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Chris Sharpe and Alex Hawes' Quotable Quotes ($9.80, Montrell Teague) scored a wire-to-wire 1:52.3 win in the harness racing featured $16,000 Mares Open Tuesday at Harrington Raceway. The Charlene Sharpe-trainee and 5-year-old daughter of Well Said had control over the pace on the lead throughout the mile and held off Springforth and Hostess Lisa, who rounded out the trifecta, en route for her 12th career win. After winning just one race in 2015, Quotable Quotes has six victories already this year. Tony Morgan had three winners on the program. Ross Wolfenden and Montrell Teague each had a double. Matthew Sparacino      

Three $20,000 eliminations for next Saturday evening's inaugural $313,800 Miss Pennsylvania Pace for PA-sired harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies were held Saturday night at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with the pocket the racing position to be in, as all three winners rallied from the two-hole - one outside, the other two inside up the famed "Pocono Pike."   In the first elimination, Pure Country, undefeated in 10 starts at two and national divisional champion, fell from the ranks of the unbeaten, as in a 54.3 sprint home she couldn't go enough in her seasonal bow and had to settle for third, and a position in the Miss Pennsylvania, behind the victorious Darlinonthebeach, a 1:50.4 winner, and Pocono Pike-shooting second-place finisher Newborn Sassy.   Driver David Miller sent the Somebeachsomewhere filly Darlinonthebeach directly to the front, ceding the lead at the 26.3 quarter to the 50-cent favorite Pure Country, with Newport Sassy sitting third. Pure Country got a breather into the second quarter headwind and hit the half in 56.1, picking up the tempo to reach the ¾ pole in 1:23.3.   Turning for home Miller pulled Darlinonthebeach (second choice at 2-1) outside and sailed right on by, with Miller sitting chilly in the bike. Newport Sassy came up the Pike to grab second, a length behind the winner and a neck ahead of Pure Country. Nancy Johansson had the winning filly ready for a 1:51.3 seasonal bow victory here, and now the fast miss is 2 for 2 in 2016 and possessor of a new speed badge for owner/breeder White Birch Farm.   "She was really strong all through the mile," Miller noted after the race; when reminded that a win in the Miss Pennsylvania would put Miller in the $200 Million Club in driving earnings, joining John Campbell and Ron Pierce, Miller gave the thumbs up and said, "Something to aim for!"   The two-hole was again the place to be in the second Miss Pennsylvania elimination, as the Well Said filly I Said Diamonds, parked to the 26.1 quarter for the top then yielding to sit behind Sail To The Beach through 54.2 and 1:22.3 middle splits, used the inside route to get the decision in a personal best of 1:51. I Said Please, uncovered from late backstretch, stayed game for second, a length back and completing the "I Said" Exacta, with Sail To The Beach hanging in for third, another half-length behind the victorious 3-5 favorite.   Matt Kakaley handled the sulky duties for Little Bapa LLC and trainer Matias Ruiz, who got the filly to train in the offseason and enjoyed victory with her at first asking. "She is by far the best horse I have ever trained," noted Ruiz after the race with a smile. "She was good last year, and she's a little bigger, a little stronger this year."   Driver Scott Zeron watched the first two elims and settled on a winning strategy in the third elim, sailing up the Pocono Pike to an easy 2 ¼-length triumph in 1:51.3 with the Somebeachsomewhere filly Call Me Queen Be, an even-money choice in her first start of the year. Zeron and the "Queen" parked main rival Ivy League to a 26.1 opener, and even when the pacesetter got a breather to the 56 half, Zeron was not worried: "This filly has great speed, and can do anything on the racetrack," he said after the race.   And sure enough, after a 1:23.3 ¾, Call Me Queen Be waited for the inside lane to open, then darted through with lightning quickness to go by with ease; Save The Treasure was along from third-inside position to get second, 1½ lengths ahead of Ivy League, who held for third. Ross Croghan trains the winner, who also took a new mark, for the Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Dana Parham.   These top three fillies for each division will return for the Miss Pennsylvania Championship during the evening card of a Kentucky Derby doubleheader next Saturday at The Downs. David Miller has the only driving decision to make, as he guided Darlinonthebeach and Ivy League; Ivy League's trainer Jimmy Takter, who also handles Pure Country, was the only conditioner to land two in the rich event.   Pocono / PHHA  

Katie Said was barely heard in the early going but spoke loud and clear through the stretch Friday night, powering past her foes for a second straight week in the $25,000 open handicap pace for harness racing fillies and mares at the Meadowlands. The Jimmy Takter trainee was in no hurry for the first half-mile, sitting last in the field of seven off quick fractions of :26.4 and :54.2. Katie Said, the 3-2 co-favorite, was in a live third-over flow as Divine Caroline, also 3-2, had the front as three-quarters was clocked in 1:22.2. Driver Brett Miller tipped Katie Said off cover as the field straightened up with three-sixteenths to go, and other than a little rocking in the sulky, Miller did very little as the 5-year-old daughter of Well Said exploded home in :26.4 to win by a half-length. A pair of longshots, Lovineveryminute and Empress Deo, rallied for second and third, respectively. The winner returned $5 to her backers in taking her second victory of the year in as many starts for owners Black Horse Racing of Lebanon, NJ. The time for the mile was a lifetime-best equaling 1:49.4. SUPER JACKPOT: The 12th race 20 cent Jackpot Super High Five did not get hit again, upping the carryover for the next program to $199,678.47. Total wagering on the card was $2,679,045. Racing resumes at the Big M Saturday. Post time for the first race is 7:15 p.m. Next week, the Meadowlands will alter its schedule. The track will go dark for live racing Friday and then race Saturday (May 7) at the usual 7:15 p.m. before a special Mother's Day program on Sunday, May 8, which has a special early post time of 12:40 p.m. by Dave Little, Meadowlands Media Relations      

