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Three days after watching Wakizashi Hanover win the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario, harness racing owner Bruce Kennedy was still unsure whether the magnitude of the accomplishment had sunk in completely. "I'm wondering myself," said the 74-year-old Nova Scotia resident, who heads the horse's Tri County Stable ownership group. "It's a lot to take in because it's a brand new level of enjoyment for us." Not that there is a lot of time to sit back and relax. Wakizashi Hanover is getting ready for his next challenge in Saturday's eliminations for the Max C. Hempt Memorial at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The 3-year-old gelded pacer competes in the third of three $25,000 Hempt elims; the top three finishers in each division advance to the $500,000 final on July 4. Wakizashi Hanover, trained by Joann Looney-King, will start his elim from post four with driver Tim Tetrick and is the 5-2 morning line favorite. Brian Brown's Lost For Words, unbeaten in four races this season, is the 3-1 second choice from post seven with driver David Miller. Also competing in the eliminations are Wiggle It Jiggleit, who is the 5-2 favorite in the second division, and Artspeak, who is the 5-2 choice in the first elim. Wiggle It Jiggleit saw his career unbeaten streak snapped at 11 when he finished second by three-quarters of a length to Wakizashi Hanover in the North America Cup. Artspeak, who received the Dan Patch Award as the sport's best 2-year-old male pacer of 2014, finished fifth in the North America Cup after getting an outside trip from post 10. Betting Exchange, who finished third in the North America Cup, is the 3-1 second choice in the second Hempt elimination, and In The Arsenal, who was fourth in the Cup, is 3-1 in the first division. Wakizashi Hanover, a son of Dragon Again out of the mare Western Gesture, was purchased for $23,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and has won seven of 12 career races and earned $598,507 (U.S.). Kennedy owns Wakizashi Hanover with Percy Bonnell, Wayne Burley, David Bugden, David Chabassol, and Dr. Scott Bowen. Kennedy, who has more than four decades of experience in harness racing ranging from training, driving and working in an administrative capacity, is in the convenience store business in Bible Hill. On Tuesday afternoon he took time to talk about Wakizashi Hanover with Ken Weingartner of the USTA's Harness Racing Communications division. KW: You have several new owners involved with Wakizashi Hanover. Do they think this is easy now? BK: That's a good question. (Laughs.) They're well aware of how long it normally takes to get to sort of the halfway mark in this industry. To get the full distance in one shot, it's like a hole-in-one in golf for these people. KW: It's like a hole-in-one the first time you take the clubs out of the bag. BK: Exactly. KW: Were you getting anxious in the weeks leading up to the North America Cup? BK: He kind of flew under the radar prior to the race, and that suited our demeanor just fine. The people we have associated ourselves with in Jim King Jr., his wife Joann, and Tim Tetrick - those people have been so good to us and so good to our horse. They bonded really well and they know that horse inside out. The caretaker of the horse, Phil Moore, he bonded with the horse. The horse has such a personality that it was kind of an easy matchup. The horse is so well cared for, so healthy and so happy, and we think the key to a good horse is good health and happiness. KW: What's his personality like? BK: This horse wants to be a friend with everybody. He's very easy to be around. He likes to be around people. He's nice to jog on the track. He's so simple. He wears simple clothing; he wears a closed bridle, a pair of hobbles, and just for precautionary measures they wrap a pair of shin boots on him when he races. He's a pretty slick-going character, this guy. KW: As you watched the race unfold, what was going through your mind? BK: I kind of thought I was at the Indy 500; they got off to such a wicked pace in :25.1. Wiggle It Jiggleit is no slouch by any means; he's a speedster. When they got past the eighth pole and he took over, the race was on. Timmy's strategy from where we sat appeared to be to get out early and fend off all comers knowing almost for sure that Wiggle It Jiggleit was going to want to go to the top. We ended up sitting in the pocket and that's exactly where Tim wanted to be. KW: What did you think as you watched that trip? BK: It couldn't have worked out any better. He wasn't sitting back a length; he was sitting on the helmet. It appeared from our perspective that he was ready to strike. He was staying close and looking to tip out when it was the right time and hope he had a little horse to go with. That's when it became really exciting, halfway down the stretch when Tim pulled up beside (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and then was able to overcome the small lead he had on us. KW: What was the party like afterward? BK: I've been to a lot of parties, but none with more enthusiasm than we had with our group. (Laughs.) It was a nice gesture from the Woodbine Entertainment Group for how we were treated and looked after and cared for. The hospitality was second to none. That kind of makes you feel that everyone is just as important as another. It was a great feeling for us. We didn't really call it a party, but we were able to celebrate with some of the connections of the other contenders and it was really great. We found that people were there to win, but they were there for everybody. KW: Does it make it more enjoyable that way? BK: It does, it does. We know that only one (horse) is going to surface as the winner. We trucked from Delaware to Toronto with the Teagues (and Wiggle It Jiggleit) and we're grateful for that. (Trainer) Clyde (Francis) is a super guy. Phil trucked with him, stabled with him; we were stabled across the aisle from each other at the Ideal Training Centre. Everything was just so great about the trip and experience. The camaraderie there, it was great. KW: What was the reaction back home? BK: It was phenomenal. We've been told a lot of stories since we got back, from the grandstand at the racetrack to some very large house parties on race night. There was adrenaline flowing and tears flowing. This is the most excitement we've had since (Nova Scotian-owned 2008 Horse of the Year) Somebeachsomewhere. And the media has been super good. They've covered this story extremely well, from all corners of the continent. We're extremely pleased that TSN carried the race, that Pepsi stepped up to sponsor with Woodbine Entertainment Group, and we'd like to thank those people in a public forum. That's what makes it all worthwhile to stay in the industry and keep trying. KW: You're going to the Hempt elims this weekend. What are your thoughts? Are you sort of playing with house money now? BK: We are. The feeling was that if our horse was fresh and ready to go again, we'd go. If he was showing any fatigue, we would have given him a break before the Meadowlands Pace. We felt with his frolicking in the paddock, with the way he's been acting since they left Toronto, there's not a reason in the world to not go to the Hempt. KW: This division seems like it could be deep and competitive. BK: That's the way our group feels. Our owners are saying this is going to be a pretty nice ride, hopefully it will be smooth, and hopefully the competition will be good and as credible as it's been to this point. And we look forward being part of the level of competition that we're in. KW: When we talked last time, you said you've been doing this for more than 40 years and you had to take one more shot at getting a big-time horse. Was it worth the wait? BK: When you're on the winning end it's always worth it. Actually, it was worth it for us when we bought this horse and he made the races. To be a great horse and be on the Grand Circuit and compete at this level, it's over the top. We're ecstatic. I have to give credit, too, to Gordon Corey and the connections in Pinehurst, North