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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The Mark Steacy barn has been on a roll this season at Mohawk Racetrack and Tuesday evening they celebrated a special harness racing milestone. Three-year-old pacing filly Stylish Beachwhere got back to her winning ways with a 1:52.3 front-end score for Steacy. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was winless in her last two starts heading into Tuesday's contest after winning three in a row to begin her career. Tuesday's victory was the first for Steacy on the WEG Circuit since surpassing $20 million in career earnings last Saturday night at Pocono Downs with Nocturnal Bluechip in a Consolation of the Battle of Brandywine. Steacy was presented with a sign recognizing his accomplishment in the winner's circle following Stylish Beachwhere's victory. Steacy has enjoyed plenty of success over the course of his career, most notably with superstars Majestic Son ($1.9 million - 1:52.2) and Hana Hanover ($1.2 million - 1:48.4). His trainees have visited the winner's circle 1,472 times during his career. This season, Steacy sits second in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 33 victories. Overall, his barn has 49 wins this season with the most recent victory from Stylish Beachwhere pushing the stable over $1 million in seasonal earnings. Mark McKelvie

JUNE 14, 2016 - Six $18,000 Grassroots divisions were featured on Mohawk Racetrack's Tuesday evening program as the harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies opened their 2016 season. Things got off to a quick start as Magical Valentine and trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev fired to the front before the halfway marker and sailed home to a 1:56.2 personal best in the first division. In just her fourth lifetime start, Magical Valentine bested a pair of freshman Grassroots winners, Traviata and Dewdle All Day. Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev conditions the daughter of Kadabra for M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. The win boosted Magical Valentine's sophomore record to two wins, one second and earnings of $19,500 in three starts. The sharp tempo was maintained in the second division as favourite Magical Steph and Myretirementticket battled through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:26.1 before yielding in the stretch to a hard-closing Royal Charm. After pushing out three-wide to get a clear look at the leaders, Royal Charm and trainer-driver Mark Steacy powered down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Myretirementticket stayed game for second and Its All About Sam trotted into third. "Royal Charm is a well-bred filly that has always shown a lot of speed, but has been hampered by tie-up problems and immaturity," said Steacy of the Majestic Son-Queen Of Grace daughter. "Hopefully her problems are now behind her so we can continue to see what she can do." The Lansdowne, ON resident conditions Royal Charm for Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo, ON, David McDonald of Cornwall, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stables Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. Tuesday's win was the filly's first in six outings. Fan favourites Dayliner and Paul Walker also delivered a sharp mile in the third division, trotting under the wire in 1:56, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Powerful Glare and Silky Flashy Nfast. The win - a new lifetime mark for the Muscle Mass daughter - was Dayliner's second in 16 appearances. Walker trains and drives the filly for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound, ON. The first-time winner trend continued in the fourth division as Jody Jamieson stepped into the race bike behind True Muscle and guided the filly to a one and one-half length victory in 1:57.1. Fan favourites Could It Be Magic and I Want Kandy settled for second and third behind the first time winner. "She's just a sweet OSS filly that seems to want to do everything you ask," said Jamieson, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to the win for trainer Keith Jones of Barrie, ON and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. "I liked her so much that I'm going to go to Georgian Downs to drive her in the Alliance Final on Sunday (June 19)," added the Moffat resident. P C Cantore earned her first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy in the fifth Grassroots division, reaching the Mohawk Racetrack finish line two lengths ahead of Smash Hit and Zorgwijk Queen. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry piloted the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Balladeer to the 1:57.2 victory for owner-breeder-trainer Peter Clements of Dobbinton, ON. Unraced at two, P C Cantore now has four wins in six starts and earnings of $21,592. The final Grassroots trophy was awarded to Majestic Mistress, who hung on for a neck victory after battling pacesetter Absolut Seelster from the halfway marker onward. Majestic Mistress and driver Ryan Holliday stopped the teletimer at 1:58.1, holding off favourite P L Jill and second choice Magical Wonder. The win was the Majestic Son daughter's first in seven outings. "It was nice to get the monkey off our back with her," said driver Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest, ON. "She can trot enough; it's just a matter of keeping her at task. I think she's getting the hang of it." Holliday's father Dave, also of Mount Forest, conditions Majestic Mistress for owner-breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, ON. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 1, during Dresden Raceway's Canada Day celebrations. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week, with the three-year-old pacing colts taking centre stage on Thursday with six Grassroots divisions and the three-year-old pacing fillies stepping to the forefront on Friday with seven Grassroots splits. Post time for both programs is 7:30 pm. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing  

Nocturnal Bluechip made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday and sailed to an effortless win in the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Starting from Post 5 Nocturnal Bluechip and driver Paul MacDonnell of Guelph, ON led the field of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings to the quarter in :27 and then allowed Cruise Patrol to take command heading for the :55.1 half. Content to sit in second through the 1:23.1 three-quarters, MacDonell rolled Nocturnal Bluechip back to the front coming off the final turn and the colt powered home to a five and one-half length win in a personal best 1:51.1. Arsenic and Stonebridge Beach paced into second and third. “I spotted him at Blue Chip Farm last year and loved his looks and conformation,” recalled trainer Mark Steacy, who bid $97,000 for the son of Bettors Delight and Mcarts N Crafts at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. “I passed on a few at Harrisburg to go after him. I thought at the time I overpaid, but was happy to have him.” Nocturnal Bluechip made his first lifetime start in an Aug. 11 overnight event at Mohawk, finishing fifth. In his next two overnight outings the colt posted a win and a second, so Steacy entered him in the Sept. 12 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk, where he finished second to Gold Series regular Betting Line. In just five starts Nocturnal Bluechip has almost repaid his purchase price, earning $93,601 for owners Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, NLG Racing Stable of Wallkill, NY and Jane Phair of Wasaga Beach, ON. “He trained down very lazy, but always enjoyed his work,” noted Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy. “We gave him a late qualifier hoping to be good in the latter half and possibly catch the Breeders Crown.” The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will compete in their last Gold Leg on Oct. 1 at Flamboro Downs, with the top 10 point earners from the regular season advancing to the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10. If everything continues to go well for Nocturnal Bluechip, eliminations for the Breeders Crown are Oct. 16 at Woodbine, with the finals slated for Oct. 24. Trainer Dave Menary is also contemplating a Breeders Crown appearance for Nvestment Bluechip, who captured the second Gold division on Tuesday. From Post 6, reinsman Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON fired Nvestment Bluechip out to a :27 quarter and eventually yielded to fan favourite Betting Line, who hit the