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CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - After seeing her harness racing win streak broken by the boys last week, Dreamfair Zenfire will try to start a fresh one against the girls Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. With 12-dashes on tap the Capital oval sees action commence at 6 P.M. The $2,550 featured fillies and mares pace lines up in race 11 of the evening and Dreamfair Zenfire is the top choice from post 4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. The Sunfire Blue Chip four-year-old mare had five straight wins against the Open Pacing Mares then had to face the preferred 2 boys last Saturday in Charlottetown where she finished fourth. Her path to victory on Thursday will involves defeating five top notch pacing mares including fellow Open mare Woodmere Chella (To be driven by Corey MacPherson) from post 5. Temagami Seelster has post 3 in the class with Kenny Arsenault aboard the nine-time winning daughter of Sunshine Beach. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks sees the return to female racing a major plus in Dreamfair Zenfire's path to the winner's circle. "Dreamfair Zenfire saw her winning streak come to end when she finished fourth to Cowboy Logic. It's looks like she'll be bossing it tonight and if she does clear expect her to be smiling in the winner's circle again." Also in the field are The Time To Win (Adam Merner), Lean On Who (Gilles Barrieau) and Filly Forty Seven (Jason Hughes). A pair of trotting mares face their male counterparts in the race 8 Open Trot for a $2,350 pot. Island Oceans Trot Series champion Daisy River (Hughes) has post 2 in the field for trainer William Lanigan with fellow mare Sailor Blue (Ken Murphy) leaving off the rail. The top contenders are co-track record holders Mile Hill Willie (Barrieau) and Freddie (Campbell) from posts 4 and 5, respectively. Post 3 belongs to Glider Man (David Dowling). For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Temagami Seelster may have seen her harness racing win streak stop at five races but she will look to reignite that flame in the Thursday evening feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday presentation has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the featured fillies and mares pacers putting their noses on the gate in race 11. Brodie MacPhee will steer Temagami Seelster in the field of eight from the Tom Weatherbie stable for Nova Scotia owners David Mercer, Wayne McGean and Joseph Lewis. The three-year-old daughter of Sunshine Beach was undefeated in her first five starts on red soil before finally being defeated on Sept. 24. Leaving from post 4, she will face some rugged company again on Thursday including 1:54.4 winner Miss Kabana (To be driven by Vincent Poulton) from post 3 and $400,000 earner Much Adoo (Gilles Barrieau) from post 7. Peter MacPhee with the Post Time Picks sees a return to Temagami Seelster's winning ways. "Temagami Seelster was a bang up third to Filly Forty Seven last week closing in a snappy 28.3. She should get another good trip from here and with the way she can fire home she could hit the wire first." Other entries in the field of featured pacers are Collective Wisdom (Kenny Arsenault), Better Be In Love (Jason Hughes), Tell Me Why (Corey MacPherson), Miss Sangria (Adam Merner) and Traces Of Purple (Marc Campbell). The lone trot class of the evening lines up in race 6 with Banker Twentyfive making his East Coast debut for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Charles Symes of Springhill, N.S. A seven-time winner, the five-year-old son of Break The Bank K boasts over $106,000 in career earnings and a 1:55.4 record taken at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. His last start was also in Pennsylvania where he made a break at Pocono Downs. Banker Twentyfive's top rivals on the Thursday card are Majian Chester (Ken Murphy) and Professor Gordon (Merner). Catch all the action on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by NIcholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 22, 2020 - Grand River Raceway wraps up its 2020 harness racing season with eight $15,000 Prospect Series Finals on Friday, Sept. 25 and local trainers Chris Matthews and Don Lindsey are hoping their colts can finish off the season on a winning note. Kodiak Seelster leads the freshmen pacing colts into the final with 100 points from two Prospect Series wins, both of them from Post 1, and Matthews and the Sunshine Beach colt will be back at the rail in Friday's sixth race. "He's horrible on the front. I don't think he even won a training trip all year on the front end," said Matthews with a laugh. "But he had the rail that start at Grand River (Aug. 21) and on the half I figured