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MILTON, November 20, 2020 - Beyond Better and Northern Sultan rallied to harness racing victories in Friday evening's Harvest Series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Harvest Series for three-year-old colts and geldings wrapped up with the $51,400 final for pacers and $50,500 final for trotters. Each final saw full fields of ten compete. Beyond Better capitalized on wicked fractions up front rally from fifth and seven lengths off at the head of the lane to score a career-best 1:52 win. Trevor Henry guided the Bob McIntosh trainee to his fifth win in 13 starts this season. Beach Demon did the heavy lifting early, posting sizzling fractions of :27.2, :54.2 and 1:22.2. The torrid pace did in Beach Demon, who gamely hung in for a fourth-place finish. Beyond Better sat fifth throughout and swept by rivals on the far outside with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length and a half. Delightful Terror sat fairly close to the hot tempo in third and split through to finish second. Heart On My Sleeve followed Beyond Better's path to a third-place finish. A gelded son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Better moves up to $71,810 in earnings for owners Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. Unraced at age two, Beyond Better now has back-to-back victories to go along with a pair of runner-up finishes in the two starts prior. Beyond Better returned $5.80 to win. Northern Sultan and driver Chris Christoforou had a similar path to victory, coming from sixth at the top of the stretch for a career-best 1:55.3 victory. The Murray Brethour trainee came into Friday's final off a victory in round two, but was overlooked, scoring a 10-1 upset. Heavy-favourite Moon Bridge had a tough journey from post nine, spending just over the first half of the race parked before touching down on the lead. The public's top choice took the field down to three-quarters in 1:25.2 with pressure being applied. The back field came to life in the lane with Northern Sultan powering up to the victory of three-quarters of a length. Lexus Markus came from well-back in ninth to finish second, extending his unlucky streak of second-place finishes to four in a row. Magics Wizard rallied from seventh to finish third, while Moon Bridge had to settle for fourth. A homebred for Northfields Farm, Northern Sultan is now three for 11 on the season with $57,272 earned. The gelded son of Royalty For Life made just two starts as a rookie. Those that backed the Brethour trained Northern Sultan got back $22.40 for a $2 win ticket. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30, 2020. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, November 14, 2020 – Karma Seelster and Lmc Bumble Bee captured SBOA Stakes glory to wrap up the 2020 stakes season on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  With the temperature sitting at the freezing mark, the SBOA’s saw full fields of ten Ontario sired fillies clash in the $138,518 pacing final and $141,518 trotting final.  Karma Seelster finally got her big win, shooting up the rail after a two-hole trip to win in 1:53 for driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair. The daughter of Sportswriter entered the evening with over $200,000 earned this season, despite having just found the winner’s circle twice in 14 starts.  “She finishes second, third quite a bit and I mean going for money like that it adds up,” said McNair of Karma Seelster. “It’s a little frustrating sometimes as a driver when you get a trip like that and sometimes she’ll shoot through and just kind of hang around and finish second and third, but she really put out tonight and raced great.”  Karma Seelster blasted to the front, posting a :27.2 opening-quarter. Rose Run Victory also flashed early speed and made the front early in the second-quarter after being parked around the first turn.   The middle-half saw little action, as Rose Run Victory got to the half in a comfortable :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:26. Lauras Love angled out from third to sit first-up on the far turn, while Rose Run Vantage followed that cover.  In the stretch, Karma Seelster found daylight up the rail and shot through to the lead, holding off Rose Run Vantage in the centre by a head in 1:53. Lauras Love finished third, while Rose Run Victory was fourth.  “I figured the way Hensley’s filly (Rose Run Victory) raced last week she was probably the one to follow and as soon as I made the front he was on the move right away,” said McNair. “In the last turn I just thought we were racing for second or third off those fractions, but things opened up and she raced great.”  Karma Seelster’s win is a family affair, as she is owned by Hall of Famer Keith Waples, his wife Eileen Waples and their daughter Karen Hauver. The pacing filly now has three wins and $277,570 earned this season to bring her career totals to seven wins and $539,775.  A $2 win ticket on Karma Seelster returned $5.70.  The SBOA Filly Trot final delivered a thrilling finish, with Lmc Bumble Bee capitalizing off some nifty stickhandling from driver James MacDonald to win at odds of 9-1.  “I was in an awful spot with nowhere to go,” said MacDonald about his position at three-quarters. “They kind of hooked wheels for a second in front of me and I got a seam to get out and at the top of the stretch I was just dying for some daylight because I had all kinds of trot.”  Lmc Bumble Bee hustled off the wings of the gate to lead into the first-turn just before Shape Shifter cleared to command at a :27.1 opening-quarter. Princesspartypants, who was parked around the first turn, got a rough ride in the second-quarter on her way to the top, finally clearing at a huge :55.2 half.  Race-favourite P L Notsonice was out and moving going to the half, taking over the top spot racing to three-quarters in 1:25.1.  Second-choice Susies Lady was left uncovered first-up, while Lmc Bumble Bee was pinned at the rail and shuffled back to seventh turning for home.  The stretch drive saw P L Notsonice and Susies Lady square off for a good chunk, but neither filly had enough in the tank to hold off the back field.   Jula Shes Magic and Yen were marching strong in the centre, but the strongest of all was Lmc Bumble Bee. The Nick Gallucci trainee and MacDonald were flying up behind rivals before diving down to the rail and maintaining momentum to pull off the thrilling victory by three-quarters of a length over Jula Shes Magic.  Yen grabbed third, while Susies Lady and P L Notsonice settled for fourth and fifth, respectively.  A daughter of Muscle Mass, Lmc Bumble Bee has found her best stride late in the season after some setbacks.  “When we trained her down, we thought she was the best trotting filly we had ever owned,” said owner Frank Cirillo, who shares ownership with his daughter Loredana. “She got two surgeries last year, she had two surgeries this year after the first Gold and we never thought she’d make it back, but (Nick) Gallucci did just an amazing job bringing her back, so it’s just unbelievable to be standing here right now.”  The Gallucci trained Lmc Bumble Bee is now four for nine with $121,975 earned on the season. Her clocking of 1:55 on Saturday established a new career best.  Lmc Bumble Bee will be racing in the upcoming Harvest Series, as she had little money on her card prior to October and met the eligibility. She paid $20 to win.  Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, November 10, 2020 – Ontario sired three-year-old fillies will cap off the 2020 stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a pair of SBOA Stakes finals this Saturday.  Full fields of ten will clash in the $141,518 trotting filly final and $138,518 pacing filly final. The SBOA Stakes were rescheduled to this Saturday from their usual position in May. Last Saturday’s card saw a pair of eliminations contested for each event and the elimination winners will look to carry that momentum into Saturday’s finals.  Susies Lady and P L Notsonice were the eliminations winners on the trotting side. Susies Lady dusted her rivals by nearly five lengths for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Susie Kerwood, while P L Notsonice overcame an outside starting spot to win for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Joseph Skowyra.  Just a fifth of a second separated the elimination winners, with Susies Lady the fastest at 1:55.1.  The elimination winners are two of five fillies returning from last month’s Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final. Shape Shifter, who has drawn post-nine in Saturday’s final, was part of a dead-heat for win in the Super Final at odds of 107-1.   