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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 25 - The combination of harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Tony Alagna has been red hot at Mohawk Racetrack and Thursday night the hot streak continued. Alagna sent out three horses on Thursday's 10-race card and all three scored victories with Waples in the sulky. The successful evening for the duo began in the opening race, as rookie trotting colt Signal Hill broke his maiden with a 1:58.3 score. The son of Muscle Hill, who sold for $250,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, was making his third career start and trotted home in :27.4 for the victory. Signal Hill is owned by Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill Vintage Babe gave Waples and Alagna their second victory with a 1:54.2 triumph in the third-race. The sophomore pacing filly was competing at the non-winners of two or $25,000 lifetime level and shot home in :27.3 for her third career score. The daughter of Vintage Master is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Jodi Siamis. Vintage Babe The third victory of the night for Waples and Alagna came in the eighth-race, as Winter Harbor picked up his second consecutive victory. The three-year-old son of Muscle Hill grinded away first up throughout the middle-half and pulled ahead in the lane for a 1:56.1 score. A $240,000 yearling purchase at the 2014 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Winter Harbor didn't make his three-year-old debut until August 5th and now has two wins from three starts to improve his career record to three wins in six starts. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Cancelliere, Little E LLC and Winter Harbor Partners. Winter Harbor The combination of Waples and Alagna is winning at almost 50 per cent this season at Mohawk. They will team up twice on Friday's card with a pair of impressive ladies. Ontario Sires Stakes star Caprice Hill will be looking for her fifth win of the season in the Casual Breeze Stakes, while four-year-old pacing mare Bedroomconfessions has won four of her last five starts and goes for another victory in the Mares Preferred. Waples was not the only driver to win three races Thursday, as James MacDonald scored a Hat Trick on a day he won't forget. Earlier on Thursday, MacDonald and his wife welcomed their first child into the world and that evening the new Dad put in a strong night at the office. He won two of the first four races and completed the Hat Trick in the ninth-race with 29-1 longshot Amoureuse Hanover. MacDonald now has 80 wins this season at Mohawk and sits fourth in the Driver Standings. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with two $97,000 divisions of the Casual Breeze highlighting action. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 23, 2016 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson made the trip to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to drive a quartet of three-year-old pacing colts in their second last regular season Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots start and scored two wins, one second and one third. Jamieson posted his first win with Piranha, guiding the Badlands Hanover son to a front-end victory in a sharp 1:50.4. The gelding hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Arsenic, who pursued the fan favourite from the pocket. Tango Star finished third in the $18,000 Grassroots division. "That was the first time I've driven Piranha and he was ultra-impressive," said Jamieson. "That was a huge mile at Georgian." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Raymond Farmer of Erie, MI and owner John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. It was Piranha's second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle this season; the gelding was also victorious in the season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16. With 100 points earned through those two Grassroots victories, Piranha is assured of a berth in the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack and Jamieson expects him to earn a shot at the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. "He'll be tough to beat come the Semi-finals and Final of this series," said the Moffat, ON resident. Jamieson's second victory came with Continual Hanover in the last Grassroots division. After an early skirmish that took them by the quarter in :26.4, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover in behind fan favourite Blaise Mm Hanover and stalked the pace through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Jamieson pointed Continual Hanover at the wire and the colt sprinted by the pacesetter to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. "Continual was back to his harder-trying self," noted Jamieson. "He's been hit and miss this year, with a bit more miss than hit lately. Tonight he beat a well-meant favourite in Blaise Mm Hanover, so I'm hoping he stays with this form until, at least, I'm driving a different horse, most likely his stablemate St Lads Moonwalk or maybe even Piranha." Jamieson pilots Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. The Bettors Delight colt was victorious in the Grassroots season opener and in the July 1 event at Mohawk, but finished third on July 30 at Hanover Raceway and fourth on Aug. 13 at Kawartha Downs. In spite of his mid-season misses, Continual Hanover sits second in the three-year-old pacing colt division with 170 points, five points behind stablemate St Lads Moonwalk. Sent off the favourite in the first division on Tuesday, Jamieson and St Lads Moonwalk had to settle for the runner-up spot as Red Dog Saloon sprinted up from the backfield to grab a head victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Sports Authority finished three-quarters of a length back in third. Erin, ON resident Steven Hudon owns, trains and drives Red Dog Saloon, who jumped into third spot in the division standings with his second Grassroots win of the season. The Mister Big gelding was also victorious in the July 1 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The other Grassroots trophy went home with first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winner Big Place, who watched a speed duel between Wichita Lineman and Day Trade Hanover from the middle of the pack and then powered by the tiring leaders to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:53. Bettor Memories also closed well to take the runner-up spot away from Jamieson and Wichita Lineman, who settled for third. