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HANOVER, ON - AUG. 24, 2019 - Harness racing driver Mike Saftic piloted three freshman pacing fillies to victory in Grassroots action at Hanover Raceway on Saturday evening. The fillies were serving as the opening act on Balanced Image Final night and Saftic kicked off the festivities in the first race with Preeminence. Starting from Post 4 the filly made a brief break in stride at the start and was sitting last when fan favourite Landry Seelster reached the opening quarter in :29.4. By the 1:01 half Preeminence had moved up to fifth and heading by the 1:29.4 three-quarters Saftic sent her three-wide. Preeminence turned for home four lengths behind the leaders and a solid finishing kick saw her get a head in front of Landry Seelster and Wiggle Delight for the 2:01.2 victory. "I think she was the best in there because we run early and then gathered ourselves and still win," said Saftic. "She went a big trip. I was actually impressed with her to recoup like that and come three high around the turn. If she didn't run I'm sure she could have been an easier winner." The win was Preeminence's second in Grassroots action. The Sportswriter daughter also won her July 18 division at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With a second-place result in the season opener, the Marcel Barrieau trainee currently sits in a tie for top spot in the division standings with 125 points. Barrieau trains the filly for Claude Baril of Mascouche, QC, Gilles Caouette of Sudbury, ON and Michel Daneault of Terrebonne, QC. One race later Saftic was back in front of the Hanover track photographer after another come-from-behind effort with Shiraz Seelster. The pair got away sixth from Post 4 and remained there as early leader Watch My Speed and fan favourite Capistrano battled through fractions of :29.4, :58.1 and 1:28.4. The field caught up to the duelling leaders heading into the last turn and Shiraz Seelster outsprinted them to the wire, getting a head in front for the 2:01 victory. Capistrano settled for second and Shes Magic edged out Watch My Speed for third. "They kind of got fighting on the front end and we were way back, but you know we were a little better rated back there," noted Saftic, who crafted the win for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "She showed some guts you know, she come up the inside around the last turn, but she gutted it out. It was a surprising win, but I was happy with that one." The win was the first lifetime for the Bettors Delight daughter, who was a $107,000 purchase at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Saftic completed the Grassroots hat trick with Dreamadreamforme in the fifth $22,450 division. From Post 6 the reinsman settled Dreamadreamforme in third as Bettorbeasecret led the fillies to a :30 quarter. Heading for the 1:01.1 half Saftic sent the fan favourite to the front once she took command Dreamadreamforme turned back a challenge from Trizzle Trazzle. Bettorbeasecret rallied in the stretch, but Dreamadreamforme prevailed for a three-quarter length victory in 2:00. In The News closed well to be third. "That's the one I came for. She was good," said the Campbellville, ON resident. "She kind of impressed me her first lifetime start (Aug. 19). There was some decent fillies in there. She got a nice trip second over, but she showed some guts getting home, and today she was pretty handy, she showed some talent. "I didn't know what to expect over a half, but she had no problem with it at all," he added. Cambridge, ON resident Jack Darling owns and trains Betterthancheddar daughter Dreamadreamforme, who was a 1:54 winner in her Aug. 19 debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The quickest mile of the night was clocked by Queso Relleno, who cruised along on the front end to a 1:58.2 score. High Roller Duke was three and one-quarter lengths back in second and Ms Brampton Beast was four more lengths behind in third. Paul MacKenzie drove the Betterthancheddar lass to the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of St. George and his partners Sue Vernon Smith of Oakville, ON, Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA, and The Flanagan Sisters of Dublin, Ireland. The win was the filly's second lifetime; she also captured her Battle Of The Belles elimination at Grand River Raceway on July 29. "She's got a lot of talent," said MacIntosh. "She raced so good in her elimination in the Battle - she was three-wide pretty much the whole last half - and then she came up flat in the final (Aug. 5). We pulled her blood and she had a high white (count) and her differentials were flipped, so we skipped the Gold (on Aug. 14) to go to the Grassroots, and I think we'll just stick with the Grassroots for the rest of the year." MacIntosh noted that Queso Relleno the first horse Sue Vernon Smith has owned and that the newcomer to harness racing is thoroughly enjoying her experience. "She's the first horse they've ever owned and they've just had a great time and love it," said the trainer. "It's nice to see new people get in the business and get lucky, have one that looks like she's going to be a nice filly." Another group made up of several new owners also celebrated a Grassroots win on Saturday. Need Ur Opinion went gate-to-wire in the fourth division for fractional ownership group TheStable Need Ur Opinion of Guelph and breeder Matthew Chapple of Chatham, ON. The Warrawee Needy daughter stopped the clock at 1:59.2, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of Satdnite Jukebox and Back To Oz. "Any time you race five and don't miss the board it's a good night, when the five races are stake races that's a fantastic night," said founder and president Anthony MacDonald, whose other four horses, Wiggle Delight, Capistrano, Ms Bampton Beast and In Land Beach, logged two seconds and two thirds. "Need Ur Opinion found the front end and coasted home to her first-ever