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MILTON, September 12, 2020 - On A Streak punched his ticket to the Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an upset in Saturday's harness racing  $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial for driver Scott Young, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination. The Wellwood Memorial was hyped as the showdown between undefeated colts Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion, but both saw their perfect records broken when Macho Martini's Blais stablemate On A Streak gamely dug in to hold off 'Tyrion' in a thrilling stretch drive. "This is incredible, even a guy like me doesn't have a whole lot of words," said Young after the biggest win of his career. "I took a look over and saw (Southwind Tyrion) first up and (Macho Martini) following him obviously and I thought I could try and get a little distance in the last turn and my colt dug all the way down the lane and I still thought (Southwind Tyrion) was going to get me halfway down the lane, but he kept digging and we got it." On A Streak and Young got away third in a :27.2 opening-quarter set by Logan Park. Southwind Tyrion and Yannick Gingras got away fourth, while Macho Martini and driver Bob McClure were kept wide by their rival going into the turn. On A Streak got his cue to go in the second-quarter and made the front before hitting the half in :57.2. The second-quarter also saw Macho Martini ready to go on, but waiting on Southwind Tyrion to move. That move to the outside by 'Tyrion' ultimately forced Macho Martini three-wide going into the final turn before finding room to slide in a lane onto his rival's back. On A Streak and Young ramped up the tempo on the far turn to race by three-quarters in 1:25.4 with Southwind Tyrion approaching first-up. In the stretch, Southwind Tyrion confronted On A Streak and the rookies went to war. Macho Martini dipped to the inside and stayed with the top pair, finishing third by just over a length. The final strides saw On A Streak prevail by a head for a timely maiden-breaking score. The result was a flip of last week's elimination where 'Tyrion' prevailed by a nose over On A Streak. "The day they finalized (the drivers) Bobby (McClure) texted me," said Young about finding out he'd be driving On A Streak and Dicentra in Saturday's rich finals. "Luc (Blais) had talked to me the day before and asked me if I was going to be here and I said 'I'll be around'. "The nerves were good and I was even surprised by myself, but it's my job, I'm here to work and do the best I can. The two colts that were undefeated had all eyes on them, but I had complete confidence in my colt and he just missed Yannick's colt last week and with an inside post I figured he would be top-three for sure, anything better would be great and we got the big one." A son of Cantab Hall, On A Streak was a $155,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Serge Godin's Determination. The Blais trainee entered the Wellwood Memorial with three runner-up finishes, a third and a fourth in five starts. On A Streak paid $32 to win. On A Streak The winner of this year's William Wellwood Memorial is guaranteed a free slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million on September 26. On A Streak is the first confirmed horse in the field. Godin's Determination already owned a slot and will now have an opportunity to race two horses in the field. Godin's second spot could be reserved for a special filly that dominated again on Saturday night. Donna Soprano made a three-wide move up the backstretch moving to the lead and never looked back for a dominating 1:53.3 victory in the $335,000 Peaceful Way for the team of McClure, Blais and Determination. "I've talked many times about her temperament and she's a little flighty, but I've also said she's getting better every week and she was perfect tonight," said McClure. "I moved her three-wide, she landed on the front and she came right back to me and just coasted home. "She's a very special filly and I'm just very lucky to drive her." The early-stages of the Peaceful Way saw many starters leaving for position with Dream Chapter stretching out Dicentra through a :27.1 opening-quarter. Donna Soprano had yet to see the rail in mid-pack when McClure opted to circle three-wide around Amazone Duharas. The heavy-favourite cleared stablemate Dicentra just after a :56.4 half. Donna Soprano Donna Soprano trotted by three-quarters in 1:25.2 with slight pressure from Amazone Duharas before leaving her rivals far behind with a wrapped up :28.1 final-quarter to win by 4¼ lengths. Lady Chaos rallied for second, while You Will Be Queen and Imextraspecial completed the Superfecta. A $190,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Donna Soprano adds another Peaceful Way trophy to her family's connection, joining her dam, Windsong Soprano, who won the race in 2008. Owner Godin's Determination sits loaded with top two-year-old trotting talent. Donna Soprano is now five for five with $278,082 earned. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new career-best and is the second fastest in event history behind Manchego's 1:52.4 mile in 2017. Donna Soprano paid $2.70 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2020 - An opportunity never seen before is set to be presented when the harness racing winner of this Saturday's $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial has their picture taken. The Mohawk Million on September 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park is set to become harness racing's newest million-dollar race, joining the Pepsi North America Cup and Hambletonian as this season's only million-dollar events. The 'Cup' and Hambletonian each have their own legacy and while the Mohawk Million's story is just being written, the race has already become a one-of-a-kind for the sport of harness racing. The winner of this Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters will not only take home the winner's share of the $535,000 purse but will also receive a slot in the $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million for free. No nomination fee. No sustaining payment. No starting fee. Win the Wellwood Memorial and you're guaranteed a spot in a million-dollar race. The other nine slots in the Mohawk Million were sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The nine slot owners are not required to declare a two-year-old trotter for the race until entry time on September 22. Each slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. This Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial will not only determine the owner of the tenth slot but will also signal the start of crunch time for the nine slot purchasers to determine what they will do with their own. Only two of the nine slot owners will be represented in the Wellwood Memorial. Serge Godin's Determination sends out the undefeated Macho Martini and elimination runner-up On A Streak. John Fielding is the co-owner of rail starter Locatelli. Should Determination or Fielding win the Wellwood Memorial, they will have two slots in the Mohawk Million, with Saturday's winner required to use one of them. The Wellwood Memorial is being billed as the showdown of undefeated colts, as Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion will meet for the first time. The Ake Svanstedt trained Southwind Tyrion is four for four, while Luc Blais trained Macho Martini is seven for seven. Macho Martini's owner Serge Godin is loaded with high-end two-year-old talent and would have no problem filling a second spot in the Mohawk Million should Macho Martini win. Just like the Wellwood, Determination has a one-two punch in Saturday's $335,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies with the undefeated Donna Soprano and elimination winner Dicentra. The past several weeks at Mohawk Park have seen Macho Martini dominate, posting victories in multiple OSS Gold races, the Millard Farms Series and Champlain. "He's just so handy, so nice, so good gaited and so smart," driver Bob McClure said of Macho Martini after last week's elimination win. "I'm just repeating myself at this point, but he's very special. "I'm very fortunate that Determination has a very exceptional group of two-year-old trotters. It's nice to see for the Determination Stable, Serge Godin, because he deserves it and it's great for Luc (Blais). He works hard." If Southwind Tyrion can hand Macho Martini his first loss, that would in all likelihood set up a rematch in the Mohawk Million. Originally owned by Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, Southwind Tyrion's ownership group has grown to include Knutsson Trotting and Brittany Farms & Riverview Racing early in his sensational rookie season. The connections of 'Tyrion' have admitted to having their eyes on the Mohawk Million slot. Agren told the USTA earlier this week he "absolutely" hopes to win the final slot in the Million. "We'll see what happens," Svanstedt told USTA's Ken Weingartner. "We need luck. But I think Southwind Tyrion is as good as he can be." The undefeated colts will draw most of the attention, but the other eight trotters have all at one point or another shown flashes of high-end potential. To some, an upset victory would be fitting to fulfill the fantasy that many owners and trainers had in February when nominating to the Wellwood Memorial. This year's William Wellwood Memorial drew 196 nominations, a significant increase from past years that can be linked to the increased stakes of the race. The original announcement of the Mohawk Million and slot-deciding Wellwood Memorial was made on September 26, 2019, which will be exactly one-year to the date when the inaugural Mohawk Million is contested. In a society that loves to speculate, the William Wellwood Memorial will undoubtably be the kick-off to an intriguing period that fans and racing participants will enjoy. There will be nine full days from the completion of the Wellwood Memorial to Mohawk Million entry time for slot owners to make a decision. Sell your slot? Name a horse? Enter a filly? Partner up? Many possibilities for the Mohawk Million slot owners, but only one thing will be certain following Saturday night, one horse is going to a million-dollar race for free. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 9 (10:20 p.m.) on Saturday's $1.6 million stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the 13-race card is 7 p.m. The field for the William Wellwood Memorial is listed below: 1 Locatelli (Andrew McCarthy/Nancy Takter) 2 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) 3 Southwind Tyrion (Yannick Gingras/Ake Svanstedt) 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) 5 Logan Park (Louis-Philippe Roy/Rob Fellows) 6 Macho Martini (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) 7 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) 8 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) 9 Muscle Dynasty (Paul MacDonell/Mike Keeling) 10 Magical Muscle Man (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) AE Jula Muscle Pack (Louis-Philippe Roy/Per Engblom) The Mohawk Million slot owners are listed below: Brad Grant Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) Determination (Serge Godin) Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) Jeffrey Snyder John Fielding by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Ake Svanstedt liked everything about Southwind Tyrion when he saw the yearling prior to last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. After purchasing the harness racing trotting colt for $145,000 and getting him home, he was less enthused. At least temporarily. "He was terrible," Svanstedt said with a laugh. "Until around May, he was pacey and his front step was just up and down. I think he had growing pains. When he was done with the growing, he started stretching out and was good. "Then the first time he trained at The Meadowlands he was a different horse. And when he qualified, he was amazing." Southwind Tyrion won his only qualifier in 1:55.2 and has kept on winning through the first four races of his career. On Saturday, the colt competes in the C$535,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park. He is one of two undefeated colts in the Wellwood, along with Luc Blais-trained Macho Martini. Southwind Tyrion won his Wellwood elimination last week by a nose over On A Streak in 1:54.4 while Macho Martini triumphed by 1-3/4 lengths over Warrawee Whisper in 1:56 for his seventh victory of the campaign. The winner of the Wellwood receives a spot in the inaugural Mohawk Million, which will be held Sept. 26. Southwind Tyrion, this season's New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is a son of Muscle Hill out of Taylor Jean. His third dam is Dan Patch Award winner Me Maggie and his extended family includes millionaires Lifetime Pursuit and Whiskey Tax, 2012 Goodtimes Stakes winner Beer Summit, and 2019 Ontario Sire Stakes champ Moon Bridge, who also was trained by Svanstedt. "He's a real racehorse," Svanstedt said about Southwind Tyrion. "He has been more serious since he started racing, at the racetrack and at home. He's not like a kid anymore. He was like a baby before, but now he is like an old horse. He likes racing. He really likes it. "Everything is good with him. He is a nice horse to handle. He can leave fast and he has never made a break. He can do everything." Svanstedt originally owned Southwind Tyrion with Lennart Agren's S R F Stable. The ownership group has since grown to include Knutsson Trotting Inc. and Brittany Farms & Riverview. Agren and Svanstedt teamed to win the 2017 Hambletonian with Perfect Spirit. Agren is enjoying the ride now with Southwind Tyrion. "He is a very talented and intelligent horse and he has tremendous speed," Agren said. "He is strong, powerful, and knows how to finish." Agren said he is "absolutely" hoping for a victory Saturday so Southwind Tyrion can grab the final spot in the 10-horse Mohawk Million. Nine starting slots were purchased earlier this year for C$110,000 and those slots can be sold, traded, or leased by their owners. Slot owners do not have to declare a horse for the Mohawk Million until Sept. 22. Determination, which owns Macho Martini and On A Streak, already possesses a Mohawk Million starting slot. One other slot owner, John Fielding, is among the owners of a Wellwood finalist. He co-owns Nancy Takter-trained Locatelli. "We'll see what happens," Svanstedt said. "We need luck. But I think Southwind Tyrion is as good as he can be." Saturday's Mohawk card also includes the C$335,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters as well as divisions of the Simcoe, Champlain, and Somebeachsomewhere stakes. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

This Week in Harness Racing: Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial finals, Somebeachsomewhere, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ont. Schedule of events: Another busy weekend of Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off this Friday (Sept. 11) with two divisions in the C$177,789 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters (featuring Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill) and a single C$167,511 Simcoe Stakes division for 3-year-old male trotters. The Saturday (Sept. 12) Mohawk Park card is led by the C$535,000 William Wellwood Memorial final for 2-year-old male trotters and the C$335,000 Peaceful Way final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Also on the card will be two divisions each in the C$187,518 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers, the C$177,789 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$173,328 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$155,000 Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old male pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: Atlanta bounced back from a miscue in her last start to win the C$560,000 Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4 on Saturday night (Sept. 5) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Atlanta bounced back from a miscue in her last start to win the C$560,000 Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4. New Image Media photo. The 5-year-old mare shot off cover for driver Yannick Gingras at the head of the stretch and powered by rivals for a four length score. The Ron Burke trainee matched the stakes record held by Guardian Angel As (2019) and Mister Herbie (2012). "All the credit goes to Ron Burke," said Gingras of Atlanta's bounce back performance off a break in the previous Saturday's Armbro Flight. "A guy like him with the brain he has, right away after the race last week he called me and said I know what the problem is. "We changed the shoes four starts back and it went good the first start, the next start it was a little worse and then a little worse and then last week she made a break, but the memory the guy has is unreal and all the credit to him tonight because she definitely bounced back big." Early action saw Crystal Fashion blast to the lead for a :26.3 opening quarter. Lindy The Great ignored a rail spot and kept marching on, clearing to command quickly in the second split. The new leader saw the front briefly, as Manchego and driver Louis Philippe Roy had their eyes on making the front despite a second-tier starting spot. Manchego hit the half in :54.3 and Roy kept his foot on the gas pedal, trotting a :27.2 third quarter to reach that marker in 1:22. Guardian Angel As, last year's champion, moved to the outside racing to the half to lead the outside charge, while Atlanta and driver Gingras moved out from fifth and received a second-over tow around the final turn. In the stretch, Atlanta stormed by her rivals and was off to her third win of the season and 23rd lifetime. Lindy The Great dug in and grabbed second, while Gimpanzee, the even-money favorite, finished third after following Atlanta. Crystal Fashion was fourth, while Manchego dropped back to fifth. Atlanta is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. Driver James MacDonald engineered his second consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby stunner, guiding Dorsoduro Hanover to a 40-1 upset. New Image Media photo. Driver James MacDonald engineered his second consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby stunner, guiding Dorsoduro Hanover to a 40-1 upset at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ron Burke trained Dorsoduro