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MILTON, ONT, October 18, 2019 - Trainer-driver Brandon Bates will make his Breeders Crown harness racing debut following a 1:50.2 blowout victory on Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the opening elimination for two-year-old pacing fillies with his Rockin Image filly Priceless. A group of 21 rookie pacing fillies were split into three $32,500 (CAD) eliminations to determine the field for next Friday's (October 25) $600,000 final. The first elimination saw Bates blast Priceless to the front while Gai Waterhouse secured pocket to a :26.3 opening quarter. Priceless raced uncontested to a :55 half and faced far-turn pressure from Baby Your The Best tipping first over from third. Past three-quarters in 1:22.4, Priceless opened her lead through the stretch chased by Reflect With Me closing from third over for second while Baby Your The Best settled for third. "Actually she did it pretty easy," Bates said after the race. "She's got more in the tank. I thought all year that she belongs in the conversation." Winning her seventh race from 10 starts, Priceless has earned $344,912 for owners Kevin Miller and Bert Hochsprung. She paid $6.50 to win. To see the race replay, click here. Lyons Sentinel delivered as the 1-5 favourite in the second fastest elimination on the night to hold off a pocket move from Marloe Hanover. Betalady launched from the outermost post in the field of seven to take the lead with Marloe Hanover sitting second to a :26.4 opening quarter. Marloe Hanover soon popped pocket to take control as driver Tim Tetrick sent Lyons Sentinel towards the front approaching a :55.1. Lyons Sentinel led the field to the final turn, speeding to three-quarters in 1:22.4, and maintained command through the stretch as Marloe Hanover angled wide but only gave pursuit from second. Looksgoodinaromper closed from last for third. "She just keeps impressing me more and more every time I sit behind her," Tetrick said after the race. "I wasn't [planning on] going to the front but I didn't want to get away too far back and let some of the better [fillies] get away from me. I put her on the lead, which I don't think that's her best game, but she paced all the way to the wire today and the plugs were still in." Collecting her seventh-consecutive victory in her 11th start, Lyons Sentinel has finished no worse than second in her career. The daughter of Captaintreacherous--racing for owner Threelyonsracing--has surpassed $600,000 in earnings. The division leader heads into the final facing a firm challenge from other elimination winner Priceless. "I followed Brandon Bates' filly in the Kentuckiana," Tetrick said. "I had a filly I thought was okay but he blew my doors off there." "As it stands we're really looking forward to next week, but it's going to be a horse race," winning trainer Jim King Jr. said after the race. "I hope we're ready for them. [Priceless] was impressive; that was I really good mile tonight. I hope she was watching us too. I think she has a little in reserve and I hope we don't have to use it all up yet." Lyons Sentinel paid $2.50 to win. To see the replay, click here. New Year ground down 1-5 favourite Alicorn to take the second elimination, stopping the clock in 1:52. Driver Corey Callahan floated New Year into fourth while Lady Lou led Alicorn to a :27 first quarter. Alicorn soon circled to the front moving to the backside and strolled to a :56.1 half while Callahan edged New Year first over heading to the far turn. New Year ranged closer to Alicorn pacing to three-quarters in 1:24.4 and drew alongside the Ontario Sires Stakes champ in the stretch. Alicorn tried to stay straight through the lane as New Year dug into the pacesetter before pushing past in the final eighth to win. Lady Lou--off a pocket trip--finished third while Shouldabeenatd, with the highest earnings of the fourth-place finishers, coming from second over to qualify for the final in fourth. "She's like the perfect combination of Drop The Ball and Somebeach[somewhere]," Corey Callahan said after the race. "Drop The Ball [her dam] was really quick and this filly just carries her speed a long ways. You don't really feel her change gears but she hits it. It's a good feeling." A filly by Somebeachsomewhere, New Year--a homebred for Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham--made her career debut in early September. She has since won four races from five starts and earned $99,930. "She's really fresh," Callahan also said. "She's gone a couple of big heats--that heat at Lexington was huge. Today she didn't have to work quite as hard as she did down there, so I think we have fresh legs going into the final." New Year returned $6.40 to win. To see the replay, click here. The post position draw for the $600,000 2-Year-Old Filly Pace final took place following the eliminations. Elimination winners drew for post positions one through five. 1 Lyons Sentinel 2 Alicorn 3 Priceless 4 New Year 5 Lady Lou 6 Looksgoodinaromper 7 Marloe Hanover 8 Reflect With Me 9 Baby Your The Best 10 Shouldabeenatd From Woodbine Entertainment/Hambletonian Society  

Shartin N, the No. 1-ranked horse in harness racing's weekly poll, returned to action for the first time in a month on Tuesday, winning a harness racing qualifier in 1:52.3 at Harrah's Philadelphia with trainer Jim King Jr. in the sulky. Following the race, regular driver Tim Tetrick texted King's wife Jo Ann and asked how big King was smiling when he came off the track. "It was pretty good, you betcha," a laughing King said. "I never thought I'd drive a horse like her and I'm just thankful to have my hands on her now, for sure. She's pretty special." King last drove Shartin N in a qualifier on Jan. 10, 2018 as the New Zealand-bred mare prepared to make her North American debut. At the time, Shartin N was known as much for her rambunctious behavior as for her potential. Since then, Tetrick has been credited with helping the 6-year-old develop into a more relaxed racehorse. "She was really pleasing," King said about her qualifier on Tuesday. "Her manners have changed an awful lot since I drove her last. Timmy's handling has made a difference in her. She was just very kind out there and that's a long way from where we started. She did everything she was supposed to." Shartin N was sidelined because of sickness but is ready to resume her chase for $1 million in seasonal earnings. She has won 14 of 15 races this year (with a current 13-race win streak) and banked $826,427 for owners Richard Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King, and Tim Tetrick LLC. Last year, Shartin N became the first mare in harness racing history to reach $1 million, finishing the campaign with $1.05 million. She is being pointed toward Sunday's Allerage Mare Pace at Lexington's Red Mile, the Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park, and the TVG championship at The Meadowlands to complete her 2019 season. Shartin N, who won 19 of 24 races last year, was the 2018 Dan Patch Award winner for best older female pacer and runner-up for Horse of the Year to male pacer McWicked. "Hopefully she can end up with over a million (dollars) again and we sure would like to be on the stage with her as Horse of the Year," King said. "But we know we have to finish up the year good. It's a big wish. "She doesn't appear to have any health issues now, everything seems good. We gave her good recovery time and she got a good mile before her race coming up, so we feel pretty good about that. We're just hoping to finish up the year the way we started and get the old girl some notoriety and try to enjoy it." The “first half of the Daily Double”  qualifiers was won by 2018 Yonkers International winner Cruzado Dela Noche, in likely his last prep before defending his title at the Gotham oval on Saturday, October 12. The son of Muscle Massive sat third at the race’s midpoint, then came his own last half in 56.2 to post a 4¼ length victory in 1:55.2. Marcus Schoen, who recorded his first lifetime driving victory at Philly last week, handled the horse for trainer Marcus Melander. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Lyons Sentinel entered the Canadian harness racing record books with a stunning 1:49.3 victory in Saturday's $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous converted off a two-hole trip to win for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. in a Stakes, Track and Canadian Record time.   "She's done things we didn't think could be done," said King Jr. post-race. "About time she walked in my barn I could tell she was really special."   The $540,000 contest carried the storyline of a showdown between impressive elimination winners Alicorn and Lyons Sentinel. The fillies didn't disappoint, sitting one-two from start to finish.   Alicorn and driver Louis Philippe Roy blasted from post-five and hung up an opening-quarter of :26.4, while Lyons Sentinel followed in second. Reflect With Me got away third and hugged the rail for most of the mile.   After a second-quarter breather of :28.4, Alicorn faced pressure from Somebeachsometime, who had been parked every step of the mile after starting from post-nine. Peaky Sneaky failed to stay with the first-up challenger while in a second-over position, which left room for Tetrick to slide off the rail at three-quarters with Lyons Sentinel.   Alicorn went into sprint mode after reaching three-quarters in 1:23.1, but Lyons Sentinel was too much to handle. The King Jr. trainee stormed by powerfully in :26 to win by half a length. Alicorn finished second, while Reflect With Me couldn't find room up the rail in the stretch and settled for third over JK First Lady.   "I just didn't want to give Roy too much space," said Tetrick. "I didn't want to give him three or four lengths and get the half cheap and take off from me, so I put her on the back and I took a chance of getting locked in, but it all worked out."   A $55,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Lyons Sentinel has stamped herself as harness racing's top two-year-old pacing filly for owners Threelyonsracing. The Captaintreacherous filly has now won five in a row and is six for nine on the season with $562,330 earned.   Lyons Sentinel's record mile broke the previous Canadian record of 1:50.1, which she matched in last week's elimination. The now-fastest two-year-old filly in Canadian racing history returned $3.40 for a $2 win ticket.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2019 - Green Manalishi S and driver Tim Tetrick went to the front and never looked back to capture the $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Marcus Melander trainee held off a late push from Pilot Discretion to win Woodbine's marquee harness racing event for three-year-old trotters by half a length in 1:52.4. Tetrick becomes the winningest driver in the history of the Canadian Trotting Classic with now four titles to his name.   "That's a big honour," said Tetrick of claiming the Canadian Trotting Classic wins record. "It just kind of fell into place and worked out really good."   Tetrick's previous three victories in the Canadian Trotting Classic came with Crystal Fashion (2018), Bar Hopping (2016) and Market Share (2012).   Green Manalishi S, who went off as the 6/5 favourite, shot to the top from post-four and led the field by the opening-quarter in :27.2. After an easy :29 second-quarter, Tetrick ramped up the tempo with the son of Muscle Hill to trot a :27.3 third-quarter.   Swandre The Giant raced in the two-hole, but made a break going to three-quarters. Hambletonian winner Forbidden Trade moved out from third entering the final turn and was nearly fourth-lengths behind Green Manalishi S turning for home. Goodtimes winner Pilot Discretion followed the moves of Forbidden Trade to sit third at the three-quarter pole.   In the stretch, Green Manalishi S had close to three-lengths on his rivals with an eighth of a mile to go. The push to the finish line saw the lead shrink with Pilot Discretion closing in, ultimately coming up half a length short.   "I wanted to get out of there and either sit really close or go ahead and cut it, but I didn't want to have to work too hard to do it," said Tetrick of his strategy. "I wanted him to feel really brave going down the backside and I went a little faster in the third-quarter to get a little separation on them and down by the wire it was getting close, but my horse held on good and he never wins by too many."   Green Manalishi S   Forbidden Trade finished third, but was placed back to fifth for causing interference in deep stretch to Only For Justice. Smart As Hill was moved up from fourth to third, while Only For Justice entered the Superfecta going from fifth to fourth.   Owned by Courant Inc, Green Manalishi S improved to four for four in starts at Mohawk Park. The Melander trainee becomes the first horse since Father Patrick in 2014 to win the Wellwood Memorial and Canadian Trotting Classic in consecutive seasons.   "This horse has kind of been in the shadow of Greenshoe and Gimpanzee," said Tetrick of Green Manalishi S status among Melander's stable stars. "He's done really well and he's made money and won an elimination of the Hambletonian. He's a very qualified horse."   Green Manalishi S is now five for nine this season with $688,226 earned. The Canadian Trotting Classic victory is the 10th career visit to the winner's circle for the son of Muscle Hill and pushes his career earnings over the million-dollar plateau to $1.2 million.   A $2 win ticket on Green Manalishi S returned $4.60.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