you better use your post to your advantage, and he just barely held on that night. Then at Flamboro (Sept. 15) he made front and he actually was a lot better on the front in that race. So he's maybe figuring it out." Guelph resident Matthews trains and drives Kodiak Seelster for his co-owners Desmond Scott of Orangeville, Jeff Bryan of Amaranth and Todd Williams of Guelph, ON. The group acquired Kodiak Seelster from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $29,000 for the half-brother to $1 million winner Kendall Seelster and $416,632 winner Karma Seelster. "I bought him out of the ring to be honest with you. I said, 'Holy geez, we really can't let that colt go that cheap'. I think I bid once on him and then we hit him one more time and we owned him. I didn't think we'd be able to afford him, but you know what, we're happy with him," said Matthews, who worked with Karma Seelster as part of trainer Gregg McNair's staff. "It's a tough year for colts so thank God for the Prospect Series. He can get a little experience and get a little money on his card." Kodiak Seelster started his season at the Grassroots level, finishing fourth in the July 20 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but a lackluster effort in an Aug. 13 overnight event at the Milton oval prompted Matthews and his partners to try the Prospect Series. "He was always really nice gaited, nicest gaited colt I've ever trained down. He always paced the turns great training down. We even paid the payment for the Jug, because I said if there's one thing he's going to be good at is on a half," said Matthews. "So he threw in a bit of a stinker at Mohawk and I said well, the Prospect is at Grand River and I wanted to try him on the half, so I told my partners, let's try him there and see how he handles it, and he liked it. So we'll see what happens Friday, hopefully we got lucky with the post and we can get lucky the win." Like Kodiak Seelster, Don Lindsey trainee Hall Of Secrets heads into the three-year-old trotting colt final off a win in the last regular season leg. The Angus Hall son and driver David Boughton cruised to a front end victory at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 13 and will be looking for their third win of the season from Post 3 in Race 11 on Friday. "He was very good his last start. He's been inconsistent this summer," said Fergus, ON resident Lindsey. "He's showed some really good miles and he's showed some not spectacular performances. I thought when we shut him down last year that he would fill out and be a big strong horse and be a little better than he turned out to be. He seems to be getting a little better lately, but he started off the year just a little behind where we thought he might be." Hall Of Secrets finished the regular season in second spot in the standings with 108 points, 92 behind leader Los Ballykeelamigo who went undefeated in four Prospect Series starts. Los Ballykeelamigo and driver Scott Young will start from Post 5 in Friday's final, and Lindsey is hoping Boughton can use that to his advantage. "I'm very happy that we drew inside the Ballykeel horse, he's definitely the one to beat," said Lindsey. "I imagine Dave can work something out if we're inside. He showed a good turn of foot last time, so I imagine he can race him either way." The trainer's father Paul Lindsey of Fergus, ON owns Hall Of Secrets, who was a $15,000 purchase out of the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. Post time for Grand River Raceway's 2020 finale is 6:30 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will wrap up the Friday, Sept. 25 program in Races 4 through 11. Attendance is limited to 100 registered guests (click here for registration information), but fans can download a program and watch all the action on the Grand River Raceway live stream. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The hottest harness racing filly on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will again taking a step up in competition as Temagami Seelster looks to extend her win streak to six on Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday presentation has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the featured $2,300 pace lining up in race 11. Temagami Seelster had post 3 in the compact field of five with Brodie MacPhee at the controls again this week for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Nova Scotia owners David Mercer, Wayne McGean and Joseph Lewis. The three-year-old Sunshine Beach filly won her fifth straight last week in Charlottetown. Her main rivals will be to her outside on Thursday evening. Better Be In Love gets Jason Hughes back in the bike for trainer Brendan Mullen from post 4 while 2017 Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven has post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Peter MacPhee in the Post Time Picks has Temagami Seelster on top in the evening feature. "Temagami Seelster fired off the wings and never looked back winning her fifth in a row on PEI. Has to move up and there is speed to her inside but we're confident Brodie maps out a trip and gets her to the wire first." Other entries in the pacing feature are Lean On Who (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Southwind Ion (David Dowling). The top trot of the night lines up in race 8 for a $2,150 purse with Labero the morning line choice from post 5 with Dowling driving for trainer Randy Van Meer and owner Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville, Ont. The six-year-old son of Kadabra has recorded six top-three finishes this season from 12 starts with his latest outing a third place finish to Mile Hill Willie and Hop Up while being race timed in 1:58.3. Those two foes are absent on Thursday evening but Labero will have to contend with past Open class winner Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) from post 5 and Maritime Champion Windmeredontuworry (Adam Merner) from post 6. Newcomer Cheeky Little Minx has post 2 for trainer-driver Barrieau after coming to P.E.I. from the New York racing circuit. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

Plainville, MA --- Massachusetts-bred 3-year-old Ry's Red Rocket (Sunshine Beach-Mo Molly Blue Chip) will be a formidable foe in the Massachusetts Sire Stakes that start later this month after she tuned up with a commanding win in the $15,000 feature harness racing pace at Plainridge Park on Thursday afternoon (Sept. 3). Matty "Ice" Athearn left with Ry's Red Rocket and dictated the entire race. After hitting the half in a pedestrian :57.1 with nobody arguing the point, Always About Paul (Jim Hardy) made a first-over move and attempted to challenge the leader. He did prompt a :28.1 third quarter but never got closer than a length away. After rounding the final bend, Ry's Red Rocket kicked away to a four-length lead and cruised home under a casual line drive to win in 1:54.1.   It was the fourth win of the year for Ry's Red Rocket ($4.00) who is owned by Linwood Higgins and trained by Gretchen Athearn. Matty and Gretchen Athearn completed a driver/trainer double after scoring the first lifetime win with Roll With Fire (1:57.2, $5.20). In the first of two $12,000 conditioned secondary features -- one for fillies and mares and one for colts and geldings -- Mary Goodnight (Shawn Gray) was locked in fifth on the pylons at the top of the lane when the one-path parted like the Red Sea, allowing Gray room to drive his mare into contention and then catch the front running American Arrow (Mitchell Cushing) at the wire by a head in 1:53. It was the second win in the last three starts for Mary Goodnight ($20.40) and owner Joey Mcwhinnie. Scott Rollins does the training. Then in the male split, Sea Isle City (Shawn Gray) sat the pocket behind Ok Kudo (Jay Randall) until they spiralled off the last turn where Gray pulled right line and flew right by the leader on his way to a 1:51.1 lifetime best victory. Sea Isle City ($11.60) captured his third win of the year for owners William Ethier and Barbara Ethier and trainer Jamie Gerard. Shawn Gray completed his day with a driving hat trick after winning also with Beast Mode (1:52.4, $10.20) Driver Mitchell Cushing had a double on Thursday as well. Racing resumes at Plainridge Park on Friday (Sept. 4) at 2 p.m. Friday's card features the $15,000 Nauset Light for 2-year-old pacers and the $15,000 Wood End Light for 2-year-old trotters. These races are annually a primer for the Massachusetts Sire Stake and 11 of the 16 starters on Friday are MASS eligible. The state-bred series starts at Plainridge Park on Sunday (Sept. 27). by Tim Bojarski, for the  Standardbred Owners of Massachusetts        

MILTON, ON - JUNE 29, 2020 - Just over eight months since her last appearance at Woodbine Mohawk Park, three-year-old pacing filly Alicorn returned to the Milton oval on Monday evening and marched straight back into the harness racing winner's circle. Making her sophomore debut in the first of three $73,067 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions, Canada's Two-year-old Pacing Filly of the Year eased away from Post 5 as Betalady led the field to a :26.2 opening quarter. After sitting briefly on the rail in third, driver Louis-Philippe Roy sent the fan favourite to the front and Alicorn rolled on to a :55 half and 1:23.3 three-quarters. Lauras Love and Rose Run Victoria mounted an attack in the lane, but Alicorn held them off for a three-quarter length victory in 1:50.4. "To come off of an eight month layoff and have to pace 1:50 and change her first start, that's not easy for any horse," said Chantal Mitchell, who trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. "She did the vast majority of the work in there tonight. I don't know if she could have gone faster if she was pushed, but she did what she had to do and I'm quite happy with her." To watch the race replay click here.  