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Action aplenty in the Harrah's Philly featured on Friday afternoon. A field of eight harness racing upper-conditioned distaff pacers battled for a purse of $22,000 on a rainy afternoon just south of Philadelphia. The public put their support behind Jeff Bamond Jr trainee Rockaround Sue (Tim Tetrick) who was coming off of a solid outing against tougher from the outside at Yonkers. She was involved in a contested early tempo today, leading after a much disputed half-mile. That's when twenty time winner Mach A Wish (Corey Callahan) made a push for the lead. These two battled at three-quarters with Ron Burke trainee Magic Starlight (Yannick Gingras) drafting behind Mach A Wish. In the stretch however, the battle took its toll on the leaders. Longshot hopeful Ooh Bad Shark (Allan Davis) swung wide off cover to storm by for the improbable win, stopping the clock in 1:53.2 (27.4 last quarter). The 7-year-old daughter of Cam's Card Shark came from seventh at the top of the stretch to win for the 24th time in her career, pushing her earnings to just under $400,000. Mach a Wish finished second, while Magic Starlight was third. Ooh Bad Shark is owned by Donna Fedorak and trainer Bill Wiggins. She paid $70.80 to win. Michael Bozich

Freehold, NJ --- John McDermott stares into the stall of Hurrikane Kingcole and a wistful smile crosses the harness racing trainer’s face as he watches his 6-year-old pacer move playfully toward him.  “I just wish we had a chance for him to show what he’s really made of,” McDermott says. He thought this might be the year. Hurrikane Kingcole, back on the racetrack after throat surgery last year appeared to correct a myriad of health issues, was 2-for-2 in 2015. The speedy stakes-winner captured his two starts by a total of seven lengths and posted one of the season’s fastest times to date -- 1:49.4 -- in January. But two weeks ago, Hurrikane Kingcole turned up sore after a training mile. Last week, tests revealed that Hurrikane Kingcole suffered a broken splint bone in his left front leg. Although McDermott said the injury was minor, and a return to racing was deemed probable following surgery, he decided it was time to stop. Hurrikane Kingcole, who in 2012 paced 1:48.1 at Mohegan Sun Pocono to equal the then-world record for a 3-year-old on a five-eighths-mile track, has been retired. McDermott, who last year bred Hurrikane Kingcole to two mares, hopes the stallion can land a stud deal sometime soon. A son of Cam's Card Shark out of the mare Blazing Yankee, Hurrikane Kingcole won 14 of 49 career races and earned $582,807. His lifetime mark is 1:47.3. “He had an undefeated 6-year-old season; he’s got that going for him,” McDermott quipped Monday morning. “But really I’m thrilled that he won his last two starts. It couldn’t have gone a better way. “It’s important to me that this horse doesn’t get hurt on the racetrack. Every veterinarian I’ve talked to believes we could do the surgery and bring him back to race, but you’re going to lose a percentage (of performance). I don’t want him to come back to race in non-winners and hope he’s going to work out and make $100,000 the hard way. That’s not what he’s about. He’s supposed to be a special horse, and he always has been.” Hurrikane Kingcole struggled with immune system issues as well as breathing difficulties throughout much of his career. Still, he managed to produce memorable performances -- even if not always in victory. As a 3-year-old, Hurrikane Kingcole jumped and went off stride behind the gate in his elimination for the North America Cup at Mohawk, spotting the field more than two dozen lengths. That he rallied to miss advancing to the final by only 1-1/4 lengths was impressive, but not nearly as much as what track officials told McDermott following the race: A transponder carried by Hurrikane Kingcole clocked the horse in 1:46.1 for his mile. “The speed that he went that night was just insane,” McDermott said. “But that sums his whole life up. It was the most amazing mile I ever saw -- and I got absolutely nothing for it.” Later that summer, Hurrikane Kingcole missed advancing to the final of the Meadowlands Pace by a whisker, but won the consolation the following week by 8-3/4 lengths in 1:47.3. The Pace final went in 1:48.1. Less than a month later, Hurrikane Kingcole led the field in the New Jersey Classic to three-quarters in a record 1:18.2 only to lose by a head to Panther Hanover. Hurrikane Kingcole’s top career victory came in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes in 2011 at Mohawk. “His gait is unlike anything I’ve ever seen before,” McDermott said. “His front leg stands so far out beyond his nose when he’s in full gear, it’s ridiculous. He wears a 64-inch hobble, but he strides out so far that it’s not a true measurement of his gait. That’s what really made him special.” Purchased by McDermott for $10,000 as a yearling, Hurrikane Kingcole is owned by Jeffrey Kuhen and the partnership of Arthur Brewer, Mitchell Cohen, Jeffrey Gorden and Jonathan Klee. And while McDermott is losing a very good horse from his stable, he is losing a very good friend as well. “He’s the best,” McDermott said. “He’s the reason I get up every day to come to the barn. The rest of them, I love them all, but he has such a life to him. He wants to make you happy. He’s never once thought there was something wrong with him. He thinks he’s ‘The Man’ every day and he just loves doing what he does. “I love the personality. He’s just such a pleasure to be around. He likes what he does, he likes us; he’s just a happy-go-lucky horse. He’s just awesome.” by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