Hanover and MacDonald sat fifth-over turning for home and swept by rivals promptly for a 1:48.4 victory in the C$540,000 event. "I always thought the seven claimer was my race," joked MacDonald, who also drove Courtly Choice to a 34-1 upset in last year's event. "I'll take the Derby, it's a real honor just to be in it and to win it...I can't even put it in words." A hot opening quarter of :25.1 was put up by American History after rocketing off the gate along with rail starter Bettor's Wish and Backstreet Shadow. Bettor's Wish quickly rushed from third to first and led by the half in :52.4. The third quarter saw Backstreet Shadow come first up at Bettor's Wish with the pacers dueling by three-quarters in 1:21.1. The field fanned out wide with the front horses tiring at the head of the lane, setting up a wild finish that saw Dorsoduro Hanover sweep by after being ninth to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Dancin Lou came from third-over to finish second, while Century Farroh was third after sitting second-over turning for home. Sintra finished fourth. A 5-year-old gelding, Dorsoduro Hanover is now one for nine on the season for owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 508; 2. Tim Tetrick - 284; 3. Andrew McCarthy - 257; 4t. Dexter Dunn - 239; 4t. Brian Sears - 239. Trainers: 1. Nancy Takter - 390; 2. Ron Burke - 376; 3. Tony Alagna - 277; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 234; 5. Marcus Melander - 233. Owners: 1. Determination - 125; 2. Brad Grant - 105.4; 3. S R F Stable - 92.5; 4. Crawford Farms Racing - 85.6; 5. Courant Inc. - 84.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. Mohawk Park's week will feature the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage for sophomore trotters and eliminations in the Metro Pace and She's A Great Lady for freshman pacers and the Milton for older pacing mares. The Meadowlands will host the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the USTA  

MILTON, ON - September 3, 2020 - Undefeated rookie harness racing trotters were the stars of the show in Thursday evening's eliminations for the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Each event for two-year-old trotters required two $30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for their respective finals, to be held on Saturday, September 12. This year's William Wellwood Memorial comes with added stakes, as the winner will receive the tenth and final slot in the $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million. Ake Svanstedt's Southwind Tyrion remained undefeated in the first Wellwood split, holding off a late push from On A Streak for a 1:54.4 score. Yannick Gingras sat behind the son of Muscle Hill, guiding him to his fourth win. Logan Park set hot fractions, sprinting away from rivals early to hang up a :55.4 first-half. The early-leader saw his sizable lead shrink to two-lengths around the far turn, as Southwind Tyrion started marching from fourth. In the stretch, Southwind Tyrion made his way around a drifting Logan Park and trotted home to the victory. On A Streak made things interesting late to finish second by just a nose. Logan Park was third, while Tokyo Seelster and Muscle Dynasty completed the top-five. To see race replay click here. "They gave me a couple of instructions with the horse and he was exactly what they said he would be," said Gingras, who was driving Southwind Tyrion for the first time Thursday. "When he cleared, he got a little bit lonely there, but he also hasn't raced in a month, so I'm sure he'll be a lot stronger next week." A $145,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Southwind Tyrion captured the New Jersey Sires Stakes final in late-July and has now earned $137,500 for owners SRF Stable, Svanstedt, Knutsson Trotting, Brittany Farms and Riverview Racing. He paid $2.30 to win. Macho Martini cruised to a 1:56 victory in the second elimination to run his perfect record to seven for seven. Luc Blais' Macho Martini and driver Bob McClure made their way confidently towards the front in the early-going, riding on the outside through an opening-quarter of :29.1 before clearing to command. The son of Muscle Mass led to the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. The stretch drive saw Macho Martini put away his rivals with ease and coast home in :29.1 to win by a length and three-quarters over Warrawee Whisper. Magical Muscle Man finished third, but was placed back to fifth for a pylon violation. Full Of Muscles and Locatelli, who came first-up on the far turn and took a shot in the lane, were vaulted up a spot to complete the Superfecta. To see race replay click here. Macho Martini has now earned $255,513 through seven starts for owner Determination. He was purchased for $37,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. "He's just so handy, so nice, so good gaited and so smart," said McClure of Macho Martini. "I'm just repeating myself at this point, but he's very special and I'm just fortunate to be a part of it." A $2 win ticket returned $2.70 on Macho Martini. The undefeated colts Southwind Tyrion and Macho Martini will square off in the $535,000 final on September 12. The Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies saw the Blais barn sweep the eliminations with Dicentra and Donna Soprano. Dicentra and driver McClure went to the front and never looked back to win the first split in 1:55.4. The Blais homebred got a :30 second-quarter to reach the half in :58.3 and then put up a :28 third-quarter before a :29.1 kicker wrapped up the 3 ¼ length victory. To see race replay click here. "She was very strong through the wire and I couldn't be any happier," said McClure of Dicentra. "That's as good a start as she's had. She's so push-button you can do whatever you want with her...she's exactly the type of horse that has the ability and the brains to make a lot of money this year." Imextraspecial finished second, while Fox Valley Liza and Lady Chaos finished in a dead-heat for third. Amazone Duharas grabbed the fifth-place spot. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Dicentra now has back-to-back wins to bring her rookie record to four for seven with $125,890 earned for Determination. She paid $6.80 to win. Donna Soprano came first-up on the final-turn and powered by Dream Chapter to win the second elimination in 1:55.1. A slow start from the Blais trainee Donna Soprano had her get away fifth with McClure, as Dream Chapter posted fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:26.1. Donna Soprano made up ground quickly on the far turn and pulled up alongside Dream Chapter. In the stretch, Donna Soprano wore down Dream Chapter and crossed the line first by a length and a half in 1:55.1. You Will Be Queen finished third, while Midnight Miracle and Up And Ready completed the top-five. To see race replay click here. A daughter of Donato Hanover, Donna Soprano gives McClure, Blais and Determination a pair of undefeated horses for next week's rich finals. Donna Soprano sold for $190,000 at last fall's Harrisburg yearling sale. She is now four for four with $91,015 earned for Serge Godin's Determination. She paid $2.60 to win. The finals of the $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $335,000 Peaceful Way will take place on Saturday, September 12. The post positions for the finals were drawn Thursday evening with the elimination winners choosing their posts for the final. The full fields can be found below. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial 1 Locatelli 2 On A Streak 3 Southwind Tyrion 4 Full Of Muscles 5 Logan Park 6 Macho Martini 7 Warrawee Whisper 8 Tokyo Seelster 9 Muscle Dynasty 10 Magical Muscle Man AE Jula Muscle Pack $335,000 Peaceful Way 1 Lady Chaos 2 Fox Valley Liza 3 Amazone Duharas 4 Dicentra 5 You Will Be Queen 6 Up And Ready 7 Donna Soprano 8 Dream Chapter 9 Midnight Miracle 10 Imextraspecial AE. Rubys Are Nice by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON,ON -  February 17, 2020 - As Tuesday's (February 18) stakes nomination deadline looms, Woodbine Entertainment would like to remind connections of two-year-old harness racing trotters of the increased purse and Mohawk Million slot connected with the William Wellwood Memorial. The winner of this year's William Wellwood Memorial (to be contested on September 12) will be awarded the tenth and final slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million at no cost. The Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters will be contested two-weeks after the Wellwood Memorial on September 26. Woodbine Entertainment's marquee two-year-old trotting stakes are even more lucrative in 2020 with the addition of a Mohawk Million slot and purse increase to $610,000 for the Wellwood Memorial. Making a two-year-old trotting filly eligible to the Peaceful Way will also keep the door open to harness racing's new rich event. The connections of a two-year-old trotting filly eligible to the Peaceful Way will be able to enter the Wellwood Memorial in hopes of winning the final slot in the Mohawk Million by paying a $5,000 starting fee. Nominations for the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and all major stakes are due Tuesday (February 18), which is also the final day to submit a purchase contract and $55,000 payment for the opportunity to purchase a slot in the Mohawk Million. To view the 2020 Stakes Booklet, click here. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 18, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

