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On Tuesday, harness racing's newest inductee to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Yves Filion, will be feted before the Quebec National Assembly in Quebec City. Filion, and his renowned Bayama Farms, are names that have resounded throughout North America in harness racing over the last few decades, and have resonated with the name of his home province, Quebec. Sponsored by his deputy in Argenteuil, Yves St-Denis, Yves Filion will be honored before the National Assembly with a special tribute for his immense contributions to the development of harness racing in Quebec for many years. Yves comes from a family steeped in harness racing history, the Filion's, which made itself known at all the North American Standardbred racetracks. But beyond the name Filion, there is the name Yves, a man who built himself and whom he radiated by his own exploits. For more than fifty years in the racing industry does not necessarily bring success, but for Yves, that was the case. Goliath Bayama, Leader Bayama, Rebeka Bayama, Naomi Bayama, Lady Bayama, champions of their time, is the fruit of the passionate work of a man who has possessed all the keys to this difficult art of developing champions. "This is such an honor," Filion said, "Something special that can happen only once in a lifetime. I am very proud and at a loss for words to express my feelings. With this honor and my induction to the Hall of Fame in August, it has made for a very good year. "If not for the many owners who supported me," Filion added, "My career would not have been so fulfilling. I must thank many of my owners including Réal Bélanger, Brian Paquet, Jacques Damours, Luc Paiement, Gaston Bibeau, Sylvain Deschenaux, Serge Godin, Gene Kruger, Normand Mondou and others helped me a great deal." Filion, 68, from Saint-Andre-D'Argent, has been one of Quebec's premier drivers and trainers for the better part of 30 years. He has driven in over 18,000 races and has 4,387 victories and earnings of over $26.7 million to his credit. He's also trained 273 winners and horses to earnings of nearly $3.7 million, and bred many successful horses at his Bayama Farms. Two of the most successful horses that he developed, trained and drove were millionaire pacing colts Runnymede Lobell and Goliath Bayama. Yves trained and drove Runnymede Lobell to victory in the 1988 North America Cup, his richest of 31 victories. Runnymede Lobell won over $1.6 million during his career. Goliath Bayama was another millionaire that Yves not only trained but bred. Considered his top trainee, Goliath Bayama won 25 races with earnings of over $1.5 million in his career. After his two-year-old season, Yves turned the driving duties over to his son Sylvain. The pair combined for a runner up finish in the North America Cup in his three-year-old campaign. As an older pacer, Goliath won both the Breeders Crown in 1:48.4 and then the US Pacing Championship in 1:48.2 in 2001 at the Meadowalnds. On August 19, 2001, Filion's Goliath Bayama set a Canadian record of 1:48.1 at Hippodrome de Montreal and then another of his trainees, Ring of Life, a horse he had purchased as a yearling, captured the Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. Filion's son, Sylvain drove both horses. Filion also bred, owned and trained the top pacing mare Rebeka Bayama, a multiple stakes winner who won 23 races and over $690,000 during her career. Filion also bred, trained and owned a number of Quebec champions including Goodtime Bayama, Sandy Bayama and Le Brave. Yves is a brother to Hall of Famer Herve Filion and the youngest of eight boys and two girls. His son, Sylvain Filion, was Canada's Driver of the Year in 2012, 2013 and 2015. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

CAMPBELLVILLE, November 11 - The 2016 Mohawk harness racing meet is set to close Monday evening and there will be zero drama in the race for top driver and top trainer. On Saturday evening, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau were recognized as leading driver and trainer, respectively, during the 2016 meet. Filion leads all drivers with 190 wins entering Monday's final card of the meet. Trevor Henry sits second in the standings with 143 victories. Filion's large lead in the wins category is topped by his impressive advantage in the earnings category. The Milton, Ontario resident has driven the winners of over $5.1 million during the Mohawk meet, $2.1 million more than Henry ($3 million). Over on the training side, Moreau enters the final card of the Mohawk meet with 93 victories, 36 wins ahead of nearest rival Carmen Auciello. Moreau's stable has earned over $1.8 million this season at Mohawk, which is second only to Jimmy Takter's earnings of $2 million. Filion and Moreau's strong numbers during the Mohawk meet have them well-ahead to capture their second consecutive WEG Driving and Training titles. An 11-race card will wrap up the 2016 Mohawk meet Monday. Filion has 10 drives on the card, while Moreau has five horses scheduled to compete. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 31 - Harness racing driver Sylvain Filion became the newest member of the $100 million club on Halloween night at Mohawk Racetrack. The 47-year-old resident of Milton, Ontario entered Monday's card $8,807 away from $100 million in career earnings and used a pair of second-place finishes in $18,000 Autumn Series divisions to reach the milestone. Filion was out of town last weekend at The Meadowlands for the Breeders Crown and earned $150,500 in four championship races to quickly pull up on the $100 million mark. The veteran reinsman is in the midst of another strong season with 283 wins, including two on Monday, and over $7.1 million in earnings. The 2016 Mohawk meet is currently in the final week of the season and Filion has already locked up another driving title. Following Monday's card, Filion is 48 wins ahead of nearest rival Doug McNair. Filion, a winner of 8,327 races, has driven the winners of over $5 million in eight consecutive seasons and his 2016 earnings total is currently only second to his single-season best of $8.6 million in 2012. The Woodbine Entertainment Group will have a presentation for Filion to recognize his $100 million milestone and his Mohawk meet driving title later this week. Autumn Series action for Ontario Sired three-year-olds made up nearly half the card Monday night. The first leg for filly pacers featured three divisions, while filly trotters clashed in a pair of preliminaries. Trilife reached up just in time to win the first leg for three-year-old pacing fillies. The Ben Wallace trainee was guided to victory by Jonathan Drury, who put the daughter of Mach Three on the front from post-eight. Trilife surrendered the lead in the second-quarter and sat in the two-hole until the lane. Never Any Doubt took the lead after driving first up on the far turn and appeared to have a victory in sight, but Trilife hit her best stride late and got up in time to win by a nose in 1:53.3. Owned by Wallacestandardbreds Inc and William Boden, Trilife now has four wins in 14 starts this season for earnings of $34,100. The sophomore pacing filly's most recent triumph gives her six career wins and a career bankroll of $53,660. Trilife paid $13.50 to win. Trilife Docs Sausalito was last at the opening-quarter, but first at the wire for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Nick Gallucci in the second pacing filly division. The daughter of Art Colony was put into the outside flow heading to the half and was eventually sixth, but just a little over three-lengths from the lead at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Docs Sausalito powered by her rivals to take the second division by a length in 1:54.3. Queenofthejungle finished second, while Acefourtyfour Alex was third. Docs Sausalito now has four