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Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Mr Mach Jimmy did not disappoint any of his harness racing fans Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as the two-year-old gelding scored his third straight victory in the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. It was the third and final preliminary round of the series and now Mr Mach Jimmy will return next Sunday for his $65,000 divisional final and he will be the betting favorite, despite what post position he draws. Competing in one of three divisions Sunday, Mr Mach Jimmy started from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and led from start to finish, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:59. Co-favorite, YS Artistic Fella (Stephane Brosseau) made a break right at the start of the race. That was the fastest of the three divisions Sunday. Sagawi (Francis Picard) was second after leaving hard to the lead early and then by the opening quarter mile, had the two-hold trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. Shanghai Warrior (Clarke Steacy) was third. Owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, it was a lifetime mark for Mr Mach Jimmy, a son of Mach Three. He paid $4.00 to win. The second colt division saw 1/5 wagering favorite Pudong Phil and driver Clarke Steacy get a scare at the three-quarters before scoring an eight and three-quarter length romp in 1:59.2. Going right to the lead from post two, Pudong Phil had only Power Fun (Stephane Brosseau) sitting on his back and no pressure on the outside until after the half mile marker in a mild 1:01. It was then that Chummy Park and Denis St Pierre made it a race by coming first-over. Chummy Park kept grinding it out and by the three-quarters in 1:30.1, had collared pacesetter Pudong Phil and looked him right in the eye. But all Steacy had to do was lift the lines and Pudong Phil shot away from the field to win in a romp. EY Cowboy (Stephane Gendron) was second with HO Patriote (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Pudong Phil. The son of Sportswriter is trained by Mark Steacy for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. The lone filly division saw a mild upset as the ¼ favorite, Miss Babe Delight (Mario Ballargeon), was nipped at the wire by Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) by a nose in 2:00.2. It was all Miss Babe Delight leading most of the entire race with Art De Gagnee sitting on their back until the stretch drive where Charron sent Art De Gagnee into the passing lane and the daughter of Shadow Play used the live cover the entire mile to her advantage. HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) was third. It was the second win in six starts for Art De Gagnee. She paid $11.60 to win for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Guy Corbell of Mirabel, QC. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, post time 7:00 pm. Next Sunday, September 6, will be the richest day of racing at 3R this year with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. Each of the eight divisional races will compete for a purse of $65,000. For more information, free race programs and live video/replays visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - When making an "Nvestment", every dollar counts. Trainer Dave Menary expects to see it pay off as he sends out Nvestment Bluechip in the Metro Pace eliminations on Saturday night. "He was a very handsome colt at the sale, he was Ontario Sired and I really liked his pedigree," said Menary. "He stood out, really handsome and we got him at a good price." A $40,000 purchase at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, owners Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton and Thomas Kyron have seen their colt bankroll nearly $100,000 so far. The first foal out of Hazes Zure Bet, he has picked up where she left off in the speed department. Getting off to a rocky start in her two-year-old season, she turned a corner late in the year to set up a successful sophomore campaign. Picking up a mark of 1:54.4 at Saratoga, she went on to show speed of 1:52 over Vernon Downs in New York Sires Stakes action. Bred to Shadow Play by breeders Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., she dropped a foal in early January 2013 who would grow up to become Menary's next pacing star. Having campaigned Hes Watching, the small but mighty son of American Ideal who set an all-age world record of 1:46.4 in the Meadowlands Pace last year, he has large shoes to fill. "This winter, breaking them and starting to train, he's been my favourite. He's been a real professional from day one. He trained down excellent, started to go real fast and now he takes care of himself. He used to be a flashy trainer, now he's not so much of a flashy trainer anymore. Now he waits for the big dance to show his speed." With four starts so far in his freshman campaign, Nvestment Bluechip has posted two wins, both in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events. Setting a mark of 1:53.1 in his pari-mutuel debut, he has shown consistent speed with