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MILTON, August 25, 2018 - Captain Crunch, Captain Ahab and Stag Party all turned in statement performances in Saturday's Nassagaweya Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 24 rookie pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Nassagaweya and split into three divisions. Captain Crunch stayed undefeated through three career starts with a prominent score in the first division of Saturday's $92,127 Nassagaweya Stakes, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms, Captain Crunch was steered aggressively to the front by Scott Zeron, overtaking the quick leaving Acton Hanover and Machdavid, to mark the opening quarter in :27.1. Captain Crunch and Acton Hanover separated themselves from the pack down the backstretch and milked the half-mile in :56 flat as Lyons Johnny Jr was sent first up to try and reel in the leaders. However, Captain Crunch was not to be tested and easily put away their bids with plenty in reserve to hold off a belated charge from Goldberg. The undefeated son of Captaintreacherous stopped the clock in 1:52 flat. The lightly-raced colt was earning his first added-money score with the Nassagaweya coup. "They chose to stay away from the Grand Circuit horses for awhile and just aim at the Metro Pace and so far, it's worked out," said Zeron. Zeron feels that Captain Crunch, a serial victor thus far, can only improve going forward. "I find with every good horse you drive, everything's effortless," said Zeron. "It's so easy for him to do and he covers the ground so well. I thought he had the potential to be this kind of calibre and hopefully he gets better." Although Captain Crunch bowled quickly to the lead off the gate, he did so well in hand for Zeron. "He's very well mannered, very good to drive and I think he can do it any way...versatile on the track. We chose to stay out of people's way and go to the front," said Zeron. The veteran driver, who recently took the Hambletonian with filly Atlanta, may have another star on his hands with the Metro Pace eliminations looming on September 15, at Mohawk Park. "Hopefully he's just at the right point to be fresh and win that," said Zeron. Captain Crunch, bred by Walnridge Farm Inc, and Sherri K. Meir of Creamridge NJ, banked $46,063 in victory. He paid $3.10 to win. Captain Ahab converted off a perfect second-over steer from Andrew McCarthy to win the $92,127 second Nassagaweya Stakes division in 1:51.4. Trained by Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing, Captain Ahab got away fifth and watched Maintenance Man charge out to post a :26.4 opening-quarter. Maintenance Man raced by the half in :55.4 and led into the far turn. Sporty McSportster committed first up from fourth, supplying cover for Captain Ahab and the outside pair powered up towards the leader at three-quarters in 1:24. Captain Ahab came out of the turn three-wide and immediately paced by his rivals to claim the lead and cruise home for his fifth win in five starts. Lyons Night Hawk followed the winner's path and finished a length and a quarter back in second. The Superfecta was completed by Sports Teen and Tyga Hanover. "It worked out great tonight," said McCarthy following the race. "They sped out of there and I got to race him the way I like to race him. He does love passing horses." Captain Ahab has the look of a special colt and continues to impress his trainer with each start. "The only thing we were concerned about a little bit is he's such a tall colt we wanted to make sure he had enough power," said Alagna. "It's amazing the more I do with him and the more I race him the healthier he gets. He looks great tonight." Captain Ahab was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. He paid $2.10 to win. Stag Party put a beating on his rivals in the $92,127 third Nassagaweya Stakes division for driver David Miller and trainer Casie Coleman. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party got away fifth and allowed his rivals to shake things out before making an effortless rush to the lead. The Coleman trainee reached three-quarters in 1:24. and proceeded to draw away with ease to win by 10 lengths in 1:52.2. "Leaving the gate it looked like a couple guys going at it pretty hard, so I jumped in a hole," said Miller post-race. "I was hoping to get cover but when he was first up I went ahead and took a run for the lead and he cleared and did everything else very easy. "He's pretty handy, he's great gaited and he's got a lot of go, so good qualities." The Regulator finished second, while Odds On Boca Raton and Macs Power were third and fourth, respectively. Owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable, Stag Party now has four wins in five starts with his only loss being a disqualification from first to second. Stag Party was a $125,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Stag Party returned $2.60. All three Nassagaweya winners are eligible to the Champlain Stakes on September 8. Alagna fillies dominate Eternal Camnation MILTON, August 25, 2018 - Trainer Tony Alagna and his Captaintreacherous fillies led the way with two wins in Saturday's Eternal Camnation Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 23 pacing fillies were split into three divisions of the Grand Circuit event. Key West, sent to post as the overwhelming 1-5 mutuel favourite, held on for a narrow score in the first $84,116 Eternal Camnation Stakes division. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms LLC and Brad Grant, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Bodacious Hanover made a bold move down the back straight to take command en route to a precarious score in the first of three divisions for juvenile pacing fillies. Ideation Hanover was sent to the point by Jody Jamieson to carve out the opening quarter in :28 flat with Key West, in rein to Brett Miller, tracking her early pace. Miller made the quick move to the lead on the backstretch to mark the half-mile in :56.3, however Ideation Hanover continued to pressure the new leader. Tim Tetrick pushed Deb into motion to attack the pacesetters through the final turn, but a game and determined Key West found another gear and held off the late pace of Ideation Hanover and a rail skimming Queen Of The Pride to earn the victory in 1:52.4. Key West's backstretch swoop proved decisive, but Miller admits to regretting the bold call. "As soon as I moved her to the front, I knew I'd made a mistake. When I was moving her to the front she was wanting to pull up and a lot of two-year-olds do that," said Miller. "She definitely didn't want to be on the front tonight. She has always been better from off the pace or following a horse. It's starting to show a little more and she didn't like that on the front today. "I will say when they started getting to her," continued Miller, "she did dig right back in." Key West, who was bred by Vieux Carre Farms of Gettysburg, PA, banked $42,058 in victory. She paid $2.50 to win. Quebec Blue Chip notched her fifth career win, and fourth in succession, with a prominent effort under a heady drive by Jody Jamieson in the second $83,115 Eternal Camnation Stakes. Bestseller Hanover and Izzy Hanover were quickest off the gate in the test for juvenile pacing fillies, but Jamieson urged Quebec Blue Chip to the front to notch the opening quarter in :27. Jamieson put the field to sleep through a half in :57.1 allowing the precocious Sportswriter filly an important breather through the middle stages. Quebec Blue Chip maintained her lead through the turn as Odds On St Lucie moved first up for driver Brett Miller with Bestseller Hanover (Sylvain Filion) content to sit in the two-hole. Odds On St Lucie, the even-money favourite, ranged to the wheels of Quebec Blue Chip down the lane, but the pacesetter had plenty in reserve to repel that charge and secure the win. Prescient Beauty rallied wide down the lane to earn the show position. Quebec Blue Chip stopped the clock in 1:53.2. Jamieson credited the important Grand Circuit score to conditioner Dave Menary. "The main development for this filly all along has been Dave Menary and everything he does," said Jamieson. "He's proven year in and year out that he's an amazing developer of young talent. He picks them out, trains them down, he owns a piece of them and I'm just lucky enough to be a part of it." Owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael A. Guerriero, Kenneth R. Ewen and Bruce H. Norris, Quebec Blue Chop arrived at the Eternal Camnation from a score in the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway. That victory, also in front-running fashion, proved a reliable blueprint for Jamieson in the Eternal Camnation. "I looked at the program and there were some lightly raced fillies in there. Obviously, the one horse (Odds On St Lucie), I wasn't sure what Brett was going to do with her and being lightly raced and first time going for big money it was going to be a race. But, I got real lucky and got to steal that second quarter. This filly, just like she did in Grand River, she did it herself," said Jamieson. Jamieson believes he may have found yet another rookie pacer with She's A Great Lady potential. "I don't know why not," said Jamieson. "She just showed a bunch of real good fillies in there how to go about winning. There's no reason why she can't be competitive in there and competitive enough to win it." Quebec Blue Chip, bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc of Wallkill, NY, banked $41,557 in victory. She paid $10.80 to win. Tall Drink Hanover performed to her 1-9 odds with a convincing score in the third division of $84,116 Eternal Camnation division. Trained by Tony Alagna and expertly piloted by Andrew McCarthy, Tall Drink Hanover made short work of her fellow rookie pacing fillies with a prominent effort. After Crisp Mane set the opening quarter in :27.4, McCarthy let Tall Drink Hanover loose and took control at the half-mile marker in :56.3. Tall Drink Hanover improved her advantage to the final turn with Crisp Mane holding second position and Kylie Seelster treading water in third. The speedy Tall Drink Hanover reached three-quarters in 1:24.4 and would not be denied as she paced through the wire in 1:52.4. Kylie Seelster arrived in time for place with Blossom Onthebeach completing the trifecta. "She was really great tonight. She's very typical of Captaintreacherous', she's push button to drive," said McCarthy. "She does everything right, gets there and relaxes. I asked her to pace a little bit at the top of the stretch and off she went. "I looked over and saw Trevor Henry (Kylie Seelster) was making up a little bit of ground and that's when I asked her to pace a little bit," continued McCarthy. "The way she responded when I did, I knew I was pretty good." Tall Drink Hanover arrived at the Eternal Camnation from a romping effort in the Whenuwishuponastar final on August 14 at Mohawk Park. She's one of several talented juvenile fillies under Alagna's tutelage including Key West who took the first division of the Eternal Camnation and Odds On St Lucie who completed the exacta in the second division, earlier on the card, that will be serious contenders in the Shes A Great Lady eliminations on September 15. "I also have a filly that won yesterday at Chester, Treacherous Reign, another Captaintreacherous filly, she'll head to the PA Sires Final and then after that come up for the Shes a Great Lady as well," said Alagna. "We have four really super nice fillies and we're excited about what 'Captain' has done so far." Alagna was pleased with the effort from Tall Drink Hanover who is improving with every start. "I liked her in Florida and she was a little bit behind the other fillies that were up here tonight. They all came from Lexington and this filly came from Harrisburg, so she had six weeks of a deficit behind them, but she's just gotten better and better," said Alagna. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase and is owned by Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. She paid $2.30 to win. All three of Saturday's winners are eligible to the Champlain Stakes on September 8. by Mark McKelvie & Keith McCalmont, for Woodbine Communications

