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MILTON, ON -  August 29, 2020 - An untouchable Warrawee Ubeaut flexed her harness racing muscles in an impressive $290,000 Roses Are Red score on Saturday evening at Mohawk Park. The four-year-old Sweet Lou mare rejected an opportunity to tuck in the pocket entering the first turn and drove on, hitting the quarter in :26.3. She was never headed again, as Yannick Gingras managed fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.2 before kicking away to a two-length 1:49.3 win. Trillions Hanover, who sat second most of the way, mounted a valiant late charge, but ultimately fell short. So Much More grinded out a nightmare first-over trip to take a deserving third, and Soho Burning Love A emerged from a throng of horses for fourth. To see the race replay click here. Gingras commented that his mare was on a mission. "It was more her gameplan," he said. "She was on go tonight. She was a little bit anxious in the post parade and going to the gate too, and when she was like that I wasn't going to fight with her - I let her do her thing. But once she got to the front, at least she was able to relax a little bit; she wasn't a runaway or anything like that. I got a decent middle half, and she finished it off." The millionaire Ron Burke trainee took her second victory of the season from six starts and 21st win lifetime on 36 outings; she also nears $2 million in earnings with the $145,000 payday from the contest. Burke Racing Stable LLC, Phillip Collura, Jandt Silva Purnel & Libb, and Weaver Bruschemi LLC own the Pennsylvania-sired mare that had previously been off to a slow beginning to 2020. Gingras applauded his charge's improvement throughout the year and expressed his belief in further improvement. "She deserves to be winning, and there's no doubt in my mind horses know when they win and when they don't," he said. "So yes, it was a little bit like that, it's a tough jump from three to four and there's some great mares this year, so it was a little tough for her at the beginning. But she's a big, strong horse, and I think until the end of the year she's gonna keep getting stronger, and next year as well." Warrawee Ubeaut was favoured for the duration of wagering and paid $5.90 to win. By Nicholas Barnsdale, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, June 14, 2019 - Caviart Ally will take aim at ending Shartin N's rule over the harness racing older pacing mare division when the two again spar in the $330,000 Roses Are Red Final on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "We're going to take her on," said Brett Pelling, who started training Caviart Ally after her original trainer Noel Daley returned home to Australia. "It'll be interesting...when they're away from home, some things are out of your control. She's up there, I'm down here. We know she was okay last week; the girl taking her for me does a beautiful job. "But you know sometimes the trip away from home wakes them up as well. They're out of their surroundings, they get a bit more hyped up about things; everything's new. Even like an older horse like that might set in another little wake-up call for her...maybe an improvement, who knows." Caviart Ally has enjoyed her time at Mohawk Park, as the best mile of her career came in an elimination for the Milton Stakes in September. Gunning to the front, she paced a 1:48.3 and cruised to a 1:51.2 victory in the final. "They [shipped her] back between [the elim and the final] when they did that [in the Milton]," Pelling said. "And I think she was obviously a bit tired in the final. I mean shipping all the way up there and then all the way back and back up again, that's three really long ship in an eight- or nine-day period. That's a big scope and I never really wanted to do that to her." After turning out at Caviart Farms at the end of last season, Caviart Ally shipped to Brett Pelling. She's among a few horses bringing the champion trainer back to the top ranks since he returned from Australia in 2017. "One of the things that we've done differently to see if it would work or not is to teach her to race other horses more than race the racetrack," Pelling said. "Put the fear of God in them; exhibit [their] speed [and] just basically racing the racetrack instead of like now, where if [she's] balling along up front and someone pulls from the four or five hole...she sees them; she's on it. "She's become much more tractable in her races and--whether its positive or negative--she still has blazing speed. And it seems to be working; she seems a lot kinder in her races now. Andy [McCarthy] likes her this way and I think it's all going along well." Caviart Ally returned to the races on April 30 at Pocono Downs, finishing second in a top-condition pace. She then won two straight at The Meadowlands, one of which she paced a 1:49.2 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. Caviart Ally's first stakes engagement of the year was the $100,000 Betsy Ross Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphia. Driver McCarthy launched her to the front from the inside and set a quick pace. She almost had Shartin N beat, but Tim Tetrick managed to not get boxed inside by sliding off the pylons past the half and charging towards Caviart Ally to eventually get a nose up at the finish. "Andy and I come from the same part of the world, and the bottom line is if you draw inside and protect position, you have every right to protect your position," Pelling said. "Too many times these guys think the racetrack is theirs. [So with] Timmy thinking he's going to cruise to the front...well now why's that got to happen? "Like I know a lot of people don't really realize this, but with where Andy's from and where I'm from, if you have the inside and just basically turn one loose, you get a fine and a penalty for that. You're there to protect your position at all times... if you get out sped, it's a different story." Pelling felt that had Tetrick waited slightly longer to pull, Caviart Ally would've been turned loose by McCarthy moments later and may have gone the distance. "Timmy sort of came out [at] full gas at a place where you don't expect someone to come and she had to change gears like right down. It was a good race; I enjoyed it." Opportunity could arise for one of the other eight mares in Saturday's Roses Are Red if a Caviart Ally versus Shartin N battle arises. "Getting out of there in :25.2, none of the others were involved," said Pelling. Going up the back in :26, :26.1 (whatever it was), they're not involved. And yet at the wire, because they had gone so hard, they were coming. "On a bigger track, that's why you see upsets in there. I think [Andy and Timmy] raced [it] as if it were a two-horse race, but those other mares can go." Shartin N and Caviart Ally faced off again last week in the $35,000 Roses Are Red prep, where Shartin N set the pace and Caviart Ally sat the pocket while throwing her head left into the stretch before ultimately finishing second in the 1:48.4 mile. "She always travels a little bit on the left line," Pelling said. "We kind of think she was really looking to bully her way out of the hole. Two races before when she raced at the Meadowlands, where she was following Youaremycandygirl, she pulled herself out and went...and kind of looked like she was trying to do the same thing the other night." Caviart Ally starts inside of Shartin N this week, going from post-two as the 7/2 second choice on the morning line. Shartin N starts from post-four as the 4/5 morning-line favourite with Youaremycandygirl starting between them in post-three. "This week she is going to have a pair of blinkers on so she can't look back," Pelling said. "Hopefully she's more forward focused instead of her getting to do what she wants. And she's determined. She's a big mare, gets her own way and has a big personality." By Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Mohawk Park  

