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CAMPBELLVILLE, June 25 - The opening leg of the Summertime Series highlighted harness racing action Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The three-week series for sophomore pacing colts and geldings attracted a field of 11 for the $18,000 first leg. Dave Menary trainee Sintra entered Saturday's opening round undefeated in five starts this season. Despite a large field, Sintra was sent off as the 1/9 favourite from post three. Major Hill, also a Menary trainee, was blasted to the front by driver Doug McNair from post nine and posted an opening-quarter of :26.2. Sintra got away fifth with driver Jody Jamieson, who was able to angle out nearing the half to pick up cover. After stealing a :30 second-quarter, Major Hill paced a :28 third panel while being confronted by Some Gold, who was pressing first over. In the stretch, Major Hill turned aside the first over challenger, but Sintra was ready to pounce and shot off cover to pace home in :26 to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:50.4. Always A Hotshot, who was third over around the final turn, finished second, while Major Hill was third. A son of Mach Three, Sintra is now a perfect six for six to start his three-year-old season after going winless in three starts as a rookie. His wins this season include scores in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and a Three-Year-Old Open on Pepsi North America Cup night. Sintra has now earned $86,500 this season for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. He paid $2.30 to win Saturday. In order to be eligible to the Summertime Series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2015. The second leg of the Summertime Series will take place next Saturday (July 2). Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk with a 10-race card, featuring three $75,000 OSS Gold divisions for sophomore trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 24 - Lindys Nightmare and Collective Wisdom captured first round divisions of the harness racing Town Pro Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Town Pro Series has been used as a launching pad by lightly raced three-year-old pacing fillies over the years and after Friday's first leg it appears the 2016 edition will continue that tradition. Lindys Nightmare turned in a sizzling 1:50.4 performance to capture the first division. The Frank Antonacci trainee took over the lead in the second-quarter for driver Rick Zeron and reached the half in :56.1. Lindys Nightmare paced her third-quarter in :27.4 and still had plenty of energy left for the stretch drive. The 3/2 favourite rocketed home in :26.4 to draw away from her five rivals to score a 4¾ lengths victory in a career-best 1:50.4. Twenty Three Red came from fifth at the three-quarter pole to grab second, while Southwind Tango, who followed Lindys Nightmare into the stretch, finished third. A daughter of Western Terror, Lindys Nightmare was making just her fourth career start Friday. The Antonacci trainee was unraced at two, made a break in her career debut on May 1st, but now has three consecutive victories. Owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, Lindys Nightmare has now earned $22,000 for her connections. She paid $5.10 to win. Lindys Nightmare Collective Wisdom enjoyed a pocket trip and pounced in the lane to score a 1:52 victory in the second division. Rocknroll Vision, the 4/5 favourite, went to the front and led the field of the five by the opening-quarter in :27. The public's choice went unchallenged through fractions of :56 and 1:24. In the stretch, Collective Wisdom was angled off the back of Rocknroll Vision by driver Jonathan Drury and the 7/2 second choice powered by to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. Queen Ideal finished third. A daughter of American Ideal, Collective Wisdom now has two wins in five starts this season after going winless in four outings at two. The Richard Moreau trainee has now banked $22,900 this season for her 1187422 Ontario Inc. ownership group. Collective Wisdom paid $9.60 to win. Collective Wisdom In order to be eligible to the Town Pro Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of March 31, 2016. The second round of the Town Pro will take place next Friday (July 1). The first leg of the Summertime Series highlights live racing Saturday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Betting Line’s stakes-record equaling victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup highlighted a harness racing record-setting evening last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of $5,241,459 was wagered on Saturday’s 15 race card to set a new Pepsi North America card record and a new Mohawk Racetrack single-card handle record. Saturday’s wagering total is the highest single-card handle figure in the 53 year history of Mohawk Racetrack. The previous record was $5,006,896 wagered on the 2014 Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace card. For the second year in a row, the Pepsi North America Cup handle record was broken. The 2015 edition saw a total of $4.2 million wagered to break the previous record of $3.8 million in 2005. “It was a truly special, record shattering night for the Pepsi North America Cup Saturday evening at Mohawk,” said Jim Lawson, CEO for Woodbine Entertainment Group.  “The atmosphere was electric with fans young and young at heart, core and new customers, enjoying a night out.  Saturday night certainly proved that Standardbred racing is alive and well in the province.” The highlight of the wagering menu Saturday was the mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. With a carryover of $489,912 brought into Saturday’s mandatory payout, horseplayers wagered $1,210,071 of new money into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool. The previous Mohawk record handle also featured a Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. A record crowd of 17,602 passed through the entrances to Mohawk Racetrack Saturday evening. Fans were treated to live music, food trucks, giveaways and the world’s finest harness racing. New records were also established on the racing surface. Always B Miki posted the fastest mile in the history of Canadian harness racing with a 1:47.1 mile in the Mohawk Gold Cup. Betting Line equaled the Track and Stakes Record with his 1:47.4 winning mile in the $1 Pepsi North America Cup. Hannelore Hanover trotted to a Track Record and equaled a World Record with her 1:51 performance in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares. Social Media was buzzing throughout the night Saturday, as fans chatted about the event on various