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MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Caviart Ally defended her Milton Stakes title with a harness racing stakes record 1:48.3 victory in Saturday's $250,000 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The five-year-old pacing mare shot to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and never looked back, pacing a :53.3 back-half to secure her second Milton Stakes victory.   "I knew in the post parade she was going to be good," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally. "She usually tells me and she was very focused and had her mind on the job."   A model of consistency, Caviart Ally started from post-eight in the nine-horse field and went off at odds of 4/1. She posted opening fractions of :26.4 and :55, before race-favourite Youaremycandygirl started first-up from fourth.   McCarthy stomped on the gas pedal in the third-quarter, posting a :26.3 split. The duo proceeded to say goodnight to their rivals and sprinted home in :27 to win by a length and three-quarters. Kissin In The Sand finished second, while Seaswift Joy N and Apple Bottom Jeans completed the Superfecta. Youaremycandygirl finished eighth.   Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally joined the barn of trainer Pelling this season after former trainer Noel Daley returned to his home-country of Australia.   "She's so consistent," said Pelling, noting he was confident when his mare turned for home with the lead. "I just didn't think coming first-up on her and it was the favourite first-up and I said 'that's a big ask' and I was pretty confident. He hadn't pulled the plugs and I thought she was doing it tonight."   Caviart Ally is now six for 15 this season and has hit the board in every start. Her 22nd career victory gives her $432,064 earned this season, bringing her career earnings to $1.5 million for Caviart Farms.   A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $10.70.   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, ON - September 22, 2018 - Cavairt Ally delivered another dominating performance to win the $255,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The four-year-old pacing mare and driver Andrew McCarthy made a backstretch move to the lead from fourth and pulled away in the stretch for a three-length victory in 1:51.2. "I really had to leave hard to get away third and then I worked her pretty hard down the backside get the front," said McCarthy. "I chased her on the last turn a little bit to get the engines revving and she did respond, she perked right up and responded." Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally entered the Milton final off a stunning career-best 1:48.3 victory in her elimination and made no mistakes Saturday to best a deep field of older pacing mares. Twinkle charged from the rail to grab the first-lead, posting a sharp :26 opening-quarter. Caviart Ally came to the outside before three-eighths and didn't clear to the top until strides before the half, which was reached in :54.3. Caviart Ally faced no pressure in the third-quarter, as first-up challenger Tequila Monday only advanced a single spot after angling out from fourth. The three-quarter pole was reached in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Caviart Ally said goodbye to her rivals and cruised home in :28.3 for the victory. Bettors Up finished second in a tight place-photo with Pure Country. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally's sixth win of the season and 15th overall pushed her over $1 million in career earnings for owners Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. "We are so super proud, she's just a great mare," said Clarence Chaffee, who owns Caviart Farms with his wife, Judy. "She was really good last fall winning the Jugette and then this spring she got sick and it took a while to get her going and back on track, but boy she has really come on now." A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $2.90. 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

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2018 - Caviart Ally stole the show Friday with a career-best 1:48.3 victory in one of two Milton Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 12 older pacing mares and a three-year-old filly were split into a pair of $35,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (September 22) $255,000 final. The term 'easy-looking' isn't used often to describe a 1:48.3 mile, but Caviart Ally did exactly that in the second Milton split. Driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Noel Daley, Caviart Ally rushed out to the lead and posted a :27.2 opening-quarter. The four-year-old rolled right along in the second-quarter to reach the half in :55 and then proceeded to post a :26.4 third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:21.4. McCarthy sat motionless in the bike as Caviart Ally left her rivals behind and cruised home in :27.4 for the career-best 1:48.3 victory. "Extremely easy, it was surprising," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally's performance. "I was watching the half come up in :55 and I was hoping it was going to be a tick or two slower. "In the last turn she started to rev up