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Trois-Rivieres - Samuel Fillion has emerged as a driving force in the driver's colony at the Hippodrome 3R this season as he drove the 7-1 D J Power to an upset victory in the Preferred-Handicap Pace Friday afternoon. Getting away in second place behind pacesetter Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) after the start of the 4th race co-feature, Fillion knew he had to stay in place until the right moment. They went to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Still leading at the half mile marker in :58.3, Outlaw Turn N Burn faced his first challenge from Surf Report (Martin Gingras) who came first-over followed by the race favorite, Windsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube), who was going for his third straight win in the top class at H3R. Heading down the backstretch the final time, Outlaw Turn N Burn was still in command as Berube sent Windsun Cheyenne three-wide but had trouble getting by Surf Report at the three-quarters in 1:27.3. It was than that Fillion made his winning move. Pulling from the pocket-trip approaching the final turn, Fillion took D J Power to the outside as Windsun Cheyenne was stalled three-wide. Fillion urge his pacer on and as they started down the stretch, D J Power had all the momentum he needed to get the job done. Winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4 over Outlaw Turn N Burn and a late closing Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. For D J Power, a nine-year-old gelded son of Major In Art, it was his third win this season, all at H3R for trainer and owner Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli. D J Power paid $17.40 to win. Fillion now has eight wins at H3R this meet. In the 5th race Preferred-Handicap Trot co-feature it was all Keepall from the very start. With regular pilot Carol Voyer in the sulky, Keepall left like a rocket and took early command of the race and was never headed, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.2. Missionoftheheart (Stephane Gendron) tried two moves in coming after Keepall to no avail but held for second place with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second straight win and fourth of the season for Keepall. The six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for owners the Alpha Stable and Gino Curadeau. He paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite. Track Notes: Both Samuel Fillion and Stephane Gendron scored driving doubles. With a training double on Friday, Maxime Velaye moved into a tie for the lead in the trainer standings. He now has seven wins along with Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be return winner Wild River Swan (post 4) heading the 6th race Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace against Godiva MacKiaveluc (post 7) and Y C Easy (post 8). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Pridecrest will look to make it a hat trick as he heads the cast in Saturday night's featured $7,400 Open Trot at Cal Expo Harness. The main event will be the third on an 11-race card presented by Watch and Wager LLC and things will get underway at 6:10 p.m. Pridecrest is a 6-year-old son of Angus Hall who is owned by Heather Mathews, takes his lessons from Steve Wiseman and has Mooney Svendsen giving directions. He comes into this assignment with 37 wins from his 148 starts with a 1:53 2/5 mark and $313,000 in his account. The dark-hued sidewheeler is coming off back-to-back wire jobs at the top level. Pridecrest took them all the way with Wiseman at the controls on January 24, then came back two weeks later to win comfortably as the 3-5 choice with Svendsen in the bike.   Mandeville competes for owner/driver/trainer Gerry Longo, and has recorded a win and a second from his two appearances. He's looking for his 24th lifetime score with $221,000 in earnings. Mandeville started 2020 with a powerful win at this Open level going a mile and a half, then missed a start before having to settle for second behind Pridecrest after that one jogged on the front end last week. He figures to be tighter for this assignment. Pridecrest and Mandeville have the outside two posts in the field and will be challenged by Majestic Lady Jo, Dougs Hobby Horse, Windsun Galaxie and Banker's For All. One Gorgeous Gal proves wild ride To say last week's debut victory by the 3-year-old pacing filly One Gorgeous Gal was eventful would be a major understatement. Owned by Billie Schwartz and Junior Wilkinson and trained by Wilkinson, the dark-hued miss was sent off at 19-1, no doubt some of that lack of support coming from her pre-race antics. "I had never been behind her before," related Roberts. "Luke Plano had qualified her and was supposed to drive, but he had a horse of his own in the race. "Junior told me she was nice filly, but she could be a touch on the lazy side. It was also going to be her first time under the lights." Roberts explained that about five steps after she set foot on the track, One Gorgeous Gal started kicking and became uncontrollable, including shying when the outrider tried to lend some assistance. "She settled down by the time the gate rolled," her pilot noted. The Schwartz/Wilkinson homebred left cleanly, was out and moving before the half while racing second over, swung out for the drive and was up by a half-length for the $41 upset. "It's good that we came out, because a horse made a break and scattered the field," Roberts said. "All things considered, it was a pretty amazing performance and Junior was ecstatic." Taking note of what went on before and during the race, track announcer Gary Siebel proclaimed as they hit the finish line, "From the ridiculous to the sublime!" One Gorgeous Gal was scheduled to make her second start on Friday night's program. One Gorgeous Gal was one of three wins over the weekend for Roberts, who also guided He Grins Again and Getter Queen Flush to victory for trainer George Reider. Roberts has landed in the charmed enclosure following 16 of his 101 trips to the post at this meeting, and it's unlikely any of those performances was quite an interesting as the one turned in by One Gorgeous Gal. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

