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OCT. 2, 2015 - Woodbine Racetrack fans got a preview of next week's Super Final as the three-year-old pacing colts delivered a pair of impressive performances on Friday evening in the last regular season event on the Gold Series calendar. Six of the top 10 point earners lined up on the starting gate in the second $105,000 Gold division and six of the nine starters had their accelerators down early. Physicallyinclined and driver Paul MacDonell won the first battle, reaching the opening quarter in a snappy :25.3. The pair looked under threat from Go Daddy Go and fan favourite Reverend Hanover in the outer lane, but Go Daddy Go made a break that pushed Reverend Hanover into the middle of the racetrack and allowed MacDonell to sneak in a quick breather for his colt. Reverend Hanover caught Physicallyinclined just before the :54.1 half and led the field to a 1:22.3 three-quarters. As the colts squared up for the stretch drive, Guelph, ON resident MacDonell fired Physicallyinclined out of the pocket and the Mach Three son rocketed down the stretch to a one-half length win in 1:50.2. Reverend Hanover settled for second after his interrupted tour of the racetrack and Drachan Hanover was three lengths back in third. "He's a tough horse," said Dr. Ian Moore of Physicallyinclined. "We got him ready in a hurry, we had no choice really, he has nothing left after these two races." After posting a record of four wins and two seconds in his first seven starts this season, Physicallyinclined suffered an injury in mid-July that saw him miss two months of action on the Gold Series circuit. The colt requalified on Sept. 18 at Mohawk Racetrack and made his first start since the injury in a Sept. 25 overnight event at Mohawk, posting a 1:51.2 win. Tied for ninth in the division standings heading into the regular season finale, Physicallyinclined secured a berth in the Oct. 10 Super Final with Friday's win, his first in Gold Series action. "All the owners were up, so they were very pleased," said Dr. Moore, who conditions the North America Cup Consolation winner for Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS. "We're looking forward to next week." The Guelph, ON resident noted that Physicallyinclined had an easier tour around the Woodbine oval than a number of his peers and said he will have to be back at the top of his form for next Saturday's $250,000 Super Final test. "He should be fairly fresh, but Reverend Hanover is going to be fresh too. There are several good colts in that division, it's not going to be a cakewalk for anybody," said the trainer. "It will be a tough race, that's for sure." The sophomore pacing colts also delivered a thrilling finish in the first $105,000 division, with His Boy Elroy prevailing by one-half length over Mr Carrotts and Moonwriter in 1:52. Starting from Post 5, driver Mike Saftic settled His Boy Elroy into the fourth spot and watched as Sportsmanship rang up a :26.3 quarter and :55.3 half. Just after the halfway marker Saftic sent His Boy Elroy up the outside and the Jeremes Jet son was leading the charge up the outer lane at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Shifting into high gear in the stretch, His Boy Elroy powered by the leaders to claim his first Gold Series trophy, adding it to the Grassroots hardware he won at Mohawk on July 31. Third in the Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 26, His Boy Elroy is not eligible to the Super Final, but runner-up Mr Carrotts and pacesetter Sportsmanship both qualified for the lucrative post season. Campbellville, ON resident Saftic engineered His Boy Elroy's fifth win in 23 starts for trainer Jean Guy Belliveau of Cambridge, ON and owner Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. His Boy Elroy The top 10 point earners from all eight trotting and pacing divisions will spend the next eight days preparing for the $2 million Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10, and if Friday's regular season finale was any indication, fans are in for a night of outstanding racing. Ontario Horse Racing

There were some new faces in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening as the two-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies closed out their Gold Series regular season. After finishing second in three Gold Legs and third in the other, Will Take Charge finally found his way to the winner's circle in the second of three $70,000 trotting colt divisions. The Kadabra gelding and driver Paul MacDonell took command of the race past the half-way marker and cruised home four length winners in 1:57.2. Mass Balance was second and Midnight Toker finished third. "He just had second-itis," said trainer John Bax wryly. "He's been pretty good all along, just an easy on himself kind of horse, I can't really complain about him," continued the Campbellville, ON resident. "He kind of just does whatever you want and does it right." Bax shares ownership of the trotter with Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI, Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON and John Hayes of Sharon, ON. In 10 starts Will Take Charge has tallied one win, four seconds, one third and $123,590. Tuesday's Gold win puts him in a tie for third in the division standings with 137 points. Will Take Charge will make his next start in the Oct. 10 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack, and Bax is hoping the gelding's consistency carries on through the $250,000 post-season showdown. "One more start," said the trainer. "Hope it keeps going." In the first division, Tony Soprano moved to the top of the point standing with his third Gold Series win, touring the Mohawk oval in a personal best 1:56.2. Hall of Fame driver John Campbell guided the Kadabra son to the win for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON and his partners Mardon Stables of Loretto, ON, Paradox Farm Inc. of Caledon East, ON and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. Dreamliner and Willyorwonthe rounded out the top three, more than 10 lengths behind Tony Soprano. The victory improved Tony Soprano's freshman record to three wins, one second and two thirds in nine starts and boosted his earnings to $161,430. He leads the parade of freshman trotting colts into the $250,000 Super Final with 187 points. The third trotting colt division saw Dunvegan Don earn his second Gold trophy, sailing along on the front end to a five and one-half length win in 1:58.1. Nofear Blue Chip and Dia Monde trotted into second and third. Doug McNair of Guelph, ON engineered the win for trainer Herbert Holland of Milton, ON and his partners Jim Fielding of Toronto, ON, Guy Polillo of Brantford, ON and Kevin McKinley of Holland Landing, ON. In seven starts Dunvegan Don has accumulated three wins and one third for earnings of $85,900. The Cornaro Dasolo son wrapped up the regular season in fifth spot with 115 points. In the first three-year-old trotting filly division, 2014 Grassroots Champion Second Sister garnered her first-ever Gold Series trophy with a 1:55.4 effort. Starting from Post 1, the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON tucked in behind fan favourite Muscle Baby Doll and stayed on that filly's