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MILTON, ON - July 27, 2018 - Firebby took care of business as the even-money harness racing favourite in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The six-year-old Australian bred and driver Louis Philippe Roy shot out to the lead in a field of six and proceeded to call all the shots en route to a 1:53.4 score. Firebby posted soft panels of :29, :57.4 and 1:26 before firing home in :27.4 over the "off" track to win. Bettors Up rallied from last with a :26.4 kicker to make things interesting, finishing second beat a neck. Sandbetweenurtoes finished third, while Artistic Madison was fourth. Trained by Ron Adams, Firebby had been held winless in her last four starts, with her most recent victory coming in her Woodbine debut on June 1. Firebby is now five for nine since coming to North America this season. She was purchased privately by current owners David Kryway and Adams following her third start in North America. The new connections supplemented the daughter of Courage Under Fire to the Roses Are Red Stakes following her June 1 victory and saw their new acquisition finish fifth in the $370,000 final. Firebby paid $4.20 to win Friday. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ (July 29, 2017) - The Meadowlands Racetrack is announcing that Lady Shadow, an earner of $1,915,777 and the 2016 Dan Patch Award winner as harness racing champion pacing mare, will be unable to race at the Meadowlands after a post-race test at Harrah's Philadelphia on May 28 came back positive for Clenbuterol. According to the ruling issued by the Pennsylvania Horse Racing Commission, "Ronald Adams as trainer is in violation of PHRC medication rules and the trainer responsibility rule. Mr. Adams has waived his hearing before the Judges and will appeal the ruling to the Racing Commission. All purse money earned on 5/28/2017 must be returned and redistributed. Transfers of horses must be approved by the Judges at Harrah's Chester or by the PHRC." "As a result of the finding that Lady Shadow was found to have unacceptable levels of Clenbuterol when she raced at Harrah's Philadelphia and the split sample came back positive, the owners have been advised that the horse will not be allowed to race in the upcoming stake at the Meadowlands," said Meadowlands chairman Jeffrey Gural. For more information, visit Justin Horowitz

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON-- Lady Shadow overcame a first-up trip to win the $365,000 Roses Are Red Final for the third year in a row Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:48.4. Lady Shadow floated off the gate towards the center of the field while Call Me Queen Be was sent for the front in :25.3. Soon overtaken by Nike Franco N midway down the backstretch, Lady Shadow soon edged off the rail and began a first-over advance towards the leader while Wrangler Magic struggled to find room, causing traffic issues through a :54 half. Pacing three-quarters 1:21.3, Lady Shadow edged past Nike Franco N in the stretch to take the lead and began to drift while she tried to sprint away from Wrangler Magic. Call Me Queen Be angled out of the pocket and chased behind while Lady Shadow held off Wrangler Magic to win, with Call Me Queen Be getting third and Nike Franco N holding onto fourth. A six-year-old Shadow Play mare from the Camluck mare Lady Camella, Lady Shadow won her 32nd race in 59 tries, compiling $2,108,662 in earnings. Competing for the interests of David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and Bfj Stable, trained by Ron Adams, and driven by Yannick Gingras, Lady Shadow paid $3.60 to win. "I had to move her over a little bit [while Wrangler Magic struggled for room] and I just hoped to get back to the two-path," Yannick Gingras said. "It was clear sailing after that. "I thought I had everyone pretty much where I wanted them [in the final turn]. I assumed, the way I saw [the issues in] the backstretch that Louis Phillippe[-Roy on Wrangler Magic] would be disqualified. I knew I had the field stacked up behind me, and I knew I could've gone by Timmy [Tetrick on Nike Franco N] earlier and let her do her thing in the stretch. "She's so tough. She has big lungs and is real tough. No doubt I would've rather been on the lead tonight, but there was plenty of action and a lot of horses would've tried to take their shot at her; she was the horse to beat. I think tonight she proved that she's the best." Lady Shadow paid $3.60 to win. Mark McKelvie / Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

