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MILTON, May 6, 2019 - Tickets are on sale now for the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The continent's finest harness racing three-year-old pacers will clash in the Pepsi North America Cup, Canada's richest race for Standardbreds. The signature event of Mohawk Park features thrilling live racing, live entertainment, food and giveaways. Tickets are $10 general admission and can be purchased in advance at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Guests aged 17 and under receive free admission. The first 1,500 ticket holders will receive a free commemorative cap. A trio of Canadian country acts will entertain fans throughout the Pepsi North America Cup. Genevieve Fisher and River Junction Band will take turns rocking the stage at Mohawk Park, while Elyse Saunders will launch the evening by performing the national anthems. Entertainment also includes an autograph session with the Pepsi North America Cup drivers, line dancing, a mechanical bull and Pepsi Zero sampling. Guests will have their appetite satisfied with a variety of food and drink options, including a beer garden, barbeque pit and specialty food trucks. Gates open for the Pepsi North America Cup at 4 p.m. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Visit Woodbine.com/Mohawk Park and the Pepsi North America Cup event page for more information. Follow @WoodbineSB for the latest updates on everything #NACup. VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LoXkMhgPOCs   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications

MILTON, May 3, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today released that latest update of eligible harness racing horses for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. A total of 68 three-year-old pacers remain eligible to Canada's richest harness race following the April 15 sustaining payment. Award-winners Stag Party and Captain Crunch continue to headline the list of eligible sophomores. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party turned in his season-debut qualifier Friday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park, winning in 1:56.3 over a sloppy track. The Casie Coleman trainee won six of nine starts and made $669,489 during his rookie campaign, which included a victory in the $890,000 Metro Pace. Nancy Johansson trainee Captain Crunch is entered to qualify for the second-time this season on Saturday morning at The Meadowlands. The son of Captaintreacherous won a qualifier on April 20 in a stunning 1:50.1, pacing a :25.2 final-quarter. Captain Crunch won six of 10 starts and made $628,642 during his two-year-old season, which included victories in the Breeders Crown and Governor's Cup. The third and final sustaining payment for the Pepsi North America Cup is due May 15. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled to take place on Saturday, June 15. Eliminations will take place a week prior on Saturday, June 8. Woodbine Entertainment will be releasing more event details for this year's Pepsi North America Cup at the start of next week. Below is the full list of remaining eligible horses to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AFLAME HANOVER by Russell Hanover AIR FORCE HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere ARTIES IDEAL by American Ideal AUTHENTIC HANOVER by Western Vintage BEST IN SHOW by Bettors Delight BETTORS WISH by Bettors Delight BLACKLIGHT by Somebeachsomewhere BLANK CANVAS by Art Major BLOOD MONEY by Sweet Lou BRONX SEELSTER by Big Jim BUDDY HILL by Roll With Joe CALVERY HILL by Roll With Joe CAPITANO ITALIANO by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN AHAB by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN CRUNCH by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN NASH by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN TREVOR by Captaintreacherous CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS  by Captaintreacherous CAVIART ROCKLAND by Sportswriter CAVIART STETSON by Well Said CENTURY FARROH by Mach Three CHINATOWN BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere COVERED BRIDGE by America Ideal CRIMSON AND CHROME by Sweet Lou CRUISE CAPTAIN by Captaintreacherous CRUSHER Q by Mach Three DANCIN LOU by Sweet Lou DE LOS CIELOS DEO by Captaintreacherous FABRICE HANOVER by Captaintreacherous FAST N FIRST by Bettor's Delight FIXED IDEA by Big Jim GOLDBERG by Mr Wiggles HURRIKANE EMPEROR by Hurrikane Kingcole JESSICAS BEACH BOY by Somebeachsomewhere JOHN MAC by Ponder LATISSIMUS HANOVER  by Captaintreacherous LIVINONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere LOVE ME SOME LOU by Sweet Lou LYONS JOHNNYJNR by Well Said LYONS NIGHT HAWK by Sweet Lou LYONS PEGASUS by Well Said MACS POWER by Somebeachsomewhere MAJOR DECEPTION by Captaintreacherous MELODIES MAJOR by Art Major MOHAWK SEELSTER by Sportswriter MONEY NEVER RESTS by Somebeachsomewhere NO MAS AMOR by Sweet Lou PERKINS by Sportswriter PROOF by A Rocknroll Dance PYRO by Sweet Lou QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP by Somebeachsomewhere QUICKSTAR BLUECHIP by Bettor's Delight RADLEY HANOVER by Art Major SEMI TOUGH by Somebeachsomewhere SHADOW OF A DAUT by Shadow Play SHAKE THAT HOUSE by American Ideal SPORTS JACKET by Sportswriter STAG PARTY by Bettor's Delight STIENAMS BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere SUGAR FACTORY by Sweet Lou THE REGULATOR by Bettor's Delight TWIN B JAYS by Betterthancheddar TYGA HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere VAN DIESEL by Dragon Again VOLLEY BALL BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere WORKIN ONA MYSTERY by Captaintreacherous WORLD ON EDGE by Roll With Joe YACHT WEEK by Somebeachsomewhere Total Nominations: 82 Sustaining Payment #1: 78 Sustaining Payment #2: 68   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110            

