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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

SEPT. 24, 2016 - Eight Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots champions were crowned at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening and fan favourites delivered impressive victories in seven of the $50,000 harness racing finals. Heavy favourite Anikadabra opened the festivities with a commanding three and one-quarter length victory over Stritch and Late Shift in the two-year-old trotting filly division. In rein to Rick Zeron of Oakville, the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee stopped the Mohawk teletimer at 1:57.4 to capture her fourth straight victory. "They're the type you love to train, she just does nothing wrong," said trainer Rob Fellows. "All summer as a two-year-old you worry about every little thing, but she's been good. "We've had a lot of luck out of that family," added the Rockwood, ON resident. "Wilsonator to Vimy Ridge to Hillsonator to Legzy, you know they just go on and on." Bred and owned by Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY, Anikadabra's mother has five siblings that earned more than $100,000, including the 2013 sophomore trotting filly Grassroots champion Legzy, and her first foal is the $1.7 million winner Resolve. Anikadabra maintained the family's winning tradition through her freshman season, posting a record of five wins and one third in seven starts for earnings of $71,840. Anikadabra P L Jerico scored the only upset of the Championships in the three-year-old trotting colt division, surviving a first-over trip to reel in fan favourite and defending champion Muscles For Life. P L Jerico hit the wire in 1:55, one-half length ahead of Muscles For Life and three-quarters of a length up on Mass Balance. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic crafted the upset for trainer Matt Dupuis of Rockwood and owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. "I was hoping to be second over behind Per (Henriksen and Windsun Missile), but he wouldn't flush, he just stayed in. We had to pull, if he (Saftic) didn't pull he had no choice, so the horse toughed it out," said Dupuis. "He has bad allergies, the heat's really hard on that horse, and this is the coolest night we've had all summer, so it worked out perfect." Like Anikadabra, P L Jerico hails from a family with a long history in the Ontario Sires Stakes. His mother, Corinas Mission, captured the Gold Series Super Final as a three-year-old in 2002. With Saturday's victory, the Manofmanymissions gelding boosted his record to five wins, four seconds - one of them in last Friday's Semi-final - and two thirds in 16 sophomore starts for earnings of $85,470. P L Jerico Dudesalady scored her third straight victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Championship, holding off Anderson Seelster by a neck. Village Jamie finished two lengths behind the duelling leaders, who hit the wire in 1:54.2. "She's just a nice filly, she looks after herself, she sleeps a lot you know," said trainer Susanne Kerwood, who conditions the filly for M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. "I really think she's going to come back to be a real nice filly, I think next year she might be a Gold. "I had a lot of confidence in her today, maybe too much," added the Rockwood resident with a laugh, "But she got the job done." The win gives Dudesalady, a daughter of Shadow Play and Accountable, a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $61,910. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted the filly to both her Semi-final and Final victories. Dudesalady Magical Steph rewarded the faith of both Mohawk Racetrack fans and trainer Gary Lance in the three-year-old trotting filly Final. The daughter of Kadabra and I Like Stephanie overcame two off-season surgeries to capture the Grassroots title with a 1:55.4 effort. "She's really good right now. She's been all summer getting over those surgeries," said Port Perry resident Lance, who also owns the filly through his GL Racing Inc. "That was a pretty good mile out there tonight; she went as fast as the colts." Magical Steph and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur finished one length in front of a charging Roadmapper and four lengths ahead of Magical Valentine. Henry also piloted the filly to victory in the Semi-final round. Magical Steph Many A Man was the only regular season division point leader to earn a Grassroots title, sailing along on the front end to a 1:57.3 personal best in the two-year-old trotting colt Final. Randy Waples crafted the victory, which saw the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of Santini and Radical Road, for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. "I was actually hoping to race him from off the pace, that's why I didn't really bomb him out of there," said Milton resident Waples. "I think that's his better trip than being in front, because he kind of gets lost sometimes when he's up there, but there wasn't a hole, so go to Plan B. The beauty of him is that you've got a Plan B; if it doesn't work out the first way then you've got another way to go, because he races good both ways. He's just a really, really nice animal." The win was the third straight and the fifth in nine starts for Many A Man, who wraps up his freshman campaign with earnings of $64,940. Many A Man The three-year-old pacing fillies delivered a thrilling finish in the sixth final, with the top five finishers crossing the wire separated by just one and one-quarter lengths. When the dust settled Semi-final winner Forever Liza emerged victorious, with Semi-final winner Free Show and Selling The Dream in a dead-heat for second, just a head behind the winner. Windsun Glory was fourth and Killean Finale rounded out the top five. "It was a little scary, we got a little stalled there with our cover, but just like always she dug in in the stretch," said trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON. "She's just a real trier." Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald engineered the 1:52.2 victory for Steacy and owners Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. In 16 sophomore starts the consistent daughter of Bettors Delight and Forever Cam has seven wins, four seconds and one third for earnings of $106,010. Forever Liza Semi-final winner Arsenic cruised to a one and one-half length victory in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, matching his 1:51.1 personal best. The other Semi-final winner, Continual Hanover, was second and Inspiration View rounded out the top three. "He showed a lot of potential last year, he just didn't come back the way I thought he would and I found out it was just a little bit of stomach problems with him, so we've kind of fixed that and he's gotten pretty good," said trainer Scott McEneny of the Bettors Delight son's late season surge. "I was going Gold at the beginning and he just wasn't right, he just wasn't himself, and we tried everything, everything. I finally found something that works on his stomach, and by then we got into a couple Grassroots." The Waterdown resident conditions Arsenic for his wife Michelle McEneny and Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. Doug McNair of Guelph piloted the colt to his fourth victory in 12 sophomore outings, which boosted his season's earnings to $74,200. Arsenic Tymal Peacemaker wrapped up Grassroots Championship Night the same way that Anikadabra kicked it off, with a commanding front-end victory. The two-year-old pacing colt sailed under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:52.4 without ever facing a challenge. The other Semi-final winner, Bet On Brett, finished second and The Dark Shadow was third. After testing his