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CAMPBELLVILLE, July 22 - Mayhem Seelster's first win of the season Friday was not only a big win for the three-year-old filly, but also a milestone victory for her harness racing conditioner. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan picked up his 1,000th career win Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Cambridge, Ontario resident sent out sophomore pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in an $18,000 overnight event and the daughter of Mach Three came through with her first win of the season in a career best 1:51.3. Sylvain Filion steered the winner of $244,000 to victory. O'Sullivan, 40, has been a top trainer on the WEG Circuit since breaking out on his own in 2004. The New Zealand native has sent out the winners of over $1 million in earnings in 12 of 13 full seasons operating his own barn. O'Sullivan has topped $3 million in earnings on four occasions, including last season when his stable had 105 victories. Operating a successful stable on both sides of the border, O'Sullivan's stable earned over $1.1 million in the United States and over $1.8 million in Canada last season. O'Sullivan has trained many notables over his career, including Breeders Crown winner Susies Magic, Adios winner Alsace Hanover and Ontario star Love Canal. This season, O'Sullivan has sent out the winners of 56 races and over $1 million. He currently ranks third in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 20 wins. Mayhem Seelster - Trainer Tony O"Sullivan's 1,000th winner Also on Friday evening, Sandbetweenurtoes got back to the winner's circle for the first time in six starts with a 1:50.4 score in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The Richard Moreau trainee got away fifth with driver Jody Jamieson in the field of five. Bedroomconfessions made a second-quarter move to the lead from third and posted a half-mile time of :54.3. Around the final turn, Jamieson sent his charge towards the front and the even-money favourite held a half-length lead at the third marker in 1:23. In the stretch, Sandbetweenurtoes was never really challenged and looked comfortable winning in 1:50.4 by 1 ¾ lengths over Ms Mac N Cheese, who got a two-hole trip. Bedroomconfessions finished third. A five-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Sandbetweenurtoes now has four wins in 17 outings and $80,850 earned this season. The 17-time winner has over $648,000 in career earnings and is owned by Brad Grant. Sandbetweenurtoes Live racing continues Saturday evening at Mohawk. Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line highlights the card in one of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 22, 2016 -- Regil Elektra and harness racing driver Mark MacDonald found a late lane Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. It looked bleak for our heroine as the race unfolded. From post position No. 2, she found herself trapped in three-hole as Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) led through early intervals of 27-flat and :55.2. Skippin' By (George Brennan) was pocketed from the pole as the 9-10 choice when Secrets Out N (Jason Bartlett) went up and over the leader before the 1:23.2 three-quarters. That one opened a couple of lengths entering the lane, but just failed to close the sale. Bettor N Better (Tyler Buter), at 25-1, closed widest and--apparently--fastest. That is until Regil Elektra was able to get off the cones, then angle back inside and whip 'BnB' by a neck in a season's-best 1:52.1 Secrets Out N, Sell a Bit N and no-excuse Skippin' By rounded out the payees. For sixth choice Regil Elektra, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three owned by Fred Montelone Stable and trained by Keith Armer, it was her seventh win in 24 seasonal starts. Her lifetime earnings are now $627,000. The exacta paid $330, with the triple returning $1,340. Frank Drucker

Summerside, PE - Red Shores Summerside held a 10 dash harness racing card on Wednesday to celebrate Lobster Festival Week with PEI Seafood night. Machinthesand, owned by Noonan Holdings Ltd - Russell and Karen Noonan, won the evening's feature presented by Department of Agriculture and Fisheries. Customers and visitors to the historic oval were treated to samples of world-class seafood and harness racing. Driven by Norris Rogers, Machinthesand (Mach Three) busted the gate from post 5 to level fractions of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:28.2. He closed his final quarter in 27.1 to win by three lengths in 1:55.3. Athletic Putnam (Dale Spence) was second with Motorino (Terry Gallant) third. In other action, driver Walter Cheverie claimed the Summerside Lobster Festival Pace aboard Capitalism for owner Kristina McCourt, Summerside,PE. Cheverie returned in the very next race with veteran pacer Blue Meadow Willie to be presented with the Arsenault's Fish Mart cooler. The 12 year-old pacer, owned by Robert and Brenda MacInnis, Summerside, recorded his 59th lifetime victory. Ken Murphy also a driving double on the program. Wager was $15,051. For complete results go to By Lee Drake   Matchup Rekindled In Red Shores Feature CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A Governor's Plate Night rivalry will be renewed Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and Bazillion wants to settle the score. The Trevor Hicken trainee has drawn post 3 in the $2,200 feature event scheduled as race 11 on the Thursday evening program with the first of 12 dashes scheduled to kick off at 6:30 PM. Bazillion will have Brian MacPhee back in the bike for owner Kent Livingston of Cornwall after finishing third last Saturday during Governor's Plate night action at Red Shores Summerside. The six-year-old son of Village Jolt did all the front end road work in that start only to give way to Smiley Bayama down the stretch in a scorching 1:55 mile. With an inside post and Smiley Bayama leaving on his outside, the score could be settled this Thursday, with the post 6 leaving Smiley Bayama scheduled to have Adam Merner in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owners Shelley and Alexis Gass, of Cornwall. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees Bazillion setting up shop on the front end again this week but think rail starter My Lucky Killean (Ken Murphy) can leave enough to make front-end-control a dear price to pay. MacIsaac says this will all play into the game plan for Smiley Bayama to win it all and turn his three race win streak into four. "He's firing on all cylinders right now with three straight wins," MacIsaac said. "The possibility of some early mayhem up front could set things up nicely for his rallying style and give him a great chance to keep the streak intact." Other entries include Whosurwinner (Mike McGuigan), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie), Tempo Seelster (Todd Walsh), and Perfect Escape (Ron Matheson). The race 6 Open trot carries a $1,950 purse and see a career opportunity for a 18-year-old reinsman. With stakes action scheduled for Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia Thursday night, that leaves the race bike seat empty for the Marc Campbell trained Freddie, leaving from post 5 this week. Rookie driver Ryan Desroche will get the call to fill that void behind the 13-time winner for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Cornwall. Other top entries include Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) from post 2 and Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) with post 3. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

JULY 18, 2016 - From the moment Soiree Seelster arrived in Tony O'Sullivan's barn she was so laid-back the Puslinch resident occasionally wondered if something was wrong with the harness racing two-year-old pacing lass. "I was actually talking to Sylvain (Filion) about it tonight, she's, you know, she's just really, really relaxed, she always has been. She just takes everything in stride; she doesn't shy away from anything," O'Sullivan explained. "She worries me sometimes, because she's so quiet at home you think there's something wrong with her, but there's not. "When she gets to the races she sharpens up a bit, but even then, she's just very, very professional," he added. "Her attitude is really, really good." On Monday evening Soiree Seelster did her best to calm all of O'Sullivan's worries with a victory in her $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack. In rein to Milton resident Filion, Soiree Seelster eased away from the centre of the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Royal Point paced by the quarter pole in :27.3. Heading for the :57.1 half Soiree Seelster stepped into the outer lane behind fan favourite Sir Native and Thorne Seelster, and the trio of fillies made steady gains on the leader through the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Soiree Seelster was less than two lengths behind the leader and a sharp finishing kick propelled the filly to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Thorne Seelster finished second and Royal Point was five more lengths back in third. "Sylvain's taught her how to race in both the qualifiers, plus her two races," noted O'Sullivan. "Obviously we got the win tonight, but I love the way he's bringing her along." Monday's outing was Soiree Seelster's second in the Gold Series. The daughter of Big Jim and Smilesplace finished a hard-closing third in her July 5 OSS debut after logging a second in qualifying action on June 25 and a third on June 10, all three over the Mohawk Racetrack oval. O'Sullivan shares ownership of Soiree Seelster with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. The group purchased the filly out of the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale for $53,000 and have recouped $47,600 through two starts. "She was a really good looking strong filly, as you can see on the track, and we kind of liked the pedigree and the cross and decided to just take a swing on it," recalled O'Sullivan. "She never really had a bad day - I mean I never get very high on them until they qualify - but we liked her all winter." Soiree Seelster will make her third lifetime start in the August 12 Gold Series event at Mohawk. Soiree Seelster The other two Gold Series divisions on Mohawk's Monday evening program were captured by Future Headlines and Blameitonthenight, both piloted by Milton resident Randy Waples. Sent off as the favourite in the first division, Future Headlines took command heading by the three-quarters and powered home a one and one-half length winner in 1:55. Windy Sport and Bid Writer rounded out the top three, making it a sweep for daughters of Sportswriter. Waples engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto and David Heffering of Port Perry, ON. Monday's outing was Future Headlines' first, coming after a 1:54.4 win in a July 8 qualifier at Mohawk. Future Headlines Blameitonthenight captured the third Gold division, controlling the tempo for much of the mile and then waging a fierce duel with Yaris Bayama in the stretch, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:53.2. Out Of Sight finished third, three lengths behind the duelling leaders. Trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ shares ownership of Blameitonthenight with Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY and Donna Ozment, also of Manalapan. The Mach Three daughter is now two-for-two after capturing an overnight event at Mohawk on July 12. Blameitonthenight Many of the fillies in Monday's Gold Series event will make their next start in the Battle of the Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 25, with the final slated for Aug. 1. The freshman pacing fillies will return to Gold Series action, and Mohawk Racetrack, on Aug. 12. On Tuesday, July 19, the Campbellville oval will welcome the two-year-old trotting fillies for their second Gold Series start. The fillies will face off in Races 2, 3, and 8, with racing getting under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 17, 2016 - The only reason that harness racing driver Louis-Philippe Roy did not win all four of the Breeders Cup Series preliminary rounds Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R is because he did not have a drive in the fourth division. The Hippodrome 3R's leading driver this season was on fire as he captured the first three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Roy started out in the third race for fillies, leading from start to finish by a half-length with Wild River Swan ($4.50) in 1:59.1 over the pocket-sitting HP Mercedes (Gaetan Lamy) with Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) third. It was the second win in four starts for Wild River Swan. The daughter of Sportswriter is trained and owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC. Then in the very next race, Roy won again, this time with HP Patriote ($2.30) in the first colt division of the Breeders Cup Series. It was not an easy triumph until the end of the mile as HP Patriote was stung early trying for the lead against YS Artistic Fella and driver Stephane Brosseau. Determined not to allow HP Patriote to get the early lead, Brosseau parked the race favorite on the outside through the opening quarter mile in :28.4, the half mile in :57.3 and to the three-quarters in 1:26. It was on the final turn that Roy was able to clear to the lead with HP Patriote and once on front they started to pull away from the field, winning with ease by six open lengths in 1:55.1. YS Artistic Fella held for second with D G's Ninja (Jonathan Lachance) third. It was the third straight win, all in the Breeders Cup Series, for HP Patriote. The son of Vintage Master is trained by Gerald Demers and is co-owned by Les Ecuries GLD, Inc. with breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff, QC. Roy then capped the afternoon in the sixth race second filly division, winning with HP Pandora ($9.60), an owner/breeder double for Claude Hamel. Following Skyfall Sena (Pascal Berube) from the start, Roy and HP Pandora took full advantage as the 1-2 favorite Clodam Bayama (Yves Filion) could not handle the first turn and went off-stride, allowing Roy to get the perfect trip behind Skyfall Sena. And what a trip it was as Skyfall Sena was fired up and cut the opening quarter mile in :27.4 and then to the half mile in :58.1 and three-quarters in 1:27.3. It was then that Roy made his move with HP Pandora and the daughter of Mach Three shot to the lead and never looked back, winning by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.3. Drift Panic (Gaetan Lamy) was second with Skyfall Sena third. It was the second win this year for HP Pandora, who is trained by Daniel Martin. For all three of Roy's stakes win, each horse set a new lifetime mark as the 3R oval was in superb shape. In the lone stakes race that Roy did not have a drive in, the eighth race, it was the Mario Charron show as he left hard with Sports Authority ($5.50) and never looked back, crushing the field in 1:55.3. After the opening quarter mile in :27.2, Charron let Sports Authority have his head and the colt pulled away from the field after the half in :57.2, opening up by five lengths in the backstretch, through the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and then cruising home to win by six and one-half lengths over Mr Mach Jimmy (Pascal Berube) and Pudong Phil (Sulvain LaCaille). It was the second straight win in the series for Sports Authority. The son of Sportswriter, trained by Maxime Velaye, has now won five of his eight starts this year for the Determination Stable of Montreal, QC. Perhaps the biggest highlight of the afternoon came before the start of the sixth race, when on the exact 25th anniversary of when he won the Trois-Rivieres Pace in 1991, the top pacer Maxou, returned to the Hippodrome 3R and led the field for the post parade. Now age 27, Maxou still had some prance to his steps as he was driven in a jog cart by his former driver, Mario Charron. Maxou was then honored in the winner's circle with a special presentation. On hand was his owner/breeder, Roger St Germain and trainer, Jean-Paul Charron, Mario's father. Maxou, a son of Flight Of Fire from the top broodmare, Lilith Lobell, finished his career after his 3-year-old season with a record of 17-2-1 in 25 starts and career earnings of $271,357. As a two-year-old he amassed an impressive record of 11 wins in just 13 starts. Along with capturing the Trois-Rivieres Pace at age 2, he also won the Quebec Breeders Cup at age 3 in a personal best 1:54.4 on Blue Bonnets 5/8th mile track in Montreal, capping that season with 6 wins in 12 starts. Race fans were also shown Maxou's Trois-Rivieres Pace victory from 1991 on all the monitors before he led the post parade. "This will most likely be his last appearance for the public." Roger St. Germain said, "How many times do you get to see a great racehorse at age 27! He will continue to have a very happy retirement. He spent most of his life after racing on our farm as a riding horse. This was such a great presentation today at 3R." TRACK NOTES: After the stakes races were done for the day, Louis-Philippe Roy was not. He came back to win two more races to end the day with five victories. He captured the tenth race pace with 16-1 Power N Politics in 1:57, paying $34.10 to win and won the eleventh race with Yaahoo Kwik ($6.00) in 1:57.1. Live racing resumes Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with not just the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotting colts and fillies, but also the opening round of the Cutting The Future Series for two-year-old trotters with two divisions, one for colts and one for fillies. Post time Tuesday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and live video feed of the races, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, July 9, 2016 - Yonkers Raceway's pair of Saturday night harness racing $45,000 co-featured Open Handicaps were annexed by Undercover Strike (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) and a repeating Mach it So (Bartlett