Pridecrest, a coast-to-coast harness racing victor in his most recent appearance at the head of the class, gets the marquee treatment in Saturday evening's $7,400 Open Trot at Cal Expo Harness.. Going as the third event, the Open Trot highlights a 12-race Watch and Wager LLC program that gets underway at 6:10 p.m. Pridecrest is an 8-year-old son of Angus Hall who carries the banner of Heather Matthews with Kathie Plested the conditioner and Steve Wiseman once again doing the honors. Pridecrest will leave from the outside post in the field of six and figures to get plenty of respect at the windows off that sparkling victory two weeks ago. A lifetime earner of over $310,000 with a 1:53 2/5 career standard that was set over this track three years ago, Pridecrest made every pole a winner the last time this group met for Wiseman and has shown he can get the job done from the front, a tracking spot or with a closing kick. Mandeville has gone some strong miles here for owner/trainer/driver Gerry Longo, including an Open score on January 3, and will be gunning for his 24th lifetime victory while adding to his $220,000 lifetime bankroll. Taking on this pair are Majestic Lady Jo with Luke Plano; Windsun Galaxie, Dean Magee; Dougs Hobby Horse for Mooney Svendsen; and Bankers For All who leaves from the rail with James Kennedy guiding. Low takeout wagers spark huge payoffs There are two wagers offered here each night that come with a reduced 16 percent takeout rate - the 20-cent Pick 5 and 20-cent Pick 4 - and you need only go back to last week to find the value added. On Friday, the anchor leg of the Pick 4 was captured by longshot Mystic Wonder and as a result returned a whooping $3,950 for each correct ducket. The Pick 5 on Saturday returned $814 for each correct ticket, despite the fact that none of the five winners went off at higher than 9-2 odds, with two of the victorious performers sent off at 5-2 on the board. Later on in that program, the Pick 4 paid a juicy $1,105 for each 20-cent investment with 9-5 favorite Royal Mistress being surrounded by Lookslikewemadeit ($25), Bobby Dazzler ($16) and Joltin Joe ($13) completing the sequence. Using the regular takeout, rate the Pick 4 on Friday would have come back $3,530 a difference of $420 on each winning combination. On Saturday, the Pick 5 would have returned $726 instead of $814, a difference of $88 per ticket, while the Pick 4 payout would have been $986 instead of $1,105, meaning $119 extra went to each winner. Getting back to Bobby Dazzler, who accounted for last Saturday's main event, hats off to trainer Kathie Plested who did a great job getting George McChrystal's 7-year-old ready for a big mile with Mooney Svendsen giving directions in his first appearance since mid-December. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness  

Winbak Farm of Ontario and the Angus Hall syndicate have announced that Angus Hall, 2, 1:54.4z; 3, 1:54.3 ($830,654), has been retired from stallion duty. "Angus Hall has left an incredible impact on trotting pedigrees for generations to come," said Pat Woods, Winbak Farm of Ontario Manager. "We are very thankful that we got to stand him for as long as we did." Angus Hall was inducted into the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame in 2019. His sire, Garland Lobell, is a member of both the Canadian and Harness Racing Hall of Fame. His dam, Amour Angus, is a member of the Harness Racing Hall of Fame. Angus Hall is a full-brother to Andover Hall, 2, 1:56.2s; 3, 1:51.3 ($875,047), and Conway Hall, 2, 1:57.2; 3, 1:53.4 ($818,884), who have had both had successful stallion careers of their own. "It has been a wonderful experience from the time Angus Hall was purchased as a yearling to his retirement as a Hall of Famer," said Bob and Lynda Stewart, Angus Hall syndicate members. "We feel blessed to have been a part of his journey." Angus Hall had a successful racing career. At 2, he won a Breeders Crown elimination, Champlain Stakes division, John F Simpson Stakes and Valley Victory Stakes elimination. He was second in a Bluegrass Stakes division and Campbellville Stakes division. At 3, Angus Hall won a Hambletonian elimination and Matron Stakes elimination. He was second in the American-National Stakes, Bluegrass Stakes division, Hambletonian Final and World Trotting Derby heat. Before Angus Hall stood at Winbak Farm of Ontario, he stood at Glengate Farms. "Glengate Farms was extremely fortunate to initially secure for stud, and syndicate Angus Hall," said Jim Bullock, owner of Glengate Farms. "It's not an overstatement to say as a stallion, Angus Hall immediately became a dominant force in Ontario racing. From the outset, his offspring showed up in both unprecedent quantity and quality within the Ontario Sires Stakes." Angus Hall has stood at Winbak Farm of Ontario since 2006. "When Glengate Farms suspended its stallion station in 2006, Angus Hall was clearly the number one trotting stallion in Ontario," said Bullock. "While many farms sought him out, in my mind Joe Thomson and Winbak Farm represented the perfect relocation for Angus Hall. I was pleased to have Angus Hall's stallion career continue unabated and managed by the very professional folks at Winbak." Angus Hall is the sire of 6 Canadian Millionaires including Peaceful Way, 1:51.4 ($3,245,055), Majestic Son, 3, 1:52.2s ($1,993,157), Elusive Desire, 1:52.1 ($1,383,848), Winning Mister, 1:51.3 ($1,142,759), Frenchfrysnvinegar, 1:52 ($1,111,627), and Laddie, 3, 1:54s ($1,029,920). His offspring have earned $104,377,525. He is the sire of 280 who have won $100,000 or more. "The induction of Angus Hall to the Canadian Racing Hall of Fame this past year is a most fitting recognition of his stallion accomplishments as Angus Hall begins a well-deserved retirement," said Bullock. Angus Hall was the leading stallion in the Ontario Sire Stakes from 2003 to 2007 and he was the second leading trotting stallion from 2008 to 2012. "Angus Hall's legacy will continue to grow as he has become a successful broodmare sire," said Woods. "With over 15 Angus Hall-sired broodmares in the Winbak Farm broodmare band, Angus Hall will continue to be on Winbak Farm pedigree pages for years to come." Top horses that have Angus Hall as their grand-sire include Millionaires, Pinkman and What The Hill. He is also the grand-sire of Impinktoo, who has a record of 1:49.4. "We would like to say thank you to the Angus Hall syndicate for allowing us to stand Angus Hall for 14 years," said Woods. "We also want to thank the breeders and trainers who have continued to support Angus Hall and his offspring for more than a decade." From Winbak Farm  