Trenton, NJ --- Goldberg reminds driver Montrell Teague of two Team Teague stars when it comes to mannerisms. Now he will find out how closely he resembles them in major harness racing stakes action. Goldberg, a homebred 2-year-old male pacer, will prep for next month’s Metro Pace by competing in Saturday’s first of three C$92,127 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. Teague, who bred and owns Goldberg, also has the colt staked to the Matron and Governor’s Cup, not to mention the Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund. “This is going to be one of his first true tests,” Teague said about Goldberg, a son of Mr Wigglesout of Chausettes Blanche, who has a win and a third in two starts. “I staked him pretty good. I hope he’s as good (as the competition). You never know what’s going to show up, but I’m going to give him every opportunity.” Teague and his dad, George Teague Jr., see early similarities between Goldberg and two Teague Stable standouts -- 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and this year’s North America Cup champion Lather Up. “He’s a pretty classy horse,” Montrell said. “He reminds me of how we started out with Wiggle It Jiggleit, the first year when he was just two fingers (to drive) and never got tired and had tons of speed. He’s pretty much the spitting image almost. I don’t know if he’s going to be as good as him, but he’s been showing signs of being like him so far. “Dad thinks very highly of him. He thinks he’s got some attributes that (Wiggle It Jiggleit) had and Lather Up had. When he started racing, I thought the same. I think he’s a pretty talented horse.” Montrell bred Goldberg after buying Chausettes Blanche online for $1,000. He remembered racing against her, noting that, “She usually came from off the pace and she was just a classy horse. It looked like she was in hand every single time. Sean Bier had her and he really loved that horse.” The mare won $329,250 racing primarily in Delaware. Although George did not recall her, he gave a thumbs-up to the purchase. The previous owners were unsuccessful in breeding the mare, but she caught with Mr Wiggles in “a one-shot deal,” Teague said. Unfortunately, the mare passed away before she could produce another foal. When it came to naming her colt, Teague got his idea off Facebook. He saw Michelle Crawford of Crawford Farms was naming foals and asking people for suggestions with the theme of wrestlers. Thoughts of WWE Hall of Famer Bill Goldberg -- whose surname was his ring name -- sprung to Teague’s mind. “It’s weird how everything works,” Teague said. “Everybody was chiming in, but nobody said Goldberg and he was my favorite wrestler when I was younger. So I just went with the same theme she did. It was random. If I wasn’t on Facebook I probably would have had something more to do with the mom or dad.” Goldberg, who is trained by Montrell’s aunt, Brenda Teague, debuted on July 31 when he won a conditioned race at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono in 1:54.3. On Aug. 10, he finished a dead-heat third in a division of the Tompkins-Geers Stakes at Tioga Downs. He led from the start before losing by one-quarter length. “He flipped his palate in his last race at Tioga, so we didn’t really think anything of it,” Montrell said. “We didn’t lose hope. We knew how good he was when he was training down. We gave him the benefit of the doubt. He had to have an excuse somewhere, and he did.” Teague is now ready to see exactly where Goldberg stands among the division’s big boys. Goldberg is the 3-1 second choice in his Nassagaweya division behind 8-5 morning-line favorite Captain Crunch, who is 2-for-2 for trainer Nancy Johansson. Dream Maker Series champ Captain Ahab, trained by Tony Alagna, is the 3-5 choice in the second division and Casie Coleman’s Canadian-record-holder Stag Party is 9-5 in the third. “This will be a conditioner for the Metro and all the other big ones to see who is the top 2-year-old,” Teague said. “Training down he’s got unbelievable speed, but you never know who you’re going to go up against. You can think you’ve got the best one, and hope you’ve got the best one, but until it comes down to race time you never know. “I’m excited, though. Dad is excited too and really thinks highly of him. He knows a lot more than I do, so I trust his opinion.” For complete entries for the Saturday card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, click here. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 26 - Rookie pacers got their first taste of Mohawk Grand Circuit harness racing action Saturday night in the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. The $226,050 Nassagaweya Stakes featured 20 pacing colts and geldings split into two divisions, while a field of nine pacing fillies met up in the $192,333 Eternal Camnation. The second Nassagaweya split was supposed to feature Casie Coleman trainee Summer Travel, but the undefeated son of Western Ideal was scratched early on Saturday due to sickness. Pedro Hanover turned in a strong stretch rally to win the $112,525 division in 1:52.1. Driven by Andrew McCarthy, Pedro Hanover was unhurried in the beginning and got away eighth in the field of nine. The 3/2 favourite would sit near the back and wait for the outer-flow to develop. Courtly Choice was used hard from an outside starting spot and got to the lead at three-eighths and fronted the field by the half in :55.4. Odds On Lauderdale got out from fifth heading into the far turn and came first-up, while Courtly Choice led to three-quarters in 1:24. Pedro Hanover was situated fourth-over and was ninth turning for home. In the stretch, Pedro Hanover unleashed a furious stretch rally and swept by his rivals to win in 1:52.1. Trump That finished 2¼ lengths back in second, while Hudson Phil and Odds On Lauderdale rounded out the top-four finishers. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Pedro Hanover came into Saturday's contest off a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes victory on August 14. The Andrew Harris trainee was teaming up with McCarthy for the first time Saturday. "It looked like he was far out, but I knew as long as he was within six or seven lengths of them he would catch them," said Harris. "He's just got one of the biggest burst of speed I've ever seen." Owned by Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, Pedro Hanover was an $80,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The rookie pacing colt now has three wins in five starts and $114,656 earned. Harris confirmed that Pedro Hanover will head back to Pennsylvania for the Sires Stakes Championship next Saturday. Pedro Hanover paid $5 to win. Pedro Hanover The $113,525 opening division saw Shadow Moon come out on top in a wild finish. The Dr. Ian Moore trained son of Shadow Play started from the second-tier in a field of 11 and got away seventh with driver Trevor Henry. Declan Seelster, the 4/5 favourite, cleared to the lead at three-eighths before surrendering the lead at the half to Babes Dig Me, who finally found the pylons and the front after starting from post-ten. Babes Dig Me faced immediate pressure on the far turn with Dragon Time coming first-up, supplying cover for This Is The Plan and Shadow Moon. The three-quarter time was 1:23.4. The scramble was on in the stretch, as Babes Dig Me gave way. This Is The Plan and Shadow Moon both fired off cover and hooked up for a good stretch battle, which saw Shadow Moon prevail by a head in 1:51.4. Declan Seelster split between rivals late to finish third, while Dragon Time was fourth. Shadow Moon, who suffered his first loss last week in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event, is now four for five to start his career and is the first horse (out of 17) to win from the second-tier this season at Mohawk. "It might not have been a bad thing that he was trailing actually," said Henry post-race. "He gets pretty warm, but he's good off a helmet, so it was probably the best thing for him." A $60,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg, Shadow Moon has earned $146,737 for owners Dr. Ian Moore, R G McGroup LTD, Serge Savard and Gordon McComb. Shadow Moon is eligible to next Saturday's Champlain Stakes. He paid $7.90 to win. Shadow Moon Percy Bluechip improved her record to four for four with a gate-to-wire 1:51.4 victory for Henry and Moore in the $192,333 Eternal Camnation Stakes. The undefeated daughter of Shadow Play left from post-eight and got to the lead to post an opening-quarter of :26.4. The 2/5 favourite got front-end respect and was able to catch a soft second-quarter of :29.2. Kissin In The Sand came first-up on the far turn from fourth and got to within in a length of Percy Bluechip, but the Moore trainee was ready for the confrontation. Percy Bluechip paced a :28 third-quarter, followed by a :27.3 kicker to secure the victory. "She's a very special filly," said Moore post-race. "She showed me tonight how sensible she is because I just made a couple bit changes and the plugs again tonight and she was very relaxed warming up...and very relaxed in the race as well." Kendall Seelster, who got a two-hole trip, got out late, but came up a length short to finish second. Kissin In The Sand was third, while Pueblo Blue Chip was fourth. A $110,000 purchase at last year's Forest City Yearling Sale, Percy Bluechip has now banked $240,766 for owners Shadow Two Stable, James & Wilma MacKenzie and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. Moore noted that he may skip next week's Champlain Stakes or an OSS Gold the week after in order to have Percy Bluechip primed and ready for the Shes A Great Lady eliminations on September 16. Percy Bluechip paid $2.90 to win. Percy Bluechip Live racing continues Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - A group of 16 older pacers will compete in this Saturday's (August 26) Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack in search of a harness racing spot in the $615,000 final on September 2. First raced in 1936, the Canadian Pacing Derby is the oldest stakes race in Canadian harness racing. An annual showcase of the finest pacers in the sport, this year's group of entrants is arguably the most competitive in recent memory. The 16 older pacers have been divided evenly into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top five finishers from each split advance. Of the 16 entrants in this year's eliminations, six have won over $1 million (All Bets Off, Check Six, Keystone Velocity, Mach It So, McWicked, Wakizashi Hanover), while two are double millionaires (All Bets Off, Mach It So). The first elimination is led by the hard-nosed six-year-old All Bets Off (PP2, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trainee comes to Mohawk a 25-time winner with over $2.6 million earned during his racing career. All Bets Off is three for 16 this season and has banked $376,688. Despite having only won seven of 43 starts over the last 18 months, the Burke trainee has made over $1 million, finishing outside the top-five just six-times. A son of Bettors Delight, All Bets Off most recently finished fourth in the Roll With Joe last Sunday at Tioga Downs. The opening elimination also features Wakizashi Hanover (PP3, TBA), the winner of the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup. The five-year-old gelding has yet to make a big impact in the older pacing division, but the Joann Looney King trainee has tremendous speed, including a 1:47.3 career-mark posted in July at The Meadowlands, and could benefit from a return to the site of his biggest victory. Wakizashi Hanover is the second-highest earner in his elimination with $1.5 million banked. The other millionaire in the first split is the $40,000 supplement entry Keystone Velocity (PP6, Simon Allard). The Rene Allard trainee has won six of 13 starts this season and his connections opted to supplement him to this year's 'Pacing Derby' on Monday morning. Keystone Velocity, who won July's $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono, is a 25-time winner with over $1.1 million in career earnings. Local standout Nirvana Seelster (PP1, Trevor Henry) will look to protect home soil in the first elimination. The Bill Budd trained six-year-old gelding has won eight of 23 starts this season and has hit the board in 13 of his last 14 starts. Rounding out the field for the first elimination is Dealt A Winner (PP4, David Miller), Dudes The Man (PP5, Jody Jamieson), Evenin Of Pleasure (PP7, Brett Miller) and Easy Lover Hanover (PP8, Doug McNair). The second elimination is headlined by the red-hot Check Six (PP7, Yannick Gingras). The Ron Burke trained four-year-old is coming into the 'Pacing Derby' eliminations off back-to-back victories in the Sam McKee Memorial at The Meadowlands and Dan Patch Stakes at Hoosier Park. Check Six, who banked over $1 million last season, appears to have shed the four-year-old blues after going winless in nine starts prior to the Sam McKee Memorial. The Burke student is an 18-time winner with over $1.5 million earned. Another four-year-old standout in the second elimination is Sintra (PP1, Jody Jamieson). The gelded son of Mach Three captured this year's Graduate Series final and has won seven of 11 starts heading into the 'Pacing Derby' elimination. McWicked (PP3, David Miller), who won this year's Mohawk Gold Cup, will be seeking another big victory at the Campbellville oval. The six-year-old Casie Coleman trainee is nearing double millionaire status and is six for 18 this season. The richest horse in the second elimination is seven-year-old gelding Mach It So (PP2, David Miller). The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee captured the $427,000 William Haughton Memorial last month at The Meadowlands. Mach It So, who is a 37-time winner with over $2.1 million earned, has earned a cheque in all 16 of his starts this season, while making three visits to the winner's circle. The second elimination is completed by Rockin Ron (PP4, Louis Philippe Roy), Lyons Snyder (PP5, Brett Miller), Rockeyed Optimist (PP6, Brett Miller) and Shamballa (PP8, Scott Zeron). The Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations are carded as Races 3 and 6 on Saturday's 12-race program. Saturday's card also features two-year-old pacers in Grand Circuit action. A group of 21 rookie pacing colts and geldings have been split into two Nassagaweya divisions, while 10 two-year-old pacing fillies will square off in a single division of the Eternal Camnation. Headlining the Nassagaweya Stakes is Western Ideal colt Summer Travel, who will start from post-seven in the $112,525 10-horse second division. The Casie Coleman trained rookie is three for three to start his career and is currently North America's fastest two-year-old with a mark of 1:50.3 taken in the Dream Maker Series on August 7. David Miller picks up the drive behind the talented freshman. The opening split of the Nassagaweya will feature a field of 11 competing for a purse of $113,525. The $192,333 Eternal Camnation Stakes is led by Shadow Play filly Percy Bluechip. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee dazzled in her career debut on July 9 at Georgian Downs, winning an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold in 1:51.2. The sensational rookie has since followed up with a pair of OSS Gold victories, including last Saturday night at Mohawk. Trevor Henry will guide Percy Bluechip from post-nine. The Nassagaweya Stakes are carded as Races 5 and 10, while the Eternal Camnation Stakes is carded as Race 8. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for Saturday's stakes races. Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination #1 - $40,000 1. Nirvana Seelster (Henry/Budd) 2. All Bets Off (Gingras/Burke) 3. Wakizashi Hanover (TBA/Looney King) 4. Dealt A Winner (D. Miller/Silva) 5. Dudes The Man (Jamieson/Okusko Jr) 6. Keystone Velocity (S. Allard/R. Allard) 7. Evenin Of Pleasure (B. Miller/Burke) 8. Easy Lover Hanover (McNair/Wallace) Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination #2 - $40,000 1. Sintra (Jamieson/Hebert) 2. Mach It So (D. Miller/Bamond Jr) 3. McWicked (D. Miller/Coleman) 4. Rockin Ron (Roy/Burke) 5. Lyons Snyder (B. Miller/Takter) 6. Rockeyed Optimist (B. Miller/Elliott) 7. Check Six (Gingras/Burke) 8. Shamballa (S. Zeron/R. Zeron)   Nassagaweya Stakes - Division #1 - $113,525 1. Albergo Hanover (Cullen/Cullen) 2. This Is The Plan (D. Miller/Ryder) 3. Street Boy (McNair/Coleman) 4. Treasure Writer (MacDonell/MacDonell) 5. Dragon Time (Jamieson/Hebert) 6. Twin B Tuffenuff (B. Miller/Elliott) 7. Levis Day (Henry/Puddy) 8. Declan Seelster (Jamieson/Hebert) 9. Phil The Thrill (Christoforou/Sucee) 10. Babes Dig Me (Filion/Alagna) 11. Shadow Moon (Henry/Moore) Nassagaweya Stakes - Division #2 - $112,525 1. Odds On Lauderdale (S. Zeron/Alagna) 2. Torrin Hanover (Waples/Bardier Jr) 3. Trump That (Jamieson/Hebert) 4. Casimir Richie P (Henry/Moore) 5. Hudson Phil (J. MacDonald/Steacy) 6. California Cruisin (Gingras/Johansson) 7. Summer Travel (D. Miller/Coleman) 8. Pedro Hanover (Gingras/Harris) 9. BrackleyBeach (MacDonell/Moore) 10. Courtly Choice (B. Miller/MacIntosh)   Eternal Camnation Stakes - $192,333 1. Apothic (R. Zeron/Brethour) 2. Play The Bell (D. Miller/Coleman) 3. Kissin In The Sand (Gingras/Johansson) 4. Pueblo Blue Chip (Jamieson/Hebert) 5. Miss Mary Mach (Filion/O'Sullivan) 6. Im With Her (MacDonell/MacDonell) 7. Kendall Seelster (Waples/Reid) 8. Ella Is Awesome (Gingras/Johansson) 9. Percy Bluechip (Henry/Moore) 10. Delaney R (D. Miller/Coleman)   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - Harness racing's newest stars battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in Grand Circuit action. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes put two-year-old pacers in the spotlight. Each event carried a total purse of $211,000 and saw two divisions contested. Many of the rookies battling in Saturday's stakes were preparing for next week's Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The Nassagaweya Stakes started off with a bang, as 60-1 longshot Rock This Way pulled off a stunning upset over eight other colts and geldings in the $106,250 first division. Bettors Dream was made the 1/5 heavy favourite, as the Scott McEneny trainee carried a perfect three for three record into the event. Driven by Doug McNair, the son of Bettor's Delight left hard and cleared to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.3. There was no breather for Bettors Dream in the second-quarter, as 30-1 shot Classic Pro was parked out and pressing the leader to the half in :53.4. McNair kept Classic Pro to the outside, as Bettors Dream continued to power along around the far turn and took the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3. The big fractions set up well for those near the back to make a stretch bid, including Rock This Way and Mario Baillargeon. The 60-1 longshot got away last and was into the outer-flow around the final turn, but continued to sit ninth. In the stretch, Bettors Dream dug in to try and finish the job, but Rock This Way unleashed a :27.3 final-quarter to sweep by his rivals for the 1:51.3 victory. Bettors Dream was a game second, finishing 2½ lengths behind the winner. Classic Pro also showed grit and hung in to finish third. Trained by Ben Baillargeon, Rock This Way is owned and bred by Santo and Nunzio Vena. The gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover was winless in four prior starts to Saturday, but Mario Baillargeon had plenty of confidence in the rookie after his start a week ago. "Last week he came his last three-quarters in 1:21.4," said Baillargeon. "He's been battling sickness, but he was our best colt all winter." Baillargeon noted many similarities between Rock This Way and another horse he had plenty of success with back in 2002. "I always told Ben (Baillargeon) that he reminds me of Totally Western. Totally Western was a great two-year-old and he acts exactly like him." Rock This Way, who is eligible to next week's Metro Pace eliminations, entered the Nassagaweya Stakes with just $700 earned, but exits with a bankroll of $53,825. He returned $140 to win. Rock This Way The second division of the Nassagaweya didn't feature a major upset, but saw a great three-horse finish. A field of eight clashed in the $104,750 second split. Macs Jackpot went off as the even-money favourite for new trainer Tony O'Sullivan, who also sent out Calvin K. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Macs Jackpot got away fourth, while Windsong Napoleon cut an opening-quarter of :27.1. Calvin K quickly leapfrogged from second to first entering the backstretch and led the field by the half in :55.3. Filion was able to pick up cover around the final turn, as Macs Jackpot sat second-over. Meanwhile, Calvin K continued to motor along on the lead and had more than three-lengths on the field at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Calvin K had almost five-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go, but Macs Jackpot and Darlings Dragon, who was third-over on the final turn, both hit their best strides late to make it a wild finish. Macs Jackpot reached up in the final strides to score the 1:52 victory. Darlings Dragon finished second by a head, while Calvin K was beat a neck in third. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Macs Jackpot had been racing south of the border for trainer Jim Campbell and was sent up to O'Sullivan by owner/breeder Jeffrey Snyder for the Nassagaweya and other stakes events. "We literally just got him this week," said O'Sullivan following the race. "I trained him a trip and he felt like he's a big powerful gelding and Jim had said that he was kind of going in the right direction, so all the credit goes to Jim Campbell." Macs Jackpot is the third foal out of Michelles Power, a winner of $1.3 million. He now has three wins in six starts and $79,569 earned. Macs Jackpot paid $4.10 to win. Macs Jackpot Over on the pacing filly side, the first $105,550 Eternal Camnation division saw Candlelight Dinner improve to four for four to start her career with a 1:52.2 score. The Casie Coleman trainee was unhurried off the wings of the gate by driver Jonathan Drury and patiently made her way towards the front. Parked by the opening-quarter in :27.4, Candlelight Dinner quickly grabbed command entering the backstretch and it was lights out from there. The daughter of American Ideal posted middle-half panels of :56.4 and 1:25, before firing home in :27.2 to win at odds of 1-9. Happy Hannah finished a length and a half behind Candlelight Dinner in second, while Everyones Watching was third. Following the Eternal Camnation victory, Drury talked about the development of Candlelight Dinner. "She qualified like a real nice filly, did everything you asked of her and did it all on her own," said Drury, who noted he wanted to make things easy for the rookie Saturday. "I didn't want to push her to the front, I wanted to try and get there as easy as I could," Candlelight Dinner sold for $110,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $86,675 earned through four starts for owners Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Howard Taylor. With victories in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final and now the Eternal Camnation, Candlelight Dinner is expected to headline next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. Candlelight Dinner In the $105,550 second division, Bettors Up made a statement of her own with a 1:52.1 victory. The McEneny trained filly was returning to Mohawk after three starts in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes, where she posted two victories and a runner-up finish. Sent off as the 1-2 favourite, Bettors Up and driver James MacDonald got away sixth before making a second-quarter brush to the lead. Once on top, the daughter of Bettors Delight posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Bettors Up fired home in :27.2 for a convincing 1:52.1 score. Fade, who got a two-hole trip, was second, while Manhattan Play was third. Owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny, Bettors Up now has five wins from six starts and earnings of $140,730. Following the race, Scott McEneny noted that his filly is not eligible to the Shes A Great Lady and next up will be a return to Pennsylvania. "She's got one more start at The Meadows and then she's got the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes final." Bettors Up paid $3 to win. Bettors Up Many of these two-year-olds will return for their respective stakes eliminations next Saturday. The Grand Circuit continues at Mohawk on Friday evening (August 26), as three-year-old trotting fillies will battle in the Casual Breeze Stakes. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - Harness racing rookie pacers Voracity, The Catamount Kid & Control The Moment scored Grand Circuit victories Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the Nassagaweya Stakes. A group of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes. Voracity, a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold series winner, took his game to another level with a 1:51.2 victory in the opening division. Driven by Randy Waples, Voracity, the 6/5 favourite, got away second heading into the first turn, as Heavymetal Hanover hung up an opening-quarter of :27. In the second-quarter, Talk Show, the 3/2 second choice, came to the outside from fourth for driver Jack Moiseyev triggering Waples to pull the pocket and circle to the front. Talk Show cleared Voracity for the lead after a half of :56.1 and turned up the tempo taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Voracity came to the outside to set up a stretch duel between the top two choices. In the final-eighth, Voracity took the lead from a game Talk Show and prevailed by three-quarter of a length in a career-best 1:51.2. Heavymetal Hanover finished third, while Carter Beach was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity is co-owned and trained by Tony Alagna. The rookie pacer started his career two for two, but suffered his first defeat by a nose in his last outing. "He's been really good here on the Woodbine circuit," said Alagna, following the race. "We took him down to Rideau and he was second and I didn't think he raced as well as he had been. It was the first time he had shipped that kind of distance and I think it dulled him a little bit. Tonight Randy did a great job, he read the race just the way it was going to play out and the colt responded." Brad Grant and John Fodera share ownership of Voracity with Alagna. The OSS star now has three wins from four starts and earnings of $152,917. Voracity was a $47,000 yearling purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Sale. The Alagna trainee paid $4.50 to win. Voracity In the second division, Carl Jamieson trainee The Catamount Kid made a second-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a 1:52.1 victory. A son of Well Said, The Catamount Kid and driver Jody Jamieson showed early speed to get situated in third, as Sossys King Kong posted an opening-quarter of :27.3. In the second-quarter, Rodeo Rock and driver Waples circled to the front from second, but their lead was short-lived, as Jamieson sent The Catamount Kid to the front from third and reached the half in :56.4. Ideal Rocky, the 7/5 favourite, came first up around the final turn and got to the wheel of The Catamount Kid, but that was as close as anyone would get to the leader. The Catamount Kid charged home comfortably in :27.1 to score a two-length victory over Sossys King Kong. Ideal Rocky had to settle for third, while Mindtrip was fourth. The Catamount Kid is owned by Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, George Harrison and Brian Paquet. The rookie was a $67,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He was one of our top horses all winter," said Carl Jamieson, following the race. "He's good gaited, easy to work with and he's a really nice horse." The Catamount Kid now has two wins from four starts and a bankroll of $64,441. The clocking of 1:52.1 is a career-best for the Jamieson trainee. The Catamount Kid paid $8.40 to win. Catamount Kid Control The Moment improved to a perfect five for five with a strong 1:51.4 victory in the final division. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment and driver Waples took back at the start and got away in sixth. Manny cut the mile and posted opening fractions of :27.1 and :56.1. Down the backstretch, Control The Moment picked up the cover of Inspiration View and the two colts marched their way towards the leader around the final turn, as Manny posted a three-quarter time of 1:25. In the stretch, Control The Moment charged by his rivals with effortless strides and cruised home in :26.2 for the victory. American Passport finished up with a strong late-kick to finish second by a length, while Racing Hill and Manny were third and fourth, respectively. Control The Moment is trained by Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The rookie pacer was purchased for $47,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The driving victory for Waples was his third stakes victory on the card. Control The Moment increased his bankroll to $78,187 with the victory Saturday and also lowered his career-mark by two-fifths of a second. The Maxwell trainee paid $2.80 to win. Control The Moment All three Nassagaweya division winners are eligible to the eliminations of the Metro Pace next Saturday. Two-year-old pacing fillies were also in action Saturday in two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. In the $110,361 first division, Thatsoveryverynice continued the strong evening for the Alagna stable with a 1:51.4 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the even-money favourite, got away fifth heading into the first turn and sat in that position until nearing the half. Blue Moon Stride, the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, made a second-quarter brush to the lead, but was quickly confronted by Twin B Thong. Thatsoveryverynice was left first up around the final turn, as Twin B Thong took the field by the third-quarter in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Thatsoveryverynice powered by Twin B Thong to take the lead. Blue Moon Stride couldn't find room up the rail and swung to the far outside to make a late bid, but came up a length short of Thatsoveryverynice. Twin B Thong held on for third, while Three Dreams was fourth. An Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice set an OSS record of 1:51.2 in her career debut and has two Gold victories on her resume. The daughter of Vintage Master suffered her first loss last week at Georgian. "She's done nothing wrong all along," said Jamieson, following the race. "Last week was more my fault, just kind of fighting her at the gate. Tonight she was a different horse. Tony brought her in right where she was perfect and went up to the gate and did all the work." Thatsoveryverynice is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Marvin Katz. She now has a record of three wins from four starts and earnings of $125,315. Thatsoveryverynice returned $4.30 to win. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to six in a row with a 1:51.4 victory in the $112,130 second division. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, L A Delight floated off the gate to get away in sixth, while Darlinonthebeach sprinted to the opening-quarter in :26.1. Darlinonthebeach was unchallenged in the second-quarter and took the field by the half in :55.1. Shes Lights Out came out from third to challenge first up around the final turn, while L A Delight was making up ground on the outside and tipped three-wide at the three-quarter pole In the stretch, L A Delight roared by her rivals and pulled away with every stride under a hand drive from Waples to win by jusy over 4 lengths. Show Time Hill came through to finish second, while Darlinonthebeach and Keystone Paula were third and fourth, respectively. L A Delight now has six wins in a row and had been doing most of the work on the front end, but Waples decided to change things up Saturday. "There was a couple of them that were really hot behind the gate and it just seemed to me that if I went with them we were going to see some really serious fractions and I was going to be in a position I didn't want to be," said Waples. "I was able to stay out of the real speed stuff at the start and it just worked out." L A Delight is co-owned and trained by Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Bettor's Delight has been undefeated since dropping her career debut and already has two OSS Gold victories to her name. "As bad as it sounds you kind of expect it out of Bob's barn because he gives you so many nice horses to drive," said Waples. "She's extremely fast and she's perfect gaited, but I guess the biggest thing is she has a real winning attitude." C S X Stables and Al McIntosh are also part of the filly's ownership group. L A Delight now has six wins from seven starts and earnings of $161,145. The clocking of 1:51.4 established a new career-best. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $3.30. L A Delight Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight are both eligible to next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The draw for the eliminations of both the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will take place this Tuesday. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 20 - For harness racing trainer James 'Friday' Dean, Saturday can't come soon enough. Stealing headlines with freshman pacer Thisorthat Hanover since her racing debut in June, Dean's filly is poised to strike next in the first division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. When Dean and long time owner Scott Horner headed to the Harrisburg Yearling Sale last year, they had reviewed the catalogue meticulously. Their thoughtful preparation led to the purchase of a filly who would go on to become one of the top contenders in her division. "Scott generally has his picks based on pedigree and the videos. We go and look at them in Harrisburg and I think we looked at half a dozen or eight horses," said Dean. "All he said to me at the end was 'who do you really want?' and I said this filly and he bought her. "Everything about her, her video was awesome and she had a lot of leg under her, a really nice body, everything was correct about her. I knew we'd have to pay for her but I didn't think he'd go that much, but Scott wanted her as much as I did." When the gavel fell on Hip #161 in Harrisburg, the price stood at $110,000. With $67,900 in the bank so far, she is well on her way to making good on his investment. Scott Horner has been one of Dean's key owners in the last ten years since he started out on his own in 2005. Along with brother, Clay Horner, the pair have bred and owned many horses of note throughout the years. Among them was the beloved pint-sized pacing sensation, Doonbeg. "Scott comes to the barn two or three times a week. He likes putting his horses away and jogging them and all that. He enjoys coming down and going with his horses, he's a very hands on owner. As for Horner's most recent investment, Thisorthat Hanover continued to impress every step of the way heading into her two-year-old season. Though Dean was confident in her progress, he was unwilling to make any early judgments. "She was perfect prepping for this season, she never did anything wrong, she just did all her lessons well. She never gave us any problems as we brought her along. I don't think you really know how they'll do based on training, you can train them down and you can think they're going to be a nice horse but until you actually race them, they can disappoint you. Or, they go in the other direction and surprise you." In her second lifetime start, the Sportswriter filly blasted her way to the front, striding to the quarter in 26.1 and the half in 55.4. Maintaining her lead to the three-quarter pole, she was overtaken coming into the stretch by Thatsoveryverynice, who went on to stop the clock in an Ontario Sires Stakes record-setting mile of 1:51.2. "She was a little warm that night, she was hitting the bike and she just took off like a rocket. Randy (Waples) had his hands full, he could never get her quiet after that so we put in some earplugs and a different check bit and she's been good since." With four starts under her belt, Thisorthat Hanover has come to establish herself as a vicious contender on the front end, pacing her way to the top by the half in every start. In her most recent start, Dean's filly relinquished the lead to Mark Steacy trained filly Bernadette in the third-quarter. In the stretch, Thisorthat Hanover challenged Bernadette on the outside, but was interfered with and sent off stride finishing second. However, the interference infraction by Bernadette vaulted Thisorthat Hanover from second to first. "In her last start, Randy said that with the way she was, he could have sat in with her third if he wanted to but he chose to be on the front. She's really good; he said she was going to win anyways. " Heading into Saturday's Eternal Camnation Stakes, Dean plans to give his filly a quiet week. "This is the first time she's raced back to back two weeks in a row, so generally I don't train them hard when they're racing weekly." Waples will once again take up the lines this week, leaving from post four in the third race on the card. She will be up for a rematch with Thatsoveryverynice, as well as New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Blue Moon Stride, who heads into Saturday with four straight victories. Dean isn't setting anything in stone, but a good effort Saturday will mean more Grand Circuit action for 'Thisorthat'. "After this we're playing it by ear, with these young horses, anything can happen," said Dean. "If she races good on Saturday, she's got the Shes A Great Lady the following week and then her Sires Stakes obligations." Dean also sends out Peg in the second division of the Eternal Camnation, drawing the two-hole with Phil Hudon in the bike. The Dragon Again filly will face stiff competition in the form of L A Delight, who carries a five race win streak into Saturday's event. With a mark of 1:56.3 taken at Mohawk, she has shown speed of 1:54.4 and promises to be a contender. As for where 'Friday' will be on Saturday night, he will be heading on to the track at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono with Split the House when 'Thisorthat' is scheduled to race, warming up for The Battle of the Brandywine. Co-owned by Scott Horner, Peter Milligan and Dean, the Rocknroll Hanover colt has stormed onto the scene in his three-year-old season. Absent at two due to injury, he has made up for lost time in proving himself to be one to watch as the year progresses. Sweeping the Summertime Series at Mohawk, he heads into the 'Battle' off a career-best 1:48.3 victory in the New Jersey Classic at the Meadowlands on July 25. Going up against many of the horses he saw in the Pepsi North America Cup elimination, like winner Wakizashi Hanover, this time around, Dean believes his horse will be an even stronger contender. "He's good right now. He may still be a bit of an unknown because we haven't raced against those horses a whole lot. In the North America Cup, I don't know if he was mentally ready for that race. There's not much we could do about it, we had four starts and won them all handily so we gave him a shot. It didn't work out but he's rebounded, got a nice trip at the Meadowlands with a sweet drive and everything worked out. "I think he could be a Grand Circuit horse, we never ever questioned his ability. It's tough for a horse that doesn't race as a two-year-old to go in his fifth lifetime start and be in with the crème de la crème. He didn't race bad in his (Cup) elimination, he was only beat three lengths but I don't think he was quite ready for it." Split the House will have John Campbell in the bike Saturday, who will be making his return to racing after a three-week hiatus with a broken wrist. "I tried to get Brian Sears or Yannick Gingras for him on Saturday, but Brian originally said he wasn't coming down and Yannick has his Burke obligations. John (Campbell) is a good fit for any horse, I didn't know if he was coming back Saturday. When I saw that he would be, I gave him a call and he said he'd be glad to drive the colt. "He's been lucky so far with the draws. He'll make a good race out of it and he's got 'The Master' driving, so hopefully it'll all work out." Thisorthat Hanover and Split the House are two of the many horses in Dean's stable that have the trainer en route to a banner year. Despite having posted less than sixty starts in 2015, Dean has put up a 17-7-7 record with his stable so far, maintaining a 0.400 training average. "I think it's simply better horses," said Dean. "Split the House, we knew he was a nice colt last year and unfortunately he cracked a bone and couldn't prove it, so he's doing it this year. I don't race very many horses. Just overall better quality horses this year and I'm really, really happy to have them." Saturday night features a strong group of juvenile pacers contesting two divisions of the Eternal Camnation and three divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes, both offering an opportunity for final preparations before the Shes A Great lady and the Metro Pace eliminations on August 29. The first race Saturday goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