The Bettors Delight daughter came into Monday's Gold Series season opener off a trio of qualifiers on June 4, 11 and 18, with the most recent clocked in 1:52.2. Mitchell was confident that Alicorn was ready, but the Waterdown resident was still happy to get the win in the books. "There's always a lot of expectations. When the stakes schedule came out and she didn't have any races for a month then I scratched her from the (May 29) qualifier, and it was, you know people were losing their minds," Mitchell recalled. "They said, 'What's wrong with her?' It's fine, it's just I don't have anywhere to race her so I'm not going to qualify her this week, we'll qualify next week. I mapped out a plan for her after I had a stakes schedule so then it was - because everybody was questioning what I was doing - it was, hopefully I made the right decision." The winner of $536,907 wintered in North Carolina and Mitchell said, while she did not grow taller, Alicorn did fill out and looks stronger than she did as a two-year-old. "She's a lot thicker. She filled out a lot, and I think she filled out quite a bit just in the last two months. With all this extra time it did her some good. A lot of people were calling her fat tonight. I said it's a good thing she doesn't care what other people think because she would develop a complex," said Mitchell with a laugh. "It's like I said to one of her owners, it'll take a couple more of those 1:50 miles to get her back to her fighting weight, but she's starting in a good spot." Sex Appeal also started her sophomore campaign in a good spot, finding the OSS winner's circle for the first time. The Bettors Delight daughter and driver Trevor Henry caught the pacesetting Rose Run Vantage in the stretch to record the victory in a personal best 1:51. Fan favourite Rose Run Vantage settled for second and Saulsbrook Raven was third. "She's a nice filly, she's just starting to learn how to race. She grew up a lot from last year," said Henry, who drives Sex Appeal for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington. "Hopefully she keeps it up." To watch the race replay, click here. A Grassroots competitor at two, Sex Appeal now has three wins to her credit in four sophomore starts. The final Gold Series division went to All Day Sunshine and driver James MacDonald, who tracked Probert through the mile and then circled the stalled favourite in the stretch. All Day Sunshine sprinted all the way to the wire, getting a nose in front of So Delightful in a 1:52 personal best. Keystone Kalimba completed the top three. To watch the race replay, click here. "I was hoping to find a nice trip with her and get as much as we could, but Dan (Lagace) has the horse great and the trip worked out," said MacDonald. "When I gave her some racetrack, she did the rest." A Gold winner at two, Sunshine Beach daughter All Day Sunshine is owned by trainer Daniel Lagace of Cambridge, Christopher Nicol of Caledonia, ON and Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB. The three-year-old pacing fillies will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 17 for their second Gold Series Leg. Complete results for Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

LEBANON, OH - A jammed harness racing leader board atop the Omar Hiteman Memorial Series standings at Miami Valley Raceway makes for an interesting championship when the top nine money winners gather on Monday (Feb. 24) for the $20,000 final. The series commenced with 27 nominees who were all non-winners of two pari-mutuel races or $20,000 lifetime. The final preliminary leg was contested in two $12,000 divisions on Monday (Feb. 17) afternoon with Friday Night Blues and Sunshine's Finest each getting their initial wins in the series and securing spots in next week's 'big dance.' Friday Night Blues (Cam McCown) scored as the favorite over longshot Fast Track (John DeLong) and Big Bank Hank (LeWayne Miller). The 4-year-old altered son of Ohio stallion Pet Rock won ten races in 2019, but all at county fairs. After an uneventful month to start the 2020 season at Woodbine Mohawk Raceway, he was returned to Ohio and the care of Jessica McCown for the Hiteman late closer. Sunshine's Finest (Brett Miller) pulled a mild upset in the second split, topping favored Fishin For Apples (DeLong) and Velocity Komodo (Mark Evers) in 1:53.2. Owned by Thestable Sunshinesfinest, the winning 4-year-old son of Sunshine Beach also started the current campaign at Woodbine Mohawk before