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MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Undefeated rookie Tall Dark Stranger established a new harness racing stakes record with a 1:49.1 victory in Saturday's $750,000 Metro Pace.   The son of Bettors Delight angled from the two-hole and cruised home in :27, giving his driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first victory in harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds.   "He's just a great colt," said Johansson. "He looked strong the whole way and still had his plugs in at the wire. If they were coming harder at him I think he still had some left in the tank."   Tall Dark Stranger left from post-four and circled around Easi Hanover, who blasted from the outside, to lead at the opening-quarter in :27. Race-favourite Capt Midnight moved out from third and went after the lead racing up the backstretch, getting stretched out by Tall Dark Stranger before clearing after a :54.1 half.   Capt Midnight carried the lead around the far turn with Tall Dark Stranger and Gingras angling from the two-hole ahead of the three-quarter pole. Ys Mathis was first-up, three-lengths from the lead, with Papi Rob Hanover on his back. The three-quarter time was 1:22.   In the stretch, Tall Dark Stranger powered by Capt Midnight to a clear lead with an eighth of a mile to go. Papi Rob Hanover made things interesting late, ultimately coming up half a length short to a steady Tall Dark Stranger. Capt Midnight finished third, while Seeyou At Thebeach was fourth.   Tall Dark Stranger grinded away to narrowly defeated Papi Rob Hanover in last week's elimination. Gingras felt that performance made a big impact on the colt.   "(Last week) it took him a long time in the stretch, but today I stretched the other colt and in the last turn he knew what it was about this time," said Gingras. "When I came out of the two-hole he went right by Capt Midnight and that was without even me asking him at that point.   "He's got some learning to do, but he's got all the tools to be a great one."   Tall Dark Stranger is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. The son of Bettors Delight is now six for six with $499,533 earned after being purchased for $330,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   The clocking of 1:49.1 shaved a fifth of a second off the previous stakes record set by Sportswriter in 2009. It also matches the track record set by A Rocknroll Dance in 2011.   Gingras and Johansson can now scratch the Metro Pace off their bucket list, as the duo teamed up in the 2011 edition to finish second with Western Vintage.   Johansson's victory with Tall Dark Stranger gives her a sweep of Mohawk Park's two richest races of the season, as she captured the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in June with Captain Crunch.   "Not bad for a girl born in Sweden," laughed Johansson. "I'm very lucky that I have owners that support me with great horses and makes my job a lot easier having the material to perform at the highest level."   Tall Dark Stranger paid $5.40 to win.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - The $750,000 Metro Pace is harness racing's richest two-year-old race in 2019 and for most of the connections racing, it's exactly the spot they planned on being.   A field of 10 rookie harness racing pacing colts and geldings will line up in the Metro Pace with six of the 10 having been purchased for $100,000 or more at last fall's yearling sales. That number of six is one more than last year's five and potentially the highest ever.   Capt Midnight is the 7/5 favourite in the Metro and was the most expensive purchase in the field at $350,000 (Harrisburg). The Tony Alagna trained son of Captaintreacherous has won five of seven starts for his connections and is the nation's fastest rookie at 1:49.4.   A close second-choice at odds of 9/5 is the undefeated Tall Dark Stranger, who sold for $330,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Bettors Delight colt is perfect in five career starts for trainer Nancy Johansson and connections.   The most-expensive yearling purchase to ever win the Metro Pace is Simply Business, who pulled off a 20/1 upset in the 2011 edition. The son of Rocknroll Hanover-Cathedra Dot Com sold for $350,000 and went on to make just over a million-dollars in 183 career starts, with $500,000 of those earnings coming from his Metro win.   Since 2000, Simply Business and five other $100,000-plus yearling purchases have won the Metro Pace. Captaintreacherous in 2012 at $250,000 is the second most-expensive followed by Rocknroll Hanover in 2004 ($190,000), Camelot Hall in 2003 ($175,000), Stag Party in last year's race ($125,000) and Artspeak in 2014 ($100,000).   This year's race matches up with the saying "spend money to make money" and that has regularly been the case in the Metro Pace. While the rag to riches stories do happen, the average price of the 16 winners since 2000 that sold at a yearling auction is $102,562.   Sir Luck was the "cheapest" purchase of the winners since 2000 as a $20,000 buy in November 2001 at Harrisburg.   Beach Blanket Book could steal that title away from Sir Luck with an upset win from post-ten. The son of Sportswriter was a $17,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Select sale.   As for the spot where the Metro winners have been purchased, graduates of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale have won seven-times since 2006 with Harrisburg grads winning four during that period. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale began in 2005 after Tattersalls and Kentucky Standardbred teamed their sales.   The only Metro winner since 2006 not to be sold at either Lexington or Harrisburg was Mystician in 2010. The Canadian Open graduate brought $45,000 as a yearling and scored a 29/1 upset in his Metro victory.   The storyline for this year's race may be the expensive yearling buys, but a pair of homebreds will pace behind the gate in Saturday's $750,000 event.   Sportswriter colt Ys Mathis is owned by Yves Sarrazin, who co-bred the pacer with Carl Duguay. One For Julius is from the first-crop of stallion Hes Watching and races for breeders Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc.   The last homebred to win the Metro Pace was Boomboom Ballykeel in 2010. The 10/1 upset winner was trained by Richard Moreau, who conditions Ys Mathis in this year's race.   The Metro Pace is one of the most anticipated races each season and that anticipation begins for many while inspecting yearlings and purchasing their next great hope.   While it's still early in the careers for the Metro field, on paper and based on early results this group could leave quite the legacy on the racetrack. Only time will tell.   Here is the breakdown of the Metro Pace field by yearling price.   Capt Midnight - $350,000 (Harrisburg) Tall Dark Stranger - $330,000 (Lexington) Captain Kirk - $200,000 (Lexington) Esai Hanover - $155,000 (Harrisburg) Team Best - $150,000 (Lexington) Papi Rob Hanover - $130,000 (Harrisburg) Seeyou At Thebeach - $70,000 (Harrisburg) Beach Blanket Book - $17,000 (Lexington) Ys Mathis - Homebred One For Julius - Homebred   by Mark McKelvie,for Woodbine Entertainment   

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - Harness racing fans will want to arrive early to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (September 21) to collect the third and final t-shirt in the 'Road to the Breeders Crown' giveaway series.   Sylvain Filion is the next driver to have his racing colours incorporated into a t-shirt. The four-time O'Brien Award winning Driver of the Year will be set up on the main grandstand floor beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday (September 21) to giveaway t-shirts and sign autographs.   The $750,000 Metro Pace is the main event for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment      