A strong group of rookie pacers will arrive at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (August 22) to contest the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. The Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation serve as final preps for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes eliminations on Saturday, August 29. A total of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya. The first division features Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP2, Randy Waples). The Tony Alagna trainee recently suffered his first defeat by a nose, but brings a record of two wins from three starts into Saturday's contest. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity scored both of his victories in OSS Gold action and is the richest horse in this year's Nassagaweya with $113,750 banked. Also in the first split is the speedy Steve Elliott trainee Talk Show (PP1, Jack Moiseyev). The son of Art Major also has two wins from three starts and sports a mark of 1:52.1 taken in his career debut at The Meadowlands. The second division features the undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP5, Randy Waples). The Brad Maxwell trainee will be making his first start since winning the Dream Maker series final on August 3 and improving to a perfect four for four to start his career. Control The Moment is a son of 2009 Pepsi North America Cup winner Well Said. The third and final split will be highlighted by New Jersey Sires Stakes champion Ideal Rocky (PP1, Andrew McCarthy). The son of Rocknroll Hanover is trained by John Butenschoen and has a record of three wins from five starts for earnings of $75,000. Ideal Rocky won his most recent start on August 7 at The Meadowlands in 1:52.4 with a :26.1 final-quarter. The Nassagaweya has an impressive list of past winners, including Artsplace, Presidential Ball, Real Desire, Mach Three, Sportswriter, Big Jim and Captaintreacherous. Artpseak, who won a division last year, went on to win the 2014 Metro Pace. The Nassagaweya divisions will be contested as Races 2, 4 and 10 on Saturday's 12-race card. A group of 15 rookie pacing fillies have been split into two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. The $110,631 first division will see a field of seven line up and features three OSS Gold winners. Twin B Thong (PP1, Steve Condren), Thatsoveryverynice (PP3, Jody Jamieson) and Thisorthat Hanover (PP4, Randy Waples) have all tasted success at the top level locally and will look for their first Grand Circuit victory. Blue Moon Stride (PP2, Andrew McCarthy), the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, will also line up in the first split. The Mark Harder trainee enters the Eternal Camnation with a record of four wins from five starts and earnings of just under $110,000. Blue Moon Stride suffered her only loss in her career debut. A field of eight will contest the $112,130 second division and the Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP5, Randy Waples) will put her five-race win streak on the line. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight has built up an impressive resume with victories in two OSS Gold events and the final of the Whenuwishuponastar series. The McIntosh trainee, who suffered her only loss in her career debut, has compiled a bankroll of $105,080. Similar to the Nassagaweya, the Eternal Camnation Stakes has a strong group of past winners, including last year's Horse of the Year JK Shesalady. The Eternal Camnation splits have been carded as Races 3 and 9. Post time Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Nassagaweya - Division 1 - Race 2 1. Talk Show (Art Major) - J. Moiseyev - S. Elliott 2. Voracity (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 3. Heavymetal Hanover (Up The Credit) - M. Saftic - J. Darling 4. Blayde Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 5. Bottom Deals (American Ideal) - S. Condren - L. Toscano 6. Carter Beach (Somebeachsomewhere) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 7. Adrian Hanover (Somebeachsomewhere) - L. Ouellette - W. Cass Nassagaweya - Division 2 - Race 4 1. Rock Power (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - T. O'Sullivan 2. Inspiration View (Shadow Play) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Racing Hill (Roll With Joe) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 4. Manny (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - H. Okusko Jr. 5. Control The Moment (Well Said) - Ra. Waples - B. Maxwell 6. Real Kid (Real Desire) - D. McNair - L. Ainsworth 7. American Passport (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna Nassagaweya - Division 3 - Race 10 1. Ideal Rocky (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - J. Butenschoen 2. Rodeo Rock (Rock N Roll Heaven) - Ra. Waples - D. Swick 3. Mindtrip (American Ideal) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Sossys King Kong (Dragon Again) - D. McNair - R. Norman 5. The Catamount Kid (Well Said) - J. Jamieson - C. Jamieson 6. Cruise Patrol (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - J. Takter 7. Max Is Back (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - P. MacDonell   Eternal Camnation - Division 1 - Race 3 1. Twin B Thong (Sportswriter) - S. Condren - C. Coleman 2. Blue Moon Stride (Rocknroll Hanover) - A. McCarthy - M. Harder 3. Thatsoveryverynice (Vintage Master) - J. Jamieson - T. Alagna 4. Thisorthat Hanover (Sportswriter) - Ra. Waples - J. Dean 5. Three Dreams (Mach Three) - J. MacDonald - J. Bamond Jr. 6. Betty Hill (Bettors Delight) - J. MacDonald - C. Auciello 7. JK Fannie (Rocknroll Hanover) - S. Filion - N. Johansson Eternal Camnation - Division 2 - Race 9 1. Darlinonthebeach (Somebeachsomewhere) - S. Filion - N. Johansson 2. Peg (Dragon Again) - Ph. Hudon - J. Dean 3. Stonebridge Pearl (Mach Three) - TBA - G. McNair 4. Shes Lights Out (Somebeachsomewhere) - P. MacDonell - K. Sucee 5. L A Delight (Bettors Delight) - Ra. Waples - R. McIntosh 6. Keystone Paula (Bettors Delight) - S. Filion - E. Miller 7. Show Time Hill (Rocknroll Hanover) - Ra. Waples - T. Alagna 8. Bernadette (Big Jim) - J. Jamieson - M. Steacy Mark McKelvie  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - Hot off the heels of a successful Canadian Pacing Derby night, Mohawk Racetrack will play host to another stakes filled card tomorrow night. Grand Circuit week will wrap up with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the Champlain Stakes for the two-year-old pacers of both sexes. Lyons Levi Lewis (PP4), the runner-up in last Saturday's $667,000 Metro Pace, headlines the first $123,120 Champlain Stakes division for two-year-old pacers. Trained by Ron Burke, Lyons Levi Lewis finished 3 ½ lengths behind Artspeak in the Metro, but paced his final quarter in a solid :26.3. A son of Well Said - Tongue In Cheek, Lyons Levi Lewis has one win in seven starts, but has finished second on four of those occasions. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Levi Lewis will team up with driver Sylvain Filion for the first time tomorrow night and is listed as the 5/2 morning line favourite. Also in the field of eight is Freedomformysoul (PP2) for trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Marcus Johansson. A son of If I Can Dream - Hello Grin, Freedomformysoul has shown a lot of promise with two victories in the New York Sires Stakes, but has not been able to find consistency in his performances. "He is wicked fast that one, but he is kind of green," said Marcus Johansson, "You don't know what side he wakes up on, but if he wake up on the right side he can go as fast as any horse I've ever sat behind." Freedomformysoul sold for $12,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and has earned more than $35,000 in six career starts. In the second $123,120 division, another Ron Burke trainee is the 5/2 morning line choice. Lyons Again (PP1) races for the same connections as Lyons Levi Lewis and just like his stablemate took home a big chunk of the Metro Pace purse when he finished third in last Saturday's final. A son of Dragon Again - A Filly To Fear, Lyons Again has yet to win in six career starts, but has finished second three times, along with two third place finishes. A consistent performer, Lyons Again has the highest earnings ($130,821) in the field of nine despite having never won a race. Starting beside Lyons Again is Nassagaweya Stakes division winner Traceur Hanover (PP2). Trained by Normand Bardier Jr, Traceur Hanover finished fourth in the Metro Pace final and has won three times in six career starts. Randy Waples will drive the son of Western Ideal. Two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes will also take place for the three-year-old pacers. The first $106,038 division will feature a small, but talented group of six lining up behind the gate. Western Vintage (PP1) has been installed as the 7/5 morning line favourite for trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Marcus Johansson. After a successful two-year-old campaign, Western Vintage's three-year-old season hasn't gone exactly as planned with only one win in seven starts, but he is coming off a good second place effort in last week's three-year-old open. Marcus Johansson noted the son of Western Ideal had a bit of a health issue earlier in the season that was holding him back. "We had a little trouble with his blood in the beginning of the year," said Johansson. "But he seems like he is getting better now and hopefully he can put a good effort in." Western Vintage was just a $7,000 yearling purchase and has earned more than $412,000 in his career. Also in the field of six is the Tony Alagna trainee, Dancin Hill (PP4). Dancin Hill won two starts back in a conditioned event at Mohawk and last week finished third in the three-year-old open. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has picked up a cheque in all eleven starts this season and will once again team up with driver Scott Zeron. Starting from post six in the opening division is On Golden Ponder for trainer Bob McIntosh and driver Randy Waples. On Golden Ponder most recently won the $175,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final last Sunday night at The Red Mile. Rounding out the field is Winds Of Change (PP2), Carracci Hanover (PP3) and Major Deagan (PP5). Seven three-year-old pacers will contest the second division for a purse of $107,538. Ontario Sires Stakes star Jet Airway (PP2) is the 7/5 morning line favourite. Before finishing fourth in last week's three-year-old open, Jet Airway had won three starts in a row, including a seven length blowout victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg on August 4 at Grand River. Trained by Tony Alagna, regular pilot Randy Waples will be at the controls. Looking to build off his victory in last week's three-year-old open is Melmerby Beach (PP5). Last week's victory earned a new career mark for Melmerby Beach of 1:50. Melmerby Beach races for the same duo that raced his sire, Somebeachsomewhere, trainer Brent MacGrath and driver Paul Macdonell. The other five starters in the second division are Three Of Clubs (PP1), Victor Bayama (PP3), Somewhere Fancy (PP4), Play It Again Sam (PP6) and Surprise Hanover (PP7). 14 freshman pacing fillies have been split into two Champlain Stakes divisions. Despite having three starters from last week's $480,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes final, the first $117,557 division could be the breakout party for a filly making her Grand Circuit debut. Shes A Hot Mess (PP3) broke her maiden last Friday at Mohawk in a dazzling 1:52.1. Trained by Tony Alagna, Shes A Hot Mess struggled in her first two starts, but after a few weeks off those issues appear to be put to rest as she won by seven lengths last week. Scott Zeron will sit behind the daughter of American Ideal - Sure Fun Tryin, who is the second choice on the morning line at 3-1. Shakai Hanover (PP7) is the morning line favourite at 2-1 and is coming into the Champlain off a third place finish in the Shes A Great Lady. Trained by Carl Jamieson and driven by Jody Jamieson, Shakai Hanover won a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes at Mohawk on August 16. The daughter of Well Said - Shes A Fan has two victories in six career starts and earnings of over $139,000. The second $117,557 division appears to be a wide open affair. Sports Chic, the 5/2 morning line choice, has been having a ton of success racing on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit. A daughter of Sportswriter - Vesta Blue Chip, Sports Chic is trained by Blake Macintosh and has won four times in six starts, while never finishing worse than second. Jody Jamieson will sit behind Sports Chic who has earned more than $139,000 in her young career. Looking to build off her victory in the Shes A Great Lady consolation is The Show Returns (PP6). A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienams Place, The Show Returns broke her maiden in a leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series on July 24, but was never better than fourth in her next three starts. Last Saturday night, The Show Returns got back on track with a career best victory of 1:52. This week, the filly moves into the Tony O'Sullivan barn and will be driven by Scott Zeron. Originally scheduled for tomorrow night, eliminations were not needed for the Canadian Trotting Classic as the field of seven trotters will head straight to the rich final on Saturday, September 13. Post time for tomorrow night's stakes filled card is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - When John Campbell turns Go Daddy Go