A group of six rookie pacing fillies squared off Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Shes Lights Out and driver Paul MacDonell came out on top in the field of six to win the $12,000 opening leg in 1:53.4. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Shes Lights Out showed early speed to grab the lead ahead of Miss Print and posted an opening-quarter of :28.3. The top-two fillies would remain one-two through the middle-half splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Miss Print was angled to the outside to take a shot at the leader, but had to settle for second, as Shes Lights Out had plenty of pace and cruised home in :28.2 for the 2 ½ length victory. Itsallaboutthebass finished third, while Not Now They Said was fourth. Shes Lights Out is trained by Ken Sucee for owner/breeders Brian Legge and Dr. David Legge. Thursday evening's victory was a maiden-breaking score for the rookie pacer in her third career start and increases her earnings to $8,800. Shes Lights Out paid $6.70 to win. The Whenuwishuponastar Series is a three-week event for two-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg of the series will take place next Thursday (July 30). Mark McKelvie
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Pierce Hanover delivered a big last quarter kick to take an action packed first leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine battled in the $12,000 first leg of the Dream Maker for freshmen pacers. Pierce Hanover, a son of Cams Card Shark - Panned Out, and driver Paul Macdonell got away in fifth around the first turn with long shot Late Night hanging up a first-quarter of :27.4. On the way to the half, Amora Beach was sent after the lead from third, but was stretched out by Late Night. The public's choice, Some Power, followed Amora Beach and was forced to go three-wide for a few strides before clearing to the front at the half in :55.4. Around the final turn, Some Power turned in a :27.1 third-quarter (1:23.0) with Amora Beach following right in behind, while the rest of the field sat several lengths off from the top two. In the stretch, Amora Beach overtook Some Power for the lead, but Pierce Hanover and The Wayfaring Man, who were both more than ten lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole, made up ground with every stride. Pierce Hanover took the lead in the final steps to win by three-quarters of length in 1:52.1, the nation's fastest mile by a two-year-old this season. Amora Beach held on to share the place spot with The Wayfaring Man in a dead heat, while Some Power finished fourth. Pierce Hanover turned in a last quarter of :27.3, while The Wayfaring Man, in his debut start, posted a final-panel of :27.2. The leg one victory was the second win in a row for Pierce Hanover and his second win in three starts. Ken Sucee trains and co-owns the $38,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase with Ralph Sucee. Pierce Hanover paid $9.80 to win. The second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series goes next Monday (July 28) at Mohawk. An army of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings marched into battle Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the oval hosted six OSS Grassroots divisions. Lexus Magnum kicked things off with a 1:59.3 in his $18,000 split. James MacDonald worked out a two-hole trip for the youngster while Dream Persuasion whacked out fractions of :28.4, 1:00 and 1:29.3. Lexus Magnum angled off the rail in the lane and used a :29.2 kicker to win by a half-length margin over race favourite Mandeville. Dream Persuasion faded to finish third. Norm Dunstan of Caledon Village, Ontario bred, owns and trains the gelded son of Windsong Espoir-Lexus Hall, who was sent off at odds of 6-1. He’s banked $13,500 to date. Stormont Wizard took over command at the mid-way point of the second division, and once he cleared it was game over for the others. The colt, who proved to be the only favourite to win an OSS Grassroots division, led to the three-quarter pole of 1:30.3 and used a :29-second closing quarter to win by a neck over Great Magic in 1:59.3. Chuckalo Evan rounded out the top three finishers. Rick Zeron mapped out the winning trip for the Kevin Benn-trained son of Kadabra-Stormont Cinderella. The homebred, who is owned by Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario, has banked $13,500 in his first two starts. Hemi Seelster was collared in deep stretch in the third division, but he battled back for a 1:58.4 score for the tandem of driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax. The gelding sat second through first-half fractions of :28.2 and :59 before sprinting past the tempo-setting Benvenuti on the final turn. Hemi Seelster had the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1, but he quickly came under heavy pressure from Pilgrims Joy. That foe took over command in deep stretch, but Hemi Seelster fought gamely to reclaim the lead en route to the 1:58.4 win. Pilgrims Joy was a neck back in second, with Winning Wizard third best. John Bax trains the son of Holiday Road-Hollywood Beauty for Parkhill Stud Farm, Matt Bax, John Houston and Goin To The Show Stable. It was the second consecutive stakes score for the career winner of $18,000. He was a $19,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale. Grandprix Seelster got off to a slow start in his OSS assignment, but he finished quicker than the competition en route to posting a 2:00.2 triumph for driver Randy Waples. The son of Federal Flex dug himself a 15-length hole at the quarter pole while sitting ninth, and things weren’t much better when he was nearly 14 lengths off the lead at the mid-way point. He improved steadily, however, in the back-half of the mile and when the leaders tired he fired out a :28.4 closing panel to secure the win by three-quarters of a length over Ontheroad De Vie. Taking home the show dough was Federal. Trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge co-owns the colt with Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Goldfinger Stables of Burlington, Ontario. The youngster was collared for $8,000 from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale and he’s already racked up earnings that exceed that purchase price. Its Huw You Know pulled off a stunning upset when he rallied home in the fifth division at odds of 78-1 for trainer/driver Keith Jones. The gelding enjoyed a two-hole trip for most of the mile, and he rallied in the lane and produced the 2:00.3 decision by three-quarters of a length over fellow longshot Featured Illusion, who was 36-1. Caulfield rounded out the top three finishers in the nine-horse affair. Doug McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ontario owns the stakes winning son of Holiday Road-Lukes Elvira. The $21,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale is a sibling to the likes of Tymal Timeout (1:58.2 - $356,252), Lookit (1:59.3 - $187,033) and Tymal Recap (1:55.2 - $161,333). Pridecrest didn’t have much luck in his debut performance against OSS Gold Series foes at Georgian Downs on July 13. The shift to the Grassroots level of the OSS program clearly proved to be his cup of tea thanks to his 2:00.3 triumph for the duo of driver Roger Mayotte and trainer Susie Kerwood. The son of Angus Hall-Spilled Milk avoided a pair of breakers in the first turn before muscling his way to the lead in the backstretch. Once he cleared to the lead he strolled through middle panels of 1:00.2 and 1:31 before kicking home in :29.3 en route to the win. Runner-up Parkhill Lancelot’s late rally came up just a head short, while Jayport All Muscle came first-over and still managed to hang on for the show dough. Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, Ontario bred and owns the maiden-breaking rookie who has won $9,000 to date. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
When Shelbys Cobra lines up behind the starting gate this Saturday in the second leg of the $20,000 Beat The Heat Pacing Series at Mohawk, harness racing trainer Ken Sucee is hopeful his hard-luck pacer's recent hiss-tory is a sign of things to come after an unsuccessful 2010 campaign.