platforms. The hashtag #NACup trended in Toronto, while Mohawk debuted an event specific filter for the Pepsi North America Cup on Snapchat. Live racing continues all summer long every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Mohawk. Post time each night is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 19 - A total of $1,210,071 was wagered into the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 for Saturday night's mandatory payout at Mohawk Racetrack on Pepsi North America Cup night. The carryover entering the night was $484,912. The new money wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 brought the total pool to $1,694,983. Those who connected with a winning ticket scored a return of $6,538 for a $1 ticket or $1,307.60 for a $0.20 ticket. Here are the top five finishers from Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5 race. 1st: #6 Carracci Hanover (7/2) 2nd: #12 Asap Hanover (8/5) 3rd: #4 Mckinney (17/1) 4th: #8 Shadow Place (12/1) 5th: #11 St Lads Lotto (10/1) The Jackpot Hi-5 pool helped bring the total handle for Pepsi North America Cup night to $5,241,508, a new Mohawk Racetrack and North America Cup night record. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18… Betting Line, driven by David Miller, demonstrated his off-the-pace talent by flying from fifth to first to win the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, by one length in a stakes, track and Canadian record equalling score of 1:47.4. The stakes record was originally lowered at Mohawk by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. Betting Line’s win in the 33rd edition of the Cup is also 19th time that an elimination winner has also won the final. With the win, trainer Casie Coleman, who just celebrated her 36th birthday, earns her second career North America Cup title. “This was all I wanted for my birthday and Betting Line made it come true,” said the Cambridge, Ontario resident, who won her first Cup in 2010 with Sportswriter. Betting Line, the even-money favourite, settled into fifth, while driver Randy Waples marched Control The Moment off the gate from post nine towards the front. The Brad Maxwell trainee made the front ahead of Racing Hill to post a :26.4 opening-quarter. Heading to the half, driver Sylvain Filion took a shot at the lead with Lyons Snyder from third, but Waples kept the tempo hot and parked the first-over challenger to the half in :53.4. Around the final turn, Lyons Snyder began to fade away first-up while Control The Moment continued to power along on the lead. Racing Hill circled around the tiring Lyons Snyder as Betting Line was moving up into the action on the outside from fifth. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:20.3, Control The Moment brought the field into the lane with a pair of challengers ready to battle. Racing Hill overtook the lead with less than an eighth of a mile to go, but Betting Line was in striking range pacing powerful strides just a few lengths back. Betting Line surged by Racing Hill in deep stretch to win. Control The Moment faded to third. “I always said I wanted to see him get a trip from off-the-pace where he had cover and that worked,” said Coleman. “Dave drove him perfect and they were going all kinds of quick fractions. I was a little worried that he was a bit too far back, but I saw the clock pop up 1:20 and a piece so I was kind of happy.” After 16 attempts at Cup glory, Hall of Fame driver Miller can now say he has captured his first Cup. “The first time I drove a horse in this race was Falcons Future, I mean that was in ‘94 so, yes, this is very sweet,” said the Ohio native. “He has been very impressive both weeks and I like his never give in attitude.” The son of Bettor's Delight, notched his 10th victory in 17 career outings and earned $500,000 for the win. The brown colt lifted his lifetime purse earnings to $1,119,922 for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun, of Chatham, and Mac Nichol, of Burlington. Betting Line paid $4.20, $2.90 and $2.40, combining with Racing Hill ($3.70, $3.30) for a $116.30 (3-6) exactor. A 3-6-9 (Control The Moment, $4.10) triactor was worth $77.60, while a $1 Superfecta [3-6-9-4 (Boston Red Rocks)] Superfecta came back $121.75. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18... Pure Country, driven by Brett Miller, showed she has off-the-pace power when she captured the $438,000 Fan Hanover final for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The Jimmy Takter pupil followed mid-pack as elimination winner Good Will Hanover laid down fractions of :26.1, :54.3 for the half and 1:22.2 for three-quarters. Into the final turn, a first-up Lindwood Beachgirl put pressure on the tempo-setter as Newborn Sassy followed second-over. Pure Country, the 2-1 favourite, found live third-over flow after being shuffled back to seventh. Pure Country angled off cover at the head of the lane, and once the pacing miss was fed open racetrack, she marched past her foes to capture the rich final in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.3. Darlinonthebeach finished second, one length behind the victress. L A Delight got up for third. "There is nothing better than owning and breeding, and then ending up winning one of these races like this," said Diamond Creek Racing's Adam Bowden. "He [Brett Miller] was third-over coming off the final turn. She looked like she was full of pace and I was confident." Pure Country notched her second victory of the season and 12th lifetime. With the win, the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere and Western Montana earns millionaire status, lifting her career earnings to $1,178,953 for owner/breeder Diamond Creek Racing. Pure Country paid $6.10 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras put Lady Shadow on the front and never looked back to win the $370,000 Roses Are Red Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Mohawk Raceway. An impressive group of ten older pacing mares clashed in the Roses Are Red, but just like last year, Lady Shadow took home the winner's share of the purse. The Ron Adams trainee was put on the engine by Gingras from post three, as the rest of the field lined up in post position order. Lady Shadow carved out fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 to bring the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, the Adams trainee continued to power along and showed her class winning by a length and a half in a career best 1:48.1. "Believe me I was surprised too that there was no speed on the outside," said Gingras. "I watched a few of her replays and looked at her lines from last year and before that because I was actually thinking about racing her off the back, especially with the way the card has been playing out, the front hasn't been that good. "Obviously she is better on the front, her lines show that, but when the gate folded nobody left so it made my decision easy." Waasmula, who got a pocket trip, finished second, while Solar Sister came up the rail for third. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow pushed her career earnings over the $1 million mark with her 19th career win. She is owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. Lady Shadow now has three wins in nine starts this season. She paid $10.50 to win. Mark McKelvie  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18...Marion Marauder, driven by Scott Zeron, rallied off a perfect second-over trip to score the $268,000 Goodtimes final for harness racing three-year-old trotters on Saturday evening at Mohawk, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard.   At odds of 8-1, the Michael Keeling trainee sat fifth past the first quarter in :27.4, as the parked-out 1-2 favourite, Dayson, battled with the early leader, Will Take Charge. Dayson was able to overtake Will Take Charge into the backstretch, but before Dayson marched past the half in :56.3, Tony Soprano was on the move from fourth. Marion Marauder tracked his cover. While Dayson and Tony Soprano duelled in the turn, the bettor's choice broke stride as they went by the three-quarter pole in 1:25. As the field of 10 turned for home, Marion Marauder fanned off cover and used a :27.2 final kick to trot past his rivals and take a new 1:52.4 lifetime mark by half a length. Will Take Charge finished second and Blenheim railed for third. "I was confident in him so I pushed him out of the gate and I was able to land a spot where I saw John [Campbell] floating on the outside with a really nice horse of [trainer Bob] McIntosh's," Zeron said regarding Tony Soprano. "So, I was happy to have that cover and finally be in the right spot-be within two lengths at the three-quarter pole, and he delivered." Marion Marauder notched his second victory of the season and third lifetime. With the win, the son Muscle Hill and Spellbound Hanover lifts his career earnings to $495,234 for owners Marion Jean Wellwood, of Stratford, and Devin Keeling, of Cambridge. Marion Marauder returned $18.40 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - Hannelore Hanover crushed her harness racing rivals with a Canadian Record performance in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Final Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The Ron Burke trainee toured Mohawk Racetrack in a career best 1:51 to match the World Record for four-year-old trotting mares and establish.h a new Canadian Record for older trotting mares. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover cleared to the front at the opening-quarter in :27.2. The daughter of Swan For All posted middle-fraction panels of :56 and 1:24.1 to lead the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover turned the race into a blowout and pulled away with ease. She trotted a :26.4 final-quarter to win by 6½ lengths in 1:51. "I knew should could go like that last week, she was totally wrapped up," said Gingras. "I knew she had a couple big miles in her that's for sure. "She's fresh and never been racing against tough horses, so she was always within herself, but it was a scary (fast) mile tonight, but she still had more." Shake It Cerry rallied from seventh to finish second, while Rules Of The Road grabbed third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover was competing in just her second Grand Circuit event Saturday. Last season, she dominated the Indiana Sires Stakes and won 8 of 19 to bank over $295,000. The Burke trainee now has seven wins in 8 starts this season to bring her seasonal earnings to $246,000. The Armbro Flight victory gives Hannelore Hanover 16 career wins and a bankroll of over $550,000. A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $2.20. Hannelore Hanover Mark McKelvie  

After winning a pair of Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson topped that accomplishment by capturing three more divisions on Friday. Picking up where their masculine peers left off, the three-year-old pacing fillies delivered seven impressive Grassroots performances on the Campbellville oval’s Friday evening program and Jamieson waved at fans from the winner’s circle following Races 5, 7 and 9. The Moffat, ON resident started his win streak with lightly raced Forever Liza, guiding the filly to her first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) victory in a personal best 1:52.3. The Bettor's Delight daughter drifted out widely in the stretch, but still hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Selling The Dream and Kays Shadow. “She has just been getting better and better with every start. Tonight she smelled the ribs and was going after them in the stretch, but she got to the wire first in spite of that,” quipped Jamieson, referring to the racks of ribs that were flying off the barbecue just beyond the rail the filly drifted toward. Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The filly — who has three full-siblings with $200,000-plus in earnings — now boasts a record of two wins and one second in five sophomore starts. Jamieson’s second appearance in the winner’s circle came aboard “family horse” Noone To Depend On. Owned by his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, and sister, Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON, Noone To Depend On controlled the pace from start to finish, reaching the wire in a personal best 1:52.2. The fan favourite finished four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Miss Babe Delight and Windsongmagnifique. “She really impressed me tonight. Usually she can’t cut the mile, but she just exploded tonight when I called on her and won very easily,” said the driver. “She should be one of the best Grassrooters.” Noone To Depend On captured one Grassroots division last season and boasts a record of two wins and two seconds in eight sophomore starts to date. The Santanna Blue Chip miss boosted her lifetime earnings to $77,230 with Friday’s win. Jamieson completed the driving hat trick in the sixth division with fan favourite Thisorthat Hanover, who also cruised to a four and three-quarter length win in 1:52.2. HP Sissy and Tempus Seelster rounded out the top three. “Thisorthat can flat out fly,” said Jamieson. “She has had issues in the past, but Doc (Moore) seems to have her on the straight and narrow. She’ll likely go to the Gold now, and if she stays in this current form she’ll be heard from.” A Gold Series winner at