Fans that backed rookie pacer Weapons Dealer in Race 2 during the Monday evening program at Woodbine Racetrack likely needed a hand - or a wheelbarrow - to help tote home their winnings. The overlooked son of Western Ideal-Scootin Belle turned a two-hole trip into a pari-mutuel explosion for the tandem of driver Trevor Henry and trainer Isaac Waxman. Weapons Dealer got away in the two-hole behind the 1-5 favourite, Sports Warning, and those two held their positions through panels of :28, :58.2 and 1:26.4. Sports Warning rolled into a break coming out of the final turn, however, and that changed the whole complexion of the race. Weapons Dealer inherited the lead in the lane, and he wound up winning by a pair of lengths over His Boy Elroy in 1:54.3. Sports Warning regained his composure and re-rallied to finish third. To view the rest of this story click here. Raceway Preferreds to "Gustav" & "Winzel" A set of Preferred 3 events went postward Monday evening at The Raceway at Western Fair District, with Kendal Gustav and Winzel winning their respective assignments. Kendal Gustav shot to the front from Post 2 and rolled to an easy victory in his $7,400 affair for driver Lorne House. The public’s top choice, who closed at odds of 6-5, carved out splits of :27, :58 and 1:26.4 before sealing the deal with a :29.2 closing panel. He was 2-1/2 lengths better than Pacific Oak in 1:56.1. Lawmen Reign rounded out the top three finishers. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst of London and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, Ontario. The partnership has watched the gelding go 10-for-37 this season and 27-for-112 in his career. The lion’s share of Monday’s purse lifted his overall cash stash to $177,749. To view the rest of this story click here.
After looking dominant in her elimination assignment one week earlier, Rummys Command returned to Northlands Park and sped to an impressive Saturday night victory in the $70,000 Northlands Filly Pace Final for three-year-old pacers. Trainer/driver Keith Clark wasted no time in hustling Rummys Command to the lead from Post 3, and once they cleared to the top it was game over for the others. The daughter of Cams Card Shark-Streisands Fan threw down splits of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3 before using a :30-second closing quarter to win by 1-1/2 lengths over race favourite Nighttraintovegas in 1:55.3. Charismatic Art tagged along to finish third in the rich tilt. "I wanted her on the front or very close to it," said Clark after the win. "I wanted to try to put (Charismatic Art) in the 2 hole if I could. If I couldn't, I probably would have let (driver Gerry Hudon) go and come back." To view the rest of this story click here. Charmed Life takes Preferred again For the second week in-a-row the $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack went to Charmed Life for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The hard-closing campaigner utilized her off-the-speed skills to perfection once again en route to capturing her eighth win of the season. Jamieson tucked into an early five hole with Charmed Life while a host of foes took turns on the lead. Fearless Man and Samira Hanover battled to the quarter pole in :27.1 before the latter worked her way to the front, and she came under quick pressure in the backstretch from Slip Into Glide. To view the rest of this story click here. Five winners for Bob McClure at Flamboro Driver Bob McClure had a productive Saturday evening at Flamboro Downs thanks to a five-win performance on the 11-race program. McClure took the opener with Shiningstaratnight (2:03.2) before adding wins with Coco Bino (2:00.4), Warrawee Preferred (1:59.4), Knee Slapper (2:00.2) and Campus Cutie Pie (1:59.4). To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, December 12 - Three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were in the spotlight Friday night for the first leg of the Valedictory Series at Woodbine Racetrack. 19 sophomore colts and geldings were split into two $15,000 divisions for the opening leg of the three-week series. In the first division, Kindofabigdeal, the heavy favourite, lived up to his billing with a three length victory in 1:52. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Kindofabigdeal was second at the opening quarter, but quickly scooted to the lead in the second quarter and never looked back. The son of No Pan Intended set honest fractions of :55.4 and 1:24, before rolling home in :28 to score the opening leg victory. Mittcent Van Gogh took the place spot, while Ideal Shadow finished third. Kindofabigdeal is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Hudson Standardbred Stb Inc. The three-year-old has now won four of eight starts in his first season of racing for earnings of over $42,000. He paid $3.60 to win. Kindofabigdeal In the second division, Company Man pulled off an 18-1 upset with James MacDonald in the bike. Rural Art, the even-money favourite, was first up around the final turn pressing at the leader So Bad Im Good. Meanwhile, Company Man was third over following closely behind Ransom Demand. In the stretch, Rural Art could not get by So Bad Im Good, but Ransom Demand and Company Man swept by the top two on the far outside. At the wire, Company Man got the best of Ransom Demand to score a two length victory in 1:52.2. So Bad Im Good held off Rural Art to round out the top three. A son of American Ideal, Company Man is trained by Allen Tomlinson for owner Daniel Mitchell. Company Man, who had been racing south of the border over the last few months, has now won three times from 16 starts this year and now has earnings of over $45,000 in career earnings. The clocking of 1:52.2 is a new career mark for Company Man. He paid $39 to win. Company Man In order to be eligible to the Valedictory Series, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2014. The second leg of the Valedictory will take place next Friday (December 19). Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie WEG Communications
We did not fare that well last weekend with my selections but we shall move forward. First time since back in April that there are no stakes races in our handicapping column. Will just make my job a little harder but hopefully financially rewarding. Good Luck! $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 2nd race SATURDAY - Thought I had it nailed down last week but Daylon Magician folded late in the stretch. So this week I am going to go with CHARMED LIFE. He made a terrific three-wide move and closed well in the stretch to beat this group and I think he can do it again. Use Daylon Magician and Charlie Is A Joker in exotic plays. $35,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - Despite burning up a lot of win tickets in his last two starts, I still like BEACH MEMORIES in here. I think with a good inside post and showing good gate speed he can work out a perfect cover trip and with that will win against this field. Use BJ's Guy and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $26,000 Pace WO $25,000 last 6 Yonkers Raceway 8th race SATURDAY - While he may have finished off the board in his last two outings, MICKEY HANOVER drops and should be able to pop from the rail. Something wasn't right last week and hopefully they got him good to go in here at a price. Use Orillia Joe and Santanna One in exotic plays. $12,000 Pace Open Handicap Pompano Park 7th race SATURDAY - Lately it has been PRAIRIE JAGUAR cutting the mile for someone else to win off of. But each week he is game to the wire, losing both in photo finishes. I think that Wrenn can rate him better in here and hold on all the way. Use Cadillac Phil and Duc Dorleans in exotic plays. $27,000 Pace NW $28,000 last 5 Woodbine Racetrack 10th race SATURDAY - Four return winners and three others hit the board last week. Makes for a very competitive race so as long as you can pick the winner you will get a nice return. I am going with CAMAES FELLOW. Won last week with ease and is actually dropping down in class for this race. Loves the front end and has won three of last five starts that way. Use Nickle Bag and Calgary Seelster in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap The Meadowlands 11th race SATURDAY - Having won and lost here the last two starts by a head and nose, I have to come back with SPEED AGAIN. Shows he can do first-over or on the front end and can work his way up front so outside post should not hinder his efforts. He missed by a head last week from farer out than he is in here. Use Wake Up Peter and Shooter's Dream in exotic plays. $46,000 Trot Open Handicap 1¼ Mile Yonkers Raceway 1st race SUNDAY - Great way to start off the morning with 12-horse extra distance trot. The action is always interesting with a different winner every week. This week I am going with DW's NY YANK. He is the class of the field having won the one mile Open last week and has won in extra distance mile earlier. Tough enough to grind it out if necessary. Use Sevruga and Crazy About Pat in exotic plays. $28,000 Trot NW $25,000 last 6 1¼ Mile Yonkers Raceway 3rd race SUNDAY - Pick the winner in here and you will make money for sure. Tough field going extra distance is tough to handicap. I ended up going with HOORAYFORVACATION. Having the rail is good and with his front end speed he can take a shot at wiring the field or getting great cover. He was no factor from post 11 last week and prior he had won two of his three starts. Use Stir Me Up and Bentley Karan in exotic plays.