to the gate in the $667,000 Metro Pace final Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack, he's hoping it will prove to be another successful chapter in a partnership with trainer Bob McIntosh of LaSalle, Ont. that goes back nearly 40 years. A week after winning his Metro elimination by one-and-a-quarter lengths over Lyons Levi Lewis in a career-best 1:52.4, Go Daddy Go will leave from the two hole in an effort to deliver the first Metro title to McIntosh and the fifth for Campbell. The Metro is race 7 on a card that kicks off at 7:25 p.m. "He's a tough guy," McIntosh said of Go Daddy Go. "He doesn't mind being first up. He's versatile that way. He's maybe not the best on the front end, yet. He's a little green. But, coming at horses he's awfully impressive. He reminds me a lot of his dad, Ponder. There wasn't a tougher horse around. He was as game as they came." Go Daddy Go, who is also owned by Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, hasn't been off the board in his seven lifetime starts. He sports a 3-3-1 record, with wins in the $200,000 Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway and a strong second in his $90,000 Nassagaweya test on Aug. 14 at Mohawk that convinced McIntosh to take a shot at the Metro. "He hasn't gone a bad race," Campbell said. "He's figuring it out as he goes. He's got the desire part. You can't teach that... He keeps improving and doing his work. He's just a very solid colt." Campbell, 59, and McIntosh, 62, are both Hall of Famers in Canada and the United States that have teamed up on innumerable champions. "The oldtimers are still at it - him and I," McIntosh said, laughing. "Over the years we've had some good ones. It's been a great run and John's still driving like a young guy. He's still the best. He hasn't lost a beat." Saturday, Campbell will drive all four of the horses McIntosh has entered on the stakes-rich card. He'll pilot Lasting Appeal in the $207,689 Simcoe, Thinking Out Loud in the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and Dapper Dude in the $34,000 Preferred. The first horse Campbell drove for McIntosh was a $5,000 claiming mare named Brilliant Bonnie in 1977 at Windsor Raceway. "She was an orangutan," McIntosh said. "She was no fun to drive. I do remember that," Campbell said. "She was no Go Daddy Go." Go Daddy Go is a homebred colt out of McIntosh's mare San Francine. She has also produced Daddy Mac ($600,000), Change Your Luck ($180,000) and Miss Maverick ($230,000). "She'd made me a lot more money breeding than racing," McIntosh said of San Francine. McIntosh also bred San Francine, a mare sired by Artsplace, who, in 1990, became the first of Campbell's four Metro winners. At the time, Artsplace was trained by Gene Riegle. Later in the colt's career, McIntosh trained Artsplace. In 1999, Campbell won the Metro with The Firepan and denied McIntosh his first Metro victory. The trainer was a close second and third that year with Intrepid Seelster and Richess Hanover. Two years later, Campbell and McIntosh were on the verge of winning the Metro together with Western Shooter when the talented colt made a late break in deep stretch. "That was my fault. That was a whip break," Campbell said. Further tragedy struck when Western Shooter died before he could begin a promising sophomore campaign. "Yeah, we've had a lot of success over the years and some really good horses, but I think the first one that would come to (McIntosh's) mind and mine as well is Western Shooter," Campbell said. "He passed away between his two- and three-year-old year, but that might have been the best horse we had and we never got to prove it. He was just tremendous, just so strong. He just kept getting better all year. We really had high hopes for him." Go Daddy Go might not be in Western Shooter's class just yet, but John Campbell would dearly love to win the Metro for Bob McIntosh. "I know Artspeak will be the huge favourite," McIntosh said. "But there's a reason they hook them up and race them because anything can happen." by Dave Briggs, for WEG

Freehold, NJ --- As the owner of a breeding farm, Mike Gulotta would seem an unlikely candidate to buy a horse that was gelded. But when longtime horse agent Gerry Bloch called Gulotta about gelded 3-year-old pacer Somewhere In L A, Gulotta knew he had to listen. After all, it was Bloch who directed Gulotta to a 4-year-old pacer named Lis Mara in 2006. Lis Mara, who had earned $180,536 entering that season, banked $1.96 million the rest of his career and was the Dan Patch Award winner for best older male pacer in 2006. So far, Gulotta is happy he listened to Bloch and partnered with J&T Silva Stables and TLP Stable to buy Somewhere In L A on June 1. Since then, Somewhere In L A has won four of eight races, finished second in the Delvin Miller Adios, and earned $186,373. The fact (Somewhere In L A) was a gelding gave me some pause, but I thought that if Gerry was recommending the horse, I needed to pay attention,” said Gulotta, who is the CEO of Deo Volente Farms in New Jersey. “I have a great deal of respect for Gerry. He’s found a number of horses for me, so when he calls, I have to listen. “I think this horse is pretty special. He’s a fast horse that can take a lot of air. I think he’s getting better and better.” Somewhere In L A races Friday in the first of two $99,990 Pennsylvania Sire Stakes divisions at The Meadows. He will start from post seven with driver Dave Palone at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. Also in the race is Adios champion McWicked, who leaves from post four with David Miller driving for trainer Casie Coleman. A son of stallion Somebeachsomewhere, Somewhere In L A is the first foal out of the stakes-winning mare West Of L A. She is a half-sister to millionaire Thinking Out Loud and stakes-winner You See L A. Somewhere In L A was bred and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, C S X Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings before the sale to Gulotta’s group. Last year, he won three of 11 races, including a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes, and earned $71,831. He enters Friday’s Pennsylvania Sire Stakes start with three wins in his last four races. His only setback during that span came by one length to McWicked in the Adios, and Somewhere In L A is coming off a victory over older horses in the preferred on Aug. 22 at The Meadows. “Jimmy is doing a great job with him,” Gulotta said. “I thought if he had a better trip in the Adios, he would have been right there with McWicked. He was on the outside a long time.” Gulotta is hoping for a long and prosperous career for Somewhere In L A, noting the earning potential for gelding pacers while making reference to Foiled Again, harness racing’s richest all-time North American performer. “What’s wrong with making $6 million,” Gulotta said, laughing. “(Buying Somewhere In L A) fits from a business perspective. He can bolster our finances.” Tom Pontone, who along with his father, Lou, makes up TLP Stable, was unaware the horse was a gelding when he committed to be a partner. He was given the chance to leave the group, but decided to stay on board. “I thought he was going to do good,” Pontone said. “I saw his stakes schedule and we have the opportunity to get back our money this year. And I love owning horses with Mike because he’s like a brother to me. I told Mike I think we’re going to have a little fun with him. “He’s turned out to be a pretty good buy for us so far. He’s a tough horse and he keeps on trying. That’s the one thing I liked about him. He’s had some tough races where he’s had to come first up, but he never stops. He just keeps on going right down to the wire. He never gives up.” If all goes well, Somewhere In L A will go to the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 7 at Harrah’s Philadelphia, then head to the Little Brown Jug on Sept. 18 at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. Somewhere In L A is the No. 3-ranked horse in the Road to the Little Brown Jug ratings, behind Meadowlands Pace winner He’s Watching and McWicked. None of the current owners of Somewhere In L A have had a horse win the Little Brown Jug. “It would be a thrill,” Gulotta said. “It would be a dream come true. “Even with a gelding.” by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23...Heavily-favoured Artspeak, trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron, kept his perfect record intact with another facile triumph, this time in the second Metro Pace elimination Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The victory, his fifth in five outings so far in a monstrous juvenile campaign, stamped the son of Western Ideal as the one to beat in next Saturday's 667,000 final. His smallest margin of victory has been one and three-quarter lengths. Lyons Again set the early fractions of 27 seconds flat and :56.2, before Zeron popped the favourite from fourth to take over approaching the far turn. But Lyons Again wouldn't fade, parking the choice through early stretch after three-quarters in 1:23.3. Despite being out in the middle of the track, Artspeak then pulled away for the easy four and one-half length score in 1:51. Lyons Again held second, with Pierce Hanover third, Amora Beach fourth and Traceur Hanover fifth, all of whom will come back for the final. "He's an absolute freak," said Zeron, about Artspeak. "I knew I wasn't going to clear (before the three-quarters). I needed maybe a fraction of an inch to do it. So I just decided to sit with him and when we came off the top turn I chirped to him once and he was gone. I didn't have to pull the plugs. "He's progressed amazingly. Tony did a great job starting him in New Jersey Sires Stakes so it was a little bit easier competition. We were able to race him off the pace and do it the right way, second-over trips, come 26 on the end. He showed us right off the bat he's the real deal." Along with first elim winner Go Daddy Go, the win by Artspeak, who was coming off a sharp score in a Nassagaweya division last week, provided his connections with the opportunity to select a post position for the final before the balance of the field was drawn. In the last 10 years, the Metro, the richest race on the continent for two-year-olds, has been won by such champions as Captaintreacherous (2012), Sportswriter (2009), Somebeachsomewhere (2007) and Rocknroll Hanover (2004). Alagna, of course, is the trainer of Captaintreacherous, while Zeron will be seeking his first Metro win. Sent postward the 1-9 choice, Artspeak paid $2.20 and $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with Lyons Again ($2.50) for a $5.10 (5-6) exactor. A 5-6-2 (Pierce Hanover) triactor returned $38 while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-3 (Amora Beach)] was worth $82.65. Artspeak Go Daddy Go, with Hall of Famer John Campbell, got up in late stretch Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack to win the first $40,000 eliminations for next week's rich Metro Pace final. Go Daddy Go, trained by another Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh, was winning his third race in seven outings in a career best 1:52.4 and has been a gem of consistency, with three seconds and one third as well. The biggest win so far this year for the son of Ponder was the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in Elora on August 4. Sent postward a close second choice to favoured Asap Hanover, Go Daddy Go was moved up from fifth by Campbell around the far turn, after Lyons Levi Lewis had led the way through a half in :55.1, before reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4. By mid-stretch, though, Go Daddy Go had collared the leader and went on to post a gritty one and one-quarter length tally. Lyons Levi Lewis held second, with Lone Survivor third, Dudes The Man fourth and Trading Up fifth, to also qualify for the final. Asap Hanover wound up last of seven. "He just doesn't pay attention as much as he does when he's coming at horses," revealed Campbell. "We just kind of fell to the front last week (when finishing second in a Nassagaweya division). This week I made a conscious effort to have him coming at horses and he responded well. "He raced very well (the first time Campbell drove him, July 7), even though he was third. He paced a big back half and was still pacing at the wire. I told Bob (McIntosh) at the time that I thought he had a future. Since then, he's gotten sounder and easier to drive. But you never know when you come out of a Sires Stakes program just how they are going to do at the open level. But we were pretty sure he wasn't going to embarrass himself and would at least be competitive. So far he proved that. But next week will be a bigger test." By winning his elim, Go Daddy Go earned his connections the right to choose a post position for the final before the balance of the field was drawn. In the last decade, the Metro has been won by such champions as Captaintreacherous (2012), Sportswriter (2009), Somebeachsomewhere (2007) and Rocknroll Hanover (2004). Campbell is a four-time winner of the Metro while McIntosh, who also raced sire Ponder with Great Success, earning over $1.6 million, will be looking for his first win. Go Daddy Go paid $6, $3.10 and $2.50, combining with Lyons Levi Lewis ($3.70, $2.90) for a $16.30 (3-1) exactor. A 3-1-4 (Lone Survivor, $3.30) triactor returned $65.30, while a $1 Superfecta [3-1-4-5 (Dudes The Man)] was worth $264.30. Go Daddy Go Following the eliminations, the post postions were drawn for next week's final. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions. PP/Horse/Driver 1.Dudes The Man - Ron Pierce 2. Go Daddy Go - John Campbell 3. Artspeak - Scott Zeron 4. Traceur Hanover - Randy Waples 5. Trading Up - Scott Zeron 6. Lyons Levi Lewis - Yannick Gingras 7. Pierce Hanover - Paul Macdonell 8. Lyons Again - Yannick Gingras 9. Lone Survivor - David Miller 10. Amora Beach - Tim Tetrick AE: Sports Bettor - Randy Waples​ by Jeff Timson, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - Randy Waples is heading into this weekend's Metro Pace eliminations in an enviable position. The 49-year-old reinsman is not just in both eliminations, he is sitting behind Nassagaweya Stakes winners. Last Saturday night, Waples guided Traceur Hanover and Sports Bettor to victory lane in their respective Nassagaweya splits, setting him up with two contenders for this Saturday's Metro eliminations. The victory with Traceur Hanover did not come as a surprise to many as the son of Western Ideal - Transference had shown a lot of promise and had won two of his first three starts heading into last Saturday's race. However, Sports Bettor's maiden-breaking victory in the Nassagaweya came as a surprise to the public, as he was 69-1, and a mild surprise to his driver "I didn't really know what to expect," said Waples. "I liked him right from the very beginning, but then it seemed like he didn't really seem to get a whole lot better from when he was baby racing." Sports Bettor is trained by Mark Austin for owner-breeder Frank Gentile and had shown a ton of promise in his two baby races by winning both of them with good final quarter speed. A son of Sportswriter - Shellys Delight, Sports Bettor finished second in his first three races before finishing a disappointing eighth in the Battle of Waterloo final on August 4. In his last start before the Nassagaweya at Georgian Downs in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg he finished off the board, but Waples said he was filled with pace. "At Georgian he got locked in and finished fourth, but he had all kinds of go, so I thought if he got a good trip he could definitely get there." Sports Bettor got a two-hole trip in the Nassagaweya and was able to nail a tiring Lyons Levi Lewis at the wire for the upset victory in a career best 1:53.2. Sports Bettor will start from post seven in the first $40,000 elimination Saturday night. In the second elimination, Waples will sit behind arguably the most consistent two-year-old on the local scene, Traceur Hanover. Trained by Normand Bardier Jr. for owner Richard Berthiaume, Traceur Hanover has shown high end talent since his first baby race on July 8. After baby racing twice, Traceur Hanover won his first two starts at Mohawk July 22 and 29. "He's been great since the time he baby raced," said Waples. "Smart colt, you can do anything you want with him." After suffering his first defeat, a second place effort with a :27 last quarter on August 7 at Mohawk, Traceur Hanover turned in another brilliant effort in the Nassagaweya Stakes. The $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase got a perfect two-hole trip and grinded by Go Daddy Go in the stretch to win in career best 1:53.3. In just four career starts, Traceur Hanover has shown Waples he can be a grinder, but that he does have quick speed. "He's just a perfect all-around nice horse." Traceur Hanover's toughest challenge to date will come this Saturday in his elimination for the Metro Pace and Waples believes he will be up to the task. "He's one of those horses that just does what he has to do, so he's never going to do it flashy or anything like that," said Waples. "He's got a big motor and his desires good, so if he gets the right kind of trip he should be good." Traceur Hanover will start from post seven in a field of eight for his Metro Pace elimination. The duo of Sports Bettor and Traceur Hanover offer Waples a great one-two punch to get to the $667,000 final on Saturday, August 22. If Waples' pair can get through this Saturday, he will be set up for a great shot at capturing his first Metro Pace. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 19 - The spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday night as two Canadian Pacing Derby eliminations, two Metro Pace eliminations and three She's A Great Lady eliminations will take centre stage. The Canadian Pacing Derby has a rich history as the oldest stakes race in Canada for standardbred racehorses and on Saturday night the sport's top stars will bring their talents north for a pair of six-horse eliminations. 2013 Pepsi North America Winner Captaintreacherous and driver Tim Tetrick will start from post five in the second $40,000 elimination. A two-time Pacer of the Year, Captaintreacherous has had to make the tough transition from age three to four this season, but has still shown his grit and determination facing the big boys. Last Saturday night, 'The Captain' won the $34,000 Preferred in prep for the Canadian Pacing Derby and trainer Tony Alagna was delighted with his performance. "I was happy with his effort, it was a confidence builder he needed going into this week's elimination," said Alagna. "We drew away from Sweet Lou, but we caught Bettors Edge who has been racing really well, so hopefully the short field helps and he gets a fair shot again." 'The Captain' is a big fan of Mohawk Racetrack as he has never lost in six career starts over the Campbellville oval. "He's always been his best up here," said Alagna. "We've had him up here for major races, so he's always been on his game when he came up here. He likes the atmosphere and he seems happy up here." 'The Captain' has two wins in seven starts this season and has never finished out of the money for seasonal earnings topping $176,000 The top horse this season on the WEG circuit, State Treasurer, will line up two spots inside Captaintreacherous. State Treasurer has won the WEG Preferred six times this season and has won seven of his 12 starts for earnings of over $296,000. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer will be driven by WEG's leading driver Chris Christoforou. The hottest horse in harness racing headlines the first elimination. The Ron Burke trainee, Sweet Lou, enters his elimination on a nine-race win streak and having won his last seven starts in 1:47.4 or better Sweet Lou has drawn post two in his elimination and will have his regular pilot Ron Pierce in the sulky. A five-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser, Sweet Lou has made over $3 million in his career, but joining him in his elimination is the richest standardbred in the history of the sport, Foiled Again. Also trained by Ron Burke, Foiled Again has earned over $6.3 million and continues to compete at the top level at the age of ten. Foiled Again, who will start from post six with driver Yannick Gingras, is also a previous Canadian Pacing Derby winner having won the 2012 edition. The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $650,000 final on Saturday, August 30. Elimination winners may choose their post position for the final. 15 of the sport's brightest freshman pacing colts and geldings have been split into a pair of eliminations for the chance to race in the $685,000 Metro Pace Final on Saturday August 30. Leading the group of 15 is the Alagna trainee, Artspeak, who is undefeated in four career starts and enters the Metro elim fresh off a victory in the Nassagaweya Stakes last Saturday night. Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron will start from post position five in the first $40,000 elimination. Alagna said he was happy with how Artspeak came out of the Nassagaweya Stakes. "Artspeak jogged back super, everything checks out good," said Alagna. "We are really happy with the way he drew and hopefully he has another good shot this week and takes another step towards the Metro final." The son of Western Ideal - The Art Museum was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is owned by the Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The GYM Partners. One of the top local rookies, Traceur Hanover, will meet up with Artspeak for the first time. Trained by Normand Bardier Jr., Traceur Hanover enters this weekend's elimination with three wins in four starts and is also coming off a victory in his Nassagaweya split. Randy Waples sits behind the son of Western Ideal - Transference for owner Richard Berthiaume, who bought Traceur Hanover for the same price as Artspeak at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The other $40,000 elimination appears to be a wide-open affair, with seven rookie pacers looking to be in the top five to secure a spot in the rich final. Sports Bettor, who will start from post position seven, is coming off a 69-1 upset victory in his division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday night. Trained by Mark Austin for owner-breeder Frank Gentile, Sports Bettor broke his maiden in style with the Nassagaweya upset. Before his breakthrough in the Nassagaweya, Sports Bettor had finished second in three of his five career starts. Randy Waples will drive the son of Sportswriter - Shellys Delight. Also in the field of seven is this year's Battle of Waterloo winner, Go Daddy Go, who will start from post three for the Hall of Fame connections of driver John Campbell and trained Bob McIntosh. The top five finishers from both eliminations will advance to the $685,000 final on August 30, with elimination winners earning the right to select their post position for the final. The She's A Great Lady has attracted 25 rookie pacing fillies that have been split into three eliminations. Shakai Hanover, a division winner of last Saturday' Eternal Camnation Stakes, headlines the first $35,000 elimination. Trained by Carl Jamieson and driven by Jody Jamieson, Shakai Hanover will start from post position three and has won twice in four career starts. The daughter of Well Said - Shes A Fan set a new career mark with her Eternal Camnation victory of 1:52.4 and has earned just under $83,000. The second elimination features undefeated filly Band Of Angels from the Ron Burke barn. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven - Time N Again, Band Of Angels has won her first five starts of her career, with all five victories coming in New York Sires Stakes events. She will start from post six with driver Yannick Gingras and ships north with over $133,000 in earnings and a mark of 1:52.3. The final elimination stars another undefeated filly that will have Yannick Gingras in the bike. JK Shesalady won her division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes last Saturday to improve her record to four for four. Trained by Nancy Johansson for owners the 3 Brothers Stable, JK Shesalady has a speed badge of 1:52 and earnings exceeding $68,000. The top three finishers from each elimination and one third place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $450,000 final on Saturday, August 30. All three rich finals will take place Saturday, August 30 at Mohawk Racetrack. The party will start at 6 p.m. and first race post time is 7:25 p.m. Here are the fields for Saturday night's stakes eliminations. PP/Horse/Driver Race 3 - Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination One - Purse: $40,000 1. Thinking Out Loud - John Campbell 2. Sweet Lou - Ron Pierce 3. Captive Audience - James MacDonald 4. Domethatagain - Ron Pierce 5. Sunshine Beach - Chris Christoforou 6. Foiled Again - Yannick Gingras Race 8 - Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination Two - Purse: $40,000 1. Ellis Park - Steve Condren 2. Bettors Edge - Matt Kakaley 3. State Treasurer - Chris Christoforou 4. Modern Legend - James MacDonald 5. Captaintreacherous - Tim Tetrick 6. Clear Vision - Brett Miller Race 6 - Metro Pace Elimination One - Purse: $40,000 1. Lyons Levi Lewis - Yannick Gingras 2. Trading Up - Scott Zeron 3. Go Daddy Go - John Campbell 4. Lone Survivor - David Miller 5. Dudes The Man - David Miller 6. Asap Hanover - Tim Tetrick 7. Sports Bettor - Randy Waples Race 11 - Metro Pace Elimination Two - Purse: $40,000 1. The Wayfaring Man - Jack Moiseyev 2. Pierce Hanover - Paul Macdonell 3. Amora Beach - Tim Tetrick 4. Some Power - David Miller 5. Artspeak - Scott Zeron 6. Lyons Again - Yannick Gingras 7. Traceur Hanover - Randy Waples 8. Rollin Ring Afire - Matt Kakaley Race 4 - She's A Great Lady Elimination One - Purse: $35,000 1. The Show Returns - Tim Tetrick 2. Bedroomconfessions - Scott Zeron 3. Shakai Hanover - Jody Jamieson 4. Strut My Stuff - John Campbell 5. Palette Tina - Yannick Gingras 6. Aria Hanover - Tim Tetrick 7. Bettor Be Steppin - Corey Callahan 8. Kays Dragon Lady - Matt Kakaley Race 9 - She's A Great Lady Elimination Two - Purse: $35,000 1. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 2. Divine Caroline - Corey Callahan 3. Missy Tap Tina - Tim Tetrick 4. Cashaway - Tim Tetrick 5. Jk Shesalady - Yannick Gingras 6. Well Hello There - Matt Kakaley 7. Southwind Mischief - Chris Christoforou 8. Shesastarreporter - Jonathan Drury 9. Ideal Nuggets - John Campbell Race 10 - She's A Great Lady Elimination Three - Purse: $35,000 1. Float On By - Tim Tetrick 2. Macarena Mama - Chris Christoforou 3. A Plus - Scott Zeron 4. Bin N Heaven - Doug McNair 5. Betty And The Jets - Doug McNair 6. Band Of Angels - Yannick Gingras 7. Happy Becky - David Miller 8. Dancin Caroll - Jack Moiseyev by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications.