Carolina, where they broke the horse. They were so kind to our horse and took their time with him and brought him along. Then he went to Jimmy and has been a family pet, if you will, at a competitive level. We couldn't be happier. If we'd known this was waiting for us, we would have waited another five years - if we thought we had that in us. (Laughs.) KW: Well, congratulations again and good luck with everything in the future. BK: We feel pretty blessed. When you see horses bought inexpensively and see them compete at a high level, it should give hope to the small buyer and small stables to know they could be part of it at any given time. Hopefully it will encourage people to go to the sale and try to find one that might turn out. By Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 23 - Wakizashi Hanover's victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was the highlight of a harness racing record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday's 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night's wager was up 24.9 per cent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014. A total of $681,716 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race, a 43.8 per cent increase over the race handle on the 2014 edition. On track, Mohawk Racetrack was packed from wall to wall with an attendance of approximately 12,000 people, which helped elevate the on track handle 20.6 per cent in comparison to last year's Cup. Fans and horseplayers were entertained all evening with a fantastic card of harness racing, live music, food trucks and giveaways. The hashtag #NACup was a top trend in the Toronto area Saturday evening and was also trending across Canada. Live racing continues at Mohawk every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all summer long. Post time each night is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Frehold, NJ --- Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter by Kadabra, reclaimed the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following her stakes-record 1:51.4 win in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover, a 3-year-old male pacer, made a big move into the Top 10, adding 209 points to his total from last week to land at No. 4 in the rankings. Wakizashi Hanover defeated previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit by three-quarters of a length to win the Cup in 1:48, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record. Wiggle It Jiggleit fell from the top spot to second in the poll. JL Cruze, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by a half-length over Father Patrick in 1:50.4, moved from fifth to third in this week’s rankings. Father Patrick is fifth. Another newcomer to the Top 10 is Doo Wop Hanover, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, and joined the group at No. 6. Doo Wop Hanover won by one length over fellow Top 10 member Rockeyed Optimist in 2:02.3, setting the world record for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 6 – 6/23/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (29) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 342 2 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (4) 3pg 11-10-1-0 $338,242 283 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 255 5 4 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 6-5-1-0 $494,418 242 -- 5 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 4 6 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 114 -- 7 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 109 8 8 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 96 7 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 67 9 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 5-4-0-0 $264,095 65 3 Also: Artspeak (49); State Treasurer (44); Lady Shadow (33); Canepa Hanover (18); Crazy Wow, Uncle Lasse (12); Shake It Cerry (11); Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll, Habitat, Physicallyinclined (8); Yagonnakissmeornot (7); Foiled Again (6); Lost For Words (4); The Show Returns (3); Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns, JK She’salady (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

The Canadian harness racing breeding industry had a stellar day yesterday at Mohawk with several of the day's features captured by stock sired by Canadian based stallions. Leading the way was the evergreen Mach Three who had a day to remember. His three year old daughter Wrangler Magic took out the $479,000 Fan Hanover in 1:50.2 and another daughter in Solar Sister flashed home late for an unlucky third in the same race. Physicallyinclined, a son of Mach Three who missed the North American Cup Final after having no luck in his division last week, showed he wouldn't have been out of it in the big dance when he easily won the $75,000 North American Cup consolation in a sharp 1:49 after starting from barrier eight.  Mach Three progeny also won two other races on the undercard in a timely reminder to breeders of what a great stallion he is. The great trotting mare Bee A Magician was her old self once again, completely dominating the $272,000 Armbro Flight, clearing out for an easy victory in a smart 1:51.4. It was the daughter of Kadabra's 37th lifetime victory and took her earnings to $3,174,386 and it looks like there is plenty more to come. Another Canadian based sire to taste victory on the day was Shadow Play. His outstanding daughter Lady Shadow franked her good form this season with a dominant win in the $350,000 Roses Are Red in a very sharp 1:48.3 It was Lady Shadow's 14th career victory and took her earning to $692,679. The other highlight on the day for Canadian breeders was the victory by Hemi Seelster in the $233,000 Goodtimes Final for three year old trotters. A son of the first crop of the Ontario based sire Holiday Road 1:52.4 ($426,200), Hemi Seelster was aided by a couple of the favourites galloping but he still got the job done in 1:54 Those results yesterday at Mohawk were a timely to North American breeders that  the Canadian based stallions can more than hold their own against all comers. Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...Wakizashi Hanover, driven by Tim Tetrick, sat a perfect two-hole trip behind the pacesetting heavy favourite and previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit, before charging by the leader in deep stretch to win capture the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, the richest harness racing pacing event in the world, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48. The final time was just a fifth of a second off the stakes record at Mohawk set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012. It also marked the 18th time that an elim winner had also won the final. Named for a ceremonial Japanese sword, 'Wakizashi' had come into the final off a blazing 1:49.2 elim win, when he threw down a :25.3 final quarter while upsetting last year's division champion Artspeak. The 32nd edition of the Cup brought together the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, including the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, a perfect 11-for-11, including his elim in 1:49.2 and Wakizashi Hanover, who tipped his hand last week as well. For Tetrick, it was his second Cup win, following a victory with favoured Captaintreacherous in 2013. Wakizashi Hanover, purchased for only $23,000 at the Harrisburg Sale in 2013, is owned by a group of Nova Scotians, based in Truro, and trained by Joann Looney-King. The Cup was his fifth and biggest win in six starts this year, after taking two of six last year. But the gelded son of Dragon Again-Western Gesture, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania, has only been worse than second once. The sire was fourth to Straight Path in the 1998 Cup. "It worked out perfect," said Tetrick. "I got to follow a really good horse (Wiggle It Jiggleit) and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He's a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He's versatile. He's a good horse and he's got tons of speed." As expected, Wiggle It Jiggleit, driven by 24-year-old Montrell Teague for his