skills against the Gold colts early in the campaign, Tymal Peacemaker wrapped up his freshman season with a record of four wins in four Grassroots starts, banking $67,000 for owners Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "He didn't have much luck, he was immature, and then when we got into easier competition it seemed he started to get it more and more every start," said Carlisle-based trainer Stephane Larocque of the shift from the Gold to the Grassroots level. "And, you know, he's just shown that he's going to be really good next year." Sylvain Filion of Milton, the leading reinsman in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, piloted the son of Mach Three and Flying Colours to the win. Tymal Peacemaker In addition to the eight Grassroots Championship events, Mohawk Racetrack also hosted the $311,000 Milton Final for aged pacing mares, and former Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Lady Shadow posted her ninth win of the season, sailing home and two and one-quarter length winner in 1:50. Yagonnakissmeornot was second and Waasmula, also a former OSS champion, was third. Doug McNair piloted Lady Shadow, a daughter of Shadow Play and Lady Camella, to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON, Carl Atley of Xenia, OH, Edwin Gold of Phoenixville, PA and BFJ Stable of Philadelphia, PA. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Sept. 29 as the two-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Gold Series regular season. Ontario Racing

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 19 - Driver Bob McClure made the most of his Monday night visit to Mohawk Racetrack by posting five victories on the 10-race harness racing card. Several regular WEG reinsmen were out of town Monday competing in Ontario Sires Stakes action, leaving the door open for rising star McClure to make a statement. The young driver started off his evening by winning the first three races on the card, including a 29-1 upset in the opener with claiming pacer Nicholas Ryan for trainer Carmen Auciello, who sent out three winners on Monday's card. McClure's win streak was snapped in the fourth-race, but he quickly got back to his winning ways in the fifth-dash with rookie pacing colt Osborne Seelster for trainer Ted MacDonnell. The fifth and final victory of the night for McClure came in the sixth-race with Joe Pereira trainee Par Intended. McClure, who had nine drives on the card, entered Monday's action with two wins from 34 drives on the WEG Circuit in 2016. The Elora, Ontario native is currently in the midst of a career best season. McClure has won a career high 357 races this season and is well on pace to top his single season earnings mark of $2.1 million. Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Nicholas Ryan Light Foot Rd Stormont Viceroy Osborne Seelster Par Intended Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Bar Hopping charged home to win the harness racing $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic by three and half a lengths Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was able to convert off a perfect second-over steer from driver Tim Tetrick to win Canada's biggest race for three-year-old trotters. A trio of longshots fired out for the front, while Marion Marauder, the 3/5 favourite, was unhurried and got away fourth ahead of main rivals Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping. Scott Zeron sent Marion Marauder to the front in the second-quarter and took the lead at the half in :55.4. Southwind Frank was pushed first up, which allowed Tetrick to put Bar Hopping in a perfect second over position. Marion Marauder led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Marion Marauder created a little separation on his rivals, but that was quickly erased by Bar Hopping. The Takter trainee fired off cover and powered by in the final-eighth for a 1:53.1 victory. "There was enough speed in there and I was trying to find a good horse to follow," said Tetrick following his second Trotting Classic victory. "I seen Yannick not getting away as good as I think he wanted and I got a good trip following him all the way to the promise land." "Scotty's (Zeron) horse was putting up decent enough fractions and my horse got to track him all the way to the top of the lane and he did the rest from there." Marion Marauder held on for second, while Bee In Charge finished third ahead of Winter Harbor. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping captured his elimination last week in 1:52.4 and was sent off at odds of 4-1 in Saturday's rich final. The sophomore trotting colt has had a strong season, but has been slightly overshadowed by rivals Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank, who had captured the classic three-year-old events before the Canadian Trotting Classic. "Well he's been really close, but he just hasn't got it done," Tetrick said. "It's not lack of trying. He put it all together tonight and there is still a lot of money to go for the rest of the year." Owned by Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Bar Hopping is now a five-time from 13 starts this season for nearly $800,000 in earnings. His career totals are now improved to six victories and $901,048 earned. The Muscle Hill colt's triumph Saturday gives trainer Jimmy Takter three consecutive victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic and five overall. "We've got a lot of partners and great partners, so I'm so happy for this win," said Takter in the winner's circle. "I was due to win a big race with this horse because he is a very nice horse." Takter noted that Bar Hopping will now head to The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky for Grand Circuit action. Bar Hopping paid $10.10, $3.70 and $3.00. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - With the 1-9 favorite Caprice Hill being locked at the pylons for the entire mile, Royal Charm capitalized off a third-over trip to win the harness racing $436,000 Elegantimage stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:54.4 at 33-1. Dream Child secured the lead off a :27 quarter, sweeping by Emoticon Hanover towards the pylons. Side Bet Hanover raced in third alongside Celebrity Eventsy, who inched towards leader Dream Child off a :55.4 half. Into the final turn, Celebrity Evensty pressured Dream Child, while Flowers N Songs and Royal Charm followed from second and third over, keeping Caprice Hill stuck at the inside racing seventh. Celebrity Eventsy slid by Dream Child passed the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Caprice Hill had some room to sling up the inside, but, after having to evade Dream Child fading to the back, she was caught behind a wall of horses that enveloped stretch-leader Celebrity Eventsy. Flowers N Songs had tipped off her cover as well as Royal Charm and Dewdle All Day. Royal Charm edged by Flowers N Songs as Dewdle All Day rushed down the centre of the track. Royal Charm held on at the wire, with Dewdle All Day finishing second, Flower N Songs third, and Emoticon Hanover sneaking up the inside to finish fourth. Royal Charm, a three-year-old filly trotter by Majestic Son from the Yankee Glide mare Queen Of Grace, is owned by David McDonald, Shelly Macmillan and Bridle Path Stables, trained by Mark Steacy, and was driven by Paul MacDonell. Winning her sixth race in her 18th career start, Royal Charm has amassed $315,212 in earnings. "It never feels bad when you win a race like this," MacDonell said. "It's a prestigious race, and I'm just happy to win it for Mark [Steacy] and his connections. They've been supporting this filly right through. She was coming up to a good race and did it tonight." "She doesn't leave very well," MacDonell also said. "It's been a thing for her all year where she struggles to get away from the gate. As it turned out tonight, she was within five lengths at the quarter pole and then the flow started to develop on the outside, so she got up third over, and she always has a good kick coming home." "Caprice [Hill] is really good, and fortunately for us she got locked in," Steacy said. "You got to be lucky to be good, too." Royal Charm returned $67.50 to win and $122.50 to place; there was no show wagering. Dewdle All Day, finishing second at 91-1, paid $314.00, producing a $2 exactor that returned $1,299.40. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Resolve turned in a game harness racing effort to come away with 1:51.4 victory in the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old stallion was went toe-to-toe with standout mare Hannelore Hanover for the final-half and ultimately wore down the powerhouse to score a length and a half victory for Swedish native and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Resolve, who finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot, left from the rail and got away third, while Hannelore Hanover released Musical Rhythm to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. Driver Yannick Gingras wasted little time circling Hannelore Hanover back around to the front in the second-quarter and the trotting mare led the field by the half in :55.3. Svanstedt started up Resolve nearing the half and immediately confronted the leader moving into the final turn. Hannelore Hanover and Resolve dueled to three-quarters in 1:23 and continued their battle into the lane. The Svanstedt trainee had no quit and finally edged by the gutsy mare in deep stretch for the win. "He's a really great horse and it was difficult today," said Svanstedt following Resolve's triumph. "He (left) very fast and then he was first over the second-half, so he did a very good job." A son of Muscle Hill, Resolve was last year's O'Brien Award winner for top older trotter in Canada. The Svanstedt trainee is well traveled this season, as he raced in Sweden's biggest race, the Elitlopp, back in May and finished second. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, Resolve now has 14 career victories and over $1.7 million earned. The five-year-old stallion scored his fourth victory of the season Saturday to bring his seasonal earnings to over $700,000. Hannelore Hanover, a four-year-old mare, was a $45,000 supplemental entry to the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee entered Saturday's rich final off an impressive elimination victory and had only one loss in 15 prior starts this season. "She raced very good," acknowledged Svanstedt. "She's just a four-year-old and a mare. She's very good." Saturday's clash was the first meeting between Resolve and Hannelore Hanover. Although there is no upcoming meeting scheduled between the two star trotters, racing fans will certainly be hoping to see a rematch sooner rather than later. Svanstedt noted that he isn't sure what is next for Resolve, but has an idea of where he hopes to race. "We hope he'll be invited to the International Trot (at Yonkers Raceway)." Five-year-old mare Shake It Cerry finished third in Saturday's event, while locally trained trotters Flanagan Memory and Lookslikeachpndale rounded out the top five finishers. Swedish trotter Nahar, who is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks, broke stride on the final turn and finished tenth. The wagering public was split between Resolve and Hannelore Hanover, as they went off as even-money co-favourites. Resolve returned $4.30, $2.50 and $2.20, while the $2 Exactor paid $8.40.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON- Securing the lead after the half, Ariana G advanced towards a 1:54 harness racing victory in the $363,000 Peaceful Way Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Ariana G sat off a :27.3 opening quarter while Pure Kemp took the lead, parking Dream Together. Thats All Moni began her brush to the lead, getting away third behind Stuck In My Spanks. Clearing into the backstretch, Thats All Moni was challenged by Ariana G, who edged to control after a :56.1 half. Gaining the lead around the far turn, Ariana G started to kick away from Thats All Moni sitting second. Stuck In My Spanks, Dream Together, and Southwind Avanti all lost stride, leaving Pure Kemp trotting in third and Winter Sweet Frost inheriting fourth. Leading by two lengths, Ariana G trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.1 before pulling away for a 3¼ lengths victory over Thats All Moni and Magic Presto, who trotted down the center of the track to take third. A two-year-old filly trotter by Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, Ariana G is a homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Undefeated in seven starts, she has earned $467,370. She is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Yannick Gingras. "She's just incredible," Gingras said. "From the first time I trained her, she's just a pure professional. She feels like a three-year-old filly and you can do whatever you want with her. Seemed like the move to make today was to the front, and it cost us a little bit but I felt I was the one to beat and I would take my chances from there." Asked if Ariana G is the best two-year-old filly he has driven, Gingras said "She's pretty close to it, there's no doubt about that. She's very natural and can be driven with two fingers. There's nothing wrong with her; she has the whole package." "We'll see how she comes out of this," Marvin Katz said about Ariana G's next race. "We'd go to Lexington, all things being equal." Takter now holds the record for most Peaceful Way victories by a trainer with his fourth title courtesy of Ariana G. The daughter of Muscle Hill paid $2.10 to win. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Known for putting up big points with the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel and Henrik Sedin are also quite familiar with scoring on the harness racing racetrack. On Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, the Sedin twins hope to win Canada's biggest trotting event, the Maple Leaf Trot, with their superstar horse Nahar. Throughout their National Hockey League careers, Daniel and Henrik have combined to score more than 500 goals and nearly 2,000 points. Off the ice, the Sedin brothers have watched their trotter Nahar win 39 races and more than $1.8 million. Hockey and harness racing is big business in Sweden, so it only made sense that when the brothers began playing professional hockey nearly 20 years ago in the Swedish Elite League, they also began their journey into racehorse ownership. "We got into racing when we started playing for (Modo) back in Sweden," noted Henrik. "There was a few guys on the team who bought a horse together. They dropped out one after one and we stuck with it." The Sedin twins are coming up on their 20th professional hockey season, 15 of those spent with the Vancouver Canucks. Playing in big moments is what it's all about for any athlete, but racehorse ownership taps into another side of competitiveness and anticipation for the brothers. "Just the excitement once you see your horse's name on the start list," said Henrik. "To read up on it the week before the race and see what other horses are in the race. Then you come up to race day, it's just exciting." The Sedin brothers have enjoyed great success as owners with Nahar. The 11-year-old gelding is trained by top Swedish horseman Robert Bergh and has been at the top of sport for several seasons. In 2013, Nahar took Bergh and the Sedin twins to the top of the Swedish trotting game by capturing the nation's biggest race, the Elitlopp. "It was amazing," recalled Henrik. "Just to be in that race is tough enough and then Robert put the horse in terrific