being shipped south to the Virgil Morgan Jr. Stable for this series. The nine finalists for the Hiteman Memorial, based on series earnings, will be Fishin For Apples, Sunshine's Finest, Friday Night Blues, Captain Sunshine, American Trademark, Fast Track, E R Hotshot, Farmers Only and Spoiled Rockin. The popular Survivor Series for male $5000 claiming pacers staged its final elimination round on Monday as well. The series started with 76 horses in eight divisions, was whittled to 40 in four divisions in Round 2, and reduced to ten finalists from a pair of Round 3 elimination heats. Purses in the first three elimination rounds escalated from $5000 to $6000 to $7500, while the final next Monday (Feb. 24) will chase a $20,000 bounty. Longshot Bettor Win (LeWayne Miller, 1:56, $40.60) and favored Hit And Giggle A (Brett Miller, 1:55.2, $6.40) managed narrow decisions in the final preliminary heats. The remaining finalists hoping to be crowned the King of the Bottom Claimers will be Amasa Al, Pence Hanover, Latenite Trick, River's Crest, I Am Will, A J Corbelli, Khan Blue Chip and Creighton Hanover. From Miami Valley Raceway

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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday six two-year-old harness racing pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of $29,400. One of the "pioneers" of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, Que., Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry when he was the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets which then became the Hippodrome de Montreal. During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, Que., one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. The seventh race Sunday is the Lucien Bombardier Pace and the morning line favorite is the Bettor's Delight filly, Hit By A Bus, who starts from post six for trainer/driver and Canadian Hall of Famer, Yves Filion. Hit By A Bus has but one win this year, and that was an impressive 1:54.3 victory at Mohawk Park. She had been racing in the Ontario Grassroots and is making her first appearance at the Hippodrome 3R for owners Brian Paquet, Thomas Kyron and Bayama Farms. The hometown favorite is Acaena De Chakrika in post five for driver Pascal Berube. This daughter of Sunshine Beach was the Future Stars Series Champion, leading from start to finish in the final in 2:00.2. Trained by Daniel Martin for owner/breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City, Acaena De Chakrika has yet to finish off the board in her eight starts this year with two wins, two seconds and four third place finishes.c Two other contenders, Tuggingoncredit (post one) and Mia Culpa (post 4) are making their debut at H3R and rounding out the field are Sophies Destiny (post two) and SOS Cupcake (post three). Post time is 1:00 pm. A free race program is available at www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

DUNDAS, ON - SEPT. 22, 2019 - Ontario's top harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies waged an epic battle at Flamboro Downs on Sunday night as they wrapped up their Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular season in a single $158,000 division. Top point earners Sunny Dee, Boadicea and Powerful Chris lined up at Posts 2, 4 and 10 in the 10-filly field and when the gate swung away all three were mixing it up through a sharp :26.3 opening quarter. Thats Incredible took a brief turn on the lead, followed by Summer Charm, but it was Sunny Dee who clocked the first fraction. Powerful Chris followed Sunny Dee away from the gate, keeping Boadicea out three-wide through the first turn before yielding to the fan favourite. Boadicea matched strides with Sunny Dee going by the :54 half, but driver Trevor Henry was able to regain a length advantage in the turn. Heading by the 1:22.2 three-quarters Boadicea again pressed the leader, but on the final turn Henry hit the accelerator and Sunny Dee turned for home with a clear advantage which she extended to two lengths by the 1:51.1 finish. Boadicea was an impressive second for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Bill Budd and Summer Charm finished third for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. "I didn't really think Billy's (Budd) horse might get around the turns as good as she does on the big track. Half-mile racing's a little different than mile racing," said Henry of his race strategy. "Sunny Dee's so good gaited I knew she wouldn't have a problem. "I tried to get away on JD (Drury) in the last turn because I knew his was struggling on the turns, so I got a few lengths on him," the Arthur, ON resident continued. "His horse raced well too, she was out the whole way and still was second, she's a hell of a filly too." The 1:51.1 clocking was