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Local filly Hape earned her second Grassroots trophy at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, making up for the aggravation she caused trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev prior to the race. "She's not fun to be around all week and warming up - she kicks and pulls and grabs on - but you get in a race, she's pretty nice to drive in a race," said the Moffat resident. "Once you get her warmed up she forgets about kicking and thinks about racing." Starting from the outside Post 8 in the fifth $18,000 division, Moiseyev eased Hape away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting in the outer lane in sixth when Pointe Of Inquiry reached the :28.2 opening quarter. Fan favourite Renegade Magic took command before the :57.1 half while Moiseyev and Hape continued to watch from sixth, but heading by the 1:26.3 three-quarters Moiseyev sent the filly out three-wide and started to reel in the leaders. At the top of the stretch Hape had advanced to within two lengths of Renegade Magic, but when she straightened out Moiseyev was able to find an even bigger gear and the filly rocketed down the stretch to a two and one-half length win in 1:56.4. Division point leader Renegade Magic had to settle for second, with Pointe Of Inquiry third. "She raced real good last week too. She's very finicky, you've got to let her do what she wants and at the end she knows what to do, she takes off at the end there," said Moiseyev, who conditions the Pilgrims Taj daughter for Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON. "Once she straightens up she kind of takes off." In an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 18, the top three fillies from Tuesday's fifth Grassroots division finished in reverse order, with Pointe Of Inquiry getting the win, Renegade Magic second and Hape third. Through 14 starts this season Hape has tallied five wins, two seconds, one third and $55,750. Tuesday's win bumped the filly's Grassroots point tally to 126, virtually assuring her of a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-final. Hape The top 20 point earners after six regular season events qualify for the Semi-final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to Mohawk to compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. The other four division winners also made considerable leaps up the point standings. Meadow Seelster captured the first division with a gate-to-wire effort that saw her cruise home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mass Rail and Oh My Magic in 1:56.2. Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON engineered the win for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON and owner William Dixon of Caledon, ON. The Holiday Road daughter was also a Grassroots winner at Georgian Downs on July 14 and currently has 112 points in the race toward a Semi-final berth. Giona scored her first Grassroots win in the second division, also controlling the tempo from start to finish. The Angus Hall miss and trainer-driver Wayne MacLean of Chelmsford, ON crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Railee Priti and Roses In The Rain in 1:57.2 Jocelyne Menard of Chelmsford owns Giona, who jumped from 50 to 100 points with the win. In the third division, Allerage Star earned her first win of the season with a front-end effort that saw her sail under the wire three and one-half lengths ahead of Desis Dream and Summers Jewel in 1:56.1. The Angus Hall daughter was driven to the win by Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell. Howard Okukso Jr. of Vernon, NY conditions Allerage Star for Little E LLC of New York, NY, Arthur Geiger of Livingston, NJ, David Stolz of Columbus, OH and Jason Settlemoir of Cream Ridge, NJ. World Class Izzy and Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON claimed the remaining Grassroots trophy with a come-from-behind effort that saw them sweep home to a three length win in 1:56.2 Flexceptional and Hope Rises completed the top three. The win was the first ever for World Class Izzy, who is trained by Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon for owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin. The victory boosted the Muscle Mass daughter's Grassroots point total to 86. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Hanover Raceway on Sept. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday with a pair of $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The present and future of harness racing's pacing ranks will be on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. An All-Star group of 18 older pacers have been split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts has attracted 23 rookies separated into three $40,000 eliminations, while 12 two-year-old pacing fillies will contest a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest harness race and annually serves as one of the premier events in the sport. This year's 'Pacing Derby' once again has attracted the finest older pacers in the sport. The first elimination Saturday is highlighted by the red-hot State Treasurer (PP4, David Miller). The Dr. Ian Moore trainee enters his Derby elimination off back-to-back victories in the U.S. Pacing Championship and the Roll With Joe Stakes. State Treasurer has won six of 12 starts this season and earned over $500,000 to bring his career bankroll to north of $1.4 million. The Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off (PP7, Matt Kakaley) also enters the first elimination with plenty of confidence. The four-year-old pacer captured the Prix D'Ete last Sunday in Quebec and has hit the board in four of his last five starts. All Bets Off has banked over $400,000 this season to bring his career total to over $1.5 million. The second elimination features the richest Standardbred of all-time Foiled Again (PP5, Yannick Gingras). A winner of over $7.1 million, Foiled Again won the 2012 edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and a top-five finish in this Saturday's elimination will secure the 11-year-old his fifth appearance in the 'Pacing Derby' final. The Burke trainee finished second in last year's Derby and has finished no worse than third in his four Derby appearances. The second split will also feature the hottest horse on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit Shamballa (PP1, Rick Zeron). The Rick Zeron trainee has been dominating the Preferred level at Mohawk and enters his elimination on a five-race win streak. Known for his wicked closing speed, Shamballa will be making his first career Grand Circuit start. The five-year-old gelding has eight wins in 11 starts this season for $138,000 in earnings. Another notable in the second elimination is four-year-old JK Endofanera (PP7, Brett Miller), who will be making his first start at Mohawk since capturing the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on Saturday, September 5. The eliminations have been carded as races five and seven on Saturday. The Metro Pace has annually been the top race for two-year-old pacers and has severed as a launching pad to impressive careers for many greats. The first elimination Saturday will feature Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP5, Randy Waples). The son of Sportswriter is fresh off a victory in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and has three wins from four starts this season. Voracity is trained by Tony Alagna, who captured last year's Metro Pace with Artspeak. Alagna also sends out American Passport (PP6, Scott Zeron) in the first elimination and three other rookies (Highlandbeachycove, Racing Hill, Mindtrip) in the final two eliminations. The undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP6, Randy Waples) highlights the second elimination. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment captured his Nassagaweya split last Saturday with ease to improve to five for five. The Brad Maxwell trainee is the only undefeated rookie of the 23 entered in this year's Metro eliminations. The third and final Metro elimination will feature a field of seven rookies. The Catamount Kid (PP6, Jody Jamieson) will look to carry the momentum from his victory in last Saturday's Nassagaweya into his preliminary. The son of Well Said comes into the Metro on a two-race win streak for trainer Carl Jamieson. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line (PP3, Tim Tetrick), a two-time OSS Gold series winner, will look to rebound from a break in his most recent start in the final elimination. The son of Sportswriter has won three of five starts to begin his career. The top-three finishers from each elimination and a fourth-place finisher drawn by a lot will advance to the $685,000 Metro Pace final on Saturday, September 5. Two-year-old pacing fillies will also share the spotlight Saturday in a pair of eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes. Thatsoveryverynice (PP5, Jody Jamieson), an Eternal Camnation division winner, will highlight the first elimination. The daughter of Vintage Master has won three of four starts for trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna. The second split features Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP2, Randy Waples). The daughter of Bettor's Delight won her division of the Eternal Camnation Saturday to extend her current win streak to six starts in a row. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final on Saturday, September 5. The winners of each elimination Saturday will earn the right to select their post position for the final of their respective race. Post time for Saturday's star-studded 12-race card is 7:25 p.m. The full fields for all the stakes eliminations can be found below. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination 1 - Race 5 1. Ellis Park - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell 2. Piston Broke - Tim Tetrick - Rob Fellows 3. Bettorever - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 4. State Treasurer - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore 5. Mcwicked - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Captive Audience - Andrew McCarthy - Colin Johnson 7. All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 8. Luck Be Withyou - Luc Ouellette - Bill Cass 9. Bettors Edge - TBA - Ron Burke Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 2 - Race 7 1. Shamballa - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Mach It So - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 4. MelmerbyBeach - Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell 5. Foiled Again - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nirvana Seelster - Sylvain Filion - Bill Budd 7. JK Endofanera - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 8. LimelightBeach - TBA - Ron Burke 9. Clear Vision - Brett Miller - Ron Burke Metro Pace - Elimination 1 - Race 6 1. Bank Shot Hanover - Mark MacDonald - Daniel Renaud 2. Blayde Hanover - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 3. StonebridgeBeach - Stephane Pouliot - Stephane Larocque 4. Check Six - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Voracity - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. American Passport - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 7. Cruise Patrol - Sylvain Filion - Jimmy Takter 8. Nvestment Bluechip - Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary Metro Pace - Elimination 2 - Race 8 1. Carter Beach - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Highlandbeachycove - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 3. Sossys King Kong - Doug McNair - Richard Norman 4. Ideal Rocky - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen 5. Manny - Corey Callahan - Howard Okusko Jr. 6. Control The Moment - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell 7. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 8. Manhattan Beach - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke Metro Pace - Elimination 3 - Race 10 1. Mindtrip - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 2. Talk Show - John Campbell - Steve Elliott 3. Betting Line - Tim Tetrick - Casie Coleman 4. Pretty Boy Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Rodeo Rock - Randy Waples - Don Swick 6. The Catamount Kid - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Real Kid - Doug McNair - Larry Ainsworth Shes A Great Lady - Elimination 1 - Race 2 1. JK Fannie - Matt Kakaley - Nancy Johansson 2. Upside Surprise - Andrew McCarthy - Tony O'Sullivan 3. Albany Girl - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 4. Thisorthat Hanover - Tim Tetrick - James Dean 5. Thatsoveryverynice - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 6. Highland Rocksolid - TBA - Marty Fine Shes A Great Lady - Elimination 2 - Race 3 1. Ivy League - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 2. L A Delight - Randy Waples - Bob McIntosh 3. Show Time Hill - Andrew McCarthy - Tony Alagna 4. Three Dreams - James MacDonald - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 5. Darlinonthebeach - David Miller - Nancy Johansson 6. Blue Moon Stride - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 24, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack welcomed back the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday for their fourth Grassroots event and harness racing fans were treated to six impressive performances. Good Will Hanover scored the quickest win of the evening, romping to a 1:53.2 score in the second $18,000 division for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON. Starting from Post 6, the fan favourites sailed through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 and then accelerated away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory. Glorious Delight and Active Lady paced under the wire in second and third. "I just got her, about a month ago I guess," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "She came up from Truro, Nova Scotia, Danny Romo and Bernard "Pooker" McCallum were training her down there, and she came with a history of being pretty fiery. I guess she'd wrecked a couple of jog carts and been a little difficult." The Guelph, ON resident found the Big Jim daughter's warning label an accurate one, but he said she has started to improve with a steady diet of training and an introduction to racing. "The more I worked her, she just got better and better. She's gotten real good for me at the farm now, she's been excellent. She just seems to be a very excitable filly and it doesn't take much sometimes to set her off," said Dr. Moore. "She's kind of a handful, but she's definitely got a lot of speed and is a powerful filly. So other than being a bit fiery we have something to work with, that's for sure." Good Will Hanover, who was a $15,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale by GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS, won her career debut at Mohawk on Aug. 17 in 1:53.2 after one schooler and a pair of qualifiers over the Campbellville oval. Her connections will now have to decide whether to remain in the Grassroots program or make the leap up to the Gold Series for the last two regular season events. "Paul (MacDonell) said tonight, he said he thinks she's a Gold and he said he thought she could have went in 1:51 tonight, so If he's saying that, that's usually pretty good," noted Dr. Moore. "She impressed me the first time I went with her at Mohawk, that's for sure. "The girl next to me there tonight, she had a blue (Gold Series) cooler on, and I said we haven't got any blue ones this year we've just got the green (Grassroots) ones," continued Dr. Moore with a chuckle. "Hopefully this filly will get us a blue one." In addition to piloting Good Will Hanover to the quickest win of the night, MacDonell also crafted the second fastest mile with Party In Rome in the fourth division. The duo hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mayhem Seelster in a personal best 1:53.4. St Lads Smokin Hot was four lengths back in third. "Good Will Hanover was very strong tonight, and Party In Rome was a pleasant surprise and showed some high end ability," said MacDonell after his second Grassroots win. The win was the second straight for Party In Rome, who posted her first victory in an overnight event at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 19. Another daughter of first-year sire Big Jim, Party In Rome was a $17,000 acquisition from the Canadian Yearling Sale by Bill Manes of Rockwood, ON, William Cripps of Acton, ON and Steven Papillon of Rockwood. Gerald Lilley conditions the filly, who was making her second Grassroots and fourth lifetime start. Carl and Jody Jamieson teamed up to capture the last two Grassroots divisions with Im In Luv and Noone To Depend On. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson crafted a second-over trip for Im In Luv and the filly was able to reel in pacesetter Bad In Paradise in the stretch, halting the teletimer at 1:55.1. Favourite Bad In Paradise settled for second and Miss Print completed the top three. The win was the first this season for Badlands Hanover daughter Im In Luv, who was purchased by Rockwood, ON resident Carl Jamieson, Tom Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England for $19,000 at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. In the final Grassroots division the younger Jamieson and Noone To Depend On appeared to be locked in on the rail when the reinsman found a sliver of racetrack and the filly roared out from between horses to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Not Depressed and favourite Icthelight Hanover completed the top three. The win, Noone To Depend On's first of the season, was truly a family effort as the Santanna Blue Chip daughter is owned by Carl Jamieson and his daughter Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON. "They've been real tough luck fillies all year, both had small issues that caused them problems," said Jody Jamieson of Im In Luv and Noone To Depend On. "Both were much better tonight and it showed as they both were well meant winners." Division point leader Bourbon Seelster scored her third straight Grassroots victory in the first division on Monday. The Camluck miss and Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic got a pocket trip behind favourite Buttermilk Hanover and reeled in the pacesetter in the stretch to claim a two and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55. Dancin Inthe Nude got up for second, leaving Buttermilk Hanover to settle for third. Bourbon Seelster, flawless through three Grassroots appearances, is trained by Robert Manders for Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. The other Grassroots trophy went home with Sports Expert, who rocketed out of the backfield in the stretch to record her second victory. Favourite Divas Image finished one-half length back in second and Rosy Outlook was third in the 1:55.1 mile. The clocking was a personal best for Sports Expert, who won her first Grassroots trophy at Georgian Downs on July 19. Guelph resident Doug McNair pilots the Sportswriter daughter for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, ON, Touch Stone Farms of Guelph and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The two-year-old pacing fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fifth Grassroots event on Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Aug. 25 the Campbellville oval will welcome the three-year-old trotting fillies for their fifth Grassroots event. The trotting lasses will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10, with racing getting under way at 7:25 pm. Bourbon Seelster Good Will Hanover Sports Expert Party In Rome Im In Luv Noone To Depend On Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - Harness racing rookie pacers Voracity, The Catamount Kid & Control The Moment scored Grand Circuit victories Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the Nassagaweya Stakes. A group of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes. Voracity, a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold series winner, took his game to another level with a 1:51.2 victory in the opening division. Driven by Randy Waples, Voracity, the 6/5 favourite, got away second heading into the first turn, as Heavymetal Hanover hung up an opening-quarter of :27. In the second-quarter, Talk Show, the 3/2 second choice, came to the outside from fourth for driver Jack Moiseyev triggering Waples to pull the pocket and circle to the front. Talk Show cleared Voracity for the lead after a half of :56.1 and turned up the tempo taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Voracity came to the outside to set up a stretch duel between the top two choices. In the final-eighth, Voracity took the lead from a game Talk Show and prevailed by three-quarter of a length in a career-best 1:51.2. Heavymetal Hanover finished third, while Carter Beach was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity is co-owned and trained by Tony Alagna. The rookie pacer started his career two for two, but suffered his first defeat by a nose in his last outing. "He's been really good here on the Woodbine circuit," said Alagna, following the race. "We took him down to Rideau and he was second and I didn't think he raced as well as he had been. It was the first time he had shipped that kind of distance and I think it dulled him a little bit. Tonight Randy did a great job, he read the race just the way it was going to play out and the colt responded." Brad Grant and John Fodera share ownership of Voracity with Alagna. The OSS star now has three wins from four starts and earnings of $152,917. Voracity was a $47,000 yearling purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Sale. The Alagna trainee paid $4.50 to win. Voracity In the second division, Carl Jamieson trainee The Catamount Kid made a second-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a 1:52.1 victory. A son of Well Said, The Catamount Kid and driver Jody Jamieson showed early speed to get situated in third, as Sossys King Kong posted an opening-quarter of :27.3. In the second-quarter, Rodeo Rock and driver Waples circled to the front from second, but their lead was short-lived, as Jamieson sent The Catamount Kid to the front from third and reached the half in :56.4. Ideal Rocky, the 7/5 favourite, came first up around the final turn and got to the wheel of The Catamount Kid, but that was as close as anyone would get to the leader. The Catamount Kid charged home comfortably in :27.1 to score a two-length victory over Sossys King Kong. Ideal Rocky had to settle for third, while Mindtrip was fourth. The Catamount Kid is owned by Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, George Harrison and Brian Paquet. The rookie was a $67,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He was one of our top horses all winter," said Carl Jamieson, following the race. "He's good gaited, easy to work with and he's a really nice horse." The Catamount Kid now has two wins from four starts and a bankroll of $64,441. The clocking of 1:52.1 is a career-best for the Jamieson trainee. The Catamount Kid paid $8.40 to win. Catamount Kid Control The Moment improved to a perfect five for five with a strong 1:51.4 victory in the final division. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment and driver Waples took back at the start and got away in sixth. Manny cut the mile and posted opening fractions of :27.1 and :56.1. Down the backstretch, Control The Moment picked up the cover of Inspiration View and the two colts marched their way towards the leader around the final turn, as Manny posted a three-quarter time of 1:25. In the stretch, Control The Moment charged by his rivals with effortless strides and cruised home in :26.2 for the victory. American Passport finished up with a strong late-kick to finish second by a length, while Racing Hill and Manny were third and fourth, respectively. Control The Moment is trained by Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The rookie pacer was purchased for $47,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The driving victory for Waples was his third stakes victory on the card. Control The Moment increased his bankroll to $78,187 with the victory Saturday and also lowered his career-mark by two-fifths of a second. The Maxwell trainee paid $2.80 to win. Control The Moment All three Nassagaweya division winners are eligible to the eliminations of the Metro Pace next Saturday. Two-year-old pacing fillies were also in action Saturday in two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. In the $110,361 first division, Thatsoveryverynice continued the strong evening for the Alagna stable with a 1:51.4 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the even-money favourite, got away fifth heading into the first turn and sat in that position until nearing the half. Blue Moon Stride, the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, made a second-quarter brush to the lead, but was quickly confronted by Twin B Thong. Thatsoveryverynice was left first up around the final turn, as Twin B Thong took the field by the third-quarter in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Thatsoveryverynice powered by Twin B Thong to take the lead. Blue Moon Stride couldn't find room up the rail and swung to the far outside to make a late bid, but came up a length short of Thatsoveryverynice. Twin B Thong held on for third, while Three Dreams was fourth. An Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice set an OSS record of 1:51.2 in her career debut and has two Gold victories on her resume. The daughter of Vintage Master suffered her first loss last week at Georgian. "She's done nothing wrong all along," said Jamieson, following the race. "Last week was more my fault, just kind of fighting her at the gate. Tonight she was a different horse. Tony brought her in right where she was perfect and went up to the gate and did all the work." Thatsoveryverynice is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Marvin Katz. She now has a record of three wins from four starts and earnings of $125,315. Thatsoveryverynice returned $4.30 to win. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to six in a row with a 1:51.4 victory in the $112,130 second division. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, L A Delight floated off the gate to get away in sixth, while Darlinonthebeach sprinted to the opening-quarter in :26.1. Darlinonthebeach was unchallenged in the second-quarter and took the field by the half in :55.1. Shes Lights Out came out from third to challenge first up around the final turn, while L A Delight was making up ground on the outside and tipped three-wide at the three-quarter pole In the stretch, L A Delight roared by her rivals and pulled away with every stride under a hand drive from Waples to win by jusy over 4 lengths. Show Time Hill came through to finish second, while Darlinonthebeach and Keystone Paula were third and fourth, respectively. L A Delight now has six wins in a row and had been doing most of the work on the front end, but Waples decided to change things up Saturday. "There was a couple of them that were really hot behind the gate and it just seemed to me that if I went with them we were going to see some really serious fractions and I was going to be in a position I didn't want to be," said Waples. "I was able to stay out of the real speed stuff at the start and it just worked out." L A Delight is co-owned and trained by Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Bettor's Delight has been undefeated since dropping her career debut and already has two OSS Gold victories to her name. "As bad as it sounds you kind of expect it out of Bob's barn because he gives you so many nice horses to drive," said Waples. "She's extremely fast and she's perfect gaited, but I guess the biggest thing is she has a real winning attitude." C S X Stables and Al McIntosh are also part of the filly's ownership group. L A Delight now has six wins from seven starts and earnings of $161,145. The clocking of 1:51.4 established a new career-best. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $3.30. L A Delight Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight are both eligible to next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The draw for the eliminations of both the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will take place this Tuesday. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 21, 2015 - In the second last regular season Grassroots event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, Western Bayama proved he belongs at the top of the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Starting from Post 8 in the last of four $18,000 Grassroots divisions, Western Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion used enough power to land in fourth on the rail as favourites Jody Jamieson and Sporting The Look zipped out to a :27.2 opening quarter. As the pacesetters reached the :57 half, Filion fired Western Bayama up the outer lane and took clear command of the lead before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Turning for home with a three and one-half length lead, Western Bayama and Filion sailed under the wire one and a half lengths on top in 1:52.3, a new personal best for the colt. Dialamara and Sporting The Look attempted to rally in the stretch, but had to settle for second and third. "Western Bayama was very good tonight. We might have caught Jody off guard," said Milton, ON resident Filion about his third-quarter sweep to the front. "He's a nice little horse with a lot of speed, and he's very handy. "I've got to give trainer Stephane Larocque credit for having him fresh and good," added the reinsman, who currently tops the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with 400 points. Carlisle, ON resident Larocque conditions Western Bayama for owner-breeders Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. Through the first five Grassroots events the colt has posted three wins, one second and one fourth for a total of 183 points. Western Bayama Driver Randy Waples and trainer Bob McIntosh took two of the other three Grassroots divisions, teaming up with Artful Way in the second split and Thinkofagameplan in the third. Starting from Post 5, Artful Way rang up all the fractions on his way to a 1:52.3 clocking, digging in down the stretch to hold off mild favourite Mach Code and claim the half-length victory. Twin B Scandal finished two lengths back in third. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh bred, owns and trains Artful Way, who jumped to second in the division standings with the win, also his third in Grassroots action. In addition to his trio of wins, the Artistic Fella son has one third and one fifth for a total of 167 points. In the third division Milton, ON resident Waples once again opted to control the tempo and fan favourite Thinkofagameplan rolled along through fractions of :27.1, :57 and 1:26 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory over Filion and Ace Of Clubs in 1:53.2. The Fire Within was one and one-quarter lengths behind the leaders in third. Friday's win came in Thinkofagameplan's first appearance in the Grassroots program. The Ponder colt started his Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, logging one third, one fourth and one seventh before McIntosh decided to alter course. The Hall of Fame horseman shares ownership of the homebred with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. Artful Way Thinkofagameplan Favourite Southwind Indy posted the fastest time of the four Grassroots divisions, sailing under the wire in a personal best 1:51.3 to kick off the evening's Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Sportswriter gelding and driver Steve Condren bested Make Some Luck by one and three-quarter lengths, with Waples and McIntosh trainee Regal Sight rounding out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren crafted the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON, West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON and breeder Southwind Farms LLC of Pennington, NJ. In four Grassroots starts Southwind Indy has two wins, one second and one third for 137 points and sole ownership of fifth spot in the division standings. Southwind Indy The top 20 colts in the standings following the regular season finale at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 2 will qualify for the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will secure a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

Deep Impact followed up his second leg triumph with a gate to wire victory at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk on Thursday night in the final of the Define The World series. A field of seven rookie trotters contested the $35,600 final of the three-week series event. The Brad Maxwell trainee Deep Impact was sent off as the 3/2 favourite after posting a second-place finish and a victory in the preliminary legs. The son of Donato Hanover left from post seven with driver Steve Condren and trotted out to front to post an opening-quarter of :29.4. Deep Impact continued to call the shots through the middle-half posting panels of :58.2 and 1:27.3.  Bucketlist Hanover, also a Maxwell trainee, challenged first up around the final turn, while Blenheim tracked along in the two-hole. In the stretch, the Deep Impact pulled away from his rivals and trotted home smoothly in :28.3 for a 3 ½ length victory in 1:56. Lean Hanover rallied from fifth for second, while Bucketlist Hanover and Blenheim finished third and fourth, respectively. Deep Impact is owned by Maxwell, Van Camp Trotting Corp, Tim Murray and Doug Millard and was a $65,000 yearling purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The rookie trotter now has a record of two wins from three starts and earnings of $26,800. Deep Impact's clocking of 1:56.1 knocked a full-second off his previous career-mark. A $2 win ticket on the Maxwell trainee returned $5. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - For harness racing trainer James 'Friday' Dean, Saturday can't come soon enough. Stealing headlines with freshman pacer Thisorthat Hanover since her racing debut in June, Dean's filly is poised to strike next in the first division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. When Dean and long time owner Scott Horner headed to the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last year, they had reviewed the catalogue meticulously. Their thoughtful preparation led to the purchase of a filly who would go on to become one of the top contenders in her division. "Scott generally has his picks based on pedigree and the videos. We go and look at them in Harrisburg and I think we looked at half a dozen or eight horses," said Dean. "All he said to me at the end was 'who do you really want?' and I said this filly and he bought her. "Everything about her, her video was awesome and she had a lot of leg under her, a really nice body, everything was correct about her. I knew we'd have to pay for her but I didn't think he'd go that much, but Scott wanted her as much as I did." When the gavel fell on Hip #161 in Harrisburg, the price stood at $110,000. With $67,900 in the bank so far, she is well on her way to making good on his investment. Scott Horner has been one of Dean's key owners in the last ten years since he started out on his own in 2005. Along with brother, Clay Horner, the pair have bred and owned many horses of note throughout the years. Among them was the beloved pint-sized pacing sensation, Doonbeg. "Scott comes to the barn two or three times a week. He likes putting his horses away and jogging them and all that. He enjoys coming down and going with his horses, he's a very hands on owner. As for Horner's most recent investment, Thisorthat Hanover continued to impress every step of the way heading into her two-year-old season. Though Dean was confident in her progress, he was unwilling to make any early judgments. "She was perfect prepping for this season, she never did anything wrong, she just did all her lessons well. She never gave us any problems as we brought her along. I don't think you really know how they'll do based on training, you can train them down and you can think they're going to be a nice horse but until you actually race them, they can disappoint you. Or, they go in the other direction and surprise you." In her second lifetime start, the Sportswriter filly blasted her way to the front, striding to the quarter in 26.1 and the half in 55.4. Maintaining her lead to the three-quarter pole, she was overtaken coming into the stretch by Thatsoveryverynice, who went on to stop the clock in an Ontario Sires Stakes record-setting mile of 1:51.2. "She was a little warm that night, she was hitting the bike and she just took off like a rocket. Randy (Waples) had his hands full, he could never get her quiet after that so we put in some earplugs and a different check bit and she's been good since." With four starts under her belt, Thisorthat Hanover has come to establish herself as a vicious contender on the front end, pacing her way to the top by the half in every start. In her most recent start, Dean's filly relinquished the lead to Mark Steacy trained filly Bernadette in the third-quarter. In the stretch, Thisorthat Hanover challenged Bernadette on the outside, but was interfered with and sent off stride finishing second. However, the interference infraction by Bernadette vaulted Thisorthat Hanover from second to first. "In her last start, Randy said that with the way she was, he could have sat in with her third if he wanted to but he chose to be on the front. She's really good; he said she was going to win anyways. " Heading into Saturday's Eternal Camnation Stakes, Dean plans to give his filly a quiet week. "This is the first time she's raced back to back two weeks in a row, so generally I don't train them hard when they're racing weekly." Waples will once again take up the lines this week, leaving from post four in the third race on the card. She will be up for a rematch with Thatsoveryverynice, as well as New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Blue Moon Stride, who heads into Saturday with four straight victories. Dean isn't setting anything in stone, but a good effort Saturday will mean more Grand Circuit action for 'Thisorthat'. "After this we're playing it by ear, with these young horses, anything can happen," said Dean. "If she races good on Saturday, she's got the Shes A Great Lady the following week and then her Sires Stakes obligations." Dean also sends out Peg in the second division of the Eternal Camnation, drawing the two-hole with Phil Hudon in the bike. The Dragon Again filly will face stiff competition in the form of L A Delight, who carries a five race win streak into Saturday's event. With a mark of 1:56.3 taken at Mohawk, she has shown speed of 1:54.4 and promises to be a contender. As for where 'Friday' will be on Saturday night, he will be heading on to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with Split the House when 'Thisorthat' is scheduled to race, warming up for The Battle of the Brandywine. Co-owned by Scott Horner, Peter Milligan and Dean, the Rocknroll Hanover colt has stormed onto the scene in his three-year-old season. Absent at two due to injury, he has made up for lost time in proving himself to be one to watch as the year progresses. Sweeping the Summertime Series at Mohawk, he heads into the 'Battle' off a career-best 1:48.3 victory in the New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands on July 25. Going up against many of the horses he saw in the Pepsi North America Cup elimination, like winner Wakizashi Hanover, this time around, Dean believes his horse will be an even stronger contender. "He's good right now. He may still be a bit of an unknown because we haven't raced against those horses a whole lot. In the North America Cup, I don't know if he was mentally ready for that race. There's not much we could do about it, we had four starts and won them all handily so we gave him a shot. It didn't work out but he's rebounded, got a nice trip at the Meadowlands with a sweet drive and everything worked out. "I think he could be a Grand Circuit horse, we never ever questioned his ability. It's tough for a horse that doesn't race as a two-year-old to go in his fifth lifetime start and be in with the crème de la crème. He didn't race bad in his (Cup) elimination, he was only beat three lengths but I don't think he was quite ready for it." Split the House will have John Campbell in the bike Saturday, who will be making his return to racing after a three-week hiatus with a broken wrist. "I tried to get Brian Sears or Yannick Gingras for him on Saturday, but Brian originally said he wasn't coming down and Yannick has his Burke obligations. John (Campbell) is a good fit for any horse, I didn't know if he was coming back Saturday. When I saw that he would be, I gave him a call and he said he'd be glad to drive the colt. "He's been lucky so far with the draws. He'll make a good race out of it and he's got 'The Master' driving, so hopefully it'll all work out." Thisorthat Hanover and Split the House are two of the many horses in Dean's stable that have the trainer en route to a banner year. Despite having posted less than sixty starts in 2015, Dean has put up a 17-7-7 record with his stable so far, maintaining a 0.400 training average. "I think it's simply better horses," said Dean. "Split the House, we knew he was a nice colt last year and unfortunately he cracked a bone and couldn't prove it, so he's doing it this year. I don't race very many horses. Just overall better quality horses this year and I'm really, really happy to have them." Saturday night features a strong group of juvenile pacers contesting two divisions of the Eternal Camnation and three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes, both offering an opportunity for final preparations before the Shes A Great lady and the Metro Pace eliminations on August 29. The first race Saturday goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

