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Three months after moving to Campbellville after nearly 40 years in Peterborough, the veteran Ontario trainer’s Ontario-sired trotter Hemi Seelster pulled off a stunning 76-1 upset in the Goodtimes Stakes on the Pepsi North America Cup harness racing undercard.   Pepsi North America Cup Night was surreal for John Bax of Campbellville on a number of fronts. Not only did his Ontario-sired pupil Hemi Seelster pull off a stunning 76-1 upset in the $233,000 final of the Goodtimes Stakes against top Grand Circuit horses, the veteran Ontario trainer then presented the trophy to himself. The Goodtimes, for sophomore trotting males, is named for Bax’s former trotting great, a longtime warrior in the open trot at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks who was inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2004 after earning more than $2 million on the track. Bax, 60, said he was numb as he headed for the winner’s circle on June 20 after the Goodtimes. “I just handed (the trophy) to my wife, Vicky. I was there to give it, so I certainly had no trouble standing on the other side and taking it,” Bax said, laughing. Adding to the surreal nature of the night, it took just five minutes for Bax to make the trip home after the races, rather than the usual two- or three-hour trek. In April, Bax moved to the site of the famed standardbred breeding outfit Glengate Farms in Campbellville that ceased breeding operations in 2005. Until April, Bax had been based in Peterborough for his entire 38-year training career — a stint in which he trained the winners of well more than $17 million (trainer records weren’t kept for the first 16 years of his career) and earned a berth in the Peterborough and District Sports Hall of Fame in 2008. “I drove a lot down the road, wore out a lot of trucks,” Bax said. “There were nights when I was heading home at midnight and they’ve got the 401 shut down in the middle of Toronto and you’re sitting there until 1:30 or 2 in the morning trying to get through and back home.” Needing to be up at the crack of dawn to train his stable compounded the wear and tear on the trainer. “I figured it out that if I was coming (to Mohawk) five days a week in the summer, that’s 20 hours plus (on the road),” Bax said. Bax said the move to the west side of Toronto, and closer to Ontario’s most lucrative tracks, only made sense because his 25-year-old son, Matt, is also a trainer. John also credits Matt for Hemi Seelster being in the Goodtimes in the first place. “To tell you the truth, I didn’t even realize at first that (Hemi Seelster) was in the Goodtimes. Matt slipped one by me. He was always high on him,” John said. “It’s his baby and he sometimes, in his youth, gets a little over-stimulated or high on a horse, whereas I’ve been down that road before.” Hemi Seelster, a son of Holiday Road out of Hollywood Beauty bred by Seelster Farms in Lucan, ON, was a $19,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale in London — the exact same price John paid for Goodtimes as a yearling in 1992. Hemi Seelster is owned by John, Matt, John Houston of Cobourg, ON and the Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough. John Bax pegged the gelding as more of an Ontario Sires Stakes horse than a top stakes horses. In against 1-5 favourite Canepa Hanover and 3-1 second choice French Laundry — both from the powerful Jimmy Takter stable — John said he was hoping for a fifth-place cheque with Hemi Seelster in the Goodtimes. But when Canepa Hanover and later French Laundry broke stride, John said he began counting horses in front of Hemi Seelster. “I really wasn’t paying so much attention to who was in front of us so much as the number there were… I don’t know if I breathed down the stretch,” John said. It was the first victory for Hemi Seelster in seven starts this year. All of this comes on the heels of one of John’s best years in the business. In 2014, John trained the winners of some $1.6 million. Two of John’s trainees — two-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle and three-year-old trotting filly Riveting Rosie — earned O’Brien Awards as the top horses in their division in Canada. Only 2001, when John earned some $1.85 million, won a Breeders Crown with Duke Of York at Woodbine and earned the O’Brien Award as Canada’s Trainer of the Year, was better, statistically, than last year. Beyond Goodtimes and Duke Of York ($900,000 lifetime), John has trained a long string of Ontario-sired trotting stars over his career, including: Define The World ($1.65 million), Charmed Life ($830,000), Northern Bailey ($775,000), Pepi Lavec ($650,000), Summer Indian ($435,000), Oaklea Odessa ($410,000), Oaklea Omega ($400,000), Elegant Supreme ($380,000) and Aimees Image ($230,000) Though Hemi Seelster is bound mostly for the Ontario Sires Stakes program this summer — of which John Bax is both a huge proponent and, historically, one of its most successful trainers — he said he might take a shot at the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks with Ontario-sired Stubborn Belle (Taurus Dream—Musetta Hanover) in August at the Meadowlands Racetrack in New Jersey. He said he hopes Ontario-sired Riveting Rosie (Muscle Mass—Rose De Vie Stena) can overcome allergy issues in time to race in the Breeders Crown at Woodbine in October. For now, the trainer is happy to enjoy an easier commute, easy access to Mohawk Racetrack to train horses and Hemi Seelster’s surprising Goodtimes victory. “I suppose at the end of the day it makes that $1,000 or $2,000 entry fee a little more bearable. It gives you a little hope,” he said. Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing standardbrednews@ontariohorseracing.ca (519) 782-7178   Please visit: www.ontariohorseracing.ca

