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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The combination of harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna has been red hot at Mohawk Racetrack and Thursday night the hot streak continued. Alagna sent out three horses on Thursday's 10-race card and all three scored victories with Waples in the sulky. The successful evening for the duo began in the opening race, as rookie trotting colt Signal Hill broke his maiden with a 1:58.3 score. The son of Muscle Hill, who sold for $250,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, was making his third career start and trotted home in :27.4 for the victory. Signal Hill is owned by Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill Vintage Babe gave Waples and Alagna their second victory with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third-race. The sophomore pacing filly was competing at the non-winners of two or $25,000 lifetime level and shot home in :27.3 for her third career score. The daughter of Vintage Master is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Jodi Siamis. Vintage Babe The third victory of the night for Waples and Alagna came in the eighth-race, as Winter Harbor picked up his second consecutive victory. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill grinded away first up throughout the middle-half and pulled ahead in the lane for a 1:56.1 score. A $240,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Winter Harbor didn't make his three-year-old debut until August 5th and now has two wins from three starts to improve his career record to three wins in six starts. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Little E LLC and Winter Harbor Partners. Winter Harbor The combination of Waples and Alagna is winning at almost 50 per cent this season at Mohawk. They will team up twice on Friday's card with a pair of impressive ladies. Ontario Sires Stakes star Caprice Hill will be looking for her fifth win of the season in the Casual Breeze Stakes, while four-year-old pacing mare Bedroomconfessions has won four of her last five starts and goes for another victory in the Mares Preferred. Waples was not the only driver to win three races Thursday, as James MacDonald scored a Hat Trick on a day he won't forget. Earlier on Thursday, MacDonald and his wife welcomed their first child into the world and that evening the new Dad put in a strong night at the office. He won two of the first four races and completed the Hat Trick in the ninth-race with 29-1 longshot Amoureuse Hanover. MacDonald now has 80 wins this season at Mohawk and sits fourth in the Driver Standings. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with two $97,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze highlighting action. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The Mark Steacy barn has been on a roll this season at Mohawk Racetrack and Tuesday evening they celebrated a special harness racing milestone. Three-year-old pacing filly Stylish Beachwhere got back to her winning ways with a 1:52.3 front-end score for Steacy. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was winless in her last two starts heading into Tuesday's contest after winning three in a row to begin her career. Tuesday's victory was the first for Steacy on the WEG Circuit since surpassing $20 million in career earnings last Saturday night at Pocono Downs with Nocturnal Bluechip in a Consolation of the Battle of Brandywine. Steacy was presented with a sign recognizing his accomplishment in the winner's circle following Stylish Beachwhere's victory. Steacy has enjoyed plenty of success over the course of his career, most notably with superstars Majestic Son ($1.9 million - 1:52.2) and Hana Hanover ($1.2 million - 1:48.4). His trainees have visited the winner's circle 1,472 times during his career. This season, Steacy sits second in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 33 victories. Overall, his barn has 49 wins this season with the most recent victory from Stylish Beachwhere pushing the stable over $1 million in seasonal earnings. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The harness racing pacing stars of today and tomorrow are set to clash at Mohawk Racetrack over the next two weekends for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. The entry box for all three major events closed Tuesday morning with no eliminations required for the Canadian Pacing Derby, as 10 of the sport's finest older pacers were entered and will go directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. The Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will need eliminations this Saturday (August 28) to determine the finalists for September 3. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Metro for three $40,000 eliminations, while 15 rookie pacing fillies were dropped in the box for the Shes A Great Lady for two $35,000 eliminations. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest stakes race and the 2016 edition has attracted a field of superstars. State Treasurer, the reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, is back to defend his 'Pacing Derby' crown against several of harness racing's titans. Always B Miki, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be returning to Mohawk for the first time since his 1:47.1 Track Record performance in the Mohawk Gold Cup. The Jimmy Takter trained five-year-old has won six of 10 starts this season, including the Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial. The World Champion is approaching double millionaire status and holds a mark of 1:47. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year, will look to become the third four-year-old to win the Canadian Pacing Derby in the last 10 years. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, the son of Mr Wiggles has earned over $1 million this season to bring his career bankroll to over $3.3 million. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 34 of 45 career starts and holds a mark of 1:47.2. Shamballa will look to defend his home track for trainer Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the U.S. Pacing Championship earlier this month at The Meadowlands in a career-best 1:47.1. A local fan-favourite for his outstanding closing speed, Shamballa is a three-time winner this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 starts. The Zeron trainee finished second in last year's 'Pacing Derby'. State Treasurer has recently found his best stride of the season after dealing with an injury. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee was scratched from an August 6th start after he stepped on a nail, but has since returned and won two consecutive outings, including a 1:48.3 effort last Saturday at Mohawk. A winner of over $2 million, State Treasurer will be competing in his third consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The 2016 'Pacing Derby' field also includes double millionaire All Bets Off, last year's Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner, Molson Pace winner Evenin Of Pleasure, WEG Preferred standouts Nickle Bag and Nirvana Seelster and 2015 Empire Breeders champion Rockin In Heaven. The post position draw for the Canadian Pacing Derby will take place Saturday evening. The Metro Pace appears wide open heading into this Saturday's three eliminations. The top three-finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $661,000 final. The first division features Ben Baillargeon trainee Rock This Way (PP4, Mario Baillargeon), who pulled off a 65-1 upset in a division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday. The son of 2005 Metro Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in a national season's best 1:51.3. Calvin K (PP5, Jody Jamieson) has the highest earnings of the 25 rookies in this year's Metro Pace, with $114,220 earned through seven career starts. The Ontario Sires Stakes standout was second in his Nassagaweya division for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The second elimination features Macs Jackpot (PP7, Sylvain Filion), who won the other Nassagaweya division last Saturday. The son of Somebeachsomewhere recently joined the O'Sullivan barn after racing south of the border for Jim Campbell. The third foal out of $1.3 million winner Michelles Power, Macs Jackpot has won three of six starts for just under $80,000 in earnings. The final elimination has several intriguing competitors; including Southwind General (PP7, Jody Jamieson), who is jumping from the OSS Grassroots to Grand Circuit competition in just his second start. The Jack Darling trained son of Sportswriter was a $110,000 yearling purchase and won his debut by more than eight-lengths. Bettors Dream (PP8, Tim Tetrick) will also compete in the final elimination. The son of Bettors Delight won the Dream Maker Series final in convincing fashion, but suffered his first loss last Saturday in the Nassagaweya. The Scott McEneny trainee finished second after a front-end battle through an opening-half of :53.4. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 3,4,8. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes will have two eliminations with the top-five finishers from each split advancing to the $427,000 final. Candlelight Dinner (PP6, David Miller) has been the talk of the town in recent weeks and the undefeated pacing filly will star in the first elimination. The Casie Coleman trained daughter of American Ideal has won four in a row to begin her career, including victories in the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar. Candlelight Dinner was a $110,000 yearling purchase. The second elimination will see the Mohawk debut of Somebeachsomewhere filly Idyllic Beach (PP8, Yannick Gingras). The first foal out of $1.3 million winner Idyllic, Idyllic Beach has won three of four starts to begin her career. The Takter trainee has made each of her four starts in Pennsylvania. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 2 and 6. The post positions for the $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady finals will be drawn following the eliminations on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Metro Pace Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Bettors Western - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Rob Fellows 2. Odds On Delray - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 3. The Wall - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Rock This Way - Rocknroll Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 5. Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson - Tony O'Sullivan 6. Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Pointomygranson - American Ideal - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 8. Classic Pro - Shadow Play - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore   Metro Pace Elimination #2 (Race 4) 1. Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Manceiver - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr. 4. Darlings Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont - Marie Dupont 5. Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Abbeydorney - Rock N Roll Heaven - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 7. Macs Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 8. All It Takes - Mach Three - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 9. Beach House - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Rich Gillock   Metro Pace Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Deadly Action - Art Major - Randy Waples - Colin Johnson 2. Tuxedo Bay - Somebeachsomewhere - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 3. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 5. R J P - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Erv Miller 6. Some Attitude - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Bob McIntosh 7. Southwind General - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling 8. Bettors Dream - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Scott McEneny   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 2. World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano 3. Thats The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 4. Manhattan Play - Shadow Play - Mike Saftic - Nicky Comegna 5. Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 7. Vintage Book - Vintage Master - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy 3. Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 4. Fade - Shadow Play - David Miller - Casie Coleman 5. Bid Writer - Sportswriter - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 6. Out Of Sight - Mach Three - Jody Jamieson - Bob McIntosh 7. Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna 8. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter   Canadian Pacing Derby (Field listed in alphabetical order) All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The entry box for the Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning and 10 of the harness racing sport's finest older pacers were entered in Mohawk Racetrack's signature event of the summer. No eliminations are required for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and all 10 older pacers entered advance directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. State Treasurer, the winner of last year's 'Pacing Derby', is back to defend his title against a deep field, including Always B Miki, Shamballa and Wiggle It Jiggleit. 2015 Canadian Pacing Derby Here is the full list of entrants (in alphabetical older) for the Canadian Pacing Derby. All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit The entry box also closed Tuesday for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been entered in the Metro Pace, while 15 rookie pacing fillies have been entered in the Shes A Great Lady. The eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 27). A full preview of the Canadian Pacing Derby and Saturday's eliminations for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady will be available later today. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 22, 2016 - Two fresh faces and two repeat winners took home Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots hardware from Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening as the Campbellville oval welcomed back the talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies. P L Karis opened the Grassroots action with a 1:55.2 win in the second race. The Sportswriter daughter, in rein to Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Jr., left smartly from Post 5 and did most of the work on the front end, digging in hard down the stretch to hang on for a nose victory over Odysseus. Snappy Dresser was one and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite in third. "We're pretty high on her. She's been battling sickness through this whole summer, we really thought she was a Gold filly, but she just can't get over her sickness, so she overcame that tonight," said owner Dan Clements. "I wasn't even going to race her tonight, but decided to bring her up and you know she was all right, she was just average, but she still won, so we're happy." Currently based at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY, Clements and trainer Renaldo Morales, Jr. qualified the filly twice in June and then sent her north for the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on July 8, where she finished third. After an early miscue and fifth-place result in her July 25 Battle of the Belles Elimination at Grand River Raceway, P L Karis had a few weeks off, then re-qualified at Tioga Downs on Aug. 12. "She's got extreme speed, she just hasn't shown everything that she's got yet," said Clements, a native of Uxbridge, ON. "When I qualified her she was awesome and there was big numbers being thrown around for her, but she just hasn't shown that yet on the track. I know she's got it in her, she's just like her sister ($343,197 winner Mach It A Par) so we'll just wait on her and see what happens." Named in honour of the Clements's daughter-in-law, who is expecting their first grandchild in November, P L Karis will return home to Ontario in September to finish up her freshman season and prepare for what her connections hope will be a healthier 2017. P L Karis Like P L Karis, the second division winner, Dudesalady, prepped for the Grassroots campaign south of the border. The Shadow Play daughter qualified three times and raced twice at Vernon Downs before arriving in Ontario for the Aug. 11 Grassroots event at Mohawk, where she finished second by a nose after carving all the fractions. With Post 1 in Monday's test, driver James MacDonald opted for a covered up trip, and when he pointed Dudesalady at the leaders just after the half, the filly was ready to rumble. Reeling in pacesetter and fan favourite Shewearsthepants in the stretch, Dudesalady pulled away to a one length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Shewearsthepants finished second and Village Jamie was one-half length behind her in third. "I looked at her lines and it looked like she'd win first up once or twice. Jody (Jamieson) raced her on the front last