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Fast times were the order of the night at Bathurst’s Group One Feeds Paceway last Wednesday, but  ironically, the most impressive performance of the harness racing meeting came in one of the slower races.  De Santa Anna was first up for six months, for Hartley trainer Steve Conroy, against a moderate C0 field, and those who took the $1.60 quote on offer had no concerns at all, with the Santanna Blue Chip four-year-old leading easily from outside the front and dictating terms throughout. Driver Robbie Nugent didn’t appear to change his seat, or relax his hold, as he approached the 500m point, but in the twinkling of an eye, the leader put a very big gap on the field, and Nugent just sat quietly on him down the lane to cross the line 27 metres ahead of Flip Wilson and Regal Authority, with the rest of the field coming in at intervals.  On a night where half the races went in 1:56 or better, the 1:58.2 for De Santa Anna was the second slowest, but as a beaming Nugent observed, “It was just an armchair drive!” One of the better western district three-year-olds last term, he has furnished into a magnificent type now, and judging by this win, is definitely headed for bigger and better things. His half-brother Hectorjayjay stepped up at four last season, taking out the Group One Breeders Crown, and even though those lofty heights are certainly premature, his little brother will add something worthwhile to the family history before he’s done. Kerryann Turner and Robbie Morris had three strong chances at the meeting, and took the opening event, a C3-C4 sprint, with Bettermore NZ ($4.60), which sat outside leader Cracka Stride for most of the race. “He’s a grinding type, so I wanted to put him into the race, and I had a bit of luck when Ashlee’s horse (Our Leonardo) got held up and I was able to get out and move to the death.” Morris admitted. The winner’s mile rate of 1:55.6 was threatened by a few, but remained the standard for the entire meeting. Morris was later presented with his UDR trophy for last season at Bathurst (the first official duty for new president Wayne Barker), and collected a matching trainer’s one for his partner. With their baby due in just a few weeks, Kerryann opted to stay put in Sydney for the night. Jess Prior recently received her Encouragement Award from Steve Turnbull, and she prevailed  in a very tight finish against the leading driver when Kapow Shannon ($2.20, for Peter Bullock) held on to defeat the fast-finishing Midnight Prowler in a 2260 metres C1 class. The speed was maintained throughout, for a mile rate of 1:58.0, with a sharp 57.5 last half. “I’m not very good at speaking,” claimed the happy youngster after just her fourth winner, and the first one at her home track, but she’s likely to get plenty of practice at the caper in future, judging by her rapid progress in the last few months. Trainer Murray Sullivan scored first-up with recent acquisition Looksmachnificent NZ ($2.70 favourite), which rated 1:56.0 in leading  throughout a C0 sprint, from trailers Scentello and Ideal Gambler, but he gave all the credit to driver Jason Gaffney. “He’s a very free-running horse, and he’s pretty hard to stop – Jason gets on best with him, and I was happy to let him have the drive tonight. As you can see, Jason didn’t have to pull the plugs, and there’s no way the horse will stand quietly for anyone after the race either. “He’s come from the big track at Menangle, and I’m not sure whether he’ll handle a small track like Eugowra, but we’ll probably have a shot at the Canola Cup series next.” Murray’s fears were realized in last Sunday’s heats, but he’ll take some beating when he returns to the wide-open spaces at Bathurst in coming weeks. Other winners for the meeting were: Hard To Hear ($6.20, Daniel Rowell, for Taralga trainer Pat Bourke), in a C1-2 sprint, getting a nice three-wide trail down the back the last time, to come with a big finish right over the top of his rivals; Lamorak ($10.10, Steve Turnbull), in the fast-class sprint, where he came out from the trail before straightening, for a smart win, in 1:55.7, to account for Lochinver and Treuaper, both placegetters closing hard; Tulhurst Sarsha ($11.20, Nathan Hurst), in the second division of the C1-2 sprint, the Flightpath daughter pinging across from the outside gate to lead, and recording a lifetime best of 1:55.8 at her eleventh victory; Merrylands Miss ($2.70, Amy Day), in the C0 sprint which closed the meeting, rewarded for very consistent form in recent starts when she came from off a slow pace mid-race to get up right on the line, making it a double on the night for the Goulburn district visitors. The Denise and John Brien-sponsored Pick Six Competition is proving a difficult challenge for punters at the moment, with the jackpot climbing to $1475 for this week’s meeting. by Terry Neil  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Thursday night harness racing feature is anyone's race to win at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash card. Tempo Seelster is pegged as the morning line favorite in the $2,100 race 11 feature with owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton from post 4. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip has been knocking on the door every week but hasn't hit the winner's circle since May 9. He was a sharp second in his last start in 1:56.3 to Forever Paradise, but with that rival gone to race in New Brunswick this week the way is clear to the Charlottetown winner's circle with a bit of a fight. First Art Down (Ken Murphy) has the rail in the seven-horse contest with Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes) looking for redemption from post 7 after his first finish off the board last week. Race analyst Les MacIsaac looks to post 2 starter Perfect Escape to replicate his 1:55.4 victory from his last start. "He has won three of his last four with his latest matching his seasonal mark from 2014," MacIsaac said of Perfect Escape. "If he's able to set up shop on the front end, and it appears he has a good chance of doing that, it could be all over." Other entries include PC Shockwace (Wade Sorrie), Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald). The card also includes seven mares going head-to-head in race 9 for a $1,800 purse. Howmac Missy is the classifier's choice from post 2 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owners Howmac Farms of North Wiltshire and Wade Peconi of Stanchel. Her main morning line opponents are General Luckypercy (Matheson) and Lucksgottachange (Hughes) from posts 5 and 6, respectively. The field also includes Briannas Angel (Travis Wilkie), A Fiesty Xample (Mark Bradley), Veronicavermillion (Neil Bambrick) and Bettim Jenny (Jeff Lilley). Race secretary Gerard Smith has carded two trot classes on the program with maiden trotters competing for $1,100 in race 1. Windemere Tribe (Darrell Neill) is the favorite from post 2. Race 4 has eight conditioned trotters fighting for the lion's share of the $1,200 pot. JK Blaze is the morning line choice for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Joe Smallwood of Stratford.  