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Perfect Alliance puts her perfect 10-for-10 record this season on the line in the first of two Armbro Flight eliminations for older female trotters Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The 4-year-old Perfect Alliance is coming off a world-record 1:51.2 win over 2013 Horse of the Year Bee A Magician on May 19 in a division of the Miss Versatility Series at Woodbine. The time is the fastest by a 4-year-old female trotter on a mile racetrack. She is the 3-5 morning line favorite in her elimination, which also includes Upfrontluckycarol, Intense America, Rockin With Dewey, Ma Chere Hall, Bax Of Life, and Lady Laker. Perfect Alliance starts from post seven with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Julie Miller. Perfect Alliance had totaled two wins in 18 starts at ages 2 and 3 before bursting onto the scene this season with wins in the Singer Memorial Series and Bobby Weiss Series. "She couldn't be much better," Gingras said. "She's done everything asked of her and has been very impressive. I couldn't be happier with her." Gingras, who also is the regular driver of 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female trotter Maven, has been driving Perfect Alliance since Andy Miller was injured in an accident in April. Maven just recently returned from Sweden, where she finished sixth in the international invitational Elitlopp. "I think (Perfect Alliance) fits really well (with the top older female trotters) off that last start," Gingras said. "You really don't know until they go out and do it, but she had raced very well and I felt she had some more. I was very happy to find out she did." Four-year-old Bee A Magician is the 6-5 favorite in the second Armbro Flight elimination, with Classic Martine the second choice at 8-5. It will be Bee A Magician's second start of the campaign after going 17-for-17 last season on her way to Horse of the Year honors in both the U.S. and Canada. She is trained by Nifty Norman and driven by Brian Sears. Chris Oakes' Classic Martine, another 4-year-old, has won all three of her starts this season, including her division of the Miss Versatility in 1:52.2. One race earlier, she won in 1:51.2 at Pocono Downs to become the fastest 4-year-old female trotter on a five-eighths-mile oval. The remainder of the second Armbro Flight elim field is Angies Lucky Star, Charmed Life, Daylon Miracle, and D'Orsay. * * * Trainer Joe Holloway sends out the favorites in each of Saturday's two eliminations for the Roses Are Red Stakes at Mohawk. Shebestingin is the 2-1 morning line pick in the first division and Somwherovrarainbow is the 4-5 selection in the second elim. Somwherovrarainbow has won six of eight races this year, including the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series final, and was last seen pacing the fastest mile ever by a female pacer on a five-eighths-mile track when she won in 1:48 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She brings a three-race win streak to Mohawk. Shebestingin, who happens to be the fastest female pacer in history thanks to her 1:47 win last year at The Red Mile, is returning to stakes action after being scratched from the Betsy Ross Invitational because of a fever on May 25. She has won two of four races this season, with one second-place finish. She finished fifth in the mares preferred at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs on June 1. "These girls can rock," Holloway tweeted recently. (Follow @joehollowaystab). "Rainbow is feeling very good and trained well," he texted Wednesday. "I hope Sting rebounds; she might still be off her game some from being sick." Anndrovette, the three-time Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer, is the 5-2 second choice in the first elimination. She won the Betsy Ross in 1:50.2 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "Rumors of her demise are premature," co-owner Jeffrey Bamond quipped after Anndrovette picked up her second win in seven starts this season. Also in the first elim are Jerseylicious, Charisma Hanover, Summertime Lea, Shelliscape, and Drop The Ball. Joining Somwherovrarainbow in the second elimination are Krispy Apple, Rocklamation, Monkey On My Wheel, Voelz Hanover, Yagonnakissmeornot, and Camille. * * * Precocious Beauty, who was the 2013 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female pacer, was among 14 horses entered in the Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. The group was split into two seven-horse eliminations, to be contested Saturday, with the top five finishers from each division advancing to the final. Sent out by the father-and-son team of trainer Gregg McNair and driver Doug McNair, Precocious Beauty is in the second elim. She is coming off a 1:52.4 win in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs last weekend in her seasonal debut. She is owned by breeder Jim Avritt Sr., who was looking forward to her campaign. Precocious Beauty has won eight of 12 lifetime starts and finished worse than second just once. She is unbeaten in four starts at Mohawk, where last year she captured the She's A Great Lady Stakes and divisions of the Champlain and Eternal Camnation stakes. Precocious Beauty is the 2-1 morning line favorite in her elimination. The rest of the second elim is Rock N Roll Xample, Mamas Fallen Angel, Table Talk, Major Dancer, Lady Shadow, and Bahama Blue. Uffizi Hanover, who won the 2013 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old female pacers, is in the first elim. She is joined by Take That Hanover, Barefoot Beauty, Nat A Virgin, Beach Gal, Wanna Rock N Roll, and Fancy Desire. Beach Gal, who beat older horses her last time out, is the 5-2 morning line choice. She finished third in last year's She's A Great Lady. * * * There are two eliminations Friday for the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Elim No. 1 features 2013 New York Sire Stakes champion Flyhawk El Durado, who is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Trained in the U.S. by Mark Ford, he races out of the stable of Jeff Gillis in Canada. The colt has a win and two third-place finishes in three starts this season. Entranced, trained by co-owner Garth Gordon, is the second choice at 9-2. He is coming off a second-place finish to Massive Talent in a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes. Massive Talent, from the barn of Nifty Norman, is 9-1 in the same Goodtimes elim. Thomas Durand's Hitchin A Ride, another Ontario Sire Stakes winner last week, is 5-1. The rest of the field is Massacaia, Musical Spell, Skates N Plates, Verdi, Il Sogno Dream, and So Not Cool. The second elim features Jimmy Takter's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion Trixton, who has won three in a row since finishing second to Odds On Amethyst in his seasonal debut. Trixton's three wins are by a total of 22 lengths. He is the 3-5 morning line choice. Harper Blue Chip, trained by Mark Steacy, is the second pick at 6-1. Last year, he won a division of the Champlain Stakes and finished second to Father Patrick in the Wellwood Memorial. Pasadena Star, trained by Bob McIntosh, also won a division of the 2013 Champlain and has won six of nine starts in his career. Lightly raced Speak The Truth, from the stable of Linda Toscano, won a leg of the New Jersey Sire Stakes in May. The remainder of the field is Adversity, Dontcheatonmenow, Mister B's Way, Sas Warkentin, See The Wind, and Raise The Curtain. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications  

