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MILTON, ON -  August 29, 2020 - Hey Livvy took command going to the half and stormed home to capture the $220,000 Armbro Flight on Saturday night's North America Cup undercard at Mohawk Park. The five-year-old daughter of Donato Hanover capitalized on an early break by the favoured Atlanta and a mild tempo set by second-choice Plunge Blue Chip, who was backing off the pace after a :27.3 opening panel. Hey Livvy blazed to the top near the half in :55.2, and then took her own breather to the tune of 1:23.3 to the three-quarters. The mare then opened up at the behest of driver Trevor Henry, turned away late attacks from Felicityshagwell S, who finished second, and Plunge Blue Chip, who finished third, and brought home victory by two lengths in 1:51.2. A late-rushing Superlative picked up the fourth-place cheque. To see race replay click here. "I had no idea that [Atlanta] had run," Henry said. "It might've changed things, but I didn't know she'd run." Jeff Gillis trained Hey Livvy to her sixth victory of the year and 18th lifetime. With her first stakes score, the Pennsylvania-sired, Kentucky-bred mare will add $110,000 to her previous total of $246,343 for owners Blue Chip Bloodstock, Ellen Ott, and Trevor Henry. Henry commented on his delight in owning the mare after the race. "I got part of this horse given to me because I got along with her; she was so hard at the start - and she still is hard to drive," Henry said, laughing. "But she still is a fast mare and you appreciate it when she wins." Hey Livvy paid 12.70 to win. By Nicholas Barnsdale, for Woodbine Communications  

Manchego and Atlanta are considered the sport's top trotting mares, each with a spot in harness racing's weekly top 10 rankings, but Plunge Blue Chip hopes to dive into the fray with a win in Saturday's C$220,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Ontario. Plunge Blue Chip is a 5-year-old, the same age as Manchego and Atlanta. They are three of the six female trotters in history to win a race faster than 1:50, with Plunge Blue Chip and Manchego the only two to do it more than once. Manchego was not entered in the Armbro Flight, but Atlanta will be there along with Plunge Blue Chip and six other mares. Atlanta won last year's Armbro Flight in 1:50.2, the fastest time ever on Canadian soil. Atlanta, trained by Ron Burke and driven by Yannick Gingras, is the 6-5 morning-line favorite from post four Saturday. Plunge Blue Chip, with Bob McClure at the lines for trainer Ake Svanstedt, is the 2-1 second choice from post three. The Armbro Flight is part of a Mohawk card that also includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$400,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, and C$290,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares. Plunge Blue Chip was winless in her first three races this season but has since posted two wins and a second in three starts. She enters the Armbro Flight off a 1:51.3 win in the Joie De Vie Stakes at Tioga Downs, where she finished 1-1/4 lengths ahead of stablemate Felicityshagwell S and two lengths ahead of Manchego. Plunge Blue Chip winning the Joie De Vie Stakes at Tioga Downs "Her gait is better," Svanstedt said. "It was a little rough the first races but now she is much better and stronger. Everything is going well with her. She is as good as she can be." Plunge Blue Chip, a daughter of Muscle Mass out of Dunk The Donato, has won 21 of 44 career races and $1.37 million. She is owned by Ake Svanstedt Inc., breeder Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc., and Tomas Andersson. As a 3-year-old, Plunge Blue Chip won twice in 1:49.4. The mark tied for the season's fastest by a female trotter. "She can do everything," Svanstedt said. "She can leave fast, she never breaks, and she is strong. She is always fighting to the wire. "This is a nice group of mares (this year). I think she can be in the top." Felicityshagwell S, a 5-year-old in her first season of racing in North America, is 12-1 on the Armbro Flight morning line. Sylvain Filion will drive the mare for Svanstedt. Owned by Knutsson Trotting Inc., the daughter of Maharajah-Diaz Boko was a Group 2 race winner at age 2 in Sweden. She has a second and third in four starts this year. "She was good the last race, better than before," Svanstedt said. "I expect a good race from her too. She is getting better. She gets stronger for every race. Her last race was the best for her." Armbro Flight favorite Atlanta has won two of five races this year and finished second twice. For her career, she has won 22 of 44 starts and $2.11 million. She was the 2018 Trotter of the Year, when her accomplishments included beating the boys in the Hambletonian. She was the Dan Patch and O'Brien award winner for best older female trotter in 2019. For Saturday's complete Mohawk entries, click here. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT). by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

Hightstown, NJ — Hannelore Hanover has already made history in the Armbro Flight Stakes, in multiple ways, and will try to add to her accomplishments Saturday (June 15) when she goes for her fourth consecutive trophy in the C$256,000 event for harness racing older female trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A 7-year-old mare, Hannelore Hanover already owns the record for Armbro Flight titles. In fact, she has never been beaten in the event, a perfect 7-for-7 counting her four triumphs in eliminations, including last week’s 1:50.3 score that was the fastest trotting mile in Canadian history. The previous record of 1:50.4 was set in 2012 by 4-year-old gelding Mister Herbie. Three years ago, when Hannelore Hanover won her first Armbro Flight crown, she did it with a 1:51 mile that established the Canadian record for a trotting mare. Hannelore Hanover’s 1:50.3 score in her Amrbro Flight elimination was the fastest trotting mile in Canadian history. Her win in her elimination last weekend was her first since July 14, 2018, and snapped an eight-race skid. She had won her first six starts of 2018 but slumped as the result of inflammatory airway disease. Following her diagnosis and treatment, she rebounded and ended the season with a second-place finish by a neck to Emoticon Hanover in the TVG Series final for trotting mares in late November. “We spent two months and couldn’t figure out what it was,” trainer Ron Burke said about Hannelore Hanover’s ailment. “We knew it was something small, but that’s what she basically had. Once we treated her for that, by the TVG she was good.” For her career, Hannelore Hanover has won 43 of 73 races and earned $2.84 million. She has won multiple Dan Patch and O’Brien awards, including Horse of the Year in 2017 in both the U.S. and Canada. She won her Armbro Flight elimination by 4-1/4 lengths over Top Expectations. “We’re thrilled with her,” Burke said. “When she’s on her game she’s as good as any trotting mare.” Atlanta posted a dazzling 1:51 score in her Armbro Flight elimination at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Hannelore Hanover’s competition in Saturday’s Armbro Flight final includes her stablemate Atlanta, who won the first of last week’s two eliminations. Atlanta cruised to a 7-1/4 length victory over Plunge Blue Chip in 1:51, which, at least temporarily, equaled the Canadian record for a trotting mare. Atlanta, who won the 2018 Hambletonian over the boys and was Trotter of the Year in the U.S., is 3-for-3 this season. The 4-year-old mare has won 15 of 27 lifetime starts and $1.24 million. “She’s just a push-button horse, really,” Burke said. “There’s nothing to her. You just put her behind the gate and let her do her thing. She seems like a special horse.” Yannick Gingras drove both Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover in their eliminations. Following the races Saturday he said he would talk with Burke and it would be “a team decision” which horse he would drive in the final. Gingras will drive Atlanta, with Matt Kakaley tapped to drive Hannelore Hanover. “I was happy with (Atlanta and Hannelore Hanover); they were super sharp, and I think they both should be better this week,” Burke said. “They’re just getting tight, both of them. It will be the first time they’ve both raced back, for Atlanta three weeks (in a row) and Hannelore two weeks, so I’m happy that way. “It’s going to be interesting to see how it works out.” The Armbro Flight is part of a stakes card at Mohawk that includes the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers, C$454,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old female pacers, C$247,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters, and C$330,000 Roses Are Red for older female pacers. In addition, the 2018 Horse of the Year, McWicked, headlines the C$100,000 Gold Cup Invitational. Racing begins at 6:30 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Mohawk. For complete entries, click here. Following is the field for the Armbro Flight Stakes. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1 - Royal Witch - Kadabra - Trevor Henry - Ben Baillargeon 2 - Weslynn Dancer - Dewecheatumnhowe - David Miller - Richard Banca 3 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 4 - Atlanta - Chapter Seven - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5 - The Erm - Cantab Hall - Tim Tetrick - Clark Beelby 6 - Top Expectations - Cantab Hall - Dan Dube - Ben Baillargeon 7 - Highland Top Hill - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Amanda Fine 8 - P L Jill  - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion - Ben Baillargeon 9 - Plunge Blue Chip - Muscle Mass - Andy McCarthy - Ake Svanstedt 10 - Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Bob McClure - Luc Blais by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager

The 2016 Armbro Flight Stakes can be looked upon as Hannelore Hanover's coming-out party, and in the two years that followed she went from an intriguing newcomer among older female trotters to the sport's reigning queen. Hannelore Hanover was a star on the Indiana circuit at ages 2 and 3, but eight races into her 4-year-old campaign made her presence felt on the Grand Circuit by winning the Armbro Flight by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:51, still the fastest mile ever by a female trotter in Canada. The next week she made her first appearance in harness racing's weekly Top 10 poll and has remained a fixture in the rankings ever since. Last year, Hannelore Hanover captured Horse of the Year honors in both the U.S. and Canada. On Saturday, she goes for an unprecedented third consecutive win in the Armbo Flight when she faces nine rivals in the C$250,000 race for older female trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 6-year-old mare, unbeaten in three starts this season, is the 2-5 morning-line favorite. Since the beginning of her 4-year-old season, the Ron Burke-trained Hannelore Hanover has won 30 of 40 races and finished worse than second only three times. "She just shows up every week and puts in a great effort," said Frank Baldachino, who owns Hannelore Hanover with the Burke Racing Stable, the Weaver Bruscemi partnership, and J&T Silva Stables. "You kind of get spoiled after a while. She's just all racehorse; all business when she goes on the track. Hopefully this week she'll be all business again." Named in honor of renowned German amateur driver Hannelore Würzinger, Hannelore Hanover is a daughter of Swan For All out of High Sobriety. She was purchased for $32,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and has subsequently earned $2.58 million on the racetrack. Her family includes Mack Lobell, who is joined by Moni Maker as the only two-time Dan Patch Award Horse of the Year honorees in the past 35 years. Hannelore Hanover, who was the first trotting mare since Moni Maker in 1999 to receive Horse of the Year honors in the U.S., will have the chance to duplicate their accomplishment this year. "Buying her as a baby we had limited expectations, hoping we had a nice Indiana Sire Stakes horse," Baldachino said. "For her to achieve the success she's had over the last two years is pretty amazing. You never think about that. Then when you get to this level everybody is gunning for you now, trying to knock you off that level, but she just keeps maintaining it. That's what is pretty special." Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras defeated male rivals multiple times last year, most notably in the finals of the Breeders Crown Open Trot and Maple Leaf Trot, as well as in the Allerage Farms Open Trot. She became the fastest female trotter in history when she won the Allerage in 1:49.2 at Lexington's Red Mile and was the first mare to beat the boys in the Breeders Crown Open Trot since Moni Maker in 1998. She finished last season with a win in the TVG Series championship for trotting mares and brings a six-race win streak to Saturday's Armbro Flight. Hannelore Hanover's victories this season include the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands, a track-record-equaling triumph in a division of the Great Northeast Open Series at Harrah's Philadelphia, and a 5-1/2 length win in 1:52 in her Armbro Flight elimination. "It's been awesome; I couldn't be happier," Baldachino said about the start of the season, which has seen Hannelore Hanover push her career record to 39 wins in 61 races. "She looks great, she's got a great way of going, Yannick's happy with her, Ronnie's happy with her -- we're all happy with her." Hannelore Hanover and Gingras start the Armbro Flight from post No. 5. The field also includes Emoticon Hanover, who also won an Armbro Flight elimination and handed Hannelore Hanover one of her losses in 2017 with a world-record mile in the Joie De Vie Stakes at Tioga Downs, and stakes-winners Celebrity Ruth, Caprice Hill, Dream Together, and Ice Attraction. Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together are both trained by Luc Blais. "(Hannelore Hanover) looks great, but Emoticon Hanover is a great horse, too, and there are other nice horses in there," Baldachino said. "All her main competitors are inside of her. I don't think they're just going to let her waltz to the lead and cut her own fractions. There's an entry in there and there could be some horses mixing it up early, so we'll see. Hopefully Yannick gets her in the right spot. We leave it up to him." The Armbro Flight is part of a stakes-rich card at Woodbine Mohawk Park that also includes the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers. The North America Cup is scheduled for 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live from 10-11 p.m. on TSN2. First race post time is 6:30 p.m. for the 15-race card. The Armbro Flight is race three. Following is the field for the Armbro Flight Stakes. For complete entries for Saturday, click here. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Caprice Hill-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-12/1 2-Celebrity Ruth-David Miller-Trond Smedshammer-3/1 3-Dream Together-James MacDonald-Luc Blais-12/1 4-Emoticon Hanover-Bob McClure-Luc Blais-7/2 5-Hannelore Hanover-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-2/5 6-Checkmate Time-Donald Dupont-Marie Dupont-20/1 7-Southwind Tesla-Phil Hudon-Rene Dion-15/1 8-Majestic Presence-Chris Christoforou-Dagfin Henriksen-20/1 9-Ice Attraction-Jody Jamieson-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 10-P L Jill-Corey Callahan-Renaldo Morales-15/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

MILTON, ON June 8, 2018 - The return of the reigning Canadian and American Horse of the Year highlighted stakes elimination action Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Armbro Flight for trotting mares and Goodtimes for three-year-old trotting fillies both required two eliminations Friday to kick off a busy stakes weekend. Hannelore Hanover, last year's O'Brien and Dan Patch Award champion, returned to Woodbine Mohawk Park looking to give herself a chance at her third consecutive Armbro Flight title. The six-year-old superstar and driver Yannick Gingras were successful in the opening $35,000 elimination, defeating six rivals in an easy 1:52. 'Hannelore' left from post-six and was parked by the opening-quarter in :27 before clearing to command. The Ron Burke trainee proceeded to reach the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.2 before making her :27.3 final-quarter look effortless to win by five and a half lengths. Southwind Tesla finished second, while Caprice Hill and Dream Together rounded out the Superfecta. Checkmate Time was fifth to grab the final spot in next week's final. Hannelore Hanover was two for two on the season going into Friday's elimination. "That's probably the easiest race I'll win all year," said Gingras following the race. "She was wrapped up and did it very easy. She's so solid right now there is no worries, knock on wood, but she's something else." Now a 39-time winner with over $2.7 million earned, Hannelore Hanover is owned by Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The daughter of Swan For All will be looking for the Armbro Flight three-peat in next Saturday's (June 16) $250,000 final. 'Hannelore' won the 2016 edition in an Canadian Record 1:51 and last year's edition in 1:51.4. As expected, Hannelore Hanover paid $2.10 to win. The second elimination saw another superstar trotting mare find the winner's circle. Emoticon Hanover and Bob McClure was a coast-to-coast front-end winner in 1:52.4. The Luc Blais trainee posted fractions of :27.1, :55.4 and 1:24.1 before trotting home in :28.3 to win by three and a half lengths. Friday's start was the first-time McClure sat behind 'Emoticon' in a race. The young reinsman has been driving this season for Blais and did have his choice of stablemates Emoticon Hanover and Dream Together in the May 21 Miss Versatility Stakes. "I had the option last week and I took (Dream Together), but I knew (Emoticon Hanover) was probably the better of the two," said McClure. "The other mare was race-tight, but this mare is all-class," said McClure is confident in his mare heading into next week's final. "Hannelore is going to be tons the best in there, but my mare did beat her last year, so it is a horse race." Celebrity Ruth, who was the 1/2 favourite, finished second, while Ice Attraction came up the rail to finish third. The final two spots in the Armbro Flight final were secured by Majestic Presence and Barn Bella. A five-year-old daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover hasn't impressed many during her four qualifiers this season, but she's turned it on when it counts with now two wins in two