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The Christian Salter-trained and driven Ark Breeze ($4.60) won the $30,000 Granny Smith final for harness racing four-year-old mares with an outstanding display of front running over the 2665-metre trip at Devonport. Despite having had only one start in eight months leading up to the Granny Smith the mare proved too strong for her rivals scoring by five metres from outsiders Joan Grant and Mi Makarova. Brighton trainer-driver Christian Salter was confident of winning after Ark Breeze drew well, with one reservation. "I was a bit worried that she might be underdone for the race because she'd had eight months off through niggling little injuries and she had only one start going into this race," Salter said. "But when she drew the pole position I thought she'd be hard to beat of she held the lead," Salter said "She's had a bit of soreness which is why she hasn't been racing." Salter said that the daughter of Stonebridge Regal deserved to win a good race after being narrowly beaten by Barooga Minnie in the three-year-old Sires Stake final (Bandbox) last year. "I've had a bit of luck with this family so I was keen to get her and I thank her owner Shane Hawes for sending her down to me,'' the trainer said. "Her half brothers Aninchofhislife, Drifting West and Ark West have all won a lot of races." Peter Staples

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 9 - The Youthful Series final highlighted an action-packed Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A competitive field of eight three-year-old pacers competed in the $39,800 series final. War N Munn was made the 9/5 favourite in the Youthful final and came through in the clutch for his believers with a career-best 1:52.2 victory. The Carmen Auciello trainee was driven by Jonathan Drury and found an early seat in fifth. Flaherty cut the mile and posted opening fractions of :27 and :56.1, while Easy Lover Hanover, who was going for the series sweep, sat in the pocket. The Catamount Kid came first up from fourth, which allowed Drury to catch cover and place War N Munn second-over around the final turn. Flaherty posted a three-quarter clocking of 1:24.2 with his rivals breathing down his neck. In the stretch, War N Munn fired off cover and despite drifting out, the Auciello trainee cruised home to a four-length victory over Easy Lover Hanover. Flaherty finished third, while The Catamount Kid was fourth. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn was forced to skip leg two and qualify due to miscue in leg one. Despite making a break in the first round, the sophomore pacing colt finished second. Saturday's victory gives War N Munn four wins in seven starts this season, including a second series final score. Back on February 19, the Auciello trainee captured The Count B series final. War N Munn, who is owned by George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey, now has over $106,000 in career earnings. He paid $5.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Youthful, the three-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2015. Also on Saturday, the first leg of the Don Mills Trotting Series and the $34,000 Preferred Pace were contested. Musical Rhythm had been the talk of the town all winter and he brought his impressive talents to Mohawk Saturday. The Ben Baillargeon trainee picked up his eighth victory in a row in the eight-horse $20,000 Don Mills Trotting Series first leg. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Musical Rhythm sprinted out to the front and never looked back. He posted fractions of :28.1, :58.1, 1:27.4 and 1:55.4 to score his sixth victory in six starts this year. Grana Padanno, who is also trained by Baillargeon, finished two-lengths back in second, while Mystery Bet was third. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm has now won 10 of 11 starts since being purchased by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon in November. Saturday's victory pushes his seasonal earnings to $81,000. Musical Rhythm now has 15 career victories and earnings exceeding $177,000. He paid $2.50 to win. In order to be eligible to the Don Mills, the four and five-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $150,000 lifetime as of December 31, 2015. Ellis Park turned in a huge performance to win the Preferred Pace in 1:51.2. A field of six competed in the top-level pace and Nirvana Seelster once again found himself on top heading into the first turn. After an opening-quarter of :27, Nickle Bag circled around from second to grab command heading down the backstretch. Ellis Park, who was 7/1, got away at the back with driver Randy Waples, but was out and gaining ground on the leader at the midway point. Nickle Bag was confronted by Ellis Park rounding the final turn and led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.1. In the stretch, Nickle Bag and Ellis Park waged war with the outside challenger taking the lead part way down the lane. Nickle Bag tried to battle back up the inside, but Ellis Park would not be denied his 21st career victory and won by a head. Boomboom Ballykeel, who won the Preferred last week, finish third in a photo with Mohawk Warrior. A seven-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Ellis Park scored his second win in four starts Saturday. He is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner David Goodrow Stable. Ellis Park now has $39,000 earned this season to bring his career total to over $400,000. The O'Sullivan trainee paid $16.50 to win. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