Some Major Beach, a half brother to world champion racehorse and sire, Somebeachsomewhere, looked very impressive in his 2014 qualifying race debut Monday morning at Mohawk Raceway. The three-year-old colt by Major In Art from the Beach Towel mare, Where’s The Beach, was driven by Chris Christoforou for trainer  Mark Steacy. After the opening quarter mile in a mild :30 seconds, Christoforou moved Some Major Beach from third to the front before the half mile marker in :59.1. From there it was time to kick it up a notch and so they did, holding a two length advantage on the field at the three-quarters in 1:27.4 and then they tore up some track as they came home in :27.1 to win by eight and one-half lengths in 1:54.3. Owned by Martinez Equine of Mechanicsburg, PA, Robert J. Watson of Ashfield, AU and Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, PA, Some Major Beach had just one win as a two-year-old with a record of 1:53.1f and earnings of $132,913. He was third in the Metro Final, Bluegrass Stake, Champlain Stake and the Breeders Crown elimination division. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com

Blue Chip Farms today announced that it has become partners with Hudson Standardbred Stable (Tony Infilise), Diane Bertrand, and Conrad Leber on world champion Sunshine Beach. Now four, Sunshine Beach, took his world record of p,3,1:47.4f winning the $500,000 Battle of Brandywine at Pocono in 2013 (defeating Captaintreacherous). Accruing over $900,000 (US) at three; he also surpassed stakes competition in the Somebeachsomewhere, Progress Pace, and Bluegrass Stakes. He was second in the elimination and final of the Breeders Crown. Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario will continue to train and direct the horse's racing career for the group. Tom Grossman, the owner of Blue Chip, noted that, "We looked at them all, but not since Art Major have I seen a horse at this level with all the other requirements met, and where there are several very legitimate reasons to believe in genuine improvement from three to four. We are unbelievably excited to go out with our new partners and prove it against any and all competition." Infilise, on behalf of Bertrand and Leber, commented, “We are honoured to have one of the very best Standardbred farms in the business join our partnership and very much look forward to Sunshine Beach's 2014 racing schedule.” Sunshine Beach will stand at Blue Chip's New York farm for the 2015 breeding season. The partnership, led by Blue Chip, plans to syndicate Sunshine Beach by the end of his four-year-old season. From Blue Chip Farms

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, March 27, 2014 - Excitement is the air as 28 nominations from the top four-year-old pacers in North America were received for the September 21st harness celebration at Hippodrome 3R for the renewal of the Prix d'Ete. The race will be the richest purse for four-year-old pacers in 2014 at $200,000. In fact nine of the top ten three-year-old money winning colts and geldings of 2013 were nominated. The field is led by Vegas Vacation, trained by Casie Coleman and a winner of over $975,000 in 2013 with a record of 10-4-1 in 20 starts, which saw the winner of the 2013 Little Brown Jug take the prestigious O'Brien Award for three-year-old pacing colts & geldings. His impressive stablemate Lucan Hanover is also nominated. Sunshine Beach, trained by Mark Steacy, is the fastest of the nominees in the inaugural renewal of the Prix d'Été by virtue of his world record mile of 1:47.4f taken in winning the Battle of Brandywine in 2013. In that race he defeated the 2012-2013 Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous in arguably one of the best races of the year. Sunfire Blue Chip, winner of the Adios and Hempt stakes, and trained by Jimmy Takter is an accomplished potential contender. Twilight Bonfire, second in last year's North America Cup, behind Captaintreacherous, Fool Me Once and Rockin Amadeus are additional top caliber nominees. Apprentice Hanover, a winner of nine straight races, including the Cleveland Classic, until finishing third to Foiled Again in Saturday's first leg of the George Morton Levy Series at Yonkers Raceway could be a serious contender. Nominated, from the powerful Ron Burke Stable, is Dedi's Dragon, who defeated Captaintreacherous, in winning the Monument Circle last season. Quebec fans will be cheering potentially for Hippodrome track record holder (1.52.4h) and champion Ontario 3YO pacing colt, Duc D'Orleans, as well as Captive Audience and Normandy Invasion. Nominees are required to make a sustaining payment of $1,000 by April 15th to maintain their eligibility. This group, with 16 nominees holding sub 1:50 records, has the potential of offering Quebec harness fans the best and most competitive fields of world class pacers seen in the La Belle Province since the last Prix d'Été in 1992. Stay tuned! From the Quebec Jockey Club  

This Week: W.N. Reynolds Memorial 3-year-old paces, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Meadowlands Racetrack will feature a pair of W.N. Reynolds Memorial stakes for 3-year-old pacers on the Saturday night (Dec. 7) card with the $58,000 (est.) contest for colts and the $50,000 (est.) race for fillies. Complete entries for the races are available at this link. Last time: Meadowlands Racetrack featured a big stakes card last Saturday night (Nov. 30) led by the TVG FFA finals for pacers and trotters. Foiled Again, who will be 10 years old in less than a month, won the $512,000 TVG FFA pacing final by a head in 1:49.2 against a field with $17.7 million in collective earnings. The win pushed Foiled Again's lifetime earnings to $6,030,968. Golden Receiver and Corey Callahan were first off the gate, hitting the quarter-mile mark in :26 with Bolt The Duer on his back. Foiled Again was right up and at him at the three-eighths to take the lead away and took the field to the :53.1 half. Pet Rock made a bid for the lead past the half but could not get by Foiled Again through the 1:22 three-quarters. Throughout the deep stretch, Foiled Again (Yannick Gingras) faced relentless pressure from the 8-year-old Golden Receiver, second oldest horse in the race, who came up the rail, but Foiled Again maintained his march to the finish line for the win. Foiled Again, who paid $7.80 to win, is trained by Ron Burke for Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi and JJK Stables. Market Share (Tim Tetrick) trotted hard and fast every step of the mile, bursting off the gate to get the lead and never relinquishing it to win the $500,000 TVG FFA Trot in 1:51 by three-quarters of a length. The win pushed his lifetime earnings to $3,115,011. Market Share and Tetrick came off the gate from the outside post seven to press for the front and made it there in :26.2 at the quarter and held that lead with Uncle Peter (David Miller) on his back to the :55 half. Arch Madness came off the rail from fourth after the half to make a bid on the outside for the lead, still held by Market Share at the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Market Share pulled off two lengths from the field at the head of stretch, but Uncle Peter charged hard in the final strides to be second with a fast closing Guccio (Jimmy Takter) out and moving three wide at the head of the stretch, but he could not pass the leaders and was third. Market Share, the 2012 Hambletonian winner, is trained by Linda Toscano and owned by Tom and Louis Pontone, Bill Augustine and Richard Gutnick. He is a 4-year-old son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt. Bee A Magician made it a perfect 17 for 17 with her one length victory in 1:53.3 in the $253,000 Moni Maker Stake for 3-year-old trotting fillies at the Meadowlands. The win put her over the $2.3 million mark in career earnings. Time To Kill (John Campbell) made it to the lead first at the :27.2 quarter mile-mark while Ma Chere Hall (Corey Callahan) overtook her briefly just past that marker, but Brian Sears had Bee A Magician just behind her on the outside. Those two made an unpressured move to take the lead just before the :55.3 half. Sears put 2-1/2 lengths between him and the field and trotted on to the 1:25 three-quarters with Ma Chere Hall at his back. As the field trotted down the stretch, Ma Chere Hall made a bid to get past Bee A Magician, got just to her wheel at the wire, but could go no further, as Bee A Magician cruised home to win No. 17 for 2013. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for owners David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman. Grand Circuit action also took place this past Sunday at Dover Downs. Sunshine Beach brushed to the lead heading to the half-mile marker and was never seriously challenged from there as he went on to capture the $284,160 Progress Pace final for 3-year-old male pacers in 1:50.3. Owned by Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, Sunshine Beach is trained by Mark Steacy and was driven to victory by John Campbell. The win was the eighth in 20 season's starts for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up, while his 2013 earnings climbed to $909,283. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2013, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Hanover Shoe Farms is the sponsor for the 2013 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,857; 2. Tim Tetrick - 1,625; 3. David Miller - 1,228; 4. Brian Sears - 781.5; and 5. Ron Pierce - 719.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,798.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,211.5; 3. Linda Toscano - 515.5; 4. Jonas Czernyson - 507.5; and 5. Tony Alagna - 471. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 405.7; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 376.25; 3. Frank Bellino - 268.5; 4. Brittany Farms - 263.05; and 5. WJ Donovan - 244. Looking ahead: The final Grand Circuit action of 2013 will take place next weekend at Northfield Park when the northeast Ohio oval hosts the Cleveland Classic for 3-year-old pacing colts. by Paul Ramlow for the Grand Circuit    

DOVER, Del.--- Starting from outside post 8 proved no problem for Sunshine Beach in a 1:50.3 victory in the $284,160 Progress Pace Final while Seeboomook Fool Ya and Casino Bags Carlo too $100,000 DSBF Finals on Sunday, Dec. 1 at Dover Downs. After early movement by Dedi's Dragon and Yannick Gingras at the start before being shuffled back to third by the half where Hall of Famer John Campbell rushed Sunshine Beach up around the clubhouse turn into the lead at the half in :54.2. On the backstretch Simon Allard shot Emeritus Maximus up to challenge the leader heading to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. Sunshine Beach then opened up in the stretch with the rest of the field spread out chasing. Clint Westwood and Corey Callahan came on to finish second with Dedi's Dragon finding room late along the passing lane to close fast for third. The victory was the eighth of the year for the three-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up by Artsplace trained by Mark Steacy. The colt is owned by Canadians' Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred Stable and has been 1-2-3 in 16 of 20 races this season winning $909,283 in purses. Seboomook Fool Ya and Allan Davis had to work hard to pass early leader Jonigold, handled by Bart Dalious, but once in the lead, the Gamblers Dream-Seeboomook Mao homebred of Garnet O'Marrow registered a 1:55.4 triumph in the Delaware Standardbred Breeders (DSBF) Two-Year-Old Filly pace. Allan Davis drove the Wayne Givens trainee to win #7 in 10 starts this campaign, only one farther back than third. Jonigold raced well and hung on for place honors with I'm Won Rum Wiser, with George Dennis, third. In the $100,000 colt and gelding frosh final, morning line favorite Elite Awards, a winner of seven straight races, was a pre-race scratch due to a high temperature, Casino Bags Carlo, a winner of his last two DSBF prelims with trainer-driver Vince Copeland driving, went right to the front and was never headed en route to a 1:54.2 lifetime record. Hawker, piloted by Jeff Fout, was second the entire route with Rosevelt Lee and Jonathan Roberts, third. Cavalli Pazzi Stables, a group of Delaware County, Pa. doctors, bred and own Casino Bags Carlo, named for a close friend who passed away. The Roddy's Bags Again-Casino Bus gelding won for the fifth time in nine starts while earning $98,911. Hen's Playmate, owned and trained by Bob Mundell won the first of two DSBF $20,000 consolation paces. Eddie Davis Jr., who drove both winners of the daily double, guided the Gamblers Dream-Hen Pheasant filly to her second win of the season. Aggie's Dream (Jon Roberts) and Juliana's Director (Trace Tetrick) were second and third respectively. The $20,000 male consolation went to Reg Hazzard and Legacy Racing of Del.'s Powerful Fella. The win was the first for the son of Cams Fortune-Jenny Lyn. Bohemia (Art Stafford Jr.) was runner-up. West Star Director (George Dennis) took third money. The top female pacers head the Monday card in a $20,000 Filly and Mare Open pace. Eddie Davis Jr., Corey Callahan and trainer Wayne Givens had two wins each. The regular weekly racing schedule is: Monday through Thursday starts at 4:30 p.m. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. There is no live harness on Friday and Saturday. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Reservations are suggested for dining in the Winner's Circle restaurant. Call 302-674-4600 for reservations. by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs

DOVER, Del. ----The Progress Pace, the signature event of Dover Downs' impressive month-long "Novemberfest" of stakes racing, is the $284,164 feature of more than $500,000 in events on a big Sunday, December 1 program. Last Sunday, in the Progress Pace elimination and with race favorite Vegas Vacation scratched, Twilight Bonfire, owned by Bob Key, pulled a stunning upset at 20-1 odds on a cold and windy night. Tim Tetrick urged the three-year-old from off the pace to nip Sunshine Beach in the last step. Hall of Famer John Campbell drives Sunshine Beach, a Matron elim winner and second in the final, for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred. Dedi's Dragon, who owns a victory over Captaintreacherous this season, finished third in the elim but makes a big change in post positions leaving from the rail this time with Yannick Gingras driving for P. Collura, T Hendler, Mark Weaver, Mike Bruscemi and Burke Racing. Another rival, Wake Up Eagles Soar and Wake Up Peter Partners, L.Willinger and Brittany Farms' Wake Up Peter is teamed with Scott Zeron. They were a fourth-place finisher last week. Emeritus Maximus reined by Simon Allard got a fifth-place check in the elim for owners Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable. The other contenders in the $100,000 test are Messenger Stake-winner Ronny Bugatti, owned by E.A. Prevost, B.T. McNeese and T.L.Houghton, who cut out most of the early pace for driver Jason Bartlett a week ago, Clint Westwood, owned by Weaver-Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Ed Smith and Burke Racing with meet leading driver Corey Callahan and Good Day Mate, with Matt Kakaley in the bike for Good Day Mate Partnership, Also on the strong Sunday card are two $100,000 Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) finales for two-year-old pacers. In the DSBF Filly Final, the program favorite is Garnet O'Mara's homebred Seboomook Fool Yah. Her competitors are The Wiz Kids Stable's Jonigold (Bart Dalious), Treasure Valley (Corey Callahan), George & Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser, and Jeff Bartels' Crushed Again (Vic Kirby), all winners in previous prelim divisions among the eight starters. Karen Walls' Elite Awards (George Dennis) a winner of seven straight races in eight lifetime outings is the one to beat in the $100,000 colt and gelding pace. Cavalli Pazzi Stables' Casino Bags Carlo (Vince Copeland) and Joan Hamstead's Lewiebyalength (Corey Callahan), from post 8, won both their prelims and Winbak Farms' Hawker (Jeff Fout), has post 1. There is a Dover Downs Progress Pace cap giveaway in the track's Simulcasting. Show your Capital Club card, or get one free, to pick up your all blue 2013 Progress Pace cap. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs.   by Marv Bachrad for Dover Downs  

