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MILTON, ON - November 8, 2018 - Harvest Series action continued Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a sophomore trotting colts and geldings in action. Johnny Bravo went coast-to-coast on the front end to score the victory over six rivals in lone $17,000 division. Jean Bernard Renaud steered the gelded son of Johnny William to victory for trainer Paul Walker. All seven competitors in Thursday's second leg had competed in last week's first-round and many were looking to rebound after miscues and poor performances. Johnny Bravo posted fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28.3 before trotting home in :29 for a 1:57.3 victory. Eddy finished second by a length and a quarter after a two-hole trip, while leg one winner Charlie Ona Harley was third. Owned and bred by Paul Walker and Julie Walker, Johnny Bravo is now three for 11 in his first season on the track and has earned $37,450. The clocking of 1:57.3 shaved a fifth of a second off his previous best. Johnny Bravo paid $5.50 to win. Renaud and Walker teamed up for a second win on the card in the evening's sixth-race with four-year-old gelding Just Jewel, who trotted to a 1:57.2 victory at odds of 6-1. The Harvest Series was open to Ontario sired three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $30,000 in 2018 as of September 30, 2018. The $43,900 Harvest Series final for sophomore trotting colts and geldings will take place on Friday, November 16. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

JUNE 14, 2016 - Six $18,000 Grassroots divisions were featured on Mohawk Racetrack's Tuesday evening program as the harness racing three-year-old trotting fillies opened their 2016 season. Things got off to a quick start as Magical Valentine and trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev fired to the front before the halfway marker and sailed home to a 1:56.2 personal best in the first division. In just her fourth lifetime start, Magical Valentine bested a pair of freshman Grassroots winners, Traviata and Dewdle All Day. Moffat, ON resident Moiseyev conditions the daughter of Kadabra for M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. The win boosted Magical Valentine's sophomore record to two wins, one second and earnings of $19,500 in three starts. The sharp tempo was maintained in the second division as favourite Magical Steph and Myretirementticket battled through fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:26.1 before yielding in the stretch to a hard-closing Royal Charm. After pushing out three-wide to get a clear look at the leaders, Royal Charm and trainer-driver Mark Steacy powered down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Myretirementticket stayed game for second and Its All About Sam trotted into third. "Royal Charm is a well-bred filly that has always shown a lot of speed, but has been hampered by tie-up problems and immaturity," said Steacy of the Majestic Son-Queen Of Grace daughter. "Hopefully her problems are now behind her so we can continue to see what she can do." The Lansdowne, ON resident conditions Royal Charm for Shelly MacMillan of Waterloo, ON, David McDonald of Cornwall, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stables Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. Tuesday's win was the filly's first in six outings. Fan favourites Dayliner and Paul Walker also delivered a sharp mile in the third division, trotting under the wire in 1:56, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Powerful Glare and Silky Flashy Nfast. The win - a new lifetime mark for the Muscle Mass daughter - was Dayliner's second in 16 appearances. Walker trains and drives the filly for his wife Brenda Walker of Owen Sound, ON. The first-time winner trend continued in the fourth division as Jody Jamieson stepped into the race bike behind True Muscle and guided the filly to a one and one-half length victory in 1:57.1. Fan favourites Could It Be Magic and I Want Kandy settled for second and third behind the first time winner. "She's just a sweet OSS filly that seems to want to do everything you ask," said Jamieson, who piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to the win for trainer Keith Jones of Barrie, ON and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. "I liked her so much that I'm going to go to Georgian Downs to drive her in the Alliance Final on Sunday (June 19)," added the Moffat resident. P C Cantore earned her first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy in the fifth Grassroots division, reaching the Mohawk Racetrack finish line two lengths ahead of Smash Hit and Zorgwijk Queen. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry piloted the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Balladeer to the 1:57.2 victory for owner-breeder-trainer Peter Clements of Dobbinton, ON. Unraced at two, P C Cantore now has four wins in six starts and earnings of $21,592. The final Grassroots trophy was awarded to Majestic Mistress, who hung on for a neck victory after battling pacesetter Absolut Seelster from the halfway marker onward. Majestic Mistress and driver Ryan Holliday stopped the teletimer at 1:58.1, holding off favourite P L Jill and second choice Magical Wonder. The win was the Majestic Son daughter's first in seven outings. "It was nice to get the monkey off our back with her," said driver Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest, ON. "She can trot enough; it's just a matter of keeping her at task. I think she's getting the hang of it." Holliday's father Dave, also of Mount Forest, conditions Majestic Mistress for owner-breeder Ron Corbett of St. Jacobs, ON. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Grassroots start on July 1, during Dresden Raceway's Canada Day celebrations. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week, with the three-year-old pacing colts taking centre stage on Thursday with six Grassroots divisions and the three-year-old pacing fillies stepping to the forefront on Friday with seven Grassroots splits. Post time for both programs is 7:30 pm. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing  

