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Randy Waples wanted to Control The Moment and that's why he gunned the pacer to the lead going to the quarter pole. That decision led Control The Moment to his eighth straight career victory in the first US$20,000 Breeders Crown elimination for harness racing two-year-old pacing colts and geldings at Woodbine on Friday night. After a near six-week absence from the racing scene Waples hadn't lost any confidence in Control The Moment at the outset. Pretty Boy Hill and Yannick Gingras alertly left the gate and sprinted to gain control but that lead was short-lived as Waples seized the front through a :27 1/5 opening quarter. The 1-2 public choice maintained a solid clip breezing to the half in :55 3/5 trailed by Pretty Boy Hill and American Passport at that point. Betting Line and driver Chris Christoforou were the first to pull and didn't get the cover they were expecting. Waples hardly seemed concerned with the outer flow as he guided Control The Moment aggressively to the three quarters in 1:24. The stretch drive proved interesting as the Brad Maxwell-trained Control The Moment didn't sprint away from the field but instead maintained his lead as American Passport angled out to challenge but couldn't gain. The only horse that did threaten the winner came in the form of Pretty Boy Hill with Gingras urging the Ron Burke-trained colt forward. Waples put the whip to Control The Moment and his margin shrunk but enough to provide Control The Moment with his eighth straight win. The margin was a solid head for the son of Well Said, in a respectable 1:52 1/5 clocking. Pretty Boy Hill held for second with Betting Line closing resolutely in third and American Passport and Nvestment Bluechip rounding out the qualifiers for the final. "He was getting tired at the end," said winning driver Randy Waples. "It's a windy night and I had to cut it. I would rather have Yannick (Pretty Boy Hill) on my back than Scott (Zeron behind the streaking American Passport) but he nearly beat me." "It's tough to have that kind of break between races with this type of horse. They need to be raced to be tight," Waples continued. Brad Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Ed Gold and Ben Mudry own Control The Moment.    Control The Moment     Jay Bergman for Breeders Corwn   Racing Hill On A Roll Row Winning Two-Year-Old Colt Pace Second Division   TORONTO, ON – Racing Hill has become a different horse with the addition of Lasix. He won his third consecutive race Friday night in the second US$20,000 Breeders Crown division for two-year-old pacing colts.   Driven by Brett Miller for trainer Tony Alagna, Racing Hill made a move in deep stretch to overtake Spider Man Hanover and win by an easy 2¾ lengths in 1:52. Boston Red Sox, dismissed at more than 23-1, finished second. Spider Man Hanover, who led from the half-mile pole and into the stretch, placed third.   Bred and owned by Tom Hill, Racing Hill had been in a slump prior to the addition of Lasix. But beginning with his two races in Lexington prior to Friday night, it was obvious this was a different horse. He was the favorite in the field of seven at just under 9-5.   “He’s just getting stronger every start,” Alagna said. “You couldn’t have put any better series together. He couldn’t be coming into these races any better.”   His second-last start saw him defeat the previously unbeaten, highly-rated Travel Playlist, finishing the final quarter mile in a snappy 26 seconds.   “There for a little while he wasn’t just quite as sharp, and every time I’d scope him he’d have a lot of allergy mucus, so I put him on Lasix just basically to dry his head up a little bit and it really seemed to do the trick,” Alagna added. “Now he’s getting his confidence back.”   Hill said when Alagna was training the horse to get ready for his first start he felt Racing Hill was special. Now the Roll With Joe colt is starting to show that quality on a consistent basis. You might say he’s on a roll.   “The last two or three starts, especially tonight, the horses that he’s beat he’s proved he’s (the) number one contender for the Meadowlands Pace,” Hill said. “We’re very happy with him and just looking forward to next year, and let’s hope we have a good horse come next Saturday (for the final).”   It will be an interesting showdown in the final against Control The Moment, who is undefeated in eight starts. He raced in the first division and won in a time of 1:52 1/5. Travel Playlist finished a disappointing fifth by more than 11 lengths, but qualified for the final. Driven by Marcus Miller, the Art Major colt made a move going around the final turn and appearing as if he would gain the lead, but flattened out.   Racing Hill, who upped his career bankroll to just under $140,000, paid $5.70, $3.90 and $2.40. Boston Red Socks paid $12.40 and $4.00. Spider Man Hanover, paid $2.90. The exacta paid $84.00, the trifecta $294.10.   Big Top Hanover placed fourth.    Racing Hill     Perry Lefko for Breeders Crown     2-year-old Colt Pace 1 Racing Hill, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna              2 Spider Man Hanover, Dave Miller, Brian Brown               3 Control The Moment, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell             4 Nvestment Bluechip, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary              5 American Passport, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna              6 Boston Red Rocks, Tim Tetrick, Steve Elliott            7 Big Top Hanover, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke               8 Travel Playlist, Marcus Miller, Erv Miller              9 Betting Line,Chris Christoforou, Casie Coleman             10 Pretty Boy Hill, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke              Ae: Carlos Danger   AE: Talk Show                 

Ontario star’s Randy Waples and Trevor Henry will be making the trip to Delaware, Ohio to drive Split The House and Rockin In Heaven, respectively, in the first elimination. This will be the first starter for harness racing driver Trevor Henry in the Little Brown Jug. Corey Callahan will drive Arque Hanover from post #6 in the second elimination. Matt Kakaley will get the call on the Ron Burke trained Paparazzi Hanover. The complete Jug field: $108,320 First Elimination Post – Horse (Trainer/Driver) Morning Line Odds 1. Lost For Words (Brian Brown/David Miller) 2-1 2. Rockin In Heaven (Dr. Ian Moore/Trevor Henry) 4-1 3. Yankee Bounty (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras) 6-1 4. Dude’s The Man (Jessica Okusko/Corey Callahan) 5-2 5. Trading Up (Tony Alagna/Scott Zeron) 15-1 6. Cooperstown (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley) 15-1 7. Split The House (Chris Oakes/Randy Waples) 10-1 $108,320 Second Elimination Post – Horse (Trainer/Driver) Morning Line Odds 1. Artspeak (Tony Alagna/Scott Zeron) 5-2 2. Paparazzi Hanover (Ron Burke/Matt Kakaley) 20-1 3. Rise Up Now (Brian Brown/Tim Tetrick) 10-1 4. My Hero Ron (Ron Burke/Yannick Gingras) 4-1 5. Wiggle It Jiggleit (Clyde Francis/Montrell Teague) 4-5 6. Arque Hanover (Casie Coleman/Corey Callahan) 15-1 7. Revenge Shark (Tony Alagna/Brett Miller) 6-1 8. Blood Brother (Jimmy Takter/David Miller) 20-1 $324,960 Second Heat (first four finishers from eliminations) $135,400 Race-Off (if necessary) The 2015 Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s will air nationwide on CBS Sports Network on Thursday, September 24 from 5:00 – 6:30 PM. Race officials have pushed back the start of the 19 race card on Thursday, September 24 to 12:00 Noon. The first elimination of the Little Brown Jug presented by Fazoli’s will go postward at 4:08 PM and he second elimination at 4:31 PM. The top four finishers in the eliminations will come back for the second heat with a 6:13 PM post. Jay Wolf

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Tony Alagna trainee Artspeak turned in a career-best harness racing performance of 1:48.2 to win the Simcoe Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers squared off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes. Casie Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover was sent off as the heavy 3/5 favourite off a pair of impressive victories leading up to Saturday's contest. The public's choice got away third, as Go Daddy Go blasted to the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26.1. Artpseak, the 7/5 second choice, dropped in fourth for driver Scott Zeron. Reverend Hanover made a second-quarter move to the lead for driver Steve Condren and posted a speedy half of :53.2. Around the final turn, Artspeak was given his cue to move from Zeron and came first up to draw within a length and a quarter of Revenred Hanvoer at the three-quarter pole in 1:21.1. In the stretch, Artspeak quickly erased Reverend Hanover's lead and paced by the leader with powerful strides to score an impressive 2¼ length victory in a Stakes Record time of 1:48.2. Reverend Hanover held on to finish second, while Split The House and The Wayfaring Man finished third and fourth, respectively. Artspeak, who was last year's two-year-old champion, came into Saturday night with three victories from 11 starts on the season, but most recently turned in a strong 1:50.1 qualifying mile at Mohawk on September 4. "I felt in the post parade that he was back to the way he started this year," said Zeron following the race. "He was aggressive