DOVER, Del. ----The highlight event of Dover Downs' "Novemberfest' of stakes racing is the $400,000 Progress Pace. Nine fast three-year-olds including Vegas Vacation, winner of last Sunday's $160,388 Matron final, square off in one $35,000 elimination with the first eight finishers returning on March 24 for a $350,000 final. Three colt and three filly DSBF 2nd leg $20,000 preliminary divisions head the undercard. Post time is 5:30 p.m. this Sunday. In the Progress Pace, the track's Signature event, the elim is headed by Vegas Vacation, who has won 10 races and $971,632 this season for Phyllis Saunders, Tony Beaton, Adriano Sorella and West Wins Stable, and will be driven by Brian Sears. Sunshine Beach, a Matron elim winner and second in the final, is in the hands of Hall of Famer John Campbell for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Conrad Leber, Diane Bertrand and Hudson Standardbred. Emeritus Maximus finished third last week for Simon Allard driving for owners Alan Alber, Eagle Soar Partners and Cheap Speed Stable. E.A. Prevost, B.T. McNeese and T.L.Houghton's Ronny Bugatti, with Jason Bartlett in the bike, is winner of the recent Messenger Stake. Tim Tetrick will drive Bob Key's homebred Twilight Bonfire while Yannick Gingras pilots Burke Racing, Henry Collura and Mark Weaver- Mike Bruscemi's Dedi's Dragon. The new faces this week are Good Day Mate, driven by Matt Kakaley, for Good Day Mate Partnership, Clint Westwood, owned by Weaver-Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, Ed Smith and Burke Racing, and Wake Up Peter with Scott Zeron, a winner of $304,291 although winless in 17 races this season, owned by L.Willinger, Eagles Soar Partners, Brittany Farms and Wake Up Peter Partners. Six Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) two-year-olds move into 2nd leg preliminaries. Three of the contests feature colts and geldings with Karen Walls' Elite Awards (George Dennis) seeking a seventh straight victory in one division. The three others are for filly pacers headed by Garnet O'Mara's homebred Seboomook Fool Yah, and George & Tina Dennis and The Wiz Kids Stable's I'm Won Rum Wiser, both five-time winners this year and Jeff Bartels' Crushed Again (Vic Kirby), fresh from two-straight wins. The eight top point getters in each division return for $100,000 finals. Sunday post time is 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday; post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no live racing on Fridays and Saturdays. For those planning to watch racing from the Winner's Circle Restaurant, reservations are suggested. Call 302-674600. There is no charge for parking or admission at Dover Downs. Marv Bachrad  

It was all sunshine for Sunshine Beach at Dover Downs Sunday as the son of Somebeachsomewhere had it pretty easy in capturing the $53,462 Matron Preview for three-year-old pacing colts. It was Emeritus Maximus (Simon Allard) going for the early lead with Twilight Bonefire (Tim Tetrick) in the pocket as Sunshine Beach and John Campbell worked their way to the front at the opening quarter mile in :27. Going past the half mile marker in :55, the action began to pickup as Dedi’s Dragon (Yannick Gingras) came first-over and gave second-over cover to Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears). The cover started to gain ground at the three-quarters in 1:23.1 as Vegas Vacation tipped three-wide to come after the leaders. But Campbell, who never drew his whip, had Sunshine Beach in total command, barely urging him on as they scored by two open lengths in 1:50.1. Emeritus Maximus was second with Twlight Bonefire third. Also making the $173,000 Matron Final next week are Vegas Vacation, Swift As A Shadow, Dedi’s Dragon, Ronny Bugatti and Doctor Butch. For Sunshine Beach, it was his seventh win on the season for trainer Mark Steacy. The colt is co-owned by Hundson Standardbred, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, all of Canada. Sunshine Beach was the ½ betting favorite and paid $3.00 to win.    By Steve Wolf for Harnesslink.com  

LONDON, ON - Ontario's exciting three-year-old trotters and pacers opened up two nights of Grassroots Consolation action at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday evening. The Grassroots events followed on the heels of the Gold Series Consolations at Grand River Raceway and driver Doug McNair added two more wins to the three he posted on Sunday. The 23-year-old reinsman made his first appearance in the London winner's circle following the fifth race, guiding three-year-old trotting colt Cabertoss to a half-length victory in a personal best 1:59. McNair engineered the victory for trainer and breeder William Murray and owner William Murray Jr. of Mountain, ON. The lightly rated son of Muscle Mass, who went into the race ranked fifteenth in the Grassroots point standings, bested Next To Go and Sir William. Teaming up with three-year-old pacing gelding Ja El Pocketrocket in the tenth race, McNair once again employed a come-from-behind strategy and the fans' second choice rocketed home to a six and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:54. Maddysonofagun followed the winner up the outside into second and Southwind Amazon rounded out the top three. Favourite and early leader OK Fabulous settled for fourth. Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON owns Ja El Pocketrocket and Barry Treen conditions the son of Santanna Blue Chip, who finished the regular season eighteenth in the point standings. The other sophomore trotting colt Consolation was captured by Doubledown Gass and trainer-driver Reg Gassien in 1:59 and the other pacing colt contest went to The Real One and driver Scott Coulter in 1:55. Driver Mike Saftic also garnered two Grassroots Consolation wins, starting with a commanding victory by fan favourite Cardio Pump in the second three-year-old trotting filly battle. Cardio Pump grabbed control going by the three-quarters and accelerated away from the field to a nine and one-quarter length triumph in 1:59.4. Oaklea Veronica and Speedy Kim Mindale trotted into second and third. Saftic piloted Cardio Pump to her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Mark Steacy and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. The Angus Hall daughter finished second in both of her regular season Grassroots appearances, putting her twenty-fourth in the point standings. The veteran reinsman's second victory came in the next race with sophomore pacing filly Foolish Mind, who led from start to finish, hanging on for a nose victory in 1:56.2. Fan favourite Burlesque finished second but was placed back to eighth for a pylon violation, promoting Panstakingly and Hippie Chic into second and third. Sue Marie Gangell of Simcoe, ON trains Foolish Mind for her partner Barry Charles of New Rochelle, NY. The I Am A Fool filly was a two-time Grassroots winner during the regular season and finished fifth in the point standings. The other pacing filly trophy went home with Mark Steacy trainee Shanghai Mimi, who was piloted to a 1:57.1 win by Chris Christoforou. The first trotting filly division was captured by Standing My Ground and Sylvain Filion in 1:58.3. Grassroots Consolation action resumes at The Raceway on Tuesday evening with eight $20,000 battles for Ontario's exciting two-year-old trotters and pacers. The first race gets under way at 4:05 pm. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

