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Trois-Rivieres, QC - It was Francis Picard Day at the Hippodrome 3R as the harness racing driver won five races on the program including the final of the Quebec Plus Series. Despite pouring rain that listed the track as sloppy with a three second allowance, Picard could do no wrong on the racetrack. In the ninth race final of the Quebec Plus Series for 3, 4 and 5-year-old pacers, it was a battle from start to finish. Encore Panic (Jocelyn Gendron) started off the show taking the early lead to the opening quarter mile when stablemate/entry Ernie Panic and Francis Picard came shooting to the lead before the half mile marker. It was then that Pierre Luc Roy had the race favorite, Lune Bleu, on the move first-over and they raced that way through the backstretch and the three-quarters, going head and head for the lead. As they started down the stretch, Picard and Ernie Panic dug in once again, putting away Lune Bleu and then holding off the late charge by Hercule J M (Pascal Berube) to win by a half-length in 2:02.2. Encore Panic was third with Lune Bleu fourth. It was the fifth win this season for Ernie Panic. The four-year-old stallion by Mach Three is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Brian Paquet of Quebec City. He paid $7.90 to win. In the fourth race Preferred Pace a real dogfight took place between Allstar Seelster and Wild River Swan, Tyler Jones vs Jocelyn Gendron. It was Allstar Seelster that took the early lead but Jones had Wild River Swan on the bit and they took command after a :28.3 opening quarter mile. Then it was Jones and Allstar Seelster coming back by the half mile in :58 and retaking the lead away from Wild River Swan and from there the race was history. Jones had momentum with Allstar Seelster and they pulled away from the field, leading by five lengths at the three-quarters in 1:28 with Wild River Swan beginning to fade. Then in the stretch, Allstar Seelster won with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4 over the muddy track. Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) was second with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the sixth win this year for Allstar Seelster. The seven-year-old gelded son of Artistic Fella is trained by Marc Andre Simoneau and owned by Aurel Harvey Et Fils, Inc. of Riviere-Malbaie. He paid $15.80 to win. Track Notes: H3R leading trainer Francis Richard also had a big day, sending out three winners on the afternoon. He now holds a 24 to 17 lead over Maxime Velaye. Leading driver Stephane Brosseau had one win and now leads the driver standing with 46 wins to Pascal Berube's 38. Live racing resumes next Sunday, first race post time 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

YONKERS, NY, Thursday, October 4, 2018-Yonkers Raceway's all-age track-record-holder returned to town Thursday night (Oct. 4) and promptly hit a number. The Real One (Jason Bartlett), whose life-best 1:50 back in November of 2016 remains Westchester's fastest-ever effort, finished second in Thursday's $23,000, 12th-race finale. Though faltering late in the lane as the 1-2 favorite, the runner-up finish and subsequent $5,750 pay envelope pushed his career account to $1,001,738. After 174 starts, the resume reads 45 wins, 31 seconds and 26 thirds. The 8-year-old Mach gelding is owned by Helene Filion and trained by Pat Lachance. Driver Jim Marohn Jr. won four of the evening's dozen races, including Prairie Panther ($21,80) in the last of the night. by Frank Druicker, for Yonkers Raceway  

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The change in month from September to October made no difference either to the Mach Three mare Intoview or to her driver George Napolitano Jr., as the pair teamed again for a fourth straight victory while scoring in the $14,000 claiming handicap pace Monday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. This may have been the most impressive of Intoview's four-string of victories, as she equaled her lifetime mark of 1:51.1 in winning, and she did it the hard way: going up first-over against favored pacesetter Tataria, who hung up early splits of 26.4 and 55.4, then was pressed by Intoview to reach the ¾ in 1:22.4 - a 27 second third split, with Intoview going two ticks faster in charging up to duel with the leader. Through the stretch, the outside horse proved the stronger of the pair, winning by 1¼ lengths, with Tataria photoing out pocketsitting LK's Nancy Lee for second. Intoview has now earned $23,815 since joining the father/son team of Gilbert Garcia-Herrera and Gilbert Garcia-Owen, the latter the owner, five races back, and her current lifetime tally is $157,301. As for Napolitano, who won 60 races at Pocono during September (and 30 more at Harrah's Philadelphia), it was business as usual, with "George Nap" reporting home first four times. In addition, Tyler Buter also scored four winners. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs    

