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Mach It So, the veteran Mach Three gelding coming off a late-charging victory in the Quillen Memorial at Harrington, used speedy tactics Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, overcoming less-than-ideal conditions and a good field to take the $24,000 featured pace in 1:49.4.   Driver Andrew McCarthy sent Mach It So to the lead after the 27.1, and the career winner of $1.09M took it from there, putting up middle splits of 55.3 and 1:22.4, then booking home in 27 over a good track in 46 temperatures to win by six lengths for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and Bamond Racing LLC.   The winner certainly seems to like the Pocono surface -- he took his mark of 1:48 here last year, and he certainly doesn't seem to mind traveling, now having consecutive wins at Mohawk, Harrington, and Pocono.   Scott Rocks, who had a series of "close but no cigar" finishes in his most recent starts prior to the $20,000 co-feature, finally got home first by using pocket rocket tactics under the guidance of George Napolitano Jr. to tally in 1:50.2 for trainer Chris Oakes and owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey.   The winner was the fourth on the card for "George Nap," giving him 15 trips to Victory Lane in the first three days of October, an average of 3.75 wins per card (two at Philly and two here).   Jerry Connors  

When Geoff Knight set up the Central Courage syndicate ten years ago, he hoped for a bit of success for the locals who had joined but he never envisaged the syndicate being as successful as it has become. On Friday night at Addington Raceway, the current syndicate star Zenmach made it four wins from his last five starts with an impressive front running display. Driver Matthew Williamson was more than impressed with the son of Mach Three. " He has gone super again." "I had to lead from one but I probably went a bit slow in the middle stages." " They got a bit close halfway up the straight but he really found and was holding them comfortably at the finish," Matthew said. The Central Courage syndicate came to own Zenmack when they were on the lookout for a horse or two after selling their well performed mare Al Raza to North America. "Justin Le Lievre rang me and said he had one I might be interested in." " I watched the trial and workout tapes and really liked here." " Mark Smolenski had broken him in and educated him and he did a super job with him." " He is such a grouse little horse to train, he does everything you ask of him," Geoff said. Geoff has his program pretty well mapped out from here on in. " We will bring him back next week for the $23,500 Alabar Super Series Final but with horses such as Franco Cristiano involved it might be a bit rich for him at this stage." " After that we will set him for a start at Addington during Cup Week." " The syndicate have always wanted to have a horse start at Addington during Cup Week so that is were we we are going." "After that he can have a break and then we will get him back for his main aim for the season which is the Southern Supremacy down south," Geoff said. The syndicate purchased another horse around the same time as Zenmach by the name of Seduce Me and the daughter of Ohoka Arizona has run three seconds in her three lifetime starts todate and it won't be long until the Central Courage has another winner on their hands. Harnesslink Media  

OCT. 2, 2015 - Woodbine Racetrack fans got a preview of next week's Super Final as the three-year-old pacing colts delivered a pair of impressive performances on Friday evening in the last regular season event on the Gold Series calendar. Six of the top 10 point earners lined up on the starting gate in the second $105,000 Gold division and six of the nine starters had their accelerators down early. Physicallyinclined and driver Paul MacDonell won the first battle, reaching the opening quarter in a snappy :25.3. The pair looked under threat from Go Daddy Go and fan favourite Reverend Hanover in the outer lane, but Go Daddy Go made a break that pushed Reverend Hanover into the middle of the racetrack and allowed MacDonell to sneak in a quick breather for his colt. Reverend Hanover caught Physicallyinclined just before the :54.1 half and led the field to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. As the colts squared up for the stretch drive, Guelph, ON resident MacDonell fired Physicallyinclined out of the pocket and the Mach Three son rocketed down the stretch to a one-half length win in 1:50.2. Reverend Hanover settled for second after his interrupted tour of the racetrack and Drachan Hanover was three lengths back in third. "He's a tough horse," said Dr. Ian Moore of Physicallyinclined. "We got him ready in a hurry, we had no choice really, he has nothing left after these two races." After posting a record of four wins and two seconds in his first seven starts this season, Physicallyinclined suffered an injury in mid-July that saw him miss two months of action on the Gold Series circuit. The colt requalified on Sept. 18 at Mohawk Racetrack and made his first start since the injury in a Sept. 25 overnight event at Mohawk, posting a 1:51.2 win. Tied for ninth in the division standings heading into the regular season finale, Physicallyinclined secured a berth in the Oct. 10 Super Final with Friday's win, his first in Gold Series action. "All the owners were up, so they were very pleased," said Dr. Moore, who conditions the North America Cup Consolation winner for Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS. "We're looking forward to next week." The Guelph, ON resident noted that Physicallyinclined had an easier tour around the Woodbine oval than a number of his peers and said he will have to be back at the top of his form for next Saturday's $250,000 Super Final test. "He should be fairly fresh, but Reverend Hanover is going to be fresh too. There are several good colts in that division, it's not going to be a cakewalk for anybody," said the trainer. "It will be a tough race, that's for sure." The sophomore pacing colts also delivered a thrilling finish in the first $105,000 division, with His Boy Elroy prevailing by one-half length over Mr Carrotts and Moonwriter in 1:52. Starting from Post 5, driver Mike Saftic settled His Boy Elroy into the fourth spot and watched as Sportsmanship rang up a :26.3 quarter and :55.3 half. Just after the halfway marker Saftic sent His Boy Elroy up the outside and the Jeremes Jet son was leading the charge up the outer lane at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Shifting into high gear in the stretch, His Boy Elroy powered by the leaders to claim his first Gold Series trophy, adding it to the Grassroots hardware he won at Mohawk on July 31. Third in the Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26, His Boy Elroy is not eligible to the Super Final, but runner-up Mr Carrotts and pacesetter Sportsmanship both qualified for the lucrative post season. Campbellville, ON resident Saftic engineered His Boy Elroy's fifth win in 23 starts for trainer Jean Guy Belliveau of Cambridge, ON and owner Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. His Boy Elroy The top 10 point earners from all eight trotting and pacing divisions will spend the next eight days preparing for the $2 million Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10, and if Friday's regular season finale was any indication, fans are in for a night of outstanding racing. Ontario Horse Racing

