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Nike Franco’s position among Australia’s elite harness racing mares has been further entrenched with a powerful $100,000 Benstud Queen of the Pacific win at Tabcorp Park Melton. The five-year-old mare (by McArdle out of Nearea Franco) from Dean Braun’s Lara stables upstaged a quality line-up in the Group 1 mares’ classic, including former race winner Gumdrops and millionaire earner Frith. Nike Franco led for the majority of Saturday night’s 2760-metre journey and rated 1:56.5, finishing 1.9m clear of runner-up Milly Perez with third placegetter and race favourite Cyclone Kate 3.1m off the winner. RE-LIVE NIKE FRANCO’S QUEEN OF THE PACIFIC TRIUMPH “This mare’s so exciting,” an elated Braun said. “I’ve had some really good racehorses but this mare’s very special. “I said to Greg Sugars (Driver) that I thought I had her pretty right tonight … he drove her really well.” Nike Franco has won feature races in four Australian states, with two Oaks successes in Queensland – the Gold Coast and the Qld, the Raith Memorial in New South Wales, the rich Mares Classic in Western Australia, and this season’s Warragul Cup and now the Queen of the Pacific in Victoria. “To do what she did tonight was pretty special,” Braun said.   The victory capped a great night for Greg Sugars, who drove a winning treble and dual Group 1 successes after earlier securing the win in the Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic Final for 2YO Trotting Fillies aboard Illawong Shimmer, trained by Greg’s father Ross. Illawong Shimmer (by Muscle Mass out of Shining Sun) is, as her name suggests, a member of trots owner Dr Martin Hartnett’s clan. “They deserve every win they get for what they put in,” Sugars said post-race of Hartnett and wife Kaye. Illawong Shimmer rated 2:01.2 for the 1720m trip to defeat Yankee Redback (Kerryn Manning) with Sval Queen (Anthony Butt) third. Deltasun won the night’s other Group 1, the colts and geldings’ trotters Empire Stallions Vicbred Platinum Home Grown Classic. Trained by former jockey Terry Young at Ararat, Deltasun (by Tennotrump out of Deltasu) handled the final corner better than race favourite Illawong Byron (Jodi Quinlan) and held a half-neck advantage over that horse on the line in a rate of 2:01.6, with Kheiron (Peter Lane) third. Sugars and Lang shared driving honours at Melton, each grabbing a treble. In addition to the abovementioned victories Sugars steered Anton Golino-trained Val Gardena (by Kadabra out of Lets Be Happy) to victory in the Haras Des Trotteurs Sweetheart Trot Final, while Lang guided former New South Wales Derby winner Major Secret (Art Major/Secret Life) home in the Best In Town Concreting Pace for Emma Stewart, and Hectorjayjay (Dream Away/Sheer Finesse) to victory in the Group 2 University Meat 4YO and 5YO Championship over 2240m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS & VIDEO REPLAYS FROM MELTON Other Melton winners were Little Lyn (by Jeremes Jet out of Rappa Scooter), a homebred mare raced and trained by Barry Dunn at Horsham and driven by son Aaron Dunn in the Service Sphere Pace, popular It Is Billy (by It Is I out of Glenlyon Glad) in the Crown Coffee International Golden Reign Free-for-All for trainer Michael Barby and driver Anne-Maree Conroy, Stoned I Am (by Sundon out of Stoned At Midnight) in the Seelite Windows and Doors Coulter Crown for trainer/driver Simone Walker, and in-form eight-year-old Might Be Luck (by Northern Luck out of Marilyns Might) in the Riddell Umpires Association Claiming Pace for trainer Beau Tindale and reinsman Michael Bellman. Victorians shine interstate Another week, another domination from the Emma Stewart stable – this time at Globe Derby, South Australia. The Smythes Creek trainer secured a winning treble on Saturday night at the SA home of metro trots racing, with unbeaten two-year-old filly Our Celebrity (by Mach Three out of Celebrity Ball) winning the Alabar/SA Botra 2YO Fillies Golden Nursery Final, impressive three-year-old Rocknroll Magic (by Rock N Roll Heaven out of All The Magic) taking out the Home Loans-Providing Solutions SA Botra 3YO Fillies Final, and Metro Mike (by Metropolitan out of Tuscan Skies) saluting in the Carbine Chemicals Pacers Dash over 1385m. CHECK OUT ALL THE RESULTS FROM GLOBE DERBY, SA All Stewart’s winners were driven by Mark Billinger, who picked up five winners for the night overall. Meanwhile, at Menangle in New South Wales, classy five-year-old trotting mare Claudys Princess (by Bacardi Lindy out of All Finesse) took out the Rio Meteor Race Sulky La Coocaracha (Group 3) with Darren Hancock in the cart for Kyabram trainer Mick Blackmore, and Golino-trained Pizza Queen (by Credit Winner out of Armbro Domino) won the Garrards Horse and Hound NSW Trotters Oaks for reinsman David Morris, upstaging race favourite High Gait in a thrilling finish. WATCH PIZZA QUEEN'S NSW TROTTERS OAKS SUCCESS Cody Winnell (HRV Media/Communications Manager)  