starts. Owned by Determination, Emoticon Hanover now has 18 career wins and earnings of over $1.3 million. Emoticon Hanover paid $7.70 to win. The Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters featured two $30,000 eliminations and just like the Armbro Flight, driver Gingras was back in the winner's circle following the first elimination. Jimmy Takter trainee Wolfgang was ready to go in his first start of the season, front-stepping to a career-best 1:52.2 victory. Wolfgang and Gingras left hard to claim the lead, posting a :27.2 opener. The son of My Mvp hung up fractions of :56.1 and 1:2 to lead into the lane. Hat Trick Habit, the _ favourite, came first-up from third on the far turn, while Lawmaker tracked in the two-hole. Wolfgang did not give his rivals any chance in the lane and trotted off in _ to win by _ lengths. Lawmaker finished second at 40-1, while Run Director was third. Hat Trick Habit and Stormont Ventnor rounded out the top-five to advance to the June 16 final. "Jimmy told me he trained really good at the farm and I know he didn't show a (1):52 mile, but the day he qualified at The Meadowlands it was a real good mile," said Gingras post-race. "I liked the colt. I raced him a few times last fall and I thought he was a top horse and he showed it tonight." Wolfgang won three of 10 starts last season, banking $316,275 for owners Brixton Medical Inc, Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables and Fair Island Farm Inc. A $2 win ticket on Wolfgang returned $6.20. The second elimination featured a showdown between O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector and Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill. The two stars finished one-two with Alarm Detector taking the victory in his three-year-old debut. Driven by Trevor Henry, Alarm Detector left strong to grab the lead and that was the winning move. Henry got a soft :29.1 second-quarter to lead by the half in :57.1, while Fiftydallarbill had to angle out first-up from fourth. Alarm Detector trotted a solid :28 third-quarter before finishing up strong in :27.4 to claim the victory. Fiftydallarbill turned in a game effort, closing in on the wrapped up leader at the wire to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Cruising In Style finished third, while Hill Street was fourth. The final qualifier for next week's final was Missle Hill. Trainer Ben Baillargeon has mapped out a plan for Alarm Detector this season and was very pleased with the Chapter Seven colt's season debut. "I was okay with it, mile in (1):53, it's getting a little cooler right now at this time and you can train them as much as you want, but it's not like racing," said Baillargeon. "He was ready and up to the task." Owned by Tom & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena, Alarm Detector went six for seven during his rookie season and banked $276,870. Baillargeon hasn't been shy in pointing out what his main focus is for the season. "The game plan is the Hambletonian and hopefully we will get there, but the Hambletonian will be his number six race, so four more starts after (the Goodtimes)." Alarm Detector paid $3.30 to win. Friday's elimination winners earned the right to select their post for their respective finals. Here are the post positions for next Saturday's $250,000 Armbro Flight and $266,000 Goodtimes finals. $250,000 Armbro Flight 1. Caprice Hill 2. Celebrity Ruth 3. Dream Together 4. Emoticon Hanover 5. Hannelore Hanover 6. Checkmate Time 7. Southwind Tesla 8. Majestic Presence 9. Ice Attraction 10. Barn Bella AE: P L Jill $266,000 Goodtimes 1. Stormont Ventnor 2. Hill Street 3. Alarm Detector 4. Wolfgang 5. Lawmaker 6. Hat Trick Habit 7. Fiftydallarbill 8. Run Director 9. Missle Hill 10. Cruising In Style AE: Jula Downton by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 17 - Hannelore Hanover, driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Ron Burke, successfully defended her harness racing title in the $253,000 Armbro Flight Final for trotting mares on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner won last year's Armbro Flight in similar fashion to this year's edition: the mare basically front-stepped her way to the winner's circle. Emoticon Hanover showed early speed off the gate to claim the lead followed by Majestic Presence, who got away second. Hannelore Hanover, the heavy 1-5 favourite, was parked out into the first turn and was forced to make a bid for command. After Emoticon Hanover posted a :27 opening panel, Hannelore Hanover, who was second on the outside, cleared to the front. The five-year-old mare remained the tempo-setter, marching past the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24.1. Charmed Life took a shot at the leader while advancing first-over into the final turn, however Hannelore Hanover could not be caught as they entered the stretch. She opened up by three and a quarter lengths before stopping the clocked in 1:51.4. Charmed Life finished second and Emoticon Hanover was third. "There was a lot of movement behind the gate and a lot of close quarters there for a little bit so I just wanted to make my way to the front as easy as I could and keep her out of trouble," said Gingras. There was a delay to the start of the race as Majestic Presence required an equipment adjustment, which the reinsman noted caused Hannelore Hanover to become a little anxious. "I scored her down a little bit to get her attention before that happened and I got her attention, that's for sure," he said. "She was a little bit grabby and wouldn't quite relax for me after that." The daughter of Swan For All and High Sobriety is captured her fourth victory of the season and 29th career triumph. With the win, the brown mare lifts her career earnings to $1,692,108 for Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino, and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The last time a mare won back-to-back Armbro Flight Finals was in 2005 and 2006 by great Peaceful Way. Hannelore Hanover paid $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($2.80) for a $4.70 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-8 (Emoticon Hanover) triactor was worth $28.10, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-8-5 (Majestic Presence)] returned $306.25. There was no show wagering. Ray Cotolo / Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications  

After watching Hannelore Hanover win her Armbro Flight Stakes elimination last Friday, harness racing trainer Ron Burke and driver Yannick Gingras believe the award-winning female trotter is back to her old self. The 5-year-old mare captured her elim by 2-3/4 lengths in 1:52.2 and is ready to defend the crown she won a year ago with a Canadian-record performance. "It's the first time I thought that she looked like herself," Burke said. "I think she's back to being sharp. She's ready to go. The other horses look good in there, but they're going to have to trot in (1):51 to beat her." Hannelore Hanover, who received 2016 Dan Patch and O'Brien awards as the best older female trotter in the U.S. and Canada, enters Saturday's C$253,000 Armbro Flight final at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack off back-to-back wins following a half-length loss to Charmed Life in her seasonal opener. "She's vicious right now," Gingras said. "The first start she wasn't a hundred percent; the second start she was better. Last week she was on cruise control. She couldn't have done it any easier. She's sound, she's happy; all systems are go." The Armbro Flight is part of a stakes-filled card Saturday at Mohawk. The lineup also includes the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Last year Hannelore Hanover won 17 of 20 races and earned $1.11 million in purses, leading all female trotters in earnings. Her victories included the Breeders Crown Mare Trot and the Hambletonian Maturity, where she defeated male rivals. She also beat the boys in the Centaur Trotting Classic in addition to winning the Armbro Flight Stakes, TVG Series championship for female trotters, Fresh Yankee, Muscle Hill, and Miami Valley Distaff. Her mile time of 1:51 in winning the Armbro Flight equaled the world record for a 4-year-old trotting mare and established the all-age Canadian record for a female trotter. A daughter of Swan For All out of High Sobriety, Hannelore Hanover has won 28 of 44 career races and earned $1.47 million. She is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Frank Baldachino, and J&T Silva Stables. "She's a freak," Gingras said. "She's got big-time speed and she can carry it forever. Last year she was a little sore, but she's sound right now. The sky's the limit for her." Hannelore Hanover is trying to become the first horse to win the Armbro Flight in consecutive years since Peaceful Way in 2005-06. Hannelore Hanover won last year's race by 6-1/2 lengths over Shake It Cerry. The connections of the Armbro Flight's two elimination winners got to pick starting spots for Saturday's final. Hannelore Hanover and Gingras will leave from post No. 4. Charmed Life, who won the other elim in 1:53.1 with Louis-Philippe Roy driving for trainer Rene Allard, will begin from post three. Among the other horses in the field, two-time Dan Patch Award winner Broadway Donna starts from post seven after finishing second to Charmed Life last week. Two-time O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill, who was third behind Charmed Life and Broadway Donna, got post nine. Emoticon Hanover, who finished second to Hannelore Hanover in their elimination, is in post eight. Emoticon Hanover was last season's 3-year-old Ontario Sire Stakes champion and the Breeders Crown runner-up to Broadway Donna. "There are good horses in there," Burke said. "This group is tougher than last year, I think. But (Hannelore Hanover) is ready. If there's somebody better, then they're better." Following is the field for the Armbro Flight in post order with listed driver and trainers. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer 1 - Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples-Paul Reid 2 - Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver 3 - Charmed Life - Majestic Son - Louis Philippe Roy-Rene Allard 4 - Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke 5 - Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - Chris Christoforou-Dagfin Henriksen 6 - Renegade Magic - Kadabra - Trevor Henry-Jeffrey Thomson 7 - Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - David Miller-Jim Campbell 8 - Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 9 - Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 10 - Ready Any Time - Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 9 - Elimination weekend kicked off Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes Stakes. Each harness racing event required a pair of eliminations, with the Armbro Flight splits going for a purse of $35,000 and the Goodtimes for a purse of $30,000. A "Sunday stroll" was the words used by driver Yannick Gingras to describe Hannelore Hanover's easy 1:52.2 victory in the first Armbro Flight elimination for trotting mares. The Ron Burke trained five-year-old got away third in a field of seven and made a second-quarter move to command for Gingras. 'Hannelore' reached the half in :56 and three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 to lead the group of mares into the lane. The stretch drive was a walk in the park, as Hannelore Hanover cruised home in :27.3 and pulled away from her rivals to win by 2¾ lengths. Emoticon Hanover, who was the early leader, finished second, while Renegade Magic took third spot. Ready Any Time and Kestrel rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. No Show wagering was available on the first Armbro Flight elimination, but that didn't matter to the "bridge jumpers", who wagered $104,863 to Place on Hannelore Hanover. The daughter of Swan For All now has two wins in three starts this season, with both her 2017 victories coming at Mohawk. "Last week when she raced here, she was really good and she was even better tonight," said Gingras post-race. "She's back to her old self and it was a Sunday stroll." Hannelore Hanover's 28th career victory increases her seasonal earnings to $65,700 and helps push her career earnings to almost $1.6 million. She is owned by Burke Racing LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The Burke trainee paid $2.10. Hannelore Hanover The second elimination featured a battle between last year's sophomore champions Broadway Donna and Caprice Hill. However, Charmed Life stole the show picking both mares off to win in 1:53.1. Caprice Hill was able to get away with relatively easy fractions of :27.2, :56.4 and 1:25.3, as she led the field through the opening three-quarters of a mile. Broadway Donna came first up from third on the final turn to set up a stretch sprint, while Charmed Life got a perfect two-hole trip. In the stretch, Broadway Donna was able to edge by Caprice Hill with less than an eighth of a mile to go, but she couldn't fend off the charging Charmed Life, who was angled to the far outside by driver Louis Philippe Roy and powered by to win by a length. Flowers N Songs finished fourth, while Majestic Presence was fifth to advance to the final. Trained by Rene Allard, Charmed Life won three of her first four starts this season, but was winless in her last two coming into Friday. Young reinsman Roy had never driven the winner of over $1.2 million before and admitted it was a big moment for him. "I talked with Rene before the race and he said she might be a little nervous so try and keep her calm during post parade," Roy shared. "But I think it was me that was more nervous than her because I didn't know her at all and driving her for the first time in elims of a big race like that." Charmed Life, who now has 26 career wins, pushed her seasonal earnings over $100,000 with her elimination score. She paid $4.30 to win. Charmed Life Hannelore Hanover and Charmed Life each earned the right to select their posts for next week's $253,000 final. The Goodtimes eliminations featured a field of nine and a field of eight sophomore trotting colts and geldings vying for a spot in next week's final. International Moni's upset victory in the first elimination created plenty of buzz throughout the sport. The Frank Antonacci trainee was able to come from last to win at 14-1 for driver Scott Zeron in 1:54, but it was the driving outfit that Zeron wore that garnered most of the attention. Zeron wore what appeared to be a skin-tight shirt replicating the Lindy Farms colours. The colours, which were designed by a company named Speed Silks of Amarillo, Texas, are made of a fabric engineered to reduce aerodynamic drag. "The Antonacci's own a lot of thoroughbreds and they like that the jockeys wear their colours," said Zeron. "They feel it represents the owners and trainers and they wanted me to try it and you know I don't say no to anything new and they were nice enough to let me do it here. "(Antonacci) wants to be aerodynamic, he wants everything skin tight almost like a luge. You want every advantage you can have and we ended up coming from last to first to win it by a nose so maybe he was right." International Moni is a son of French Stallion Love You out of the great mare Moni Maker and is owned by Moni Maker Stables. Friday's start was the first of his three-year-old season. The Antonacci trainee had one win in 12 starts last season, but did hit the board eight-times and earned $191,763. International Moni sat ninth for the first half before moving up to eighth and eight lengths from the lead turning for home. The Love You colt was able to trot by on the far outside, as none of his rivals were able to deliver a solid stretch kick. Guardian Angel As, who grabbed the lead at the half, finished second, while Jake, who led at the opening-quarter was third. Seven And Seven, who won last year's Wellwood Memorial, was fourth in his season debut, while Southwind Woody was fifth. International Moni paid $31.80 to win. International Moni The second elimination had no drama, as undefeated colt Enterprise was a gate-to-wire winner in a career-best 1:53.1. David Miller picked up the late catch-drive behind Enterprise and just had to point the Marcus Melander trainee in the right direction. The son of Chapter Seven colt posted fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.1, before trotting home in :28 for a two-length victory. Owned by Courant Inc, Enterprise, who won his only start as a rookie, is now a perfect five for five and has banked $52,450. Awol Hanover finished second, while Shake It Off Lindy was third. Mass Production and Southwind Cobra completed the top-five to advance to next week's $251,000 final. Enterprise paid $3.10 to win. Enterprise Following Friday's eliminations, the post positions were drawn for both finals and the full fields can be viewed below. The Armbro Flight and Goodtimes finals are part of the stacked Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, June 17. Live racing continues Saturday night at Mohawk with the eliminations of the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red on deck. Post time is 7:30 p.m. $253,000 Armbro Flight 1. Flowers N Songs by Deweycheatumnhowe 2. Kestrel by Triumphant Caviar 3. Charmed Life by Majestic Son 4. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All 5. Majestic Presence by Majestic Son 6. Renegade Magic by Kadabra 7. Broadway Donna by Donato Hanover 8. Emoticon Hanover by Kadabra 9. Caprice Hill by Kadabra 10. Ready Any Time by Kadabra AE: Lady Ping by Muscle Mass $251,000 Goodtimes. 1. Shake It Off Lindy by Crazed 2. International Moni by Love You 3. Jake by Muscle Hill 4. Enterprise by Chapter Seven 5. Southwind Woody by Muscle Hill 6. Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven 7. Mass Production by Muscle Mass 8. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 9. Awol Hanover by Donato Hanover 10. Guardian Angel As by Archangel AE: Manssive by Muscle Mass   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci is excited about hitting the Hambletonian trail with two horses this weekend, but he figures he won't be alone in feeling enthused. "There are a lot of good horses out there," said Antonacci, the trainer of International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy in Friday's eliminations of the Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. "Everybody only talked about (returning Dan Patch Award winner) Walner, but there are a lot of nice horses. This is a nice field. "It'll be a fun year to be a racing fan." The Goodtimes attracted 17 horses, which were split into two divisions. Last year's Wellwood Memorial winner, Seven And Seven, is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the first division and lightly raced but undefeated Enterprise is the 5-2 choice in the second. The top five finishers from each division will return June 17 for the C$251,000 final. Ten horses in the Goodtimes are eligible to the $1 million Hambletonian Stakes, which is Aug. 5 at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian hopefuls in the first elimination are Jake, Snowstorm Hanover, Seven And Seven, Guardian Angel As, Southwind Woody, and International Moni. In the second they are Shake It Off Lindy, Enterprise, AWOL Hanover, and Southwind Cobra. Friday's card also includes two eliminations of the Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. Returning Dan Patch Award winner Hannelore Hanover is the 1-2 morning line favorite in the first division followed by Emoticon Hanover at 4-1. The second group finds Broadway Donna at 8-5, Caprice Hill at 9-5 and Charmed Life at 2-1. The top five finishers advance to the C$253,000 Armbro Flight final June 17. The June 17 card at Mohawk also will feature finals of the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers, Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, and Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers. Eliminations for those events are Saturday. Antonacci's International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy were stakes-winners last season. International Moni won a division of the International Stallion Stakes in 1:53.1 at Lexington's Red Mile and Shake It Off Lindy captured a division of the Bluegrass Stakes in 1:55 over the same track. International Moni's win time was tied for fourth best by a 2-year-old trotter while Shake It Off Lindy's was tied for 21st. International Moni won one of 12 races last year, but earned a check 11 times on his way to $154,387. He finished second in the Valley Victory Stakes and was third in the Wellwood. The colt is a son of successful French stallion Love You out of two-time U.S. Horse of the Year Moni Maker, who was a star for the Antonacci family and owned by its Moni Maker Stable until her passing in 2014. "He was a very good horse last year and he's an even bigger, stronger, better version of that," Antonacci said about International Moni, who remains with the Moni Maker Stable, an amalgamation of members of the Antonacci family and David Reid. "He's come back very good. We're looking forward to a really good year with him." Moni Maker, trained much of her career by Jimmy Takter, was Horse of the Year in 1998 and 1999 and Trotter of the Year in 2000. She was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 2006. Love You is the sire of 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. "(International Moni) is by far Moni Maker's best offspring; I think that's exciting to see. I think he poses one of the most interesting breeding and racing prospects we've seen in a long time. The horse is really 20 years in the making. He's all class. He never had a bad race last year and gives you everything he's got every time he's out there. He's a gentleman. He's a professional. He's just an absolute pleasure." Shake It Off Lindy is a son of stallion Crazed out of the Love You-sired mare Nashville Lindy. Crazed was co-owned by the Antonacci family's Lindy Racing Stable and trained by Antonacci. A multiple-stakes-winner, he finished second to Deweycheatumnhowe in the 2008 Hambletonian. Last year, Shake It Off Lindy won two of nine races and earned $53,976. "He reminds me a tremendous amount of his dad," Antonacci said about Shake It Off Lindy, bred and owned by the Antonaccis' K R Breeding LLC. "He's got incredible quick speed. For a sixteenth of a mile he could skip off faster than most pacers. That's an exciting burst of speed he's got. He's got a lot of upside." International Moni and Shake It Off Lindy both enter the Goodtimes off two qualifiers. In their most recent efforts, Shake It Off Lindy finished second by a head to older Dan Patch Award winner Obrigado in 1:54.1 while International Moni was fourth. "They both qualified twice and both qualified really well," Antonacci said. "It's hard to game plan for these kinds of races this early in the year. You just have your horses ready to go and let the races come to them and don't force it. I think our horses, based on last year's performances and how they've qualified and trained going into the race, are good for this time of year. "It's just hard to tell where everybody else is on their readiness scale. The only horses we can control are the ones in our shed row. They shipped up and should be there in good order. As long as they're healthy we're ready." Post time is 7:30 for Friday's first race. Below are the fields for the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes eliminations. Armbro Flight - Elimination 1 (Race 3) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-1/2 2. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-4/1 3. Non Stick - Lucky Chucky - Brett Miller-Ake Svanstedt-20/1 4. Oho Diamond - Ken Warkentin - Chris Christoforou-Renaldo Morales III-15/1 5. Ready Any Time - Kadabra - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen-20/1 6. Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - Scott Zeron-Chris Beaver-6/1 7. Renegade Magic - Kadabra - Trevor Henry-Jeffrey Thomson-5/1   Armbro Flight - Elimination 2 (Race 6) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover -David Miller-Jim Campbell-8/5 2. Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-9/5 3. Lady Ping - Muscle Mass - Jack Moiseyev-Dagfin Henriksen-15/1 4. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples-Paul Reid-12/1 5. Charmed Life - Majestic Son - Louis Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-2/1 6. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - Tim Tetrick-Peter Shody-20/1 7. Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - Chris Christoforou-Dagfin Henriksen-15/1   Goodtimes - Elimination 1 (Race 5) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Ice Hockey Hanover - Donato Hanover - Paul MacDonell-Mike Keeling-12/1 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-3/1 3. Snowstorm Hanover - Muscle Massive - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-8/1 4. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - David Miller-Tom Durand-5/2 5. Guardian Angel As - Archangel - Tim Tetrick-Anette Lorentzon-6/1 6. Scene A Magician - Daylon Magician - Jack Moiseyev-Jennifer Pinkerton-10/1 7. Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-12/1 8. Dunbar Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - Jody Jamieson-Carl Jamieson-8/1 9. International Moni - Love You - Scott Zeron-Frank Antonacci-8/1   Goodtimes - Elimination 2 (Race 8) Post position-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1. Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - Brett Miller-Frank Antonacci-6/1 2. Manssive - Muscle Mass - Jody Jamieson-Howard Okusko Jr.-15/1 3. Mass Production - Muscle Mass - Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron-4/1 4. Resita - Manofmannymissions - Randy Waples-Per Henriksen-15/1 5. Enterprise - Chapter Seven - Tim Tetrick-Marcus Melander-5/2 6. AWOL Hanover - Donato Hanover - James MacDonald-Luc Blais-7/2 7. Dancer Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - Sylvain Filion-Paul Reid-3/1 8. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 18 - Hannelore Hanover crushed her harness racing rivals with a Canadian Record performance in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Final Saturday night on the Pepsi North America Cup undercard. The Ron Burke trainee toured Mohawk Racetrack in a career best 1:51 to match the World Record for four-year-old trotting mares and establish.h a new Canadian Record for older trotting mares. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover cleared to the front at the opening-quarter in :27.2. The daughter of Swan For All posted middle-fraction panels of :56 and 1:24.1 to lead the field to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Hannelore Hanover turned the race into a blowout and pulled away with ease. She trotted a :26.4 final-quarter to win by 6½ lengths in 1:51. "I knew should could go like that last week, she was totally wrapped up," said Gingras. "I knew she had a couple big miles in her that's for sure. "She's fresh and never been racing against tough horses, so she was always within herself, but it was a scary (fast) mile tonight, but she still had more." Shake It Cerry rallied from seventh to finish second, while Rules Of The Road grabbed third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino, Hannelore Hanover was competing in just her second Grand Circuit event Saturday. Last season, she dominated the Indiana Sires Stakes and won 8 of 19 to bank over $295,000. The Burke trainee now has seven wins in 8 starts this season to bring her seasonal earnings to $246,000. The Armbro Flight victory gives Hannelore Hanover 16 career wins and a bankroll of over $550,000. A $2 win ticket on Hannelore Hanover returned $2.20. Hannelore Hanover Mark McKelvie  