YONKERS, NY, Friday, September 28, 2018-Favored Mach It A Par (Jason Bartlett, $4.10) prevailed from the pocket Friday night (Sept. 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $44,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Making the first lead from assigned post position No. 4, Mach It A Par gave it up to second choice Newborn Sassy (Eric Goodell) before a :27.2 opening quarter-mile. That one rated a :29.1 second subsection (:56.3 intermission) before Magic Forces (George Brennan) made her second move, first-up from fourth. However, a :27.4 third quarter (1:24.2) disposed of that challenger, 'Sassy' taking a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane. Mach It A Par then eased her way out and by, winning by a length-and-three-quarters in 1:53. Second went to Keystone Wanda (Jim Marohn Jr.), who closed from seventh at the three-quarters. Newborn Sassy saved the bottom of the ticket, with Terror at Night (Mark MacDonald) and Scandalicious (Brent Holland) rounding out the payees. For Mach It A Par, an 8-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P & Gandolfo Stables and trained by Rich Banca, it was her ninth win in 31 seasonal starts (career 46-for-139, earnings over $982,000) The exacta paid $37.60, the triple returned $207.50 and the superfecta paid $901. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Under the command of Ken Murphy, Machinthesand vanquished his feature foes Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The veteran Mach Three pacer was on top at every call in the $2,350 Preferred 2 pace as he laid down fractions of 27.3, 56.2 and 1:26.3 before closing out the mile in 1:54.2. Three Truths (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) rallied to finish second in the speedy trip while Red Magician (Adam Merner) was third. Machinthesand is trained by Barry Folland for owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. It was one of two wins on the program for Folland, as Toad River was a 1:58.1 victor with Marc Campbell at the lines in race 8. Dusty Lane Jacob shocked the $1,950 Open trot with a 34-1 upset for driver Merner and trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague, P.E.I. MacDonald co-owns the six-year-old son of Nureyev with Tanya MacKinnon of Souris, P.E.I. Frill Seeker (Arsenault) was second with Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) being placed to third to complete the $386.60 triactor. Gilles Barrieau scored four wins on the weekday program with victories aboard his own Finnish Your Way in 2:01.2, Sports Highlights in 2:00.4 for trainer Todd Walsh of Charlottetown, Cougar Gal in 1:59.1 for Neil Bambrick of Charlottetown and Woodmere Soul in the finale for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford, P.E.I. Live racing continues Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Putting together a top three finish against the top pacers in Eastern Canada is no small feat and now Machinthesand draws the rail while dropping in class in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday evening program gets underway at 6:30 P.M., with the featured pace lining up as race 11 of the card. Machinthesand has drawn post 1 in the $2,350 feature event with Ken Murphy at the lines for trainer Barry Folland and owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. The nine-year-old son of Mach Three has put together a solid season with nine top three finishes from 16 outings, including finishing third to Czar Seelster and Rose Run Quest in his latest start. Those top pacers are absent this week but his six rivals are no slouches. Stars Above rides a two-race win streak into the Thursday feature with Steven Shepherd at the lines from post 4 while Three Truths had his win streak snapped at three last week and gets post 5 with Kenny Arsenault in the seat. Cartoon Daddy has faced the top pacers on the East Coast all season and is shouldered with post 7 for driver David Dowling but shows a trip in 1:54.2 in his latest start. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in rail control and calls Machinthesand the likely winner. "Machinthesand has cracked the top three in five of his last six which says a lot about his current form," MacIsaac said. "With this one being so wide-open, rail control could be the deciding factor." Other entries include Winter Blast (Driven by Jason Hughes), Red Magician (Adam Merner), and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). Race 6 is the $1,950 Open trot and Freddie returns to the Island scene after facing the pacers at Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia in his latest with a third place finish. Marc Campbell trains and drives the trotter for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Other top entries include the stablemates Majian Chester (Murphy) and Majian Tango (Jim Ripley). For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oake, for Red Shores

