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Ontario's talented two-year-olds put on an impressive show at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the top 20 point earners in each division were whittled down to 10 in Grassroots Semi-Final action. Muscles For Life kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes post season, sprinting down the stretch to a 1:57.3 personal best in the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass son and driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON bested Money Mission and United BI by two and three-quarter lengths to secure their spot in next weekend's Grassroots Championship. "He was a little late getting started, he made a few mistakes and then we had to put the hopples on him," said trainer Gregg McNair about Muscles For Life, who finished the regular season with one win, one second, one fourth and one eighth in four outings. "He's raced pretty good every time. He's got a lot of trot. "He got a good trip, but he's got fairly good talent," added the Guelph resident, who trains Muscles For Life for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. Fourth and fifth-place finishers Cool Creek Victory and Muscle Time also advanced to the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championship. Muscles For Life The first trotting filly Semi-Final was the first of three captured by Trevor Henry, who is in a fight for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion. Henry teamed Myretirementticket to a 1:57.1 personal best ahead of fan favourite and division point leader Magical Steph and Jangone. Myretirementticket hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of her rivals. "She's getting better every week," said Henry. "She does everything right, she's a sweetheart to drive." Henry engineered the win for Eli Wagler of Ingersoll, ON who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again. Very Classy and Dayliner rounded out the qualifiers for the Championship. Myretirementticket Arthur, ON resident Henry faces a tough choice for the Championship, as he also piloted the winner of the second trotting filly division. Traviata cruised home a four and one-half length winner; matching Myretirementticket's 1:57.1 clocking. The fan favourite bested Mariana, Liseberg, Malia and Tough Affair. "She's pretty nice too, it's going to be tough to be pick," said the reinsman, who engineered the Kadabra daughter's fourth straight victory for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman of Allentown, NJ and Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON. Traviata Henry's third win came with pacing filly St Lads Smokin Hot, who powered down the stretch to a 1:53.1 personal best. Noone To Depend On finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second, favourite and division point leader Sports Expert was third, with Selling The Dream and Miss Print completing the top five. Puslinch, ON resident Richard Moreau trains St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The Lake, ON. The No Pan Intended daughter finished the regular season with a pair of wins - both over half-mile ovals - two thirds and one sixth in five starts. St Lads Smokin Hot Gerries Sport captured the first pacing colt Semi-Final with a 1:53 personal best for trainer Robert Robinson and owner-breeder Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, QC. The Mach Three son and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON controlled the tempo for much of the race and cruised home three and one-quarter length winners over Print Media, Blue Zombie, Bingo Ingo, and division point leader St Lads Moonwalk. "He's a nice little colt," said Zeron. "He had a little confusion when we first started going with him so we were pretty conservative with him and let him pace into where he wanted to be to get his form going, and as the summer went on he's gotten smarter and better." Gerries Sport Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev piloted two Semi-Final winners, starting with pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in Race 8. The fan favourites pressed the pace in the outer lane through much of the mile before getting up for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53. Im In Luv, Buttermilk Hanover, pacesetter Southwind Shania and No Shadows completed the top five. Moiseyev engineered the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and owner Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton, ON. The Mach Three miss was a two-time winner and one-time runner-up in three regular season Grassroots starts. Mayhem Seelster One race later Moiseyev was back in the winner's circle with the only division point leader to add a Semi-Final win to their resume. Trotting colt Georgies Pockets sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter, reaching the finish in 1:58.4, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Dynamic Edge and Willyorwonthe. Gonna Fly and Asterix finished fourth and fifth. Mike Vanderkemp of Hillsburgh, ON conditions Georgies Pockets for owner-breeder M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. In five regular season starts the Muscle Mass son posted an impressive record of three wins and two seconds to top the freshman trotting colt division. Georgies Pockets The last of the Grassroots Semi-Final trophies went home with Kokanee Seelster, who prevailed in the second pacing colt split. The Camluck colt and driver Phil Hudon of Guelph controlled the temp from start to finish, reaching the wire one and one-half lengths ahead of Tango Star in 1:53. Favourite King Of Sports was third, just ahead of Azul Pool and Only Half Bad. Anthony Montini of Acton, ON trains Kokanee Seelster for Ming Siu of Richmond, BC and Edmund Lui of Parkhill, ON. The pacer posted two wins and one second in three regular season Grassroots starts. Kokanee Seelster The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will now begin preparations for next Saturday's (Sept. 26) $50,000 Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by their three-year-old peers, who will wage their Semi-Final battles at Mohawk on Friday, Sept. 18. The sophomores are featured in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, and 11 on the program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Kentuckiana Stallion Management is excited to announce that leading Ontario stallion and former World Champion Muscle Mass (b.h. 2005), by Muscles Yankee out of Graceful Touch will stand the 2016 breeding season at Tara Hills Stud, located in Port Perry, Ontario. Kentuckiana Farms will continue to serve as Syndicate Manager and along with Tara Hills Stud will manage his breeding career.  With four crops of racing age, Muscle Mass has established himself as the leading trotting sire in Ontario. Muscle Mass was the leading first crop sire of Ontario Sire Stakes winners in 2012 and followed it up with spectacular years in 2013 and 2014 as the leading Ontario sire of two-year-old trotters in overall earnings, also being the overall leading trotting sire in 2014. This season, Muscle Mass continues his championship ways as the current overall OSS leading sire.    Muscle Mass is the sire of multiple Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Champions including Riveting Rosie ($889,510), Motown Muscle ($447,979), Muscle Matters ($382,925), and Muscle Baby Doll ($341,587), to name a few.   “We are extremely excited to bring Muscle Mass back to Ontario. He is a premier young stallion that has consistently shown that he can sire champions. His ability to cross with a wide variety of mares is proven by the numbers,” says David Heffering, owner of Tara Hills Stud.   Muscle Mass retired to stud duty as the fastest two-year-old son of super-sire Muscles Yankee having established his world-record mark of 1:53.4 in only his second career start.   Muscle Mass won five major stakes in an undefeated season at 2 winning all seven of his starts, including back-to-back wins in Lexington and a 10-length, track and stakes record in the American-National.   Ken Jackson