CHESTER, PA - When the harness racing pacers Blake North and Closing Statement met at Harrah's Philly on August 11, Closing Statement was favored, set the pace, but was caught in the stretch by pocketsitting Blake North. And when the two clashed again in the Wednesday afternoon $14,500 feature at the southeast Pennsylvania oval, Closing Statement was again favored, again set the pace - and again was caught in the lane out of the two-hole by Blake North, this time in 1:50.1. Blake North left from post six in the field of eight for driver Tim Tetrick and looped his field, hitting the quarter in :27.2, while Closing Statement proceeded forward and took the lead at the 3/8, passing the next two striped poles in :55.3 and 1:22.4. But in the stretch, the victorious altered son of Dragon Again had enough to gain into a :27.2 final stanza, winning by ¾ of a length over the chalk. The win was a teaming of Philly's leading driver Tetrick and trainer Gilbert Garcia-Owen, tops in the conditioning standings here; Blake North, a winner of $230,364, is owned by Gilbert Garcia-Herrera. Trainer Marcus Melander unveiled yet another promising young trotter on the card in the Muscle Hill - Hall Of Face freshman filly Hall Of Am S, who won in her debut in 1:56.3 despite the outside post eight, also handled by Tetrick. Coming off a 1:57.4 qualifier in preparation for her bow, Hall Of Am S showed her has a very bright future with the 7¾-length win for Courant Inc. From the PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

MILTON, ON - September 6, 2019 - A quintet of Grand Circuit stakes for rookie and sophomore trotters headlined Friday evening's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A trio of Simcoe Stakes divisions for three-year-olds and a pair of William Wellwood Memorial eliminations for two-year-olds all took place on a 10-race card.   Green Manalish S dug deep late to reach up for a thrilling victory in the lone $174,503 Simcoe division for three-year-old colts and geldings. The victory gave driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Marcus Melander each a stakes hat-trick on the card.   All Wrapped Up made a second-quarter move from third to first and led the field by the half in :57. Green Manalishi S and Tetrick got away fourth and sat there until the midway point of the mile, angling out to come first-up.   The third-quarter saw All Wrapped Up ramp up the tempo :28.1, while Green Manalishi S grinded up to the leader's wheel.   In the stretch, All Wrapped Up was all out and kept Green Manalishi S more than a length away with an eighth of a mile to go. The Melander trainee would not be denied a victory, finding more in deep stretch and powering by just in time for a 1:53 victory.   "I thought I was a little messed up there when I let them get over to the half too slow and I was a little far back," said Tetrick. "I had to come a little early there going to the half, but my horse sat out there and put his nose up when it was time.   "Top of the lane a little bit (worried)," admitted Tetrick. "Half way down the lane he started kicking in and right by the tote board he took off for me and I knew I was going to get him."   Union Forces finished third, while Smart As Hill was fourth.   A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi S was making his first start at Mohawk Park since capturing last year's Wellwood Memorial. The Melander trainee improved to four wins and $385,726 earned in eight starts this season.   Green Manalishi S will now head towards next Saturday's (September 14) Canadian Trotting Classic with nine wins and $945,883 in career earnings for owner Courant Inc.   A $2 win ticket on Green Manalishi S returned $2.80.   The entry box for the Canadian Trotting Classic closes Tuesday morning (September 10) at 10:30 a.m. The top-ten money earners to enter will compete in the rich final.   The Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies saw a group of 13 separated into a pair of divisions.   Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry made her first start since August 3 and got things her own way to win the $85,029 first division   Now racing for trainer Carmen Auciello, When Dovescry and driver Simon Allard trotted out to the lead and got away with soft fractions of :28.3, :58.4 and 1:27.4. Special Honor followed the leader's every move from the two-hole, while 3/5 favourite Evident Beauty sat third.   The sprint for home saw Evident Beauty trotting up a storm and appearing to have a chance to defeat When Dovescry until she made a break entering the final sixteenth, handing the victory to When Dovescry in 1:54.4. Special Honor finished two-lengths back in second, while Evident Beauty finished third.   "I got lucky," said Allard about the break made by Evident Beauty. "She didn't race in a little while and we needed a race and we ended up winning, so that's great. She's been good all along and sometimes the good horses do everything right and it works out for them."   A daughter of Muscle Hill, When Dovescry picked up her third straight win to bring her sophomore record to three wins and $328,054 earned in six starts. She now sports career numbers of eight wins and $618,764 earned for owners Go Fast Stable, Yves Sarrazin, Kapildeo Singh and Lawrence Dumain.   A $2 win ticket on When Dovescry returned $4.50.   Sisters Promise went to the top and never looked back to win the $86,028 second Simcoe division in a career-best 1:53.4.   Driven by Tetrick, Sisters Promise trotted out to the lead and set fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:25.3. Race-favourite The Ice Dutchess sat fourth and angled out heading towards three-quarters.   Sisters Promise got away from her rivals after creating separation at three-quarters and trotted home in :28.1 to win by three-quarters of a length. The Ice Dutchess finished second, while Bright Eyes M was third.   "She's always had enough talent, just hasn't been able to put it together," said Tetrick. "I got off the car and got an easy first-eighth and kind of cruised to the half and then I stepped on the gas and she held off The Ice Dutchess late."   A daughter of Father Patrick, Sisters Promise was winless in 11 starts this season prior to her Simcoe score. The Linda Toscano trainee has now earned over $100,000 this season to bring her career totals to four wins and $192,109 earned for owners Brittany Farms.   Sisters Promise paid $20.20 to win.   