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MILTON, ON - September 12, 2019 - Trainer Bob McIntosh will send his Ohio-bred harness racing star Only Take Cash from the rail into her first major Grand Circuit foray, the $376,000 Elegantimage Final, this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A daughter of Cash Hall bred and owned by Bob McIntosh Stables Inc. and co-owned by Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables, Only Take Cash has raced almost exclusively on the Ohio Sires Stakes (OHSS) circuit. With 14 wins from 17 starts, Only Take Cash has accrued nearly $600,000 in earnings and made Bob McIntosh the third trainer in harness racing history to earn over $100 million in purses.   "I didn't realize I was only the third guy to do that so that made it a little extra special," McIntosh said. "It feels great."   Only Take Cash made her Grand Circuit debut on Aug. 23 when winning an $83,123 division of the Casual Breeze at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McIntosh staked her lightly due to her broodmare, Armbro Affair, not producing high-earning offspring.   "This filly trained good all spring," McIntosh said, "but I thought 'Oh, she's just a sires stakes filly in Ohio that'll be enough.' But then after she showed her stuff last year in Ohio, I did put her in a few more things this year. She had to prove herself to me first."   Only Take Cash dominated the OHSS as a two-year-old, losing on one occasion. She won the $275,000 championship by over five lengths and maintained her top-level form to defend her title in the $300,000 championship this year.   "It was pretty evident about halfway through last year that she was a little special," McIntosh said. "She's the ultimate professional filly. She has no wasted motion or gait--you can leave with her, take her back, do anything you want; she's got the most efficient gait of any trotter I've ever trained. She's not real big, but she's compact and just special."   Trevor Henry pilots Only Take Cash from post-one. After many outside draws in OHSS prelims, McIntosh joked that he "was starting to get a little suspicious." But - while drawing well as the 3-1 second choice on the morning line--Only Take Cash faces her toughest competition to date, with Hambletonian Oaks-winner When Dovescry starting from post-three, Zweig Memorial-winner The Ice Dutchess from post-nine and Evident Beauty from post-ten.   When asked if she can compete with the top fillies, McIntosh said "That's the million-dollar question I guess. I'll say this: she won't embarrass herself. Anything this filly does is not going to shock me. I think we can make a little noise and get a good paycheck out of it. And to get it all that would be extra nice. Hopefully we snag a prize. If we snag the big one, there'll be a lot of celebrating. It'll be a long night."   The Elegantimage Final, carded as Race 10, is the companion feature to Saturday's headlining event, the $605,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Frosh trotting fillies also compete in the $405,000 Peaceful Way Final while the two-year-old trotting colts contest in the $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial. The 12-race program also features two eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady and two eliminations for the Metro Pace. Saturday's card starts with first-race post at 7:30 p.m. (EDT).   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 9, 2019 - Driver Trevor Henry and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to win two of five Grassroots harness racing divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening. Henry and McIntosh captured the first $23,150 two-year-old pacing filly division with Miss L A, who powered up the outer lane to take on early leader Tuggingoncredit and then dug in down the stretch to hold off fan favourite Queso Relleno and Trizzle Trazzle. Miss L A won her Grassroots debut by half a length in 1:56.4. "She's a great big filly. She's kind of like a six foot six kid in Grade 8, and I look for her to be much better next year, but she's improving every start, so who knows what might happen this fall," said McIntosh of the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A. "She's a big filly - she's going to be over 16 hands - and kind of rangy. Once she gets muscle on that frame, then she's going to be serious. I hope so anyway." "She definitely will be better next year, but if she can get some points in the next one (Grassroots), she will definitely be tough in the Semis," added Arthur, On resident Henry, who padded his lead in the Lampman Cup race for the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with Monday's driving double. McIntosh shares ownership of Miss L A with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Deo Volente Farms LLC and Cool Cat Racing Inc. of Flemington, NJ. The Hall of Fame horseman also bred Miss L A and her illustrious siblings; Somewhere in L A and L A Delight, who have both amassed $1.7 million in their racing careers, and current three-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes star Sunny Dee. "She's different than the rest of her siblings," noted the Windsor, ON resident. "It's hard to think of what she's going to do, because she's got a big motor, I just think she'll be a better three-year-old." After settling for second with So Delightful in the second division, won by Coco Beach De Vie and driver Jody Jamieson in 1:57, Henry and McIntosh were back in the winner's circle with Even Louder. Starting from Post 1 Henry sent Even Louder straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:26 on their way to a 1:57 personal best. Fan favourite Ms Brampton Beast was one length back in second and Chasethecloudsaway rounded out the top three. "The thing with that filly, she's maybe not the fastest filly in Canada, but she's the most honest filly. And Trevor gave her a hell of a drive, because he had them all kind of where he wanted them at the three-quarter pole. That was a great drive," said McIntosh, who bred and owns the daughter of Thinking Out Loud. "When he hit the half in :56 I went 'Whoa', but he got the next quarter in 30 seconds and he had them all stacked up and where he wanted them," the trainer continued. "She's the most honest filly you'd ever draw a line over, she's really good that way and super gaited, good mannered, but great drive too." Mach My Kiss and driver Doug McNair delivered the quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, tracking Mystic Shadow through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before zipping up the passing lane to a one-half length victory in 1:55. Mystic Shadow settled for second and Wiggle Delight was six lengths behind the leaders in third. Monday's outing was Mach My Kiss's debut at the Grassroots level after three starts with the Gold Series fillies and trainer Robert Fellows is hoping the Mach Three daughter can deliver another strong effort in the last regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20 to finish among the top 20 point earners and advance to the post season. "She did nothing wrong all the way down, trained good, and then I started her in the Gold and that teased me, because she finished third in the first one and I left her there for a couple," said Fellows. "Now I've got to hope I can get some points in the last two here, just to try and salvage her year. She's a nice little filly." The Rockwood, ON resident trains Mach My Kiss for his wife Yolanda Fellows and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. Jody Jamieson piloted Coco Beach De Vie to her 1:57 win in the second division for trainer Daryl Roberts and owners Walter and Ruth Ann Parkinson of Lucan and Rachel Roberts of Dorchester, ON. The win was the Sunshine Beach daughter's first and Jamieson said she is finally delivering on the promise she showed when he drove her in qualifying action in June. "Daryl has been really patient with her," said Jamieson. "She was real quick in June and needed most of July to learn to handle the speed. Tonight she raced tough and rewarded Daryl for his patience." The other Grassroots division went to Siochan, who captured her first lifetime victory with a 1:55.2 effort for driver Paul MacKenzie and owner-trainer Deb O'Brian Moran of Carlisle, ON. Lady Natasha finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Century Gianna was well back in third. Grand River Raceway will wrap up its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Monday, Sept. 23 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0909grvrn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