A strong group of rookie pacers will arrive at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (August 22) to contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation serve as final preps for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations on Saturday, August 29. A total of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya. The first division features Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP2, Randy Waples). The Tony Alagna trainee recently suffered his first defeat by a nose, but brings a record of two wins from three starts into Saturday's contest. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity scored both of his victories in OSS Gold action and is the richest horse in this year's Nassagaweya with $113,750 banked. Also in the first split is the speedy Steve Elliott trainee Talk Show (PP1, Jack Moiseyev). The son of Art Major also has two wins from three starts and sports a mark of 1:52.1 taken in his career debut at The Meadowlands. The second division features the undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP5, Randy Waples). The Brad Maxwell trainee will be making his first start since winning the Dream Maker series final on August 3 and improving to a perfect four for four to start his career. Control The Moment is a son of 2009 Pepsi North America Cup winner Well Said. The third and final split will be highlighted by New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Ideal Rocky (PP1, Andrew McCarthy). The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by John Butenschoen and has a record of three wins from five starts for earnings of $75,000. Ideal Rocky won his most recent start on August 7 at The Meadowlands in 1:52.4 with a :26.1 final-quarter. The Nassagaweya has an impressive list of past winners, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Real Desire, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Big Jim and Captaintreacherous. Artpseak, who won a division last year, went on to win the 2014 Metro Pace. The Nassagaweya divisions will be contested as Races 2, 4 and 10 on Saturday's 12-race card. A group of 15 rookie pacing fillies have been split into two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. The $110,631 first division will see a field of seven line up and features three OSS Gold winners. Twin B Thong (PP1, Steve Condren), Thatsoveryverynice (PP3, Jody Jamieson) and Thisorthat Hanover (PP4, Randy Waples) have all tasted success at the top level locally and will look for their first Grand Circuit victory. Blue Moon Stride (PP2, Andrew McCarthy), the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, will also line up in the first split. The Mark Harder trainee enters the Eternal Camnation with a record of four wins from five starts and earnings of just under $110,000. Blue Moon Stride suffered her only loss in her career debut. A field of eight will contest the $112,130 second division and the Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP5, Randy Waples) will put her five-race win streak on the line. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight has built up an impressive resume with victories in two OSS Gold events and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar series. The McIntosh trainee, who suffered her only loss in her career debut, has compiled a bankroll of $105,080. Similar to the Nassagaweya, the Eternal Camnation Stakes has a strong group of past winners, including last year's Horse of the Year JK Shesalady. The Eternal Camnation splits have been carded as Races 3 and 9. Post time Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Nassagaweya - Division 1 - Race 2 1. Talk Show (Art Major) - J. Moiseyev - S. Elliott 2. Voracity (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 3. Heavymetal Hanover (Up The Credit) - M. Saftic - J. Darling 4. Blayde Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 5. Bottom Deals (American Ideal) - S. Condren - L. Toscano 6. Carter Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 7. Adrian Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - L. Ouellette - W. Cass Nassagaweya - Division 2 - Race 4 1. Rock Power (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 2. Inspiration View (Shadow Play) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Racing Hill (Roll With Joe) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 4. Manny (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - H. Okusko Jr. 5. Control The Moment (Well Said) - Ra. Waples - B. Maxwell 6. Real Kid (Real Desire) - D. McNair - L. Ainsworth 7. American Passport (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna Nassagaweya - Division 3 - Race 10 1. Ideal Rocky (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - J. Butenschoen 2. Rodeo Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) - Ra. Waples - D. Swick 3. Mindtrip (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Sossys King Kong (Dragon Again) - D. McNair - R. Norman 5. The Catamount Kid (Well Said) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 6. Cruise Patrol (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - J. Takter 7. Max Is Back (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - P. MacDonell   Eternal Camnation - Division 1 - Race 3 1. Twin B Thong (Sportswriter) - S. Condren - C. Coleman 2. Blue Moon Stride (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Thatsoveryverynice (Vintage Master) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Thisorthat Hanover (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - J. Dean 5. Three Dreams (Mach Three) - J. MacDonald - J. Bamond Jr. 6. Betty Hill (Bettors Delight) - J. MacDonald - C. Auciello 7. JK Fannie (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - N. Johansson Eternal Camnation - Division 2 - Race 9 1. Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - N. Johansson 2. Peg (Dragon Again) - Ph. Hudon - J. Dean 3. Stonebridge Pearl (Mach Three) - TBA - G. McNair 4. Shes Lights Out (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - K. Sucee 5. L A Delight (Bettors Delight) - Ra. Waples - R. McIntosh 6. Keystone Paula (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - E. Miller 7. Show Time Hill (Rocknroll Hanover) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 8. Bernadette (Big Jim) - J. Jamieson - M. Steacy Mark McKelvie  

Throughout his career Luck O The Irish has been a consistent player on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit, but the three-year-old trotting colt has recently found a new gear, posting his third straight victory and his first Gold Series win of the season at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday. "I'll tell you what it is, he's a big-strided colt and he's finally developed power to drive his stride," said trainer Tom Durand of the colt's win streak. "He always had the big stride, but he just couldn't power it, and it's just like all of a sudden it kind of clicked." "The combination of that and starting to race him a little more aggressively, once he saw the front end there a few starts ago he kind of woke up," added the Puslinch, ON resident, who trains the colt for his wife June Durand. Luck O The Irish found the winner's circle for the first time this season off a front-end effort in a July 28 non-winners of two races contest at Mohawk, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.2. Two weeks later he lowered his personal best to 1:54.4, winning a three-year-old conditioned event crowded with his Gold Series peers. On Monday, starting from Post 5 in the second $70,000 Gold division, driver Sylvain Filion powered the colt off the gate and landed in third on the rail. Rubber Duck rang up the :27 opening quarter, but he was not in charge for long as Milton, ON resident Filion moved Luck O The Irish to the front. The fan favourites led the field to a :55.4 half and a 1:25.4 three-quarters and then Luck O The Irish demonstrated some grit, holding off the pocket-sitting Rubber Duck to record a quarter length victory in a personal best 1:53.3. Boli finished well behind the leaders in third. "His form's coming really good, a new lifetime mark three weeks in a row now, so it probably won't happen again," said Durand with a chuckle. In 11 starts this season Luck O The Irish has tallied three wins, four seconds and one third for earnings of $80,040. At two the colt captured one Gold Leg, finished second three times and third once in nine starts, for earnings of $141,210. A homebred by Holiday Road and out of Kavita, the consistent youngster has become one of the Durand's favourites. "He was a very shy boy as a yearling, very shy." I wouldn't say nervous, but very shy." And I think for that reason I didn't have people begging to be partners on him." He didn't strike you as a brave horse that would be such a good racehorse," recalled the trainer. "Other than that he's been pretty straightforward." "He's kind of a dream horse in many ways, we kind of love him." Monday's win, added to the second, sixth and ninth Luck O The Irish posted in the first three Gold Legs, give the colt a total of 78 points and put him among the top 10 point earners with one regular season event remaining. Last year's division champion Dont Rush earned his second Gold trophy of the sophomore campaign with a three and one-half length triumph in Monday's first Gold division. The Infinitif colt lowered his personal best to 1:53.2 with the victory over Madman Hall and Olympic Son. Trainer-driver Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON shares ownership of Dont Rush with Greg Judson of Athens, ON. Through six starts this season the colt now has three wins and one third for earnings of $104,160, boosting his lifetime earnings to $401,145. With two wins and one fifth in Gold Series action, Dont Rush sits in second spot in the standings with 105 points. Eternal Quest leapt to top spot in the division standings with a 1:53.4 score in the final division. Sylvain Filion picked up his second Gold Series win, and fourth of the evening, steering Eternal Quest through deep stretch traffic to nab the neck victory over Covert Operative and Platoon Seelster. Guelph, ON resident Chad Milner conditions Eternal Quest for Murray Ferguson Jr. of Sutton West. In eight starts the Pilgrims Taj son has three wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $114,440. In four Ontario Sires Stakes appearances Eternal Quest has one Grassroots win, two Gold Series wins and one runner-up result in the Gold Series. He currently leads the division with 125 points. The three-year-old trotting colts wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on September 28. The top 10 point earners from the regular season will return to the Campbellville oval for their $250,000 Super Final on October 10. Ontario Horse Racing

