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Harness racing traner Luc Blais will have two horses in Saturday's inaugural Mohawk Million for 2-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park, so he is understandably excited about the event. But the trainer knows he is not alone in being pumped up about Canada's richest race since 2012. The Mohawk Million is the first million-dollar buy-in race in harness racing history. Nine spots in the 10-horse field were available for purchase for $110,000 (U.S.), with the final slot in the race given to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. Blais-trained On A Streak won the Wellwood to earn his place in the Mohawk Million. The colt is owned by Serge Godin's Determination stable, which also had purchased a spot in the race. Donna Soprano, the Blais-Determination tandem's undefeated filly, was selected by her connections to fill that spot. "It's very exciting," Blais said. "At the beginning, you've got a slot, but you don't know what horse will be there. Now, we're in. We are lucky, our horses have been racing well. You need luck in this game, and I think everything is going well right now. I hope it keeps going in that direction. "But we all feel the same this week. We all feel excited. This is something new and I think people are interested to see it. That is good for the game." The Mohawk Million carries a Canadian purse of $1.32 million, which converts to $1 million U.S. dollars. The winner of the race will receive the traditional 50-percent purse payout and all starters will receive at least one percent of the purse. Donna Soprano, undefeated in five races this year, will start the Mohawk Million from post three with regular driver Bob McClure. Her victories include the Peaceful Way Stakes, a division of the Champlain Stakes, and the Pure Ivory Series final. She has won every race by a minimum of one length and average of nearly three lengths. "I think she has a lot of character," Blais said. "She was not easy to bring here, but we figured her out, the way she wanted things. Every start is better and better, and she is more handy on the racetrack. Her last couple starts, she looks like a real professional. She acts like a special horse." Donna Soprano is a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Windsong Soprano. She was purchased for $190,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She has earned $210,820 this season. Blais and Determination selected Donna Soprano for the Mohawk Million over stablemate Macho Martini, a colt who won his first seven races before finishing third in the Wellwood Memorial and then suffering interference and going off stride in the stretch of an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division. "It was a good problem," Blais said about having to make a choice. "Macho Martini already has nine starts this year and he raced very big in the Wellwood. He had a rough mile. Donna has only five starts and she looks very hot right now." On A Streak, a son of Cantab Hall out of Habit's Best, is a half-brother to O'Brien Award winner Habitat and was purchased for $155,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He got his first win in the Wellwood, where he bested previously undefeated Southwind Tyrion by a head. A week earlier in their Wellwood elimination, On A Streak suffered a nose defeat to Southwind Tyrion. "He was second that day, but he raced big," Blais said. "I was not really surprised (when he won the Wellwood). He is getting better and better every start. It seems he is more mature and he knows what to do now, more than in the beginning. He is a nice horse, a very strong horse. He just needed a little maturity and now I think he's there." On A Streak will start the Mohawk Million from post seven with driver Scott Young. The Mohawk Million is race 10 on Saturday's card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m. (EDT). The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below: Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Slot Owner 1. Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) - Courant Inc. 2. Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) - Glengate Farms 3. Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) - Determination 4. Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) - Dreamland Farms 5. Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) - Diamond Creek Racing 6. Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) - Jeffrey Snyder 7. On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) - Wellwood Winner 8. Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) - Fashion Farms 9. Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) - John Fielding 10. Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) - Brad Grant In addition to the Mohawk Million, Saturday's card at Mohawk includes the She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Milton Stakes final for pacing mares, and Metro Pace final for 2-year-old male pacers. For more about the Mohawk Million and Saturday's stakes, click here. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

MILTON, SEPT. 22, 2020 – The 2020 Grassroots regular season came to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a quartet of $22,800 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Lovedbythemasses kicked off the finale in impressive fashion, taking command at the half and sailing home to a three length victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Crossfit Mouse finished second and Charmbo Prince was third. “He doesn’t leave real good, we don’t get away great with him, but we had a good post today and I thought if I could just get away close I would try to re-move him to the front, so it kind of worked like that,” said Mike Saftic, who piloted the fan favourite from Post 4. “Scott Young (with Crossfit Mouse) went first and then I just kind of followed to the front, and when he made front he felt good. He swelled up and made a good effort. “A nice clean trip and he trotted real good, finished up strong. It was a good mile, a lifetime mark, so hopefully we’re going into the Semis in good shape.” Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Ed Peconi 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. The reigning Grassroots champion, Lovedbythemasses was a two-time winner in 2020 while also squaring off on several occasions against Gold Series and open stake colts, and he heads into the postseason ranked eighth with 112 points. Leading the three-year-old trotting colts into the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals is Mikey Mass, who picked up his third Grassroots win in the second $22,800 division on Tuesday. Starting from Post 1, the fan favourite got away fifth and then stalked Ripped And Ready up the outer lane as Remember Titans put up fractions of :28.2,:57.4 and 1:25.4. Slipping out in the stretch, Mikey Mass sprinted home to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.2. Ripped And Ready was second and Remember Titans third. “He seems like he’s going into the Semis very well right now. I was happy to see him race off a helmet the way he did today. It was nice to see him follow cover. He did everything right today and Jonathan really drove him well,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the second-over trip carved out by driver Jonathan Drury. “I like how he finishes his miles, he seems like he’s as strong at the end as he is at the start.” Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass son with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The Stouffville resident said his girlfriend Karoline Nielsen handles the majority of the gelding’s care and has him in an excellent state of mind heading into the postseason. “Right now he’s really sharp, he’s enjoying life, he seems like he’s thriving on whatever she’s doing with him,” said Gallucci. “She does a lot of the track work with him, looks after him, the odd time I’ll train him, but mostly everything that happens with him is her doing. She’s doing a good job with him.” Joining Mikey Mass and Lovedbythemasses in the Semi-Final will be Life Is A Feast, who needed a win on Tuesday to extend his Ontario Sires Stakes season. The Royalty For Life gelding and driver James MacDonald left well from Post 2 and shadowed pacesetting favourite Blue Cupertino through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:28 before shifting into a big gear in the stretch and snaring a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Blue Cupertino settled for second and Your Still Up was six lengths back in third. “He pretty much had to do something tonight to get in the Semi-Final,” said Puslinch, ON resident Ben Wallace, who trains the gelding for Paul Fontaine of North Smithfield, RI. “We dropped him out of the other bunch, the Gold level, maybe we should have done it right off the bat, but he had a real good two-year-old year down in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes. Mind you it’s a different world up here and it worked out that he’s better suited in this group, so hopefully he keeps putting it together and behaves himself and goes forward.” Tuesday’s win and a Sept. 10 runner-up finish to Blue Cupertino give Life Is A Feast 75 Grassroots points and put him in a tie for twelfth, with none other than Blue Cupertino. The final $23,150 division saw Kenogami Coco post his second straight Grassroots win with a 1:56.2 personal best that saw him leave well from Post 5, sit third and then power home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Tymal Riggs and Lexus Markus. “He was way better tonight than he was in the last Grassroots he won,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph. “He was quiet in the post parade, he cleared easily early in the stretch and then was just waiting for them. I know it wasn’t the fastest division of the night, but the way he raced tonight I like his chances for the Semi-Finals.” Roy drives the Wheeling N Dealin son for trainer Dany Fontaine and breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The Grassroots Semi-Finals go postward next Thursday and Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the two-year-olds battling on Oct. 1 and the three-year-olds on Oct. 2. The top 20 point earners from each division will compete in their respective Semi-Finals with the top five finishers then advancing to the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championships. Complete results from Tuesday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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, September 22, 2020 – The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of harness racing with over $2.8 million on the line this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $1,320,000 (CAD) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.  The Mohawk Million will see a field of ten two-year-old trotters under the bright lights for harness racing’s newest million-dollar race. The event is the first million-dollar “buy-in” race in harness racing history. A total of nine slots in the race were available for purchase at a cost of $110,000 (USD). The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Serge Godin’s Determination will send out a powerful one-two punch in the Mohawk Million. Undefeated filly Donna Soprano races in Determination’s purchased slot, while On A Streak won the Wellwood Memorial to secure a second starter for Godin. Both horses are trained by Luc Blais.  Donna Soprano is a perfect five for five and most recently won the Peaceful Way in dominant fashion. The regally bred daughter of millionaires Donato Hanover and Windsong Soprano has earned $278,082 to date and holds a mark of 1:53.3. She will be driven by Woodbine’s leading driver Bob McClure.  On A Streak was winless in five starts prior to upsetting in the William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Cantab Hall is five for six in the top-three and sports the highest earnings in the field at $312,601. Scott Young will make his million-dollar race debut when he sits behind On A Streak.  Woodbine’s leading owner Brad Grant has negotiated with the connections of Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Venerate to race in his slot. The Julie Miller trained son of French stallion Love You won the state final at The Red Mile last Sunday in a dazzling 1:51.4. He is now three for six with $186,766 earned for owners Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. Andrew McCarthy, who recently won both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantinage, will steer.  Donna Soprano will be joined by two other fillies in the race. Insta Glam, racing in John Fielding’s slot, and Altar for Diamond Creek Racing will take their shot in a year that has seen fillies have big success against the boys.  Insta Glam is trained by Nancy Takter for Goran Falk and Christina Takter. The daughter of Father Patrick is four for seven and earlier this season set a new track record of 1:54 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Diamond Creek Racing kept it all in the family with their Mohawk Million entry of Altar. The daughter of Muscle Hill is a homebred for Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek. She sits with a record of two wins in five starts and was this season’s New Jersey Sires Stakes champion   Anders Ström’s Courant Inc. entered their own Muscle Hill colt Iznogoud AM S. The Marcus Melander trainee is winless in six starts but has been knocking on the door with runner-up finishes in legs of the New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes.  Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out Bravado Fashion from the Jim Campbell barn. The son of Bar Hopping is looking to build off a maiden-breaking victory in his most recent start at The Red Mile.  The remainder of the field saw slot owners do some private negotiating to secure their Mohawk Million starter.  Warrawee Whisper from the Shawn Steacy barn will race in the slot of Jim Bullock’s Glengate Farms. The son of Trixton is winless in six with three runner-up finishes, including seconds in the Wellwood Memorial elimination and Champlain.  Brad Maxwell trainee Full Of Muscles has been secured to race in the slot of Gina Ghent’s Dreamland Farms. The son of Muscle Mass just missed a victory in last Saturday’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold at Mohawk Park and has four runner-up finishes in six starts.  Tokyo Seelster from the Richard Moreau barn is an OSS Gold winner with three wins in nine career starts. The son of Kadabra has been secured to race in the slot of Jeffrey Snyder.  The Mohawk Million is Race 10 on Saturday’s $2.8 million card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m.  The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below:    1 Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) – Courant Inc. 2 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) – Glengate Farms 3 Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) – Determination 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) – Dreamland Farms 5 Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) – Diamond Creek Racing 6 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) – Jeffrey Snyder 7 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) – Wellwood Winner 8 Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) – Fashion Farms 9 Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) – John Fielding 10 Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) – Brad Grant     ROOKIE PACERS READY FOR METRO PACE AND SHES A GREAT LADY   The spotlight will be bright Saturday for two-year-olds with the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady joining the Mohawk Million.  