two, Thisorthat Hanover is trained by Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph, ON for Scott Horner of Toronto, ON. The Sportswriter daughter was a $110,000 purchase from the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and Friday’s victory pushed her career earnings just over her initial purchase price, to $111,900. The final division was captured by another filly that is expected to make the leap back up to the Gold Series when it returns to Mohawk on July 9. Twin B Thong stepped out from behind cover in the stretch to score a two and three-quarter length victory over Twenty Three Red and Bad Lightning in 1:52.3 and trainer Casie Coleman is hoping the Sportswriter daughter has recovered the form that propelled her to second spot in the two-year-old pacing filly division last season. “She trained back huge, but had a bunch of issues when she shipped home,” said Coleman. “We took some time off and got her back to herself tonight, finally. “She’ll most likely go back to the Golds now, if she stays good,” added the Cambridge, ON resident, who shares ownership on the filly with West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. The other three divisions went to Windsun Glory, Bourbon Seelster and Sports Expert. Windsun Glory and driver Doug McNair captured the first division, slipping out of the pocket in the stretch and sprinting home to a two and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:52. Mattjestic Tempo and Heavenly Bet paced into second and third. The Guelph resident piloted the Mach Three daughter to her first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON, Windsun Farm Inc. of Uxbridge, ON, Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing, ON and Jim Fielding of Toronto. Bourbon Seelster took the second division, adding a sophomore Grassroots trophy to the three she earned last season. Driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville engineered the 1:52 victory over Jimmys Little Girl and Maxim Seelster on behalf of trainer Robert Manders and his partners Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. The fourth trophy went home with Sports Expert, who was also a three-time Grassroots winner last season. In rein to Billy Davis Jr. of Guelph, the Sportswriter daughter paced under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Buttermilk Hanover and Alphabet Queen in a personal best 1:52.2. Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge conditions Sports Expert for his partners Touch Stone Farms of Guelph and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 11 at Grand River Raceway. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack’s Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the Gold Series opener for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday, June 27. Ontario Racing

A couple of heavy hitters presently bedded down on Millionaires Row in The Stable That God Loves will join seven of their stablemates Saturday night on Mohawk Racetrack's big stage, looking to garner the winner's share of their respective races to support the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada.   The talented group of multiple stakes winners will share the evening's limelight with the rich Pepsi North America Cup.. While the continent's best three-year-old pacers duke it out for their share of the Cup's million dollar purse, God's Stable members will compete for $764,000 in eight races, including the Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red Stakes. Charmed Life ( 86 19-21--15 $1,009,016 1:52.2) a recent addition to The Stable's Charmed Circle on Millionaires Row, will tackle a classy field of nine trotting distaffers in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Stakes with Jody Jamieson driving for co-owners Michael Guerriero and trainer Dave Menary and partners. She will face heavily favoured Hannelore Hanover, winner of her last six of seven starts for the powerful U.S.- based Ron Burke Stable, along with local stalwarts Rockin With Dewey and Elegant Serenity.   Considering the devastating fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier in the year at Classy Lane Training Centre, the fact that Doug Millard's Elegant Serenity (21 6-3-7 $470,020 1:53.2) is presently racing, is tinged with divine intervention. Following the Breeders Crown race last October, Millard decided to send his royally bred homebred daughter of Kadabra - Elegantimage to Florida's Gilcrest Training Centre where she was turned out for two months before being put back into training.   If she had been left at the Classy Lane Training Centre with trainer-driver, Roger Mayotte, who developed and guided her in her highly successful career, she could have been destroyed in that disastrous fire. Elegant Serenity will be looking for her first season's win when she leaves from No. 8 post in the Armbro Flight Stakes with Mayotte driving.   Rockin With Dewey (73 16-19-12 $537,915, 1:52) bred by Harry Rutherford and Diane Ingham and co-owned with trainer Ben Baillargeon, sports a lifetime on-the-board percentage of 62.50 and 71.43 in 2016. Mario Baillargeon, who has driven the consistent five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe in 56 of her 73 lifetime starts will be jetting to the lead from the advantageous post 2, in search of her third season's win.   Devil Child (38 10-11--15 $450,938 1:49.3) a four-year-old daughter of American Ideal trained by Chris Oakes for his wife Susan and Michelle Crawford, will represent The Stable That God Loves in the $370,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for fillies and mares in race 11. Devil Child has a pair of wins from six attempts this year. Dave Miller will handle the reins from post 6 in the 10-horse field.   The Casie Coleman trained Reverend Hanover (17 8-4-2 $530,953 1:48.3) will play the favourite's role in the seventh race with Dave Miller in the bike. The four-year-old son of Sportswriter has been a gem of consistency throughout his career with an on-the-board percentage of 81.25 and 75.00 in 2016 for owner Steve Calhoun and partners. He notched an easy victory, his first in four season's attempts, on June 11 at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sintra, the morning line favourite in Saturday's race 13, was sidelined with a broken bone in his leg at two, but now is an emerging star in The Stable That God Loves, with four consecutive victories in as many attempts for trainer Dave Menary, who co-owns the three-year-old son of Mach Three with Michael Guerriero and partners. Michael Guerriero is one of the largest contributors to God's Stable     He has pledged ten of his co-owned colourbearers to The Stable That God Loves, a gesture that speaks volumes about his caring, generosity and support for a program that, in turn, supports a Chaplaincy program that supports those less fortunate in horse racing with emotional, physical, financial and sometimes spiritual needs . . . and just plain human kindness.   