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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 www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 25 - The opening leg of the Summertime Series highlighted harness racing action Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The three-week series for sophomore pacing colts and geldings attracted a field of 11 for the $18,000 first leg. Dave Menary trainee Sintra entered Saturday's opening round undefeated in five starts this season. Despite a large field, Sintra was sent off as the 1/9 favourite from post three. Major Hill, also a Menary trainee, was blasted to the front by driver Doug McNair from post nine and posted an opening-quarter of :26.2. Sintra got away fifth with driver Jody Jamieson, who was able to angle out nearing the half to pick up cover. After stealing a :30 second-quarter, Major Hill paced a :28 third panel while being confronted by Some Gold, who was pressing first over. In the stretch, Major Hill turned aside the first over challenger, but Sintra was ready to pounce and shot off cover to pace home in :26 to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:50.4. Always A Hotshot, who was third over around the final turn, finished second, while Major Hill was third. A son of Mach Three, Sintra is now a perfect six for six to start his three-year-old season after going winless in three starts as a rookie. His wins this season include scores in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and a Three-Year-Old Open on Pepsi North America Cup night. Sintra has now earned $86,500 this season for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. He paid $2.30 to win Saturday. In order to be eligible to the Summertime Series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2015. The second leg of the Summertime Series will take place next Saturday (July 2). Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk with a 10-race card, featuring three $75,000 OSS Gold divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Morag and Jim Watt have been breeding and raising Standardbred racehorses on their Clinton area farm for three decades and are fixtures on Clinton Raceway's Sunday afternoon harness racing programs. This Sunday, however, their homebred filly Watt Machs Me Win will line up alongside some of Ontario's finest three-year-old pacing fillies in an elimination for the track's signature event, the Kin Pace. "It's really exciting to be able to have one to race in the Kin Pace, right here at home," said Morag Watt. "You work your whole racing career, you strive to have good horses, and to have one that's good enough to even enter is kind of a little thrill." Watt Machs Me Win heads into the $8,000 elimination with five starts under her belt this season, one over the half-mile oval at The Raceway at Western Fair District and four on the seven-eighths mile surface at Mohawk Racetrack. While she's yet to find the winner's circle, the filly has been showing steady progress. "She's just started back this year, she's only had a couple of starts, so she's still sort of racing into form," noted Watt. "We're looking forward to her three-year-old year. "We tend not to push our two-year-olds overly hard, we like to let them mature a little bit before we really ask them to exert themselves, so we sort of were conservative with her last year in her starts and in her training," Watt added. "Hopefully with a little bit of maturity she's ready to roll this year." Jim Watt taught Watt Machs Me Win her early lessons and handled training duties on the daughter of Mach Three and Feisty Form through her two-year-old campaign, but the couple opted to send her to trainer Richard Moreau in early May, after the first start of her sophomore season. "It's very unusual for us to send a horse away, but we felt that this filly showed enough potential that we wanted to give her every opportunity this summer to race in the stakes," explained Morag Watt. "It just seemed like a good strategy to send her away for the stakes season to see if she could reach her potential." The Watts hope the filly's knowledge of Clinton Raceway's half-mile surface will work to her advantage in Sunday's second race, where she faces a field that includes two fillies from the division's top tier. At the rail, Bad As Leader comes into the Kin Pace Elimination off a sixth-place result in the $438,000 Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk on June 25 and, from Post 4, Cracklin Rosie rides in on a two-race win streak including a victory in the opening leg of the Gold Series at Mohawk on June 4. "That's all part of racing, you just have to accept it," said a pragmatic Watt about the deep field. "Sometimes it doesn't play out the way that you imagine it will before the race, so that's when you depend on the driver's expertise to use his best judgement when he's behind the gate. "That's what makes it exciting and gives everyone an opportunity, because anything can happen," she added. Travis Henry will steer Watt Machs Me Win from Post 6 in Sunday's test, with the top two fillies from each of the three eliminations, along with two third-place finishers selected by random draw, advancing into the $60,000 Kin Pace Final on July 3. Sunday's eliminations are the eighth edition of the Kin Pace, named in honour of the Clinton Kinsmen, who introduced pari-mutuel wagering to Clinton Raceway in 1970. The Final takes place on the last day of the Kinsmen and Kinettes annual PlucKIN' Fest, which features a jam-packed weekend of activities kicking off with a Chicken BBQ and Craft Beer Night in the Clinton Raceway grandstand on Thursday evening. For more information about the Kin Pace Eliminations please contact Clinton Raceway at 519- 482-5270 or visit www.clintonraceway.com. Jessica Carnochan

