Three-year-old fillies found themselves in the spotlight Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack, as the Rexdale, Ontario oval hosted the opening leg of the Autumn Series for pacers and trotters. A pair of divisions for trotters and a trio of splits – each of them worth $15,000 - went postward on the 12-race card, and wind was a hindrance to those fillies in the final quarter of their respective assignments. Samira Hanover, who made breaks in her last two pari-mutuel outings, was forced to requalify on October 30 for trainer Mike Keeling. She was on her best behaviour that morning at Mohawk Racetrack, and she was just as much of a professional in this evening’s pari-mutuel assignment under the lights. The daughter of Kadabra-Southern Puff got away sixth from her Post 7 starting spot, and that allowed Alluring K to hustled to the front and chop out splits of :28.2, :59 and 1:28.2. Samira Hanover tipped out to catch cover in the backstretch before making a three-wide moving at the mid-way point of the final turn for driver Paul MacDonell. She kicked home in a :29-second clip to win by 2-1/2 lengths over Candida in 1:58.3. Fathers Amigo trotted home late to finish third. P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, William B Weaver III, Steve D Organ and A K Malik Stable share ownership on the photogenic filly who improved this year’s record to 4-2-4 from 13 starts with the win. Her share of the $15,000 purse lifted her lifetime loot to $59,980. Be Winnin also used an off-the-speed approach to winning her division for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Glenn Lalonde. The daughter of Angus Hall-Brenda B Winnin got away fourth and watched Ocean Mist Beauty sail through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28. Be Winnin was third at the half, and improved to be second on the outside at the three-quarter pole before using a :30-second kicker to win by 1-1/2 lengths over I Like My Kaddy in 1:58.1. Ocean Mist Beauty faded late and settled for third. Owned and bred by Robert J Key of Leechburg, Pennsylvania, Be Winnin won for just the second time this season in 14 starts. The three-time winner has banked $37,448 to date. In the first division for the pacing fillies it was Lutetia Semalu pulling off a 10-1 upset for the team of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Richard Moreau. The daughter of Million Dollar Cam-Signature Semalu powered to the lead from Post 6 and threw down an opening quarter of :29.3 before taking a brief tuck into the two-hole behind Stonebridge Adore. Filion came right back around that foe for the re-take and after clearing she led through middle panels of :56.3 and 1:25.4 before using a :28.2 closing quarter to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Parade Route. Race favourite Stonebridge Adore had to settle for third. Zoom And Fish Stable Inc of Laval and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc of Montreal, Quebec own the sophomore who won for just the second time in her career. She’s 2-for-24 in her career, but those two wins have come in her last four starts since moving to Moreau’s outfit. Machnbyrd Princess was 1-9 on the toteboard, and she proved to be 1-9 the best in the second division for driver Steve Condren. He got away fourth with the Shawn Robinson pupil while D Gs Pesquero blasted to the lead and laid down a :27.3 opener. Condren had Machnbyrd Princess on the move in the backstretch and she cleared without a fight shortly past the half in :56.3. She was in charge at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 and used a :29.1 closing quarter to win by 6-1/4 lengths over Call It Courage in 1:53. D Gs Pesquero weakened late and settled for the show dough. The Mach Three-Respectednbeloved homebred races for Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings Inc of Milton, Ontario, and so far this season she’s put together a sterling record of 5-2-0 from just seven trips to the track – a far cry from the 0-for-7 record she established last year. The filly, who clearly was worth waiting on, has potted $73,710. Panstakingly and trainer/driver Donald Jobin clicked for an 18-1 upset in the final division. The daughter of No Pan Intended-Pantathlon was nowhere to be found in the early stages of the mile, but she had plenty of speed to chase thanks to Hippie Chic, Its No Secret and Putmeintogo who took turns on the engine through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.1. Panstakingly kicked off cover turning for home and used a :28.4 closing panel to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Mach It A Par. Race favourite Putmeintogo was third. Jobin shares ownership on the four-time winner with Danielle Belisle of Clarence Creek, Ontario. Together, they’ve watched the filly put together a 4-7-4 record from 22 trips to the track this season. The lion’s share of the purse bumped her cash stash to $43,853. To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
