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CAMPBELLVILLE, July 29 - Veteran harness racing conditioner Anthony Montini sent out a pair of winners Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack to reach a career milestone. Hope For Paddy's eighth race victory gave Montini his 1,000th career training victory. Montini, 47, entered Friday's card two victories away from the milestone with two horses racing on the card. The Acton, Ontario resident's first starter, Goldies Mach, scored an 8-1 upset in the evening's first race for career win 999. In the eighth race, seven-year-old pacing mare Hope For Paddy used her back-class to pick up her sixth victory of the season at 6-1 and score her trainer his 1,000th career win. Hope For Paddy has been a consistent performer for Montini over the last few years and fittingly was able to give her trainer his milestone victory. Montini has been a regular on the WEG Circuit since starting his training career in 1999. His stable has earned at least $500,000 in 14 of the last 15 racing seasons. Montini's career best season came in 2006, when his stable won 115 races and earned $2.5 million. His career earnings total currently sits at over $16 million. This season, Montini has won 16 races and earned over $186,000 from 96 starts. All of his victories this season have been recorded on the WEG Circuit. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Anthony on reaching 1,000 career training victories. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - With Candlelight Dinner skipping round two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series, it was time for another rookie pacing filly to step up and visit the harness racing winner's circle Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A compact field of six two-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $14,000 second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Black Jack Pat, who finished second in round one, was able to get up in the final strides to score her first career victory in 1:56.2. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, Black Jack Pat and driver Jody Jamieson got away second behind Touching Thought and Paul MacDonell. The fillies would remain in the same positions for three-quarters of a mile, as MacDonell and his charge cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Black Jack Pat came to the outside to try and track down the leader. Touching Thought dug in and did her best to hold off the favourite, but Black Jack Pat was able to grind away and got by in the final strides to win by a head. Come What May also made a late bid to finish right along side the top two fillies for a third-place finish. Warrawee Star finished fourth, while Ohello Blue Chip was fifth. The final filly in the field, Southwind Gio, broke a hopple before the start and was pulled up in the first turn. A daughter of Well Said, Black Jack Pat is trained by Dave Menary for owner Dave Van Camp. The rookie pacing filly was making her third career start Thursday and now has a win and runner-up finish on her record. A $13,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Sale, Black Jack Pat is the second foal out of Camluck mare Mrs Noce, who is a full-sister to Ontario Sires Stakes star Luck Of Michelle ($907,709 - 1:53.1). Candlelight Dinner, who won last week's opening leg by six lengths, is expected to compete in next week's series final. The Whenuwishuponastar Series finale is scheduled for next Thursday (August 4). Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 28, 2016 - Themanofmydreams scored his third straight Grassroots victory on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack to take sole control of top spot in the harness racing two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots division. In rein to Denis St. Pierre, the fan favourite got off to a slightly rocky start from Post 5 in the third $18,000 division, but quickly settled into fourth as Magic Night stepped out to a :28.2 opening quarter. After Magic Night, My Big Kadillac took a brief turn on the lead, but St. Pierre had Themanofmydreams on top before the :59.4 half. From there Themanofmydreams was in complete control, sailing through a 1:29.4 three-quarters and on to a 1:59.3 victory. My Big Kadillac finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Magic Night was another length back in third. "Tonight he give a little step at the gate, because he was too aggressive and I don't want to leave with him," said St. Pierre. "I want to take him off the gate, because last time he was too aggressive, not that crazy, but he show me he can become too hot and that's why I try to take him off the gate. "He got mad and he made a little step, but he come right back on the trot," the Guelph, ON resident added. "He's a good horse." The win was a new personal best for Themanofmydreams, who also captured his Grassroots divisions at Georgian Downs on July 9 and Grand River Raceway on July 20. The trio of victories have the son of Muscle Mass and Uneeda Dream sitting atop the freshman trotting colt standings with a perfect 150 points. St. Pierre's partner Tiffanee Staley of Guelph trains Themanofmydreams and shares ownership of the colt with Alexandre and Christian Pilon of St-Eustache, QC and Jesse Legault of Lorraine, QC. A $22,000 purchase out of the Canadian Yearling Sale last fall, Themanofmydreams has banked $27,000 in three starts. "I think he's just a great colt," said St. Pierre. "I know he's a good Grassroots, he prove it tonight. I think he's one of the best, and maybe next week he'll get a chance in the Gold. Just tonight he was a bit hyper, but he's just a great colt, he do everything right, he's got a lot of speed. He can go more than what he showed tonight." St. Pierre added that he and Staley would spend the next six days getting the colt to relax behind the starting gate before heading to Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 4, where both the Gold and Grassroots divisions will be contested. "He likes to race, but he's going to have to learn to calm down a little bit," noted the driver. "We're going to teach him." Themanofmydreams In the other divisions, both Many A Man and Warrawee Shipshape jumped up the point standings with their first Grassroots victories. In the first split, Many A Man powered up the outer lane to claim a one-half length victory over fan favourite Rosberg in 1:59. Zorgwijk Rocket was three more lengths back in third. Randy Waples of Milton piloted Many A Man to his first lifetime victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The homebred son of Manofmanymissions and Armbro Sylvie finished in fifth in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs and fourth in the July 20 event at Grand River Raceway. "He trained down like a nice colt," said McIntosh of the half-brother to $388,596 winner Dr Cal. "He was just a victim of bad luck in his first starts." The win gives Many A Man a record of one win in three starts and earnings of $11,340. At the midway point in the Grassroots regular season he sits fifth in the standings with 63 points. Many A Man In the second division, trainer-driver Eddie Green and fan favourite Warrawee Shipshape fired out of Post 6 and led the field through fractions of :28.3, :59.1 and 1:29.1 on his way to a three length victory in 1:59.4. A J Ricochet and Critical Mass trotted in to second and third. The win was Warrawee Shipshape's second lifetime and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The son of Muscle Mass and U Can Cruise started his career in the Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs on July 9, finishing sixth, and then dropped down to the Grassroots level for the Grand River Raceway event, where he finished second. Ohsweken resident Green conditions Warrawee Shipshape for Michael Tobin of Port Dover, ON. A $19,000 purchase from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale, the gelding boasts a record of two wins, one second and earnings of $16,620 in four starts. His 75 Grassroots points are good enough for third in the standing with three regular season events remaining. Warrawee Shipshape The two-year-old trotting colts, both Grassroots and Gold Series level, will make their next start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, August 4. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday, Aug. 2 with the third Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 25, 2016 – Mohawk Racetrack harness racing fans got their first look at Ontario’s top two-year-old trotting colts on Monday evening and went home impressed with the winners of all three $70,000 Gold Series divisions. Rose Run Speedster led things off with a come-from-behind effort in the first division to garner his second straight Gold Series trophy. In rein to Anthony MacDonald, the fan favourite settled in third from Post 4 and watched while Speedycrest rang up fractions of :28.2, 1:00.1 and 1:30.2. Turning for home a sliver of racetrack opened up in front of Rose Run Speedster and MacDonald wasted no time in taking advantage, firing the colt down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:59. Pocket-sitter Life Well Lived was second while Tycoon Seelster and Amanforallseasons dead-heated for third. “’I’m never really worried when it comes to this colt, where he’s sitting. He’s a really, really fast colt,” said MacDonald from the winner’s circle. “I figured if I get out and I stayed close to them that they weren’t going to be able to out-trot him. He raced really well right through the wire.” The Guelph, ON resident and his wife, trainer Amy MacDonald, along with their partner Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA, purchased Rose Run Speedster from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $14,000. The couple then offered shares of the Windsong Espoir colt for sale through their fractional ownership enterprise, Five additional owners bought shares of the colt, creating the Rose Run Speedster Stable. “What this horse has accomplished is unexpected, but the timing couldn’t be better. He has made the unlikely a reality and shown the industry how fractional ownership can, and will, grow our fan base,” said MacDonald. “We only have one Rose Run Speedster, but a barn full of happy owners, and that’s really what it’s all about.” With two Gold Series wins and one overnight victory under his belt, Rose Run Speedster will make his next start in the August 4 Gold event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Fans hoping to see the talented young trotter outside the Ontario Sires Stakes program will have to be patient as he does not have any additional stakes engagements on his schedule this season. “He’s built like a three-year-old and he’s fast. He has all the tools to come back like a beast next year if we put him away happy and healthy,” said MacDonald about the colt’s future prospects. Rose Run Speedster In the second division Manssive and driver Corey Callahan left smartly from Post 5, reaching the quarter in :28.4, and then yielded to fan favourites Mass Production and Rick Zeron. The favorites led the field through a :58.2 half and 1:29.2 three-quarters, but as the colts straightened out for the stretch drive Callahan shifted Manssive into another gear. The Muscle Mass son reeled in Mass Production by one-half length, hitting the wire in a personal best 1:58.4. Dream Massive rounded out the top three. “He’s a really nice colt,” said trainer Howard Okusko Jr. from the winner’s circle. “I mean he’s probably the only one in the race that had an open bridle on tonight. He does everything right, anything you ask him. I think he’ll just keep getting better.” The Vernon, NY resident conditions Manssive for M and L of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. The colt, bred by Cambridge, ON resident Dr. David Goodrow, was a $23,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Sale and now has two wins, one second and earnings of $36,999 on his resume after four starts. The final Gold Series division went to Clarion Hall, who popped out of the pocket from behind Reach The Peak and accelerated down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:58.3. Noble Prize closed hard to be second while pacesetter Reach The Peak held on for third. James MacDonald was a last minute understudy for scheduled driver Jody Jamieson, but the Guelph resident was familiar with the Windsong Espoir colt, having driven him to a third-place result in the July 9 Gold Series opener at Georgian Downs. “Last start, he was a little green. I moved him first up and he kind of was lost and didn’t really know what to do, and today he was a lot better on a helmet. When he caught the helmet in the last turn he kind of swelled up a bit,” said MacDonald. “I didn’t push him too hard because he was a little bumpy, but he seems to have lots of go.” Rene Allard conditions Clarion Hall for his partners Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC and Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, ON. The colt, who is a half-brother to $1.5 million winner Cantab Hall, was a $16,000 purchase from the Blooded Horse Sale last fall. In three starts he now has one win and two thirds for earnings of $45,080. Clarion Hall The two-year-old trotting colts make their third Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 4 and then return to Mohawk for their fourth skirmish on August 12. Mohawk Racetrack fans will have an opportunity to catch the freshman trotting colts in Grassroots action this Thursday, July 28. Competing in their third Grassroots Leg, the colts will be featured in Races 3, 6, and 8. Post time for the first race is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 25 – Deadly Action picked up the first win of his young harness racing career in Monday night’s Dream Maker second leg at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of seven rookie pacing colts and geldings met up in the $14,000 second round of the three-week series. Bettors Dream, who won the first leg in convincing fashion, was given the week off, opening the door for another rookie to score a victory. Art Major gelding Deadly Action kicked the door down and broke his maiden with a 1:55.1 victory. The Colin Johnson trainee got away third with driver Randy Waples before making a second-quarter move to the lead. Bobcat Bound and trainer/driver Carl Jamieson rushed up from sixth to pressure Deadly Action around the final turn. The public’s choice Deo Galileo made a break after the half and that caused a chain reaction with three horses interfered with, including two breaking stride. The third-quarter confusion left Deadly Action and Bobcat Bound well ahead of their rivals at the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Deadly Action kept Bobcat Bound a length behind and got the job done with a :29 final-quarter. Beyond Delight finished third, while Clouseau Hanover was fourth. Deadly Action, who finished sixth in the opening leg, was making his third start of his career Monday. The Art Major gelding was a $37,000 purchase at last fall’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale and he is owned by Johnson, Thomas Kyron and Mac Nichol. The Dream Maker Series will wrap up next Monday (August 1) with the $37,800 final. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 23, 2016 - Reigning division and North America Cup champion Betting Line captured his sixth straight harness racing victory in the second of two $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. Starting from Post 8 in a skirmish that also featured the number one and two point earners in the three-year-old pacing colt division, Magnum J and Sintra, Betting Line eased away from the starting gate and watched from sixth as Magnum J and Arsenic duelled to a :26.3 opening quarter. Magnum J was still in control at the :55.2 half, but Semi Automatic, Sintra and Betting Line had shifted into the outer lane and were threatening by the 1:22.1 three-quarters. Rolling off the turn driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph shifted Betting Line into overdrive and, in spite of a few wonky steps, the colt laid down a :26.4 final quarter to claim his sixth straight victory and second straight in Gold Series action. Sintra was three lengths back in second and Magnum J held on for third in the 1:50 mile. "We're not exactly sure what he did just quite yet," said trainer Casie Coleman of Betting Line's awkward stretch drive. "JD (Drury) said he couldn't have felt any better, he was just jogging, and he never spoke to him, just sitting there on him like a passenger and all of a sudden he just got all out of gear. "We don't see anything on the track, and I don't see any marks on him where he touched himself or nothing, and JD said once he gathered him out of it he was perfect and pulled up good," Coleman continued. "It's kind of a head scratcher for us, but he has had a tendency in the past, when he gets all by himself alone on the front he just kind of looks at stuff - that's why he wears that big shadow roll - but every once in a while he sees something. He did do it right at the wire in the Somebeachsomewhere, not near as bad as that tonight, but yeah, I wish we could, obviously, 110 per cent correct whatever that problem is, but we really don't know." Overall Coleman was very pleased with the way Betting Line raced in his first start since having a splint treated in early July. "I was really, really happy with the way he was steering tonight," said the Cambridge resident, who shares ownership of Betting Line with Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. "That splint actually took me almost two weeks before I could even train him." The son of Bettor's Delight and Heathers Western will enjoy one more week of relative leisure before his schedule shifts into high gear. Following the fourth Gold Series Leg at Georgian Downs on August 7, Betting Line heads to Northfield Park for the August 13 Carl Milstein Memorial, followed by the Battle of Brandywine at Pocono Downs on August 20. The final Gold Leg goes postward Sept. 7 at Mohawk and the Campbellville oval also hosts the Simcoe Stake on Sept. 10, before Betting Line heads back to the U.S.A. for the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 22. "He gets pretty busy now, so I was glad to be able to give him a little bit of a break, in this little gap," said Coleman of the winner of $1,224,922. "He needed that time." Betting Line Betting Line will be joined in the Carl Milstein Memorial by his Ontario rival Sintra, who has also been invited to the August 13 event. "Instead of being a 'paid into' event, this year it's an invitational and Sintra's been invited to that, so that's going to fit pretty big on his radar," said trainer Dave Menary of the Mach Three colt he owns in partnership with Brad Gray of Dundas and Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON. While Sintra settled for his second runner-up finish behind Betting Line, his stablemate Nvestment Bluechip took home the Gold Series trophy from the first division. Starting from Post 5 driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat fired Nvestment Bluechip off the gate and reached the opening quarter in :26.3. The pair then settled in behind fan favourite Gerries Sport, who led the field to a :55 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters. Jamieson tipped Nvestment Bluechip out as the colts turned for home and the Shadow Play son was able to reel in the favourite and grab his first win of the season in a personal best equalling 1:51.1. Gerries Sport finished a neck back in second and Nocturnal Bluechip was three-quarters of a length back in third. "Tonight's, I think, a pick me up for the horse and our ownership group, and Jody and I," said Menary. "I mean he was supposed to be the star of the barn this year, where Sintra's had the limelight so far. "He come back so good, and maybe he got thrown to the wolves a little bit early," added the trainer. "He was in pretty tough, and he had the odd bad post, and nothing really lined up, but the money's in the bank, he's a good horse and hopefully this is a step in the right direction, that he's turned the corner." The win was the first in seven sophomore starts for Nvestment Bluechip, who won four of 11 outings at two, including three Gold Legs and his Champlain Stakes division, in addition to finishing second in the Super Final and third in the Breeders Crown. "He was just a good horse, he just did it week-in-week-out. He did it on the five-eighths, seven-eighths, he did it in the pocket, off the pace, locked in, on the front end," said Menary. "Now, there's so many good horses. When you're two you're able to win a little bit slower, you can get by with a few flaws and little bit of bad luck, but when you're three they can all go so fast, there's so many good horses, you can't get by with bad luck or flaws." Cambridge resident Menary shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Denis Breton of Welland and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Saturday's win boosted the colt's lifetime earnings to $452,303 and he will be looking to pad that total further when the three-year-old pacing colt titans gather for the fourth time on August 7 at Georgian Downs. Nvestment Bluechip The Ontario Sires Stakes returns to Mohawk on Monday, July 25 with Gold Series action for the two-year-old trotting colts. The colts will make their second Gold Series appearance in Races 2, 3, and 8, with the Campbellville oval's first race rolling in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 23 - It may have taken a little longer than expected, but State Treasurer scored his first win of 2016 in style Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee captured the $34,000 Preferred Pace in 1:48.4 over six harness racing rivals Saturday. Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer got away fourth and was sent towards the front in the second-quarter. The Moore trainee was used hard, as he cleared Nickle Bag, who posted an opening-quarter of :26, for the lead at the half in :53.3. Despite the tough second-quarter, State Treasurer continued to power along around the final turn and paced a :27.3 third-quarter to reach the third station in 1:21.1. In the stretch, State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded by holding off a late push from the gritty Nickle Bag to win by half a length in 1:48.4. American Virgin finished third, while the other Moore trainee, Rockin In Heaven, was fourth. State Treasurer entered Saturday's contest winless in nine starts this season after winning nine of 19 and almost a $1 million last season en route to being named the Canadian Horse of the Year. The son of Real Desire now has 31 career wins and $2,022,430 earned over the course of his career for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $5.80 to win Saturday. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 22, 2016 - Six divisions of sophomore pacing fillies battled at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening and Noone To Depend On captured her second Grassroots trophy to retain control of harness racing's top spot in the division standings. Starting from Post 3 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, Noone To Depend On dropped into second behind Twin B Thong and stayed on the pacesetter's heels through fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:25. Turning for home driver Jody Jamieson asked Noone To Depend On for another gear and the filly powered by Twin B Thong to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Kays Shadow finished third. "'Nina', as she's called in the barn, was back to herself tonight," said driver Jamieson. "She's a pure and simple 'trip horse', like many are, but she seems to fire every time she gets a good one. "I'm very happy for my sister," added the Moffat resident, who steers Noone To Depend On for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, and sister, Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON. The win was the Santanna Blue Chip daughter's second in Grassroots action this season and, combined with her third-place finish in the other leg, gives her a total of 112 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. Noone To Depend Pursuing Noone To Depend On in the point race are two fillies who also picked up their second Grassroots trophies on Friday. Bourbon Seelster kicked things off in the first race with an impressive effort that saw her leave sharply from Post 9, lead the charge up the outer lane, circle out three-wide heading by the three-quarters and then hold off a late charge from Bernadette to secure a one-half length victory in 1:53. Southwind Tango was three and one-quarter lengths back in third. The Camluck filly is a perfect two-for-two in Grassroots action, having skipped the second leg in favour of the July 9 Gold Series event at Mohawk. Bourbon Seelster finished a closing fourth in her Gold division, but trainer Robert Manders and owners Keith and Scott Manders of Watford, ON decided a return to the Grassroots program was in order. Friday's win gives the filly 100 points in the race for a berth in the Grassroots post season. Bourbon Seelster Also pursuing Noone To Depend On is Forever Liza, who got a confident steer from James MacDonald in the fourth division. Fourth through the early going, MacDonald sent Forever Liza to the front before the halfway marker and then repelled a challenge from fan favourite Westsluckycam at the three-quarters. Once she had disposed of the favourite Forever Liza powered home to a four length victory in 1:53. Queenofthejungle and Bad Lightning rounded out the top three. "She was very good tonight," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald. "I moved her to the front and she was a bit green there, but when Jody (Jamieson and Westsluckycam) got up beside her she just took off. "She is a nice big, strong filly," added MacDonald, who piloted Forever Liza to the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Like Noone To Depend On, the Bettor's Delight daughter won her division in the Grassroots season opener, and two wins plus the fourth-place result she recorded in the July 11 event give her a total of 108 points. Forever Liza The fastest mile of the six Grassroots divisions was record by Tonightimlovingyou, who went gate-to-wire in 1:52.4 to best Active Lady and Glorious Delight in Race 5. "She was good tonight," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "I think she was going to be second in her last Gold, but she made a break at the three-quarter pole. I was happy we got the win with her tonight." A full-sister to $1.5 million winner See You At Peelers, Tonightimlovingyou started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing seventh in the June 4 opener and then making a break and finishing ninth in the July 9 event. Wanting to restore the filly's confidence, trainer Ciaran Morrison of Harley, ON decided a move to the Grassroots level was in order and the decision paid off with the Bettors Delight daughter's third win of the season. Christina Takter of East Windsor, NJ, John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON and Goran Falk of Allentown, NJ share ownership of Tonightimlovingyou. Tonightimlovingyou The other two divisions also went to first time Grassroots winners, Maxim Seelster and Evangelin Seelster. Fan favourite Maxim Seelster sprinted down the stretch to post a neck victory over Tahiti Seelster and Top Royal in the fifth division. Milton resident Sylvain Filion engineered the 1:53.2 win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus and owner M & S Racing Stable Inc. of Rockwood, ON. The win was the Big Jim daughter's second in eight starts and boosted her earnings to $25,200. Maxim Seelster The final trophy went home with Evangelin Seelster, who also employed a late rush to get a nose decision over Docs Diva. HP Sissy was two lengths back in third. The 1:53.4 clocking was a personal best for the Camluck daughter, who was driven to victory by Trevor Henry of Arthur. Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa trains Evangelin Seelster for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein. Evangelin Seelster All six of Friday's winners will be looking to maintain or improve on their position in the division standings when they make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk on Aug. 5. On Saturday evening, July 23, the Campbellville oval hosts the third three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series showdown. The colts, including North America Cup winner Betting Line, will battle in Races 6 and 8. Post time for Saturday's program is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Art Major filly Candlelight Dinner turned in an impressive six-length victory in the opening leg of the Whenuwishuponastar harness racing series Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of seven rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar. The annual series has produced many top fillies, including last year's winner L A Delight. Casie Coleman trainee Candlelight Dinner entered the opening round off a strong 1:54.1 victory in her career debut July 5. With a strong debut to go with a pair of impressive qualifiers, the betting public made the Art Major filly 1/9. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Candlelight Dinner left from post five and was unhurried into the first turn. The Coleman trainee was parked around the opening bend, but cleared to the front with ease before three-eighths. After reaching the half in :58.3, Candlelight Dinner surrendered the lead to a blasting Touching Thought, who paced up from sixth to first. The new leader's time on the front end was short-lived, as Drury angled the heavy-favourite to the outside at the three-quarter pole in 1:27. Retaking the lead at the top of the lane, Candlelight Dinner pulled away from her rivals with ease and cruised home in :27.2 for a 1:54.2 victory. Black Jack Pat, who sat on the back of the favourite, finished second. Moment To Ponder was third, while Touching Thought dropped back to finish fourth. A Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Candlelight Dinner was purchased for $110,000 last fall. She is the eighth foal out of Jate Lobell mare Time N Again and a full-sister to millionaire pacing mare Romantic Moment. Candlelight Dinner is owned by Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Howard Taylor. She now has two wins in two starts and $14,000 in earnings. The second round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (July 28). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 21, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday evening and harness racing fans welcomed three first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winners back in front of the grandstand. In the first $18,000 Grassroots division, Mohawk fans wisely overlooked the mistake made by Inner Drive in the July 10 season opener and sent the Bob McIntosh trainee off as their top choice. The Kadabra daughter trotted smoothly away from Post 2 and was sitting second when Parkhill Nocredit hit the opening quarter in :29.4. Driver Paul MacDonell opted to send the favourite to the front, but Inner Drive was only in command briefly before Hab Faith came calling. Hab Faith took control just past the 1:00 half and continued to lead the field to the 1:29.1 three-quarters, but once the fillies squared up in the stretch Guelph resident MacDonell tipped Inner Drive out of the pocket and the long-legged lass was able to reel in Hab Faith and secure a neck victory in 1:59.4. Parkhill Nocredit was two and one-quarter lengths back in third. "She's a nice big filly with a great pedigree who should improve with each start," said trainer McIntosh of Inner Drive, whose mother, Urge To Splurge, is a half-sister to former Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Text Me, who was the Super Final champion in both 2010 and 2011 and earned $931,853 in his career. Windsor resident McIntosh bred and shares ownership of Inner Drive with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. In three starts the filly has tallied one win, one second and $12,500. Inner Drive The second Grassroots division saw the fan's second choice, Powerful Mission, reel in fan favourite Man Shes Hot to earn her first victory. The Manofmanymissions daughter and driver Phil Hudon sprinted down the stretch to a 1:59.2 clocking, three lengths ahead of Man Shes Hot and pacesetter Whole Lot Of Sugar. "She's a nice filly. She run last week, but I liked her a lot," said Guelph resident Hudon, who salvaged a fifth-place finish in an overnight event at Mohawk on July 14 after the filly made an early miscue. "She has a great attitude and trots nice, she was well in hand." Michigan-based trainer Kevin St. Charles conditions Powerful Mission for owner E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. Thursday's outing was Powerful Mission's second start and her first appearance in the Grassroots program. Powerful Mission The final Grassroots trophy went home with Anikadabra, who got a confident steer from driver Rick Zeron. Starting from Post 7, Zeron sent Anikadabra straight to the front and never looked back, cruising through fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:29.4 en route to a 1:59.3 victory. Fan favourite P C Pipe Dream was three lengths back in second and Late Shift was another length back in third. "She's a real nice filly, very, very nice," said Oakville resident Zeron, who pilots Anikadabra for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood, ON. "Very sensible, very knowledgeable, very smart, everything you ask her to do she does. "Rob had said to me that he was really, really high on this filly. He really likes her a lot, and it showed tonight that Rob was right, that she's a real nice filly," the reinsman added. "She just does everything you ask her to do. She can leave the gate like a pacer, which is great because you're never going to get yourself in any trouble, and you know every time she heard a horse behind her coming, and the guys barking at their horses, she just took off by herself. I was just sitting in the cart with her tonight." A Kadabra half-sister to $1.2 million winner Resolve, Anikadabra is owned by her breeders, Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The filly is a second generation product of the partner's breeding program. Her mother Anikawiesahalee is a half-sister to their former Gold Series winner Wilsonator ($496,049) and Grassroots champion Legzy ($277,660). Anikadabra Thursday's outing was Anikadabra's second; she finished fourth in the Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs on July 10. The freshman trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on Friday, July 29. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on both Friday and Saturday evening. Friday's program features six $18,000 Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies and Saturday's card will see the third Gold Series battle between the three-year-old pacing colt titans. Post time for both events is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 19, 2016 – On A Sunny Day and Winter Sweet Frost put some distance between themselves and the rest of the harness racing two-year-old trotting filly field with repeat Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series wins at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. On A Sunny Day made it clear from the start of the first $70,000 division that she was looking for her second Gold trophy. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Sylvain Filion left smartly from Post 7 and reached the opening quarter in :28. The fan favourites continued to lead through the :57.4 half and then held off challenger Literally through the 1:28.1 three-quarters before accelerating away to a one and one-half length win in a personal best 1:57.2. Former Grassroots winner Literally had to settle for second in her Gold Series debut, with Tropicana AS earning a third-place result in her first lifetime start. “She was a little more aggressive tonight,” noted Milton resident Filion. “There was no taking back, I had to go forward with her, but once she cleared the front she relaxed and she came back to me nice, and she was well in hand at the wire.” The leading reinsman in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Filion drives On A Sunny Day for trainer-breeder Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. The filly is a perfect two-for-two and has banked $70,000 for her connections. In the second division driver Doug McNair employed a similar strategy with favourite Winter Sweet Frost. After watching Mass Psychology ring up a :29 quarter, McNair put Winter Sweet Frost on the front and the Kadabra daughter cruised effortlessly through a :59.1 half and 1:29 three-quarters on her way to a two and one-half length victory over Gravitator and Expose Yourself. The 1:58.2 clocking was a new personal best for Winter Sweet Frost, who is also flawless through two starts. “She raced good, I was happy with her,” said McNair. “I don’t think she’s been at her best yet though.” The Guelph resident steers Winter Sweet Frost for trainer Paul Reid of De Leon Springs, FL and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The final division saw first-time starter Magic Presto demonstrate some of the potential trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman had glimpsed through the winter. Starting from Post 5 the Kadabra daughter and driver Trevor Henry landed fourth as fan favourite Sweet Of My Heart led the field to a  :28.3 quarter, then moved up to third when Hudsons Ya Ya broke stride in front of them before the :59.4 half. Heading for the 1:29.2 three-quarters Henry sent Magic Presto after the leader and was able to tuck the filly in for a brief breather behind Sweet Of My Heart before making a final charge for the wire. Employing an impressive :27.3 final quarter, Magic Presto reeled in Sweet Of My Heart and hit the wire one length the best in 1:57.2. Lady Justice was well back in third. “She trained down really good all winter, she’s always been one of our better ones,” said Norman. “She’s really good gaited and very good mannered, and the only thing that we were concerned about was she was so big and so growthy.” The New Jersey-based trainer prepped Magic Presto for her Ontario Sires Stakes debut with a pair of qualifiers at The Meadowlands, where she finished sixth in 2:02.2 on June 25 and third in 2:00.2 on July 2. “Her qualifiers had been just a little bit