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Just a week away from the start of the Ontario Sires Stakes season, three-year-old pacing colt Gerries Sport put his harness racing rivals on notice with a sizzling 1:49.2 performance Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Richard Moreau trained colt competed in a non-winners of three-races or $75,000 lifetime event Friday night, which featured three Pepsi North America Cup eligibles, Arsenic, Bettor Memories and Nocturnal Bluechip. Gerries Sport entered Friday's race with two victories in three starts this season. His only defeat was a gritty fourth-place effort in The Diplomat Series final on May 7. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Gerries Sport left from post-five and found a spot in third, while four-year-old Asap Hanover blasted to the front just ahead of Arsenic. There was little movement early on, as Asap Hanover posted solid fractions of :26.3 and :54.2. Approaching the three-quarter pole, Filion pulled on the right line to send Gerries Sport after the leader. The challenger pulled to within less than two-lengths of the lead at the third-marker, as Asap Hanover reached that station in 1:22.1. In the stretch, Gerries Sport powered by Asap Hanover to grab clear command with an eighth of a mile to go. The Moreau trainee cruised home confidently in :26.4 to win by two-lengths in 1:49.2. Asap Hanover finished second, while Arsenic was third in his season debut. Pepsi North America Cup eligibles Bettor Memories and Nocturnal Bluechip finished fifth and seventh, respectively. A son of Mach Three, Gerries Sport competed primarily in the OSS Grassroots as a two-year-old, but appears more than ready to tackle the Gold level this season. Moreau trains the sophomore pacing colt for owner Gerrie Tucker of Montreal, Quebec. Gerries Sport's third win in four starts this season brings his career record to six wins in 16 starts for earnings of $71,453. The son of Mach Three is now North America's fastest three-year-old of 2016. His clocking of 1:49.2 lowered the previous mark of 1:50.2 set by War N Munn in The Diplomat Final on May 7 at Mohawk. Gerries Sport paid $5.90 to win. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack with a special post time of 6:45 p.m. in place for Fireworks and Family Fun Night. Mark McKelvie

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year made his season debut Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but Nickle Bag spoiled the party with the nation's fastest harness racing mile of 2016. A strong field of nine older pacers competed in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap pace. State Treasurer, last year's Canadian Horse of the Year, was making his 2016 debut and started from the outside post-nine. Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer was able to float out and drop in sixth as the even-money favourite. Nickle Bag, the 8-5 second choice, left hard from post-six for Trevor Henry to grab the front and post an opening-quarter of :26. Nickle Bag kept the pace honest in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.3. Christoforou started up State Treasurer nearing the half and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee was sent first up entering the final turn. However, cover did develop for State Treasurer rounding the final turn, as stablemate Arthur Blue Chip angled out from third at five-eighths. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3, Nickle Bag brought the field into the lane and waved goodbye. The Bill Robinson trainee finished off his mile with a blazing :26.2 final-quarter to win by 4¾ lengths in a career-best 1:49. State Treasurer came off cover in the stretch, but was unable to gain any spots and finished fourth in his season debut, pacing home in :26.4. Mohawk Warrior came from sixth at the top of the lane to finish second, while The Rev turned his two-hole trip into a third-place effort. A six-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag secured his ninth victory of the season Saturday. The Robinson trainee has picked up seven of his nine victories this year in the Preferred. Owned by Linda and Harry Loyens, Nickle Bag surpassed his 2015 earnings total with Saturday's victory. The veteran pacer has banked $167,860 in 15 starts this year, compared to $162,790 in 26 starts last year. Nickle Bag's victory Saturday was his 28th career triumph and it brings his career earnings to $627,490. He paid $5.30 to win. Nickle Bag Although State Treasurer was unsuccessful in his season debut, history shows that may not be a bad thing. The Dr. Moore trainee finished sixth last year in his debut (May 2, 2015 - Preferred Pace) before going onto divisional and Horse of the Year honours. Also on Saturday, the second leg of The Diplomat Series was contested. A group of 13 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $20,000 divisions. War N Munn continued his WEG Series success with a 1:52 victory in the first division. The Carmen Auciello trainee got away fourth in the field of six for driver Jonathan Drury. Mach Power posted an opening-quarter of :28.3, but was quickly passed in the second-quarter by Shocking Image. The new leader reached the half in :57.2 and led the field around the final turn, while War N Munn charged first up to pull to within a length of the lead at the three-quarter pole. Shocking Image reached the third marker