in the outer lane waiting for a wind break. Just past the :27.4 quarter rung up by Joeys Bats, driver Phil Hudon obliged by tipping second choice Stormont Ventnor out of the four-hole. Heading by the :56.3 half Winning American edged out in front of Stormont Ventnor, who skipped off stride as the colts advanced toward the 1:25.3 three-quarters. After powering out three-wide around a stalled Winning American, Run Director swung off the final turn in lock-step with pocket-sitter Jula Downtown. The colts waged a fierce battle all the way down the stretch with Run Director prevailing by a head in 1:54.1. Perfetto finished four and one-half lengths back in third. "I thought tonight he had to work, especially after the two run in the last turn, I thought it would have been a little easier. He won the race, but he had to work hard tonight," said trainer Ben Baillargeon. "I have to say that I was a little surprised. I thought it would have been easier, but they made us earn our money tonight. He raced tough." Guelph resident Baillargeon conditions Run Director for owner-breeders Tom and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, Ontario. Thursday's win boosted the colt's sophomore record to five wins, four seconds and one third in 14 starts for earnings of $282,455. In five regular season appearances, the son of Kadabra and Keep The Spirit won three Gold events and finished second in the other two, giving him a division leading 200 points. In addition to his Ontario Sires Stakes appearances, Run Director also tackled the best sophomore trotting colts in North America on four occasions this season. Following his August 26 Gold Series win at Rideau Carleton Raceway Baillargeon sent the trotter out against open company in the Simcoe Stakes and Run Director finished a hard-closing second. While it had not originally been part of the trainer's plan, Run Director's Simcoe result earned the colt a shot in the Sept. 15 Canadian Trotting Classic where he finished sixth. "He raced so good in the Simcoe we gave him a shot in the Canadian Trotting Classic," explained Baillargeon. "He raced good, but bad posts, he always gets bad posts." In his four open stake appearances Run Director has drawn Posts 6, 7, 8 and 9, a trend Baillargeon hopes will not extend to the Oct. 13 Super Final. The top 10 point earners from the five regular season Gold events will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the $225,000 Super Final. With just over two weeks until the lucrative season finale, Baillargeon says Run Director will likely make one more start before he wraps up his Ontario Sires Stakes career. "I'll probably have to do something with him. He likes to race," said the trainer. "I cannot leave him off two and a half weeks, I'll have to get him in a race somewhere." Woodbine Mohawk Park continues to showcase the Ontario Sires Stakes program this week, hosting the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies on Friday, Sept. 28 and the $400,000 Grassroots Championships on Saturday, Sept. 29. Post time for both programs is 7:10 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, Sept. 26, 2018 -- Expose Yourself glided through the slop and captured an easy front-end victory -- her second straight -- in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Filly & Mare Conditioned Trot. Expose Yourself zipped to the lead from post 5 for Dave Palone and enjoyed a comfortable 58.4 first half. The 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Muscle Shirt had plenty left to thwart the first-over challenge of EZ Passer and score in 1:56.1, a length better than the pocket-sitting Glidinthruparadise. EZ Passer saved show. Ron Burke trains Expose Yourself, who lifted her career bankroll to $117,061, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Aaron Merriman and Palone each collected four wins on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, when the program features a $61,500 Keystone Classic for 3-year-old filly pacers. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

MIILTON, ON - September 25, 2018 - Hambletonian champion Atlanta battled heavy rain and older rivals to finish second in Tuesday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Four-year-old trotting mare Royal Witch delivered a top-notch effort in the rain to pull off a 12-1 upset victory in 1:56.1 for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ben Baillargeon. Dunbar Hall fronted the field of six into the backstretch after being parked through a :28.4 opening-quarter, leading to the half in :58.4. Royal Witch came first-up from third for Gingras on the far turn and trotted around Dunbar Hall, who made a break strides before the three-quarter pole. Atlanta and trainer/driver Rick Zeron got away fourth and stayed inside on the far turn to sit fifth and just over three-lengths from the lead. After reaching three-quarters in 1:27.2, Royal Witch was able to seal the deal with a :28.4 final-quarter for her eighth win of the season. Atlanta and Zeron finished up well, making up ground in the lane and splitting late to edge B Yoyo for second. The margin of victory was a length and a quarter. A daughter of Kadabra, Royal Witch has now earned $109,300 in 17 starts this season and her 11th career victory pushes her to $224,793 in lifetime earnings for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin. Royal Witch's first-career Preferred victory saw her return $27.80 for a $2 win ticket. Hambletonian champion Atlanta was making her first start since finishing third in the $340,000 Elegantimage on September 15. The Zeron trained daughter of Chapter Seven is being towards the Kentucky Filly Futurity on October 7 at The Red Mile for her next start. Atlanta, who has won six of 10 starts this season, increased her seasonal earnings to $784,902 with her 10th 'on the board' finish of the season. Her career earnings currently sit at $919,977 for owners Zeron, Crawford Farms, Holland Racing Stable, Howard Taylor and Brad Grant. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Canadian harness racing history was rewritten at Grand River Raceway for the second time this season as Ontario's top two-year-old trotting colts and geldings gathered at the Elora oval for Gold Series action on Monday evening. Five of the six top-ranked trotters in the division squared off in the second $64,800 Gold division and delivered a performance worthy of the pre-race hype. Fan favourite Dream Nation went straight to the front from Post 1 and led the field of six to a :28.3 opening quarter. Coming off the second turn driver Bob McClure moved Forbidden Trade into the outer lane from fourth and the pair pressed Dream Nation through a :59.1 half and a 1:27.3 three-quarters. Matching strides turning for home, Dream Nation and Forbidden Trade battled all the way to the wire with Forbidden Trade getting a neck in front in 1:56.4. Southwind Avenger finished third. The 1:56.4 mile was a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record for Forbidden Trade. The previous OSS and Canadian record for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on a half-mile track was 1:57.4, set by Daylon Magician at Flamboro Downs in 2010. In August two-year-old pacing colt Stag Party also lowered the track, OSS and Canadian record in a Gold Series event at Grand River. "I was very impressed tonight, the way he did that, you know, first over. He never quit," said trainer Luc Blais. "He trained good this week, and I had a good feeling for tonight, but I knew we had a big division, there were lots of good horses in that race." Bob McClure piloted the son of Kadabra and former OSS star Pure Ivory to the win for Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec. In seven lifetime starts Forbidden Trade, a $110,000 yearling purchase, now has five wins, three of them in Gold Series action, and sits atop the division standings with 158 points. "He's been that good all year," said McClure. "I thought he was one of the best colts, if not the best, all year. He hasn't done much wrong this year. Every week he's coming late, coming late, coming late, and I don't think I've seen him get tired yet." Elora resident McClure was back in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle after the third $65,600 division with Only For Justice, who went straight to the front from Post 4 and never relinquished the lead on the way to a 1:57.3 personal best. Fan favourite Fingals Wave and Gold Edition were seven lengths back in second and third. Dany Fontaine trains Only For Justice for owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. The win was the Justice Hall son's third straight, coming on the heels of a pair of victories in the second leg and final of the Quebec Breeders Cup at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres. With breaks in two of his three previous Gold Series starts, Only For Justice has accumulated 58 points and currently sits ninth in the point race. The top 10 point earners will advance to the $225,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 13. "He wants to race. He gets around a half so handy and he can leave the gate so fast, this place is his bread and butter," said McClure. "He's a very fast horse though. He deserves to be in the Super Final for sure." The trotting colts set the speed bar high right from the start Monday as Knight Angel and driver Sylvain Filion equalled the previous two-year-old trotting colt and gelding record with a 1:58.1 effort in the first $65600 division. Fan favourite Royal Rob took early command and led the field to a :29.2 quarter and 1:00 half before feeling the pressure from Knight Angel. The colts duelled through a 1:29.1 three-quarters before Knight Angel dug in to catch the leader by a neck in the stretch. While Your Up was four lengths back in third. Freelton resident Shane Arsenault trains Knight Angel for his partners Justin Fisher of Cambridge, Gary Leeming of Simcoe and Guiseppe Mascia of Mississauga, Ontario. The win was the first in six starts for the son of Archangel and Dream Taker, who struggled with breaks throughout the early stages of his career. With one win and two seconds in Gold action, Knight Angel moved into fourth spot in the standings with one regular season event remaining. The two-year-old trotting colts will make their fifth and final regular season Gold Series appearance at Woodbine Mohawk Park on October 4. Grand River Raceway wraps up its 2018 season this Wednesday, Sept. 26 with the National Driving Championship. Post time for Wednesday's program is 6:30 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

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