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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Before a packed crowd at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday afternoon, YS Tallia put on a show for the racing fans, setting a track record in capturing her $30,000 Quebec-Bred Series Final. The 8th race saw Lit De Rose (Stephane Gendron) go to the lead in the older pacing mares final with stablemate Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) taking the second spot. Then Miss Rockadali (Guy Gagnon) came first-over at the first quarter in :26.4 and slipped ahead of Lune Bleu into the two-hole. After the half mile marker in :54.4, race favorite at 1/9, YS Tallia with driver Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) came first over and battled with Lit De Rose past the three-quarters in 1:23.3. Once cleared to the lead, YS Tallia opened up on the final and LPR urged the mare on as she won in a romp by six open length set in 1:52.4. Lit De Rose was second with All You Can Dream (Stephane Brosseau) third. Her time of 1:52.4 eclipsed the prior record of 1:54.1 set by My Tallia Ideal in 2015 for older pacing mares. YS Tallia is now the fastest mare ever at H3R and is tied with Duc Dorleans with the fourth fastest mile ever at the track. A five-year-old mare by Western Ideal, YS Tallis is trained by Michel Allard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation and paid $2.30 to win. One of the classic battles of the day took place in the 7th race Quebec-Bred Championship Final for three-year-old trotting colts. Race favorite Seeyou Men and driver Stephane Brosseau left from the rail to take the early command with Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) grabbing the two-hole spot. Then Maximuscle (LPR) came first-over and pressed the first quarter to :28. Unable to clear to the lead, Maximuscle hung game on the outside with Capteur De Reve and driver Stephane Gendron taking the second-over trip past the half mile in :57. Down the backstretch Gendron moved three-wide with Capteur De Reve past the three-quarters in 1:26.4 and came right after pacesetter Seeyou Men. These two then went head and head around the final turn and down the stretch until Capteur De Reve showed he was the stronger horse, drawing off to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58. Seeyou Men was second with Kinnder Dangerous third. Capteur De Reve became the first horse ever to win four Quebec-Bred Championship Finals and he did it in four-straight years at ages 2, 3, 4 and 5. The brilliant gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by the Provoquante Stable of Mirable. He paid $10.80 to win. Later on the card, in the 10th race, Atomic Million AM tied Capteur De Reve, scoring his fourth Quebec-Bred Series final with a game wire-to-wire triumph. Leading from the start for driver Guy Gagnon, Atomic Million AM cut fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25.4 before Kinnder Jackson, driven by LPR, came after them on the final turn and looked to make a race of it down the stretch, but Atomic Million AM was too strong, winning by one length in 1:55. C L Art Magic (Daniel LaFlamme) was third. An eight-year-old gelding by Million Dollar Cam, it was his fifth straight win, all at H3R, making him the winningest horse this season. He is trained, owned and was bred by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.00 to win. Driver Louis Philippe Roy wasted little time making his way to the winner's circle as he drove Lucky Promesses to victory in the 3rd race $30,000 Quebec-Bred Final for older trotting mares. Leaving from post four, Roy sent Lucky Promesses right to the front, cut fractions of :28.4, :59.4, 1:28.4, all the while holding the field at bay, then crossed the finish two and one-quarter lengths in front in 1:58.4. Y S Suzanne (Guy Gagnon) was second with Kascara Rose (Stephane Brosseau) third. A six-year-old mare by Lucky Fool, it was the second straight win and third victory on the year for Lucky Promesses, who is trained by Francis Richard and co-owned by Bruno Morin of St-Lazare-De-Bellechasse with Danny Genois of Quebec City. She paid $3.40 to win. There were four divisions of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old fillies and colt pacers on Sunday. The first filly division (2nd race) saw Cooking The Speed ($6.80), who started in the second tier in post nine, find early clearance before the half mile marker and shot to the lead for driver Stephane Gendron and never looked back, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Akita Bayma (Yves Filion) was second with Jazz (Pierre Luc Roy) third. It was the daughter of So Surreal's second straight win. She is trained by Michel Allard, who co-owns Cooking the Speed with Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit. The second filly division was the 11th race where both Moneymakehersmile and HP Xanadu played major hardball for most of the one-mile race. Moneymakehersmile and driver Pascal Berube went to the lead with Majelyca (Francis Picard) in the two-hole. Then HP Xanadu came first-over for driver Stephane Brosseau and collared Moneymakehersmile and those two went head and head down the backstretch, around the final turn and down the stretch all the way to the wire with Moneymakehersmile barely holding on for a neck triumph in 1:58. Majelyca was third. It was a lifetime mark for Moneymakehersmile, a Mach Three filly, trained by Dany Fountain for owner-breeder Sotirios Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese. She paid $37.30 to win in her second triumph of the season. The first colt division was the 4th race and Y S Sunshine with LPR in the sulky was able to wire the field after cutting fractions of :26.2, :57 and 1:26.2, then held off D Gs De Vito (Jonathan Lachance) by a half length to win in 1:54.2. Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the first win in three starts for YS Sunshine. The gelded son of Sunshine Beach is trained by Michel Allard for breeder-owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. He paid $4.70 to win. Y S Sunshine was the Future Stars final champion last ye for ar. The second colt division saw three lead changes after a :27.1 first quarter and :56.4 half before HP Napoleon and driver Stephane Brosseau clear to the lead for good by the three-quarters in 1:26. The gelded son of Big Jim then drew away from the field, winning by five and one-half open lengths in 1:55.2. GA Speed Gaby (Guy Gagnon) was second with Sunshine Lou (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Francis Richard owner Claude Hamel, who bred the colt with Celine Paquin, both of Ayers Cliff. He paid $3.20 to win. Track Notes: Both LPR and Stephane Gendron each had driving triples. Michel Allard led all trainers on the day with three wins from his stable. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R with first race post time at 7:00 pm. The Breeders Cup Series takes a week off and will resume with the second round of preliminary action Friday, July 26. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The 2018 O'Brien Award winning driver, Louis Philippe Roy, who also led all drivers in Canada last year in wins and money won, returns to his home town on Sunday for the $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals. There are 11 races on Sunday's program and Roy is listed to drive in nearly every race. The stakes packed program has four $30,000C finals for the Quebec-Bred Series plus four divisions of the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. Of the eight stakes races on Sunday, LPR is listed to drive in seven of them. He has only one morning line favorite, YS Tallia (post 7) in the 8th race $30,000C final for pacing fillies. She has dominated the series and is going for her fourth straight triumph. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. Festival of Racing Saturday The Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races took place at the Hippodrome 3R Saturday afternoon. The fairs are where many of the two-year-old pacers and trotters start their career and nearly half of the 13 races Saturday were for the "babies". The fairs are also where the young men and women in Quebec get their first starts as drivers and trainers. Competing on Saturday were Samuel Fillion, Steven Gagnon, Jimmy Gagnon and Christian Gagnon. Also, on the fair circuit are Michel Berube, Mathieu Desrochers, Kevin Montmarquette, and Michel Lefebvre, all hopefully to become professionals at the races. There was also a young announcer, 15-year-old Louis Desrochers of Warwick, who called the second race trot and did a superb job, calling the race in both French and some English. One newcomer to Canada traveled all the way from Bermuda for his first pari-mutuel drive and he won. Kiwon Waldron, age 19, hails from Hamilton, Bermuda where he has been driving Standardbred ponies. In the third race he was able to lead from start to finish in 2:05.4 with the pacer Shemaksmefelunreal, who is sired by Sunshine Beach from the No Pan Intended mare, Dreamfair Orchid. She is trained by Michel Allard and owned by Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. "I watched Kiwon drive last winter when I was in Bermuda," Rene Allard said. "I saw him win the FFA race there. He is a natural and I saw good talent in him and asked him to come to Quebec this summer and get more experience driving Standardbreds. He has a very bright future." Waldron made it a driver-trainer double with Michel Allard, winning the 8th race pace with Jeffs Journey in 1:59.2. Other two-year-old winners on the program were the trotter Major Bay (Amigo Hall - B Cor Bonita) in 2:08 for driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard; the pacer Saloon Magic (He's Watching - Ok Bravo) in 2:05 for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Marc Andre Simoneau; a trot to the filly Muscle Beauty (Muscle Mass - Ocean Mist Beauty) for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Serge Nadeau in 2:09.1. The final two-year-old race was the fastest of the day. Sophie's Destiny, a daughter of Delmarvalous - Tina's Bliss, cut all the fractions and won by a dozen lengths in 2:03.2. She was driven by Stephane Brosseau, who trains the filly. There was also an exhibition Monte (under saddle) trot race held with four contestants. The winner was R Rkadabra with jockey Anne-Marie Demers in 2:06.2 over Marie-Eve Jean riding VictoryCari. In the tenth race a track record was set as the race for pacers was only a half-mile long. Allstar Seelster ($3.30) and driver Stephane Brosseau led from start to finish, parking out Too Much Duncan (Pierre Luc Roy) to a :26.3 first quarter. Allstar Seelster went on to win by four open lengths in :55.1. The world record is :54.2. The highest win price of the season was set in the 9th race pace when driver Eric Beausoleil upset the field with Flashjack Soleil at odds of 36-1. They won the race in 2:00 and paid $74.20 to win. Stephane Brosseau led all drivers with three wins. There were three trainers, Francis Richard, Michel Allard and Marc Andrea Simoneau, who each had two winners from their stable. Throughout the afternoon on Saturday, fans were treated to special drawings, rides in a double-seat sulky and rides in the starting gate. There was also free balloon art and face painting for the children. The Festival of Racing continues on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club is hosting a rare three-day weekend of harness racing at the Hippodrome 3R, featuring stakes and special events this Friday, Saturday and Sunday. The weekend has been billed as a Festival of Racing. Breeders Cup For Trotters Friday The big weekend kicks off Friday evening with the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies. There will be three weeks of preliminary action culminating with the top eight-point earners in the series returning on Sunday, September 8 for their respective $65,000C finals. The opening round features trotting fillies in the second race where rivals Cho Choo Blue (post 2) takes on Kinderunbelievable (post 8). The trotting colts are in action in race five as $141,000C career winner Only For Justice (post 1) and stablemate Clevisse (post 8) race as an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine and the Gaetan Bono Stable of Montreal, who bred and owners both horses. First race post time is 7:00 pm Quebec Regional Fair Saturday On Saturday, the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair which will feature a family fun day at the track with 13 races beginning at 1:00 pm. Special activities on Saturday for the race fans include drawings for rides in a two-seat sulky on the racetrack, rides in the starting gate, plus drawings for dining-room packages and betting vouchers. There will be a live horse on display at the entrance to the track for fans to take photos with and specially for the children there will be balloon sculptors and face painting, etc. And all the events are FREE for the patrons. On the racetrack will be many two-year-old trotters and pacers competing for the first time. There is also a unique half-mile race (10th) featuring top pacers Surf Report (post 6) and Allstar Seelster (post 1). Since there is no record of a half mile race at the Hippodrome 3R, the winner will automatically become the track record holder. In addition to the live racing, the track will also have a special Monte Race (racing under saddle) with trotters. There will be no wagering on the exhibition race that has a purse of $600C donated by Demers Excavation Company. $120,000C Quebec-Bred Series Finals Sunday The Quebec-Bred Series for older horses culminates on Sunday with four $30,000C final for the trotters and pacers plus the opening round of the $470,000C Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers. There are two trotters and one