Trotters were in the spotlight Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Tie Silk Series Final headlining the 10-race harness racing card. A field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings clashed in the $32,200 Tie Silk Series Final. The sophomore trotters not only had to deal with each other, but also rainy and windy conditions. Eddie Green trainee Donicus, 6-5 favourite, was aiming for a series sweep from post-five, but right to his inside was Per Henriksen trainee Muscle Hustle, the 8-5 second choice. Henriksen opted to skip the second leg with Muscle Hustle after the son of Muscle Mass won a leg one division. Donicus and Muscle Hustle trotted out quickly at the start with the Green trainee grabbing the lead and posting an opening-quarter of :27.2. Muscle Hustle and driver Randy Waples sat patiently in the two-hole, as the favourite posted fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.2. Waples pulled on the right line to set up a stretch duel at the top of the lane. Muscle Hustle found top gear quickly and surged by to record a two-length victory in 1:56.2. Donicus' bid at a series sweep was denied, as he finished second. Greg Peck trainee Merchandiser, who won a leg two division, finished third from post-ten. Muscle Hustle was making just his second start of 2016 and fifth overall Monday. The Henriksen trainee now has three career victories and over $33,000 earned for owners Ecurie Bergh Inc. The clocking of 1:56.2 shaved nearly a second off Muscle Hustle's previous career-best. He paid $5.30 to win. Muscle Hustle Three-year-old trotters, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2015, were eligible to the Tie Silk. The weekly $34,000 Preferred Trot saw yet another older trotter find the winner's circle Monday. Charlie Is A Joker benefited from breaks by the two favourties, Fearless Man and Flanagan Memory, to win in 1:55.3 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. The eight-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall grabbed the early lead, before surrendering the front to Zeus Lightning in the second-quarter. Charlie Is A Joker sat in the two-hole until the top of the lane and surged by in the stretch to win by a length at odds of 9-1. Zeus Lightning held on for second, while Hldontghttoyurdrms finished third. Charlie Is A Joker now has back-to-back victories to improve his season's record to four wins in 13 starts. The veteran trotter has banked $71,000 this season for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin. Monday's victory was the 32nd career score for Charlie Is A Joker and pushes his career earnings over $443,000. He paid $20.50 to win. Charlie Is A Joker While the older male trotters battled early in the card, the Late-Double started with a $24,000 Mares Trot. Many familiar older trotters, including Charmed Life, Rockin With Dewey and Bax Of Life, headlined the field, but a daughter of Muscle Mass making her four-year-old debut stole the show. Muscle Baby Doll shot through late for driver Sylvain Filion with great final-quarter speed to win in 1:54.4 at odds of 10-1. The Tony O'Sullivan trainee was making her debut against older rivals after winning eight of 15 as a three-year-old and banking over $451,000 in her first two seasons on the track. Charmed Life, who took command in the second-quarter, surrendered the lead late and had to settle for second, while Rockin With Dewey finished third. Muscle Baby Doll trotted along fourth for the majority of the mile and used a :27.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter. The daughter of Muscle Mass is owned by F Bellino And Sons LLC and now has 13 career victories. Muscle Baby Doll returned $23.60 to win. Muscle Baby Doll Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