Bamond Racing's Mach It So ($18.60, Tim Tetrick) sprung an upset in Monday's 9th Annual $150,000 Bobby Quillen Memorial at the harness racing meeting at Harrington Raceway with a 1:51.1 triumph.   The 5-year-old Mach Three gelding and Jeff Bamond Jr.-trainee settled off a contested early pace which saw pacesetter and three time Quillen champion, venerable pacer Foiled Again park out Bandolito through fractions of 26.2, 54.2 and 1:23.3. Tetrick and Mach It So waited third over and burst three-wide in deep stretch to edge out a game Foiled Again. Shamballa was third. Owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Mach It So recorded his 23rd career win for trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. and boosted his seasonal earnings to more than $450,000. Mach It So also won the $430,600 William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands on July 18.  "We were hoping for some pace up front and it worked out great," said Tetrick.  “I really liked my horse and I just needed him to have a good kick late tonight and he did. My horse felt really good and he’s coming back into form.” “We’ve had this horse since he was a 2-year-old and he’s always been a good horse,” said trainer Jeff Bamond Jr.. whose stable is based at White Birch Farm in New Jersey.  “The trip worked out for him. He’s always been kind of a trip horse.”  This year's Quillen field was comprised of winners of more than $12 million lifetime, more than $7 million of that from perennial pacing champion Foiled Again.  The race is named in the honor of the late Delaware legislator who devoted his life to public service and was a regular at the racetrack. Quillen was also a long-time board member of Harrington Raceway and Delaware State Fair and always fought for the best interests of the horsemen  Trainer Wayne Givens had a training triple with Bad Boy Matt, I'm Mystified and Papa Ray, all driven by Allan Davis, who had four wins. Matt Sparacino

Ontario's talented two-year-olds put on an impressive show at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the top 20 point earners in each division were whittled down to 10 in Grassroots Semi-Final action. Muscles For Life kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes post season, sprinting down the stretch to a 1:57.3 personal best in the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass son and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON bested Money Mission and United BI by two and three-quarter lengths to secure their spot in next weekend's Grassroots Championship. "He was a little late getting started, he made a few mistakes and then we had to put the hopples on him," said trainer Gregg McNair about Muscles For Life, who finished the regular season with one win, one second, one fourth and one eighth in four outings. "He's raced pretty good every time. He's got a lot of trot. "He got a good trip, but he's got fairly good talent," added the Guelph resident, who trains Muscles For Life for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. Fourth and fifth-place finishers Cool Creek Victory and Muscle Time also advanced to the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. Muscles For Life The first trotting filly Semi-Final was the first of three captured by Trevor Henry, who is in a fight for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion. Henry teamed Myretirementticket to a 1:57.1 personal best ahead of fan favourite and division point leader Magical Steph and Jangone. Myretirementticket hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of her rivals. "She's getting better every week," said Henry. "She does everything right, she's a sweetheart to drive." Henry engineered the win for Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again. Very Classy and Dayliner rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship. Myretirementticket Arthur, ON resident Henry faces a tough choice for the Championship, as he also piloted the winner of the second trotting filly division. Traviata cruised home a four and one-half length winner; matching Myretirementticket's 1:57.1 clocking. The fan favourite bested Mariana, Liseberg, Malia and Tough Affair. "She's pretty nice too, it's going to be tough to be pick," said the reinsman, who engineered the Kadabra daughter's fourth straight victory for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman of Allentown, NJ and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Traviata Henry's third win came with pacing filly St Lads Smokin Hot, who powered down the stretch to a 1:53.1 personal best. Noone To Depend On finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, favourite and division point leader Sports Expert was third, with Selling The Dream and Miss Print completing the top five. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau trains St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The Lake, ON. The No Pan Intended daughter finished the regular season with a pair of wins - both over half-mile ovals - two thirds and one sixth in five starts. St Lads Smokin Hot Gerries Sport captured the first pacing colt Semi-Final with a 1:53 personal best for trainer Robert Robinson and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Mach Three son and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON controlled the tempo for much of the race and cruised home three and one-quarter length winners over Print Media, Blue Zombie, Bingo Ingo, and division point leader St Lads Moonwalk. "He's a nice little colt," said Zeron. "He had a little confusion when we first started going with him so we were pretty conservative with him and let him pace into where he wanted to be to get his form going, and as the summer went on he's gotten smarter and better." Gerries Sport Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev piloted two Semi-Final winners, starting with pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in Race 8. The fan favourites pressed the pace in the outer lane through much of the mile before getting up for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53. Im In Luv, Buttermilk Hanover, pacesetter Southwind Shania and No Shadows completed the top five. Moiseyev engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Mach Three miss was a two-time winner and one-time runner-up in three regular season Grassroots starts. Mayhem Seelster One race later Moiseyev was back in the winner's circle with the only division point leader to add a Semi-Final win to their resume. Trotting colt Georgies Pockets sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:58.