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TORONTO, November 19 – Sent off the 5-2 second choice, Magic Presto sat a pocket trip to 3-5 favorite Princess Aurora before edging off the pylons in the stretch and sweeping to a 1:55.4 harness racing victory in the $447,000 Goldsmith Maid Final Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Brian Sears guided Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee Magic Presto to the front before the first turn, with Temple Ruins tucking into second and Princess Aurora into third. After a :29.1 quarter, Princess Aurora pursued the front and struggled to clear to command. She managed to take the front before trotting a :58.1 half. Maintaining control through a 1:26.3 third-quarter, Princess Aurora was soon braced by Magic Presto emerging from the pocket. Within a matter of strides, Magic Presto trotted to the lead and clear of Princess Aurora to win by three and a quarter lengths. Temple Ruins chased the two for third and Cameron Hill finished fourth. Winning her fourth race in nine starts this season, Magic Presto, a two-year-old trotting filly by Kadabra from the Muscles Yankee mare In The Mean Time, returned $7.10 to win. “It’s a good way to end the year,” Norman said following the victory. “She gets put away in good shape and I think she’ll be a good filly next year.” Magic Presto finishes her rookie season with of $393,049 for owners Melvin Hartman, Herb Liverman, David McDuffee, and Little E LLC and could’ve made more had it not been for a sickness last month. “Brian [Sears] actually hasn’t driven her when she’s been at her best,” noted Norman. “She had some sickness troubles during the [Ontario Sires Stakes] Super Final and the Breeders Crown, but we assured [Brian] that she was on the way back and she qualified good, so he came up. “It was a shame she got sick for the Super Final. We tried to get her healthy, and she got healthy for the Breeders Crown, but she really wasn’t fit enough and it didn’t pay off. We got paid tonight, so it worked out good.” by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

TORONTO, November 19 - Thats The Ticket charged home to win the $427,000 Three Diamonds for harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies at odds of 5-1 Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The Chris Ryder trained pacing filly was able to convert off a perfect third-over trip from driver David Miller for her second win in 14 starts. Idyllic Beach, the 6-5 favourite, left out hard to grab command ahead of a pesky Someomensomewhere. The public's choice posted an opening-quarter of :27.2 and was unchallenged in the second-quarter to lead the field by the half in :56.4. Caviart Ally came first up just after the half and supplied cover to Candlelight Dinner from fifth and Thats The Ticket in sixth. The first-over challenger pulled up along side Idyllic Beach at three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Thats The Ticket shot off cover and delivered a stunning stretch rally to fly by her rivals with powerful strides. The Ryder trainee crossed the wire first in 1:53.4, 3¼ lengths ahead of runner-up Idyllic Beach. Candlelight Dinner edged out Caviart Ally for third. Known as a front-end favouring racetrack, Thats The Ticket completely ignored the Woodbine track bias to win the Three Diamonds. "We had planned on just racing her off the end of it there and hopefully get some cover that takes us where we needed to go," said Miller post-race. "Passed the half when they all started moving I was hoping they would get up with the leader, which they did and everything worked out good, but I moved her over at the head of the stretch and she really dug." Thats The Ticket, a daughter of Roll With Joe from the Artsplace mare Art Account, has shown big closing speed throughout her rookie season, including last week's :26.4 kicker to finish second in her elimination. Miller was confident victory was within reach with an eighth of a mile to go. "About half way through (the stretch) she was almost up to the leader and starting to get wound up," noted Miller, who did not drive the Ryder trained filly in the elimination. "I was feeling pretty comfortable and she won pretty handy." Owned by Craig Henderson, Robert Mondillo and Lawrence Minowitz, Thats The Ticket now has two wins in 14 starts and earnings of $331,824 this season. She paid $13.70 to win. by Mark McKelvie    

TORONTO, November 18 - The Autumn Series for Ontario-Sired harness racing three-year-olds came to a close Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack with four added money finals. The conditions Friday were as close to a perfect as they could get for a November evening, as mild temperatures and a 'Fast' track was the scene at Woodbine. Georgies Pockets started the evening by completing the sweep of the three-year-old colt and gelding trot division with a 1:55.4 score. The Jack Moiseyev trainee was sent off at 1/5 favourite in the ten-horse $37,000 event and got away sixth. Mission Man and Moonstar Mission dueled on the front and led the field by the half in :57.2. Georgies Pockets was moved into the outer-flow trotting down the backstretch and was situated third over and almost five-lengths from the leader Mission Man at the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. Georgies Pockets and Moiseyev were pushed wide coming off the turn and had plenty of work to do in the lane. The Muscle Mass colt quickly found his best stride and rocketed by his rivals for a 2¾ length victory. The Land Shark finished second, while Moonstar Mission was third. Owned by M T Pockets Stable, Georgies Pockets now has six wins in 11 starts this season for earnings of $71,500. "You know this is a front-running track, so the mile he put in tonight was an absolute super mile," said owner Ron Ruggles. "He's been a very consistent horse, he's had a lot of problems, but when is right he wins." Georgies Pockets swept the Autumn Series with victories of 5 ¾ lengths and six-lengths in the preliminary legs before his nearly three-length triumph Friday. The Moiseyev trainee is now a 12-time winner with career earnings of $166,150. He paid $2.60 to win. Georgies Pockets Moiseyev kept the ball rolling by guiding Lady Marina to a 1:53.2 victory in the $38,600 three-year-old filly pace final. A pair of scratches, including morning-line favourite Never Any Doubt, shaved the field for down to eight. Lady Marina sprinted off the wings of the gate for Moiseyev and dropped into the two-hole behind Jimbelina, who cut an opening-quarter of :26.4. The leader would continue to roll along in the middle-half by posting panels of :56 and 1:24. Moiseyev was sitting pretty turning for home in the pocket and Lady Marina converted off the two-hole trip by shooting by Jimbelina in the lane and pacing home to win by a length in a career-best clocking. Tempus Seelster rallied from the back for second, while Top Royal was third. A daughter of Art Colony, Lady Marina was knocking on the door for a victory after finishing second in last week's second leg. "She's been racing good her last couple starts," said Moiseyev. "It just worked out I got a nice two-hole trip and that's what she needed and she paced home good, she's a nice little filly to drive." Trained by Stacey Reinsma, Lady Marina now has two wins in seven starts this season after winning once in 11 tries as a rookie. The Art Colony filly brought her seasonal earnings to $43,966 and her career earnings to $89,132 with Friday's victory. Lady Marina is owned by Reinsma and Bill Galvin. She paid $9.20 to win. Lady Marina Think On It completed his own sweep of the Autumn Series by taking the $39,000 three-year-old colt and gelding pace final in a career-best 1:52.1. Driven by Paul MacDonell, Think On It got away fourth and had an up close seat to watch Twomacsonemach and P L Jackson duel for the opening three-quarters of the mile. Twomachsonemach posted fractions of :26.2, :54.4 and 1:23.1, while parking out P L Jackson for the majority of the mile. MacDonell slipped off the pylons moving towards the far turn and had Think On It placed second-over. In the stretch, Think On It shot off cover and surged by to take the Autumn Series final by three-quarters of a length. Mayfield Duke rallied from well-back to finish second, while Twomacsonemach held on for third. A gelded son of Ponder, Think On It not only swept the Autumn Series Friday, but he also extended his current win streak to five. "He's a very confident horse right now," said MacDonell. "He's been racing on the front, but he certainly doesn't need to be on the front. They started to race pretty hard in the early part of the mile tonight and I was able to get some nice cover on the backstretch and when I moved him, he moved with authority." Think On It is trained by Bob McIntosh and now has five wins in 12 starts this season after winning one of five as a rookie. The sophomore pacer increased his seasonal earnings to $50,560 and his career earnings to $70,390 with his Autumn Series sweep. Think On It is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Dave Boyle and James Walker. He paid $5.20 to win. Think On It Majestic Presence capped off the night by capturing the $36,000 Autumn Series final for three-year-old trotting fillies. The Dagfin Henriksen trainee flashed some early speed to grab command heading into the first turn. Majestic Presence put up an opening-quarter of :28, but surrendered the lead entering the backstretch to Devils Advocate, who moved up from third. Devils Advocate fronted the field by the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:27.3 to lead the field into the lane. Majestic Presence enjoyed the pocket ride through the middle-half and was angled to the outside in the lane by Henriksen. Majestic Presence powered by Devils Advocate in deep stretch to win by a length and a quarter in a career-best 1:56.2. Whambamthankumaam finished third. A daughter of Majestic Son, Majestic Presence was making just her fourth start since moving into the Henriksen barn. The sophomore trotting filly won a first leg division and finished second in last week's second leg. Majestic Presence now has two wins in 18 starts this season and three career victories overall. Her seasonal earnings now sit at $36,350 and her career earnings $53,350 for owner Gerald Haggerty. Majestic Presence paid $7.30 to win. Majestic Presence In order to be eligible to the Autumn Series, the Ontario sired three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2016 as of September 30, 2016. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with the $1.7 million Fall Four Stakes. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 17 - Going for his seventh-consecutive harness racing win in his 11th start of the season, Huntsville headlines the $520,000 Governors Cup Final on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. The homebred Somebeachsomewhere colt for owner-trainer Ray Schnittker and Charles Iannazzo, owned along with partners Steven Arnold and Ted Gewertz, has amassed $603,234 in earnings this season, taking a mark of 1:49 at The Red Mile in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. "We had two other colts, both were [by] Somebeach[somewhere], but they just never finished their last hundred feet," Schnittker said. "Both of those horses had about $350,000, $400,000 made, but they never had that pop. [Huntsville] was second at Chester the one day; he got shuffled into the last turn and was still big enough to come home in a [1]:51 mile; he showed me he might have what it takes." Most of Huntsville's wins this year have come on the lead, with his effort in the Breeders Crown elimination being one of his few off-the-pace performances. Huntsville in Breeder's Crown "He's pretty nice to drive," Schnittker said. "He can leave, sit a hole, and he's very comfortable. He really feels like he wants to get by at the end of the mile; towards the wire." Huntsville's 1:49.1 victory in the $600,000 Breeders Crown Two-Year-Old Colt and Gelding Pace was his last start heading into the Governors Cup, as no eliminations were necessary. "I've had enough races the way these have been going," Schnittker said. "Other than that race in the mud [at The Red Mile in a Bluegrass division], every race he has been in or has gone [1]:51 or better. Those miles start beating up on them, but so far he has been taking them pretty well. "We trained him in a mile of [1]:57 at Goshen, and are more or less trying to keep an edge on him. He's probably as sharp as he's ever going to get right now; it's hard to keep him this good this long." Tim Tetrick will drive Huntsville from post position two. "The way they cross the track at Woodbine I don't think post matters that much," Schnittker said. "If we were at the Meadowlands, I'd like [post] two a lot better, but I think Woodbine's pretty fair that way." The Governor's Cup will be Huntsville's last race this season. "I haven't really looked at the schedule [for next year], but he's going to get a good eight to ten weeks off," said Schnittker. "We'll bring him back when he's ready." Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications      

Harness Racing This Week: Fall Four finals, Woodbine Racetrack, Toronto, Ont., and Progress Pace eliminations, Dover Downs, Dover, Del. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday (Nov. 19) with the Fall Four finals for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. On tap will be the C$520,000 Governor's Cup for pacing colts, the C$447,000 Goldsmith Maid for filly trotters, the C$427,000 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies and the C$404,000 Valley Victory for colt trotters. On Monday (Nov. 21) Dover Downs will host $35,000 eliminations in the Progress Pace for 3-year-old colt pacers. The $300,000 (est.) Progress Pace final will be held on Nov. 28. Complete entries for the Woodbine races are available at this link. The Dover entries are available at this link. Last time: Always B Miki will always be remembered as a champion. The fastest pacer in the history of harness racing capped his career in triumphant fashion, using a sustained first-over bid to overpower All Bets Off and sprint off to a 1:48.2 victory in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Pace on Saturday evening (Nov. 12) at The Meadowlands. David Miller moved Always B Miki first-over out of midfield after patiently stalking sizzling fractions of :25.4 and :54.1, making gradual gains into pacesetter All Bets Off (Matt Kakaley) through the far turn. The 5-year-old Always A Virgin stallion pushed to the fore in upper stretch, leaving All Bets Off well in his wake and evading eventual runner-up Mach It So (Tim Tetrick) by 4-1/4 lengths. Melmerby Beach (Marcus Miller) benefitted from the outer flow and saved third with a mild stand-side push over the tiring All Bets Off. Miller and trainer Jimmy Takter had nothing but glowing reports of Always