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CAMPBELLVILLE, October 19 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that per-race handle for the recently concluded harness racing meet at Mohawk Racetrack was up eight per cent. The 2017 Mohawk meet, which began on April 13, featured 127 race cards, 17 less than 2016, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $202,145,413. The average per-race handle during the 2017 Mohawk meet was $152,908.78, up $12,279.27 from the 2016 meet. Support from U.S. horseplayers saw a per-race increase during the 2017 season, as they wagered an average of $94,231.14 per-race, up 9.8% from 2016. The nightly Pick-5 wager rose to new heights in popularity during the meet, as the first-race multi-leg wager had an average pool size of $73,437. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager continued to be a staple of the Mohawk wagering menu. A mandatory payout on October 14, featuring a record carryover of $978,779, saw $2.3 million wagered into the pool. Several top racing and community events were highlights for the 2017 season at Mohawk. On Tuesday, June 13, Woodbine Entertainment announced a $10 million investment and new branding for Mohawk Racetrack. Mohawk will become the home of year-round harness racing beginning in April of 2018 under the name Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The $10 million investment will upgrade the facility in multiple areas with the intent on continuing to be a leader in World Class Horse Racing. The 34th Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 once again attracted strong wagering and a large crowd to the Campbellville oval. Fear The Dragon captured the $1 million race for three-year-old pacers, while country star Kira Isabella rocked the house with a pre-race concert. The RCMP Musical Ride made a stop at Mohawk on August 1 and 2 for the first-time ever. Near-capacity crowds packed the Mohawk grandstand to watch the legendary Musical Ride performance in celebration of Canada 150. The Canadian Pacing Derby on September 2, Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic on September 16 and Metro Pace on September 23 brought the finest pacers and trotters to Mohawk for a sensational month of Grand Circuit racing. Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario led all drivers during the Mohawk meet in wins with 155, while Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ontario was the top earning driver at $3.8 million. Trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ontario was the top conditioner for the 2017 season, as his stable recorded 78 wins and earned $1.4 million. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario led all owners in victories with 30, while Serge Godin's Determination stable of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Live Standardbred racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet starting Thursday, October 19. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLEVILLE, ONT -- It was the last day of the lengthy harness racing race meet at Mohawk Racetrack and among the 10 races offered on the Monday, Oct 16th card were two events for Billings amateur drivers. And once again they were well received. "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello was victorious in the first trot with Taurus du Parc in 2:00 while the second went to Lets Leavem, driven by Shane "The Freelton Flash" Arsenault in a 1:57 clocking. Both winners were mostly dismissed by the betting public. In his contest Zuccarello gunned his trotter to the lead from the six-hole and they had command as they passed the first stanza in :28.4. with Dave "Modern Legend" Drew in hot pursuit with Swan For Dee. The two leaders raced one-two until the top of the stretch when they were joined by The Power Of Many and driver David "Poppa Glasser When the field headed for home a real horse race ensued as the three aforementioned trotters raced side by side all the way to the wire with 7-1 shot Taurus du Parc finishing a head in front of Swan For Dee. A head farther back in third place was The Power Of Many. For Zuccarello it marked his first winning drive of the 2017 season and the 12th of his amateur driving career. Lets Leavem is owned by Fellows, Knechtel, and Szabo of Bradford, Ont. and trained by Robert Fellows , He returned a $17.80 win mutuel. Pay-offs to those with winning tickets were even bigger in the second Billings split when Shane Arsenault swept the field around the final turn with Lets Leavem and then rallied to an easy 2-1/2 length triumph over Justasmalltowngirl in rein to Daniel "In The Lion's Den" St Pierre. Third place went to Bobby "I'm Back" Ciavardini. Disregarded by the betting public Lets Leavem paid $33.10; $11.10 and $6.40 across the board. The veteran Angus Hall gelding is owned by Sarah Town and trained by Arsenault. It was the second winning drive of the season for Arsenault and 129th of his career, as well as his 654th victory as a trainer. Next Billings action will be at Yonkers Raceway on October 19th. by John Manzi for the Billings Amateur Series

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 16 - The 54th season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack came to a close Monday evening with a 10-race card taking place. The final night of the meet, which began on April 13, saw driver Doug McNair wrap up the driving title, while Richard Moreau added to his impressive numbers atop the trainer standings. McNair was held off the board Monday, but finished the meet with 155 wins, six ahead of nearest rival Trevor Henry. Meanwhile, Moreau picked up a victory in Monday's opening-race to finish off the season with 78 victories, 38 more than runner-up Carmen Auciello. A resident of Guelph, Ontario, McNair, 27, picks up his second consecutive meet title after leading all drivers during the 2016-17 Woodbine Winter meet. McNair heads to Woodbine looking to finish the season strong in order to capture his first WEG Driving Title. He currently leads Louis Philippe Roy by 19-wins for top driver this year. Moreau, 52, adds the 2017 Mohawk meet to a long list of training titles. The Puslinch, Ontario resident is well on his way to capturing the 2017 WEG Training title, as he heads to Woodbine with a sizeable 53-win lead. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, who connected with McNair and Moreau for many victories this season, led all owners with 30 wins during the Mohawk meet. Determination of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Harness racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet beginning on Thursday (October 19). Live racing will take place every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine with post time set for 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

OCTOBER 14, 2017 - At the last possible moment, Milton resident Sylvain Filion pulled a rabbit out of his hat at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night to secure his third straight and fifth overall Lampman Cup title as the leading harness racing driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Heading into the $1.8 million eight race Super Final showdown, Filion was tied with Trevor Henry for top spot in the standings with 348 points. The lead seesawed between the two men through the first five races, with Filion winning one contest and Henry finishing second in two, and a second victory by Filion put them back level at 362 points with two races remaining. Capturing the second last race with two-year-old pacing filly Percy Bluechip, Henry appeared to have secured his third Lampman Cup title, but Filion came back in the last battle to score a win with lightly rated Tymal Peacemaker and knock Henry out of top spot by a single point. "It's not over yet, we'll keep going at it," said Filion, prophetically, after knotting things up in the sixth race. "It's a good competition me and Trevor, I think whoever wins deserves it. Trevor's having a good go, he's working hard at it, we're both working hard at it, and it's fun to watch." Filion drove in all eight races and scored a trio of victories with three-year-old trotting gelding R First Class, three-year-old trotting filly On A Sunny Day and three-year-old pacing gelding Tymal Peacemaker, adding 20 points to his total. Arthur, ON resident Henry drove in seven races and, in addition to the win with Percy Bluechip, finished second twice and third once for 19 points. While Tymal Peacemaker was a longshot, both R First Class and On A Sunny Day were heavily favoured and delivered commanding victories over a rain-soaked surface that started the evening rated "Good" with a one second variance, but was downgraded to "Sloppy" with a two second variance by the ninth race. From Post 3 in the evening's second $225,000 Super Final Filion put R First Class on the front before the halfway marker and the Kadabra son was never threatened, trotting home to a two and one-quarter length victory over LMC Mass Gem and Tycoon Seelster in 1:54.4. Guelph resident Ben Baillargeon trains the gelding for owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, ON and the group is excited about what the future holds for the trotter, who wrapped up his 12 race sophomore campaign with seven wins, four seconds and earnings of $307,246. "I hate that it's time to stop with him, but we'll be back next year," said Baillargeon. "He's awesome, I mean, he's getting stronger and stronger you know," added Filion. "I'm anxious to see him as a four-year-old. He's such a nice horse, big, strong, I'm just fortunate to drive him." R First Class Four divisions later the reinsman expressed similar sentiments about On A Sunny Day, who took command before the half and cruised to a four and one-half length triumph in 1:55.2. Winter Sweet Frost was second and Majestic Kat was another four and one-half lengths back in third. "I thought she was the best