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Grand River Raceway will host an information night for, a new horse ownership venture launched by Anthony and Amy MacDonald. The Guelph couple own and train several Standardbred racehorses near Mohawk Racetrack. Anthony is also a prominent driver and a well-known industry advocate. The information session will focus on the benefits of The Stable for new horse owners - people who would find comfort in the decreased risk and diversity of fractional racehorse ownership. The MacDonalds will also highlight the operation's transparency, access, and availability of information. Via the website, owners of horses in The Stable are updated on their horses' progress through weekly video commentaries from the trainer, vets and blacksmiths, and 360-degree video views of the horses training. The cost to purchase the horse, and also the flat-rate monthly training fee of $2,000 are shared by the fractional ownership group, where someone could purchase as little as one percent, and as much as 100 percent. At least one of the horses in The Stable will be at the information session for viewing. The event will be held in the Lighthouse Restaurant at Grand River Raceway on November 24 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Admission is free, but an RSVP is required by November 20 by contacting Kelly at (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 or Complimentary beverages and snacks will be available. For more information about the info session, visit or call Anthony at (519) 400-4263. Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 1 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to advise horsepeople of changes to the qualifying schedule. Beginning next week, qualifiers will be held on Monday and Thursday mornings at Mohawk Racetrack. Following the qualifying session on Monday, October 12, the Monday qualifiers will be dropped and Thursday will become the lone qualifying day of the week. Qualifiers will remain at Mohawk Racetrack until further notice. The draw for Monday qualifiers will take place on Saturday mornings, while the draw for Thursday qualifiers will be held on Wednesdays. Here is the qualifying schedule for the month of October. Friday, October 2 - 10 a.m. Monday, October 5 - 10 a.m. Thursday, October 8 - 10 a.m. Monday, October 12 - 10 a.m. Thursday, October 15 - 10 a.m. Thursday, October 22 - 10 a.m. Thursday, October 29 - 10 a.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 30 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced wagering numbers were up for the 2015 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded on Tuesday, September 29. The 2015 Mohawk meet, which began on April 9, featured 118 race cards and an "all-sources" betting total of $181,432,431, an 18.9 per cent increase over 2014. The average per race handle of $138,603 showed a 4.2 per cent increase over the 2014 average of $132,958. The 2015 meet, which featured 16 more race dates than 2014, was highlighted by wagering increases on several of Mohawk's signature race dates. The Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, June 20 generated the highest-handle in North America Cup history, as $4,292,777 was wagered on the 15-race card. Wagering on the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup card was up 24.9 per cent in comparison to the 2014 edition. A crowd of over 11,000 helped raise the on track handle for the event 20.6 per cent. Canadian Trotting Classic night on Saturday, September 19 also saw an increase in wagering in 2015. A total of $2,664,628 was wagered on the Canadian Trotting Classic card, a 12.3 per cent increase in comparison to the 2014 total of $2,372,215. "We had another successful Mohawk meet," said Jamie Martin, Executive Vice-President of Racing. "We were pleased with our big race nights, which featured strong attendance and wagering numbers. Beginning the meet in April went well and we offered a high quality product to our customers and racing opportunities to our horsepeople over the course of the six-month meet." Sylvain Filion led all drivers in wins with 160 victories during the meet. Carmen Auciello, last year's leading trainer on the WEG Circuit, sent out 55 winners to lead all trainers. The Woodbine Fall-Winter Standardbred meet kicks-off on Thursday, October 1. Mark McKelvie

There were some new faces in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies closed out their Gold Series regular season. After finishing second in three Gold Legs and third in the other, Will Take Charge finally found his way to the winner's circle in the second of three $70,000 trotting colt divisions. The Kadabra gelding and driver Paul MacDonell took command of the race past the half-way marker and cruised home four length winners in 1:57.2. Mass Balance was second and Midnight Toker finished third. "He just had second-itis," said trainer John Bax wryly. "He's been pretty good all along, just an easy on himself kind of horse, I can't really complain about him," continued the Campbellville, ON resident. "He kind of just does whatever you want and does it right." Bax shares ownership of the trotter with Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI, Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON and John Hayes of Sharon, ON. In 10 starts Will Take Charge has tallied one win, four seconds, one third and $123,590. Tuesday's Gold win puts him in a tie for third in the division standings with 137 points. Will Take Charge will make his next start in the Oct. 10 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack, and Bax is hoping the gelding's consistency carries on through the $250,000 post-season showdown. "One more start," said the trainer. "Hope it keeps going." In the first division, Tony Soprano moved to the top of the point standing with his third Gold Series win, touring the Mohawk oval in a personal best 1:56.2. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell guided the Kadabra son to the win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his partners Mardon Stables of Loretto, ON, Paradox Farm Inc. of Caledon East, ON and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. Dreamliner and Willyorwonthe rounded out the top three, more than 10 lengths behind Tony Soprano. The victory improved Tony Soprano's freshman record to three wins, one second and two thirds in nine starts and boosted his earnings to $161,430. He leads the parade of freshman trotting colts into the $250,000 Super Final with 187 points. The third trotting colt division saw Dunvegan Don earn his second Gold trophy, sailing along on the front end to a five and one-half length win in 1:58.1. Nofear Blue Chip and Dia Monde trotted into second and third. Doug McNair of Guelph, ON engineered the win for trainer Herbert Holland of Milton, ON and his partners Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON, Guy Polillo of Brantford, ON and Kevin McKinley of Holland Landing, ON. In seven starts Dunvegan Don has accumulated three wins and one third for earnings of $85,900. The Cornaro Dasolo son wrapped up the regular season in fifth spot with 115 points. In the first three-year-old trotting filly division, 2014 Grassroots Champion Second Sister garnered her first-ever Gold Series trophy with a 1:55.4 effort. Starting from Post 1, the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON tucked in behind fan favourite Muscle Baby Doll and stayed on that filly's heels as she moved into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. After using Muscle Baby Doll as a wind break, Second Sister was able