The top finishers from Friday's Simcoe Stakes are all eligible to next Saturday's (September 14) Elegantimage Stakes. The top-ten money earners to enter by Tuesday morning will line up for the rich event.   A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were split into a pair of $30,000 eliminations for the Wellwood Memorial. The top-five finishers from each division booked their ticket to next Saturday's $370,000 final.   Back Of The Neck was a coast-to-coast winner in the first elimination for the Team Melander. The Ready Cash colt and driver Mattias Melander set fractions of :28, :58.3 and 1:26.4 before trotting home in :28.1 for a 1:55 victory.   "Every start he races he's been developing more," said Mattias Melander about Back Of The Neck. "I was on him a little bit, but I think he had some left."   Trained by Marcus Melander, Back Of The Neck didn't face pressure until Beyond Kronos pushed first-up going to three-quarters. The margin of victory was a length and a half with Beyond Kronos finishing second and Port Perry finishing third off a two-hole trip.   Nylander and Hetalkstoangels completed the top-five to advance to next week's final.   A $150,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Back Of The Neck is now three for five with $56,845 earned for owners Howard Taylor, Order By Stable and Judith Taylor. He paid $5.80 to win.   Marcus Melander completed the sweep of the Wellwood eliminations with Capricornus holding off a push from longshot Hp Royal Theo to win the second split in 1:55.1   Driven by Tetrick, Capricornus angled out from third on the far turn to make a first-up bid against leader and race-favourite Synergy. The public's choice couldn't deliver in the lane after a three-quarter clocking of 1:27. Capricornus overtook the lead and dug in to hold off Hp Royal Theo by a neck.   "I really liked what I saw and he really dug in all the way," said Melander of Capricornus. "He's got a really good attitude and that's really important and he's a really nice gaited-horse and a pleasure to drive."   Moon Bridge and Blue Cupertino completed the Superfecta. Synergy did make the final by finishing fifth.   A $110,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Capricornus is now three for six with $96,770 earned for owner JJ Stable. The Melander trainee shaved a fifth of a second off his previous career best with the victory.   Capricornus paid $4.10 to win.   The post position draw for next Saturday's (September 14) $370,000 final took place following the eliminations. The Melander stable had their choice of positions following the victories by Back Of The Neck and Capricornus.   1 - Blue Cupertino 2 - Hetalkstoangels 3 - Back Of The Neck 4 - Capricornus 5 - Hp Royal Theo 6 - Nylander 7 - Moon Bridge 8 - Port Perry 9 - Beyond Kronos 10 - Synergy AE - Your Still Up   Friday evening's card also featured a $30,000 Mares Preferred. Youaremycandygirl followed up her stunning victory from a week ago with a 1:48.3 victory over Seaswift Joy N and Kissin In The Sand.   Making her second start from trainer Richard Moreau, Youaremycandygirl brushed to the lead in the second-quarter and never looked back to win. The four-year-old mare and driver Louis Philippe Roy posted fractions of :54.4 and 1:21.4 before firing home in :26.4 for her third win of the season.   Owned by W Donovan, Youaremycandygirl sports career numbers of 21 wins and over $1.5 million earned. She paid $3.50 to win.   Live racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with more Grand Circuit action. Rookie pacers, colts and fillies, will compete in the Champlain, while three-year-old pacing fillies will duel in the Simcoe.   Post time is 7:10 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

CHESTER, PA - Joey Bats again showed his fondness for the Harrah's Philadelphia harness racing oval, notching his third straight win in recent appearances with a 1:54.1 victory in the $18,000 trotting feature Thursday at the riverside oval. The four-year-old Holiday Road gelding made every pole a winning one, rattling off splits of :27.4, :56.4, and 1:25.3, then sprinting away from his competition in the last quarter. He won by four lengths over pocketsitter Ooh Rah, giving him eight wins on the year and a career bankroll of $231,207. Andrew Harris trains the sharp trotter for Scott Dillon, Michele Nelson, and Marc Reynolds. The driver of Joey Bats, Tim Tetrick, had a very successful day at Philly as well, as the meet's leading driver won five times in all. Another Tetrick triumph came in one of two $14,500 co-featured trots, where the Explosive Matter four-year-old mare Pat Matters gave a gigantic performance, with splits of :27.3, :55.4, and 1:23.3 preceding an 8½ length domination of her opposition in 1:52.2, a new mark and only 2/5 of a second off the divisional track standard set by Classic Martine (and Tetrick) in 2014. Nifty Norman trains the winner, who was making her first start in 54 days, for the Patricia Stable. Tony Morgan, second in the all-time North American driving victory ranks, combined with Ron Burke, first in the training tables, to tally with the Kadabra gelding Mr Houdini in 1:55.1 in the other trot co-feature. On the board in his last four starts without winning, Mr Houdini sat in the pocket for the better part of the mile, came up the inside to get the lead in the lane, and then hold off Boy Meets Girl K by a neck for Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. George Napolitano Jr., second in the Philly sulky success standings behind Tetrick, helped firm up his spot with victories in four of the last five races. Harrah's will host a special Friday evening card tomorrow, with the first action beginning at 6:30 p.m. Sunday will be the $1.3 million Pennsylvania Sire Stakes Two-Year-Old Championships card, with the attendant consolation races. From the PHHA/Harrah's Philadelphia