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 - It was a wet night at Mohawk Racetrack Friday for the eliminations of the Elegantimage Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial. A pair of eliminations were needed for both events with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals next week. A talented pack of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies, highlighted by superstar Mission Brief, were split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes. World champion Mission Brief scored a dominating 15 length victory over the 'Sloppy' track in the second elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Muscle Hill flashed good early speed to sprint out to the front. Once on the lead, Mission Brief got to call her own shots posting fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, the superstar filly pulled away from her rivals with ease and left them in another area code. Mission Brief stopped the timer in 1:54.1, three-seconds better than second-place finisher Danielle Hall. Magic Marker, Youre Majestic and Amoureuse Hanover rounded out the top five to advance to next week's final. Following the race, Gingras said Mission Brief was a bit fired up Friday evening and he was trying to stretch her out for her first start in three-weeks. "She was a little bit grabby in the post parade, so when she got off on the right foot I figured I would just let her go," he said. "I just wanted to stretch her out, like I said she was a little bit too sharp and try to get the edge off of her a little bit. "She hasn't raced that many times this year, so it was not like it was going to hurt her. The plugs were still in and she had plenty left and it was just a matter of trying to get her tight for next week." Mission Brief has now won six of eight starts this season, including a heat of the Hambletonian. Burke added trotting hopples to his star filly in July to help her with some issues, but it appears they may not be need for much longer. "She's safe now, she's comfortable and she's confident and she's sound," said Gingras. "After next week the plan is to take them off and then go to Lexington, but we will see how it goes." Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable, J And T Silva Stables LLC., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Friday night's win was the 15th career victory for the winner of over $1.1 million. Mission Brief paid $2.10 to win. Mission Brief In the first elimination, Muscle Baby Doll stretched her current win streak to seven in a row with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Muscle Baby Doll left from post eight and took a seat early in sixth. Wild Honey, the even-money favourite, circled around from the two-hole to take command after the half in :57.2. Muscle Baby Doll began making up ground on the outside and was able to catch the cover of Elegant Serenity around the final turn. Wild Honey posted a three-quarter time of 1:27. In the stretch, Muscle Baby Doll flipped off cover and trotted up a storm to overtake the lead and score a length and a quarter victory over Wild Honey. Elegant Serenity finished third, while Bee The Queen and Smokinmombo were fourth and fifth, respectively. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Muscle Baby Doll has dominated the Ontario Sires Stakes scene this season and also has a Grand Circuit victory on her resume. The daughter of Muscle Mass now has eight wins from nine starts this season and 12 victories overall. Muscle Baby Doll was purchased by F Bellino And Sons LLC., early in her two-year-old season, as she raced on the Iowa fair circuit. Muscle Baby Doll career earnings now exceed $400,000. She paid $5.20 to win. Muscle Baby Doll A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were separated into two $30,000 eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial. In the first division, Deep Impact prevailed in a stretch duel over the 4/5 favourite Brooklyn Hill. Deep Impact and driver Steve Condren got away early in third, but quickly came to the outside nearing the opening-quarter to take the lead. Brooklyn Hill sat second on the back off Deep Impact passed the half in :59.1. Around the final turn, Brooklyn Hill came to the outside for driver David Miller to confront the leader. The colts were toe-to-toe at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1 setting up a stretch battle. In the lane, Deep Impact refused to give up the lead and fought tough at the rail to defeat Brooklyn Hill by half a length in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano and Lean Hanover finished up well to grab third and fourth, while Will Take Charge finished fifth to secure a spot in the final. A son of Donato Hanover, Deep Impact scored his third career victory Friday evening for trainer Brad Maxwell. The rookie trotter was making his fifth start and increased his earnings to over $41,000 with the win. Deep Impact is owned by Maxwell, Van Camp Trotting Corp., Tim Murray and Doug Millard. The Maxwell trainee paid $7 to win. Deep Impact Southwind Frank extended his win streak to six in a row with a 1:56.3 victory in the second split. Sent off as the 1/9 favourite, Southwind Frank and driver Gingras got away in the three-hole. The heavy-favourite sat third until the half-mile when Gingras sent him on the attack. Southwind Frank quickly cleared to the front and trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. Marion Marauder and driver John Campbell trotted up with a rush around the final turn to draw within half a length turning for home. In the stretch, Marion Marauder was able to poke a head in front with an eighth of a mile to go, but Southwind Frank showed his talent by battling back under minimal urging from Gingras to retake the lead and score a length and a half victory. Adored By Masses finished almost 14 lengths behind the winner in third, while Im A Mate and Zlatan finished fourth and fifth to advance to the final. A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank now sports a record of seven wins from eight starts to begin his career for trainer Ron Burke. The rookie trotting colt now has earnings of over $327,000. Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The Burke trainee paid $2.10 to win. Southwind Frank Following Friday night's eliminations, the post positions for next week's $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial final and $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes final were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions. Both finals will highlight a spectacular undercard on Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night Saturday, September 19. Here are the post positions for next week's final. $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Final 1. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra 2. Muscle Baby Doll by Muscle Mass 3. Youre Majestic by Majestic Son 4. Mission Brief by Muscle Hill 5. Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter 6. Danielle Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe 7. Wild Honey by Cantab Hall 8. Magic Marker by Andover Hall 9. Bee The Queen by Donato Hanover 10. Amoureuse Hanover by Pilgrims Taj AE: Juanitas Fury by Kadabra $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final 1. Zlatan by Muscle Mass 2. Tony Soprano by Kadabra 3. Deep Impact by Donato Hanover 4. Southwind Frank by Muscle Hill 5. Im A Mate by Muscle Mass 6. Will Take Charge by Kadabra 7. Brooklyn Hill by Muscle Hill 8. Lean Hanover by Donato Hanover 9. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill 10. Adored By Masses by Muscle Mass AE: Deweylovernleaver by Deweycheatumnhowe Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec – Starting off in the very first race with a track record, the Hippodrome 3R featured its richest day of harness racing in 2015 with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers Sunday. Sunny skies and warm temperatures were the order of the day for the jammed packed crowd around the half mile oval. The 12-race program featured four divisions for two-year-olds, each with a purse of $55,000, and four divisions for three-year-olds, each with a purse of $65,000. The series culminated three weeks of preliminary races with the top eight point earners returning for the finals. The first race final for three-year-old trotting colts saw Seeyou Men and driver Robert Shepherd rewrite their own track record for geldings with a resounding 1:58.4 triumph. Leaving from post five, Shepherd put Seeyou Men right on the lead to the opening quarter mile in :30, then a slight breather to the half in 1:01 with Notrouble Dechafra (Stephane Brosseau) sitting the pocket trip and The Sprinter (Mario Ballargeon) starting up first-over. Before The Sprinter could even mount a challenge, Seeyou Men began to pull away from the field in the backstretch, leading by  lengths at the three-quarters in 1:29.3. They then poured it on in the stretch to win in a romp by eight and three-quarter lengths in 1:58.4. Seeyou Men’s prior track mark was 1:59.3. The Sprinter was second with Promesses Imperial (Jerome Lombart) third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was a lifetime mark for Seeyou Men, who is trained by Isabella Darveau for co-owner Catheline Pelletier and Chantal Gravel, the breeder of Seeyou Men. He paid $2.50 to win. The second race final for two-year-old pacers saw Mr Mach Jimmy and driver Pascal Berube make it a clean sweep in the series. He wired the field from post two in a lifetime best 1:57.3. The race was not without plenty of excitement as Mr Mach Jimmy was stung early going after the lead from Sagawi (Francis Piscard) to the opening quarter in :27.4. Then after the half in :57.4, Pudong Phil (Clarke Steacy) came first-over, but it was YS Artistic Fella and driver Sylvain Filion who nearly stole the race. Getting away in last place to the opening quarter mile, Filion then took YS Artistic Fella three-wide and nearly looped the entire field by the three-quarters in 1:26.3. Then in the stretch drive, Mr Mach Jimmy was able to hold off YS Artistic Fella to win by a half-length. Sagawi was