fast early fractions. Though Menary chose to bypass the Nassagaweya Stakes, which acted as a final prep for many of the horses entered, his trainee will head into Saturday off a victory at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 13. "I'd like to see more speed out of him, but so far everything has been moving in the right direction. He has more in the tank; it's just a matter of time. A driver can do pretty much whatever they want with him on the track, he's versatile." With twenty-three rookie pacers set to go in the Metro Pace eliminations, Nvestment Bluechip will start from post position eight in the first of three 'Metro' events. He will be looking to finish on the board, the top three securing a spot in the final next week. The field will be rounded out with one fourth place finisher, drawn by lot. "I would have like to be inside, it's an uphill battle starting from way out there, but hopefully we're good enough this week to come back again next week. You have to be in it to win it, I was on the fence about entering him in the Metro and he's proven that he deserves the opportunity." For now, Menary hopes the next stake engagement for Nvestment Bluechip will be the final on September 5. He is looking ahead to the Champlain, the Ontario Sires Stakes Superfinal and the Breeders Crown which returns to Canadian soil this year. "He's one of the Sires Stakes point leaders with two Gold wins, so we'll have the Superfinal and a few other options outside of Sires Stakes as the year goes on. We're playing it by ear as he progresses." The most coveted 'Crown' of all, the Breeders Crown races act as the grand finale to each stake season. Set to take place at Woodbine Racetrack in October, every trainer, owner and driver hopes to be there with the horse to beat. "We need to finish the Sires Stakes and see how he makes it through all of that before the Breeders Crown. It's a nice option to have and a nice horse to have it with." Saturday is set to be a pacing affair at Mohawk Racetrack, with two Shes A Great Lady eliminations for two-year-old fillies on the card in addition to the Metro Pace. There will also be two eliminations for the highly anticipated Canadian Pacing Derby. The first race goes to post at 7:25 p.m. Hannah Beckett, for WEG Communications

In the last few weeks Harnesslink has begun to update all of our stallion reviews on the Stallion Sphere. Even though it is only twelve months since we did the initial stallion reviews, the changes in the statistics is quite pronounced with the four stallions we have updated to date.   Mach Three is a good example with the son of Matts Scooter having added over $15,000,000 to his bankroll in that time.   He has also added a couple more millionaires on the card in that period and all of a sudden the statistics from twelve months ago look terribly outdated.   That is often the way with the more established stallions who once they have reached the elite level at stud tend to get overlooked a bit with the emphasis mostly centered on newer stallions trying to get established.   The statistics we updated for the other three stallions had changed just as much.   Somebeachsomewhere continues to be the benchmark as a stallion with his first crop closing in on $19,000,000, which is an increase of nearly $6,000,000 in twelve months.   Shadow Play and Sportswriter are two young sires we have updated and again the changes in their averages and percentages are quite significant.   Both have made big strides in the last twelve months and the extent of that change did surprise us.   Harnesslink has two more updates on stallions in the next issue of Insider Access which is free to Harnesslink followers as long as you have signed up to receive it.   You can do so by signing up below; Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe

The Race to Royalty hots up this Saturday Night when we head off to the harness racing meeting at Bray Raceway in Ballarat for all the Semi-Finals of the Australasian Breeders Crown. Its shapes up as a fabulous night of racing as Harness Racing’s brightest young stars take centre stage. As has been the norm over the past couple of years it shapes as another fascinating Australia vs New Zealand war and leading the charge for the locals is none other than Emma Stewart. She has 7 runners across the semi-finals and the outstanding Whereibylong in the Graduate free for all. The first of their runners in the Semi’s is Celebrity Guest in Race 2, she has drawn awkwardly outside of the back row. Speaking to trainer Emma’s Partner Clayton Tonkin he said that she might face a task ask from where she is drawn “she has a nice turn of foot and she is a nice little filly but she sort of needed a bit better barrier draw to be in the mix.” The brilliant filly Heavens Trend and Whirily School go around in Race 3 and they come up against a unbeaten super Kiwi from the All-Stars stable in Our Dream about Me. It should be a cracking race but Tonkin, although wary of Our Dream About Me, is confident Heavens Trend will be hard to beat. “The NZ horse has massive wraps and is a super filly, but our filly is as good a filly as we’d hope and we