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The Peter Tritton-trainee Bit Of A Legend N took no prisoners en route to capturing the harness racing 2017 edition of the $150,000 Molson Pace. The son of Bettor's Delight used rail advantage into the opening turn before releasing defending champ Evenin Of Pleasure and driver Sylvain Filion, before the quarter pole. Driver Jordan Stratton quickly marched the 36-time winner back to the lead before the opening panel in :26.3. Stratton and Bit Of A Legend N then led the field of eight past the half in :55.3 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Evenin Of Pleasure was stalking in the pocket as Night Pro (Bob McClure) began to fade allowing Clear Vision to make a three-wide bid for the lead. Down the stretch, Bit Of A Legend N was still in control and was able to fend off a last minute rally from Evenin Of Pleasure to secure the win in 1:51.3. Evenin Of Pleasure stayed for second, over Sunfire Blue Chip (Mark MacDonald). "I knew the post one was the best spot to start from tonight and I wanted to take advantage of that," Stratton said in the winners circle. "I wanted to control the pace and I was happy to see Clear Vision not coming first-over at me. Down the stretch I felt pretty comfortable and we were rewarded. This is my first Molson Pace and hopefully it won't be the last. It was a great evening and a thrill to be here." Bit Of A Legend has banked $1,600,001 in his career for owner Harry Von Knoblauch. He paid $3.80 to win. Bit Of A Legend Greg Gangle  

London, Ontario...The Raceway at Western Fair District is gearing up for its' biggest night of the year this Friday night featuring the $200,000 Molson Pace. Here are the event details on Friday night's program which promises to be action packed from start to finish: Promotions: - Special post time of 7:05 p.m. 12 race card. - Molson Party on the Patio featuring BBQ and Beer Specials! - Hands on Horses Program - Sign up at Guest Services for your chance to ride behind a real racehorse! - Molson Pace Cake in the lobby - Hat and T-shirt tosses throughout the night in the Grandstand and on the Patio - National Anthem performed by rising country music star Eric Ethridge - T-shirt and Hat Tosses in the Grandstand and on the Patio - Scratch & Win Programs - Win Trackside Music Festival tickets - Win Beer & BBQ tickets - 100s of giveaways including betting voucher and more! Wagering: - Ontario Sires Stake's Gold Divisions - 4 City of London Series Finals - 3 SUPER HI-5 (Races 7,10 &12) - $5,000 Guaranteed EARLY PICK-3 (Race 1) - $10,000 Guaranteed EARLY PICK-4 (Race 4) - $15,000 Guaranteed LATE PICK-4 (Race 9) (Low 15% takeout on all Guaranteed Pool wagers)   Greg Gangle

London, May 25, 2017 -- John Kokinos is the first to admit that coming up with that 'special' horse isn't easy and that's why he feels blessed to have a horse like Molson Pace starter Clear Vision in his harness racing stable. The son of Western Hanover has banked more than $2.7 million and at age 11 shows no signs of slowing down. In fact, he's earned more than $130,000 this season with a 4-3-3 record from 13 starts. "He's a horse that I would have never imagined ending up in our barn," said Kokinos, who trains the veteran pacer with wife, Jennifer Lappe. "He's a horse that will have a home for a lifetime. He's easily the best horse I've ever been around." Clear Vision spent the majority of his career in the Ron Burke barn, before ending up with Kokinos and Lappe. "We put a deal together to purchase Bettors Edge through agent Marc Reynolds and I kept asking him if Clear Vision was for sale. To be honest, I thought it would never happen, but I got a call a month later from Marc starting that Clear Vision was available. We quickly jumped at the chance and were overwhelmed to get a horse of his calibre." The speedy pacer made 201 starts prior to moving into the Kokinos barn with the majority of those races at the highest level. "There have been times that I have gone back and watched some of his replays and I still have a hard time believing he's in our barn," he said with a chuckle. "When you see the big trips he's gone and the horses he's raced against - it's unbelievable. He's raced in pretty much every stake race that has been offered in North America." Kokinos and Lappe own the 37-time winner with first-time owner Bob Santagata. "I'm a large animal veterinarian by trade and Bob and his wife own and operate a horse ranch and are a client of mine," the 53-year-old said. "Bob has always sounded interested in standardbred racing and decided to come on board with Bettors Edge and Clear Vision." It didn't take long for Santagata to enjoy the thrill of winning. "It was their first trip to The Meadowlands and they were in the dining room and Bettors Edge won in 1:49.4. They were hooked after that. It's great to see new owners enjoying our sport." said Kokinos. As for Clear Vision, Kokinos says the 11-year-old couldn't be coming into the Molson Pace much better. "He had a really good week, but he doesn't do much in between starts," he said. "He's pretty easy on himself and we're easy on him. He won't impress you when he's jogging, but when you put the hopples on him he shows you a completely different side of him. He's all business." Kokinos has also studied the program for Friday night and likes what he sees on paper. "It's hard to say how the race is going to unfold because the eight horse trails and that could change the complexion a little," he said. "I like that we drew inside (post three) and we'll likely race from off-the-pace. Brett Miller has told me that he's the type of horse that likes to be first-over and that doesn't bother me. I wouldn't be surprised if that happened. I do feel Bit Of A Legend is the horse to beat." The field for the Molson Pace will line up as follows: The field for this years Molson Pace will line up as follows: 1. Bit Of A Legend N ($1,525,011) - Jordan Stratton 2. Rockin In Heaven ($548,971) - Trevor Henry 3. Clear Vision ($2,703,859) - Brett Miller 4. Fool Me Once ($963,778) - Doug McNair 5. Evenin Of Pleasure ($773,857) - Sylvain Filion 6. Sunfire Blue Chip ($1,181,939) - Mark MacDonald 7. Rockin Ron ($665,988) - Matt Kakaley 8. Night Pro ($738,432) - Bob McClure First race post is 7:05 p.m. For more information, visit www.molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