Modern Mass is the other filly from the Super Final competing. She joins stablemate Princesspartypants as a one-two punch in Saturday’s final for trainer Roger Mayotte.  The $141,518 SBOA Filly Trot final is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).  The SBOA Filly Pace final is the latest clash between a strong group of sophomores that have waged war all season long. Rose Run Victory and Karma Seelster came through with winning performances in last weekend’s eliminations.  Rose Run Victory unleashed a vicious :26.3 kicker to sweep rivals in her elimination score. She’s now won two in a row since joining the Hensley barn where Ashleigh trains and her husband, Ed, drives.  Burke Racing is part of the new connections of Rose Run Victory, who is now three for 16 on the season.  Karma Seelster has danced all the big dances locally over the last couple of seasons. The Gregg McNair trainee converted off a two-hole trip from driver Doug McNair in her elimination to collect her second win in 14 starts this season.  A daughter of Sportswriter, Karma Seelster has earned $208,311 this season to bring her career earnings to $470,516.  The top earner in the field this season is Lauras Love, who has earned $315,231 in 19 starts for trainer John Pentland. She is one of the headliners along with O’Brien Award winner Alicorn.  The $138,518 SBOA Filly Pace final is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).  Saturday evening’s card will also feature a $36,000 Preferred Pace and $32,000 Mares Preferred Handicap Pace.  Star three-year-old Beaumond Hanover from the Jack Darling barn will leap up to take on Preferred rivals for the first time. The field also includes the return of 2017 Canadian Pacing Derby champion Sintra, who last raced in the Breeders Crown on October 31.  The Mares Preferred Handicap sees So Much More go back in against the ladies after posting a win and third-place finish in her last two starts against the boys in the Preferred. Lit De Rose will be looking to double up after she won the most recent Mares Preferred back on October 31.  Post time for Saturday’s 11-race card is 7 p.m. Early program pages for the card can be downloaded by clicking here.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, November 7, 2020 - Ontario sired fillies were in the harness racing spotlight Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the SBOA Stakes. A total of four $25,000 elimination races, two for pacers and two for trotters, were part of Saturday's 12-race card. The top-five finishers in each elimination advanced to next week's finals. P L Notsonice had an adventurous journey to a 1:55.2 score in the first split for trotting fillies. The Joseph Skowyra trainee and driver Jonathan Drury were briefly four-wide in the second-quarter, eventually settling down on the lead at the half in :57.1. The early-battle did not lead to any in the back-half, as P L Notsonice cruised by three-quarters in 1:26 and trotted home in :29.2 to win by a length and three-quarters. Princesspartypants grabbed second, while Sonadora Deo and Shape Shifter rallied for third and fourth. The fifth-place finisher was Lmc Bumble Bee. A daughter of Kadabra, P L Notsonice is now five for 13 this season after going winless in seven starts as a rookie. Her seasonal earnings now jump to $97,759 and career earnings over $150,000 for owners Prince Less Acres and Renaldo Morales III. P L Notsonice paid $9.70 to win. Susies Lady took command in the second-quarter and trotted off to a 4 ½ length score in 1:55.1. Jody Jamieson steered the Susie Kerwood trainee to fourth win in 14 starts this season, trotting a :28.1 final-quarter to secure the comfortable victory. Chelseas Magic finished second, while Jula Shes Magic, also from the Kerwood barn, was third. Modern Mass and Yen completed the top-five. Susies Lady                        --New Image Media photo Susies Lady has now banked over $125,000 this season and sports career numbers of eight wins and $161,100 for owners M And L of Delaware LLC and Kerwood. She paid $4.20 to win. On the pacing side, Karma Seelster converted off a two-hole trip in the first elimination for driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair. The daughter of Sportswriter followed Rose Run Vantage into the lane and muscled by with a :28.2 final-quarter to win in 1:51.1. Lauras Love rallied from sixth to finish second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Rose Run Vantage was third. Betalady and Sound Idea rounded out the top-five. Karma Seelster                     --New Image Media photo Karma Seelster had just one win on the season entering Saturday, but was pushing $200,000 in seasonal earnings. The McNair trainees second win of the campaign is her sixth career victory and increases her earnings to $460,516 for owners Eileen & Keith Waples and Karen Hauver. A $2 win ticket on Karma Seelster returned $5.80. Rose Run Victory unleashed a vicious :26.3 final-quarter to rally from seventh and last to win the second elimination in a career best 1:52 for driver Ed Hensley. The Ashleigh Hensley trainee made up nearly seven lengths in the lane to surpass Beach Sports, who cut the mile, and prevail by a length and three-quarters. Alicorn finished third, while Queso Relleno and Preeminence also advanced to the final. A daughter of Shadow Play, Rose Run Victory recently entered the Hensley barn after being purchased by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi and Phillip Collura. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two since the barn change and has increased her seasonal numbers to three wins and $44,470 earned in 16 starts. Rose Run Victory paid $7.60 to win. The SBOA finals will take place next Saturday (November 14). The pacing final will go for a purse of $138,518 and the trotting final for $141,518. The post positions for each final were drawn following Saturday's eliminations.   $138,518 - SBOA Filly Pace 1 Lauras Love 2 Beach Sports 3 Sound Idea 4 Rose Run Victory 5 Karma Seelster 6 Queso Relleno 7 Alicorn 8 Preeminence 9 Betalady 10 Rose Run Vantage AE: Mach My Kiss   $141,518 - SBOA Filly Trot 1 Modern Mass 2 Sonadora Deo 3 Jula Shes Magic 4 Susies Lady 5 P L Notsonice 6 Lmc Bumble Bee 7 Chelseas Magic 8 Princesspartypants 9 Shape Shifter 10 Yen AE: Intense Justice Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, November 6, 2020 - A last to first rally with pacing mare Gias Surreal gave harness racing driver Trevor Henry career driving win 7,000 on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Arthur, Ontario resident entered Friday's card three wins shy of the 7,000 mark and recorded the "Hat-Trick" victory in Race 11 in upset fashion, scoring at odds of 12-1. Gias Surreal will go down as winner 7,000 for Henry and it came in style. The four-year-old mare, who is trained by Don Lindsey, was seventh and last turning for home and unleashed a furious stretch rally to sweep by her rivals late and take this week's top class for pacing mares. Henry's other two victories on the card came with five-year-old trotting mare Shes Got Pizazz and five-year-old pacing mare Furiosa. A leading driver across Ontario for many years, Henry has been a top driver at Woodbine Entertainment over the last several seasons and currently ranks fifth for wins (149) at Mohawk Park in 2020. His career best season for wins was 533 in 2012, while his highest earning season was $5.9 million in 2017. Now a member of the 7,000 win club, Henry has driven the winners of $65 million over the course of his more than three-decade career. Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Trevor Henry on his latest career milestone.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, November 2, 2020 – The Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies concluded Monday with a pair of harness racing finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A field of nine squared off in the $46,000 final for pacing fillies, while a compact group of six clashed in the $45,400 final for trotting fillies.  Ken Middleton trainee Shes A Sassy Beach and driver Sylvain Filion came out on top in the pacing fillies final to complete a series sweep.  Shes A Sassy Beach blasted off the wings of the gate into a strong headwind and was parked around the first turn as she pushed to the top, clearing to command just after a :27.1 opener. Dabarndawgswatchin, who was also searching for a series sweep, came after the lead in the second-quarter from fourth, touching down on the lead at the half in :55.4.  The 6-5 co-favourites raced one-two around the final turn with Dabarndawgswatchin reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.3.  