MILTON, ON - September 17, 2019 - The $750,000 Metro Pace headlines another $1.7 million-plus harness racing card this Saturday (September 21) at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds will see a field of 10 pacing colts and geldings clash to add their name to a long list of memorable Metro champions. The $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies and $250,000 Milton Stakes for pacing mares join the Metro Pace as marquee races this Saturday.   Capt Midnight (PP3) is the expected favourite for the Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee has dominated rookie stakes this season at Mohawk Park, winning five in a row at the Milton oval to bring his season record to five wins, a mark of 1:49.4 and $212,819 earned in seven starts.   A son of 2012 Metro winner Captaintreacherous, Capt Midnight won his elimination easily in 1:51.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy to go with his victories in the Dream Maker, Nassagaweya and Champlain. The Alagna student sold for $350,000 at last November's Harrisburg yearling sale and is owned by Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Brad Grant and Capt Midnight Racing.   Capt Midnight is joined by stablemates Captain Kirk (PP5, Bob McClure) and Esai Hanover (PP8, Trevor Henry) to give Alagna a trio of starters in his attempt for a third Metro Pace victory. Artspeak, who is the sire of Esai Hanover, won the 2014 edition to give Alagna his second Metro following Captaintreacherous' triumph in 2012.   Tall Dark Stranger will look to stop the run of Capt Midnight and continue his own for trainer Nancy Johansson. The son of Bettors Delight is undefeated in five starts and took last Saturday's other elimination in a career-best 1:50.1 for driver Yannick Gingras.   A $330,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Tall Dark Stranger has won four in a row since arriving at Mohawk Park, including a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. The only horse with a perfect record in this year's Metro has earned $124,533 for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor.   Trainer Johnasson has already won the Pepsi North America Cup this season and a victory Saturday with Tall Dark Stranger would give her a sweep of the track's two most-richest races.   Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Papi Rob Hanover (PP9, David Miller) dueled with Tall Dark Stranger in last week's elimination, surrendering the lead in deep stretch to come up just a head short. The Brett Pelling trained son of Somebeachsomewhere is two for six and has hit the board in each start to earn $186,295 for owner David McDuffee. He was a $130,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase.   Blake MacIntosh joins Alagna as the only other trainer with multiple horses in this year's Metro Pace. Somebeachsomewhere colt Team Best (PP6, James MacDonald) and Sportswriter colt Beach Blanket Book (PP10, Doug McNair) race for Team MacIntosh.   Local hopes will also ride with trainers Richard Moreau and Dustin Jones. Sportswriter colt YS Mathis (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy) goes for Moreau and has victories in the Champlain and an OSS Gold to his name. Jones' One For Julius (PP7, Chris Christoforou) is a son of Hes Watching and finished second to the aforementioned Ys Mathis in an OSS Gold division on August 31.   Completing the field is Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division winner Seeyou At Thebeach (PP2, Tim Tetrick). The Brian Brown student is the third entrant for sire Somebeachsomewhere.   The $750,000 Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9.   The $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies will have all eyes on the respective stars of the Ontario and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes programs.   Chantal Mitchell trainee Alicorn (PP5, Roy) has rewritten the Ontario Sires Stakes record book multiple times this season and cruised to a career-best equaling 1:50.3 victory in her elimination. The daughter of Bettors Delight is five for eight and is riding a three-race win streak.   Alicorn was a $30,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Windermere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara. Her sensational rookie campaign has earned her connections $234,389.   Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Lyons Sentinel (PP4, Tetrick) tied the Track and Canadian record with a stunning 1:50.1 victory in her elimination. The Jim King trainee is charted with an insane :52.3 back-half in her dazzling elimination victory.   A daughter of Captaintreachrous, Lyons Sentinel enters Saturday's rich final on a four-race win streak to sport a record of five wins and three runner-up finishes in eight starts. The $55,000 Harrisburg yearling grad has banked $292,330 for owners Threelyonsracing.   Alagna trainee Reflect With Me (PP2, McCarthy) had a four-race win streak snapped by Lyons Sentinel in their elimination, but the daughter of Captaintreacherous will be ready for a shot at redemption in the event her connections have had their eyes set on.   A $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Reflect With Me captured the Whenuwishuponastar, Eternal Camnation and Champlain during her win streak. She currently sits at four wins, a pair of runner-up finishes and $147,818 earned in eight starts for owners Brittany Farms and Brad Grant.   Trainer Johansson will have a pair of chances in the $540,000 event. She sends out Western Ideal filly JK First Lady (PP6, Gingras), who is the first-foal out of 2014 'Great Lady' winner JK Shesalady, and Bettors Delight filly Peaky Sneaky (PP7, McNair).   The field for the Shes A Great Lady is completed by Paul Reid trainee Off The Press (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Bill Budd trainee Saulsbrook Raven (PP3, MacDonald), Dr. Ian Moore trainee Alexa Skye (PP8, Dexter Dunn), Dave Menary trainee Somebeachsometime (PP9, Jody Jamieson) and Susie Kerwood trainee Betalady (PP10, Miller).   The $540,000 Shes A Great Lady has been carded as Race 5.   Moving away from the rookies, older pacing mares will also have a chance to shine in the $250,000 Milton Stakes.   The dominant Shartin N was the expected heavy-favourite for the Milton, but sickness has forced her connections to scratch from Saturday's race. The removal of harness racing's leading candidate for Horse of the Year opens the door for a competitive contest.   Youaremycandygirl (PP1, Roy) has been the talk of the town in recent weeks at Mohawk Park. The four-year-old is two for two since moving into the barn of trainer Moreau, posting dazzling victories of 1:49.1 and 1:48.3 in back-to-back Mares Preferred events.   Owned by W J Donovan, Youaremycandygirl won the 2017 'Great Lady' and went on to earn more than $1.4 million during her first two seasons on the track. This year she is three for 11 to bring her career numbers to 21 wins and $1.5 million earned in 39 starts.   Trainer Moreau will also send out Double A Mint (PP8, Bob McClure) in Saturday's contest. The four-year-old has raced in every month this year, winning 12 of 25 starts and earning $225,400.   Caviart Ally (PP9, McCarthy) returns to Mohawk Park to defend her Milton Stakes title. The five-year-old won last year's Milton by three-lengths and has put together another strong campaign in 2019, racing in the shadow of division leader Shartin N.   Trained by Pelling, Caviart Ally has hit the board in all 14 of her starts this season, including five wins and seven runner-up finishes. She has earned $1.5 million during her racing career for owners Caviart Farms.   Nick Surick trainee Bettors Up (PP4, Tetrick) rolls into the Milton with confidence after edging Caviart Ally by a head in last week's Great Northeast Series final at Pocono. The five-year-old joins Double A Mint as the mares with most starts this season, winning six of 25 outings and earning $167,205.   It wouldn't be a major stake this season at Mohawk Park without representation from the Johansson barn. Not to overlooked, Kissin In The Sand (PP2, Gingras) has earned her only two victories this season over the last month at Mohawk Park. The winner of $1.1 million is two for 12 this year with $62,630 earned.   Local connections are all over the Milton Stakes final, with three other mares joining Double A Mint as regular competitors in the Mares Preferred. Rene Dion trainee Shower Play (PP6, Jamieson), Alagna trainee Seaswift Joy N (PP7, Tetrick) and Rod Boyd trainee Kendall Seelster (PP10, MacDonald) will look for home-track success.   Completing the field is Dylan Davis trainee Apple Bottom Jeans (PP3, Callahan). The six-year-old will be making her Mohawk Park debut and most recently was third in the Great Northeast Series final.   The $250,000 Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7.   Post time for Saturday's $1.7 million card is 7:10 p.m. For full event details, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com.   Click here to view the early program pages for Saturday's card.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, September 14, 2019 - The harness racing fields are set for next weekend's $750,000 Metro Pace and $540,000 Shes A Great Lady following eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   Each event required a pair of eliminations to determine the 10-horses advancing to each final.   Alicorn jogged to a 1¾ length win in the first of two $35,000 eliminations of the She's A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The prodigious daughter of Bettors Delight hit the front before the first turn from post four and - to the surprise of nobody - the 1/9 favourite led for the remainder of the mile to secure the lion's share of the purse and her choice of post position for the $550,000 final. Somebeachsometime flew up late from the back to grab second and Betalady crossed the line third. Alexa Skye and Peaky Sneaky will also make the final after finishing fourth and fifth respectively.   Driver Louis Philippe Roy, as always, was dazzled by his drive.   "I don't have much to say other than 'she was fantastic tonight," said Roy in his post-race interview. "She always impresses me, and tonight she was even better - she was perfect."   