MILTON, ON - August 31, 2019 - Guardian Angel As continued his dream harness racing season with a Canadian record equaling victory in Saturday's $600,000C Maple Leaf Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Anette Lorentzon trained five-year-old was moved to the top in the second-quarter by driver Tim Tetrick and never looked back to win by half a length in 1:50.4. "I got away in a real good spot there early, and then I had to make a decision," said winning-driver Tetrick. "I thought my horse was the best tonight, I really did off last week's performance and he proved that he was." The betting public couldn't separate elimination winners Guardian Angel As and Crystal Fashion, sending the trotters off as co-favourites at 9/5. The opening-quarter action saw mares Manchego and Emoticon Hanover blast from the outside towards the lead. Manchego held top spot through an opening-panel of :26.4 before Guardian Angel As leaped from third to first and led by the half in :55. Crystal Fashion was angled out from fourth at the half and trotted first-up to the leader's wheel on the far turn. Despite never seeing the rail after starting from post-10, World champion Atlanta was situated second-over by driver Yannick Gingras and set to deliver another gritty performance. After a three-quarter clocking of 1:23, Guardian Angel As led the field into the lane and attempted to create separation on his rivals. Atlanta tipped off cover and did all she could to track down the leader. Fans roared as the trotters stormed home with Guardian Angel As recreating last week's elimination victory over Atlanta by refusing to budge for a Track, Stakes and Canadian record equaling time of 1:50.4. Guardian Angel As, who earlier this season set a World Record on a half-mile track, held off Atlanta in last Saturday's elimination by three-quarters of a length. "When he's on the front he relaxes a lot and then when he sees one coming, he keeps going," said Tetrick. "I can let him relax up there and when he sees one, he fights off and wants to go, so I was very confident." Triple-millionaire Marion Marauder spent most of the mile on the outside and rallied from fourth-over to finish third. Crystal Fashion crossed the line fourth. Guardian Angel As has led the older trotting division this season and now sports stunning numbers of seven wins and $699,434 earned in 10 starts. The Maple Leaf Trot victory pushes the now 23-time winner over $1 million in career earnings for breeder/co-owner Acl Stuteri Ab and co-owner Kjell Johansson. Trainer Lorentzon becomes just the second female trainer to win the Maple Leaf Trot, joining Hall of Famer Linda Toscano (2013, Market Share). Guardian Angel As returned $5.80, $3.00, $2.60. A $2 Exacta with Atlanta paid $28, while the $2 Trifecta including Marion Marauder returned $128.40. The Superfecta, completed by Crystal Fashion, paid $146 for a $1 winning ticket. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Chester, PA -- Since arriving in the Ron Burke stable in early July, Backstreet Shadow has been on an absolute tear.   The 4-year-old Shadow Play gelding ran his winning streak to five with a measured 1:49.1 harness racing victory in Sunday afternoon's (Aug. 25) $30,000 Great Northeast Open Series pacing event at Harrah's Philadelphia, which was also his first appearance at the riverside track. Tim Tetrick was back in the bike behind Backstreet Shadow ($2.20) after they teamed up for a resounding 1:47.3 victory at The Meadowlands on the Hambletonian Day undercard. Picking right up where they left off, the pair yielded early control to Imarocnrollegend N (Joe Bongiorno) before brushing just beyond a :27 first quarter.   Once clearing, Backstreet Shadow maintained complete command through middle fractions of :54.1 and 1:22.1, turning aside a first-over push from Our Max Phactor N (George Napolitano Jr.) up the backstretch in the act. Off the home turn, Backstreet Shadow faced one final challenge from Imarocnrolllegend N, who closed to within a half length at the finish. However, Backstreet Shadow was under wraps for the entirety of the stretch en route to his 17th career win. Scott Rocks (George Brennan) finished third, another 4-1/2 lengths back. The Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby have banked $90,000 in five starts with Backstreet Shadow. Backstreet Shadow's win keyed a 2-6-1-4-7 combination in the day's Jackpot Hi-5, which returned $140.82 to multiple backers and prompted a $7,162.37 carryover to Wednesday's (Aug. 28) card. In the afternoon's sub-featured event, an $18,000 conditioned pace, JK Wildfire ($17.00) sustained a long first-over ascent to overpower pacesetter Alotbettor N and draw clear by three lengths in 1:50.3. Corey Callahan drove the Wayne Givens trainee for Legacy Racing of Delaware and Reginald Hazzard II. Racing returns to Harrah's Philadelphia on Wednesday, with the first of 13 races scheduled for 12:25 p.m. Eastern. by James Witherite, for Harrah's Philadelphia 

MILTON, ON - August 24, 2019 - The harness racing field is set for next Saturday's $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot after a pair of eliminations were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 13 older trotters, including five mares, competed in a pair of $40,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each punched their ticket to next Saturday's (August 31) rich final. Guaradian Angel As fought off Atlanta with a :27.1 final-quarter to win the first elimination in 1:51.4. The five-year-old and driver Tim Tetrick rejected a seat in the first-turn, worked up to the top and never looked back for his sixth win nine starts. "I was thinking about (tucking), but Atlanta I thought would want to follow my horse and lucky it worked out that way," said Tetrick. "My horse has raced good every start this year...my horse is strong." Atlanta cut an opening-quarter of :28 before Guardian Angel As moved to the lead. The Anette Lorentzon trainee got a favourable half time of :57.1, which allowed Tetrick to pull the plugs and put his charge into sprint mode for a back-half of :54.3. Guardian Angel As fended off Atlanta in the lane to win by three-quarters of a length. Speeding Spur N finished third, while Dream Together and Dancer Hall rounded out the top-five. Guardian Angel As has banked $399,434 this season to bring his career earnings to $921,116 for owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson. The Lorentzon trainee picked up his 22nd career victory with the elimination score. A $2 win ticket on Guardian Angel As returned $3.70. Crystal Fashion rushed to the top at the half and kept the momentum going to win the second elimination in 1:52.1. David Miller guided the four-year-old gelding to his fifth win in nine starts this season. "I feel very good about this horse (going into the final) because he's been such a good horse, we've been blessed to have a horse like him," said trainer Jim Campbell. "He gives it a good effort every time we put him out there. He's a very versatile horse, you can race him any way you want." Marion Marauder made a rally from fifth to finish second by two-lengths. Six Pack, who was the favourite, didn't fire off a second-over trip and finished third. The top-five was completed by Manchego and Emoticon Hanover. Hannelore Hanover, who won the 2017 Maple Leaf Trot, sprinted out to be the early-leader and made a rare break when sitting on the winner's back going to three-quarters. Crystal Fashion has banked $450,775 this season to bring his career totals to 18 wins and $1.7 million earned for owner Fashion Farms. The Campbell trainee's only other start at Mohawk Park prior to Saturday was a victory in last year's Canadian Trotting Classic. A $2 win ticket on Crystal Fashion returned $6.40. The draw for next Saturday's $600,000 took place following the eliminations. The connections of Crystal Fashion and Guardian Angel As were able to select their post. 1. Six Pack 2. Crystal Fashion 3. Guardian Angel As 4. Speeding Spur N 5. Dancer Hall 6. Dream Together 7. Manchego 8. Marion Marauder 9. Emoticon Hanover 10. Atlanta AE: Run Director REPLAYS: www.YouTube.com/WoodbineReplays (Races 2 and 3) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment      