In the stretch, Shes A Sassy Beach angled to the outside and powered by to score a victory of two lengths in 1:55.2. Trouble Brewing rallied for second, while Dabarndawgswatchin was third. Shes Got It All was fourth.  Shes A Sassy Beach vaults her career numbers up to four wins and $65,683 earned. The Sunshine Beach filly is co-owned and bred by Mohawk Park Track Announcer Middleton and the late Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Bill Galvin.  A $2 win ticket on Shes A Sassy Beach returned $4.60.  A clear standout, Hawaii took care of business with a 1:59.2 score at odds of 1/9 for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Rick Zeron. The daughter of Justice Hall floated away casually, making the front entering the backstretch, and posted fractions of :59.2 and 1:29 before a :30.2 final-quarter into a stiff headwind.  Hawaii winning in 1:59.2                                     --New Image Media photo Fuzzy Angel, who led early, sat the two-hole and finished a length and a half back in second. Tealicious was third, while A Blue Blood was fourth.  Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Hawaii’s sweep of the Harvest Series improves her rookie numbers to three wins and $76,325 earned in nine starts. Her second leg victory of 1:56.4 is her current career mark.  Hawaii paid $2.30 to win.  The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired two-year-old fillies who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30, 2020.  Live racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park resumes Thursday evening. The $48,100 and $45,100 finals for two-year-old colts headline an 11-race card. Post time is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park

MILTON, October 19, 2020 – The Harvest Series for Ontario sired two-year-old fillies kicked off Monday on a rainy night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A total of four $17,000 harness racing divisions were contested with trotting fillies starting the evening before the pacing fillies took their turn later in the card.  Justice Hall filly Hawaii took care of business in the first division for trotting fillies by moving from fourth to first before the half and never looking back for a 1:58 score. The Rick Zeron trainee was driven by to the maiden-breaking score by Trevor Henry.  Hawaii, who was coming in off a runner-up finish in an OSS Gold division, posted fractions of :59.2 and 1:29.2 before a :28.3 final-quarter secured a victory of a length and a half. Tealicious finished second, while A Blue Blood was third.  Sporting multiple top-three finishes in Gold starts, Hawaii was made the heavy-favourite and returned $2.30 to win. She now has $45,125 earned in seven starts for Rick Zeron Stables.  Val Taurus filly Out On A Mission took advantage of an early break by the favourite to break her maiden at odds of 5-1 in 2:00.4.   The Gord Dancetovic trained Out On A Mission was making just her third career start and was leaping up from the Autumn Series at Western Fair. Mike Saftic sent the rookie to the front and never looked backed, posting fractions of :28.2, 1:00 and 1:31 before a :29.4 final-quarter secured a victory of just over two lengths.  Somewhat Sacy finished second, while Waikiki Wave was third.  Out On A Mission’s maiden-breaking win pushes her earnings to $9,520 for owners Bob Dancetovic and Kenneth Albrecht. She paid $12 to win.  Over on the pacing side, Dabarndawgswatchin powered to the lead in the second-quarter and kept on rolling for a 9-1 upset over four other rivals. Jody Jamieson guided the Ron MacDonald trained daughter of Hes Watching to victory.  Moving to the top from third going to the half, Dabarndawgswatchin had to deal with race-favourite Platine Alpha on her outside throughout the middle-half. The MacDonald trainee was not fazed by the pressure and scooted home in :29.3 over the “Good” track to win by five-lengths in 1:56.3.  Platine Alpha finished second, while Control The Thong was third.  Owned by Julie Ferguson and Lloyd Stone, Dabarndawgswatchin now has two wins, eight on the board finishes and $19,386 earned in 10 starts. She paid $20 to win.  Sunshine Beach filly Shes A Sassy Beach powered to the lead in the second-quarter and kept on rolling to a 1:56.4 victory in the final division of the evening.  The Ken Middleton trained Shes A Sassy Beach flashed early speed for driver Sylvain Filion to land in an early pocket spot. Always Watching cleared to the lead entering the backstretch, but the lead was brief as Shes A Sassy Beach powered to the lead from third, posting a :58.1 half.  After securing a :30.2 third-quarter, Shes A Sassy Beach scooted home in :28.1 to win by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:56.4. Carnival Heart rallied for second, while Siri Blue Chip was third.  Shes A Sassy Beach is now has two wins and $34,183 earned in 11 starts for Middleton and the late Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame member Bill Galvin. A $2 win ticket on the rookie pacing filly returned $10.30.  The Harvest Series is for Ontario sired two and three-year-olds that were non-winners of $30,000 in 2020 as of September 30. Rookie colts will have the opportunity for their first leg of the Harvest Series on Thursday.  Post time for Thursday’s card is 7 p.m.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment,  

MILTON, OCT 17, 2020 – Super Final Night 2020 delivered a spectacular harness racing finale to the Ontario Sires Stakes season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 17, complete with a dead heat, photo finishes, thrilling stretch duels and impressive individual performances. Pemberton claimed the three-year-old trotting colt title with a commanding three and three-quarter length victory in the seventh of the eight $250,000 Super Final battles. Driver Trevor Henry put the fan favourite on the front heading for the halfway marker and never looked back, cruising home to a 1:52.4 victory. Angel Nation closed hard to be second and Threefiftytwo was third. “Trevor was very impressed with him, has been all along,” said trainer Paul Walker. “I mean we’ve always liked him, but you keep thinking, well one of these times these guys are going to beat him, but he raced him a different way tonight again and it didn’t make any difference.” Walker trains Pemberton for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and their daughter Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Mother and daughter also bred the son of Wheeling N Dealing and Dayshifter, who wrapped up his sophomore campaign with eight wins, four of them in Gold Series action, and one third in 10 starts for earnings of $363,684. He was the only one of the eight division point leaders to claim a Super Final title. The gelding was joined in the winner’s circle on Saturday by some of his youngest fans, two of the Walker’s grandchildren Austin, 14 and Amelia, 10, who broke their superstitious habit of watching him race on the computer in the milk house of their dairy farm while sitting in very specific seats. “They broke the mould. I said, ‘Oh my God, you guys are coming?’” said Walker with a chuckle. “That’s the first they’ve come to watch him go and they got their picture taken so they’re pretty happy.” Driver Jody Jamieson, who leads all drivers in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program in wins and money earned since the current record keeping system was implemented in 1997, added two more Super Final wins to his tally with three-year-old pacing filly Rose Run Victoria and two-year-old pacing colt Bulldog Hanover. From Post 8 Rose Run Victoria sat on the outside throughout the mile, stalking fan favourite Lauras Love for the second half of the race as Karma Seelster and then Alicorn rang up fractions of :27, :55, and 1:23.1. Turning for home Rose Run Victoria was just one length behind the leaders and a big finishing kick propelled her to a three-quarter length win in 1:51.1. Lauras Love finished second and Karma Seelster was third. “It worked out perfectly,” said Jamieson, who piloted the Hes Watching filly to her fourth win of the season for trainer Rod Boyd and owners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ. “From the eight-hole it’s difficult sometimes when you have an off-the-pace horse to find the right helmet, but it worked out perfectly where we found a couple fast helmets that were taking us into the head of the lane.” Two races later Jamieson lined up at Post 7 with Bulldog Hanover and the pair was sitting fifth when Lawless Shadow reached the :27.1 quarter. Jamieson soon opted to take a run at the leader however, and Bulldog Hanover had seized control by the :56 half. The fan favourites had opened up two lengths on the field by the 1:23.2 three-quarters, five