heels as she moved into the outer lane heading for the halfway marker. After using Muscle Baby Doll as a wind break, Second Sister was able to power past the favourite in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length win. Muscle Baby Doll settled for second and pacesetter All That Sparkles was third. "She's been pretty consistent all year, but it was nice to win one," said trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON. Much like Will Take Charge, Second Sister had been close in the first four Gold Legs, posting two seconds, one third and one sixth-place result. Tuesday's win boosted her from sixth to third in the division standings with 115 points. Through all 13 of her sophomore starts the filly has two wins, four seconds, three thirds and earnings of $146,660. "She's just been a nice solid mare, doesn't do much wrong," said McNair, who conditions the filly for Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI . "Hope she draws kind of decent over at Woodbine, and go from there I guess." In spite of suffering her first defeat in Gold Series company Muscle Baby Doll remained atop the division standings with 175 points, followed by Elegant Serenity, who picked up her second Gold trophy with a 1:55 effort in the second division. The Kadabra daughter took command of the race heading for the half-way marker and stayed game to the wire, holding off Youre Majestic and Danielle Hall by one-half length. Roger Mayotte of Mississauga, ON trains and drives Elegant Serenity for owner-breeder Doug Millard of Woodstock. In 10 sophomore starts the daughter of former Ontario Sires Stakes star Elegantimage has tallied six wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $356,665. In four Gold Series starts the filly posted two wins, one second and one fifth-place result for a total of 130 points. The top 10 point earners in all eight trotting and pacing divisions will now begin preparing their battle plans for the Oct. 10 Super Finals at Woodbine Racetrack, where a total of $2 million will be on the line. Ontario Horse Racing

Nocturnal Bluechip made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday and sailed to an effortless win in the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Starting from Post 5 Nocturnal Bluechip and driver Paul MacDonnell of Guelph, ON led the field of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings to the quarter in :27 and then allowed Cruise Patrol to take command heading for the :55.1 half. Content to sit in second through the 1:23.1 three-quarters, MacDonell rolled Nocturnal Bluechip back to the front coming off the final turn and the colt powered home to a five and one-half length win in a personal best 1:51.1. Arsenic and Stonebridge Beach paced into second and third. “I spotted him at Blue Chip Farm last year and loved his looks and conformation,” recalled trainer Mark Steacy, who bid $97,000 for the son of Bettors Delight and Mcarts N Crafts at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. “I passed on a few at Harrisburg to go after him. I thought at the time I overpaid, but was happy to have him.” Nocturnal Bluechip made his first lifetime start in an Aug. 11 overnight event at Mohawk, finishing fifth. In his next two overnight outings the colt posted a win and a second, so Steacy entered him in the Sept. 12 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk, where he finished second to Gold Series regular Betting Line. In just five starts Nocturnal Bluechip has almost repaid his purchase price, earning $93,601 for owners Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, NLG Racing Stable of Wallkill, NY and Jane Phair of Wasaga Beach, ON. “He trained down very lazy, but always enjoyed his work,” noted Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy. “We gave him a late qualifier hoping to be good in the latter half and possibly catch the Breeders Crown.” The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will compete in their last Gold Leg on Oct. 1 at Flamboro Downs, with the top 10 point earners from the regular season advancing to the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10. If everything continues to go well for Nocturnal Bluechip, eliminations for the Breeders Crown are Oct. 16 at Woodbine, with the finals slated for Oct. 24. Trainer Dave Menary is also contemplating a Breeders Crown appearance for Nvestment Bluechip, who captured the second Gold division on Tuesday. From Post 6, reinsman Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON fired Nvestment Bluechip out to a :27 quarter and eventually yielded to fan favourite Betting Line, who hit the half in :54.4. Betting Line continued to lead through the 1:24.1 three-quarters and was still on top when the colts turned for home, but Nvestment Bluechip rolled out of the pocket and hit the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:51.1. Betting Line settled for second and Voracity completed the top three. “I think we’re all pretty confident in him. He’s been a good colt all the way along, but everything’s really, really coming together,” said Menary. “His confidence is up, and our confidence is up in him.” The Cambridge, ON resident shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In eight starts the son of Shadow Play and Hazes Zure Bet has posted four wins — three in the Gold Series and one in the Champlain Stakes — and one third for earnings of $219,283. The only disappointing performance on the pacer’s record came in the $685,000 Metro Pace Final when he made a miscue behind the starting gate and finished out of the money in sixth. “He can get a little sideways the odd time, and it was just bad timing, he made a little bobble for two steps, but it was at the wrong time on the wrong night,” said Menary. “When you’re going for that kind of money and you don’t even get a shot at it, that was pretty disappointing that week, but each week he is making up for it.” A $40,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Nvestment Bluechip moved ahead of Voracity and Betting Line to take over top spot in the Gold Series standings with 158 points. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack’s Ontario Sires Stakes calendar is the 2015 Grassroots Championship Night this Saturday, Sept. 26, featuring $50,000 Grassroots showdowns in Races 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11.   Ontario Horse Racing