shape for that day and I mean as a horse owner, it's a dream come true." Nahar has since continued to race at a high level for the Sedin brothers, who are also currently enjoying success with trotter Ed You and own eight horses in total. With the Daniel and Henrik in Toronto this month for the World Cup of Hockey, Bergh mapped out a schedule to have the brothers' top trotters in town for the Maple Leaf Trot. "Robert told us in July that this was his plan," said Henrik. "He was going to bring over Ed You as well, but he got hurt in August so it changed the plans. It would've been nice to have two here and racing, but it was perfect timing." The long hockey season doesn't leave a lot of free time for the brothers, but they often make time to visit the track during the off-season. "We try as often as we can, but Robert just moved down south in Sweden to a different racetrack," said Henrik. "He's further away now, so it's not as much as before, but we try as much as possible." The sports of hockey and harness racing are well known for being family affairs and the Sedin family has everyone on board with the trotters. "Our whole family is involved," Henrik said. "We have two more brothers and Mom and Dad are part owners as well. It's fun just to have family involved and we go to watch races as a family." The Sedin twins are hooked and plan to stay involved with harness racing for the foreseeable future. For now, the brothers are hopeful Nahar can thrill them again Saturday and capture the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot to send them into the World Cup of Hockey sporting some gold. Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 15, 2016 - There were few surprises at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the harness racing two-year-old trotters and pacers kicked off the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots post season. Favourites won five of the eight Semi-finals and only one division point leader, two-year-old trotting filly Inner Drive, failed to advance through to the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championships. Trotting filly Anikadabra set the tone for the evening in the first $20,000 Semi-final, cruising around the Campbellville oval to an effortless three and one-quarter length score in 1:57.1. You Cant Afford Me, Stritch, Man Shes Hot and Oh Miss Sophie finished second through fifth, also advancing to the Championship. "She is exceptional," said driver Rick Zeron of the heavy favourite. "Rob (Fellows) doesn't want to hurt her this year so he opted to race her in the Grassroots instead of the Golds, and she just hovers over them, she's just that much the best." Rockwood, ON resident Fellows conditions Anikadabra for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. Since her July 10 debut the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee has posted four wins, one third and one fourth in six starts, banking $46,840. "She was a June foal, so we were pretty slow in developing her, and now she's got some experience we're really looking forward to next year," said Wilson. "Hopefully she will be a Gold filly next year. She's a half-sister to Resolve, so she's got some breeding there." The filly's half-brother Resolve, a winner of $1.4 million in his racing career to date, will compete in the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot Final at Mohawk on Saturday evening and is among the favourites after winning his Sept. 10 elimination. Anikadabra Oakville, ON resident Zeron was back in the winner's circle following the second race, guiding two-year-old pacing colt Bet On Brett to a neck victory in 1:54.2 over Kentucky Nick and division point leader Silverinyourpocket. Trident Seelster and Aston Hill Dave also advanced. "He was wandering all over the track tonight, he wasn't paying attention to his work or his business or anything," said Zeron of the colt, who was sent off as the fans' top choice and led for most of the mile. "I had a bit of a hard time, struggled to get him across, but we got him there and hopefully we'll get some things changed up for next week." Zeron steers the son of Sportswriter and Tug River Della for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON and his partners Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longeuil, QC and Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC. In eight starts Bet On Brett, an $80,000 acquisition from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, has delivered three wins and one second for earnings of $32,700. Bet On Brett The second pacing colt contest went to Tymal Peacemaker and driver Sylvain Filion, who also had a pair of victories in Semi-final action. Starting from Post 6 the fan favourites led from start to finish, hitting the wire one length ahead of The Dark Shadow in 1:53.1. Dreamfair B J, Thrownoutofbetter and Master The View rounded out the qualifiers. "He's turned out to be a real nice horse," said Filion, who pilots the colt for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "He's really, really good right now. You can do whatever you want, you can leave, you can race from behind; he makes my job a lot easier. "He's reaching his peak right now, hopefully he stays healthy all week and I think he'll have a good shot in the Final," the Milton, ON resident added. Since dropping down to the Grassroots from the Gold Series Tymal Peacemaker is undefeated, also winning at Mohawk on August 29 and Flamboro Downs on Sept. 8. The son of Mach Three and Flying Color was a $25,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has banked $42,000 in seven starts. Tymal Peacemaker Filion's second victory came with two-year-old pacing filly P L Kahluaa, who swept by the leaders in the final quarter to score a one-half length victory in 1:55. The division point leader and fan favourite bested Treasures Pearl, Village Jamie, White Dancer and Amulet Seelster. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains P L Kahluaa for numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC. A modest $6,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the daughter of Sportswriter and B R Dot Cam has posted four wins, one second and one third in eight starts for earnings of $44,704. P L Kahluaa The second pacing filly battle was won by Dudesalady, who also used a late sprint to best fan favourite Anderson Seelster by one length in a personal best 1:53.4. P L Karis, The Joy Luck Club and Odysseus rounded out the top five. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson piloted Dudesalady to her fourth win in seven starts for trainer Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON and owners M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. The daughter of Shadow Play and Accountable was a $40,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Sale and has banked $36,910 to date. Dudesalady The biggest upset of the evening came in the second trotting filly split as fan favourite Powerful Mission went off stride heading for the half and division point leader Inner Drive engaged in a speed duel with early leader Jilona and faded to seventh in the stretch. Benefitting from the front-end duel was Delcrest Magicstar, who followed Inner Drive and Late Shift up the outer lane and then circled out late to get the one-half length win in a personal best 1:58.1. Late Shift settled for second, while Crystal Gumdrop, Tymal Declan and Kendras Coco were well back in third, fourth and fifth. "A helmet for as long as I could is all I was looking for, and it worked out really good tonight," said driver James MacDonald. "She's got a big motor, she just, she doesn't pay attention. She needs a helmet and then she'll give you a good kick, and even then you're not out of the woods, she kind of looks around and goes to sleep." The Guelph