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station piloted Big Place to his first Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. In his first four provincial starts the Big Jim colt had posted one second, two fourths and one sixth, giving him a point tally of 94 and a shot at the Grassroots post season. The three-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 1, and then the top 20 point earners will begin preparations for the Sept. 16 Semi-finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will secure a berth in the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs this Saturday, Aug. 27 as the Innisfil oval celebrates Customer Appreciation Night with Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the Honourable Earl Rowe Trot. Saturday's action-packed program gets under way at 7:15 pm. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The Mark Steacy barn has been on a roll this season at Mohawk Racetrack and Tuesday evening they celebrated a special harness racing milestone. Three-year-old pacing filly Stylish Beachwhere got back to her winning ways with a 1:52.3 front-end score for Steacy. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was winless in her last two starts heading into Tuesday's contest after winning three in a row to begin her career. Tuesday's victory was the first for Steacy on the WEG Circuit since surpassing $20 million in career earnings last Saturday night at Pocono Downs with Nocturnal Bluechip in a Consolation of the Battle of Brandywine. Steacy was presented with a sign recognizing his accomplishment in the winner's circle following Stylish Beachwhere's victory. Steacy has enjoyed plenty of success over the course of his career, most notably with superstars Majestic Son ($1.9 million - 1:52.2) and Hana Hanover ($1.2 million - 1:48.4). His trainees have visited the winner's circle 1,472 times during his career. This season, Steacy sits second in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 33 victories. Overall, his barn has 49 wins this season with the most recent victory from Stylish Beachwhere pushing the stable over $1 million in seasonal earnings. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The harness racing pacing stars of today and tomorrow are set to clash at Mohawk Racetrack over the next two weekends for the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady. The entry box for all three major events closed Tuesday morning with no eliminations required for the Canadian Pacing Derby, as 10 of the sport's finest older pacers were entered and will go directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. The Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will need eliminations this Saturday (August 28) to determine the finalists for September 3. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Metro for three $40,000 eliminations, while 15 rookie pacing fillies were dropped in the box for the Shes A Great Lady for two $35,000 eliminations. The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada's oldest stakes race and the 2016 edition has attracted a field of superstars. State Treasurer, the reigning Canadian Horse of the Year, is back to defend his 'Pacing Derby' crown against several of harness racing's titans. Always B Miki, last year's Breeders Crown champion, will be returning to Mohawk for the first time since his 1:47.1 Track Record performance in the Mohawk Gold Cup. The Jimmy Takter trained five-year-old has won six of 10 starts this season, including the Ben Franklin and William Haughton Memorial. The World Champion is approaching double millionaire status and holds a mark of 1:47. Wiggle It Jiggleit, the 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year, will look to become the third four-year-old to win the Canadian Pacing Derby in the last 10 years. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, the son of Mr Wiggles has earned over $1 million this season to bring his career bankroll to over $3.3 million. Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 34 of 45 career starts and holds a mark of 1:47.2. Shamballa will look to defend his home track for trainer Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the U.S. Pacing Championship earlier this month at The Meadowlands in a career-best 1:47.1. A local fan-favourite for his outstanding closing speed, Shamballa is a three-time winner this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 starts. The Zeron trainee finished second in last year's 'Pacing Derby'. State Treasurer has recently found his best stride of the season after dealing with an injury. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee was scratched from an August 6th start after he stepped on a nail, but has since returned and won two consecutive outings, including a 1:48.3 effort last Saturday at Mohawk. A winner of over $2 million, State Treasurer will be competing in his third consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The 2016 'Pacing Derby' field also includes double millionaire All Bets Off, last year's Cane Pace winner Dealt A Winner, Molson Pace winner Evenin Of Pleasure, WEG Preferred standouts Nickle Bag and Nirvana Seelster and 2015 Empire Breeders champion Rockin In Heaven. The post position draw for the Canadian Pacing Derby will take place Saturday evening. The Metro Pace appears wide open heading into this Saturday's three eliminations. The top three-finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $661,000 final. The first division features Ben Baillargeon trainee Rock This Way (PP4, Mario Baillargeon), who pulled off a 65-1 upset in a division of the Nassagaweya last Saturday. The son of 2005 Metro Pace winner Rocknroll Hanover stopped the clock in a national season's best 1:51.3. Calvin K (PP5, Jody Jamieson) has the highest earnings of the 25 rookies in this year's Metro Pace, with $114,220 earned through seven career starts. The Ontario Sires Stakes standout was second in his Nassagaweya division for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. The second elimination features Macs Jackpot (PP7, Sylvain Filion), who won the other Nassagaweya division last Saturday. The son of Somebeachsomewhere recently joined the O'Sullivan barn after racing south of the border for Jim Campbell. The third foal out of $1.3 million winner Michelles Power, Macs Jackpot has won three of six starts for just under $80,000 in earnings. The final elimination has several intriguing competitors; including Southwind General (PP7, Jody Jamieson), who is jumping from the OSS Grassroots to Grand Circuit competition in just his second start. The Jack Darling trained son of Sportswriter was a $110,000 yearling purchase and won his debut by more than eight-lengths. Bettors Dream (PP8, Tim Tetrick) will also compete in the final elimination. The son of Bettors Delight won the Dream Maker Series final in convincing fashion, but suffered his first loss last Saturday in the Nassagaweya. The Scott McEneny trainee finished second after a front-end battle through an opening-half of :53.4. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 3,4,8. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes will have two eliminations with the top-five finishers from each split advancing to the $427,000 final. Candlelight Dinner (PP6, David Miller) has been the talk of the town in recent weeks and the undefeated pacing filly will star in the first elimination. The Casie Coleman trained daughter of American Ideal has won four in a row to begin her career, including victories in the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar. Candlelight Dinner was a $110,000 yearling purchase. The second elimination will see the Mohawk debut of Somebeachsomewhere filly Idyllic Beach (PP8, Yannick Gingras). The first foal out of $1.3 million winner Idyllic, Idyllic Beach has won three of four starts to begin her career. The Takter trainee has made each of her four starts in Pennsylvania. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 2 and 6. The post positions for the $661,000 Metro Pace and $427,000 Shes A Great Lady finals will be drawn following the eliminations on Saturday. Post time for Saturday's 11-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the fields for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations. PP/Horse/Sire/Driver/Trainer Metro Pace Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Bettors Western - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Rob Fellows 2. Odds On Delray - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 3. The Wall - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Rock This Way - Rocknroll Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 5. Calvin K - Classic Card Shark - Jody Jamieson - Tony O'Sullivan 6. Windsong Napoleon - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 7. Pointomygranson - American Ideal - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 8. Classic Pro - Shadow Play - David Miller - Dr. Ian Moore   Metro Pace Elimination #2 (Race 4) 1. Bobcat Bound - Somebeachsomewhere - Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson 2. Ocean Colony - Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Manceiver - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr. 4. Darlings Dragon - Dragon Again - Donald Dupont - Marie Dupont 5. Ideal Wheel - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 6. Abbeydorney - Rock N Roll Heaven - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 7. Macs Jackpot - Somebeachsomewhere - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 8. All It Takes - Mach Three - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 9. Beach House - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Rich Gillock   Metro Pace Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Deadly Action - Art Major - Randy Waples - Colin Johnson 2. Tuxedo Bay - Somebeachsomewhere - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 3. Blood Line - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 4. Beyond Delight - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan 5. R J P - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Erv Miller 6. Some Attitude - Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller - Bob McIntosh 7. Southwind General - Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling 8. Bettors Dream - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Scott McEneny   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Happy Hannah - Well Said - Randy Waples - Mark Steacy 2. World Apart - Art Major - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano 3. Thats The Ticket - Roll With Joe - Sylvain Filion - Chris Ryder 4. Manhattan Play - Shadow Play - Mike Saftic - Nicky Comegna 5. Blameitonthenight - Mach Three - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 6. Candlelight Dinner - American Ideal - David Miller - Casie Coleman 7. Vintage Book - Vintage Master - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams   Shes A Great Lady Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - David Miller - Aaron Lambert 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy 3. Awash - Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick - Tony Alagna 4. Fade - Shadow Play - David Miller - Casie Coleman 5. Bid Writer - Sportswriter - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Gillis 6. Out Of Sight - Mach Three - Jody Jamieson - Bob McIntosh 7. Everyones Watching - Artiscape - Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna 8. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter   Canadian Pacing Derby (Field listed in alphabetical order) All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit   Mark McKelvie

As part of the Hanover Hospital Foundation Fundraising Day and the Balanced Image Trot final, Define the World will be on hand for a meet and greet the harness racing fans with a picture opportunity Saturday. Mathew Bax says the 11 year old son of Duke of York and grandson of Balanced image earned over 1.7 million dollars in his career, went to Sweden twice, competed in the Elitlopp and still holds the world record of 1:54.2 on a half mile track at Flamboro Downs. Define the World was a homebred by Al Libfeld of Toronto. As a 3 year old the Gelding won the Canadian Breeders Championship, Simcoe and Multiple OSS Gold races ending up being named the 3 year old Obrien award winner that season. He was retired shortly after it was determined that he had torn knee ligaments after winning a race at Woodbine. Bax says that shows how tough he is, that he can win with that type of injury. He adds the gelding's greatest quality is something you can't teach. He says "The difference between a good horse and a great one is just that desire, that will to win. You can't train that. Define the World will be available for pictures from approximately 8:00 to 9:00pm in the Grandstand Horse Stall. GM Gord Dougan says we feel lucky and proud to have such a champion come and visit us on our Balanced Image final night. Hanover's Saturday program will include the $61,400 dollar Balanced Image final, a Corn Roast, live band, Human Sulky races between races 5 and 6, and Blanket presentations on 6 races with the sponsorship money going to the Hospital Foundation. Post time Saturday is 7:15pm Gord Dougan