wins in 17 starts and $46,990 earned this season for owner Dr. Andrew Roberts. Monday's victory increases the pacing filly's career totals to five wins and $48,072 earned. The Gallucci trainee paid $11.70 to win. Docs Sausalito Top Royal grinded out a 1:54.1 victory in the third and final pacing filly division. Driven by Phil Hudon, Top Royal got away fourth and followed a second-quarter brushing Tempus Seelster towards the front. Top Royal did not overtake Tempus Seelster on the backside and had to grind away first over for the duration of the mile. Top Royal muscled by Tempus Seelster in the lane, but then had to fight off a charging Jimbelina to get the job done by a neck. Tempus Seelster finished third. A daughter of Royal Mattjesty, Top Royal is trained by Heather Toll, who shares ownership with Brydown Farms Inc. The sophomore pacing filly had just one win in 18 starts this season prior to Monday's contest. Top Royal's career record now sits at 8 wins and earnings of $85,410. She paid $13.60 to win. Top Roya l The opening leg of the Autumn Series for three-year-old trotting fillies featured a pair of big-fields. Fittingly on Halloween, I Want Kandy overcame a miscue at the start to come from behind for a 1:57.3 score. Driven by Rick Zeron, I Want Kandy made a break before the start and was off-stride until nearly the opening-quarter. The Anthony Montini trainee was 25 lengths from the lead at the opening-quarter. I Want Kandy did her best to rejoin the group and things would ultimately work out for her. The daughter of Angus Hall was ninth and about nine-lengths from the front turning for home, but her rivals weren't offering much trot in the lane and she rallied by to win by a length and a half. Devils Advocate finished second, while Dayliner was third. The AGCO Judges reviewed the break made by I Want Kandy for several minutes, but determined the filly lost ground while on a break and made her the official winner. Owned by Albina Montini, Paul Giammichele, Vincent Albanese and Kwong Sum Low, I Want Kandy is now a five-time winner from 16 starts this season and a seven-time winner in her career. The sophomore trotting filly has banked $34,870 this season to bring her career earnings to $69,370. I Want Kandy paid $5.10 to win. I Want Kandy Majestic Presence didn't overcome a break to win, but the Dagfin Henriksen trainee rallied from ninth turning for home to win the second division. The daughter of Majestic Son was off the pace throughout the early stages in a field of 11. Trainer/driver Henriksen got the filly off the pylons on the far turn, but was about eight-lengths from the lead at the top of the lane. In the stretch, Majestic Presence charged by her rivals on the far outside to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:57.3. Whambamthankumaam finished second, while Trumpets was third. Owned by Gerald Haggerty, Majestic Presence was winless this season in 15 starts prior to her triumph Monday. She now has two career victories and a bankroll of $29,850. Majestic Presence paid $9.90 to win. Majestic Presence Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Mohawk with Autumn Series action for three-year-old colts and geldings on tap. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 - Beyond Delight, driven by Sylvain Filion, surged to the lead in deep stretch to win the harness racing $661,000 Metro Pace Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. After breaking his maiden in the Metro elimination, Beyond Delight carried that momentum to a 6-1 upset in the rich final for trainer Tony O'Sullivan and owners Jeffrey & Michael Snyder and Four Friends Racing Stable LLC. Beyond Delight got away sixth in the field of ten and was able to cruise along behind a hot pace on the front. Windsong Napoleon cut an opening-quarter of :26.4, but surrendered the lead immediately to Classic Pro, who was wide around the first turn. Ocean Colony, the even money favourite, brushed from third to first in the second-quarter, but Windsong Napoleon was quickly removed to press the public's choice at the half in :54.2. Beyond Delight was angled off the pylons just after the half to follow the cover of Ideal Wheel, who was quickly rushing up on Windsong Napoleon. Ocean Colony turned aside the first-over challenger and reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, while Ideal Wheel and Beyond Delight were three-wide turning for home. In the stretch, Ocean Colony's lead was quickly erased, as several horses swallowed up the leader, including a charging Beyond Delight on the far outside. The O'Sullivan trainee took the lead in the final-eighth and stormed home strongly in :27.3 to win by a length. "The pace was pretty hot, which was pretty good for us," said Filion following the victory. "I was able to get a decent trip and I knew the way he raced last week, if we could just get a decent trip we had a good shot at it." Darlings Dragon, the longest shot in the field at 60-1, stayed along the rail until splitting rivals late to finish second. Ideal Wheel was third, while Classic Pro was fourth. A son of Bettor's Delight, out of the Rocknroll Hanover mare Outtathisworld, Beyond Delight was winless in seven starts prior to the Metro Pace eliminations, but found his best stride at the perfect time of the season. "I'm actually speechless. He raced great," said O'Sullivan. "Like I said last week, he wasn't one of our better ones early on and he's gotten better and better. "That's the pleasure of training babies and the satisfaction we all get out of it and to cap it off like this, it's unreal and I'm very happy." Beyond Delight was a $50,000 yearling purchase at last year's Harrisburg Sale. Following the Metro victory, the Bettors Delight colt has two wins in nine starts and boosts his earnings to $370,568. Beyond Delight's victory gives Filion his second Metro Pace title and O'Sullivan his first. A $2 win ticket on Beyond Delight returned $14.70.   Mark McKelvie

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 30, 2016 - The Hippodrome 3R this Sunday will host its richest harness racing program of the 2017 season with more than $500,000 in purses headlined by eight championship finals of the Quebec-Bred Series. Two and three-year-old trotters and pacers will be on display in the finals of the Breeders Cup and Future Stars Series. The finals culminate four weeks of preliminary round competition with the top eight point earners returning for the finals. The four Breeders Cup Finals for three-year-olds each goes for a purse of $65,000 and the four Future Stars Finals for two-year-olds each races for a purse of $55,000. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. "With a very nice weather forecast for Sunday and more than $500,000 in purse money," said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "I think this will be a super day of racing, plus we will have top drivers Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion competing in many of the races. Perhaps we might also see a track record or two set." Here are the headliners in each of the eight championship finals. 3YO Colt Pace - Race 9 - This division will be a real slugfest as it was during the series preliminary rounds. Sports Authority (post 2) returns to 3R having competing the last month in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots. Two starts back he took his lifetime mark at Kawartha Downs in 1:51.2. HP Patriote (post four) has the most impressive record this year, winning ten of his twelve starts this year and comes into the race off a 1:54 record at Rideau Carlton. Mr Mach Jimmy (post 5) was last year's two-year-old champion and beat Sports Authority at 3R three starts back in 1:56.2. 