resident shares ownership of Delcrest Magicstar with trainer Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. Through five starts the daughter of Majestic Son and Stars Balance has two wins and one second for earnings of $31,900 and MacDonald has high hopes for her future. "She's got big talent, big talent. She's got all the tools, beautiful gait, big, strong filly, but she needs to learn to really want it. Her brother wanted it, so I think if she learns to be like him she could be a good horse, but time will tell," said MacDonald, referring to the filly's half-brother Delcrest Julian, a winner of $414,212. Delcrest Magicstar The two-year-old trotting colt Semi-finals went to Santini and division point leader Many A Man. Santini and driver Richard Simard sprinted by pacesetter Themanofmydreams and favourite Head Turning Jag in the stretch, hitting the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:58.1. Themanofmydreams finished second, while Radical Road was promoted from fourth to third when Head Turning Jag made a late break in stride and was placed from third back to fourth. Critical Mass rounded out the top five. Stephen Oldford conditions Santini for Oldford Racing LLC of Croswell, MI and Gene Oldford Farms LLC of St. Clair, MI. In six starts the son of Kadabra and Vallaire, a $40,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, has three wins and one second for earnings of $41,600. Santini Many A Man and driver Randy Waples of Milton took command heading for the three-quarters in the second trotting colt contest and pulled away to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. My Big Kadillac, Zorgwijk Rocket, Little Lion Man and LMC Mass Gem also moved on to the Championship. Waples crafted the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his fellow owner-breeders C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The son of Manofmanymissions and Armbro Sylvie improved his record to four wins in eight starts and earnings of $39,940. Many A Man Grassroots Semi-final action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, with eight $20,000 battles for the three-year-old pacers and trotters. The three-year-old trotting fillies kick things off in the first race at 7:30 pm. 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Everyone in this business longs for that horse; the one that is a harness racing world champion, a Horse of the Year and charts the course of history so their name is forever distinguished, remembered and revered. Although Magic Presto has only just begun her career, the inspiration behind her purchase was the premonition that lightning may be captured in a bottle, not once, but twice and that she could follow in the hoofprints of another filly that first served notice of her superiority with a victory in the 2012 Peaceful Way -- Bee A Magician. "She was a big, beautiful, strong yearling," said Richard "Nifty" Norman, the filly's conditioner. "My owners always support Kadabra because they have shares in him, but this filly reminded me of Bee A Magician. That is why we went to $160,000 for her." Those are exceptionally high expectations for the daughter of Kadabra-In The Mean Time, who is owned by the same connections as the horse she was compared to in Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, along with Little E LLC. She may not be dominating the headlines, yet Magic Presto certainly has been living up to what her connections anticipate for her future. In her short career, the filly's resume stands at 5-2-2-0 and she has banked $59,677. Magic Presto will attempt to replicate the feat of her older stablemate when she leaves from post position 10 in the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Mohawk Racetrack. The filly will have the services of one of Canada's best reinsman in Trevor Henry and enters this contest after a very strong second in her elimination to Thats All Moni (post two). Unfortunately, Magic Presto will have to contend with post position 10, when she takes on the likes of freshman trotting sensation Ariana G (post four). After being hampered by post nine in her elimination, Magic Presto was hung wide leaving the gate, was settled in fourth and then endured a first-over journey commencing at the three-quarter marker only to be out-finished by Thats All Moni by 2-1/4 lengths at the wire. "You can't do anything about where you draw," Norman said. "I would not have selected either post for her in the elimination and final, but was very pleased with how she performed in the elimination. She will do anything you ask of her and is so willing. To come first-over and to have that kind of finish, you can't ask anything more of her." As for Bee A Magician, the horse whose shoes Magic Presto is anticipated to fill, it is possible the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Beehive will return prior to the end of the season. "She has been swimming," Norman said. "We put her back in light training this week and all seems to be well. We would like to bring her back for the Breeders Crown, but there is still some time to go before we can see what will happen. I'm not really sure what we would use for a prep race for her as it depends on what is available and how she progresses." When it comes to Magic Presto, however, the filly will have plenty of opportunities to stake her claim for divisional honors. "Kadabra is a provincial stallion," Norman said. "But my owners and I have done quite well with him and we think this filly has ability. She is cleanly gaited, you can put her anywhere you want to and she is staked to everything for the rest of the year. She will have the opportunities to progress and develop." C$363,000 Peaceful Way 2-year-old filly trotters Race 2 - Post time 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Stuck In My Spanks-Paul MacDonell-Scott McEneny 2. Thats All Moni-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 3. Pure Kemp-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Cameron Hill-John Campbell-John Bax 6. Southwind Avanti-David Miller-Nancy Johansson 7. Winter Sweet Frost-Scott Zeron-Paul Reid 8. The Erm-Mike Saftic-Clark Beelby 9. Dream Together-Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 10. Magic Presto-Trevor Henry-Nifty Norman  by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will try to win the William Wellwood Memorial for the third consecutive year, and while this season’s contender What The Hill might not enter Saturday’s race with the same buildup as 2015 champion Southwind Frank, the colt has shown he possesses one extremely coveted talent -- the desire to get to the finish line first. “He just seems to be a winner,” Burke said about What The Hill, who heads to the C$350,000 Wellwood final for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack off a 1:55.3 victory in his elimination last weekend. “I’d like for him to show me a little more pure speed, but right now it just seems like all he wants to do is win. As long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy. He’s first or second every week. I like the colt.” Later on Saturday’s card, Southwind Frank will try to join Father Patrick as the only horses to win the Wellwood and Canadian Trotting Classic since the Wellwood (which was raced as the Campbellville Stakes prior to 2005) went from divisions to a single-race final in 2001. Mohawk also on Saturday hosts the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, and two eliminations for the Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Post time is 7:30 for the night’s first race. What The Hill, who defeated Signal Hill by a neck in his Wellwood elimination, has won three of seven starts and finished second on three occasions, good for a division-leading $233,718 in purses. His other victories were