The Howard Johnston’s Dutch Inn in Cornwall P.E.I. once again played host to the annual Prince Edward Island Standardbred Horse Owners Association (PEISHOA) awards banquet on Saturday. The awards honoured the tremendous accomplishments of horse and human during the 2013 season, as well as recognized its horsepeople, for whom many have been involved for decades. Yet again, the horse community of P.E.I. provided a packed house, and in return, they were treated to another evening of excitement and celebration. This year’s emcee was Lee Drake, Marketing Director for Red Shores in P.E.I., and he graciously performed a great job as host. Drake also was very excited to introduce and welcome the man in the spotlight on the evening, guest speaker Vance Cameron. Cameron regaled the audience with some of his favourite memories from his vast racing experience and career over the years. As always, Cameron had a great way of weaving his stories and the folks in attendance were thoroughly entertained. The horse owners association presented the prestigious Kentucky of Canada Award, which recognizes and acknowledges outstanding service to the industry. It is awarded only when merited and was presented tonight for only the fourth time in history. The honouree was the Hon. Wes Sheridan, minister responsible for harness racing on P.E.I. Amongst the many award winners tonight, the awarding of the Active Horsewomen and Horseman of the Year went to Brian and Isabel MacPhee. Horseperson of the Year recognized longtime participant Don Smith of Pownal, who has been involved in countless capacities over his five decades in the sport. The Horse of the Year honours went to Saulsbrook Alana, owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and driven by Marc Campbell. The complete list of award winners is below. Two-Year-Old Colt Trot Dusty Lane Galaxy - Bred by Ronnie Gass, owned by Peter Buchanan and the Estate of George Boswall, trained and driven by Gary Chappell. Two-Year-Old Filly Trot Glencove Yoshi - Bred, owned and trained by Carl Bagnall, driven by Mike Stevenson. Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Settlement Request - Bred by Tammy Sonier and Neil Bambrick, owned by Alfred Barrieau and Michael Clinton, trained and driven by Gilles Barrieau. Two-Year-Old Filly Pace Saulsbrook Alana - Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and driven by Marc Campbell. Three-Year-Old Colt Trot Taliesin - Bred by Elwood Lawton, owned by Buntainwood Farm, trained and driven by Marc Campbell. Three-Year-Old Filly Trot Howmacs Pride - Bred and co-owned by Howmac Farms, co-owned by Wade Pecconi, trained by Earl Watts. Three-Year-Old Colt Pace Forever Paradise - Bred by Art Millar, owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and driven by Marc Campbell. Three-Year-Old Filly Pace Dianna Santanna - Bred and owned by Doug MacPhee, trained by Tommy Weatherbie, and primarily driven by Brodie MacPhee. Claiming Horse of the Year Pinner - Owned by Brian, Lillian, and Kevin Ladner, trained by Brian. Claiming Mare of the Year Kaitlyn Rose - Owned and trained by Ralph Sweet, driven by Marc Campbell. Aged Trotting Horse Abundaspin - Owned by Mikaela Lustic, trained and driven by Harold Sheppard. Aged Trotting Mare Honeymoonisover - Co-owned by Blake Andrew, co-owned, trained and driven by Brian Andrew. Aged Pacing Horse Big League - Owned and trained by Jonah Moase. Aged Pacing Mare Dirt Track Momma - Owned and trained by Jonah Moase, primarily driven by Marc Campbell. Fan Favourite Award Smackwaterjack - Owned, trained and driven by William MacKay. Pacing Horse of the Year Saulsbrook Alana - Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and driven by Marc Campbell. Trotter of the Year Abundaspin - Owned by Mikaela Lustic, trained and driven by Harold Sheppard. Horse of the Year Saulsbrook Alana - Owned by Reg MacPherson, trained by Kevin MacLean and driven by Marc Campbell. Grooms of the Year Drew Neil and Bobbi Jo Gaudet Mr Trot Challenge Walter Cheverie Rookie Driver Steven Sheppard Leading Dash Winner Marc Campbell Leading Percentage Trainer Kevin MacLean Leading Percentage Driver Marc Campbell Standardbred Canada Owner of the Year Kenny McInnis Appreciation Awards Taylor McGuigan and Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Most Dedicated Horseperson June Coyle Horseman/Horsewoman Awards Isabel MacPhee and Brian MacPhee Horseperson of the Year Donald Smith Kentucky of Canada Recognition Award Hon. Wes Sheridan ASBA Awards As an added bonus of this evening's event, the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association (ASBA) recognized the Prince Edward Island winners of the 2013 Atlantic Breeders Crown. Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly: Saulsbrook Alana Owner's Award – Reg MacPherson Three-Year-Old Trotter: Taliesin Owner's Award - Buntainwood Farm Breeder's Award – Elwood Lawton Two-Year-Old Trotter: Dusty Lane Galaxy Owner's Award - Peter Buchanan and the Estate of George Boswall Breeder's Award – Ronnie Gass Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt: Dumas Walker Breeder's Award – David and Paul Walker The Moncton Standardbred Racing Association also presented a trophy to the owner with the most points in the Atlantic Sires Stakes season, Dan Ross. From the PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association

Hiawatha Horse Park hosted an invasion of three-year-old trotting fillies on Thursday evening (August 23), giving away $168,000 in Grassroots harness racing purse money.

Eight divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots two-year old trotting fillies invaded Hanover Raceway on Saturday, and the harness racing card was absolutely dominated by veteran pilot Trevor Ritchie.

Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday night (July 21) with eight Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies.

Two-year-old trotting filly Dayplanner wrapped up her regular harness racing season with a flawless record in Grassroots action by scoring a come-from-behind victory at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening (September 13).

The field for the Balanced Image is set, and another edition of The Walker Memorial Invitation is in the books. Hanover Raceway hosted All-Trot night as part of the Hanover Fall Fair on Saturday evening, and the night produced some great harness racing, despite heavy rain throughout the day.

Two-year-old trotting fillies Lovely Vacation and Dayplanner extended their perfect Grassroots record to three with victories at Hiawatha Horse Park on Saturday evening. In the seventh $24,000 Grassroots division, Lovely Vacation went straight to the front from Post 4 and never looked back, cruising home 16 lengths in front of the harness racing competition in 2:02.4.

Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies descended on Woodstock Raceway Tuesday afternoon (August 3) and theMark Steacy trainee Lovely Vacation wrote her name into the half-mile oval's harness racing record books with a sharp 2:02.3 victory.

Local harness racing filly Chandelle kicked off an evening of Ontario Sires Stakes action at Kawartha Downs on Saturday, circling her hometown oval in 2:03.3 to earn her first Grassroots trophy.

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