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CAMPBELLVILLE, October 20 - Autumn Series preliminary round action concluded Thursday with three second leg divisions for harness racing two-year-old colts and geldings at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 11, originally 12, two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions, while nine freshmen trotting colts and geldings competed in a single division. Each division was contested for a purse of $16,000. The two-year-olds not only had to deal with each other, but also a 'Sloppy' racing surface, as rain fell all-day Thursday in Campbellville. After finishing second as the public's choice last week, Bills Fella bounced back for a convincing victory in the first pacing division. Driven by Mike Saftic, Bills Fellas got away third in the early stages, while Sauble Shadow cut an opening-quarter of :28.3. Saftic gave the public's choice his cue to move in the second-quarter and the rookie responded by clearing to command just before hitting the half in :58.1. Bills Fella never looked back once taking the lead and finished off the victory by pacing a :29.1 third-quarter and a :29 final-quarter over the off-going for a 1:56.2 score. Osborne Seelster got to the winner's wheel, but had to settle for second, while Red John finished a little more than seven-lengths back in third. A gelded son of Artistic Fella, Bills Fella now has two wins in 10 starts this season. A homebred for trainer Gregg McNair and co-owner Ian Fleming, Bills Fella has now earned $28,160 in his rookie season. He paid $3.20 to win. Bills Fella Exiting out of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold action, Mc Mach lived up to the 3/5 hype with a dominating victory in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee did not compete in last week's first leg, but quickly made up for lost time. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Mc Mach fired out to grab the early lead and it was lights out from there. Mc Mach posted fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:25 before drawing away for a 7 ¼ lengths victory in 1:54.1. Dreamfair B J, who won a first leg division last week, finished second, while Thrownoutofbetter was third. Mc Mach now has four wins in 11 starts with his previous three victories all coming in OSS Grassroots action. The Mach Three colt has banked $62,450 this season for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc and Randy Liepa. The McIntosh trainee paid $3.40 to win. Mc Mach Scene A Magician proved last week's big victory was no trick by taking Thursday's lone Autumn Series division for rookie trotting colts and geldings in 1:58.4. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, Scene A Magician left from post eight and was pointed towards the front. The two-year-old gelding was parked around the first turn, but quickly cleared to command entering the backstretch. As Scene A Magician grabbed the front, Vesuvio Bi came first up from fourth for driver Mario Baillargeon. However, Vesuvio Bi could not get around Scene A Magician despite urging from Baillargeon and was left out for the duration of the middle-half. Scene A Magician stayed focused despite the outside challenger and trotted the field by the half in :59.1 and three-quarters in 1:29. In the stretch, Scene A Magician stretched out his lead to a few lengths and trotted home in :29.4 to score the victory. Upvote Hanover rallied up the rail at 35-1 to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Resita finished third. A son of Daylon Magician, Scene A Magician improved his record to a solid four wins in seven starts with his 1:58.4 score Thursday. The rookie gelding has banked $49,020 this season for trainer Jennifer Pinkerton, who shares ownership with Daylon Farms Ltd and Gordon Yeo. Scene A Magician will now have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series in next Thursday's final. He paid $6.70 to win. Scene A Magician The Autumn Series for two-year-olds will wrap up next Thursday with the finals for all four divisions taking place on the October 27th card. The Autumn Series final for pacing colts and geldings will go for a purse of $29,200, while the final for pacing fillies will be contested a purse of $28,600. The finals for trotting colts and geldings and trotting fillies will both go for a purse of $28,200. In order to be eligible to the Ontario sired Autumn Series, the two-year-olds had to be non-winners of $30,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2016. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 18 - Powerful Mission will have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies after a 1:57.1 victory Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 10 rookie trotting fillies clashed in a single $16,000 Autumn Series second leg division. The first leg featured two six-horse divisions, which were captured by Powerful Mission and Lady Eagle. Driven by Phil Hudon, Powerful Mission got away fifth and sat there until things quieted down on the front end. Hudon gave the rookie her cue to march up in the second-quarter and the 2/5 favourite was a first over and a couple lengths from leader Gaelic Lass at the half in :57.2. Mario Baillargeon was not in a giving mood, as he turned up the tempo with Gaelic Lass on the far turn, forcing Powerful Mission into the two-hole. After reaching three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.2, Gaelic Lass could not sustain the momentum and surrendered the lead to Powerful Mission, who angled from the two-hole and trotted by to win by four-lengths. Gaelic Lass held on for second, while Jilona was third. Lady Eagle finished eighth. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Powerful Mission now has four wins in 10 starts and earnings of $39,200. She is trained by Kevin St. Charles for owners E C S Racing LLC. Powerful Mission paid $2.80 to win. The final of the Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-old trotting fillies will take place on Thursday, October 27. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 17 – Daenerys Hanover and Manhattan Play turned in sharp efforts to capture the harness racing second leg divisions of the Autumn Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. An original group of 13 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $16,000 divisions. Sheer Talent, the winner of leg one, looked poised for another score Monday, but Daenerys Hanover had other plans in the first division. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Daenerys Hanover got away fifth in the field of six and sat in that spot for the opening three-quarters of the mile. Sheer Talent grabbed command in the second-quarter and posted fractions of :57.3 and 1:26.1 to lead into the stretch. Daenerys Hanover was six-lengths from the lead turning for home, but quickly erased that deficit in the lane and surged by her rivals to win in 1:56. Out Of Sight, who got a two-hole trip, finished second by just a neck, while Sheer Talent surrendered the lead and finished third. A daughter of Camluck, Daenerys Hanover is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher for owner John Mehlenbacher. The rookie pacing filly, who finished second in last week’s first leg, now has three wins in nine starts this season for earnings of $35,620. Daenerys Hanover paid $6.40 to win. Daenerys Hanover Manhattan Play scored a strong 2¾ lengths victory in the second division for driver Mike Saftic and trainer Nicky Comegna. The daughter of Shadow Play, who finished fourth last week, was put right on the front and went coast to coast for a 1:55.2 maiden-breaking score. Ask For Me finished second, while Sporty Gussie was third. Manhattan Play posted fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:26 before a :29.2 kicker to secure the victory. The Comegna trainee was winless in eight previous starts heading into Monday’s Autumn Series leg. Owned by Bruno Comegna, Manhattan Play now has earnings of $30,236. She paid $3.30 to win. Manhattan Play The two-year-old pacing fillies will get extra time to rest up before the series final, as it will take place along with three other Autumn Series finals on Thursday, October 27. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk with round two of the Autumn Series for rookie trotting fillies headlining the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