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Dynamic Edge and Willyorwonthe. Gonna Fly and Asterix finished fourth and fifth. Mike Vanderkemp of Hillsburgh, ON conditions Georgies Pockets for owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. In five regular season starts the Muscle Mass son posted an impressive record of three wins and two seconds to top the freshman trotting colt division. Georgies Pockets The last of the Grassroots Semi-Final trophies went home with Kokanee Seelster, who prevailed in the second pacing colt split. The Camluck colt and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph controlled the temp from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Tango Star in 1:53. Favourite King Of Sports was third, just ahead of Azul Pool and Only Half Bad. Anthony Montini of Acton, ON trains Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill, ON. The pacer posted two wins and one second in three regular season Grassroots starts. Kokanee Seelster The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will now begin preparations for next Saturday's (Sept. 26) $50,000 Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by their three-year-old peers, who will wage their Semi-Final battles at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 18. The sophomores are featured in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 on the program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Yesterdays Hannon Memorial at Oamaru Raceway was meant to be a walk in the park for harness racings pin up boy,Christen Me. After all here was a two time Australasian Grand Circuit champion with $2.3 million in the bank starting off level marks against a field several notches below what he faces on the Grand Circuit. However right from the start of the race things didn't pan out for the champion pacer. Christen Me with usual pilot Dexter Dunn in the bike went away okay but not quick enough to cross the field early and as a result he was forced to settle second last in the eleven horse field. Mossdale Conner, having his first run back this season bounced straight to the front for driver Gerard O"Reilly and kept up a steady tempo in front. With a lap to go Dexter sent Christen Me forward three wide and that is where he was posted for the remainder of the race. Christen Me looked to be still travelling like a winner as they turned for home and he quickly mastered Mossdale Conner and looked to be the winner half way up the straight. However Mighty Flying Mac and Robbie Holmes had eased out of the one by one as they turned for home and started to descend on Christen Me late and to everybodys surprise sailed on pass for a decisive win. Christen Me held second while Mossdale Conner stuck on gamely for third. Mighty Flying Mac cut out the 2600 metres in a smart 3:14.8 in the windy conditions, a mile rate of 2:00.5 with sharp closing sectionals of 55.6 and 27.4. It was the twelfth career victory for the son of Mach Three and took his earnings over the $170,000 mark Robbie Holmes was all smiles post race. " The secret this week is he stepped away so well." " I was pretty confident on the corner that I would be in it as he was travelling really well and I hadn't pulled the plugs yet." " He did it fairly easily in the end," Robbie said. Cran Dalgety, the trainer of both Christen Me and Mighty Flying Mac was scratching his head a bit after the race. " I thought Mighty Flying Mac would go a big race as he has been working the house down at home but I didn't think he would beat Christen Me." "Robbie drove him a treat though but it is still a bit of a surprise." " I really thought Christen Me would just win the race but considering he was out three wide for a lap in that wind and they ran home in a touch over 55 for the last half, I can't be too disappointed with the run." " There is certainly no need to panic at this stage," Cran said. Being a seven year old, Christen Me will take an extra run or two to hit top gear this season and he looks on track for the second week in November. Harnesslink Media  

Punters searching for the winner of the second heat of the Ken Casellas Warwick Pace at the harness racing meeting at Gloucester Park on Friday night would be best advised to disregard the last placing of Three Pints in a race last Friday, according to Serpentine trainer Matt Scott. "He can win this week," Scott said. "He had a freshen-up and had five weeks away from the track before he reappeared last week when he raced in eighth place and was shuffled back in the field on a wet track. He never got clear." "This week he has drawn a lot better (No. 2 on the front line over 2130m) and he'll have a red hot go for the lead. The last time he led in town was nine starts ago when he won, running home in 56.9sec." "He's a different horse in front. He always tries, but when he is back in the field he doesn't go as well as he does when he's near the lead. He pulled up well after last week's run and looks well." Three Pints, a Mach Three six-year-old, is out of former star mare Cornsilk, who raced 152 times for 43 wins, 39 placings and $555,046 in prizemoney. Cornsilk raced once in WA, finishing second to Pharosan in the WA Oaks at Gloucester Park in May 2000. Three Pints, to be driven by Callan Suvaljko, is a real family affair, according to Scott. "I own him in partnership with Tony Maguire, my parents, two of my aunties, two uncles, my sister and my future brother-in-law," he said. "We claimed Jaccka Murphy and Jaxon Fella from the same stable in Victoria and I got a phone call from the stable, telling me that they wanted to sell Three Pints and lease Suspicious Behavia. So we bought Three Pints for $12,000 and I took the lease of Suspicious Behavia with my girlfriend and a couple of friends." The Michael Brennan-trained Awesum Teddy drops considerably in class and will have many admirers from the coveted No. 1 barrier. Other runners likely to be strongly supported include Jumbo Jet (a winner at 11 of his 28 starts and resuming after an absence of just over three months) and 11-year-old Schinzig Buller, who raced wide early and then in the breeze when a fighting second to Run Oneover at Gloucester Park on Tuesday of last week. Ken Casellas

