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Trois-Rivieres, QC - This Sunday (Sept. 27) the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Championship Finals with eight events for two and three-year-old harness racing trotters and pacers at the Hippodrome 3R. It is the richest day of racing in all of Quebec with purses on the 12-race program totaling more than $500,000. The Future Stars Series Finals for two-year-old's each race for a purse of $55,000 while the Breeders Trophy Series Finals for three-year-old's race for $65,000 each. Adding to the race program is the return of world class drivers Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy to their home track. Sylvain Filion will compete in nine of the twelve races presented, including five finals, Louis-Philippe Roy in ten of the twelve races and six of the finals. No doubt they come to spice up and enhance the quality of the show offered with their presence. Here is a brief synopsis of the eight championship finals Sunday. 2YO Filly Trot Final - With only four entered, this race will be non-wagering, held after the 1st race. Also, the race is non-wagering because of Mag N Lady (Royalty For Life). She starts from post one, has swept all three legs of the series, and last week became the first two-year-old filly to trot under two minutes in the history of H3R with a track record 1:59.2 mile for trainer-driver Jean Francios Maquire. 2YO Colt Trot Final - 3rd race - Kinnder Dangerzone (Northern Escort) is the colt to beat. Has swept all three legs of the series with ease for driver Pierre-Luc Roy and owner, trainer, breeder Denitza Petrova. Hall Win (Angus Hall) in post two has a win in the series when not going against Kinnder Dangerzone. He will be driven by Pierre-Luc's younger brother, Louis-Philippe Roy. 2YO Filly Pace Final - 7th race - Sylvain Filion has come back home to H3R to drive dad's horses (Yves) and he is aboard Celia Bayama (Bettor's Delight), who ships back to H3R after taking lifetime mark at Mohawk Park with 1:54 score in Grassroots action. She has won three of her last four starts. CL Sportsexteme (Sportswriter) has been very sharp with Jonathan Lachance in the sulky. 2YO Colt Pace Final - 9th race - Yves Filion's coupled entry of Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain drives) and Colonel Bayama (Yves drives) looms way over this field. Cadillac Bayama won two legs of the series and has been super competitive in the Grassroots, race timed last week in 1:52. Colonel Bayama just won in series and they will take on contenders YS Do It Right (Louis-Philippe Roy) and The Light Speed (Pascal Berube). 3YO Filly Trot Final - 2nd race - Another Denitza Petrova standout is Kinnder High Class (post 3). Filly by Royalty For Life won two legs of the series and last week scored lifetime best 2:00 win against older trotters. Rivals include HP Starlette (post 6) and Lindas Pride (post 7). 3YO Colt Trot Final - 6th race - Kenogami Coco (Wheeling N Dealin) ships back to H3R after scoring two impressive wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, the fastest in 1:56.2. Last year's 2yo winner, Babidibou, who was last year's champion has also been very sharp and Frido PV is also a decent contender. 3YO Filly Pace Final - 10th race - Tough call here as last year's champion, Acaena De Chakrika (Sunshine Beach) takes on Streakazana (Western Paradise). Streakazana is on an impressive three-race winning streak, beating Acaena De Chakrika last week. Two top fillies plus Zar E IP (Up The Credit) will make this a tough race. 3YO Colt Pace Final - 11th race - Saving the best for last. Eclat De Rire (Leader Bayama) is the defending 2019 champion and just made it to the final. Stablemate/entry Retour Au Jeu (He's Watching) is the sharper of the two, having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. Mickeymaksomespeed (Mickey Hanover) just popped at H3R in 1:54.2 and has won three of his last four starts. Whitecookie (Windfall Blue Chip) and HP I Got To Play (Shadow Play) are also contenders in this tough field. First race post time on Sunday is 1:00 pm. Track Notes: Live racing takes place Friday at H3R with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Four former Quebec Series Champions, with a total of eight titles among them, are competing. They are Capteur De Reve (Fri post six in race four), the only trotter to win 4 championships -- 2016 2TC/G, 2017 3TC/G, 2018 4-5TH/G, 2019 4+T/HG; Precieuse CC (post four race four) 2017 2TF, 2018 3TF; Holiday Party (race six post three) 2016 3TC/G, and Stock (race seven post three) 2017 2PC/G. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - At the Facebook Live post-position draw Wednesday afternoon for the Super Sunday race card Sunday (Sept. 27) at the Hippodrome 3R, Claude Levesque, Chairman of the Quebec Jockey Club, announced that four additional Friday race dates have been added to the 2020 schedule. It was welcome news at the H3R Quebec City OTB where the press conference was held. "The Quebec Jockey Club is pleased that despite Covid-19 not allowing spectators at the track to view and wager on live racing," Levesque said. "The increases in simulcast wagering have been very strong and that the horse people in Quebec will enjoy four extra days of live racing this year." H3R was to conclude live racing on Friday's on October 9 and will now add four more Friday's, October 16, 23, 30 and November 6. "There are two conditions to the extra four days of racing," Levesque added. "That the bars and therefore the betting houses we have are not closed by Public Health. And second is that there are obviously enough horses to fulfill these additional programs." Post time on Fridays is 4:00 pm and Sundays at 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Harness racing traner Luc Blais will have two horses in Saturday's inaugural Mohawk Million for 2-year-old trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park, so he is understandably excited about the event. But the trainer knows he is not alone in being pumped up about Canada's richest race since 2012. The Mohawk Million is the first million-dollar buy-in race in harness racing history. Nine spots in the 10-horse field were available for purchase for $110,000 (U.S.), with the final slot in the race given to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial. Blais-trained On A Streak won the Wellwood to earn his place in the Mohawk Million. The colt is owned by Serge Godin's Determination stable, which also had purchased a spot in the race. Donna Soprano, the Blais-Determination tandem's undefeated filly, was selected by her connections to fill that spot. "It's very exciting," Blais said. "At the beginning, you've got a slot, but you don't know what horse will be there. Now, we're in. We are lucky, our horses have been racing well. You need luck in this game, and I think everything is going well right now. I hope it keeps going in that direction. "But we all feel the same this week. We all feel excited. This is something new and I think people are interested to see it. That is good for the game." The Mohawk Million carries a Canadian purse of $1.32 million, which converts to $1 million U.S. dollars. The winner of the race will receive the traditional 50-percent purse payout and all starters will receive at least one percent of the purse. Donna Soprano, undefeated in