to power past the favourite in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length win. Muscle Baby Doll settled for second and pacesetter All That Sparkles was third. "She's been pretty consistent all year, but it was nice to win one," said trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON. Much like Will Take Charge, Second Sister had been close in the first four Gold Legs, posting two seconds, one third and one sixth-place result. Tuesday's win boosted her from sixth to third in the division standings with 115 points. Through all 13 of her sophomore starts the filly has two wins, four seconds, three thirds and earnings of $146,660. "She's just been a nice solid mare, doesn't do much wrong," said McNair, who conditions the filly for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI . "Hope she draws kind of decent over at Woodbine, and go from there I guess." In spite of suffering her first defeat in Gold Series company Muscle Baby Doll remained atop the division standings with 175 points, followed by Elegant Serenity, who picked up her second Gold trophy with a 1:55 effort in the second division. The Kadabra daughter took command of the race heading for the half-way marker and stayed game to the wire, holding off Youre Majestic and Danielle Hall by one-half length. Roger Mayotte of Mississauga, ON trains and drives Elegant Serenity for owner-breeder Doug Millard of Woodstock. In 10 sophomore starts the daughter of former Ontario Sires Stakes star Elegantimage has tallied six wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $356,665. In four Gold Series starts the filly posted two wins, one second and one fifth-place result for a total of 130 points. The top 10 point earners in all eight trotting and pacing divisions will now begin preparing their battle plans for the Oct. 10 Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack, where a total of $2 million will be on the line. Ontario Horse Racing

Mohawk Racetrack hosted an Ontario Sires Stakes double header at the harness racing meeting on Monday night as the three-year-old trotting colt and two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series competitors wrapped up their regular season over the Campbellville oval. Last year's two-year-old trotting colt champion Dont Rush had captured one Grassroots and two Gold Series trophies heading into Monday's contest and the Infinitif son captured a fourth with a 1:54.4 effort that trainer Dustin Jones felt was his best of the campaign. "That was his best race of the year. He was first over off a slow half and trotted his last quarter in :27.4," said Jones. "I am real happy with his effort." From Post 3 Dont Rush and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville got away fifth and the fan favourites started to advance on pacesetter Hemi Seelster heading for the :58 half. Hemi Seelster continued to lead the field at the 1:26.3 three-quarters, with Dont Rush closing the gap on the outside, and when the pair straightened out for home they were separated by a neck. Hemi Seelster put up a fierce battle, but Dont Rush was able to find an extra gear, reaching the wire one-quarter length ahead of his rival. Caulfield finished three and three-quarter lengths behind the battling leaders in third. "He trotted his last half in :55 and change, " noted Waterdown, ON resident Jones, who shares ownership of Dont Rush with Greg Judson of Athens, ON. In 11 starts this season Dont Rush has posted four wins and two thirds for earnings of $161,116. Monday's win bumped him to the top of the division standings with 155 points. Dont Rush Rubber Duck finished the regular season the same way he started, capturing a Gold Series trophy with a first over effort. From Post 2, driver Jack Moiseyev settled Rubber Duck in fourth as Olympic Son rolled out to a :28 opening quarter. When fan favourite Luck O The Irish took over heading toward the :57 half Moiseyev sent Rubber Duck up the outside and the pair were just one-half length behind the pacesetter at the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Powering off the final turn Rubber Duck accelerated away to a four and one-quarter length victory in 1:54.4. Winning Wizard closed hard to grab second, leaving Luck O The Irish to settle for third. All three colts finished in the top 10 and will advance to the Oct. 10 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack. Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev engineered Rubber Duck's third win of the season for trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle, ON and owners Blair and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. The Muscle Mass son also has one second, four thirds and earnings of $139,724 in 13 sophomore starts. Rubber Duck The other three-year-old trotting colt Gold division saw Setanta go gate-to-wire in 1:54.4 for his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Milton, ON resident Steve Condren guided the Kadabra son to the one-half length victory over favourite Muscle Up The Goal and Stormont Wizard on behalf of trainer Alan Richardson of Kirkfield, ON and his partner Jeffery Ruch of Innisfil, ON. The win boosted Setanta from thirteenth to ninth in the division standings, earning him one of 10 spots in the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 10. Setanta The two-year-old pacing filly divisions saw a pair of sharp front end performances laid down by division star L A Delight and relative newcomer Good Will Hanover. Starting from Post 6 in the first $105,000 division, L A Delight and driver Randy Waples of Milton took command of the race before the :56.4 half and never faced a challenge, cruising home one and one-half length winners in 1:53.3. Free Show was content to trail along behind L A Delight into second and Twin B Thong completed the top three. The victory was L A Delight's tenth straight, a win streak which started in a Grassroots division at Mohawk on July 9 and has extended through two Gold Legs, a leg and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series, divisions of the Eternal Camnation and Champlain Stakes, and the elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady Stake. The Bettors Delight daughter is trained by Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON, who also bred and owns the winner of $579,335 in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. L A Delight In the second freshman pacing filly division Good Will Hanover and driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON fired straight to the front from Post 4 and reeled off fractions of :27, :56.2 and 1:24.4 on their way to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.3. Heavenly Hill and Maniana paced into second and third. "The owners are all up here. It's the first time they came up, so they're very happy," said Dr. Ian Moore, who conditions Good Will Hanover for GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS. "We're very pleased and we're looking forward to the Super Finals," added the Guelph resident. "She's the only one we have in any of the Finals this year." The win was the first in Gold Series action for Good Will Hanover, who captured a Grassroots division at Mohawk on Aug.24 and finished second in her Gold Series debut at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 7. In her other three starts, the Big Jim daughter posted a pair of overnight victories at Mohawk and finished second in the Champlain division captured by L A Delight. The feisty filly moved from fifteenth to eighth in the division standings with the win, and Moore is hoping she can deliver a strong effort