father, owner George Teague, went immediately to the front, laying down fractions of :25.1 (equalling the fastest Cup first-quarter), 53.3 for the half and 1:21 for three-quarters. But right on his tail throughout was Wakizashi Hanover, who was then angled out in mid-stretch and wore down the leader for the mild surprise by three-quarters of a length. Betting Exchange came on for third, three lengths behind the winner, while In The Arsenal, another elim winner from last week, was fourth. "Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it's just been phenomenal," said co-owner Bruce Kennedy, who along with his partners, races under the Tri County Stable banner. "We're living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they're hooked, I hope. "We've got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We're all small time operators. I don't know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver but we did. We had the package coming in." Wakizashi Hanover earned $500,000 for the prestigious win, pushing his career bankroll to almost $700,000. Sent postward the 5-1 third choice, he paid $13.40, $4 and $3.20, combining with Wiggle It Jiggleit ($2.50, $2.20) for a $30.60 (2-3) exactor. A 2-3-4 (Betting Exchange, $8.40) triactor came back $235.10, while a $1 Superfecta [2-3-4-5 (In The Arsenal)] was worth $410.45. Mark McKelvie

The 'Stable That God Loves', a major fundraising initiative that has attracted the attention of mainstream media and embraced by a groundswell of support from harness racing horsepeople that have a collective purpose to help their own, will be featured on national television Saturday night.   The feature will be aired on TSN television at 10:00 pm Eastern as part of the $1. million Pepsi North America Cup telecast, Canada's richest race for three-year-old pacers at Mohawk Raceway in Campbellville, Ontario.   Multi -Award-winning television producer, Paul Salvalaggio, of the Woodbine broadcast department, whose impressive list of credits include O'Brien and Dan Patch awards for his excellent work in producing equine features, is the producer of the Stable That God Loves feature for TSN television.   The Stable That God Loves is a fundraising initiative for the Standardbred Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada. As part of the program, one per cent of each horse's purse earnings in 2015 is donated to the Chaplaincy, which is dedicated to providing for the emotional, physical, spiritual and human needs of the horse racing work force in southwestern Ontario.   Stables large and small have named their stable stars to the Stable That God Loves. Some horsemen have pledged their entire stable, a gesture that speaks volumes for their huge support of the program.   The Stable That God Loves is bursting at the seams There are 60 trotters and pacers and one Thoroughbred bedded down in the Stable That God Loves, and on any given day (night) its stable members can be found competing and winning at major U.S. and Canadian racetracks.   The Stable is chalking up some impressive numbers. Purse earnings recently surpassed the $1 million dollar mark and the 27 starters in the program have notched 39 wins, 30 seconds and 26 thirds from 134 trips postward.   Madefromlucky, a recent starter in the $1.5 million Belmont Stakes, and the lone Thoroughbred in the Stable That God Loves, is the top money-winner in the program with $390,000 for owner Mac Nichol of Erin, Ontario. Puslinch, Ontario owner Michael Guerrierio is the largest contributor to The Stable with nine Dave Menary-trained, co-owned trotters and pacers.   Post time for Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is 10:40pm . Bill Galvin

Five years after harness racing trainer Casie Coleman won the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup and set Sportswriter on track to become the leading stallion in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, the trainer is back in the NA Cup with Arque Hanover. Casie Coleman of Cambridge remembers Sportswriter’s 2010 victory in the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack as if it was yesterday, not five years ago. “Saying that, I’ve got three-year-olds of his in the barn,” she said, laughing. “Time flies.” Sportswriter, now based at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, ON, is the leading stallion in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Coleman said it all started with his Pepsi North America Cup win. “We had a rough Cup week with Sportswriter. I wasn’t even sure we were going to be able to race in the final that week (due to serious feet problems). He ended up winning it and it was pretty special,” Coleman said. “Obviously that sealed the deal to take him to stud which was going to be a huge stepping stone. So far, he’s proven himself as a sire.” Saturday night, Coleman will try to win the NA Cup for the second time in her career. She sends out Arque Hanover from post seven with Hall of Famer John Campbell in the bike on behalf of part-owner and fellow trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh, ON. Earlier this year, Gillis sent Arque Hanover to Coleman’s U.S. stable to race in a stakes event at Yonkers Raceway in New York City. Coleman maintains stables in Canada and New Jersey. When Arque Hanover returned to Canada, Gillis and fellow owners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON, Big Als Stable of Woodbridge, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY opted to keep the son of Rock N Roll Heaven with Coleman for the North America Cup run. “Switching barns back and forth so many times wasn’t going to make much sense for the horse. So, they just decided they would keep him with me for the Cup. Then after the Cup he’s going back to the States and he’s pretty fully staked through the summer in the U.S.” Coleman said she was impressed with Arque Hanover’s second-place finish in his NA Cup elimination on June 13, despite finishing six lengths behind morning line Cup favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit, an opponent Coleman calls “an absolute creature. No one’s beaten him, yet, and he’s just been awesome.” Arque Hanover, winless in five starts this year, has been pegged at 25-1 in the morning line. “Hopefully, they can go some speed duels up front. I don’t believe mine will be part of the speed duel, but you never know. He can leave lots if (John) Campbell decides to do that. But, in a perfect world, I’d love to somehow be second over. That would be sweet, but I’m a realist… Not many people can beat Wiggle It Jiggleit, especially the way he looked last week. But, it’s a horse race. You never know and I think my horse is as good as any of the other ones.” “He’s just a sweetheart. He’s good-gaited, he’s a nice horse in the barn. Everything we’ve asked of him, he does it. He just wants to do his job. He digs hard right to the wire and he definitely doesn’t want to be beaten. We’ve only had the horse about a month or so, but, so far, I haven’t found many bad qualities on him.” The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is race 12 on a gangbusters 15-race, stakes-rich Mohawk card that starts with a 6:30 p.m. first-race post. The Pepsi North America Cup will also be televised live on TSN. The show begins at 10 p.m. For more information about the Pepsi North America Cup, including a long list of fan promotions, please visit: www.northamericacup.com Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; and The Graduate Series third leg, Meadowlands Racetrack, East Rutherford, N.J. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 20) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$479,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$350,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$272,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters and the C$233,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Friday night (June 19) will see Meadowlands Racetrack host the $100,000 third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters and pacers. Two-time Dan Patch Award winner Father Patrick leads a full field of 10 in the trot, while 12 horses will race in the pace, slated for the added distance of 1-1/8 miles. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadowlands entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $175,000 Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield Park. Harness racing's longest shining star, Foiled Again, became the first three-time champion of the Battle of Lake Erie when he crossed the wire a winner on Friday (June 12). Approaching the start the 11-year-old was already the richest Standardbred of all-time and became the first horse to earn in excess of $7 million with his triumph. Foiled Again (Dragon Again-In A Safe Place) is owned by the partnership of Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and JJK Stables. He is trained by Ron Burke, who called upon Matt Kakaley to drive. Foiled Again started from post five and sat fourth through the :26 opening quarter. Kakaley pulled Foiled Again in the second panel and he remained first-over through times of :53.4 and 1:21.3. Foiled Again took advantage of his chance when Luck Be Withyou, who had led throughout, went offstride entering the final turn. Foiled Again inherited the lead and fought off his competition in the stretch to win by a neck over stablemate Clear Vision, stopping the timer at 1:50.3. The win pushes Foiled Again's earnings to $7,012,531. Five sets of eliminations for this weekend's Mohawk stakes finals were also part of last week's Grand Circuit action. Leading the way were the finest 3-year-old pacing colts on the continent facing off in three Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Wiggle It Jiggleit, In The Arsenal and Wakizashi Hanover all turned in victories heading into this weekend's C$1 million final. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11-for-11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the horse's owner George Teague Jr., busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Following the impressive first elim win by Wiggle It Jiggleit, it was heavily-favored In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did, but just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck the front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who finished second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers. He has taken 10 of 15 overall for trainer Kelvin Harrison. Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a 1-3/4 length win over the 1-5 choice Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year prior to the elimination, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's 2-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 203; 2. Brian Sears - 188; 3. Tim Tetrick - 165; 4. Daniel Dube - 157; 5. David Miller - 135. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 321; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 188; 3. Rene Allard - 135; 4. Jimmy Takter - 130; 5. Nifty Norman - 70. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 165.5; 2. Burke Racing - 85.25; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 77.05; 4. Allard Racing - 43.3; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. The Meadowlands will host a leg of the TVG Free For All series for older trotters on Friday (June 26), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 27). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 16 - Last weekend’s elimination winners Wiggle It Jiggleit, Wakizashi Hanover and In The Arsenal headline a harness racing field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.  The 32nd edition of the world’s richest pacing event, showcasing the finest three-year-olds on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. and will be shown live on TSN1 in a special one-hour presentation from 10:00 – 11:00 p.m. ET.   The winner earns $500,000. Post positions were drawn Tuesday at Mohawk, with Toronto Maple Leafs forward Peter Holland as the guest drawmaster. Last Saturday, three eliminations were held to determine the field for the final. The top three finishers in each, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified.  In addition, the three winners earned their connections the right to choose a post position before the balance of the field is drawn.  Seventeen of the past 31 Cup winners won their elimination. The 8/5 morning line favourite is the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, owned by George Teague Jr. of Harrington, Delaware and driven by his son, Montrell.  Turned over to trainer Clyde Francis in February, the son of Mr Wiggles has been positively brilliant all season. Francis selected post three for the colt at Tuesday’s draw. Wiggle It Jiggleit set a world mark of 1:49 for three-year-old pacers on a half-mile track on May 11 at Harrington, winning by 14 ¼ lengths.   He also won the first Cup elim last Saturday, coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2.   Wiggle It Jiggleit sports a perfect 11 for 11 career record after starting only once as a two-year-old but has only banked a relatively modest $167,242. The last undefeated horse to win the Cup was the incomparable Somebeachsomewhere in 2008. Teague also co-owned and campaigned 2006 Cup winner Total Truth and 2004 Harness Horse of the Year Rainbow Blue.  Wakizashi Hanover, owned by Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia, scored an upset in the third elim, beating the 1-5 favourite Artspeak by one and three-quarter lengths.   The son of Dragon Again, who was driven by Tim Tetrick, was clocked in 1:49.2, a life best.   The connections of Wakizashi Hanover selected post two for the rich final and he has been installed as the 5/2 second favourite. Overall, he’s taken six of 11 career starts, with four second-place finishes for trainer Joann Looney King.  Tetrick won the 2013 Cup with Captaintreacherous. In The Arsenal, trained by Kelvin Harrison, won his elim by a half-length over Penji Hanover in 1:49.4.  His connections selected post five for the million dollar final. The son of American Ideal is unbeaten in four starts this year and won the Rooney final at Yonkers on May 30.   With 10 wins in 15 career outings, he’s the field’s second leading money earner with $606,843.   Brian Sears, who won the 2005 Cup with Rocknroll Hanover and last year’s renewal with JK Endofanera, will drive In The Arsenal. He is 7/2 on the morning line. Artspeak, driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Tony Alagna, has won two of three races this year, after a monstrous juvenile campaign which saw the son of Western Ideal win eight of 10 starts, including the rich Metro Pace at Mohawk and Governor’s Cup at Woodbine, en route to two-year-old colt pacer championship honours in both Canada and the United States.   However, the field’s leading money winner with $878,227 was upset by Wakizashi Hanover in his elim and drew post ten for the final. Alagna trained 2013 Cup winner Captaintreacherous. Trainer Casie Coleman, who won the 2010 Pepsi North America Cup with Sportswriter, will send out Arque Hanover, a three-time winner in 15 starts who finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in his elim.  The Coleman trainee drew post seven for Saturday’s race.  The three-time winner is co-owned by three Ontarians, Jeffrey Gillis of Hillsburgh, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Big Als Stables of Woodbridge, along with Buffalo’s Gerald Stay. Betting Exchange, trained and co-owned by Thomas Fanning of Jackson, New Jersey, finished third to Wakizashi Hanover in his elimination, following a head loss to In The Arsenal in the $300,000 Rooney Final at Yonkers.   David Miller, who has twice finished second and twice third in the Cup, will drive the son of 2001 Cup winner Bettor's Delight from post four. North America’s leading trainer Ron Burke, who won last year’s Cup with JK Endofanera, has Yankee Bounty in the line-up from post six.  The son of 2003 Cup winner Yankee Cruiser finished third to Wiggle It Jiggleit in his elim.  Last year, he won eight of 10 starts and $328,501 but is winless in five outings this season.  Corey Callahan drives. Penji Hanover, a son of last year’s Cup winning sire Art Major, finished a troubled second, just a half-length behind In The Arsenal in his elim, after also finishing second in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere on June 6.  