After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The colt and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON fired away from Post 8 in the last $18,000 Grassroots division and reeled off fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:30.1 before fending off a late challenge from The Land Shark and sailing under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4. Sass was well behind the leaders in third. It was Willyorwonthe's first win since he turned heads with a 1:56.3 triumph in a two-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on July 2, and the effort caused owner-trainer Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON to breathe a small sigh of relief. "He raced very good the first start," said Megens of the colt's July 2 debut. "He had a few problems with food allergies so the vet, after the first race, suggested I treat him for the allergies and it kind of back-fired, he was allergic to the treatment." Willyorwonthe broke out in a rash, his throat was inflamed and he developed a cough in response to the allergy treatment. In his first two Ontario Sires Stakes appearances, at the Gold Series level on July 13 and 21, he finished seventh and fourth without the finishing kick he had shown Megens all winter. "He'd been good all along and I couldn't figure out what the heck went wrong with him," said Megens, who learned that 30 per cent of horses have an adverse reaction to the allergy treatment. "Hopefully we've got that under control now. He's not allergic to dust or nothing, it's just some foods." Following Willyorwonthe's reaction to the allergy treatment, Megens reverted to the simple diet he had been feeding the son of Angus Hall and Mikestory since he was a foal. "No more sweet feed or any of the mixed feeds." "He's allergic to corn and soy beans both, so it makes it hard to get a feed that don't contain them, so I put him on straight oats," said the horseman, who bred both Willyorwonthe and his dam, $246,254 winner Mikestory. "When I trained him down he was on straight oats and he always was good, and then I tried to get him a little better feed and it didn't work." If Willyorwonthe continues to regain his health Megens will send him to Georgian Downs for the fourth Grassroots event on August 4, and a positive result there may see the young trotter take another run at the Gold Series colts. "Hopefully he'll stay healthy for a while," said the horseman. "We'll see after the next race, if he races well next time we'll probably try him in the Gold again." Local trotter Holiday Bro also captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy on Tuesday. The son of Holiday Road and Armbro Xanadu circled out wide in the final quarter and sprinted down the stretch to a two length victory over favourite United BI and Muscle Time in 2:00.3 in the second division. "They were all hanging in the last turn, so I whipped out like 10-wide and let him trot," quipped Phil Hudon, who piloted Holiday Bro to the win for owner-trainer Ivan Gallant of Rockwood, ON. "I helped Ivan train him down and he's coming along nicely," added the Guelph, ON resident. "He's getting better every start and he's a quick learner." In his Grassroots debut, at Clinton Raceway on July 19, Holiday Bro finished second, so Tuesday's victory bumped his point tally to 75 and put him in fifth spot in the standings with three regular season events left on the two-year-old trotting colt calendar. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples won two Grassroots events, with Thee Desperado and Frankly Speaking. Starting from Post 5 in the first division, Thee Desperado recovered quickly from an early break in stride and then reeled in the leaders through the stretch to post a victory in his first lifetime start. Waples and the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of favourite Recreate and Romeo, stopping the teletimer at 1:58.3. Waples engineered the win for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Lightly rated Frankly Speaking also used a come-from-behind move to post his first victory in the fifth division. The Angus Hall son bested Asterix and Clone The Tone by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Waples piloted the colt for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Frank Spagnolo of Potsdam, NY and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, ON. Georgies Pockets kept a neck in front of UF Musclemass Star to record his second straight Grassroots victory in the fourth split. The Muscle Mass son and driver Steve Condren hit the wire in 1:58.3. Cool Creek Victory rounded out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren piloted the colt to his second win for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owners M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. Georgies Pockets now shares top spot in the division standings with United BI. Windsun Missile captured the other Grassroots division with a 2:00 clocking for trainer-driver Per Henriksen . The duo bested JLs Bad Moon Risin and Welland Seelster. Henriksen trains the Kadabra colt for Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, Asa Farm of Norwood, ON and Darryl Drain of Tweed, ON. The two-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August. 4, while their feminine peers arrive at Mohawk on Thursday evening for seven Grassroots divisions. The two-year-old trotting fillies are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 on the Thursday program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing
JULY 23, 2015 – Ron Waples piloted two-year-old trotting filly Devils Advocate to a Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, but the Hall of Fame horseman says his assignment to the Jack Darling trainee’s race bike could be a temporary one. “Well when we were training her down, and I’d just started working for Jack, we were just talking one day and I said, ‘I hope that whoever drives her just backs her off the gate a couple times to get her used to it, so she don’t get stupid,’” recalled Waples, who turned 71 on Tuesday. “And Jack says, ‘Well you’re gonna go with her.’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t be out there anymore, we’ll put somebody up that’s gonna be out there oftener than me.’ And he said, ‘No, I want you to go with her.’ I said, ‘Well, I’ll tell you what the deal is, I’ll go with her ‘til I screw up and then we’re firing me.’ “So far I’m still employed I think,” he added with a chuckle. Starting from Post 4, Waples sent Devils Advocate to the front and never had to glance over his shoulder. The Manofmanymissions daughter rolled through fractions of :28.2, :59.2, and 1:28.1, then pulled away from the field to a four and one-half length victory in 1:57. Its All About Sam and fan favourite Sky Angel finished second and third. “She’s a bit jittery you know, like she’s a kind of a nervous thing — not that she’s a puller or anything like that — but we’ve been really careful with her and it’s paying off, she’s just getting a little better all the time,” said Waples, who last appeared in the Mohawk winner’s circle on May 28, 2010. “She’s just a super gaited little thing, and you’ve always gotta pull her up at the end of her mile. She’s not a horse or a filly that just pulls itself up; you’ve got to always pull her up, which is a good sign, good wind to her.” Cambridge, ON resident Darling acquired the half-sister to $175,699 winner Unabating from last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $47,000.So far Waples, who makes his home in Guelph, ON, has piloted Devils Advocate through three qualifiers, a June 28 overnight event at Georgian Downs where she made a break, and the July 12 Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs where she finished second. When Waples and Darling met in the winner’s circle on Thursday they pulled the race bike off Devils Advocate and held the Ontario Sires Stakes blanket up behind the jittery youngster for the trophy presentation and photograph. “I didn’t want to have the bike on her up there in the winner’s circle and her flip herself over backwards and bust the bike or something, so I said we’ll take it off and get her picture taken that way,” Waples explained. “She’s getting better, like I said, but she’s not foolproof yet. “But I think she’s worth working on, or waiting on,” he added. Devils Advocate The other two Gold Series trophies went home with first-time winner Magical Wonder and division leader Caprice Hill. Magical Wonder and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON opened the evening with a sprint to the wire that saw them snatch a neck victory away from Powerful Glare, Caprice Hill’s stablemate in the Tony Alagna barn. Northern Sweetie finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Like Devils Advocate, Magical Wonder had started in one overnight event, logging a second-place result at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 2, and the Gold Series season opener, where she was third. The Kadabra daughter is trained by John MacMillan for owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. Magical Wonder A winner in the season opener, Caprice Hill cruised to another easy victory in the third division. The Kadabra daughter and driver Yannick Gingras — who made the trip up from his Allentown, NJ home expressly to drive Caprice Hill — sat fourth through the early going, stepped into the outer land heading for the half and had taken control by the three-quarters, pulling away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:56. Danish Darby and High Heels completed the top three. Manalapan, NJ resident Tony Alagna trains Caprice Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. The half-sister to $278,868 winner Bramalea Hanover was a $55,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With 100 points through two events, the talented youngster has a firm hold on top spot in the division point race. Caprice Hill The two-year-old trotting fillies will also make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack, returning to the Campbellville oval on August 4. On Friday evening Mohawk hosts five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies, with the Grassroots contests going postward as Races 1, 6, 7, 8, and 11 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing
JULY 22, 2015 - Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald took his brother's advice about an equipment change on two-year-old trotting filly Onatopp, and it paid off with a harness racing Grassroots victory at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. "I was stubborn; I didn't want to put the hopples on her. I felt that, the few times that I put them on her, I didn't feel that she was as strong or as fast with them on, and I felt that I could keep her trotting, at least on the bigger track, without them," said MacDonald, who co-owns, trains and drives Onatopp. "And James had schooled her for me when I was away and he said, you know, I think she needs the hopples. And, you know, he was right. I put them on her and she was really, really good." Making her debut with trotting hopples from Post 9 in Wednesday's sixth Grassroots division, Onatopp was able to secure a spot on the rail in fourth as favourite Ballykeel Rocket led the field to a :31.4 opening quarter. MacDonald was content to sit fourth through the 1:04.3 half, but when Favourite Tweet stepped into the outer lane from third, he followed suit. Rolling by the 1:36 three-quarters MacDonald tipped Onatopp out three-wide and she sailed effortlessly past the leaders to the front, pulling away to a two and one-half length lead in the stretch and stopping the clock at 2:05.1. Ballykeel Rocket settled for second and pocket sitter Sweet With Heat was third. "I know she only went in 2:05.1 tonight, but she can go as fast as any Grassroots filly out there, there's no end to her speed," said MacDonald. "I mean she come a last half in :59 or something tonight and I never pulled the ear plugs, never even asked her, I just moved her out in position where she could do her work, and she was more than happy to do it." MacDonald and his partner Rene Allard of Milford, PA purchased Onatopp out of the Canadian Yearling Sale for $11,000. The filly is a Manofmanymissions half-sister to $529,825 winner Sim Brown, and the partners had high hopes for her all winter. Onatopp made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the July 12 Gold Series opener at Georgian Downs, but made a break and finished eighth, a result that prompted MacDonald to take his brother, James MacDonald's, advice. In addition to his brother, the horseman said a great deal of credit for Onatopp's victory falls to his wife Amy who works alongside him in their 11-horse stable. "She works really, really hard on them and she deserves a lot of the credit, a lot of the credit," he emphasized. In addition to Onatopp, six other fillies went home from Grand River Raceway with Grassroots trophies on Wednesday, with four of them also stepping down from the Gold Series for their second Ontario Sires Stakes start. Mariana and trainer-driver Riina Rekila kicked things off in the first race with a 2:04 clocking, reeling in pacesetter Shezastrikin Loral and pocket sitter Tala Seelster in the stretch. Rekila and Esa Lahtinen bred and own Mariana through their Overseas Farms Ltd. of Campbellville, ON. Rekila piloted the daughter of Manofmanymissions to a runner-up result in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 7. Trainer-driver Eddie Green piloted Malia to a 2:03 win in the second $18,000 division. The Cornaro Dasolo daughter bested Tymal Tempest and Early Decision by one-half length. Green conditions Malia for Kristine Green of Ohsweken and, like MacDonald, sent her to the Gold Series for her first provincial appearance, where she finished sixth. Guelph resident Phil Hudon crafted a gate-to-wire victory for Toss It Back in the third division. The Majestic Son filly cruised across the wire four lengths ahead of Chapel Hall and Talbotcreek Jetta. Trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, ON shares ownership of Toss It Back with Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. The win gives the filly one victory and one fourth-place result through the first two Grassroots events. Magical Steph was the second filly of the evening to step down from the Gold Series and find success, capturing the fourth Grassroots division with a late sprint past pacesetter and favourite Shes In Gear. Major Muscle rounded out the top three in the 2:02.1 mile. Steve Byron engineered the Kadabra filly's first victory for trainer Gary Lance and owner GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. In the fifth division, Deweycheatumnhowe daughter Dewdle All Day hit the wire three and one-half lengths up on Windsongmusclelady and Herbe A Loral in 2:03.3. Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON drives, trains and co-owns Dewdle All Day with partners 9177 8720 Quebec Inc. of Saint-Sauveur, QC and Greg Judson of Athens, ON. Dewdle All Day came into the test off a sixth-place result in the July 12 Gold Series event. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Myretirementticket, the fifth competitor shifting from Gold to Grassroots competition. The Cornaro Dasolo daughter and owner-trainer-driver Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON cruised along on the front end to a 2:01.1 victory, crossing the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Very Classy and Cadillac Sally. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their third Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 30. Grand River Raceway's next Ontario Sires Stakes event will come during the highly anticipated Industry Day program on Monday, Aug. 3. The Elora oval will host the third Gold Leg for the three-year-old pacing fillies in addition to the finals for its signature races, the Battle of the Belles for two-year-old pacing fillies and Battle of Waterloo for two-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing
Hall of Fame driver John Campbell made his first appearance at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, making the trip up from his New Jersey home to partner two-year-old trotting colt Tony Soprano in Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action. "I got to Grand River last year, and this is my first trip to Georgian Downs," said Campbell, who is considered one of the leading reinsmen of all time. "Very impressed with the plant, it's really a nice paddock and a nice grandstand and everything, just very impressed with that and glad to be here for the first time to see it." Making the trip even more enjoyable was its successful outcome. Lining up at Post 2 in the second $70,000 Gold division, Campbell guided Tony Soprano to a 1:57.3 victory. The pair bested fan favourite Adored By Masses by one-quarter length, with Im A Mate well back in third. Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh trains Tony Soprano for his partners Mardon Stables of Loretto, ON, Paradox Farm Inc. of Caledon East, ON and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON, and it was at his request that Campbell made the trip to Georgian Downs. "He had told me early in the spring that he had a trotting colt that he really liked and that he'd keep me posted on his progress," explained Campbell. "Once he got qualified he asked me to come up last week and we both were happy with the horse, he did all he could in the situation, so I think he's off to a good start." In the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on July 13 Campbell and Tony Soprano tried to squeeze up the rail in the stretch and found themselves short of room before the wire. The colt finished third, one-half length behind the leaders in the 1:57.4 mile. "I didn't get him in a very good spot," Campbell admitted. "I had him in a bad spot, drove him bad, but the colt was good." On Tuesday Campbell and Tony Soprano sat fourth through the early going then started to press pacesetter and fan favourite Adored By Masses going by the three-quarter pole. The colts battled all the way to the wire, with Tony Soprano digging in through the final strides for the win. "He went a really professional race, very happy with him. I got him in a better spot this week," said Campbell with a chuckle. The son of Kadabra and $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano was a $90,000 purchase by Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners at last fall's Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. Tuesday's victory put his earnings, after two races, at $47,600. Campbell also piloted Nofear Blue Chip in the season opener, and was back behind the gelding in the first division on Tuesday for trainer Paul Reid and owner Norah Parks of New Lowell, ON Although he did not guide Nofear Blue Chip to the winner's circle, finishing third behind Deweylovernleaver and Will Take Charge, Campbell was pleased with the progress the youngster had made since July 13. "Paul didn't get to work him as much last week as he would have liked going into the race and he really improved off of that race in Mohawk, because he trotted more here than he did in Mohawk," noted the reinsman. "So I was very happy, and he was stronger his last quarter than he was last week." Deweylovernleaver circled out from the back field turning for home and sprinted down the stretch to a head victory in 1:57.4 for driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON and Leo Fleming of Camp Bellville, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe son was a $12,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and finished fourth, just behind Tony Soprano, in the season opener. The final division was captured by Unitaliano BI and trainer-driver Dustin Jones, who went gate-to-wire in 1:58.3 Pukka and Mass Balance finished four and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. "It would be nice to be able to race him out of a hole, but that's the way he wants to race, so it's better than fighting with him," said Jones, ruefully. "He actually trained great all winter. I thought he was a top colt all winter, but then as we got closer to race we were having a hard time to control him," the Waterdown, ON resident continued. "He wouldn't sit in a hole, he'd get mad. If you put anything on him to hold him, he'd get mad and he'd fight you. And he's such an intelligent horse in the barn; he's like a little kitten in the barn." Jones shares ownership of the stubborn youngster - who made an early break and finished fifth in the season opener - with Noblock Racing Stable of Collingwood, ON and William Jones of Lexington, KY. The trio acquired the Manofmanymissions son from the Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale for $20,000. The two-year-old trotting colts and geldings make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 7, while their Grassroots counterparts journey to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, August 4. Ontario Horse Racing