JUNE 1, 2019 - Of the 26 three-year-old pacing fillies that gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night for their first Gold Series harness racing event of the season, 11 were making their Ontario Sires Stakes debut and it was the debutantes that emerged victorious in all three divisions. Unraced at two due to an injury, Sunny Dee made her career debut on January 17 and had a flawless record of seven wins in seven starts heading into Saturday's first $73,867 Gold division. As a result, Woodbine Mohawk Park fans sent her off as the heavy favourite and the Bob McIntosh trainee did not disappoint, cruising to an effortless 1:52.3 victory over a rain-soaked track rated one second slower than normal. Deb and Chocolatemilktoast finished three and three-quarter lengths back in second and third. "She was really good tonight, but she has been, she's a special filly," said Trevor Henry, who drives Sunny Dee for Windsor resident McIntosh and his fellow owner-breeders Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The Sunshine Beach daughter, who bumped her career earnings to $172,578 with her eighth win, is eligible for the Fan Hanover Stake at Woodbine Mohawk Park next Saturday, June 8 and Arthur resident Henry is looking forward to tackling the best sophomore pacing fillies in North America with the talented youngster. The second division saw a trio of first-time OSS starters ranked as the fans' top choices and it was Betcha Baby who hung on for a nose victory over a hard charging Lovely Donna and Sports Flix. Milton resident Sylvain Filion drove Betcha Baby to the 1:54.1 victory for trainer Nick Gallucci of Brantford, ON and owner-breeders Velocity Standardbreds of Lebanon, OH. The win was the Bettors Delight daughter's second in seven lifetime starts and lowered her personal best by two-fifths of a second. Unlike Sunny Dee and Betcha Baby, Boadicea made five starts as a two-year-old, but trainer Bill Budd raced the long-legged filly exclusively at Woodbine Mohawk Park and opted to skip the freshman OSS events. However, with a trio of qualifiers and two starts under her belt this season, including a win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on May 20, Budd and driver Jonathan Drury were confident Boadicea was ready for the provincial stage. Boadicea scored the fastest win of the June 1 Gold Series opener for three-year-old pacing fillies, stopping the Woodbine Mohawk Park teletimer at 1:51.3 for driver Jonathan Drury.      ---New Image Media Starting from Post 6 Drury sent Boadicea to the lead and rolled through fractions of :27.2 and :55 before yielding to favourite Powerful Chris in the backstretch. After drafting behind the favourite through the 1:23.3 three-quarters Drury tipped his filly out in the stretch and Boadicea powered home to an impressive 1:51.3 victory. Powerful Chris settled for second, two and one-half lengths behind the winner, and Summer Charm was five more lengths back in third. "She's a big filly, a big filly. She's about 17 hands. She was growing so much we quit with her as a two-year-old," said Budd. "She's just, everything is push button about her, she takes care of herself. She's all heart and go." Budd trains the Big Jim daughter for Charles and Gordon Lawrence of Blenheim and was pleased to see Boadicea score a win for the owner-breeders. Unlike Sunny Dee, Boadicea is not eligible to the Fan Hanover stake so her next opportunity to shine will come in the second Gold Series event, June 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, where Budd is confident she will deliver another strong effort. "She loves her job," said the Waterdown, ON resident. "She's always got the ears up looking for something, just especially to race, she loves it." In addition to the Gold Series event for the three-year-old pacing fillies, Woodbine Mohawk Park also hosted two divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere stakes for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Saturday night and Ontario Sired horses delivered impressive results. Recent Gold Series winner Century Farroh extended his unbeaten streak to eight with a 1:52.4 victory in the first $80,000 division, holding off fellow OSS competitor Caviart Rockland by a neck. Better Up made it an Ontario Sired sweep with his third-place effort. Sylvain Filion piloted Mach Three son Century Farroh to the win for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge and the Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS. In the second division Bettors Delight sons Best In Show and Stag Party finished second and third behind American-bred Tyga Hanover, who stopped the clock in 1:52.1. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park this week as the Campbellville oval welcomes the three-year-old trotting fillies for their Gold Series opener Monday and their Grassroots opener on Tuesday. Post time for both programs is 7:10 pm.   Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, May 11, 2019 - The first harness racing stakes events of the season were contested Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, as Ontario Sired three-year-old fillies were in the spotlight. A total of five $25,000 eliminations for the SBOA Stakes were conducted on an 11-race card. A group of 23 pacing fillies were split into three divisions, while 22 trotting fillies battled in a pair of divisions. The pacing side saw Sunny Dee lead the way by keeping her perfect record intact with a 1:52.3 score. The Sunshine Beach filly got her cue from driver Trevor Henry to rush up to the top from fourth in the second-quarter and never looked back. Sunny Dee led by three-quarters in 1:25.1 and was able to hold a pair of challengers at bay in the lane to win by three-quarters of a length. Better Single finished second, while Summer Charm was third and Village Joules was fourth. Now undefeated in six career starts, Sunny Dee has amassed $53,000 in earnings for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. She paid $2.70 to win. Thats Incredible joined her McIntosh teammate Sunny Dee in the winner's circle by also taking an elimination Saturday. Thats Incredible                                   --Photo New Image Media Driven by Trevor Henry, Thats Incredible was pacing in third entering the far turn when she got tied up for a moment with outside challenger Deb. Despite the contact, the McIntosh trainee unleashed a strong :27.1 final-quarter to shoot by rivals in the final-eighth for a career-best 1:53 score. Disturbed Hanover finished second by a length and three-quarters. Ideation Hanover was third, while Deb finished fourth. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Thats Incredible picked up her second win in three starts this season and fifth overall. She now has $69,488 earned for owners Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. A $2 win ticket on Thats Incredible returned $17.40. Pocono invader Girls Got Rhythm powered by rivals for a career-best 1:52.3 victory in the opening division for pacers. Doug McNair placed the Nicholas Devita trainee in a second-over spot turning for home and the daughter of Sportswriter delivered a :27.1 kicker to win by three-quarters of a length. Betcha Baby finished second, while Freya Seelster was third and Jessicas Legacy fourth. Girls Got Rhythm was sent off as the favourite and returned $4.60 for a $2 win ticket. She now has four wins in five starts and has earned $37,100 for owner John Cummins. Girls Got Rhythm                                              --Photo New Image Media On the trotting side, Haveoneforme started in the second-tier and found the finish line first for driver Paul MacDonell. The Richard 'Nifty' Norman trainee moved from fourth to first in the second-quarter and pulled away in the lane to win by four-lengths in 1:56.2. Royal Rhythm finished second, while Madam Shazam was third. The top-five was rounded out by Mattys Smilin and Northern Royale. Haveoneforme                                                 --Photo New Image Media A daughter of Kadabra, Haveoneforme was unraced as a two-year-old and has now won four of six starts. Her earnings moved to $36,597 for owners Enzed Racing Stable Inc, Mel Hartman and Little E LLC. Haveoneforme paid $3.80 to win. John Bax trainee Bright Eyes M improved to two for two on the season with a career-best 1:56.2 score in the second elimination. Steve Byron gave the Kadabra filly a two-hole trip, which she capitalized on by trotting home in :27.3 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Bright Eyes M                                               --Photo New Image Media Teddys Littleangel cut the mile and finished second. Mercedes Talma, Warrawee Ultra and Presto Change O completed the top-five. Owned by Menhammar Stuteri Ab, Bright Eyes M is now two for five in her career and has earned $23,312. She paid $15.10 to win. Post position draws for each SBOA final took place following Saturday evening's elimination. The top-three finishers from the pacing eliminations advanced to the final, plus Village Joules, who advanced from a draw of the fourth-place finishers. The top-five finishers from the trot eliminations advanced to the final. All eliminations winners were able to select their post. The trot final will go for a purse of $164,290, while the pace final will battle for a purse of $165,290. The SBOA Stakes finals will highlight next Saturday's Fireworks and Family Fun Night card at Mohawk Park. Post time has been pushed up to 6:45 p.m. The post positions for each final are listed below.   $164,290 SBOA Trot   1. Royal Rhythm 2. Haveoneforme 3. Bright Eyes M 4. Mercedes Talma 5. Warrawee Ultra 6. Mattys Smilin 7. Presto Change O 8. Northern Royale 9. Madam Shazam 10. Teddys Littleangel AE: Blue Magic   $165,290 SBOA Pace 1. Village Joules 2. Sunny Dee 3. Thats Incredible 4. Girls Got Rhythm 5. Better Single 6. Summer Charm 7. Freya Seelster 8. Ideation Hanover 9. Betcha Baby 10. Disturbed Hanover AE: Jessicas Legacy   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications C: 905-864-9110            

