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Yannick Gingras will head to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday to drive the morning line favorites in both the She's A Great Lady Stakes and Metro Pace, and the harness racing driver is impressed with both of the Jimmy Takter-trained horses. Idyllic Beach is the 2-1 choice in the C$427,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers while Ocean Colony is the 5-2 pick in the C$661,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. Both horses won their respective eliminations last weekend, with Idyllic Beach posting her victory by three-quarters of a length in a career-best 1:51.1 and Ocean Colony triumphing by a head in 1:50.1. Both horses were sired by Somebeachsomewhere, who won the 2007 Metro Pace and a year later enjoyed a magical campaign that culminated with Horse of the Year honors. Idyllic Beach's dam, Idyllic, won the 2010 She's A Great Lady on her way to an O'Brien Award and finished her career with $1.29 million in purses. Idyllic Beach has won four of five races, all with Gingras in the sulky, and finished second once. "She's gotten better and better," Gingras said. "She qualified really good, did nothing wrong, but I didn't maybe have the idea she was going to be this type of filly. It's hard to tell with pacers, that's the bottom line. She was doing everything she had to do and she was winning. She's gotten stronger and more mature every start. "When I qualified her, she was a little bit grabby. Usually with these Somebeachs they get grabbier, they don't start to relax. But Jimmy's done a great job getting her to settle down and now I can race her any way I want. She always had the speed. Most of the Somebeachs can go so fast, and she's definitely one of them. But her versatility and mannerisms are what I like best at this point. Now she can do it all and she's very willing." Idyllic Beach was purchased for $100,000 under the name Lima Incredible at the Lexington Selected Sale. She is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc., and Marvin Katz. Ocean Colony was winless in his first three races, but has posted back-to-back triumphs heading into the Metro final. He won a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs, with Brett Miller in the bike, before capturing his Metro elimination last weekend with Gingras. "Jimmy told me he thought he was the best colt he had," Gingras said. "Brett told me that he's a horse he babied when he first started racing, but the last couple starts he raced him he was really good. He said the horse is coming around at the right time. I was really impressed with him. He was good to drive. "I think he can race any way I ask him to race. We'll go behind the gate (in the Metro final) with an open mind and play it as it goes." Ocean Colony's dam is Amora Hanover and his second dam is Armbro Romance, who won Nova and O'Brien awards in 1998 as best 3-year-old female pacer. Ocean Colony was purchased for $115,000 under the name OMG Blue Chip. He is owned by Christina Takter, Fielding, Hatfield Stables, and the partnership of Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. Here is the field for the Metro Pace: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion-Tony O'Sullivan-8/1 2 - Darling's Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont-Marie Dupont-15/1 3 - Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Phil Hudon-Carl Jamieson-10/1 4 - Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-5/2 5 - Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson-Tony O'Sullivan-6/1 6 - Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - James MacDonald-Carl Jamieson-20/1 7 - Classic Pro - Shadow Play - Randy Waples-Ian Moore-12/1 8 - Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller-Casie Coleman-3/1 9 - Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair-Jimmy Takter-12/1 10 - Bettor's Dream - Bettor's Delight -Tim Tetrick-Scott McEneny-5/1   Here is the field for the She's A Great Lady: PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - Matt Kakaley-Casie Coleman-4/1 2 - That's The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion-Chris Ryder-6/1 3 - World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick-Linda Toscano-10/1 4 - Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2/1 5 - Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Jody Jamieson-Tony Alagna-20/1 6 - Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller-Aaron Lambert-5/2 7 - Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Phil Hudon-Tony Alagna-15/1 8 - Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald-Mark Steacy-20/1 9 - Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Jonathan Drury-Tony Alagna-20/1 10 - Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples-Mark Steacy-8/1 In other stakes action at Mohawk on Saturday, Gingras will drive Pure Country in the C$215,704 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Pure Country, another Takter trainee, is the 2-1 second choice on the morning line behind 9-5 favorite Darlinonthebeach. Saturday's race will mark the first time anyone other than Brett Miller will drive Pure Country. Miller will be at Yonkers Raceway with Racing Hill in the Messenger Stakes. "I know it's only for one week, but it's still exciting to get this drive," Gingras said. "She's a great filly." Pure Country won all 10 of her starts last year at age 2, earning the Dan Patch Award as her division's best, and has won six of 12 races this season. She has earned $1.40 million for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Darlinonthebeach heads to the Simcoe off a dominant 1:49.3 win in the Valley Forge Stakes. Pure Country, who started that race from post nine and was on the outside for most of the mile, finished fourth. In her two prior races, Pure Country took on male rivals in the Cane Pace (finishing fourth) and Carl Milstein Memorial (finishing second). "She's been in some tough spots (against the male pacers) and then drawing the nine hole the last time out at Pocono, it's almost an impossible spot on that track with the quality inside of her," Gingras said. "Now she's got an inside post (No. 1) and I'm looking for her to bounce back." There also are two C$104,020 Simcoe Stakes divisions for 3-year-old male trotters on Saturday. Gingras will drive Takter-trained Reigning Moni in the first and Jimmy William in the second. Jimmy William enters the race after picking up his second triumph in 11 races this season, a 1:55.2 score in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. A son of Cantab Hall-Solveig and a half-brother to 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry, Jimmy William raced only once last year because of sickness. "I told Jimmy after the race at The Meadows that you feel like he's going on 50 or 75 percent of his ability; he holds back a little bit," Gingras said. "He's always had really good potential. He's strong and he trots really nice, but I just don't think he's giving his all. The last time the way we raced him, with one move on the end of it, he was full of trot in the stretch. I'm hoping to probably do the same, not use him too much early and let him trot on the end of it. "He has a beautiful gait. He definitely has got the ability. Maybe he will be a late developer. If you don't get a lot of experience as a 2-year-old, it's definitely something you're lacking as a 3-year-old." Complete entries for the Saturday card at Mohawk may be viewed at this link. Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Mohawk Racetrack is set to host its annual end of summer harness racing bash Saturday, better known as the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace. An outstanding 13-race program, featuring over $2.4 million purses, has been put together and will be headlined by the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady. The Simcoe Stakes and Ontario Sires Stakes make up a fantastic undercard. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Along with harness racing's finest competing on the track, fans will be entertained from start to finish at the Campbellville facility. Doors open to the Grandstand at 5:30 p.m. and fans will be able to stop by and visit with an Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society horse outside the main entrance. Fans arriving early can sign up at the Customer Service desk for a sulky ride on a double-seat jog cart during the races Saturday. Spots are limited and are given on a first come, first serve basis. Mohawk is happy to once again offer the popular "First Bet on Us" promotion, where fans can sign up to receive a free $2 wager upon arrival. An autograph session with several past winning drivers of the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will get underway at 6:20 p.m. inside the Grandstand. Singer/songwriter Jennifer Newman will be performing the Canadian national anthem, while Brian McIntyre will entertain with live music all evening on the apron. There will be a variety of food options, including the BBQ Pit, Roast Beef stand and Ice Cream zone. Harness racing fans are in for a treat Saturday, as three of the top four horses in the current 'Horse of the Year - Top 10 Poll' will be competing on the card. The popular Wiggle It Jiggleit is currently ranked first in the poll and he goes up against rival Always B Miki (#4) in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Betting Line, this year's Pepsi North America Cup champion, is ranked third and competes in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. As always, parking and admission is free to Mohawk Racetrack. For more information on Saturday's events and everything at the Campbellville oval, visit Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 31 - Harness racing trainer Tony O'Sullivan will send out Beyond Delight, who won his Metro Pace elimination at 20-1, and Calvin K, who finished second to Windsong Napoleon in his elimination, in the $661,000 Metro Pace final on Saturday, September 3 at Mohawk Racetrack. Beyond Delight, a Bettor's Delight colt out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Outtathisworld, soared to a three-length victory after sitting off of a fast pace and edging from the pylons to the centre of the track to sprint by elimination-favorite Blood Line in 1:51. "He seems a little tired from the elimination as expected from his effort," O'Sullivan said. "But he jogged [Tuesday] morning and everything seems fine." Prior to the Metro eliminations, Beyond Delight raced in a $106,250 Nassagaweya division, where he coasted behind dueling leaders and finished fifth because he had no room to pass. "After that race the lights seemed to have gone on in his head," O'Sullivan said. "He has changed a lot in the last month, but I think he did [in the Metro elimination] what he was going to do the week before judging on how much pace [he had] locked inside in the Nassagaweya." Beyond Delight's win in the Metro elimination was his first win of the season out of eight starts. He also finished