East Rutherford, N.J. - Lady Shadow ($2.40) asserted her superiority in the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace at The Meadowlands, pushing clear of arch rival Solar Sister early and evading her foes en route to a 1:49.4 harness racing victory, her 11th of the season. The 5-year-old Shadow Play mare stalked the top flight from the two-path on approach to the first turn before pushing to the fore after Solar Sister (Doug McNair) won an early duel with Frost Damage Blues (Brett Miller) through a :27 first quarter mile. Once clear, Yannick Gingras maintained a strong and consistent pace with Lady Shadow through middle sectionals of :54.2 and 1:21.4, in fact edging away upon approaching the home straight. Despite all-out encouragement in the final eighth while now contending with a prevailing headwind, Lady Shadow maintained 2-1/4 lengths clearance over Sassa Hanover (Matt Kakaley), who rallied off stalled cover to claim the runner-up spot. Frost Damage Blues found room to vacate traffic in mid-stretch to save third over the tiring Solar Sister. Trainer Ron Adams was more than pleased with how Lady Shadow has matured from her 4-year-old campaign. "She's had a good year this year, a career year, actually," remarked Adams. "She had issues when she was younger, made miscues behind the gate, and it cost her a lot of money early on in her career. But she's put that behind her, she's turned in to a really nice mare. She likes the big track and she likes the speed. Speed is her game and she gets to use it here." Lady Shadow, now a 27-time winner, is owned by the partnership of Kryway, Atley, Gold, and the BFJ Stable. For Gingras, the winning drive earned him his second Breeders Crown title of the night. In July, Lady Shadow set the world record for pacers at 1-1/8 miles, winning the Golden Girls in a scintillating 2:00.3. by James Witherite, Meadowlands  

After looking like a mere shadow of herself two weeks ago, this harness racing lady appears to be back in form entering the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace final Friday night at the Meadowlands. Lady Shadow, an O'Brien Award winner in Canada at ages 3 and 4, entered the Oct. 9 Allerage Mare Pace in Lexington with eight firsts and a second in her previous nine races before finishing eighth. After some tweaks by trainer Ron Adams, Lady Shadow rebounded last Friday to win her Breeders Crown Mare Pace elimination by 7-3/4 lengths in 1:48.4 over a track rated "good" because of rain. "She raced huge, she's back to her old self," Adams said. "She looked very strong, the plugs were still in, and I was very happy with her." The 5-year-old is one of the favorites heading into the final, where she will face a field that includes Frost Damage Blues, also an elimination winner, stakes-winning Solar Sister, and 2015 Breeders Crown 3-year-old filly champion Divine Caroline. Lady Shadow finished fourth in last year's Mare Pace. According to the trainer, it didn't take much to get Lady Shadow back on the right track for last week's elimination. "We made a few little changes to her daily routine," Adams said. "She tied up on us in Lexington and she was just no good. We've made some changes to her routine and training schedule to try to prevent tie up and it seemed to bounce her right back to her old self. "She's been iron tough all year. I like her attitude and her willingness to race." Lady Shadow, driven by Yannick Gingras, feels right at home at the Meadowlands. She has won all three of her starts there this year, including the Lady Liberty and Golden Girls. Adams noted that she enjoys big tracks such as Mohawk and the Meadowlands. "She gets to use her speed to her advantage," he said. "On the smaller tracks she gets jammed up in the turns a little bit. Here she gets to stretch her legs and just kind of roll along. That's what she likes." What she likes most of all is to compete. She has won nearly half of her 53 career starts, posting 26 victories to go with eight seconds and three thirds. Her career earnings are $1.36 million and this year she has won $630,981, which leads all older female pacers. "When she shows up at the racetrack she's all game, she's here to race," Adams said. "She brings it every week. She had a good year last year. She went some big trips and kind of had a little bit of bad racing luck in between, too." Co-owned by Howard Taylor's and Richard Lombardo's BFJ Stable, Ed Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway, the group purchased the daughter of Shadow Play and Lady Camella in the summer of 2015. Adams, who took over training Lady Shadow in June 2015, couldn't have been happier. "I followed her whole career," he said. "I knew she was a nice mare. She just got better, bigger, stronger, and came back even better this year." In the first elimination race, Solar Sister won but was disqualified and placed fourth for interfering with Sassa Hanover, who went off stride nearing the wire. Thus, Frost Damage Blues, who finished second by a neck, was declared the winner after going 1:51.1. Divine Caroline was placed second and Sassa Hanover third. Katie Said got the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. Frost Damage Blues, driven by Brett Miller, has won five of 10 starts with two seconds in winning $58,063. In her elimination, she was seventh with a quarter-mile to go and stormed home in :25.2. "She raced great," trainer Tom Fanning said. "She came from a bit of a tough spot, but that's kind of how she likes to race. Every time we've taken her out of her game it's been a little disappointing. We just do what she