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A hard hitting field of eight pacers will don their bridles and go to battle in the Thursday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 7 pm for the 12-dash event. The race 11 feature has Tempo Seelster installed as the morning line choice for owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip does not show a mile slower than 1:57.4 on his race lines and has post 2 to top it off. He won't be unchallenged though, as Cheyenne Ford has the rail for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and owner James O'Halloran of Montague and Forever Paradise (Marc Campbell) poses a real danger from post 7 after scoring a 1:57.1 victory in his latest outing. Race analyst Les MacIsaac marks this race up as a likely Tempo Seelster victory. "He's been in a bit of a dry spell as far as winning goes but he's still racing okay," MacIsaac said. "He gets some class relief for this one and when you couple that with a post that might allow him to control his own destiny, we'll give him top billing." Other entries include The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Beckenbauer (Jason Hughes), A Fiesty X Ample (Mark Bradley), Artners In Crime (Ron Matheson) and First Art Down (Ken Murphy). The back-up class lines up in race 7 with Lyndale Royal getting top call from Race Secretary Gerard Smith. The six-year-old son of Force Of Life gets post 5 with Marc Campbell in the bike for co-owner and trainer Brent Campbell of Charlottetown and co-owner Neal Moase of Warren Grove. Other top entries include Van Zant (Matheson), Windemere Eric (Gary Chappell) and Sinners In Heaven (Terry Gallant). Two trot classes will go postward on the card in races 3 and 5. Summerside Raceway track record holder Suicide Shift will looks to come back from a break in stride last week in race 3 with Steven Shepherd in the bike from post 6. Race 5 has Dunmore Chance kicking off his four-year-old campaign from post 4 in the eight horse field with Jack Panting at the lines. By Nicholas Oakes for Red Shores

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2015 – Harness racing driver Denis St Pierre, the 2014 driving champion at Hippodrome 3R, swept all three $6500 second round preliminary divisions of the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for 4 and 5-year-old pacers today at the mid-province track – and equaled divisional track records in two of the victories. First to add a line to the record books was My Tallia Ideal, a daughter of Western Ideal who shipped to 3R from Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania and promptly won her division of the two for mares, tripping the timer in 1:54.3 to equal the local standard for older pacing mares first set by Sans Frontiere in June 2013. St Pierre hustled the Michel Allard-trained mare, co-owned by breeders Gestion Mario Audet Inc and Yves Sarrazin, out of the gate, taking advantage of drawing inside her main rival Victoria Semalu, a winner last week. With “Victoria” settled in behind “Tallia” before the 27.2 first quarter, St. Pierre was able to rate an easy middle half before sprinted the last panel in 28.1 to beat his main rival by two lengths and tie the track mark. Three races later, the Shanghai Phil gelding Champagne Phil crossed the border east from Ontario and captured today’s only series division for horses and geldings, stopping the timer in 1:53.1. While driver St Pierre slowed the pace after a 27.2 opener with My Tallia Ideal, with Champagne Phil he reached the first marker in that same number, but went on to post fractions of 55.3 and 1:24.4 before going on to win by 2¼ lengths over McKinney. Trained by Francis Picard for owners ICR Racing, Champagne Phil might need to better today’s time next Sunday if he and Atomic Million AM, who won last week and skipped this race, go tête-a-tête tete in the final preliminary. The other of the mares divisions saw Champagne Shower take her second “Q”-series prelim in as many weeks, with St Pierre again taking the shortest way around as the daughter of Santanna Blue Chip won by 2 ½ lengths over Lutetia Semalu, who was second to Victoria Semalu last week, in 1:55.2. Yves Tessier trains the winner, now victorious in three straight starts, for owner-breeder Sotiorios Anastasopoulos. The next two cards of racing at Hippodrome 3R will feature the third preliminary round in the Quebec-Bred Series, with trotters going Wednesday night at 7 p.m. and the pacers back next Sunday at 1:30 p.m. The top winners in the preliminary legs will square off in the four series Championships, trot/pace and mare/horse combinations, with $35.000 on the line in each event, on Sunday, June 14. St Pierre would go on to take the tenth and last race for four sulky successes Sunday; no other driver, including 2015 meet leader Stephane Brosseau, had more than one. One of the other six winning drivers was Andre Champagne, and he guided Amazingdream Esa to victory while paying $130.40 for a $2 win bet, double the previous high for the year. Vincent Trudel Quebec Jockey Club        

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, May 31, 2015 - The best harness racing pacers eligible to the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series for 4- and 5-year-olds meet for their second preliminary round Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R, with two $6500 fields of mares facing the starter in races 1 and 3 and a single $6500 dash for horses and geldings slated for race 6. In the first of the three preliminary rounds leading up to each division's $35,000 Championship, there were also two events for mares, with both events taken by the heavy favorite in a runaway. Each winner is back Sunday, but each faces a challenge if they are to keep up their series record unblemished. The Santanna Blue Chip mare Champagne Shower won by 11 lengths last week in 1:56.4, and she is justly the favorite for round two as she starts from post two in the field of six for driver Denis St. Pierre, 3R's defending driver champion; trainer Yves Tessier; and owner Sotirios Anastasopoulos. Among those in the wake of Champagne Shower last week was Chauleurs Fantasy, who also has the difficulty in starting from the outside post Sunday. But the daughter of Omar Khayyam, conditioned by Carl