Bendigo trots lovers hoping to own the moment can get closer to the harness racing action without a hit to the hip pocket. Pacers Bendigo is offering a low-cost ownership of $500 for 12 months, which will buy them a share in a syndicate for a two-year-old filly who is almost ready to trial for Junortoun trainer Gary Donaldson. The take-up for the syndicate has been pleasing since it was launched on Bendigo Pacing Cup night on February 13, syndicate manager Alan Prentice said. “We’ve had a very positive response at this early stage,” he said. “For a lot of people this will mean they can take a small share in a horse within reach of their budgets and get their introduction into harness racing. “It’s very affordable – $500 for the year and that’s all you have to pay – and having it based at Bendigo means it’s an opportunity to get involved locally.” Bendigo Harness Racing Club’s initiative offers an all-encompassing experience, beginning with helping name the horse to following it through trials and on to the race track. “There will certainly be a lot of camaraderie, not only through the racing involvement but developing friendships with part owners and through being a part of the stable,” Prentice said. “You can share wins and losses at the track and gain valuable industry insights together as an ownership group.” In perhaps a prophetic example of good fortune to come, Donaldson’s four-year-old Regal Ambition won the fourth race on Cup night, with the saluting horse a half-brother to the syndicate’s two-year-old. Out of Stonebridge Regal and No Share Left, the Vicbred filly has been in work for 12 weeks under Donaldson’s guide. She will call Lords Raceway home, having already trained at the complex each day, and is just awaiting more syndicate members to join the select throng and get behind her. If you would like a share in the Pacers Bendigo Syndicate phone Alan Prentice on 0423 777 934 for more details. The legal syndicate was made possible with the support of Harness Racing Victoria. For more details on trots ownership contact Harness Racing Victoria ownership manager Tori Glenister via phone at 8378  0278 or email to tglenister@hrv.org.au Michael Howard

The harness racing series finals of The Count B and Miss Vera Bars were in the spotlight Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers competed in the $42,200 The Count B final, while a field of eight three-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $41,600 Ontario Girls final. All eyes were on Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn, who aimed for a series sweep in The Count B Final, and the sophomore lived up to the hype. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn, the 2/5 favourite, sprinted off the wings of the gate from post-eight. Gotti and Trevor Henry also left hard and dueled by the opening-quarter with War N Munn in :26.1. War N Munn cleared to the front midway around the first turn and Drury was able to catch a second-quarter breather, as the favourite paced by the half in :56. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, War N Munn said goodbye to his challengers and sprinted home comfortably in :28 to win by an impressive 7½ lengths in 1:52.4. Gotti help his position to finish second, while New Standard rallied from near the back to finish third at odds of 50/1. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma of Washington, New Jersey. The sophomore pacing colt shipped into the barn of conditioner Auciello from trainer Kerin Warner for the start of The Count B series. War N Munn is now three for three in 2016 and sports a career record of five wins in 12 starts. The Count B final victory established a new career-mark for the three-year-old and pushes his career earnings over $81,000. War N Munn paid $2.90 to win. War N Munn Preliminary leg winners Cracklin Rosie and Bad As Leader headlined the Miss VeraBars final. Cracklin Rosie, the 8/5 favourite, got away sixth for driver Phil Hudon, while Bad As Leader, the 2/1 second choice, was placed closer in third by driver Trevor Henry. Arizona Seelster cut out an opening-quarter of :27.2 and also led the field by the half in :57.1. Henry opted to pull from third nearing the half and quickly cleared to the front with Bad As Leader before the final turn. Meanwhile, Cracklin Rosie was moving up on the outside in mid-pack, but was pushed out three-wide and took the long way around the final turn. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:25.2, Bad As Leader would not surrender the lead and paced home strongly to win the Miss VeraBars final by a length and a half in 1:53.4. Im In Luv finished second, while Windsun Glory grabbed third. Cracklin Rosie was just nosed out for fourth by Party In Rome. A daughter of Badlands Hanover, Bad As Leader is trained by Victor Puddy for owners Bill Manes and William Cripps. The sophomore pacing filly now has four wins in six attempts this season and six victories in ten career starts. The MissVeraBars final victory pushes Bad As Leader's career earnings to over $69,000. She paid $6.70 to win. Bad As Leader Both series carried the same conditions, as Non-Winners of Three Races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015 were eligible to The Count B and Miss VeraBars. Winter series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the final of the Ontario Girls and second leg of the Ontario Boys. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Second leg harness racing action of the Ontario Girls and The Count B Series took place under frigid conditions Friday at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a single division was necessary for each series with their finals scheduled for next Friday (February 19). Ainsleynoelle pulled off a mini upset against seven rivals in the $18,000 Ontario Girls second leg. Driven by Randy Waples, Ainsleynoelle got a pocket trip and was able to convert in the lane for a 1:55.2 score at 7/1. Mach Magic cut the mile, but gave way late to finish second by a length. Pinky Tuscadero finished third. Amazing Control, who won a first leg division, finished fourth, while the favourite Double Olives was sixth. A four-year-old daughter of Jereme's Jet, Ainsleynoelle is trained by Colin Johnson for owners Debbie Element, David Heffering and Ecurie JGV Enrg. Friday's victory was her first win in six starts this season and eighth victory overall. Ainsleynoelle, who finished fifth in a first leg division last week, now has over $89,000 in career earnings. She paid $17.40 to win. Ainsleynoelle In order to be eligible to the Ontario Girls, the Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Despite a first-quarter break, War N Munn scored another impressive victory in the $17,000 second leg of The Count B Series. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn got away fourth, but made a quick break heading towards the first turn and was brought to the outside. Once off the pylons and back pacing, Drury sent his charge to the lead in the second-quarter. War N Munn was mistake-free in the final three-quarters and cruised to a three-length victory in 1:55. Gotti finished second, while The Loan Ranger was third. Three Truths, who won a first leg division, finished fourth. A three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn is now two for two in The Count B Series and 2016. He is trained by Carmen Auciello for owner George Munniksma. War N Munn now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $60,000. He paid $3.10 to win. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three-races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. War N Munn Live racing has been cancelled for Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack due to the projected extreme cold temperatures. Live racing resumes Monday night (February 15). Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Winter harness racing action ramped up Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with round one of The Count B and Ontario Girls Series. Each series featured a pair of divisions for their opening leg. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were split into two $17,000 The Count B divisions, while 15 Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares competed in two $18,000 Ontario Girls splits. The Count B Series for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings saw the first split go to a newcomer north of the border. War N Munn went gate to wire for a 1:54.1 victory. The son of Stonebridge Regal shipped in from the Kerin Warner barn into the care of trainer Carmen Auciello. Driven by Jonathan Drury, War N Munn fired out to the front and got to dictate the pace. After posting panels of :27.4, :57.1 and 1:25.2, War N Munn opened up several lengths of separation and cruised home in :28.4 for a 6¾ lengths victory. St Lads Charger, who sat fourth for the majority of the mile, finished second, while New Standard came from last to finish third. War N Munn is owned by George Munniksma. The sophomore pacer was making his 2016 debut after winning two of nine starts as a rookie for earnings of $43,011. War N Munn established a new career mark with his 1:54.1 victory. He paid $10.10 to win. War N Munn The combination of Drury and Auciello appeared to have a good shot to sweep The Count B first leg, as they teamed up with the 3/5 favourite Big Bang Boom in the second split. Drury stepped on the accelerator at the start and blasted Big Bang Boom to the lead. The Auciello trainee went untouched through solid fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.1 to lead by almost five-lengths turning for home. Three Truths, the 7/2 second choice, came out from fifth around the final turn for driver Sylvain Filion and sat seven-lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Big