in the Super Final in spite of the additional challenges she will face at Woodbine. "Those planes are pretty loud and we have to keep her plugged up so she hears nothing, so hopefully that won't become an issue,' said the trainer. "And I can time it so that I get here (Mohawk) say 25 minutes before we need to go out and just throw the harness on and go out, so she doesn't have time to get worked up. Well you can't do that at Woodbine, you've got to be there a little earlier because of the traffic obviously, so I don't know, we'll do what we can do and hopefully she won't tear herself apart. "She's got lots of energy and hopefully she'll conserve it for the race," he added. Good Will Hanover On Tuesday evening the two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies will have their last opportunity to qualify for Super Final night. The trotters are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, and 7 on the Mohawk Racetrack program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Mohawk Raceway was the place to be on Saturday evening as RUS Ontario put on the first annual Harlequin RUS Invitational. Before an enthusiastic harness racing crowd the race participants, sans two that were scratched, post paraded and headed to the mobile starting gate. The race was carded as race two and was set to be a full field of ten, however A Penny Earned was scratched lame and Funny Photo was scratched transportation. Eight others went to the gate for the first ever wagering RUS event at Mohawk Raceway. Leaving sharply from the rail Cool Creek Valley and Finnish native Marrta Smura were quickly covered up by Santo Domingo being reined by Philippe Masschaele. Trotting strongly past the quarter marker in .28 flat the field settled behind the leader and bided their time. Hidden Identity and rider Marielle Enberg inherited the loose pocket when Cool Creek Valley miscued. Wine Photo, and Mad Barn Equine Nutrition sponsored Sarah Town, eased along on the outside. Evelyn Harms and Twin B Excalibur held ground along the rail with Broadway Prince and Stephanie Werder content to sit some ten lengths off the pace. After a breather second quarter movement began as Werder loosened the reins on Broadway Prince moving from 5th to second with long, confident strides. Meanwhile Hidden Identity suddenly gave up several lengths, but as the field straightened for home the tandem recovered strong strides and began to chase down the leaders eventually hauling down Broadway Prince, but falling short of the winner who cruised to victory in a North American RUS race record 1:56.4. WATCH THE RACE Crossing the wire well in hand for the win was Santo Domingo and Belgium Monte legend Masschaele, who added another win to his lifetime total wins which including driving wins are numbered 1376. The duo returned to the chaotic winners circle were trainer Mike Guitard and owners Jalade Investments Ltd, Deanmar Sons Stable and Peter Miskolczi accepted the trophy from Geoff Maltby, trainer of race namesake Harlequin, and family. In addition to the trophy and winners share of the purse the connections also received a blanket courtesy of Greenhawk Tack and a gift bag compliments of Jackie's Mobile Tack. Hidden Identity was making just his second start under saddle for owners William Cripps, Charles Gazzola and trainer/owner Pat Hudon and is looking good to earn his way into the $10,000 RUS Ontario Finale being held October 31 at Flamboro Downs with the second place finish tonight. Rounding out the win, place, show spots were Broadway Prince and Swedish Monte star Stephanie Werder for owner Tor Jan Larsen and trainer Per Henrickson. The remaining checks were taken by Wine Photo for owners Rebecca & Jeffrey Williamson and Twin B Excalibur for owners Randall Fulmer and Phillip Katcher. While presenting the beautiful crystal trophy to Santo Domingo's owners Geoff Maltby and family received a framed double photo of their prize trotter Harlequin from RUS Ontario President Julie Walker. RUS racing continues on Saturday October 3rd at Flamboro Downs, where the $100,000 Ellamony Mares Invitational and the Horse Festival will be taking place with a first post of 6:00 PM. Bob Coole

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

SEPT. 26, 2015 - With a large and enthusiastic crowd of Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing fans welcoming each Champion back to the winner's circle, the 2015 Grassroots season came to a close at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. The curtain went up on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship in the first race, and Semi-Final winner Muscles For Life delivered his third straight victory to earn the two-year-old trotting colt crown. With Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair in the race bike Muscles For Life got away third from Post 8 and then led the parade of colts up the outer lane before sprinting home to a 1:57.2 victory. Dynamic Edge trailed Muscles For Life up the outer lane into second, while fan favourite Georgies Pockets settled for third. Gregg McNair of Guelph trains the son of Muscle Mass and Serenity Girl for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI, who has purchased two Ontario Sired yearlings each fall for the last five or six years, sending them to McNair in the spring of their two-year-old season. "We bought him in Lexington and we broke him in Michigan, took him to Florida, had him down there for the winter and then I turned him over to Gregg," said Hawks, who acquired the colt for $35,000 from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He looked like the nicest colt. I have a filly trotter that we trained, Cadillac Sally, and she was really nice but he looked like he had a little more ability than she had." In six freshman starts Muscles For Life proved Hawks right, tallying three wins and one second for earnings of $49,400. The trotter will once again spend the winter in Florida with Hawks before returning to McNair's barn in time for his three-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. "It's a fun business," said the hands-on owner, who was standing in a Grassroots Championship winner's circle for the second straight year. In 2014 Second Sister won the freshman trotting filly title for Hawks and the McNairs. Muscles For Life Campbellville, ON resident Riina Rekila guided Jangone to this year's freshman trotting filly title, using a :27.1 final quarter to reel in the leaders and post the 1:56.3 victory. Tough Affair and Semi-Final winner Myretirementticket were one and three-quarter lengths back in second and third, while fan favourite Magical Steph settled for fourth. Bred and owned by Rekila and Esa Lahtinen's Overseas Farms Ltd., Jangone was a two-time winner during the Grassroots regular season, triumphing in the first and last events. "First of the year I let her leave and then she went nuts," said Rekila, who trains and drives the filly. "She was just leaving, and then I changed my tactics to coming from behind and that really worked with her." Jangone, by Overseas Farms' stallion Johnny William and mare Panderosa F, wrapped up her freshman campaign with a record of four wins, one second, one third and earnings of $54,140 from nine starts. Jangone Semi-Final winner Mayhem Seelster posted her fifth win of the season in the two-year-old pacing filly Championship. The Mach Three filly and driver Jack Moiseyev circled out three-wide at the three-quarter pole and fired down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over division point leader Sports Expert and pacesetter Southwind Shania. "Tonight