again, $15.40). Undercover Strike, caught three-wide early from assigned post position No. 6 in the weekly marquee trot, nevertheless went the distance (:28, :57.4, 1:26.2, 1:55.3). He held off the cavalry by a half-length, with E R Ellie (Jordan Stratton) a second-up second. Third went to a skimming Red Hot Herbie (Dan Dube), with 9-5 choice Lady's Dude (George Brennan) and Summers Windsong (Mark MacDonald) settling for the remainder. The quintet of cashers were separated by just a length-and-a-half at the wire. For second choice Undercover Strike, an 8-year-old Striking Sahbra gelding owned by Gerard Stuchbury and trained by Tom Milici, it was his eighth win in a dozen seasonal starts. The exacta paid $43.40, with the triple returning $232.50. The week's featured pace saw Mach it So overcome an eight-hole with an adroit, ground-saving trip. Slight 2-1 choice Scott Rocks (Eric Abbatiello) and pole-sitting Dream Out Loud N (Tyler Buter) were in play early (:27, :56) before a jammed-in Somewhere in LA (Brennan) moved from third. That one offered nothing first-over going toward the 1:23.4 three-quarters, helping no one in the outer tier. Meanwhile, Mach it So was improved along the cones down the backside. Scott Rocks owned a length lead into the lane, then saw Dream Out Loud N eschew the passing lane to angle out. That cleared the field for Mach it So, who zipped up the cones to win by a length in 1:52. Long Live Rock (Dube) was a wide second in good effort, photoing Doctor Butch (Brent Holland). Dream Out Loud N could no better than fourth off the two-hole trip, with Scott Rocks fading to fifth. For fourth choice Mach it So, a 6-year-old Mach Three gelding owned by Bamond Racing and trained by Jeffrey Bamond Jr., he's now 6-for-13 this season. The exacta paid $132, the triple returned $1,634 and the superfecta paid $7,875. Frank Drucker

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 9 - Sintra and Lindys Nightmare turned in outstanding harness racing performances to win their respective series finals Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The $47,000 Summertime Series and $48,800 Town Pro Series finals helped make up a solid 11-race card Saturday evening at the Campbellville oval. A field of eight sophomore pacing colts and geldings clashed in the Summertime final, but all eyes were focused squarely on Dave Menary trainee Sintra. The gelded son of Mach Three entered the Summertime final with just a single loss on his card this season and he kept it that way with an easy 1:50 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sintra got away third and made a second-quarter brush to the front to reach the half in :55.2. The Menary trainee ramped up the tempo in the third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:23 and finished off the mile with comfortable :27 kicker to win by four-lengths. Major Hill finished second, while Blayde Hanover grabbed third. After going winless in an injury-shortened rookie season, Sintra now has seven wins in eight starts this season. "He's just been a great horse all year," said Jamieson following the race. "They were high on him last year and when the horse moved over from Dan Lagace's barn, who did a great job prepping him last year, he just took a bad step at Grand River and got hurt, but Dave (Menary) has given him lots of time and brought him back the right way." Sintra's only loss this season was a runner-up finish to Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line in an OSS Gold event last week. "You can't really call it a blemish when Betting Line beats you in the stretch," noted Jamieson. "But that's his only blemish so far this year and he's just been a monster and tonight was no different." Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra now has $136,250 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $145,400. The clocking of 1:50 shaved three-fifths of a second off his previous career-best. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $2.20. Sintra The Town Pro Series final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw another impressive victory by a heavy-favourite. Lindys Nightmare followed up her 1:50.4 victory in the opening leg with an open lengths score in 1:51.2 Saturday night. Driven by Rick Zeron, the 1/5 favourite moved from fourth to the front in the second-quarter, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :54.4. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2, Lindys Nightmare waved goodbye to her rivals and pulled away for a seven-length victory. Queen Ideal edged out Southwind Tango for second, while Shes Lights Out was fourth. "I was pretty confident with her," said Zeron post-race. "She did get used a bit going to the half, but she kicked into gear in the lane and was all by herself." A daughter of Western Terror, Lindys Nightmare didn't race at age two and now has four wins in five starts this season. Her career earnings sit at $46,400 for Lindy Farms of Connecticut following Saturday's victory. Lindys Nightmare paid $2.50 to win. Lindys Nightmare For both the Summertime and Town Pro Series, three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2016 were eligible. Mark McKelvie

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 8, 2016 - From last, harness racing favorite Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $5) made it three wins in succession Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Watching the floor show early from what turned into an outside post position No. 7 (8-holer Krispy Apple was again scratched-sick), Mach it a Par saw Loveineveryminute (Dan Dube) and Al Raza N (Mark MacDonald) alternate (:27.3, :56.1) leading the way. The latter continued through a 1:25.1 three-quarters, not overly fast for these ladies. Mach it a Par found herself chasing those pokey fractions, operating from third-over and sixth into the lane. She closed widest and fastest, whipping an off-the-layoff Sell a Bit N (Jordan Stratton) by a hard-charging head in 1:53.1. Hidden Land (Brent Holland) was a good, first-up third, with Al Raza N and Lispatty (Steve Smith) rounding out the payees. For Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her sixth win in 19 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $40.20, with the triple returning $142.50. Frank Drucker