Harness racing's "hottest mare in the land" Shartin N was just far too good in the only $35,000 elimination of the Roses Are Red at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night. Trained by Jim King Jr. the daughter of Tintin In America with Tim Tetrick aboard drove to the front just after the 26.2 first quarter and jogged easily to a smart 1:48.4 winning her 33rd race from just 45 starts, Shartin N now has earnings of $1,561,155 in the bank. With a 26 second last half off the front Shartin N made it difficult for any other horse to make ground. Caviat Ally ran second and Yourmycandygirl ran third. Two eye catching runs behind Shartin N were Bettor Joy, who stormed home from 14 lengths behind at the first quarter mark to record one of the fastest quarters recorded, a 25 second final burst to get up for a fast closing close fifth and Seaswift Joy who came home strongly in 25.2 to finish fourth. The field for the Final next Saturday is already drawn as below. 4 -- Pace, purse $330,000 (EX, P3, SU, TR, Y4) ROSES ARE RED - FINAL - FILLIES & MARES - 3 YEAR OLDS & OLDER. Post time: 07:30 P.M. Lasix: 03:15 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Tequila Monday(L) M Kakaley H Oakes 2 Caviart Ally(L) A Mccarthy B Pelling 3 Youaremycandygirl(L) Y Gingras R Burke 4 Shartin N(L) Ti Tetrick J King 5 Bettor Joy N Ti Tetrick J King 6 Dont Think Twice A B Sears A Harris 7 Alexis Faith B Mcclure C Coleman 8 Bettors Up(L) M Kakaley N Surick 9 Seaswift Joy N(L) D Mcnair T Alagna 10 Kissin In The Sand S Zeron N Johansson 11 Double A Mint(L) L Roy R Moreau

Trainer Nancy Johansson is happy with Fan Hanover favorite Kissin In The Sand and Roses Are Red contender L A Delight as those female pacers prepare for their races Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Kissin In The Sand enters the Fan Hanover, for 3-year-old filly pacers, off a 1-1/4 length win over I'm Trigger Happy and Shower Play in her elimination last week. She is the 5-2 morning-line favorite in the field of 10. L A Delight heads to the Roses Are Red, for pacing mares, off a second-place finish to Blazin Britches in her elimination. She is 8-1 in the final. "They're doing good," Johansson said. "It should be all system's go." Kissin In The Sand won seven of 14 races last year and earned $231,175. She won the Kindergarten Classic Series championship and also divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion stakes. This year, she finished second in her seasonal debut before getting a second-over trip to win her Fan Hanover elimination in 1:51.1 with driver Scott Zeron. "She had the ideal race last week," Johansson said. "I told Scott before the race that if he got her a second-over trip he would be golden. It was the perfect race for her. I think it sets her up good for the final." Kissin In The Sand, who will start from post No. 3 in the final, is a daughter of Somebeachsomewhere out of Kiss Me Kate. She was purchased for $130,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale. She is owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Her family includes Dan Patch Award winner Kikikatie, who finished second in the 2004 Fan Hanover, and O'Brien Award winner Camluck. "If she gets a similar trip to last week, or even if she was in a situation where she had to (set the pace) I think she would be fine," Johansson said. "I think she can do it either way. She's actually gotten a lot more confident in herself. She's quieter than she was last year and I think that helps her a lot too." After last week's win Zeron said, "She can do it all. She can go to the front. She holds speed. It takes her a little bit to get up to that top, top speed, but she holds it well." Sudden Passing, trained by Gregg McNair and driven by Jody Jamieson, won the other Fan Hanover elimination, defeating favorite Alexis Faith by a neck in 1:51.1. Alexis Faith, with Doug McNair driving for Casie Coleman, is the 3-1 second choice in the final while Sudden Passing is 4-1. In the Roses Are Red final, L A Delight will start from post nine, but Johansson is hopeful she can be a factor from the unfavorable spot on the gate. "It's a little harder from an outside post, but I still think she can be close," Johansson said. "These big races at Mohawk, closers seem to do well. The fractions may be a little hot. We'll see what happens." L A Delight, who was based in Canada before being purchased by Diamond Creek Racing in January, finished 3-1/2 lengths behind Dan Patch Award-winner Blazin Britches in their elimination, which saw Blazin Britches reach the midpoint in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. L A Delight was nearly eight lengths behind at the half. "I was really happy with her," Johansson said. "Blazin Britches got away with some cheap fractions. There was a group coming down the stretch behind her and (L A Delight) came out on top out of that group. She was super. I think she's coming into pretty good form. And it's her home track. Of all the money she's made the majority of it has been made at Mohawk. She knows that track pretty well." The three top choices on the Roses Are Red morning line all came out of L A Delight's elimination. Shartin N, who went off stride but rallied to be fourth-placed-fifth and get the last spot from the group to advance to the final, is the 9-5 favorite. Blazin Britches is 7-2 followed by Blue Moon Stride, who was fifth-placed-fourth, at 4-1. Tequila Monday, who won the other elimination in 1:50.1 with Brett Miller driving for Hunter Oakes, is 9-2. The past six editions of the Roses Are Red were won by only two horses, with Androvette claiming three consecutive titles from 2012-14 followed by Lady Shadow's three-year run from 2015-17. Yannick Gingras, who drives L A Delight, is looking for his third consecutive victory in the event. The Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red are part of a stakes-rich card at Woodbine Mohawk Park that also includes the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers. The North America Cup is scheduled for 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live from 10-11 p.m. on TSN2. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. for the 15-race card. The Fan Hanover is race nine and the Roses Are Red is race 11, with the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters sandwiched between. Following are the fields for the Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red. For complete entries for Saturday, click here. Fan Hanover PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Just Her Luck-Chris Christoforou-Paul Reid-10/1 2-Sudden Passing-Jody Jamieson-Gregg McNair-4/1 3-Kissin In The Sand-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson-5/2 4-Shower Play-Louis Roy-Rene Dion-8/1 5-Kendall Seelster-Randy Waples-Paul Reid-6/1 6-Alexis Faith-Doug McNair-Casie Coleman-3/1 7-Reign On Me-Brett Miller-R. Nifty Norman-12/1 8-I'm Trigger Happy-David Miller-Tony O'Sullivan-12/1 9-Ubettergo Go-Tim Tetrick-Blake MacIntosh-10/1 10-Big Thong-James MacDonald-Scott McEneny-20/1 Roses Are Red PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Nike Franco N-Doug McNair-Jim King Jr.-12/1 2-Lyons River Pride-Jody Jamieson-Bruce Goit-20/1 3-Tequila Monday-Brett Miller-Hunter Oakes-9/2 4-Blazin Britches-David Miller-Brian Brown-7/2 5-Blue Moon Stride-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-4/1 6-Artistic Madison-Jonathan Drury-Carmen Auciello-20/1 7-Shartin N-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr.-9/5 8-Firebby A-Louis Roy-Ron Adams-6/1 9-L A Delight-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson-8/1 10-The Joy Luck Club-Chris Christoforou-Gregg McNair-15/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

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

FAN HANOVER & ROSES ARE RED ELIMS