Stonebridge Quest, the four-year-old daughter of Camluck trained by Andrew McCabe for breeder Angie Stiller and Glenview Livestock, Ltd., strutted to victory in her lone season's attempt on May 27th with Trevor Henry in the bike.. In 2015 Stonebridge Quest produced purse earnings of $157,000 for God's Stable when she won six of 14 races competing successfully in Ontario Sires Stakes and the Kin Pace. Stonebridge Quest leaves from post 4 in the sixth race for fillies and mares with Henry driving.   Our Hot Majorette (41 10-7-4 $196,813, 1:51.4) a consistent campaigner trained by Rick Zeron for George Millar's Newmarket Farms (13 3-4-2 in 2016) will face six fillies and mares in a Preferred Pace in the second race.   McWicked (46 15-13-9 $1,787,476, 1:47.3) the top money winner in God's Stable and winner of important stakes events, including the Adios and the Hempt at three, was scratched from Mohawk's Gold Cup on Saturday in favour of the $179,000 Open Pace sponsored by Blue Chip Farms at Tioga Downs on Sunday. Top teamster, Tim Tetrick will guide the five-year-old son of McCardle from post 7. McWicked, who is winless in three season's attempts, has had an active year in the breeding shed. Owner Ed James has bred him to a select group of mares in his broodmare band.   Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Every trotter, pacer Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse is welcome and guaranteed a stall. Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.net.   For regular up-to-date postings on The Stable That God Loves, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter@StableGodLoves.   For additional information contact: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca.   From The Stable That God Loves  

Harness racing driver Doug McNair will be making his NA Cup driving debut and trainer Casie Coleman will be looking for her second Cup triumph when they send out Ontario Sired pacers Magnum J and morning line favourite Betting Line, respectively, in the $1 million race. Casie Coleman said she isn't the least surprised there are two Ontario Sired horses in Saturday's (June 18) $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack, including her trainee Betting Line, the 5-2 morning line favourite, and Magnum J trained by Gregg McNair. "We've got great stallions, we've got great broodmares. We've got a really good program," Coleman said of the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "Here we are with two Ontario Sired horses in the final of the $1 million North America Cup -- two out of 10 with all those Somebeachsomewheres and other American sires that are very, very expensive... Hopefully, they show themselves well and people are wanting to buy Ontario Sired more." Betting Line, a son of Bettor's Delight out of Heather's Western, won the faster of the two NA Cup eliminations on Saturday, June 11 with a 1:49.1 victory that was three-quarters-of-a-length better than Lyons Snyder. Winning the elimination gave Coleman the right to pick her post for the final. She selected the post three on behalf of driver David Miller and her fellow owners Ross Warriner, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol, all from Ontario. They purchased Betting Line for $60,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sales Company's 2014 yearling sale in Harrisburg, PA. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge ON, won the 2010 Pepsi North America Cup with Sportswriter, now a leading stallion in Ontario that stands at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, ON. "I'm lucky enough that I've been in enough of these big races now that it's just another race," she said when asked about the pressure a trainer feels the week of a big race. "Obviously, it's a million-dollar race, so it's a big one and we want to make sure we don't mess anything up, but it's the same daily routine that we always go through." Coleman said Betting Line, the winner of his Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Super Final a year ago, is primed and ready for Saturday's $1 million final. "He had a really good week," she said Thursday. "I trained him on Tuesday a couple of trips. He trained great and I went into the vet after he trained and everything looked really good. Blood was good and he's sharp, sound and healthy. Everything seems A1 right now." Magnum J will have a tougher assignment for the father-son training and driving team of Gregg and Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. The son of Big Jim out of Jamirotoy will start from post 10 in the 10-horse field. Doug will be making his North America Cup driving debut. "First or last it's going to be a good experience," Doug said. Even though the pressure's off having the outside post, Doug said he would "rather have had the pressure of having the one or two or three hole... than to have to come from the outside. But, I guess, it's only where you're starting from." Magnum J was purchased for $10,000 by Gregg McNair and Hanover, ON residents Tony Lawrence and William Brown at the 2014 Forest City Yearling Sale in London, ON. In 2015, the gelding won one of the premier events for Ontario Sired horses when he captured the $200,000 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The pacer was saddled with the seven-hole in that race and Doug said Magnum J has been particularly unlucky with post positions. In Magnum J's last two starts, Doug has had to craft money-winning trips from far outside starting spots. Magnum J was fourth in his $75,000 Somebeachsomewhere division at Mohawk on June 4 from the 10-hole. A week ago, he started in the closed from eighth at the top of the stretch to be fourth in his $50,000 NA Cup elimination. "He couldn't race any better than he did the last two starts. He came home in :25.4 one day and he was probably six, seven wide in the stretch. Then last week he came home in:26.2 into a big, strong headwind," Doug said. As for working out a winning strategy in the $1 million final, Doug said he'll have to see how things unfold off the gate. "He can leave as fast as you want him to leave, but going for a million dollars you know they won't leave you alone on the front end. Everything is different behind the gate. It would be nice to get away at the back and have them go big fractions, but sometimes that's not the way it goes either. Play it by ear and hopefully we get lucky," he