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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

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 - Rookie trotters stepped into the harness racing spotlight for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of four $30,000 eliminations were contested, two for each event, with 18 fillies in the Peaceful Way and 18 colts and geldings in the Wellwood. The Peaceful Way saw a pair of powerful performances from heavy-favourites Manchego and Phaetosive. Jimmy Takter trainee Manchego is now a perfect seven for seven after taking the first elimination in 1:54.1. Driver Yannick Gingras took his time going into the first turn with the daughter of Muscle Hill, before letting her roll up from fourth to take the lead entering the backstretch. Manchego reached the half in :57.2 and then opened up an eight-length advantage at three-quarters in 1:25.3. The Takter student finished off her mile with a :28.3 final-quarter to win by 5½ lengths. Courtney Hanover rallied to finish second, while Repentance edged out Jordan Blue Chip for third. Illusioneesta finished fifth to advance to the final. Owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman, Manchego has earned an impressive $350,898 in seven starts. Her accomplishments include the Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. Manchego is following in the footsteps of another talented Takter trainee, Ariana G, and the conditioner sees some similarities. "She's the same type as Ariana G, she just loves to win," said Takter. "She's not a very big filly, but for her size she has an extremely effective gait. She covers much ground and she seems like she doesn't get tired." Manchego, who was a $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, paid $2.20 to win. Manchego Trainer Trond Smedshammer didn't mess around in the second elimination and steered his student Phaetosive to a 1:54.2 score. The daughter of Explosive Matter left from the outside post-nine with Smedshammer and was parked in third around the first turn. Phaetosive kept marching on in the second-quarter and had to work to clear Bella Glos for the lead before a :57 half. The Smedshammer trainee led to three-quarters in 1:26.1 before stepping home in :28.1 to win by 3¾ lengths. Monday's start was the first charted line since August 5 for Phaetosive. "She's been doing a lot of slow work (preparing for Monday), but I was a little bit worried that she was going to be short," said Smedshammer, who purposely spaced out the starts for his filly. "When you have this kind of horse with this talent as a two-year-old, I don't want to race them more than I have to and when I found out it was a 45 day rule I didn't plan on racing anywhere (in) between." Phaetosive is now three for four with $118,565 earned for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She was a $65,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg. The top-five finishers were rounded out by Tiffanys Flash, All Over Again, Bella Glos and Blonde Magic, who originally finished third, but was placed fifth for breaking at the wire. A $2 win ticket on Phaetosive returned $3.50. Phaetosive The Takter barn also found the winner's circle in the William Wellwood Memorial, as Maxus pulled off a mild 6-1 upset in the first split. Driven by Gingras, Maxus left from post-nine and was able to get away in fourth moving around the first turn. Stablemate Samo Different Day, the 7/5 favourite, shot out to the lead and got things his own way, including a :31.3 second-quarter to lead by a :59.3 half. Maxus stayed along the pylons in the three-hole around the far turn, as Samo Different Day led by three-quarters in 1:27.4 with Canale Hanover pressuring first-up. Canale Hanover made a break at the top of the lane, which opened up room for Gingras to split between rivals and charge through to win in 1:56.2 by a length and three-quarters. Sweet Talkin Hall finished second after getting away last. Kinda Lucky Lindy finished third, while Cruising In Style was fourth. Samo Different Day faded back to finish fifth. "Around the last turn I was a little worried I was going to get through it, but when (Canale Hanover) made a break everything opened up in front of me," said Gingras about the trip. "I think he would've won the (Pennsylvania) Sires Stakes final last week, I got shuffled back and he had plenty of trot finishing, so I knew he was sharp and he had a good trip tonight. It worked out." A son of Muscle Hill, Maxus is owned by Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Inc. He is now two for eight with $92,325 earned. Maxus paid $14.30 to win. Maxus Local standout Alarm Detector made a big third-quarter move to go on and capture the second elimination in 1:54.4. Driven by Trevor Henry, Alarm Detector trotted out hard to be in the early mix and was able to take a seat in the two-hole. Lawmaker cut an opening-quarter of :28.2, before giving way to a second-quarter moving You Know You Do, who was the 3/5 favourite. You Know You Do led by the half in :58.2. Henry pulled on the right line entering the far turn and allowed Alarm Detector to rush up and engage in battle with the favourite. The colts were side by side at three-quarters in 1:27.1. In the stretch, Alarm Detector carried