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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight continued their respective hot streaks with harness racing victories in the She's A Great Lady eliminations Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 12 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into a pair of six-horse $35,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination punched their ticket to the final, while the winners also earned the right to select their post. In the first split, Thatsoveryverynice went gate-to-wire with ease to score her fourth win of the season. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the 1/5 faovurite, stepped out to the front without any challengers and posted an opening-panel of :28.4. The daughter of Vintage Master went unchallenged through the middle-half panels of :58.1 and 1:26.3 before pacing home under no urging in :27.4 for a 2½ length 1:54.2 victory. Upside Surprise finished second, while JK Fannie rounded out the Triactor. Albany Girl and Highland Rocksolid also secured spots in next week's final. A Tony Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice entered her elimination off a comfortable victory in the Eternal Camnation Stakes. Following the race, Jamieson noted that his filly got the job done easily once again. "Didn't even have to pull the plugs tonight and she was very strong," said Jamieson. "Each time I drive her she gets more impressive and tonight was no exception. Slow fractions, but to have no one around her and to be able to pull away under minimal urging and then shut her down halfway down the stretch, I mean I don't think she could be coming into the final in much better form." Thatsoveryverynice increased her earnings to over $142,000 for owners Alagna Racing LLC. and Marvin Katz with the victory. A $2 win ticket on the Alagna rookie paid $2.50. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to seven with a 1:54.2 victory in the second elimination. The Bob McIntosh trainee got away third with driver Randy Waples, while Blue Moon Stride posted fractions of :28.2 and :57.4. Around the final turn, Waples sent the 1/5 favourite first up, as the field paced by three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the stretch, L A Delight quickly paced by Blue Moon Stride and cruised home under minimal urging to win by a length and a half over a hard-closing Darlinonthebeach. Three Dreams finished third, while Blue Moon Stride and Ivy League rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Waples noted that McIntosh made an equipment change heading into this week's start. "Bob added them (earplugs) this week...I said to him last week after I raced her that she was just maybe getting a little bit warm compared to what she had been and he said okay no problem. He goes out changes her equipment, takes a filly that hasn't been beat (in five-starts) and makes her better. That's Bob McIntosh." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacer now has seven wins in eight starts and earnings of over $178,000. L A Delight paid $2.50 to win. L A Delight The post positions for next Saturday's (September 5) $455,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes Final PP/Horse 1. Three Dreams 2. Albany Girl 3. Thatsoveryverynice 4. L A Delight 5. Upside Surprise 6. Darlinonthebeach 7. Highland Rocksolid 8. Ivy League 9. JK Fannie 10.Blue Moon Stride AE: Show Time Hill Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 29, 2015 - Georgian Downs wrapped up their 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday evening with four impressive Grassroots performances from the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies. Stonebridge Quest paced the quickest mile of the four $18,000 divisions, rocketing around the Georgian Downs oval to a one and one-half length victory in 1:51.4. The Camluck daughter and driver Trevor Henry powered away from Post 7 as the heavy favourites and controlled the pace from start to finish, ringing up fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:23.3 on their way to the win. Warrawee Qually and Brown Brinny finished second and third. Arthur, ON resident Henry engineered Stonebridge Quest's third Grassroots win of the season for trainer Andrew McCabe and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph, ON and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Grassroots Championship winner at two, Stonebridge Quest currently sits second in the division standings with 150 points, assuring her of a berth in the Semi-finals. The top 20 point earners following the last regular season event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7, will compete in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals, also at Mohawk, and the top five finishers from each Semi-final will return to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. In addition to the win with Stonebridge Quest, Henry also piloted Evas Girl to victory in the last Grassroots division. Evas Girl also lined up behind the number seven on the Georgian Downs starting gate, but Henry opted for a different strategy with the Rambaran daughter, easing away from the start and landing on the rail in fifth. From that vantage point Henry watched Nationalize lead the field to a :26.4 quarter and a :55.3 half and then decided to send Evas Girl into the outer lane. When the fillies leading the charge up the outer lane failed to make any gains on the leader, Henry sent Evas Girl out three-wide and the filly had a short lead by the 1:24.2 three-quarters which she had increased to five lengths by the finish. The 1:53.2 clocking was a personal best for Evas Girl. I Wonder Why and Windsun Chanel completed the top three. Isaac Waxman of Dundas, ON trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, ON, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. In three Grassroots starts the filly now has two wins and one third for a total of 112 points and a share of fourth spot in the