A couple of heavy hitters presently bedded down on Millionaires Row in The Stable That God Loves will join seven of their stablemates Saturday night on Mohawk Racetrack's big stage, looking to garner the winner's share of their respective races to support the Standardbred Chaplaincy of Canada.   The talented group of multiple stakes winners will share the evening's limelight with the rich Pepsi North America Cup.. While the continent's best three-year-old pacers duke it out for their share of the Cup's million dollar purse, God's Stable members will compete for $764,000 in eight races, including the Armbro Flight and Roses Are Red Stakes. Charmed Life ( 86 19-21--15 $1,009,016 1:52.2) a recent addition to The Stable's Charmed Circle on Millionaires Row, will tackle a classy field of nine trotting distaffers in the $267,000 Armbro Flight Stakes with Jody Jamieson driving for co-owners Michael Guerriero and trainer Dave Menary and partners. She will face heavily favoured Hannelore Hanover, winner of her last six of seven starts for the powerful U.S.- based Ron Burke Stable, along with local stalwarts Rockin With Dewey and Elegant Serenity.   Considering the devastating fire that claimed the lives of 43 horses earlier in the year at Classy Lane Training Centre, the fact that Doug Millard's Elegant Serenity (21 6-3-7 $470,020 1:53.2) is presently racing, is tinged with divine intervention. Following the Breeders Crown race last October, Millard decided to send his royally bred homebred daughter of Kadabra - Elegantimage to Florida's Gilcrest Training Centre where she was turned out for two months before being put back into training.   If she had been left at the Classy Lane Training Centre with trainer-driver, Roger Mayotte, who developed and guided her in her highly successful career, she could have been destroyed in that disastrous fire. Elegant Serenity will be looking for her first season's win when she leaves from No. 8 post in the Armbro Flight Stakes with Mayotte driving.   Rockin With Dewey (73 16-19-12 $537,915, 1:52) bred by Harry Rutherford and Diane Ingham and co-owned with trainer Ben Baillargeon, sports a lifetime on-the-board percentage of 62.50 and 71.43 in 2016. Mario Baillargeon, who has driven the consistent five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe in 56 of her 73 lifetime starts will be jetting to the lead from the advantageous post 2, in search of her third season's win.   Devil Child (38 10-11--15 $450,938 1:49.3) a four-year-old daughter of American Ideal trained by Chris Oakes for his wife Susan and Michelle Crawford, will represent The Stable That God Loves in the $370,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for fillies and mares in race 11. Devil Child has a pair of wins from six attempts this year. Dave Miller will handle the reins from post 6 in the 10-horse field.   The Casie Coleman trained Reverend Hanover (17 8-4-2 $530,953 1:48.3) will play the favourite's role in the seventh race with Dave Miller in the bike. The four-year-old son of Sportswriter has been a gem of consistency throughout his career with an on-the-board percentage of 81.25 and 75.00 in 2016 for owner Steve Calhoun and partners. He notched an easy victory, his first in four season's attempts, on June 11 at Mohawk Racetrack.   Sintra, the morning line favourite in Saturday's race 13, was sidelined with a broken bone in his leg at two, but now is an emerging star in The Stable That God Loves, with four consecutive victories in as many attempts for trainer Dave Menary, who co-owns the three-year-old son of Mach Three with Michael Guerriero and partners. Michael Guerriero is one of the largest contributors to God's Stable     He has pledged ten of his co-owned colourbearers to The Stable That God Loves, a gesture that speaks volumes about his caring, generosity and support for a program that, in turn, supports a Chaplaincy program that supports those less fortunate in horse racing with emotional, physical, financial and sometimes spiritual needs . . . and just plain human kindness.   Stonebridge Quest, the four-year-old daughter of Camluck trained by Andrew McCabe for breeder Angie Stiller and Glenview Livestock, Ltd., strutted to victory in her lone season's attempt on May 27th with Trevor Henry in the bike.. In 2015 Stonebridge Quest produced purse earnings of $157,000 for God's Stable when she won six of 14 races competing successfully in Ontario Sires Stakes and the Kin Pace. Stonebridge Quest leaves from post 4 in the sixth race for fillies and mares with Henry driving.   Our Hot Majorette (41 10-7-4 $196,813, 1:51.4) a consistent campaigner trained by Rick Zeron for George Millar's Newmarket Farms (13 3-4-2 in 2016) will face six fillies and mares in a Preferred Pace in the second race.   McWicked (46 15-13-9 $1,787,476, 1:47.3) the top money winner in God's Stable and winner of important stakes events, including the Adios and the Hempt at three, was scratched from Mohawk's Gold Cup on Saturday in favour of the $179,000 Open Pace sponsored by Blue Chip Farms at Tioga Downs on Sunday. Top teamster, Tim Tetrick will guide the five-year-old son of McCardle from post 7. McWicked, who is winless in three season's attempts, has had an active year in the breeding shed. Owner Ed James has bred him to a select group of mares in his broodmare band.   Stalls are always available in The Stable That God Loves. Every trotter, pacer Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse is welcome and guaranteed a stall. Please send requests for stall space to Ken Middleton:, or Norm Clements:   For regular up-to-date postings on The Stable That God Loves, follow us on Facebook and on Twitter@StableGodLoves.   For additional information contact: Bill Galvin:   From The Stable That God Loves  

The name Hannelore Hanover can be added to the growing list of horses that got his or her start on the Indiana harness racing circuit and advanced to take on top horses in open stakes across North America. A 4-year-old female trotter, Hannelore Hanover is the 6-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's C$267,000 Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. Hannelore Hanover, who was the 2015 Indiana Sire Stakes Super Final champion, has won six of seven races this season and captured her Armbro Flight elimination last Friday by 4-3/4 lengths over Rockin With Dewey in 1:52.2. Shake It Cerry, the 2014 Trotter of the Year, finished third. For her career, Hannelore Hanover has won 15 of 28 races and earned $414,399. She has finished outside the top three only twice. She joins the likes of 2015 Horse of the Year Wiggle It Jiggleit and Breeders Crown champs Always B Miki, Color's A Virgin, and Freaky Feet Pete as Indiana-sired horses attracting national attention. "Hannelore is a very, very good horse," trainer Ron Burke said about the daughter of Swan For All-High Sobriety, who was purchased as a yearling for $32,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale and whose family includes two-time Horse of the Year Mack Lobell. "She's showed that she belongs with probably any of them right now. She's just gotten better and better. She's got plenty of go." The Burke Racing Stable owns Hannelore Hanover, along with the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, and Frank Baldachino. The mare's wins this season include the Miami Valley Distaff and her only setback was a second-place finish in a parked-out mile from post eight in an Invitational Handicap at Hoosier Park. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post No. 4 in the Armbro Flight, which is for female trotters ages 3 and older. Four-year-old Rules Of The Road, the 2015 Hambletonian Oaks runner-up to Wild Honey, won the second of the two Armbro Flight eliminations last week, beating Elegant Serenity by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:54.1. Stormont Kate finished third. Rules Of The Road has won three of seven races this season and nine of 39 lifetime. Her victories last year included divisions of the Simpson and Tompkins-Geers stakes. She has earned $274,860 for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor, who trains the mare with her husband Chuck Connor Jr. "She's going to have to be better this week," Janice Connor said about the daughter of Muscle Hill-Right On Renee, who was a $12,000 yearling purchase at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale. "Even though she was great last week, don't get me wrong, she's going to have to step it up a little bit more to beat Hannelore Hanover and Shake It Cerry. But we have faith." Rules Of The Road and driver Corey Callahan will start the Armbro Flight from post three. Rules Of The Road is 6-1 on the morning line. Shake It Cerry is the 4-1 second choice behind Hannelore Hanover. "She's much better than at the beginning of the year," Connor said about Rules Of The Road, who brings a three-race win streak to Saturday's final. "But she was slow to start last year too. Her first few starts last year were not stellar. She was making some breaks and not finishing her miles. But now we're very happy with her. She trained (Wednesday) morning and trained super. Hopefully we can get a good chunk of it." Added Connor Jr., "She's kind of an overachiever anyway. She can leave (the starting gate) pretty hard and get to where she needs to go. She's been a pretty good horse." Following is the field for the Armbro Flight in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Morning Line $267,000 Armbro Flight Final 1. Missys GaGa by Kadabra (Sylvain Filion) 20-1 2. Rockin With Dewey by Deweycheatumnhowe (Mario Baillargeon) 12-1 3. Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill (TBA) 6-1 4. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All (Yannick Gingras) 6-5 5. Charmed Life by Majestic Son (Jody Jamieson) 8-1 6. Stormont Kate by Kadabra (Trevor Henry) 15-1 7. Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover (David Miller) 4-1 8. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra (Roger Mayotte) 8-1 9. Barn Doll by Conway Hall (Jeff Gregory) 12-1 10. White Becomes Her by Angus Hall (Mario Baillargeon) 20-1 AE: My Happiness E P by Credit Winner by Ken Weingartner