in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. David Miller will drive What The Hill in the Wellwood final, starting from post three. Purchased for $65,000 at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, What The Hill is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors. What The Hill’s dam, K T Cha Cha, is a full sister to Majestic Son, who won the 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic and was Canada’s Horse of the Year. The family also includes O’Brien Award-winning mare Ramerizi and stakes-winner Misterizi. What The Hill is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. “It seems like every year we have at least one very good Muscle Hill since the first crop,” said Burke, who has trained Muscle Hill’s top-earning offspring Southwind Frank ($1.70 million) and Mission Brief ($1.59 million). Other trotters sired by Muscle Hill include Hambletonian winners Marion Marauder and Trixton as well as Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time, Maple Leaf Trot contender Resolve, and undefeated Peaceful Way favorite Ariana G. “When (Muscle Hill) came out I thought he would dominate, and he’s even more than dominated,” Burke said. Southwind Frank, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, goes into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a second-place elimination finish to Bar Hopping. It was Southwind Frank’s first start since winning the Colonial on Aug. 20 at Pocono. He will start the C$687,000 CTC final from post one with Yannick Gingras at the lines. “I wasn’t as upset as everybody else was with the race,” Burke said. “Maybe he wasn’t as tight, so I think he’ll rebound great. Thankfully he got a great draw; we didn’t pay the price for not winning our elimination. I think it puts him in a great spot to race him aggressively. I believe he’ll be good. I think he’ll be ready.” Southwind Frank has won six of 10 races this year and finished second in his remaining four starts. For his career, he has won 17 of 22 races. He is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Marion Marauder, who won the first of the two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, enters the final with a three-race win streak. He has won eight of his last nine starts, including the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, with his only setback being a second-place finish in the Colonial. Trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, the colt has earned a division-best $1.14 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Bar Hopping will try to give trainer Jimmy Takter his third consecutive victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Following is the field for the Wellwood Memorial. Seven And Seven and What The Hill were elimination winners. C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-year-old male trotters Race 5 – Post time 8:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Real Lucky Day – Donato Hanover - Yves Filion – Richard Moreau 2. Seven And Seven – Chapter Seven - John Campbell – Thomas Durand 3. What The Hill – Muscle Hill - David Miller – Ron Burke 4. King On The Hill – Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 5. Victor Gio IT – Rady Cash - Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Mountain Of Love – Muscle Hill - TBA – Tony Alagna 7. International Moni – Love You - Scott Zeron – Frank Antonacci 8. Signal Hill – Muscle Hill - Randy Waples – Tony Alagna 9. Jake – Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion – Luc Blais 10. Soho Hanover – Cantab Hall - Doug McNair–Gregg McNair Follow is the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Bar Hopping and Marion Marauder were elimination winners. C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-year-old male trotters Race 10 – Post time 10:30 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 - All eyes will be on harness racing's finest trotters Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night. An outstanding card featuring the best trotters of all ages has been assembled with over $2.6 million in purse money on the line. The $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters headline the 13-race program. The stacked undercard features the $436,000 Elegantimgage for three-year-old trotting fillies, $363,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies and the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters. Marion Marauder will look to add a victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic to his fairytale season. The son of Muscle Hill is the favourite to win Canada's biggest trotting event for local trainers Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder won just once in 13 starts last season, but has dominated as a three-year-old with nine wins in 11 starts this season. The Keeling-Wellwood trainee won the Goodtimes at Mohawk on June 18th to start his dream summer. The Muscle Hill colt captured the $1 million Hambletonian on August 6th at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Yonkers Trot on September 3rd at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has earned more than $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings to over $1.5 million. Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track last week by capturing his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination by four lengths in 1:52. Former WEG regular Scott Zeron sits behind the son of Muscle Hill and the duo will start from post four. Bar Hopping upset Southwind Frank to win the other "Trotting Classic" elimination last Saturday. The Jimmy Takter trainee has won four of 12 starts this season, including the $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Tim Tetrick will drive Bar Hopping from post position three. Southwind Frank will look to bounce back and capture another major race in Canada. The Ron Burke trainee didn't have his best in the "Trotting Classic" elimination, but is always dangerous, especially at Mohawk. Last year, Southwind Frank captured the William Wellwood Memorial over Marion Marauder. He also defeated the Hambletonian champion in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on August 20th at Pocono. Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras will start from the rail. The Hambletonian winner has won three of the last four editions of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $687,000 "Trotting Classic" is carded as Race 10. The Maple Leaf Trot is annually one of the biggest trotting events in the world and the international flavour is certainly felt in this year's edition. Five-year-old stallion Resolve and four-year-old mare Hannelore Hanover captured last Saturday's eliminations. Resolve is searching for redemption after finishing second in last year's event, while Hannelore Hanover was a $45,000 supplemental entry. Trained by Swedish native Ake Svanstedt, Resolve has won three of nine starts this season and was second in Sweden's Elitlopp back in May. The son of Muscle Hill is a 13-time winner with over $1.4 million in earnings. Resolve will be driven by Svanstedt and start from post position one. Hannelore Hanover has dominated this season, but faces her toughest challenge in the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee has won 14 of 15 starts this season, but is tackling the sport's best older trotters for the first time. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover was an easy-winner in her elimination and has victories this season in the Armbro Flight, Hambletonian Maturity and Muscle Hill. She has banked $719,134 this year to bring her career earnings to over $1 million. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four. The Maple Leaf Trot has attracted many stars from overseas throughout the years and this year's edition features 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. The 11-year-old Swedish sensation is trained by Robert Bergh for owners Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. Nahar, who finished fourth in his elimination, is a 39-time winner with over $1.8 million in career earnings. He will start from post eight with trainer Bergh handling the driving duties. The $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 7. The Elegantimage Stakes headlines the undercard with Caprice Hill going for her fifth consecutive victory. The Tony Alagna trained sophomore trotting filly has seven wins this season and has yet to finish out of the top two in 10 starts. Caprice Hill fired home in :26.4 to win her elimination last week in 1:52.4. The daughter of Kadabra recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings and will start from post four with driver Randy Waples at the controls. The $436,000 Elegantimage Stakes is carded as Race 9. The top rookie trotters will also be on display Saturday in the $363,000 Peaceful Way and $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Ariana G has been arguably the top two-year-old in the sport this season and the rookie trotting filly is the horse to beat in the Peaceful Way. The Jimmy Takter trained filly is undefeated in six starts and won her elimination last week by almost eight lengths in 1:53.2. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Ariana G has earned $285,870 and is a homebred for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She will start from post four with Yannick Gingras driving. The William Wellwood Memorial will feature local standout Seven And Seven. The Tom Durand trainee won his elimination in 1:56 and has won three of six starts to begin his career. A son of Chapter Seven, Seven And Seven has shown impressive closing speed early in his career and has banked $51,768. Durand has driven the rookie trotting colt in each of his previous six starts, but will hand the lines over to John Campbell for the Wellwood final. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill will be looking for another major victory in the Wellwood. The son of Muscle Hill captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 6th at The Meadowlands. What The Hill won his Wellwood elimination last Friday in 1:55.3 for his third victory of the season. David Miller will drive the rookie trotter in Saturday's final. Seven And Seven will start from post two, while What The Hill has post three. The $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night is also "Fan Appreciate Night" at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans on-track will receive a free program and their "First Bet on Us". The first 500 guests will also receive a $5 food voucher. There will also be t-shirt tosses after each race and live music entertaining the crowd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Here are the fields for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 8. Nahar - Love You - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hll - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter AE: Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 14, 2016 - Carl Jamieson has decades of experience preparing horses for the Ontario Sires Stakes post season and the harness racing trainer says three-year-old pacing filly Noone To Depend On is in peak form heading into Friday's Grassroots Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack. "She should be shaping up real good," said Jamieson. "She's ready to rock and roll." Noone To Depend On scored three wins and one third in her four regular season Grassroots outings for a division leading 162 points and has a sophomore record of four wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts. The daughter of Santanna Blue Chip and Tipsy Taters has added $49,810 in earnings to the $48,480 she earned as a two-year-old, when she finished second in her Semi-final and fourth in the Grassroots Championship. "I think she's a lot better than she was last year," noted Jamieson. "She had some growing problems last year and this year she's been sound all year and racing really good." The Rockwood resident shares ownership of Noone To Depend On with his daughter Brandy Jamieson, who makes her home in Milton, ON. A one-quarter share in the filly was Brandy's birthday gift last year, an annual tradition Jamieson admits comes packaged with an ulterior motive. "I usually give her a piece for her birthday. Means I don't got to pay no paddock fees on them then," said Jamieson with a chuckle. "She usually paddocks her own horses." Making it a full-on family affair, Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson drives the filly for his father and sister and will steer Noone To Depend on from Post 6 in Friday's $20,000 Semi-final. She heads into the test off a mini-vacation following her win in the August 21 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "I told him, you've got to take this filly, she's on the top of her game," said Jamieson, who has had to find substitute reinsmen in seven of the filly's 14 starts. "We've been keeping her pretty fresh all year really. We didn't race her a lot, just trying to keep her right and sound for the Grassroots Final." Once the Grassroots post season wraps up Jamieson will give Noone To Depend On one start against the Gold Series fillies, on Sept. 30 at Mohawk Racetrack, before sending her to Harrisburg for the November mixed sale. The horseman typically sells his three-year-olds to make room for yearlings, although he has scaled back from the days when he would send out 20 to 30 starters per year in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "We only had eight babies all last year, to start with. We qualified six, one we stopped with, and then a couple others I made the decision we had to turn out, they weren't good enough," noted the trainer, who added that he will start shopping for this season's yearlings at the Sunday, Sept. 18 Canadian Yearling Sale. Noone To Depend On goes postward in the second three-year-old pacing filly Semi-final on Friday, slated as Race 4. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will return to Mohawk on Saturday, Sept. 24 for their $50,000 Grassroots Championship. The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the sophomore Grassroots Semi-final battles at 7:30 pm on Friday, competing in Races 1 and 6. The trotting colts wage their battles in Races 2 and 8, while the pacing fillies go back-to-back in Races 3 and 4. The three-year-old pacing colts wrap things up in Races 9 and 12. Friday's event completes the Semi-final round - the two-year-old finalists will be determined on Thursday evening - which advances the top five finishers from each Semi-final into the $400,000 Grassroots Championship Night at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Racing

