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ELORA, ON - Question: Where do trivia-loving zombies go to celebrate the Halloween season with their ghoulish friends? Answer: Grand River Raceway in Elora. Grand River Raceway will host a Terror Trivia Halloween Party on Saturday, October 22. The 19+ event challenges teams of four in three rounds of trivia related to topics that go bump in the night. The top-scoring team wins $200, and the best costumed player wins $50. The event runs from 6:30 p.m. through 9:00 p.m. in the Lighthouse Restaurant. The cost is $100 per team (maximum four people per team) which includes 60+ trivia questions, $10 slots gaming voucher (per person), and snacks served in three courses. A cash bar is available for the duration of the event. Tickets must be purchased in advance through the Grand River Raceway website. Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Driver Bob McClure made the most of his Monday night visit to Mohawk Racetrack by posting five victories on the 10-race harness racing card. Several regular WEG reinsmen were out of town Monday competing in Ontario Sires Stakes action, leaving the door open for rising star McClure to make a statement. The young driver started off his evening by winning the first three races on the card, including a 29-1 upset in the opener with claiming pacer Nicholas Ryan for trainer Carmen Auciello, who sent out three winners on Monday's card. McClure's win streak was snapped in the fourth-race, but he quickly got back to his winning ways in the fifth-dash with rookie pacing colt Osborne Seelster for trainer Ted MacDonnell. The fifth and final victory of the night for McClure came in the sixth-race with Joe Pereira trainee Par Intended. McClure, who had nine drives on the card, entered Monday's action with two wins from 34 drives on the WEG Circuit in 2016. The Elora, Ontario native is currently in the midst of a career best season. McClure has won a career high 357 races this season and is well on pace to top his single season earnings mark of $2.1 million. Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Nicholas Ryan Light Foot Rd Stormont Viceroy Osborne Seelster Par Intended Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

SEPT. 19, 2016 - Trevor Henry returned to his former stomping grounds at Grand River Raceway on Monday night and reminded harness racing fans just how efficient he can be on a half-mile racetrack. The Arthur, ON resident guided five of his nine mounts to victory, including wins in three of four $105,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions. Both the two-year-old pacing colts and pacing fillies were in Elora for their fourth Gold Leg, and Henry swept the filly divisions and captured one colt contest. Pacing colt Big Bad Bill gave the reinsman his first stakes win of the evening with a convincing gate-to-wire score in 1:55.1. Starting from Post 3, Henry rolled Big Bad Bill through a :27.4 quarter, :57 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters on the way to the one and three-quarter length victory over Machin A Trick and Classic Pro. "He's a horse, he got real sick and he's just come around. He was off three weeks and he win (Aug. 30) and then last week (Sept. 6) he got locked in; he was running over them at the wire. He's just getting better and better," said Henry. "I thought if he could get around the half he'd have a real good shot." Henry steers Big Bad Bill for trainer Gerald Lilley of Dutton and his co-owners, the colt's breeders Bill Manes of Rockwood and William Cripps of Acton, ON. The victory was the Badlands Hanover son's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, which boosted his record to two wins and two thirds in eight starts and almost tripled his earnings to $85,980. Henry also employed a front-end strategy with fan favourite Windy Sport in the first pacing filly Gold division. Starting from Post 1 the pair rang up a :27.1 quarter, :56.2 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters on their way to the 1:55.2 victory. Sir Native finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Battle of the Belles champion Bid Writer was third. "She's a nice filly. She has a bit of an attitude, she's hard to handle at some times, but she has some quick speed," said Henry. "She's a small filly, I knew she'd handle the half pretty good. She win pretty handy." Cambridge resident Casie Coleman conditions Windy Sport for her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Monday's win was the Sportswriter daughter's second lifetime and her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In eight starts she has now posted two wins and three seconds for earnings of $115,041, well in excess of the $40,000 US her owners spent acquiring her from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Two races later Henry was back in the winner's circle with pacing filly Aint Three Ok, who delivered a gritty first over effort to secure her first Gold Series victory. After getting away third from Post 2 and watching fan favourite Fade lead the field to a :27.4 quarter, Henry sent the filly up the outside heading for the :57.4 half. Fade and driver Jonathan Drury refused to yield, but Aint Three Ok continued to press the pace through the 1:26.2 three-quarters, eventually wearing down the pacesetter. A solid finishing kick propelled Aint Three Ok to the 1:55.3 victory, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Future Headlines and Southwind Ion. "She's a really good filly. She should have won the Battle of the Belles, but of course she was sick that day," noted Henry, who piloted the filly to a runner-up finish behind Bid Writer in the Aug. 1 Battle of the Belles Final. "She's a really nice filly. She's small, but she tries hard. "I really raced her tonight. Usually I just take her back and let her finish or whatever, but tonight she worked for it," added the reinsman. "She's tough, she's got a lot of heart." Mach Three daughter Aint Three Ok is trained by Mike Weller for Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY. The filly earned her first lifetime victory in her Battle of the Belles Elimination at Grand River Raceway on July 25. Monday's win improved her record to two wins and three thirds in seven starts for earnings of $137,800. Henry's mount in the last pacing colt division made an early break and finished well back of winner Yogi Bayama, who watched his peers play musical chairs through the early going. Southwind General, favourite Happy Trio and Arsenal Seelster each took a turn on the lead, recording fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.3 while Yogi Bayama looked on from third. Turning for home Hall of Fame horseman Yves Filion found Yogi Bayama an open lane and the colt sprinted by Southwind General for a neck victory in 1:55.2. Richard Hill completed the top three. Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON conditions Yogi Bayama for Filion's Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC and numbered company 9099 3833 Quebec Inc. of Sorel-Tracy, QC. A Grassroots winner at Mohawk Racetrack in the July 7 season opener, the homebred son of Sportswriter and Newmoon Bayama now has one win, one second and one third in his three Gold Series outings. In nine freshman starts Yogi Bayama has tallied three wins, three seconds and two thirds for earnings of $118,860. Henry bookended his Gold Series successes with wins in the first and last races on the Grand River Raceway program, steering pacing mare Team Leader to a 1:56.1 victory in the first race for trainer Mike Weller and trotting mare Natural Grace to a 2:00.2 win in the last race for owner-trainer Stacey Reinsma. "It was a big night for me," Henry acknowledged. "They don't come very often, but it's nice when they do." The two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Oct. 1 while the pacing fillies complete their Gold Series campaign at Mohawk on Oct. 3. Monday's contest wrapped up Grand River Raceway's 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, which saw the Elora oval host 10 Grassroots and Gold Series events. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Bar Hopping charged home to win the harness racing $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic by three and half a lengths Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was able to convert off a perfect second-over steer from driver Tim Tetrick to win Canada's biggest race for three-year-old trotters. A trio of longshots fired out for the front, while Marion Marauder, the 3/5 favourite, was unhurried and got away fourth ahead of main rivals Southwind Frank and Bar Hopping. Scott Zeron sent Marion Marauder to the front in the second-quarter and took the lead at the half in :55.4. Southwind Frank was pushed first up, which allowed Tetrick to put Bar Hopping in a perfect second over position. Marion Marauder led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Marion Marauder created a little separation on his rivals, but that was quickly erased by Bar Hopping. The Takter trainee fired off cover and powered by in the final-eighth for a 1:53.1 victory. "There was enough speed in there and I was trying to find a good horse to follow," said Tetrick following his second Trotting Classic victory. "I seen Yannick not getting away as good as I think he wanted and I got a good trip following him all the way to the promise land." "Scotty's (Zeron) horse was putting up decent enough fractions and my horse got to track him all the way to the top of the lane and he did the rest from there." Marion Marauder held on for second, while Bee In Charge finished third ahead of Winter Harbor. A son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping captured his elimination last week in 1:52.4 and was sent off at odds of 4-1 in Saturday's rich final. The sophomore trotting colt has had a strong season, but has been slightly overshadowed by rivals Marion Marauder and Southwind Frank, who had captured the classic three-year-old events before the Canadian Trotting Classic. "Well he's been really close, but he just hasn't got it done," Tetrick said. "It's not lack of trying. He put it all together tonight and there is still a lot of money to go for the rest of the year." Owned by Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Bar Hopping is now a five-time from 13 starts this season for nearly $800,000 in earnings. His career totals are now improved to six victories and $901,048 earned. The Muscle Hill colt's triumph Saturday gives trainer Jimmy Takter three consecutive victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic and five overall. "We've got a lot of partners and great partners, so I'm so happy for this win," said Takter in the winner's circle. "I was due to win a big race with this horse because he is a very nice horse." Takter noted that Bar Hopping will now head to The Red Mile in Lexington, Kentucky for Grand Circuit action. Bar Hopping paid $10.10, $3.70 and $3.00. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - With the 1-9 favorite Caprice Hill being locked at the pylons for the entire mile, Royal Charm capitalized off a third-over trip to win the harness racing $436,000 Elegantimage stakes at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:54.4 at 33-1. Dream Child secured the lead off a :27 quarter, sweeping by Emoticon Hanover towards the pylons. Side Bet Hanover raced in third alongside Celebrity Eventsy, who inched towards leader Dream Child off a :55.4 half. Into the final turn, Celebrity Evensty pressured Dream Child, while Flowers N Songs and Royal Charm followed from second and third over, keeping Caprice Hill stuck at the inside racing seventh. Celebrity Eventsy slid by Dream Child passed the three-quarters in 1:24.4. Caprice Hill had some room to sling up the inside, but, after having to evade Dream Child fading to the back, she was caught behind a wall of horses that enveloped stretch-leader Celebrity Eventsy. Flowers N Songs had tipped off her cover as well as Royal Charm and Dewdle All Day. Royal Charm edged by Flowers N Songs as Dewdle All Day rushed down the centre of the track. Royal Charm held on at the wire, with Dewdle All Day finishing second, Flower N Songs third, and Emoticon Hanover sneaking up the inside to finish fourth. Royal Charm, a three-year-old filly trotter by Majestic Son from the Yankee Glide mare Queen Of Grace, is owned by David McDonald, Shelly Macmillan and Bridle Path Stables, trained by Mark Steacy, and was driven by Paul MacDonell. Winning her sixth race in her 18th career start, Royal Charm has amassed $315,212 in earnings. "It never feels bad when you win a race like this," MacDonell said. "It's a prestigious race, and I'm just happy to win it for Mark [Steacy] and his connections. They've been supporting this filly right through. She was coming up to a good race and did it tonight." "She doesn't leave very well," MacDonell also said. "It's been a thing for her all year where she struggles to get away from the gate. As it turned out tonight, she was within five lengths at the quarter pole and then the flow started to develop on the outside, so she got up third over, and she always has a good kick coming home." "Caprice [Hill] is really good, and fortunately for us she got locked in," Steacy said. "You got to be lucky to be good, too." Royal Charm returned $67.50 to win and $122.50 to place; there was no show wagering. Dewdle All Day, finishing second at 91-1, paid $314.00, producing a $2 exactor that returned $1,299.40. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 17 - Resolve turned in a game harness racing effort to come away with 1:51.4 victory in the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The five-year-old stallion was went toe-to-toe with standout mare Hannelore Hanover for the final-half and ultimately wore down the powerhouse to score a length and a half victory for Swedish native and trainer-driver Ake Svanstedt. Resolve, who finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot, left from the rail and got away third, while Hannelore Hanover released Musical Rhythm to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. Driver Yannick Gingras wasted little time circling Hannelore Hanover back around to the front in the second-quarter and the trotting mare led the field by the half in :55.3. Svanstedt started up Resolve nearing the half and immediately confronted the leader moving into the final turn. Hannelore Hanover and Resolve dueled to three-quarters in 1:23 and continued their battle into the lane. The Svanstedt trainee had no quit and finally edged by the gutsy mare in deep stretch for the win. "He's a really great horse and it was difficult today," said Svanstedt following Resolve's triumph. "He (left) very fast and then he was first over the second-half, so he did a very good job." A son of Muscle Hill, Resolve was last year's O'Brien Award winner for top older trotter in Canada. The Svanstedt trainee is well traveled this season, as he raced in Sweden's biggest race, the Elitlopp, back in May and finished second. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, Resolve now has 14 career victories and over $1.7 million earned. The five-year-old stallion scored his fourth victory of the season Saturday to bring his seasonal earnings to over $700,000. Hannelore Hanover, a four-year-old mare, was a $45,000 supplemental entry to the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee entered Saturday's rich final off an impressive elimination victory and had only one loss in 15 prior starts this season. "She raced very good," acknowledged Svanstedt. "She's just a four-year-old and a mare. She's very good." Saturday's clash was the first meeting between Resolve and Hannelore Hanover. Although there is no upcoming meeting scheduled between the two star trotters, racing fans will certainly be hoping to see a rematch sooner rather than later. Svanstedt noted that he isn't sure what is next for Resolve, but has an idea of where he hopes to race. "We hope he'll be invited to the International Trot (at Yonkers Raceway)." Five-year-old mare Shake It Cerry finished third in Saturday's event, while locally trained trotters Flanagan Memory and Lookslikeachpndale rounded out the top five finishers. Swedish trotter Nahar, who is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks, broke stride on the final turn and finished tenth. The wagering public was split between Resolve and Hannelore Hanover, as they went off as even-money co-favourites. Resolve returned $4.30, $2.50 and $2.20, while the $2 Exactor paid $8.40.