London, May 25, 2017 -- This Friday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, harness racing fans will be treated to another terrific Molson Pace card featuring 12 races and some of the sports brightest starts. With the post positions announced this past Monday, horseplayers have been sharpening their pencils to take advantage of the strong wagering menu. The Molson Pace, slated for Race 12, features eight of the sport's top free-for-all pacers for a purse of $150,000. Offering up their thoughts on the big night are Hall of Fame handicapper, statistician, broadcaster and historian Bob Heyden and HRU columnist Dean Towers along with track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle. Bob Heyden 1. What's your initial thought on the field for this year? There seem to be two possibilities in the race, in my opinion. Jordan Stratton dictates the race with Bit Of A Legend or pure mayhem. 2. What type of wager would you be apt to play? Triactor - That's why I put in the #1 (Bit Of A Legend) and backed it up with 7 (Rockin Ron) & 8 (Night Pro). 3. Provide a Late Pick 4 ticket (9-12) 235/468/56/178 Cost: $54 4. Anything else to watch for? Bit Of A Legend N not only swept the Levy last year, he posted the single biggest season ever for a down Under horse with over $700,000. Any breather at all and this race is over for the rest of them. But, in the event everyone half loses their mind, it is going to be a mad dash home and I want prices-the boxcar types. Dean Towers 1. What's your initial thought on the field for this year? At first glance when I saw probable race favorite Bit of a Legend draw the rail I thought we might be looking at a walk over. But after I dug into the race I was thrilled at this year's edition. Almost every horse has gate speed and most are half mile track specialists. I watched Clear Vision win last week at the Meadowlands and he's sharp; and Fool Me Once has looked excellent of late. From the second tier Night Pro has a nice chance to trip out. It's just a wonderful race. 2. What type of wager would you be apt to play? I'm a big fan of the super high five on half mile tracks. The takeout is great and it gives your mind a handicapping test - who may land where, what can we take a stab at for a price? If this race goes some crazy fractions - which on paper it may - this bet can pay boxcars. 3. Provide a Late Pick 4 ticket (9-12) 23457/135/7/1348 Cost: $60 4. Anything else to watch for? Maybe the most talked about card on a half mile track every year in Canada is the Gold Cup and Saucer. However, from top to bottom, with great horses, good drivers and a nice betting menu with good pool size to bet into, Molson Pace night is my favorite half mile track evening of the entire calendar. Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle 1. What's your initial thought on the field for this year? It's the deepest field of Invite pacers I've even seen on a half mile track in Canada! They've all been there & done that... What a super nice group of horses! 2. What type of wager would you be apt to play? It's all about the Super Hi 5 wager for me. I'd likely play the 1 (Bit Of A Legend N) & 3 (Clear Vision) in the top spots for Triactor, Superfecta & HI5 plays - they drew well in here, so it's all based on post position for me. Using 4 (Fool Me Once), 6 (Sunfire Blue Chip) & 8 (Night Pro) for 2nd, 3rd & 4th... Then hit the ALL button to complete the HI5. 3. Provide a Late Pick 4 ticket (9-12) 456/134589/45/13 Cost: $72 4. Anything else to watch for? With the addition of drivers like Doug McNair, Mark MacDonald & Brett Miller - among others - look for lots of early speed & great flow throughout the program. It will be 'On' this Friday night in London! The wagering menu on Friday will include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15 per cent takeout wagers First race post is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. Greg Blanchard

London, May 23, 2017 -- The 2017 edition of the Molson Pace, slated for this Friday May 26 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, will feature some of the harness racing sport's top free-for-all pacers. One of the new faces joining this year's field is Bit Of A Legend N, who will make his first trek to Canada for trainer Peter Tritton. The New Zealand-born son of Bettor's Delight will line up from the coveted rail with regular pilot Jordan Stratton in the bike. "The draw couldn't have worked out any better," Tritton said from his home base in Pine Bush, New York. "I think most trainers would want the rail and now it's up to the horse to deliver." Tritton, a native of Australia, has spent more than 15 years in the US and will also be making his first trip to Canada. "It's something I'm definitely looking forward to it," he said. "There have been a few times in the past I've meant to come, but it never worked out. My family and I are looking forward to the trip." The veteran conditioner, who races primarily at Yonkers, has found a strong niche for recruiting horses from Down Under (Australia & New Zealand) that fits his program in New York. Standout horses that have found their way in the Tritton barn include Moss Dale Connor N, Mackenzie N, Texican N and Sell A Bit N, just to name a few. "I've been very fortunate to have a great relationship with agent Peter Larkin for the past 35 years," Tritton said. "He recruits the horses and I'll go ahead and look them up with owner Harry Von Knoblauch. He knows the horses have to fit my program at Yonkers and we've had quite