MILTON, February 28, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that 82 three-year-old harness racing pacers have been nominated to the 36th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The Pepsi North America Cup is Canada's richest harness race and this year's edition is scheduled for Saturday, June 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The eliminations for the $1 million final will take place a week prior on Saturday, June 8. This year's number of nominations to the Pepsi North America Cup is up by three over last year's total of 79. The group of eligible sophomores is headlined by O'Brien Award winner Stag Party and Dan Patch Award winner Captain Crunch. A son of 2001 Cup winner Bettors Delight, Stag Party won six of nine starts as a rookie and earned $669,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. His most notable victory was a dominating score in the $890,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Park, which was last season's richest two-year-old event in harness racing. Stag Party is trained by Casie Coleman, who is a two-time Pepsi North America Cup winning trainer. A son of 2013 Cup winner Captaintreacherous, Captain Crunch won six of 10 starts during his two-year-old campaign. The Nancy Johansson trainee capped off his rookie season with victories in the $600,000 Breeders Crown and $469,300 Governor's Cup to finish with $628,642 earned for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms. Stag Party and Captain Crunch never crossed paths on the racetrack during the 2018 season. The legendary Somebeachsomewhere is again the leading sire of Pepsi North America Cup nominees. The 2008 Cup winner has 14 sons eligible to this year's edition, one more than Captaintreacherous at 13. A total of 21 Ontario Sires Stakes eligible sophomores have been nominated to this year's event. Bettors Delight leads the way among Ontario stallions with seven eligible. The number of 82 nominated sophomores is the highest number of nominees for the Pepsi North America Cup since 2011 (83). Captain Crunch A total of three sustaining payments are required to remain eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment ($1,000 CAD/$815 USD) is due March 15. The final two payments are due April 15 and May 15. Below is the full list of eligible three-year-old pacers to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. AFLAME HANOVER AIR FORCE HANOVER ARTIES IDEAL AUTHENTIC HANOVER BEST IN SHOW BETTORS WISH BLACKLIGHT BLANK CANVAS BLOOD MONEY BRONX SEELSTER BUDDY HILL CALVERY HILL CANT BEACH THAT CAPITANO ITALIANO CAPTAIN AHAB CAPTAIN CRUNCH CAPTAIN NASH CAPTAIN TREVOR CAPTAIN VICTORIOUS CAVIART ROCKLAND CAVIART STETSON CENTURY FARROH CHINATOWN BEACH COVERED BRIDGE CRIMSON AND CHROME CRUISE CAPTAIN CRUSHER Q DANCIN LOU DE LOS CIELOS DEO DO YA THINK FABRICE HANOVER FAST N FIRST FIXED IDEA FLAMEPROOF HANOVER GOLDBERG HURRIKANE EMPEROR JACK NATION JESSICAS BEACH BOY JOHN MAC KEYSTONE CONCRETE LATISSIMUS HANOVER LETS HAVE ANOTHER LIVINONTHEBEACH LOVE ME SOME LOU LYONS JOHNNYJNR LYONS NIGHT HAWK LYONS PEGASUS MACS POWER MAJOR DECEPTION MANGOGH MELODIES MAJOR MOHAWK SEELSTER MONEY NEVER RESTS MOVIE STAR NO MAS AMOR ODE TO GRAY PERKINS PLAY TIMES OVER PROOF PYRO QUATRAIN BLUE CHIP QUICKSTAR BLUECHIP RADLEY HANOVER ROCKIE GOT FRAMED ROGUE CHEDDAR SEMI TOUGH SHADOW OF A DAUT SHAKE THAT HOUSE SHARP WRITER SPORTS JACKET STAG PARTY STIENAMS BEACH SUGAR FACTORY THE REGULATOR TIME TO DANCE TWIN B JAYS TYGA HANOVER VAN DIESEL VOLLEY BALL BEACH WORKIN ONA MYSTERY WORLD ON EDGE YACHT WEEK Total: 82 Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park            

MILTON, ON -  February 15, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder of today's (February 15) deadline for nominations to its 2019 stakes program at Mohawk Park. Nominations are due for all major stakes, including the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers, Canada's richest Standardbred race. Below is the full list of events with nominations closing today (February 15): Pepsi North America Cup (3-year-old pace) Armbro Flight (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares trot) Canadian Pacing Derby (3-year-olds & older pace) Canadian Trotting Classic (3-year-old trot) Casual Breeze (3-year-old filly trot) Elegantimage (3-year-old filly trot) Eternal Camnation (2-year-old filly pace) Fan Hanover (3-year-old filly pace) Goodtimes (3-year-old trot) Maple Leaf Trot (3-year-olds & older trot) Metro Pace (2-year-old pace) Milton (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Nassagaweya (2-year-old pace) Peaceful Way (2-year-old filly trot) Roses Are Red (3-year-olds & older, fillies & mares pace) Shes A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pace) Somebeachsomewhere (3-year-old pace) William Wellwood Memorial (2-year-old trot) Woodbine also handles the administration of stakes events contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are due today for the following events: Grand River Raceway: Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-year-old pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-year-old filly pace) Flamboro Downs: Confederation Cup (4-year-old pace) Hanover Raceway: Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-year-old trot) Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-year-old trot, non-winners of $75,000, fillies $100,000, in 2018) Clinton Raceway: Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-year-old filly pace, non-winners of $50,000 in 2018) The 2019 Woodbine Stakes Booklet can be viewed by clicking here. To view the nomination form for today's closing, click here. Stakes payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 15, 2019 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

FAN HANOVER, ROSES ARE RED AND GOOTIMES FINALS

MILTON, ON - June 15, 2018 - Every trainers path to the Pepsi North America Cup is an interesting journey. Long hours, tough decisions, fast horses, slow horses and disappointing races is part of the business. But having a dream is what keeps many barns ticking. For most the dream is finding the horse that'll take them to the highest level. A field of 10 three-year-old pacers will line up this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park seeking to fulfill that dream for their connections in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Each horse in Saturday's million-dollar classic has different traits and a story behind them. Tony Alagna has been to the top of the North America Cup mountain. The Manalapan, New Jersey conditioner won the 2013 edition with Captaintreacherous and nearly captured his second-title with runner-up Racing Hill in 2016. Alagna's barn will send out a pair of starters, Stay Hungry and American History, in Saturday's main event. Stay Hungry (PP2, Doug McNair) was the pick of many during the winter months to win this year's Cup. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had a fantastic two-year-old season that saw him win the $600,000 Breeders Crown and named the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt. Alagna's standout makes a ton of noise on the track, but is a calm, cool and collected character when the bright lights are off. "(Stay Hungry) is a very laid-back horse, he's very easy to get along with," Alagna said. "He's very quiet, just a real pleasure to be around. No quirky habits. Walks out of the paddock hooked to the jog cart or walks out of the barn in the morning and stops every morning and just looks around." Stay Hungry could have an opportunity to stop and look at thousands of fans if all goes well in Saturday's North America Cup. The chill-individual is coming in off a victory in his elimination. American History (PP5, Yannick Gingras) is the second-representative from the Alagna barn and a perfect example that just like in any sport, every team has different characters. "He is always on go and he's just the opposite of Stay Hungry," said Alagna about American History. "Where Stay Hungry is very relaxed, (American History) goes to the track and is ready to work. He's (got a) totally different mindset and mentality than the other horse but nothing out of the ordinary, he likes to work." A son of American Ideal, American History has shown big speed and holds a mark of 1:49.1, tied for the fastest in the field. Brian Brown realized his million-dollar classic dream last year when he won the Cup with Fear The Dragon. The Ohio-based trainer is back looking for a repeat with a talented son of Well Said named Done Well (PP7, Tim Tetrick), who suffered his first loss in six-career starts last week, losing by a head to Stay Hungry. Done Well is a tough individual that battled back from injury last year, but grit doesn't make a horse exempt from having fears. "He used to be really scared of tractors," Brown shared about his rising star. "He's gotten over that mainly, still looks at them but he's pretty good that way." Luckily for Done Well, there will be no tractors on the track when the field lines up at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Like Done Well, Hitman Hill (PP10, Brett Miller) knows a thing about winning streaks. The Chris Oakes trainee started his career by winning six-consecutive starts and dominating the New York Sires Stakes last season. Hitman Hill won his second-lifetime start in 1:50.4, showing incredible speed and superstar potential. However, the American Ideal colt became a little too charged up during his run of victories and big speed as a rookie. "I drove him last year and raced him three starts where I thought he was the best colt in the country," driver Brett Miller said. "But he got really hot where we couldn't control him and it kind of ruined the rest of his year." Settling down Hitman Hill became the focus for the Oakes team. The American Ideal gelding has been raced much differently in three starts this season with Miller admitting he's been hesitant to send him to the front. "So far he's been very calm and I can do anything I want with him. Last year his game was he was best on the front, but I'm afraid to put him there again." Hitman Hill unleashed a :26.2 final-quarter to rally from eighth and finish third in his Cup elimination. Miller is hopeful the relaxed nature continues for the Oakes trainee. "I just hope we can keep him calm because in my opinion, he can go with any horse in here." The field of ten for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is comprised of eight colts and two geldings. All ten are writing different stories, but only one will have a fairytale ending to their current chapter this Saturday The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's program from Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the stakes-filled card is 6:30 p.m. To download a free program for Saturday's card, click here. Here is the full field for Saturday's race. #1 St Lads Neptune - Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson - 8/1 #2 Stay Hungry - Doug McNair/Tony Alagna - 5/2 #3 Wes Delight - Corey Callahan/Mark Harder - 9/2 #4 Lather Up - Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis - 2/1 #5 American History - Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna - 10/1 #6 Lost In Time - Scott Zeron/Jimmy Takter - 8/1 #7 Done Well - Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown - 4/1 #8 Nutcracker Sweet - David Miller/Jimmy Takter - 15/1 #9 Hayden Hanover - Andy Miller/Julie Miller - 20/1 #10 Hitman Hill - Brett Miller/Chris Oakes - 20/1 AE: Burning Midnight - Trevor Henry/Corey Giles - 20/1 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

It's like deja vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday's final from post No. 9. His elimination finish and draw for the final were nearly identical to his trip to Mohawk in September for the Metro Pace, when Hayden Hanover finished third in an elimination won by Stay Hungry and started the final from post No. 10. Despite his unfavorable Metro starting spot, which produced a track-low 4.4 percent winners last year, Hayden Hanover finished second to Lost In Time, so his connections might hope for the deja vu to continue. "Your starting point is only a position," said Miller, who will watch her husband Andy drive Hayden Hanover in Saturday's North America Cup final. "If Andy can maneuver a nice trip I hope we can take advantage of it. It's a deep field, a lot of nice horses, and I think it's going to come down to the trip." Hayden Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire Hana Hanover, has started three times this year and posted a second and a third. For his career, the colt has won two of 14 races and hit the board a total of 11 times to earn $303,992. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Last year, Hayden Hanover had the fastest winning mile of the season for a 2-year-old male pacer thanks to his 1:50 score in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. In addition to finishing second in the Metro, he was runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Hayden Hanover remained in Canada following his North America Cup elimination rather than returning to the Millers' base in New Jersey. He also remained in Canada last year for the Metro. "Last year he had a good experience up there, so I'm OK with leaving him up there for the week," Miller said. "He's good in the fact that he takes care of himself. He's a good eater, he loves the field, and he's an easy horse to jog and train, so I'm not on pins and needles in that respect. I have a lot of confidence in how he is up in Canada." Although post No. 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park has produced only eight wins in 156 pacing races this year (5.1 percent), Miller is happy for the opportunity to experience the North America Cup with Hayden Hanover. "It's an honor just to make the final," Miller said. "It's a magical day up there in Canada. If we can have some success in it, it will even be better. We just need a lot of luck, a lot of racing luck." Andy Miller hopes Hayden Hanover's versatility can be a benefit on Saturday. "He can leave, or like on Saturday, I raced him off of cover and he was good that way," he said. "It's not like he's one dimensional. It will be a great race." Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight won last week's North America Cup eliminations. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year to lead a deep group into the final. Lather Up, who is unbeaten in five races this year, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race, showcasing the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10-11 p.m. The North America Cup undercard features the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies, C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters and the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-8/1 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-9/2 4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-2/1 5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-10/1 6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-8/1 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-4/1 8-Nutcracker Sweet-David Miller-Jimmy Takter-15/1 9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-20/1  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica continues their Grand Circuit tour with a stop at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday to cover the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of the North America Cup beginning at 9:00 PM and will run for three consecutive hours. The broadcast will highlight the all-stakes Pick 4, the mandatory payout super hi-5, and the North America Cup race live. During the broadcast, the team of Michael Carter, Mike Bozich, Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will present live interviews from the paddock, handicapping analysis, and winners' circle reaction as the night goes on. Tickets are still on sale for the North America Cup and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The ticket includes general admission to the beer garden, live performances by Buck Twenty, and apron access to the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup. Also on site during the races will be a food truck festival, a driver's autograph session beginning at 5:30, and a t-shirt giveaway to the first 500 ticket holders. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also features many lucrative wagering opportunities. The early Pick 4 (Race 4) will be guaranteed at $50,000, the All Stakes Pick 4 (Race 9) will be guaranteed at $100,000, and the Pick 5 (Race 1) will be guaranteed at $50,000. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking to them about racehorse aftercare. Donations will be accepted for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Post Time on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 6:30 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.  by Mike Carter, for the Mike & Mike Show

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace is a just little more than four weeks away (July 14), which means the final major prep before the Big M's signature race - the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park - is the highlighted simulcast event this Saturday night at the mile oval. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race will head to the gate at 10:40 p.m. Lather Up, Wes Delight and Stay Hungry were the winners of last week's three eliminations. The NA Cup will have five Meadowlands Pace eligibles get behind the starting gate: Stay Hungry, American History, Hayden Hanover, Lost In Time and Nutcracker Sweet. It should be noted that supplementing to the Meadowlands Pace is still on the table for interested connections. Also on the NA Cup program, which will have a mandatory High-5 payout on the last race (the carryover was at $160,000 at the conclusion of racing Tuesday), are the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares (featuring Hannelore Hanover), C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters, C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers and the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares. Post time for the 15-race program is 6:30 p.m. CAMEL AND OSTRICH DERBIES: On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, patrons will be in for something a little different as the sixth annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies are certain to bring out both the hardcore and the curious. The camels and ostriches will race in between the live action, with the ostriches hitting the track after the third race and the camels after the eighth. TRY FOR A QUARTER-MILLION: Friday night's ninth and final race will offer harness racing's pot of gold, as the carryover for the Big M's Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $252,765. As usual, the pools for the track's signature Pick-4 have been big. During the month of June, the average pool has been $84,777. Both the Late JSH5 and Pick-4 sport low 15 percent takeouts. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. Live racing at the Meadowlands is this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Coming attractions.... JUNE 23: The Meadowlands' Summer Wine Festival takes place with local wineries from New York and New Jersey participating. They'll be more than 25 total producers - wineries. For complete information, go to www.playmeadowlands.com. JUNE 30: College students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

Trainer Mark Harder says Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup might lack a prohibitive favorite, but it does not suffer from a lack of talent. "Just because there's not a standout doesn't mean there's not a lot of good horses," said Harder, who will send out Wes Delight in the C$1 million event for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "There is probably a bunch of them that can win it. No one is running away from anybody, I don't think. It's a deep group." Wes Delight was one of three North America Cup elimination winners last weekend, along with Lather Up and Stay Hungry. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year, with no finishes worse than third. In the eliminations, Wes Delight won by a neck over Nutcracker Sweet in 1:50.2, Stay Hungry won by a head over Done Well in 1:50, and Lather Up won by 2-3/4 lengths over St Lads Neptune in 1:49.2. "He's been good all along (this year) and he was good again," Harder said about Wes Delight, who has won five of six races this season. "He's just doing his thing and racing great every week." For his career, Wes Delight has won eight of 17 starts and earned $226,823. The son of Bettor's Delight-Maid West is owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Frost, and Harder. "He showed a lot of talent last year at 2, but just struggled with his gait a little bit," Harder said earlier this year. As for whether the colt has fulfilled Harder's expectations this year, the trainer said, "He's been what I hoped, more than what I expected. You hope for the best and hope you don't get the worst." The connections of the elimination winners picked their starting positions for the final and Wes Delight will leave from post No. 3 with driver Corey Callahan. Stay Hungry will start from post two and Lather Up will start from post four. "They'll race hard; they always do when it's a million dollars," Harder said. "(Wes Delight) is so handy; he can leave, he can duck, he can sit. He's a complete racehorse. If he has a good healthy week, it's up to the driver to figure it out." Stay Hungry, trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Doug McNair, was the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's best 2-year-old male pacer in 2017. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon has won one of two races this year and seven of 11 lifetime, totaling $561,664 in purses for owners Brad Grant and the late Irwin Samelman. He was the 2017 Breeders Crown champion. Alagna, who won the North America Cup in 2013 with Captaintreacherous, also sends out American History in the North America Cup final. American History was third in his elimination, setting the fractions from post seven before finishing three-quarters of a length behind Wes Delight. The son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch has won four of eight career races and will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Lather Up, who set multiple track records in Ohio last year at age 2 before being sidelined because of illness and a near-fatal reaction to antibiotics, is a perfect 5-for-5 this season for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis. The homebred son of I'm Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Iles. He has won nine of 12 career races and earned $152,265. The North America Cup field also includes Lost In Time, who was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer in the U.S., and Nutcracker Sweet, both from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. David Miller, who has won the past two North America Cup finals, will drive Nutcracker Sweet. Scott Zeron will pilot Lost In Time, whose ownership group includes professional wrestling legend Ric Flair. Over the past 10 years, three 2-year-old divisional champions have returned the following year and captured the North America Cup: Captaintreacherous in 2013, Sportswriter in 2010, and Somebeachsomewhere in 2008. All three received both Dan Patch and O'Brien awards at age 2. Done Well lost for the first time in six career races when he finished behind Stay Hungry in his elimination. Brian Brown, who won last year's North America Cup with Fear The Dragon, trains Done Well. Two-time North America Cup-winner Tim Tetrick will drive the colt, who won four races last year before being sidelined by injury. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race, showcasing the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10-11 p.m. The North America Cup undercard features the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies, C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters and the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder 4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna 6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 8-Nutcracker Sweet-David Miller-Jimmy Takter 9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (June 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Ken Middleton, Woodbine Mohawk Park's announcer; Clay Horner, Chairman Woodbine Entertainment Group; and the connections of Wes Delight, Mark Harder and Corey Callahan. Post Time will have a special guest co-host on Thursday as USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator Wendy Ross will join the program, as Michael Bozich will be on assignment. Middleton, the announcer at Woodbine Mohawk Park, joins the program this week to discuss the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup. Middleton will discuss the race and also discuss some of the great promotions that are going on around the facility. Horner, Chairman of Woodbine Entertainment Group, sparked lively conversation over the weekend as he raised an idea for the future of the North America Cup. Ross and Carter will discuss with Horner where those thoughts came from and what might be in store for the historic race. The connections of Wes Delight, Corey Callahan and Mark Harder, will join this week to talk about their star three-year-old who has proven he has what it takes to race against the top horses in the country. Wes Delight will race from post three on Saturday night. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be live from the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday night. The time of the show will be announced on Thursday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 16) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Homicide Hunter and driver Aaron Merriman moved to the lead following the halfway point of Saturday's (June 9) Charlie Hill Memorial and never looked back, winning the $200,000 event for older trotters by 4-1/2 lengths over In Secret in 1:50.3 on a track labeled good at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charmed Life finished third. Homicide Hunter was a 1:50.3 winner in the Charlie Hill Memorial. The winning time equaled the world record for an older gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and was a stakes and track record. Defending champion Crazy Wow and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder were scratched sick, reducing the field to seven horses. Race favorite Will Take Charge went off stride at the start and finished sixth. I Know My Chip took the early lead in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile before seeing Smalltownthrowdown get the top spot prior to the half-mile point. Driver Sam Widger moved I Know My Chip back to the lead at the half, reached in :54.2, but faced pressure from Homicide Hunter, who was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:22. Homicide Hunter is a 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of Evening Prayer. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of New York and trained by Chris Oakes. The horse was bred by Patrick Graham. For the year, Homicide Hunter has won two of three races and earned $116,500. For his career, he has won 32 of 65 starts and banked $1.22 million. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 311; 2. Yannick Gingras - 211; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. David Miller - 82.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 238; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 121; 4. Jimmy Takter - 85; 5. Richard Banca - 75. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2t. Burke Racing Stable - 57.9; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 57.9; 4. Richard Poillucci - 56; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 23). by Paul Ramlow, publicity director  

