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DOVER, Del.--- Theresademoninme scored a 1:52.4 lifetime best winning the $20,000 Open Handicap trot Mare giving harness racing trainer Dylan Davis three wins for the day on Wednesday, Nov. 30 at Dover Downs. Jonathan Roberts guided the Kadabra-Tortoni five-year-old gelding to his 10th win of the campaign, his second straight Open for Mike Casalino and co-owner Dylan Davis, his second on the card. Theresademoninme pulled away from race favorite Glenferrie Dreamer (Pat Berry) in the stretch for his third win in his last four outings. He has earned $122,861 this year and $237,253 lifetime. Tag Up And Go (Corey Callahan) overtook Il Mago (Tim Tetrick) to finish third. Celebrity Pegasus notched a 1:54.3 victory in one of two $15,500 4&5-Year-Old Winner-Over trots with Art Stafford in the bike. Ken Wood, Bill Ditmar, Steve Iaquinta and Minisink Farms own the Andover Hall-Celebrity Athena four-year-old who won for the seventh time this season with $71,605 earnings. Uva Hanover (Tony Morgan), and Frost Free Hanover (Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The other $15,500 section found Gillie The Kid and Tim Tetrick hold off fast finishing Royal Becca J (Jack Parker) by a nose in 1:55.3 to give trainer Scot Domenico a double. Jovannie Vilanova owns the three-year-old gelding by Northern Kid-Campaign Wife.  Another sophomore Cicada’s Song (Carlo Poliseno) was the show finisher. Yannick Gingras, Jonathan Roberts and trainer Dylan Davis had three wins apiece, Corey Callahan and owner Dylan Davis had two wins each.  The week’s top pacers meet on a talented Thursday card led by the $30,000 Preferred and $27,500 Delaware Special. Marv Bachrad

Cincinnati Miss (Kadabra) sprung the upset in the Sunday feature at Saratoga Casino Hotel. With no Open Trot this week, the $13,000 Winners Over was the harness racing feature on the thirteen race matinee card and it was a longshot bettor's delight. Cincinnati Miss, the race's lone mare, tipped off her cover and charged hard late to win a tight photo with fellow longshot Aventure (Tony Ciuffetelli) as well the favored Twisted Pretzel (Mark Beckwith) in a mile clocked in 1:55.4. It was the eighth victory of the season for the Brett Derue-trained Cincinnati Miss who continued a big weekend for the meet's leading driver Frank Coppola Jr. who is now just a few weeks away from securing his eleventh Saratoga driving title. Cincinnati Miss paid $26.00 to win in the upset and led an exacta with 31-1 shot Aventure that returned $250.50. The triple came back $659. Live racing resumes on Thursday with a first post time of 4:00pm. Mike Sardella

TORONTO, November 19 – Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 harness racing victory in the $447,000 Goldsmith Maid Final Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and Princess Aurora into third. After a :29.1 quarter, Princess Aurora pursued the front and struggled to clear to command. She managed to take the front before trotting a :58.1 half. Maintaining control through a 1:26.3 third-quarter, Princess Aurora was soon braced by Magic Presto emerging from the pocket. Within a matter of strides, Magic Presto trotted to the lead and clear of Princess Aurora to win by three and a quarter lengths. Temple Ruins chased the two for third and Cameron Hill finished fourth. Winning her fourth race in nine starts this season, Magic Presto, a two-year-old trotting filly by Kadabra from the Muscles Yankee mare In The Mean Time, returned $7.10 to win. “It’s a good way to end the year,” Norman said following the victory. “She gets put away in good shape and I think she’ll be a good filly next year.” Magic Presto finishes her rookie season with of $393,049 for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC and could’ve made more had it not been for a sickness last month. “Brian [Sears] actually hasn’t driven her when she’s been at her best,” noted Norman. “She had some sickness troubles during the [Ontario Sires Stakes] Super Final and the Breeders Crown, but we assured [Brian] that she was on the way back and she qualified good, so he came up. “It was a shame she got sick for the Super Final. We tried to get her healthy, and she got healthy for the Breeders Crown, but she really wasn’t fit enough and it didn’t pay off. We got paid tonight, so it worked out good.” by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Pompano Beach, FL...November 7, 2016...Despite having been "saddled" with the outside post, Boli, handled by Wally Hennessey, took top harness racing honors for the second consecutive week in Pompano Park's Open Handicap Trot on Monday night (November 7). The four year-old son of Kadabra, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, grinded his way to the front right at the opening station in :29 and continued on un-threatened through subsequent panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1 before completing his mile as he pleased in :30.1 to hit the wire in 1:57.2. Seeking Steven, also trained by Dan Hennessey, in the garden spot the entire route, finished second 1½ lengths away for John Mac Donald while D C Flashback, teamed up with Aaron Byron was third after trotting the fastest final panel in the race. The late charging She's All In was fourth while Sailer Eddie picked up the nickel in a field shortened to eight with a scratch. After the event, Hennessey related, "Boli has done some amazing things here at Pompano, so nothing really surprises me about his performances. Tonight, with the outside post, I wasn't about to take back and spot the field seven or eight lengths because these are all worthy opponents and you just can't do that when we're all matched up like this. So, I sent him on the prowl early either looking for the lead or a close up spot if anything opened up. "Once he made the front, he kind of put a damper on the others with a quicker second quarter and he really was never threatened after that. He did it all on his own tonight." The win was number 10 of the year for Boli sending his 2016 bounty to $73,842 and $133,494 lifetime in only 46 starts--15 of which are wins. As the 3 to 5 tote-board favorite, Boli returned $3.40 to win. Racing continues on Tuesday night with two