TORONTO, December 11 - A snow covered Woodbine Racetrack played host to the first leg of the Niagara Series Thursday night. 18 three-year-old harness racing pacing fillies were split into two $15,000 divisions for round one of the three-week series. More than a dozen centimeters of snow blanketed Woodbine Thursday afternoon and into the evening, but the track crew had the surface in 'Good' shape for some fast fillies. In the first division, Witch Dali, the 4/5 favourite, took care of business winning in 1:53. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Witch Dali was sent straight to the lead and posted fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:25 before pacing home handily in :28 to win by half a length over Artistic Fusion. Saucy B, who got on even terms with the winner around the final turn, finished third. A daughter of Dali, Witch Dali is trained by Tony Alagna and was making only her second start of the year. The three-year-old filly won her 2014 debut last week at the Meadowlands after an almost 13 month layoff. Witch Dali is now a perfect two for two this season and five for 12 in her career for earnings of over $40,000. She is owned by Alagna Racing LLC and Brad Grant. Witch Dali paid $3.80 to win. Another favourite would deliver an impressive victory in the second division. Mach Some Noise and James MacDonald made a backside brush to the lead and never looked back scoring a 2 Â¼ length victory in 1:54.3. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Mach Some Noise came into round one of the Niagara Series after a third place finish in the Autumn Series on November 28 ended her four-race win streak. The daughter of Mach Three has now won all five of her career victories in her last six starts for owners O'Sullivan Racing Inc, Kirk McKinnon and David Goodrow Stable. In her first season of racing, Mach Some Noise has banked over $50,000 in 11 starts. Double Joy got up in a place photograph to take second over Val Di Noto, while Mappos Moenhay finished fourth. Mach Some Noise paid $4.20 to win. In order to be eligible to the Niagara Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of October 31. The second leg of the Niagara Series will take place next Thursday (December 18) at Woodbine. Series action continues Friday night at Woodbine with leg one of the Valedictory Series. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, December 11 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to inform horsepeople that the qualifiers scheduled for this afternoon at Woodbine Racetrack have been moved to Friday. The four qualifying races will take place as originally drawn beginning at 4:30 p.m. Friday. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
TORONTO, December 10 - The deadline for nominations to the Woodbine Entertainment Group's winter series is fast approaching. Nominations for all ten of WEG's winter series are due this Monday, December 15. Each series carries a nomination fee of $200 and will feature two preliminary legs and a final. All series will be raced at Woodbine Racetrack. The Horseplayer Interactive, WEGZ, Ontario Girls and Ontario Boys are for Ontario sired horses, while the six other events on the winter series schedule are the Blizzard, Snowshoe, Miss Vera Bars, The Count B, Lifetime Dream and General Brock. To view the nomination form, please click here. To pay the $200 nomination online, please click here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than December 15, 2014 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Six Bax, who has proved to be one of the most dominant claiming trotters in recent weeks, racked up yet another victory during Monday’s evening’s 10-race card at Woodbine Racetrack. The five-year-old son of Kadabra-Bax Machine had won three of his last four assignments for Team Baillargeon, and he tacked on another triumph thanks to his 1:55.1 score in Monday’s lid lifter. Mario Baillargeon powered to the lead with the Ben Baillargeon-trained gelding, and together they led the group past the quarter pole in :26.4. A charged up Meadowview Arny muscled to the lead in the backstretch, however, and he went on to supply the field with middle panels of :55.1 and 1:24.1. Those big fractions took their toll on the leader, who made a break in the lane and wound up finishing up the track. To view the rest of this story click here.
