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There have been hundreds of New Zealand bred mares exported to North America over the years but only a small percentage are ever bred from in the Northern Hemisphere. A few make their way back to New Zealand but a lot are given away as hacks One well performed New Zealand bred mare that is being bred from in North America is the Caprock mare Smooth Latin. Trained in New Zealand in the first instance by John Hay and then Ray Norton, Smooth Latin won four races here and just $25,000 before being exported to North America in early 2000. Smooth Latin did a big job on the track in North America, taking a mark of 1:52.1 and in the process took her overall stake earnings to $217,884. However it is in the broodmare barn that she has really excelled. Smooth Latin's first foal was by McArdle and named McApulco and he took a mark of 1:51.2 on his way to earning $365,942. Next up was Morguns Romeo 1:53 ($44,875) by Artiscape and the third foal was another McArdle colt in McAracas 1:51.4 ($170,579) The fourth foal from Smooth Latin was by Red River Hanover and is her only filly to date in Redy La Mar 1:56.1 ($44,192) while her fifth by Royal Mattjesty in Mattista was her only non winner to date. The sixth foal from Smooth Latin was the very smart Shadow Play colt in Shadios 1:49.4 ($82,860) who has issues from half way through his three year old campaign and never really fulfilled his potential. The seventh foal from Smooth Latin is the Jeremes Jet three year old Robert Hill 1:51. ($158,190) who last week took out a $105,000 division of the Ontario Sires Stakes and looks potentially the best of Smooth Latin's progeny to date. Smooth Latin was lucky enough to be bred from in North America but a lot of well bred, well performed New Zealand mares are being left on the shelf after they finish racing. The cost of the transport back to New Zealand is very expensive but maybe New Zealand breeders should be looking to bring home some of our better performed mares that are being wasted in North America. Harnesslink Media

Cambest Kisser used rail control on Wednesday night at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Summerside to kiss his five opponents goodnight in the Race 11 feature. The eight-year-old Cambest gelding was blasted off the wings by trainer, driver Jason Hughes laying down all the numbers (28.2, 58.1, 1:28) and held on by a quarter of a length for a 1:57.1 score. Donald and Steven Mac Rae of Vernon Bridge share the ownership on the winner of 29 races lifetime. Machinthesand was a closing second while Oh To Be Me was third. The win gave 'The Blue Knight' a driving and training on the card, he kicked off the card with the two-year-old Mister Big colt Howmacsliberty. A very impressive two-year-old winner in race 5 was the son of Shadow Play, Instant Shadow, pacing to a new lifetime mark of 1:57.3. Owned by the Ultimate Stable and Robert Kyle, the Sifroi Melanson trainee gave leading driver Gilles Barrieau his first of two victories on the night. Kenny Murphy also enjoyed a driving double on the card, scoring with Jays Little Spark and Tammysmist. Racing returns to Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday, Post time is 7 p.m. Bo Ford  

Harness racing trainer Emma Stewart combined with champion driver Gavin Lang to take out both the Alabar Tatlow Stakes races at Tabcorp Park Melton last night.  Rock N Roll Heaven/All The Magic youngster Rocknroll Magic took out the fillies’ division and later on the card Shadow Play/Miss Saxony two-year-old Shadow Sax won the colts and geldings’ Tatlow. Rocknroll Magic, which has now won six of nine career starts, was clearly the dominant filly in her $50,505 Group 2. With no pace on throughout, Lang was able to lead early and dictate terms, Rocknroll Magic’s lead time of 48secs a crawl before the first half was covered in 62.5secs. The last-start Southern Cross heat winner in Adelaide only had to dash home in 56.6secs to hold off Three Squared (11.7m away in second), with My Sophisticated Lady in third in a rate of 2:00.1. Shadow Sax, the last-start Empire Stallions Vicbred Super Series champion, overcame barrier seven to score by 2.5m in 1:59.5. Three-wide early, Lang slotted the talented gelding into the running line midfield as the leader Christmas Jolt jogged through a 48.1secs lead time. With an opening half of 62.1secs, three-time Melton winner Christmas Jolt looked on track to notch his seventh career victory overall. But in the home straight Shadow Sax rounded up the leader and then held off Zee Dana along the sprint lane. Shadow Sax has won four from eight lifetime starts. by Cody Winnell

Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts kicked off their Gold Series season at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening with three impressive performances. "I think there are a lot of colts with speed, I was very impressed with all the elimination winners," said trainer Dave Menary, whose Nvestment Bluechip captured the first $70,000 division. Two colts in the first division had already scored wins in conditioned races at Mohawk, and fans made Arsenic and Matchplay Hanover their top choices based on those results. When the starting gate swung away from the field Stonebridge Beach, Matchplay Hanover and Nvestment Bluechip left aggressively from Posts 1, 3 and 4. Stonebridge Beach and Nvestment Bluechip each enjoyed a brief turn on the lead before Matchplay Hanover took command just after the :27.3 opening quarter. Matchplay Hanover continued to lead through the :55.4 half and 1:25.4 three-quarters, with Nvestment Bluechip tucked in behind him and Stonebridge Beach applying pressure from the outside, closely followed by Arsenic. Turning for home the colts were tightly bunched, but when Stonebridge Beach and Arsenic stalled in the outer lane driver Jody Jamieson was able to maneuver Nvestment Bluechip into open space and the Shadow Play son sprinted down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over the hard closing Semi Automatic and Sintra. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson engineered the 1:53.1 victory for trainer Menary of Cambridge, ON and his partners Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON, who offered up $40,000 for Nvestment Bluechip at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. "He was my favourite from Day 1," admitted Menary, who also won a pair of two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots events at Mohawk on Thursday. "We're very happy tonight. "I would have liked to have a start into my colt (before tonight)," the trainer added. "But we're happy to be fresh and looking forward to the rest of the year." Nvestment Bluechip In the second division, fan favourite Betting Line took command before the half and never looked back, sailing home a two and one-half length winner in 1:52.1 Heavymetal Hanover and Imsporty finished second and third. Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON steered Betting Line to the win for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Christine Calhoun of Chatham, ON and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON. The group acquired the Bettor's Delight son from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, spending $60,000 on the half-brother to four $100,000-plus winners. "He's a very talented colt, he trained down like a top colt from day one," said Coleman of the well-bred youngster. "He's fully staked up and we have high hopes for him." Betting Line The final Gold Series trophy of the evening was awarded to Voracity, who also sprinted home to a two and one-half length win in 1:52.1 Milton, ON resident Randy Waples engineered the Sportswriter son's victory for trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ and his partners Brad Grant of Milton and John Fodera of Staten Island, NY. "He's been a real pleasure to train all winter," said Alagna. "We loved him when we saw him as a yearling at Hunterton Farms. I trained his mother Lu Lu Q when I worked for Erv Miller, so I liked the pedigree and took a good run on him at the sale." Alagna and his partners anted up $47,000 to acquire the colt, who scored wins in both of his qualifiers at The Meadowlands before shipping north in preparation for Saturday's Ontario Sires Stakes test. Voracity The two-year-old pacing colts return to Mohawk for their second Gold Leg next Saturday, July 18. Up next on Mohawk Racetrack's action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the Gold Series season opener for the two-year-old trotting colts. The freshman trotters are featured in Races 3 and 5 on the Campbellville oval's Monday, July 13 program, which gets under way at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Trainer Dave Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Menary had starters in four of the eight freshman pacing filly divisions, with Jamieson aboard all four, and the pair reached the winner's circle on their second attempt. Starting from Post 4, No Shadows and Jamieson took early command of the race and cruised through fractions of :27.2, :59 and 1:28.1 on their way to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:55.1. Bohemian Delight and Selling The Dream closed hard, but were unable to reel in the pacesetter, settling for second and third. "She's a real handy filly. She was able to steal a good half tonight, but when Jody asked her to pace at the top of the stretch, she just paced away," said Menary of the Shadow Play daughter. "She's done everything we've asked her so far. I don't know how much is there, but I hope everything keeps heading in the right direction." The Cambridge, ON resident conditions No Shadows for owner-breeder L A Express Stable LLC of Lincoln University, PA. The trainer and driver met in the winner's circle for the second time following the sixth $18,000 division. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson eased Heavenly Hill away from Post 3 and settled into fifth through the :27.2 opening quarter, then was able to tip out behind fan favourite Vera Bon heading for the :57.2 half. Sitting fourth at the 1:27 three-quarters, Heavenly Hill was just a length back turning for home and used a 27 second final quarter to secure the 1:54.2 victory. Lady Paquet finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Vera Bon was three lengths back in third. "This filly has just been getting better and better, she was a little bit behind a month ago, and probably maybe could have used an extra training on the clock or an extra qualifier," said Menary. "Aiming for tonight we qualified her a little bit short, but I was real happy with that effort that day (June 27), and extremely happy with that effort tonight." The daughter of Art Colony and former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Look Cheap, Heavenly Hill is owned by breeder Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain. Menary's other two starters, Green Light and Vermilion Bird, finished fifth in the first division and seventh in the last split, but the trainer is confident they can improve off their debut performances. "We need to get them ironed out just a little bit," he noted. "Green Light paced as fast as some of the other division winners, and I think we haven't seen the best of her, and Vermilion Bird is another filly who was behind a little bit. Tonight she could have steered a little bit better, but I definitely think there's more there. "This is the year I got a plethora of fillies, I've got a real harem," the trainer added. "I don't have near as many colts; we didn't start off with as many colts, but the fillies have all really come through. "I've got nine OSS fillies and I'm pretty excited about the group of them." All eight division winners gave their connections something to be excited about, starting with L A Delight, whose 1:54.1 score in the first split was one of the fastest miles of the evening. The Bettors Delight daughter and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON controlled the tempo for much of the mile, sailing home three lengths ahead of Buttermilk Hanover and Tempus Seelster. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh trains the homebred for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. L A Delight is a half-sister to $612,941 winner Somewhere In L A. Dancin Inthe Nude, another regally-bred youngster, captured the third Grassroots division for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The Sportswriter daughter and reinsman Clarke Steacy of Lansdowne, ON rocketed down the stretch to grab a one-quarter length victory over Columnist and favourite Jimmys Little Girl in 1:55.1. Hudson Standardbred anted up $110,000 to acquire Dancin Inthe Nude - a half-sister to $1.2 million winner Dancin Yankee - from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The fourth Grassroots trophy was awarded to Miss Print, who was a comfortable one and one-quarter length winner over favourite Three Dreams and Nic Nac Patty Mach, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:55. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry engineered the Sportswriter filly's first win for trainer Shaun McDonald of Rockwood, ON and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, ON. The fifth division featured a nail-biting stretch drive that saw three fillies abreast at the 1:54.4 finish. Icthelight Hanover was awarded the quarter length victory, but racing officials determined that State Of Joy and Bernadette reached the wire simultaneously and declared a dead heat for second. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion drove Big Jim daughter Icthelight Hanover to the win for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. Just a nose separated Tahiti Seelster and runner-up Dixiecrat in the seventh division, timed in 1:55.2, with Bad In Paradise one and three-quarter lengths behind the leaders. Guelph, ON reinsman Phil Hudon steered Up The Credit filly Tahiti Seelster to the win for trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge, ON and owners Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON, and Malcolm and Robert MacPhail of Dover Centre, ON. The final Grassroots division was captured by Boozer Bruiser, who held on for a half-length victory over Glorious Delight and Miss Babe Delight in 1:54.1. The Believeinbruiser filly was driven to the win by Campbellville resident Mike Saftic for trainer Louie Eftimiadis of Newmarket, ON and owner-breeder Gerald Mijal of Westland, MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on July 19, while Mohawk Racetrack prepares to host the two-year-old pacing colts in Grassroots action on Friday and Gold Series action on Saturday. Post time for both programs is 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

After 2068 people casted their vote on social media, the Australasian Standardbred Stallion Guide has its new cover foal. Shadow Play colt Max, pictured with dam Maximum Joy and bred by Stephen Cleave and Pat Ward is this year's "cover colt". "Let's hope he can keep his winning form through to his racing," Cleave quipped. Cleave put out a thank you on his Facebook site for all who voted for Max. Harness Breeders Victoria was blown away by the popularity of this year's competition. Max received 790 of the 2068 votes in the competition. For winning the competition photographer and breeder Cleave will receive a subscription to Trackbred magazine and credits for the photo in the 20th edition of the Australasian Standardbred Stallion Guide. Laura Freeman of Werribee is HBV's lucky voter, winning a HBV prize pack including a Bolinda Publishing pack and a Trots Card thanks to the Association of Victorian Country Harness Racing Clubs. The new season Guide will be published in August - all members of HBV receive a copy mailed to their door as part of their membership, as well as any active breeders in the last two seasons and a limited number will be available at HQ offices across Australia. Visit Harness Breeders Vic on Facebook CODY WINNELL 