If the performances in Sunday night's Gold Series season opener at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs were any indication, Ontario has produced another world class group of two-year-old trotting fillies. Caprice Hill established the lofty standard for the evening in the first $52,500 division with a commanding gate-to-wire victory in 1:55.2. Allentown, NJ resident Yannick Gingras made his first-ever trip to Georgian Downs for the race, steering the daughter of Kadabra and Bramasole to the win for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and owner Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. "I baby raced her the first time (June 15) and I told Tony I'd like to stay with her, she showed me abilities that day," said Gingras. "She has a beautiful mouth on her, and great gaited, and she had all kinds of power, so I was very high on her and she proved me right tonight." Going unchallenged around the Georgian Downs five-eighths oval, Caprice Hill hit the wire four and one-quarter lengths ahead of Sky Angel and Las Vegas Seelster. Her 1:55.2 clocking was just two-fifths of a second off the 1:55 Ontario Sires Stakes record for two-year-old trotting fillies on a five-eighths mile track, set by the great Bee A Magician at Georgian Downs in an October, 2012 Gold Series event. "She's got the whole package, let's put it that way. She's got as much speed as anything, but her manners are very, very good." "You can do whatever you want with her," added Gingras. "Last baby race (June 27) I left and let somebody go, and came back in the stretch; just whatever you throw at her she's very professional about it, so I think that's her best quality right now." Trainer Alagna selected the half-sister to $278,868 winner Bramalea Hanover out of last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and owner Tom Hill issued the winning bid at $55,000. Since then Caprice Hill has been a star pupil for Alagna and his mother Donna Lee Ozment. "She's a really special filly." "My mom trained her this winter in Chicago and she came out to us this spring and she's been fantastic from the get go," said Alagna. "I'm very happy with where we're at right now." In addition to the Ontario Sire Stakes, Alagna says Caprice Hill has a full complement of open stake races on her calendar so long as she stays healthy and continues to thrive on the racetrack. Also delivering an impressive front-end performance was locally-owned Could It Be Magic, who cruised home a 1:56.4 winner in the third division for Alliston, ON resident Fred Brayford and trainer-driver Wayne Henry of Arthur, ON. Unchallenged through fractions of :29, :59.2 and 1:28, Could It Be Magic trotted under the wire six lengths ahead of Devils Advocate and Danish Darby. "She can really get out of there off the gate, and then Wayne seems to be able to get control and they kind of respect her I guess," said Brayford. "Then when he needs the last quarter he just kind of lets her trot and so far she's been pulling away from them." Brayford and Henry acquired the daughter of Kadabra and $233,554 winner In The Mean Time for $18,000 from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and Brayford says the filly seemed like a natural from her earliest lessons. "He (Henry) trains in Florida. I was down there for most of the winter and I used to go out and see her train, and she just seemed to be kind of a natural right from the start," explained Brayford. "She liked to trot. She didn't spend much time breaking, touch wood." Sunday's win was the second for Could It Be Magic, who also captured a conditioned event at Mohawk Racetrack on July 2. In the fourth division Emoticon Hanover stormed up the stretch to post a 1:56.3 victory and make it a hat trick for trotting sire Kadabra. The filly and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON reeled in pacesetter and fan favourite Ready Any Time and Magical Wonder to record the one and one-quarter length victory for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. The first foal from former Ontario Sires Stakes star Emmylou Who, a winner of 660,354 during her racing career, Emoticon Hanover was a $165,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The other Gold trophy went home from Georgian Downs with One Too Many, who was awarded the win when it was ruled that she was impeded by Silky Flashy Nfast in the stretch. Silky Flashy Nfast was moved back to second and Liberty Lane finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Guelph, ON resident Anthony MacDonald drives and trains One Too Many for Rene Allard of Milford, PA, who purchased the Manofmanymissions daughter for $14,000 from the Canadian Yearling Sale. The two-year-old trotting fillies make their second Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on July 23, while Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 14 with seven Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing
EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (March 4, 2015) - She's named for the heroine in The Hunger Games, yet the racing career of Katniss has taken a bit longer than was hoped to live up to its lofty expectations. With a price tag of $260,000, Katniss was the most expensive trotting filly to sell at the 2013 Harrisburg yearling sale. She was picked out by trainer Francisco Del Cid and purchased by owner Mario Mazza. Friday, March 6, Katniss makes her long-awaited debut in the first race at the Meadowlands. The 3-year-old Credit Winner filly is a full-sister to $1.1 million stakes winner Dejarmbro and her dam, Armbro Deja Vu, is a half-sister to millionaire world champion Manofmanymissions. "She suffered a soft tissue injury on the back of her front left leg last year when she reared up over a stall gate," said trainer Julie Miller, who has taken over training of the filly. "The