MILTON, ON - June 12 – Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight, all impressive winners in last weekend’s eliminations, headline a field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10:00 – 11:00 .m. EDT. The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year’s marks the 18th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race. Post positions were drawn today at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenceman Connor Carrick as the guest drawmaster. A total of 29 three-year-old pacers competed over three $50,000 eliminations last Saturday to determine the field for this year’s race. The top-three finishers from each division, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the $1 million final. The group of 29 entered in this year’s eliminations was the highest turnout since 2010. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post position for the final. Nineteen of the 34 Cup winners won their elimination. Lather Up (PP4), an Ohio-sired son of Im Gorgeous, was the fastest elimination winner, as he shot up the inside to win his division by nearly three-lengths in 1:49.2 for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. A homebred for owners Gary & Barbara Iles, Lather Up is undefeated in five starts this season and currently holds a record of nine wins and 11 top-three finishes from 12 career-starts. The bay colt holds a pair of Track Records in the state of Ohio and enters the Pepsi North America Cup with $167,100 in career earnings. The combination of Francis and Teague will be looking for redemption in this Saturday’s $1 million race after they finished second with superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 2015 Cup. Teague understands the pressure that is on him and Lather Up following their dazzling elimination performance. “Adds more pressure (winning an elimination). I mean, you always got to figure out the next trip that’s going to be next week,” said Teague. “You got to make sure the horse is healthy, make sure I do my job, make sure he does his job. I had the best horse in 2015 and I got beat, so you never know.” Stay Hungry (PP2), last year’s Breeders Crown champion, came from third-over on the final turn to power by rivals in the lane and win his elimination in 1:50 for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry was one of the Winter-Book favourites for this year’s Cup after winning six of nine starts and being named Canada’s Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt at the O’Brien Awards. His trainer Alagna won the 2013 Cup with Captaintreacherous, while driver McNair, last year’s Driver of the Year in Canada, will be seeking his first Cup in his third try. “It feels good (winning an elimination),” said McNair following last Saturday’s victory. “That’s always what you dream of when you’re growing up watching the race, so to be in the race and have one that’s legit and low odds is a great feeling.” Stay Hungry has won seven of 11 career starts and earned $588,760 for owners Brad Grant, Woodbine’s leading owner, and the late-Irwin Samelman. Wes Delight (PP3) split rivals late to prevail victorious in the tightest finish of last Saturday’s eliminations for trainer Mark Harder and driver Corey Callahan. The son Bettors Delight stopped the timer in 1:50.2 for his fifth win in six starts this season. “I was kind of worried I wasn’t going to get any room,” said Callahan following the elimination. “But (American History) went on enough I could sneak out there and this little horse is so gritty, he just loves to win.” Owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Rachel Frost and Mark Harder, Wes Delight has had a powerful start to his three-year-old campaign after being competitive in his rookie season, winning three of 11 starts. The Harder trainee has made more starts (17) than any other horse in this year’s Cup. Wes Delight’s career-totals sit at eight wins and $232,573 earned going into Saturday’s $1 million race. Trainer Brian Brown, who won last year’s Cup with Fear The Dragon, has a chance at a repeat with Done Well (PP7). The son of Well Said finished second to Stay Hungry to suffer his first loss in six career starts. Jimmy Takter has won nearly all the sport’s biggest races, but the Pepsi North America Cup has yet to come his way in five-previous attempts. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Nutcracker Sweet (PP8), who finished second by a neck to Wes Delight, and Lost In Time (PP6), the fourth-place finisher to draw in. Lost In Time captured last year’s Metro Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was named the Dan Patch Award winner as Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt in the U.S. A pair of Husband-Wife, Driver-Trainer teams will compete in this year’s Pepsi North America Cup. Jody and Stephanie Jamieson will send out Ontario-sired gelding St Lads Neptune (PP1), who finished second to Lather Up in his elimination. Jody is a two-time Cup winning-driver, having won in 2007 with Tell All and 2011 with Up The Credit. Andy and Julie Miller team up to compete with Hayden Hanover (PP9), a third-place finisher in last Saturday’s eliminations. The New Jersey based Miller’s have had a good run with Hayden Hanover, as the son of Somebeachsomewhere has two wins, 11 top-three finishes in 14 career starts. Stay Hungry may grab the headlines, but trainer Alagna is another trainer in this year’s race with two-entries. American History (PP5) finished third, beat less than a length, in the elimination won by Wes Delight. The son of American Ideal has won four of eight starts and is tied with Lather Up for the fastest career-mark in this year’s field at 1:49.1. Driver Brett Miller will sit behind Hitman Hill (PP10) in Saturday’s race hoping to change his luck and capture his first Pepsi North America Cup. The 44-year-old driver has finished second in three-different editions of the Cup and will be making his seventh appearance in Canada’s richest race. A son of American Ideal, Hitman Hill was nearly perfect in his rookie season, winning six of seven starts. The Chris Oakes trainee is winless in three starts this season. The North America Cup stakes record is 1:47.4, set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012 and equaled in 2016 by Betting Line. Hall of famer Bettors Delight holds the record for the largest margin of victory, four and half lengths in 2001. The list of past Cup winners is a who’s who of Standardbred greats, including Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cams Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The shortest-priced winners in Cup