third. “This is my first win in Quebec-Bred Finals,” Said Pascal Berube. “This colt never allows himself to over exceed. He always has energy to race. In the stretch, I was sure he had enough in him to not be beaten. He's really a good horse and he will keep on improving.” It was the fourth straight win for Mr Mach Jimmy. The altered son of Mach Three is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. He paid $4.20 to win. The fastest mile on the program came in the third race final for three-year-old pacing colts and gelded as Sugarsam and Mach On The Beach put on a speed show. Mach On The Beach left quickly for driver Pascal Berube to the first quarter in :27.4 with SOS Justified (Mario Charron) right on his back. Then at the half mile in :56.2, Sugarsam and driver Denis St Pierre came first-over and gave perfect second-over cover to the 3/5 favorite, Western Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Once they reached the backstretch it became a dogfight as Sugarsam nearly cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:24.3, but Mach On The Beach would not hear of it and came back to take the lead at the top of the lane. Then Sugarsam and Denis St Pierre were able to continue their forward momentum in the stretch to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:53.2. Mach On The Beach was second with SOS Justified third as Western Bayama failed to fire and finished fifth. Sired by Sportswriter, it was the third win this year for Sugarsam. He is trained by Colin Johnson for owner/breeder Sam Anastasopoulos of Saint-Therese, QC and paid $6.60 to win. “This colt (Sugarsam) experienced some difficulties early in the season,” said owner  Sam Anastasopoulos, “but he has put it back together just in time. We have had great expectations for him and he met that this afternoon with that mile in 1:53. We are very proud of him.” Perhaps after seeing his older full brother, Seeyou Men, rewrite his own track record, Wildwild Men was not to be outdone in the final for two-year-old trotting colts and gelding. Leaving from post two, driver Robert Shepherd sent Wildwild Men right to the front with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) leaving from post six to grab the two-hole trip. Wildwild Men was fired up and shot to the first quarter mile in :28.2. From there Shepherd kept the rest of the field at bay, going to the half in :59.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29, opening up by five lengths by the top of the stretch and winning by eight and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.2. Wildwild Men’s clocking was the fastest mile in track history by any two-year-old trotter. Panamas Boy held for second with Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) third. “It always looks easy when you have a good horse,” said driver Robert Shepherd. “It makes you look like you have anything under control. They trot so well and now behave themselves so it does look easy. “When we trained him down (Wildwild Men),” Shepherd said. “He looked like he would be a nice horse. We always thought he was pretty talented. We just didn’t know how deep he really was. He kept showing up every week and proving us wrong.” Wildwild Men has owned the track record with his 2:00.3 triumph last week and lowered it Sunday by more than two full seconds. A full brother to Seeyou Men (Muscle Mass-Seeyouinthecircle by Angus Hall), it was the fourth straight win and fifth victory on the year for Wildwild Men. It was a driving double for Shepherd, a training double for Isabelle Darveau and two wins in the finals for co-owner Catheline Pelletier and breeder Chantal Gravel of QC. Wildwild Men paid $2.60 to win as the 1/5 wagering favorite. The two-year-old filly trot final had just five starters and was held as a non-wagering event between the 5th and 6th races on the program. Driver Sylvain Filion made the most of his catch-drive on Y S Suzanne as he sent the daughter of Angus Hall right to the front and held on the entire mile to win by one length in 2:03.3. Dolly V P (Gaetan Lamy) sat the pocket trip but could not catch Y S Suzanne in the stretch, settling for second place with Eau Naturelle (Mario Charron), making a break at the start and then rebounding, coming first-over for a game third place finish. It was the perfect time for Y S Suzanne to break her maiden with her first victory in six career starts. She is trained by Richard Moreau for owner/breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation, QC. A forced change in driving tactics worked out perfectly for Miss Babe Delight in the sixth race final for two-year-old pacing fillies. Leaving for the front from post two, Miss Babe Delight and driver Mario Ballargeon had to give way to a stubborn HP Sissy (Guy Gagnon) by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. HP Sissy then led to the half in :58.3 and the three-quarters in 1:29 as Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) was first-over challenging the leaders. Then on the turn for home, it became a two-horse race as Ballargeon came out of the pocket with Miss Babe Delight, who usually races on the front end, and collared HP Sissy in the stretch and went on to win by one length. HP Sissy was second with stablemate/entry HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. “A change of strategy really benefited this filly today,” said driver Mario Baillargeon. “She is a “green filly" when she races on top. I had in mind to take the second position at the start, and I just tried to challenge HP Sissy a little bit before taking the “golden spot”.  I thought I could use the passing lane at the end, but I just had overtook the leader from the outside and she closed very well.” It was a series double for trainer Dany Fontaine, who won earlier with Mr Mach Jimmy and was second with Mach On The Beach. It was also a double for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. and a double for breeder Rejean Lassonde of Le Gardeur, QC. Miss Babe Delight paid $5.10 to win. Meganou, the 2014 champion filly, had just one win in nine starts this year coming into the eighth race final for three-year-old trotting fillies and she returned to winning form for driver Jocelyn Gendron in a big way. Going to the lead from post one, Gendron had Meganou in high gear as she pulled away from the field by the opening quarter mile in :28.2 and never looked back. She cut fractions of :58 to the half mile and 1:27.4 at the three-quarters and went on to win in a romp by nearly the entire length of the stretch, scoring by 15 and one-half lengths in 1:59.3. Her clocking was one fifth of a second from tying the track record. Double Chance (Sylvain Lacaille) was second with Chamane (Simon Delisle) third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of Kadabra, who is trained by Daniel Martin for owner Jean Picard of Orford, QC and paid $6.60 to win. The 11th race final for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the closest finish on the entire race card as Wanda Bayama and Voodoo Charm put on quite a show. Wanda Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was parked to the quarter mile by Juniper Sena (Pascal Berube) in :27.3. Then after settling in fourth place early, Mario Charron came first-over and slowly started to grind it out at the half mile in :57.3. Then by the three-quarters in 1:27.2., Voodoo Charm dropped in right behind Wanda Bayama, prepping for the stretch drive. And with Mario Charron urging and putting a drive on Voodoo Charm, the filly responded and caught Filion and Wanda Bayama at the wire to win by a nose in 1:57.1. Big Bertha (Guy Gagnon) closed well to be third. Sired by Ponder, it was the seventh win in just nine starts this year for Voodoo Charm. She is trained by Maxime Velaye for onwers Yvan Mondouz, Guy Gorbell, Alexandre Morin and Francois Laverdere, WC and paid $3.20 to win. It was also his fourth straight win. TRACK NOTES: Three-time Quebec-Bred Series champion, Maximuscle and driver Mario Charron, led from start to finish in the Open Trot in 1:57.4. It was his seventh win in eleven starts this year. Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday, post time 1:30 pm. For more information visit By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 6, 2015 - Once again this season the sun will shine on a Hippodrome 3R special race card Sunday, the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. The forecast Sunday is for sunny skies, no rain and temperature around 28 Celsius (83 Fahrenheit). It is the richest day of racing at 3R in 2015 and some of the track records for the younger horses will be in jeopardy of being broken. The two-year-old finals are for $55,000 each and the three-year-olds go for $65,000 each. Here is a preview of the top contenders in each of the eight finales. Race 1 - $65,000 3YO Colt Trot Final - Seeyou Men (post 5) will be the horse to beat, having won three of seven starts. Beat older horses last week at 3R in 2:00.3. The Sprinter (post 4) may be winless in nine starts this year but has recently showed sub-two minute speed at Mohawk, including race timed in 1:56.4. Champagne Panic (post 3) Also winless in nine starts in 2015 but always stays trotting and should get a good check. Race 2 - $55,000 2YO Colt Pace Final - Mr Mach Jimmy (post 2) was winless this year until trainer Dany Fontaine brought him to 3R for this series and he won all three legs and should take the final as he has yet to be tested. Shanghai Warrior (post 3)/Pudong Phil (post 6) will be a tough entry for trainer Mark Steacy, Pudong Phil romped last week at 3R in 1:59.2. Sagawi (post 1) draws very well and figures to get perfect trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. He has yet to finish worse than second in his last five starts, all at 3R. Race 3 - $65,000 3YO Colt Pace Final - Mach On The Beach (post 5) may not be the favorite, but he is one of seven horses that trainer Dany Fontaine has entered today. This colt has strong gate speed to get to the front and control the pace and has beaten most of this field this season. Western Bayama (post 6) may be the wagering favorite and comes back to 3R off a super impressive 1:52.3 lifetime mark last week at Mohawk in the ONSS but can't leave which will hamper him in here. Sugarsam (post 3) was last year's 2YO champion but has not been at his best as of late. Usually always races well at 3R. Race 4 - $55,000 2YO Colt Trot Final - Wildwild Men (post 2) needs only to stay trotting and he will score big time in here. Is on three race win streak including track record 2:00.3 triumph last week at 3R. Seems to get faster every start he makes. Holiday Party (post 3)/Tuscans Memory (post 4) entry from Dany Fontaine Stable have been good in this series but cannot keep up with Wildwild Men. Should get second and third place money. Sass (post 1) is in perfect spot for driver Clarke Steacy to try and leave and get good trip behind Wildwild Men but may not have speed to stay close the entire mile. Non-wagering $55,000 2YO Filly Trot Final (between 5th and 6th races) - Dolly V P (post 3) showed she can trot beating older horses last start at 3R by a neck on an off-track. Can win in here by just staying on stride. Lucky Promesses (post 1)/Friendly Lavec (post 6) entry for trainer Andeane Lapeire must stay on stride and if so they could get two good checks in here. SOS Christina (post 2) comes into the final having won with ease on the Quebec Fair Circuit. She just needs to stay on gait. Race 6 - $55,000 2YO Filly Pace Final - Miss Babe Delight (post 2) got nipped at the wire last week by Art De Gagnee after cutting all the fractions. Same happened two starts back against HP Sissy. This filly is better than those lines show and can wire the field in this final. HP Mercedes (post 1)/HP Sissy (post 4) is a very formidable entry from trainer Jean Tourgny. Both have won in the series with HP Sissy impressive on her two-race win streak, beating Miss Babe Delight two weeks ago in 1:57.3. The track record will be in jeopardy in this race. Art De Gagnee (post 5) was given perfect drive last week to nip Miss Babe Delight after slow fractions in 2:00.2. Post may hinder any chance she has in here. Race 8 - $65,000 Final 3YO Filly Trot - National Trace (post 5) gets a slim call in this wide-open race. This has been a very weak division this year and this filly has shown the ability to have beaten most of this field earlier in the series. Meganou (post1) is the reigning champion from last year but has fallen on hard times in 2015 with just one win in nine starts. Still could be in the hunt from the rail. SOS Revange (post 6)/SOS Hardrive entry shows SOS Hardrive as the best of the two. Was good in the series last month and should be able to get a good check in here. Race 11 - $65,000 Final 3YO Filly Pace - Voodoo Charm (post 6) has been very good, winning five of her last six starts, beating male rivals in last overnights at 3R, going 1:56.2 last week. Should not lose in here. HP Rubis Joyce (post 8) has also been sharp, winning three of her last four starts. Far outside post will hinder her winning chances but can still be game for second money. Wanda Bayama (post 2) won two legs of this series and has beaten Voodoo Charm. Good inside post will keep her close to the action. Track Notes: Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. The 10th race is an Open Trot featuring newcomer Unabating from Rideau Carlton taking on Maximuscle, Caroluzzo and R Rkadabra. For free race programs and live video go to by Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club  

Muscle Mass daughter Desis Dream arrived at the harness racing meeting Hanover Raceway on Saturday needing a win to keep her Ontario Sires Stakes season alive and the three-year-old trotting filly got the job done in thrilling fashion. Starting from Post 5, driver Ryan Holliday settled Desis Dream into fourth on the rail as Ill Stay Here rocketed out to a :27.4 opening quarter as Arthur, ON resident Wayne Henry took his foot off Ill Stay Here's accelerator in the second quarter - reaching the half in :57.1 - Holliday and Desis Dream moved up to third. Heading for the 1:27.1 three-quarters Holliday sent Desis Dream up the outside to the lead and the filly battled down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Flexceptional and Tymal Fireitup in 1:58.2. "She's a good, honest little filly who capitalized on a great drive," quipped Mount Forest, ON resident Holliday. "She fought hard right to the wire." Holliday engineered the filly's first Grassroots win of the season for trainer David Byron and owner-breeder Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON. In her five previous Grassroots outings the Muscle Mass daughter had tallied one second, two fourths, one fifth, and one sixth-place finish and she was sitting twenty-eighth in the division standings heading into Saturday's test. With the win, she jumped into the top 20 and will compete in the Sept. 18 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. The other four winners also secured their spots in the post season, including local filly Mass Rail, who kicked off the festivities in the first race. Starting from Post 3, Mass Rail and driver Alfie Carroll got away fifth and moved into the outer lane heading for the half. Turning for home Carroll sent the Muscle Mass daughter after the leaders and Mass Rail got a head in front of Allies Gift for the 1:59 score. Roses In The Rain, who had served as a wind break for Mass Rail, settled for third. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll crafted the 1:59 victory for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON, Trevor Henry Stables Inc. and 1035840 Ontario Inc. of Arthur, ON. The win was the Muscle Mass daughter's first of the season, and with the two seconds, one fourth and one sixth she posted in her first four Grassroots starts, gives her 111 points and a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. "She is a big filly. She can't leave, but loves to finish," said Trevor Henry, who relinquished his usual spot in the filly's race bike due to driving commitments at Mohawk Racetrack. "With a little luck she will do good in the finals." Giona scored her second straight Grassroots win in the second division, controlling the tempo through fractions of :29.1, 1:00 and 1:28.4 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory in 1:58.4. Oh My Magic finished second and division point leader Renegade Magic settled for third after pressing the pace for most of the mile. Chelmsford, ON resident Wayne MacLean trains and drives Giona for Jocelyne Menard, also of Chelmsford. The Angus Hall filly scored her first Grassroots win in the Aug. 25 event at Mohawk Racetrack and has also finished second, third, fourth and fifth in her six regular season starts for a total of 150 points and sole ownership of third in the division standings. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted Sheguindah to her first Grassroots win of the season in the third split, tipping out in the stretch and trotting home to a one and one-quarter length victory over GS Grasshopper and Tymal Signature. Sheguindah halted the Hanover Raceway teletimer at 1:59. "She's a solid Grassroots filly," said McClure, who piloted the Angus Hall daughter to the win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. "The Fairs have done a great job with her and she is going into the end of the season in great shape." Sheguindah wrapped up her regular season with one win, two seconds and one third in four outings for a total of 112 points. The final division saw Alfie Carroll make his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding Cincinnati Miss to a front-end score in 1:58.3. The Kadabra daughter hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Wing Flash and Summers Jewel. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Cincinnati Miss for his brother Doug McIntosh of Wheatley, ON and breeder Ivey Pharm Stable of Cincinnati, OH. In five Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, one second, one third and one seventh for a point tally of 139, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. The top 20 fillies will battle in a pair of Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 18, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 5, 2015 - Harness racing trainer Isabelle Darveau is looking forward to having a big Sunday of racing at the Hippodrome 3R as her two young trotters are the favorites in their respective finals in the $500,000 Quebec-Bred Series. Darveau, who is a third generation horsewoman from Quebec, has Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men in the finals and both are in peak form as the morning line favorites. "Both my horses are in very good shape," Darveau said. "But there are others in the race that are good too. Maybe with a little racing luck we could have a big day and they both can win." Harness racing has been in Darveau's blood since birth. Her father, Maurice and grandfather Francois, both trained races horses so she grew up in the business and loves it. "I currently have nine horses in my stable," Darveau said. "And by this winter I will have 14 horses. I just love working with them and racing them. It has always been my passion." Seeyou Men and Wildwild Men are full brothers from the sire Muscle Mass and the dam (mother), Seeyouinthecircle. They were both bred by Chantal Gravel and are co-owned with Catheline Pelletier. "My owners are great," Darveau said. "Catheline use to train horses at 3R when I was young and met her then. They know how it works with horses and it makes my job much better having owners who know from hands-on experience." Darveau said that her best season was in 2011, but if both her colts can win tomorrow, then 2015 could be the best." Unraced at age two due to growth and injury, Seeyou Men did not race. He is the older of the two brothers, but is making up for lost racing this season. He has won three of his seven starts with two second place finishes. Seeyou Men starts from post five in the first race Sunday for a purse of $65,000. His name came about because Pelletier's boyfriend, Patrick, would bring his father to see the horses train and then when his father became ill, Patrick would always tell him, "See you men" when he left him. When Patrick's father passed away, the following month the foal was born and Pelletier named the foal after Patrick's statement in memory of his father. Last week Seeyou Men raced against older trotters at 3R and soundly defeated them in 2:00.3. Earlier in July he set the track record at 3R for three-year-old geldings with a lifetime mark of 1:59.3. "Even though they are full brothers," Darveau said, "They are completely different horses. Seeyou Men is an angel in the barn, quiet and gentle to work. He is a little bigger than Wildwild Men, but he is also a year old. When he is on the racetrack he can be a little stupid and can be a problem but once the race starts he is all business." Wildwild Men is having a super first season of racing. He has won four of his seven starts with one second place finish and has already earned $30,000 this season. In his last start at 3R he tied his lifetime record with a 2:00.3 victory in the series, winning by six and one-half lengths, which set the track record for two-year-old geldings. Wildwild Men starts from post two in the fourth race on Sunday for a purse of $55,000. "This colt is named because he was so crazy as a baby," Darveau said. "Since he was little he was always hard to work with and always very wild. We could not catch him in the field. He still bites, strikes and kicks and won't stand still to work on. He is always trouble. They had him gelded two months before I got him to start training. That's how bad he was. "But when he gets on the racetrack," Darveau was quick to add, "He is very good. The two brothers could not be more different." All of Darveau's horses are driven by Robert Shepard, who is having a great season of racing at the Hippodrome 3R in 2015. "Robert is my boyfriend," Darveau laughed as she explained. "But he is also a super driver and does very well with my horses." In preparing for Sunday's finals, Darveau kept both horses in Quebec the past ten days. Her stable is in Toronto, Ontario but Darveau did not want the colts to have to travel nine to ten hours the day before they race. "Both horses are feeling pretty good," Darveau said. "They are in the paddock this morning and I will jog them today. They will be ready to go tomorrow. You never know how these babies will race but I am excited that they both will do well." From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, September 4, 2015 - The richest day of harness racing in the province of Quebec for 2015 takes place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. There are eight finals on the 13-race program that gets underway at 1:30 pm. The four two-year-old finals each go for a purse of $55,000 and the four three-year-old finals each go for $65,000. The finals culminate three weeks of preliminary races with the top eight pointer earners returning for the finales. Trainer Dany Fontaine leads the way with seven horses from his stable in the finals, four of them look to be the race favorites in their respective divisions. Fontaine's race favorites include Mr Mach Jimmy, Mach On The Beach, Miss Babe Delight and National Trace. Owner Gaetan Bono of Montreal owns six of the seven horses trained by Fontaine and a close second is the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC, who has five entered in the finals. Two full brothers, Seeyou Men (age 3) and Wildwild Men (age 2), both sired by Muscle Mass from the Angus Hall mare, Seeyouinthecircle, head their respective trot finals for trainer Isabelle Darveau. The $55,000 two-year-old trotting filly final is the only race that is not open for betting. It will be held between the 5th and 6th races on Sunday as a non-wagering event. Ontario's top drivers, Sylvain Filion, Mario Ballargeon and Simon Allard are coming to compete in the finals and will go against 3R's best reinsmen, Denis St. Pierre, Pascal Berube, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. "This will be a great day of racing," said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. "It shows that our Quebec-bred program is very viable with nearly $750,000 in total purses this year for two and three year-olds in the series." The Hippodrome 3R offers a free race program and live video of the race card at From the Quebec Jockey Club

Driver Scott Coulter and trainer Shane Arsenault teamed up to claim two of five three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots divisions at the harness racing meeting at Flamboro Downs on Thursday evening. The pair made their first trip to the winner's circle with Irish Scotch, who earned his first-ever Grassroots trophy in the third division. Starting from Post 6, Coulter settled Irish Scotch into sixth on the rail as Muscles All Over and Ontheroad De Vie battled to a :28.4 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.1 half Coulter tipped the gelding into the outer lane and the fan favourites had circled around to take control before the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Digging in through the stretch Irish Scotch held off Delcrest Massy and Numbers Game to secure the one-half length victory in 2:00.2. "Scotty's drove him well, he's been very patient with him, and Sylvain (Filion) drove him last week at Mohawk and he raced really good too," said Waterdown, ON resident Arsenault. "Just like any young green trotter, you've got to be careful with him, and Scotty's done a great job with him." Arsenault purchased Muscle Mass son Irish Scotch from breeder Paul Lindsey in mid-August with the long-term in mind. The trainer's good trotter Lexis D J - an Ontario Sires Stakes graduate and the winner of $422,522 lifetime - turned eight this year and Arsenault is hopeful that Irish Scotch could eventually follow in the veteran trotter's footsteps. "We've got one that's getting a little long in the tooth there, he's getting a little old. You've got to think about replacing with some younger stock," explained Arsenault. "He's still racing good the other horse, but you've got to grab a young one if you can." Irish Scotch first caught Arsenault's eye when he raced against, and beat, Seeking Steven at Mohawk Racetrack in late July. On Thursday, Seeking Steven earned his own share of the limelight with a victory in the fourth Grassroots division. Starting from Post 2 Coulter sent Seeking Steven straight to the front end and the Muscle Mass gelding never relinquished control, sailing through fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28.4 on his way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. Parkhill Lancelot and Pridecrest trotted into second and third. "He's been banging on the door, just things haven't been coming together for him, but tonight he executed it all and he made a good account of himself," said Arsenault, who conditions the gelding for owner-breeder Arthur Mergenhagen of Williston, FL. "He's kind of a nice horse. He's flawless gaited and stuff so coming to Flamboro wasn't an issue for him." Heading into Thursday's regular season finale Seeking Steven was sitting among the top 20 point earners, but Irish Scotch