OCT. 15, 2016 - Super Final night 2016 served as a coronation for several of the Ontario Sires Stakes program's harness racing stars and a coming out party for others. Leading reinsman Sylvain Filion, who had locked up his fourth Lampman Cup title well before the post season got under way, piloted three of his eight Super Final mounts to victory on the $2 million program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday. The Milton, ON resident guided two-year-old pacing filly Yaris Bayama, three-year-old trotting colt Warrawee Roo and three-year-old trotting filly Emoticon Hanover to victory in their respective division finals. "Every race means something, but Finals like that, it's even more," said Filion. "Like that Yaris Bayama, my dad raised her, on the farm where I was raised, so that made it quite special. I'm sure you can see many examples like that here tonight; it sure does make it special." Off a trip up the outer lane, Yaris Bayama sprinted home to a one length victory over Fade and Aint Three OK in 1:53. Carlisle, ON resident Stephane Larocque conditions the filly for Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The daughter of Sportswriter wrapped up her freshman season with a record of five wins, one second and two thirds in 10 starts for earnings of $231,820. Filion teamed up with trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC for his second and third Super Final victories. In the three-year-old trotting colt battle Filion, who is also a three-time winner of the O'Brien Award as Canada's leading driver, once again used come-from-behind tactics to guide Warrawee Roo to a one length victory over Will Take Charge and Dia Monde in 1:53.4. "I feel good for them guys, they were real disappointed with the filly, she made a break, she was heavy favourite, and you know the grooms, the trainer Luc Blais, they work hard all year on them horses and it's not as easy as it looks, there's a lot of work, a lot of hours behind that," said Filion, who had finished at the back of the field with two-year-old trotting filly favourite On A Sunny Day three races earlier. "So that one there feels real good with that horse. He's always shown me a lot of talent, but he's been making breaks. Luckily tonight Luc put it all together and he was real strong." Majestic Son colt Warrawee Roo boosted his three-year-old record to five wins, one seconds and one third in 14 starts with the Super Final victory, giving him a total of $246,421 in earnings. One race later Filion stalked fan favourite Caprice Hill until the head of the stretch, when he detected a chink in the defending champion's armour and sent Emoticon Hanover after the win. The filly hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Caprice Hill, who was one length ahead of Wanaka, in a personal best 1:53.1. "Turning for home I saw Timmy (Tetrick) kind of chasing his filly and I said maybe we have a shot," said Filion. "She's a real decent filly. She can leave the gate real fast and she stuck to Timmy's helmet. I think maybe Caprice Hill wasn't quite herself tonight, that's why we got to beat her." Emoticon Hanover, a daughter of Kadabra and former Ontario Sires Stakes star Emmylou Who, will make her next start in the Oct. 22 Breeders Crown Eliminations at The Meadowlands, aiming to make the Oct. 29 Final. Saturday's victory boosted her sophomore record to seven wins, two seconds and two thirds in 13 starts for earnings of $485,418. Mohawk Racetrack fans remained glued to their seats until the very last Super Final, waiting to see if three-year-old pacing colt Betting Line could extend his win streak to 14 from the outside Post 10, and the son of Bettors Delight did not disappoint. Driver David Miller and Betting Line were almost five lengths back at the three-quarters, but the heavy favourite rocketed home in :26.3 to defend his Super Final title, hitting the wire one length ahead of pocket-sitter Gerries Sport and pacesetter Sintra in 1:49.3. "A little bit worried at the head of the lane there," admitted trainer Casie Coleman in the winner's circle. "But Betting Line does that once in a while. He knows where the wire is. I've never had a horse that knows where the wire is as much as Betting Line. He just digs right in when he hits the flag poles there and makes sure he's on front at the wire." Cambridge resident Coleman and Betting Line's other owners Ross Warriner of Burlington, Christine Calhoun of Chatham and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON lingered in the Mohawk winner's circle following his Super Final victory, the colt's last outing on Canadian soil. He will compete in the Breeders Crown at The Meadowlands at the end of October and in the Hap Hansen Pace at Dover Downs in November and then move into his new accommodations in the stallion barn at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania. Betting Line leaves home with a lifetime record of 20 wins, three seconds and two thirds in 27 starts and earnings of $2,238,518. Sophomore pacing filly L A Delight also defended her Super Final title, battling to a head victory over a hard-closing Bad As Leader in 1:50.3. Party In Rome rounded out the top three. "She does a lot of her own talking on the racetrack," said trainer Bob McIntosh of the filly, who went undefeated in her Ontario Sires Stakes career. "She's just a good filly, and she just wants to win, and that's something you can't teach them, it's bred right in them." "It's her attitude. She wouldn't let them by," added driver Randy Waples of Milton, who piloted the filly to the win. "But credit where credit is due, as great as she is, for him to keep her the way he has for two straight years - and every time that she's raced for big money he's had her exactly the way you want her to be - it says a lot for the trainer." Windsor resident McIntosh bred and owns L A Delight with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. In her 27 career starts the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A has recorded 20 wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $1,351,663. Like Betting Line, her next start will come in the Breeders Crown, but McIntosh added that, so long as she remains strong and healthy, fans will see her back on the racetrack in 2017. Fans will also be looking forward to seeing two-year-old trotting colt Mass Production back in action