WILKES-BARRE, PA - The Mach Three mare Intoview recorded her third straight victory for owner/trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen while winning the $14,000 distaff claiming handicap pacing feature in 1:52.4 on Tuesday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. On a night where nine of fourteen chalks prevailed, Intoview and driver George Napolitano Jr. were not the crowd's favorite - at 9-5, they were held slightly behind 7-5 LK's Nancy Lee, handled by George's brother Anthony. LK's Nancy Lee challenged early leader Rosy Outlook after the 27.2 quarter, reaching the half in 56.2 and then bracing for the first-over move from Intoview. Intoview got to within a head of the leader by the 1:24.1 clocking with a quarter to go, then continued the attack through the lane, with pocketsitting Rosy Outlook making it a three-horse contest to the wire. Intoview proved most photogenic, a head ahead of LK's Nancy Lee, who held that same margin over Rosy Outlook. The victorious sharp mare now has earnings of $150,301. In a $13,000 co-feature, the Well Said gelding Well Played Out followed advancing cover, then paced his own last quarter in 27.2 to catch that cover, Bag Pipe Major, by ¾ of a length while lowering his mark a full second to 1:53.1. Tyler Buter guided the winner, whose $15.40 mutuel was the longest of the night, for trainer Alex Kavoleff and owners Douglas Alexander and Bruce Areman. George Napolitano Jr. won five races on the Tuesday card, including four of the final five, giving him 70 victories to date in the month of May: 47 of them at Pocono and the other 23 at Philly. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

CHESTER, PA - Shebang N, guided by "countryman" Dexter Dunn, won the $16,000 distaff pacing feature on a special Friday evening card at Harrah's Philadelphia, gaining into a 27.4 last quarter to win in 1:53.2 in weather that forced three short delays in the races due to hard rain and lightning. Dunn and the victorious daughter of Mach Three went up to the lead shortly out of the first turn, then yielded to race favorite Rob Them Blind. Shebang N was content to sit until the stretch sprint, then showed sharp acceleration to get by the favorite by a neck for trainer Nifty Norman and the Robert Cooper Stables LLC. The victory was the fourth in a row for Shebang N, and her driver Dexter Dunn has also been hot as well at Philly. After not getting the best of stock upon returning to the southeast Pennsylvania oval (he won two races here in 2011) and not tasting success in his first 20 local drives, the 29-year-old New Zealander certainly has turned things around -- his win in the feature was his seventh in 19 starts here since that unremarkable beginning. In the $14,500 co-featured pace for distaffs, the Artzina mare Use Your Noodle and driver Victor Kirby also found a pocket trip the route to the winners circle, catching millionaire pacesetter Regil Elektra to also win by a head in 1:52.1, last quarter 28 in the off going. Use Your Noodle, trained by DeShawn Sample for Nanticoke Racing Inc., Henry Faragalli III, Arthur Feeney, and Trevor Johnson, now has earned $285,315. In a $14,000 trot, the Muscle Hill colt Fleet Admiral, a full brother to Ariana G, was handled patiently by driver Josert Fonseca, moving from midpack at the ¼ and grinding his way to the lead by the half, then stepping home safe from his opposition in a 1:55.2 mile. Fleet Admiral has now won three in a row for trainer Jimmy Takter and owners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, and the S R F Stable. The Liberty Bell stakes series returns on the Sunday card, which begins at 2:05 p.m., as will the remainder of the cards raced on Sunday through meet's end on December 16. Three-year-old colts of both gaits will contest half of the 14 races set for Sunday in Liberty Bell series racing, with four divisions for the pacers and three for the trotters. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

There were few surprises as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening, with either the favourite or the fans' second choice winning all three divisions. In the first $19,150 division, second choice Casimir Richie P and driver Trevor Henry went directly to the lead from Post 5 and never relinquished control. The son of Astronomical rang up fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.2 on his way to a personal best 1:51.2. Favourite Luka Shenko and Gold Rush finished in a dead heat for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. "He's been a really nice colt for us. Only cost me $6,000 and he must be getting close to $100,000 life now," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "He's just not quite good enough for the Gold, he got third, fourth maybe, but he seems to relish the Grassroots side. He was in record form tonight, so that was good." Cambridge resident Moore shares ownership of Casimir Richie P with his son Tyler Moore of Campbellville and Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario. Through two seasons of racing the colt has earned $93,818 and will be looking to pad that in the Grassroots post season. With two wins and