have the barrier draw over them which makes it an advantage but it will be a good test.” Whirily School has drawn awkwardly and Tonkin thinks that will make the job pretty tough, “she has done a good job this season but I think against these sorts of fillies she needed a bit better barrier draw but she will still run a good race” Their next runner on a massive night for the stable is Starburst Girl in the 3yo fillies division. Drawn gate 4 up against last year’s 2yo winner Katy Perry, Tonkin is quietly confident she can run a nice race. “She is going good actually, she has had a big season and has a good turn of foot, she hasn’t got a bad barrier draw and I think she will run a pretty good race.” The 1st semi of the 2yo C&Gs series sees the Vicbred winner Shadow Sax take on Born to RocknRoll and Tonkin has been highly impressed with this son of Shadow Play and nominates him as the pick of the night. "“I really like him as a horse, he hasn’t drawn real good but he is a great racehorse, he can go forward driven tough, you can drive him with a sit as he is real versatile." "I think he will go really good and I reckon he is our best hope for the night” In Race 8 the Mares Graduate Free For All and Whereibylong will be mighty hard to beat. A winner of the 2yo fillies division of the Breeders Crown two seasons ago she has gradually got better at each of her 3 runs back from a long spell and was quite awesome winning all the way last start. “She has 3 runs back now to sharpen her up, she has another good draw over the mile so makes it a big advantage but she is getting back to where she needs to be.” In the last of the Semis Stewart has 2 fillies engaged with Tonkin clearly heading towards Lovelist as his better chance but concedes both his runners will find it a hard ask taking on the New Zealand superstar Our Orange Agent. “Lovelist has a good barrier draw so if she can find the back of the good NZ horse hopefully she weighs in and The Stunning One has come back from a long spell where she had an injury but she is going to be right up against it from where she is drawn” Other highlights of the night include the NZ star Our Waikiki Beach trying it make it 11 straight in Race 4 at 7.02pm and the clash of Menin Gate and Follow the Stars in Race 7 at 8.30pm. It will be a bumper night and the first of 10 kicks off at 5.27pm. Matthew Jackson

Yearlings by many of the world’s greatest sires will go up for auction at the Shepparton Mixed Sale, to be held at the Shepparton Racing Complex on Sunday September 6.   The 18-strong yearling contingent features yearlings by 14 different sires headed up by champion sire Mach Three and leading trotting sire Majestic Son, as well as Modern Art, Shadow Play (3 lots), Artistic Fella, Jet Laag, Village Jolt (3 lots), Major In Art, Tell All and Mister Big.   Several exciting, young sires will be represented by their first crop and they include  USA 2YO of the Year Big Jim, the $1.6million winner Betterthancheddar, dual NZ Horse of the Year Auckland Reactor and NZ 2YO of the Year Smiling Shard.   The catalogue comprises youngsters out of 2:00 winning mares and 2:00 winner producers.   There’s colts out of the former 3YO Filly of the Year Yeronga Songbird, Melbourne winners Room With A View (1:56) and Our Favourite Girl, Got The Gold (6 wins) and Closetomyheart (Tr 2:04.2) and fillies from the USA Stakes winner Out Of Sight  1:52.4 ($200,142), the NSW Oaks placegetter Lahaini (1:57.5) and the Melton winner Kiss And Fly (1:58.4).   The sale also highlights half-sisters to   *The Youthful Stakes winner Vista Bella 1:57.9 ($110,021)   *The smart racemares Twirling ($105,707) and Golden Grinder 1:55.6 ($90,340)   * Half-brothers to the Moonee Valley winner Stormwarning, Boston Yankee (1:56.6) and The Lombo heat winner Rosemay.   For a catalogue or further information contact Shepparton Harness Racing Club manager Ian McDonald on phone 0428 231 403 or email shepparton@hrv.org.au    Pedigrees can be downloaded from the website www.sheppartonhrc.com.au   Click on the News link. Pedigrees are also available on the Shepparton HRC Facebook page.   Peter Wharton

Rideau Carleton Raceway fans were treated to six outstanding battles by the two-year-old pacing colts at the harness racing meeting on Thursday as the province's best Grassroots and Gold Series competitors brought their "A" game to the Ottawa oval. The Grassroots colts kicked things off in Race 3 and Sporty Mercedes set the tone for the evening, ringing up a :27.4 quarter, :57 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters and then battling favourite Vegas Dream all the way to the wire to score a neck victory in 1:55.1. Shadows Pro was well back in third. The win was Sporty Mercedes' first in three Grassroots appearances. "He raced tough," said Guelph, ON resident McNair of Sporty Mercedes. "They liked him early and he got a little pouty, so they gelded him. He seems to be much better." McNair piloted the Sportswriter son to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, ON and his partners Dan and Kim Sergeant of Straffordville, ON. In six starts Sporty Mercedes now has two wins and one second for earnings