said. "It's just a bad post. He's as good as any horse in there, I think." Regardless, Doug said he's determined to make his first NA Cup drive a good experience. "I've got a bunch of my buddies coming out to watch. I still have a lot of high school buddies around. They don't understand racing, but they'll have fun being there. The race is on TSN2 and (Magnum J) is in the race. You've got no shot if you're not in it. It's the 10-hole, but it's better than being also eligible." Doug said he's also looking forward to driving Ontario Sired four-year-old pacing mare Solar Sister (Mach Three--Cabrini Hanover) in the $370,000 Roses Are Red final for owners and breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Horner of Toronto. Solar Sister won her Roses Are Red elimination on Saturday (June 11). "She's been really good, but that's a tough race. There's some good mares in there, but I got lucky and won it last year (with Lady Shadow) so it would be nice two years in a row," Doug said. As for Coleman, she said she is relishing Betting Line's success even more after deciding to downsize her stable. "Right now these smaller numbers are working for me. I'm actually making more money on my bottom line with smaller numbers. It's a lot less stress, less staff, fewer owners and fewer horses. I'm really enjoying how I'm doing it now," she said, adding she will enjoy herself even more if Betting Line wins the big one on Saturday. "Now he just needs the trip to work out and we'll see if we can get out picture taken," she said. by Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Racing

JUNE 16, 2016 - Driver Sylvain Filion, the reigning Lampman Cup title holder, is off to another quick start in the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing program, padding his early season lead with a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Filion opened the program, which featured six $18,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with a sharp 1:51.4 win aboard Spirit Shadow. "I didn't know him at all," said Filion of the first-time OSS starter. "I know the trainer, he's a buddy of mine, Jacques Dupont, and he said he liked him. I just went with my feeling and he left the gate real good, and then we got covered up by the favourite and when I moved him down the lane he just exploded. That was a nice surprise, I didn't really expect that." Leaving from Post 8, Filion rolled Spirit Shadow to the front before the :27 opening quarter, but quickly picked up cover from Vegas Dream who led the field to the :56 half and 1:25 three-quarters. Able to slip out of the pocket in the stretch, Spirit Shadow laid down a :26.2 final quarter to claim the Grassroots trophy. Vegas Dream settled for second, with Chalk Player earning the third-place finisher's share. Unraced at two, the Shadow Play son now has four wins and two thirds in eight sophomore outings for Dupont and owner Denis Goyette of Laval, QC. Filion's second victory came in the third division with Xpert Bayama, who controlled the tempo en route to a 1:51.2 score over last year's Grassroots champion St Lads Moonwalk. Solo Story finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. "I thought he was a little flat last time he raced and Stephane (Larocque) told me he done some vet work on him and he was much better tonight," noted Filion, a three-time OSS driving champion. "I could feel in the post parade he was livelier, and he was way more aggressive, so I just turned him loose and he responded well." Also unraced at two, Xpert Bayama improved his record to three wins and one second in six starts for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The Up The Credit son took three full seconds off his personal best with Thursday's effort. Another three-time Lampman Cup winner, Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, also scored a Grassroots driving double at Mohawk on Thursday, guiding Continual Hanover to a win in the second division and Imsporty to victory in the fifth. Jamieson put Continual Hanover on the front just past the sharp :26.3 opening quarter put up by Filion and Azul Pool, but was immediately challenged by Baddestnbestest. Both Jamieson and Filion quickly circled out around the longshot leader, with Continual Hanover grabbing the rail by the :55.3 half. Azul Pool pressed hard through the 1:24.1 three-quarters, but Continual Hanover stayed game to secure the two length victory in 1:52.2. Tango Star sprinted home to be second, leaving Azul Pool to settle for third. "I really couldn't have driven Continual (Hanover) much worse in his first start of the year," admitted Jamieson. "I used him too many times and he still bailed me out with a great performance. I've always thought he is barely a notch lower than the Gold division." Jamieson steers Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON and piloted the colt to a Gold Series win and two Grassroots division wins last season. The Bettor's Delight son boosted his lifetime earnings to $117,400 with Thursday's win, his sixth in 13 lifetime starts. Staring from Post 1 with Imsporty in the fifth division, Jamieson settled the Sportswriter son on the rail early and waited until the final turn to take aim on the leaders. On top by just over three lengths at the three-quarter pole, Imsporty stayed game to the wire and earned his first Grassroots trophy with a 1:52.2 effort. Speedling and Daylight Rush completed the top three. "Imsporty is a super little guy," said Jamieson, who steers the gelding for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, and Thomas Kyron of Toronto. "He's always had lots of talent, but he just hasn't had a lot of luck. Hopefully this win tonight has ended that string of luck and started a new one." The other two Grassroots divisions went to New Talent and Piranha. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell steered New Talent to his first OSS win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The Mach Three son stopped the teletimer at 1:51.2, besting Derecho and Bad Gamer. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON used a come-from-behind strategy to guide Piranha to a 1:52 win for trainer Raymond Farmer and owner-breeder John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. The Badlands Hanover son reeled in Red Dog Saloon and B Fast Eddie with a :26.3 final quarter. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack on July 1 for their second Grassroots start. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval this week as the three-year-old pacing fillies kick off their Grassroots season on Friday, June 17. The fillies will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