win. "Over 70 owners were represented in tonight's stake races from and I'm sure all left with smiles on their faces," he added. The sixth Grassroots division went to Up The Credit daughter Tuggingoncredit who delivered a 1:59.4 front-end effort for trainer-driver Guy Gagnon of Gatineau, QC and his partners Gestion Louis Latulippe Inc. of Beaupre, QC and Gestion Bruno Blouin Inc. of St-Fereol Les Neiges, QC. In Land Beach and Sunshine Hall rounded out the top three. The evening was capped off by the $56,600 Balanced Image Final which saw Aphrodite Duke romp to a four length victory in 2:01 for driver Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest. Tuckers Out finished second and elimination winner Lifeisgood Hanover was third. Holliday drove the E L Titan daughter to the win for trainer Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa and owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. The win was Aphrodite Duke's second lifetime, she was also a winner in the July 14 two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs. Complete results for Saturday's program are available at Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 14 with the final Grassroots Leg for the two-year-old trotting colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2019 - Only Take Cash and Evident Beauty scored harness racing Grand Circuit victories in Friday night's Casual Breeze Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casual Breeze for three-year-old fillies saw a pair of $83,123 divisions contested. Ohio Sires Stakes star Only Take Cash returned to the track where she won her career debut to collect a comfortable 1:54.4 victory in the first split. The Bob McIntosh trainee and driver Trevor Henry circled to the top in the second-quarter from the two-hole and never had an anxious moment en route to a 2¼ length score. Only Take Cash took the top spot heading to the half and posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:26 before a final-quarter of :28.4. Special Honor finished second, while Dark As A Pocket was third. A daughter of Cash Hall, Only Take Cash now has five wins and $158,811 earned in seven starts this season. The McIntosh trainee has won 13 of 16 career starts and amassed an impressive $434,311 in earnings for Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle and Mardon Stables. The Casual Breeze Stakes was Only Take Cash's Grand Circuit debut after racing in strictly Ohio sired events this season. A $2 win ticket on Only Take Cash returned $3.10. Evident Beauty scored a blowout win in the second division for driver David Miller and trainer 'Nifty' Norman. The landscape of the second split took a hit when race-favourite The Ice Dutchess made a break early in the second-quarter when tracking Evident Beauty. The eventual winner was parked around the first-turn seeking the top, clearing shortly after her rival's miscue.       Evident Beauty reached the half in :57.2 and three-quarters in 1:26.3 before trotting away from rivals with a 27.4 last-quarter to win by 6 lengths. Angies Luckeylady finished second, while Sonnet Grace was third. A daughter of Trixton, Evident Beauty is putting together a strong sophomore campaign with five wins and $281,444 earned in nine starts. The Norman trainee came into Friday's start off a second-place finish to The Ice Dutchess in last Saturday's Zweig Memorial at Vernon. Evident Beauty's career numbers now sit at eight wins and $555,260 earned for owners Mel Hartman, Little E LLC and R A W Equine Inc. She paid $5.60 to win. The Nancy Johansson barn might have had a miscue from The Ice Dutchess, but they did find the winner's circle in Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred with star Kissin In the Sand. The four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere moved to the lead in the second-quarter for driver Yannick Gingras and took off on rivals with a :27 third-quarter (1:22.2). Kissin In The Sand finished the job with a :27.4 kicker to hold off a push from a drifting Double A Mint to win in 1:50.1. Windsun Glory finished third. The victory for Kissin In The Sand is her second consecutive at Mohawk Park and her second in 11 starts this season. The career winner of more than $1.1 million now has 19 victories to her name. Kissin In The Sand paid $3.70. Live racing continues Saturday evening with the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes on tap. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Don't try and say his name three times fast, but Babidibou was the fastest Friday in three divisions of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters at the Hippodrome 3R. The favorite over rival Major Bay in the third race, first of two $7,500C colt divisions of the Future Stars, Babidibou and driver Stephane Gendron settled into the pocket seat behind leader Major Bay (Jocelyn Gendron) after the start of the race. The two favorites pulled away from the field by the opening quarter mile and the half mile. Tuscan Titan (Stephane Brosseau) came first-over but was unable to gain ground on the leaders. Then on the final turn, Stephane Gendron pulled Babidibou and came after Major Bay. Those two battled down the stretch with Babidibou coming out on top by a neck in 2:04. Tuscan Titan was third. Babidibou and Major Bay have now faced his other twice and each have won. Their next matchup will be in the $55,000C Future Stars final on Sunday, September 8. That is when all eight finals will take place at H3R with total purses at $480,000C. It was the second straight win for Babidibou, a son of Royalty For Life, who is trained by Maxime Velaye and co-owned by Isidore Russo of Montreal and Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $3.40 to win. The fifth race second colt division saw race favorite Kenogami Coco and driver Stephane Brosseau easily handle the field, going wire-to-wire with a two and three-quarter length triumph in a mild 2:06.4. HP Muscle Dancer (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with Frido PV (Yves St Jacques) third. Sired by Wheeling N Dealin, it was the second career win for Kenogami Coco, who is trained by Dany Fontaine, bred by Jean Francois, who co-owns the gelding with Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. He paid $2.60 to win. The fillies raced in just one division of the Future Stars with nine starters going for a purse of $10,000C. After a recall caused by race favorite, Emotions Durables (Tyler Jones), who was going for her fourth straight win, she went off-stride again as the gate pulled away. This allowed Miss Sofia (Stephane Gendron) to scoot right out to a quick early lead, only she broke stride before the opening quarter. It was HP Starlette and drive Stephane Brosseau who stayed on stride and then led the field the rest of the one-mile trot, winning with ease by five and three-quarter lengths in 2:04.4. Noblesse Duharas (Denis Gueriel), a 99-1 long shot, was second with Emotions Durables making a big comeback to finish third. Sired by Muscle Mass, it was the first career victory in four starts for HP Starlette. She is trained by Daniel Martin for breeder/owners Claude Hamel of Ayer'S Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. She paid $12.50 to win. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Stephane Gendron, Pascal Berube and Stephane Brosseau all had driving doubles. H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, Denis Gueriel and Maxime Velaye each had training doubles. On Sunday, the Hippodrome 3R hosts the last preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers with three divisions on the ten-race program. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to view the races live for free, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - August 23, 2019 - Woodbine Entertainment and Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership are pleased to announce a harness racing breeding auction for Wednesday, October 4 in Lexington, Kentucky to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. The auction will take place prior to the second session of the 2019 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale at the Fasig-Tipton Sales Pavilion and features the opportunity to acquire a 2020 breeding to one of harness racing's most-notable stallions. A group of prominent owners and breeders have graciously donated the breedings to raise funds for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge. A single 2020 breeding to the following stallions will be available: Always B Miki Captaintreacherous Chapter Seven Father Patrick Muscle Hill Sweet Lou Tactical Landing The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge features four teams consisting of a celebrity, a charity of their choosing and an award-winning three-year-old Standardbred. Each charity is receiving one per cent of their horse's earnings from June 1, 2019 through October 26, 2019. The challenge portion of this initiative features the teams competing to garner the most votes in a Facebook poll. The poll closes on October 26, 2019 and the team with the most votes will receive a significant donation from the funds raised by the breeding auction. The funds raised for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge are expected to exceed $100,000, which will mark the single largest donation by Woodbine Cares. The four-teams for the Charity Challenge are listed below: Michael 'Pinball' Clemons - Warrawee Ubeaut - Pinball Clemons Foundation Kim MacDonald - Woodside Charm - Breast Cancer Society of Canada Eddie Olczyk - Gimpanzee - Princess Margaret Cancer Foundation Dan Pleasac - Captain Crunch - Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society Each charity is guaranteed to receive a minimum of $5,000. Fans can submit one vote per day for the Breeders Crown Charity Challenge by visiting The Breeders Crown Charity Challenge would not be possible without the support and generosity of the following individuals and groups: Marvin Katz, Libfeld/Katz Breeding Partnership Blue Chip Farm, Tom Grossman: Chapter Seven Burke Racing Stable LLC: Warrawee Ubeaut Hanover Shoe Farm, Dr. Bridgette Jablonsky: Captaintreacherous & The Captaintreacherous Syndicate Diamond Creek Farm, Adam Bowden: Father Patrick, Always B Miki & Sweet Lou Southwind Farm, Kevin Greenfield: Tactical Landing Southwind Farm, Michael Klau: Muscle Hill Trainer, Verlin Yoder: Woodside Charm Trainer, Nancy Johansson: Captain Crunch Trainer, Marcus Melander: Gimpanzee The 2019 Breeders Crown, presented by Libfeld-Katz Breeding Partnership, will take place Friday, October 25 and Saturday, October 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. For more information, visit by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment              

HANOVER, ON - AUG. 23, 2019 - On Saturday, Aug. 24 Ontario's talented harness racing two-year-old pacing fillies will gather at Hanover Raceway for six $22,000 Grassroots divisions, part of the Grey County oval's annual Balanced Image Final night. Shawn Steacy guided Lifeisgood Hanover to a win in last weekend's Balanced Image Trot eliminations and will send the gelding after a share of the $56,600 purse from Post 5 in Saturday's final. The trainer-driver will also send out a trio of freshman pacing fillies in Grassroots action - Noir, Bellini Seelster and In The News. "I've got three fillies, two of them especially, that Bellini Seelster and the In The News filly, they're both real handy, real slick gaited," said Steacy. "They've been able to get around the half good so far racing at Grand River and everything. "All three of those got the rail," added the Guelph resident, who will line up at Post 1 with Noir in the first race, Bellini Seelster in the second race and In The News in the sixth. "And the other filly we have there, Noir, she's a nice filly too. She's not quite as handy as the other two fillies, but I think she's got even a bigger engine in her than the first two." Sunshine Beach daughter Noir and Sportswriter filly In The News will both be looking for their first lifetime win on Saturday, while Bellini Seelster comes into the $22,450 contest off a 2:00 victory at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 16. Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC bred and owns Noir, while Katherine Steacy and Landmark 12 of Lansdowne and 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON share ownership of Bellini Seelster and Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON and 1187422 Ontario Inc. own In The News. Last Saturday's win was Lifeisgood Hanover's first in four career starts. The son of Royalty For Life will start inside the quickest elimination winner, Awsomedabra, who drew Post 7. The other elimination winner, Royaltys Odyssey, will start from the trailing Post 8. "He raced really good. He's a steady goer and he's good gaited too. For a young trotter that means a lot," said Steacy of Lifeisgood Hanover. "I think we drew the best out of the division winners, so I'm pretty happy with that. I like that better than the rail actually for a young trotter, because I found it was hard to get away from the rail last week." Klunowski, David Reid of Sydenham and Claus Jorgensen of Etobicoke, ON share ownership of Lifeisgood Hanover, whose resume also sports a pair of runner-up finishes in Grassroots action. The freshman pacing fillies will kick off Saturday's program at 7:15 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 2, 3, 5, 6, and 8. The Walker Invitation Trot goes postward in Race 7 and the Balanced Image Final is slated as Race 9. Steacy expects another big crowd will be on hand to cheer on the young trotters. "Last week they had a good crowd for the eliminations," said the horseman, who currently leads all trainers in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "Balanced Image and Dream Of Glory night always do really good up there." Complete entries for Saturday's Balanced Image night can be found at In addition to Saturday's Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies, Hanover Raceway will also host the regular season finale for the two-year-old trotting colts on Sept. 14. A complete schedule is below and can also be found at From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The very best pacers on the East Coast will butt heads in the Saturday evening preferred pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 13-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. post time and Rose Run Quest has received top billing fresh off a runner-up finish in the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation last Friday. Saturday's $2,900 preferred class lines up in race 12 and has Rose Run Quest leaving from post 4 with Gilles Barrieau subbing in for trainer and regular driver Marc Campbell who is competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, Rose Run Quest has amassed seven wins from 14 seasonal starts along with $34,938 in earnings. Best To Hurst takes a two-race win streak into post 1 Saturday with Walter Cheverie in the bike for trainer Earl Watts. JJ Powerball also has a pair of wins in his latest races including a 1:53.2 lifetime best performance during Old Home Week racing in Charlottetown. Gordie Hennessey will drive the four-year-old son of Image Of Dawn for trainer Wade Sorrie. Race analyst Les MacIsaac pegs Rose Run Quest as the one to beat in the preferred pace. "Rose Run Quest has won half his starts this year facing the best in the Maritimes and also some pretty powerful outsiders," MacIsaac said. "Just a quick check of his lines should tell you the road to the winners circle goes through him." Also in the field is IC True Grit (Driven by Mike McGuigan), Midnight Matt (Jason Hughes), Burn Out Hanover (Corey MacPherson), Woodmere Ideal Art (Norris Rogers) and Bugsy Maguire (Myles Heffernan). The $2,700 Fillies and Mares Open pace hits the track in race 8 with Sodwana Bay the morning line favourite and gets post 1 for trainer-driver Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. The Saturday program will also be the last one for Red Shores Charlottetown paddock Judge Dylan Allain who will be leaving to work at the Woodbine Entertainment Group in Toronto. Tobins Rebel Continues Quest For Perfection SUMMERSIDE, PE - The undefeated Tobins Rebel will look to extend his unblemished record on a purely stakes Sunday at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. First race post time is 1 P.M. for the 10-dash Sunday afternoon card with Tobins Rebel headlining the first $11,000 Joe O'Brien Gold division for two-year-old pacing colts in race 6. The son of Camystic - Eggs Panedict has been flawless in his rookie campaign and was never better than he was last week in Charlottetown. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the four-time winner for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. U Bettim Watching (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) gets rail control in his first East Coast assignment after racing the Ontario circuit so far in his young career. Windemere Ryan leaves from post 5 for driver Adam Merner as the horse looks to add to his $10,839 bankroll. Woodmere Rollnpop finished second to Tobins Rebel last time out and draws clear of him for race 8 of the program in another $11,000 O'Brien Gold division. Clare MacDonald trains and drives the talented son of Rollwithitharry for fellow Nova Scotia residents Morah Kerr of Greenfield and Phonsie MacEachern of Port Hood. Mr Kelly (Merner) has been plagued by outside posts so far in his career but gets rail control on Sunday while Red Dirt Fulofhart (David Dowling) will look to rebound from getting nailed late off of hot fractions in his last outing. The biggest purse of the day is in the race 10 finale in the lone Lady Slipper Gold division for two-year-old pacing fillies carrying a hefty $21,000 purse. Bettorthanbobbi rides a four-race win streak into the event with post 6 for the combination of driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie. The Ian Smith owned daughter of Betterthancheddar has handily won all her assignments to date after suffering the lone defeat of her career in her debut when she broke stride at the start. Divisional leader Watch Me Dance leaves from post 5 with Jason Hughes subbing in as the driver for trainer Stephen Quinn as regular pilot Bradley elects to drive Bettorthanbobbi. Woodmere Skyroller (Barrieau) has never been worse than third in her career and gets post 2 on Sunday. For race programs and promotional information go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores nd promotional information go to

