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MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Filly pacer Lyons Sentinel, this harness racing season's richest 2-year-old, as well as undefeated divisional money-leaders Tall Dark Stranger, Real Cool Sam, and Hypnotic AM were among 63 freshmen entered Tuesday for the $6 million Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eliminations for the 2-year-olds, which are necessary in all four divisions and go for a purse of $25,000 each, are Friday at Mohawk. Post time for Friday's first race is 7:50 p.m. (EDT). The $600,000 finals for 2-year-olds will be Oct. 25 at Mohawk, with an early 7 p.m. post time. Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-olds and up are Saturday at Mohawk. Elimination winners, in an order determined by lot, draw for post positions one through five for the finals. The draws for the 2-year-old finals, except for the colt-and-gelding pace, will be conducted Friday following the eliminations. The draw for the colt-and-gelding pace will be Tuesday at the post-position draw and press conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Twelve horses were entered for the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding pace, with the connections of Capt Midnight and Catch The Fire accepting earnings-based byes to advance directly to the final. The top eight finishers from the remaining 10-horse elimination will join those two in the final. Capt Midnight, by Captaintreacherous, has won multiple Grand Circuit stakes for trainer Tony Alagna. Catch The Fire, also by Captaintreacherous and trained by John Ackley, is a Kentucky Sire Stakes champion. The connections of Tall Dark Stranger and Papi Rob Hanover declined a bye. Tall Dark Stranger is unbeaten in seven starts for trainer Nancy Johansson, with his wins including the Metro Pace at Mohawk. A son of Bettor's Delight, the colt has earned $411,265 this season. He starts the elim from post four. Papi Rob Hanover, trained by Brett Pelling, counts the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship among his three wins in eight starts. The son of Somebeachsomewhere finished second in the Metro and has earned $315,358. He leaves from post six. Thirteen horses were entered for the 2-year-old colt-and-gelding trot, with the connections of Real Cool Sam, Port Perry, and Capricornus accepting byes to advance directly to the final. The top seven finishers from the remaining 10-horse field will join that trio next week. Real Cool Sam, the Peter Haughton Memorial and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion, is unbeaten in nine races. Trained by Jim Campbell, the son of Muscle Hill has earned $454,575. Ontario Sire Stakes final runner-up Port Perry, a son of Kadabra, has earned $224,090 for trainer Luc Blais while William Wellwood Memorial runner-up Capricornus, by Cantab Hall, has earned $192,885 for trainer Marcus Melander. Two-time Grand Circuit-winner Amigo Volo, a son of Father Patrick trained by Richard "Nifty" Norman and Carter Pinske, will start the elimination from post three. New York Sire Stakes champion Third Shift, a son of Chapter Seven, leaves from post one for Ake Svanstedt. Ontario Sire Stakes champ Moon Bridge, a son of E L Titan also from Svanstedt's stable, starts from post seven. Twenty-one 2-year-old filly pacers entered the Breeders Crown, requiring three eliminations. The top three finishers from each elimination plus the fourth-place finisher with the highest earnings as calculated by Standardbred Canada advance to the final. Lyons Sentinel, a daughter of Captaintreacherous trained by Jim King Jr., is in the third elim. She has won seven of 10 races this year and finished no worse than second in any start, earning $519,255. She brings a six-race win streak to her Breeders Crown elimination, with her victories including the She's A Great Lady at Mohawk and the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Ontario Sire Stakes champion Alicorn, trained by Chantel Mitchell, is in the second elimination while the first elim includes Indiana Sire Stakes champ Priceless, from the stable of Brandon Bates. Seventeen 2-year-old filly trotters were divided into two eliminations, with James Doherty Memorial and New York Sire Stakes champion Hypnotic AM in the first. Hypnotic AM, by Chapter Seven, has won all seven of her races this season and earned $386,457 for trainer Marcus Melander. Also in the first elim is Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champion Sister Sledge, trained by Ron Burke. The second elimination includes Peaceful Way winner Dip Me Hanover, trained by Linda Toscano, and multiple Grand Circuit winner Sherry Lyns Lady, trained by Jim Campbell. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY TROT Elimination 1 (Race 1) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Madame Sherry-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 2-Shishito-Dexter Dunn-Per Engblom 3-Winter Olympics-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 4-Sister Sledge-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5-Whose Blues-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 6-Hypnotic AM-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 7-Globetrotting-Anthony MacDonald-Jason McGinnis 8-Violet Stride-Tyler Buter-Mark Harder Elimination 2 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Tricky Sister-Dan Dube-Andrew Harris 2-Crucial-Chris Page-Ron Burke 3-Jula Shes Magic-Jody Jamieson-Susanne Kerwood 4-Romona Hill-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 5-Dip Me Hanover-David Miller-Linda Toscano 6-Wine Rack Hanover-Sylvain Filion-R. Nifty Norman 7-Sherry Lyns Lady-Tim Tetrick-Jim Campbell 8-Ms Savannah Belle-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom 9-May Baby-James Yoder-James Yoder 2-YEAR-OLD COLT & GELDING TROT Single Elimination (Race 2) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Third Shift-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 2-Synergy-Yannick Gingras-Per Engblom 3-Amigo Volo-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman 4-Rome Pays Off-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 5-Back Of The Neck-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 6-Chestnut Hill-Tim Tetrick-R. Nifty Norman 7-Moon Bridge-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt 8-Beads-Paul MacDonell-John Bax 9-Blue Cupertino-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 10-Horse Trader-Trevor Henry-Paul Walker 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 1 (Race 4) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Baby Your The Best-David Miller-Linda Toscano 2-Peaky Sneaky-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Johansson 3-Sound Idea-Chris Christoforou-John Balzer 4-Gai Waterhouse-Yannick Gingras-Domenico Cecere 5-Priceless-Brandon Bates-Brandon Bates 6-Reflect With Me-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 7-Merga Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 2 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Keystone Kalimba-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary 2-New Year-Corey Callahan-Ross Croghan 3-Shouldabeenatd-David Miller-Ron Burke 4-Alexa Skye-Dexter Dunn-Ian Moore 5-Alicorn-Louis Roy-Chantal Mitchell 6-Off The Press-Yannick Gingras-Paul Reid 7-Lady Lou-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 2-YEAR-OLD FILLY PACE Elimination 3 (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Somebeachsometime-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary 2-JK First Lady-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 3-Marloe Hanover-Dexter Dunn-R. Nifty Norman 4-The Bethinator-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 5-Looksgoodinaromper-Chris Page-Ron Burke 6-Lyons Sentinel-Tim Tetrick-Jim King Jr. 7-Betalady-Jody Jamieson-Susanne Kerwood 2-YEAR-OLD COLT & GELDING PACE Single Elimination (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Mayhem Hanover-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 2-Team Best-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh 3-Seeyou At Thebeach-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 4-Tall Dark Stranger-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 5-Cattlewash-Louis Roy-Ron Burke 6-Papi Rob Hanover-David Miller-Brett Pelling 7-Freedom Warrior-Brian Sears-Kevin Lare 8-Put To Right-Andy McCarthy-Tony Alagna 9-Major Betts-Dexter Dunn-Mark Harder 10-Allywag Hanover-Tim Tetrick-Casie Coleman For more information go to or by Ken Weingartner, for Hambletonian Society  

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Harness racing divisional supremacy and international glory will be on the line in the eight Breeders Crown events for three-year-olds and up at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All four sophomore divisions will require eliminations this Saturday (October 19), while only the Mare Trot from the older ranks will need eliminations. The three-year-old colt pace (15 entrants) and three-year-old filly trot (16 entrants) will have two eliminations each on Saturday's card, while the sophomore trotting colts (12 entrants) and pacing fillies (12 entrants) will each feature just a single elimination after two byes were issued in each event. The Mare Trot attracted 15 ladies and will need two eliminations to determine its final field. The Open Trot (11 entrants), Open Pace (10 entrants) and Mare Pace (7 entrants) will all headline directly to a final on October 26. A total of eight elimination races will take place on this Saturday's (October 19) card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Saturday battles for Crown spots Trainer Marcus Melander will send his three-headed monster of sophomore trotting colts Greenshoe, Green Manalishi S and Gimpanzee to Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Breeders Crown. Only a single ten-horse elimination is needed in the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot division, as 12 horses were entered. The top-two earners in 2019 received byes, while the other ten entered will compete to eliminate two ahead of the $500,000 (USD) final. Melander opted to take the bye with the division-leader Greenshoe, who has banked over $1.1 million this season. Hambletonian champion Forbidden Trade received the second bye, which was accepted by trainer Luc Blais. The Ontario Sires Stakes champion is eight for 13 with $1 million