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 23 - The entry box for the Canadian Pacing Derby closed Tuesday morning and 10 of the harness racing sport's finest older pacers were entered in Mohawk Racetrack's signature event of the summer. No eliminations are required for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby and all 10 older pacers entered advance directly to the $616,000 final on Saturday, September 3. State Treasurer, the winner of last year's 'Pacing Derby', is back to defend his title against a deep field, including Always B Miki, Shamballa and Wiggle It Jiggleit. 2015 Canadian Pacing Derby Here is the full list of entrants (in alphabetical older) for the Canadian Pacing Derby. All Bets Off Always B Miki Dealt A Winner Evenin Of Pleasure Nickle Bag Nirvana Seelster Rockin In Heaven Shamballa State Treasurer Wiggle It Jiggleit The entry box also closed Tuesday for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes. A total of 25 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been entered in the Metro Pace, while 15 rookie pacing fillies have been entered in the Shes A Great Lady. The eliminations for both events will be contested this Saturday (August 27). A full preview of the Canadian Pacing Derby and Saturday's eliminations for the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady will be available later today. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 22, 2016 - Two fresh faces and two repeat winners took home Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots hardware from Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening as the Campbellville oval welcomed back the talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies. P L Karis opened the Grassroots action with a 1:55.2 win in the second race. The Sportswriter daughter, in rein to Campbellville, ON resident Chris Christoforou, Jr., left smartly from Post 5 and did most of the work on the front end, digging in hard down the stretch to hang on for a nose victory over Odysseus. Snappy Dresser was one and one-quarter lengths behind the fan favourite in third. "We're pretty high on her. She's been battling sickness through this whole summer, we really thought she was a Gold filly, but she just can't get over her sickness, so she overcame that tonight," said owner Dan Clements. "I wasn't even going to race her tonight, but decided to bring her up and you know she was all right, she was just average, but she still won, so we're happy." Currently based at Tioga Downs in Nichols, NY, Clements and trainer Renaldo Morales, Jr. qualified the filly twice in June and then sent her north for the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on July 8, where she finished third. After an early miscue and fifth-place result in her July 25 Battle of the Belles Elimination at Grand River Raceway, P L Karis had a few weeks off, then re-qualified at Tioga Downs on Aug. 12. "She's got extreme speed, she just hasn't shown everything that she's got yet," said Clements, a native of Uxbridge, ON. "When I qualified her she was awesome and there was big numbers being thrown around for her, but she just hasn't shown that yet on the track. I know she's got it in her, she's just like her sister ($343,197 winner Mach It A Par) so we'll just wait on her and see what happens." Named in honour of the Clements's daughter-in-law, who is expecting their first grandchild in November, P L Karis will return home to Ontario in September to finish up her freshman season and prepare for what her connections hope will be a healthier 2017. P L Karis Like P L Karis, the second division winner, Dudesalady, prepped for the Grassroots campaign south of the border. The Shadow Play daughter qualified three times and raced twice at Vernon Downs before arriving in Ontario for the Aug. 11 Grassroots event at Mohawk, where she finished second by a nose after carving all the fractions. With Post 1 in Monday's test, driver James MacDonald opted for a covered up trip, and when he pointed Dudesalady at the leaders just after the half, the filly was ready to rumble. Reeling in pacesetter and fan favourite Shewearsthepants in the stretch, Dudesalady pulled away to a one length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Shewearsthepants finished second and Village Jamie was one-half length behind her in third. "I looked at her lines and it looked like she'd win first up once or twice. Jody (Jamieson) raced her on the front last time and she just got beat, so I kind of wanted to try and be close, but not too close, maybe first or second over if I could," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in the filly's race bike. "She raced good. She hung in tough, and when I called on her she took off." The Guelph resident engineered the win for trainer Howard Okusko, Jr. of Vernon, NY and owners M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Victoria Dickinson of Greenville, DE. In four starts Dudesalady now has two wins and two seconds for earnings of $15,750. Dudesalady The third $18,000 Grassroots division saw Shanghai Sugar score her second Ontario Sires Stakes win, going gate-to-wire from Post 7 in a personal best 1:55.1. Warrawee Speedy finished one length behind the favourite in second, while Cams Lucky Star was well back in third. "She gets better and better every start," said trainer-driver Travis Henry. "We gave her a week outside after the Battle of the Belles Final (Aug. 1), because she was a little sick , so that's why we missed last week, and I'm very happy with the way she came back tonight." Embro resident Henry conditions Shanghai Sugar for Craig Wood of Waterdown, his mother Linda Henry of Brantford and Glen Wark of St. Catharines, ON. In four starts the Shanghai Phil daughter has posted two Grassroots wins, a second in her Battle of the Belles Elimination and a third in the Battle of the Belles Final for earnings of $33,436. Shanghai Sugar In the final division P L Kahluaa made it two in a row over the Mohawk oval with a confident front-end steer from Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion that saw her power home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.3. Amulet Seelster and Braonach finished in second and third behind the favourite. "This filly is perfect," said trainer Richard Moreau. "You wouldn't even know she's there, and every time she shows up to race she gives 120 per cent. "The people where she come from deserve all the merit," the Puslinch, ON resident continued. "They made my job so easy." Former trainer Patrick Richer sent P L Kahluaa to Moreau after her first two Grassroots starts, a second at Mohawk in the season opener and a fifth at Clinton Raceway on July 17. The Sportswriter daughter found the winner's circle for the first time in the Aug. 11 Grassroots event at Mohawk and Monday's repeat performance put her at the top of the division standings with 130 points. Numbered company 9303 3868 Quebec Inc. of Blainville, QC owns the talented pacer. P L Kahluaa The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 30 and then wrap up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 8. The top 20 point earners after the six regular season events will return to Mohawk for the Sept. 15 Semi-finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final moving on to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. Next Monday, August 29 the Campbellville oval will host the fifth Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing colts. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - One of harness racing's most popular drivers, Rick Zeron scored his 8,000th career driving victory Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Zeron, 59, entered the evening just a single win shy of the milestone. Driving three-year-old pacing filly Dixie Lullaby in the evening's seventh-race, Zeron was able to get the filly up in the final strides for the milestone victory. Nicknamed "The Whip", Zeron has been a regular driver and trainer on the WEG Circuit for over two decades. The Oakville, Ontario resident has consistently posted impressive numbers throughout his career, including driving the winners of over $3 million in 14 of the last 16 seasons. Zeron, who won his first race at Rideau Carleton Raceway in 1975, was the top driver in Quebec for many years before relocating to Ontario in 1995. His career best season for wins came in 1989, when he won 437 races and captured another Quebec driving title. Zeron's best season for earnings was recorded in 2006, when he drove the winners of over $7.7 million. Last season, he put together another solid campaign with 126 wins and earnings of nearly $3 million. The past few weeks have been memorable for the Zeron's, as Rick's son, Scott, won the Hambletonian with Marion Marauder on August 6th. The father-son duo also teamed up to capture the U.S. Pacing Championship with Rick's stable star Shamballa on the same day. A model of consistency, Rick Zeron is on pace for another solid season with 71 victories and earnings of over $1.4 million. He currently ranks ninth in the WEG Drivers standings and sixth in the Trainers standings. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Rick on his 8,000th driving victory. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - The Define The World Series Final turned into a final-quarter sprint Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack and rookie trotter Seven And Seven put on quite a display to score the harness racing  victory. Just a field of four competed in the $36,000 Define The World Series Final, but that didn't stop a pair of the rookie trotters from turning heads. Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven captured the first leg, but was outsprinted home in the second leg and finished second to Luc Blais trainee Jake. The preliminary leg winners met up again on Thursday and once again they dueled in a final-quarter sprint. Blais trainee Awol Hanover took the early lead and posted an opening-quarter of :30. Stablemate Jake and driver Sylvain Filion circled around from second to grab command and took the field by the half in 1:01. Around the final turn, trainer/driver Durand opted to angle out from third with Seven And Seven and rush towards the leader, ultimately drawing to within a neck of Jake at the three-quarter pole in 1:32. The easy fractions set up a sprint for home and both trotters unleashed a :26.3 final-quarter. Seven And Seven used his momentum from the final turn to take a slight lead at the top of the lane and was able to keep Jake half a length back for a 1:58.3 victory. Cant U Spell finished third, while Awol Hanover made a stretch break and was fourth. Seven And Seven was sent off as the 2/5 favourite and Durand noted after the race that even with only four horses, he knew the race went through his trotter. "It was me that was going to make the race one way or another," said Durand "A normal horse I would probably have pushed the pace a little early, but this horse has got so much sprinting speed that I thought I could get him from anywhere." Seven And Seven is from the first crop of sire Chapter Seven. Bred by June Durand and passing through the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale ring for $17,000, Seven And Seven now has two wins in four starts for earnings of $29,620. Allan Smith shares ownership of the rookie trotting colt with Tom and June Durand. Staked up to several upcoming Grand Circuit events at Mohawk, Durand was hopefully he would be on this path with Seven And Seven. "I thought he might make a nice New York sired colt or the course that we are on and maybe getting into the Grand Circuit," he said. "He's a colt that always did everything right, he never made breaks and he was always game to challenge other horses." The Durand stable has been well represented on the WEG and Grand Circuit by veteran trotter Whiskey Tax over the last several years. The eight-year-old is approaching millionaire status, but is also lending a helping hand to his trainer. "Strangely enough we did the last end of (Seven And Seven's) training with Whiskey Tax," said Durand. "Whiskey is such a good ol' boy, he kind of taught him the ropes of how to stay relaxed and then go when you're asked to go and stuff like that. "Normally people train their colts with other colts, but trained him with an eight-year-old and it worked out good." Durand confirmed after the race that Seven And Seven has the Champlain Stakes up next on his schedule. Seven And Seven Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 18, 2016 - Over the last month, three-year-old trotting fillies Caprice Hill and Flowers N Songs have battled the best harness racing fillies in North America, bringing home one win and three seconds between them from the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial, the historic Hambletonian Oaks and the Moni Maker Stake. The talented trotters returned to Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series action on Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack and were sent off the heavy favourites in their respective divisions, and both fillies delivered resounding victories. Caprice Hill captured the first $105,000 Gold division with a commanding effort from Post 3 that saw her take control after the :27.3 opening quarter and cruise through a :57 half and 1:26 three-quarters on her way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Early pacesetter Emoticon Hanover finished second and Dottie closed well to be third, seven lengths behind the winner. "She felt like she wanted to go coming out of the turn, and she got away second, so I decided to take a shot and try to control it from there and it worked out good," said driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON. "I've got a lot of respect for the filly that was on my back (Emoticon Hanover), but I've got a whole lot of respect for the one I was driving too." Waples drove Caprice Hill to her third Gold Series win of the season for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and owner Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. The reinsman said the Kadabra daughter was in great shape after her trip to The Meadowlands for the Hambletonian Oaks, where she finished second in both her July 30 elimination and the Aug. 6 Final. "I trained her here the other morning and she was really good. They do a really good job with their horses; they're always fit and healthy and ready to race when they come here," said Waples. "She's a special filly, she really is, just her gait and her manners and the fact that she's such a professional about whatever she does. She's a real, real beautiful thing." In 17 lifetime starts Caprice Hill has finished no worse than third, and this season she boasts a record of four wins and three seconds in seven starts. Thursday's victory bumped her lifetime earnings to $931,877. Caprice Hill In the second Gold division Flowers N