one in there and I didn't want to try to be fancy or anything you know, I wanted to avoid road trouble, so I decided to race her on the front end," noted Filion. "She's probably not her best on the front, but it was good enough tonight." The regular season point leader, On A Sunny Day is trained by Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest and owned by Determination of Montreal, QC. The talented daughter of Muscle Mass boosted her career earnings over $546,000 with the victory, her tenth lifetime. On A Sunny Day With the Lampman Cup title on the line, Filion also opted for front-end tactics with Tymal Peacemaker in the last Super Final. Starting from Post 9, the Mach Three gelding went after the lead heading by the half and, once he reached the front end, simply pulled away from the field, powering under the wire nine lengths on top in 1:51.2. Red John finished second and Sports Column was third. "He was good tonight, and he did it on his own, I was just a passenger," said Filion. "Leaving the gate he was a little more aggressive than he is usually and I just took a shot down the backside, I didn't really know what to do, and I just cleared the front and from there he was on his own." The reinsman steers Tymal Peacemaker for his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC and Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON conditions the gelding, who was the Grassroots champion as a two-year-old. Tymal Peacemaker Henry's victory with two-year-old pacing filly Percy Bluechip put him within a whisker of claiming the Lampman Cup title and may have caused trainer Dr. Ian Moore to extend her freshman campaign through next weekend's Breeders Crown Eliminations at Hoosier Park in Indiana. Sent off as the second choice behind her division co-leader Kendall Seelster, Percy Bluechip returned to her dominant early season form on Saturday, reaching the wire three and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:53.4. Play The Bell finished second and Kendall Seelster was third. "I'm just going to talk to Trevor and see how she was," said Moore. "We might go to the Breeders Crown maybe, I don't know, she's only had eight starts, so we've been kind of saving her a bit." Moore shares ownership of the daughter of Shadow Play with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The filly's fifth victory of the season was the first Super Final win for both Moore and Henry. Percy Bluechip Mark Horner also hoisted his first Super Final trophy when The Joy Luck Club captured the three-year-old pacing filly title, sailing home four lengths ahead of stablemate Action Majesty and Dudesalady in 1:51.2. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions the filly for owner-breeder Horner of St. Marys and R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, ON, and Doug McNair piloted the Camluck daughter to the victory. "We're just elated right now," said Horner, who trained the filly until late June when he decided to hand her over to McNair. "She's always been really good, well mannered, well natured. She was meant to be a champion, and she is." The Joy Luck Club Doug McNair recorded a second Super Final win in the two-year-old pacing colt division, guiding Western Passage to a 1:51.3 score for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge. Jimmy Freight and Sports Legend rounded out the top three. Coleman shares ownership of the Sportswriter gelding with her long-time partner in the West Wins Stable, Ross Warriner of Burlington, along with John and McKinlay Fielding of Toronto and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, ON. Western Passage Local filly Kadabra Queen capped off her near perfect Ontario Sires Stakes season with an impressive come-from-behind score in the two-year-old trotting filly final, reeling in Henry and pacesetter Smoke And Mirrors for a one-half length victory in 1:57.3. Illusioneesta also closed well to be third. Brantford resident Scott Coulter crafted the win for trainer Chad Milner of Campbellville, owner-breeder Mileo Monte's Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville and his brother Frank Monte of Markham, ON. "She went one, two, three, four, with a little bit of luck we would have had a fifth one, she just broke stride at the top of the stretch at Flamboro," said Mileo Monte of the division leading daughter of Kadabra and Queen Street. "I have got to give all the credit to Chad and his wife Kajsa, they have done a fantastic job for us. And I've got to give Georgie (Antonio) a lot of credit for looking after this horse and Scott Coulter for believing in the horse and coming out every time to race." Kadabra Queen Finally, the two-year-old trotting colt trophy went home with Kadabra colt Draft Year, who got a front-end steer from Milton resident Randy Waples to reach the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of T Barrr and Perfetto in 1:57.1. Guelph resident Brad Maxwell conditions Draft Year for Doug Millard of Woodstock, ON, Timothy Murray of Shawville, QC, Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. Draft Year OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 15 - A total of $2,375,530 in new money was wagered into the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 pool for Saturday's mandatory payout at Mohawk Racetrack. The carryover coming into the evening was $978,779. With over $2.3 million plus the nearly $1 million carryover on the line, Preppy Art (#3) and driver Doug McNair were victorious at odds of 9/2. The Jackpot Hi-5 winning combination was 3-4-2-7-5 and a $0.20 winning ticket got back $2,446.33 ($12,231.65 for a $1 ticket). The top-five finishers from the Jackpot Hi-5 race are listed below. 1st: #3 Preppy Art - 9/2 2nd: #4 Dubious Claim - 2/1 3rd: #2 Kazimoto - 40/1 4th: #7 Homey Joe - 17/1 5th: #5 Rollaroundtheworld - 3/1 The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum and a 15 per cent takeout. The total handle for Saturday's 12-race card featuring the Jackpot Hi-5 and Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals was $4,627,263. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Monday evening's card, which is the final card of the 2017 Mohawk meet. Live racing moves to Woodbine Racetrack beginning Thursday, October 19. Mark McKelvie

OCTOBER 11, 2017 - Eight harness racing division champions will be crowned on Saturday during the $1.8 million Super Finals at Mohawk Racetrack and the Ontario Sires Stakes season finale will also determine the 2017 Lampman Cup winner. Drivers Sylvain Filion and Trevor Henry are tied atop the Lampman Cup standings with 348 points, meaning the fight for top spot could extend all the way through the final race of the season. "I didn't think I was near the front, I didn't think I had enough points," said Milton, ON resident Filion, who made a late run up the standings in the final weeks of the regular season to catch early leader Henry. "We'll give him a run for it. I'm sure he thinks the same way too." Reigning title-holder Filion has amassed a record of 27 wins, 24 seconds and 15 thirds from 138 Ontario Sires Stakes starts and Henry has scored 24 wins, 17 seconds and 28 thirds from 145 starts. Henry's mounts have earned $1,310,532, while Filion's have banked $1,289,859. Filion has prevailed in the driver race four times, in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, while Henry captured his first title in 1996 and added a second in 2007. "It's always nice to be on top, that's always good. If you're not up there you're not making any money," said a pragmatic Henry. The Arthur, ON resident has mounts in seven of the eight Finals while Filion will appear in all eight. Bolstering both men's chances of adding another Lampman Cup to their resume are commitments to division point leaders, with Henry steering three-year-old pacing filly leader Action Majesty, two-year-old pacing colt leader Shadow Moon and two-year-old pacing filly co-leader Percy Bluechip and Filion piloting three-year-old trotting filly leader On A Sunny Day. Heading into the $225,000 Super Final off a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record set at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 27, On A Sunny Day will be among the heaviest favourites on Filion's dance card and the reinsman is optimistic about her chances of landing the division title. "She drew pretty good. I think if we get the right trip she has a really good shot," said Filion of the Luc Blais trainee who will start from Post 3 in the eighth race. "She comes in on top form, and she's been trotting really good." While Henry has been aboard division leaders Shadow Moon and Percy Bluechip for all of their Ontario Sires Stakes starts, and will send the Dr. Ian Moore trainees after their respective division titles from Post 6 in Race 5 and Post 5 in Race 9, Saturday will mark his first appearance in Action Majesty's race bike. "Gregg had asked me to drive the one," said Henry of the Gregg McNair trainee, who will start from Post 8 while her stablemate The Joy Luck Club lines up at Post 6 with Doug McNair in the bike. "She looks all right, but that's a tough bunch too." Among the horses Henry expects to put up a fight in the three-year-old pacing filly showdown is reigning Super Final champion Yaris Bayama, who will start from Post 10 with Filion at the helm. "Two of my father's didn't draw so well, Tymal Peacemaker and Yaris Bayama," noted Filion. "But he came down this week and trained them on Tuesday before the qualifiers and he said that they trained really good. He was a little disappointed with that draw, but he said that they were going in in top form so hopefully we get a good trip." Yves Filion's Bayama Farms owns Yaris Bayama and Tymal Peacemaker, and both horses are trained by Stephane Larocque. Three-year-old pacing gelding Tymal Peacemaker will line up at Post 9 in the tenth race, the only Super Final in which Henry does