time and she just got beat, so I kind of wanted to try and be close, but not too close, maybe first or second over if I could," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "She raced good. She hung in tough, and when I called on her she took off." The Guelph resident engineered the win for trainer Howard Okusko, Jr. of Vernon, NY and owners M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. In four starts Dudesalady now has two wins and two seconds for earnings of $15,750. Dudesalady The third $18,000 Grassroots division saw Shanghai Sugar score her second Ontario Sires Stakes win, going gate-to-wire from Post 7 in a personal best 1:55.1. Warrawee Speedy finished one length behind the favourite in second, while Cams Lucky Star was well back in third. "She gets better and better every start," said trainer-driver Travis Henry. "We gave her a week outside after the Battle of the Belles Final (Aug. 1), because she was a little sick , so that's why we missed last week, and I'm very happy with the way she came back tonight." Embro resident Henry conditions Shanghai Sugar for Craig Wood of Waterdown, his mother Linda Henry of Brantford and Glen Wark of St. Catharines, ON. In four starts the Shanghai Phil daughter has posted two Grassroots wins, a second in her Battle of the Belles Elimination and a third in the Battle of the Belles Final for earnings of $33,436. Shanghai Sugar In the final division P L Kahluaa made it two in a row over the Mohawk oval with a confident front-end steer from Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion that saw her power home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.3. Amulet Seelster and Braonach finished in second and third behind the favourite. "This filly is perfect," said trainer Richard Moreau. "You wouldn't even know she's there, and every time she shows up to race she gives 120 per cent. "The people where she come from deserve all the merit," the Puslinch, ON resident continued. "They made my job so easy." Former trainer Patrick Richer sent P L Kahluaa to Moreau after her first two Grassroots starts, a second at Mohawk in the season opener and a fifth at Clinton Raceway on July 17. The Sportswriter daughter found the winner's circle for the first time in the Aug. 11 Grassroots event at Mohawk and Monday's repeat performance put her at the top of the division standings with 130 points. Numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC owns the talented pacer. P L Kahluaa The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 30 and then wrap up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 8. The top 20 point earners after the six regular season events will return to Mohawk for the Sept. 15 Semi-finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final moving on to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. Next Monday, August 29 the Campbellville oval will host the fifth Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing colts. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - Harness racing's newest stars battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Grand Circuit action. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes put two-year-old pacers in the spotlight. Each event carried a total purse of $211,000 and saw two divisions contested. Many of the rookies battling in Saturday's stakes were preparing for next week's Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The Nassagaweya Stakes started off with a bang, as 60-1 longshot Rock This Way pulled off a stunning upset over eight other colts and geldings in the $106,250 first division. Bettors Dream was made the 1/5 heavy favourite, as the Scott McEneny trainee carried a perfect three for three record into the event. Driven by Doug McNair, the son of Bettor's Delight left hard and cleared to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.3. There was no breather for Bettors Dream in the second-quarter, as 30-1 shot Classic Pro was parked out and pressing the leader to the half in :53.4. McNair kept Classic Pro to the outside, as Bettors Dream continued to power along around the far turn and took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3. The big fractions set up well for those near the back to make a stretch bid, including Rock This Way and Mario Baillargeon. The 60-1 longshot got away last and was into the outer-flow around the final turn, but continued to sit ninth. In the stretch, Bettors Dream dug in to try and finish the job, but Rock This Way unleashed a :27.3 final-quarter to sweep by his rivals for the 1:51.3 victory. Bettors Dream was a game second, finishing 2½ lengths behind the winner. Classic Pro also showed grit and hung in to finish third. Trained by Ben Baillargeon, Rock This Way is owned and bred by Santo and Nunzio Vena. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was winless in four prior starts to Saturday, but Mario Baillargeon had plenty of confidence in the rookie after his start a week ago. "Last week he came his last three-quarters in 1:21.4," said Baillargeon. "He's been battling sickness, but he was our best colt all winter." Baillargeon noted many similarities between Rock This Way and another horse he had plenty of success with back in 2002. "I always told Ben (Baillargeon) that he reminds me of Totally Western. Totally Western was a great two-year-old and he acts exactly like him." Rock This Way, who is eligible to next week's Metro Pace eliminations, entered the Nassagaweya Stakes with just $700 earned, but exits with a bankroll of $53,825. He returned $140 to win. Rock This Way The second division of the Nassagaweya didn't feature a major upset, but saw a great three-horse finish. A field of eight clashed in the $104,750 second split. Macs Jackpot went off as the even-money favourite for new trainer Tony O'Sullivan, who also sent out Calvin K. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Macs Jackpot got away fourth, while Windsong Napoleon cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Calvin K quickly leapfrogged from second to first entering the backstretch and led the field by the half in :55.3. Filion was able to pick up cover around the final turn, as Macs Jackpot sat second-over. Meanwhile, Calvin K continued to motor along on the lead and had more than three-lengths on the field at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Calvin K had almost five-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go, but Macs Jackpot and Darlings Dragon, who was third-over on the final turn, both hit their best strides late to make it a wild finish. Macs Jackpot reached up in the final strides to score the 1:52 victory. Darlings Dragon finished second by a head, while Calvin K was beat a neck in third. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Macs Jackpot had been racing south of the border for trainer Jim Campbell and was sent up to O'Sullivan by owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder for the Nassagaweya and other stakes events. "We literally just got him this week," said O'Sullivan following the race. "I trained him a trip and he felt like he's a big powerful gelding and Jim had said that he was kind of going in the right direction, so all the credit goes to Jim Campbell." Macs Jackpot is the third foal out of Michelles Power, a winner of $1.3 million. He now has three wins in six starts and $79,569 earned. Macs Jackpot paid $4.10 to win. Macs Jackpot Over on the pacing filly side, the first $105,550 Eternal Camnation division saw Candlelight Dinner improve to four for four to start her career with a 1:52.2 score. The Casie Coleman trainee was unhurried off the wings of the gate by driver Jonathan Drury and patiently made her way towards the front. Parked by the opening-quarter in :27.4, Candlelight Dinner quickly grabbed command entering the backstretch and it was lights out from there. The daughter of American Ideal posted middle-half panels of :56.4 and 1:25, before firing home in :27.2 to win at odds of 1-9. Happy Hannah finished a length and a half behind Candlelight Dinner in second, while Everyones Watching was third. Following the Eternal Camnation victory, Drury talked about the development of Candlelight Dinner. "She qualified like a real nice filly, did everything you asked of her and did it all on her own," said Drury, who noted he wanted to make things easy for the rookie Saturday. "I didn't want to push her to the front, I wanted to try and get there as easy as I could," Candlelight Dinner sold for $110,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $86,675 earned through four starts for owners Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Howard Taylor. With victories in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final and now the Eternal Camnation, Candlelight Dinner is expected to headline next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. Candlelight Dinner In the $105,550 second division, Bettors Up made a statement of her own with a 1:52.1 victory. The McEneny trained filly was returning to Mohawk after three starts in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where she posted two victories and a runner-up finish. Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Up and driver James MacDonald got away sixth before making a second-quarter brush to the lead. Once on top, the daughter of Bettors Delight posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Bettors Up fired home in :27.2 for a convincing 1:52.1 score. Fade, who got a two-hole trip, was second, while Manhattan Play was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny, Bettors Up now has five wins from six starts and earnings of $140,730. Following the race, Scott McEneny noted that his filly is not eligible to the Shes A Great Lady and next up will be a return to Pennsylvania. "She's got one more start at The Meadows and then she's got the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final." Bettors Up paid $3 to win. Bettors Up Many of these two-year-olds will return for their respective stakes eliminations next Saturday. The Grand Circuit continues at Mohawk on Friday evening (August 26), as three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in the Casual Breeze Stakes. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - One of harness racing's most popular drivers, Rick Zeron scored his 8,000th career driving victory Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Zeron, 59, entered the evening just a single win shy of the milestone. Driving three-year-old pacing filly Dixie Lullaby in the evening's seventh-race, Zeron was able to get the filly up in the final strides for the milestone victory. Nicknamed "The Whip", Zeron has been a regular driver and trainer on the WEG Circuit for over two decades. The Oakville, Ontario resident has consistently posted impressive numbers throughout his career, including driving the winners of over $3 million in 14 of the last 16 seasons. Zeron, who won his first race at Rideau Carleton Raceway in 1975, was the top driver in Quebec for many years before relocating to Ontario in 1995. His career best season for wins came in 1989, when he won 437 races and captured another Quebec driving title. Zeron's best season for earnings was recorded in 2006, when he drove the winners of over $7.7 million. Last season, he put together another solid campaign with 126 wins and earnings of nearly $3 million. The past few weeks have been memorable for the Zeron's, as Rick's son, Scott, won the Hambletonian with Marion Marauder on August 6th. The father-son duo also teamed up to capture the U.S. Pacing Championship with Rick's stable star Shamballa on the same day. A model of consistency, Rick Zeron is on pace for another solid season with 71 victories and earnings of over $1.4 million. He currently ranks ninth in the WEG Drivers standings and sixth in the Trainers standings. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Rick on his 8,000th driving victory. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - The Define The World Series Final turned into a final-quarter sprint Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack and rookie trotter Seven And Seven put on quite a display to score the harness racing  victory. Just a field of four competed in the $36,000 Define The World Series Final, but that didn't stop a pair of the rookie trotters from turning heads. Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven captured the first leg, but was outsprinted home in the second leg and finished second to Luc Blais trainee Jake. The preliminary leg winners met up again on Thursday and once again they dueled in a final-quarter sprint. Blais trainee Awol Hanover took the early lead and posted an opening-quarter of :30. Stablemate Jake and driver Sylvain Filion circled around from second to grab command and took the field by the half in 1:01. Around the final turn, trainer/driver Durand opted to angle out from third with Seven And Seven and rush towards the leader, ultimately drawing to within a neck of Jake at the three-quarter pole in 1:32. The easy fractions set up a sprint for home and both trotters unleashed a :26.3 final-quarter. Seven And Seven used his momentum from the final turn to take a slight lead at the top of the lane and was able to keep Jake half a length back for a 1:58.3 victory. Cant U Spell finished third, while Awol Hanover made a stretch break and was fourth. Seven And Seven was sent off as the 2/5 favourite and Durand noted after the race that even with only four horses, he knew the race went through his trotter. "It was me that was going to make the race one way or another," said Durand "A normal horse I would probably have pushed the pace a little early, but this horse has got so much sprinting speed that I thought I could get him from anywhere." Seven And Seven is from the first crop of sire Chapter Seven. Bred by June Durand and passing through the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale ring for $17,000, Seven And Seven now has two wins in four starts for earnings of $29,620. Allan Smith shares ownership of the rookie trotting colt with Tom and June Durand. Staked up to several upcoming Grand Circuit events at Mohawk, Durand was hopefully he would be on this path with Seven And Seven. "I thought he might make a nice New York sired colt or the course that we are on and maybe getting into the Grand Circuit," he said. "He's a colt that always did everything right, he never made breaks and he was always game to challenge other horses." The Durand stable has been well represented on the WEG and Grand Circuit by veteran trotter Whiskey Tax over the last several years. The eight-year-old is approaching millionaire status, but is also lending a helping hand to his trainer. "Strangely enough we did the last end of (Seven And Seven's) training with Whiskey Tax," said Durand. "Whiskey is such a good ol' boy, he kind of taught him the ropes of how to stay relaxed and then go when you're asked to go and stuff like that. "Normally people train their colts with other colts, but trained him with an eight-year-old and it worked out good." Durand confirmed after the race that Seven And Seven has the Champlain Stakes up next on his schedule. Seven And Seven Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 18, 2016 - Over the last month, three-year-old trotting fillies Caprice Hill and Flowers N Songs have battled the best harness racing fillies in North America, bringing home one win and three seconds between them from the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial, the historic Hambletonian Oaks and the Moni Maker Stake. The talented trotters returned to Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series action on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack and were sent off the heavy favourites in their respective divisions, and both fillies delivered resounding victories. Caprice Hill captured the first $105,000 Gold division with a commanding effort from Post 3 that saw her take control after the :27.3 opening quarter and cruise through a :57 half and 1:26 three-quarters on her way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Early pacesetter Emoticon Hanover finished second and Dottie closed well to be third, seven lengths behind the winner. "She felt like she wanted to go coming out of the turn, and she got away second, so I decided to take a shot and try to control it from there and it worked out good," said driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON. "I've got a lot of respect for the filly that was on my back (Emoticon Hanover), but I've got a whole lot of respect for the one I was driving too." Waples drove Caprice Hill to her third Gold Series win of the season for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. The reinsman said the Kadabra daughter was in great shape after her trip to The Meadowlands for the Hambletonian Oaks, where she finished second in both her July 30 elimination and the Aug. 6 Final. "I trained her here the other morning and she was really good. They do a really good job with their horses; they're always fit and healthy and ready to race when they come here," said Waples. "She's a special filly, she really is, just her gait and her