five races this year, will start the Mohawk Million from post three with regular driver Bob McClure. Her victories include the Peaceful Way Stakes, a division of the Champlain Stakes, and the Pure Ivory Series final. She has won every race by a minimum of one length and average of nearly three lengths. "I think she has a lot of character," Blais said. "She was not easy to bring here, but we figured her out, the way she wanted things. Every start is better and better, and she is more handy on the racetrack. Her last couple starts, she looks like a real professional. She acts like a special horse." Donna Soprano is a daughter of Donato Hanover out of the O'Brien Award winning mare Windsong Soprano. She was purchased for $190,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. She has earned $210,820 this season. Blais and Determination selected Donna Soprano for the Mohawk Million over stablemate Macho Martini, a colt who won his first seven races before finishing third in the Wellwood Memorial and then suffering interference and going off stride in the stretch of an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division. "It was a good problem," Blais said about having to make a choice. "Macho Martini already has nine starts this year and he raced very big in the Wellwood. He had a rough mile. Donna has only five starts and she looks very hot right now." On A Streak, a son of Cantab Hall out of Habit's Best, is a half-brother to O'Brien Award winner Habitat and was purchased for $155,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale. He got his first win in the Wellwood, where he bested previously undefeated Southwind Tyrion by a head. A week earlier in their Wellwood elimination, On A Streak suffered a nose defeat to Southwind Tyrion. "He was second that day, but he raced big," Blais said. "I was not really surprised (when he won the Wellwood). He is getting better and better every start. It seems he is more mature and he knows what to do now, more than in the beginning. He is a nice horse, a very strong horse. He just needed a little maturity and now I think he's there." On A Streak will start the Mohawk Million from post seven with driver Scott Young. The Mohawk Million is race 10 on Saturday's card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m. (EDT). The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below: Post-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Slot Owner 1. Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) - Courant Inc. 2. Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) - Glengate Farms 3. Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) - Determination 4. Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) - Dreamland Farms 5. Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) - Diamond Creek Racing 6. Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) - Jeffrey Snyder 7. On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) - Wellwood Winner 8. Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) - Fashion Farms 9. Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) - John Fielding 10. Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) - Brad Grant In addition to the Mohawk Million, Saturday's card at Mohawk includes the She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, Milton Stakes final for pacing mares, and Metro Pace final for 2-year-old male pacers. For more about the Mohawk Million and Saturday's stakes, click here. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 22, 2020 - Grand River Raceway wraps up its 2020 harness racing season with eight $15,000 Prospect Series Finals on Friday, Sept. 25 and local trainers Chris Matthews and Don Lindsey are hoping their colts can finish off the season on a winning note. Kodiak Seelster leads the freshmen pacing colts into the final with 100 points from two Prospect Series wins, both of them from Post 1, and Matthews and the Sunshine Beach colt will be back at the rail in Friday's sixth race. "He's horrible on the front. I don't think he even won a training trip all year on the front end," said Matthews with a laugh. "But he had the rail that start at Grand River (Aug. 21) and on the half I figured you better use your post to your advantage, and he just barely held on that night. Then at Flamboro (Sept. 15) he made front and he actually was a lot better on the front in that race. So he's maybe figuring it out." Guelph resident Matthews trains and drives Kodiak Seelster for his co-owners Desmond Scott of Orangeville, Jeff Bryan of Amaranth and Todd Williams of Guelph, ON. The group acquired Kodiak Seelster from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale, offering up $29,000 for the half-brother to $1 million winner Kendall Seelster and $416,632 winner Karma Seelster. "I bought him out of the ring to be honest with you. I said, 'Holy geez, we really can't let that colt go that cheap'. I think I bid once on him and then we hit him one more time and we owned him. I didn't think we'd be able to afford him, but you know what, we're happy with him," said Matthews, who worked with Karma Seelster as part of trainer Gregg McNair's staff. "It's a tough year for colts so thank God for the Prospect Series. He can get a little experience and get a little money on his card." Kodiak Seelster started his season at the Grassroots level, finishing fourth in the July 20 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but a lackluster effort in an Aug. 13 overnight event at the Milton oval prompted Matthews and his partners to try the Prospect Series. "He was always really nice gaited, nicest gaited colt I've ever trained down. He always paced the turns great training down. We even paid the payment for the Jug, because I said if there's one thing he's going to be good at is on a half," said Matthews. "So he threw in a bit of a stinker at Mohawk and I said well, the Prospect is at Grand River and I wanted to try him on the half, so I told my partners, let's try him there and see how he handles it, and he liked it. So we'll see what happens Friday, hopefully we got lucky with the post and we can get lucky the win." Like Kodiak Seelster, Don Lindsey trainee Hall Of Secrets heads into the three-year-old trotting colt final off a win in the last regular season leg. The Angus Hall son and driver David Boughton cruised to a front end victory at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 13 and will be looking for their third win of the season from Post 3 in Race 11 on Friday. "He was very good his last start. He's been inconsistent this summer," said Fergus, ON resident Lindsey. "He's showed some really good miles and he's showed some not spectacular performances. I thought when we shut him down last year that he would fill out and be a big strong horse and be a little better than he turned out to be. He seems to be getting a little better lately, but he started off the year just a little behind where we thought he might be." Hall Of Secrets finished the regular season in second spot in the standings with 108 points, 92 behind leader Los Ballykeelamigo who went undefeated in four Prospect Series starts. Los Ballykeelamigo and driver Scott Young will start from Post 5 in Friday's final, and Lindsey is hoping Boughton can use that to his advantage. "I'm very happy that we drew inside the Ballykeel horse, he's definitely the one to beat," said Lindsey. "I imagine Dave can work something out if we're inside. He showed a good turn of foot last time, so I imagine he can race him either way." The trainer's father Paul Lindsey of Fergus, ON owns Hall Of Secrets, who was a $15,000 purchase out of the 2018 London Selected Yearling Sale. Post time for Grand River Raceway's 2020 finale is 6:30 pm and the Prospect Series divisions will wrap up the Friday, Sept. 25 program in Races 4 through 11. Attendance is limited to 100 registered guests (click here for registration information), but fans can download a program and watch all the action on the Grand River Raceway live stream. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The hottest harness racing filly on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada will again taking a step up in competition as Temagami Seelster looks to extend her win streak to six on Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash Thursday presentation has a 6 P.M. opening post time with the featured $2,300 pace lining up in race 11. Temagami Seelster had post 3 in the compact field of five with Brodie MacPhee at the controls again this week for trainer Tom Weatherbie and Nova Scotia owners David Mercer, Wayne McGean and Joseph Lewis. The three-year-old Sunshine Beach filly won her fifth straight last week in Charlottetown. Her main rivals will be to her outside on Thursday evening. Better Be In Love gets Jason Hughes back in the bike for trainer Brendan Mullen from post 4 while 2017 Atlantic Triple Crown winner Filly Forty Seven has post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Peter MacPhee in the Post Time Picks has Temagami Seelster on top in the evening feature. "Temagami Seelster fired off the wings and never looked back winning her fifth in a row on PEI. Has to move up and there is speed to her inside but we're confident Brodie maps out a trip and gets her to the wire first." Other entries in the pacing feature are Lean On Who (To be driven by Gilles Barrieau) and Southwind Ion (David Dowling). The top trot of the night lines up in race 8 for a $2,150 purse with Labero the morning line choice from post 5 with Dowling driving for trainer Randy Van Meer and owner Donna Van Meer of Bowmanville, Ont. The six-year-old son of Kadabra has recorded six top-three finishes this season from 12 starts with his latest outing a third place finish to Mile Hill Willie and Hop Up while being race timed in 1:58.3. Those two foes are absent on Thursday evening but Labero will have to contend with past Open class winner Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) from post 5 and Maritime Champion Windmeredontuworry (Adam Merner) from post 6. Newcomer Cheeky Little Minx has post 2 for trainer-driver Barrieau after coming to P.E.I. from the New York racing circuit. For race programs and more go to Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

MILTON, SEPT. 22, 2020 – The 2020 Grassroots regular season came to a close on Tuesday, Sept. 22 at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a quartet of $22,800 divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Lovedbythemasses kicked off the finale in impressive fashion, taking command at the half and sailing home to a three length victory in a personal best 1:53.4. Crossfit Mouse finished second and Charmbo Prince was third. “He doesn’t leave real good, we don’t get away great with him, but we had a good post today and I thought if I could just get away close I would try to re-move him to the front, so it kind of worked like that,” said Mike Saftic, who piloted the fan favourite from Post 4. “Scott Young (with Crossfit Mouse) went first and then I just kind of followed to the front, and when he made front he felt good. He swelled up and made a good effort. “A nice clean trip and he trotted real good, finished up strong. It was a good mile, a lifetime mark, so hopefully we’re going into the Semis in good shape.” Campbellville resident Saftic steers Lovedbythemasses for trainer Ed Peconi of Peterborough and his co-owners Nicholas Peconi of Lakefield, ON and Wade Peconi of Stanchel, PEI, who also bred the son of Muscle Mass. The reigning Grassroots champion, Lovedbythemasses was a two-time winner in 2020 while also squaring off on several occasions against Gold Series and open stake colts, and he heads into the postseason ranked eighth with 112 points. Leading the three-year-old trotting colts into the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals is Mikey Mass, who picked up his third Grassroots win in the second $22,800 division on Tuesday. Starting from Post 1, the fan favourite got away fifth and then stalked Ripped And Ready up the outer lane as Remember Titans put up fractions of :28.2,:57.4 and 1:25.4. Slipping out in the stretch, Mikey Mass sprinted home to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.2. Ripped And Ready was second and Remember Titans third. “He seems like he’s going into the Semis very well right now. I was happy to see him race off a helmet the way he did today. It was nice to see him follow cover. He did everything right today and Jonathan really drove him well,” said trainer Nick Gallucci of the second-over trip carved out by driver Jonathan Drury. “I like how he finishes his miles, he seems like he’s as strong at the end as he is at the start.” Gallucci shares ownership of the Muscle Mass son with Vince Gallucci of Brantford, Frank Cirillo of Kleinburg and Bruno Didiomede of Hamilton, ON. The Stouffville resident said his girlfriend Karoline Nielsen handles the majority of the gelding’s care and has him in an excellent state of mind heading into the postseason. “Right now he’s really sharp, he’s enjoying life, he seems like he’s thriving on whatever she’s doing with him,” said Gallucci. “She does a lot of the track work with him, looks after him, the odd time I’ll train him, but mostly everything that happens with him is her doing. She’s doing a good job with him.” Joining Mikey Mass and Lovedbythemasses in the Semi-Final will be Life Is A Feast, who needed a win on Tuesday to extend his Ontario Sires Stakes season. The Royalty For Life gelding and driver James MacDonald left well from Post 2 and shadowed pacesetting favourite Blue Cupertino through fractions of :28.4, :58.1 and 1:28 before shifting into a big gear in the stretch and snaring a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Blue Cupertino settled for second and Your Still Up was six lengths back in third. “He pretty much had to do something tonight to get in the Semi-Final,” said Puslinch, ON resident Ben Wallace, who trains the gelding for Paul Fontaine of North Smithfield, RI. “We dropped him out of the other bunch, the Gold level, maybe we should have done it right off the bat, but he had a real good two-year-old year down in the Massachusetts Sires Stakes. Mind you it’s a different world up here and it worked out that he’s better suited in this group, so hopefully he keeps putting it together and behaves himself and goes forward.” Tuesday’s win and a Sept. 10 runner-up finish to Blue Cupertino give Life Is A Feast 75 Grassroots points and put him in a tie for twelfth, with none other than Blue Cupertino. The final $23,150 division saw Kenogami Coco post his second straight Grassroots win with a 1:56.2 personal best that saw him leave well from Post 5, sit third and then power