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MILTON, June 1, 2019 - The harness racing stars were out Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere and Graduate Series. A group of 16 three-year-old pacers, 13 of them eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup, were split into two $80,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions. The Graduate Series for four-year-olds saw a pair of $99,000 dashes contested with an overflow field of 12 in the pacing division and a field 10 in the trotting division. Rain came down on the Milton oval in the hours leading up to Saturday's card. The track was listed as 'Good' with a one-second variant. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Century Farroh remained undefeated in 2019 with a 1:52.4 score in the opening Somebeachsomewhere division. The son of Mach Three was sent off as the 1/9 favourite, circled to the top for driver Sylvain Filion from the deuce entering the backstretch and never looked back. Century Farroh posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:25.2 to lead by a length and a half entering the homestretch. Caviart Rockland was the only threat for the heavy-favourite in the lane, as driver Scott Zeron had the Nancy Johansson trainee in a perfect second-over spot. In the stretch, Century Farroh's lead proved to be too much for his rival, as he paced a final-quarter for the victory. Caviart Rockland ran out of real estate and finished a hard-closing second by a neck. Better Up finished third, while Captain Trevor was fourth. Century Farroh now has back-to-back stakes scores after winning an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division last week. The Moore trainee avoided some notable competitors last week and once again landed in the division with less star power. "Any time a horse wins it boosts their confidence and morale pretty good, so it's just going to make him better and stronger," said Moore. "It's kind of neat how it worked out for us that a couple of times we drawn what appeared to be the easier division on paper, we'll let the other guys battle tonight and sooner or later we'll hook up with them. Century Farroh is now four for four with $$112,400 earned this season for owner Ratchford Stable NS. The Mach Three colt was last season's Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots champion and won four of 10 starts, earning $66,733. Dr. Moore did indicate that Century Farroh will now head to next week's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Century Farroh Century Farroh Tyga Hanover pulled off a 19-1 upset in the second division by prevailing in a thrilling stretch battle. Also driven by Filion, Tyga Hanover started strong by cutting out a :27.1 opening-quarter. Best In Show circled from second to first and led the field through middle-half fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2. Stag Party came first-up on the far turn and was pressuring Best In Show turning for home. In the stretch, Stag Party took a short lead while Best In Show continued to battle at the rail. Filion slipped Tyga Hanover to the far outside and the Baillargeon trainee powered up in deep stretch to win by a length. Best In Show came back at the rail for second, while Stag Party tired late to finish third. "We knew he had the speed, but it's different having the speed and racing against tough horses," said Baillargeon, who will now send Tyga Hanover to the Pepsi North America Cup. "If he would've raced good we would go. He raced more than good, so we will definitely go." Owned by Tom & Elizabeth Rankin and Glen Rankin, Tyga Hanover now has three wins in four starts this season after going winless in six starts as a rookie. The Baillargeon Somebeachsomewhere trainee has now earned $68,530 in 10 career starts. A $2 win ticket on Tyga Hanover returned $41.70. Tyga Hanover Tyga Hanover Atlanta made a triumphant return to Mohawk Park by cruising to a 1:53 victory in the Graduate Series. Driver Yannick Gingras moved the Hambletonian champion from third to first in the second-quarter and trotted away to a comfortable two and a half lengths score. Trained by Ron Burke, Atlanta trotted a :27.3 final-quarter to collect her second win in as many starts this season and 14th overall. The award-winning daughter of Chapter Seven has earned $99,500 this season for owners Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. Atlanta, who has earned $1.2 million during her career, returned $2.50 to win. Atlanta Atlanta Lather Up continued his Mohawk Park dominance by shooting through in the lane to win the Graduate Series pace in 1:50.1. Early action saw Jimmy Freight quickly move from third to the top going into the first turn, racing by a :27.1 opening-quarter beside The Downtown Bus. Jimmy Freight led to the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:23.2. Dorsoduro Hanover was first-up at the leader's wheel on the far turn. Lather Up was placed second-over by driver Jody Jamieson, but was gapping the cover and was a little more than three-lengths from the lead turning for home. In the stretch, Jimmy Freight attempted to seal the deal and held the lead into deep stretch. Lather Up find his best stride with an eighth of a mile to go and stormed towards the lead with follower Thinkbig Dreambig right alongside pacing strong. Lather Up hit the wire first to win by a head over Thinkbig Dreambig. Jimmy Freight held third over a rallying American History. "I was a little worried when they got a half in :56 and we were sitting there fifth and I knew the guys at the front were going to be sprinting the whole way," said trainer Clyde Franics. "I didn't know if he would catch them or not, but he's got a lot of guts. "I think he can go with just about any horse out there if he behaves himself. That's the problem and is the only thing that worries me more than anything" A homebred for Gary & Barbara Iles, Lather Up is now six for six in starts at Mohawk Park. The son of Im Gorgeous improved his record to three wins in four starts this season. Lather Up is now an 18-time winner and his career earnings are approaching $1.2 million. He paid $4.10 to win. Lather Up Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

In this edition of Horse Highlight, Post Time with Mike and Mike teams up with New Vocations to feature the beautiful 2010 Somebeachsomewhere colt, "Camvault" who was donated by Wendy Cameron. Cameron bred and raised Camvault as she adored him dearly. "Camvault was perhaps one of the best-bred colts we have bred and foaled at our farm. He is definitely our largest foal and is absolutely the best looking foal/horse we have owned. I say one of the best-bred because we have his full brother, Cammikey, who was very successful racing for us. "Cam resembles more of his dam, Always Cam and Vault more like his sire, Somebeachsomewhere." shared Cameron. When breeding a horse, the best part about it is naming the foal. Camvault has a meaning behind his name as Cameron took time to explain, "Camvault originates from our family's origin of the "Cam " name. The original Cam was named Cambev after our company's original name, Cameron Beverages. "Later our company was named Cameron Coca-Cola. Vault was a popular Coca-Cola brand at the time, so Camvault was born, it also happened to be my mother's favorite soft drink and she names our foals." Starting into his two-year-old year he had a few setbacks. He struggled with some health issues when he began training as a yearling. He had stifle surgery as a two-year-old at Ohio State University, where they placed screws in his stifles; he raced with no issues after that. "He was very fortunate to have Dr. Alicia Bertone and had a very successful outcome." proclaimed Cameron. "He trained back and began racing as a three-year-old. Unfortunately, his size, confirmation, and strength did not overcome his nervousness on the track. "We decided to retire him and take him home. I continued to work with him at our farm with aqua treading, lunging, and daily turnout. In addition, he spent 5 months with Julie Allison learning to be a riding horse." Cameron added. Camvault had a short racing career with only 12 starts and putting in over $15,000 in the bank. While being in contact with Cameron you could tell how passionate she was about not only Camvault, but every horse that comes into her care. "She wants nothing but the best for them on and off the race track. It was a difficult decision for us to part with Vault, however, he matured a great deal not being on the track and we felt he needed a more productive life and hopefully someone who can give him a wonderful home," stated Cameron.   "He seems to really like riding a lot. He is a little pushy on the ground and needed a reminder in manners, but now is doing excellent. He will make a fantastic show or trail horse." stated Winnie Nemeth, Standardbred Program Director. "It was great that Cameron saw the benefit to continue training Camvalut as a riding horse to help him excel in his next career. This will be essential in helping him find the perfect adopter," said Nemeth.   Camvault will be soon posted for adoption; he is a part of the "Back to School" special. Originally the adoption fee would be $800, but through the end of September, you will get $200 off. Be sure to visit www.newvocations.org and check out all of the amazing athletes we have for adoption, remember, make your next horse an ex-racehorse! By Jessica Otten, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

Ask owner Gary Iles about his 3-year-old male pacer Lather Up and he will tell you, "He's got quite a story, no doubt about it." The story, which includes a tricky birth and near-fatal illness, begins with a mistake. How it ends is anyone's guess, but the tale has taken another compelling turn with Lather Up a perfect 3-for-3 in 2018 as he prepares for Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park and a trip to the North America Cup. Iles and his wife Barbara are longtime horse owners from Delaware. The couple is known for their homebred horses, which usually feature a name referencing Iles' former career as a barber. Lather Up is a son of stallion I'm Gorgeous out of the Iles' homebred mare Pocket Comb. But the Iles intended to breed Pocket Comb to stallion Delmarvalous. A mix up when ordering semen resulted in the now-seemingly serendipitous change of plans, which hinged on Iles' admiration for I'm Gorgeous' sire Bettor's Delight. "I really always liked Bettor's Delight and always wanted to breed to him, I just didn't do it," the 79-year-old Iles said. "So that's how we ended up with I'm Gorgeous." When it came time for Lather Up's birth, there was a complication. Lather Up was in the breech position, which required action from local horsemen Kevin Switzer and Brenda Teague. The two worked together while receiving phoned-in instructions from Switzer's wife, veterinarian Denise McNitt, to prevent a breech birth. Once on the racetrack last year at age 2, Lather Up won three times on the Ohio Sire Stakes circuit, but got sick as he was preparing for the series championship. He suffered a near-fatal reaction to antibiotics, which landed the horse in the New Bolton Center. "He really got off to a rocky start," Iles said. "We came very close to losing him. We got lucky; very, very lucky." Now, though, Lather Up's story involves winning races. The colt, from the Team Teague training stable of George Teague Jr., Brenda Teague and Clyde Francis, made his seasonal debut by beating older horses at Harrah's Philadelphia before a track-record 1:50 win in a division of the Ohio Sire Stakes at Miami Valley Raceway. The win at Miami Valley came on a sloppy track following a lengthy delay because of thunderstorms. Last weekend at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Lather Up prepped for his upcoming stakes engagements by winning in 1:49.1 against older foes. Leaving from post nine, the colt and driver Montrell Teague reached the lead in a :26.1 opening quarter-mile and never looked back, winning by 7-3/4 lengths with a :26.2 final quarter-mile. "He put in a heck of a mile," Iles said. "He wowed me," George Teague Jr. said. "I was a little bit surprised, I'm not going to lie to you, with how he did it. Montrell never popped the ear plugs." Lather Up always showed promise, but steering issues sometimes prevented the colt from peak performance. Teague thinks those issues have been resolved. "He's much better now," Teague said. "I'm happy with that part. He seems to be controllable and very steerable. We made a couple equipment changes and got lucky and hit the target. "We always thought he could be this kind of horse if everything went right, but it hasn't always gone right for him. He's a very smart horse, very good gaited. He's got the tools to do some damage in the 3-year-old ranks. He just needs a little luck and to stay sound and healthy." On Saturday, Lather Up competes in the second of three Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. If all goes well, a trip to the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations will follow on June 9 at Mohawk. The C$1 million final is June 16. "We're excited," said Iles, who lost his broodmare Pocket Comb -- the producer of eight six-figure earners in 10 foals -- last year at the age of 23. Lather Up was her final offspring. "I'm anxious to see how he does. He's shown a lot of guts and I hope he can continue." And so the story continues. "To say the least," Teague said with a laugh, "it's been very interesting." by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA     