3YO Filly Pace - Race 5 - The entry of HP Sissy (post one) and HP Pandora (post 5) are the morning line favorite with HP Sissy the stronger of the two, having a record this year at Mohawk Raceway in 1:54. Wild River Swan (post four) was sharp during the series and two starts back took her lifetime mark at 1:57.2 at Georgian Downs. Miss Babe Delight (post seven) was the series champion last year but drew a tough outside post for the final. 3YO Colt Trot - Race 3 - Track record holder and last year's champion, Wildwild Men (post six) returns to 3R in prime shape, having won the Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway in 1:58.2 plus two legs of the Breeders Cup Series. He will be put to the test against a three-horse entry that includes Holiday Party (post seven), who has seven wins in twelve starts and a record of 1:57 along with Andovers Choice (post 4) and Tuscans Memory (post eight). 3YO Filly Trot - Race 6 - Carl Duguay's Y S Suzanne (post 6) has been first, second or third in her last five starts, losing two of them in photo finishes with a record of 2:01.2. Y A Jailhouse Jodi (post seven) was an easy winner in her last start in 2:02.4 and gets the driving services of Daniel Dube while Artemis Duharas (post four) enters the final off two strong second place finishes. 2YO Colt Pace - Race 8 - Makasi (post 6) has been all the talk in Quebec as two weeks ago he became the fastest freshman pacer in track history with his seven length romp in 1:55.2 on Prix D'Ete Day. He backed that mile up last week with a 1:56.3 victory. Despite being winless in four starts, Majo Lou Beka (post one) has been second or third in his last three starts and last week closed very well against Makasi to be second by only a half-length. Wildriverbumblebee (post five) has yet to finish off the board in his four starts and improves with every race. 2YO Filly Pace - Race 2 - The richest off all the two and three-year-olds racing in the finals, Yaris Bayama (post eight) sports $87,000 in earnings with four wins in just six lifetime starts for trainer Yves Filion. She has a lifetime mark of 1:52.4 at Mohawk Raceway in the Ontario Sire Stakes, is on a three-race winning streak and two starts back rewrote the track record at 3R for fillies with a 1:56.4 triumph. Queen Elsa (post one) is owned, bred and will be driven by Daniel Dube and was second and third the last two weeks to Yaris Bayama. She has a record of 1:57.1 in a baby race. Kinnderuntouchable (post seven) has won two of her four starts, both in the series. 2YO Colt Trot - Race Four - Capteur De Reve (post four) is the fastest in the field, winning last week in 2:01 with an impressive last quarter mile in :29.4 and gets Dube in the sulky for the first time. Bastiano (post six) is also a return winner in 2:03.1 while Kinnder Danerous (post two) has been first, second and third in his four lifetime starts. 2YO Filly Trot - non-wagering to be held between the 5th and 6th races - Due to the entry of Joyce Lavec (post five) and KFB Filante (post two), this is the only non-wagering race on the program. That is because Joyce Lavec has been outstanding, demolishing her competition the last two starts by a total of 44 and three-quarter lengths. In her last start she broke stride before the start and still came back to score in a romp and has won three of her four starts this year. Taurus P V (post four) has been first, second and third in her last three starts and Muscle Do (post six) has been second in her last two starts. TRACK NOTES: The championship finals have brought Yonkers Raceway star and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube back to compete in most of the races on the program along with Mohawk's leading driver and Quebec native Sylvain Filion. Saturday's program also features an Open Pace headed by Atomic Million AM and an Open Trot for older horses with the return of track record holder Seeyou Men. Racing fans are encouraged to arrive early at 3R Sunday for seating as a packed house of 5,000 fans are expected for the richest day of racing at 3R this season. For a free race program and to view the live race program on the internet, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Ariana G and Dream Together picked up harness racing 'Grand Circuit' victories Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 20 rookie trotting fillies were split into two $110,566 Champlain Stakes division. Ariana G has quickly stamped herself as arguably the top two-year-old trotter in the sport and Thursday night she continued her winning ways in her Mohawk debut. The Jimmy Takter trained filly left from post five with driver Yannick Gingras and after avoiding several early breakers, the daughter of Muscle Hill cleared to the front at the opening-quarter in :29.4. Ariana G coasted through the middle-half by posting fractions of :59.1 and 1:27.4. In the stretch, the daughter of Muscle Hill glided home effortlessly in :28 for a 1:55.4 victory. Takter's other starter, That's All Moni, finished 2¼ lengths back in second, while Stuck In My Spanks edged out Magic Presto for third. Owned and bred by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G is now a perfect five for five following her Champlain victory. "This is really a special filly, but watching her makes me nervous because I know how talented she is," said Katz following his filly's victory. "It's a thrill and a pleasure to be able to say we bred her and we own her and she is part of our program and system." Thursday's start was the first for Ariana G since capturing the Doherty Memorial on August 6 at The Meadowlands in a stunning 1:53.1. "The first time I saw her she was about three months old and she was a weanling out in the fields of Kentucky," noted Katz. "We saw her periodically as she grew up. "She looked like she was talented as she was developing and growing and of course last year her full-sister, All The Time, was a top performer and won the Breeders Crown as a two-year-old, so we knew that we had terrific pedigrees to go with a top individual." Ariana G has now earned $270,870 through just five starts for Katz and Libfeld. The Takter trainee paid $2.20 to win. Katz noted that if Ariana G comes out of the Champlain well, she will be back at Mohawk next week for the Peaceful Way eliminations. Ariana G Dream Together extended her win streak to four with a 1:56.2 triumph in the first division. The daughter of Muscle Hill was sent to the front by driver Sylvain Filion and posted an opening-quarter of :28.4. Sianna Hanover, the 4/5 favourite, made a second-quarter move to the front from third and led the field through middle-half fractions of :58.2 and 1:28. In the stretch, Dream Together converted off the perfect two-hole trip by edging off the back of Sianna Hanover and rocketing by. The Luc Blais trainee stormed home in :28.1 to win by 1¼ lengths over Winter Sweet Frost. Sianna Hanover didn't have much trot in the lane and faded back to finish third. A $240,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Dream Together now has four wins in five starts, with her only loss coming in her career debut on July 26. Following Thursday's race, Filion noted that Dream Together didn't exactly bring her 'A' game to the Champlain. "She was very powerful tonight, but my only concern was for some reason she wasn't trotting the turns very good," said Filion. "That's the first tonight that she kind of struggled in the turns, but Luc (Blais) will solve the puzzle." Dream Together swept the Pure Ivory Series before picking up a Grand Circuit victory Thursday. The daughter of Muscle Hill now has $89,463 earned for owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec and is eligible to next week's Peaceful Way eliminations. "I'm looking forward to the next start," said Filion. "She makes me very happy and excited to be driving her." Dream Together paid $5.30 to win. Dream Together Grand Circuit action continues Friday night at Mohawk with the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 15 - The combination of harness racing driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais has been red hot lately at Mohawk Racetrack and Monday night was no different, as they teamed up to capture the Pure Ivory Series final and Preferred Trot. A field of seven two-year-old trotting fillies competed in the $37,000 Pure Ivory Series finale. Blais trainee Dream Together entered the final off a pair of victories in the preliminary legs. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Dream Together lived up to her 1/5 billing and went gate to wire for a 1:56.1 victory. The rookie trotting filly and driver Filion set fractions of :28.2, :58.2 and 1:28.2. Pure Kemp and trainer/driver Rick Zeron made a move to confront the heavy favourite heading to the three-quarter pole. The two fillies battled it out down the lane, but ultimately Dream Together pulled away in deep stretch to win by 2¾ lengths. Pure Kemp held on for second, while Southwind Tesla finished third. Dream Together now has three wins in four starts to begin her career. Owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec, the Muscle Hill filly was purchased for $240,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She now has $34,180 earned in four outings. Dream Together is eligible to the upcoming Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes. A $2 win ticket on Dream Together returned $2.70. Dream Together Also on Monday, Lookslikechpndale came through with his third win of the season in the $34,000 Preferred Trot for Filion and Blais. The four-year-old son of Muscle Hill posted a big opening-quarter of :26.4, before surrendering the lead to Musical Rhythm, the 2/5 favourite, heading to the half. Lookslikeachpndale and Filion sat the two-hole behind Musical Rhythm through middle fractions of :55.4 and 1:25.1. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm tried to sprint away, but Lookslikeachpndale angled off his back and surged by in deep stretch for the 1:52.4 victory. Owned by Determination, Lookslikeachpndale now has three wins in nine starts this season and nine victories overall. The four-year-old has banked $79,582 this season to bring his career earnings to over $200,000. The clocking of 1:52.4 slashed almost a full-second off the Blais trainee's previous career-best. Lookslikeachpndale paid $9.50 to win. Lookslikechpndale Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 8 - Dream Together followed up her 1:58.2 score last week with an impressive 1:57 triumph in the second leg of the harness racing Pure Ivory Series Monday at Mohawk Racetrack. A $240,000 yearling purchase, Dream Together defeated seven rivals in the second leg of the three-week series to set herself up for a potential sweep. The Luc Blais trainee was making her third career start and was made the favourite after her solid victory in the opening leg. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Dream Together got away third from the outside post-eight and made a move towards the front just before the half. A Doozy posted opening fractions of :28.4 and :59.1, but quickly surrendered the lead to the public's choice after the midway point. Dream Together marched the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.4 and finished off the mile with a comfortable 28.1 final-quarter to win by 2¼ lengths. Pure Kemp turned in a solid stretch rally to come from fifth to finish second. A Doozy was third. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Dream Together is owned by Determination of Montreal, Quebec. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate now has two wins in three starts to begin her career. Dream Together is the fifth foal out of 2007 Hambletonian Oaks winner Danae. A $2 win ticket on Dream Together returned $3.50. Dream Together The $37,000 final of the Pure Ivory Series will take place next Monday (August 15). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 22 - Mayhem Seelster's first win of the season Friday was not only a big win for the three-year-old filly, but also a milestone victory for her harness racing conditioner. Trainer Tony O'Sullivan picked up his 1,000th career win Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Cambridge, Ontario resident sent out sophomore pacing filly Mayhem Seelster in an $18,000 overnight event and the daughter of Mach Three came through with her first win of the season in a career best 1:51.3. Sylvain Filion steered the winner of $244,000 to victory. O'Sullivan, 40, has been a top trainer on the WEG Circuit since breaking out on his own in 2004. The New Zealand native has sent out the winners of over $1 million in earnings in 12 of 13 full seasons operating his own barn. O'Sullivan has topped $3 million in earnings on four occasions, including last season when his stable had 105 victories. Operating a successful stable on both sides of the border, O'Sullivan's stable earned over $1.1 million in the United States and over $1.8 million in Canada last season. O'Sullivan has trained many notables over his career, including Breeders Crown winner Susies Magic, Adios winner Alsace Hanover and Ontario star Love Canal. This season, O'Sullivan has sent out the winners of 56 races and over $1 million. He currently ranks third in the Mohawk meet Trainer Standings with 20 wins. Mayhem Seelster - Trainer Tony O"Sullivan's 1,000th winner Also on Friday evening, Sandbetweenurtoes got back to the winner's circle for the first time in six starts with a 1:50.4 score in the $30,000 Mares Preferred. The Richard Moreau trainee got away fifth with driver Jody Jamieson in the field of five. Bedroomconfessions made a second-quarter move to the lead from third and posted a half-mile time of :54.3. Around the final turn, Jamieson sent his charge towards the front and the even-money favourite held a half-length lead at the third marker in 1:23. In the stretch, Sandbetweenurtoes was never really challenged and looked comfortable winning in 1:50.4 by 1 ¾ lengths over Ms Mac N Cheese, who got a two-hole trip. Bedroomconfessions finished third. A five-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Sandbetweenurtoes now has four wins in 17 outings and $80,850 earned this season. The 17-time winner has over $648,000 in career earnings and is owned by Brad Grant. Sandbetweenurtoes Live racing continues Saturday evening at Mohawk. Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line highlights the card in one of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

JULY 18, 2016 - From the moment Soiree Seelster arrived in Tony O'Sullivan's barn she was so laid-back the Puslinch resident occasionally wondered if something was wrong with the harness racing two-year-old pacing lass. "I was actually talking to Sylvain (Filion) about it tonight, she's, you know, she's just really, really relaxed, she always has been. She just takes everything in stride; she doesn't shy away from anything," O'Sullivan explained. "She worries me sometimes, because she's so quiet at home you think there's something wrong with her, but there's not. "When she gets to the races she sharpens up a bit, but even then, she's just very, very professional," he added. "Her attitude is really, really good." On Monday evening Soiree Seelster did her best to calm all of O'Sullivan's worries with a victory in her $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series division at Mohawk Racetrack. In rein to Milton resident Filion, Soiree Seelster eased away from the centre of the starting gate and was sitting fifth when Royal Point paced by the quarter pole in :27.3. Heading for the :57.1 half Soiree Seelster stepped into the outer lane behind fan favourite Sir Native and Thorne Seelster, and the trio of fillies made steady gains on the leader through the 1:25.