The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association is pleased to announce that breedings to Well Said and Winning Mister have been donated and are being auctioned off to benefit the MSOA's College Scholarship Fund.   Two of the sport's leading breeders, Hanover Shoe Farms and Bob Key, have donated breedings for the second straight year. Well Said stands at Hanover Shoe Farms for a fee of $7,500. Winning Mister stands at Lindwood Farms for a fee of $6,000.   "These are two of the top breeders not only in Pennsylvania, but throughout the sport of harness racing," said MSOA President Rich Gillock. "The MSOA cannot thank them enough for donating breedings to these two top-quality stallions. We are proud of our scholarship program here at the MSOA, and to have great partners like Hanover and Mr. Key supporting us is very important."   Bidding is currently open on the website OnGait.com. Terms are 10% non-refundable down at the conclusion of the auctions, which will end April 1. The remainder is payable upon a live foal.   For additional information, contact the MSOA Office at 724-228-3644.

As this years series of yearling sales draws closer, the progeny of the leading sires in Australasia are once again under the harness racing spotlight as buyers study pedigrees and inspect likely types. All the usual siring suspects are available again this year, headed by the champion sires Bettor's Delight and Art Major along with Somebeachsomewhere, Mach Three and Rock N Roll Heaven to name just a few but one stallion whose name we haven't heard much in discussions is the very well performed,Well Said. With his first crops in Australasia only turning two this year, Well Said has had no progeny down under to represent him to date which makes it incredibly hard to establish yourself when the stallion marketplace is as strong and as crowded as it is in Australasia. Both of his initial two year old crops in Australia (23) and New Zealand (14) are so small as to be insignicant which came as a real shock to us here at Harnesslink. Afterall, Well Said has already established himself in the Northern Hemisphere as an elite sire at the highest level. A 'Blue Blood' pedigree to die for which was coupled with a sensational racetrack career saw Well Said given every opportunity when he went to stud. And he hasn't disappointed with a great record to date with numbers that suggest he deserves to be recongnised as one of today's elite sires. From his first crop he produced the brilliant Uffizi Hanover 1:50.3 ($767,258) along with such standouts as Tellitlikeitis 1:48.4 ($513,917) and Southwind Silence 1:52.2 ($504,496). With that crop now just turning five in North America, Well Said is touching $90,000 per average starter which is a sure sign that he will become a member of the elite $100,000+ club of stallions who average six figures per starter. The second crop of Well Said carried on the good work as three year olds in the 2015 season with the likes of Lost For Words 1:49.3 ($913,571) and My Hero Ron 1:49.2 ($445,773) starring on the track and this crop already has an average per starter of nearly $70,000 so no drop off there. While Well Said was well represented in most of the age group classics from his first two crops, the one misgiving some breeders held was could he produce that dominant youngster that everyone is looking for. Well Control The Moment 1:49.4 ($461,457) from his third crop put that doubt to bed in emphatic fashion at two last season, dominating the division in a manner that we hadn't seen for several years. His win in the Metro Pace in 1:49.4 was one right out of the box as he destroyed a quality field by lengths and he is the horse to beat in all the major three year old classics in North America in 2016. Standing at Hanover Shoe Farms in Pennsylvania for $7,500 in the 2016 season, Well Said is now firmly established in the North American stallion marketplace which begs the question of what is happening in the Southern Hemisphere. Well Said only has nine yearlings for sale in New Zealand this year and just eleven in the three legs of the Australian Pacing Gold which makes it really difficult for him to get any oxygen in the marketplace. While there are only twenty Well Said yearlings for sale down under, several of them are from very well performed maternal families and at this stage one of those yearlings starring on the track next season at two is probably the only way Southern Hemisphere breeders and owners are going to reconise the elite stallion in their midst. Harnesslink Media

East Rutherford, N.J. -- Following wins in mid-level and upper-level company, Kingofthejungle took the crown in Saturday (December 19) night's featured $25,000 Open Pace at The Meadowlands, reeling off his third consecutive harness racing win. Andy Miller settled the 4-year-old Well Said gelding into the mid-division early on, rated off a contested :27.1 first quarter. Upon yielding briefly on the first turn, 2-1 favourite Ashley's Husband (Joe Bongiorno) brushed to secure the top spot, maintaining a torrid pace through a :54.2 half while Sunfire Blue Chip (Brett Miller) would head outer flow from midfield, slipstreamed by Kingofthejungle. With three-eighths to go, UF Rockin Dragon (Corey Callahan) pulled the pocket to avoid traffic, pushing past a tiring Ashley's Husband through a :27.4 third quarter. Meanwhile, Kingofthejungle still enjoyed the aid of live cover, towed a bit closer before vaulting off his third-over trip just outside the eighth pole and accelerating to the