Abuckabett Hanover will have all eyes on him in the $720,000 Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee is on a four-race win streak and posted a strong 1:51 elimination score for driver McCarthy.  A son of Betting Line, Abuckabett Hanover is a perfect three for three at Mohawk Park with all three wins coming in Grand Circuit races. The rookie has displayed tremendous speed, finishing off each of his last two wins in :26.1.  Alagna will be searching for his third Metro Pace victory after winning the event in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  Amanda Fine trainee Highlandbeachsbest is the other elimination winner in the field. The Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled off a 14-1 upset in his elimination, stopping the clock in 1:51.4 for driver Trevor Henry.  Highlandbeachsbest is finding his best stride at the right time, as he’s won two of his last starts after going winless in his first five outings.  The $720,000 Metro Pace is carded as Race 8 (9:55 p.m.).  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is headlined by star pacing filly Caviart Audrey for Caviart Farms, trainer Takter and driver Gingras. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is four for five and would be undefeated if not for a disqualification in her second lifetime start.  Caviart Audrey has dazzled in three starts at Mohawk Park, most impressively winning the Eternal Camnation on August 29 in 1:51.2. She won her elimination last Saturday in 1:52.4.  Scarlett Hanover is red-hot going into the Shes A Great Lady. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won three in a row and is five for nine overall. Ashleigh Hensley trains for the rookie pacing filly in Ontario for Ron Burke.  McCarthy lands the drive behind Scarlett Hanover after Gingras opted to remain with Caviart Audrey.  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).    PACING MARES MEET IN WIDE OPEN MILTON  The Milton Stakes has the ability to be the race of the night if the final is anything like last Saturday’s eliminations. Both eliminations saw thrilling three-across finishes.  Kissin In The Sand and Trillions Hanover prevailed in the eliminations and earned the right to select their post for the final, choosing post three and four, respectively.  Six-year-old Caviart Ally is looking for a three-peat in the Milton after winning the last two editions. The Brett Pelling trainee was third by a head in her elimination, which was her first in seven weeks. She starts from the second-tier Saturday.  Roses Are Red winner Warrawee Ubeaut will look to rebound after hitting a wall late and getting picked off by Kissin In The Sand in her elimination. The Burke trained four-year-old has had an up and down year, but has enjoyed major victories in the past at Mohawk Park.  Local stars Boadicea, So Much More and Lit De Rose are also part of the ten-horse field.  The $215,000 Milton Stakes is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Post time for Saturday’s rich card is 7 p.m. Early program pages can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fans and horseplayers can watch and wager on the Mohawk Million card through and the Dark Horse App. The marquee stakes events will also be broadcast live on COSATV through their YouTube channel and various social media accounts.    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered this Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $122,342.03 heading into Tuesday evening's card of harness racing. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager will be offered on every card this week leading up to the mandatory payout on Saturday. This Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is headlined by the inaugural Mohawk Million, which features a field of 10 two-year-old trotters racing for a purse of $1,320,000 (CAD). The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is carded as Race 12 (11:35 p.m.). To download early program pages for Saturday's card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, SEPT. 21, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left smartly and led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Up And Ready swept to the front heading for the :57.2 half, but just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou tipped You Will Be Queen to the outside and the fan favourite powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Up And Ready finished second and Pixies Lady was third. “She’s been good all year. She got sick on us there after the first leg of the Pure Ivory (July 23), we had to give her some time off, but she’s come back good,” said trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON. “She raced good in the Peaceful Way Final (Sept. 12) and got beat by two really good fillies, and then she raced really good tonight. She raced actually tonight like she did in her win in the Pure Ivory where Chris left with her, let a guy go and then came back out, so real happy with her.” Monday’s victory was the first Gold Series win of You Will Be Queen’s career, but not her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Royalty For Life filly won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13. She finished second in her Gold Series debut on Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway and then posted three straight third-place finishes behind Donna Soprano in the Champlain Stakes and the elimination and final of the Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “She’s very nice filly,” said Jones, who bred and owns the filly in partnership with Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal, QC. “She’s a pleasure to come to the track with.” In the second $107,200 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, Imextraspecial and driver Trevor Henry left well from Post 3 and watched from third as Dashing Muscle reached the quarter in :28.2 and then yielded to fan favourite Dicentra. As Dicentra rolled toward a :58.1 half, Henry sent Imextraspecial after the lead and once the filly reached the front she opened up a four length lead on her peers, reaching the  three-quarters in 1:26.2. Imextraspecial cruised home to a personal best 1:55 clocking, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dashing Muscle and Dicentra. “She raced really well,” said trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound, ON. “I think maybe a those couple races at Elora kind of turned her around and she’s been getting better ever since.” Like You Will Be Queen, Imextraspecial started her provincial career in the Grassroots, winning a division of the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Muscle Mass daughter went back to Elora for the Aug. 19 Gold event and added a third win to her resume. Imextraspecial also tested her skills against the Grand Circuit fillies in the Champlain and Peaceful Way. She finished fifth, placed fourth in the Champlain, second in her Peaceful Way elimination and fourth in the final. “She raced a really good race in the Peaceful Way (final), we were really pleased. She put in a real gutsy effort there. She got a bad shuffle and then come again in the stretch, so it takes a pretty good two-year-old to do that,” said Walker, who trains the filly for Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “Her mother was a very tough mare and I think she’s passed it on.” The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Gold event remaining on their schedule, Oct. 