half in :54.4. Betting Line continued to lead through the 1:24.1 three-quarters and was still on top when the colts turned for home, but Nvestment Bluechip rolled out of the pocket and hit the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:51.1. Betting Line settled for second and Voracity completed the top three. “I think we’re all pretty confident in him. He’s been a good colt all the way along, but everything’s really, really coming together,” said Menary. “His confidence is up, and our confidence is up in him.” The Cambridge, ON resident shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In eight starts the son of Shadow Play and Hazes Zure Bet has posted four wins — three in the Gold Series and one in the Champlain Stakes — and one third for earnings of $219,283. The only disappointing performance on the pacer’s record came in the $685,000 Metro Pace Final when he made a miscue behind the starting gate and finished out of the money in sixth. “He can get a little sideways the odd time, and it was just bad timing, he made a little bobble for two steps, but it was at the wrong time on the wrong night,” said Menary. “When you’re going for that kind of money and you don’t even get a shot at it, that was pretty disappointing that week, but each week he is making up for it.” A $40,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Nvestment Bluechip moved ahead of Voracity and Betting Line to take over top spot in the Gold Series standings with 158 points. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack’s Ontario Sires Stakes calendar is the 2015 Grassroots Championship Night this Saturday, Sept. 26, featuring $50,000 Grassroots showdowns in Races 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11.   Ontario Horse Racing

SEPT. 9, 2015 - Southwind Shania clocked the quickest mile in a quartet of harness racing Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. In rein to Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, favourite Southwind Shania fired straight to the front from Post 4 and sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 on her way to a 1:56.3 clocking. Dancin Inthe Nude and Northern Prima were three lengths back in second and third. "Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction for her," said trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down like a real good filly, I thought like a Gold and maybe open calibre, and things haven't panned out. She's been disappointing so far." Coleman shares ownership of Southwind Shania with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON, Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Wednesday's victory was the Sportswriter daughter's first in nine starts, with three of them coming in the Grassroots program and two at the Gold Series level. With just one win, one third and one fourth in her Grassroots appearances, Southwind Shania finished short of the cut off for the Grassroots post season. Coleman said the filly will have an opportunity to maintain her forward progress in a few more overnight events before being sold in November. "She is a nice filly, but I don't believe Grand Circuit, so she will be sold in Harrisburg," said the Cambridge resident. Driver Trevor Henry also piloted St Lads Smokin Hot to a win in the final Grassroots division of the evening. Also starting from Post 4, Henry settled St Lads Smokin Hot into third as Noone To Depend On rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.2 half Henry tipped the fan favourite into the outer lane and St Lads Smokin Hot had taken control before the 1:27.3 three-quarters. From there the filly cruised home to a two length victory in 1:57.2, besting Endless Legacy and Buttermilk Hanover. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON. In five Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter posted two wins, two thirds and one sixth for a point total of 127, good enough for fifth spot in the division standings. "She's a big filly that only gives as much as she has to, but she is game and they will know she is there next week," said Henry, who will steer the filly in one of two $20,000 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17. The largest margin of victory on the evening went to Divas Image, who hit the wire 10 and one-half lengths ahead of the third division field in a sharp 1:56.4. Stonebridge Pearl and Tempus Seelster followed the fan favourite down the stretch into second and third. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell crafted the win, the filly's second of the season, for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and his partners Bannon Stables of Napanee, ON and Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Rocknroll Diva. "She is a real sweetheart of a filly that we bred because we really believed in her mother, but she was injured badly at two," explained Steacy. "Although she's small, Diva has a great gait and lots of brains," the trainer continued. "We have raced her from off the pace in most of her races and I think it has allowed her to develop into a very nice filly who should go into the Semi-final very brave." Divas Image finished the regular season with one win, two seconds, two thirds and one fifth in six Grassroots starts, earning 129 points and putting her in fourth spot in the standings. The other $18,000 Grassroots division was captured by Im In Luv who tipped out of the outer lane turning for home and paced under the wire a one length victor in 1:58.1. Pocket-sitter Glorious Delight finished second and the leader of the outer lane parade, Specialcelebration, finished third. "She got a perfect trip and she responded well," said Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, who guided the filly to her second Grassroots victory. "Semi-finals next." Jamieson's father Carl of Rockwood, ON trains Im In Luv and shares ownership of the Badlands Hanover daughter with Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England. In six Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, two fourths and two fifths for a total of 126 points and sixth spot in the standings. Wednesday's event completed the regular season events for all eight Grassroots divisions. The top 20 point earners from each two-year-old division will battle in Semi-final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17 and the three-year-olds on Sept. 18. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will make their way back to Mohawk on Sept. 26 for the Grassroots Championships. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Grand River Raceway, a Gold leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Sept. 21. Ontario Horse Racing

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

Two-year-old trotting colts were the headliners at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening, with 57 colts battling in seven Grassroots divisions. French Bastille captured the first Grassroots trophy of the freshman trotting colt campaign, hitting the wire in 2:01.1 for trainer-driver Mark Steacy. French Bastille reeled in pacesetter and fan favourite Clone The Tone through the stretch, reaching the wire one-quarter length on top. Stormont Viceroy finished two more lengths back in third. Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy conditions French Bastille for Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. The partners acquired the son of Kadabra and $639,981 winner Brigham Dream for $55,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. In the second $18,000 division Mass Balance got a pocket trip behind pacesetter Wildwild Men before rolling out in the stretch and accelerating away to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:59.3. Wildwild Men trotted into second, with Terrain Seelster earning the third spot when Holiday Party made a late break and was placed from third back to fourth. Bob McClure piloted the Muscle Mass son to the win for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON, and Georgian Downs' leading reinsman was impressed with the trotter. "He's a very nice young trotter with the attitude of a four-year-old," said McClure, who resides in Orangeville, ON. "He has a bright future." The third division was the first of two captured by driver Travis Henry of Brantford, ON and trainer Shannon Henry of Arthur, ON. Starting from Post 8, Travis Henry sent Zagster straight to the front and the pair never looked back, sailing home one and one-quarter length winners in 2:02.1. Money Mission and Muscle Time rounded out the top three. Muscle Mass gelding Zagster is owned by Trevor Henry Stables Inc. of Arthur, ON and John MacLeod of Kincardine and was a