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Action videos of the Southwind Farms yearlings that have been consigned to the Standardbred Horse Sales in Harrisburg (November  4-65) are now available on the Southwind Farms website. Click Here. The yearlings (which will sell in the Preferred Equine consignment) feature colts and fillies by first crop sire Betting Line, leading Ontario stallion Sportswriter, as well as trotting sires Muscle Hill and Donato Hanover. Yearlings are available for inspection at the farm. For an appointment please call Farm Manager Laura Young at the farm (609)737-9067 or Syndicate Manager, Michael Klau at 917-930-2709. From Southwind Farms

LONDON, ON - The curtain opened on The Raceway at Western Fair District on Friday evening as the harness racing track began it's 2019/2010 fall meet. The half-mile oval unveiled its newly renovated Top Of The Fair restaurant along with its High Definition broadcast. The Raceway was also pleased to host a pair of $104,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Divisions for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Denali Seelster, driven by Sylvain Filion, set a new track record of 1:54.4 in the first split. The son of Sunshine Beach went gate-to-wire for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and owners Ratchford Stables. The youngster increased his season earnings to north of $90,000. In the other division, Beach Blanket Book came from last-to-first in 1:57.3 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Blake MacIntosh. The son of Sportswriter increased his bankroll to over $115,000. The former $17,000 yearling purchase is owned by Hutt Racing Stable along with Mac And Heim Stable. The Raceway was also pleased with its overall wagering on the evening. A total of $349,350 was wagered on the night, which marks a 59% increase from opening night last season. Live Racing resumes on Monday evening with a 6:15 p.m. post time. For full results and entries click here. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 26, 2019 - On Saturday night the three-year-olds are headed to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their $160,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals and the harness racing pacing filly Sports Flix is the only freshman champion with a shot at defending her title. The task will be a tough one. Sports Flix drew the outside Post 10 in what trainer Gregg McNair calls the tougher of the two pacing filly Semi-Finals. Among the fillies Sports Flix will face is So Much More, who went undefeated in her two regular season Grassroots starts and will leave the gate from Post 6. "She hooked that one tough mare of Donnie Beatson's (So Much More)," said McNair, who trains the Sportswriter daughter for James Fraleigh of Dresden, ON. "Just hope she gets qualified for the final and then maybe draw a little bit better there." After a somewhat disappointing start to the season - McNair thought she would make the leap to the Gold Series off a strong winter of training, but she finished third and eighth in the first two events - Sports Flix rebounded with wins in the last two Grassroots legs. She recorded a personal best 1:52.2 effort in her Sept. 10 Grassroots division at Woodbine Mohawk Park and McNair said she was sharp in a training mile with stablemates Swift Ally and Kylie Seelster at the Campbellville oval last week. "When we were training them back she laid over them other two, but they've both got better," said the Guelph, ON resident of his pacing filly trio. "We had them into Mohawk there at the end of last week and trained the three of them together, trained them up pretty good and then worked them back again this week. They seem okay." Kylie Seelster will line up at Post 3 in the same division as Sports Flix, the ninth race on the 7:10 pm program, and Doug McNair will steer her, leaving Sports Flix in the hands of the Ontario Sires Stakes' leading driver Trevor Henry. "She's good and sharp right now, Kylie, and we're figuring on racing her a bit," said McNair. "I don't know for how long because she could possibly even be sold, a couple farms have been interested in her." The daughter of Big Jim and Kiddie Cocktail is a half-sister to $865,450 winner Kendall Seelster and McNair's top two-year-old pacing filly Karma Seelster. She could spend next season as a broodmare rather than a racehorse if the trainer and his co-owners Keith Waples of Durham and Chris Robson of London, ON choose to accept an offer from a breeding farm. The third member of McNair's pacing filly trio topped the division standings with a flawless record of four wins in four Grassroots starts. Unraced at two, Swift Ally launched her career in March with four straight victories and is currently on another four-race win streak. The homebred daughter of Big Jim and Claires Apache has not been bested since July 19. "She hasn't got the greatest position, but she should get, if things work out good, she should get qualified for the final," said McNair, who shares ownership of Swift Ally with Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON. "I'd say that's the softer division, but there's a couple nice ones in there too." Swift Ally and Doug McNair will start from Post 8 in the first $20,000 pacing filly Semi-Final, which goes postward as Race 7. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will advance to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 5. In addition to his pacing filly entry, McNair will also send pacing colt Balder Son after a championship berth from Post 3 in the eleventh race, the last of the eight sophomore Semi-Finals. "Balder Son, he's raced pretty consistent all year. I know he didn't win many, but he hasn't thrown too many bad starts in," said McNair. "We had him in there (Mohawk Park) on Tuesday and trained him up, so he should race good. I imagine, if something doesn't happen there, he'll probably get qualified for the finals." Balder Son wrapped up the Grassroots season ranked 19th in the point standings, finishing second, third, fourth, seventh and ninth in his five appearances. The Betterthancheddar gelding heads into the Semi-Final off a 1:51.1 personal best victory in a Sept. 16 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS owns Balder Son and Jody Jamieson will steer the gelding in the Semi-Final. Doug McNair opted for Little Brown Jug elimination winner Fast N First who will start from Post 1. McNair will also start three horses in Friday's two-year-old Semi-Final event and the horseman hopes his seven Grassroots starters come up with strong efforts to keep him ahead of Shawn Steacy and Bob McIntosh in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) leading trainer race. As of Sept. 26, McNair has 186 points, Steacy 182 and McIntosh 179. Steacy will send out a total of 10 Grassroots Semi-Finalists and McIntosh has eight. "You're either chasing them or you can't get away from them," said McNair with