Right from the very start of harness racing in Australasia, breeders have looked to North America for stallions and breeding stock to lift the local breed. The influence of those imported mare's has always been pronounced and continues to this day to produce some of our best  racehorses. Last season's outstanding two year old Follow The Stars 1:53.8 ($504,167) is a product of the imported daughter of Cam's Card Shark in Smyrna Duruisseau and this season has unearthed another potential star from an imported mare. The horse in question is Ideal for Real and his win in the heat of the New South Wales Derby on Saturday night was that of a horse headed to the top. A son of American Ideal, Ideal For Real is the first foal from the Real Desire mare Tamara Hall who was imported to Australia in 2010. Tamara Hall is a daughter of the talented No Nukes mare in Tabloid 1:53.3 ($321,604) who is a former Canadian two year old of the year Tamara Hall was purchased as a yearling but injured a tendon and never raced Her dam Tabloid has left eight winners, 6 in 1:53 with five of those winners earning over $100,000 The best of these winners were the very smart trio of B J's Whirlwind 1:49.1 ($ 954,463)  The Globe 1:50.3 ($772,462) and B J's Breeze 1:51.2 ($506,556) while a daughter in Cambloid 1:58.8 ($28,760) has left four $100,000 winners including That's Ideal 1:51.3 ($283,742) and Upfront Countryboy 1:51.1 ($208,667) Tabloid was one of fifteen winners from Next Chapter with those winners including the full sister to Tabloid in Positive Reaction 1:53.4 ($153,217)  Half sisters to Tabloid include: * Little Black Book 1:54 ($288,457) who is the dam of five $100,000 winners including Sioux Dawn 1:50.2 ($348,926) and Catch A Wish 1:52.2 ($260,829) *Saucy Britches 1:57.1 ($84,553) who is the dam of four $100,000 winners including Armbro Cayenne 1:51.3 ($523,432) and Swashbuckler 1:51.1 ($352,298) *Book Smart 1:57.3 ($27,654) who is the dam of Fourth Page 1:52.2 ($255,828) Tabloid is closely related to the former outstanding three year old in Hot Hitter 1:54 ($963,574). Tamara Hall has had three more foals since Ideal For Real including the two year old Rocknroll Hanover filly in Rockin Tammy, a yearling full brother to Rockin Tammy and a weanling full brother to Ideal For Real. It is a family that has consistently churned out high class racehorses and reading that pedigree it is not hard to see why Ideal For Real is the talented three year old he is. The importation of North American mares has been happening for over 100 years but has  really taken off in the last few years and with the continuing success of their offspring at the highest level in Australasia it is a trend that is likely to continue. Harnesslink Media

DOVER, Del. --- Lounge Act was a 1:55 success in a $14,000 Mares 4&5-Year-Old Winners-Over pace over a 'sloppy' track on a damp Monday, Jan.12 at Dover Down. Corey Callahan continued his multiple-win barrage with five wins while Ron Pierce had four. After a threesome of 7-post position, Lounge Act drew the rail and responded with 1:55 victory, hid fourth in his seven starts this meet for trainer-driver Vic Kirby and owner Keith Pippi. The Cam's Card Shark-Hay Macarena four-year-old was chased down the lane by Waitingforapplause (Ross Wolfenden) and Flick A Fly (Ron Perce), second and third respectively. A 9-1 shot Tim Mumford's Romanascape score a 1:57 victory in another $14,000 Mares division. Jim Morand drove the Shane Long conditioned the daughter of Artiscape-Romanticize to her second consecutive triumph and third win in her last five outings. Sophia Seelster (Callahan) was second best. Rachelle's Beat (Pierce) was the show finisher. Harry von Knoblauch's Scootin For Joy made it two-in-a-row romping to a 1:53.4 score in a $13,000 Mares Winners-Over. Ron Pierce was at the controls as the Western Paradise-Scooting Annie five-year-old cut out the mil closing with a :27.2 panel. Jeremes Sweetheart (Kirby) and Paradise Lost (Jonathan Roberts) raced second and third the entire route. In another $13,000 female pace, Lindysbathinbeauty with Corey Callahan, driving the Somebeachsomewhere-Sunshine Sister four-year-old, notched a 1:54.3 decision for J&M Racing and CTC Stable. Velocity Sonja (Allan Davis) was runner-up. Seawind Ginger (Wolfenden) took third. Callahan's five and four by Pierce were followed by two wins for trainer Johnny Waite and two for owner Chris White.  Swift As A Shadow and Middle Aged Crazy are fresh from wins last time out among eight starters in Tuesday’s $20,000-$25,000 4&5-Year-Old Claiming Handicap pace on Jan. 13 at Dover Downs. Post time is 4:30 p.m. After racing much of the mile on the outside, Allan Davis and Wade Wyatt’s Swift As A Shadow took the lead in the stretch on the way to a 1:54.2 victory over a track rated as “good.” Middle Aged Crazy, owned by O’Toole, the Somones and trainer Dave McCaffrey, steps up after a wire-to-wire 1:54.1score by a nose in a $15,000 claimer. Moving to a middle post start should aid Harvey Eisman’s Touchdown Mindale and driver Corey Callahan. Bill Emmons’ Alittleaintenough also, gets an inside post position after consecutive outside posts. George Dennis will drive. Tim Tetrick and CC Racing’s Better And Bold, handled by Trace Tetrick, is a major factor. Wayne King’s L A Charger drops back into the claiming ranks but driver Vic Kirby must leave from outside post eight. Montrell Teague will pilot Frank Chick’s Quincy while Jason Lynch will be behind Jim Jacob’s Button Fly. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs

After looking dominant in her elimination assignment one week earlier, Rummys Command returned to Northlands Park and sped to an impressive Saturday night victory in the $70,000 Northlands Filly Pace Final for three-year-old pacers. Trainer/driver Keith Clark wasted no time in hustling Rummys Command to the lead from Post 3, and once they cleared to the top it was game over for the others. The daughter of Cams Card Shark-Streisands Fan threw down splits of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3 before using a :30-second closing quarter to win by 1-1/2 lengths over race favourite Nighttraintovegas in 1:55.3. Charismatic Art tagged along to finish third in the rich tilt. "I wanted her on the front or very close to it," said Clark after the win. "I wanted to try to put (Charismatic Art) in the 2 hole if I could. If I couldn't, I probably would have let (driver Gerry Hudon) go and come back." To view the rest of this story click here. Charmed Life takes Preferred again For the second week in-a-row the $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack went to Charmed Life for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The hard-closing campaigner utilized her off-the-speed skills to perfection once again en route to capturing her eighth win of the season. Jamieson tucked into an early five hole with Charmed Life while a host of foes took turns on the lead. Fearless Man and Samira Hanover battled to the quarter pole in :27.1 before the latter worked her way to the front, and she came under quick pressure in the backstretch from Slip Into Glide. To view the rest of this story click here. Five winners for Bob McClure at Flamboro Driver Bob McClure had a productive Saturday evening at Flamboro Downs thanks to a five-win performance on the 11-race program. McClure took the opener with Shiningstaratnight (2:03.2) before adding wins with Coco Bino (2:00.4), Warrawee Preferred (1:59.4), Knee Slapper (2:00.2) and Campus Cutie Pie (1:59.4). To view the rest of this story click here.

The Toucam Sam story got even better last week as the veteran pacer captured the Alan Kirchenbaum Series consolation in impressive fashion for Michael and Patricia Minnella with Luke Plano doing the honors. An 11-year-old son of Cams Card Shark out of the Western Hanover mare Arizona Yankee, Toucam Sam has just shy of $600,000 in his bank account and sports a sparkling 1:49 2/5 mark that was established six years ago. "We purchased him in August of 2013 after we found him on the website," Michael Minnella said. "We felt if we could not get him back to the races and compete at a high level, we would register him as a stallion in California. "Training down we were very optimistic. We got down to miles in 2:20 and Toucam was having major breathing problems. We consulted with Dr. Audrey Clifton and she suggested we have UC Davis come out and do a dynascope on him while training. We then gave the video of the dynascope to Dr. Mueller and Dr. Yarborough of Los Caballos Equine. "We consulted with the doctors and let them know that Toucam still wanted to compete. Dr. Muller felt he could help, so Dr. Yarborough did the tie back surgery on Toucam in the spring of last year. We gave him the time off he needed and started him back at Keith Wileys Farm in July." Minnella noted that Emilio Cisneros takes care of Toucam Sams day-to-day needs and has been a vital part of his return to the races, while Luke Plano has been very helpful with training and equipment adjustments. "The beginning of this meet has been a dream come true to my wife and I," Michael noted. "Toucam gives us all that he has every race. He leaves nothing in the tank." County Jewel gets top billing in Distaff Pace An Open II Distaff Pace headed by Country Jewel and Ladys Art and an Open II Trot featuring Hillcrest Romeo and Franks Best headline the Saturday night program at Cal Expo. A 13-race card is set with first post at 6:15 p.m. The featured trot is going as the fifth event on the evening, while the featured pace occupies the eighth-race slot on the program. Racing is now being conducted on Saturdays and Sundays, expanding to three nights a week at the end of the month with Friday racing being added to the mix beginning December 26. Country Jewel is a 6-year-old daughter of Pacific Missile out of the Towners Big Guy mare Country Fences who races for Brev Creech, David Siegel, Gregg Robinson and Bob Thronson, is conditioned by George Reider and will be guided by co-owner Siegel from the outside slot in the field of seven. The bay mare comes into this assignment with eight wins and 11 seconds on the year from 34 trips to the post, sports a 1:53 mark that was established this season at Running Aces and is looking to add to a $116,000 bank account. After facing the boys in her previous starts at the meet, Country Jewel surfaced with fillies and mares for last weeks assignment and proved a punctual 4-5 choice with Siegel at the controls. She made what proved to be the winning move past the half, opening up on her rivals turning for home and coming to the wire with four and three-quarters lengths to spare in a 1:54 tour of the good track. Taking her on Saturday, from the rail out: Starry Skys for Gerry Longo; Stable Eyes, who will be guided by Tim Clevenger; Free Girl, Luke Plano; Internal Check, Daniel Maier; Love Live Laugh, Tim Maier; and Ladys Art with Chip Lackey in the bike. By Mark Ratzky, for Cal Expo Harness