Duguay and to be driven by Stephane Gendron for Elevage Baie Des Chaleurs, should be better in this, her second start of 2015 - and in her last start of 2014, she won her $65,000 three-year-old Championship, with among the conquered that day being none other than Champagne Shower! In the other mares division, Victoria Semalu led at every call in scoring by over six lengths in 1:56.1, and again will draw her share of the fans' attention. The American Dream mare begins from post four for trainer Dany Fontaine, owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc, and driver Stephane Brosseau, who has "come out of the gate" in hot form this season to be the leading driver at 3R to date. Starting two posts inside Victoria Semalu will be the Western Ideal mare My Tallia Ideal, who will be guided by Denis St. Pierre for trainer Michael Allard and the ownership duo of Gestion Mario Audet Inc and Yves Sarrazin. My Tallia Ideal comes to 3R after having been facing very good mares at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania, where she won in 1:51.2 last month, and obviously her best mile makes her a major factor here. The divisional track record of 1:54.3, set by Sans Frontiere in 2013, could be in jeopardy in either division, given ideal conditions. In the lone event for horses and geldings, the field of seven will not miss Atomic Million AM, who takes this week off from the series after winning last week in 1:55.2, pacing his last half in 55.4. Certainly Bali (post seven, driver Marie Claude Auger) and My Lucky Bluejeans (post five, driver Stephane Gendron) will be comforted by the absence of Atomic Million AM after finishing second and third, respectively, to him last week. However, an invader from Ontario, Champagne Phil, should definitely attract a good share of the backing, coming off a 1:49.4 victory at Mohawk last Saturday. The Shanghai Phil gelding, set to be driven by Denis St. Pierre for trainer Francis Richard and owners ICR Racing, has post two on Sunday, and is comfortable winning on or off the pace. The first of ten races will start at 1:30 p.m. at Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Quebec Jockey Club          

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Island harness racing is getting revved up with three race cards this week, including Saturday at 6 pm at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the 2015 season opener at Red Shores Summerside on Sunday afternoon at 1 pm. The 11-dash Saturday evening card is headlined by six-horses in the race 10 $2,200 feature pace. Tempo Seelster is the classifiers choice from post 4 for owner-trainer-driver Vincent Poulton of Charlottetown. The five-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip was a winner two weeks ago in this class but fell short last week after leaving from post 7. Carnivore has post 6 for driver Walter Cheverie, trainer Marvyn Webster and owner Valleygrove Farms of Kensington fresh off his 1:56.4 victory in last Saturday's feature. Top Maritime free-for-aller All Turain has post 5 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Trevor Hicken and owners Lee Hicken of Charlottetown and Perry Burke of Quebec. All Turain's impressive 2014 season of 12 wins, $28,347 in purses and a mark of 1:54 is enough to inspire race analyst Les MacIsaac to select him to land in the winner's circle. "This guy was nothing less than dominant last year in some of his races and against some high caliber opposition to boot," MacIsaac said. "Yes, it's his first start off the bench but he wouldn't be out here if he wasn't ready to go. Beware." Other entries include Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault), Cabo Pan Lucas (Daniel MacDonald) and My Lucky Killean (Gary Chappell). The top trotters on the east coast line up in race 3 for a $1,500 purse with last week's winner, Pleasure Girls, the morning line favorite from post 5 with MacPherson in the bike for trainer Ron Gass and owner Shelley Gass of Cornwall. Eat Pray Trot has the rail fresh off an impressive qualifier in Charlottetown trotting his own mile in 2:00.3 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Ambyr Campbell of Charlottetown. The field also includes I Aint No Lady (Mike Stevenson), Honeymoonisover (Brian Andrew), Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault) and Presto Pegasus (Mark Bradley). By Nicholas Oakes Red Shores Summerside Sunday A 10-dash program will hit the track Sunday afternoon as Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway opens up for the 2015 live racing season. A top notch top class will line up in race 9 with Outside The Wire the morning line favorite from post 1 with Summerside's leading dash winning trainer and driver, Jason Hughes, at the lines. The six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear is trained by Craig Avery for owners Andrew Avery of Freetown and John Brodrick of Alberta. New Brunswick invader American Captain has post 4 in the event for Island native trainer-driver Mike Campbell. Campbell has come to the Summerside Raceway from Fredericton, N.B., for the 2015 season. Other entries are Bowyer Hanover (Walter Cheverie), J Rs Hurricane (Gary Chappell), Darth Bader (Gilles Barrieau), and American Terror (Steven Shepherd). The afternoon back-up class hits the track in race 10 with Motorino favored from post 7 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant, who co-owns with Eric Johnston of Summerside. The four-year-old son of Brian P was purchased by the connections in last January's mixed sale in New Jersey and has been impressive his first few starts on the Island including a 1:58 victory last week in Charlottetown. Other top entries in the eight horse field include Haunto (Barrieau) and D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault). Customers will be greeted to a list of new promotions including the Super High 5, Pik 3 and Pik 4. On-track players will be offered the Pick 5, Wild Horses tags on races 2-10 with jackpots and Set for Summer promo where customers have a chance to qualify to win weekly prizes with the grand prize of $1,000 a week for 10 weeks being drawn on the first day of summer June 21, 2015. For race programs, Jared's Picks or live broadcast go to or twitter at leedrake01 or red_shores Lee A. Drake  