Three-year-old pacing colt Outlaw Gunpowder and driver Philip Giesbrecht were victorious in the $95,000 Western Canada Pacing Derby, Alberta's richest harness race of the season, on Saturday night at Northlands Park. The Smart Shark-Fox Valley Cherish colt is owned by Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta and trainer Kelly Hoerdt. Outlaw Gunpowder left well from post four with Sotally Tober (Jamie Gray) also leaving just to his outside and persistent on taking the lead before the quarter was reached in :27.2. To view the rest of this story click here. All Turain hangs on at Charlottetown Despite a taxing first quarter, All Turain held off his main competitor in a stretch duel to win the featured $2,300 Preferred Pace on Saturday at Charlottetown Driving Park. Leaving from the far outside in post eight, All Turain and driver Mike Stevenson were caught five-wide early on before eventually brushing up to make the lead past the opening quarter, which was clocked in :28.3 over the sloppy track with a two second allowance. All Turain proceeded to the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:27 with pressure mounting in the form of first over challengers The Big Bite and Corey MacPherson. The top two pacers continued their battle down the stretch with All Turain digging in to prevail by a head in 1:57 flat. Early leader Cheyenne Ford, driven by Kenny Arsenault, finished one length behind in third. All Turain is owned by Charlottetown's Lee Hicken and partner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. To view the rest of this story click here. Charmed Life is best in Woodbine Trot Popular four-year-old trotting mare Charmed Life lived up to the wagering public's even-money expectations with a 1:53.3 victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Taking a step up in competition, three-year-old trotting filly Riveting Rosie (Paul MacDonell) established the lead from post two and led her older rivals through opening panels of :27.2 and :56.4. However, millionaire Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev) made a backstretch brush to take over command just past the midway mark and he trotted by three-quarters in 1:24.4. Meanwhile, Nowucit Nowudont (Per Henriksen) advanced first up from fourth with Charmed Life (Jody Jamieson) following his cover from fifth. Daylon Magician opened up two lengths on top heading for home, but Charmed Life swept by down the stretch with a :28-second final frame to prevail by two and a quarter lengths. Charlie Is A Joker (Mike Saftic) came on for second over Daylon Magician. To view the rest of this story click here.
Waasmula converted off a perfect pocket trip to defeat the streaking American In Paris by a neck in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace featured on Friday night at Woodbine Racetrack. Even-money favourite Waasmula and slight second choice American In Paris (Chris Christoforou) charged off the gate with the latter clearing before the first turn. Riding a three-race win streak in the Mares Preferred class, American In Paris led the field through fractions of :27, :56.3 and 1:24.1 before being collared in deep stretch by the Trevor Henry-driven Waasmula, who hit the wire in 1:51.4. Marlee B (Sylvain Filion) followed along third at the pylons throughout the mile to show. To view the rest of this story click here. Gate to wire for Emmasphere again at Northlands Emmasphere was a wire-to-wire winner again in Friday's featured $8,800 Fillies & Mares Open Pace at Northlands Park while Edmonton's leading trainer Travis Cullen won six of the evening's 10 races. Leaving from outside her six rivals, the Travis Cullen-trained Emmasphere and driver Philip Giesbrecht crossed over to command in the feature race and set fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3 en route to the 1:55.1 victory over the frozen track. Blue Star Beauty (J.F. Gagne) came on for second over the winner's stablemate, Feelin Flush (Cullen). A winner in her last start in the Mares Open on Nov. 21, Emmasphere paid $7.20 to repeat as the favourite. To view the rest of this story click here. Secretsoftheknight likes Raceway oval Woodbine regular Secretsoftheknight took a tour of the Western Fair District's half-mile raceway in London, Ont. on Friday night and came away a winner in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace for Canada's leading trainer Richard Moreau. Secretsoftheknight was caught three-wide early on before clearing to command through a speedy :26.4 first quarter. But once the favourite took the lead, he never looked back. He proceeded to the half in :56.4 and three-quarters in 1:26, and then held off longshot Bestofthebunch (Paul MacKenzie), who rallied off the cover of third-place finisher Stompin Tom Creek (Robert Shepherd). Secretsoftheknight prevailed by a quarter-length in 1:55.3 to notch his third win of the season from 32 starts. To view the rest of this story click here.