The father-son team of harness racing trainer Carl Jamieson and driver Jody Jamieson won two of the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series contests for rookie colt and gelding pacers on Tuesday night (September 16) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jamiesons' first victory came in the second division with Sporting The Look, who now leads the point standings for the group. Sporting The Look shot to the front in the early going and was ahead of a parked-out Sportskeeper (Randy Waples) by a nose at the :27.2 opening quarter. Sportskeeper would clear to the top past that post, and he would go on to reach the half in 57 seconds. Sportskeeper was under attack from a first-over Lancaster Park (Doug McNair) at the half, and those two would continue to slug it out over to the 1:24 three-quarters. In the stretch Sportskeeper put away Lancaster Park’s bid, but the fight to hold the lead took its toll inside the final eighth, and he began to drift off the rail, which gave Sporting The Look clearance to come through. Sporting The Look had plenty of pep to go with the room, and he would go on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53. Seaforth (Mike Saftic) rallied from fifth to second in the final quarter, and Sportskeeper had to settle for third. The elder Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, also co-owns Sporting The Look, who has been victorious four times from nine starts, with breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Tom Kyron of Toronto, Ontario. Sporting The Look, the third foal out of The Panderosa mare Lyons Mandi ($162,482), did go through last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he brought $72,000. The victorious Sportswriter colt, who also won Gold Series events on July 7 at Mohawk and on August 10 at Georgian Downs, has now banked $178,594. Jody and Carl also prevailed in the Gold Series nightcap with Make Some Luck. Jody sent him to the point from his post two starting spot, and he was unchallenged through the :27.2 first quarter and the :56.3 half. Public choice Drachan Hanover (Rick Zeron) then rolled the dice first-over out of third on the far turn, but Make Some Luck was able to keep him just over a length behind at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Drachan Hanover kept trying to get to Make Some Luck through the lane, but it was no avail as Make Some Luck maintained his lead on his way to a one and a quarter length victory in a final clocking of 1:53 flat. Bob Ben And John (Chris Christoforou) was third after a two-hole trip. Carl trains Make Some Luck, a gelded son of Camluck, for owner 1140545 Ontario Ltd. of Moffat, Ontario. Make Some Luck, who won at the Grassroots level on July 8 at Mohawk, has a pair of victories from four trips behind the gate, and he has pocketed $62,700. Make Some Luck was bred by Stan Klemencic and fetched $19,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Make Some Luck is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Mustang Kensley, a half-sister to horses such as Shake That Junk (Camluck, $388,610), a six-time OSS winner during her time on the racetrack. If interested, Make Some Luck has a Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. The non-Jamieson winner on the night was Reverend Hanover (Chris Christoforou) in the Gold Series opener. Reverend Hanover, making his first appearance in the OSS, led through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3 on his way to a one length victory in 1:51.1. Manny In Sports (James MacDonald) tracked the eventual winner the whole way from the pocket and finished second with Moonwriter (Randy Waples) back in third. Casie Coleman trains Reverend Hanover, a colt by Sportswriter, for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatam, and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario. Reverend Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. and was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a perfect two-for-two in his life with earnings of $41,000. He’s the fifth foal out of the Cams Card Shark mare Razzle My Tazzle, who is a half-sister to the likes of Manvers Short Cut (Astreos, $263,021), a one-time OSS winner in her career. This was the next-to-last regular season event for the two-year-old male pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. They will head back to Mohawk Racetrack on September 29 to conclude things and set the field for the Super Final. For full results of Tuesday night’s races at Mohawk By OSS News .