next season. The son of Muscle Mass and All Time Favorite closed out his freshman campaign with an Ontario Sires Stakes record performance, sailing home eight and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54.4. Tycoon Seelster and Dream Massive finished in second and third behind the fan favourite. Trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville piloted Mass Production to the win for his partners Jim Walker of Port Perry, Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. In nine starts the gelding posted five wins, one second, one third and earnings of $285,673. "There was some stuff going on there that, you're kind of wincing, hoping that your horse can stay out of the trouble or not have anybody run into him or make a break; all those things are possible with two-year-old trotters," said co-owner Jim Walker of the race, which saw two colts make early errors. "But it was great, and, you know, we enjoyed it all year. He won three of the five Golds and this, there's nothing more you could ask for in an Ontario Sired horse; it's a great program." Winter Sweet Frost captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final title with a 1:55.4 personal best in a race that also saw several youngsters make miscues. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Doug McNair, Winter Sweet Frost cruised home a one and one-half length winner over Gravitator and Holiday Promise. Paul Reid conditions the daughter of Kadabra for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. Driver Jonathan Drury recorded his first Super Final victory in the two-year-old pacing colt division, guiding longshot Arsenal Seelster to a come-from-behind 1:53 score. Drury and Arsenal Seelster hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Yogi Bayama, who was one length ahead of Machin A Trick. "It was very unexpected actually," said Drury, who crafted the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC and Ecurie JGC Enrg. of Laval, QC. "I thought I was maybe a little too far out of it at one point, but they kind of bunched up at the head of the lane and my colt kicked home strong." The Guelph, ON resident had a career-best year on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit in 2016 and is hoping to be back among the top drivers next season after recovering from a Nov. 25 shoulder surgery that will see him sidelined for three to six months. The reinsman has until May before the 2017 Ontario Sires Stakes season gets under way, with this year's two-year-olds hoping to reclaim their championship form and a new crop of pacers and trotters aiming to carve out a place in the provincial history books. Mass Production L A Delight Yaris Bayama Warrawee Roo Emoticon Hanover Arsenal Seelster Betting Line Ontario Racing  

Brandon Campbell won the 2016 National Driving Championship (NDC) on Friday, Oct. 14 at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in London, Ont. and will represent Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, which will be hosted by Standardbred Canada at harness racing racetracks across the country next August. Campbell accumulated the most points during the eight-race driving tournament over seven other top Canadian reinsmen to earn the honours of representing his country on the international stage. The 33-year-old reinsman from Calgary, Alta. advanced to the National Driving Championship after winning the Western Regional Driving Championship this past June at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino -- one of four regional tournaments from which the top two point earners advanced to the NDC. This was Campbell's third time competing in the NDC and his first victory. "I've done this three times now, I'm thrilled," said Campbell. "I don't even know what to say." Campbell put together a string of runner-up finishes in four straight legs of the NDC to remain a contender throughout the heated competition in which seven different drivers earned wins. Campbell padded his leading point total with his first victory of the tournament in the seventh leg, guiding Wacky Rei ($4.90) to victory. He secured the lead from the inside post with the four-year-old pacing mare and held off the pocket-pulling Shesastarreporter and James MacDonald in a photo finish for the 1:58 victory. While Campbell said he was confident in his chances of winning the NDC title, there was an anxious moment when his mount broke stride at the start of the final race leaving the door wide open for James MacDonald, the runner-up in the point standings, to steal the glory with a first or second-place finish. "There were tears. I was crying a little bit," Campbell said of his reaction when he was taken out of contention in the final leg. "I was watching James second over, he was the first or second favourite, and I thought it was all over. He went to move her and she didn't have any go and I started cheering again 'go boys go.'" MacDonald finished sixth in the final race, won by longshot winner Ivegotmyeyeonu and Trevor Henry, and was unable to catch Campbell atop the leaderboard. Campbell secured the 2016 National Driving Championship title with 63 points while James MacDonald finished second with 57 points. Jason Hughes, the only two-leg winner in the competition, was third with 52 points. Jim Marino (50 points), Henry (45), Brett MacDonald (41), Guy Gagnon (32) and Corey MacPherson (30) completed the order of finish. The National Driving Championship consisted of races two through six and eight through 10 on the Friday program at The Raceway. Drivers were able to have input into the horses they drove as a hockey pool style "draft" was conducted Tuesday for them to choose their horses in each race before the post position draw was made. FINAL POINT TOTALS: 1. Brandon Campbell - 63 2. James MacDonald - 57 3. Jason Hughes - 52 4. Jim Marino - 50 5. Trevor Henry - 45 6. Brett MacDonald - 41 7. Guy Gagnon - 32 8. Corey MacPherson - 30   Jeff Porchak   Standardbred Canada

Canada's National Driving Championship will take place tonight, Friday, October 14, at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ontario. The winner of the harness racing event will represent the host nation in the 2017 World Driving Championship, to be held next August in Canada, hosted by Standardbred Canada. Eight drivers from across the country have qualified in four regional events, and will congregate in London, Ont. with first race post time set for 7:05 pm EST this evening. The Championship, presented by Standardbred Canada, is an eight-race event with drivers earning points based on their finishing positions. Drivers were able to have input into the horses they will be driving as a draft was conducted Tuesday for them to choose their horses in each race, before the post position draw was made. Here's a look at the drivers: Driver Years Starts Wins Earnings Brandon Campbell 14 8,330 1,220 $7.45 million Guy Gagnon 29 26,181 4,619 $21.6 million Trevor Henry 28 31,966 6,015 $42.8 million Jason Hughes 25 6,998 1,070 $1.80 million Brett MacDonald 2 554 67 $316,862 James MacDonald 8 13,175 1,476 $17.9 million Corey MacPherson 8 3,838 593 $970,977 Jim Marino 19 13,065 2,003 $11.9 million The NDC races are carded as races 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9 and 10.  The Point System The National Driving Championship will adapt the point system utilized in the World Driving Championship. Points will be awarded on the order of finish as follows: Number of Starters: 8 15 (1st) 10 (2nd) 7 (3rd) 5 (4th) 4 (5th) 3 (6th) 2 (7th) 1 (8th) In the event of a scratch, where an also eligible horse is not available, the driver receives 5 points. To view the completed fields, click here or view program pages here courtesy of TrackIT. Trot Insider will provide live coverage of the NDC on For live video streaming of the event, click here:  Darryl Kaplan Manager, Industry Communications and Business Development Standardbred Canada Editor, Trot Magazine 905-858-3077, ext. 241