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON- Securing the lead after the half, Ariana G advanced towards a 1:54 harness racing victory in the $363,000 Peaceful Way Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Ariana G sat off a :27.3 opening quarter while Pure Kemp took the lead, parking Dream Together. Thats All Moni began her brush to the lead, getting away third behind Stuck In My Spanks. Clearing into the backstretch, Thats All Moni was challenged by Ariana G, who edged to control after a :56.1 half. Gaining the lead around the far turn, Ariana G started to kick away from Thats All Moni sitting second. Stuck In My Spanks, Dream Together, and Southwind Avanti all lost stride, leaving Pure Kemp trotting in third and Winter Sweet Frost inheriting fourth. Leading by two lengths, Ariana G trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.1 before pulling away for a 3¼ lengths victory over Thats All Moni and Magic Presto, who trotted down the center of the track to take third. A two-year-old filly trotter by Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, Ariana G is a homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Undefeated in seven starts, she has earned $467,370. She is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Yannick Gingras. "She's just incredible," Gingras said. "From the first time I trained her, she's just a pure professional. She feels like a three-year-old filly and you can do whatever you want with her. Seemed like the move to make today was to the front, and it cost us a little bit but I felt I was the one to beat and I would take my chances from there." Asked if Ariana G is the best two-year-old filly he has driven, Gingras said "She's pretty close to it, there's no doubt about that. She's very natural and can be driven with two fingers. There's nothing wrong with her; she has the whole package." "We'll see how she comes out of this," Marvin Katz said about Ariana G's next race. "We'd go to Lexington, all things being equal." Takter now holds the record for most Peaceful Way victories by a trainer with his fourth title courtesy of Ariana G. The daughter of Muscle Hill paid $2.10 to win. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Known for putting up big points with the Vancouver Canucks, Daniel and Henrik Sedin are also quite familiar with scoring on the harness racing racetrack. On Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, the Sedin twins hope to win Canada's biggest trotting event, the Maple Leaf Trot, with their superstar horse Nahar. Throughout their National Hockey League careers, Daniel and Henrik have combined to score more than 500 goals and nearly 2,000 points. Off the ice, the Sedin brothers have watched their trotter Nahar win 39 races and more than $1.8 million. Hockey and harness racing is big business in Sweden, so it only made sense that when the brothers began playing professional hockey nearly 20 years ago in the Swedish Elite League, they also began their journey into racehorse ownership. "We got into racing when we started playing for (Modo) back in Sweden," noted Henrik. "There was a few guys on the team who bought a horse together. They dropped out one after one and we stuck with it." The Sedin twins are coming up on their 20th professional hockey season, 15 of those spent with the Vancouver Canucks. Playing in big moments is what it's all about for any athlete, but racehorse ownership taps into another side of competitiveness and anticipation for the brothers. "Just the excitement once you see your horse's name on the start list," said Henrik. "To read up on it the week before the race and see what other horses are in the race. Then you come up to race day, it's just exciting." The Sedin brothers have enjoyed great success as owners with Nahar. The 11-year-old gelding is trained by top Swedish horseman Robert Bergh and has been at the top of sport for several seasons. In 2013, Nahar took Bergh and the Sedin twins to the top of the Swedish trotting game by capturing the nation's biggest race, the Elitlopp. "It was amazing," recalled Henrik. "Just to be in that race is tough enough and then Robert put the horse in terrific shape for that day and I mean as a horse owner, it's a dream come true." Nahar has since continued to race at a high level for the Sedin brothers, who are also currently enjoying success with trotter Ed You and own eight horses in total. With the Daniel and Henrik in Toronto this month for the World Cup of Hockey, Bergh mapped out a schedule to have the brothers' top trotters in town for the Maple Leaf Trot. "Robert told us in July that this was his plan," said Henrik. "He was going to bring over Ed You as well, but he got hurt in August so it changed the plans. It would've been nice to have two here and racing, but it was perfect timing." The long hockey season doesn't leave a lot of free time for the brothers, but they often make time to visit the track during the off-season. "We try as often as we can, but Robert just moved down south in Sweden to a different racetrack," said Henrik. "He's further away now, so it's not as much as before, but we try as much as possible." The sports of hockey and harness racing are well known for being family affairs and the Sedin family has everyone on board with the trotters. "Our whole family is involved," Henrik said. "We have two more brothers and Mom and Dad are part owners as well. It's fun just to have family involved and we go to watch races as a family." The Sedin twins are hooked and plan to stay involved with harness racing for the foreseeable future. For now, the brothers are hopeful Nahar can thrill them again Saturday and capture the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot to send them into the World Cup of Hockey sporting some gold. Mark McKelvie

London, September 15, 2016 - Live harness racing is set to return next month at The Raceway at Western Fair District and it is going to be a busy October at the London oval. The opening night of live racing is Friday, October 7th which coincides with the second annual Oktoberfest celebration at The Western Fair District. The wiener dogs will be back that night competing in the second annual Dachshund Dash. In addition, the Raceway will offer 'roll back' prices on programs and food specials along with Scratch N Win program prizes and the Oktoberfest Pace. On Friday, October 14th, The Raceway will play host to the 2016 National Driving Championship (NDC) which is being held for the first time at London's half-mile oval. Eight of the top drivers from across Canada have qualified to compete in the championship which will determine Canada's representative to the World Driving Championship (WDC) also being held in Canada next Spring. This year's field boasts more than 16,000 wins and combined earnings of well over $100 million. The Ontario Lottery and Gaming Corporation's horse racing division will be sponsoring the program on Friday, October 21st, the same weekend as the annual Forest City Yearling Sale which takes place that Sunday, October 23rd. As part of the live race program that night, the second annual Forest City Preview will be contested for three-year-old trotters and pacers who raced in the OSS Grassroots Series but did not qualify for the Grassroots Finals. The Racing Under Saddle (RUS) series will conclude its 2016 season with their finale as part of that night's program. This will mark the culmination of the organization's third season since having pari-mutuel wagering sanctioned in 2014. The busy month of October will wrap up on Friday, October 28th with the 11th Annual Harness The Hope Night. The event has grown in stature each year with the facility decked out in pink and a number of promotions offered, all in support of the Breast Cancer Society of Canada. "We have something happening each weekend in October and it's a great way to kick off the meet," said Racing Manager Greg Blanchard. "We know horse people are anxious to get going and so are we. "Horseplayers will have the same wagering menu as last season. It has been working well and the feedback has been positive. In particular, the 'Guaranteed Pool' Pick-4s and Super Hi-5 wagers, with their 15% takeout rate, have been quite popular here." Customers will also notice some significant changes to the facility when they return this season. The front section of the facility, closest to the racetrack, was removed in the off season and construction crews are now working on the cosmetic portion of the project. The construction work will continue into the live racing season and, while certain sections of the seating area will be closed to the public during this time, there will be no disruption to live racing. Work has also begun on a renovation of the judge's stand which will be completed prior to the start of racing. "It's been a busy off season and a time of continued change," explained Blanchard. "The Western Fair Association remains committed to the racing side of the business and its vision of The Raceway as an industry leader and continues to make investments in the facility. "There will be some minor inconvenience initially for horse people and customers but we believe it will be worth it in the long run. We have a loyal base of customers and horse people and wish to thank them for their continued patience and support as we make these enhancements." The Raceway will start the season on a three-day-a-week schedule through December 31st. Racing will be offered each Monday and Tuesday at 6:15 p.m. and Fridays at 7:05 p.m. The dining room is open each Monday night for Pub Night and every Friday for the fabulous buffet. To book your table at the Top of the Fair Restaurant, call (519)-438-7203 (ext. 252) or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. Greg Blanchard      