manners and the fact that she's such a professional about whatever she does. She's a real, real beautiful thing." In 17 lifetime starts Caprice Hill has finished no worse than third, and this season she boasts a record of four wins and three seconds in seven starts. Thursday's victory bumped her lifetime earnings to $931,877. Caprice Hill In the second Gold division Flowers N Songs dropped into fourth spot from Post 2 and watched as Major Muscle did all the heavy lifting, leading the field through a :26.3 quarter and :56 half. Heading by the 1:25.1 three-quarters, driver Doug McNair tipped Flowers N Songs out three-wide and the filly powered by the leaders and on to a four length victory in 1:53.4. Tymal Tempest followed Flowers N Songs into second and pacesetter Major Muscle had to settle for third. "That's obviously the best she's been in the Gold. We've had a lot of bad luck in the Golds, but she's been very good all year," said McNair, adding that the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter is at her best off a helmet. Thursday's win was the filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In her first three Gold Series starts Flowers N Songs finished third, fifth and sixth. In the 20 starts since her February debut the filly has tallied eight wins, six seconds and one third for earnings of $325,989. In her mid-summer forays across the border, Flowers N Songs captured the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs on July 24, finished sixth in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and then logged a runner-up result in the Aug. 13 Moni Maker Stake at The Meadows. "She's been a great filly. She's been tougher than a two dollar steak, I mean she's just unreal how she can travel around and still race like that," said trainer Paul Reid, who conditions Flowers N Songs for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "I'm real happy with the way she's going, but that's a lot of starts on her, so hopefully we can keep her like she is," the trainer continued. Flowers N Songs Thursday's victory bumped Flowers N Songs into third spot in the division standings with 70 points, which will assure her of a berth in the season ending Super Final. Through four regular season Gold events Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover share ownership of top spot in the standings with 150 points. Before they wrap up their regular season Gold Series campaign at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 2, the sophomore trotting lasses have a series of open stake opportunities at Mohawk, including the Casual Breeze on Aug. 26, the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 2 and the eliminations and final of the Elegantimage on Sept. 9 and 17. Before those open stake events get under way, the Campbellville oval will host the fourth regular season Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Aug. 22. The fillies will battle in Races 2, 5, 7, and 9, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 15, 2016 - A moment of pique almost cost Stuck In My Spanks a Grassroots trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, but the harness racing  two-year-old trotting filly mounted a remarkable recovery to earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Starting from Post 7 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, Stuck In My Spanks went off stride soon after the gate had pulled away from the field of nine. As Jilona took the fillies by the quarter in a sharp :27.4, Stuck In My Spanks and driver Paul MacDonell were 30 lengths behind the leader. By the :58.1 half they had gained back seven lengths and by the 1:29 three-quarters they were just seven lengths behind leader Inner Drive. Turning for home Stuck In My Spanks was three and three-quarter lengths off the pace, but when Guelph resident MacDonell asked her for another gear she dropped into overdrive and powered to a one-half length win in 1:59.1. Early leader Jilona was second and Hilarious Honey was three more lengths back in third. "She's scary fast; she's just got a little bit of an attitude. She gets a little mad, and that's what she did tonight," said trainer Scott McEneny. "It's very frustrating, because I know I didn't give much money for her, but I know she's one of the top fillies, I think, because she's got tons of speed. She just gets kind of a little silly with her mouth, and she got a little mad and shook her head and just made a break." McEneny acquired Stuck In My Spanks from last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for a bargain $3,500. Through four starts the daughter of Manofmanymissions and Puta Ring On It has recorded two wins and banked $19,500, but the trainer thinks she has the potential to accomplish much more. "Hopefully we can get her figured out here, because I think she's got some big money to go for, and I think she can go with the good ones," said the Waterdown resident. "We're going to try and do a couple little things here, but in a couple weeks we'll hopefully race her in the Champlain and then the Peaceful Way, if she behaves herself and gets on the right foot." McEneny trains Stuck In My Spanks for his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. The filly started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level, posting one fifth and one seventh. Stuck In My Spanks The other three division winners also arrived at Monday's test from the Aug. 2 Gold Series event at Mohawk, where they enjoyed varying levels of success. Powerful Mission won her Grassroots debut at Mohawk on July 21, and then moved up to the Gold Series for the Aug. 2 event, where she made a late break and finished eighth. Back in the Grassroots on Monday, the filly floated away from Post 9 and cruised up the outside until she took control heading by the halfway marker. From there the outcome was never in doubt as Powerful Mission reached the finish four and one-half lengths on top in a personal best 1:58. McEneny trainee and fan favourite You Cant Afford Me finished second and Late Shift was third. "She's a nice filly with a great attitude. I scored her out and had her on the bit more, because last start I didn't have her on the bit, and the track was also a little deeper, and I asked her too quickly," said driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, ON. "I believe she has a lot of potential." Hudon steers Powerful Mission for trainer Kevin St. Charles and owners E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. In four starts the daughter of Manofmanymissions and The Power Of Magic now has two wins and earnings of $18,700. Powerful Mission Like Powerful Mission, Anikadabra won her Grassroots division on July 21 and moved up to the Gold level for the Aug. 2 event. Anikadabra finished third against the Gold fillies, but trainer Rob Fellows opted not to repeat the experience and returned the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee to the Grassroots on Monday. Starting from Post 6, Anikadabra took control before the half and cruised to a five and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:59. The heavy favourite bested Crystal Gumdrop and Stritch. "She's a very versatile filly. I could have sat her in a hole and moved her, but I saw that Sylvain (Filion and Crystal Gumdrop) got up to the front, so I just kind of floated up and cleared around him and man, she did the rest by herself," said driver Rick Zeron. "She's getting to be, she's not green anymore, she's smart, she's like driving an aged three-year-old filly now, you know, she just does everything that you ask her." Rockwood resident Fellows conditions Anikadabra for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. In four starts the filly now has two wins and one third for earnings of $27,840. Anikadabra The final division went to Magic Presto, who also has one win and one second in Gold Series action to her credit. The daughter of Kadabra and In The Mean Time sprinted by the leaders to a 1:58.2 victory, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Royal Witch and Northern Oath. "She looked very comfortable and professional," noted trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She's heading in the right direction." New Jersey resident Norman trains Magic Presto for Melvin 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. Arthur resident Trevor Henry has piloted the filly to her two and one record. Magic Presto The final two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event will go postward at Mohawk on Sept. 5, but several of Monday's competitors could appear in the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes at the Campbellville oval. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Aug. 18 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:30 pm.   Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 15 - The combination of harness racing driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais has been red hot lately at Mohawk Racetrack and Monday night was no different, as they teamed up to capture the Pure Ivory Series final and Preferred Trot. A field of seven two-year-old trotting fillies competed in the $37,000 Pure Ivory Series finale. Blais trainee Dream Together entered the final off a pair of victories in the preliminary legs. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Dream Together lived up to her 1/5 billing and went gate to wire for a 1:56.1 victory. The rookie trotting filly and driver Filion set fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.2. Pure Kemp and trainer/driver Rick Zeron made a move to confront the heavy favourite heading to the three-quarter pole. The two fillies battled it out down the lane, but ultimately Dream Together pulled away in deep stretch to win by 2¾ lengths. Pure Kemp held on for second, while Southwind Tesla finished third. Dream Together now has three wins in four starts to begin her career. Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, the Muscle Hill filly was purchased for $240,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $34,180 earned in four outings. Dream Together is eligible to the upcoming Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes. A $2 win ticket on Dream Together returned $2.70. Dream Together Also on Monday, Lookslikechpndale came through with his third win of the season in the $34,000 Preferred Trot for Filion and Blais. The four-year-old son of Muscle Hill posted a big opening-quarter of :26.4, before surrendering the lead to Musical Rhythm, the 2/5 favourite, heading to the half. Lookslikeachpndale and Filion sat the two-hole behind Musical Rhythm through middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:25.1. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm tried to sprint away, but Lookslikeachpndale angled off his back and surged by in deep stretch for the 1:52.4 victory. Owned by Determination, Lookslikeachpndale now has three wins in nine starts this season and nine victories overall. The four-year-old has banked $79,582 this season to bring his career earnings to over $200,000. The clocking of 1:52.4 slashed almost a full-second off the Blais trainee's previous career-best. Lookslikeachpndale paid $9.50 to win. Lookslikechpndale Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 12, 2016 - For the second straight night Mohawk Racetrack showcased Ontario's top two-year-olds in Ontario Sire Stakes Gold racing, and the trotting colts and pacing fillies put on an impressive display of speed and tenacity on the Friday evening harness racing program. First away from the starting gate were the trotting colts and Vero Amore Bi traveled up the outside from Post 9 to a one-half length victory in 1:56.2. Reach The Peak used a pocket trip to secure the runner-up spot and pacesetter Mass Production settled for third. "We were very pleased with him tonight," said trainer Tony Alagna. "The last start at Rideau (Aug. 4) he cleared the front and looked like he was going to win, and just got very green on the front end, and got to running out, and he made a break and finished third, placed back to fourth. But today he was much more professional, handled it and was very good." Friday's outing was just the Manofmanymissions son's second lifetime start and Alagna was pleased to see the colt show off the talent that was visible early in his education. "He always had a lot of speed you know, we were really happy with him," said Alagna. "He trained down in Florida and he always showed he had a lot of gears, and now that he's starting to put it all together, he's really starting to show the talent he has." The Manalapan, NJ resident shares ownership of Vero Amore Bi with Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY and Mystical Marker Farms LLC of Valparaiso, IN. The group offered up $20,000 for the trotter at last fall's Lexington-Selected Sale and have recouped $40,600 after two starts. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples was in the race bike for both outings. Vero Amore Bi Mister Bianco captured the second $70,000 trotting colt Gold division in similar style, touring up the outside after getting away fifth from Post 1 and reeling in the leaders in the stretch. The Muscle Mass son and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville hit the wire in 1:57.2, a neck ahead of Mister Muscle and two and three-quarter lengths ahead of fan favourite Rose Run Speedster. Waterdown resident Bill Budd conditions Mister Bianco for Brad Gray of Dundas, ON, who acquired the colt for $20,000 from the Forest City Yearling Sale. Friday's start was Mister Bianco's first and comes off just one qualifying effort at Mohawk on July 26. Mister Bianco The final trotting colt division went to Tycoon Seelster, who popped out of the pocket in the stretch and accelerated away from pacesetter Life Well Lived to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57. Life Well Lived settled for second and Lucys Man completed the top three. Guelph resident Paul MacDonell piloted Tycoon Seelster to his second win for trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown and owner Chris Storms of Picton, ON. A $23,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale, the son of Angus Hall and Travelin Lavec won a Grassroots division at Georgian Downs in the July 9 season opener and then finished in a dead heat for third in his Gold Series debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 25. Tycoon Seelster Soiree Seelster turned in an impressive effort in the first of two pacing filly Gold divisions. The Big Jim lass got away fifth from Post 5 and then stepped into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. After reeling in pacesetter Windy Sport, the fan favourite gamely held off a sprinting Bid Writer to earn a nose victory in 1:52.2. Bid Writer finished second and Future Headlines was third. The gritty mile was a personal best for Soiree Seelster, who has been driven to three straight victories by Milton resident Sylvain Filion. "She acts like she's a pretty nice filly, so the time was pretty impressive, and the way she did it was ultra-impressive - to come first up and fight a horse off - so that was pretty impressive, but not a surprise, she's a nice filly," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan, who shares ownership of the talented youngster with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. Through four starts Soiree Seelster now has three wins and one third for earnings of $107,600. A $53,000 acquisition from the Forest City Yearling Sale, the long-legged filly leads the division standings with 112 points through the first three events. "I do think she'll get better as the year goes on, and I think she could mature and be better next year, just because she's big and she needs to grow into herself," noted Cambridge resident O'Sullivan. "She doesn't have another race now for I think around a month, so we'll probably give her a little break and maybe qualify her and race her a week before her next stake race," he continued. "I think it will really benefit her. I think she'll appreciate it a lot, I think she really will." Soiree Seelster will return to action in the Sept. 10 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack and then wrap up her Gold Series regular season at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 19 and Mohawk on Oct. 3, with the season ending Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 15. She is also eligible to the Nov. 11 Three Diamonds eliminations at Woodbine Racetrack. "Let's just take one race at a time," said the pragmatic O'Sullivan. "Hopefully she stays healthy and sound, and if she keeps in the same direction she's in, we're going to probably have a lot of fun." Soiree Seelster Driver Sylvain Filion also piloted the winner of the second $105,000 pacing filly division, guiding Yaris Bayama to a gate-to-wire victory from Post 1. The filly rang up fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:24.4 and then held off the charging Aint Three OK and Fade for a neck victory in a personal best 1:52.4. Filion crafted the win for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The Sportswriter daughter now has one win and one second in Gold Series action, along with one Grassroots win, through four starts. Yaris Bayama Mohawk Racetrack's focus on Ontario Sired two-year-olds will wrap up on Monday, Aug. 15 with the fifth Grassroots division for two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will open Monday's program at 7:30 pm in Race 1 and also compete in Races 2, 5, and 9. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 11, 2016 - Freshman pacers were in the harness racing spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the Campbellville oval hosted two $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold divisions for the colts and four $18,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the fillies. In the Gold Series battles, Sports Column and Streakavana picked up their second Ontario Sires Stakes trophies and moved to the top of the division standings. Sports Column led off with a commanding four length victory in the first $105,000 split. The Sportswriter son and driver Christoforou took control of the race heading by the three-quarter pole and pulled away from the field in spite of a steering issue that saw the colt leaning heavily on the inside line. Yogi Bayama and Manceiver finished four lengths behind the fan favourite in second and third. "There's something small bothering him that we've got to get fixed up," noted trainer Blake MacIntosh. "We've got a month to the Champlain, so he'll have an easy week this week and he'll go up to Dr. Ruch's Monday or Tuesday next week, and hopefully he can figure him out." MacIntosh selected Sports Column out of the 2015 Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $20,000 for the son of Sportswriter and Timeless Artist, and he opted not to pay the colt into the Metro Pace or the Nassagaweya Stake. The colt's next start will come in the Sept. 10 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and then he will finish up the Ontario Sires Stakes season with Gold Legs at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 19 and Mohawk on Oct. 1, and the season ending Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 15. "In one way I'm happy that we didn't pay him into the Metro, because now I've got a month to try and get him right and have him right for the Super Final and the Champlain and his last two Golds," said MacIntosh. "Have him ready for that, then put him away, and hopefully we've got a nice three-year-old for next year." The Cambridge resident conditions Sports Column for his partners Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, QC. Through six starts the colt has four wins, including two in Gold Series action and his elimination and the final of the Battle of Waterloo, and two seconds for earnings of $222,000. Sports Column In the second division driver Sylvain Filion fired fan favourite Streakavana away from Post 9 and settled the Big Jim son on the rail in fourth as Calvin K rolled out to a :27.3 opening quarter. Opting not to sit and watch Calvin K do all the work, Filion sent Streakavana to the front before the :56.1 half and the gelding led the field to a 1:25.2 three-quarters and then sailed down the stretch to a 1:53.1 victory. Calvin K finished one length back in second, just ahead of Machin A Trick. Filion crafted the win, Streakavana's third straight, for trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown and owners Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. In four starts the pacer has posted three wins and one second for earnings of $117,500. With two Gold Series wins he sits second in the division standings with 100 points, while Sports Column holds down top spot with 125 points. Streakavana Both Christoforou and Filion also scored wins in the pacing filly Grassroots divisions. Christoforou kicked things off in the first race, guiding White Dancer to a come-from-behind effort that saw her sprint home in :27.3 to snatch a nose victory away from pacesetter Dudesalady. Fan favourite Treasures Pearl was one-half length back in third in the 1:55.4 mile. "She's been plagued with small issues this season," said Campbellville resident Christoforou. "Dustin Jones gets all the credit for her performance tonight, he had her prepared to benefit off a decent trip, and being back on a seven day rotation helped as well." Waterdown resident Jones conditions White Dancer for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The grey daughter of Big Jim missed her July 25 Battle of the Belles elimination due to sickness, but returned to action in an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 4, finishing seventh and setting herself up for Thursday's victory. White Dancer Filion got his Grassroots win in the second division with P L Kahluaa, who bounced back from a bout with sickness to post her first lifetime victory. Like Christoforou did in the first division, Milton resident Filion sent the fan favourite up the outer lane and used her sharp last quarter speed to reel in the front runners and post a 1:54.2 victory. Odysseus finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Sports Beauty was six and three-quarter lengths back in third. Richard Moreau of Puslinch took over training duties on P L Kahluaa following her first two Grassroots starts. The Sportswriter miss was second in the July 18 season opener at Mohawk and fifth in the July 17 event at Clinton Raceway. Numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC owns P L Kahluaa, who was a $6,000 purchase out of last fall's Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. P L Kahluaa Mohawk fans were treated to another close finish in the third division as Daenerys Hanover powered up the outer lane and down the stretch to a 1:55.2 victory. Fan favourite Sports Leader settled for second by a neck and Todays Sports completed the top three. Making her debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Daenerys Hanover was piloted to the win by Guelph resident Paul MacDonell for trainer Sean Mehlenbacher of Hamilton and owner John Mehlenbacher of Burlington, ON. In two starts the Camluck daughter, a $12,000 purchase at the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, has posted one win and one third for earnings of $10,680. Daenerys Hanover The last Grassroots trophy went home with fan favourite Shewearsthepants, who got away from the field around the final turn and hit the wire a five and three-quarter length winner in 1:55.1. Snappy Dresser and Fashion Writer finished second and third. "She's been a little warm, so they rigged her up a little different tonight and it helped," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph. "She has a big motor in her if you can use it at the right time." McNair's father Gregg conditions Shewearsthepants for owner-breeder Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. The win was the filly's first in Grassroots action and boosted her record to two wins and two thirds in five starts for earnings of $20,500. Shewearsthepants The freshman pacing fillies will be back at Mohawk on Aug. 22 for their fourth Grassroots event, while their Gold Series peers arrive at the Campbellville oval on Friday evening (Aug. 12) for a pair of $105,000 divisions. The freshman pacing fillies will be joined by the two-year-old trotting colts, who will line up in three Gold Series divisions. Post time for Friday's program is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 11 - Harness racing rookies were in the spotlight all-night Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack, including a compact group of six trotting colts competing in the second leg of the Define The World Series. Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven used an impressive :55.4 back half to win the first leg and promptly was made the heavy 1/5 favourite in Thursday's second leg. However, Luc Blais trainee Jake, who missed the first leg due to sickness, got in the way of another Seven And Seven victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Jake got a two-hole trip behind stablemate Awol Hanover, who cut out fractions of :29, :59 and 1:28.1. Trainer/driver Durand sat fourth throughout the early stages with Seven And Seven, before making a move up to third nearing the three-quarter pole. Turning for home, Seven And Seven was five lengths from the front, while Jake was just a pair behind Awol Hanover. In the stretch, Jake was able to overtake the lead in the final-eighth and went toe-to-toe with Seven And Seven in deep stretch, ultimately holding off the favourite by a head for a 1:56.2 victory. Awol Hanover finished third to give his trainer two-thirds of the top three. A son of Muscle Hill, Jake was purchased for $100,000 at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale by Determination of Montreal, Quebec. The Blais student finished third in his career debut on July 19 and was making his second start on Thursday. Jake is a Full-Brother to four-year-old Lookslikeachpndale, who has earned $189,488 during his career and also is trained by Blais. A $2 win ticket on Jake returned $15.40. The series final of the Define The World will take place next Thursday (August 18). 