owner gave her plenty of time to recover and it's not bothering her now. Hopefully she turns into a nice New York Sire Stakes filly or even more of a stakes horse, especially with that pedigree." Katniss enters Friday's race off a pair of qualifiers, drew post nine and will be driven by Andy Miller. She's listed at 3/1 on the morning line. "We're hoping she has a good positive experience racing for the first time," said her trainer. "Hopefully she passes a few horses down the stretch and finishes well." Friday's 13-race card at the Meadowlands is headlined by a $27,500 Open Handicap Trot. The field of eight is led by the coupled entry of Lindy's Tru Grit and Master of Law. Lindy's Tru Grit scored a narrow victory over Master of Law two weeks ago in their last starts. "[Lindy's Tru Grit] was staked lightly this year," continued Miller, who also trains Lindy's Tru Grit. "He's not the best trainer but he sure shows up to race. He's best tracking horses and utilizing that Meadowlands slingshot move." Friday's program also features two large carryovers in the Jackpot Super High 5. The fifth race carryover is now $41,316 and the thirteenth race carryover is $148,525. By Justin Horowitz for Meadowlands Media Relations
Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Erv Miller hopes Manofmanymission’s younger brother is growing ready to take on the assignment of facing stakes-level trotters. Team Six, a 5-year-old son of stallion Yankee Glide out of the mare Armbro Vanquish, has won 12 of 35 career races and earned $136,300 so far in his career. He is a full brother to Manofmanymissions, who also was trained by Miller and won the 2010 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male trotters and the 2011 Kentucky Futurity on his way to $1.21 million in lifetime earnings. Last week, Team Six won the B1/A1 Handicap at the Meadowlands by a half-length over Lindy’s Tru Grit in 1:53.1 at odds of 50-1. Appomattox, the favorite, was third and Spider Blue Chip fourth. On Friday, Team Six and driver Marcus Miller will start from post five in the Classified/FFA Handicap at the Big M. The field also includes Modest Prince, Odds On Amethyst, Coffeecake Hanover, Take My Picture, Lindy’s Tru Grit and Melady’s Monet. “He’s in pretty good company right now, so we’ll have to see how he gets along,” Miller said about Team Six, who was purchased for $200,000 at the 2011 Lexington Selected Sale. “That’s why we kept him, because we hoped he would come on to be an aged trotter; that he could compete at the stakes level against older competition. “Off and on he shows that kind of ability. I think he’s just coming into his own a little bit right now.” Team Six was unraced at age 2 and won three of 13 starts at 3. Last season, he won seven of 19 races and established his career mark of 1:52.4. “He’s starting to come around, I hope,” Miller said. “He’s a pretty heavy horse. Hopefully as he gets a little older, he’ll get along a little better. “He stays a lot sounder now than he did as a young horse. As a younger horse we had a little trouble keeping him sound. I think (being a heavier horse) was part of it. I think that’s what kept him from being a good 2-year-old. He was just a little too immature, a little too heavy boned, to really develop good as a young horse.” Team Six is owned by Peggy Hood, Mystical Marker Farms, Paymaq Racing and Jorgen Jahre Jr., which is some of the same group that ownedManofmanymissions. “We had good luck with that horse and those guys wanted to take a shot at the same family,” Miller said. “I’m pretty optimistic that (Team Six) could come on and be a bit of a stakes horse for us. He’s not the kind of horse that has to have a perfect trip, although that’s what he got last week. But he’s a big strong horse where I think he can endure a little work.” Miller knows Team Six will have to raise his game to compete at the top level in the older trotting division, but he’s hopeful the horse can find a place among that group. “There’s room for them if you’ve got one that’s good enough,” Miller said. Now it’s up to Team Six to accept that mission. By Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications
Make plans to attend the Canadian Yearling Sale Preview Day Saturday at Flamboro Downs. All yearlings set for auction on Sunday will be ready for viewing. The sale is set to start at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Complete sale information is available on theCanadian Yearling Sale page. Offspring from Ontario’s top stallions will be offered at the Canadian Yearling Sale, such as trotters sired by Angus Hall, Kadabra, Majestic Son and Muscle Mass, and pacers sired by Camluck, Mach Three, Shadow Play and Sportswriter. First crop Ontario-eligible stallions with yearlings available include pacers Big Jim, Bettors Delight, Up The Credit and Vintage Master, and trotter Manofmanymissions. To view the online catalogue, click the following link: Canadian Yearling Sale Online Catalogue From the Canadian Yearling Sales Company