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 23, 2019 -- I Want Kandy vaulted to the lead from post 3 and never let a harness racing rival within striking distance, springing an 11-1 upset in Wednesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,500 Conditioned Trot. I Want Kandy foiled the uncovered bid of Perseverance and triumphed for Jim Pantaleano in 1:55, A length better than You're Majestic in the Lightning Lane. Trixie Dust rallied for show. Scott Betts trains the 6-year-old daughter of Angus Hall-Celebrity Kandy, who extended her lifetime bankroll to $209,318, for Brookside Stables and Keith Gravis. Pantaleano collected four wins on the 13-race card, including a pair for trainer J.L. Adams. After a brief hiatus, live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the program features a pair of rich wagering opportunities: a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 4 (races 3-6) and a $9,292.79 carryover in the final-race Super Hi-5. First post is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association  

Tag Up And Go (Mike Merton) captures the $10,000 featured trot at Tioga Downs on Saturday (August 3). Campbellini (Jim Taggart Jr.) led to the first quarter in :27.4. Tag Up And Go ($4.80) then took the lead as they went by the stands for the first time. He led to the half in :57.0 and to three-quarters in 1:25.1. Tag Up And Go, who is trained by Patti Harmon for owners Lester Gelardi Jr., and Anthony Passafaro, led to the stretch. Dragin The Wagin (Aaron Byron) came first over and tried to challege for the the lead. Tag Up And Go was too strong and would get the victory in 1:54.3. Dragin The Wagon settled for second. Miss Flora (Corey Braden) came charging late to finish third. Tag Up And Go is a 9-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his ninth win this season. He now has 48 career victories. Leading driver Wally Hennessey drove four winners on the night. He got his wins with Geronimo Fame ($18.00), Sweet Royalty ($8.60), Beguin Dugoutier F ($6.90), and Cinnabar Hall ($2.70) Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (August 3) with an 11 race card starting at 1 p.m. For more information go to www.tiogadowns.com by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - One of only two mares in the field against six male rivals, Talbotcreek Suzie and driver Stephane Brosseau showed their heels to the field in capturing the 8th race Preferred-Invitational Trot Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. Leaving from post five, Brosseau sent Talbotcreek Suzie right to the front with Missionoftheheart (Tyler Jones) leaving and grabbing the two-hole seat. Then before the opening quarter mile in :28.3, driver Justin Filion came first-over with Kinnder Dangerous, but they were unable to clear to the lead and ended up parked first-over the entire mile. Talbotcreek Suzie was able to maintain control as they passed the half mile marker in :57.3 with Kinnder Dangerous sitting right on her shoulder. They raced down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. Then on the final turn, driver Pascal Berube had Holiday Party in high gear as they circled four-wide with plenty of speed. Down the stretch, Kinnder Dangerous began to fade, Holiday Party continued to close well but Talbotcreek Suzie was game to the wire, winning by a head over Holiday Party with Missionoftheheart third. For Talbotcreek Suzie, a seven-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was her fourth victory of the season for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francis Morin of Beauceville. She paid $8.50 to win. Harness racing trainer/driver, RichardTalbotcreek "The Black Cat" Simard, made a triumph return to racing Friday, winning the 5th race trot with Orlys Fury ($22.50). It was back on April 20 that Simard fell with a horse at the farm and broke his wrist. This was his first pari-mutuel drive since the accident. Simard also trains Orlys Fury. Pierre Luc Roy led all drivers Friday with two wins. Yves Tessier was tops for the trainers as he also has two winners. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured in the 8th race Preferred-Handicap Pace is Outlaw Turn N Burn (post 8), who has won two of his last three starts, Requested (post 6), the winningest horse at H3R last season and Appleby Hanover (post 2), who is going for his third straight win. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Gendron got off to a superb start opening day at the Hippodrome 3R, scoring a driving quintuple including a victory in the co-feature Preferred Pace with Mister Big Top. It was a picture-perfect afternoon for racing with sunny skies and a large crowd came out to the track for opening day. Gendron started off the day on a winning note, capturing the first race pace with Gusty Greg ($9.10) in 1:57.3. He scored again in the fourth race trot with SG Goliath King ($13.10) in 2:00.2. In the eighth race Preferred Pace it was Too Much Duncan and driver Marc Belanger shooting out to the early lead from post seven over Chaleurs Ad (Jocelyn Gendron) to the opening quarter in :28.2. Chaleurs Ad and Gendron quarter moved to take command and Mister Big Top with Stephane Gendron, sat patiently in third place, content to allow the other to fight for the lead. By the half mile marker in :58.3, Two Much Duncan and Belanger came first-over and were unable to collar Chaleurs Ad as they raced down the