standings. Division leader Dublin Rose captured her third Grassroots trophy in the third division at Georgian Downs on Saturday. The Major In Art daughter delivered an impressive effort that saw her pressing pacesetter Machmeter for most of the mile before pulling away to a one-half length victory in the stretch. Much Adoo and Twin B Honour finished second and third in the 1:53 mile. Purchased by Finksburg, MD resident Jerry Clark from breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI following her Aug. 14 Grassroots start, Saturday's outing was Dublin Rose's first from trainer Dave Menary's Rockton, ON barn. Driver Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON steered the fan favourite to the win. With three wins and one second in the first four Grassroots events, Dublin Rose has accumulated 175 points. The other Grassroots division saw Lovely Erin earn the first Grassroots trophy of her career with a hard fought effort that saw her pressed through every step of the mile. The Sportswriter daughter hit the wire a neck in front of Got Some Spark and War Filly in 1:54.1 to secure the win. London, ON resident Nick Steward piloted Lovely Erin to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle, ON and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Third in her Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 14, Lovely Erin has 62 points and will be looking to pad that total in the last regular season event. In addition to the four Grassroots divisions, Georgian Downs fans were also treated to the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot, which was captured by Rockin With Dewey in 1:53.2. Bob McClure of Orangeville, ON crafted the win for trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON and his partner Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant, ON. Ontario Horse Racing

Smoke Monkey set the Hanover Raceway track record last Saturday when he won his elimination of the Balanced Image in 1:59.2 and was the favorite going into the harness racing final. However Ginger Road used his rail advantage to jump out to the early lead past the quarter in 28.2 and the half in 59.4.   Smoke Monkey got away 3rd at the quarter and moved to the outside before the half and following his first over lead was Georgies Pockets and driver Michael Vanderkemp. Smoke Monkey took over the lead at the ¾’s in 1:29 and it looked like it might be another track record for the 2 year old, but Georgies Pockets came out 3 wide to win the race in 1:59.1, one fifth of a second better than last weeks record.  Magical Steph got up for 2nd just ahead of Smoke Monkey who finished 3rd. Georgies Pockets is owned by the M T Pockets stable from Pompano Florida.   Driver Michiel Vanderkemp said afterwards he was grinning the whole mile because he followed Smoke Monkey around the whole trip and just had more to give in the stretch. Long time Farm Manager Doug Nash was on hand to present the Balanced Image trophy to the new champion. It was also 92.3 The Dock night at the races, and Jean Yenssen of Mount Forest won a $1,000 dollar travel voucher from Hanover Travel. Next week, Hanover Raceway plays host to 3 year old Trotting Fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes.   The OSS program will provide 100 T shirts to fans who purchase the 1st 100 programs at the information Kiosk, and CKNX Radio will be on hand to give away a 50 inch Smart TV to one lucky fan.   There will also be a live band playing as Craig Dougan from the Almost Hip will be on hand with music in between the races. Post time next Saturday September 5th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

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

AUGUST 27, 2015 - A few strides from the wire in Thursday's ninth race it looked as though Solar Sister's perfect Gold Series season would come to an end at Mohawk Racetrack, but the gritty harness racing three-year-old pacing filly fought to the end and extended her Ontario Sires Stakes win streak to four. "I think he backed her off a little around the last turn, hoping to get some room there, and then next thing he knew Mario (Baillargeon) was gone on him, so he had to gain a fair bit of ground to catch her," said trainer Gregg McNair of the race crafted by son Doug McNair. "She raced good, she's a good mare." Starting from Post 1, Doug McNair and Solar Sister had early command of the race, reaching the opening quarter in :26.3. However, a parked out Mario Baillargeon and Tessa Seelster decided the front end was more appealing than a spot among the followers and McNair chose not to disagree, allowing the challengers to take the lead before the :54.4 half. Fan favourites McNair and Solar Sister watched from the pocket as Baillargeon and Tessa Seelster reached the three-quarters in 1:23 and turning for home they were hemmed in by Maplelea mounting a charge in the outer lane. Once the fillies straightened out in the stretch, McNair was able to maneuver Solar Sister into an open lane, but it took every ounce of stubborn determination the filly possessed to reel in Tessa Seelster. The fillies hit the wire almost as one, with Solar Sister a narrow winner in 1:50.4. Capela was three lengths back in third. The victory was Solar Sister's fourth straight in Gold Series action, giving her a perfect score of 200 points in the sophomore pacing filly standings, a division Gregg McNair predicts will only get more interesting through the final Gold Leg and Super Final. "There's some good mares in there. I'd say there's a couple new ones there that nobody was looking for that much earlier in the year. They're just starting to pop out here now," said the Guelph, ON resident, adding that he was impressed with Tessa Seelster's effort. "The nice thing about her, she was parked around the first turn, so she raced a heck of a trip, then the ones that were one-two in the first division raced big," continued the horseman, whose Glamour Seelster was the runner-up in the first division, in her first