and I couldn't really get her down there any slower than 1:21.4. Even finishing up, still had the bits up in her mouth. It was a huge mile, but she did it so easy." Bettors Up finished 4 ¾ lengths behind the winner in second, while Ella Christina was third. L A Delight and three-year-old filly Kendall Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally recorded her fifth win of the season and 14th overall. She now has $134,011 earned in 13 starts this season to bring her career earnings to $956,264 for owners Caviart Farms. Friday's victory also earned Caviart Ally's connections the opportunity to select her post, which comes as a big help after drawing the nine-hole in her last two stakes finals. Caviart Ally paid $3.80 to win and enters next week's final with two wins and two runner-up finishes in her last four starts. Chris Oakes trainee Tequila Monday held off Pure Country to win the first-elimination by the slimmest of margins in 1:50.1. Driver Louis Philippe Roy fired Tequila Monday out to the lead and got to call the shots, posting fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24. Pure Country and driver Yannick Gingras enjoyed a two-hole trip behind the leader and came to the outside turning for home. In the stretch, Tequila Monday and Pure Country sprinted home with powerful strides with the finish line coming just in time for Tequila Monday to hold off Pure Country by a nose. Twinkle finished third, while Nike Franco N and Frost Damage Blues were fourth and fifth, respectively. "Even after the wire I was a little disappointed because I thought Yannick (Gingras) beat me by a nose and even he thought he won too," said Roy following the victory. "She got easy fractions and we were both sprinting at the end. I think both mares will be good for next week because they didn't have to be used much in the first-half." A four-year-old daughter of American Ideal, Tequila Monday is now five for 15 this season with $158,720 earned this season. Her elimination victory improves her career numbers to 17 wins and $771,922 earned for owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday paid $5.10 to win. The post-positions for next week's $255,000 final were drawn immediately following the eliminations. The Milton Stakes final is part of the September 22 Metro Pace card. 1. Twinkle 2. Tequila Monday 3. Nike Franco N 4. LA Delight 5. Caviart Ally 6. Bettors Up 7. Frost Damage Blues 8. Ella Christina 9. Kendall Seelster 10. Pure Country AE: Artistic Madison by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Ontario-sired three-year-old pacing filly Kendall Seelster will step into the aged ranks for trainer Paul Reid to compete in an elimination for the Milton Stakes on Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "For me it's kind of a one-shot deal," Reid said. "We raced Dancer Hall against aged horses and he did well as a four-year-old but time and time again that's not really the case. We've been really lucky that we've had some nice horses to race, so I wouldn't generally think that's a good idea [to race three-year-olds against older horses]." Traditionally, three-year-olds do not compete against older horses in stakes events. The Milton, open to three-year-old fillies and older mares, has seen sophomores contest elder rivals in the past but none in recent memory. Kendall Seelster, a daughter of Shadow Play owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc., makes the unusual move as a result of an oversight by her owners. "That was the owner's decision--I believe they missed the two-year-old payment on the Simcoe [and] there are limited stakes up here," Reid said, "So they thought if she was real good they'd take a shot." Kendall Seelster had a strong rookie season, winning four of 11 starts including a division of the Champlain and multiple Ontario Sires Stakes. Despite going winless in her first five starts this season, the Reid trainee currently sports a solid record of five wins in 12 starts. All but one of Kendall Seelster's victories this season have come against older rivals. She enters the Milton elimination off a game second-place effort in the Fillies and Mares Preferred Handicap, missing the win by a neck to Pure Country. "I'm still not 100 percent sure [she can take on older horses]," Reid said. "She put in a good showing in the Mares Preferred a couple weeks ago, so that was a little bit of a nudge. She [also] did win in [1]:49 earlier in the year so when she's on her game she can go." Kendall Seelster's has been kept local all-season, racing mostly in the OSS. She competed against her own kind on the Grand Circuit in early June, finishing fifth in the $415,000 Fan Hanover to Shower Play. "The company that owns her doesn't like to race anything out of the country," Reid said. "They basically staked her to where she races which is Mohawk. Between the [Ontario] Sires Stakes and the Grand Circuit that's pretty much all she has anyway. "I definitely would rather compete against three-year-old fillies than having to step up against the mares," Reid also said. "Like I said I'm still not 100 percent sure we can do that this week but we'll know Saturday." The decision to try Kendall Seelster in the Milton, according to Reid, was made more by the owners based