likes." Fanning is hoping Frost Damage Blues, a 4-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Art Matters, can buck a trend on Friday night. "Her year has been good but she's been a little unlucky," he said. "She seems to get rough trips in the finals and it hasn't worked out for her. Maybe here it will work out. It worked out (in her elimination) so that was good. She's a nice mare. She tries hard. I think our mare can finish off a mile as good as any of them." Solar Sister has hit the board in 12 of 15 starts this season, with four firsts, four seconds and four thirds for $347,922. Trainer Gregg McNair hopes the 4-year-old daughter of Mach Three-Cabrini Hanover is coming around after two thirds and a sixth in her previous three races before the elimination. "She hasn't raced that good her last three starts, but here I think she raced a little bit better," McNair said. "She raced better than she had been racing. She came up real flat at Flamboro (finishing third in the Ellamony on Oct. 1). Two starts ago, the trip didn't work out for her. But the race we were really disappointed in was Flamboro." For the most part, though, the trainer is happy. "She's been a good mare," McNair said about Solar Sister, who was Canada's 2015 O'Brien Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. "We really haven't over-raced her. She's raced pretty good down here; she seems to like the Meadowlands." Trainer Joe Holloway had Dave Miller drive two mares into the final with Divine Caroline and Bettor Be Steppin, who finished fifth in Lady Shadow's division. Divine Caroline was the U.S.'s 2015 Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old filly pacer. Both horses are familiar with the Breeders Crown, having been there at ages 2, 3 and now 4. Last season, Divine Caroline (Rock N Roll Heaven-Loving Caroline) and Bettor Be Steppin (Bettor's Delight-Two Steppin' Sally) combined to win 13 races and earn $1.13 million. "This year has been a disappointment, but it's a tough transition from 3 to 4," Holloway said. "Both made the final, so that part's accomplished. I thought they raced good. "Steppin had to back up and I knew I was just going for a check. Caroline, she's improving each time a little bit; I'm a little bit optimistic with her and hope for a bigger check. Maybe Steppin can grab a check too. We'll just have to see how the race goes." Finishing behind Lady Shadow in her elimination were Bedroomconfessions, Regil Elektra, and Skippin By. Following is the field in post order for the $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Pace. PP - Horse - Driver - Trainer 1 - Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - D. Miller - Holloway 2 - Lady Shadow* - Shadow Play - Gingras - Adams 3 - Katie Said - Well Said - S. Zeron - Takter 4 - Frost Damage Blues* - Western Ideal - B. Miller - Fanning 5 - Solar Sister - Mach Three - D. McNair - G. McNair 6 - Skippin By - Shadow Play - Callahan - Burke 7 - Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - Gingras - Burke 8 - Regil Elektra - Mach Three - Bongiorno - Armer 9 - Bettor Be Steppin - Bettor's Delight - D. Miller - Holloway 10 - Bedroomconfessions - American Ideal - S. Zeron - Alagna by Rich Fisher USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 24 - Lady Shadow continued her outstanding harness racing season with a powerful 1:50 victory in the $311,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A strong group of 10 older pacing mares, with more than $8.3 million in combined career earnings, battled it out for the Milton Stakes crown. Lady Shadow has been at the top of the division all season and to no surprise was wagered down to 2-5 in Saturday's rich final. The five-year-old pacing mare showed early speed to get away near the front for driver James MacDonald. Wrangler Magic sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab command and forced a charged up Frost Damage Blues into the two-hole. After a :26.4 opening-quarter, Wrangler Magic continued to motor along down the backstretch for driver Sylvain Filion. MacDonald gave Lady Shadow her cue to move out from third at three-eighths and the heavy favourite sprinted up to take a slight lead at the half in :54.4. Filion did his best to stretch out the favourite, but Lady Shadow would clear to the front entering the far turn and ripped off a :27 third-panel to reach three-quarters in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Lady Shadow created some separation on her rivals and paced home in :28.1 for a 2¼ lengths victory. "I know with Sylvain (Filion) he wanted to stretch me out a little bit, but it doesn't matter to her" said MacDonald, who also won last year's Milton Stakes with Venus Delight. "I've seen her go some of the craziest trips you could ask a horse to go this year and she got stung pretty hard tonight and she's just such a good mare, she overcame it." Yagonnakissmeornot was able to finish second after getting away fourth and staying inside until three-quarters. Waasmula charged home for third, while Bedroomconfessions closed well from the back for fourth. Wrangler Magic faded back to finish ninth. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow has now won nine of 16 starts and earned over $700,000 this season for trainer Ron Adams and owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. "She's definitely having a career year," said Adams. "She's just been tough and stayed tough the whole year and she's just getting better I think every start." Lady Shadow became the first mare Saturday since Moving Pictures in 2007 to win both the Milton Stakes and Roses Are Red Stakes in the same season. She now has 25 career wins and career earnings of over $1.5 million. Adams noted in the winner's circle that Lady Shadow will now head to Lexington, Kentucky to race on Sunday, October 9th during the Grand Circuit at The Red Mile. "Hopefully it's a nice day and we can maybe go a big mile." A $2 win ticket on Lady Shadow returned $2.90, while the $2 Exacta with the winner and Yagonnakissmeornot paid $46.80.   Mark McKelvie

Columbus, OH --- When an harness racing O’Brien Award winner becomes available for purchase most people would not hesitate to sign their name on the dotted line. Howard Taylor, however, had to be persuaded to place his name on the check to buy a piece of harness racing mare Lady Shadow. “I thought she was too expensive,” he said. “That is when I called up Ed Gold and asked him what he thought. He said she was worth it and even if she did not race well she was worth what they were asking in residual value as a broodmare. “Also, I already owned a filly, Sudoku, that had beat Lady Shadow up in Canada. I felt she was much faster and we thought we could win the Jugette with her, but we had some problems keeping her head together and eventually bred her. If it wasn’t for Ed, I don’t think I would have bought into Lady Shadow.” Co-owned by Taylor's BFJ Stable, Gold, Carl Atley and David Kryway, the daughter of Shadow Play and the Camluck mare Lady Camella was Canada’s 3-year-old pacing filly champion and is the reigning champion older mare in that nation. It appears she is on her way to collecting another divisional title, as the 5-year-old places her five-race winning streak on the line in the $200,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs on Sunday (Aug. 28). Lady Shadow, who is conditioned by Ron Adams, will commence her journey from post three and will have the services of Yannick Gingras. Her task, however, will not be a simple one as the field includes Dan Patch Award winners Venus Delight (post two), Anndrovette (post five) and Divine Caroline (post eight). Other rivals of note in the contest are fellow Canadian champion Solar Sister (post 10) and the always competitive Devil Child (post nine). “The plan this year was to keep her down here with Josh Green,” Taylor said. “He was the one that found her for us, but he called me up and suggested Ron Adams take her because he just could not get her to go. We put her in the Blue Chip Matchmaker series (at Yonkers) and thought she would be tough to beat, but she did not do well (seventh in the final). Then Josh put her in the Chip Noble (at Miami Valley) where she was seventh again. That is when he suggested the change. I have to give him credit for admitting she was not working out for him and she was fifth in her first start for Ron, but since then she has been rolling along.” Lady Shadow has been a model of consistency throughout her career. As a 2- and 3-year-old she was in Gregg McNair’s barn and earned $189,892 and $259,635, respectively. She was also trained by McNair until being purchased by her new connections in May of last year. Lady Shadow collected $286,034 last season, while under the care of Adams in 11 of her 14 starts, en route to championship honors. “I need to learn to listen to Ed more often,” Taylor said. “I was concerned about her price and then right after we got her she went out and won the Roses Are Red final. She paid for herself within weeks of us having her.” Since switching her home base from the United States to Canada this spring, Lady Shadow has been absolutely stellar. She won her second Roses Are Red title in June, then added the $229,900 Golden Girls to her resume in a world record 2:00.3 clocking (1-1/8th mile distance) which lowered the standard Always B Miki had established earlier on the card. She then captured the $235,950 Lady Liberty on Hambletonian Day, where it appeared she would draw off to another facile victory, but Solar Sister possessed another plan and came on late to make it interesting in the end. Ultimately, Lady Shadow, with more than $1.16 million in the bank, prevailed. To prepare for her journey to Western New York, the mare qualified in 1:52.2 on Aug. 