home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Tymal Riggs and Lexus Markus. “He was way better tonight than he was in the last Grassroots he won,” said driver Louis-Philippe Roy of Guelph. “He was quiet in the post parade, he cleared easily early in the stretch and then was just waiting for them. I know it wasn’t the fastest division of the night, but the way he raced tonight I like his chances for the Semi-Finals.” Roy drives the Wheeling N Dealin son for trainer Dany Fontaine and breeders Jean-Francois and Marie-Claude Reid of Anjou, QC. The Grassroots Semi-Finals go postward next Thursday and Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the two-year-olds battling on Oct. 1 and the three-year-olds on Oct. 2. The top 20 point earners from each division will compete in their respective Semi-Finals with the top five finishers then advancing to the Oct. 10 Grassroots Championships. Complete results from Tuesday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, September 22, 2020 – The inaugural Mohawk Million headlines Canada’s richest night of harness racing with over $2.8 million on the line this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  The $1,320,000 (CAD) Mohawk Million, $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes are the marquee races on a 12-race card.  The Mohawk Million will see a field of ten two-year-old trotters under the bright lights for harness racing’s newest million-dollar race. The event is the first million-dollar “buy-in” race in harness racing history. A total of nine slots in the race were available for purchase at a cost of $110,000 (USD). The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Serge Godin’s Determination will send out a powerful one-two punch in the Mohawk Million. Undefeated filly Donna Soprano races in Determination’s purchased slot, while On A Streak won the Wellwood Memorial to secure a second starter for Godin. Both horses are trained by Luc Blais.  Donna Soprano is a perfect five for five and most recently won the Peaceful Way in dominant fashion. The regally bred daughter of millionaires Donato Hanover and Windsong Soprano has earned $278,082 to date and holds a mark of 1:53.3. She will be driven by Woodbine’s leading driver Bob McClure.  On A Streak was winless in five starts prior to upsetting in the William Wellwood Memorial. The son of Cantab Hall is five for six in the top-three and sports the highest earnings in the field at $312,601. Scott Young will make his million-dollar race debut when he sits behind On A Streak.  Woodbine’s leading owner Brad Grant has negotiated with the connections of Kentucky Sires Stakes champion Venerate to race in his slot. The Julie Miller trained son of French stallion Love You won the state final at The Red Mile last Sunday in a dazzling 1:51.4. He is now three for six with $186,766 earned for owners Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. Andrew McCarthy, who recently won both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantinage, will steer.  Donna Soprano will be joined by two other fillies in the race. Insta Glam, racing in John Fielding’s slot, and Altar for Diamond Creek Racing will take their shot in a year that has seen fillies have big success against the boys.  Insta Glam is trained by Nancy Takter for Goran Falk and Christina Takter. The daughter of Father Patrick is four for seven and earlier this season set a new track record of 1:54 at Harrah’s Philadelphia.   Diamond Creek Racing kept it all in the family with their Mohawk Million entry of Altar. The daughter of Muscle Hill is a homebred for Adam Bowden’s Diamond Creek. She sits with a record of two wins in five starts and was this season’s New Jersey Sires Stakes champion   Anders Ström’s Courant Inc. entered their own Muscle Hill colt Iznogoud AM S. The Marcus Melander trainee is winless in six starts but has been knocking on the door with runner-up finishes in legs of the New Jersey and Kentucky Sires Stakes.  Jules Siegel’s Fashion Farms will send out Bravado Fashion from the Jim Campbell barn. The son of Bar Hopping is looking to build off a maiden-breaking victory in his most recent start at The Red Mile.  The remainder of the field saw slot owners do some private negotiating to secure their Mohawk Million starter.  Warrawee Whisper from the Shawn Steacy barn will race in the slot of Jim Bullock’s Glengate Farms. The son of Trixton is winless in six with three runner-up finishes, including seconds in the Wellwood Memorial elimination and Champlain.  Brad Maxwell trainee Full Of Muscles has been secured to race in the slot of Gina Ghent’s Dreamland Farms. The son of Muscle Mass just missed a victory in last Saturday’s Ontario Sires Stakes Gold at Mohawk Park and has four runner-up finishes in six starts.  Tokyo Seelster from the Richard Moreau barn is an OSS Gold winner with three wins in nine career starts. The son of Kadabra has been secured to race in the slot of Jeffrey Snyder.  The Mohawk Million is Race 10 on Saturday’s $2.8 million card. Post time is approximately 10:45 p.m.  The full field for the Mohawk Million is listed below:    1 Iznogoud AM S (Doug McNair/Marcus Melander) – Courant Inc. 2 Warrawee Whisper (Jonathan Drury/Shawn Steacy) – Glengate Farms 3 Donna Soprano (Bob McClure/Luc Blais) – Determination 4 Full Of Muscles (Trevor Henry/Brad Maxwell) – Dreamland Farms 5 Altar (Jody Jamieson/Per Engblom) – Diamond Creek Racing 6 Tokyo Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Richard Moreau) – Jeffrey Snyder 7 On A Streak (Scott Young/Luc Blais) – Wellwood Winner 8 Bravado Fashion (Louis-Philippe Roy/Jim Campbell) – Fashion Farms 9 Insta Glam (Yannick Gingras/Nancy Takter) – John Fielding 10 Venerate (Andrew McCarthy/Julie Miller) – Brad Grant     ROOKIE PACERS READY FOR METRO PACE AND SHES A GREAT LADY   The spotlight will be bright Saturday for two-year-olds with the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady joining the Mohawk Million.  Abuckabett Hanover will have all eyes on him in the $720,000 Metro Pace. The Tony Alagna trainee is on a four-race win streak and posted a strong 1:51 elimination score for driver McCarthy.  A son of Betting Line, Abuckabett Hanover is a perfect three for three at Mohawk Park with all three wins coming in Grand Circuit races. The rookie has displayed tremendous speed, finishing off each of his last two wins in :26.1.  Alagna will be searching for his third Metro Pace victory after winning the event in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  Amanda Fine trainee Highlandbeachsbest is the other elimination winner in the field. The Somebeachsomewhere colt pulled off a 14-1 upset in his elimination, stopping the clock in 1:51.4 for driver Trevor Henry.  Highlandbeachsbest is finding his best stride at the right time, as he’s won two of his last starts after going winless in his first five outings.  The $720,000 Metro Pace is carded as Race 8 (9:55 p.m.).  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is headlined by star pacing filly Caviart Audrey for Caviart Farms, trainer Takter and driver Gingras. The Somebeachsomewhere filly is four for five and would be undefeated if not for a disqualification in her second lifetime start.  Caviart Audrey has dazzled in three starts at Mohawk Park, most impressively winning the Eternal Camnation on August 29 in 1:51.2. She won her elimination last Saturday in 1:52.4.  