Tim Tetrick is accustomed to having good harness racing seasons, but 2019 is shaping up to be one of his most memorable. Tetrick is the regular driver of harness racing's No. 1-ranked horse, the New Zealand-bred pacing mare Shartin, and earlier this year reached career win 11,000. And last month it was announced that Tetrick is one of four people on the ballot for the Hall of Fame. The results of the voting will be announced later this year. On top of that, Tetrick entered Friday leading the sport in earnings by a wide margin. His $9.12 million in purses were $2.8 million ahead of second-place Jason Bartlett. In addition, Tetrick had won 505 races, second to only Aaron Merriman's 579. Tetrick is on pace for more than 800 wins and more than $14 million in earnings, which are levels only one driver in history has surpassed in the same year. The driver? Tetrick, who accomplished it first in 2007 when he set the record for wins with 1,189 and earnings with $18.3 million. The following year he again surpassed the 800-victory and $14-million plateaus, winning 902 races and $19.7 million. Those earnings remain the sport's record. For his career, Tetrick ranks fourth all time in purses with $211 million and ninth in wins with 11,181. He has been named Driver of the Year by the U.S. Harness Writers Association on four occasions. Tetrick recently took time to speak with Ken Weingartner, the U.S. Trotting Association's media relations manager, about his career, the Hall of Fame, and Shartin, who has won 17 of her past 18 races and competes in Sunday's $137,000 Artiscape at Tioga Downs. The 6-year-old mare has won 12 of 13 races this year and earned $742,927. Last year, she became the first pacing mare in history to earn $1 million in a season, reaching $1.05 million thanks to 19 victories in 24 starts. KW: You're having such a great year, on pace for over 800 wins and over $14 million, what have been the keys to success? TT: Just getting the right horses, that's all. Some years you just don't have the power. This year, I've had good stables and good horses to drive. The right horses get between my arch. KW: When you get on a roll, does it feel different? TT: It's definitely a lot easier to get out of bed and go to work when you're winning four, five, six (races), that's for sure. When you have a bad few days or couple of weeks, you start thinking you can't do it anymore, you get down on yourself. I try not to think about it. I enjoy going to work. KW: Is that the key, trying to enjoy it every day? TT: Exactly. If you over-think it, you're going to mess up. You can't over-think it. The things that can bother you, you just can't let them bother you. I tried to learn that a long time ago, but it's hard. You've got to be able to turn the page, no matter what happens. You've just got to forget about it. KW: What have been the highlights for you this year? You're getting to drive Shartin, won your 11,000th race ... TT: All of the above. (And) getting nominated for the Hall of Fame, it's a dream come true. Getting to drive great horses, like Shartin. Getting to compete at a very high level. It's pretty awesome. KW: What does it mean to you to be nominated for the Hall of Fame? TT: I never thought about it when I was younger. Over the last four or five years, I've had such great success and the numbers are good, you kind of start looking ahead. You see some of your peers that you still work with get nominated and it's pretty cool to see them go in and what it means to them. It's a Hall of Fame for a reason. They only take the best of the best. To be even considered, it's a great honor. Hopefully it will come true. KW: Reaching 11,000 wins, do those milestones mean a lot to you? TT: For sure. I know records are meant to be broken, and stuff like that, but that's a lot of wins. Most people don't get 11,000 drives in their careers and I've been able to go to the winner's circle over 11,000 times. My biggest thing, though, is the money. I've gotten to win over $200 million and there are only three guys ahead of me. And I'm only 37. But the wins are awesome. I'm racing against the top 10 guys every day, so to have that many wins is awesome. KW: Do you get extra motivation from that, knowing the competition you're facing? TT: I always want to try to beat the best. Not only are they very good at what they do, they're very safe to drive with, and they're smart. It doesn't make your job easier, but it does make your job easier racing against the best guys in the world. KW: How have you seen yourself grow over the years and what are you most proud of? TT: I still learn things every day. I heard (retired driver) Cat Manzi say one time that he learned a lot from watching the younger guys when they came up. You never stop learning, the way you sit in the bike or the way you handle a horse. I like getting a young horse and being able to come off the track and tell a trainer something that I think can make the horse better. And they come back the next week and tell you, man, that really helped. Equipment changes, or whatever it is. That is a lot of fun to me. KW: It's more than just being on the track with a horse for two minutes. TT: Exactly. I know I'm a catch driver, but I still think of myself as a horseman. I always put the care of the horse first and try to do what's best for the horse and still make them go as fast as I can. And make a lot of money. (Laughs.) KW: I wanted to talk about Shartin. Jim (trainer Jim King Jr.) and everybody around the horse say what a great job you've done helping her along, going back to the beginning last year. What has it been like to see her development and how do you view your roll in it? TT: It's awesome to watch her grow and see what she's turned into. From the first time I saw her, I could never dream she could do what she's done. She's exceeded my expectations, for sure. I think Jimmy and (his wife) Jo Ann are giving me too much credit. Good horses make good drivers look better. She's been a work in progress, a little too eager at