Trained by Ben Wallace, Penji Hanover will be driven by Chris Christoforou from post nine. Good Friday Three, trained by Rob Fellows for William Mackay of Grimsby and co-breeders David Serwatuk of Hamilton and Robin Watts of Burlington, closed to finish third to In The Arsenal in his elim, just three-quarters of a length behind.   The son of Mach Three, who sired Somebeachsomewhere, is the only horse in the field who did not race as a two-year-old.   He’s won two of nine starts and will start from the rail. Hurrikane Ali, trained by John McDermott, finished fourth to Wiggle It Jiggleit in his elim but drew into the final.  After going winless in five trips last year, the son of 2005 Cup winner Rocknroll Hanover has taken three of five starts this year with driver Yannick Gingras. The McDermott trainee has post eight in the final. In 2012, Thinking Out Loud set the stakes record of 1:47.4 at Mohawk, eclipsing the former mark of 1:48.1 established by Well Said in 2009 while Hall of Famer Bettors Delight has won the race by the largest margin, four and one-half lengths, in 2001.  Other winners of the Cup, which began in 1984 at Greenwood Raceway, include such champions as Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cams Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The Cup was raced at Greenwood from 1984-93, followed by Woodbine from 1994-2006.  It was held at Mohawk Racetrack for the first time in 2007.  The shortest-priced winners, at $2.70, are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the highest win payoff, $93.60. Horseplayers will get an added bonus on Pepsi North America Cup night when Mohawk will offer three Pick-4 wagers including an “All Stakes Pick-4.” The All Stakes Pick-4, with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, will run from Race 9 through 12 and features the $350,000 Roses Are Red for filly and mare pacers, Mohawk Gold Cup, Fan Hanover and concludes with the Pepsi North America Cup. The $479,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies includes elim winners Moonlit Dance and Sassa Hanover, along with JK Shesalady, the Harness Horse of the Year in both Canada and the United States, who shockingly suffered her first career loss in 14 starts last week when finishing fourth in her elim. Post time for the first of 15 races on the spectacular Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the full field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Post-Horse-Sire-Driver-Morning Line 1. Good Friday Three - Mach Three - TBA – 20/1 2. Wakizashi Hanover - Dragon Again -  Tim Tetrick – 5/2 3. Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles -  Montrell Teague – 8/5 4. Betting Exchange - Bettor's Delight -  David Miller – 15/1 5. In The Arsenal  - American Ideal -  Brian Sears – 7/2 6. Yankee Bounty  - Dragon Again -  Corey Callahan – 20/1 7. Arque Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - TBA – 25/1 8. Hurrikane Ali - Rocknroll Hanover -  Yannick Gingras – 25/1 9. Penji Hanover - Art Major -  Chris Christoforou – 20/1 10. Artspeak - Western Ideal -  Scott Zeron   -  5/1 AE: Split The House - Rocknroll Hanover -  Randy Waples -   15/1 Mark McKelvie

Freehold, NJ --- North America Cup finalists Wiggle It Jiggleit and In The Arsenal enjoyed big moves in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll. Wiggle It Jiggleit, undefeated in 11 career races, strengthened his hold on No. 1 following his six length, 1:49.2 win in his North America Cup elimination last weekend at Mohawk Racetrack. In The Arsenal vaulted from seventh to third thanks to his own elim triumph in 1:49.4. Older female trotter Bee A Magician, who won her elimination for the Armbro Flight Stakes in a Canadian-record 1:51.1, remained No. 2 in the rankings. The only newcomer to join the Top 10 this week is Canepa Hanover, a 3-year-old male trotter who won his elimination for the Goodtimes Stakes by 11-1/2 lengths in a track-record-equaling 1:51.3 at Mohawk. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 5 – 6/16/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Wiggle It Jiggleit (29) 3pg 10-10-0-0 $155,992 342 1 2 Bee A Magician (5) 5tm 6-5-1-0 $284,910 311 2 3 In The Arsenal 3pc 4-4-0-0 $205,775 206 7 4 Father Patrick 4th 2-1-1-0 $89,062 196 4 5 JL Cruze 4tg 14-12-2-0 $183,638 152 5 6 Artspeak 3pc 3-2-1-0 $70,125 138 3 7 Mission Brief (1) 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 121 6 8 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 112 10 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 10-9-1-0 $153,525 73 9 10 Canepa Hanover 3tc 5-2-2-1 $76,000 56 -- Also: Shake It Cerry (54); Wakizashi Hanover (33); Doo Wop Hanover, JK She’salady (28); Uncle Lasse (17); Foiled Again (14); Habitat, JK Endofanera (8); All Bets Off (7); State Treasurer (6); Sassa Hanover (5); Bourbon Bay (4); Lost For Words (3); Domethatagain, Lady Shadow, Moonlit Dance (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13...The finest three-year-old pacers in harness racing battled it out Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in a trio of $50,000 eliminations for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The first Cup elimination saw the undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit, as expected, prevail with yet another dominant performance. Sent postward the overwhelming public choice in the field of eight, the son of Mr Wiggles, who finished fourth to Well Said in the 2009 Cup, thus kept his unblemished record intact, now a perfect 11 for 11, 10 starts of which have come this year already in a very busy campaign. Wiggle It Jiggleit, with driver Montrell Teague, the son of the owner, busted out from the start, getting the first quarter in :26.2, then slowing to a crawl while still in front, reaching the half in a pedestrian :56.3. From there, it was all over, as the pacesetter turned back a brief challenge from Arque Hanover, getting to three-quarters in 1:23.3, before coasting home by six lengths in 1:49.2. Arque Hanover hung on for second, with Yankee Bounty third and Hurrikane Ali, who had chased the leader early, dropping to fourth. Trained by Clyde Francis for owner George Teague Jr., Wiggle It Jiggleit has hardly been breathed on in his 11 romps, his smallest margin of victory being one and one-half lengths. "Yes, that's exactly how I wanted it (a soft second quarter)," said Teague. "I didn't want to go another (1) :48 or anything like that. We'll wait till next week for that when the money's down. I took him off the gate just in case but I timed the gate perfectly and he stormed out of there like it was nothing. I hope he continues to do it (answer the call) and I'm having fun doing it with him." There's a lot of similarities between Wiggle It Jiggleit and Mr Wiggles, said owner Teague, who also campaigned the sire. "The other horse (Mr Wiggles) doesn't get the recognition he deserves," said Teague. "He won a couple of major races. But this horse is the best horse I've ever trained by far. Very intelligent, speed. I've never trained one as fast as him." Teague also trained (along with sister Brenda) and co-owned Total Truth, who won the 2006 Pepsi North America Cup. Last month, Wiggle It Jiggleit set a world record of 1:49 for a half-mile track when winning by over 14 lengths on May 11 at HarringtonPark in Delaware. Wiggle It Jiggleit paid $2.10, $2.10 (no show wagering), combining with Arque Hanover ($8.10) for a $16.80 (5-3) exactor. A 5-3-6 (Yankee Bounty) triactor was worth $83.