Charlottetown, PE - Tempo Seelster and harness racing driver Vince Poulton won the evening feature over a fast closing Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The mile was charted in 1:57.3 for Tempo Seelster who left from post three and cut fractions of 29.1, 59.3 and 1:28.4. The son of Santanna Blue Chip flashed a closing panel of 28.4. It was Poulton's second winner on the program after another wire to wire score with IDK owned by his sister Gail MacDonald and trained by his brother Gary Poulton of Charlottetown. Corey MacPherson enjoyed a big night at the office with a driving triple. MacPherson won with Alliegetty for owner Kent Livingston, Brodys Leona, who nosed out Motorino in a photo finish to go right to her personal best of 1:58.3 for owners Kerry and Emily Taylor, Stratford and Lisa Richards, Cornwall and veteran Life Savior for trainer Duane MacEachern and owner Darla MacEachern of Kensington. Fightmaster put in an impressive performance winning in gate to wire fashion in 1:57.4 for driver Mike McGuigan and his co-owner Jack Quinn, Charlottetown. For complete results go to By Lee Drake

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, April 11, 2015-Saturday night's fourth round of Yonkers Raceway's George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series, despite missing some old, familiar faces, played out in a trio of intriguing harness racing events. Pole-sitting Windsong Jack (Brian Sears, $6.20) won the opening, $50,000 division, getting by Mach it So (Tim Tetrick) late and edging way by a length-and-a-quarter in a season's-best 1:52.4. Mach's Beach Boy (Pat Lachance) was third. It was 9-5 favorite Bettor's Edge (Yannick Gingras) making the lead and setting sail through intervals of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:23.4. Eventually tackled by Mach it So, the leader broke in the final turn. Windsong Jack was able to extricate himself, then go past a stubborn Mach it So. For second choice Windsong Jack, a 5-year-old Santanna Blue Chip gelding trained by Jennifer Sabot for owner Little Bapa LLC, it was his second win in eight seasonal starts (1-for-4 in series) The exacta paid $19.80, with no triple wagering offered due to the short field Odds-on choice Take it Back Terry (George Brennan, $2.90) had few issues in the second division. Quarter-moving from post No. 2, "Terry" stole way a cheap second quarter (:27.1, :56.4), then easily held sway (1:25.2, 1:53.1) by a no-issues three-quarters of a length. A solid, first-up effort from Frankie's Dragon (Sears) found him getting second, with Fat Man's Alley (Jason Bartlett) third. For "Terry," a 6-year-old Western Terror gelding co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Ron Burke, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and Phil Collura, he's now 4-for-12 this season (2-for-3 in series). The exacta paid $23.40, with the triple returning $84. The evening's final series event saw a contested front end involving Clear Vision (Gingras) and Lucan Hanover (Tetrick). The former rebuffed the advances of the latter (:26.3, :54.1), with 7-10 choice Michael's Power (Dan Dube) in behind. The early fractions made this a closer's contest, and after a 1:23 three-quarters, the back of the bus was heard from. A from-last Heez Orl Black N (Sears, $29.20), starting outside his five foes, prevailed in a hands-and-knees (:30.1) final quarter. He whipped another longshot in National Debt (Eric Carlson) by a length in 1:53.1. Lucan Hanover held third despite a brutal trip, while "Michael" wound up last. For fourth choice Heez Orl Black N, a 7-year-old Down Under In The Pocket gelding trained by Anita Vallee for co-owners Shaun Vallee and D P V Racing Stable, it was his fourth win in 11 '15 tries. The exacta paid $323, with the triple returning $1,457. It should be noted that P H Supercam and Beach Memories, sitting 1-2 in series points after three rounds, were both given this round off for good behavior, while Foiled Again, looking to regain his near-$7 million form, also was not entered. Series standings, through fourth leg...1-P H Supercam (225 points), 2t-Beach Memories (200), 2t-Michael's Power (200), 2t-Take it Back Terry (200), 5t-Fat Man's Alley (187), 5t-Windsong Jack (187), 7-Polak A (175), 8-Sapphire City (170). Finals for the Blue Chip Matchmaker and George Morton Levy Memorial Pacing Series are set for Saturday, Apr. 25 (purses for both TBA). Note that since no one took Saturday night's Pick 5, Monday's gimmick begins with a carryover of $4,361.40 ($10,000 guaranteed pool). The Raceway's live season continues Monday night (post time 7:10 PM), Tuesday (1 PM, second round of YR/SOA of NY Bonus Trotting Series), then Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM, with Matchmaker and Levy series continuing Fridays and Saturdays). Evening simulcasting available around all nighttime programs, with afternoon simulcasting daily. Frank Drucker

LEBANON, OH. - Go For Sand (Jason Brewer) and Princess Of Rock (Tyler Smith), both owned partially by William Eltzroth and both trained by Jeff Brewer, were first and second to cross the wire in the $15,000 championship leg of the harness racing Herb Cover Jr. Memorial series at Miami Valley on Sunday (March 29) afternoon. The stablemates were just a nose apart at the wire with Second Later (Josh Sutton) third in the photo finish by about that same narrow margin. Runnerup Princess Of Rock had to survive a judge's inquiry after breaking stride about twenty yards from the wire. The judges ruled that Smith did lose ground, did not interfere with any other horse, and was back on the pacing gait in her final few strides and thus made the race official. Seconds Later, a lukewarm favorite over the Brewer entry, did all the work on a very windy day. Sutton was forced from an outside post to sprint to the quarter mile marker in :27.1, then caught a breather to the :57 half. With an outer flow formed the pace quickened dramatically down the wind-aided backstretch with Seconds Later tripping the three-quarters beam in 1:24.4. The stretch drive was a cavalry charge directly into the wind which resulted in the 1:55.4 photo finish with Go For Sand getting the nod. Eltzroth's partners on the winner are wife Tamara as well as David DeFilippo. The four-year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip now has seven career wins. Herb Coven Jr. was a well respected Lebanon horseman before his untimely death in the prime of his career. Miami Valley Raceway is honoring nine such 'Legends' this month with memorial series in their honor. The final of the Omar Hiteman series will highlight the Wednesday night (April 1) program. A $15,950 Open Handicap Trot was also featured on Sunday with Can'tcutthatchip (Jack Dailey) topping Mr Web Page (Kayne Kauffman) and Rehab Mountain (Brad Hanners) in 1:55.2. Kathy Ratcliff and Jerry Zosel own Can'tcutthatchip, who was the Ohio Sires Stakes three-year-old champion in 2014. Bill Dailey trains the son of Chip Chip Hooray who now has a dozen lifetime wins and over $168,000 in earnings. Gregg Keidel