SEPT. 15, 2016 - There were few surprises at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as the harness racing two-year-old trotters and pacers kicked off the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots post season. Favourites won five of the eight Semi-finals and only one division point leader, two-year-old trotting filly Inner Drive, failed to advance through to the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championships. Trotting filly Anikadabra set the tone for the evening in the first $20,000 Semi-final, cruising around the Campbellville oval to an effortless three and one-quarter length score in 1:57.1. You Cant Afford Me, Stritch, Man Shes Hot and Oh Miss Sophie finished second through fifth, also advancing to the Championship. "She is exceptional," said driver Rick Zeron of the heavy favourite. "Rob (Fellows) doesn't want to hurt her this year so he opted to race her in the Grassroots instead of the Golds, and she just hovers over them, she's just that much the best." Rockwood, ON resident Fellows conditions Anikadabra for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. Since her July 10 debut the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee has posted four wins, one third and one fourth in six starts, banking $46,840. "She was a June foal, so we were pretty slow in developing her, and now she's got some experience we're really looking forward to next year," said Wilson. "Hopefully she will be a Gold filly next year. She's a half-sister to Resolve, so she's got some breeding there." The filly's half-brother Resolve, a winner of $1.4 million in his racing career to date, will compete in the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot Final at Mohawk on Saturday evening and is among the favourites after winning his Sept. 10 elimination. Anikadabra Oakville, ON resident Zeron was back in the winner's circle following the second race, guiding two-year-old pacing colt Bet On Brett to a neck victory in 1:54.2 over Kentucky Nick and division point leader Silverinyourpocket. Trident Seelster and Aston Hill Dave also advanced. "He was wandering all over the track tonight, he wasn't paying attention to his work or his business or anything," said Zeron of the colt, who was sent off as the fans' top choice and led for most of the mile. "I had a bit of a hard time, struggled to get him across, but we got him there and hopefully we'll get some things changed up for next week." Zeron steers the son of Sportswriter and Tug River Della for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge, ON and his partners Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longeuil, QC and Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC. In eight starts Bet On Brett, an $80,000 acquisition from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, has delivered three wins and one second for earnings of $32,700. Bet On Brett The second pacing colt contest went to Tymal Peacemaker and driver Sylvain Filion, who also had a pair of victories in Semi-final action. Starting from Post 6 the fan favourites led from start to finish, hitting the wire one length ahead of The Dark Shadow in 1:53.1. Dreamfair B J, Thrownoutofbetter and Master The View rounded out the qualifiers. "He's turned out to be a real nice horse," said Filion, who pilots the colt for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "He's really, really good right now. You can do whatever you want, you can leave, you can race from behind; he makes my job a lot easier. "He's reaching his peak right now, hopefully he stays healthy all week and I think he'll have a good shot in the Final," the Milton, ON resident added. Since dropping down to the Grassroots from the Gold Series Tymal Peacemaker is undefeated, also winning at Mohawk on August 29 and Flamboro Downs on Sept. 8. The son of Mach Three and Flying Color was a $25,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has banked $42,000 in seven starts. Tymal Peacemaker Filion's second victory came with two-year-old pacing filly P L Kahluaa, who swept by the leaders in the final quarter to score a one-half length victory in 1:55. The division point leader and fan favourite bested Treasures Pearl, Village Jamie, White Dancer and Amulet Seelster. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON trains P L Kahluaa for numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC. A modest $6,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, the daughter of Sportswriter and B R Dot Cam has posted four wins, one second and one third in eight starts for earnings of $44,704. P L Kahluaa The second pacing filly battle was won by Dudesalady, who also used a late sprint to best fan favourite Anderson Seelster by one length in a personal best 1:53.4. P L Karis, The Joy Luck Club and Odysseus rounded out the top five. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson piloted Dudesalady to her fourth win in seven starts for trainer Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON and owners M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. The daughter of Shadow Play and Accountable was a $40,000 yearling purchase from the Forest City Sale and has banked $36,910 to date. Dudesalady The biggest upset of the evening came in the second trotting filly split as fan favourite Powerful Mission went off stride heading for the half and division point leader Inner Drive engaged in a speed duel with early leader Jilona and faded to seventh in the stretch. Benefitting from the front-end duel was Delcrest Magicstar, who followed Inner Drive and Late Shift up the outer lane and then circled out late to get the one-half length win in a personal best 1:58.1. Late Shift settled for second, while Crystal Gumdrop, Tymal Declan and Kendras Coco were well back in third, fourth and fifth. "A helmet for as long as I could is all I was looking for, and it worked out really good tonight," said driver James MacDonald. "She's got a big motor, she just, she doesn't pay attention. She needs a helmet and then she'll give you a good kick, and even then you're not out of the woods, she kind of looks around and goes to sleep." The Guelph resident shares ownership of Delcrest Magicstar with trainer Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. Through five starts the daughter of Majestic Son and Stars Balance has two wins and one second for earnings of $31,900 and MacDonald has high hopes for her future. "She's got big talent, big talent. She's got all the tools, beautiful gait, big, strong filly, but she needs to learn to really want it. Her brother wanted it, so I think if she learns to be like him she could be a good horse, but time will tell," said MacDonald, referring to the filly's half-brother Delcrest Julian, a winner of $414,212. Delcrest Magicstar The two-year-old trotting colt Semi-finals went to Santini and division point leader Many A Man. Santini and driver Richard Simard sprinted by pacesetter Themanofmydreams and favourite Head Turning Jag in the stretch, hitting the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:58.1. Themanofmydreams finished second, while Radical Road was promoted from fourth to third when Head Turning Jag made a late break in stride and was placed from third back to fourth. Critical Mass rounded out the top five. Stephen Oldford conditions Santini for Oldford Racing LLC of Croswell, MI and Gene Oldford Farms LLC of St. Clair, MI. In six starts the son of Kadabra and Vallaire, a $40,000 purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, has three wins and one second for earnings of $41,600. Santini Many A Man and driver Randy Waples of Milton took command heading for the three-quarters in the second trotting colt contest and pulled away to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. My Big Kadillac, Zorgwijk Rocket, Little Lion Man and LMC Mass Gem also moved on to the Championship. Waples crafted the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his fellow owner-breeders C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The son of Manofmanymissions and Armbro Sylvie improved his record to four wins in eight starts and earnings of $39,940. Many A Man Grassroots Semi-final action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, with eight $20,000 battles for the three-year-old pacers and trotters. The three-year-old trotting fillies kick things off in the first race at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing    