and Tony did a great job prepping him for this race. "He had a couple weeks off and he qualified here in (1):50 and when I was racing here full-time that was a big mile qualifying." The son of Western Ideal came first up to score the victory Saturday and Zeron was very impressed with the effort. "I knew he was ready to rock tonight, doing a first-up trip like that, that was steep and to finish the way he did, it was amazing." Artspeak is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. The three-year-old colt now has four wins and over $500,000 earned this season. A $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, Artspeak's career totals currently sit at 12 wins and over $1.3 million in earnings. The Alagna trainee returned $4.80 to win. Artspeak L A Delight makes it nine straight in Champlain CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - L A Delight continued her dominance in the Champlain Filly Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Just a single division was needed for the Champlain Filly Stakes, as a field of nine competed for a rich purse of $241,380. One week after capturing the Shes A Great Lady Stakes, L A Delight returned to Mohawk and put on another impressive display. L A Delight, the 1/9 favourite, was sent to the front by driver Randy Waples and touched down on the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. It was game over from there, as the Bob McIntosh trainee cruised through fractions of :55.2 and 1:24, before waving goodbye to her rivals and drawing off for a 4½ length victory in 1:52.1. "She's just getting more professional every week," said McIntosh following the race. "I just feel lucky to have her and when you breed these things and they turn out like this, it's just extra special." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight has now won nine consecutive starts after dropping her career debut. She is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Good Will Hanover finished second, while Ivy League was third. L A Delight has now banked over $500,000 this season and a $2 win ticket Saturday night on the star filly returned $2.30. Following the race, McIntosh confirmed that L A Delight will race in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg before finishing her season in the Super Final. The OSS Super Finals will take place on Saturday, October 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. L A Delight Ontario sired colts take Champlain divisions CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Betting Line and Nvestment Bluechip scored victories in the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Over $100,000 was on the line in each division, as 16 rookie pacing colts and gelding competed. Control The Moment, this year's Metro Pace champion, was suppose to headline the $117,407 first division Saturday, but the Brad Maxwell trainee was a late scratch due to sickness. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line, who finished second to Control The Moment in the Metro, took full advantage of the scratch to the favourite. Driven by Steve Condren, Betting Line was able to drop in fifth in the early stages, as the lead changed hand several times through opening fractions of :26.3 and :55.2. Around the final turn, Betting Line came to the outside for Condren and tried to catch the cover of Racing Hill, but the Coleman trainee struggled to keep up and sat _ lengths off the leader Nocturnal Bluechip turning for home. In the stretch, Nocturnal Bluechip and Racing Hill went toe-to-toe and it appeared the race would come down to the pair, but Betting Line was able to straight things out and charge by the leaders with a wicked rush late to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:52. Nocturnal Bluechip finished second, while Inspiration View got through late to grab third from Racing Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Betting Line has now won five of eight starts for earnings of over $325,000. Following the race, Coleman noted that her trainee was on the right line and will be visiting the vet Monday to address an issue. Betting Line has found success on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season and that is where Coleman has him aimed for next. "There's a Gold here (Mohawk) the next Tuesday (September 22) and if he's ready I'll probably take him there," said Coleman. "I'll probably skip Flamboro and then Super Finals and he's also in the Breeders Crown." Betting Line is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. The son of Bettors Delight paid $3 to win. Betting Line Jody Jamieson worked out a perfect trip to allow Nvestment Bluechip to capture the $115,906 second division. A son of Shadow Play, Nvestment Bluechip charged out to the front and took the field by the opening-panel in :27. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, made a second-quarter brush from fourth to take command at the half in :56. Voracity turned up the tempo in the third-quarter in :27.4, as Kokanee Seelster pressed at him first-over. In the stretch, Voracity tried to pace away to victory, but Jamieson brought Nvestment Bluechip off his back and the son of Shadow Play paced on by for the victory in 1:52.1. New Talent made a late rush to finish a length and a half back in second, while Sossys King Kong finished third ahead of Voracity. Nvestment Bluechip is trained by Dave Menary and the conditioner said things went exactly as planned Saturday night. "It kind of went like I thought it was going to go," said Menary. "The colt had a really good week and I've always been pretty high on the colt and tonight we got paid for it." Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton and Thomas Kyron share ownership of Nvestment Bluchip, who now has three wins from seven starts this season. The rookie pacing colt has banked over $160,000 for his connections. Nvestment Bluechip paid $8.20 to win. Nvestment Bluechip Mark McKelvie    

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 10 - It was a night that most harness racing drivers could only dream of and a night that will live forever in the history book. Randy Waples is still buzzing from his impressive performance last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and can you blame him? The veteran reinsman swept the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes to become the first driver to capture all three-events in the same year. He also added two other victories on the card to drive the winners of over $900,000 on the evening. Waples performance not only had those at Mohawk talking, but also the whole country. The name "Randy Waples" was trending across Canada on Twitter, which is believed to be the first time a driver has ever trended on the Social Media platform. Heading into Saturday's mega-card Waples was loaded with talent. He was set with the undefeated Control The Moment in the Metro, the red-hot L A Delight in the Shes A Great Lady and he picked up the huge catch drive on State Treasurer in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The only thing left was for everyone to perform. "I knew I had a lot of power and they all had good post positions, but they got to show up and that's what was making me nervous," said Waples, outside the paddock Tuesday night at Mohawk. "I just thought that sooner or later one of them wouldn't show up. "I didn't know much about State Treasurer because it had been so long since I drove him, but the other two they had been showing up every week and I was just praying to god they showed up again and they did." Waples went into the big three stakes with two victories earlier on the card, including a dead-heat win in the evening's opening contest. Waples said the strong start to the night built confidence going forward. "If you start to stink it out right away then you're thinking to yourself 'Uh oh it's going to be one of those nights', but everything just raced really well and the ones that I was counting on they raced even better." Control The Moment, L A Delight and State Treasurer were all clear favourites in their respective events. Driving the favourite in any major race is stressful, but to drive three is another story. Waples directed the credit to the conditioners Brad Maxwell, Dr. Ian Moore and Bob McIntosh for giving him well prepared horses that made his job easier. "Everything lined up perfectly, just the way the three trainers in the three stake races just had their horses so good," Waples said. "I know I keep going back to that, but it's the truth. "They just had them unbelievably good and it was just a matter of trying to keep them in a right position, but you had so much power you could keep them in that right position and control things. It was just amazing." State Treasurer's win gave Waples his second Canadian Pacing Derby title, but his Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady scores were his first victories in those high profile races. A three-time Driver of the Year in Canada, Waples is having another great season and currently sits third in wins on the WEG circuit, but finding success on one of the sport's biggest stages is what it's all about. "It really picks you up and that's what you're here for," said Waples. "It's nice to win overnights and it's nice to win Gold finals and everything like that because it's good money, but those races they are tough to win." Capturing the Metro Pace puts the winner on a who's who list of past champions and that meant a lot to Waples. "A guy like (Steve) Condren, a great driver, still looking for his first one. I'm certainly not in his caliber, but I was looking for my first one," he said. "You look down that page and I'll tell you there is not a whole lot of guys that have won that race. "The Shes A Great Lady was another one that I had never won, so it's nice to win the ones that you've never won before." The racing season is filled with ups and downs and currently Waples is riding the momentum wave and enjoying it. "When I left Woodbine I was pretty beat up there. There was a lot of average bunch of horses, but this meet has just been fantastic," he said When told he was trending on Twitter Saturday night, Waples laughed and said he had to ask his daughter to find out what that meant. Saturday night was a night that Waples will never forget and realistically will be tough to match, but he won't have to wait long to reunite with his powerful two-year-olds. Control The Moment and L A Delight will both compete in the Champlain Stakes this Saturday at Mohawk. Both rookies will be looking to extend their win streaks. Loaded with star power, Waples is the hottest driver in racing right now and he's enjoying every minute of it. "There just a really nice bunch of horses, so to get up behind them it's a thrill." Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Just a week after capturing the Metro Pace, Control The Moment will put his undefeated harness racing streak on the line in a division of the Champlain Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. Control The Moment headlines the $117,407 first division from post position one for driver Randy Waples and trainer Brad Maxwell. The son of Well Said scored a dominant 1:49.4 victory in last Saturday's $685,000 Metro Pace to remain undefeated in seven starts. Control The has compiled a bankroll of $440,687 for owners Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Betting Line, who finished second in the Metro Pace, will look to turn the tables on Control The Moment from post position nine. The Casie Coleman trainee finished two and a quarter lengths behind Control The Moment in the Metro final. The son of Bettor's Delight has four victories from seven starts to begin his career and Steve Condren will once again handle the driving duties Saturday. A field of eight will contest the $115,906 second Champlain division. Tony Alagna trainee Voracity headlines the second split and is coming off a third-place finish in the Metro Pace. The son of Sportswriter has four victories from six starts, including a win in his elimination for the Metro Pace. Voracity will start from post position six with Waples in the bike. The Champlain divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will take place as Races 11 and 12. Similar to the Metro winner, L A Delight, the Shes A Great Lady champion, is right back in action on Saturday. The Bob McIntosh trainee headlines a field of nine in the lone division of the Champlain Filly Stakes for a purse of $241,380. A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight was a powerful 1:51.2 winner in the Shes A Great Lady to extend her current win streak to eight in a row. The McIntosh filly's only loss came in her career debut. L A Delight will start from post position four with Waples at the controls. The Champlain Filly Stakes is Race Nine on Saturday's card. A field of nine three-year-old pacers will square-off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes Saturday. Artspeak, last year's Metro Pace and rookie pacing colt of the year, headlines the field for the Simcoe. The Tony Alagna trainee is coming off a sharp 1:50.1 qualifier last Friday at Mohawk. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak has won three victories from 11 starts this season for earnings of over $409,000. The sophomore pacer has only missed the top-five once this season and brings a career bankroll of $1.2 million into the Simcoe. Artspeak will start from post four and be driven by Scott Zeron. Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover will also line up in the Simcoe. The son of Sportswriter has won back-to-back starts since returning to the track for the first time since May. Last Saturday, Reverend Hanover made a statement with a 1:48.3 victory in a three-year-old open. The Coleman trainee, who was undefeated in four starts last season, brings a career record of six wins from eight starts and earnings of $289,000 into the Simcoe. Reverend Hanover will start from the rail with Condren in the sulky. The Simcoe Stakes has been carded as Race Five Saturday evening. Saturday night's card will also feature the eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot and the Canadian Trotting Classic. In total, eight stakes races will be contested Saturday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes. PP/Horse/Driver $224,907 Simcoe Stakes (Race 5) 1. Reverend Hanover by Sportswriter - Steve Condren 2. Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said - Sylvain Filion 3. P L Idaho by Shadow Play - TBA 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal - Scott Zeron 5. Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover - Randy Waples 6. J Js Delivery by Jereme's Jet - James MacDonald 7. The Wayfaring Man by Dragon Again - Sylvain Filion 8. Go Daddy Go by Ponder - John Campbell 9. Lyons Again by Dragon Again- Yannick Gingras   $241,380 Champlain Filly Stakes (Race 9) 1. Maniana by Sportswriter - James MacDonald 2. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight - Randy Waples 3. Ivy League by Somebeachsomewhere- Jimmy Takter 4. Bernadette by Big Jim - Jody Jamieson 5. Three Dreams by Mach Three - James MacDonald 6. Twin B Thong by Sportswriter- Chris Christoforou 7. Good Will Hanover by Big Jim - Paul MacDonell 8. Heavenly Bet by Bettor's Delight - John Campbell 9. Sports Expert by Sportswriter - James MacDonald   $117,407 Champlain Stakes (Race 11) 1. Control The Moment by Well Said - Randy Waples 2. The Catamount Kid by Well Said - Jody Jamieson 3. Inspiration View by Shadow Play - Randy Waples 4. Nocturnal Bluechip by Bettor's Delight - Paul MacDonell 5. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three - Stephane Pouliot 6. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe - Yannick Gingras 7. Rock Power by Rocknroll Hanover - Sylvain Filion 8. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven - Randy Waples 9. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight - Steve Condren   $115,906 Champlain Stakes (Race 12) 1. Adrian Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 2. Sossys King Kong by Dragon Again - Brian Sears 3. New Talent by Mach Three - Randy Waples 4. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play - Jody Jamieson 5. Max Is Back by Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 6. Voracity by Sportswriter - Randy Waples 7. Kokanee Seelster by Camluck - Phil Hudon 8. Shoreview by Somebeachsomewhere - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - It was a big night for harness racing driver Randy Waples. The veteran driver, who turned 50 in July, swept all three of the Standardbred racing's classic races, Metro Pace, Canadian Pacing Derby and Shes A Great Lady, offered Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. From the undefeated Control the Moment in the Metro, to the veteran State Treasurer in the Canadian Pacing Derby to the dominant L A Delight in the two-year-old filly race, it was a memorable evening for Waples. "I was talking to Brett Miller as we are pulling up there (after the Shes A Great Lady) and like I said to Brett, these are the days or the nights that you dreamed about when you were a kid jogging horses on the farm," said Waples. "I like to say I am one of those guys who don't feel pressure that I don't get nervous but I've be lying. "But the thing is that I find is once I get on the track then I don't think about it. But when you are driving to Tim Hortons or drinking your coffee, you're listening to the radio, yeah, it creeps into your mind. You just don't want to cost people money and make the wrong moves. Tonight it just really worked out. I had three really great horses to drive, and they all showed up." Here are the recaps of Waples big night. Control The Moment, driven by Randy Waples, remains undefeated in his rookie campaign after capturing the $685,000 Metro Pace for two-year-olds on Saturday night at Mohawk. The heavily favoured Control The Moment notched his seventh straight victory for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Control The Moment got away mid-pack as Voracity and driver Sylvain Filion controlled the early pace by posting a :26 opening panel. Sitting fourth, Betting Line and driver Steve Condren was first to make a move and launch a bid for command. Waples and his charge had the same attack plan and went three-wide around Betting Line to take the lead and post the half in :54.2. Longshot Ideal Rockey put some first-up pressure on Control The Moment in the final turn but as the leader marched passed the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, he pulled away from the field. Control The Moment was under wraps in deep stretch. The brown colt breezed by the wire with a two and a quarter length margin of victory and stopped the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Betting Line finished second and Voracity was