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-3-6-4 (Hurrikane Ali)] came back $172.20. Wiggle It Jiggleit Following the impressive first elim win by undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit in 1:49.2, it was heavily-favoured In The Arsenal's turn to show his firepower. And he did. But just barely. With Brian Sears at the controls, In The Arsenal tracked from fourth for most of the mile, as Go Daddy Go took the field through a quarter in :26.3, the half in 54.4 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. The son of American Ideal had powered up to challenge the leader off the far turn, struck front in early stretch, then had enough left to hold off a raft of pursuers, including Penji Hanover, who once again finished a troubled second, a half-length behind, with Good Friday Three third and Revenge Shark fourth, in 1:49.4. With the win, In The Arsenal remained unbeaten in four starts this year, including the rich Rooney final at Yonkers May 30, has taken 10 of 15 overall and will come into the Cup with earnings of over $600,000. "He did in the hard way," said trainer Kelvin Harrison. "He come first up. He was a safe winner. I think the biggest thing about him this year is he's a whole lot smarter than he was last year. When we started him up last year, he was hard to stop. Now he'll race smart. He's very athletic. He's grown a lot actually. He was really small early. He's come through it in good shape. Wasn't that hard a race for him and seems nice and fresh when he came back. So hopefully we'll be okay. He's got wild speed, he's got it all." Sears has won two Pepsi North America Cups...in 2005 with Rocknroll Hanover and last year with JK Endofanera. In The Arsenal paid $3.90, $2.70 and $2.70, combining with Penji Hanover ($8, $6.20) for a $31.30 (7-2) exactor. A 7-2-3 (Good Friday Three, $11.30) triactor returned a solid $608.40, while a $1 Superfecta [7-2-3-6 (Revenge Shark)] was worth $1,509.40. In The Arsenal Wakizashi Hanover and driver Tim Tetrick pulled off an upset in the third and final Pepsi North America Cup elimination, roaring from well back and rolling to a one and three-quarter length win over the 1-5 choice, Artspeak. A winner in three of his four outings this year, prior to the elim, the son of Dragon Again got the job done in a career best 1:49.2. Owned by Tri County Stable of Truro, Nova Scotia and trained by Joann Looney King, Wakizashi Hanover was sixth and widest turning for home before turning on the jets and powering past the leaders. While no match for the winner, Artspeak, last year's two-year-old pacing colt champion in both Canada and the United States, came on for second, as pacesetter Betting Exchange hung on for third. Split The House wound up fourth. "I was very confident coming in," said Tetrick, who steered Captaintreacherous to victory in the 2013 Pepsi North America Cup. "I knew Artspeak was a great horse and he'd be tough to beat. But I had a lot of confidence in my horse. He's been good all along. He's had some tough trips that haven't always worked out. But he's always right there. He's always on the ticket. He likes to finish. "My horse was really grabbing on (around the final turn) and Artspeak was kind of struggling. I just let him rip. He circled them and he paced to the wire really strong. I'm really happy with the horse. He's coming into the race (next Saturday's final) great. The connections are doing a great job. Give us the right trip and I think he can go with just about anything out there." Rock N Roll World took the field through an opening quarter in :26.3 before Betting Exchange grabbed command (:54.2 for the half, 1:22.4 for three-quarters), as Artspeak lingered in fifth and Wakizashi Hanover sixth, until turning for home. Wakizashi Hanover paid $15.80, $4 and $3, combining with Artspeak ($2.30, $2.10) for a $37.10 (1-7) exactor. A 1-7-2 (Betting Exchange, $3.60) triactor was worth $190.40, while a $1 Superfecta [1-7-2-5 (Split The House)] returned $283.80. Wakizashi Hanover The top three finishers in each $50,000 elimination qualified for the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final, along with one fourth place finisher drawn by lot (Hurrikane Ali). More importantly, each winner earned his connections the right to select a post position before the balance of field is drawn on Tuesday. Here is the field, in alphabetical order, for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Arque Hanover by Rock N Roll Heaven Artspeak by Western Ideal Betting Exchange by Bettor's Delight Good Friday Three by Mach Three Hurrikane Ali by Rocknroll Hanover In The Arsenal by American Ideal Penji Hanover by Art Major Wakizashi Hanover by Dragon Again Wiggle It Jiggleit by Mr Wiggles Yankee Bounty by Dragon Again AE: Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover Jeff Timson for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - The buzz for this Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations is electric, but not lost in the shuffle is the excitement surrounding harness racing's previous two Horse of the Year recipients gracing the Campbellville oval. Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, and JK Shesalady, the 2014 Horse of the Year, will be strutting their stuff this weekend at Mohawk. Bee A Magician will make her Mohawk return Friday night in an elimination for the Armbro Flight Stakes. The "Queen Bee" will leave from post two in the first $35,000 elimination (Race 3) with regular driver Brian Sears in the sulky. The five-year-old daughter of Kadabra is off to a fantastic start this season with four wins from five starts, including a victory last Saturday in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial at Scioto Downs. The $100,000 in earnings Bee A Magician received for winning the Hill Memorial made her the newest member of the triple millionaire club with over $3 million in career earnings. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee has been installed as the 6/5 morning line favourite in Friday's elimination. The three-year-old pacing colts may take centre stage on Saturday night in the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations, but all eyes will be on JK Shesalady in an elimination for the Fan Hanover Stakes. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major puts her perfect 13 for 13 record on the line in Saturday's third-race. JK Shesalady will be making her second start of the season Saturday and will team up with driver Tim Tetrick to leave from post three. The Nancy Johansson trainee has had plenty of success north of the border. Last season, JK Shesalady won the $480,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk and the $424,000 Three Diamonds at Woodbine en route to being named Horse of the Year on both sides of the border. The sophomore pacing filly enters Saturday night with $947,375 in career earnings. JK Shesalady is the overwhelming 2/5 morning line choice in her elimination. Both Bee A Magician and JK Shesalady are big fans of Mohawk Racetrack. Bee A Magician has won 14 of 16 career starts over the Campbellville oval, while JK Shesalady is a perfect three for three at Mohawk. Fans won't want to miss the opportunity to see two of harness racing's superstars race on back-to-back evenings this weekend. If all goes well for Bee A Magician and JK Shesalady, both stars could be racing on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 20). Post time Friday and Saturday evening is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 11 - As bidding stalled at $7,000 on one of White Birch Farm's yearlings at the Harrisburg sale in 2013, Farm Manager Steve Williams felt compelled to act. Choosing to buy the colt back for $7,500, he soon proved to be the ultimate harness racing bargain. Making his first start on Canadian soil in the second $50,000 North America Cup elimination on Saturday night, In The Arsenal will be looking to extend his sophomore win-streak after going three for three to start his campaign. In his first start of 2015, the American Ideal colt captured a New York Sires Stakes event in a tidy 1:50 before finishing on top in both his Art Rooney elimination and the $300,000 final. Choosing to forego the Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk Racetrack on June 6, trainer Kelvin Harrison believes he is good and fresh going into the eliminations. "He's a little more mature as a three year old," said Harrison. "He didn't grow much but he is a lot smarter than he was last year. "I didn't feel it was necessary to send him to the 'Somebeach'. He raced three weeks in a row and I wanted him to get some rest before the North America Cup." In The Arsenal's freshman campaign saw a 6-1-1 record in eleven starts, banking