Gold Series start. "It's shaping up to be a different looking division than it was two weeks ago." With the next Gold Leg not taking place until Oct. 1 at Flamboro Downs, many of the three-year-old pacing fillies will be battling in open stake events in the coming weeks. Among the races McNair is considering for Solar Sister are the Simcoe Stakes at Mohawk on Sept. 5 and the Jugette at the Delaware County Fairgrounds in Ohio on Sept. 23. "She's going to the Simcoe, then she'll go to, possibly, the Jugette," said McNair, who conditions the daughter of Mach Three and $1.4 million winner Cabrini Hanover for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "We'll see how she comes out of tonight and see how she races in the Simcoe. "We'd like to have her good for the Breeders Crown (Oct. 17 and 24) is what we'd like to have her good for, but it's a hard race to have them good for, because it's later on," added the trainer. "It's hard to keep them good all year, and she's been consistent here all year." Through 11 sophomore starts Solar Sister has accumulated seven wins, one second, one third and $384,112, giving her a two-season total just shy of $600,000. In addition to her flawless Gold Series record the filly swept her elimination and the final of the WEG-SBOA Stake in May and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final in June. Solar Sister The first $105,000 Gold division also featured a fierce stretch duel between fan favourite Wrangler Magic, pocket-sitter Cast No Shadow and McNair trainee Glamour Seelster. Wrangler Magic and driver Sylvain Filion took early command of the race, reeling off fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.1 with Cast No Shadow and Randy Waples tucked in behind them. Rolling off the final turn Waples tipped Cast No Shadow out and the filly accelerated past Wrangler Magic and held off a late charging Glamour Seelster to secure a one-quarter length victory in 1:51. Glamour Seelster earned the runner-up cheque, with Wrangler Seelster settling for third. The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Cast No Shadow, but not her first in stakes competition. The daughter of Shadow Play and $374,152 winner Hypnotize captured two legs of the Blossom Series and the final of the Princess Series in the spring. Through 15 starts she boasts a record of eight wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $185,544. Nick Gallucci of Brantford, ON conditions Cast No Shadow for owner Millard Adams of Carlisle, OH. Cast No Shadow Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 31 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. The freshman pacers will be featured in Races 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 on the 7:25 pm program. Ontario Horse Racing

Freehold, NJ --- The test is coming soon. Harness racing trainer John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel. Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$685,000 final on Sept. 5. The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the She’s A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice. Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands. “It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know. “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder (Ideal Rocky) will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.” With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight. “Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing. Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternity’s Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory. “We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part. “If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.” Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossy’s King Kong finishing second. “We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip. “But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.” Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One 1. Bank Shot Hanover by The Panderosa, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1 2. Blayde Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1 3. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1 4. Check Six by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2 5. Voracity by Sportswriter, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1 6. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1 7. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1 8. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1 Elimination Two 1. Carter Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Highlandbeachycove by Somebeachsomewhere, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1 3. Sossy’s King Kong by Dragon Again, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1 4. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1 5. Manny by American Ideal, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1 6. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5 7. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 8. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2 Elimination Three 1. Mind Trip by American Ideal, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1 2. Talk Show by Art Major, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1 3. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1 4. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1 5. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1 6. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2 7. Real Kid by Real Desire, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 27 - The virtue of consistency is not easily attained in the world of harness racing. Week by week, horses are put to the test seeking to improve upon their previous efforts. Like any professional athlete, horses thrive when they get into a rhythm. This, too, is no simple task. Communication between the front and back of the sulky is pivotal. When talent, communication, and tempo all mesh together, they generate a consistency that can seem nearly invincible. This has been the case of veteran horseman Rick Zeron and his Mohawk Racetrack-based five-year-old pacing standout, Shamballa. Since the duo first teamed up in June of 2014, they have made it to the winners' circle an eye-opening 15 times in 23 starts. With Zeron accounting for 12 of the bay's lifetime wins, it's needless to say that the two have settled into quite a groove. It is accurate to describe Shamballa as a late bloomer, falling under the cliche of "humble beginnings." He made his career debut in May of 2013, breaking his maiden after two tries at the Pennsylvania-based Pocono Downs. Following that first career score, the five-year-old gelding found mild success in the northeast U.S. circuit, making the majority of his starts at Pocono with a few trips to Harrah's Philadelphia. His three-year-old campaign wrapped up after totaling four wins in 11 starts. It was five races into his four-year-old season when Shamballa was introduced to trainer/driver Zeron. Shipping north to Mohawk for the first time, the son of Somebeachsomewhere placed third in his Canadian debut. The newly acquainted Zeron returned Shamballa to the track two weeks later, guiding the explosive pacer to a dominating five-length win in a career best 1.49:2. A start on July 14was a game changer. The two kicked off what would be a four-race winning streak that lasted through the month. Making his way up through the ranks, Shamballa has been racing at the Preferred level since last October. Since then, he has been simply dominant. The bay has won seven of 13 Preferred races, posting sub-1:50 final times in the majority of those starts. What makes this star a fan favourite is his racing style. He is the epitome of a closer and has even been referred to as the Zenyatta of harness racing. This gelding saves his energy for a last minute surge. More times than not, racing fans will see him trailing the field, making it seem nearly impossible to get up in time at the wire. Time and time again, the betting public holds its breath as the heavily favoured closer decides when it's time to go. To no surprise, his timing is usually precise, nearly perfect, and nail biting to those in attendance. His speed down the stretch is exceptional, as he has continuously posted final quarter fractions of under 26 seconds throughout the summer. It is evident that this exciting pacer has found his rhythm. This weekend, Shamballa is taking his talents to the next level. Making his career stakes debut, the five-year-old pacer is aiming towards a bid in the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on September 5. He has drawn the rail in Saturday's 2nd elimination (Race 7). With no stakes starts to his name, the gelding has already racked up 20 career victories, with earnings in excess of $260,000. Zeron will once again take the reins, as he attempts to become the first trainer to drive his own horse to a Canadian Pacing Derby win since Pat Lachance in 2004 with Casimir Camotion. "He's coming into the race really well," said Zeron, "I'm quite happy with the week he had off and he's coming in to the race just as good as I think he's going to be. I'm looking forward to letting Shamballa get a chance to race with the best horses in North America. He's a real nice horse and has worked quite well with the program that I have set up for him. Fans will get to see a lot of Shamballa on Saturday night." A son of legendary pacer Somebeachsomewhere, out of a stakes winning mare, Bolero Takara, Zeron shares ownership of Shamballa with Tao Racing LLC of Pompano Beach, Florida. Here is the field for Canadian Pacing Derby 2nd elimination PP. Horse - Driver -Trainer 1. Shamballa - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Mach It So - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 4. Melmerby Beach - Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell 5. Foiled Again - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 6. Nirvana Seelster - Doug McNair - Bill Budd 7. JK Endofanera - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 8. Limelight Beach - John Campbell - Ron Burke 9. Clear Vision - Andrew McCarthy - Ron Burke Tim Lawson for WEG Communications

The top local horseman for Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway was harness racing driver Ryan Holliday. Ryan was the winning driver of the 6th race aboard What Can I Say. It was Ryan's 74th win of the season and What Can I Say's first career win. Ryan and his wife, Caroline, who is also involved in the local harness racing industry, live in Mount Forest. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer

The field for the 11th annual Balanced Image final includes new track record holder Smoke Monkey who won his elimination last week in 1:59.2.   However, the 2 year old colt has seven other contenders that will be looking to take the crown including a horse with local connections.  Major Muscle is owned by Mark Etsell formerly of Walkerton as well as Bob Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge. This 2 year old Filly won her elimination in 2:00.2 which was the second fastest winner on the program and will start from post position 8 in the final.  The Balanced Image final will go as Race 10 in the program for a record purse of $77,800. Saturday night also includes some special guests. Hanover Raceway welcomes Susies Garage and the staff from 92.3 The Dock. Susies Garage is a local band from Port Elgin who will play some rock and country classics for us in between the races.  The staff from the Dock have a great prize for someone as they will give away a $1,000 dollar Travel Voucher from Hanover Travel. We’ll pick a name from the Ballot bin so make sure you enter your name on one of our ballots for a shot at that great prize. Next week, we host our second and final OSS night as 3 year old Filly Trotters hit the track.   Hopefully we’ll have some of our local Dream of Glory horses back, and the Ontario Sires Stakes have left with us 100 free T-shirts and a number of OSS hats that we will give away with the purchase of a program at our information Kiosk starting at 6:00pm. The shirts and or hats will be FREE with the purchase of a program. It’s also CKNX Night at the races, which means another great prize for one of our lucky fans from our ballot box.   Post time is 7:15pm. Hanover Raceway    