outstanding distaff pacers seeking to extend their respective winning streaks. In the $29,825 Stallion Stake for Florida bred three year-old pacing fillies, Prairie Sweetheart, undefeated in her career measuring 12 starts, seeks her sixth straight win of this semester by taking on a talented field including Gold Star Mysti, who is four-for-five this season. A recent purchase of the Let It Ride Stables, Prairie Sweetheart has returned to trainer Mike Deters for this engagement and will have the driving services of Matt Kakaley. Prairie Sweetheart has been installed as the 1 to 2 morning line favorite. In Pompano Park's Open Handicap Pace for mares, Godiva Seelster, trained by Dan Hennessey for Paul and Patricia O'Neil, looks to extend her winning skein to five and has been assigned the outside post six. This daughter of Camluck has a career scorecard of 35-27-18 in 104 starts and has missed but one check in her last four seasons on the racetrack. Wally Hennessey will be back in the bike back of Godiva Seelster, who has been made the 7 to 5 morning line favorite. Tuesday's program features a Pick-6 carryover and a Super Hi-5 carryover--the latter ballooning to over $8,000. Post time is set at 7:20 p.m. by John Berry for Pompano Park

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Flanagan Memory and harness racing driver Brian Sears flushed out heavily favored Resolve past the half and then just waited their turn to wear down the field to win the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot in 1:52.1 by a length on Friday at The Meadowlands. Flanagan Memory is trained by Rene Dion and co-owned by him with Liette Flanagan. Windsun Revenge (Scott Zeron) was first to the lead in :27, with Crazy Wow in second and 1-5 favorite Resolve behind JL Cruze, who was third. Past the first quarter, Sears was on the move from sixth with Flanagan Memory, which caused trainer/drive Ãke Svanstedt to tip off the rail and head for the lead. At the :55.3 half, Windsun Revenge was still on the lead, with Crazy Wow in second and Resolve looking to pass him on the outside. Resolve was second on the outside to Windsun Revenge by the 1:23.2 three quarters. When the field straightened for home, Yannick Gingras was moving for the lead on the rail with Crazy Wow, while Svanstedt and Resolve briefly got a nose in front of the field before Brian Sears and Flanagan Memory trotted fastest of all to the wire. Resolve held for second and JL Cruze was third. "We got a nice trip tonight with him," said Sears. "We got to follow Resolve halfway down the lane so it worked well. The horse has been racing really good and Rene and Susie (Kerwood, his caretaker) really deserve it, they've done a great job with the horse, really awesome. It was a really big effort in the International Trot two weeks ago (he was third). He came out of it good and to finish third with the overland trip he got and still coming at the wire. This horse, he likes to pick them up late. He's a solid horse, he's a contender, always going forward at the wire." by Ellen Harvey, Harness Racing Communications    

It is with a sense of emotion that harness racing owner Jeff Durham is going into the Breeders Crown for the first time following the passing of his father, who had been instrumental in his career, earlier this month. Durham's father, Jack, had been in failing health the last 10 years and passed away at the family home in Omemee, a couple hours east of Toronto. He was 71. "He hadn't been well, but it went a little quicker than we thought," Jeff said. "It's emotional and to talk about (going into the Breeders Crown) really gets to me. He wanted us to go. It's just one of those things where life carries on." The night before Jack passed, Windsun Revenge, who Jeff owns with Robert Van Camp and Van Camp Trotting Corporation and will race in the $500,000 Crown Trot on Friday, won a race at Mohawk with a career mark of 1:51 4/5. "My father got up and watched the race and the next day he passed away," Jeff said. "It was kind of a bittersweet type of thing. We always thought the horse had a little bit of talent otherwise we wouldn't have kept him eligible in the spring. It cost $6,000 (Canadian) to keep him eligible. He had a few hiccups in the spring and summer and we quit with him. We took him to a few vets and one found something and he's a total different horse. He couldn't trot in 1:56 in the summer and now he's trotting in 1:51 4/5. He always had the ability; it's just one of those things where you hope they step up at the right time, and I think he's stepping up at the right time." Windsun Revenge, who has won four races in 13 starts this season and earned $72,530 and has collectively banked $293,763, finished seventh in the Maple Leaf Trot by 6¼ lengths. But the gelding has won his last two races and qualified with a 22-length win. Windsun Revenge starts from post four 4 in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Open Trot on Friday, Oct. 28 at The Meadowlands in East Rutherford, NJ, and is 12/1 in the morning line. It's race nine on the 13-race card, with a planned post time of 10:29 p.m. "He's definitely going to be a long shot, but it's an eight-hour drive for us and we weren't coming down just for a check, that's for sure," Jeff said. "If we didn't think we have a shot we wouldn't be paying a $13,000 (Canadian) starting fee. We wouldn't be coming down just for something to do." Rick Zeron had been scheduled to drive the horse, but was asked by Jeff if he would allow his son, Scott, to drive and he gladly turned over the reins. Scott, who has been one of the top drivers at the Meadowlands, had already named to drive another horse in the race. "It's kind of exciting to be in the Breeders Crown for the first time," Jeff said. "I'm not one to get too excited about things. But not too many people get opportunities to race in the Breeders Crown, that's for sure. I think he belongs. There's a couple in there that are tough, but I don't think we're out of place in there, to be honest with you." Van Camp owns Brooks Performance Horse Feeds, where Jeff is a wholesaler and salesman. Windsun Farm and Robert Van Camp are the breeders of the gelded son of Kadabra, sharing ownership in the Windsun Revenge's