Pompano Beach, FL...February 23, 2015...With the "Queen Bee"- Just A Bee-out of the lineup this Monday night, J. L. Benson Stables' Senorita Santanna did some stinging of her own in Pompano Park's $12,000 Open Pace for the mares. The five year-old daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, driven by George Napolitano, Jr. for trainer Paul Holzman, led every step of her mile and stopped the tele-timer in a seasonal best 1:51.1, pinning a defeat measuring seven lengths on the late surging De Vins Girl (Jason Dillander) with Southwind Trini (Bruce Ranger) next in the quintet over Always Dee One and Keystone Christa.Carding panels of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:23 along the way, Senorita Santanna never had an anxious moment as the 1 to 5 choice, opening a 2 ½ length lead at the opening quarter and blitzing away from her foes on the backside, enjoying a six length advantage by the time they reached the final turn. In a post race interview, driver George Napolitano, Jr. said, "She (Senorita Santanna) is a very rugged mare that can brush for the whole mile. She was nice and relaxed once we got to the front and, when I asked her for a bit more on the backside, she kind of exploded with pace and that was that!" Senorita Santanna now has a 4-2-1 scorecard in eight starts this young season and $29,185 to show for it. The classy mare now has five wins since she was claimed for $10,000 by the aforementioned J L Benson Stables back in mid-December with bounty of $32,685 since the claim. She paid $2.40 to win. The co-featured $10,000 pace for mares went to Mach Me Not with Wally Hennessey handling the lines. This nine year-old daughter of Mach Three came from well off the pace to score in 1:53 over the late surging Glow Stick (Dave Ingraham) with Market Dynamics (Peter Wrenn) third. Art Frenzy finished fourth while Winbak Heavenly, the 4 to 5 favorite, finished fifth after taking a clear lead turning for home. Owned by the S S G Stables and trained by Jim McDonald, Mach Me Not won for the second time this season and pushed her lifetime earnings to $309,302 on the strength of her 29 career wins. She paid $10.80 to her $2 backers. McDonald also drove the winner of the second race, steering the four year-old trotting gelding Looney to a 38 to 1 victory-his maiden win in 17 lifetime starts. Also on the Monday card was the first leg of the "Happy Wife, Happy Life" Late Closing Event for claiming pacing mares and Taylor B Good, handled by Rick Plano gutted out a courageous first over victory in 1:54.4. This six year-old daughter of Kilowatt, trained by Bernie Wolin for owner Hilda Wolin, was away fifth early as, first, Flying Topless, then, Hot Latte and, then, Newsmaker, traded places for the lead through hot panels of :27.1 and :56.3 with Taylor Be Good grinding first over the entire last lap, reaching the top turning for home and holding off the late charging A and G Covergirl (Ed Hensley) to score by a length. Moon Is On Fire closed from last turning for home to garner show honors while Hot Latte and Newmaker tied for fourth. For Taylor B Good, it was her initial success of 2015 and sent her lifetime bounty over the $80,000 mark. She paid $4.40 to win as the public choice. Finally, the popular Pompano Park Pick-5 went unscathed on Monday night with management guaranteeing a $15,000 pool for Wednesday night's program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. John Berry  

After closing out his 2014 campaign in style at Yonkers, Pancetta has returned to California for harness racing trainer Lino Pacheco and will make his seasonal debut in Saturdays featured Open Pace. The 6-year-old son of No Pan Intended races for Richard Morita and David Yamada and will be guided by Luke Plano, who has gone many a winning mile with the pacer. A 1:51 1/5 winner at Pocono Downs two years ago, a first-place check on Saturday would put Pancetta at the $400,000 earnings plateau. He got back here in early November and everything has been on schedule, Pacheco related. He had an easy qualifier with Jen (Sabot), then picked it up nicely in last weeks qualifier with Luke, who said he was very sharp. Pancettas most recent victory came in mid-October over the half-mile Yonkers oval, getting the job done from the difficult No. 7 post while racing against some of the best pacers on the grounds. He can go from anywhere and do anything you ask, Pacheco noted. Thats one of the things that makes him such a tough horse. Hes small, but hes got a very big heart and hes one of the best weve ever had at the barn. Pancetta will leave from the rail Saturday night while taking on a pretty tough group, including the streaking A Real Miracle, and will be spotting his rivals the edge when it comes to recent activity. When asked for a prediction, Pacheco was very diplomatic. Lets let the horse speak for himself, he said. Duly noted. Open Pace brings out A Real Miracle A Real Miracle, who has posed for pictures following four of his last five appearances; gets top billing in Saturday nights featured Open Pace at Cal Expo. There will be 10 races with a first post of 6:40 p.m. The headliner is set to go as the third event on the card with A Real Miracle squaring off against Pancetta, China King, Windsong Jack J C Onthebeach. A Real Miracle is a 5-year-old homebred son of Real Desire out of the Givemewhatineed mare I Need A Miracle who races for Junior Wilkinson, Billie Schwartz and Ivan Axelrod with Wilkinson the conditioner and James Kennedy in the sulky. The razor-sharp performer comes into this assignment eyeing his fourth straight trip to the winners circle, the first two with Luke Plano and most recently with Kennedy at the helm. In his most recent outing at the head of the class, A Real Miracle sat last in the compact field for a half, rallied second-over on the final bend and then ignited when the question was asked to be up a neck over favored Windsong Jack while lowering his mark to 1:51 2/5 in the process. Windsong Jack is a 5-year-old son of Santanna Blue Chip who was making his first start of the year in that February 14 affair and lost a heartbreaker after carving out all the fractions. Gene Vallandingham trains for Little Bapa LLC with Chip Lackey handling the lines. ********* This week finds the trotters and pacers in action on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, February 20-22. By Mark Ratzky        