On Monday evening harness racing driver Scott Coulter stepped into the race bike behind a horse that needed a win to extend his Grassroots season and, for the third time in the last five days, the Grand River Raceway regular delivered the needed result. Starting from Post 2 in the first two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots division, Coulter opted to roll Gerries Sport off the gate for the first time in the Mach Three colt's career and the pacer responded with a :28.2 quarter, :57.4 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before powering down the stretch to a 1:55.1 victory. Favourite St Lads Moonwalk settled for second, two lengths behind Gerries Sport, and St Lads Charger was three more lengths back in third. "I intended to race him from off the pace as they had been doing, but after looking at the inside horse I decided to let him roll off the car and he got front relatively easy," said Coulter, who currently sits second in the Grand River Raceway driver's standings. "He was just a complete professional; he made front in two steps, and he relaxed and just waited for the customers to come on the outside, and then fought them off. It was just as easy as that." The Brantford, ON resident engineered the win for trainer Robert Robinson of Metcalfe, ON and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. In his four previous Grassroots starts Gerries Sport had tallied one second and two thirds and went into Monday's event sitting twenty-sixth in the division standings. The victory boosted him up to tenth, with a total of 99 points, and assures him of a berth in the Sept. 17 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "I've had a few like that this week," said Coulter, of the colt's must-win situation. "I drove two for Shane Arsenault at Flamboro that needed to win." The reinsman piloted Shane Arsenault trainees Irish Scotch and Seeking Steven to wins in the three-year-old trotting colt regular season finale at Flamboro Downs last Thursday, advancing both colts to the Grassroots post season. Coulter also finished third in the second Grassroots division at Grand River Raceway on Monday, guiding favourite Secrecy home behind a pair of Jack Darling trainees, King Of Sports and Vegas Dream. King Of Sports earned his first Grassroots win with the 1:56 mile, which saw him control the tempo from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of his stablemate. Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON piloted King Of Sports to the win for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. The Sportswriter son did not appear in the Grassroots program until the Aug. 23 event at Georgian Downs, and tallied one win and two seconds in his three appearances for a total of 100 points, putting him just ahead of Gerries Sport in the standings. "I liked him a lot early in his two-year-old training and then he just got, he was just horrible, he couldn't go any, or wouldn't go any. I think I tried to qualify him a couple times and he'd pace in 2:00, so I had to geld him, and he's made a complete turn-around," said trainer Jack Darling after King Of Sports' Aug. 23 debut. "By gelding him we got five seconds out of him, it's amazing really." The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with the ultra-consistent Derecho, who did not finish worse than second in five Grassroots starts this season. On Monday the Big Jim son and trainer-driver Dustin Jones cut all the fractions and then battled to the wire for a one-quarter length victory in 1:55.2. Fan favourite Perseverant finished second and Tommys Trooper was a hard-closing third. Waterdown, ON resident Jones shares ownership of Derecho with Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, QC and Jean Dessureault of Candiac, QC. The colt wrapped up his regular season with two wins and three thirds for a total of 175 points and sole ownership of second-place in the division standings. "He raced real good, cut the mile, he held on for the win," said Jones. "That's his second win, and what's he got, three seconds in the Grassroots, so we're hoping he'll do good in the Semifinals next week. "He's a real smart horse, we're real happy with him," added the trainer. "I think he should be a nicer three-year-old, because his family seem to get better at three. It's the family of Stonebridge On Ice ($530,665) and that, so I think he should improve every year, it seems that the family does that." Grassroots action continues at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, with four $18,000 divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will battle for a post season berth in Races 3, 5, 7, and 9 on the 6:30 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

In the spring of 2012 three pacing fillies were born at Oak Knoll Stables in Campbellcroft, ON and named OK Heartbeat, OK Heavenly and OK Hallelujah by their breeders Ken Morden and Caroline Thornton. After spending the first 18 months of their lives frolicking at Oak Knoll, the fillies entered the care of trainer Mark Steacy, where they learned how to wear a harness, pull a jog cart, take guidance from a driver, and pace around a racetrack. All three fillies proved adept at their new roles and last season they all raced in the Grassroots program, with OK Heavenly and OK Hallelujah competing in the Grassroots Championship. This season the fillies have continued where they left off and at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, in the last regular season event, all three secured a berth in the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots Semi-finals; OK Hallelujah with a win and OK Heartbeat and OK Heavenly with third-place finishes. "They have been a lot of fun since there were born, raised, bought, broke, trained, paddocked and trucked to race together," said Steacy. "I don't know what they will do when someday they will have to be separated." The fillies delayed their eventual separation with Monday's strong efforts, starting with OK Heartbeat in the first Grassroots division. The Mach Three daughter and driver Jody Jamieson closed hard to finish just a neck behind winner Lovely Erin and runner-up Twin B Honour. Twin B Honour and driver Jonathan Drury carved out fractions of :26.2, :54.2 and 1:22.3, but could not hold off favourite Lovely Erin and Doug McNair at the wire. It was the second straight Grassroots win for Lovely Erin, a Sportswriter daughter trained by Ron Adams for numbered company 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor. The 1:52.2 clocking was a personal best for Lovely Erin, who finished the season in eighth with 112 points. Her third-place result saw OK Heartbeat wrap up the regular season in twelfth spot with 80 points. The filly is owned by Oak Knoll Stables, Higgs Boys Stable of Gananoque, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. The next OK filly on the Mohawk starting gate was OK Heavenly who, with Jamieson in the race bike, hit the wire four lengths behind duelling leaders Stonebridge Quest and Aniston Seelster. Heavy favourite Stonebridge Quest reeled off fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25 and then battled down the stretch for a neck victory in 1:53 over a charging Aniston Seelster. Stonebridge Quest completed her regular season with a flawless record of four wins in four Grassroots starts and 200 points, putting her atop the three-year-old pacing filly leaderboard. Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON drives the Camluck daughter for trainer Andrew McCabe of Rockwood, ON and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. Her third-place result left Sportswriter daughter OK Heavenly in tenth spot in the division standings with 106 points on behalf of Oak Knoll Stables, Conrad Leber, Wheelhouse Racing Stable and Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, QC. Of the three nursery-mates, OK Hallelujah delivered the most impressive result of the evening, rocketing down the stretch to a two and three-quarter length victory over Machmeter and Southwind Geisha in a personal best 1:52.2. Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, ON shares ownership of OK Hallelujah with Oak Knoll Stables, Conrad Leber and Wheelhouse Racing Stable. The win was the Sportswriter filly's second in Grassroots action and boosted her from eighteenth in the standings to eleventh, sandwiched between her stablemates. Guelph, ON resident Phil Hudon piloted OK Hallelujah to the win. "I always though Heavenly was the best, but tonight the other two raced better," noted Steacy. "Hallelujah is probably the hardest trier of the three. "All three have been fairly consistent when drawing decent post positions," the Lansdowne resident continued. "They went through a period of sickness, but hopefully will be healthy from here on." OK Heartbeat, OK Heavenly and OK Hallelujah - along with the other 17 fillies in the top 20 - will now begin preparations for the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk, with the goal of finishing in the top five and earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship, back at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. The two-year-old trotting fillies will also wrap up their Grassroots regular season over the Mohawk Racetrack oval on Tuesday, Sept. 8, competing in Races 1, 2, 3, 6 and 8. The first race goes postward at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

This years mixed age sale at the Shepparton harness racing complex yesterday (Sunday) reinforced the view that it is a tough market out there at the moment. Sixty nine of the cataloged horses went through the ring yesterday but 22 (31.8%) were passed in which must have disappointed both the auctioneers and the vendors. The first horse to stir a bit of emotion from the bidders was lot 12 which was a two year old filly by Courage Under Fire from a Holmes Hanover half sister to nine winners including Allwoods Chief ($465,497) She was knocked down to the bid of Trevor Cottrell for $20,000 which was the equal top price for the whole sale. Shortly after lot 16 had the bidders active again with a three quarter sister to lot 12 attracting a lot of interest. The two year old filly by Courage Under Fire was from a Even Odds half sister to Allwoods Chief ($465,497) but failed to sell, being passed in for $10,000. It took more than another twenty lots before the bidders got fired up again. Lot 37 was the smart Modern Art racemare More Than Alright 1:58.6 ($45,369) who is a daughter of the very smart Imported Cam Fella mare Out Of Sight 1:52 ($200,142) who is a half sister to the champion Volez Hanover 1:49.4 ($1,690,543) Sold as either a racemare or a broodmare, More Than Alright surprisingly only made $10,000 and was knocked down to the bid of Garry Hawthorn The next lot after that was the half sister by Badlands Hanover to More Than Alright in Vista Bella 1:57.9 ($110,291) In foal to the champion sire Art Major, Vista Bella went home with Bruce Dumesny after he bid $20,000 In the yearling section, two youngsters shared the top price of $9,000  Lot 58 was a Majestic Son colt from the racewinning Holdonmyheart mare Closetomyheart from the family of the top New Zealand trotting filly French Accent who was sold to Nathan Jack. The other top priced yearling was lot 72 who was a Mach Three colt from the very speedy Artiscape mare in Room With A View 1:56 ($45,369) who was purchased by the Racerpacer group. This sale has the potential to be a really good clearing sale for breeders and trainers but it is not quite there yet. Check sale results here Harnesslink Media

AUGUST 31, 2015 - For the second straight week harness racing driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling teamed up to win a pair of two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions with St Lads Moonwalk and Continual Hanover. The duo first achieved the freshman pacing colt Grassroots double at Georgian Downs on August 23 and they reprised the effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. "I wasn't really following their schedule, and noticed when the sheet came out that they were back in and I was pleasantly surprised, I'll say that," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson, who has been increasingly impressed with both colts in recent weeks. Darling and Jamieson's first attempt at the repeat came in the third Grassroots division with St Lads Moonwalk, who started from Post 3 and sat mid-pack through the bulk of the race, watching Sutton Seelster and Derecho put up fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Once they hit the stretch Jamieson asked the Mach Three son for another gear and St Lads Moonwalk sprinted by his peers to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.3. Fan favourite Derecho settled for second and Print Media paced into third. "I was very, very impressed with St Lads Moonwalk's victory tonight," said Jamieson. "He got a good enough trip to get lucky to slide out, and the straight run up in the stretch, but he did have to make up about four or five lengths to get the win and did it very, very easily. So he was very impressive tonight." Cambridge, ON resident Darling owns and trains St Lads Moonwalk, who jumped to the top of the division standings with the win, his third straight in Grassroots action. Along with his three victories, the colt has a third and a seventh-place Grassroots result for a total of 164 points. St Lads Moonwalk Continual Hanover went looking for his second win from Post 3 in the last division. The Bettor's Delight son and Jamieson got away fifth and allowed Baddestnbestest to pace by the quarter in :27 and the half in :55.1 before mounting a challenge on the way to the 1:23.3 three-quarters. Fan favourite Continual Hanover had taken command before the colts entered the