If recent form is any indication, Magnum J will be flying through the stretch in Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. He will try to make harness racing history and land in the winner's circle. Magnum J, last year's Battle of Waterloo champion, will try to become the first horse to win the North America Cup from post 10 since the event moved from Greenwood Raceway to Woodbine in 1994 and then to Mohawk in 2007, a span of 22 races. He enters the Cup off a fourth-place finish in his elimination, where he started from post nine and rallied from last place with a :26.2 final quarter-mile to end up 1-1/4 lengths shy of winner Boston Red Rocks. His final quarter was four-fifths of a second better than any other horse in the field. A week earlier in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk, Magnum J started from post 10 and rallied from last place in the final quarter-mile, this time in :25.4, to finish fourth. He paced his back half in :53. Magnum J is 15-1 on the North America Cup morning line. Betting Line, who won the first of last week's two Cup eliminations in a career-best 1:49.1, is the 5-2 favorite for trainer Casie Coleman and driver David Miller. Boston Red Rocks, who won his elim in 1:50.3, is the 3-1 second choice, with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Steve Elliott. "It would be good if he could be a little closer to the front end; I think he would still close good," said trainer Gregg McNair, who owns Magnum J with Tony Lawrence and William Brown. "He's not likely going to get that chance Saturday, so we'll probably have to race him the same way as the last two starts. "We'll just hope they go big fractions and something opens up and he maybe gets good money somehow. We'll see how things go." Magnum J won two of four races last year, with his final start coming in the Battle of Waterloo on Aug. 3 at Grand River Raceway. Soreness issues forced McNair to quit with the horse for the season, but the son of Big Jim-Jamirotoy trained back well this year. He finished seventh in his seasonal debut because of a breathing issue, but bounced back to win a division of the Ontario Sire Stakes in 1:53.2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. That victory was followed by his two starts from the outside posts in the Somebeachsomewhere and North America Cup elimination. McNair selected Magnum J, a $10,000 yearling purchase, at the 2014 Forest City Sale. The gelding has earned $132,476 in his career. "I wanted to try a Big Jim because he was a heck of a speed horse himself," McNair said. "Magnum J, he kind of caught my eye a little bit. He's been a good buy. It's too bad that we had to shut him down last year, and when he's real good this year he's not drawn good. "I really don't know how good he is. But he's a fast horse. Doug McNair, Gregg's son, is the regular driver of Magnum J. The McNairs will try to join the father-son team of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Carl Jamieson to win the North America Cup. The Jamiesons accomplished the feat in 2011 with Up The Credit. "It's not impossible," Gregg McNair said. "It seems like that right now, but that's why they have the race. "He's got some other stakes this year," the trainer added, "but none for a million dollars." Following is the complete field for the Pepsi North America Cup in post order. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m.   Here is the field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup   1. Big Top Hanover by Western Ideal (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 6-1   2. Lyons Snyder by Well Said  (Yannick Gingras - Mark Silva) 4-1   3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight (David Miller - Casie Coleman) 5-2   4. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover (Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott) 3-1   5. Michaels Victory by Rocknroll Hanover (Scott Zeron - Mark Silva) 12-1   6. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) 10-1   7. Beast Mode by Rock N Roll Heaven (Trevor Henry - Christopher Nicol) 20-1   8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere  (Corey Callahan - Ron Burke) 15-1   9. Control The Moment by Well Said (Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell) 8-1   10. Magnum J  by Big Jim (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 15-1   AE: American Passport by American Ideal (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna)   By Ken Weingartner  

The name Hannelore Hanover can be added to the growing list of horses that got his or her start on the Indiana harness racing circuit and advanced to take on top horses in open stakes across North America. A 4-year-old female trotter, Hannelore Hanover is the 6-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's C$267,000 Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Hannelore Hanover, who was the 2015 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final champion, has won six of seven races this season and captured her Armbro Flight elimination last Friday by 4-3/4 lengths over Rockin With Dewey in 1:52.2. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, finished third. For her career, Hannelore Hanover has won 15 of 28 races and earned $414,399. She has finished outside the top three only twice. She joins the likes of 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and Breeders Crown champs Always B Miki, Color's A Virgin, and Freaky Feet Pete as Indiana-sired horses attracting national attention. "Hannelore is a very, very good horse," trainer Ron Burke said about the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, who was purchased as a yearling for $32,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and whose family includes two-time Horse of the Year Mack Lobell. "She's showed that she belongs with probably any of them right now. She's just gotten better and better. She's got plenty of go." The Burke Racing Stable owns Hannelore Hanover, along with the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. The mare's wins this season include the Miami Valley Distaff and her only setback was a second-place finish in a parked-out mile from post eight in an Invitational Handicap at Hoosier Park. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post No. 4 in the Armbro Flight, which is for female trotters ages 3 and older. Four-year-old Rules Of The Road, the 2015 Hambletonian Oaks runner-up to Wild Honey, won the second of the two Armbro Flight eliminations last week, beating Elegant Serenity by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Stormont Kate finished third. Rules Of The Road has won three of seven races this season and nine of 39 lifetime. Her victories last year included divisions of the Simpson and Tompkins-Geers stakes. She has earned $274,860 for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor, who trains the mare with her husband Chuck Connor Jr. "She's going to have to be better this week," Janice Connor said about the daughter of Muscle Hill-Right On Renee, who was a $12,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. "Even though she was great last week, don't get me wrong, she's going to have to step it up a little bit more to beat Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry. But we have faith." Rules Of The Road and driver Corey Callahan will start the Armbro Flight from post three. Rules Of The Road is 6-1 on the morning line. Shake It Cerry is the 4-1 second choice behind Hannelore Hanover. "She's much better than at the beginning of the year," Connor said about Rules Of The Road, who brings a three-race win streak to Saturday's final. "But she was slow to start last year too. Her first few starts last year were not stellar. She was making some breaks and not finishing her miles. But now we're very happy with her. She trained (Wednesday) morning and trained super. Hopefully we can get a good chunk of it." Added Connor Jr., "She's kind of an overachiever anyway. She can leave (the starting gate) pretty hard and get to where she needs to go. She's been a pretty good horse." Following is the field for the Armbro Flight in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Morning Line $267,000 Armbro Flight Final 1. Missys GaGa by Kadabra (Sylvain Filion) 20-1 2. Rockin With Dewey by Deweycheatumnhowe (Mario Baillargeon) 12-1 3. Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill (TBA) 6-1 4. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All (Yannick Gingras) 6-5 5. Charmed Life by Majestic Son (Jody Jamieson) 8-1 6. Stormont Kate by Kadabra (Trevor Henry) 15-1 7. Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover (David Miller) 4-1 8. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra (Roger Mayotte) 8-1 9. Barn Doll by Conway Hall (Jeff Gregory) 12-1 10. White Becomes Her by Angus Hall (Mario Baillargeon) 20-1 AE: My Happiness E P by Credit Winner by Ken Weingartner

The road to August's $1 million Hambletonian goes through Ontario on Saturday when 10 harness racing 3-year-old male trotters meet in the C$268,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Jimmy Takter, who has trained the last two Hambletonian winners, believes he's got another contender in Goodtimes finalist Bar Hopping. Bar Hopping finished second to Dayson in his Goodtimes elimination last Friday, losing by 1-3/4 lengths in a 1:53.2 mile. Dayson, who is not eligible to the Hambletonian, is the 2-1 morning line favorite in the final; Bar Hopping is the 7-2 second choice. "I like the horse a lot," Takter said. "He's got the right gear. He just has to know that he's a good horse." A son of Muscle Hill out of the stakes-winning mare Cocktail Hour, the colt sold for $190,000 under the name Revenger at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. Bar Hopping's full brother Martiniwithmuscle finished second to Trixton, Takter's 2014 Hambletonian champion, in the 2014 New Jersey Sire Stakes championship and his family also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Jef's Spice. Last year, Bar Hopping won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished second to early-season Hambletonian favorite Southwind Frank in the final. He finished second in divisions of the International Stallion and Bluegrass stakes and was fourth in the Peter Haughton Memorial. Bar Hopping debuted this season with a third-place finish in the first round of the New Jersey Sire Stakes, racing on the outside for most of the mile and closing with a :26.3 last quarter-mile. He was fourth in the sire stakes final in his start prior to the Goodtimes eliminations. "He was definitely not as good the last two starts as he was the first start, but something has been going on with him and hopefully we can get him cleared up now," Takter said, adding the colt had scoped with mucous following last week's race. "He was exceptional through the elimination for the sire stakes when he was third after (Southwind) Frank, but he charged like a great horse." Bar Hopping, who has won one of 12 career races and earned $118,163 for owners Christina Takter, Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz, and Al Libfeld, will start the Goodtimes from post No. 6 with driver Tim Tetrick. Dayson, a son of Conway Hall-Nervey's Taurus who will start the Goodtimes from post No. 5 with Yannick Gingras driving for trainer Ron Burke, won seven of eight races last year on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. He became a member of the Burke Brigade in January and has won three of four starts this season. "I think he fits well with that (Goodtimes) group," Burke said about Dayson, who has earned $234,412 in his career. "It's not the best colts out there, but it's an even bunch. He's nice. He's a very good horse. I don't think he's quite as good as (Southwind) Frank, but he's right there behind him. He'll do well in the spots we put him in." Dayson is owned by Burke Racing, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Rossie Smith. Other Hambletonian eligible horses in the Goodtimes are Blenheim, Goin To The Limit, Honor Above All, Marion Marauder, and Tony Soprano. Dia Monde, who won the second of the two Goodtimes eliminations, is the 4-1 third choice in the final. The son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Lady Bar will start from post four with Randy Waples driving for trainer Thomas Durand. Dia Monde, who has won two of six lifetime starts, is owned by Durand, June Durand, and Allan Smith. Following is the field for the Goodtimes in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Blenheim by Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen - 10-1 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Michael Keeling - 6-1 3. Will Take Charge by Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax - 5-1 4. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Thomas Durand - 4-1 5. Dayson - by Conway Hall - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke - 2-1 6. Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter - 7-2 7. Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna - 20-1 8. Honor Above All by Muscles Yankee - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 20-1 9. Zagster by Muscle Mass - Trevor Henry - Shannon Henry - 20-1 10. Tony Soprano by Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh - 15-1  by Ken Weingartner

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