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. “She still has a long season left of racing and is staked to everything,” Taylor said. “The end goal is, of course, the Breeders Crown and we are hoping she has another championship season, which it seems at this point, she is right in the hunt for divisional honors. “I’m not sure what it is about Canada that agrees with her, because with her being stabled up there it will involve more shipping for her, which was why we wanted her down here with Josh, but for some reason being with Ron and being in that stall in that barn is what she wants to do. If that is what makes her happy we are all for it and like I keep saying this is one of the many times I’m really glad I called Ed Gold.” Below is the field for the $200,000  Artiscape. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1. Empress Deo - Rocknroll Hanover - Jonathan Roberts-Wayne Givens 2. Venus Delight - Bettor's Delight - Jason Bartlett-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 3. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - Yannick Gingras-Ronald Adams 4. Regil Elektra - Mark Three - Mark MacDonald-Keith Armer 5. Anndrovette - Riverboat King - Tim Tetrick-Jeffrey Bamond Jr. 6. Stacia Hanover - Western Ideal - Brett Miller-Steve Elliott 7. Table Talk - Bettor's Delight - Andy Miller-W. Bart Dalious 8. Divine Caroline - Rock N Roll Heaven - Corey Callahan-Joe Holloway 9. Devil Child - American Ideal - David Miller-Chris Oakes 10. Solar Sister - Mach Three - Douglas McNair-Gregg McNair by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

As of 11:00 pm tonight, all of the horses entered in the Meadowlands Pace, the Hambletonian Maturity Trot and a select group of other horses, will be in settled in for the night at the Meadowlands Racetrack in pre-race stakes barn isolation. It is the norm that for many major stakes events, horses are subject to a pre-race stakes barn or a detention area where only caretakers and veterinarians under observation are allowed to be with the horses. After midnight, no one will be able to enter the pre-race stakes barn unless a situation arises and they are called in by security. Otherwise no one enters the barn until 5:00 am the next morning. “We have ideal stable conditions for these horses,” said Brice Cote, who is in charge of the Meadowlands pre-race stakes barn. “There is plenty of fans to keep the horses cool and they will all be fine throughout the night.” The pre-race stakes barn or detention area is done to keep any possible improprieties from possibly happening by not allowing anyone with access to the horses unless properly supervised. This is done in the best interest of fellow horsemen and to insure to racing fans wagering on the races that nothing out of the ordinary has been given to or done to the horses. What is unique about this situation is that a number of prominent trainers who have horses in other stakes races, not the Haughton or Maturity, also must have their horses subject to the detention barn. For this Saturday’s program, those trainers are Ron Adams, Jeff Bamond, Jr., and Chris Oakes. Four of the five horses are all in the Golden Girls final for a purse of $229,900. Last week the same was done for trainers Joanne Looney-King and Jeff Bamond, Jr.   Most of these trainers are not allowed to race their horses in regular overnight events at the Meadowlands and must submit to pre-stakes race barn detention. Ron Adams is the lone exception. Adams, 28, from Lasalle, Ontario, was named an O’Brien Future Star Award winner in 2015 in Canada and has never raced at a horse at the Meadowlands before. He did train the horse in question, Lady Shadow in the Golden Girls Final, for a brief time last season that included one sixth place finish at Vernon Downs, which is also owned by Jeff Gural of the Meadowlands. When asked why Adams was also made to bring his horse to the pre-race stakes barn, Cote said he could not comment on that situation. Questions have been raised in the fairness of not having all horses in the same race required to be in the pre-race stakes barn and just singling out a select few, especially for mares when the heat index is near 90 day and night and mares are much more prone to “tying up” in extreme heat and in many cases are turned outside at night, which cannot be done at the Meadowlands facility. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink

JULY 8, 2016 - Daughters of Ontario pacing sire Sportswriter made a splash at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday night, capturing all four $18,000 divisions in the first Grassroots event of the season for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies. Treasures Pearl and driver Sylvain Filion claimed the first trophy, with an off-the-pace effort that saw them three-wide at the three-quarter pole before they reeled in pacesetter Mystical Moon. Treasures Pearl sprinted down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55.1. Mystical Moon settled for second behind the fan favourite and Southern Heart completed the top three. "Last time she raced she turned up sick, that's why the line doesn't show that good, but the week before she was pretty good, she was timed in 1:56 and a piece," noted Filion, who drove Treasures Pearl to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owner-breeder Donald Leschied of South Woodslee, ON. "Ronnie told me that she turned up sick after her last effort and that he treated her all