his momentum and went right by You Know You Do and trotted home to win by a length and three-quarters. You Know You Do held second, while Lawmaker was third. Clive Bigsby and Union Jack rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. A son of Chapter Seven, Alarm Detector has impressed many since his debut. The Ben Baillargeon trainee was coming into Monday's race off his first loss, when he finished second to You Know You Do in a division of the Champlain Stakes. Alarm Detector is now five for six in his career and continues to impress his trainer. "He's got a beautiful gait and he's quick and he loves to do it," said Baillargeon. "When you bring him up here at night, he puts his game face on." Alarm Detector is owned by Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. His elimination victory pushes his earnings up to $76,870. The Baillargeon trainee paid $7.30 to win. Alarm Detector The post position draws for each final were held following the eliminations. Monday's winners earned the right to select their post for the final. The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $375,000 Peaceful Way will take place next Monday (September 18). Here is how they will lineup for each final. $375,000 Peaceful Way 1. Bella Glos by Cantab Hall 2. Blonde Magic by Muscle Massive 3. Phaetosive by Explosive Matter 4. Manchego by Muscle Hill 5. Jordan Blue Chip by Chapter Seven 6. Alloveragain by Credit Winner 7. Tiffanys Flash by Cantab Hall 8. Illusioneesta by Kadabra 9. Repentance by Chapter Seven 10. Courtney Hanover by Cantab Hall AE: Apprentice M by Kadabra   $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial 1. Cruising In Style by Muscle Mass 2. Clive Bigsby by Muscle Mass 3. Maxus by Muscle Hill 4. Alarm Detector by Chapter Seven 5. Samo Different Day by Cantab Hall 6. Sweet Talkin Hall by Muscle Hill 7. You Know You Do by Muscle Hill 8. Kinda Lucky Lindy by Lucky Chucky 9. Lawmaker by Muscle Massive 10. Union Jack by Kadabra AE: Bautista by Muscle Hill   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 7 - Many of the best harness racing two-year-old trotters in the sport will be converging on Mohawk Racetrack this Monday (September 11) for the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes eliminations. Each event requires two $30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for the finals on Monday, September 18. The Wellwood Memorial has attracted 19 colts and geldings, while 18 fillies will battle in the Peaceful Way eliminations. Trainer Jimmy Takter will be front and centre with the leading trotter in each event. Muscle Hill colt You Know You Do headlines the Wellwood eliminations. The Peter Haughton winner starts from post-three in the second split (Race 8) for Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. A winner of $253,872, You Know You Do is four for six with a mark of 1:54.2. The $350,000 yearling purchase most recently captured a division of the Champlain Stakes on September 1 at Mohawk. The second elimination also includes Ben Baillargeon trainee Alarm Detector. The son of Chapter Seven suffered his first defeat when he finished second to You Know You Do in the Champlain. Alarm Detector, a $110,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, is four for five with $61,870 earned. Trevor Henry will steer the Baillargeon trainee from post-five against eight other rivals. Lawmaker (PP2, Anthony MacDonald), the runner-up in last Sunday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, and Levitation (PP8, Doug McNair), an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner, are two of the other notables in the field. The first elimination (Race 5) will see a very competitive field of ten competing. The Takter barn will send out a strong duo in the first split, as Samo Different Day (PP2, Gingras) and Maxus (PP10, Gingras) will seek a spot in the rich final. A son of Cantab Hall, Samo Different Day is just one for six, but has hit the board in five of those starts and banked $126,747. Maxus, a son of Muscle Hill, also has just one victory, but has earned a cheque in all seven of his starts to carry earnings of $77,325 into Monday's contest. The second highest earner in the first elimination is Paul Reid trainee Winning American (PP5, Jody Jamieson). The son of Kadabra is still a maiden, but has finished second in three of four starts to bring his earnings to $100,060. Another notable in the first elimination is Cruising In Style (PP1, Jason Bartlett), a New York Sires Stakes winner. The Amy MacDonald trainee is two for six with five top-three finishes and earnings of $52,240. The top-five finishers in each Wellwood split will advance to the $400,000 final. Following in a long line of talented trotting fillies before her, Manchego appears to be the next big thing from the Takter barn. The daughter of Muscle Hill is six for six with $335,898 earned heading into Monday's Peaceful Way eliminations. A $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Manchego has victories in the Jim Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship to her name. The Takter star will start from post-two in Race 2 and will have Gingras in the sulky. The first Peaceful Way elimination also features Pure Ivory and Champlain winner Courtney Hanover. Trainer/driver