one third to his credit in three Grassroots starts, Casimir Richie P tallied 112 points and heads into the Sept. 21 Semi-Final ranked fourth in the division. "I gave him a week off last week and trained him on Tuesday, and he trained wicked good over the farm track, so I might give him another week off," said Dr. Moore of the colt's schedule heading into the Semi-Finals. "I'm not sure yet, I'll see how he comes out of this one." Second choice When You Dance had a much tougher trip to the winner's circle in the second $19,150 division. Starting from Post 9, the Mach Three gelding and driver Jody Jamieson were parked for much of the :26.1 first quarter and enjoyed just a brief hold of the lead before Wind Blast circled back around to the front. Tucked in second at the :54.3 half, Jamieson sent When You Dance back into the outer lane heading by the 1:23.2 three-quarters and then waged a fierce battle in the stretch with Shadow Moon before prevailing by a nose in 1:53. Shadow Moon settled for second and fan favourite Bit Of Luck was third. "It was a tough, gritty win. He was parked past the eighth in 12 seconds and cleared ,and then had to let a high odds horse go," said trainer Ben Wallace. "Then he was lucky to squeeze out in the top and take him to come again. So it was gutty win. I know they only went in 1:53, but it wasn't an easy 1:53, if you know what I mean." The Puslinch, Ontario resident owns When You Dance in partnership with Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, Florida. The gelding was also victorious in his only other Grassroots start, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 22, and heads into the post-season in sixth spot with 100 points. "He's a deserving winner, he's had a tough summer," said Wallace, adding that the gelding will not start again before the Sept. 21 Semi-Final. "He hasn't had the best luck with trips and situations and maybe showing up, when he did draw good, maybe not as healthy as he could have been, so it was a nice win." With a flawless record of three wins in three Grassroots starts, reigning division champion Pretty Handsome heads back to the post-season tied for top spot in the standings with 150 points. The Mach Three son and driver Jonathan Drury cruised to victory in the third $19,500 division on Friday, sailing home five and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:50.2. JM Jack Of Hearts followed the favourite around the oval and into second and Gideon Seelster was third. "He seems to be in top form right now, always good heading towards the Semi-Final," said Andrew McCabe, who trains Pretty Handsome for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, Ontario. "We had a little bit of a hiccup with him there. He kind of earned the chance to try the Gold and he got sick on us up there in Ottawa (July 22). "We're really trying to win a Gold in the worst way, never won one. Not ever. It's never, ever, ever worked out," McCabe added. "Every time we try and make that approach something backfires on us." Pretty Handsome finished seventh in the July 22 Gold Leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway and eighth in a second attempt against the top colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 4. After almost a month off, the gelding returned to action in a Sept. 1 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park and regained his winning form, touring the Campbellville oval in 1:51. Friday's victory was his seventh of the season from 11 starts. Pretty Handsome will begin defense of his division title on Sept. 21. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Semi-Final round, with the top five finishers in each Semi-Final advancing to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - September 7, 2018 - Trainer Jeff Gillis will send his homebred pupil The Downtown Bus into his first harness racing Grand Circuit event when he competes in the $83,342 first division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers on Saturday (September 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Gillis, who bred and shares ownership of The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott, has always felt that his colt by Mach Three has the talent to be a star despite a less-than-ideal start to his career. "To be honest, I really expected him to have a much more impressive two-year-old year," Gillis said. "His first lifetime start, he paced [1]:53 [and] came home in :27. There's a whole list of things that went wrong--he jumped on his quarter in the paddock and dealt with a sore hoof, he tied up once. It just wasn't meant to be; everything that could go wrong did go wrong. " The Downtown Bus was winless in seven starts as a rookie with his best placings for the year being two runner-up finishes. His season concluded with a vet scratch out of a Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Western Fair in October to finish with just over $20,000 in earnings. He was also gelded. "That scratch at London] was his foot," Gillis said. "I thought