second in a $24,640 Tompkins-Geers division at Tioga Downs and third in both the preliminaries and the final of the Dream Maker series at Mohawk, amassing $40,068 in earnings. "He has done better than I thought he was going to," O'Sullivan said. "I didn't think he had this type of speed, but he's shown flashes of speed with some :26 second quarters and in his first start he paced the back-half in about :55. He has been a pleasant surprise. The way he got to the wire the other day and watching Sylvain's [Filion] body language, I definitely think he has more in him." "He definitely races better with something to aim at," O'Sullivan also said. "He gets a little lost on the front like most young horses, but he's better if you can keep the bit in his mouth and have him looking at something." Racing for owners Jeffrey Snyder, Michael Snyder, and Four Friends Racing Stable, Beyond Delight will start from the rail and will have Sylvain Filion in the sulky. "What Sylvain will do from the rail I have no idea," O'Sullivan said. "But he's definitely better stalking." O'Sullivan's other starter, Calvin K, struggled to slide by pacesetter Windsong Napoleon in the stretch of their Metro Pace elimination, finishing second by a neck to the 50-1 shot in 1:51.3. "Jody never said there wasn't any room but he has never paced that fast or gone up the inside before," O'Sullivan said. "I thought it was a good effort. He went a second faster than he ever had before and raced against American-bred horses, which always seem to be a little tougher." Calvin K, a colt by Classic Card Shark out of the Matts Scooter mare Road To Pandalay, exited the elimination well. O'Sullivan said he seems healthy and jogged well Tuesday morning. Winning three out of eight starts this year, Calvin K has earned $124,220 for owner Hutt Racing Stable. His wins include an elimination for the Battle of Waterloo and a $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Division. Coming into the Metro Pace eliminations, Calvin K broke in the $159,500 Battle of Waterloo final, was interfered in a OSS Gold Division, and set fast fractions in a $104,750 Nassagaweya division. "The Battle of Waterloo, I thought, was because of greenness," O'Sullivan said. "They were going hard into the first turn and that was his first time he left on a half. The horses were also in tight quarters and the drivers were yelling and going for the same spot, so I think he over-paced himself." "He has had a little bit of bad luck," O'Sullivan also said. "He could definitely (could) have more money on his card, but he is compiling a pretty good record." Calvin K will start from post position five with Jody Jamieson driving. "He's going to have to step up a little bit, but I like where we've drawn," O'Sullivan said. "He is much better off a helmet and has a very quick burst of speed. So if he can follow some speed and get a trip where he doesn't have to move to early, I think he could pass some horses and stick it out to the end." The Metro Pace final is carded as the seventh race on a 13-race program. Here is the full field for the $616,000 Metro Pace. 1. Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 2. Darlings Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont - Marie Dupont 3. Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Phil Hudon - Carl Jamieson 4. Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 5. Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson - Tony O'Sullivan 6. Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - James MacDonald - Carl Jamieson 7. Classic Pro - Shadow Play - Randy Waples - Dr. Ian Moore 8. Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 9. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair - Jimmy Takter 10. Bettors Dream - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Scott McEneny AE: Pointomygranson - American Ideal - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder By Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - The $661,000 Metro Pace and $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will highlight Saturday's $2.4 million harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. One of the biggest nights of the season, the 'Pacing Derby' and Metro card will put the sport's top older pacers and the stars of the future on display. The $427,000 Shes A Great Lady is also a main event on the card. Saturday's card is filled with stakes action from start to finish. Joining the big three events is the $215,704 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, $208,040 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters (two divisions) and the $210,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings (two divisions). Harness racing fans are in for a treat, as three of the top four horses in the current Top 10 - Horse of the Year poll will be racing on Saturday. Wiggle It Jiggleit (#1) and Always B Miki (#4) will compete in the Canadian Pacing Derby, while Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line (#3) is racing in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Canadian Pacing Derby will be the main event Saturday and is carded as Race 10. Another classic battle is expected between heavyweights Wiggle It Jiggleit (PP1, Montrell Teague), Shamballa (PP4, Rick Zeron) and Always B Miki (PP8, David Miller). Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 11 of 18 this season, including the $325,000 Dan Patch on August 12 at Hoosier Park. The winner of over $3.3 million has hit the board in all 18 starts this season for another $1 million season. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit holds a career mark of 1:47.2 taken over a sloppy track at The Meadowlands. Shamballa has made major noise this season to be linked with the heavyweights of pacing. The Rick Zeron trainee won the US Pacing Championship on August 6 at The Meadowlands in 1:47.1 and finished second in the William Haughton Memorial in July. A winner of over $800,000, Shamballa will be looking to use home track advantage. Always B Miki has had a monstrous 2016 with six wins from 10 starts, including triumphs in the Mohawk Gold Cup, Ben Franklin and Haughton Memorial. The Jimmy Takter trainee became the fastest horse in the history of Mohawk Racetrack when he won the Gold Cup in 1:47.1 earlier this season. Approaching double millionaire status, Always B Miki is undefeated in three starts north of the border. The 'Pacing Derby' field also includes last year's champion State Treasurer (PP3, Chris Christoforou). The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings is headlined by last Saturday's three elimination winners. Takter trainee Ocean Colony (PP4, Yannick Gingras) was the fastest elimination winner with a 1:50.1 score by a head over Ideal Wheel (David Miller, PP8). Windsong Napoleon (PP3, Phil Hudon) pulled off a stunning 54-1 upset in the first Metro elimination, while the final division saw Beyond Delight (PP1, Sylvain Filion) surprise at 20-1. The Metro Pace is the sport's richest race for two-year-olds and is carded as Race 7. The Shes A Great Lady for rookie pacing fillies also had a major upset in last Saturday's eliminations. Thats The Ticket (PP2, Sylvain Filion) struck for a 58-1 shocker in the first elimination, while the second split went to even-money favourite Idyllic Beach (PP4, Yannick Gingras). The Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 4. Also on Saturday, Grand Circuit week continues with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacing fillies. A fantastic group of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies will square off in the $215,704 Simcoe Filly Pace. L A Delight (PP8, Randy Waples), who won last year's Shes A Great Lady, will look for her second consecutive Grand Circuit victory after capturing the Nadia Lobell last Saturday at The Meadows. The Bob McIntosh trainee recently went over $1 million in earnings and has won six of 10 starts this season. Pure Country (PP1, Yannick Gingras) is returning to Mohawk for the first time since capturing the Fan Hanover Stakes in June. The Takter trained filly has competed against the boys on two occasions this season and sports a record of six wins in 12 starts. Her career bankroll entering the Simcoe sits at over $1.5 million. Darlinonthebeach (PP2, David Miller) will be looking to turn the tables on Pure Country at Mohawk, as she finished second in the Fan Hanover Stakes. The Nancy Johansson trainee has eight victories in 13 starts this season and over $722,000 in career earnings. The Simcoe Filly Pace is carded as Race 6. The Simcoe Trot attracted 16 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. A pair of eight-horse $104,020 divisions will be contested Saturday and are headlined by a pair of Julie Miller trainees. Sutton (PP3, Andy Miller) stars in the first division for the Miller's. A two-time winner this season, he finished third in the $1 million Hambletonian final and has banked over $241,000 in 2016. Milligans School (PP8, Andy Miller) will be looking to get back in the winner's circle for the first time since early July in the second split. The son of Yankee Glide has three wins in 10 starts this season for earnings of over $187,000. The Simcoe Trot divisions have been carded as Races 8 and 11. The best Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will also compete on Saturday's super card in two $105,000 Gold divisions. Betting Line (PP2, David Miller), this year's Pepsi North America Cup champion, will headline the OSS action in the second division. The Casie Coleman trainee has won nine of 10 starts this season with his only defeat coming in his season debut. Betting Line has earned over $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings total to more than $1.6 million. The OSS Gold divisions have been carded as Races 2 and 3. Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the 13-race program gets started at 7:30 p.m. Fans will be able to meet several former Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace winning drivers during an autograph session getting underway 6:20 p.m. Fans will also be able to sign up for a sulky ride (limited spots), enjoy live music and receive their 'First Bet on Us'. For more information, visit The entries and an early program proof for Saturday's card can be view by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 27 - The harness racing finals are now set for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady after a wild elimination night Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of three $40,000 Metro Pace and two $35,000 Shes A Great Lady eliminations were contested with some major longshots putting an interesting spin on the action. The Metro Pace eliminations for pacing colts and geldings started with a bang, as Windsong Napoleon pulled off a 54-1 gate to wire upset. A son of Art Major, Windsong Napoleon was blasted to the front by driver Phil Hudon to post an opening-quarter of :27.1. The Carl Jamieson trainee marched the field by the half in :56 and the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Windsong Napoleon drifted out a lane and was confronted by Calvin K, who shot up the rail after sitting the two-hole. The rookie pacing colts went toe-to-toe, but Windsong Napoleon had no quit in him and fought off Calvin K to win by a neck in 1:51.3. "I got good fractions and everything worked out," said Hudon post-race. "He kicked in down the lane, I thought (Calvin K) was getting up the inside and he dug back in." Classic Pro finished third, while Pointomygranson was fourth. Owned by Jamieson, Thomas Kyron and Doug Good, Windsong Napoleon now has three wins in eight starts. The Art Major colt was coming into the Metro elimination off a disappointing seventh in the Nassagaweya, but Hudon explained the reason for the poor effort. "Last week I definitely shut his air off by letting (Calvin K) go and tonight they put a choke plate on him, I didn't rev him up as much early and he was a lot calmer." Windsong Napoleon now has $63,004 earned heading into next week's final. A $2 win ticket on the Art Major colt returned $110.40. Windsong Napoleon The second elimination saw another fantastic stretch duel, but this time it was the favourites battling it out. Jimmy Takter trainee Ocean Colony defeated Ideal Wheel by a head in a national season's best 1:50.1. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Ocean Colony left from post two and quickly grabbed command. After an opening-quarter of :27, Ideal Wheel made his way to the front after being parked around the first turn. The tempo was hot, as Ideal Wheel posted middle-half fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.4. In the stretch, Ocean Colony was angled to the outside by Gingras and battled stride for stride with a gritty Ideal Wheel, but ultimately got by for the impressive victory. Bobcat Bound finished third, while fourth went to Darlings Dragon. Saturday's Metro elimination was the first time Ocean Colony had a different driver other than Brett Miller. "I was really impressed," said Gingras. "Brett told me nothing but good things about him. He said they brought him along slowly and he was really good at Tioga last week and Jimmy told me the same thing." A $110,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Ocean Colony is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld and Sam Goldband. The son of Somebeachsomewhere now has two wins in five starts and $38,079 earned. Ocean Colony paid $6.60 to win. Ocean Colony The final elimination was a throw down with Beyond Delight scoring a 20-1 upset victory. Bettors Dream fired out from post eight to post an opening-quarter of :26.4. Some Attitude, who was parked around the first turn, was pushed to the front by David Miller and cleared just before reaching the half in :55.1. Blood Line, the 8/5 favourite, was angled out from third by Gingras to come first up around the far turn. The public's choice cleared to the front and led by two-lengths at the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion was able to get Beyond Delight off the rail on the far turn and sat fifth turning for home. In the stretch, Beyond Delight began pacing up a storm when fed open racetrack. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee powered by Blood Line to defeat him by three-lengths in 1:51. The top two finishers were clear at the wire, but the same could not be said for a trio of horses seeking third. Southwind General shot up the rail to grab third just ahead of Bettors Dream and R J P. However, a pair of inquires were posted involving the three horses. Southwind General was disqualified from third and placed last for going inside three pylons in the stretch. The Judges also looked at contact between Bettors Dream and R J P at the wire, but ruled there was no interference. Therefore, Bettors Dream was vaulted up to third and qualified for the final. The lengthy review may have stolen some thunder from Beyond Delight, who picked the perfect time to break his maiden. Following the race, O'Sullivan discussed the recent development of Beyond Delight into a Grand Circuit contender. "He was okay training down and then we kind of thought he would be a racehorse, but in the last three weeks he has just blossomed," said O'Sullivan. "We sent him down to Tioga a couple weeks ago and he raced really well, took a shot at the Nassagaweya based on that and he actually got locked in last week and was very good. "We kind of had a little bit of confidence coming in, but racing against these type of colts that are more accomplished, if he races good and makes the final it's great, but to race the way he did is really satisfying." Beyond Delight was a $50,000 purchase at last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and is owned by Jeffrey & Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable LLC. The son of Bettor's Delight now has $40,068 earned through eight starts. The O'Sullivan trainee paid $43.30 to win. Beyond Delight Similar to the Metro Pace, the Shes A Great Lady eliminations started off with a major upset. Candlelight Dinner was the talk of the town heading into the 'Great Lady' eliminations, but an off night from the pacing filly allowed Thats The Ticket to strike for a 58-1 upset. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Thats The Ticket got away fifth and sat in that spot along the rail until just before the three-quarter pole. Candlelight Dinner got away third, but made a quick brush to the lead after an opening-quarter of :28.1. The 1/9 favourite led the field to the half in :56.2 and then paced a big :27.1 third-quarter to lead the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Candlelight Dinner surrendered the lead to Happy Hannah, who enjoyed a two-hole trip. Happy Hannah appeared to have a victory in her sights, but Thats The Ticket burst onto the scene late and surged by on the far outside to win by half a length in 1:52. World Apart finished third, while Blameitonthenight was fourth. Candlelight Dinner faded back to finish fifth, but did qualify for the final. Thats The Ticket, who was a $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchased, is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo and Lawrence Minowitz. The daughter of Roll With Joe was winless in five starts coming into the Shes A Great Lady elimination. Last week, Thats The Ticket was fifth in a division of the Eternal Camnation, but paced home in :26.3. Despite that closing effort, Ryder wasn't satisfied in his filly heading into Saturday's contest. "She paced home in :26 I know, but she's been having trouble getting around the last turn," said Ryder. "Even tonight Sylvain said she wasn't perfect, but obviously better. "Being New York bred we went to the half-mile tracks and she couldn't get around the turns at all and then at Vernon she paced in (1) that's why we came here." Thats The Ticket now has $44,579 earned. A $2 win ticket on the Ryder trainee returned $119. Thats The Ticket The second elimination didn't have nearly the same fireworks, as even-money favourite Idyllic Beach prevailed in 1:51.1. The Jimmy Takter trained filly was unhurried at the start by driver Gingras and found an early seat in sixth. Several fillies clashed near the front in the early going, while Gingras was able to pick up the cover of first over challenger Agent Q heading into the far turn. Agent Q became the new leader on the turn and reached the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Idyllic Beach came off cover and hooked up with Agent Q for a battle, ultimately getting up to win by three-quarters of a length. Awash and Everyones Watching finished third and fourth, respectively. The final spot to the Shes A Great Lady final was secured by Obvious Blue Chip. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, IdyllicBeach entered Saturday's elimination with three wins in four starts. "Just every start she is getting stronger and stronger," said Gingras. "Early on we were a little bit worried about her getting a little too hot, but now she's two fingers and drives real nice." IdyllicBeach is the first foal out of 2010 Shes A Great Lady champion Idyllic. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, IdyllicBeach is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc. and Marvin Katz. She now has $102,762 in earnings through five starts. IdyllicBeach paid $4.10 to win. IdyllicBeach Following Saturday's eliminations, the finals of the $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady were drawn. The fourth-place finisher to draw into the Metro final was Darlings Dragon. The $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby was also drawn Saturday evening. Here are the fields for next week's finals. $661,000 Metro Pace 1. Beyond Delight 2. Darlings Dragon 3. Windsong Napoleon 4. Ocean Colony 5. Calvin K 6. Bobcat Bound 7. Classic Pro 8. Ideal Wheel 9. Blood Line 10. Bettors Dream AE: Pointomygranson   $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby 1. Wiggle It Jiggleit 2. Nickle Bag 3. State Treasurer 4. Shamballa 5. Rockin In Heaven 6. Nirvana Seelster 7. All Bets Off 8. Always B Miki 9. Dealt A Winner 10. Evenin Of Pleasure   $427,000 Shes A Great Lady 1. Candlelight Dinner 2. Thats The Ticket 3. World Apart 4. Idyllic Beach 5. Everyones Watching 6. Agent Q 7. Awash 8. Obvious Blue Chip 9. Blameitonthenight 10. Happy Hannah AE: Fade   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The harness racing pacing stars of today and tomorrow are set to clash at Mohawk Racetrack over the next two weekends for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. The entry box for all three major events closed Tuesday morning with no eliminations required for the Canadian Pacing Derby, as 10 of the sport's finest older pacers were entered and will go directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. The Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will need eliminations this Saturday (August 28) to determine the finalists for September 3. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Metro for three $40,000 eliminations, while 15 rookie pacing fillies were dropped in the box for the Shes A Great Lady for two $35,000 eliminations. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest stakes race and the 2016 edition has attracted a field of superstars. State Treasurer, the reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, is back to defend his 'Pacing Derby' crown against several of harness racing's titans. Always B Miki, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be returning to Mohawk for the first time since his 1:47.1 Track Record performance in the Mohawk Gold Cup. The Jimmy Takter trained five-year-old has won six of 10 starts this season, including the Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial. The World Champion is approaching double millionaire status and holds a mark of 1:47. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year, will look to become the third four-year-old to win the Canadian Pacing Derby in the last 10 years. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, the son of Mr Wiggles has earned over $1 million this season to bring his career bankroll to over $3.3 million. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 34 of 45 career starts and holds a mark of 1:47.2. Shamballa will look to defend his home track for trainer Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the U.S. Pacing Championship earlier this month at The Meadowlands in a career-best 1:47.1. A local fan-favourite for his outstanding closing speed, Shamballa is a three-time winner this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 starts. The Zeron trainee finished second in last year's 'Pacing Derby'. State Treasurer has recently found his best stride of the season after dealing with an injury. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee was scratched from an August 6th start after he stepped on a nail, but has since returned and won two consecutive outings, including a 1:48.3 effort last Saturday at Mohawk. A winner of over $2 million, State Treasurer will be competing in his third consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The 2016 'Pacing Derby' field also includes double millionaire All Bets Off, last year's Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner, Molson Pace winner Evenin Of Pleasure, WEG Preferred standouts Nickle Bag and Nirvana Seelster and 2015 Empire Breeders champion Rockin In Heaven. The post position draw for the Canadian Pacing Derby will take place Saturday evening. The Metro Pace appears wide open heading into this Saturday's three eliminations. The top three-finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $661,000 final. The first division features Ben Baillargeon trainee Rock This Way (PP4, Mario Baillargeon), who pulled off a 65-1 upset in a division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday. The son of 2005 Metro Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in a national season's best 1:51.3. Calvin K (PP5, Jody Jamieson) has the highest earnings of the 25 rookies in this year's Metro Pace, with $114,220 earned through seven career starts. The Ontario Sires Stakes standout was second in his Nassagaweya division for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The second elimination features Macs Jackpot (PP7, Sylvain Filion), who won the other Nassagaweya division last Saturday. The son of Somebeachsomewhere recently joined the O'Sullivan barn after racing south of the border for Jim Campbell. The third foal out of $1.3 million winner Michelles Power, Macs Jackpot has won three of six starts for just under $80,000 in earnings. The final elimination has several intriguing competitors; including Southwind General (PP7, Jody Jamieson), who is jumping from the OSS Grassroots to Grand Circuit competition in just his second start. The Jack Darling trained son of Sportswriter was a $110,000 yearling purchase and won his debut by more than eight-lengths. Bettors Dream (PP8, Tim Tetrick) will also compete in the final elimination. The son of Bettors Delight won the Dream Maker Series final in convincing fashion, but suffered his first loss last Saturday in the Nassagaweya. The Scott McEneny trainee finished second after a front-end battle through an opening-half of :53.4. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 3,4,8. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes will have two eliminations with the top-five finishers from each split advancing to the $427,000 final. Candlelight Dinner (PP6, David Miller) has been the talk of the town in recent weeks and the undefeated pacing filly will star in the first elimination. The Casie Coleman trained daughter of American Ideal has won four in a row to begin her career, including victories in the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar. Candlelight Dinner was a $110,000 yearling purchase. The second elimination will see the Mohawk debut of Somebeachsomewhere filly Idyllic Beach (PP8, Yannick Gingras). The first foal out of $1.3 million winner Idyllic, Idyllic Beach has won three of four starts to begin her career. The Takter trainee has made each of her four starts in Pennsylvania. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 2 and 6. The post positions for the $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady finals will be drawn following the eliminations on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Metro Pace Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Bettors Western - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Rob Fellows 2. Odds On Delray - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 3. The Wall - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Rock This Way - Rocknroll Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 5. Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson - Tony O'Sullivan 6. Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Pointomygranson - American Ideal - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 8. Classic Pro - Shadow Play - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore   Metro Pace Elimination #2 (Race 4) 1. Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Manceiver - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr. 4. Darlings Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont - Marie Dupont 5. Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Abbeydorney - Rock N Roll Heaven - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 7. Macs Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 8. All It Takes - Mach Three - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 9. Beach House - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Rich Gillock   Metro Pace Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Deadly Action - Art Major - Randy Waples - Colin Johnson 2. Tuxedo Bay - Somebeachsomewhere - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 3. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 5. R J P - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Erv Miller 6. Some Attitude - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Bob McIntosh 7. Southwind General - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling 8. Bettors Dream - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Scott McEneny   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 2. World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano 3. Thats The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 4. Manhattan Play - Shadow Play - Mike Saftic - Nicky Comegna 5. Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 7. Vintage Book - Vintage Master - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy 3. Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 4. Fade - Shadow Play - David Miller - Casie Coleman 5. Bid Writer - Sportswriter - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 6. Out Of Sight - Mach Three - Jody Jamieson - Bob McIntosh 7. Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna 8. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter   Canadian Pacing Derby (Field listed in alphabetical order) All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10 - It was a night that most harness racing drivers could only dream of and a night that will live forever in the history book. Randy Waples is still buzzing from his impressive performance last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and can you blame him? The veteran reinsman swept the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes to become the first driver to capture all three-events in the same year. He also added two other victories on the card to drive the winners of over $900,000 on the evening. Waples performance not only had those at Mohawk talking, but also the whole country. The name "Randy Waples" was trending across Canada on Twitter, which is believed to be the first time a driver has ever trended on the Social Media platform. Heading into Saturday's mega-card Waples was loaded with talent. He was set with the undefeated Control The Moment in the Metro, the red-hot L A Delight in the Shes A Great Lady and he picked up the huge catch drive on State Treasurer in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The only thing left was for everyone to perform. "I knew I had a lot of power and they all had good post positions, but they got to show up and that's what was making me nervous," said Waples, outside the paddock Tuesday night at Mohawk. "I just thought that sooner or later one of them wouldn't show up. "I didn't know much about State Treasurer because it had been so long since I drove him, but the other two they had been showing up every week and I was just praying to god they showed up again and they did." Waples went into the big three stakes with two victories earlier on the card, including a dead-heat win in the evening's opening contest. Waples said the strong start to the night built confidence going forward. "If you start to stink it out right away then you're thinking to yourself 'Uh oh it's going to be one of those nights', but everything just raced really well and the ones that I was counting on they raced even better." Control The Moment, L A Delight and State Treasurer were all clear favourites in their respective events. Driving the favourite in any major race is stressful, but to drive three is another story. Waples directed the credit to the conditioners Brad Maxwell, Dr. Ian Moore and Bob McIntosh for giving him well prepared horses that made his job easier. "Everything lined up perfectly, just the way the three trainers in the three stake races just had their horses so good," Waples said. "I know I keep going back to that, but it's the truth. "They just had them unbelievably good and it was just a matter of trying to keep them in a right position, but you had so much power you could keep them in that right position and control things. It was just amazing." State Treasurer's win gave Waples his second Canadian Pacing Derby title, but his Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady scores were his first victories in those high profile races. A three-time Driver of the Year in Canada, Waples is having another great season and currently sits third in wins on the WEG circuit, but finding success on one of the sport's biggest stages is what it's all about. "It really picks you up and that's what you're here for," said Waples. "It's nice to win overnights and it's nice to win Gold finals and everything like that because it's good money, but those races they are tough to win." Capturing the Metro Pace puts the winner on a who's who list of past champions and that meant a lot to Waples. "A guy like (Steve) Condren, a great driver, still looking for his first one. I'm certainly not in his caliber, but I was looking for my first one," he said. "You look down that page and I'll tell you there is not a whole lot of guys that have won that race. "The Shes A Great Lady was another one that I had never won, so it's nice to win the ones that you've never won before." The racing season is filled with ups and downs and currently Waples is riding the momentum wave and enjoying it. "When I left Woodbine I was pretty beat up there. There was a lot of average bunch of horses, but this meet has just been fantastic," he said When told he was trending on Twitter Saturday night, Waples laughed and said he had to ask his daughter to find out what that meant. Saturday night was a night that Waples will never forget and realistically will be tough to match, but he won't have to wait long to reunite with his powerful two-year-olds. Control The Moment and L A Delight will both compete in the Champlain Stakes this Saturday at Mohawk. Both rookies will be looking to extend their win streaks. Loaded with star power, Waples is the hottest driver in racing right now and he's enjoying every minute of it. "There just a really nice bunch of horses, so to get up behind them it's a thrill." Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - It was a big night for harness racing driver Randy Waples. The veteran driver, who turned 50 in July, swept all three of the Standardbred racing's classic races, Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady, offered Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. From the undefeated Control the Moment in the Metro, to the veteran State Treasurer in the Canadian Pacing Derby to the dominant L A Delight in the two-year-old filly race, it was a memorable evening for Waples. "I was talking to Brett Miller as we are pulling up there (after the Shes A Great Lady) and like I said to Brett, these are the days or the nights that you dreamed about when you were a kid jogging horses on the farm," said Waples. "I like to say I am one of those guys who don't feel pressure that I don't get nervous but I've be lying. "But the thing is that I find is once I get on the track then I don't think about it. But when you are driving to Tim Hortons or drinking your coffee, you're listening to the radio, yeah, it creeps into your mind. You just don't want to cost people money and make the wrong moves. Tonight it just really worked out. I had three really great horses to drive, and they all showed up." Here are the recaps of Waples big night. Control The Moment, driven by Randy Waples, remains undefeated in his rookie campaign after capturing the $685,000 Metro Pace for two-year-olds on Saturday night at Mohawk. The heavily favoured Control The Moment notched his seventh straight victory for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Control The Moment got away mid-pack as Voracity and driver Sylvain Filion controlled the early pace by posting a :26 opening panel. Sitting fourth, Betting Line and driver Steve Condren was first to make a move and launch a bid for command. Waples and his charge had the same attack plan and went three-wide around Betting Line to take the lead and post the half in :54.2. Longshot Ideal Rockey put some first-up pressure on Control The Moment in the final turn but as the leader marched passed the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he pulled away from the field. Control The Moment was under wraps in deep stretch. The brown colt breezed by the wire with a two and a quarter length margin of victory and stopped the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Betting Line finished second and Voracity was third. With the win, Waples captured his first Metro Pace trophy. "It is definitely a race that seems to avoid me," said the reinsman. "I thought I had a real good shot with Arthur Blue Chip [in 2013]. He won his elimination and then got sick going into the final and he had to be scratched. So that as a big let down. It seems like it was just a race that I just can't seem to get there first, but I had a good idea there a few weeks ago, a month ago, that I was going to be sitting pretty good." Co-owner Howard Taylor is thrilled with how much Control The Moment has accomplished in such a short time. "It's been absolutely incredible," said co-owner Howard Taylor. "It's been special. When he started racing and won his qualifier, Brad called me up and said, 'Watch that qualifier you can get it online.' He said, 'That was some kind of qualifier.' And it was a qualifier. He was the only two-year-old in the race. Then when he won after his second start he said, 'This is a special colt, I am telling you.' He's the best horse he ever trained, he said." The son of Well Said and Lifesliltreasure boosts his lifetime earnings to $440,687. Control The Moment paid $3.10 to win. Control The Moment State Treasurer added to his dream season Saturday night with a 1:47.4 victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Randy Waples, State Treasurer showed his grit and determination to secure the lead at the half and pulled away through wicked fractions to win the historic $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. A six-year-old son of Real Desire and Dr. Ian Moore trainee, State Treasurer got away fifth, but was quick to move to the outside and pushed towards the lead. JK Endofanera and Foiled Again waged war on the front-end and Waples opted to move three-wide to circle the lead pair at the half in :53.1. State Treasurer continued to power forward around the final turn and reached the three-quarter pole in a Track Record equaling time of 1:19.3. The Moore trainee put on a display for the crowd at Mohawk, as he paced home in :28.1 to score a 2 ½ length victory. Saturday night was the first time since September 2013 that Waples drove the star pacer, as David Miller, State Treasurer's regular driver, opted to race elsewhere. "It's a really deep field of horses and they are all fast and they are all tough at this level," said Waples, following the race. "When you go into these races you have to respect everyone else and that's what I always do and to see how it was going to play out. "It's been a long time since I drove him, but I know when you ask him to pace he can go very fast and very quick, so when I seen the way it was setting up at the half I took a shot and it worked out for me." Shamballa used his impressive closing-speed to come from last to finish second. Limelight Beach finished third, while JK Endofanera held on for fourth to round out the Superfecta. Just a $6,500 purchase as a yearling, State Treasurer is in the midst of a career best season with over $880,000 earned in 2015. "You certainly have to give a lot of credit to Randy," said Dr. Moore. "He said 'What do I need to know Doc, it's been a while' and I said use your discretion is all I said, he's been appreciating an aggressive drive lately and the horse was fantastic for sure." Owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island and Paul MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, State Treasurer now has 29 career victories and increased his earnings to over $1.8 million. State Treasurer paid $5.40, $3.40, $3.20 and combined with Shamballa ($4.50, $3.60) for an Exactor of $21.90. Limelight Beach ($13.50) rounded out the top-three for a Triactor of $536.20. The 2-5-7-3 Superfecta with JK Endofanera in the fourth-slot paid $1,367.20. State Treasurer After capturing the Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby earlier on the Mohawk's action-packed Saturday card, driver Randy Waples then scored the stakes hat trick with his victory in the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady. The Bob McIntosh-trained L A Delight not only scored her eighth straight victory in nine outings, the two-year-old pacing miss also helped Waples becomes the first driver to win all three major stakes in the same year. L A Delight followed behind Thatsoveryverynice, who clocked the opening panel in :27.3, before taking command at the mid-way point and posting a :54.3 half. The 3-5 favourite held the lead passed the three-quarter pole in 1:23 and then marched her way across the wire in a lifetime mark of 1:51.2. L A Delight posting the two and three-quarter lengths victory over Darlinonthebeach. Thatsoveryverynice finished third. "I knew she had the pedigree to be a good filly," said McIntosh from the winner's circle. "When she came in she was an ordinary looking filly and training down she was one of those ones that was just very workman-like about her job but did nothing to stand out. I thought I had a couple of fillies better than her even, but they're back in the barn. But come time to race she just kicked it in and was a total professional." The homebred daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A boosts her lifetime earnings to $406,145 for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. L A Delight returned $3.30 to win. L A Delight Mark McKelvie

Through the early part of his career, Control The Moment has been in total control. On Saturday, he will try to seize the moment and win the harness racing  Metro Pace. Unbeaten in six races, Control The Moment is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Mohawk Racetrack's C$685,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. He won his Metro elimination by 3-1/2 lengths last weekend and will start the final from post four with regular driver Randy Waples at the controls for trainer Brad Maxwell. Voracity and Betting Line also won Metro eliminations. Voracity, who was piloted by Waples in his elim, will start from post three with Sylvain Filion driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Betting Line leaves from post two with Steve Condren at the lines for trainer Casie Coleman. Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Post time is 7:05 p.m. for the first race. The Metro Pace is race seven, with a post time of 9:17 p.m. approximately. The precocious Control The Moment has shown versatility so far in his career, winning from both off the pace and on the lead, with an average margin of victory of nearly two lengths. "I know I've never had one this good at this stage," said longtime harness racing owner Howard Taylor, who shares Control The Moment with Maxwell, Ed Gold, and Ben Mudry. "Every start is just so impressive. Every week has just been better and better. It's been a fun ride so far." It's a ride that began with a conversation prior to the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale, where Control The Moment was purchased by Maxwell for the group for $47,000. Control The Moment is a son of stallion Well Said out of the mare Life'sliltreasure. Taylor had mentioned to Maxwell that he was a fan of Well Said as a sire -- so much so he bought a share of the stallion -- and Maxwell was a fan of Life'sliltreasure, who he trained during the final two years of her racing career. "It was right before the sale I was telling him how much I liked Well Said and it stuck in his head," Taylor said. "He said that's why he bought him, because I said I liked Well Said and he liked the mare. It was her first colt." Control The Moment's family includes past Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion You Rock as well as Summer Child, who is the dam or grandam of a slew of stakes-winners including 1999 Metro Pace winner The Firepan, Indulge Me, Thong, and Summertime Lea. Taylor didn't hear much about Control The Moment as Maxwell methodically prepared him for the season. When the colt was nearer to racing, he received a favorable report from Maxwell. "I didn't even think about (Control The Moment) over the winter," Taylor said. "Brad never really said too much until he was getting ready to race, and then he said he thought we had a good one. He was pretty high on him when he got close to racing. And he's been since." Last week in his Metro elimination, Control The Moment was parked out in third place through an opening quarter-mile of :26.3. He briefly took a spot inside off the first turn before Waples guided him to the lead on the backstretch. He was a length in front as the field neared the stretch, but opened up by more than four lengths before coasting home in 1:52.1 over a track labeled "good" because of rain. Control The Moment in his elimination Betting Line won his division by 2-1/4 lengths over The Catamount Kid in 1:52.2 and Voracity won his division by a nose over American Passport in 1:54.3. "I re-watched the elimination and I didn't appreciate how roughed up he got in the race," Taylor said. "He got stung pretty good before he got in a hole, and he only sat in the hole for a couple steps. He basically cut it. "I've never had one win that easy. I'm sure he's got a bottom -- they all do -- but I don't think he's gotten close to it. (Waples) was effortless and motionless in the bike and he just opened up on them. And those are good horses. I was impressed, and it takes a lot to impress me like he has. It's exciting." Following is the Metro Pace field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning lines: 1. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 7-2 3. Voracity by Sportswriter, Sylvain Filion, Tony Alagna, 3-1 4. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 9-5 5. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 15-1 7. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, John Butenschoen, 12-1 9. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 10. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 4 - The Metro Pace has consistently been the biggest race for harness racing two-year-old pacers in the sport. Each Labour Day weekend, the top two-year-old pacers from different states and provinces converge on Mohawk Racetrack for the richest race for freshmen. Over the years, the Metro Pace champion has quickly stamped himself as the top rookie pacer. This year, the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) has a big chance to be home of the top rookie pacer in harness racing. A group of four OSS competitors will compete in the ten-horse $685,000 Metro Pace Saturday night. Voracity and Betting Line have both won multiple OSS Gold events this season and last Saturday both proved to be Grand Circuit contenders with victories in their respective Metro eliminations. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity won divisions of the first two Gold events, before finishing second by a nose at Rideau. The Tony Alagna trainee rebounded with a victory in the Nassagaweya heading into his Metro elimination. Through the first five starts of his career, Voracity has shown versatility that has impressed his conditioner. "I think that's the true test of any great horse is that they have versatility where they can leave off the switch and they can come right back off the next week," said Alagna, following Voracity's Metro elimination. "These horses have to be versatile now a days because it's a speed game and they have to be able to start and stop at a seconds notice." Voracity is out of the second-crop of Sportswriter, who cleaned up last season in the OSS and appears to be on pace for another solid season thanks in large part to the Alagna trainee. Voracity will be looking for his fifth win from six starts Saturday and he enters the Metro the highest earning two-year-old pacing colt in the sport with over $170,000 banked. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line also has two victories this season in Gold events. The son of Bettor's Delight has four victories from six starts and will be meeting Voracity for the first time in the Metro Pace. Coleman, who trained Sportswriter, is excited to see his offspring performing at the highest level, but she is confident in her son of Bettors Delight. "(Voracity) is a Sportswriter colt and I was real excited to see a Sportswriter win a Metro elim and he was very impressive," said Coleman, last Saturday. "I've been real happy with everything (Betting Line's) done so far, he's a really talented colt." Bettors Delight is currently in his first season in the OSS after many years as one of the top sires in New York. Betting Line's early-season success has made a major impact for Bettors Delight in the Ontario market. Bettors Delight will also be represented by Jimmy Takter trainee Cruise Patrol in Saturday's rich contest. Cruise Patrol has yet to win a race in seven starts, but Takter is no stranger to a Metro upset, having won the 2011 edition with Simply Business at 20/1. Nvestment Bluechip, a son of Shadow Play, is the fourth and final OSS competitor in the field. The Dave Menary trainee won a division of the first Gold event this season and finished third by just half a length in his Metro elimination. Nvestment Bluechip, who has a record of two wins from five starts, impressed his conditioner training down, convincing his connections to pay him up to the Metro and other Grand Circuit events. "He was kind of my favourite colt all winter," said Menary. "His schedule he doesn't have to leave Canada, but it still gives him a little bit of opportunity to step up." Although Nvestment Bluechip will face his toughest challenge this Saturday, Menary believes the tasks will be tough all season in the OSS. "It is (a deep group). He's been lucky so far, but there are a lot of good colts and hopefully he can have a little more luck going to the end of the year." Voracity and Betting Line have been installed as the second and third choice on the morning line for Saturday's final at 3/1 and 7/2, respectively. Nvestment Bluechip and Cruise Patrol may be long shots on the morning line, but it was just a few years ago that Ontario sired colt Boomboom Ballykeel scored a 10/1 upset in the 2013 Metro. The 2015 Metro Pace will go forward as the Seventh Race Saturday evening at approximately 9:17 p.m. Here is the full field for the Metro Pace. 1. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 7-2 3. Voracity by Sportswriter, Sylvain Filion, Tony Alagna, 3-1 4. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 9-5 5. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 15-1 7. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, John Butenschoen, 12-1 9. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 10. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 Mark McKelvie     -30-   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred Work - (416) 675-7223) x4367 Cell - (905) 864-9110 @MohawkMarkM     P Please consider the environment before printing this email. - Proud Member of Imagine Canada, achieving Caring Company Status - Recycling Council of Ontario's Platinum Waste Minimization Award - Quality ERA Gold Award winner for continuous improvements This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information. 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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace headline a $2.4 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 'Pacing Derby', Canada's oldest harness race, and the Metro Pace, the richest race for two-year-olds, will both be contested for a purse of $685,000. Joining the two signature events on the card is the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes, the $229,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and the $223,193 Simcoe for three-year-old pacing fillies. The Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET features a field of ten with over $18.6 million in combined earnings. Foiled Again, the 2012 Derby winner and richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making his fifth start in Canada's oldest harness race. The Ron Burke trainee, who finished fourth in his elimination, will start from post position nine and look to add to his earnings of $7.1 million. Canadian owned and trained, State Treasurer enters the 'Pacing Derby' as the hottest older pacer in harness racing. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his elimination last Saturday to extend his current win streak to three. State Treasurer will start from post-two with driver Randy Waples and seeks a 'Pacing Derby' title to go with his victories this season in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup and U.S. Pacing Championship. JK Endofanera, the other elimination winner, will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup winner to also win the 'Pacing Derby' since Gallo Blue Chip accomplished the feat in 2001. Brett Miller drives the Jimmy Takter trainee, who won last year's edition of Canada's richest harness race and has returned to win four of nine starts in his four-year-old season. JK Endofanera will leave from post-three in Saturday's classic. The Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race Eight and will go postward at approximately 9:43 p.m. The Metro Pace is the richest contest in the sport for two-year-olds and has served as a stepping stone to greatness for many greats over the years. Control The Moment enters the Metro final as the lone undefeated horse in the field. The son of Well Said won his elimination easily in 1:52.1 to improve to six for six on the season. The Brad Maxwell trainee will start from post position four with Waples in the sulky. Betting Line will look to give trainer Casie Coleman her second Metro title from post two Saturday. The son of Bettor's Delight won his elimination in 1:52.2 for his fourth victory in six starts. Betting Line has two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories on his resume this season. Steve Condren will handle the driving duties. Voracity, also an Ontario Sires Stakes star, won his elimination last Saturday in 1:54.3 to earn the right to select post three in the Metro final. The Tony Alagna trainee has a near perfect record with four wins in five starts. The son of Sportswriter's only loss was by a nose and he also has two Gold victories on the season. Alagna will also send out Racing Hill from post five and American Passport from post ten, as he seeks his third career Metro victory. The Metro Pace has been scheduled as Race Seven and the rookies will line up behind the gate at approximately 9:17 p.m. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will feature a showdown between two red-hot fillies. Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight captured their respective eliminations last Saturday and have both dominated Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of Vintage Master, is trained by Alagna and won her elimination in 1:54.2 for her fourth win in five starts. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is trained by Bob McIntosh. The rookie won her elimination in 1:54.2 and will ride a seven-race win streak into Saturday's final. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes is carded as Race Ten and post time is approximately 10:27 p.m. Also on the rich program Saturday is two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and single rich division of the Simcoe Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. A group of 15 sophomore trotters have been split into two Simcoe divisions (Races Two and Nine), while a field of 12 three-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $223,193. The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will air live on TSN1 Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 13-race card will feature a special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans to register for their "First Bet on Us" will receive a special commemorative Canadian Pacing Derby T-Shirt. Mark McKelvie