a bit of success over the years." Bit Of A Legend N is one horse that Tritton has become very fond of since arriving on North American soil a few seasons ago. The 35-time winner has more than $1.5 million earned lifetime and captured the 2016 final of the Levy against the best free-for-all pacers in North America on a half-mile track. He capped off last season with more than $723,000 earned. "I shouldn't say he was a pleasant surprise how good he turned out, because I knew he was very talented," he said. "I just didn't think he'd be this good. "He's so professional and very easy to drive," Tritton continued. "He's has just a pleasant horse and his manners are perfect. I can't fault him in any way." Tritton will once again be handing the driving assignment to young driver Jordan Stratton. The young reinsman will also be making his debut in the Molson Pace. "Jordan use to drive for me a little a few years ago and we had some luck," said Tritton. "I wanted a driver that would commit to driving all my horses, because I didn't like using different drivers every week. Jordan agreed and I think it has worked out well for everyone." Tritton admits it won't be an easy task on Friday. "I think it's an excellent looking field," he said. "I wouldn't say there is a standout and that should mean a great finish. We're looking forward to the experience in Canada." The field for this years Molson Pace will line up as follows: 1. Bit Of A Legend N ($1,525,011) - Jordan Stratton 2. Rockin In Heaven ($548,971) - Trevor Henry 3. Clear Vision ($2,703,859) - Brett Miller 4. Fool Me Once ($963,778) - Doug McNair 5. Evenin Of Pleasure ($773,857) - Sylvain Filion 6. Sunfire Blue Chip ($1,181,939) - Mark MacDonald 7. Rockin Ron ($665,988) - Matt Kakaley 8. Night Pro ($738,432) - Bob McClure Greg Blanchard

London, May 22, 2017 -- The post position draw for the $150,000 Molson Pace, which will be taking place this Friday at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, took place Monday, May 22 at the London, Ontario oval. The draw results for the Molson Pace appear below. Post - Horse - Driver 1 - Bit Of A Legend N by Bettor's Delight - Jordan Stratton 2 - Rockin In Heaven by Rock N Roll Heaven - Trevor Henry 3 - Clear Vision by Western Hanover - Brett Miller 4 - Fool Me Once  by Art Major - Doug McNair 5 - Evenin Of Pleasure  by Dragon Again - Sylvain Filion 6 - Sunfire Blue Chip by American Ideal - Mark MacDonald 7 - Rockin Ron by Real Desire - Matt Kakaley 8 - Night Pro by Pro Bono Best - Bob McClure The complexion for this year's Molson Pace at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London certainly changed over the weekend. Soto, who was an initial starter from Delaware, has been withdrawn due to a minor foot injury that will likely keep him out of action for a week. Replacing Soto will be Fool Me Once who was to be this year's Also Eligible (A.E.) in the field. The seven-year-old son of Art Major is a 35-time career who is on the verge of millionaire status with more than $963,000 on his card. Owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ont., the pacer has won three straight at Mohawk including a 1:50.4 victory this past weekend against Preferred company. Also accepting an invitation to race were the connections of Rockin In Heaven for conditioner Dr. Ian Moore. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven was a top NYSS performer as a sophomore and has already made his mark as a five-year-old with an impressive victory this past Saturday at Mohawk. The 15-time winner has more than $500K banked in his career. Moore is also no stranger to the signature event as he captured it three straight years with millionaire State Treasurer. "We are extremely happy with the field we've assembled and we're eagerly looking forward to Friday evening," said assistant manager, Greg Gangle. "The field includes local talent along with some fresh faces. Overall, it's a well-balanced group and should produce not only a great race but a very enticing wagering proposition" First post for Friday night's 12-race program is 7:05 p.m. For complete details on Molson Pace night, visit MolsonPace.com. Greg Blanchard

London, May 22, 2017 -- The field for this year's Molson Pace has now been finalized, but not before some last second changes to the harness racing line-up had to be made. The connections of Rockin In Heaven accepted an invite to join the seven previously confirmed entries and the son of Rock N Roll Heaven is coming off a victory this past weekend at Mohawk - his first victory in three trips postward this season. The five-year-old boasts career earnings of $548,971 for his trainer Dr. Ian Moore who co-owns along with Doug Polley and Gordon McComb of Nova Scotia and Francois Lecompte of Quebec. Moore trained three-time Molson Pace champion State Treasurer. Soto, who was to make the trek from Delaware, has been withdrawn due to a minor foot injury that will likely keep him out of action for a week. Replacing Soto will be Fool Me Once who was to be this year's Also Eligible (A.E.) in the field. The seven-year-old son of Art Major is a 35-time career who is on the verge of millionaire status with more than $963,000 on his card. Owned by Brad Grant of Ontario, the pacer has won three straight at Mohawk including a 1:50.4 victory this past weekend against Preferred company. The post draw for the $150,000 Molson Pace will be conducted on The Raceway's pre-game show at 5:30 p.m. Below is a list of the starters in alphabetical order along with their career earnings: Bit Of A Legend ($1,525,011) by Bettor's Delight Clear Vision ($2,703,859) by Western Hanover Evenin Of Pleasure ($773,857) by Dragon Again Fool Me Once ($963,778) by Art Major Night Pro ($738,432) by Pro Bono Best Rockin In Heaven ($548,971) by Rock N Roll Heaven Rockin Ron ($665,988) by Real Desire Sunfire Blue Chip ($1,181,939) by American Ideal Greg Blanchard