MILTON, ON - August 22, 2019 - Rookie trotting filly Whose Blues remained undefeated by capturing one of two harness racing series finals Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Thursday evening program featured two-year-old trotters in the spotlight for the $50,000 Pure Ivory Series final for fillies and the $50,000 Define The World Series final for colts and geldings. Cantab Hall filly Whose Blues kept her perfect record alive with a comfortable 1:56 victory in the Pure Ivory final. Bob McClure steered the Luc Blais trainee to the coast-to-coast victory. Whose Blues left from post-seven and cleared to command just prior to a :28.2 opening-quarters. The Blais trainee posted fractions of :58 and 1:26.4 before creating separation at the top of the line and finishing off the mile in :29.1 for a two-length victory. Spirit Of Deo took a shot at the leader going to three-quarters and finished second. Wine Rack Hanover was third, while Heat Wave Hanover was fourth. "There is nothing you need to worry about with her," said McClure about Whose Blues. "She's perfect gaited. If you just show her the whip leaving the gate, I figured she would go straight to the front and she handled that. "Last week she had every excuse to get beat off the trip, but she's so professional you can just do whatever you want." Whose Blues has now banked $47,500 to start her career for owner Determination. She was a $300,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is staked to all the Grand Circuit events coming up at Mohawk Park. A $2 win ticket on Whose Blues returned $3.40. Horse Trader rallied by rivals in the lane to win the Define The World final in 1:56.3. Trevor Henry guided the Wheeling N Dealin colt to the victory for trainer Paul Walker. The look of the race changed early when favourite Threefiftytwo made a break ahead of the start. Jula Uppercut left hard and got the top at the opening-quarter in :28.3. Ripped And Ready went after the top spot in the second-quarter and was forced to work hard to clear at the half in :57.4. Sebastian Ray kept the action going by sliding out from third at the half and attacking the new leader around the far turn to three-quarters in 1:27.2. Nylander followed into a second-over spot, while Horse Trader followed from the back and sat fifth, three-lengths from the lead. In the stretch, Nylander and Horse Trader came off cover to power by rivals on the far outside. Nylander held the lead for a good stretch, but Horse Trader wore him down and edged by in the final-sixteenth for a half-length score. Jula Uppercut finished third, while Ripped And Ready was fourth. "I kind of wanted to leave a little more than we did, but he's kind of a funny colt and he doesn't want to leave," said Henry of Horse Trader following the victory. "He just falls off the gate and I didn't want to chase him and make him run, but it worked out anyways. "I was pretty sure he was going to get there. The one week when he won, he really brushed home good and he did as well tonight." Owned and bred by Oaklea Farm, Horse Trader has now won three of six starts for earnings of $70,715. His previous victory came two starts back in the opening-leg of the series prior to finishing third in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event on August 8. A $2 win ticket on Horse Trader returned $9.20. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:50 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Using first-over tactics to her full advantage, Collective Wisdom delivered as the heavy favourite in the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Getting away fourth in the $2,300 featured pace, Collective Wisdom was moved first-over by driver Gilles Barrieau while moving to the half-mile marker. The Jackie Matheson trained pacer then engaged pacesetter Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) and powered by in the final panel to win in 1:57.3. Miss Sangria (Corey MacPherson) took second-over cover to finish second while Dancers Pass (David Dowling) closed out in third place. Woodmere Farms of Marshfield own Collective Wisdom. Trainer Joe MacDonald had his stable firing on all cylinders on the Thursday card with two winners from his Cornwall stable both with MacPherson in the bike. Dreas Good Powow was a winner in 1:57.3 in the finale while Hurricane Hill won earlier on the card in 1:57.4. The Kenny Arsenault stable also had two winners with Akrotiri making a maiden breaking score in 2:03.1 and Back In The Game won in 2:00.1, both with Arsenault above the wheels. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