of $14,840. The win was one of two for McNair, who also piloted the winner of the first Gold Series division. Starting from Post 5 the reinsman hustled Nvestment Bluechip out to an early lead and then allowed Voracity to take control before the :28 quarter. Inspiration View went to the front before the :57.2 half and the colts continued to sit one, two, three en route to the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Randy Waples elected to tip Voracity to the outside to challenge Inspiration View, so McNair opted for the passing lane and the colts stormed under the wire in a crowd. After careful review Nvestment Bluechip was determined to have a scant nose in front of Voracity, and Matchplay Hanover was three-quarters of a length back in third. "He was still pacing halfway down the lane, but so was Randy's horse." "I didn't think I could catch him," said McNair. "I still didn't think I won after the race." The win was McNair's first appearance in Nvestment Bluechip's race bike and the driver -- last year's leader in the Ontario Sires Stakes program -- was impressed with the Dave Menary trainee. "He dug in tough to win," said the driver. "He's a smart colt, very relaxed." The win was Nvestment Bluechip's second in Gold Series action. The Shadow Play son also captured his division in the July 11 season opener at Mohawk Racetrack for owners Menary Racing Inc. of Rockton, ON, Michael Guerriero of Puslinch, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. The other $105,000 Gold division at Rideau Carleton on Thursday went to Semi Automatic, who also arrived in the winner's circle by way of the passing lane. Starting from Post 2 driver James MacDonald landed the colt on the rail in second behind pacesetter Heavymetal Hanover and followed that colt through fractions of :26.4, :56.2 and 1:24.2 before bursting through in the stretch and accelerating away to a two length victory in 1:54. Heavymetal Hanover settled for second and Stonebridge Beach was third. "The horse was amazing tonight," said Guelph, ON resident MacDonald. "I got a good helmet to follow and the horse did the rest." Puslinch resident Tony O'Sullivan conditions Semi Automatic for his partners Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY. In five starts the Badlands Hanover gelding now has two wins, one second and one third, with his other victory coming in elimination action for the Battle Of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway on July 27. The quickest mile of the four Grassroots divisions was clocked by Blue Zombie, whose 1:54.2 score salvaged an otherwise unprofitable evening for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Casie Coleman. Coleman asked the New Jersey-based Tetrick to make the trip north to steer two Gold Series colts and Blue Zombie, but both Betting Line and A Bettors Risk made breaks in their respective Gold divisions. Blue Zombie however, dominated the fourth Grassroots split, firing straight to the front from Post 2 and laying down fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:25.3 on his way to a five and one-half length win in 1:54.2. Kokanee Seelster and Azul Pool rounded out the top three. "He gets better every start, so we are really happy with him every week right now," said Coleman, adding that the colt is being prepped for the Metro Pace Eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack on August 29. The Cambridge, ON resident shares ownership of Blue Zombie with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton, ON. In four starts the Bettors Delight gelding now has two wins and one third, all in Grassroots action. The other Grassroots trophies went home with St Lads Moonwalk and Secrecy. St Lads Moonwalk sprinted down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:56 in the second division, besting fan favourite Print Media and Bingo Ingo. The Mach Three son was piloted to his first lifetime win by Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge. Secrecy and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton took command heading for the three-quarter pole and never glanced back, cruising home one and one-quarter length winners over Continual Hanover and Day Trade Hanover. The Mach Three gelding's first lifetime win was clocked in 1:55.3. Eric Adams conditions Secrecy for Millar Farms of Newmarket, ON. The Gold Series competitors now have a six and one-half week break in their Ontario Sires Stakes schedule, while the Grassroots colts make their fourth start at Georgian Downs on August 23. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Rideau Carleton Raceway this Sunday on OSS Family Fun Night, featuring four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies and a host of fun-filled activities for families. Ontario Horse Racing