third. With the win, Waples captured his first Metro Pace trophy. "It is definitely a race that seems to avoid me," said the reinsman. "I thought I had a real good shot with Arthur Blue Chip [in 2013]. He won his elimination and then got sick going into the final and he had to be scratched. So that as a big let down. It seems like it was just a race that I just can't seem to get there first, but I had a good idea there a few weeks ago, a month ago, that I was going to be sitting pretty good." Co-owner Howard Taylor is thrilled with how much Control The Moment has accomplished in such a short time. "It's been absolutely incredible," said co-owner Howard Taylor. "It's been special. When he started racing and won his qualifier, Brad called me up and said, 'Watch that qualifier you can get it online.' He said, 'That was some kind of qualifier.' And it was a qualifier. He was the only two-year-old in the race. Then when he won after his second start he said, 'This is a special colt, I am telling you.' He's the best horse he ever trained, he said." The son of Well Said and Lifesliltreasure boosts his lifetime earnings to $440,687. Control The Moment paid $3.10 to win. Control The Moment State Treasurer added to his dream season Saturday night with a 1:47.4 victory in the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk Racetrack. Driven by Randy Waples, State Treasurer showed his grit and determination to secure the lead at the half and pulled away through wicked fractions to win the historic $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. A six-year-old son of Real Desire and Dr. Ian Moore trainee, State Treasurer got away fifth, but was quick to move to the outside and pushed towards the lead. JK Endofanera and Foiled Again waged war on the front-end and Waples opted to move three-wide to circle the lead pair at the half in :53.1. State Treasurer continued to power forward around the final turn and reached the three-quarter pole in a Track Record equaling time of 1:19.3. The Moore trainee put on a display for the crowd at Mohawk, as he paced home in :28.1 to score a 2 ½ length victory. Saturday night was the first time since September 2013 that Waples drove the star pacer, as David Miller, State Treasurer's regular driver, opted to race elsewhere. "It's a really deep field of horses and they are all fast and they are all tough at this level," said Waples, following the race. "When you go into these races you have to respect everyone else and that's what I always do and to see how it was going to play out. "It's been a long time since I drove him, but I know when you ask him to pace he can go very fast and very quick, so when I seen the way it was setting up at the half I took a shot and it worked out for me." Shamballa used his impressive closing-speed to come from last to finish second. Limelight Beach finished third, while JK Endofanera held on for fourth to round out the Superfecta. Just a $6,500 purchase as a yearling, State Treasurer is in the midst of a career best season with over $880,000 earned in 2015. "You certainly have to give a lot of credit to Randy," said Dr. Moore. "He said 'What do I need to know Doc, it's been a while' and I said use your discretion is all I said, he's been appreciating an aggressive drive lately and the horse was fantastic for sure." Owned by Sally MacDonald of Souris, Prince Edward Island and Paul MacDonald of Toronto, Ontario, State Treasurer now has 29 career victories and increased his earnings to over $1.8 million. State Treasurer paid $5.40, $3.40, $3.20 and combined with Shamballa ($4.50, $3.60) for an Exactor of $21.90. Limelight Beach ($13.50) rounded out the top-three for a Triactor of $536.20. The 2-5-7-3 Superfecta with JK Endofanera in the fourth-slot paid $1,367.20. State Treasurer After capturing the Metro Pace and Canadian Pacing Derby earlier on the Mohawk's action-packed Saturday card, driver Randy Waples then scored the stakes hat trick with his victory in the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady. The Bob McIntosh-trained L A Delight not only scored her eighth straight victory in nine outings, the two-year-old pacing miss also helped Waples becomes the first driver to win all three major stakes in the same year. L A Delight followed behind Thatsoveryverynice, who clocked the opening panel in :27.3, before taking command at the mid-way point and posting a :54.3 half. The 3-5 favourite held the lead passed the three-quarter pole in 1:23 and then marched her way across the wire in a lifetime mark of 1:51.2. L A Delight posting the two and three-quarter lengths victory over Darlinonthebeach. Thatsoveryverynice finished third. "I knew she had the pedigree to be a good filly," said McIntosh from the winner's circle. "When she came in she was an ordinary looking filly and training down she was one of those ones that was just very workman-like about her job but did nothing to stand out. I thought I had a couple of fillies better than her even, but they're back in the barn. But come time to race she just kicked it in and was a total professional." The homebred daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A boosts her lifetime earnings to $406,145 for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables, and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. L A Delight returned $3.30 to win. L A Delight Mark McKelvie

Through the early part of his career, Control The Moment has been in total control. On Saturday, he will try to seize the moment and win the harness racing  Metro Pace. Unbeaten in six races, Control The Moment is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Mohawk Racetrack's C$685,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. He won his Metro elimination by 3-1/2 lengths last weekend and will start the final from post four with regular driver Randy Waples at the controls for trainer Brad Maxwell. Voracity and Betting Line also won Metro eliminations. Voracity, who was piloted by Waples in his elim, will start from post three with Sylvain Filion driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Betting Line leaves from post two with Steve Condren at the lines for trainer Casie Coleman. Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Post time is 7:05 p.m. for the first race. The Metro Pace is race seven, with a post time of 9:17 p.m. approximately. The precocious Control The Moment has shown versatility so far in his career, winning from both off the pace and on the lead, with an average margin of victory of nearly two lengths. "I know I've never had one this good at this stage," said longtime harness racing owner Howard Taylor, who shares Control The Moment with Maxwell, Ed Gold, and Ben Mudry. "Every start is just so impressive. Every week has just been better and better. It's been a fun ride so far." It's a ride that began with a conversation prior to the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale, where Control The Moment was purchased by Maxwell for the group for $47,000. Control The Moment is a son of stallion Well Said out of the mare Life'sliltreasure. Taylor had mentioned to Maxwell that he was a fan of Well Said as a sire -- so much so he bought a share of the stallion -- and Maxwell was a fan of Life'sliltreasure, who he trained during the final two years of her racing career. "It was right before the sale I was telling him how much I liked Well Said and it stuck in his head," Taylor said. "He said that's why he bought him, because I said I liked Well Said and he liked the mare. It was her first colt." Control The Moment's family includes past Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion You Rock as well as Summer Child, who is the dam or grandam of a slew of stakes-winners including 1999 Metro Pace winner The Firepan, Indulge Me, Thong, and Summertime Lea. Taylor didn't hear much about Control The Moment as Maxwell methodically prepared him for the season. When the colt was nearer to racing, he received a favorable report from Maxwell. "I didn't even think about (Control The Moment) over the winter," Taylor said. "Brad never really said too much until he was getting ready to race, and then he said he thought we had a good one. He was pretty high on him when he got close to racing. And he's been since." Last week in his Metro elimination, Control The Moment was parked out in third place through an opening quarter-mile of :26.3. He briefly took a spot inside off the first turn before Waples guided him to the lead on the backstretch. He was a length in front as the field neared the stretch, but opened up by more than four lengths before coasting home in 1:52.1 over a track labeled "good" because of rain. Control The Moment in his elimination Betting Line won his division by 2-1/4 lengths over The Catamount Kid in 1:52.2 and Voracity won his division by a nose over American Passport in 1:54.3. "I re-watched the elimination and I didn't appreciate how roughed up he got in the race," Taylor said. "He got stung pretty good before he got in a hole, and he only sat in the hole for a couple steps. He basically cut it. "I've never had one win that easy. I'm sure he's got a bottom -- they all do -- but I don't think he's gotten close to it. (Waples) was effortless and motionless in the bike and he just opened up on them. And those are good horses. I was impressed, and it takes a lot to impress me like he has. It's exciting." Following is the Metro Pace field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning lines: 1. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 7-2 3. Voracity by Sportswriter, Sylvain Filion, Tony Alagna, 3-1 4. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 9-5 5. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 15-1 7. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, John Butenschoen, 12-1 9. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 10. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 - With a golden pedigree to back up her nearly perfect record this year, it comes as no surprise that L A Delight has become a contender to be reckoned with in the harness racing two-year-old pacing division. Trainer and owner Bob McIntosh has a better understanding of her impressive maternal line than most. Purchased for $115,000 as a yearling, L A Delight's grand-dam Los Angeles became a fixture on racing's Grand Circuit under McIntosh's tutelage. The Camluck mare was retired after her three-year-old season, hanging up the hopples with a mark of 1:53.4 to her name and taking up residence in the breeding shed. In eleven years since her transition, Los Angeles has produced eight horses with total earnings of over $2.5 million dollars. Among her offspring was the great son of Ponder, Thinking Out Loud. Capturing the US Pacing Derby in a sharp 1:47.2 as a four-year-old, he built up an extensive highlight reel over a career that put nearly $2 million in the bank. Her first foal, however, was a Western Hanover filly named West of L A. "We bought Los Angeles as a yearling and she turned out to be a really solid race mare, and then she turned out to be a great producer," said McIntosh. "She has produced a couple of really great horses, and West of L A was a very good filly. The family worked out really well for me." West of L A bankrolled $257,150 for connections Robert McIntosh, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., taking a mark at the Red Mile of 1:53.2, but was retired off her fastest mile, 1:50.1 at Dover Downs, at the end of her three-year-old season. She wasted no time in setting a very high standard for her offspring, producing Somewhere in L A, who has posted a record of 12-9-7 in 46 starts with nearly $700,000 in earnings. This season, her Bettor's Delight filly L A Delight has become a dominating presence in Ontario racing. Having spent many years with her family, McIntosh believes they all have the most important thing in common. "All three of them have had really quick speed. They're all good gaited and have quick speed to match." Training down for this season, McIntosh had no way of knowing the hidden potential in his homebred. Quiet and unassuming around the barn, she had yet to stand out in the group. "She was perfect, she was just one of those really easy to get along with fillies. She had no real quirks. In the winter, I thought she was a nice filly, but I never dreamt this. It was a nice surprise. I actually thought I had a couple that were better back then," said McIntosh. "She never did anything wrong but she never stood out. She was always there with the group, just never a show off. But when she started racing that obviously changed. " L A Delight started her freshman campaign with a third place performance, closing hard in 27 seconds to hit the board. Likely not a fan of being denied victory, the filly has since set a seven race win streak and will be looking to make it eight on Saturday night in the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final. L A Delight set a flashy mark of 1:51.4 in the Eternal Camnation stakes on August 22, the final prep heading into the Shes a Great Lady eliminations. Leaving from the two hole in last Saturday's elimination, she sat third to the quarter, but was not content to wait for long. Gaining the lead by the three quarters, she cruised home easily for driver Randy Waples to win in 1:54.2. "She came out of it perfect, there was no real stress for her last week," said McIntosh. "Randy never had to ask her and it's been a good week since. At this point, she's very tight, so she doesn't need a lot of work. I'll go a couple slow miles with her on Thursday." After earning the right to select post four for Saturday's final, L A Delight will square off against the other elimination winner Thatsoveryverynice, who starts directly to her inside in the three hole. Conditioned by Tony Alagna, she is four for five with an Ontario Sires Stakes record mark of 1:51.2. "I've got a lot of faith in her, she hasn't been to the bottom of the well yet," said McIntosh. "I expect a lot from Alagna's filly, she's been spectacular. Hopefully we have some good racing luck." Staked lightly for her freshman season, L A Delight has remained close to home. Only one start has seen her away from the Campbellville oval, shipping to Georgian Downs for an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. "She wasn't staked to a lot of events because I didn't think she was that spectacular early on," said McIntosh with a laugh. "If everything goes as planned, she's going to have thirteen starts which I think is funny for a two-year-old. I think she has another Sires Stakes Gold and then the Super Final. She's got plenty of races right here at home, but hindsight is always 20/20." Next year, her full sister will take to the track to contest her own freshman campaign. Way Bettor, bred and owned by the same connections, will be looking to follow in L A Delight's footsteps. Those who may be eyeing the youngster will be sadly disappointed, her name absent from the fall yearling sales. "We're going to retain her; I don't send yearlings to the sale that I raise. I sell off pieces, but there's nothing for sale in that full sister, she's already divided up. I haven't seen her lately but the last time I saw her, she was a really nice, good looking filly." With another convincing victory in the books in last Saturday's eliminations, L A Delight will be the one to watch as she looks to do what her dam and grand-dam could not: capture the Shes a Great Lady stakes final. McIntosh is confident in her ability, three generations in the making. "Hopefully the racing gods are on our side, we'll look to leave the bad luck at home and get a good, clean trip out there. I wouldn't trade fillies with anyone." Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight continued their respective hot streaks with harness racing victories in the She's A Great Lady eliminations Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 12 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into a pair of six-horse $35,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination punched their ticket to the final, while the winners also earned the right to select their post. In the first split, Thatsoveryverynice went gate-to-wire with ease to score her fourth win of the season. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the 1/5 faovurite, stepped out to the front without any challengers and posted an opening-panel of :28.4. The daughter of Vintage Master went unchallenged through the middle-half panels of :58.1 and 1:26.3 before pacing home under no urging in :27.4 for a 2½ length 1:54.2 victory. Upside Surprise finished second, while JK Fannie rounded out the Triactor. Albany Girl and Highland Rocksolid also secured spots in next week's final. A Tony Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice entered her elimination off a comfortable victory in the Eternal Camnation Stakes. Following the race, Jamieson noted that his filly got the job done easily once again. "Didn't even have to pull the plugs tonight and she was very strong," said Jamieson. "Each time I drive her she gets more impressive and tonight was no exception. Slow fractions, but to have no one around her and to be able to pull away under minimal urging and then shut her down halfway down the stretch, I mean I don't think she could be coming into the final in much better form." Thatsoveryverynice increased her earnings to over $142,000 for owners Alagna Racing LLC. and Marvin Katz with the victory. A $2 win ticket on the Alagna rookie paid $2.50. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to seven with a 1:54.2 victory in the second elimination. The Bob McIntosh trainee got away third with driver Randy Waples, while Blue Moon Stride posted fractions of :28.2 and :57.4. Around the final turn, Waples sent the 1/5 favourite first up, as the field paced by three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the stretch, L A Delight quickly paced by Blue Moon Stride and cruised home under minimal urging to win by a length and a half over a hard-closing Darlinonthebeach. Three Dreams finished third, while Blue Moon Stride and Ivy League rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Waples noted that McIntosh made an equipment change heading into this week's start. "Bob added them (earplugs) this week...I said to him last week after I raced her that she was just maybe getting a little bit warm compared to what she had been and he said okay no problem. He goes out changes her equipment, takes a filly that hasn't been beat (in five-starts) and makes her better. That's Bob McIntosh." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacer now has seven wins in eight starts and earnings of over $178,000. L A Delight paid $2.50 to win. L A Delight The post positions for next Saturday's (September 5) $455,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes Final PP/Horse 1. Three Dreams 2. Albany Girl 3. Thatsoveryverynice 4. L A Delight 5. Upside Surprise 6. Darlinonthebeach 7. Highland Rocksolid 8. Ivy League 9. JK Fannie 10.Blue Moon Stride AE: Show Time Hill Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 22 - Harness racing rookie pacers Voracity, The Catamount Kid & Control The Moment scored Grand Circuit victories Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in the Nassagaweya Stakes. A group of 21 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into three $78,334 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes. Voracity, a two-time Ontario Sires Stakes Gold series winner, took his game to another level with a 1:51.2 victory in the opening division. Driven by Randy Waples, Voracity, the 6/5 favourite, got away second heading into the first turn, as Heavymetal Hanover hung up an opening-quarter of :27. In the second-quarter, Talk Show, the 3/2 second choice, came to the outside from fourth for driver Jack Moiseyev triggering Waples to pull the pocket and circle to the front. Talk Show cleared Voracity for the lead after a half of :56.1 and turned up the tempo taking the field down to three-quarters in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Voracity came to the outside to set up a stretch duel between the top two choices. In the final-eighth, Voracity took the lead from a game Talk Show and prevailed by three-quarter of a length in a career-best 1:51.2. Heavymetal Hanover finished third, while Carter Beach was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity is co-owned and trained by Tony Alagna. The rookie pacer started his career two for two, but suffered his first defeat by a nose in his last outing. "He's been really good here on the Woodbine circuit," said Alagna, following the race. "We took him down to Rideau and he was second and I didn't think he raced as well as he had been. It was the first time he had shipped that kind of distance and I think it dulled him a little bit. Tonight Randy did a great job, he read the race just the way it was going to play out and the colt responded." Brad Grant and John Fodera share ownership of Voracity with Alagna. The OSS star now has three wins from four starts and earnings of $152,917. Voracity was a $47,000 yearling purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Sale. The Alagna trainee paid $4.50 to win. Voracity In the second division, Carl Jamieson trainee The Catamount Kid made a second-quarter move to the front and never looked back en route to a 1:52.1 victory. A son of Well Said, The Catamount Kid and driver Jody Jamieson showed early speed to get situated in third, as Sossys King Kong posted an opening-quarter of :27.3. In the second-quarter, Rodeo Rock and driver Waples circled to the front from second, but their lead was short-lived, as Jamieson sent The Catamount Kid to the front from third and reached the half in :56.4. Ideal Rocky, the 7/5 favourite, came first up around the final turn and got to the wheel of The Catamount Kid, but that was as close as anyone would get to the leader. The Catamount Kid charged home comfortably in :27.1 to score a two-length victory over Sossys King Kong. Ideal Rocky had to settle for third, while Mindtrip was fourth. The Catamount Kid is owned by Carl Jamieson, Thomas Kyron, George Harrison and Brian Paquet. The rookie was a $67,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "He was one of our top horses all winter," said Carl Jamieson, following the race. "He's good gaited, easy to work with and he's a really nice horse." The Catamount Kid now has two wins from four starts and a bankroll of $64,441. The clocking of 1:52.1 is a career-best for the Jamieson trainee. The Catamount Kid paid $8.40 to win. Catamount Kid Control The Moment improved to a perfect five for five with a strong 1:51.4 victory in the final division. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment and driver Waples took back at the start and got away in sixth. Manny cut the mile and posted opening fractions of :27.1 and :56.1. Down the backstretch, Control The Moment picked up the cover of Inspiration View and the two colts marched their way towards the leader around the final turn, as Manny posted a three-quarter time of 1:25. In the stretch, Control The Moment charged by his rivals with effortless strides and cruised home in :26.2 for the victory. American Passport finished up with a strong late-kick to finish second by a length, while Racing Hill and Manny were third and fourth, respectively. Control The Moment is trained by Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership of the colt with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The rookie pacer was purchased for $47,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The driving victory for Waples was his third stakes victory on the card. Control The Moment increased his bankroll to $78,187 with the victory Saturday and also lowered his career-mark by two-fifths of a second. The Maxwell trainee paid $2.80 to win. Control The Moment All three Nassagaweya division winners are eligible to the eliminations of the Metro Pace next Saturday. Two-year-old pacing fillies were also in action Saturday in two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes. In the $110,361 first division, Thatsoveryverynice continued the strong evening for the Alagna stable with a 1:51.4 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the even-money favourite, got away fifth heading into the first turn and sat in that position until nearing the half. Blue Moon Stride, the New Jersey Sires Stakes champion, made a second-quarter brush to the lead, but was quickly confronted by Twin B Thong. Thatsoveryverynice was left first up around the final turn, as Twin B Thong took the field by the third-quarter in 1:23.4. In the stretch, Thatsoveryverynice powered by Twin B Thong to take the lead. Blue Moon Stride couldn't find room up the rail and swung to the far outside to make a late bid, but came up a length short of Thatsoveryverynice. Twin B Thong held on for third, while Three Dreams was fourth. An Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice set an OSS record of 1:51.2 in her career debut and has two Gold victories on her resume. The daughter of Vintage Master suffered her first loss last week at Georgian. "She's done nothing wrong all along," said Jamieson, following the race. "Last week was more my fault, just kind of fighting her at the gate. Tonight she was a different horse. Tony brought her in right where she was perfect and went up to the gate and did all the work." Thatsoveryverynice is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Marvin Katz. She now has a record of three wins from four starts and earnings of $125,315. Thatsoveryverynice returned $4.30 to win. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to six in a row with a 1:51.4 victory in the $112,130 second division. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, L A Delight floated off the gate to get away in sixth, while Darlinonthebeach sprinted to the opening-quarter in :26.1. Darlinonthebeach was unchallenged in the second-quarter and took the field by the half in :55.1. Shes Lights Out came out from third to challenge first up around the final turn, while L A Delight was making up ground on the outside and tipped three-wide at the three-quarter pole In the stretch, L A Delight roared by her rivals and pulled away with every stride under a hand drive from Waples to win by jusy over 4 lengths. Show Time Hill came through to finish second, while Darlinonthebeach and Keystone Paula were third and fourth, respectively. L A Delight now has six wins in a row and had been doing most of the work on the front end, but Waples decided to change things up Saturday. "There was a couple of them that were really hot behind the gate and it just seemed to me that if I went with them we were going to see some really serious fractions and I was going to be in a position I didn't want to be," said Waples. "I was able to stay out of the real speed stuff at the start and it just worked out." L A Delight is co-owned and trained by Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Bettor's Delight has been undefeated since dropping her career debut and already has two OSS Gold victories to her name. "As bad as it sounds you kind of expect it out of Bob's barn because he gives you so many nice horses to drive," said Waples. "She's extremely fast and she's perfect gaited, but I guess the biggest thing is she has a real winning attitude." C S X Stables and Al McIntosh are also part of the filly's ownership group. L A Delight now has six wins from seven starts and earnings of $161,145. The clocking of 1:51.4 established a new career-best. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $3.30. L A Delight Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight are both eligible to next Saturday's Shes A Great Lady eliminations. The draw for the eliminations of both the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady Stakes will take place this Tuesday. Mark McKelvie