earned. Green Manalishi S headlines Saturday's elimination from post-two. The son of Muscle Hill is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, capturing this year's Canadian Trotting Classic and last year's William Wellwood Memorial. Gimpanzee has drawn post-four for the elimination, as the son of Chapter Seven attempts to become a two-time Breeders Crown champion. The New York Sires Stakes champion won last year's 2-Year-Old Colt Trot final in convincing fashion and enters this year's event having won 15 of 19 career starts. The elimination field for the 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Breeders Crown also includes Dont Letem (post-five), Marseille (post-nine) and Pilot Discretion (post-ten). All three trotters have posted strong results in marquee events this season. The single-elimination for sophomore trotting colts and geldings has been carded as Race 5 on Saturday's card. The 3-Year-Old-Colt Pace division is a wide-open affair with a group of 15 separated into a pair of eliminations. Pepsi North America Cup winner Captain Crunch has won just two of seven starts since his classic victory in June at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Nancy Johansson trained son of Captaintreacherous has been knocking on the door in his last two starts, posting runner-up finishes in each. The defending Breeders Crown champion has drawn post-two in the first elimination. Captain Crunch will tackle the likes of Meadowlands Pace winner Best In Show (post-eight), Tattersalls winner Dancin Lou (post-three) and multiple Grand Circuit stakes winner Century Farroh (post-one), who was supplemented Monday by his connections for $62,500 (USD). The ultra-consistent Bettors Wish (post-one) will square-off with Little Brown Jug champion Southwind Ozzi (post-three) in the second elimination. Chris Ryder trainee Bettors Wish has won 11 of 15 starts this season, including the Art Rooney, Milstein Memorial, Kentucky Sires Stakes championship and Tattersalls. The son of Bettors Delight has finished in the runner-up spot in all four of his defeats this season. Southwind Ozzi rose to stardom this summer for trainer Bill MacKenzie by posting victories in marquee events such as the Adios and Little Brown Jug. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has won nine of 12 starts and earned the confidence from his connections to put up $62,500 (USD) to supplement to the Breeders Crown. The top-five finishers from each 3-Year-Old Pacing Colt elimination will advance to the $600,000 (USD) final. Trainer Ron Burke turned down a bye and will race defending Breeders Crown champion Warrawee Ubeaut in Saturday's single-elimination for the 3-Year-Old Filly Pace event. Tony Alagna's Treacherous Reign and Bob McIntosh's Sunny Dee received byes from the group of 12 entered, which sets up a ten-horse division to eliminate two for the $550,000 (USD) final. Warrawee Ubeaut (post-six) powers into her elimination on a six-race win streak, which includes scores in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes championship, Jugette and Glen Garnsey Memorial. The daughter of Sweet Lou has won 10 of 15 this season and is a 13-time winner with over $1.3 million earned. The sophomore pacing filly elimination will also feature Ontario Sires Stakes champion Boadicea (post-nine). The Bill Budd trained daughter of Big Jim was supplemented on Monday to the event by her owners for a fee of $62,500 (USD). Standouts Stonebridge Soul (post-two), Tall Drink Hanover (post-five) and Queen Of The Pride (post-eight) will also compete. The elimination for three-year-old pacing fillies has been carded as Race 8. A competitive group of 16 has been split into a pair of eliminations for the 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Crown event. The top-five finishers from each division will advance to the $500,000 (USD) final. Elegantimage winner Evident Beauty (post-one) for trainer 'Nifty' Norman, Zweig Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess (post-two) for trainer Johansson and Ohio Sires Stakes champion Only Take Cash (post-three) for trainer McIntosh will all meet in the first elimination. The second elimination will feature a matchup between Hambletonian Oaks champion When Dovescry (post-two) for trainer Rene Allard and Kentucky Filly Futurity winner Beautiful Sin (post-eight) for trainer Ake Svanstedt. Those two will also have to deal with Millies Possesion (post-three), who has won 10 of 13 starts for trainer Jim Campbell. The sophomore trotting fillies will clash in Races 2 and 3 on Saturday's card. A strong turnout of 15 older trotting mares will allow fans the opportunity to see several superstars in action during this weekend's eliminations for the $325,000 (USD) Mare Trot. Four-year-old Manchego storms into Woodbine Mohawk Park on a three-race win streak, highlighted by a World Record 1:49 victory in the Allerage. The Nancy Johansson trainee is a 24-time winner and captured the Breeders Crown at age two in 2017. She'll line up from post-eight in Saturday's second elimination. A pair of two-time Crown champions will compete in the deep Mare Trot division. Emoticon Hanover is going for a three-peat in the event after victories last year at Pocono and in 2017 at Hoosier. The Luc Blais trained six-year-old has won 24 of 68 career starts, hitting the board in 51 of those outings. She tackles Manchego from post-three in the second split. Former Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover returns to the Mare Trot Crown division for the first time since 2016. The Ron Burke trained seven-year-old captured the Open Trot division in 2017 and the Mare Trot division in 2016. She is a 46-time winner with over $3.2 million (CAD) in career earnings. Hannelore Hanover lines up from post-six in the first elimination, which also features local standout Dream Together (post-one), supplement entry Custom Cantab (post-three) and the Svanstedt duo of Darling Mearas S (post-two) and Plunge Blue Chip (post-seven). The Mare Trot Breeders Crown eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 9. Harness Racing Heavyweights head straight to Crown Finals A trio of events for older competitors will not require eliminations this weekend. Foreign classic invitee Bold Eagle will star in the $500,000 (USD) Open Trot. The eight-year-old son of Ready Cash will take on 10 rivals in his North American debut, seeking to add a Crown title to his incredible legacy. Hall of Fame driver Brian Sears will steer the winner of over $5 million for trainer Sebastien Guarato. France's Bold Eagle is the first foreign classic winner to accept a Breeders Crown invitation since Commander Crowe in 2014, who won the Open Trot at The Meadowlands. Four-year-old mare Atlanta has earned the confidence of her connections to take another crack at the boys in a classic event. The 2018 Hambletonian champion and winner of nearly $2 million will attempt to steal the attention of the trotting world from Bold Eagle and claim the Open Trot title for a 20th career victory. This season's highest earner in the Open Trot is Anette Lorentzon trainee Guardian Angel As, who scored the biggest victory of his career earlier this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old stallion captured the Maple Leaf Trot on August 31 and most recently finished fourth in the Yonkers International Trot. The Open Trot star power also includes World champion Six Pack, 2016 Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder and 2017 Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. The event is completed by Dunbar Hall, Mission Accepted, Southwind Chrome and Will Take Charge. Reigning Horse of the Year McWicked is back to defend his title in the $500,000 (USD) Open Pace and is seeking a third Breeders Crown victory. The Casie Coleman trained eight-year-old went four years between Crown victories after winning at age three and again last season. McWicked enters off back-to-back victories in the Allerage and Rooney Invitational. The ten-horse Open Pace field includes two former Little Brown Jug champions in Courtly Choice and Filibuster Hanover. Blake MacIntosh trained four-year-old Courtly Choice scored an upset win earlier this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the Canadian Pacing Derby. Hometown favourite Jimmy Freight will make his Breeders Crown debut in the Open Pace. The five-year-old is a 21-time winner and has finished outside the top-five only once in 50 career starts. The field for the pacing heavyweight clash is completed by Always a Prince, American History, Dorsoduro Hanover, Easy Lover Hanover, Geez Joe and This Is The Plan. Shartin N returns to the $300,000 (USD) Mare Pace with eyes on a second-consecutive Breeders Crown victory. The six-year-old New Zealand bred has won 14 of 16 starts this season, frequently crushing her foes and earning much buzz as potential Horse of the Year. The Jim King Jr. trainee is undefeated in four starts at Woodbine Mohawk Park, sweeping the last two editions of the Roses Are Red. While nearly flawless, Shartin N did taste defeat in her most recent start, finishing second to rival Caviart Ally in the Allerage at The Red Mile. The superstar mares finished in the opposite order in last year's Crown event. A five-year-old, Caviart Ally has seven wins and top-three finishes in all 16 starts this season. The Brett Pelling trainee captured her second-consecutive Milton Stakes last month at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Mare Pace field also includes 2017 Breeders Crown champion Youaremycandygirl, and Dan Patch Award winner Kissin In The Sand. Bettors Up, Kaitlyn N and Kendall Seelster will also compete. Elimination and Draw details set Breeders Crown 2-year-old eliminations will be held Friday (October 18) and the sophomore and open divisions requiring eliminations will race Saturday (October 19). Elimination winners draw for inside post positions 1-5. Post positions will be drawn on Friday and Saturday after the elimination races, except for the 2-year-old Colt Pace, Crown Pace and Crown Trot. Those three events will be drawn at a Press Conference next Tuesday (October 22). Post time for Friday's (October 18) card is 7:50 p.m., while Saturday's (October 19) post time is set for 7:10 p.m. Following are the fields in post-position order for Friday's $25,000 Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Elimination 1 (Race 2) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Evident Beauty-David Miller-R. Nifty Norman 2-The Ice Dutchess-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 3-Only Take Cash-Trevor Henry-Bob McIntosh 4-Seaside Bliss-James MacDonald-Paul Kelley 5-Grimmie Hanover-Corey Callahan-Jeff Cullipher 6-Golden Tricks-Andy Miller-Ake Svanstedt 7-Dark As A Pocket-Jody Jamieson-Mike Keeling 8-Winndevie-Brian Sears-Trond Smedshammer 3-Year-Old Filly Trot Elimination 2 (Race 3) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Sweet Chapter-Tim Tetrick-Blake MacIntosh 2-When Dovescry-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 3-Millies Possesion-Dexter Dunn-Jim Campbell 4-Miss Trixton-Brian Sears-Marcus Melander 5-Go Time-Mike Saftic-Allan McCoy 6-Cambridge Kate-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 7-Asiago-Tim Tetrick-Per Engblom 8-Beautiful Sin-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Year-Old Colt Trot Elimination (Race 5) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Chin Chin Hall-Peter Wrenn-R. Nifty Norman 2-Green Manalishi S-Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander 3-Goes Down Smooth-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 4-Gimpanzee-David Miller-Marcus Melander 5-Dont Letem-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 6-Soul Strong-Dexter Dunn-Ake Svanstedt 7-Only For Justice-Chris Christoforou-Dany Fontaine 8-Super Schissel-Louis Philippe Roy-Per Engblom 9-Marseille-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 10-Pilot Discretion-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna Mare Trot Elimination 1 (Race 6) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Dream Together-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 2-Darling Mearas S-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt 3-Custom Cantab-David Miller-Chris Beaver 4-Supergirl Riley-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Top Expectations-Sylvain Filion-Ben Baillargeon 6-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Plunge Blue Chip-Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt Mare Trot Elimination 2 (Race 9) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Ice Attraction-Andrew McCarthy-Ake Svanstedt 2-Hey Livvy-Trevor Henry-Jeff Gillis 3-Emoticon Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais 4-Highland Top Hill-Doug McNair-Amanda Fine 5-Weslynn Dancer-Scott Zeron-Richard Banca 6-Royal Witch-Trevor Henry-Ben Baillargeon 7-P L Jill-Mario Baillargeon-Ben Baillargeon 8-Manchego-Dexter Dunn-Nancy Johansson 3-Year-Old Filly Pace Elimination (Race 8) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Ideation Hanover-James MacDonald-Dave Menary 2-Stonebridge Soul-Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder 3-Bestseller Hanover-Scott Zeron-Scott Blackler 4-Philly Hanover-Brian Sears-Ron Coyne 5-Tall Drink Hanover-Andrew McCarthy-Tony Alagna 6-Warrawee Ubeaut-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 7-Sylph Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 8-Queen Of The Pride-Brian Sears-Kevin Lare 9-Boadicea-Jonathan Drury-Bill Budd 10-Beautyonthebeach-Doug McNair-Gregg McNair 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Elimination 1 (Race 10) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Century Farroh-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore 2-Captain Crunch-Scott Zeron-Nancy Johansson 3-Dancin Lou-Dexter Dunn-Tahnee Camilleri 4-Air Force Hanover-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Fixed Idea-Randy Waples-Todd Clements 6-Semi Tough-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke 7-Stag Party-Doug McNair-Casie Coleman 8-Best In Show-Bob McClure-Linda Toscano 3-Year-Old Colt Pace Elimination #2 (Race 11) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Bettors Wish-Dexter Dunn-Chris Ryder 2-De Los Cielos Deo-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 3-Southwind Ozzi-Brian Sears-Bill MacKenzie 4-Bronx Seelster-Simon Allard-Rene Allard 5-Covered Bridge-James MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh 6-Blood Money-Yannick Gingras-Nancy Johansson 7-Cant Beach That-David Miller-Brett Pelling For more information go to or by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - October 15, 2019 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to notify all harness racing horsepeople of a change to the training time for this Wednesday (October 16). Training will be available from 7 a.m. to 10 a.m. Horsepeople are reminded the paddock is unavailable and they are to head to the backstretch and train out of Barn 5. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, OCT. 12, 2019 - If power, desire and intelligence are the traits of a harness racing champion, all three qualities were on vivid display during Saturday's $1.8 million Super Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Taking his place in the Ontario Sires Stakes history books, three-year-old trotting colt Forbidden Trade became just the fifteenth horse in the history of the year-end event to repeat as Super Final champion. The Kadabra colt defended his Super Final title with a powerful kick home that saw him reel in the leaders and draw away to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Pocket-sitter Manatlas finished second and pacesetter All Wrapped Up was third. "I think that everything worked out. He had to go there, and take his time, and after that we were comfortable," said trainer Luc Blais of the trip that saw the fan favourite get away sixth from Post 9, move into the outer lane as the pace slowed heading for the half and then tip out three-wide coming off the final turn. "I was happy, very happy." Blais trains Forbidden Trade for Determination of Montreal, QC and Rockwood, ON resident Bob McClure steered the colt to his eighth win in 13 sophomore starts. The Hambletonian champ will now return to open stake competition in the Oct. 19 Breeders Crown eliminations and Blais said he and his staff will spend the next seven days keeping the winner of $1.37 million as happy as possible. "Keep him happy, in the paddock and light, very light, light training, just keep him fresh," said the Campbellville resident. "He is good on himself too. He takes care of himself... like a good horse." Once race later, Boadicea showcased her raw power in the three-year-old pacing filly Super Final. In rein to Guelph, ON resident Jonathan Drury, Boadicea took control heading for the :53.4 half and continued to roll through a 1:21.1 three-quarters and on to a 1:49.2 victory. Early pacesetter Sunny Dee finished three and one-quarter lengths back in second, just ahead of a closing Ideation Hanover. "She is the horse of a lifetime. You know I've had some good horses too, but nothing ever like her, and to tell you the truth I knew it when she was born and she's just...every month of her life has been impressive," said owner-breeder Charles Lawrence. "I guess it was her intelligence more than anything else that caught my eye, and she grew into a big powerful animal," Lawrence continued. "And she has that determination to win, and you can't breed that into them, they're born with it, you know, they're born with it." The Blenheim, ON resident and his grandson Gordon Lawrence bred and own Boadicea, who is by Big Jim and out of their mare Rose Seelster, and they were joined in the Super Final winner's circle by a jubilant crowd of family and friends. After the hugs and cheers and photographs were finished the Lawrence's stopped by the Woodbine Mohawk Park race office and paid the $62,500 supplement to make Boadicea eligible to the Breeders Crown. "That's a big step to take, and I know there's a lot of tough horses in there, but we hope we can do well, do the best we can," said the elder Lawrence. "It's a lot of money for us to put up, but we think we owe it to her." Also headed to the Breeders Crown, so long as she remains happy and healthy, is two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn. The division point leader barely broke a sweat on her way to a in 1:52.4 Super Final victory, besting Karma Seelster and Temagami Seelster by three lengths. Like Blais, trainer Chantal Mitchell said the next six days will be spent keeping the Bettors Delight daughter as happy as possible. "I couldn't ask for anything better for her. She didn't really get pushed, she didn't get tested," said Mitchell of the filly's Super Final effort. "She raced in the Eternal Camnation (Aug. 24) and had to come back in six days for a Gold and she won in 1:51 and then came back in 1:50.3 and all we did is jog her in between, just lots of turnout, and go nice and easy on her." Mitchell trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA and Guelph, ON resident Louis-Philippe Roy handles driving duties on the Big Jim daughter. In 11 lifetime starts the duo have recorded seven wins, three seconds, one fourth and earnings of $520,789 and lowered the Ontario Sires Stakes record not once, but twice. "She's a dream, she just does everything that you want a horse to do," said Hamilton, ON resident Mitchell, adding that the filly also does a few less than dreamy things when she gets her game face on. "I mean she's got an attitude. She kicked me in the hand today so I've got a new bruise, and then we got here and she bit me in the elbow, I've got some dirt to prove it, so she's feeling pretty sharp right now." New Jersey-based driver Dexter Dunn made his first Super Final appearance on Saturday and guided three horses to victory. In the three-year-old trotting filly showdown, which kicked off the event, Dunn teamed Kadabra filly Haveoneforme to a two length victory in 1:55.4 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, Norman's Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ and partners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Defending champion HP Titania Runner finished second and pacesetter Angies Luckeylady was third. Four races later Dunn climbed aboard Tattoo Artist's race bike in the two-year-old pacing colt Super Final and guided the Hes Watching colt to a commanding four and three-quarter length score in 1:52. Examiner Hanover finished second and Sports Obsession was third. Cambridge, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore trains Tattoo Artist for Frank Cannon of Sanford, FL and Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. Dunn finished off the hat trick in the two-year-old