This Week: Battle of Lake Erie, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; and Graduate Series second leg and Somebeachsomewhere, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place on Saturday (June 2) at two venues. Northfield Park will host the $200,000 Battle of Lake Erie for open pacers and Woodbine Mohawk Park will feature three C$60,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts, a pair of C$63,500 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and a single C$95,250 race in the second leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters. Complete entries for the Northfield Park race can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The polls have closed and it's officially Trump Nation. The colt by that very same name proved quite the best Saturday night (May 26), winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. The 28th Rooney saw six 3-year-old colts and two geldings start, but seven ended up chasing in vain. Trump Nation captured the $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. From post position four, Trump Nation (Jason Bartlett, $6.80) was forwardly-placed, as was Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller). The latter made the first lead, before the former played leapfrog. Trump Nation seized the day (night?) just after a :27.3 opening quarter-mile. Trump Nation, who won the second of last week's two elimination races, then rated a :29 next subsection (:56.3 half), which would serve him well. Along came 3-5 favorite Springsteen (Brian Sears), first-up from fifth, and the race was underway in earnest. Kwik Talkin (George Brennan) slipped out to race second-over, but gapped badly. Meanwhile, the leader and his 'prompter' rolled through a :26.4 third quarter (1:23.2), with the people's preference packing it in readily. Trump Nation owned a 1-3/4 length lead in and out of the final turn. Babes Dig Me edged from the pocket, while Minnie Vinnie had room after sitting third. However, Trump Nation was up to the challenge, defeating Minnie Vinnie by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:51.3 -- a life-best by a good number. Babes Dig Me was clearly third, with 124-1 rank outsider Major Authority (Mark MacDonald) and Decoy (Dave Miller) rounding out the payees. Kwik Talkin, Springsteen and Jimtastic (Eric Goodell) completed the order. For second choice Trump Nation, a statebred son of Betterthancheddar co-owned by Evan Katz and Crawford Farms Racing and trained by Chris Oakes, it was his third win in four seasonal starts. "I couldn't have asked for the race to work out any better," Bartlett said. "I was able to back down the half and pick it up when Springsteen came at me. I thought the two outside horses (Babes Dig Me and Decoy) had to leave, and when I saw Brett (Miller, Babes Dig Me), I let him go and retook. "I have to say that (former trainer) Andrew (Harris) really did the right thing with him last season, wanting to race him from off the pace. He deserves a lot of credit." As does the chauffeur, who won his first Rooney Pace in his 11th try. "It took me long enough," Bartlett said. Complete recaps of all the weekend races, including the Camluck Classic at The Raceway at Western Fair District and a trio of $150,000 invitational events at Harrah's Philadelphia, are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 209; 2. Yannick Gingras - 149; 3. Jason Bartlett - 139; 4. Jordan Stratton - 134; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 158; 2. Peter Tritton - 102; 3. Jim King Jr. - 99; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 87; 2. Richard Poillucci - 44; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 40.3; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 40.3; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 40. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at The Meadows, Scioto Downs, Woodbine Mohawk Park, and Tioga Downs. The Meadows will card the Currier & Ives for 3-year-old trotters of both sexes, Scioto will host the Charlie Hill for open trotters, Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 3 – Fans that came to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening witnessed history, as four-year-old pacer Dr J Hanover paced the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history. The Tony Alagna trained son of Somebeachsomewhere and driver Doug McNair took full advantage of wild fractions to come away with a 1:46.4 victory. The clocking not only set a new Canadian record, but also established a new World Record for a four-year-old gelding. “I thought around the last turn he felt good,” said McNair following Dr J Hanover’s historic mile. “At the head of the stretch he still felt good and then half way down the lane I thought he had a pretty good shot (at the record), but I couldn’t believe it after.” Dr J Hanover was fired to the front by McNair in a field of six and posted an opening-quarter of :26.2. Boston Red Rocks and Brett Miller swept up to take the lead entering the backstretch, but they immediately had company in the form of Lyons Snyder and Yannick Gingras. The half flashed up in :53, as Lyons Snyder powered by Boston Red Rocks and continued to set a wild pace entering the far turn. Positions went unchanged in the third-quarter, as Dr J Hanover sat third and three-lengths back, while Lyons Snyder hit three-quarters in 1:20. In the stretch, Boston Red Rocks angled out and paced by Lyons Snyder, while Dr J Hanover followed the path and eventually tipped off his back to set up a two-horse battle. Boston Red Rocks tried his best to fight off the outside pressure, but Dr J Hanover was too much to handle and powered by to win by a length at odds of 15-1. Saturday’s $67,230 Graduate leg was the first time McNair had driven Dr J Hanover. “They just told me he had pretty good gate speed,” McNair commented. “He had been racing on the small tracks the last six or eight starts, so they told me if I got him out of there he should perform well and they were right.” Trained by Alagna for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman, Dr J Hanover was winless in nine starts heading into Saturday, but that is quickly forgotten after his record performance. “He made the front pretty easy,” McNair noted. “I kind of had him shut down at the quarter-pole, but Brett (Miller) came around and we just kept pacing. “When Yannick (Gingras) came, they went :53 and 1:20 and when Brett came back out (at the top of the stretch) he gave me cover again and when I kicked off cover he felt like he was really pacing and I was surprised to see that kind of a mile.” Dr J Hanover now has career numbers of nine wins and $387,961 earned. He paid $32.90 to win. The clocking of 1:46.4 breaks the Mohawk and Canadian record of 1:47.1, which was set last June by Always B Miki. Dr J Hanover is now also a World Champion, as he broke the four-year-old gelding mark of 1:47.2, which was held by Bettor Sweet and Wiggle It Jiggleit. He also equaled Warrawee Needy’s overall record for a four-year-old pacer. Dr J Hanover The other $67,230 Graduate division didn’t feature any records, but did have a thrilling finish. Dave Menary trainee Sintra battled back to edge out Western Fame in 1:49.3. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Sintra made a second-quarter move to the lead from third to take command away from Western Fame. Jamieson’s charge posted middle-half fractions of :53.3 and 1:21. In the stretch, Western Fame was angled to the outside and got by Sintra for a moment, but the Menary trainee wouldn’t quit and fought back to win by a nose. Easy Lover Hanover shot up the rail late to finish third. “I knew he was going to have to dig deep,” said Menary about his feeling at the top of the lane. “I knew he really dug back in and was by the horse after the wire,” said Menary about his feeling at the wire. “He’s a good enough horse that he was passed and he dug. That’s the kind of a horse he is.” A four-year-old gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra improved his 2017 record to four wins in five starts with his triumph Saturday. He is now a 12-time winner with career earnings exceeding $400,000 for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. Sintra paid $3.90 to win. Sintra Over on the trotting side, Ron Burke trainee Dayson prevailed in a photo finish over Trolley to win the $100,845 12-horse Graduate Series Trot. Driven by Gingras, Dayson grabbed the lead in the second-quarter, but had to deal with pressure by first-over challenger Warrawee Roo throughout the middle-half. After trotting a third-quarter in :28 to reach that station in 1:24.1, Dayson put away Warrawee Roo, but immediately had to deal with Trolley, who had been sitting second-over with driver Marcus Miller. Dayson and Trolley went toe-to-toe down to the wire, with the leader holding on to win by a nose in 1:52.3. “I thought maybe he got me in the last step,” admitted Gingras post-race. “My horse had raced on the front a few weeks in a row…I really wanted tonight to race him from the back if it was a shorter field, but I was in a tough spot and if I took him back I would’ve got away about sixth or seventh, but my horse raced another big mile.” Broadway Donna, who had captured the opening leg of the Graduate, didn’t have her usual punch in the lane and finished third. A four-year-old gelded son of Conway Hall, Dayson was winless in three starts heading into Saturday’s outing. He now has 20 career wins and earnings of over $700,000 for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC and Rossie Smith. Dayson paid $4.40 to win. Dayson Saturday’s card also featured a pair of 11-horse $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions, as many Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-old pacers were putting in their final preparations ahead of next week’s eliminations. Hurricane Beach and driver Louis Philippe Roy captured the first division in 1:50.3. The Luc Blais trainee went gate-to-wire to score his second win of the season. A gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere and North America Cup eligible, Hurricane Beach set fractions of :26.3, :55 and 1:22.1, before scooting home in :28.3 to capture a division of the race named for his sire. Lawrencetown Beach finished four-lengths back in second, while Sports Column was third. Roy’s victory with Hurricane Beach Saturday was the first Grand Circuit victory of his career. Following the race, he noted that some equipment adjustments made a big difference for his charge. “We trained him with different equipment last week and he was too grabby,” said Roy. “So (Blais) put back the equipment he had before cause he couldn’t relax like he did tonight with the other equipment.” Hurricane Beach, who was winless in three starts as a rookie, came into Saturday’s start with only $12,180 in earnings. His bankroll now sits at $47,180 for owner Determination. A $2 win ticket on Hurricane Beach returned $14.40. Hurricane Beach Another son of Somebeachsomewhere captured the second division to make it a perfect sweep for “The Beach” in his own race. Despite never seeing the rail, Macs Jackpot and David Miller came from way back to score a 42/1 upset. The Jim Campbell trainee sat eighth and on the outside throughout the majority of the mile, but was able to pick up the pieces when leader Richard Hill tired in the lane. Richard Hill cleared to the lead just after the opening-quarter and posted fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1. In the stretch, Richard Hill had to fight off Frontier Seelster, but that took its toll and the backfield came to life. Macs Jackpot followed Stealth Bomber down the lane and was able to surge by all his rivals to win by a neck in 1:51.4. Stealth Bomber edged out Richard Hill for second. Trained by Campbell for owner Jeff Snyder, Macs Jackpot overcame post-nine to score his second victory in six starts this season. “We had planned on trying to get him into the race, but with a big field and all, a lot of guys were taking a shot,” said Miller following the race. “He ended up fourth-over and was out the whole way, but he was just kind of feeling pretty comfortable until the last turn and then he did get interested and finished it up good.” Macs Jackpot is eligible to next week’s Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. He paid $86.30 to win. Macs Jackpot The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations will take place next Saturday (June 10). Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 1 - Following a two-year-old season rife with bad trips and bad posts, Classic Pro returns to the harness racing Grand Circuit stage and will attempt to tap into his potential in the first of two $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions on Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. "He was a pretty nice colt as a two-year-old, but he never got the chance to impress," trainer Dr. Ian Moore said. "He raced against all of the good ones in the Metro, the Champlain and in all of those other races. We thought that [with those trips] we left a lot in the tank for him." Competing for Dr. Moore, who owns with partners R G McGroup and Serge Savard, Classic Pro has won two races in 14 starts, compiling $140,904 in earnings. However, the Shadow Play colt from the Astreos mare Kattimon was winless as a two-year-old, racing 11 times and finishing no better than third. "During his season, he drew a lot of bad posts and had more than one driver, which I do not like," Moore said. "I like to have a regular, but as a result of that, he seemed to have gotten more test drives and got trips where he didn't pull when he could have pulled, so on." Leading up to his 2017 debut, Moore opted to remove hopples from Classic Pro, qualifying him free-legged twice in Florida before shipping to Mohawk to win his first race of the year, a 1:57.3 maiden-breaking score in the slop. "He has grown to be a nice big colt," Moore said. "He had wide strides last year, but now he's even wider now that I've taken the hopples off. He exhibited a lot of good stuff free legged last year training. "This year, he would take off on some days free legged and I thought 'we'll train him down as far as he can go [without hopples].' We got him trained down to [1]:54 before we qualified him, so I thought we'd give him a shot [free legged]. He seems a lot happier." The decision about whether to use hopples or not remains a debate among Moore and the connections. "I did get him a pair of light hopples, but when we put them on him, he would not go onto the track," noted Moore. "Ron, Serge, and I, have been back and forth about whether to kick the hopples off or not. If something were to happen in a big race that causes him to make a break, I'm probably going to be in trouble. But right now he's doing well free legged." Classic Pro was a regular in Ontario Sires Stakes action last season, but Moore opted to skip this year's opening leg and focus on the Grand Circuit. "I intentionally did not take him to London for the Ontario Sires Stakes, being that it's a tight track, because I want to give him every chance to prove that he is a top-level colt. He's a natural pacer." Classic Pro was steered by WEG driving sensation Louis Philippe Roy in his first two starts this season, winning both as the favourite. However, in his most recent start on May 22, Trevor Henry, who drove the Shadow Play colt twice last season, picked up the drive and finished second. "In his last race, we had a perfect two-hole trip for him, didn't have to move until the head of the stretch, and he never got moved," Moore said. "He had to wait an eighth-of-a-mile before he finally got clearance up the inside and meanwhile another horse came by on the outside. He could've easily been three-for-three instead of second. Those two wins can 'braven' some horses, though, so I think they were good for him emotionally." Moore will use Henry again behind Classic Pro from post-three in the first of two Somebeachsomewhere divisions on Saturday. "I don't think [Henry] realized how good [Classic Pro] is when he drove him last week. I was actually kind of disappointed in Louis Philippe Roy--he drove the horse to two wins, but then bailed pretty quickly. I like a horse to have a driver that knows their ability, knows what they're like, knows what they can do, and treats them accordingly." The combination of Moore and Henry has had success in the past, especially in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. "I've been a friend of Trevor and his family for many years; I raced against his father in the '70s and '80s," recalled Moore. "[Trevor] won for us with Rockin In Heaven in the Somebeachsomewhere two years ago as a long shot and we decided to stick with a local driver so we'd have an opportunity to have a consistent driver every week." Moore has opted to use American drivers in the past with Grand Circuit horses, but finding a local driver for Classic Pro makes the most sense to the veteran conditioner, as the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule can potential cause conflicts when trying to bring in an out of town driver. From the Somebeachsomewhere, Classic Pro will be taking on the challenge of tackling the division leaders, such as Downbytheseaside and Huntsville, in the Pepsi North America Cup. "We're basically untested," Moore said. "[Classic Pro] paced probably [1]:50, [1]:51 at his fastest last year, but like I've said, I feel we didn't get to the bottom of his tank as a two-year-old, so it will be interesting to see how he matches up." Here are the fields for Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #1 - Race 4) 1. Sports Column by Sportswriter (Chris Christoforou - Blake MacIntosh) 2. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Bob McIntosh) 3. Classic Pro by Shadow Play (Trevor Henry - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Lawrencetown Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell) 5. Southwind General by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 6. American Sportsman by Somebeachsomewhere (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 7. Beyond Delight by Bettor's Delight (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Red John by Mach Three (Trevor Henry - Victor Puddy) 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Louis Philippe Roy - Luc Blais) 10. Manceiver by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr.) 11. Who Said Not To by Well Said (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy)   $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #2 - Race 8) 1. Makasi by Shanghia Phil (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 2. Ideal Wheel by American Ideal (Louis Philippe Roy - Casie Coleman) 3. Streakavana by Big Jim (Sylvain Filion - Scott McEneny) 4. Stealth Bomber by Rocknroll Hanover  (Brett Miller - Tony O'Sullivan) 5. Richard Hill by Mach Three (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 6. Mc Mach by Mach Three (Paul MacDonell - Bob McIntosh) 7. Frontier Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 8. Rock This Way by Rocknroll Hanover (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) 9. Macs Jackpot by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 10. Henry The Dragon by Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 11. Arsenal Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson)   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 30 - The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Graduate Series highlight a strong 11-race harness racing card this Saturday (June 3) at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 22 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, including 16 eligible horses to the Pepsi North America Cup, have been split into two 11-horse $70,000 divisions for the Somebeachsomewhere. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes (formerly Burlington) is annually a final stop for many three-year-olds ahead of the Pepsi North America Cup. Last year's Cup winner Betting Line also captured his division of "The Beach" to become the 12th Cup winner to pull off the double. Each division on Saturday consists of eight Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-olds. The first division features Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight, who will look to regain the magic touch he found last season in stakes action. Sylvain Filion will drive the Tony O'Sullivan trainee from post-seven. A son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Delight is the richest horses in "The Beach" with $424,825 earned. The O'Sullivan trainee, who won three of 11 starts last season, will be making his second start of 2017 on Saturday. All three of Beyond Delight's victories have been in stakes events. The first split also features Sports Column, who won four of six starts in an abbreviated two-year-old season. The Blake MacIntosh trainee won the Battle of Waterloo and two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions as a rookie, but will be searching for his first win as a three-year-old on Saturday. A son of Sportswriter, Sports Column has drawn the rail and will have Chris Christoforou in the sulky. The other six Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses in the first division are Some Attitude (PP2), Classic Pro (PP3), Lawrencetown Beach (PP4), American Sportsman (PP6), Hurricane Beach (PP9) and Who Said Not To (PP11). The second division is led by Ontario Sires Stakes standout Streakavana, who leads the field in earnings with $202,622. The Scott McEneny trainee will be searching for his first win of the season, but has hit the board in two of three starts this season, including a third-place effort in an OSS event last week. A gelded son of Big Jim, Streakavana has drawn post-three with Filion scheduled to drive. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Henry The Dragon will be making his Mohawk debut from post-ten in the second division for Team Teague. The son of Custard The Dragon has won eight of 12 starts and is coming in off a fourth-place finish in the Art Rooney at Yonkers. Montrell Teague drives the Cup eligible for trainer Clyde Francis and owner George Teague. Champlain Stakes winner Ideal Wheel is another Cup eligible to watch out for in the second division. The Casie Coleman trainee won three of six starts as a rookie and recently finished third in his three-year-old debut. Louis Philippe Roy will be driving Ideal Wheel from post-two. The five other Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses in the second split are Stealth Bomber (PP4), Richard Hill (PP5), Mc Mach (PP6), Macs Jackpot (PP9) and Arsenal Seelster (PP11). The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes divisions have been carded as races four and eight. The Graduate Series, restricted to four-year-olds, stops by Mohawk for the second consecutive year on Saturday. A group of 12 trotters and 13 pacers were entered for the second leg of the series. The $100,845 ($75,000 USD) Graduate Trot features Broadway Donna, who captured the opening leg on May 20 at The Meadowlands and is the lone mare in the field. She'll be looking to beat the boys for a second time, but will have to do so in an overflow field of 12. The Jim Campbell trainee will be making her third start of the season Saturday and has regular driver David Miller in town to steer her from post position nine. Broadway Donna won seven of 12 starts last season, including the Breeders Crown, en route to winning the Dan Patch Award for her division. The daughter of Donato Hanover has made 17 trips to the winner's circle in her career and banked over $1.2 million for owner Fashion Farms. Also in the field of 12 is Ron Burke trainee Dayson, who is searching for his first win of the season after capturing 12 of 22 and banking over $500,000 last season. Yannick Gingras will be driving the son of Conway Hall from post-five. The Graduate Trot is carded as race seven. Over on the pacing side, a pair of $67,230 ($50,000 USD) divisions will be contested. The seven-horse second division will be the main event as the top-three finishers from the Confederation Cup, Western Fame, Check Six and Sintra, will all meet up. Western Fame is coming in off a strong front-end victory in the $176,000 Confederation Cup on May 21 at Flamboro. The Jimmy Takter trainee will team up with driver Trevor Henry and starts from post-three. A son of Western Ideal, Western Fame won six of 25 starts last season, including a victory in the first heat of the Little Brown Jug. The Brittany Farms homebred has won three of four starts this season and carries career numbers of nine wins and $573,174 earned into Saturday's start. Ron Burke trainee Check Six banked over $1 million last season and has yet to finish outside the top-two in four starts this year. The son of Somebeachsomewhere won an opening leg division of the Graduate on May 6 at The Meadowlands and most recently finished second in the Confederation Cup. Yannick Gingras will steer Check Six, a 16-time winner, from post-two. Sintra, who caught the attention of many with a stunning 1:49.1 score in the opening leg of the Graduate, will be searching for his fourth win in five starts. Trained by Dave Menary, Sintra won three in a row to start the season before finishing third from a tough-post in the Confederation Cup final. The Mach Three bay gelding won eight of 16 starts last season, but raced primarily in Ontario Sires Stakes and didn't garner Grand Circuit attention until this season. Sintra will team up with driver Jody Jamieson to start from post-three. The final four horses competing in the second split are Artmagic, Easy Lover Hanover, Seeley Man and Magnum J. Meanwhile, the first division will have a field of six going postward and it is led by millionaire Boston Red Rocks, who starts from post-three for trainer Steve Elliott. The Graduate Pace divisions are carded as races two and nine. Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. and an early-program proof for the stakes-filled card can be viewed by clicking here. Here are the fields for Saturday's stakes. $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #1 - Race 4) 1. Sports Column by Sportswriter (Chris Christoforou - Blake MacIntosh) 2. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Bob McIntosh) 3. Classic Pro by Shadow Play (Trevor Henry - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Lawrencetown Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell) 5. Southwind General by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 6. American Sportsman by Somebeachsomewhere (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 7. Beyond Delight by Bettor's Delight (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Red John by Mach Three (Trevor Henry - Victor Puddy) 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Louis Philippe Roy - Luc Blais) 10. Manceiver by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr.) 11. Who Said Not To by Well Said (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy)   $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #2 - Race 8) 1. Makasi by Shanghia Phil (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 2. Ideal Wheel by American Ideal (Louis Philippe Roy - Casie Coleman) 3. Streakavana by Big Jim (Sylvain Filion - Scott McEneny) 4. Stealth Bomber by Rocknroll Hanover  (Brett Miller - Tony O'Sullivan) 5. Richard Hill by Mach Three (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 6. Mc Mach by Mach Three (Paul MacDonell - Bob McIntosh) 7. Frontier Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 8. Rock This Way by Rocknroll Hanover (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) 9. Macs Jackpot by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 10. Henry The Dragon by Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 11. Arsenal Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson)   $100,845 Graduate Trot (Race 7) 1. Trolley by Donato Hanover (Marcus Miller - Erv Miller) 2. Blenheim by Yankee Glide (Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen) 3. Warrawee Roo by Majestic Son (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 4. Double L Lindy by Muscles Yankee (Chris Christoforou - Ake Svanstedt) 5. Dayson by Conway Hall (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 6. Manofmanyimages by Manofmannymissions (Steve Condren - John Bax) 7. Waitlifter K by Muscles Yankee (Yannick Gingras - Paul Reid) 8. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe (Randy Waples - Tom Durand) 9. Broadway Donna by Donato Hanover (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 10. Hill Of A Colt by Muscle Hill (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 11. Cufflink Hanover by Andover Hall (Louis Philippe Roy - John Butenschoen) 12. Dupree by Andover Hall (Doug McNair - Marcus Melander)   $67,230 Graduate Pace (Division #1 - Race 2) 1. Lyons Snyder by Well Said (Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter) 2. Roll Away Joe by Roll With Joe (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 3. Boston Red Rocks by Rocknroll Hanover (Tim Tetrick - Steve Elliott) 4. Manhattan Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Walter Haynes Jr.) 5. Dr J Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere (Sylvain Filion - Tony Alagna) 6. Stonebridge Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Stephane Pouliot - Stephane Larocque)   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 - Harness racing's Pepsi North America Cup picture became a little bit clearer after Saturday night's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A talented group of 19 three-year-old pacers competed in a pair of $75,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions. Of the 19 competitors in Saturday's event, 17 were eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Betting Line continued his impressive early-season with a 1:50.1 victory in the first 'Beach' split. The Casie Coleman trainee got away fourth for driver Jonathan Drury and was quickly moved in the second-quarter when Tony Alagna trainee American Passport brushed to the front from third. Betting Line followed his rival and cleared to command at the half in :55.2. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.3, Betting Line and American Passport created a little separation on their competition in the lane. The Coleman trainee was able to shoot home in :26.3 and hold off deep stretch push by a strong finishing American Passport to win by half a length. Michaels Victory finished third, while Magnum J was fourth. A son of Bettors Delight, Betting Line entered Saturday's race off an impressive 1:49.4 score on May 21. The sophomore paced a :52.2 back-half to secure the victory on that occasion. "He won so I'm not disappointed with him obviously, but he was a bit worked up in the paddock tonight," said Coleman, following Saturday's victory. "I actually had to move his paddock stall down to the end of the paddock and he took a little bit of his race out of him before he went to the gate tonight. "He's a little better than he was tonight and we will get that rectified for next week." Betting Line, who banked over $540,000 as a rookie and won the OSS Super Final, is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. His 2016 record now sits at two wins and a second in three starts. The son of Bettors Delight is a top contender heading into the NA Cup eliminations and was the heavy 2/5 choice in Saturday's 'Beach' Stakes. "He's coming into the NA Cup perfect," Coleman said. "I couldn't be any happier with his schedule coming into the NA Cup and I just have to fix a couple paddock situations and I might put his shoes back to how I used to have them." Betting Line had a shoeing change of steel to aluminum for Saturday's start. The Coleman trainee paid $2.80 to win. Betting Line The second division saw Lyons Snyder turn in a huge effort to win in 1:49. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Lyons Snyder left from post-three and got away in the two-hole behind Major Hill. The Mark Silva trained colt didn't sit in the pocket long and circled around to the front just after Major Hill cut a :25.4 opening-quarter. Lyons Snyder rolled right along in the middle-half with fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.1. Meanwhile, O'Brien Award winner Control The Moment was sitting second-over rounding the final turn and ready to fire. In the stretch, Control The Moment took his best shot and got right up to Lyons Snyder, but the Silva trainee dug in and shot home in :26.4 to win by half a length. Nocturnal Bluechip finished third, while Major Hill was fourth. A son of Well Said, Lyons Snyder entered Saturday's contest with three wins in five starts this season after going winless in five outings as a rookie. "He's trained good all year," said Silva, who took over the training of the colt late last season. "He was sore last year, we gave him four months off and he's come back great this year." Lyons Snyder has now earned $105,968 this season for owners Jeff Snyder and Geoffrey Lyons Mound and is a serious contender heading into the NA Cup. "He still runs out a little," Silva said. "We've got a little more work to do with him, but if I straighten that out he's a serious horse." Lyons Snyder was sent off as the 3/2 favourite and paid $5.10 to win. Lyons Snyder Next up for the majority of the 'Beach' competitors is the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations next Saturday (June 11). The last 'Cup' champ to win a division of the Somebeachsomewhere was JK Endofanera in 2014. Also on Saturday, the Graduate Series made its debut at Mohawk Racetrack with many of the sport's top four-year-olds meeting up. Freaky Feet Pete headlined a seven-horse field for the Graduate Pace and lived up to the hype with a 1:49.1 victory. Scott Zeron picked up the live catch-drive behind the Larry Rheinheimer trainee, made a quarter-pole move and never looked back. After Rockin In Heaven posted a :26 opening-quarter, Freaky Feet Pete took the lead and rolled through the middle-half in :54.3 and 1:22.4. The son of Rockin Image finished the job with a :26.2 final-quarter under minimal urging. Rockin In Heaven finished a length and a quarter back in second, while Dudes The Man and Rock N Roll World finished third and fourth, respectively. Freaky Feet Pete now has four wins in five starts this season to bring his career record to 28 wins in 32 outings. His most recent victory pushes his career earnings to $1.3 million for owners Mary Jo Rheinheimer and Marty Rheinheimer. Larry Rheinheimer noted prior to Saturday's race that Freaky Feet Pete's upcoming schedule is currently undecided. 'Pete' paid $2.20 to win. Freaky Feet Pete A field of 11 four-year-old trotters squared off in the $98,250 Graduate Trot. Returning to his home track after suffering his first loss of the season, Musical Rhythm called all the shots and scored a 1:52.3 victory for Mario and Ben Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall trotted out quickly from post-five to grab command. Top contender Crazy Wow made a break when parked around the first turn, which changed the complexion of the race. Musical Rhythm was able to get a :29.3 second-quarter breather to lead the field by the half in :57. The soft-quarter was the turning point, as the 2/1 favourite reached the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1 and sprinted home in :27.2 for the 2½ length victory. Crescent Fashion finished second, while Honor And Serve was third. Crazshana, who won the first leg of the Graduate, was a hard-closing fourth. "Lucky enough the eight-horse (Crazy Wow) made a break in the first turn and we got a cheap second-quarter," said Mario Baillargeon. "Them good horses that's all they need...it takes a real good one to beat them and I knew at the half he was going to be hard to beat." Musical Rhythm is undefeated this season on the WEG Circuit and now has 10 wins in 11 starts. He is owned by Santo and Nunzio Vena, Claude Hamel and Ben Baillargeon. The son of Cantab Hall now has seasonal earnings of $182,425 and is likely headed to Tioga Downs for his next start in the final preliminary leg of the Graduate. Musical Rhythm paid $6.10 to win. Musical Rhythm The final preliminary leg of the Graduate Series is scheduled for next Sunday (June 12) at Tioga. The finals of the series are set for July 9 at The Meadowlands. In other action Saturday, Shamballa rocketed from off the pace to win the $34,000 Preferred in 1:49.2. The Rick Zeron trainee used his signature final-quarter kick to score his second win in three starts this season. 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year State Treasurer finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was third. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Harness Racing This Week: Graduate Series second leg and the Somebeachsomewhere stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action will take place at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (June 4) with a pair of C$98,250 second leg divisions in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters and two C$75,000 divisions in the Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old pacing colts. Complete entries for the races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the Molson Pace for older pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District, the Art Rooney for 3-year-olds at Yonkers Raceway, and a trio of invitational races at Harrah's Philadelphia. Evenin Of Pleasure was sent off at odds of 35-1 in Friday night's (May 27) $115,500 Molson Pace, the signature race of The Raceway at Western Fair District. Luckily the horse didn't read the tote board. Sunfire Blue Chip, looking to give driver Mark MacDonald his first Molson Pace win in 10 tries, rattled off fractions of :26.3, :55.2 and 1:23 but was caught in the stretch by the garden spot sitting Evenin Of Pleasure (Sylvain Filion) who hit the wire first in 1:50.3. The time established a new track record, shaving a tick off the previous mark set by MacDonald and Tigerama in 2008. Sunfire Blue Chip held for second after the impressive performance. McWicked claimed the show spot while All Bets Off and P H Supercam took the final two checks. State Treasurer, vying for his fourth straight Molson title, hit some traffic trouble as the field paced through the backstretch the second time and finished sixth. It was the first win in 2016 for Evenin Of Pleasure, a 6-year-old son of Dragon Again owned by Gestion JY Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. It was as uneventful an eight-hole trip as Missile J (Brian Sears, $2,60, part of entry) could possibly have wished for Saturday night (May 28) in winning Yonkers Raceway's $300,000 Art Rooney Pace. A week after winning the lone, $40,000 elimination for the 26th Rooney, Missile J was blind-drawed behind the eight-ball in a field of two 3-year-old colts and six geldings. He was in play early over a track that was moisturized by a fair amount of pre-card rain. Missile J fell into an open three-hole behind pole-sitting entrymate Artmagic (George Brennan) and Rodeo Rock (Dan Dube), who left a bit wide from post position two to make sure Missile J couldn't get around him early. Artmagic had things his own way over the "good" surface, getting a :27.3 opening quarter-mile and :56.1 intermission. The leader then lost his closest pursuer, as Rodeo Rock gave up the ghost chasing a :27.2 third quarter (1:23.3). Missile J had taken out of third by then, getting into second and picking up the scent of the leader. Artmagic owned a 1-1/2 length lead into the lane, but his night was about to end. Missile J and a handful of closers rolled by, with Missile J drawing out to win by 2-1/4 lengths in 1:53. Second went to a much-improved Tailgunner Hanover (Ray Schnittker), with Yankee Artillery (Jordan Stratton), Artmagic and Manny (Brent Holland) settling for the smaller remainder. For Missile J, an unraced at two, $100,000 American Ideal gelding co-owned by Ken Jacobs' KJ Stables and Wanda Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables and trained by Linda Toscano, it was his fifth (consecutive) win in eight seasonal starts. Most people might be unhappy to see clouds block out the sun on their Memorial Day weekend, but Montrell Teague couldn't have been more overjoyed. Teague drives Wiggle It Jiggleit, a horse who has a penchant for jumping shadows on the racetrack. So when Teague saw the clouds roll in moments before heading onto the track for Wiggle It Jiggleit's start in Sunday's (May 29) $200,000 Dorothy Mullin Invitational for older male pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia, he was relieved. And under the cover of those clouds, Wiggle It Jiggleit went out and paced the fastest mile in the 11-year history of Harrah's Philadelphia, stopping the timer in 1:47.3 as he captured the Mullin Invitational by 1-3/4 lengths over early pacesetter Rockin Ron. Rockeyed Optimist finished third. The previous fastest mile at Harrah's Philadelphia was 1:48, a mark shared by Artistic Fella and Mister Big. The time was one-fifth of a second off the world record for a 4-year-old gelding pacer on a five-eighths-mile oval. In the Mullin, Wiggle It Jiggleit found himself in second place behind Confederation Cup champion Rockin Ron. Teague and the 1-2 favorite made their move to challenge Rockin Ron just after reaching the race's midpoint and battled side-by-side around the final turn. From there, Wiggle It Jiggleit paced away from his rivals to post the victory for owners George Teague Jr., who is Montrell's father, and the Teague Racing Partnership. Wiggle It Jiggleit is trained by Clyde Francis. Also on Sunday's card at Harrah's Philadelphia, Obrigado won the $200,000 Maxie Lee Memorial for older trotters by a neck over Il Sogno Dream in 1:52 and Venus Delight won the $200,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers by 2-1/2 lengths over Katie Said in 1:50.4. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website.Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 186.5; 2. Daniel Dube - 120; 3. George Brennan - 103; 4. Matt Kakaley - 100; 5. Jason Bartlett - 90. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 163; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 138; 3. Peter Tritton - 134.5; 4. Rene Allard - 120; 5. Clyde Francis - 62.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 134.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 85; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 45.55; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 45.55; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will take place next week at Scioto Downs, Mohawk, The Meadows, and Tioga Downs. Scioto will host the Charlie Hill for open trotters; Mohawk will feature five stakes eliminations, led by the North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers; The Meadows will contest eliminations for the Meadows Maturity for older trotting mares; and Tioga Downs will offer the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers and trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 31 - A talented group of 19 harness racing three-year-old pacers have been split into two $75,000 divisions for this Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. A stacked 11-race card has been assembled for Saturday and, along with the Somebeachsomewhere, will also feature a leg of the Graduate Series for four-year-olds and an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for sophomore pacing fillies. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes (previously known as The Burlington) serves as the final prep before the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations (June 11). Of the 19 horses in this year's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, 17 are eligible to the 'Cup'. The first division Saturday is headlined by several of last year's standout rookies and OSS top stars. OSS Super Final champion Betting Line (PP2, Jonathan Drury) is looking for his second win in three starts this season. The Casie Coleman trainee won his last start on May 21 at Mohawk in 1:49.4 and paced a :52.2 back-half. Voracity (PP5, Brett Miller), a winner of over $298,000, and Nvestment Bluechip (PP9, Jody Jamieson), third-place finisher in last year's Breeders Crown and winner of over $368,000, join their OSS rival in the first split. Trainer Tony Alagna not only sends out Voracity in the first division, but also Grand Circuit winner American Passport (PP3, Scott Zeron). The son of American Ideal posted three consecutive victories last season in Grand Circuit events, including a pair at The Red Mile. Michaels Victory (PP7, Sylvain Filion) and Magnum J (PP10, Doug McNair) are both coming off Sires Stakes victories in New Jersey and Ontario. Stonebridge Beach (PP1, Sylvain Filion), Flaherty (PP4, Trevor Henry), Dreamfair Mesa (PP6, Randy Waples) and Some Gold (PP8, James MacDonald) complete the field of ten for the first division. Metro Pace and O'Brien Award winner Control The Moment (PP4, Randy Waples) headlines the second division. The Brad Maxwell trainee is making his 2016 debut after a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk. The son of Well Said won eight of nine starts last season, banked over $461,000 and took a mark of 1:49.4 at Mohawk. Also in the second split, Alagna trainee Highlandbeachycove (PP9, Scott Zeron) will look to improve to three for three to start his sophomore season; Mark Silva trainee Lyons Snyder (PP3, Sylvain Filion) is coming off a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes victory in 1:49.4 at Pocono; and Dave Menary trainee Major Hill (PP6, Jody Jamieson) is entering off a 1:50.4 winning performance last week at Mohawk. The field of nine is completed by Bettor Memories (PP1, Chris Christoforou), Arsenic (PP2, Doug McNair), Nocturnal Bluechip (PP5, Paul MacDonell), Cruise Patrol (PP7, James MacDonald) and Brookdale Sonny (PP8, Sylvain Fillion). The Somebeachsomewhere divisions have been carded as races six and eight. Also on Saturday, the Graduate Series makes a stop at the Campbellville oval. A field of 11 four-year-old trotters will compete in the Graduate Trot, while a group of seven four-year-olds will battle in the Graduate Pace. Each race goes for a purse of $98,250. Local standout Musical Rhythm (PP5, Mario Baillargeon) stars in the Graduate Trot. The Ben Baillargeon trainee had his 11 race win streak snapped in the first leg of the series on May 21 at The Meadowlands. However, the son of Cantab Hall has won 13 of his last 14 starts on the WEG Circuit. The Graduate Trot field also includes Ron Burke trainee Crazy Wow (PP8, Matt Kakaley), a winner of over $1.3 million, and first leg winner Crazshana (PP10, James MacDonald) from the Jeff Bamond barn. The Graduate Pace is headlined by Breeders Crown champion Freaky Feet Pete (PP5, Scott Zeron). The Larry Rheinheimer trainee has won 27 of 31 career starts and will be making his first trip back to Canada since his Crown triumph at Woodbine last October. Freaky Feet Pete, a winner of over $1.2 million, has won three of four starts this season and is entering the Graduate off a third-place finish in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield. The field of seven also includes last year's Adios winner Dudes The Man (PP4, Jody Jamieson). The Howard Okusko Jr. trainee won his season debut Monday afternoon at Vernon Downs in 1:49.4. Dudes The Man hit the board in almost half of his 21 starts last season and earned over $715,000. The Graduate Trot has been carded as the fifth-race, while the Graduate Pace is the evening's ninth-race. The first OSS Gold event of the season at Mohawk will also highlight Saturday's card. A group of 16 sophomore pacing fillies have been split into two $105,000 divisions. Fresh off a victory in the S.B.O.A Stakes, Dr. Ian Moore trainee Good Will Hanover will look to keep her momentum rolling in the first split. O'Brien Award winner L A Delight, who suffered her first loss in 12 starts last Saturday, will look to get back on track in the second division for trainer Bob McIntosh. Not to be overshadowed by all the stakes action, an impressive group of older pacers will square off in the $34,000 Preferred (Race 4). State Treasurer, Nickle Bag, Shamballa and Evenin Of Pleasure are just a few of the notables in the field of nine for the Preferred. Post time for Saturday's stakes-packed card of racing is 7:30 p.m. The program pages (without final changes) for Saturday's card can be accessed by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 6 - Dudes The Man and Rockin In Heaven scored victories in their respective $78,767 divisions of the harness racing Somebeachsomewhere Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 19 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions of "The Beach." For many of the sophomores, they were using the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes as a final prep for next week's Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. In the first division, Dudes The Man and Corey Callahan were first to the line in 1:50.2 to win at 6-1 odds. A son of American Ideal, Dudes The Man was able to get situated in fifth early, while 60-1 shot Penji Hanover cut out an opening-quarter of :26. Oneisalonelynumber circled around Penji Hanover to take the lead in the second-quarter, but was quickly confronted first up by Maxdaddy Blue Chip. However, Maxdaddy Blue Chip made a break at the half-mile pole just as Dudes The Man was moved to the outside, which left Callahan and his charge first up around the final turn. Dudes The Man and Oneisalonelynumber went toe-to-toe around the final turn and posted a three-quarter time of 1:23. In the stretch, Dudes The Man was filled with pace and quickly separated himself from his rivals en route to a length and three-quarter victory in 1:50.3. Penji Hanover came back on late to finish second, while Trading Up finished third. Following the race, trainer Howard Okusko talked about the equipment change he made with Dudes The Man going into the Somebeachsomewhere. "Paul MacDonell drove him last week and he thought around the last turn he lost a couple lengths, he thought maybe slipping or touching a knee," said Okusko. "We put a pair of aluminum (shoes) on him, opened him up a little bit and he's a fast colt he just has to get a little luck." Dudes The Man is owned by M and L of Delaware LLC and Victoria Dickinson. The son of American Ideal now has two wins from three starts this season and four victories in his career. The Somebeachsomewhere victory pushes his career bankroll to $89,934. Dudes The Man, who is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup, returned $14.30 to win. Dudes The Man In the second division, Rockin In Heaven powered by in the final-eighth to win in 1:50.3 at odds of 11-1. Driven by Trevor Henry, Rockin In Heaven showed early speed and was able to touch down on the front at the opening-quarter in :26.4. Henry allowed Go Daddy Go to clear in the second-quarter and was quickly shuffled back to third when Drachan Hanover overtook the lead at the half in :54.1. After Drachan Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.1, Go Daddy Go and Rockin In Heaven edged to the outside to take a shot at the leader in the stretch. Rockin In Heaven had the most pace in the lane and charged by his rivals to win by a length and a quarter in 1:50.3. Go Daddy Go finished second, while Drachan Hanover fought to the wire to finish third. A son of Rock N Roll Heaven, Rockin In Heaven was one of six starters in the Somebeachsomewhere that was not made eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. "He finished his season off very well last year as a two-year-old and we staked him kind of heavily," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore following the race. "He trained down very well this spring until he got near racing speed and he just sort of bottomed out and I took him out of the last payment of the North America Cup and the Meadowlands Pace." Rockin In Heaven is owned by Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordan McComb. He now has four wins from five starts this season and seven triumphs in his career. "I don't like being proven wrong," said Moore. "But I guess I'm proven wrong tonight and I'm liking it maybe too." Rockin In Heaven now has career earnings of $77,215 and paid $24.30 to win. Rockin In Heaven Many of the Somebeachsomewhere starters will return next Saturday (June 13) for the eliminations of the Pepsi North America Cup. The $1 million NA Cup final will take place on Saturday, June 20. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 5 - The final preparations for the Pepsi North America Cup and a chance to witness harness racing history are on tap Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere Stakes for three-year-old pacers serves as a final prep for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on Saturday, June 13. A pair of $78,767 divisions, featuring ten-horses in each, will be contested Saturday evening. The Somebeachsomewhere splits have been carded as Races five and nine. A total of 14 of the 20 "Beach" starters are Pepsi North America Cup eligible. The first division features the season debut of Breeders Crown champion Traceur Hanover. The Normand Bardier Jr. trainee is coming into his first start of the season off a qualifying victory last Friday at Mohawk in 1:52.4. The son of Western Ideal won five of 14 starts last season for earnings of over $423,000. He will start from rail Saturday evening with driver Randy Waples at the controls. Pierce Hanover will be looking to improve to three for three this season in the first "Beach" division. The Ken and Ralph Sucee stable star is coming into Saturday night off two impressive victories to start his sophomore season. The son of Cams Card Shark will start from post-nine Saturday with driver Jody Jamieson. The first division features nine horses that are Pepsi North America Cup eligible. In the second division, the Hall of Fame duo of John Campbell and Bob McIntosh team up with Go Daddy Go. The son of Ponder won his season debut impressively last Friday in an Ontario Sires Stakes gold event at London. Go Daddy Go battled with the top colts last season and was victorious in his eliminations for the Metro Pace and the Breeders Crown. The McIntosh trainee will have to overcome post-ten in Saturday's second split. Allbeef N Nobull, who will start from post-two, has been listed as the 2-1 morning line favourite in the second division. The son of Mcardle ships north of the border off a victory on May 28 in a division of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes. Allbeef N Nobull has two victories this season, while finishing no worse than second in five starts. Last season, Allbeef N Nobull was a perfect four for four in his rookie campaign. He will be driven by Brett Miller Saturday night. The second Somebeachsomewhere division will feature five Pepsi North America Cup eligible starters. Ontario Sires Stakes action will also be on tap Saturday night. A pair of $105,000 gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies will take place as Races six and eight. Live racing gets underway Saturday at 7:25 p.m., but fans will want to arrive early to witness potential history. The Belmont Stakes and American Pharoah's quest for the Triple Crown will be shown live on the infield screen with full sound. Post time for the Belmont is approximately 6:50 p.m. Horseplayers looking to catch all the action from Belmont will be able to watch and wager on the entire card in the Mohawk Race Book located inside the OLG Slots. First-race post time Saturday at Belmont is 11:35 a.m. Doors to live racing at Mohawk will open Saturday evening at 5:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie- WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 4 –Harness racing duo John Campbell and Bob McIntosh have proven to be a winning combination over the course of their thirty-year partnership. Their latest protégé promises to be a tough competitor this season. Go Daddy Go will be looking to continue his sophomore campaign in a winning fashion in the $78,767 Somebeachsomewhere for three-year-old pacing colts at Mohawk Racetrack. McIntosh has seen his fair share of talented horses, with $94.3 million in lifetime earnings since his legendary career began in 1984. Having conditioned starters with over 4,000 wins, he is hopeful another will be added to the tally this Saturday night. Go Daddy Go is well positioned to make good on that hope. He posted a mark of 1:51.1 over the Meadowlands as a two-year-old, banking nearly $400,000 in fourteen starts. The son of Ponder returned to the track at the start of May, putting in three qualifiers before winning in an impressive fashion at The Raceway at Western Fair in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. “He spent the winter at Peninsula Farms with Carter Duer,” said McIntosh. “When I picked him up, I was really happy. He grew four or five inches, even grew some length. He really matured. “He trained down without a hitch and sound. We qualified him three times but he was nothing special in those qualifiers.” The chestnut posted times of 1:54.3, 1:52.2 and 1:53.3 over Mohawk, but the Campbell-McIntosh partnership knew he had more to give. “It’s like he could sense the qualifiers didn’t matter and just didn’t care. Under the lights, he’s a totally different horse.” He was certainly ready to go in London, winning easily in 1:53.1 by seven lengths, driving away from the field. Owners Dave Boyle, Diamond Creek Racing and McIntosh were pleased to see his strong performance. “John (Campbell) is the best person to give feedback on a horse and we’ve got a very valuable relationship. He said the colt wasn’t firing home in the qualifiers but at London, he said ‘we’ve got our horse back’. “Those qualifiers are the reason I have a few new grey hairs. He didn’t do anything wrong but he was lackluster. I did a little work on his front feet which seemed to help, but warming him up (at Western Fair), I knew he seemed good.” The three-year-old will have his work cut out for him Saturday at Mohawk, drawing the dreaded ten-hole with real speed to his inside. A challenge for the horses that prefer to be forwardly-placed in the mile, McIntosh believes he has what it takes to overcome it. “I think he’ll be okay (in the ten), it’s not the first or last race of his career. He’ll make a good effort, have to get away and a bit forward but you learn a little more about these horses every time they race. “Once the draw came in, I said to John ‘Buddy, I don’t even buy programs anymore. We’re in there and I’m not driving him so you better figure it out!’ I don’t tell any of my drivers how to drive; you never know what will happen when the wings fold.” Go Daddy Go is among the group of volatile three-year-olds pointed to the North America Cup on June 20, the highlight of Mohawk’s summer meet. “There’s some intimidating three-year-olds out there but after the Governors Cup and the Breeders Crown, I thought to myself that he belongs with the best. I’m not saying he’ll dominate in there but if they mix it up on the front end, hopefully he can be there to pick up the pieces. “After the North America Cup, he’ll give us some answers on where to go next. As of right now, I’m not thinking beyond that race.” The O’Brien Award finalist is paid into events including the Milstein Memorial, the Meadowlands Pace and the Breeders Crown which will be contested at Woodbine Racetrack this year. Though McIntosh doesn’t have his schedule planned out yet, the stakes calendar is full of options for his talented colt. “Last year, he showed that he’s much better than a Sires Stakes horse, he can go with the Grand Circuit colts. I’m a huge supporter of Ponder and I think he’ll throw some more good ones.” Ponder finished the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes season ninth in the stallion standings, with his offspring racking up $232,750 in 50 starts. Go Daddy Go part-owner Diamond Creek Farm also hold the ownership papers on the stallion. Go Daddy Go finished off last season with a gritty effort in the Breeders Crown and impressed his conditioner. “I was pretty pumped last year after (the Breeders Crown elimination) at the Meadowlands,” said McIntosh. “Unfortunately in the final he had his own bad luck, a horse broke in front of him and he didn’t settle in. “He had to go three wide the whole way home. Most of the time, when a horse tries to pull that off, you’re distanced. He managed to do it and rally for fifth.” As for what racing fans will see trackside on Saturday night, Go Daddy Go will be looking to bring home some new hardware. “He was great coming out of the OSS Gold, he’s on his hind legs, he’s feeling good. He’s ready for the races.” Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications

Standardbred Canada has announced the winners of the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. In celebration of the 25th anniversary of the event, the annual Black Tie Gala was held in Charlottetown, PEI, at the Delta Prince Edward Hotel and PEI Convention Centre. The awards are named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. O’Brien was born in Alberton, PEI. Bee A Magician who was perfect in her 2013 season, was the unanimous choice in the Three-Year -Old Trotting Filly division and was also voted Canada’s Horse of The Year. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her races last season and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore campaign. The daughter of Hall of Fame sire Kadabra took a mark of 1:51 at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The invincible filly’s stakes victories included the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Sylvain Filion successfully defended his Driver of The Year title. In 2013 he led all reinsmen in the nation in terms of purse earnings, as his mounts banked $6,111,736. Filion finished as the leading money-winning driver on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk Racetrack and Woodbine Racetrack. The resident of Milton, Ont. earned the Lampman Cup for the second straight year, as he topped the Ontario Sires Stakes standings for drivers. Filion celebrated his richest win of the season while steering Boomboom Ballykeel to a 10-1 upset victory in the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Richard Moreau was voted Trainer of The Year following an impressive season that saw his stable win 279 races and earn $3,623,805 in purses. The resident of Puslinch, Ont. earned training titles across Ontario at Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway, Mohawk Racetrack, The Raceway at Western Fair District and Woodbine Racetrack. Moreau topped the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. The 2013 season marked the 14th consecutive year that his stable has surpassed the $1-million mark in purse earnings. Alberta’s Kelly Hoerdt won the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship. Hoerdt is a successful driver/trainer who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. The 2013 season was another productive year for Hoerdt, as he trained 82 winners and horses to $623,000, and drove 66 winners and horses that earned over $490,000. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in terms of earnings at Alberta Downs. His stable was led by sophomore pacing colt Premium Attaction, a multiple stakes winner that rattled off six wins in 11 races and over $111,000 Precocious Beauty was honoured as Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year. Precocious Beauty won seven of 11 races, $462,912 in purses and took a mark of 1:50.1 which tied a world record for a one-mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. The two-year-old pacing colt title went to Arthur Blue Chip, who scored six wins in 11 starts and bankrolled $400,120 for his connections. The son of Shadow Play took a mark of 1:51.2 in his Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk before being scratched ‘sick’ from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore in 2013 and added another O’Brien (Three-Year-Old Pacing Filly of The Year) to her trophy case. The talented filly boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner up finish in the American National. Little Brown Jug winner Vegas Vacation took the hardware home as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Pacing Colt of The Year. Vegas Vacation gave his connections the ride of a lifetime in 2013. Conditioned by Casie Coleman, the son of Bettors Delight put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 from 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses. He wheeled off victories in his first four races which included the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and an elimination of the Pepsi North America Cup. On September 19 he captured the Little Brown Jug in straight heats – both timed in 1:50. ‘Vegas’ finished his sophomore season with a win in the Matron Stakes to put his bankroll at just over $976,000. Anndrovette continued to dominate the pacing mare ranks in 2013, and, for the third consecutive year, was crowned Canada’s Older Pacing Mare of The Year. The daughter of Riverboat King was on the board in all but three of her 21 races. Some of her major wins included three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker Series at Yonkers Raceway along with the Roses Are Red and Breeders Crown eliminations. On July 20 at Mohawk Racetrack she captured the Roses Are Red final in a career best 1:48. The talented mare now has 35 lifetime wins and a career bankroll of almost $2.6 million. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again was voted Canada’s Older Pacing Horse of The Year. Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season, as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final, as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final for his third straight million-dollar campaign. He entered the year within reach of the all-time earnings record for pacers, and he managed to obliterate that mark by adding $1.4 million to his bank account while visiting 11 different racetracks along the way. He closed the season by sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at the Meadowlands. Riveting Rosie was the winner in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Riveting Rosie closed out her rookie campaign with six wins in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Her major victories included the Peaceful Way Final, her Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain Stakes. In the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division, it was Father Patrick who took the O’Brien trophy. He topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Series. Flanagan Memory was voted Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year after a productive season which saw him win seven of 11 races and $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning his Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Maven was voted Canada’s Older Trotting Mare of The Year. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She added wins in the Miss Versatility Trotting Series, an elimination and final of the Armbro Flight, and the Allerage. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her bankroll. For the second consecutive year, Mister Herbie captured the title as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse of The Year. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in stakes competition, including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067 in purses. Seelster Farms, of Lucan, Ont. was honoured as the Armstrong Breeder of The Year. In 2013, Seelster-bred horses scored 248 wins and $2.1 million in earnings. In the Future Star category, the winner of this first-time award was trainer/driver Travis Cullen. The 21-year-old Alberta-based horseman closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the final card of the meet while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. The complete list of winners follows. 2013 O’BRIEN AWARD WINNERS PACERS Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer - Precocious Beauty owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Arthur Blue Chip owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer - I Luv The Nitelife owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer - Vegas Vacation owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON Older Pacing Mare - Anndrovette owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Older Pacing Horse - Foiled Again owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL TROTTERS Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Riveting Rosie owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Father Patrick owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter - Bee A Magician owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter - Flanagan Memory owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Older Trotting Mare - Maven owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL Older Trotting Horse - Mister Herbie owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY PEOPLE AWARDS O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Armstrong Breeder of The Year Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON Driver of The Year Sylvain Filion, Milton, ON Trainer of The Year Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB STANDARDBRED CANADA MEDIA EXCELLENCE AWARDS The Media Excellence Awards program, established by Standardbred Canada in 2008, is aimed at honouring exceptional work that covers Canadian harness racing in a manner that is extraordinary and of broad national appeal. Outstanding Written Work Paul Delean ’Reaching Improbable Heights’ 'Reaching Improbable Heights', written by Paul Delean, was published in the December, 2012 issue of Trot Magazine. It tells the story of trotter Intimidate’s incredible journey from obscurity to harness racing’s biggest stage and the ride of a lifetime that two smalltime owners from Quebec are still pinching themselves over. Outstanding Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group North America Cup HD Broadcast Woodbine Entertainment Group’s North America Cup broadcast aired across Canada on The Score television network on Saturday, June 26, 2013. The one-hour special of the $1-million North America Cup was the first live high definition broadcast of a standardbred race in Canada. The show featured live race coverage of the main event, a feature on Marvin Katz (co-owner of eventual winner Captaintreacherous) and a profile of a very special racing fan – Sydney Weaver. The broadcast was a production of WEG’s broadcast department, produced by Rob Platts and directed by Kris Platts. Outstanding Photography Clive Cohen Clive Cohen captured the sunset behind trainer Rene Dion warming up Ocean Mist Beauty on September 19, 2013 at Mohawk Racetrack. The image was published on WEG’s Facebook page later that night. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

On Wednesday, December 18, Standardbred Canada announced the finalists for the 2013 O’Brien Awards, which honour Canada’s best in harness racing over the past season. The winners will be announced at the annual O’Brien Awards Black Tie Gala on Saturday, February 8, 2014. This year marks the 25th edition of the O’Brien Awards, named in honour of the late Joe O’Brien, an outstanding horseman and member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Nine past O’Brien Award winners are looking to add to their trophy collections and are either defending titles or are nominated in a new division. These past winners include: Anndrovette, Bee A Magician, Foiled Again, I Luv The Nitelife, Intimidate, Mister Herbie, Sylvain Filion, Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms. Sylvain Filion will defend the Driver of the Year title against first-time nominee Doug McNair. Filion, 44, of Milton, ON, is currently the leading money winning driver on the WEG circuit with over $5 million to his credit between Mohawk and Woodbine. With 281 victories, he is closing in on Scott Zeron for the title as WEG’s top dash winning driver. He has a good shot of achieving that as Zeron has moved to The Meadowlands. A career winner of 7,477 races, Filion recently surpassed $6 million in earnings in 2013 in addition to going over $80 million in his career. He is also the regular driver for O’Brien finalist, Intimidate. Doug McNair, 24, of Guelph, ON, is enjoying a productive year as he’s driven 292 winners to go along with $5.6 million in purse earnings, his second best year on record ever for money. McNair was the regular driver for O’Brien finalists Precocious Beauty and Love Canal. There will be a new name beside the Trainer of the Year category as Gregg McNair and Richard Moreau are looking for their first National title. McNair, 52, of Guelph, ON, is en route to a career year and sits second in the Canadian trainer earnings standings. McNair conditions O’Brien finalist Precocious Beauty and to date has trained 109 winners and horses to $3.1 million in purse earnings. Moreau, 49, of Puslinch, ON, was a finalist in this category last year. The conditioner has been a mainstay on the WEG circuit for the last decade. He leads the Canadian trainer standings with $3.5 million in earnings and 270 wins. He celebrated the biggest win of his career this past season when Boomboom Ballykeel captured the $683,000 Metro Pace at Mohawk Racetrack. Kelly Hoerdt, 47, of Beaumont, AB, receives his third nomination for the O’Brien Award of Horsemanship and he is up against first time nominee Paul MacKenzie. Kelly Hoerdt is a successful horsemen who is annually near the top of the training and driving charts in Alberta. He’s been training in Alberta on and off for 25 years. Hoerdt was the leading trainer in earnings at Alberta Downs this year. He’s currently in the top five trainers at Northlands for both wins and money and sits in sixth at Northlands in the driving charts. Hoerdt has 66 wins and $487,528 in earnings as a driver and 81 wins and $616,517 as a trainer. Paul MacKenzie, 52, of Puslinch, ON, has been driving and training for over 35 years and has managed to be one of the top B circuit drivers for decades. The Charlottetown native is the all time leader in driving wins at Flamboro Downs. In 2013 he was the third leading dash winner at Grand River and in the top 10 drivers at Flamboro. Paul drove 169 winners and horses to earnings in excess of $1 million in 2013. He didn’t focus much on training. Unfortunately MacKenzie suffered some injuries at Grand River in late October and has not driven since. Precocious Beauty and Shes Da Bomb, both sired by Art Major, are the finalists in the Two-Year-Old Pacing Filly category. Precocious Beauty won 7 of 11 races, $462,912 and took a mark of 1:50.1 which happened to tie a World Record for the mile track. Her richest payday was a victory in the $451,000 Shes A Great Lady at Mohawk. Shes Da Bomb had 5 wins in 8 starts and earnings of $216,056. She paced to her season’s record of 1:50.3 at The Red Mile. Both fillies captured divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes and Champlain at Mohawk. Arthur Blue Chip and Luck Be Withyou didn’t battle each other much on the racetrack but the two will vie for the Two-Year-Old Pacing Colt title. Arthur Blue Chip scored 6 wins in 11 starts, bankrolled $400,120 and took a mark of 1:51.2 in an elimination of the Metro at Mohawk before being scratched from the final. His most lucrative payday was a runner-up finish in the Governor’s Cup. He also won a handful of Ontario Sires Stakes races, an elimination of the Battle of Waterloo and a division of the Nassagaweya. Luck Be Withyou’s victory in the Breeders Crown at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs was the highlight of a 40 year partnership between owner John Craig and trainer Bill Cass. Luck Be Withyou had 5 wins in 11 races and $363,402 in purse earnings. He took a mark of 1:50 in an elimination of the Breeders Crown, and also scored a victory in a division of the Champlain at Mohawk. I Luv The Nitelife returned as a seasoned sophomore and looks to add another O’Brien to her