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May 31, 2019 - The Netherland’s harness racing driver Rick Ebbinge was a consistent winner of the 2019 World Drivers Championship contested over the past week in Sweden. Ebbinge won two races on the last card, at Gavle, along with a second placed finish the prior day at Rattvik. He nosed out USA’s Yannick Gingras for the victory. Gingras won a race at Gavle and at Rattvik, along with a second at Rattvik and a third place finish at Gavle. There were five drivers in the hunt late in the competition. Point total at the finish are shown below along with results of the Rattvik and Gavle WDC races and photos, including with winners ceremony, McNair at one of his two Drivers of the Day presentations and Gingras with a coldblood. The drivers experienced varying distances, starting methods and racing the coldbloods in a superb week of action. 1. Rick Ebbinge (The Netherlands) - 199.5 points 2. Yannick Gingras (U.S.A.) - 193.5 3. Ulf Ohlsson (Sweden) - 191.5 4. Doug McNair (Canada) - 189.5 5. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 187 6. Matthew Williamson (New Zealand) - 181.5 7. Mika Forss (Finland) - 177 8. Franck Nivard (France) - 162 9. James MacDonald (Canada/ITA) - 154 10. Michael Nimczyk (Germany) - 151.5 11. Rodney Gatt (Malta) - 142 12.Todd McCarthy (Australia) - 136   Gavle 5/31/19 Results – winning horse, driver and next two drivers Jackpot Band (Rick Ebbinge), McNair and Gingras two/three Pyrmo (Rick Ebbinge), Nivard, Hoitomt Edbent (Matthew Williamson), MacDonald, Hoitomt Desideria de Soze (James MacDonald), Williamson, Forss Vine Vision (Yannick Gingras), Nimczyk, MacDonald   Rattvik 5/29/19 Results Livi Mistress (Yannick Gingras), Ohlsson, Nivard Fast Food (Michael Nimczyk), Ebbinge, Foss and Hoitomt in dh Faks Nils (Mika Forss), Gingras, Williamson Fagur (Eirik Hoitomy), McNair, Forss Spickleback Face (Ulf Ohlsson), McCarthy, Gatt Thomas H. Hicks  

May 24, 2019 - Friday began the 2019 harness racing world driving championship with the first session at Solvalla. After three races this day the leading point earner was Ulf Ohlsson with 33.5 points. He represents Sweden and leads Finland’s Mike Forss who earned 31 points.  The race winners were Hersey Boko (5f Zola Boko) with Mike Forss up, Pegasus All Over (4g Syrinxian) reined by James Macdonald of Canada, and Venerdi (5g Mondiale OK) with Ulf Ohlsson the pilot. The feature races of the day were three events sponsored by ASVT Trottex Auktion. The three year old colts raced for 200,000SEK first prize over 2140 meters autostart, with victory to 9/1 Power (3m Googoo Gaagaa-La Vici-Orlando Vici) with Bjorn Goop the pilot for trainer Bjorn Goop. He was clocked in 1.12.9kr. The Googoo gelding Bythebook (3g Googoo Gaagaa-Stellar Value-Viking Kronos) was second for Erik Adielsson. The two filly divisions were raced each for 100,000SEK first money also over 2140 meters autostart. The first went to 6.7/1 MBS Pretty Girl (3f Scarlet Knight-Lovely Face-Viking Kronos) for trainer/driver Claes Svensson and timed in 1.14.4kr. The second went to 3.8/1 Boxer Shrimp (3f Yankee Glide-Decapode-Cumin) with Bjorn Goop up for trainer Robert Bergh. Classic pedigree here for the 1.14.1kr timed winner. Thomas H. Hicks

By virtue of four wins in tournament races, Doug McNair claimed the 2018 National Driving Championship (NDC), presented by Standardbred Canada, on Wednesday night (Sept. 26) at Grand River Raceway. This was reported by Standardbred Canada/. A winner of over 3,000 races and close to $50 million in purse earnings, McNair has enjoyed recent success on both sides of the 49th, most notably with Tony Alagna trainee Stay Hungry, winner of this year's Cane Pace and Messenger after capturing the Breeders Crown last year. The Guelph, Ont. resident was also the primary driver of 2013 Shes A Great Lady winner Precocious Beauty and was Canada's Driver of the Year in 2017. "It's a big thrill," said McNair of earning the NDC title not even a week after his bid for a Triple Crown with Stay Hungry came up short in the Little Brown Jug. "Racing's got a lot of highs and lows. When you have a bad day, it makes these days a whole lot better." McNair, who was an eleventh-hour replacement for Louis-Philippe Roy in the NDC, won aboard Dry Creek Image ($32.20), Jdcyril ($9.80), Donald Doc ($12.10) and Lumiere ($2.90), and also recorded two second-place finishes and one third-place finish in the eight-race tournament. His early dominance guaranteed him the title with two races to go, and his 92 tournament points out of a possible 120 outpaced runner-up Stephane Brosseau (62) and third-place finisher Kelly Hoerdt (51). “When that horse from the eight-hole won parked the whole way, I figured I had a good shot since a lot of my better ones were later on, I thought," McNair continued. McNair will represent Canada alongside 2017 World Driving Champion James MacDonald in the 2019 World Driving Championship, to be held in Sweden next May. "I think we're gonna have a whole lot of fun; it's going to be a great time," McNair concluded. A race-by-race recap follows: Race 2: Despite being parked the entire journey, GMC Trooper ($35.00) and Kelly Hoerdt sprung a 16-1 upset to open the competition. The four-year-old Daylon Frontier gelding left for early second-over position, was left uncovered as Hashtag Hughie (Redmond Doucet) worked clear at the end of a :27.3 first quarter, and then overcame the breeze to duel Hashtag Hughie down before edging away at head-stretch for a 1:58.3 score. Invitation Todream (Doug McNair) split rivals out of traffic to finish second, while Badlands Badboy (Guy Gagnon) chased off the winner's cover to take third. Trainer George Large co-owns GMC Trooper with Michael Doersam; the pair also bred the two-time winner. Race 3: Not only did Dry Creek Image ($32.20) and Doug McNair overcome the outside post 8 and a sustained first-over grind, but they also battled back in the lane after being headed by runner-up Apple Tart Hanover (Redmond Doucet) to narrowly claim the second of eight NDC races. The four-year-old Rockin Image mare was left uncovered five-sixteenths in as Lady Everlong (Guy Gagnon) cleared amid a contested early pace, and she worked on to apply pressure at the :57.4 half-mile station. Dry Creek Image dueled to a narrow lead with five-sixteenths to go, but had to brace for the three-wide challenge of Apple Tart Hanover, who angled off third-over cover to make her sweeping bid. While Apple Tart Hanover claimed the lead at head-stretch and started to extend to