If anyone thought that harness racing super sire Bettor's Delight was coming to the end of his brilliant stallion career, then todays results of the two year old races at Mohawk Racetrack would have dispelled that theory well and truly. Betty Hill, a daughter of Bettors Delight won the first race for the babies in 1:55.3 after a big move to lead midrace. A $40,000 purchase at last years Harrisburg Sales, Betty Hill is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire in the United Kingdom. A minor highlight of the race was the run of L A Delight who came from well back for a close up third on debut. Another daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is a half sister to the very smart racemare Somewhere In L A 1:50 ($599,461) and judging by todays run could be one to follow. The second heat was won by the very mature looking Kays Shadow who employed similar tactics to Betty Hill in scooting to the lead midrace and then defying the opposition to run her down, winning in 1:54 flat. The daughter of Shadow Play was a $23,000 purchase at last year Harrisburg sale and looks more like a four year old than a two year old. Nothing in this heat ran on well enough to say they would challenge Kays Shadow in the near future and her meeting with Betty Hill and L A Delight in the near future will be worth going to see. Betty Hill Harnesslink Media

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20...In an ultra-competitive $350,000 Roses Are Red final for harness racing filly and mare pacers on Pepsi North America Cup night at Mohawk Racetrack, it was Lady Shadow, the 2-1 second choice, who prevailed by two and three-quarter lengths in 1:48.3. Driven by Doug McNair for trainer Ron Adams, Lady Shadow had arrived at the final off a blistering front end 1:48.3 elim win last week and was posting her third victory in only five starts so far this year. The four-year-old Ontario-sired daughter of Shadow Play-Lady Camella came from third and took over before the half in :54.1, buzzed to the three-quarters in a red-hot 1:21.1, then held off the stretch closers, slight favourite Yagonnakissmeornot and Sandbetweenurtoes, for the win. The field also included the consecutive three-time Roses Are Red defending champion and $3 million earner Anndrovette, but a fourth crown was not in the cards. The eight-year-old mare came home seventh, after taking the field through a quick opening quarter in :25.3, then following Lady Shadow in second until mid-stretch. "They were probably figuring on her (Lady Shadow) leaving out of there tonight," explained McNair. "I wasn't sure who was going to take a stab (at the front). I figured (driver) Timmy (Tetrick, driving Anndrovette) would be coming out of there. I kind of let her settle then put her in front. She kind of did the rest on her own. "I had a good mare (Colors A Virgin) first up (around the far turn). Never want to let her get too close. I figured I'd just let her rock from the three-quarter pole and she paced away from them. She's come along from two to three, now three to four. She's just getting better every year. It was great to get this win. I think I've been second or third in this race before. It's a big thrill for me to win it." Said trainer Adams, who only took over the training of Lady Shadow from McNair's father Gregg in mid-May, when the mare was sold, "She's a beautiful filly. She's built awesome. It's a great win to do it on the front at her home track. I was confident after we won last week. We got to pick our post (3). Picking the inside gave Dougie the opportunity to make something happen." It was career win number 14 for Lady Shadow in 26 starts, with her bankroll now nearing $700,000, including the $175,000 for the Roses Are Red. Lady Shadow paid $6.80, $3.60 and $2.90, teaming with Yagonnakissmeornot ($3.50, $2.60) for an $18.60 (3-5) exactor. A 3-5-6 (Sandbetweenurtoes, $5.40) triactor returned $135.50 while a $1 Superfecta [3-5-6-4 (Waasmula)] was worth $466.55. Mark McKelvie

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