backstretch. Stephane Gendron finally made his move from third place at the three-quarters in 1:27.4 and tipped three-wide as they raced around the final turn. With Chaleurs Ad still in command of the race, Gendron was able to urge Mister Big Top on the stretch and they won by one length over Chaleurs Ad in 1:57.3. Bali (Dany Mainguy) was third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Mister Big Top. The seven-year-old gelded son of Mister Big, trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francis Morin of Beauceville, paid $8.00 to win. Stephane Gendron capped the late daily double, winning the ninth race pace with Bettor Now ($2.90) in 2:00.1 and then the tenth pace with My Lucky Bluejeans ($14.20) in 2:00.1 to sweep the last three races on the program for his five winners on the day. In the second race Preferred Trot, Jamigo and driver Daniel Laflamme took advantage of costly breaks by the two wagering favorites and came home a big winner at odds of 19-1. It was track record holder Wildwild Men (Jocelyn Gendron) was on top of the field early with Lagerfeld (Raymond Gingras) sitting the two-hole pocket trip with Jamigo sitting in third place. They went past the opening quarter mile in :29.1, then the half mile in :59.3. Then in the backstretch, Lagerfeld went off-stride, leaving Wildwild Men with a three-length lead at the three-quarters in 1:28.4 and then he went off-stride. That left a wide-open gap for driver Daniel Laflamme and he went right to the lead with Jamigo and held on in the stretch to win by one length in 2:00.2 over Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) with R Rkadabra (Stephane Gendron) third. Trained and owned by Manon Lamothe of Terrebonne, it was the first start this year for Jamigo, an 11-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. Going off at odds of 19-1, Jamigo paid $41.50 to win. That was the highest win payoff of the afternoon. TRACK NOTES: Stephane Gendron led all drivers with his five wins while not one other driver or trainer on the ten-race program could tally more than one win. Of the ten races, favorites only scored twice on the day. Live racing resumes next Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

When Winbak Farm of Canada's Manager Pat Woods heard the news that Angus Hall was among the harness racing inductees of the 2019 Hall Of Fame class in Canada, he was 'over the moon.' "I called Larry and Jackie (Drysdale) right away to share the wonderful news." Woods said. "They were so excited. Everyone is happy that his accomplishments would be recognized among the greatest horses and horse people in Canada." Others that will take their place in the Canadian Hall Of Fame include Ian Fleming, Jimmy Takter, Trevor Ritchie, and Tricky Tooshie. According to the Canadian Hall Of Fame website, Angus Hall has sired over 1,700 horses, both in North America and abroad. His stud career has spanned over 18 years, and an astonishing 71.5% of his foals have hit the racetrack. He made headlines in 2010, when it was announced that his frozen semen would be available to breeders in New Zealand and Australia. His racing career, albeit brief, was productive as well. 'Angus' bankrolled over $830,000 in 26 lifetime starts, winning eight of them. He was the first 2-year-old colt trotter ever to break the 1:55 barrier, completing the mile in 1:54.4 at Colonial Downs in a Breeders Crown elimination. Angus Hall is currently standing at Winbak Farm of Canada. Larry Drysdale was the farm's Manager when Angus first arrived from Glengate Farms in 2006. He's been there ever since. "He's an amazing horse to be around," Woods said. "He has a big personality and is definitely the farm pet. He always chats to you when you walk past his stall or paddock. He was spoiled by Jackie Drysdale, who brought him carrots or apples regularly. If he heard Jackie's voice and she didn't bring him a treat, he would let it be known that he wasn't too happy. Everyone on the farm has a soft spot for him. He is just a remarkable horse." As of this writing, Angus Hall has sired six millionaires, and his offspring have earned over $102,000,000. Among the list of standouts 'Angus' produced are Hall Of Famers Peaceful Way and Majestic Son. "I loved to watch Peaceful Way take on the boys," Woods said. "She knew how good she was and carried herself like a champion." Peaceful Way, who retired in 2007, is the richest trotting mare of all time in Canada, and a four time O'Brien Award winner. As far as Majestic Son goes, Woods admits he has a soft spot for him. "He raced so tough for Mark Steacy. I got to work with 'Majestic' every day when he retired to stud at Tara Hills. He was such a nice horse to be around. He has a similar personality to 'Angus'; Good natured, easy going and has that Angus trait of a big shaggy mane." When asked where Angus Hall ranks among the great trotting sires of all time, Woods was anxious to answer. "Angus definitely makes a case for himself as one of the greatest in the trotting world," Woods explains. "I personally feel his biggest impact will come on the broodmare side. He comes from arguably the best trotting family ever. He and his full brothers, Andover Hall and Conway Hall, will have a huge impact on the greatest trotting lines in the business. Angus broodmares are out there producing great racehorses and strengthening the trotting breed. His impact will be felt for a very long time, and we will see his name in the lineage of our great trotting lines." With the numbers that Angus Hall has posted as a sire of horses around the world, who's to argue? By Mike Bozich for Post Time with Mike and Mike      

Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) became the fourth different horse to win the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel in the last four installments of the regular Sunday feature when he went coast-to-coast. Phil Fluet trains and drives Dragin The Wagon who had finished second a handful of times this season but had yet to secure a victory in the local Open heading into Sunday's try in the $20,000 feature. Fluet moved the veteran trotter out to the early lead in what became a five-horse Open following a scratch. Dragin The Wagon enjoyed comfortable first-half fractions and after clocking lap one in 58.2 wasn't challenged until three quarters when the race's favorite Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) came out of third to pressure the leader. Dragin The Wagon proved to be too tough for his rivals on Sunday as he dug in to score his first local Open win of the season, stopping the timer in 1:57 over a track labeled 'good.' Cash Me Out came up second-best for the second time in as many Sunday's while Mandeville (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot. Dragin The Wagon paid $9.70 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta with the favorite second that returned $21.60. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm start to the matinee. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Rain and fog greeted the three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies as they gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night for their last regular season Grassroots events. Driver James MacDonald piloted one winner on each gait and said the rain-soaked track, which officials rated five seconds slower than normal, was tiring and difficult to navigate for both the trotters and pacers. "They were all struggling," said the Guelph resident. "It was deep and heavy." The trotting colts kicked things off in the first race and MacDonald had a few a stressful moments as Jammin Jack went off stride at the start. Fortunately the fan favourite recovered quickly and caught up with the field as they rolled into the first turn. A total of three horses made breaks before Legend Within reached the :30.1 quarter and two more went off stride heading for the 1:02 half, which left Jammin Jack sitting fifth. Heading for the 1:33.1 three-quarters MacDonald sent the gelding up the outside behind Daylon Phantom and Mister Magic and at the top of the stretch Jammin Jack found another gear, digging in to score a neck victory in 2:02.3. Mister Magic was second and Legend Within held on for third. "I was very worried, because he usually doesn't re-set like that, that was the first time I've ever seen him re-set that quick," said MacDonald of Jammin Jack's early miscue. "I thought he was the best horse in the race if he didn't get beat up too bad. After he run and he landed back, and I caught the field right away, I was confident he could still win." The win was Jammin Jack's first-ever in Grassroots action and his fourth of the season. The Angus Hall son is conditioned by Mark Steacy for owner-breeder Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. With the victory, Jammin Jack boosted his point tally to 68 and moved up to fifth spot in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Grassroots standings, earning him a berth in the Sept. 21 Semi-Final. The only hiccup is that, because he also made a break at the start in the August 26 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Jammin Jack will have to requalify before Steacy can enter him in the Semi-Final. The entry is due Tuesday, Sept. 18 by 10:30 am. "There's a chance he might not get to race in the Semi-Final," noted MacDonald, pointing out that the trotter will need to lay down a flawless qualifier before Tuesday morning. "But if we can get him qualified I think he'd be one of the horses to beat for sure. And Majestic Fire, same thing, if I can get him qualified. I think they both have a real good shot to get real good money in the final." Jammin Jack's stablemate Majestic Fire, who also went off as the fans' top choice, made a break heading for the three-quarters in the second $19,150 sophomore trotting colt division, just before Barney Mac unleashed a finishing kick that propelled him to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:03.1. Say You Do finished second and pacesetter T Barrr held on for third. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou piloted Barney Mac to the victory for trainer Per Henriksen and owners Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, Ontario and Adv Racing Stable LLC of Pawling, NY. The win was the Cornaro Dasolo son's second of the season and his first in Grassroots action. Barney Mac made his first four starts of the Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, so he will not be eligible to compete in the Grassroots Championship in spite of Monday's victory. Horses are required to start in at least two regular season events in order to compete in the post-season. MacDonald and Steacy were back in the winner's circle after the second $19,150 pacing filly division as Freya Seelster picked up her second Grassroots, and third straight, victory. The Sunshine Beach daughter delivered an impressive effort over the rain-soaked surface, sitting on the outside throughout the mile and refusing to yield in the stretch. The fan favourite hit the wire a neck ahead of Lyons Javelin in 1:58.4. Karans Choice completed the top three. "She raced huge, huge," said MacDonald. "I had put her on the lead her last two, so I was hoping I could find her a nice trip. I moved her first up, just grinding away slow, and when I called on her at the top of the track she really responded well." Freya Seelster is owned by Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Shawn Steacy and Guy Haskell of Guelph, Ontario and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, Alberta. In just five starts the filly has tallied three wins, one second and one third and heads into the Semi-Final in a three-way tie for third with 100 points. The other two pacing filly divisions were captured by Shadow Sparks and Turncoat, who both made their first visit to the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner's circle. Louis Philippe Roy piloted Shadow Sparks to her first lifetime victory for trainer Paul Reid and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The Shadow Play daughter paced under the wire in 1:59, one length ahead of fan favourite Free Exchange. Lady Driver was third. Shadow Sparks will advance to the Semi-Final round with a total of 55 points. Turncoat completed the stakes events in the tenth race, cruising home a two and one-half length winner in 1:59.4. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted the daughter of Badlands Hanover to the win for owner-trainer Matthew Waltz of Clayton, MI. Buckingham and Twin B Friendly finished second and third behind the fan favourite. Monday marked Turncoat's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, so she will not be eligible to the post-season. The top 20 point earners with two regular season starts from the two-year-old pacing filly division will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Sept. 20 for two $20,000 Semi-Finals. The trotting colt and gelding Semi-Finals go postward on Friday, Sept. 21. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will advance to their respective $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Saturday, Sept. 29. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Columbus, MN - The featured Harness Racing event on Saturday night (Sept. 1) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it proved to be another exciting rendition with four current track record holders amongst the field of six contenders.   Banker Volo (Rick Magee) showed his customary early speed to take firm control early, and post a 27.2 opening quarter with the mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) getting away in the pocket and Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) getting away in third.   Banker Volo maintained honest fractions with a middle-half in 58 seconds and Pridecrest launched his first-over attack just past the half. Banker Volo still had command as they turned in for home but the challenges were coming on all sides, with Pridecrest bearing down just outside the leader, Silverlode ducking to the inside, and Ideal Jesse joining the frey on the far outside.   When the dust settled at the wire, Pridecrest ($3.60) had prevailed with another impressive effort and his second straight win in 1:54.3, and third straight overall. Leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman conditions the 6 year old Angus hall prodigy who has now won 5 of his last 6 races for owner Christopher Schick.   Giggle Monster was back in the spotlight on Saturday, turning in his biggest win of the season while capturing the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Pace in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.4 with Dean Magee at the lines.   Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) had the early speed in the affair through a :57 opening half. Giggle Monster got rolling from fifth with a quick sweep to the leader down the backside and took control around the final turn with an impressive turn of foot.   Here Comes Teddy (Brian Detgen) closed well for second but Giggle Monster was 2 lengths ahead at the wire for his third win in 13 starts on the year for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen was the leader on the night with three wins, while Steve Wiseman and Dean Magee both picked up doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 jackpot Carryover has grown to $31,010.39 for Sunday night (Sept. 2) and the 50 cent Hi-5 wager also offers a carryover of $3,420.87.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Sunday evening (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and a good field of seven lined up for battle, including 4 current track record holders.   Record holders Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) and Banker Volo (Rick Magee) were co-favorites at 9-5, while Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) were the next two public choices in that order, and those four would dominate the affair and comprise the superfecta.   Banker Volo was quickest off the gate, but Pridecrest came calling for the lead early, and took control just after the 28 second opening quarter. Pridecrest remained well in control form there, and was never in doubt, orchestrating a relaxed middle-half of 58.4 to have plenty left in the tank and kick home in 28.2 for a solid win by a length in 1:55.1.   Banker Volo was a strong second after turning back the challenge of Silverlode for the runner-up spot, and Ideal Jesse was home in fourth. Pridecrest ($5.80) is a 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall, he is owned by Christopher Schick and conditioned by leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) found his way right back to the winner's circle in the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trot "class A" event, after having his 6 race win streak snapped by a neck at the wire last week.   The ultra-impressive gelding by Money Talks fired sharply from the gate and right to the front from his assigned outside seven post and dominated affairs, while stealing soft fractions on the front. Bringoverthemoney ($5.00) had plenty left in the tank to hold off challengers from all sides in the home stretch, to arrive home a winner in 1:59.4 with the filly Dekker (Steve Wiseman) getting up for second by 3/4 of a length after finding herself 24 lengths in arrears following a break at the start.   Bringoverthemoney now has eight wins in thirteen starts this season and has banked $47,615 for owner Jasmine Horvat and trainer Brian Detgen.   Tinhorn Creek (Steve Wiseman) pulled the upset ($32.60) in a $9,000 conditioned pace with a sharp sweeping move to the front near the 3/8 pole, Wiseman took control and kept his pacer rolling through a solid middle-half of 56.1, while saving just enough in reserve to hold off the late closers and post a 3/4 length tally in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season.   The 8 year old son of Ameripan Gigolo is owned by Medinah Racing and Tyler Wiseman and trained by Kathleen Plested. The victory on Tinhorn Creek was another notch in a four-win night for leading driver Steve Wiseman, who also piloted another big longshot to victory when he wired the field with The Gobye Girl ($30.00) in the finale.   