Bang Boom ran out of steam at the eighth-pole and was swallowed up by a hard-charging Three Truths, who stopped the clock in 1:55.1. Gotti finished two-lengths back in second, while Big Bang Boom held on to hit the board in third. A son of Shadow Play, Three Truths is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Ratchford Stable and Brian Shebib. The Count B opening leg victory is the first win in four starts this season for the sophomore pacer. Three Truths won three of eighth starts last season and now has a career bankroll of $23,060. Friday's clocking of 1:55.1 established a new career mark for the son of Shadow Play. Three Truths paid $9.50 to win. Three Truths The Ontario Girls Series kicked off with a fantastic stretch duel in the first division. Much Adoo, the 9/5 favourite, got away second, but was quickly circled to the lead in the second-quarter by driver Doug McNair. Fresh off her Blizzard Series victory, Double Olives found a seat in fourth and sat there until angling out first-over just after the half. Much Adoo posted middle-fractions of :57 and 1:25, while Double Olives pulled to within less than a length of the lead turning for home. In the stretch, the public's top two choices went toe-to-toe with Much Adoo holding off a battling Double Olives to win by a length in 1:54. Pinky Tuscadero, who sat second-over turning for home, finished third. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo picked up her second win in three starts this season for trainer Cody Henry. She is owned by Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Much Adoo increased her career earnings to over $97,000 with her seventh career victory Friday. She paid $5.90 to win. Much Adoo In the second division, Amazing Control came through as the even-money favourite for a 1:55.1 victory. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Amazing Control was able to get a pocket trip in behind Twin B Sweetheart. The leader cut out fractions of :27.2, :57.4 and 1:26.3, while Amazing Control was primed to pop the pocket in the lane. In the stretch, Jamieson pulled on the right line and Amazing Control powered by Twin B Sweetheart to win two-lengths. Tilkum finish third. A daughter of Shadow Play, Amazing Control is trained by Meg Crone for owners Hutt Racing Stable. The four-year-old pacing mare now has two wins in four starts this season. Amazing Control increased her career earnings to over $83,000 with her fourth career victory Friday. She paid $4.20 to win. Amazing Control The Count B and Ontario Girls Series resume next Friday (February 12) with round two. In order to be eligible to The Count B, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of three races or $40,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Ontario sired four-year-old pacing mares, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015, were eligible to the Ontario Girls Series. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening leg of the Ontario Boys Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Veteran harness racing trainer Tommy Jackson was diagnosed with Cancer three years ago and even for a fleeting moment he thought his days were numbered. But the battler from Magra regrouped and decided the best way to tackle the problem, other than medication, was to take a positive attitude and that included buying a horse and getting back into training as small team after taking a year off. At UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night Jackson prepared Finn Mac Kee to win the Eric Reece Memorial, the horse he bought just before he was diagnosed with his illness. It was Finn Mac Kee that kept him going and now he feels on top of the world and doing what he loves most. "I believe Finn Mac Kee is a horse going places and who knows he might he the one I've been looking for all my life," Jackson said. "When he first came to me he had his share of issues but I remained patient and now it's paying off," he said. Finn Mac Kee was well driven by Paul Hill who was quick to act when one of the favourites Sparkling took off three-wide to attack for the lead but when he was unable to cross to the one-out line Finn Mac Kee had cover in the three-wide line for the last lap. When Hill called on the Stonebridge Regal four-year-old gelding for the big effort in the home straight he sprinted clear and left his rivals in his wake. Finn Mac Kee hit the line over eight metres clear of Witch Master with Alpinion almost a metre away third. Jackson said Finn Mac Kee will head to the spelling paddock tomorrow for a six-week break. Peter Staples

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) scored her first win in the local Open Pace for harness racing Fillies and Mares on Friday night at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. Just two weeks removed from a track record-matching effort in which she won in 1:52.2, the Melissa Beckwith-trained Bye Bye Michelle moved out to the early lead in Friday’s $19,250 feature for distaffers. The five year old mare was strong in the stretch and held off Ella V Horse (Stephane Bouchard) who came on for second while Wanna Rock N Roll (Billy Dobson) earned the show spot in the 1:53 mile. Bye Bye Michelle returned $6.90 to win and led and exacta and triple that came back $31.80 and $59, respectively. Live racing continues on Saturday night at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm.   Mike Sardella