Harness racing trainer Sam Dimarco would have been a very happy man last night when his high class two year old Shadow Runner bounced back from his disqualification at his prior start by winning his semi-final of the New South Wales Breeders Challenge in a manner which suggested that Waikiki Beach won't have it all his own way in the final in a fortnight. Away well from barrier one for driver Michael Formosa, Shadow Runner settled three back on the inner as El Major set the tempo in front. Passing the 900 metres mark, Michael angled the son of Shadow Play into the running line and went up and sat on the wheel of El Major passing the 800 metres mark. When asked for an effort as they turned for home, Shadow Runner found plenty and sprinted away for an impressive victory. What added further merit to his effort apart from the winning time of 1:53.6 in the cool conditions was the closing sectionals of 55.4 and 27.1 which stamped the two year old as one high class race horse. Brought by Marissa Dimarco for her father to train when he was going through a particularly difficult time, the son of Shadow Play was recently the subject of a six figure offer. After much deliberation, Melissa decided to turn the offer down believing that the horse meant to much to the family to sell him.  "I can't sell Shadow Runner, he has been a very special horse for my family and I couldn't bring myself to sell him, he's not for sale." "Dad said with that sort of money I could go out and buy another yearling but it isn't about the money for me, the horses are my hobby," Marissa said The win took Shadow Runners earnings in his two year year to over $95,000 and he is now a live chance in the $125,000 final in two weeks. Harnesslink Media  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – The center stage will be on the four $35,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old pacers and trotters Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. Culminating the three weeks of preliminary round action will be the top point earners in the month long series. And the very first final on the program is race three for older pacers and it has shaped up to be perhaps the toughest of the four finales. Both Champagne Phil and Atomic Million AM have been battling each other for the past three years and once again meet in the Quebec-Bred Series finale. Champagne Phil comes into the final on a five-race winning streak for trainer Francis Richards and driver Denis St. Pierre. The five-year-old gelded son of Shanghai Phil will start from post five and has been on a tear. Three starts back at Mohawk Raceway he took a lifetime mark of 1:49.4. Meanwhile, Atomic Million AM has been either first or second in his last seven starts for owner/trainer Alan Martin. He has almost never lost at Trois-Rivieres, scoring in 1:55.2 there two starts back. A four-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, Atomic Million Am starts from post three. With these two high caliber contenders going head and head, the track record of 1:53.1, equaled two starts back by Champagne Phil, could well be broken. “I just finished watching my replays,” said Denis St Pierre Friday, “and I really think I can beat him (Atomic Million AM), I know his weakness. And Champagne Phil is a very very nice horse.” The fourth race is the $35,000 final for older trotters and the overwhelming favorite, who was barred from wagering his last start at 3R, is the undefeated Maximuscle. He starts from post six for driver Mario Charron. Three for three in 2015 for trainer Maxime Velaye, Maximuscle has just bullied his way in the series with no one able to stay close to him. The four-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall has led from start to finish in all three of his races this season, the fastest in 1:57.1. The real race will be for second place, which is worth $8,750. There we will see Andovers Touch (post 8), who won two of the three prelimary rounds when not facing Maximuscle, Somoli E (post 2) and George S P (post 4) in a close matchup. “I do not think another horse can keep close to Maximuscle,” said Mario Charron. “They have not been able to this season. I think he could break the track record with ease (1:56), but the trainer and owner do not want me to push him that hard. There is no need to but if I cut him loose he would break the record. I would go for it but they don’t want to. He is that good a horse.” The sixth race finale for older pacing mares features Champagne Shower going for her fifth straight win. She starts from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. The daughter of Santana Blue Chip seeks to make it a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series for trainer Yves Tessier. Last week Champagne Shower and Pierre cruised to a four and three-quarter length triumph in 1:54.3. That mile tied the track record for older mares.  “She is strong,” Denis St Pierre said. “She passed the test last week as she won well within herself.” My Tallia Ideal (post 7) was the hot mare two starts back when she also won in 1:54.3, tying the track record, but last week she was only second best to Champagne Shower. Others contenders include series division winner Canbec Lindor (post 1) and Lutetia Semalu (post 2). Viva Bayama is the strong horse in the eighth race final for older trotting mares. She sports six wins in just nine starts for trainer Sebastian Giroux and starts from post three for driver Denis St Pierre. The Muscle Mass mare has won her last two starts at Trois-Rivieres the hard way, having to race first-over and grind it out as she has no ability to leave at the start of the race. “My plan will be the same,” Denis St Pierre said, “She cannot leave at all. We will have no choice but to be parked out