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After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The colt and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON fired away from Post 8 in the last $18,000 Grassroots division and reeled off fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:30.1 before fending off a late challenge from The Land Shark and sailing under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4. Sass was well behind the leaders in third. It was Willyorwonthe's first win since he turned heads with a 1:56.3 triumph in a two-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on July 2, and the effort caused owner-trainer Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON to breathe a small sigh of relief. "He raced very good the first start," said Megens of the colt's July 2 debut. "He had a few problems with food allergies so the vet, after the first race, suggested I treat him for the allergies and it kind of back-fired, he was allergic to the treatment." Willyorwonthe broke out in a rash, his throat was inflamed and he developed a cough in response to the allergy treatment. In his first two Ontario Sires Stakes appearances, at the Gold Series level on July 13 and 21, he finished seventh and fourth without the finishing kick he had shown Megens all winter. "He'd been good all along and I couldn't figure out what the heck went wrong with him," said Megens, who learned that 30 per cent of horses have an adverse reaction to the allergy treatment. "Hopefully we've got that under control now. He's not allergic to dust or nothing, it's just some foods." Following Willyorwonthe's reaction to the allergy treatment, Megens reverted to the simple diet he had been feeding the son of Angus Hall and Mikestory since he was a foal. "No more sweet feed or any of the mixed feeds." "He's allergic to corn and soy beans both, so it makes it hard to get a feed that don't contain them, so I put him on straight oats," said the horseman, who bred both Willyorwonthe and his dam, $246,254 winner Mikestory. "When I trained him down he was on straight oats and he always was good, and then I tried to get him a little better feed and it didn't work." If Willyorwonthe continues to regain his health Megens will send him to Georgian Downs for the fourth Grassroots event on August 4, and a positive result there may see the young trotter take another run at the Gold Series colts. "Hopefully he'll stay healthy for a while," said the horseman. "We'll see after the next race, if he races well next time we'll probably try him in the Gold again." Local trotter Holiday Bro also captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy on Tuesday. The son of Holiday Road and Armbro Xanadu circled out wide in the final quarter and sprinted down the stretch to a two length victory over favourite United BI and Muscle Time in 2:00.3 in the second division. "They were all hanging in the last turn, so I whipped out like 10-wide and let him trot," quipped Phil Hudon, who piloted Holiday Bro to the win for owner-trainer Ivan Gallant of Rockwood, ON. "I helped Ivan train him down and he's coming along nicely," added the Guelph, ON resident. "He's getting better every start and he's a quick learner." In his Grassroots debut, at Clinton Raceway on July 19, Holiday Bro finished second, so Tuesday's victory bumped his point tally to 75 and put him in fifth spot in the standings with three regular season events left on the two-year-old trotting colt calendar. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples won two Grassroots events, with Thee Desperado and Frankly Speaking. Starting from Post 5 in the first division, Thee Desperado recovered quickly from an early break in stride and then reeled in the leaders through the stretch to post a victory in his first lifetime start. Waples and the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of favourite Recreate and Romeo, stopping the teletimer at 1:58.3. Waples engineered the win for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Lightly rated Frankly Speaking also used a come-from-behind move to post his first victory in the fifth division. The Angus Hall son bested Asterix and Clone The Tone by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Waples piloted the colt for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Frank Spagnolo of Potsdam, NY and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, ON. Georgies Pockets kept a neck in front of UF Musclemass Star to record his second straight Grassroots victory in the fourth split. The Muscle Mass son and driver Steve Condren hit the wire in 1:58.3. Cool Creek Victory rounded out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren piloted the colt to his second win for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owners M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. Georgies Pockets now shares top spot in the division standings with United BI. Windsun Missile captured the other Grassroots division with a 2:00 clocking for trainer-driver Per Henriksen . The duo bested JLs Bad Moon Risin and Welland Seelster. Henriksen trains the Kadabra colt for Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, Asa Farm of Norwood, ON and Darryl Drain of Tweed, ON. The two-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August. 4, while their feminine peers arrive at Mohawk on Thursday evening for seven Grassroots divisions. The two-year-old trotting fillies are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 on the Thursday program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

The second leg of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers was once again the Control The Moment show Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The two-year-old son of Well Said scored his third straight victory to begin his career over five rivals in 1:52.3. Driven by Randy Waples, Control The Moment got away in third and sat in that position until near the half-mile pole, at which point Waples gave the rookie pacer his cue to move up. The 3/5 favourite cleared to the front around the final turn and it was game over from there. Control The Moment cruised home in :28.2 to win by two lengths over Kokanee Seelster. Adrian Hanover finished third, while Derecho was fourth. A $47,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Control The Moment has earned $19,000 in three starts for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.3 knocked more than a second off his previous mark. Control The Moment paid $3.40 to win. The Maxwell trainee will now have a chance for a series sweep next Monday in the $36,400 final. Mark McKelvie