not have a mount. Henry will also spend some time on the outside of the starting gate Saturday, beginning with two-year-old trotting filly Smoke And Mirrors, who gets Post 10 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman in the second race. "She raced really well there (Mohawk) her last start (Sept. 25), come from a long ways out. She's in good shape I think," said Henry of the Kadabra daughter. "She has the ten-hole though, which will be tough." Henry will also pilot two-year-old trotting gelding Perfetto for Norman from Post 4 in the sixth race, the only contest that will see him start elbow to elbow with Filion, who steers Jimmy Takter trainee Cousin Rickard from Post 5. In the three-year-old trotting colt battle Henry will steer On First from Post 9 for his wife, trainer Shannon Henry, and his co-owners David Darocy and James Fleming, while Filion has R First Class for trainer Benoit Baillargeon. "He's been racing really, really good and his last start there (Sept. 25) he really won easy," said Filion of R First Class, who drew Post 3 in the third race. "I was talking to Ben yesterday, he said he trained good this week and he's all ready for Saturday. We drew good and I just cross my fingers I'm able to avoid traffic and troubles. If we get a clear track I think we've got a good shot." In addition to Action Majesty Henry also picked up a drive aboard three-year-old trotting filly Paradise Image (Post 8) for trainer Mike Keeling and Filion landed Allerage Stargazer (Post 2) in the two-year-old trotting filly division for trainer Paul Reid, St Lads Neptune (Post 4) in the two-year-old pacing colt division for trainer Carl Jamieson and two-year-old pacing filly Machnhope (Post 10) for trainer Bill Robinson. Reid, who will also start two-year-old trotting gelding Torches Pirate (Post 7), three-year-old trotting filly Sweet Of My Heart (Post 5) and two-year-old pacing fillies Just Her Luck (Post 1) and Kendall Seelster (Post 2) on Saturday, has worked with both Filion and Henry this season and says it is no surprise they are in a battle for top spot in the driver standings. "I have utmost respect for both of them. I would put them on any horse of mine, either one of them," said Reid. "I think Trevor's the more aggressive guy and seems to get along with any trotter or pacer, whereas Sylvain is more relaxed, he seems to create the same speed, but in a more relaxed way." Whether making their first appearance behind a horse or guiding one of their regular mounts, both Filion and Henry will be battling to the wire in every race on Saturday, hoping to deliver a Super Final trophy to each horse's connections. "It's going to be a big day for the breeders and the owners," said Filion, noting the Lampman Cup race is of secondary concern. "They've been watching their horses all year and cheering for them all year and now they get to see them in the Final. That's a big night for them." Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the gate at 7:30 pm on Saturday, with the eight $225,000 Super Finals going postward in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 10 - The 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) harness racing season will come to a close with the $1.8 million Super Finals this Saturday (October 14) at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of eight $225,000 championship races will be contested to decide the best Ontario sired two and three-year-olds. The eight Super Final events have been carded as Races 2,3,4,5,6,8,9,10 and are part of a 12-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here is a quick glance at each of the eight $225,000 OSS Super Finals. Race 2: 2-year-old Filly Trot Kadabra Queen (PP8, Scott Coulter) is four for nine this season with all four victories coming in OSS Gold events. The Chad Milner trainee has risen to the occasion in stakes action and will be looking to add to her bankroll of $215,880 for owners Harness Horsepower Inc. and Frank Monte. She was the only horse in this division to win multiple Gold events during the regular season. Race 3: 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot Ben Baillargeon trainee R First Class (PP3, Sylvain Filion) is two for four in Gold events this season and comes into the Super Final with lots of momentum. The gelded son of Kadabra has won six of his last nine starts and during that stretch also had a runner-up finish in the Simcoe Stakes. Magic Night (PP1, Louis Philippe Roy), Capteur De Reve (PP2, Dan Dube) and Lmc Mass Gem (PP5, Doug McNair) also each had two Gold victories during the regular season. Race 4: 3-year-old Filly Pace Trainer Gregg McNair is poised to clean up in this division, as he sends out the strong duo of The Joy Luck Club (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Action Majesty (PP8, Henry). Action Majesty went three for five in Gold races this season, while The Joy Luck Club, who sports an incredible 13 for 21 record this year, was two for five. Yaris Bayama (PP10, Filion) will try to build off her victory in the most recent Gold, but has a tough post to overcome. Race 5: 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace This championship has the ability to be the race of the night. Nine different rookies won Gold events this season and all nine will be competing in Saturday's Super Final. Jimmy Freight (PP2, Jonathan Drury) and Shadow Moon (PP6, Henry) were the only two-time Gold winners during the regular season. Race 6: 2-year-old Colt & Gelding Trot A competitive field of nine rookies will clash in this $225,000 championship. There was no two-time Gold winner during the regular season, as six different rookies captured Gold divisions. McNair trainee T Barr (PP9, Mike Saftic) finished just ahead of Alagna student Levitation (PP8, Doug McNair) atop the standings. Race 8: 3-year-old Filly Trot Luc Blais trainee On A Sunny Day (PP3, Filion) is the horse to beat in this nine-horse field. The daughter of Muscle Mass is five for 10 this season and was victorious in three of five Gold events, including the most recent leg on September 27. Race 9: 2-year-old Filly Pace Kendall Seelster (PP2, Randy Waples) has stamped herself as a special filly over the last month and will look to add to her impressive bankroll of $426,985. The Paul Reid trainee is a four-time winner this season and has finished first or second in nine of 10 starts. Her biggest payday was a runner-up finish in the $500,000 Shes A Great Lady. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Percy Bluechip (PP5, Henry) will be looking to take the spotlight back. The Shadow Play filly won her first four starts in impressive fashion, but has since been held winless in her last three starts. Race 10: 3-year-old Colt & Gelding Pace The final championship race should be a dandy, as this division has been competitive all season. The Blake MacIntosh trainee Sports Column (PP10, McNair) finished atop the regular season standings after winning two of five OSS starts. The field of ten also includes Gold division winners Bills Fella (PP1, Saftic), Dreamfair B J (PP2, Roy), Mc Mach (PP5, Henry), Histoire Enchantee (PP6, Dube) and Nascar Seelster (PP7, Waples). Saturday's card also features a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5 (Race 12). The carryover coming into the mandatory payout is $978,779.26. A program proof for Saturday's card can be viewed by clicking here. Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. Mohawk Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout set for Saturday Horseplayers from all over will be locked in on Saturday’s (October 14) final-race (Race 12) at Mohawk Racetrack for the latest Jackpot Hi-5 Mandatory Payout. The carryover heading into Saturday’s mandatory payout is $978,779.26, which is the largest pool ever carried over into a Mohawk or Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. The current carryover began forming on July 6 and grew until last Saturday (October 7). A total of $261,179 in new money was wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 during Saturday’s final offering of the wager ahead of the mandatory payout. With nearly $1 million being carried over into Saturday, the total Jackpot Hi-5 pool could reach $3 million. The last two Standardbred Hi-5 mandatory payouts (March 11, 2017 and December 23, 2016) saw $1.4 million and $2 million of new money wagered, respectively. This Saturday’s Jackpot Hi-5 event is a Non-Winners of 3 Races or $42,000 Lifetime featuring an overflow field of 12 pacers. The purse for the event is $30,000 and all starters will receive money. The Jackpot Hi-5 requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order and features a $0.20 minimum wager and a 15 per cent takeout. The Jackpot Hi-5 will wrap up a strong 12-race card on Saturday, which also features the $1.8 million Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals. The top two and three-year-olds in Ontario will compete in eight $225,000 championship races. A program proof for Saturday’s card can be viewed by clicking here. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