Alicorn grabbed the lead early and required little reminding from Roy down the lane on route to a 1:50.3 victory. She hit the quarter in :26.4, took a backstretch breather to the tune of :55.3, and then kicked on to a three-quarters in 1:23.2 and a last quarter of :27.1. The backfield didn't move a muscle until the five-eighths when Peaky Sneaky went first up and Alexa Skye grabbed her cover, but it would be Somebeachsometime to circle each of them to finish second. Betalady got a free ride along the rail and held on for third.   She has now earned more than $230,000 from eight starts for trainer Chantal Mitchell and owners Windermere Stable and Robert Muscara. This is her fifth win, and she will look to add the She's A Great Lady trophy to a case that already includes hardware from two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events and the Eternal Camnation.   Roy also says that she has some left in the tank for the final.   "I didn't want to spend more than what she needed to win with the final coming next week," he said. "I think she'll be pretty sharp. Chantal (Mitchell, the horse's trainer) did a good job on keeping her healthy and ready, giving her a little break last week. [There are] good things to expect in the final.   Alicorn paid $2.10 to win.     Alicorn   In the $35,000 second elimination, it was Lyons Sentinel who rolled by favourite Reflect With Me in the stretch to win going away in.   She was 2½ lengths the best over Reflect With Me and Jk First Lady, who finished third. Tim Tetrick piloted the filly to victory lane.   "I thought I had the best filly going in to it," said Tetrick. "I just didn't know how the big track would affect her and it looks like she liked it."   Jk First Lady led going to the quarter, but Andrew McCarthy right-lined Reflect With Me to take over up the backstretch. Lyons Sentinel, who got away fourth from post five, got into gear as they entered the far turn and cruised by rivals for a track and Canadian record-equaling 1:50.1. Off the Press finished a far-back fourth, and Saulsbrook Raven claimed the last spot in the final. The three different leaders took the six-horse field to a quarter in :28.3, half in :56, three-quarters in 1:23.1, and the victor sprinted home in a speedy :26.3.   Lyons Sentinel has now won five races - the others being Pennsylvania Sires Stakes contests, including the $250,000 championship last week - and earned just shy of $300,000 for owner Threelyonsracing and trainer James King Jr. The victory tonight is also a new lifetime mark for the daughter of Captaintreacherous.   "That field that she beat at Chester last week in the final - that was a very good field of pacing fillies," said Tetrick. "She beat those last week pretty handily, and she came back here, and I think she raced better tonight than she has been."   A win ticket was worth $6.00.     Lyons Sentinel   Undefeated pacer Tall Dark Stranger took the $40,000 first elimination of the Metro Pace for two-year-olds as he reached up to nail leader Papi Rob Hanover on the line.   Papi Rob Hanover led every step but the last one after blasting to the lead early. He took the field to the quarter in :27.2, the half in :55.3, and the three-quarters in 1:23.2, but Tall Dark Stranger stopped the final timer in 1:50.1. Seeyou At Thebeach followed the winner's cover and held on to finish third. Team Best and Captain Kirk both rode the rail and snagged the remaining spots in the $750,000 final with their fourth and fifth-place efforts respectively.   Winning driver Yannick Gingras sat second after leaving from the two-hole and popped the pocket as the field of seven turned towards the three-quarters, but then had to work on his Bettors Delight colt to get by Papi Rob Hanover in the closing stages. It was a novelty for Gingras, as his undefeated colt had never been less than three lengths ahead at the finish in any of his prior efforts.   Gingras said that his mount had a lot left in the tank.   "I took my chance out of the two-hole, but at the wire he was just starting to get in gear," he said after the race. "He was far from tired, but he just has to learn his job."   The $330,000 yearling purchase is owned by the partnership of Crawford Farms, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms, and Howard Taylor. He has now recouped $124,533 for them, and is a perfect five-for-five for trainer Nancy Johansson. The elimination effort dropped the freshman's lifetime mark by a second.   "He's won pretty handily under wraps each week," said Gingras. "But I think it was good for him tonight, no doubt about it; the trip worked out, the speed was good, and he didn't get hurt going into next week. We'll get to pick our post so it's all positive."   The 6/5 favourite paid $2.90 to win.     Tall Dark Stranger   Capt Midnight had smooth sailing in his $40,000 elimination of the Metro, as he brushed to the top on the backside and glided home under minimal urging from Andrew McCarthy.   The two-year-old by Captaintreacherous and was timed in 1:51.4 and was 4½ lengths clear of Champlain Stakes winner Ys Mathis as they hit the wire. Beach Blanket Book used his seat in the three-hole to come home third. One for Julius and Esai Hanover were fourth and fifth and will complete the Metro Pace field.   Esai Hanover left with the car from the rail and held the top spot going into the turn, but had little choice but to let the speedy Capt Midnight and Andrew McCarthy, who had tucked in third from post seven, go by as the horses paced towards the half. No competitor would get within a length again, and all YS Mathis could do after moving first-over was watch the 2/5 favourite jog away. Beach Blanket Book gave a steady effort and finished third. Capt Midnight paid $2.30 to win.   "He's a weapon, he really is," said McCarthy. "There was a couple of guys behind me chirping in the last turn, and every time they'd yell at their horse he'd spark up and slip into another gear. On paper it obviously looked like we got in the easier division I guess, but just the way he did it tonight, he was vicious."   The Tony Alagna trainee will up his win tally to five from seven outings and bring his earnings above $200,000 for the ownership group of Marvin Katz, Kenneth Jacobs, Bradley Grant, and Capt Midnight Racing. They threw down $350,000 to bring him home from the 2018 Harrisburg Yearling Sale.   "This horse has a lot of presence - when you see him on a racetrack, he catches your eye," Alagna said. "We gave $350,000 for him, so we definitely had high expectations, but giving a lot of money doesn't necessarily guarantee that (he will be good). There's just something about him - when we bought him as a yearling, he had a look about him that you had to respect."     Capt Midnight   Post positions were drawn for both finals following the eliminations. The winners of Saturday's elimination earned their connections the right to select their post position.   $540,000 Shes A Great Lady   1 - Off The Press 2 - Reflect With Me 3 - Saulsbrook Raven 4 - Lyons Sentinel 5 - Alicorn 6 - Jk First Lady 7 - Peaky Sneaky 8 - Alexa Skye 9 - Somebeachsometime 10 - Betalady AE - Temagami Seelster   $750,000 Metro Pace   1 - Ys Mathis 2 - Seeyou At Thebeach 3 - Capt Midnight 4 - Tall Dark Stranger 5 - Captain Kirk 6 - Team Best 7 - One For Julius 8 - Esai Hanover 9 - Papi Rob Hanover 10 - Beach Blanket Book AE - Allywag Hanover   Mark McKelvie  

This Week In Harness Racing: Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals, and Metro and She's A Great Lady eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at Tioga Downs on Friday (Sept. 13) with four $10,000 races in the Kindergarten Series, one event each for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters and pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park will be held on Saturday (Sept. 14) and will feature the C$605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters, the C$376,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$370,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts, the C$405,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old trotting fillies, two C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Tioga races are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: On closing night of the 2019 Eldorado Scioto Downs meet, Atlanta withstood the late charge of two rivals to hold on for the victory in the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial while in the next race, McWicked came flying down the middle of the stretch for a narrow win in the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. McWicked used a late charge down the middle of the stretch to win the $440,000 Jim Ewart Memorial at Scioto Downs. USTA/Mark Hall photo. With Lather Up scratched in the Jim Ewart, 2-1 favorite McWicked (Brian Sears) got away fifth as Filibuster Hanover (Chris Page) led the nine-horse field through a :25.3 first quarter. This Is The Plan (Yannick Gingras) moved past Filibuster Hanover and led through fractions of :52.4 and 1:20 and to the top of the stretch. Fifth while turning for home, Sears guided McWicked to the center of the track passing four rivals to win by a nose in 1:49. Donttellmeagain and Western Fame dead heated for second and Courtly Choice was fourth, a neck back. "He was a little loose on his cover, but you know he just keeps digging to the wire," said Sears following the win. "Casie's (Coleman) done an amazing job bringing him back. I want to thank (owner) Ed James for