pacer who could become the first ever to win four Quebec championships. They are Capteur De Reve, Maximuscle and Atomic Million AM. Capteur De Reve goes for his fourth straight title in the seventh trot final. Now age 5, the son of Muscle Mass will have a very tough task as he starts from the outside in post seven for driver Stephane Gendron. Last week he beat the odds-on favorite, Seeyou Men, who drew post one. Maximuscle goes from post three for driver Louis Philippe Roy in trying for his fourth straight title. Other contenders in the race include track record holder Wildwild Men (post 8) and Kinnder Dangerous (post 2). Then in the tenth race, Atomic Million AM heads the final for older pacing horses and starts from post five for driver Guy Gagnon. Undefeated at H3R this season, Atomic Million AM goes for his fifth straight win this year for trainer, owner and breeder, Alain Martin. Now age eight, the son of Million Dollar Cam boasts four wins in six starts this year, his fastest mile coming last week with a 1:54.1 triumph, the fastest mile at H3R this season. Other standouts in the race are Kinnder Jackson (post 3), HP Patriote (post 8) and Major Lou Beka (post 2). The mares do battles in the third race trot final headed by Eau Naturelle (post two) against Lucky Promesses and Kascara Rosa. The pacing mares go at it in race eight featuring YS Tallia (post 7) going for her fourth straight win, Lit De Rose (post 6), Lune Bleu (post 1) and All You Can Dream (post 5). The opening round of the Breeders Cup Series for the pacers takes place in races 2, 4, 9 and 11. Featured will be top colts and fillies Cooking Up The Speed (race 2), Ashleysbest (race 4) who goes for her fourth straight win, YS Sunshine (race 4), GA Speed Gaby (race 9), HP Napoleon, who comes to H3R off a 1:51 win at Woodbine and Bettor Now (race 11). First race post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Friday evening the Quebec Jockey Club plays host to the second round of the $276,000 Quebec-Bred Series for older harness racing trotters at the Hippodrome 3R. The main event takes place in the eighth race co-feature, where the storyline is "A Tale of two brothers" as Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men, both full brothers, will race against each other. Last week in the opening round of the series, there were enough entrants to have two divisions, so the two brothers did not have to face each. Such is not the case this Friday as only ten horses were entered and thus one division. Both Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men are sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle. Seeyou Men is age 7 and Wildwild Men is the younger brother at age 6. They were both bred by Chantal Gravel of St-Cryrille-De-Wendover, who co-owns the two with Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel. While as youngsters, both horses were raced from the same stable of Isabelle Darveau and were driven by Robert Shepherd, now they are in different stables yet will race as an overwhelming entry on Friday. Both horses are prior Quebec-Bred Champions and Wildwild Men still holds the track record he set at age two. Seeyou Men has drawn post one and Wildwild Men drew post seven. Last week Seeyou Men was the fastest of the Quebec-Bred Series winners, trotting his mile in 1:59 after getting perfect live cover from Kinnder Dangerous. It was his second win this season for trainer Daniel Martin and driver Stephane Brosseau. Wildwild Men last week was able to leave from post six and never look back, winning with ease for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon by two and one quarter lengths in 2:00.1. That was his third triumph of the season. Other contenders in the race include Kinnder Dangerous (post 5), who two starts back won in 1:58.4, Holiday Party (post 6), Caroluzzo (post 9) and Maximuscle (post 3), who just qualified at H3R with a victory in 2:00. The older mares do battle in the third race where last week's opening round winner, Eau Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle, drew the far outside and will have to start from post eight. Last week the six-year-old daughter of Windsong Espoir started from post three and led from start to finish in 2:00.2 for her first win on the year for co-owners Chantal Auger-Maxime Dubuc of Portneuf, Raymond Bouffard of Quebec and Anne Delisle of Deschambault. Her main rival will be Lucky Promesses, who drew the rail for driver Steeve Genois and trainer Francis Richard. Last week she was able to get the live cover from Eau Naturelle, but was unable to close the deal in the stretch and finished second. Ben Hur Cup II Sunday: The Ben Hur Cup II takes place Sunday at H3R with Ontario's Doug McNair taking on Quebec's Louis-Philippe Roy. There are 10 races on the program and races 3 to 10 will be the Ben Hur Cup II plus a winner-take-all cash prize of $3,000C. The point system for the competition is (8 for a 1st, 7 for a 2nd, 6 for 3rd, etc.). There will be a special meet and greet with McNair and Roy starting at 12:00 noon and then a welcome presentation after the 2nd race. If you go by the morning line odds, McNair has a slight edge over Roy, but as everyone knows you never know what will happen on the track. Post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R harness racing track, the Quebec Jockey Club is hosting the Ben Hur Cup II, featuring world-class drivers Doug McNair from Ontario against Louis-Philippe Roy of Quebec. And who better to comment on the race competition than the inaugural Ben Hur Cup Champion, Sylvain Filion. He won the eight-race competition last year with four wins, but due to prior obligations, could not defend his title this year. "I am sorry not to be able to attend this year," Filion explained. "It is a great competition and I hope to get invited back next year. But you do have two top drivers for this year." It was not a romp until the last of the eight races last year. Filion had the lead going into the last race and sealed it with a big romp. "What I remember most from last year," Filion said. "Were the race fans. There were so many people that came out for the competition, I got to see so many friends, family and faces from the past and they really loved the tournament too. It was fun. "Also, in the last race last year I did not know what kind of filly I was driving," Filion explained. "She had just won her maiden in 2:04.3, her name was All You Can Dream and she was so perfect, we won by 24 lengths over LPR. He needed the win to take the competition but that did not happen." Filion really likes the pairing of Doug McNair and Louis-Philippe Roy for the Ben Hur Cup II. "These are two well-matched drivers," Filion said. "They are excellent drivers. Both are about the same size, same age. They have each won big stakes races and have an aggressive style of driving. It will be a really good competition." And, for the biggest question of the story, who