Scarlett Hanover is red-hot going into the Shes A Great Lady. The daughter of Bettors Delight has won three in a row and is five for nine overall. Ashleigh Hensley trains for the rookie pacing filly in Ontario for Ron Burke.  McCarthy lands the drive behind Scarlett Hanover after Gingras opted to remain with Caviart Audrey.  The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 5 (8:40 p.m.).    PACING MARES MEET IN WIDE OPEN MILTON  The Milton Stakes has the ability to be the race of the night if the final is anything like last Saturday’s eliminations. Both eliminations saw thrilling three-across finishes.  Kissin In The Sand and Trillions Hanover prevailed in the eliminations and earned the right to select their post for the final, choosing post three and four, respectively.  Six-year-old Caviart Ally is looking for a three-peat in the Milton after winning the last two editions. The Brett Pelling trainee was third by a head in her elimination, which was her first in seven weeks. She starts from the second-tier Saturday.  Roses Are Red winner Warrawee Ubeaut will look to rebound after hitting a wall late and getting picked off by Kissin In The Sand in her elimination. The Burke trained four-year-old has had an up and down year, but has enjoyed major victories in the past at Mohawk Park.  Local stars Boadicea, So Much More and Lit De Rose are also part of the ten-horse field.  The $215,000 Milton Stakes is carded as Race 7 (9:30 p.m.).    WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW  Post time for Saturday’s rich card is 7 p.m. Early program pages can be downloaded by clicking here.  Fans and horseplayers can watch and wager on the Mohawk Million card through HPIbet.com and the Dark Horse App. The marquee stakes events will also be broadcast live on COSATV through their YouTube channel and various social media accounts.    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced that a mandatory payout for the Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 will be offered this Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jackpot Hi-5 carryover currently sits at $122,342.03 heading into Tuesday evening's card of harness racing. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager will be offered on every card this week leading up to the mandatory payout on Saturday. This Saturday's card at Woodbine Mohawk Park is headlined by the inaugural Mohawk Million, which features a field of 10 two-year-old trotters racing for a purse of $1,320,000 (CAD). The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout race is carded as Race 12 (11:35 p.m.). To download early program pages for Saturday's card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, SEPT. 21, 2020 – Trotting fillies were in the harness racing spotlight at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Sept. 21 with the freshmen competing in a pair of $106,000 Gold Series divisions and the sophomores in four $23,000 Grassroots splits. You Will Be Queen captured the first $106,400 Gold division with a personal best 1:55.2 effort. Starting from Post 5, with Chris Christoforou in the race bike, You Will Be Queen left smartly and led the field to a :28.2 opening quarter. Up And Ready swept to the front heading for the :57.2 half, but just before the 1:26.3 three-quarters Christoforou tipped You Will Be Queen to the outside and the fan favourite powered down the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Up And Ready finished second and Pixies Lady was third. “She’s been good all year. She got sick on us there after the first leg of the Pure Ivory (July 23), we had to give her some time off, but she’s come back good,” said trainer Dustin Jones of Waterdown, ON. “She raced good in the Peaceful Way Final (Sept. 12) and got beat by two really good fillies, and then she raced really good tonight. She raced actually tonight like she did in her win in the Pure Ivory where Chris left with her, let a guy go and then came back out, so real happy with her.” Monday’s victory was the first Gold Series win of You Will Be Queen’s career, but not her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Royalty For Life filly won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 13. She finished second in her Gold Series debut on Aug. 19 at Grand River Raceway and then posted three straight third-place finishes behind Donna Soprano in the Champlain Stakes and the elimination and final of the Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “She’s very nice filly,” said Jones, who bred and owns the filly in partnership with Hebert Horses Inc. of Montreal, QC. “She’s a pleasure to come to the track with.” In the second $107,200 two-year-old trotting filly Gold division, Imextraspecial and driver Trevor Henry left well from Post 3 and watched from third as Dashing Muscle reached the quarter in :28.2 and then yielded to fan favourite Dicentra. As Dicentra rolled toward a :58.1 half, Henry sent Imextraspecial after the lead and once the filly reached the front she opened up a four length lead on her peers, reaching the  three-quarters in 1:26.2. Imextraspecial cruised home to a personal best 1:55 clocking, three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Dashing Muscle and Dicentra. “She raced really well,” said trainer Paul Walker of Owen Sound, ON. “I think maybe a those couple races at Elora kind of turned her around and she’s been getting better ever since.” Like You Will Be Queen, Imextraspecial started her provincial career in the Grassroots, winning a division of the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the July 29 leg at Grand River Raceway in Elora. The Muscle Mass daughter went back to Elora for the Aug. 19 Gold event and added a third win to her resume. Imextraspecial also tested her skills against the Grand Circuit fillies in the Champlain and Peaceful Way. She finished fifth, placed fourth in the Champlain, second in her Peaceful Way elimination and fourth in the final. “She raced a really good race in the Peaceful Way (final), we were really pleased. She put in a real gutsy effort there. She got a bad shuffle and then come again in the stretch, so it takes a pretty good two-year-old to do that,” said Walker, who trains the filly for Keith Coulter of Mono, ON. “Her mother was a very tough mare and I think she’s passed it on.” The two-year-old trotting fillies have one Gold event remaining on their schedule, Oct. 6 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, before the top 10 point earners compete in the Oct. 17 Super Final. Imextraspecial and You Will Be Queen currently sit third and sixth in the point standings, respectively. In the three-year-old trotting filly Grassroots action, Sonadora Deo kicked things off with a 1:55.4 score in the first $23,150 division. The fan favourite held off a hard-charging Moana for the half-length victory. Noblesse Duharas was five lengths behind the leaders in third. “Dora should have been a Gold filly, but just had a lot of bad luck,” said Bob McClure, who piloted the Kadabra daughter to her second Grassroots win for trainer Luc Blais of Campbellville and owner Determination of Montreal, QC. “We’re trying to end on a good note in the Grassroots. She’s a very solid filly.” McClure, who is in a battle for top spot in the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings with five-time Lampman Cup winner Sylvain