This Week: Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; Charlie Hill Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; and Graduate Series third leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week began on Tuesday (June 5) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. Looking For Zelda rolled home in a stakes record 1:54.1 in her division, while Nixie Volo and Bill's Lady captured the other splits. On Wednesday (June 6) The Meadows will offer two divisions in the $110,260 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old male trotters. Action resumes on Friday (June 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 9) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts, two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Scioto Downs will also host Grand Circuit racing on Saturday as the central Ohio oval features the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Tioga Downs will round out a busy Grand Circuit week on Sunday (June 10) with $75,000 (est.) third leg contests in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The road to the Pepsi North America Cup made a final stop on Saturday (June 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. A group of 28 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed over three $46,200 divisions with 19 of the 28 competitors eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Burning Midnight paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. The first division saw Burning Midnight and driver Trevor Henry pull off a 28-1 stunner in a wild finish that had six horses across the track. Nutcracker Sweet, the 6-5 favorite, cleared early-leader Hidden Delight entering the backstretch and led the field through middle-half fractions of :54.2 and 1 22.1. The speedy Summer Travel left from post 10 and was parked the entire mile, grinding away first-over, while eventual winner Burning Midnight was in that outside flow sitting ninth and fourth-over turning for home. In the stretch, Hidden Delight popped from the two-hole and took the lead, but couldn't hold off rivals on his outside. Simple Kinda Man angled from a buried spot and came flying, but the fastest of them all was Burning Midnight, who paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. Simple Kinda Man was second, while Grand Teton got third despite a quick mid-stretch break. Hidden Delight settled for fourth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Burning Midnight came into Saturday's contest off a third-place finish in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for his season's debut. The Corey Giles trainee went three-for-eight during his rookie campaign, posting a mark of 1:51.3. The Somebeachsomewhere victory gives Giles his first career Grand Circuit score. Burning Midnight now has $107,292 in career earnings for owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, who will be making the starting fee payment this Saturday to take a shot at the Pepsi North America Cup. Lather Up remained undefeated in 2018 with an easy victory in the second Somebeachsomewhere division. Driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up got 1-9 favorite respect and called all the shots. The son of I'm Gorgeous posted fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4, before pacing off on his rivals and winning in 1:50.3. St Lads Neptune delivered a strong final quarter charge to finish second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Scouts Report and Stock were six-plus lengths back rounding out the top four. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is now four-for-four as a 3-year-old and eight-for-11 overall in his career. Saturday's score increased his career earnings to $133,015 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles. The final division was captured by Jimmy Freight. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Jimmy Freight was fired out to the lead and never looked back. The Richard Moreau trainee posted fractions of :26, :55.2 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :27.3 to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2. Metro Pace champion Lost In Time was forced to come first-up and struggled on the far turn. The Jimmy Takter trainee lost significant ground on the leader, but kept battling in the lane and fought off rivals to finish second. When You Dance finished third, Chocolate Swirl was fourth. Owned by Adriano Sorella, Jimmy Freight is now three-for-four this season with all three wins by more than three lengths. The son of Sportswriter was not paid into the Pepsi North America Cup. Jimmy Freight now has 10 wins and a career bankroll of $211,524. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 269; 2. Yannick Gingras - 184; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 213; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 119; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5t. Jimmy Takter - 70; 5t. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2. Richard Poillucci - 54; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 52.9; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.9; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place at Mohawk next weekend as the track will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 16). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON - June 4, 2018 - Australian pacing mare Firebby has quickly made a name for herself in North America and her connections have opted to take a shot at the best by supplementing to the upcoming Roses Are Red Stakes. A six-year-old, Firebby arrived in North America a few months ago and has since proceeded to win four consecutive starts. The 19-time winner started three-times for trainer Tahnee Camilleri at The Meadowlands and Yonkers before being purchased by David Kryway and Ron Adams. Firebby debuted for her new connections last Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park and rallied impressively to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The strong debut provided her connections with confidence to pay the $25,000 supplement fee to enter the Roses Are Red Stakes. The eliminations for the Roses Are Red will take place this Saturday (June 9) with the final scheduled for Pepsi North America Cup night on June 16. The entry box for the Pepsi North America Cup, Roses Are Red (pacing mares), Fan Hanover (three-year-old pacing fillies), Goodtimes (three-year-old trotters) and Armbro Flight (trotting mares) closes Tuesday morning (June 5) at 10:30 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

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  

Columbus, OH --- She and her husband already have Delaware champion Logan’s Girl, stand-out Newborn Sassy, the top-class Purrfect Bags, the 2015 North America Cup winner in Wakizashi Hanover and a former New Zealand Horse of the Year in Christen Me, but there is one other horse in the care of Jo Ann Looney-King and Jim King Jr. who is intent on accumulating her own accolades rather than linger in the shadows of her harness racing barnmates and that is Nike Franco N. The New Zealand-bred, who competed in Australia, collected $321,393 from 33 trips to the post, with 18 victories, established several track records and has defeated males on multiple occasions. She has yet, however, to capture her first stakes final on her new continent and will seek to accomplish that task on Saturday (June 17) in the C$365,000 Roses Are Red final at Mohawk Racetrack. “She is just her own woman,” said Looney-King. “That is about the best way to size her up and she knows she is her own woman. She just takes everything as it comes and goes about her business.” Like Christen Me, Nike Franco is owned by Richard Poillucci and will be steered by her regular reinsman, Tim Tetrick, on Saturday. The duo will leave from post position three in the field of 10. Although the formidable Lady Shadow is the morning line favorite at 6-5, Nike Franco is the second selection at 2-1 off her powerful 1:49.2 performance in her elimination last week. “We knew she would race well like she always does, but we did not expect that,” said Looney-King. “Just watching her was impressive and Timmy always puts her, like he does with all the horses he drives, in the right spot to win. She certainly was ready last week and we hope to see that again from her, but this is a tough group of mares, especially with Lady Shadow in there, so she will need to be at her best. Nike raced great at Chester against her (second in the Betsy Ross Invitational) but she just could not catch her.” In fact, one of the reasons Tetrick is so enamored with this mare is directly related to the determination she demonstrated in that event to finish a swiftly-charging second. “I love Nike Franco,” he said. “I think she’s a great mare. I don’t think people in America have seen what she can do yet. I’m a very firm believer in her and I don’t think anybody knows (how good she can be). All I know is when I ask her to do something, she does it. Even at Chester when I was in a terrible spot she kept digging. She made up five lengths at Chester in a (1):49 mile being three-wide around the last turn. I race there all the time and horses do not do that.” Since her intercontinental transition, Nike Franco has