After a slow start to her harness racing campaign, Manchego will try to resume her return to winning form when she heads to Woodbine Mohawk Park for Saturday's (Aug. 24) second of two eliminations for the Maple Leaf Trot. The 4-year-old mare, who was a Dan Patch Award winner in 2017, has won two of her past three races, including a stakes-record 1:50 performance in the Steele Memorial earlier this month. "She needed a little bit of time to get back into herself, but I think history has showed that when she's on top of her game she's tough to beat," trainer Nancy Johansson said. "She's a super nice filly. She's nice and relaxed now and nice to be around and happy. Earlier in her life, she was always a little on edge. Now she's as cool as a cucumber. She's really confident in herself." Manchego was one of five mares entered in the Maple Leaf Trot, which attracted 13 horses. The mares joining Manchego in the second elim are Hannelore Hanover, the 2017 winner of the event, and Emoticon Hanover. They will meet male rivals Crystal Fashion, Marion Marauder, Run Director, and Six Pack. In the first elim, the mares are Atlanta and Dream Together. They are joined by males Speeding Spur N, Dancer Hall, Cruzado Dela Noche, and Guardian Angel AS. Guardian Angel AS is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the first elimination, followed by Atlanta at 5-2. Crystal Fashion is the 5-2 choice in the second division, followed by Manchego at 3-1. The top five finishers from each elimination return Aug. 31 for the final. Manchego, whose career victories include a Breeders Crown in 2017 and the Hambletonian Oaks in 2018, was winless in her first five races this season. She was unlucky when it came to draws, getting posts seven, eight (twice) and 10 in her first four starts. She raced from off the pace in her first two starts, but it was too difficult to make up ground in the stretch. "People always say post position doesn't matter, that it's just a starting point, but it does matter because nowadays they go fast the whole mile," Johansson said. "If you're sitting eighth, you can't catch up. So, unless you're going to blast off the gate, which is what we ended up having to do." In the Graduate Series championship at The Meadowlands, when she started from post 10, she got to the front in an opening quarter of :26.2. She ended up finishing fourth, beaten only 1-1/2 lengths, in Atlanta's 1:49.1 world-record mile. Manchego was timed in 1:49.2. Two starts later, she picked up her first win of the season with a 1:50.1 triumph from post nine at The Meadowlands. She followed with her gate-to-wire triumph in the Steele Memorial on Hambletonian Day at the Big M and was the bettor's second choice in the Joie De Vie Stakes on Aug. 11 at Tioga Downs, only to get knocked out of contention by a horse that broke in front of her just after the start of the race. "It was a little disappointing she got wiped out last time because Dexter (driver Dexter Dunn) said she'd never scored down that good for him," Johansson said. "But she's very good and hopefully we can just keep her there." Manchego, by Muscle Hill out of Secret Magic, has won 21 of 34 lifetime starts and earned $1.69 million. She is owned by Barry Guariglia's Black Horse Racing. "It was a little frustrating early, but I was never overly concerned," Guariglia said about Manchego's start to this season. "They said just give her a little time and she'll come. And sure enough. "You always worry about desire. Once they throw it in mentally, then you're in trouble. But she's got the desire. She likes to do her work." Andrew McCarthy will drive Manchego on Saturday, sitting in for Dunn, who will be at Yonkers Raceway to race Bettor's Wish in his Messenger Stakes elimination. "That doesn't worry me," Johansson said. "Dexter has done a very good job with her, but I'm sure Andrew can do just as well of a job." The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations are races two and three on Saturday's card, which begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT). The night also includes two divisions of the Eternal Camnation Stakes for 2-year-old female pacers and one division of the Nassagaweya for 2-year-old male pacers. For complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After a record-breaking Prix d'Ete weekend at the Hippodrome 3R, live harness racing resumes Friday evening with the final preliminary round of the Future Stars Series for two-year-old trotters. Last Sunday, race fans at H3R were witness to the all-age track record being rewritten by This Is The Plan and driver Daniel Dube in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete for four-year-old pacers. Stopping the teletimer in 1:49.1, This Is The Plan shattered the prior track record of 1:50.3 that was co-held by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). The time was also the fastest clocking ever on a half mile track in Canada and was just one tick off of the world record. Also, last Sunday, the track record for three-year-old pacers was tied by Ashleysbest and driver Pascal Berube in 1:52.4, equaling the mark first set by Duc D'Orleans in 2013. Friday's card features three division of the Future Stars Series as the young trotter vie for important points to make the $55,000C final on Sunday, September 8. The third race first division for colts features a great match-up between Babidibou (post 4) and Major Bay (post 1). Last week Babidibou crushed the field with a wire-wire 2:02.4 triumph by 12 and one-quarter lengths. It was the first ever win for the son of Royalty For Life, who will be driven again by Stephane Gendron. Major Bay was also a winner last week, also wiring the field in 2:04.1 by one length for driver Jocelyn Gendron. This son of Amigo Hall has won three of his four lifetime starts. The second colt division is the fifth race where Kenogami Coco (post 1) is the overwhelming 4/5 race favorite. Stephane Brosseau will drive the gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin, who was second last week to Major Bay. The fillies do battle in the seventh race with nine starters going for $10,000C. The big favorite is Emotions Durables from post one for driver Tyler Jones. Also sired by Wheeling N Dealin, Emotions Durables is on a three-race winning streak, scoring in identical time of 2:04.2 the last two starts. First race post time on Friday is 7:00 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

This weeks Harness Racing Alumni Show features an interview with Canada's top racing CEO, Clay Horner.        