trotting colt showdown, steering E L Titan son Moon Bridge to a head victory in 1:55.4 for New Jersey-based trainer Ake Svanstedt, owner-breeders Esa Lahtinen and Janne Korpi of Cambridge, ON and their partner Jussi Hietalahti of Turku, Finland. Port Perry finished second and Blue Cupertino rounded out the top three. Jula Shes Magic battled to a head victory over fan favourite Wine Rack Hanover in the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final, which saw the rivals hit the wire in 1:55.3, just ahead of She Rocks Kemp. Susanne Kerwood of Rockwood, ON trains the Kadabra daughter for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson drove the filly to the win. B Stoney delivered the biggest upset of the evening, squeaking through traffic in the stretch to get a head in front of Stag Party in the three-year-old pacing colt finale. Division point leader and fan favourite Century Farroh finished third in the 1:50.3 mile. "That was unbelievable. That's a good field of horses, and he drove that horse perfect tonight," said owner-breeder Doug Millard of the steer by 2019 Lampman Cup champion Trevor Henry. "I'll tell you, when I saw him go up the inside, I thought, 'This is the best shot he's got,' and I couldn't believe it when he got through to win it. That was great. That was perfect." Woodstock resident Millard shares ownership of B Stoney with trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and Barry McClennan of Cavan, ON. In his five regular season starts B Stoney had not finished better than fourth, but Henry took full advantage of the Sunfire Blue Chip gelding's gifts and the racing luck they were given to deliver the biggest win of the pacer's career. To see the complete results from Saturday's program visit Super Final Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - October 7, 2019 - On October 18, join industry leaders John Hayes (Independent Chair, Ontario Racing), Brent Stone (Director, AGCO Regulatory Compliance Branch), Jessica Buckley (President, Woodbine Mohawk Park) and Jim Lawson (CEO, Woodbine Entertainment) for a panel discussion on topics and issues central to securing a sustainable future for horse racing in Ontario. This event is by invitation only and has limited capacity. Attendees are strongly encouraged to RSVP as soon as possible to secure a seat. Attendees must RSVP by Friday, October 11, 2019. The event will take place in the COSA Premium Lounge, a temporary structure on the Woodbine Mohawk Park apron that will be used throughout Breeders Crown week. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. The panel discussion begins promptly at 5:30 pm. Light refreshments will be served. The panel will be answering attendee questions which you can submit in advance by sending your query to before Monday October 14, 2019. Please click here or to go to register. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment        

MILTON, OCT. 5, 2019 - Driver Doug McNair almost missed Saturday night's Grassroots Championships at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but when the Guelph resident finally arrived he went straight to the harness racing winner's circle, a trip he would make two more times before the $600,000 championships were over. "Oh it was a great night, I mean it started off bad, I missed my first drive, and I thought she was one of my best shots, that pacing filly of Rob Fellows' (Mach My Kiss)," said McNair, whose arrival was delayed due to the late finish of the afternoon program at The Red Mile in Lexington, KY where he had two stakes drives. "I thought, 'This is going to be the start of a bad night', but everything just clicked, everything worked out and it usually doesn't work out like that." After missing the drive aboard two-year-old pacing filly Semi-Final winner Mach My Kiss, who finished tenth for driver Jonathan Drury, McNair's first assignment was with two-year-old pacing colt Mayhem Hanover. Lining up at Post 1 the pair got away second, tucked in behind fan favourite and division point leader Quick Tour as he rang up fractions of :26.3, :56.3, and 1:24.1. My Land pressed the pace through the middle of the mile, but there was room for Mayhem Hanover to slide out of the pocket in the stretch and the colt kicked home in :26.3 to get a neck in front of Quick Tour for the 1:51.1 victory. Bettorbuckleup closed hard to be third, almost four lengths behind the leaders. "Off that trip, he might've surprised some people tonight, but he didn't really surprise me," said McNair. "He's a real fast, high-speed colt, and he just got such a good trip tonight, it kind of worked a bit better for him." The driver's father, Gregg McNair of Guelph, trains Mayhem Hanover for Scott Horner and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. The championship victory gives the Sportswriter colt a freshman record of four wins and two seconds in nine starts for earnings of $79,405. McNair's next drive was aboard three-year-old pacing filly Kylie Seelster and the Big Jim daughter closed like a rocket to finish second behind heavy favourites So Much More and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who cruised home one and three-quarter length winners in 1:51.1 for trainer Don Beatson of Granton, his son Ken Beatson of Palgrave and grandson Cole England of Exeter, ON. Kylie Seelster's stablemates in the Gregg McNair barn, Sports Flix and Swift Ally, finished third and fourth. In the seventh $75,000 division final, McNair was in the race bike of three-year-old trotting filly Semi-Final winner Rebellious Lady. The pair started from Post 4 and watched from third as Halo Its Me and Petro Hall battled to a :26.4 quarter and then Petro Hall opened up a four length gap on the field before the :55.2 half. The gap started to shrink on the way to the 1:24.3 three-quarters and when McNair tipped Rebellious Lady to the outside coming off the final turn the Angus Hall daughter reeled in Petro Hall and then fought hard to hold off Lefkada and claim the head victory in 1:55.1. Warrawee Ultra also closed well to be third. "The last turn they were going a real good clip up front and she kind of felt half-relaxed, but she trotted real hard through the stretch and it was a good win," said McNair. 'It was good to win for Duane Marfisi the trainer, like I said on the TV there, I think it was my second-ever race and he put me down to drive one, so it was great to get a Final win for him. "She surprised me," he added. "I thought I had a shot at Louis (Roy, Petro Hall) when she went by because his horse was likely a little tired, but I didn't think she'd fight off Scotty's (Wray, Lefkada). But I'm pretty sure he was three-wide for a lot of the last turn, so that makes a big difference." Guelph resident Duane Marfisi trains Rebellious Lady and leases her through his Green And Gold Inc. from Hugh Fitzpatrick, who also calls Guelph home. McNair completed the Grassroots Championship hat trick in the last division, sending fan favourite Fast N First to the lead early from Post 10. Fast N First took over control from Dreamfair Moxy heading by the :26 quarter and was comfortably in control at the :54.4 half. By the 1:23.4 three-quarters Carlisimo was applying pressure and turning for home Carsons Shadow had stepped around Carlisimo and looked ready to score the upset, but Fast N First dug in and kept a nose in front for the 1:51.1 victory. Dreamfair Moxy was promoted from fourth to third when Sportsline was judged to have caused interference in the stretch and placed from third to ninth. "I kind of really just wanted to float with him and see what happened, because I think he's just as good off the pace as he is on the lead. And I mean once Bob (McClure, Dreamfair Moxy) made the front at the eighth-pole I figured he'd want to follow me, and he did the rest from there. "He scared me for a second but that was kind of my fault, I kind of had him right to sleep you know, worried about Bob on my back, I wasn't worried about anybody else," McNair continued. "If I would've just kind of let him rattle I think he'd have won a lot easier. He impressed me tonight. That's the best he's raced for me. Nice little horse. That was a good night." Blake MacIntosh trains Bettors Delight colt Fast N First for his co-owners Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON. The win caps off a stakes season that saw the colt win two regular season Grassroots divisions and last week's Semi-Final, along with his Little Brown Jug elimination. In 20 starts Fast N First has logged 10 wins, four seconds and two thirds for earnings of $306,409. St. George, ON resident MacIntosh was also victorious in the two-year-old pacing filly division with Queso Relleno, who hit the wire two and three-quarter lengths ahead of So Delightful and Kat in a personal best 1:52.2. MacIntosh shares ownership of the Betterthancheddar filly with Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, ON, Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and The Flanagan Sisters of Dublin, Ireland. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted Queso Relleno to the win, his second appearance in the winner's circle after playing the role of proud father earlier in the evening while his daughter Hailey Jamieson sang the national anthem. The two-year-old trotting filly championship went to Scorched Romance, who controlled the tempo on the way to a one length victory in 1:57.2. Milton resident Sylvain Filion drove the Kadabra daughter to the win for New Jersey-based trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. Two-year-old trotting colt point leader Lovedbythemasses wrapped up his Grassroots campaign with a division title, sailing home four lengths ahead of his peers in an impressive 1:55.4. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic drove Lovedbythemasses to the victory for trainer Ed Peconi, Jr. of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI, who also bred the son of Muscle Mass. Division point leader Gold Edition took the three-year-old trotting colt final with a big 1:53.4 effort for driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, trainer Blair Burgess of Campbellville and owners Stirling Fisher of Waterloo and Karin Olsson Burgess of Campbellville. Southwind Frost finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Royale Elite rounded out the top three. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Grassroots Championship Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, OCT. 1, 2019 - HP Royal Theo rebounded from an uncharacteristic break in his last start to post an impressive harness racing victory in the second of two $106,400 two-year-old trotting colt Gold Series divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. Starting from Post 7 in the eight-horse field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy eased HP Royal Theo away from the gate and the fan favourites were sitting seventh when Port Perry hit the quarter in :28.1. As Port Perry marched on to a :58.3 half Roy sent HP Royal Theo into the outer lane behind Beyond Ordinary and Simsalabim, and all eight horses maintained their position through the 1:28 three-quarters. Port Perry turned for home three and one-half lengths ahead and stablemate Threefiftytwo looked poised to mount a challenge from third, but once Roy got HP Royal Theo squared up the William Wellwood Memorial champion found a gear that shocked even his driver. Sprinting home in :26.4, HP Royal Theo hit the wire one-half length ahead of Port Perry in 1:56.2. Threefiftytwo finished third. "He really impressed me a lot tonight. Going in the last turn I honestly thought he couldn't win from there, but the colt wanted to prove me wrong. I'm just happy he did," said Guelph, ON resident Roy. "He goes into the Super Final at his peak thanks to (Jean) Tourigny's and (Ben) Baillargeon's team that managed him well." Jean Tourigny qualified HP Royal Theo for breeder Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and his partner Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, QC and then sent the son of Royalty For Life to Ben Baillargeon, who has started the gelding eight times. Tuesday's win was HP Royal Theo's third of the season, but his first in Gold Series action and Baillargeon was relieved to see the youngster pad his point total and guarantee himself a berth in the Oct. 12 Super Final. "He was awesome. Louis did a great job keeping him calm, and he came from behind and that's what I asked him to do, not to panic," said Guelph resident Baillargeon, who watched the race from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. "We needed to get some points because we were tenth. We needed to get points and I wanted him to race good, and the win is very nice." Baillargeon is hopeful that the confidence HP Royal Theo gained in Tuesday's start will result in another impressive result in the $225,000 Super Final, where he will face off against nine other top point earners. HP Royal Theo Among the horses vying for the Super Final title is Blue Cupertino, who recorded his second Gold Series win in the first division on Tuesday. Easing away from Post 1, Blue Cupertino and driver Doug McNair landed fourth as fan favourite Horse Trader led the field to a :28.2 quarter. Just past the :57.2 half McNair sent Blue Cupertino into the outer lane and the colt was starting to press Horse Trader by the 1:27 three-quarters. Catching Horse Trader halfway down the stretch, Blue Cupertino then held off the charging Your Still Up for a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:56.2. Hetalkstoangels came up the inside to be third. "My horse raced good tonight, first over, he had to do all the work," said McNair. "You used to have to watch him on the gate, with the rail tonight I watched him again, but he's a lot better on the gate than he used to be, so that way you can get away a little closer and you're not trying to make up as much ground." The Guelph resident drives Blue Cupertino for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, McKinlay & Fielding of Toronto, ON and Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY. In four Gold Series starts the Kadabra colt posted two wins and two seconds and wraps up the regular season in a tie for top spot in the standings with Port Perry. McNair expects another solid effort from Blue Cupertino in the Super Final, a race he expects will be hotly contested. "It's kind of wide open I think. I think there's five or six that look pretty decent. That one of Louis' (Roy) he just kind of sits back there, he (HP Royal Theo) can make up a lot of ground in the stretch," said McNair, while noting that he likes Blue Cupertino's chances. "I wouldn't trade him for too many, that's for sure." Blue Cupertino Before the top Gold horses gather at Woodbine Mohawk Park for Super Final Night, the Campbellville oval will play host to the very best Grassroots horses in the province. The Grassroots Championships go postward on Saturday, Oct. 5 with a total of $600,000 up for grabs in the eight division finals. The first race gets under way at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Tuesday night's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

MILTON, SEPT. 30, 2019 - Two-year-old pacing filly Alicorn wrapped up the Gold Series regular season on Monday evening with another impressive harness racing effort over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval, matching her Ontario Sires Stakes record with a spectacular late sprint. Lining up at Post 5 in the six-filly field, driver Louis-Philippe Roy opted to ease Alicorn away from the gate and the heavy favourites were sitting fifth when Rose Run Vantage reached the :26.3 quarter. The fillies carried on in single file behind Rose Run Vantage to the :55.3 half, but heading into the final turn Roy tipped Alicorn into the outer lane. Temagami Seelster provided a brief windbreak for Alicorn as Rose Run Vantage paced by the 1:23.3 three-quarters, but Roy was soon showing his charge an open lane to the wire. Once Alicorn dropped into gear she drew away to a two and one-half length victory in 1:50.3, reeling off a :26 final quarter. Pocket-sitter Keystone Kalimba claimed the runner-up share of the $104,800 purse and Rose Run Vantage was third. "He said, 'I didn't plan on racing her that way, but behind the gate everyone was leaving out so I just sat back and waited'," said trainer Chantal Mitchell of her post-race conversation with Roy. "I told him I was a little worried because he was waiting on the other horse, and the other horse that was in front of us wasn't really advancing. I said, 'I thought we were just too far, there was just too much ground to make up,' and he said, 'I wasn't worried'." Roy's confidence in the Bettors Delight filly is more than warranted. Monday's win was her third in Gold Series action and her sixth in 10 freshman starts. She has only been worse than second on one occasion - a fourth-place result in the July 8 Gold Series opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park where she paced home in :26.1. "I really don't have very many words for it all," said Mitchell, who trains Alicorn for Windermere Stable LLC of New York, NY and Robert Muscara of Ivyland, PA. "She just has that desire. She wants to do it, she wants to beat everybody." Ironically, Mitchell said that Alicorn's fierce attitude is reserved for the racetrack. At home with her paddock-mate Windy, the division point leader plays a solid second fiddle. "She has a turn out buddy and that filly runs this filly. She's the boss of her. She chases her around the field, and she makes her do everything, she is the boss of her," said the Hamilton, ON resident. "One of the owners said, 'Windy is the boss of Alicorn, and Alicorn's the boss of everybody else'." So long as she remains healthy and happy Alicorn will make her next start in the $225,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12 and then turn her attention to the Breeders Crown eliminations at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 18. "I'll likely just train her up a bit on Tuesday next week (Oct. 8) and keep an eye on her, make sure she's healthy and she's eating well, and as long as she looks as bright as she does every other day then we'll just keep going," said Mitchell. "She doesn't look any different from the day she qualified to now. It doesn't look like she's dropped a pound and, if anything, she's sharper." The top 10 point earners from the regular season will compete in the Oct. 12 Super Final and Betalady gave herself a chance to join them with a win in the second $105,600 division. Starting from Post 2, Betalady left smartly and found herself behind pacesetter All Day Sunshine as that filly reeled off a :26.2 quarter. Betalady continued to sit behind the pacesetter through the :55.3 half and 1:22.3 three-quarters and was able to sneak up the inside late in the stretch for a head victory over Free Flyin Ticket and Off The Press. The 1:52.2 clocking was a personal best for Betalady, who was driven to the win by Jody Jamieson. "I had the opportunity to drive her for the first time in the Champlain a couple of weeks ago (Sept. 7). She impressed me then with a third and I haven't had the chance to drive her again until tonight," said the Moffat, ON resident. "The trip wasn't the same as I planned for, but it worked out in the very end. But it took right up until the wire to work out." It was the first Gold win for Betalady, who moved from twenty-sixth in the point standings to twelfth. If all of the fillies ahead of her enter the Super Final the Bettors Delight daughter will be the second also eligible in the season finale, but if any opt not to enter she could find herself with a shot at the $225,000. Rockwood, ON resident Susanne Kerwood trains Betalady for owner-breeders M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 1 with the final regular season Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The program gets under way at 7:10 pm and the trotters will duel in Races 3 and 8. Complete results from Monday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, SEPT. 28, 2019 - Trevor Henry arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park for Saturday's three-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals with an almost insurmountable lead in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver's standings and the Arthur resident boosted his point tally with three harness racing victories. Henry's first two wins came with Bob McIntosh trainees Judge Ken and Splurge On Me in the three-year-old trotting colt and filly Semi-Finals. Lining up behind Post 3 with Judge Ken, Henry fired the gelding to the front and never looked back. Judge Ken rolled through fractions of :28.1, :57 and 1:26 before digging in down the stretch to fend off Windsong Pioneer for