compiled a record of 10-7-2-0 and earned $131,625. The only time she has failed to hit the board was a seventh place finish in the first leg of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway on March 17, but she certainly had an excuse. “We were really looking forward to racing her in that series, but she ended up being pretty sick and we just weren’t going to push her,” Looney-King said. “It’s a long season and that’s what we try to do is keep the horses happy and healthy as they go through it.” Nike Franco also has regal blood flowing through her veins as the daughter of McArdle's dam, Nearea Franco, was a New Zealand champion and her granddam No Paba, is a half-sibling to 1990 Horse of the Year Beach Towel. King claims the 7-year-old mare even has her own fan club. “She attracts attention wherever she goes,” Looney-King said. “In fact, there are still people in Australia that are watching her over here and the girl who used to take care of her, Amanda Grieve, makes sure she is plugged in to her every move. She’s just a bay mare with her own way about her. Jim and I are just very lucky to have horses like her and all our horses this year. We remind ourselves every day how fortunate we are with them and for our family.” As her fans prepare to witness Nike Franco's second performance North of the Border, her driver is counting on her to illustrate just why those that come in contact with her become so attached. “Last week she won in (1):49 just as easy as you would want a horse to win,” Tetrick said. “It’s a very tough group. Lady Shadow is the horse to beat, but in my heart, if I can keep close to her, I think mine (this mare) can out-kick her; if I can just stay close to her.” * * * * * * Two-time defending champion Lady Shadow heads to this year’s Roses Are Red final off a 1:50.2 victory in her elimination last week, pushing her win streak to six races dating back to last year. She has won 14 of her last 16 races, a stretch that began with her triumph in her Roses Are Red elim last June. She won last year’s final in 1:48.1, just one-fifth of a second off Anndrovette’s stakes record. With a victory Saturday, Lady Shadow would join Anndrovette as the only three-time winners of the Roses Are Red. Anndrovette accomplished the feat from 2012-14. “She’s vicious,” said Lady Shadow’s driver Yannick Gingras. “I think she’s the one to beat. I’m very confident in her. She’s got big lungs. She can go those :27 quarters all day long. She’s got six of them in her. She never gets tired.” Lady Shadow was fifth at the opening quarter of her elimination before embarking on a first-over march to victory. “Sometimes you over-think stuff,” Gingras said. “I was trying to race her easy and get her a covered-up trip and it kind of worked against me. She had to work harder coming first up than if I’d just put her on the front. She was really good.” Lady Shadow, a 6-year-old daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella, has won 31 of 58 career races and earned $1.72 million. She is owned by David Kryway, Carl Atley, Ed Gold, and BFJ Stable and trained by Ron Adams. “Let’s face it, Lady Shadow has been tremendous,” said Tom Fanning, who trains Frost Damage Blues, the winner of the first of last week’s three eliminations. “Nike Franco is really good. I think there are a couple other ones, us included, that if things work right can be very competitive in there. It’s a competitive bunch this year.” Frost Damage Blues, owned by blueberry magnate Bill Augustine, won her elimination in 1:50.1 with a rally from mid-pack at the race’s midpoint. James MacDonald handled the driving and will be back in the sulky for the final. “She got a great trip,” Fanning said. “She likes those trips; she’ll fire off of that for sure.” A 5-year-old daughter of Western Ideal-Art Matters, Frost Damage Blues has won 14 of 28 career races and earned $180,938. She finished third in last year’s Breeders Crown Mare Pace. “She’s been good,” Fanning said. “She’s filled out. I’m happy with how she is. The best thing about her is she just tries hard. Most of them don’t try as hard as they can. She is one of the few that does.” Following is the field for the Roses Are Red. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Bernadette-David Miller-Ron Adams-20/1  2-Frost Damage Blues-James MacDonald-Tom Fanning-6/1  3-Nike Franco N-Tim Tetrick- Jo Ann Looney King-2/1  4-Lady Shadow-Yannick Gingras-Ron Adams-6/5  5-Wrangler Magic-Louis-Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-8/1  6-Call Me Queen Be-Scott Zeron-Tony O'Sullivan-10/1  7-Witch Dali-Doug McNair-Richard Moreau-20/1  8-Penpal-Patrick Lachance-Patrick Lachance-15/1  9-Pure Country-Brett Miller-Jimmy Takter-8/1  10-Prairie Sweetheart-Matt Kakaley-Tony O'Sullivan-20/1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  Ken Weingartner also contributed to this report

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Harness racing pacing fillies and mares did their best to shine on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup elimination card at Mohawk Racetrack in the eliminations of the Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover stakes. A group of 23 older pacing mares were split into three $35,000 eliminations for the Roses Are Red, while 19 sophomore pacing fillies competed in two $35,000 divisions. The top-three finishers, plus a fourth-place finishers, gained access to the Roses Are Red final. Frost Damage Blues came through at 6-1 to win a highly competitive opening elimination of the Roses Are Red. Driver James MacDonald steered the Tom Fanning trainee to victory in 1:50.1. Frost Damage Blues got away sixth and sat in that position for the opening-half mile. Blue Moon Stride made a move to the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.2. The lead was short-lived, as Darlinonthebeach rushed up to grab the front and reach the half in :54.1. MacDonald was able to work out a second-over trip on the far turn for Frost Damage Blues, while Darlinonthebeach reached three-quarters in 1:21.4. In the stretch, Frost Damage Blues shot off cover and charged up to pick up her second win of the season. Pure Country followed the winner on the far turn and finished a length and a quarter back in second. Witch Dali shot up the pylons from seventh to grab third, while Bernadette was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Western Ideal, Frost Damage Blues has made a few trips to Mohawk during her racing career and was familiar with having MacDonald in the bike. "I drove her last year in the Milton elimination and she really impressed me...I loved her last year and was just hoping I would get a chance to get a crack at her again," said MacDonald. "I knew short field it would suit her well and I was just hoping I could get a second or third-over trip and make the final, anything after that was bonus." Frost Damage Blues is now two for four this season, which brings her to 14 career victories and earnings of over $191,000 for owner Bill Augustine. She paid $15.60 to win. Frost Damage Blues Nike Franco N delivered a strong 1:49.2 performance to win the second elimination. The Joann Looney King trainee made a second-quarter brush to the lead from third for driver Tim Tetrick and never looked back. Nike Franco N took over the lead from Call Me Queen Be and went onto post fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.2, before a :27 kicker to win by a length and a half. Call Me Queen Be finished second, while Penpal came through for third. A seven-year-old daughter of McArdle, Nike Franco N was bred in New Zealand and came over from Australia last fall after being purchased by Richard Poillucci. "She felt really good, that was kind of the first time I ever raced her that way," said Tetrick post-race. "She moved right onto the front and relaxed good and when somebody come she swelled right up." Nike Franco N tallied her third win in six outings this season with her 1:49.2 score and increased her 2017 earnings to $92,500. The mare from down under now has 25 career victories to go with her bankroll of over $450,000. Nike Franco N returned $3.70 to win. Nike Franco N The final elimination saw defending champion Lady Shadow find the winner's circle. The Ron Adams trainee came up to attack the leader Prairie Sweetheart on the far turn to make the winning move. Lady Shadow charged home