stretch and pulled away to a one and one-half length victory in 1:52.2.Only Half Bad and Big Yellow closed well to be second and third. "Continual Hanover, he just does as much as you ask him to do or as little as you ask him to do, and he's a fun horse to drive," said Jamieson. "I think he paced his own last quarter in :28.3 or :28.4, but I'm sure that if I needed any more out of him he would have gone more for me. He makes it fun to drive." A half-brother to Darling's 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing filly division champion Code One Hanover, Continual Hanover now has two wins, two seconds and one seventh on his resume in five Grassroots appearances, putting him right behind his stablemate in the division standings with 152 points. Continual Hanover Darling also sent out Notetoself Hanover, who finished fourth in the first division, King Of Sports, who was second in the second split, and Vegas Dream, who finished eighth in the fourth division. Bingo Ingo kicked off the Grassroots festivities by capturing his first Grassroots trophy in the first $18,000 division. Driver James MacDonald crafted a come-from-behind trip for the Camluck son that saw them use Southwind Mayhem as a windbreak in the outer lane before sprinting down the stretch to a two and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:53.1. Macharoni N Cheese and Southwind Mayhem captured the second and third spots. Guelph, ON resident MacDonald pilots Bingo Ingo for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. After two starts at the Gold Series level, O'Sullivan moved Bingo Ingo down to the Grassroots program and he now has one win, one third and one sixth to his credit for a total of 65 points. Bingo Ingo Mach Three gelding Secrecy claimed his second straight Grassroots trophy in the second division, swinging out from behind the first over King Of Sports to hit the wire one-half length on top in 1:53.4. Darling trainee King Of Sports stayed game for second and Tommys Trooper came on for third. The mile was a personal best for Secrecy, who earned his first Grassroots trophy in the Aug. 13 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Coupled with one fourth and one fifth-place result, the gelding has accumulated 113 points in the race toward a post season berth. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion engineered both of Secrecy's wins for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Newmarket, ON. Secrecy The fourth division saw Inspiration View make his debut at the Grassroots level after starting his Ontario Sires Stakes career with the Gold Series colts, where he finished fourth in the Aug. 13 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Starting from Post 6, Inspiration View and driver Randy Waples took command heading for the halfway marker and never looked back, sailing home two and three-quarter length winners in 1:52.2. Daylight Rush and Gerries Sport completed the top three. Milton, ON resident Waples engineered the win for trainer Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ and his partners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Peter Venturini of Rockaway, NJ. Through six starts the Shadow Play son now has four wins and earnings of $41,816. Inspiration View The two-year-old pacing colts have one more opportunity to pad their point totals, on Sept. 7 at Grand River Raceway. The top 20 point earners advance to the Sept. 17 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be on the hunt for Grassroots points at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, battling in Races 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11. The first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Mr Mach Jimmy did not disappoint any of his harness racing fans Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as the two-year-old gelding scored his third straight victory in the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. It was the third and final preliminary round of the series and now Mr Mach Jimmy will return next Sunday for his $65,000 divisional final and he will be the betting favorite, despite what post position he draws. Competing in one of three divisions Sunday, Mr Mach Jimmy started from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and led from start to finish, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:59. Co-favorite, YS Artistic Fella (Stephane Brosseau) made a break right at the start of the race. That was the fastest of the three divisions Sunday. Sagawi (Francis Picard) was second after leaving hard to the lead early and then by the opening quarter mile, had the two-hold trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. Shanghai Warrior (Clarke Steacy) was third. Owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, it was a lifetime mark for Mr Mach Jimmy, a son of Mach Three. He paid $4.00 to win. The second colt division saw 1/5 wagering favorite Pudong Phil and driver Clarke Steacy get a scare at the three-quarters before scoring an eight and three-quarter length romp in 1:59.2. Going right to the lead from post two, Pudong Phil had only Power Fun (Stephane Brosseau) sitting on his back and no pressure on the outside until after the half mile marker in a mild 1:01. It was then that Chummy Park and Denis St Pierre made it a race by coming first-over. Chummy Park kept grinding it out and by the three-quarters in 1:30.1, had collared pacesetter Pudong Phil and looked him right in the eye. But all Steacy had to do was lift the lines and Pudong Phil shot away from the field to win in a romp. EY Cowboy (Stephane Gendron) was second with HO Patriote (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Pudong Phil. The son of Sportswriter is trained by Mark Steacy for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. The lone filly division saw a mild upset as the ¼ favorite, Miss Babe Delight (Mario Ballargeon), was nipped at the wire by Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) by a nose in 2:00.2. It was all Miss Babe Delight leading most of the entire race with Art De Gagnee sitting on their back until the stretch drive where Charron sent Art De Gagnee into the passing lane and the daughter of Shadow Play used the live cover the entire mile to her advantage. HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) was third. It was the second win in six starts for Art De Gagnee. She paid $11.60 to win for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Guy Corbell of Mirabel, QC. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, post time 7:00 pm. Next Sunday, September 6, will be the richest day of racing at 3R this year with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. Each of the eight divisional races will compete for a purse of $65,000. For more information, free race programs and live video/replays visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 29, 2015 - Trainer Dany Fontaine really likes his two-year-old harness racing pacer, Mr Mach Jimmy....and what's not to like? Since switching from the Ontario Sire Stakes to the Hippodrome 3R, Mr Mach Jimmy in undefeated in two starts, both in the Quebec-Bred Series. The son of Mach Three is the morning line favorite in Sunday's final preliminary round at 3R, starting from the rail in the first race for driver Pascal Berube. "I have had this colt since he was a yearling," Fontaine said. "He was a private purchase by Gaetan Bono from breeder Rejean Lassonde. When did Fontaine know he would have a good racehorse this season? "I first knew he would be good early in the spring," Fontaine said, "He showed me some early speed and had a good attitude and I knew he would be a racehorse. When I would turn him on the training track he was always business. How fast he would go I did not know back then. But towards the summer he was one of the best on the farm." Flashing some good last half's and quarters at Mohawk Raceway early on, Mr Mach Jimmy was facing stiff competition in the Ontario Sire Stakes. The best he could do was a third place finish, race timed in 1:55.4. "In both his first two qualifying races," Fontaine explained, "my horse came home in around :55 flat the last half, one last quarter in :26.3. I knew he was very good, but since he was eligible to the Quebec-Bred Series, I figured to bring him here and let him race, let him get brave and he has really come around. Who does Dany Fontaine see as the best this Sunday in the Quebec-Bred Series? "I don't think we will have a problem with anybody in the race," Fontaine said. "I think he is a little bit better than the other colts in the race. He is in the top three at least. We will see more from him this Sunday and then the following week in the final. "Last week his driver, Pascal Berube," Fontaine said, "came off the bike and told me all he had to do was ask him and he pulled away from the other colt." On Sunday Mr Mach Jimmy will face a tough challenge from both YS Artistic Fella and Sagawi. In his debut last week at the Hippodrome 3R, YS Artistic Fella was an easy winner, wiring the field in 1:59. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sagawi, who starts from post six, was second last week to YS Artistic Fella and the prior week won in the opening round of the series in 2:00.3. He will be driven by Francis Picard. The third race, second colt division of the series on Sunday, is headed by Pudong Phil from post two for driver Clarke Steacy. Pudong Phil was a game second to Mr Mach Jimmy last week. The lone filly division in the fifth race has nine starters featuring HP Mercedes (post 9), Miss Babe Delight (post 1) and an entry from the Helene Filion Stable of Whysantanna (post 3) and Flysantanna (post 4). Track Notes: Trainer Dany Fontaine is looking to start seven horses on the program at 3R on Sept. 6 for the $500,000 Quebec-Bred Finals Day and is moving his operation from Mohawk to Montreal this weekend to prepare for next week's big day. He also trains Miss Babe Delight, KFB Amigo Cool, Tuscans Memory, Holiday Party, National Trace and Mach On The Beach, all of whom will be in the $500,000 finals. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information, free program and live video visit  From the Quebec Jockey Club

AUGUST 27, 2015 - A few strides from the wire in Thursday's ninth race it looked as though Solar Sister's perfect Gold Series season would come to an end at Mohawk Racetrack, but the gritty harness racing three-year-old pacing filly fought to the end and extended her Ontario Sires Stakes win streak to four. "I think he backed her off a little around the last turn, hoping to get some room there, and then next thing he knew Mario (Baillargeon) was gone on him, so he had to gain a fair bit of ground to catch her," said trainer Gregg McNair of the race crafted by son Doug McNair. "She raced good, she's a good mare." Starting from Post 1, Doug McNair and Solar Sister had early command of the race, reaching the opening quarter in :26.3. However, a parked out Mario Baillargeon and Tessa Seelster decided the front end was more appealing than a spot among the followers and McNair chose not to disagree, allowing the challengers to take the lead before the :54.4 half. Fan favourites McNair and Solar Sister watched from the pocket as Baillargeon and Tessa Seelster reached the three-quarters in 1:23 and turning for home they were hemmed in by Maplelea mounting a charge in the outer lane. Once the fillies straightened out in the stretch, McNair was able to maneuver Solar Sister into an open lane, but it took every ounce of stubborn determination the filly possessed to reel in Tessa Seelster. The fillies hit the wire almost as one, with Solar Sister a narrow winner in 1:50.4. Capela was three lengths back in third. The victory was Solar Sister's fourth straight in Gold Series action, giving her a perfect score of 200 points in the sophomore pacing filly standings, a division Gregg McNair predicts will only get more interesting through the final Gold Leg and Super Final. "There's some good mares in there. I'd say there's a couple new ones there that nobody was looking for that much earlier in the year. They're just starting to pop out here now," said the Guelph, ON resident, adding that he was impressed with Tessa Seelster's effort. "The nice thing about her, she was parked around the first turn, so she raced a heck of a trip, then the ones that were one-two in the first division raced big," continued the horseman, whose Glamour Seelster was the runner-up in the first division, in her first Gold Series start. "It's shaping up to be a different looking division than it was two weeks ago." With the next Gold Leg not taking place until Oct. 1 at Flamboro Downs, many of the three-year-old pacing fillies will be battling in open stake events in the coming weeks. Among the races McNair is considering for Solar Sister are the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk on Sept. 5 and the Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept. 23. "She's going to the Simcoe, then she'll go to, possibly, the Jugette," said McNair, who conditions the daughter of Mach Three and $1.4 million winner Cabrini Hanover for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "We'll see how she comes out of tonight and see how she races in the Simcoe. "We'd like to have her good for the Breeders Crown (Oct. 17 and 24) is what we'd like to have her good for, but it's a hard race to have them good for, because it's later on," added the trainer. "It's hard to keep them good all year, and she's been consistent here all year." Through 11 sophomore starts Solar Sister has accumulated seven wins, one second, one third