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Wanaka overcame post position ten to win the harness racing Celias Counsel Trotting Series final Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A full field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies met up to contest the $33,200 Celias Counsel final. Trainer Paul Reid swept the second leg of the series and sent out a pair of starters, including the 4/5 favourite Flowers N Songs. However, Reid was not the only trainer to send out multiple starters, as John Box sent out 5 trotting fillies. Wanaka entered the final with a victory and third-place finish in the preliminary legs, but the Shannon Henry trainee had to deal with the far outside post-ten starting spot. The Bax trainees all pushed forward at the start looking for the front, while Flowers N Songs and driver Doug McNair dropped in seventh and Wanaka and driver Trevor Henry took back to find a seat in eighth. After an opening-quarter of :28.3, Bax trainee Hills Angel cleared to the front ahead of stablemate Moonlight Cocktail. The lead was short lived, as Treasurer Gifts K powered up from fifth to take the lead at the half in :58.2. Flowers N Songs angled to the outside trotting down the backstretch and made the long first-over journey to take the lead just before reaching three-quarters in 1:27.4. Meanwhile, Henry and Wanaka shadowed the public's choice and got a second-over trip to the top of the lane. In the stretch, Wanaka surged by Flowers N Songs to score a length and a half victory in a career-best 1:56.1. Smash Hit grabbed third, while Moonlight Cocktail was fourth. Following the race, Henry explained his winning strategy from post-ten with Wanaka. "I didn't really want to leave, there was a big entry to the inside of me and I knew there would be no favours," said Henry. "Doug's (McNair) filly I know (isn't) a big leaver, so I thought I would try and get to follow her and it just worked out." Henry noted that he was very confident in his filly, who was 7¾ lengths off the lead at the half. "I figured if I was at least six or eight lengths off at the half she would win" A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Wanaka now has five wins in 11 starts this season for owners Trevor Henry Stables Inc and 1035840 Ontario Inc. The sophomore trotting filly has only missed the board once this season after a third-place finish in two starts as a rookie. With Ontario Sires Stakes season rapidly approaching, Wanaka is primed for a big season locally, but Henry and the connections hope their filly can potentially tackle the Grand Circuit. "She's got the Elegantimage and Casual Breeze if she's good enough." Wanaka's Celias Counsel victory pushes her career earnings over $68,000. She paid $5.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk with an 11-race card. The feature event is two $20,000 divisions of the Princess Series. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 30 - Magic Shelley overcame traffic trouble around the final turn to win the harness racing Celias Counsel series final Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of ten three-year-old trotting fillies battled it out in the $35,000 Celias Counsel final Thursday evening. Hape came into the final with an opportunity for a series sweep and was sent off as the even-money favourite The public's choice and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fifth in the early stages, while Giona and trainer/driver Wayne MacLean cut out a solid opening-half of :56.2. Entering the final turn, Moiseyev brought Hape off the cones to catch second-over cover behind Tymal Signature. However, Hape would gap her cover and make a break midway around the final turn. Magic Shelley and driver Chris Christoforou were sitting third-over behind Hape and were forced to go three-wide to avoid the breaker. In the stretch, the first up challenger Tymal Signature would overtake the lead, but her lead would quickly evaporate, as Magic Shelley found her best stride on the far outside and powered by to win by a just over a length in 1:56.1. Jls Too Hot Taj shot up the rail to nose out Tymal Signature for second, while Allies Gift finished fourth. A daughter of Majestic Son, Magic Shelley is trained by Paul Reid for owner Robert Key. The sophomore trotting filly entered the final Thursday off a fourth and fifth-place finish in the preliminary rounds and was making just her third start of the season. Magic Shelley now has three wins from 15 career starts and earnings of over $45,000. The clocking of 1:56.1 establishes a new-career mark for the Ontario sired filly. Magic Shelley returned $12.80 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 27 - The second leg of the harness racing Celias Counsel series Thursday night at Mohawk saw a repeat winner and a filly break her maiden. A pair $15,000 divisions were contested Thursday evening in the second round of the three-week Celias Counsel series for three-year-old trotting fillies. In the first division, Hape and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev returned to the winner's circle for the second leg in a row with a 1:57.3 victory. A daughter of Pilgrims Taj, Hape came first up from third in the second-quarter and cleared to the front before the final turn. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4, Hape drew away from her rivals in the stretch to score a four-length victory. Giona finished second, while Allies Gift took third. Hape is now two for two in 2015 and has an opportunity next week to sweep the Celias Counsel series. The sophomore trotting filly is owned by Joanne Colville and Nancy MacNevin. Hape's career record now sits at four wins from 12 starts for earnings of over $42,000. The clocking of 1:57.3 missed her lifetime mark by just a fifth of a second. Hape returned $6.20 to win. In the second division, Tymal Signature broke her maiden with a 1:57.3 triumph. Driven by Mario Baillargeon, Tymal Signature would be situated in the two-hole around the final turn. After leader Ladyone reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, Baillargeon brought his filly off the cones and trotted right on by to score a 2 ¼ length victory. Ladyone just held on to finish second over Flexceptional. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Tymal Signature is trained by Mark Etsell, who shares ownership with Robert Newton and Steve Organ. The three-year-old trotting filly entered Thursday's second leg off a second-place finish in the opening round a week ago. Tymal Signature's first victory comes in her ninth start of the season and 11th of her career. The Etsell trainee now has a career bankroll of over $24,000. Tymal Signature paid $11.40 to win. In order to be eligible to the Celias Counsel series, the three-year-old trotting fillies had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2014. The top-ten money earners from the first two rounds of the series will contest the Celias Counsel final next Thursday (April 30). Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, April 17 - More harness racing stakes action took place Thursday evening at Woodbine Racetrack as sophomore trotting fillies were showcased in a pair of Celias Counsel Trotting Series divisions. Tosca and Just Call Me Lady kicked off the series opener with victories in their respective $15,000 divisions. With heavily-favoured Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) making a miscue in the first division, Tosca and driver/trainer Per Henriksen made the most of her first start of the season. K D Bella (Mike Saftic) was the tempo-setter for most of the mile through panels of :27, :57 and 1:27.4. Around the final turn, Serendipitous (Jody Jamieson) began the first-over attack giving cover to Tosca. Henriksen angled his charge three-wide at three-quarters and wore down K D Bella in deep stretch to win by three quarters of a length in 1:56.4. Wings Of Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion) finished third. Tosca, a daughter of Muscle Mass, is owned by Asa Farm and Steve Organ. The trotting lass increased her bankroll to $35,400 with the win. She paid $16.50 to win. One race later, Just Call Me Lady posted the minor upset in 1:57.2 at odds of 3-1. In doing so, driver Trevor Ritchie enjoyed his first win of the season since arriving back in Ontario after wintering in Florida. Do The Wheelhouse (Jody Jamieson) was the first leader past the opening station in :27.1. As the field of 10 marched towards the half, Chippentail (Paul Macdonell) pulled out from third and marched to the front past the mid-way point in :58.2. Fashion Goddess (Jonathan Drury) was next to pull on the right line heading towards three-quarters with Just Call Me Lady following the speed. As the field trotted past three-quarters in 1:28.1, Just Call Me Lady was well spotted sitting second-over and the talented filly marched past her rivals down the stretch en route to victory. Post time favourite Miss Everything (Sylvain Filion) came from behind to finish second, with Do The Wheelhouse claiming third prize. Trainer Blake Macintosh co-owns the youngster with Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman. Just Call Me Lady increased her lifetime earnings to $35,549 with the victory The daughter of Angus Hall paid $8.10 to win. Greg Gangle