a head victory in 1:54.4. Red Hot Torch finished third, LA Magic was fourth and fan favourite Southwind Frost finished fifth. "He's really sharp, he's ready now, he's good," said Henry. "He can leave pretty good, but he can sit on a helmet. You can do whatever you want with him." Windsor resident McIntosh bred and owns Judge Ken in partnership with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. "He's a fighter that's for sure. I mean he's perfect gaited - he can trot about as fast on a half as he can on a mile - but he's got that will to win and he's determined," said McIntosh of the Justice Hall son. "He's got a big heart." In spite of starting five positions farther out on the starting gate, Henry opted for the same strategy with trotting filly Splurge On Me. The fan favourites took early command of the race and were never under threat, trotting by a :27.1 quarter, :57 half, 1:25.4 three-quarters and on to the victory in a personal best 1:55. Petro Hall was one and one-quarter lengths back in second, Halo Its Me finished third and Checkmate Titan and Lefkada were fourth and fifth. "She's more or less the same way. You can do whatever you want with her," said Henry. "She can leave fast, that's why I put her near the front, and she's good gaited." McIntosh and C S X Stables bred and own Kadabra daughter Splurge On Me, who finished the Grassroots regular season atop the point standings and has now won nine of her 16 sophomore starts. Henry completed the Grassroots Semi-Final hat trick in the second $20,000 sophomore pacing filly Semi-Final, once again opting for front-end tactics with Deb. The pair left smartly from Post 5 and took command just before the :26.4 quarter. Unchallenged through the :54.4 half, Deb was under pressure from fan favourite Swift Ally from the 1:22.4 three-quarters to the wire, but held on for a neck victory in a personal best 1:51.2. Freya Seelster finished four lengths behind the duelling leaders in third, just ahead of Crisp Mane and Premier Cabernet. James Dean of Guelph trains Deb for Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, ON and was delighted to see the Sportswriter daughter return to form after a pair of lackluster performances at Woodbine Mohawk Park in the first two months of September. "I really don't know why she hadn't shown up the last two weeks. Her blood came back good. She just raced poorly," said Dean. "I just changed some driving gear on her and we schooled her Tuesday (Sept. .24) at Mohawk and she never had a harness on her after that, I just turned her out in the paddock. Try to keep her happy I guess, just try to cheer her up a bit. It's getting later in the year, if they ain't fit now they never will be." Henry said the equipment changes worked wonders as he and Deb battled division point leader Swift Ally and driver Doug McNair down the stretch. "She wasn't on a line, she drove perfect. She went a big trip, I think that was a lifetime mark," said Henry. "That horse of Dougie's (McNair), it's a good filly, and she just fought her right to the wire." Although he couldn't get past Deb, driver Doug McNair won two other Grassroots Semi-Finals, the first and last of the evening. Starting from Post 10 with three-year-old trotting filly Rebellious Lady in the opening event, McNair hit the accelerator early and the Angus Hall miss rang up fractions of :27.3, :58.1 and 1:28.1 on her way to a neck victory in 1:58. Miss Congeniality was second, Cambridge Kate finished third and Warrawee Ultra and Witches N Angels claimed the other two berths in the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. "They didn't, obviously, go nearly as fast as the other division, but she did everything right, just hope for a good spot in the final and she'll hopefully pick up some money," said McNair, who drives the filly for trainer Duane Marfisi's Green And Gold Ltd. of Guelph. "She's great to drive, she's good gaited, there's maybe some better ones than her, but she tries hard." McNair closed out the sophomore Semi-Finals with pacing colt Fast N First, who took command heading by the half and powered home to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:51. HP Napoleon closed well to be second, Better Than Cash was third, Phils Sun was fourth and Jay Eye Em finished fifth. "He usually doesn't want to win by that many. He was just really good tonight," said McNair of Fast N First, who was making his first start since winning his elimination and finishing second in the final of the historic Little Brown Jug. "Obviously he was great at the Jug, so maybe that kind of woke him up a little bit. He's getting real sharp right now." Trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George, Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON share ownership of Bettors Delight son Fast N First, who has won nine of 19 starts. The other pacing colt Semi-Final went to Dreamfair Moxy, who was a one and three-quarter length winner in a 1:50.4 personal best. Henry and Sportsline finished second, division point leader Sugartown was third, Carlisimo was fourth and Carsons Shadow was fifth. Travis Cullen drove Bettors Delight son Dreamfair Moxy to the win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON. The second trotting colt Semi-Final saw Royalty For Life son Royal Elite and driver James MacDonald storm down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55.3 Encarnacion was second, division point leader Gold Edition was third, A Royal Line was fourth and Wings Of Speed was fifth. MacDonald engineered the win for trainer Shawn Steacy and owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. So Much More took the second pacing filly Semi-Final with a commanding performance, cruising home four lengths ahead of her peers in 1:51.1 McNair and Kylie Seelster were second, Saulsbrook Jessie was third, Sports Flix was fourth and Manhattan Night completed the top five. Louis-Philippe Roy drove So Much More to the win for trainer Don Beatson of Granton and his son Ken Beatson of Palgrave and grandson Cole England of Exeter, ON. The Big Jim daughter now boasts a record of 11 wins and three seconds in 17 starts. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday, Oct. 5 for eight $50,000 Grassroots Championships. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has reported that Bold Eagle will be driven by Brian Sears when the star European trotter makes his North American debut in the 2019 Breeders Crown at Woodbine Mohawk Park next month. On Saturday (Sept. 28) morning Sears confirmed that he had been contacted by the connections and committed to the drive. The drive on Bold Eagle became available due to a scheduling conflict with regular driver Björn Goop. "I'm honoured and excited to drive a horse of that stature," said Sears, who leads all active drivers (tied for second all-time with Ron Pierce) with 30 Breeders Crown titles. Earnings-wise, Sears ranks second among active drivers (and fourth all-time) with more than $12.19 million in Breeders Crown earnings. In 2018, Sears won Crown finals with Gimpanzee, Tactical Landing and McWicked. An eight-year-old son of Ready Cash, Bold Eagle has won 45 of 66 lifetime starts with 20 Group 1 trotting victories and two titles in the famed Prix d'Amerique. He's earned more than €4.6 million (C$6.8 million) through his career.   Bold Eagle does have experience racing at the one-mile distance, taking a mark of 1:50f at Sweden's Solvalla Racecourse in his elimination heat of the 2017 Elitlopp, a time that established a European record. He's trained by Sébastien Guarato for owners Pierre Pilarski and Thomas Bernereau.   From Standardbred Canada

The Hambletonian Society, which owns and administers the $6 million Breeders Crown series, will raise the purses on seven of the 12 divisions of the Breeders Crown championship races to held at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 25 & 26. "In recent years the Breeders Crown program has enjoyed support on all fronts - from breeders, owners, trainers and stallion nominators, and we always strive to keep our purse levels high while maintaining the future stability of the program," said John Campbell, president of the Hambletonian Society. "It's important to give owners return on their stake payments, particularly for the two-year-old divisions, as quickly as possible." For the fifth straight year the two-year-old Breeders Crown events will be raised to $600,000, making them among the richest offered for the age group in North America. An additional $50,000 will be added to each of the mare events and $100,000 to the open pace. The Breeders Crown Mare Trot and Pace will now race for $300,000 each and the Breeders Crown Pace for $500,000. The Crown Trot and all four sophomore divisions remain at $500,000. The Society has a mission statement incumbent on supporting and promoting the breeding of Standardbred horses, and raising two-year-old purses shows provides immediate benefit to breeders, owners and yearling buyers. The 2019 Breeders Crown will take place over two nights in October, with the host track of Woodbine Mohawk Park creating a festive weekend of events surrounding the races. The parent group, Woodbine Entertainment Group, has hosted more Breeders Crowns from 1984 to the present than any other entity, with one at Greenwood, 91 at Woodbine and 64 at Mohawk. Eliminations for 2-year-old races will be held Friday, Oct. 18, while 3-year-old and older eliminations will race Saturday, Oct. 19. The freshmen Breeders Crown finals take place Friday, Oct. 25 and the eight three-year-old and up events are set for Saturday, Oct. 26 Harness Racing's Championship Series Presented by Woodbine Mohawk Park Twelve Events  $6.5 Million Estimated in Purses Friday, October 25 $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO FILLY TROT $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO COLT PACE $600,000 BREEDERS CROWN 2YO FILLY PACE Saturday, October 26 $300,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE TROT $300,000 BREEDERS CROWN MARE PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO FILLY TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO COLT TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN TROT $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO FILLY PACE $500,000 BREEDERS CROWN 3YO COLT PACE by Moira Fanning, for the Hambletonian Society