Filion, returned to the Grassroots winner’s circle in the last division, scoring an upset with Th Present when favourite Profound Paragon skipped offstride in the stretch. Th Present sprinted by to a six length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Scorched Romance was second and Highland Foxytrotr was third. “She’s been super in her last two since Marcel changed some gear on her,” said McClure, who steers the Royalty For Life filly for trainer Marcel Barrieau of Cambridge and Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. “She’s very sharp right now, which is good timing.” The top 20 point earners will compete in the Oct. 2 Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park and Th Present heads into the postseason in second with 163 points, while Sonadora Deo is sixth with 100. The other two winners, Yen and No Angel Here, also finished in the top 20. Yen got her first Grassroots win of the season in 1:56.2 for driver Sylvain Filion, trainer Julie Walker and owner-breeder Overseas Farms Ltd. of Cambridge, ON. The E L Titan filly bested Goddess De Vie and Magic Wanda. No Angel Here clocked a personal best 1:57.4 for driver Paul MacDonell, trainer Peter Core and owner-breeders Bet Max Stables Inc. of Casco and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Township, MI. The Archangel miss edged out Emotions Durables and Protostar for her first Grassroots win. Complete results for Monday’s program can be found at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold and Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2020 - The harness racing field for the inaugural Mohawk Million is set with each of the nine slot owners declaring a horse to race in their slot prior to Monday's noon deadline. The $1 million (USD) race for two-year-old trotters will take place this Saturday (September 26) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a full field of 10 lining up. The Mohawk Million follows a buy-in formula with nine slots in the race sold earlier this year for $110,000 (USD) each. The tenth and final slot was awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial, On A Streak. Each of the nine slots sold were considered an entity that could be sold, traded or leased. All nine slot owners have retained their slots with several opting to privately negotiate a deal to have a horse they do not own compete in their slot. The field for the Mohawk Million is listed below by slot owner name. Slot Owner: Brad Grant Horse: Venerate Owner: Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable Inc. Trainer: Julie Miller Slot Owner: Courant Inc. Horse: Iznogoud AM S Owner: Courant Inc. Trainer: Marcus Melander Slot Owner: Determination Horse: Donna Soprano (Filly) Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais Slot Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Horse: Altar (Filly) Owner: Diamond Creek Racing Trainer: Per Engblom Slot Owner: Dreamland Farms Horse: Full Of Muscles Owner: Farhi Standardbreds Corp. Trainer: Brad Maxwell Slot Owner: Fashion Farms Horse: Bravado Fashion Owner: Fashion Farms LLC. Trainer: Jim Campbell Slot Owner: Glengate Farms Horse: Warrawee Whisper Owner: Mark Steacy, Natasha Rivest, Stephen Klunowski and Dr. Michael Wilson Trainer: Shawn Steacy Slot Owner: Jeffrey Snyder Horse: Tokyo Seelster Owner: Michael Sergi, Sam Sergi and Braveheart Racing Trainer: Richard Moreau Slot Owner: John Fielding Horse: Insta Glam (Filly) Owner: Goran Falk and Christina Takter Trainer: Nancy Takter Wellwood Winner Slot Horse: On A Streak Owner: Determination Trainer: Luc Blais The post-position draw for the Mohawk Million will take place this evening at 6:20 p.m. The draw will be part of the Woodbine Racing Live simulcast show prior to Monday evening's card of live racing. Mark McKelvie will host this evening's Mohawk Million coverage on Woodbine Racing Live. This evening's festivities include a message from Jim Lawson, CEO of Woodbine Entertainment, a closer look at each horse in the field and the post-position draw with Scott McKelvie, Race Secretary for Mohawk Park. The draw can be seen live on multiple platforms, including Woodbine Mohawk Park's website, Facebook, HPIbet, HPItv and all distributors carrying Woodbine's simulcast signal. The $1 million Mohawk Park is the main event of Canada's richest night of harness racing. The Mohawk Million card also includes the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton Stakes. Post time for Saturday's rich card is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two of the best harness racing drivers in North America, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy, are returning to the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday to compete in the $480,000 Quebec Championship Finals. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with finals being held for the trotters and pacers in the Breeders Trophy Series and Future Stars Series. The are four Breeders Trophy Finals for the three-year-old's, each with a purse of $65,000 and four Future Stars Finals for the two-year-old's, each with a purse of $55,000. Super Sunday is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The Hippodrome 3R is where both Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy began their harness racing careers. Both drivers are now standouts on the WEG (Woodbine Entertainment Group) Circuit in Ontario. "I will be there next Sunday for sure," said Filion, who had raced earlier this month at H3R, driving his father, Yves Filion, horse's in the Future Stars Series. "I always like coming back to drive at H3R." Yves Filion and his Bayama Farms have two top two-year-old pacing colts in Future Stars Final, Cadillac Bayama and Colonel Bayama. Cadillac Bayama will be driven by Filion. Bayama Farms will also have Celia Bayama in the Future Stars Final for the fillies. Filion has had five drives at H3R this season with three wins, one second and one third place finish. His Universal Driving Rating (batting average) UDR is an impressive .600. For Roy, it will be the first time that he has driven at H3R this season. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," LPR said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. "My good friend Francis Richard asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals," LPR explained. "So, I thought it would be a good time to plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." Both Filion and Roy know they are coming back to their home track and facing some tough drivers. The meets leader, Pascal Berube, sports a UDR of .401, Stephane Gendron has a UDR of .400 and Stephane Brosseau, Pierre-Luc Roy (LPR's older brother), Francis Picard, Steeven Genois and the youngster, Samuel Fillion (LPR's brother-in-law), are all top-class drivers. The draw for post positions for Super Sunday in Quebec is Wednesday afternoon. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Leamington track announcer Nathan Bain, on the strength of a seven-winner day, once again extended his lead on Ontario Racing handicapper Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale in the $500 Leamington Raceway Handicapping Challenge this past Sunday, September 20 Both handicappers had a great day, including both scoring with their Best Bets, but in the end, the final tally of Bain's seven winners to Barnsdale's five resulted in a score of 83 to 65 for Bain, who started out hot by correctly forecasting the winners of the opening four dashes. Barnsdale was also on the winners of races 1 through 3. The standings currently show Bain leading Barnsdale by 63 points (579 to 516) with five cards of racing remaining. The Handicapping Challenge is co-sponsored by the Canadian chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and online Standardbred marketplace HoofBid. It is contested every week to the final day of the 2020 Leamington Raceway meet on October 25, with $300 awarded to the winner and $200 to the runner-up. Check out Nick's selections at "Tips from the Pros" at ontarioracing.com, and Nathan's picks on the Leamington Raceway website, lakeshorehorseraceway.com. Leamington remains open to up to 100 spectators who contact the track ahead of time to reserve their spot. The live races can be viewed on the website, and online wagering is available via HorseplayerInteractive.com and TwinSpires.com.   by Garnet Barnsdale, for Canadian Chapter USHWA