Rick Zeron will send out the daughter of Cantab Hall from post-six. Courtney Hanover is three for six with $71,570 earned. The second elimination is carded as Race 3 and is headlined by Explosive Matter filly Phaetosive. The Trond Smedshammer trained rookie is two for three with $103,565 banked. Phaetosive has drawn the outside post-nine and will be making her first start since finishing second to Manchego in the Doherty Memorial on August 5. The Zeron barn will also be represented in the second split, as Champlain winner Atlanta starts from post-eight. The daughter of Chapter Seven is on a two-race win streak and is two for five overall with $55,025 earned. The top-five finishers in each Peaceful Way elimination will advance to the $375,000 final. Post time for Monday's card is 7:30 p.m. A program proof for the Wellwood and Peaceful Way eliminations can be viewed by clicking here. The Mohawk Terrace Dining Room will be open for the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals on Monday, September 18. A special buffet will be offered for $22.95 and reservations can be made by calling 1-888-675-7223.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELVILLE, ON- Seven And Seven lunged off cover and down the centre of the harness racing track to take the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final in 1:55.3 Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. International Moni led the field of rookie trotters to the opening-quarter in :28, in front of Signal Hill wide of Seven And Seven in second. Signal Hill obtained control into the backstretch and was soon pressured by International Moni, who was flushed first over by Seven And Seven. Off a half in :57.1, Signal Hill battled with International Moni around the final turn. Jake shot up the pylons into third while Seven And Seven stalked International Moni. At three-quarters in 1:26.1, Signal Hill clung to the lead. International Moni gradually edged by to his outside while Seven And Seven tipped towards the centre of the track and Jake split horses, diving towards the inside. Seven And Seven took the front into the final sixteenth and pulled away for a three-length score over Jake and International Moni, who held on for third. Seven And Seven is a two-year-old colt by Chapter Seven out of the Kadabra mare Ally Oop. Owned by trainer Thomas Durand along with wife June Durand and partner Allan Smith, the colt has won four races in seven starts, compiling $226,768 in earnings. John Campbell was in the bike. "It was a great surprise when I saw the changes and that I was on him," John Campbell said. "I've followed him and have known what he was capable of and how well he had raced for Tom [Durand] all along. I thought he was coming into the race very good." "He's just perfect to drive," Campbell also said. "Anybody can drive him; he's just like a pro." Saturday's Wellwood Memorial final was the first time trainer Tom Durand didn't drive Seven And Seven. "I had a couple of things to iron out with him," said Durand. "He was a little fussy behind the gate, so I got that smoothed out, and I thought it was time to turn the reigns over to the most experienced driver in the world." A $2 win ticket on Seven And Seven returned $7.30. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will try to win the William Wellwood Memorial for the third consecutive year, and while this season’s contender What The Hill might not enter Saturday’s race with the same buildup as 2015 champion Southwind Frank, the colt has shown he possesses one extremely coveted talent -- the desire to get to the finish line first. “He just seems to be a winner,” Burke said about What The Hill, who heads to the C$350,000 Wellwood final for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack off a 1:55.3 victory in his elimination last weekend. “I’d like for him to show me a little more pure speed, but right now it just seems like all he wants to do is win. As long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy. He’s first or second every week. I like the colt.” Later on Saturday’s card, Southwind Frank will try to join Father Patrick as the only horses to win the Wellwood and Canadian Trotting Classic since the Wellwood (which was raced as the Campbellville Stakes prior to 2005) went from divisions to a single-race final in 2001. Mohawk also on Saturday hosts the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, and two eliminations for the Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Post time is 7:30 for the night’s first race. What The Hill, who defeated Signal Hill by a neck in his Wellwood elimination, has won three of seven starts and finished second on three occasions, good for a division-leading $233,718 in purses. His other victories were in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. David Miller will drive What The Hill in the Wellwood final, starting from post three. Purchased for $65,000 at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, What The Hill is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors. What The Hill’s dam, K T Cha Cha, is a full sister to Majestic Son, who won the 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic and was Canada’s Horse of the Year. The family also includes O’Brien