a chuckle. In the last 11 years McIntosh has won the Johnston Cup title five times, Steacy's father Mark has three victories and McNair earned the honour the other three years. All three operations focus on developing young horses and each trainer has started 20-plus trotters and pacers in the Grassroots and Gold Series this season. The tight race for top spot will continue in Races 1, 3, 5 through 9, and 11 on Saturday night as the three-year-old trotters and pacers vie for berth in the Grassroots Championships. The sophomore trotting fillies will kick things off at 7:10 pm. Complete entries for Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After posting his sixth victory of the harness racing season last week, Surf Report returns to head Sunday's Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R. Starting from post five in the seventh race feature, Surf Report was able to find outside cover last week for driver Tyler Jones and close from fourth place at the top of the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. The seven-year-old gelded son of Sportswriter is trained by Armand Rousseau for owner Dany Nadeau of Sorel-Tracy and has finished on the board in nearly half of his 30 starts this year. Rival Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 6) will seek to turn the tables this Sunday. Last week he was the one who raced first-over, giving Surf Report the ideal second-over coverage that he won off of. Outlaw Turn N Burn is trained and driven by Francis Picard. Despite his outside post position 8, Kinnder Jackson won't be ignored in this race. Two starts back he tore away from the field to take a lifetime mark of 1:54.1 for driver Pierre Luc Roy. Stock (post 4) will provide plenty of competition as he was raced timed in 1:54.4 in his last start and prior to that he was a 1:56.3 winner for driver Pascal Berube. Stock was a Quebec Series Champion at age 2. The well-matched field also includes D J Power (post 7), a recent 1:55.3 winner, Maracassi (post 1), who two starts back won in 1:54.1, Mister Big Top (post 2), Bali (post 3) and Ninocredit (post 9, second tier). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watch the races live from H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 2, 2019 - Ontario's talented harness racing three-year-old pacing colts wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night and Sugartown picked up his fourth win in the provincial program to finish atop the division standings. Starting from Post 3 with Louis-Philippe Roy in the race bike, Sugartown got away sixth as Silver Beast sprinted out to a :26.4 opening quarter. Through the :54.3 half and 1:22 three-quarters clocked by HP Napoleon the heavy favourite was advancing up the outer lane behind Silas Seelster. Turning for home Sugartown was four lengths behind the leader, but a sharp finishing kick propelled him to a two and one-half length victory in a personal best 1:50.4. HP Napoleon hung on for second and The Regulator came on to be third. "Sugartown is a beautiful horse. He probably could have been a Gold, but his life is easier in the Grassroots," said trainer Richard Moreau. "I really liked Louis's drive for that win." "I was expecting a lot of early speed in the race, so it helped us that he can race good off the pace on a helmet," added Guelph, ON resident Roy. "He's turning into a nice racehorse this year." Puslinch, ON resident Moreau trains Sugartown for W. J. Donovan of Delray Beach, FL. The Sportswriter gelding won four of his five Grassroots starts and finished second by a neck in the other one. Through 19 sophomore starts the pacer has netted seven wins, two seconds and three thirds for earnings of $88,355. Moreau also trained the winner of the first $23,150 division. Late bloomer Legion Seelster made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut from Post 6 and got away smartly, taking a brief turn on the lead before settling in third behind favourite Cliffhanger and Better Moonon Over. As the colts straightened up in the stretch Legion Seelster looked like he was pinned on the rail, but when both Cliffhanger and Better Moonon Over drifted to the right, driver Sylvain Filion sent the gelding through the opening and Legion Seelster hit the wire one length the best in a personal best 1:51.3. Cliffhanger held on for second ahead of Prestige Seelster. The win was Legion Seelster's fifth in five lifetime starts. The Sunshine Beach gelding made his career debut at Grand River Raceway on July 31 and had been flawless in four overnight starts before taking his first crack at the Grassroots colts. "I figured that in his winning streak he deserved a try in the OSS Grassroots," said Moreau. "At the same time it makes him eligible to the class 'horses who participated in the Grassroots' for the rest of the year. To be honest I didn't expect to win in 1:51.3." Legion Seelster learned his early lessons under the tutelage of Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy, QC, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ecurie CSL, also of Sorel-Tracy. Dreamfair Moxy scored his third Grassroots win with a 1:52 effort in the second division. The Bettors Delight son and driver Travis Cullen took control early and held off a surging Sportsline for the three-quarter length victory. Fan favourite Priceless Beach settled for third. Jodie Cullen of Dundas trains Dreamfair Moxy for John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON. With three wins and one second in four Grassroots starts, Dreamfair Moxy will head into the Sept. 28 Semi-Finals ranked second with 175 points. The last Grassroots division of the sophomore pacing colts' season went to fan favourite Fast N First who took control early and made it look easy, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 1:52. Loud Splash closed well to be second and Carsons Shadow rounded out the top three. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou drove Fast N First to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George and his partners Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON. The Bettors Delight colt started his season with a pair of starts at the Gold Series level before finding his footing in the last three Grassroots events. He heads into the post season ranked fourth with 125 points. "He's just borderline Gold and racing those three top guys up there is pretty tough so we dropped him down and he's gotten brave again and seems good," said MacIntosh. With almost four weeks between Monday's event and the Semi-Finals, Fast N First and his peers will be looking for prep races and MacIntosh said the colt might take a step back up the stakes ladder for his interim effort. "I just read an article where the top five Jug horses aren't going," explained the trainer, who won the 2018 Little Brown Jug with Courtly Choice. "He might go to the Jug, because he's eligible. We might take him there or we might just overnight him, we haven't decided yet. It's a big step up, but when you read the top five Jug horses aren't either eligible or aren't interested in going, you sort of think about that." The Little Brown Jug goes postward in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 19. Sugartown is also eligible to the historic event. No matter where they do their preparations, the top 20 point earners will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 28 for two $20,000 Semi-Finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will then advance to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 5. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0902wbsbsn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 23, 2019 - On Saturday, Aug. 24 Ontario's talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies will gather at Hanover Raceway for six $22,000 Grassroots divisions, part of the Grey County oval's annual Balanced Image Final night. Shawn Steacy guided Lifeisgood Hanover to a win in last weekend's Balanced Image Trot eliminations and will send the gelding after a share of the $56,600 purse from Post 5 in Saturday's final. The trainer-driver will also send out a trio of freshman pacing fillies in Grassroots action - Noir, Bellini Seelster and In The News. "I've got three fillies, two of them especially, that Bellini Seelster and the In The News filly, they're both real handy, real slick gaited," said Steacy. "They've been able to get around the half good so far racing at Grand River and everything. "All three of those got the rail," added the Guelph resident, who will line up at Post 1 with Noir in the first race, Bellini Seelster in the second race and In The News in the sixth. "And the other filly we have there, Noir, she's a nice filly too. She's not quite as handy as the other two fillies, but I think she's got even a bigger engine in her than the first two." Sunshine Beach daughter Noir and Sportswriter filly In The News will both be looking for their first lifetime win on Saturday, while Bellini Seelster comes into the $22,450 contest off a 2:00 victory at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 16. Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC bred and owns Noir, while Katherine Steacy and Landmark 12 of Lansdowne and 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON share ownership of Bellini Seelster and Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON and 1187422 Ontario Inc. own In The News. Last Saturday's win was Lifeisgood Hanover's first in four career starts. The son of Royalty For Life will start inside the quickest elimination winner, Awsomedabra, who drew Post 7. The other elimination winner, Royaltys Odyssey, will start from the trailing Post 8. "He raced really good. He's a steady goer and he's good gaited too. For a young trotter that means a lot," said Steacy of Lifeisgood Hanover. "I think we drew the best out of the division winners, so I'm pretty happy with that. I like that better than the rail actually for a young trotter, because I found it was hard to get away from the rail last week." Klunowski, David Reid of Sydenham and Claus Jorgensen of Etobicoke, ON share ownership of Lifeisgood Hanover, whose resume also sports a pair of runner-up finishes in Grassroots action. The freshman pacing fillies will kick off Saturday's program at 7:15 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. The Walker Invitation Trot goes postward in Race 7 and the Balanced Image Final is slated as Race 9. Steacy expects another big crowd will be on hand to cheer on the young trotters. "Last week they had a good crowd for the eliminations," said the horseman, who currently leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "Balanced Image and Dream Of Glory night always do really good up there." Complete entries for Saturday's Balanced Image night can be found at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0824hnvrn.dat. In addition to Saturday's Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies, Hanover Raceway will also host the regular season finale for the two-year-old trotting colts on Sept. 14. A complete schedule is below and can also be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#HNVR. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Only missing the board twice all season, Dangle Ona Dime will look to extend his exceptional season in the Wednesday evening top class at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The special Wednesday evening cards comes after the Prince County oval took a two-week hiatus during Old Home Week racing at Red Shores Charlottetown. Wednesday's card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the top class lining up in race 12. Race Secretary Gerard Smith has placed Dangle Ona Dime as the morning line favourite from post 5 in the $2,600 top class with Ken Murphy filling in in the race bike for trainer Duane MacEachern and owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. The four-year-old son of Pang Shui equalled his lifetime best in his latest start winning in 1:55.4 over Charlottetown with Corey MacPherson at the lines that day. Catch Twenty Two ships in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and draws post 2 for trainer-driver Darren Crowe sporting a not worse than third record since the end of June. Rookie driver Kyle Mason has amassed a .351 driving average in his inaugural season and will again drive Ultimatelyhandsome from post 3. Also in the field is Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence), Coasttocoastshark (Devon Wallace), Pictonian Storm (John Davidson), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) and Phil Dorleans (Jason Hughes). Face The Challenge makes his Prince County debut in race 4 of the program in a maiden event for a $1,600 purse. Norris Rogers will drive the Ed Harvey owned and trained pacer who made his Island debut during Old Home Week with a third place finish. The three-year-old son of Sportswriter has yet to win a race but paced in 1:53 and change as a two-year-old in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The winner of $15,627 lifetime has drawn post 4 after most recently racing at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa before making the trek East. For race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport. His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing five friends with him to help root Jimmy Freight on. "I'm extremely happy with Jimmy Freight, Sorella added. "He's been tough all year long and I wouldn't trade him for anyone. He's a 1.2-million-dollar earner. He's been hitting the board over 90% of his races, and racing vs the best." Jimmy Freight drew post six for the Prix d'Ete and will, of course, have Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky. He is listed as the second choice in the race at odds of 3-1. The entry of This Is The Plan and Done Well are the 5/2 morning line favorite. "I expect him to be