JUNE 30, 2015 - Twelve days ago harness racing trainer Dustin Jones made an unanticipated return to the race bike behind his top trotting colt Dont Rush, a return that had a direct impact on Tuesday evening's Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "Chris (Christoforou) had got hurt that night in the parade, and I wasn't really prepared to drive him," said Jones of his last minute return to the race bike in the June 18 overnight. "Chris wanted me to leave with him and I said, you know what, if I leave with him and I get parked I'm going to be mad at myself. I said, I'll just put him in the back." Jones eased Dont Rush off the gate from Post 6 in the three-year-old conditioned event and the pair raced along well behind the leaders before closing hard to finish two and one-half lengths back in third. The mile may not have been the one Christoforou would have crafted, but it did cause Jones to firm up a decision he had been toying with since the start of Dont Rush's sophomore season. "He did trot his last half in :56.1, but I thought he was working too hard, his legs were going fast and he wasn't grabbing the track good enough, so I changed his shoes," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "I've been debating about that all year because I knew he was going to have to gain a few seconds, because he's not a very big horse." Jones switched Dont Rush's front footwear from steel to aluminum, which lowered the colt's gait a little bit, and the result was immediately apparent to Christoforou as he rolled in behind the gate for Tuesday evening's $105,000 Gold Series division. Lining up at Post 9 the Campbellville, ON resident opted to send Dont Rush to the front and the trotter looked every inch a division champion as he cruised home to a four length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. "Dustin made a great change and lightened his front shoes, and the colt's gait was much more efficient," said Christoforou after the race. "I have never raced him that way before, but with 11 horses in the field, and having the 9 hole, I was reluctant to risk getting him caught in traffic. He responded well and showed his class tonight." The win gives Dont Rush one Gold trophy, one Grassroots trophy, and one third-place result in overnight action through three sophomore starts and boosts his season earnings to $63,900. Jones, who shares ownership of the homebred son of Infinitif and Color Me Pretty with Greg Judson of Athens, ON, says last year's division champion will now begin preparations for the July 15 Gold Leg at Grand River Raceway. Dont Rush One race after guiding Dont Rush into the Mohawk winner's circle, Christoforou paraded onto the racetrack with another trotter benefitting from a recent equipment change. Like Dont Rush, Muscle Up The Goal captured his Grassroots division at Mohawk on June 4, but when the colt made a break in his Goodtimes elimination at the Campbellville oval on June 12 trainer Rob Fellows decided to add trotting hopples to his equipment bag. Christoforou and Muscle Up The Goal gave the hopples a test run in a June 23 qualifier at Mohawk, posting a two and one-half length win in 1:57.2, which had fans sending the duo off as their fourth choice in Tuesday's second Gold division. Starting from Post 1, Christoforou allowed the trotter to coast away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting fifth at the :27.2 opening quarter clocked by Raising Richard. With Olympic Son and Rubber Duck serving as a wind break, Muscle Up The Goal stepped into the outer lane heading for the :57.3 half and maintained that position through the 1:27.2 three-quarters. When Christoforou asked the Muscle Mass son for an additional gear, Muscle Up The Goal kicked home to a one and one-quarter length win in a personal best 1:55.4. "Muscle Up The Goal showed a lot of ability early last year then got hurt. It's been a long road back for him, but the addition of trotting hopples has seemed to help him tremendously," said Christoforou. "He got a nice trip tonight and raced very good." Rockwood, ON resident Fellows conditions Muscle Up The Goal for Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. Before being injured early in his freshman campaign the trotter scored two Gold Series victories. In just seven lifetime starts Muscle Up The Goal now has four wins and earnings of $150,600. Muscle Up The Goal Like Dont Rush, Muscle Up The Goal will now turn his attention toward the third Gold Series event of the three-year-old trotting colt calendar on July 15 at Grand River Raceway. After a break for Canada Day, Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, July 2 with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