and $384,112, giving her a two-season total just shy of $600,000. In addition to her flawless Gold Series record the filly swept her elimination and the final of the WEG-SBOA Stake in May and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final in June. Solar Sister The first $105,000 Gold division also featured a fierce stretch duel between fan favourite Wrangler Magic, pocket-sitter Cast No Shadow and McNair trainee Glamour Seelster. Wrangler Magic and driver Sylvain Filion took early command of the race, reeling off fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.1 with Cast No Shadow and Randy Waples tucked in behind them. Rolling off the final turn Waples tipped Cast No Shadow out and the filly accelerated past Wrangler Magic and held off a late charging Glamour Seelster to secure a one-quarter length victory in 1:51. Glamour Seelster earned the runner-up cheque, with Wrangler Seelster settling for third. The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Cast No Shadow, but not her first in stakes competition. The daughter of Shadow Play and $374,152 winner Hypnotize captured two legs of the Blossom Series and the final of the Princess Series in the spring. Through 15 starts she boasts a record of eight wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $185,544. Nick Gallucci of Brantford, ON conditions Cast No Shadow for owner Millard Adams of Carlisle, OH. Cast No Shadow Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 31 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. The freshman pacers will be featured in Races 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 25, 2015 - After coming close in each of his previous Gold Series starts, three-year-old pacing gelding Mr Carrotts scored a narrow victory in front of a hometown crowd at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. Owned and bred by Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton, Mr Carrotts trailed fan favourite Go Daddy Go in the outer lane for much of the mile and then sprinted down the stretch to get a whisker in front of Sportsmanship for his first Gold Series win. It was also a close contest for third, with pacesetter Star Cover holding off Robert Hill. Mr Carrotts and driver Paul MacKenzie of Puslinch, ON stopped the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:53.2 over a "Good" track rated one second slower than normal. "He always showed talent, but he's lazy," said Murray Brethour, who conditions the Mach Three gelding for Thornton resident Melvyn Varcoe and actually sold the horse's dam, Cueless, to Varcoe's father Clarence in 2001. "I bought the mother as a yearling and then I got out of racing and I sold her," explained the Sunderland resident. "She was a good mare." Cueless earned $466,638 in her racing career and produced $240,028 winner Card Hustler in her first mating. Mr Carrotts is her fourth foal and to date he has banked $116,318, with all but $10,000 coming this season. Through 13 sophomore starts the gelding has tallied two wins, three seconds, five thirds and three fifths. With a five and one-half week break before the fifth and final Gold Leg, Brethour says Mr Carrotts will likely enjoy a mini-vacation before beginning preparations for the regular season finale and, hopefully, the Super Final. The top 10 point earners from the regular season advance to the Super Final and Tuesday's victory boosted the gelding up the point standings from thirteenth to fifth. "We'll give him a couple of weeks off, freshen him up," said Brethour. "He's very laid back. It takes a little while to jog him, he don't get too excited, you're out there for half an hour. "Only bad thing about him - I don't own him," concluded Brethour, with a chuckle. In addition to Mr Carrotts' hometown win, Tuesday's Gold Series contest also featured the return of 2014 freshman pacing colt champion Reverend Hanover. Sidelined by an injury in May, the son of Sportswriter missed the first three Gold Legs and was looking to make up for lost time from Post 2 in the second $105,000 division. With Hall of Famer Steve Condren in the race bike, Reverend Hanover controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:51.4. Pocket-sitter Drachan Hanover earned the second-place share and early challenger J Js Delivery was third. Milton, ON resident Condren crafted the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, ON. With Tuesday's victory under his belt, Coleman said the winner of $224,500 has a number of open stakes engagements on his calendar before the next Gold Leg. "He is fully staked up, and there are still enough dances on his plate to rack up some money," said the trainer. "The next big one would be Sept. 12 at Mohawk, the Simcoe, and I wouldn't mind a three-year-old open next Saturday (at Mohawk) if they can fill one." Through three starts in his two-year-old campaign and Tuesday's triumph, Reverend Hanover remains undefeated in Gold Series action. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their final regular season Gold Series start at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 2 and the $250,000 Super Final will also be contested at Woodbine on Oct. 10. Georgian Downs wraps up its 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

In the last few weeks Harnesslink has begun to update all of our stallion reviews on the Stallion Sphere. Even though it is only twelve months since we did the initial stallion reviews, the changes in the statistics is quite pronounced with the four stallions we have updated to date.   Mach Three is a good example with the son of Matts Scooter having added over $15,000,000 to his bankroll in that time.   He has also added a couple more millionaires on the card in that period and all of a sudden the statistics from twelve months ago look terribly outdated.   That is often the way with the more established stallions who once they have reached the elite level at stud tend to get overlooked a bit with the emphasis mostly centered on newer stallions trying to get established.   The statistics we updated for the other three stallions had changed just as much.   Somebeachsomewhere continues to be the benchmark as a stallion with his first crop closing in on $19,000,000, which is an increase of nearly $6,000,000 in twelve months.   Shadow Play and Sportswriter are two young sires we have updated and again the changes in their averages and percentages are quite significant.   Both have made big strides in the last twelve months and the extent of that change did surprise us.   Harnesslink has two more updates on stallions in the next issue of Insider Access which is free to Harnesslink followers as long as you have signed up to receive it.   You can do so by signing up below; Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe

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