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Soiree Seelster was less than two lengths behind the leader and a sharp finishing kick propelled the filly to a two length victory in 1:54.2. Thorne Seelster finished second and Royal Point was five more lengths back in third. "Sylvain's taught her how to race in both the qualifiers, plus her two races," noted O'Sullivan. "Obviously we got the win tonight, but I love the way he's bringing her along." Monday's outing was Soiree Seelster's second in the Gold Series. The daughter of Big Jim and Smilesplace finished a hard-closing third in her July 5 OSS debut after logging a second in qualifying action on June 25 and a third on June 10, all three over the Mohawk Racetrack oval. O'Sullivan shares ownership of Soiree Seelster with Domenic Chiaravalle of Hamilton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. The group purchased the filly out of the 2015 Forest City Yearling Sale for $53,000 and have recouped $47,600 through two starts. "She was a really good looking strong filly, as you can see on the track, and we kind of liked the pedigree and the cross and decided to just take a swing on it," recalled O'Sullivan. "She never really had a bad day - I mean I never get very high on them until they qualify - but we liked her all winter." Soiree Seelster will make her third lifetime start in the August 12 Gold Series event at Mohawk. Soiree Seelster The other two Gold Series divisions on Mohawk's Monday evening program were captured by Future Headlines and Blameitonthenight, both piloted by Milton resident Randy Waples. Sent off as the favourite in the first division, Future Headlines took command heading by the three-quarters and powered home a one and one-half length winner in 1:55. Windy Sport and Bid Writer rounded out the top three, making it a sweep for daughters of Sportswriter. Waples engineered the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC and his partners Thomas Kyron of Toronto and David Heffering of Port Perry, ON. Monday's outing was Future Headlines' first, coming after a 1:54.4 win in a July 8 qualifier at Mohawk. Future Headlines Blameitonthenight captured the third Gold division, controlling the tempo for much of the mile and then waging a fierce duel with Yaris Bayama in the stretch, hanging on for a neck victory in 1:53.2. Out Of Sight finished third, three lengths behind the duelling leaders. Trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ shares ownership of Blameitonthenight with Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY and Donna Ozment, also of Manalapan. The Mach Three daughter is now two-for-two after capturing an overnight event at Mohawk on July 12. Blameitonthenight Many of the fillies in Monday's Gold Series event will make their next start in the Battle of the Belles eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 25, with the final slated for Aug. 1. The freshman pacing fillies will return to Gold Series action, and Mohawk Racetrack, on Aug. 12. On Tuesday, July 19, the Campbellville oval will welcome the two-year-old trotting fillies for their second Gold Series start. The fillies will face off in Races 2, 3, and 8, with racing getting under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 14, 2016 - Conditions were not ideal for their third Grassroots event, but Ontario's three-year-old trotting fillies still turned in some impressive harness racing performances at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. The 11 fillies in the third $18,000 division paraded onto the racetrack in the driving rain, but neither the weather nor Post 9 kept Myretirementticket from picking up her second straight Grassroots trophy. In rein to Moffat resident Jody Jamieson, the fan favourite watched from the outer lane while second choice Powerful Glare carved out the mile, then powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length win in 1:59.3. Powerful Glare stayed game for second and Silky Flashy Nfast closed hard to be third. "I actually went over after the race to say 'Hi' to her and she wasn't happy to see me at all. I think it was because of the trip I gave her," quipped Jamieson. "She didn't see the rail the whole way, but I was never more confident in a horse as she sloshed along in the pouring rain." Eli Wagler of Ingersoll bred, owns and trains Myretirementticket. The daughter of Cornaro Dasolo and Shine Again was also victorious in the July 1 Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway and finished second in the June 14 season opener at Mohawk, giving her 125 points and top spot in the division standings. In seven sophomore starts the filly now has two wins, one second, two thirds and earnings of $24,468. As a two-year-old Myretirementticket was a three-time Grassroots winner, including her Semifinal, and finished third in the season-ending Championship. "She's a sweetheart to drive and I'm hoping Eli (Wagler) gives the Gold a try soon," Jamieson added. Myretirementticket Two races later, Haileysgonedancing jumped up the point standings with her very first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Although the rain had stopped, the racing surface was still rated sloppy, three seconds slower than normal, but that fact did not deter driver Sylvain Filion from sending Haileysgonedancing straight to the front from Post 9. The Manofmanymissions daughter slogged through fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:28 on her way to a one and one-half length win in 1:58 over Sunrise Avenue. Very Classy finished third. "She's a good honest filly, she gives everything she's got," said trainer Tony O'Sullivan. "She's honest as the day is long." The Puslinch resident shares ownership of Haileysgonedancing with Kirk McKinnon of Brampton and Lorne Keller of Exeter, ON. Although she missed the board in the Grassroots season opener, the filly was a hard fought second in the Dresden event and Thursday's victory moves her into fourth spot in the division standings with 78 points. "The Grassroots is a good spot for her," noted O'Sullivan. "She's done a good job." Haileysgonedancing Flanking Haileysgonedancing in the point standings are Could It Be Magic and Magical Steph, who also captured their Grassroots divisions on Thursday. Could It Be Magic kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, reeling in pacesetter Trumpets in the stretch and reaching the wire in 1:59.4. Majestic Mistress closed hard to finish second, one and one-half lengths behind the fan favourite, while Trumpets held on for third. Wayne Henry of Arthur drives, trains and shares ownership of Could It Be Magic, who was a three-time Gold Series winner at two, with Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON. Thursday's win was the first of the season for the Kadabra daughter, and combined with her runner-up finish in the Grassroots season opener gives her a total of 75 points. Could It Be Magic Henry's brother Trevor piloted Magical Steph to victory in the second division, sending the heavy favourite to the front before the halfway marker and cruising home in 1:59.2. Pocket-sitter Stonebridge Peace finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Profound Patience recovered from an early break to be third. It was the second straight Grassroots win for Magical Steph, who is trained by Gary Lance for GL Racing Inc. of Port Perry, ON. The Kadabra daughter currently sits second in the standings with 108 points, 17 behind Myretirementticket. Magical Steph The evening's final Grassroots contest went to Anneli Hanover, who sprinted down the stretch to reel in favourite Magical Valentine and Traviata in a personal best 1:58.1. Guelph resident James MacDonald engineered the two and three-quarter length win for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne and owners Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and Barry White of Ottawa, ON. "I didn't really want to cut it, because I saw she got beat a couple times on the front," said MacDonald, who was making his first appearance in the Majestic Son daughter's race bike. "So I landed in the two-hole, and I ended up in the three-hole, but around the last turn she felt good and when she got room she just flew, she won very easily." The win was the filly's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, but her fourth on the season. After going winless at two, Anneli Hanover boasts a sophomore record of four wins and one second in nine starts for earnings of $22,500. Anneli Hanover The sophomore trotting fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Grassroots start on August 9. On Friday's program Mohawk puts the spotlight on the two-year-old pacing colts, who will wage their second Grassroots battles in Races 2, 7, and 8. Post time for the first race at the Campbellville oval is 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