fore in final 50 yards to just prevail in 1:50. Ontario Success (Yannick Gingras) rallied from farther off cover to just nab Sunfire Blue Chip for second. Mark Capone trains Kingofthejungle for Fox Racing, Inc. and Darius Oshidar. Earlier in the program, upper-level conditioned pacers contested a pair of $16,500 sub-featured events. In the evening's sixth race, 2-1 joint favourite Sweet Beach alternated on the lead early with Halton Hurricane, yielding and reclaiming the lead through a :55.3 initial half before edging clear of a first-over charge from fellow joint favourite Jeneral Patton (Brett Miller). After a :27.4 third quarter, Anthony Napolitano let out a notch with Sweet Beach, and the 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding accelerated to a 3-1/4 length victory while in hand for a 1:50.3 triumph. Jeneral Patton checked in a clear second, while That'll Be the Rei (Jim Marohn, Jr.) took full advantage of live cover to finish third. Tom Cancelliere trains Sweet Beach, now a 7-time winner, for owner John Cancelliere. The second sub-feature, carded as the ninth event, saw David Miller send 6-5 public choice Shooter's Dream out from fourth to take charge at the completion of a :54.1 half mile before he was subsequently engaged by 17-1 outsider Mr Franklin N (Callahan). The two dueled through the entirety of the far turn, and in fact Shooter's Dream was headed briefly by Mr Franklin N in upper stretch. The 5-year-old Sand Shooter gelding would not be denied though, battling back at the pegs to reach the winning post a half-length in front, matching Sweet Beach's 1:50.3 mile from earlier. Mr Franklin narrowly held second from Duel In the Sun (Napolitano), who kicked cover to rally strongly. David M. Smith trains 15-time winner Shooter's Dream for owners Randy Bendis and Tom Pollack. Total handle for the 14-race program was $2,936,828, a gain of $107,452 over the 13-race program from the comparable Saturday card in 2014. Both Jackpot Super High 5 carryovers grew tonight, as neither pool was captured by a single 20-cent winning ticket. On the Boxing Day program, the fifth race High 5 will boast a $10,225.51 carryover, while the finale will have $40,952.10 added to the pool. Live racing returns to The Meadowlands on Saturday, December 26. The Boxing Day card will kick off at 6:35 p.m. EST. For further details, visit playmeadowlands.com. by James Witherite, Meadowlands Media Relations

Hanover Shoe Farms management has announced the 2016 stallion service fees for their horses. Andover Hall (to be announced) Artspeak  $5,000 Cantab Hall $20,000 Captaintreacherous  $15,000 Donato Hanover  $15,000 Explosive Matter  $7,500 Muscle Massive  $4,000 Sebastian K  $6,000 Somebeachsomewhere  $20,000 Well Said  $7,500 Western Ideal $7,500 From Hanover Shoe Farm

A rare Monday card (Sept. 28) from Harrah's Philly featured two divisions of The Liberty Bell for 3-year-old filly pacers and a pair of upper-conditioned level events on the pace as well. Linda Toscano trainee Better Said (S. Zeron) took the first division of The Liberty Bell. The daughter of Well Said was leading the compact field of five when top contender Well Hello There (Gingras) broke at the quarter pole. Better Said led every step of the way in 1:53.1. It was her fifth victory of the year, her first since a mid July overnight win here at Harrah's Philly. She is owned by Brittany Farms. Steve Elliott charge Bodacious (S. Allard) continued her winning ways in division two. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere took off the early pace, settling in fifth from post one. She was able to grind into striking position, holding off the upset minded Deli Beach (Geo. Napolitano Jr.) to win by a head in 1:52.2. She is owned by Conrad Zurich and Hauser Bros. Racing. In other news, aged pacer Sky Is The Limit (S. Allard) was game in victory in a non-winners of $20,000 in the last 5 starts or non-winners of 9 races or $90,000. The 5-year-old son of Western Ideal drafted behind cover until three-quarters, edging wide to defeat pace-setter Bettors Glass in 1:51.3. It was career win 16 for the Shaun Vallee trainee, starting for the ninetieth time. Owned by Darius Oshidar, he paid $7.00 to win. Richard and Dale Julich's Badix Hanover won his third straight on Monday. The 3-year-old gelded son of Western Ideal led at every quarter, completing the mile in a lifetime's best 1:50.3. The race was for non-winners of $15,000 in their last 5 or non-winners of 7 races or $70,000 lifetime. The Kevin Mc Dermott trainee was heavily favored in the event. Michael Bozich

Linda Toscano trainees Cut and Paste ($2.10) and Soft Idea ($2.40) both achieved early leads and never looked back in their respective $31,894 Reynolds Stake divisions for 2-year-old pacing fillies on Thursday (September 10) evening at the harness racing meeting at Tioga Downs, while Katies Rocker ($2.20, part of entry) was king among five 2-year-old pacing colts and geldings in their lone $64,788 dash.   The first division for pacing fillies, contested as race 3, saw Cut and Paste work clear of Twice an Angel (Matt Kakaley) in the initial stages, controlling the terms throughout her 1:54.3 triumph.   Jim Marohn, Jr. comfortably rated sectionals of :28.1, :57.4, and 1:26.2 with the daughter of Well Said, and Cut and Paste responded immediately to the late challenge of Twice and Angel to prevail by 1-1/2 lengths.   In the second division, carded as race 5, Soft Idea settled off early pacesetters JK Fannie (Kakaley) and Wine Snob (Mike Simons), drafting through a :28.1 initial quarter before brushing to the fore upon entering the home straight on the first occasion.   Once clear on the lead, Jim Morrill, Jr. rated a :57 middle half with the American Ideal filly.   Off the far turn, Soft Idea dug in to repel dual challengers JK Fannie and Wine Snob, both of which closed in from either side in a dead heat for second, three-quarters of a length behind the odds-on winner.   While pupils of Toscano took both filly divisions of the Reynolds, a Jim Campbell trainee prevailed in the lone split for colts and geldings.   Katies Rocker worked clear of his four rivals with no trouble at all, sprinting off through a :27.3 initial quarter before Simon Allard rated a :31 breather to race's midpoint.   On the backstretch, the Rocknroll Hanover gelding was nudged along by his entrymate Show the Fashion (Kakaley), but Katies Rocker proved far superior in the end.   The Fashion Farms homebred edged clear by 1-1/2 lengths, using a :55.1 back half mile to cap a 1:53.4 victory over Safensound Hanover (Morrill), who gave chase from the pocket once clear in the final sixteenth.   Live racing returns to Tioga on Friday (September 11) evening, with the first of 13 races due off at 6:15 p.m. Eastern time.   James Witherite