Four years after being diagnosed with colon cancer, the Hall of Fame harness racing driver is on a roll on Canada’s top circuit and has a shot to win the $685,000 Metro Pace Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren said winning his first Metro Pace Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack would be nice, especially at this stage of his career, but he counts being able to drive horses at all as a bonus after his 2011 battle with colon cancer. “After going through what I went through, just being here is a beautiful thing,” Condren said. The 58-year-old Milton, Ont. resident will pilot Betting Line for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, Ont. in the $685,000 stakes race for two-year-old pacers. Ken Middleton, Jr., the standardbred race caller for the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) that includes Mohawk and her sister track, Woodbine Racetrack in Toronto, said it is amazing Condren still is driving on Canada’s top loop. “He’s a survivor,” Middleton said. “This is the toughest circuit anywhere for guys to survive on. Take a look at Doug Brown, Dave Wall. Those guys were kingpins the same time Steve Condren was in his prime. Steve has kind of reinvented himself and he shows up and he’s still here. Why those other guys aren’t still here, I don’t know. They’re talented guys, too.” Condren worked with Coleman’s stable in Florida over the winter to keep busy and stepped in to drive for her a little over a month ago when her regular driver, Chris Christoforou, suffered a broken collarbone in a race accident July 24 at Mohawk. “I didn’t really know Steve all that well over the years until he asked me if I wanted him to jog and train some horses just for something to do in the winter in Florida,” Coleman said. “He helped me out a lot this winter. He’s very knowledgeable. Besides being a very, very good driver, he’s very, very good at training one and hanging one up and going really good, proper fractions with training miles. He was, obviously, a big improvement for my barn this year. He told me right from the get-go that he wasn’t looking to get any drives. He just wanted something to do in the winter and he really enjoyed training. After Chris got hurt I was kind of stuck and needed somebody. So, I’ve been using (Condren) and he’s been doing a really good job for me.” Condren has started 22 times for Coleman in a little more than a month, posting a 6-3-4 record and earnings just a few dollars shy of $100,000. “Lately, it’s been fun. No complaints, that’s for sure,” Condren said. One of Condren’s biggest wins so far for Coleman came Aug. 29 when he drove Betting Line to a 1:52.2, two-and-a-quarter length victory in the last of three $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations. Betting Line has post two in the Metro final (race seven) that is part of a stakes-rich card that includes the 72nd edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers (race eight, $685,000) and the $455,000 final of the Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies (race 10). First-race post time is 7:05 p.m. Betting Line, an Ontario-sired son of Bettors Delight out of Heathers Western that was purchased for $60,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sales Company’s yearling sale in Harrisburg, Pa., has won four of his six starts for Coleman and Ross Warriner’s West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun of Chatham, Ont. and Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ont.  Condren also was driving when Betting Line posted his career-best mile of 1:51.4 in an overnight race Aug. 6 at Mohawk. “He was one of (Coleman’s) better colts all winter down there,” Condren said. “He’s progressing well. This is a big test for him. So far, he’s stepped up to the plate and looks pretty good doing it.” Considering Condren has spent virtually his entire 38-year career at WEG and has crafted out a specialty driving young horses, it is surprising he has never won the Metro Pace. “Working with the young horses is something I like to do,” Condren said. “That’s kept me in this business this long.” “At this time of year, people love Steve Condren on young horses,” Middleton said. Coleman said Condren, “never hurts one, but, yet, he’s always got them in play… He’s very good with the young ones. Besides how good he drives them and always brings you a horse back for next week, he’s also really good at helping you if you have issues and need to change the equipment. He’s a very smart horseman.” The Metro Pace is part of a busy weekend for Condren. Friday night, he will drive Deep Impact in the second of two $118,907 Champlain divisions at Mohawk for trainer Brad Maxwell of Guelph, Ont. On Aug. 20, Condren drove the two-year-old gelded trotter to victory in the $35,600 final of the Define The World stakes at Mohawk. Maxwell and Condren previously teamed up on such stars as Elegantimage (nearly $1 million lifetime) and Pure Ivory (nearly $1.5 million lifetime). On Saturday, Condren will also drive Reverend Hanover for Coleman in a $25,000 three-year-old conditioned race. Reverend Hanover was a top two-year-old that has earned more than $275,000 lifetime. Sunday afternoon, Condren will meet fans, sign autographs and drive in the $15,000 Legends Day Trot at Clinton Raceway ( against seven other Hall of Fame drivers. It will be the second time Condren has appeared at the biannual Legends Day since being inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011, not long after he was diagnosed with cancer. Condren drove just a handful of times in 2011, but was in the sulky nearly 200 times in 2012 and has slowly increased his workload each year since. In 2014, he drove over 600 times and earned over $1.5 million, the first time he has topped seven figures since 2010 and the 31st time he’s done it in a career in which he’s won 6,784 races and driven the winners of more than $113 million. He said his last medical checkup went well, and “everything is going in the right direction still, so far, which is good… I put a lot of effort into keeping in good shape. What I went through, and at my age, you have to be in decent shape to compete out there now. So, I put a big effort into that.” An avid golfer, Condren said he plays four to six rounds a week. “I’m still walking and carrying as part of my keeping-in-shape routine… That’s a nice walk every day.” As for his driving career, Condren is big on perspective. “I’m happy to be around, never mind driving horses,” he said. “I always said to myself that if I start getting in people’s way out there I’ll give it up. So far, I haven’t been doing too much of that.” Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015. “This is an enhancement of the ORC’s existing protocol for Official Veterinarian examination prior to standardbred racing,” said Dr. Bruce Duncan, Supervisor Commission Standardbred Veterinarians. “The health and welfare of the race horse and the safety of the participants are of paramount concern to the ORC and we believe the racing community supports these efforts.” He pointed out the ORC consulted with racetrack management, its own racing officials, as well as representatives of COSA. Trainers with entries in the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby are requested to make their horses available for this hands-on pre-race veterinary examination a minimum of one hour before their horse’s post time. Lasix horses are required to be at the track four hours before post time, and will be examined within that timeframe. “We also ask that trainers not have any bandages or topical poultices, or liniments on the horse,” said Duncan. Applying this enhancement to other events is under active consideration. Further information will be made available when finalized. For more information: Dr Bruce Duncan Dr. Adam Chambers 416 213-0520 Rob McKinney Deputy Director      

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Harness racings top older pacers and rising stars were on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace. A solid group of 18 older pacers were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The top-five finishers from each nine-horse elimination earned a spot in next week's $685,000 final. In the first elimination, State Treasurer continued his hot streak with a narrow 1:50.1 victory. The six-year-old son of Real Desire was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite and got away fourth in the early stages for driver David Miller. Ellis Park made a second-quarter move to the front and took the field by the half in :54.4. Around the final turn, Miller sent State Treasurer first up and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee got on even ground with Ellis Park at the third station in 1:23. State Treasurer grabbed sole position of the lead in the stretch, but had to dig in deep to get the victory, as All Bets Off made a late charge to finish second by a neck. "It was a pretty good pace and I was able to sit in passed the half there and when I moved him I just let him come easy there," said Miller, following the race. "Head of the lane I asked him and he finished it off." Captive Audience shot up the rail to finish third, while Piston Broke and Mcwicked rounded out the top-five. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer now has three consecutive victories and seven from 13 starts in 2015. Saturday's 28th career victory increased his earnings to just under $1.5 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $2.70 to win. State Treasurer Returning to the site of his 2014 Pepsi North America Cup victory for the first time, JK Endofanera took the second elimination in 1:50.1. Driven by Brett Miller, JK Endofanera left from post seven and was parked around the first turn before clearing to the front as he entered the backstretch. Shamballa, the 6/5 favourite, got away fourth and made a second-quarter move to the lead for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted a half-mile clocking of :54.1 to take the field into the final turn. Mach It So challenged first up at Shamballa in the third-quarter, as JK Endofanera followed closely in the pocket. The three-quarter time was 1:22, as Shamballa carried the lead into the lane. In the stretch, Shamballa tried to pace away from his rivals, but JK Endofanera moved to the outside and was able to track down the favourite and score a 1¾ length victory. "I wanted to kind of get away up close," said Miller, following the race. "I still feel this horse is better off the pace and off a helmet, but being an elimination race I didn't want to get eliminated, so I wanted to kind of be up close." JK Endofanera now has three wins in four career starts at Mohawk and Miller noted the long stretch favours the Jimmy Takter trainee. "He's a great big horse and the long stretch is definitely to his advantage." Nirvana Seelster shot through late for third, while Foiled Again and Limelight Beach from the Ron Burke barn finished fourth and fifth, respectively. JK Endofanera now has four wins from nine starts this season for owners 3 Brothers Stable. The son of Art Major has three victories to his credit since joining the Takter barn six starts ago. Saturday's victory was the 18th of JK Endofanera's career and increases his earnings to just shy of $1.8 million. He paid $6.70 to win. JK Endofanera will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup champion since Gallo Blue Chip in 2001 to also win the Canadian Pacing Derby. JK Endofanera The Metro Pace has served as launching ground to stardom for many pacers over the years and 21 two-year-old pacers contested three $40,000 eliminations for the 2015 edition. Tony Alagna trainees finished one-two in the first elimination with Voracity getting up the final strides to defeat American Passport in 1:54.3. Several horses fired out at the start with American Passport getting the front and posting an opening-panel of :26. Cruise Patrol, who was parked around the first turn, cleared to the lead in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.4. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, was taken to the back by Waples and picked up cover in the middle-half. American Passport edged out of the pocket nearing the third station, as Voracity was sent three-wide and sat 2½ lengths off the lead turning for home. In the stretch, American Passport took the lead and was quickly confronted by Voracity. The Alagna trainees slugged it out down the lane and American Passport held the narrow advantage late, but Voracity edged by his stablemate in the final steps to win by a nose. Nvestment Bluechip finished third, while Cruise Patrol was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity now has four wins from five starts to begin his career. Although the rookie has been doing most of the work on the front end, Alagna noted that Waples said taking to the back was by design. "(Randy) said everybody looked like that wanted to go out of there a hundred, so I just took him back and I know he's so good off a helmet as well, so I wasn't concerned about it," said Alagna. "That's a big mile tonight, the track is pretty tiring especially for these young horses and I think you will see them all fire right back next week." Voracity increased his earnings to $172,000 with the victory for owners Brad Grant, Alagna Racing LLC., and John Fodera. The Alagna trainee paid $3.40 to win. Voracity Control The Moment remained undefeated with an eye-catching 1:52.1 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Waples, Control The Moment left from post six and the 1/5 favourite was able to take a seat in third around the first turn. As the field paced by the three-eighths, Waples gave the Brad Maxwell trainee his cue to brush to the front and he posted a half of :55.4. After pacing a third-quarter of :29, Control The Moment left his rivals far behind and paced home comfortably in :27.2 to score a 3 ½ length victory. "He felt the same as he always does, he just feels like he's a really unbelievably nice horse," said Waples, post-race. "There's more in there that I haven't found yet, like he can do things there that make me in awe." Ideal Rocky split rivals late to finish second, while Racing Hill made a charge on the outside to edge by Manhattan Beach for third. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment, who was a $47,000 yearling purchase last fall in Lexington, is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The Maxwell trainee is now six for six to start his career and has $98,187 in earnings. Control The Moment paid $2.60 to win. Control The Moment Betting Line bounced back from a break in his most recent start to win the third and final elimination in 1:52.2. The Casie Coleman trainee left from post three with driver Steve Condren and got away in third. In the second-quarter, Condren sent Betting Line, the even-money favourite, to the front to overtake the lead from The Catamount Kid at the half in :56. After pacing by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Betting Line kicked clear from his rivals by a pair of lengths in mid-stretch and cruised home in :27.3 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. The Catamount Kid finished second, while Pretty Boy Hill was third. Following the race, Coleman said she was happy to see Betting Line back on track after his break at Rideau Carleton. "I really don't know what that Ottawa start was all about, it's uncharacteristic for him to make a break," said Coleman. "We did a little bit of tinkering. I brought his hopples in a half an inch and we changed his bridle." A son of Bettor's Delight, Betting Line now has four wins from six starts and earnings of $117,000 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Betting Line was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. The Coleman trainee paid $4 to win. Cruise Patrol, the fourth-place finisher from the first elimination, drew into the final to complete the field of ten for next week's championship. Betting Line The finals for both the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace were drawn Saturday night. Elimination winners earned the right to select their posts for the final. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET and the $685,000 Metro Pace will take place next Saturday (September 5). Post time is 7:05 p.m. $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final PP/Horse 1. Mcwicked 2. State Treasurer 3. JK Endofanera 4. All Bets Off 5. Shamballa 6. Nirvana Seelster 7. LimelightBeach 8. Captive Audience 9. Foiled Again 10. Piston Broke AE: Clear Vision $685,000 Metro Pace Final PP/Horse 1. The Catamount Kid 2. Betting Line 3. Voracity 4. Control The Moment 5. Racing Hill 6. Nvestment Bluechip 7. Pretty Boy Hill 8. Ideal Rocky 9. Cruise Patrol 10. American Passport AE: Manhattan Beach Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - When making an "Nvestment", every dollar counts. Trainer Dave Menary expects to see it pay off as he sends out Nvestment Bluechip in the Metro Pace eliminations on Saturday night. "He was a very handsome colt at the sale, he was Ontario Sired and I really liked his pedigree," said Menary. "He stood out, really handsome and we got him at a good price." A $40,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, owners Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton and Thomas Kyron have seen their colt bankroll nearly $100,000 so far. The first foal out of Hazes Zure Bet, he has picked up where she left off in the speed department. Getting off to a rocky start in her two-year-old season, she turned a corner late in the year to set up a successful sophomore campaign. Picking up a mark of 1:54.4 at Saratoga, she went on to show speed of 1:52 over Vernon Downs in New York Sires Stakes action. Bred to Shadow Play by breeders Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., she dropped a foal in early January 2013 who would grow up to become Menary's next pacing star. Having campaigned Hes Watching, the small but mighty son of American Ideal who set an all-age world record of 1:46.4 in the Meadowlands Pace last year, he has large shoes to fill. "This winter, breaking them and starting to train, he's been my favourite. He's been a real professional from day one. He trained down excellent, started to go real fast and now he takes care of himself. He used to be a flashy trainer, now he's not so much of a flashy trainer anymore. Now he waits for the big dance to show his speed." With four starts so far in his freshman campaign, Nvestment Bluechip has posted two wins, both in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events. Setting a mark of 1:53.1 in his pari-mutuel debut, he has shown consistent speed with fast early fractions. Though Menary chose to bypass the Nassagaweya Stakes, which acted as a final prep for many of the horses entered, his trainee will head into Saturday off a victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 13. "I'd like to see more speed out of him, but so far everything has been moving in the right direction. He has more in the tank; it's just a matter of time. A driver can do pretty much whatever they want with him on the track, he's versatile." With twenty-three rookie pacers set to go in the Metro Pace eliminations, Nvestment Bluechip will start from post position eight in the first of three 'Metro' events. He will be looking to finish on the board, the top three securing a spot in the final next week. The field will be rounded out with one fourth place finisher, drawn by lot. "I would have like to be inside, it's an uphill battle starting from way out there, but hopefully we're good enough this week to come back again next week. You have to be in it to win it, I was on the fence about entering him in the Metro and he's proven that he deserves the opportunity." For now, Menary hopes the next stake engagement for Nvestment Bluechip will be the final on September 5. He is looking ahead to the Champlain, the Ontario Sires Stakes Superfinal and the Breeders Crown which returns to Canadian soil this year. "He's one of the Sires Stakes point leaders with two Gold wins, so we'll have the Superfinal and a few other options outside of Sires Stakes as the year goes on. We're playing it by ear as he progresses." The most coveted 'Crown' of all, the Breeders Crown races act as the grand finale to each stake season. Set to take place at Woodbine Racetrack in October, every trainer, owner and driver hopes to be there with the horse to beat. "We need to finish the Sires Stakes and see how he makes it through all of that before the Breeders Crown. It's a nice option to have and a nice horse to have it with." Saturday is set to be a pacing affair at Mohawk Racetrack, with two Shes A Great Lady eliminations for two-year-old fillies on the card in addition to the Metro Pace. There will also be two eliminations for the highly anticipated Canadian Pacing Derby. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett, for WEG Communications

Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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