Bee A Magician, Captaintreacherous and I Luv The Nitelife, who have combined to win 35 of 37 races and $3.67 million this year, lead the list of 156 horses entered Tuesday for the 12 Breeders Crown events at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in Wilkes-Barre, Pa. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers and Open Trot, which both received nine entries. Eliminations for 2-year-old male and female trotters plus 2-year-old female pacers are Friday at Pocono Downs, with the remaining elims Saturday. Post time is 6:30 p.m. both nights. All 12 finals - with purses totaling $5.6 million - will be Saturday, Oct. 19, at Pocono Downs. Post time is 5 p.m. for the first race. Bee A Magician, a 3-year-old filly trotter, is 13-for-13 this year for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. She enters the Breeders Crown off a win in the Ontario Sire Stakes championship Sept. 28 at Mohawk, which pushed her seasonal earnings to $1.09 million. Other victories this season include the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $356,981 Elegantimage Stakes. A daughter of the stallion Kadabra out of the mare Beehive, Bee A Magician is the fastest 3-year-old trotter this season, with a clocking of 1:51 that came in winning the $265,500 Delvin Miller Memorial on July 13 at the Meadowlands. The time is the fastest ever for a 3-year-old filly trotter. Bee A Magician has won 23 of 26 lifetime starts and earned $1.86 million - the most ever for a filly trotter at ages 2 and 3 combined. She finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly trotters, which was won by To Dream On. Bee A Magician is the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old filly trotters, starting from post three. To Dream On, who on Sunday won the $205,100 Kentucky Filly Futurity final, is in the second of the two eliminations. To Dream On is one of 12 previous Breeders Crown champions entered in this year's event. Three-year-old colt pacer Captaintreacherous is a nose from perfect this year, with 10 wins in 11 starts and $1.61 million. He is trained by Tony Alagna for the Captaintreacherous Racing ownership group. He heads to the Breeders Crown following his victory Saturday in a $215,500 division of the Tattersalls Pace at The Red Mile. Other wins this year for the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Worldly Treasure include the $980,000 North America Cup, the $635,750 Meadowlands Pace, the $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial and the $360,211 Cane Pace. His only loss came by a nose to Sunshine Beach in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine in a world-record 1:47.4 mile. Captaintreacherous has won 18 of 21 career races and earned $2.53 million. He finished third in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. He is in the second of two eliminations for the 3-year-old male pacers and will leave from post four. I Luv The Nitelife, a 3-year-old filly pacer, has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $968,337 for trainer Chris Ryder and owners Richard and Joanne Young. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover-Lisjune, she most recently won the $154,650 Jugette final at the Delaware County Fair on Sept. 18 for her 11th consecutive victory. Other triumphs include the $384,044 Fan Hanover Stakes, the $350,000 Valley Forge and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial. For her career, she has won 16 of 23 starts and $1.65 million. She finished second in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old filly pacers, which was won by Somwherovrarainbow. Eliminations are unnecessary for the 3-year-old filly pacers, so the final was drawn Tuesday. I Luv The Nitelife will start from post seven; Somwherovrarainbow leaves from post eight. Shebestingin, who on Sunday paced the fastest mile in history by a female pacer when she won a division of the Glen Garnsey Memorial in 1:47, drew post five. The Open Trot, Mare Trot and Mare Pace each have three past Breeders Crown winners. Arch Madness, who makes his record-tying sixth Breeders Crown appearance, Intimidate and Uncle Peter all are previous trophy winners competing in this year's Open Trot. Arch Madness became the ninth trotter in history to surpass $4 million in career earnings when he won the Allerage Farms Open Trot on Sunday at The Red Mile. In the Mare Trot, Cedar Dove, Check Me Out and Maven have won titles, as have Mare Pace contenders Anndrovette, Economy Terror and Monkey On My Wheel. Anndrovette is seeking her third consecutive Breeders Crown, a feat never accomplished in any of the open divisions. Sweet Lou, in the Open Pace, completes the list of previous Breeders Crown champions. The Open Pace also includes Foiled Again, who is the richest pacer in harness racing history, with $5.38 million. Following are the fields with listed drivers and trainers. Elimination purses are $25,000. FRIDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Struck By Lindy, David Miller, Nifty Norman; 2. Goddess, John Campbell, Paul Kelley; 3. Designed To Be, Andy Miller, Julie Miller; 4. Shake It Cerry, Ron Pierce, Jimmy Takter; 5. Lifetime Pursuit, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Cantabs Fortune, Rick Zeron, Rick Zeron; 7. Market Rally, John Cummings Jr., Megan Wilson. Division Two: 1. Cooler Schooner, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 2. Scream And Shout, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 3. Harley Momma, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 4. Vanity Matters, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Noon Tea Party, Brian Sears, Paul Fusco; 6. Demanding Sam, Paul Macdonell, Scott McEneny; 7. Ruby, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller. 2-year-old filly pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: She's Da Bomb, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 2. Rain Cloud Hanover, Brian Sears, David Taff; 3. Put On A Display, Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder; 4. Gallie Bythe Beach, John Campbell, Jim Campbell; 5. Bettor Business, Tim Tetrick, Scott DiDomenico; 6. Southwind Silence, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Ali Blue, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 8. Beach Body, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Precocious Beauty, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 2. JK Molly, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke; 3. Act Now, Ron Pierce, Nikolas Drennan; 4. Quick Thrill, Jim Morrill Jr., Brewer Adams; 5. Allstar Rating, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 6. Rockingcam Park, Brian Sears, Ron Coyne Jr.; 7. Scandalicious, Andy Miller, Scott DiDomenico; 8. Uffizi Hanover, David Miller, Jimmy Takter; 9. Delightful Dragon, Mike Lachance, Noel Daley. 