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Just a week after capturing the Metro Pace, Control The Moment will put his undefeated harness racing streak on the line in a division of the Champlain Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings have been split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. Control The Moment headlines the $117,407 first division from post position one for driver Randy Waples and trainer Brad Maxwell. The son of Well Said scored a dominant 1:49.4 victory in last Saturday's $685,000 Metro Pace to remain undefeated in seven starts. Control The has compiled a bankroll of $440,687 for owners Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. Betting Line, who finished second in the Metro Pace, will look to turn the tables on Control The Moment from post position nine. The Casie Coleman trainee finished two and a quarter lengths behind Control The Moment in the Metro final. The son of Bettor's Delight has four victories from seven starts to begin his career and Steve Condren will once again handle the driving duties Saturday. A field of eight will contest the $115,906 second Champlain division. Tony Alagna trainee Voracity headlines the second split and is coming off a third-place finish in the Metro Pace. The son of Sportswriter has four victories from six starts, including a win in his elimination for the Metro Pace. Voracity will start from post position six with Waples in the bike. The Champlain divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will take place as Races 11 and 12. Similar to the Metro winner, L A Delight, the Shes A Great Lady champion, is right back in action on Saturday. The Bob McIntosh trainee headlines a field of nine in the lone division of the Champlain Filly Stakes for a purse of $241,380. A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight was a powerful 1:51.2 winner in the Shes A Great Lady to extend her current win streak to eight in a row. The McIntosh filly's only loss came in her career debut. L A Delight will start from post position four with Waples at the controls. The Champlain Filly Stakes is Race Nine on Saturday's card. A field of nine three-year-old pacers will square-off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes Saturday. Artspeak, last year's Metro Pace and rookie pacing colt of the year, headlines the field for the Simcoe. The Tony Alagna trainee is coming off a sharp 1:50.1 qualifier last Friday at Mohawk. A son of Western Ideal, Artspeak has won three victories from 11 starts this season for earnings of over $409,000. The sophomore pacer has only missed the top-five once this season and brings a career bankroll of $1.2 million into the Simcoe. Artspeak will start from post four and be driven by Scott Zeron. Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover will also line up in the Simcoe. The son of Sportswriter has won back-to-back starts since returning to the track for the first time since May. Last Saturday, Reverend Hanover made a statement with a 1:48.3 victory in a three-year-old open. The Coleman trainee, who was undefeated in four starts last season, brings a career record of six wins from eight starts and earnings of $289,000 into the Simcoe. Reverend Hanover will start from the rail with Condren in the sulky. The Simcoe Stakes has been carded as Race Five Saturday evening. Saturday night's card will also feature the eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot and the Canadian Trotting Classic. In total, eight stakes races will be contested Saturday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Here are the full fields for the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes. PP/Horse/Driver $224,907 Simcoe Stakes (Race 5) 1. Reverend Hanover by Sportswriter - Steve Condren 2. Lyons Levi Lewis by Well Said - Sylvain Filion 3. P L Idaho by Shadow Play - TBA 4. Artspeak by Western Ideal - Scott Zeron 5. Split The House by Rocknroll Hanover - Randy Waples 6. J Js Delivery by Jereme's Jet - James MacDonald 7. The Wayfaring Man by Dragon Again - Sylvain Filion 8. Go Daddy Go by Ponder - John Campbell 9. Lyons Again by Dragon Again- Yannick Gingras   $241,380 Champlain Filly Stakes (Race 9) 1. Maniana by Sportswriter - James MacDonald 2. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight - Randy Waples 3. Ivy League by Somebeachsomewhere- Jimmy Takter 4. Bernadette by Big Jim - Jody Jamieson 5. Three Dreams by Mach Three - James MacDonald 6. Twin B Thong by Sportswriter- Chris Christoforou 7. Good Will Hanover by Big Jim - Paul MacDonell 8. Heavenly Bet by Bettor's Delight - John Campbell 9. Sports Expert by Sportswriter - James MacDonald   $117,407 Champlain Stakes (Race 11) 1. Control The Moment by Well Said - Randy Waples 2. The Catamount Kid by Well Said - Jody Jamieson 3. Inspiration View by Shadow Play - Randy Waples 4. Nocturnal Bluechip by Bettor's Delight - Paul MacDonell 5. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three - Stephane Pouliot 6. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe - Yannick Gingras 7. Rock Power by Rocknroll Hanover - Sylvain Filion 8. Rodeo Rock by Rock N Roll Heaven - Randy Waples 9. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight - Steve Condren   $115,906 Champlain Stakes (Race 12) 1. Adrian Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 2. Sossys King Kong by Dragon Again - Brian Sears 3. New Talent by Mach Three - Randy Waples 4. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play - Jody Jamieson 5. Max Is Back by Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 6. Voracity by Sportswriter - Randy Waples 7. Kokanee Seelster by Camluck - Phil Hudon 8. Shoreview by Somebeachsomewhere - Steve Condren Mark McKelvie