week and that she should be better, and he was right, she went a very good trip, because I was kind of far off and she covered a lot of ground turning for home." Prior to her lacklustre performance in the July 1 two-year-old conditioned event, Filion piloted the daughter of Sportswriter and $209,445 winner St Lads Treasure in a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk. On June 17 the petite filly finished fourth and on June 25 she finished third, pacing her own mile in 1:56.3. Two races later a second Sportswriter daughter graced the Mohawk winner's circle as Bid Writer cruised through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28 on her way to an effortless two length victory in 1:55.3. Stellenbosch and Lotus Seelster followed behind Bid Writer into second and third, with fan favourite Talbot Chanel settling for fourth. "She's a real pro, she felt like an aged horse just rolling along the whole way, and when I called on her at the top of the stretch she was all business," said driver James MacDonald. "She was very well within herself." The Guelph, ON resident guided the filly from Post 8 to the win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett, ON and his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The group offered up $52,000 to acquire the daughter of $387,216 winner Bust Out The Bid - who has already produced three $170,000-plus winners - from the 2015 Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. Bid Writer had just one qualifier under her belt before Friday's test, a 1:58.3 win at Mohawk on July 1. Yaris Bayama continued the Sportswriter trend in the third division, and gave Milton, ON resident Filion his second Grassroots win of the evening. Filion took a page from MacDonald's book and sent Yaris Bayama straight to the front from Post 8, reeling off fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:25.4 en route to an impressive 1:53.3 triumph. Royal Point finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and fan favourite P L Karis was well back in third. "We schooled her and she did everything right, she did everything we asked her, but we never really got the feeling that she was that good, you know," said Filion. "Tonight she really showed me that she might be something special. And the way she did it, you know, it was like a walk in the park for her, so that was really impressive. "I don't easily get impressed, but she did impress me tonight," added the reinsman. Filion piloted Yaris Bayama to the win for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. A homebred out of $173,325 winner Lucky Josie, Yaris Bayama finished third and second in her June 15 and 25 qualifiers and fourth in the July 1 overnight event in which Treasures Pearl finished ninth. In the final division Sports Beauty completed the Sportswriter sweep when she and MacDonald roared down the stretch to a one and one-quarter win over P L Kahluaa and Casimir QT. The filly hit the wire in 1:56. "She was on the bit behind the gate so I just let her float out a little bit and I got a spot," said MacDonald. "Around the last turn I moved her and I caught some cover, and down the lane when I took her off cover she gave me a good kick." Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON trains Sports Beauty for owner-breeder Frank Gentile of Beaconsfield, QC. The filly, a full-sister to $198,107 winner Sports Bettor, finished third in her June 25 qualifier and second to Bid Writer in her July 1 qualifier, both over the Mohawk oval. "Mark just said try and give her a trip, she's not very big, so try not to overdrive her if you can," said MacDonald, who had not driven either Bid Writer or Sports Beauty before Friday's Grassroots event. "It worked out perfect." The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 17. After a week spent featuring Ontario's top two-year-olds, Mohawk Racetrack welcomes back the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening for their second Gold Series event. The talented fillies will battle in Races 3 and 6. Racing action gets under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras put Lady Shadow on the front and never looked back to win the $370,000 Roses Are Red Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Mohawk Raceway. An impressive group of ten older pacing mares clashed in the Roses Are Red, but just like last year, Lady Shadow took home the winner's share of the purse. The Ron Adams trainee was put on the engine by Gingras from post three, as the rest of the field lined up in post position order. Lady Shadow carved out fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 to bring the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, the Adams trainee continued to power along and showed her class winning by a length and a half in a career best 1:48.1. "Believe me I was surprised too that there was no speed on the outside," said Gingras. "I watched a few of her replays and looked at her lines from last year and before that because I was actually thinking about racing her off the back, especially with the way the