bargain $3,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale last fall. Through two qualifiers and one Grassroots appearance the colt is undefeated. Im A Mate scored the quickest mile of the seven divisions, trotting under the wire in 1:59.1 for driver Don Dupont and trainer Marie Dupont of Loxahatchee, FL. The fan favourite bested pacesetter Rose Run Rudi by three and one-quarter lengths with Romeo another length back in third. Roy Dobbins of Bryant, AL bred and owns Im A Mate, a son of Muscle Mass and Im A Checkmate. Among the colt's half-siblings is $799,117 winner Prayer I Am. Travis and Shannon Henry returned to the winner's circle following the fifth division when United BI caught pacesetter Chestnut Schofield at the wire. Just one-quarter of a length separated the colts at the 2:00.1 finish, with Eyeseenow seven lengths to the rear in third. Nick Petrusich of Hamilton, ON and Trevor Henry Stables Inc. share ownership of United BI, who was a $35,000 acquisition at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Georgies Pockets went gate-to-wire in the sixth division, stopping the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:59.4. Asterix and Dynamic Edge were four and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. The colt is the son of Muscle Mass and former OSS competitor Striking Pockets. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was captured by Cool Creek Victory, who toured the Georgian Downs oval in 2:02.1, besting Dial K and Some Peach. Eddie Green of Ohsweken, ON owns, trains and drives the son of Windsong Espoir, who was a $30,000 purchase from the Canadian Yearling Sale. The two-year-old trotting colts will make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 19. Georgian Downs fans will be treated to the Gold Series debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies on Sunday evening. The freshman fillies are featured in Races 2, 4, 6, and 8 on the July 12 program, which gets under way at 6 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Mark Steacy has a pretty good batting average in the Breeders Crown. The harness racing trainer of Harper Blue Chip, who is entered in this year's Three-Year-Old male trotting final, has won three finals with 10 starters and narrowly missed a fourth. "I've been kind of lucky as far as the Breeders Crown," he said. "We haven't raced in a lot of them, but I guess we've made the best of what we've been in." He won with Majestic Son in the Three-Year-old Colt Trot in 2006, Stylish Artist in the 2007 Two-Year-Old Filly Pace and Hana Hanover in the 2009 Open Mare Pace. She placed third the year before in her division. Steacy narrowly missed a fourth win last year, finishing second by only a neck with Sunshine Beach, who started eighth in the field of nine and was parked a good deal of the way. Asked to pick if any of his winners stand out from the rest, Steacy chose Majestic Son, who would go on to win Horse of the Year Honors in Canada that season. "By far my best horse was Majestic Son," he said. "He was a great horse, comparable to any of the three-year-old trotters that have raced. That's how I feel about him." Majestic Son, with Trottin' Trevor Ritchie handling the lines, won by a third of a length, beating odds-on favorite Glidemaster, who won the Hambletonian. Hana Hanover, driven by the Minister of Speed, George Brennan, registered a win at more than 13-1 odds in a time of 1:48 4/5, the fastest mile of her career. "Hana Hanover was a real gutsy mare, not so much blessed with talent, but she just had a big heart and tried real hard all the time," Steacy said. Stylist Artist, also driven by Brennan, went postward in her race at just under 5-1 odds, leaving from the rail. She sat in second for part of the race, dropped back to fourth, albeit by only a half length, and poured it on with a final quarter mile in 27 3/5 to prevail by 1½ lengths. "Stylish Artist was a nice filly, but she got lucky," Steacy said. "She got a very nice trip and it just worked out well. George Brennan drove her perfectly. She was a nice mare, but not a great mare." Harper Blue Chip, who finished third in the Hambletonian at 45-1 odds, is one of 10 entered in his Breeders Crown. He will face two of trainer Jimmy Takter's horses - Nuncio and Father Patrick - who are also entered. (Harper Blue Chip subsequently drew post nine, and was assigned a morning line of 12-1) "It's hard to compete against him when he has two real live horses like he has," Steacy said. "If his horses are 100 percent healthy and everything, realistically we're not going to be first or second in that race, but it's been a long year and Father Patrick is vulnerable now, and Nuncio beat (Harper Blue Chip) by three-quarters of a length last time out (in the Matron), where we were back four or five lengths at the start of the summer. So I think we're closing the ground on these horses. The horse that scares me a lot if Riina Rekila's (EL Titan, which won the Erskine in his last race). He's a nice horse and I think he's peaking at the right time. I'm quite worried about that one as well. Post position is going to mean a lot. (EL Titan subsequently drew post 10) "Finishing third (in the Hambletonian) was probably the best I expected to happen. There's nothing like winning the Hambletonian, which I'd like to do some day, but going up against (Takter's horses) and finishing third was like a win because we were such a long shot." Harper Blue Chip, a $40,000 yearling purchase, has won six of 14 starts this year and $657,029 after winning four of eight last year and $196,883. He is undefeated in four Ontario Sires Stakes races this season. He is owned by Landmark 6 Racing Stable that includes Steacy, David R McDonald, David K Reid and George R Judson. McDonald and Reid have been with Steacy since the early 1980s. Judson is another longtime client and the octogenarian is enjoying his Great Success in the business with Harper Blue Chip. "I knew George was looking for a nice horse and I felt this was going to be a nice one, so we swung a deal where I sold my 25% share to him in the horse's two-year-old year and it's worked out really well for him," Steacy said. Landmark 6, led by Howard Pearce of Kingston, is a syndicate that owns one quarter of the horse. Steacy and Pearce started putting together syndicates six years ago to give relative new owners in the business a chance to be involved in a group with minimal financial risk. Some of the original syndicate members have reinvested in the subsequent Landmark groups. "Fortunately for Landmark 6, they got the ultimate horse in Harper Blue Chip," Steacy said. "That's made it even more rewarding for the Landmark groups. He's been our best horse, by far, but we've had a couple nice ones, but nothing like Harper Blue Chip. When we cash out at the end of the year, they're all going to make money in this group." As part of the process of creating the syndicates, the members have to relinquish their investment after the horses' three-year-old seasons. The members pay up front to cover all the costs through to the end of the three-year-old year. "That quarter will probably be sold, we'll just have to figure out a price," he said. "If a good enough offer came along, we'll sell the whole horse. It would have to be a decent offer because I think this horse can make a very nice aged horse as well. I know it's tough for four-year-olds but there's a few more opportunities next year for four-year-olds. And the Majestic Sons have shown they can go on as four-year-olds." Steacy's 2013 three-year-old pacing star, Sunshine Beach was recently retired to stand stud at Seelster Farms. He had a tough four-year-old campaign winning only one of 10 races and a mere $27,330 after winning eight of 20 last year and $913,702. He was one of the few to pin a loss on Captaintreacherous. Sunshine Beach battled with a bladder stone problem all of his three-year-old season, which was not publicized, and this year he had to endure a kidney stone issue. "It took its wear and tear on this poor horse," Steacy said. "He was a very talented horse and he got off to a slow start because he had a few complications early at two, and once we got that figured out he matured into a nice three-year-old." "He was parked every step of the mile from the eight hole (in the Breeders Crown) and just got beat," Steacy said. "He was a champion three-year-old, maybe a half a step behind Captaintreacherous." By Perry Lefko, for the Breeders Crown