Standardbred Horse Sales Company has posted the 2014 Black Book 1 Yearling Sale catalog on its website at www.theblackbook.com/catalog-downloads.php. You can download the catalog and other handy PDF packets, or create and track your own yearling lists with our “My Black Book” program. QR codes on individual yearling pages will link your Smart Phone or iPad to yearling videos when available. Download a “QR reader” application from your Smart Phone’s “App Store”, and scan the QR code on the printed catalog page with your Smart Phone. The yearling video will soon appear! We hope you enjoy this handy innovation closer to the Sale. This year’s Harrisburg Sale proudly presents 1125 fabulous yearlings, including yearlings by first year sires Roll With Joe (37), Manofmanymissions (21), Big Jim (17), Broad Bahn (9), Up The Credit (5), Vintage Master (3), Delmarvalous (3), and Big Bad John (2). Our iPad formatted catalog can now be downloaded using the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app – follow the link from the Black Book website DOWNLOADS page. The Black Book offers great yearlings for everyone’s needs, from Grand Circuit to Fair racing. Find your champion today! From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company
Hanover, PA --- The Standardbred Horse Sales Company is proud to announce that our 76th annual Harrisburg Yearling Sale Preview is now posted on our website, www.theblackbook.com. Individual yearling pedigrees will soon follow, with yearling video links posted closer to the Sale. Yearling Sale dates are Monday (Nov. 3) through Thursday (Nov. 6), featuring 1,123 yearlings, 531 by Pennsylvania sires, 275 by Ontario sires, 230 by New York sires, 78 by New Jersey sires, five by Indiana sires, two by Ohio sires, and two by Delaware sires. First year sires Roll With Joe (37), Manofmanymissions (21), Big Jim (17), Broad Bahn (9), Up The Credit (5), Vintage Master (3), and Big Bad John (2) are well represented. Printed catalogs will be mailed Sept. 12. Standardbred will again offer catalogs formatted for the iPad through the Equineline.com Sales Catalog app. As always, Standardbred provides multiple “Search” functions and downloadable PDF packets on our website to help you find your champion. Our convenient “My Black Book” feature allows customers to store lists of yearling prospects with pedigrees, video links, and personal notes in a confidential format that is accessible from any Internet-capable device. From the Standardbred Horse Sales Company
MANALAPAN, NJ - May 31, 2014 - Trotters Trixton and Heaven's Door, and pacers Doo Wop Hanover and Act Now captured the quartet of $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Finals for three-year-olds, the featured events on Jerseyfest night, Saturday, May 31, 2014, at the Meadowlands. Even in a field of five, drawing the rail was the key to victory for 9/5 second choice Doo Wop Hanover in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, the second race on card. John Campbell sent Doo Wop Hanover [$5.80] to the lead on the backstretch, relinquished the front to 2/5 favorite Western Vintage as they passed the half and drafted until they straightened out in the homestretch. Doo Wop Hanover, a son of Rocknroll Hanover, outsprinted Western Vintage [Western Ideal] to the wire in a lifetime best of 1:50 flat. The margin of victory was one-length. Beat The Drum [Tell All] was third by two lengths. There was no show wagering. "I think the difference was drawing the rail and getting away good, not using him hard," said Campbell. "I was able to follow Western Vintage into the lane. We beat a very good colt in Western Vintage. I think this colt earned the right to go to Toronto for the North America Cup." Trained by Steve Elliott, Doo Wop Hanover now has two wins and one second in three starts this year. The $52,000 Harrisburg Sale purchase has finished in-the-money in nine of 15 career starts, banking $137,013 for the partnership of Peter Blood of Pompano Beach, FL; Rick Berks of Boca Raton, FL and Gary Piontkowski of North Smithfield, RI. Trixton's six and a half-length victory was no surprise in the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the third race. The 1/5 favorite romped with a 26.4 final quarter, stopping the clock in 1:52.1, matching the stakes record set by Manofmanymissions in 2011 and equaled by Smilin Eli in 2013. "He is so nice, a real pleasure to drive," said winning driver-trainer Jimmy Takter. "He's a [perfect] 10 in every category." Takter moved the Muscle Hill colt to the lead on the backstretch and opened up ground in the final eighth of a mile, leaving it to Martiniwithmuscle to edge out Lightning Force, both by Muscle Hill, for minor spoils. Takter indicated that Trixton [$2.40] would be heading to the Goodtimes in Ontario and not likely to meet his other two trotting standouts, Father Patrick and Nuncio, until the Stanley Dancer Memorial on July 12 at the Meadowlands. Trixton, a $360,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase, picked up his third straight win in four starts this year and now has seven wins, two seconds and one third in 12 tries. He has now earned $144,583 for the partnership of Brixton Medical AB of Orsundsbro, Sweden and Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ. Last week, Heaven's Door was disqualified when she raced inside three pylons in the stretch. This week, the daughter of Muscle Hill was straight and true to the wire, winning the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes Final for three-year-old trotting fillies, the fourth race, in a stakes record 1:52 flat. Trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt guided the filly to a length and a half victory over Lady Suffolk winner Cee Bee Yes [Muscles