and sit and wait.” Her main rival is just the opposite of Viva Bayama as Canbec Kangourou (post 5) is hot for the lead at the start of most of her races. She won one of the three preliminary rounds, leading from start to finish, but when facing Viva Bayama, she has been just second best. Canbec Kangourou is driven by Jocelyn Gendron and is expected to try and wire the field again. Denis St Pierre celebrates his 52nd birthday Saturday and would like nothing more as a birthday wish then to have a big day Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. “I think that I could have a big day at 3R Sunday,” Pierre said. “After studying the race program and watching replays I could maybe win six of the races. That would make for a great day after my birthday celebration.” Post time Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec – Brussebeach puts his two-race winning streak on the line in the ninth race feature pace at the Hippodrome 3R Wednesday. The four-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play has found new life since coming to the Hippodrome 3R. He has won both his starts for owner/trainer Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC and go from post three on Wednesday. Brussebeach is co-owned by Dr. Bradbury with Harold Duguay of Pabos, QC. Driver Louis-Philippe Roy drove Brussebeach for the first time last week and was impressed with the horse. “Last week he went a huge trip,” Roy said. “I really did not know him before he came to Trois-Rivieres, so I can’t tell you what has changed him into a winner, but he seems to like the half mile track.” Brussebeach has won his last two starts from both on and off the pace. Both times in 1:58.1. “I think our main rival will be Windham Hanover,” Roy said. “He is a horse that loves the front and from post one he might be tough to beat in here.” Another return winner in the race is Charlottes Tazman from post four for driver Denis St Pierre. The 13-year-old veteran was parked out most of the mile last week and still came on for a victory in 1:58.1. Other contenders in the race include Windham Hanover (post 1), Hockey Bum (post 2) and Draft Hanover (post 9). Wednesday racing gets underway at 7:00 pm. For more information contact www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

WILKES-BARRE PA - What's the surest sign that harness racing is about to enter its "prime time" of the year?   Is it the shipping of stables from warmer climes to the North?   Is it the start of the many classy stakes scattered throughout the season?   Is it the return of the weekly "Top Ten" poll?   No, no, and no.   The surest sign of harness racing's ready to enter the seasonal "fast track" is, ironically, a group of colts or fillies going slowly an extra lap of a racetrack before the beginning of a morning race. Their drivers are talking back and forth, to each other, to the starter, and to their horses, getting them ready for when the starter springs the gate in front of them - and they start out in their first "baby race."   The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono offered three races exclusively for two-year-olds during its Thursday morning program of qualifiers.   The first winner was the Shadow Play filly Miss Read, who rallied from the pocket with a 28.2 last quarter (2:01) to defeat another late charger, Nip's Beach Girl, for driver Howard Parker. Trainer Leigh Raymer may have a bargain on her hands here, as the filly cost her and Tyler Raymer only $5500 despite the fact that the mare had produced three $100,000 winners - and now has a promising baby to her credit.   Team Raymer came right back with a Donato Hanover colt, Mr Right, whom Tyler sent to the top after the quarter, then flashed home in 58.3 - 29 to complete a 2:01.3 victory for Leigh, who co-owns with Stephen Moss, Harold Solomon, and Helene Solomon. Mr Right, aptly-named to date, was a $25,000 yearling purchase, and he is out of a dam who is a sister to the $600G winner Somebody To Love.   In the third baby race, driver Brewer Adams stole a 1:05.2 half with the American Ideal colt Gaius Crastinus, then zipped him home in a pair of 29s to hold off first-over Kiss Baby Kiss, wrapping up the package in 2:03.2. Jennifer Sabot conditions the colt, out of a dam whose sister is well-known $1M winner Feeling You, for owner/breeder Marilee Keene. (The winner, by the way, is named after one of Caesar's most trusted lieutenants in the Gallic Wars - yes, I had to look it up.)   PHHA / Pocono              