JULY 8, 2016 - Daughters of Ontario pacing sire Sportswriter made a splash at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday night, capturing all four $18,000 divisions in the first Grassroots event of the season for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies. Treasures Pearl and driver Sylvain Filion claimed the first trophy, with an off-the-pace effort that saw them three-wide at the three-quarter pole before they reeled in pacesetter Mystical Moon. Treasures Pearl sprinted down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55.1. Mystical Moon settled for second behind the fan favourite and Southern Heart completed the top three. "Last time she raced she turned up sick, that's why the line doesn't show that good, but the week before she was pretty good, she was timed in 1:56 and a piece," noted Filion, who drove Treasures Pearl to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owner-breeder Donald Leschied of South Woodslee, ON. "Ronnie told me that she turned up sick after her last effort and that he treated her all week and that she should be better, and he was right, she went a very good trip, because I was kind of far off and she covered a lot of ground turning for home." Prior to her lacklustre performance in the July 1 two-year-old conditioned event, Filion piloted the daughter of Sportswriter and $209,445 winner St Lads Treasure in a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk. On June 17 the petite filly finished fourth and on June 25 she finished third, pacing her own mile in 1:56.3. Two races later a second Sportswriter daughter graced the Mohawk winner's circle as Bid Writer cruised through fractions of :29, :59.1 and 1:28 on her way to an effortless two length victory in 1:55.3. Stellenbosch and Lotus Seelster followed behind Bid Writer into second and third, with fan favourite Talbot Chanel settling for fourth. "She's a real pro, she felt like an aged horse just rolling along the whole way, and when I called on her at the top of the stretch she was all business," said driver James MacDonald. "She was very well within herself." The Guelph, ON resident guided the filly from Post 8 to the win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett, ON and his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The group offered up $52,000 to acquire the daughter of $387,216 winner Bust Out The Bid - who has already produced three $170,000-plus winners - from the 2015 Lexington-Selected Yearling Sale. Bid Writer had just one qualifier under her belt before Friday's test, a 1:58.3 win at Mohawk on July 1. Yaris Bayama continued the Sportswriter trend in the third division, and gave Milton, ON resident Filion his second Grassroots win of the evening. Filion took a page from MacDonald's book and sent Yaris Bayama straight to the front from Post 8, reeling off fractions of :28.1, :56.4 and 1:25.4 en route to an impressive 1:53.3 triumph. Royal Point finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and fan favourite P L Karis was well back in third. "We schooled her and she did everything right, she did everything we asked her, but we never really got the feeling that she was that good, you know," said Filion. "Tonight she really showed me that she might be something special. And the way she did it, you know, it was like a walk in the park for her, so that was really impressive. "I don't easily get impressed, but she did impress me tonight," added the reinsman. Filion piloted Yaris Bayama to the win for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. A homebred out of $173,325 winner Lucky Josie, Yaris Bayama finished third and second in her June 15 and 25 qualifiers and fourth in the July 1 overnight event in which Treasures Pearl finished ninth. In the final division Sports Beauty completed the Sportswriter sweep when she and MacDonald roared down the stretch to a one and one-quarter win over P L Kahluaa and Casimir QT. The filly hit the wire in 1:56. "She was on the bit behind the gate so I just let her float out a little bit and I got a spot," said MacDonald. "Around the last turn I moved her and I caught some cover, and down the lane when I took her off cover she gave me a good kick." Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON trains Sports Beauty for owner-breeder Frank Gentile of Beaconsfield, QC. The filly, a full-sister to $198,107 winner Sports Bettor, finished third in her June 25 qualifier and second to Bid Writer in her July 1 qualifier, both over the Mohawk oval. "Mark just said try and give her a trip, she's not very big, so try not to overdrive her if you can," said MacDonald, who had not driven either Bid Writer or Sports Beauty before Friday's Grassroots event. "It worked out perfect." The two-year-old pacing fillies will make their second Grassroots start at Clinton Raceway on Sunday, July 17. After a week spent featuring Ontario's top two-year-olds, Mohawk Racetrack welcomes back the three-year-old pacing fillies on Saturday evening for their second Gold Series event. The talented fillies will battle in Races 3 and 6. Racing action gets under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing  

JULY 5, 2016 - Two-year-old trotting fillies were the stars of the show at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, making their Ontario Sires Stakes debuts in a trio of $70,000 Gold Series divisions. Winter Sweet Frost kicked things off in the first race with an effortless front-end tour of the Innisfil oval, clocking fractions of :30.2, :59.3 and 1:29.4 on her way to a 1:59.3 victory. Lady Justice closed to within one-half length of the pacesetter to secure second-place honours and Gravitator was a length back in third. "She raced good tonight," said driver Doug McNair. "The track hasn't been that fast up there, so to go a mile in 1:59.3, I think that's a pretty good mile for a two-year-old trotting filly's first lifetime start." The Guelph, ON resident piloted Winter Sweet Frost to victory for trainer Paul Reid of De Leon Springs, FL and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The Kadabra daughter was sent off as the fan favourite after winning a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack on June 10 and 24, and McNair said he was impressed with the filly long before she made her public debut. "The main thing about her is she's nice gaited and she's smart," said McNair, who first sat behind Winter Sweet Frost in a spring training mile. "You can make a lot of money with one's like that, rather than a high speed one that's half crazy." After finishing third with Gravitator, driver Sylvian Filion found the winner's circle in the second Gold division, piloting On A Sunny Day to a come-from-behind victory in 1:59. The duo reeled in pacesetter Sweet Of My Heart and pocket sitter Im Peekers, reaching the wire one-half length the best. "She really impressed me," said Filion, who crafted the victory for trainer Luc Blais of Lochaber Ouest, QC and Determination of Montreal, QC. "That was the first time I sat behind her, but Luc always told me he really, really liked her and you know what, he was right. She was