MILTON, ON - October 25, 2018 - Ontario sired rookies were on display Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the finals of the Harvest Series. A quartet of series finals put on a bow on the three-week event and featured a few upsets. Angus Hall filly Dance Hall Babe muscled by race-favourite P L Molly in the final eighth of a mile to win the $43,300 two-year-old trotting filly final. Driven by Anthony MacDonald, Dance Hall Babe led the field of six to the opening-quarter before handing over top spot to P L Molly, who led by just over two lengths at three-quarters in 1:30. Dance Hall Babe regained the lead late in the mile and crossed the wire first in 2:01.1. P L Molly finished second, beat a length. Briarwood Belle and Order Mattie completed the Superfecta. Trained by Jason McGinnis, Dance Hall Babe entered the Harvest Final off sixth and fifth-place finishes in the preliminary legs and with just one win in eight prior starts. The series final victory pushes her earnings to $39,942 for owners MacDonald, Philip Newfeld, Felix Marion and Georgia Dalziel. Dance Hall Babe, who was a $9,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, paid $14.80 to win. Kadabra gelding Cool Clifford split rivals late to win the $45,400 final for trotting colts and geldings. Race-favourite All Wrapped Up was looking for the series sweep and grabbed the lead in the second-quarter. The public's choice led the field into the lane after reaching three-quarters in 1:28.1. All Wrapped Up couldn't seal the deal and was surrounded by several rivals in deep stretch. Cool Clifford and driver Jody Jamieson got away sixth and sat third-over turning for home. The Scott McEneny trainee trotted a :28.3 final-quarter to split rivals and reach up for the 1:57.3 victory. Scarlett Raider almost scored a 14-1 upset, but came up just a neck short in finishing second. Esa finished third, while Sinful was fourth. All Wrapped Up finished fifth, beat a length and a half. Cool Clifford entered the Harvest final off a second-leg victory of nearly 10 lengths. The rookie gelding improved his career numbers to two wins and $66,969 earned in 11 starts with his series final victory. A $60,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Cool Clifford is owned by Brad Grant and Martwest Racing Stable. He paid $4.40 to win. Bettors Delight filly Thats Incredible followed up a convincing second-leg score with another impressive performance to take the $46,300 final for pacing fillies. Driven by Trevor Henry, Thats Incredible left well from the centre of the gate and got situated second behind Salutation, who got to the top from the ten-hole. Salutation led the field by the half in :56.4. Thats Incredible moved to the top on the far turn and it was game over from there. The Bob McIntosh trainee cruised to a 1:54.2 victory for her third win in 11 starts. Salutation dug in and turned in a strong effort to finish second, beat 3 ¼ lengths. Twin B Tipster was third, while Fresh Eyes was fourth. Charmbo Brie, who was going for a series sweep, finished fifth. Thats Incredible increased her earnings to $48,488 with the victory for owner/breeders Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. She paid $3.50 to win. Shadow Play gelding Shadow Of A Daut delivered his second consecutive upset victory to take the $48,100 final for pacing colts and geldings. Driven by Mike Saftic, Shadow Of A Daut got away seventh in the field of 10, while Shadow Tail posted a :27.2 opener. Crusher Q overtook the lead entering the backstretch, but quickly surrendered it to race-favourite Carlisimo, who left from post 10 and had been parked until claiming the lead. Carlisimo led to three-quarters in 1:25.3 and brought the field into the stretch. Shadow Of A Daut was placed third-over by Saftic and was four-lengths from the top turning for home. In the stretch, Shadow Of A Daut charged by rivals and reached the wire first for a 1:54.3 victory. Better Than Some followed the eventual winner fourth-over and finished second, beat three-quarters of a length. Carlisimo was third, while Joe Mcdude was fourth. Trained by Michel Rivest, Shadow Of A Daut is now two for 10 with $40,105 earned for owner Claude Poirier. The Shadow Play gelding was a $42,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase. Shadow Of A Daut paid $24.60 to win. Ontario sired two-year-olds, who were non-winner of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. Live racing continues Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2018 - Charmbo Brie will have a chance at a Harvest Series sweep following a second-leg victory on Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Betterthancheddar two-year-old filly and driver Mike Saftic battled through a strong headwind in the lane to win the first of two $17,000 divisions in 1:58.1 for breeder/owner/trainer John Rier. Charmbo Brie converted off a two-hole trip to defeat Princess Layla by a length. Salutation crossed the wire in third. The second-leg victory gives Charmbo Brie back-to-back victories and improves her rookie record to three wins and $34,321 earned in 12 starts. She paid $7.80 to win. Bettors Delight filly Thats Incredible was a convincing winner in the second split. The Bob McIntosh trainee and driver Trevor Henry circled from second to first before the half and proceeded to pull away in the lane for a 1:57 score. Twin B Tipster finished second, beat 3 ¼ lengths, while Erikas Shadow was third. Thats Incredible finished second in last week's opening leg to Green Point, who finished sixth this week. A homebred for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle, Thats Incredible now has two wins and $25,338 earned in 10 starts. She paid $12.40 to win. Ontario sired two-year-old pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $30,000 as of September 30, 2018, were eligible for nomination to the Harvest Series. The Harvest Series final for two-year-old pacing fillies will take place on Thursday, October 25. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second-leg of the Harvest Series for two-year-old trotting fillies will headline a 10-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

When Wayne McGean was warming up Bronx Seelster at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night the trainer figured the two-year-old pacing colt's win streak was going to be halted at two. The youngster was sluggish and did not seem keen to engage his Ontario Sired peers in the fourth Gold Series event of their season. "I'm telling you, I didn't like him warming up tonight," said McGean. "He was quiet and I told Trevor (Henry) that." Driver Trevor Henry lined up at Post 9 with the division leader and settled the colt in fifth as Fast N First led the field to a :27 opening quarter. Fast N First had a brief tenure on the lead before being overtaken by Better Than Cash, who in turn was quickly demoted by Bettors Wish heading by the :55.1 half. As the lead changed hands in front of him, Henry had tipped Bronx Seelster into the outer lane and once the colt caught the fading early leaders he was able to tuck in behind Bettors Wish through the 1:23.1 three-quarters and into the stretch. Sliding out from behind Bettors Wish well into the lane, Henry asked Bronx Seelster for another gear and the fan favourite delivered, powering home to a one length victory in 1:52. Bettors Wish settled for second and Perkins finished well behind the leaders in third. "I didn't think he was going to win it. At the third flag pole down he was still a length and a half off," admitted McGean. "Trevor got after him and he just got him out off the wheel, and he just dug in. He's got such determination. He's just so determined and he fights on, he doesn't take back. He's just one of them horses, they're hard to find." The win was Bronx Seelster's third straight over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval and his third in Gold Series competition, putting him atop the division standings with 175 points. In 10 starts the son of Big Jim and Tarport Baccarat has netted seven wins and two seconds for earnings of $341,810. He posted his personal best 1:51.2 winning his Sept. 7 Champlain Stakes division against some of North America's best young pacing colts. "Myself, Brent