A pair of $15,000 Celias Counsel divisions for sophomore trotting fillies highlighted the Thursday evening harness racing programme at Woodbine.

Im On Cloud Nine pulled off a harness racing series sweep to retain her perfect three-for-three sophomore record in the $50,000 Celias Counsel final on Monday night (April 23) at Woodbine.

When it comes to the fortunes of three-year-old trotting filly Lexus Helios, harness racing trainer/owner Norm Dunstan is hoping the apple doesn't fall far from the tree.

After capturing their respective divisions in the opening round of the Celias Counsel Series last week, both Lexus Helios and Im On Cloud Nine found the harness racing winner's circle once again in the second leg on Thursday evening (April 12) at Woodbine.

In the General Brock Series final and an opening leg division of the Celias Counsel harness racing series, driver Mike Saftic scored with a pair of upset-minded trotters on Monday night (April 2) at Woodbine.

Three-year-old trotting filly, Only Lonely, who has taken the first two legs of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series at Woodbine, is our HPI Power Performer of the week.

Fa Mulan and Only Lonely were both winning favourites in Monday night's (April 14) second leg of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series for three-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack.

Three-year-old filly, Sophisticat, exceeded her billing as the second favourite in the opener of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series a week ago at Woodbine, chalking up the first win of her sophomore season for trainer James MacDonald and brother Anthony, who co-owns the daughter of Earl, and did the driving.

Only Lonely and Sophisticat both used similar front-end tactics to deliver victories in Monday's opening leg of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series for three-year-old fillies at Woodbine Racetrack.

Twenty lightly-tested fillies will have a chance to strut their stuff in the $18,000 opening round of the Celias Counsel Trotting Series, for three-year-old non-winners of $30,000 in 2007, this Monday night at Woodbine.

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