was thirtieth. Their victories assured both trotters a spot in the top 20 and a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26. "Sometimes it works out and sometimes you wonder why you're doing it, but tonight was one of the nights where it worked, definitely," said the trainer. "They're two nice little horses." In addition to the pair of Arsenault trainees he guided to the winner's circle, Brantford, ON resident Scott Coulter also scored a win in the second division with Call Me Richard. The heavy favourites controlled the tempo from start to finish, cruising through fractions of :29.3, 1:00 and 1:29.4 before romping down the stretch to a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Raising Richard and Arrakis completed the top three. Coulter engineered the win for trainer Clare Bradshaw of Simcoe,ON and owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, ON. The win was the Muscle Mass son's second in Grassroots action and moved him into fifth spot in the standings with 140 points. Namesmuscle captured the first Grassroots division, giving sire Muscle Mass four winners on the evening. In rein to Puslinch, ON resident Paul MacKenzie, Namesmuscle went gate-to-wire from Post 3, sailing down the rain-soaked stretch to a six and one-quarter length win in 1:58.3. Easton Road and Pilgrims Joy were second and third. Goderich, ON resident Pam Forgie trains Namesmuscle for John Patterson of Bayfield, ON. In three Grassroots appearances the gelding posted two wins and one fifth for 105 points, advancing him into the post season. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to In Secret and trainer-driver Per Henriksen, who cruised to a 1:59 victory, five and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mandeville and South Star. Norwood, ON resident Henriksen conditions the Deweycheatumnhowe colt for Andrea Lea Racing Stales Inc. of Lakefield Gore, QC and Asa Farm of Norwood. In Secret finished short of the top 20 with 54 points. On Sunday, the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Flamboro Downs, battling in Races 1, 2, 4, 5, and 6. The action gets under way at 6 pm.                                           Ontario Horse Racing

Woodstock, Virginia— Both harness racing drivers Scott Woogen and Betsy Brown tried to cut into driver Billy Carter’s lead on Thursday at the Shenandoah County Fair. In the 1st of eight races, Lotto Jet broke her maiden after going right to the lead early on.  While leading Que Sera Sera up the back stretch, the three trailers broke behind them.  Via Veneto made up 9 lengths at the ¾ pool was guided to the outside by Scott Woogen and he made one last lunge, but just could not get up in time just missing at the wire.  Lotto Ticket, a daughter of Muscle Mass is trained by Betsy Brown and driven by Alvin Lineweaver. After the opener the skies opened up and conditions outside made it not possible to race for about a ½ hour.  Once the rain let up the track crew worked on the track and racing resumed. Sandhurst had a very good day, but by no means was it easy for him.  When the gates opened in the 1st heat Sandhurt sat back off the pace and that allowed Early Storm and I’m A Royal Wigam to go to the lead.  When the field moved to the backstretch for the final time Sandhurst circled up and around I’m A Royal Wigwam and the only horse left to take over was Early Storm.  Turning for home William Carter guided the gelding by Dragon Again to the lead and never looked back.  Sandhurst is owned by Leon Harris and trained by Leon Harris. The fastest trotting event on the day was in the 3rd race when Sun Chimes (Betsy Brown) scored in the Open Trot.  The gelding by Great George Two went to the lead early and opened up on the field, but going up the backstretch the first time Stylish Image applied a lot of pressure.  Stylish Image pressured him until they reach the far turn when Pixel Queen tipped out three wide.  Pixel Queen was able to circle around Stylish Image, but just could not get by Sun Chimes who won both of the trotting heats on the day. Live racing returns to the Shenandoah County Fair on Friday where there are six races and on Saturday there are ten races. By Michael Carter, for the Shenandoah County Fair

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - Many of harness racings finest three-year-old trotting fillies took centre-stage at Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Casual Breeze Stakes. A total of 15 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two divisions of the Grand Circuit event. In the $91,475 first division, Doug Millard's homebred, Elegant Serenity, went gate to wire for 3½ length victory. Starting from post position six, trainer/driver Roger Mayotte immediately took the filly to the lead, opening up by as much as two lengths by the half. Elegant Serenity controlled the tempo throughout, posting fractions of 27:4, 57:2, and 1.25:4. She opened up her lead down the stretch by up to five lengths, being chased late by Lilu Hanover to close the gap. Smokinmombo, the odds on favourite, stalked the pace to the half, made a brief bid at the top of the stretch and eased out to a sixth place finish. Second place finisher Lilu Hanover trailed the field down the stretch, making a late surge in the final eighth to pass Piscean three wide. Juanitas Fury was fourth by 5¼ lengths. "She had no real races over the last month" said Mayotte, following the race. "We knew she has a big plate ahead of her over the next six weeks, so we thought it was a good chance to give her a freshener". Owner/breeder Doug Millard later added that Elegant Serenity will likely be aimed towards the Elegantimage Stakes, which is fittingly named in honour of her dam. Friday's score was Elegant Serenity's fourth out of her six starts in 2015. She has now bumped her lifetime earnings to over $150,000 after Friday's stakes victory. Elegant Serenity paid $4.90 to win. Elegant Serenity Ontario Sires Stakes star Muscle Baby Doll scored her sixth consecutive victory with another dominating effort in the $92,475 second Casual Breeze split. Muscle Baby Doll, the 2/5 favourite, and driver Doug McNair left from the rail and got situated third, before making a quick second-quarter move to overtake the lead from Danielle Hall. The public's choice posted a half-mile time of :56.3 to take the field into the final turn. Lock Down Lindy, a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner, picked up cover around the final turn and was placed second-over. After trotting by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, Muscle Baby Doll waved goodbye to her rivals and quickly extended her lead. Lock Down Lindy was unable to fire off her cover in the lane, leaving Danielle Hall to chase the favourite and finish second by two-lengths, as Muscle Baby Doll stopped the timer in 1:53.3. Speak To Me trotted up to get third, while Tymal Illbthere was fourth. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Muscle Baby Doll is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner F Bellino And Sons Llc. The sophomore trotting filly was making her first start since a 6¾ length victory in the Duenna Stakes at The Meadowlands on August 7. "What she did at The Meadowlands was pretty spectacular and she was good again tonight," said O'Sullivan, following the race. "She's a beautiful filly, she's a professional and she does everything good and she just wants to win." Muscle Baby Doll improved her record to seven wins from eight starts in 2015 with her 11th career victory Friday. The Casual Breeze score increases her earnings to over $390,000. Following the race, O'Sullivan confirmed that Muscle Baby Doll is being pointed towards the Elegantimage eliminations in two weeks. Muscle Baby Doll paid $2.90 to win. Muscle Baby Doll   The sophomore trotting fillies will have a final opportunity to prep for the Elegantimage Stakes next Friday (September 4) in the Simcoe Stakes. Mark McKelvie