card has been playing out, the front hasn't been that good. "Obviously she is better on the front, her lines show that, but when the gate folded nobody left so it made my decision easy." Waasmula, who got a pocket trip, finished second, while Solar Sister came up the rail for third. A five-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow pushed her career earnings over the $1 million mark with her 19th career win. She is owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. Lady Shadow now has three wins in nine starts this season. She paid $10.50 to win. Mark McKelvie  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 13 - Lady Shadow and Colors A Virgin were harness racing victors in their respective $35,000 Roses Are Red eliminations, for pacing fillies and mares, on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. With Doug McNair in the bike, Lady Shadow captured the first elimination in front-stepping fashion. As soon as the starting gate's wings closed, Lady Shadow brushed to the lead and that is where she remained, putting up fractions of :25.4, :54 and 121.3 before stopping the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:48.3. Yagonnakissmeornot rallied for second and the even-money favorite, Weeper, was third. Anndrovette, a three-time Rose Are Red Final winner, was fourth and Waasmula was fifth. "She has made almost $500,000 as a two and three year old," said McNair. "She has always been a nice mare and she'll go a big trip once in a while on the front end. Tonight I was just planning on racing her from off the pace and I had seen a couple that I thought were going to leave, decided they were taking off so I just let her roll and the rest is history." With the victory, the Ron Adams trainee notched her second triumph of the season from four starts. The 13-time career winner lifts her earnings to $517,679 for owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo. The four-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella returned $19.40 to win. Lady Shadow In the second elimination, Colors A Virgin and driver Trace Tetrick finished second but inherited the win after race winner Venus Delight caused interference to Katie Said in the stretch and was placed eighth, according to Ontario Racing Commission judges. Krispy Apple put up fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.2, before Venus Delight converted off second-over cover, which was provided by a first-up Colors A Virgin, to get to the wire first in 1:49. Colors A Virgin finished second and was placed first. Sandbetweenurtoes finished third and was placed second and Table Talk was fourth and placed third. The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee notched her fourth win of the season from seven outings. The 22-time career winner lifts her earnings to $798,572 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. The four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin-Full Color returned $17.50 to win. Krispy Apple The $350,000 Roses Are Red Final, which is set for Saturday, June 20 as part of the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup undercard, will be drawn Tuesday. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Billy Davis Jr. put on a driving clinic during Monday’s 12-race card at The Raceway at Western Fair District thanks to his five-win performance. Davis went wire-to-wire with Delta Grace Tone (2:03) in Race 3 before racking up four straight wins beginning in Race 8 with Katherine B (1:59). He came back to take Race 9 – the $6,500 Preferred 3 – with Hoboken Hanover (1:56.2), Race 10 with Woodmere Sandrop (1:59.2) and Race 11 with Taylorlane Fancy (1:58.1). The 2013 season marks the third consecutive season the young reinsman has registered more than 400 wins. The career winner of 1,566 races and purses of $13,510,268 is quickly closing in on $4 million in seasonal purse earnings. A change of scenery certainly suited Twin B Legend, who dug in late to win the $10,000 Preferred 2 in 1:57.2 for the tandem of driver Doug McNair and trainer Ron Adams. The five-year-old son of Mach Three-What An Attitude, who’d missed cheques in his two previous outings at Woodbine, took over command at the three-quarter pole and fended off a late-rushing Royal Outlook by a neck in a time of 1:57.2. Race favourite Monster In Law finished third. VIP Internet Stable LLC, David Rovine Stable LLC, Seafood Delight Stable and Keith Pippi share ownership on the 10-time winner who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $353,863 with the victory. Heres The Magic survived a first-over trip and won the $6,800 Preferred 3 for driver Alfie Carroll. The Victor Puddy trainee wore down the tempo-setting Cimeronken, who sliced out panels of :29, 1:00 and 1:29.1, en route to the 1:59.3 score. Cimeronken was second best, with Euro Man taking home the show dough. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario owns the four-year-old son of Kadabra-Blackberry Hanover who is now 4-for-34 this season after going 0-for-21 last year. The gelding has stashed away more than $270,000 to date. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by 