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, before the top 10 point earners compete in the Oct. 17 Super Final. Imextraspecial and You Will Be Queen currently sit third and sixth in the point standings, respectively. In the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots action, Sonadora Deo kicked things off with a 1:55.4 score in the first $23,150 division. The fan favourite held off a hard-charging Moana for the half-length victory. Noblesse Duharas was five lengths behind the leaders in third. “Dora should have been a Gold filly, but just had a lot of bad luck,” said Bob McClure, who piloted the Kadabra daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. “We’re trying to end on a good note in the Grassroots. She’s a very solid filly.” McClure, who is in a battle for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with five-time Lampman Cup winner Sylvain Filion, returned to the Grassroots winner’s circle in the last division, scoring an upset with Th Present when favourite Profound Paragon skipped offstride in the stretch. Th Present sprinted by to a six length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Scorched Romance was second and Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She’s been super in her last two since Marcel changed some gear on her,” said McClure, who steers the Royalty For Life filly for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. “She’s very sharp right now, which is good timing.” The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Th Present heads into the postseason in second with 163 points, while Sonadora Deo is sixth with 100. The other two winners, Yen and No Angel Here, also finished in the top 20. Yen got her first Grassroots win of the season in 1:56.2 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Julie Walker and owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON. The E L Titan filly bested Goddess De Vie and Magic Wanda. No Angel Here clocked a personal best 1:57.4 for driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Peter Core and owner-breeders Bet Max Stables Inc. of Casco and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Township, MI. The Archangel miss edged out Emotions Durables and Protostar for her first Grassroots win. Complete results for Monday’s program can be found at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold and Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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 21, 2020 - The harness racing field for the inaugural Mohawk Million is set with each of the nine slot owners declaring a horse to race in their slot prior to Monday's noon deadline. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will take place this Saturday (September 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a full field of 10 lining up. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots in the race sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. Each of the nine slots sold were considered an entity that could be sold, traded or leased. All nine slot owners have retained their slots with several opting to privately negotiate a deal to have a horse they do not own compete in their slot. The field for the Mohawk Million is listed below by slot owner name. Slot Owner: Brad Grant Horse: Venerate Owner: Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Trainer: Julie Miller Slot Owner: Courant Inc. Horse: Iznogoud AM S Owner: Courant Inc. Trainer: Marcus Melander Slot Owner: Determination Horse: Donna Soprano (Filly) Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais Slot Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Horse: Altar (Filly) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Per Engblom Slot Owner: Dreamland Farms Horse: Full Of Muscles Owner: Farhi Standardbreds Corp. Trainer: Brad Maxwell Slot Owner: Fashion Farms Horse: Bravado Fashion Owner: Fashion Farms LLC. Trainer: Jim Campbell Slot Owner: Glengate Farms Horse: Warrawee Whisper Owner: Mark Steacy, Natasha Rivest, Stephen Klunowski and Dr. Michael Wilson Trainer: Shawn Steacy Slot Owner: Jeffrey Snyder Horse: Tokyo Seelster Owner: Michael Sergi, Sam Sergi and Braveheart Racing Trainer: Richard Moreau Slot Owner: John Fielding Horse: Insta Glam (Filly) Owner: Goran Falk and Christina Takter Trainer: Nancy Takter Wellwood Winner Slot Horse: On A Streak Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais The post-position draw for the Mohawk Million will take place this evening at 6:20 p.m. The draw will be part of the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show prior to Monday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie will host this evening's Mohawk Million coverage on Woodbine Racing Live. This evening's festivities include a message from Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, a closer look at each horse in the field and the post-position draw with Scott McKelvie, Race Secretary for Mohawk Park. The draw can be seen live on multiple platforms, including Woodbine Mohawk Park's website, Facebook, HPIbet, HPItv and all distributors carrying Woodbine's simulcast signal. The $1 million Mohawk Park is the main event of Canada's richest night of harness racing. The Mohawk Million card also includes the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Post time for Saturday's rich card is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning harness racing victory in the $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All eyes were on heavy-favourite Ready For Moni in the rich event for three-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee and driver Yannick Gingras made the front in the second-quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final-eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill and driver Andy McCarthy had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The 'Nifty' Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by half a length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me made a first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof Shes Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. The Norman trainee made over $248,000 at age two and was sitting on $86,169 earned in 2020 prior to the Canadian Trotting Classic. "I've been watching this horse and he has been sneaky good," said McCarthy. "I ended up in a spot that I wasn't too happy about heading around the last turn, but I was able to shake him out and sneak him back up the inside." Chestnut Hill, who was a $410,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase in 2018, is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. A $2 win ticket on Chestnut Hill returned $122.90. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A rich stakes-filled harness racing card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park also included the eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady and Milton Stakes. A group of 14 two-year-old fillies met in a pair of $35,000 Shes A Great Lady divisions, while 13 older pacing mares were split into two $35,000 Milton eliminations. Driver Yannick Gingras swept the Shes A Great Lady eliminations, guiding Scarlett Hanover and Caviart Audrey to victories. Entering on a two-race win streak, Scarlett Hanover took top spot at the half and engaged in a third-quarter battle with Best Head West before turning that rival aside and finishing off her mile in :27.2 to win in 1:53.2. Notorious Pink finished second by a length and a half, while Best Head West was third. Spellcheck Hanover and Alumni Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Scarlett Hanover is now five for nine on the season with $222,890 earned for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Weaver Bruscemi. Ashleigh Hensley trains the rookie pacing filly. Scarlett Hanover paid $3.50 to win. Scarlett Hanover The next elimination saw Caviart Audrey move to the lead in the second-quarter and go the distance