dam, Oaklea Polly. The Revenge part of his name was borrowed from a TV show of the same title starring Van Camp's daughter, Emily, who is also known for her roles in Captain America: The Winter Soldier (2014) and Captain America: Civil War (2016). Windsun Revenge is Jeff's only horse in training at the moment. He has a couple yearlings and a two-year-old. Jeff looks after the horses in the morning and spends the afternoon delivering feed for his customers. His father, Jack, had been instrumental in Jeff's start in the horse business, buying a property 35 years ago where he built a farm and two homes. "I never really worked other than on the farm," Jeff said. "It was my dad that got me into the horse business. My dad had horses before my brother and I were even born. He had to get out of the horse business. It was either feed the horses or feed the family. When he could afford to get back into it, he bought some land, built some barns and built some houses and the rest is history. He always had a few broodmares and colts, and my brother and my dad claimed a few horses. We've had some good horses, one that raced in 1:49, Durham's Cam, about 10 years ago. He was a good raceway horse. He made about $400,000. He was a good overnight racehorse at Mohawk that you could race every Saturday. My dad used to name the (family) horses with the prefix Durham. Durham's Cam was probably the last Durham horse. "Between my brother and myself, we always had four or five horses racing," Jeff added. "Because my dad hadn't been in good health the last 10 years, I had been doing most of the training. But I always asked him for fatherly advice. Robert bought Windsun Revenge back at the yearling sale and I bought a piece of him. You never know with horses. The young ones are the ones you can hit a home run with if you get lucky." by Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown

HARRINGTON, Del. - On the penultimate night of the 2016 Harrington harness racing meet, Michael Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($5.40, Jon Roberts) set a new lifetime best with a 1:53.4 win in the $17,700 Open Trot Wednesday. The 5-year-old Kadabra gelding notched his eighth win of the year for trainer and co-owner Davis. Theresademoninme surged in deep stretch to eventually wear down a game pace setter in Westside Lindy for the win. Westside Lindy was second with Deacons Valley third. The win time was just a fifth of a second off the track record, held by Traverse Seelster. On the undercard, Ross Wolfenden's Skyway Priss notched her third straight win in 1:56 for her owner/trainer/driver. Wolfenden, who had two wins on the card, is locked in a fierce battle for the Harrington driving title with current leader Victor Kirby (120 wins). Wolfenden currently trails Kirby by three wins. Meanwhile, trainer Joe Hundertpfund Jr., (33 wins), has clinched his second training title. Mike Hall has clinched second place with 27 wins. Both honors will be awarded on closing night, October 20. Matthew Sparacino  

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 15, 2016 - She classes up the joint. Champion harness racing trotting mare Bee a Magician (Brian Sears, $3.30), in her first purse try since late May here, didn't disappoint Saturday afternoon, winning Yonkers Raceway's $250,000 Invitational Trot. Away third from post position No. 2 in the mile-and-a-quarter event, Bee a Magician saw a couple of ladies, polester Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory) and Allerage Star (Andy Miller), plus Homicide Hunter (Eric Goodell) all offer early foot. After a :27.4 opening quarter-mile, and with Homicide Hunter finding a seat behind her, the fave was pointed forward. Bee a Magician made the lead before a :57.4 half, with second-tier Melady's Monet (Jason Bartlett) first-up from sixth. That one engaged the leader through a soft 1:28 three-quarters (mile in 1:57), with Bee a Magician owned a length-and-a-half lead in and out of the final turn. She held sway from there, repelling a stubborn "Melady" by three-quarters of a length in 2:25.1. Barn Doll was a pocket third, with Windofthenorth (Corey Callahan) and Lookslikeachipndale (Dan Dube) settling for the smaller envelopes. For Bee a Magician, a 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra trained by Nifty Norman for co-owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, she's now 4-for-4 this season and 45-for-69 in her brilliant career with $4,088,395 in the bank. (real dollars) The exacta paid $26.20, with the triple returned $109.50. "To have a horse ready to go the mile-and-a-quarter against a very good field after nearly five months is a credit to Nifty (Norman) and a credit to her," Sears said. "I qualified her this past Tuesday (Meadowlands), and she was impressive. Today, she was back to her ornery self and it was good to see." Frank Drucker

Batavia, NY---After finishing second in the top local trot twice last month, Noble Legend ($25.40) blew up the tote board along with his harness racing rivals in winning the $10,500 Open trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 14). After taking last week off, Noble Legend returned to the track with a new attitude and approach. Driver Shawn Gray sent Noble Legend right to the front and took no prisoners from there. He lead the troops by two open lengths through fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.2 while the trailers were struggling to keep up. At the top of the lane, Noble Legend was cruising under mild urging from Gray when Studio City (Dave McNeight III) who was second the whole mile, drifted off the pegs in an attempt to collar the leader. But all that did was allow BZ Glide (Mike Caprio) to slide up inside him and get into the action. Noble Legend trotted on to win in 1:56.4 by a length over the fast-closing BZ Glide and Studio City, who finished second and third respectively. It was the eighth win of the season for Noble Legend who increased his 2016 bankroll to $55,983 for owners Vogel & Wags Nags and Jack Rice. Maria Rice trains the 4-year-old son of Kadabra. In the co-featured $10,000 Open mares pace, Dontch Remember ($26.20) shook off a two-month winless streak and led the ladies wire-to-wire by gapped lengths to win her eighth race of the year in a new lifetime mark of 1:54.4. Gerry Sarama trains the 6-year-old Western Terror mare for owner Mike Torcello. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. continued his torrid pace at the Downs, winning another five races on the card. He scored with Love U Forever ($3.70, 1:58.3), The Bronx Bumper ($7.10, 1:58.4), Keystone Wild Card ($4.10, 2:02), Dontch Remember ($26.20, 1:54.4) and Son Of Nordic ($9.90, 1:58.3). The five wins and one second in eight starts gave Morrill a .694 UDR for the night. Drew Monti had a driving double and Mike Ohol had two winners on the training side. The dash driving leader board continues to be tight. Kevin Cummings, despite not visiting the winner's circle on Friday, remains on top with 67 wins. Drew Monti is second with 62 and Jim Morrill Jr. vaulted into third on the strength of his performance with 61 victories. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 15) at 6:15 p.m.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs  

Lexington, KY---After witnessing a world-record performance by 2-year-old Walner (Chapter Seven-Random Destiny) at The Red Mile, it took a bit of time to wend through rush hour traffic to reach the Fasiq-Tipton Sales Pavilion, yet the quest to discover a future harness racing world champion remained evident at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Thursday (Oct. 6) as six yearlings were purchased for $100,000 or more, led by the trotting filly Magic Carpet Glide at the event’s third session. With last year’s third session only providing one $100,000 yearling, the sale continues to break new ground and illustrate the demand, as well as the desire, for elite Standardbreds. “Although there is generally a decrease after the first two days of the sale, I feel our next two sessions were stocked with some very nice horses,” said co-sale manager Randy Manges. “I know some people were celebrating Rosh Hashanah and could not be here for our first night. Also, some people from the East Coast like Pennsylvania and Delaware also planned on being here for the weekend, because it is an additional expense to stay for the entire event in Lexington simply because of all the things going on in the area at the same time.” The average price for all yearlings was up 26.8 percent over last year’s third day. In addition, the average price for all yearlings is up 22 percent over 2015. Even with 31 fewer yearlings walking through the ring this year, the gross sale amount is up $3,126,000. The connections of Hip No. 315, Magic Carpet Glide, past, present and future, certainly did their part to contribute to the spectacular success of this year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Purchased for $175,000 by Robert Lindstrom as agent for Lennart Agren’s SRF Stable of Boden, Sweden, this is the team that signed the ticket for the session two sale-topper for $350,000. Preferred Equine offered the Kadabra-Cha Cha Glide filly for sale. A daughter of Yankee Glide, Cha Cha Glide accumulated $14,266 in purse money and this is her first foal. She is, however, a half-sister to this year’s Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill (Muscle Hill, $201,865). Magic Carpet Glide’s third dam, Celtic Contessa, by King Conch, dropped eight foals with six of them winners, including world champion and 2006 O’Brien Horse of the Year Majestic Son (Angus Hall, $1,756,883) and her granddam K T Cha Cha, also by Angus Hall, who earned $109,515. The filly’s fourth dam is Ramerizi (Face To Face, $433,344), the 1992 O’Brien Older Trotting Mare of the Year. She produced world champion Misterizi (Mr Lavec, $574,332), Lindsey-Fireyimage (Balanced Image, $203,363) and Rams Billy Brisco (Brisco Hanover, $165,677). In turn, Lindsey-Fireyimage was the dam of Striking Lindsey ($571,221), Action SJ ($197,048) and Action-Image-Hall ($105,895). The second highest-priced individual of the evening was Hip No. 275 Night Rhythm, a Muscle Hill-Tail Of Night colt, who sold for $160,000 to Great Horse MA from the Kentuckiana consignment. Night Rhythm is a half-brother to Machuca (Yankee Glide, $101,505) and his granddam, Day For Night (Donerail, $616,907) was the 2000 Dan Patch 3-year-old champion trotting filly. Just moments before Night Rhythm stepped into the ring, Crawford Farms purchased Sevenmaidsadancing for $150,000. Offered by Spring Haven Farm, the Chapter Seven-Surrey With Fringe filly is a half sibling to the 2-year-old Cresurrey (Credit Winner, $18,750) and her granddam, B Cor Peatra (Balanced Image) is a full sister to B Cor Pete ($893,076), Yorktown Gunner ($500,800) and Clarice Marie ($201,230). That mare is the dam of Corky ($1,008,000). B Cor Peata is also closely related to the dam of Wuthering Hanover ($494,440), Wide Angle Hanover ($445,708), B Cor Timgo ($641,641) and to the dam of Tom Cango ($515,930), Broadway Hall ($436,790), Looking Hanover ($1,125,136) and Banker Hall ($1,026,624). Despite trotters appearing to dominate the sale, pacing yearlings have quietly sold extremely well and possess the highest average for all gaits and genders at a stout $83,907. Complete results from the sale can be found at this link. The fourth session of the sale will commence on Friday (Oct. 7) at 7:00 p.m. and will continue through Saturday (Oct. 9). by Kimberly French, USTA Newsroom Editor

Just Make Believe (Kadabra) made his return to Saratoga Casino Hotel a winning one on Sunday afternoon. The John Di Stefano-trained Open trotter had competed out of town since winning the Saratoga Open Trot on August 9th and he quickly rediscovered his winning ways in this week's $16,000 harness racing feature. Jay Randall picked up the catch drive behind Just Make Believe who wound up first over on longshot leader Palmers Pride (Mark Beckwith). The six year old trotter powered past that rival and took over the lead turning for home before stopping the timer in 1:55.4. Palmers Pride held second while Cash Poor (Jim Devaux) earned the show spot. The top two choices in the wagering never factored in the race and Just Make Believe rewarded his backers with a win price of $17.40. The exacta returned $123.50 while the triple paid $578. The win was the tenth of the year for Just Make Believe and the third in the local Open Trot. Live racing resumes on Thursday at Saratoga with a 4:00pm first post time. Mike Sardella