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 8 - Ron Adams hopes that Smarty Girl can provide him with a magical victory in the Girls Night Out Pacing Series final, Friday at Mohawk. After finishing first and second in both preliminary legs, Smartygirl will look to give the 26-year-old Adams his biggest payday as a trainer in the $43,100 rich final. The daughter of Camluck has drawn post three with Doug McNair once again at the helm. “We drew inside, which was a big help,” Adams said. “She’s been racing very well recently and has been very consistent this season. Doug [McNair] has been using her gate-speed and driving her aggressively and she’s responded well.” This is the second time Adams has trained the five-year-old pacing miss. “She was quite the opposite of this year,” Adams said. “Before, she was the model of inconsistency so she went to another trainer Lorne House to try her luck then returned back to me earlier this year. She would race terrific one week and very poor the next. It seems the opposite this season.” The proof is in the pudding as Smartygirl has banked $37,110 this season with a 5-5-5 record from 26 starts. A terrific result compared to her 2-1-1 record from 13 starts last season and $10,030 in seasonal earnings. “Maybe she just has matured and figured it all out,” said the Lasalle resident. “She’s not a big mare, but has a terrific gait, a big heart and right now she’s very confident.” Adams, who currently trains six horses, says that Smartygirl is the ideal horse to have in the barn. “She’s very easy to get along with,” he says. “She’s easy to train, she’s quiet and very low maintenance. She wears a 59 ½ inch hopple, which is pretty big considering her size. There really isn’t anything not to like about her.” Twelve pacing fillies and mares will line up for the rich purse on Friday and Adams believes Smartygirl is a top contender. “It looks like Ferrari Sena is the horse to beat, but she drew post 11 again, which benefits us,” says Adams. “Our mare has been racing at her best lately and if we can get a similar trip like we did two starts ago (winning in 1:52.1 – a new lifetime best) where she kind of got away on the field, we have a good shot. You have to be concerned about all the horses in the race anytime there’s big money on the line, but we’re coming into the race in great form.” Dr. David Fisher of Windsor owns Smartygirl, a 12-time winner with $104,325 in career earnings. The field for the final, which takes place in race five, will line up as follows: 1) Cards That Count 2) Trama Unit 3) Smartygirl 4) Hat Trick Honey 5) Mia Seelster 6) Lady Latte 7) Cndiana Jones¨ 8) Smashbox 9) Back Yard Baby 10) Jonsie Jones¨ 11) Ferrari Sena 12) Boat House Row The series is for four-year-old mares who are non-winners of $30,000 in 2013 as of June 30, 2013. Winners over $100,000 in 2012 are not eligible. by Greg Gangle  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 26 – The first leg of the Girls’ Night Out Pacing Series began on Friday evening featuring a trio of $18,000 divisions.  Smarty Girl, Mia Seelster and Ferrari Sena all celebrated career milestones as the older mares earned new lifetime marks for their respective connections.  In the first division, Smarty Girl and Doug McNair got under the wire first in 1:52.1, returning $32.90 to win. The daughter of Camluck used first-over tactics through panels of :27, :56.3 and 1:25, before clearing to the front and opening up on her eight rivals to score the six-length win. Boathouse Row (Billy Davis, Jr.) finished second with Smashbox  (Jody Jamieson) third. Trained by Ron Adams for Dr. David Fisher, Smarty Girl now has a 5-4-5 record from 25 starts this season along with $99,825 in earnings. Mario Baillargeon used second-over tactics as he guided Mia Seelster to a 7/2 minor upset in the second division. Baillargeon came from off-the-pace with the daughter of Camluck through panels of :26.2, :54.1 and 1:23, before showing his charge open road down the stretch en route to a comfortable win in 1:51. Back Yard Baby (Randy Waples) finished second, with Trama Unit (Billy Davis, Jr.) third. Trained and co-owned by David Keyes along with Norman Keyes, Mia Seelster increased her lifetime earning to $132,082. The four-year-old has a record of 2-1-2 from 17 starts this season. She paid $9.30 to win. In the final division, post time favourite Ferrari Sena and Sylvain Filion went gate-to-wire in 1:50.4. Filion guided the daughter of Bolero Master through panels of :26.1, :55.3 and 1:23.4, before dashing away from her rivals in deep stretch to earn her 18th career tally. Hat Trick Honey (Jody Jamieson) finished second, with Jonsie Jones (Scott Zeron) third. Richard Moreau trains the five-year-old miss for owner Serge Nadeau. The bay has a 3-4-2 record from nine starts this season and $102,311 earned lifetime. The second $18,000 second leg takes place on Friday, August 2 with the $40,000E final on Friday, August 9. Greg Gangle

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