in 1:25.3, but quickly surrendered the lead in the lane to War N Munn. The 2-5 favourite rocketed home in :26.1 for a 2 ¼ length victory. Shocking Image was second, while Mach Power finished third. A son of Stonebridge Regal, War N Munn now has five wins in nine starts this season. The sophomore pacing colt has signature victories this season in The Count B and Youthful Series finals. War N Munn now has seven career victories and earnings of $119,261 for owner George Munnuiksma. His mile of 1:52 knocked three-fifths of a second off his previous career mark. The Auciello trainee paid $2.80 to win. War N Munn In the second division, Gerries Sport got his own way in the middle-half and finished up strong for an impressive victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Gerries Sport, the even-money favourite, left from post-seven and touched down on the front just after passing the opening-quarter in :26.1. Flaherty, the 7-5 second-choice, got a two-hole trip behind the favourite. Gerries Sport went unchallenged in the middle-half and posted panels of :55.4 and 1:25.1. The soft middle-half was the turning point, as the public's choice left his rivals behind and charged home in :26.4 for a 3½ lengths victory in 1:52. Flaherty maintained his position to finish second, while Worthy Art was third. A son of Mach Three, Gerries Sport is trained by Richard Moreau for Gerrie Tucker. The three-year-old colt is now two for two to start 2016 after posting three wins in 12 starts as a rookie. Just like War N Munn in the first division, Gerries Sport lowered his lifetime mark by three-fifths of a second. The son of Mach Three now sports a career bankroll of $56,845. Gerries Sport paid $4.20 to win. Gerries Sport The first leg of The Diplomat did not fail, therefore the 10 horses that earned money Saturday night have landed spots in next Saturday's $57,600 final. In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 22 - A surprising mid-stretch break by the 1/2 favourite shook things up in the opening leg of the Princess Series Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A compact group of six three-year-old pacing fillies squared off in the $20,000 first round of the Princess. Ken Sucee trainee Shes Lights Out entered Friday's first leg two for two to start 2016 and the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was appropriately made the public's choice. American Curves and driver Sylvain Filion floated out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :28.1, while Shes Lights Out paced along in third. Paul MacDonell sent the favourite to the front in the second-quarter and posted a half-mile clocking of :56.2. Shes Lights Out led the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 and appeared to be well on her way to a third consecutive victory. However, the favourite made a costly break approaching the final-eighth and American Curves inherited the lead and finished the job in 1:53.3. Party In Rome finished a length and a quarter back in second, while Westluckycam edged out Never Any Doubt for third. Shes Lights Out paced across the wire in fifth. A daughter of American Ideal, American Curves was making her second start of the season Friday after a 1:54.3 victory last week. Murray Brethour trains and co-owns the sophomore pacing filly, who made just two starts as a rookie. American Curves increased her career earnings to $17,900 in her fourth career start for owners Brethour, Doug Millard, John and Jim Fielding and Kevin McKinlay. She paid $9.30 to win. In order to be eligible to the Princess, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2015. The second leg of the Princess will take place next Friday (April 29). Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

The WEGZ and HPIBET.com series finals highlighted harness racing action Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a field of five went postward in the $55,800 WEGZ for four-year-old pacers, while a full field of ten four-year-old pacing mares competed in the $54,400 HPIBET.com. All eyes were on Mohawk Warrior in the WEGZ, as the Richard Moreau trainee aimed for a series sweep and he did not disappoint. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Mohawk Warrior got away third, while Shades Of Bay and Legion Of Boom battled for the early lead. Shades Of Bay posted an opening-quarter of :27, but was quickly overtaken by the heavy favourite. Mohawk Warrior, the 1/5 choice, put up middle-fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 to lead the field into the stretch. The Moreau trainee sealed the victory with a :26.3 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter in 1:51.1. Cajon Lightning finished second, while Shades Of Bay was third. A four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Mohawk Warrior has now won five of eight starts in 2016 for 13 career victories. The WEGZ Series sweep pushes his seasonal earnings to over $75,000. Owned by Brad Grant, Mohawk Warrior missed his career-mark by a fifth of a second Saturday, but paced his final-quarter in :27.1 or faster for the fifth consecutive start. His career earnings now sit at $176,461. Mohawk Warrior paid $2.40 to win. Mohawk Warrior Wanda Bayama followed up her leg two victory with a 1:51.4 score in the HPIBET.com final. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama left hard from post nine and made the front at the opening-quarter in :26.1. The 8/5 second choice, Wanda Bayama continued to call the shots in the middle-half. She posted back-to-back panels of :29 to lead the field into the stretch. Our Hot Majorette, the even-money favourite, paced along fourth and was one of several horses looking to made a stretch bid at the leader. However, Wanda Bayama was clearly the best and paced home in :27.3 to win by a length and a half in 1:51.4. Much Adoo, who won leg one, finished second, while Aniston Seelster and Our Hot Majorette rounded out the top-four. Trained by Stephane Larocque, Wanda Bayama has now won two of three starts in 2016. The four-year-old pacing mare now has nine career victories and over $111,000 in career earnings for owners Bayama Farms Inc. Wanda Bayama equaled her career-mark of 1:51.4 with the victory. She paid $5.40 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the WEGZ and HPIBET.com, the four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

Sylvain Filion started his weekend in style with a five-win harness racing performance Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The veteran reinsman closed out Friday's 10-race card with four victories in the final five-races to complete a solid night on the track. Filion got his first victory of the night behind pacing mare I C Anastro in the evening's third-race. Eight-year-old pacing mare Boat House Row gave Filion his second-win in race-six, while he completed the hat-trick in the seventh-race behind trotting mare Missys GaGa. The Milton, Ontario resident scored his fourth victory behind four-year-old trotter Big Rich in the ninth-race. Filion finished off his fantastic night by capturing the tenth-race finale with four-year-old pacing mare Pop Goes Theweasel. Filion, who drove in nine of the 10 races Friday, scored three of his victories with Richard Moreau trainees. The five-win night puts Filion in a tie with Jody Jamieson for second in the 2016 Woodbine driver standings with 48 wins a piece. Trevor Henry, who was kept off the board Friday, leads all drivers with 49 wins. Filion will aim to keep his momentum rolling on Saturday night, as he is scheduled to drive in all 10-races. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Wanda Bayama turned in a career best effort to the win the $20,000 second leg of the HPIBET.com Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A big field of 11 harness racing four-year-old pacing mares squared off Friday, but the clear horse to beat was Rick Zeron trainee Our Hot Majorette. The Zeron trainee captured one of two first leg divisions and with Much Adoo, the other first leg winner, skipping leg two, Friday's second leg looked like Our Hot Majorette's for the taking. Aniston Seelster flashed early speed to grab command, but Zeron pushed the 3/5 favourite off the wings to get away second. After an opening-quarter of :27, Zeron circled around Aniston Seelster to put Our Hot Majorette on top. The public's choice put up solid middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.2. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion sent Wanda Bayama first up from fifth around the final turn and pulled to within a couple lengths of the leader turning for home. In the stretch, Our Hot Majorette was all out trying to hold off her rival, but Wanda Bayama showed plenty of grit and surged by to win in 1:51.4. Yes You Can, who paced along third the for the majority of the mile, finished up strong to take second away from the favourite, while Aniston Seelster finished fourth. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama is trained by Stephane Larocque for owners Bayama Farms Inc. The four-year-old old finished second in a round one division last week. Friday's victory gives Wanda Bayama her first win in two starts this year and eight career victories overall. The Larocque trainee increased her earnings to over $87,000 with the win. A $2 win ticket on Wanda Bayama returned $6.50. In order to be eligible to the HPIBET.com, the four-year-old pacing mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The $54,400 final of the HPIBET.com will take place next Saturday, March 19. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, February 15 - After impressive harness racing victories in last week's first leg, Musical Rhythm and Hillsonator met up in a second round division of the General Brock Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 15 three and four-year-old trotters were split into a pair of $18,000 second leg divisions. Last week's first leg winners, Musical Rhythm, a two and a half length winner in 1:56, and Hillsonator, a four-length winner in 1:56.3, crossed paths in the second division. Musical Rhythm blasted out from post three for driver Mario Baillargeon, while Hillsonator left from post seven and got away second for driver Rick Zeron. The public's top choices sat first and second through opening fractions of :27.2 and :57. Musical Rhythm, who was the 1/2 favourite, picked up the tempo around the final turn and posted a three-quarter time of 1:25.3. In the stretch, Musical Rhythm hit top gear and trotted strongly through the lane, while Hillsonator was all out in second. Musical Rhythm stopped the clock in 1:54, 2¼ lengths ahead of Hillsonator. Amityville Lindy finished third, while All B Over was fourth. A four-year-old son of Cantab Hall, Musical Rhythm stretched his current win streak to five with Monday's