JUNE 29, 2015 - It was an evening of harness racing upsets at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday as the province's top three-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed in a pair of $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Lightly regarded Big Moment and driver Trevor Henry kicked things off in the first division, sprinting down the stretch to nab pacesetter J Js Delivery in a photo finish. Just a nose separated Big Moment, J Js Delivery and Mr Carrotts, with all three colts hitting the wire in 1:51.2. Fan favourite Go Daddy Go, Big Moment's stablemate in the Bob McIntosh barn, finished one length back in fifth after spending much of the mile in the outer lane. "He's got one real fast brush to him," said Arthur, ON resident Henry after the race. "You can use it in the middle of the mile or late in the mile. Tonight it worked out better late in the mile." Starting from Post 8, Henry and Big Moment sat near the back of the field through much of the race, closing from sixth at the top of the stretch to claim their first Gold Series win. A regular competitor on the Grassroots circuit last season, with two wins and a fourth-place result in the year-end championship, Big Moment made his Gold Series debut in the May 29 season opener at Western Fair Raceway, finishing fourth. "They qualified him, I think it was three times, and he just got better and better," noted Henry, who drives the homebred son of Camluck for Hall of Fame horseman McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his partner Max Newham of Merlin, ON. "He's a nice big horse." Monday's victory boosted Big Moment's sophomore record to two wins, one second and one third in six starts for earnings of $74,760. Big Moment While not an upset of the same magnitude, the other Gold division saw second choice Drachan Hanover reel in heavy favourite Physicallyinclined in the stretch. Starting from Post 6, driver Rick Zeron fired Drachan Hanover to the front before the :26.2 quarter, but allowed Physicallyinclined and driver Paul MacDonell to take over heading for the :55 half. Content to follow the favourite through the 1:23 three-quarters, Zeron waited until the top of the stretch to ask his colt for another gear. Drachan Hanover responded in impressive fashion, sailing home to a 1:50.2 personal best. Physicallyinclined settled for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, with Robert Hill well back in third. "He got a little excited last week in the consolation of the North America Cup. He had the rail, and I was trying to rate him into the gate, and he threw his head in the air and I lost him, so (trainer) Marcel Barrieau did some changes on him and he said he'd be better tonight," said Zeron after the race. "Marcel did a great job with him and the colt was right on point tonight. "I knew we had a big hill to climb to beat Physicallyinclined, Paul MacDonell's, but I thought if I could stay close to him I'd have a shot at him at the head of the lane, so it was a picture perfect race. He's a great horse, he's a great colt." The win was the first in five starts for Drachan Hanover, who was the number two colt in the freshman pacing division last season with one Gold Leg win and a runner-up result in the Super Final. Barrieau, of Les Cedres, QC, trains the Jeremes Jet son for Lloyd MacLean of Inverness, NS and Kenneth Rankin of Port Morien, NS, who offered up a modest $4,500 to acquire the colt at the 2013 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was a real good horse last year, he just needed to put a few things together," noted Oakville, ON resident Zeron. "He's full of himself this colt. "He's getting better and stronger every week. In the Somebeachsomewhere I told Marcel that I'd like to race him up near the front end and he gave me the green light to go, and he got a little tired coming for home and two horses got by him," Zeron continued. "We drew bad in the NA Cup elimination, lost him in the Consolation, so it's quite rewarding having him bounce back tonight going for $105,000. He's back on track now and hopefully we don't have to have any more bumps in the road." Drachan Hanover Like Big Moment, Drachan Hanover finished fourth in the May 29 season opener and their wins on Monday put the pair at the top of the three-year-old pacing colt standings with 58 points. The duo will have to wait until July 25 to add to their point tally, when the sophomore pacing colts return to Mohawk Racetrack for their third Gold Leg. Next up on the action-packed Mohawk Racetrack Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are the three-year-old trotting colts, who will battle in a pair of Gold Legs on Tuesday, June 30. Ontario Horse Racing