by the top of the stretch and added four more before hitting the wire in a personal best 1:50.2. Lawless Shadow finished second and Magnum Moon was third. All three colts are sons of Shadow Play. “I think he was probably the best performance on the night, other than Pemberton, Pemberton was pretty impressive too, but to go 1:50 and a piece the way he did it — he did all the work and was still strong through the wire — it was a fun race for sure,” said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. “He was a monster.” “That was exciting. It’s just so rewarding when you see them go a trip like that,” said owner/trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. “It really surprised me that he could blow that group away. That’s a good solid group of two-year-olds and I’m shocked, really, that he did that.” The win gave Bulldog Hanover one Grassroots win and three Gold Series wins in six career starts for earnings of $248,850. Driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON also scored a pair of Super Final victories with two-year-old trotting colt Fashion Frenzie and three-year-old pacing gelding Rhythm In Motion. After an equipment malfunction caused a high-speed post parade and sent him back to the paddock for a new set of trotting hopples and a securely fastened over-check, Fashion Frenzie returned to the racetrack in a mellower frame of mind. The Archangel son left well from Post 3, reaching the front heading by the :27.2 quarter and then settling in second behind Full Of Muscles for the trip to the :57.1 half and 1:27 three-quarters. Swinging off the final turn Filion sent Fashion Frenzie to the lead and the colt opened up a three length margin on heavy favourite Macho Martini, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.1. Full Of Muscles finished third. “He was really impressive every time I saw him race, so when I got the opportunity to drive him I jumped on it,” said Filion, who was making his first appearance in the colt’s race bike on behalf of trainer Richard Moreau and owners Ecurie Francis Richard Inc. of Becancour, Ferme Auclair of St. Antione De Tilly, Pierre Guillemette of Becancour and Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East, QC. “He kind of swelled up around the last turn and as soon as I tipped him I knew he was going to win.” The win was Fashion Frenzie’s second in Gold Series action and his fifth on the season, boosting his career earnings to $204,775. Heading into Saturday’s Super Final test Rhythm In Motion had never won an OSS race. The gelding boasted a second and a trio of thirds in Gold competition this season, but had been unable to notch a win. Off a pocket trip behind fan favourite Tattoo Artist in the biggest race of the season, Rhythm In Motion finally achieved victory, sprinting down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length triumph in 1:50.1. Beaumond Hanover and Indictable Hanover closed hard for second and third. “He deserves this, he tried week after week, and racing against Tattoo Artist is not easy he’s such a great horse. We might have caught him on a night that he was a little off and we were able to go by him,” said Filion. “He leaves the gate so good, he can place himself so good in the race and then you’ve got to wait and see what you’ve got left at the top of the stretch and tonight he was full of himself.” Filion steers the son of Big Jim and Racey Gal Hanover for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owner/breeders Santo Vena of Brampton and Nunzio Vena of Bolton. ON. In 14 starts this season the gelding amassed a record of four wins, two seconds, five thirds and earnings of $259,185. “The mother was the second horse that they gave me to train and that was a beginning of a good relationship between Santo and Nunzio and me,” said Guelph, ON resident Baillargeon. “They’re just great guys, I am very happy for those two. The horse deserved it and the owners deserved the win too.” The evening got off a to an exciting start in the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final as it took a photo finish to separate winner Dashing Muscle and runner-up Up And Ready, who hit the wire in 1:56.1. Meadowview Lilly finished four lengths behind the duelling leaders in third. James MacDonald picked up his first-ever Super Final with the Muscle Mass filly, engineering her third win of the season for trainer Chantal Mitchell and owner James Armitage of Dunrobin, ON. “She was gutsy as heck, I mean Doug (McNair, with Up And Ready) was coming to her and I thought he had me for sure and she just found a little more,” said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald. “And they’re super nice people and they did a great job training her down. And Chantal and her team, they did a great job with her all year, managed her perfectly, and here we are.” The result of the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final was even closer as Shape Shifter, Magic Cape and Royalty Deal hit the wire in near-perfect alignment. After a lengthy review of the photograph, officials determined that Shape Shifter and Magic Cape would share the Super Final spoils, while Royalty Deal finished third. It was the first ever dead-heat for win in the 21 year history of the Super Finals. The co-winners stopped the teletimer at 1:55.2, a personal best for Johnny William daughter Magic Cape, who was driven by trainer Michiel Vanderkemp for owner/breeder Sonja Booth of Robbinsville, NJ. Phil Hudon piloted Kadabra daughter Shape Shifter to her third win of the season for trainer Gerald Lilley and owner Tom Crouch of New Smyrna Beach, FL. The two-year-old pacing filly showdown featured a fierce battle between fan favourite Scarlett Hanover and Voelz Delight. Scarlett Hanover and driver Ed Hensley clocked a :26.3 opening quarter and were under immediate pressure from Voelz Delight and Sylvain Filion, who rang up a :55.1 half. Scarlett Hanover was back out and driving by the 1:23 three-quarters and kept battling all the way to the wire, getting a head in front for the 1:52.1 score. Best Keepsake finished third. Ashleigh Hensley trains Bettors Delight daughter Scarlett Hanover for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Frank Baldachino of Clarksburg, NJ, J And T Silva – Purnel & Libby of Delray Beach, FL and Weaver Bruscemi of Canonsburg, PA. The win was the filly’s sixth of the season and boosted her earnings to $378,640. Complete results from Saturday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

LONDON, OCT. 9, 2020 – Sent off as the heavy favourite in Friday’s $155,600 three-year-old pacing colt Gold Series division, Tattoo Artist rewarded The Raceway at Western Fair District fans with a two length harness racing victory in 1:53.2. Driver Bob McClure hustled Tattoo Artist away from Post 1, but Sylvain Filion had a heavier foot on the accelerator from Post 4 and Rhythm In Motion won the battle for early control, taking the field to a :26.1 opening quarter. After firing away from Post 7 and advancing up the outside, Beaumond Hanover dropped in behind Rhythm In Motion as the colts advanced around the second turn, so heading for the :54.4 half McClure sent Tattoo Artist after the leader. Filion kept the pedal to the metal on Rhythm In Motion however, so McClure dropped Tattoo Artist into the pocket before the 1:23 three-quarters and waited until the colts were coming off the final turn to re-move. Tattoo Artist reeled in Rhythm In Motion, as did Beaumond Hanover, who got up for second. The pacesetter stayed game for third. “I said to many people before the race, one of the last spots I would have wanted was the rail or the eight-hole,” said McClure. “You don’t want the rail when you’re the favourite. You want to be the last one to the lead and at London, it’s such a tight track, you can get caught very flat footed leaving the gate from the rail, which all the drivers know, so I knew there would be a couple blasting from the outside. “I could have left Jody out there to be parked but then I’d have been in a hole the rest of the race and I didn’t want that, so I figured the only way to give my horse a fair shot was to drop Jody and take my chances first up and luckily it worked out,” the Rockwood, ON resident continued. “I got to tuck into the two-hole for a little while and braven up and take another run and my horse showed a lot of grit and class. He raced an awesome trip today and I was very proud of him.” The win gives Tattoo Artist a perfect five-for-five record in sophomore Gold Series action. The last time the reigning division champion was bested in Ontario Sires Stakes action was over The Raceway at Western Fair District oval in a Gold event last October. Eight days later he won