OCTOBER 5, 2017 - Harness racing driver Randy Waples capped off the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular season with a pair of victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, using similar tactics to get Draft Year and Kendall Seelster from Post 5 to the winner's circle. On an calm, clear October evening, Waples decided the front end was the best place for fan favourite Draft Year and the decision proved to be a wise one as the Kadabra gelding cruised to a five and one-half length victory in 1:56.4. Chief Justice enjoyed the outer lane windbreak offered by Levitation through the later stages of the mile and then circled around to be second, leaving Levitation to settle for third. "He's a really nice colt, he always has been a nice colt," said Waples from the winner's circle. "Tonight when he left the gate he was going forward and I looked over and Sylvain (Filion with Cousin Rickard) was already grabbing up, so I just kind of kept the whip on his tail and kept his mind on it and he just kept getting faster and faster as the race went on." Milton resident Waples crafted the win for trainer Brad Maxwell of Guelph and owners Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON, Timothy Murray of Shawville, QC and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. The win was the first in Draft Year's five race career and it propelled the gelding from fifteenth to fifth in the point standings, giving him a berth in the Oct. 14 Super Final at Mohawk. Draft Year Five races later Waples lined up behind Post 5 for the second time and opted for the same strategy, sending the fans' second choice Kendall Seelster directly to the front. The three-year-old pacing filly rolled through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 and then kicked into high gear in the stretch, sprinting home to a 1:51.3 victory. Firestorm paced into second and Play The Bell closed hard, nudging favourite Percy Bluechip out for third. "Tonight I actually was looking to cut the mile out, I kept making her roll along because I wasn't looking for a re-move with her tonight," said Waples from the winner's circle. "It is the first time she's been in front, but she finished with the plugs still in her ears. "They both were very good, and both seemed strong at the finish," said the reinsman of his pair of winners. Waples piloted Kendall Seelster to the win for trainer Paul Reid and owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. Thursday's victory was the Shadow Play daughter's fourth of the season and second in Gold Series action, putting her in a tie for top spot in the point standings with three-time winner Percy Bluechip. "I didn't think she'd end up cutting it. With Percy (Bluechip) on the rail I thought we might have a little more tussle getting to the front, but it worked out all right for us," said trainer Paul Reid. "He (Waples) knows the filly and I trust him. He's come in a couple different times and trained her with me, and so he knows her as well as anybody. I know he has confidence in her, so any way he felt to drive her, I was fine with that." Kendall Seelster Reid also picked up a third-place finish in the other $95,600 three-year-old pacing filly Gold division with Just Her Luck, and the trainer is hoping both fillies can maintain their momentum heading into the Super Final. "She's had a little time off too and she finished up good in the end of that, so hopefully we look good going into next week," said Reid. "Sometimes plans work out, sometimes they don't, but right now if I can keep things going the way they are, I'll be happy." Just Her Luck finished a closing third behind winner Easy Three and Lady Grande in the 1:53.4 mile. Lady Grande did all the work on the front end, waging a fierce battle with fan favourite Cardiff, but a late sprint saw Easy Three and driver Jody Jamieson hit the wire on top by a two length margin. Jamieson drives Easy Three for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, breeder Winbak Farm of Chesapeake City, MD and George Harrison of Preston, England, and the reinsman says the trip to the winner's circle has been a tough one with the daughter of Mach Three. "She's an absolute nut. She's just been a loon ever since Dad threw a harness on her. He's had a real tough time getting her to where I can actually drive her in a race," said the Moffat, ON resident. "Now that he's figured her out exactly, she has some talent. It's hard to say if she can go with the top fillies from the other division, but there's only one way to find out." Thursday's win, her first in 10 starts, boosted Easy Three from sixteenth to fifth in the standings and she will be part of the top 10 point earners competing in the $225,000 Super Final on Oct. 14. Easy Three The other two-year-old trotting colt and gelding Gold trophy went home with Barney Mac, who finished third in the division Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. Also starting from Post 5, driver Chris Christoforou eased Barney Mac into fifth as Spark A Dream led the field to a :28.3 quarter and a :59.2 half. When former Gold series winner T Barrr swung off the rail into the outer lane, Christoforou sent Barney Mac in his wake and stayed right on that colt's heels as he opened up a gap on the field heading for the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Squaring up in the stretch Christoforou asked Barney Mac for another gear and the gelding dug hard to the wire for his second lifetime victory in a personal best 1:58. T Barrr settled for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, and Torches Pirate was third. "He's a nice little colt," said Christoforou. "We got a second over trip and he kicked home very well when I asked him." The Campbellville resident crafted the win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owners Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, ON and Adv Racing Stable LLC of Pawling, NY. The partners acquired Barney Mac two weeks before the Grassroots Championship and have recouped $53,800 of their investment in just two starts. Although the win would have given him enough points, Barney Mac is not eligible to compete in the Super Final due to his appearance in the Grassroots Championship. Barney Mac The top 10 trotting colts and geldings and pacing fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Oct. 14, along with the leading point earners from the other six divisions, to compete for a total of $1.8 million in the season ending Super Final. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

OCTOBER 2, 2017 - The sophomore pacers wrapped up their Ontario Sires Stakes regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion came within three lengths of sweeping all three Gold Series divisions. The Milton, ON resident piloted Histoire Enchantee to victory in the first $98,000 three-year-old pacing colt contest, sprinting away from the outside Post 10 to a :26.4 opening quarter. The fan favourites continued to lead the field through a :54.3 half and 1:21.4 three-quarters and held off a charging Bills Fella in the stretch for a neck victory in 1:50.4. Saulsbrook Lanny closed to be third. "He impresses me every time I drive him, he's getting better and better," said Filion. "Tonight from the 10-hole we left hard, Louis (Roy and Mach Deja Vu) came at us and he just kept digging. He raced really big tonight." Monday's appearance was Histoire Enchantee's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but not his first in the winner's circle. The son of Shanghai Phil and Eclatante has six wins to his credit through 13 sophomore starts for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, QC. Monday's Gold Series win more than doubled Histoire Enchantee's earnings, boosting his lifetime bankroll to $80,633. With one win in one appearance, Histoire Enchantee tallied 50 points in the race for a Super Final berth and sits fourteenth in the three-year-old pacing colt standings. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 14 and Histoire Enchantee could sneak in if some of the colts ahead of him in the point standings are not entered for the final. "Sometimes horses like him - he hasn't raced against the top colts all year, so he's kind of fresh," noted Filion. "It's probably perfect timing for him." Histoire Enchantee Three races later Filion scored his second Gold Series win, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Yaris Bayama to a 1:51.2 personal best. Yaris Bayama nabbed fan favourite The Joy Luck Club in the stretch, powering home to a two and one-quarter length victory. Dancing Shadows K was hot on The Joy Luck Club's heels in third. "When I moved her three-wide off cover, she really showed some grit," said Filion, who drives the filly for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "That was probably her best race yet. I think she's coming into the Super Final in top shape." The win was the second of the season and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Yaris Bayama, who was the Super Final and two-year-old pacing filly division champion last year. Through her first four Gold Series starts the daughter of Sportswriter and Lucky Josie tallied one second, one third and two fourths which, added to Monday's victory, gives her a total of 103 points and a berth in the Oct. 14 Super Final. Yaris Bayama In the second pacing colt division, Filion and Tymal Peacemaker turned for home with a one-half length advantage, but could not hold off a hard charging Dreamfair B J and had to settle for second, three lengths behind the winner. Tigers Way also closed hard to be third. "It was close, for a while I thought I had it," said Filion, who is also in a heated battle with Trevor Henry for his third straight and fifth overall Lampman Cup title as the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes. "He raced good though; he just got picked up in the last sixteenth. If he draws good in the Super Final he's got a good shot." Dreamfair B J hit the wire in 1:50.3 for his second straight victory and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The son of Big Jim and Dreamfair Orchid had finished second, third, fifth and sixth in his first four Gold Series starts and was sitting twelfth on the list heading into Monday's regular season finale. The victory boosted the gelding into third spot with 95 points and positions him as a serious contender in the season finale. Louis-Philippe Roy crafted the win for trainer Patrick Fletcher of Tillsonburg and owner-breeder John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON Dreamfair B J Mohawk Racetrack hosts one last evening of Gold Series action before the Super Finals, welcoming the two-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies back to Campbellville for their last regular season event on Thursday, Oct. 5. The colts will kick things off at 7:30 pm in Race 1 and wrap up their season in Race 3, while the fillies compete in Races 6 and 8. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 - Eighty of the best trotters and pacers in Ontario gathered at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening for the 2017 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championships, competing for a total of $400,000 in eight divisional harness racing battles. The two-year-old trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and trainer John Bax swept the top three spots with his entry of Dalliance Seelster, Warrawee Trip and Gradabra. In rein to Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald, Dalliance Seelster left smartly from Post 2, yielded to P L Layla just after the quarter pole and then circled out around that filly and Warrawee Trip before powering down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory over her stablemates in 2:00. "James gave that filly a great drive, I mean you couldn't have mapped it out any better than that," said Bax, also complimenting the efforts of drivers Steve Byron and Paul MacDonell. "She's been half sick all summer so the stars all lined up tonight. I'm happy for all the owners, including Matt and I. It couldn't be any better than that." The Bax Stable, the trainer and his son Matt, shares ownership of the daughter of Holiday Road and Desi Sweet Sixteen with Glengate Farms of Mississauga, ON. A $30,000 purchase at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale, Dalliance Seelster wrapped up her freshman campaign with one win, two seconds and two thirds in 10 starts and earnings of $40,487. "John does a great job with them. I give him a hard time because that's the one I picked out you see. The two he picked out were second and third," said Glengate Farms' Jim Bullock with a chuckle. "No. I don't buy anything without him looking at it, and we've been together a long time." Dalliance Seelster After the win, MacDonald recorded one second, a pair of thirds and three off the board results before returning to the Grassroots winners circle in the last showdown with three-year-old trotting filly Delcrest Magicstar. Starting from Post 9, the recently crowned World Driving Champion had Delcrest Magicstar in high gear as soon as the wings folded and the pair rang up all the fractions on their way to a one and one-half length victory in 1:56.1. The Ontario Sires Stakes' leading trainer Mark Steacy, who calls Lansdowne, ON home, came close to replicating Bax's result from the first race as Ticket To Seattle and Stritch finished third and fourth behind their stablemate. Bustingattheseams broke up the Steacy trio, shadowing Delcrest Magicstar from start to finish and collecting the second-place share of the $50,000 purse. "I really thought, as long as she got an okay trip, I thought she was the one to beat so I raced her like that and she didn't let me down," said MacDonald, who shares ownership of the Majestic Son filly with Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. "Front end's not her cup of tea and then coming back in four days, but it just, it didn't matter, she was the best tonight." Delcrest Magicstar, who finished second in a Canadian record mile against the Gold Series fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, wrapped up her Grassroots season with a flawless record of four wins in four starts and boosted her season earnings to $103,617 with the victory. Delcrest Magicstar Driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph also piloted two division winners, scoring with two-year-old pacing filly Love Kills and two-year-old pacing colt Pretty Handsome. Love Kills reeled in division point leader and fan favourite Neon Moon with a 1:54.1 effort for trainer Carmen Auciello of Stouffville and owner Denarben Stables of Thornhill, ON. Ashlees Sport was third. Love Kills In the two-year-old pacing colt contest, Pretty Handsome was elevated to the top spot when winner Phantom Seelster was ruled to have caused interference while manoeuvering from the rail to an open lane in the stretch. Pretty Handsome finished one length ahead of Letjimmytakeover and two lengths up on Sprocket in the 1:54 mile. Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa conditions the Mach Three son for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. Pretty Handsome Like Delcrest Magicstar, three-year-old pacing colt Wildriverbumblebee wrapped up his Grassroots campaign with a flawless record and a commanding gate-to-wire performance. The Sportswriter son cruised to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.1, with The Dark Shadow and Dream Of Luck battling it out for second and third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion engineered Wildriverbumblebee's third Grassroots win for trainer Francis Richard of Becancour, QC and owner-breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC, boosting the fan favourite's sophomore earnings to $87,125. Wildriverbumblebee Just two division point leaders converted their regular season success into a division crown - two-year-old trotting gelding Stormont Ventnor and three-year-old pacing filly Shewearsthepants. Stormont Ventnor delivered an impressive effort to earn the freshman trotting colt title, sitting in the outer lane for the better part of the mile before pulling away in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.4. James MacDonald piloted John Bax trainee Chief Justice into second and Barney Mac rounded out the top three. "He raced huge," said Guelph, ON resident Phil Hudon, who drove the Justice Hall gelding to the win for trainer Kevin Benn of Napanee and owner-breeder Eric Baker of Long Sault, ON. "I didn't want to be locked in, but I wouldn't have minded being second over. It didn't work out, but I was pretty confident in the colt." Sent off the fans' top choice, Stormont Ventnor wrapped up his freshman Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with two wins and four seconds in six starts, for earnings of $52,937. Stormont Ventnor Favourite Shewearsthepants also delivered an impressive effort to claim the sophomore pacing filly crown, taking command at the :55.3 half and then battling all the way down the stretch to a 1:53 victory, one and one-half lengths ahead of Manhattan Play and Treasures Pearl. "I actually did think we were in a little bit of trouble at the head of the stretch, because you can't torture her that way. I know she's got a lot of wins this year, but a lot of them have been off cover or like a first over or something. She hasn't win too many off the front the whole way, but she dug in tough," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "She knows how to win, that's for sure. If she'd come in not winning as many she probably would have stopped in the stretch, but she's brave so she was good." McNair engineered the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner-breeder Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. In seven Grassroots starts the daughter of Big Jim and Simply Liz recorded five wins and two seconds and Saturday's victory boosted her season earnings to $119,182. Shewearsthepants The other Grassroots trophy went home with three-year-old trotting gelding Yo Yo Mass, who squeaked up the inside to nab pacesetter Charmbo Chrome at the wire in 1:56.3. Vesuvio Bi came up the outside for third and the three colts were separated by a lean neck at the wire. "All week I figured, this horse, he's better off the front end, we're better just to roll him and play catch me if you can," said trainer Kyle Reibeling. "But Jody (Jamieson) was patient, he gave him a great drive, everything worked out. I'm just tickled pink with the way things worked out." Moffat resident Jamieson piloted Yo Yo Mass to the win for Reibeling, who hails from Campbellville, and Nancy Grimble of Newcastle, ON. The Muscle Mass son was the runner-up in the point standings with two wins, two seconds and one fourth in five regular season Grassroots starts. His championship victory boosted the gelding's sophomore earnings to $81,780. Yo Yo Mass Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Oct, 2 as the Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and fillies wrap up their regular season. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm. 