AUGUST 25, 2015 - After coming close in each of his previous Gold Series starts, three-year-old pacing gelding Mr Carrotts scored a narrow victory in front of a hometown crowd at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. Owned and bred by Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton, Mr Carrotts trailed fan favourite Go Daddy Go in the outer lane for much of the mile and then sprinted down the stretch to get a whisker in front of Sportsmanship for his first Gold Series win. It was also a close contest for third, with pacesetter Star Cover holding off Robert Hill. Mr Carrotts and driver Paul MacKenzie of Puslinch, ON stopped the Georgian Downs teletimer at 1:53.2 over a "Good" track rated one second slower than normal. "He always showed talent, but he's lazy," said Murray Brethour, who conditions the Mach Three gelding for Thornton resident Melvyn Varcoe and actually sold the horse's dam, Cueless, to Varcoe's father Clarence in 2001. "I bought the mother as a yearling and then I got out of racing and I sold her," explained the Sunderland resident. "She was a good mare." Cueless earned $466,638 in her racing career and produced $240,028 winner Card Hustler in her first mating. Mr Carrotts is her fourth foal and to date he has banked $116,318, with all but $10,000 coming this season. Through 13 sophomore starts the gelding has tallied two wins, three seconds, five thirds and three fifths. With a five and one-half week break before the fifth and final Gold Leg, Brethour says Mr Carrotts will likely enjoy a mini-vacation before beginning preparations for the regular season finale and, hopefully, the Super Final. The top 10 point earners from the regular season advance to the Super Final and Tuesday's victory boosted the gelding up the point standings from thirteenth to fifth. "We'll give him a couple of weeks off, freshen him up," said Brethour. "He's very laid back. It takes a little while to jog him, he don't get too excited, you're out there for half an hour. "Only bad thing about him - I don't own him," concluded Brethour, with a chuckle. In addition to Mr Carrotts' hometown win, Tuesday's Gold Series contest also featured the return of 2014 freshman pacing colt champion Reverend Hanover. Sidelined by an injury in May, the son of Sportswriter missed the first three Gold Legs and was looking to make up for lost time from Post 2 in the second $105,000 division. With Hall of Famer Steve Condren in the race bike, Reverend Hanover controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:51.4. Pocket-sitter Drachan Hanover earned the second-place share and early challenger J Js Delivery was third. Milton, ON resident Condren crafted the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, ON. With Tuesday's victory under his belt, Coleman said the winner of $224,500 has a number of open stakes engagements on his calendar before the next Gold Leg. "He is fully staked up, and there are still enough dances on his plate to rack up some money," said the trainer. "The next big one would be Sept. 12 at Mohawk, the Simcoe, and I wouldn't mind a three-year-old open next Saturday (at Mohawk) if they can fill one." Through three starts in his two-year-old campaign and Tuesday's triumph, Reverend Hanover remains undefeated in Gold Series action. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings make their final regular season Gold Series start at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 2 and the $250,000 Super Final will also be contested at Woodbine on Oct. 10. Georgian Downs wraps up its 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Saturday, Aug. 29 with the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The present and future of harness racing's pacing ranks will be on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. An All-Star group of 18 older pacers have been split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts has attracted 23 rookies separated into three $40,000 eliminations, while 12 two-year-old pacing fillies will contest a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest harness race and annually serves as one of the premier events in the sport. This year's 'Pacing Derby' once again has attracted the finest older pacers in the sport. The first elimination Saturday is highlighted by the red-hot State Treasurer (PP4, David Miller). The Dr. Ian Moore trainee enters his Derby elimination off back-to-back victories in the U.S. Pacing Championship and the Roll With Joe Stakes. State Treasurer has won six of 12 starts this season and earned over $500,000 to bring his career bankroll to north of $1.4 million. The Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off (PP7, Matt Kakaley) also enters the first elimination with plenty of confidence. The four-year-old pacer captured the Prix D'Ete last Sunday in Quebec and has hit the board in four of his last five starts. All Bets Off has banked over $400,000 this season to bring his career total to over $1.5 million. The second elimination features the richest Standardbred of all-time Foiled Again (PP5, Yannick Gingras). A winner of over $7.1 million, Foiled Again won the 2012 edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and a top-five finish in this Saturday's elimination will secure the 11-year-old his fifth appearance in the 'Pacing Derby' final. The Burke trainee finished second in last year's Derby and has finished no worse than third in his four Derby appearances. The second split will also feature the hottest horse on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit Shamballa (PP1, Rick Zeron). The Rick Zeron trainee has been dominating the