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Lexington, KY --- The all-time record sale price in the nine-year history of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale was equaled, then smashed, during the auction’s first session on Tuesday night (Oct. 1). Trotting colt Custom Fit claims this honor, going for the price of $475,000. By Cantab Hall out of Gala Dream, this youngster is a full brother to the holy terrors Pastor Stephen, 2-year-old champion in 2010, and Father Patrick, this year’s dominant trotting colt. Jimmy Takter, who trained both of the older brothers, made the winning bid for this Brittany Farms-bred colt. A name change might be ahead, perhaps a Monsignor moment in the making? It was another trotting colt that briefly shared the old record price of $450,000. This was Mr Lucky Luke, from the first crop of Lucky Chucky. Multiple stakes-winning dam Graceful Touch has already produced three winners of more than $200,000, headed by millionaire Muscle Massive. John Cancelliere had the final bid for this colt in the Hunterton consignment and is likely to turn the training responsibilities over to Chuck Sylvester, who so successfully campaigned Lucky Chucky. Horse sales bidding typically starts a bit sluggishly through the first few hip numbers, but it was pedal to the metal time on Tuesday, with the second yearling, the Muscle Hill filly Bright Eyes, fetching a whopping $260,000. This was one of a pair of yearlings that Swedish agent Robert Lindstrom purchased for that amount, signing for six yearlings over the course of the session. That trailed only Takter, who acquired nine in all. Several other European bidders were active, assisting trotters to take the top five high priced positions. Taking honors among pacers at $180,000 was the regally-bred filly Hey There Delilah, by Rocknroll Hanover out of Stienam’s Place. The Kentuckiana Farms-consigned yearling is a full sister to champion and $2 million-winner Put On A Show. Buyer Richard Young is hoping that the filly can emulate these distinguished relatives, as well as his own Rocknroll Hanover daughter, the nearly untouchable I Luv The Nitelife. Overall, the first session of the sale finished in a virtual dead heat in average price with the comparable session in 2012, declining a mere $131 to $86,324. A total of 105 yearlings sold, six more than last year, pushing the gross sales to $9,064,000. The 36 yearlings to sell for $100,000 or more topped the 33 from a year ago. Here are the summary statistics by gait and sex, and the leading horses by price, from the first session: Group-No. Sold-Total Price-Average Price-Top Price-Median-$100,000+ Pacing Colts-28-$2,462,000-$87,929-$150,000-$82,500-13 Pacing Fillies-22-$1,605,000-$72,955-$180,000-$60,000-6 Trotting Colts-31-$3,231,000-$104,226-$475,000-$77,000-11 Trotting Fillies-24-$1,766,000-$73,583-$260,000-$51,500-6 Total-105-$9,064,000-$86,324-$475,000-$75,000-36 Yearling-Sire-Dam-Sex-Gait-Price-Buyer Custom Fit-Cantab Hall-Gala Dream-C-T-$475,000-Jimmy W. Takter Mr Lucky Luke-Lucky Chucky-Graceful Touch-C-T-$450,000-John Cancelliere Bright Eyes-Muscle Hill-Caught My Eye-F-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Madrid-Credit Winner-Starcelona-C-T-$260,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Hey There Delilah-Rocknroll Hanover-Stienam's Place-F-P-$180,000-Richard Young Marquis Volo-Credit Winner-Margarita Momma-C-T-$180,000-Jeff Gillis Flirting Filly-Broadway Hall-Flirtin My Way-F-T-$170,000-Jimmy W. Takter, Agent Darden-Credit Winner-Yalta Hanover-C-T-$165,000-Robert Lindstrom, Agent Southwind Sonic-Muscle Hill-Spice On Ice-C-T-$155,000-Lindy Racing Stable Asap Hanover-Somebeachsomewhere-Allamerican Coed-C-P-$150,000-John Mehlenbacher Bright Baby Blues-Andover Hall-Bar Slide-F-T-$150,000-Melvin Hartman Mission Brief-Muscle Hill-Southwind Serena-F-T-$150,000-Burke Racing Stable Llc The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale continues each evening at 7 p.m. through Saturday at the Fasig-Tipton Sale Arena. For USTA video from the sale click here. By David Carr for USTA (reprinted with permission from USTA)

A compact group of four lined up in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Mohawk Racetrack, and it marked the much anticipated return of the three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, San Pail. The multiple O’Brien Award-winning gelding rallied to finish second, but he was no match for Knows Nothing in his first start off the bench. Jody Jamieson hustled Knows Nothing to the lead from Post 3, and they went unchallenged through panels of :28.3, :59 and 1:27.3. Knows Nothing roared home in :27.1 to stop the teletimer in 1:54.4. He was 4-3/4 lengths better than San Pail, with Windong Geant edging out P L Daley for the final spot on the Triactor ticket. Take My Picture and Intimidate were both scratched ‘sick’ from the featured event.   It was the fourth win of the season for Knows Nothing, who hangs his harness bag in the barn of trainer Jeff Gillis. The four-year-old son of Kadabra-Savvy Yankee, who is owned by Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz and J Gillis G Stay, is a 13-time winner who boasts a career bankroll of $695,536. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. (reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca)