real impressive tonight." Blais also bred the daughter of Muscle Mass, who prepped for her Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) debut with qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16 and 24, finishing fourth and second, respectively. "Her last baby race she came a last quarter in :27.1," noted Milton, ON resident Filion. "She's a handy filly, she's pretty easy to drive, she's pretty mature for her age, and she's got wicked speed, so it's a good combination." Filion, who was the leading reinsman in the OSS in 2015, was also impressed with Gravitator's third-place result. "I really liked the way she raced tonight, we got interfered with, were gapped, and she was still only beat a length and a half or something like that," said the reinsman. "She came a very good last half." Blais trains the Kadabra daughter, a full-sister to former OSS star and $870,153 winner Prestidigitator, for Determination. She was an $80,000 acquisition from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. The final Gold division was captured by Janderson and driver Paul MacDonell, who swept by duelling leaders Mass Psychology and Majestic Kat in the stretch and pulled away to a three length victory in 1:59.3. "The race set up kind of nice for her, she got away third in a nice spot there, and then the first and second horses went at it kind of hard down the backstretch, which kind of made the race for her," said MacDonell. "In her only qualifier she did have a lot of trot on the end of her mile, so I was a little bit confident," added the reinsman, who tipped the filly out three-wide around the final turn to take clear aim on the finish line. MacDonell pilots the Muscle Mass filly for trainer Mike Keeling of Cambridge and owners Dr. Roly Armitage of Dunrobin and James Armitage of Carp, ON. A $14,000 purchase from the Canadian Open Yearling Sale, Janderson learned her early lessons from the Armitage's before making the move to Keeling's barn. "They trained her down in the Ottawa area and then they sent her to Mike just recently," noted MacDonell. "They did a good job with her, a very nice job. "They were pretty pumped, it was a big win for them," the Guelph, ON resident added. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Gold Series start on July 19 at Mohawk Racetrack. This Saturday, July 9, Georgian Down will welcome the two-year old trotting colts to Innisfil for their Gold Series debuts. The evening's first race gets under way at 7:15 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

In this week’s edition of Ontario Racing’s ongoing feature The Horse That Changed My Life, learn how three-time Canadian driver of the year Sylvain Filion earned his harness racing driving license by baby racing a future North America Cup winner. It’s a safe bet Sylvain Filion is the only person that earned his driver’s license by baby racing a future North America Cup winner. It’s one of many reasons the three-time — and reigning —Canadian driver of year lists Runnymede Lobell as the horse that changed his life. Filion was 18 in the summer of 1987 when he and the son of Nero out of Racy Heart learned their first racing lessons together in Montreal. Filion said he didn’t know at the time that the colt was something special. “I didn’t really realize then, but I knew he was very easy to drive, so that made it easy for me. You could feel he had a lot of power,” Sylvain said. Runnymede Lobell, owned by Filion’s father, Yves, of Saint-Andre-D’Argenteuil, QC and Norm Mondoux of Laval, QC, went on to win 31 of 48 career races, over $1.6 million and the 1988 North America Cup with Yves in the sulky and Sylvain as the trainer. It was the first NA Cup victory for a horse owned and trained by Quebecers. “It was just a great night,” Sylvain said of the ’88 NA Cup. “It was at Greenwood back then. We were all there, the family. It was just a great, great time.” Another great night is quickly approaching. In August, Yves Filion will be officially inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Runnymede Lobell not only got Sylvain’s driving career started and earned the family a NA Cup, Sylvain likes to remind his father of one other important fact. “I told him I was the only one that didn’t get beat with him. I won the qualifier,” Sylvain said, laughing. Sylvain, 46, has driven in more than 46,000 races, winning more than 8,000 and in excess of $95 million in purses. Though Runnymede Lobell was the first, he said other horses have had a tremendous impact on his life — most notably Supreme Jade, who gave him his first win in 1987 at Rideau Carleton; millionaire pacing mare Tricky Tooshie and his father’s $1.5 million-winning pacer Goliath Bayama, who was second to The Panderosa in the 1998 NA Cup. Yet, the driver said he is still looking for another great horse to come along. “I hope the horse that will really change my life is the next one,” he said. “I’m still looking for it.” by Dave Briggs

JUNE 16, 2016 - Driver Sylvain Filion, the reigning Lampman Cup title holder, is off to another quick start in the Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing program, padding his early season lead with a pair of Grassroots victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Filion opened the program, which featured six $18,000 divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, with a sharp 1:51.4 win aboard Spirit Shadow. "I didn't know him at all," said Filion of the first-time OSS starter. "I know the trainer, he's a buddy of mine, Jacques Dupont, and he said he liked him. I just went with my feeling and he left the gate real good, and then we got covered up by the favourite and when I moved him down the lane he just exploded. That was a nice surprise, I didn't really expect that." Leaving from Post 8, Filion rolled Spirit Shadow to the front before the :27 opening quarter, but quickly picked up cover from Vegas Dream who led the field to the :56 half and 1:25 three-quarters. Able to slip out of the pocket in the stretch, Spirit Shadow laid down a :26.2 final quarter to claim the Grassroots trophy. Vegas Dream settled for second, with Chalk Player earning the third-place finisher's share. Unraced at two, the Shadow Play son now has four wins and two thirds in eight sophomore outings for Dupont and owner Denis Goyette of Laval, QC. Filion's second victory came in the third division with Xpert Bayama, who controlled the tempo en route to a 1:51.2 score over last year's Grassroots champion St Lads Moonwalk. Solo Story finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. "I thought he was a little flat last time he raced and Stephane (Larocque) told me he done some vet work on him and he was much better tonight," noted Filion, a three-time OSS driving champion. "I could feel in the post parade he was livelier, and he was way more aggressive, so I just turned him loose and he responded well." Also unraced at two, Xpert Bayama improved his record to three wins and one second in six starts for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. The Up The Credit son took three full seconds off his personal best with Thursday's effort. Another three-time Lampman Cup winner, Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, also scored a Grassroots driving double at Mohawk on Thursday, guiding Continual Hanover to a win in the second division and Imsporty to victory in the fifth. Jamieson put Continual Hanover on the front just past the sharp :26.3 opening quarter put up by Filion and Azul Pool, but was immediately challenged by Baddestnbestest. Both Jamieson and Filion quickly circled out around the longshot leader, with Continual Hanover grabbing the rail by the :55.3 half. Azul Pool pressed hard through the 1:24.1 three-quarters, but Continual Hanover stayed game to secure the two length victory in 1:52.2. Tango Star sprinted home to be second, leaving Azul Pool to settle for