the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final. “He struggled here last year, but I was pretty confident (tonight),” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who also started seventh-place finisher Denali Seelster. “I did snug his hopples up a hole, and I did the other horse too, which I don’t think it hurt him any and probably steadied him a little bit. Anyway, we’re pleased with the result, and hopefully he’ll be a little better for next week now too.” Moore and caretaker Giselle Loder will now shift their focus to having Tattoo Artist in peak form for the Oct. 17 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $250,000 postseason showdown. “I’ll jog him, probably Thursday will be a training mile, and it won’t be too heavy for him,” said Cambridge, ON resident Moore. “We’re looking forward to next week; we’ve got five in the Finals, him, Denali, the two fillies (Andra Day and Alumni Seelster) and Lawless Shadow.” In addition to his Gold Series success, Tattoo Artist has also had a successful season in open stake competition for owners Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. The Hes Watching colt captured his Simcoe Stakes division and finished second in the $1 million North America Cup. Through 11 sophomore starts Tattoo Artist has tallied eight wins and one second for earnings of $610,073. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at The Raceway at Western Fair District Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT. 8, 2020 - Just hours after winning a Gold Series division with two-year-old trotting colt Macho Martini, driver Bob McClure and trainer Luc Blais were back in the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing winner's circle on Thursday evening with the colt's three-year-old stablemate Threefiftytwo. Lining up at Post 5 in the first of two $104,800 Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McClure fired Threefiftytwo away from the starting gate but opted to tuck in behind Hayek and Sylvain Filion, who had the same idea from Post 4. Hayek led the field of six through fractions of :27.2, :57.3 and 1:26.2 with Threefiftytwo sitting patiently in the pocket. In the stretch McClure showed the fan favourite an open lane and Threefiftytwo sprinted home to a three and one-half length win in 1:54. "Threefiftytwo has been a bit of a problem horse all year for Luc. He never seemed to be able to put it together when it counted, so it's nice that tonight he finally showed his ability in a Gold event," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "He's sharp right now and hopefully he'll be really good next week." The win was Threefiftytwo's first in four Gold Series starts this season. The Royalty For Life son had recorded one third and two fifths heading into Thursday's regular season finale. The win boosts his point total to 72 and sees him head into the Oct. 17 Super Final ranked fifth in the division standings. Campbellville, ON resident Blais trains Threefiftytwo, whose only other win this season came in mid-July, for Determination of Montreal, QC. In the second division heavy favourite Pemberton romped along on the front end to a four length victory in 1:53.2. Driver Trevor Henry sent the Wheeling N Dealin son to the front from Post 4 and Pemberton put up fractions of :28.4, :58 and 1:26 on his way to the effortless win. Babidibou tracked Pemberton throughout the mile to finish second and Port Perry closed hard for third. "He's been sharp all week, ever since the last race (Sept. 28) for some reason. He's been great all week, he was great warming up. I didn't want to say anything to Trevor because I didn't want to jinx him, I just sent him out the same as I always do, but I was thinking in the back of my mind that he was maybe going to go a good race," said trainer Paul Walker. "I kind of felt the track was a bit dead tonight, but it suited him anyway, and it was nice to know that if he has to he can race in front and do the same." The win was Pemberton's third in Gold Series action and his seventh of the season. With 162 points the gelding will lead the three-year-old trotters into the $250,000 Super Final, which will feature the top 10 point earners. "If I can just keep him like that for another week we'll in good shape," said Owen Sound, ON resident Walker. "He's been a great little horse this year and he doesn't seem to be letting up yet anyways, so if we can get one more race out of him that will be great." Walker trains Pemberton for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and daughter Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Mother and daughter also bred the trotter, who boosted his earnings to $238,684 and his record to seven wins and one third in nine starts with Thursday's victory. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series points can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT. 6, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6 as both the two and three-year-olds wrapped up their Ontario Sires Stakes regular season with a pair of Gold Series divisions. Fan favourite Imextraspecial battled to a neck victory in the first $105,600 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, catching pacesetter Dashing Muscle in the last quarter. After pedestrian fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:29 the fillies sprinted home in :27.4, with Imextraspecial digging in for the 1:56.4 victory. Up And Ready also closed hard for third. “She raced great tonight. That was a really fast last quarter and she gutted it out first-up,” said driver Trevor Henry, who piloted Imextraspecial from Post 2. “As long as she draws good she will have a great shot in the Super Final.” With three wins in three Gold Series appearances Imextraspecial has 150 points and heads into the $250,000 Super Final sitting second in the division standings. Prior to joining the Gold Series fillies in August, the Muscle Mass daughter also scored two wins in Grassroots action for trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound and owner Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “She had to dig deep tonight to win. We wonder where she gets it from, but we were pretty happy again,” said Walker. “It’ll be a good final for those fillies. Post position is going to mean a lot, and how the race goes, it’s going to be a good race.” The second freshman split featured a nail-biting finish as the three top fillies matched strides through the 1:56.1 finish. After careful inspection of the photograph, pacesetter Fox Valley Liza was declared the winner by a short nose ahead of Midnight Miracle and Hawaii, who could not be separated and shared the runner-up spot. The mile was a personal best for Fox Valley Liza, who also won her Gold Series divisions in the July 12 season opener at Georgian Downs and the Aug. 19 event at Grand River Raceway. A miscue in the Sept. 21 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Muscle Mass daughter’s second of the season, caused trainer Ben Baillargeon to make a few equipment changes for Tuesday’s test. “We made a few adjustments in her shoeing and we added trotting hopples last week after her last race when she made a break, just try to make her feel a little bit safer, and Sylvain (Filion) said she was great tonight, she was perfect,” said Baillargeon. “That’s what you want to hear going into the Super Final next week.” Milton resident Filion and Guelph resident Baillargeon drive and train Fox Valley Liza for Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Henshaut Stable of Montgomery, IN and George Golemes of Oak Brook, IL. Tuesday’s win boosted Fox Valley Liza’s point total to 156 and gives her the top spot in the division standings heading into the Oct. 17 Super Final. Royalty Deal returned to Ontario Sires Stakes action in the first $106,400 three-year-old trotting filly division and scored her second Gold Series win in a personal best 1:53.3. Starting from Post 5, driver Louis-Philippe Roy settled Royalty Deal briefly in third as Warrawee Vicky led the field to a :28 quarter. Roy sent Royalty Deal to the front before the :55.4 half and the filly carried on to a 1:24 three-quarters and held off Wine Rack Hanover in the stretch. Susies Lady closed for third. “She’s a big, fast and very nice filly. As long as she behaves I really believe she is one of the best trotting fillies in the OSS,” said Roy. “She raced like she is tonight, anyway.” Guelph, ON resident Roy steers Royalty Deal for trainer Clark Beelby and owner Coyote Wynd Farm of Vancouver, BC. The Royalty For Life daughter made just two appearances in the Gold Series this season, winning both. Her 100 points send her into the Super Final ranked fifth in the division. The top 10 point earners will