Bye Bye Michelle (Stonebridge Regal) matched the track record for harness racing aged pacing mares in Friday's feature at Saratoga Casino and Raceway. The five year old mare moved out to the early lead in the 'Winners Over' for distaff pacers and withstood a first half that went in a sizzling 54.4. Driver Mark Beckwith asked Bye Bye Michelle for her best heading towards three quarters and she paced away from her rivals before stopping the timer in 1:52.1, a time that matches the track record for an aged pacing mare. Pocket sitter Bell On Wheels (Western Hanover) finished a distant second while Campanile (Austin Siegelman) closed for third. Bye Bye Michelle's victory, which gave her a new lifetime mark, was her second in as many weeks while going for a purse of $13,000. Live racing continues at Saratoga on Saturday night with first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella

Veteran harness racing trainer Tommy Jackson hasn't been in the best of health this past year but his love of horses and the thrill of training them has kept him on the right side of the dirt. At UBET Park Hobart on Sunday night a three-year-old named Finn Mac Kee delivered a brilliant win at only his second start to give the trainer a much needed boost. Finn Mac Kee (Stonebridge Regal-Scarlett Finn) showed blistering early speed to lead from the outside front-row barrier (7) and when driver Paul Hill called on him to extend in the straight he delivered the goods. He hit the line two metres clear of Gifted Courage with Be Good Franklin almost 16 metres away third. It was an emphatic win and the flashy black gelding delivered a sub two-minute mile rate of 1.59.3 over the 1609-metre trip to suggest there are more wins in store. "I haven't been in the best of health, so to perk myself up I went and bought a couple of horses and this fella looks like he'll make the grade," Jackson said. Peter Staples

Stonebridge Regal (1:48.2), the first son of former champion pacer Artsplace to become available to breeders in Tasmania, will stand the coming season at Elderslie Horse Care and Spelling, conducted by Sue Streit, Elderslie, near Brighton for a fee of $1,750. The Elderslie property has been developed into one of the most up-to-date breeding nurseries on the Island, and Stonebridge Regal looks certain to play a real part in placing it on the Standardbred breeding map. Stonebridge Regal, a striking bay horse, foaled in 2002 has his oldest stock racing as four-year-olds and from his first two crops he has to date sired 36 individual winners. This season he has been represented by 30 winners of 79 races - including 10 three-year-olds - headed up by the Menangle winners Hez A Dude (1:54.6) and Del Piero (1:56.1), the Breeders Crown finalist Regal Ambition (1:58.1), the Vicbred heat winner Whenmechief 1:59.5 (8 wins) and the Bathurst Gold Tiara winner Regal Ashes (1:58.7). Despite having only previously stood on the mainland, Stonebridge Regal has achieved a tremendous strike rate of winners-to-foals from only a handful of mares bred in Tasmania. Karalta Dazzler, the winner of eight races and $56,936 in stakes, Tania Maree (9 wins and $44,370), Jane Grant (5 wins),  Regal Idea (6 wins) and the Bandbox heat winner Ark Breeze (2 wins) have been Tasmanian winners by Stonebridge Regal from his first crops. Stonebridge Regal, who was first at the stud in Canada, has total progeny earnings of more than $8-million in four countries – USA, Canada, New Zealand and Australia. In America his stock have earned $7-million with one in 1:50, 44 in 1:55 and 21 $100,000 winners including the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold champions Gallant Seelster 1:50.4 ($244,419) and Right On Molly 1:53.4 ($179,025). While his NZ crops have produced the recent winners Shes Got Issues 1:58.3, whose eight successes include the NSW Golden Easter Egg, Wee Jimmy 1:58.5 (Albion Park), Our Braxton (1:59.9), Black Regal Princess (1:59.5), Diamond King (unbeaten in 2 starts) and Moon Angel (3 wins). Stonebridge Regal was a top racehorse himself, winning in excess of $1-million, and he recorded five sub 1:50 race-winning miles. His most important successes were the Diplomat Series, the North America Cup elimination (2nd in Final) and the Meadowlands Pace elimination, in which he defeated Rocknroll Hanover in 1:49.6. On the score of blood Stonerbridge Regal lacks nothing. His sire Artsplace (1:49.4) was a champion with stake earnings of $3,085,083 and has been one of America’s top sires for some time. Lady Joanna (1:53.6), the dam of Stonebridge Regal, is one of only a few mares to leave two sub 1:50 performers in Stonebridge Regal (1:48.2) and Lease On Life (1:48.2). In all, Lady Joanna is the dam of 12 foals, 11 starters and eight individual winners. The first three dams of Stonebridge Regal left 24 winners between them. Transported semen for Stonebridge Regal is available throughout Australia. For further information contact Sue Streit on (03) 6268 5213 or 0409 104 718. Hez A Dude winning at Menangle By Peter Wharton