Everyone in this business longs for that horse; the one that is a harness racing world champion, a Horse of the Year and charts the course of history so their name is forever distinguished, remembered and revered. Although Magic Presto has only just begun her career, the inspiration behind her purchase was the premonition that lightning may be captured in a bottle, not once, but twice and that she could follow in the hoofprints of another filly that first served notice of her superiority with a victory in the 2012 Peaceful Way -- Bee A Magician. "She was a big, beautiful, strong yearling," said Richard "Nifty" Norman, the filly's conditioner. "My owners always support Kadabra because they have shares in him, but this filly reminded me of Bee A Magician. That is why we went to $160,000 for her." Those are exceptionally high expectations for the daughter of Kadabra-In The Mean Time, who is owned by the same connections as the horse she was compared to in Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, along with Little E LLC. She may not be dominating the headlines, yet Magic Presto certainly has been living up to what her connections anticipate for her future. In her short career, the filly's resume stands at 5-2-2-0 and she has banked $59,677. Magic Presto will attempt to replicate the feat of her older stablemate when she leaves from post position 10 in the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Mohawk Racetrack. The filly will have the services of one of Canada's best reinsman in Trevor Henry and enters this contest after a very strong second in her elimination to Thats All Moni (post two). Unfortunately, Magic Presto will have to contend with post position 10, when she takes on the likes of freshman trotting sensation Ariana G (post four). After being hampered by post nine in her elimination, Magic Presto was hung wide leaving the gate, was settled in fourth and then endured a first-over journey commencing at the three-quarter marker only to be out-finished by Thats All Moni by 2-1/4 lengths at the wire. "You can't do anything about where you draw," Norman said. "I would not have selected either post for her in the elimination and final, but was very pleased with how she performed in the elimination. She will do anything you ask of her and is so willing. To come first-over and to have that kind of finish, you can't ask anything more of her." As for Bee A Magician, the horse whose shoes Magic Presto is anticipated to fill, it is possible the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Beehive will return prior to the end of the season. "She has been swimming," Norman said. "We put her back in light training this week and all seems to be well. We would like to bring her back for the Breeders Crown, but there is still some time to go before we can see what will happen. I'm not really sure what we would use for a prep race for her as it depends on what is available and how she progresses." When it comes to Magic Presto, however, the filly will have plenty of opportunities to stake her claim for divisional honors. "Kadabra is a provincial stallion," Norman said. "But my owners and I have done quite well with him and we think this filly has ability. She is cleanly gaited, you can put her anywhere you want to and she is staked to everything for the rest of the year. She will have the opportunities to progress and develop." C$363,000 Peaceful Way 2-year-old filly trotters Race 2 - Post time 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Stuck In My Spanks-Paul MacDonell-Scott McEneny 2. Thats All Moni-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 3. Pure Kemp-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Cameron Hill-John Campbell-John Bax 6. Southwind Avanti-David Miller-Nancy Johansson 7. Winter Sweet Frost-Scott Zeron-Paul Reid 8. The Erm-Mike Saftic-Clark Beelby 9. Dream Together-Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 10. Magic Presto-Trevor Henry-Nifty Norman  by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

SEPT. 7, 2016 - Facing the end of his Ontario Sires Stakes career, three-year-old trotting gelding Windsun Missile came up with his first Grassroots win of the harness racing season at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. Starting from Post 5, trainer-driver Per Henriksen dropped Windsun Missile onto the rail in fourth as fan favourite Wildwild Men stepped out to a :28.1 opening quarter and a :58.3 half. Heading for the 1:27.4 three-quarters Henriksen was able to follow driver Steve Byron and Rose Run Rudi up the outer lane, and rolling off the final turn he shifted Windsun Missile into overdrive. The gelding fired around the leaders and hit the wire three-quarters of a length on top in a personal best 1:57.2. JLs Bad Moon Risin and Mass Balance also closed well to be second and third. "He's pretty quick off of cover like that, especially when he's good," said Henriksen. "When he's no good, he's absolutely no good, but right now he's very good." The wayward trotter picked the perfect time to improve, as Wednesday's win boosted his Grassroots point total to 71, good enough for a top 20 spot in the standings and a berth in the Sept. 16 Semi-finals. "He's just not a very smart horse," said Henriksen. "In a race he's perfect, two fingers in the race, but home training he can be a little aggressive and warming up he can be aggressive. You just put him on the gate, turn him loose, let him take care of himself, and in the race he's two fingers, absolutely perfect." Through 11 sophomore starts Windsun Missile has accumulated two wins, one second, one third and earnings of $26,280 for owners Steve Organ of Aurora, Asa Farm of Norwood and Darryl Drain of Tweed, ON. The partners acquired the son of Kadabra and Windsun Hampton from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $40,000 as a result of Henriksen's long association with the gelding's maternal family. "The family, I love this family," Henriksen explained. "I had three or four sisters and brothers to the mother, and they keep on going forever. So I think he'll be a horse that you want to try to keep, because they