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CAMPBELLVILLE, October 20 - Autumn Series preliminary round action concluded Thursday with three second leg divisions for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 11, originally 12, two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions, while nine freshmen trotting colts and geldings competed in a single division. Each division was contested for a purse of $16,000. The two-year-olds not only had to deal with each other, but also a 'Sloppy' racing surface, as rain fell all-day Thursday in Campbellville. After finishing second as the public's choice last week, Bills Fella bounced back for a convincing victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bills Fellas got away third in the early stages, while Sauble Shadow cut an opening-quarter of :28.3. Saftic gave the public's choice his cue to move in the second-quarter and the rookie responded by clearing to command just before hitting the half in :58.1. Bills Fella never looked back once taking the lead and finished off the victory by pacing a :29.1 third-quarter and a :29 final-quarter over the off-going for a 1:56.2 score. Osborne Seelster got to the winner's wheel, but had to settle for second, while Red John finished a little more than seven-lengths back in third. A gelded son of Artistic Fella, Bills Fella now has two wins in 10 starts this season. A homebred for trainer Gregg McNair and co-owner Ian Fleming, Bills Fella has now earned $28,160 in his rookie season. He paid $3.20 to win. Bills Fella Exiting out of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action, Mc Mach lived up to the 3/5 hype with a dominating victory in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee did not compete in last week's first leg, but quickly made up for lost time. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Mc Mach fired out to grab the early lead and it was lights out from there. Mc Mach posted fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:25 before drawing away for a 7 ¼ lengths victory in 1:54.1. Dreamfair B J, who won a first leg division last week, finished second, while Thrownoutofbetter was third. Mc Mach now has four wins in 11 starts with his previous three victories all coming in OSS Grassroots action. The Mach Three colt has banked $62,450 this season for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc and Randy Liepa. The McIntosh trainee paid $3.40 to win. Mc Mach Scene A Magician proved last week's big victory was no trick by taking Thursday's lone Autumn Series division for rookie trotting colts and geldings in 1:58.4. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, Scene A Magician left from post eight and was pointed towards the front. The two-year-old gelding was parked around the first turn, but quickly cleared to command entering the backstretch. As Scene A Magician grabbed the front, Vesuvio Bi came first up from fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon. However, Vesuvio Bi could not get around Scene A Magician despite urging from Baillargeon and was left out for the duration of the middle-half. Scene A Magician stayed focused despite the outside challenger and trotted the field by the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29. In the stretch, Scene A Magician stretched out his lead to a few lengths and trotted home in :29.4 to score the victory. Upvote Hanover rallied up the rail at 35-1 to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Resita finished third. A son of Daylon Magician, Scene A Magician improved his record to a solid four wins in seven starts with his 1:58.4 score Thursday. The rookie gelding has banked $49,020 this season for trainer Jennifer Pinkerton, who shares ownership with Daylon Farms Ltd and Gordon Yeo. Scene A Magician will now have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series in next Thursday's final. He paid $6.70 to win. Scene A Magician The Autumn Series for two-year-olds will wrap up next Thursday with the finals for all four divisions taking place on the October 27th card. The Autumn Series final for pacing colts and geldings will go for a purse of $29,200, while the final for pacing fillies will be contested a purse of $28,600. The finals for trotting colts and geldings and trotting fillies will both go for a purse of $28,200. In order to be eligible to the Ontario sired Autumn Series, the two-year-olds had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2016. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 18 - Powerful Mission will have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies after a 1:57.1 victory Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 10 rookie trotting fillies clashed in a single $16,000 Autumn Series second leg division. The first leg featured two six-horse divisions, which were captured by Powerful Mission and Lady Eagle. Driven by Phil Hudon, Powerful Mission got away fifth and sat there until things quieted down on the front end. Hudon gave the rookie her cue to march up in the second-quarter and the 2/5 favourite was a first over and a couple lengths from leader Gaelic Lass at the half in :57.2. Mario Baillargeon was not in a giving mood, as he turned up the tempo with Gaelic Lass on the far turn, forcing Powerful Mission into the two-hole. After reaching three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.2, Gaelic Lass could not sustain the momentum and surrendered the lead to Powerful Mission, who angled from the two-hole and trotted by to win by four-lengths. Gaelic Lass held on for second, while Jilona was third. Lady Eagle finished eighth. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Powerful Mission now has four wins in 10 starts and earnings of $39,200. She is trained by Kevin St. Charles for owners E C S Racing LLC. Powerful Mission paid $2.80 to win. The final of the Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-old trotting fillies will take place on Thursday, October 27. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 17 – Daenerys Hanover and Manhattan Play turned in sharp efforts to capture the harness racing second leg divisions of the Autumn Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An original group of 13 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $16,000 divisions. Sheer Talent, the winner of leg one, looked poised for another score Monday, but Daenerys Hanover had other plans in the first division. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Daenerys Hanover got away fifth in the field of six and sat in that spot for the opening three-quarters of the mile. Sheer Talent grabbed command in the second-quarter and posted fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.1 to lead into the stretch. Daenerys Hanover was six-lengths from the lead turning for home, but quickly erased that deficit in the lane and surged by her rivals to win in 1:56. Out Of Sight, who got a two-hole trip, finished second by just a neck, while Sheer Talent surrendered the lead and finished third. A daughter of Camluck, Daenerys Hanover is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher for owner John Mehlenbacher. The rookie pacing filly, who finished second in last week’s first leg, now has three wins in nine starts this season for earnings of $35,620. Daenerys Hanover paid $6.40 to win. Daenerys Hanover Manhattan Play scored a strong 2¾ lengths victory in the second division for driver Mike Saftic and trainer Nicky Comegna. The daughter of Shadow Play, who finished fourth last week, was put right on the front and went coast to coast for a 1:55.2 maiden-breaking score. Ask For Me finished second, while Sporty Gussie was third. Manhattan Play posted fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:26 before a :29.2 kicker to secure the victory. The Comegna trainee was winless in eight previous starts heading into Monday’s Autumn Series leg. Owned by Bruno Comegna, Manhattan Play now has earnings of $30,236. She paid $3.30 to win. Manhattan Play The two-year-old pacing fillies will get extra time to rest up before the series final, as it will take place along with three other Autumn Series finals on Thursday, October 27. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk with round two of the Autumn Series for rookie trotting fillies headlining the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