JULY 31, 2015 - Driver Randy Waples captured a pair of three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots events at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with horses trained by one of his harness racing heroes. "Growing up in this business, he's the guy that everybody always wants to drive for, so when you find yourself lucky enough to be driving for him it's a rush every time," said Waples of Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "I have my heroes in the business too, and being able to drive horses for a guy like that, it's a rush." Waples kicked off the Grassroots program with a win, steering Regal Sight to a 1:52.3 score from Post 6. The pair took control heading for the half and was never headed, sailing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite Ace Of Clubs. The Fire Within was three lengths back in third. "He raced really well," said Waples. "He got a little hot behind the gate last week and made a break, but he was back to himself tonight." The win was the first this season for Regal Sight, who had posted one second and two thirds in the first three Grassroots events. Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON bred and own the son of Stonebridge Regal and You See L A, who currently sits seventh in the division point race with 99. Regal Sight Waples and McIntosh recorded their second victory in the fourth Grassroots division, with the Milton, ON resident giving Artful Way a come-from-behind steer. Starting from Post 9, Waples eased Artful Way onto the rail in fifth and waited until the three-quarter marker to shift into the outer lane behind fan favourite Southwind Indy. Turning for home two and one-half lengths behind leader Feeling Cam Lucky, Waples shifted Artful Way into high gear and the gelding powered down the stretch to get a head in front of Feeling Cam Lucky and Southwind Indy in 1:51.3. "He's been drawing horrible lately. He's had a 10 and two nines his last three starts down here, so he hasn't really been able to get into the race. Tonight he had his nose right on the gate and when I looked over there looked like there was going to be a couple spots available, so it just really worked out good for him," said Waples of the Artistic Fella son. "Usually if you can get him in the middle somewhere he doesn't mind first over. He can grind away first over pretty good. He's win two or three times like that. "He can take a lot of air, he just seems not to get tired," added Waples. "He's got a big motor; a big motor and a big set of lungs." McIntosh bred and owns Artful Way, who was also a winner in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 2. In the other two Grassroots legs the gelding finished fifth and third, giving him a total of 117 points and sole ownership of fourth in the division standings with two regular season events remaining. Artful Way Bob Ben And John gave his connections a nice parting gift in the second Grassroots division. The Sportswriter gelding, who is entered in the Tattersalls Mixed Sale on Aug. 1, scored his first win of 2015 with a 1:53.3 front-end triumph over Windsong Lord and Halton Hurricane. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the victory for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON and owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge and Adriano Sorella of Milton. Following the race Sorella took to Twitter to say farewell to the gelding: "Thanks for the memories Bob. Best of luck in your new home." Friday's win boosted Bob Ben And John into eighth in the point race, making him a more attractive acquisition for a new owner hoping to participate in the Grassroots post season. Bob Ben And John Sporting The Look also jumped up the standings with his victory in the third division. Another son of Sportswriter, Sporting The Look powered out of the pocket and past pacesetter Twin B Scandal to claim his second straight Grassroots win in a personal best 1:51.2. Mach Code rounded out the top three. Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the victory for his father Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON and his partners 30 Plus Stable of Trenton, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. Two wins and one eighth in Grassroots competition give Sporting The Look 101 points, putting him in sixth. Sporting The Look The final Grassroots trophy of the evening was awarded to the connections of His Boy Elroy, who also used come-from-behind tactics to secure the victory. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic urged His Boy Elroy down the stretch to a one-quarter length win over Sugarsam and Make Some Luck in a personal best 1:51.4. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Jean Guy Belliveau for Dan MacRae of Baddeck, NS. Through three Grassroots starts the colt now has one win, one second and one eighth-place result for a total of 76 points. His Boy Elroy The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack for the fifth Grassroots event of their season on August 21. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Tuesday, August 4 with three $70,000 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