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The three-year-old pacing fillies were upset minded at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, as only one favourite emerged victorious from four Grassroots divisions. Upfrontwhosurlady was the only top choice to get the job done, rolling home to a three and three-quarter length victory over Lyonssweetie and Hippie Chic. The 1:51.2 clocking — engineered by Moffat resident Jody Jamieson — matched the Whosurboy daughter’s personal best. Hillsburgh resident Jeff Gillis trains Upfrontwhosurlady for Up Front Racing LLC of Amherst, OH. Monday’s appearance was the filly’s first of the season in the Grassroots program, coming after four Gold Series starts. Driver Scott Zeron of Oakville captured the next two Grassroots divisions, guiding lightly rated Raise Your Glass to a hard closing nose victory over Senorita Santanna and favourite Western Empress in the fifth race, and third choice Betit To Getit to a front end score over division leader Mattys Big Day and Godiva Seelster in the seventh. Raise Your Glass stopped the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52 for her first win of the season. Howell, NJ resident Anthony Monica conditions the homebred daughter of Santanna Blue Chip for his partner Michael Timpano of Phelpston. Betit To Getit also hit the wire in 1:52, but the win was the filly’s second straight and third this season in Grassroots action. Milton resident Ben Wallace trains the No Pan Intended daughter — who wrapped up the regular season in second spot in the point standings — for Holland Racing Stable of Aurora. The final Grassroots division was captured by Cambridge reinsman Billy Davis Jr. and Burlesque, who reeled in pacesetter and favourite Windsong Jacoba in the stretch. Miss Machqueen rounded out the top three in the 1:51.4 mile. The win was the first of the season for Mach Three daughter Burlesque, who is trained by Carmen Auciello for Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga. Added to the second, third and sixth Burlesque posted in her first three Grassroots appearances, Monday’s win was just enough to squeak the filly into the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship, which features the top 10 point earners from the six regular season events. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week on Thursday and Friday, with the first races getting under way at 7:25 pm. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CLINTON, ON - Dull Roar emerged victorious from the clash of the three-year-old pacing colt titans at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon and heads into the post season on a three-race Grassroots win streak. Starting from the outside Post 7, Dull Roar and driver Jody Jamieson were sent off as the second favourites behind reigning Grassroots champion Panpero Firpo and driver Billy Davis Jr. Getting away fifth on the rail, Dull Roar was able to draft up the outside behind Panpero Firpo, who was going head-to head with pacesetter Mach Set Go. Heading by the three-quarters Jamieson sent Dull Roar out three-wide around the dueling leaders and the colt accelerated away to a two length lead. Classic Gent mounted a late challenge in the stretch, but Dull Roar was able to keep a nose in front to secure the 1:55.3 victory. Classic Gent took home the second-place share of the $18,000 Grassroots purse and Ja El Pocketrocket completed the top three. Jamieson engineered the win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh, who shares ownership of the Mach Three colt with Ken Henwood of Vaughan, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The colt's third straight Grassroots win bumped him to the top of the division point standings. One race later Panongahela closed out the regular season with a flawless record of four Grassroots wins in four  appearances. The No Pan Intended son and driver Bill Davis Jr. cruised along on the front end to reach the wire two and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:56.2. Thorn In Your Side and Pointsman rounded out the top three. David Menary conditions Panongahela for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Jamieson and Gillis teamed up for a second victory with Santanna One, who locked up a berth in the post season with his 1:56.2 clocking in Race 3, and father-son team Gregg and Doug McNair captured the remaining Grassroots division, posing with Southwind Amazon after his 1:56.4 score in the first race. All four of the afternoon's winners secured one of 10 berths in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championships at Mohawk Racetrack. Sunday's program wrapped up another outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes season at Clinton Raceway, which hosted four Grassroots divisions in 2013. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CLINTON, ON — Clinton Raceway fans will be stacked up along the rail for the tenth race on Sunday afternoon as four of the province’s top three-year-old pacing colts battle in one $18,000 Grassroots division. Division point leader Champagne Phil, second-ranked Dull Roar, sixth-ranked Mach Set Go, and seventh-ranked Panpero Firpo will be lined up along the starting gate in Sunday’s tenth race, and all four will be eager to wrap up the regular season on a winning note. Mach Set Go will benefit from Post 1 as he aims to score his second straight win for new trainer Anthony Montini and owners Holland Racing Stable of Aurora and Albina Montini of Acton. The Mach Three son logged an impressive personal best 1:51 in the Aug. 26 Grassroots leg at Mohawk Racetrack. Panpero Firpo skipped the Aug. 26 to take a run at the Gold Series colts, finishing seventh in the Aug. 19 leg at Mohawk. The No Pan Intended son is two-for-two in Grassroots action this summer and will be looking for win number three from Post 3. Dave Menary trains Panpero Firpo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. All six colts in the tenth race will be looking to knock off division leader Champagne Phil, who had a four-race Grassroots win streak halted by Mach Set Go on Aug. 26. Kenneth Oliver trains the Shanghai Phil gelding for ICR Racing of Pefferlaw and will send the winner of $82,618 out from Post 5. Mach Three son Dull Roar will line up along the outer rail at Post 7 for trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh and his partners Ken Henwood of Vaughan, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The number two colt in the point standings rides into Clinton on a two race Grassroots win streak. In addition to the talent laden tenth race, the three-year-old pacing colts will also be featured in Races 1, 3 and 11 on Clinton Raceway’s Sunday, Sept. 8 program, which gets under way at 1:30 pm. For complete entries please click here. Ontario Sires Stakes  

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ELORA, ON - Seaside Rory picked up her second Gold Series win on Monday evening at Grand River Raceway and the three-year-old pacing filly did it in impressive fashion. Getting away from Post 3 with regular reinsman Jody Jamieson in the race bike, Seaside Rory sat just off the pace in fifth as fan favourite Jan It Jackson rolled through sharp early fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:24.1. Rolling down the backstretch for the second time Jamieson sent Seaside Rory up the outside and the filly had edged by Jan It Jackson before the head of the stretch. With a little more gas in her tank than her rival, Seaside Rory was able to accelerate away to a one and one-half length victory in a track record 1:53.1. The mile shaved one-fifth of a second off the mark set by Jet Speed in last fall's Grassroots Semifinals. Jan It Jackson settled for second, with Wildcat Hanna another length back in third. Hillsburgh resident Jeff Gillis trains Seaside Rory for his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, NY. The victory, the Mach Three daughter's sixth of the season, boosted her career earnings to $116,608. The second $70,000 Gold division saw Gillis trainee Bad Feeling finish third behind division point leader Pan Luis Obispo and Leaveumlady. The field finished more than six lengths behind fan favourites Pan Luis Obispo and Randy Waples, who stopped the Grand River teletimer at 1:54.3.  Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh conditions Pan Luis Obispo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Through 11 sophomore starts the No Pan Intended daughter has tallied five wins, three seconds, two thirds and earnings of $232,333.  The final battle was won by first time Gold Series starter Regil Elektra, who rocketed down the stretch to a three length triumph over Request For Parole and Marlee B in a personal best 1:53.3. Brad Forward crafted the win for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stbl LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The three-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12, while Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Grand River Raceway this Wednesday, Aug. 28 with a pair of Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. For complete results.             For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Photo: Seaside Rory and driver Jody Jamieson streak to a 1:53.1 track record in three-year-old pacing filly Gold Series action at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 26. Iron Horse Photo  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Mach Set Go played the role of giant killer at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, cutting three-year-old pacing colt division leader Champagne Phil's win streak off at four. Mohawk fans had faith in Champagne Phil, sending him off as their top choice in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, but they were also extremely interested in Mach Set Go, making his first start for trainer Anthony Montini. Starting from Post 1, Mach Set Go and driver Keith Oliver heightened the interest when they went straight after the lead, reaching the quarter pole in :26.3. Mach Set Go and Oliver remained in complete control for the remainder of the mile, sailing through fractions of :54.3 and 1:22 on their