I could get him ready and he wasn't responding quite the way I wanted. He could've raced but I thought enough of him that I just didn't want [to race him]. I've always been afraid of favouring one issue and cracking the opposite knee or something because he's favouring a foot. It just wasn't coming together the way I wanted so I just shut him down." Gillis brought The Downtown Bus back to the track with a 1:57.2 qualifier at Woodbine on February 22. He made his sophomore debut on March 1 and broke his maiden with a 1:54 half-length victory. "The big reason I wanted to bring him back early was--number one, I didn't want to waste his non-winners of one and non-winners of two wins and money in sires stakes because you never get that back," Gillis said. "And number two, I wanted to establish him a little bit. I didn't have much luck getting a driver to stick with him at two and I wanted him to establish himself as a quality horse. Jody Jamieson picked up the drive on The Downtown Bus through the early part of his three-year-old season. Gillis continued to race him in overnights until the Ontario Sires Stakes season commenced and has kept him off the Grand Circuit trail to this point despite having been eligible to the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. "I knew we were only scratching the surface of his ability [at two]," Gillis said. "I staked him not quite as aggressively this year but last year he was eligible to everything [including] the Metro. I really, really thought a lot of him. I'll be honest, I'm not going to tell you I never had my doubts. There were times last year I'd ask myself 'Could I possibly be wrong?' I believed he was but I'm not going to say there weren't moments of doubt. "There's a difference between being a Gold colt and Grand Circuit quality," Gillis also said. "When you typically have to bypass a Gold or something to follow those types of races, it makes it hard for an Ontario colt unless you're elite. But I'm happy with him finding his form when he did. There's still plenty of money left and he's only three. He's got a lot ahead of him." Doug McNair then sat behind The Downtown Bus when he collected his first win in the Gold Series with a 1:51.1 victory at Rideau Carlton the same night Jimmy Freight, sires-stakes star turned Grand Circuit competitor, paced a track-record 1:50.3. "The Gold he won at [Rideau Carlton] I thought was kind of his coming out party," Gillis said. "Dougie [McNair] made a comment to me that night that he would've been kind of curious to see how he would've fared against Jimmy Freight. Now Jimmy Freight has gone on to play at the Grand Circuit level and I don't think we're there yet but we certainly hope to be at some point. I'm very happy with where he's at right now. The Downtown Bus competed against Jimmy Freight in the next round of Gold action, finishing third by eight lengths as Jimmy Freight won in 1:48.3. But The Downtown Bus enters the Simcoe with seven wins on his record from 18 starts this season and $176,000 in earnings. He also enters off a 1:49.3 lifetime-best performance in a Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park and, prior to that, a 1:51.1 mile also at Mohawk Park. "He's won his last two with the earplugs in so I'm hoping there's a little more there," Gillis said. I'm just cautiously optimistic I guess." Tim Tetrick, who has driven The Downtown Bus in his last two starts, will again sit in the bike. The Downtown Bus starts from post four against Messenger elim-winner Babes Dig Me and North America Cup finalist St Lads Neptune. The two $83,342 Simcoe divisions for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers go as Races 10 and 11 on the 13-race program Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The card also features two eliminations each for the Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial as well as a $150,996 single dash of the Simcoe for three-year-old filly pacers. All the action kicks off with the first-race post at 7:10 p.m. by Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Communications

The Woodbine Mohawk Park racing surface was in peak condition for Saturday's rich card of racing and Ontario's top three-year-old pacing colts took full advantage of the speedy surface in a pair of $95,600 Gold Series divisions. Charged with warming up the sizeable crowd for the marquee events, the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and $651,000 Maple Leaf trot, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings did not disappoint. Kicking off the stakes action in Race 3, heavy favourite Backstreet Shadow went to the front soon after the :27.2 quarter posted by Sharp Action Money and never looked back. Through a :55.3 half and 1:23 three-quarters, Backstreet Shadow maintained a comfortable lead, cruising home a one and three-quarter length winner in a personal best 1:49.2. Levis Day closed hard to be second and Sharp Action Money was third. "He's a nice horse and had a good post and a bit of luck," said trainer