Harness racing colts take first steps down path blazed by successful siblings Four Grassroots divisions of two-year-old pacing colts went postward at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening and a quartet of well-bred youngsters took home the Ontario Sires Stakes hardware. Leading off in the first division, Bet On Brett and driver Mike Saftic took immediate control of the race from Post 1 and laid down fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:27 on their way to a 1:54.4 victory. Streakavana closed hard to be second, one and one-half lengths behind the winner, and Mach Déjà Vu was hot on his heels in third. "He left the gate really sharp and then settled down nicely," said Campbellville, ON resident Saftic. "He got home very strong." Saftic qualified two other colts in the first division, including runner-up Streakavana, but chose the Marcel Barrieau trainee as his mount for the Grassroots season opener. "He looked more mature than the other two at this point," explained Saftic, who had not driven Bet On Brett before Thursday's contest. Barrieau prepped the Sportswriter son for his provincial stakes debut with a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk on June 17 and 25, finishing fourth in both outings. The Cambridge, ON resident shares ownership of Bet On Brett with Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueuil, QC and Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC. The partners acquired the half-brother to three $150,000-plus winners for $80,000 at the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Bet On Brett In the second Grassroots division driver Mario Baillargeon also opted to control the pace, putting Play For Gold on the lead heading by the :28.1 opening quarter and carrying on through fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.1. Under fierce pressure from fan favourite Aston Hill Dave in the stretch, Play For Gold dug deep and kept a nose in front to secure the 1:543 victory. Aston Hill Dave settled for second and Silverinyourpocket closed hard to be third. Milton, ON resident Baillargeon crafted the win for trainer Jacques Dupont of Repentigny, QC and his partners in Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc., along with numbered company 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC and Gestion C Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe, QC. The group selected the Shadow Play son Play For Gold out of the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $20,000 for the half-brother to two $100,000-plus winners. Play For Gold Sent off as the heavy favourite in the third division, driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON chose to continue the front-end trend, sending Mc Mach after the lead from Post 2. The Mach Three son powered through a :28.2 quarter, :57.1 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters before accelerating away to a two length victory in 1:54. Down On My Luck and Tremendous Play followed Mc Mach from start to finish, earning the second and third-place share of the $18,000 purse. MacDonell drove Mc Mach to the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Randy Liepa of Livonia, MI. Like the first two winners, Mc Mach has several successful half-siblings, including former Grassroots regular Western Empress, a winner of $229,915 in her career to date. "He's improved nicely since his first qualifier," said MacDonell, who piloted the colt to a fourth-place results in a June 25 qualifier and a win in a July 1 effort, both at Mohawk. "He may step up to the Gold level before year's end." Mc Mach The final Grassroots division saw the only come-from-behind effort of the evening. Starting from Post 5, driver Sylvain Filion settled Yogi Bayama in the middle of the pack and watched as rivals Kingston Seelster and Master The View battled to a :27.1 first quarter. Favourite Master The View took over heading for the :57 half and continued to lead the field through the 1:26.1 three-quarters as Filion and Yogi Bayama stepped into the outer lane behind Pop N Liam. Turning for home Pop N Liam and Yogi Bayama were matching strides with Master The View, but when Filion asked his colt for another gear Yogi Bayama pulled away to a two length win in 1:54.1, leaving Master The View and Pop N Liam to settle for second and third. Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON trains Yogi Bayama for owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The Sportswriter half-brother to $168,610 winner Urbana Bayama qualified at Rideau Carleton Raceway on June 15, finishing fourth, and at Mohawk Racetrack on June 25, finishing sixth. The colt made his debut in a two-year-old overnight event at Mohawk on July 1, finishing second. "He's all right, he looked good tonight," said Bayama Farms' Yves Filion, who piloted the colt in his first qualifier. "He had a perfect trip and he looked like he win it kind of easy, but we don't know if he's going to be a good Gold or not. "A few more starts we'll know better how good he is," added the horseman, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on August 3. "So far he looks all right. We hope for the best." Yogi Bayama Yogi Bayama and his peers will have their next opportunity to prove just how good they are when Mohawk hosts the second two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots leg on Friday, July 15. Mohawk Racetrack's two-year-old showcase continues tomorrow, July 8, as the Campbellville oval hosts the freshman pacing fillies in four Grassroots divisions. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm and the fillies will show off their skills in Races 3, 5, 7, and 9. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - July 7 - After finishing second to the Pepsi North America Cup champion, Sintra returns to the Summertime Series Saturday looking to finish what he started two weeks back. The Dave Menary trainee headlines a field of eight for the $47,000 Summertime Series Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Sintra won the opening leg of the annual series for sophomore pacing colts and geldings on June 25th, but skipped the second leg in order to compete in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event last Saturday. The son of Mach Three and driver Jody Jamieson called all the shots, but surrendered the lead in the stretch to finish second to arguably the top pacing colt in the sport, Betting Line. The OSS defeat was just the first loss of the season for Sintra. "I just thought it was herculean," said Jamieson about Sintra's effort in the OSS. "He got beat by Betting Line, I mean Betting Line beat the world...he proved it again beating a very good horse in Sintra. "I had my way, Jonathan (Drury) said he was having trouble steering him around the half and I thought I dusted him in the third-quarter and he just came back to beat me." Proving he can go with a top Grand Circuit horse, Sintra returns to the Summertime Series with many expecting him to cruise to victory in the final. However, several of the other starters in the series finale have plenty of ability between them and will look to ensure it's no walk in the park for Sintra. Major Hill disappointed in last week's leg, but the stablemate of Sintra has two victories this season and has hit the board in six of eight outings. Major Hill sports a career-mark of 1:50.4 and has earned a cheque in each start this year. Dreamfair Mesa scored a 17-1 upset in last Saturday's second leg. The Pat Fletcher trainee stopped the clock in a career-best 1:50.3 and could be finding the potential he showed when he debuted back in the winter. Blayde Hanover finished second to Dreamfair Mesa last week and has only finished outside the top two once in five starts this season. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee has paced home in :28 or faster in each start this season. Sintra is the clear horse to beat with six wins in seven starts this season. Another victory Saturday would add the Menary trainee to an impressive list of recent Summertime Series champions, including Split The House, Melmerby Beach, Lucan Hanover and State Treasurer. The Summertime Series final has been carded as Race 2 on Saturday's 11-race card. Three-year-old pacing fillies will also wrap up a series on Saturday evening, as a field of nine will compete in the $48,800 Town Pro Series Final. Lindys Nightmare is expected to be the favourite after a 1:50.4 dominating victory in the opening leg. The Frank Antonacci trainee skipped the second leg and enters the final with three wins in four career starts. Rick Zeron will drive Lindys Nightmare and the duo will leave from post seven. The Town Pro Final has been carded as Race 8. Saturday's card will also feature two $105,000 OSS Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies and a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the fields for the Summertime and Town Pro Series Finals. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Race 2: Summertime Series Final - Purse: $47,000 1. Major Hill (D. McNair - D. Menary) 2. Sintra (J. Jamieson - D. Menary) 3. Blayde Hanover (S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan) 4. Some Gold (C. Christoforou - Dr. Moore) 5. Brookdale Sonny (R. Waples - Dr. Moore) 6. Dreamfair Mesa (T. Henry - P. Fletcher) 7. Teddys Super Toy (P. Hudon - M. Brealey) 8. Whatashowinontario (J. Drury - C. Auciello) Race 8: Town Pro Series Final - Purse: $48,800 1. Collective Wisdom (J. Drury - R. Moreau) 2. Southwind Tango (S. Condren - C. Mitchell) 3. Rocknroll Vision (J. Jamieson - D. Jones) 4. Queen Ideal (M. Saftic - M. Brealey) 5. Shes Lights Out (C. Christoforou - K. Sucee) 6. Bad In Paradise (S. Filion - R. Moreau) 7. Lindys Nightmare (R. Zeron - F. Antonacci) 8. Twenty Three Red (T. Henry - J. Pereira) 9. Square Dancer (D. McNair - D. Jones) Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

The Forrestdale stable of leading harness racing trainers Greg and Skye Bond is on fire and Burning is the topical tip to give punters an early fillip at the ten-event card at Gloucester Park on Friday night. Punters cashed in at Narrogin on Tuesday night when the Bond stable and reinsman Ryan Warwick landed three winners, Mitch Maguire ($1.70), Superimposed ($1.30) and Char Do Neigh ($23.20), with Mitch Maguire and Char Do Neigh each breaking a track record and Superimposed giving Warwick a century of winners for the season. The Bonds won with Our Ideal Act, Dodolicious and Holy Grail at Gloucester Park last Friday night and with Gaz Wannabet and Pay Me Cullen at Gloucester Park the following night. Greg and Skye Bond go into Friday night’s meeting with 176 winners from 839 starters this season and lead Gary Hall sen. (171 winners from 594 starters) on the Statewide trainers’ premiership table. The Bond stable has 16 runners on Friday night, with Baylan Jett a strong each-way prospect in race one and Burning looking the goods from the ideal barrier No. 2 in the second event, the 2130m Waharoa Walton United RFC Pace, with the main opposition likely to come from the stable’s other four runners, Our Jimmy Johnstone, Change Stride, Ima Connoisseur and Bounty Eyre Burning, a consistent Mach Three five-year-old, is in splendid form, with two wins and three placings from his past five starts. At his latest outing, over 2130m last Friday week, Burning was a 20/1 chance who began fast from the No. 5 barrier and worked hard on the outside of the pacemaker  American Boy before finishing a fighting third behind that smart four-year-old and Commander Chapel. Phoenix Warrior (race four), Holy Grail (eight) and Mighty Major (nine) all look strong winning chances for the Bond stable. Holy Grail was most impressive when he charged home from last to win in grand style over 2536m last Friday night, and he has the ability to fight out the finish of the 1730m Paige Smith Pace, despite starting out wide at barrier seven. Five-year-old Mighty Major is a versatile performer who has won at two of his past three starts and he should fight out the finish with Straittothehilton in the Jazmyn Stol Special Pace. Ken Casellas