Songs dropped into fourth spot from Post 2 and watched as Major Muscle did all the heavy lifting, leading the field through a :26.3 quarter and :56 half. Heading by the 1:25.1 three-quarters, driver Doug McNair tipped Flowers N Songs out three-wide and the filly powered by the leaders and on to a four length victory in 1:53.4. Tymal Tempest followed Flowers N Songs into second and pacesetter Major Muscle had to settle for third. "That's obviously the best she's been in the Gold. We've had a lot of bad luck in the Golds, but she's been very good all year," said McNair, adding that the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter is at her best off a helmet. Thursday's win was the filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. In her first three Gold Series starts Flowers N Songs finished third, fifth and sixth. In the 20 starts since her February debut the filly has tallied eight wins, six seconds and one third for earnings of $325,989. In her mid-summer forays across the border, Flowers N Songs captured the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs on July 24, finished sixth in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and then logged a runner-up result in the Aug. 13 Moni Maker Stake at The Meadows. "She's been a great filly. She's been tougher than a two dollar steak, I mean she's just unreal how she can travel around and still race like that," said trainer Paul Reid, who conditions Flowers N Songs for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "I'm real happy with the way she's going, but that's a lot of starts on her, so hopefully we can keep her like she is," the trainer continued. Flowers N Songs Thursday's victory bumped Flowers N Songs into third spot in the division standings with 70 points, which will assure her of a berth in the season ending Super Final. Through four regular season Gold events Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover share ownership of top spot in the standings with 150 points. Before they wrap up their regular season Gold Series campaign at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 2, the sophomore trotting lasses have a series of open stake opportunities at Mohawk, including the Casual Breeze on Aug. 26, the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 2 and the eliminations and final of the Elegantimage on Sept. 9 and 17. Before those open stake events get under way, the Campbellville oval will host the fourth regular season Grassroots leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Aug. 22. The fillies will battle in Races 2, 5, 7, and 9, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

The Hands on Horses Program has toured South Western Ontario over the past two weekends. This past Sunday many young harness rascing fans appeared at Clinton Raceway for Kids Day and lined up for their chance to sit behind a racehorse. The previous weekend saw the program make stops at Grand River Raceway, Hiawatha Horse Park and Leamington Raceway. At all events patrons were offered the opportunity to take a ride around the racetrack between races. As an added bonus fans at Hiawatha Horse Park had the opportunity to pose and take a picture in between races with our long time program horse Hollywood Ham. Fans lined up for the unique opportunity for a picture with a racehorse. Large crowds were in attendance as legendary race announcer Roger Huston was in the house to announce the evening's races. Driver Mark Williams was thrilled to capture his 5,000th win on the card and have it announced by Roger. After the win Mark took the lines of one of the program horses and gave some happy fans a trip around the track. The following afternoon Roger met up with Mark for a congratulatory photo at Leamington Raceway where he was announcing that tracks card of racing. Roger indicated that Leamington was the 139th racetrack that he has now announced at in his illustrious career. As a special bonus Roger hopped in the jogger and gave Essex Mayor Ron McDermott a thrill as they toured the Leamington Oval together. The weekend finished off with a hockey players challenge race between the Wheatley Omstead Sharks and the Leamington Flyers. The Wannadrive team assisted with outfitting the participants and providing the two seater joggers. Special thanks to all of the trainers that provided the horse power for the event which was won by the Flyers Cale Phibbs in an exciting finish. We look forward to offering this interactive experience to racing fans across the province. For your chance to participate check out the schedule at the website handsonhorsesprogram.com Our next event will be August 27th at Georgian Downs. To see photos of all of the events visit our facebook page here. By Stacey Reinsma

Hanover Raceway plays host to its 12th annual Balanced Image Trot championship this Saturday and the harness racing night will be packed with entertainment. 24 horses will compete for 8 spots in the $61,400 dollar final on Saturday August 27th, meaning the top 2 in each of 3 divisions will advance as well as 2 of the top 3 third place finishers. This year's field includes a diverse and talented field of both top OSS and local horses. In Race 3, Mass Production is part owned trained and driven by Rick Zeron of Oakville. This 2 year old Muscle Mass Gelding has already earned over 100,000 dollars and has yet to finish out of the money in 5 starts, including a 1:56.3 mile at Mohawk in his last OSS Gold Elimination. Julie Walker, formerly of Owen Sound part owns and trains Rosberg in the same race. This 2 year old colt has 2 wins in his last 5 starts both of which were in OSS Grassroots eliminations. There are also 2 horses in that race with Hanover connections. Charmbo Chrome is co-owned by Jack and Randy Rier of Hanover, and former Hanover native Mark Etsell has partnered with Bob Newtown of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge on Mister Muscle who gets post 8 and will start behind Mass Production on the starting gate. Race 5 includes Expose Yourself part owned by the Henry stable of Arthur and trained and driven by Wayne Henry, as well as Parkhill Nocredit who is owned and trained by John Bax, and driven by Steve Byron, who have won Hanover's Dream of Glory title multiple times, but have yet to win the Balanced Image. The 3rd division includes another OSS Gold competitor in Mister Bianco. This Muscle Mass Colt won his only start in 1:57.2 for trainer Bill Budd and owner Brad Gray of Dundas and will be driven by Rick Zeron. The Bax-Byron duo have post 1 with Majestic Wanda who won her OSS grassroots start at Hanover on August 6th, and Wayne Henry co-owns, trains and drives Lady Justice from post 7. One of 3 filly's in that race, this daughter of Justice Hall has some impressive finishes in the OSS Gold this season and will have to use her early gate speed to find a good position early. Also taking place Saturday night will be a Racing under Saddle race which is always very popular in Hanover, as well as the 42nd annual Walker Memorial Trot. The Walker trot is named after Allan and Viola Walker of Owen Sound, who had success with many great horses in the past, particularly trotters. Allan was inducted into the Hall of Fame and his children, grandchildren and great grandchildren are keeping up the great Walker tradition in the industry. Hanover will also host the Deep Run Danny Pace named after a horse owned and trained by Ted and Alma McLean of Goderich, and 7 contestants are still alive in the Survivor contest which was held on August 6th and they will compete for 3 great prizes including a 55 inch Sony TV starting in Race 3. If that's not enough, the Grey Bruce Paraplegic Association will be on hand conducting a 50-50 draw, which has come close to 700 dollars for the winner in the past. Post time Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