OCT. 15, 2016 - Super Final night 2016 served as a coronation for several of the Ontario Sires Stakes program's harness racing stars and a coming out party for others. Leading reinsman Sylvain Filion, who had locked up his fourth Lampman Cup title well before the post season got under way, piloted three of his eight Super Final mounts to victory on the $2 million program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday. The Milton, ON resident guided two-year-old pacing filly Yaris Bayama, three-year-old trotting colt Warrawee Roo and three-year-old trotting filly Emoticon Hanover to victory in their respective division finals. "Every race means something, but Finals like that, it's even more," said Filion. "Like that Yaris Bayama, my dad raised her, on the farm where I was raised, so that made it quite special. I'm sure you can see many examples like that here tonight; it sure does make it special." Off a trip up the outer lane, Yaris Bayama sprinted home to a one length victory over Fade and Aint Three OK in 1:53. Carlisle, ON resident Stephane Larocque conditions the filly for Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The daughter of Sportswriter wrapped up her freshman season with a record of five wins, one second and two thirds in 10 starts for earnings of $231,820. Filion teamed up with trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC for his second and third Super Final victories. In the three-year-old trotting colt battle Filion, who is also a three-time winner of the O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver, once again used come-from-behind tactics to guide Warrawee Roo to a one length victory over Will Take Charge and Dia Monde in 1:53.4. "I feel good for them guys, they were real disappointed with the filly, she made a break, she was heavy favourite, and you know the grooms, the trainer Luc Blais, they work hard all year on them horses and it's not as easy as it looks, there's a lot of work, a lot of hours behind that," said Filion, who had finished at the back of the field with two-year-old trotting filly favourite On A Sunny Day three races earlier. "So that one there feels real good with that horse. He's always shown me a lot of talent, but he's been making breaks. Luckily tonight Luc put it all together and he was real strong." Majestic Son colt Warrawee Roo boosted his three-year-old record to five wins, one seconds and one third in 14 starts with the Super Final victory, giving him a total of $246,421 in earnings. One race later Filion stalked fan favourite Caprice Hill until the head of the stretch, when he detected a chink in the defending champion's armour and sent Emoticon Hanover after the win. The filly hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Caprice Hill, who was one length ahead of Wanaka, in a personal best 1:53.1. "Turning for home I saw Timmy (Tetrick) kind of chasing his filly and I said maybe we have a shot," said Filion. "She's a real decent filly. She can leave the gate real fast and she stuck to Timmy's helmet. I think maybe Caprice Hill wasn't quite herself tonight, that's why we got to beat her." Emoticon Hanover, a daughter of Kadabra and former Ontario Sires Stakes star Emmylou Who, will make her next start in the Oct. 22 Breeders Crown Eliminations at The Meadowlands, aiming to make the Oct. 29 Final. Saturday's victory boosted her sophomore record to seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 13 starts for earnings of $485,418. Mohawk Racetrack fans remained glued to their seats until the very last Super Final, waiting to see if three-year-old pacing colt Betting Line could extend his win streak to 14 from the outside Post 10, and the son of Bettors Delight did not disappoint. Driver David Miller and Betting Line were almost five lengths back at the three-quarters, but the heavy favourite rocketed home in :26.3 to defend his Super Final title, hitting the wire one length ahead of pocket-sitter Gerries Sport and pacesetter Sintra in 1:49.3. "A little bit worried at the head of the lane there," admitted trainer Casie Coleman in the winner's circle. "But Betting Line does that once in a while. He knows where the wire is. I've never had a horse that knows where the wire is as much as Betting Line. He just digs right in when he hits the flag poles there and makes sure he's on front at the wire." Cambridge resident Coleman and Betting Line's other owners Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON lingered in the Mohawk winner's circle following his Super Final victory, the colt's last outing on Canadian soil. He will compete in the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands at the end of October and in the Hap Hansen Pace at Dover Downs in November and then move into his new accommodations in the stallion barn at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Betting Line leaves home with a lifetime record of 20 wins, three seconds and two thirds in 27 starts and earnings of $2,238,518. Sophomore pacing filly L A Delight also defended her Super Final title, battling to a head victory over a hard-closing Bad As Leader in 1:50.3. Party In Rome rounded out the top three. "She does a lot of her own talking on the racetrack," said trainer Bob McIntosh of the filly, who went undefeated in her Ontario Sires Stakes career. "She's just a good filly, and she just wants to win, and that's something you can't teach them, it's bred right in them." "It's her attitude. She wouldn't let them by," added driver Randy Waples of Milton, who piloted the filly to the win. "But credit where credit is due, as great as she is, for him to keep her the way he has for two straight years - and every time that she's raced for big money he's had her exactly the way you want her to be - it says a lot for the trainer." Windsor resident McIntosh bred and owns L A Delight with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. In her 27 career starts the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A has recorded 20 wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $1,351,663. Like Betting Line, her next start will come in the Breeders Crown, but McIntosh added that, so long as she remains strong and healthy, fans will see her back on the racetrack in 2017. Fans will also be looking forward to seeing two-year-old trotting colt Mass Production back in action next season. The son of Muscle Mass and All Time Favorite closed out his freshman campaign with an Ontario Sires Stakes record performance, sailing home eight and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.4. Tycoon Seelster and Dream Massive finished in second and third behind the fan favourite. Trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville piloted Mass Production to the win for his partners Jim Walker of Port Perry, Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. In nine starts the gelding posted five wins, one second, one third and earnings of $285,673. "There was some stuff going on there that, you're kind of wincing, hoping that your horse can stay out of the trouble or not have anybody run into him or make a break; all those things are possible with two-year-old trotters," said co-owner Jim Walker of the race, which saw two colts make early errors. "But it was great, and, you know, we enjoyed it all year. He won three of the five Golds and this, there's nothing more you could ask for in an Ontario Sired horse; it's a great program." Winter Sweet Frost captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final title with a 1:55.4 personal best in a race that also saw several youngsters make miscues. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair, Winter Sweet Frost cruised home a one and one-half length winner over Gravitator and Holiday Promise. Paul Reid conditions the daughter of Kadabra for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. Driver Jonathan Drury recorded his first Super Final victory in the two-year-old pacing colt division, guiding longshot Arsenal Seelster to a come-from-behind 1:53 score. Drury and Arsenal Seelster hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Yogi Bayama, who was one length ahead of Machin A Trick. "It was very unexpected actually," said Drury, who crafted the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC and Ecurie JGC Enrg. of Laval, QC. "I thought I was maybe a little too far out of it at one point, but they kind of bunched up at the head of the lane and my colt kicked home strong." The Guelph, ON resident had a career-best year on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit in 2016 and is hoping to be back among the top drivers next season after recovering from a Nov. 25 shoulder surgery that will see him sidelined for three to six months. The reinsman has until May before the 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way, with this year's two-year-olds hoping to reclaim their championship form and a new crop of pacers and trotters aiming to carve out a place in the provincial history books. Mass Production L A Delight Yaris Bayama Warrawee Roo Emoticon Hanover Arsenal Seelster Betting Line Ontario Racing  

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 13 - Rookie harness racing colts and geldings of both gaits were on display Thursday night in a quartet of Ontario Sired Autumn Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack. Each division, two for pacers and two for trotters, carried a purse of $16,000 with 14 horses competing in each category. Mach Deja Vu broke his maiden in gate-to-wire fashion to win the first pacing division for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Dany Fontaine. The son of Mach Three blasted to the front and proceeded to post fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.2. In the stretch, Mach Deja Vu extended his lead to about three-lengths before crossing the wire in 1:55.3 for a two-length score. Osborne Seelster grabbed second, while Tremendous Play was third. Mach Deja Vu was winless in nine starts heading into the Autumn Series first leg. The Fontaine trainee's maiden breaking score gives him $22,047 in earnings for owners Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The son of Mach Three paid $9.40. Mach Deja Vu In the second division, Dreamfair B J crushed his rivals by six-lengths in 1:54 for driver Billy Davis Jr. and trainer Pat Fletcher. The son of Big Jim got away sixth before getting his cue from Davis Jr. to march his way up to within a length of the lead at the half in :57.2. Dreamfair B J edged away from his rivals on the far turn to pace by three-quarter in 1:26. The Fletcher trainee finished off the victory with a solid :28 kicker. Bills Fellas crossed the wire second, while Brave World was third. Dreamfair B J was coming into the Autumn Series off a fourth-place finish in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championship on September 24. He now has two wins in eight starts and earnings of $28,650 for owner John Lamers. Dreamfair B J paid $5.30. Dreamfair B J On the trotting side, Scene A Magician was a blowout winner in the first division for driver Jack Moiseyev and trainer Jennifer Pinkerton. The son of Daylon Magician got to the front just after the opening-quarter and proceeded to crush his rivals with a six-length victory in 1:57.4. Scene A Magician set fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.1 before trotting home in :29.3 for the win. Lmc Mass Gem finished second, while Noble Prize was third. Scene A Magician entered Thursday's contest with two wins in five starts. He now has three wins and $41,020 earned for owners Daylon Farms Ltd, Gordon Yeo and Pinkerton. The son of Daylon Magician paid $6.30 to win. Scene A Magician Vesuvio Bi captured the second division for driver Mario Baillargeon and trainer Martin Lachance. The son of Manofmanymissions led the field by the quarter in :29, but surrendered the lead in the second-quarter to Charmbo Chrome. The new leader led the field through middle-half fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.4. Vesuvio Bi was angled from the two-hole at three-quarters and went on to trot by and score a maiden breaking victory by three-lengths in 1:58.2. Charmbo Chrome held on for second, while Resita was third. Vesuvio Bi was making just his second career start Thursday evening. His maiden breaking score gives him $9,120 earned in two starts for owners Lachance Racing Stable and Don Mogridge. The Lachance trainee paid $5.70 to win. Vesuvio Bi In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired two-year-olds had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The second round of the Autumn Series for rookie colts and geldings will be contested next Thursday (October 20). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

OCT. 12, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack hosts the $2 million Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals on Saturday, Oct. 15 and trainer Mark Steacy will cap off a career best year in the harness racing program by sending out starters in four of the eight division championships. With 263 points, Steacy is poised to capture his first Johnston Cup title as the top trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Heading into the season finale Steacy has a 39 point lead on reigning title-holder and eight-time winner Robert McIntosh and sits 42 points ahead of three-time winner Gregg McNair. He and his staff have harnessed 128 starters in the provincial program to date for 14 wins, 13 seconds, 20 thirds, 28 fourths, 12 fifths and earnings of $573,540. "I'm pretty proud of that," said Steacy of his career-best statistics. "Again, that's not just me, that's the staff too. "First of all you've got to have the great owners and then you've got to have the great help," the horseman added. "These guys work hard, and if it wasn't for them the results wouldn't be the same." In addition to his season-long Ontario Sires Stakes success, Steacy achieved a major milestone in August when his career earnings surpassed $20 million. Both accomplishments are part of a decade-long evolution in Steacy's operation that started when son Shawn joined the business. "It all happened probably in the last 12 years; we were kind of low key until about 12 years ago," said Steacy, a lifelong horseman who was introduced to harness racing by his father Clarke, Sr. "After Shawn graduated out of school and came on with me I was able to keep horses and race them rather than sell them, which I used to do before. I used to develop them, race them a few times in Ottawa or Montreal, and then sell them." For several years Shawn supervised a temporary operation near Mohawk during the peak months of the Ontario Sires Stakes season, but last fall father and son decided it was time to establish a more permanent base at the First Line Training Centre in Nassagaweya, ON. "Shawn was up here all winter this year. We've come up before with half a dozen or 10 horses and stayed for three or four months, and we've done that for 10 years or so, but we've never stayed all winter until this year," explained Steacy, who was honoured with the O'Brien