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce their harness racing schedule for the 2017 Molson Pace at Western Fair.   Mike and Mike will bring extensive coverage of the Molson Pace beginning at 9 PM and run their show until 11:30 PM. The duo will cover the late Pick 4 wager and the Super Hi-5 which will feature a mandatory payout.   Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will be live on site to help cover the race and provide analysis and coverage of the happenings at Western Fair.   For those in attendance on track there will be a chance to win an Aaron Merriman whip that was donated to the show by Aaron. Those on track who tweet a picture of themselves at Western Fair with #MolsonPace will automatically be entered to win the whip. You must be on track to win the prize, tweeting begins at 7:00 and the winner will be selected at 10:00!   Our sponsor BetAmerica will also have a fantastic promotion on Molson Pace night with their Second Chance Promotion all night long. All night you can bet on a horse to win via their website and if your horse wins you win. If your horse finishes second, BetAmerica will refund your bet up to $20.00 on each race. If you don't already have an account sign up with www.betamerica.com.   Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike    

London, ON, May 16, 2017 - As the 2017 edition of the Molson Pace quickly quickly approaches, harness racing owner-trainer Dale Decker says he has been anticipating this year's rich classic for a long time. The Michigan-based conditioner was here once before and is eager to redeem himself following a sixth place finish in the 2015 Molson Pace with returning star, Night Pro. Night Pro, a son of Pro Bono Best, has won 46 of 82 career starts and has banked more than $730,000 in his career. "I was really hoping to get the invite and when the phone came in, I couldn't have been happier," Decker said of the Molson which comes up next Friday, May 26. "This race has been marked on my calendar since my horse came back last season and this is the first big race of the year for me." Widely known as king of the mid-west, the seven year old has finished worse than second just once in 29 starts over the past two seasons while racing manly at Hoosier Park, Northfield Park and Miami Valley. Back for a second time in this year's Molson, Decker says he hopes to use his past experience to his advantage in this year's race. "He didn't handle himself the best on the turns and had an injury that was starting to appear," he said. "He's been perfect thus far this season and couldn't be coming into the race any better. We all need luck in big races and I'm happy to be a part of the night." Decker, who resides in Temperance, Michigan, will trek roughly three hours to The Raceway and his approach will be different this year. "When I was there in 2015, I shipped him in early and he kind of washed out in the paddock because I got there around noon that day," he said. "I'll bring him in normal time and he should benefit from that." Decker, who is a home builder by trade, has campaigned Night Pro in all of his 82 career starts. "He has provided me with all kinds of thrills and I couldn't be more fortunate," he said. "A horse like him doesn't come along very often and I certainly don't take him for granted. He's so professional considering he's a stud and has a wonderful demeanour along with excellent manners. "My family will be in attendance that night which will make it extra special. It's a wonderful atmosphere and a great night for racing," Decker added. Six starters have been confirmed so far for the Molson with the final two spots to be filled out this week. The star-studded pacers joining Night Pro includes Rockin Ron, Soto, Bit Of A Legend, Sunfire Blue Chip and defending champion Evenin Of Pleasure. The powerful Molson Pace undercard will feature the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings along with a quartet of City of London finals. Total purses for the night will be in excess of $500,000. Two-time Molson Pace champion Foiled Again will also be competing on the night's undercard in what could be one of his final career races on Canadian soil. The 13-year-old is the richest pacer of all-time with earnings in excess of $7.5 million and he currently sits with 94 career wins to his credit. For complete details and a closer look at this year's Molson Pace field, visit www.molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

LONDON, May 3, 2017 -- The field for this year's Molson Pace is beginning to take shape and there are a few harness racing new faces expected for this year's $150,000 Invitational Pace slated for Friday, May 26 at The Raceway in London, Ontario. One of the confirmed starters is down under import Bit Of A Legend who last season captured the $609,000 Levy Final at Yonkers Raceway in a career-best clocking of 1:51. The eight-year-old son of Bettor's Delight, trained by Peter Tritton, is a career winner of more than $1.5 million and is coming off a closing fourth-place finish in this year's Levy final. Soto is a fellow regular at Yonkers Raceway where he was a solid competitor in this year's edition of the Levy. The five-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven won twice in the $50,000 preliminary legs before rallying from last to fifth in the $529,000 final. The Eric Ell trainee, who has earned more than $400,000 lifetime, will be making his Canadian debut in the Molson. The pair of New York invaders will be joined by fellow American invaders Rockin Ron and Night Pro. Rockin Ron, trained by Ron Burke, is no stranger to success on Canadian soil. The son of Real Desire was victorious in both the Confederation Cup and Prix D'Ete last season. Recently, the 23-time winner captured a division of the Levy and has missed the board only twice this season. The X-factor horse in this year's edition could be Night Pro. Arguably the best free-for-all pacer in the mid-west, the son of Pro Bono Best has crafted