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 6 - Grand Circuit week wrapped up with a bang Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and two divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers of both sexes highlighted the 12-race card. In the first $106,038 Simcoe Stakes division, Dancin Hill and driver Scott Zeron picked up the victory in a career best clocking of 1:50.1 Trained by Tony Alagna, Dancin Hill sat off the early pace as the lead changed hands a few times in the opening half mile. In the third quarter, Zeron fired up Dancin Hill and brought him first up to challenge the leader Western Vintage. After a three-quarter time of 1:22.3, Dancin Hill powered by Western Vintage in the lane and paced strong to the wire to win by 2 ¼ lengths over Winds Of Change. Carracci Hanover took the show spot. A son of Rocknroll Hanover - Beyonce Blue Chip, Dancin Hill has now won two of his last three starts and improved his seasonal record to three wins in 12 starts. "I was very happy with him," said Alagna following the race. "I felt good at the head of the lane because I know he always kicks home hard and Scott (Zeron) said he was super." Dancin Hill is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain and has now won five races in his career for earnings of more than $133,000. He paid $3.80 to win. Melmerby Beach and Paul Macdonell scored their second victory in back-to-back weeks to take the second $107,538 division. Melmerby Beach sprinted off the gate to grab the lead and paced by the opening quarter in :26.4. After putting up fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.1, Melmerby Beach led the field into that lane, while Play It Again Sam was sticking close first up and Jet Airway was second over. In the stretch, Melmerby Beach dug in and held off Play It Again Sam to win by half a length in 1:50.2. Jet Airway couldn't find his best stride and finished third, while Surprise Hanover got up for fourth. A son of Somebeachsomewhere - Db Blue Chip, Melmerby Beach has now won three of his last five starts. "The last few weeks we've been leaving with him pretty good and haven't really done that much most of the year," said MacDonell following the race. "He seems to be responding to that style of racing so far." MacDonell also said that Melmerby Beach may be better suited for the cooler weather. "I think the fall weather is going to help him. He suffered a bit of allergy symptoms most of the summer and he is just getting stronger and better and we are hoping for a good fall season with him." Trained by Brent MacGrath for Schooner II Stable, Melmerby Beach has now won six of his 14 starts this year and seven in his career for earnings of more than $159,000. He paid $6.50 to win. 18 freshman pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. In the first $123,120 division, Lyons Levi Lewis delivered a 1:52.1 victory as the 3/5 favourite. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Lyons Levi Lewis got away in fourth and made a second quarter brush and touched down on the lead at the half in :55.1. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2, Lyons Levi Lewis kept his rivals away to win by a length. Thinkofagameplan finished second, while Some Power was third. Following the race, Filion explained his strategy with the heavy favourite. "Leaving the gate I just didn't want to get caught up in the speed duel," said Filion. "Let them settle and then retake the lead down the backside and control the pace." Lyons Levi Lewis, who is owned by Joseph Lyons Mound, has now won twice in eight starts for earnings of more than $265,000. He paid $2.70 to win. As the field approached the start in the first division, Sports Bettor fell down and tossed driver James MacDonald to the track. Sports Bettor was caught outside the paddock, while James MacDonald was able to get up under his own power and continued driving on the remainder of the card. If You Want Fire and Chris Christoforou benefited from hot fractions in the second $123,120 division to come from sixth at three-quarter pole and pace by his rivals to win in 1:52.2. A first quarter battle saw Kona Kid, Southwind Indy and Mitt Jagger fly by the opening quarter in :26. Mitt Jagger, who was three-wide around the first turn, finally took the lead, but Lyons Again paced up from fourth to take control at the half in :54. Lyons Again reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.2 to lead the field into the stretch, while Traceur Hanover sat two lengths back in second. In the stretch, Lyons Again began to tire and needed the wire, but couldn't hold on as If You Want Fire surged by the favourite to win by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Again held on for second over a late charging Mikes Powerhouse. A son of Bettors Delight - Dream Of Treasure, If You Want Fire lost the first four starts of his career, but has now won three races in a row for earnings of over $75,000. Trained by Casie Coleman, If You Want Fire is owned by West Wins Stable, Ron Broadstone, Leslie Halsted and Dr. Fred Kruszelnicki. He paid $8.60 to win. 14 two-year-old pacing fillies were also on display in two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. Happy Becky and Chris Christoforou made a second quarter move to the lead and never looked back to win the first $117,557 division. A daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris, Christoforou sent Happy Becky from fourth to the lead in the second quarter. Happy Becky paced by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 and then paced a strong final quarter to fight off Shakai Hanover, who was stuck in the two-hole, and Shes A Hot Mess, who came first up in the third quarter. Trained by Casie Coleman, the clocking of 1:52.2 is a new career best for Happy Becky. Following the race, Christoforou said racing luck just hadn't been a friend of Happy Becky in her most recent starts. "She had a little bad luck in her last couple starts...she got locked in last time and just circumstances," said Christoforou. "I wanted to give her the best chance I could, so that's how it worked out." Happy Becky is owned by West Wins Stable, J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and Dave Miller. She has now won five of her first seven starts and has earnings of more than $104,000. Happy Becky paid $6.00. The Show Returns and Scott Zeron took the second $117,557 division in 1:52. Coming into the Champlain Stakes off a victory in the Shes A Great Lady Stakes consolation, The Show Returns grabbed the early lead over Sports Chic and Solar Sister. Solar Sister made a move to the lead in the second quarter and carried that lead to the three-quarter pole as The Show Returns sat in the two-hole. In the stretch, Zeron found room for The Show Returns and powered past Solar Sister to win by a length. Sports Chic took second, while Solar Sister held on for third. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienams Place, The Show Returns was making her debut in the Tony O'Sullivan barn. Owned by Richard and Joanne Young, she has now won three times in eight starts for earnings of more than $90,000. She paid $4.90 to win. The final rounds of the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes concludes Grand Circuit week, but harness racing's finest will return next Saturday night for the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Also on next Saturday's card is the Elegantimage Stakes, William Wellwood Memorial and the Peaceful Way Stakes. Post time is 7:25 p.m. and more information can be found at by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Charlottetown, PE - McJestic, under the command of Corey MacPherson, tracked down pace-setter Hail the Taxi to win the Thursday night feature at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57 flat. Troy Murray of Cornwall owns and trains the pacer. Hail The Taxi finished second with Tyber Champ and Rocky Schurman third after surging up the passing lane. The victory gave MacPherson a driving double after he drove BrookDale Heather to the fastest mile of the night in 1:56.4. Heather Neill of North Milton was the winning owner. Motor Shark made it four in a row with a 1:57.1 performance for driver Jason Hughes. The son of Cams Card Shark wired the field for owners Arthur Jay and Tommy Collings of Mount Stewart. I Ain't No Lady captured the trot class in 2:02.2 for driver Garth Cole and owner Sandra Cole of Kensington. Glencove Umay and Hopedale Dora completed the triactor. The 2-1-6 combination paid $127.60. Juarez Cyclone, with co-owner Paul Morrison in the bike, notched their second win of the campaign scoring in the trot co-feature in 2:06.2. Paul Breau of Shediac Cape, NB co-owns the colt who turned back Lace (Brian Andrew) and Lets Trade Ladies (Garth Cole) in only his fifth start. Honor Role won the Iwave Information Systems Pace for driver Brian Andrew and his co-owners Blake and William Andrew. The mare charted her third win in a row in 1:59.1 The fastest mile of the night went to Brookdale Heather in 1:56.4 for owner heather Neill of North Milton. Mark Bradley and Jason Hughes also recorded driving doubles on the program. Racing returns Saturday at the CDP oval with a 6pm post time. The National Driving Championship moves into Red Shores Tuesday at 7pm. The top eight drivers in Canada will compete for a chance to represent Canada at the World Driving Championship in Australia. The event also features the Founder's Cup $25,000 Invitational along with the Builder's Cup pace in honor of Doug Hill, Charlottetown and Eric Johnston, Summerside,PE. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