as good as he's always been on a half," Sorella explained. "He's versatile and has raced on every size track and all over NA. He's not afraid of anyone, and neither am I." A six-figure purchase from Iowa as an undefeated Sportswriter colt by Sorella. Jimmy Freight has been a big money maker for Sorella and the Jimmy Freight team. And Jimmy Freight also has a big following on Social Media, thanks to Sorella, with fans cheering him on from around the world. "Our team does a great job, Sorella said. "From his caretaker Lynn Cameron in Canada and Leo Herrera in the States, to his trainers Richard Moreau locally and Andrew Harris out of New Jersey. It also nice to see Louis Roy and Richard Moreau have a real nice animal racing in their home province of Quebec. And for the fans, they will get to see what I think will be a great race." This year Jimmy Freight scored his lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning the $100,000 Gold Cup in a sizzling 1:48.1 over the great McWicked. With great weather predicted for Sunday's Prix d'Ete, the track record at H3R will be in jeopardy. The all-age record of 1:50.3 is co-held by previous Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Jonathan Drury-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 Sunday's race card also features three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus there is a Preferred Pace and Trot on the 12-race program. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watching the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

MILTON, ON - AUG. 15, 2019 - Ontario's talented harness racing two-year-old pacing colts put on a good show at Woodbine Mohawk Park Thursday as three of the youngsters paced to personal best efforts winning their Grassroots divisions. Driver Trevor Henry and Usurper kicked things off in the first race with a front-end effort from Post 1 that saw them hang on for a nose victory over a hard-closing Remembering Shorty. Aces Rock rounded out the top three in the 1:54.3 mile. "He's a consistent colt, doesn't do nothing wrong and just goes about his work," said Henry. "He can do it from anywhere I think. He drew good the last few times, and he's good gaited, so he finds himself close to the front." The win was Usurper's first in Grassroots action after finishing second and third in the first two legs. Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON trains the Sportswriter son for Next Generation Stable of Stratford, PEI, who offered up $22,000 for the full-sister to $659,193 winner Voracity at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Henry also won the last $23,150 division with Quick Tour, opting for another front-end effort that saw the fan favourite go gate-to-wire from Post 4 in a personal best 1:53.2. Better B Swift was one length back in second and Lous Delight was another length and one-quarter behind in third. "He's a really nice colt. He's real handy, you can do whatever you want with him," said Arthur, ON resident Henry. "He was kind of a steal at the sale." Quick Tour is owned by trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys and R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, ON who acquired the Mach Three son for a modest $7,000 at the 2018 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. In four lifetime starts the gelding has already netted $30,480 and with two wins and one second in Grassroots action, he currently sits atop the two-year-old pacing colt standings with 125 points. Driver James MacDonald also made two appearances in the Grassroots winner's circle on Thursday, steering Bettors Delight sons Delightful Terror and Day Delight to wins in the second and third divisions. Starting from Post 2, MacDonald settled Delightful Terror in fourth as Doc Fanelli took the field to a :28 opening quarter. Heading by the :56.3 half MacDonald sent the fan favourite after the lead and the pair had things well in hand by the 1:25 three-quarters. Delightful Terror then opened up a two and one-quarter length margin on his peers before the 1:53 finish. Dontblvmejustwatch and Night Watchman closed well to claim second and third. "It just took him a couple starts to get his feet underneath him, and then I rushed him there a couple weeks back (July 16) and he made a break. Since then he got a couple nice trips and won and he's starting to figure out what to do," said MacDonald. "He's a good little racehorse. He was more than willing tonight." MacDonald steers Delightful Terror for trainer Shawn Steacy of Guelph and owners Shelly and Robert MacMillan of Waterloo, Doug Millard Stables of Woodstock and Vivian Bell of St. Thomas, ON. A $32,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Delightful Terror has now won his last three starts, Thursday's Grassroots division and two overnight events at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He's learning more and more every week and willing to do it, and every time you ask him for a little more he's always got lots left," added Guelph, ON resident MacDonald. "Hopefully if he keeps improving he should be tough to beat going forward." In the third division MacDonald and Day Delight lined up at Post 6 and went straight to the front. Never tested through fractions of :27.3, :55.4 and 1:24.1, Day Delight drew away to a six and one-quarter length win in a personal best 1:52.1. Beach Demon and Menlo Park finished second and third. "He was big, good gaited, strong - strong from start to finish," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in Day Delight's race bike. "I had actually driven his mother and he looked a lot like her and acted like her, and she was a good two-year-old." The colt's mother Kims Royal Day was one of the top two-year-old pacing fillies in Ontario in 2012 and earned $328,803 in her career. She has already produced $205,934 Shadow Play gelding Levis Day, so owners Bill Manes of Rockwood, Lloyd Stone of Portland, numbered company 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS offered up $55,000 to acquire Day Delight from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Victor Puddy trains Day Delight - who had one win in overnight action to his credit before Thursday's outing - and the Mountain, ON resident let MacDonald know the colt was ready for battle in his second Grassroots start. "Victor's in PEI right now, but he texted the groom and said he got kind of a tough trip last time, just kind of got shuffled around and didn't get much of a chance," said MacDonald. "And he said he thinks he's ready to win and try and race him on the front if you can, and no problem tonight, he was very ready." My Land captured the other $23,500 division, picking up his second Grassroots win with a 1:52.1 personal best that saw him stalk pacesetter Bee Two Bee through the early going before circling to the front and pulling away to a one and one-half length victory. Better Take It and Mission Bay closed hard to finish second and third. Phil Hudon drove My Land to the win for trainer Gerard Demers and owners La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC. The Badlands Hanover son was a $10,000 acquisition at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. On Friday evening (Aug. 16) the Gold Series two-year-old pacing colts will step to centre stage at Woodbine Mohawk Park, competing in Races 4 and 8. Friday's program gets under way at 7:50 pm. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0815wbsbsn.dat. The two-year-old pacing colts will return to Grassroots action on Sunday, Sept. 1 at Clinton Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The post positions were drawn for Sunday's $200,000C sixth revival of the prestigious harness race, the Prix D'Ete Pace, at the Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is only for four-year-old pacers. Jimmy Freight is the richest career earner of the four-year-olds in the Prix d'Ete with $1,248,386C bankrolled and he drew post six. The son of Sportswriter, owned by Adriano Sorella of Guelph, ON and trained in Canada by Richard Moreau (Andrew Harris in the USA), has only one win this season, but it was a lifetime mark of 1:48.1 winning a $100,000C Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Cup at Mohawk Park. He has been racing most of the season against the best older horses in the nation, including Lather Up and McWicked. He has four second place finishes. While racing against the best Free-For-All pacers in North America this season, This Is The Plan can boast finishing second to the best of them. He drew post four and will be driven by Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube. In five of his last six starts, the gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has been second in the Sam McKee, The Gerrity, The William Haughton and the Graduate. And the prior start before the Graduate, This Is The Plan won the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final, beating McWicked and Western Fame. This has been his lone win this year for trainer Ron Burke, and it was in a lifetime best clocking of 1:48.2 for the career winner of $1,205,410C. This Is The Plan will race as part of an entry from the Ron Burke Stable with the Well Said gelding, Done Well, a $620,391C career winner. Done Well starts from post three for driver Bob McClure and has also been racing in the top class this year. Earlier this season he won the 41st annual Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Also starring in the field is the Astronomical stallion, Casimir Richie P, for trainer and co-owner Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON. Casimir Richie P comes to H3R on a three-race winning streak in the Preferred Pace at Mohawk Park. The razor-sharp Casimir Richie P has won four of his last five starts driving him will be Quebec's own Sylvain Filion. He will need to be sharp on Sunday, having drawn the far outside post eight. Another entry, this one from the Chris Oakes Stable, features tough pacers Hitman Hill and Turbo Hill, both of whom are co-owned by Tom Hill of Hamilton, ON. Hitman Hill makes his debut at H3R shipping in on a two-race win streak and has won three of his last four starts. The American Ideal gelding sports six wins this year, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:49 at Pocono Downs. He drew post 1 and will be driven by Eric Goodell, who makes his driving debut at H3R. Stablemate Turbo Hill, also sired by American Ideal, has been racing mainly at Yonkers Raceway's half mile over and has amazing 11 wins for trainer/driver Hunter Oakes, Chris Oakes son. He has been second in three of his last four starts in the 4-year-old Open and has a record this year of 1:49.4. He drew post position 7 for driver Hunter Oaks, who is also making his debut at H3R. The Downtown Bus has five wins this year for trainer Jeff Gillis, who also co-owns the gelded son of Mach Three. He has been first, second and third in his last three starts at Yonkers and has a record of 1:48 this year, making him the fastest competitor in the field. He drew post five. Pretty Handsome ships in from Georgian Downs where the Mach Three gelding has eight wins and has been first or second the last six starts in the Preferred Pace. He will be driven by Trevor Richie for trainer Andrew McCabe. Pretty Handsome drew post two. He has a record this year of 1:51.1 at Georgian Downs and shows he can win from on or off the pace. $200,000 Prix d'Ete 4YO Pace (post postions listed, not head numbers) 1. Hitman Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Eric Goodell 2. Pretty Handsome Trainer - Andrew McCabe, Driver - Trevor Ritchie 3. Done Well Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Bob McClure 4.This Is The Plan Trainer - Ron Burke, Driver - Daniel Dube 5. The Downtown Bus Trainer - Jeff Gillis, Driver - TBA 6. Jimmy Freight Trainer - Richard Moreau, Driver - Louis Philippe Roy 7. Turbo Hill Trainer - Hunter Oakes, Driver - Hunter Oakes 8. Casimir Richie P Trainer- Dr. Ian Moore, Driver - Sylvain Filion With a forecast of sunny skies and 80 degrees, the all-age track record of 1:50.3 co-held by past Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015), will be in jeopardy with this stellar field. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on the 12-race program Sunday and estimated post time is 4:25 pm. Also, on Sunday at H3R will be the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm Track Notes: Friday's ten-race program at H3R features the third leg of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and the second leg of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Top performers include Cesar Duharas (race 2) and Kenogami Coco (race 3). First race post time Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

ELORA,ON -  Battle Of The Belles champion Karma Seelster returned to Grand River Raceway for Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action on Wednesday, Aug. 14 and picked up her third straight win at the Elora oval. With Post 4 in the second $72,267 Gold division, driver Doug McNair fired Karma Seelster off the starting gate and led the field of two-year-old pacing fillies to a :28.3 opening quarter. From there the fan favourites rolled along to a :58.1 half and 1:27.2 three-quarters before cruising down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:56.3. Temagami Seelster got up for second, edging pocket-sitter Got Power into third. "She was good again. She got a lot easier trip than last week (Aug. 5 Belles Final)," said Guelph resident Doug McNair, who piloted the filly to all three wins. "She's great gaited and she's handy off the wings, so that really helps for this track. She got to pick up some pretty good money the last couple weeks here." The driver's father Gregg McNair, who also calls rural Guelph home, trains Karma Seelster for Hall of Fame horseman Keith Waples, his wife Eileen Waples and their daughter Karen Hauver of