Bradbury and Dave Mercer are on a big roll, we're on a roll we never ever dreamed of," said the Nova Scotia resident of his Capers 3 Stable partners. "And to cap it all off Better Single win the next race, the eighth race, and Dave Mercer, my partner, owns half of that one, so he had two Golds back-to-back." Mercer barely had time to finish celebrating Bronx Seelster's victory before he was heading back out to the winner's circle with two-year-old pacing filly Better Single, who parlayed a pocket trip into a neck victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Pacesetter Powerful Chris settled for second and Be Best was three lengths back in third. All three fillies are by sire Betterthancheddar. James MacDonald engineered the win for trainer Anthony Beaton of Waterdown and Sydney, Nova Scotia resident Mercer who share ownership of the consistent youngster. "She's picked up a cheque every time she's stepped on the track for us, and like I say, fingers crossed, hopefully she continues for the next two starts," said Beaton. "I'm pretty sure we're planning on the next start for next Saturday in the Gold, and then the Super Final, obviously." Friday's victory was Better Single's second in Gold Series action and boosted her to the top of the division standings with 117 points. In eight starts the filly now has two wins, one third, one fourth and four fifths for earnings of $157,885. Cafe Society won the other $98,000 pacing filly Gold division, getting up late for the 1:55.1 victory after the fans' top four choices got snarled up coming off the last turn. Turncoat was two and one-quarter lengths back in second and fan favourite Ideation Hanover finished third. Jonathan Drury piloted Café Society to her first-ever Gold Series win for trainer Casie Coleman and her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Ontario. Like Better Single, Café Society is a daughter of Coleman's former trainee Betterthancheddar. The other $97,200 pacing colt division went to Sports Teen, who also closed from mid-pack in the wind and rain to claim the neck victory. The son of Sportswriter hit the wire in a personal best 1:53.1, just ahead of Twin B Watching and fan favourite Better Up. Louis Philippe Roy, who currently sits atop the Ontario Sires Stakes drivers' standings, crafted the colt's second straight win for trainer Paul Reid and owner Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The two-year-old pacing colts and fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park next Saturday, Oct. 6. This Saturday, Sept. 29 the Campbellville oval hosts the $400,000 Grassroots Championships, with eight division finals going postward in Races 1 through 3, and 5 through 9. The Championships get under way at 7:10 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Seven Grassroots divisions were featured on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Tuesday evening program as the two-year-old trotting fillies and pacing colts wrapped up their regular season. The trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and Splurge On Me moved to the top of the division standings with her second Grassroots win of the season. In rein to Trevor Henry, Splurge On Me sprinted away from Post 8 and controlled the race from start to finish. Unchallenged through fractions of :28.2, :59.4 and 1:29.3, the fan favourite cruised home a three and one-half length winner in a personal best 1:58.4. P L Molly and Pyrrha finished second and third. "She raced really well tonight. I hadn't drove her in a couple weeks, but she was really good tonight," said Henry. "She done it real easy, hopefully she can keep it up for the next couple weeks. Usually Bob's (McIntosh) horses just keep getting better, so hopefully she does." Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio bred and own the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge. Competing in all five regular season Grassroots events, Splurge On Me tallied two wins, one second, one fifth and one sixth for 133 points and will lead her peers into the Sept. 20 Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The second $19,150 trotting filly division saw American Pageant take full advantage of mistakes by several of her peers to score her first lifetime victory. In her first start with trotting hopples, American Pageant started from Post 3 and sat on the rail in the middle of the pack for most of the race, Driver Scott Young called on her coming off the final turn and the filly trotted determinedly down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 2:01.3. Tymal Royalty was second and Galaxy Seelster trotted into third. "That was a pleasant surprise. I thought we'd get a good effort, but she hasn't really shown a ton, so it was a pleasant surprise," said Paul Reid, who trains the Angus Hall miss for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "She's just coming around so hopefully, if she has enough points to make it to the Semis, then hopefully we can improve off of that." American Pageant will squeak into the post season with a total of 50 points from one win and one ninth in her two Grassroots appearances, tied for 14th in the standings, after starting the evening tied for last with zero points. The final trotting filly split went to fan favourite At Will, who was an easy three and three-quarter length winner in 1:58.4 for driver Sylvain Filion. Rebellious Lady and Nifty Trick completed the top three. Carlisle resident Julie Walker trains the Kadabra daughter for her partners Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke and Ronald Piers of Georgetown, Ontario. In her five Grassroots starts At Will recorded one win, one second, one third, one fifth and one sixth for a total of 95 points and sole ownership of fourth spot in the standings. Chanting Hanover delivered an upset in the first $19,500 pacing colt division, storming down the stretch to a one-half length victory in 1:54.3. Favourite Boys Turn settled for second and Prairie Midnight was third. James MacDonald piloted the Sportswriter son to the win for trainer Colin Johnson of Repentigny, Quebec and his partners Paul Johnson of Durham, England, and William Greenhorn and Andrew Dick of Stirling, Scotland. The win boosted Chanting Hanover from 30th up to 11th spot in the standings with 88 points. Trevor Henry picked up a second Grassroots victory in the second pacing colt division, guiding fan favourite Century Farroh to a 1:53.2 score. Starting from Post 1 in the 11-horse field, Henry settled the colt in third as Excaliber Seelster rolled out to a :27 quarter, but soon had Century Farroh on the move. After leading his peers to a :55.1 half and 1:24.4 three-quarters, Century Farroh sailed home a one and one-half length winner, besting Carlisimo and Wager On Me. "He's a good gaited colt, and he just keeps getting better every week," said Henry. "He's a nice sized horse, he looks the part, and he's very universal; you can do whatever you want with him." Dr. Ian Moore conditions Century Farroh for Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, Nova Scotia. In his five Grassroots starts the Mach Three colt posted one win, two seconds, one third and one fifth for a total of 117 points and sole ownership of second-place in the standings. The last two freshman pacing colt divisions went to Maintenance Man and JMs Delight, who also advanced to the post season. Maintenance Man and driver Anthony MacDonald toured the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval in 1:54.2, hitting the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Deception Seelster and Crusher Q. Harry Poulton trains the son of Bettors Delight for fractional ownership group TheStable Maintenance Man of Guelph, Ontario. JMs Delight held on for a neck victory over Bueller and favourite Bettor Moonon Over in the last event, stopping the teletimer at 1:54. Louis Philippe Roy piloted the Bettors Delight son to the win for trainer Aaron Lambert and owner Gregory Merton of Monticello, NY. The top 20 point earners in the two-year-old trotting filly and two-year-old pacing colt classes will advance to their respective Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will then advance to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2018 - Harness racing driver Trevor Henry was the star of the show in Thursday's two-year-old trotting series finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Arthur, Ontario resident guided Royal Rob to a narrow victory in the $33,200 Define The World and Sette Deo in the $35,200 Pure Ivory. Royal Rob went off as the 2/5 favourite in the Define The World Series finale. The Bob McIntosh trainee did the heavy-lifting up front against four rivals and led into the stretch off a 1:28.1 three-quarter time. In the stretch, Smart As Hill angled from the two-hole and got up alongside the leader for an entertaining stretch battle. Royal Rob was able to hold off the challenger to prevail by a head in 1:56.4. Cesar Duharas finished third, while Clothier