times, but Jimmy and me work together. It's different when you race than when you train them. I hear all the time, "They didn't do that at home." Well at home you don't have a starting gate and grandstand and people cheering at you. And there are nine other drivers that are trying to beat you. On the racetrack, she's different. She wants to win and she's very eager about it sometimes. They've done a great job keeping her fit. She actually loves traveling, going places; you see her just get her game face on. KW: With a horse that can be a little overanxious, what do you do to try to keep them relaxed and focused? TT: There are different ways. You try to keep her by herself because when she gets around other horses, she wants to go after them almost. When a horse gets close to her, even in the post parade, she thinks it's race time. If you keep her by herself, she takes care of herself after that. She's a beast. KW: That type of desire, is it something you can sense in a horse? TT: In her you can. You can feel it in the lines. When you're coasting on the lead by yourself, she's actually really calm and relaxed. But she'll see other horses coming before I do. She watches. She won't let a horse pass her. She wants to fight. KW: Has she reached her full potential or is there more there? TT: There's more there. I've never hit the bottom yet. The other day, that wasn't all she had, I know that. Hopefully she doesn't ever have to go faster than that. She's a horse that might last three more years if we take care of her and pick our spots. Why show off if you can make a million dollars a year with a horse? As long as we win. It doesn't pay more if you win by four or five lengths. I just let her do what she wants to do and win by the least amount we can. KW: How meaningful was it to reach a million dollars with her? TT: The first (time) was unheard of and she might do it two years in a row. It's just awesome. She's well on her way. She's ahead of her pace from last year and I think she's stronger and more mentally stable than she was at this time last year. She just amazes me every day. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

CHESTER, PA - Tim Tetrick, the leading harness racing driver at Harrah's Philadelphia, continued on his recent hot run with five sulky successes on the Wednesday afternoon card, winning the featured trot, finishing first in one of the two co-featured paces, and just getting edged in the other co-feature. The richest purse of the day was a $16,000 trot, which was taken by Captain Morgan, a four-year-old son of Cantab Hall who has raced lightly (this was only his 14th career start), but has shown much promise. Here Tetrick sent the winner of two straight right to the lead, put up fractions of :27.2, :56.1, and 1:25.1 over a track that had been reclassified as "fast" after earlier rain had evaporated, then dug in to handle a last quarter threat from pocketsitter Lapped By Lindy to get to the finish line a half -length to the good in 1:54.3. Staffan Lind trains the developing winner for Lind Racing Stable LLC, Bender Sweden Inc., Roy Holth, and Kemppisuojalampistable. The Well Said three-year-old gelding Brassy Hanover, second in the Hempt Championship behind Shake That House but still eligible to "n/w 3 races lifetime," showed his class in his $14,000 pacing co-feature, taking a new mark of 1:50.4. Brassy Hanover came out to follow cover down the backstretch, was left raw at the ¾, then motored home in 28.1 to leave 80-1 shot Random Hanover eleven lengths in arrears and the others even further back. Eric Good owns the Eddie Dennis trainee. Favored V O Joe took the other $14,000 co-feature in 1:53.4 for driver George Napolitano Jr., but not until Joe McDude and Tetrick rapidly ate up stretch ground to be only a half-length shy at the wire. But Napolitano appeared to have the distance to the wire measured with the Somebeachsomewhere sophomore gelding, with the pacer making it two straight for trainer Robert Cleary and the ownership of Allen Wenc and Joseph Hughes. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

Announcer Ken Warkentin exclaimed, "It doesn't get any better than that!" and you'd be hard pressed to argue. After doing virtually nothing wrong since arriving in North America, Shartin N is now the fastest female pacer in the history of harness racing with a jaw-dropping performance in the 2019 Lady Liberty Final on Hambletonian Day (August 3) at The Meadowlands. Driver Tim Tetrick was playing no games on Saturday afternoon, leaving alertly from the rail along with Apple Bottom Jeans (Corey Callahan). Sensing danger, Tetrick protected his position after Apple Bottom Jeans cleared and popped pocket to clear back to the lead through a :26 opening quarter. Post 10 starter Kissin In The Sand (David Miller) couldn't find a spot on the rail and was forced to press on, with Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) second over and Caviart Ally (Andy McCarthy) locked in third along the rail. The field continued in this order through a :53.4 half and 1:21 third station. At this point, Youaremycandygirl tipped three-wide with third over Shower Play (Dan Dube) following that move. Coming into the stretch, it would appear that Caviart Ally would get room to make a bid, and she did. However, at that moment Tetrick gave Shartin the word and she absolutely exploded with pace. After a mile without a real rest, Shartin shot home in :25.4 to trip the teletimer in a world record 1:46.4. Caviart Ally closed in futile chase of the leader but held second over a hard-charging Shower Play. The mile time shaved one-fifth of a second off the existing standard for distaff pacers, set by Shebestingin at The Red Mile in 2013. "If there's a freak out there, she's it," said a smiling Tetrick after the record win. "I don't know how fast she can go...she wasn't done there, I never untucked my whip. Right now she's just so much fun to drive, she's getting smarter and she's just on her game." Tetrick co-owns Shartin N (Tintin In America - Bagdarin) along with Richard Poillucci of North Easton, Mass. and Joann Looney King of Harrington, Del. The Jim King Jr.-trained six-year-old now boasts 12 wins in 13 seasonal outings, and the win pushes her purse earnings just shy of the double millionaire mark at $1,967,295. Courtesy of Standardbred Canada