MILTON, ON - February 14, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment would like to issue a final reminder to all harness racing owners and horsepeople of Tuesday's (February 18) deadline for nominations to all major stakes in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Nominations close on February 18 for all major events, including the 37th Pepsi North America Cup (three-year-old pacers), Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers), and William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters). The opportunity to purchase a slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million for two-year-old trotters also closes on February 18, as a purchase contract and $55,000 payment must be submitted. The full list of events closing on February 18 is listed below. Purses are all estimated except for $1 million guarantees on Pepsi North America Cup and Mohawk Million. Event Age, Sex, Gait Purse Pepsi North America Cup 3-Year-Old Pace $1 Million Mohawk Million 2-Year-Old Trot $1 Million USD Armbro Flight Filly & Mare Trot $250,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Open Pace $600,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-Year-Old Trot $600,000 Casual Breeze 3-Year-Old Filly Trot $180,000 Elegantimage 3-Year-Old Filly Trot $375,000 Eternal Camnation 2-Year-Old Filly Pace $240,000 Fan Hanover 3-Year-Old Filly Pace $450,000 Goodtimes 3-Year-Old Trot $250,000 Maple Leaf Trot Open Trot $650,000 Metro Pace 2-Year-Old Pace $850,000 Milton Filly & Mare Pace $250,000 Nassagaweya 2-Year-Old Pace $225,000 Peaceful Way 2-Year-Old Filly Trot $400,000 Roses Are Red Filly & Mare Pace $330,000 Shes A Great Lady 2-Year-Old Filly Pace $540,000 Somebeachsomewhere 3-Year-Old Pace $190,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-Year-Old Trot $610,000 (winner receives slot in Mohawk Million) To download the 2020 Woodbine Stakes Booklet (including full conditions), click here. Woodbine Entertainment also handles the administration of stakes races contested at various tracks across Ontario. Nominations are also due February 18 for the following events. Grand River Raceway: Battle of Waterloo (Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Pace) Battle of the Belles (Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Filly Pace) Flamboro Downs: Confederation Cup (4-Year-Old Pace) Hanover Raceway: Balanced Image (Ontario Sired 2-Year-Old Trot) Dream Of Glory (Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Trot) Clinton Raceway Kin Pace (Ontario Sired 3-Year-Old Filly Pace) Sustaining payments are also due February 18 for the following stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 2020 Simcoe Open (foals of 2017) 2020 Simcoe Filly (foals of 2017) 2020 WEG SBOA Filly (foals of 2017) (NOTE: A late nomination fee for the 2021 WEG SBOA Filly (foals of 2018) is also due if horse was not nominated in May of 2019.) Visit www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Horsepeople/ for full information. To make stakes payments online, click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than February 18, 2020 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2019 - Hp Royal Theo came off the final turn three-wide and stormed by rivals to win the $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old harness racing trotters on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Ben Baillargeon trained Hp Royal Theo and driver Louis Philippe Roy flipped the script after a narrow loss in last week's elimination to defeat elimination winner Capricornus by a length and three-quarters in a career-best 1:54.2.   The opening-quarter of the race saw fireworks with several leavers, including Port Perry and Beyond Kronos from near the outside of the gate. Beyond Kronos claimed the top spot at an opening-quarter of :27.2, while Port Perry sat second with elimination winner Back Of The Neck right behind and Nylander left parked.   Beyond Kronos led the field up to the half in :56.1. Hp Royal Theo moved out from mid-pack to sit second-over behind Nylander, while Capricornus sat on the eventual winner's back.   The third-station was reached in 1:25.2 with Beyond Kronos creating separation to lead by two-lengths. Nylander began to fade approaching three-quarters, forcing Roy to go three-wide with Hp Royal Theo.   In the stretch, Hp Royal Theo found his best stride and muscled by rivals with a :28.2 last-quarter for the victory. Changing roles from last week, Capricornus couldn't track down his rival and finished second. Back Of The Neck was third, while Port Perry was fourth. Beyond Kronos dropped back to finish sixth.   "He's a freak, I call him the freak," said Baillargeon of Hp Royal Theo. "He doesn't mind fighting. His first qualifier he went :28 the first-quarter and :28 the last-quarter, the speed was always there we just had to manage him. Now he's controlled it and we're going to try to keep it that way."   Hp Royal Theo   A son of Royalty For Life, Hp Royal Theo was bred by Claude Hamel, who shares ownership of the gelding with Michel Damphousse. The rookie moved into the barn of trainer Baillargeon following his qualifying debut with original trainer Jean Tourigny.   "Jean Tourigny did all the ground work and after that we had to work a few quirks he had," said Baillargeon, who also gave credit to his trotter's drivers. "He was a little aggressive, but between Sylvain (Filion) and Louis (Roy) we got it done and now we have a great horse."   Hp Royal Theo is now two for six with $227,600 earned and returned $15.40 to win.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

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

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Harness racing trainer Marcus Melander admitted he was a bit nervous before the start of the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. As it turned out, he didn't need to be. In the seconds leading up to Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters, Melander, who conditions top-flight trotter Green Manalishi S, admitted he was battling butterflies before the field of 10 got underway. A three-length triumph, timed in a career-best 1:53.4, changed that trepidation to pure elation. "He was very good tonight as well," said Melander, of the horse that took one of two Wellwood eliminations last Saturday. "I'm very happy to win this race. I was a little nervous before the race, actually. I'm not normally like that. After that race last week, he was really impressive. I was just very happy that we could show them that he's as good as he was last week." Sent off as the 3-5 mutuel favourite, Green Manalishi S, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, got away third as Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras powered to the front as the trotters made their way into the first turn. After a quarter-mile in a tepid :28.2, Tetrick made the decision to go for the front after Union Forces, a 33-1 upset winner in the other Wellwood elimination, broke stride. With a confident Tetrick at the controls, Green Manalishi, who reached the half in :57.1, began to dash away from Swandre The Giant, who broke stride as the field turned for home. Easily keep his rivals at bay, the son of Muscle Hill, who won his Wellwood elim seven days ago, flexed his muscles down the lane, crossing the wire the easiest of winners. "That was really fun," said Tetrick. "First off, I just want to say it's a great honour to win the Wellwood race. A great family and proud to get to win this race. "I was going to go ahead and go," continued the veteran reinsman of his decision to push for the lead prior to the mid-way point. "I wanted to get through the first turn clear and safe. Down the backside, I let him trot. We got a good half and from there it was his race to win or lose." The longshot parade for second, third and fourth spots went to Smart As Hill (27-1), Okeanos (50-1) and Kings County (27-1), respectively. Green Manalishi S paid $3.30 for the win, combining with Smart As Hill for a $45.40 exactor. Okenaos capped a $378.80 triactor, while a $1 superfecta (Kings County) returned $2,876.45. Members of the Wellwood family were on hand to make the trophy presentation. It was the fourth win from six starts for the bay colt that had a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. "He's special," praised Tetrick. "He trots beautiful and he acts like an eight-year-old out there. He loves his work. Marcus and the crew have done a great job with him. He makes me look really good out there." Owned by Courant Inc. and bred Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Solne, Sweden, Green Manalishi S will now set his sights south of the border. "We'll ship him down to Lexington next week and he's going to race there one or two times," noted Melander. "We've got the Breeders Crown left and I think we have the Valedictory as well. But we'll take one race at a time. He's a very nice horse." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