Preferred level at Mohawk and enters his elimination on a five-race win streak. Known for his wicked closing speed, Shamballa will be making his first career Grand Circuit start. The five-year-old gelding has eight wins in 11 starts this season for $138,000 in earnings. Another notable in the second elimination is four-year-old JK Endofanera (PP7, Brett Miller), who will be making his first start at Mohawk since capturing the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on Saturday, September 5. The eliminations have been carded as races five and seven on Saturday. The Metro Pace has annually been the top race for two-year-old pacers and has severed as a launching pad to impressive careers for many greats. The first elimination Saturday will feature Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP5, Randy Waples). The son of Sportswriter is fresh off a victory in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and has three wins from four starts this season. Voracity is trained by Tony Alagna, who captured last year's Metro Pace with Artspeak. Alagna also sends out American Passport (PP6, Scott Zeron) in the first elimination and three other rookies (Highlandbeachycove, Racing Hill, Mindtrip) in the final two eliminations. The undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP6, Randy Waples) highlights the second elimination. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment captured his Nassagaweya split last Saturday with ease to improve to five for five. The Brad Maxwell trainee is the only undefeated rookie of the 23 entered in this year's Metro eliminations. The third and final Metro elimination will feature a field of seven rookies. The Catamount Kid (PP6, Jody Jamieson) will look to carry the momentum from his victory in last Saturday's Nassagaweya into his preliminary. The son of Well Said comes into the Metro on a two-race win streak for trainer Carl Jamieson. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line (PP3, Tim Tetrick), a two-time OSS Gold series winner, will look to rebound from a break in his most recent start in the final elimination. The son of Sportswriter has won three of five starts to begin his career. The top-three finishers from each elimination and a fourth-place finisher drawn by a lot will advance to the $685,000 Metro Pace final on Saturday, September 5. Two-year-old pacing fillies will also share the spotlight Saturday in a pair of eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes. Thatsoveryverynice (PP5, Jody Jamieson), an Eternal Camnation division winner, will highlight the first elimination. The daughter of Vintage Master has won three of four starts for trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna. The second split features Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP2, Randy Waples). The daughter of Bettor's Delight won her division of the Eternal Camnation Saturday to extend her current win streak to six starts in a row. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final on Saturday, September 5. The winners of each elimination Saturday will earn the right to select their post position for the final of their respective race. Post time for Saturday's star-studded 12-race card is 7:25 p.m. The full fields for all the stakes eliminations can be found below. PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer Canadian Pacing Derby - Elimination 1 - Race 5 1. Ellis Park - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell 2. Piston Broke - Tim Tetrick - Rob Fellows 3. Bettorever - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 4. State Treasurer - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore 5. Mcwicked - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Captive Audience - Andrew McCarthy - Colin Johnson 7. All Bets Off - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 8. Luck Be Withyou - Luc Ouellette - Bill Cass 9. Bettors Edge - TBA - Ron Burke Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 2 - Race 7 1. Shamballa - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Mach It So - Corey Callahan - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Evenin Of Pleasure - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 4. MelmerbyBeach - Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell 5. Foiled Again - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nirvana Seelster - Sylvain Filion - Bill Budd 7. JK Endofanera - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 8. LimelightBeach - TBA - Ron Burke 9. Clear Vision - Brett Miller - Ron Burke Metro Pace - Elimination 1 - Race 6 1. Bank Shot Hanover - Mark MacDonald - Daniel Renaud 2. Blayde Hanover - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 3. StonebridgeBeach - Stephane Pouliot - Stephane Larocque 4. Check Six - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Voracity - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. American Passport - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 7. Cruise Patrol - Sylvain Filion - Jimmy Takter 8. Nvestment Bluechip - Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary Metro Pace - Elimination 2 - Race 8 1. Carter Beach - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Highlandbeachycove - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 3. Sossys King Kong - Doug McNair - Richard Norman 4. Ideal Rocky - Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen 5. Manny - Corey Callahan - Howard Okusko Jr. 6. Control The Moment - Randy Waples - Brad Maxwell 7. Racing Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 8. Manhattan Beach - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke Metro Pace - Elimination 3 - Race 10 1. Mindtrip - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna 2. Talk Show - John Campbell - Steve Elliott 3. Betting Line - Tim Tetrick - Casie Coleman 4. Pretty Boy Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Rodeo Rock - Randy Waples - Don Swick 6. The Catamount Kid - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Real Kid - Doug McNair - Larry Ainsworth Shes A Great Lady - Elimination 1 - Race 2 1. JK Fannie - Matt Kakaley - Nancy Johansson 2. Upside Surprise - Andrew McCarthy - Tony O'Sullivan 3. Albany Girl - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 4. Thisorthat Hanover - Tim Tetrick - James Dean 5. Thatsoveryverynice - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 6. Highland Rocksolid - TBA - Marty Fine Shes A Great Lady - Elimination 2 - Race 3 1. Ivy League - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 2. L A Delight - Randy Waples - Bob McIntosh 3. Show Time Hill - Andrew McCarthy - Tony Alagna 4. Three Dreams - James MacDonald - Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 5. Darlinonthebeach - David Miller - Nancy Johansson 6. Blue Moon Stride - Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 24, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack welcomed back the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday for their fourth Grassroots event and harness racing fans were treated to six impressive performances. Good Will Hanover scored the quickest win of the evening, romping to a 1:53.2 score in the second $18,000 division for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON. Starting from Post 6, the fan favourites sailed through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25 and then accelerated away from the field to a six and one-quarter length victory. Glorious Delight and Active Lady paced under the wire in second and third. "I just got her, about a month ago I guess," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "She came up from Truro, Nova Scotia, Danny Romo and Bernard "Pooker" McCallum were training her down there, and she came with a history of being pretty fiery. I guess she'd wrecked a couple of jog carts and been a little difficult." The Guelph, ON resident found the Big Jim daughter's warning label an accurate one, but he said she has started to improve with a steady diet of training and an introduction to racing. "The more I worked her, she just got better and better. She's gotten real good for me at the farm now, she's been excellent. She just seems to be a very excitable filly and it doesn't take much sometimes to set her off," said Dr. Moore. "She's kind of a handful, but she's definitely got a lot of speed and is a powerful filly. So other than being a bit fiery we have something to work with, that's for sure." Good Will Hanover, who was a $15,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale by GLB Stable of Lakeview, NS, won her career debut at Mohawk on Aug. 17 in 1:53.2 after one schooler and a pair of qualifiers over the Campbellville oval. Her connections will now have to decide whether to remain in the Grassroots program or make the leap up to the Gold Series for the last two regular season events. "Paul (MacDonell) said tonight, he said he thinks she's a Gold and he said he thought she could have went in 1:51 tonight, so If he's saying that, that's usually pretty good," noted Dr. Moore. "She impressed me the first time I went with her at Mohawk, that's for sure. "The girl next to me there tonight, she had a blue (Gold Series) cooler on, and I said we haven't got any blue ones this year we've just got the green (Grassroots) ones," continued Dr. Moore with a chuckle. "Hopefully this filly will get us a blue one." In addition to piloting Good Will Hanover to the quickest win of the night, MacDonell also crafted the second fastest mile with Party In Rome in the fourth division. The duo hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Mayhem Seelster in a personal best 1:53.4. St Lads Smokin Hot was four lengths back in third. "Good Will Hanover was very strong tonight, and Party In Rome was a pleasant surprise and showed some high end ability," said MacDonell after his second Grassroots win. The win was the second straight for Party In Rome, who posted her first victory in an overnight event at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 19. Another daughter of first-year sire Big Jim, Party In Rome was a $17,000 acquisition from the Canadian Yearling Sale by Bill Manes of Rockwood, ON, William Cripps of Acton, ON and Steven Papillon of Rockwood. Gerald Lilley conditions the filly, who was making her second Grassroots and fourth lifetime start. Carl and Jody Jamieson teamed up to capture the last two Grassroots divisions with Im In Luv and Noone To Depend On. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson crafted a second-over trip for Im In Luv and the filly was able to reel in pacesetter Bad In Paradise in the stretch, halting the teletimer at 1:55.1. Favourite Bad In Paradise settled for second and Miss Print completed the top three. The win was the first this season for Badlands Hanover daughter Im In Luv, who was purchased by Rockwood, ON resident Carl Jamieson, Tom Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England for $19,000 at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. In the final Grassroots division the younger Jamieson and Noone To Depend On appeared to be locked in on the rail when the reinsman found a sliver of racetrack and the filly roared out from between horses to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Not Depressed and favourite Icthelight Hanover completed the top three. The win, Noone To Depend On's first of the season, was truly a family effort as the Santanna Blue Chip daughter is owned by Carl Jamieson and his daughter Brandy Jamieson of Milton, ON. "They've been real tough luck fillies all year, both had small issues that caused them problems," said Jody Jamieson of Im In Luv and Noone To Depend On. "Both were much better tonight and it showed as they both were well meant winners." Division point leader Bourbon Seelster scored her third straight Grassroots victory in the first division on Monday. The Camluck miss and Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic got a pocket trip behind favourite Buttermilk