Hanover was fourth. A gelded son of Royalty For Life, Royal Rob came into the final with two wins in three starts. His only defeat came in last week's second leg after making an early break. "He's as good a colt as there is around," said Henry post-race. "If he stays as good as he was tonight, he'll have a chance." Royal Rob was bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., who co-own the rookie with Dave Boyle, Gordon Wright and Randy Liepa. The Royalty For Life gelding is currently the nation's fastest rookie trotter with a mark of 1:56.1 taken in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on July 31. A $2 win ticket on Royal Rob paid $2.80. Sette Deo stepped up at the right time to break her maiden in the Pure Ivory Series final. The Ben Baillargeon trainee and driver Henry, who was steering for the first time, came first up from third on the far turn and proceeded to march right by with a :28.4 final-quarter for a 1:57.4 score. Race-favourite Dark As A Pocket, who entered on a three-race win streak, made the front at the opening-quarter and led the fillies into the lane before making a break after surrendering the lead. Minor Obsession, who won the second leg, battled Sette Deo down the lane and crossed the wire second, beat three-quarters of a length. Confession Session finished third. A daughter of Chapter Seven, Sette Deo had hit the board only once in three starts entering Thursday's dash. The Baillargeon trainee finished third in the first leg and fifth in last week's second round. "She trained good all winter, but for some reason I'm just late with a few of these babies this year," said Baillargeon following the race. "Mario (Baillargeon) did a great job teaching her to go the last two times he drove her...tonight I told Trevor 'Lets race, we're going for some money, so make sure we race.'". Sette Deo is owned by Baillargeon, Claude Hamel and Nunzio & Santo Vena. She was a $42,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The Chapter Seven filly paid $11.50 to win. Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park with this season's first meeting between star fillies Atlanta and Manchego headlining the action in the $136,000 Casual Breeze. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway marked its 28th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 6. The event featured 11 races totaling $565,855 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. 21st annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine of the best freshman two-year-old colts headed to battle this afternoon at Grand River Raceway. Amidst rain showers and overcast weather, Bronx Seelster parted the skies to win the $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Having drawn the trailing position of post nine, Bronx Seelster and Trevor Henry followed Prestige Seelster (Bob McClure) off the wings and landed fourth behind Wager On Me (Jody Jamieson) and Twin B Watching (Doug McNair). Wager On Me put up quarter fractions in a quick :27.1 as Twin B Watching pocket-pulled to lead the field to the half in :55.1 as Bronx Seelster came with the first-up attack to clear and lead his foes to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Bettors Wish (Paul MacDonnell) in pursuit. Stride for stride to the head of the stretch, Bronx Seelster and Bettors Wish dueled to the finish line with Bronx Seelster putting a neck in front of Bettors Wish to win in 1:53.1, narrowly missing Tarpon Hanover's 1:53 track record set in 2012. Wayne McGean trains the two-year-old son of Big Jim and celebrates his first Battle Of Waterloo victory with a colt who has now surpassed $225,000 in six starts. The $22,000 yearling has now returned his yearling price 10 times over for owners Capers 3 Stables of Sydney, NS. The victory was also the third win of the card and the first Battle Of Waterloo score for driver Trevor Henry. 10th annual Battle Of The Belles Trainer Dave Menary scored his third Battle Of The Belles title in a favored victory with Quebec Blue Chip and driver Jody Jamieson. The Sportswriter daughter fronted the field through fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.2 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in the $163,840 race. Menary also trains the runner-up in the race, Ideation Hanover (James MacDonald). Powerful Chris (Bob McClure) was an elimination division winner last week and put forth a persistent first-up battle against front-facing Quebec Blue Chip, but faded to fifth in the later going. Track Records The 28th Industry Day undercard also featured two track record performances. Neon Moon set a new best for three-year-old pacing fillies during the second of four Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, coasting to a five-length victory in 1:52.4 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. The score bumps aside the 1:53.1 record set in 2013. At 8-1, Cousin Mary and Trevor Henry also lowered the aged pacing mares' track record to 1:53 after holding off Butter Milk Hanover and Bob McClure in race six. The clocking replaces five ties of the former 1:53.2 mark which was first established in 2013. OHHA Best Of Show The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Al Shelton, Emelia Svensson, Jennifer Harding, Steven Samis, Karen Laarman, Kathryn Gilfoy, Katie Graham, Kendal Middleton, Kim O' Reilly, Korina McLean, Lisa Mutter, Marie Brooking, Mary Lou Gingras, Robert Alliett, Steve Quinn and Susie McNair. Young Guns Race Six harness racing proteges took to the racetrack with their ponies (and accompanying drivers) in the Young Guns Race. Quinton was the race winner in the five-horse race, driven by Eric Lachance with help from his mother Marielle Enberg. Bouncy Pony Stakes Grand River Raceway's current leading driver, Colin Kelly, posted the biggest upset of the afternoon, defeating multiple Bouncy Pony Stakes champion James MacDonald in the 14th edition of the Industry Day fan favourite. MacDonald and fellow competitors J. Harris and Bob McClure cooled off the victor with a surprise tub of ice water during his trophy presentation. Garage Sale The Industry Day Garage Sale raised a total of $774.00 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

JULY 23, 2018 - Ontario Sired two-year-old pacing colts took over Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening, competing for a total of $337,850 in two Gold and eight Grassroots divisions. Bronx Seelster moved to the top of the division standings with his second straight Gold Series victory in the evening's eighth race. Driver Trevor Henry eased the colt away from Post 7 and settled him in fifth as Arcane Seelster led the field to a :26.4 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.1 half Henry moved the fan favourite into the outer lane and then edged the colt out three-wide heading by the 1:24.2 three quarters. Just three-quarters of a length behind pacesetter Arcane Seelster at the top of the stretch, Bronx Seelster sprinted home to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:52. Caviart Rockland also closed hard to be second and The Regulator was third. "I like the little horse, he's all right, and he raced great tonight," said Arthur, Ontario resident Henry from the winner's circle. "He's just a little horse, but he's got a good brush to him." Henry piloted Bronx Seelster to the win for trainer Wayne McGean of Sydney Mines and Capers 3 Stable of Sydney, Nova Scotia, who offered up $22,000 for the colt at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. The son of Big Jim and Tarport Baccarat now has two Gold wins and one second in overnight action on his resume through four lifetime starts, giving him earnings of $86,500. "January on I liked the colt, and I had opportunity to go away on trips and I wouldn't go, because I liked this colt," admitted McGean to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Chad Rozema. "And he come along the way I thought he would really; he's all right." Bettors Wish earned the win in the other $98,800 Gold division when Stag Party was ruled to have interfered with him near the halfway marker. As a result Stag Party, who crossed the line one-half length in front, was place back to second and Bettors Wish was moved up to first. Sunshines Finest was two lengths behind the duelling leaders when they crossed the wire in 1:51.2. The win was the second lifetime for Bettors Wish, who captured a July 5 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park before finishing third to Stag Party in the July 12 Gold Series opener. Guelph resident Paul MacDonell has piloted the Bettors Delight son in all three of his outings on behalf of trainer Chantal Mitchell of Hamilton, Ontario. Chris Ryder of Allentown, New Jersey, Bella Racing Ltd. of Delaware, Ohio, Fair Island Farm Inc. of Versailles, Kentucky and Kenneth Solomon of Coral Springs, Florida share ownership of Bettors Wish, who was a $20,000 US purchase at the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Better Moonon Over paced to one of the fastest miles of the eight Grassroots divisions, rolling out of the pocket in the stretch and pulling away from pacesetter Moonshine Kisses to a three-quarter length victory in 1:52.4. Face the Challenge finished two more lengths back in third. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou, Jr. crafted the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, and MacIntosh admitted he was pleasantly surprised with the Betterthancheddar son's effort. "He was in the second group (training down) and he was a nice colt, but he just didn't show the speed," said the trainer. "I was as shocked as anybody today when he win in 1:52.4, that was a good mile out there for a two-year-old. "I'm really happy for Dan and Kim, they've had some rough luck the last couple years and this colt looks like he's going to be a nice little colt for them," MacIntosh added, referring to the gelding's owner-breeders Kim and Dan Sergeant of Straffordville, Ontario. "He does everything right, and he tries every time, and he's just one of those little colts that keeps improving every start." Better Moonon Over will make his fourth lifetime start in the Battle of Waterloo eliminations at Grand River Raceway on July 30, along with his stablemates Sports Hero, Da Delightful and Fast N First, who finished second, third and fifth in their respective Grassroots divisions on Monday. The other Grassroots divisions were captured by Prairie Midnight in 1:54.1, Quickstar Bluechip in 1:55.3, JMs Delight in 1:52.4, Battle Strong in 1:53, Machdavid in 1:53.3, Cliffhanger in 1:54 and Keystone Concrete in 1:53.1. The two-year-old pacing colts and gelding will make their third Grassroots start on August 14 at Georgian Downs, while the Gold Series competitors make their third start on August 15 at Grand River Raceway. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening with three Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will open the program at 7:30 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 2 and 8. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JULY 19, 2018 - After an early season that did not play out quite as his connections had hoped, three-year-old trotting colt Perfetto made a brief stop in the Grassroots Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening and picked up a confidence building victory. Starting from Post 1, Perfetto and driver Trevor Henry eased away from the starting gate and were sitting fourth as Iam What I Am reached the :30.1 opening quarter. Henry soon sent the heavy favourite to the front and the pair was two and one-half lengths on top at the :59.4 half. On cruise control at the 1:29.3 three-quarters, Perfetto kicked into another gear in the stretch and trotted home a three and one-quarter length winner in 1:57.4. Smart Pick closed sharply to be second and early leader Iam What I Am was third. "That was easy for him," admitted Henry. "They just put him in here because it (the Gold event) was a half-mile at Grand River and they didn't figure he'd get around there, so they raced him here." A Gold Series winner at two, Perfetto's connections expected him to be a serious player at the province's top level again this season, but the gelding made a break in the Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on May 28 and again in his Goodtimes elimination on June 8 and was forced to requalify. Trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman decided to add trotting hopples to the gelding's equipment and he delivered a solid qualifier on June 12, then followed that up with a strong effort in the June 26 Gold event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, finishing second to Stormont Ventnor. On July 13 Perfetto found the winner's circle for the first time as a sophomore in an overnight event for non-winners of three races. "They had a lot of problems with his shoeing and that and they seem to have gotten it straightened out. Anthony Haughan has done a good job with him, and he seems to be coming around now," said Henry, noting that Cambridge, Ontario resident Haughan cares for the Norman horses while they are competing in Ontario. "He's getting better, he's getting his confidence back, you know, he's got two wins now and it will help him a lot." Arthur, Ontario resident Henry has piloted Perfetto in all but one of his Ontario starts for Norman and his Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, New Jersey, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida and Joe Hansford of Foothills, Alberta. Thursday's victory improved the gelding's sophomore record to three wins and two seconds in eight starts for earnings of $51,580. Say You Do's sophomore campaign also got off on the wrong foot with breaks in both the May 20 Grassroots opener at Flamboro Downs and the July 1 event at Dresden Raceway. The Kadabra gelding redeemed himself on Thursday evening however, with an impressive gate-to-wire score from Post 7 in the first $19,150 division. With Guelph, Ontario resident Paul MacDonell in the race bike for the first time, Say You Do fired off the gate and reached the quarter in :28.4. The pair carried on through a :59 half, fought off a challenge from Daylon Phantom heading by the 1:28 three-quarters and then cruised home to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.2. Fan favourite T Barrr closed well to be second and The Magic Number was third. MacDonell crafted Say You Do's first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory for trainer Stephen Oldford and his Oldford Racing LLC of Port Huron and Gene Oldford Farms LLC of St. Clair, Michigan. Through six sophomore starts the trotter now has two wins, two seconds and earnings of $17,990. Perfetto and Say You Do will be hoping for additional Ontario Sires Stakes success when the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings head to Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 26 for both the Gold and Grassroots events. On Friday evening Woodbine Mohawk Park will showcase Gold Series pacing fillies, both two and three-year-olds. The freshman fillies will compete in Races 5, 7, and 8, while the sophomores square off in Races 2 and 9. The Campbellville oval's first race goes postward at 7:30 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, May 3, 2018 - Trevor Henry stole the show with a pair of big harness racing upsets on a mild and foggy Thursday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Fog began to build around the sixth-race and that seemed to be the cue for Henry to turn up the heat. The Arthur, Ontario reinsman steered Scott McEneny trained three-year-old pacing filly Color Envy to a 40-1 score in the evening's $15,000 seventh-race. Color Envy had been winless in five starts this season prior to her Thursday victory. It was the second career win in start 14 for the McEneny student. A $2 win ticket on Color Envy returned $83.20 Color Envy It didn't seem likely Henry would be able to top that surprising outcome, but that's exactly what he did in the $18,000 eighth-race. Henry and four-year-old trotter Vesuvio Bi got away sixth in the early stages before disappearing into the fog. The thick fog made it almost impossible to track the field, but when the trotters emerged in deep stretch, Henry and Vesuvio Bi were surging by rivals for a 75-1 stunning upset. The Martin Lachance trainee was one for five on the season entering Thursday's start. Vesuvio Bi, who was making his first Woodbine start of the season, returned $152.60 for a $2 win ticket. The Win payout of $152.60 is the biggest win price of the 2018 Woodbine Entertainment season. The previous biggest upset came last Saturday from pacer Freddy Bear, who surprised at 60-1 ($122.20). Vesuvio Bi Henry's two wins Thursday give him 12 on the season at Woodbine Mohawk Park, which ranks third in the driver's standings. Thursday evening's card also featured several Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-old pacers in action. Eric Adams trainee Ghost Dance capitalized off sizzling fractions from Beachin Lindy to win his 2018 debut in 1:51.2. Mike Saftic steered the son of to the victory for owner/breeder Millar Farms. Ghost Dance sat third throughout most of the mile, while Beachin Lindy hung up fractions of :25.4, :54.3 and 1:23. In the lane, Life Happened angled from the two-hole and got by Beachin Lindy, but couldn't fight off Ghost Dance, who powered by for a three-quarter length victory. Ghost Dance had turned in two solid qualifying efforts prior to Thursday's start in a Non-Winners of Two or $27,000 lifetime event. The Adams trainee won two of five starts last season, including a New York Sires Stakes division. Ghost Dance Another Pepsi North America Cup eligible to visit the winner's circle Thursday was Luc Blais trainee Talbotcreekwhiskey. The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere rebounded from his first career defeat by capturing a Non-Winners of $15,000 lifetime event in 1:52.1. Bob McClure moved Talbotcreekwhiskey from fifth to first in the second-quarter and never looked back. The Blais trainee paced on to win by a length and a half. Owned by Determination, Talbotcreekwhiskey is now four for five in his first season of racing. The clocking of 1:52.1 knocked more than three-seconds off his previous best. Talbotcreekwhiskey Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