an Ontario Sires Stakes and Flamboro Downs track record. The previous track record of 1:52 was set by Michelles Power in 2007, while the former Ontario Sires Stakes record of 1:52.2 was established by Chancey Lady at The Raceway at the Western Fair District in 2008. Bob McIntosh trains Sunny Dee and the Windsor resident and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH also bred the filly, who is a half-sister to $1.7 million winners Somewhere in L A and L A Delight. Henry has driven Sunny Dee in all but one of her 18 lifetime starts and the pair was also victorious in the June 1 Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Sunshine Beach filly was second twice and third once in her other three Gold Series starts, giving her a total of 162 points and ownership of third spot in the division standings behind Boadicea and Powerful Chris. The top 10 point earners will now begin preparations for the $225,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12. "It's a good field of fillies. It's a pretty tight bunch, they've raced tough all summer," said Henry of the top point earners, adding that the championship will likely come down to racing luck. "It'll definitely be the best trip, I think." The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Flamboro Downs before the regular season comes to a close. The Dundas half-mile will host the two-year-old trotting fillies on Wednesday, Oct. 2 for their last Gold Series event. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. 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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - There was a notable difference in the race paddock and the grandstand at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday as many horsemen and women and race fans were mourning the loss of popular harness racing driver and trainer, Mario Lachance. Lachance, 57, of Mirabel, died tragically on Saturday. His horse in the first race at H3R, DGs Frozen, was scratched. His son, Jonathan, courageously drove on this day as it is what his father would have wanted. To honor his memory, Jonathan wore his father's race colors at H3R Sunday. Mario Lachance raced most of his career in Quebec. He had 2,138 wins as a driver with purse earnings of more than $14.4 million. He also trained 313 winners with earnings of $2.9 million. Lachance leaves behind his wife Lynda Fortin, along with sons Matthieu and Jonathan, their spouses, grandsons Raphael and Timothe, and father Gilles. A full obituary and arrangements will be posted when available. On the racetrack there were four opening round divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies, each division racing for a purse of $7,500. After the three preliminary rounds of the Future Stars Series are completed, the top eight point earners return for their respective $55,000 finals on Sunday, September 9. In the third race, first division of the Future Stars Series for colts, it was a bitter-sweet victory for driver Jonathan Lachance with D Gs De Vito, who was trained by Jonathan's father, Mario Lachance. The race saw Sport Emilio BG and Francis Picard go right to the early lead with SOS Nostoppinmenow (Stephane Gendron) sitting the pocket season. Then before the half mile, Lachance came first over with the 1/5 race favorite D Gs De Vito and they were able to slip into the two-hole spot by the turn. When the field reached the backstretch, Lachance moved D Gs De Vito first-over against Sport Emilio BG, and those two locked horns past the three-quarters and around the final turn. Then in the stretch, D Gs De Vito was the strong horse and with a last quarter mile in :29, beat Sport Emilio BG by a half-length in 2:03. SOS Nostoppinmenow was third. It was the second straight win for GD Gs De Vito. The unbeaten son of Sportswriter paid $2.50 to win. He was bred and is owned by Daniel Surprenant of Saint-Valentin. In the sixth race second colt division, it was all YS Sunshine. This son of Sunshine Beach from the top mare Bolero Tallia, was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Driven by Stephane Gendron, YS Sunshine led from start to finish, holding the field at bay and drawing off in the stretch to win by three lengths in 2:01.2. Guinness Panic (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Angelo Benjo (Rodney La Framboise) third. YS Sunshine is trained by Michel Allard and paid $2.10 to win as the 1/9 wagering favorite. The first of the filly divisions was the fifth race where undefeated Hurryupatthebeach and driver Pascal Berube led from start to finish, scoring with ease by three and one-half lengths in 2:00. Her 2:00 clocking proved to be the fastest of the four divisions. The pocket-sitting D Gs Fairystarts (Jonathan Lachance) was second with Cooking The Speed (Stephane Gendron) third. It