LONDON, ON - The 2020 Fall harness racing season at The Raceway at Western Fair District is set to kick off on Wednesday, October 7 at 6:15 p.m. and fans will notice some changes to both the schedule and wagering menu when racing resumes. In addition, details around COVID-19 protocols and capacity limits for on-track participants and guests are also available. The Fall schedule will look slightly different with live harness racing taking place each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 6:15 p.m. through December 31st. This change from the traditional Monday-Tuesday-Friday Fall schedule will allow track officials more time to fully clean and disinfect the paddock building between race programs. The traditional Friday post time of 6:55 p.m. has also been changed to 6:15 p.m. to create more consistency in the schedule and better position The Raceway product on the busy Friday night simulcast market. The opening weekend of live racing will feature the glamour boys of the Ontario Sires Stakes on Friday, October 9th. It will be their final stop of the season prior to the lucrative OSS Super Finals which take place on October 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. On the wagering front, The Raceway will introduce a new Pick-5 wager starting in the first race each night. It will feature a $2,500 guaranteed pool along with a low 15% takeout. If the wager does not produce a winning ticket, a carryover will be in effect. The caretakers -- the people who look after the magnificent horses that race night in and night out -- will also be recognized on October 9 as part of the National Caretakers initiative that has been happening at racetracks across the country this season. The Raceway will offer a swag bag for the groom of each winning horse and COSA is offering one $100 HPI card per groom per race to be randomly drawn. Ontario Racing's Series will return to The Raceway on Wednesday, October 14. The track will host events for two- and three-year-old filly trotters and colt pacers with the $20,000 added finals taking place on October 15. The last Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events of the season for three-year-old filly trotters are slated for October 28 and 30th. The Raceway generally hosts its Survivor contest on Tuesday, however due to the new racing schedule, Survivor will now be contested on Wednesdays. Same rules will be applied this year and customers can fill out their entries at WesternFairDistrict.com/Raceway Due to the COVID-19 pandemic a number of measures have been put into place in order to accommodate participants and patrons in a safe environment. Here's what customers can expect: The Raceway will allow 50 guests in its Simulcast location and Grandstand as well as 50 guests in its East Annex and outdoor patio. Face masks are mandatory in both locations. Customers will be able to make a reservation online for their desired area. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. The Top of the Fair restaurant will also be open all three racing days. The restaurant will offer a Pub style menu and will be limited to 150 patrons to ensure physical distancing is in place. Reservations will be required for each race night and face masks are mandatory. Wagering and restroom facilities will be made available. To make reservations for Top Of The Fair please call 519-438-7203 x 252 or email topofthefair@westernfairdistrict.com. Here's what horse people can expect: When horse people enter the race paddock, they will be subject to a full screening process. This includes temperature checks and a questionnaire. Trainers are encouraged to allow themselves extra time when commuting to the track. Face masks are mandatory and physical distancing of 2metres/6 feet must be maintained. The Raceway will offer a new paddock layout to ensure safety of all participants. Management has repositioned each race accordingly to offer the best experience with social distancing at the half-mile oval. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway  

DUNDAS, SEPT. 20, 2020 – The Wild Card scored his fifth Grassroots win on Sunday, Sept. 20 to wrap up the regular harness racing season with a perfect record and the top spot in the three-year-old pacing colt standings. Flamboro Downs bettors sent the colt off as the heavy favourite from Post 1 in the first $22,800 Grassroots split and driver Doug McNair let the colt settle into second early as Noneyabizzness powered out to a :26.3 quarter. The favourites were soon out and driving and The Wild Card led the field through a :54.4 half and a 1:24.2 three-quarters before digging in down the stretch for a one-half length victory in 1:53.1. Captivate Hanover finished second and Bettor At Hightide was third. “He’s just a nice little horse. He’s handy, he’s quick off the gate and he’s always happy, he’s got his ears up and he just keeps going,” said McNair. “He kind of got tortured a little bit tonight, I mean I had to go a big half with him, I was out a long way with him, and he just kept going. He’s just a nice little horse to drive.” The Guelph resident piloted The Wild Card to all five of his Grassroots wins for trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Cambridge, ON and his co-owners R G McGroup Ltd of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC. Three of those wins came at Woodbine Mohawk Park and one at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Sunday’s appearance was The Wild Card’s first start on a half-mile since an unsuccessful tour of Clinton Raceway last summer so Moore gave the Bettors Delight son a trial run over the Flamboro oval on Wednesday, Sept. 16. “There was a little question about the half-mile track, because he’s only a little guy but he has a really big swing behind, especially on his inside leg. When we raced him at Clinton last year he couldn’t get around the turns very good at all, he struggled with it, so I took him down Wednesday, me and the guy that looks after him, Joe Tulino, and I trained him in 2:03 down there in the bike, just went the one trip. Last quarter in :28, last half in :58, and he got around there no problem at all,” said Moore. “We were humming and hawing whether I should put him in Mohawk Saturday in non-winners of five or whatever, but I’m glad we went there, it worked out all right.” With 250 points, The Wild Card will lead the sophomore