a length, Dry Creek Image battled back to just nose out her outside rival in 1:59.3. Rousey Ronda (Kelly Hoerdt) circled belatedly down the grandstand side to take third. "I knew I had the best horse in the race, but the trip didn't work out at all," said McNair. "Down the lane, I thought I was going to be second. From the eight-hole, you just try to get as many points as you can, but the win certainly helps." Trainer Daniel Martin co-owns eight-time winner Dry Creek Image with Gilles Tremblay. Race 4: Jdcyril ($9.80) and Doug McNair defied a presser-stalker bias and stole the third NDC race on the front, rating a comfortable :59 middle half en route to a 1:56.4 score. The four-year-old Carlspur gelding cleared Prince Adiran (Stephane Brosseau) on his way to a :27.4 first quarter, and then immediately backed down the pace through the middle stages of the race before sprinting away at the eighth pole. Prince Adiran held second, while Melanies Magic (Redmond Doucet) rallied three-wide off failing cover to save third. Randy Van Meer trains seven-time winner Jdcyril for Donna Van Leer. Race 5: A sweeping last-to-first push from Donald Doc ($12.10) gave Doug McNair a third straight win in the NDC and a hefty lead at the turn. After Sheldonthepsychic (Jamie Gray) controlled early fractions of :27.3, :57.2 and 1:26.4, McNair pointed the five-year-old Big Band John gelding four-wide into the final turn, and the pair made ground immediately. "In the last turn, I figured I had a decent shot," McNair said after the race. In fact, Donald Doc was able to chase down Face Of War (Stephane Brosseau), who circled from third-over to take the lead nearing head-stretch. Donald Doc lunged to just reach at the winning post in 1:57. Face Of War was second, while Little Clayt (Kelly Hoerdt) was third off a ground-saving tirp. "I've just got to pick away at it, and I figure I'll be successful," McNair continued. "The more you win, the better you drive." Trainer Don Beatson co-owns 11-time winner Donald Doc with Cole England and Ken Beatson. Race 6: A pillar-to-post effort from odds-on favourite Mollie McGeoch ($3.70) gave Maritimer Gilles Barrieau his first win of the tournament. "She was the best one that I've driven tonight so far," Barrieau said of the four-year-old Badlands Hanover mare. "I was looking forward to her coming up, because things haven't been that great." Mollie McGeoch and Barrieau protected the lead from the pole and seated Im Rylan (Trevor Henry) into the pocket through a :27.2 quarter. The two-mare breakaway held separation over a struggling second flight through middle fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.4 and, despite late deceleration to the end of a 1:58 mile, crossed the line one-two. Eataams Trauma (Doug McNair) rallied mildly to just nab Cold Creek Lacey (Stephane Brosseau) for third. Bud Sinclair trains four-time winner Mollie McGeoch for Linda Richardson and Lindsey Sinclair. The win lifted Barrieau from sixth into a share of third with Brosseau, but McNair maintains a 26-point lead over Kelly Hoerdt. Race 7: Larjon Legacy ($15.40) and Guy Gagnon split leavers to secure the lead, controlled a comfortable middle half, and turned aside steady first-over pressure from So Bananas (Kelly Hoerdt) on the final turn en route to a 1:58.1 victory. After edging clear of So Bananas, the three-year-old Mister Big Filly held her ground to the winning post to hold off Falls Creek (Doug McNair) by half a length. The runner-up finish was enough to put McNair out of reach of Hoerdt, who faded to also-ran status. Greg Campbell owns and trains six-time winner Larjon Legacy. Race 8: Lumiere ($2.90) gave Doug McNair his fourth win in the NDC, battling back in the stretch after being headed by Little Turk (Stephane Brosseau) to take the penultimate leg of the tournament in 1:58.1. The nine-year-old Lis Mara gelding had no trouble clearing Highland Bogart (Redmond Doucet) into the first turn and hung Stonebridge Bettor (Kelly Hoerdt) out through early fractions of :28.2 and :59.1. After his first-over challenger stalled with three-eighths to go, Lumiere braced for the bold three-wide challenge of Little Turk. The pair passed three-quarters in 1:29, and Little Turk worked to a narrow lead on the final turn. Off the home corner, Lumiere dug back in and reached to win by a widening length. Little Turk was second, while Highland Bogart (Redmond Doucet) chased from the pocket for third. "I thought I had an average card, to be honest," McNair said of his thoughts coming into the night's tournament. "Once he made it there, I didn't want to give it up to anybody." McNair's lead expanded to 40 points with a race to go, while Brosseau passed Kelly Hoerdt for second by way of his runner-up finish in the race. Patrick Shepherd trains 35-time winner Lumiere for Carl Kuepfer. Race 9: April Bandit ($10.80) and Stephane Brosseau parlayed a pocket trip to take the final NDC race in 1:58. After drafting behind So Long Sugar (Guy Gagnon) through splits of :28, :57.4 and 1:27.3, Brosseau moved the nine-year-old Real Artist mare off the pegs at the top of the stretch. The pair edged away to prevail in the final 40 yards, while Mighty Mouse (Kelly Hoerdt) saved ground and hooked wide in the stretch to take third. "I'm very happy about it," said Brosseau of his runner-up finish in the NDC. "To be beaten by Doug McNair, I don't think it's a bad thing. Being second with all these good drivers is surely a nice feeling. It doesn't matter the age, you try to improve yourself. I really like the way I'm driving right now; it's fun. I want to always do better, and I think there's a couple years left where I can be as good as I am now." Steve Coulter owns and trains April Bandit, now a 28-time winner. The final NDC standings are as follows: 1. Doug McNair - 92 2. Stephane Brosseau - 62 3. Kelly Hoerdt - 51 4. Guy Gagnon - 43 5. Gilles Barrieau - 40 6. Redmond Doucet - 38 7. Trevor Henry - 29 8. Jamie Gray - 21 The National Driving Championship was an eight-race event and drivers earn points based upon their finishing positions. Drivers were able to have input into the horses they will be driving as a hockey pool style “draft” was conducted Friday for them to choose their horses in each race before the post position draw was made. Eight drivers from across the country qualified in four regional events co-ordinated by Standardbred Canada and congregated in Elora, Ont. for the event. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click the following link: Wednesday Results – Grand River Raceway.