2-year-old male trotters (top seven advance) 1. Southwind Spirit, Brian Sears, Ron Burke; 2. Expressive Action, Brian Sears, John Grasso; 3. Exodus Hanover, Andy Miller, Steve Elliott; 4. Another Transcript, Corey Callahan, Jerry Silverman; 5. Odds On Amethyst, Tim Tetrick, Robin Schadt; 6. Auspicious Hanover, Charlie Norris, Charlie Norris; 7. Muscle Network, Jody Jamieson, Tony O'Sullivan; 8. Nuncio, John Campbell, Jim Oscarsson; 9. Father Patrick, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter. Byes: Credit Fashion, Don Dorado. SATURDAY ELIMINATIONS 2-year-old male pacers (top three finishers from each elimination advance) Division One: 1. Workandplayhard, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen; 2. Journeyman, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna; 3. Let's Drink On It, Ron Pierce, Joe Seekman; 4. So Surreal, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 5. Idealbeach Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 6. Somestarsomewhere, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Sometimes Said, John Campbell, Jim Campbell. Division Two: 1. Beat The Drum, TBA, Staffan Lind; 2. Doo Wop Hanover, Ron Pierce, Steve Elliott; 3. Bakersfield, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 4. Melmerby Beach, Paul Macdonell, Brent MacGrath; 5. Crafty Master, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 6. Carracci Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Western Vintage, Yannick Gingras, Nancy Johansson; 8. Some Major Beach, Brian Sears, Tony Alagna. Division Three: 1. Luck Be Withyou, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Smack Talk, Ron Pierce, John Williamson; 3. Three Of Clubs, Doug McNair, Gregg McNair; 4. Fort Knox, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna; 5. Pierce, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Ari Allstar, Brian Sears, Mark Ford; 7. Stevensville, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 8. Arthur Blue Chip, Randy Waples, Ian Moore. 3-year-old filly trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Royal Assets, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Bouncing Bax, Howard Parker, Jim Raymer; 3. Coffeecake Hanover, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 4. Thistle Dhu, Brett Miller, Del S. Miller; 5. To Dream On, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 6. Frau Blucher, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes. Division Two: 1. Southwind Cocoa, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 2. Shared Past, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Bee A Magician, Brian Sears, Nifty Norman; 4. Ma Chere Hall, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Time To Kill, John Campbell, Ross Croghan; 6. Handover Belle, Mike Lachance, Tony Alagna. Mare trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bax Of Life, John Campbell, Jerry Duford; 2. Unefoisdansmavie, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 3. Mystical Starlight, Brett Miller, Ross Croghan; 4. D'Orsay, Corey Callahan, Jonas Czernyson; 5. Cowgirl Hall, Brian Sears, Deborah Brunet; 6. Cedar Dove, Ron Pierce, Noel Daley; 7. China Pearls, Paul Macdonell, David Drew. Division Two: 1. Real Babe, David Miller, Mark Harder; 2. Maven, Yannick Gingras, Jonas Czernyson; 3. Check Me Out, Tim Tetrick, Ray Schnittker; 4. Intense America, Mike Lachance, Susanne Kerwood; 5. Win Missy B, TBA, Rich Gillock; 6. Beatgoeson Hanover, David Miller, Nifty Norman. 3-year-old male pacers (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Lucan Hanover, David Miller, Casie Coleman; 2. Sunshine Beach, John Campbell, Mark Steacy; 3. Wake Up Peter, Rick Zeron, Tony Alagna; 4. Fool Me Once, Brian Sears, Mark Austin; 5. Apprentice Hanover, Jody Jamieson, Ben Wallace; 6. Captive Audience, Randy Waples, Colin Johnson. Division Two: 1. Vegas Vacation, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 2. Urbanite Hanover, Yannick Gingras, John Williamson; 3. Emeritus Maximus, TBA, Tony Alagna; 4. Captaintreacherous, Tim Tetrick, Tony Alagna; 5. Sunfire Blue Chip, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter; 6. Beach Memories, David Miller, Brian Brown. 3-year-old male trotters (top four in each elim and fifth place with highest seasonal earnings advance) Division One: 1. Bluto, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter; 2. Dewycolorintheline, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 3. Fico, Corey Callahan, Staffan Lind; 4. Deadliest Catch, Ron Pierce, John Duer; 5. Smilin Eli, Tim Tetrick, David Smith; 6. All Laid Out, David Miller, Noel Daley; 7. Possessed Fashion, John Campbell, Tom Fanning. Division Two: 1. Caveat Emptor, Ray Schnittker, Ray Schnittker; 2. Royalty For Life, Brian Sears, George Ducharme; 3. Hamdalla, Jody Jamieson, Riina Rekila; 4. E L Rocket, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 5. Spider Blue Chip, Ron Pierce, Chuck Sylvester; 6. Aperfectyankee, Jim Oscarsson, Jim Oscarsson; 7. Creatine, Mike Lachance, Bob Stewart. Open Pace (top seven advance) 1. Warrawee Needy, Jody Jamieson, Mark Ford; 2. A Rocknroll Dance, Tim Tetrick, Jim Mulinix; 3. Bettor's Edge, Tim Tetrick, Linda Toscano; 4. Modern Legend, John Campbell, David Drew; 5. Sweet Lou, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 6. Foiled Again, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 7. Golden Receiver, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder; 8. Michael's Power, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 9. Bolt The Duer, Mark MacDonald, Pete Foley. Byes: Clear Vision, Pet Rock. Mare Pace (top seven advance) 1. Economy Terror, Ron Pierce, Chris Oakes; 2. Rocklamation, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke; 3. Swinging Beauty, Ron Pierce, Ron Burke; 4. Ooh Bad Shark, Howard Parker, William Wiggins; 5. Anndrovette, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 6. Monkey On My Wheel, Brian Sears, Casie Coleman; 7. Krispy Apple, Tim Tetrick, P.J. Fraley; 8. Camille, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke; 9. Shelliscape, David Miller, P.J. Fraley. Byes: Drop The Ball, Feeling You. FINALS, ON OCT. 19 (no eliminations necessary) $500,000 3-year-old filly pace: 1. Parlee Beach, 2. Mattie Terror Girl, 3. Carols Desire, 4. Authorize, 5. Shebestingin, 6. Aunt Caroline, 7. I Luv The Nitelife, 8. Somwherovrarainbow, 9. Love Canal. $600,000 Open Trot: 1. Market Share, 2. Wishing Stone, 3. My MVP, 4. Guccio, 5. Intimidate, 6. Mister Herbie, 7. Arch Madness, 8. Uncle Peter, 9. Sevruga. by Ken Weingartner for HRC  