June 29, 2015 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) announced its support of the Milton DistrictHospital's (MDH) expansion project with the donation of $100,000 to the MDH Foundation's Our Home Our Hospital Campaign, in a special celebration with community members at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27. WEG's $100,000 gift to the MDH Foundation's capital campaign will be matched by the Orlando Corporation through a matching challenge of up to $5 million. "The MDH continues to have a significant impact and importance on the many people who depend on the hospital," Helen Vatistas, Executive Director, MDHF. "Everyone in the area and surrounding communities is influenced by the hospital and the services it offers. Through the generosity, kindness and longtime support of organizations like WEG, we will be able to provide even more critical services to people in need." To recognize WEG's support in the expansion of the Milton DistrictHospital, the Fracture Room, part of the hospital's Emergency Department, will be named, "Woodbine Entertainment Group." "We are extremely proud to support both the MDH and the community in this critical expansion of the hospital," said Jim Lawson, CEO, WEG. "Through our WEG Cares program, we are able to leverage the power of horse racing to assist and work within the communities in which we operate to create better places to live, learn and gather together." The MiltonDistrictHospital expansion will add 330,000 square feet of space to the existing 125,000 square foot hospital. The project will address the needs of all with a focus on meeting the needs of those living in Milton, the fastest-growing community in Canada. Project highlights include the expansion of emergency and surgical services, medical/surgical inpatient units, critical care, maternal newborn and diagnostic imaging and support services, overall capacity increase from 63 to 129 inpatient beds, and the addition of the hospital's first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine. About Woodbine Entertainment Group (www.woodbineentertainment.com) WEG is the largest horse racing operator in Canada offering world-class horse racing at both Woodbine (Toronto) and Mohawk (Milton) racetracks. WEG, part of the Standardbred Alliance, and single operator of Teletheatres and Account Wagering in Ontario, operates off-track wagering at its Champions teletheatres throughout the province. Remote wagering is also available to customers through HBIbet, the company's telephone, internet and mobile account wagering service. WEG operates HPItv, a CRTC licensed digital television channel that broadcasts its racing product into homes across Canada. About MiltonDistrictHospital Foundation: Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is a registered charity that works to raise funds for the Milton DistrictHospital, site of Halton Health Care Services. The MDHF raises funds to help purchase vital medical equipment and improve the facilities.   Mark McKelvie

Boca Raton, FL - Noted author, Victoria Howard, will be making two book signing appearances in Ontario, Canada July 4 and July 10. Howard will be appearing at Mohawk Raceway in Toronto on Saturday, July 4 and then at Grand River Raceway in Elora on Friday, July 10. She will be promoting her most recent book, "Roosevelt Raceway - Where It All Began" and her children's equine novel, "The Adventures of Max & Molly." At Mohawk Raceway on Saturday, July 4, Victoria Howard will be signing autographs and meeting fans starting at 6:00 pm on the main level of the track near the escalators to the main dining room and leading out towards trackside. Also that night on the racetrack will be the second leg of the Summertime Series for 3-year-old pacing colts and gelding. At Grand River Raceway on Friday, July 10, Victoria Howard will be meeting guests and signing autographs starting at 6:30 pm under the Tarmac Tent area. "I can't wait to get up to Canada next week," said Victoria Howard. 'It will be great to be there to meet racing fans plus I will get to see my baby in training, Magical Valentine. She is a two-year-old filly by Kadabra." Victoria Howard is the author of eleven books including the top seller "Why Women Love Bad Boys" that has already been translated and sold in 15 countries. She is a former Miss Pittsburgh, a Barbizon model, a Playboy Bunny and has been a Standardbred owner, breeder and trainer. She was a co-owner of the 1994 Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of the Year, Efishnc, and still owns and breeds horses today. Ms. Howard is the host of the radio talk show, Beauty and the Shrink, and is a columnist for Aroundtown Newspaper with her bi-weekly "Dear Victoria" column. She was also honored in 2014 with the Allen J. Finkelson Award and in 2013 with the R.D. Ricketts Award, both awards for substantial contributions to the promotion of the Standardbred industry. For more information visit Victoria Howard on Facebook or email mstoriamarie@yahoo.com. By Steve Wolf  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 27 - Rockin In Heaven received the majority of the hype heading into the first leg of the Summertime Saturday night at Mohawk, but he needed every inch of determination to pull out the harness racing victory. A field of ten three-year-old pacing colts and geldings contested the $18,000 opening leg of the Summertime Series under rainy and windy conditions. Rockin In Heaven was returning to Mohawk for the first time since winning a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 6. In between "The Beach" and Saturday's contest, the Dr. Ian Moore trainee went south of the border and finished second in a New York Sires Stakes leg at Vernon Downs. Sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite, Rockin In Heaven got away in fourth and made a second-quarter brush to the front for driver Trevor Henry. Battling a strong headwind down the backstretch, Rockin In Heaven got the field down to the three-quarter pole in 1:27. Poisonous and driver Sylvain Filion came first up around the final turn and got on even terms with the favourite as they entered the stretch. After pacing by the eighth-pole side-by-side, Poisonous took a slight lead over Rockin In Heaven and appeared to be charging home to victory, but the public's choice dug deep to battle back in the final strides and win by a neck in 1:53.3. Rustys Overload finished third, while Official Prince rounded out the top-four. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Rockin In Heaven now has five wins from seven starts this season for owners Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Saturday's victory was the eighth overall for Rockin In Heaven and increased his career earnings to $93,977. A $2 win ticket on the favourite returned a profit of $0.60. The second leg of the Summertime Series will take place next Saturday (July 4). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 26 - Harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies clashed Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack in round one of the Town Pro Series and a direct connection to the series namesake took the first of two splits. Imagine Dragon and driver Rick Zeron made a big third-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a three-length 1:51.3 victory in the first $18,000 division. A daughter of Dragon Again, Imagine Dragon's dam Town Pro Miss was the eighth foal out of Town Pro, making the series namesake the grand-dam of Friday's first division winner. Trained by Frank Antonacci for the Lindy Farms of Conn, Imagine Dragon was making her local debut Friday evening. The sophomore pacing filly now has two wins from five starts and earnings of over $35,000 in her first season of racing. Lovely Erin finished second, while Southwind Geisha rounded out the Triactor. Imagine Dragon paid $15.60 to win. Imagine Dragon Zeron, Antonacci and the Lindy Farms teamed up to win the second division in 1:52.1 with Lindys Old Lady for a sweep of the first round. Sent off as the 8/5 second choice, Lindys Old Lady sprinted out towards the lead and would receive a two-hole trip, as Invest In Art, the 3/5 favourite, overtook the lead just after the opening-quarter. Invest In Art was confronted by first up challenger Nationalize around the final turn, which softened up the favourite for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Lindys Old Lady, who had angled to the far outside, overtook the lead. The Antonacci trainee paced home strong to hold off Evas Girl, who charged up the rail, by a length. Abbijade Hanover finished third, while Invest In Art was able to hold on for fourth. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Lindys Old Lady has now won three of five starts in her first season of racing for earnings of $33,200. Lindys Old Lady returned $5.50 to win. Lindys Old Lady In order to be eligible to the Town Pro, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2015. The second leg of the Town Pro will take place next Friday (July 3). Series action continues Saturday night at Mohawk with the first leg of the Summertime for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mark McKelvie

If anyone thought that harness racing super sire Bettor's Delight was coming to the end of his brilliant stallion career, then todays results of the two year old races at Mohawk Racetrack would have dispelled that theory well and truly. Betty Hill, a daughter of Bettors Delight won the first race for the babies in 1:55.3 after a big move to lead midrace. A $40,000 purchase at last years Harrisburg Sales, Betty Hill is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire in the United Kingdom. A minor highlight of the race was the run of L A Delight who came from well back for a close up third on debut. Another daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is a half sister to the very smart racemare Somewhere In L A 1:50 ($599,461) and judging by todays run could be one to follow. The second heat was won by the very mature looking Kays Shadow who employed similar tactics to Betty Hill in scooting to the lead midrace and then defying the opposition to run her down, winning in 1:54 flat. The daughter of Shadow Play was a $23,000 purchase at last year Harrisburg sale and looks more like a four year old than a two year old. Nothing in this heat ran on well enough to say they would challenge Kays Shadow in the near future and her meeting with Betty Hill and L A Delight in the near future will be worth going to see. Betty Hill Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 23 - Wakizashi Hanover's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was the highlight of a harness racing record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday's 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night's wager was up 24.9 per cent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014. A total of $681,716 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race, a 43.8 per cent increase over the race handle on the 2014 edition. On track, Mohawk Racetrack was packed from wall to wall with an attendance of approximately 12,000 people, which helped elevate the on track handle 20.6 per cent in comparison to last year's Cup. Fans and horseplayers were entertained all evening with a fantastic card of harness racing, live music, food