start in the postseason battle. Trina and driver Robert Shepherd snuck up the inside to claim a 1:55.1 victory in the second sophomore trotting filly split. Leaving sharply from Post 7, Trina led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter and then yielded to fan favourite Massive Flirt. Shadowing Massive Flirt through a :57.3 half and 1:26.4 three-quarters, Shepherd waited patiently for room to open up in the stretch and when it did Trina powered through to a two and one-quarter length win over Magic Cape and LMC Bumble Bee. “Shep gave her a perfect drive her again. As long as she has a helmet to follow she’ll come home good and she got a perfect drive again, and I really appreciate that,” said trainer Blake MacIntosh. “We’re very happy with her. She’s a nice filly and she’s done very well for us. After breaking at Flamboro (Sept. 27), that was my fault, so this makes up for it.” St. George resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Trina with Stan Klemencic and 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also a winner in the Aug. 13 Gold leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Her only off the board finish was a result of the miscue at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 27 and she heads into the Super Final ranked second in the division with 130 points. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT, 5, 2020 – Trainer Ben Baillargeon needed Voelz Delight to come up with a big effort in her last regular season Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Oct. 5 and the two-year-old pacing filly responded with a sharp victory to extend her harness racing season. “She had to be first, second or third to be in the Super Final, because she only raced once, she only had 25 points,” said Baillargeon of the task facing the filly when she stepped onto the track for the first $104,800 Gold Series division. Stepping up to the challenge, driver Sylvain Filion fired Voelz Delight away from Post 3 and the filly led the field of six to a :27.3 opening quarter. Fan favourite Scarlett Hanover swept to the front just before the :56.1 half and controlled the tempo through the 1:25 three-quarters, but Filion tipped Voelz Delight out in the stretch and the filly laid down a :26.4 final quarter to secure a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:52. Scarlett Hanover settled for second and Twin B Sunkissed was three lengths back in third. “The second time she qualified I was very impressed with her and then we’ve had a couple issues with tie-up with her during the summer here and there, but she’s overcome them,” said Baillargeon. “She’s very gritty and she has lots of speed, just like her mother, and her mother used to tie-up bad. I think she’s got the genes of her mother for that part anyway, but she has the speed of her mother too.” Baillargeon trained the filly’s mother, $1.7 million winner Voelz Hanover, for all but three years of her nine-year racing career and the Guelph resident is hoping Voelz Delight can use her genetic gifts to achieve some of the success her mother did in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) program. At two Voelz Hanover paced to an OSS record that stood for 10 years and at three she was the Super Final champion. “She’s a very nice filly. I can’t wait to race her next year,” said Baillargeon, who trains Voelz Delight for owner/breeder Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. “The Super Final will be her last start and we’re going to put her away and I’m going to keep her around with me this winter, just to make sure she’s on top of her game when we start next year.” Monday’s win assured Voelz Delight of a berth in the Oct. 17 Super Final, giving her a total of 75 points and boosting her from twelfth to seventh in the division standings. In her only other Gold Series appearance, on Sept. 4 at Grand River Raceway, the Bettors Delight daughter finished second to Twin B Sunkissed. The second $104,800 division saw Alumni Seelster finish up the regular season the same way she started, draped in an Ontario Sires Stakes blanket in the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner’s circle. Driver James MacDonald sent the filly straight to the front from Post 2 and she rolled unchallenged through a :27.1 quarter, :56.1 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters. Fan favourite Best Head West came calling in the stretch, but could not get closer than one-half length to Alumni Seelster, who paced under the wire in 1:53.2. City By The Bay completed the top three. “We were surprised, but not surprised, because she started her year fantastic with that win in 1:52.2 and has sort of maybe struggled since then. She had a lot of things that perhaps didn’t go her way,” said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. “But that puts her over $100,000 for the year too, so that’s good.” After her winning her division in the July 7 season opener Alumni Seelster finished fifth, fourth and seventh in the next three Gold Series legs. Monday’s win bumped the State Treasurer daughter from seventh to third in the two-year-old pacing filly standings with 115 points. “She’s a lovely big filly and has always had the talent, but like I said she just had things didn’t quite go her way,” said Cambridge resident Moore, who trains the filly for Sally MacDonald of Souris, PEI and Paul MacDonald of Regina, SK. “They wanted to shut her down but I said I think she’s still pretty fresh, let’s try her one more start and see what happens. So now we’re probably going to want to try that last one, the Super Final, for sure.” The top 10 point earners will compete in the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 17. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

DUNDAS, OCT. 4, 2020 – Ontario’s top two-year-old pacing colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular harness racing season on Sunday, Oct. 4 over a rain-soaked Flamboro Downs oval. The first $104,800 Gold Series division saw Twin B Fighter get his first win of the season for driver Ed Hensley and trainer Ashleigh Hensley of Dundas, ON. Starting from Post 4 in the six-horse field, Twin B Fighter got away third and watched No Better Joy roll through fractions of :29, :59 and 1:27.1 over a surface rated two seconds slower than normal. Heading by the three-quarters Ed Hensley tipped Twin B Fighter to the outside and the colt matched strides with No Better Joy around the last turn before pulling away to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:56.3. Candy Trader and Socrates Blue Chip were elevated to second and third when Flash Cube, who crossed the wire second, was moved back to fourth for a pylon violation. No Better Joy finished fifth and race favourite Bulldog Hanover was a distant sixth after making an early break in stride. “We didn’t race him in the Battle Of Waterloo just because we didn’t know if he’d get around the half the best, but he was good tonight,” said Ashleigh Hensley. “It was really exciting, because he’s an underdog and we knew he had the ability, he just had to get everything all together.” Hensley trains Twin B Fighter for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, PA, Phillip Collura of Mountain Top, PA, J And T Silva – Purnel & Libby of Delray Beach, FL and W. J. Donovan of Monument Beach, MA. The Bettors Delight son, whose breeder Twinbrook Farms donated four per cent of his $140,000 yearling purchase price to the Harness The Hope fundraiser, learned his early lessons from trainer Ron Burke before shipping into the Hensley barn for his Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. “We were really lucky to get these two-year-olds for the summer,” said Hensley. “He’s perfect, he does nothing wrong, you wouldn’t even know he’s a stud. You couldn’t really ask for a better colt.” The win gives Twin B Fighter 93 points and sole ownership of fifth spot in the division standings. The second $105,600 Gold Series division saw fan favourite Bettor Sun leave smartly from Post 5 and sit briefly behind Magnum Moon before taking control heading by the :27.3 quarter. Bettor Sun carried on to a :58.2 half, fended off a challenge from division point leader Desperate Man heading for the 1:26.3 three-quarters and then pulled away to a two length victory in 1:54.3. Desperate Man finished second and Ucanttouchthis was four more lengths back in third. “I thought it was the toughest division. There were three or four in our division that I thought looked pretty strong, but there’s a couple of them that aren’t as handy as him, gait wise, in the turns and stuff so that helped him,” said driver Doug McNair. “He raced great. He’s been racing good, he was fifth in the Metro (Sept. 26).” Sunday’s win was Bettor Sun’s first in Gold Series action. The Sunshine Beach colt swept his elimination and the final of the Battle Of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in early August, but he had settled for a pair of seconds and one fourth in his three Gold Series starts. The win boosted Bettor Sun’s point total to 108 and moved him into second spot in the division standings. The top 10 point earners will square off for $250,000 in the Oct. 17 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “It’s a decent group. There are a few of them, especially on a bigger track, that have got a shot to win the Super Final, but I’ve definitely got one of the best ones,” said Guelph, ON resident McNair. “I don’t think I’d trade him for any of the other ones really. He’s as good as the rest of them, I think.” The driver’s father, Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON, owns and trains Bettor Sun in partnership with breeder Willow Oak Ranch of Rogersville, TN. Complete results from Sunday’s program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