This Week: Maple Leaf Trot, Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals and Milton Stake eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at the Meadowlands on Friday (Sept. 16) with three $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters and two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters. On Saturday (Sept. 17) the Meadowlands will offer two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt pacers and two 10,000 contests in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Mohawk will be held on Saturday with the C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, the C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters, the C$436,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final for 2-year-old filly trotters, and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton Stake for older pacing mares. Complete entries for the Meadowlands races are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: When the horses placed their hooves on the track for the post parade of the $225,000 Jim Ewart Memorial on Saturday (Sept. 10) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, the throng lining the fence let out a roar for defending Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit. The stands were packed to catch a glimpse of an athlete that has captured the hearts and imaginations of legions of fans during his two-year career. When the horses crossed the finish line, however, all those in attendance had shifted their adulation to honor the effort of his winning rival, Always B Miki, for not only had they been privy to witness greatness, but they were present for a world record equaling performance of 1:47, that will surely become an integral component of the sport's history. That time equaled the all-age mark for a pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval set by Sweet Lou in 2014 and equaled by Always B Miki in both the Ben Franklin elimination and final earlier this year. Those miles all came at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. When the superb field of nine left the gate, Always B Miki, who commenced pacing from post six, was the 4-5 favorite but Wiggle It Jiggleit at 8-5 was also receiving his share of support at the windows. Shortly after the starter allowed the horses to begin the mile, Eric Goodell sent Luck Be Withyou to the lead from post position five. Wiggle It Jiggleit and his regular reinsman Montrell Teague were not content to allow that competitor to cut the mile and made their move to the front from post position eight. Miller and Always B Miki had their own designs on the lead. The crowd was gasping at the sheer speed displayed by the pacers as Luck Be Withyou had laid down a scorching :25.2 first quarter. Wiggle It Jiggleit brushed to the lead in front of the grandstand before Always B Miki procured the lead on the outside by the half-mile marker. The Jimmy Takter trainee appeared to pay the price for that effort when :53 flashed on the timer. As Wiggle It Jiggleit sat second, Always B Miki still maintained a head advantage after three-quarters in a sizzling 1:19. Wiggle It Jiggleit appeared poised to come through on the inside and overhaul Always B Miki down the lane, but the 5-year-old stallion would not be denied. After a nip and tuck battle between these two champions, Always B Miki prevailed. Several hundred feet from the wire, he repelled the bid of Wiggle It Jiggleit and hit the wire three-quarters of a length in front. Luck Be Withyou raced exceptionally well to be third, while Freaky Feet Pete, who had a very tough trip, finished fourth. Conditioned by Jimmy Takter and owned by Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter, Always B Miki paid $3.80 to win. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 899.5; 2. David Miller - 663; 3. Tim Tetrick - 638.5; 4. Brett Miller - 333.5; 5. Matt Kakaley - 291. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 831.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 775.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 388; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 276; 5. Linda Toscano - 237. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 196.47; 2. Tom Hill - 177; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 160.82; 4.Harry von Knoblauch - 149.5; 5. Marvin Katz - 147.05. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Mohawk Racetrack, and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Mohawk will feature the final of the Milton Stake for pacing mares; and Hoosier will host six Grand Circuit races, including the Centuar for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

  SEPT. 13, 2016 – Thursday’s Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack will mark a rare first for brothers Sean and John Mehlenbacher. Members of a harness racing family that stretches back four generations, the Mehlenbachers will send out their first Ontario Sires Stakes post season contender on Thursday’s program. Two-year-old pacing filly Daenerys Hanover heads into the $20,000 Semi-final ranked sixth in the division standings with 110 points earned from two wins, one fourth and one seventh-place finish in four regular season Grassroots outings. “She got to the races a little late, but since she’s been there she’s been getting a little better every start,” said Sean Mehlenbacher, who trains the filly for his brother John. The daughter of Camluck and Dragon Moon was a $12,000 purchase from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and Mehlenbacher says her diminutive size made her an economical acquisition in a record-setting sales year for Ontario Sired yearlings. “My brother, John Mehlenbacher, and my father Jack, they actually went down and picked her out. She was a little small, which was probably a lot of the reason why she went for just $12,000 American,” said the Hamilton, ON resident. “We gave her a lot of time to develop, she grew a little bit, that’s why she got to the races late, and then she was a little sick right when I was set to qualify her, but since then she’s gotten healthy, she’s grown and she’s been racing very good.” The purchase of an Ontario Sired yearling marked a departure from the brothers’ recent endeavours, which have seen them concentrating more on claimers and overnight horses, along with a few American-bred young horses that they placed in the care of US-based trainers. “It’s something that we’re kind of getting into a little more,” said Mehlenbacher.  “A lot of the babies that we were buying, through my owners and my stable, were American-breds that we would send down to, Linda Toscano had a bunch of them there for a while and Rene Allard has a few of them, but now we’re into a little bit more of the Ontario program. “We bought one this year that was Ontario-bred, and we’ve already looked at three or four more at the sales this fall,” the trainer continued. “It’s something that we’re going to get into a little more as the years progress here.” Mehlenbacher added that John, who makes his home in Burlington, ON, currently has a trotting filly he retained for breeding and has speculated about Daenerys Hanover’s broodmare potential. The filly, who has banked $21,120 through her first five starts, could boost her chances for a post-racing career with a top five finish in Thursday’s Semi-final. The top five finishers from each of the Semi-finals will return to Mohawk for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. Thornton, ON resident Aaron Byron, who piloted Daenerys Hanover to victory in the Sept. 8 Grassroots event at Flamboro Downs, will steer the filly from Post 7 in the eleventh race. “She actually won her first OSS, in her second lifetime start, at Mohawk from the eight-hole,” noted Mehlenbacher. “It doesn’t bother her really what hole, she can get spotted away very good, and she’s good off the pace, and she’s good near the front too. “You can use her more than once in a mile, which I really like about her, she’s not just a one move horse,” he added. “And she tries very hard, that’s one of the really big advantages with her.” Daenerys Hanover and her peers in the eleventh race will wrap up the evening’s Semi-final action, which gets under way in the first race. The two-year-old trotting fillies kick things off in Race 1 and will also battle in Race 6. The two-year-old pacing colts compete in Races 2 and 4, the trotting colts in Races 3 and 8 and the freshman pacing fillies wrap things up in Races 9 and 11. Mohawk Racetrack will send the first race in behind the gate at 7:30 pm on Thursday, and on Friday evening the Campbellville oval will welcome the three-year-old pacers and trotters for their Grassroots Semi-finals.   OSS      

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