SEPT. 9, 2015 - Southwind Shania clocked the quickest mile in a quartet of harness racing Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. In rein to Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, favourite Southwind Shania fired straight to the front from Post 4 and sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 on her way to a 1:56.3 clocking. Dancin Inthe Nude and Northern Prima were three lengths back in second and third. "Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction for her," said trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down like a real good filly, I thought like a Gold and maybe open calibre, and things haven't panned out. She's been disappointing so far." Coleman shares ownership of Southwind Shania with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON, Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Wednesday's victory was the Sportswriter daughter's first in nine starts, with three of them coming in the Grassroots program and two at the Gold Series level. With just one win, one third and one fourth in her Grassroots appearances, Southwind Shania finished short of the cut off for the Grassroots post season. Coleman said the filly will have an opportunity to maintain her forward progress in a few more overnight events before being sold in November. "She is a nice filly, but I don't believe Grand Circuit, so she will be sold in Harrisburg," said the Cambridge resident. Driver Trevor Henry also piloted St Lads Smokin Hot to a win in the final Grassroots division of the evening. Also starting from Post 4, Henry settled St Lads Smokin Hot into third as Noone To Depend On rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.2 half Henry tipped the fan favourite into the outer lane and St Lads Smokin Hot had taken control before the 1:27.3 three-quarters. From there the filly cruised home to a two length victory in 1:57.2, besting Endless Legacy and Buttermilk Hanover. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON. In five Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter posted two wins, two thirds and one sixth for a point total of 127, good enough for fifth spot in the division standings. "She's a big filly that only gives as much as she has to, but she is game and they will know she is there next week," said Henry, who will steer the filly in one of two $20,000 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17. The largest margin of victory on the evening went to Divas Image, who hit the wire 10 and one-half lengths ahead of the third division field in a sharp 1:56.4. Stonebridge Pearl and Tempus Seelster followed the fan favourite down the stretch into second and third. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell crafted the win, the filly's second of the season, for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and his partners Bannon Stables of Napanee, ON and Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Rocknroll Diva. "She is a real sweetheart of a filly that we bred because we really believed in her mother, but she was injured badly at two," explained Steacy. "Although she's small, Diva has a great gait and lots of brains," the trainer continued. "We have raced her from off the pace in most of her races and I think it has allowed her to develop into a very nice filly who should go into the Semi-final very brave." Divas Image finished the regular season with one win, two seconds, two thirds and one fifth in six Grassroots starts, earning 129 points and putting her in fourth spot in the standings. The other $18,000 Grassroots division was captured by Im In Luv who tipped out of the outer lane turning for home and paced under the wire a one length victor in 1:58.1. Pocket-sitter Glorious Delight finished second and the leader of the outer lane parade, Specialcelebration, finished third. "She got a perfect trip and she responded well," said Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, who guided the filly to her second Grassroots victory. "Semi-finals next." Jamieson's father Carl of Rockwood, ON trains Im In Luv and shares ownership of the Badlands Hanover daughter with Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England. In six Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, two fourths and two fifths for a total of 126 points and sixth spot in the standings. Wednesday's event completed the regular season events for all eight Grassroots divisions. The top 20 point earners from each two-year-old division will battle in Semi-final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17 and the three-year-olds on Sept. 18. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will make their way back to Mohawk on Sept. 26 for the Grassroots Championships. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Grand River Raceway, a Gold leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Sept. 21. Ontario Horse Racing

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

After a two and a half month absence, three-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle returned to the winner's circle on Wednesday evening, capturing her $105,000 Gold Series division at the harness racing meeting at Grand River Raceway and causing trainer John Bax to hope history is about to repeat itself. "If she can stay healthy I'm hoping that she can kind of do what Riveting Rosie did last year, come on good at the end of the year," said Bax, who watched Riveting Rosie bank $409,180 in the last four months of her sophomore season. "I'm hoping this is deja vu because last year I had a lot of trouble with Riveting Rosie and she turned it around at Grand River, that was her first good race back, so I'm hoping the path is mapped out for her and she follows that." Stubborn Belle and driver Paul MacDonell followed a come-from-behind path on their way to Wednesday's victory. Starting from Post 6, Guelph, ON resident MacDonell eased the filly off the gate and had her settled on the rail in seventh when fan favourite All That Sparkles trotted by the opening quarter in :28. The pair remained at the rear of the main pack through the :57.3 half and then moved into the outer lane behind Amoureuse Hanover and Aspen California heading around the paddock turn. After following along in the outer lane through the 1:27.4 three-quarters, MacDonell sent Stubborn Belle out three wide and took aim on the leaders. The filly advanced steadily around the final turn and in the stretch she reeled in All That Sparkles, posting a neck victory in 1:58. All That Sparkles settled for second and Second Sister completed the top three. The win was Stubborn Belle's first since she swept the elimination and final of the WEG-SBOA Stake at Mohawk Racetrack in late May and Bax says the main obstacle in the Taurus Dream daughter's path back to the winner's circle has been her temperament, which matches her name. "If we turn her out with another horse she'll kick through the fence or get in a fight." "We try to be nice to her and pair her up with a horse, but if the mood strikes, the other horse has to watch out," explained the trainer. "She's always the one that kicks through the fence or kicks a board, kicks another horse." "My son Marshall named her." "We changed her name, and that's the name he figured she needed, and she's lived up to it," added the Campbellville resident. "It's a good thing she's a very good filly." Wednesday's victory improved Stubborn Belle's 2015 record to three wins and one third in seven starts and boosted her earnings to $167,430. At two, Stubborn Belle captured one Grassroots division and two Gold Series divisions, the Peaceful Way Final, and a division of the Champlain Stakes for earnings of $524,686. Bax, through his Parkhill Stud Farm, shares ownership of the filly with Al Libfeld of Pickering, ON. "Touch wood, she doesn't damage herself anymore this year, and it's onward and upward," said Bax, who is hoping the filly stays healthy for the Casual Breeze and Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk in the coming weeks. The other division saw Tymal Illbthere earn her first Gold Series