seem to make money all the time, and just keep on plugging and keep on plugging." While Windsun Missile's connections were celebrating his first Grassroots win, Golden Son captured his fourth and moved to top spot in the point standings with 205 points. Starting from Post 7 in the midst of a downpour, driver Sylvain Filion sent Golden Son straight to the front and the fan favourite rang up fractions of :29.1, :59.4 and 1:30.4 on his way to a three length victory in 2:00. V For Victory finished second and Asterix was third. "To me he is the best," said trainer Richard Moreau of his star pupil. "I drove from Montreal to Grand River today and he didn't disappoint me. We are looking forward to the next one." Golden Son will lead the top 20 point earners to the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack, where he will look to finish in the top five and advance to the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championship. Puslinch, ON resident Moreau conditions the Majestic Son gelding for Gary and Fay Clark of Oriskany Falls, NY. The other two division winners captured their second Grassroots trophies of the season at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, assuring them both of a post season berth. Dynamic Edge and driver Doug McNair went gate-to-wire in the first $18,000 division, trotting across the finish line in a personal best 1:57.1. Dewy Dont Cheat finished two lengths back of the favourites in second and Chestnut Schofield was two more lengths back in third. "He's a nice gaited, big, strong trotter," said Guelph resident Doug McNair. "He went a big trip tonight. He's been getting sharp the last three starts." The reinsman's father Gregg McNair of Guelph conditions Dynamic Edge and shares ownership of the Muscle Mass gelding with numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. Muscle Ave captured his second straight Grassroots victory in the other division, taking command just after the half and cruising home to a one and one-half length victory in 1:56.1. Fan favourite Makers Mass finished second and Tough Get Going was well back in third. Mississauga resident Roger Mayotte piloted Muscle Ave to the win for trainer Ben Wallace of Puslinch and his partner Larry Ainsworth of Petrolia, ON. The win improved the Muscle Mass gelding's sophomore record to three wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts for earnings of $48,370. The top point earners will now begin preparations for the Sept. 16 Semi-finals, in hopes of advancing to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. Both the Semi-finals and the Championship take place at Mohawk Racetrack. Grand River Raceway fans have one more opportunity to catch some of Ontario's finest in action when the Elora oval hosts the fourth Gold Series division for the two-year-old pacing colts and pacing fillies on Monday, Sept. 19. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 7 - After each winning consecutive harness racing 'Grand Circuit' events, Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover will meet up in one of two Elegantimage eliminations Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Elegantimage eliminations for three-year-old trotting fillies are joined by the eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial on Friday evening's 11-race card. Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover, both daughters of Kadabra, are each in the midst of fantastic sophomore campaigns. Over the last two weeks, the Ontario Sires Stakes standouts avoided each other in the Casual Breeze and Simcoe Stakes. Caprice Hill delivered powerful victories in both Grand Circuit events. The Tony Alagna trainee won her Casual Breeze division by a little over three lengths in 1:53.3 and followed that up with an emphatic 6½ length 1:53.1 score in last Friday's Simcoe. Emoticon Hanover also added the Casual Breeze and Simcoe Stakes to her list of accomplishments. The Luc Blais trained filly front-stepped her way to back to back 1:54.2 victories. The two fillies will not only meet up in the first $35,000 Elegantimage elimination Friday, but they will also line up side by side. Caprice Hill and driver Randy Waples will start from post six in the field of eight, while Emoticon Hanover and driver Sylvain Filion will start from post seven. After an O'Brien Award winning season at two, Caprice Hill has won six of nine starts this season and recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings. "Horses like her they don't come around too often," said Waples following Caprice Hill's Simcoe victory last Friday. "You got to enjoy it when you get that opportunity and she's about as professional of a racehorse as you're going to get." Emoticon Hanover won four of her first five starts last season, but ended up running into Caprice Hill in the Peaceful Way and OSS Super Final. This season, the Blais trainee has won five of nine starts, including victories in three of her last four outings, for earnings of over $272,000. "She's way stronger and way easier to drive," said Filion about Emoticon Hanover's progression from two to three. "Last year she was a little erratic and you had to be real careful behind the gate, but this year she's pretty good." The OSS stars have squared off twice this season with Emoticon Hanover finishing second to Caprice Hill on both occasions. If all goes well this week for both fillies, 'Emoticon' will likely have a pair of big stage opportunities (Elegantimage Final and OSS Super Final) to turn the tables on her rival in the next month. Another Ontario sired filly that can't be overlooked in the same Elegantimage elimination is Celebrity Eventsy. The Staffan Lind trainee has gone the Grand Circuit route this season with only a single OSS start. Celebrity Eventsy won her elimination of the Hambletonian Oaks, before finishing third in the $500,000 final. She followed up her Hambo experience with a victory in the $147,500 Moni Maker at The Meadows. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has four wins and hasn't missed the board in nine starts this season for earnings of over $253,000. Celebrity Eventsy will look to upstage her Ontario sired sisters from post two with driver John Campbell. The other Elegantimage elimination is headlined by OSS standout Flowers N Songs. The Paul Reid trained filly has eight wins this season, including victories in the $174,329 SBOA Final and $140,000 Zweig Filly Trot. In the midst of her first season on the track, Flowers N Songs has hit the board in 16 of 22 starts for earnings of over $343,000. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe will start from post six in a field of eight with Yannick Gingras at the controls. The top five finishers from the Elegantimage eliminations will advance to the $436,000 final on Saturday, September 17. Also on Friday, 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will meet in two $30,000 William Wellwood Memorial eliminations. The first elimination has Champlain Stakes division winners Rubio (PP4, Gingras) and Signal Hill (PP7, Brett Miller) along with Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill (PP5, David Miller) headlining the field of seven. The second split features the local debut of Italian bred trotter Victor Gio IT (PP4, Gingras) and Define The World Series winner Seven And Seven (PP2, Tom Durand). The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial on September 17. The Wellwood eliminations are carded as Races 2 and 3, while the Elegantimage splits are carded as Races 8 and 9 on Friday's 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the full fields for Friday's eliminations. Race 8: Elegantimage - Elimination #1 1. Worldclass Hanover - Cantab Hall - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Celebrity Eventsy - Manofmanymissions - John Campbell - Staffan Lind 3. Southwind Pearl - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Jonas Czernyson 4. Dewdle All Day - Deweycheatumnhowe - Yannick Gingras - Dustin Jones 5. Jangone - Johnny William - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 6. Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 7. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 8. Wanaka - Manofmanymissions - Trevor Henry - Shannon Henry   Race 9: Elegantimage - Elimination #2 1. Pennies From Above - Cantab Hall - Mike Saftic - Dustin Jones 2. Tymal Tempest - Deweycheatumnhowe - Jonathan Drury - Carmen Auciello 3. Dream Child - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Linda Toscano 4. Royal Charm - Majestic Son - Paul MacDonell - Mark Steacy 5. Side Bet Hanover - Donato Hanover - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 6. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Yannick Gingras - Paul Reid 7. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - Chris Christoforou - Randy Van Meer 8. Double Exposure - Donato Hanover - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna   Race 2: William Wellwood Memorial - Elimination #1 1. Lucys Man - Muscle Mass - Anthony MacDonald - Tan Micallef 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. International Moni - Love You - Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci 4. Rubio - Cantab Hall - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 5. What The Hill - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Ron Burke 6. Real Lucky Day - Donato Hanover - Yves Filion - Richard Moreau 7. Signal Hill - Muscle Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna   Race 3: William Wellwood Memorial - Elimination #2 1. King On The Hill - Muscle Hill - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 2. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - Tom Durand - Tom Durand 3. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Ron Burke 4. Mountain Of Love - Muscle Hill - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 5. Victor Gio IT - Ready Cash - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 6. Soho Hanover - Cantab Hall - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 7. Bills Man - Credit Winner - -Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 26 - Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill made their sire Kadabra proud with impressive harness racing victories in the Casual Breeze Stakes Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $97,000 divisions. Emoticon Hanover was a gate to wire winner in the first division for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. The daughter of Kadabra left alertly from post two to grab the lead and it was lights out from there. Emoticon Hanover posted fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 before firing home in :28 for the victory. Double Exposure left hard from post eight, landed the two-hole and ultimately finished a length and a quarter back in second. Jangone finished third, while Worldclass Hanover was fourth. Following the race, Filion was very pleased with the Emoticon Hanover's effort in the Casual Breeze and her progression as a three-year-old. "I wanted to get to the front and control the pace, which we did, and she did it pretty handy," said Filion following the race. "Last year she was a little tough to drive, but this year she is way handier, so that makes her much better." Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, Emoticon Hanover scored her fourth victory of the season Friday in her eighth outing. She now has eight career victories and a bankroll of $436,658. The Blais trainee paid $2.80 to win. Emoticon Hanover Caprice Hill continued her fantastic season by overcoming the ten-hole to win the second division in 1:53.3. The Tony Alagna trained filly was unhurried at the start by driver Randy Waples and eventually found a spot along the rail in sixth just after the opening-quarter. Side Bet Hanover led the field to the half in :57.3, but was quickly confronted entering the far turn by a charging Caprice Hill, who took the lead before five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:26, Caprice Hill trotted home strongly in :27.3 to win by 3 ¼ lengths. Side Bet Hanover held on to second over a charging Flowers N Songs. Also a daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill now has five wins in 2016 and has yet to finish outside the top two in eight starts this season. Following the race, Alagna passed along much of the credit for Caprice Hill's excellent season to his mother, Donna Lee. "Everybody who knows the filly knows that this is my Mom's pride and joy and she's done a great job with her," he said. "(Caprice Hill) is just very easy on herself, rests, does all the right things, good eater and that's why she looks as great now as she has all year." Owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, Ontario, Caprice Hill is nearing millionaire status with $980,377 in lifetime earnings following the Casual Breeze victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Caprice Hill Up next for the three-year-old trotting fillies is the Simcoe Stakes next Friday (September 2) followed by the Elegantimage eliminations. Emoticon Hanover and Caprice Hill are both eligible to those upcoming events. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the eliminations of the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady headlining the card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 6, 2016 – Trainer John Bax and driver Steve Byron teamed up to win three of four $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening. The pair had the winning touch right from the start, as Byron piloted Tymal Declan to a gate-to-wire victory in the first division, reaching the finish almost 10 lengths ahead of the field in 2:04.4. Hopeswishesndreams, who is owned by trainer Gregg McNair and Doug McNair of Guelph, Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. of Harriston and James Cantelon of Thornton, ON, finished third and Tax Savings completed the top three. “I actually really like her,” said Byron. “She missed the last Grassroots from sickness, and she was really strong tonight. I actually thought that she could get better as the year went on; she’s a nice big mare.” The win was Tymal Declan’s first. In the July 10 Grassroots event at Georgian Downs she was fifth and on July 21 at Mohawk Racetrack she was fourth. Campbellville resident Bax shares ownership of the Kadabra daughter with Anderson Family Stables of Campbellville, Happy Trails Stables of London, ON and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI. The group acquired the filly from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $52,000. The second Grassroots division went to division point leader Inner Drive, who also led from start to finish, hitting the wire in 2:03.3.Stritch was three and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite in third, while Byron and Bax trainee Windsong Normandie claimed the third spot. Ross Battin crafted Inner Drive’s third straight Grassroots victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The homebred daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge boasts a five race record of three wins and one second for earnings of $30,500. Byron and Bax were back in the winner’s circle following the third Grassroots division as Parkhill Nocredit cruised around the Hanover Raceway half-mile in 2:06. Hab Faith finished second for owners Gwen McNair of Walkerton and her son, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and fan favourite Man Shes Hot settled for third. “She gets pretty fired up, but Steve said she was pretty relaxed tonight,” noted Bax. Off a :30.4 quarter, the filly laid down a 1:05.1 half and then picked up the tempo again for a 1:35.4 three-quarters. “I don’t know why. She warmed up relaxed, usually she pulls a ton, but for whatever reason she was pretty calm tonight. “I love her desire, I just wish she was a hand taller, but she sure wants to be a racehorse,” added the horseman, who also bred the daughter of Federal Flex and Harlequin Seelster. In the first three Grassroots events Parkhill Nocredit had finished fourth (July 10), third (July 21) and second (July 29), and Saturday’s victory bumps her into third spot in the division standings with 95 points. Bax shares ownership of the filly with his son Marshall Bax of Hamilton, ON and father and son were joined in the winner’s circle by Hanover Raceway’s victorious “Be A Winner” finalist Jim Spence. Spence placed his “Be A Winner” ballot in the box belonging to Parkhill Nocredit and when the filly emerged victorious he joined the Bax’s in the winner’s circle for a photo and trophy presentation. The final division saw Byron and Majestic Wanda edge out of the pocket in the stretch and reel in pacesetter Late Shift, getting a head in front to record the 2:03.4 victory. Late Shift settled for second and Hilarious Honey completed the top three. “I said to somebody before the race, ‘If Steve gets around the track, Steve will be a magician,’” recalled Bax. “She warmed up terrible. She was looking, and going sideways, and running and not paying attention. “So I wasn’t very optimistic, and I’m thinking, at least I’ve had a real good night and you know, this one, it doesn’t matter what she does, it won’t dampen it,” the trainer continued. “And then she goes ahead and does what she does, and I’m thinking, wow, I must have been a good boy this week, looking up at the stars and they’re all lined up.” Heading into Saturday’s test Majestic Wanda had made breaks in both of her previous Grassroots starts and Bax had made the rare decision to add trotting hopples to her equipment. The move, and the winning streak Byron and Bax were enjoying, convinced Hanover Raceway fans, who sent the Majestic Son daughter off as their top choice. Bax, John Houston of Cobourg, Ken Ewen of Georgetown and Bruce Norris of Caledon East offered up $25,000 for Majestic Wanda at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. In addition to the trio of Grassroots wins, Byron also appeared in the winner’s circle with pacing colt Rumour Has It Eh after the fifth race, giving the Thornton, ON resident four wins on the program. “It’s one of those nights everything went good, you keep your fingers crossed hoping for those,” said Byron. “I’ve been lucky enough to drive for John and some good trainers, they usually have them set up pretty good for me, I’m lucky that way. “I actually like driving at this track, it’s one of my favourites in Ontario,” added the reinsman. Byron and Bax will have an opportunity to replicate their Hanover Raceway success when the two-year-old trotting fillies make their fifth Grassroots start on August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

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