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Meadows Maturity, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; and Roll With Joe, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 18) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$438,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$268,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$267,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Also on Saturday, The Meadows will host the $54,000 Meadows Maturity Trot for 4-year-old horses and geldings. Tioga Downs rounds out the weekend of Grand Circuit racing on Sunday (June 19) with the $179,000 Roll With Joe for open pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Meadows and Tioga Downs entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Last weekend's Grand Circuit action was highlighted by the $210,000 Charlie Hill Memorial held on a steamy Saturday (June 11) evening at Scioto Downs. Obrigado fended off the late charge of track record holder and world champion Natural Herbie to claim the trophy for the Hill Memorial Trot. The 6-year-old gelding, piloted by regular reinsman Mark MacDonald, was the beneficiary of a perfect pocket trip, which the duo parlayed into a powerful 1:53.3 score. Leaving from post six, the gelded son of Boy Band and the Malabar Man mare Malimony settled into second behind the leader and recent world champion Muscle Up The Goal. Content to allow the hometown favorite and the public's selection at 4-5 to set the pace, Obrigado simply followed that rival around the Columbus oval behind fractions of :27.1, :57.3 and 1:25.3 before he was pulled out of the pocket at the top of the stretch to commence his drive to the wire with a :27.4 final panel. Obrigado glided by Muscle Up The Goal and completed his victorious journey to the wire seemingly well in hand. Natural Herbie placed pressure on the property of conditioner Paul Kelley, SRF Stable, Linwood Higgins, and Stable 45, however, his first over bid rendered him unable to match strides with the victor. Flanagan Memory, the 2013 O'Brien Award winner, closed from eighth to nab the show spot. Sent off at odds of 3-1, Obrigado paid his supporters $8.20. Betting Line and Boston Red Rocks head into Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup final after defeating the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent in a pair of eliminations on Saturday night (June 11) at Mohawk Racetrack. Betting Line used a first-over trip to capture the first $39,500 elimination in 1:49.1. The Casie Coleman trainee, who was the 8-5 second choice, tracked from fifth in the early going, then made a bid for the lead at the midway point as Lyons Snyder took the field to the quarter in :27.2, half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. Into the stretch, Lyons Snyder veered off the rail and gave a pocket-sitting Racing Hill room to sneak up the inside, but Betting Line was on the outside and used a :26.2 final quarter kick to breeze by his rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Snyder finished second, while Racing Hill was third. Also advancing is fourth-place finisher Control The Moment and Beast Mode, who finished fifth. Betting Line notched his third victory of the season from four outings and ninth lifetime triumph. With the win, the son of Bettor's Delight and Heather's Western lifted his career earnings to $473,280 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. In the second elimination, the Steve Elliott pupil Boston Red Rocks used an off-the-pace trip to win by a half-length in 1:50.3. Boston Red Rocks and driver Tim Tetrick followed from fourth as Nvestment Bluechip posted the opening panel in :26.4 and Nocturnal Bluechip clocked the half in :54.4. While the sophomores were passing the three-quarter marker in 1:22.4, Boston Red Rocks had advanced first-up and was stalking Nocturnal Bluechip from second. When the pacers entered the stretch, Boston Red Rocks, the 3-5 favorite, struck the front and held off a late surge from Big Top Hanover, who finished second and third-place finisher Michael's Victory. Magnum J, who went from last to fourth and fifth-place finisher Manhattan Beach also advance to the final. Boston Red Rocks scored his second triumph of the season from four outings and sixth career victory. With the win, the son of the late Rocknroll Hanover and McGibson lifted his career earnings to $639,455 for Peter Blood and Rick Berks. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2016, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farm is the sponsor for the 2016 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the current leaders: Drivers: 1. Jordan Stratton - 191.5; 2. Tim Tetrick - 126; 3. Daniel Dube - 120; 4. Yannick Gingras - 112; 5. Matt Kakaley - 110. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 198; 2. Jeff Bamond Jr. - 168; 3. Peter Tritton - 139.5; 4. Rene Allard - 125; 5. Clyde Francis - 82.5. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch - 139.5; 2. Bamond Racing - 110; 3. Burke Racing Stable - 57.15; 4. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.15; 5. Purple Haze Stables - 44. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at Meadowlands Racetrack and The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. The Meadowlands will host the Arthur Cutler Memorial for older trotters on Friday (June 24), while Pocono will have eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 25). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Elimination weekend at Mohawk Racetrack kicked off Friday night with some impressive performances in the Armbro Flight Stakes and the Goodtimes Stakes. Both stakes events required two eliminations, with the Armbro Flight eliminations for trotting mares going for $35,000 and the Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters going for $30,000 a split. Hannelore Hanover was a dominant 1:52.2 winner in the first Armbro Flight elimination. The Ron Burke trainee flashed early speed for driver Yannick Gingras to lead the field by the opening-quarter in :27.4. Shake It Cerry made a second-quarter move to the lead allowing Gingras to sit in the two-hole. After fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.1, Shake It Cerry brought the field to the top of the lane, but was quickly overtaken by Hannelore Hanover. The Burke trainee angled out of the pocket at the three-quarter pole and powered home under wraps in :27 for a 4¾ lengths victory. Rockin With Dewey got up for second, while Shake It Cerry dropped back to finish third. Charmed Life and MissysGa Ga rounded out the top five to qualify for the final. A four-year-old daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover teamed up with Gingras for the first time Friday and made a big impression on her new driver. "She's really impressive, she won as easy as a horse can do it," said Gingras. ":27 on the end of it and it was just a walk in the park. Ron (Burke) has been telling me how good she was since last year and he believed she was the third best trotting filly behind Mission Brief and Wild Honey." Hannelore Hanover now has six wins in seven outings this season and 15 overall in her career for earnings of over $417,000. She is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Frank Baldachino. The clocking of 1:52.2 lowered Hannelore Hanover's career-mark by a fifth of a second. She paid $3.50 to win. Hannelore Hanover In the second elimination, Rules Of The Road went gate-to-wire for her third win of the season in 1:54.1. Driven by David Miller, Rules Of The Road showed good early speed to leave out hard with Stormont Kate. Miller won the early battle and reached the opening-quarter in :27.3. Rules Of The Road got an easy middle-half of :58.1 and was able to capitalize off that with a :28.2 final-quarter to hold off her rivals for a length and a quarter victory. Elegant Serenity finished second, while Stormont Kate was third. The final two spots in the final were secured by Barn Doll and White Becomes Her. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill, Rules Of The Road is trained by Charles Connor Jr. for owners Arden Homestead Stable and Janice Connor. She now has three wins in seven starts this season. Rules Of The Road scored her ninth career victory Friday and pushed her career earnings to over $278,000. She paid $8.80 to win. Rules Of The Road The Burke-Gingras combination struck again in the Goodtimes first elimination. Dayson trotted up from fourth to first in the second-quarter and never looked back en route to a 1:53.2 victory. Will Take Charge was the leader at the opening-quarter in :27.4, but was overtaken by a pocket-pulling Bar Hopping. Gingras followed the new leader and quickly moved up to take the lead at the half in :56.2. Dayson got a :29.1 third-quarter and finished off the victory with a :27.4 final-quarter to defeat Bar Hopping by 1¾ lengths. Will Take Charge finished third, while Zagster, who was first up around the final turn, was fourth. Goin To The Limit, who started from the second-tier, finished fifth to qualify for the final. A gelded son of Conway Hall, Dayson now has three wins in four starts this season after winning seven of eight as a rookie. "He's really handy," said Gingras following the victory. "When I raced him the first time this year at Chester he was a little bit grabby, but they changed a few things on him and tonight he was perfect, he drove great and he's got high speed." Dayson raced last season for Howard Okusko and was a private purchase during the winter by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables and Rossie Smith. The sophomore trotter now has $54,950 banked this season to bring his career earnings to over $237,000. Dayson paid $3.10 to win. Dayson Many eyes were on last year's Ontario Sires Stakes champion Tony Soprano in the second elimination, but his season debut was spoiled by Dia Monde and driver Randy Waples. Tony Soprano got away fifth and came charging first up midway doing the backstretch to engage with the leader United Bi. Dia Monde was trotting along in sixth and Waples opted to try and follow the 7/5 favourite. Tony Soprano ultimately cleared nearing the three-quarter pole and reached that marker in 1:25.1. In the stretch, Campbell asked his trotter to try and sprint away, while Waples dropped in behind Tony Soprano for a brief moment. Dia Monde came back to the outside and powered by the public's choice to score an 8-1 upset in a career-best 1:54. Blenheim followed Dia Monde around the track to get up for second, while Tony Soprano was third in his season debut. Marion Marauder and Honor Above All secured the final two spots in next week's final. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe, Dia Monde entered the Goodtimes elimination with a victory and runner-up finish in two starts this season. Friday's start was the first time Waples sat behind the Tom Durand trainee. "Tom's been around a long time and I've seen him come out with really good horses year after year," said Waples. "Sometimes he hands the lines over and sometimes he wants to drive them himself. "I had raced against him a couple of times when Tom had drove him and I think I even mentioned to him 'What a nice horse you got there' and it just worked out my way." Dia Monde is owned by June and Tom Durand along with Allan Smith. The sophomore trotter now has $26,500 earned this season after banking $11,900 in three starts as a rookie. Dia Monde paid $18.30 to win. Dia Monde The finals for both the $267,000 Armbro Flight and $268,000 Goodtimes were drawn following the eliminations Friday. The elimination winners earned the right to select their own post. Here are the fields for the Armbro Flight and Goodtimes finals to be contested on Pepsi North America Cup night (June 18). $267,000 Armbro Flight Final 1. Missys GaGa by Kadabra (Sylvain Filion) 2. Rockin With Dewey by Deweycheatumnhowe (Mario Baillargeon) 3. Rules Of The Road by Muscle Hill (TBA) 4. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All (Yannick Gingras) 5. Charmed Life by Majestic Son (Jody Jamieson) 6. Stormont Kate by Kadabra (Trevor Henry) 7. Shake It Cerry by Donato Hanover (David Miller) 8. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra (Roger Mayotte) 9. Barn Doll by Conway Hall (Jeff Gregory) 10. White Becomes Her by Angus Hall (Mario Baillargeon) AE: My Happiness E P by Credit Winner $268,000 Goodtimes Final 1. Blenheim by Yankee Glide (Chris Christoforou) 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill (Scott Zeron) 3. Will Take Charge by Kadabra (Paul MacDonell) 4. Dia Monde by Deweycheatumnhowe (Randy Waples) 5. Dayson by Conway Hall (Yannick Gingras) 6. Bar Hopping by Muscle Hill (John Campbell) 7. Goin To The Limit by Donato Hanover (Brett Miller) 8. Honor Above All by Muscles Yankee (David Miller) 9. Zagster by Muscle Mass (Trevor Henry) 10. Tony Soprano by Kadabra (John Campbell) AE: Bee In Charge by Manofmanymissions Mark McKelvie

Frehold, NJ --- Bee A Magician, a 5-year-old female trotter by Kadabra, reclaimed the No. 1 spot in this week’s harness racing Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown poll following her stakes-record 1:51.4 win in the Armbro Flight Stakes at Mohawk Racetrack. North America Cup winner Wakizashi Hanover, a 3-year-old male pacer, made a big move into the Top 10, adding 209 points to his total from last week to land at No. 4 in the rankings. Wakizashi Hanover defeated previously unbeaten Wiggle It Jiggleit by three-quarters of a length to win the Cup in 1:48, just one-fifth of a second off the stakes record. Wiggle It Jiggleit fell from the top spot to second in the poll. JL Cruze, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old trotters by a half-length over Father Patrick in 1:50.4, moved from fifth to third in this week’s rankings. Father Patrick is fifth. Another newcomer to the Top 10 is Doo Wop Hanover, who won the third leg of the Graduate Series for 4-year-old pacers, and joined the group at No. 6. Doo Wop Hanover won by one length over fellow Top 10 member Rockeyed Optimist in 2:02.3, setting the world record for the distance of 1-1/8 miles. Rankings based on the votes of harness racing media representatives on a 10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1 basis. Hambletonian Society/Breeders Crown Standardbred Poll: Week 6 – 6/23/2015                                                           Rank Name (First Place Votes) Age/Gait/Sex Record Earnings Points Pvs 1 Bee A Magician (29) 5tm 7-6-1-0 $395,070 342 2 2 Wiggle It Jiggleit (4) 3pg 11-10-1-0 $338,242 283 1 3 JL Cruze (2) 4tg 15-13-2-0 $233,638 255 5 4 Wakizashi Hanover 3pg 6-5-1-0 $494,418 242 -- 5 Father Patrick 4th 3-1-2-0 $114,062 116 4 6 Doo Wop Hanover 4ph 9-5-1-1 $134,020 114 -- 7 Pinkman 3tg 3-3-0-0 $101,090 109 8 8 Mission Brief 3tf 2-2-0-0 $62,500 96 7 9 Rockeyed Optimist 4pg 11-9-2-0 $178,525 67 9 10 In The Arsenal 3pc 5-4-0-0 $264,095 65 3 Also: Artspeak (49); State Treasurer (44); Lady Shadow (33); Canepa Hanover (18); Crazy Wow, Uncle Lasse (12); Shake It Cerry (11); Wrangler Magic (9); Barn Doll, Habitat, Physicallyinclined (8); Yagonnakissmeornot (7); Foiled Again (6); Lost For Words (4); The Show Returns (3); Venus Delight (2); Fireyourguns, JK She’salady (1). by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 20…Bee A Magician, the 2013 Horse of the Year, made her rivals disappear down the stretch, scoring an effortless four and three-quarter length victory over longshot Charmed Life in the $272,000 Armbro Flight for filly and mare trotters at Mohawk Racetrack, part of a star-studded stakes harness racing undercard on Pepsi North America Cup night. Named for Canada’s Horse of the Year in 1964, 1965 and 1966, the Armbro Flight showcased not only the eventual winner, but also 2014 Trotter of the Year Shake It Cerry and the defending race champion, Classic Martine. But it proved no contest.  Bee A Magician and driver Brian Sears, sent postward the overwhelming 1-5 choice, popped out from fourth and took over from Classic Martine after the half was reached in :56.4. From there, after opening six lengths while getting three-quarters in 1:24.2,  it was just a question of how far the five-year-old mare would win by, as she clipped a fifth of a second off the stakes record set by Buck I St Pat in 2010, completing the mile in 1:51.4.  Classic Martine held on for third with Shake It Cerry fourth. The daughter of Kadabra-Beehive came into the final sporting five wins in six starts this year, including an easy 1:51.1 four-length elim win last week for trainer Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman. “I just let the race come into its own, just playing it by ear,” said Sears, celebrating his third Armbro Flight success, following Stroke Play in 2004 and Pembroke Heat Wave in 2012.  “She raced so good first-over last week I wasn’t going to try to move her hard to the front.   I got away in first-over position and she did the rest.  I’m just thrilled to get the opportunity to drive a great mare like that.  ”She’s one of the top horses I’ve gotten the opportunity to drive,” continued Sears, who also drove greats like Rocknroll Hanover and Muscle Hill to major wins and year-end honours. Added Norman, “She’s in a really good little groove.  Haven’t done much with her between races.  It seems to really suit her.  She’s thriving.   I think she’s getting better.  We’ll give her a couple of weeks off then go to the Meadowlands.” Bee A Magician was winning her 37th race in 54 starts.  As a three-year-old, she went undefeated in 17 outings, earning over $1.5 million en route to Horse of the Year honours in both Canada and the United States. After a subpar 2014 season, winning just four of 17 starts, Bee A Magician has returned with a vengeance and has now earned almost $3.2 million for owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida. Bee A Magician paid $2.60, $2.40 and $2.10, combining with Charmed Life ($13.20, $6.80) for a $24.90 (5-6) exactor.  A 5-6-2 (Classic Martine, $4.30) triactor was worth $102.50, while a $1 Superfecta [5-6-2-3 (Shake It Cerry)] returned $114.60. WEG Entertainment

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