The 20 cent Jackpot-Pick 5 now has a $20,377.02 carryover, and the 50 cent Hi-5 also offers a carryover of $3,400.84 for Tuesday night (Aug 21) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with five divisions of the Quebec Series for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters. The action begins right in the third race with the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotting fillies. Montanaalaska seeks her third straight win and starts from post two for driver Guy Gagnon. This daughter of Angus Hall wired the field in 2:00.2 last week at Rideau Carleton and in the second rounds of the Breeders Cup Series, won at H3R in 2:02.4. She is trained by Alain Martin and owned by Michel Grenier of Gatineau. The colts in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series get underway in the sixth race where Johnnys Revenge (post three) takes on Sir Chopin (post one) and Sombre (post five). The second division for colts is in the eighth race where SG Goliath King looks to extend his two-race winning streak for Sylvain Grenier of Saint-Rene. Grenier not only bred and owns the gelded son of Lucky Fool, but is also the trainer and driver. SG Goliath King has now won three of his last four starts and has finished first or second in his last six starts, the fastest a 2:01.2 record at H3R. They will start from post six and go against return winner Yankee Photo (post five) and Nobodynojustice (post three), all of whom have won prior legs of the series. The two-year-old trotters are featured first in the Future Stars Series in race four for the fillies. Newcomer to H3R is Kenogami Darling, who ships in from Toronto off a very impressive victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The daughter of Justice Hall came from off the trot in a $19,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroot Stake and won going away by six lengths in 1:59.2. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder Jean Francois of Anjou, who co-owns the filly with Claude Reid of Jonquiere and starts from post six. Kenogami Darling will be taking on return Series winners The Only is Somolie (post seven) and My Lady Hall (post five), who is part of an entry with Claudi P V (post 2). The colts for the Future Stars have nine starters in the ninth race and the early favorite is trainer/driver and Hall of Famer Yves Filion's Money Hill from post seven. This colt by Muscle Hill won his qualifying event at Mohawk in 2:00.3 and in his first start in the Define World Series, was fourth, race timed in 1:58.4. He was bred and is owned by R L Belanger of Laval. Money Hill will go against opening round winner, El Bleu (post nine) and the Dany Fontaine entry of Only For Justice (post one) and Clevisse (post eight). They were both bred and are owned by Gaston Bono, Inc. of Montreal. First race post time is 12:50 pm Tuesday. Anyone wishing to get a free race program can visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The very first race on the harness racing program set the tone of action at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening as it took the photo finish camera to declare the winner of the first of four $30,000 finals for the Quebec-Bred Series. The first race featured the final for four and five-year-old pacing mares and it turned out to be exciting battle between two-time former champion, HP Sissy and Art De Gagnee. Race favorite Skyfall Sena (Guy Gagnon) was first on the lead but Stephane Brosseau wanted control of the race with HP Sissy and took over after a :27.3 opening quarter mile. Then before the half mile in :57, driver Pierre Luc Roy came first-over with Art De Gagnee and pushed HP Sissy for control, but could not pass her by as they raced head and head past the three-quarters in 1:25.4. Art De Gagnee then stuck a head out in front at the top of the stretch, but HP Sissy dug in some more for Brosseau, but it was not good enough as Roy kept after Art De Gagnee, who won the photo finish by a head in 1:56. Skyfall Sena was third. It was a lifetime mark for Art De Gagnee, a five-year-old mare by Shadow Play, owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Ste-Victoire De Sorel. She was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $15.80 to win. The sixth race $30,000 final for the trotting mares saw EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle go right to the front as expected, but a costly break by Lucky Promisses allowed race favorite Y S Suzanne and driver Guy Gagnon to get the two-hole trip. They raced Indian-style past the half and then in the backstretch, Gagnon made his move with Y S Suzanne and came first-over but could not pass by a determined EAU Naturelle as they raced head and head until mid-stretch when Y S Suzanne took over and won by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. EAU Naturelle was second with Vanilla Star (Yves St Jacques) third. It was the second Championship Final for Y S Suzanne, who also won at age 2. She is a five-year-old mare Angus Hall, co-owned and trained by Blake Curran with by Jason Jamieson of Perth, ON. She paid $2.40 to win. Wildriverbumble made it three straight championships as he ended up being an easy winner in the 7th race final for the pacing horses. It was Majo Lou Beka an driver Jonathan Lachance that put on a speed show as they left from the rail and opened up on the field immediately, going to the opening quarter mile in :26.4 and then to the half mile in :55.1. Dance With Joe and driver Daniel Dulude and troubles leaving and was in second place but quit after the half mile and that was when Guy Gagnon got Wildriverbumblebee on the move on the outside. They caught up with Major Lou Beka at the three-quarters in 1:24.1 and on the final turn Wildriverbumblebee took command for Gagnon and went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:55. HP Patriote (Pascal Berube) was second with C L Sportaction (Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win for Wildriverbumblebee. The four-year-old stallion by Sportswriter is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. He paid $3.30 to win. The last $30,000 final was the 8th race