A John Bax trained filly can never be overlooked and once again Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack that statement rang true in the final of the Pure Ivory series. A field of ten rookie trotting fillies contested the $35,400 final of the Pure Ivory series. Fresh off her victory in last week's second leg, Pennies From Above was sent off as the 3/5 choice for trainer/driver Dustin Jones. Thisladysdynamite, the first leg winner, shot out to the lead from post ten and posted an opening panel of :28.2. Sound Of Music circled around the leader in the second-quarter from the two-hole to take the field by the half in :58.4. Pennies From Above, who was situated fifth through the opening half, was able to catch the cover of Safekeeping to be second-over at the three-quarter pole. Bax trainee Hills Angel and driver Paul MacDonell got into the outer flow and sat third-over turning for home at odds of 25-1. In the stretch, Pennies From Above flipped off her cover and charged to the lead, but Hills Angel stuck right with the favourite for the stretch drive and eventually overtook the lead in the final sixteenth to score the upset by a length in 1:58.4. Rose Run Reanna got up for third, while Thisladysdynamite took fourth. The upset victory was the first career score for Hills Angel in her fourth start. The daughter of Muscle Hill is owned by Bax Stable - Glengate Farms and was a $40,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. The series finale victory boosts Hills Angel's earnings to $21,300 and the Bax trainee is eligible to the Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes later this season at Mohawk. A $2 win ticket on Hills Angel returned $55.60. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 17 - Fans catching harness racing from Mohawk Racetrack this week will hear a familiar voice calling the action. Beginning this evening, former Woodbine Entertainment announcer Frank Salive will be calling the races all week at Mohawk. Salive was the full-time Standardbred announcer at WEG from 1991 to 2005. A legendary voice in Canadian harness racing, Salive will jump back into the booth and call Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action this evening. He will wrap up his week on Saturday by calling the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. Fans can watch and listen to live racing through Horseplayer Interactive or by visiting www.MohawkRacetrack.com Post time all week is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Heading into Friday night's three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack harness racing driver Sylvain Filion had a 22 point lead on Trevor Henry in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings. Early in the evening Henry looked to have gained ground with a pair of wins in Gold Series action at Grand River Raceway, but Filion scored a driving double of his own, capturing the first two Grassroots divisions at Mohawk. Starting from Post 6 in the first $18,000 division, Filion fired Ainsleynoelle to the front and the filly rolled through fractions of :27.3, :57.3 and 1:26 without facing a challenge. All alone turning for home, Ainsleynoelle and Filion paced under the wire four and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mystery Writer and favourite OK Heavenly, stopping the clock at 1:53.3. Milton, ON resident Filion engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson and owners Debbie Element of Rockwood, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. It was the second Grassroots win of the season for Jeremes Jet daughter Ainsleynoelle, who now boasts a point total of 104. Ainsleynoelle Filion was right back in the winner's circle after the next race, guiding fan favourite Southwind Geisha to a 1:51.4 result that saw her control the pace over a rain-soaked track rated one second slower than normal. Machmeter finished three and one-half lengths back second and Pinot Grigio was well back third. Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON trains Southwind Geisha for his partners Limco Inc. of Chateauguay, QC and Otnevram Inc. of Saint-Leonard, QC. In her first three Grassroots starts the Sportswriter daughter posted a pair of seconds and one third, giving her a point total of 112 and ownership of second spot in the division standings. Southwind Geisha Filion looked poised for a third Grassroots victory with Northern Starlet in Race 6 when lightly rated Jody Jamieson and OK Hallelujah roared up the inside and stole a one and one-quarter length win. Favourites Filion and Northern Starlet settled for second, with Pinky Tuscadero third in the 1:53.4 mile. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Sportswriter daughter OK Hallelujah to her first Grassroots win for trainer Mark Steacy and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. Driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON also used the inside lane to land Evas Girl in the winner's circle following the fourth division. The Rambaran filly bested Warrawee Qually and favourite Lovely Erin by three and three-quarter lengths, stopping the teletimer at 1:53.4. Isaac Waxman trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. The win gives Evas Girl a record of one win and one third in two Grassroots starts for a total of 62 points. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Glamour Seelster's connections, who cheered their filly to a two and one-quarter length victory over favourite Dublin Rose and OK Heartbeat. The Jeremes Jet daughter, in rein to Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair, paced under the wire in 1:53.3 to record her fifth lifetime win and first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Gregg McNair of Guelph conditions Glamour Seelster for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The three-year-old pacing fillies now head to Georgian Downs for their fifth Grassroots start on August 29. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, August 17 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will be featured in races 1, 2, and 9, with the first race getting under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Harness racing driver Phil Hudon reached the 4,000 win plateau on Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Hudon, who came into racing action Thursday just win one shy of the milestone, guided pacer New York Nightmare to victory in the evening's third race to record his 4,000th win. A resident of Guelph, Hudon, 40, has been a regular on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit for more than 15 years. Over the course of his career, Hudon has recorded 12 $2 million seasons and has driven the winners of over $48 million. Hudon's biggest victories of his career came with millionaire pacer Big Jim, as he guided the son of Western Ideal to victories in the $600,000 Breeders Crown and $709,000 Governors Cup in 2010. Another prominent victory for Hudon was in the 2007 Gold Cup and Saucer with Silent Swing. He was also the regular driver behind Mister Big during his two and three-year-old seasons. Last season, Hudon recorded his highest win total since 2006 with 199 victories and earnings of over $2.2 million. Hudon currently has 73 wins and over $1.1 million in earnings in 2015. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Phil on the milestone and wish him continued success. Mark McKelvie  