victory. The Ben Baillargeon trainee is three for three in 2016 and will have a chance at a series sweep in next week's final. Musical Rhythm is owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall now has 12 career victories and earnings exceeding $125,000. A $2 win ticket on Musical Rhythm returned $3. Musical Rhythm In the first division, Demand An Answer took full advantage of avoiding the round one winners. The Shane Arsenault trainee went gate-to-wire for driver Sylvain Filion in 1:56.2. A four-year-old son of Angus Hall, Demand An Answer sprinted off the wings of the gate and by the opening-quarter in :26.2. The 4/5 favourite was too much handle for his opponents and cruised to a length and a half victory. Five Below, who trotted along third for the majority of the mile, trotted by Love Hunter in the stretch to finish second. Fleet Bumblebee, who got away eighth, came on late and almost nabbed third away from Love Hunter. Demand An Answer picked up his first win of 2016 with his career-best 1:56.2 mile Monday. The Arsenault trainee now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $62,000. Demand An Answer paid $3.60 to win. Demand An Answer The $50,000 General Brock Final will take place next Monday (February 22). Also on Monday, a field of six older trotters squared off in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. A week after getting beat in the final stride, Fearless Man rebounded strongly for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The six-year-old son of Elegant Man sprinted to the front and never looked back. Fearless Man posted fractions of :27, :56 and 1:24.2 to lead the field into the stretch. Zeus Lightning came out from second to try and take down the leader, but the Zeron trainee held him off and trotted confidently through the wire in 1:53 for a half-length victory. Windsun Revenge finished third, while Etruscan Hanover was fourth. Fearless Man's clocking of 1:53 is the fastest trotting mile this season at Woodbine. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, MurrayGreenfield and Cool Cat Racing Inc., Fearless Man now has two wins from five starts this year, 24 victories overall and career earnings of over $423,000. Fearless Man paid $3.30 to win. Fearless Man Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time for the 10-race card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 15 - A pair of four-year-old pacers will have an opportunity at a Snowshoe Series sweep after returning to the harness racing winner's circle in Friday's second leg at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 18 horses were split into two $17,000 divisions for Friday's second leg of the Snowshoe Series. Fresh off a 3¼ length victory in round one, Shades Of Bay continued his hot streak Friday with an impressive 1:51.3 victory over a 'Good' track. Driven by Phil Hudon, Shades Of Bay, the 1/9 favourite, got away fourth in the early stages, but moved into third and eventually the lead in the second-quarter. Three Truths, who was leading heading to the half, made a break and Hudon immediately moved Shades Of Bay to the front. After fractions of :55.1 and 1:24, Shades Of Bay kicked into high gear in the stretch and cruised home in :27.3 for a 1¾ length victory. Sabine Pass finished second at 23/1, while Shippen Out was third at 30/1. A four-year-old son of Art Major, Shades Of Bay now has five wins in six starts for trainer Sean Mehlenbacher. Friday was the pacers sixth career triumph and increased his career earnings to over $69,000. Owned by Timothy Kim, Shades Of Bay paid $2.10 to win. Shades Of Bay Rafa delivered another ace with a 1:52.2 victory in the second division. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Rafa and driver Sylvain Filion sprinted off the wings of the gate and locked up with Pistopackinpiper for a first-quarter battle. Pistopackinpiper cleared to the lead, but was forced to pace a :25.3 opening-quarter to grab command. Rafa quickly got his cue to go in the second-quarter and circled to the lead. The public's choice posted middle-fractions of :55.1 and 1:24.3 to turn for home with the lead. In the stretch, Tylers Beach Boy came off cover and Tower Of Power continued to pace hard after being first up, but Rafa held them at bay and impressively cruised through the wire first to win by a length. Trained by Richard Moreau, Rafa is now four for four to begin his career. The four-year-old son of Camluck now has a pair of victories this season to go with two wins last season. Owned by Robin Morley, Rafa knocked a fifth of a second off his career mark with Friday's victory and increased his career earnings to $27,500. Rafa paid $2.80 to win. Rafa In order to be eligible to the Snowshoe, the three and four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Shades Of Bay and Rafa will both be seeking a series sweep in next Friday's (January 22) $47,200 final. The Snowshoe Final will also be joined by the $45,200 Blizzard Series final on next Friday's card. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 8 - Great finishes and impressive harness racing efforts was the story of Friday night's first round of the Snowshoe Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A total of 24 three and four-year-old pacers were split into three $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week series. In the first division, just a head separated the top-five finishers, as St Lads Charger scored a 14/1 upset. After a first-quarter battle, Every Intention led the field down the backstretch and by the half in :55.1. St Lads Charger and driver Trevor Henry came first-up around the final turn from third and sat less than a length from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, St Lads Charger was able to edge by Every Intention in the final-eighth, but a trio of challengers made it a five-across finish. At the wire, St Lads Charger prevailed in 1:54.3 by a nose over Brown Dirt Cowboy and Hickory Terrific. Hp Black Shadow and Every Intention finished fourth and fifth, respectively, by a head. The top-seven finishers were separated by less than two-lengths. A three-year-old son of Sportswriter, St Lads Charger is trained by Victor Puddy for owners Randy Christopher, Limco Inc., and Bill Manes. The sophomore pacing colt won just one of 10 starts as a rookie in 2015. St Lads Charger increased his career earnings to over $20,000 with the victory. The Puddy trainee paid $30.40 to win. St Lads Charger Fresh off a victory in the Valedictory Final, Shades Of Bay scored a three-length victory in the second division at odds of 1/5. Driven by Phil Hudon, Shades Of Bay got away fourth, but made a powerful backside move to the lead and posted a half-mile time of :56.2. After pacing a third-quarter of :29.1, Shades Of Bay cruised home in :27.2 to win in 1:52. Tower Of Power finished second, while Swapportunity was third. A four-year-old son of Art Major, Shades Of Bay is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher for owner Timothy Kim. Last season, Shades Of Bay won four of 11 starts for earnings exceeding $50,000. The four-year-old has now won four of five starts since joining the Mehlenbacher stable in November. Shades Of Bay now has five wins and over $60,000 in career earnings. He paid $2.50 to win. Shades Of Bay In the final division, Richard Moreau trainee Rafa scored a four-length victory at 9/5 in 1:52.3. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Rafa was third around the first turn, while Thoughtyoudlikeit battled with outside challenger Pistopackinpiper. The lead pair continued to battle through a half of :55.4. Around the final turn, Thoughtyoudlikeit put away Pistopackinpiper, but faced a new challenge from Tylers Beach Boy, as Rafa continued to pace along in the pocket. In the stretch, Rafa was able to convert off the inside trip and charged by the leaders to win by open-lengths in 1:52.3. Tylers Beach Boy finished second, while Shippen Out got up for third ahead of Thoughtyoudlikeit. A son of Camluck, Rafa is trained by Moreau for owner Robin Morley. The four-year-old was making just his third career start Friday and is now a perfect three for three after winning both of his starts in 2015. Rafa now sports a career bankroll of $19,000. The Moreau trainee paid $5.90 to win. Rafa In order to be eligible to the Snowshoe, the three and four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of two races or $30,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The second leg of the Snowshoe will take place next Friday (January 15). Live racing continues Saturday night at 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 2 - Fresh off a fantastic 2015 harness racing season, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau were recognized Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Filion led all drivers on the Woodbine/Mohawk circuit in 2015 with 320 victories and over $6.2 million in earnings. The Milton, Ontario resident finished 101 wins ahead of Doug McNair in second-place. Filion split his 320 wins evenly between Woodbine and Mohawk with 120 at each track. Similar to the driver's category, Richard Moreau was a run-away winner for top trainer. The Puslinch, Ontario resident won 149 races in 2015, 34 more than runner-up Carmen Auciello. Moreau's trainees earned more than $2.6 million. Both Filion and Moreau were honoured in the winner's circle following Saturday's first-race. The Woodbine Entertainment Group was pleased to present both individuals with framed photographs in recognition of their accomplishments. Filion and Moreau have both been named finalists in their respective categories for the 2015 O'Brien Awards. Mark McKelvie  

TORONTO, December 26 - The 2015 harness racing season wrapped up Saturday afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack with the annual Boxing Day matinee card. The 221st and final racing day was action-packed with series finals, milestones and meet titles all being handed out. The feature race of the day was the $34,600 Valedictory Series final for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Mohawk Warrior, who was aiming for a series sweep, led a trio of starters sent out by trainer Richard Moreau in the eight-horse contest. Rockinonby, Moreau's newest recruit, sprinted off the gate to the front and posted a sizzling opening-quarter of :25.2. Mohawk Warrior and Cajon Lightning lined up in behind their stablemate to situate the Moreau trainees in the top-three spots entering the backstretch. Mohawk Warrior made a backstretch move to take the lead at the half in :53.3, but Cajon Lightning quickly overtook his stablemate and carried the lead into the final turn. Shades Of Bay, who was pacing fifth, was angled out in the final turn by driver Phil Hudon and was first-up in fourth. After a