SUMMERSIDE, PE – With a perfect two-hole ride, Dangle Ona Dime was first to the wire in the harness racing featured event Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to Ken Murphy, Dangle Ona Dime left well from post 5 to sit behind post 1 starter Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence) in the $2,600 featured event on the special Wednesday evening program at the Prince County Oval. Mando Fun cut out splits of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:26.2 before Dangle Ona Dime powered up in the stretch drive to win by a length in 1:56.2. Duane MacEachern conditions the four-year-old son of Pang Shui for owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. Mando Fun was second while Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) finished third. The Darren Crowe stable was in town shipping in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and scored a pair of wins. Crowe opened the card with a maiden score by Ashestodiamonds in 2:00.2, then Barona Lilac was a winner in 1:59.3 for trainer-driver Crowe. The Nova Scotia reinsman also picked up a catch driving win with WC Marys Buddy in 1:58.2 for trainer Don Sweet of O’Leary. Live racing at Red Shores Summerside returns to its normal slot on Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. post time featuring the Joe O’Brien Memorial and Lady Slipper stakes. For race replays and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

GUELPH, ON -- CityTV's Breakfast Television (BT) Toronto reported live-on-location from Tomiko Training Centre on Wednesday morning to explore fractional racehorse ownership with and Ontario Racing. BT Live Eye host Nicole Servinis presented four segments from the Puslinch, ON training centre (base operations for during the national broadcast. The spots included conversations with Ontario Racing's John Siscos about the importance of horse racing in the province's rural economy; Lunch n Learn facilitator Elissa Blowe spoke about the program's mandate to educate groups about racehorse ownership; President Anthony MacDonald discussed the evolution of his business to become the largest harness racing stable in Canada; client James Traynor explained the benefits of owning small fractions of Standardbred racehorses. Servinis made her on-track debut in a double-seated jog cart accompanied by MacDonald as the pair drove two-year-old trotter Rooney Blue Chip. is hosting an Open Barn on Saturday, August 24 at Tomiko Training Centre. The event provides guided tours of the barns, introductions to some of the 60 horses onsite, and an introduction to fractional Standardbred racehorse ownership. Admission is free but an RSVP is required: Ontario Racing offers free Lunch n Learn sessions about racehorse ownership, hosted by Elissa Blowe, suitable for groups of all types and sizes : BT Segments: Introduction: Interview with Ontario Racing:  Nicole jogs a horse: client James Traynor: by Kelly Spencer, for The Stable  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a drop in class out of the Open mares harness racing ranks, Collective Wisdom is heralded as the one to beat in the Thursday evening top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with Collective Wisdom the favourite in race 9 of the card with a $2,300 purse at stake. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of American Ideal for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield while Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. Miss Sangria has post 3 with Corey MacPherson filling in in the driver's seat for trainer Melissa Rennie while Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) leaves from post 7 fresh off a second place finish in 1:57.4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will go with the class dropper for his top pick. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles, gets a much better post than her last two and exits the open mares," MacIsaac said. "Add all those positives together and she's the one to knock off." Also in the field are Jens Credit (Ryan Perrot), Imagine Speed (Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). Race 7 is the Accreon PEI pace with Hurricane Hill favoured from post 8 fresh off a win in 1:58.1. MacPherson is in the race bike for owner-trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. The top trot of the night lines up in race 6 for a $2,200 purse. Buckaroo is the morning line favourite from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. A winner in 2:01.3 during Old Home Week racing, Buckaroo will face off with five challengers in his Thursday evening assignment. For race programs, live video and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway has added fireworks to its harness racing Community Night celebration on Friday, August 30. The family-friendly festivities are free of charge and kick off with the first of 10 horse races at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. (30 minutes following the last horse race). BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop) will be available at two locations on the tarmac. Cash draws totaling $1,000 will be conducted for guests from the local community whose postal code begins with NOB or N1M. Proof of residency is required and draw participants must be 18 or older and present to win. Community Night also boasts the track's usual array of Friday race night offerings, including free kids' activities in The NEIGHbourhood (located in the First Turn Tent) and the chance for guests of all ages to drive a racehorse in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a pro. This opportunity is limited to seven spots and guests must sign-up at the tarmac booth beside the racetrack. Community