Rock N Joe (Kilowatt) became a repeat harness racing winner in the Spa Spring Claiming Series at Saratoga Casino and Raceway on Thursday evening. The four year old pacer swooped the group in career best fashion to prevail in the series' second leg. After getting claimed in leg one, Rock N Joe (Bruce Aldrich Jr) scored for his new connections by outclosing his rivals in the stretch following a three wide journey. It was the third consecutive victory for Rock N Joe who will head into next week's final as the only pacer capable of a series sweep following his 1:55.4 lifetime best score on Thursday. The other division of the series saw another pacer prevail for his new connections following a leg one claim. Regalwood (Stonebridge Regal) moved out to the early lead and never had an anxious moment before drawing away to a convincing victory in 1:55.3. The five year old pacer, who was piloted by Austin Siegelman, punched his ticket to next week's final for new trainer Don Sherman who co-owns with Jessica Roegner. Both leg two winners' victories came by the exact same margin of one and ¾ lengths. The series final for the pacers will take place on Saturday June 27th and goes for a purse of $16,300. Leg two of the Spa Spring Claiming Series for trotters takes place on Friday night. Live racing continues on Friday at Saratoga with a first post time set for 6:45pm. Mike Sardella  

There are only five TAB Carnival Of Cups meetings remaining this season however a number of horses still remain in contention to be crowned the series' leading pacer. With $5,000 on offer to the horse's owners, some trainers will look to compete at the remaining harness racing meetings in a bid to secure vital points. Every winner at a Carnival of Cups meeting receives three points, the runner up gets two points while third picks up one. Hollywood Sign set up a healthy lead after winning races at four meetings and placing third at another for trainer Trevor White but has since been sold and now is prepared by Victorian horseman Brent Lilley. The son of Life Sign has a three point lead over five pacers including Eugowra's Canola Cup winner Holm Three. Snoop Stride will compete at Cootamundra on Sunday afternoon and should the son of Stonebridge Regal win the final event he will join Hollywood Sign on thirteen points. The Turnbull family dominate the trainers and drivers points tables with Steve more than 100 points clear of his nearest rival in the training division while Amanda has a 42 point lead over her father in the leading driver tally.   LEADING HORSE HOLLYWOOD SIGN 13 HOLM THREE 10 MOUSE IN THE HOUSE 10 READ ABOUT LEXY 10 RISEANDRISEAGAIN 10 SNOOP STRIDE 10* DENISES LEGACY 9* MITHRYS MAGIC 9 STRATHLACHLAN ANDY 9* LEXUS ON THE BEACH 8 PEPPERALL 8 SOKYS BIGBULLET 8* STENING 8* *racing at Cootamundra this Sunday       LEADING TRAINER A S TURNBULL 145 S J SNUDDEN 41 S P TRITTON 36 B J HEWITT 33 D M HEWITT 22     LEADING DRIVER A J TURNBULL 85 A S TURNBULL 43 C R BELL 35 D N MORAN 32 B J HEWITT 27   Greg Hayes

Racing expands to three nights a week with the trotters and pacers now competing under the Watch and Wager LLC banner on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. A $5,500 Open Pace heads the Friday action. St Lads Lotto, who has rattled off five straight victories while steadily working his way up the class ladder here, looks to keep the momentum going in that main event. A 12-race card is set with a first post of 6:10 and the Open Pace goes as the third event on the program. A 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Stonebridge Regal, St Lads Lotto races for Ferne and Jack Frydman with Mark Winacott the conditioner and Steve Wiseman at the controls. He leaves from the assigned outside post in the field of six. The dark-hued performer began his winning streak while racing in a conditioned event on November 9 and has been unbeatable since that night. While he raced up close and personal in one of those tallies, he has used a powerful late kick to get the job done in the other decisions, the last four having coming with Wiseman in the sulky. St Lads Lotto established a new career standard when he accounted for the November 6 Open by an impressive four lengths and stopped the timer in 1:52 3/5. Sent off the 4-5 chalk in his most recent outing, he came from far back to be up by a half-length, coming his final quarter in :26 3/5 and stopping the clock in 1:52 4/5 that evening. China King was his most immediate victim in that affair while going off at 22-1 and will be making his third start since coming in from Pocono Downs, where he was a 1:51 2/5 victor last month. Gene Vallandingham conditions the son of American Ideal for Gary and Jennifer Sabot and Chip Lackey will again do the honors. Completing the field from the rail out are J C Onthebeach with Dave Siegel; Mar Dream, Mooney Svendsen; Cenalta Power for Ryan Grundy; and