third. "I really couldn't have driven Continual (Hanover) much worse in his first start of the year," admitted Jamieson. "I used him too many times and he still bailed me out with a great performance. I've always thought he is barely a notch lower than the Gold division." Jamieson steers Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON and piloted the colt to a Gold Series win and two Grassroots division wins last season. The Bettor's Delight son boosted his lifetime earnings to $117,400 with Thursday's win, his sixth in 13 lifetime starts. Staring from Post 1 with Imsporty in the fifth division, Jamieson settled the Sportswriter son on the rail early and waited until the final turn to take aim on the leaders. On top by just over three lengths at the three-quarter pole, Imsporty stayed game to the wire and earned his first Grassroots trophy with a 1:52.2 effort. Speedling and Daylight Rush completed the top three. "Imsporty is a super little guy," said Jamieson, who steers the gelding for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, and Thomas Kyron of Toronto. "He's always had lots of talent, but he just hasn't had a lot of luck. Hopefully this win tonight has ended that string of luck and started a new one." The other two Grassroots divisions went to New Talent and Piranha. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell steered New Talent to his first OSS win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON. The Mach Three son stopped the teletimer at 1:51.2, besting Derecho and Bad Gamer. Driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON used a come-from-behind strategy to guide Piranha to a 1:52 win for trainer Raymond Farmer and owner-breeder John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. The Badlands Hanover son reeled in Red Dog Saloon and B Fast Eddie with a :26.3 final quarter. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will return to Mohawk Racetrack on July 1 for their second Grassroots start. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval this week as the three-year-old pacing fillies kick off their Grassroots season on Friday, June 17. The fillies will be featured in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, 7, 9, and 10, with the first race going postward at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It came down to the very last race of the competition with four drivers, John Campbell, Jody Jamieson, Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion all able to win the inaugural Hippodrome 3R All-Star Driver's Tournament Sunday with a triumph in the ninth race. And when the dust (mud actually) settled, it was Jody Jamieson's second place finish in the ninth race with Matts Phil that won him the tournament. Also in the tournament were Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube, Mario Charron and Denis St-Pierre. They all competed in eight championship races with $10,000 in prize money on the line. Jamieson, with his 25 points in the last race, ended with 160 points. John Campbell was second with 135 points and Sylvain Filion third with 128 points. "This victory is just extra special," Jamieson said. "Going against John Campbell and Tim Tetrick, local stars Denis St-Pierre and Mario Charron, Yannick, Daniel and Sylvain, I'm just ecstatic with this trophy. "I drove one really bad earlier," Jamieson said, "or else I would have left nothing to chance, but it all worked out. The track was super despite the rain. It was actually better with the hard rain as it kept the mud down and make racing good. "I had no idea of the scores going into the last race," Jamieson explained. "And maybe that was the best strategy going forward. I went into the last race not know, just trying to win it. "I am so happy to represent racing in Ontario (WEG) and to bring home the trophy!" Jamieson said with a smile. "It means that much more to me. "And what a crowd here today despite the rain." Jamieson added. "I must of signed hundreds of autographs and the management at 3R are top notch. Harness racing has such a great following in Quebec and I hope they really do well this season." The tournament started in the second race with Jamieson taking the early point lead as he gave the maiden trotter, Victor D Morgan ($9.90), a perfect second-over trip and the three-year-old son of Charlie B Morgan came on in the stretch to win by two and one-half lengths in 2:03.4. The third race was won by Charlie Drummond ($9.00) and driver Sylvain Filion, who was winless in 23 prior starts. The fourth race saw John Campbell, who had no points after the first two rounds, put a lifetime mark of 2:01 with the trotter Sexy PC ($15.00). Tim Tetrick made his presences known in the fifth race and he was able to take the early lead away from Force Seelster (Yannick Gingras) and then wire the field with Hard Rock ($3.70) in 1:59.2. "What a super facility this is," Tetrick said. "The turns here are banked perfectly. Even in the rain my horse flew around the turns as if it was a fast track. It is my first time here and I am impressed with this racetrack. The fans get right up on the fence and you can hear them cheering and shouting for you down the stretch and right to the finish." Daniel Dube then got into the tournament with his victory in the sixth race aboard My Lucky Bluejean ($3.40) in 1:58.1. Then in the seventh race, John Campbell surged back into the lead with a strong front-end victory aboard Rainbow Palace ($5.90) in 1:58.1. Jamieson then surged back to the lead in the eight race, taking full advantage of starting from the rail with Fortune Playboy ($3.8), leading from start to finish in 1:58. That put Jamieson on top by just two points over John Campbell, 135 to 133 with the final race still to be contested. Both Tim Tetrick and Sylvain Filion could also come back and take the trophy if they could win the ninth race. It was Daniel Dube in the ninth race with SOS Mach Xtreme ($4.70) who was the victor, but Jamieson, who started from post seven, had left sharply with Matts Phil, then gave away and took the cover from SOS Mach Xtreme. He then waited until the top of the stretch to come after SOS Mach Xtreme, but it was too late. The move though did insure that Jamieson finished second and that gave him the tournament victory. Jamieson was the only driver in the tournament who was able to score points in all eight of the championship races. It was also the second 3R tournament that Jamieson has won. He was victorious in the 2014 fall tournament at 3R. "This has been a fantastic day." Said Vincent Trudel, general manager at 3R. "I never dreamed that these best drivers in North America would come for a tournament at 3R. I believe this is the confirmation that we have a nice facility, a good, fast and quality racetrack and these drivers all raved about how good it was despite the rain. "The people in Trois-Rivieres and the surrounding area are coming here. They proved that today with 4,000 fans braving the bad rains to come for this tournament and to meet and see great drivers in action. "Having these drivers supporting the relaunch of harness racing in Quebec is so great." Trudel added. "We have gone through turmoil in the past and will now show our government that racing could still be a big thing for this jurisdiction. If it was a sunny day this afternoon we might have had twice the crowd we did. "And what a competition it turned out to be." Trudel said. The winner could not be decided until the final race of the tournament. Each race was exciting for the drivers and for the fans and that is what counts." TRACK NOTES: Live harness racing resumes at 3R Tuesday night with the third round of the $120,000 Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. For a free race program and live video feed of the races, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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