AUGUST 17, 2016 - Southwind General made his harness racing career debut in the third of three $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and may make his second start against North America's best two-year-old pacing colts. "To be honest, right now I'm thinking about the Metro (Pace), so he's going from a Grassroots to maybe the Metro," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "If he comes out of it okay, and everything looks good, I'll give him a whirl in the Metro." Not every novice can proceed directly from the Grassroots to the Grand Circuit, but Southwind General impressed Darling from the start. The Cambridge resident offered up $110,000 for the son of Sportswriter and Gamblers Passion at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and felt the colt was among his best all winter. "Early, he was our best one training down, and then kind of towards the end he was just okay. He's a very big colt and he kind of went through a bit of a growth stage where he got kind of flopping around, but just recently he's really come into his own again," noted Darling. "So I was hoping for a mile like he went tonight, but you never know until you see them do it." Southwind General and driver Jody Jamieson delivered a commanding performance from Post 3 in the third Grassroots division. Taking control of the pace going by the :27.3 quarter, the fan favourites proceeded through a :57 half and 1:27.1 three-quarters, and then sprinted away from the field to an eight length victory in 1:55.1. Stonebridge Pocket finished second and One Source was third. Wednesday's Grassroots outing was not originally on Southwind General's schedule, but a bout with sickness delayed his debut and caused Darling to go looking for an alternative to the August 11 Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "Things just really didn't work out for his schedule. Everything was going fine and then he got sick there (mid-July) and we had to qualify him again (Aug. 9), and then I couldn't get him a race at Mohawk, so I put him in here," Darling explained. "Luckily he got around the track good and he was pretty impressive. I really liked the looks of him at the wire." Southwind General's performance capped off a solid night of Grassroots competition for Darling and Moffat, ON resident Jamieson as the trainer-driver duo also finished in the runner-up spot in the other two divisions. Master The View finished second to Down On My Luck in the first split and Trident Seelster was second to Silverinyourpocket in the other tilt. Down On My Luck kicked things off with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 1, rolling through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2 on his way to a 1:58.4 victory. Master The View and Jamieson sat in the pocket and hit the wire one and one-half lengths back in second, with Tigers Way on their heels in third. "He's a nice gaited colt. Very, very lazy, a four-year-old kid could jog him, but when a horse comes to him he keeps going," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "He's a tough horse not to like." McNair piloted the Camluck son to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor and David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON. The full brother to $284,615 winner Coach Cal was a $10,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Silverinyourpocket and driver Sylvain Filion also used front-end tactics to secure their victory from Post 7. The pair powered through fractions of :29, :59.2 and 1:29.2 on their way to a 1:57.2 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Jamieson and Trident Seelster and well ahead of third-place finisher Monty Mono. Milton resident Filion drives Silverinyourpocket for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owners David and Marguerite Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. In four Grassroots outings the son of Badlands Hanover has posted three wins and one third, putting him at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 162 points. A $19,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale, Silverinyourpocket will make his next start at Mohawk Racetrack in the fifth Grassroots event on August 29. "Our goal is to keep him together and healthy for this year," said Moreau. "I want to make sure he stays brave, and the hope is to have an even better horse next year." The two-year-old pacing colts have two regular season events remaining on their schedule, with the top 20 point earners from the six regular season events advancing to the Sept. 15 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 7 with the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 15, 2016 - A moment of pique almost cost Stuck In My Spanks a Grassroots trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, but the harness racing  two-year-old trotting filly mounted a remarkable recovery to earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Starting from Post 7 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, Stuck In My Spanks went off stride soon after the gate had pulled away from the field of nine. As Jilona took the fillies by the quarter in a sharp :27.4, Stuck In My Spanks and driver Paul MacDonell were 30 lengths behind the leader. By the :58.1 half they had gained back seven lengths and by the 1:29 three-quarters they were just seven lengths behind leader Inner Drive. Turning for home Stuck In My Spanks was three and three-quarter lengths off the pace, but when Guelph resident MacDonell asked her for another gear she dropped into overdrive and powered to a one-half length win in 1:59.1. Early leader Jilona was second and Hilarious Honey was three more lengths back in third. "She's scary fast; she's just got a little bit of an attitude. She gets a little mad, and that's what she did tonight," said trainer Scott McEneny. "It's very frustrating, because I know I didn't give much money for her, but I know she's one of the top fillies, I think, because she's got tons of speed. She just gets kind of a little silly with her mouth, and she got a little mad and