Everyone in this business longs for that horse; the one that is a harness racing world champion, a Horse of the Year and charts the course of history so their name is forever distinguished, remembered and revered. Although Magic Presto has only just begun her career, the inspiration behind her purchase was the premonition that lightning may be captured in a bottle, not once, but twice and that she could follow in the hoofprints of another filly that first served notice of her superiority with a victory in the 2012 Peaceful Way -- Bee A Magician. "She was a big, beautiful, strong yearling," said Richard "Nifty" Norman, the filly's conditioner. "My owners always support Kadabra because they have shares in him, but this filly reminded me of Bee A Magician. That is why we went to $160,000 for her." Those are exceptionally high expectations for the daughter of Kadabra-In The Mean Time, who is owned by the same connections as the horse she was compared to in Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, along with Little E LLC. She may not be dominating the headlines, yet Magic Presto certainly has been living up to what her connections anticipate for her future. In her short career, the filly's resume stands at 5-2-2-0 and she has banked $59,677. Magic Presto will attempt to replicate the feat of her older stablemate when she leaves from post position 10 in the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Mohawk Racetrack. The filly will have the services of one of Canada's best reinsman in Trevor Henry and enters this contest after a very strong second in her elimination to Thats All Moni (post two). Unfortunately, Magic Presto will have to contend with post position 10, when she takes on the likes of freshman trotting sensation Ariana G (post four). After being hampered by post nine in her elimination, Magic Presto was hung wide leaving the gate, was settled in fourth and then endured a first-over journey commencing at the three-quarter marker only to be out-finished by Thats All Moni by 2-1/4 lengths at the wire. "You can't do anything about where you draw," Norman said. "I would not have selected either post for her in the elimination and final, but was very pleased with how she performed in the elimination. She will do anything you ask of her and is so willing. To come first-over and to have that kind of finish, you can't ask anything more of her." As for Bee A Magician, the horse whose shoes Magic Presto is anticipated to fill, it is possible the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Beehive will return prior to the end of the season. "She has been swimming," Norman said. "We put her back in light training this week and all seems to be well. We would like to bring her back for the Breeders Crown, but there is still some time to go before we can see what will happen. I'm not really sure what we would use for a prep race for her as it depends on what is available and how she progresses." When it comes to Magic Presto, however, the filly will have plenty of opportunities to stake her claim for divisional honors. "Kadabra is a provincial stallion," Norman said. "But my owners and I have done quite well with him and we think this filly has ability. She is cleanly gaited, you can put her anywhere you want to and she is staked to everything for the rest of the year. She will have the opportunities to progress and develop." C$363,000 Peaceful Way 2-year-old filly trotters Race 2 - Post time 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Stuck In My Spanks-Paul MacDonell-Scott McEneny 2. Thats All Moni-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 3. Pure Kemp-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Cameron Hill-John Campbell-John Bax 6. Southwind Avanti-David Miller-Nancy Johansson 7. Winter Sweet Frost-Scott Zeron-Paul Reid 8. The Erm-Mike Saftic-Clark Beelby 9. Dream Together-Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 10. Magic Presto-Trevor Henry-Nifty Norman  by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will try to win the William Wellwood Memorial for the third consecutive year, and while this season’s contender What The Hill might not enter Saturday’s race with the same buildup as 2015 champion Southwind Frank, the colt has shown he possesses one extremely coveted talent -- the desire to get to the finish line first. “He just seems to be a winner,” Burke said about What The Hill, who heads to the C$350,000 Wellwood final for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack off a 1:55.3 victory in his elimination last weekend. “I’d like for him to show me a little more pure speed, but right now it just seems like all he wants to do is win. As long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy. He’s first or second every week. I like the colt.” Later on Saturday’s card, Southwind Frank will try to join Father Patrick as the only horses to win the Wellwood and Canadian Trotting Classic since the Wellwood (which was raced as the Campbellville Stakes prior to 2005) went from divisions to a single-race final in 2001. Mohawk also on Saturday hosts the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, and two eliminations for the Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Post time is 7:30 for the night’s first race. What The Hill, who defeated Signal Hill by a neck in his Wellwood elimination, has won three of seven starts and finished second on three occasions, good for a division-leading $233,718 in purses. His other victories were in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. David Miller will drive What The Hill in the Wellwood final, starting from post three. Purchased for $65,000 at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, What The Hill is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors. What The Hill’s dam, K T Cha Cha, is a full sister to Majestic Son, who won the 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic and was Canada’s Horse of the Year. The family also includes O’Brien Award-winning mare Ramerizi and stakes-winner Misterizi. What The Hill is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. “It seems like every year we have at least one very good Muscle Hill since the first crop,” said Burke, who has trained Muscle Hill’s top-earning offspring Southwind Frank ($1.70 million) and Mission Brief ($1.59 million). Other trotters sired by Muscle Hill include Hambletonian winners Marion Marauder and Trixton as well as Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time, Maple Leaf Trot contender Resolve, and undefeated Peaceful Way favorite Ariana G. “When (Muscle Hill) came out I thought he would dominate, and he’s even more than dominated,” Burke said. Southwind Frank, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, goes into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a second-place elimination finish to Bar Hopping. It was Southwind Frank’s first start since winning the Colonial on Aug. 20 at Pocono. He will start the C$687,000 CTC final from post one with Yannick Gingras at the lines. “I wasn’t as upset as everybody else was with the race,” Burke said. “Maybe he wasn’t as tight, so I think he’ll rebound great. Thankfully he got a great draw; we didn’t pay the price for not winning our elimination. I think it puts him in a great spot to race him aggressively. I believe he’ll be good. I think he’ll be ready.” Southwind Frank has won six of 10 races this year and finished second in his remaining four starts. For his career, he has won 17 of 22 races. He is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Marion Marauder, who won the first of the