for a 1:52.4 victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was steered by Gingras for trainer Nancy Takter and owners Caviart Farms. A :27.4 final-quarter locked down a fourth win in five starts for Caviart Audrey, who is now three for three since arriving at Mohawk Park. Her earnings move up to $126,737 with the latest victory. Twin B Sunkissed closed up well to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Paulas Bet Hanover, Voelz Delight and Lady Arthur rounded out the top-five. Caviart Audrey paid $2.20 to win. Caviart Audrey The Milton eliminations each saw three-across finishes to set the scene for an intriguing final. Warrawee Ubeaut appeared home free in the first elimination, but hit a wall late and watched as Kissin In The Sand shot by for a 1:49.2 victory. Jody Jamieson steered the Takter trainee to her second win in six starts this season. Warrawee Ubeaut just held on for second over Treacherous Reign, while Lit De Rose and Stonebridge Soul also advanced to the final. A five-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, Kissin In The Sand had been off over a month prior to Saturday's start. The career winner of 21 races and $1.3 million is owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Kissin In The Sand paid $8.10 to win. Kissin In The Sand Tom Fanning trained Trillions Hanover moved to the lead at the half and dug in gamely to hold off So Much More and Caviart Ally in the second split. Bob McClure guided the four-year-old to her second win of the season, stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Owned by VIP Internet Stables, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang, Trillions Hanover was making her first start since finishing second in the Roses Are Red on August 29. She's now earned over $110,000 this season and sports career numbers of 12 wins and $362,869 earned for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere. Philly Hanover and Boadicea completed the top-five to advance to next week's $215,000 final. Trillions Hanover paid $10 to win. Trillions Hanover The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final and $215,000 Milton Stakes final will take place next Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The post positions for those races and the Metro Pace are listed below. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady 1 Voelz Delight 2 Twin B Sunkissed 3 Scarlett Hanover 4 Caviart Audrey 5 Notorious Pink 6 Spellcheck Hanover 7 Alumni Seelster 8 Paulas Bet Hanover 9 Lady Arthur 10 Best Head West AE: Postscript $215,000 Milton 1 Treacherous Reign 2 Warrawee Ubeaut 3 Kissin In The Sand 4 Trillions Hanover 5 Boadicea 6 So Much More 7 Philly Hanover 8 Lit De Rose 9 Stonebridge Soul 10 Caviart Ally AE: Sunny Dee Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - Ramona Hill continued her magical three-year-old season with a dominating harness racing victory in the $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Hambletonian champion and driver Andrew McCarthy displayed their confidence and patience en route to a 3¾ lengths score in an Elegantimage record-equaling 1:51.4. "She was as good as ever tonight," said McCarthy. "She's just such an amazing filly, it's just an unbelievable experience to sit behind a horse like that. "She never really got out of second gear tonight, just kind of worked her way to the front and never really had to ask her at all, she just did it pretty easy." The Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill watched early from in fifth as Trina shot out to post a :27 opening-quarter before Warrawee Vicky cleared to the top. Sister Sledge quickly moved up to the lead in the second-quarter and just as quick was confronted by Sorella, stretching that rival out to a :55.1 half. Ramona Hill got her cue to go just before the half and marched first-up around the far turn, overtaking Sorella by a pair of lengths at three-quarters in 1:23.1. The daughter of Muscle Hill cruised home confidently with the plugs still in to her sixth win in seven starts this season. Sister Sledge got by Sorella to finish second, while Fortune Starlet was fourth. Ramona Hill goes over $950,000 in seasonal earnings with the Elegantimage victory and now sports career numbers of 12 wins and $1.4 million earned in 14 starts for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The GYM Partners. "I've never won this race and it's on my bucket list being right in our own backyard," said Grant. "To have her here and really not know how good she is, as Andy said she was in second gear, so if that doesn't excite you I don't know what does." Ramona Hill paid $3.10 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - The field for the $720,000 Metro Pace is set following a pair of $40,000 harness racing eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Highlandbeachsbest came through with a 14-1 upset score in the first of two six-horse eliminations for the Metro. Driven by Trevor Henry, Highlandbeachsbest shot out to the early lead and hung up a :27.1 opening-quarter. Bettor Sun circled to the top before the half, reaching that station in :56. The third-quarter saw Twin B Fighter come first up, which allowed the 3/5 favourite Pirate Hanover and Doug McNair to follow in a perfect second-over spot. After the leader reached three-quarters in 1:24.3, Pirate Hanover tipped off cover, but made a nasty break, dropping to his knees, but luckily staying up thanks to some great work by driver McNair and athleticism by the rookie pacer. With the favourite out of the mix, Highlandbeachsbest shot through to a 1:51.4 victory. No Better Joy had good pace on the end to finish second by a length and a half. Bettor Sun, Exploit and Twin B Fighter completed the top-five. Trained by Amanda Fine, Highlandbeachsbest picks up his second win in eight starts, having recently broke his maiden two starts back in an overnight at Mohawk Park. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by breeder Highland Thoroughbred FRM and Marty Fine. The victory vaults Highlandbeachsbest, who paid $31 to win, up to $49,686 in earnings. Highlandbeachsbest Abuckabett Hanover extended his win streak to four in a row with a confident 1:51 score in the second elimination for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. The son of Betting Line made a second-quarter move to the top, pacing by the half in a sensible :57 before pacing a :54 back-half, capped off by a :26.1 final-quarter. Lawless Shadow was the early leader and finished a length back of the winner in second. Bayfield Beach was third, while Control Heaven and Ucanttouchthisrounded out the top-five. A $160,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Abuckabett Hanover is now four for six with $165,234 earned for owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna And Inthegym. The rookie pacer is now three for three in Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Park, including a career-best 1:50.3 victory in last week's Champlain. Abuckabett Hanover returned $2.30 to win. Abuckabett Hanover $720,000 Metro Pace Final 1 Ucanttouchthis 2 Exploit 3 Abuckabett Hanover 4 Highlandbeachsbest 5 Bayfield Beach 6 No Better Joy 7 Twin B Fighter 8 Lawless Shadow 9 Bettor Sun 10 Control Heaven AE: Pirate Hanover    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, SEPT. 19, 2020 - Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting colts were featured on another spectacular night of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday, Sept. 19 and this week fortune smiled on Logan Park. The lightly rated son of Archangel and driver Louis-Philippe Roy got away fourth from Post 7 in the lone $158,000 Gold Series split and watched Emotions Riches ring up a :26.3 quarter before yielding to Sweet Soul David. Heading by the :56.4 quarter