As reported by Standardbred Canada, Doug McNair, Canada’s Driver of the Year in 2017, will take the spot of Louis-Philippe Roy in the National Driving Championship on Wednesday, September 26 at Grand River Raceway. McNair, who finished third in the Ontario Regional Driving Championship on May 16 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, was automatically offered the spot when Roy, who finished second, withdrew from the event on Friday afternoon. Upon receiving the offer, McNair immediately jumped at the opportunity. “It’s my first National Championship,” said McNair. “It is a tough way to earn the spot, and I do feel for Louis. I haven’t seen the horses I’ll be driving yet but I’m excited and pretty sure I’ve got a good shot. “It’s a good rebound of my bad day yesterday,” McNair said, referring to the placing (from first to fourth) of Stay Hungry in the second elimination of yesterday’s Little Brown Jug. Stay Hungry was ultimately scratched from the final. Roy’s withdrawal was the result of racing commitments he felt he had to fulfill on Tuesday, September 25. In addition to other drives, he will drive Shower Play in the $125,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Drivers are required to participate in all promotional, charitable and media events related to the National Driving Championship, on both Tuesday and Wednesday. “Unfortunately I’ll have to give up my chance to represent Canada in Sweden,” said Roy. “It’s not an easy decision, but I think it’s the best thing to do for my career and my business.” Roy’s withdrawal came shortly after the draft took place for National Driving Championship horses. Because of that, McNair has agreed to drive the horses originally selected by Roy. In addition to being the O’Brien Award winner as Canada’s top driver last year, McNair currently has 242 wins and $4,384,381 in earnings this season. He will join the seven other drivers competing in Wednesday’s NDC, including Trevor Henry who won this year’s Ontario Regional Driving Championship. From Standardbred Canada

Yannick Gingras, the leading driver in earnings in North America for the past four years, will represent the United States in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden from May 24-31 next year. Conducted since 1970, the World Driving Championship brings together the world's best harness drivers for an exciting, international competition. "First of all, it's a great honor to be asked," said Gingras who will be making his first WDC appearance. "Only one person can represent the United States and I'm very humble and proud. "I'm looking forward to going to Sweden because I have made good relationships there over the years and have some great friends," added Gingras. "I'll get to spend a couple of weeks there during a beautiful time of the year. The timing and location make the whole package perfect." Gingras is currently the second-leading driver in purses earned this year with more than $7.6 million. For his career, he's on the verge of reaching 40,000 starts, 7,000 wins and $165 million in earnings. "Yannick has been an elite, big race driver for the past several years as demonstrated by his being the top money-winner for the last four years in a row," said USTA President Russell Williams in making the announcement of his selection of Gingras. "He is a fan favorite, is always very good with the media and he will be an excellent representative both on and off the track." Gingras, who turned 39 on Aug. 4, has a long list of career highlights. He was named the Driver of the Year last year and in 2014, when he had a career high $17.3 million in earnings. In 2003, he received the Rising Star Award from the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He has been among the Top 10 drivers in earnings for the past 12 years and has been in the top five in each of the past eight seasons. His $164.9 million in career earnings rank eighth all-time and fifth among active drivers. Gingras is the regular driver of 2017 Horse of the Year Award winner Hannelore Hanover. In 2017, Gingras' top wins included the Maple Leaf Trot with Hannelore Hanover, four Breeders Crown finals (with Hannelore Hanover, Ariana G, Manchego, and Youaremycandygirl) and the Little Brown Jug with Filibuster Hanover. Gingras has won 20 Breeders Crown trophies in his career. Also among his many accomplishments, Gingras is known for his association with pacer Foiled Again, the richest horse in harness racing history with $7.59 million in lifetime earnings. With Gingras in the sulky, Foiled Again got career win No. 100 on July 8 at Harrah's Philadelphia and joined Hall of Famer Rambling Willie as the only pacers with at least 100 wins and more than $2 million in purses in the past 40 years. From the USTA Communications Department    

Standardbred Canada is pleased to announce the host tracks and dates for the 2018  Regional Driving Championships and National Driving Championship which will ultimately determine Canada’s representative to the harness racing 2019 World Driving Championship. The 2018 National Driving Championship will take place at Grand River Raceway, in Elora, Ont., on Wednesday, September 26. "Grand River Raceway is truly thrilled to host‎, for the first time, the National Driving Championship," said the track's Marketing Manager, Kelly Spencer. "We're keen to showcase our beautiful community and facility on the national stage and welcome the country's finest reinsmen in what is sure to be a first-class event. We're riding the momentum of James MacDonald's WDC win in 2017 which will only elevate the already prestigious spirit of the event. Oh Canada!" Grand River Raceway has hosted the Ontario Regional Driving Championship several times, including the most recent event in 2016. Drivers must earn their way into the National Driving Championship by finishing first or second in their respective Regional Driving Championship. In addition to a first time host for the National event, there are also two first time hosts for the Regionals – Kawartha Downs in Fraserville, Ont., will host the Eastern Ontario / Quebec Regional Driving Championship and Truro Raceway in Truro, NS, will host the Atlantic Regional event.   Century Downs near Calgary, Alta., will host the Western Regional and The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont., will be the site of the Ontario Regional. “Standardbred Canada is looking forwarding to partnering with our host tracks to present four exciting and competitive Regional Driving Championships which will lead into the National Driving Championship.  We are very pleased to see the interest that tracks across the country have in hosting these events, including our two first time track partners this year for Regional events, Kawartha Downs and Truro Raceway,” said Dan Gall, President & CEO of Standardbred Canada.  “We are also looking forward to working with the team at Grand River Raceway to deliver an exceptional National Driving Championship experience for both the drivers and the fans.” Here are the locations and dates for the four regional events: Western Regional -- Century Downs; Saturday, June 23 (Includes drivers from British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba)   This will mark the second time that Century Downs will host the Western Regional.  They were the host track for the 2016 event. Ontario Regional – The Raceway at Western Fair District, Wednesday, May 16 (Includes drivers from Ontario) The Raceway hosted the 2016 National Driving Championship and the 2014 Ontario Regional Driving Championship. Quebec / Eastern Ontario Regional – Kawartha Downs, Saturday, June 30 (Includes drivers that compete regularly at Kawartha Downs and Rideau Carleton Raceway in addition to Hippodrome 3R) Atlantic Regional – Truro Raceway, Friday, June 29 Includes drivers from New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island) Regional events will feature either eight or nine drivers who will compete in a minimum of eight races. Drivers will receive points based on their finishing position and the top two point earners will advance to the National. Past winners of the NDC title include Brandon Campbell (2016), Jody Jamieson (2014 & 2011), Brad Forward (2009), and Gilles Barrieau (2007). The winner of the 2018 National Driving Championship will have the opportunity to represent Canada in the World Driving Championship, and join 2017 World Driving Champion, James MacDonald, in the 2019 World Driving Championship in Sweden. SC hosted the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC) in August and MacDonald’s victory earned him an automatic invitation to the 2019 event in which he will become the representative for the International Trotting Association. Canada was invited to send a second driver to the 2019 event and Standardbred Canada accepted the invitation.