TORONTO, October 30 – Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to remind all horsemen that beginning Thursday, November 7, qualifiers will be held at Woodbine. Qualifiers will start at 3:30 p.m. each Thursday until further notice. Horses must enter by 10:30 a.m. on Wednesday. The Rexdale oval will be open for training on Tuesdays from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and Thursday afternoons from 3 p.m. until 6 p.m. Mohawk Racetrack is now closed for training. by Greg Gangle for WEG
Mississauga, ON --- Wednesday morning's qualifying session at Mohawk Racetrack looked like a blast from the past as two horses that had been retired to stallion duty both returned to the races in impressive fashion. The first horse to show up on the docket was 2011 Canadian Trotting Classic and O'Brien Award winner Daylon Magician. Now five, the son of Kadabra-Daylon Marvel last saw action almost one year to the day with a fifth-place finish in the 2012 Breeders Crown Open Horse Trot. Jack Moiseyev was back in the bike for the David Lemon pupil, and the duo showed no signs of race rust whatsoever. With temperatures hovering just a few degrees above freezing, Daylon Magician closed with a :28.3 quarter to trounce his trotting rivals in 1:56.1 by a margin of more than 11 lengths. Daylon Farms still owns the millionaire, who set world records on both a half-mile (3,1:54.2h) and five-eighths-mile (4,1:52f) track before standing stud in 2013. Another stallion returning to the races after a tour of stud duty is 2007 Breeders Crown winner Santanna Blue Chip. The 8-year-old son of Art Major was back at the familiar controls of driver Jody Jamieson for the first time since December 2008 and the combination clicked once again. Santanna Blue Chip was a comfortable winner, nearly eight lengths to the good in a time of 1:56.3. After standing in Ontario and Ohio, Santanna Blue Chip now reports to the barn of trainer and co-owner Jeff Gillis. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
TORONTO, October 17 – As WEG’s harness meet resumes at Woodbine Racetrack this evening, both Scott Zeron and Richard Moreau have commanding leads in the WEG driver and trainer standings. Zeron, a resident of Oakville, currently has 229 victories this season, 31 more than his closest rival Sylvain Filion. Zeron, who was a finalist for the O’Brien Award as Canada’s top driver for the past three seasons, finished third in the standings last year behind Filion and Jamieson, who tied for the win. “There really isn’t any better feeling than being the top driver at any track let along Woodbine/Mohawk,” Zeron said. “I’m driving against guys that I’ve idolized since I was 12 years old and I’m fortunate enough to have a great support system that provides me with quality horses on a nightly basis. “As much as I focus on maintaining the lead, all I can do is show up every night and try to get into the winners circle as much as possible,” Zeron continued. The talented reinsman, who led the WEG driver standings with 123 victories when the spring meet at Woodbine concluded, is hoping to continue where he left off. “I’m looking forward to returning to Woodbine and excited to make the most of the remaining months of the year,” Zeron said. The 24-year-old has 2,172 career tallies to his credit and is approaching $30 million in purse earnings. Moreau has also separated himself from his rivals in the training standings. The Puslinch resident has 111 victories this season, 46 more than nearest rival Jeff Gillis. The veteran conditioner, who has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade, celebrated his biggest of his career this season as Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Moreau, who was a finalist for Canada’s trainer of the year in 2012, has 4,214 lifetime victories to his credit along with over $34 million in purse earnings. The Woodbine Fall-Winter-Spring Standardbred meet is now a three-day-a-week schedule, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, through December. Following its Saturday, December 28 card, Woodbine will be “dark” until Monday, January 6, when a Monday-Friday-Saturday night schedule through March, is launched. First race post-time is 7:25 p.m. The special Thursday, December 26 Boxing Day card is scheduled for 1 p.m. by Greg Gangle for WEG