JULY 25, 2015 – Even before his three-year-old pacing geldings Robert Hill and J Js Delivery swept the Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, harness racing trainer Dave Menary was having a pretty amazing weekend. ‘I’m pretty pumped. I wasn’t at the races tonight myself. I was watching them at home on TV, because yesterday morning I had a daughter born,” explained the rural Cambridge, ON resident. “Julie and I, my fiancé, we had a beautiful baby girl born yesterday morning. We just come home from the hospital tonight.” As if in celebration of daughter Mikayla’s birth, the Menary Stable had an extraordinary evening at Mohawk. In addition to sweeping the Gold divisions, the trainer captured an overnight event and posted three seconds and one third. “I had seven in to go, including three colts in the Sires Stakes, and it couldn’t have gone any better,” said the trainer. “Everything we raced tonight has been unbelievable.” Adding another touch of the extraordinary to the evening was the fact that James MacDonald was in the race bike behind both of Menary’s Gold Series winners, just one night after being involved in an accident at Mohawk that sent him to the hospital for stitches in his arm. In the first $105,000 Gold test MacDonald and Robert Hill started from Post 6 and were sitting seventh when Shoe Shine reached the opening quarter in :26.4. At the :54.1 half and 1:22.1 three-quarters clocked by fan favourite Drachan Hanover, Robert Hill was still at the back of the pack, although MacDonald had moved him into the outer lane. At the top of the stretch Drachan Hanover still had a short lead and another Menary other starter, Sportsmanship, looked poised for victory, but when MacDonald gave Robert Hill a clear look at the wire the gelding powered down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. Sportsmanship finished second, giving Menary a one-two sweep, and Thinkofagameplan rounded out the top three. “Last week I think Sportsmanship went the mile of his life, and tonight when they come up to the head of the stretch I was cheering for him, but then all of sudden, when he was getting conquered it was by my other horse, so I had to change cheering,” said Menary. “I had to jump off one bandwagon and get on the other bandwagon.” Menary conditions Jereme's Jet son Robert Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB and Sportswriter son Sportsmanship for Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON, Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, ON. Robert Hill In the second Gold division MacDonald and J Js Delivery also lined up at Post 6, but the Guelph, ON resident hustled the Jeremes Jet son away from the starting gate, reaching the opening quarter in :26.1. The duo yielded to Go Daddy Go through the :53.2 half, but were back out and powering toward the front at the 1:21.1 three-quarters. J Js Delivery turned for home with a narrow lead and had to battle all the way down the stretch to secure the victory, keeping a neck in front of Go Daddy Go and Star Cover. The 1:49.4 clocking was a personal best for J Js Delivery, who had posted one second and one third in the first two Gold Legs. Bob Hamather of Exeter, ON owns J Js Delivery, who is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Secrets Nephew. J Js Delivery “It’s been a non-sleep week. I’m lucky I have a good staff around me,” said Menary. “Everything has just fallen into place, partly because of luck, partly because of the people, but mostly because of the horses.” Joining J Js Delivery in the winner’s circle was lucky “Be A Winner” contestant Nick Toltl, who had his photo taken with the gelding and driver MacDonald. In addition, Toltl will be back at Mohawk for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships enjoying dinner for four and a $100 wagering voucher. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 25. Next on Mohawk Racetrack’s active Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday, July 28. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 on Tuesday’s program, which kids off at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 24, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night and there were four first-time visitors to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Nationalize captured the first Grassroots division, sprinting from the back field in the last quarter to post a two and one-quarter length score in 1:52.3. Brown Binny and Lady Jen finished second and third. Camluck daughter Nationalize is trained by Ron Adams of Lasalle, ON for David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON, and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the filly's first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples also used a come-from-behind strategy in the second $18,000 division, getting Ainsleynoelle into the outer flow at the halfway marker and then gearing her up in the final quarter. The Jeremes Jet daughter powered down the stretch to a one length score over Much Adoo and OK Heavenly, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:53.2. Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC conditions Ainsleynoelle for Debbie Element of Rockwood, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Friday's win was also Ainsleynoelle's first in the provincial stakes program. Paul MacDonell chose a different route to the winner's circle for Dublin Rose, putting the fan's second choice on the front heading for the half and pulling away to a five and one-quarter length victory over Twin B Honour and Windsun Chanel. Guelph, ON resident MacDonell crafted the win for trainer-owner-breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI. Tomlinson started Dublin Rose in the June 6 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk, where she finished third, then headed to Clinton Raceway for the Kin Pace where the Major In Art daughter won her June 28 division and finished third in the July 5 final. Through seven sophomore starts first-time OSS winner Dublin Rose has never been worse than third, posting two wins, two seconds and three thirds for earnings of $42,484. Stonebridge Quest earned the trophy in the fourth division, which was marred by an accident that sent driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON to hospital in an ambulance and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON to the emergency room for stitches. Both of their mounts, Twin B Sweetheart and Betty And The Jets, returned to the race paddock under their own steam. On the front end from start to finish, Stonebridge Quest and driver Trevor Henry crossed the finish line three-quarters of a length in front of Northern Starlet in a personal best 1:51.1. Southwind Mischief was eight lengths back in third. Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON piloted Stonebridge Quest to her second Grassroots win of the season for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Camluck miss, who won the final of the Kin Pace, currently sits alone atop the three-year-old pacing filly standings with 100 points. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Sportswriter daughter Maplelea, who made a powerful move to the front heading by the three-quarters and drew away to a four length victory in 1:52.2. The fan favourite bested Southwind Geisha and Black Widow Baby. Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron drove the filly to her first Ontario Sires Stakes win for owner-trainer Andrew Moore of Russell, ON. Friday's outing was Maplelea's first since she tested the provincial waters at the Gold Series level on June 6, finishing fourth. The filly spent the early months of 2015 competing in the Miss Vera Bars, HPI, Blossom and Princess Series' at Woodbine and Mohawk, winning both legs and the final of the HPI and taking at least one leg of the other three. Through 15 starts Maplelea boasts a record of nine wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $124,198. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 1. On Saturday Mohawk Racetrack hosts a celebration of Ontario Sires Stakes racing that features two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts, the "Be A Winner" contest, an opportunity to meet OSS drivers, and great OSS giveaways. The pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8, with the first race going postward at 7:25 pm. Nationalize Ainsleynoelle Dublin Rose Stonebridge Quest Maplelea Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 23, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner's circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. The Campbellville oval hosts two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and the second $105,000 division will see a "Be A Winner" semi-finalist assigned to each horse. Each semi-finalist and one guest will be invited to tour the race paddock and watch the Gold Series colts battle from the winner's circle, and the semi-finalist who was assigned to the winning horse will be able to join in the post-race celebrations. The victorious semi-finalist will also receive a digital copy of the winner's circle photo, dinner for four during the Grassroots Championships at Mohawk on Sept. 26, and a $100 wagering voucher for the Sept. 26 program. Hoping to greet the "Be A Winner" victor after the eighth race is Guelph, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore, who will send out the division's number-three ranked colt Physicallyinclined. The Mach Three son and driver Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, will start from Post 1, looking for their first Gold Series win after a pair of runner-up finishes in the first two Legs. "Hopefully his luck turns around this week," said Dr. Moore. "He's a very, very game, tough individual. "And actually this will be one of the first times that he's drew close to the rail in all his starts," the trainer continued. "He's been outside or in the middle in most all of them." Physicallyinclined boasts a sophomore record of 4 wins and two seconds through 7 starts, with his biggest win to date coming in the North America Cup Consolation at Mohawk on June 20. Owners Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS have attended all the colt's stakes starts and will be at Mohawk for Saturday's Gold Series test, hoping to share their enthusiasm for Physicallyinclined with the successful "Be A Winner" contestant. "He's the only horse they have and they're really, really excited," said Dr. Moore. "North America Cup Consolation night we're going up to the winner's circle, and I went to shake Bruce's hand and he's crying. He said. 'I can't help it'. He's a real good guy and it's nice to see people like that have success with their horses." In addition to Physicallyinclined, Moore will also send out Shoe Shine in the first Gold division. It will be the Shadow Play son's Ontario Sires Stakes debut and Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will steer him from Post 3 in the sixth race. "He's been a surprise actually. He had a bad heel crack in one foot and we got that fixed up and it seemed to have made a big difference," said Dr. Moore, who still spends his afternoons working at his veterinary practice. "Now I know it's a little tougher in the Gold, but they wanted to try him and I was okay with that, so away we go on Saturday." Wayne Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NS share ownership of Shoe Shine and Whebby trained the colt before leaving him with Moore following his first Mohawk start on June 29. Since arriving in Ontario the pacer has posted three wins and one fourth in four outings, starting in non-winners of $7,000 and moving up to non-winners of $25,000. "Both of those two colts have been pleasant surprises for all of us associated with them," noted Dr. Moore. "So hopefully we have a little more luck." Fans who do not reach the semifinals of the "Be A Winner" contest can still catch an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap during the trackside hat toss, and the first 200 fans arriving for Saturday's festivities can have an OSS T-shirt autographed by their favourite drivers. The first race rolls in behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate at 7:25 pm on Saturday and the three-year-old pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 23, 2015 – Ron Waples piloted two-year-old trotting filly Devils Advocate to a Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, but the Hall of Fame horseman says his assignment to the Jack Darling trainee’s race bike could be a temporary one. “Well when we were training her down, and I’d just started working for Jack, we were just talking one day and I said, ‘I hope that whoever drives her just backs her off the gate a couple times to get her used to it, so she don’t get stupid,’” recalled Waples, who turned 71 on Tuesday. “And Jack says, ‘Well you’re gonna go with her.’ And I said, ‘No, I don’t be out there anymore, we’ll put somebody up that’s gonna be out there oftener than me.’ And he said, ‘No, I want you to go with her.’ I said, ‘Well, I’ll tell you what the deal is, I’ll go with her ‘til I screw up and then we’re firing me.’ “So far I’m still employed I think,” he added with a chuckle. Starting from Post 4, Waples sent Devils Advocate to the front and never had to glance over his shoulder. The Manofmanymissions daughter rolled through fractions of :28.2, :59.2, and 1:28.1, then pulled away from the field to a four and one-half length victory in 1:57. Its All About Sam and fan favourite Sky Angel finished second and third. “She’s a bit jittery you know, like she’s a kind of a nervous thing — not that she’s a puller or anything like that — but we’ve been really careful with her and it’s paying off, she’s just getting a little better all the time,” said Waples, who last appeared in the Mohawk winner’s circle on May 28, 2010. “She’s just a super gaited little thing, and you’ve always gotta pull her up at the end of her mile. She’s not a horse or a filly that just pulls itself up; you’ve got to always pull her up, which is a good sign, good wind to her.” Cambridge, ON resident Darling acquired the half-sister to $175,699 winner Unabating from last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $47,000.So far Waples, who makes his home in Guelph, ON, has piloted Devils Advocate through three qualifiers, a June 28 overnight event at Georgian Downs where she made a break, and the July 12 Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs where she finished second. When Waples and Darling met in the winner’s circle on Thursday they pulled the race bike off Devils Advocate and held the Ontario Sires Stakes blanket up behind the jittery youngster for the trophy presentation and photograph. “I didn’t want to have the bike on her up there in the winner’s circle and her flip herself over backwards and bust the bike or something, so I said we’ll take it off and get her picture taken that way,” Waples explained. “She’s getting better, like I said, but she’s not foolproof yet. “But I think she’s worth working on, or waiting on,” he added. Devils Advocate The other two Gold Series trophies went home with first-time winner Magical Wonder and division leader Caprice Hill. Magical Wonder and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON opened the evening with a sprint to the wire that saw them snatch a neck victory away from Powerful Glare, Caprice Hill’s stablemate in the Tony Alagna barn. Northern Sweetie finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Like Devils Advocate, Magical Wonder had started in one overnight event, logging a second-place result at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 2, and the Gold Series season opener, where she was third. The Kadabra daughter is trained by John MacMillan for owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC. Magical Wonder A winner in the season opener, Caprice Hill cruised to another easy victory in the third division. The Kadabra daughter and driver Yannick Gingras — who made the trip up from his Allentown, NJ home expressly to drive Caprice Hill — sat fourth through the early going, stepped into the outer land heading for the half and had taken control by the three-quarters, pulling away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:56. Danish Darby and High Heels completed the top three. Manalapan, NJ resident Tony Alagna trains Caprice Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB. The half-sister to $278,868 winner Bramalea Hanover was a $55,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With 100 points through two events, the talented youngster has a firm hold on top spot in the division point race. Caprice Hill The two-year-old trotting fillies will also make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack, returning to the Campbellville oval on August 4. On Friday evening Mohawk hosts five Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies, with the Grassroots contests going postward as Races 1, 6, 7, 8, and 11 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

A group of six rookie pacing fillies squared off Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Shes Lights Out and driver Paul MacDonell came out on top in the field of six to win the $12,000 opening leg in 1:53.4. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Shes Lights Out showed early speed to grab the lead ahead of Miss Print and posted an opening-quarter of :28.3. The top-two fillies would remain one-two through the middle-half splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Miss Print was angled to the outside to take a shot at the leader, but had to settle for second, as Shes Lights Out had plenty of pace and cruised home in :28.2 for the 2 ½ length victory. Itsallaboutthebass finished third, while Not Now They Said was fourth. Shes Lights Out is trained by Ken Sucee for owner/breeders Brian Legge and Dr. David Legge. Thursday evening's victory was a maiden-breaking score for the rookie pacer in her third career start and increases her earnings to $8,800. Shes Lights Out paid $6.70 to win. The Whenuwishuponastar Series is a three-week event for two-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg of the series will take place next Thursday (July 30). Mark McKelvie

JULY 20, 2015 - Two weeks after Thatsoveryverynice lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record at Mohawk Racetrack, the two-year-old pacing fillies returned to the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event and delivered another set of impressive harness racing performances. Kicking off the Monday evening program, the first $70,000 division saw L A Delight make a successful transition from the Grassroots to the Gold Series with a 1:53.2 victory. The filly made her Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on July 9, where she romped to a 1:54.1 win. With Milton, ON resident Randy Waples in the race bike, L A Delight sailed away from Post 1 and landed third on the rail, watching pacesetter Free Show roll through fractions of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3. When Kays Shadow stalled in the outer lane around the final turn, there was ample room for Waples to move L A Delight into an open path and the filly accelerated away to a two and one-quarter length win over Free Show and a hard closing Big White Pearl. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON conditions L A Delight for his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The trio also bred the daughter of Bettor's Delight and West Of L A, who is a sister to $1.9 million winner Thinking Out Loud. From three racing age foals West Of L A has already produced $618,411 winner Somewhere In L A. L A Delight  Thatsoveryverynice made her second Gold Series appearance from Post 1 in Monday's second race and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON crafted a trip similar to the one that led to the July 6 track record. Easing off the gate the heavy favourites sat sixth through the :27.1 quarter clocked by Stonebridge Pearl. Heading by the :56.3 half Jamieson tipped Thatsoveryverynice into the outer lane behind Twenty Three Red and waited for the top of the stretch to ask the filly for top gear. Thatsoveryverynice sprinted home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.3 over Maniana, with Twenty Three Red another length back in third. "She was my top filly all winter and I'm pleased she's living up to my expectations," said Tony Alagna, who bought the filly as a weanling in the summer of 2013 - along with her mother, $294,295 winner Fox Valley Zena - and sold a share to Toronto, ON resident Marvin Katz following the 1:51.2 OSS track record mile. "I trained the mare when I worked for Erv Miller," noted Alagna. "Marvin Katz is my new owner on the filly, buying half interest in her after her last start. I'm pleased to have him as a partner, as we will plan on keeping her as a future broodmare." Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of first year sire Vintage Master, will now enjoy almost a month of vacation time before the third Gold Series event at Georgian Downs on August 15. "We'll give her an easy schedule and qualify her back before the next Gold," said Manalapan, NJ resident Alagna. Thatsoveryverynice Twin B Thong may also be getting a vacation after trainer Casie Coleman felt she was not at her best winning Monday's third Gold division. "I'm never going to complain about a win, but I believe this filly could be Grand Circuit, and she should have won easier, I thought," said Coleman following the filly's 1:53 victory. "I'm going to scope her and check, but the first two I raced tonight came up a bit sick." In addition to Twin B Thong, Coleman started Southwind Shania and Three Dreams, who finished fifth in the first and second divisions, respectively. Starting from Post 5, driver Chris Christoforou landed Twin B Thong in fourth spot and watched Vintage Babe reach the opening quarter in :27. Heading by the :56.1 half the Campbellville resident sent Twin B Thong after the lead and she was one length on top by the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Through the stretch Twin B Thong repelled a challenge from Thisorthat Hanover to secure her second Gold Series trophy. Thisorthat Hanover finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Bernadette completed the top three. "I'm very happy with her, but I just thought Chris had to chase her more than I would like tonight, after giving her a perfect steer," added Cambridge, ON resident Coleman, who shares ownership of the Sportswriter daughter with her partners in West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Twin B Thong Next up on Mohawk Racetrack's Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday, July 23. The fillies are featured in Races 1, 5, and 8 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 20 - Control The Moment capitalized on a pocket trip to win the first leg of the Dream Maker Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of scratches narrowed the field down to just five two-year-old pacing colts and geldings for the $12,000 first leg of the three-week Dream Maker series. Control The Moment was sent off as the 4/5 favourite and showed early speed for driver Randy Waples to grab the front and post an opening-quarter of :28.3. Max Is Back and Paul MacDonell quickly circled the favourite in the second-quarter to take the lead. After fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.2, Max Is Back was on top turning for home, but Control The Moment had edged to the outside off his back and was less than a length away for the stretch drive. Control The Moment went into sprint mode in the stretch and easily took the lead and cruised home in :27.2 to win by two-lengths in 1:53.4. Mindtrip finished up strong in :27.1 to grab second, while Adrian Hanover and High Times finished third and fourth, respectively. Max Is Back finished fifth. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment was a $47,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October. Trainer Brad Maxwell co-owns the rookie with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Control The Moment captured his career debut a week ago in 1:54.1 and is now two for two with $13,000 in earnings. The second leg of the Dream Maker will take place next Monday (July 27). Mark McKelvie 

JULY 18, 2015 - Back at Mohawk Racetrack for their second Gold Leg on Saturday, Ontario's elite harness racing two-year-old pacing colts looked every bit as sharp as they had in their debut. Two division winners from the season opener went head-to-head in the first $105,000 division and it was Voracity that came out on top with a 1:53.1 score over Heavymetal Hanover, Stonebridge Beach and July 11 division winner Nvestment Bluechip. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples piloted Voracity to the one and one-half length victory for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and his partners Brad Grant of Milton and John Fodera of Staten Island, NY. The partners acquired the son of Sportswriter from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale for $47,000. "I sold Brad Sandbetweenurtoes and we discussed buying a few yearlings together last fall, and Voracity was one of our purchases," said Alagna of his new partnership with Milton resident Grant. "Brad is a fantastic owner and partner because he understands the ups and downs of the business and we have had some good success in a short amount of time together." In just two starts Voracity has already banked $87,500 for the partners and will have ample opportunity to add to that tally in the remaining Ontario Sires Stakes and open stake events. "Voracity is heavily staked," noted Alagna. "The Metro Pace, Breeders Crown, Governors Cup and all the major events at three as well." Voracity and his peers make their third Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 13. Voracity Betting Line earned his second Gold Series trophy with an impressive 1:51.4 triumph in the other division. The Bettor's Delight son and driver Chris Christoforou took command of the race heading for the halfway marker and pulled away to a three length victory over Carolina Hurricane and Semi Automatic. Campbellville, ON resident Christoforou - who won three freshman pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk on Friday - was in the race bike for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "He won very handy again, Chris never spoke to him," said Coleman, who was captivated by the colt the first time she saw him at Fair Winds Farm in Cream Ridge, NJ. "When I first saw him at Fair Winds Farm, about a month before the sale, he was a jaw dropper and I knew I had to have him," recalled Coleman, who anted up $60,000 for the youngster at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was one of the best colts I have ever seen in a field." Like Voracity, Betting Line will have the opportunity to race against North America's best if he continues to perform the way he has in the first two Gold Series events. "I believe and hope he is a Grand Circuit colt," said Coleman. Betting Line Mohawk Racetrack fans will get their second look at the colts' feminine counterparts on Monday evening as the 2-year-old pacing fillies return to the Campbellville oval for their second Gold Series event. The fillies are featured in Races 1, 2 and 9 on the 7:25 pm program, with Ontario Sires Stakes record holder Thatsoveryverynice getting Post 1 in the second $70,000 division. Ontario Horse Racing