an impressive record of 15-11-0 from 27 starts over the past two seasons while racing primarily in Ohio and Indiana. Dale Decker owns and trains the 45-time winner who will make his second appearance in the Molson Pace. Back to defend his title is the local horse Evenin Of Pleasure. The Richard Moreau pupil established a new track record last season of 1:50.3 with a thrilling performance at odds of 36-1. The son of Dragon Again will be making his third start of the season this Saturday at Mohawk. Horses confirmed in alphabetical order include: Bit Of A Legend N Evenin Of Pleasure Night Pro Rockin Ron Soto There are three remaining spots still to be filled for this year's rich classic. The management team at The Raceway will announce more confirmed starters next week. The powerful Molson Pace undercard will feature the first leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes for sophomore pacing colts and geldings along with a quartet of City of London finals. Total purses for the night will be in excess of $500,000. Two-time Molson Pace champion Foiled Again will also be competing on the night's undercard in what could be one of his final career races on Canadian soil. The 13-year-old is the richest pacer of all-time with earnings in excess of $7.5 million and he currently sits with 94 career wins to his credit. As always, there will be lots happening on track that night, including the Party On The Patio with BX-93, Scratch and Win program prizes as well as contest giveaways and swag tosses, the OSS 'Be A Winner Contest, food specials and more. Complete details will be announced in the coming days. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. For more information, visit www.MolsonPace.com.  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmierca is proud to announce their harness racing broadcast team for the 2017 Molson Pace coming up at Western Fair on Friday, May 26.   Jessica Otten will be returning after joining the duo at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment for the Breeders' Crown in October. Jessica is a sophomore at Mott Community College in Michigan. She is working on the completion of her first year in the Business Marketing Program which is her major. Aside from paddocking at Northville Downs, she runs their twitter page and helps to get tweets from horseman regarding their horses in certain races. Jessica writes feature stories for the Michigan Harness Horseman's Association. "I'm really excited to see who gets invited to the Molson Pace. It's always a competitive race, I've been to London multiple times, but have never been to the Molson Pace. I'm super excited to kick off Grand Circuit racing with it and working with Mike and Mike again in 2017." said Jessica Otten.   Garnet Barnsdale is writer for Daily Racing Form Harness, providing expert analysis and selections for the WEG circuit. Garnet has written several media pieces and has also done extensive broadcast work. He has done his fair share of cameo race calling at a couple different track using it as a hobby. About joining the broadcast team again, Garnet says "Molson Pace night is one of the best nights of harness racing all year here in Ontario. I am looking forward to being apart of the broadcast team for such a special event. Mike and Mike are an experienced duo who bring a lot to the Grand Circuit races going on throughout the year."   "Jessica and Garnet bring a unique combination of youth and experience to the broadcast team. Garnet is one of the most successful handicappers in the game, while Jessica brings a horsewoman's perspective to the broadcast." said co-hosts Michael Bozich and Michael Carter   Jessica will be responsible for the working in the paddock and helping to do interviews of drivers, trainers, and connections of the participants in the race. Garnet will assist the duo in co-hosting the show while also providing analysis throughout the nights program.   Post Time will be live on site for a three hour broadcast on Molson Pace night which will conclude with the 2017 Molson Pace. The race will be the first of a strong 2017 live remote schedule for Post Time with Mike and Mike. The duo will be appearing at Hoosier Park and Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment throughout the year.   For more information on the Molson Pace visit www.westernfairdistrict.com/raceway and for more information on Post Time visit www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com   By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Elkton, MD -- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica is excited to announce the beginning of their 2017 live remote schedule. In 2016, Mike and Mike had multiple successful live remotes at Yonkers Raceway, Hoosier Park, Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment, and also followed Freaky Feet Pete at Hollywood Dayton Raceway shortly after the death of Larry Rheinheimer. As of this writing the live remote schedule is as follows: Molson Pace at Western Fair Friday, May 26, 2017 Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park Friday, August 11, 2017 Hoosier Pacing Derby at Hoosier Park Friday, September 22, 2017 Breeders' Crown at Hoosier Park Friday, October 27 and Saturday, October 28 The Molson Pace will be the duo's first trip to Canada to cover a major stakes event. The Molson Pace's storied history has featured many great winners including State Treasurer who has won the event three times. In 2016, Evenin Of Pleasure won coming from a pocket trip at astronomical odds. "We are excited about the opportunity to expand our coverage of the Molson Pace program this season. We are proud of how the race has grown in stature into one of the most important early-season tests for the best older pacers" said Greg Blanchard about the Molson Pace. "Greg Blanchard, Shannon "Sugar" Doyle, and the entire Western Fair racing team has done a great job with their product. The Molson Pace