trophy case. She is up against Love Canal in the three-year-old pacing filly division. I Luv The Nitelife boasted a record of 13-1-1 in 15 races and $1.2 million in earnings. She took a mark of 1:48.4 in the Valley Forge at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. She also set a two-heat world record of 3:42.2 in the Jugette. She swept the Fan Hanover, the Lynch, the Mistletoe Shalee and closed the season as strongly as she began with a win in the Breeders Crown and runner-up finish in the American National. Love Canal put together a record of 4-3-1 in 13 races, earned $344,693 and took a mark of 1:50.1 at Mohawk in the Canadian Breeders Championship one week after her win in the elimination. She also had victories in the final of the SBOA Stake and an Ontario Sires Stakes event. Sunshine Beach and Vegas Vacation are finalists in the sophomore pacing colt category. Sunshine Beach hit for 16 top three finishes, including eight wins in 20 starts for earnings of $913,702. He defeated Captaintreacherous in the Battle of the Brandywine in a 1:47.4 world record mile at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs in August and was a runner-up to the division leader in the Breeders Crown. He was also victorious in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes and the Progress Pace. Vegas Vacation put together a sophomore record reading 10-4-1 in 20 starts while banking $976,037 in purses with major wins in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, Empire Breeders Classic, Simcoe Stakes, Little Brown Jug and the Matron Stakes. He was also a close runner-up in the Hempt Memorial, the Tattersalls Pace and the Adios. Anndrovette is looking to defend her crown as Canada’s Older Pacing Mare against the talented Rocklamation. Anndrovette is looking for her third consecutive trophy as the country’s top pacing mare following a season where she scored 7 wins and bankrolled $564,827. She took a mark of 1:48 at Mohawk in the Roses Are Red Final -- a Canadian record -- and also posted a win in the elimination. She won three legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker, an elimination of the Breeders Crown and finished third in the final. Rocklamation won 5 of 21 races and earned $546,217 on the season while posting a mark of 1:49.3 in the Golden Girls at The Meadowlands. She won two legs of the Blue Chip Matchmaker and captured the Milton Stakes at Mohawk. A Rocknroll Dance and Foiled Again are the Older Pacing Horse finalists. Multiple World Champion A Rocknroll Dance was the first horse in harness racing history to pace three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs (1:47.4f) and in the elimination and final of the Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four-year-old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in an invitational race at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He defeated the best older pacers of the year in winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm in Pennsylvania. The $6 million horse, Foiled Again didn’t show any signs of slowing down in his nine-year-old season as he won 11 of his 29 starts, including three Levy divisions, the Ben Franklin elimination and final as well as the Breeders Crown elimination and final, for his third straight million-dollar campaign. Following Foiled Again's final start of the year, trainer Ron Burke noted that the iron tough pacer has exceeded his expectations with all of his accomplishments. He earned $1.4 million on the year, while surpassing the $6 million career marker and closed the season sweeping the elimination and final of the TVG Free For All Pace at The Meadowlands. Miss Aultsville and Riveting Rosie are nominees in the two-year-old filly trotting category. Miss Aultsville established a stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:59.2 for two-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track in an Ontario Sires Stakes event, one of her two season wins. She earned just over $151,000 on the season. Riveting Rosie closed out her 2013 campaign with six wins, one second and one third in eight starts and earnings of $468,613. Riveting Rosie’s major victories were the Peaceful Way Final, The Ontario Stakes Super Final and a division of the Champlain. Father Patrick and Muscle Matters will face off in the Two-Year-Old Trotting Colt division. Father Patrick topped the earnings chart in his division and was flawless in 10 stakes starts with his only blemish coming in an early season two-year-old race where he was beaten by just a head. Father Patrick amassed $752,395 in earnings with major wins in the Breeders Crown, Peter Haughton Memorial, William Wellwood Memorial Trot, Champlain Stakes and Bluegrass Stakes. Muscle Matters was lightly raced but earned $218,800 in 6 starts, half of which he won. He took his mark of 1:55.4 in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. Bee A Magician, who was perfect in her 2013 season, is up against Motown Muscle in the Three-Year-Old Trotting Filly division. Bee A Magician won all 17 of her 2013 races and earned in excess of $1.57 million for a perfect sophomore season. The invincible filly took a mark of 1:51 at The Meadowlands and won the SBOA elimination and final, the Casual Breeze, the Elegantimage elimination and final, three Ontario Sires Stakes events including the Super Final, the Delvin Miller, Hambletonian Oaks elimination and final, the Simcoe, Breeders Crown elimination and final, American National and Moni Maker. Motown Muscle enjoyed a productive 2013 campaign, hitting for 6 wins in 14 races and $331,423 in purse money. She took a mark of 1:53.4 at Mohawk and racked up wins in a division of the Casual Breeze, Canadian Breeders Championship elimination and final, and several Ontario Sires Stakes events. Flanagan Memory and Your So Vain are the sophomore trotting colt nominees. Flanagan Memory won seven of 11 races for $408,798 in earnings. He clocked a season’s best 1:53 effort in winning the OSS Super Final at Mohawk. He also scored victories in the Goodtimes and several OSS events. Your So Vain was a winner of 5 of 13 and $382,105. He posted a mark of 1:52.4 in winning an elimination of the Canadian Trotting Classic. He also added wins in the Simcoe Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes, and a heat of the Kentucky Futurity to his resume. Bax Of Life and Maven are the Older Trotting Mare finalists. Bax of Life won 4 of 23 races and earned just over $155,000. She took a mark of 1:52.2 at The Red Mile. She was a nose winner in a Breeders Crown elimination and second in the Miss Versatility. Since winning the 2012 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Racetrack, Maven has been one of the most consistent trotters in North America. She swept the Miss Versatility Trotting Series including a 1:51.4 World Record in the final at Delaware. She also added wins in an elimination and the final of the Armbro Flight and Allerage to her credentials. She showed just how good she was by claiming a second Breeders Crown title. At season’s end Maven had won 10 of 14 races, and added $513,485 to her coffers. Intimidate and Mister Herbie are the Older Trotting Horse finalists. Both horses were O’Brien winners in 2012 – Intimidate as Canada’s Three-Year-Old Trotting Colt of the Year and Mister Herbie as Canada’s Older Trotting Horse. Intimidate stepped up to the Older Trotting Horse ranks to win 7 of 9 on the year and bank $176,000. He won several Preferred events and took a mark of 1:51 in the Credit Winner at Vernon Downs. Although Mister Herbie only won one race in 2013, he was a strong contender in many of the major stakes and scored six runner-up finishes in races including the Maple Leaf Trot, Allerage, John Cashman Memorial and Breeders Crown, finishing the season with $492,067. Robert McIntosh Stables Inc. and Seelster Farms are nominated in the Armstrong Breeder of the Year category, and are both previous winners of this award. McIntosh’s 98 starters have accounted for 228 wins and just over $2 million in earnings in 2013, while Seelster-bred horses have posted 254 victories and $2.1 million in purse earnings. In the Future Star Category, the finalists for this first-time award are Travis Cullen and Patrick Shepherd. Horseman Travis Cullen, 21 of Edmonton, AB, closed out Alberta Downs' 2013 meet with five wins on the last day of racing while securing both the Lacombe track's driving and training titles. Amidst a career-best year of over $366,000 in trainer earnings and over $577,000 in driving earnings, the Edmonton horseman concluded the Alberta meet with a chart-topping 64 training victories and 86 driving wins. His 2013 total of 109 training wins in Canada places him fourth among all trainers while his .430 UTRS leads the nation. Patrick Shepherd, 21, of Lynden, ON, trained 112 winners and horses to $542,799 in earnings. His Canadian win total ranks as the third best among all conditioners, as does his .389 training average. One of the 24 horse nominees will be honoured as Canada’s Horse of the Year. The winners will be announced at the O’Brien Awards Gala on Saturday, February 8, 20114, at the Delta Prince Edward in Charlottetown, PE. The complete list of finalists and owners is as follows. 2013 O’Brien Award Nominees Pacers Two-Year-Old Filly Pacer Precocious Beauty - owned by James L Avritt Sr., Lebanon, KY Shes Da Bomb – owned by F. Bellino And Sons LLC, Bronxville, NY   Two-Year-Old Colt Pacer Arthur Blue Chip – owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Guelph, ON – R G McGroup Ltd., Bathurst, NB – Serge Savard, Saint-Bruno, QC Luck Be Withyou – owned by John H. Craig, North York, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Pacer I Luv The Nitelife - owned by Richard P. Young, Boca Raton- Joanne Young, Coconut Creek, FL Love Canal - owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc – Robert Cooper Stables LLC, Boca Raton, FL - J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY   Three-Year-Old Colt Pacer Sunshine Beach - owned by Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc., Hudson- Conrad Leber, Montreal QC – Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB Vegas Vacation – owned by West Wins Stable, Cambridge- Adriano Sorella, Milton – Anthony B Beaton, Waterdown – Phyllis M Saunders, Hamilton, ON   Older Pacing Mare Anndrovette - owned by Bamond Racing LLC, Brick – Joseph Davino, Clarksburg, NJ Rocklamation - owned by J and T Silva Stables LLC, Long Beach, NY – Stable 45, Boynton Beach, FL- Our Horse Centre Stables, Clifton Park, NY   Older Pacing Horse A Rocknroll Dance - owned by A Rocknroll Dance Stable, Wauseon, OH Foiled Again - owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Fredericktown – Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Canonsburg, PA – JJK Stables LLC, Fort Lauderdale, FL   Trotters   Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter Miss Aultsville - owned by Old Aultsville Stable, Mississauga, ON – Pealer Pen, Camp Hill, PA – John Kopas Stables Ltd. Milton, ON Riveting Rosie - owned by Parkhill Stud Farm, Peterborough – Don Allensen, Wyoming – J And T Stable Newmarket – John F Hayes, Sharon, ON   Two-Year-Old Colt Trotter Father Patrick - owned by Father Patrick Stable, East Windsor, NJ Muscle Matters - owned by Nunzio Vena, Bolton – Santo Vena, Brampton – Benoit Baillargeon, Rockwood – Richard Thompson, London, ON   Three-Year-Old Filly Trotter Bee A Magician – owned by Melvin Hartman, Ottawa, ON – Herb Liverman, Miami Beach – David H McDuffee, Delray Beach, FL Motown Muscle - owned by Bet Max Stables Inc., Casco – Benenati Inc., Clinton Twp, MI   Three-Year-Old Colt Trotter Flanagan Memory - owned by Liette Flanagan, Repentigny-Rene Dion, Saint-Lazare, QC Your So Vain – owned by P G Van Camp Stables, Port Perry, ON   Older Trotting Mare Bax Of Life – owned by Jerry Duford – Joanne S Wray, Campbellville, ON Maven - owned by William J. Donovan, Ft Lauderdale, FL   Older Trotting Horse Intimidate – owned by Judith Farrow, Hemmingford – Luc Blais, Lochaber Ouest, QC Mister Herbie – owned by Jeffrey R Gillis, Hillsburgh – Mac T Nichol, Burlington, ON- Gerald T Stay, Buffalo, NY   People Awards   O’Brien Award of Horsemanship Kelly Hoerdt, Beaumont, AB Paul MacKenzie, Puslinch, ON   Armstrong Breeder of the Year Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., Windsor, ON Seelster Farms, Lucan, ON   Driver of the Year Sylvain Filion, Campbellville, ON Doug McNair, Guelph, ON   Trainer of the Year Gregg McNair, Guelph, ON Richard Moreau, Puslinch, ON   Future Star Award Travis Cullen, Edmonton, AB Patrick Shepherd, Lynden, ON

Sunshine Beach, and harness racing driver Chris Christoforou, made a big statement when he captured his division of the Somebeachsoomewhere Stakes in 1:49.2 this past Saturday at Mohawk.

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