K D Muscles had only once tasted victory in New Zealand before joining Andy Gath’s harness racing stable at Long Forest, but she still managed to amass over $60,000 in winnings. “I don’t know how she accumulated that with only winning the one race but she did,” Gath said. On Monday at Horsham the five-year-old mare by Muscle Mass out of Kazzle Dazzle won the Pegasus Spur @ WoodlandsTontine Trotters Series Final (Group 3) in bold fashion, sitting in the chair throughout before outpunching Tryncatchme in the stretch for a head victory. She rated 2:05.7 for the 2700m standing start with Kate Gath in the sulky. WATCH K D MUSCLES PACK TOO MUCH PUNCH “It was a bit of a fluke that the Tontine came up on the calendar after we bought her, so we earmarked that series and she did a great job,” Gath said. “She’s a mare on the way up. To win from the death over 2700m in a feature race, she obviously has ability. “She’s still got plenty of improvement in her yet. She’s got a bigger future.” Gath said he suspected K D Muscles was a victim of bad luck in New Zealand, “always managing to find one better” in her races. And as for her next stop? “We’ll just head to the next available race for her. She’s a really good mobile horse. She runs the gate really quickly,” Gath said. Cody Winnell

Port Perry, ON --- Tara Hills Stud is pleased to announce that the 2016 books are now closed for Muscle Mass and Mach Three. Muscle Mass is the sire of two-time O’Brien Award winner Riveting Rosie and many other Ontario Sires Stakes standouts. He returned to Ontario this season and was very warmly received by breeders. Mach Three, one of the leading pacing stallions in North America for several years and sire of  Somebeachsomewhere, sees his book close early for yet another season. Tara Hills Stud thanks all of the breeders who have already confirmed their mares. There is still time to book to E L Titian, He's Watching, Kadabra, Mr Lavec, Royalty For Life and Sportswriter.  For more information please visit the Tara Hills website.

HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The front-running and heavily favored Lutetium was the one to chase down in Buffalo Raceway's $9,000 Open Trot on Friday night (Jan. 22) and Northern Bullet ($11.60) was more than up to the task.   Blazing some hot fractions of 28.4, 58.2 and 1:28.1 on a frosty night, it seemed like Lutetium was going to runaway and hide from the field of six.   But Northern Bullet, who was five lengths back in third with a quarter mile to trot, took dead aim on the pace-setter. He easily gunned down the leg-weary Lutetium (Kevin Cummings) in the stretch to notch the 1-1/4 length decision in 1:58.2. A final panel of 29.1 proved to be the winning shot for Northern Bullet.   Driver Ray Fisher Jr. knew Northern Bullet was in good shape after seeing the three-quarter split posted. "He's a sprinter down the stretch. I told (trainer) JD Perrin yesterday that I knew this horse was going to win tonight."   Lutetium settled for second place while Leave Your Mark (Shawn McDonough) took the show spot.   Owned by Tessa Roland and trained by Perrin, the 6-year-old gelded Northern Bullet (Muscle Mass-Flame Tamer) has now earned $5,580 in two starts this season and $145,758 lifetime.   Kevin Cummings finished the evening with three driving victories while Todd Cummings, Drew Monti and Truman Gale each doubled.   Trainer Bob Gruber III led the conditioners with two wins.   Racing will resume on Saturday night at 6 p.m. with a 12-race card scheduled.   For more information including the latest news, results, race replays and upcoming promotions, go to www.buffaloraceway.com   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway  

TORONTO, January 18 - Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat harness racing victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday. In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth, while AspenCalifornia cut an opening-panel of :28.1. I Jasmin circled around the leader from second to lead the field by the half in :58.1. Moiseyev was able to pick up cover around the final turn and had Domedomedome poised to strike from second-over turning for home. In the lane, the public's choice surged by to the lead and trotted home comfortably in :29.1 to win by 3 ¼ lengths over Piscean. I Jasmin finished third, while AspenCalifornia was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome has now visited the winner's circle twice in three starts this season and nine-times overall. Owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt, Domedomedome increased her career earnings to $120,550 with Monday's victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Domedomedome A pair of scratches left just a field of four for the second division, but the small field put on a good show. Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, and trainer/driver Dagfin Henriksen trotted along third in the early stages, while Giona cut out opening-fractions of :29.1 and :59.2. After trotting by the half, Henriksen brought his mare to the outside and trotted up to within a length of Giona at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Giona battled tough and refused to surrender the lead to the public's choice. Lady Ping needed every inch of racetrack to get by the leader and did so in the final stride to win by a head in 1:58.1. Luau Hanover finished third, while MissysGa Ga, who made a break at the start, was fourth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Henriksen, Dr. Brett Anderson and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare now has two wins from three outings in 2016 after winning four of 24 last year. Lady Ping's sixth career triumph pushes her career bankroll over $131,000. She paid $3.30 to win. Lady Ping In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the four and five-year-old trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Domedomedome and Lady Ping will both be aiming for a series sweep in next Monday's (January 25) $44,200 final. Mark McKelvie

The first of this season's non tote races for two year old trotters in the South Island was held at the harness racing meeting at Addington this evening and as expected a couple of the stock of Muscle Mass ran the quinella though maybe not in the order that most pundits had expected. The filly Willie McGoogan in the hands of part owner Matthew Williamson led early from barrier one as most of the rest of the field trotted rough or broke. The Roddy Butt trained Custodian had a short gallop early with driver David Butt letting him find his feet before settling third in the running line. Willie McGoogan looked to have them in trouble across the top but when Custodian was switched back to the passing lane in the straight, he quickly got on terms and was half a head to the good at the finish. Five and a half lengths away Eyrish Mist and Dexter Dunn held on well for third in front of another daughter of Muscle Mass in Needle. Roddy Butt was impressed with the effort from his inexperienced young trotter. " He has never galloped at trials or workouts but most of those around him were offstride tonight and I think he just reacted to what was happening around him." " After that he has trotted really well and it was a good effort to pick the leader up," Roddy Butt. Plans are in place for the gelding to take on the better two year old trotters later in the season but first he is due a short break. " If we don't give him a couple of weeks off now, then he won't get a break for the rest of the season." " I think he is good enough to be competitive against the good ones later on if I look after him now," Roddy said. Willie McGoogan was game in second and was fighting back strongly at the finishing line. Matthew Williamson was happy with the run but not so much his own drive. " She has done everything right and was coming again at the finishing line but maybe I have driven her a bit quiet." " I think if I had put the pressure on a lot further out, she may have won the race." " Having said that, Roddy's horse has gone great because we have got home in 28.1 off the front and he has come from off the pace," Matthew said. With a couple from the All Star barn going super at the trials as well as a Love You colt from the Paul Nairn barn, suggests that this years two year trotters division looks to have a lot of depth to it. Harnesslink Media

With all the shuttle and frozen semen stallions available to New Zealand breeders these days, it should come as no surprise that the odd jewel seems to slip through the net and fail to find a spot in the ultra competitive harness racing stallion market. One example that stands out for us in the trotting stallion market is Muscle Mass 1:53.4 ($229,000). Unbeaten in seven starts at two, Muscle Mass took his lifetime mark at just his second lifetime start but was lightly tried at three due to injury issues.   