trucks and giveaways. The hashtag #NACup was a top trend in the Toronto area Saturday evening and was also trending across Canada. Live racing continues at Mohawk every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all summer long. Post time each night is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Frehold, NJ --- Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter by Kadabra, reclaimed the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following her stakes-record 1:51.4 win in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover, a 3-year-old male pacer, made a big move into the Top 10, adding 209 points to his total from last week to land at No. 4 in the rankings. Wakizashi Hanover defeated previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit by three-quarters of a length to win the Cup in 1:48, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record. Wiggle It Jiggleit fell from the top spot to second in the poll. JL Cruze, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by a half-length over Father Patrick in 1:50.4, moved from fifth to third in this week’s rankings. Father Patrick is fifth. Another newcomer to the Top 10 is Doo Wop Hanover, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, and joined the group at No. 6. Doo Wop Hanover won by one length over fellow Top 10 member Rockeyed Optimist in 2:02.3, setting the world record for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 6 – 6/23/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (29) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 342 2 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (4) 3pg 11-10-1-0 $338,242 283 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 255 5 4 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 6-5-1-0 $494,418 242 -- 5 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 4 6 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 114 -- 7 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 109 8 8 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 96 7 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 67 9 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 5-4-0-0 $264,095 65 3 Also: Artspeak (49); State Treasurer (44); Lady Shadow (33); Canepa Hanover (18); Crazy Wow, Uncle Lasse (12); Shake It Cerry (11); Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll, Habitat, Physicallyinclined (8); Yagonnakissmeornot (7); Foiled Again (6); Lost For Words (4); The Show Returns (3); Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns, JK She’salady (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou found his way to the winner's circle twice in Monday's three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots season opener at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. Teaming up with regular mount Bistrobistro Taj in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, Christoforou hustled the filly away from the outside post and settled her in fourth spot, where the pair sat through the :27.2 quarter. Rolling toward the :57.2 half Christoforou sent the striking chestnut filly after the lead, and by the 1:26.1 three-quarters Bistrobistro Taj was comfortably in front. In the stretch Bistrobistro Taj opened up a four and one-quarter length margin on Judy The Beauty and Cincinnati Miss, sailing under the wire in a personal best 1:55.3. Christoforou engineered the win for trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON and owners 9215 6447 Quebec Inc. of Lasalle, QC. The victory was the Pilgrims Taj daughter's first of the season, but her third lifetime, with the other two victories also coming in Grassroots action. Through 11 lifetime starts Bistrobistro Taj has earned $69,650. The 2014 O'Brien Award winner's second Grassroots triumph came in the fourth division, when he piloted Oh My Magic to a 1:57.1 personal best for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood, ON and Steve Organ of Aurora, ON. Christoforou and Oh My Magic wrestled command of the race from fan favourite Lady Caterina heading for the three-quarters and then held off late challenger Railee Priti in the stretch to secure the three-quarter length victory. Giona rounded out the top three. The win was Oh My Magic's fourth of the season, in which the Kadabra daughter has finished no worse than fourth in eight starts, earning $26,000. The filly is a half-sister to former Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series winner Friendly Amigo, who earned $588,266 in her career. Trainer Per Henriksen also captured the third Grassroots division with fan favourite Coloratura. Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron piloted Coloratura to the 1:57.4 win for Henriksen and owner-breeder Andrea Lea Racing Stables of Lakefield Gore, QC. The win was the Angus Hall daughter's second this season and her first in Grassroots action. P L Indyanaca and I Feel Good finished second and third, one and one-half lengths behind Coloratura. Homebred Renegade Magic delivered an impressive effort in the second Grassroots division, ringing up a 1:55.4 personal best for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON, trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford, ON and owner-breeders Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley, ON. Hape and Ladyone finished two and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite. Another Henriksen earned the win in the fifth division, with trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen guiding Lady Ping to a 1:57.1 romp over Stay In Touch and Massima. Peterborough, ON resident Henriksen shares ownership of the Muscle Mass daughter with breeder Dr. Brett Anderson of Port Hope, ON. Through 13 starts this season the filly now has two wins, six seconds and one third for earnings of $42,150. The final division saw Muscle Kit and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON cruise to a three and one-quarter length victory over Striking Ivy and GS Grasshopper in a personal best 1:56. Ervin Miller of Wind Gap, PA owns and trains the Muscle Mass daughter, whose dam Lookit was a Grassroots winner during her $187,033 career. The three-year-old trotting fillies make their second Grassroots start on July 1 during Dresden Raceway's Canada Day program. Mohawk Racetrack's action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes schedule continues next Monday, June 29 with the second Gold Leg for the three-year-old pacing colts. Ontario Horse Racing

The Canadian harness racing breeding industry had a stellar day yesterday at Mohawk with several of the day's features captured by stock sired by Canadian based stallions. Leading the way was the evergreen Mach Three who had a day to remember. His three year old daughter Wrangler Magic took out the $479,000 Fan Hanover in 1:50.2 and another daughter in Solar Sister flashed home late for an unlucky third in the same race. Physicallyinclined, a son of Mach Three who missed the North American Cup Final after having no luck in his division last week, showed he wouldn't have been out of it in the big dance when he easily won the $75,000 North American Cup consolation in a sharp 1:49 after starting from barrier eight.  Mach Three progeny also won two other races on the undercard in a timely reminder to breeders of what a great stallion he is. The great trotting mare Bee A Magician was her old self once again, completely dominating the $272,000 Armbro Flight, clearing out for an easy victory in a smart 1:51.4. It was the daughter of Kadabra's 37th lifetime victory and took her earnings to $3,174,386 and it looks like there is plenty more to come. Another Canadian based sire to taste victory on the day was Shadow Play. His outstanding daughter Lady Shadow franked her good form this season with a dominant win in the $350,000 Roses Are Red in a very sharp 1:48.3 It was Lady Shadow's 14th career victory and took her earning to $692,679. The other highlight on the day for Canadian breeders was the victory by Hemi Seelster in the $233,000 Goodtimes Final for three year old trotters. A son of the first crop of the Ontario based sire Holiday Road 1:52.4 ($426,200), Hemi Seelster was aided by a couple of the favourites galloping but he still got the job done in 1:54 Those results yesterday at Mohawk were a timely to North American breeders that  the Canadian based stallions can more than hold their own against all comers. Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20 - Wrangler Magic delivered the performance of her harness racing career to win the $479,000 Fan Hanover Saturday night at Mohawk. A impressive field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies, including 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady, lined up to contest the Fan Hanover. Wrangler Magic and Sylvain Filion showed early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Sassa Hanover, who handed JK Shesalady her first loss last week, brushed to the front in the second-quarter from fourth and posted a half of :54.4. Around the final turn, JK Shesalady was forced to come first up from fifth and grinded her way up to the leader's wheel at the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Wrangler Magic came off the cones to battle with Sassa Hanover, while JK Shesalady didn't have her kick once again. Wrangler Magic was able to surge by the leader and paced off to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:50.2. "She (Wrangler Magic) showed it last year at the end of the year, she started coming on really good," said trainer Stephane Larocque, following the race. "Yves Filion did just an amazing job (developing Wrangler Magic) to get her to be so good and sound this year and right now she's awesome." The Show Returns (Rocknroll Hanover) and Solar Sister (Mach Three)  finished second and third, while Sassa Hanover was fourth. A daughter of Mach Three, Wrangler Magic is owned by Thomas Kyron, Maurice Stewart, Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. The Fan Hanover victory was the first in five starts this season and third overall for the Larocque trainee. Wrangler Magic's career earnings now exceed $450,000 and the clocking of 1:50.2 is a new career best. Wrangler Magic paid $13.80 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...In an ultra-competitive $350,000 Roses Are Red final for harness racing filly and mare pacers on Pepsi North America Cup night at Mohawk Racetrack, it was Lady Shadow, the 2-1 second choice, who prevailed by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.3. Driven by Doug McNair for trainer Ron Adams, Lady Shadow had arrived at the final off a