does Sylvain Filion feel will win the Ben Hur Cup II on Sunday? "I think they are both excellent drivers," Filion said. "I would want to see who draws the most power and I will leave it at that. The draw means so much," Filion added. "Last year I had some powerful horses that drew well and made it easy for me to win. Power means everything." Sunday's program will also feature the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for older pacers. Post time on Sunday at H3R is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or additional information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club has announced that this year's Ben Hur Cup II driver challenge will be Ontario vs Quebec as harness racing driving stars Doug McNair takes on Louis Philippe Roy at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, June 23. Last year, the inaugural Ben Hur Cup featured Sylvain Filion defeating Roy in the very last race of the competition. The tournament takes place in eight races and the drivers get to select which horse they drive in each of the races. They must also select horses by post position so that they have one drive from all eight posts. It's a winner-take-all prize of $3,000C that goes to the champion of the Ben Hur Cup II. Here is the Take of the Tape for the two drivers. TALE OF THE TAPE (as of USTA stats from 6/12/19)                       Doug McNair           Louis Philippe Roy Age                       30                                   30 Weight                155 lbs                         140 lbs Years Driving       12                                   12 Lifetime Drives   18,605                              6,377 Lifetime Wins      3,234                              1,278 Lifetime $$           $46,391,486                   $12,870,262 2019 Wins             59                                   127 2019 Money         $803,016                         $1,424,325 2019 UDRS            .238                               .284 "Since the competition is keeping the same process as last year," Louis Philippe Roy said. "It's hard to try to pick a competitive horse from every post position. That makes this great tournament so challenging!" Roy was quick to fire off the first salvo to McNair. "Dougie can be very sulky when I beat him on the golf course or on the racetrack," laughed Roy. "So, I'll try to keep him in the competition until the very last races. That way he'll be nice to be around for the early part of the race card!" "The only time Louie beats me in golf," Doug McNair said. "Is when we play a foursome and his brings a partner that plays well." Will being at Roy's home track for the Ben Hur Cup II be a big advantage for him over McNair? "I think that if Doug stays focus," Roy said. "The fact that it's my home track won't make a big difference, but that's if and only if he stays focused." "I don't mind coming for competitions like this," McNair added. "I know Louie will be the fan favorite, it's his hometown. But I can tell you that he will not have any of Richard Moreau horses to drive, so he cannot look for any help there. "I know that last year, Sylvain Filion beat him pretty good," McNair said. "He made him look like a rookie at the end of the day." Being back home in Quebec for the Ben Hur Cup II, Roy already has plans for celebrating. "I plan to celebrate my win in the Ben Hur Cup by going to Quebec City over the night as it is Quebec National Day on Monday, June 24th," Roy explained. "And they will have concerts and other special events on Sunday night. I don't know how Doug is going to try to forget his loss." The post position draw for the Sunday, June 23 Ben Hur Cup II races takes place on Wednesday, June 19. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, May 28, 2019 - The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series will take place this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park to kick-off a spectacular month of Grand Circuit action. A group of 16 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of $85,000 divisions for the Somebeachsomewhere. The Graduate Series for four-year-old pacers and trotters will feature two $99,000 contests with large fields. The Somebeachsomewhere (formerly Burlington) is annually the final prep for many sophomore pacers on their way to the Pepsi North America Cup. 'The Beach' Stakes has seen two of the last three Pepsi North America Cup champions (Betting Line and Lather Up) win divisions. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Century Farroh (PP3, Sylvain Filion) leads the opening division of the Somebeachsomewhere. The son of Mach Three is a perfect three for three this season and comes in off a stunning eight-lengths score in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division last Saturday. Century Farroh, who has won seven of 13 career starts, is no stranger to blowout victories. The Moore student capped off his rookie season with a victory of over seven-lengths in the OSS Grassroots Championship. The first division also features multiple-Grand Circuit winner Captain Trevor (PP2, Andrew McCarthy) from the Tony Alagna barn and a pair of Casie Coleman trainees in Better Up (PP5, David Miller) and Quatrain Blue Chip (PP7, Louis Philippe Roy). The second division promises to be quite the showdown with several prominent sophomores clashing in the early-season Grand Circuit event. Linda Toscano trainee Best In Show (PP4, Bob McClure) delivered a major statement last Saturday with a 1:50.3 victory in an OSS Gold division. The son of Bettors Delight-Put On A Show raced just three-times as a rookie and enters 'The Beach' on a two-race win streak. Best in Show winning an OSS Gold division last Saturday at Mohawk Park     --New Image Media photo O'Brien Award winner Stag Party (PP8, David Miller) finished third to Best In Show in his season debut last weekend. The Casie Coleman trainee will be looking to build momentum for the mid-June classic and is reuniting with driver David Miller, who steered him to victory in last summer's Metro Pace. The second 'Beach' split also features the return of Captain Ahab to Mohawk Park. The Captaintreacherous colt won seven of nine starts as a rookie (five of them at Mohawk Park) and most-recently rallied from seventh to finish third in his season debut at The Meadowlands. Local standouts Bronx Seelster (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Tyga Hanover (PP7, Sylvain Filion) will also compete in the deep second division. Wayne McGean trainee Bronx Seelster finished second to Best In Show in his season debut last Saturday, while Ben Baillargeon student Tyga Hanover is riding a two-race win streak. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes will feature 13 Pepsi North America Cup eligible sophomores. The divisions have been carded as Races 3 and 6 on Saturday's 11-race card. The star power is bright in Saturday's Graduate Series, which features the top four-year-old pacers and trotters. The trotting side features a field of 10, while the pacing side has a field of 12. Superstar Atlanta (PP4, Yannick Gingras) headlines the trotting contest as one of three mares in the field. The Ron Burke trainee will make her second start of the season. Last year's Hambletonian champion won her season debut in a dazzling 1:50.4 on May 6 at Miami Valley before being scratched from the first leg of the Graduate on May 18. A daughter of Chapter Seven, Atlanta sports career numbers of 13 wins and $1.2 million in earnings. She did fail to find the winner's circle in three starts last season at Mohawk Park. Atlanta's rival Manchego (PP8, Scott Zeron) will make her season debut in Saturday's contest. The daughter of Muscle Hill will be making her first start for trainer Nancy Johansson after a successful two-seasons with her Hall of Fame father, Jimmy Takter. Manchego, who has qualified three-times this season, won seven of 14 starts last season and holds career totals of 19 wins and $1.6 million earned in 26 starts. The Graduate Series pacing division has all the makings of a show-stealer, as an overflow field of 12 will clash. The list of stars in the field includes Lather Up, Dorsoduro Hanover, Jimmy Freight and Courtly Choice. Although he is trained south of the border, Lather Up (PP1, Jody Jamieson) is a big fan of racing at Mohawk Park. The Clyde Francis trainee won last Saturday's Preferred to remain undefeated in five starts at the Milton oval. Lather Up winning the Preferred last Saturday at Mohawk Park    --New Image Media photo Award-winners Jimmy Freight (PP5, Roy) and Dorsoduro Hanover (PP2, Gingras) will each make their first starts since finishing second and third in the Confederation Cup. Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice (PP11, Miller) is coming in hot after a 1:49.1 victory in a $100,000 invitational on Sunday at Harrah's Philadelphia. Courtly Choice and Lather Up each won first leg divisions of the Graduate on May 4 at The Meadowlands. The Graduate Series divisions have been carded as Races 5 and 7. Saturday's card will also feature three OSS Gold Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. Total purses for the 11-race card is $662,800. Post time is 7:10 p.m. To download an early program, click here.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, May 18, 2019 - The SBOA Stakes finals and a season debut victory by McWicked highlighted a busy Fireworks and Family Fun Night on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Reigning harness racing Horse of the Year McWicked made a statement in his season debut by winning the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.4. The Casie Coleman trainee came first up on the far turn from mid-pack and used the entire length of the stretch to wear down Sintra for a thrilling victory. Sintra made a second-quarter move to the top and led by the half in :55.2. The Stephanie Jamieson trainee and driver Jody Jamieson created separation on their rivals by pacing a :27.3 third-quarter. McWicked was more than four lengths from Sintra turning for home and delivered a stunning performance in the lane to track down and pace by Sintra in the final strides for a victory of just over a length. McWicked season debut victory snapped Sintra's win streak at seven. P L Jackson finished third, while American Virgin was fourth. Now eight-years-old, McWicked is back to defend his Canadian and American Horse of the Year title. He won 12 of 19 starts and earned $1.6 million last season to bring his career earnings to over $4 million for owner S S G Stables. The 35th career victory for McWicked saw him return $3 for a $2 win ticket. Sunny Dee And Haveoneforme captured their respective SBOA Stakes finals for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies. Bob McIntosh trainee Sunny Dee went to the front and never looked back to collect a 1:53 victory. The daughter of Sunshine Beach and driver Trevor Henry muscled to the top and posted fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:24.4 before pacing home in :28.1 to win by 3 ½ lengths over fellow McIntosh student Thats Incredible. Better Single finished third, while Village Joules was fourth. Sunny Dee                                               --New Image Media photo        Sunny Dee is now undefeated in seven career starts for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Her career earnings now sit at $135,645. A $2 win ticket on Sunny Dee returned $3.30. Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee Haveoneforme delivered another powerful performance to win the $164,290 final for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driver Paul MacDonell had the daughter of Kadabra placed mid-pack and sat second-over turning for home. Bright Eyes M, who came first-up, claimed the lead at the top of the lane and trotted home strong in attempt to hold the lead. However, Haveoneforme was too much and stormed by in the final sixteenth to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.1. Mattys Smilin finished third, while Presto Change O was fourth. Haveoneforme has now won five of seven starts in her first season on the track. The SBOA final victory increased her earnings to $118,742 for owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc, Mel Hartman and Little E LLC. Haveoneforme                                  --New Image Media photo A $2 win ticket on Haveoneforme returned $2.50. Saturday evening's card kicked off the 2019 Championship meet at Mohawk Park. Reinsman Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Richard Moreau were recognized for leading their respective categories during the Winter/Spring meet. Roy led all drivers with 141 wins, which was 17 more than nearest rival Sylvain Filion. Moreau finished the Winter/Spring meet with 119 wins, 59 more than runner-up Rod Boyd. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. REPLAYS: www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MAY 16, 2019 - The 46th Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way this Sunday, May 19 with eight exciting races on the $538,551 Confederation Cup program at Flamboro Downs. Ontario's top three-year-old trotting colts will kick off the Dundas oval's signature event at 6:55 pm with the first Gold Series Leg of the season. Race 1 features last year's champion Forbidden Trade, who makes his sophomore debut from Post 4 for US-based driver Daniel Dube, trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville, ON and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Louis-Philippe Roy, who earned his first Lampman Cup title in 2018 as the top driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program, will steer last season's number two colt, Dream Nation, from Post 1 in the second $72,267 Gold Series division. "Dream Nation was one horse coming back for his three-year-old season that I was excited to drive again, and so far it looks