Last weekend we came up a little short, losing -$5.60 on the 12 races. But that's in the past and we have a strong weekend of racing ahead of us. Headlining the weekend is Sunday's Progress Pace Final at Dover Downs. Sadly, only six are in the final but it's still a very strong field with McWicked and JK Endofanera heading the lineup. We also travel to Yonkers, Meadowlands, Woodbine, Saratoga and Pompano Park. Good Luck! $35,000 Pace Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY - Last week McErlean was the tough horse, going first-over giving Beach Memories great cover and holding him off to the finish. If McErlean can repeat that effort it can beat them all again. Use Beach Memories and P H Supercam in exotic plays. $30,000 Pace FFA Handicap Meadowlands Racetrack 6th SATURDAY - Looks like this race will be another slugfest between last week's winner Speed Again and Golden Receiver. I think with a start under his belt since layoff, Golden Receiver should be able to hold Speed Again off this time around. Use Speed Again and Aslan in exotic plays. $12,000 Pace Open Handicap Pompano Park 9th race SATURDAY - Program reads that Duc Dorleans should be able to take this field with ease. Last time out he just got up in 1:49 in one of the fastest miles in track history. Draws in against less in short field and should score again. Use Don't Tell Rusty and That'll Be The Rei in exotic plays. $34,000 Trot Preferred Woodbine Racetrack 10th race SATURDAY - With $1.7 million in career earnings, Daylon Magician is truly the class of the field and after popping last week at Woodbine in 1:53.1 I think his back class will shine once again in here. Use Charmed Life and Riveting Rosie in exotic plays. $44,000 Trot Open Handicap Yonkers Raceway 5th race SUNDAY - Back to plain old mile racing so to me that says that back class will come through and that means DW's NY Yank should be able to prevail. He is usually very consistent and likes to win. Use Crazy About Pat and Dancehall Mistress in exotic plays. $17,000 Trot Open Handicap Saratoga Raceway 7th race SUNDAY - Slugfest has been the local favorite here and is on a two-race win streak that will come to an end today. Banco Solo invades for trainer Rene Allard and ships in off a 1:53.4 score at Pocono Downs. Any effort close to that in here should make him a winner. Use Slugfest and Traverse Seelster in exotic plays. $100,000 Pace DSBF Final 2YO Colts Dover Downs 8th race SUNDAY - Very competitive field here but even starting from the outside in post eight, Remember Me VK looms very tough to beat. Late bloomer is super sharp in just four starts and has blazing untapped speed. Use Sonofa Sizzle and Smoking Joey in exotic plays. $301,560 Progress Pace Final 3YO Colts Dover Downs 10th race SUNDAY - Short field but power packed. McWicked is the hot horse and off his last two wins looks ready to take another as he looks to wrap-up the season and a possible Dan Patch award with a win in here. Use JK Endofanera and Big Boy Dreams in exotic plays.
TORONTO, December 2 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to advise horsepeople that this Friday will be the last qualifying session at Mohawk before qualifiers move to Woodbine. Entries for this Friday's qualifiers at Mohawk are due by Thursday at 10:30 a.m. Qualifiers will begin at 10 a.m. Friday morning. Beginning next week, qualifiers will be held on Thursday afternoons at Woodbine Racetrack beginning at 4:30 p.m. The entry box for Woodbine qualifiers will close at 10:30 a.m. on Wednesdays. While qualifiers will be regularly scheduled for Thursdays, there will be a slight change to the schedule over the holidays. There will be no qualifiers on Thursday, December 25 and Thursday, January 1, instead there will be an extra qualifying session on Monday, January 5 before qualifiers return to be held regularly on Thursdays. Here is the qualifying schedule for the remainder of December and the beginning of January. Friday, December 5 - 10:00 a.m. at Mohawk Thursday, December 11 - 4:30 p.m. at Woodbine Thursday, December 18 - 4:30 p.m. at Woodbine Monday, January 5 - 4:30 p.m. at Woodbine Thursday, January 8 - 4:30 p.m. at Woodbine Horsepeople are also advised that beginning next week Woodbine will be open for training on Tuesdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Training will also be available before each card of live racing beginning at 3 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
It was a very tough night for the favourites during Monday’s 10-race card at Woodbine Racetrack. Just one of the public’s top choices managed to visit the winner’s circle, and that lone winner was St Lads Penny Lane ($5.00) in Race 4. The class-dropping daughter of Million Dollar Cam powered off cover in the lane and drew clear to win by 1-3/4 lengths in 1:54.2. Doug McNair mapped out the winning trip for the Larry Hall trainee who paid $5.00. Driver Jody Jamieson produced a driving triple during Monday’s 10-race card. He rallied Ozzy Ozzy (1:55.3 - $11.60) to a narrow win in Race 5 to get the ball rolling, and he tacked on wins with Vague Traces (1:56.1 - $22.10) in Race 7 followed by a score with ER Zach Attack (1:52.3 - $6.60) in Race 10. Trot Insider has learned that the fans of veteran trotter Equity that tuned into Woodbine Racetrack's card of racing on Monday (December 1) watched the veteran eight-year-old race for the final time in his career. Horseman Charalambos Christoforou, who also bred the bay, had let Trot Insider know that Equity’s tilt on Monday (Race 5, 8:45 p.m.) would be the last of his career, regardless of the outcome. “We will retire him tonight, wherever he finishes,” Christoforou said earlier on Monday. Heading into Monday’s action, Equity, who has made 103 trips to the starting gate in his career, has notched 28 wins, 18 second-place finishes and 16 thirds. He took his mark of 1:52.1 over Mohawk Racetrack at age five and has banked over $822,000 in career purse earnings. His biggest win came in the 2009 Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk Racetrack in the midst of an eight-race win streak. To view the rest of this story click here. Upset winners in Raceway Preferreds Nothingbutmach and Excellence were upset winners in their respective Preferred assignments during Monday’s 12-race card at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Excellence, who was sent off at odds of 3-1, pulled off the mini surprise in the $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters. Robert Shepherd came first-over with the Ian Downey trainee, and the mare drew clear to win by 2-1/4 lengths over Incredable Frank in 2:00.2. Cimeronken, who supplied the field with splits of :29.3, 1:01 and 1:30.2, tired late and settled for third prize. Susan Downey of St. George Brant, Ontario owns the seven-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Noble Message. The victory was her ninth of the season and the 22nd of her career. The lion’s share of the purse bumped her lifetime bankroll to $194,660. To view the rest of this story click here.