CAMPBELLVILLE, October 17 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that overall handle and average nightly handle on the 2013 Mohawk Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, October 14, were up over last year. The Campbellville oval, which celebrated its 50th racing season with 84 race cards, recorded an "all-sources" betting total of $131,619,692, a 6.5 per cent increase over last year's $123,533,108 (81 dates). The average per night total of $1,566,901 in 2013 was a 2.7 per cent increase over the $1,525,100 bet per card in 2012. The company was especially pleased with the betting numbers on its signature event, the Pepsi North America Cup. The 'Cup' card proved successful once again with $3,001,079 wagered, while $2,988,123 was wagered in 2012. The evening's on-track handle also showed an increase with $935,630 wagered compared to $885,710 last year. "We are very encouraged to see the wagering growth during the Mohawk meet," said WEG's Executive Vice President of Racing, Jamie Martin. "The industry situation, with the cancellation of the Slots At Racetracks Program, created a difficult operating environment this summer for staff and horsepeople. I'm pleased to see everyone's effort produced positive results." When the 2013 Mohawk summer meet came to an end, a fresh face was atop the driving leaderboard. Sylvain Filion, who finished second during at the 2012 Mohawk meet, was the leading driver for the first time in his career. The Milton resident captured 114 wins in 752 starts, eight more victories than nearest rival, Scott Zeron. O'Brien Award finalist, Richard Moreau led all trainers with 48 victories from 296 starters during the meet. Moreau finished one victory ahead of conditioner Jeff Gillis. The Woodbine Fall-Winter-Spring Standardbred meet, which kicks off Thursday, October 17, offers a three day-a-week schedule, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings, through December. Following its Saturday, December 28 card, Woodbine will be "dark" until Monday, January 6, when a Monday-Friday-Saturday night schedule through March, is launched. First race post-time remains unchanged at 7:25 p.m. The special Thursday, December 26 Boxing Day card is scheduled for 1 p.m. by Greg Gangle for WEG
Camaes Fellow lead from go to whoa in the $34,000 Preferred in a stunning 1:47.3 win at Mohawk Racetrack tonight Saturday the 12th of October. The Mach Three son was driven to victory by the hot Sylvain Filion who won five on the night. Camaes Fellow's 1:47.3 winning time was just one-fifth of a second off the all-age track record held by Won The West and A Rocknroll Dance. The Mach Three gelding earned his ninth win in 22 starts this year and 20th lifetime while his bankroll is now over $760,000. Videos of all races attached. Camaes Fellow is in race 10.
Harness racing driver Scott Zeron was hot Friday night at Mohawk Raceway winning race 2 with Miss Machqueen for Tony Osullivan, race four with Stonebridge Adore, race six with Frisky Magic, race seven with Wanna Rock N Roll and race eight with Tea Party Princess. All videos attached.
October 11, 2013 – Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG), Canada’s largest horse racing company and owner and operator of Woodbine and Mohawk racetracks, today issued the following statement from Nick Eaves, President and CEO, in response to the Ontario Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel’s Five-Year Plan: “Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) thanks Premier Wynne and the Horse Racing Industry Transition Panel for their hard work and commitment during the development of the Five-Year Plan, ‘Building a Sustainable Future Together.’ We are encouraged by the plan and support its vision of a new transitional relationship between government and the horse racing industry. WEG believes that the Plan’s general principles will lay a strong foundation for the long-term sustainability of horse racing in Ontario. “WEG is particularly supportive of the Panel’s recommendation that maximizing the potential of racetracks as gaming centres, including added gaming options, is a top priority for an integrated relationship between horse racing and the Ontario Lottery & Gaming Corporation (OLG). WEG has long been of the view that expanded gaming at racetracks such as Woodbine and Mohawk is important to ensuring the sustainability of horse racing and the thousands of jobs it supports in Ontario. We agree with the Panel that substantial benefits to the province and to the industry can be realized by integrating expanded racetrack gaming into the provincial gaming strategy. “Many of the Plan’s implementation details require further understanding and discussion, and its successful implementation will require much hard work from all parties. WEG believes such effort is absolutely essential, and we are committed to working with our government and industry partners to turn the Panel’s blueprint into reality." John Siscos