average at The Meadowlands. I was a little disappointed in her, she was a little weak,” admitted Norman. “But, like I said, she’s very big and very growthy, and I think she’ll just get better as we go, as she gets stronger. Good things to come hopefully.” Mel Hartman of Ottawa, ON, breeder Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY share ownership of Magic Presto, who was a $160,000 yearling purchase from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The filly is a full-sister to former Gold Series winner Could It Be Magic, who has earned $213,156 in her career to date. The two-year-old trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack in two weeks, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, for their third Gold Series start while their Grassroots peers arrive at the Campbellville oval on Thursday, July 21 for the second event on their calendar. The Grassroots trotting lasses will battle in Races 3, 6, and 10. Post time is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 18, 2016 - From the moment Soiree Seelster arrived in Tony O'Sullivan's barn she was so laid-back the Puslinch resident occasionally wondered if something was wrong with the harness racing two-year-old pacing lass. "I was actually talking to Sylvain (Filion) about it tonight, she's, you know, she's just really, really relaxed, she always has been. She just takes everything in stride; she doesn't shy away from anything," O'Sullivan explained. "She worries me sometimes, because she's so quiet at home you think there's something wrong with her, but there's not. "When she gets to the races she sharpens up a bit, but even then, she's just very, very professional," he added. "Her attitude is really, really good." On Monday evening Soiree Seelster did her best to calm all of O'Sullivan's worries with a victory in her $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack. In rein to Milton resident Filion, Soiree Seelster eased away from the centre of the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Royal Point paced by the quarter pole in :27.3. Heading for the :57.1 half Soiree Seelster stepped into the outer lane behind fan favourite Sir Native and Thorne Seelster, and the trio of fillies made steady gains on the leader through the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Soiree Seelster was less than two lengths behind the leader and a sharp finishing kick propelled the filly to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Thorne Seelster finished second and Royal Point was five more lengths back in third. "Sylvain's taught her how to race in both the qualifiers, plus her two races," noted O'Sullivan. "Obviously we got the win tonight, but I love the way he's bringing her along." Monday's outing was Soiree Seelster's second in the Gold Series. The daughter of Big Jim and Smilesplace finished a hard-closing third in her July 5 OSS debut after logging a second in qualifying action on June 25 and a third on June 10, all three over the Mohawk Racetrack oval. O'Sullivan shares ownership of Soiree Seelster with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. The group purchased the filly out of the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale for $53,000 and have recouped $47,600 through two starts. "She was a really good looking strong filly, as you can see on the track, and we kind of liked the pedigree and the cross and decided to just take a swing on it," recalled O'Sullivan. "She never really had a bad day - I mean I never get very high on them until they qualify - but we liked her all winter." Soiree Seelster will make her third lifetime start in the August 12 Gold Series event at Mohawk. Soiree Seelster The other two Gold Series divisions on Mohawk's Monday evening program were captured by Future Headlines and Blameitonthenight, both piloted by Milton resident Randy Waples. Sent off as the favourite in the first division, Future Headlines took command heading by the three-quarters and powered home a one and one-half length winner in 1:55. Windy Sport and Bid Writer rounded out the top three, making it a sweep for daughters of Sportswriter. Waples engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto and David Heffering of Port Perry, ON. Monday's outing was Future Headlines' first, coming after a 1:54.4 win in a July 8 qualifier at Mohawk. Future Headlines Blameitonthenight captured the third Gold division, controlling the tempo for much of the mile and then waging a fierce duel with Yaris Bayama in the stretch, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:53.2. Out Of Sight finished third, three lengths behind the duelling leaders. Trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ shares ownership of Blameitonthenight with Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY and Donna Ozment, also of Manalapan. The Mach Three daughter is now two-for-two after capturing an overnight event at Mohawk on July 12. Blameitonthenight Many of the fillies in Monday's Gold Series event will make their next start in the Battle of the Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 25, with the final slated for Aug. 1. The freshman pacing fillies will return to Gold Series action, and Mohawk Racetrack, on Aug. 12. On Tuesday, July 19, the Campbellville oval will welcome the two-year-old trotting fillies for their second Gold Series start. The fillies will face off in Races 2, 3, and 8, with racing getting under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 18 - Just two nights after Control The Moment captured the Meadowlands Pace, the series that helped launch his harness racing career kicked off its 2016 edition at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers began Monday evening with a field of nine colts and geldings clashing in the $14,000 opening leg. The Dream Maker has had many notable winners of the years and last year Control The Moment swept the series to add his first of many accomplishments to his resume. Scott McEneny trainee Bettors Dream was a good looking 1:53.1 winner in his career debut last week and the public took notice, as they made him the 3/5 favourite for Monday's first leg. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Dream left from post eight and was pointed towards the front. After being parked by the quarter in :27.4, the public's choice cleared to the lead, but was quickly confronted by a rival. Officer Blue Chip brushed from fourth to first and led the field by the half in :56.2. The Casie Coleman trainee fronted the field around the final turn with Bettors Dream enjoying a two-hole ride. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, Officer Blue Chip drifted out a few lanes at the top of the lane. McNair had open racetrack along the rail for the stretch drive and Bettors Dream quickly retook the lead. The son of Bettor's Delight was never really challenged in the lane and looked cool pacing home in :28.3 for the 1:54.3 victory. Soccer Hanover came first up around the final turn and battled hard in the lane to finish second, two-lengths behind the winner. Beyond Delight came from third over on the final turn to finish third, while Always Rock N Roll was fourth. A Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Bettors Dream was purchased for $45,000 last fall. The Bettors Delight gelding is now two for two to start his career for owners John Fielding, Domenic Chiaravalle and McEneny. Bettors Dream is the sixth foal out of Dream Away mare Enduring Delight, who has produced two winners of over $400,000. A $2 win ticket on the McEneny trainee returned $3.20. The second leg of the Dream Maker will take place next Monday (July 25).   Mark McKelvie