Award for Horsemanship in 2007. "We're going to be here again all winter. I'll do my babies at home in Lansdowne, but we'll keep the older horses up here." Steacy has already acquired 18 yearlings and expects that number to climb as high as 25 before the sales season wraps up. While Shawn, who now makes his home in Guelph, ON, handles the older horses, Steacy will have the support of his younger son Clarke, Jr. when it comes time to start the yearlings. "I have Clarke on board too," said Steacy, adding that Clarke, Jr. has decided to switch his focus from catch-driving to training for the time being. "He's actually running the Lansdowne outfit right now, and so I think that's going to help us to even get to another level." All three men are currently focussed on finishing the Ontario Sires Stakes season on a high note, ensuring Dream Massive, Sass, Royal Charm and Nocturnal Bluechip are in peak shape for their respective $250,000 Super Finals on Saturday. Two-year-old trotting colt Dream Massive will kick things off from Post 6 in the first Super Final, and his connections are hoping the son of Muscle Mass minds his manners after making breaks in his last two Gold Series starts. "We trained him this morning (Wednesday), and he trained good, so hopefully," said Steacy, who conditions the colt for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. "I thought we had him sorted out there and he went out and made a mistake again last time. He just got bully in the hole. Off and on he's showed that he does have quite a bit of ability, but he can be his own worst enemy." Three-year-old trotting colt Sass gets Post 3 in the fifth Super Final of the card and Steacy is hoping the Kadabra colt has bounced back from a viral infection that showed up after the Oct. 6 Gold Leg at Mohawk. "He still got fourth, but that was his worst start," noted Steacy, who put the colt on a course of antibiotics after the race. "Hopefully he'll be good to go on Saturday; I think a healthy Sass has got a shot. Obviously you've got to have that thing called luck on your side, but if it is then I think he's got a shot." Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC bred and owns Sass, who has earned $177,980 in his career to date. Sophomore trotting filly Royal Charm landed Post 4 for her last Ontario Sires Stakes start and will be looking to continue the hot streak she has been riding through the last six weeks. After a pair of third-place finishes in the Simcoe Stakes and her Elegantimage Elimination, the daughter of Steacy's former superstar Majestic Son scored an upset win in the $436,000 Elegantimage Final and then finished second in the last Gold Leg. "She's finally coming together for us. We always knew she had a lot of go to her, and she's been behaving herself, touch wood, lately," noted Steacy. "As long as she does that, she's not a big horse getting off the gate, but she can always kick home good. "If she races respectable I think then she is eligible to the Breeders Crown, and I think the Matron, so it's possible that we could finish the year off with that," added the trainer, who conditions the winner of $341,462 for David McDonald of Cornwall, ON, Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stables Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. "We'll just have to see how Saturday goes first." Steacy's final entry comes in the three-year-old pacing colt showdown with Nocturnal Bluechip lining up at Post 9, alongside the reigning division champion Betting Line, who gets the outside Post 10. "He's got a tough post and he probably needs a better post more than them all," said Steacy of the Bettors Delight son. "He's been kind of a letdown this year, you know, a horse that's got lots of speed but just hasn't done what we expected of him. The way he's going, he's going to have to trip out really well." Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Jane Phair of Thornbury, ON and NLG Racing Stable of Wallkill, NY share ownership of Nocturnal Bluechip, who heads into the Super Final with lifetime earnings of $225,901. Guelph resident James MacDonald will steer Nocturnal Bluechip, Dream Massive and Sass, while Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, pilots Royal Charm. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes postward at 7:30 pm on Saturday, with the eight $250,000 Super Finals slated as Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. In addition to the on track excitement, Mohawk fans will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap when they purchase a program and can play the fun-filled OSS Trivia Spin and Win game for more great prizes. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 11 - Rookie trotting fillies took their turn Tuesday for round one action of the harness racing Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 12 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into two $16,000 opening leg divisions. Powerful Mission lived up to her name by scoring a dominate 4¾ lengths victory in the first division for driver Phil Hudon and trainer Kevin St. Charles. The daughter of Manofmanymissions got away fourth and came first up in the middle-half. Powerful Mission pulled right up along side Jilona on the far turn and the rookies slugged it toe-to-toe by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. In the stretch, Powerful Mission quickly pulled away from her rival and ultimately scored an open lengths victory in a career best 1:57.1. Jilona finished second, while You Cant Afford Me was third. Powerful Mission now has three wins in nine starts and $31,200 earned in her rookie season. She is owned by E C S Racing LLC. The St. Charles trainee paid $4.90 to win. Powerful Mission Lady Eagle took the second division in 2:00.1 for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Rob Fellows. The daughter of Muscle Mass was one of three fillies to remain trotting the entire mile and Filion took his time before unleashing the filly. Lady Eagle got away third and made a move towards the lead on the far turn to pull to within a neck of the front at three-quarter pole in 1:31.2. In the stretch, Lady Eagle powered by to take a clear lead and pull away for a 3¼ lengths score. Princess Julieann finished second, while Gaelic Lass was third. Lady Eagle was making her Mohawk and Fellows barn debut Tuesday after beginning her career in Iowa. She now has three wins in six starts and earnings of $13,775 for owners Mark King and Caroll Huffman. Lady Eagle paid $5.70 to win. Lady Eagle In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired two-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The rookie trotting fillies will return for the second leg of the series next Tuesday (October 18). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 10 - The annual Ontario Sired Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies squaring off. Sheer Talent rallied from off the pace to defeat nine rivals in the $16,000 first leg for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. The lead changed hands several times during the early stages of Monday's contest. Sports Leader, who was parked for three-eighths, finally cleared to the front ahead of Manhattan Play, the even-money favourite, and led the field by the half :56.4. Manhattan Play popped the pocket and circled back to command on the far turn to pace by three-quarters in 1:27. Sheer Talent, who got away eighth, got into the outer flow on the far turn and sat third-over, five lengths from the front turning for home. Daenerys Hanover, who was first up at three-quarters, pressed at Manhattan Play in the lane, while Sports Leader was also in the mix. However, Sheer Talent had the most pace of any filly in the lane and rocketed by on the far outside to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.2. Daenerys Hanover finished second, while Sports Leader finished half a length ahead of Manhattan Play for third. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Sheer Talent now has three wins in 10 starts this season. The rookie pacing filly was purchased for $20,000 at last year's Forest City Yearling Sale and has banked $29,700 in her first season for owner Robert Burgess. A $2 win ticket on Sheer Talent returned $8. In order to be eligible to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series, the two-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The rookie pacing fillies will meet up again next Monday (October 17) for round two. Autumn Series action continues Tuesday with two first round divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mark McKelvie