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 13 - Rookie harness racing colts and geldings of both gaits were on display Thursday night in a quartet of Ontario Sired Autumn Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack. Each division, two for pacers and two for trotters, carried a purse of $16,000 with 14 horses competing in each category. Mach Deja Vu broke his maiden in gate-to-wire fashion to win the first pacing division for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Dany Fontaine. The son of Mach Three blasted to the front and proceeded to post fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26.2. In the stretch, Mach Deja Vu extended his lead to about three-lengths before crossing the wire in 1:55.3 for a two-length score. Osborne Seelster grabbed second, while Tremendous Play was third. Mach Deja Vu was winless in nine starts heading into the Autumn Series first leg. The Fontaine trainee's maiden breaking score gives him $22,047 in earnings for owners Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. The son of Mach Three paid $9.40. Mach Deja Vu In the second division, Dreamfair B J crushed his rivals by six-lengths in 1:54 for driver Billy Davis Jr. and trainer Pat Fletcher. The son of Big Jim got away sixth before getting his cue from Davis Jr. to march his way up to within a length of the lead at the half in :57.2. Dreamfair B J edged away from his rivals on the far turn to pace by three-quarter in 1:26. The Fletcher trainee finished off the victory with a solid :28 kicker. Bills Fellas crossed the wire second, while Brave World was third. Dreamfair B J was coming into the Autumn Series off a fourth-place finish in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Championship on September 24. He now has two wins in eight starts and earnings of $28,650 for owner John Lamers. Dreamfair B J paid $5.30. Dreamfair B J On the trotting side, Scene A Magician was a blowout winner in the first division for driver Jack Moiseyev and trainer Jennifer Pinkerton. The son of Daylon Magician got to the front just after the opening-quarter and proceeded to crush his rivals with a six-length victory in 1:57.4. Scene A Magician set fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.1 before trotting home in :29.3 for the win. Lmc Mass Gem finished second, while Noble Prize was third. Scene A Magician entered Thursday's contest with two wins in five starts. He now has three wins and $41,020 earned for owners Daylon Farms Ltd, Gordon Yeo and Pinkerton. The son of Daylon Magician paid $6.30 to win. Scene A Magician Vesuvio Bi captured the second division for driver Mario Baillargeon and trainer Martin Lachance. The son of Manofmanymissions led the field by the quarter in :29, but surrendered the lead in the second-quarter to Charmbo Chrome. The new leader led the field through middle-half fractions of :58.2 and 1:28.4. Vesuvio Bi was angled from the two-hole at three-quarters and went on to trot by and score a maiden breaking victory by three-lengths in 1:58.2. Charmbo Chrome held on for second, while Resita was third. Vesuvio Bi was making just his second career start Thursday evening. His maiden breaking score gives him $9,120 earned in two starts for owners Lachance Racing Stable and Don Mogridge. The Lachance trainee paid $5.70 to win. Vesuvio Bi In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired two-year-olds had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The second round of the Autumn Series for rookie colts and geldings will be contested next Thursday (October 20). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Fraserville, ON --- Kawartha Downs' Per Henriksen, lauded for his expertise with harness racing trotters, will make a rare appearance at The Raceway at Western Fair District with a horse that is the perfect example of why he is called ‘the fixer.’ Countless trainers, frustrated with trotters who refused to trot, have sent Henriksen their problem horses over the years. One of the latest is the 3-year-old trotting colt St James Gate. A son of Majestic Son, the horse had two trainers prior to heading to Henriksen’s barn a couple of months ago. As a 2-year-old he made three qualifying attempts and broke stride and was distanced in each one. He headed to a new barn for his sophomore season which saw him attempt to qualify five times, all with the exact same result, a miscue at some point in the mile. Henriksen worked with the horse and his first charted line without a break anywhere in the mile came in a qualifying race at Mohawk on Sept. 6 where Henriksen drove him to a fifth place finish. It was the horse’s first start for Henriksen. St James Gate made his first pari-mutuel start on Sept. 28 at Grand River Raceway where he won with Henriksen in the bike in 2:02. He’ll make his second career start Friday night (Oct. 14) at London where he’s drawn post five in the first race. Jeff Ruch and Alan Richardson bred and own the trotter who is a full brother to $351,093 winner Rock Of Cashel. This is just the fifth time this year Henriksen has made the trip from his Norwood, Ontario base to London. Before that he’ll start five horses Thursday night (Oct. 13) at Mohawk, three in the Ontario Autumn Series, and one at Flamboro Downs. In addition to St James Gate, he also has Cheer For The Cats racing at London Friday night along with Marquis Volo racing at Mohawk. Saturday night at Mohawk he’ll harness three starters in the C$250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals. Bee In Charge and Muscle Hustle are in the 3-year-old trotting colt division and Jangone is in the 3-year-old filly trot split. Henriksen will be back in London on Monday where he’ll start Covert Operative, a winner of $186,215 in his career. He finished second, by a head, in Kawartha’s signature race, the Goodtimes Invitational, to Ramas Last Son. An O’Brien Award winner as Horseman of the Year in 2007, Henriksen is enjoying one of his best seasons ever this year with $910,695 in earnings to date in 2016. His all time best in terms of purses was 2008 when his charges took in $1.53 million. The native of Norway has a total of 1,040 wins lifetime for $14.3 million in purses. Kawartha Downs