trophy with driver Mario Baillargeon opting for a strategy similar to the one used by MacDonell. Starting from Post 5, the Milton, ON resident settled Tymal Illbethere into seventh spot, watching as Gee Okeefe rang up a :28.2 opening quarter. Heading by the :59.1 half Baillargeon shifted Tymal Illbethere into the outer lane and soon after the 1:29.1 three-quarters he moved her three-wide. Once she hit open racetrack Tymal Illbethere accelerated away to a four length victory in 1:58.3, besting Bax trainee Juanitas Fury and pacesetter Gee Okeefe. The win was Tymal Illbethere's first in Gold Series competition and her third of the season, boosting her sophomore earnings to $92,309. At two the Deweycheatumnhowe daughter was a Grassroots winner, earning $86,968 for breeder Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, ON and Shawn Dixon of London, ON. Ervin Abdulov of London, ON conditions the filly. Their victories moved both Stubborn Belle and Tymal Illbethere into the top 10 in the Gold Series point standings, putting them into contention for a Super Final berth with one regular season event remaining, on Sept. 29 at Mohawk Racetrack. The $250,000 Super Final goes postward Oct. 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. Next up on Grand River Raceway's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the last regular season Grassroots contest for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Wednesday, Sept. 2. Photo attached: Three-year-old trotting filly Stubborn Belle (6) edges out All That Sparkles (2) to earn her first Gold Series win of 2015 for driver Paul MacDonell of Guelph, ON. (Iron Horse Photo) Ontario Horse Racing

A John Bax trained filly can never be overlooked and once again Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack that statement rang true in the final of the Pure Ivory series. A field of ten rookie trotting fillies contested the $35,400 final of the Pure Ivory series. Fresh off her victory in last week's second leg, Pennies From Above was sent off as the 3/5 choice for trainer/driver Dustin Jones. Thisladysdynamite, the first leg winner, shot out to the lead from post ten and posted an opening panel of :28.2. Sound Of Music circled around the leader in the second-quarter from the two-hole to take the field by the half in :58.4. Pennies From Above, who was situated fifth through the opening half, was able to catch the cover of Safekeeping to be second-over at the three-quarter pole. Bax trainee Hills Angel and driver Paul MacDonell got into the outer flow and sat third-over turning for home at odds of 25-1. In the stretch, Pennies From Above flipped off her cover and charged to the lead, but Hills Angel stuck right with the favourite for the stretch drive and eventually overtook the lead in the final sixteenth to score the upset by a length in 1:58.4. Rose Run Reanna got up for third, while Thisladysdynamite took fourth. The upset victory was the first career score for Hills Angel in her fourth start. The daughter of Muscle Hill is owned by Bax Stable - Glengate Farms and was a $40,000 yearling purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Sale. The series finale victory boosts Hills Angel's earnings to $21,300 and the Bax trainee is eligible to the Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes later this season at Mohawk. A $2 win ticket on Hills Angel returned $55.60. Mark McKelvie

JULY 23, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner's circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. The Campbellville oval hosts two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and the second $105,000 division will see a "Be A Winner" semi-finalist assigned to each horse. Each semi-finalist and one guest will be invited to tour the race paddock and watch the Gold Series colts battle from the winner's circle, and the semi-finalist who was assigned to the winning horse will be able to join in the post-race celebrations. The victorious semi-finalist will also receive a digital copy of the winner's circle photo, dinner for four during the Grassroots Championships at Mohawk on Sept. 26, and a $100 wagering voucher for the Sept. 26 program. Hoping to greet the "Be A Winner" victor after the eighth race is Guelph, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore, who will send out the division's number-three ranked colt Physicallyinclined. The Mach Three son and driver Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, will start from Post 1, looking for their first Gold Series win after a pair of runner-up finishes in the first two Legs. "Hopefully his luck turns around this week," said Dr. Moore. "He's a very, very game, tough individual. "And actually this will be one of the first times that he's drew close to the rail in all his starts," the trainer continued. "He's been outside or in the middle in most all of them." Physicallyinclined boasts a sophomore record of 4 wins and two seconds through 7 starts, with his biggest win to date coming in the North America Cup Consolation at Mohawk on June 20. Owners Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS have attended all the colt's stakes starts and will be at Mohawk for Saturday's Gold Series test, hoping to share their enthusiasm for Physicallyinclined with the successful "Be A Winner" contestant. "He's the only horse they have and they're really, really excited," said Dr. Moore. "North America Cup Consolation night we're going up to the winner's circle, and I went to shake Bruce's hand and he's crying. He said. 'I can't help it'. He's a real good guy and it's nice to see people like that have success with their horses." In addition to Physicallyinclined, Moore will also send out Shoe Shine in the first Gold division. It will be the Shadow Play son's Ontario Sires Stakes debut and Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will steer him from Post 3 in the sixth race. "He's been a surprise actually. He had a bad heel crack in one foot and we got that fixed up and it seemed to have made a big difference," said Dr. Moore, who still spends his afternoons working at his veterinary practice. "Now I know it's a little tougher in the Gold, but they wanted to try him and I was okay with that, so away we go on Saturday." Wayne Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NS share ownership of Shoe Shine and Whebby trained the colt before leaving him with Moore following his first Mohawk start on June 29. Since arriving in Ontario the pacer has posted three wins and one fourth in four outings, starting in non-winners of $7,000 and moving up to non-winners of $25,000. "Both of those two colts have been pleasant surprises for all of us associated with them," noted Dr. Moore. "So hopefully we have a little more luck." Fans who do not reach the semifinals of the "Be A Winner" contest can still catch an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap during the trackside hat toss, and the first 200 fans arriving for Saturday's festivities can have an OSS T-shirt autographed by their favourite drivers. The first race rolls in behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate at 7:25 pm on Saturday and the three-year-old pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Horse Racing