Despite Mother Nature providing early downpours that left the Hippodrome 3R track in "good" shape with a two second allowance, the harness racing action was top notch on the half mile oval Sunday. In the eighth race co-feature pace, Rainbow Palace once again could not defeat her older rivals as the betting favorite for driver Francis Picard. The lone filly in the race by Royal Mattjesty went out to the early lead but could not hold off G Zattara and driver Steeven Genois, who took command right before the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Then able to back down the pace slightly, Genois and G Zattara to the half mile marker in :59.2, they were challenged first-over by Matts Phil (Pascal Berube) with Reel after a late driver change to Mario Charron, was able to get the second-over trip. By the three-quarters, Berube and Matts Phil cleared to the lead in 1:29.2 and seemingly left Reel parked out and the filly, Rainbow Palace, stuck behind horses with plenty of speed. As they came down to the wire, Reel and Charron would not give up and closed with a burst of late speed to win by a half-length in 1:59.3 over Matts Phil. Rainbow Palace found clearance and was third. It was the second win in ten starts this year for Reel. The four-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play is trained by Maxime Velaye and owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirable, QC. He paid $7.00 to win. The betting public did not allow the off track to change their minds as Miss Jackpot and driver Serge Ouellet were parked first-over for most of the one mile co-feature trot and still were able to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:01.4. They paid $5.20 to win. Legendary driver Gaeton Lamy scored his first win in his comeback from retirement on Sunday. Lamy went wire to wire in the ninth race pace with Cliff Drummond, winning with east by two and three-quarter lengths in a quick 1:58.2. The first Wednesday night live program takes place next week with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Laurent Sauve

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 9 - J Js Delivery brought his 'A' game Saturday night to Mohawk Racetrack to win a harness racing action-packed final of The Diplomat. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed Saturday evening for the $60,000 final of The Diplomat series. Fresh off a victory in leg two, The Wayfaring Man was sent off as the 4/5 favourite, while leg one winner J Js Delivery was the second choice at 5/2. J Js Delivery and James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and sprinted to the opening-quarter in a speedy :26.2. The Wayfaring Man and Jack Moiseyev wasted no time moving from fifth in the second-quarter to challenge the leader. The pace was hot down the backstretch and The Wayfaring Man did not clear by J Js Delivery until reaching the half in :54.3. The public's choice kept the speed going by pacing a :27.4 third-quarter to get the field down to that station in 1:22.2. In the stretch, J Js Delivery came off the rail for MacDonald to tango with The Wayfaring Man. The two favourites went toe-to-toe down the lane, but J Js Delivery had just a bit more fight and was able to edge by The Wayfaring Man to win in a career-best 1:50.1. The Wayfaring Man finished a game second and was beat by a length and a quarter. American Rock finished third, while Good Friday Three was fourth. J Js Delivery is trained Dave Menary for Robert Hamather and was the only horse in that final that did not race in the second leg. Following the race, MacDonald said he wanted to be near the front. "He's got a lot of speed and I just wanted to get him up close," said MacDonald. "I thought if I could cut it he would be good or if I could find a good hole." A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery now has four wins from six starts this season. Saturday's victory was the sixth of his career and pushes his career earnings to $98,686. J Js Delivery paid $7.90 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Cast No Shadow comes up big in Princess final Cast No Shadow turned in a stakes record performance to win the $59,600 Princess Series final Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of six three-year-old pacing fillies lined up to contest the Princess final and on paper it appeared to be a three-horse race between leg one winner Moonlit Dance, leg two winner Maplelea and Cast No Shadow. The top three fillies on paper were the top three fillies Saturday night. Moonlit Dance made a move from second to overtake the lead in the second-quarter, but was quickly confronted by Cast No Shadow and Chris Christoforou from third. Cast No Shadow cleared to the front just after the midway point of :55.2. Around the final turn, Maplelea came first up from fifth to situate the top three fillies in the top three spots at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Cast No Shadow was able to put away the pressure from her rivals and paced on to a 1 ¾ length victory in a stakes record clocking of 1:50.4. Moonlit Dance was able to battle by Maplelea on the inside to finish second. "I wanted to be in control coming around the last turn because I wanted to get away from Rick's (Zeron) filly, Maplelea," said Christoforou following the race. "She can sprint so fast, so when I heard them come he was about two or three lengths behind on the turn and I just pulled the trigger and hoped I could hold on." A daughter of Shadow Play, Cast No Shadow is trained by Nick Gallucci for owner Millard Adams and now has a 2015 record of six wins from eight starts. The Princess Series final victory pushes her bankroll over $80,000. Cast No Shadow returned $5.90 to win. Cast No Shadow In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

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