Old Home Week 2014 is starting to come down to the wire, but not until four more harness racing cards become complete. Friday afternoon Red Shores' Charlottetown will play host to four Grassroots divisions of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old fillies. The 12-dash card gets underway at 1 p.m. Racing for a purse of $5,000 the first division lines up in Race 5. Gracious Minnie has drawn the outside post 7 for owners Paul Murphy and Lenny Myers. The Ameripan Gigolo filly has the best time in her last start finishing fourth and pacing her mile in 1:58. She has faced the Atlantic Sire Stakes 'A's in her last two starts, Myers does the training and driving. Charlottes Style is the richest starter in the Race 5 first division, falling just shy of the $ 10,000 cutoff for the Grassroots division. She is owned by the Turn For Home Stable. The daughter of Coasttocoast Yankee comes in showing her first clean line in over a month, she paced in 1:58.4 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault. She will leave from Post 2. R Es Confusion, Acton Royal Force, Union Dues, Mademoiselle Neeld and Rhondas Example round out the field. In Race 7, Willow Warrior will look to return to her winning ways after seeing her three race win streak snapped last week. The Brendan Curran trainee missed her first top two finish this season last time out. Mark Bradley will handle the driving duties on the daughter of Western Terror for owner Alby Curran. She is listed as the morning line favourite. Right next door is Woodmere Trulyblue, coming in off of an impressive qualifier in 1:59.2 she will pick up the driving services of Paul Mackenzie. The Articulator filly is owned by Susanne Mac Keigan and Gary Arsenault, Blaine Mckenna does the training. Coconut Ladida, Tobins Beauty, Howmac Missy, Waterhook and Sendmeasign are the other five entries. Landed Alien has been enrolled as the morning line favourite in the third Grassroots division. The Jackie Matheson trainee was a winner two back in 2:01.2, but was interfered with in her last race. Arsenault will be back aboard the Aahm Canadian Now filly for owner Darlene Compton. She leaves from post 5. Gilles Barrieau picks up the catch-driving call on Rosa Santanna from Post 3 for the Spud Island Stable and trainer Jamie Smith, the Santanna Blue Chip filly has $6, 372 to her back roll from 19 lifetime starts. Regular pilot Marc Campbell will drive his own trainee Eastern Eden from Post 1 for owner Perry Burke. Golden Claw, Southside Success, Larsheis and R Es Kate are the other starts. Tarahumara headlines the final division from the outside Post 7. The daughter of Ameripan Gigolo was second in her Atlantic Sire Stakes 'B' division last Saturday for owner - trainer - driver Donnie Mac Neill. The two-entry Mirages Magic has placed in the top three five times this season from seven tries. Irwin Cleaner is the owner-trainer and breeder on the daughter of Articulator, Darren Crowe will drive. The competition compiles of Caspiana, Sea Queen, Bendable Fashion, Shady Kowalski and Pownal Bay Tia. In the afternoon finale, Motor Shark will look to extend his win streak to three for owners Arthur Jay and Tommy Collings, the three-year-old son of Cams Card Shark was a winner two back in a lifetime best 1:56.3 by ten lengths, he followed that up with a 1:57 score, both for trainer - driver Jason Hughes. He has drawn Post 5. Bo Ford

The harness racing action heats up on Saturday (August 16th) at Mohawk Raceway when the eliminations for the Eternal Camnation and Nassagaweya Stakes are held. There are three divisions for both the Eternal Camnation and The Nassagaweya and picking a standout in either series is tough at this point. In the first division of the Eternal Camnation, Happy Becky 1:53 looks a big chance from barrier two. The daughter of Cams Card Shark is trained by Casie Coleman and is to be driven by David Miller. In the second division of the Eternal Camnation, J K Shesalady 1:52 looks the toughest to beat although her draw of seven evens things out a bit. The daughter of Art Major is trained by Nancy Johansson and will have the brilliant Yannick Gingras in the bike. In the third division of the Eternal Camnation it is a very even field with perhaps A Plus 1:54.1 just getting the nod here. The daughter of American Ideal is trained by Tony Alagna and will have Scott Zeron in the bike on Saturday night. The most heavily represented sire in the Eternal Camnation elimanations is Art Major with four with Western Ideal next best with three. In the first division of the Nassagaweya Stakes, two of the smarter colts so far this season square off with The Wayfaring Man and Asap Hanover locking horns. The Wayfaring Man 1:52.2, a son of Dragon Again is trained by Nicky Comenga and will have the great Jack Moiseyev in the bike. Asap Hanover 1:52, a son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Linda Toscano and will have the outstanding Ti Tetrick in the bike. The second division of the Nassagaweya Stakes looks a bit more clear cut with the Battle Of Waterloo winner Go Daddy Go 1:54 looking the one to beat. The son of Ponder is trained by Bob McIntosh and will driven by the legendary John Campbell. The third division of the Nassagaweya Stakes contains the fastest horse in the three heats  and likely favourite in Artspeak 1:50.4. The son of Western Ideal is another one from the barn of Tony Alagna and will be driven by Scott Zeron. The most heavily represented sire in the three divisions of the Nassagaweya eliminations is Somebeachsomewhere with five with the next best being Western Ideal with four. All up we have six great races to look forward to on Saturday night. For the fields click here. Harnesslink Media  