Anders Strom didn't get Nagamori Hill for a song, but he renamed him after one. Purchased as a yearling for a Swedish auction-record 3 million kronor, approximately $365,000 U.S., the Swedish-bred colt's name was changed to Green Manalishi in tribute to the Peter Green-penned Fleetwood Mac song "The Green Manalishi (With the Two Prong Crown)," which was released in 1970. "I'm a big fan of the Peter Green/Fleetwood Mac tune as well as the cover that my favorite band Judas Priest made," Strom said in an email. "I had the name on my list for a long time once the right horse would show up. I like to name all horses born in the same year with the same beginning letter; this year it was the 'G' crop." So far Green Manalishi, owned by Strom's Courant Inc., has been grand. He has three wins and two second-place finishes in five races, earning $146,757. One of his setbacks was by a neck to Prospect Hill and the other came when he raced on the outside from post 10 in the Peter Haughton Memorial, which was won by Don't Let'em. Last week, the colt won his elimination for the William Wellwood Memorial by 4-3/4 lengths over Kings County in 1:54.4 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He will start Saturday's C$400,000 final from post three with Tim Tetrick driving for trainer Marcus Melander. What's impressed Strom? "About everything," he said. "He made a break in one of the qualifiers but there were good excuses for that. Otherwise he has done everything right and the mile he trotted in the Peter Haughton Memorial was out of this world from that number 10 spot. Oh, and I should not forget, he has a great psyche -- everyone just loves the horse's manners. "He is certainly one of the absolute most interesting colts for the future and I don't think I have had such a great prospect before. I really hope he can finish the season well and become a Hambletonian prospect next season." Green Manalishi is a son of Muscle Hill out of the Enjoy Lavec mare Naga Morich. His second dam, Dame Lavec, produced Raja Mirchi, who finished eighth in the 2009 Peter Haughton Memorial, but enjoyed success in Europe. All of which were contributing factors in Strom's interest in Green Manalishi as a yearling. "I liked the horse's conformation; he is really a fantastic-looking colt," Strom said. "But first and foremost he has the pedigree to become a superstar. He has the same maternal line as Raja Mirchi, who was a fantastic champion for Lutfi Kolgjini and now one of the most sought after stallions in Europe. With Muscle Hill as a sire, you could argue that Green Manalishi has the potential to become Raja 2.0!" The Wellwood Memorial is part of a card that also includes the second meeting between harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 Atlanta and No. 2 Manchego, in the C$340,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters plus the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters, C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, two eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers, and two eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers. Green Manalishi is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in the Wellwood. Union Forces, who won the event's other elimination in 1:55.3, is 6-1 from post four. He will be driven by Scott Zeron for trainer Domenico Cecere. Swandre The Giant, second to Union Forces last week, is the 2-1 second choice from post seven with Yannick Gingras at the lines for Jimmy Takter. "There are several good horses, perhaps even better," Strom said about this season's group of 2-year-old trotters. "I believe we will see a handful of horses that would have been a breakout No. 1 in any 'normal' crop." Strom hopes he has a couple of those horses in addition to Green Manalishi. Greenshoe has won two of four races, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, despite going off stride in all four starts. Gimpanzee, owned with Lennart Agren's S R F Stable, is 5-for-5 on the New York Sire Stakes circuit. "Greenshoe has perhaps shown the highest capacity so far, but he has also acted a bit immaturely," Strom said. "I think once he settles in he will be among the best in the crop. Gimpanzee is a less complicated horse. He has yet to race against top competition, but once he does it will be very interesting to see where he can rank among the other horses in this group. "I give credit to Courant's operational manager Sabine Kagebrandt for doing a great job to put these horses on the shortlist when we were working on the 2017 yearling purchases." Greenshoe, a son of Father Patrick out of Designed To Be, was purchased for $330,000 under the name Rifleman at the Lexington Selected Sale. Gimpanzee, a son of Chapter Seven out of Steamy Windows, was bought for $170,000 under the name Army Of Monkeys at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "Greenshoe is a financial term that I came across when I worked with introducing one of my startups to the stock market," Strom said. "Gimpanzee was originally named Army Of Monkeys and we nicknamed him Monkey, so I simply had to come up with a fantasy name that could carry his nickname. Now that he is so good, the name is great!" Racing begins at 7:25 p.m. (EDT) with the Metro eliminations. The Peaceful Way follows as race three, the Wellwood race five, Canadian Trotting Classic race seven, and Elegantimage race 10. The She's A Great Lady elims are races six and eight. Complete entries can be found here. Following is the field in post-position order for the William Wellwood Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-White Tiger-Anthony MacDonald-Harry Poulton-10/1 2-Okeanos-Roger Mayotte-Roger Mayotte-12/1 3-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-9/5 4-Union Forces-Scott Zeron-Domenico Cecere-6/1 5-Hudson River-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter-8/1 6-Smart As Hill-Bob McClure-Mike Keeling-15/1 7-Swandre The Giant-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-2/1 8-Kings County-David Miller-Domenico Cecere-8/1 9-Southwind Avenger-Trevor Henry-R. Nifty Norman-15/1 10-While Your Up-Sylvain Filion-Clark Beelby-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA      

This Week: Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial, and Peaceful Way finals; and Milton Stakes, Metro and She's A Great Lady eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at Tioga Downs on Friday (Sept. 14) with two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters and single $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, 2-year-old colt pacers and 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park also begins on Friday with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton for older pacing mares. A big Saturday card will feature the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters, the C$340,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts, the C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old trotting fillies, two C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Tioga races are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: On Saturday evening (Sept. 8) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Split The House (Aaron Merriman) demonstrated why he is the defending Breeders Crown champion with a 1:49.1 triumph over Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble) in the $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. Split The House was a neck winner over Nuclear Dragon in 1:49.1 on a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover (Tony Hall) was third, with Western Fame (Tyler Smith) and favored McWicked (David Miller) dead-heating for fourth on the sloppy track. Merriman and his charge stated their case when leaving with conviction from post position six. Nuclear Dragon, however, snatched the front to lead the field through a sharp :26.2 first quarter-mile. Noble continued to sulky-sit as Nuclear Dragon paced his splits in :53.2 and 1:20.4. It appeared the 6-year-old gelding was on his way to his first Grand Circuit victory. That is until a resurgent Split The House rallied on the rail to win by a neck and collect his second victory of the season in nine starts and 14th in 39 career efforts. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Split The House is trained by Chris Oakes. He has now earned $306,846 in 2018 and $913,179 lifetime. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 843.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 820.5; 3. David Miller - 539.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 402; 5. Jordan Stratton - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 697.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 629; 3. Tony Alagna - 440; 4. Jim Campbell - 256; 5. Erv Miller - 245. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 169; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 154.3; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 149.3; 4. Brittany Farms - 147.4; 5. Robert Key - 122. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Woodbine Mohawk will feature the finals of the Milton for older pacing mares and Metro and She's A Great Lady for freshman pacers; Hoosier will host seven Grand Circuit races, including the Caesars Trotting Classic for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2018 - Over $2 million in purses will be up for grabs on a stakes-filled program this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds is the evening's richest event and one of eight stakes races (four finals, four eliminations) on the card. The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters), $385,000 Peaceful Way (two-year-old filly trotters) and $340,000 Elegantimage (three-year-old filly trotters) complete the quartet of rich finals. The eliminations for the Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers) and Shes A Great Lady (two-year-old fillies) will also be contested with each event requiring two eliminations. Adding to the stacked program, Lazarus N, 'The Wonder from Down Under', will compete for just the third-time in North American and first-time since finishing second in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old is entered in the $34,000 Preferred. A total of 13-races will take place on Saturday's $2 million card. Here is a look at the feature events. $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic - Race 7 A field of 11 sophomore trotters will clash in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. Crystal Fashion (PP10, Tim Tetrick) and Mets Hall (PP2, Andy Miller) lead the field in earners with each having banked over $800,000. Trained by Jim Campbell, Crystal Fashion captured the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship in his last outing on September 2. The gelded son of Cantab Hall has won seven of his last eight starts with his only loss during the run begin a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian final. Mets Hall comes into the Trotting Classic on a two-race win streak with victories in the $169,183 Simcoe on September 1 at Mohawk Park and $350,000 Zweig Memorial on August 17 at Vernon. The Julie Miller trainee is three for seven on the season. The overflow field for Saturday's rich event also includes last season's O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill (PP8, Brett Miller). Trainers Ben Baillargeon and Jimmy Takter will each send out a pair of starters. Alarm Detector joins Ontario Sires Stakes standout Run Director (PP7, Sylvain Filion) to make up the Baillargeon duo, while Takter's duo consists of last year's rookie sensation You Know You Do (PP3, Yannick Gingras) and Italian-bred Zephyr Kronos (PP11, Takter). The Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 7 and post time is approximately 9:31 p.m. $340,000 Elegantimage - Race 10 Arguably the most-anticipated race of the evening, the Elegantimage for three-year-old trotting fillies is round-two in the Atlanta vs. Manchego rivalry. The Hambletonian champion Atlanta (PP6, Scott Zeron) and Oaks champion Manchego (PP2, Gingras) met for the first-time this season on August 24 at Mohawk Park in the Casual Breeze. Takter trainee Manchego came out on top in their first-meeting, improving her 2018 record to six wins in nine starts. Rick Zeron trained Atlanta finished second in the Casual Breeze and currently sports a record of six wins and two runner-up finishes in eight starts this season. Manchego and Atlanta finished more than 10 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher in the Casual Breeze, but that likely won't happen again Saturday. Trond Smedshammer trainee Phaetosive (PP1, Smedshammer) joins the mix for the Elegantimage and comes in off a victory in the PASS Championship. The daughter of Explosive Matter is five for seven this season and finished second to Manchego in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. No eliminations were required for the Elegantimage, as only the connections of four other trotting fillies were brave enough to tackle the star fillies. The Elegantimage is carded as Race 10 with an approximate post time of 10:40 p.m. $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial - Race 5 Marcus Melander trainee Green Manalishi S posted an impressive elimination victory last Saturday and will likely be the morning-line choice in Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters. A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi (PP3, Tetrick) was a 1:54.4 gate-to-wire winner in his elimination. The Melander trainee improved to three for five with the career-best score. His richest payday to this point was a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. Domenico Cecere trainee Union Forces (PP4, Scott Zeron) pulled off a 33-1 upset victory in last Saturday's other elimination. The son of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to power by the previously undefeated Swandre The Giant in 1:55.3. Union Forces is one of two Cecere trainees competing in the Wellwood final. Kings County (PP8, David Miller) finished second to Green Manalishi S in his elimination, which came on the heels of a Champlain Stakes score. All the hype heading into the Wellwood eliminations was focused on Swandre The Giant (PP7, Gingras), who was debuting for new connections and trainer Takter following a private purchase, reported to be in the "seven-digits" range. The son of Swan For All surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second for the first-loss of his career. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5 and post time is approximately 8:46 p.m. $385,000 Peaceful Way - Race 3 Elimination winners The Ice Dutchess (PP3, Gingras) and Sisters Promise (PP4, Tetrick) lead the field of 10 rookie trotting fillies for the Peaceful Way. Takter trainee The Ice Dutchess got back on track in her elimination after making back-to-back breaks. The daughter of Muscle Hill was competing for the first-time in a wagering event with trotting hopples and made no mistakes for a 1:55.4 score. The Ice Dutchess will be searching for another rich victory on Saturday to go with her win in the $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on August 4. Linda Toscano trainee Sisters Promise also won her elimination in 1:55.4. The daughter of Father Patrick came first-up and muscled by Takter trainee Susy (PP2, Takter) for her second win in four starts. The Peaceful Way is carded as Race 3 and post time is approximately 8:05 p.m. Metro Pace Eliminations - Races 1 and 2 This year's Metro Pace has attracted 17 rookie pacing colts and geldings. The group of 17 have been split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the final on September 22. This year's Metro Pace final will go for a purse of $890,000, the highest purse for the event since 2012. The first split is headlined by Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP6, Miller), who suffered a surprising defeat in last Friday's Champlain Stakes. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party is four for six on the season and has multiple Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories, a Grand Circuit win and a Canadian Record to his name. His loss in the Champlain was the first-time another horse beat him to the wire, as his only other loss came via disqualification. Cruise Captain, who beat Stag Party in the Champlain, will also line up in the first-split. The Victor Puddy trained son of Captaintreacherous had been battling in PASS most of the summer before coming back to Mohawk Park and breaking his maiden in the Champlain. The second Metro elimination will feature a showdown between Captaintreacherous colts Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) and De Los Cielos Deo (PP8, Gingras). Tony Alagna trainee Captain Ahab is a perfect six for six entering his elimination with his most recent victories coming in the Champlain and Nassagaweya Stakes. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, 'Ahab' has made four of his six starts at Mohawk Park. Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo started his career five for five before finishing second in the PASS Championship on September 1. A $140,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, De Los Cielos Deo will be making his first start outside Pennsylvania. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 1 and 2. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 7:25 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Shes A Great Lady Eliminations - Races 6 and 8 A competitive group of 19 rookie pacing fillies will battle in a pair of $35,000 eliminations Saturday to qualify for the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final on September 22. The Alagna stable sends out the strong duo of Captaintreacherous fillies Treacherous Reign (PP2, McCarthy) and Key West (PP10, Brett Miller) in the first split. Treacherous Reign will be making her Mohawk Park debut and enters off a fourth-place finish in the PASS Championship on September 1. The $50,000 Lexington Selected purchase is four for six and holds an impressive mark of 1:51.1. Key West will be making her fifth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. The $130,000 Lexington Selected buy is three for six and has Grand Circuit victories in a division of the Kindergarten and Eternal Camnation. Her most recent start was a fourth-place finish in last Friday's Champlain, which marked the first-time she didn't finish in the top-two. The first elimination also features Queen Of The Pride (PP5, David Miller), who returns to Mohawk Park off a victory in last Saturday's Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Scioto Downs for trainer Kevin Lare. Her last visit to Mohawk Park was a third-place finish in a division of the Eternal Camnation on August 25. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip (PP2, Jody Jamieson) headlines the second elimination. A daughter of Sportswriter, Quebec Blue Chip is six for eight and riding a five-race win streak. Her victories during the win streak include divisions of the Champlain, Eternal Camnation and the final of the $163,840 Battle of the Belles. The Alagna barn continues their strong representation in the eliminations with Tall Drink Hanover (PP5, McCarthy) lining up in the second split. The daughter of Captaintreacherous is three for six with victories in a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Sportswriter filly Deb (PP8, Trevor Henry) is the other Grand Circuit winner in the second elimination. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee scored an upset victory in a division of the Champlain last Friday. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 8. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 9:06 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Lazarus N to race again at Mohawk Park - Race 9 Lazarus N's visit to Canada has been extended by another start. 'The Wonder from Down Under' will compete in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred Pace and has drawn post-seven in a field of nine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N suffered his first-loss on North American soil when he surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second to McWicked in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. The Pacing Derby has been Lazarus N's only start since his North American debut on August 10. Takter noted after the Pacing Derby that the six-year-old needed some more North American racing experience. "I trained him a fast mile last week at home but that is not the same as having a race, especially with an older horse like him," said Takter to the New Zealand Herald after the Pacing Derby. "So missing an elimination last week didn't help and I honestly think it will still take him another two or three races up here learning how we race to get used to it." Regular driver Yannick Gingras will again sit behind Lazarus N. Nirvana Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) is the only other Canadian Pacing Derby finalist in the field. American Wiggle (PP6, Louis Philippe Roy) captured last Saturday's Preferred. The Preferred Pace has been carded as Race 9 and post time is approximately 10:15 p.m. Details for Saturday at Mohawk Park A special post time of 7:25 p.m. has been set for Saturday's $2 million card. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named 'The Atlanta' in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 8, 2018 - Rookie trotters had their moment in the spotlight Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Each event required two $30,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers in each split advancing to next Saturday's (September 15) rich finals. Green Manalishi S posted a personal best 1:54.4 while making his Canadian debut in the first elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. Trained by Marcus Melander and perfectly handled by Tim Tetrick, Green Manalishi S found the point with little effort as CT Conabra went off stride into the first turn allowing the Muscle Hill colt to notch an opening quarter in :28.2. Green Manalishi S cruised through splits of :57.4 and 1:26.2 under no pressure from a chasing Hudson River who showed some energy late in the final turn, but a smooth moving Green Manalishi S easily powered away from the field with Kings County chasing in vain and the late trot of Smart As Hill providing little threat. "It looked very good. It was three weeks ago that he raced last time and he looked beautiful out there," said Melander. With three wins from five starts, the Melander charge has proven to be a successful purchase. "He was bought in Sweden as a yearling in August of last year. We shipped him over here in September or October and since we broke him, we've had him," noted Melander. With wins already in the All-Stars at Pocono Downs and the Kindergarten Classic at The Meadowlands, as well as a strong second behind Dont Letem in the Peter Haughton Memorial when hampered with an outside post, Melander was pleased to see his charge find an easier path on this night. "He was very good in the Peter Haughton. He was parked the entire mile. He has a lot of speed and a lot of stamina, so he can do whatever he wants," said Melander. "It was very good that he could be on the lead today. He had a tough trip in the Haughton." Green Manalishi S, bred by Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Sweden, paid $3.60 to win. Union Forces wrestled the lead away from Swandre The Giant late in the lane to post a shocking 33-1 upset in the second elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. The previously undefeated Swandre The Giant, sent to post as the prohibitive 1/5 mutuel favourite, was purchased privately and making his first start for trainer Jimmy Takter and new owners Diamond Creek Racing, J and T Silva Stables LLC and Howard Taylor. However, the Domenico Cecere conditioned Union Forces, recently third in the Champlain after a pair of easy scores to start his career south of the border, proved to be a worthy adversary for owners Lindy Farms, Robert Rudolph, David Anderson and John Fielding. A talented field of rookie trotters went topsy turvy early as Trix And Stones went offstride and Gerry followed suit into the opening turn as Scott Zeron sent Union Forces to an uncontested lead through an opening quarter in :27.4. Yannick Gingras sent Swandre The Giant to challenge the leader down the backstretch and swept to the point to mark the half in :57.3 as While Your Up, White Tiger, and Royal Rob chased from a distance. Swandre The Giant continued to lead into the final turn with While Your Up making his move allowing White Tiger to follow his cover as three-quarters ticked by in 1:27.2. A precarious lead for the heavy favourite tumbled as upset-minded Union Forces put a strangle hold on Swandre The Giant to reign victorious in 1:55.3. "To me, it's not a surprise. I know he's 33-1 but I know the horse and it's no surprise," said Cecere. "He's a classy horse. Great horse, great gait, great head and it was perfect. Perfect trip. When I saw him in the two-hole I said, 'they're going to be careful'." Cecere is cautiously optimistic after the second elimination score noting that first elim winner Green Manalishi S looked strong. "He's a great horse and was great tonight. He took off good," said Cecere of Green Manalishi S. Union Forces, bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of New York, paid $68.90 to win. Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess got back on track with a 1:55.4 score in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Muscle Hill was making her first start under the lights with trotting hopples following back-to-back breaks. Driven by Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess circled from second to first heading up to the half and never looked back. She posted fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.2 before trotting home in :28.2 for the victory. "Just a matter of keeping her on stride and getting around the track and she was well-behaved tonight," said Gingras. "(Hopples) definitely make her a little safer...it's definitely a plus, but the way she was tonight she could've done it without." Evident Beauty finished second, beat a length and three-quarters, while Presto Change O was third. The top-five was completed by Angies Luckeylady and Hp Titania Runner. The Ice Dutchess improved to three for six with her elimination victory and will have an opportunity next week to make a significant add to her impressive bankroll of $204,790. Coyote Wynd Farms owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. She paid $3.10 to win. Father Patrick filly Sisters Promise powered to a 1:55.4 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Sisters Promise came first-up from fourth on the far turn to battle with Susy, who posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Sisters Promise muscled by Susy and trotted home in :29.1 to defeat her rival by a length and a half. Speed Titan finished third, while Tommi Canu Hearme was fourth. The final spot in next week's final was secured by Teddys Littleangel. Sisters Promise turned the tables Saturday, as she finished second to Susy in last week's Champlain Stakes. "Last week we just got away too far back," said Tetrick about the previous meeting. "We were an easy second last week and today (Susy) had to leave and remove and got a half of :57 and from there I thought I had a good shot." Trained by Linda Toscano, Sisters Promise picked up her second in four starts. She is owned by Brittany Farms and has now earned $42,216. A $2 win ticket on Sisters Promise returned $8.30. The draws for the $385,000 Peaceful Way and $400,000 Wellwood Memorial finals took place following Saturday's elimination. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $340,000 Elegantimage were also drawn Saturday. The fields for each final are listed below. $385,000 Peaceful Way #1 Presto Change O #2 Susy #3 The Ice Dutchess #4 Sisters Promise #5 Evident Beauty #6 Angies Luckeylady #7 Teddys Littleangel #8 Tommi Canu Hearme #9 Speed Titan #10 HP Titania Runner AE: Fraulein Blucher $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial #1 White Tiger #2 Okeanos #3 Green Manalishi S #4 Union Forces #5 Hudson River #6 Smart As Hill #7 Swandre The Giant #8 Kings County #9 Southwind Avenger #10 While Your Up AE: CT Conabra $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic #1 Missle Hill #2 Mets Hall #3 You Know You Do #4 For A Dreamer #5 Lawmaker #6 Alarm Detector #7 Run Director #8 Fiftydallarbill #9 Winning American #10 Crystal Fashion #11 Zephyr Kronos $340,000 Elegantimage #1 Phaetosive #2 Manchego #3 Alloveragain #4 Blonde Magic #5 Jordan Blue Chip #6 Atlanta #7 Sneeker Hanover From Woodbine Communications