Premier Kathleen Wynne says her government will spend up to 400 million dollars over the next five years to help the struggling industry. A panel appointed by the Liberals after they cancelled the slots at racetracks program made the recommendation in a report released on Friday. The funding would cover purses and the costs of live racing. The panel also calls for a Standardbred racing alliance to operate a "world class racing circuit'' with eight tracks -- Hanover, Clinton, Grand River, Western Fair, Flamboro, Georgian, Mohawk and Woodbine. However, it says it doesn't support a full race calendar at Fort Erie's track but endorses the current 30-day calendar at Ajax Downs. Reaction to report is mostly positive from the Harness Racing industry. General Manager at Hanover Raceway Gord Dougan is glad his track is part of that eight-track alliance. He also points out the funding would be 80 million dollars a year, starting next April, compared to the 60 million that race tracks received this past year. One negative is the amount of race days. Dougan says it appears they will have only 15 dates for racing compared with 20 last year, and 32 days in 2012. Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell is also reacting positively to the report, stating “the recommendations of the Transition Panel and inclusion of Hanover Raceway in the racing alliance is fantastic news for the industry, the regional economy and livelihood of hundreds of people in this area alone, and certainly for the Town of Hanover”. The Progressive Conservatives say the damage has already been done in rural Ontario, where farms have gone bankrupt and people have lost their jobs. To view details of the plan click link below. Ontario Horse Racing Plan (reprinted with permission from www.bayshorebroadcasting.ca)
CAMPBELLVILLE, October 11 - Julie Walker has made a name for herself this season while racing on the Woodbine Entertainment Circuit. The talented young conditioner has put up career numbers with 16 wins from 76 starts with just shy of $250,000 in seasonal earnings. On top of that, the 31-year-old has an impressive .340 Udrs. "Its been one of those years where everything has fallen into place," Walker said. "We have a nice group of young horses that have raced very well this summer. We don't have a big stable and I prefer it that way. I'd take quality over quantity any day." Walker's terrific season was highlighted by rookie Massive Muscles, who banked $106,250 in earnings. The son of Muscle Mass finished most recently finished second in the $200,000 OSS Super Final with Walker's boyfriend, J.B. Renaud in the bike. Walker and Renaud share ownership of the youngster who boasts a 2-3-0 record from six starts. "He was just one of those horses who continued to improve with each start," Walker said. "My father (Paul) trained him down until around February then sent him to me and I finished him off. He's one of those horses that always trained well and I guess we got lucky with him." Not bad for a mere $2,500 purchase at the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale from breeder Karen Carroll. "Whenever I go to the sale, I try and find families that I'm familiar with," Walker said. "I knew his family because my father trained Dillavec ($121,814) and this horse's dam is a brother to him. I guess he was a little coarse, but his video was flawless." Walker and Renaud were at it again this past Thursday evening at Mohawk as Sixth Man lit up the tote board at odds of 62-1. The trotting son of Duke Of York captured the non-winners of two event in a new lifetime best, while paying $127.70 to win providing Renaud with his first driving win on the WEG Circuit. Walker, a native of Owen Sound, was fostered into the business by her father, Paul, who is a well-respected horseman and her mother, Brenda, who is a past Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) Commissioner. "I'm a pretty lucky person to have the guidance I've received over the years from both my parents," Walker said. "My father is someone who I look up to and often seek advice from. He's a terrific trainer and taught me the fundamentals of the business." Walker will condition roughly 10 horses this winter at Shamrock Training Center. "That's right about the number where I'm comfortable," Walker said. "That way every horse is given that attention to detail and nothing goes unmissed. It's been a great summer and hopefully it continues into the winter months." Walker, who has a deep passion for the support, also volunteers her time to assist in the Racing Under Saddle (RUS) events in Ontario. The non-wagering event features a talented group of riders accompanied by trotters traditionally seen in harness racing in a one-mile dash. "It's something that I have seen become very successful in Europe when I visited and it's great to see that we are starting to do it," Walker said. "It's a way to promote the sport and I enjoy being apart of it. Hopefully it has a future." The event has been showcased at Mohawk Racetrack, Hanover Raceway, Grand River Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park and Western Fair Raceway. "The tracks this year have been terrific at supporting the event and I think the fans really appreciated it as well. We have seen some terrific crowds come out to see it, so it's obviously an attraction to fans." Walker, who has banked over $675,000 in purses as a trainer, is one victory shy of her 50th trip to the winner's circle. Another first is soon in store for the young talented conditioner who has a deep love and passion for the sport of harness racing. by Greg Gangle for WEG