pacing colts into the Oct. 2 Grassroots Semi-Finals. The top 20 point earners qualify for the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advance to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. McNair may face a tough decision in the postseason. He also piloted Mayhem Hanover to a win on Sunday, qualifying the defending Grassroots champion for the Semi-Finals. Heading into the final leg Mayhem Hanover had made just one start in the Grassroots, finishing third, but Sunday’s win gave him the required two starts and vaulted him into the top 20 with 62 points. “He’s been racing against tough horses so he finally got a little bit of a break,” said McNair of the colt’s recent starts in the North America Cup, Simcoe and Somebeachsomewhere. “He’s just kind of on the border. Just a little behind them other guys, not far though.” Starting from Post 9, Mayhem Hanover got away fourth as Sunshine List led the field to a :26.4 quarter. Coming off the second turn McNair tipped Mayhem Hanover to the outside and started to advance on favourite Bettorbuckleup, who hit the half in :55.3. By the 1:23 three-quarters Mayhem Hanover had edged Bettorbuckleup and from there the colt opened up a five and one-half length margin on his peers, hitting the wire in 1:51.4. Pocket-sitter Sunshine List got up for second and Bettorbuckleup settled for third. “He went a good trip here tonight. His first time on a half too it was. He trains over a half all the time, but he hasn’t raced anywhere other than Mohawk,” said trainer Gregg McNair. “That was a real impressive mile he went there tonight.” Scott and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON share ownership of Mayhem Hanover. The win was the Sportswriter son’s second in 11 sophomore starts. The other $23,150 Grassroots division went to Day Delight and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, who sat in the pocket behind McNair and Poseidon Seelster as they clocked fractions of :26.1, :54.4 and 1:23.1. In the stretch Day Delight held off Sports Obsession for a head victory in 1:52.4. Poseidon Seelster finished third. “He just seems to be getting better all the time. That was a big mile tonight,” said Rockwood resident Bill Manes, who shares ownership of the Bettors Delight son with Lloyd Stone of Portland, 10462217 Canada Inc. of Gloucester, ON and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. “We were a little disappointed the last Grassroots (Sept. 7) when he was the big favourite and got beat, but he bounced back pretty good.” Victor Puddy trains Day Delight, who finishes the regular season with 122 points from two wins, one third and two fifths, good enough for fourth spot in the standings. Complete results from Sunday’s program are available at Flamboro Downs Results. Grassroots point standings are available on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

SUMMERSIDE, PE - It was all harness racing driver David Dowling, all day on the Sunday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The reinsman scored seven wins on the 12-dash card to catapult him to top spot in the driver’s standings with 25 seasonal victories. Dowling's first four scores were with Rollwithitannie (2:01.3) from the Jeff Holmes stable, Khitam Image (1:59.3) for Marvyn Webster, Rash B Havior (1:58.2) for Mike Peters and Creepin (1:57.4) from the Jonah Moase stable. Love In Paradise (2:00.2) was placed first in race 9 for Dowling and trainer Sifroi Melanson, then Winter Blast (1:57.4) rallied to win in race 10 for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. Vegas Rich (1:58.3) was a victor in race 12 for trainer Jansen Sweet to complete the seven-win performance by Dowling. Heart And Soul scored a mild upset in the race 11 $2,700 feature with Brodie MacPhee at the lines for trainer George Riley and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Time of the mile was 1:56 with Mantario (Driven by Dowling) second and Soccer Hanover (Ken Murphy) third. Dylans Future captured the Bob MacInnis memorial in 202.2 for driver Norris Rogers and owner-trainer Frank Banks, Summerside, PE. The winning groom was Darla MacEachern. All grooms were recognized on the program as part of National Caretakers Appreciation Day an initiative from Standardbred Canada. Red Shores was proud to support along with PCHC and PEISHOA. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mickeymaksomespeed rebounded from his miscue last week and crushed a field of older harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. One of only two three-year-old's in the seventh race, Mickeymaksomespeed and driver Steeven Genois bided their time as City Of The Year (Dany Mainguy), Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) and Stock (Pascal Berube) all battled it out for control of the race. Once past the opening quarter mile in :27.3, it was Stock in front with Outlaw Turn N Burn sitting the pocket trip. Then at the half mile marker in :56.4, it was Mickeymaksomespeed and Genois coming first-over and breezing to the lead. Mickeymaksomespeed held nothing back, pulling away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and cruising to a 1:54.3 triumph. The other three-year-old in the field, Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron), was parked out four-wide on the final turn and was able to close to be second by three and one-half lengths. Blackjack Soleil (Eric Beausoleil) was third. It was the eighth win in ten starts for Mickeymaksomespeed. The son of Mickey Hanover was bred and is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $7.50 to win. Both Mickeymaksomespeed and Eclat De Rire were prepping for next week's $65,000 Breeders Trophy Series Final where the two will battle one again. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with eight championship finals and $500,000 in purses, the richest day of racing for the year in Quebec. Sunday was National Caretaker Appreciation Day at the Hippodrome 3R. A blanket for each winning horse and gift bag for the groom was presented in each race. Every groom in the race paddock received a coupon for a free meal at the Paddock Restaurant and every groom was mentioned by name in the post parades. There were two races for two-year-old's Sunday. The 5th race pace saw SOS Faline ($29.10) and driver Stephane Brosseau sweep three-wide in the backstretch, stayed parked out past the three-quarters and around the final turn yet the daughter of Sportswriter showed true grit, coming on in the stretch to win by a half-length in 2:00.2. Brosseau is the trainer. The colt pace in race one was action-packed from the start as Godro Outofhisway (9.40) with driver Pierre-Luc Roy left out of the gate and never looked back. The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) tried early to get the lead away but had to settle for the pocket-trip. Godro Outofhisway then held the field at bay, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02. He is sired by Betterthancheddar and trained by Charles Gaudreault. Track Notes: Pierre-Luc Roy had the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday afternoon with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Quebec Super Sunday with eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies, is set for September 27. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

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