just shy of $400,000. Owned by White Birch Farm and In The Arsenal Racing, he took a mark of 1:49.4 over Lexington in September before rounding out the season with an impressive performance in the Breeders Crown final, finishing second by a head to Traceur Hanover. Though he picked up the lion's share of the purse in the Art Rooney final on May 30, a slight bobble at the wire gave fans pause and nearly cost him the race. Fortunately, Harrison believes this nothing to show concern over. "It was the finish lights at Yonkers. There was a little bit of sunlight peaking over the building and he ducked a little sideways. He made it look worse than it actually was." The fourteenth foal out of Ladyotra headed north Wednesday morning with Harrison following suit on Thursday. Brian Sears is confirmed to drive, after establishing a successful partnership with the colt in his last nine starts. "He's going to be stabled at (Richard) 'Nifty' Norman's place. Hopefully we'll be there after the eliminations and for the final." In The Arsenal's first start in Canada will bring Harrison back to Mohawk after a seven year hiatus. His last start came in the Breeders Crown Open Mare Pace where his trainee Free held off a hard-closing Invitro to finish third. He will be looking for repeat success, with a finish in the top three guaranteeing a coveted spot in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup Final on June 20. "He was very good coming out of the Rooney. He's obviously as good as anything I've ever had; he's a real tough horse." Harrison has seen his fair share of success, with $11.9 million in purses collected over the last thirteen years and he is hopeful In The Arsenal will do his part in helping him surpass the 1,000 win milestone. The three-year-old will start from post position seven and is one of only two horses in his elimination field to bypass the Somebeachsomewhere. He will face off against division winner Dudes the Man, who won handily in his 'Beach' division for Corey Callahan in 1:50.3, to his outside in post position eight. The field also includes Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go, who rallied to finish a strong second in his division after starting from the ten hole. Pennsylvania invader Allbeef N Nobull and The Wayfaring Man are likely to find themselves in the mix as well, posing a challenge for Harrison's trainee. "It's a talented field; they wouldn't be there if they weren't. It comes down to a little luck and a big effort. "It's like I always say 'it's not where you start, it's where you finish'." In The Arsenal is staked to the majority of major stakes event throughout the rest of the season, with the Meadowlands Pace and the Little Brown Jug on Harrison's radar. Twenty-four horses will start in three North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Betting Exchange heads to Saturday’s eliminations for the North America Cup looking for his first win of the season, but harness racing trainer Tom Fanning is looking for a strong effort after watching the colt register two near misses in his previous starts at Yonkers Raceway. Three eight-horse C$50,000 eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers will be contested Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top-three finishers from each group plus a fourth-place finisher drawn randomly advance to the C$1 million championship on June 20. The connections of elim winners earn the opportunity to select their post position for the final. Betting Exchange and driver David Miller will start from post No. 2 in the third elimination. The race also includes 2014 Dan Patch and O’Brien award-winner Artspeak,  2014 Breeders Crown champ Traceur Hanover, undefeated newcomer Split The House, and Wakizashi Hanover,  who has finished worse than second only once in 10 lifetime starts. “He’ll give a good account of himself,” Fanning said about the son of Bettor's Delight. “He’s a good horse. Dave Miller has a lot of confidence in him. He knows those horses and what they can do and if they can compete at that level. He certainly said bring him on up, so I think he’ll be OK.” Fanning owns Betting Exchange with Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz. The colt was purchased as a yearling for $24,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and is a half-brother to 2009 Battle of Waterloo winner Wellthereyougo. For his career, Betting Exchange has won three of 11 races and earned $168,188. His victories include two divisions of the New York Sire Stakes and a division of the Historic-Goshen Cup Stakes. Betting Exchange heads to the North America Cup eliminations off a second-place finish to In The Arsenal in the Art Rooney Pace on May 30. Betting Exchange, who raced on the outside until the middle of the second turn before getting a brief lead that he relinquished to In The Arsenal at the midway point of the race, was beaten by a head. A week earlier in his Rooney elimination, Betting Exchange was beaten by a neck by Sonofa Sizzle. In his two prior starts to the Rooney, he suffered broken equipment in a division of the New York Sire Stakes at Tioga Downs and finished eighth against older rivals in a conditioned race at the Meadowlands. In that start, he started from post nine and came home in :26 to lose by 5-1/4 lengths. “With the exception of the Tioga race, he’s been good,” Fanning said. “He was real good in the Rooney; he overcame kind of a tough trip and kept on coming. I like that. “I think the bigger track (at Mohawk) will help him. He can get around any size track but the bigger track will pick him up a little bit.” Artspeak, trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Scott Zeron, enters the North America Cup elims off a victory in the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship on May 30. He has won 10 of 12 lifetime starts, including the Metro Pace at Mohawk last season. Alagna won the 2013 North America Cup with Captaintreacherous. Rooney winner In The Arsenal, from the stable of trainer Kelvin Harrison, races in the second North America Cup elimination while George Teague Jr.’s undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit headlines the first group. Teague won the 2006 North America Cup with Total Truth. Saturday’s Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card will also feature eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers and the Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. For full information about the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup visit www.NorthAmericaCup.com. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Elimination #1 - Race 2 1. Maxdaddy Blue Chip - by Sportswriter - David Miller 2. Trading Up - by Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair 3. Arque Hanover - by Rock N Roll Heaven - Tim Tetrick 4. Hurrikane Ali - by Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit - by Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague 6. Yankee Bounty - by Dragon Again - Yannick Gingras 7. Drachan Hanover -  by Jeremes Jet - Rick Zeron 8. Physicallyinclined - by Mach Three - Paul MacDonell Elimination #2 - Race 6 1. Go Daddy Go - by Ponder - John Campbell 2. Penji Hanover - by Art Major - Chris Christoforou 3. Good Friday Three - by Mach Three - Chris Christoforou 4. Allbeef N Nobull - by Macardle - David Miller 5. The Wayfaring Man - by Dragon Again - Jack Moiseyev 6. Revenge Shark - by Cams Card Shark - Scott Zeron 7. In The Arsenal - by American Ideal - Brian Sears 8. Dudes The Man - by American Ideal - Corey Callahan Elimination #3 - Race 8 1. Wakizashi Hanover - by Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick 2. Betting Exchange - by Bettor's Delight - David Miller 3. Sicily - by Art Major - Yannick Gingras 4. Rock N Roll World - by Rocknroll Hanover - Sylvain Filion 5. Split The House - by Rocknroll Hanover - Randy Waples 6. Traceur Hanover - by Western Ideal - Randy Waples 7. Artspeak - by Western Ideal - Scott Zeron 8. Pierce Hanover - by Cams Card Shark - Jody Jamieson by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications   