was the third straight win for Hurryupatthebeach and a lifetime mark. The daughter of Up The Credit is trained by Pierre Leclerc, who bred and co-owns the filly with Gina Bragagnolo of Louiseville. She paid $3.80 to win. In the eighth race second division of the Future Stars Series for fillies, it was Majekyca and driver Marie Claude Auger giving the early lead away to HP Xanadu and driver Stephane Brosseau. They raced that way until Auger pulled the ear plugs on Majelyca after the three-quarters and they came after HP Xanadu, collared the leader by the top of the stretch and went on to win by one and one-half lengths in 2:02.1. HP Xanadu was second with Broncos Sena (Pascal Berube) third. Trained by Martine Biron, Majelyca is sired by Windfall Blue Chip. She is owned by Bernard Jutras of Becancour, who co-bred her with Biron. She paid $4.60 to win. Track Notes: Requested ($3.70) won the ninth race pace in 1:56 for driver Francis Picard. It was his sixth win at H3R, making him the winningest horse this season. Both Stephanie Brosseau and Stephane Gendron had driving doubles. Coming up Tuesday evening at H3R is the opening round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. Post time is 6:30 pm. There is a free program for Tuesday's race card by visiting www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Wallkill, NY January 2 – Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the book for World-Class Harness Racing Pacer, Sunshine Beach is full and closed for 2018. “We are happy to see so many smart breeders and owners happy with Sunshine Beach’s offspring thus far and appreciate their continuing support.” said Tom Grossman, Principal at Blue Chip Farms.   Sunshine Beach bred 135 mares in Canada in 2015, 159 mares in 2016 and 199 mares in 2017. Captaintreacherous tasted defeat for the first time as a three-year-old, and much like when his father Somebeachsomewhere lost for the first time at 3 it took a world record performance to do it. Sunshine Beach and Brian Sears paced a dazzling 1:47.4 mile to equal the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths mile track   Sunshine Beach     Sunshine Beach Other world-class Blue Chip pacers are still available, including Roll With Joe and American Ideal in New York. Shadow Play and Bettor’s Delight remain open in Canada but are filling quickly. Champion Trotters, Credit Winner, Devious Man and E L Titan round out a solid Stallion roster at Blue Chip Farms this year. Credit Winner's Leading money winning son at $1.38M, Devious Man, stands for $4,000 while Muscle Hill’s son, E L Titan, stands for $6,000.    For booking inquiries, please contact Jean Brown-Clearwater, Jbrown@bluechipfarms.com or Ed Amezcua, eamezcua@bluechipfarms.com.

Blue Chip Farms is pleased to announce that the harness racing stallion Sunshine Beach’s book is full and closed for 2017. The World Champion son of Somebeachsomewhere is having a tremendous year in the breeding shed for a third year stallion with a total book in excess of 180 mares, highlighted by Fancy Creek Funny, Dam of One More Laugh ($2.6mm) This is exceptional for a third year stallion and demonstrates how pleased breeders are with his 2016 and 2017 foals, and their confidence in Sunshine Beach as the next top stallion in Canada.  On behalf of Seelster Farms and the Sunshine Beach Syndicate, Blue Chip thanks the breeding community for such strong support. Sunshine Beach beating Captaintreacherous Captaintreacherous tasted defeat for the first time as a three-year-old, and much like when his father Somebeachsomewhere lost for the first time at 3 it took a world record performance to do it. Sunshine Beach and Brian Sears paced a dazzling 1:47.4 mile to equal the fastest mile ever on a five-eighths mile track

There’s more and more talk in the breeding sector about how impressive the Sunshine Beach foals are – and little wonder when you look at the colt in the attached photos. Standing at Alabar’s farm in Auckland, Sunshine Beach’s first Southern Hemisphere foals are being born this spring. These foals are following on from his first North American crop foaled earlier this year. The rave reports about this first crop saw Sunshine Beach’s North American book grow from 135 mares in his first season to 159 this year – behind only Bettor’s Delight (166) and Sportswriter (163) amongst the Ontario based sires. A spectacular individual himself, Sunshine Beach is a world champion son of Somebeachsomewhere from the great Golden Miss family. His crowning glory on the racetrack is that he is the first horse ever to defeat the great Captaintreacherous. He did so as a three-year old in the $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine where he led with Captaintreacherous sitting outside him. At the end of a titanic stretch duel Sunshine Beach had his nose in front in a world record equalling 1:47.8. Sunshine Beach’s race career is even more spectacular given he battled painful kidney and bladder stones throughout his career. It’s going to be extremely exciting over the next few years to see which young sires step up to replace our industry’s aging super sires. Given his bloodlines and the quality of foals he’s producing, Sunshine Beach very much deserves to be in this conversation. $500,000 Battle of the Brandywine Harnesslink Media