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Two-year-old trotter Wildwild Men rewrote a 22-year-old harness racing track record at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday in capturing the first of two elimination divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. Driven by Robert Shepherd, Wildwild Men traded control of the early lead with Panamas Boy (Stephane Brosseau) and they sped to a quick opening quarter mile in :28.2. Once settled on the lead and in control, Shepherd and Wildwild Men backed down the pace as they led the field past the half mile marker in 1:00. Then in the backstretch, Sass and driver Clarke Steacy came first-over to try and mount a challenge, but Wildwild Men would have nothing to do with that and he kicked in another gear after the three-quarters in 1:31.2. By the top of the stretch, Wildwild Men was leading by four and one-half lengths and then poured it on with a :29.1 last quarter mile to win in a romp by six and one-half open lengths in 2:00.3. The prior track record for two-year-old trotters was 2:01.3 set by Jobie Tempest (Claude St-Jacques) in 1993. Trained by Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owned by Catheline Pelletier with breeder Chantal Gravel, it was the third straight win for Wildwild Men. The gelded son of Muscle Mass now has four wins in seven starts this year. He paid just $2.30 to win. In the fourth race, second division, KFB Amigo Cool and driver Guy Gagnon were able to stay on stride and wire the field, scoring an upset over the 1/5 race favorite, Tuscans Memory (Pascal Berube). KFB Amigo Cool went right out to the early lead, stuffing a determined SOS Chico (Jocelyn Gendron) into the pocket seat to the opening quarter mile in :29. KFB Amigo Cool then led to the half mile in 1:01.2 when Berube came first-over with Tuscans Memory. Past the three-quarters in 1:32.3, KFB Amigo Cool would not give ground to Tuscans Memory around the final turn as they battled head and head for the lead. Tuscans Memory then went wide as they started down the stretch and could not catch KFB Amigo Cool, who won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. Defi Normand (Pierre Bovay) was third. Sent off at odds of 6-1, KFB Amigo Cool paid $14.00 to win. It was his maiden victory after four lifetime starts for the ridgling son of Amigo Hall, who is trained by Dany Fontane for owner/breeder Investissement K F B of Sorel-Tracy, QC. This was the third and final preliminary round of the series. Now the top eight point earners from the filly and colt divisions, return on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. On Sunday the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies compete in their third round of the series. For more information visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Local filly Hape earned her second Grassroots trophy at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, making up for the aggravation she caused trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev prior to the race. "She's not fun to be around all week and warming up - she kicks and pulls and grabs on - but you get in a race, she's pretty nice to drive in a race," said the Moffat resident. "Once you get her warmed up she forgets about kicking and thinks about racing." Starting from the outside Post 8 in the fifth $18,000 division, Moiseyev eased Hape away from the starting gate and the pair was sitting in the outer lane in sixth when Pointe Of Inquiry reached the :28.2 opening quarter. Fan favourite Renegade Magic took command before the :57.1 half while Moiseyev and Hape continued to watch from sixth, but heading by the 1:26.3 three-quarters Moiseyev sent the filly out three-wide and started to reel in the leaders. At the top of the stretch Hape had advanced to within two lengths of Renegade Magic, but when she straightened out Moiseyev was able to find an even bigger gear and the filly rocketed down the stretch to a two and one-half length win in 1:56.4. Division point leader Renegade Magic had to settle for second, with Pointe Of Inquiry third. "She raced real good last week too. She's very finicky, you've got to let her do what she wants and at the end she knows what to do, she takes off at the end there," said Moiseyev, who conditions the Pilgrims Taj daughter for Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON. "Once she straightens up she kind of takes off." In an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 18, the top three fillies from Tuesday's fifth Grassroots division finished in reverse order, with Pointe Of Inquiry getting the win, Renegade Magic second and Hape third. Through 14 starts this season Hape has tallied five wins, two seconds, one third and $55,750. Tuesday's win bumped the filly's Grassroots point tally to 126, virtually assuring her of a berth in the Sept. 18 Semi-final. Hape The top 20 point earners after six regular season events qualify for the Semi-final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final returning to Mohawk to compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. The other four division winners also made considerable leaps up the point standings. Meadow Seelster captured the first division with a gate-to-wire effort that saw her cruise home one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Mass Rail and Oh My Magic in 1:56.2. Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON engineered the win for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON and owner William Dixon of Caledon, ON. The Holiday Road daughter was also a Grassroots winner at Georgian Downs on July 14 and currently has 112 points in the race toward a Semi-final berth. Giona scored her first Grassroots win in the second division, also controlling the tempo from start to finish. The Angus Hall miss and trainer-driver Wayne MacLean of Chelmsford, ON crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Railee Priti and Roses In The Rain in 1:57.2 Jocelyne Menard of Chelmsford owns Giona, who jumped from 50 to 100 points with the win. In the third division, Allerage Star earned her first win of the season with a front-end effort that saw her sail under the wire three and one-half lengths ahead of Desis Dream and Summers Jewel in 1:56.1. The Angus Hall daughter was driven to the win by Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell. Howard Okukso Jr. of Vernon, NY conditions Allerage Star for Little E LLC of New York, NY, Arthur Geiger of Livingston, NJ, David Stolz of Columbus, OH and Jason Settlemoir of Cream Ridge, NJ. World Class Izzy and Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON claimed the remaining Grassroots trophy with a come-from-behind effort that saw them sweep home to a three length win in 1:56.2 Flexceptional and Hope Rises completed the top three. The win was the first ever for World Class Izzy, who is trained by Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon for owner-breeders Thomas and Elizabeth Rankin. The victory boosted the Muscle Mass daughter's Grassroots point total to 86. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their regular season at Hanover Raceway on Sept. 5. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday with a pair of $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 25, 2015 - In what could be a preview to the $65,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotting colts September 6 at the Hippodrome 3R, three outstanding freshman will battle this Wednesday. The third and final preliminary of the $200,000 series takes place Wednesday at 3R and after that the top eight point earners get to race in the final. The first race, first division on Wednesday pits three top contenders, all coming off victories in their last start. Leading the field is Wildwild Men from post three for driver Robert Shepherd. In his last start in the series, the gelded son of Muscle Mass set the track record for two-year-old geldings with a 2:02.4 score. It was his third in just six lifetime starts for trainer Isabelle D'Darveau and co-owners Catheline Pelleto and Chantal Gravel, who bred the horse. A winner of three of his last four starts, Wildwild Men does his best racing on the front end, but now faces two formidable foes in Panamas Boy and Sass. Last week Panamas Boy was able to avenge his opening round loss to Tuscans Memory with a 2:02.4 record triumph and starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sass broke his maiden last week in the series for driver Clarke Steacy, coming from off the pace to win with ease in 2:03.1, the last quarter mile in :29.4. Sass starts from post seven. The fourth race second division features Tuscans Memory from post six for driver Pascal Berube. This son of Kadabra made his presences know in Quebec with an opening round victory and then a tough loss last week to Panamas Boy. He will not have it easy on Wednesday taking on Defi Normand (post 8), and KFB Amigo Cool in post three. Track Notes: Record handle and attendance were set Sunday on Prix D'Ete Day. Attendance was near 5,000 people, more than ten percent of the population of Trois-Rivieres came out for the superb race card. The track handle showed a 20% increase over last year's revival of the Prix D'Ete. Of the 12 races, nine of them were won by horses on the lead. Seven of the 12 races were won by betting favourites. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies journeyed to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening for their fifth Grassroots test and Traviata picked the perfect time to earn her first lifetime victory, touring co-owner Mel Hartman's local oval in 1:59.3. In rein to Greely, ON resident Ted McDonald, Traviata lined up behind Post 1 in the third Grassroots division and landed fourth on the rail, watching Shezastrikin Loral put up a :30.1 opening quarter. Heading for the 1:01.1 half McDonald sent Traviata after the lead and the filly led the field by the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Bahama Mama AS mounted a late challenge, but Traviata dug in to post a three-quarter length win. Bahama Mama AS finished second and Dayliner was third. "She's a nice little filly," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She's just nice and solid, doesn't do anything special, but very solid and very reliable." Norman selected the filly out of the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, offering up $35,000 for the daughter of Kadabra and $181,741 winner Nirvana Blue Chip for his own Enzed Racing Stable Inc., and then sold a share to Ottawa resident Hartman.   "I just liked the look of her, and she wasn't crazy expensive or anything," recalled the New Zealand native, who currently resides in Allentown, NJ. "And Mel Hartman, one of my good owners, went partners with me on her." Traviata made her debut in the July 7 Grassroots opener at Georgian Downs and looked poised to collect a cheque when she made a late break in stride, finishing seventh. After missing the next two Grassroots events due to a bout of sickness that went through Norman's barn, Traviata returned to action in the Aug. 8 event at Georgian Downs and logged a second-place result. Anticipating another solid effort from the young trotter, Norman decided a local driver was his best option for Sunday's test, and handed the lines over to McDonald. "Teddy's been one of the solid drivers there for a long time, and I've met him a few times. It's always good to use a local guy I think," said Norman of his selection. "Teddy always does a good job." Sunday's win boosted Traviata's Grassroots point tally to 77, which will give her a shot at a Semi-final berth if she can earn a few more points in the last regular season event at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8. Liseberg and Cadillac Sally virtually assured themselves of a spot in the Sept. 17 Semi-final with their second Grassroots wins in the first and second divisions on Sunday. Fan favourite Liseberg opened the evening with an impressive gate-to-wire score from Post 4, halting the Rideau Carleton Raceway teletimer at 1:58.2. The Johnny William daughter hit the wire six and one-half lengths ahead of Windsongmusclelady and Onatopp. Owned, trained and driven by Peterborough, ON resident Dagfin Henriksen, Liseberg finished third in her July 30 Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack and then posted her first lifetime victory in the Aug. 8 event at Georgian Downs. She currently sits in a tie for sixth in the standings with 112 points. In the second $18,000 division, driver Alfie Carroll let favourite Cadillac Sally float away from Post 3 and watched from the pocket as Females Rule rang up fractions of :29, :59.3 and 1:28.4. Tipping out of the pocket heading by the three-quarters, Cadillac Sally accelerated away to a one length victory over Mariana and T C Sno Massive, stopping the clock in a personal best 1:58.1. Iona Station, ON resident Carroll engineered the Muscle Mass filly's second Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI. With two wins, one second and one third in four Grassroots starts, Cadillac Sally has 137 points and sits fourth in the standings. Like Traviata, Very Classy earned her first lifetime victory in the last Grassroots division. Starting from Post 3, the Manofmanymissions daughter got away third and driver Steve Byron tipped her into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. When first-up The Muscle Touch made an error turning for home, Very Classy had a clear lane to the finish and trotted down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory over Myretirementticket and Tala Seelster in 2:01. Byron, who makes his home in Thornton, ON, drives Very Classy for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, ON, breeders Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Happy Trails Stables of London, ON and Kenneth Andrews of Peterborough. With one second, one sixth and one eighth in her first three Grassroots outings, Very Classy has now accumulated 79 points. The freshman trotting fillies were the final Ontario Sires Stakes division to visit Rideau Carleton Raceway this summer, and they will wrap up their own regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 8. Ontario Horse Racing

AUGUST 14, 2015 - Grand River Raceway hosted Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration Night on Friday and fans that placed their trust in harness racing driver Trevor Henry did a whole lot of celebrating. The Arthur, ON resident won a pair of two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions, finished second in the other Gold division, and won three overnight races on the 11 race program. "I haven't driven there in a while, so it was nice to have a good night," said Henry, who switched his focus from driving at the province's smaller ovals to driving at Mohawk and Woodbine Racetracks in 2014. Henry kicked off his evening with a runner-up finish in the first $70,000 Gold division, ringing up fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:29.1 with Smoke Monkey before being caught in the stretch by Dunvegan Don. Fan favourite Adored By Masses finished third. "He's a nice colt. They had a lot of problems with him steering, he would always run in on the turns and he wasn't easy to drive, but Chris has got him figured out now," said Henry, who piloted Smoke Monkey for trainer Chris Beaver of Delaware, OH and Synerco Ventures Inc. of Toronto, ON. "Tonight was the best he ever drove so he'll probably only get better from now on." Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair piloted Dunvegan Don to his first victory, halting the Grand River teletimer at 1:58.2. Herbert Holland of Milton, ON owns and trains the Cornaro Dasolo colt, who finished third in the Aug. 7 Gold Leg at Mohawk Racetrack after a pair of disappointing outings in the first two Legs. "That horse has been quick since the start of the year, but was a little choppy gaited," explained McNair. "The last two starts he's been almost perfect. Herb has done a good job on him." The Trevor Henry show got under way in earnest in the second race when he piloted Ground Shaker to a win in a claiming event and then went back to the paddock to climb into the race bike behind two-time Gold Series winner Deweylovernleaver. Starting from Post 2 Henry fired the colt to the front and controlled the tempo through a :29.3 quarter, 1:00 half and 1:30.1 three-quarters. Henry then hit the accelerator and Deweylovernleaver accelerated down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a track record equalling 1:58.1. Fan favourite Tony Soprano settled for second and Unitaliano BI completed the top three. "He didn't have to work too hard, he kind of got everything his own way, but he trotted home a last quarter in :28," said the reinsman, adding that he feels the colt has not yet tapped his full potential. "He's a nice horse to drive and he doesn't do anything wrong." Chris Beaver trains Deweylovernleaver for his partners Synerco Ventures Inc. and Leo Fleming of Campbellville, ON. The Deweycheatumnhowe son boasts a record of three wins and one fourth in Gold Series action and currently sits atop the two-year-old trotting colt division standings with 158 points. In the final Gold Series division Henry also lined up behind Post 2 with Mass Balance and opted for the same strategy. Taking early command, Henry and Mass Balance got away with a :30 quarter, 1:01.1 half and 1:32 three-quarters on their way to a 2:01.2 victory. Nofear Blue Chip was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, and favourite Will Take Charge was two lengths to the rear in third. Synerco Ventures Inc. also owns Mass Balance, who is trained by Rob Fellows of Rockwood. The Muscle Mass son started his season in the Grassroots program where he was a winner in the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs. Moving up to the Gold Series level Mass Balance finished third at Georgian Downs on July 21 and fifth at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 7. "He's a nice colt," said Henry, adding that he appreciates the investment Synerco Ventures has made in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in recent years. "I drive a lot for Synerco Ventures, Costa (Athanassoulias), I've got to know him over the last couple years and I've driven quite a few horses for him." The reinsman completed his five-win evening in the seventh and eighth races, both claiming events, with Tomei Seelster and Delcrest Flexyhall. In addition to the Gold Series divisions and the driving clinic put on by Henry, 100 fans were treated to Ontario Sires Stakes t-shirts autographed by first-crop sire Big Jim and Hall of Fame stallion Camluck, who passed away recently at the age of 28, and all fans enjoyed the creativity on display in the Horse Name Costume Game. After some difficult deliberations judges Gayle O'Brien from DAVE-FM, Jenna Knox from Grand River Raceway's Booking Department and driver Ryan Holliday selected one adult and one 15 and under winner. In the adult category Becky Koeslag got the nod for her representation of Gold Series competitor Bee In Charge and Paula Turnbull was the judge's choice in the youth category for her Coal Black Shadow costume. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Grand River Raceway next Wednesday, Aug. 19 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

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