Freehold, NJ --- The Captain is still the king, but he faces another tough challenge in Saturday’s Tattersalls Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers at Lexington’s Red Mile. Fourteen horses entered the Tattersalls and the field was divided into two seven-horse divisions. Captaintreacherous, the defending Pacer of the Year and sport’s top-ranked pacer this season, will compete in the first of the two $215,500 splits -- along with the only horse to beat The Captain this year, Sunshine Beach, and Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation. Captaintreacherous, Vegas Vacation and Sunshine Beach are harness racing’s three richest 3-year-old male pacers this season. Vegas Vacation drew post one while Captaintreacherous got five and Sunshine Beach got seven. “They sure stacked them up,” said Mark Steacy, who trains Sunshine Beach. “It would have been nice to stay away from them until the Breeders Crown, but you can’t do anything about that. Plus we drew the outside post; I guess (driver) John Campbell will just have to work his magic.” Sunshine Beach handed Captaintreacherous his only loss in 10 races this year when he beat The Captain by a nose in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine on Aug. 17 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The time of 1:47.4 equaled the world record for 3-year-old pacers on a five-eighths-mile track. “Yeah, but he’s got about six (wins) up on us,” Steacy said with a laugh. “I’d like nothing more than to beat him again, but we want to win every time we race no matter what horses are in there.” Captaintreacherous won his three previous encounters with Sunshine Beach this year, including in the $980,000 North America Cup and $635,750 Meadowlands Pace. He also has four wins over Vegas Vacation, including the $360,211 Cane Pace. “It shapes up like a great race,” Captaintreacherous’ trainer Tony Alagna said. “I don’t look at it like we have to beat this horse or that horse; I just want my horse to go out there and race to his capabilities and he never lets me down.” Vegas Vacation, whose last three setbacks to Captaintreacherous have come by a combined total of less than a length, comes to the Tattersalls off his straight heats victory in the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 19 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. “I’m still the underdog,” Vegas Vacation’s trainer Casie Coleman said. “(Captaintreacherous) is still the king of the castle, but we’re going to try to take him off the throne. We’re going to give it our best shot.” Captaintreacherous and Sunshine Beach, who both skipped the Little Brown Jug, won Bluegrass Stakes divisions last weekend at The Red Mile. Captaintreacherous, who has earned $1.50 million this season, won by 1-1/2 lengths over Beach Memories in a career-best 1:47.1 with regular driver Tim Tetrick at the lines. “I was very happy with how he raced last week,” said Alagna, who trains the colt for the ownership group Captaintreacherous Racing. “And he’s trained back really well.” Sunshine Beach, who has won six of 13 races and $543,135 this season for owners Hudson Standardbred Stable, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand, captured his Bluegrass division by a neck over Resistance Futile in 1:48.2. It was his first start since a second-place finish to Vegas Vacation in a division of the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 7. “For a horse that hadn’t raced in three weeks, I thought he was very courageous,” Steacy said. “Resistance Futile is a nice horse with a good kick and he was able to fight him off. I hope he’s a little bit better this week.” Vegas Vacation has won nine of 15 races this year and earned $806,287 for owners West Wins Stable, Adriano Sorella, Anthony Beaton and Phyllis Saunders. He has won three in a row and five of his last six starts. “(Captaintreacherous) won in (1):47.1 last week, so he’s obviously awesome,” Coleman said. “But I think my guy is awesome right now too.” The second Tattersalls division includes Adios winner Sunfire Blue Chip, New York Sire Stakes champion Fool Me Once, and North America Cup runner-up Twilight Bonfire. Saturday’s card also features two divisions of the Glen Garnsey Memorial for 3-year-old filly pacers and four divisions of the International Stallion Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers. First race post time is 1 p.m. by Ken Weingartner for HRC

Saturday's Grand Circuit card at The Red Mile features the glamor boy division and "The Captain" is in to go. On a night when two and three year old pacing colt stakes dominate the ten race card for total purses in excess of $650,000, the weather man is predicting favorable conditions for a speed filled program.   Captaintreacherous will face a solid group of six in the $95,500 Bluegress Stakes event titled for his sire Somebeachsomewhere. He will begin from post five in the third race with Tim Tetrick aboard the pride of Captaintreacherous Racing for trainer Tony Algna .   "The Captain" had a few weeks away from racing after his Cane Pace win, then had a good tightener last week at Hoosier Park. The winner of the 2013 Meadowlands Pace, North America Cup and Max Hempt Memorial, he is harness racing's top seasonal money earner with just a hair less that $1.5 million and a career total of $2.374 million in the bank.    A second division of the Somebeachsomewhere goes for $96,500 in the eighth race with Little Brown Jug heat winner Resistance Futile facing Battle of the Brandywine champ Sunshine Beach.   Resistance Futile has long displayed high speed and seemed to put it all together winning the fastest "Jug' heat in 1:49.3, only eliminate himself from contention in the second heat by going off stride while gaining ground on the final bend. Corey Callahan retains the drive for trainer Blair Burgess, who owns the Real Desire colt in partnership with JH Walker and Deo Volente Farms.   Sunshine Beach is the only horse to finish in front of Captaintreacherous this season when he hung a narrow defeat on that one in their memorable world record  "Battle" of the Brandywine at Pocono Downs. This Somebeachsomewhere colt has been raced sparingly by trainer Mark Steacy and comes into this race three weeks stale after skipping the "Jug" due to a minor health issue. John Campbell gets the drive for owners Hudson Standardbred Stables, Conrad Leber and Diane Bertrand.   Supporting the sophomore stars are four divisions of the Bluegrass Stakes for two year old pacing colts where the likes of recent Delaware star On Golden Ponder, NJSS champ and Metro runner-up Western Vintage and PASS stars Limelight Beach and Sometimes Said will try their luck over the red clay carpet.   Three year old filly pacers will go in a single eleven filly division of the Bluegrass for $122,000 in the ninth race. The good Bettor's Delight filly Shebestingin is the likely choice in this one off a strong season that has seen her pick up over $300,000 on the strength of seven wins for Val D'Or Farms, Ted Gewertz and L & L Devisser. Joe Holloway trains and David Miller will drive the speedy lass.   Saturday post time is 7pm, the last of the night cards for 2013. Sunday racing has a 1pm post time and that will continue through the balance of the meet. Find more at http://www.theredmile.com./   by Nick Salvi for the Grand Circuit

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Weather brought Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday, Sept. 20 harness racing program to an early halt, but not before fans got a taste of what they can expect when the top Gold Series horses return to the Campbellville oval for Super Final Night. Two Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts, two for the two-year-old trotting colts and one freshman pacing colt division were completed before ongoing power outages caused the cancellation of the program. The remaining divisions, one each for the freshman trotters and pacers, will be contested as non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21. All five Gold Series divisions that were completed featured impressive performances, highlighted by an Ontario Sires Stakes record clocking for William Wellwood Memorial Trot runner-up Harper Blue Chip. Sent off as the fan favourite, Harper Blue Chip eased off the starting gate into fourth as Muscle Matters powered out to a :28.1 opening quarter. Milton resident Sylvain Filion sent Harper Blue Chip up the outside heading for the :58 half and the colt had taken command by the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Muscle Matters mounted a fierce challenge in the stretch, but Harper Blue Chip was able to keep a head in front to claim the victory and the 1:55 Ontario