OCT. 12, 2016 - Mohawk Racetrack hosts the $2 million Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals on Saturday, Oct. 15 and trainer Mark Steacy will cap off a career best year in the harness racing program by sending out starters in four of the eight division championships. With 263 points, Steacy is poised to capture his first Johnston Cup title as the top trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Heading into the season finale Steacy has a 39 point lead on reigning title-holder and eight-time winner Robert McIntosh and sits 42 points ahead of three-time winner Gregg McNair. He and his staff have harnessed 128 starters in the provincial program to date for 14 wins, 13 seconds, 20 thirds, 28 fourths, 12 fifths and earnings of $573,540. "I'm pretty proud of that," said Steacy of his career-best statistics. "Again, that's not just me, that's the staff too. "First of all you've got to have the great owners and then you've got to have the great help," the horseman added. "These guys work hard, and if it wasn't for them the results wouldn't be the same." In addition to his season-long Ontario Sires Stakes success, Steacy achieved a major milestone in August when his career earnings surpassed $20 million. Both accomplishments are part of a decade-long evolution in Steacy's operation that started when son Shawn joined the business. "It all happened probably in the last 12 years; we were kind of low key until about 12 years ago," said Steacy, a lifelong horseman who was introduced to harness racing by his father Clarke, Sr. "After Shawn graduated out of school and came on with me I was able to keep horses and race them rather than sell them, which I used to do before. I used to develop them, race them a few times in Ottawa or Montreal, and then sell them." For several years Shawn supervised a temporary operation near Mohawk during the peak months of the Ontario Sires Stakes season, but last fall father and son decided it was time to establish a more permanent base at the First Line Training Centre in Nassagaweya, ON. "Shawn was up here all winter this year. We've come up before with half a dozen or 10 horses and stayed for three or four months, and we've done that for 10 years or so, but we've never stayed all winter until this year," explained Steacy, who was honoured with the O'Brien Award for Horsemanship in 2007. "We're going to be here again all winter. I'll do my babies at home in Lansdowne, but we'll keep the older horses up here." Steacy has already acquired 18 yearlings and expects that number to climb as high as 25 before the sales season wraps up. While Shawn, who now makes his home in Guelph, ON, handles the older horses, Steacy will have the support of his younger son Clarke, Jr. when it comes time to start the yearlings. "I have Clarke on board too," said Steacy, adding that Clarke, Jr. has decided to switch his focus from catch-driving to training for the time being. "He's actually running the Lansdowne outfit right now, and so I think that's going to help us to even get to another level." All three men are currently focussed on finishing the Ontario Sires Stakes season on a high note, ensuring Dream Massive, Sass, Royal Charm and Nocturnal Bluechip are in peak shape for their respective $250,000 Super Finals on Saturday. Two-year-old trotting colt Dream Massive will kick things off from Post 6 in the first Super Final, and his connections are hoping the son of Muscle Mass minds his manners after making breaks in his last two Gold Series starts. "We trained him this morning (Wednesday), and he trained good, so hopefully," said Steacy, who conditions the colt for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. "I thought we had him sorted out there and he went out and made a mistake again last time. He just got bully in the hole. Off and on he's showed that he does have quite a bit of ability, but he can be his own worst enemy." Three-year-old trotting colt Sass gets Post 3 in the fifth Super Final of the card and Steacy is hoping the Kadabra colt has bounced back from a viral infection that showed up after the Oct. 6 Gold Leg at Mohawk. "He still got fourth, but that was his worst start," noted Steacy, who put the colt on a course of antibiotics after the race. "Hopefully he'll be good to go on Saturday; I think a healthy Sass has got a shot. Obviously you've got to have that thing called luck on your side, but if it is then I think he's got a shot." Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC bred and owns Sass, who has earned $177,980 in his career to date. Sophomore trotting filly Royal Charm landed Post 4 for her last Ontario Sires Stakes start and will be looking to continue the hot streak she has been riding through the last six weeks. After a pair of third-place finishes in the Simcoe Stakes and her Elegantimage Elimination, the daughter of Steacy's former superstar Majestic Son scored an upset win in the $436,000 Elegantimage Final and then finished second in the last Gold Leg. "She's finally coming together for us. We always knew she had a lot of go to her, and she's been behaving herself, touch wood, lately," noted Steacy. "As long as she does that, she's not a big horse getting off the gate, but she can always kick home good. "If she races respectable I think then she is eligible to the Breeders Crown, and I think the Matron, so it's possible that we could finish the year off with that," added the trainer, who conditions the winner of $341,462 for David McDonald of Cornwall, ON, Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stables Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. "We'll just have to see how Saturday goes first." Steacy's final entry comes in the three-year-old pacing colt showdown with Nocturnal Bluechip lining up at Post 9, alongside the reigning division champion Betting Line, who gets the outside Post 10. "He's got a tough post and he probably needs a better post more than them all," said Steacy of the Bettors Delight son. "He's been kind of a letdown this year, you know, a horse that's got lots of speed but just hasn't done what we expected of him. The way he's going, he's going to have to trip out really well." Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Jane Phair of Thornbury, ON and NLG Racing Stable of Wallkill, NY share ownership of Nocturnal Bluechip, who heads into the Super Final with lifetime earnings of $225,901. Guelph resident James MacDonald will steer Nocturnal Bluechip, Dream Massive and Sass, while Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, pilots Royal Charm. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes postward at 7:30 pm on Saturday, with the eight $250,000 Super Finals slated as Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. In addition to the on track excitement, Mohawk fans will receive an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap when they purchase a program and can play the fun-filled OSS Trivia Spin and Win game for more great prizes. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 11 - Rookie trotting fillies took their turn Tuesday for round one action of the harness racing Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 12 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into two $16,000 opening leg divisions. Powerful Mission lived up to her name by scoring a dominate 4¾ lengths victory in the first division for driver Phil Hudon and trainer Kevin St. Charles. The daughter of Manofmanymissions got away fourth and came first up in the middle-half. Powerful Mission pulled right up along side Jilona on the far turn and the rookies slugged it toe-to-toe by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. In the stretch, Powerful Mission quickly pulled away from her rival and ultimately scored an open lengths victory in a career best 1:57.1. Jilona finished second, while You Cant Afford Me was third. Powerful Mission now has three wins in nine starts and $31,200 earned in her rookie season. She is owned by E C S Racing LLC. The St. Charles trainee paid $4.90 to win. Powerful Mission Lady Eagle took the second division in 2:00.1 for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Rob Fellows. The daughter of Muscle Mass was one of three fillies to remain trotting the entire mile and Filion took his time before unleashing the filly. Lady Eagle got away third and made a move towards the lead on the far turn to pull to within a neck of the front at three-quarter pole in 1:31.2. In the stretch, Lady Eagle powered by to take a clear lead and pull away for a 3¼ lengths score. Princess Julieann finished second, while Gaelic Lass was third. Lady Eagle was making her Mohawk and Fellows barn debut Tuesday after beginning her career in Iowa. She now has three wins in six starts and earnings of $13,775 for owners Mark King and Caroll Huffman. Lady Eagle paid $5.70 to win. Lady Eagle In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired two-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The rookie trotting fillies will return for the second leg of the series next Tuesday (October 18). Mark McKelvie

Jason Hughes of Stratford, PE and Corey MacPherson of Vernon Bridge, PE will be heading to London, Ontario, this week to compete in the National Driving Championship (NDC) for harness racing at The Raceway at the Western Fair District on Friday, October 14. The winner of the NDC will be Canada's representative in the 2017 World Driving Championship hosted in Canada next August. Standardbred Canada co-ordinates four regional events across the country, and drivers had to earn their way into the NDC by finishing first or second at their Regional Driving Championship. Hughes earned his spot by winning the Atlantic Regional hosted at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP on June 25 and MacPherson took the runner up spot. The National Championship is an eight race event and drivers earn points based upon their finishing positions. Drivers will also have some input into the horses they drive as a hockey pool style "draft" will be done and drivers will choose their horses from horses entered. This is a first time NDC appearance for both Hughes and MacPherson who warmed up for the big event via this past weekend's Atlantic Breeders Crown at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at CDP. "It's a tough field," says Hughes of his seven competitors. "There are a lot of great drivers and I'm just hoping to be close to the front in most of the races so the other guys have to go around me." Hughes has been driving and training horses since the early 90s, and his career has steadily been improving the past five seasons. Hughes has a 20 horse stable and also works full time as a Maintenance & Recreation Supervisor for the Town of Stratford, where he's been for 20 years. "I get to the barn very early in the morning and very late at night and I have a great help," says Hughes of juggling the two full time jobs. Hughes managed wins in an Atlantic Breeders Crown consolation and an Open Pace during this past weekend. Corey MacPherson is into his 8th season of driving and is coming into the event in fine form. MacPherson had a win, third and fourth in Atlantic Breeders Crown finals and the previous weekend he took two divisions of the Joe O'Brien Stakes and two wins in the Lady Slipper. There are also three other drivers with strong Island connections competing in the NDC. James MacDonald, son of Islanders Fred and Gail MacDonald (Fred is the editor of Atlantic Post Calls and Gail is the track photographer for Red Shores), and one of the Woodbine Entertainment Group Circuit's top drivers will be attempting to win the title. Brandon Campbell from Calgary, Alberta, and a top reinsman at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino is the son of former PEI horseman, Sanford Campbell. Brett MacDonald lived on the Island with his family for several years and drove in the matinee program. Here is the complete field of drivers for the National Driving Championship: Brandon Campbell, of Calgary, AB; Guy Gagnon, of Gatineau, QC; Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON; Jason Hughes, of Stratford, PE; Brett MacDonald of Embrun, ON; James MacDonald, of Guelph, ON; Corey MacPherson, of Vernon Bridge, PE; and Jim Marino, of Surrey, BC. BY THE NUMBERS Jason Hughes 2016 589 drives 98 wins / 93 seconds / 97 thirds / $216,407 in purse earnings Career 7307 drives 1120 wins/ 1060 seconds / 982 thirds / $1,938,895 in purse earnings Corey MacPherson 2016 583 drives 115 wins / 89 seconds / 88 thirds / $296,330 in purse earnings Career 4112 drives 646 wins / 607 seconds / 570 thirds / $1,163,967 in purse earnings Lee Drake

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 10 - The annual Ontario Sired Autumn Series got underway Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack with harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies squaring off. Sheer Talent rallied from off the pace to defeat nine rivals in the $16,000 first leg for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. The lead changed hands several times during the early stages of Monday's contest. Sports Leader, who was parked for three-eighths, finally cleared to the front ahead of Manhattan Play, the even-money favourite, and led the field by the half :56.4. Manhattan Play popped the pocket and circled back to command on the far turn to pace by three-quarters in 1:27. Sheer Talent, who got away eighth, got into the outer flow on the far turn and sat third-over, five lengths from the front turning for home. Daenerys Hanover, who was first up at three-quarters, pressed at Manhattan Play in the lane, while Sports Leader was also in the mix. However, Sheer Talent had the most pace of any filly in the lane and rocketed by on the far outside to win by a length and a quarter in 1:56.2. Daenerys Hanover finished second, while Sports Leader finished half a length ahead of Manhattan Play for third. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Sheer Talent now has three wins in 10 starts this season. The rookie pacing filly was purchased for $20,000 at last year's Forest City Yearling Sale and has banked $29,700 in her first season for owner Robert Burgess. A $2 win ticket on Sheer Talent returned $8. In order to be eligible to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series, the two-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2016. The rookie pacing fillies will meet up again next Monday (October 17) for round two. Autumn Series action continues Tuesday with two first round divisions for two-year-old trotting fillies. Mark McKelvie