OCTOBER 11, 2017 - Eight harness racing division champions will be crowned on Saturday during the $1.8 million Super Finals at Mohawk Racetrack and the Ontario Sires Stakes season finale will also determine the 2017 Lampman Cup winner. Drivers Sylvain Filion and Trevor Henry are tied atop the Lampman Cup standings with 348 points, meaning the fight for top spot could extend all the way through the final race of the season. "I didn't think I was near the front, I didn't think I had enough points," said Milton, ON resident Filion, who made a late run up the standings in the final weeks of the regular season to catch early leader Henry. "We'll give him a run for it. I'm sure he thinks the same way too." Reigning title-holder Filion has amassed a record of 27 wins, 24 seconds and 15 thirds from 138 Ontario Sires Stakes starts and Henry has scored 24 wins, 17 seconds and 28 thirds from 145 starts. Henry's mounts have earned $1,310,532, while Filion's have banked $1,289,859. Filion has prevailed in the driver race four times, in 2012, 2013, 2015 and 2016, while Henry captured his first title in 1996 and added a second in 2007. "It's always nice to be on top, that's always good. If you're not up there you're not making any money," said a pragmatic Henry. The Arthur, ON resident has mounts in seven of the eight Finals while Filion will appear in all eight. Bolstering both men's chances of adding another Lampman Cup to their resume are commitments to division point leaders, with Henry steering three-year-old pacing filly leader Action Majesty, two-year-old pacing colt leader Shadow Moon and two-year-old pacing filly co-leader Percy Bluechip and Filion piloting three-year-old trotting filly leader On A Sunny Day. Heading into the $225,000 Super Final off a track, Ontario Sires Stakes and Canadian record set at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 27, On A Sunny Day will be among the heaviest favourites on Filion's dance card and the reinsman is optimistic about her chances of landing the division title. "She drew pretty good. I think if we get the right trip she has a really good shot," said Filion of the Luc Blais trainee who will start from Post 3 in the eighth race. "She comes in on top form, and she's been trotting really good." While Henry has been aboard division leaders Shadow Moon and Percy Bluechip for all of their Ontario Sires Stakes starts, and will send the Dr. Ian Moore trainees after their respective division titles from Post 6 in Race 5 and Post 5 in Race 9, Saturday will mark his first appearance in Action Majesty's race bike. "Gregg had asked me to drive the one," said Henry of the Gregg McNair trainee, who will start from Post 8 while her stablemate The Joy Luck Club lines up at Post 6 with Doug McNair in the bike. "She looks all right, but that's a tough bunch too." Among the horses Henry expects to put up a fight in the three-year-old pacing filly showdown is reigning Super Final champion Yaris Bayama, who will start from Post 10 with Filion at the helm. "Two of my father's didn't draw so well, Tymal Peacemaker and Yaris Bayama," noted Filion. "But he came down this week and trained them on Tuesday before the qualifiers and he said that they trained really good. He was a little disappointed with that draw, but he said that they were going in in top form so hopefully we get a good trip." Yves Filion's Bayama Farms owns Yaris Bayama and Tymal Peacemaker, and both horses are trained by Stephane Larocque. Three-year-old pacing gelding Tymal Peacemaker will line up at Post 9 in the tenth race, the only Super Final in which Henry does not have a mount. Henry will also spend some time on the outside of the starting gate Saturday, beginning with two-year-old trotting filly Smoke And Mirrors, who gets Post 10 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman in the second race. "She raced really well there (Mohawk) her last start (Sept. 25), come from a long ways out. She's in good shape I think," said Henry of the Kadabra daughter. "She has the ten-hole though, which will be tough." Henry will also pilot two-year-old trotting gelding Perfetto for Norman from Post 4 in the sixth race, the only contest that will see him start elbow to elbow with Filion, who steers Jimmy Takter trainee Cousin Rickard from Post 5. In the three-year-old trotting colt battle Henry will steer On First from Post 9 for his wife, trainer Shannon Henry, and his co-owners David Darocy and James Fleming, while Filion has R First Class for trainer Benoit Baillargeon. "He's been racing really, really good and his last start there (Sept. 25) he really won easy," said Filion of R First Class, who drew Post 3 in the third race. "I was talking to Ben yesterday, he said he trained good this week and he's all ready for Saturday. We drew good and I just cross my fingers I'm able to avoid traffic and troubles. If we get a clear track I think we've got a good shot." In addition to Action Majesty Henry also picked up a drive aboard three-year-old trotting filly Paradise Image (Post 8) for trainer Mike Keeling and Filion landed Allerage Stargazer (Post 2) in the two-year-old trotting filly division for trainer Paul Reid, St Lads Neptune (Post 4) in the two-year-old pacing colt division for trainer Carl Jamieson and two-year-old pacing filly Machnhope (Post 10) for trainer Bill Robinson. Reid, who will also start two-year-old trotting gelding Torches Pirate (Post 7), three-year-old trotting filly Sweet Of My Heart (Post 5) and two-year-old pacing fillies Just Her Luck (Post 1) and Kendall Seelster (Post 2) on Saturday, has worked with both Filion and Henry this season and says it is no surprise they are in a battle for top spot in the driver standings. "I have utmost respect for both of them. I would put them on any horse of mine, either one of them," said Reid. "I think Trevor's the more aggressive guy and seems to get along with any trotter or pacer, whereas Sylvain is more relaxed, he seems to create the same speed, but in a more relaxed way." Whether making their first appearance behind a horse or guiding one of their regular mounts, both Filion and Henry will be battling to the wire in every race on Saturday, hoping to deliver a Super Final trophy to each horse's connections. "It's going to be a big day for the breeders and the owners," said Filion, noting the Lampman Cup race is of secondary concern. "They've been watching their horses all year and cheering for them all year and now they get to see them in the Final. That's a big night for them." Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the gate at 7:30 pm on Saturday, with the eight $225,000 Super Finals going postward in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. 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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 24 - Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector improved his harness racing undefeated streak to four with a series record 1:56 victory in Thursday's Define The World final at Mohawk Racetrack. Scratched down to a field of five rookie trotting colts, Alarm Detector was sent off as the 1/9 favourite in the $34,800 event for the team of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. Cantabernet left from the centre and grabbed the early lead, while Alarm Detector sat just to the outside of the leader passed the opening-quarter in :28.2. Henry was cautious with the heavy-favourite and eventually was able to get Alarm Detector around Cantabernet once the field straightened out into the backstretch. Alarm Detector led by the half in :58.1, before ramping up the tempo :28.3 to lead by a length and half at three-quarters in 1:26.4. In the stretch, Cantabernet angled off the pylons to try and take a shot, but Alarm Detector cruised home in :29.1 to secure the victory by 2 ¼ lengths. Will Can Go finished third. Following the race, Henry talked about securing the lead around three-eighths. "We had a little trouble (clearing), they make it a little tougher when you're going for some more money," Henry said. "But I was just trying to be safe with him and take my time and hopefully get there without making a mistake and he did." Alarm Detector is a perfect four for four with his victories adding up to a combined 18 lengths. "He's good gaited and he's willing. He wants to do it and he likes to do it," said Henry, who added "there is more there" when asked if he's yet to let the rookie loose. Although there was a couple anxious moments early, trainer Baillargeon noted Thursday's race was a good learning experience. "It got a little bumpy at the quarter when we were still three-deep and :28.2, he hasn't done that (before)," Baillargeon said. "Trevor told me that he hit the bike after the first turn, so it got him rattled up a little bit, but he came out of it and survived and it's part of the learning." A $110,000 purchase at last November's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Alarm Detector has now earned $38,400 for owners Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena heading towards Grand Circuit events. Baillargeon plans to race Alarm Detector in next week's Champlain Stakes, followed up the William Wellwood Memorial. Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC - Trevor Henry is a quick study, and that fact was the primary reason why he and the Western Ideal stallion Western Fame emerged victorious in the $200,000 Prix d'Ete for four-year-old pacers, the signature race at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres (3R) in Quebec on Sunday. Henry said during the card that he had driven at 3R "only once before, years and years ago," but after the race he noted "I had been watching the starts here today, and the way the car goes it looked like a good spot for me to be leaving, from post five (the stats back his thinking up - 3R is a half-mile track, but posts four and five account for 39% of the winners). So I was thinking about leaving fast from the very start." Western Fame was of the same mind, and he and Henry made the lead before getting into the first turn. Awesomeness defended the pocket, so Roll Away Joe, looped leaving, was stuck outside nearing the 1/4, with Jody Jamieson, behind 1-5 favorite Sintra and starting from the rail (10% winners at 3R), doing his best to extricate himself from a tough situation by giving a tuck to "Joe," then backing out behind the still-parked-from-PP8 Dr J Hanover, just ahead of Lyons Snyder, just past the 27.1 quarter. Since a parked horse was "leading" the outer tier and not belligerently battling for command, Western Fame got a breather on the lead, reaching the half in a very pedestrian 56.3. With Sintra moving three-wide but failing to gain quickly, and Awesomeness in the pocket doing all he could to stay close, Western Fame was required to pace only a pair of 28.2 quarters home to stop the timer in 1:53.2, leaving Awesomeness 1 1/4 lengths behind and Roll Away Joe a further ¾ of a length back in third. Lyons Snyder had to rally four-deep to be along for fifth, ahead of final checkgetter Sintra, who just did not have his "A" game today. Western Fame, who has been there or thereabouts in many of the top races of his division at both three and four, is owned and was bred by the legendary Brittany Farms LLC, and is trained by Jimmy Takter, allowing Takter to combine with Ron Burke for a stranglehold on the Prix d'Ete trophy - Takter won the race that marked the revival of the stake in 2014, and Burke then took it the next two years. (More on this idea at the bottom.) "I wasn't sure how good a spot I was in coming off the third turn, because I knew Sintra would be coming up three-wide to challenge," Henry recounted. "But when we were heading towards the last turn and he was still out three-wide, I started to feel better about my chances." And Trevor Henry and Western Fame felt better and better about those chances the nearer they got to the wire. ****** There were $7500 divisions of Quebec-bred "Coupe de l'Avenir" contests for two-year-old pacers, colts and fillies each going in two sections - the babies' last chance to qualify for September 3's $480,000 day of Q-bred Championships for the eight divisions of two- and three-year-olds. The "Stock market" is certainly bullish at 3R right now, as the Sportsmaker colt Stock again turned in a dominant performance while winning in 1:55.4 as a shower started to pass quickly through. Stock opened his career with an Ontario Roots win, took a division of the opening leg of the Q series, then tried his luck at the Battle Of Waterloo, where he won an elimination before being undone by PP8 in the final. But he certainly bounced back with authority on Sunday, with only G A Speed Sammy able to stay anywhere close to the talented winner, who carried 77% of the win pool and 96% of the place pool. Stock is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner Sotirios Anastaspoulos and Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. and 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau. Driver Louis Philippe Roy can seemingly do no wrong at 3R - even when it looks like he may have, as it did at the half in the other colt section. Roy kept the pocket shut early with El Muchacho behind a speed duel, then was locked in when the outer tier formed nearing the half, with odds-on favorite Power Fog second-over and looking like a possible sweeper. But the horse who had been two-wide in the speed duel, Determinant, bore out going to the third turn and severely cramped the chances of the outer tier while also giving a clear road to El Muchacho and Louis Phillippe. The Goliath Bayama colt, given this second life, moved to the lead before the ¾ and won nicely for trainer Maguire and the owning partnership of the driver and Ecuries Maguire Inc. Their main concern, in relation to the Championship, was framed by the timer, which stopped at 2:01.1 - a new mark for El Muchacho, now a two-time series winner, but five seconds slower than the clocking posted by Stock. Hall of Famer Mike Lachance was the grand marshal for Prix d'Ete Day, so it seemed appropriate that his buddy from the "French Connection" days of success in the mid-Atlantic area in the 70s, Yves Filion, would be a winners circle visitor in a division of the filly competition, as he overcame post eight with Katniss S BG to win handily in 2:03.2. The daughter of Mach Three, out of a full sister to Wakizashi Hanover, certainly looked like a warrior leader on Sunday, limbed out to a 29.4 quarter on a wet track before taking the lead, rating the middle half as she pleased and then striding home much the best. Filion is the trainer/driver of the two-time series winner for owners Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau. (This race lost some luster when DGs Shadowbell, the only baby of either sex going 2 for 2 to start the series, was scratched; she now has two weeks to get back to her best for the Championship.) In the second cut for the misses, first-time Q-Series winner Lit De Rose thrust herself squarely into the main frame of Championship possibles with a victory in 1:59.1, a personal best. The daughter of Leader Bayama paid a very high price for the lead, being parked in 28.1 before getting the top, then had to keep the speed going - middle fractions of 57.1 and 1:27.1 were required to keep favored La Balafre hung out to dry, driver Dan Dube (a four-time winner on the day) determining that he wanted the front end with his filly. His strategy worked as the hot fractions burned everybody else out, and his filly could coast home well ahead of the opposition for trainer Maxime Velaye and breeder/owner Guy Corbeil. A pair of $8000 Invitationals was also scheduled on the big card, with the trot reuniting driver Louis Philippe Roy, trainer Kevin Maguire, and the winners circle via the twelve-year-old Conway Hall gelding Four Starz Speed, who was parked to a 28.2 quarter to get the lead but turned back all challenges from there in his 1:59 victory. The win was the 52nd of Four Starz Speed's career, which has seen him run up winnings of $831,887. Ecuries Maguire Inc. own the spry graybeard, who is indeed the horse who won his New York Sire Stakes final - in 2008, when he was three. On the pacing side, the day's popular theme of "take the punishment you must to the quarter, as long as you then can control the pace" (see d'Ete, Prix) was again played out, as Louis Philippe Roy reported home first for the fourth time on the day after he and Ufdragons Rocket came home all alone in 1:54.1. The favored Dragon Again gelding was out to a 27.3 quarter, then parked major danger Bali through middle splits of 56.3 and 1:25.2; from there, he could pull away for his 11th victory of the campaign. The winner of $336,513 is trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin. FINISHING LINES - The sire of Roll Away Joe, third in the Prix d'Ete, is Roll With Joe, whose name is on a FFA pace held annually at New York's Tioga Downs. This race was held a few hours before the Prix, and was won by Dealt A Winner - the only reason we mention it here is that the 2-3-4 finishers in the race were Rockin Ron, Sunfire Blue Chip, and All Bets Off, who won the 2016, 2014, and 2015 Prix d'Etes, respectively! ... Also, because Dealt A Winner, the longest shot on the board at Tioga, paid $72.50 - and it took Hippodrome 3R, with 11 favorites successful on its 15-race card, until the very last race to have its win mutuels combined reach that figure! (The biggest contributor? Western Fame at $14.80.) From the Quebec Jockey Club

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