East Rutherford, NJ -- Green Manalishi S ($20.60) outlasted a first-over grind to collar Osterc in 1:50.3 in the first $70,000 Hambletonian harness racing elimination on Saturday (Aug. 3) at The Meadowlands, while fourth-place finisher Gimpanzee suffered defeat for the first time after winning the first 12 races of his career.   Now an eight-time winner, the son of Muscle Hill commenced his uncovered bid out of fourth just beyond a :54.4 half mile, advancing steadily on the far turn in line to Tim Tetrick to engage 30-1 long shot Osterc (Yannick Gingras) at the midpoint of the far turn. The pair dueled the length of the stretch, with Green Manalishi S just reaching in the final strides. Osterc was a game runner-up, while Soul Strong (Dexter Dunn) launched a belated rally down the grandstand side to finish third.   Gimpanzee (Brian Sears), sent off the 2-5 favorite, gapped third-over cover but finished evenly to save fourth, and Cantab Fashion (Scott Zeron) finished fifth.   Marcus Melander trains Green Manalishi S for Courant Inc.   The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $1 million Hambletonian final, carded as race 12 at The Meadowlands.   by James Witherite, for the Hambletonian Society  

Plainville, MA --- Guardian Angel As lived up to his billing in the $250,000 Spirit of Massachusetts Trot as he led every step of the way en route to an impressive victory, setting a harness racing new track record in the process. Tim Tetrick wasted no time putting Guardian Angel As on the point, seating everyone else in the process before he hit the quarter in :26.4. Tetrick then slowed down the pace in the second panel to :28.3, forcing an outer flow that brought Weslynn Dancer (David Miller), La Grange A (Andy Miller) and Mambo Lindy (Drew Monti). The field made its way up the backside and Weslynn Dancer eventually drew even with Guardian Angel As before they hit three-quarters in 1:22.4. There Tetrick tapped his horse twice and he shifted gears and opened up by a length. Down the lane Tetrick reminded Guardian Angel As his work wasn't quite finished and he tapped the wheel disk a couple times more and the trotter closed it out on his own, winning by a length in 1:51.3. The time was a new track record for aged trotting horses, smashing the standing mark of 1:53.4 set by Kodak Lindy in 2016 and was only one-fifth of a second off the all-time trotting mark of 1:51.2 set by JL Cruze in the inaugural edition of the Spirit of Massachusetts Trot back in 2017. Guardian Angel As ($3.00) has now won five out of his last six races and the winner's share of the purse boosted his 2019 earnings to $312,934 for owners Acl Stuteri Ab and Kjell Johansson. Anette Lorentzon trains Guardian Angel As. Two races before that track record breaking performance, Shartin N put on a show of her own when she broke two standing Plainridge records in the $100,000 Clara Barton Distaff Pace. Shartin N Once again the hot-handed Tetrick vaulted Shartin N to the front and took that position unopposed and from there she was simply a pacing machine. As Tetrick had his hands full with his mare on the bit, Shartin N went to the quarter in :26.3, the half in :55.1 and the three-quarters in 1:22.1 with the field just trying to keep pace. When they made their way around the last turn you could see Shartin N starting to pull away. Tetrick was sitting statuesque without urging the mare at all while she was accelerating on her own towards the record book. Shartin N pulled away to a two-length margin and was wrapped up at the wire in 1:49.1. Shartin N broke the aged pacing mare record of 1:50 set by Youaremycandygirl (Yannick Gingras) just three races earlier on the card and also the 14-year-old all-time pacing mark of 1:49.2 set by Maltese Artist in 2005. It was the 10th win in a row and 11th of the season for Shartin N ($2.20) and it raised her 2019 earnings to $655,765 for owners Rich Poillucci, Jo Ann Looney-King and her driver Tim Tetrick. Jim King Jr. trains the 2018 Dan Patch Award winning mare. "It was a great day of racing at Plainridge Park and it was good to see such a strong turnout of racing fans throughout the facility," said Steve O'Toole, Director of Racing at Plainridge Park. "It was also great to see Massachusetts native Rich Poillucci and Shartin N win the Barton and also Massachusetts natives Jim Winske, Paul Kelley and Steve Michaels finishing second with The Veteran in the Spirit." by Tim Bojarski, for Plainridge Park and the HHANE

CHESTER PA - The Tim Tetrick Express continues to motor along at Harrah's Philadelphia, as the ballot candidate for the harness racing Hall of Fame, coming off 16 wins at the southeast Pennsylvania oval last week and five victories here yesterday, added five more today before leaving for the State Fair card at Harrington. Tetrick won one of the two $14,500 featured trots and both divisions of a $14,000 co-featured trot. The 37-year-old driver came from third-over with the Equinox Bi gelding Playboy Buddy Rose to wrestle the lead away from Yuge and record a neck triumph in 1:54.2 in one of the co-features. The lightly-raced eight-year-old has a better than 25% win ratio lifetime (19-for-74) for trainer Linda Lambert and owner Lloyd Lambert. First of the feature winners to Victory Lane was the Majestic Son gelding Majestic Marvel, trained by Josh Green for Green Racing Inc. Dexter Dunn got away fourth, then was on the move late on the first turn with the winner, grabbing the lead at 3/8 and then coming home in :57 to post a 1:55 triumph,1¾ lengths ahead of pocketsitting Turn The Paige. In the first of the co-featured trots, the Holy Guacamole sophomore trotting filly Current News, fresh off a second in her Maryland Sire Stakes final, posted a lifetime best of 1:56.3 for driver Tetrick, trainer Eli Scott Jr., and Bay Pond Racing Stable. Current News was away fourth, moved up to the pocket as two foes in front of her went offstride, came out to get the lead in the stretch, then just held off Zack's Got The W, who cleared between horses very well late and was gaining well, by a neck. Tetrick then went on to sweep the $14,000 events with the Yankee Glide sophomore gelding Oberto, quarter-moving to the lead and then winning by 2¼ lengths over pocketsitting Fiery Lady while taking a new mark of 1:56.4. Oberto now has a record of 5-2-2-1 in just over a month of being with trainer Scott Di Domenico and the ownership of Triple D Stable Inc. and JFE Enterprise LLC. A Harrah's Philly driving race that was as close as Tim Tetrick 93 - George Napolitano 92 after June 12 has for now turned into a rout - Napolitano had won a very respectable 36 races in the interval since then, but Tetrick has posted 71 triumphs in the intervening 26 cards. "The Bionic Man" is second in North America in 2019 victories, behind only "The Iron Man" Aaron Merriman, and it is noteworthy that Tetrick is closer to Merriman (538-438 going into today) than the third-place holder in the standings (Ron Wrenn Jr., 319) is to Tetrick. PHHA / Harrah's Philadelphia  

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