B Miki's curtain call. "When I asked him, he took right off," said Miller. "Jimmy (Takter) has done a great job keeping him good all year, and I tell you what, he's good today as he's been all year. He's an incredible horse; he's a true champion." "It's a wonderful feeling standing here at our home track," said Takter. "He's just a wonderful horse to be around. He's so personable, anybody working with this horse just would love him. "It's nice to quit on the top, too. This horse has a future ahead of him, and it's going to be very, very exciting to train his offspring." Always B Miki wraps up his racing career with 30 wins in 53 starts -- 12 of those wins coming this year -- as well as $2,715,368 in earnings for Bluewood Stable, Roll The Dice Stable and Christina Takter. Obrigado, one of two of the eight in the $400,000 TVG Free For All Trot to have not contested a Breeders Crown event two weeks ago, sought control of the terms early and dug in to parry a barrage of pressure in a compelling race which saw the entire octet covered by two lengths at the winning post. The 6-year-old Boy Band gelding pushed clear of JL Cruze (John Campbell) following a :27.2 initial quarter-mile and worked to stave off the first-over threat of 3-year-old Crown champion Bar Hopping (Tim Tetrick) through the far turn. Upon straightening for home, Mark MacDonald called upon Obrigado for every ounce of effort he had remaining, and the pair dug in to withstand a late three-wide charge from Crazy Wow (Yannick Gingras) by a nose in 1:52.4. Lookslikeachpndale (Scott Zeron) charged down the grandstand side to take third over odds-on favorite Resolve (Ã…ke Svanstedt), who only could muster fourth place from a third-over trip while only missing by a neck. Trainer Paul Kelley shares ownership of Obrigado with the SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins and Stable 45. In the $200,000 TVG for trotting mares, Hannelore Hanover rallied from off the pace to once again defeat Bee A Magician, vaulting home and reeling in the quadruple millionaire for a 1:51.4 score. Lady Shadow used nearly identical tactics as Always B Miki en route to her 1:50 win in the $200,000 TVG for pacing mares, grinding down rival Solar Sister and evading the late-emerging Bedroomconfessions by 1-1/2 lengths. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, 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 Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 1,660.5; 2. David Miller - 1,325; 3. Tim Tetrick - 1,231.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 641.5; 5. Brett Miller - 609.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,576.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 1,498.5; 3. Tony Alagna - 608; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 491; 5. Erv Miller - 477. Owners: 1. Burke Racing Stable - 357.42; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 294.17; 3. Marvin Katz - 280.8; 4. Tom Hill - 249; 5. Al Libfeld - 226.8. Looking ahead: The 2016 Grand Circuit season will conclude after Thanksgiving with the Progress Pace at Dover Downs and the Courageous Lady for 3-year-old pacing fillies at Northfield Park. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

TORONTO, November 15 - The 2016 Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) harness racing stakes season will come to a close Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack with nearly $1.8 million on the line in the Fall Four. The Governor's Cup, Valley Victory, Three Diamonds and Goldsmith Maid will see many of the finest two-year-olds in the sport attempting to finish off their rookie seasons in style. The richest event of the Fall Four is the $520,000 Governor's Cup, which features a field of 11 pacing colts and geldings. Two of the fastest two-year-olds in harness racing history, Downbytheseaside and Huntsville, will go toe-to-toe in Saturday's main event. Huntsville is coming into the Governor's Cup off a sensational 1:49.1 Breeders Crown victory on October 29. The Ray Schnittker trained colt has won seven of 10 starts this season, including the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship and a pair of Grand Circuit events at The Red Mile. Downbytheseaside has done his best to stay out of the shadow of Huntsville, despite finishing second to his rival on three different occasions, including the PASS Championship and Breeders Crown. The Brian Brown trained colt has won seven of 12 starts this season. With no eliminations necessary for the Governor's Cup, Downbytheseaside tuned up for Saturday's contest with a winning qualifier last Friday at Dayton Raceway. The parallels between Huntsville and Downbytheseaside's rookie seasons run deep. Both are sons of Somebeachsomewhere, both have seven victories this season, both have followed almost identical schedules and both have victories over each other, with Hunstville holding a three to one advantage. However, the deepest connection that will long be remembered between the two standouts is October 8th, 2016 at The Red Mile. On a breezy fall afternoon in Lexington, Huntsville and Downbytheseaside each captured a division of the International Stallion Stake and both did so by equaling the World Record of 1:49. Huntsville versus Downbytheseaside is becoming one of the hottest rivalries in the sport and anticipation is already building for potential classic showdowns next season at age three. However, one final two-year-old battle looms for the superstar rookies and it only seems right that they will lineup side by side in the Governor's Cup. Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick drew post position two, while Downbytheseaside and driver David Miller landed post position three for Saturday's $520,000 event. While the two big dogs in Saturday's Governor's Cup will have a close eye on each other, they will also have their hands full with their nine other rivals, which includes Breeders Crown third-place finisher Miso Fast, Kindergarten winner Air Strike and Dream Maker Series winner Bettors Dream. The Governor's Cup certainly has the makings of a potential classic, but the three other Fall Four events are also loaded with talent. The $427,000 Three Diamonds for two-year-old pacing fillies features Breeders Crown champion Someomensomewhere and Shes A Great Lady champion Idyllic Beach. IdyllicBeach bested Someomensomewhere in last Friday's elimination by just a neck, while Caviart Ally came through with a strong effort to take the other split. Someomensomewhere has won three of her last five going into Saturday, while Idyllic Beach is undefeated in three starts north of the border. The $404,000 Valley Victory for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings could be the scene of a "Snowstorm". Ron Burke trainee Snowstorm Hanover turned in a dominating effort to win his elimination last week in 1:55.1. The son of Muscle Massive is red-hot going into the Valley Victory final with back-to-back wins, including a victory on November 3rd in the Matron at Dover Downs. Local standout Jake will look to get in the way of Snowstorm Hanover. The Luc Blais trainee captured his elimination last week in 1:55.4 and has never finished out of the money in nine career starts. Similar to the Governor's Cup, the Goldsmith Maid for rookie trotting fillies did not require eliminations. A competitive field of 10 is scheduled to compete for $447,000. Princess Aurora has quietly earned $212,676 in the shadow of stablemate Ariana G this season, but with no Ariana G in the Goldsmith Maid, the Jimmy Takter trained filly will have a chance to grab the spotlight Saturday. Princess Aurora has three victories this season and has hit the board in eight of 10 outings. Saturday's card will be the final million dollar card of the 2016 North American harness racing season, which has seen many classic moments. With nearly $1.8 million up for grabs in the Fall Four, more signature moments will be added to the 2016 yearbook. The full draw for the Fall Four card will take place Wednesday. Post time Saturday is 7:30 p.m. Here are the post position draws for the Fall Four Finals. $520,000 Governor's Cup 1. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe 2. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere 3. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Who Said Not To by Well Said 7. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 8. Western Hill by Western Ideal 9. Tuxedo Bay by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Air Strike by Always A Virgin 11. Bettors Dream by Bettor's Delight   $447,000 Goldsmith Maid 1. Princess Aurora by Cantab Hall 2. Southwind Tesla by Chapter Seven 3. Gravitator by Kadabra 4. Temple Ruins by Donato Hanover 5. Myammie Drama by Muscle Hill 6. Magic Presto by Kadabra 7. Winter Sweet Frost by Kadabra 8. Cameron Hill by Muscle Hill 9. Cool Cates by Yankee Glide 10. Blinded By Lindy by Crazed   $427,000 Three Diamonds 1. Someomensomewhere by Somebeachsomewhere 2. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight 3. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight 5. Candlelight Dinner by American Ideal 6. Thats The Ticket by Roll With Joe 7. Rockette by Rocknroll Hanover 8. Black Jack Pat by Well Said 9. Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe 10. Happy Hannah by Well Said AE: Bid Writer by Sportswriter   $404,000 Valley Victory 1. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 2. Andy M by Andover Hall 3. Jake by Muscle Hill 4. Moonshiner Hanover by Andover Hall 5. Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive 6. Quadrangle by Muscle Hill 7. International Moni by Love You 8. Fraser Ridge by Triumphant Caviar 9. What The Hill by Mucsle hill 10. Sir John F by Donato Hanover AE: Lindy The Great by Crazed Mark McKelvie

Winning races might be in Caviart Ally's blood and there could be no more appropriate time for the 2-year-old female pacer to get her first open stakes harness racing victory than Saturday's C$427,000 Three Diamonds Stakes at Woodbine. After all, Three Diamonds is in her blood too. Caviart Ally hails from a family of stakes winners, starting with half-brother All Speed Hanover and half-sister Allamerican Coed. Dam Allamerican Cool is a half-sister to Hall of Fame mare Eternal Camnation and Caviart Ally's fourth dam is Hall of Fame mare Three Diamonds. The family also includes stakes-winners Life Sign and Threefold, who were both out of Three Diamonds. "I think it's sort of cool that she's in this race," said owner Buck Chaffee, referring to Caviart Ally's connection to Three Diamonds. "We buy yearling fillies to become broodmares. She had just a great family, really deep. We picked her out because of the breeding and we're just really happy that she's developed into a nice racehorse." Chaffee and his wife Judy own Caviart Farms, a 230-acre breeding and boarding facility in Paris, Ky., and have enjoyed their share of success over the years, most notably with multiple-stakes-winner Caviart Sydney. Caviart Farms purchased Caviart Ally, whose sire is Bettor's Delight, under the name Airlie Hanover for $35,000 at last fall's Standardbred Horse Sale. "It's just really nice to have one at this level," Chaffee said. Caviart Ally heads to the Three Diamonds off a win in her elimination last Friday at Woodbine. Caviart Ally won by a half-length over That's The Ticket in 1:54.3 with Andy McCarthy driving for trainer Noel Daley. In her previous start, Caviart Ally finished second by a neck to Breeders Crown winner Someomensomewhere in the Kindergarten Classic Series championship at the Meadowlands. It was Caviart Ally's fourth second-place finish in a span of five starts, with none of the setbacks coming by more than a half-length. For the year, Caviart Ally has won two of 13 races, hit the board a total of nine times, and earned $110,479. "We've liked her from the beginning," Chaffee said. "She trained down super. Her first (qualifier) she raced really great. She came the last quarter in :25.4, just really strong. We didn't know if she was going to be able to race at the top level or not, but we thought she was going to be a good horse. "But we knew it was going to take her a little while. She was a late foal, she's a June foal, so we tried to give her as much time as we could to let her develop. She's really come on recently. She got a little sick in the middle of the year and had a couple of bad races, but other than that she's been right there. We're just happy that now she's gotten to compete against some really nice fillies." Caviart Ally was eligible to the Breeders Crown, but her connections decided to skip the event. "We didn't think she was quite ready," Chaffee said. "In retrospect, that might have been a mistake on our part. But maybe it turned out for the better, too, because she's still pretty fresh and racing well. Next year she's staked to all the big races and we're looking forward to that as well." Idyllic Beach won the other Three Diamonds elimination by a neck over Someomensomewhere in 1:55.3. In September, Idyllic Beach won the She's A Great Lady Stakes at Mohawk. Saturday's Woodbine card also includes the C$520,000 Governor's Cup for 2-year-old male pacers, C$447,000 Goldsmith Maid for 2-year-old female trotters and C$404,000 Valley Victory for 2-year-old male trotters. The Governor's Cup features the top three finishes from the Breeders Crown --- Huntsville, Downbytheseaside, and Miso Fast. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Governor's Cup and Goldsmith Maid. Snowstorm Hanover and Jake won eliminations for the Valley Victory. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications

TORONTO, November 11 - Grand Circuit harness racing two-year-olds invaded Woodbine Racetrack Friday night for the eliminations of the Valley Victory and Three Diamonds, part of the Fall Four series. Each stake featured two $25,000 eliminations, with the other two events in the Fall Four, the Governor's Cup and Goldsmith Maid, going directly to a final. A group of 15 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were split into a pair of eliminations to decide the field for the Valley Victory. Snowstorm Hanover turned in a huge performance to win the first elimination in 1:55.1. The Ron Burke trainee was sent right to the front from post-seven by driver Matt Kakaley. Snowstorm Hanover hung up fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27. The Burke trainee took off on his rivals at the top of the lane and powered home in :28 for a 2½ length victory. International Moni finished second, while Andy M edged out stablemate Fraser Ridge for third. Quadrangle finished fifth to grab a spot in next week's final. William Wellwood Memorial champion Seven And Seven went off as the public's choice in the first elimination, but made a break just after the start. A son of Muscle Massive, Snowstorm Hanover was coming into Friday's elimination with plenty of momentum after a victory in last