MILTON, OCT. 2, 2020 - Seventy-eight of Ontario's top three-year-old trotters and pacers converged on Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Oct. 2 for eight $20,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals and the battles for a berth in next weekend's Championship saw five of the eight harness racing contests decided by one-half length or less.   Three-year-old pacing filly Semi-Finals The sophomore pacing fillies opened and closed the program in Races 1 and 11, and both Semi-Finals were a fight from start to finish. The first split saw the field turn for home separated by just three lengths and it was Lyons Tilt Hanover who kicked home hardest to claim a one and one-half length win in 1:52.2. Need Ur Opinion and Bettorthanbobbi also closed hard to be second and third, leaving fan favourite Mia Culpa to settle for fourth. Kat rounded out the qualifiers for the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championship. Anthony Beaton of Waterdown trains Lyons Tilt Hanover for Threelyonsracing of Brantford, ON and said the stalking style has been working for the Bettors Delight daughter and driver J Harris since the filly arrived in his barn in early August. "When I first got her it looked like she kind of closed good and that first overnight race we raced (Aug. 18) I just told J, I said, 'Listen I'm not sure what we've got here and she's been off for about 40 days, let's just take this like a qualifier and let her pace home and see what she's got,'" said Beaton. "She almost got up to win that night and raced super and that's kind of the way we've been using her, stalking the horses and letting her pace home, and it seems to working for her." Lightly rated Smiling Dialing swept from last to first in the second pacing filly showdown, sneaking up the inside to get a short nose in front of division point leader Mach My Kiss at the 1:52.3 finish. Free Flyin Ticket and Odds On Vero Beach were less than one length back in third and fourth, while fan favourite Mary Kat was two lengths back in fifth. "The trip worked out pretty good," said trainer Rod Boyd, who handed the lines over to Jonathan Drury for the first time on Friday. "I think if JD had drove her before he probably would have put her on the outside. She definitely can fly home, so next week I think he'll put her on the outside, give her some clear sailing, let her rock home. She's definitely got potential. She's so small, but she's got a big heart and big kick to her." Cambridge resident Boyd trains Smiling Dialing, a Thinking Out Loud half-sister to last year's three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots champion So Much More, for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON.   Three-year-old trotting filly Semi-Finals In the first trotting filly Semi-Final, Moana and driver James MacDonald snuck up the inside to get a head in front of fan favourite Sonadora Deo at the 1:56.3 finish. Yen was third, No Angel Here fourth and Noblesse Duharas fifth. "She's got such quick speed, she doesn't need a whole lot of room to pop through there and as soon as it opened up she just took right off," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald, who fired the filly out of Post 8. "She can get herself spotted with her gate speed, and then if you don't abuse her too bad she'll give you another little kick. She's just a nice little horse." Shawn Steacy of Brantford trains Muscle Mass daughter Moana for Landmark 12 Racing Stable of Lansdowne, 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. Division point leader Profound Paragon rebounded from her miscue in the Sept. 21 Grassroots leg with a personal best 1:55.2 in the second trotting filly split. Fifth through the first half of the mile, driver Jean Bernard "Bert" Renaud sent Profound Paragon after the lead at the halfway marker and the pair was matching strides with pacesetter Highland Foxytrotr by the three-quarters. Fan favourite Th Present tried to reel in Profound Paragon in the stretch, but could not get past the leader's saddle pad. HP Starlette finished third, Chelseas Magic was fourth and She Must Be Magic fifth. "I thought she was beat with a very nice horse on her back, but she fought to the wire. Now we'll hope for a little better draw next week," said trainer Julie Walker, who sent profound Paragon out from Post 8 and stablemate Yen from Post 9. Carlisle, ON resident Walker shares ownership of Profound Paragon with breeder Steven Titus of Manalapan, NJ. Friday's win was the Muscle Mass daughter's eleventh in 15 sophomore starts.   Three-year-old trotting colt Semi-Finals Ripped And Ready got to control the tempo in the first trotting colt Semi-Final and the Muscle Mass son romped home to a four and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:55.1. Fan favourite and division point leader Mikey Mass closed hard for second, pocket-sitter Blue Cupertino was third, Kenogami Coco was fourth and Fit Bitt rounded out the top five. "He's a really nice colt who hasn't had the racing luck he's needed, but still won plenty of races," said driver Jody Jamieson. "He was on cruise tonight and hopefully will be as good next Saturday." Moffat resident Jamieson engineered the colt's fifth sophomore win for trainer Thierry Vandenplas of Brinston and owner/breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, ON. In 10 starts this season Ripped And Ready has only missed the top three on one occasion. Reigning Grassroots champion Lovedbythemasses romped to a seven length victory in the second trotting colt Semi-Final. After getting away mid-pack, driver Mike Saftic sent the fan favourite to the front at the halfway marker and Lovedbythemasses powered away to a 1:54.1 win. Ongoing Royalty, Lexus Markus, Charmbo Prince and Awesomedabra also qualified for the Grassroots Championship. "I was a little worried going into it, I didn't know what kind of traffic was going to be in that race with some leavers on the outside, but the way it turned out it was absolutely perfect. He landed good and one of the favourites (Life Is A Feast) unfortunately run in front of me, but when I set sail up the backside it was clear sailing. Once he got to the front he just swelled up," said Saftic. "He's not the best leaver, so sometimes you get a little more traffic than you'd like in front of him, but today it worked out. Hopefully it works out next week, and that will be a good year for him." Campbellville resident Saftic drives Lovedbythemasses for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI.   Three-year-old pacing colt Semi-Finals When Mayhem Hanover's mind wandered briefly on the way to the wire in the first pacing colt Semi-Final, Bettorbuckleup pounced on the chance to reel in the fan favourite in the final strides, scoring a nose victory in 1:50.4. Two-year-old Grassroots champion Mayhem Hanover settled for second, Sports Obsession was third, Captivate Hanover closed hard for fourth and YS Mathis was fifth. "They don't make them like him very often. He's just a tiny little guy, but he's got tons of class," said driver James MacDonald. "He was all out and then the other one (Mayhem Hanover) come back to him just a hair, and as soon as he saw him coming back he just took right off again. He's just a little horse, huge heart and huge desire to win. He's fun to drive, that's for sure. MacDonald steers Bettorbuckleup for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. The Bettors Delight colt has not finished worse than third since July 11. National Sport won the charge to the wire in the second pacing colt Semi-Final, getting a neck in front of Sundown Kid and pacesetter Poseidon Seelster at the 1:51.2 finish. Fan favourite and division point leader The Wild Card was fourth and Twin B Frenchtoast was fifth. "I knew him from last year, I always liked him, but he had sickness issues last year," said driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who returned to the gelding's race bike for the first time this season on Friday. "He raced good tonight, he never gave up. There were some nice colts in the other division, hopefully he can do as good against them in the final." Guelph resident Roy engineered National Sport's second win of the season for trainer Jared Bako and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. The $600,000 Grassroots Championships go postward on Saturday, Oct. 10 at the Milton oval.