Richard Moreau. "It all worked out." Yannick Gingras piloted Backstreet Shadow from Post 1 for Puslinch, Ontario resident Moreau and owners Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, Michigan. The win was Backstreet Shadow's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and his fifth in 10 sophomore starts. With one win, one second, one fifth and one seventh, the Shadow Play son finishes the regular season with a total of 82 points and will advance to the Oct. 13 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Unfortunately, as the pacers raced down the stretch in the first division, trailer Ali caught a shoe and fell. While the gelding was unharmed, trainer-driver Patrick Lachance suffered a broken leg and was transported by ambulance to Milton District Hospital. Six races later, and one race after Mcwicked captured the Canadian Pacing Derby in 1:49, The Downtown Bus recorded his own personal best in the second Gold division. Like Backstreet Shadow, The Downtown Bus powered to the front just after the :27 quarter and was on cruise control for the remainder of the race. Leading by just over one length through the :55.1 half and 1:22.4 three-quarters, The Downtown Bus and driver Tim Tetrick opened up a three length lead in the stretch and stopped the teletimer at 1:49.3. Fan favourite St Lads Neptune was second and early leader Yacht Seelster was third. "I bought his grandmother in foal with his mother from Harrisburg (in 2006), and we really thought we had something special last year at two, and just one issue, maybe some bad management, one issue after another, and his season didn't amount to anything," said trainer Jeff Gillis. "We got off on the right foot this year and he continues to improve. Having Tetrick doesn't hurt either. He seems to really get along with him." Mississauga resident Gillis shares ownership of The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott of Buffalo, New York. The partners have watched the son of Mach Three and Slimsplace tally seven wins and $176,683 in 18 starts this season. Saturday's victory was the gelding's second in the Gold Series and gives him a total of 117 points and third-place in the division standings. With a break of six weeks until the Super Final, Gillis said the Sept. 8 Simcoe Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park is a possibility for The Downtown Bus, as is a bit of time off. "He's eligible to the Simcoe next week and I guess off that mile I'll go ahead and race him in it. I wasn't in love with the idea of racing Grand Circuit company, but I don't know, he looks like he deserves a shot," said the horseman. "We'll probably try and freshen him a little bit and have him clicking on all cylinders for the Super Final." The top 10 point earners advance to the $225,000 Super Final on Oct. 13 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Following the second Gold division, lightly rated Crazy Wow and driver Jody Jamieson raced to a 1:51.1 victory in the Maple Leaf Trot. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Monday evening, with three $19,500 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The youngsters will compete in Races 2, 6, and 10 on Monday's program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. From the Ontatio Sire Stakes  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - After a narrow miss in his latest outing Machinthesand reignited his winning ways in the Wednesday evening feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Ken Murphy was in the bike for the victory as the nine-year-old son of Mach Three left from post 1 and retained his position for the duration of the race. Machinthesand set up fractions of 28, 57.3 and 1:26.2 before closing out the mile in 1:55.1 by over three-lengths. Second went to Red Magician (Driven by Adam Merner) while the $252.05 triactor was completed by race favourite Keep Coming (Marc Campbell). Machinthesand is owned by Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside and trained by Barry Folland. Trainer-driver Walter Cheverie scored a double on the program from his Nine Mile Creek stable as Way Over made a maiden breaking score of 2:01.1 by five-lengths. The three-year-old daughter of Pang Shui is co-owned by Cheverie along with David MacLeod of Winsloe and Douglas Oulton of Sackville, N.B. Cheverie's other visit to the winner's circle came with Heart And Soul for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The former Maritime Champion son of Western Paradise circled the field from seventh at the quarter to nail pacesetter Jeb (Jason Hughes) in a mile time of 1:58.1. Live racing continues Sunday at Red Shores Summerside with a stakes filled program of the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake for two-year-old pacing colts and the Lady Slipper stake for two-year-old pacing fillies. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Lyons Johnny (John MacDonald) wins the harness racing featured pace ($6,000) at Vernon Downs on Saturday night (August 11). MacDonald wins four races on the card. JDS Brent N Sheree (Truman Gale) led to the first quarter in :26.3. Lyons Johnny ($3.20) then took over leading the group to a :56.2 half mile and three -quarters in 1:24.3. Owned by J P Stables and trained by MacDonald, he would have to hold off the late charge of second place finisher Redhot Romeo (Claude Huckabone III) to win in 1:52.0. Third best was Gypsey Leather (Claude Huckabone Jr.). Lyons Johnny is a 10-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his sixth win this season. He now has 43 career wins. MacDonald had a quadruple double as driver-trainer. His other wins came with Stonebridge Frosty ($4.30), Weapon To Win (($8.30), and Kabu ($6.10). Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Thursday (August 16) with a post time of 6:10 p.m. For more information go to www.vernondowns.com by John Horne, for Vernon Downs

Harness Driver Jim Meittinis captured his 2000th career victory with Rebellious, in the Open Pace ($11,000) at Tioga Downs on Sunday (July 22). Bettorsluckystreak (Jim Taggart Jr.) took them to the first quarter in :27.4. Rebellious ($2.90) went first over from third as they went by the stands for the first time. Owned by Joel Warner and trainer Mike Deters, he controlled the rest of the fractions (:56.3, 1:24.1, 1:51.2). Once they reached the top of the stretch, win 2000 was in the bag. Rebellious found another gear and left second place finisher Believe This Bob (Aaron Byron) in his dust. Bettorsluckstreak settled for third. Rebellious is a 4-year-old gelding by Mach Three. It was his 10th win this season and career victory number 14. Meittinis got his very first win in 1987. He now leads all drivers in wins at Tioga Downs this season with 36. He has one more win than Aaron Byron. Driver Mike Merton and trainer Patti Harmon combined for two wins on the day. They won with Mister Special T ($5.10) and R M Backhawk ($5.60). Andy Santeramo had a driving double as well, with You Said It ($16.00) and Team Captain ($7.00). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Friday (July 27) at 6:15 p.m. There will be no racing on Saturday (July 28) because of the Wynonna and The Big Noise concert. For more information go to www.tiogsdowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

MILTON, July 7, 2018 - Physicallyinclined came from last to first to prevail in a thrilling finish to Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A talented field of six older pacers squared off in the weekly top-class harness racing event. Easy Lover Hanover and driver Trevor Henry wanted control and shot out to the early lead, turning aside a fired up Ellis Park and driver James MacDonald. The opening-quarter was paced in :26, while positions were unchanged to the half in :54.2. The field of six bunched up going to three-quarters, as American Virgin came first up, supplying cover for Traceur Hanover. Physicallyinclined and driver Jonathan Drury dropped back from fourth to sixth on the far turn, but angled out at the third station. Easy Lover Hanover led by three-quarters in 1:22.3 and attempted to create separation on his rivals in the lane. American Virgin, Traceur Hanover and Physicallyinclined were all pacing up a storm on the outside of the leader. 'Easy Lover' couldn't finish the job, hitting a wall late, creating a four-across the track finish. The four-across finish saw Physicallyinclined prevail on the far outside in 1:50.2. Traceur Hanover finished second by a head, while American Virgin and Easy Lover Hanover were beat just half a length, finishing third and fourth, respectively. A six-year-old, Physicallyinclined was stepping up to the Preferred Saturday after a victory on June 30. The Carmen Auciello trainee had finished in the top-two in each of his last three starts coming into Saturday's contest. The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout was purchased in April by Robert Watson, Armando Cappuccitti, Mike Bartram and Auciello Stables. Physicallyinclined improved his 2018 statistics to four wins and $97,920 earned in 18 starts. The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup Consolation winner now has career numbers of 13 wins and $389,630 earned. A $2 win ticket on Physicallyinclined returned $24.80. Physicallyinclined  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie    