The International Harness Racing community and those visiting Prince Edward Island for the first time were literally blown away by the atmosphere and the huge, enthusiastic crowds for both the World Driving Championships and the Gold Cup and Saucer. Almost all the representatives from the visiting countries were in envy of Prince Edward Island horsemen by the wholehearted support from the provincial governments (s) which has turned Prince Edward Island into the mecca of harness racing in Canada. PEI hosted the World Trotting Conference during Old Home Week and representatives from the 17 participating countries met to share views on topics of importance to the world harness racing community. The many workshops and meetings that were held using the crowded Old Home Week of racing as a background and it couldn't have made for a more enjoyable 10 days here in this harness racing stronghold. The 5th and final leg of the World Trotting championships went on Friday night and when the dust had settled PEI's James MacDonald, representing Canada, emerged as the 2017 World Champion Driver having accumulated the most points in the five city series featuring the top drivers from around the world. James was the only driver to have won at least one win in the four previous World Drivers Championship stops but even though he did not win here, he had built up a substantial lead to clinch the title. James not only received the top prize of $25,000 but earned the right to represent Canada at the World Driving Championships in Sweden in 2019. The uproar and support of James from his home province was stunning and when second and third place drivers Marcus Miller (USA) and Mika Forss (Finland) lifted him onto their shoulders during the winners circle presentations, the roar from the crowd could be heard across the province. James is only the fourth Canadian driver to ever win the World International Drivers crown and the first time a Canadian has ever won on home soil. The country representatives and the participating drivers were in awe of the wonderful facilities here and of the passionate crowds which some estimated as high as 15,000 for Friday night and almost as many that arrived for the Gold Cup and Saucer Race despite persistent rains and winds that drenched many from 3:00 in the afternoon until race time. Anything Can Happen in a Horse Race Shadow Place Upsets in Cup and Saucer The old adage that anything can happen in a horse race surfaced Saturday night at rain drenched Red Shores Charlottetown, aka the CDP, for the 58th running of the prestigious Gold Cup and Saucer. Shadow Place, co-owned by Rob Fellows of Niagara Falls and Carl Stafford of Conception Bay, Newfoundland was not considered a prime contender especially since the ease with which Always At My Place dispatched of his rivals with that open lengths 1:51:1 score in his Trial victory. His elimination win was under ideal conditions and Saturday's night's Gold Cup and Saucer was raced in a downpour over a very sloppy track, conditions where bettors can usually toss away the form charts. In this one, Marc Campbell hustled Almost At My Place right to the front in the sloppy track with Sapphire City (Anthony MacDonald) a tight 2nd past a sizzling opening quarter of 27:1 with the others gapped out. For a while it looked like a 1-2 Ron Burke Stable finish as the field hustled past the half in 54:1 with the eventual winner Shadow Place (Gilles Barrieau) a long way back and not looking like a winner at this stage of the race. Half-way up the backstretch, the rain and the track conditions appeared to be taking a toll on the front end and in addition Sapphire City was obviously having health issues and stalled badly. At the top of the stretch, Arque Hanover (Marcus Miller) and Shadow Place raced into conteention and one could sense that the heavy favourite was in trouble. Owned by Rob Fellows of Ontario and Carl Stafford of Newfoundland, Shadow Place stormed down the stretch to pass Always At My Place in deep stretch for the one length 1:53.2 victory. The victory was the 4th Gold Cup and Saucer score for Gilles Barrieau and the win also clinched the Francis McIsaac Driving Award as the top driver during Old Home Week, an award which Francis held 10 previous times. Louis-Philippe Roy won four times on the Gold Cup and Saucer card to win the Chucker's Trophy Award as the top percentage driver for the week. PEI Solidifies Harness Racing International Reputation PEI Harness racing fans and the legions that travel here every year for the Old Home Week racing and the Gold Cup and Saucer made a lasting impression on the International harness racing community. Those here for the World Trotting Conference and for the World Driving championships were literally shocked by the enthusiastic crowds and by the City itself. It would not surprise me that if one day perhaps within a decade that the World Trotting Conference and the World Driving Championships returns again to this province, that's the kind of impression this little Island made on the International stage. It could happen ! By Fred MacDonald Reprinted with permission of the Peicanada.com site

TROIS RIVIERES, QUEBEC – James MacDonald, the representative of host country Canada in the 2017 World Driving Championship, added his sixth win of the tournament at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec Wednesday night to widen his lead in the contest, and the trip to the fifth and final venue, Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island for racing Friday, looks more and more like a triumphant “home stretch” for the 31-year-old, for he is a native of the Island province, and he may be well receiving the driving crown at the place where it all started for him. Hippodrome 3R is appreciative of having the honor of hosting eleven of the world’s best drivers in their fourth stop on their five-stop West-to-East journey across Canada in the World Driving Championship, which is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference; Canada was selected as host in honor of the country’s 250th anniversary of being a home for horse racing. The standings going into the card: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 144 points           (five wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 130 points           (three wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     123.5 points       (three wins) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              97 points            (one win) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                   New Zealand      93 points Noel Baldacchino                                                 Malta                    90 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                89.5 points          (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                86 points             (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  83 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      69 points Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                68 points Here is a description of the four races at the Quebec half-mile oval, all contested at 1 1/16 miles: RACE ONE ($4000 pace): Dexter Dunn, James MacDonald, and Marcus Miller were all 2-1 in the betting, and those three drivers and their horses – respectively, Imagine Speed, Ninoscredit, and Maracasso --were 1-2-3 at the quarter, though Dunn and Imagine Speed had to pay a 27 price to get to the front. The field stayed in that order until a half-mile remained, when Gerhard Mayr moved Eataam Whosurboy first-over to challenge the leader, and with a strong move with 3/8 remaining Eataam Whosurboy got in gear and started a move that carried him to the lead nearing the far turn. The key to the race was the horse with the cover behind Eataam Whosurboy – who was nobody, which allowed Miller and Maracasso to get out behind him and then move after the new leader, with MacDonald and Ninoscredit pinned in as the two horses went by. Ninoscredit came on well in the stretch, but Maracasso had the jump on him and sustained to the wire, winning by a length in 2:06.1 over the 1 1/16 miles to give Marcus Miller his fourth win of the tournament. “I wasn’t sure if I’d get that kind of trip when we left the gate,” Miller noted after the race. “But I was able to get out behind the horse who went to the lead and could keep James (MacDonald) in. I was able to keep going and win, but MacDonald got out and finished second – he’s tough, driving very well now.” DRIVERS’ ORDER OF FINISH: Miller, MacDonald, Mayr, Dunn, Depuydt, Baldacchino, Goop, Graham, Purdon, Forss, Hoitomt. LEADER BOARD AFTER FIRST 3R RACE: MacDonald 157, Miller 141.5, Forss 132, Graham and Dunn 101. RACE TWO ($4600 trot): When you work out a second-over trip from post eleven – the third trailer – on a half-mile track, you know things are going your way – and you are making things go your way. Native son James MacDonald managed to work out a second-over trip with Federal Strike in this event, following Abundasass and driver Bjorn Goop. Both were out much of the 1 1/16-mile distance, but worked their way to the front spots down the backstretch the final time. It looked for a moment as if MacDonald might not get clearance – that pesky Marcus Miller again – but this time Miller’s horse backed off, and Federal Strike moved out and took it from there, going by Abundasass as the slight favorite and winning by 1 ¼ lengths, with the added-distance time of 2:08.1 declared a 3R track record, since the books and Standardbred Canada had no record of a race over the distance listed. “I can’t believe I worked out a trip like that,” a disbelieving/euphoric MacDonald said after the contest. “But I know the respect that Bjorn Goop has earned and is given in Sweden and Europe, and when I found a way I could follow him, I figured – I hoped that would be able to carry me up. He did and then my horse got his chance, and we won.” Asked if he felt in a commanding position by now, MacDonald put his game face back on and said, “Still have to grind it out – lots of great drivers out there.” DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: MacDonald, Goop, Forss, Miller, Mayr, Graham, Hoitomt, Dunn, Baldacchino, Purdon, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE TWO: MacDonald 175, Miller 149.5, Forss 142, Graham 107, Dunn 105. RACE THREE ($4200 pace): “The Finnish Lion,” Mika Forss, looked like everything was going his way. His pacer Shanghai B G, the slight 2-1 favorite, got away in the pocket behind a strong pacesetter in Jolt’s Prayer (Dexter Dunn), saw waves of challenger fell back, then looked to move his move on the far turn. “And my horse felt good.” And then his sulky broke. “My sulky seat started to break on me, and I had to hold on (to the sulky),” Forss noted after the race. Despite being driven literally one-handed (and perhaps accounting for his bearing out in the stretch), Shanghai B G was able to rally, and he was just up at the – well, finish line for the Finnish Lion, the 1 1/16 miles in 2:06.1. “That’s never happened to me in all of my career,” the veteran Forss noticed after the race, which provided his fourth victory of the tournament. It also boosted him back into second, a half-point ahead of Marcus Miller, who was on Forss’s back throughout but could do no more than keep his 24-1 shot going for third. MacDonald was in the parked tier and rallied for fifth. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Forss, Dunn, Miller, Mayr, MacDonald, Purdon, Hoitomt, Graham, Baldacchino, Goop, Depuydt. LEADER BOARD AFTER 3R RACE THREE: MacDonald 182, Forss 160, Miller 159.5, Dunn 118 (no wins but five seconds in the tournament), Graham 111. RACE FOUR ($4400 pace): Nobody wanted to leave anything anywhere but on the track for the last local race, and the field was stacked two- (or more-) deep the entire way. But Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny Mediterranean island of Malta, used the physics to his advantage: he and Tidewater Tomahawk drafted behind the pacesetting Danzig Moon in the pocket, then moved out,  was already past the former leader when he made a stretch break, and drew off, winning by 3¼ lengths over the favored Hard Rock, closing well to give defending champ Dexter Dunn his sixth second of a winless tournament, with that MacDonald guy from Canada working his way through with 23-1 shot Winoc Jimmy for third. It was the first win of the tournament for Baldacchino, and oddly Tidewater Tomahawk, who was the program choice, returned $16.30 to win. DRIVERS ORDER OF FINISH: Baldacchino, Dunn, MacDonald, Depuydt, Hoitomt, Forss, Goop, Purdon, Miller, Graham, Mayr. AFTER THE FOURTH ROUND OF THE TOURNAMENT: James MacDonald                                            Canada                 192 points           (six wins) Mika Forss                                                          Finland                 166 points           (four wins) Marcus Miller                                                    United States     162.5 points       (four wins) Dexter Dunn (defending champion)                  New Zealand      131 points Noel Baldacchino                                              Malta                    120 points           (one win) Shane Graham                                                  Australia              113 points           (one win) Bjorn Goop                                                         Sweden                111 points           (one win) Gerhard Mayr                                                    Austria                  109 points Eirik Hoitomt                                                      Norway                108 points           (one win) Rik Depuydt                                                       Belgium                85 points Mark Purdon                                                     New Zealand      83.5 points FINISHING LINES – Also featured during the card was the draw for Sunday’s $200,000 Prix d’Ete, for the leading four-year-old pacers in North America. The entrants, with their post positions and listed drivers: 1, Sintra (Jody Jamieson); 2, Lyons Snyder (Daniel Dube); 3, Awesomeness (driver TBA); 4, Roll Away Joe (Louis Philippe Roy); 5, Western Fame (Trevor Henry); 6, Stonebridge Beach (Stephane Pouliot); 7, Sports Authority (Pierre Luc Roy); 8, Dr J Hanover (Doug McNair). Bali went one of the fastest miles in Hippodrome 3R history when he won a $3800 pace in 1:53.1 for Team Auger, sprinting home in 56.1 under the guidance of the track’s leading driver, Stephane Brosseau … In a $4200 trot, the mare Lucky Promesses won her seventh straight start, here in 2:01.2 for breeder/trainer/driver Jerome Lombart. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Canadian harness racing driver James MacDonald propelled himself back to the top of the 2017 World Driving Championship standings, overtaking Finland's Mika Forss after winning two of Tuesday night's (August 15) five tournament races at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. MacDonald, who entered the third leg of the Championship in second place behind Forss, drew first blood in the evening’s first tournament event, reaching from the pocket with Shemars Lulu ($7.60) in 1:59 after stalking duelling leaders through the middle stages of the race.  He also teamed up with Walk The Plank ($5.20) in the night’s third Championship race, clearing, yielding, and pulling from a clear pocket on approach to the far turn before powering to a decisive 1:55.1 victory. In addition to his pair of wins, MacDonald notched a pair of minor placings, finishing second with Art Of The Deal behind James And Morgan in the night’s penultimate event, and saving third with Im The Man in the evening’s last race as Hetties Honey circled up from behind a contested pace to win. James And Morgan ($40.80) gave Norwegian Eirik Høitomt his first win of the Championship, drafting in the pocket behind MacDonald and 25-1 pacesetter Art Of The Deal before reaching up the pegs in 1:57. Hetties Honey ($15.90) took advantage of sustained pace pressure afore in the finale, circling three-wide up the far side to overtake a stalled Ken Kan Win and wear down co-favourite Waikiki Hanover (Marcus Miller, USA) for a 1:57.2 victory under Australian Shane Graham. Forss, who slipped from first to second in the standings, was first past the post with A Boy Named Suuzz in the evening’s second tournament race, but was disqualified behind Jansen Hanover ($28.20, Miller, USA) after committing a pylon violation on the second turn. MacDonald reclaimed command and opened up a 144-130 lead on Forss through the third leg of the five-city Championship, while American Miller closed the gap behind the top pair, with 123.5 points heading out of Ontario.  Graham (97) gained into fourth spot over defending champion Dexter Dunn (93) of New Zealand, followed by Noel Baldacchino (Malta), Høitomt, Björn Goop (Sweden), Gerhard Mayr (Austria), Mark Purdon (New Zealand), and Rik Depuydt (Belgium). The action shifts to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The top point-earner at the end of the five legs will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. 2017 World Driving Championship Leaderboard (after three of five legs) Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. James MacDonald (Canada) - 144 2. Mika Forss (Finland) - 130 3. Marcus Miller (United States) - 123.5 4. Shane Graham (Australia) - 97 5. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 93 6. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 90 7. Eirik Høitomt (Norway) - 89.5 8. Björn Goop (Sweden) - 86 9. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 83 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 69 11. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 68   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

Fields are now set for the fifth leg of the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, which will take place on Friday, August 18 at Red Shores' Charlottetown Driving Park, in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete Friday during what is the fifth and final leg of the competition. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The WDC kicked off with its first leg this past Saturday (August 12) at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. The United States' Marcus Miller had secured the early lead in the WDC standings after having driven a pair of opening-leg winners. The second leg of the WDC took place on Monday (August 14) at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario, where Finland's Mika Forss took over the lead in the standings courtesy of three straight victories. The third leg of the WDC will take place on Tuesday (August 15) at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ontario. The fourth leg of the WDC is scheduled for Wednesday (August 16) at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The Charlottetown Driving Park leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 3, 5, 7 and 10. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races. World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 3) Purse: $1,000 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Libbybeans - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 2 - Bignprecious - Mika Forss (Finland) 3 - R Es Nancy - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 4 - Ameriquel - James MacDonald (Canada) 5 - Jinglewriter - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 6 - Onehotvett - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 7 - Formidable - Shane Graham (Australia) 8 - Maudail Mac - Marcus Miller (USA) 9 - Johannahs Jet - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 10 - Whitesand Artist - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 11 - Jays Little Spark - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) World Driving Championship - Race 2 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 5) Purse: $1,000 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Saftic Seelster - Marcus Miller (USA) 2 - Elm Grove Kaptain - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 3 - Keep A Secret - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 4 - Dilans Mustang - Shane Graham (Australia) 5 - Go With It - James MacDonald (Canada) 6 - Grimsby - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 7 - Mr Pogge - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 8 - Putnams Force - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 9 - Choco Du Ruisseau - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 10 - Caughtfoolinaround - Mika Forss (Finland) 11 - Bo Butler - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 7) Purse: $1,200 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Pick N Scoop - James MacDonald (Canada) 2 - Royal Putnam - Marcus Miller (USA) 3 - Mybrothergeorge - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 4 - C J Bluefin - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 5 - Celebrate Your Bet - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6 - Kennairn Fame - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 7 - Rising Fella - Mika Forss (Finland) 8 - Miramonttogo - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 9 - Electric Syl - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 10 - Toad River - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 11 - Quick Mad - Shane Graham (Australia) World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Charlottetown Driving Park - Race 10) Purse: $1,600 - one and one-sixteenth miles (eight horses on the gate and three trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Bowyer Hanover - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 2 - Bonnys Mac - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 3 - Twin B Shadow - Marcus Miller (USA) 4 - All Turain - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 5 - Fly With Max - Mika Forss (Finland) 6 - Beach Fighter A - Shane Graham (Australia) 7 - Artners In Crime - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 8 - Painted Pony - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 9 - Instant Shadow - James MacDonald (Canada) 10 - P J Camdex - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 11 - Saulsbrook Quick - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) The Charlottetown Driving Park will be showcasing two cards (both afternoon and evening programs) of live racing on Friday. The WDC races will take place during the evening program, which carries a first-race post time of 7:00 p.m. (Atlantic). Friday night also features Lady Slipper Grassroots and Gold Divisions for three-year-old fillies, along with the James "Roach" MacGregor Gold Cup & Saucer Consolation. The defending champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. The World Driving Championship and the World Trotting Conference are both held every two years. The 2017 editions of the events coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - On Wednesday night the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the fourth leg of the World Driving Championship with four events, but after the fourth race on the program there will be some live excitement as the draw for this Sunday's C$200,000 Prix D'Ete will take place in the winner's circle. The Prix D'Ete, one of the richest races in North America for four-year-old pacers, is expecting an all-star cast of performers. The names of the eight highest money winners this season will be announced Wednesday afternoon and the post-position draw will take place after the fourth race that evening. "We wanted to add a little extra excitement to our World Driving Championship Night Wednesday," said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club that hosts the Prix D'Ete. "The Prix D'Ete is our showcase racing event of the 2017 season." This year, post time has been changed this Sunday, Prix D'Ete Day. The first race post time is 2:30 pm and the Hippodrome 3R will feature a special 15-race live program. The Prix D'Ete is scheduled to go off at 7:00 pm. In addition to the Prix D'Ete this Sunday, the track also is featuring the third and final preliminary round of the C$220,000 Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacing colts and fillies. They will be vying for points to be eligible for the $55,000 finals on September 3. First race post time Wednesday evening is 7:15 pm for the World Driving Championship fourth leg at H3R. There will be a meet and greet for race fans with all eleven drivers in the Grandstand starting at 6:15 pm and the opening night ceremonies and introduction of the drivers from around the world gets underway at 6:50 pm. The four WDC events are races 5 thru 8 on the program. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Finland's Mika Forss took the lead in the 2017 World Driving Championship standings with three straight victories in the second leg of the competition on Monday evening (August 14) at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. Canada's James MacDonald kicked off the second leg of the five-city World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada, at his home track with a victory in the first trotting contest of the series aboard the late-closing Mystery Bet ($7.40). MacDonald, who entered the second leg sitting second in the standings with 50 points behind The United States' Marcus Miller (57 points), took the lead briefly on his home turf with the win, which was his third of the tournament that began in Alberta on Saturday at Century Downs. However, Finland's Mika Forss was a force to be reckoned with in the remainder of the second leg. He arrived at Mohawk sitting sixth in the point standings, but climbed to the top of the leaderboard by the end of the night. Forss sent pacer Dialamara ($3.60), the 2-1 second choice on the toteboard, to the lead from post six before the first turn and never looked back en route to a two-length victory in 1:53.3. It was a rare drive and just his second win on the pace for the European trotting specialist. The Finnish representative then fanned 6-5 favourite Lights Go Out ($4.70) three-wide off cover approaching the third quarter mark in the next race and took over command in the stretch with the pacing mare drawing off by three lengths to stop the clock in 1:54.3. Overcoming the outside post 10, Forss won the fourth and final race of the Mohawk leg with Mego Moss ($81.40), who swept off cover turning for home and trotted away for the 39-1 upset in 1:54.2. "I have to say, I love Mohawk!" laughed Forss, who celebrated his third victory by performing a dab in the sulky as he crossed the finish line. Forss now leads with 95 points heading into the third leg of the WDC, which will be held tomorrow evening (August 15) at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. "No [pressure] because it's a different day, different horses," said Forss. "We'll see, I'll do my best in all the races and we'll find out." The competition featuring 11 top international harness drivers remains fierce. MacDonald ranks second, only eight points behind Forss, while first leg leader Marcus Miller is third with 74.5 points just ahead of defending WDC champion Dexter Dunn of New Zealand, who climbed three spots with a solid performance that included three runner-up finishes in the Mohawk races. Shane Graham (Australia) and Bjorn Goop (Sweden) are tied for fifth with 62 points each, followed by Gerhard Mayr (Austria), Mark Purdon (New Zealand), Noel Baldacchino (Malta), Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) and Rik Depuydt (Belgium). Following Tuesday's Georgian Downs leg, the action will move to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The top point-earner at the end of the five legs will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. 2017 WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERBOARD Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. Mika Forss (Finland) - 95 2. James MacDonald (Canada) - 83 3. Marcus Miller (United States) - 74.5 4. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 71 5. Shane Graham (Australia) - 62 5. Bjorn Goop (Sweden) - 62 7. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 57 8. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 52 9. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 49 10. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 44.5 11. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 43   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

TROIS RIVIERES, Quebec - The Hippodrome 3R will host leg four of the five-stop World Driving Championship this Wednesday, August 16, and an evaluation of the drivers' likely performance in the four races through an evaluation of the track's knowledgeable morning line reveals some interesting patterns - ones that could help reshape or shape the standings before the final leg at Charlottetown two days afterwards. The World Driving Championship is held every two years in conjunction with the World Trotting Conference, which in 2017 is being staged in Canada, as the country celebrates its 250th anniversary of horse racing. The two drivers to watch in the H3R harness competition figure to be James MacDonald, representing host country Canada, and Noel Baldacchino, from the tiny (316 square kilometers) Mediterranean island of Malta. The races to be used for the competition at H3R are races 5 through 8 - with, unusually, MacDonald drawing the favorite in the first two races and Baldacchino in the latter two in the random draw matching drivers and horses. In just as strange a coincidence, two other drivers have drawn the second choices in consecutive races. Dexter Dunn, a New Zealander and the defending World Driving Champion, was evaluated as second behind Baldacchino's horses in races 7 and 8, and Marcus Miller, of the United States, is second choice to MacDonald's sulky assignments in races 5 and 6. The full projection, understandably, finds Baldachino and MacDonald rated as the top two, with the former having a one-point edge based on their other two mounts. Dunn is rated third and Miller fourth - but Miller would do well to get as many points as he can from his first two drives, as his horses in the final two races are both evaluated to be - last, eleventh! Then again, Miller already is in the lead after the first leg of the series, and morning lines have been known on occasion to not always reflect how the racing takes place. Plus, we have yet to find a racehorse that could read the morning line in a program to see how they might do! Post time at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday is 7:15 pm. The entire race card will be simulcast, not only throughout North America, but also to Australia and New Zealand. H3R is also holding a meet and greet for the race fans with all eleven drivers starting at 6:15 pm and the opening ceremonies for the night will start on the racetrack at 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com or www.standardbredcanada.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