LONDON, ON — After missing the Grassroots Championship by just nine points, two-year-old pacer Brodys Scrapper will be looking to capitalize on his second opportunity at a post season pay cheque in Tuesday’s Grassroots Consolation at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Through his six regular season Grassroots starts Brodys Scrapper posted one win, one third, two fourths and two fifths for 88 points and thirteenth spot in the point standings — the top 10 point earners advanced to the Sept. 21 Championship. The Mach Three son’s 1:56.1 personal best came in the Aug. 24 Grassroots event at Kawartha Downs and trainer Bud Sinclair of Stratford, ON is hoping the gelding is ready to match that effort from Post 2 in Tuesday’s tenth race. “He trained super the other day. Hopefully he’s fresh and ready to go,” says Sinclair, who shares ownership of the gelding with his wife Lindsey Sinclair and Kenneth Bryant of Dorchester, ON. The Sinclairs bred and raised Brodys Scrapper, who is out of their $192,922 winning mare Witness To Fame, and the trainer says the gelding is very much like his mother, who was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. “Everything off that mare, they want to kill you when you start with them,” he says ruefully. “To train him down was a nightmare. “It was real hard to get him to focus on stuff,” Sinclair continues. “I raced him in a bunch of maidens just to braven him up and he finally figured it out. He has tons and tons of speed; it’s just the mental part, he’s very tough on himself.” Brodys Scrapper made his racing debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27 and has made eight more starts, scoring four wins, one third and $17,986 for his owners. After Tuesday’s Consolation, the gelding will wrap up his season in the Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Woodbine Racetrack. “He’s got four more starts if he makes the final of the Autumn Series,” notes Sinclair. “He’ll have more starts than we’d really like, but the way the industry is right now you don’t want to pass up an opportunity to make money.” The trainer is hoping a recent alteration to the gelding’s equipment will help Brodys Scrapper earn a pay cheque in the $20,000 Grassroots Consolation on Tuesday. In the last regular season Grassroots event, on Sept. 12 at Mohawk Racetrack, driver Sylvain Filion moved the gelding early and was unable to reapply the brakes once Brodys Scrapper reached the front. “Once you start him up he doesn’t know ‘Whoa’ again,” explains Sinclair. “So I’ve changed his rigging a little bit this time.” With a few equipment changes and a little maturity, Sinclair is also hoping Brodys Scrapper can follow in his mother’s footsteps and make a successful return to the Ontario Sires Stakes program as a three-year-old. “I think next year he’s got a great future ahead of him,” says the trainer. “I hope he can step up a level, I know the speed is there, he just has to get the mental part.” Among the challengers Brodys Scrapper will face in his last freshman Ontario Sires Stakes battle are two colts who finished ahead of him in the point standings. Major Homer finished in eighth spot and gets Post 6, while eleventh ranked Allstar Seelster will benefit from Post 1. The two-year-old Grassroots Consolations will be featured in Races 1 through 6, 9 and 10; with the first $20,000 contest parading onto The Raceway at 4:05 pm. Fans will have an opportunity to wager on a special $1,000 Pick 8 on the eight Grassroots Consolations. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e1015lonn.dat by Sandra Snyder for the Ontario Sire Stakes
Campbellville, ON --- San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner and Horse of the Year in 2011 in both Canada and the United States, returned to victory lane on Monday evening (Oct. 7) at Mohawk, following an extensive layoff. The 9-year-old trotting son of San Pellegrino, who was sidelined for more than a year with a right-hind ankle injury, captured the $32,980 Preferred Trot in his second start off the shelf in 1:53.1. The 52-time winner led from start to finish for driver Randy Waples through panels of :28, :56.4 and 1:24.4, before dashing away from his rivals in deep stretch to score the victory by one length. Knows Nothing (Jody Jamieson) finished second with Catch The Dream (Sylvain Filion) third. Trained by Rod Hughes for owners Glenn Van Camp and Hughes Stables Inc., San Pail now has $3,102,135 in career earnings. He paid $5.90 to win as the second choice. Videos of all races attached. San Pail's race is race 10. Submitted by WEG