JULY 5, 2018 - Windsong Ophelia may not be a typical three-year-old trotting filly, but trainer Bud Sinclair is hoping the quirky youngster can earn a share of the $144,350 in purse money up for grabs at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The filly will start from Post 6 in the first of four $14,000-plus Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, and when she trots up behind the gate it will be the last step in a very specific race-day routine. "You've got to do everything the same, every day, or it just mentally doesn't work for her," explains Stratford, Ontario resident Sinclair. "As soon as we get her off the trailer we have to go out and warm her up one trip right away, and that seems to get her to mellow out. If she's got to stand around too long it doesn't work either," he continued. "We're in early so that should help her; we don't have to be there super early, and it's afternoon racing, so I'm hoping that maybe helps her nerves a bit too." Sinclair and his staff spent most of the winter developing the highly specific daily routines that keep Windsong Ophelia in a mindset conducive to racing and to date she has delivered one win, two seconds and two thirds in nine starts, earning owner Jerry VanBoekel of Woodstock, Ontario a total of $11,970. "You've got to get her mentally prepared for everything, and then once you do that, so far things have been working," noted Sinclair. "Hopefully it stays that way." Fergus, Ontario resident Bruce Richardson will steer Cornaro Dasolo daughter Windsong Ophelia from Post 6 in the first race on the Sunday afternoon program, which will be capped off by the $60,900 Kin Pace Final. Coming off an impressive 1:55.3 clocking in her Kin Pace elimination last Sunday, July 1, Write Me A Song is the early favourite to claim the 2018 Kin Pace title. The filly and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, Ontario led from start to finish in their elimination and will line up at Post 4 in Sunday's eleventh race. "She should be tough to beat if all goes well in Clinton. That was pretty impressive last week, I just hope she can do it again," said Jack Darling, who owns and trains the long-legged daughter of Sportswriter. "She gets around the turns pretty good, they're pretty tight for her, but she seemed to handle it okay." If Write Me A Song can deliver a victory, the filly will be joined in the winner's circle by a sizeable fan club. Darling grew up in the Exeter area and his family are planning to be on hand for Sunday's final. "I came from right down the road," said Darling, who now makes his home in Cambridge. "I've got some brothers from Exeter, so they'll be out to Clinton on Sunday." Raced just four times at two due to a season-ending injury, Write Me A Song has rapidly made up for lost time in her sophomore campaign. In nine starts she has posted five wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $80,500. Competing on the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series circuit, she has delivered one second and one third in two starts against the province's top fillies. "She's a good-sized filly, but very athletic, likes to do her work," noted Darling. ""She's very fast and she was, she could get a little bit speed crazy, but her last couple starts we've rigged her up a little differently and she's been a lot better." Grassroots regular Askmysecretary won the other Kin Pace elimination on July 1 with a 1:59.1 effort, also going gate-to-wire. The Mach Three daughter and driver Doug McNair of Guelph will start from the trailing Post 8 in Sunday's final for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford and his partners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario. Sunday's program gets under way at 1:30 pm with the Grassroots contests slated as Races 1, 3, 5, and 7 and the Kin Pace going to post in Race 11. Complete entries for the program can be found at http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0708clntnn.dat. In addition to Sunday's contest, Clinton Raceway will also host Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events on August 5 and September 2. A complete schedule is attached below and can also be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#CLNTN. From the Ontario SIre Stakes           -30-       Photo attached: Exeter native Jack Darling owns and trains Write Me A Song, the early favourite in Sunday's $60,900 Kin Pace Final at Clinton Raceway. (New Image Media photo)           Clinton Raceway   Race Date   Post Time   Age/Sex/Gait   Race Type   Event #   Sunday, July 8   1:30 pm   3-year-old Filly Trot   Grassroots Series   2 (of 5)   Sunday, August 5   1:30 pm   3-year-old Colt Pace   Grassroots Series   4 (of 5)   Sunday, September 2   1:30 pm   2-year-old Filly Pace   Grassroots Series   4 (of 5)               OSS Program Information   For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   For background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants, feature stories, and photographs to complement your local coverage contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or news@ontariosiresstakes.com.       OSS Program Administration   Ontario Racing   10 Carlson Court, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M9W 6L2   416-213-1800   www.ontarioracing.com       Follow the OSS on Social Media!   @ONTSSNews https://www.facebook.com/ONTSS/   You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking here.   Upon request, this document will be provided in an accessible format.   Vous pouvez vous désabonner à tout moment en cliquant ici.   Sur demande, ce document sera fournie dans un format accessible.              

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