JULY 17, 2015 - In their second straight Grassroots event at Mohawk Racetrack, Ontario's two-year-old pacing colts demonstrated their rapidly improving harness racing skills, with all six divisions clocked in 1:55.1 or quicker. Wild Chance kicked off the evening with an impressive effort that saw him power around the final turn in the outer lane and then dig in through the stretch for a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:54.1. The fan favourite bested Vegas Dream and Archangel Three. "He's a nice colt," said driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON, who engineered the win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, ON and owners Wayne Eric Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB. "He has a great attitude, loves to race." Henry piloted Wild Chance to a runner-up finish in last week's Grassroots season opener and the Bettors Delight colt now boasts 75 points in the race for a post season berth, putting him in a three-way tie for top spot in the division standings. The $40,000 acquisition from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale has already returned $13,500 to his owners in his first two starts. Among the colts who also own a share of top spot is Derecho, who captured the second $18,000 division. Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou gave the Big Jim colt a confident steer, going straight to the front from Post 6 and cruising home a one and one-half length winner in 1:53.3. Continual Hanover and Gerries Sport closed hard to be second and third behind the favourite. Trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON shares ownership of Derecho with Ecuries Daniel Plouffe Inc. of Bromont, QC and Jean Dessureault of Candiac, QC. The partners offered up $60,000 for the first foal $122,923 winner Stonebridge Breeze at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He's a nice colt, was always willing," said Jones, who piloted the colt to a runner-up finish in last week's Grassroots test. "And he's very intelligent." Derecho's victory was the first of three Christoforou would engineer in the Grassroots program, and the reinsman also captured one overnight event. His second visit to the winner's circle came in the third Grassroots split when favourite Blue Zombie was awarded the win after MC Squared went off stride at the wire and was placed from first back to second. The two colts hit the wire neck-and-neck in 1:55.1, three lengths ahead of St Lads Charger. "I hate to win by default, but a win's a win," said Cambridge, ON resident Casie Coleman, who trains Blue Zombie. "I'm really happy with him tonight. "He trained down just average. He's very lazy, just does what he has to, but he seems to be getting better each week," she added. Coleman shares ownership of the Bettors Delight gelding with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, and Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON. The $30,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale was third in last week's Grassroots opener and currently sits tied for second in the point race with 62. Tango Star was victorious in his first-ever start, sprinting down the stretch to a one and one-half length win over A Bettors Risk and Macaroni N Cheese. Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON engineered the 1:54.3 win for trainer Martin Lachance of Guelph, ON and owner Lachance Racing Stable of Millstone Twp, NJ. The Sportswriter colt was a $30,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Christoforou completed his Grassroots hat trick in the fifth division, going gate-to-wire with Baddestnbestest. The duo repelled a challenge from fan favourite Print Media and sailed home two and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:53.4. Print Media settled for second with Southwind Billy two more lengths back in third. Jacques Dupont of Repentigny, QC conditions Baddestnbestest for Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion Levesque 2005Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC and 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC. The partners acquired the son of Badlands Hanover and $255,464 winner Ultimate Best from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $36,000. The last Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with California Sun, who stalked pacesetter The Big Beast through fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.4 before swinging out in the stretch and sprinting away to a four length win in 1:54.4. The Big Beast settled for second, holding off Anarchy Hanover. Guelph resident Doug McNair crafted the pocket trip for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge. Dockside Stables LLC of Millstone, NJ and Shari Watchman of Farmingdale, NJ own California Sun, a Bettors Delight colt out of the great race mare Carolina Sunshine, who earned $1.3 million in her career. The colt was a $20,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Sale and finished fourth in last week's season opener. "He seemed to get a bit lost on the lead last week," noted O'Sullivan. "This week he appreciated having something to aim at." The two-year-old pacing colts will further their development in the third Grassroots event of the season at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 13. In the meantime their Gold Series peers return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, featured in Races 5 and 9 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Current Ontario Sires Stakes trotting queen Muscle Baby Doll captured her third straight Gold Series trophy with a 1:53.1 victory at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Starting from Post 2 the Muscle Mass daughter took control of the race heading for the halfway marker and driver Doug McNair simply sat back and enjoyed the ride, which resulted in a personal best 1:53.1 clocking. "She's been really good all year. She hasn't been beat in the Sires Stakes yet," said Guelph, ON resident McNair. "Tonight I just chirped her a little bit and she did the rest on her own. She sure felt like she had a second left, I don't know if she did or not, but she felt like it." Muscle Baby Doll cruised under the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of former Gold division winners Elegant Serenity and Amoureuse Hanover. The three fillies are currently sitting atop the division standings in the same order of their finish with 150, 80 and 67 points, respectively. Tony O'Sullivan conditions Muscle Baby Doll for F. Bellino and Sons LLC of Bronxville, NY