OCT. 6, 2016 - After finishing third in five straight Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series starts, stretching back to September 2015, three-year-old trotting gelding Dia Monde grabbed a win in the last regular season harness racing event of his career at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. In rein to Milton resident Randy Waples Dia Monde left smartly from Post 6 and landed second behind early leader Dunvegan Don, who led the field to a :27 opening quarter. Waples continued to sit on the rail as fan favourite Bee In Charge took control heading for the :57.1 half, and then tipped Dia Monde into the outer lane heading by the 1:26.1 three-quarters. With a clear look at the finish line, Dia Monde shifted into overdrive and powered under the wire a one and three-quarter length winner in 1:54. Tony Soprano also closed well to be second, leaving Bee In Charge the third-place finisher's spoils. "He raced good, we're pretty tickled with him finally getting that win," said Puslinch resident June Durand, who shares ownership of Dia Monde with her husband, trainer Tom Durand, and Allan Smith of Oakville, ON. The victory boosted Dia Monde into fourth spot in the division standings, with 98 points, heading into the Oct. 15 Super Final. Through all 13 of his sophomore starts the son of Deweycheatumnhowe and Lady Bar has three wins, two seconds, five thirds and earnings of $163,612. Dia Monde is the second foal out of Lady Bar - a half-sister to former Durand trainee Clarice Marie ($313,400) - that Smith and the Durand's have owned, and it was their long familiarity with the family that first drew the partners to Dia Monde. "We had Littlejack Hanover and he was small, he was a Donato (Hanover), and then when we went to look at this colt he was twice the size, a big, strong colt," recalls June Durand. "And the thing we liked about him is, Looking Hanover ($1,125,136) was the other good horse out of the family and he's a Muscles Yankee and Deweycheatumnhowe is out of Muscles Yankee, so it's kind of going back to that same cross, and he's a big beautiful horse. We paid lots for him, but I think he was worth it." The gelding was a $70,000 purchase at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale, and Smith says he has repaid their investment in ways that cannot be reflected on a balance sheet. "We've been fortunate enough we've had some good stakes horses and done well financially, but it's more the fun of winning," said Smith. "Being with Tom and June - all the work they do to pick out the right horses and get them where they do with a small stable - I'm pretty impressed with what they do and I've always supported it and always will." Dia Monde The partners will be hoping Dia Monde can continue his winning ways into the $250,000 Super Final, where he will face division point leader Muscle Hustle, the winner of the other $105,000 Gold division on Thursday. Sent off as the fan favourite, and also in rein to Waples, Muscle Hustle took control just after the :28 opening quarter and rolled through a :58.1 half and a 1:26.3 three-quarters without facing a challenge. Muscle Hustle hit the wire one length ahead of Holiday Party and two more up on Will Take Charge in 1:54.1. "Muscle Hustle, he was awesome, last quarter :27.3, won fairly handy, and everything is good with him," said trainer Per Henriksen of the division point leader. "He's healthy and everything." Thursday's outing was Muscle Hustle's first in just over a month, he was sidelined with his second bout of sickness this season following a third-place result in the Sept. 3 Simcoe Stakes, but Norwood resident Henriksen expects the colt to be in top shape for next week's finale. "He didn't race for four weeks, but his race here should make him even better," said the horseman, who conditions the son of Muscle Mass and Crown Laurel for Ecurie Bergh Inc. of Norwood. In his five Gold Series starts Muscle Hustle logged three wins, one second and one fifth for 180 points, and trotted to an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:52.2 over the five-eighths mile surface at Georgian Downs. Through 12 starts this season he has tallied seven wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $239,832. Henriksen also trains Bee In Charge, who finished third behind Dia Monde, and said the fan favourite tested sick after the race. "Bee In Charge didn't race as good as I thought he was gonna do, and we scoped him and he had some mucous so he is obviously a little sick," said Henriksen. "We've just got to get him healthy for the Super Final." Muscle Hustle Heading into the Super Final off wins aboard both Muscle Hustle and Dia Monde puts Waples in the difficult position of choosing between two horses that appear to be prime shape for the post season. "They're both really nice horses. I really haven't made up my mind. It'll probably just go by post position, I think that's the way it will go anyways," said Waples. "We'll see what happens, see how they come out of it. "I was really happy with the pair of them you know. I thought Muscle Hustle was the best in his class as long as things went his way and he was healthy," the reinsman continued. "And Dia Monde, I know that horse can beat anybody out there, but he just hasn't really been putting it all together his last couple, but tonight he really showed up, he put a big, big effort in tonight." Waples is also the regular reinsman for superstar sophomore pacing filly L A Delight and trotting filly Caprice Hill. Both fillies were victorious in their freshman Super Finals and both head into this year's test undefeated in regular season Gold Series action. With a total of $2 million up for grabs in eight divisions, Super Final night gets under way at 7:30 pm at Mohawk on Saturday, Oct. 15.. Ontario Racing

London, October 4, 2016 -- The Raceway at Western Fair District reminds harness racing horseman that the first qualifiers of the season will take place this Friday morning, October 7, at 11 a.m. Please note that beginning next week (October 14) the track will be open for training on Fridays only at 9 a.m., prior to the qualifying races. The track will be closed for training on Wednesdays until renovations to the grandstand have been completed later this Fall. The first live program of the season is this Friday night with first post at 7:05 p.m and coincides with the kick off of the second annual Oktoberfest Celebration happing at the Western Fair District. For complete details, visit Greg Blanchard Raceway Manager Tel: 519-438-7203,239T oll Free: 1-800-619-4629 Fax: 519-438-2388E mail:  

The second and final day of the CKG Billings Amateur Drivers Series Canadian road trip on Monday, October 3rd saw Howard "Howie The Horse" Gelfand bring accolades back to Canada after he won the Billings trot at Mohawk Racetrack with Cracker Zack in a 1:58.3 clocking. Gelfand was one of four Canadian sportsmen participating in the Mohawk harness racing event. The first race of that Billings Travel Series was Sunday and the USA's David "Poppa" Glasser emerged victorious. In the Billings event on Monday Gelfand had drawn the favorite in the race and drove him as such. When the wings of the mobile gate folded he ducked Cracker Zack down along the pylons in fourth position. As the 10-horse field approached the halfway point Gelfand moved his trotter out to challenge the leaders and at that point they got first call. Once on top Cracker Zack trotted away from the others and at the third stanza he had an eight-length lead. From there it was catch me if you can and nobody could as the 7-year-old Angus Hall gelding trotted home an easy five-length victor. Second place went to Most Wanted Lindy driven by "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello while Sherwin "Smiley" Edwards garnered the show dough with Little Stuie. The winner, owned by Richard Moreau, Don Beanland and Fred Handelaar, is trained by Moreau. He paid $5.00 for win. Gelfand, a sales agent from Mississauga, Ont. and longtime participant in the Billings Series, notched his first seasonal triumph and although he has been driving sparingly in recent years still it was his 36th driving victory in a career which began in the late 1980's. Next Billings action will be back in the States on Sunday, Oct 9 at Saratoga Raceway. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