Since the mid 1990s, the harness racing breeding scene in Australasia has been home to a resurgence in the Direct Scooter siring line and it shows no signs of tapering off anytime soon. From Direct Scooter line stallions such as  In The Pocket to Christian Cullen to Courage Under Fire to Mach Three, breeders have enjoyed access to some of the best siring talent available. Last years results announced the arrival of another descendant of Direct Scooter in Australasia in Somebeachsomewhere who had a sensational season down under with the brilliant Menin Gate and Waikiki Beach who each dominated their respective age groups in Australia. Somebeachsomewhere has dominated age group racing in North America in three of the last four years and is currently over $1,300,000 ahead of Bettor's Delight on the two year old siring charts this year. With Somebeachsomesomewhere only available via frozen semen and in limited supply, the market was wide open for a well performed son of Somebeachsomewhere to stand in Australasia. Alabar Bloodstock have taken the bull by the horns and have brought in the very well credentialed Sunshine Beach 1:47.8 ($977,438) From the first crop of Somebeachsomewhere in 2010, Sunshine Beach is from a very strong maternal family which keeps pumping out those elite level horses. The dam of Sunshine Beach is the unraced Artsplace mare Light Up. Apart from Sunshine Beach, Light Up has also produced horses of the quality of Safe Harbor 1:50.1 ($549,180), Warrawee Flare 1:50.3 ($524,095) and Western Moonlight 1:52.3 ($366,091 while one of her daughters in Warrawee Cammy has already produced Machal Jackson 1:50.1 ($562,715) The grand-dam is the smart Jate Lobell mare Lights On 1:54 (318,777) who has left eight winners at stud including the very smart two year old After Life 1:51.4 ($659,328) The third dam is the outstanding Flying Bret racemare Enroute 1:53.4 ($753,768) who apart from Lights On has also produced Take Flight 1:53.2 ($602,443), Flight Plan 1:50.1 ($394,251) and Bedeviled 1:55.3($326,212) It is a pedigree full of winners with several $500,000+ earners close up in the pedigree so Sunshine Beach lacks nothing in the breeding department. Sunshine Beach on the track was hindered throughout his career by kidney and bladder stones but when free from pain he produced some outstanding performances. At two, he had a handful of starts, winning in 1:52.2, running second in the $110,000 Nassagaweya Stakes and having a best placed time of 1:50.4 in his heat of the Metro Pace. Treated extensively in the break between his two and three year old seasons, Sunshine Beach came out at three and showed what a high class colt he was. His best performance was undoubtedly in the $500,000 Battle Of Brandywine Final at Pocono where he beat the champion colt Captaintreacherous in a life time best of 1:47.4 Other notable performances at three included the $284,000 Progress Pace at Dover Downs in 1:50.3, a Bluegrass Stakes win at the Red Mile in 1:48.2 plus two placings behind Captaintreacherous in time honoured classics. One was a second placing in the $500,000 Breeders Crown Final by a neck in 1:49.2 and the other was a third in the $635,000 Meadowlands Pace Final in 1:48.4. Sunshine Beach faced the starter 20 times between May and December at three for eight wins and eight placings and over $900,000. In fourteen of those twenty starts Sunshine Beach broke the 1:50 barrier. The kidney and bladder stone issues came back to haunt Sunshine Beach in a big way at four and his form wasn't what it should have been. After he was retired, Sunshine Beach went on the operating table to remove the most humongous golf ball sized kidney stone you will ever see. For Sunshine Beach to have raced as well as he did with that stone annoying him every inch of the way is a testament to how genuine and tough he was. Standing in Canada in his first year at stud in 2015, Sunshine Beach was very well received by breeders, covering 135 mares at $5,000. With Alabar having set his fee at $4,000 in Australasia, Sunshine Beach would seem great value for money and it would surprise us if he didn't serve as least as many mares down under as he did in Canada during this past breeding season there. Harnesslink Media.

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