With the harness racing breeding season in Australia and NewZealand all but upon us, we have been updating the stallion reviews on Stallion Sphere that we did last year. We anticipated that there would be some movement in the statistics but we have been stunned by the changes in the four stallions we have updated so far. We are doing two stallion updates a fortnight and sending them out via "Insider Access" every second Tuesday, US time (Wednesday, Down Under time) with the next reviews ready next week.   The first two reviews were of Sportswriter and Somebeachsomewhere and the changes were substantial for both stallions.   The last two updates that we sent out last week were of Rock N Roll Heaven and Majestic Son.   Both stallions have made huge strides in the last twelve months and their recent statistics bare little resemblance to those we published over twelve months ago.   We are pretty even handed in our approach to stallion reviews and hope they offer the reader a fuller picture of the stallion than is normally available through studs promotional material.   Next week we are reviewing both Well Said and Christian Cullen and again the changes in their statistics are really profound.   We've also taken Stallion Sphere out of Facebook and onto a standalone site at  www.stallionsphere.com, so readers without a Facebook account can read the reviews. As always though, you will still be able to access Stallion Sphere through the tab at the top of our Facebook Page.   It costs nothing to subscribe to "Insider Access" which also contains several articles from around the globe about issues causing concern to the harness racing industry.   Sign up to "Insider Access" Full Name Email Subscribe

A field of seven filly and mare pacers lined up behind the starting gate for the featured event at Harrah's Philadelphia on Friday afternoon. It was an open affair going for a purse of $30,000. The wagering public sent Jimmy Takter trainee Katie Said off as the post time favorite. The 4-year-old daughter of Well Said was coming off of a solid victory against similar here last week. She wasted no time making her presence felt from the start, as she battled with Ooh Bad Shark (Allan Davis) for the lead at the quarter (:27.1). She took the lead just beyond that point, continuing her quick tempo to the half (:54.2). Just past that station, Ron Burke charge Set Me Up (Matt Kakaley) launched a first over initiative, but began to backpedal at three quarters (1:23). As they entered the stretch, Ooh Bad Shark vacated the pocket, and drove up to challenge Katie Said (Daniel Dube). Her bid came up just short, as Katie Said was able to last by a nose, stopping the clock in 1:51. BJ's Sweetheart finished third. It was the 14th career win for Katie Said, and her 4th of the season. She paid $4.80. Michael Bozich

Through the early part of his career, Control The Moment has been in total control. On Saturday, he will try to seize the moment and win the harness racing  Metro Pace. Unbeaten in six races, Control The Moment is the 9-5 morning line favorite in Mohawk Racetrack's C$685,000 Metro Pace for 2-year-old male pacers. He won his Metro elimination by 3-1/2 lengths last weekend and will start the final from post four with regular driver Randy Waples at the controls for trainer Brad Maxwell. Voracity and Betting Line also won Metro eliminations. Voracity, who was piloted by Waples in his elim, will start from post three with Sylvain Filion driving for trainer Tony Alagna. Betting Line leaves from post two with Steve Condren at the lines for trainer Casie Coleman. Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the C$455,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers. Post time is 7:05 p.m. for the first race. The Metro Pace is race seven, with a post time of 9:17 p.m. approximately. The precocious Control The Moment has shown versatility so far in his career, winning from both off the pace and on the lead, with an average margin of victory of nearly two lengths. "I know I've never had one this good at this stage," said longtime harness racing owner Howard Taylor, who shares Control The Moment with Maxwell, Ed Gold, and Ben Mudry. "Every start is just so impressive. Every week has just been better and better. It's been a fun ride so far." It's a ride that began with a conversation prior to the 2014 Lexington Selected Sale, where Control The Moment was purchased by Maxwell for the group for $47,000. Control The Moment is a son of stallion Well Said out of the mare Life'sliltreasure. Taylor had mentioned to Maxwell that he was a fan of Well Said as a sire -- so much so he bought a share of the stallion -- and Maxwell was a fan of Life'sliltreasure, who he trained during the final two years of her racing career. "It was right before the sale I was telling him how much I liked Well Said and it stuck in his head," Taylor said. "He said that's why he bought him, because I said I liked Well Said and he liked the mare. It was her first colt." Control The Moment's family includes past Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion You Rock as well as Summer Child, who is the dam or grandam of a slew of stakes-winners including 1999 Metro Pace winner The Firepan, Indulge Me, Thong, and Summertime Lea. Taylor didn't hear much about Control The Moment as Maxwell methodically prepared him for the season. When the colt was nearer to racing, he received a favorable report from Maxwell. "I