OCT. 6, 2016 - After finishing third in five straight Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series starts, stretching back to September 2015, three-year-old trotting gelding Dia Monde grabbed a win in the last regular season harness racing event of his career at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. In rein to Milton resident Randy Waples Dia Monde left smartly from Post 6 and landed second behind early leader Dunvegan Don, who led the field to a :27 opening quarter. Waples continued to sit on the rail as fan favourite Bee In Charge took control heading for the :57.1 half, and then tipped Dia Monde into the outer lane heading by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. With a clear look at the finish line, Dia Monde shifted into overdrive and powered under the wire a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:54. Tony Soprano also closed well to be second, leaving Bee In Charge the third-place finisher's spoils. "He raced good, we're pretty tickled with him finally getting that win," said Puslinch resident June Durand, who shares ownership of Dia Monde with her husband, trainer Tom Durand, and Allan Smith of Oakville, ON. The victory boosted Dia Monde into fourth spot in the division standings, with 98 points, heading into the Oct. 15 Super Final. Through all 13 of his sophomore starts the son of Deweycheatumnhowe and Lady Bar has three wins, two seconds, five thirds and earnings of $163,612. Dia Monde is the second foal out of Lady Bar - a half-sister to former Durand trainee Clarice Marie ($313,400) - that Smith and the Durand's have owned, and it was their long familiarity with the family that first drew the partners to Dia Monde. "We had Littlejack Hanover and he was small, he was a Donato (Hanover), and then when we went to look at this colt he was twice the size, a big, strong colt," recalls June Durand. "And the thing we liked about him is, Looking Hanover ($1,125,136) was the other good horse out of the family and he's a Muscles Yankee and Deweycheatumnhowe is out of Muscles Yankee, so it's kind of going back to that same cross, and he's a big beautiful horse. We paid lots for him, but I think he was worth it." The gelding was a $70,000 purchase at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and Smith says he has repaid their investment in ways that cannot be reflected on a balance sheet. "We've been fortunate enough we've had some good stakes horses and done well financially, but it's more the fun of winning," said Smith. "Being with Tom and June - all the work they do to pick out the right horses and get them where they do with a small stable - I'm pretty impressed with what they do and I've always supported it and always will." Dia Monde The partners will be hoping Dia Monde can continue his winning ways into the $250,000 Super Final, where he will face division point leader Muscle Hustle, the winner of the other $105,000 Gold division on Thursday. Sent off as the fan favourite, and also in rein to Waples, Muscle Hustle took control just after the :28 opening quarter and rolled through a :58.1 half and a 1:26.3 three-quarters without facing a challenge. Muscle Hustle hit the wire one length ahead of Holiday Party and two more up on Will Take Charge in 1:54.1. "Muscle Hustle, he was awesome, last quarter :27.3, won fairly handy, and everything is good with him," said trainer Per Henriksen of the division point leader. "He's healthy and everything." Thursday's outing was Muscle Hustle's first in just over a month, he was sidelined with his second bout of sickness this season following a third-place result in the Sept. 3 Simcoe Stakes, but Norwood resident Henriksen expects the colt to be in top shape for next week's finale. "He didn't race for four weeks, but his race here should make him even better," said the horseman, who conditions the son of Muscle Mass and Crown Laurel for Ecurie Bergh Inc. of Norwood. In his five Gold Series starts Muscle Hustle logged three wins, one second and one fifth for 180 points, and trotted to an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:52.2 over the five-eighths mile surface at Georgian Downs. Through 12 starts this season he has tallied seven wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $239,832. Henriksen also trains Bee In Charge, who finished third behind Dia Monde, and said the fan favourite tested sick after the race. "Bee In Charge didn't race as good as I thought he was gonna do, and we scoped him and he had some mucous so he is obviously a little sick," said Henriksen. "We've just got to get him healthy for the Super Final." Muscle Hustle Heading into the Super Final off wins aboard both Muscle Hustle and Dia Monde puts Waples in the difficult position of choosing between two horses that appear to be prime shape for the post season. "They're both really nice horses. I really haven't made up my mind. It'll probably just go by post position, I think that's the way it will go anyways," said Waples. "We'll see what happens, see how they come out of it. "I was really happy with the pair of them you know. I thought Muscle Hustle was the best in his class as long as things went his way and he was healthy," the reinsman continued. "And Dia Monde, I know that horse can beat anybody out there, but he just hasn't really been putting it all together his last couple, but tonight he really showed up, he put a big, big effort in tonight." Waples is also the regular reinsman for superstar sophomore pacing filly L A Delight and trotting filly Caprice Hill. Both fillies were victorious in their freshman Super Finals and both head into this year's test undefeated in regular season Gold Series action. With a total of $2 million up for grabs in eight divisions, Super Final night gets under way at 7:30 pm at Mohawk on Saturday, Oct. 15.. Ontario Racing

The second and final day of the CKG Billings Amateur Drivers Series Canadian road trip on Monday, October 3rd saw Howard "Howie The Horse" Gelfand bring accolades back to Canada after he won the Billings trot at Mohawk Racetrack with Cracker Zack in a 1:58.3 clocking. Gelfand was one of four Canadian sportsmen participating in the Mohawk harness racing event. The first race of that Billings Travel Series was Sunday and the USA's David "Poppa" Glasser emerged victorious. In the Billings event on Monday Gelfand had drawn the favorite in the race and drove him as such. When the wings of the mobile gate folded he ducked Cracker Zack down along the pylons in fourth position. As the 10-horse field approached the halfway point Gelfand moved his trotter out to challenge the leaders and at that point they got first call. Once on top Cracker Zack trotted away from the others and at the third stanza he had an eight-length lead. From there it was catch me if you can and nobody could as the 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding trotted home an easy five-length victor. Second place went to Most Wanted Lindy driven by "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello while Sherwin "Smiley" Edwards garnered the show dough with Little Stuie. The winner, owned by Richard Moreau, Don Beanland and Fred Handelaar, is trained by Moreau. He paid $5.00 for win. Gelfand, a sales agent from Mississauga, Ont. and longtime participant in the Billings Series, notched his first seasonal triumph and although he has been driving sparingly in recent years still it was his 36th driving victory in a career which began in the late 1980's. Next Billings action will be back in the States on Sunday, Oct 9 at Saratoga Raceway. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