for the trotting horses and it was quite a battle from the start. Both Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) and Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) wanted the lead and by the opening quarter mile in :27.4, Filion took back into the two-hole with Kinnder Dangerous. Then on the second turn, Pierre Luc Roy started Capteur De Reve up on the outside and they started working their way to the front at the half mile in :58.2. Then by the three-quarters in 1:28, Capteur De Reve was able to collar Holiday Party as Filion and Kinnder Dangerous tried coming three-wide on the final turn. As they came down the stretch, Capteur De Reve proved to be the strong horse and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) closed well to be second with Holiday Party third. It was the second straight Championship for Capteur De Reve, who won last year at age three. The four-year-old son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecuire Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid $4.80 to win. There were three divisions of the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters Tuesday evening. The first colt division was the second race and saw Yankee Photo and driver Pascal Berube take early control from Sir Chopin (Simon Delisle) after the opening quarter mile in :29.4. From that point on Yankee Photo wired the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Sir Chopin was second with Johnny's Revenge (David Pilon) third. It was the second win this season for Yankee Photo. The colt by Muscle Yankee is trained by Gerald Woodberry and was bred and is owned by Mario Gourgee of Stanbridge East and paid $3.90 to win. The second division, fifth race, belonged to SG Goliath King and driver Sylvain Grenier, who led from start to finish by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. SOS Irresistable (Daniel Laflamme) tried coming first-over at the opening quarter mile and was parked out the entire mile but still held on for second place. Nobodynojustice (Guy Gagnon) looped the field three-wide at the three-quarters and around the final turn but could not keep the momentum going and finished third. It was the second straight win and third victory on the year for SG Goliath King. The son of Lucky Feel was bred and is owned and trained by Grenier of Saint-Rene and paid $3.40 to win. The lone filly division in the third race saw race favorite Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) go off-stride at the start and that left Montanaalaska and driver Guy Gagnon all alone to lead the field with ease and win by five and three-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was second with Stand For Justice (Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark and first career victory for the daughter of Angus Hall. She is trained by Alain Martin for owner Michel Grenier of Gatineau, paying $4.00 to win. In the Horse Power Challenge Race, featuring Grand Prix auto drivers Andrew Ranger vs LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin in double-seater jogging carts, it was Quebec native Andrew Ranger with harness racing coach Simon Allard, beating LP Dumoulin and coach Stephane Brosseau by one length in 2:31.2. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Tuesday with the second round of the Future Stars Pacing Series for two-year-old's. Also, on Tuesday is the draw for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on Sunday, August 19. The post draw will be done live Tuesday in the winner's circle. Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For more information and a free program for Tuesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A large field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings headline the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. There are three preliminary rounds of competition in the Breeders Cup Series culminating with the top eight point earners in the series eligible for the $65,000 finals in their respective divisions on Super Sunday, September 9. Last year's returning champion, Ganymede Lavec, seeking to regain his winning form of last year that saw him at his best in the $55,000 Future Stars final for breeder, owner and driver Jerome Lombart of Bromont, pulling off a big upset at odds of 17-1. Trained by Andreane Lapierre, Ganymede Lavec is sired by Ganymede and will start from post six in the fifth race feature. Ganymede Lavec is just getting his season underway, making his second start of the year on Tuesday. The race favorite is Nobodysjustce from post post four for driver Guy Gagnon. This gelded son of Justice Hall posted three wins last year, the fastest in 2:00 at Mohawk Raceway. Nobodysjustice has not fared that well this season as he has yet to win in six tries for trainer Dany Fontaine. Last week he raced in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Dresden Raceway and was fourth, racetimed in 2:01.4. With ten starters on a half mile oval, eight will go behind the starting gate and the other two will start behind the horses in posts one and two respectively. Other contenders in the large field include SG Goliath King (post seven), Yankee Photo (post 10), who is the only return winner in the field, coming off a lifetime best 2:01.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway, and Orlys Fury (post five). While the colts have a full field of ten starters, the filly division was not that fortunate. They had only three entered in the opening round and will race in a non-wagering heat between the 4th and 5th races on the program. Featured is last year's returning champion, Precieuse CC from post two for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil. This daughter of Angus Hall had four wins in six starts last year. She has not fared that well in her lone start this year. The main rival in the race will be Denitza Petrova's Kinnder Prediction, who starts from post one and rounding out the short field is Montanalaska (post three). First race post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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