October 11, 2014. Harper Blue Chip, who was third in the Hambletonian and the Canadian Trotting Classic this season, capped off a four-for-four Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with a hard-fought 1:54.3 victory in tonight’s $250,000 Super Final for harness racing three-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Harper Blue Chip settled in fourth while Maximuscle (Rick Zeron) flexed some muscle from the far outside post ten starting position and cleared the field before the 27 second opening quarter. Filion then sent Harper Blue Chip on the attack up the backstretch, but he was still on the outside of Maximuscle at the :56.2 half. Maximuscle and Zeron kept the pedal to the metal around the far turn, leaving Harper Blue Chip parked out all the way around the turn and over to the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Harper Blue Chip forged his way around Maximuscle early in the stretch despite the wide journey, and none of the closers were able to track him down as Harper Blue Chip reported home with a two length victory. Ole Jack Magic (Chris Christoforou) was up for second and Verdi (Paul MacDonell) split horses to collect third. P L Hercules (Randy Waples) got fourth and Maximuscle finished fifth. “The trip didn’t work out the way I think Sylvain and I anticipated,” said winning trainer Mark Steacy, who noted that Harper Blue Chip will be heading to the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs before the going to the Breeders Crown at Meadowlands Racetrack. “We were hoping maybe to clear to the front a lot earlier than that. We didn’t know we’d have to come first-up that hard. This horse, he’s stepped up to the bell every time he’s gone behind the gate this year. The season’s been great. “He’s not a flashy horse or anything and he’s not probably the quickest horse. He just has a big heart, just like his dad (Steacy trainee Majestic Son). He just wants to win. He likes to make money and he seems to be able to get it done.” Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie, and George Judson of Athens, Ontario, own Harper Blue Chip, who has won six times from 13 starts this year and ten times in his career. Out of the Muscles Yankee mare Winning Jonlin, the three-year-old colt was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. and Ray Schnittker and was purchased for $40,000 at the 2012 Standardbred Horse Sale. Harper Blue Chip has earned $606,942 in 2014 and $803,825 lifetime. The full results from tonight’s race card at Mohawk may be viewed Mohawk Results – October 11. By OSS News

Three-year-old trotting colt Harper Blue Chip has made three starts in the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division this year and has won them all including the second of two $105,000 divisions tonight at Mohawk. Harper Blue Chip was sent off as the heavy favourite and quickly showed why as he flew up from sixth to grab early control and was well settled by the opening quarter in :27.2. He clicked off the half in :56.3 and was at the three-quarters in 1:25.4 and could not be caught down the stretch, winning easily in 1:55.3 for Sylvain Filion. Keystone Trevor closed well to take second while British Steel was third. Trained by Mark Steacy for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald, Cornwall, David Reid, Glenburnie and George Judson, Athens, Ontario, Harper Blue Chip was recording his fifth victory in a dozen starts this year for $481,000 in earnings. Lifetime his bankroll sits at $708,000. His victory tonight puts him squarely atop the point standings in this OSS division. A son of Steacy’s former champion Majestic Son, the colt is from the Muscles Yankee daughter Winning Jonlin and was bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock of New York which also bred the winner of the first division which saw Muscle Matters and Mario Baillargeon establish the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26. However, he could not hold off See The Wind and James MacDonald in the stretch as that colt took over to hit the wire first in 1:54.2. Muscle Matters held for second with Sheer Flex taking third. Chris Beaver of Delaware, Ohio, trains and co-owns the winner, a son of Deweycheatumnhowe, with Synerco Ventures of Toronto, Ontario, and Wilbur Lang of Ohio. Tonight’s effort was the second win in 12 attempts for See The Wind, bred by Blue Chip. A $10,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, See The Wind is from a half-sister to $386,000 winner Bramasole. This was the final regular season Gold event for this group. The top point earners will hook up once more in the season ending OSS Super Final on October 11 back at Mohawk. To view the results from tonight’s program, please click Mohawk Results - September 22. OSS News

Rookie pacers and trotters of both sexes competed in eight $20,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Semifinals on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semifinal will return for the $50,000 Grassroots finals next Saturday night at Mohawk. Pacing Males The first Semifinal for this group saw Star Cover (Jody Jamieson) in front of a parked-out Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples) by half a length at the 27 second opening quarter. Thinkofagameplan surged into the lead after that, and he would go on to click off the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.3. Through the stretch Thinkofagameplan, who led the Grassroots regular season point standings for the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers, remained in charge, and he would go on to defeat Star Cover by a length and a quarter in 1:53.4. Single White Sock (James MacDonald) was third, followed by Mybestolxfriendray (Billy Davis Jr.) and Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell). Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his fifth win (all in Grassroots competition) from nine attempts and pushed his earnings to $86,440, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. Thinkofagameplan has also raced against Grand Circuit two-year-old male pacers this year, finishing second in a division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk. In the other Semifinal post nine starter Supersonic Jet (Trevor Henry) blasted out for command, and he got around favourite Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell) at the :26.2 opening quarter. Moonwards Hanover then moved to the top, and he got to the half in :55.2 and to the three-quarters in 1:26.1. MacDonell asked the public choice to pick it up at the top of the stretch, but he didn’t have it on this night, and that set up a wild scramble to the finish line that resulted in Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair), who had drawn into the race following the scratch of Bridge Of Stone, rallying from off –the-pace and splitting horses inside the final sixteenth to beat far outside challenger Big Moment (Randy Waples) by a head in 1:56. Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon Jr.) nabbed third, The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) got fourth and Half A Billion (Mike Saftic) snagged fifth. Rightinthekisser, a colt by Major In Art, is trained by Mark Steacy for owners Annmari Daley of Lake Worth, Florida, James Crawford of Manilus, New York, and Michael White of Royal Palm Beach, Florida. Rightinthekisser, who was bred by Martinez Equine and was purchased for $12,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, broke his maiden in his eighth start, and he has put away $24,160. Rightinthekisser is the tenth foal out of the Pacific Fella mare Pacific Kiss, which makes him a half-brother to the likes of Pacific Mariner (Astreos, $375,166), a one-time Grassroots winner in his racing career. Trotting Males El Diablo Hall (Keith Oliver) went all the way on the lead in the first Semifinal, hitting the opening quarter in :27.1, the half in :57, and the three-quarters in 1:26.4 on his way to a two length win over Call Me Richard (Paul MacDonell). The final time was 1:57.4. Numbers Game (Mario Baillargeon) got third ahead of Olympic Son (Trevor Henry) and Grandprix Seelster (Sylvain Filion). Tony Montini trains the winner, a Windsong Espoir gelding, for owners Albina Montini of Acton, Paul Giammichele of Burlington, and Rick Podolinsky of Alvinston, Ontario. Dale Hunter of London, Ontario, who played for several years in the National Hockey League and was also head coach of the Washington Capitals, also co-owns El Diablo Hall, who has now won seven times (including a Grassroots success on August 16 at Georgian Downs) from nine tries and banked $40,500. He’s the third foal out of the Andover Image mare EL Mistress Chesea, meaning he’s a half-brother to multi-time Grassroots winner Erin Hall. Snapshot Springs (Trevor Henry) showed the way through stations of :28, :59, and 