OCT. 3, 2016 - Ontario's top two-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies got clear skies and a fast harness racing track at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening to bring the curtain down on their Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular season. Division point leader Mass Production got things off to a quick start, capturing the first $105,000 trotting colt split in a sharp 1:55.3, just three-fifths of a second shy of the Ontario Sires Stakes record. Starting from Post 6 with trainer Rick Zeron in the race bike, Mass Production landed on the rail in third as Themanofmydreams reached the opening quarter in :27.3. Heading by the :58.1 half Zeron tipped Mass Production into the outer lane, and then dropped back in behind Themanofmydreams for a breather heading by the 1:27.1 three-quarters. As the colts squared up in the stretch, Mass Production accelerated away from his rival to a one length win. Themanofmydreams finished second and fan favourite Scene A Magician was seven and one-quarter lengths back in third. "The way the stakes race schedule was, the month off really enhanced this horse, and he's fresh as a daisy, straight as an arrow, and he just did everything exactly in tune the way I wanted him to tonight," said Zeron. "I wasn't quite sure that he'd trot in 1:55 tonight, but when I moved him at the head of the lane he was full of himself, and he was still full of himself at the wire too." Monday's outing was Mass Production's first since the Sept. 2 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk, where he finished fifth. In his five Gold Series starts the son of Muscle Mass and All Time Favorite posted three wins, one second and one third and leads the freshman trotting colts into the Oct. 15 Super Final with 187 points. Oakville resident Zeron shares ownership of Mass Production, a $32,000 purchase at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale, with James Walker of Port Perry, Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. The Super Final will be the gelding's last start of the campaign and Zeron said the OSS record could be in jeopardy. "If it's a nice night on the 15th, we may take a shot at that," said the horseman. "My assistant trainer, Shayne Barrington, he'll do the homework on him and get him prepared, and we'll speak together and get a game plan for the 15th, and take it from there." Mass Production Tycoon Seelster captured the second trotting colt division with a powerful finish, hitting the wire in 1:58. Paul MacDonell crafted the come-from-behind outing, which saw Tycoon Seelster ease away from Post 9 and settle in seventh as fan favourite Rose Run Speedster led the field to a :29 quarter. Heading for the :58.1 half MacDonell edged the gelding into the outer lane and started to reel in the leaders, picking up cover from Majestic Streak before the 1:28.2 three-quarters. Rolling off the turn MacDonell shifted Tycoon Seelster into high gear and the gelding powered to a one-half length victory over Mister Muscle and Capteur De Reve. Guelph resident MacDonell piloted Tycoon Seelster to his second Gold Series win for trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown and owner Chris Storms of Picton, ON. The son of Angus Hall and Travelin Lavec came into the regular season finale off a pair of qualifiers following a break in the Sept. 2 Champlain Stakes, and McEneny said an easier couple weeks are in store for the young trotter, who was a $23,000 purchase at the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale. "He's had a pretty rough last two or three weeks trying to get him qualified, and trying to get him a little better than what he was, so it's just a matter of, just get him a little freshened up," said the trainer. "It's been a long season. "I think he's going to be a nice horse next year," McEneny added. "We've seen him grow so much over the last two or three months, so he's a little bumpy going, but he wants to go forward." Tycoon Seelster Three races later the two-year-old pacing fillies stepped to centre stage, and driver Doug McNair and Action Majesty stuck to the come-from-behind script on their way to a 1:52.3 victory. Starting from Post 6, McNair dropped the fan favourite into fourth on the rail as Fade led the field to a :27 quarter. After the :56.1 half rung up by Future Headlines, McNair tipped Action Majesty to the outside and the filly made steady gains on the leader heading for the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Once she reached the stretch Action Majesty hit her top gear and sailed home a one and one-half length winner in a personal best 1:52.3. Early leader Fade finished second and Yaris Bayama closed for third. "She raced good again tonight. She has only raced fair one time and she had an excuse," said McNair, referring to the filly's fifth-place result in the Sept. 19 Gold Leg at Grand River Raceway. "It was a tough drive and she was a little sick. I think she's in good shape heading into the Super Finals." The Guelph resident pilots Action Majesty for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON, and owner-breeder Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH. In five starts the daughter of Royal Mattjesty and Action Grin has logged four wins and one fifth for earnings of $125,250. She heads into the post season ranked third with 105 Gold Series points from three appearances. Action Majesty Aint Three Ok made it four straight off the pace winners, doing all the work up the outside in the second pacing filly division and then battling down the stretch to a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53.1. Bid Writer and Blameitonthenight followed Aint Three Ok up the outside lane and into the second and third-place spots. Regular reinsman Trevor Henry of Arthur engineered the win, the filly's second straight in Gold Series action, for trainer Mike Weller of Georgetown, ON and Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY. Weller took over training duties on the daughter of Mach Three and Aint Given Up from Ohio-based conditioner Steven Carter in mid-June and said the filly has surpassed his early expectations. "She's awful small, so I said, 'Well, we'll give her a whirl,' and she's turned out really good," said Weller from the winner's circle. "She tries, every day; she loves her job." Monday's victory was Aint Three Ok's second in Gold Series action and gives her a freshman record of three wins and three seconds in eight starts for earnings of $190,300. She heads into the Oct. 15 Super Final at the top of the division standings with 150 points from two wins and two seconds in four Gold outings. Aint Three Ok The top 10 point earners from each division, two-year-old trotting colt and pacing filly, will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their respective $250,000 Super Finals on Saturday, Oct. 15. The 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes regular season comes to a close on Thursday night at Mohawk with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm and the colts will battle in Races 2 and 3. Ontario Racing