Camaes Fellow ($16.80) was a dominant wire-to-wire winner in Saturday night's $30,000 top conditioned pace at Woodbine Racetrack and was the first half of a double for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Carmen Auciello. Camaes Fellow sprinted out the lead from post four in the eighth race, forcing eventual third-place finisher Calgary Seelster to take back into the two-hole through a hot :25.2 first quarter. He led by four lengths through middle splits of :54 and 1:21.4 and cruised home for the 1:50.1 triumph. Nickle Bag stormed home from last to place with :26.2 final quarter speed. The final margin was two and a half lengths. Auciello and Stephen Klunowski claimed the six-year-old Mach Three gelding for $50,000 in his first start this year on Oct. 11 at Mohawk and he has since won half of his six starts while earning $41,200 for his new connections. The win was Camaes Fellow's 25th lifetime and bumped his bankroll to $866,570. To view the rest of this story click here.
TORONTO, November 28 - It was a frosty night Friday at Woodbine, but Mario Baillargeon and Sylvain Filion were both on fire in the Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds. The three-week series for Ontario sired three-year-olds came to a close with a finale for each division. In the first final of the evening, Meadowview Vicky completed the Autumn Series sweep with a 1:57.2 victory in the three-year-old filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Mass was sent off as the 4/5 favourite and got away in second for driver Mario Baillargeon behind Serendipitious and Chris Christoforou. In the second quarter, Baillargeon appeared to be pulling the pocket, but Christoforou asked Serendipitious to pick up the tempo forcing Meadowview Vicky to continue trotting along in the two-hole. After fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.1, the fillies reached the top of the stretch and Meadowview Vicky came off the rail and trotted by Serendipitious to win the Autumn Series final by a length. Superflex got up for third, while Osprey Impact finished fourth. By sweeping the Autumn Series, Meadowview Vicky has now won three starts in a row and seven of 14 this season. Trained by Mark Etsell for owner Meadowview Farms Inc, Meadowview Vicky has now earned over $70,000 in her first season of racing. She returned $3.80 to win. Meadowview Vicky In the $38,600 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings final, Baillargeon would find himself back in the winner's circle after guiding Rural Art to a 1:52 victory. The son of Major In Art was second over around the final turn following The Optomist, while Kindofabigdeal called the shots through the opening three-quarters. In the stretch, Rural Art popped off his cover and would track down Kindofabigdeal to score a half length victory with a :27.4 last quarter. Bugger Bruiser took the show spot, while V I P Bayama was fourth. Trained by John MacMillian, Rural Art finished second in the opening leg, but opted to skip round two and instead won an overnight event at Rideau on November 23. Rural Art has now won eight of 20 starts this season, nine of 24 in his career and banked more than $60,000 for owners 2099551 Ontario Inc and MacMillian. The clocking of 1:52 was a new lifetime best for the three-year-old gelding. He returned $6.20 to win. Rural Art While Baillargeon swept the opening two finals, it was now Sylvain Filion's turn in the spotlight. In the $40,000 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings final, Filion and Dontcheatonmenow held on to prevail in a win photo. Dontcheatonmenow was three-wide around the first turn and would duel with stablemate Warrawee Prince in the second quarter. Filion and Dontcheatonmenow would finally clear before the final turn and would post a three-quarter time of 1:27.1 to lead the field into the lane. In the stretch, Deweykeepumnwhy, who was second over on the final turn, would close ground on Dontcheatonmenow and the two trotters were almost inseparable as they hit the wire in 1:57. In