1:29.1 in the other Semifinal, but first-over challenger and favourite Freddie (Randy Waples) wore him down in the stretch to score by half a length in 1:58. Mandeville (Steve Condren) finished in third while Pilgrims Joy (James MacDonald) got fourth and Ontheroad De Vie (Rick Zeron) took fifth. Corey Johnson trains Freddie, a gelding by Majestic Son, for owners Debbie Element of Rockwood and Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. Freddie, who was bred by Rossridge Stables, is three-for-seven in the win column with earnings of $36,000. Freddie, a Grassroots winner on July 30 at Grand River Raceway and on August 8 at Mohawk, is the second foal out of the Muscles Yankee mare Circe Hanover. She’s a half-sister to the likes of Capriccio Hanover ($254,073). Pacing Fillies Race favourite Ms Mac N Cheese won the first Semifinal by a pair of lengths in 1:53.2 after she led the way through splits of :26.3, :56, and 1:24.3. Ride Away Shark (Jody Jamieson), who was stuck on non-advancing cover around the far turn, rallied to get second and Shes A Pansation (Steve Condren) collected third. Amazing Control (Mike Saftic) and OK Heavenly (Doug McNair) also secured spots in the final by finishing fourth and fifth, respectively. Richard Moreau trains the victorious Badlands Hanover filly for owner L. David Ratchford of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. She has six wins from eight attempts this season, and she has earned $43,467. The second foal out of the Artiscape mare Mr Delis Filly, Ms Mac N Cheese was sold for $10,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. This was Ms Mac N Cheese’s fourth consecutive victory in Grassroots competition.  In the second Semifinal 40-1 longshot Bella Santanna (Tyler Moore) gave the cold shoulder to 99-1 shot Machin Marley (Billy Davis Jr.) through panels of :26.3, :56.2, and 1:27. Even-money favourite Twin B Honour (Trevor Henry) was in behind Bella Santanna in the pocket but then she made a break when doubled up before three-quarters. At the top of the stretch Stonebridge Quest (Jody Jamieson) swept around the battling longshot leaders after a third-over trip, but driver Doug McNair cut Little Miss Artist loose on the far outside, and she would hit the wire first in 1:56.2. OK Hallelujah (Sylvain Filion) was second, beaten half a length by the winner, and Stonebridge Quest held third. Show Some Leg (Steve Condren) came in fourth and Lady Jen (Paul MacDonell) grabbed fifth. Mike Weller trains Little Miss Artist, a daughter of Artistic Fella, for breeder/co-owner DM Stables LLC. of Naples, Florida, and co-owners William Webb of Defiance, Ohio, and Denny Miller of Archbold, Ohio. Little Miss Artist posted her second victory from eight tries, and she has now pocketed $28,420. She’s the fourth foal out of the Noble Ability mare Parapanalia ($130,319), making her a half-sister to horses such as Panongahela (No Pan Intended, $224,324). He won eight times and earned over $108,000 in his OSS career. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal Wing Flash (Wayne Henry) popped out of the pocket past the :28.4 opening quarter, and then she went on to hit the half in 1:00.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3. The fillies sprinted for home off those internal fractions, and Wing Flash kicked out a :28.4 final panel to win by three-parts of a length in 1:58.2. The Murmuring Pan (Steve Condren), Tymal Illbthere (Chris Christoforou), Second Sister (Doug McNair) and Delcrest Flexyhall (Anthony MacDonald) also moved on to the final. Henry Stable of Arthur and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario, own Wing Flash, a daughter of Kadabra who was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, and Donald Robinson and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Wing Flash, who is also trained by Wayne Henry, has a trio of victories from eight attempts, and she has now put away $40,725. A winner in Grassroots action on September 9 at Mohawk and on August 17 at Clinton Raceway, Wing Flash is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Armbro Everlasting. The dam is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Armbro Keepsake. Summers Jewel (Mario Baillargeon) was in the lead at the :27.4 front quarter in the other Semifinal, but she would give way to public choice Bistrobistro Taj (Rick Zeron) prior to the :58.1 half. Bistrobistro Taj continued to have the lead at the 1:29 three-quarters, but Summers Jewel had already moved to the outside, leaving the pocket spot open to Railee Priti (Steve Byron). In the stretch Summers Jewel forged her way past Bistrobistro Taj, but inside the final sixteenth Railee Priti, who was sent off at odds of 26-1, came up on the outside of Summers Jewel, and Railee Priti would get up to prevail by a quarter of a length in 1:58.4. Summers Jewel had to settle for second and Bistrobistro Taj wound up third. Also moving on to the final for this group were Hope Rises (Steve Condren) and Pinky The Intern (Chris Christoforou), who overcame an early break in stride. John Bax trains Railee Priti, a filly by Muscle Mass, for owner-breeder Ron Mersky of Paris, Kentucky. Railee Priti, who also won in Grassroots action back on July 22 at Georgian Downs, has two victories from eight trips behind the gate, and she has pocketed $31,720. She’s the first foal out of the Broadway Hall mare Railee Beautiful, a half-sister to horses such as Railee Possible ($386,807). Grassroots Semifinal action continues on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack when three-year-old of both sexes and gaits go behind the starting gate in eight $20,000 events. For full results and charts of Friday night's races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0919mohsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Eight of the top four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R and their connections learned today what post-positions they have. The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card. “What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.” Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving and they drew post 5. World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip. They did not fare well in the draw and will start from the outside in post 8. The local favorite and all-age track record holder at the Hippodrome 3R is Duc D’Orleans, who starts from post 4. Back in 2013 he became the only horse ever to break the 1:53 mark at 3R, going in 1:52.4. He will be driven by native son Daniel Dube. Captive Audience leaves from post 7  for driver James MacDonald. The son of Art Major was an early season sensation and has recently being going against the best pacers at Mohawk. Lucan Hanover hails from the talented Casie Coleman Stable and starts from post 3. This son of Western Ideal has but one win this year but has been super game all season. Last week he was second by a nose on Yonkers half mile oval in 1:58 going extra distance at 1 1/16th mile and the prior week he won at Yonkers in 1:51.1. He will be driven by David Miller. Mach It So starts from post 6 for trainer P J Fraley and ships to 3R having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a 1:48.2 lifetime mark at Pocono Downs. The Mac Three gelding will be handled by Scott Zeron. Sunshine Beach drew the rail and is the highest money earner in the field at $913,702, so a victory would in the Prix D’Ete would make him a millionaire. He is locally co-owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Montreal and has a record this year of 1:49 at Mohawk Raceway. He will be driven by Doug McNair. Si Semalu comes into the race after two sharp efforts at Mohawk Raceway, finishing second last week and the prior week posting his fifth win on the season for trainer Isaac Waxman in 1:52. He drew well with post two and will be driven by local star Denis St Pierre. Here is the field in post-position order with driver and trainer: Sunshine Beach (Doug McNair) Mark Steacy Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) Isaac Waxman Lucan Hanover (David Miller) Casie Coleman Duc D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) Jacques Dupont Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) Ben Wallace Mach It So (Scott Zeron) P J Fraley Captive Audience (James MacDonald) Corey Johnson Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) Jimmy Takter There will be no consolation race. Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm. For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Many of the best four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The drawing for post positions will take place at a special media function at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday at 11:00 am. The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card. Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving. World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip. Also entered are Captive Audience; local favorite and Hippodrome 3R all-age track record holder, Duc D’Orleans; Casie Coleman’s Lucan Hanover; PJ Fraley’s Mach It So, who has won three of his last four starts; Si Semalu and Sunshine Beach, the richest pacer in the field with career earnings of $971,037. “What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.” Here is the field in alphabetical order: Apprentice Hanover Jody Jamieson Benjamin Wallace Captive Audience James MacDonald Corey Johnson Duc Dorleans Daniel Dube Jacques Dupont Lucan Hanover David Miller Casie Coleman Mach It So Scott Zeron Paul Fraley Si Semalu Doug McNair Isaac Waxman Sunfire Blue Chip Yannick Gingras Jimmy Takter Sunshine Beach Chris Christoforou Mark Steacy There will be no consolation race. Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm. For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Mohawk Racetrack offers a stakes laden harness racing card Saturday evening anchored by the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic which has two top Ontario-sired colts taking on five very talented sophomores. The card also features the $385,000 Peaceful Way final with several OSS fillies in contention, the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial with one lone Ontario-sired colt, and the $409,000 Elegantimage final with four OSS girls vying for their turn in the winner’s circle. In addition to those great trotting races, the program will also headline the top pacing mares in North America in two eliminations for the Milton Stakes which feature three OSS graduates including a Breeders Crown winner. In the showcase event Harper Blue Chip will attempt to duplicate his sire, Majestic Son’s, 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic victory. Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario, trained Majestic Son, who won the ’06 CTC by more than six lengths over a very talented field, and also conditions Harper Blue Chip. A son of Angus Hall, Majestic Son was a dominant force in the OSS during his sophomore season, winning seven of 10 OSS events. In total, he won $622,000 in the provincial program during his career. Majestic Son now stands at Tara Hills Stud Farm in Port Perry, Ontario, and Harper Blue Chip, with $547,000 in earnings, is his second richest performer to date, behind only Charmed Life ($592,000). So far this year Harper Blue Chip has a summary of 4-2-2 in 10 starts and although he’s won two OSS Gold events and swept the Canadian Breeders, he’s best known for finishing third in the $1,006,125 Hambletonian last month at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian winner, Trixton, is also slated to start in the CTC final, with post five. Trainer Jimmy Takter will drive the colt who has won eight of 10 starts this year. Tatker’s other talented colt in this division, Father Patrick (also eight for 10) is right alongside in post six. It’s a formidable duo facing Harper Blue Chip whose driver Sylvain Filion is cautiously optimistic, especially given that the colt has finally drawn a decent starting position, post two, compared to post 10 in the Goodtimes final and post nine in the Hambletonian. “He’s been drawing real bad all year and he finally gets a good post,” Filion noted earlier this week. “We’ve got a tough bunch of horses to race against, but he’s very good right now. I’m hoping for a good, close to the front trip and hopefully some top horses won’t be on their game, because we’ll need a lot of luck to beat those horses. It’s a very high quality group.” The other OSS colt joining Harper in the CTC final is Muscle Matters, a son of Muscle Mass who will start beside Harper Blue Chip in post three. Mario Baillargeon will be at the lines for his brother Ben who handles the colt’s training. Yet to win a race this year, Muscle Matters has been close, with five second place finishes in six starts, three of those to Harper Blue Chip. The CTC final goes as race nine on the card. In the third race, the $385,000 Peaceful Way final, there are six OSS fillies in the mix including a pair trained by John Bax, Stubborn Belle (post one, Paul MacDonell) and Juanitas Fury (post nine, Steve Condren). Both fillies have two OSS wins to their credit this season and both finished second in their respective Peaceful Way elims. Stubborn Belle was aptly named according to Bax. “She’s always been a lot like her name, that’s why she was named Stubborn Belle. She’s been a little hard to get to do it the way we want her to.” Despite that the Taurus Dream daughter, owned by Bax of Peterborough and Al Libfeld of Pickering, Ontario, has set two records so far this year – a track record at Rideau Carleton (1:55.4) in an OSS Gold event and a stakes record in a Champlain stake (1:54.2). Bax also starts the Muscle Hill filly Southwind Champagne in the Peaceful Way final. She has post six with Steve Byron at the controls. The other OSS rookies attempting to capture the event named for one of the greatest Ontario-sired trotting mares of all time, $3.2 million winner Peaceful Way, include Daneille Hall (post two, Jody Jamieson), Elegant Serenity (post four, Roger Mayotte), Amoureuse Hanover (post eight, Doug McNair) and Lady Caterina (post 10, Phil Hudon). The dam of Elegant Serenity, Elegantimage, is the namesake for the seventh race on the program. A star of the OSS in the late 1990s, Elegantimage earned just shy of a million dollars during her impressive racing career. A quartet of three-year-old Ontario-sired fillies will attempt to capture the $409,000 event including Bax’s Riveting Rose (post three, Paul MacDonell), Tosca (post two, Per Henriksen), Sweetie Hearts (post eight, Randy Waples) and Muscle Babe (post 10, James MacDonald). The other major trotting stake on the program is named for one of Canada’s most respected horsemen of all time, the late William Wellwood, a member of Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a successful participant in the OSS since its inception 40 years ago. The only Ontario-sired rookie colt in contention for this event is a son of Infinitif, Dont Rush who has drawn post four with Chris Christoforou in the bike. The colt captured a division of the first Gold event for this group in early July which surprised his trainer/owner and breeder Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario. “If you had told me in October he was going to win a Gold the first week of July I don’t think I would have believed you,” laughed Jones. “He’s exceeded my expectations since I brought him in the barn.” The OSS graduates competing in the two Milton eliminations are Monkey On My Wheel, a Breeders Crown winner at three and 10-2-6 in 24 starts this year for owner/breeder Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ontario. The winner of $1.5 million to date in her career has post seven in the sixth race which also features the Camluck mare Camille ($1.1 million to date) in post four. Voelz Hanover ($1.5 million lifetime) is the lone Ontario-sired distaffer in the second Milton elim, race 10. In addition to all of the on-track action, Mohawk is also celebrating their fans with Fan Appreciation Night Saturday featuring a first bet on the house, giveaways after each race and a $5 food voucher to the first 1,000 fans. To view the full card please click Mohawk Entries - September 13.