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 16 - Undefeated two-year-old pacing colt Artspeak was victorious in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack Saturday night. Twenty-six two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into three divisions for the Nassagaweya Stakes. One of the most talked about freshmen in the sport, Artspeak, turned in another easy-looking victory in his Canadian debut to take the $91,425 final division. A son of Western Ideal - The Art Museum, Artspeak and driver Scott Zeron left from post position eight and cleared to the lead just after the opening quarter of :28. Once on the lead, Artspeak controlled right to the finish line posting fractions of :56.2, 1:25. and cruising home in :27.4 to win the fastest division of the night in 1:52.4. Lyons Again, who grabbed the early lead and got a two-hole trip, finished 2 ¼ lengths back in second, while Some Power closed up well to take third. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and the In The GYM Partners, Artspeak is a perfect four for four and now has earnings of more than $115,000. Artspeak was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. He returned $2.90 to win. The first division for a purse of $89,924 went to Sports Bettor, who pulled off a huge 60-1 to upset. A son of Sporswriter - Shellys Delight, Sports Bettor and driver Randy Waples left from post eight and got away in the two-hole. Lyons Levi Lewis cut the mile and after a half of :57.1, hung up a third-quarter of :27. to carry a four length lead over Sports Bettor into the stretch. In the stretch, Lyons Levi Lewis continued to lead deep into the lane, but Sports Bettor grinded him down and got up in the shadow of the wire to win in 1:53.2. Rollin Ring Afire finished third, while The Wayfaring Man rounded out the Superfecta. Sports Bettor is trained by Mark Austin for owner/breeder Frank Gentile and the Nassagaweya Stakes victory was a maiden breaking score. Sports Bettor now has earnings of over $76,000 in six career starts. He paid $141.50 to win. The $91,425 second division saw Waples return to the winner's circle, this time with Traceur Hanover. Traceur Hanover left from post three and allowed Go Daddy Go to clear to the front just after the opening quarter to take a two-hole trip. Go Daddy Go led the field into the stretch off a three-quarter time of 1:24. In the stretch, Traceur Hanover came off the rail to take his best shot at Go Daddy Go and was able to power past the leader in deep stretch to win in 1:53.3. Trading Up made a late rally to finish third, while Lyons Geoffjnr was fourth. A son of Western Ideal - Transference, Traceur Hanover has now won three times in four career starts and has career earnings of over $60,000. A $100,000 yearling purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale, Traceur Hanover is trained by Normand Bardier Jr. for owner Richard Berthiaume. He returned $9.80 to win. Trio of Eternal Camnation divisions contested Twenty-five freshman pacing fillies were on display in three divisions of the Eternal Camnation stakes. Shakai Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson took the first $76,245 division in a career best 1:52.4. A daughter of Well Said - Shes A Fan, Shakai Hanover showed the most early speed leading the field past the opening quarter of :28. Bedroomconfessions made a brush to the lead in the second-quarter and controlled the tempo in the middle-half posting fractions of :56.2 and 1:24.1. In the stretch, Jamieson brought Shakai Hanover out of the two-hole to battle Bedroomconfessions, separating themselves from the rest of field. Shakai Hanover just got her nose in front of Bedroomconfessions at the wire to win a tight photo finish, with a last quarter of :28.1. Happy Becky, the 3/5 favourite, was fifth at the three-quarter pole and finished up her mile with a :27.2 final panel to take third. Shakai Hanover is trained by Carl Jamieson, who shares ownership with Winnipeg Racing and Vira Hope Johnson. The stakes victory was the second win in four starts for Shakai Hanover and it boosted her career earnings to over $82,000. She paid $9.70 to win. In the second $76,245 division, the photo finish camera was not needed as Jk Shesalady won by seven lengths in 1:53.4. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Jk Shesalady was seventh at the half and was brought to the outside behind cover that was failing to keep up. Gingras sent the daughter of Art Major - Presidential Lady three-wide on the way to three-quarter pole and Jk Shesalady responded by pacing around the field and taking the lead at the top of the lane. Jk Shesalady paced away from her rivals with a last-quarter of :27.3 to remain undefeated in four starts. Trained by Nancy Johansson for owners the 3 Brothers Stable, Jk Shesalady increased her bankroll to more than $68,000 in her young career. Cowgirl Tough finished second, while Cashaway took the show spot. Jk Shesalady returned $2.90 to win. The final division for a purse of $77,745 was captured by Solar Sister and driver Doug McNair in 1:54. A daughter of Mach Three - Cabrini Hanover, Solar Sister was fourth at the half and came first up to challenge Palette Tina, getting to within half a length at three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Solar Sister took a slight lead half-way down the lane and dug in to hold off a trio of fillies that were within a length and a quarter at the wire, pacing her final quarter in :29.1. Palette Tina, who finished second beat a neck, was placed back to fourth for gaining an unfair advantage by going inside a pylon in the stretch. After the placing, Ideal Nuggets became the second place finisher, while Float On By was bumped up to third. Solar Sister is a homebred filly trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. She paid $27.50 to win. For many of the freshman pacers, the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes served as preps for next week's eliminations for the Metro Pace and the She's A Great Lady Stakes. Saturday's undercard also saw 2013 U.S. Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous ($3.50) return to the Campbellville, Ont. oval where he remains undefeated. A winner of the Nassagaweya, Metro Pace and North America Cup at Mohawk, Captaintreacherous added a victory in the $34,000 Preferred to his $3 million resume, scoring in 1:50.1 for team Tetrick and Alagna. The 3-5 favourite took over command from early leaver Fool Me Once and Gingras down the backstretch, and after giving way to Sunshine Beach and Chris Christoforou, he came through along the pylons to prevail by one and a quarter lengths. Ellis Park and Steve Condren rallied off cover to edge out Sunshine Beach for second. The victory was Captaintreacherous' first since winning his season's debut in the Meadowlands Maturity. The four-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere and Worldly Treasure is owned by Captaintreacherous Racing of Versailles, Kentucky. Springing a 30-1 surprise, Swan In A Million ($63) and trainer/driver Dustin Jones went from last to first in the matching Preferred Trot, named in honour of Kerry Davies, winning by three-quarters of a length over Charmed Life and Jamieson in 1:53.2. Pennsylvania's Diamond Creek Racing owns the six-year-old son of Andover Hall. Flanagan Memory rounded out the top three finishers over two lengths behind for Christoforou. The $685,000 Metro Pace Final and the $450,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes Final will take place along with the $650,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on Saturday, August 30 at Mohawk Racetrack. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 14 - Sporting The Look is one​ of the top local two-year-old pacers and this Saturday at Mohawk he will meet the sport's top freshman pacer, Artspeak, in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. Sporting The Look has won three of six starts and made over $133,000 in his young career, but had a couple races gone a little different, he may have been the richest freshman pacer in the sport heading into this Saturday's $91,425 Nassagaweya Stakes. "He should probably have another $100,000 on his card," admits driver Jody Jamieson. "He made a break there in the second (Ontario Sires Stakes) Gold and was going to win for fun and probably with a different trip would've won the ($217,140) Battle of Waterloo." A son of Sportswriter - Lyons Mandi, Sporting The Look didn't wait long to rebound from the second place finish in the Battle of Waterloo and won a Sires Stakes event last Sunday at Georgian in 1:54.2. "Those races were over with and we pressed forward to Sunday at Georgian and he was the easiest of winners," said Jamieson. Now Sporting The Look, who is trained and co-owned by Jody's father Carl Jamieson, will face his toughest task to date as he jumps into a Grand Circuit event. The competition will be stiff as Sporting The Look will meet the undefeated Artspeak, who won his most recent start in a season's best 1:50.4, but Jody is excited to see what his colt is made of. "I'm really looking forward to racing Artspeak just to see how he shapes up with the best of the best, he's a Sportswriter, so obviously sky is the limit, they have been awesome so far." Sporting The Look was a $70,000 yearling purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale and is owned by Carl Jamieson, 30 Plus Stable and Thomas Kyron. "He was the only Canadian sired pacer that my dad paid into the Grand Circuit and American races," noted Jody. "So it's obviously fun to be in them, especially right here at home, he's a nice horse, We Will See how nice he is coming up on Saturday." The Jamieson's will also team up in a $76,245 division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies with Shakai Hanover. A daughter of Well Said - Shes A Fan, Shakai Hanover has made her last two starts on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes circuit and found some success. "She won her second lifetime start in :53 and then got interfered with last week at Pocono and probably would've been closer, although she only got beat a length in 1:51.4," said Jody. "I expect big things from her, she has been a nice filly so far." Along with driving another freshman filly, Yes You Can, for his father in the second of three Eternal Camnation divisions, Jody will also have the chance to drive a pair of freshman pacers for trainer Ake Svandstedt. "I'm driving a couple for Ake Svandstedt that I'm excited about getting to race for him and to see how good those horses are." Jody hopes Saturday will be a successful night to kick off a long stretch of major stakes action at Mohawk. "I'm excited about the weekend, that's one more step towards the Metro and the She's A Great Lady, so it's an exciting time." by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

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