106-1 shocker shakes things up Also on Thursday, the tote board exploded in the evening's sixth race, as claiming pacer Sports Vision and driver Jason Ryan pulled off an upset victory at 106-1. The Scott Friend trained four-year-old rallied from eighth at the three-quarter pole to get up and win by a nose. Sports Vision paid $214.40 to Win, $52.10 to Place and $26.10 to Show. He was making his first start Thursday on the WEG Circuit since April 21 and sported a 2016 record of two wins from 15 starts. The sixth-race was the third leg of the Early Pick-4. The first leg was captured by the favourite, but the final three legs were won by horses at odds of 9-1, 106-1 and 24-1. A $0.20 winning ticket on the Early Pick-4 paid $3,226.70. The total pool was $52,057. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk. Post time for the 11-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 9, 2016 - Harness racing driver James MacDonald had scorched through four races before he took his foot off the accelerator at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. Among the four races the Guelph resident won were two Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. MacDonald took the first division with True Muscle, who had swung out to challenge leader I Want Kandy when that filly went off stride. True Muscle carried on to a one-half length lead over Miami Magic and Tymal Diamond in 1:57.4. "She raced super," said MacDonald. "She got halfway down the lane and I thought she was going to get beat, and she fought them off, so it was a gutsy win for her." MacDonald piloted True Muscle to her second Grassroots win for trainer Keith Jones of Barrie and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. With two wins, one second and one seventh-place result in four Grassroots starts, the Muscle Mass daughter currently sits atop the division standings with 127 points. True Muscle MacDonald picked up his second Grassroots trophy in the next race, sending heavy favourite Anneli Hanover to the front heading for the half and cruising home to a one-length win in 1:56. Pocket-sitter Silky Flashy Nfast finished second and Scotties Spirit closed well to be third. "She's just red hot right now," said MacDonald of Anneli Hanover, who has not been bested since July 1. "She seems to be versatile, and she's coming into the late part of the Sires Stakes in good form, so hopefully she can get a bunch in the Semi-final and the Final." MacDonald has driven the filly to the three most recent wins in her four-race win streak for trainer Mark Steacy and Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and Barry White of Ottawa, ON. In 11 sophomore starts the daughter of Majestic Son boasts a record of six wins and one second for earnings of $39,500. With two wins and two sixth-place results in Grassroots action, Anneli Hanover sits fifth in the standings with 103 points. Anneli Hanover MacDonald book-ended his Grassroots wins with victories in overnight action aboard former Ontario Sires Stakes trotter Justasmalltowngirl and pacing colt Pudong Phil. He almost made it five in a row with The Muscle Touch in the third Grassroots division, getting caught at the wire by fan favourite P L Jill and driver Mike Saftic. Justasmalltowngirl Pudong Phil "It was a dream start to the card," said the reinsman. "I've never won five there before, and I came close in the fifth race. I made front halfway down the lane and Saftic beat me right at the wire. It was a really super night. Sometimes you're in a zone where you can't do anything wrong and other times you're in a zone where it doesn't matter how good you're driving, you just can't seem to do anything right. "It's a really streaky game, people don't realise how streaky drivers can get," he added. "You're doing good, it just doesn't seem to matter what you do they go forward, and when you're doing bad you can be two to five, second over in the hot fractions and finish last. It's a weird game." While it was not on the same card, between Monday and Tuesday MacDonald did win five straight races at the Mohawk oval. The reinsman piloted three-year-old trotting colt Manofmanyimages to a Grassroots win in the last race on Monday's card before adding the first four races on Tuesday's program. Tuesday's victories will also bump MacDonald into third spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes' Lampman Cup point race. The driver is still well behind three-time winner Sylvain Filion, but admitted that he has considered taking a run at the reigning champion. "The last couple years I've kind of been around the hunt, but not really close enough to think about going for the Lampman Cup win. I looked the other day and saw I was not too far out of it," noted MacDonald. "If I can maybe close the gap on Sylvain, then I might think about taking a run at it." MacDonald will have an opportunity to further boost his Lampman Cup point tally on Wednesday evening when he heads to Grand River Raceway to steer one three-year-old trotting colt and a pair of two-year-old trotting fillies in Gold Series action. The other Grassroots trophies awarded at Mohawk on Tuesday went to P L Jill and Profound Patience. P L Jill and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville powered up the outside to reel in MacDonald and The Muscle Touch in the final strides, hitting the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:55.4. Magical Valentine was just three-quarters of a length back in third. Matthew Dupuis conditions P L Jill for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON and their partners Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. The win was the Kadabra daughter's second this season and her first in Grassroots action. P L Jill In the final division driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON put Profound Patience on the front heading by the three-quarters and the fan favourite sailed home to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.2. Stonebridge Peace and Roadmapper finished second and third. Trained by Rebecca Titus for owner-breeder Steven Titus of Hamburg, NY, Profound Patience was also making her first appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle. The Majestic Son daughter doubled her win tally to two and her earnings to $18,380 with the victory. Profound Patience The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 28. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening with the third Gold Leg for the two-year-old pacing colts and the third Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The pacing fillies will kick things off at 7:30 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 4, 5 and 8. The pacing colts will battle in Races 3 and 9. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 9 - Only a single Jackpot Hi-5 ticket had the correct top five harness racing finishers in a wild final race Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A $0.20 Jackpot Hi-5 ticket purchased in British Columbia, costing $2,352, was the lone ticket to select the top five finishers in the final race to score a $222,721 return. The winning ticket was constructed with seven horses placed in the top spot to win, followed by 'All' used in the remaining four spots. Four-year-old pacer Shippen Out pulled off a 13-1 upset victory in the Jackpot Hi-5 race for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. The five longest shots on the board made up the top five finishers in the contest. Rafa, the 3/5 favourite, was beat just a quarter of a length for fifth in the field of nine. Here are the top five finishers from Tuesday's Jackpot Hi-5 race. 1st: #3 Shippen Out (13-1) 2nd: #8 Rockabella (50-1) 3rd: #6 Acefortyfourtalon (30-1) 4th: #1 Rock N Roll Legacy (60-1) 5th: #10 Machapelo (35-1) The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover entering Tuesday was $206,375.82 and had been growing since July 8. A total of $20,274 of new money was wagering into the pool on Tuesday. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday evening. Post time at Mohawk is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

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