JULY 4, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the first two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Monday and the freshman pacing colts delivered a pair of impressive harness racing performances. In the first $105,000 Gold Series division driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON sent Calvin K to the front from Post 5 and the colt sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:24.3 on his way to an uncontested 1:52.3 victory. Shadow Rouge finished three lengths back in second and Big Bad Bill was another length back in third. "Jody just figured it was a short field, and he wanted to try and control it, or have him up close, if he could and not put him in a bad spot," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Calvin K's front end effort. "And it worked out." A half-brother to $1.5 million winner Mypanmar, Calvin K arrived in O'Sullivan's barn in mid-May after spending the winter with Jeff Fout, the racehorse trainer for owner-breeder Winbak Farms of Chesapeake City, MD . "Jeff had said that he had acted like he was a nice colt all winter and the first time I trained him you could tell that there was a fair bit of speed there," noted O'Sullivan. Prepping for Monday's Ontario Sires Stakes event, Calvin K qualified at Mohawk on June 10 and raced in a two-year-old overnight event at the Campbellville oval on June 20, delivering off-the-pace victories in both. Those off-the-pace efforts were intentional steps in the Classic Card Shark son's education, and O'Sullivan expects to see more of that as the season progresses. "He's probably a colt that's going to need to race off the pace a little bit, he gets a little bit full of himself," said the Puslinch, ON resident. In addition to Calvin K's victory, O'Sullivan also earned runner-up honours in the second division with Happy Trio, a Mach Three colt he owns in partnership with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. "My little bull dog. He's a stout colt," said O'Sullivan with a chuckle. "He was pretty unassuming down to about 2:20, and then the first couple times we asked for a bit of speed you could just kind of tell that there was some there, and the more we trained him the more interested he got." Knowing he had two potential Gold colts in his barn, O'Sullivan put Calvin K in Jamieson's hands and assigned Happy Trio to last year's top OSS reinsman Sylvain Filion. In rein to the Milton, ON resident, Happy Trio won his June 10 qualifier and finished fourth to his stablemate in the June 20 overnight test. On Monday Happy Trio finished second to heavy favourite Sports Column, who wrested control of the race from Happy Trio just after the :27.3 opening quarter and then sailed along to a :57 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters before reaching the finish one and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:52.1. Classic Pro rounded out the top three, making it a sweep by Winbak Farm-breds. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou Jr. piloted Sports Column to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, ON and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. "He was my best colt training down, but... I thought he was a pretty special horse, but you never know until you get them there, we've been fooled before," said MacIntosh of the Sportswriter son. MacIntosh prepped Sports Column with a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk, on June 10 and 17, and the colt won both. On June 27 the youngster, a $20,000 acquisition from the 2015 Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale, made his debut in an overnight event for two-year-olds, where things did not go quite as smoothly. "He'd had the rail in both his qualifiers and then he was behind the car (Post 6) and he wouldn't go up behind the car," MacIntosh explained. "So he (Christoforou) backed him off, and then there was just no flow. It was just unfortunate luck in his first race." Sports Column and Christoforou still managed to salvage a second-place result, but the colt's connections were delighted to see him return to form on Monday. "Training down he was a very nice horse, hopefully, if everything goes right, we'll have a great season with him," said MacIntosh. Sports Column and Calvin K will have their second shot at a Gold Series trophy when the program returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, July 16. Tomorrow evening (July 5) the Campbellville oval welcomes the two-year-old pacing fillies for their Gold Series debuts. The pacing fillies will be featured in Races 8 and 9, with the action getting under way at 7:30 pm. Calvin K  Sports Column Ontario Racing

YONKERS, NY, Friday, July 1, 2016 -- Harness racing favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.70) read the memo just in time Friday night. winning Yonkers Raceway's $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Operating second-over from post position No. 5, Mach it a Par watched as pole-assigned Hidden Land (Brent Holland) stuffed Regil Elekrtra (Mark Macdonald) in behind, while second choice Secrets Out N (George Brennan) was away third. Hidden Land (:28, :56.2) was unchallenged until Secrets Out N moved in Turn Three. However, she couldn't get close in and out of a 1:24.1 three-quarters, with Mach it a Par gapping that one. Hidden Land owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, but started to weaken. Mach it a Par, though drifting, found her best stride. She rolled past a tiring leader, then whipped Regil Elektra by a length in 1:52.1. Hidden Land, a ground-saving Anndrovette (Jason Bartlett) and Sheeza Shark N (Tyler Buter) settled for the remainder. For Mach it a Par, a 6-year-old daughter of Mach Three co-owned by D'Elegance Stable IX, Carmen Iannacone, T L P and the Gandolfo Stables and trained by Richard Banca, it was her fifth win in 18 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $45.80, with the triple returning $195. Frank Drucker