Sires Stakes record. Alerthemedia finished well back in third. The mile eclipsed the 1:55.2 two-year-old trotting colt record set by Muscle Matters’ stablemate Murmur Hanover over the Mohawk oval in 2012. Lansdowne resident Mark Steacy conditions Harper Blue Chip for his partners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The win gives the Majestic Son colt a record of one win and one sixth in two Gold Series starts, which will leave him short of the cut off for a post season berth. Fan favourites Deweykeepumnwhy and Moffat resident Jody Jamieson captured the other freshman trotting colt division with a 1:55.4 score for trainer Ronald Parsons and owner Norah Parks of New Lowell. The trotter will be back at Mohawk in next week’s $200,000 Super Final. The three-year-old trotting colt divisions featured personal best’s by both Buddy Hally and Flanagan Memory. Buddy Hally and Guelph reinsman Doug McNair captured the first $105,000 split with a 1:53.4 score for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI, and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The win vaulted last year’s Grassroots Champion to the top of the sophomore trotting colt point standings. Flanagan Memory and Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou cruised along on the front end to a 1:53.3 triumph in the other division. The win was the Kadabra colt’s sixth in 10 starts this season for trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC and his partner Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC. The winner of the Goodtimes Final is undefeated in three Gold Series starts and will be looking to make it four in next weekend’s Super Final. The sole two-year-old pacing colt division that was contested saw Bugger Bruiser edge out pacesetter Crafty Master at the wire in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Favourite Jet Airway finished third. Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald piloted the Believeinbruiser son to his third straight win for trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. The finalists for the freshman pacing colt and trotting colt Super Finals will be determined after the last two divisions are contested on Saturday. Post time for the rescheduled events is 6:30 pm, while Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program, featuring the $400,000 Grassroots Championships, gets under way at 7:25 pm. Videos for all races attached. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Metro Pace winner Boomboom Ballykeel returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mohawk Racetrack and the two-year-old pacing colt is in a must win situation if he is to extend his season through next weekend’s $200,000 Super Final. The Mach Three son has just five points to his credit from a fifth-place finish in the July 8 Gold Series leg at Mohawk and the current cut off for a berth in the Super Final is 38. A win, worth 50 points, would launch the Richard Moreau trainee into the post season, but a runner- up result, worth 25 points, will leave him short. “He’s got himself in a jackpot,” says owner-breeder Cam McKnight ruefully. “He is sharp, he trained in 1:55 on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at Mohawk, but then again everything has to line up,” adds the Tillsonburg resident. “You’ve got to be lucky. You don’t just have to have a good horse; you have to have a lucky horse.” Boomboom Ballykeel and regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton will be looking for luck from Post 5 in the tenth race on Friday, in a division that is loaded with talent. Point leader Three Of Clubs will start from Post 3 for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham and Mid-Summer Challenge winner Arthur Blue Chip gets Post 7 for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and Shadow One Stable of Guelph. Two other colts ranked in the top 10, Twin B Spy, who races out of Cambridge resident Casie Coleman’s barn for West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Adriano Sorella of Milton, and Cluster Hanover, owned and trained by Cambridge resident Jack Darling, will start from Posts 1 and 4, respectively. The other $105,000 freshman pacing colt division goes postward as Race 5. In addition to the two-year-old pacing colts Mohawk will also host the regular season finales for the two and three-year-old trotting colts. The freshmen will star in Races 1, 2 and 9 and William Wellwood Memorial runner-up Harper Blue Chip is in the same dilemma as Boomboom Ballykeel, needing a win and some luck to land in the post season. The Mark Steacy trainee, who is also piloted by Filion, will start from Post 3 in the second race. The sophomore trotting colts will wage their battles in Races 3 and 6, and division point leader Thankyoukessel will be looking to make it two in a row for trainer Joseph MacIsaac and owner-breeder Carolyn Williston of Moffat from Post 6 in the sixth race. Post time for Friday’s Ontario Sires Stakes laden program is 7:25 pm. For complete entries      Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Three-time Grassroots winner Racey Miss finally found her way into a Gold Series winner's circle with a 1:51.3 personal best at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Oakville resident Scott Zeron hustled Racey Miss off the gate from Post 6, reaching the quarter in :26.2, but then opted to drop into the pocket behind Regil Elektra. Regil Elektra carried the three-year-old pacing filly field to a :54.3 half and a 1:23 three-quarters, turning for home with a one and one-half length lead, but when Zeron asked Racey Miss for another gear the fan favourite responded with a finishing kick that propelled her by the leader and on to a neck victory. Best Impressions finished third in the $105,000 Gold Series division. Zeron engineered the win for trainer Mark Steacy and owner-breeder Hudson Standrdbrd Stb. Inc. of Hudson, QC. The victory, the Shanghai Phil daughter's eighth of the season, boosted Racey Miss into the tenth and final berth in the Sept. 28 Super Final. Lightly rated Request For Parole captured the other Gold Series division with a 1:52 come-from-behind effort for driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, trainer Normand Bardier Jr. and owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. Also featured on the Thursday evening program were five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and Lucky King posted the quickest mile of the five, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52.2. Guelph resident James MacDonald crafted the Camluck colt's third Grassroots win for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton. Lucky King heads into the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship ranked second in the point standings. After capturing three Grassroots events at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, father-son team Gregg and Doug McNair added one more to their tally on Thursday with OK Gladiator. The 1:53.4 win was the Mach Three colt's first in eight starts and was not enough to boost him into the post season. Guelph resident Gregg McNair shares ownership of OK Gladiator with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS The other Grassroots divisions were captured by V I P Bayama in 1:53.4; Big Green Tractor in 1:54.2; and Concert Artist in 1:53. On Friday, Sept. 13 Mohawk Racetrack welcomes the two-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotting fillies for Gold Series action. The first race goes to the post at 7:25 pm. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

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