After beginning his harness racing career with seven consecutive wins in Indiana and being sold to new owners last week, 2-year-old male trotter Swandre The Giant will compete on the Grand Circuit for the first time when he races in Saturday's second of two eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial Stakes at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park. Swandre The Giant, now with trainer Jimmy Takter, has won all seven of his races -- a maiden and six Indiana Sire Stakes events -- by a minimum of one length, with an average margin of three lengths. All seven races were at Hoosier Park, where his career-best time of 1:54.2 is two-fifths of a second off the track record for a 2-year-old male trotter. The colt is now owned by Adam Bowden's Diamond Creek Racing, J&T Silva Stables, and Howard Taylor, who purchased him from the stable of trainer-driver Brandon Bates and owners Panic Stable, Terry Ehardt, Brian Hochman, and Richard Barone. "You always like to have an opportunity to get into these good horses, so when he became available, not that it was a no-brainer, but he had piqued my interest for some time," Bowden said. "It's exciting. It seems like he carries a lot of high speed and it looks like he's done it easily." Swandre The Giant is a son of Swan For All, who sired 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover and 2017 Breeders Crown 2-year-old colt trotting champion Fiftydallarbill. Diamond Creek was among the owners of Swan For All during his racing career and remains part of the stallion's syndicate. The colt's dam, Adagio, was a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion in 2011. "We've been a fan of Swan For All for a long time," Bowden said. "I think he's shown with the right horse he can compete outside of (Indiana). Hannelore is the best trotting mare in the last who-knows-how-many years and Fiftydallarbill has shown he's capable of beating the best everyone else has to offer. "We hope he follows in those footsteps. There's no way to know until they actually do it, but he looked like he had done it relatively easily up to this point and Brandon had done a fantastic job with him. He was in great hands. We figured we might as well take a swing." The Wellwood attracted 17 horses, which were divided into two eliminations. Yannick Gingras will drive Swandre The Giant, who starts from post No. 2 in his division. His elim also includes Pennsylvania Sire Stakes runner-up White Tiger and Define The World Series winner Royal Rob. The first elimination includes Champlain Stakes division winners Kings County, Hudson River and CT Conabra plus Peter Haughton Memorial runner-up Green Manalishi S. The top-five finishers from each elimination advance to the final on Sept. 15 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I think he's good enough to compete," Bowden said. "We'll find out how good over the next couple weeks. We feel like he belongs up there with that group and he's in the best hands between Jimmy and Yannick, so we're in good shape. You dream, but I've learned to take it one race at a time." Swandre The Giant, who has earned $148,900 in purses, can follow the Wellwood with the remainder of the Indiana Sire Stakes season and is eligible to the Breeders Crown. "He will tell us where he should go and how long he should go for," Bowden said. "Jimmy is a master at this. I can sit and play armchair quarterback from Lexington, Kentucky, but I'm not sure that I'm going to be the deciding factor. Jimmy and his staff will get to know the horse and do right by the horse." Saturday's card also includes two eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old male pacers, and one division of the Simcoe for 3-year-old female pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 18 - Alarm Detector set a Canadian record, while Manchego set a harness racing stakes record in Monday's rich trotting finals at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine two-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial, while a field of 10 two-year-old trotting fillies squared off in the $375,000 Peaceful Way. Ben Baillargeon trainee Alarm Detector put on quite the display to capture the Wellwood Memorial by 5¼ lengths. The son of Chapter Seven was hustled off the wings of the gate by driver Trevor Henry and would find the front at the opening-quarter in :27.3. Leading by a pair of lengths over pocket-sitter Lawmaker, Alarm Detector trotted by the half in a snappy :55.4. There was no slowing down on the far turn, as the 3/5 favourite stormed the third-quarter in :28 to reach that station in 1:23.4. With a lead of more than three-lengths turning for home, Alarm Detector waved goodbye to his rivals and drew off to win with authority in a Stakes, Track and Canadian record time of 1:52.4. You Know You Do finished second, while Maxus was third and Lawmaker was fourth. Alarm Detector, who won his elimination in 1:54.4, is now six for seven with $276,870 earned for owners Tom & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. The son of Chapter Seven was a $110,000 yearling purchase last November at Harrisburg and his performance Monday left his connections thrilled. "It's unbelievable and to think it's in the William Wellwood," said co-owner Tom Rankin. "I know Bill Wellwood was one of the giants of the industry and it's such an honour to win in his memory and it wouldn't have happened without Ben (Baillargeon), one of the greatest trotting trainers in the world." Despite winning in a record time and by more than five-lengths, Baillargeon believes Alarm Detector wasn't even perfect in Monday's race. "I was a little nervous with half in :55 and three-quarters in 1:23, he hasn't been that speed and he was a little game in front," said Baillargeon. "We're going to have to work a few things around him right now but his next start is in one month, the Breeders Crown, so he needs to relax a little more." Monday's Wellwood victory is the first for both Henry and Baillargeon. A $2 win ticket on Alarm Detector returned $3.40, while the $2 Exacta with You Know You Do ($2.30, $2.10) paid $6.70. The $1 Trifecta including Maxus paid $8.70 and the $1 Superfecta with Lawmaker on the bottom returned $25.10. Alarm Detector Jimmy Takter trained trotting filly Manchego kept her perfect record alive with a 1:52.4 stakes record performance in the Peaceful Way. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Manchego got away comfortably in third, but didn't sit for long. Driver Yannick Gingras quickly sent the Takter trainee to the lead after an opening-quarter of :27.1, clearing at three-eighths. Manchego trotted by the half in :57, while the other elimination winner from last week, Phaetosive, got underway from fourth for driver/trainer Trond Smedshammer. The two favourites were one-two at three-quarters in 1:25, with Manchego holding a two-length advantage. In the stretch, Smedshammer stayed in behind the heavy-favourite and waited until late in the lane to take his shot. However, Manchego was not going to give in, as she trotted a final-quarter of :27.4 to secure the victory by three-quarters of a length. "She was really really good," said Gingras post-race, who pointed out Manchego was better this week than last when she won in 1:54.1. "I could've taken her off the gate, I could've (done) whatever I want and that's the way she's been all year except last week she got a little excited, but they got it fixed for this week." Locally trained fillies Jordan Blue Chip and Courtney Hanover finished third and fourth, respectively. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Manchego is now eight for eight with $538,398 earned for owners Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman. She was a $120,000 purchase at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Manchego's victory Monday gives Gingras and Takter back-to-back Peaceful Way championships. The duo teamed up to win last year's event with Ariana G. A $2 win ticket on Manchego returned $2.60. The $2 Exacta with Phaetosive ($2.30, $2.10) paid $3, while the $1 Trifecta including Jordan Blue Chip returned $8.75. The $1 Superfecta with Courtney Hanover on the bottom paid $61.20 Manchego Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

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