A record 59 royally bred 2-year-old harness racing pacers have now staked their claim on the 4th annual Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial Cup weekend, following the closing of entries on February 6th. A first prize of €12,000 for the grand final and an additional €4000 consolation race has attracted an unprecedented number of entries for the event, the richest in Europe for pacers and all eyes will be on Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin the weekend of Saturday, August 8 and Sunday, August 9 to see who scoops this year’s renewal. The increase in nominations was a very positive 13% over last year. Although a filly has never won the most prestigious event in the British Isles, the fairer sex are responsible for almost half the entries this year and with preference on the gate in the final, this could be the year a filly finally breaks the deadlock. The most popular sire in the line up is Kikcolt with 10 representatives followed by Hasty Hall with 8, Rogue Hall with 6 and Pro Bono Best the next most popular sire with 5 prospective runners. Standardbred breeding aficionados are always frothing at the mouth in anticipation at the entries list being published and this year has proven to be no exception. Imported yearlings by sires Well Said, Rocknroll Hanover, Santanna Blue Chip, Dragon Again and Western Terror were all nominated in a year which also features the progeny of first season sires Star On The Beach, Urban Guy and Share The Delight. Trends are also beginning to emerge after three runnings of the event with the previous three winning sires all represented and also the dam of last year’s winner too. In 2012, Frisco Fiddler took the inaugural Delaney Memorial and his sire, Arts Conquest, has sired Miraculous, whose dam Another Mattie, was responsible for last years winner, Titanium. Oddsmaker Dan Carlin, who is soon to release a book and its certain that this colt will feature high up in the betting. Yankee Lariat, the sire of Camden Tino, the winner of 2013’s Delaney renewal, has just a single nomination in Kick On, but this is out of Stakes winning mare Coalford Virtue and trained by Brenda Hudson, a formidable female trainer and driver of many classic winners spanning almost 4 decades. Top UK trainer Alexis Laider has signalled her intentions to go all out this campaign to land the spoils and she has entered a total of six including the most expensive yearling ever purchased in Britain, Rhyds Megastar, which fetched an eye-watering £51,000 at Builth Wells Sale in Wales back in October 2014. Megastar is out of the UK’s most prodigious broodmare Tonda Star, who has been responsible for some of the most stellar performers over recent years, including Stars Dragon, Rhyds Hallstar and the recently deceased Rhyds Five Star. The Irish have seen the lions share of the prize money travel back across to the UK in all three running’s of the Delaney Memorial so far and this time around the home team are intending to put up their strongest defence ever in an effort to keep the distribution of the weekend’s total prize money of €29,000 euros local. Willy Flanagan and the mighty Meadowbranch Stud along with Alan Wallace and the Newtown Stud will lead this charge with three runners each with all three Meadowbranchs runners by siring sensation Kikicolt and Newtown’s are all imports by the mighty Rocknroll Hanover. Brothers James and Derek Delaney, chief organisers and main backers of the memorial series ran in memory of late younger brother Vincent, have entered two pacers themselves in this years renewal, a colt and a filly. Having gone so close in 2014 with Carmel Camden, a heat winner, they have entered up the syndicated colt Brywins Magician and the aptly named filly, Oakwood Destiny, in an effort to win the final and create a fairy tale ending to a race that’s captured the world’s imagination since its inaugural running back in 2012.   Portmarnock Raceway in Dublin on August 8th and 9th is the place to be and thousands of patrons are expected from across the globe to converge on the venue in Ireland, traditionally dubbed as the land of a thousand welcomes. By Thomas Bennett, for Listed below are the nominees for the 2015 Ladbrokes Vincent Delaney Memorial -  denotes GB owned     Name of foal Breeding Owner(s) ALICOLT M.KIKIKOLT - LYONS ALLISON S.DUGGAN AYR TYCOON * M.YENGHIS PAN - AYR WING D.MAHON AYROSMITH* M.DAYON ALERT - OUT IN THE OPAN B.HALL BONNY JANE * F.DAYLON ALERT - DENTON JANE J.SHEENAGH -DAVIE BROTHER JOE M.KIKIOLT - LONG ISLAND ARTIST C.FORAN BRYWINS BEACHAHEAD * M.STAR ON THE BEACH - SPRINT AHEAD MS K.KENNEDY BRYWINS MAGICIAN SHARE THE DELIGHT - LIFES MAGIC GIRL OAKWOOD SYND CAENWOOD CLASSIC* F.HASTY HALL - ARTRIBUTE J.DUGGAN CHINATOWN JESS* F. KIKIKOLT - BON BONITA A.DICKINSON COALFORD BRUCE * M.ROGUE HALL -BLACKWELL MINOGUE COALFORD STUD COALFORD CHRIS * M.ROGUE HALL - COALFORD AMORETTO COALFORD STUD COALFORD DAWN * F.ROGUE HALL - SWEET TAHOMA COALFORD STUD ELSA CAMDEN * F. BONO BEST - ANTHOLOGY P. JOHNSTON ENTER THE DRAGON * M.N.CONNORS DRAGON - CAROUSEL H.EVANS FAIRDAYS DIXIE M.JIMMY LONG - BLACKWELL TARAKING G.DEAN GABRIELLA CAMDEN  * F.PRO BONO BEST - SEVEN SEAS P.ANDERSON HARD EARNED M.EARNED INCOME - QUERELLE HANOVER T.RICHARDSON HOWARDS RITE SEXY * F.URBAN GUY - HOWARDS CAMISTRESS J.HOWARD IMOGEN CAMDEN * F.PRO BONO BEST - ROARIN GOODTIME P.JOHNSTON INDIE HANOVER * M.WELL SAID - INCREDIBLE MARGIE MRS C.FLETCHER JK BELIEVEINMAGIC *  M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - JK WITCHCRAFT S.GILVEAR JM'S MACY HALLSTAR F.HASTY HALL - CAMDEN LOVER J.MURDOCK KELSEY CAMDEN F. PRO BONO BEST - LETS ALL BOOGIE J.DUNNE KICK ON M.YANKEE LARIAT - COALFORD VIRTUE MRS B.HUDSON LADY BEST F.PRO BONO BEST - LADY LEAH E.MC DONAGH LADYFORD CARMEL * F.Santanna Blue Chip – Three Men Dreamin J.STEWART LADYFORD PHOENIX * F.THE PREACHER PAN - STAR HALL R.RALPH MAJOR JEMMY M.ROGUE HALL - PRETTY SPECIAL R.BARRY UN-NAMED F.KIKIKOLT - SASSY COW GIRL C.FORAN MAYFELLDEN HETTY * F.CHECK ON JACK - MAYFELLDEN AMBER G.DENT MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN F.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH QUEEN MEADOWBRANCH STUD Meadownbranch Roman M.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH NICHE JP.O'CALLAGHAN MEADOWBRANCH TITUS M.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH GIGLO MEADOWBRANCH STUD MIRACULOUS * M.ARTS CONQUEST - ANOTHER MATTIE S.A.FLOWER NEW LONDON HANOVER* M.DRAGON AGAIN - NATURAL PARADISE S.GILVEAR NEWTOWN MAJOR M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - MAJORED IN LOVE NEWTOWN STUD NEWTOWN ONYX F.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - ONYX KILLEAN NEWTOWN STUD NEWTOWN ROCK M.ROCKNROLL HANOVER - HANNA M NEWTOWN STUD NO JOKING * M.HASTY HALL -ARTNSOUL J.DUGGAN NO STOPPIN * M.HASTY HALL - PANAMA CANAL R.Huschka/A. T. Racing OAKWOOD DESTINY F.WESTERN TERROR - OLYMPIC SIGN OAKWOOD SYND PAN CAM MYSTERY M. JUDGE CAM - STONERIGGS VANITY KELLEHER BROS PARTY AT THE SPA * M.DRAGON AGAIN - UNION AND LUDLOW MRS C.FLETCHER RHYDS GEM * F.HASTY HALL - CPR MS K.ADDISS RHYDS GIRL POWER * F.HASTY HALL - JEANNINES GIRL J.HOWARD RHYDS MEGASTAR * M.HASTY HALL - TONDA STAR R.Huschka/A.T. Racing RHYDS SNOWBIRD * F.HASTY HALL - KENTUCKY SUNSHINE J.HOWARD ROGUE COMET * M.ROGUE HALL - ANGELAS COSMOC Y-NOT-STABLES SANDS PHOENIX F.SABLE MATTERS - PARTY LIZ MRS B.KELLY SEXY LEGS * F.VILLAGE MARQUIS - RIGHTEOUS BUNNY J.HOWARD SHE'S MINE * F.ROGUE HALL - TRIPLE DARE R.WALKER SPRINGHILL ALI F.BEST SUNSHINE - CAMDEN TOWN SPRINGHILL STUD SPRINGHILL ARTISTE F.PLAYWITHAFULLDECK - ARTISCAPE ARTISTE SPRINGHILL STUD SPRINGHILL CATCH M.BEST SUNSHINE - SPRINGHILL KATE SPRINGHILL STUD TARAWOOD JOY KIKIKOLT -ONE MEG MILE TARAWOOD STUD MERRINGTONMOONLITE* M.CHECK ON JACK - WHAT A CAMOTION MERRINGTON ST WESTEND DAKOTA F.KIKIKOLT - MAGICAL BELL T.BENNETT WESTEND PHOENIX * F. HOPPING HIGH - WESTEND SUKI G.SMITH WOTTENBRIDGEBEAUTY F.KIKIKOLT - MEADOWBRANCH MEG D.JOYCE