OCT. 1, 2016 - From rain, to wind, to fog, Ontario's harness racing best have not allowed the weather to deter them as they wrap up their Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular seasons at Mohawk Racetrack this weekend. On Saturday it was the two-year-old pacing colts' turn to shine through the fog, competing in a pair of $105,000 Gold divisions, and Streakavana landed his third Gold trophy in the first split. Sent off as the fan favourite, Streakavana left smartly from Post 5 and landed fourth on the rail as Big Bad Bill rolled out to a :26.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :55.2 half driver Sylvain Filion of Milton tipped Streakavana out behind Classic Pro and followed that colt into the final turn before swinging out three-wide. A head in front by the 1:25.2 three-quarters, Streakavana accelerated down the stretch to a one length victory in 1:53.1. Mc Mach closed hard to be second, leaving mid-race pacesetter Southwind General to settle for third. "He was good tonight, but he's not as good as he was when he qualified," said trainer Scott McEneny, referring to Streakavana's 1:52.4 clocking in a Sept. 9 qualifier. "I thought when he qualified he was just a monster, and Sylvain thought that too, but he's better than what he was and hopefully we can get him better for the Super Final." Streakavana made his debut in the July 7 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk, finishing second, and then won three straight at the Campbellville oval, capturing two Gold events (July 16 and Aug. 11) and one overnight event (Aug. 5). After his impressive qualifier, the son of Big Jim and Stonebridge Madona made the trip to Grand River Raceway for the Sept. 19 Gold event and finished a disappointing fifth. McEneny says a number of factors played into the gelding's first off the board result, starting with a tough trip to the Elora oval. "It was just weird the way he trucked over. I had to stop the trailer three or four times, and he was just all wound up," recalled McEneny, who conditions the gelding for Brad Grant and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. "He's just a little bit of a nervous horse and I think he just got too wound up that day." Streakavana's caretaker Stacey Currie ensured the gelding arrived at Mohawk in a calmer frame of mind on Saturday, riding in the trailer with her nervous charge. "He rode over good, he came off the trailer good," said McEneny, who is stabled at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch, ON. "Stacey's been a big help for me this year. She can do everything, she's not afraid to work, and she loves her horses." McEneny and Currie will spend the next two weeks ensuring Streakavana is in peak form for the Oct. 15 Super Final - the gelding leads the division with 155 points - and then start looking forward to his sophomore campaign. "That's all he was paid in was the Sires Stakes, so he'll only have seven or eight starts," said Waterdown, ON resident McEneny. "I think we'll pay him up in a little more next year, because I think he'll get to be a better horse next year, he's got a big motor in him. Like that day he qualified, he was in with three-year-olds and he went by them with the plugs in and a bow in his neck, so I think he's got a big motor in him for next year, hopefully." Streakavana In the second division Mohawk fans sent Classic Pro off as the favourite, but it was second choice Machin A Trick who sprinted down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:53.2. Starting from Post 7, Machin A Trick got away at the back of the field of eight, 13 lengths behind early leader Bet On Brett at the :26.3 quarter, and was still eighth when Happy Trio reached the half in :55.3. Moving up the outer lane, driver James MacDonald had moved Machin A Trick into sixth by the 1:25.1 three-quarters and sent him out three-wide. The son of Mach Three and Tricky kicked home in :27.1 to claim the victory, leaving Bet On Brett and Classic Pro to settle for second and third. "I didn't want to be too far out of it, but sometimes you can't really help what you're dealt with, so when the trip worked out like it did I moved him and he was gone," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald from the winner's circle. "When you come off a helmet he's going; he's gonna go by whoever he's following." MacDonald engineered Machin A Trick's first Gold Series win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett and his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The victory, added to one second, one third and one sixth in his first three Gold outings, gives Machin A Trick 90 points and puts him sixth in the division standings. While Saturday's win was Machin A Trick's first in Gold competition, he has posted two wins in overnight action, both coming at Mohawk. Machin A Trick Machin A Trick, Streakavana and the other colts among the top 10 point earners will return to the Campbellville oval for the season ending Super Final on Oct. 15. The two-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday and their connections will be hoping the forecast for clear skies is an accurate one. The trotting colts will wage their last Gold Series battles in Races 2 and 3, while the pacing fillies square off in Races 6 and 9. The evening's first race goes postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

SEPT. 30, 2016 - Powerful winds swirled around Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, but Ontario's top three-year-old pacing fillies were still able to show off their world class skills in a pair of harness racing $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions. Reigning division champion L A Delight, fresh off her win in the historic Jugette in Delaware, Ohio, sailed to an impressive victory in the first division. Leaving from Post 3, driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON allowed Divas Image to clock a :26.1 opening quarter, but sent L A Delight to the front well before the :55.4 half. The fan favourite laid down a 1:23.4 three-quarters and then sprinted home to a 1:50.3 clocking, three and one-half lengths ahead of Windsun Glory and five in front of Divas Image, over a track rated one second slower than normal. "When she was on the front I thought she'd be okay, but I didn't expect that kind of a last quarter," said co-owner Al McIntosh from the winner's circle. "She is an exceptional racehorse." The Leamington resident bred and owns the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A in partnership with Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The filly has paced to eight wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts this season, adding $522,328 to the $704,335 she earned winning 11 of 12 starts as a two-year-old. L A Delight has never been bested in Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) action, with Friday's victory her ninth in Gold Series action and tenth in OSS competition. She leads the three-year-old pacing fillies into the Oct. 15 Super Final with a flawless 250 points from her five sophomore victories. L A Delight While L A Delight took home her ninth Gold trophy, the second division saw Mayhem Seelster earn her first. Last year's Grassroots champion went gate-to-wire from Post 4, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52.1. Lay Lady Lay finished one and three-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite, while Bourbon Seelster was four and one-quarter lengths back in third. Milton resident Sylvain Filion engineered the filly's second straight victory for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Gold Series win boosted the Mach Three daughter's record to three wins, five seconds and four thirds in 14 starts for earnings of $225,246. "I think there's one race where she kind of didn't race good, and I'm going to say that was maybe the Fan Hanover," said O'Sullivan, ruefully. "But other than that, she probably should have two or three