The United States' Marcus Miller emerged with the early lead in the harness racing standings after driving a pair of winners during the 2017 World Driving Championship opener on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs Racetrack & Casino in Calgary, Alta. while Canada's James MacDonald also doubled up to finish the five-race leg in second-place.   The North American reinsmen dominated the first of five WDC legs hosted by Standardbred Canada, with Miller accumulating 57 points and MacDonald earning 50 points while Australia's Shane Graham put forth a consistent showing hitting the board in three of the races to secure third position in the standings, trailing MacDonald by just two points. Sweden's Bjorn Goop was the other first leg winner and finished in fourth-place with 43 points.   "I'm very happy," said Miller early on in the competition featuring 11 top international drivers. "There's a lot of races to go yet so I'm just going to try to hang in there and keeping doing the same thing."   Miller opened the 2017 World Driving Championship with a victory in the first race aboard 2-1 second choice Ashlynn Grace ($6.20) to take the early lead in the point standings. He secured a pocket trip with Ashlynn Grace, who started from the trailing tier in post 10, behind the inside leaver and found room between horses in the final turn to come through for the two-length victory, timed in 2:05.3 over the extended 1-1/16 mile distance.   The United States reinsman then sent 9-5 favourite Kavola ($5.60) three-wide from the outer flow approaching the third quarter mark to take over command in the third race and held off a wall of closers to win by one and a quarter lengths in 2:07.3.   "It's unbelievable. I know everybody at home is watching," said Miller of representing his country. "It's something else, this is one of the most exciting times in my life as far as harness racing goes."   MacDonald was victorious in the second and fifth races. In his first win, he cleared to command from post eight after the first quarter and held off the competition for the victory in 2:03.1 aboard Lucky Lucka ($19.70). His second victory came aboard Barossa Blue Genes ($6.70), tipping three-wide off cover approaching the third quarter mark and drawing clear in the stretch to win by two and a half lengths in 2:03.3.   "It's a whole different ball game and I've never been involved in anything like this," said MacDonald of the international tournament. "I'm really excited to be doing it and thankfully having a little bit of success."   The drivers will head to MacDonald's home track at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. for the second WDC leg on Monday, August 14.   "At Mohawk, I'll know all 11 horses in the race and I'll know their tendencies, not to say that's what they're going to do that given night, but I'll have a little bit of information," said MacDonald. "Every little bit you have ahead of someone else helps."   Goop's victory in the fourth race was his first in Canada as he made a power move in front of the grandstand sending Newport Min ($40.90) three-wide to the lead and then prevailed in a three-way photo finish in 2:07.1.    The opening WDC leg at Century Downs was the culmination of the First Annual Calgary Racing Festival. The week-long event, running through to Saturday, included an Industry Day, Mid-Summer Classic card, Charity Bowling and Charity Golf tournaments, and a Charity Gala.   After the next leg at Mohawk, the drivers will head to Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Que. on August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week.   The reinsmen will earn points based on their finishing position in each race and the top point-earner at the end of the five-day competition will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money.   The World Driving Championship -- along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown -- are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.    WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP LEG #1 LEADERBOARD   Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. Marcus Miller (United States) - 57 2. James MacDonald (Canada) - 50 3. Shane Graham (Australia) - 48 4. Bjorn Goop (Sweden) - 43 5. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 38 6. Mika Forss (Finland) - 34 7. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 29 8. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 25 9. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 24 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 21 11. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 16   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

Fields are now set for the fourth leg of the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Wednesday, August 16 at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. The Championship will then continue on Monday, August 14 with the second leg, which will take place at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. To view the draw and complete information for the second leg, click here. The third leg will take place on Tuesday, August 15 at Georgian Downs in Innisfill, Ontario. To view the draw and the complete information for the third leg, click here.  Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the fourth of five legs.  Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Hippodrome 3R leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 5-8. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races.   World Driving Championship - Race 1 (3R - Race 5) Purse: $4,000 – 1 mile, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 8:54 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Loves A Challenge - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 2. Eataam Whosurboy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 3. Negligent Hanover - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 4. Lacaille Gabe - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 5. Maracasso - Marcus Miller (USA) 6. Ninoscredit - James MacDonald (Canada)  7. Imagine Speed - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 8. Taylor B Swift - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 9. First Shot - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 10. Cabernet Seelster - Shane Graham (Australia) 11. Fire Luck - Mika Forss (Finland)   World Driving Championship - Race 2 (3R - Race 6) Purse: $4,000 – 1 mile, Trot (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 9:24 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. (PP5) Holiday Spirit - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 1A. (PP7) Tymal Recap - Marcus Miller (USA) 2. (PP1) SOS Justice - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3. (PP2) Kim Sorel - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4. (PP3) Chinnys Wings - Mika Forss (Finland) 5. (PP4) Crown Point - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6. (PP6) Echos Funky Claude - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 7. (PP8) Tuscans Memory - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 8. (PP9) Y S Suzanne - Shane Graham (Australia) 9. (PP10) Abundasass - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 10. (PP11) Federal Strike - James MacDonald (Canada)    World Driving Championship - Race 3 (3R - Race 7) Purse: $4,200 – 1-1/16 miles, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 9:54 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Shanghai B G - Mika Forss (Finland) 2. Iron Phil - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 3. Noloseblues - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4. Terror Suspect - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 5. Jolts Prayer - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 6. Orator - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 7. Now What Hanover - James MacDonald (Canada)  8. Dont Tell Mom  - Shane Graham (Australia) 9. Davinci Seelster - Marcus Miller (USA) 10. Tickle My Fantasy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 11. Old Fashioned Gal - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway)   World Driving Championship - Race 4 (3R - Race 8) Purse: $4,400 – 1-1/16 miles, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 10:24 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Wine After Five - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 2. Hard Rock - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3. Jds Caleb Man - Shane Graham (Australia) 4. Danzig Moon - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 5. Tidewater Tomahawk  - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 6. Wild River Swan - Mika Forss (Finland) 7. Appleby Hanover - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 8. Astreos Boy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 9. P L Gyro - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 10. Winoc Jimmy - James MacDonald (Canada) 11. Road Warrior - Marcus Miller (USA)   Post time for the first race on the card is set for 7:18 p.m EDT. The action off the track includes a meet and greet autograph session for race fans with the WDC drivers starting in the Grandstand at 5:45 pm, Participation 150, a presentation by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as well as a miniature horse and face painting for kids. After the fourth race, 3R officials will conduct the post position draw for the 2017 Prix d'Ete.   The defending champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Hippodrome 3R leg, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship, which will take place on Friday, August 18 and will be one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Wednesday's card (morning line odds to be added when available http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0816trrvsn.dat   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races: https://goo.gl/jbFP2B   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com