This Tuesday's harness racing meeting was at Shepparton and close finishes were the order of the night which featured two heats of the Woodlands Stud Breeders Crown for Two Year Old Colts & Geldings over 2190 metres. Heat eight went the way of the local training - driving combination of Amanda Turnbull and Nathan Jack with Tintin In America/Zwish gelding  Zee Dana. Driven by Nathan, Zee Dana led out from the pole, before taking cover on the well fancied ex-Kiwi Code Black to enjoy the run of the race. Assisted by third elect Born To Rocknroll moving from mid-field racing for the bell to keep the leader honest, Zee Dana made full use of the sprint lane to register a soft 1.3 metre victory over Code Black, with Born To Rocknroll 3.2 metres away in third spot. The mile rate was 1-58. Heat nine saw Vicbred Super Sires victor Shadow Sax continue on his winning way with a strong victory in a rate of 1-59.4, much to the delight of popular owner/breeders Russell and Pam Hockham. Trained by Emma Stewart  and driven by Gavin Lang, Shadow Sax who is getting better with every run, possied one/one from outside the front row with Peter Manning’s one time boom pacer Christmas Jolt leading from the pole with Greg Sugars aboard. Not happy with the tempo, Lang vacated the prime spot mid-race to park in the open and Shadow Sax outstayed his rivals, scoring by a neck after the pair drew away at the straight entrance. Swan Hill winner Betanotblink was 10.5 metres away after trailing the pacemaker. A gelded son of Shadow Play from the handy racemare Miss Saxony, Shadow Sax has fronted the starter on nine occasion for five wins, the last three in succession. Rockbank area trainer Rob O’Connell and stable reinsman Zac Phillips snared the Hunter Rural Pace for C1 class over 2190 metres with five year old Falcons Icon/Alkaliner gelding Jialiner in a rate of 2-00.7. Burning away from gate four, Jialiner was untroubled to lead throughout in  defeating Lights And Music which trailed using the sprint lane to no avail, the margin 2.1 metres, with Brother Rabbit 8.9 metres away after following the pair. Jialiner is raced by Peter Earl and partners who have won many races with horses using the “Liner” moniker. Riverina (Wagga Wagga) trainer Russell Campbell combined with Gavin Lang to land the Shepparton BMW 3-Y-0 Pace over 2190 metres with Sportswriter/Aflyin Home Lombo filly Lombo Newsy Scoop. Driven brilliantly, Lombo Newsy Scoop settled mid-field in the moving line from gate two on the second row, weaving in-between runners in the last lap before dropping down to the inside approaching the home turn. Using the sprint lane, Lombo Newsy Scoop finished best to gain the day by 5.2 metres in two minutes even over Wantalinga Dream off a three wide trail last lap and first starter Mesmeric which led for the final circuit after crossing Major Missile at the bell. Five year old Righteous Hanover/Jasmin Korikina gelding Black Jasmin recorded his first victory since May 2013 when victorious in the 1st division of the Saddleworld Shepparton Pace for C0 class over 1690 metres. Trained at Gingarre (G/V) by former New South Welshman Greg Lewis, Black Jasmin driven by Ben Gledhill was given the run of the race one/one from gate five, with the Narrandera visitor To Infinitynbeyond leading from the pole. Taken three wide at the top of the straight, Black Jasmin in a punishing finish prevailed by a nose over Tee Da Green (one/one) out wide, with Boardwalk Emperor  (three back the markers) using the sprint lane to be a half head away in a thrilling finish. The mile rate was 1-58.5. The second heat was taken out by another border hopper in 3-Y-0 Flight Path/Maud gelding Quagmire giving Zac Phillips a driving double. Trained at Cobbity by Belinda McCarthy, Quagmire led throughout from the pole, scoring by a neck from Our Grasshopper which trailed in 1-57.2. Bubbas Princess rushed home from last at the bell to finish third 28.8 metres away. Sit sprinting specialist Awesome Mattjesty chalked up his 8th victory in 62 outings (4 this season), when successful in the Neatline Homes Pace for C2 class over 1690 metres. Driven by “Rocket” Rod Petroff for Coimadai trainer Steve Zammit, Awesome Mattjesty starting from inside the second row was given a charmed passage following the poleline leader Tennaya, before steaming home along the sprint lane to register a nose victory in advance of Bettor Atom off a three wide trail from near last in the final circuit, with Royal Deviate (one/one at bell – three wide home turn) a half neck away third in another tight finish. The mile rate was 1-57.1. Speaking of tight finishes, the Equine After Care Pace for C3 & C4 class over 2190 metres was a ripper, with local trainer Stephen O’Donoghue’s No Tomorrow blousing Forbidden Forest in a finish with had all guessing the result including caller Dan Mielicki. Driven by the stable’s Bec Bartley, No Tomorrow a 5-Y-0 gelding by Life Sign from Cobbity Cobbity was sent forward after starting outside the front line to park outside the leader Forbidden Forest which had moved around Ramblenroller which flew away from gate four. With the pair being joined by Nor Nor West three wide approaching the home turn, the three went head and head to the wire with No Tomorrow getting the judge’s nod by a nose in 1-58.8, with Nor Nor West first up since February just weakening over the concluding stages to be 1.9 metres away in third place. Len Baker

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

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