Durham, ON. The Waples family purchased the half-sister to $824,150 winner Kendall Seelster for $127,000 from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and in her first five starts she has banked $155,251. "A bunch of the owners were out there. I'm not sure if it was grandkids, but they were cheering for her and stuff before, so that was a lot of fun," added the driver, who stopped by the rail before the race so Karma Seelster could acknowledge her fans. "They had a fan club there." The fans cheered Karma Seelster on to her first win in Gold Series action which, added to the second and third she recorded in her first two provincial starts, puts her in second spot in the two-year-old pacing filly standings with 87 points. Driver Bob McClure won the other two Gold Series divisions, the first boosting Off The Press into top spot in the standings and the second earning P L Notorious her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Starting from the advantageous Post 1 in the first division, McClure allowed fan favourite Sound Idea to take early control and settled Off The Press in second. Sound Idea carried on through fractions of :28, :57.4 and 1:26.1 while Off The Press watched comfortably from the pocket. In the stretch McClure sent Off The Press up the inside and the filly powered home to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55.3. Sound Idea settled for second and Keystone Kalimba was third. "Bobby gave her a great trip," said Paul Reid, who trains Off The Press for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "He's a good young driver. It's always good when you can get somebody that's hot, it definitely helps the game. And it's always nice to see one that we had all winter do well. We've had luck in the past couple of years with picking up horses when we got up here that did well for us, but it's nice to have one that's good for Bob Key." Off The Press finished a disappointing seventh in the Battle Of The Belles elimination won by Karma Seelster, but Reid said the Sportswriter daughter came up sick after the race. After a bit of rest and a round of antibiotics the filly rebounded and a training mile over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval assured Reid that she would be ready for Wednesday's test. "She trained back good there last weekend, I took her into Mohawk and trained her and she trained real well so I was pretty confident coming in that she was back to herself, but you still never know what everybody else is going to be up to," said the horseman, who is based in Florida through the winter. "There's plenty of racing, there's no doubt, so to miss one here and there is not the end of the world," he added. In addition to the remaining regular season Gold events on Aug. 30 and Sept. 30, and the Oct. 12 Super Final, Off The Press is eligible to all of the open stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the coming weeks - the Eternal Camnation on August 24, Champlain Stakes on Sept. 7 and Shes A Great Lady eliminations and final on Sept. 14 and 21. In the last division McClure once again lined up at Post 1 with P L Notorious and the Rockwood resident sent the fan favourite straight to the front. P L Notorious sailed through fractions of :28.3, :58.3 and 1:27 and then held off Rose Run Vantage for a three-quarter length win in 1:55.4. Lady Natasha rounded out the top three. "She is a big, fast filly with a really nice gait," said McClure of the Sunshine Beach daughter. "And she continues to get smarter." Rod Hughes of Dunsford trains P L Notorious for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON. Wednesday's win was the filly's first in Gold Series action after a fifth and a sixth-place result in the first two legs. She was also a winner in overnight action at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 5. Complete results for Wednesday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0814grvrn.dat. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 4 with the fourth Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting fillies. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club hosted four divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R and D Gs De Vito was the fastest second round winner. There were two colt and two filly divisions, each racing for a purse of $7,500C. After the third leg, the eight top point earners will return for the $65,000C finals on Sunday, September 8. The second race, first colt division saw Ashleysbest (Pascal Berube) go right to the early lead as the son of Shanghai Phil was going for his fifth win in six starts for trainer Sylvain Cote. Past the opening quarter mile in :27, Ashleysbest held the field at bay with GA Speed Gaby (Guy Gagnon) sitting the pocket trip to the half mile in :56.3. Through the backstretch Ashleysbest kept up his torrid pace, passing the three-quarters in 1:24.2. Ashleysbest then started to show he was tiring as GA Speed Gaby caught the race leader and D Gs Vito with Jonathan Lachance driving was coming three-wide after the race leaders. All three horses battled it out down the stretch and D Gs Vito showed he was the strong horse, coming on late to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:54.3. GA Speed Gaby was second with Ashleysbest third. It was a lifetime mark and the third win this year for D Gs De Vito, a gelded son of Sportswriter who is trained by Antonio Valente and was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. He paid $4.80 to win. The second colt division was race three where YS Sunshine and driver Jonathan Lachance shot to the early lead with race favorite HP Napoleon (Stephane Brosseau) dropping into the two-hole spot. After an opening quarter mile in :27.3 and :57.3 half, the action started to pick up as Brosseau pulled the pocket with HPO Napoleon and came after Lachance and YS Sunshine. Past the three-quarters in 1:26.3, HP Napoleon kept grinding it out against YS Sunshine and took over the lead on the final turn. He then went on to win by one length in 1:56.1. Angers Bayama (Yves Filion) closed well to be second with Riot (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the fourth win in eight starts this year for HP Napoleon, a gelded son of Big Jim who is trained by Francis Richard and is owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff. He paid $3.20 to win. The first division for the fillies was race four and it all belonged to Hall of Famer Yves Filion and Akita Bayama. After grind it out to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28, Black Elektra (Marie Claude Auger) was on the lead with Fancy Girl (Francis Picard) sitting the pocket trip. This all changed as Filion first-up with Akita Bayama and took command of the race. Past the half mile in :58.2 there were no challengers for Akita Bayama to contend with until past the three-quarters in 1:28.4. That was when Better Now and driver Guy Gagnon came charging three-wide and by the middle