Hanover and reeled in the pacesetter in the stretch to claim a two and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55. Dancin Inthe Nude got up for second, leaving Buttermilk Hanover to settle for third. Bourbon Seelster, flawless through three Grassroots appearances, is trained by Robert Manders for Scott and Keith Manders of Watford, ON. The other Grassroots trophy went home with Sports Expert, who rocketed out of the backfield in the stretch to record her second victory. Favourite Divas Image finished one-half length back in second and Rosy Outlook was third in the 1:55.1 mile. The clocking was a personal best for Sports Expert, who won her first Grassroots trophy at Georgian Downs on July 19. Guelph resident Doug McNair pilots the Sportswriter daughter for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, ON, Touch Stone Farms of Guelph and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The two-year-old pacing fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fifth Grassroots event on Sept. 1. On Tuesday, Aug. 25 the Campbellville oval will welcome the three-year-old trotting fillies for their fifth Grassroots event. The trotting lasses will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 7, and 10, with racing getting under way at 7:25 pm. Bourbon Seelster Good Will Hanover Sports Expert Party In Rome Im In Luv Noone To Depend On Ontario Horse Racing

The top local horseman for Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway was Scott Coulter. Scott was aboard 5 winners Monday, including longshot, Zip Car, in the 6th race. The Brantford native has brought his total wins on the season to 120. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer    

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

AUGUST 21, 2015 - In the second last regular season Grassroots event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, Western Bayama proved he belongs at the top of the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Starting from Post 8 in the last of four $18,000 Grassroots divisions, Western Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion used enough power to land in fourth on the rail as favourites Jody Jamieson and Sporting The Look zipped out to a :27.2 opening quarter. As the pacesetters reached the :57 half, Filion fired Western Bayama up the outer lane and took clear command of the lead before the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Turning for home with a three and one-half length lead, Western Bayama and Filion sailed under the wire one and a half lengths on top in 1:52.3, a new personal best for the colt. Dialamara and Sporting The Look attempted to rally in the stretch, but had to settle for second and third. "Western Bayama was very good tonight. We might have caught Jody off guard," said Milton, ON resident Filion about his third-quarter sweep to the front. "He's a nice little horse with a lot of speed, and he's very handy. "I've got to give trainer Stephane Larocque credit for having him fresh and good," added the reinsman, who currently tops the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with 400 points. Carlisle, ON resident Larocque conditions Western Bayama for owner-breeders Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. Through the first five Grassroots events the colt has posted three wins, one second and one fourth for a total of 183 points. Western Bayama Driver Randy Waples and trainer Bob McIntosh took two of the other three Grassroots divisions, teaming up with Artful Way in the second split and Thinkofagameplan in the third. Starting from Post 5, Artful Way rang up all the fractions on his way to a 1:52.3 clocking, digging in down the stretch to hold off mild favourite Mach Code and claim the half-length victory. Twin B Scandal finished two lengths back in third. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh bred, owns and trains Artful Way, who jumped to second in the division standings with the win, also his third in Grassroots action. In addition to his trio of wins, the Artistic Fella son has one third and one fifth for a total of 167 points. In the third division Milton, ON resident Waples once again opted to control the tempo and fan favourite Thinkofagameplan rolled along through fractions of :27.1, :57 and 1:26 before battling down the stretch to a neck victory over Filion and Ace Of Clubs in 1:53.2. The Fire Within was one and one-quarter lengths behind the leaders in third. Friday's win came in Thinkofagameplan's first appearance in the Grassroots program. The Ponder colt started his Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, logging one third, one fourth and one seventh before McIntosh decided to alter course. The Hall of Fame horseman shares ownership of the homebred with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. Artful Way Thinkofagameplan Favourite Southwind Indy posted the fastest time of the four Grassroots divisions, sailing under the wire in a personal best 1:51.3 to kick off the evening's Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Sportswriter gelding and driver Steve Condren bested Make Some Luck by one and three-quarter lengths, with Waples and McIntosh trainee Regal Sight rounding out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren crafted the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON, West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON and breeder Southwind Farms LLC of Pennington, NJ. In four Grassroots starts Southwind Indy has two wins, one second and one third for 137 points and sole ownership of fifth spot in the division standings. Southwind Indy The top 20 colts in the standings following the regular season finale at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 2 will qualify for the Sept. 18 Semi-finals at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will secure a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. Ontario Horse Racing

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