A group of six rookie pacing fillies squared off Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Shes Lights Out and driver Paul MacDonell came out on top in the field of six to win the $12,000 opening leg in 1:53.4. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Shes Lights Out showed early speed to grab the lead ahead of Miss Print and posted an opening-quarter of :28.3. The top-two fillies would remain one-two through the middle-half splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Miss Print was angled to the outside to take a shot at the leader, but had to settle for second, as Shes Lights Out had plenty of pace and cruised home in :28.2 for the 2 ½ length victory. Itsallaboutthebass finished third, while Not Now They Said was fourth. Shes Lights Out is trained by Ken Sucee for owner/breeders Brian Legge and Dr. David Legge. Thursday evening's victory was a maiden-breaking score for the rookie pacer in her third career start and increases her earnings to $8,800. Shes Lights Out paid $6.70 to win. The Whenuwishuponastar Series is a three-week event for two-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg of the series will take place next Thursday (July 30). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 3 - A determined Riveting Rosie turned in a career-best effort for an upset harness racing victory Friday night in the $40,000 Miss Versatility second leg at Mohawk Racetrack. A talented field of seven older trotting mares contested the second round of the Miss Versatility under perfect conditions at the Campbellville oval. The public placed the bulk of their support behind Indiana invader Allie Labrook, who was sent off as the 4/5 favourite, and the Dave Menary trainee Charmed Life, who was the second choice at 8/5. However, Riveting Rosie at odds of 23/1 played the role of spoiler in Friday's second leg. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Riveting Rosie sprinted to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :27.4. Allie Labrook got away in second, while Charmed Life followed her in third. The two favourites followed along through the middle-half, as Riveting Rosie posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:25. In the stretch, Allie Labrook tipped to the outside and Charmed Life swung out to the far outside to take their best shot at the leader, but Riveting Rosie showed her grit and dug in to fight off the favourites and win by a neck in 1:52.4. Charmed Life edged ahead of Allie Labrook in the final strides to finish second. A star graduate of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, Riveting Rosie has now won two of six starts in her four-year-old season for trainer John Bax. She is owned by Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm, Don Allensen, J And T Stable and John Hayes. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Riveting Rosie now has career earnings of $943,153 and 13 career victories. The clocking of 1:52.4 established a new career-mark for Riveting Rosie. She paid $49.30 to win. Riveting Rosie The Miss Versatility Series will now shift to The Meadowlands for the third leg on July 18. The series will also make a stop at Tioga Downs on September 7, before wrapping up with the final at the Delaware County Fairgrounds on Little Brown Jug day. Caviart Scarlett delivers 105-1 shocker in Town Pro Series The Canada Day fireworks may have been Wednesday, but Caviart Scarlett put on her own fireworks show Friday night at Mohawk with a 105-1 upset victory in the second leg of the Town Pro. A field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies battled it out Friday in the $18,000 second leg division. The Frank Antonacci trainees Lindys Old Lady and Imagine Dragon captured the first leg divisions, but just a single division was a necessary Friday night. Lindys Old Lady was sent off as the 8/5 favourite and made a second-quarter move to the front. The favourite posted middle fractions of :55.1 and 1:23.3 with Southwind Geisha pressing at her first over and Fan Hanover elimination winner Moonlit Dance placed second over. Meanwhile, Caviart Scarlett paced along in seventh for the majority of the mile, but was angled to the far outside for the stretch drive. In the stretch, Moonlit Dance did not fire off her cover and it appeared Lindys Old Lady was going to go all the way, but in the late stages of the mile Caviart Scarlett came charging from the back to pick off the public's choice and deliver a stunning upset in 1:52. Lindys Old Lady had to settle for second, while Moonlit Dance was third. A daughter of Sportswriter, Caviart Scarlett is trained by Richard 'Nifty' Norman for owner Caviart Farms. The sophomore pacing filly was unraced at age two and was coming into her fifth career start Friday off a maiden breaking win on June 23 at Mohawk. The second leg victory established a new career-mark for Caviart Scarlett and doubled her earnings to $18,640. A $2 win ticket on Caviart Scarlett paid an incredible $211.20. Caviart Scarlett The $48,600 final of the Town Pro Series will take place next Saturday (July 11) at Mohawk, along with the $50,400 Summertime Final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mark McKelvie

JUNE 24, 2015 - Lets Be Honest battled in the Gold Series as a two-year-old, but Rockwood, ON resident Benoit Baillargeon decided to start the trotter in the Grassroots this season and the decision proved a wise one as the harness racing gelding captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday. Lets Be Honest and driver Mario Baillargeon of Milton, ON benefitted from Post 1 in the fifth Grassroots division and were able to sit behind pacesetter A Little More Love through fractions of :29.3, :59.4 and 1:29.4 before sneaking up the passing lane to a narrow victory. A Little More Love settled for second in the 2:00.2 mile, with Jayport All Muscle completing the top three. "He's coming along real nice," said trainer Baillargeon after the race. "He's got a little bit of talent, let's put it that way. I don't know if he'll be able to step back up to the Gold, we'll see as we go." The horseman conditions Lets Be Honest for Claude Gendreau Stb. Inc. of Buffalo Grove, IL. Through eight starts this year Lets Be Honest has tallied two wins, two seconds and two thirds for earnings of $20,318. Since finishing sixth in the Grassroots season opener on June 4, the Deweycheatumnhowe son has two wins and a third, all over Mohawk Racetrack. "So far he's done what we ask him to do," noted Baillargeon. "He's getting better every start." Baillargeon also picked up a runner-up cheque with Numbers Game in the fourth $18,000 division, while Century Behemoth made a break and finished sixth in the sixth heat. "I've got three or four (3-year-old trotting colts), they're mostly all Grassroots right now," added the trainer. "Hopefully one will step up to the Gold, but right now it's still too early." Unlike Lets Be Honest, Its Huw You Know was a regular on the Grassroots scene last year and the Holiday Road gelding picked up his second ever Grassroots trophy in the first division on Wednesday. Fan favourites Its Huw You Know and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON led from start to finish, sailing under the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of P L Intimidator and Mandeville. The 2:00.2 clocking shaved one-fifth of a second off the gelding's personal best. Conditioned by Keith Jones of Midland, ON for Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON, Its Huw You Know had been winless through eight starts prior to Wednesday's outing. The second Grassroots division also featured a tight finish as favourite Call Me Richard stuck a neck in front of pacesetter New Muscle AS at the wire. South Star finished third in the 1:58.2 mile. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell engineered Call Me Richard's first sophomore victory for trainer Clare Bradshaw of Simcoe, ON and owner Andrea Arthur of Scotland, ON. At two the Muscle Mass colt was a three-time winner in the Grassroots program. Buzz scored his first ever victory in the third division, trotting home three and one-quarter lengths ahead of Easton Road and Innkeeper in 2:01.3. Sylvain Filion made his second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle, guiding the Kadabra gelding home for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Top Dollar earned his second straight Grassroots victory with an impressive come-from-behind effort in the fourth split. Another son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Top Dollar sprinted from fifth at the top of the stretch to a three length victory over Baillargeon starter Numbers Game and Molon Lave, halting the teletimer at 2:00.1. Guelph, ON reinsman James MacDonald piloted Top Dollar to his third lifetime victory for trainer Ann Karin Larsen of Norwood, ON and her partners Steve Organ of Aurora, ON and Stig Westrum and Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood. Arthur, ON horseman Trevor Henry captured the sixth Grassroots trophy with lightly rated Delcrest Massy. The pair powered down the stretch to a 1:58.2 win over Tswalu and Irish Scotch. Henry was in the race bike on behalf of trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON and owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON. The evening's final trophy went home with Windsor, ON resident Bob McIntosh, who will add it to the hardware Kadabrasnewrecruit earned in the Grassroots season opener. Driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON fired the Kadabra gelding straight to the front and the heavy favourites led through all stations on their way to a 1:59 victory. Ontheroad De Vie and Rebel Rebel rounded out the top three. McIntosh owns and trains Kadabrasnewrecruit, who boasts a record of two wins and two seconds in four sophomore starts for earnings of $27,250. After their second Grassroots victories, Top Dollar and Kadabrasnewrecruit share top spot in the standings with 100 points and will have an opportunity to add to their tally at Mohawk Racetrack on July 3. Rather than head to Mohawk, some of the three-year-old trotting colts may choose to return to Grand River Raceway when the Elora oval hosts the third Gold Series leg for the division on Wednesday, July 15. Ontario Horse Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 30 - Ontario sired sophomore fillies were in the harness racing spotlight Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the finals of the WEG-SBOA Stakes. A group of ten fillies lined up on both the trot and the pace to contest the rich finals. The three-year-old filly trot final carried a purse of $179,661, while the pacing fillies battled for a purse of $177,661. The sophomore trotting fillies squared off in the first final of the night and O'Brien Award winner Stubborn Belle added to her trophy collection with a 1:55 victory. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle, the 4/5 favourite, showed early speed to win the battle to the front ahead of a trio of fillies and posted an opening-quarter of :27.1. Battle Mage, who was parked around the first turn, was able to clear to the front as they began the journey down the backstretch, but MacDonell wasted no time circling back around to put Stubborn Belle once again on the lead at the half in :56.2. Stubborn Belle was then able to turn aside the challenge of Meadow Seelster around the final turn and opened up several lengths on the field. The public's choice trotted home in :29.2 to score a three-length victory. Meadow Seelster finished second, while Tymal Illbethere got up for third. Following the race, MacDonell said his filly showed improvements from her elimination victory a week prior. "She just seems to be getting better every week as we go," said MacDonell. "She's actually come a long way. She had a little incident early in the year (and) got behind a bit, but anyways she's back on schedule now." A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm and Al Libfeld. She is now two for two to start the season and has visited the winner's circle seven-times in her career. Stubborn Belle is staked to several of the major Grand Circuit events this season and MacDonell thinks her conditioning will improve as the season progress to allow her to battle with the best fillies in the sport. "She's got the power and strength, it's just a matter of her conditioning kicking in and mid-season John's (Bax) horses usually get better and better, so I can see her doing that." The WEG-SBOA victory pushes Stubborn Belle's career earnings over $614,000. A $2 win ticket on the Bax trainee returned $3.70. Following the filly trot final, the sky opened up and downpour of rain soaked the Campbellville oval. In the final for three-year-old pacing fillies, Solar Sister prevailed in a stretch duel over Ms Mac N Cheese. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister, who won her elimination last week, was able to get away in fourth, while Code One Hanover grabbed the early lead. In the second-quarter, Ms Mac N Cheese, the other elimination winner, moved from third to first and took the field by the half in :54.2. Solar Sister had to come first up around the final turn and engaged in a battle with the leader by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1. In the stretch, the two elimination winners went toe-to-toe with Solar Sister edging ahead part way down the lane, but Ms Mac N Cheese battled back on the inside. The fillies slugged it out right to the wire and it was Solar Sister prevailing by a neck in 1:51.2. "I thought I had her (Ms Mac N Cheese) put away half way down the lane and she still came back right down to the wire, so it was a good race," said McNair post-race. "My filly raced tough first over. To win on a night like this she raced good." Wrangler Magic finished third and Delightful Hill finished fourth to round out the Superfecta. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Saturday's victory improves Solar Sister's record to three for three this season and now gives her five career-victories. Last season, Solar Sister banked over $214,000 and wrapped up her season with a second-place finish in the Three Diamonds Stakes. "She got good at the end of last year and she's got good pedigree on her," said McNair. "She seems obviously a hundred percent, she's three for three and hopefully she keeps getting stronger." Solar Sister now has career earnings of over $326,000 and established a new career best with her 1:51.2 score. A $2 win ticket on the McNair trainee returned $4.20 to win. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 23 - Ontario sired three-year-old fillies were out in full force for the harness racing eliminations of the WEG-SBOA Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A pair of $25,000 eliminations were contested for both pacing and trotting divisions to determine the fields for next Saturday's finals. A group of 22 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two 11-horse divisions. In the first elimination, Stubborn Belle, last year's O'Brien Award winner, made her 2015 debut a winning effort in 1:55.2. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Stubborn Belle made a move from third to first in the second-quarter to take control at the half in :57.1. After posting a third-quarter of :28.2, Stubborn Belle trotted home under minimal urging to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Meadow Seelster, who made a break after the start, made a huge comeback to finish second. Summers Jewel, Battle Mage and Tymal Illbthere rounded out the top-five to secure spots in the final. A daughter of Taurus Dream, Stubborn Belle is trained by John Bax and owned by Al Libfeld and Bax's Parkhill Stud Farm. The sophomore trotting filly won five of 14 starts last season and compiled earnings of over $524,000. Stubborn Belle returned $2.90 to win. Stubborn Belle The second elimination saw Danielle Hall, last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion, sent-off as the heavy favourite in her season debut, but an early break from the star filly tossed the division up in the air. Second Sister and driver Doug McNair showed early speed to grab the lead. Once on the front, McNair got to call all the shots and set fractions of :29, :58.1 and 1:26.4. In the stretch, Second Sister cruised home in :28.1 to win by three-lengths over first-up challenger Kaddy in 1:55. Yanks Ball Girl, Magic Shelley and Sumthintotalkabout picked up the remaining cheques to earn a spot in the final. Following her break, Danielle Hall caught the field and was able to finish sixth. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Second Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The trotting filly finished third last week in her season debut. Last season, Second Sister won three of eight starts and earned $55,760. Her clocking of 1:55 Saturday night established a new career mark. Second Sister paid $26.70 to win. Second Sister On the pacing side, a total of 20 three-year-old fillies were split evenly into two ten-horse eliminations. In the first elimination, Ms Mac N Cheese was able to overcome post-ten to win in 1:52.4. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Ms Mac N Cheese, the 2/1 favourite, sprinted off the gate and was able to make the front from the far outside. The public's choice set fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before being challenged around the final turn. Ms Mac N Cheese reached the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1 with a first-over challenger at her wheel. In the stretch, the favourite turned aside all rivals to create some separation and paced home in :28.3 to win in 1:52.4. Code One Hanover, who got a two-hole trip, was able to close in on the leader in late stretch to finish second and narrow the margin of victory down to a length. Wrangler Magic, Capela and Southwind Ginger finished in the money to earn the final three spots in next week's final. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Ms Mac N Cheese is trained by Richard Moreau for owner David Ratchford. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two this season and nine for 12 in her career with over $84,000 in earnings. Ms Mac N Cheese lowered her career-mark by a fifth of a second with Saturday night's victory. She returned $6.10 to win. Ms Mac N Cheese In the second elimination, Solar Sister, the even-money choice, made it a sweep of the pacing eliminations by post-ten starters with a 1:53 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Solar Sister sprinted to the front from post-ten and was able to reach the pylons at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The public's was then able to call the shots and posted fractions of :56 and 1:24.4. In the stretch, Solar Sister kept her momentum going and held off her rivals with a :28.1 final-quarter to win by a length. Delightful Hill came charging from the back to finish second. Win The Gold, Much Adoo and Twin B Honour rounded out the top-five. A daughter of Mach Three, Solar Sister is trained by Gregg McNair for owners David Willmot and Clay Horner. Her elimination victory improves her 2015 record to a perfect two for two and was the fourth win of her career. Last season, Solar Sister won two of 12 starts and banked over $214,000. Saturday's clocking of 1:53 established a new career mark for the McNair trainee. A $2 win ticket on Solar Sister paid $4.30. Solar Sister The post position draw for both finals was conducted following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned the right to select their posts. The $129,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for trotting fillies and the $127,661 WEG-SBOA Stakes final for pacing fillies will take place next Saturday (May 30.) Here is how they will lineup in next week's finals. WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly Final 1. Kaddy - Steve Condren 2. Stubborn Belle - Paul MacDonell 3. Second Sister - Doug McNair 4. Summers Jewel - Mario Baillargeon 5. Battle Mage - Jack Moiseyev 6. Meadow Seelster - Jody Jamieson 7. Sumthintotalkabout - Rick Zeron 8. Yanks Ball Girl - Randy Waples 9. Tymal Illbthere - Trevor Henry 10. Magic Shelley - Chris Christoforou AE: Danielle Hall - Jody Jamieson WEG-SBOA - Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly Final 1. Much Adoo - Paul MacDonell 2. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion 3. Solar Sister - Doug McNair 4. Wrangler Magic - Yves Filion 5. Twin B Honour - Trevor Henry 6. Win The Gold - James MacDonald 7. Code One Hanover - Paul MacDonell 8. Southwind Ginger - Jody Jamieson 9. Delightful Hill - Jody Jamieson 10. Capela - James MacDonald AE: I Wonder Why - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 8 - The 2015 Mohawk Racetrack meet is set to get underway this Thursday, April 9 for a 52nd season of live harness racing. The 118-date meet of North America's premier harness racing will feature racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Tuesdays will be added to the lineup beginning June 2 for the balance of the meet. First-race post time each night is 7:25 p.m. "Back to Mohawk makes for an exciting time," said veteran driver Paul MacDonell. "It's spring in the air and everyone is showing optimism with young horses and everything that's coming up. It's an exciting time." The 2015 meet will once again be highlighted by the 32nd edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 20. The 'Cup' undercard will be made up of the Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red Stakes and the Mohawk Gold Cup. A special post time of 6:30 p.m. will be in place for Pepsi North America Cup night. This year's meet will see the return of the popular Mohawk Fireworks and Family