Hamish Hunter became the first Southland based Harness Racing trainer to join the elite 500 club when I Try won at Forbury Park last night (Thursday 23rd). I Try is owned by  Hunter and loyal clients of the stable The What Ever Syndicate. Together, they also own the stable's biggest winner, Franco Ledger. I Try is a Mach Three four year old. Tonight he raced three back on the rails and found room in the straight to get up and nab Pembrook Harry.  "It was pretty good for a middle of the road trainer as I describe myself. I was aware I was getting close as my family informed me," said Hunter.  Hamish Hunters best season was in 2014 when star pacer Franco Ledger was a leading stake earner. That season he racked up 33 wins from 339 starters and $347,376 in stakes. "He's back in work (Franco Ledger). He's a 100 percent sound and all going well we'll have one more go at the cup. It's probably be his last chance."  In 1989 he recorded his best UDR ranking when he started horses 174 times for 23 wins, 18 seconds and 14 thirds for a UDR .2165. Horses racing that season included Betonim, Benachie Lad and Admiral Luca. He's won the Southland trainers premiership 6 times; 1985, 1986, 2007 (jointly with Brendon McLellan and Kirk Larsen), 2008 (jointly with Murray Brown), 2011 and 2014. Out of his 500 training successes he's driven 374 himself. His first winner was Karen's Pride at Waikouaiti in October 1976. He won five races on the mare between October and June of that season. In the following two season's he had the services of half brothers Good Too and Model Hardcraft. Model Hardcraft won his first three races as a two year old including the 1979 New Zealand Kindergarten Stakes at Wyndham. Good Too won eight races for Hunter. Hunter has trained three winners in one day three times; Forbury Park October 1984 (Heiden, Sissy Bogart and Tapado Time), Invercargill September 2001 (Catalina Dreaming, Galleons Treasure and Grenadier) and Northern Southland October 2005 (Grenadier, Rockie's Dream and Mainstay).  Of all the Southern Harness feature races it's the Wairio Cup that he's won the most: Josephine Bret (1984), Yandoon (1992), Grenadier (2004), Franco Ledger (2013) and Canardly Lover (2014).  List of major winners: Franco Ledger (25 wins) Malaz (15 wins)  Nursemaid (14 wins) Devil May Care (11 wins) Canardly Lover (10 wins) Good Too  (8 wins) Grenadier (8 wins)  Cornell (8 wins) Betonim (8 wins) Model Hardcraft (7 wins) Holmezy (7 wins) Galleons Treasure (7 wins) Southern Boy (6 wins) Christian Ruler (6 wins) Stand Asquire (6 wins) Galleons Cheer ( 5 wins from just nine starts) Nordette (5 wins) Blueberry Hill (5 wins)  Benachie Lad (5 wins)  Admiral Luca (5 wins)  Congratulations Hamish - great effort. Meanwhile, Dexter Dunn got win number 199 for the season behind Lightning Mach for trainer Cran Dalgety. Four Starzzz Shiraz won heat 4 of the Claimers series for new trainer Brian Norman & driver Blair Orange, and Run To Hide was claimed by Canterbury Junior Driver Andrew Fitzgerald. Bruce Stewart - Southland Harness.

JUNE 16, 2016 - Driver Sylvain Filion, the reigning Lampman Cup title holder, is off to another quick start in the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing program, padding his early season lead with a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Filion opened the program, which featured six $18,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with a sharp 1:51.4 win aboard Spirit Shadow. "I didn't know him at all," said Filion of the first-time OSS starter. "I know the trainer, he's a buddy of mine, Jacques Dupont, and he said he liked him. I just went with my feeling and he left the gate real good, and then we got covered up by the favourite and when I moved him down the lane he just exploded. That was a nice surprise, I didn't really expect that." Leaving from Post 8, Filion rolled Spirit Shadow to the front before the :27 opening quarter, but quickly picked up cover from Vegas Dream who led the field to the :56 half and 1:25 three-quarters. Able to slip out of the pocket in the stretch, Spirit Shadow laid down a :26.2 final quarter to claim the Grassroots trophy. Vegas Dream settled for second, with Chalk Player earning the third-place finisher's share. Unraced at two, the Shadow Play son now has four wins and two thirds in eight sophomore outings for Dupont and owner Denis Goyette of Laval, QC. Filion's second victory came in the third division with Xpert Bayama, who controlled the tempo en route to a 1:51.2 score over last year's Grassroots champion St Lads Moonwalk. Solo Story finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. "I thought he was a little flat last time he raced and Stephane (Larocque) told me he done some vet work on him and he was much better tonight," noted Filion, a three-time OSS driving champion. "I could feel in the post parade he was livelier, and he was way more aggressive, so I just turned him loose and he responded well." Also unraced at two, Xpert Bayama improved his record to three wins and one second in six starts for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The Up The Credit son took three full seconds off his personal best with Thursday's effort. Another three-time Lampman Cup winner, Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, also scored a Grassroots driving double at Mohawk on Thursday, guiding Continual Hanover to a win in the second division and Imsporty to victory in the fifth. Jamieson put Continual Hanover on the front just past the sharp :26.3 opening quarter put up by Filion and Azul Pool, but was immediately challenged by Baddestnbestest. Both