wins more than she does, she's raced super. "It's certainly good to go into the Super Final off a couple wins, she's confident and Sylvain's confident," added the trainer. "Now we've just got to hope for luck and everything, and no problems in the next two weeks." Mayhem Seelster heads into the Super Final in third spot in the standings, with 104 points earned from one win, one second, two thirds and one fifth-place finish in Gold Series action. Like L A Delight she is eligible to the Breeders Crown eliminations at The Meadowlands the week after the Super Final and O'Sullivan said a solid performance in the Ontario Sires Stakes season finale will earn Mayhem Seelster a trip south. The filly will then enjoy a well-deserved vacation before returning to the races at four. "I think she's going to be a good solid mare and the thing about her is, she's deceptive," said O'Sullivan. "She's not very good on the front in terms of she's a little bit lazy and whatever, but she has a high cruising speed and I just think as she matures and gets stronger, and being a Mach Three, I just think she'll be able to carry that a little bit further, and probably go faster, but more importantly just be that little bit physically stronger." In the meantime, O'Sullivan and his team will be focused on preparing Mayhem Seelster for the $250,000 Super Final where she will face L A Delight and the other eight leading point earners. Mayhem Seelster On Saturday evening Super Final berths will be determined in the two-year-old pacing colt division, as the novices face off over the Mohawk Racetrack oval in their last Gold Series event. The colts will battle in Races 2 and 10 on the program, which gets under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

SEPT. 29, 2016 - In spite of a harness racing track soaked by a full day of rain, two-year-old trotting fillies Magic Presto and On A Sunny Day put on an impressive show at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Competing on a surface rated three seconds slower than normal, Magic Presto fired away from Post 5 to a :27.3 opening quarter in the first $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series division. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON eased off on the tempo through the :59.1 half and 1:29.1 three-quarters and then let the fan favourite accelerate home to a four and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.4. Holiday Promise closed hard to be second and Gravitator trotted into third. "She raced really good, I was really happy that she dealt with the conditions like that. She's got flip-flops on and you never know how they'll handle a track like that with flip-flops on," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, referring to the style of horseshoe the filly sports. "Trevor was very, very happy with her, said she's getting better all the time." The win was Magic Presto's third lifetime, with two of her wins coming in the Gold Series and one in the Grassroots. The filly spent the month of September competing against the best young trotting distaffers in North America and logged a fourth-place result in her Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes division, a second in her Sept. 8 Peaceful Way Elimination and a third, from Post 10, in the Peaceful Way Final one week later. "She never really raced really hard in those races, she had bad draws, she was just basically racing for a cheque, but she looks competitive against some better horses there," noted Norman. "So if she can do some good in the Super Final that'll be me, I'll be very happy with that." The Allentown, NJ-based trainer conditions Magic Presto for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. The filly was a $160,000 acquisition from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has returned $169,549 through her first seven starts, finishing no worse than fourth. Her connections are looking forward, not just to the Super Final, but to the long-legged youngster's sophomore season. "She's really big anyway, she doesn't want to grow up anymore, but she has got stronger, she looks better, she's filled right out and I think next year she's going to be really nice and strong," said Norman. "She's really professional; she does everything, handles everything, very well." The daughter of Kadabra and In The Mean Time wraps up the regular season with 125 points earned in her three Gold Series starts and heads into the season ending Super Final sitting fourth in the division standings. Magic Presto On A Sunny Day was equally sharp off the starting gate in the second Gold division, firing away from Post 6 to a :27.3 quarter. The filly sailed along to a :58.4 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters and then powered away from the field to a four and one-half length victory in 1:56.3. Fan favourite Winter Sweet Frost had to settle for second, while Stuck In My Spanks was 11 lengths back in third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion piloted On A Sunny Day to the win for trainer and breeder Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. While her peers battled in the open stakes during September, On A Sunny Day enjoyed a mid-season rest following the Aug.10 Gold event at Grand River Raceway. The filly qualified at Mohawk on Sept. 13 and 20 in preparation for Thursday's regular season finale. The daughter of Muscle Mass and Dicent No leads the two-year-old trotting fillies into the Oct. 15 Super Final with 225 points and $183,750 earned from four wins and one second in her five Gold Series starts. The top 10 point earners will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Oct. 15 for the $250,000 Super Final. On A Sunny Day Gold Series action continues at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 30 and Saturday, Oct. 1 as the three-year-old pacing fillies and two-year-old pacing colts wrap up their regular season over the Campbellville oval. Post time for both programs is 7:30 pm, with the pacing fillies batting in Races 3 and 9 on Friday and the colts competing in Races 2 and 10 on Saturday. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 29 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind harness racing horsepeople that nominations to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series close this Saturday, October 1st. The Autumn Series is offered in each division for Ontario Sired two and three-year-olds. Ontario sired two-year-olds that are non-winners of $30,000 as of midnight September 30, 2016 are eligible to the Autumn Series. As for Ontario sired three-year-olds, non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2016 as of midnight September 30, 2016 are eligible to the Autumn Series. The nomination fee in each category is $200. To view the nomination form, click here. To pay the $200 nomination fee online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than October 1, 2016 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 29 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind horsepeople that live racing at Mohawk Racetrack will continue to be offered five-nights-a-week for the first three weeks of October. The original 2016 live racing schedule did not include Tuesday night racing during the month of October. Following a schedule amendment earlier this year, three Tuesday cards in October were added to the Mohawk schedule. Live racing will be offered on Tuesday, October 4th, 11th and 18th. Following the October 18th card, Tuesdays will be dropped from the schedule and live racing will be offered four-nights-a-week. The 2016 Mohawk meet will conclude on Monday, November 7th. The draw for the first Tuesday card of October will take place tomorrow (Friday). The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

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