Roy sent Logan Park after the leaders and the colt had an edge on Sweet Soul David at the 1:26.4 three-quarters. In command at the top of the stretch, Logan Park dug in to hold off Full Of Muscles by a head in 1:55.3. Tokyo Seelster was three and three-quarter lengths back in third. Favourite Macho Martini finished at the back of the field after suffering interference and making a break in the stretch. "He was good. When he stays trotting he's as good as any of them," said trainer Rob Fellows. "He's made a lot of breaks at inopportune times and had to qualify and missed a couple sires stakes, but he was good tonight." The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Logan Park and his second of the season. The colt's other victory came in the Aug. 6 leg of the Millard Farms Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Among Logan Park's miscues, which number four, was an error in last weekend's William Wellwood Memorial Final when he was sitting third heading into the final quarter. Fellows was hopeful a shoeing change would work in Logan Park's favour on Saturday, but admitted he and Roy had been hopeful before. "We've been confident before and lost him in the first turn. Last week I was confident when he got around the first turn and then of course he didn't get around the last turn," said Fellows, who noted that Saturday's shoeing change was far from the first. "It used to be trotting around the turns was his forte, but then he started making a lot of breaks in the turns and, you know, we have to take it as it is. I mean they're two-year-old trotters, they're growing every step as it goes too, they grow and their gait changes, it's very tough." Outofthepark Stable of Rockwood, breeder Reg Higgs of Strathroy and Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON share ownership of Logan Park, who boosted his career earnings to $123,300 with the win and jumped from thirteenth to third in the division standings with 70 points. The top 10 point earners after the final Gold Series leg, Oct. 8 at Flamboro Downs, will advance to the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 17. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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

DUNDAS, SEPT. 19, 2020 – It took a few days longer than anticipated, but the two and three-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Grassroots and Prospect Series regular harness racing season at Flamboro Downs on Saturday, Sept. 19. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, the event was suspended after just one Grassroots division had been contested due to an electrical fire in a light standard. As a result, two divisions of Grassroots fillies and both Prospect Series divisions returned to the Dundas oval on Saturday, competing in a special four-race, non-wagering event prior to the regularly scheduled Flamboro Downs program. Before Thursday’s program was suspended Top Of The Bar had romped around the half-mile oval to a three and one-half length victory in a personal best 2:02.1. The fan favourite and trainer Mark Etsell bested All Muscle N Sass and Snowfalla to score their third Grassroots victory and move to the top of the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings. “I kind of wanted to go to the front just to change it up a bit, make her not have to work so hard, because she’s come first up the last two starts,” said Etsell on Thursday. “And it just turned out with two horses breaking the decision was really easy. She’s a pleasure, she doesn’t get bully she just does whatever you ask her.” Rockwood resident Etsell shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the July 29 Grassroots leg at Grand River Raceway and the Aug. 29 leg at Hanover Raceway and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, giving her a total of 162 points and top spot in the standings heading into the postseason. When the fillies returned to Flamboro Downs on Saturday, Doing It All and driver Stephen Byron lined up at Post 5 in the first $22,450 Grassroots division and fired out to a :31.1 quarter. The filly marched on to a 1:02.2 half and, although she came under pressure from Ban Ban Deo heading by the 1:31.3 three-quarters, was able to accelerate away to a two length victory in a personal best 2:01.3. Ban Ban Deo finished second and Darling Please was eight lengths back in third. It was the Kadabra daughter’s second straight win in Grassroots action and impressed both Byron and John Bax, who trains Doing It All for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. “She opened up and won comfortably, I guess you could say, so she’s learning. Steve was pretty happy with her,” said Campbellville, ON resident Bax.  “I think we’re heading in the right direction.” With two wins, one fourth, one fifth and one seventh, Doing It All heads into the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals in fourth spot in the standings with 115 points. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final will earn a berth in the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. The second of Saturday’s Grassroots divisions was won in near-identical fashion by driver Mike Saftic and HP Mama B, who powered to the front from Post 2 and rang up fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:30.1 on their way to a five and one-half length win in 2:00. Tipsy In Dixie finished second and Kadillac Girl was four more lengths behind in third. “I said, ‘Call me when the race is behind the gate and tell me what’s going on’. So she called me and said, ‘Oh we’re parked, oh we’re clear now, we’re in the front’. And I said, ‘Okay, if we’re in the front the race is pretty much over if she doesn’t miscue or something’,” said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who was readying seven starters to compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night and did not make the second trip to Dundas. “I think she’ll be a very nice three-year-old that mare, she’s very big. She made a few breaks at the beginning, it was just inexperience and immaturity, but she’s okay now.” Guelph resident Baillargeon also bred and raised HP Mama B, who is owned by Guylaine Picard of Guelph, ON and Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC. The Royalty For Life daughter wrapped up her regular season with two wins, one second and one ninth in Grassroots action for a total of 125 points and third spot in the standings. Both Craving You and Credits Celebrity made the shift from the Grassroots program to the Prospect Series for the final three-year-old trotting filly leg, and the move paid off as both Kadabra daughters visited the winner’s circle and earned a spot in the Sept. 25 Final at Grand River Raceway. In the first $7,200 Prospect Series split, Craving You reeled in pacesetter and point leader Wheely Twicky in the stretch to score a one and one-quarter length victory in  2:01.3. Pocket-sitter Ella finished second, edging out Wheely Twicky. Anthony Haughan engineered the win for trainer Meg Crone and the Cambridge, ON couple’s co-owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Credits Celebrity and trainer Wayne Henry opted for the front-end tour of the Flamboro oval in the last $7,300 division, cruising home three lengths in front in a personal best 1:59.2. Muscles Aplenty finished second and Kads Kiss was two more lengths back in third. Arthur resident Henry trains the filly for his co-owners Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Waples Stable Inc. of Baden, ON and Gordon Yeo of Calgary, AB. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available here and results from Saturday’s races are available here. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard and Prospect Series point standings are available on the Ontario Racing website. 