Jamieson and Filion quickly circled out around the longshot leader, with Continual Hanover grabbing the rail by the :55.3 half. Azul Pool pressed hard through the 1:24.1 three-quarters, but Continual Hanover stayed game to secure the two length victory in 1:52.2. Tango Star sprinted home to be second, leaving Azul Pool to settle for third. "I really couldn't have driven Continual (Hanover) much worse in his first start of the year," admitted Jamieson. "I used him too many times and he still bailed me out with a great performance. I've always thought he is barely a notch lower than the Gold division." Jamieson steers Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON and piloted the colt to a Gold Series win and two Grassroots division wins last season. The Bettor's Delight son boosted his lifetime earnings to $117,400 with Thursday's win, his sixth in 13 lifetime starts. Staring from Post 1 with Imsporty in the fifth division, Jamieson settled the Sportswriter son on the rail early and waited until the final turn to take aim on the leaders. On top by just over three lengths at the three-quarter pole, Imsporty stayed game to the wire and earned his first Grassroots trophy with a 1:52.2 effort. Speedling and Daylight Rush completed the top three. "Imsporty is a super little guy," said Jamieson, who steers the gelding for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, and Thomas Kyron of Toronto. "He's always had lots of talent, but he just hasn't had a lot of luck. Hopefully this win tonight has ended that string of luck and started a new one." The other two Grassroots divisions went to New Talent and Piranha. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell steered New Talent to his first OSS win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The Mach Three son stopped the teletimer at 1:51.2, besting Derecho and Bad Gamer. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON used a come-from-behind strategy to guide Piranha to a 1:52 win for trainer Raymond Farmer and owner-breeder John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. The Badlands Hanover son reeled in Red Dog Saloon and B Fast Eddie with a :26.3 final quarter. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack on July 1 for their second Grassroots start. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval this week as the three-year-old pacing fillies kick off their Grassroots season on Friday, June 17. The fillies will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, June 12, 2016 - It was an "unofficial" Pascal Berube Day at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as the harness racing driver won both divisions of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers. And both winners would have to be considered long shots. Berube's winning ways began in the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series, which was a non-wagering race held between the 5th and 6th races on the program. There were just five horses entered and when the starting gate pulled away, Berube was first on the lead with Mach On The Beach, stinging D G's Justlikethat and driver Gaetan Lamy through the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.3. Once D G's Justlikethat settled on the lead, Berube came right back to the front with Mach On The Beach and led the field to the half mile in :56.3. And that is when the action really began to heat up. After the half mile, Half A Billion (Mario Charron) came first-over and following the outside flow was Sugarsam (Denis St-Pierre). With momentum, Sugarsam rolled three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:26.1 but was unable to clear by Half A Billion and was parked out around the final turn. Then in a dramatic three-horse battle to the finish, Mach On The Beach would not be denied, holding off Sugarsam and Half A Billion to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4, fastest mile on the program Sunday. It was the first victory in four starts this year for Mach On The Beach. The four-year-old gelded son of Mach Three is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. "Yes, I guess you can say it was my day at 3R today." Berube said. "Today Mach On The Beach was much better than last time. I raced him in his last start behind the field and he was no good. After that trainer Dany Fontaine gave him a week off and he was pretty good today." Then in the sixth race division of the series for pacing mares, Pascal Berube saw his margin of victory even tighter. Chaleurs Fantasy, the overwhelming 1/5 betting favorite left from post six for trainer/driver Carl Duguay, was parked early by Hawaiian Drummond (Richard Veilleux) and settled on the lead at the first quarter in :29. Louis-Philippe Roy tried coming first-over with HP Rubis Joyce, but was stuff back into third position after the first quarter. It seemed that Chaleurs Fantasy and Duguay had things their own way to the half mile in :58.2. Then the action began to heat up as the field entered the backstretch. Berube was not content to sit and wait with Miss Bro and came first-over from sixth place at the half mile to challenge Chaleurs Fantasty. Following their cover second-over was Voodoo Charm (Mario Charon) to the three-quarters in 1:28.2. By the three-quarters, Berube had Miss Bro in third place on the outside and was able to collar Chaleurs Fantasy by the top of the stretch. Then in a dramatic stretch drive to the wire, Miss Bro would not give up and nailed Chaleurs Fantasy at the wire to win by a head in 1:59. Hawaiian Drummond was a close third. "She was very good today," Berube said of Miss Bro. "She was OK last week and they did some work on her back legs and she came back strong today. At the five-eighths