three-quarter time of 1:22, Cajon Lightning led the field into the lane, while Shades Of Bay grinded towards the leader on the outside and Mohawk Warrior looked for room up the rail. Shades Of Bay had the most to offer in the lane and powered by the leader in deep stretch to score a 5/1 upset by a length in 1:50.3. The Moreau trainees rounded out the top-three, as Cajon Lightning held on for second ahead of Mohawk Warrior. A son of Art Major, Shades Of Bay came into the Valedictory final off a victory Monday night in an overnight event. The Sean Mehlenbacher trainee finished third in the opening leg of the series on December 12. Shades Of Bay now has three wins in four starts since being purchased by Timothy Kim of Toronto in November. The sophomore pacing colt was winless in three starts as a rookie, but now has four wins in 11 starts this season for earnings of over $51,000. The clocking of 1:50.3 established a new Valedictory Series record, breaking Lucky Terror's mark of 1:51 set in 2010. Shades Of Bay paid $13.60 to win. Shades Of Bay In the Niagara Series final, Wanda Bayama completed the series sweep with a dominating victory in the $33,400 contest. A field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies lined up, but all eyes were on Wanda Bayama, the 1/5 favourite. The public's choice paced out comfortably into second, but driver Sylvain Filion quickly right-lined and circled the filly to the lead in the second-quarter. After posting fractions of :56 and 1:25.1, Wanda Bayama waved goodbye to her rivals and opened up more than nine-lengths of separation in the stretch. The Stephane Larocque trainee cruised home under wraps to win by 7¼ lengths in 1:53. Pinky Tuscadero finished second, while Amazing Control was third. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama swept the Niagara Series with a trio of impressive victories. Owned by Bayama Farms Inc, the sophomore pacing filly now has seven wins and over $72,000 earned this season. Wanda Bayama paid $2.70 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the Valedictory and Niagara Series, the three-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Also on Saturday's card, Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau completed their impressive seasons by capturing the driving and training titles for the 2015 season. Filion led all drivers on the WEG circuit in 2015 with 320 victories, 101 more wins than Doug McNair in second-place. He capped off his season with a three win performance Saturday afternoon. Richard Moreau was also a run-away winner in the trainer category, as he led all conditioners with 149 victories in 2015. Filion and Moreau will be recognized for capturing the WEG driving and training titles on Saturday, January 4. The busy Saturday also included milestone victories for a pair of veteran trainers. Ben Baillargeon celebrated his 2,000th career training victory Saturday, while Dustin Jones recorded his 1,000th training victory. Trotter Musical Rhythm went gate-to-wire in the sixth-race to record the milestone victory for Baillargeon. Baillargeon, 57, finished third this season in the WEG Trainer Standings with 73 victories. The veteran trainer has sent out the winners of over $1.8 million in 2015. Over the course of his career, Baillargeon's horses have won over $32 million. Four-year-old pacing mare Nat A Virgin captured the afternoon's eleventh-race to give Jones his 1,000th training victory. Jones, 54, has won 39 races and sent out the winners of over $1 million this season. His 39 victories is his highest win total since a 43 win season in 2007, while 2015 marks the fifth-time Jones has topped the $1 million mark in seasonal earnings. The Standardbreds will now take a short-break, but live racing resumes with the first card of 2016 next Saturday, January 2. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 18 - A week after a 6-1 harness racing victory, Wanda Bayama was back in the winner's circle Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-year-old Stephane Larocque trainee defeated nine rivals in the $18,000 second leg of the Niagara Series. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama, the 6/5 favourite, got away seventh in the early stages and sat along the pylons until the midway point. Much Adoo, the 2-1 second choice, made a second-quarter brush from third to take command at the half in :57.1. Around the final turn, Wanda Bayama got into the outer flow and sat third-over at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Filion brought his filly to the far outside and she surged by Much Adoo in the final-eighth to win by 2½ lengths in 1:54. Much Adoo held on for second, while Amazing Control finished third just ahead of Pinky Tuscadero. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama now has back-to-back victories and six overall in 2015. The sophomore pacing filly increased her career earnings to over $55,000 for owners Bayama Farms Inc. Wanda Bayama paid $4.70 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the Niagara Series, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Wanda Bayama will now look for the series sweep in the $33,400 series final on Boxing Day. The Niagara Series final will be joined by the Valedictory Series final on the matinee Boxing Day card. Post time December 26 is 1 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 11 - Wanda Bayama came into the "Six" Friday night and ran out of town with a 1:52.4 victory in the first round of the harness racing Niagara Series. A field of ten sophomore pacing fillies contested the $18,000 first leg of three-week Niagara Series at Woodbine Racetrack. Dustylane Msvickie sprinted off the wings of the gate to grab the front and post an opening-quarter of :27.1. However, Trevor Henry was not content to sit the in the two-hole with Much Adoo, the 8/5 favourite, and circled to the front. Wanda Bayama and driver Sylvain Filion sat back in third at 6/1, while Much Adoo caught a breather and took the field by the half in :57.1. Amazing Control came charging first up from mid-pack around the final turn to battle with Much Adoo. The tempo picked up in the third-quarter, as Much Adoo paced a :27.3 quarter to lead the field into the stretch. Filion was able to slide Wanda Bayama, who continued to pace third along the rail, off the pylons at the three-quarter pole for the stretch drive. Much Adoo continued to battle with a stubborn Amazing Control in the stretch and although it appeared the favourite had the victory in reach after putting away the challenger, Wanda Bayama surged by on the far outside to score a 2½ length victory. Much Adoo had to settle for second, while Amazing Control turned her first-over trip into a third-place finish. A daughter of Western Ideal, Wanda Bayama had been racing at Rideau Carleton for Yves Filion before shipping into the Stephane Larocque barn for Friday's starts. Wanda Bayama now sports a record of five wins in 16 starts this season. She made only one start as a rookie and finished off the board. Friday's victory pushes Wanda Bayama's career earnings to over $46,000 for owner-breeder Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, Quebec. She paid $14.90 to win. The second leg of the Niagara Series will take place next Friday (December 18). Winter Series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the first leg of the Valedictory. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 5 - For the second Saturday in a row, harness racing duo Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau put on a harness racing clinic at Woodbine Racetrack. Filion drove six winners on the 11-race card, five of which were trained by Moreau. Woodbine's leading driver started his night off strong by winning the first race with pacer Galagher Seelster for trainer Charlie Peake. Filion's next visit to the winner's circle came in the third-race with three-year-old pacer Mohawk Warrior for Moreau. That dangerous driver-trainer combination connected again in the seventh-race with three-year-old pacer American Rock and again in the eighth race, the Autumn Series Final, with sophomore pacer Cajon Lightning. Filion and Moreau's hot streak continued into the late double, as they swept the last two races with veteran pacer Grin For Money and three-year-old pacing filly High Fashion Mel. Filion and Moreau have now won six and five races, respectively, on each of the last two Saturday night cards. The six-pack of victories Saturday night for Filion now gives him 303 on the season at WEG, an 85 win lead in the driver standings over Doug McNair. Moreau's five-wins gives him 142 victories at Mohawk and Woodbine this season and a 35 win cushion over Carmen Auciello atop the trainer standings. Filion and Moreau will look to keep the hot streak rolling on Monday evening. The duo will team up in five of the ten-races. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, December 5 - The harness racing favourites came out on top in a pair of Autumn Series finals Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The three-week Autumn Series for three-year-old colts and geldings wrapped up with a pair of $38,000 finals. Cajon Lightning completed the series sweep with an easy-looking 1:51.3 victory in the pacing final. The Richard Moreau trainee got situated fifth in the early stages with driver Sylvain Filion, while stablemate Doctor Royal led the field by the opening-panel in :26.2. Mach On The Beach, also a Moreau trainee, made a second-quarter brush to the lead from fourth, which allowed Filion to follow and touch down on the front with Cajon Lightning at the half in :55.1. Cajon Lightning opened up several lengths on the field around the final turn and cruised by the three-quarter pole in 1:23. In the stretch, Cajon Lightning coasted home in :28.3 under no urging from Filion to win by 2½ lengths. Naturescape finished up well for second, while Mach On The Beach finished third. A son of Mach Three, Cajon Lightning was sent off as the 1/5 favourite after scoring a pair of impressive victories in the preliminary legs. The sophomore pacer has now won five of 18 starts this season for earnings of over $76,000. Unraced as a two-year-old, Cajon Lightning is owned by Wm Wood, William Dittmar Jr, Stephen Iaquinta and Minisink Farms LLC. The Moreau trainee paid $2.40 to win. Cajon Lightning My My Hey Hey turned in a spectacular performance to win the $38,000 Autumn Series trot final. A trio of scratches left just a field of seven for the series finale. My My Hey Hey, who won a second leg division, was sent off as the 4/5 choice from the rail. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, My My Hey Hey had a rocky beginning and got away last, while P L Icabod cut an opening-quarter of :26.4. Baillargeon was not content to sit at the back with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a bold last to first move in the second-quarter to take command. After reaching the half in :56.3, My My Hey Hey continued to power along on the front and opened a lead of close to seven lengths to trot by the three-quarter pole in 1:25. In the stretch, My My Hey Hey kept the momentum going and trotted home comfortably in :29.3 to win five lengths in a series record clocking of 1:54.3. Stormont Wizard, the second choice at 9/5, trotted up to finish second, while Love Hunter was third. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, My My Hey Hey has now won four of 13 starts this season for owners Wallacestandardbreds Inc. and Birnam Wood Farms. The sophomore trotter has earned over $54,000 in his first season of racing. My My Hey Hey's clocking of 1:54.3 knocked three-fifths of a second off his previous career mark set last week. The Wallace trainee paid $3.70 to win. My My Hey Hey In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 27 - The Murmuring Pan and Much Adoo will have a shot at an Autumn Series sweep after victories in round two of harness racing action Friday night at Woodbine. A total of four $18,000 Autumn Series divisions for three-year-old fillies were contested Friday night. Both the pacing and trotting divisions required two splits. In the first pacing division, Amazing Control came through as the public's choice with a 1:55 victory. The Meg Crone trainee and driver Jody Jamieson got away third and sat in the position through the opening half-mile. Around the final turn, Amazing Control came first up to overtake the lead from Mach Magic and post a three-quarter clocking of 1:25.1. In the stretch, Amazing Control was able to create a few lengths of separation on her rivals and paced a :29.2 final-quarter for a 2¾ length victory. Show Some Leg came from seventh at the three-quarter pole for second, while Double Olives was third. A daughter of Shadow Play, Amazing Control finished second in last week's opening leg. Friday's victory was first of the season for the sophomore pacing filly and second of her career. Amazing Control is owned by Hutt Racing Stable. She has now banked over $25,000 this season and $53,000 overall. Amazing Control paid $4.50 to win. Amazing Control Much Adoo was a repeat winner with a gate-to-wire performance in the second division. The Isaac Waxman trainee was put on the front by driver Trevor Henry and hung up an opening-quarter of :27.4. After fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.2, Much Adoo scooted away from her rivals with ease and scored a 2¾ length victory in 1:55.2. Aniston Seelster, the heavy 1/5 favourite, finished second, while Pinky Tuscadero was third. A daughter of Classic Card Shark, Much Adoo was making her second start for Waxman after posting a 1:54.4 victory in last week's first leg. The sophomore pacing filly has now visited the winner's circle on five occasions this season. Much Adoo is a perfect two for two for owners Aaron Waxman and Alan Alber. Her seasonal earnings currently sit at over $59,000. Much Adoo paid $9.50 to win. Much Adoo On the trotting side, The Murmuring Pan picked up right where she left off last week with another easy-looking victory. Driven by Henry, The Murmuring Pan floated out from post eight and cleared to the lead just after an opening-quarter of :28.1. It was game over for the seven other trotting fillies once the heavy favourite took the lead. The Murmuring Pan posted panels of :57.4 and 1:27.1, before trotting home under wraps in :29.4 for a 4½ length victory in 1:57. Brinkers Dream got up for second, while P L Indyanaca finished third. A daughter of Kadabra, The Murmuring Pan is owned and trained by Paul Reid. The sophomore trotting filly has now won five of eight in 2015, including last week's opening leg in 1:57.2. The Murmuring Pan now has seven career wins and earnings exceeding $75,000. The Reid trainee paid $2.10 to win. The Murmuring Pan After a pair of narrow defeats, Tymal Fireitup was able to come out on top Friday night in the second trotting division. The Julie Walker trainee and driver Sylvain Filion got away fourth in the field of eight. Filion pulled on the right line nearing the halfway point to put Tymal Fireitup first over. Around the final turn, Tymal Fireitup and Filion were able to charge up and poke a head in front at the three-quarter pole in 1:28. In the stretch, Tymal Fireitup trotted home in :29.3 to win by a length in 1:57.3. Aspen California trotted home well to finish second, while Hope Rises was third. A daughter of Kadabra, Tymal Fireitup now has four wins in 20 starts this season for earnings of over $51,000. Walker co-owns the filly with Steven Williamson and Jean Bernard Renaud. Tymal Fireitup now has seven career victories and a bankroll of over $63,000. The clocking of 1:57.3 lowered her career-mark by almost a full-second. The Walker trainee paid $3.90 to win. Tymal Fireitup In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2015 as of September 30, 2015. The fillies will wrap up the Autumn Series next Friday with both finals. The pacing fillies final will go for a purse of $37,800, while the trotting fillies will battle for a purse of $36,800. Autumn Series action continues Saturday night with the second-leg for the three-year-old colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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