With the ability he had showed at two and the fact his full brother Muscle Massive was becoming a star at the same time, Muscle Mass was given an opportunity at stud and he has grabbed it with both hands. Muscle Mass is bred to be well above average being a son of the great Muscles Yankee from the smart Pine Chip mare in Graceful Touch 1:56.1 ($192,001) who has also produced the brilliant Muscle Massive 1:51 ($1,245,297) and Thatsnotmyname 1:55 ($340,730) The grand dam of Muscle Mass is the talented Valley Victory mare in Act Of Grace 1:52.3 ($403,525) who only left two live foals in Graceful Touch and her full brother Cabol 1:54 ($417,457). A sign of the strength of the maternal family is that Cabol made $290,000 at auction. Available to New Zealand breeders in 2009-2010 via frozen semen, Muscle Mass served just 14 mares which resulted in just five live foals which are now five year olds to New Zealand time. One of those died at three, leaving just four live foals and all of them were fillies but that didn't stop them making their mark down under. All four have won to date and they have not been one win wonders as you see below. * K D Muscles ($58,667)                                              * Zhenya ($50,137) * Mass Invasion ($30,862)                                           * Schleck ($16,489) Due to the great results of that small crop, Muscle Mass was offered once again to New Zealand breeders in the 2012-2013 season via fresh semen this time and served a reasonable book of 71 mares which produced 55 live foals which are now two year olds. Several are already showing up around the country at trials and workouts and in tonights two year old non tote trot at Addington, Muscle Mass has three of the six runners. Winnie McGoogan from the Phil Williamson barn is held in high regard by the stable while the Roddy Butt trained Custodian impressed behind Regal Love at Rangiora recently. However after that second season here, Muscle Mass has once again been left on the shelf in North America which is a real shame going by his results up there as Muscle Mass continues to rise further up the sires charts with every crop. His progeny have now earned over $13,577,000 with 33 $100,000 winners and 22 in 1:55 and through all of that, his service fee has crept up to the point that it now stands at $7,500 in the present season. Without doubt this is a sire we should have been seeing a lot more of in the Southern Hemisphere and lets hope next season the deal can be done that makes that happen. Harnesslink Media

TORONTO, January 11 - Lady Ping and Domedomedome were popular harness racing winners in Monday night's first leg of the Lifetime Dream Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 12 four and five-year-old trotting mares were split into two $20,000 first leg divisions. In the first split, Lady Ping converted off a second-over trip for a 1:58.3 victory. Trained and driven by Dagfin Henriksen, Lady Ping got away in fifth, while Piscean cut out opening fractions of :29.2 and 1:00. Sheguindah came first-up to challenge the leader, which allowed Lady Ping to pick up cover. In the stretch, Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, came off cover and trotted by her rivals with ease to score a 3¾ length victory with a :29.2 final-quarter. Luau Hanover got up for second, while Sheguindah was third. Piscean dropped back to finish fifth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Dr. Brett Anderson, Henriksen and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare won four of 24 starts in 2015 and banked over $109,000. Lady Ping now has five career victories and a bankroll of $121,700. She paid $3.50 to win. Lady Ping Domedomedome kept things rolling for the favourites in the second division, as the Jack Moiseyev trainee won easily at 4/5. Driven by Phil Hudon, Domedomedome made a second-quarter move to the lead from fourth to post a half-mile clocking of :58.3. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3, the public's choice stretched her lead out to as many as seven-lengths before stopping the clocking in 1:57.4 for a 4¼ length victory. Aspen California rallied nicely to finish second, while Tymal Fireitup finished third. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome is owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt. The Moiseyev trainee won seven of 31 starts in 2015 for over $90,000 in earnings. Domedomedome, who was making her second start of 2016, now has eight career wins and a bankroll exceeding $110,000. A $2 win ticket on the favourite returned $3.80. Domedomedome In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series is schedule for next Monday (January 18). Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Yankee Glide will stand in Pennsylvania at Walnridge Farm for a fee of $7,500.   Muscle Mass will be returning to Ontario and will stand at Tara Hills Stud for a fee of $7,500CA.   Swan for All will stand in Indiana at Victory Hill Farm for a fee of $3,500.   Manofmanymissions will stand in Ohio at Midland Acres for a fee of $5,000.   From Kentuckiana Farms