mile today I could see that Carl's mare was not responding so good and my mare was sharp. I also can say that I was lucky today too. It's always good to be lucky." It was just the second win in 16 starts this year and a lifetime mark for Miss Bro. She is a four-year-old mare by Blissfull Hall trained by Antonio Valentel and owned by Ferme Brodeur of Terrebonne, QC. Miss Bro paid $22.80 to win. TRACK NOTES: Live racing resumes on Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R with the fourth and final preliminary round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. Post time is 7:00 pm. For a free race program and live internet feed of the race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Geoff Webster’s talented colts cut through the winter chill to register an Empire Vicbred Super Series double in the heats, with Misterfreeze and Wrappers Delight both first past the post. On a big first night of the series at Bendigo, class came to the fore in the two-year-old colts and geldings’ heats with Webster’s well-bred Bannockburn boys joining talented Terang two-year-old Jilliby Kung Fu and Emma Stewart’s contender Our Little General as heat winners. “(Wrappers Delight) is just a little bit better than (Misterfreeze),” was Webster’s typically frank assessment of his charges’ efforts. “(Misterfreeze) is just a real genuine racehorse, but (Wrappers Delight) has just a bit more class about him.” More will be learned in the series semi-final night at Tabcorp Park Melton on June 24 and, all going well, the July 2 final. But for now Webster can rest assured he has a strong hand. CLICK HERE FOR THE RESULTS AND REPLAYS FROM ALL THE NIGHT ONE HEATS Wrappers Delight, by Bettors Delight out of Charlotte Church, led from the pole mark and controlled the race to win by a neck, narrowly holding off Emma Stewart’s eye-catching Solid As A Rock, who Gavin Lang drove a treat to cut the corner and almost pinch it from the back of the field. “He’s a really nice little two-year-old,” Webster said of Wrappers Delight, who won for owners Dominic Martello and Douglas Webster. “He needed that run, he hasn’t run for a while. I was quite happy, he found the line quite good.  “He’s a typical Bettors Delight, he’s just lovely to have around the place. They’re good racehorses. The manners are fantastic. He’s a big horse for a Bettors, he’s not tall but he’s very thick. He should make a very nice horse later on as well.” Stablemate Misterfreeze, by Alabar Farms’ Art Major out of Trammell, won his heat – the fourth and final - by a head from Bundy Playboy, who Webster trailed around the final bend and won the swoop down the straight ahead of Paddy Lee’s first starter and Kevin Brough’s Canada Bay, with leader and favourite Lochinvar Delight a 3m beaten fourth. “They have all gone around in the mid 1:58s (mile rate) and that’s what (Misterfreeze) went, so considering (the weather) tonight it was good,” Webster said. Misterfreeze won for owners Dominic Martello, Josh Nelms, Peter and Zilla O’Shea, and Harvey, Shelley, Jordan and Ashleigh Kaplan. There were also some pretty chuffed owners in the Jilliby Kung Fu camp, with Terang mother-and-son Marg (trainer) and Jason (driver) Lee’s two-year-old producing the biggest win of the night, a 14m romp in the first colts and geldings heat. By Empire Stallions’ Four Starzzz Shark out of Slip Slop Slap, Jason Lee put Jilliby Kung Fu into the race at the bell when taking the death seat and come the straight leader and favourite Starofsahara faded while Jilliby Kung Fu cleared out around the bend and that was all she wrote. Winning for the Levarg Racing Group in a 1:57.3 mile rate, by some way the quickest of the heats, Jilliby Kung Fu won comfortably from Andy Gath’s second-placed Macchiato. “He’s a lovely horse, he’s very versatile,” Lee said. “That’s what I love about him the most and he’ll be ready for Glen (Craven) when he’s ready to jump back on. He still hasn’t really grown into himself. As soon as he hits the front he just sort of backs off and waits for them a little bit, he did that again tonight.  I think he will get better with time, but we will just have to wait and see. He is going good at the moment.” Joining him in the winners’ circle was Our Little General, the winner of five of seven starts and favourite in the night’s third heat for trainer Emma Stewart and driver Gavin Lang. Lang found cover for the terrific little sit-sprinter, who is by Mach Three out of Kabbalah Karen B, placing Our Little General in the box seat behind Amanda Turnbull’s leader Wardan Express. When the sprint lane opened Lang got to work and Our Little General hit the line a head in front of Shane Tritton’s Tingira Beach, who was super impressive having done a power of work. “They were going pretty leisurely in the middle stages and a pretty good last half, so to make up three or four metres in the straight was a pretty good effort really,” Lang said of Our Little General. “I was able to put him on the back of one and that’s probably the key to him. If he had have been left in the open maybe he might not have settled so good, but he is only a little guy this one and he is a great little racehorse and hence the reason he has such a good record.” Michael Howard