is a premier event for older pacers, and we are excited to work with their team" said co-hosts Michael Bozich and Michael Carter. Joining the broadcast team at Western Fair is Garnet Barnsdale who also worked with Post Time to cover the 2016 Breeders Crown at Meadowlands Racing and Entertainment. "The Molson Pace is one of the best races in the country and it is a great card of racing that night. I am looking forward to being there for another renewal of The Pace" said Barnsdale. Barnsdale will help provide handicapping analysis and also contribute to knowledge of the horses in the race. The under-card for the Molson Pace will also feature some very good Ontario Sire Stakes races. Blanchard eluded "Aside from the Molson Pace, we will host Ontario's best three-year-old colt pacers in the first OSS Gold event of the season which makes for a powerful undercard. We want to promote the great racing and of course, but also the many attractive wagering opportunities that night and we know that being on Post Time with Mike and Mike aligns well with that approach." Mike and Mike is very excited to cover three events this season at Hoosier Park as well as being a part of the 2017 Breeders' Crown. The duo also covered the Breeders' Crown last season. In 2016, the duo covered the Dan Patch Stakes live which played host to one of harness racing's biggest rivalries between Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "Hoosier Park Racing & Casino is thrilled to partner with Post Time with Mike and Mike for the 2017 season. This will be our most exciting season to date and we welcome their enthusiasm and commitment. We are continually looking at ways to improve our racing product and we look forward to promoting initiatives that not only grow our product but the entire sport of harness racing through this partnership." "Hoosier Park is committed to making this year's edition of The Breeders' Crown a massive success, and we are thrilled to be a part of it", said co-hosts Mike Carter and Mike Bozich. Joining the duo at Hoosier Park and Western Fair will also be Jessica Otten, who joined the duo in 2016 at the Breeders Crown. Otten said about joining Mike and Mike "I had so much fun working with Mike and Mike at the Breeders Crown last year. They not only taught me new things that have helped me with my college classes, but they also gave me the opportunity to interact with the top trainers, drivers, & horses which included a trip to meet Jimmy Takter and 2016 Horse of the Year Always B Miki. I am beyond excited to team up with Mike and Mike this year for some Grand Circuit action." Otten will be responsible for some of the winners' circle reaction and she will get some paddock reaction at both events. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live on www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and can be heard on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. By Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike      

Evenin Of Pleasure was sent off at odds of 35 to 1 in tonight’s harness racing $150,000 Molson Pace, the signature race of The Raceway at Western Fair District. Luckily the horse didn’t read the tote board. As the race got underway Mark MacDonald and Sunfire Blue Chip and Evenin Of Pleasure with Sylvain Filion up both vied for the early lead. Filion quickly decided to tuck in behind in second which proved the winning move. Sunfire Blue Chip, looking to give MacDonald his first Molson Pace win in 10 tries, rattled off fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23 but was caught in the stretch by the garden spot sitting Evenin Of Pleasure who hit the wire first in 1:50.3. The time established a new track record, shaving a tick off the previous mark set by MacDonald and Tigerama in 2008. Sunfire Blue Chip held for second after the impressive performance. McWicked claimed the show spot while All Bets Off and P H Supercam took the final two cheques. State Treasurer, vying for his fourth straight Molson title, hit some traffic trouble as the field paced through the backstretch the second time and finished sixth. “When I was able to get the two hole, I was hoping Mark would keep on going, which he did,” explained Filion minutes after the winner’s circle presentation. “My horse felt super good, around the last turn I knew he had a good shot and he gave all he could, he raced really well.  “Last time he raced (a sixth place finish in the Preferred at Mohawk on May 14) he came up real flat, they scoped him after the race and he wasn’t 100 per cent. You have to give credit to Richard (trainer Richard Moreau) he did some work and my God he was good tonight.” When asked if he was worried about race favourites, All Bets Off and State Treasurer, Filion responded: “I was just looking ahead of me and hoping I wouldn’t see them. I really don’t know what happened, all I know is we’re in the winner’s circle right now. It’s nice to see the crowd like this, it’s a great ambiance and I’m looking forward to coming back.” It was the first win in 2016 for Evenin Of Pleasure, a six-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion JY Blais Inc., of Montreal, Quebec.  Tonight’s effort put his lifetime earnings over the $600,000 mark. He paid $74.30 to win. Molson Pace Undercard Molson Pace night kicked off with four City of London Series finals starting with the $36,200 test for male trotters which saw On The Ridge wear down pacesetter Muscle Bound to win in 2:01.  Muscle Bound held for second while The Big Muscle took third. Trainer Garrett Rooney, who co-owns the three-year-old son of Kadabra with Angela Carroll of Iona, Ontario, also guided the horse to victory. Unraced last year at two, On The Ridge now has six wins in 13 outings this year for $49,000 earned. The $39,000 City Of London final for male pacers saw heavy favourite Irvine James leave hard from post seven for driver Mark Williams and they were in charge well before the opening quarter of :28.4 and never looked back to win in 1:58.1 over Mid Town Mickey and Sly Baran. It was the second straight win for the four-year-old gelding by Mach Three owned, trained and bred by William Kirkpatrick of Amherstburg, Ontario.   