Headlining Mohawk Racetrack’s Monday night (August 11) harness racing program were six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series events for two-year-old pacing fillies, and while she wasn’t the swiftest winner, Wicked Speed’s win in the fifth flight pushed her record to a perfect three-for-three with two of those victories coming in Grassroots action. With Scott Young handling the driving assignment for his father, trainer Bob Young, Wicked Speed came first-over in the final half and wore down leader Marachere (Jody Jamieson) late in the mile to win by half a length in 1:57.4. Fiftyshadesofbay (Rick Zeron) finished third in the race, which was conducted over a track rated good and a second off due to rainy conditions. Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario, also co-owns the victorious daughter of Mach Three with partner Status Stables Inc. of Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts. Wicked Speed, who also won in Grassroots action at Clinton Raceway on July 20 and has now earned $20,000, was bred by GBW Breeding Farms Inc. and was purchased for $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Wicked Speed’s dam is the Western Hanover mare Pannie Oakley ($106,925). Sassafras Girl (Phil Hudon) also picked up her second win in Grassroots competition after grabbing a 1:57 triumph in the nightcap. She was in front through fractions of :28.1, :58.4, and 1:28 before she splashed home in 29 seconds to win by two and a half lengths over Little Miss Artist (Mike Saftic). OK Hallelujah (Sylvain Filion) claimed third. Murray Brethour trains Sassafras Girl, a Badlands Hanover filly, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Sassafras Girl, who is now three-for-six overall and has banked $21,380, was bred by Winbak Farm. She’s out of the Die Laughing mare Tug River Della ($219,395) and a half-sister to the likes of Rub N Tug ($433,999). Before the rain visited Mohawk, Ride Away Shark (Jody Jamieson) was an impressive 1:53 winner in the third Grassroots contest. She moved from fifth to first on the way to the 57 second half and didn’t look back on her way to a three length decision over Solar Sister (Doug McNair). Ms Mac N Cheese (Sylvain Filion) collected third. Ride Away Shark, another Winbak Farm-bred filly, has a pair of victories from five attempts and has put away $18,280 for trainer Scott McNiven and owners Kim McNiven of Putnam and Thomas Brodhurst of London, Ontario. Those connections took Ride Away Shark, a daughter of Classic Card Shark, out of last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale for $7,000. She’s the first foal out of the Dream Away mare Freedom Away. Double Creme was an OSS winner as a two-year-old filly, and her daughter is now too as OK Heavenly (Doug McNair) won the Grassroots opener by two and a quarter lengths in 1:55. Chase The Shadows (Jody Jamieson) was next in that dash, followed by Maralika (Chris Christoforou). Mark Steacy trains OK Heavenly, a daughter of Sportswriter, for co-owner/breeder Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, Ontario, Conrad Leber of Montreal, Quebec, Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, Quebec, and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, Ontario. It was OK Heavenly’s first win from four trips behind the gate, and she has now banked $12,600. Her dam, who earned $415,049 in her career, has already produced multi-time OSS winner OK Boromir (No Pan Intended, $569,884) and OK Commander ($612,304). Also winning in OSS competition on Monday night were: --Lady Jen (Royal Mattjesty-Ladyjack-Cams Card Shark), who tallied in 1:55.4 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Scott McEneny, and owner Hutt Racing Stable. She was also the third winner for breeder Winbak Farm. --Southwind Luna (Sportswriter-Lil Presto Hanover-The Panderosa), who clicked in 1:55.3 for driver Billy Davis Jr., trainer Otis Hall, and owner Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr, Ontario. Bred by Southwind Farm, Southwind Luna is the first foal out of her dam, who is a half-sister to the likes of $2.6 million earner McArdle. The next Grassroots event for rookie pacing fillies is on August 23 at Georgian Downs. For full results and charts of Monday night’s events Ontario Sire Stakes .

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Happy Becky squashed her five opponents Thursday night in the final of the harness racing Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk. A field of eight was scratched down to six for the $37,800 final of the three-week series for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Show Returns, the leg one winner, skipped the second leg and Happy Becky, who skipped the first leg, captured the second leg setting up a battle between the two fillies. Both fillies left hard at the start, but Yes You Can and driver Jody Jamieson outsprinted them all to carry the lead at the opening quarter in :27. In the second quarter, Jack Moiseyev quickly right lined The Show Returns from the two-hole and pushed his filly to the lead, but Chris Christoforou and Happy Becky followed from third and crossed over in front at the half-mile pole in :55.3. Around the final turn, Happy Becky posted a third-quarter of :27.4, with The Show Returns waiting In The Pocket to challenge in the final quarter. At the top of the stretch, Happy Becky quickly took off from The Show Returns and her four other rivals and sailed home to capture the Whenuwishuponastar by 6 ¼ lengths in 1:53.4. A daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris, the series victory for Happy Becky improved her record to four for four in her young career for trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down all winter like a real nice filly," said Coleman following the race. "To think she was going to be this nice was kind of hard, but I've been extremely high on her and as she races with each start she just seems to get better and better." Float On By finished second, but was placed back to sixth for going inside pylons on the final turn. With the placing, Mo Molly Blue Chip was moved into second, while Yes You Can was bumped up to third and The Show Returns was placed from fifth to fourth. A $30,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Coleman said she immediately loved Happy Becky when looking at her before the sale. "I loved her, I liked everything about her, she was just a sweetheart and had nothing to fault on her so I brought her home." Coleman's West Wins Stable shares ownership with J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and David Miller. The Whenuwishuponastar Series victory bumps Happy Becky's career earnings to $36,900. Happy Becky Coleman confirmed that Happy Becky will now head to the Eternal Camnation Stakes next Saturday night (August 16) and then on to the Shes A Great Lady eliminations on Saturday, August 23 at Mohawk. Mark McKelvie