JULY 16, 2016 - Mohawk Racetracks fans enjoyed a double feature of Ontario Sires Stakes action on Saturday evening as both the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing colts competed in a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. First up were the trotting fillies and 2015 division champ Caprice Hill was an easy winner in the opener. The Kadabra daughter and driver Randy Waples took command before the half and were on cruise control for the remainder of the mile, reaching the finish in 1:54. Pocket-sitter Emoticon Hanover was one length back second and Flowers N Songs was three more to the rear in third. "She's just a one of those special animals that just come around every once in a while in a guy's career," said Milton, ON resident Waples from the winner's circle. "She has no flaws; she's perfect gaited, she does everything you want her to do, and she loves her job. And she's got a big motor in her." Waples engineered Caprice Hill's third win in four sophomore starts for New Jersey-based trainer Tony Alagna and owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. The winner of $754,377 has only been bested once in seven Ontario Sires Stakes starts and only four times in 14 career starts. While Caprice Hill picked up her sixth Gold Series trophy, the second division went to a filly earning her very first. Starting from Post 7 in the seven-filly field, driver Jody Jamieson allowed Jarette AS to ease away from the starting gate and settle in at the back of the pack while Radiant Beam, Jangone and Tymal Tempest skirmished for position at the front. Radiant Beam won the early battle, reaching the quarter in :28.2, but fan favourite Tymal Tempest took over before the :56.3 half. Catch A Mission started the forward march from the backfield, pursued by Jarette AS and Royal Charm and it was those two fillies who thrilled fans with their late stretch combat, battling through the wire in 1:53.2. Jarette AS emerged the winner by a head, leaving Royal Charm with the second-place finisher's spoils. Catch A Mission was three and one-half lengths back in third. "She's a nice little filly. She wasn't the smoothest until she got into full gear in the stretch, and then she just trotted by," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. "I was real impressed" Jamieson added that he felt fortunate to be asked to drive Jarette AS for trainer Anette Lorentzon and owners ACL Stuteri AB of Paris, KY and Kjell Johansson of Sosdala, Sweden. The Striking Sahbra daughter made her first five sophomore starts south of the border, shipping north after a July 10 contest at Pocono Downs. A Grassroots winner at two, Jarette AS now boasts a sophomore record of three wins, one second and earnings of $70,675 through six starts. The second OSS feature saw Streakavana kick things off with an impressive victory for new owners Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton and trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown, ON, who acquired the two-year-old pacing colt on July 10. In rein to Sylvain Filion, Streakavana left smartly from Post 2, allowed The Dark Shadow to control the pace to the :27.1 quarter, but then went straight back to the front. Brave World and driver Doug McNair came calling heading for the :56.3 half, but Filion opted to maintain his position and urged Streakavana forward to the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Once the Big Jim son had shifted into overdrive he simply pulled away from the field, reaching the wire four and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:52.2. "I was hoping to get covered up by one of the favourites, but nobody showed up, just Dougie (McNair) kind of come late and his horse got a little steppy, so I decided to keep going," explained Filion. "And when I pulled the plugs at the top of the stretch, he just took off." The Dark Shadow followed Streakavana into second and Yogi Bayama was driven into third-place by Yves Filion, Sylvain Filion's father. The Milton resident had driven Yogi Bayama to a Grassroots victory at Mohawk on July 7 and encouraged his father to move Yogi Bayama up to the Gold Series level. "He was a little upset when I told him I was going to try the other colt, but he understands," said Filion of the conversation with his father, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on August 3. Similar conversations may continue to take place over the remainder of the season, as Filion also captured the second Gold Series division with Tony O'Sullivan trainee Happy Trio. The colt fired away from Post 5 to reach the quarter in :27 and then allowed Sports Column to take command heading for the :57 half. Sports Column continued to lead the field through the 1:25.3 three-quarters, but when Happy Trio stepped out of the pocket he was able to accelerate past the heavy favourite and claim a neck victory in 1:53.2. Sports Column settled for second and Big Bad Bill was well back in third. "My horse raced great," said Filion of Happy Trio, who had finished second to Sports Column in the Gold Series season opener. "I couldn't get to him(Sports Column) last time, and tonight we were able to go by him. It's either his wasn't 100 per cent or mine's getting better." Puslinch resident O'Sullivan conditions the Mach Three colt for his partners Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. In three starts Happy Trio has tallied one win, one second and earnings of $79,870. "They're both nice colts, they're both very nice colts," said Filion of Streakavana and Happy Trio. "They're still green, they're still learning, so I expect they'll go even faster miles next time out." The two-year-old pacing colts will make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 11, while the three-year-old trotting fillies head to Georgian Downs on August 7. On Monday evening, July 18, the two-year-old pacing fillies will return to Mohawk for their second Gold Series event, facing off in Races 2, 4, and 9. The first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JULY 15, 2016 - On Friday evening the two-year-old pacing colts made their second Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack and Silverinyourpocket made the most of his second tour around the harness racing Campbellville oval. Starting from Post 3 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, driver Sylvain Filion of Milton sent Silverinyourpocket to the front. Through fractions of :28, :56 and 1:25 the fan favourites never faced a challenge, cruising down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.3. Aston Hill Dave and Kentucky Nick followed Silverinyourpocket into second and third. "I look forward to the next couple starts, because he showed lots of potential today," said trainer Richard Moreau, who took over training duties from owner David Ratchford in early July. North Sydney, NS resident Ratchford qualified Silverinyourpocket twice over North Side Downs in June and then sent the Badlands Hanover colt to Moreau in time for the July 7 Grassroots opener. The colt finished a hard-closing third from Post 8 in the season opener and impressed Mohawk fans enough to earn favourite status on Friday. "They deal with the horse back home in the Maritimes, and once they think they work well or they're ready, they come my way, which is perfect," said Moreau, who also trains $504,072 winner Ms Mac N Cheese for Ratchford. "I talked to Sylvain, and he said he's still green, but he likes him, no problems. I think he made me look good," added the Puslinch-based trainer. Silverinyourpocket was a $19,000 purchase out of the Forest City Yearling Sale last October and is the second foal from $195,252 winner Fillys Victory. With one win and one third, the colt currently sits atop the Grassroots standings with 62 points. Silverinyourpocket The