on the potential she displayed as a two-year-old and staking to only local events. "They're definitely high on her," Reid said. "She had a real good year last year and it took a little while to get her going this year and she's proven herself as a really good three-year-old but [this] is a different level. "It's not usually done, but with her limited staking engagement I see they're willingness to want to try it, but I'm still a little on the fence." A total of 13 mares dropped into the box for the Milton forcing two eliminations--one a field of six and the other a field of seven. Kendall Seelster starts from post six in the second elimination against six other competitors including Bettors Up, L A Delight and Agent Q. "It's two shorter fields [and] there have been tougher fields [in the Milton] in the past; it could work to our benefit with the way our mare can sprint home," Reid said. "I don't see any reason why she couldn't make the final but then we got to regroup and see if it's realistically worth missing a Gold if we're not that competitive--I would skip the next Gold if she was going to race in the final." The other elimination drew Pure Country and Tequila Monday, two mares who have shown prominence in the aged division. "They're class mares: Pure Country, L A Delight--there's a lot of class; a lot of money being made," Reid said. "Nobody gave them that money, they earned it. They deserve respect regardless of what they're at now." Despite Reid's hesitance and caution, he still feels confident in Kendall Seelster who's "as sharp as can be right now" per Reid. "It's just the competition," Reid said. "I'd welcome racing against any of the three-year-olds; that's no problem. It is just trying to step up to the next level a little bit ahead of schedule. It's hard for the four-year-olds to compete at an aged level, let alone a three-year-old, so it's not really done--and there's a reason for it... because it's tough. "If [we] were to go into one of these races I'd want it to be the one she's going into right now," Reid also said. "They're good mares but you just need some racing luck. She'll hold her own, it's just how well she holds her own will be my concern." Kendall Seelster's regular driver Randy Waples will be in the sulky. The two Milton eliminations headline Friday's 12-race program at Woodbine Mohawk Park Friday. First-race post time is set for 7:10 p.m. By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Communications          

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Blue Moon Stride converted off a perfect second-over trip to win Saturday's $256,000 Milton Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in a harness racing stakes record 1:48.4. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old pacing mare and driver David Miller followed up their 7-1 upset victory in last week's elimination with a mild 6-1 upset in Saturday's final. Post-ten starter Witch Dali blasted out from the outside to grab the early lead and post a :26.1 opening-quarter. Wrangler Magic and Pure Country, the 6/5 favourite, were both seeking the lead early and parked around the first turn. Pure Country cleared to the lead nearing the half, but paid a big price by pacing a :53.3 opening-half. Lady Shadow came out from fourth and committed first up at the half, providing cover for Blue Moon Stride, who was pacing sixth. Pure Country and Lady Shadow dueled by three-quarters in 1:21.1, while Miller was just waiting for the stretch in a perfect second-over spot. Blue Moon Stride rocketed off cover in the lane and surged to the lead. The Harder trainee stormed home in :27.2 to win by three-quarters of a length over a charging L A Delight. Frost Damage Blues finished third, while Darlinonthebeach was fourth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Blue Moon Stride appears to have found her best stride with Miller in the sulky. The duo have now won three races in a row when working together and the four-year-old is arguably at her best right now. "She's very sharp right now," said Miller. "I talked to Mark (Harder) last night and he assured me that she was coming into the race in great shape and he was absolutely right. "She's beaten the best ones the last three weeks pretty handily, so yes I'm pretty high on her." Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride is now four for 13 this season with $243,119 earned. The Harder trainee earned her 14th victory Saturday and pushes her career earnings over $950,000. The clocking of 1:48.4 lowered the Milton Stakes record by a full-second. The previous mark of 1:49.4 was set twice by Rocklamation in 2012 and 2013. A $2 win ticket on Blue Moon Stride returned $14.30. The $2 exacta with runner up L A Delight ($8.50, $4.60) paid $100.50, while the $1 Trifecta including Frost Damage Blues ($3.80) paid $323.20. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot headline an outstanding $2.1 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The undercard for Saturday includes the $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes, $256,000 Milton Stakes and three eliminations for the Metro Pace. The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic features a talented field of 10 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings, while 10 of the finest older trotters in the sport will compete in the $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Trainer John Butenschoen swept last week's eliminations and now looks to finish the job with Bills Man (PP2, Corey Callahan) and Dover Dan (PP3, Brett Miller) in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Corey Callahan steered both Butenschoen trainees to victory last week and has decided to drive Bills Man in Saturday's rich final. "I'll likely stick with Bills Man," said Callahan immediately following the eliminations. "I think he's the fastest of the two, even though (Dover Dan) went a bigger heat tonight, I think just pure speed wise, Bills Man is just a little bit quicker." Bills Man won his elimination by a neck in 1:53.2 over longshot Dancer Hall. The son of Credit Winner is three for 14 this season with five runner-up finishes, including a narrow defeat by a nose in an elimination of the Hambletonian. Bills Man has earned $248,986 earned this season for owners William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware LLC. Dover Dan won his elimination by almost a length in 1:52.3. The son of Andover Hall came into the Trotting Classic elimination off a victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. Owned by Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Dover Dan is 4 for 14 this season with $229,148 earned. Brett Miller picks up the drive behind the elimination winner. The Canadian Trotting Classic field also includes Goodtimes Stakes champion International Moni (PP5, Scott Zeron). The Frank Antonacci trainee finished third, beat three-quarters of length, in the elimination won by Dover Dan. A son of French stallion Love You and the great mare Moni Maker, International Moni is five for eight this season with three of his victories coming at Mohawk in the Goodtimes (elimination and final) and Simcoe Stakes. Another notable in the Trotting Classic is What The Hill (PP4, David Miller), who was the original winner of this year's Hambletonian before being disqualified for interference. The Ron Burke trainee finished third in his elimination and was making just his first start since the Hambletonian on August 5. The Canadian Trotting Classic field is completed by Southwind Cobra (PP1, Yannick Gingras), Seven And Seven (PP6, Doug McNair), Long Tom (PP7, Tim Tetrick), Dancer Hall (PP8, Doug McNair), Victor Gio IT (PP9, Yannick Gingras) and Lindy The Great (PP10, Mark MacDonald). The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 5. The Maple Leaf Trot could be the site of a little redemption, as last year's runner-up Hannelore Hanover (PP5, Gingras) is the probable favourite to win the $593,000 event. The five-year-old trotting mare captured her elimination impressively by more than two-lengths in 1:52. It was the fifth win in nine outings this season for the Burke trainee. A winner of over $1.8 million lifetime, Hannelore Hanover sports a stunning career record of 31 wins in 50 starts. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Mohawk has been a favourite spot for Hannelore Hanover over the past two seasons. She is eight for nine at the Campbellville oval, with her only loss coming in last year's Maple Leaf Trot. "She likes the track no doubt about it," said Gingras following Hannelore Hanover's elimination victory. "She's a big track mare...she's a big strong mare, she likes to stretch her legs and she seems to like this place a lot." Hannelore Hanover is not the only mare in the field, as Jimmy Takter sends out Pasithea Face (PP3, Tim Tetrick). The five-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill came to North America this summer after finding plenty of success in Sweden. Pasithea Face has won two of five starts since coming to North America, including posting a 1:50.4 score last month at Tioga. The Takter trainee finished fifth in her elimination, which was her first start against male rivals. Hannelore Hanover and Pasithea Face will look to become the first mare since Bee A Magician in 2015 to win the Maple Leaf Trot and second since Peaceful Way in 2006. The other elimination winner with plenty of momentum heading into Saturday is Antonacci trainee Mambo Lindy (PP4, Tetrick). The six-year-old gelding pulled off a 26-1 upset in his elimination, winning in a career-best 1:52.2. Mambo Lindy had raced exclusively this season at PlainridgePark in Massachusetts prior to trying the Maple Leaf Trot. He is currently eight for 11 this season with $84,000 earned for owner Greathorse of Hampden, MA. Overall, Mambo Lindy is 22 for 36 lifetime with $175,260 earned. An All-Star field for the Maple Leaf Trot is completed by Windsun Revenge (PP1, Rick Zeorn), Odds On Amethyst (PP2, Pat Hudon), JL Cruze (PP6, D. Miller), Warrawee Roo (PP7, Sylvain Filion), Homicide Hunter (PP8, B. Miller), Musical Rhythm (PP9, Marion Baillargeon) and Gural Hanover (PP10, D. Miller). The $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 9. Saturday's card features many of the sport's top trotters, including superstar filly Ariana G. The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill headlines the $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes. Trained by Takter, Ariana G is undefeated against fillies this season, with her only two losses coming against male rivals when she finished second and third, respectively. Last week, she won her elimination by nearly five-lengths in 1:53.2. Owned and bred by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G is 17 for 21 overall with $1.4 million in career earnings. She will start from post-four with driver Gingras in Saturday's contest. Pacers will also have a chance to shine Saturday, as a loaded field of 10 older pacing mares will battle in the $256,000 Milton Stakes. Four-year-old Pure Country was one of two elimination winners last week, as she took her split in 1:50. The winner of over $2.1 million is currently riding a three-race win streak and has hit her best stride in the second-half of her four-year-old campaign. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing, Pure Country will start from post-three with driver Mark MacDonald. The other elimination winner is Blue Moon Stride, who struck for a mild 7-1 upset last Friday in 1:50. The Mark Harder trained four-year-old is three for 12 this season and a career-earner of $826,421. David Miller will steer the daughter of Rocknroll Hanover from post-two. Reigning Milton Stakes champion Lady Shadow will look to rebound after a disappointing fifth-place finish in the elimination won by Blue Moon Stride. The six-year-old mare is six for eight this season and has 34 career-wins and $2.1 million in career earnings. Lady Shadow, who earlier this season won her third consecutive Roses Are Red Stakes, will start from the rail with Gingras in the sulky. Saturday's undercard will also feature three eliminations for the Metro Pace. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered on Tuesday morning. They have been split into three $40,000 eliminations with the top-three finishers in each, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, advancing to the $816,000 final on Saturday, September 23. Saturday's All-Star card gets underway at 7:30 p.m. A free program proof containing the charted lines and entries for Saturday's $2 million card can be viewed by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Harness racing four-year-olds Pure Country and Blue Moon Stride captured Friday night's $35,000 Milton Stakes eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack. A loaded group of 15 pacing mares were split into a pair of eliminations to determine the field for the $256,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday, September 16. Double millionaire Pure Country started things off by turning in a huge effort to extend her current win streak to three. The Jimmy Takter trainee got away fourth in a field of seven with driver Mark MacDonald, who wasn't content to sit for long. Pure Country was right-lined entering the backstretch and quickly overtook a second-quarter moving Call Me Queen Be for the lead before the half. The fractions were hot, as Pure Country was forced to pace a :53.3 opening-half to secure the lead. The Takter trainee rolled right along in third-quarter to reach that station in 1:21.4 and carry the lead into the lane. Pure Country sealed the deal by edging away from her rivals and pacing home in :28.1 for a 1:50 score. "She's got a huge set of lungs," said MacDonald post-race. "I was like 'I'd rather be on the front than first-over, so I may as well keep pushing' and I was confident she would be strong." L A Delight turned in a :27.2 final-quarter to rally for second, beat just a length. Lyons River Pride, Witch Dali and Wrangler Magic rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. MacDonald, a former leading driver on the WEG Circuit, took over the driving duties behind Pure Country on July 28 and has since driven her to three wins in four starts. "I think this game is all timing," said MacDonald. "I caught her at the right time. She was kind of in a four-year-old slump and I got on her right when she was getting on a good roll and we've been a good roll together." A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Pure Country is now three for nine with over $230,000 banked this season to bring her career totals to 23 wins and nearly $2.2 million earned. She is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. Pure Country paid $2.90 to win. Pure Country The second elimination saw all eyes on defending champion Lady Shadow, but Friday wasn't her night to shine. Blue Moon Stride and driver David Miller capitalized on an off night by Lady Shadow to win in 1:50 at 7/1. Sent off at 1/9, Lady Shadow was parked for more than three-eighths before clearing Blue Moon Stride for the lead ahead of a :54.4 opening-half. Blue Moon Stride had also been parked early before finding the front just after the opening-quarter. Lady Shadow and driver Yannick Gingras turned up the heat with a :27.3 third-quarter to reach that station in 1:22.2. The heavy-favourite didn't have anything left to offer in the lane and drifted out. Blue Moon Stride took full advantage by powering up in the inside and taking the lead home to win by a length. Sandbetweenurtoes finished second, while Frost Damage Blues was third and Darlinonthebeach was fourth. Lady Shadow was able to find a way to hold on for fifth to make the Milton Stakes final. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Blue Moon Stride was just two for 11 coming into Friday's contest, but was coming in off a victory on August 20 at Pocono. "I raced her a couple weeks ago and she went a big mile on the front end and she beat a couple nice mares," said Miller post-race. "I thought if she could hold that form she would be alright tonight." Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride made over $400,000 last season as a three-year-old and Friday's victory pushes her over the $100,000 mark this season. She is now a 13-time winner with $826,421 in lifetime earnings. The Harder trainee paid $17.70 to win. Blue Moon Stride The post positions for next week's $256,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. Pure Country and Blue Moon Stride earned the right to select their posts for the final. Here is the field for the Milton Stakes final. 1. Lady Shadow by Shadow Pay 2. Blue Moon Stride by Rocknroll Hanover 3. Pure Country by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 5. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight 6. Darlinonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere 7. Frost Damage Blues by Western Ideal 8. Lyons River Pride by Somebeachsomewhere 9. Sandbetweenurtoes by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Witch Dali by Dali AE: Penpal by American Ideal Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 24 - Lady Shadow continued her outstanding harness racing season with a powerful 1:50 victory in the $311,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A strong group of 10 older pacing mares, with more than $8.3 million in combined career earnings, battled it out for the Milton Stakes crown. Lady Shadow has been at the top of the division all season and to no surprise was wagered down to 2-5 in Saturday's rich final. The five-year-old pacing mare showed early speed to get away near the front for driver James MacDonald. Wrangler Magic sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab command and forced a charged up Frost Damage Blues into the two-hole. After a :26.4 opening-quarter, Wrangler Magic continued to motor along down the backstretch for driver Sylvain Filion. MacDonald gave Lady Shadow her cue to move out from third at three-eighths and the heavy favourite sprinted up to take a slight lead at the half in :54.4. Filion did his best to stretch out the favourite, but Lady Shadow would clear to the front entering the far turn and ripped off a :27 third-panel to reach three-quarters in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Lady Shadow created some separation on her rivals and paced home in :28.1 for a 2¼ lengths victory. "I know with Sylvain (Filion) he wanted to stretch me out a little bit, but it doesn't matter to her" said MacDonald, who also won last year's Milton Stakes with Venus Delight. "I've seen her go some of the craziest trips you could ask a horse to go this year and she got stung pretty hard tonight and she's just such a good mare, she overcame it." Yagonnakissmeornot was able to finish second after getting away fourth and staying inside until three-quarters. Waasmula charged home for third, while Bedroomconfessions closed well from the back for fourth. Wrangler Magic faded back to finish ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow has now won nine of 16 starts and earned over $700,000 this season for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. "She's definitely having a career year," said Adams. "She's just been tough and stayed tough the whole year and she's just getting better I think every start." Lady Shadow became the first mare Saturday since Moving Pictures in 2007 to win both the Milton Stakes and Roses Are Red Stakes in the same season. She now has 25 career wins and career earnings of over $1.5 million. Adams noted in the winner's circle that Lady Shadow will now head to Lexington, Kentucky to race on Sunday, October 9th during the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile. "Hopefully it's a nice day and we can maybe go a big mile." A $2 win ticket on Lady Shadow returned $2.90, while the $2 Exacta with the winner and Yagonnakissmeornot paid $46.80.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - September 23 - A fantastic group of older pacing mares will square off Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the $311,000 Milton Stakes. Division leader Lady Shadow headlines the field of 10 and is seeking her ninth win of the season. The Ron Adams trainee is looking to add a Milton Stakes victory to go along with her Roses Are Red score from earlier this season. The last horse to sweep both of Woodbine Entertainment's signature events for pacing mares in the same season was Moving Pictures in 2007. Lady Shadow has earned more than $556,000 this season and is nearing $1.4 million in career earnings. Last Saturday, she won her elimination for the Milton by a pair of lengths in 1:51. Yannick Gingras has been the regular driver this season behind Lady Shadow, but will not be at Mohawk this Saturday to drive her in the Milton. James MacDonald will instead get the driving assignment behind the 8-5 morning line favourite. MacDonald is no stranger to the Milton Stakes, as last season he won the event with Venus Delight. He