Every week we ring over 20 of the leading drivers and trainers in New Zealand for their best drive or starter over the weekend. This week has already been very profitable for followers of the ringaround with Brendon McLellan already nailing Repeat After Me at odds of nearly 14 to 1 at Winton yesterday. Todays selections were a bit more conservative except for North Canterbury trainer Robbie Holmes who was very keen on the chances of Bridget Blue Chip in race 5 today at  the Amberley Trotting Clubs meeting at Rangiora. Punters couldn't have her after three unplaced runs and sent her out the eighth favourite in the fourteen horse field. Away well from barrier two today in the 1950 metres mobile, Robbie settled Bridget Blue Chip three back in the running line and she remained there until 900 metres from home where she hopped on to the three wide train on the back of Mighty Empire. Caught three wide in the open from the 700 metres mark, Bridget Blue Chip looked to be battling on the corner but just kept finding in the straight and grabbed a game Mighty Empire right on the line for a great win. The three year old daughter of Santana Blue Chip paced the 1950 metres on the grass in a smart 2:29, a mile rate of 2:02.9. Robbie was all smiles as he ungeared Bridget Blue Chip after the race. " This filly had been unlucky a couple of times and I knew she was a lot better than her form suggested." " She was pretty flat on the corner but just kept finding in the straight. " It was a pretty gutsy performance," Robbie said. Robbie has liked the filly for a while and wasn't  surprised by her run today. "She is such a lovely gaited filly and a pleasure to do anything with. " She is from an In The Pocket daughter of Kates First 1:54.4 ($624,023) so she lacks nothing on the score of breeding." " I don't want to get carried away so I think we will just stick to grade racing at present and not rush her at this point," Robbie said. Followers of the Harnesslink ringaround would have been smiling to themselves today when the win dividend of $23.20 was posted and those same followers would have known that Robbie has been on a roll recently with todays winner his third winning tip in a row. Harnesslink Media  

Trevor Henry, consistently one of the leading drivers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, captured three of the four $18,000 Grassroots events for two-year-old trotting fillies on the opening night of Flamboro Downs’ fall meet this evening. All of the fields were reduced by at least one filly with a few having to be scratched due to an accident on the 407 highway which prevented them from making it to the track on time. Just before the first division got underway the field was reduced to seven with the late scratch of Unrelenting and was reduced again when Wicked Speed made a break at the start over the track rated Good due to earlier rains. Bella Santanna and Tyler Moore grabbed control early and hit the opening quarter in :29. She was challenged throughout the next quarter by Lady Jen and that pair hit the half in :57.3. Bella Santanna put that challenger away and was at the three-quarters in 1:27.4. OK Heartbeat gave chase down the stretch but Bella Santanna held on to win in 2:00.1. OK Heartbeat was second with P L Impressive third. Sent off at 50-1 odds, Bella Santanna paid more than $114 for a two dollar win ticket. She was recording her second lifetime win for owner Brydown Farms Inc., of Clinton, Ontario and trainer Heather Toll. A daughter of Santanna Blue Chip, Bella Santanna was making her first OSS appearance of the year. The second division was also reduced by one with the scratch of Marachere. It was Ms Mac N Cheese grabbing the lead early and never relinquishing it in that division, craving out fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:29.3 and rolling to a nine length win in 1:59.1. OK Heavenly was second followed by Missy Ann. It was the fourth win in six career starts for Ms Mac N Cheese, a daughter of Badlands Hanover owned by David Ratchford of Nova Scotia who developed her and got her started at Northside Downs in the Maritimes before shipping her to Ontario. It was also her second straight Grassroots victory. The third division was minus two starters with the scratches of Sassafras Girl and Katie Snoops. Machin Marley and Fiftyshadesofbay reached the :28 opening quarter together with the latter filly taking over for Trevor Henry and hitting the half in :58.1. OK Hallelujah came up quickly to challenge but Fiftyshadesofbay rallied back and hit the third panel in 1:27.3 and was a three length winner in 1:58.1 over OK Hallelujah and Little Miss Artist. It was the first lifetime victory for Fiftyshadesofbay who had two seconds and three thirds from five starts coming into tonight’s contest. Rick Zeron of Oakville, Ontario trains and co-owns the daughter of Armbro Deuce with breeder Linda Condon of New Jersey. Out from the fourth and final split was Stonebridge Quest. Hello Marylin had the early lead but was passed by Maralika at the :27.3 opening quarter. Twin B Honour paced past the leader at the :57 half and was at the three-quarters in 1:27.2. Down the stretch she had company in the form of Shes A Pansation and that pair drew away from the field with Twin B Honour hitting the wire first in 1:58.1. Blissfulla Cin was third. However, it was deemed that Shes A Pansation caused interference which moved her to third and Blissfulla Cin to second. Trevor Henry was at the lines behind Twin B Honour to give him a driving triple in tonight’s OSS events. Vic Puddy trains the winner, a daughter of Sportswriter, for owner Percy Elkins of Campbellville, Ontario. She is the second foal from a half-sister to $1.4 million winner Our Lucky Killean. The final Grassroots event for this division will take place on September 11 at Mohawk followed by the Semi-Finals on September 19 at the Campbellville oval. Flamboro’s next OSS event will be contested on September 11 when the three-year-old trotting fillies come to town for Grassroots action. To view the results from tonight’s card, please click Flamboro Results - September 2. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