Louisville, KY --- When he received the call about a 2-year-old trotting filly that was for sale, Frank Bellino was in no mad rush to sign a check. His reluctance to purchase Muscle Baby Doll had nothing to do with her family tree or the fact she commenced her career on the Iowa fair circuit. He simply had already acquired a filly of the same age and gait that was also staked to the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. “I had just bought You’re Majestic,” said Bellino. “The connections are from Louisiana, but bring their horses to Ohio to sell them. I got her after she won her first start very impressively at Northfield. I was also looking for something that was eligible to the Ontario program. “Since I already had that filly, I did not need another one for the same conditions and although she (Muscle Baby Doll) was a $5,000 yearling, the price the Huffmans (the filly’s former owners) wanted was much, much more than that. “I finally made the move to get her because I loved her pedigree. (Jimmy) Takter trained her mother (Have You Ever) and made over $200,000 with her. I have purchased Iowa fair circuit horses before and done quite well with them. They were not stakes horses but performed great in overnights. Also, I really liked her races. It impressed me she beat older horses on a fair track as a 2-year-old. Even after I bought her, I still thought You’re Majestic would be the better filly.” While You’re Majestic has certainly not disgraced herself as she has amassed just over $200,000 in her short career, Muscle Baby Doll was a quality filly last year and dominated the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit this year. She defeated Hambletonian Oaks and Breeders Crown victor Wild Honey in their $26,250 Elegantimage elimination on Sept. 11 at Mohawk Racetrack and captured seven consecutive races before losing the $307,040 final. With Bellino deciding not to supplement Muscle Baby Doll to the Breeders Crown and You’re Majestic also being ineligible, he decided to ship his fillies to Hoosier Park to compete against one another in the $140,000 Crossroads of America on Friday (Oct. 30). Muscle Baby Doll, fresh off a track record performance of 1:53.1 in her $46,750 division of the Circle City over the same surface last week, will leave from post position two in what is carded as the 10th race. David Miller will be holding the lines and the filly is the 5-2 morning line selection. You’re Majestic drew the 10 hole with Yannick Gingras at the controls and is rated at 15-1 off her seventh place finish in the first division of last week’s Circle City. Although both fillies are conditioned by Tony O’Sullivan, they will race under Trent Stohler’s name this weekend. “Both of them have raced at Hoosier Park before and done well,” Bellino said. “Tony pointed out to me that ‘Baby Doll’s’ race was a track record when he showed me the winners’ photo. I planned on supplementing her to the Breeders Crown, but that performance in the Ontario Sire Stakes final (10th) can be thrown right out. Something got her all worked up behind the gate, she broke and everything just went wrong for her, which is not like her at all. After what happened in the Breeders Crown, Tony and I were Monday morning quarterbacks because we were saying, ‘what if we had put her in’ but hindsight is 20/20 and she was excellent at Hoosier last week. I expect her to race well this weekend. “With You’re Majestic, we just thought she would perform a bit better. Not that she has been bad at all, but she is definitely not as strong as ‘Baby Doll’ and just did not seem to advance from two to three.” Muscle Baby Doll is a daughter of Muscle Mass and the Yankee Glide mare Have You Ever. She is the third foal from her dam, who won a $103,938 Simcoe Stakes division in 2004, was third in the Buckette, and fourth in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks and $325,000 Delvin Miller Memorial. She was sold to Swedish interests after this filly was weaned. In her two years of competition, Muscle Baby Doll has collected $387,720, compiled a record of 22-13-4-2 and a mark of 1:52. She has been a model of consistency and a very pleasant surprise for her connections. She really illustrated an incredible amount of potential with a strong second place finish to Danielle Hall in last year’s Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Muscle Baby Doll’s equipment was broken, but she still managed to charge to the line to just miss. This year she rolled along on that win streak until she had an off night in the Elegantimage and came