also has driven Lady Shadow in two of her starts this season along with qualifying her on a pair of occasions. Lady Shadow's rival and former stablemate Solar Sister will start to her right in post position four. Solar Sister got the better of her rival in their last meeting on August 28th at Tioga Downs in the Artiscape. The Gregg McNair trainee came first up and grinded away at Lady Shadow before eventually taking the lead in the stretch. A four-year-old daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is having an outstanding season in her first campaign against older horses. The McNair trainee has won four of 12 starts and has only missed the board once all season. Solar Sister, a winner of over $1.1 million in her career, finished third in her Milton elimination and will have her regular tag-team partner Doug McNair in the sulky. While Lady Shadow was an expected winner in her elimination last week, Wrangler Magic stunned many at 52-1 in the other split. The former Ontario Sires Stakes standout has had her ups and downs in her four-year-old season, but may be finding her best stride at the right time for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Stephane Larocque. Wrangler Magic, a winner of nearly $800,000, will start from the rail. The 10 mares in Saturday's Milton Stakes have combined to earn $8,356,008 during their careers. Yagonnakissmeornot ($1.4 million) and Venus Delight ($1 million) join Lady Shadow and Solar Sister as the four millionaires in the field. The Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7 on Saturday's 11-race program. The $400,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championships are also taking place Saturday at Mohawk. Fans at Mohawk Saturday will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes T-Shirt with the purchase of a live racing program. The Ontario Sires Stakes will also be giving away prizes throughout the night with their Trivia Spin and Win game on the main floor of the Grandstand. Post time for Saturday's stakes card is 7:30 p.m. Below is the full field for the Milton Stakes. $311,000 Milton Stakes 1. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larcoque 2. Yagonnakissmeornot - Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard 3. Lady Shadow - James MacDonald - Ron Adams 4. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 5. Storm Point - Jonathan Drury - Casie Coleman 6. Frost Damage Blues - Jack Moiseyev - Tom Fanning 7. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 8. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 9. Bedroomconfessions - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Venus Delight - Chris Christoforou - Jeff Bamond Jr. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 26 - Venus Delight and harness racing driver James MacDonald surged to the lead in deep stretch to capture the $300,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A five-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, Venus Delight captured her Milton Stakes elimination last week and started from post three in Saturday's rich event for older pacing mares. The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee got away fifth in the early stages for MacDonald, while Lady Shadow and driver Doug McNair touched down on the front at the opening-quarter in :26. Lady Shadow and McNair were able to dictate the pace and took the field by the half in :54.4. Down the backstretch, Yagonnakissmeornot and Jody Jamieson came first up from fourth, allowing MacDonald to catch cover and situate Venus Delight second-over heading into the final turn. Lady Shadow paced by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3 and appeared to create a few lengths of separation on her rivals at the top of the lane. Venus Delight flipped off cover in the lane and took aim at tracking down Lady Shadow. Several mares began to close in on the leader, but Venus Delight had the most pace and powered by in deep stretch to win by half a length over Lady Shadow in 1:50.1. Sandbetweenurtoes finished third, while Katie Said was fourth to round out the Superfecta. The driving victory with Venus Delight in the $300,000 event is one of the biggest triumphs to date for MacDonald. "I feel great," said MacDonald in the winner's circle. "You always feel great after a win, but after a $300,000 win it's pretty special." The Milton Stakes victory gives Venus Delight seven wins from 16 starts this season. "The trip was great, I wasn't sure what was going to happen," said MacDonald. "I was worried maybe I would get stuck first up, but when Jody didn't go out of there and I caught his cover I was more than happy. "She stalled a little bit in the last turn and I got taken out a bit, but a good horse can overcome a bad trip." Owned by Bamond Racing LLC., Venus Delight has earned over $500,000 this season to bring her career earnings to $758,133. Saturday's victory was her 24th lifetime. A $2 win ticket on Venus Delight returned $6.30. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 20 - Voelz Hanover and Randy Waples converted off a two-hole trip to pull off a 30-1 upset in the $286,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk. With a starting spot of post six, Voelz Hanover left hard off the gate against nine of the sport's top older pacing mares, but was out sprinted by Anndrovette, who started from post seven, past an opening quarter of :26. Anndrovette would lead the field to three-quarter pole, hanging up fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.2, to bring the field into the lane. Challenging Anndrovette first up around the final turn was Yagonnakissmeornot, while Voelz Hanover sat in the garden spot waiting for the stretch. In the stretch, Yagonnakissmeornot over took the lead, but once Waples brought Voelz Hanover off the rail she powered past the leader to win by a length and a half in 1:50. Yagonnakissmeornot finished second, while Anndrovette held on for third over Krispy Apple. Following the race, Waples, a resident of Milton, Ontario, said he had a few game plans in his head before the race, but wasn't sure how things were going to play out. "There was just so many good horses in there to follow I was really half thinking about backing her off the gate for a change and following," said Waples. "Nobody was really on the gate on the inside...so off I went." Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, Quebec, Saturday night's victory was Voelz Hanover's fifth win of the season and the 43rd of her career. The nine-year-old daughter of Astreos has earned over $1.6 million in her career, but the Milton Stakes victory is the biggest triumph of her career, since she won the $300,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final as a three-year-old in 2008 at Woodbine. Waples talked about racing against Voelz Hanover when he was driving the great mare Dreamfair Eternal several years ago. "I can remember having what I consider the best mare around here, Dreamfair Eternal, and Benoit Baillargeon had her (Voelz Hanover) and I was scared of her every week," said Waples. "She could always do damage to me. I think she was second in the (2010) Breeders Crown when Dreamfair Eternal won it and she's kept going and going." Waples, who won this event in 2010 with Dreamfair Eternal, is now a two-time Milton Stakes winner. Voelz Hanover's clocking of 1:50 just missed equaling Rocklamation's stakes record of 1:49.4. Voelz Hanover paid $68.30 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 13 - On an evening when the trotters had the spotlight, the sport's best older pacing mares contested two eliminations for next Saturday's $286,000 Milton Stakes. 16 of the finest pacing mares were split into two $35,000 eliminations. In the first elimination, Krispy Apple and Tim Tetrick converted off a two-hole trip to win in 1:50.3. Trained by P.J. Fraley, Kripsy Apple started her season 0 for 16 before picking up a victory in her most recent start at Philadelphia. Saturday evening, the six-year-old daughter of Western Ideal proved that victory was no fluke with a length victory in her Milton Stakes elimination. The Ron Burke trained Summertime Lea and Camille finished second and third, while Aunt Caroline and Monkey On My Wheel secured the final two spots into next week's final. Owned by Bamond Racing LLC and Joseph Davino, the Milton 'elim' was the 26th victory of Krispy Apple's career and added to her more than $1.1 million career bankroll. She paid $6.70 to win. Krispy Apple In the second elimination, Yagonnakissmeornot split horses to prevail by a narrow margin over Shelliscape in 1:51.1. A hot early battle between Voelz Hanover, Yagonnakissmeornot and Rocklamation got the field to the opening quarter in :25.4. Voelz Hanover would eventually come away with the lead, but not long after Tim Tetrick would fire up Anndrovette and send her to the lead. After the reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, Anndrovette led the field into the stretch and would be quickly confronted by Voelz Hanover from out of the two-hole. Yagonnakissmeornot, who was third along the rail at the three-quarter pole, would make a charge to the outside of Voelz Hanover, while Shelliscape was on the far outside taking her best shot. At the wire, Yagonnakissmeornot held off Shelliscape by a head, while Anndrovette finished third ahead of Voelz Hanover in fourth. Charisma Hanover finished fifth to lock up the final spot in next week's final. Trained by Rene Allard, Yagonnakissmeornot has now won ten of 23 starts this year and 24 in her career. A five-year-old daughter of The Panderosa, Yagonnakissmeornot has career earnings of more than $630,000 and is owned by Allard Racing Inc, Yves Sarrazin and Kapildeo Singh. She paid $8.50 to win. Yagonnakissmeornot Following the eliminations, the post position drew took place for next week's $286,000 final. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post. Here is how they will lineup next week. PP/Horse/Driver 1. Monkey On My Wheel - Chris Christoforou 2. Yagonnakissmeornot - Jody Jamieson 3. Krispy Apple - Tim Tetrick 4. Camille - Yannick Gingras 5. Shelliscape - Scott Zeron 6. Voelz Hanover - Randy Waples 7. Anndrovette - Tim Tetrick 8. Aunt Caroline - Ron Pierce 9. Summertime Lea - Sylvain Filion 10. Charisma Hanover - Doug McNair AE: Ferrari Sena - Sylvain Filion Mark McKelvie

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

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

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