The girls were next in the spotlight with the trotting mares’ final worth $37,400 going to Shes All Muscle and The Raceway’s leading driver Alfie Carroll who led at every station and hit the wire first in 2:02.  Angel Assault closed well to take second while Burning Memories was third. Jamie Wilson trains the winner, a three-year-old filly by Muscle Mass for owner Chris Wilson of Dashwood, Ontario. The $40,600 Final for pacing mares saw a great battle between two three-year-old daughters of Mach Three, You Mach Me Crazy and Machioda with the former prevailing in the fastest of the City Of London tests, 1:56.3. Machioda held for second while Stonebridge Medusa took third. Trevor Henry, the leading driver at The Raceway for many years, and now the leading driver on the WEG circuit, orchestrated the win for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock of Wallenstein, Ontario. The jam packed race card also featured the two finals of the Alliance Claiming Series. In the first, for pacing horses, Red Leaf Morgan and Jody Jamieson scored in 1:57.1 over Lis Deo and Howdy Partner. James Watt trains the victor, a 12 year-old son of Artist Stena for owner Rebecca Williamson of Blyth, Ontario. The $13,500 Alliance final for mares was taken by Passion Quizrace and James MacDonald who went gate to wire in 1:56.1 to defeat a fast closing Andro Madi. Carsons Cashin was third. It was the fourth win this year for the 10 year-old Blissfull Hall daughter owned by Auciello Stables of Stouffville, Ontario and trained by Carmen Auciello. Tonight also kicked of the 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes season with three $70,000 Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts won by Magnum J, Print Media and Sintra. Greg Blanchard

As Molson Pace night fast approaches in London, some horses themselves were out helping to promote the harness racing event on Wednesday afternoon at downtown Victoria Park. The Raceway marketing department held its second annual Miss Molson Pace contest (equine version) during the noon hour while several park goers and nearby office workers got to meet the participants and vote for their favourite. It was Raceway fan favourite Mother Hen, runner-up in last year's contest, who was crowned the winner this time around. The other contestants included Hazy Lady, Shellace and Black Diamond Star. Miniature horse Oreo was the sign bearer for the afternoon. "The horses in the park were a big hit again this year," said The Raceway's Marketing Co-ordinator Sarah Imrie. "Most of the people there don't get a chance to get up that close to a horse and it's great to see their reactions. A big thanks to the City of London for accommodating us and to our wonderful horse people who always jump at the chance to help us out with promotions." The $150,000 Molson Pace will go as the final race on Friday night's 12-race program, considered one of the strongest in the track's history. The first race post time is 7:05 p.m. and for details on everything that is happening, visit www.molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager Email: gblanchard@westernfairdistrict.com

Harness racing driver Mark MacDonald calls his time in London, ON racing at The Raceway at The Western Fair District "maybe the best time of my life." MacDonald, who is now based in New York and is one of the top drivers at Yonkers Raceway, will return to Western Fair Friday to drive Sunfire Blue Chip in the $150,000 Molson Pace invitational for trainer Jimmy Takter. "London was the first place I bought a house. It was a condo, but it was like a house. I lived in apartments before that. I actually lived 10 minutes from Western Fair," said the 37-year-old Prince Edward Island native, who first made his name racing in Ontario from 1999 through 2011. "I had some stoplights then, not bridge traffic. It is definitely a different atmosphere (in New York) as opposed to up there, but Western Fair was great. I had a lot of fun there. I won a lot of races. It was the first time I got to race in all the (Ontario) Sires Stakes and was kind of the go-to guy." What hasn't been as much fun has been the Molson Pace. MacDonald has raced in it nine times and never won. "It's been my Achilles Heel. That race just keeps getting me. I almost won it a few times. Dr No, I thought I was home with him and Our Lucky Killean got me right at the wire (in 2006). I think I still have the track record at London with Tigerama (1:50.4 in 2008). He buzzed around there in the elimination and then drew the seven hole and got stung past the quarter. He was kind of a speed horse. The seven hole and a speed horse don't really mix there in London, unless the inside wing falls off or something. Anyway, he got stung and ended up fifth." MacDonald last raced in the Molson Pace in 2014 and was eighth with Bandolito. "Bandolito, I got a horrendous trip with him. I was out early and he didn't fire. He wasn't right then, either. He didn't race for about five or six months after that race," MacDonald said. "I've had some good horses in that race, but I've raced some horses that turned up sick and I've raced some horses that just got beat. I just never get to the wire first." MacDonald, a winner of nearly 5,700 career races and more than $84 million is a two-time O'Brien Award winner as Canada's Driver of the Year. He set a record for driving wins on Canadian soil with 739 in 2006 - since surpassed by Jody Jamieson. MacDonald will be driving against his younger brother, James MacDonald, in this year's Molson Pace. James will pilot P H Supercam from post seven. "James is a good little driver. He's doing a great job. I talk to him all the time and always try to help him as much as I can. But