of the final turn, was first-over and gaining on Akita Bayama. Battling it out down the stretch under urging from Filion, Akita Bayama found another gear and held on to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59. HP Xandu (Brosseau) was second with Better Now third. It was a lifetime mark and the first win in three starts this year for Akita Bayama. The daughter of Sportswriter is trained by Yves Filion and was bred and is owned by Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteil and Jacques Damours of Laval. She paid $5.70 to win. Yves Filion then made it a driving, trainer, owner, breeder double in the second filly division, upsetting the field with 14-1 longshot Audi Bayama. The seventh race began with Cooking The Speed and driver Stephane Gendron getting the lead from Majelyca (Marie Claude Auger) by the opening quarter mile in :28.3. Undefeated Esprit Dequipe (Tyler Jones) came first-over by the half mile in :59.1 as she was seeking her sixth straight win, all at H3R. Following second over was Audi Bayama and Filion. As the field came to the three-quarters in 1:28.4, Filion came three-wide with Audi Bayama, blowing by Esprit Dequipe and then going after Cooking The Speed. Also, going four-wide on the final turn to get into contention was D Gs Fairystars and driver Jonathan Lachance). Down the stretch all three horses battled to the wire with Audi Bayama scoring the win by a neck in a lifetime mark of 1:58.4. D Gs Fairystars was second with Cooking The Speed third. Sired by Sportswriter, the third Sportswriter sired winner of the four division, it was just the second start this year for Audi Bayama and her sixth career race. She paid a healthy $30.40 to win. The sixth race Preferred-Handicap Trot saw Holiday Party (Berube) cut the mile with Capteur De Reve (S. Gendron) grabbing the pocket seat. Then by the half mile, Ice O Late and driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with Kinnder Dangerous (Pierre Luc Roy) second over. Despite making a break at the start of the race, Ice O Late was able to grind it out on the outside against Holiday Party and then draw off at the finish to win by two lengths in 2:00.2. Holiday Party was second with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) third. It was the second win this year for the seven-year-old gelding by Yankee Glide. He is trained by Luc Chouinard and is owned by Claude Surprenant of Farnham. He paid $6.20 to win. The eighth race Preferred-Handicap Pace all belonged to Saulsbrook Peach, who led from start to finish for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon in 1:55.3. Saulsbrook Peach held the field at bay for most of the mile, winning by one and three-quarter lengths. Kinnder Jackson (Pierre Luc Roy) had come first-over and held game for second place with Hooter Shooter (Stephane Gendron) third. Atomic Million AM (Jocelyn Gendron) was going for his sixth straight win and despite having a good second-over trip, was unable to keep up with the pace and finished last. For Saulsbrook Peach it was his seventh win this year. He is owned by Catheline Pelletier of Mirabel and paid $3.10 to win. The Filly and Mare Preferred-Handicap Pace saw Lit De Rose and driver Stephane Gendron lead from start to finish, holding off Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) to win by one length in 1:57. Uptown Woman (Pascal Berube) was third. It was Lit De Rose's third win this year for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder/owner Claude Corbeil of Mirabel. She paid just $2.40 to win. Track Notes: Yves Filion and Stephane Gendron each had driving doubles. Filion also had two training wins as did Francis Richard. Richard is now tied with Michel Allard at 15 wins for leading trainer at H3R with Yves Tessier a close third with 14 wins. The 9th race was the two-mile special pace that saw Appleby Hanover and driver Kevin Waldron from Bermuda winning with ease in 4:07.1. The Hippodrome 3R will be closed for live racing for ten days due to the Grand Prix Auto Race Week in Trois-Riveres. The next live race day will be Thursday, August 8. First race post time at 7:00 pm and it will be NASCAR Race Night with NASCAR drivers coming to H3R to compete in an exhibition race. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Surf Report, a 22-1 long shot, was given a perfect drive by Tyler Jones in capturing the seventh race Preferred Handicap Pace feature at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and paid a handsome $47.60 to win. It was the 15th start of the season for the seven-year-old son of Sportswriter and its second straight win and fourth triumph of the year for trainer Francis Guillemettel of Trois-Rivieres, who owns the horse. Surf Report left from post five and led the entire one-mile race with Jones in the sulky, holding the field at bay throughout the race. He won by three and one-half lengths over Bali (Stephane Brosseau) and Windsun Cheyene (Pierre Luc Roy). Rocky Boy and driver Marc Belander sat a perfect two-hole trip behind pacesetter R Rkadabra (Pascal Berube) in the eighth race feature trot and rallied in the stretch to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 2:00. R Rkadabra was able to hold for second place with Dance Hall George (Francis Picard) third. It was the first start of the season for Rocky Boy, who is trained and co-owned by Stephane Beaudoini with Marc Belanger. He paid $11.40 to win. Beaudoini led all trainers on Sunday sending out two winners. Track Notes: Leading driver Stephane Gendron led all drivers again with three winners. He now has seven so far after two race days. William Roy made his first pari-mutuel start as a harness racing driver in the sixth race with Buckeye Babe who finished a respectable fifth place. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Saturday night featured two harness racing divisions of the second leg of the JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Each division for five year olds and younger went for a purse of $10,000. Leading driver Billy Dobson and trainer Monica Krist teamed up with winners of both divisions, scoring open-length romps with their three year old geldings. Mantario (Sportswriter) became the only repeat winner in the series as he scored a decisive victory in 1:55.1 on a chilly evening in the Spa City. Mantario's 1:54.2 leg one win was by far the fastest of the series heading into next week's final. Energyzone Hanover (American Ideal) was a beaten favorite in leg one of the Morel Memorial but had little difficulty recording a four length win in a career-best 1:55 with Dobson in the sulky. Energyzone Hanover came into the series three-for-three in the win column in 2019 before suffering a rare defeat in leg one as rival Super Roll (Jimmy Devaux) got past him in the final strides to pull off the mild upset. Super Roll reversed roles in leg two as he ended up as the runner-up to Energyzone Hanover in leg two. The final of the 7th annual JP Morel Memorial Pacing Series will take place next Saturday night (May 4th) and is set to be contested for a purse of $32,000. Live racing continues on Sunday afternoon at Saratoga with a first post time set for 12:00 Noon. Mike Sardella