around that last turn she was just chomping at the bit," said Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev, who engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. "I thought she was going to win a little easier, but there were some nice fillies in there, she had to race for it." Never worse than second in seven starts, Mayhem Seelster wraps up her freshman OSS campaign with earnings of $68,500, a surplus of $13,500 over her purchase price from the 2014 Forest City Yearling Sale. Mayhem Seelster Trevor Henry guided Semi-Final winner Duh Bubbees to a1:55.2 triumph in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Championship. The Arthur, ON resident engineered the two length win - over Parkhill Lancelot and In Secret - for Jamie and Chris Wilson of Huron Park, ON. "He was better tonight than he has been ever," said trainer Jamie Wilson, who also bred the son of Up Front Ben and Nothing To Justify. "I just kind of worked around with him a little bit this week, did a bit of work behind on him, and he (Trevor) said tonight he was really good." The gelding will be back at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening in a Gold Series division - his second run at the Gold level colts - starting from Post 6 in the evening's first race. Duh Bubbees Driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON scored the first of two Grassroots Championship victories with three-year-old pacing filly Dublin Rose. After trailing division point leader Stonebridge Quest through fractions of :26.2, :55.1 and 1:24.3,Jamieson was able to find racing room in the stretch and Dublin Rose hit the wire one-quarter length the best in 1:52.2. Ainsleynoelle finished second and Stonebridge Quest was third. "That's the horse I wanted to follow. It worked out. I think she can race any way, but I think getting a trip she's probably a little bit better," said trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge, ON, who welcomed Dublin Rose into his barn in late August when she was acquired by Jerry Clark of Finksburg, MD. "(Former trainer) Allen Tomlinson did a really good job with the mare and I just did my best to try to not screw it up," Menary added. Dublin Rose Jamieson's second victory came one race later with two-year-old pacing colt St Lads Moonwalk, the only regular season point leader to earn a Championship title. After sitting on the rail behind pacesetter Kokanee Seelster through fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.3, Jamieson once again had to weave his way around horses to give St Lads Moonwalk a path to the finish. Once he reached open space the Mach Three son blasted under the wire a one length winner in 1:53.2. Azul Pool finished second and Bingo Ingo was third. "Somehow Jody has a way of sneaking through there, he does it time and time again," said owner and trainer Jack Darling. "He's such a game horse. He's got a lot of try to him, just the kind you hope for," added the Cambridge resident, who had to solve a couple of minor issues for the colt between a lacklustre fifth-place finish in his Semi-Final and Saturday's Championship. "Every time you go you know he's going to give a big effort." St Lads Moonwalk Three-year-old trotting filly Meadow Seelster was sent off as the heaviest favourite of the eight Championships and delivered the largest margin of victory, besting Oh My Magic and Judy The Beauty by four and one-quarter lengths in 1:56. Like Duh Bubbees, Meadow Seelster and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton will take one final run at the Gold Series horses, returning to Mohawk on Tuesday with Post 2 in the seventh race. "I'll give her tomorrow in the paddock and jog her a little Monday and race her Tuesday; she loves her job," said trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON, who conditions the Holiday Road daughter for Bill Dixon of Caledon, ON. Meadow Seelster The final Grassroots title was bestowed upon Artful Way, who came up with a big trip when it counted for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph and trainer-owner-breeder Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON. Starting from Post 2 the Artistic Fella gelding stepped to the outside heading for the halfway marker and then reeled in pacesetter Make Some Luck in the stretch to score a one-half length win in 1:51.1. Fan favourite Make Some Luck settled for second while His Boy Elroy closed hard for third. "I didn't really know what to expect from him," said MacDonell, who picked up the drive when Milton resident Randy Waples opted for McIntosh's other colt, Thinkofagameplan. " He felt like a really nice horse on the track when I paraded him, so I got away fourth and then I looked at the horse that was third and it didn't look like he would probably move first over so I thought, 'Well, we can't stay in fourth and win the race', so I just moved him easily, didn't really pressure him too much until the last eighth of a mile. "Some of them can't take air like that," added the veteran reinsman. "Bob's horses, I find it doesn't seem to bother them, they seem to be able to live longer on the outside than most." Through six regular season Grassroots starts Artful Way had posted three wins, two thirds and one fifth, finishing third in the point standings. Saturday's victory improved the gelding's sophomore record to five wins, three seconds and three thirds in 17 starts for earnings of $78,380. Artful Way While Saturday's event completed the 2015 Grassroots season, eight events remain on the Gold Series calendar before the Oct. 10 Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack. Mohawk Racetrack will host the three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday and the two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, post time 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Heading into Saturday's $400,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack just one point separates drivers Sylvain Filion and Trevor Henry in the Ontario Sires Stakes Lampman Cup race. Filion has 498 points earned from 204 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) starts, 40 wins, 28 seconds and 25 thirds, while Henry has accumulated 497 points in 215 starts, scoring 29 wins, 32 seconds and 35 thirds. In the weeks leading up to the Grassroots post season the race between Filion and Henry had been close, but Henry closed the gap when he captured four Semi-Finals last weekend and the Arthur, ON resident is optimistic about Saturday's prospects after drawing inside posts with four of his five Championship mounts. "I drew pretty good I thought," said Henry. "The one filly (Traviata) didn't draw too good, she drew the nine-hole, but I think she can overcome that." Henry won both two-year-old trotting filly Semifinals, guiding Myretirementticket and Traviata to identical 1:57.1 clockings, and the reinsman chose Richard "Nifty" Norman trainee Traviata for the Championship in spite of her outside post. Henry will also steer two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final winner St Lads Smokin Hot from Post 3, three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Semi-Final winner Duh Bubbees from Post 2, three-year-old pacing filly Stonebridge Quest from Post 2 and three-year-old pacing colt Win One Soon from Post 5. After getting nudged aside by Henry following the two-year-old Semi-Finals, Filion reclaimed his narrow lead in the standings when he captured a three-year-old trotting filly Semi-Final with Meadow Seelster. That filly will make her bid for a third straight win from Post 5, with Filion's other mounts - two-year-old trotting gelding Dynamic Edge, three-year-old trotting gelding Buzz, three-year-old pacing filly Aniston Seelster and three-year-old pacing colt Western Bayama - starting from Posts 1, 9, 1, and 8, respectively. "I think it might be a tough assignment for me, but you never know. Hopefully we'll get lucky," said Milton, ON resident Filion, who also had to overcome outside posts with Buzz and Western Bayama in the Semi-Final round. "We'll need some points." This is the second time Henry and Filion have been neck-and-neck in the race for the Lampman Cup, which is awarded annually in memory of long time Ontario Jockey Club harness racing publicist Jim Lampman. The duo also battled for top spot in 2012, with Filion capturing what would be the first of back-to-back titles. While he was bested by Filion in 2012, Henry is no stranger to the title, having won the point race in 1996 and 2007 What has changed for Henry this time around is the way he has accumulated points. Three years ago the reinsman was plying his trade at the province's smaller ovals - Grand River Raceway, Hanover Raceway, Clinton Raceway and Western Fair Raceway - but in the fall of 2014 he made the decision to race full-time at Mohawk and Woodbine, where Filion has been a fixture among the top reinsman since relocating from Quebec in 2008. "I wanted to slow down and not drive as much as I used to, just drive four or five days a week instead of seven," said Henry, while admitting that peak OSS season remains a seven-day a week commitment. "In the summer it's pretty much every day anyways, with the Sires Stakes and that. I think the other day was the first day off I had in, it was almost three months," added the 44-year-old reinsman. "It's more in the winter-time, in the winter they only race four days at Woodbine." While they are in a virtual dead-heat in the OSS driver's race, Filion is sitting on a comfortable lead in the Mohawk/Woodbine driver standings with 152 wins, 111 seconds, 113 thirds and earnings of $3,353,366 as of Sept. 21. Henry currently sits fifth, with 83 wins, 92 seconds, 117 thirds and $1,795,318 in earnings. "I had a really good start of the year, it's kind of tailed off a bit at the end, but I can't complain," said the 41-year-old Filion. "It's been a very good year." While Saturday's Championship marks the end of the OSS season for the Grassroots competitors, Filion and Henry will continue to duel through the Oct. 10 Gold Super Finals. Both resinmen have impressive mounts at the Gold level, with Filion the regular pilot for top sophomore pacing filly Wrangler Magic and two-year trotting filly Emoticon Hanover and Henry the regular guide for two-year-old trotting colt division leader Deweylovernleaver and his stablemate Smoke Monkey. While Filion and Henry are duelling on the racetrack Saturday, fans can test their Ontario Sires Stakes knowledge in the Spin & Win Trivia game, where every correct answer earns an OSS prize. In addition, fan arriving early for the Grassroots Championship program will receive a special gift with their program purchase and each program contains a ballot for a Super Final Dining and Wagering package for four. The two-year-old colt and gelding trotters kick off the Grassroots Championship at 7:25 pm and the other seven Championships go behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate in Races 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11. Ontario Horse Racing

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Pinkman earned double millionaire status with a win in the $700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic, driver Yannick Gingras captured his third stakes victory on Saturday evening's harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. Trainer Jimmy Takter sent four of his trainees postward in the Canada's richest race for trotters, but it was his heavily favoured Hambletonian winner, Pinkman, who returned to victory lane. In the early going, Pinkman followed behind leader Crazy Wow as they passed the quarter pole in :27.3. At the three-eighth marker, Pinkman was pulled from the pocket and rolled to the font. The gelding held command past the half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1:25.1. In the stretch, a parked out The Bank put pressure on his stablemate and so did Crazy Wow, but they were no match for Pinkman. The sophomore pulled away in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Crazy Wow finished second. The Takter-trained Uncle Lasse, The Bank and French Laundry finished third, fourth and fifth, respectively. "We campaigned four horses in this race and I thought all four horses raced tremendous, so my job is to try and get the most out of the cake that I can and we almost got most of it," said Takter. "Everything has been great and the whole game is fantastic," added co-owner John Fielding, who won last year's Canadian Trotting Classic with Father Patrick. "We have so much fun with it. This horse is no exception and I'm fortunate to have my brother here and my wife and my family and of course Jimmy and Christina have been partners for us and the McClelland's. It's just a great ride. We have a lot of fun with it and thankful I don't have to do this for a business, but it's a lot of fun being a part of this game." Before winning with Pinkman, Gingras won the Elegantimage with Mission Brief and the William Wellwood Memorial Trot with Southwind Frank. "I feel great," said the reinsman. "I had some power coming into the night and was just hoping the horses showed up and all three of them certainly did." The three-year-old son of Explosive Matter and Margie Seelster has won 10 races in 14 seasonal starts. The 16-time career winner now boasts career earnings of $2,171,800 for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Joyce McClelland and Herb Liverman. Pinkman becomes the eighth Hambletonian winner in the last 15 years to win the Canadian Trotting Classic. He joins Yankee Paco (2000), Windsong's Legacy (2004), Donato Hanover (2007), Deweycheatumnhowe (2008), Muscle Hill (2009), Market Share (2012) and Royalty For Life (2013). Pinkman paid $3.40 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Bee A Magician became the first trotting mare since Peaceful Way in 2006 to win the $680,000 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old trotting mare and 2013 Horse of the Year turned in a furious final-quarter to capture the 64th edition of the Maple Leaf Trot over elimination winners Resolve and Natural Herbie. JL Cruze sprinted to the front for driver John Campbell, posting an opening-quarter of :26.4. From post two, Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears got away third, behind Resolve, the 7/5 favourite. There was a little movement in the second-quarter and JL Cruze was able to take the field by the half in :55.3. Around the final turn, trainer/driver Ake Svanstedt came out of the two-hole to challenge JL Cruze, which allowed Sears to sit in a perfect second-over striking position turning for home. In the stretch, Resolve had the jump on Bee A Magician and the two trotters went toe-to-toe down the lane. Bee A Magician showed her heart by powering by in deep stretch to prevail by half a length over Resolve in 1:52.3. "We were following two of the best horses and the trip worked out great," said Sears following the race. "Ake's (Svanstedt) horse raced super, but she beat a stellar field tonight and I'm very proud of her no doubt about it." Trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman, Bee A Magician scored her ninth victory of the season and 40th in 60 career starts Saturday night. Owned by Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, Bee A Magician increased her career bankroll to over $3.7 million with the Maple Leaf Trot victory. "Unbelievable. It's a once in a lifetime opportunity," said Norman post-race. "I'm really happy for the owners, they are a bunch of great guys and she's just a champion and we are lucky to have her." Over the course of her remarkable career, Bee A Magician has won 17 of 20 starts at Mohawk Racetrack. Last season, Bee A Magician had a quiet season by her standards with four victories, but she has comeback at age five to win nine of 12 starts for earnings just shy of $900,000. "Just maturity, bigger, stronger," said Norman, regarding Bee A Magician's fantastic five-year-old season. "She sure loves coming here and we couldn't have got a better trip than that." Bee A Magician paid $6.20, $3.20 and $2.40. The $2 Exactor with Resolve paid $15.70, while the $1 Triactor with Natural Herbie finishing third paid $56. The 2-1-3-8 Superfecta with Whiskey Tax finishing fourth paid $108.22 for $0.20. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Southwind Frank streaked to a seventh straight victory, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras picked up his third consecutive William Wellwood Memorial Trot trophy on Saturday evening at Mohawk Raceway, part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With the win in the $373,000 race for two-year-old trotters, trainer Ron Burke also captured back-to-back Wellwood finals. Both Burke and Gingras won the 2014 edition with Habitat and Gingras scored in 2013 with the Jimmy Takter-trained Father Patrick. In the 2015 dash, Brooklyn Hill was the fastest off the gate, taking the early command. Southwind Frank, the 1-9 favourite, following behind in second but never found a spot on the rail as the rookie colts and geldings went past the first quarter in :28-flat. Into the backstretch, Gingras sent Southwind Frank to the front and that is where he stayed, posting the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.4. In the final turn, Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron made a bid for the lead, but they couldn't catch Southwind Frank, who ultimately stopped the clock in 1:55.4 to win by one and one-quarter lengths. Marion Marauder finished second and Deep Impact got up for third. "He's raced good that way (on the front)," said Gingras. "There wasn't that much speed out of the gate so I figured to take control of the race and let him do his thing...I knew I had the best horse in the race. My job is to just keep him out of trouble and get him to the wire." Owner Jerry Silva is now looking to next year's stakes schedule due to the triumph. "It makes me think next year. Hambo. We're going to be in it," he said. "We tried this year with Mission Brief against the boys. We didn't have a boy, but now we got a real boy, Southwind Frank." The son of Muscle Hill and Flawless Lindy is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J And T Silva Stables LLC and boasts earning of $513,505. Southwind Frank now has eight wins from nine outing, which includes victories in a Champlain and Reynolds Stakes division, the Peter Haughton Memorial Final and a New Jersey Sires Stakes Championship. Southwind Frank paid $2.20 to win. Southwind Frank Mission Brief cruise to Elegantimage victory Mission Brief continued her dominance of the three-year-old trotting filly division with a crushing five and a half length victory in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke trained filly came into the Elegantimage final off a 15-length victory in her elimination last week. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Mission Brief and driver Yannick Gingras were able to drop in fifth, while several fillies slugged it out in the early stages. Muscle Baby Doll and driver Doug McNair wanted the front and parked out Wild Honey by the opening-quarter in :26.4. Down the backstretch, Gingras made his move with Mission Brief, but was forced to go three-wide around Wild Honey before overtaking Muscle Baby Doll at the half in :55.2. It was game over once Mission Brief found the front, as the superstar filly trotted a third-quarter in :28.1 and a final-quarter under wraps in :28.3 to win in 1:52.1. "She was amazing tonight, I didn't even start her up," said Gingras following the race. "The plugs are still in and she's just toying with them. She's in another class." Wild Honey finished second, while Elegant Serenity, the daughter of race namesake Elegantimage, finished third. Trained by Ron Burke, Mission Brief has now won seven of nine starts this season and 16 overall. Gingras had high praise for how the filly gets the job done. "She makes the game plan, when she steps on the racetrack sometimes like last week she decided she was going to go all the way," he said. "Today she was a little bit more (easier) to handle so we just let the dust settle. I can't make plans with her, she makes them." A daughter of Muscle Hill, Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC. and Weaver Bruscemi. The Elegantimage victory increased her career earnings to over $1.3 million. Mission Brief paid $2.40 to win. Mission Brief Hill celebrates birthday with Peaceful Way win Rookie trotting filly Caprice Hill gave her owner Tom Hill an extra special 65th birthday present this year - a $410,000 Peaceful Way Stakes win on Saturday evening at Mohawk, which is part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, the Tony Alagna-trained Caprice Hill also made her fourth consecutive trip to the winner's circle. The 4-5 favourite got away fourth and followed behind fractions of :27.1 posted by Celebrity Eventsy, and :56.3 then 1:27 put up by Emoticon Hanover. Into final turn, Could It Be Magic advanced first up from third and Caprice Hill tracked her cover. At the head of the lane, Caprice Hill kicked off cover and was fed open racetrack. The bay miss responded and trotted on by her rivals to score by one and one-quarter length and stop the teletimer in 1:56.1. Celebrity Eventsy finished second and Dewdle All Day rallied for third. "It's great to win a big race especially when it is your birthday," said Hill. "Yannick [Gingras] drove the filly along and he said when he drover she was Mission Brief with brains and she's proved it tonight. She is a gift from God. "Kadabra has proven to be as good a sire as any trotting sire in the world," added the longtime owner. "I don't know a lot about trotters. We asked Tony to get us a nice filly and he went and picked her out and he deserves all the credit and all the praise. He's picked her. He's trained her." Hill was then quick to correct himself. "He doesn't deserve all of it," the resident of Hamilton said, as Alagna chuckled. "His mother deserves a lot as well." Alagna's mother, Donna Lee Ozment, trains Hill's yearlings in Illinois. The daughter of Kadabra and Bramasole now boasts earnings of $377,730 and has six wins and one second-place finish from seven starts, which includes a victory in a Champlain Stakes division. Caprice Hill paid $3.90 to win. Caprice Hill Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 18, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack fans got a second evening of outstanding Grassroots Semi-Final action on Friday, courtesy of the province's top harness racing three-year-old pacers and trotters. In the first of the $20,000 Semi-Finals, driver Chris Christoforou teamed trotting gelding Irish Scotch to a come from behind victory in a mile that saw the top five finishers separated by less than two lengths. The fan favourites