Harness Racing Trainer Cran Dalgety has a big chance to pick up another Nelson Pine Industries Nelson Winter Cup with his runner Fifth Edition. The 6yo Mach Three gelding won the 2014 edition and is having just his 3rd run back from close to 18 months off the race track. Starting off the back mark of 40m in the prelude on Friday, Fifth Edition made a quick beginning for driver Dexter Dunn and had soon caught up with the pack. Dunn made a smart move to sneak up the pegs with a lap to run, finding himself four back coming to the 800, he was able to push his way out to a spot 3 wide with cover. angled to the outside of the track at the top of the straight, Fifth Edition only went down by ½ a neck to eventual winner Ideal Arden. The 3000m trip today wouldn't hold any concerns for the Dalgety trained gelding, and even off his 40m back mark, he looks a massive chance to go one better. Dalgety rates his runners on this website each week and said the following about Fifth Edition. “I was rapt with him the first day. It was a big run off 40m behind over 2400m and he's backed up good in the past. He won his race a couple of years ago so we're looking to fulfill again” First day winner Joey Maguire is a new edition to the cup field and has drawn well in barrier 2 for co owner and driver Ross Houghton. He was a dominate winner of a C2 event on Friday and also finished 2nd in last year's cup, so the distance won't affect the Robert Dunn trained gelding. While the Greg & Nina Hope trained Bettor Buy It, who started a short price in the prelude will be better for his first up run. Andrew Fitzgerald

Unraced two year old Karloo Threeothree has already suffered a serious injury but has fought his way back and harness racing trainer Barry Lew is hoping the son of Mach Three shows just as much fight when he debuts on Sunday at Peak Hill. The youngster broke a bone in his leg after getting caught under a post in his yard and needed the best part of nine months to recover. "I had him at home and he was going very nicely but I found him caught up in his yard and the vets found that he had broken a bone in his leg near his stifle joint," Lew said. "He's going well enough to go to the races but he still needs to learn a bit more and Sunday's experience should do him the world of good. I even thought about making a comeback to the sulky to drive him because my regular driver Mat Rue is driving one for Bernie (Hewitt) but I had second thoughts and the first person I rang (Amanda Turnbull) said she'd drive him for sure." While Lew is missing race driving and he would love to experience the thrill again he is concerned about the damage he could do if he was involved in a fall. I'm 63 now and if I got thrown out and got busted up then it might mean I would have to give away the training and while I'm getting a bit long in the tooth, I'm not ready to give away training the horses just yet. "I've still got a few in work including Courage To Rule and I'm hoping to get him back to the races. I had him nominated for Peak Hill but he didn't get a run so hopefully he will get a start at Bathurst. I've got an American Ideal youngster and a Somebeachsomewhere out of Karloo Ronnie that I'm breaking in as well so I'm keeping myself pretty busy." Karloo Threeothree was purchased from the Sydney APG sales and was bred by New Zealand race caller Mark McNamara and close friend Aaron Goadsby. Lew had always wanted a horse by Mach Three but when it came to naming him he found the job difficult. "It is a funny story because he was my first Mach Three but I already had a horse called Karloo Mac. He wasn't by Mach Three but named after a Mack Truck. This bloke was the third yearling I was working with that season so I called him Three and thought about calling him Karloo Three but it just didn't sound right. "So Ronnie was looking through his papers and said his brand ended in 303 so I thought that had a good ring to it, so he became known as Karloo Threeothree. The funny thing is the number 303 on his papers had nothing to do with his brand but that's his name now anyway!" Lew is confident that in time Karloo Threeothree will develop into a nice horse. "With some experience and then some time to develop I think he could develop into a really serious horse, I really like him." Lew still gets great pleasure watching his pride and joy Karloo Mick playing in his paddock. "He is in a paddock that is alongside my track and when I'm working a couple he still likes to race me down the fenceline. His paddock ends so he has to wheel around and sure enough by the time I get around to his paddock again he is ready to race me. "He is rising 16 but still looks a million dollars and I reckon he would still love to be in work." Greg Hayes

As part of The Raceway at Western Fair District's Molson Pace night festivities, the province's top harness racing three-year-old pacing colts and geldings kicked off the 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes season in front of an enthusiastic group of supporters on Friday evening. Under balmy skies and with fast track conditions the colts rang up sharp miles, culminating with a track record equalling performance by Sintra in the third $70,000 Gold Series division. The Mach Three son was driven to the 1:52.4 victory by Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON, who said the result came as no surprise to the gelding's connections. "All I can tell you is that Dave Menary, tonight, was as confident in a race as I've ever seen. He wasn't worried about Gerries Sport, he wasn't worried about anybody. He said this horse will win and he'll set the track record. And he did that," said Jamieson, who piloted Sintra to the win for trainer Dave Menary of Rockton, ON and his partners Brad Gray of Dundas, ON and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. "He was actually three-fifths of a second off his prediction, but it was still pretty impressive to see how good the horse was." Sintra bested fan favourite Gerries Sport by two and one-quarter lengths, with Flaherty seven and a half lengths back in third. The win was Sintra's third in three starts this season and Jamieson is confident that it will not be his last. "I