home eighth. She was then second in a $78,750 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event and 10th in the Super Final after some unknown disturbance. You’re Majestic has been entered in the same events as her stablemate and while trotting steadily, has been nowhere near as flashy or accomplished. The daughter of Majestic Son and You’re Adorable has earned just under $77,000 in 2015 while coming home fourth in the Super Final and fifth in the Elegantimage. Her lone win of the season came in a non-winners contest in June. “Tony thinks she (Muscle Baby Doll) slipped through the cracks,” said Bellino, who is recognized as a pacer man due to the success of such horses as Rock N Roll Heaven and Pet Rock. “She went really late in the sale and he thinks people just were not paying attention to her. It does happen, but trust me we paid a lot more than $5,000 for her. “Actually we’ve been offered quite a bit of money for her, but I wouldn’t sell. After the season ends though, I need to sell one of these fillies. It looks like that will be You’re Majestic, but she does get over a half (-mile track) well and Yonkers goes for really good money. “We have had an offer from individuals in Sweden for Baby Doll, but I really need to think about it. Tony absolutely loves her and does not want me to sell her, but it’s hard for a 4-year-old to race against males and other older horses. Look how good Bee A Magician is and what her 4-year-old season was like. I have a lot to consider and plan on thinking long and hard about what to do. Especially since we don’t normally part with many horses, especially if they are stakes horses.” How Carroll and Rick Huffman came to take Muscle Baby Doll home for only $5,000 remains a mystery, but Bellino knows one thing, he is thrilled he took a chance on her. “I think she can compete with anyone,” he said. “If we don’t sell her to the Swedish interests we will keep her and breed her. Her pedigree is outstanding and she has already proven her class and toughness. When I told Tony I bought her, he asked me if we were now in the 2-year-old trotting filly business and was not sold on her, but now she is his favorite trotter out of all he has had. I didn’t think I wanted her and she showed me I was wrong.” The Crossroads Of America PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-I'm So Fancy-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3-1 2-Muscle Baby Doll-David Miller-Trent Stohler-5-2 3-Smokinmombo-Aaron Merriman-Christopher Beaver-10-1 4-Livininthefastlane-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-8-1 5-Fox Valley Yoko-John De Long-Curt Grummel-30-1 6-Churita-Trace Tetrick-Matt Rheinheimer-8-1 7-Armatrading-Mark O'Mara-Mark O'Mara-30-1 8-Speak To Me-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-6-1 9-Bright Baby Blues-Tim Tetrick-Bob Stewart-4-1 10-You're Majestic-Yannick Gingras-Trent Stohler-15-1 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Batavia, NY---In as definitive a manner as could be displayed, Tequila Haze ($11.20) led at all stations en route to capturing the $7,700 Open II trotting feature at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Oct. 9). While weekly regulars Lutetium and BZ Glide were not in the race, Tequila Haze (Jim McNeight) took full advantage of the opportunity and used his gait speed to power to the front off the gate and take immediate command of the race. Enjoying a loose-length lead, McNeight took the field through fractions of :29.2, :59.3 and 1:28.3 before raising the lines and giving Tequila Haze his head around the last turn. With some rocking and knocking encouragement down the lane, Tequila Haze held strong and hit the wire in front in 1:58. Keystone Wild Card (Drew Monti) was second and Studio City (Dave McNeight III) was third. It was the fourth win of the year for the 4-year-old gelded son of Muscle Mass and it raised his seasonal earnings to $33,399 for owners Michael Ventura and James McNeight Jr. Shawn McDonough scored a driving triple of Friday's card while Jack Flanigen and Ray Fisher Jr. both had doubles. Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Oct. 10) with post time for the first race set at 6:35 p.m. By Tim Bojarski, Batavia Downs Media Relations  

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  kjackson@kentuckianafarms.com

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 www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steve Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club

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