Award-winning mare Ramerizi and stakes-winner Misterizi. What The Hill is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. “It seems like every year we have at least one very good Muscle Hill since the first crop,” said Burke, who has trained Muscle Hill’s top-earning offspring Southwind Frank ($1.70 million) and Mission Brief ($1.59 million). Other trotters sired by Muscle Hill include Hambletonian winners Marion Marauder and Trixton as well as Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time, Maple Leaf Trot contender Resolve, and undefeated Peaceful Way favorite Ariana G. “When (Muscle Hill) came out I thought he would dominate, and he’s even more than dominated,” Burke said. Southwind Frank, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, goes into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a second-place elimination finish to Bar Hopping. It was Southwind Frank’s first start since winning the Colonial on Aug. 20 at Pocono. He will start the C$687,000 CTC final from post one with Yannick Gingras at the lines. “I wasn’t as upset as everybody else was with the race,” Burke said. “Maybe he wasn’t as tight, so I think he’ll rebound great. Thankfully he got a great draw; we didn’t pay the price for not winning our elimination. I think it puts him in a great spot to race him aggressively. I believe he’ll be good. I think he’ll be ready.” Southwind Frank has won six of 10 races this year and finished second in his remaining four starts. For his career, he has won 17 of 22 races. He is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Marion Marauder, who won the first of the two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, enters the final with a three-race win streak. He has won eight of his last nine starts, including the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, with his only setback being a second-place finish in the Colonial. Trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, the colt has earned a division-best $1.14 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Bar Hopping will try to give trainer Jimmy Takter his third consecutive victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Following is the field for the Wellwood Memorial. Seven And Seven and What The Hill were elimination winners. C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-year-old male trotters Race 5 – Post time 8:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Real Lucky Day – Donato Hanover - Yves Filion – Richard Moreau 2. Seven And Seven – Chapter Seven - John Campbell – Thomas Durand 3. What The Hill – Muscle Hill - David Miller – Ron Burke 4. King On The Hill – Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 5. Victor Gio IT – Rady Cash - Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Mountain Of Love – Muscle Hill - TBA – Tony Alagna 7. International Moni – Love You - Scott Zeron – Frank Antonacci 8. Signal Hill – Muscle Hill - Randy Waples – Tony Alagna 9. Jake – Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion – Luc Blais 10. Soho Hanover – Cantab Hall - Doug McNair–Gregg McNair Follow is the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Bar Hopping and Marion Marauder were elimination winners. C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-year-old male trotters Race 10 – Post time 10:30 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 - All eyes will be on harness racing's finest trotters Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night. An outstanding card featuring the best trotters of all ages has been assembled with over $2.6 million in purse money on the line. The $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters headline the 13-race program. The stacked undercard features the $436,000 Elegantimgage for three-year-old trotting fillies, $363,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies and the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters. Marion Marauder will look to add a victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic to his fairytale season. The son of Muscle Hill is the favourite to win Canada's biggest trotting event for local trainers Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder won just once in 13 starts last season, but has dominated as a three-year-old with nine wins in 11 starts this season. The Keeling-Wellwood trainee won the Goodtimes at Mohawk on June 18th to start his dream summer. The Muscle Hill colt captured the $1 million Hambletonian on August 6th at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Yonkers Trot on September 3rd at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has earned more than $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings to over $1.5 million. Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track last week by capturing his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination by four lengths in 1:52. Former WEG regular Scott Zeron sits behind the son of Muscle Hill and the duo will start from post four. Bar Hopping upset Southwind Frank to win the other "Trotting Classic" elimination last Saturday. The Jimmy Takter trainee has won four of 12 starts this season, including the $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Tim Tetrick will drive Bar Hopping from post position three. Southwind Frank will look to bounce back and capture another major race in Canada. The Ron Burke trainee didn't have his best in the "Trotting Classic" elimination, but is always dangerous, especially at Mohawk. Last year, Southwind Frank captured the William Wellwood Memorial over Marion Marauder. He also defeated the Hambletonian champion in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on August 20th at Pocono. Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras will start from the rail. The Hambletonian winner has won three of the last four editions of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $687,000 "Trotting Classic" is carded as Race 10. The Maple Leaf Trot is annually one of the biggest trotting events in the world and the international flavour is certainly felt in this year's edition. Five-year-old stallion Resolve and four-year-old mare Hannelore Hanover captured last Saturday's eliminations. Resolve is searching for redemption after finishing second in last year's event, while Hannelore Hanover was a $45,000 supplemental entry. Trained by Swedish native Ake Svanstedt, Resolve has won three of nine starts this season and was second in Sweden's Elitlopp back in May. The son of Muscle Hill is a 13-time winner with over $1.4 million in earnings. Resolve will be driven by Svanstedt and start from post position one. Hannelore Hanover has dominated this season, but faces her toughest challenge in the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee has won 14 of 15 starts this season, but is tackling the sport's best older trotters for the first time. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover was an easy-winner in her elimination and has victories this season in the Armbro Flight, Hambletonian Maturity and Muscle Hill. She has banked $719,134 this year to bring her career earnings to over $1 million. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four. The Maple Leaf Trot has attracted many stars from overseas throughout the years and this year's edition features 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. The 11-year-old Swedish sensation is trained by Robert Bergh for owners Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. Nahar, who finished fourth in his elimination, is a 39-time winner with over $1.8 million in career earnings. He will start from post eight with trainer Bergh handling the driving duties. The $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 7. The Elegantimage Stakes headlines the undercard with Caprice Hill going for her fifth consecutive victory. The Tony Alagna trained sophomore trotting filly has seven wins this season and has yet to finish out of the top two in 10 starts. Caprice Hill fired home in :26.4 to win her elimination last week in 1:52.4. The daughter of Kadabra recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings and will start from post four with driver Randy Waples at the controls. The $436,000 Elegantimage Stakes is carded as Race 9. The top rookie trotters will also be on display Saturday in the $363,000 Peaceful Way and $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Ariana G has been arguably the top two-year-old in the sport this season and the rookie trotting filly is the horse to beat in the Peaceful Way. The Jimmy Takter trained filly is undefeated in six starts and won her elimination last week by almost eight lengths in 1:53.2. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Ariana G has earned $285,870 and is a homebred for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She will start from post four with Yannick Gingras driving. The William Wellwood Memorial will feature local standout Seven And Seven. The Tom Durand trainee won his elimination in 1:56 and has won three of six starts to begin his career. A son of Chapter Seven, Seven And Seven has shown impressive closing speed early in his career and has banked $51,768. Durand has driven the rookie trotting colt in each of his previous six starts, but will hand the lines over to John Campbell for the Wellwood final. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill will be looking for another major victory in the Wellwood. The son of Muscle Hill captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 6th at The Meadowlands. What The Hill won his Wellwood elimination last Friday in 1:55.3 for his third victory of the season. David Miller will drive the rookie trotter in Saturday's final. Seven And Seven will start from post two, while What The Hill has post three. The $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night is also "Fan Appreciate Night" at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans on-track will receive a free program and their "First Bet on Us". The first 500 guests will also receive a $5 food voucher. There will also be t-shirt tosses after each race and live music entertaining the crowd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com Here are the fields for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 8. Nahar - Love You - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hll - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter AE: Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Mark McKelvie

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