letting us race him again another year. It's been a lot of fun. This horse, he shows up every week and gives it his all." For McWicked, an 8-year-old son of McArdle, it was his fourth win in 2019, the 38th of his career and increased his lifetime earnings to $4,622,405. He is owned by S S G Stables and trained by Casie Coleman. In the $220,000 Charlie Hill Memorial, Yannick Gingras and Atlanta held off the late charges of Plunge Blue Chip and Mission Accepted to win in a track record 1:51.4. "I was hoping maybe for a lot of crazy speed early, so I could race off a helmet or chasing down horses any way," said Gingras. "I think that's her best game. But the way it worked out, I was able to make the front end and I knew Timmy (Tetrick on favorite Guardian Angel As) was parked the whole mile, so that was definitely a plus." After being parked third as Mission Accepted led the nine-horse field to the first quarter in :27.1, Gingras moved Atlanta to the lead the first time past the grandstand then led through fractions of :56 and 1:24. With the lead turning for home, Gingras allowed Atlanta to drift out a little off the turn leaving room for Plunge Blue Chip and Mission Accepted to challenge the winner on the inside. Atlanta's winning margin over Plunge Blue Chip was a head and third-place Mission Accepted was a half-length back. Favorite Guardian Angel As finished fourth. Atlanta, a 4-year-old Chapter Seven mare, is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. She has now won seven of 11 starts this year and is 19-for-35 lifetime with $1,799,089 in career earnings. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2019, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2019 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 863.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 656; 3. David Miller - 541; 4. Dexter Dunn - 491; 5. Brian Sears - 414. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 748; 2. Tony Alagna - 446; 3. Marcus Melander - 359; 4. Jim King Jr. - 306.5; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 305. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 192; 2. Brad Grant - 168.8; 3. Courant Inc. - 152.5; 4. Burke Racing Stable - 135.9; 5. Weaver Bruscemi - 123.4. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the the Milton for older pacing mares and Metro and She's A Great Lady finals for freshman pacers; and Hoosier will host seven Grand Circuit races, including the Caesars Trotting Classic for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Ciruit  

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Stag Party and driver David Miller put on a show to win the $890,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casie Coleman trained two-year-old harness racing pacing colt came first-up on the final turn from fourth and proceeded to turn the Metro final into a laugher by drawing away with ease in the lane for a 4¼ lengths victory in 1:50.4. "My horse was full of pace the whole way and around the last turn I had a pretty good feeling that he was going to go all the way," said Miller, who had never won the Metro before during his Hall of Fame career. "It's a great feeling, I can't explain it. I had been wanting to win this race a long time too." De Los Cielos Deo blasted from post-ten to claim the early-lead, posting a :27.1 opener. Race-favourite Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy angled out from sixth heading towards the half, flushing out Stag Party and Miller from fourth. After reaching the half in :55.4, De Los Cielos Deo faced final-turn pressure from Stag Party, while Captain Ahab was situated second-over. De Los Cielos Deo held a length advantage at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Stag Party powered by De Los Cielos Deo and stormed away to the blowout victory. Captain Ahab, who came into the Metro final undefeated, came up empty in the lane after getting the perfect trip and faded to finish ninth. Semi Tough finished second after a two-hole trip, while Shake That House and Lyons Night Hawk finished third and fourth, respectively. "My plan all along was to try and get Andy (McCarthy) in front of me," said Miller about his trip with Stag Party. "He wouldn't take the bait and he ended up following me second-over, which I wasn't happy about." A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party's dominating effort gives trainer Coleman her second Metro title to go with Sportswriter record performance in 2009. "From day one he's been real special," said Coleman of Stag Party. "He stressed me out a little bit the last couple of weeks. I don't think I've ever had a race where I honestly text the owners and said we might be scratching tonight and go on to win the final the next week." "His issues were all just colt soreness. I literally x-rayed this horse top to bottom two or three weeks in a row...I was ready to tell them we're shutting him down for the season and bringing him back as a three-year-old." A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party has now earned $642,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "We've had a lot of luck in this business and we've had a ton of fun and this one is really special because my thoroughbred partner Fred Hertrich actually bred the horse so it makes it extra special," said John Fielding after capturing his first Metro. "I've had horses with Casie for a couple years now and been absolutely thrilled with the job she does. Her and her team have done an amazing job and this colt is really special." Coleman is currently undecided on when Stag Party's next start will be but did note the Metro winner will be pointed towards the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and Breeders Crown. Stag Party paid $5.30 to win. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2018 - The $890,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers headlines a $1.9 million harness racing card this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $590,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies and the $255,000 Milton Stakes for pacing mares will also take place on Saturday's stakes card. This year's Metro Pace purse of $890,000 will be the third-highest purse for a horse race in Canada during 2018, trailing only the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and $1 million Queen's Plate. The undefeated Captain Ahab (PP4) will be looking to repeat history for his trainer Tony Alagna and sire Captaintreacherous. The $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase is seven for seven and the looking to mimic his sire, who won the 2012 Metro Pace in a stakes-record equaling 1:49.2. Driver Andrew McCarthy will sit behind Captain Ahab, the 9/5 morning-line choice, searching for the biggest win of his career. The 32-year-old driver from Down Under has 2,092 wins and $35 million in career earnings. Captain Ahab captured his elimination last Saturday in 1:50.4 by rushing to the top in the second-quarter from fourth and pacing a :55.4 back-half (:28 final-quarter) to secure the victory. The Metro Pace has been the target for trainer Alagna with Captain Ahab, who arrived at Mohawk Park in late-July for the Dream Maker and will be making his sixth start at the Campbellville oval on Saturday. Trainer Casie Coleman will be searching for her second Metro title on Saturday with Bettors Delight colt Stag Party (PP3). A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party came first-up in his elimination and powered to a career-best 1:51 victory. The Ontario sired standout has won five of seven starts heading into the Metro. Coleman's first Metro victory came back in 2009 with Sportswriter, who established a new event record of 1:49.2. Driver David Miller, who earlier this week captured his fifth Little Brown Jug, will sit behind Stag Party and is seeking his first Metro title. Stag Party, a winner of $197,489, is owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. The $890,000 Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9. Saturday night could be a big night for the duo of McCarthy and Alagna, who also team up with 3-1 morning-line choice Tall Drink Hanover (PP4) in the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover paced home in :26.3 to win her elimination in a career-best 1:51.2. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling buy has won four of seven starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Alagna will send a power trio in the Shes A Great Lady, as Tall Drink Hanover joins Treacherous Reign (PP1, Yannick Gingras) and Odds On St Lucie (PP8, Brett Miller). Ideation Hanover is the other elimination winner in Saturday's final and will start from post-two for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Ideation Hanover converted off a two-hole trip for a 10-1 upset in 1:51.2. The $50,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has never missed the board in eight starts, reaching the winner's circle three-times. The Shes A Great Lady, featuring a field of nine, is carded as Race 5. Rookie pacers won't be the only stars Saturday, as a deep field of 10 pacing mares will duel in the $255,000 Milton Stakes. Sticking with the trend from the rookie events, McCarthy will drive another morning-line favourite in the Milton, sitting behind dominating elimination winner Caviart Ally (PP5). Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally went coast-to-coast in her elimination for a career-best 1:48.3 victory. The daughter of Bettors Delight is five for 13 this season and is inching towards $1 million in career earnings. The Milton final doesn't expect to be a walk in the park for Caviart Ally, as the field also includes stars Tequila Monday (PP2, B. Miller), Nike Franco N (PP3, Matt Kakaley), L A Delight (PP4, Randy Waples), Bettors Up (PP6, Doug McNair) and Pure Country (PP10, Gingras). The Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7. To download a free program for Saturday's $1.9 million card, click here. Post time for the Metro Pace card is 7:10 p.m. Track Suface and paddock closed Saturday Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track surface and paddock will not be open for training on Saturday morning (September 22). Only horses in retention for Saturday evening's stakes races will be permitted to use the track from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