and the Cambridge, ON resident is thoroughly enjoying training and racing the talented filly. "I'm pretty happy, pretty proud of her. It's pretty exciting to have such a nice filly," said O'Sullivan. "She's pretty fun to train and pretty fun to watch." With a record of five wins and one second in six starts since her May 9 debut, O'Sullivan said Muscle Baby Doll will get a vacation from the racetrack over the next few weeks, returning to action for the fourth Gold Series event at Grand River Raceway on August 19. "I'd like to just use the time to let her freshen up a little bit and give her a break," said the trainer. "After Grand River she doesn't have a week off, so it works out pretty well now there's a month and she can freshen up." O'Sullivan also started Youre Majestic in the second Gold division, but the Majestic Son daughter settled for fourth spot behind first-time winner All That Sparkles. With James MacDonald of Guelph, ON in the race bike, All That Sparkles accelerated away from Post 3 and was able to lay claim to the coveted pocket spot behind heavy favourite Stubborn Belle. Stalking the pacesetter through fractions of :26.2, :56 and 1:25.3, MacDonald bided his time until the final turn and then gave All That Sparkles a clear view of the finish line. The filly shifted into another gear and accelerated away from the field to a four length victory in 1:54.2. After being forced out three-wide to find racing room, Second Sister and LMC Marshmellow settled for second and third. Jonas Czernyson of Allentown, NJ trains All That Sparkles, and shares ownership and breeding credit on the daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe and Chocolate Tiara with his wife Christine. All That Sparkles is the first horse the Czernyson's have raced in the Ontario Sires Stakes program and they were pleasantly surprised with her victory. "She'd been getting sharper and sharper, I didn't know that she was going to do it like that, that I have to say," admitted Jonas Czernyson. "She don't really have that quick burst of speed." "She has the speed, but she can't pop out of a hole halfway down the stretch and do it, she has to have a little longer time to get up to speed." Raced just four times last season, All That Sparkles had eight starts to her credit prior to Thursday's test, and had posted one second and three thirds. Czernyson said she was an awkward, growth filly at two and has only just begun to grow into her lanky frame. "She's grown into herself some, but she still has some more growing to do, she's pretty long-legged," said the trainer. If All That Sparkles is happy and healthy following Thursday's victory and the return trip to her New Jersey home, Czernyson said her next start will likely come in the August 7 Duenna Stake at The Meadowlands, followed by the fourth Gold at Grand River Raceway on August 19. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts on Friday night. The colts will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 7, 9, and 10 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Harness racing fans will have the opportunity to get up close and personal with many harness racing greats this Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Standardbred Canada's "I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club" will be hosting a Tribute Night this Saturday evening at Mohawk. Racing fans will have the chance to meet Hall of Fame members, view racing memorabilia and take part in a raffle and silent auction. The meet and greet will get underway at 6 p.m. inside the main doors of Mohawk and fans will have the opportunity to chat and ask questions to Hall of Famers about their racing careers. Dr. John Findley, Jack Kopas, Dr. Glen Brown, Sarah Scott (representing Rocknroll Hanover), Bill O'Donnell, Bill Galvin, Carl Jamieson, Bob McIntosh and Ron Waples are all scheduled to appear. Several of the Hall of Famers will be bringing along some of their favourite racing memorabilia to share with fans. Fans will also have the opportunity to check out the Rocknroll Hanover showcase displays inside the main doors and new framed photographs added to the Armstrong Brothers and Dr. Glen Brown displays. The evening's fourth race will be the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Tribute Race and the group of Hall of Fame members will be in the winner's circle following the race to make the presentation. A great group of silent auction items will be available for bidding and raffle tickets will be on sale for a framed "Somebeachsomewhere print" by equine artist Linda Shantz. The draw for the print will take place following the evening's fifth race. Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the meet and greet will get underway at 6 p.m. Post time for the 12-race card is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 14 - A single winning ticket correctly selected the top-five finishers in Monday night's final race at Mohawk Racetrack to score a $25,910.30 return on the Jackpot Hi-5 wager. The horseplayer that hit the 'Jackpot' Monday made 11 unique $0.20 straight wagers on the Jackpot Hi-5, with one of them selecting the correct combination. The winning horseplayer, who resides in Hamilton, Ontario, made the wagers through Horseplayer Interactive Mobile. Fashion Maven at odds of 9/2 won the Jackpot Hi-5 race, while Wildcat Lightning, the 8/5 favourite, finished fourth. The official top-five finishers from Monday's Jackpot Hi-5 race are as follows: 1st. #6 Fashion Maven - 9/2 2nd. #7 Librado Hanover - 21/1 3rd. #9 Kona Kid - 25/1 4th. #10 Wildcat Lightning - 8/5 5th. #4 Shippen Out - 6/1 The entire Jackpot Hi-5 pool and carryover is only paid out when there is a single winning ticket with the correct combination. If there are multiple winning tickets, half of the evening's pool is paid out to the winners, while the other half is carried over to the following the card. The Jackpot Hi-5 now starts from scratch Tuesday night at Mohawk. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Sylvain Filion had a golden touch at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday night, guiding both of his two-year-old trotting colt mounts to an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series victory. In the first $105,000 division Stormont Esquire surprised Filion, trainer Kevin Benn and the Mohawk Racetrack fans when he fired off the gate and had established a four length lead by the :28.3 opening quarter. When Willyorwonthe and driver Mike Saftic finally stepped up to take control heading for the :58.4 half Filion was content to sit behind the fan favourites. Around the final turn Dewey Dont Cheat pressed Willyorwonthe, getting out to a quarter length lead by the 1:28.2 three-quarters. With an open lane behind the duelling leaders, Filion sent Stormont Esquire to the outside and asked him for another gear. The colt responded with a strong effort that saw him reel in the leaders and hold off a hard-charging Will Take Charge to score the quarter length win in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano rounded out the top three. "Kevin (Benn) just told me try to get him around, he's really green." "He didn't have really much expectations, he said he liked him, but he meant that he was really green," said Filion after the race. "So I put him on the gate and he got fired up and he wanted to leave the gate real hard, so I went on with him." "Then I was waiting for Mike (Saftic) to come and cover me up - and obviously Mike's horse wasn't 100 per cent tonight - and around the last turn we were able to find room and pull out, and he just got there," Filion continued. "That was a nice surprise." Filion engineered the victory for trainer Benn of Napanee, ON and owner-breeder Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, ON. Stormont Esquire is a son of Muscle Mass from the mare Queen Of Stormont, who earned $124,059 in her career and counts four $250,000-plus winners among her siblings. Starting from Post 7 in the second division, Filion had a vastly different situation on his hands. Where Stormont Esquire had been keen to accelerate away from the gate, Adored By Masses was not even keen to approach the gate. With a few colts making early breaks, Filion was able to land Adored By Masses in fifth, from where they watched Unitaliano BI and Dad Leads battle through a :28 quarter and :58.2 half. When fan favourite V For Victory tipped to the outside, Filion sent Adored By Masses up behind him and the colt reached the 1:27.2 three-quarters almost six lengths behind the leaders. Getting a clear look at the wire at the top of the stretch, Adored By Masses trotted steadily down the centre of the racetrack and got a neck in front of Dad Leads, who went off stride just before the wire. V For Victory was well back in third. "Robin, who takes care of him,trains for Erv Miller, told me he was really, really lazy and you know what, she didn't lie." "Not often you see a lazy trotter, but he is lazy." "So I had to work on him just to get him to the gate," said Filion. "Once the gate left he kind of got into it; there was a lot of breakers leaving the gate and that helped us." "We were able to sit fourth or fifth and we just kind of followed them along." "Top of the stretch he kind of kicked in and got drifting out bad, and I was just worried to keep him trotting," added the reinsman. "I was just hoping to finish in second because Mike (Saftic) had such a lead I didn't think I was going to catch him." So I was just paying attention to my horse and all of a sudden I look and Mike's on the run." "That was kind of lucky I think, because no way we're going to catch him (Dad Leads) if he doesn't run." The 1:56.3 mile was the third straight win for Adored By Masses, who also captured a two-year-old conditioned event at Pocono Downs on June 21 and one at Georgian Downs on July 4. Erv Miller of Wind Gap, PA conditions the Muscle Mass half-brother to $243,945 winner Pizzazzed for Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, IL and Mystical Marker Farms of Dyer, IN. The freshman trotting colts head to Georgian Downs for their second Gold Leg on July 21, and Filion is hoping to be back in the race bike behind both colts. "I'll probably continue to drive them because I think them two colts are the kind of colts that are going to improve, they're going to go forward," Filion noted. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this Thursday, July 16 when the Campbellville oval welcomes back the three-year-old trotting fillies for their third Gold Series event. The sophomore trotting lasses will battle in Races 3 and 8 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Split The House put on another impressive display to win the $50,400 Summertime Final Saturday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of eight three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested the final of three-week Summertime Series. Split The House, who won the second leg, was sent off as the 4/5 favourite and was clearly in a league of his own on this occasion. The James 'Friday' Dean trainee got away in fourth in the early going, while Poisonous and Sylvain Filion cut the mile and posted an opening-half of :55.3 Around the final turn, driver Randy Waples sent Split The House first up and the public's choice powered up to the leader at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Split The House cruised by Poisonous and paced home effortlessly to win by 2¾ lengths in 1:50.2. Rockin In Heaven, the first leg winner, rallied to finish second, while Mr Carrotts was third. Poisonous finished in a dead-heat for fourth with Rustys Overload. Following the race, Waples said the first up trip was no issue for Split The House. "He was well in hand tonight. He's just a really nice horse and it worked out somewhat good," said Waples. "I did have speed to chase, but he was more than willing to be sitting out there and head of the lane there I asked him to pace and he was gone." A son of Rocknroll Hanover, Split The House was undefeated in three starts heading into the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, but failed to make the final after a fourth place finish. The Dean trainee also finished fourth in the consolation, but has now quickly rebounded with a pair of victories. Waples said the North America Cup didn't go as planned, but he has full confidence in Split The House. "In my estimation he's one of the best three-year-olds out there, it's just the truth," said Waples. "He was kind of misbehaving a little bit behind the gate (in the North America Cup) and 'Friday' put a screen on him and he's just a different horse now." "The last couple of weeks he seems like he's turned a corner." The impressive victory in the Summertime stamps Split The House as one of the top three-year-olds locally and Waples believes the colt deserves another crack at Grand Circuit competition. "I think he definitely deserves to be with them." "If you've got a good field of horses you can find one to follow and I just think this horse is going to go a big mile before the year is up." Split The House is owned by Scott Horner, Peter Milligan and 'Friday' Dean. The sophomore pacing colt now has six wins from eight starts in his first season of racing for earnings of over $77,000. The clocking of 1:50.2 matched his career-mark set in his third career start. Split The House paid $3.70 to win. In order to be eligible to the Summertime, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2015. Split The House Mark McKelvie

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