I won't be helping him out on Friday," Mark said, laughing. "Don't eat yellow snow. That's my tip for him." Mark said he likes his chances with Sunfire Blue Chip, especially drawing the inside post three. "He's a really good horse... A good half-mile horse," Mark said of the six-year-old stallion, a son of American Ideal out of Shot Togo Blue Chip who has earned just over $1 million. "He won the Prix d'Ete as a four-year-old at Three Rivers. He's a really fast horse, good gaited. He doesn't wear a boot. He's a typical Takter horse. He's really well-mannered, a nice horse to drive. Everything about him is nice. He just won in 1:51 a couple of weeks ago in Yonkers on kind of a tiring track. It was a good mile that night." Sunfire Blue Chip has a record of 4-3-2 this year in 16 starts and earnings of just over $80,000. "He was sharp in the Levy (Series at Yonkers). He raced in every leg in the Levy and he just had horrible luck with the draw. He was, literally, outside every week... We couldn't get a break with that horse. They actually took him out of the Levy one week and I took him to the front and he won in like :53.3... The Levy wasn't meant to be for him this year, but he always raced well. He showed up every week." Now Mark MacDonald hope Sunfire Blue Chip shows up with his best game on Friday so he can finally claim the Molson Pace in his 10th attempt. Post positions for the Molson Pace field are as follows: 1. State Treasurer - Chris Christoforou 2. Bettor Rock On N - Jody Jamieson 3. Sunfire Blue Chip - Mark MacDonald 4. Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion 5. Machtu N - Trevor Henry 6. Mcwicked - Randy Waples 7. P H Supercam - James MacDonald 8. All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley The Molson Pace program will also feature the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers, a quartet of City of London Series finals, a pair of Alliance Claiming Series finals and an added-purse Junior Invitational Pace as part of the undercard. Total purses for the night will be more than $550,000. There will be a number of promotions on the night, including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS 'Be A Winner Contest,' Party on the Patio, a Molson VIP infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 - all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. For more information, visit molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore said winning a fourth straight Molson Pace with his pupil State Treasurer would be almost beyond comprehension. “It’s been fun just to win it once. A second was a bonus and the third was just unreal last year,” Moore said. “A fourth time would be unbelievable.” State Treasurer, the 2015 Horse of the Year in Canada owned by Sally and Allan MacDonald of Prince Edward Island and their nephew, Paul MacDonald of Toronto, has drawn the rail for Friday’s $150,000 invitational at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, ON. The pacer’s regular driver, Chris Christoforou, will be in the sulky. Moore, a PEI native who is based in Guelph, ON during the summer, acknowledged it won’t be easy for State Treasurer to become the first horse to win four Molson Pace titles in the race’s 44-year history. Race secretary Ian Fleming has assembled a crack field of eight tough older pacers, many coming in from the United States. The field has combined earnings of nearly $9 million. That includes the $1.96 million earned by State Treasurer, who is winless in his three 2016 starts since returning from wintering at Southern Oaks Training Center in Florida. “He hasn’t been quite as good his first few starts, obviously, this year,” Moore said. “It sort of was the same thing last year. It wasn’t until about the third start that he was good at Mohawk and I really think that the first three Saturdays that we’ve been back in Ontario since April 30th the (race nights) have all been very cold. In fact, 37 degrees Fahrenheit and wet snow the last time we raced. I think some of our horses had a little trouble acclimatizing to that.” Moore said State Treasurer had some mild sickness a few weeks ago and was given five days off after his last start — a fifth-place finish in the $34,000 preferred on May 14 at Mohawk Racetrack — but the seven-year-old son of Real Desire—Ideal Treasure seems fine this week and should be raring to go Friday in London. “He seems good in every other way. He’s been sound and everything and he’s steering well this year. We hope he’ll appreciate the return to London and away we go,” Moore said. “He obviously likes that track and has done well there in the past. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to roll for the fourth time.” State Treasurer is currently tied with Jambo Dancer for the most Molson Pace victories. Jambo Dancer also won the race three straight years, taking the title in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Post positions for the Molson Pace field are as follows: 1. State Treasurer – Chris Christoforou 2. Bettor Rock On N – Jody Jamieson 3. Sunfire Blue Chip – Mark MacDonald 4. Evenin Of Pleasure – Sylvain Filion 5. Machtu N – Trevor Henry 6. Mcwicked – Randy Waples 7. P H Supercam – James MacDonald 8. All Bets Off – Matt Kakaley The Molson Pace program will also feature the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers, a quartet of City of London Series finals, a pair of Alliance Claiming Series finals and an added-purse Junior Invitational Pace as part of the undercard. Total purses for the night will be more than $550,000. There will be a number of promotions on the night, including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS ‘Be A Winner Contest,’ Party on the Patio, a Molson VIP infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 – all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. For more information, visit molsonpace.com. Greg Blanchard

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