After coming up a half-length short in leg one, Deep Impact wasn't messing around Thursday evening at  the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in round two of the Define The World series. A field of seven rookie trotters contested the $12,000 second leg of the three-week series event. The Brad Maxwell trainees Bucketlist Hanover and Deep Impact finished first and second, respectively, in the first leg and both were factors once again Thursday. Bucketlist Hanover was sent off as the even-money favourite, but got away seventh and last heading into the first turn, while Deep Impact was situated fourth. In the second-quarter, driver Steve Condren sent Deep Impact to the lead and grabbed control from Dancers Touch at the half in :59.3. Bucketlist Hanover and driver Trevor Henry came charging up on the outside around the final turn, but were forced three-wide before the three-quarter pole when Dancers Touch came out of the pocket to challenge Deep Impact. After a three-quarter time of 1:29.1, Dancers Touch went off-stride in the stretch, while Deep Impact extended his lead over Bucketlist Hanover. Deep Impact finished off the mile with a :27.4 final-quarter to score his first-career win by a length and a half. Lean Hanover made a late charge to get up for second ahead of Bucketlist Hanover. A son of Donato Hanover, Deep Impact is owned by Van Camp Trotting Corp, Timothy Murray, Doug Millard and Maxwell. He was a $65,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. Deep Impact now has a victory and a runner-up finish in two career starts and earnings of $9,000. A $2 win ticket on the Maxwell trainee paid $12.10. The final of the Define The World series will take place next Thursday (August 20). Mark McKelvie

The Pure Ivory series continued Monday night at the harness racing meeting at  Mohawk Racetrack with two $12,000 divisions. The rookie trotting fillies had to deal with fog and a track rated two seconds off due to showers that started in the afternoon and carried into the evening's races. In the first division, Safekeeping went gate to wire to win her career debut for driver Jack Moiseyev and trainer Charalambos Christoforou. The daughter of Muscle Hill was sent to the front by Mosieyev to grab the early lead in the field of six. Rose Run Reanna, who finished second in the first leg, was pressing at the leader around the first turn, but made a break and left the ball in the court of Safekeeping. The Christoforou trainee posted fractions of :31.1, 1:03.1 and 1:33, over the track rated as "Good", before trotting home comfortably in :29 for the 1 ¼ length victory in 2:02. Hills Angel, who was third turning for home, trotted home in :28 to finish second, while Crazy Wild Desire sprinted home in :27.3 to get up for third. Safekeeping, who is owned and bred by Banjo Farms and Christoforou, had qualified twice before making her career debut Monday. The victory earned her a $6,000 pay day in her career debut, while the clocking of 2:02 was a fifth slower than her mark of 2:01.4 taken in a baby race. A $2 win ticket on Safekeeping returned $4.90. The second division featured Thisladysdynamite, the opening leg winner, in a scratched down field of five. Despite finishing third in the opening leg, the public made Dustin Jones trainee Pennies From Above the 3/5 favourite over Thisladysdynamite. Driven by Jones, Pennies From Above got away in third just behind Thisladysdynamite, but the opening leg winner made a quick move in the second-quarter to the front for driver Doug McNair. After posting panels of 1:01.2 and 1:32.1, Thisladysdynamite led the field into the lane with Pennies From Above coming to the far outside to take a shot at the leader. The Jones trainee powered her way up beside Thisladysdynamite in mid-stretch and pulled ahead in the final eighth to win by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.1. Sound Of Music finished third. A daughter of Cantab Hall, Pennies From Above is owned by Jean Pierre Barjon of Vanves, France. The rookie trotting filly is a full-sister to O'Brien Award winner Wheeling N Dealin and was purchased for $120,000 as a yearling at last year's Harrisburg Sale. Monday's maiden breaking victory came in just the second career start for Pennies From above and increases her earnings to $7,440. She paid $3.40 to win. The $35,400 Pure Ivory series final will take place next Monday (August 17). Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 7, 2015 - Deweylovernleaver eked out a second straight Gold Series harness racing victory by less than a length at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening. The two-year-old trotting colt and driver Trevor Henry hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Dewey Dont Cheat and Zlatan in the second of three $70,000 Gold Series divisions. The fan favourites controlled the tempo for much of the mile and halted the Mohawk teletimer at 1:57.1, a new personal best for the young trotter. "I think he is a little bit lazy," said trainer Chris Beaver of the trotter's narrow margin of victory. "He can grab onto the bit pretty good, but once he gets into the mile he does seem like he only gives you what he needs to." Deweylovernleaver earned his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy in the second Gold Leg at Georgian Downs on July 21, reaching the wire just a head in front of Will Take Charge in 1:57.4. In the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk on July 13 the Deweycheatumnhowe son was a hard-closing fourth, and in his only other outing he finished third in a two-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on July 2. A $12,000 purchase out of the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the colt has already accumulated $80,080 in earnings. "He's always been real good, he's been a pretty easy horse to train, and he's always shown a lot of talent," said Beaver, who shares ownership of Deweylovernleaver with Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON and Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. "I thought back in February that he was the best colt I had." Based on the colt's performance in early season training miles, Beaver and his partners left the door open for Deweylovernleaver to tackle the best in North America this fall. "He's well staked," said the Delaware, Ohio-based trainer. "I guess we'll take that as we go, but he's staked to the Wellwood, and the Breeders Crown, and I believe even the Matron, so he's got lots. I thought he was good all along, we staked him well." Before he gets takes a run at any open stake events, Deweylovernleaver - and his two-year-old trotting colt peers - will make his fourth Gold Series start at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 14. Deweylovernleaver All three colts that captured Gold Series trophies at Mohawk on Friday had already enjoyed success in the Ontario Sires Stakes this season. A winner in the season opener, Adored By Masses returned to the Mohawk winner's circle with a late sprint that powered him past pacesetters Smoke Monkey and V For Victory. In rein to Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion, Adored By Masses hit the wire two and one-half lengths on top in 1:57.4. Erv Miller conditions Adored By Masses for Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Mystical Marker Farms LLC of Dyer, IN. In addition to his July 13 victory, the son of Muscle Mass and Armbro Adored posted a runner-up result in the July 21 Gold event and won two conditioned events, the first at Pocono Downs on June 21 and the second at Georgian Downs on July 4. Adored By Masses With two wins and a second in Gold Series action, Adored By Masses leads the two-year-old trotting colt division with 125 points. He is followed by Tony Soprano, the winner of the third division on Friday, with 112 points, and Deweylovernleaver with 108 points. Tony Soprano posted the quickest mile of the three Gold Series divisions on Friday, sailing along on the front end to a one and one-quarter length victory over Will Take Charge and Dunvegan Don in a personal best 1:56.4. Milton resident Randy Waples engineered the Kadabra son's second straight Gold victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Mardon Stables of Loretto, ON, Paradox Farm Inc. of Caledon East, ON and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. In his only other start, the July 13 Gold opener at Mohawk, Tony Soprano finished third. Tony Soprano The talented two-year-old trotting colts have two events remaining on their regular season calendar, August 14 at Grand River Raceway and Sept. 29 at Mohawk. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 10 with five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

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