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SEPTEMBER 28, 2017 - A total of $400,000 is up for grabs in Saturday's Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championships at Mohawk Racetrack and in four of the division finals one of Ontario's leading trainers will take aim at the top prize with a squadron of harness racing talent. John Bax, Jack Darling, Dr. Ian Moore and Mark Steacy will each harness at least three starters in one of the eight division championships. Three Bax trainees are in the hunt for the $50,000 in the two-year-old trotting filly final, three Steacy trainees will compete in the sophomore trotting filly battle, three Moore trainees will square off in the two-year-old pacing colt division and a quartet of hopefuls from the Darling Stable will duel in the three-year-old pacing colt contest. "It's interesting. I didn't realise that; well I saw Mark had a bunch of three-year-olds in one race, but just because I had one that didn't get in," said Bax with a chuckle, referring to Hudsons Ya Ya who is the second also eligible in the three-year-old trotting filly final. None of the four see the size of their entry as an advantage, and both Bax and Moore believe it could prove to be a significant disadvantage. With all three of his colts on the outer half of the gate, Moore is concerned that an early speed duel could derail their chances, and with all three of his novice fillies lining up side-by-side on the starting gate, a mistake by one Bax trainee could mean curtains for all three. Dalliance Seelster (Holiday Road), Warrawee Trip (Majestic Son) and Gradabra (Kadabra) have Posts 2, 3, and 4, respectively, in the first race. All three fillies head into the final off strong performances in the last regular season event at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 12 where Warrawee Trip and Dalliance Seelster finished first and second in their division and Gradabra defeated point leader Ms Miller in hers. Kadabra daughter Magical Lady was also a winner for Bax at Flamboro, but missed the top 10 by one point and is the first also eligible in the final. "They've all got their ups and downs. All three of them are coming off good showings at Flamboro, so I'm optimistic about them," said Bax. "A few of them have had bad luck and bad posts, but you can hear that story from every horseman." The Campbellville, ON resident will also start a pair of hopefuls in the two-year-old trotting colt and gelding final. Delcrest Holiday gets Post 4 and Chief Justice will start from Post 9 in the second race. The sons of Holiday Road and Justice Hall missed the Sept. 13 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway due to sickness and Bax is hoping the time off has allowed them to fully recover from the bug that impacted many stables through the second half of the season. Mark Steacy's barn is among those that have been dealing with the virus, and the horseman and his staff have been working hard to ensure that their Grassroots Championship contenders are in peak form for Saturday. The Lansdowne, ON resident will send out Majestic Son daughters Stritch, Ticket To Seattle and Delcrest Magicstar in the three-year-old trotting filly final from Posts 2, 5 and 9, respectively. Delcrest Magicstar, who was undefeated in three Grassroots starts, took one last swing at the Gold Series fillies at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 27 and showed no signs of ill health, delivering an impressive runner-up effort to division leader On A Sunny Day in a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record-setting 1:56 mile. "She should be good and fit for Saturday after that race I hope," said Steacy. "She goes in the paddock every day, so she'll just probably spend more time in the paddock the next two days than on the track, and like I said she'll be fit and everything, so it's just a matter of freshening her up again." Along with his sophomore trotting filly squad in the ninth race Steacy, the reigning Johnston Cup champion and current leader in the trainer standings, will also send out two-year-old trotting gelding Majestic Fire (Majestic Son) from Post 10 in the second race, two-year-old pacing filly Lady Bubbles (Sportswriter) from Post 1 in Race 3 and three-year-old pacing colt Makasi from Post 7 in Race 8. "I'm really happy that Makasi drew in," said Steacy of the Shanghai Phil son who finished in a four-way tie for eleventh in the point standings. "He's battled a lot of sickness and stuff and he's just starting to get back to where he can race weekly now. He actually raced pretty good the last couple starts, so I think he's got a chance. It's nice to see him get in there." Makasi will compete against the four horse contingent from the Jack Darling Stable in the sophomore pacing colt final, going up against division point leader Southwind General, third-ranked The Dark Shadow, number five colt Frontier Seelster and number nine Oak Island. "With all of them, they've just got to work out a good trip and they can be close by," said Cambridge, ON resident Darling. "I think that three horse (Wildriverbumblebee) looks good in there, he'll be the one to beat, the favourite." Wildriverbumblebee made just two starts in the Grassroots this season, winning both, and comes into Saturday's final on a four-race win streak. The Sportswriter son will be flanked by Darling trainees at the start, with Shadow Play son The Dark Shadow at Post 2 and Vintage Master colt Oak Island at Post 4. Their stablemates Southwind General (Sportswriter) and Frontier Seelster (Artistic Fella) will start at Posts 6 and 10, respectively. Darling will also send out two-year-old pacing filly division point leader Neon Moon from Post 8 in the third race. The Sportswriter daughter has been a model of consistency this season and Darling is hoping she can overcome her outside post and cap off the season with another strong performance. "She's coming into the race as good as she can be. If she can overcome the post she should be fine," said Darling. "It makes it a little tougher, but at least she hasn't got the 10." Two-year-old pacing colt point leader Atomic Seelster did get Post 10, so trainer Dr. Ian Moore will be looking for a big effort from stablemates Casimir Richie P (Astronomical) and Lucky Michael (Camluck) from Posts 6 and 8 in Saturday's seventh race. "We got six, eight and ten out of three starters, none inside the five," lamented Dr. Moore, who would like to see the division point leaders rewarded with the opportunity to select their post in the final. "But anyways, Atomic Seelster and Richie, they're my best two, obviously, and Richie got the inside, so that's kind of good. I mean inside of some them anyway." Puslinch, ON resident Moore said all three colts trained in impressive fashion on Monday, Sept. 25 and should be ready to rumble in Saturday's final, an event he and his partners are looking forward to in spite of their shortage of luck in the post position draw. "I trained a couple of the colts there Monday, I don't think I ever trained a two-year-old that fast before at this time of year, but they just went there on their own. They were super," said Dr. Moore. "So we're looking forward to it going in, and we always enjoy the night. I've only had one Final win, that was Shadows Wonder, I think that was the two-year-old (pacing) fillies a couple years ago (2013), and it was fun. The OSS makes a nice night of it." The first $50,000 Grassroots Championship race will raise the curtain on Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday, Sept. 30 program at 7:30 pm and the division battles will also be fought in Races 2, 3, and 5 through 9. Fans arriving early for the Grassroots showdown will be entertained by musical duo Even Steven and will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap with their program. Fans can also purchase additional Ontario Sires Stakes apparel at the booth on the main floor. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 26, 2017 - Gregg McNair and Ian Fleming have bred and owned horses together for years, but when two-year-old trotting gelding T Barrr arrived in the harness racing winner's circle at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, McNair learned the partnership did not include the newly minted Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series winner. "I asked him if I owned part of him, but he said no. I said, 'I'll be in on this one too, eh,' 'No, no,' he said, 'I don't think so'," related Guelph, ON resident McNair with a laugh. Londesborough, ON resident Fleming purchased T Barrr as a weanling to serve as a pasture-mate for a colt he and McNair had bred. A son of Adam T, who has produced just eight foals, and mare Lewies Lulu, T Barrr was never expected to be a Gold calibre horse, but when it came time to learn the racing ropes he outshone his pasture-mate. "We had an odd number so we wanted another gelding or a stud to run through the winter with the weanlings, so Ian bought him and he ran with the other one. Of course, the other one's no good," explained McNair ruefully. "He ended up being a nice horse. He was in a few different spots last winter and then we got him as soon as we got home from Florida. I think he'd been right around 2:30 when we got him. Everybody that had him liked him, it seemed like he was going pretty good all winter." T Barr made his debut in a July 25 maiden contest at Mohawk Racetrack and finished a fast-closing third, clocked in 1:57.1. On August 1 the gelding made his first Gold Series start, also at Mohawk, and finished fourth. A fourth-place finish in a two-year-old event at the Campbellville oval followed on August 11, but the youngster was scratched out of the August 18 Gold Leg due to sickness. The McNair team spent almost a month restoring T Barr's health and then sent him out against some of North America's top young trotters in the Sept. 11 William Wellwood Memorial Trot eliminations, where he made his first break and finished ninth. Back in Gold Series action on Tuesday evening, driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville lined T Barrr up at Post 3 in the $125,000 contest and had the colt in gear as soon as the starting car's wings folded. The pair hit the quarter in :29.1 and then yielded to Cousin Rickard, who carried on to a :58.4 half and a 1:28.2 three-quarters. Heading by the three-quarter pole, Saftic tipped T Barrr into the outer lane and the gelding powered down the stretch to a four length victory in 1:58. Cousin Rickard settled for second and Torches Pirate was two more lengths back in third. "He got out of there good and we got covered up," said Saftic from the winner's circle. "I didn't know how much we were going to get home, but it was a perfect trip, I pulled early and he win easy enough." "He drew good and things really worked out good for him tonight," added trainer McNair. "He acted like he was going to trot there every week when we first got going, and that's the first time he's been back to that speed. They didn't go a huge mile tonight, I don't think, a nice hot night like tonight, but he was better than the rest of them." The win boosted T Barrr's earnings from $12,544 to $75,044 and his Gold Series point total from eight to 58, putting him in fourth spot in the standings with one regular season event remaining. The freshman trotting colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk on Oct. 5, with the top 10 point earners advancing to the $225,000 Super Final at the Campbellville track on Oct. 14. Just 25 points separate the top five colts and Saftic is hoping that T Barrr's current momentum can continue through his remaining starts. "He's definitely going the right direction," said Saftic. "He's as good right now as anyone, I think." While McNair was disappointed to learn that he was not a co-owner of T Barrr, he will have another shot at some Gold Series hardware when Mohawk hosts the regular season Gold finale for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Monday, Oct. 2. Bills Fella, a horse McNair does co-own with Fleming, will be looking for his second straight victory in the provincial program after earning his first trophy on Sept. 2. Before that, however, McNair will have his attention focussed on this Saturday's Grassroots Championships, which will see the top Grassroots pacers and trotters compete for a total of $400,000 in eight races. The event kicks off at 7:30 pm with the Championship races going postward in Races 1 through 3 and 5 through 9. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 25, 2017 - Two-year-old trotting filly Kadabra Queen scored her fourth straight harness racing Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, dropping her personal best by a full two seconds. Starting from Post 4 in the $126,600 contest, driver Scott Colter eased Kadabra Queen off the starting gate and dropped into fifth as Illusioneesta battled to a :27.2 opening quarter. Heading for the :57.3 half Coulter tipped Kadabra Queen out behind Collateral Beauty and then sat on that filly's shoulder as she took the field to a 1:26.2 three-quarters. Turning into the stretch Coulter asked Kadabra Queen for another gear and the fan favourite powered home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:55.1. Smoke And Mirrors closed hard to be second and Shamrock Shaker was hot on her heels in third. "I hadn't really had to get into her too deep or race her too tough, you know, usually on the front or up close and tucked away," said Coulter after the race. "Tonight was the first time she had to do any serious work, and fortunately they were rolling down inside pretty good to the half tonight so I was able to collar them, and once she cleared she just swelled up and trotted away." All three of Kadabra Queen's previous Gold Series victories had seen her sit in the pocket well into the race, or control the tempo from the front, but Brantford, ON resident Coulter said he knew almost immediately that Monday's trip would be of a different flavour. "I knew it was only a matter of time before some of the other fillies started to trot off the car with her hard and tonight I could see within two steps there was a handful of them getting out of there as hard, or harder, than she was, and I said this is the time," said the driver. "So it was an easy decision, within moments of the car swinging away I knew that I was not going to be anywhere near the front, I was just going to kind of race her from off cover." The daughter of Kadabra and Queen Street has lowered her personal best in each victory and Coulter is hoping that trend continues through the last Gold Leg at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 4 and the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 14. The reinsman says the gifted youngster is in excellent condition heading into the season's home stretch after enjoying a month long break following the Aug. 18 Gold Leg. "She's carrying more flesh right now. She put on some weight there and filled out a little wee bit," Coulter noted. "As far as her mannerisms, she's pretty much been that horse from the very get-go, just she's all business, that's what makes her so fun to drive. A lot of two-year-olds there's things you have to worry about and wonder what they're going to do, and she just seems to go to work and that makes her a pleasure." Campbellville resident Chad Milner conditions the filly, who has now earned $215,880 through eight starts for breeder Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville and Frank Monte of Markham, ON. In addition to her four Gold Series wins Kadabra Queen has one second and three thirds in overnight action, with all but her debut coming at her hometown oval. Kadabra Queen Mohawk also hosted two Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Monday and driver Sylvain Filion triumphed in both divisions, piloting R First Class and Capteur De Reve to victory. Filion also captured three overnight events, giving him a total of five wins on the program. In the first $94,800 Gold division Filion sat second with R First Class through the :27.4 quarter rung up by LMC Mass Gem and then sent the fan favourite after the lead. On top by two lengths at the :57.2 half, R First Class fought off a challenge from Head Turning Jag heading by the 1:25.4 three-quarters and then cruised home to a three and one half length victory in 1:53.2. LMC Mass Gem finished second and Head Turning Jag was third. "He really impressed me again tonight. Every time I sit behind him he seems to be getting stronger and stronger, and tonight he did it all by himself. I tell you the tank wasn't empty at the wire, he was full of himself still," said Filion. "You've got to give credit to Ben (Baillargeon) and his crew, they did a great job with him because at the beginning of the year, he was kind of a sneaky horse, you know, he didn't want to really go to the gate, he'd bail on you, but they got him pretty straightened out. I expect big things from him going forward." The Kadabra gelding heads into the Oct. 14 Super Final in third spot in the point standings with two Gold Series wins and one second for trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood and owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin of St. Catharines, ON. In 11 lifetime starts R First Class has only missed the top two on one occasion, making a break and finishing seventh in the Aug. 13 Gold Leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway, and Baillargeon is in full agreement with Filion about the gelding's potential. "I think he's going to turn out to be a very nice four-year-old," said Baillargeon. "He's a nice tall horse, but I think as a four-year-old he's going to fill out a little more, and I think he's got everything to be a real nice horse." R First Class In the second $95,600 division, Filion employed come-from-behind tactics with Capteur De Reve, waiting until he was rolling off the final turn to ask the Muscle Mass son for a second gear. Capteur De Reve battled to a head victory in a personal best 1:55, holding off Dream Massive. Blameitonthewhisky stayed game for third after a tough trip that saw him parked to the half and forced to check his momentum when On First went off stride while sitting second. "He's a gutsy little horse. We got a little lucky, you know, there was a bit of confusion at the half and the pace kind of slowed down all of sudden and we were able to get a covered up trip until halfway around the last turn," said Filion, who piloted Capteur De Reve to the win for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, QC. "He kicked home real good; he did what he had to do." The win boosted Capteur De Reve into sixth spot in the standings with two wins in two Gold Series starts. The top 10 point earners will return to Mohawk for their $225,000 Super Final on Oct. 14. Capteur De Reve Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening with one $125,000 division for the two-year-old trotting colts. The colts will compete in Race 5 on the midweek program, which gets under way at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 25 - The temperature wasn't the only thing that was hot Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack, as harness racing driver Sylvain Filion had a big night at the office. The veteran reinsman picked up five-victories on the 10-race card, including scoring victories in both Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Filion's first victory came in the $94,800 opening OSS Gold split with heavy-favourite R First Class. The Ben Baillargeon trainee won by 3½ lengths in a sharp 1:53.2. The fifth-time Filion went back to the winner's circle was after the $95,600 second OSS division with Capteur De Reve. The Maxime Velaye trained son of Muscle Mass was coming in from the Ottawa-Quebec area and scored a mild 5-1 upset. In between his stakes victories, Filion also picked up victories with Velaye trainee Historie Enchantee ($12), Kyle Fellows trainee Deuce Deuce Deuce ($9.90) and Dean Nixon trainee Its A Big Secret ($14.80). The five-win night by Filion gives him 110 wins on the season at Mohawk Racetrack, which has him fourth in the driver standings. Overall in 2017, Filion has 170 visits to the winner's circle and over $3.5 million in earnings. Filion will look to keep the momentum rolling on Tuesday evening, as he is scheduled to drive in nine-races at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 23 - In less than a month, Lost In Time went from winning at an Ohio harness racing fair to capturing the $816,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jim Mulinix trained son of A Rocknroll Dance came through with a huge performance to defeat nine other two-year-old pacers in harness racing's richest race for rookies on Saturday evening. Driven by Scott Zeron, Lost In Time shot out from post-five and got away second to a fired up Hayden Hanover, who posted a :27.1 opening-quarter. Just as the field paced by the first-quarter marker, Zeron circled around to the lead. Lost In Time's lead was brief, as Doug McNair sent Stay Hungry from fourth to first well before the half. Stay Hungry posted a :55 opening-half and carried the lead around the far turn. St Lads Neptune started a first-over bid at the half, which supplied cover