All eyes were on the heavy 1/9 favourite L A Delight in Thursday night's final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Raceway and she did not disappoint. The Bob McIntosh trainee cruised to victory over five other rookie pacing fillies in 1:53.4 to take the $36,800 series finale. Driven by Randy Waples, L A Delight, who won the second leg of the series, made a second-quarter move to the lead to grab the front from round one winner Shes Lights Out. After posting a half of :58, L A Delight was challenged first up around the final turn by 24/1 shot Bad Lightning and the fillies dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Bad Lightning was no match for the heavy favourite, as L A Delight pulled away from her challenger and cruised home easily in :27.3 for the 4 ¼ length victory. Bad Lightning turned in a good effort to finish second, while Shes Lights Out was third. "It looked like that (a training mile), but you take them however you get them," said Al McIntosh, co-owner of L A Delight following the race. "We are very pleased with the way she's coming now and it looks like better things could be ahead." A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacing filly now has four wins from five starts this season for earnings of $70,080 L A Delight is eligible to the upcoming Eternal Camnation and Shes A Great Lady Stakes and McIntosh indicated that both are likely on the horizon for the filly along with Ontario Sires Stakes action. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $2.10.   Also on Thursday night, the first round of the Define The World series was contested for two-year-old trotters. A field of eight competed in the $12,000 first leg of the three-week series event. Blenheim was sent off as the 3/5 favourite for trainer/driver Per Henriksen and the veteran conditioner sent the son of Yankee Glide to the front. The public's choice got to call the shots in the middle-half posting panels of :59 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Brad Maxwell trainee Bucketlist Hanover and driver Randy Waples shot up the rail from fourth to overtake the lead from the heavy favourite. Stablemate Deep Impact also had plenty of trot on the far outside to set up a tight finish between the Maxwell trainees. At the wire, Bucketlist Hanover prevailed by half a length over Deep Impact for an 11/1 upset. Lean Hanover rallied for third, while Blenheim finished fourth. A son of Cantab Hall, Bucketlist Hanover was making his career debut Thursday evening and is now one for one for owners Van Camp Trotting Corp. and Maxwell. The rookie trotter was purchased for $11,000 as a yearling at last year's Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on Bucketlist Hanover returned $24.60. The second leg of the Define The World will take place next Thursday (August 13). Mark McKelvie  

Control The Moment capped off his dominance of the Dream Maker Series with a 1:52.1 victory Monday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack. The Brad Maxwell trainee came into Monday's $36,400 final off a pair of easy victories in the preliminary legs and delivered another similar effort for the series sweep. The scratch of Kokanee Seelster brought the field down to just four two-year-old pacers for the series finale. Control The Moment and driver Randy Waples left from the rail and got away in third, but Waples quickly moved the son of Well Said to the front around the first turn. After an easy quarter of :29, Control The Moment turned up the tempo and posted fractions :56.3 and 1:24.2 for a middle-half of :55.2. In the stretch, Control The Moment put the race on ice and paced home comfortably in :27.4 for a 2 1/4 length victory. Mindtrip came from fourth at the top of the lane to finish second, while Derecho and Adrian Hanover rounded out the top four. Control The Moment is now undefeated in four starts and has banked $39,020. "I liked him before I baby raced him, I actually went out to Brad's (Maxwell) farm and he got me to train him a couple times," said Waples, following the race. "He's just gives you the feeling the first time you sit behind him, whether you jog him or train him, you don't have to go fast. He's just a very imposing horse." A $47,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October, Control The Moment is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.1 lowered his career mark by two-fifths of a second. A $2 win ticket on Control The Moment paid $2.20. Also on Monday evening, the first leg of the Pure Ivory Series was contested for two-year-old trotting fillies. A field of nine fillies lined up for the $12,000 first leg of the three-week series. The Blake MacIntosh trained fillies Rose Run Reanna and Thisladysdynamite were sent off as co-favourites at 9/5. The two fillies showed the most early speed and Rose Run Reanna grabbed the front just ahead of her stablemate. The two fillies sat one-two through fractions of :29, :59 and 1:29 to lead the field into the lane. In the stretch, Thisladysdynamite and driver Jody Jamieson came to outside to try and power by Rose Run Reanna and driver Doug McNair. The fillies went toe-to-toe right to the wire, with Thisladysdynamite getting up late to win by a  Pennies From Above made a late charge to finish a close third, while Sound Of Music was fourth. A daughter of Explosive Matter, Thisladysdyamite most recently broke her maiden with a victory at Georgian Downs. The rookie trotting filly now has two wins from five starts and earnings of $11,620 for owners MacIntosh, Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman. Thisladysdynamite was a $20,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale last October. Her 1:59 victory lowered her previous mark by more than a second. The MacIntosh exactor paid $18.90 for a $2 wager, while Thisladysdynamite paid $5.90 to win. The second leg of the Pure Ivory will take place next Monday (August 3). Mark McKelvie

JULY 31, 2015 - Driver Randy Waples captured a pair of three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with horses trained by one of his harness racing heroes. "Growing up in this business, he's the guy that everybody always wants to drive for, so when you find yourself lucky enough to be driving for him it's a rush every time," said Waples of Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "I have my heroes in the business too, and being able to drive horses for a guy like that, it's a rush." Waples kicked off the Grassroots program with a win, steering Regal Sight to a 1:52.3 score from Post 6. The pair took control heading for the half and was never headed, sailing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Ace Of Clubs. The Fire Within was three lengths back in third. "He raced really well," said Waples. "He got a little hot behind the gate last week and made a break, but he was back to himself tonight." The win was the first this season for Regal Sight, who had posted one second and two thirds in the first three Grassroots events. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON bred and own the son of Stonebridge Regal and You See L A, who currently sits seventh in the division point race with 99. Regal Sight Waples and McIntosh recorded their second victory in the fourth Grassroots division, with the Milton, ON resident giving Artful Way a come-from-behind steer. Starting from Post 9, Waples eased Artful Way onto the rail in fifth and waited until the three-quarter marker to shift into the outer lane behind fan favourite Southwind Indy. Turning for home two and one-half lengths behind leader Feeling Cam Lucky, Waples shifted Artful Way into high gear and the gelding powered down the stretch to get a head in front of Feeling Cam Lucky and Southwind Indy in 1:51.3. "He's been drawing horrible lately. He's had a 10 and two nines his last three starts down here, so he hasn't really been able to get into the race. Tonight he had his nose right on the gate and when I looked over there looked like there was going to be a couple spots available, so it just really worked out good for him," said Waples of the Artistic Fella son. "Usually if you can get him in the middle somewhere he doesn't mind first over. He can grind away first over pretty good. He's win two or three times like that. "He can take a lot of air, he just seems not to get tired," added Waples. "He's got a big motor; a big motor and a big set of lungs." McIntosh bred and owns Artful Way, who was also a winner in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 2. In the other two Grassroots legs the gelding finished fifth and third, giving him a total of 117 points and sole ownership of fourth in the division standings with two regular season events remaining. Artful Way Bob Ben And John gave his connections a nice parting gift in the second Grassroots division. The Sportswriter gelding, who is entered in the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Aug. 1, scored his first win of 2015 with a 1:53.3 front-end triumph over Windsong Lord and Halton Hurricane. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton. Following the race Sorella took to Twitter to say farewell to the gelding: "Thanks for the memories Bob. Best of luck in your new home." Friday's win boosted Bob Ben And John into eighth in the point race, making him a more attractive acquisition for a new owner hoping to participate in the Grassroots post season. Bob Ben And John Sporting The Look also jumped up the standings with his victory in the third division. Another son of Sportswriter, Sporting The Look powered out of the pocket and past pacesetter Twin B Scandal to claim his second straight Grassroots win in a personal best 1:51.2. Mach Code rounded out the top three. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the victory for his father Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON and his partners 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Two wins and one eighth in Grassroots competition give Sporting The Look 101 points, putting him in sixth. Sporting The Look The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to the connections of His Boy Elroy, who also used come-from-behind tactics to secure the victory. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic urged His Boy Elroy down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over Sugarsam and Make Some Luck in a personal best 1:51.4. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. Through three Grassroots starts the colt now has one win, one second and one eighth-place result for a total of 76 points. His Boy Elroy The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack for the fifth Grassroots event of their season on August 21. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Tuesday, August 4 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner L A Delight scored another impressive victory Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in second leg action of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. A field of seven rookie pacing fillies squared off in the $12,000 second round of the three-week series event. The Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight, who did not compete in round one, was made the heavy 1/5 favourite over leg one winner Shes Lights Out. The round one winner sprinted to the front for driver Paul MacDonell in Thursday's contest, while L A Delight and driver Randy Waples got away just behind in second. Shes Lights Out set fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 with L A Delight waiting patiently in the pocket for the stretch drive. In the stretch, L A Delight powered by Shes Lights Out on the outside and cruised home under a hand drive from Waples to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:54. Shes Lights Out battled to the wire to finish second, while Bad Lightning, who was green behind the gate and got away sixth, finished third. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is the third foal out of the talented pacing filly West Of L A and is a half-sister to the $632,000 winning gelding Somewhere In L A. L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The rookie pacing filly now has three wins from four starts for earnings of $51,680. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight paid $2.40. The final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (August 6). Mark McKelvie

After having his early season derailed by allergies, two-year-old trotting colt Willyorwonthe finally found his way to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. The colt and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON fired away from Post 8 in the last $18,000 Grassroots division and reeled off fractions of :28.2, :59 and 1:30.1 before fending off a late challenge from The Land Shark and sailing under the wire a three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4. Sass was well behind the leaders in third. It was Willyorwonthe's first win since he turned heads with a 1:56.3 triumph in a two-year-old conditioned event at Mohawk on July 2, and the effort caused owner-trainer Bill Megens of Puslinch, ON to breathe a small sigh of relief. "He raced very good the first start," said Megens of the colt's July 2 debut. "He had a few problems with food allergies so the vet, after the first race, suggested I treat him for the allergies and it kind of back-fired, he was allergic to the treatment." Willyorwonthe broke out in a rash, his throat was inflamed and he developed a cough in response to the allergy treatment. In his first two Ontario Sires Stakes appearances, at the Gold Series level on July 13 and 21, he finished seventh and fourth without the finishing kick he had shown Megens all winter. "He'd been good all along and I couldn't figure out what the heck went wrong with him," said Megens, who learned that 30 per cent of horses have an adverse reaction to the allergy treatment. "Hopefully we've got that under control now. He's not allergic to dust or nothing, it's just some foods." Following Willyorwonthe's reaction to the allergy treatment, Megens reverted to the simple diet he had been feeding the son of Angus Hall and Mikestory since he was a foal. "No more sweet feed or any of the mixed feeds." "He's allergic to corn and soy beans both, so it makes it hard to get a feed that don't contain them, so I put him on straight oats," said the horseman, who bred both Willyorwonthe and his dam, $246,254 winner Mikestory. "When I trained him down he was on straight oats and he always was good, and then I tried to get him a little better feed and it didn't work." If Willyorwonthe continues to regain his health Megens will send him to Georgian Downs for the fourth Grassroots event on August 4, and a positive result there may see the young trotter take another run at the Gold Series colts. "Hopefully he'll stay healthy for a while," said the horseman. "We'll see after the next race, if he races well next time we'll probably try him in the Gold again." Local trotter Holiday Bro also captured his first Ontario Sires Stakes trophy on Tuesday. The son of Holiday Road and Armbro Xanadu circled out wide in the final quarter and sprinted down the stretch to a two length victory over favourite United BI and Muscle Time in 2:00.3 in the second division. "They were all hanging in the last turn, so I whipped out like 10-wide and let him trot," quipped Phil Hudon, who piloted Holiday Bro to the win for owner-trainer Ivan Gallant of Rockwood, ON. "I helped Ivan train him down and he's coming along nicely," added the Guelph, ON resident. "He's getting better every start and he's a quick learner." In his Grassroots debut, at Clinton Raceway on July 19, Holiday Bro finished second, so Tuesday's victory bumped his point tally to 75 and put him in fifth spot in the standings with three regular season events left on the two-year-old trotting colt calendar. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples won two Grassroots events, with Thee Desperado and Frankly Speaking. Starting from Post 5 in the first division, Thee Desperado recovered quickly from an early break in stride and then reeled in the leaders through the stretch to post a victory in his first lifetime start. Waples and the Manofmanymissions son hit the wire one-half length ahead of favourite Recreate and Romeo, stopping the teletimer at 1:58.3. Waples engineered the win for trainer Brent Belore of Embro, ON and owners Karen and Daniel MacIntyre of London, ON, Joshua McKibbin of Tillsonburg, ON and Nancy Newport of Ingersoll, ON. Lightly rated Frankly Speaking also used a come-from-behind move to post his first victory in the fifth division. The Angus Hall son bested Asterix and Clone The Tone by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Waples piloted the colt for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owners Frank Spagnolo of Potsdam, NY and Frank Schimizzi of Ottawa, ON. Georgies Pockets kept a neck in front of UF Musclemass Star to record his second straight Grassroots victory in the fourth split. The Muscle Mass son and driver Steve Condren hit the wire in 1:58.3. Cool Creek Victory rounded out the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren piloted the colt to his second win for trainer Melvin Turcotte of Coconut Creek, FL and owners M T Pockets Stables of Pompano Beach, FL. Georgies Pockets now shares top spot in the division standings with United BI. Windsun Missile captured the other Grassroots division with a 2:00 clocking for trainer-driver Per Henriksen . The duo bested JLs Bad Moon Risin and Welland Seelster. Henriksen trains the Kadabra colt for Steve Organ of Aurora, ON, Asa Farm of Norwood, ON and Darryl Drain of Tweed, ON. The two-year-old trotting colts make their fourth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August. 4, while their feminine peers arrive at Mohawk on Thursday evening for seven Grassroots divisions. The two-year-old trotting fillies are featured in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, 8, 9, and 11 on the Thursday program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

The second leg of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers was once again the Control The Moment show Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The two-year-old son of Well Said scored his third straight victory to begin his career over five rivals in 1:52.3. Driven by Randy Waples, Control The Moment got away in third and sat in that position until near the half-mile pole, at which point Waples gave the rookie pacer his cue to move up. The 3/5 favourite cleared to the front around the final turn and it was game over from there. Control The Moment cruised home in :28.2 to win by two lengths over Kokanee Seelster. Adrian Hanover finished third, while Derecho was fourth. A $47,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Control The Moment has earned $19,000 in three starts for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.3 knocked more than a second off his previous mark. Control The Moment paid $3.40 to win. The Maxwell trainee will now have a chance for a series sweep next Monday in the $36,400 final. Mark McKelvie

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