Campbellville, October 7 - San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, returned to the racetrack this past week following an extensive layoff. The nine-year-old trotting son of San Pellegrino was sidelined for over a year with a right-hind ankle injury following an August qualifier at Mohawk. In his seasonal debut, San Pail finished second behind Knows Nothing in the Preferred Trot. San Pail was beaten four and three quarter lengths and was timed in 1:55.4. "That was a good first start for him," trainer Rod Hughes said. "The fractions were very light and he finished up his mile very well. He's got the miles into him and time will tell how the leg holds up. "We don't have any real expectations for him," Hughes continued. "We're taking it week by week." The 51-time winner has been entered into the $34,000 Preferred Trot on Monday evening at the Campbellville oval. The classy trotter will begin from post six for regular pilot Randy Waples. "Randy was very happy with him following his race," said Hughes. "We gave him four qualifiers, but qualifying and racing are different. We didn't get the speed miles into him like in the past, but hopefully that will come." The multiple O'Brien Award winner has banked over $3-million in purse earnings for Hughes Stable Inc and Glenn Van Camp. He was voted Horse of the Year in 2011. The field for Monday's $34,000 Preferred Trot will line up as follows: 1) Windsong Geant 2) Catch The Dream 3) Slip Into Glide 4) Charlie Is A Joker 5) Burnin Money 6) San Pail 7) Knows Nothing by Greg Gangle for WEG
Returning to the Preferred ranks and backed by the bettors, Voelz Hanover went wire-to-wire to win Friday's featured $30,000 event at Mohawk Racetrack. Overcoming her outside post position, the 6-5 favourite out-sprinted her five foes off the gate and rolled through fractions of :26.1, :55 and 1:23.3 en route to a 1:50.1 victory in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace. Ferrari Sena, the second choice at the betting windows off the bench and a winner in the Preferred class just over a month ago, pulled the pocket at the three-quarters mark, but was no match for Voelz Hanover on this night. The class-climbing Hope For Paddy came from last to show as the third choice. Randy Waples drove the eight-year-old Astreos mare for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, Que. The win was her ninth in 25 starts this year and lifted her seasonal bankroll to $152,700. Voelz Hanover, who finished seventh against stakes company in her last start on Sept. 21 in the Milton, paid $3.60 to win. The 38-time career winner is just shy of the $1.5 million earnings mark. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Mohawk Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
CAMPBELLVILLE, October 1 - When Woodbine Entertainment Group's schedule of live harness racing moves to Woodbine Racetrack beginning on October 17, Mohawk Racetrack will continue to host qualifying sessions for the month of October. Qualifiers will to continue on Wednesday's, beginning at 10 a.m The last day for qualifiers at the Campbellville oval will be Wednesday, October 30th. Qualifying sessions will then shift to Woodbine and begin on Thursday, November 7th. by Greg Gangle for WEG
After an extremely rough trip Kelly “Sky” Walker and Rush N Supreme finally wore down the pace –setter and then held off House Money and Howie “the Horse” Gelfand to score a neck victory in 1:57.4 in the C.K.G Billings Series trot at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday September 30. Sent off as the even money favorite from the three-hole in the 10-horse field, Walker found a spot along the pylons in fifth position and stayed there until the field approached the half. At that point he moved his trotter to the outside to challenge the leader O U Gus, driven by “Racin’ Jason” Sgrignuoli, but he was still three lengths in the rears as the passed the half mile marker. Still on the outside but only a length back as the two trotted by the third stanza Rush N Supreme wore the leader down on the final turn and then rebuffed a late charge from House Money who was enjoying a covered two-hole trip. Third place, two lengths behind the winner was Brown Town Lefty with “Dynamite Dave” Drew aboard. “Once we cleared we opened up a few lengths on the field and in doing so my horse sort’a let up and didn’t see Gelfand , who came charging hard in the deep stretch,” Walker related. “When I heard him coming I went to work on my horse and I said to him (Rush N Supreme) out loud “if we lose the race it won’t be my fault it’ll your fault.“I’m sure he didn’t understand me but I got him wound up again and we won it. “My trainer Terry Tomlin trucked Rush N Supreme and another of my trotters to Mohawk which was about a four hour drive from home. The other horse broke and it would have been a long ride home if we came up completely empty. Next Billings action is at Monticello Raceway on Wednesday. by John Manzi for the Billings Series