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - The $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic headlines an outstanding harness racing stakes filled card this Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Along with this year's 'Trotting Classic', the $409,000 Elegantimage Stakes, the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial and the $385,000 Peaceful Way Stakes are also carded for Saturday night. In total, over $2 million in purses are up for grabs on the 13-race card. The Canadian Trotting Classic is annually Canada's richest race for trotters. Established in 1976, the 'Trotting Classic' has been won by some of harness racing's greatest trotters, including Armbro Goal ('88), Yankee Paco ('00), Windsongs Legacy ('04), Donato Hanover ('07), Deweycheatumnhowe ('08) and Muscle Hill ('09). Leading the group of seven for this year's 'Trotting Classic' is the Jimmy Takter trained duo of Father Patrick and Trixton. Father Patrick (PP6), last year's Two-year-old Trotter of the Year on both sides of the border, has won 18 of his 21 career starts and is coming into the 'Trotting Classic' off victories in the $340,000 Zweig Memorial and the $260,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. A son of Cantab Hall - Gala Dream, Father Patrick, who will be driven by Yannick Gingras, won last year's William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk and is undefeated in three starts over the Campbellville oval. Father Patrick enters the $682,000 'Trotting Classic' with career earnings of more than $1.5 million. Trixton (PP5), this year's $1 million Hambletonian winner, is looking to defeat his stablemate once again in a rich stakes event and continue his dominance at Mohawk. Driven by trainer Jimmy Takter, Trixton captured this year's Hambletonian on August 2 at the Meadowlands, but never got the chance to go head-to-head with his stablemate as Father Patrick made a break at the start. A son of Muscle Hill - Emilie Cas El, Trixton has had plenty of success at Mohawk this season. He won the $272,100 Goodtimes Stakes on June 14 and most recently captured the $218,076 Simcoe Stakes on August 30. He also holds the Mohawk Track Record for a three-year-old trotter of 1:51.3. Trixton has won 12 of 18 career starts and is approaching millionaire status with $961,876 in career earnings. Takter is seeking his third Canadian Trotting Classic title as a trainer and second as a driver. He trained and drove Red Xing to victory in 1997 and conditioned the great Kadabra in 2002. While most of the fanfare will surround the Tatker duo, local standout Harper Blue Chip will be looking to steal the spotlight. Trained by Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip (PP2) has dominated the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season and has held his own against Grand Circuit company. Harper Blue Chip finished third in the Hambletonian, won by Trixton, and fourth in the $500,000 Beal Memorial at Pocono, which was won by Father Patrick. Steacy will be looking for his second 'Trotting Classic' crown after he won the 2006 edition with Harper Blue Chip's sire, Majestic Son. Most recently, Harper Blue Chip made a rare appearance off the board when he finished fourth in the Simcoe Stakes, but driver Sylvain Filion was happy with the way his colt raced. "I thought he raced really well. He had a real bad post (post position ten)," said Filion. "He trotted large down the lane and had lots of trot at the wire." The luck of the draw was on Harper Blue Chip's side in the 'Trotting Classic', as he will start from post two and Filion hopes to build off that luck. "There's a lot of good horses in there, but we drew good and with a lucky trip you never know." As for what kind of trip Harper Blue Chip will need, Filion believes in a small field of seven the closer the better. "I think you've got to try and be close, especially in a short field like that. If you stay back there probably won't be a lot of early speed, so you will need to be close to the front." The son of Majestic Son - Winning Jonlin has won eight of 18 career starts and has a bankroll of $547,749. The other four starters in this year's Canadian Trotting Classic are E L Titan (PP1 - Chris Christoforou), Muscle Matters (PP3 - Mario Baillargeon), Il Sogno Dream (PP4 - Aaron Merriman) and Damfoolrmillionair (PP7 - Randy Waples). The 'Trotting Classic' is carded as Race 9 this Saturday night. The $409,000 Elegantimage Stakes, which has normally been contested in June, will be making it's Canadian Trotting Classic night debut. 11 of the sport's best sophomore trotting fillies will contest the rich final. Just like the 'Trotting Classic', Jimmy Takter sends out the favourite in the Elegantimage. Shake It Cerry (PP7) has won 16 of 21 career starts and banked over $1.2 million in career earnings. A daughter of Donato Hanover - Solveig, Shake It Cerry was a Breeders Crown champion as a two-year-old and this year has won events such as the Del Miller Memorial and Zweig Filly Trot. Takter will also send out Scream And Shout (PP6 - Brett Miller) and has already won the Elegantimage three times with Southwind Allaire ('03), Pampered Princess ('07) and Lantern Kronos ('08). Completing the field are Demanding Sam (PP1 - Paul Macdonell), Tosca (PP2 - Per Henriksen), Riveting Rosie (PP3 - Paul Macdonell), Vanity Matters (PP4 - Scott Zeron), Chivaree Hanover (PP5 - Doug McNair), Sweetie Hearts (PP8 - Randy Waples), Heavens Door (PP9 - Ake Svanstedt), Muscle Babe (PP10 - James MacDonald) and Designed To Be (PP11 - Sylvain Filion). The Elegantimage Stakes is carded as Race 7. The top freshman trotters will also be on display Saturday night. The $385,000 Peaceful Way Stakes, for two-year-old filly trotters, features a World Champion in the group of ten that will line up behind the gate. Mission Brief, a daughter of Muscle Hill, won her elimination last week in a World Record time of 1:52.1. Trained by Ron Burke, Mission Brief had equaled the World Record in the Merrie Annabelle Stakes on August 2 at the Meadowlands, but in her Peaceful Way elimination she took sole possession of the World Record with her 3 ¾ length victory. Following the elimination, driver Yannick Gingras said she could've gone even faster. "She had plenty left, she is scary scary fast," said Gingras. "When she raced in the Merrie Annabelle I told Ronnie (Burke) after the race I still have another second...believe me she could've won in 1:51 and change tonight." Mission Brief's connections selected post position five as her starting spot on Saturday night. The other elimination was won by Jolene Jolene, a daughter of Muscle Hill trained by Jonas Czernyson, in a career best equaling 1:55.1. Driven by David Miller, Jolene Jolene has won three consecutive starts and finished second to Mission Brief in the Merrie Annabelle. She will start from post position three on Saturday evening. Completing the field for the Peaceful Way Stakes are Stubborn Belle (PP1 - Paul Macdonell), Danielle Hall (PP2 - Jody Jamieson), Elegant Serenity (PP4 - Roger Mayotte), Southwind Champane (PP6 - Steve Byron), Dynamite Dame (PP7 - Sylvain Filion), Amoureuse Hanover (PP8 - Doug McNair), Juanitas Fury (PP9 - Steve Condren) and Lady Caterina (PP10 - Phil Hudon). The Peaceful Way is carded as Race 3. Two eliminations were contested last Saturday to decide which ten two-year-old colts and geldings would advance to the final of the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Uncle Lasse, a full brother to Shake It Cerry, won the first elimination in a career best time of 1:54.4. Trained by Takter, Uncle Lasse has won three of six career starts and has never been worse than third. He will start from post position three with driver Ron Pierce. The second elimination went to Lookslikeachpndale, a son of Muscle Hill trained by Luc Blais, in a career best 1:56.2. The 'elim' victory broke the maiden of Lookslikeachpndale and allowed his connections to select their post for the final. Lookslikeachpndale will start from post position two with driver Sylvain Filion. Completing the field for the William Wellwood Memorial are Gifted Way (PP1 - Scott Zeron), Dont Rush (PP4 - Chris Christoforou), Aldebaran Eagle (PP5 - Doug McNair), Habitat (PP6 - Yannick Gingras), Jetpedia (PP7 - Mike Saftic), Southwind Stryker (PP8 - Steve Condren), Wheels Ah Smoking (PP9 - Ake Svanstedt) and Big Rich (PP10 - Steve Condren). The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5. Also on Saturday, two $35,000 eliminations for the Milton Stakes will be contested. 