The final preliminary round for the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series for two-year-old trotters and pacers takes place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R with four $7,500 divisions. After Sunday the top eight point earnings in the series will return to 3R on Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 finals. Also on that day will be the $65,000 finals in the series for three-year-olds, making for eight championship finals on the race program. The first race features two-year-old trotting fillies and one colt in the field. Because an insufficient number of colts were entered, they have been split and will race against the fillies this week. The 5/2 morning line favorite is a filly, C L Magic Road, who starts from post five for driver Marie Auger. A winner in two of her four starts, the daughter of Holiday Road was a game second last week when National Trace set the track record at 3R. Other contenders in the field include SOS Harddrive (post 3), Chamane (post 2) and D Espoir (post six). The second division for trotters is the third race and featured is 3R’s newest track record holders, Meganou and National Trace. Both fillies set erased a 21-year-old record with their identical 2:03.2 victories last week. Meganou starts from post two and she was most impressive for driver Jocelyn Gendron last week, wiring the field and scoring a romp by eight and one-half lengths. It was her second win this year and a lifetime mark. National Trace goes from post four for diver Denis St Pierre and last week she also wired the field, winning by three-quarters of a length. It was her first pari-mutuel win but not her lifetime mark. She won a baby race earlier this season at Mohawk Racing in 2:01. There are three male rivals in the field who all may be contenders in Champagne Panic, Intouchable and Promesses Imperial along with the filly Sunrise Linda, making for quite a strong field. The two-year-old pacing colts get underway in the second race with return winner Sugarsam heading the field from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. Last week the son of Sportswriter upset the field at odds of 16-1, winning from post eight in a lifetime best clocking of 1:56.4. He will be challenged by recent winners Half A Billion, Clinton Panic and Western Bayama. The pacing fillies see action in the fourth race with a full field of nine starters featuring Anna Santanna. Last week in a classic match-up and dramatic finish, Anna Santanna lost by just a neck to Kinnder Elegance in a track record time of 1:57.4. The erased a 25-year-old track record at 3R. Sired by Santanna Blue Chip, Anna Santanna starts from post four for driver Marie Auger and in her five starts this year she has yet to finish worse than third. Other contenders in the field include Miss Bro, My Fleet Time and First Girl. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Once again two fields of two-year-old trotting fillies will take their best shot at one of the oldest track records still left at the Hippodrome 3R as the second round of the $300,000 Quebec-Bred Series takes place Sunday afternoon. With sunny skies and temperatures in the low 80’s (27 Celsius) for Sunday, the 1993 record of 2:04.3 set by SOS Preference could fall by the wayside. The first $7,500 preliminary round takes place in the third race and another SOS bred horse, SOS Harddrive, could rewrite the record books. She is a return winner from last week’s opening round in the series. The daughter of Taurus Dream won her maiden start after four qualifying efforts, wiring the field in 2:06.4. But she showed a smart :30.1 last quarter mile and any improvement off that effort could rewrite the record. She starts from post two for driver Pascal Berube. The fourth race second filly trot division features the most likely candidate to break the track record. Meganou starts from post three for driver Jocelyn Gendron and last week she won her qualifying race at the Hippodrome 3R in 2:04.4, just one fifth of a second from the tying the track mark. Sired by Kadabra, Meganou already had a record of 2:01 at Mohawk Raceway and two starts back was race timed in 1:58.3 at Georgian Downs in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots with a fifth place finish. The oldest track record on the books at the Hippodrome 3R is for two-year-old pacing fillies and is 1:58.2 set by Caressa way back in 1990. That mark could also be in jeopardy on Sunday. There is one division of the Quebec-bred series for filly pacers and is race two on the program. It features a good match-up between last week’s return winners, Kinnder Elegance and Anna Santanna. Kinnder Elegance starts from post seven for driver Denis St Pierre. Last week the daughter of Allamerican Native scored her maiden victory by wiring the field in 2:00.3 by two and one-quarter lengths from post five. Earlier this season she won a qualifying race at Rideau Carlton in 1:58.4. Anna Santanna is the 5/2 morning line favorite despite having to start from the far outside in post eight for owner/trainer/driver Maire Auger. This filly by Santanna Blue Chip has yet to finish worse than third in her four career starts and last week won for the first time in 200.4 and showed a sharp :28.4 last quarter mile in her victory. The final preliminary round takes place in the fifth race and is for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Headlining the field is the entry from the Yves Filion Stable of Western Bayama and Grand Galop Semalu. Western Bayama showed he is in prime form last week in the opening round of the series by coming from off the pace to win in 1:59 by two open lengths with Filion in the bike. The homebred son of Lis Mara starts from post four and will be driven for the first time by Gilles Gendron. Yves Filion has elected to drive Grand Galop Semalu and they start from post six. This son of Rock N Roll Heaven has been battling the best on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit and two starts back was race-timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:55 with a final quarter mile in :27.3. Due to a lack of entries, there is no preliminary round this week for two-year-old trotting colts. There will be one more week of preliminary rounds in the Quebec-Bred Series for freshman trotters and pacers and then the top eight point earners will return on Sunday, September 7 for the $55,000 finales.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

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