schooled him before I qualified him and I knew what kind of horse he was. He was just deadly qualifying and his first two starts were a laugh, 1:51, just jogged," said the reinsman. "Obviously the half-mile track is a bit of an equalizer for some horses, but he just proved right there that he can go with anybody on any size track." Sintra raced just three times as a two-year-old, and was the second lightly raced youngster to emerge victorious in Gold Series action on Friday. Magnum J, who went behind the gate four times last season, captured the first Gold division in 1:53.2. Magnum J and driver Doug McNair carved out fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.4 on their way to the two and one-quarter length win over Brookdale Sonny and Bettor Memories, and McNair is also expecting a strong sophomore campaign from the Big Jim gelding. "He cut it home in 27 and a bit, and he did that on his own, so it's scary how big of a mile he probably could have went if he had to," said Guelph, ON resident McNair. "He's fast, he can come off a helmet. It's tough to say how good he is. He only had four starts last year," added the driver. McNair's father Gregg, also of Guelph, conditions Magnum J and shares ownership of the gelding with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover. The other Gold Series trophy went home with Print Media, who upset the favourites with a 1:54.1 front-end effort engineered by Sylvain Filion. The Vintage Master gelding finished one length in front of War N Munn and Semi Automatic to score his first win of the season. "This year they had him ready a little bit earlier so I think they caught those Gold horses off guard tonight," noted Filion, last year's leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "He was ready and there were a few here that weren't quite ready to roll, you know, and I think that gave him an edge." Milton, ON resident Filion engineered the win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner Saverino Spagnolo of Ottawa, ON. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 2. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues on June 4 with the first Gold Series Leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies going postward at Mohawk Racetrack. In addition to the Gold Series divisions, London area fans were also treated to four City of London Series Finals and two Alliance Series Finals, all leading up to the $150,000 Molson Invitational Pace. Filion and Moreau combined for a second upset in the Molson Pace, as the lightly rated Evenin Of Pleasure sprinted home to a track record 1:50.3 triumph. Sunfire Blue Chip finished a neck back in second and McWicked was hot on their heels in third. Ontario Racing

Favored Mach it a Par (Brian Sears, $4.40) saved her best for last Friday night, winning Yonkers Raceway's harness racing $45,000 Filly and Mare Open Handicap Pace. Unhurried from post position No.3, Mach it a Par watched as outside numbers Anndrovette (Jason Bartlett) and Tessa Seelster (George Brennan) lined 'em up early. The former led through early substations of :27.4 and :56.2. It was Know it All (Eric Abbatiello) moving from fourth, with the people's choice behind the one. Anndrovette continued to lead in and out of a 1:24 three-quarters, with a length-and-a-half margin entering the lane. However, she was done soon after, with Mach it a Par-fifth turning for home-going fastest when it counted. She rolled home by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52. Second went to Tessa Seelster, who offered good pace at both ends, with a belated Al Raza N (Jordan Stratton), Lookout Stokk Zone (Tyler Buter) and Anndrovette settling 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 third win in 15 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16.80, with the triple returning $65. Saturday night's card finds the Raceway hosting a pair of premier stakes events for 3-year-olds in the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace (sixth race) and its companion event for the lasses, the $100,000 Lismore (fourth race). The 12-race program begins at the usual 7:10 PM . YONKERS’ SATURDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $3,500 CARRYOVER A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Saturday evening’s (May 28) Pick 5 wager begins with a carryover of $3,525.24. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 7 through 11 during every racing program. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Friday evening), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next program. Frank Drucker

It would be a major shock if Team Raboki doesn’t win the QBRED Triad mares harness racing features this Saturday night. The astute stable prepare top fancies Bettorthanspecial and Bettor Promise in the Gr.2 $50,000 classic at Albion Park and the classy mares look set to dominate another Brisbane feature. And both mares are drawn to dominate again. Bettorthanspecial will start from the coveted inside gate while Bettor Promise starts from gate three. But the stable don’t want any unexpected shocks and plan to keep it simple. “The draws are ideal and we will keep it very simple tactically, Bettorthanspecial will lead while Bettor Promise will more than likely race without cover. We don’t want to overthink the situation, let’s keep it simple and win the race.” Co-trainer Scott Miller said. The two mares have raced head to head on 20 occasions and have finished one/two on ten occasions while Bettorthanspecial holds a slender lead in the head to head bracket. And Bettorthanspecial holds the advantage again this weekend after landing the better draw of the two. In their final hit-outs last weekend, both mares were surprisingly