two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, enters the final with a three-race win streak. He has won eight of his last nine starts, including the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, with his only setback being a second-place finish in the Colonial. Trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, the colt has earned a division-best $1.14 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Bar Hopping will try to give trainer Jimmy Takter his third consecutive victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Following is the field for the Wellwood Memorial. Seven And Seven and What The Hill were elimination winners. C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-year-old male trotters Race 5 – Post time 8:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Real Lucky Day – Donato Hanover - Yves Filion – Richard Moreau 2. Seven And Seven – Chapter Seven - John Campbell – Thomas Durand 3. What The Hill – Muscle Hill - David Miller – Ron Burke 4. King On The Hill – Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 5. Victor Gio IT – Rady Cash - Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Mountain Of Love – Muscle Hill - TBA – Tony Alagna 7. International Moni – Love You - Scott Zeron – Frank Antonacci 8. Signal Hill – Muscle Hill - Randy Waples – Tony Alagna 9. Jake – Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion – Luc Blais 10. Soho Hanover – Cantab Hall - Doug McNair–Gregg McNair Follow is the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Bar Hopping and Marion Marauder were elimination winners. C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-year-old male trotters Race 10 – Post time 10:30 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 - All eyes will be on harness racing's finest trotters Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night. An outstanding card featuring the best trotters of all ages has been assembled with over $2.6 million in purse money on the line. The $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters headline the 13-race program. The stacked undercard features the $436,000 Elegantimgage for three-year-old trotting fillies, $363,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies and the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters. Marion Marauder will look to add a victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic to his fairytale season. The son of Muscle Hill is the favourite to win Canada's biggest trotting event for local trainers Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder won just once in 13 starts last season, but has dominated as a three-year-old with nine wins in 11 starts this season. The Keeling-Wellwood trainee won the Goodtimes at Mohawk on June 18th to start his dream summer. The Muscle Hill colt captured the $1 million Hambletonian on August 6th at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Yonkers Trot on September 3rd at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has earned more than $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings to over $1.5 million. Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track last week by capturing his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination by four lengths in 1:52. Former WEG regular Scott Zeron sits behind the son of Muscle Hill and the duo will start from post four. Bar Hopping upset Southwind Frank to win the other "Trotting Classic" elimination last Saturday. The Jimmy Takter trainee has won four of 12 starts this season, including the $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Tim Tetrick will drive Bar Hopping from post position three. Southwind Frank will look to bounce back and capture another major race in Canada. The Ron Burke trainee didn't have his best in the "Trotting Classic" elimination, but is always dangerous, especially at Mohawk. Last year, Southwind Frank captured the William Wellwood Memorial over Marion Marauder. He also defeated the Hambletonian champion in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on August 20th at Pocono. Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras will start from the rail. The Hambletonian winner has won three of the last four editions of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $687,000 "Trotting Classic" is carded as Race 10. The Maple Leaf Trot is annually one of the biggest trotting events in the world and the international flavour is certainly felt in this year's edition. Five-year-old stallion Resolve and four-year-old mare Hannelore Hanover captured last Saturday's eliminations. Resolve is searching for redemption after finishing second in last year's event, while Hannelore Hanover was a $45,000 supplemental entry. Trained by Swedish native Ake Svanstedt, Resolve has won three of nine starts this season and was second in Sweden's Elitlopp back in May. The son of Muscle Hill is a 13-time winner with over $1.4 million in earnings. Resolve will be driven by Svanstedt and start from post position one. Hannelore Hanover has dominated this season, but faces her toughest challenge in the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee has won 14 of 15 starts this season, but is tackling the sport's best older trotters for the first time. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover was an easy-winner in her elimination and has victories this season in the Armbro Flight, Hambletonian Maturity and Muscle Hill. She has banked $719,134 this year to bring her career earnings to over $1 million. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four. The Maple Leaf Trot has attracted many stars from overseas throughout the years and this year's edition features 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. The 11-year-old Swedish sensation is trained by Robert Bergh for owners Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. Nahar, who finished fourth in his elimination, is a 39-time winner with over $1.8 million in career earnings. He will start from post eight with trainer Bergh handling the driving duties. The $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 7. The Elegantimage Stakes headlines the undercard with Caprice Hill going for her fifth consecutive victory. The Tony Alagna trained sophomore trotting filly has seven wins this season and has yet to finish out of the top two in 10 starts. Caprice Hill fired home in :26.4 to win her elimination last week in 1:52.4. The daughter of Kadabra recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings and will start from post four with driver Randy Waples at the controls. The $436,000 Elegantimage Stakes is carded as Race 9. The top rookie trotters will also be on display Saturday in the $363,000 Peaceful Way and $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Ariana G has been arguably the top two-year-old in the sport this season and the rookie trotting filly is the horse to beat in the Peaceful Way. The Jimmy Takter trained filly is undefeated in six starts and won her elimination last week by almost eight lengths in 1:53.2. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Ariana G has earned $285,870 and is a homebred for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She will start from post four with Yannick Gingras driving. The William Wellwood Memorial will feature local standout Seven And Seven. The Tom Durand trainee won his elimination in 1:56 and has won three of six starts to begin his career. A son of Chapter Seven, Seven And Seven has shown impressive closing speed early in his career and has banked $51,768. Durand has driven the rookie trotting colt in each of his previous six starts, but will hand the lines over to John Campbell for the Wellwood final. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill will be looking for another major victory in the Wellwood. The son of Muscle Hill captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 6th at The Meadowlands. What The Hill won his Wellwood elimination last Friday in 1:55.3 for his third victory of the season. David Miller will drive the rookie trotter in Saturday's final. Seven And Seven will start from post two, while What The Hill has post three. The $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night is also "Fan Appreciate Night" at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans on-track will receive a free program and their "First Bet on Us". The first 500 guests will also receive a $5 food voucher. There will also be t-shirt tosses after each race and live music entertaining the crowd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com Here are the fields for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 8. Nahar - Love You - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hll - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter AE: Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Mark McKelvie