hit the wire one length ahead of Namesmuscle, Parkhill Lancelot, Buzz and A Little More Love, stopping the teletimer in a personal best 1:55.4. "It worked out very well," said owner-trainer Shane Arsenault of Waterdown, ON. "Chris was very patient and tidy with him so it worked out well." Friday's outing was Christoforou's first appearance in Irish Scotch's race bike, and his first Ontario Sires Stakes victory since recovering from a broken collarbone. Arsenault asked the Campbellville, ON resident to drive the son of Muscle Mass because he felt Christoforou's patience and experience would benefit the trotter. "I just thought he would complement the horse a little bit, you know he's quiet with trotters and he handles them well, and this guy can be a little bit excitable sometimes," said the trainer. "I think he gets more keyed up when he's at the racetrack, definitely. It does kind of spin him a bit." Irish Scotch earned his spot in the Semi-Final with a win in the last regular season Grassroots event. Prior to that Sept. 3 victory at Flamboro Downs, the gelding had recorded one third, two fourths, and two sixths in Grassroots action. Irish Scotch In the first trotting filly Semi-Final, Meadow Seelster was the picture of cool, cruising along on the front end to a four and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55. Division point leader Renegade Magic finished second, Oh My Magic was third, Desis Dream finished fourth and Allies Gift rounded out the qualifiers for next Saturday's Grassroots Championship. 'She's a good mare, she's tough as nails," said trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON, who conditions Meadow Seelster for Bill Dixon of Caledon, ON. "They pull on her; they're pulling on the wrong horse. That's a new mark for her too. She was good, real good." The daughter of Holiday Road and Must Sold Dream captured two of three regular season Grassroots starts and finished third in the other. Meadow Seelster A three-time winner in regular season action, Dublin Rose collected her fourth Grassroots trophy with a 1:53 triumph in the first pacing filly Semi-Final. The daughter of Major In Art powered out of the pocket in the stretch and paced home to a two length score over Nationalize, Ainsleynoelle, Northern Starlet and OK Hallelujah. "She won pretty handily," said driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON, who piloted the fan favourite to the win for trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge, ON and owner Jerry Clark of Finksburg, MD. "I got out kind of flat footed and the outside horses had a head of steam on me, but she just dug in right to the wire, she was really good." Dublin Rose Duh Bubbees also battled right to the wire to capture the second trotting colt Semi-Final. The Up Front Ben son finished one length in front of Seeking Steven, stopping the clock in 1:57.1. Favourite In Secret finished third, Mandeville was fourth and Its Huw You Know rounded out the top five. Division point leader Kadabrasnewrecruit made a series of breaks and finished at the back of the pack, the only division leader not advancing to the Grassroots Championships. Jamie Wilson of Huron Park, ON bred and trains Du Bubbees and Chris Wilson, also of Huron Park, owns the trotter, who won a Grassroots event at Mohawk on July 3 and finished sixth and seventh in his other two regular season appearances. Duh Bubbees Driver Jody Jamieson captured his second Semi-Final with pacing colt Make Some Luck, who went gate-to-wire in the seventh race. The Camluck gelding romped to a three and one-half length victory over His Boy Elroy, Mach Code, Artful Way and Western Bayama, recording a personal best 1:51.2. "That's only the second time he's raced off the front end and he win both times. He really was strong the last time he win off the front end, and he was strong tonight, I guess he likes the front end," said trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON. "He seems to be better this year than he was last year. He was more immature last year, he's really come a long way." In six regular season starts Make Some Luck picked up two wins, two seconds and two thirds, finishing fourth in the point standings. Jody Jamieson's numbered company 1140545 Ontario Ltd. owns the pacer. Make Some Luck The second pacing colt Semi-Final went to Mac Raider, who prevailed by one-half length in another finish that saw less than two lengths separate the top five colts. Thinkofagameplan finished second, fan favourite and division point leader Southwind Indy was third, Win One Soon finished fourth and The Fire Within was fifth. Doug McNair of Guelph, ON engineered the 1:52.3. win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON, and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON. In six regular season outings the Mach Three gelding had posted one win, one second, one fourth, one fifth, one sixth and one eighth. Mac Raider Judy The Beauty snuck up the rail to claim victory in the second trotting filly Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver James MacDonald of Guelph hit the wire in 1:56.4, a new personal best for the filly. Favourite World Class Izzy was one-half length back in second, with Giona, Hope Rises and Railee Priti completing the top five. Keith Jones of Midland, ON conditions Judy The Beauty for Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. The filly was the runner-up in the division point race, with two wins, two seconds and one fifth to her credit in five regular season starts. Judy The Beauty Pacing filly Lovely Erin claimed the last Semi-Final trophy of the evening, sailing home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:53.2. Aniston Seelster, Machmeter, Stonebridge Quest - who went undefeated in four regular season starts to finish atop the point standings - and Brown Brinny also advanced to the Grassroots Championship. Doug McNair crafted the win, the Sportswriter daughter's third straight in Grassroots action, for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle, ON and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Lovely Erin The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 26 for the 2015 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ontario - September 18 - All eyes will be on Mission Brief in Saturday's Elegantimage Stakes, but Danielle Hall is slowly starting to find the stride that banked her over $500,000 as a two-year-old. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe will leave from post six in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes for Jody and Carl Jamieson. Last season, Danielle Hall won the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and finished second in the $500,000 Breeders Crown. All signs pointed towards another strong year for the trotting filly, but a setback earlier this season slowed down the Jamieson trainee. "She qualified in (1):55 at the start of the year and just looked like a monster," said Jody Jamieson. "She hurt her knee somehow and then she was in Guelph for a longtime." Danielle Hall missed two months of racing after being scratched from an OSS Gold event on June 18. The Ontario Sired filly returned to the races on August 24 in a conditioned event, but made a break. However, the break would not be a sign of things to come, as Danielle Hall has recovered to put together three good starts since. In last week's Elegantimage elimination, Danielle Hall finished second over the 'Sloppy' track to Mission Brief, who won by 15 lengths and trotted in 1:54.1 over the track listed three-seconds off. "We were very happy to finish second and to get into the final," said Jamieson. "She's a work in progress; she's getting stronger and tighter all the time, but the trip Mission Brief went was a monstrosity, it was unbelievable." Danielle Hall was individually timed in 1:57.1 and Mission Brief's winning time was almost two-seconds faster than Muscle Baby Doll's 1:56 victory in the first elimination. "I looked at it compared to the other horses that raced in the other elimination and I think she's going to be competitive," said Jamieson. "I think we are all racing for second, hopefully we will be second, but if something happens and if she stays good and keeps progressing on she's got a shot to get good money for sure." Owned by Carl Jamieson and Thomas Kyron, Danielle Hall has missed each OSS Gold event this season, but a strong performance in the final Gold event on September 29 at Mohawk could earn her enough points to qualify for the Super Final. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe is also eligible to the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in October. While there is still plenty of money out there to be won, Danielle Hall could make up for the two-months she missed and grab a solid pay day Saturday. Jamieson is hopeful she can finish the year off strong. "She's a great mare, she tries her heart out all the time and just keeping our fingers crossed she stays good the rest of the year." By Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications

Ontario's talented two-year-olds put on an impressive show at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the top 20 point earners in each division were whittled down to 10 in Grassroots Semi-Final action. Muscles For Life kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes post season, sprinting down the stretch to a 1:57.3 personal best in the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass son and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON bested Money Mission and United BI by two and three-quarter lengths to secure their spot in next weekend's Grassroots Championship. "He was a little late getting started, he made a few mistakes and then we had to put the hopples on him," said trainer Gregg McNair about Muscles For Life, who finished the regular season with one win, one second, one fourth and one eighth in four outings. "He's raced pretty good every time. He's got a lot of trot. "He got a good trip, but he's got fairly good talent," added the Guelph resident, who trains Muscles For Life for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. Fourth and fifth-place finishers Cool Creek Victory and Muscle Time also advanced to the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. Muscles For Life The first trotting filly Semi-Final was the first of three captured by Trevor Henry, who is in a fight for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion. Henry teamed Myretirementticket to a 1:57.1 personal best ahead of fan favourite and division point leader Magical Steph and Jangone. Myretirementticket hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of her rivals. "She's getting better every week," said Henry. "She does everything right, she's a sweetheart to drive." Henry engineered the win for Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again. Very Classy and Dayliner rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship. Myretirementticket Arthur, ON resident Henry faces a tough choice for the Championship, as he also piloted the winner of the second trotting filly division. Traviata cruised home a four and one-half length winner; matching Myretirementticket's 1:57.1 clocking. The fan favourite bested Mariana, Liseberg, Malia and Tough Affair. "She's pretty nice too, it's going to be tough to be pick," said the reinsman, who engineered the Kadabra daughter's fourth straight victory for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman of Allentown, NJ and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Traviata Henry's third win came with pacing filly St Lads Smokin Hot, who powered down the stretch to a 1:53.1 personal best. Noone To Depend On finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, favourite and division point leader Sports Expert was third, with Selling The Dream and Miss Print completing the top five. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau trains St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The Lake, ON. The No Pan Intended daughter finished the regular season with a pair of wins - both over half-mile ovals - two thirds and one sixth in five starts. St Lads Smokin Hot Gerries Sport captured the first pacing colt Semi-Final with a 1:53 personal best for trainer Robert Robinson and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Mach Three son and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON controlled the tempo for much of the race and cruised home three and one-quarter length winners over Print Media, Blue Zombie, Bingo Ingo, and division point leader St Lads Moonwalk. "He's a nice little colt," said Zeron. "He had a little confusion when we first started going with him so we were pretty conservative with him and let him pace into where he wanted to be to get his form going, and as the summer went on he's gotten smarter and better." Gerries Sport Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev piloted two Semi-Final winners, starting with pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in Race 8. The fan favourites pressed the pace in the outer lane through much of the mile before getting up for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53. Im In Luv, Buttermilk Hanover, pacesetter Southwind Shania and No Shadows completed the top five. Moiseyev engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Mach Three miss was a two-time winner and one-time runner-up in three regular season Grassroots starts. Mayhem Seelster One race later Moiseyev was back in the winner's circle with the only division point leader to add a Semi-Final win to their resume. Trotting colt Georgies Pockets sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:58.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Dynamic Edge and Willyorwonthe. Gonna Fly and Asterix finished fourth and fifth. Mike Vanderkemp of Hillsburgh, ON conditions Georgies Pockets for owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. In five regular season starts the Muscle Mass son posted an impressive record of three wins and two seconds to top the freshman trotting colt division. Georgies Pockets The last of the Grassroots Semi-Final trophies went home with Kokanee Seelster, who prevailed in the second pacing colt split. The Camluck colt and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph controlled the temp from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Tango Star in 1:53. Favourite King Of Sports was third, just ahead of Azul Pool and Only Half Bad. Anthony Montini of Acton, ON trains Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill, ON. The pacer posted two wins and one second in three regular season Grassroots starts. Kokanee Seelster The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will now begin preparations for next Saturday's (Sept. 26) $50,000 Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by their three-year-old peers, who will wage their Semi-Final battles at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 18. The sophomores are featured in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 on the program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

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