week's Matron Stakes. "I wanted to put him in play and make sure he was up close, make sure we got a spot in the final no matter what," said Kakaley post-race. "He's good on the front and once I got there pretty easy, he was strong right through the wire." Snowstorm Hanover now has five wins and $193,519 earned in 13 starts this season. He is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, Phillip Collura and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Snowstorm Hanover paid $9.10 to win. Snowstorm Hanover In the second elimination, Jake converted off a perfect two-hole trip for a 1:55.4 victory. The Luc Blais trainee and driver Sylvain Filion got a pocket journey in behind Moonshiner Hanover, who posted fractions of :28.3, :58.1 and 1:27.3. Jake was angled out of the two-hole at the three-quarter pole and unleashed a strong final-quarter of :27.4 to win by a length. What The Hill finished up well for second, while Southwind Cobra overcame some equipment issues for third. The last two spots in next week's final were claimed by Moonshiner Hanover and Sir John F. A son of Muscle Hill, Jake was coming into the Valley Victory eliminations off a fifth-place finish in the Breeders Crown final from post-ten. "He had to come first up (in the Breeders Crown), but he held on tough and raced really good," said Filion. "In his elim he wasn't trotting right and then Luc (Blais) made some shoeing changes and he was way better in the final and then again tonight he was just awesome." Owned by Determination, Jake now has two wins and $153,966 earned in nine starts this season. He paid $9.50 to win. Jake The Three Diamonds attracted 13 two-year-old pacing fillies, who were split into two eliminations. Idyllic Beach returned to the WEG Circuit for the first time Friday since her Shes A Great Lady triumph in early-September and turned in another winning effort in the first Three Diamonds elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained filly got away third in a field of six with driver Yannick Gingras, while Someomensomewhere stepped out to the lead and posted an opening-quarter of :29.3. The soft-opening quarter did not sit well with Gingras and he moved Idyllic Beach towards the front in the second-quarter, ultimately clearing to command at the half in :58. The Takter trainee got away with a :30.3 breather on the far turn to set up a stretch sprint. In the stretch, Someomensomewhere was angled to the outside by Marcus Miller, but despite a :26.4 final-quarter, she could not outsprint Idyllic Beach, who held her off by a neck in 1:55.3. Bettors Up finished third, while Rockette and Obvious Blue Chip rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, IdyllicBeach has been raced primarily on the front this season and Gingras was hoping to work out a trip Friday, but had to change his plans early. "The first-eighth was pretty slow and the second-eighth was even slower, so I had no choice but to go to the front," said Gingras. "It's really not what I wanted for her tonight, but it worked out. She had plenty of pace obviously off those slow fractions coming home and she did it easy." Owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc. and Marvin Katz, Idyllic Beach is now an eight-time winner from 13 starts and has earned $632,962 in her rookie season. Idyllic Beach's dam, Idyllic, captured the Three Diamonds in 2010 at Woodbine and set a track record of 1:51 in the process. A $2 win ticket on Idyllic Beach returned $4.20. Idyllic Beach After finishing second in four of her last five starts, Caviart Ally finally got back to the winner's circle in the second Three Diamonds elimination. The Noel Daley trained pacing filly got away fourth with driver Andrew McCarthy, while Happy Hannah led the field of seven by the opening-quarter in :28.1. Candlelight Dinner brushed from third to first in the second-quarter to front the field by the half in :58. McCarthy waited until just after five-eighths to send Caviart Ally first up and the Daley trainee was three-lengths from the lead turning for home. Candlelight Dinner tried to take off on her rivals after three-quarters of 1:26.4, but Caviart Ally tracked down the leader and paced by powerfully in the lane for a half-length victory in 1:54.3. Thats The Ticket rallied from off the pace to nose out Candlelight Dinner for second. Black Jack Pat finished fourth, while Happy Hannah was fifth. A daughter of Bettor's Delight, Caviart Ally had only a single win to her name heading into Friday's contest, but had finished second on six different occasions. "She's just run into some really good fillies this year," said McCarthy. "She's been pretty much tripped out her whole two-year-old season, so she's fresh enough and getting good at the right time." Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally increased her seasonal earnings to $113,229 with Friday's score. She paid $4.90 to win. Caviart Ally Following Friday's eliminations, the finals for all the Fall Four events were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post. The Fall Four Finals will take place next Saturday (November 19) at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the post position draws for the Fall Four Finals. $520,000 Governor's Cup 1. Miso Fast by Roll With Joe 2. Huntsville by Somebeachsomewhere 3. Downbytheseaside by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Blood Line by Somebeachsomewhere 5. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere 6. Who Said Not To by Well Said 7. Filibuster Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere 8. Western Hill by Western Ideal 9. Tuxedo Bay by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Air Strike by Always A Virgin 11. Bettors Dream by Bettor's Delight   $447,000 Goldsmith Maid 1. Princess Aurora by Cantab Hall 2. Southwind Tesla by Chapter Seven 3. Gravitator by Kadabra 4. Temple Ruins by Donato Hanover 5. Myammie Drama by Muscle Hill 6. Magic Presto by Kadabra 7. Winter Sweet Frost by Kadabra 8. Cameron Hill by Muscle Hill 9. Cool Cates by Yankee Glide 10. Blinded By Lindy by Crazed   $427,000 Three Diamonds 1. Someomensomewhere by Somebeachsomewhere 2. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight 3. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Caviart Ally by Bettor's Delight 5. Candlelight Dinner by American Ideal 6. Thats The Ticket by Roll With Joe 7. Rockette by Rocknroll Hanover 8. Black Jack Pat by Well Said 9. Obvious Blue Chip by Roll With Joe 10. Happy Hannah by Well Said AE: Bid Writer by Sportswriter   $404,000 Valley Victory 1. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 2. Andy M by Andover Hall 3. Jake by Muscle Hill 4. Moonshiner Hanover by Andover Hall 5. Snowstorm Hanover by Muscle Massive 6. Quadrangle by Muscle Hill 7. International Moni by Love You 8. Fraser Ridge by Triumphant Caviar 9. What The Hill by Mucsle hill 10. Sir John F by Donato Hanover AE: Lindy The Great by Crazed Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 10 - Harness racing returned to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday evening with Autumn Series action highlighting a 10-race program. A quartet of $16,000 second leg Autumn Series divisions for three-year-old colts and geldings were contested with a pair of round one winners repeating. Think On It delivered a carbon copy of his round one victory by taking Thursday's first division for pacing colts and geldings in 1:54.4. The Bob McIntosh trainee was sent to the front by driver Paul MacDonell and never looked back. Think On It posted fractions of :27.3, :57.1 and 1:25.4. Tango Star, the 5/2 favourite, was pressing first up at three-quarters, but had difficulties and blew the turn. Think On It took full advantage of his rivals troubles and cruised home to win by a length and a quarter over pocket-sitter Bugatti. Sure Fired Bet finished third. A gelded son of Ponder, Think On It now has four wins in 11 starts this season after winning one of five as a rookie. His round two victory pushes his seasonal earnings to $30,060 and his career earnings to $49,890. Think On It is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, Dave Boyle and James Walker. Despite winning last week, Think On It paid $11.50 to win Thursday. The second division was action-packed right from the start, but it was calm and patient drive from Trevor Henry that got Twomacsonemach to the winner's circle. The Victor Puddy trainee left from post-two and got away near the front, while the leadership shuffled multiple-times throughout. Cams Lucky Sam was parked around the first turn and was all out to clear to the front at the half in :55.3. Senior K, the 5/2 favourite, had been parked every step of the way and was left first over after Cams Lucky Sam cleared. Henry slipped off the pylons with Twomacsonemach to sit second-over on the final turn. Senior K grinded away and at Cams Lucky Sam, as they rolled by three-quarters in 1:23.3, but neither had much left from a stretch drive. In the stretch, Henry showed his charge clear sailing and Twomacsonemach responded to win by a length and a quarter in 1:54.1. Several horses rallied to finish up well, including P L Jackson and Archangel Three, who finished in a dead-heat for second. A gelded son of Mach Three, Twomacsonemach now has eight wins in 22 starts this season after going winless in eight as a rookie. The Puddy trainee increased his seasonal earnings to $42,761 and his career earnings to $46,021 with Thursday's score. Twomacsonemach is owned by Wayne Mac Rae and Howmac Farms Lid. He paid $12.40 to win. Over on the trotting side, Mission Man capitalized off a great trip to strike for a 25/1 upset in the first division. Driven by James MacDonald, Mission Man left from post-ten and was able to drop in the three-hole. The Land Shark cut the mile and posted fractions of :28, :58.2 and 1:27.2. In the stretch, MacDonald was able to angle out Mission Man and feeed him open racetrack. The Russell Bax trainee hit his best stride and surged by rivals for a three-quarter length victory in 1:57.3. The Land Shark had to settle for second, while Monopoly, who came first up on the final turn, was third. A gelded son of Manofmanymissions, Mission Man had just one win in 17 starts coming into Thursday's contest. The Bax trainee, who was unraced at two, finished fourth in a leg one division last week. Mission Man now has $30,260 earned for owners Baxmar Holsteins Ltd. He paid $55.60 to win. For the second consecutive week, Georgies Pockets turned in a dominating performance to win an Autumn Series divison. The Jack Moiseyev trainee, who won by nearly six lengths last week, made a backstretch move from fourth to first and cleared to the lead at five-eighths. Georgies Pockets cruised by three-quarters in 1:27.3 and then proceeded to leave his rivals in another area code, trotting home strongly for a six length score in 1:56.3. Innovative Force finished second, while Jls Bad Moon Risin was third. A son of Muscle Mass, Georgies Pockets now has five wins in 10 starts this season after winning six of nine as a rookie. His seasonal earnings now sit at $52,000, while his career earnings are over $146,000 for owner M T Pockets Stables. The Moiseyev trainee paid $2.80 and will now have a chance at a series sweep. The Autumn Series for three-year-olds will conclude next Friday (November 18) with all four categories finals taking place. In order to be eligible to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series, the three-year-olds had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 this season as of September 30, 2016. Live racing continues Friday at Woodbine with the eliminations of the Valley Victory and Three Diamonds headlining the 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Columbus, OH --- Despite Walner’s dominance of the 2-year-old male trotting division, Moonshiner Hanover is prepared to step out from the harness racing shadows and demonstrate he possesses the power to sparkle in his C$25,000 Valley Victory elimination on Friday (Nov. 11) at Woodbine Racetrack as he makes his bid for 2017 Hambletonian glory. “He has really turned around since the (Pennsylvania) Sire Stakes final,” said Chris Beaver, the colt’s co-owner and conditioner. “It would seem like he has speed because he has been leaving off the gate, but it takes him some time to get into gear. In that race (second to Giveitgasandgo) I took the hood off and the mini-bit out of his mouth to allow him to put the driver into the race. It seemed to work because he has turned the corner since then.” Fresh off five consecutive second place finishes to the likes of world record holders Walner and Don Dream, as well as Sortie and Shake It Off Lindy, in contests such as the $600,000 Breeders Crown final, a $55,250 division of the Bluegrass Stake and a $32,050 division of the Standardbred Stake, Moonshiner Hanover seeks his second career triumph on Friday evening. The son of Ad-Madam Hooch will leave from post position seven in the second of two Valley Victory eliminations with the smoking hot Scott Zeron holding the lines. The card also includes two C$25,000 eliminations for the Three Diamonds for freshman pacing fillies. A $27,000 purchase at the 2015 Standardbred Horse Sale, Moonshiner Hanover is owned by Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc. and Bill Manes. He is the 9-2 fourth choice on the morning line in his Valley Victory elimination (race eight) and will compete against the likes of $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial victor What The Hill (post position two, 5-2, David Miller) and $266,000 William Wellwood Memorial second place finisher Jake (post position one, 3-1, Sylvain Filion). “Hopefully his last start of the season will be in the final,” Beaver said. “He’s been battling OCDs in his ankles this year and we are going to take them out, so he might have a late start to next year. He will be staked to everything though.” Sporting a slate of 10-1-6-1 and banking $258,631 from his first season of campaigning, Moonshiner Hanover is the second foal from his dam, who is by Credit Winner. Madam Hooch collected $181,843 during her time competing and foaled New York Sire Stakes winner Gabe The Bear Dean to the cover of Lucky Chucky as her first offspring. That gelding has earned $224,521 while performing primarily on the New York Sire Stakes circuit and went through the 2013 edition of the Standardbred Horse Sale to Ray Schnittker for $105,000. “We were very fortunate to pay what we did for this colt,” Beaver said. “He’s a beautiful horse and one we thought would go for $60,000, but he went early in the sale. Sometimes when a horse like that goes on the first day, which he did, sometimes they are overlooked.” Moonshiner Hanover’s ownership contingent was aware he had OCDs removed from his hocks prior to the sale, but it took them some time to discover the colt was suffering the same issue in his hind ankle. “We did a lot of work on