This Week: Delaware Grand Circuit, Delaware County Fair, Delaware, Ohio; Caesars Trot, Hoosier Park Pacing Derby, Jenna's Beach Boy, Kentuckiana Stallion Management Stakes, Moni Maker and The Elevation, Hoosier Park, Anderson, Ind.; and Metro, She's A Great Lady and Milton finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit harness racing action kicks into full gear on Wednesday (Sept. 19) at Delaware with the $230,700 Jugette for 3-year-old filly pacers, the $82,200 Buckette for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $40,918 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly trotters and the $39,318 Standardbred for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Thursday (Sept. 20) card at Delaware is highlighted by the $642,000 Little Brown Jug, the third leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds. Also on tap that day is the $107,000 Miss Versatility final for older trotting mares, the $111,075 Old Oaken Bucket for 3-year-old male trotters, the $48,218 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt trotters and the $40,418 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit racing at Hoosier Park will be held on Friday (Sept. 21) with the $200,000 Caesars Classic for Open trotters, the $236,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters, the $207,000 Kentuckiana Stallion Management stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers, the $177,000 Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for Open pacers, the $172,000 Moni Maker for 3-year-old filly trotters, the $155,000 Jenna's Beach Boy for 3-year-old colt pacers, and the $120,000 Elevation for 2-year-old colt pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk will be held on Saturday (Sept. 22) with the C$890,000 Metro final for 2-year-old open pacers, the C$590,000 She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$255,000 Milton for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Woodbine Mohawk Park this past Saturday, with the finals of four major stakes, led by the $512,050 Canadian Trotting Classic. It was a hoof-to-hoof heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Crystal Fashion was a 1:52.1 winner in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018 and the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Met's Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in the second spot once Met's Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Met's Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favorite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 910.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 862.5; 3. David Miller - 571.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 409; 5. Jordan Stratton - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 712.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 664; 3. Tony Alagna - 464; 4. Jim Campbell - 296; 5. Erv Miller - 267. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 209; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 158.2; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 151.9; 4. Brittany Farms - 149.9; 5. Brad Grant - 124.3. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Lexington's historic Red Mile. There will be eight Bluegrass stakes for 2- and 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits. Hollywood Dayton Raceway will also be hosting a pair of Grand Circuit events, the Dayton Pacing Derby and the Dayton Trotting Derby for older horses and Harrah's Philadelphia will contest John Simpson Stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Captain Ahab and Stag Party punched their ticket to next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final with impressive harness racing victories in Saturday evening's eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace final a perfect seven for seven after winning his elimination in 1:50.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab got away fourth in a field of eight and watched Captain Crunch cut an opening-quarter of :26.3. McCarthy sent 'Ahab' after the lead in the second-quarter, clearing to the top at a :55 half. Captain Ahab paced his third-quarter in :27.4 with first-up pressure from Lyons Night Hawk and the six for seven De Los Cielos Deo sitting second-over. In the stretch, Captain Ahab finished his mile with a :28 final-quarter to secure the victory. De Los Cielos Deo paced into second, getting to the leader's wheel at the wire. Goldberg finished third, while Lyons Night Hawk was fourth. The final ticket to next week's final was grabbed by Better Up. Captain Ahab established a new career-mark with the 1:50.4 victory and has now earned $137,616 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. "I kicked the ear-plugs out tonight and made him pace in the stretch because I've got so much respect for Burke's colt (De Los Cielos Deo)," said McCarthy following the victory. "I was getting flushed early, so I went ahead and put him on the front and he was fine about it." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace undefeated and as the likely favourite. The Alagna trainee has collected five of his seven wins at Mohawk Park. McCarthy is confident heading into the final, but not overlooking any of his opponents. "It's not going to be easy. I've got a lot of respect for the other colts, so we just got to figure out the trip and hopefully it works out for us." A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.50. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party rebounded from a second-place finish in the Champlain for an impressive 1:51 victory in the first Metro elimination. Driven by David Miller, Stag Party took his time in the beginning, getting away sixth in the field of nine. Cruise Captain, who defeated Stag Party in the Champlain, posted a :27.1 opening-quarter before surrendering the lead in the second-quarter. Shake That House moved third to first entering the backstretch, but was followed by Semi Tough, who overtook the top spot and led by the half in :55.4. Miller angled Stag Party to the outside at the half and the Coleman trainee charged first-up to draw within half a length of Semi Tough at three-quarters in 1:24. In the stretch, Semi Tough dug in gamely in an attempt to hold off Stag Party, but the Coleman student muscled by in deep stretch to win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:51. Semi Tough held second, while Shake That House was third. The top-five was completed by Lyons Johnnyjnr and Buddy Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party now has five wins in seven starts and has earned $197,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "Casie told me he just wasn't right health wise (last week) and she got him good in a week and he went a big trip tonight," said Miller when asked about the rebound victory. "She does a great job conditioning horses and getting them ready." Stag Party was purchased as a yearling for $125,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on the Coleman trainee returned $3.90. The post-positions for next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final were drawn following the eliminations. Captain Ahab and Stag Party earned their connections the right to select their post. Here is the field for the September 22 rich final. 