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A record number of 40 four-year-old harness racing pacers have been nominated to the $200,000 sixth renewal of the Prix D'Ete at the Hippodrome 3R in Quebec on Sunday, August 18. In the sixth year of the revival of the Prix D'Ete, it has been a record number of nominees entered every year. Last year it was 38 horses nominated. Headlining the list of nominees by money won last year is Little Brown Jug winner, Courtly Choice. The son of Art Major won $910,000 with a record mile of 1:47.1. He races for trainer Blake MacIntosh and co-owners Winbak Farm, Mac and Helm Stables, Daniel Plouffe, Inc. and Touch Stone Farms. The Prix D'Ete was the most prestigious race in all of Canada from 1966 through 1992. World champions Bret Hanover, Albatross, Niatross, Hot Hitter, Cam Fella, On The Road Again, Ralph Hanover, Matt's Scooter and a host of other top pacers have won the Prix D'Ete. In the past five editions of the Prix D'Ete at H3R, the all-age track record was set and then tied as both Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) both won in 1:50.3. Then in 2016, Harness Horse of the Year, Wiggle It Jiggleit, came to 3R for the Prix D'Ete and after a dramatic neck and neck battle the final half mile of the race, was second in an upset by Rockin Ron (1:52) over a sloppy track. Rockin Ron made it two straight Prix D'Ete victories for the Ron Burke Stable. Trainer Jimmy Takter notched his second Prix D'Ete triumph in 2017 (Sunfire Blue Chip was the first), with Western Fame and driver Trevor Henry wiring the field in 1:53.2. Last year it was the biggest upset in the Prix D'Ete as Beckhams Z Tam and driver Ricky Macomber paid $21.00 to win in 1:52.1. "We are very pleased with the quality of the horses that have entered in this year's Prix D'Ete," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "Of the forty pacers entered, just seven have lifetime earnings of under $100,000. The revival of this Grand Circuit event has developed to become the great race it was before." The second highest money winner in the field from last year who is nominated is O'Brien Award winner, Jimmy Freight. The son of Sportswriter is trained (in Canada) by Richard Moreau. Jimmy Freight won $834,000 for owner Adriano Sorella. Other contenders include last year's Tattersalls winner, American History ($600,000); Hayden Hanover, Thinkbig Dreambig, This Is The Plan, Springsteen, Nutcracker Sweet, Done Well, Grand Teton and Shnitzeldosomethin. Quebec co-owned nominees include Quebec-bred Sire Stakes champion Stock, plus Courtly Choice, Phantom Seelster, Talbotcreekwhiskey, Torrin Hanover and Renee Allard's Springsteen. "I want to invite everyone to come to Trois-Rivieres the weekend of August 18," Levesque added, "as we want everyone to come out and enjoy our great racing and Quebecoise hospitality." The next nomination payment to remain eligible to the Prix D'Ete is April 15, 2019. The Hippodrome 3R is also gearing up for their 2019 opening day on Sunday, April 28. For more information visit http://www.quebecjockeyclub.com/. 2019 Prix D'Ete Nominees (after March 15, 2019 payment) AMERICAN HISTORY BOUNDING DRAGON CASIMIR RICHIE P COURTLY CHOICE DECOY DONE WELL DRAGONOLOGY GHOST DANCE GRAND TETON HAYDEN HANOVER HIDDEN DELIGHT HITMAN HILL JIMMY FREIGHT KWIK TALKIN MINNIE VINNIE NUTCRACKER SWEET ODDS ON LAUDERDALE PEDRO HANOVER PHANTON SEELSTER PRETTY HANDSOME ROCKAPELO ROCKATHON RUSH TO JUDGEMENT SHADOW CAT SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN SIMPLE KINDA MAN SKYWAY QUINTON SOMEBADDUDE SPRINGSTEEN STOCK TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY THE DOWNTOWN BUS THINGBIG DREAMBIG THIS IS THE PLAN THOR DE VIE TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN TORRIN HANOVER TRUMP NATION TURBO HILL WES DELIGHT From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Impressive harness racing four-year-old Stefsbest has emerged as a live chance for next week’s Group 1 Four-Year-Old Classic and next month’s Group 1 Golden Nugget, following his win in last night’s Nugget Prelude at Gloucester Park. The son of Sportswriter had won two of his three starts in WA, following his move across the Nullarbor to Ross Olivieri’s stable. Stefsbest was well supported into $1.40 with TABtouch to take out the Prelude, while WA Derby winner King Of Swing was also expected to figure prominently. Reinsman Chris Voak had little issue holding the front with Stefsbest and was able to control the race in front. King Of Swing galloped on the bell lap, which left Fizzing as the only danger to Stefsbest in the home straight. Stefsbest was able to hold off Fizzing to the line though to record a 3m victory and rated a time of 1.55.8. Voak said barrier draws would prove crucial in the Nugget next month, but felt Stefsbest was among the leading chances. Post-race, reinsman Gary Hall Jnr said there was nothing wrong with King Of Swing after he broke into the gallop. WATCH STEFSBEST'S WIN HERE The feature event of the night, the Group 2 Norms Daughter Classic (2130m), was taken out by the Colin Brown-trained and driven Eden Franco, pictured above. Arguably WA’s best mare, Eden Franco was never troubled in the $50,000 event, after she found the front with ease from barrier four. Eden Franco will now head to the Group 1 Mares Classic on December 7, a race she finished fourth in behind Ideal Alice last year. Brown said he was pleased with the comfortable run he got in front and felt he had the mare primed for the Group 1 in a fortnight. “Everybody thinks she’s just a one trick pony,” he said. “We knew at home she can run very quick over a short space and she has a very high cruising speed. “Once we got those easy quarters, it was pretty well all over. “I’ve got her pretty well spot on.” WATCH EDEN FRANCO'S WIN HERE Meanwhile, Brown said he would give Maxentius his chance to get to the WA and Fremantle Pacing Cups in January, following his win in the Colin Cowden Pace (2130m). After finishing second at his three most recent starts, Maxentius was given the perfect run throughout in the one out one back position, before he was able to wear down Im Soxy in the home straight. Our Max Phactor rounded out a double for the Greg and Skye Bond stable, when he took out the Group 3 Kersley Final (2130m). Earlier in the night, El Jacko relished the drop back in class to take out the Chris Carr Pace (2130m), the first leg of the Bond’s winning double. In the three-year-old event of the night, Shockwave proved too strong for the small field, scoring by 20m, while Devendra took out the Free-For-All event for reinsman Aiden De Campo and trainer Kristy Elson. Tim Walker

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