Yankee]. My Inspiration [Chocolatier] was third by six and a quarter lengths. Heaven's Door [$10.40] scored a wire-to-wire tally, picking up her first victory in her seventh career start and doubling her lifetime earnings to $100,255 for Mellby Gard Inc of Vero Beach, FL. Bred in Sweden by Winwintrotting AB, she was a $90,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. The 1:52 clocking eclipsed the 1:52.4 stakes record established by Passionate Glide in 2006. Tim Tetrick tested Act Now early and pushed her to the lead with a 26.4 first quarter and 54.3 half and extended that advantage in the stretch to win the $100,000 New Jersey Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the fifth race, in 1:49.3. Sent off as the even-money favorite, Act Now, a daughter of Western Ideal, paid $4.20, finishing two lengths ahead of Sayitall BB [Tell All]. Fanticipation [Rocknroll Hanover] was third by four and three-quarter lengths. Act Now, a $40,000 Lexington Selected Sale purchase trained by Nikolas Drennan, posted her second straight win in her third start of the year. She now has five wins, one second and two thirds in 12 lifetime outings. She has banked $256,559 for Joseph Davino of Clarksburg, NJ and Patrick O'Brien of New Hyde Park, NY. By Carol Hodes, for the SBOANJ
VERNON, NY—Lukas Hall converted a pocket trip into a 1:55 track record victory during the second division of Thursday night’s $106,124 New York Sires Stakes feature for 2-year-old male trotters at Vernon Downs. With Jeff Gregory doing the teaming for trainer Kevin Mc Dermott in Thursday’s $52,562 10th race, Lukas Hall drafted along in second place behind the mile-cutting favorite Crazzycrazzy until the stretch drive, where he came on in a :29-second final quarter to post a career-best win-clocking, that lowered the former Vernon standard for freshman colt trotters by 2/5ths-of-a-second. The previous mark had been established by Manofmanymissions in 2010. It was the second win (coupled with a pair of third-place finishes) in five starts for the quick-striding bay son of Conway Hall-Goddess Of War, who is owned by former New York Jets standout Wayne Chrebet and Jeff Gural’s Little E LLC stable. Two NYSS wins in succession have raised the capable colt’s career earnings to $62,881. Thursday’s other NYSS divisional winner was Daley Lovin’, who also came from behind to record a career-best 1:56.3 victory in the $53,562 sixth race. Trainer Dan Daley drove the homebred son of Conway Hall-Dreamsrmadeofthis for his wife Ann-Mari Daley and Jlrl LLC. It was the first score (coupled with two third-place tallies) in four outings for the lifetime winner of $41,429. With noted NYSS pilot Jim Morrill, Jr. handling the lines in race four, a division of Thursday’s $63,900 Excelsior Series for NY-bred freshman male members of the diagonal gait, JS Trotting Bob became Vernon’s fastest 2-year-old trotting gelding of 2013 after posting a 1:56.3 victory in the fourth race, that was just one second off the track’s 60-year standard for his category. It marked the fourth tally in five starts for the bay son of CR Excalibur-Cr Mimosa, who is trained by Arnie Marks and owned by the Kj LLC Stables. Thursday’s other Excelsior series winners were Wild And Crazy Guy (Crazed-My Baby’s Momma) in 1:57.2, Cash Me Out (Cash Hall-China Victory) in 1:57.4), Winbak Glory (Malabar Man-Mink’s Glory) in 1:59.2 and General Bill Brown (Crazed-Dusty Girl) in 1:59.3. Thursday’s swiftest score was a career-best 1:50.3 victory for Let’s Go Higher in the $10,000 seventh race, the week’s Open contest for female pacers. Morrill, Jr., who collected three wins during the evening’s 13-race card, did the steering for trainer Hedi Rohr and owner Jesse J. De Long. DOWNS DOINGS Lukas Hall’s performance is the ninth Vernon record that has been tied or lowered during the track’s 60th season… The Traylor Racing Stable’s Cash Me Out is unbeaten after three career starts… Wild And Crazy Guy, Daley Lovin’ and General Bill Brown all collected their first pari-mutuel wins on Thursday night…Vernon’s annual “Corntastic Weekend” continues with Friday night’s corn-husking contest… A revised 2013 racing and stakes calendar, as well as additional information regarding Vernon Downs, its casino, hotel, racing and promotional events can be obtained at www.vernondowns.com.
Owner and partner of harness racing's Kentuckiana Farms in Kentucky, Ken Jackson, is cautiously optimistic about this year's breeding season. 'I think numbers will be slightly down this year but not significantly down like some of the other stud farms in North America.
Kentuckiana Farms is pleased to announce that Muscle Mass and Manofmanymissions will stand in Ontario for the 2013 breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwood, Ontario.
Kevin Lakomy is a horse owner and a baseball fan, and this summer the Chicago resident is enjoying the best of both those worlds. Lakomy and his father, Dennis, are part of a harness racing group that owns Banker Volo, who will compete in the first of two Stanley Dancer Memorial divisions at the Meadowlands this Saturday (July 14).
Kentuckiana Farms is extremely excited to announce that Manofmanymissions (b.c. 2008), by Yankee Glide out of Armbro Vanquish, by Garland Lobell will stand the 2012 harness racing breeding season at Kentuckiana Farms of Ontario, located at Emerald Ridge Farm of Rockwood, Ontario.