SEPT. 14, 2016 - Carl Jamieson has decades of experience preparing horses for the Ontario Sires Stakes post season and the harness racing trainer says three-year-old pacing filly Noone To Depend On is in peak form heading into Friday's Grassroots Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack. "She should be shaping up real good," said Jamieson. "She's ready to rock and roll." Noone To Depend On scored three wins and one third in her four regular season Grassroots outings for a division leading 162 points and has a sophomore record of four wins, two seconds and one third in 14 starts. The daughter of Santanna Blue Chip and Tipsy Taters has added $49,810 in earnings to the $48,480 she earned as a two-year-old, when she finished second in her Semi-final and fourth in the Grassroots Championship. "I think she's a lot better than she was last year," noted Jamieson. "She had some growing problems last year and this year she's been sound all year and racing really good." The Rockwood resident shares ownership of Noone To Depend On with his daughter Brandy Jamieson, who makes her home in Milton, ON. A one-quarter share in the filly was Brandy's birthday gift last year, an annual tradition Jamieson admits comes packaged with an ulterior motive. "I usually give her a piece for her birthday. Means I don't got to pay no paddock fees on them then," said Jamieson with a chuckle. "She usually paddocks her own horses." Making it a full-on family affair, Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson drives the filly for his father and sister and will steer Noone To Depend on from Post 6 in Friday's $20,000 Semi-final. She heads into the test off a mini-vacation following her win in the August 21 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. "I told him, you've got to take this filly, she's on the top of her game," said Jamieson, who has had to find substitute reinsmen in seven of the filly's 14 starts. "We've been keeping her pretty fresh all year really. We didn't race her a lot, just trying to keep her right and sound for the Grassroots Final." Once the Grassroots post season wraps up Jamieson will give Noone To Depend On one start against the Gold Series fillies, on Sept. 30 at Mohawk Racetrack, before sending her to Harrisburg for the November mixed sale. The horseman typically sells his three-year-olds to make room for yearlings, although he has scaled back from the days when he would send out 20 to 30 starters per year in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "We only had eight babies all last year, to start with. We qualified six, one we stopped with, and then a couple others I made the decision we had to turn out, they weren't good enough," noted the trainer, who added that he will start shopping for this season's yearlings at the Sunday, Sept. 18 Canadian Yearling Sale. Noone To Depend On goes postward in the second three-year-old pacing filly Semi-final on Friday, slated as Race 4. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will return to Mohawk on Saturday, Sept. 24 for their $50,000 Grassroots Championship. The three-year-old trotting fillies will kick off the sophomore Grassroots Semi-final battles at 7:30 pm on Friday, competing in Races 1 and 6. The trotting colts wage their battles in Races 2 and 8, while the pacing fillies go back-to-back in Races 3 and 4. The three-year-old pacing colts wrap things up in Races 9 and 12. Friday's event completes the Semi-final round - the two-year-old finalists will be determined on Thursday evening - which advances the top five finishers from each Semi-final into the $400,000 Grassroots Championship Night at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Racing

Freehold, NJ --- Hannelore Hanover will face the toughest challenge of her career when she meets nine rivals in Saturday’s (Sept. 17) C$632,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, but with wins in 21 of her last 22 races, the 4-year-old harness racing mare has already proven she knows how to ace a test. The Ron Burke-trained standout brings a nine-race win streak to the Maple Leaf as she tries to become the second consecutive female to capture Canada’s top event for older trotters. Last year’s race was won by Bee A Magician, who is currently sidelined because of an injury. Eight of this year’s 10 Maple Leaf finalists are males, including 2015 runner-up Resolve. The other mare in the race is 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry. Hannelore Hanover, who defeated male foes in the Hambletonian Maturity as well as in several opens and invitationals this season, was supplemented to the Maple Leaf Trot for C$45,000. She won her elimination last week by 3-1/4 lengths over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52. It was the seventh time during her current nine-race victory streak that she won by more than three lengths. “She’s gotten to be one of the horses I count on for a solid effort each week, but this is the biggest thing we’ve asked her to do,” said Ron Burke, who trains and co-owns Hannelore Hanover. “She’s beaten the boys, but they were 4-year-old boys (in the Hambletonian Maturity) or in short fields in opens. “She’s really good right now, but this is a full field of 10, so this is asking a lot. If she can do this I think it really would equate with her being something special.” Hannelore Hanover, a daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, has won 14 of 15 races this year and 23 of 36 lifetime, accumulating earnings of $983,613. She has finished worse than second only four times in her career. The mare, an Indiana Sire Stakes champion last season, is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. In addition to winning the Hambletonian Maturity, Hannelore Hanover’s triumphs this season include the Armbro Flight Stakes, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill and Miami Valley Distaff. Although Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras won their six-horse Maple Leaf Trot elimination by open lengths, Burke knows it means nothing heading to the final. “She drew probably the easier (elimination) and she had some things go in her favor,” Burke said. “She really ended up getting the easiest trip. For her, everything worked out perfectly. It’s hard to get a read on her. I’m sure she’s not that much better than those horses, but everything that had to work out for her worked out for her.” Resolve won the remaining Maple Leaf elimination, beating Shake It Cerry by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:51.1. John Campbell drove Resolve for trainer and regular driver Ake Svanstedt, who missed the race because of travel issues. The Maple Leaf Trot is part of a stakes-filled card at Mohawk. Also on Saturday is the Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters -- featuring Hambletonian winner Marion Marauder -- plus the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, the Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, and the Elegantimage for 3-year-old female trotters. Following is the field for the Maple Leaf Trot, with drivers and trainers. PP–Horse–Driver–Trainer 1. Resolve–Ake Svanstedt–Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale–Sylvain Filion–Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory–Chris Christoforou–Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover–Yannick Gingras–Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream–Scott Zeron–Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze–John Campbell–Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge–Rick Zeron–Jeff Durham 8. Nahar–TBA–Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm–Mario Baillargeon–Benoit Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry–David Miller–Jimmy Takter by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10 - The top trotters in harness racing were on display Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Maple Leaf Trot eliminations. Both premier events featured a pair of $40,000 eliminations, as 13 three-year-old trotters competed in the 'Trotting Classic' and 12 older trotters clashed in the Maple Leaf Trot preliminaries. Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track in the first Canadian Trotting Classic elimination. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood stable star scored an impressive four length victory in 1:52. Driven by Scott Zeron, Marion Marauder got away third and was pushed to the front in the second-quarter to front the field by the half in :55.4. Around the final turn, Waitlifter K pressed at the heavy-favourite first up and was just three-quarters of a length from the lead at third marker in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Marion Marauder flicked aside his challenger and pulled away confidently to win in 1:52. "He's an amazing animal," said Zeron post-race. "Hats off to Mike (Keeling) and Paula (Wellwood) for keeping him this well conditioned throughout the schedule he's had this year. To put up performances like this week in and week out, it's amazing." Winter Harbor, who originally got away seventh, made a big third-quarter move and trotted home well to finish second to Marion Marauder. Tony Soprano finished third, while Waitlifter K and Brooklyn Hill rounded out the top five to advance to next week's final. Marion Marauder is in the midst of an incredible three-year-old season. The son of Muscle Hill has earned over $1.1 million this season with signature victories in the Goodtimes and Yonkers Trot to go along with his Hambletonian title. "I was thrilled with him tonight," said Keeling, who noted it was a short week for his colt after racing last Saturday in the Yonkers Trot. "Coming off a half (mile track) we didn't know how he was going to be and he was just tremendous. I couldn't believe the start tonight, he was great." Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has won nine of 11 starts this season to bring his career totals to 10 wins and over $1.5 million earned. Marion Marauder paid $2.40 to win. Marion Marauder In the second elimination, Bar Hopping delivered a large effort to win in 1:52.4 over Southwind Frank. The public's support was fully behind Southwind Frank, who was making his first start since capturing the Colonial on August 20th, but the talented son of Muscle Hill just didn't have his usually best on Saturday. Bee In Charge shot off the wings of the gate to grab early command ahead of Bar Hopping and posted an opening-quarter of :27.1. Southwind Frank got his cue to quickly move from third to first entering the backstretch and led the group by the half in :55.3. Bar Hopping was trotting along third on the far turn when driver Tim Tetrick angled him to the outside to start gaining ground towards the lead. Southwind Frank got a :28.3 third-quarter to lead the field into the stretch, but didn't have a lot to offer in the lane. Bar Hopping trotted home with powerful strides on the far outside to blow by Bee In Charge and ultimately Southwind Frank to win by 2¼ lengths. "I just wanted to be close and try not to do any work in the middle and keep him brave," said Tetrick following the victory. "I felt confident (turning for home), my horse was still trotting really easy and had plenty of trot left. "You never know about (Southwind) Frank, he's a great animal and I know he struggles a little bit in the turns, but most of the time he just takes right back off, but my horse got him today." Southwind Frank held off Bee In Charge by half a length for second, while Warrawee Roo and Dia Monde rounded out the top five to advance to the final. Bar Hopping, now has four wins in 12 starts this season for earnings of $456,310. He is trained by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, Hatfeld Stables, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Also a son of Muscle Hill, Bar Hopping finished fifth in the Hambletonian Final after winning his elimination. The three-year-old trotting colt now has five career wins to bring his earnings total to $557,548. Bar Hopping paid $10 to win. Bar Hopping The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations featured a European flavour, a couple of mares and the best older trotters around. Resolve, who finished second in last year's event, was a gate to wire winner in the first elimination for driver John Campbell and trainer Ake Svanstedt. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill was scheduled to be driven by his trainer in Saturday's elimination, but a travel issue prevented Svanstedt from making it to Mohawk. Resolve was put on the front by Campbell and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2 before catching a :28.4 breather in the second panel. Five-year-old mare Shake It Cerry was sent first up from fourth on the far turn, while Resolve stretched out his lead to two lengths at the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Campbell pushed the go button on Resolve and the Svanstedt trainee trotted home with powerful strides in :26.4 for a 1:51.1 victory. Shake It Cerry was just less than two lengths back in second, while Lookslikeachpndale was third. "He's pretty push button," said Campbell about Resolve. "He's been a great horse the last two years and been overseas and comeback and it's just a testament to what a great horse he is." Campbell noted he wasn't given any instructions for during the race with Resolve, but rather for scoring down. "The guy that takes care of said it was more important how I scored him down than the race," said Campbell. "He said you can do whatever you want in the race, but there was some instructions on how to score him down, but after that he was push button." Owned by Hans Enggren, Resolve picked up his third win of the season in his ninth outing Saturday. The Svanstedt trainee competed in the Elitlopp earlier this season in Sweden. Resolve will enter the Maple Leaf Trot Final with 13 career wins and over $1.4 million in earnings. He paid $3.10 to win. Resolve Hannelore Hanover continued her dream season with an easy-looking victory in the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination. The Ron Burke trainee was supplemented for $45,000 to this year's Maple Leaf Trot and earned back $20,000 for her connection with the elimination victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover sat third while letting the dust settle between JL Cruze and Windsun Revenge. After an opening-quarter of :27, Hannelore Hanover got her cue to move to the front and led the field by the half in :55.1. Il Sogno Dream came first up from fourth on the far turn, but there was never an anxious moments for Hannelore Hanover, who got to three-quarters in 1:24.1. The Burke trainee finished off the victory by cruising home in :28.1. Il Sogno Dream finished 3¼ lengths back in second, while Windsun Revenge was third. Swedish trotter Nahar, who is owned by Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the Vancouver Canucks, followed Il Sogno Dream around the final turn and ultimately finished fourth to qualify for the final. JL Cruze faded back to finish fifth, but did qualify for next week's rich final. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover improved her 2016 record to 14 wins from 15 starts with her Maple Leaf Trot elimination score. "I got a good third-quarter breather and I just let her trot a little bit in the stretch, but the plugs were still in and she had something left in the tank," said Gingras, who was thrilled the connections opted to supplement 'Hannelore'. "$45,000 is a lot of money, but I thought she deserved a shot and ultimately they came to the conclusion she did." Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover is now a 23-time winner with over $1 million in career earnings. She paid $2.10 to win. Hannelore Hanover The post positions for the $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot were drawn following Saturday's elimination. Both finals will take place next Saturday (September 17). Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the post positions for next week's finals. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank 2. Waitlifter K 3. Bar Hopping 4. Marion Marauder 5. Tony Soprano 6. Dia Monde 7. WinterHarbor 8. Brooklyn Hill 9. Bee In Charge 10. Warrawee Roo AE: Will Take Charge   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve 2. Lookslikeachpndale 3. Flanagan Memory 4. Hannelore Hanover 5. Il Sogno Dream 6. JL Cruze 7. Windsun Revenge 8. Nahar 9. Musical Rhythm 10. Shake It Cerry AE: Etruscan Hanover   Mark McKelvie

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