his stifles when he was training down, but it took us some time to discover the OCDs,” Beaver said. “We x-rayed his left hind ankle and it came up. We think he has also improved because he has learned how to work through a little pain. We don’t think it is anything serious and were not aware of it at the sale, it is just something he has learned to manage.” The talented colt is only one member of Beaver’s burgeoning stable of quality stock. His roster includes world record holder Muscle Up The Goal, the swift and reliable Il Sogno Dream, Ohio champion Kestrel and state standouts Kanthaka, Buckeye Boss, Evanora, Kerfuffle Cookie, Fraser Ridge and Andy M (the latter two will both start in the first Valley Victory elimination on Friday). Beaver, a long-time trotting bastion in his home state of Ohio, is the reigning Trainer of the Year in that state, and in 2016 has amassed $2.16 million in purse money, the most ever in his career. Moonshiner Hanover may just very well be the horse that captures the prize he most covets -- the Hambletonian -- as world recorder holder and 2009 participant Triumphant Caviar sustained a bug bite prior to the final. The stallion, who now stands at Abby Stables, was eighth in that year’s edition of the classic and went on to finish second to Muscle Hill in the $600,000 Breeders Crown later that fall. “Over the last three years my stable has certainly grown,” he said. “I owe that to Triumphant Caviar. From just his foals alone I have made over $1.2 million and he is receiving some recognition for his achievements. I have breeders out east talking to me about him and already filling out applications. “We spent all summer building a new farm. We sold our other one and after buying seven yearlings here at Harrisburg this week, it looks like we will already need to expand it. He has allowed me to buy more expensive horses like this one that are not under the $15,000 range. Our recent success really is because of him.” The complete entries for the Nov. 11 Woodbine races are available at this link. by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

TORONTO, November 9 - Standardbred racing is set to return to Woodbine Racetrack Thursday and Grand Circuit harness racing action will help launch the proceedings on opening weekend. The 81-date Woodbine Fall-Winter meet will run from November 12 to April 10 (pending regulatory approval) and feature live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Opening weekend of the meet will be highlighted by the return of the Grand Circuit to the Toronto oval. Woodbine Racetrack is proud to host the $1.7 million Fall Four Stakes for two-year-olds. The finals of the Fall Four Stakes are scheduled for Saturday, November 19th, with eliminations for two of the four events taking place this Friday (November 11). The Fall Four Stakes consists of the Governor's Cup, Three Diamonds, Valley Victory and Goldsmith Maid. A strong group of 11 rookie pacing colts and geldings will compete in the $520,000 Governor's Cup final, including Breeders Crown champion Huntsville. The Goldsmith Maid attracted 10 two-year-old trotting fillies and for the $447,000 final. The Valley Victory (15 entries), headlined by William Wellwood Memorial winner Seven And Seven, and the Three Diamonds (13 entries), featuring Breeders Crown winner Someomensomewhere, will each have two eliminations on Friday's card. The Fall Four Stakes were last contested at Woodbine in 2014. The return of Standardbred racing to Woodbine will require the talented WEG driving colony to adjust their strategy to fit the Toronto oval. "It's a tough track sometimes," said James MacDonald, who currently sits fifth in the WEG drivers standings. "It's like a really big half mile track, there's not a lot of room down the lane and the last turn is significantly tighter. "It's definitely a speed track and the front end seems to be the place to be." Horseplayers will be able to continue playing all the signature wagers they have become accustomed to on WEG Standardbred racing during the Woodbine meet, including the $50,000 Guaranteed Early Pick-4 and the $30,000 Guaranteed Pick-5. The popular Jackpot Hi-5 wager will begin with a massive carryover of $213,609.40 transferred from Mohawk to Woodbine. Post time for each card of live racing during the meet is 7:30 p.m. except for a special matinee card on Boxing Day (December 26) at 1 p.m. For more information on live racing, visit   Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, April 6 - The 2015-16 - The Woodbine Fall/Winter Standardbred meet, which concluded Monday, showed a sharp increase in wagering over the 2014-15 season. The average nightly handle over the course of the 102-date meet was $1,587,601. The 2015-16 average handle was up eight per cent in comparison to the 2014-15 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet (94 cards). An average of $149,801 was wagered per race during the meet, registering a 14.2 per cent increase over the 2014-15 average race handle. The highlight of the Woodbine Fall/Winter meet was a Canadian record handle on Breeders Crown night in October. A total of $5,748,950 was wagered on the card, including over $1.6 million in the mandatory Jackpot Hi-5 pool. The 2015 Breeders Crown handle surpassed the former Canadian record of $5.2 million set at Woodbine in 2001 on Breeders Crown night. A Pick-5 was introduced at the start of the meet and quickly gained popularity among horseplayers. The average Pick-5 pool throughout the meet was $32,626. A guaranteed pool of $30,000 was implemented to the Pick-5 on February 29 and the average pool subsequently spiked to $41,530 over the final five-weeks of the meet, including a meet-high $56,849 on Monday's final card. The all-sources wagering total for the 2015-16 Woodbine meet was $161,935,370 Woodbine Entertainment Group will now look to carry the momentum from the Woodbine Fall/Winter meet to Mohawk Racetrack. The 144-date Mohawk meet begins Thursday (April 7) with post time set for 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG Communications  

The Youthful, Preferred Pace and a milestone highlighted the final Saturday night card of the 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter harness racing meet. The action-packed 10-race card was contested under chilly temperatures and a light snowfall. Easy Lover Hanover extended his win-streak to six in a row with a 1:53.1 score in the $17,000 second leg of the Youthful for three-year-old pacers. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Easy Lover Hanover sprinted out from post-seven and cleared to the front just after a :27 opening-quarter. After posting middle-fractions of :56 and 1:24.1, Easy Lover Hanover extended his lead to more than three-lengths with an eighth of a mile to go. The Catamount Kid, who was a 2/1 co-favourite, turned in a solid stretch-rally to close in on the leader, but the Wallace trainee didn't fold and won by head. Sporty Mercedes finished third, while Flaherty, the other 2/1 choice, rallied from seventh at the half to finish fourth. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Easy Lover Hanover is now a perfect six for six since joining the Wallace barn earlier this year. Saturday's victory was the colt's seventh career victory. Owned by Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover has now earned $55,000 this season. He paid $7.20 to win. Earlier on the card, Boomboom Ballykeel scored a 5/1 mild-upset in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. Nirvana Seelster, who was aiming for a second consecutive Preferred victory and third in a row overall, cut the mile and posted panels of :26.4, :55 and 1:23.2 to lead the field into the stretch. Boomboom Ballykeel and driver Sylvain Filion sat second-over around the final turn, while the favourite Nickle Bag followed in behind. In the stretch, Boomboom Ballykeel battled by Nirvana Seelster in the final-eighth to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.2. Nickle Bag finished third. A five-year-old son of Mach Three, Boomboom Ballykeel now has four wins this season for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Ballykeel Racing Inc. Saturday's victory was the first career WEG Preferred victory for the Moreau trainee, who won the 2013 Metro Pace. Filion's winning drive behind Boomboom Ballykeel was one of four victories on the evening for Woodbine's leading driver. Boomboom Ballykeel paid $13.50 to win. Also on Saturday's card, driver Jonathan Drury surpassed $10 million in career earnings. The young reinsman reached the career milestone by guiding six-year-old pacing mare D Gs Pesquero to victory in the evening's opening race for trainer Carmen Auciello. Drury, who won 142 races last year, has driven 34 winners this season for earnings nearing $600,000. Last season was a career best for Drury, as he drove the winners of over $2.1 million. The next milestone on the horizon for Drury is the 1,000 win mark. He currently sits at 928 career wins. D Gs Pesquero - A career milestone for Jonathan Drury The 2015-16 Woodbine Winter/Fall meet wraps up Monday night with a 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

A horseplayer scored the return of a lifetime with a $0.20 wager on the harness racing Jackpot Hi-5 Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A California horseplayer made a $0.20 straight wager on the Jackpot Hi-5 and connected with the only winning ticket for a $134,624.99 (USD) return. The Jackpot Hi-5 race was won by the 2/1 favourite Sir Machalot, but longshots were close behind. Comeonandgetsome, 13/1, finished second, while Machapelo, 88/1, finished third. Single White Sock, 6/1, and Sunny Beach Day, 5/2, rounded out the top five. The California horseplayer made a $0.20 straight wager with these five horses and connected for the huge return. Here are the official results of the Jackpot Hi-5 race with horse numbers and drivers. 1st: #7 Sir Machalot (2/1) - Mike Saftic 2nd: #5 Comeonandgetsome (13/1) - Phil Hudon 3rd: #8 Machapelo (88/1) - James MacDonald 4th: #2 Single White Sock (6/1) - Doug McNair 5th: #3 Sunny Beach Day (5/2) - Trevor Henry The Jackpot Hi-5 pool had been growing since mid-February after a horseplayer won the Jackpot of $189,970 with a $252 wager. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover entering Monday was $158,536.93 (CAD). The $134,624.99 (USD) winning ticket was just $0.20 of the $22,550 in new money wagered into the Jackpot Hi-5 pool Monday. The Jackpot Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Thursday's card of racing. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Fearless Man went to the front and never looked back en route to winning the $34,000 Preferred Trot Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A field of six older trotters competed in Monday's feature harness racing event. Lindys Tru Grit was looking to repeat after winning last week's Preferred, while Fearless Man was looking to bounce back after failing to secure victories in his last two outings despite front-end trips. Sent off as the 8/5 favourite, Fearless Man flashed his tremendous gate speed and sprinted to the front for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted an openinq-quarter of :27.2. There was no movement in the middle-half, as Fearless Man kept the tempo honest with fractions of :56 and 1:24. Lindys Tru Grit, who was 9/5, was situated fourth through the opening three-quarters. In the stretch, Zeron and Fearless Man waved goodbye to their rivals and trotted home comfortably to win by 4¼ lengths in 1:53.3. Charlie Is A Joker and Hldontghttoyurdrms held their positions to round out the top-three finishers. Lindys Tru Grit was unable to make a final-quarter challenge, as he made a break in the stretch. A six-year-old son of Elegant Man, Fearless Man is owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, Murray Greenfield and Cool Cat Racing Inc. The veteran trotter now has three wins in eight starts this season for earnings of over $72,000. Fearless Man's victory Monday was his 25th career visit to the winner's circle. The six-year-old gelding has banked $444,891 over the course of his career. The Zeron trainee paid $5.50 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine with another 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The WEGZ and series finals highlighted harness racing action Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Just a field of five went postward in the $55,800 WEGZ for four-year-old pacers, while a full field of ten four-year-old pacing mares competed in the $54,400 All eyes were on Mohawk Warrior in the WEGZ, as the Richard Moreau trainee aimed for a series sweep and he did not disappoint. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Mohawk Warrior got away third, while Shades Of Bay and Legion Of Boom battled for the early lead. Shades Of Bay posted an opening-quarter of :27, but was quickly overtaken by the heavy favourite. Mohawk Warrior, the 1/5 choice, put up middle-fractions of :55.4 and 1:24.3 to lead the field into the stretch. The Moreau trainee sealed the victory with a :26.3 final-quarter to win by a length and a quarter in 1:51.1. Cajon Lightning finished second, while Shades Of Bay was third. A four-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover, Mohawk Warrior has now won five of eight starts in 2016 for 13 career victories. The WEGZ Series sweep pushes his seasonal earnings to over $75,000. Owned by Brad Grant, Mohawk Warrior missed his career-mark by a fifth of a second Saturday, but paced his final-quarter in :27.1 or faster for the fifth consecutive start. His career earnings now sit at $176,461. Mohawk Warrior paid $2.40 to win. Mohawk Warrior Wanda Bayama followed up her leg two victory with a 1:51.4 score in the final. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Wanda Bayama left hard from post nine and made the front at the opening-quarter in :26.1. The 8/5 second choice, Wanda Bayama continued to call the shots in the middle-half. She posted back-to-back panels of :29 to lead the field into the stretch. Our Hot Majorette, the even-money favourite, paced along fourth and was one of several horses looking to made a stretch bid at the leader. However, Wanda Bayama was clearly the best and paced home in :27.3 to win by a length and a half in 1:51.4. Much Adoo, who won leg one, finished second, while Aniston Seelster and Our Hot Majorette rounded out the top-four. Trained by Stephane Larocque, Wanda Bayama has now won two of three starts in 2016. The four-year-old pacing mare now has nine career victories and over $111,000 in career earnings for owners Bayama Farms Inc. Wanda Bayama equaled her career-mark of 1:51.4 with the victory. She paid $5.40 to win. Wanda Bayama In order to be eligible to the WEGZ and, the four-year-old pacers had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Mark McKelvie

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