A Real Miracle, who will have Luke Plano giving directions. Brewski is doing her mother proud After capturing the first Sire Stakes of the meeting for the sophomore pacing fillies two weeks ago, Brewski came right back and proved a punctual odds-on favorite in a conditioned affair last weekend for owner/breeders Billie Schwartz and Junior Wilkinson and pilot Luke Plano. Wilkinson conditions the daughter of Little Steven and she is out of the Tulane mare Wooski, who was also a stakes winner for the Schwartz/Wilkinson combination and is enjoying some pretty good success with her first to the races. “This is the second generation for Billie and I,” Wilkinson noted. “We bred Wooski and now we have Brewski. We’ve also got a 2-year-old out of her named Couldbe Dancing who is getting ready to qualify. “Wooski was a real talented mare,” Junior related. “Unfortunately, she kicked a wall when she was 3 and missed a lot of stakes opportunities. She did come back and race at 4 with a 1:54 mark, but she really wasn’t the same.” As for Brewski, she only raced once last year and has posed for pictures following five of her 20 trips to the post this season. She lived up to her heavy back in that December 7 Sire Stakes assignment, then came right back with a solid decision at most recent asking while lowering her career standard to 1:57 1/5 in the process. “She’s getting better with each start,” her mentor said. “There are three more stakes races for her early next year and then we’ll go from there.” In the meantime, Brewski will suit up in Friday’s first race as she continues to stay on her toes for the next stakes assignment the chance to add even more trophies to her mantle. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness              

The first Sire Stakes of the meeting saw King Of The Crop picking up right where he left off during the spring, posing for pictures as he added another harness racing trophy to the mantle for his owner/breeder Frank Nevarez. The 3-year-old pacing son of Little Steven, who is now conditioned by Gordie Graham, was driven for the first time in evening action by Bruce Clarke and got the job done in game, first-over fashion despite making his initial start since late June at Balmoral Park. I got King Of The Crop at the end of August, Graham informed. Hes a nice, quiet and laid back horse with a touch of class. I was able to get two qualifiers into him and then he was going to make a start before the stakes, but he had a little mucus and we had to scratch. Despite missing a start that could have had him nice and tight for the stakes engagement, King Of The Crop did not disappoint his many backers while prevailing by a length over Tony Cheesecake in last weeks stakes clash. I was actually surprised so many horses fired out of there at the start, but the quarter was only :29, Gordie said. Bruce said he didnt want to go to the front, so he was pretty patient with him in the early going. It all worked out. Graham, who currently has 10 performers for Nevarez, is looking ahead with this pacer and likes what he sees. There are three more Sire Stakes races, but theyre somewhat spread out so well be racing him sparingly. I think he could turn out to be a very nice horse down the road. In the meantime, there are three more big-money races for this division to be contested, and theres no question the one they have to beat. Open Pace brings out St Lads Lotto St Lads Lotto, who has rattled off three straight victories while steadily working his way up the class ladder, puts that streak on the line in Saturday nights $6,000 Open Pace at Cal Expo. A 12-race card is on tap with first post set for 6:10. A reminder that the trotters and pacers are now in action on Saturday and Sunday nights, with Friday racing being added to the schedule beginning on December 26. St Lad Lotto is a 4-year-old Ontario-bred son of Stonebridge Regal who carries the banner of Ferne and Jack Frydman, is conditioned by Mark Winnacott and will have Steve Wiseman at the controls while doing his work from the No. 6 slot in a field of 10. A 1:52 winner last season at Mohawk, the dark-hued performer had to settle for minor awards in his first two starts at this meet, but has had his picture taken three times in a row since. The most recent came two weeks ago when he rallied from last to get the job done over a sloppy track with Wiseman giving directions. Set to line up against the razor-sharp Winnacott trainee are Paydaze on the Way; Stable Eyes; China King; Mar Dream; P H Jackpot; No Gin; Rusty Skip; Cenalta Power; and A Real Miracle. Cenelta Power captured the November 15 Open Pace in an 11-1 upset in his local debut. The Alberta invader is owned, trained and driven by Ryan Grundy. He sat a tracking trip in last months score and ignited when it counted to be up by a half-length that evening for his fifth score on the season. There are now four wagers here each night that feature a reduced 16% takeout rate. They are the 50-cent Pick 5; the Jackpot 6: the Pick 4 and the Hi-5 on the nitecap. By Mark Ratzky, publicity Cal Expo Harness

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