didn't even think about (Control The Moment) over the winter," Taylor said. "Brad never really said too much until he was getting ready to race, and then he said he thought we had a good one. He was pretty high on him when he got close to racing. And he's been since." Last week in his Metro elimination, Control The Moment was parked out in third place through an opening quarter-mile of :26.3. He briefly took a spot inside off the first turn before Waples guided him to the lead on the backstretch. He was a length in front as the field neared the stretch, but opened up by more than four lengths before coasting home in 1:52.1 over a track labeled "good" because of rain. Control The Moment in his elimination Betting Line won his division by 2-1/4 lengths over The Catamount Kid in 1:52.2 and Voracity won his division by a nose over American Passport in 1:54.3. "I re-watched the elimination and I didn't appreciate how roughed up he got in the race," Taylor said. "He got stung pretty good before he got in a hole, and he only sat in the hole for a couple steps. He basically cut it. "I've never had one win that easy. I'm sure he's got a bottom -- they all do -- but I don't think he's gotten close to it. (Waples) was effortless and motionless in the bike and he just opened up on them. And those are good horses. I was impressed, and it takes a lot to impress me like he has. It's exciting." Following is the Metro Pace field in post order with drivers, trainers, and morning lines: 1. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 7-2 3. Voracity by Sportswriter, Sylvain Filion, Tony Alagna, 3-1 4. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 9-5 5. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 15-1 7. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, John Butenschoen, 12-1 9. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 10. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications USTA  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace headline a $2.4 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 'Pacing Derby', Canada's oldest harness race, and the Metro Pace, the richest race for two-year-olds, will both be contested for a purse of $685,000. Joining the two signature events on the card is the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes, the $229,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and the $223,193 Simcoe for three-year-old pacing fillies. The Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET features a field of ten with over $18.6 million in combined earnings. Foiled Again, the 2012 Derby winner and richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making his fifth start in Canada's oldest harness race. The Ron Burke trainee, who finished fourth in his elimination, will start from post position nine and look to add to his earnings of $7.1 million. Canadian owned and trained, State Treasurer enters the 'Pacing Derby' as the hottest older pacer in harness racing. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his elimination last Saturday to extend his current win streak to three. State Treasurer will start from post-two with driver Randy Waples and seeks a 'Pacing Derby' title to go with his victories this season in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup and U.S. Pacing Championship. JK Endofanera, the other elimination winner, will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup winner to also win the 'Pacing Derby' since Gallo Blue Chip accomplished the feat in 2001. Brett Miller drives the Jimmy Takter trainee, who won last year's edition of Canada's richest harness race and has returned to win four of nine starts in his four-year-old season. JK Endofanera will leave from post-three in Saturday's classic. The Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race Eight and will go postward at approximately 9:43 p.m. The Metro Pace is the richest contest in the sport for two-year-olds and has served as a stepping stone to greatness for many greats over the years. Control The Moment enters the Metro final as the lone undefeated horse in the field. The son of Well Said won his elimination easily in 1:52.1 to improve to six for six on the season. The Brad Maxwell trainee will start from post position four with Waples in the sulky. Betting Line will look to give trainer Casie Coleman her second Metro title from post two Saturday. The son of Bettor's Delight won his elimination in 1:52.2 for his fourth victory in six starts. Betting Line has two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories on his resume this season. Steve Condren will handle the driving duties. Voracity, also an Ontario Sires Stakes star, won his elimination last Saturday in 1:54.3 to earn the right to select post three in the Metro final. The Tony Alagna trainee has a near perfect record with four wins in five starts. The son of Sportswriter's only loss was by a nose and he also has two Gold victories on the season. Alagna will also send out Racing Hill from post five and American Passport from post ten, as he seeks his third career Metro victory. The Metro Pace has been scheduled as Race Seven and the rookies will line up behind the gate at approximately 9:17 p.m. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will feature a showdown between two red-hot fillies. Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight captured their respective eliminations last Saturday and have both dominated Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of Vintage Master, is trained by Alagna and won her elimination in 1:54.2 for her fourth win in five starts. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is trained by Bob McIntosh. The rookie won her elimination in 1:54.2 and will ride a seven-race win streak into Saturday's final. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes is carded as Race Ten and post time is approximately 10:27 p.m. Also on the rich program Saturday is two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and single rich division of the Simcoe Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. A group of 15 sophomore trotters have been split into two Simcoe divisions (Races Two and Nine), while a field of 12 three-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $223,193. The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will air live on TSN1 Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 13-race card will feature a special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans to register for their "First Bet on Us" will receive a special commemorative Canadian Pacing Derby T-Shirt. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Harness racings top older pacers and rising stars were on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace. A solid group of 18 older pacers were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The top-five finishers from each nine-horse elimination earned a spot in next week's $685,000 final. In the first elimination, State Treasurer continued his hot streak with a narrow 1:50.1 victory. The six-year-old son of Real Desire was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite and got away fourth in the early stages for driver David Miller. Ellis Park made a second-quarter move to the front and took the field by the half in :54.4. Around the final turn, Miller sent State Treasurer first up and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee got on even ground with Ellis Park at the third station in 1:23. State Treasurer grabbed sole position of the lead in the stretch, but had to dig in deep to get the victory, as All Bets Off made a late charge to finish second by a neck. "It was a pretty good pace and I was able to sit in passed the half there and when I moved him I just let him come easy there," said Miller, following the race. "Head of the lane I asked him and he finished it off." Captive Audience shot up the rail to finish third, while Piston Broke and Mcwicked rounded out the top-five. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer now has three consecutive victories and seven from 13 starts in 2015. Saturday's 28th career victory increased his earnings to just under $1.5 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $2.70 to win. State Treasurer Returning to the site of his 2014 Pepsi North America Cup victory for the first time, JK Endofanera took the second elimination in 1:50.1. Driven by Brett Miller, JK Endofanera left from post seven and was parked around the first turn before clearing to the front as he entered the backstretch. Shamballa, the 6/5 favourite, got away fourth and made a second-quarter move to the lead for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted a half-mile clocking of :54.1 to take the field into the final turn. Mach It So challenged first up at Shamballa in the third-quarter, as JK Endofanera followed closely in the pocket. The three-quarter time was 1:22, as Shamballa carried the lead into the lane. In the stretch, Shamballa tried to pace away from his rivals, but JK Endofanera moved to the outside and was able to track down the favourite and score a 1¾ length victory. "I wanted to kind of get away up close," said Miller, following the race. "I still feel this horse is better off the pace and off a helmet, but being an elimination race I didn't want to get eliminated, so I wanted to kind of be up close." JK Endofanera now has three wins in four career starts at Mohawk and Miller noted the long stretch favours the Jimmy Takter trainee. "He's a great big horse and the long stretch is definitely to his advantage." Nirvana Seelster shot through late for third, while Foiled Again and Limelight Beach from the Ron Burke barn finished fourth and fifth, respectively. JK Endofanera now has four wins from nine starts this season for owners 3 Brothers Stable. The son of Art Major has three victories to his credit since joining the Takter barn six starts ago. Saturday's victory was the 18th of JK Endofanera's career and increases his earnings to just shy of $1.8 million. He paid $6.70 to win. JK Endofanera will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup champion since Gallo Blue Chip in 2001 to also win the Canadian Pacing Derby. JK Endofanera The Metro Pace has served as launching ground to stardom for many pacers over the years and 21 two-year-old pacers contested three $40,000 eliminations for the 2015 edition. Tony Alagna trainees finished one-two in the first elimination with Voracity getting up the final strides to defeat American Passport in 1:54.3. Several horses fired out at the start with American Passport getting the front and posting an opening-panel of :26. Cruise Patrol, who was parked around the first turn, cleared to the lead in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.4. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, was taken to the back by Waples and picked up cover in the middle-half. American Passport edged out of the pocket nearing the third station, as Voracity was sent three-wide and sat 2½ lengths off the lead turning for home. In the stretch, American Passport took the lead and was quickly confronted by Voracity. The Alagna trainees slugged it out down the lane and American Passport held the narrow advantage late, but Voracity edged by his stablemate in the final steps to win by a nose. Nvestment Bluechip finished third, while Cruise Patrol was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity now has four wins from five starts to begin his career. Although the rookie has been doing most of the work on the front end, Alagna noted that Waples said taking to the back was by design. "(Randy) said everybody looked like that wanted to go out of there a hundred, so I just took him back and I know he's so good off a helmet as well, so I wasn't concerned about it," said Alagna. "That's a big mile tonight, the track is pretty tiring especially for these young horses and I think you will see them all fire right back next