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. 18, 2020 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing colts returned to Gold Series harness racing competition on Friday, Sept. 18 at Woodbine Mohawk Park after spending the last month competing in Grand Circuit stakes. The sole $156,400 division featured a showdown between point leaders Beaumond Hanover and Tattoo Artist, both riding three-race win streaks in Ontario Sires Stakes action, along with six other Gold Series rivals. As they have in virtually every start this season, Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure rocketed away from Post 8 and led the field into the first turn. Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson found themselves in the outer lane from Post 2 and opted to carry on, reaching the front heading by the :26.2 quarter, but McClure and Tattoo Artist quickly reclaimed the lead. The fan favourites rolled through a :54.4 half and 1:23 three-quarters and then kicked home for a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:50.1. Beaumond Hanover finished second and Rhythm In Motion was third. "He's really a pleasure to drive," said McClure. "Horses as handy as him, as smart as him and with the lungs he has don't come around often. I look forward to seeing him between every start." The win, Tattoo's Artist's seventh in 10 sophomore starts, came as a bit of a relief to trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who said the colt was not as sharp as he usually is on the training track this week. "He actually didn't train very good on Tuesday, for the first time. Normally he trains really good and he wasn't so keen there Tuesday. I didn't tell Bobby that of course, but he did warm up very sharp tonight so I did tell him that," said Moore with a chuckle. "I'm going to talk to Frank Cannon and Eric Cherry tomorrow and I think that we're probably going to try him in the US next Friday (Sept. 25) at Hoosier for the Jennas Beach Boy, which Century Farroh won last year, because Century Farroh has one the same night, so I think I'll send them both." Cannon of Sanford, FL and Cherry, through his Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL, share ownership of Tattoo Artist and if the pair is in agreement the colt will be reunited with his winter caretaker Brad Firlotte at Indiana's Hoosier Park. "He's worked for me in Florida for the last ten years and he looked after Tattoo as a two-year-old and then he looked after him again last fall until he left as three-year-old," said Moore of Florida-based Firlotte, who will fly up to Indiana. "He won't have Giselle with him, his regular caretaker Giselle Loder, but that's the way it is at the border, right." The three-year-old pacing colts have one Gold leg remaining, Oct. 9 at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, and the Super Final, Oct. 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Those are the only stakes engagements remaining on Tattoo Artist's calendar, unless Cannon and Cherry opt to supplement the son of Hes Watching to the Breeders Crown eliminations Oct. 24 at Hoosier Park. "No matter what happens for the rest of the year, he's had a great year. I think that puts him over half a million for the year, so I don't think anybody will complain," said Moore. "He's a sweet little guy, no doubt about it. We've had a lot of fun with him and enjoyed every minute of it." Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. 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. 17, 2020 – All four of the winners in Thursday night’s two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park picked up their second harness racing victory of the Ontario Sires Stakes program and marked themselves as horses to be reckoned with heading into the postseason. In the first $23,150 division Proline and driver Bob McClure eased away from Post 1 into seventh as Kyuquot led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter. As Mustang Beach completed the third lead change heading by the :57.3 half, McClure was tipping Proline out behind fan favourite Stonebridge Rex, who shadowed Rau Ru. The challengers marched steadily forward and although Mustang Beach had a two length margin at the 1:25.3 three-quarters, he was soon under heavy attack. Rolling out from behind Stonebridge Rex, Proline unleashed a :26.3 last quarter to claim the victory in a personal best 1:53.1. Stonebridge Rex was one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Rau Ru was two lengths back in third. “He’s got lots of speed. I’m very pleased with him now,” said Campbellville, ON resident Luc Blais, who trains the colt for Determination of Montreal, QC. “His last two races, we can’t get better than that I think with the way he did that.” The win was Proline’s second straight in Grassroots action, with the first coming in the Sept. 8 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With two wins and one sixth, the speedy youngster finishes up the Grassroots regular season in sixth spot in the standings with 103 points. No Plan Intended and driver Jody Jamieson also employed a come-from-behind strategy to capture the second division from Post 7. The fan favourites powered down the stretch to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Proline’s stablemate Shazam Blue Chip finished second and Big Bang Bang completed the top three. “Honestly tonight he didn’t seem as strong as last week (Sept. 8), but a couple of two-year-olds in the barn have been coughing. We did take his blood the other day and he didn’t show any signs of sickness, but we might have to keep an eye on him because he didn’t finish as strong, not terrible, but he was a lot better last week,” said trainer Stephanie Jamieson. “He’s got a lot of heart that horse, he’s a tough little bugger.” Moffat resident Jamieson trains No Plan Intended for her father-in-law Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON and Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC. The partners also bred the son of Up The Credit, who the elder Jamieson trained and the pair co-owned through his $1.3 million racing career. With two wins, one second and one sixth in his Grassroots career, No Plan Intended heads into the postseason in a two-way tie for second with 128 points. Sharing second spot with No Plan Intended is Take Control, who cruised along on the front end to a one and one-half length victory in the third division. In rein to Louis-Philippe Roy, the Control The Moment son  stopped the teletimer in a personal best 1:52.3. Big Teddy finished second and Last Bet was third. “The 10-hole last week (Sept. 8), he kind of didn’t get into the race, but he finished really strong. So today was good that he had a chance to get into the race,” said trainer Dan Lagace of Cambridge, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON. “He’s been a nice little colt. He was only $8,000 so with a good finish in the next couple of weeks he’s had a pretty good year.” Thursday’s victory boosted Take Control’s earnings to $30,982 through seven lifetime starts. Unlike Proline and No Pan Intended, he posted his first Grassroots win in the Aug. 22 leg at Hiawatha Horse Park and finished sixth from Post 10 in the Sept. 8 leg. The final $23,150 division saw Second Bruiser romp to his second straight 1:51.4 victory, hitting the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Cadillac Bayama. Watch My Beverage was seven lengths back in third. “He’s pretty awesome. He was amazing last week and I think he was even better tonight,” said driver James MacDonald. “It’s a cool night, a little breezy and 1:51.4 for a two-year-old this time of year, and the way he did it, he’s just a really nice colt. Hopefully he keeps progressing. He could be anything.” Guelph resident MacDonald drove the Believeinbruiser son to the win, his second in three lifetime starts, for trainer Vernon Cochrane of Fergus and his co-owner Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON. The win netted Second Bruiser 100 points and puts him in seventh spot in the standings. The top 20 point earners now advance to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals from which the top five finishers will move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. On Friday night the three-year-old pacing colts resume their Gold Series rivalry at Woodbine Mohawk Park after taking a break to compete in Grand Circuit action in recent weeks. The colts will battle for $156,400 in Race 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Fans can download a program here.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit:   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing

MILTON, ON - September 17, 2020 - The march to the Mohawk Million is entering the final stage with slot owners required to finalize the two-year-old harness racing trotter that will race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon. The Mohawk Million for $1 million (USD) will be the richest Standardbred race contested in Canada since 2012. The event for rookie trotters will headline a $2.5 million-plus card on Saturday, September 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Mohawk Million had nine slots available for purchase at a cost $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot in the race was awarded to the winner of last Saturday's William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. The winner of the race will receive the traditional 50 per cent of the purse. All starters will receive at least one per cent of the purse. The purse distribution breakdown is listed below: 1st: $500,000 2nd: $225,000 3rd: $108,000 4th: $72,000 5th: $45,000 6th-10th: $10,000 Each slot is an entity that may be sold, traded or subject to lease. The slot owners must declare a horse to race in their slot by Monday (September 21) at Noon. The nine slot owners are listed below: Brad Grant Courant Inc. (Anders Strom) Determination (Serge Godin) Diamond Creek Racing (Adam Bowden) Dreamland Farms (Gina Ghent) Fashion Farms (Jules Siegel) Glengate Farms (Jim Bullock) Jeffrey Snyder John Fielding The Mohawk Million card will also feature the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Eliminations for those three events take place this Saturday (September 19). by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Brad Grant watched Ramona Hill's Hambletonian Stakes win at The Meadowlands in August from his home in Canada because of COVID-19 international travel restrictions. But now Grant, one of Ramona Hill's six owners, is getting to spend some quality time with the harness racing filly in his own backyard at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park. Last week, Ramona Hill won a division of the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters at Mohawk for her fifth victory in six races this season. It was her first Canadian start since winning a Breeders Crown at Mohawk in October. On Saturday, she returns to the Ontario oval for the C$350,000 Elegantimage Stakes, where her nine rivals include Hambletonian Oaks winner Sorella. Andy McCarthy will drive Ramona Hill for trainer Tony Alagna. "I'm excited," Grant said, adding with a laugh, "I was beginning to think my partners were hoarding her to the south. At least up here I get her all to myself. We're enjoying getting to spend some time with her." Grant shares ownership of Ramona Hill with U.S.-based partners Michelle and Al Crawford, Robert LeBlanc, John Fodera, and Steve Wienick. Grant, who was among the owners of 2018 Hambletonian winner Atlanta, watched this year's race on television with his wife Bonnie while the remainder of the group was at The Meadowlands. "It's not the same, but thankfully I had that experience a couple years earlier, so I know what it's like," Grant said. "I had the second-best seat in the house (this year) and I could rewind the race and watch it as much as I wanted. "Bonnie and I were just tickled to watch it on TV and see everybody. It's a great group. We're all just enjoying it. Tony has done a great job and Andy gets along with this filly amazing. Being up here, Tony's mom (Donna Lee, who runs the stable in Canada) has pampered Ramona to death looking after her. We couldn't have it any better." Ramona Hill, a daughter of Muscle Hill out of Lock Down Lindy, has won 11 of 13 career races and $1.17 million. She became the 15th filly to beat the boys in the Hambletonian, which she accomplished in a stake-record-equaling 1:50.1. In addition to the Hambletonian and Simcoe, her wins this season include the Del Miller Memorial and the filly division of the Harry M. Zweig Memorial. She is the No. 1-ranked horse in the sport's current Top 10 poll. "There are a number of colts and fillies that could be No. 1 this year," Grant said. "I think if you have a bad week, you could move off where you are and get bumped down the line in a hurry. So, to be on the top of that list, in my mind, is quite an accomplishment." Ramona Hill will look to remain on top with a win in the Elegantimage, but Grant knows it won't be easy. Nancy Takter-trained Sorella, the No. 8-ranked horse in harness racing, has won six of eight starts this season and heads to the race off a win over older male rivals, including returning O'Brien Award winner Musical Rhythm. "She is a great filly," Grant said. "I think it's going to be a heck of a race. There are some others in there, but obviously, a quick glance says the one to beat is Sorella. Hopefully, we can come back with another good race and get it done." Grant owns a second horse in the Elegantimage, Warrawee Vicky, who won last week's other Simcoe Stakes division. She has won three of six races this year and eight of 16 lifetime, earning $243,151. She is trained by Scott McEneny. "She raced well last week so we decided to put her in," Grant said. "We're racing for fourth or fifth money, but the filly has raced really well for me this year and we're pleased with her. Scott has worked hard to get her there, so we thought we should put her in and see how she does." Saturday's card at Mohawk also includes the C$560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters, headlined by Goodtimes Stakes and Zweig Memorial winner Ready For Moni, as well as eliminations for the Milton (pacing mares), Metro Pace (2-year-old male pacers) and She's A Great Lady (2-year-old filly pacers). Grant is among the owners of Alagna trainees Notorious Pink in the She's A Great Lady's first elimination and Pirate Hanover in the Metro's first elimination. Notorious Pink swept the Whenuwishuponastar at Mohawk earlier this year before competing in the Kentucky Sire Stakes. She has four wins and a second in six starts. Pirate Hanover has a win and a third in three races. "She's a really nice filly," Grant said about Notorious Pink. "I got in on her just as she started racing. She's green but she was pretty good up here before so we thought we would give her a shot. She does seem to like the track up here and (driver) Bobby McClure was her pilot up here before and got along with her really well. "I think Pirate Hanover is a sleeper. He made a break (in a division of the Nassagaweya) but I think he might have clipped the wheel of the horse in front of him. The colt has got a lot of speed and I don't think we've seen the bottom of his tank yet. I'm real excited about that colt. I think he has a ton of upside and I think he's just going to get better as he races." For more about Saturday's card, click here. For complete entries, click here. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA    

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