shook her head and just made a break." McEneny acquired Stuck In My Spanks from last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for a bargain $3,500. Through four starts the daughter of Manofmanymissions and Puta Ring On It has recorded two wins and banked $19,500, but the trainer thinks she has the potential to accomplish much more. "Hopefully we can get her figured out here, because I think she's got some big money to go for, and I think she can go with the good ones," said the Waterdown resident. "We're going to try and do a couple little things here, but in a couple weeks we'll hopefully race her in the Champlain and then the Peaceful Way, if she behaves herself and gets on the right foot." McEneny trains Stuck In My Spanks for his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. The filly started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level, posting one fifth and one seventh. Stuck In My Spanks The other three division winners also arrived at Monday's test from the Aug. 2 Gold Series event at Mohawk, where they enjoyed varying levels of success. Powerful Mission won her Grassroots debut at Mohawk on July 21, and then moved up to the Gold Series for the Aug. 2 event, where she made a late break and finished eighth. Back in the Grassroots on Monday, the filly floated away from Post 9 and cruised up the outside until she took control heading by the halfway marker. From there the outcome was never in doubt as Powerful Mission reached the finish four and one-half lengths on top in a personal best 1:58. McEneny trainee and fan favourite You Cant Afford Me finished second and Late Shift was third. "She's a nice filly with a great attitude. I scored her out and had her on the bit more, because last start I didn't have her on the bit, and the track was also a little deeper, and I asked her too quickly," said driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, ON. "I believe she has a lot of potential." Hudon steers Powerful Mission for trainer Kevin St. Charles and owners E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. In four starts the daughter of Manofmanymissions and The Power Of Magic now has two wins and earnings of $18,700. Powerful Mission Like Powerful Mission, Anikadabra won her Grassroots division on July 21 and moved up to the Gold level for the Aug. 2 event. Anikadabra finished third against the Gold fillies, but trainer Rob Fellows opted not to repeat the experience and returned the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee to the Grassroots on Monday. Starting from Post 6, Anikadabra took control before the half and cruised to a five and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:59. The heavy favourite bested Crystal Gumdrop and Stritch. "She's a very versatile filly. I could have sat her in a hole and moved her, but I saw that Sylvain (Filion and Crystal Gumdrop) got up to the front, so I just kind of floated up and cleared around him and man, she did the rest by herself," said driver Rick Zeron. "She's getting to be, she's not green anymore, she's smart, she's like driving an aged three-year-old filly now, you know, she just does everything that you ask her." Rockwood resident Fellows conditions Anikadabra for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. In four starts the filly now has two wins and one third for earnings of $27,840. Anikadabra The final division went to Magic Presto, who also has one win and one second in Gold Series action to her credit. The daughter of Kadabra and In The Mean Time sprinted by the leaders to a 1:58.2 victory, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Royal Witch and Northern Oath. "She looked very comfortable and professional," noted trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She's heading in the right direction." New Jersey resident Norman trains Magic Presto for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, breeder Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Arthur resident Trevor Henry has piloted the filly to her two and one record. Magic Presto The final two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event will go postward at Mohawk on Sept. 5, but several of Monday's competitors could appear in the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes at the Campbellville oval. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Aug. 18 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:30 pm.   Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 15 - The combination of harness racing driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais has been red hot lately at Mohawk Racetrack and Monday night was no different, as they teamed up to capture the Pure Ivory Series final and Preferred Trot. A field of seven two-year-old trotting fillies competed in the $37,000 Pure Ivory Series finale. Blais trainee Dream Together entered the final off a pair of victories in the preliminary legs. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Dream Together lived up to her 1/5 billing and went gate to wire for a 1:56.1 victory. The rookie trotting filly and driver Filion set fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.2. Pure Kemp and trainer/driver Rick Zeron made a move to confront the heavy favourite heading to the three-quarter pole. The two fillies battled it out down the lane, but ultimately Dream Together pulled away in deep stretch to win by 2¾ lengths. Pure Kemp held on for second, while Southwind Tesla finished third. Dream Together now has three wins in four starts to begin her career. Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, the Muscle Hill filly was purchased for $240,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $34,180 earned in four outings. Dream Together is eligible to the upcoming Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes. A $2 win ticket on Dream Together returned $2.70. Dream Together Also on Monday, Lookslikechpndale came through with his third win of the season in the $34,000 Preferred Trot for Filion and Blais. The four-year-old son of Muscle Hill posted a big opening-quarter of :26.4, before surrendering the lead to Musical Rhythm, the 2/5 favourite, heading to the half. Lookslikeachpndale and Filion sat the two-hole behind Musical Rhythm through middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:25.1. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm tried to sprint away, but Lookslikeachpndale angled off his back and surged by in deep stretch for the 1:52.4 victory. Owned by Determination, Lookslikeachpndale now has three wins in nine starts this season and nine victories overall. The four-year-old has banked $79,582 this season to bring his career earnings to over $200,000. The clocking of 1:52.4 slashed almost a full-second off the Blais trainee's previous career-best. Lookslikeachpndale paid $9.50 to win. Lookslikechpndale Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

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