beaten. “While both got beat we weren’t disappointed because both performed well at a high level after the races didn’t play out the way we expected them to unfold. They have both trained on well this week and look set to run big races again. “Bettorthanspecial did a really good job last week after racing without cover in really fast time; she never gave up and looks the horse to beat because of the draw. I thought Bettor Promise was ok last week after starting from a bad draw, the time in her race was ok too. “There’s nothing really between them, if anything, Bettorthanspecial has higher speed but Bettor Promise is probably a little tougher so it really evens out in the end. We will put both mares out after the weekend and bypass the winter carnival, they’ll have a break and we’ll get them ready for Sydney later this year.” If successful, there will be no time for celebration for the stable with a road trip to Sydney scheduled for Sunday with talented rookie Three Of The Best starting at Menangle next Tuesday. The Breeders Challenge is the target and following his out of sort’s performance last month in the Australian Pacing Gold Final at Melton, the Mach Three gelding has trailed impressively on two occasions at Albion Park. “At this point, he’s taken no harm from that race in Melbourne, both trials have been good and he’s relaxed both times. He hit the sulky wheel in Melbourne and coupled with the fact he’s a Mach Three, it didn’t take much to set him off. “This series has always been on the radar for him and this is the last round of heats so hopefully he can qualify. We really like him as a horse and hopefully he can keep improving.” Meanwhile, current stable star Ultimate Art will venture to the Albion Park trials next Tuesday afternoon. With the winter carnival looming, the Modern Art gelding has won his past 7 starts and connections are keen to build on that with the UBET Picket Fence promotion a key target. Chris Barsby Fields for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016 Form guide for Albion Park, Saturday 28 May 2016

The clouds hung ominously over the Philadelphia skies on Sunday, but the rain did hold off, ensuring dry conditions for the harness racing at Harrah's Philadelphia. The competitive Sunday tilt featured a winner's over $25,000 lifetime pace (purse $25,000) and two divisions of a non-winner's of $15,000 in their last 5 starts (purse $15,000). In the winners-over event, it was millionaire pacer Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) scoring an impressive front-end victory. Coming off of 3 wins in the preliminary rounds of the George Mortin Levy at Yonkers, Mach It So drew post 7 for the final, and ultimately had no chance the way the race shaped up. Today, the 6-year-old gelded son of Mach Three brushed powerfully to the front, stopping the clock in a stellar 1:50.2 (season's mark). It was the 29th career win for the Jeffrey Bamond trainee, and his 4th of the season. Steve Elliot trainee Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller) had a tough hill to climb, starting from post 8 in the event, but was able to establish early pylon position coming away 5th. He had no choice but to come first-over however, after Mach It So cleared the lead. It was a big effort for the gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, as he gamely fought for second. Rockeyed Optimist continues to be a model of consistency for the owning conglomerate of Perretti, Berkner, Battaglia, and the A&B Stables. He has only been worse than third 3 times in the last 2 seasons. In the first division of the non-winner's of $15,000 last 5, it was Dedi's Dragon (Napolitano Jr.) overcoming post 8 to get the job done. The 6-year-old son of Dragon Again ended up with the pocket seat behind Bettorever (Tim Tetrick), and was able to outclose him in the passing lane, stopping the timer in 1:52.1. It was the 22nd career win for the Paul Holzman trainee, with earnings now just under $800,000. Division two went to Richard Poilucci's Starsky's Dream N (Yannick Gingras). The 6-year-old gelded son of Mach Three made the front end, and stayed on nicely, stopping the clock in 1:51.3. It was the 13th win for the Kelvin Harrison trainee, and his 3rd win of the year. Driver Tim Tetrick led the day with 4 wins. George Napolitano Jr. had 3 wins on the program. There is no live racing at Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday (May 25th). There is live racing on Memorial Day (Monday, May 30th) with a post time of 12:40 PM. Live racing resumes Thursday, post time 12:40 PM. Mike Bozich

Just a week away from the start of the Ontario Sires Stakes season, three-year-old pacing colt Gerries Sport put his harness racing rivals on notice with a sizzling 1:49.2 performance Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Richard Moreau trained colt competed in a non-winners of three-races or $75,000 lifetime event Friday night, which featured three Pepsi North America Cup eligibles, Arsenic, Bettor Memories and Nocturnal Bluechip. Gerries Sport entered Friday's race with two victories in three starts this season. His only defeat was a gritty fourth-place effort in The Diplomat Series final on May 7. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Gerries Sport left from post-five and found a spot in third, while four-year-old Asap Hanover blasted to the front just ahead of Arsenic. There was little movement early on, as Asap Hanover posted solid fractions of :26.3 and :54.2. Approaching the three-quarter pole, Filion pulled on the right line to send Gerries Sport after the leader. The challenger pulled to within less than two-lengths of the lead at the third-marker, as Asap Hanover reached that station in 1:22.1. In the stretch, Gerries Sport powered by Asap Hanover to grab clear command with an eighth of a mile to go. The Moreau trainee cruised home confidently in :26.4 to win by two-lengths in 1:49.2. Asap Hanover finished second, while Arsenic was third in his season debut. Pepsi North America Cup eligibles Bettor Memories and Nocturnal Bluechip finished fifth and seventh, respectively. A son of Mach Three, Gerries Sport competed primarily in the OSS Grassroots as a two-year-old, but appears more than ready to tackle the Gold level this season. Moreau trains the sophomore pacing colt for owner Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Quebec. Gerries Sport's third win in four starts this season brings his career record to six wins in 16 starts for earnings of $71,453. The son of Mach Three is now North America's fastest three-year-old of 2016. His clocking of 1:49.2 lowered the previous mark of 1:50.2 set by War N Munn in The Diplomat Final on May 7 at Mohawk. Gerries Sport paid $5.90 to win. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a special post time of 6:45 p.m. in place for Fireworks and Family Fun Night. Mark McKelvie

THE first heats of the Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge for this season will be conducted at Bathurst on Wednesday night.  Heats will be conducted at a number of different tracks across the state over the next month as horses attempt to qualify for the semi finals at Tabcorp Park Menangle. The aim of all owners, trainers, drivers and breeders is for their horses to qualify for ‘Super Sunday’ on June 26 with nine Alabar NSW Breeders Challenge finals to be conducted across three age groups. In Wednesday night’s two heats, thirteen different stallions are represented including Courage Under Fire, Art Major, Mach Three and Roll With Joe.  In the heat for the colts and geldings, the two leading stables in NSW are represented.  Belinda McCarthy has Bullet Stride drawn in barrier one while Steve Turnbull has three runners – Rainbow On Fire, Conviction and Atomic Red. Lightly race Mach Three gelding Machgower will have his first run since March for Bigga trainer Dennis Picker.  Machgower was scratched from a heat of the Bathurst Gold Crown and was immediately aimed towards the Breeders Challenge series. Local trainer Bernie Hewitt has four fillies in the second heat.  Leading Sydney drivers Todd McCarthy and Robbie Morris have been booked to drive for the Hewitt stable while Bathurst reinsman John O’Shea will also get an opportunity to drive in the race. Sydney trainer Rickie Alchin will make the trip to Bathurst with smart filly Decapria on Wednesday after she broke through for an impressive maiden victory at Menangle last start.  Out of metropolitan performed mare Betapic, Decapria recorded a 1:55.5 victory and won by more than twelve metres.  Elle Yeah finished second and will be forced to race the talented filly again this Wednesday night. Other Alabar Breeders Challenge heats will be conducted at Penrith on Thursday night, Young on Friday afternoon and Newcastle on Friday night. Harness Racing NSW (HRNSW) is the controlling body for harness racing in New South Wales with responsibility for commercial and regulatory management of the industry including 31 racing clubs across the State.  HRNSW is headed by an industry-appointed Board of Directors and is independent of Government. To arrange an interview or for further information please contact: Name: Greg Hayes Position: Media Manager Phone: (02) 9722 6600 Email: ghayes@hrnsw.com.au

An unlucky second on the first night, The Royal Garden was simply too good for a handy C2-C6 field yesterday at the Manawatu Harness Racing Club's second day. While drawn poorly on the second line, John Dunn was able to work the Mach Three 5yr old into the clear early and eventually found the front at the 1700m. Once there he was able to set a strong tempo and as the field turned for home, he showed a decent kick finding plenty in the run to the line to hold on from the trailing Princess Kate and a late finisher in Hudy Haxwell. The 2500m trip was run in 3.11.6, the last 800m in 58 and the last 400m in 28.3. After struggling for some time in stronger Canterbury fields, John sent The Royal Garden south to Forbury last month where he was a convincing winner over smart southerner Statham. On the back of that win he was confidently backed on Thursday, but after having little luck had to settle for second. Yesterday's win was his 7th from 31 starts and takes his stakes to just under the $50,000 mark. Meanwhile in the south, Highview Freddy completed a successful comeback to racing with a good win in yesterday's feature at Timaru. His win came at his 4th start back after an extended break from the track with injuries. He had built nicely towards this win with a good second first up and then a couple of runs in stronger fields. Highview Freddy stepped like a toff from the front, over the 2600m stand and was soon in front setting his own terms. While taken on early in the race, Dexter elected to stay in front and always looked to have the Bettor's Delight 4yr old travelling nicely. He was allowed some rein from the 500m and quickly put three lengths on the opposition. At the 200m he was a clear six lengths in front and while he tired slightly over the last 100m, he held on an easy winner by four and a half lengths in a smart 3.17.5 for the 2600m stand. Owned by Ian Dobson, Highview Freddy had shown his potential at three winning the three races, but then came his time on the sideline. Based on the manner of yesterday's win, he will be easy to place over the winter months. Michael Drury - Robert Dunn Trotting Stables

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