in :27.2 to score the victory by three-quarters of a length in 1:50.2. Wrangler Magic finished second, while Prairie Sweetheart held on for third. A six-year-old daughter of Shadow Play, Lady Shadow is now three for three this season. Her career numbers now sit at 31 wins and over $1.9 million earned for owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and BFJ Stable. Lady Shadow paid $2.20. Lady Shadow Bernadette, who finished fourth in the first elimination, was the fourth-place finisher to draw into next week's final. The scenario was simple for the Fan Hanover eliminations, as the top-five finishers from each split advanced to next week's final. Idyllic Beach returned to Mohawk and found success once again. The Jimmy Takter trainee captured the first Fan Hanover elimination in 1:51. Driver Yannick Gingras was able to get a four-hole trip for Idyllic Beach and had a perfect view of several lead changes. Jayes A Lady led at the opening-quarter in :27.3, but was quickly circled by Soiree Seelster, who immediately surrendered the lead to Roaring To Go. The newest leader paced a half of :55.3 and carried the lead around the far turn. Gingras came first up with Idyllic Beach and was able to surged to the lead in the lane. The Takter trainee finished off her mile with a final-quarter of :27.2 to win by 2½ lengths. Al Mar Got A Fever, who followed the winner on the far turn, finished second, while Roaring To Go dug in for third. The final two spots in next week's final were grabbed by Future Headlines and Dancing Shadows K. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, IdyllicBeach was making just her second start of the season and hadn't competed in a pari-mutuel race since May 11. "I knew she would be tight enough to win or give a good performance, Jimmy (Takter) has them ready," said Gingras post-race. "I went by them at the top of the stretch with a handful of pace and the last sixteenth she was a little bit tired, so she needed the race, but I think she'll be that much stronger next week." The winner of last year's Shes A Great Lady Stakes, IdyllicBeach now has 10 wins in 16 career outings for earnings of over $750,000. She is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc and Marvin Katz. Idyllic Beach paid $3.30 to win. Idyllic Beach Tequila Monday lived up to her 1/5 billing to win the second Fan Hanover elimination in 1:50.4. The Chris Oakes trained filly and driver Brian Sears sat fourth throughout most of the mile, while Bettors Up led the field through relatively easy fractions of :27.1 and :56.3. Shes Watching came first up to engage in a heated third-quarter battle with Bettors Up. The third-quarter was paced in :27.1, which set up well for the stalking Tequila Monday, who was angled out on the far turn and was in full flight behind the lead pair. In the stretch, Tequila Monday was able to track down and surge by Bettors Up to win by a length and a quarter. Shes Watching held on for third, while Agent Q was fourth. A daughter of American Ideal, Tequila Monday was making her first start on a track bigger than 5/8ths of a mile. "I think she liked the big track a little better than the half-mile for sure," said Sears following the race. "She gets a little bumpy at times, but she has a lot of go and we haven't really found the bottom of her yet." Tequila Monday is now three for five this season and seven for 10 in her career. Her bankroll now exceeds $300,000 for owners Susan Oakes and Chuck Pompey. The Oakes trainee paid $2.50 to win. Tequila Monday The finals for both the Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover were drawn on Saturday night. Elimination winners had the opportunity to select their posts and the fields can be viewed below. Roses Are Red 1. Bernadette by Big Jim 2. Frost Damage Blues by Western Ideal 3. Nike Franco N by Mcardle 4. Lady Shadow by Shadow Play 5. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 6. Call Me Queen Be by Somebeachsomewhere 7. Witch Dali by Dali 8. Penpal by American Ideal 9. Pure Country by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Prairie Sweetheart by Royal Millennium AE: Lay Lady Lay by Up The Credit   Fan Hanover 1. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight 2. Al Mar Got A Fever by Third Straight 3. Shes Watching by Rocknroll Hanover 4. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Tequila Monday by American Ideal 6. Action Majesty by Royal Mattjesty 7. Agent Q by Western Terror 8. Future Headlines by Sportswriter 9. Roaring To Go by Art Major 10. Dancing Shadows K by Shadow Play AE: Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 6 - The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations may snag most of the headlines, but Friday and Saturday's cards of harness racing are flooded with stars of the sport competing in a variety of elimination races. Saturday evening's card features the eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes and Roses Are Red. A total of 19 three-year-old pacing fillies have been split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Fan Hanover. Idyllic Beach (PP7, Yannick Gingras), who won last year's Shes A Great Lady Stakes, will look to create more magic at Mohawk in the first elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won eight of 14 starts as a rookie and is one for one to start her three-year-old campaign. The second elimination will see Tequila Monday (PP6, Brian Sears) make her Mohawk debut. The Chris Oakes trainee is coming into the Fan Hanover off victories in the $140,770 Lismore at Yonkers and a division of the New York Sires Stakes at Saratoga. The daughter of American Ideal won four of five starts as a rookie and has a career record of six wins in nine starts. A field of nine will battle in the first elimination (Race 5), while ten pacing fillies will compete in the second split (Race 7). The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $440,000 Fan Hanover final. The Roses Are Red Stakes will require three $35,000 eliminations for the second year in a row, as 23 of the finest older pacing mares will display their talents at Mohawk. Four-year-old Pure Country (PP7, Brett Miller) will look to continue her success at Mohawk and pick up her first victory of the season in the first elimination. The Takter trainee won the Fan Hanover final and the Simcoe Stakes last season at Mohawk. The second elimination will see local star Sandbetweenurtoes (PP3, Doug McNair) attempt to protect her home track. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old has won eight of 16 starts this season and has racked up the dollars in the WEG Mares Preferred. Sandbetweenurtoes has banked over $150,000 this season for owner Brad Grant and is less than $70,000 away from reaching $1 million in career earnings. Division leader Lady Shadow (PP5, Yannick Gingras) highlights the third elimination. The Ron Adams trained five-year-old has picked right up where she left off at the end of last season, with victories in the Chip Noble Memorial and Betsy Ross to sit two for two entering the Roses Are Red eliminations. Lady Shadow won 12 of 20 starts last season and banked over $900,000. Her career earnings currently sit at $1.9 million. The top-three finishers, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $365,000 Roses Are Red final. The eliminations are carded as Races 2, 6 and 10. The stakes action isn't limited to Saturday night this weekend at Mohawk, as Friday evening's card will also have plenty of eliminations for Pepsi North America Cup night stakes. The Armbro Flight for trotting mares and Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters will each have two eliminations on Friday evening. Superstar trotter Hannelore Hanover is back to defend her Armbro Flight crown in the first of two $35,000 seven-horse eliminations. The Ron Burke trainee is one for two this season after winning 17 of 20 and banking over $1.1 million last season. Hannelore Hanover's most recent start was an easy-looking victory in a division of the Miss Versatility on May 22. The second split features last season's top-two three-year-old trotting fillies, as Broadway Donna (PP1, David Miller) and Caprice Hill (PP2, Doug McNair) will clash for the first-time in the older ranks. Broadway Donna, a winner of over $1.2 million, finished third against male counterparts in a division of the Graduate on Saturday at Mohawk, while Caprice Hill is coming in off a victory in her four-year-old debut last Friday at Mohawk. The top-five finishers from each Armbro Flight split will advance to the $253,000 final on Saturday, June 17. A group of 17 three-year-old trotters have been divided into two $30,000 Goodtimes eliminations. Wellwood Memorial winner Seven And Seven (PP4, Tom Durand) will make his three-year-old debut in the nine-horse opening split. The son of Chapter Seven won four of eight starts and banked $226,768 last season. Snowstorm Hanover (PP3, Matt Kakaley), who won last year's Valley Victory at Woodbine, will hope a return to Canadian soil will help him get back into the winner's circle, as the Burke trainee is winless in three starts this season. The second elimination, which has a field of eight, is headlined by Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champ Mass Production (PP3, Rick Zeron). The gelded son of Muscle Mass made a break in his only start this season after winning five of nine and banking $285,673 as a rookie. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $251,000 Goodtimes final on Saturday, June 17. The eliminations are carded as Races 5 and 8 on Friday. Post time on Friday and Saturday night is 7:30 p.m. The finals of all the stakes eliminations being contested this weekend will take place on the Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, June 17. Total purses for Pepsi North America Cup night will exceed $2.4 million. Tickets are currently available for the Pepsi North America Cup and can be purchased by clicking here. Below are the full fields for the eliminations of the Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover.   Friday, June 9 Armbro Flight - Sire - Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 2. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 3. Non Stick - Lucky Chucky - (Chris Christoforou - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Oho Diamond - Ken Warkentin - (Chris Christoforou - Renaldo Morales III) 5. Ready Any Time - Kadabra - (Jack Moiseyev - Dagfin Henriksen) 6. Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - (Trevor Henry - Chris Beaver) 7. Renegade Magic - Kadabra - (Trevor Henry - Jeffrey Thomson)   Armbro Flight - Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 2. Caprice Hill - Kadaba - (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 3. Lady Ping - Muscle Mass - (Jack Moiseyev - Dagfin Henriksen) 4. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Randy Waples - Paul Reid) 5. Charmed Life - Majestic Son - (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 6. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - (Tim Tetrick - Peter Shody) 7. Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - (Chris Christoforou - Dagfin Henriksen)   Goodtimes - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Ice Hockey Hanover - Donato Hanover - (Paul MacDonell - Mike Keeling) 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 3. Snowstorm Hanover - Muscle Massive - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 4. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - (Tom Durand - Tom Durand) 5. Guardian Angel As - Archangel - (Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon) 6. Scene A Magician - Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev - Jennifer Pinkerton) 7. Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 8. Dunbar Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson) 9. International Moni - Love You - (Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci)   Goodtimes - Elimination #2 (Race 8) 1. Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - (Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci) 2. Manssive -  Muscle Mass - (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr) 3. Mass Production - Muscle Mass - (Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron) 4. Resita - Manofmanymission - (Randy Waples - Per Henriksen) 5. Enterprise - Chapter Seven - (Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander) 6. Awol Hanover - Donato Hanover - (TBA - Luc Blais) 7. Dancer Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Sylvain Filion - Paul Reid) 8. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke)   Saturday, June 10 Roses Are Red - Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Witch Dali - Dali - (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 2. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - (Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder) 3. Bernadette - Big Jim - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams) 4. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Lakeisha Hall - Third Straight - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 6. Frost Damage Blues - Western Ideal - (Brett Miller - Tom Fanning) 7. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter)   Roses Are Red - Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Penpal - American Ideal - (Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance) 2. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron - Tony O'Sullivan) 3. Sandbetweenurtoes - Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 4. Windsun Glory - Mach Three - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 5. Nike Franco N - McArdle - (Tim Tetrick - Joann Looney King) 6. Solar Sister - Mach Three - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 7. Bedroomconfessions - American Ideal - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Lyons River Pride - Somebeachsomewhere - (Jody Jamieson - Bruce Goit)   Roses Are Red - Elimination #3 (Race 10) 1. Wrangler Magic - Mach Three - (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 2. Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 3. Seventimesavirgin - Always A Virgin - (John De Long - John De Long) 4. Waasmula - Million Dollar Cam - (Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit) 5. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams) 6. Lay Lady Lay - Up The Credit - (Trevor Henry - Chris Matthews) 7. Prairie Sweetheart - Royal Milennium - (Matt Kakaley - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Ms Mac N Cheese - Badlands Hanover - (Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Al Mar Got A Fever - Third Straight - (Brian Sears - Mike Weller) 2. Roaring To Go - Art Major - (Brett Miller - Kevin Lare) 3. Soiree Seelster - Big Jim - (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 4. Jayes A Lady - McArdle - (Brett Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Dancing Shadows K - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Rod Boyd) 6. Future Headlines - Sportswriter - (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson) 7. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - (Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter) 8. Blameitonthenight  - Mach Three - (Jonathan Drury - Tony Alagna) 9. Roselily - Big Jim - (Travis Cullen - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #2 (Race 7) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - (David Miller - Aaron Lambert) 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 3. Action Majesty - Royal Mattjesty - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 4. Dudesalady - Shadow Play - (TBA - Howard Okusko Jr) 5. American Sara - American Ideal - (Sylvain Filion - Murray Brethour) 6. Tequila Monday - American Ideal - (Brian Sears - Chris Oakes) 7. Shes Watching - Rocknroll Hanover - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Bettors Up - Bettor's Delight - (Doug McNair - Scott McEneny) 9. Someomensomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter) 10. Aint Three Ok - Mach Three - (Trevor Henry - Mike Weller) Mark McKelvie