week." Voracity increased his earnings to $172,000 with the victory for owners Brad Grant, Alagna Racing LLC., and John Fodera. The Alagna trainee paid $3.40 to win. Voracity Control The Moment remained undefeated with an eye-catching 1:52.1 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Waples, Control The Moment left from post six and the 1/5 favourite was able to take a seat in third around the first turn. As the field paced by the three-eighths, Waples gave the Brad Maxwell trainee his cue to brush to the front and he posted a half of :55.4. After pacing a third-quarter of :29, Control The Moment left his rivals far behind and paced home comfortably in :27.2 to score a 3 ½ length victory. "He felt the same as he always does, he just feels like he's a really unbelievably nice horse," said Waples, post-race. "There's more in there that I haven't found yet, like he can do things there that make me in awe." Ideal Rocky split rivals late to finish second, while Racing Hill made a charge on the outside to edge by Manhattan Beach for third. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment, who was a $47,000 yearling purchase last fall in Lexington, is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The Maxwell trainee is now six for six to start his career and has $98,187 in earnings. Control The Moment paid $2.60 to win. Control The Moment Betting Line bounced back from a break in his most recent start to win the third and final elimination in 1:52.2. The Casie Coleman trainee left from post three with driver Steve Condren and got away in third. In the second-quarter, Condren sent Betting Line, the even-money favourite, to the front to overtake the lead from The Catamount Kid at the half in :56. After pacing by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Betting Line kicked clear from his rivals by a pair of lengths in mid-stretch and cruised home in :27.3 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. The Catamount Kid finished second, while Pretty Boy Hill was third. Following the race, Coleman said she was happy to see Betting Line back on track after his break at Rideau Carleton. "I really don't know what that Ottawa start was all about, it's uncharacteristic for him to make a break," said Coleman. "We did a little bit of tinkering. I brought his hopples in a half an inch and we changed his bridle." A son of Bettor's Delight, Betting Line now has four wins from six starts and earnings of $117,000 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Betting Line was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. The Coleman trainee paid $4 to win. Cruise Patrol, the fourth-place finisher from the first elimination, drew into the final to complete the field of ten for next week's championship. Betting Line The finals for both the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace were drawn Saturday night. Elimination winners earned the right to select their posts for the final. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET and the $685,000 Metro Pace will take place next Saturday (September 5). Post time is 7:05 p.m. $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final PP/Horse 1. Mcwicked 2. State Treasurer 3. JK Endofanera 4. All Bets Off 5. Shamballa 6. Nirvana Seelster 7. LimelightBeach 8. Captive Audience 9. Foiled Again 10. Piston Broke AE: Clear Vision $685,000 Metro Pace Final PP/Horse 1. The Catamount Kid 2. Betting Line 3. Voracity 4. Control The Moment 5. Racing Hill 6. Nvestment Bluechip 7. Pretty Boy Hill 8. Ideal Rocky 9. Cruise Patrol 10. American Passport AE: Manhattan Beach Mark McKelvie

MEADVILLE PA - The Pennsylvania Fair Circuit set up shop for a four-day stay at the Crawford County Fairgrounds in this northwest Pennsylvania city, with the first two days of harness racing action devoted to two-year-olds. Here are some of the highlights from that action:   --The Great George Two-Annabelle Lane trotting filly A Little Laid Back, possibly named for owner/trainer/driver Roger Hammer, sped around the fairgrounds oval Monday in 2:04.1 for a new divisional track mark, her second of the summer following a 2:03.4 at Hughesville. To put the clocking it perspective: it lowered the old mark of Glide By Shooting by 1 2/5 seconds; it is more than two seconds faster than any colt counterpart has won a race in here; it was 3 1/5 seconds faster than the faster colt division Monday; and it went 3/5 faster than the quickest pacing filly section went the next day. A Little Laid Back is tied for second among North American 2TF with eight wins (believe it or not, there is an Illinois/Iowa filly named Surviver Di with 16 wins already, in just 84 days of racing!). Hammer had four wins on Monday and added another Tuesday.   --Continuing a fine tradition on to its fourth generation, 20YO horseman Nicholas Cook visited Victory Lane for the first time Tuesday, guiding the Well Said-Dragon So pacing colt Ginger Tree Currie to a 2:04.3 over Mclassic - the colt and his driver "breaking their maidens" at the same time. Nicholas's father is horseman Steve Cook, the main trainer for the stable of his grandfather Sam Beegle (like Beegle, Nick was an excellent high school wrestler), and his grand-grandfather was George Heit Jr., a noted southwest Pennsylvania horseman.   In the other two 2PC colts, the Western Terror-Free At Last colt Wagon Master made it three for three in his fair career, downing Hammer's highly-regarded Billy's Falcon, the only 2:00 freshman on the circuit to date, in 2:02.4, and Well Lets See joined Billy's Falcon at 7 for 9 at the fairs with a 2:04.3 triumph. --Possibly no victory was better received than the 2:05.3 victory of Bellagio Bay in the FFA trot Tuesday, as the trainer was none other than hometown hero Boots Dunn.   The racing continues at Meadville continues Wednesday (trotters) and Thursday (pacers) for the three-year-old set.   Publicity Office, PA Fair Harness Horsemen's Association

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