the photo, Dontcheatonmenow was declared the winner by nose leaving Deweykeepumnwhy in the place spot. Stonebridge Rich and Tequila Haze finished third and fourth respectively. A son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dontcheatonmenow is now trained by Richard Moreau for owner Rolling Hills Racing Stables and has now won three of 16 starts this season for earnings of over $46,000. Dontcheatonmenow won a division of the first Autumn Series leg, but skipped the second leg. In his career, Dontcheatonmenow has now visited the winner's circle five times and banked over $120,000. He paid $7.20 to win. Dontcheatonmenow Filion would return to the winner's circle in the $40,400 three-year-old pacing fillies final with Artistic Fusion. The daughter of Artistic Fella got away in fourth, but after a couple lead changes on the front, Filion sent the filly towards the front and would clear to the lead in the third quarter. After posting a three-quarter time of 1:23.3, Artistic Fusion would open a solid lead in the stretch en route to a career-best 1:52.4 victory by a length and a quarter over Double Joy. Mach Some Noise, the heavy favourite, finished third, while Performing Art was fourth. Trained by Joe Agostino for owner Mike Foote, Artistic Fusion won an opening round leg of the Autumn Series and then finished second in the second round. Artistic Fusion has now won five of 16 starts this season and six in her career. The Agostino trainee has now banked over $56,000 in two seasons on the track. She paid $21.50 to win. Artistic Fusion Along with winning a pair of Autumn Series finals, Filion also won two other races on the 11-race card for a grand slam. In order to be eligble for the Autumn Series, three-year-olds had to be Ontario sired and non-winners of $50,000 lifetime or $30,000 in 2014 as of September 30. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine with an 11-race card. Post time is 7:25 p.m. Mark McKelvie
The Joe Cirasuola-trained ABC Muscles Boy savoured a Thursday evening score at Woodbine Racetrack, and in doing so he extended his winning streak to four in a row. The red-hot ABC Muscles Boy entered Cirasuola’s barn late last month, and since joining his outfit the gelding is a perfect three-for-three. Phil Hudon had the gelding parked every step of the mile while Seven Points Jesse and Walk The Plank took turns on the lead through intervals of :27.3, :58 and 1:27.1. ABC Muscles Boy kept digging on the outside despite the long trip and used his :29.2 closing quarter to win by three lengths over Walk The Plank in 1:56.4. Sorrento Hall was third. To view the rest of this story click here. Upset for Lexis D J at Flamboro Seven square gaiters went postward in Thursday’s $11,000 Preferred Trot at Flamboro Downs, and Lexis D J turned a third-over trip into a 7-1 upset score for driver Bob McClure. Lexis D J got away fourth while Enough About You and A Nashty Business took turns on the lead through fractions of :29.1, :58.4 and 1:29. Race favourite Can I Say was first-over in the back-half of the contest, and riding cover from third over was the eventual winner, Lexis D J. McClure launched his charge off cover late in the mile and used a :30.1 kicker to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Winkys Pride. A Nashty Business faded to finish third. Shane Arsenault of Freelton, Ontario trains and owns the seven-year-old son of Amigo Hall-Lexus Lulu. It was the fourth win of the campaign for the 30-time winner who lifted his lifetime earnings to $372,792 with the tally. To view the rest of this story click here. Western Fair amended race schedule It has been announced that the director of the Ontario Racing Commission has approved the application made by the Western Fair Association to amend the 2014 race date schedule for The Raceway at Western Fair District. The director has approved the following: (RACE DATE) (FIRST-RACE POST TIME) • Friday, December 26, 2014 • 1:15 p.m. (change from 7:05 p.m.) • Wednesday, December 31, 2014 • 8:00 p.m. (change from 4:05 p.m.)