Nights are presented by the track's parent organization, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS). During the event, GRAS will honour local resident Paul Kelly who has dedicated his life to preserving the bee population. Kelly will be onsite and available for questions and discussion about his work from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The fireworks display on Community Night will be coordinated by The Weinstein Group Inc. of Fergus, ON in partnership with Pyro World. The show will feature a massive display of fireworks choreographed to a collection of feel-good summertime songs. For complete event details: by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2019 - World champion Lather Up and defending champion McWicked headline a group of nine entrants for this year's $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The entry box for Canada's oldest harness stakes race closed Tuesday morning with nine older pacers entered. Eliminations will not be required for this year's edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and all nine will compete in the $525,000 final on Saturday, August 31 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lather Up, the co-fastest Standardbred of all-time, will return to the site of his richest victory and attempt to add another lucrative victory to his dream season. The four-year-old captured last year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Park and earlier this season matched Always B Miki's world record of 1:46 at The Meadowlands. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is undefeated in six career starts at Mohawk Park. The son of Im Gorgeous is currently riding a four-race win streak, which includes victories in the Dan Patch, Sam McKee Memorial, Haughton Memorial and Graduate Series, to bring his season record to eight wins in 11 starts and career record to 23 wins in 36 starts. A 50 per cent interest in Lather Up was recently purchased by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, who owned last year's 'Pacing Derby' runner-up Lazarus N. The ownership group of Lather Up consists of his breeders Gary & Barbara Iles, George Teague and Taylor Made Stallions. The four-year-old currently sits at $1.7 million in career earnings. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked is returning to defend his 'Pacing Derby' title. The eight-year-old captured last year's edition in convincing fashion en route to being named the Horse of the Year in both Canada and the US. McWicked continues to add to incredible legacy with over $500,000 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $4.5 million for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. The superstar pacer led all Standardbreds in earnings last season, becoming the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He is also the oldest horse in harness racing history to receive Horse of the Year honours. The Coleman trained McWicked most recently captured the Roll With Joe last Sunday afternoon at Tioga. Lather Up and McWicked have competed against each other five-times this season. The season-series currently favours Lather Up, who has scored victories in four of those five meetings. Ron Burke trainee This Is The Plan heads towards the Canadian Pacing Derby with plenty of momentum on his side. The four-year-old gelding captured last Sunday's Prix D'Ete at Hippodrome 3R in a Canadian record of 1:49.1. This Is The Plan's only other victory this season came against four of his 'Pacing Derby' rivals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. He sports the second highest seasonal earnings in the field with $651,868 collected in 13 starts. Done Well and Filibuster Hanover join This Is The Plan to make up a trio of competitors in this year's edition from the Burke barn. There are plenty of local hopefuls joining McWicked in this year's 'Pacing Derby. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Casimir Richie P, Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice, Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight and Carmen Auciello trainee Western Fame will all compete in the $525,000 contest. Courtly Choice captured last year's Little Brown Jug and tuned up last Saturday for the 'Pacing Derby' with a 1:49 victory in the Preferred at Mohawk Park. He's won three of 10 stars to this point in his four-year-old campaign. Casimir Richie P has quietly risen to the Preferred ranks during his four-year-old season, posting six wins in 15 starts. Despite just one win this season, Jimmy Freight has banked more than $250,000 in 11 starts. The four-year-old's lone victory came in the Mohawk Gold Cup and he's also finished second in the Confederation Cup and Battle of Lake Erie. Levy Series winner Western Fame ranks third among the nine entrants in seasonal earnings with $551,400 earned in 13 starts this season. The six-year-old joined the barn of Auciello for his most recent effort, a second-place finish to Courtly Choice in last Saturday's Preferred. The nine entrants in this year's Canadian Pacing Derby have combined career earnings of $14.2 million. The draw for the $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final will take place Saturday evening (August 24). The $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot joins the 'Pacing Derby' to headline an huge stakes program on August 31 at Mohawk Park. The entrants for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby are listed in alphabetical order: Casimir Richie P Courtly Choice Done Well Filibuster Hanover Jimmy Freight Lather Up McWicked This Is The Plan Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

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