16 of the sport's finest pacing mares have been split into two eight horse eliminations (Races 6 and 10). The first elimination features millionaire pacing mares Drop The Ball (PP2 - Corey Callahan), Camille (PP4 - Yannick Gingras), Krispy Apple (PP6 - Tim Tetrick) and Monkey On My Wheel (PP7 - Chris Christoforou). Completing the field are Aunt Caroline (PP1 - Scott Zeron), Mattie Terror Girl (PP3 - Scott Zeron), Summertime Lea (PP5 - Yannick Gingras) and Jerseylicious (PP8 - Brett Miller). In the second elimination, Rocklamation (PP8 - Yannick Gingras), last year's Milton Stakes winner, is back to defend her title. Trained by Ron Burke, the six-year-old daughter of Rocknroll Hanover has earned over $2 million in her career. However, Rocklamation is not the richest mare in the field as that honour is held by Anndrovette (PP7 - Tim Tetrick). Trained by PJ Fraley, Anndrovette, who won the Roses Are Red Stakes back in June for the third consecutive year, has career earnings of more than $3 million. The other seven mares in the field are Charisma Hanover (PP1 - Yannick Gingras), Radar Contact (PP2 - Jack Moiseyev), Voelz Hanover (PP3 - Randy Waples), Ferrari Sena (PP4 - Sylvain Filion), Yagonnakissmeornot (PP5 - Jody Jamieson) and Shelliscape (PP6 - Tim Tetrick). The top five finishers from both eliminations will advance to the $286,000 final on Saturday, September 20. This Saturday night, Mohawk will also be holding 'Fan Appreciation Night' The first 1,000 fans on-track will receive a $5 food voucher and prizes will be given away after every race. More details are available at www.MohawkRacetrack.com Post time this Saturday is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Seven three-year-old trotters were entered Tuesday morning for the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 13. With only seven horses entered, eliminations are not required for this year's edition of the 'Trotting Classic.' Headlining the group of seven is the Jimmy Takter trained duo of Father Patrick and Trixton. Father Patrick is coming into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a victory last Friday night in the $340,000 Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs. A son of Cantab Hall - Gala Dream, Father Patrick has won 17 of his 20 career starts, including capturing last year's William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk in a Track and Canadian record time of 1:53.4. Father Patrick was named last year's Two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year on both sides of the border and has earned $1,452,396 in his career. The other half of the Takter duo, Trixton, most recently won the $218,076 Simcoe Stakes last Saturday night at Mohawk. A son of Muscle Hill - Emilie Cas El, Trixton won this year's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on August 2. He also found success earlier this season at Mohawk when he won the $272,100 Goodtimes Stakes on June 14 in a Track and Canadian record clocking of 1:51.3. Trixton has 12 victories in 18 career starts for earnings of more than $960,000. Also joining the Takter duo in the rich final is Ontario Sires Stakes star Harper Blue Chip. Trained by Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip won this year's Canadian Breeders Championship and finished third in the Hambletonian. A son of Canadian Trotting Classic winner Majestic Son, Harper Blue Chip has visited the winner's circle eight times in his career for earnings of more than $547,000. The other four horses in this year's Canadian Trotting Classic field are Damfoolrmillionair, E L Titan, Il Sogno Dream and Muscle Matters. Established in 1976, the Canadian Trotting Classic has been won by many great trotters including, Joie de Vie, Giant Victory, Yankee Paco, Kadabra, Mr Muscleman, Windsongs Legacy, Donato Hanover, Deweycheatumnhowe and Muscle Hill. Also on Tuesday morning, 11 three-year-old trotting fillies were entered for this year's Elegantimage Stakes. Those 11 fillies will go directly to the $409,000 final on Canadian Trotting Classic night (September 13). Leading the group of fillies is Shake It Cerry, a winner of more than $1.2 million, from the Jimmy Takter barn. A daughter of Donato Hanover - Solveig, Shake It Cerry is coming off a victory in the $150,000 filly edition of the Zweig Memorial last Friday at Vernon Downs. Shake It Cerry has won 16 of 21 career starts and has won many notable stakes events, including the Del Miller Memorial back in July and last year's two-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown. Also highlighting the group of 11 is the Julie Miller trained Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover - Sheer Soul won a division of the $103,845 Simcoe Stakes last Friday night at Mohawk. Designed To Be has won three times and has never been worst than third in seven starts this season. She has seven career victories for earnings of more than $593,000 and has only missed board once in 15 career starts. Muscle Babe and Riveting Rosie are two of four Ontario sired fillies in the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Muscle Babe has won four times in 10 starts this season, including the $178,287 SBOA Stakes on May 31 at Mohawk. She has six wins in 18 career starts and career earnings exceeding $248,000. Riveting Rosie was last year's Two-year-old Filly Trotter of the Year in Canada. She only lost twice last season in eight starts and captured $374,000 Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk. Trained by John Bax, Riveting Rosie has not had nearly as much success this season, but recently picked up her first win of 2014 in a $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Grand River Raceway on August 13. Riveting Rosie has won seven times in 18 career starts for earnings of more than $550,000. Here is the full field for the $409,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday, September 13. Chivaree Hanover Demanding Sam Designed To Be Heavens Door Muscle Babe Riveting Rosie Scream And Shout Shake It Cerry Sweetie Hearts Tosca Vanity Matters Along with the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes finals on September 13, Mohawk will also have the finals for the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial and the $385,000 Peaceful Way. Also on that evening, Mohawk will be hosting customer appreciation night. Visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com for more details in the coming days. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

It’s hard to believe, but in just 3½ weeks it will be time for the greatest race in recent Quebec harness racing history, the $250,000 PRIX D’ETE for the world’s standout four-year-old pacers, at the Hippodrome 3R in Trois Rivieres, Quebec, on Sunday, September 21. The top eight seasonal money winners that declare in will be the starters for the main event, the $200,000 Prix d’Ete Championship; if enough other eligible horses declare in for the race, there will be a $50,000 consolation event. Preference will be by 2014 earnings as well for the consolation race. The numbers next to the horses’ names below, listed in order by their current racing “sharpness,”  indicates where they stand as of August 25 in seasonal earnings among the 24 eligible (10 of which have earned $500,000+ lifetime and 17 of which have won in their careers in sub-1:50 time). 1.     MACH IT SO (2) – The most in-form horse at the present time, with wins in his last three starts. The fastest of those victories was a 1:48.2 victory at Pocono Downs on August 2, the same track where he dead-heated for the win with the classy FFA pacer Golden Receiver this past Saturday. The other win was in 1:51.2, at Yonkers – a half-mile track, just like 3R. 2.     SUNFIRE BLUE CHIP (8) – Like all of the other horses trained by Jimmy Takter, this one has been racing strongly, also winning his last three races – 1:50.2 at Yonkers on August 9, 1:50.3 at Saratoga seven days later (they’re both half-mile tracks), and last Sunday a 1:50.2 triumph at Tioga Downs. 3.     WORD POWER (4) – Wrote himself a shiny new mark at Pocono Downs two weeks ago when he edged the game veteran Sparky Mark by a head in 1:49.3. 4.     CAPTIVE AUDIENCE (3) – Earned himself a spot in the prestigious Canadian Pacing Derby Final this Saturday night at Mohawk; before that he earned checks in five straight Preferred events at the Toronto oval. 5.     SUNSHINE BEACH (21) – After setting a world record in defeating Captaintreacherous last year, this locally-trained fellow (Mark Steacy) has but one win this year, but he has had awful luck at the post draws: in starts #2-#5 this year, he had PP6 in a field of 7; 9 in a 9-horse field; 8 in a 10-horse field; and 5 in a 6-horse field. 6.     APPRENTICE HANOVER (1) – Hot through May, but tailed off badly since. 7.     ROCKIN AMADEUS (9) – Another Takter-trainer horse, took a 1:48.3 mark at Pocono earlier. 8.     WINDSONG JACK (6) – A Ron Burke trained horse who defeated good ones at The Meadows and Scioto. 9.     MOONLITEONTHEBEACH (13) – Won right away at Yonkers after a recent purchase. 10.   DUC DORLEANS (20) – He is the 3R track all-age track record holder (1:52.4); and has 5 wins, 10 of 11 on the board in his 3R career. There will also be racing at the Hippodrome 3R on Saturday evening, September 20, making for a two-day Festival of Racing that will give local fans many samples of the best of harness racing, and many visitors a chance to see the countryside and the local landmarks. Any members of the press who would like to contact the track officials, trainers or owners of the Prix d’Ete horses should contact 3R representative Laurent Sauve at  (e-mail) lasauve@videotron.ca or (phone) 450-890-3963 or 514-812-4249. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

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