This Week's harness racing: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; and Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week begins on Friday (June 12) at Northfield Park with the $175,000 Battle Of Lake Erie for older pacing horses. Mohawk Racetrack will also host Grand Circuit racing on Friday with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 13) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Northfield Park race can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters at Scioto Downs. Bee A Magician, driven by Brian Sears, dug deep to win the Hill Memorial in 1:53.3 on Saturday night (June 6). Sent off as the favorite at odds of 1-5, the 5-year-old Kadabra mare and Sears floated out from post four as DW's NY Yank left from post five and Il Sogno Dream took the lead from post two. Bee A Magician, the lone mare in the race, ranged first-over and took the lead past the first quarter. The mare had an easy second quarter in :29.2 before Natural Herbie came first-over. Near the three-quarters, Lindy's Tru Grit moved three-wide, but Bee A Magician found another gear and opened up in the stretch. DW's NY Yank was closing at the wire, but could only get within a half-length of the victor. Il Sogno Dream was third with Obrigado fourth. Bee A Magician is trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman for co-owners Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee. The daughter of Kadabra now has four wins in five starts this year, with her lone loss coming to Father Patrick in the Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia. The victory vaulted Bee A Magician over the $3 million mark in career earnings. Suit And Tie was dressed for success in Saturday's Currier & Ives open division at The Meadows, promenading through the Lightning Lane to earn a narrow victory in the $119,565 stake for 3-year-old trotters. Suit And Tie had won only two of his previous 21 starts and was somewhat overshadowed by his stablemate, Boots N Chains, who also started in the Currier & Ives. Boots N Chains had to work hard for the lead, securing it at the three-eighths, and was pressured by the first-over Chef Lee. That set the stage for Suit And Tie's rally, as he poured through for Aaron Merriman and scored in a career-best 1:54.1. Shoot The Thrill, who was pushed four wide through the final turn, trotted wide gamely, but came up a nose short while Boots N Chains saved show. John Butenschoen trains Suit And Tie a daughter of Andover Hall for William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2015, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2015 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend: Drivers: 1. Brian Sears - 168; 2. Yannick Gingras - 163: 3. Daniel Dube - 157; 4. Tim Tetrick - 132; 5. David Miller - 126. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 279; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 186; 3. Rene Allard - 130; 4. Jimmy Takter - 95; 5. Nifty Norman - 60. Owners: 1. Bamond Racing - 164.5; 2. Burke Racing - 73.55; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 65.35; 4. Allard Racing - 41.6; 5. Jeff Snyder - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk and the Meadowlands next weekend. Mohawk will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 20), while the Meadowlands will card the third leg of The Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters on Friday (June 19). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 9 - The finest three-year-old pacers in harness racing will go postward Saturday night (June 13) at Mohawk Racetrack in three eliminations for the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 24 three-year-old colts and geldings have been split into three $50,000 eliminations. The top-three finishers from each eight-horse elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the rich final on Saturday, June 20. Each elimination winner will earn the right to select their post position for the final. The Pepsi North America Cup is the richest harness race in Canada and the richest event for three-year-old pacers in North America. The first elimination (Race 2) features the undefeated world champion Wiggle It Jiggleit (PP5, Montrell Teague). The George Teague stable star is a perfect ten for ten heading into the Cup eliminations. Wiggle It Jiggleit made headlines earlier this season when he became the fastest three-year-old ever on a half-mile track with a 1:49 performance at Harrington Raceway in Delaware. The undefeated sophomore has banked over $135,000 this season and races for trainer Clyde Francis. The second elimination (Race 6) features the Canadian debut of In The Arsenal (PP7, Brian Sears). The Kelvin Harrison trainee most recently won the $300,000 Art Rooney at Yonkers Raceway on May 30. In The Arsenal is undefeated in three starts this season after winning six of 11 starts as a rookie. His career earnings sit at just over $581,000. The Bob McIntosh trainee Go Daddy Go (PP1, John Campbell), a winner of over $452,000, and the Howard Okusko trainee Dudes The Man (PP8, Corey Callahan), a division winner in last week's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, will also line up in the second elimination. The third and final elimination (Race 8) will feature the return of last year's Metro Pace winner Artspeak (PP7, Scott Zeron) to Mohawk Racetrack. Last year's two-year-old pacing colt champion, Artspeak is two for two to start his sophomore season and is coming off an impressive 1:48.4 victory in the New Jersey Sires Stakes final on May 30. The Tony Alagna trainee was a perfect three for three last season at Mohawk and also captured the $565,000 Governors Cup at Woodbine in October. Artspeak is the richest starter in the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations with over $865,000 in earnings. A pair of local hopefuls will look to upset Artspeak in the final elimination. The James "Friday" Dean trainee Split The House (PP5, Randy Waples) is three for three to start his career entering the Cup eliminations, while the Ken and Ralph Sucee stable star Pierce Hanover (PP8, Jody Jamieson) is two for two this season. Since the inaugural Pepsi North America Cup in 1984, 16 Cup winners were victorious in their elimination. Only two of the last five Cup winners (Up The Credit and Captaintreacherous) won their elimination. Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card will also feature eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes and the Roses Are Red Stakes. For full information about the 2015 Pepsi North America Cup visit www.NorthAmericaCup.com Post time Saturday night is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Elimination #1 - Race 2 1. Maxdaddy Blue Chip - by Sportswriter - David Miller 2. Trading Up - by Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair 3. Arque Hanover - by Rock N Roll Heaven - Tim Tetrick 4. Hurrikane Ali - by Rocknroll Hanover - Yannick Gingras 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit - by Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague 6. Yankee Bounty - by Dragon Again - Yannick Gingras 7. Drachan Hanover -  by Jeremes Jet - Rick Zeron 8. Physicallyinclined - by Mach Three - Paul MacDonell Elimination #2 - Race 6 1. Go Daddy Go - by Ponder - John Campbell 2. Penji Hanover - by Art Major - Chris Christoforou 3. Good Friday Three - by Mach Three - Chris Christoforou 4. Allbeef N Nobull - by Macardle - David Miller 5. The Wayfaring Man - by Dragon Again - Jack Moiseyev 6. Revenge Shark - by Cams Card Shark - Scott Zeron 7. In The Arsenal - by American Ideal - Brian Sears 8. Dudes The Man - by American Ideal - Corey Callahan Elimination #3 - Race 8 1. Wakizashi Hanover - by Dragon Again - Tim Tetrick 2. Betting Exchange - by Bettor's Delight - David Miller 3. Sicily - by Art Major - Yannick Gingras 4. Rock N Roll World - by Rocknroll Hanover - Sylvain Filion 5. Split The House - by Rocknroll Hanover - Randy Waples 6. Traceur Hanover - by Western Ideal - Randy Waples 7. Artspeak - by Western Ideal - Scott Zeron 8. Pierce Hanover - by Cams Card Shark - Jody Jamieson   Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

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