MILTON, SEPT. 27, 2019 - It was a harness racing speed show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night as all eight of the freshman Grassroots Semi-Final winners equalled or bettered their personal best times. The two-year-old pacing colts set the standard in the first $20,000 Semi-Final as seven of the ten starters fired off the gate. Tabloid Writer won the early sprint, reaching the quarter in :26.3, but his tenure on the lead was brief as fan favourite Day Delight swept past heading into the backstretch. Day Delight sailed on to a :54.2 half and a 1:22.2 three-quarters and hung on for a one and one-half length victory in 1:52. My Land finished second, Poseidon Seelster was third, Usurper fourth and National Sports rounded out the qualifiers for next Saturday's Grassroots Championship. "When we got to the quick half and the quick three-quarters I thought, 'Oh dear', but he raced good," said co-owner Bill Manes. "He's a good horse, he's a good colt. Hopefully he'll be good again next week." Rockwood resident Manes shares ownership of Day Delight with Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. Victory Puddy trains the son of Bettors Delight and driver Jonathan Drury engineered the Semi-Final victory, the colt's third of the season. Division point leader Quick Tour took the other pacing colt Semi-Final with an impressive effort from the outside Post 10, holding off fan favourite Mayhem Hanover for a three-quarter length victory in 1:51.2. Delightful Terror finished third, Bettorbuckleup was fourth and Lous Delight closed hard to grab the last spot in the final. "Once again he was just impressive," said driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph, ON. "I was a little worried when I saw the half in :54.4 pop up, but when another horse came to his wheel he just never wanted to let him go by." Roy piloted Quick Tour to the win for trainer Mark Horner of St. Marys and his partner R A W Equine of Burlington, ON. The win was the Mach Three gelding's fourth of the season. Moana brought the party to the winner's circle in the first trotting filly Semi-Final. The Muscle Mass daughter came from off the pace to secure a one and one-half length victory in 1:57 and was joined by some 70 delighted members of fractional ownership group Landmark 12 of Lansdowne and their partners 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. "She raced very good. She took advantage of others making mistakes and was able to capitalize," said trainer Shawn Steacy. "Her best quality is her gait, she wants to trot. She should be very involved in the final." James MacDonald piloted Moana to her third win, besting Credits Celebrity, Canadian Titan, Scorched Romance and Need An Alibi. Need An Alibi's stablemate in the John Bax stable took the other trotting filly Semi-Final. Fan favourite Zebs Flur and driver Stephen Byron hit the wire one length ahead of Mybella Angel in 1:57.4. Warrawee Vulcan, Zakarina and Ready To Deal were well back of the leaders in third, fourth and fifth. "With that first turn, when horses are running in front of her and beside her, if she was going to self-destruct that would have been the time," said Bax, describing the early breaks by Peppas Angel and Craving You directly in front and to the right of Zebs Flur. "She wants to race, she wants to win now, so that's all good." Bax Stable of Campbellville, Don Allensen of Wyoming and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough, ON share ownership of the Muscle Mass filly, who has now won her last three starts. Awesomedabra also delivered an impressive effort from Post 10 to capture the first trotting colt Semi-Final. The Kadabra colt and driver Jody Jamieson split horses in the stretch and got a neck in front of fan favourite I Got The Looks at the 1:57.3 finish. Remember Titans was third, Aussie Lover fourth and Kenogami Coco was fifth. "I couldn't even tell where he was around the last turn. I thought he was third over and I couldn't see him and then I saw Jody coming up the rail and I'm thinking oh god that's just..." said owner-trainer Gary Lance. "I was just hoping to make the final." Port Perry resident Lance shares ownership of three-time winner Awesomedabra with Keith Mullins of Fenelon Falls, ON. Division point leader Lovedbythemasses dominated the second trotting colt Semi-Final, sailing under the wire five lengths ahead of his peers in 1:56. Magic Bob, Secrets Justice, Enduring Strength and Youboozeyoulose claimed the other four spots in next week's championship. "He's got really good manners and he's really nice to drive, so just get him out of there clean and give him a chance and that's what happened tonight," said driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville. "He just sat outside that horse (pacesetter Magic Bob) and trotted home strong." Saftic drives the Muscle Mass son, now a four-time winner, for trainer Edward Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI. The pacing fillies wrapped up freshman Semi-Final night with sharp efforts from Queso Relleno and Mach My Kiss. Queso Relleno sat outside pacesetter Need Ur Opinion and then powered down the stretch to a one length victory in 1:53.3. Landry Seelster finished second, favourite Coqui Coqui was third, Even Louder fourth and Preeminence was fifth. "We were satisfied with that. I think she's a very nice filly," said trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George who shares ownership of Queso Relleno with Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, ON, Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA and The Flanagan Sisters of Dublin, Ireland. "I'm very confident in the filly and I think she should be pretty good (next week)." Jody Jamieson picked up his second win of the night with Betterthancheddar daughter Queso Relleno, who now has three wins on her resume. Coqui Coqui's stablemate Mach My Kiss and driver Doug McNair opted for a front end strategy and cruised home one and one-half lengths ahead of favourite Kat in 1:53.1. Siochan was third, Queso Relleno's stablemate Sunshine Hall was fourth and Coco Beach De Vie grabbed the very last spot in next weekend's championships. "Coqui Coqui I've always thought was a better mare," said trainer Rob Fellows of his Grassroots Championship entry. "I think if they raced against each other ten times it would probably be very close to them both beating each other five times." Rockwood resident Yolanda Fellows shares ownership of Mach My Kiss with Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. The Mach Three filly now has four wins under her belt through nine starts. With the fields set for the two-year-old Grassroots Championship events, the three-year-olds will step into the spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night (Sept. 28) for their Semi-Finals, competing in Races 1, 3, 5 through 9, and 11 on the 7:10 pm program. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - September 26, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced details for the inaugural 'Mohawk Million', a race for two-year-old harness racing trotters with a $1 million (USD) purse, making it the richest harness race in Canada. Scheduled for late September or early October in 2020 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the 'Mohawk Million' will follow a buy-in formula with nine of 10 slots in the race available for purchase. The tenth and final spot will be given to the connections of the 2020 William Wellwood Memorial winner at no cost. The nine buy-in slots cost $110,000 (USD) and will be sold before February 17, 2020. "We are thrilled to offer horsepeople this exciting opportunity and provide a platform for the finest young trotters in the sport," said Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment. "With the addition of the Mohawk Million, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host over two full months of top stakes racing for two-year-old trotters potentially exceeding $4 million which will set a new industry standard and further demonstrate our commitment in being a global leader and innovator in harness racing." Each slot in the 'Mohawk Million' is an entity and may be sold, traded or leased. The purchaser of the slot does not have to declare a horse for the 'Mohawk Million' until time of entry. A total of nine purchase contracts must be received by February 17, 2020 or the event will not proceed, and entry fees will be returned. If more than nine purchase contracts are received, a draw for the nine slots will take place before February 28, 2020. Final rules and conditions for the 'Mohawk Million' will be available in the coming weeks. "We appreciate the support we have received from the Central Ontario Standardbred Association towards the Mohawk Million and look forward to making it a reality," said Lawson. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 26, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce the addition of Monique Vag as the newest member of its on-air harness racing broadcast team.   Vag will join Chad Rozema as a full-time host and race analyst at Woodbine Mohawk Park beginning Thursday evening (September 26).   A long-time fan and horseplayer, Vag comes to Woodbine with knowledge of both breeds and has spent several years handicapping professionally. Her work prior to Woodbine includes six-years as a freelance sports journalist, contributing with outlets such as America's Best Racing and   Vag has gained a strong following on social media through her Twitter moniker @ParlayQueen, providing picks for horse racing, NCAA and more.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment            