good for him. We schooled him Monday and he was really solid," said Roy, who steers the Archangel gelding for trainer Jacques Dupont of Repentigny and his partners Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. "He was good sized at two, but he looks even better to me, bigger and stronger. He drew good for Sunday, and that's a big thing on the half-mile." In addition to Dream Nation, Roy will steer trotting colt Tymal Houdini from Post 3 in the first Gold division. The Guelph, ON resident will also be hoping for success in the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots season opener, piloting Keystone Prestige from Post 1 in the first $22,800 division, Chanting Hanover from Post 1 in the second split, Sugartown from Post 2 in the third of five divisions and Sports Charm from Post 8 in the last Grassroots battle. The Gold Series colts will battle in Races 1, 4 and 6 while the pacing colts square off in Races 3, 5, 7, 8, and 9. All eight races will serve as an opening act for the main event, the $188,500 Confederation Cup Final, which features nine of the best four-year-old pacing colts and geldings in North America. Roy will steer Jimmy Freight from Post 2 in the rich final, and the driver is expecting the son of Sportswriter to deliver the kind of consistent effort that led him to the OSS sophomore pacing colt division title and a year-end O'Brien Award in 2018. "Jimmy Freight got us qualified for the Confederation Cup final last Sunday with a nice effort (fourth) from the eight-hole," said Roy, who steers the pacer for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch and owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON. "I like his chances with the draw; Jimmy never disappointed me." In addition to the thrilling racing, fans will have an opportunity to win one of five shares - including training fees for the remainder of 2019 - in a Thestable.ca racehorse. Complete entries for Flamboro Downs' May 19 Confederation Cup program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0519flmdn.dat. In addition to Sunday's OSS season opener, Flamboro Downs will also host two more Gold events this fall, the three-year-old pacing fillies on Sept. 22 and the two-year-old trotting fillies on Oct. 2. A complete schedule can be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#FLMD.   OSS Program Information OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing www.ontarioracing.com For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com

Trois-Rivieres, QC - On Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, 22-year-old William Roy will make his pari-mutuel debut as a harness racing driver when he drives Buckeye Babe in the sixth race trot. Quebec is known for developing many of the world's greatest drivers and trainers and Roy hopes he too can make a name for himself and for Quebec. A resident of Sorel-Tracy, Roy learned his trade through his father, trainer Guy Roy, and the youngster says he is ready for Sunday's debut. "I'm not really nervous when I think about Sunday," Roy said. "When I do think about the race, I just become really happy and impatient. It's just so exciting and I am ready to race." Involved in harness racing since birth, Roy said he wanted to be just like his father. "Growing up I wanted to become a great trainer like my father," Roy explained. "But he put me in the sulky right away for the experience and I liked it." Growing up in a harness racing family in Quebec, Roy always had his hero drivers to root for and hopefully become as good as when he grew up. "When I was young," Roy explained. "I liked to watch Gill Gendron drive at the old Blue Bonnets Raceway. He was so good and then when that track closed, I started to follow the Green Hornet (Yannick Gingras). He is such a great driver. Now, since his great performances the last few years, I am a big fan of Louis Philippe Roy (no relation)." After attending the Cégep de Sorel-Tracy College, Roy works during the day as a concierge for the city of Sorel-Tracy. He has two horses with his father and co-owner Francis Proux. On Sunday, Roy will start from post position two with Buckeye Babe and they are listed in the morning line at odds of 7/2. "She is a great mare with a winning attitude," Roy said. "She needs to know how to race. She always wants to go hard behind the starting gate with the other horses. We just need to teach her to calm herself behind the gate and she will get better." Buckeye Babe is coming off a long winter layoff and she was impressive in her qualifying race, with Roy driving, finishing second. The four-year-old trotting mare by Manofmanymissions had been prone to making breaks in the past, except when Roy has driven her. We asked Roy does his prefer driving trotters over pacers? "Not especially," Roy explained. "I like pacers better because they go faster, but for the same speed the feeling in the sulky is better with a trotter." Track Notes: There are ten races on Sunday's H3R program with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Driver Stephane Gendron, who exploded on opening day last Sunday winning five of the ten races on the card, is back in action with Mister Big Top in the seventh race Preferred Pace. Last week Mister Big Top stalked the field for Gendron, then closed well in the stretch for the victory. He will face a stiff challenge from post seven against rivals Windsum Cheyenne (post 8) and return winners Surf Report (post 5) and Hooter Shooter (post 6). For more information and a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by the USTA/BetAmerica, is excited to announce the line-up for Thursday morning (Feb. 7) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Mike Tanner, CEO of the USTA; Louis Philippe-Roy, regular driver of Jimmy Freight; regular contributor Garnet Barnsdale, and Scott Lecain, groom for Mark Steacy. Tanner, CEO of the USTA, will join to talk about a multitude of items, including the upcoming Board of Directors meeting in March. Tanner will also discuss some of the advocacy efforts going on in Washington, DC and will discuss the happenings of the Standardbred Transition Alliance. Roy, the regular driver of Jimmy Frieght, joins to discuss the champion three-year-olds most recent victory in the O'Brien Awards in Canada. Roy had a big season himself, the pair will also talk about his Super Bowl winning New England Patriots. Regular contributor Garnet Barnsdale will stop by to discuss his reaction from the 2019 O'Brien awards that were held this past weekend. Barnsdale covered many events for Mike & Mike and will highlight some of the night's most distinguished stars. Lecain, a groom for trainer Mark Steacy, discusses how he felt going into the burning First Line Training Center in Canada to help rescue horses that were trapped. Lecain was one of the first people in the barn following the start of the fire, in which 35 out of the 40 horses were rescued. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by USTA/BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for the Mike & Mike Show  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mother Nature was not cooperative at all Sunday for closing day of the 2018 harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. In fact, it was downright miserable through the entire card as the rains caused the start of the races to be delayed as the track was scraped. The foul weather did not hamper Canada's leading driver, Louis Philippe Roy from having a great day as he won four of the ten races on the card. The seventh race Preferred Pace saw D J Power and driver Pierre Luc Roy, a 9-1 long shot, take on his younger brother, Louis Philippe Roy with Hooter Shooter. D J Power was first on the lead after the starting gate pulled away. Driver Francis Picard left from the outside with Rainbow Palace to grab to two-hole spot with Hooter Shooter getting away in third place. After they went the opening quarter mile in :30.4, LPR came first-over with Hooter Scooter and looked to take the lead, but brother Pierre Luc Roy had other ideas and parked out his brother to the half mile in 1:01.4. Down the backstretch, Hooter Scooter stayed game on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:32.1 and D J Power was not giving up an inch. On the final turn it looked as if Hooter Scooter had had enough, but once in the stretch he came back again but could not catch D J Power who won by one length in 2:02.2. Hooter Scooter was second with Rainbow Palace third. It was the tenth win of the season for D J Power, a seven-year-old gelding by Major In Art. He is owned and trained by Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli and paid $21.90 to win. The eighth race Preferred Trot saw EAU Naturelle and driver Simon Delisle grab the early lead, held it until the opening quarter mile as Dance Hall George came first up for driver Francis Picard. They cleared to the front after the half mile marker. Dance Hall George and Picard then led the field until the three-quarters when Delisle came back on the outside with EAU Naturelle and those two battled neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch with EAU Naturelle winning by a half length in 2:08.1. Dance Hall George was second with Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) third. Also trained by Simon Delisle, it was the seventh win this year for EAU Naturelle. The five-year-old mare by Windsong Espoir is owned by Chantal Auger, Raymond Bouffard, Rejean Page and Anne Delisle. She paid $12.30 to win. For the second straight year, Stephane Brosseau captured the leading drivers title with 50 wins. Pascal Berube was second with 45 wins. Also winning the training title for the second straight year is Francis Richard. He also led early on this season and finished out the race season with 27 winners from his stable. His nearest rival was Maxime Velaye with 17 wins. There was a special winner's circle retirement ceremony for the 14-year-old pacer Windham Hanover. The son of Mach Three had a record of 1:54 and career earnings of $254,019. All Standardbred race horses must retire from racing when they turn age 15. Track notes: Closing day was also the second day of "whipless" racing. Both Francis Richard and Nathalie Migneault had training doubles. The Hippodrome 3R and its Off-Track-Betting parlors throughout Quebec, will be open seven days a week featuring simulcasting of the best in harness and thoroughbred racing. Visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com for more information. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The curtain closes on the 2018 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R (H3R) on Sunday with the second "whipless" racing card, the return of Canada's leading money winning and dash leader, Louis Philippe Roy, plus the leading driver and trainer awards. The last two days of the H3R race meet is featuring "whipless" racing. The drivers are not carrying whips as the Quebec Jockey Club that runs H3R is conducting the experiment as they seek stricter whipping rules for 2019. Quebec native Louis Philippe Roy (LPR) returns for closing day and is listed to drive in nine of the ten races on program. He wants to be involved in the "whipless" racing and is a major advocate of changes in harness racing to attract new people in becoming race fans and owners. Driver Stephane Brosseau has been the leading driver at H3R since opening day back in April. Going into Sunday's closing day card, he leads Pascal Berube 49 to 45. Berube, who has been red hot as of late, has a tall order in trying to catch Brosseau. Berube has nine drives Sunday, while Brosseau has just six drives. The training title is all wrapped up as Francis Richard will win his second title at H3R. He currently has 25 wins from his stable, while his nearest rival, Maxime Velaye has 17 wins. The closing day program has two co-feature events with a Preferred Pace and Trot. The pacers go first in race seven where Rainbow Palace, the lone mare in the field, goes for her second straight win against the boys from post six for driver Francis Picard. She is taking on rivals Windsun Cheyenne (post five) and Hooter Shooter (post three). The eighth race Preferred Trot is a wide-open affair with a full field of nine starters. The lone return winner in the field if SG Goliath King (post four) for driver Stephane Gendron. They are moving up in class and face Holiday Party (post seven), Jamigo (post eight) and EAU Naturelle (post five). Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday is closing day for the live harness racing meet at the Hippodrome 3R. It is also the second race program that will feature "whipless" racing. And, Canada's leading money winning and dash leading driver in 2018, Louis Philippe Roy, is also coming back to his home track to drive. He has nine drives in the ten races on the program. "I was pleased when I heard that the Quebec Jockey Club were making efforts to adapt the sport to today's reality," Roy said. "And I wanted to support and participate in trying to find the best for all of us. "In the best of all worlds," Roy explained. "Our sport wouldn't require a whip and by the way, the whip wouldn't be a problem for the image of our sport. On the other hand, it is possible that it is essential to the good functioning of harness racing, and if so, use of the whip should be strictly framed and minimized, in order to please a maximum of possible future fans." Other drivers that competed last Sunday without whips had this to say. Stephane Gendron said "I'm going to live with it, no problem." Pierre Luc Roy explained "It's a habit to get used to not having a whip. Some moments with the mount that you took advantage of using a whip you now must drive it differently. One thing is, we are all equal in every race without a whip." Pascal Berube was not positive about the experiment. "Very bad," Berube