history are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball at $2.70, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the biggest upset, returning $93.60 for a $2 Win bet. The Cup was raced at Greenwood Raceway from 1984-03, followed by Woodbine Racetrack from 1994-2006. The North America Cup was moved to Mohawk in 2007 and this year’s edition marks the first Cup since the renaming to Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup night card will offer three Pick-4 wagers, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising of Races 9 through 12. There will also be a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. The North America Cup undercard features the $415,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, $266,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson  2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna  3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder  4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis  5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna  6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown  8-Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter  9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller  10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes  by Mark McKelive, for Woodbine Communications

Wolfgang will try to continue his rise among Hambletonian Stakes contenders when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's C$266,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Goodtimes is one of the stakes stops on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, which is the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. Two of the past four winners of the Goodtimes have gone on to capture the Hambletonian, Marion Marauder in 2016 and Trixton in 2014. In addition, last year's winner International Moni won an elimination of the Hambletonian. Saturday's Goodtimes is part of a stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, headlined by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers. The night also includes the Armbro Flight for older female trotters, Roses Are Red for older female pacers, and Fan Hanover for 3-year-old female pacers. Wolfgang, who was ranked No. 9 in last week's Road to the Hambletonian, compiled by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and analyst Ken Warkentin, is among seven Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the Goodtimes. The others are Alarm Detector, Cruising In Style, Hat Trick Habit, Hill Street, Lawmaker, and Missle Hill. Alarm Detector, who was No. 3 in last week's Hambletonian rankings, and Wolfgang each won his Goodtimes elimination. Wolfgang, making his first start of the season, captured his division by 2-3/4 lengths over Lawmaker in a career-best 1:52.2. "I'm very happy with the way he went last week," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Wolfgang for trainer Jimmy Takter. "It was his first time out and he was loaded with trot. I think he did it the right way and I think he's got a big chance." Last year, Wolfgang won three of 10 races and earned $316,275, which ranked fifth among 2-year-old male trotters. The colt's victories included the Matron Stakes and he finished second in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship and season-ending Valley Victory Stakes. Fourth Dimension, who was last year's Dan Patch Award winner for 2-year-old male trotters and was No. 1 in last week's Road to the Hambletonian, won the Valley Victory. Fourth Dimension is yet to race this year. "I think if I got loose a little earlier in the Valley Victory I could have given Fourth Dimension all he wanted," said Gingras, who has driven Wolfgang in his past four starts. "Even before that, I watched him race and he looked like a horse that could go a long ways. "I thought coming into the year he was probably the best trotter I had to drive for the Hambletonian. Jimmy said all along he was coming back strong. We couldn't be any happier with where he's at right now." Wolfgang, who hails from a family with chef-inspired names, is a son of My MVP out of Summer Savory. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, and breeder Fair Island Farm. Alarm Detector, who was the O'Brien Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter in Canada, won his Goodtimes elimination by three-quarters of a length over Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill in 1:53.1. Alarm Detector also was making his seasonal debut. "I was okay with it, mile in (1):53, it's getting a little cooler right now at this time and you can train them as much as you want, but it's not like racing," trainer Ben Baillargeon said after the win. "He was ready and up to the task." Alarm Detector, a son of Chapter Seven out of Final Countdown, has won seven of eight career races and earned $237,032. His victories last year included the William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He was purchased for $110,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale and his family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Ken Warkentin, who was named in honor of the Meadowlands' announcer. The colt is owned by Thomas Rankin, Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel, and Santo Vena. Following is the field for the Goodtimes Stakes. The connections of Wolfgang and Alarm Detector, as elimination winners, selected their respective post positions. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Stormont Ventnor-Phil Hudon-Kevin Benn 2-Hill Street-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 3-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon 4-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Jason McGinnis 6-Hat Trick Habit-David Miller-Domenico Cecere 7-Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-William Crone 8-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 9-Missle Hill-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 10-Cruising In Style-James MacDonald-Kevin McMaster by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

FAN HANOVER & ROSES ARE RED ELIMS