third foal from regally-bred L A Confidential captured the first Grassroots division on Friday. Test Ride, a Mach Three son out of the full-sister to $1.9 million winner Thinking Out Loud, hit the wire one-half length ahead of Mach Déjà Vu and Tigers Way to earn his first victory. Guelph resident Paul MacDonell piloted Test Ride to the 1:55.4 win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The gelding was sixth in the Grassroots season opener, giving him a total of 53 points and a share of second spot in the standings along with the third Grassroots division winner, All It Takes. Test Ride Starting from Post 5, All It Takes left the gate strongly and driver Doug McNair had the gelding on the lead before the :56.3 half. All It Takes led the field to a 1:25.4 three-quarters and had enough in the tank to hold off a late charge from Filion and Moreau trainee One Source. Tremendous Play rounded out the top three in the 1:55.1 mile. Gregg McNair of Guelph conditions All It Takes for his partners, and the gelding's breeders, William Switala and James Martin of Clarence Center, NY. The son of Mach Three and Camber Hanover won two qualifiers at Mohawk in June, but struggled in his first two starts, finishing tenth in an overnight on June 27 and sixth in the July 7 Grassroots event. "He qualified great," said driver Doug McNair, "But he had some breathing troubles his last few starts. He got a little hot and we had to change equipment to quiet him down. "He showed tonight he has a little go to him," added the Guelph resident. All It Takes Friday's division winners will look to pad their Grassroots point totals when the program stops at Georgian Downs for the third leg on August 9. On Saturday evening Mohawk Racetrack welcomes the three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old pacing colts, each competing in a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. The trotting fillies will square off in Races 2 and 3 while the pacing colts battle in Races 7 and 8. Racing gets under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 14, 2016 - Conditions were not ideal for their third Grassroots event, but Ontario's three-year-old trotting fillies still turned in some impressive harness racing performances at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. The 11 fillies in the third $18,000 division paraded onto the racetrack in the driving rain, but neither the weather nor Post 9 kept Myretirementticket from picking up her second straight Grassroots trophy. In rein to Moffat resident Jody Jamieson, the fan favourite watched from the outer lane while second choice Powerful Glare carved out the mile, then powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:59.3. Powerful Glare stayed game for second and Silky Flashy Nfast closed hard to be third. "I actually went over after the race to say 'Hi' to her and she wasn't happy to see me at all. I think it was because of the trip I gave her," quipped Jamieson. "She didn't see the rail the whole way, but I was never more confident in a horse as she sloshed along in the pouring rain." Eli Wagler of Ingersoll bred, owns and trains Myretirementticket. The daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again was also victorious in the July 1 Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway and finished second in the June 14 season opener at Mohawk, giving her 125 points and top spot in the division standings. In seven sophomore starts the filly now has two wins, one second, two thirds and earnings of $24,468. As a two-year-old Myretirementticket was a three-time Grassroots winner, including her Semifinal, and finished third in the season-ending Championship. "She's a sweetheart to drive and I'm hoping Eli (Wagler) gives the Gold a try soon," Jamieson added. Myretirementticket Two races later, Haileysgonedancing jumped up the point standings with her very first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Although the rain had stopped, the racing surface was still rated sloppy, three seconds slower than normal, but that fact did not deter driver Sylvain Filion from sending Haileysgonedancing straight to the front from Post 9. The Manofmanymissions daughter slogged through fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28 on her way to a one and one-half length win in 1:58 over Sunrise Avenue. Very Classy finished third. "She's a good honest filly, she gives everything she's got," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan. "She's honest as the day is long." The Puslinch resident shares ownership of Haileysgonedancing with Kirk McKinnon of Brampton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. Although she missed the board in the Grassroots season opener, the filly was a hard fought second in the Dresden event and Thursday's victory moves her into fourth spot in the division standings with 78 points. "The Grassroots is a good spot for her," noted O'Sullivan. "She's done a good job." Haileysgonedancing Flanking Haileysgonedancing in the point standings are Could It Be Magic and Magical Steph, who also captured their Grassroots divisions on Thursday. Could It Be Magic kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, reeling in pacesetter Trumpets in the stretch and reaching the wire in 1:59.4. Majestic Mistress closed hard to finish second, one and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite, while Trumpets held on for third. Wayne Henry of Arthur drives, trains and shares ownership of Could It Be Magic, who was a three-time Gold Series winner at two, with Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON. Thursday's win was the first of the season for the Kadabra daughter, and combined with her runner-up finish in the Grassroots season opener gives her a total of 75 points. Could It Be Magic Henry's brother Trevor piloted Magical Steph to victory in the second division, sending the heavy favourite to the front before the halfway marker and cruising home in 1:59.2. Pocket-sitter Stonebridge Peace finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Profound Patience recovered from an early break to be third. It was the second straight Grassroots win for Magical Steph, who is trained by Gary Lance for GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. The Kadabra daughter currently sits second in the standings with 108 points, 17 behind Myretirementticket. Magical Steph The evening's final Grassroots contest went to Anneli Hanover, who sprinted down the stretch to reel in favourite Magical Valentine and Traviata in a personal best 1:58.1. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the two and three-quarter length win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and Barry White of Ottawa, ON. "I didn't really want to cut it, because I saw she got beat a couple times on the front," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in the Majestic Son daughter's race bike. "So I landed in the two-hole, and I ended up in the three-hole, but around the last turn she felt good and when she got room she just flew, she won very easily." The win was the filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, but her fourth on the season. After going winless at two, Anneli Hanover boasts a sophomore record of four wins and one second in nine starts for earnings of $22,500. Anneli Hanover The sophomore trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Grassroots start on August 9. On Friday's program Mohawk puts the spotlight on the two-year-old pacing colts, who will wage their second Grassroots battles in Races 2, 7, and 8. Post time for the first race at the Campbellville oval is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

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