OCT. 3, 2016 - Ontario's top two-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies got clear skies and a fast harness racing track at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening to bring the curtain down on their Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular season. Division point leader Mass Production got things off to a quick start, capturing the first $105,000 trotting colt split in a sharp 1:55.3, just three-fifths of a second shy of the Ontario Sires Stakes record. Starting from Post 6 with trainer Rick Zeron in the race bike, Mass Production landed on the rail in third as Themanofmydreams reached the opening quarter in :27.3. Heading by the :58.1 half Zeron tipped Mass Production into the outer lane, and then dropped back in behind Themanofmydreams for a breather heading by the 1:27.1 three-quarters. As the colts squared up in the stretch, Mass Production accelerated away from his rival to a one length win. Themanofmydreams finished second and fan favourite Scene A Magician was seven and one-quarter lengths back in third. "The way the stakes race schedule was, the month off really enhanced this horse, and he's fresh as a daisy, straight as an arrow, and he just did everything exactly in tune the way I wanted him to tonight," said Zeron. "I wasn't quite sure that he'd trot in 1:55 tonight, but when I moved him at the head of the lane he was full of himself, and he was still full of himself at the wire too." Monday's outing was Mass Production's first since the Sept. 2 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk, where he finished fifth. In his five Gold Series starts the son of Muscle Mass and All Time Favorite posted three wins, one second and one third and leads the freshman trotting colts into the Oct. 15 Super Final with 187 points. Oakville resident Zeron shares ownership of Mass Production, a $32,000 purchase at last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale, with James Walker of Port Perry, Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON and Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA. The Super Final will be the gelding's last start of the campaign and Zeron said the OSS record could be in jeopardy. "If it's a nice night on the 15th, we may take a shot at that," said the horseman. "My assistant trainer, Shayne Barrington, he'll do the homework on him and get him prepared, and we'll speak together and get a game plan for the 15th, and take it from there." Mass Production Tycoon Seelster captured the second trotting colt division with a powerful finish, hitting the wire in 1:58. Paul MacDonell crafted the come-from-behind outing, which saw Tycoon Seelster ease away from Post 9 and settle in seventh as fan favourite Rose Run Speedster led the field to a :29 quarter. Heading for the :58.1 half MacDonell edged the gelding into the outer lane and started to reel in the leaders, picking up cover from Majestic Streak before the 1:28.2 three-quarters. Rolling off the turn MacDonell shifted Tycoon Seelster into high gear and the gelding powered to a one-half length victory over Mister Muscle and Capteur De Reve. Guelph resident MacDonell piloted Tycoon Seelster to his second Gold Series win for trainer Scott McEneny of Waterdown and owner Chris Storms of Picton, ON. The son of Angus Hall and Travelin Lavec came into the regular season finale off a pair of qualifiers following a break in the Sept. 2 Champlain Stakes, and McEneny said an easier couple weeks are in store for the young trotter, who was a $23,000 purchase at the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale. "He's had a pretty rough last two or three weeks trying to get him qualified, and trying to get him a little better than what he was, so it's just a matter of, just get him a little freshened up," said the trainer. "It's been a long season. "I think he's going to be a nice horse next year," McEneny added. "We've seen him grow so much over the last two or three months, so he's a little bumpy going, but he wants to go forward." Tycoon Seelster Three races later the two-year-old pacing fillies stepped to centre stage, and driver Doug McNair and Action Majesty stuck to the come-from-behind script on their way to a 1:52.3 victory. Starting from Post 6, McNair dropped the fan favourite into fourth on the rail as Fade led the field to a :27 quarter. After the :56.1 half rung up by Future Headlines, McNair tipped Action Majesty to the outside and the filly made steady gains on the leader heading for the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Once she reached the stretch Action Majesty hit her top gear and sailed home a one and one-half length winner in a personal best 1:52.3. Early leader Fade finished second and Yaris Bayama closed for third. "She raced good again tonight. She has only raced fair one time and she had an excuse," said McNair, referring to the filly's fifth-place result in the Sept. 19 Gold Leg at Grand River Raceway. "It was a tough drive and she was a little sick. I think she's in good shape heading into the Super Finals." The Guelph resident pilots Action Majesty for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON, and owner-breeder Kenneth Sommer of Sheffield, OH. In five starts the daughter of Royal Mattjesty and Action Grin has logged four wins and one fifth for earnings of $125,250. She heads into the post season ranked third with 105 Gold Series points from three appearances. Action Majesty Aint Three Ok made it four straight off the pace winners, doing all the work up the outside in the second pacing filly division and then battling down the stretch to a one-half length win in a personal best 1:53.1. Bid Writer and Blameitonthenight followed Aint Three Ok up the outside lane and into the second and third-place spots. Regular reinsman Trevor Henry of Arthur engineered the win, the filly's second straight in Gold Series action, for trainer Mike Weller of Georgetown, ON and Chuck Grubbs of Louisville, KY. Weller took over training duties on the daughter of Mach Three and Aint Given Up from Ohio-based conditioner Steven Carter in mid-June and said the filly has surpassed his early expectations. "She's awful small, so I said, 'Well, we'll give her a whirl,' and she's turned out really good," said Weller from the winner's circle. "She tries, every day; she loves her job." Monday's victory was Aint Three Ok's second in Gold Series action and gives her a freshman record of three wins and three seconds in eight starts for earnings of $190,300. She heads into the Oct. 15 Super Final at the top of the division standings with 150 points from two wins and two seconds in four Gold outings. Aint Three Ok The top 10 point earners from each division, two-year-old trotting colt and pacing filly, will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their respective $250,000 Super Finals on Saturday, Oct. 15. The 2016 Ontario Sires Stakes regular season comes to a close on Thursday night at Mohawk with two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm and the colts will battle in Races 2 and 3. Ontario Racing

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