1. Better Up 2. Semi Tough 3. Stag Party 4. Captain Ahab 5. Shake That House 6. Buddy Hill 7. Goldberg 8. Lyons Night Hawk 9. Lyons Johnnyjnr 10. De Los Cielos Deo AE: Captain Crunch by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2018 - Over $2 million in purses will be up for grabs on a stakes-filled program this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds is the evening's richest event and one of eight stakes races (four finals, four eliminations) on the card. The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters), $385,000 Peaceful Way (two-year-old filly trotters) and $340,000 Elegantimage (three-year-old filly trotters) complete the quartet of rich finals. The eliminations for the Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers) and Shes A Great Lady (two-year-old fillies) will also be contested with each event requiring two eliminations. Adding to the stacked program, Lazarus N, 'The Wonder from Down Under', will compete for just the third-time in North American and first-time since finishing second in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old is entered in the $34,000 Preferred. A total of 13-races will take place on Saturday's $2 million card. Here is a look at the feature events. $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic - Race 7 A field of 11 sophomore trotters will clash in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. Crystal Fashion (PP10, Tim Tetrick) and Mets Hall (PP2, Andy Miller) lead the field in earners with each having banked over $800,000. Trained by Jim Campbell, Crystal Fashion captured the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship in his last outing on September 2. The gelded son of Cantab Hall has won seven of his last eight starts with his only loss during the run begin a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian final. Mets Hall comes into the Trotting Classic on a two-race win streak with victories in the $169,183 Simcoe on September 1 at Mohawk Park and $350,000 Zweig Memorial on August 17 at Vernon. The Julie Miller trainee is three for seven on the season. The overflow field for Saturday's rich event also includes last season's O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill (PP8, Brett Miller). Trainers Ben Baillargeon and Jimmy Takter will each send out a pair of starters. Alarm Detector joins Ontario Sires Stakes standout Run Director (PP7, Sylvain Filion) to make up the Baillargeon duo, while Takter's duo consists of last year's rookie sensation You Know You Do (PP3, Yannick Gingras) and Italian-bred Zephyr Kronos (PP11, Takter). The Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 7 and post time is approximately 9:31 p.m. $340,000 Elegantimage - Race 10 Arguably the most-anticipated race of the evening, the Elegantimage for three-year-old trotting fillies is round-two in the Atlanta vs. Manchego rivalry. The Hambletonian champion Atlanta (PP6, Scott Zeron) and Oaks champion Manchego (PP2, Gingras) met for the first-time this season on August 24 at Mohawk Park in the Casual Breeze. Takter trainee Manchego came out on top in their first-meeting, improving her 2018 record to six wins in nine starts. Rick Zeron trained Atlanta finished second in the Casual Breeze and currently sports a record of six wins and two runner-up finishes in eight starts this season. Manchego and Atlanta finished more than 10 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher in the Casual Breeze, but that likely won't happen again Saturday. Trond Smedshammer trainee Phaetosive (PP1, Smedshammer) joins the mix for the Elegantimage and comes in off a victory in the PASS Championship. The daughter of Explosive Matter is five for seven this season and finished second to Manchego in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. No eliminations were required for the Elegantimage, as only the connections of four other trotting fillies were brave enough to tackle the star fillies. The Elegantimage is carded as Race 10 with an approximate post time of 10:40 p.m. $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial - Race 5 Marcus Melander trainee Green Manalishi S posted an impressive elimination victory last Saturday and will likely be the morning-line choice in Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters. A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi (PP3, Tetrick) was a 1:54.4 gate-to-wire winner in his elimination. The Melander trainee improved to three for five with the career-best score. His richest payday to this point was a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. Domenico Cecere trainee Union Forces (PP4, Scott Zeron) pulled off a 33-1 upset victory in last Saturday's other elimination. The son of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to power by the previously undefeated Swandre The Giant in 1:55.3. Union Forces is one of two Cecere trainees competing in the Wellwood final. Kings County (PP8, David Miller) finished second to Green Manalishi S in his elimination, which came on the heels of a Champlain Stakes score. All the hype heading into the Wellwood eliminations was focused on Swandre The Giant (PP7, Gingras), who was debuting for new connections and trainer Takter following a private purchase, reported to be in the "seven-digits" range. The son of Swan For All surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second for the first-loss of his career. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5 and post time is approximately 8:46 p.m. $385,000 Peaceful Way - Race 3 Elimination winners The Ice Dutchess (PP3, Gingras) and Sisters Promise (PP4, Tetrick) lead the field of 10 rookie trotting fillies for the Peaceful Way. Takter trainee The Ice Dutchess got back on track in her elimination after making back-to-back breaks. The daughter of Muscle Hill was competing for the first-time in a wagering event with trotting hopples and made no mistakes for a 1:55.4 score. The Ice Dutchess will be searching for another rich victory on Saturday to go with her win in the $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on August 4. Linda Toscano trainee Sisters Promise also won her elimination in 1:55.4. The daughter of Father Patrick came first-up and muscled by Takter trainee Susy (PP2, Takter) for her second win in four starts. The Peaceful Way is carded as Race 3 and post time is approximately 8:05 p.m. Metro Pace Eliminations - Races 1 and 2 This year's Metro Pace has attracted 17 rookie pacing colts and geldings. The group of 17 have been split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the final on September 22. This year's Metro Pace final will go for a purse of $890,000, the highest purse for the event since 2012. The first split is headlined by Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP6, Miller), who suffered a surprising defeat in last Friday's Champlain Stakes. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party is four for six on the season and has multiple Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories, a Grand Circuit win and a Canadian Record to his name. His loss in the Champlain was the first-time another horse beat him to the wire, as his only other loss came via disqualification. Cruise Captain, who beat Stag Party in the Champlain, will also line up in the first-split. The Victor Puddy trained son of Captaintreacherous had been battling in PASS most of the summer before coming back to Mohawk Park and breaking his maiden in the Champlain. The second Metro elimination will feature a showdown between Captaintreacherous colts Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) and De Los Cielos Deo (PP8, Gingras). Tony Alagna trainee Captain Ahab is a perfect six for six entering his elimination with his most recent victories coming in the Champlain and Nassagaweya Stakes. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, 'Ahab' has made four of his six starts at Mohawk Park. Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo started his career five for five before finishing second in the PASS Championship on September 1. A $140,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, De Los Cielos Deo will be making his first start outside Pennsylvania. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 1 and 2. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 7:25 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Shes A Great Lady Eliminations - Races 6 and 8 A competitive group of 19 rookie pacing fillies will battle in a pair of $35,000 eliminations Saturday to qualify for the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final on September 22. The Alagna stable sends out the strong duo of Captaintreacherous fillies Treacherous Reign (PP2, McCarthy) and Key West (PP10, Brett Miller) in the first split. Treacherous Reign will be making her Mohawk Park debut and enters off a fourth-place finish in the PASS Championship on September 1. The $50,000 Lexington Selected purchase is four for six and holds an impressive mark of 1:51.1. Key West will be making her fifth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. The $130,000 Lexington Selected buy is three for six and has Grand Circuit victories in a division of the Kindergarten and Eternal Camnation. Her most recent start was a fourth-place finish in last Friday's Champlain, which marked the first-time she didn't finish in the top-two. The first elimination also features Queen Of The Pride (PP5, David Miller), who returns to Mohawk Park off a victory in last Saturday's Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Scioto Downs for trainer Kevin Lare. Her last visit to Mohawk Park was a third-place finish in a division of the Eternal Camnation on August 25. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip (PP2, Jody Jamieson) headlines the second elimination. A daughter of Sportswriter, Quebec Blue Chip is six for eight and riding a five-race win streak. Her victories during the win streak include divisions of the Champlain, Eternal Camnation and the final of the $163,840 Battle of the Belles. The Alagna barn continues their strong representation in the eliminations with Tall Drink Hanover (PP5, McCarthy) lining up in the second split. The daughter of Captaintreacherous is three for six with victories in a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Sportswriter filly Deb (PP8, Trevor Henry) is the other Grand Circuit winner in the second elimination. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee scored an upset victory in a division of the Champlain last Friday. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 8. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 9:06 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Lazarus N to race again at Mohawk Park - Race 9 Lazarus N's visit to Canada has been extended by another start. 'The Wonder from Down Under' will compete in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred Pace and has drawn post-seven in a field of nine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N suffered his first-loss on North American soil when he surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second to McWicked in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. The Pacing Derby has been Lazarus N's only start since his North American debut on August 10. Takter noted after the Pacing Derby that the six-year-old needed some more North American racing experience. "I trained him a fast mile last week at home but that is not the same as having a race, especially with an older horse like him," said Takter to the New Zealand Herald after the Pacing Derby. "So missing an elimination last week didn't help and I honestly think it will still take him another two or three races up here learning how we race to get used to it." Regular driver Yannick Gingras will again sit behind Lazarus N. Nirvana Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) is the only other Canadian Pacing Derby finalist in the field. American Wiggle (PP6, Louis Philippe Roy) captured last Saturday's Preferred. The Preferred Pace has been carded as Race 9 and post time is approximately 10:15 p.m. Details for Saturday at Mohawk Park A special post time of 7:25 p.m. has been set for Saturday's $2 million card. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named 'The Atlanta' in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 23 - In less than a month, Lost In Time went from winning at an Ohio harness racing fair to capturing the $816,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jim Mulinix trained son of A Rocknroll Dance came through with a huge performance to defeat nine other two-year-old pacers in harness racing's richest race for rookies on Saturday evening. Driven by Scott Zeron, Lost In Time shot out from post-five and got away second to a fired up Hayden Hanover, who posted a :27.1 opening-quarter. Just as the field paced by the first-quarter marker, Zeron circled around to the lead. Lost In Time's lead was brief, as Doug McNair sent Stay Hungry from fourth to first well before the half. Stay Hungry posted a :55 opening-half and carried the lead around the far turn. St Lads Neptune started a first-over bid at the half, which supplied cover for Twin B Tuffenuff and race-favourite Pedro Hanover. Lost In Time sat patient in the two-hole, while Stay Hungry paced by three-quarters in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Lost In Time was angled out of the pocket and immediately surged by Stay Hungry and onto a 1:50.1 victory. Hayden Hanover found racing room late and came charging through for second, three-quarters of a length short to Lost In Time. Pedro Hanover fired from third-over to finish third, while Twin B Tuffenuff finished fourth. "I knew last week heading into this week how great he was and if I got anywhere near the same effort we were going to be in good shape," said Zeron about Lost In Time. "I wanted to control the pace, at worst sit in the two-hole and it kind of ended up that way and the two-hole trip worked out good." Owned by Mulinix, Denny Miller and William Rufenacht, Lost In Time was a $47,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The bay pacing colt, who finished second in his elimination, was making just his fourth career start on Saturday. "Well I'm old fashion, I like to have them ready before I race," said Mulinix. "When you just have one you can't afford to take a chance and hurt them, so I just took my time and let them beat each other for a while and then we stepped in." Lost In Time's only victory prior to the Metro was a 2:03.4 score in a $750 race at the Hicksville, Ohio fair on August 25. The fair start was also the first charted-line for the rookie, who then qualified at Hoosier Park before finishing second in a Kentucky Sires Stakes event prior to the Metro. Saturday's victory is extra special for Mulinix, as he finished second in the 2011 Metro Pace with Lost In Time's sire, A Rocknroll Dance. "That makes up for 'Rock'," said Mulinix. "With 'Rock' I didn't have the experience then and he (gave) me the experience to do it with this horse. I had never raced at this level much in my life, but this was really exciting. "I bought this horse just to show them that 'Rock' could do it and it worked out and I'm really thankful and actually quite humbled by the whole thing." Winning-driver Zeron is now a two-time Metro champion, as he piloted Artspeak to victory in the 2014 edition. Lost In Time is now two for four with $425,875 earned for his connections. A $2 win ticket on Lost In Time returned $8.20. The $2 Exacta with Hayden Hanover paid $184.20, while the $1 Trifecta including Pedro Hanover returned $368.30. The $1 Superfecta with Twin B Tuffenuff on the bottom paid $2,772.55. Lost In Time Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Rookie pacers will be in the harness racing spotlight for the $816,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady this Saturday (September 23) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, features a field of 10 colts and geldings led by elimination winners Stay Hungry (1:50.2), Twin B Tuffenuff (1:51.1) and Pedro Hanover (1:51.2). The Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies did not require eliminations last week and will see a field of eight competing for half a million dollars. A 12-race card has been put together for Saturday and total purses for the evening exceed $1.5 million. The Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9, while the Shes A Great Lady goes as Race 6. The Metro Pace, which was first raced in 1988, is annually the biggest race for two-year-old pacers and has an impressive list of past champions, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Rocknroll Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. Trainer Tony Alagna, who won the Metro in 2013 with Captaintreacherous, sends out a pair of starters, including the undefeated Stay Hungry. A son of 2007 winner Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry won arguably the toughest of last Saturday's three eliminations by edging out Lost In Time and Hayden Hanover by a neck in 1:50.2, which established a new season's mark for a two-year-old pacer. Stay Hungry is three for three to start his career for owners Brad Grant, who is Mohawk's leading owner, and Irwin Samelman. His two other victories came in a $14,000 conditioned race and a $97,880 division of the Champlain. The bay colt was a $150,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Doug McNair will be seeking his first Metro title and will guide Stay Hungry from post position two. "This is kind of where you aim for to start a season," McNair said following Stay Hungry's elimination victory. "He's coming into the Metro final in good shape - dropped two more seconds off his previous mark and he did it pretty handily. He felt pretty good [while] they were battling up front. He's green once he clears - he hesitates a bit, but he's real smart; he knows what he's doing." Alagna will also send out Odds On Lauderdale (PP8, Sylvain Filion) in Saturday's rich final. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Pedro Hanover is arguably the hottest horse coming into the Metro Pace. The Andrew Harris trainee is on a four-race win streak with all four victories coming in stakes events. Also a son of Somebeachsomewhere, Pedro Hanover paced a final-quarter of :26.2 to secure a 1:51.2 victory in his elimination. Driver Andrew McCarthy first sat behind the bay colt in winning a $112,525 division of the Nassagaweya on August 26 and has since guided the rookie to two more victories. "I got very lucky [when] Tim Tetrick couldn't make it up here for the Nassagaweya, and he mentioned my name, so I got to come up and race him up here," McCarthy said after Pedro Hanover's elimination score. "They went [fast] enough in the first quarter, so I knew that'd take a bit of the sting out of them. As long as I was handy enough at the head of the stretch, I know he's going to kick home in 26-and-change; he can really fly." Pedro Hanover was an $80,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and is owned by locals Brad Gray of Dundas, Ontario and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, Ontario. Pedro Hanover is five for seven with $260,656 earned. He'll start from post-four. Twin B Tuffenuff was the surprise winner of last Saturday's three eliminations. The Steve Elliott trainee and driver Brett Miller came through with a 7-1 upset to break his maiden in 1:51.1. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Twin B Tuffenuff hadn't been finding the wire first prior to Saturday, but was showing tremendous speed on the end of his miles. "This is a very nice colt," Miller said after the elimination score. "As you can see on his lines, at the quarter, at the half, he's been 15 lengths off - 15 lengths off at the half and pacing unreal back halves. He has troubles steering, so I knew, if I could ever get him close from the half on, he'd be tough to beat." Owned by Marvin Rounick, Twin B Tuffenuff was a $75,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is one for eight with $35,830 earned. The Elliott trainee will leave from post-three with Miller. The Metro Pace final is completed by St Lads Neptune (PP1, Jody Jamieson), Lost In Time (PP5, Scott Zeron), Nutcracker Sweet (PP6, Tim Tetrick), Taste Of History (PP7, Louis Philippe Roy), Springsteen (PP9, Chris Ryder), Hayden Hanover (PP10, Andy Miller). The $500,000 Shes A Great Lady promises to be an exciting showdown, as eight pacing fillies will square off. Come See The Show will be looking to make her momma proud starting from post-four with driver Tim Tetrick. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is the second foal out of 2009 Shes A Great Lady winner Put On A Show. Trained by Linda Toscano, Come See The Show has two wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts for earnings of $72,498. The bay filly was purchased for $550,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by co-breeders Joanne Young and Richard Young. The talent runs deep in the Shes A Great Lady, as local standouts Kendall Seelster and Percy Bluechip are set to lock horns once again. Trained by Paul Reid, Kendall Seelster is riding a two-race win streak into Saturday, which includes a 1:51.1 score in the $169,381 Champlain Stakes on September 2. The daughter of Shadow Play has posted three wins and four runner-up finishes in eight starts. Randy Waples, who won the Shes A Great Lady in 2015 with L A Delight, will guide Kendall Seelster from the rail. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Percy Bluechip generated a ton of buzz with her debut performance and is coming into Saturday's race with four wins in five starts. Her only loss was a runner-up finish to Kendall Seelster in the Champlain. Also a daughter of Shadow Play, Percy Bluechip has banked $283,111 for owners Shadow Two Stable, James & Wilma MacKenzie and Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc. She was a $110,000 Forest City Yearling Sale purchase. The field of pacing fillies also includes New York Sires Stakes standout Youaremycandygirl for trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of American Ideal is three for five with $81,545 banked. She will start from post-eight with Yannick Gingras listed to drive. The Shes A Great Lady field is completed by Kissin In The Sand (PP2, Yannick Gingras), Twin B Peaches (PP3, Andrew McCarthy), Pueblo Blue Chip (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Sidewalk Dancer (PP6, Brett Miller). Early program pages for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady card can be viewed by clicking here. Fans are reminded that Mohawk will be hosting a "New Owner Seminar" prior to Saturday's races. The seminar will offer fans the opportunity to learn about affordable and easy options for becoming involved in racehorse ownership. The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in the Director's Lounge. Signage will be posted at the Grandstand entrance to guide those wishing to attend. Post time for Saturday's 12-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Stay Hungry stalked a contested tempo, swooping to a harness racing victory in one of three $40,000 Metro Pace eliminations Saturday, September 16 at Mohawk Racetrack, going a lifetime-best mile of 1:50.2. Lost In Time launched to the lead, setting a :27.3 quarter before yielding to Summer Travel into the backstretch. Shadow Moon, on his back, then brushed to the lead passing three-eighths as Lost In Time, anxious behind the pair, tipped wide to reclaim command following a :55.2 half while wide of Shadow Moon. Past three-quarters in 1:22.4, Shadow Moon retook a narrow lead from Lost In Time turning into the stretch, soon losing it as Lost In Time and Hayden Hanover, moving off cover, overpowered the leader. Stay Hungry, wide of Hayden Hanover, drew alongside the pair into the eighth pole, getting a neck in front of Lost In Time, who took second, and Hayden Hanover in third. Undefeated in three starts, Stay Hungry, by Somebeachsomewhere from the Dragon Again mare My Little Dragon, has earned $75,940 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. Trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Doug Mcnair, he paid $4.60 to win. "This is kind of where you aim for to start a season," Mcnair said. "He's coming into the Metro final in good shape - dropped two more seconds off his previous mark and he did it pretty handily. He felt pretty good [while] they were battling up front. He's green once he clears - he hesitates a bit, but he's real smart; he knows what he's doing." Stay Hungry Sent off the 1-5 favourite, Pedro Hanover launched off cover to take the first elimination of the Metro Pace in 1:51.2. Floating into fourth approaching the first turn, Pedro Hanover tipped wide to pursue pacesetter Phil The Thrill following a :27 opening quarter, picking up cover from Declan Seelster before the half timed in :56. Phil The Thrill held control around the final turn while undergoing pressure from Declan Seelster, passing three-quarters in 1:24.2. Both Phil The Thrill and Declan Seelster stalled in their duel through the stretch. Pedro Hanover edged towards the center of the track and grabbed the lead into the eighth pole, kicking clear of Springsteen, who weaved his way into second, and closers Odds On Lauderdale and St Lads Neptune, who finished third in a dead heat. Owned by Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, Pedro Hanover, by Somebeachsomewhere out of the Pro Bono Best mare Paulas Best, won for the fifth time in seven starts this season, earning $260,656. Trained by Andrew Harris and driven by Andrew McCarthy, he paid $2.60 to win. "I got very lucky [when] Tim Tetrick couldn't make it up here for the Nassagaweya, and he mentioned my name, so I got to come up and race him up here," McCarthy said. "They went [fast] enough in the first quarter, so I knew that'd take a bit of the sting out of them. As long as I was handy enough at the head of the stretch, I know he's going to kick home in 26-and-change; he can really fly." Pedro Hanover Twin B Tuffenuff pulled off a minor upset in the final Metro elimination, winning in 1:51.1 at odds of 7-1. Settling into fourth through a :26.3 quarter, Twin B Tuffenuff moved first over towards Babes Dig Me, who circled by Trump That to take the lead into the backstretch. Following a :55.3 half, Twin B Tuffenuff crept closer into contention, matching strides with the pacesetter after a 1:23.3 third quarter and soon sweeping to the lead in the stretch. Taste Of History rallied up the rail to take second, while Nutcracker Sweet tipped off cover from second over to finish third. Owned by Marvin Rounick, Twin B Tuffenuff, by Rock N Roll Heaven out of the Dragon Again mare In The Pink, won his first race in eight starts, earning $35,830. Trained by Steve Elliot and driven by Brett Miller, he paid $16.30 to win. "This is a very nice colt," Brett Miller said. "As you can see on his lines, at the quarter, at the half, he's been 15 lengths off - 15 lengths off at the half and pacing unreal back halves. He has troubles steering, so I knew, if I could ever get him close from the half on, he'd be tough to beat. "[Elliot] did change his equipment tonight - helped a little bit. But still, from the last turn to the wire, I was pulling on the right line pretty hard. If I could ever let him go straight, he'd be even faster. He's going to have to show his 'A'-game [next week]; I know he can go with those colts, but it's just a matter of getting the right trip and how he's steering." Twin B Tuffenuff The draw for the $816,000 Metro Pace final took place following the eliminations. Here is the field for next Saturday's (September 23) final. 1. St Lads Neptune by Mach Three 2. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere 3. Twin B Tuffenuff by Rock N Roll Heaven 4. Pedro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Lost In Time by A Rocknroll Dance 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight 7. Taste Of History by Badlands Hanover 8. Odds On Lauderdale by Western Ideal 9. Springsteen by Rock N Roll Heaven 10. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere AE: This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere Courtesy Standardbred Canada

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 www.MohawkRacetrack.com Mark McKelvie

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