MILTON, ON - June 8, 2018 - Trainer Dave Menary sends out several stakes prospects in elimination action this Saturday (June 9) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including two from his own barn and one that he owns in the Pepsi North America Cup. Menary's pair of 'Cup' trainees, Topville Olympian and Dragon Time, race in the first and second elimination respectively. St Lads Neptune, who Menary bought into earlier this season, goes in the third elimination. Starting from post 8, Topville Olympian, driven by Jody Jamieson, makes his third start of the year after finishing sixth in a $60,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere, losing to Burning Midnight who catapulted off a collapsing pace to a 28-1 upset. "Topville Olympian is just a super little horse; like the little engine that could," Menary said. "He's the kind of horse you'd want to marry--he never has a bad day. He's got a great attitude, always eating, always healthy; super sound. He's the kind of horse that doesn't give you gray hairs." Owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Jo and Anthony Timmons and Crawford Farms Racing, the gelded son of American Ideal lacked racing room off a pocket trip through the stretch in the Somebeachsomewhere, finishing two lengths off the winner. The start prior, his first of the season, he faltered from a similar setup to be fifth by nine lengths. "Instead of racing him like a long shot, we raced him like a contender last week [in the Somebeachsomewhere] and he got caught behind a wall of horses," Menary said. "I think if he got a seam somewhere, he could've possibly been the fast division and they'd be looking at him in a different light. "His first start of the year--I think he just needed that start. In qualifiers he flashed up some really fancy last quarters. He's going to need a little bit of luck but I know he's going to put forth a good effort." Dragon Time also makes his third start of the year in his Cup elimination, starting from post 10 with Jamieson in the sulky. The Bettors Delight gelding ended his freshman campaign in late September with a sixth-place finish in the Metro consolation. He returned to the track after a winter of maturing to win a qualifier on May 18 in 1:56.3. "Dragon Time may have been my top colt all winter," Menary said. "He's always been a little bit green and a little bit immature--kind of a big, fat, clumsy colt. But he's really put things together; he was legit enough last year. He won a leg of the Nassagaweya last year coming home in :26-and-a-fifth and paced in [1]:51. He's a nice colt, but he's right on the fringe and we'd like to get out of the green." Dragon Time also drew outside in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere and kicked home in :26.2 to finish sixth to Lather Up by eight-and-a-half lengths. In his first start of the year, he finished fourth against conditioned pacers from the rail in 1:51.1. "He trained super this week--I think it's the best he's ever trained in his life--he went by Sintra training this week," Menary said. "But from the 10-hole, he's going to need a little bit of luck and a miracle. But his best thing might be the consolation." Stephanie Jamieson trains St Lads Neptune for Carl and Jody Jamieson and Menary Racing. Knowing the horse and saying he knew "how much Jody and Carl thought of him,", Menary acquired a share prior to his first qualifier--a 1:51.1 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. "I take a lot of pride in the horses that are in [my] barn," Menary said. "The ones that I'm training have an uphill battle, but Steph[anie Jamieson]'s doing a really nice job with St Lads Neptune and I'm excited to see some good results." St Lads Neptune has two seconds from two starts this season, one in an Ontario Sires Stake split at Flamboro and the other in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere, where he rallied from several lengths off the lead to finish a close-second to Lather Up in a 1:50.3 mile. "Neptune was just awesome last week," Menary said. "Jody drove him pretty conservatively and ran him up into the back of Lather Up and then he moved right over him at the wire." Jody Jamieson will pilot the Mach Three gelding from post 7. Pepsi North America Cup night has the possibility to be a big evening for Menary, as his stable could be represented in a pair of under card stakes. Menary will also send out Pueblo Blue Chip in the Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday. Starting from post-four in the second of the two eliminations, Pueblo Blue Chip finds herself against the ranks of world-champion Youaremycandygirl, local freshmen stars Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster and Ubettergo Go, who enters off a national season's best of 1:50 at Tioga. "I think there's a big difference between those two divisions--she's definitely in the tough division so hopefully she brings her 'A'-game," Menary said. Pueblo Blue Chip won her lone start of the season, a 1:54.3 wire-to-wire performance in a division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Saratoga. Menary opted to skip the NYSS split at Tioga on Sunday, June 3, instead "trying to aim her for the Fan Hanover so she wouldn't have to go four weeks in a row then come back and race in six days," he said. "She came out of the [NYSS] a lot better than she came into it," Menary said. "She had never been to Saratoga. She raced well and came out of the race very well and trained very well this week. She got run at the whole way and still drew away from them, so it was a good first start of the year. "I think she's a nice filly, but it's up to her whether she wants to step up and advance with these kind of fillies." The sophomores may get most of the attention on Saturday, but Menary will also be sending out his stable star Sintra in the $34,000 Preferred. The Canadian Pacing Derby champion will be preparing for the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup and is making his second start of the season. "Sintra's come back super," Menary said. "It's a privilege to train a horse like him--he's the kind of horse that makes you get up and go out to the barn in the morning. I've had nice horses in the past and every time you have a good one you pray it's not your last because you can only have so many once in a lifetime horses. He's another one and hopefully there's more to follow. But he wintered very, very well. He's just such a doer and makes my job real easy." Sintra returned to the track on May 18, qualifying in 1:53.4 with a :25.2 final quarter. The five-year-old made his season debut a week later and came from off the pace to finish second. "He was excellent in his qualifier; he probably could've come home in :24--Jody started pulling him up at the top of the stretch. Then in his first start of the year he had an outside post and we raced him from the back, but he was pacing really hard to the wire. He just got beat by math." Menary has his eyes on many big events for Sintra, with his first stakes engagement being the always-star studded Mohawk Gold Cup on Cup night. This Saturday's 13-race program at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red (pacing mares). A free program for Saturday's card can be downloaded by clicking here. by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Communications    

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