said. "All the driver drove with their lines down and it's very dangerous." Even some race fans chimed in. Andre Germain of Trois-Rivieres said after the races last Sunday. "I have more than 55 years as a fan and gambler," Germain explained. Races without whips are very good. It brings a different strategy to the races. The drivers must work with the horses to bring out the strength in them. It did affect my wagers negatively because the drivers must adapt to the horses now." Paul, from Trois-Riveres said, "I have been following racing all my life, about 60 years now. I am not in favor in racing without whips. I do not want to see anyone hurt a horse, but I know the drivers need to have a whip with them to only stimulate the horse and make it pay attention." On a final note, Louis Philip Roy is ready to go "whipless" on Sunday. "Like the other drivers that tried it last week," LPR added. "I will be in a better position after competing on Sunday, to give my opinion and recommendations on what would be the best decision for our sport and its future." First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON - November 16, 2018 - The inaugural Harvest Series wrapped up Friday with sensational performances from Ontario sired sophomores Phantom Seelster and Johnny Bravo. A pair of series finales for colts and geldings took place on Friday's 10-race card with a full field of 10 clashing on the pacing side and a field of six battling on the trot. Phantom Seelster completed the sweep of the Harvest Series with a strong 2¾ lengths victory in the $47,500 final for pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Phantom Seelster got away second and enjoyed a two-hole ride behind Westslucky Terror, who cut out fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:26. Shadow Moon made a first-up bid in the middle-half to apply some pressure, but began to fade nearing three-quarters, which forced a cover-riding Mission Three and Foot Solider three-wide. Phantom Seelster and Roy had room to slide out of the two-hole at the top of the lane, surged by Westslucky Terror to claim the lead and pulled away from his rivals for a 1:54.2 victory. Mission Three finished second, while Foot Solider was third and Westslucky Terror fourth. Trained by Richard Moreau, Phantom Seelster entered the Harvest Series winless in 14 starts this season and now exits with three wins in 17 outings. The gelded son of Mach Three teamed up with a different driver in each of the three Harvest Series legs, partnering with Bob McClure and Trevor Henry in the preliminary legs. Phantom Seelster has now earned $55,270 this season following the series sweep, while his career numbers now sit at six wins and $98,935 earned for owners Gestion Mastel Inc, Conrad Leber and Marcel Barrieau. A $2 win ticket on Phantom Seelster returned $3. Johnny Bravo continued his winning ways with a 1:58.2 victory in the $43,900 final for trotting colts and geldings. Driven by Jean Bernard Renaud, Johnny Bravo was parked around the first turn and had to be pushed to clear Charlie Ona Harley for the top spot. Once in command, Johnny Bravo posted fractions of :57 and 1:27.4. In the stretch, Johnny Bravo was able to seal the deal by holding off a late push from Draft Year, who sat fourth for most of the mile, for a length victory. Charlie Ona Harley finished third, while Master Switch was fourth. A gelded son of Johnny William, Johnny Bravo entered Friday's final off a victory in the second leg and a runner-up finish in the first leg. The Paul Walker trainee has now won three of his last four starts to improve his record to four wins in 12 starts. Unraced as a two-year-old, Johnny Bravo has now earned $59,400 for owner/breeders Paul Walker and Julie Walker. He paid $4.20 to win. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30. Friday evening's card also saw another edition of the $30,000 Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace. Seven-year-old Exhilarated put an end to Kendall Seeslster's winning streak by muscling by in the final strides for a thrilling victory. Kendall Seelster got things her own way, posting fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:24.2. Exhilarated enjoyed a two-hole ride behind the heavy-favourite and took her shot in the lane along with the other four mares in the field. A six-across finish developed with Exhilarated just getting by in the final stride for a 1:53.3 victory. Kendall Seelster finished second, beat a head, while P L Hurricane was third. Trained by Carmen Auciello, Exhilarated and driver Jonathan Drury went off at odds of 12-1 and were entering Friday's contest off back-to-back fourth-place finishes. The veteran mare now has 11 wins and $198,620 earned in 41 starts this season for owner Auciello Stables. Exhilarated pushed her career numbers to 36 wins and $589,130 earned with the upset victory. She paid $27 to win. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - November 3, 2018 - Nocturnal Bluechip scored his third Woodbine Preferred win of the season by the narrowest of margins on Saturday night at Mohawk Park. A field of eight pacers, including three-year-old The Downtown Bus, clashed in the weekly $34,000 top-class event. The Preferred opened with Always A Hotshot making the top and posting a :26.1 opening-quarter before Easy Lover Hanover found the pylons and the top spot entering the backstretch. Nirvana Seelster moved out from fourth ahead of the half and charged up to poke a neck in front at a :54.4 half. Nirvana Seelster cleared to the top and led around the far turn. Physicallyinclined pressed first-up with a trio of followers in the outer-flow, including Nocturnal Bluechip and driver Sylvain Filion, who were fourth-over and six-lengths from the top turning for home. Nirvana Seelster attempted to grind out the victory on the front after reaching three-quarters in 1:22. In the stretch, American Wiggle came charging from second-over with Jeff Gillis' duo of The Downtown Bus and Nocturnal Bluechip rallying on the far outside. Nocturnal Bluechip would reach up in the shadow of the line to win by a nose over American Wiggle, while The Downtown Bus finished third. A five-year-old gelding, Nocturnal Bluechip now has three wins in his last five starts with all coming at the Preferred level. The Gillis trainee now has 10 wins and $132,350 earned in 27 starts this season for owner Nlg Racing Stable. Nocturnal Bluechip improved his career numbers to 17 wins and $427,551 earned with his victory Saturday. He paid $11.40 to win. Saturday evening's card also saw Woodbine Mohawk Park recognize driver Louis Philippe Roy and trainer Carmen Auciello for recently capturing the Championship Meet driving and training titles. A gift and sign presentation was conducted for Roy and Auciello in the winner's circle. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications                  

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