Harness racing fields are now set for the second leg of the 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Monday, August 14 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta.   To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the second of five legs. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Mohawk Racetrack leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 2, 3, 5 and 6. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races. World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 2) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post – Horse – Driver – Country) 1 – Smoke Monkey – Mika Forss (Finland) 2 – Vics Royal Lady – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 3 – Justasmalltowngirl – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4 – Marty De Vie – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 5 – Windsong Magic – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 6 – Burnin Money – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 7 – Mystery Bet – James MacDonald (Canada) 8 – Avuncular – Shane Graham (Australia) 9 – Nightontheroad – Marcus Miller (USA) 10 – Harper Blue Chip – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 11 – Musical Spell – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) World Driving Championship - Race 2 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 3) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 – On Golden Ponder – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 2 – Bugger Bruiser – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3 – Grand Seelster – Shane Graham (Australia) 4 – Ourea Nourrir – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 5 – Kingsley B – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 6 – Dialamara – Mika Forss (Finland) 7 – Machapelo – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 8 – Harttattack – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 9 – Shock N Rock – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 10 – Oldfriendskentucky – James MacDonald (Canada) 11 – Big Petes Style – Marcus Miller (USA) World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 5) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 – Mischieviousgirls – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 2 – Lights Go Out – Mika Forss (Finland) 3 – Life Is A Lady – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 4 – Double T Grrr – James MacDonald (Canada) 5 – Legal Process – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 6 – Pretty Hot – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 7 – Justabit Mean – Shane Graham (Australia) 8 – Maxim Seelster – Marcus Miller (USA) 9 – Duncs Diamond – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 10 – Artiawitchtoyou – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 11 – Miss Coco Luck – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 6) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 – St James Gate – Marcus Miller (USA) 2 – Sky Lav – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 3 – Presquille – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 4 – Willyorwonthe – Shane Graham (Australia) 5 – Holiday Party – James MacDonald (Canada) 6 – Grana Padanno – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 7 – Domitian Hall – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 8 – Lmc Mass Oak – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 9 – Neils Golden Girl – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 10 – Mego Moss – Mika Forss (Finland) 11 – Deweykeepumnwhy – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) Post time for Mohawk’s Monday card is 7:30 p.m. (EDT). The wagering program will feature a $50,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 (starts in Race 1) and Early Pick-4 (starts in Race 4). An autograph session with the World Driving Championship participants will take place from 6:30 – 7 p.m. The Terrace Dining Room will be open with a special $22.95 buffet with reservation (for more info, call 1-888-675-7223). Additionally, Monday will be Wing Night in the Trackside Bar (wings will be 75 cents apiece and buckets of Bud will be $25). The defending WDC champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Mohawk leg, the drivers will then head to Georgian Downs in Innisfil on Tuesday, August 15. The action will then move to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will then head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Monday's card (morning line odds to be added when available) http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0814mohsn.dat   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races: https://goo.gl/wzPL6C   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com   Draw Complete for Third Leg of 2017 World Driving Championship Fields are now set for the third leg of the 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Tuesday, August 15 at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ontario. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. The Championship will then continue on Monday, August 14 with the second leg, which will take place at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. To view the draw and complete information for the second leg, click here. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the third of five legs. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Georgian Downs leg consists of five races, with the WDC races slated for Races 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races. World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Georgian Downs - Race 6) Purse: $10,000 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Shemars Lulu - James MacDonald (Canada) 2 - Scarlet Saphire - Marcus Miller (USA) 3 - Lilys Penelope - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 4 - Mega Sportsstar - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 5 - No Teasing Me - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6 - Hoosier Lucky Lady - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 7 - Action Royal Grin - Mika Forss (Finland) 8 - Jeremeyes Jewel - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 9 - Acefourtyfouramber - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 10 - I C Anastro - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 11 - Romance In Camelot - Shane Graham (Australia) World Driving Championship - Race 2 (Georgian Downs - Race 7) Purse: $10,000 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Chief Talkalot - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 2 - Adamncam - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 3 - Jansen Hanover - Marcus Miller (USA) 4 - Capitol Trip - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 5 - A Boy Named Suuzz - Mika Forss (Finland) 6 - Docs Hoss - Shane Graham (Australia) 7 - Cyrax - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 8 - Dont Tell Terry - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 9 - Western Rocker - James MacDonald (Canada) 10 - Idole Duharas - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 11 - American Paradise - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Georgian Downs - Race 8) Purse: $10,200 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Gliding Senorita - Shane Graham (Australia) 2 - Federal Army - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 3 - Walk The Plank - James MacDonald (Canada) 4 - Cheeky Monkey - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 5 - Chestnut Schofield - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 6 - Whosgoingtocatchus - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 7 - Labatt Hanover - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 8 - Igocrazy Without U - Mika Forss (Finland) 9 - Mandeville - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 10 - Angels Kid - Marcus Miller (USA) 11 - Daytrooper - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Georgian Downs - Race 9) Purse: $10,000 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Mighty Mouse - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 2 - Santannas Gal - Shane Graham (Australia) 3 - James And Morgan - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 4 - Windsun Ready - Mika Forss (Finland) 5 - Nomatterwhen - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 6 - Michelles Deuce - Marcus Miller (USA) 7 - Sportsillustrator - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 8 - Art Of The Deal - James MacDonald (Canada) 9 - Holiday Romance - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 10 - Miss Dragonfire - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 11 - Strong Alibi - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) World Driving Championship - Race 5 (Georgian Downs - Race 10) Purse: $10,400 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Hetties Commander - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 2 - Im The Man - James MacDonald (Canada) 3 - Allies Gift - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 4 - Waikiki Hanover - Marcus Miller (USA) 5 - Hetties Honey - Shane Graham (Australia) 6 - Excellence - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 7 - Ill Stay Here - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 8 - Little Stuie - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 9 - Ken Kan Win - Mika Forss (Finland) 10 - Oaklea Uptown - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 11 - Air Glider - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) Post time for Georgian's Tuesday card is 7:15 p.m. (ET). There will be a meet-and-greet autograph session with all of the WDC drivers so fans can get to know them. There will also be a t-shirt giveaway with the purchase of a live program (while supplies last). Additionally, there will also be an online survivor handicapping contest where the winner will take home $250 (visit georgiandowns.com for more info). The defending WDC champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Georgian leg, the drivers will then go to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will then head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship - along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown - are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Tuesday's card (morning line odds to be added when available)   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races.   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com    

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