Last week in his first start here, Johnny Grippa won in 1:53.4 which was the fastest race mile on the Monticello Raceway double-oval this season. However, that harness racing mark didn't last long because yesterday (Tuesday, August 5th ) Johnny Grippa won again this time in a season's best 1:53.1. The 6 year old altered son of Cams Card Shark and Sky Yankee is owned and trained by Jack Sheehan and was driven to victory both times by Jimmy Devaux. Devaux sent 1-2 shot, Johnny Grippa, to the lead from the two hole while the other five each took a seat along the pylons behind him. They had two lengths at the quarter in :27.4 and were a full length in front as they passed the second stanza in :57. A 29 second third quarter saw Jimmy Taggart, Jr.the first to move with Bettorsluckystreak but they were a still a length off the leader at the three quarters in 1:27. At that point Devaux asked Johnny Grippa for more and the veteran pacer responded and drew away from his competition and paced the final quarter in :27.1 and finished in 1:53.1 to score the pacer's 10th win in 19 starts. "He was more relaxed today and he raced even better than he did last Tuesday," Devaux said referring to Johnny Grippa. "He's got legs like J-Lo but Jack (Sheehan, the trainer) works real hard on him to keep him sound and in top form." The second place finisher, two lengths behind the winner, was Giddyallyougot in rein to Zeke Parker which made a Grippa exacta, but not your usual one. This one combined a horse and owner each named Grippa. The winner, of course, was Jack Sheehan's Johnny Grippa and the second place finisher, Giddyallyougot, trained by Anthony Regina and is owned, oddly enough, by a gentleman by the name of Vincent Grippa. Hence the unique Grippa exacta paid $6.50. On hand in the winners circle was the Johnny Grippa's breeder, Erich Boehm who has owned and bred some nice harness horses for over the past 50 years. He was there with some friends and they were en route to the Saratoga Flats. "I saw Johnny (Grippa) was in (to race) today so I thought we'd stop by Monticello to see him race," Boehm related. "I own his dam (Sky Yankee) and she's been a heck of a good broodmare." Vinnie Grippa, who also happened to be here to watch his horse race, overheard the Boehm group's conversation and walked down the tracks apron from where he was watching the race to introduce himself to Boehm. "I'm Vinnie Grippa," he said to Boehm with a smile as he shook his hand. "I was wondering where the horse's name came from." "Johnny Grippa is my son-in law," Boehm told Vinnie Grippa. "I like to name all my horses after family members, if I can." "You could probably understand that I've been wanting to claim Johnny Grippa for a long time now but my trainer says, no," Vinnie told Boehm. "Johnny Grippa owned by Vinnie Grippa would a gas but Anthony ( Regina) warns against it. "So I just watch Johnny Grippa winning." John Manzi

Charlottetown, PE - The opening leg of the Spud Island Classic, presented by the PEI Potato Board, took center stage Saturday at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Ultimate Faith, under the command of National driving finalist Ryan Ellis, converted a pocket ride to victory from post five. The time of the mile was 1:58 flat. The mare picked up her sixth win of the season for owner Abel Arsenault, Saint John, NB and trainer Philip Desroches. JK Special was second with There Paid For rallying in deep stretch to grab the show spot. Newcomer Russian Kisses was impressive in her Charlottetown debut scoring a dominate victory in 1:55 flat for driver Steven Shepherd in the second division of the Spud. Steven's father Harold takes over the training duties on the daughter of Badlands Hanover. For all We Know was nine-and half lengths back for second with Icandothat third. Charlottetown's leading pilot, Jason Hughes, engineered the winning trip for Stayoutofmyaffair in the third heat for owner Robi Hughes, Stratford. The time of the mile was 1:55.1. The mare crushed her competition with a 28.3 closer for her fifth win from 15 starts. General Luckypercy was second with Dreaming completing the triactor. The 7-3-5 combination paid $128.00. Hughes had a driving double on the card after Motor Shark dazzled in the fourth race with a ten length romp in 1:56.3. Tommy Collins and Arthur Jay, Mount Stewart own the three-year-old Cams Card Shark gelding. The trot feature went to Tymal Tyme in gate to wire fashion for driver Brian MacPhee in 2:02.2. The Gold Cup ambassadors greeted MacPhee in the winner's circle and sang happy birthday to the popular driver from Cornwall. Tymal Tyme is owned by Tessa MacKinnon of Souris and trained by Cindy MacDonald, Montague. By Lee Drake

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 31 - Happy Becky improved to three for three capturing the second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Thursday night at Mohawk. Leg one winner The Show Returns elected to sit out the $12,000 second leg and Happy Becky, who did not race in leg one, stepped in as the 3/5 favourite and cruised to victory in 1:53. Happy Becky and driver Chris Christoforou got away fifth around the first turn, but made a powerful backside brush to the lead in the second quarter. After overtaking the lead at the half in :57.2, Happy Becky posted a :28. third-quarter, followed by an easy looking :27.3 final panel to win by a length and a half over Our Hot Majorette. Float On By finished just ahead of Macarena Mama in a show photograph, but eight lengths back of the winner. Happy Becky remains undefeated at three for three with the leg two victory and dropped more than a second off her previous career best for trainer Casie Coleman. The daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris now has earnings of $18,000 for owners West Win Stables, J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and David Miller. Happy Becky paid $3.50. Leg one winner The Show Returns is expected to return for next week's final setting up a potential showdown between the two winners. The final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series goes next Thursday night (August 7) at Mohawk for a purse of $37,800. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG 

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