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 29, 2020 - Ontario's top three-year-old pacing fillies wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Sept. 29 and both Alicorn and Rose Run Victoria returned to the harness racing winner's circle after a three-month absence. Alicorn lined up at Post 3 in the first $105,600 Gold division with regular pilot Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike. The fan favourites got away fourth, but soon after the :26.2 quarter they were advancing on leader Betalady. Alicorn got a brief windbreak from Beach Sports as that filly took command heading for the :54 half and then locked horns with the new leader through the 1:21.4 three-quarters. Alicorn got a head in front turning for home and dug in down the stretch for a two and one-quarter length win in 1:50.4. Beach Sports finished second and So Delightful closed for third. "When she headed her around the turn I said, 'Oh okay we're good now, she's good', because she hadn't had that opportunity the last couple times. When she came first-up like that she didn't get to head the horse on the lead and I think that's what cost her," said trainer Chantal Mitchell. "This will be a good confidence booster for everybody involved, for the horse, for the driver, for the owners, for everybody. It's always good to go into the Super Final off a win." The two-year-old pacing filly division champion, Alicorn won her sophomore debut in the June 29 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but had not found the winner's circle again in six starts. She had finished fourth twice and fifth once against her Gold Series peers, with her best result a second in the Aug. 22 Fan Hanover elimination. In the Sept. 12 Simcoe Stakes the Bettors Delight daughter finished fourth, kicking home in :26.1 and Mitchell felt she was finally getting back to her early season form. "That was her strongest last quarter of the year and she was very much like herself, so going into this week I was fairly confident with her," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "And those races when she did go big trips, she might have finished fourth or wherever she finished, but she went a big trip, probably the biggest trip out of anybody in that race, so I was disappointed, but I was happy because not very many horses would have hung on as tough as she did in those races, under those circumstances." Mitchell trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. The filly heads into the Oct. 17 Super Final ranked fifth with 121 points. Rose Run Victoria gave driver Jody Jamieson a work out in the second $104,800 division, but the Moffat reinsman put the Hes Watching daughter in a position to win and a :26.3 last quarter did the rest. "She was good tonight that's for sure. They put all the good mares in one division it seemed like. Man alive, I didn't like that, but at least the game plan worked. She seems better chasing, any time she's raced really well it's been from behind, so we just kept her that way," said trainer Rod Boyd. "Jody did a great job, because she was grabbing on a lot and Jody's probably the strongest driver on this circuit and even he said he was pretty much done at the end of it." Starting from Post 5, Jamieson settled Rose Run Victoria in fifth as Karma Seelster and Sex Appeal tussled to a :26.3 quarter. Sex Appeal carried on to a :55 half and when All Day Sunshine and Lauras Love started up the outside Jamieson allowed Rose Run Victoria to follow. Sex Appeal reached the three-quarters in 1:23.2, but she was quickly challenged by Karma Seelster to her left and Lauras Love on her right. Jamieson kept Rose Run Victoria tucked in behind fan favourite Lauras Love well into the stretch, but when he gave the filly an open lane she powered home to a one and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:50.4. Lauras Love finished second and Sex Appeal stayed game for third. Cambridge resident Boyd trains Rose Run Victoria for Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ, who developed the filly before shipping her to Ontario at the end of June. "Mark, he sent me one message after the race, 'Good job, she ain't easy is she'. She's pretty bull headed anything you do with her," said Boyd. "She's the biggest mare I have in the barn, she's 16 hands for sure. She's powerful, plenty powerful." Rose Run Victoria won her July 17 Gold Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park and finished third once and fourth twice in the other three legs. After making breaks in her Fan Hanover elimination and the Sept. 5 Gold leg Rose Run Victoria was forced to requalify, which is when Jamieson joined the team. "She's so racy that she wants to do it, but she just puts herself in bad situations I think. A couple starts ago it was my fault, how I had her rigged up," said Boyd. "Jody has helped me out a bit, because it does take somebody strong to go with her, so Jody helps out a lot." The fiery filly heads into the Super Final sitting third in the standings with 128 points and Boyd is hoping Jamieson can craft a similar trip against the division's top fillies when $250,000 is on the line. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 28, 2020 – A rain-soaked harness racing surface did not prevent Pemberton from employing his trademark finishing kick to capture the sole $158,000 three-year-old trotting colt Gold Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 28. Starting from Post 10, Pemberton and regular reinsman Trevor Henry got away sixth, tucked in behind fan favourite HP Royal Theo, as Hot Wheelz led the way to a :27.4 quarter. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy tipped HP Royal Theo into the outer lane heading for the :57.2 half and Henry kept Pemberton on his heels through the 1:26 three-quarters as the pair advanced on the pacesetter. In the stretch Henry asked Pemberton for a bigger gear and the gelding kicked home for a one and one-half length victory in 1:54.2, over a surface rated one second slower than normal. HP Royal Theo finished second and pocket-sitter Threefiftytwo was another length back in third. “It went great. I got a really good trip, second over behind Louis’ horse. It couldn’t have worked out better actually,” said Henry. “It’s tough from the 10-hole. You don’t want to get trapped on the rail so you’ve got to let somebody in, hopefully it’s a good horse, and it was tonight. He’s a nice colt too that HP Royal Theo, I was happy to follow him.” Henry drives Pemberton for trainer Paul Walker and owner/breeders Brenda Walker of Owen Sound and Christine Walker of Tara, ON. Monday’s victory was the gelding’s second in Gold Series action and his sixth in eight lifetime starts. Unraced at two, the son of Wheeling N Dealin made his debut at Georgian Downs on June 6, finishing fourth, and then reeled off four straight wins, including his first Gold victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 21. Pemberton finished third in the Aug. 19 Gold leg at Grand River Raceway and then kicked off what is now a two race win streak with a victory in overnight action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 7. “I don’t know whether he’s changed a whole lot,” said Henry of the trotter’s development over the past four months. “I don’t know how fast he can go, but he’s by far the nicest horse I’ve ever drove, such a professional, well-mannered, he beats them a lot of times just on his manners and his late kick for home. He’s such a nice horse to drive, he does nothing wrong.” Monday’s win boosted Pemberton’s earnings to $186,284 and put him third in the three-year-old trotting colt standings with 112 points. The colts will wrap up their Gold Series regular season on Thursday, Oct. 8 at Woodbine Mohawk Park and then the top 10 point earners will compete over the Milton oval in the $250,000 Super Final on Oct. 17. Complete results from Monday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

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