blistering front end 1:48.3 elim win last week and was posting her third victory in only five starts so far this year. The four-year-old Ontario-sired daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella came from third and took over before the half in :54.1, buzzed to the three-quarters in a red-hot 1:21.1, then held off the stretch closers, slight favourite Yagonnakissmeornot and Sandbetweenurtoes, for the win. The field also included the consecutive three-time Roses Are Red defending champion and $3 million earner Anndrovette, but a fourth crown was not in the cards. The eight-year-old mare came home seventh, after taking the field through a quick opening quarter in :25.3, then following Lady Shadow in second until mid-stretch. "They were probably figuring on her (Lady Shadow) leaving out of there tonight," explained McNair. "I wasn't sure who was going to take a stab (at the front). I figured (driver) Timmy (Tetrick, driving Anndrovette) would be coming out of there. I kind of let her settle then put her in front. She kind of did the rest on her own. "I had a good mare (Colors A Virgin) first up (around the far turn). Never want to let her get too close. I figured I'd just let her rock from the three-quarter pole and she paced away from them. She's come along from two to three, now three to four. She's just getting better every year. It was great to get this win. I think I've been second or third in this race before. It's a big thrill for me to win it." Said trainer Adams, who only took over the training of Lady Shadow from McNair's father Gregg in mid-May, when the mare was sold, "She's a beautiful filly. She's built awesome. It's a great win to do it on the front at her home track. I was confident after we won last week. We got to pick our post (3). Picking the inside gave Dougie the opportunity to make something happen." It was career win number 14 for Lady Shadow in 26 starts, with her bankroll now nearing $700,000, including the $175,000 for the Roses Are Red. Lady Shadow paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.90, teaming with Yagonnakissmeornot ($3.50, $2.60) for an $18.60 (3-5) exactor. A 3-5-6 (Sandbetweenurtoes, $5.40) triactor returned $135.50 while a $1 Superfecta [3-5-6-4 (Waasmula)] was worth $466.55. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20…Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, made her rivals disappear down the stretch, scoring an effortless four and three-quarter length victory over longshot Charmed Life in the $272,000 Armbro Flight for filly and mare trotters at Mohawk Racetrack, part of a star-studded stakes harness racing undercard on Pepsi North America Cup night. Named for Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1964, 1965 and 1966, the Armbro Flight showcased not only the eventual winner, but also 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and the defending race champion, Classic Martine. But it proved no contest.  Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears, sent postward the overwhelming 1-5 choice, popped out from fourth and took over from Classic Martine after the half was reached in :56.4. From there, after opening six lengths while getting three-quarters in 1:24.2,  it was just a question of how far the five-year-old mare would win by, as she clipped a fifth of a second off the stakes record set by Buck I St Pat in 2010, completing the mile in 1:51.4.  Classic Martine held on for third with Shake It Cerry fourth. The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive came into the final sporting five wins in six starts this year, including an easy 1:51.1 four-length elim win last week for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. “I just let the race come into its own, just playing it by ear,” said Sears, celebrating his third Armbro Flight success, following Stroke Play in 2004 and Pembroke Heat Wave in 2012.  “She raced so good first-over last week I wasn’t going to try to move her hard to the front.   I got away in first-over position and she did the rest.  I’m just thrilled to get the opportunity to drive a great mare like that.  ”She’s one of the top horses I’ve gotten the opportunity to drive,” continued Sears, who also drove greats like Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to major wins and year-end honours. Added Norman, “She’s in a really good little groove.  Haven’t done much with her between races.  It seems to really suit her.  She’s thriving.   I think she’s getting better.  We’ll give her a couple of weeks off then go to the Meadowlands.” Bee A Magician was winning her 37th race in 54 starts.  As a three-year-old, she went undefeated in 17 outings, earning over $1.5 million en route to Horse of the Year honours in both Canada and the United States. After a subpar 2014 season, winning just four of 17 starts, Bee A Magician has returned with a vengeance and has now earned almost $3.2 million for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida. Bee A Magician paid $2.60, $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($13.20, $6.80) for a $24.90 (5-6) exactor.  A 5-6-2 (Classic Martine, $4.30) triactor was worth $102.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-3 (Shake It Cerry)] returned $114.60. WEG Entertainment

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