for Twin B Tuffenuff and race-favourite Pedro Hanover. Lost In Time sat patient in the two-hole, while Stay Hungry paced by three-quarters in 1:22.4. In the stretch, Lost In Time was angled out of the pocket and immediately surged by Stay Hungry and onto a 1:50.1 victory. Hayden Hanover found racing room late and came charging through for second, three-quarters of a length short to Lost In Time. Pedro Hanover fired from third-over to finish third, while Twin B Tuffenuff finished fourth. "I knew last week heading into this week how great he was and if I got anywhere near the same effort we were going to be in good shape," said Zeron about Lost In Time. "I wanted to control the pace, at worst sit in the two-hole and it kind of ended up that way and the two-hole trip worked out good." Owned by Mulinix, Denny Miller and William Rufenacht, Lost In Time was a $47,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The bay pacing colt, who finished second in his elimination, was making just his fourth career start on Saturday. "Well I'm old fashion, I like to have them ready before I race," said Mulinix. "When you just have one you can't afford to take a chance and hurt them, so I just took my time and let them beat each other for a while and then we stepped in." Lost In Time's only victory prior to the Metro was a 2:03.4 score in a $750 race at the Hicksville, Ohio fair on August 25. The fair start was also the first charted-line for the rookie, who then qualified at Hoosier Park before finishing second in a Kentucky Sires Stakes event prior to the Metro. Saturday's victory is extra special for Mulinix, as he finished second in the 2011 Metro Pace with Lost In Time's sire, A Rocknroll Dance. "That makes up for 'Rock'," said Mulinix. "With 'Rock' I didn't have the experience then and he (gave) me the experience to do it with this horse. I had never raced at this level much in my life, but this was really exciting. "I bought this horse just to show them that 'Rock' could do it and it worked out and I'm really thankful and actually quite humbled by the whole thing." Winning-driver Zeron is now a two-time Metro champion, as he piloted Artspeak to victory in the 2014 edition. Lost In Time is now two for four with $425,875 earned for his connections. A $2 win ticket on Lost In Time returned $8.20. The $2 Exacta with Hayden Hanover paid $184.20, while the $1 Trifecta including Pedro Hanover returned $368.30. The $1 Superfecta with Twin B Tuffenuff on the bottom paid $2,772.55. Lost In Time Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Rookie pacers will be in the harness racing spotlight for the $816,000 Metro Pace and $500,000 Shes A Great Lady this Saturday (September 23) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Metro Pace, harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds, features a field of 10 colts and geldings led by elimination winners Stay Hungry (1:50.2), Twin B Tuffenuff (1:51.1) and Pedro Hanover (1:51.2). The Shes A Great Lady for pacing fillies did not require eliminations last week and will see a field of eight competing for half a million dollars. A 12-race card has been put together for Saturday and total purses for the evening exceed $1.5 million. The Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9, while the Shes A Great Lady goes as Race 6. The Metro Pace, which was first raced in 1988, is annually the biggest race for two-year-old pacers and has an impressive list of past champions, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Rocknroll Hanover and Somebeachsomewhere. Trainer Tony Alagna, who won the Metro in 2013 with Captaintreacherous, sends out a pair of starters, including the undefeated Stay Hungry. A son of 2007 winner Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry won arguably the toughest of last Saturday's three eliminations by edging out Lost In Time and Hayden Hanover by a neck in 1:50.2, which established a new season's mark for a two-year-old pacer. Stay Hungry is three for three to start his career for owners Brad Grant, who is Mohawk's leading owner, and Irwin Samelman. His two other victories came in a $14,000 conditioned race and a $97,880 division of the Champlain. The bay colt was a $150,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Doug McNair will be seeking his first Metro title and will guide Stay Hungry from post position two. "This is kind of where you aim for to start a season," McNair said following Stay Hungry's elimination victory. "He's coming into the Metro final in good shape - dropped two more seconds off his previous mark and he did it pretty handily. He felt pretty good [while] they were battling up front. He's green once he clears - he hesitates a bit, but he's real smart; he knows what he's doing." Alagna will also send out Odds On Lauderdale (PP8, Sylvain Filion) in Saturday's rich final. Pennsylvania Sires Stakes champion Pedro Hanover is arguably the hottest horse coming into the Metro Pace. The Andrew Harris trainee is on a four-race win streak with all four victories coming in stakes events. Also a son of Somebeachsomewhere, Pedro Hanover paced a final-quarter of :26.2 to secure a 1:51.2 victory in his elimination. Driver Andrew McCarthy first sat behind the bay colt in winning a $112,525 division of the Nassagaweya on August 26 and has since guided the rookie to two more victories. "I got very lucky [when] Tim Tetrick couldn't make it up here for the Nassagaweya, and he mentioned my name, so I got to come up and race him up here," McCarthy said after Pedro Hanover's elimination score. "They went [fast] enough in the first quarter, so I knew that'd take a bit of the sting out of them. As long as I was handy enough at the head of the stretch, I know he's going to kick home in 26-and-change; he can really fly." Pedro Hanover was an $80,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and is owned by locals Brad Gray of Dundas, Ontario and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, Ontario. Pedro Hanover is five for seven with $260,656 earned. He'll start from post-four. Twin B Tuffenuff was the surprise winner of last Saturday's three eliminations. The Steve Elliott trainee and driver Brett Miller came through with a 7-1 upset to break his maiden in 1:51.1. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Twin B Tuffenuff hadn't been finding the wire first prior to Saturday, but was showing tremendous speed on the end of his miles. "This is a very nice colt," Miller said after the elimination score. "As you can see on his lines, at the quarter, at the half, he's been 15 lengths off - 15 lengths off at the half and pacing unreal back halves. He has troubles steering, so I knew, if I could ever get him close from the half on, he'd be tough to beat." Owned by Marvin Rounick, Twin B Tuffenuff was a $75,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is one for eight with $35,830 earned. The Elliott trainee will leave from post-three with Miller. The Metro Pace final is completed by St Lads Neptune (PP1, Jody Jamieson), Lost In Time (PP5, Scott Zeron), Nutcracker Sweet (PP6, Tim Tetrick), Taste Of History (PP7, Louis Philippe Roy), Springsteen (PP9, Chris Ryder), Hayden Hanover (PP10, Andy Miller). The $500,000 Shes A Great Lady promises to be an exciting showdown, as eight pacing fillies will square off. Come See The Show will be looking to make her momma proud starting from post-four with driver Tim Tetrick. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere is the second foal out of 2009 Shes A Great Lady winner Put On A Show. Trained by Linda Toscano, Come See The Show has two wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts for earnings of $72,498. The bay filly was purchased for $550,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by co-breeders Joanne Young and Richard Young. The talent runs deep in the Shes A Great Lady, as local standouts Kendall Seelster and Percy Bluechip are set to lock horns once again. Trained by Paul Reid, Kendall Seelster is riding a two-race win streak into Saturday, which includes a 1:51.1 score in the $169,381 Champlain Stakes on September 2. The daughter of Shadow Play has posted three wins and four runner-up finishes in eight starts. Randy Waples, who won the Shes A Great Lady in 2015 with L A Delight, will guide Kendall Seelster from the rail. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Percy Bluechip generated a ton of buzz with her debut performance and is coming into Saturday's race with four wins in five starts. Her only loss was a runner-up finish to Kendall Seelster in the Champlain. Also a daughter of Shadow Play, Percy Bluechip has banked $283,111 for owners Shadow Two Stable, James & Wilma MacKenzie and Hudson Standrdbrd Stb Inc. She was a $110,000 Forest City Yearling Sale purchase. The field of pacing fillies also includes New York Sires Stakes standout Youaremycandygirl for trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of American Ideal is three for five with $81,545 banked. She will start from post-eight with Yannick Gingras listed to drive. The Shes A Great Lady field is completed by Kissin In The Sand (PP2, Yannick Gingras), Twin B Peaches (PP3, Andrew McCarthy), Pueblo Blue Chip (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Sidewalk Dancer (PP6, Brett Miller). Early program pages for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady card can be viewed by clicking here. Fans are reminded that Mohawk will be hosting a "New Owner Seminar" prior to Saturday's races. The seminar will offer fans the opportunity to learn about affordable and easy options for becoming involved in racehorse ownership. The seminar will begin at 6 p.m. in the Director's Lounge. Signage will be posted at the Grandstand entrance to guide those wishing to attend. Post time for Saturday's 12-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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