MILTON, ON - SEPT. 26, 2019 - On Saturday night the three-year-olds are headed to Woodbine Mohawk Park for their $160,000 Grassroots Semi-Finals and the harness racing pacing filly Sports Flix is the only freshman champion with a shot at defending her title. The task will be a tough one. Sports Flix drew the outside Post 10 in what trainer Gregg McNair calls the tougher of the two pacing filly Semi-Finals. Among the fillies Sports Flix will face is So Much More, who went undefeated in her two regular season Grassroots starts and will leave the gate from Post 6. "She hooked that one tough mare of Donnie Beatson's (So Much More)," said McNair, who trains the Sportswriter daughter for James Fraleigh of Dresden, ON. "Just hope she gets qualified for the final and then maybe draw a little bit better there." After a somewhat disappointing start to the season - McNair thought she would make the leap to the Gold Series off a strong winter of training, but she finished third and eighth in the first two events - Sports Flix rebounded with wins in the last two Grassroots legs. She recorded a personal best 1:52.2 effort in her Sept. 10 Grassroots division at Woodbine Mohawk Park and McNair said she was sharp in a training mile with stablemates Swift Ally and Kylie Seelster at the Campbellville oval last week. "When we were training them back she laid over them other two, but they've both got better," said the Guelph, ON resident of his pacing filly trio. "We had them into Mohawk there at the end of last week and trained the three of them together, trained them up pretty good and then worked them back again this week. They seem okay." Kylie Seelster will line up at Post 3 in the same division as Sports Flix, the ninth race on the 7:10 pm program, and Doug McNair will steer her, leaving Sports Flix in the hands of the Ontario Sires Stakes' leading driver Trevor Henry. "She's good and sharp right now, Kylie, and we're figuring on racing her a bit," said McNair. "I don't know for how long because she could possibly even be sold, a couple farms have been interested in her." The daughter of Big Jim and Kiddie Cocktail is a half-sister to $865,450 winner Kendall Seelster and McNair's top two-year-old pacing filly Karma Seelster. She could spend next season as a broodmare rather than a racehorse if the trainer and his co-owners Keith Waples of Durham and Chris Robson of London, ON choose to accept an offer from a breeding farm. The third member of McNair's pacing filly trio topped the division standings with a flawless record of four wins in four Grassroots starts. Unraced at two, Swift Ally launched her career in March with four straight victories and is currently on another four-race win streak. The homebred daughter of Big Jim and Claires Apache has not been bested since July 19. "She hasn't got the greatest position, but she should get, if things work out good, she should get qualified for the final," said McNair, who shares ownership of Swift Ally with Ian Fleming of Londesborough, ON. "I'd say that's the softer division, but there's a couple nice ones in there too." Swift Ally and Doug McNair will start from Post 8 in the first $20,000 pacing filly Semi-Final, which goes postward as Race 7. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will advance to the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 5. In addition to his pacing filly entry, McNair will also send pacing colt Balder Son after a championship berth from Post 3 in the eleventh race, the last of the eight sophomore Semi-Finals. "Balder Son, he's raced pretty consistent all year. I know he didn't win many, but he hasn't thrown too many bad starts in," said McNair. "We had him in there (Mohawk Park) on Tuesday and trained him up, so he should race good. I imagine, if something doesn't happen there, he'll probably get qualified for the finals." Balder Son wrapped up the Grassroots season ranked 19th in the point standings, finishing second, third, fourth, seventh and ninth in his five appearances. The Betterthancheddar gelding heads into the Semi-Final off a 1:51.1 personal best victory in a Sept. 16 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS owns Balder Son and Jody Jamieson will steer the gelding in the Semi-Final. Doug McNair opted for Little Brown Jug elimination winner Fast N First who will start from Post 1. McNair will also start three horses in Friday's two-year-old Semi-Final event and the horseman hopes his seven Grassroots starters come up with strong efforts to keep him ahead of Shawn Steacy and Bob McIntosh in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) leading trainer race. As of Sept. 26, McNair has 186 points, Steacy 182 and McIntosh 179. Steacy will send out a total of 10 Grassroots Semi-Finalists and McIntosh has eight. "You're either chasing them or you can't get away from them," said McNair with a chuckle. In the last 11 years McIntosh has won the Johnston Cup title five times, Steacy's father Mark has three victories and McNair earned the honour the other three years. All three operations focus on developing young horses and each trainer has started 20-plus trotters and pacers in the Grassroots and Gold Series this season. The tight race for top spot will continue in Races 1, 3, 5 through 9, and 11 on Saturday night as the three-year-old trotters and pacers vie for berth in the Grassroots Championships. The sophomore trotting fillies will kick things off at 7:10 pm. Complete entries for Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, SEPT. 24, 2019 - Jula Shes Magic and Wine Rack Hanover arrived at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening sitting in a tie for fifteenth in the two-year-old trotting filly Gold Series standings. Both fillies had been victorious in an early season Grassroots event, but a Gold Series win had been elusive due to temperament rather than talent. Fortunately for their connections, everything went flawlessly on Tuesday and the fillies now sit in a tie for fifth. "It's not that it's not there, it is there, it's just sometimes you know, she's a little bit of a temperamental woman," said Susanne Kerwood, who trains Jula Shes Magic. "She's got a mind of her own, that's for sure, but there's lots in there, it's just you've got to try to get it out of her." Jula Shes Magic opened the Gold Series action with a commanding victory from Post 6 in the first $108,000 division. Thanks to a sharp move off the gate and early errors by two of her peers, the filly and driver Jody Jamieson were eight lengths ahead of the field at the :27.1 quarter. Jamieson eased off the accelerator heading by the :57.2 half and allowed the field to get back within hailing distance before he let Jula Shes Magic roll on to a 1:25.4 three-quarters. Down the stretch Jula Shes Magic once again pulled away from the field, hitting the wire six and three-quarter lengths in front in a personal best 1:55. Ride To Justice was second and She Rocks Kemp rounded out the top three. The win was the Kadabra daughter's second of the season. She was also victorious in a Grassroots division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 30. In her other two Gold Series starts she finished seventh and third. In addition to her Ontario Sire Stakes starts Jula Shes Magic also logged a fifth-place result in the Aug. 29 Champlain Stakes and a third in her Sept. 5 Peaceful Way elimination, then made an uncharacteristic break at the start of the Peaceful Way final. "What she did in the Peaceful Way, Jody just said when he went up to the gate - usually she grabs a hold of you and she wants to leave out of there - that day she went up to the gate and she let go of the bit and he was like, what are you doing. It's something she's never done before, never done that training or nothing, she's always been more than willing to go, so I have no idea. I would be lying if I told you I knew what she was doing," said Kerwood. "It's frustrating though because I think, what did they go 1:55 and change in the final (1:55.2)? And I mean she wins tonight in 1:55 flat, so it's a little frustrating that way, but you know what, at least she won tonight, that's the main thing." Rockwood resident Kerwood trains Jula Shes Magic for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL, who offered up $100,000 for the third foal from $1.2 million winner Windsong Soprano at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Wine Rack Hanover's story is similar to Jula Shes Magic's, but trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and his staff might even peg their frustration level a little higher than Kerwood's. "It's been a real test because we've tried so many combinations of equipment trying to get her to calm down and it's just been trial and error and trial and error and finally we think, we think, we might have it," said Norman. "I've got to give Scotty (Petherick), my second trainer, all the credit because he's the one that's been doing the messing and the trialing and erroring and stuff. So the whole credit's got to go to him, he's done a good job with her." Like Jamieson and Jula Shes Magic, driver Trevor Henry left smartly from Post 5 with Wine Rack Hanover and was able to drop into third behind the fans' top choices Winter Olympics and Sheer Energy. Winter Olympics led the field through fractions of :27.3, :58 and 1:27.4, but failed to find a bigger gear in the stretch. Sheer Energy tipped out of the pocket heading by the three-quarters and Wine Rack Hanover was able to sprint between the two favourites and on to a four and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:56. Alpina closed well to be second and Sheer Energy finished third. Wine Rack Hanover also won a Grassroots division at Georgian Downs on July 14 and finished seventh and third in her other two Gold Series starts. The Kadabra daughter also tried her hand in the Champlain Stakes, but made an early break and repeated that in a Sept. 9 overnight event, forcing her to requalify on Sept. 17. "She's really nice to be around, and jogs fine, and you can train her on her own and she's fine, but from Day 1 you put her in behind a horse and she's tried to run it over," said Norman. "She's got a great gait and she's got a bit of speed, and finally, maybe she's getting her brain to work with her gait. "I mean the trip worked out great, everything worked out in her favour, but she was very strong down to the wire," added Norman, who trains the filly for Pinske Stables of Plato, MN and Bridgette Jablonsky of Hanover, PA. "And credit to Trevor (Henry), he's persevered with her too. He's been trying to help us and trying to get her to behave." Norman said Wine Rack Hanover will compete in the last regular season event at Flamboro Downs on Oct. 2, while Kerwood said she and Jula Shes Magic's owners will make that decision on Wednesday or Thursday. Gold Series action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening with a single division for both the three-year-old trotting colts and three-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will compete in Race 5 on the 7:10 pm program, while the colts battle in Race 7. Complete results from Tuesday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

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