Fun Night during the Victoria Day long weekend on Saturday, May 16. Post time on fireworks night will be 6:45 p.m. The high-profile stakes calendar will once again bring the finest pacers and trotters to Mohawk throughout the entire season. The Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will headline a spectacular evening of harness racing on Saturday, September 5 while the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic will makeup an 'All-Star' evening of trotting events on Saturday, September 19. Along with the world-class harness racing, horseplayers will notice a brand new wager added to the betting menu when racing returns to Mohawk. The new Standardbred Jackpot Pick-6 wager will require horseplayers to select the winner of the final six-races each night. If there are multiple winning tickets, 50 per cent of that evening's pool will be carried over to the following card. The other half will be paid out in consolation payouts to those Jackpot Pick-6 tickets which contain the highest number of winners. If only one horseplayer successful hits the Pick-6, they will take home the entire 'Jackpot'. The Jackpot Pick-6 carries a $0.20 minimum bet and a 15 percent takeout. Along with the special post times on signature event evenings, an early post time of 7:05 p.m. will be in place on Saturday, May 2. Fans can stay up to date on news, promotions and events all-season long by visiting and the Mohawk Facebook and Twitter pages. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 15 - Favourites struggled early, but Artistic Fusion turned the tide and made another bold statement in the Blizzard Series Thursday night at Woodbine. Just like round one, three $16,000 divisions of the three-week series for three and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares were contested. In the first division, Bettim Jenny got up at 22-1 to pull off the upset in 1:56.3. Driven by Roger Mayotte, Bettim Jenny got away fifth and would pace along in that position for the majority of the mile. Mappos Moenhay, a leg one division winner, left hard to get the lead, but would duel with Tango Bayama to the half-mile before finally clearing to the front. Bettim Jenny got into the outer flow just after the midway point and was situated second over behind the favourite Wildcat Magic around the final turn. In the stretch, Wildcat Magic took the lead at the top of the lane, but Mappos Moenhay battled back on the inside. However, Bettim Jenny would surge by the top two in the final eighth of the mile to score the upset win by three-quarters of a length. Mappos Moenhay took the place spot, while Wildcat Magic had to settle for third. Bettim Jenny is trained by Jeffrey Lilley, who shares ownership with Rodney McGrath, and was coming off a fifth place finish in last week's opening leg. The four-year-old daughter of Largo won four of 24 starts last season, racing primarily in the Maritimes. Thursday night's victory is her fifth career win and pushes her bankroll over $32,000. The clocking of 1:56.3 is also a new career speed badge for Bettim Jenny. She paid $46.10 to win. Deuces For Charity was all heart to win the second division in 1:55.3. Driven by Paul Macdonell, Deuces For Charity flashed good early speed to grab the front and posted an opening quarter of :28. MacDonell decided to drive on in the second quarter and did not allow Sweet Princess, who was at the leaders saddle pad, to clear to the front and posted a half of :56.2. After putting away Sweet Princess, Deuces For Charity hung up a three-quarter time of 1:25.1 to bring the field into the lane. In the stretch, P L Hurricane, was first over around the final turn, paced up along side Deuces For Charity and took a neck advantage at the eighth-pole. However, Deuces For Charity dug in along the rail and fought back to retake the lead and defeat P L Hurricane by half a length. Onyourmarknatava, the slight 8/5 favourite over P L Hurricane, got up for third. Deuces For Charity is owned and trained by Kelly Goodwin and was coming off a second place finish in a division of the opening leg. The four-year-old daughter of Armbro Deuce won three of 15 starts last year and is now one for two in 2015. The leg two victory gives Deuces For Charity four career wins and more than $30,000 in career earnings. The mile of 1:55.3 lowered her career mark by close to two seconds. She returned $14.90 to win. In the final division, Artistic Fusion went off at 2/5 and turned in another easy-looking victory to set herself up for a chance at a Blizzard Series sweep. Artistic Fusion came in Thursday's second leg off a close to eight length victory in the first round a week prior. However, another first leg winner, A Fearless Affair, took a bit of support away from the heavy favourite, but ultimately was no match. Artistic Fusion and driver Sylvain Filion got away in fourth, but quickly surged to the front in the second-quarter and never looked back. After posting fractions of :57.4 and 1:26.3, Artistic Fusion accelerated away from rivals Badlands Love, who was first up, and A Fearless Affair, who got a two-hole trip, to win by 2¾ lengths in 1:55.2. A Fearless Affair ended up finishing second, while Badlands Love took the show spot. A four-year-old daughter of Artistic Fella, Artistic Fusion is trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote and is now two for two this year after winning five of 19 starts last season. Artistic Fusion now has eight career victories and earnings of over $86,000. The final of the Blizzard Series will take place next Friday (January 23) along with the final of the Snowshoe Series. Round two of the Snowshoe Series is set for Friday night with three divisions on the card. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

TORONTO, November 15 - Riveting Rosie wasn't messing around Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack in preparation for next Friday's Breeders Crown final. The three-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass won a $20,000 conditioned trot in 1:53 to set a new Woodbine track record for three-year-old trotting fillies. Driven by Paul Macdonell for trainer John Bax, Riveting Rosie got away in third, but was quickly sent to the lead in the second quarter. Once on the lead, Riveting Rosie kept the tempo honest with fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.4 before trotting home in :28.1 to establish the new track record. The clocking of 1:53 shaved a fifth of a second off One More Ginny's track record from November of 2012. Last year's O'Brien Award winner as two-year-old filly trotter of the year, Riveting Rosie has now won five of 16 starts this season to increase her career bankroll to over $880,000. Her biggest victory this season was in the $250,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Mohawk on October 11th. The Bax trainee is now set for next Friday's $500,000 three-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown final at the Meadowlands. Eliminations were not required for the three-year-old filly trot division because only nine fillies entered. Riveting Rosie has drawn post position eight in next Friday's final. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

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