Richly talented open class performer Mach Alert is out of the winter harness racing carnival. The Mach Three gelding has been battling hoof issues and trainer Ian Gurney has reluctantly made the decision to back off and allow him time to fully recover. Mach Alert was aiming at the Gr.2 $50,000 Garrards Sunshine Sprint (July 9) followed by the Gr.1 $200,000 UBET Blacks A Fake the following week. “It’s disappointing but the horse comes first, his whole career has been thwarted by injuries and niggling setbacks and this is just another one of those issues that we have to deal with. He’s got bad corns and I’m going to get them sorted, you can’t take on horses like Christen Me, Hectorjayjay, Ohoka Punter, Ultimate Art and Nova when you’re not right so he’s out.” Gurney explained The former Queensland Derby winner recorded back to back victories recently at Albion Park including the Listed $25,000 Flashing Red but failed at his most recent start. Mach Alert finished a well beaten 8th at his most recent start in the Gr.3 $30,000 Lucky Creed on June 18 at Albion Park, the race was won by his stablemate Avonnova. While it’s disappointing for Gurney, the popular horseman still has two chances heading into the open class features with dual Queensland Horse of the Year Avonnova plus former Queensland Pacing Championship winner Ideal Scott. Both pacers are racing in excellent form. Avonnova starts on Saturday night in the Listed $25,000 Mr Feelgood at Albion Park where hostilities will be renewed with Ultimate Art. The free legged pacer ended the winning sequence of Ultimate Art at 8 wins in their most recent outing in the Lucky Creed two weeks ago. This week, Avonnova faces a tricky draw on the inside of the second-line while Ultimate Art has drawn ideally in gate two in the 2138m mobile start feature. Ideal Scott will next start in the Sunshine Sprint next week after running a slashing second in the Wondais Mate last week behind the late closing Glenferrie Hood in a time of 1:52.4. The American Ideal gelding led up in the 1660m feature. Chris Barsby

They call him the Long shot Place Prince, but his real name is John Morrison. The young harness racing junior driver has quickly picked up a name for himself at getting home some of the roughest runners in a field into a top three spot. Morrison took over 130 drivers to get his first win, but hasn't looked back since then and has now picked up 5 winners in his first season. Along with those five winners, Morrison has also picked up 16 seconds and 8 thirds. Below is a list of some of the high priced dividends Morrison has upset punters with. Handlebar Hank - 3rd $9.40 Tactical VC - 2nd $16.70 Beaudiene Gambler - 2nd $5.40 Dreamcoat - 2nd - $5.40 Hestia Franco - 2nd $27.60 Rico Gold - 3rd $10.50 Rico Gold - 2nd $23.70 Four of John's five winner have paid over $9.50 on the tote. Tomorrow night at Forbury, Morrison has 6 drives including his first winner Motu Speedy Star, who will line up in the final of the Forbury Claimers series. The 11 year old gelding has been freshened for tomorrows assignment and he loves a dog fight, so if the early speed was on, it wouldn't be a surprise to see Morrison salute the judge on one of his favourite runners. The two highest priced runners Donegal Jimmy Dave and Four Starzzz Shiraz both look the hardest to beat on last weeks efforts. Both priced at $12,000.00 they will start from barriers 8 and 9. While Superior Desire will have his first run for the Robert Dunn barn after being claimed by Craig Parsons a couple of weeks ago. Sam Ottley will do the steering. Laughing Cavalier who has been at Gavin Smith's property lately will start from barrier 5 and is to be driven by Kimberly Butt. The 5yo Mach Three gelding was luckless in a recent amateur drivers event at Addington. Meanwhile, Run To Hide who was claimed last week will line up in race 4. Andrew Fitzgerald  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 27, 2016 - With all nine starters in the ninth race field having won a race or two in their last three starts, the Hippodrome 3R feature pace promises plenty of racing action. SOS Mach Extreme has the honor of being the morning line favorite from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau and trainer Francis Richard. Despite the six-year-old gelded son of Mach Three finishing off the board in his last start at Rideau Carlton, he has been strong in all his starts at 3R this year. He has won two of his last three starts at 3R, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:55.4 back on May 24 when he romped by nine open lengths for owners Guillaume Desrochers of Warwick, Michel Letarte of Boucherville and Jean Allaire of Montreal, QC. OK Ebury comes into this match on a two-race win streak since returning to 3R and starts from the rail for driver Louis-Philippe Roy. My Buddy Mason (post 4) and Glass Shadow (post 9) also come off victories in their last start. Other contenders in the field include Sold Performance (post 2), Bestofbest Hanover (post 5) and Applie Pie Angel (post 7). The top trotters do battle in the eighth race with two return winners heading the field, but neither one of them are the morning line favorite. That honor belongs to Pridecrest from post seven for owner/trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. The four-year-old gelding by Angus Hall invades the Hippodrome 3R from Rideau Carlton where he has been second in his last two starts and back on May 22 took his lifetime mark with a 1:56.4 triumph. The other two return winners in the field are Jewels In The Sand (post 5) for driver Sylvain Lacaille, who won at 3R last start in 2:00.4 and Out Of The Hat (post 8) was victorious in 2:00 at 3R last week for trainer/driver Stephane Pouliot. For a free race program and free internet feed of the race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

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