A couple of heavy hitters presently bedded down on Millionaires Row in The Stable That God Loves will join seven of their stablemates Saturday night on Mohawk Racetrack's big stage, looking to garner the winner's share of their respective races to support the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada.   The talented group of multiple stakes winners will share the evening's limelight with the rich Pepsi North America Cup.. While the continent's best three-year-old pacers duke it out for their share of the Cup's million dollar purse, God's Stable members will compete for $764,000 in eight races, including the Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red Stakes. Charmed Life ( 86 19-21--15 $1,009,016 1:52.2) a recent addition to The Stable's Charmed Circle on Millionaires Row, will tackle a classy field of nine trotting distaffers in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Stakes with Jody Jamieson driving for co-owners Michael Guerriero and trainer Dave Menary and partners. She will face heavily favoured Hannelore Hanover, winner of her last six of seven starts for the powerful U.S.- based Ron Burke Stable, along with local stalwarts Rockin With Dewey and Elegant Serenity.   Considering the devastating fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier in the year at Classy Lane Training Centre, the fact that Doug Millard's Elegant Serenity (21 6-3-7 $470,020 1:53.2) is presently racing, is tinged with divine intervention. Following the Breeders Crown race last October, Millard decided to send his royally bred homebred daughter of Kadabra - Elegantimage to Florida's Gilcrest Training Centre where she was turned out for two months before being put back into training.   If she had been left at the Classy Lane Training Centre with trainer-driver, Roger Mayotte, who developed and guided her in her highly successful career, she could have been destroyed in that disastrous fire. Elegant Serenity will be looking for her first season's win when she leaves from No. 8 post in the Armbro Flight Stakes with Mayotte driving.   Rockin With Dewey (73 16-19-12 $537,915, 1:52) bred by Harry Rutherford and Diane Ingham and co-owned with trainer Ben Baillargeon, sports a lifetime on-the-board percentage of 62.50 and 71.43 in 2016. Mario Baillargeon, who has driven the consistent five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe in 56 of her 73 lifetime starts will be jetting to the lead from the advantageous post 2, in search of her third season's win.   Devil Child (38 10-11--15 $450,938 1:49.3) a four-year-old daughter of American Ideal trained by Chris Oakes for his wife Susan and Michelle Crawford, will represent The Stable That God Loves in the $370,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for fillies and mares in race 11. Devil Child has a pair of wins from six attempts this year. Dave Miller will handle the reins from post 6 in the 10-horse field.   The Casie Coleman trained Reverend Hanover (17 8-4-2 $530,953 1:48.3) will play the favourite's role in the seventh race with Dave Miller in the bike. The four-year-old son of Sportswriter has been a gem of consistency throughout his career with an on-the-board percentage of 81.25 and 75.00 in 2016 for owner Steve Calhoun and partners. He notched an easy victory, his first in four season's attempts, on June 11 at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sintra, the morning line favourite in Saturday's race 13, was sidelined with a broken bone in his leg at two, but now is an emerging star in The Stable That God Loves, with four consecutive victories in as many attempts for trainer Dave Menary, who co-owns the three-year-old son of Mach Three with Michael Guerriero and partners. Michael Guerriero is one of the largest contributors to God's Stable     He has pledged ten of his co-owned colourbearers to The Stable That God Loves, a gesture that speaks volumes about his caring, generosity and support for a program that, in turn, supports a Chaplaincy program that supports those less fortunate in horse racing with emotional, physical, financial and sometimes spiritual needs . . . and just plain human kindness.   Stonebridge Quest, the four-year-old daughter of Camluck trained by Andrew McCabe for breeder Angie Stiller and Glenview Livestock, Ltd., strutted to victory in her lone season's attempt on May 27th with Trevor Henry in the bike.. In 2015 Stonebridge Quest produced purse earnings of $157,000 for God's Stable when she won six of 14 races competing successfully in Ontario Sires Stakes and the Kin Pace. Stonebridge Quest leaves from post 4 in the sixth race for fillies and mares with Henry driving.   Our Hot Majorette (41 10-7-4 $196,813, 1:51.4) a consistent campaigner trained by Rick Zeron for George Millar's Newmarket Farms (13 3-4-2 in 2016) will face six fillies and mares in a Preferred Pace in the second race.   McWicked (46 15-13-9 $1,787,476, 1:47.3) the top money winner in God's Stable and winner of important stakes events, including the Adios and the Hempt at three, was scratched from Mohawk's Gold Cup on Saturday in favour of the $179,000 Open Pace sponsored by Blue Chip Farms at Tioga Downs on Sunday. Top teamster, Tim Tetrick will guide the five-year-old son of McCardle from post 7. McWicked, who is winless in three season's attempts, has had an active year in the breeding shed. Owner Ed James has bred him to a select group of mares in his broodmare band.   Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Every trotter, pacer Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse is welcome and guaranteed a stall. Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton: k.middleton@rogers.com, or Norm Clements: nclements@zing-net.net.   For regular up-to-date postings on The Stable That God Loves, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter@StableGodLoves.   For additional information contact: Bill Galvin: billgalvin2000@yahoo.ca.   From The Stable That God Loves  

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Roll With Joe, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 18) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$438,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$268,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$267,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Also on Saturday, The Meadows will host the $54,000 Meadows Maturity Trot for 4-year-old horses and geldings. Tioga Downs rounds out the weekend of Grand Circuit racing on Sunday (June 19) with the $179,000 Roll With Joe for open pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadows and Tioga Downs entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial held on a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs. Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score. Leaving from post six, the gelded son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony settled into second behind the leader and recent world champion Muscle Up The Goal. Content to allow the hometown favorite and the public's selection at 4-5 to set the pace, Obrigado simply followed that rival around the Columbus oval behind fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.3 before he was pulled out of the pocket at the top of the stretch to commence his drive to the wire with a :27.4 final panel. Obrigado glided by Muscle Up The Goal and completed his victorious journey to the wire seemingly well in hand. Natural Herbie placed pressure on the property of conditioner Paul Kelley, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45, however, his first over bid rendered him unable to match strides with the victor. Flanagan Memory, the 2013 O'Brien Award winner, closed from eighth to nab the show spot. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Obrigado paid his supporters $8.20. Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations on Saturday night (June 11) at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $39,500 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, tracked from fifth in the early going, then made a bid for the lead at the midway point as Lyons Snyder took the field to the quarter in :27.2, half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Into the stretch, Lyons Snyder veered off the rail and gave a pocket-sitting Racing Hill room to sneak up the inside, but Betting Line was on the outside and used a :26.2 final quarter kick to breeze by his rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Snyder finished second, while Racing Hill was third. Also advancing is fourth-place finisher Control The Moment and Beast Mode, who finished fifth. Betting Line notched his third victory of the season from four outings and ninth lifetime triumph. With the win, the son of Bettor's Delight and Heather's Western lifted his career earnings to $473,280 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. In the second elimination, the Steve Elliott pupil Boston Red Rocks used an off-the-pace trip to win by a half-length in 1:50.3. Boston Red Rocks and driver Tim Tetrick followed from fourth as Nvestment Bluechip posted the opening panel in :26.4 and Nocturnal Bluechip clocked the half in :54.4. While the sophomores were passing the three-quarter marker in 1:22.4, Boston Red Rocks had advanced first-up and was stalking Nocturnal Bluechip from second. When the pacers entered the stretch, Boston Red Rocks, the 3-5 favorite, struck the front and held off a late surge from Big Top Hanover, who finished second and third-place finisher Michael's Victory. Magnum J, who went from last to fourth and fifth-place finisher Manhattan Beach also advance to the final. Boston Red Rocks scored his second triumph of the season from four outings and sixth career victory. With the win, the son of the late Rocknroll Hanover and McGibson lifted his career earnings to $639,455 for Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 126; 3. Daniel Dube - 120; 4. Yannick Gingras - 112; 5. Matt Kakaley - 110. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 198; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 168; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Clyde Francis - 82.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 110; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 57.15; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.15; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Meadowlands will host the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters on Friday (June 24), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 25). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

Anndrovette's home is in New Jersey, but the harness racing female pacer certainly seems to make herself at home in Canada; particularly when it comes to the Roses Are Red Stakes at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. The 9-year-old has won the Roses Are Red a record three times and goes for No. 4 on Saturday in the C$370,000 final at Mohawk. Anndrovette enters the race off a 1:49.4 win by a nose over Sandbetweenurtoes in her elimination last weekend. It was the mare's first victory in seven starts this season and her best win time since capturing the 2014 Roses Are Red --- the third of her threepeat --- in 1:49.1. For her career, Anndrovette has won nine of 22 races at Mohawk and hit the board a total of 17 times. "She really likes Canada and she's done really well in the Roses Are Red up there," said Tim Tetrick, who is Anndrovette's regular driver. "She raced great last week; it was a really good mile. She's a classy old mare, that's for sure. She never seems to go away; not for the whole season. She's older now, but you usually get three or four good starts out of her. She makes about $400,000 a year, and there's nothing wrong with that." Anndrovette has won 45 of 135 career races and earned $3.51 million in purses. She enters the Roses Are Red needing $237,102 to surpass Eternal Camnation's record of $3.74 million for the top spot among all female pacers in harness racing history. In addition, Anndrovette received four consecutive Dan Patch Award trophies from 2011-2014, setting the record for an older female pacer and equaling Eternal Camnation's record for the most awards given to any pacer in history. Anndrovette, a daughter of Riverboat King out of the mare Easy Miss, also has received four O'Brien Awards for best older female pacer in Canada. She is owned by Bamond Racing and Joe Davino. "I'll never count her out," trainer Jeff Bamond Jr. said. "Anytime I've ever counted her out before she comes back to prove me wrong. He then added with a laugh, "Maybe I will count her out. Maybe that will do it." Prior to the start in her Roses Are Red elimination, Anndrovette raced this season exclusively at Yonkers Raceway. She had a second-place finish and two thirds at the half-mile oval in New York. For her career, she has won 13 of 45 starts at Yonkers, but posted only two wins at The Hilltop since 2013. "I know Yonkers isn't her cup of tea," Tetrick said. "It hurts her that she doesn't get to race as much on a big track. (Last week) was the best she's raced all year. I think she'll be fine. She's very tough and she likes to win." Anndrovette rallied from sixth place at the midpoint of last week's elimination to post her triumph. Also winning eliminations were Lady Shadow, who claimed last year's Roses Are Red trophy, and Solar Sister. Lady Shadow won her elim by 3-1/4 lengths over Yagonnakissmeornot in 1:50.2 with Doug McNair in the sulky for trainer Ron Adams. Solar Sister won her elim by 1-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:51, also with McNair handling the driving. McNair will sit behind Solar Sister, trained by his dad Gregg, in the final. Yannick Gingras is listed to drive Lady Shadow. Anndrovette will start the final from post No. 4, with Solar Sister leaving from post two and Lady Shadow from three. "You get a good spot and hope it works out," Bamond said. "I don't know what Tim will do; I don't know if he'll leave. She was real good from off the pace after being on the lead pretty much her whole life, so maybe he takes her off the gate and it works out." Following is the field for the Roses Are Red in post order. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Waasmula - Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit 2. Solar Sister - Doug McNair - R. Gregg McNair 3. Lady Shadow - Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams 4. Anndrovette - Tim Tetrick - Jeff Bamond Jr. 5. Sandbetweenurtoes - Jody Jamieson - Richard Moreau 6. Devil Child - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes 7. Ms Mac N Cheese - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau 8. Wrangler Magic - Sylvain Filion - Stephane Larocque 9. Yagonnakissmeornot - Jody Jamieson - Rene Allard 10. Katie Said - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter And with their sires; 1. Waasmula by Million Dollar Cam 2. Solar Sister by Mach Three 3. Lady Shadow by Shadow Play 4. Anndrovette by Riverboat King 5. Sandbetweenurtoes by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Devil Child by American Ideal 7. Ms Mac N Cheese by Badlands Hanover 8. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 9. Yagonnakissmeornot by The Panderosa 10. Katie Said by Well Said by Ken Weingartner

The Canadian harness racing breeding industry had a stellar day yesterday at Mohawk with several of the day's features captured by stock sired by Canadian based stallions. Leading the way was the evergreen Mach Three who had a day to remember. His three year old daughter Wrangler Magic took out the $479,000 Fan Hanover in 1:50.2 and another daughter in Solar Sister flashed home late for an unlucky third in the same race. Physicallyinclined, a son of Mach Three who missed the North American Cup Final after having no luck in his division last week, showed he wouldn't have been out of it in the big dance when he easily won the $75,000 North American Cup consolation in a sharp 1:49 after starting from barrier eight.  Mach Three progeny also won two other races on the undercard in a timely reminder to breeders of what a great stallion he is. The great trotting mare Bee A Magician was her old self once again, completely dominating the $272,000 Armbro Flight, clearing out for an easy victory in a smart 1:51.4. It was the daughter of Kadabra's 37th lifetime victory and took her earnings to $3,174,386 and it looks like there is plenty more to come. Another Canadian based sire to taste victory on the day was Shadow Play. His outstanding daughter Lady Shadow franked her good form this season with a dominant win in the $350,000 Roses Are Red in a very sharp 1:48.3 It was Lady Shadow's 14th career victory and took her earning to $692,679. The other highlight on the day for Canadian breeders was the victory by Hemi Seelster in the $233,000 Goodtimes Final for three year old trotters. A son of the first crop of the Ontario based sire Holiday Road 1:52.4 ($426,200), Hemi Seelster was aided by a couple of the favourites galloping but he still got the job done in 1:54 Those results yesterday at Mohawk were a timely to North American breeders that  the Canadian based stallions can more than hold their own against all comers. Harnesslink Media

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