way to a one and three-quarter length triumph in a personal best 1:51. D Gs Camme closed well to finish second, leaving Champagne Phil to settle for third. The win was Mach Set Go's first in Grassroots action this season and bumped him from eighteenth to sixth in the point standings. The Mach Three colt is owned by Holland Racing Stable of Aurora and Albina Montini of Acton, who acquired him on Aug. 20 from Sophie Bourgeois' 9174 7998 Quebec Inc. Sea Harrier also scored a bit of an upset in the second split, sprinting home to a half-length decision over Southwind Amazon and Stonebridge Adam. The 1:51.2 clocking, a personal best for the Jeremes Jet son, served as redemption for Sea Harrier's Aug. 16 Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway where he made an early break and finished at the back of the pack. Driver James MacDonald of Guelph shares ownership of Sea Harrier with Floyd Marshall of Jarvis and Peter Porter of Port Dover, and Benjamin Paquette conditions the gelding. The win was the pacer's second in Grassroots action at the Mohawk oval and bumped him up to fourth in the point race with 131. The final Grassroots battle was the only one in which the favourite prevailed. Dull Roar and Jack Moiseyev sprinted home to a two and one-quarter length triumph in 1:51, besting Lyonsparkhavenlake and Sea Harrier's stablemate Pointsman. Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh conditions Dull Roar for his partners Ken Henwood of Vaughan, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. Through five Grassroots starts the Mach Three colt has two wins and three seconds, putting him in second spot in the standings, hot on the heels of Champagne Phil. The three-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their Grassroots season at Clinton Raceway on Sept. 8. Mohawk Racetrack's action-packed Ontario Sires Stakes schedule continues on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2 with the second last Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies. For complete results. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Videos for all races are attached Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - Trainer Jeff Gillis will harness one sophomore pacing filly in each of the $70,000 Gold Series divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Aug. 26. First off the gate for Team Gillis will be Seaside Rory, and the Hillsburgh resident and his partners will be hoping the filly can reprise the winning effort she mounted in the Mid-Summer Consolation at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 10. With regular reinsman Jody Jamieson at the helm, Seaside Rory sprinted home in the Consolation to record a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51. The Mach Three daughter will line up at Post 3 in the first Gold division on Monday, aiming for the sixth win of her career. Gillis, Mac Nichol of Burlington, M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, NY share ownership on the winner of $81,608. Stablemate Bad Feeling gets the toughest draw of the evening, landing in the same heat as division leader Pan Luis  Obispo, who will start from Post 6. Bad Feeling finished fifth in the Mid-Summer Consolation and will be hoping to improve on that result from Post 1 in Monday's seventh race. Gillis owns the Badlands Hanover daughter and has sent her out 20 times this season, netting four wins, two seconds, three thirds and earnings of $39,470. Upfrontwhosurlady rounds out the Gillis contingent, starting from Post 7 in the tenth race. The Whosurboy daughter was fourth in the Aug. 10 Consolation for owners Up Front Racing LLC of Amherst, OH and has a third and a sixth to her credit through the first two legs of the Gold Series season. Post time for Grand River Raceway's Monday evening program is 7:05 pm and the three-year-old pacing fillies will wage their Gold Series battles in Races 4, 7, 10. For complete entries  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

Dragon Again four year old Speed Again burnt to the front and led his rivals a merry chase at Mohawk tonight Saturday the 17th of August. The Jeff Gillis trained and Brent Davis driven runaway was scoring his third win of the year from 21 starts and took his stake earnings past the $625,000 mark.  It was a lifetime mark and second win on end. Videos of all races attached.

ELORA, ON — Ontario’s talented three-year-old pacing colts brought their high speed show to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening and tore up the Elora oval’s record books. In the first $18,000 division fan favourite Champagne Phil extended his flawless Grassroots record to four and wrote his name in the Grand River history books with a five and three-quarter length win in a track record 1:52.1. The mile peeled one-fifth of a second off the former mark established by OSS star Prodigal Seelster in 2011. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson engineered the Shanghai Phil son’s sixth lifetime victory for trainer Kenneth Oliver and owner ICR Racing of Pefferlaw. Three races later Jamieson matched the old record with Dull Roar, who rocketed down the Grand River stretch to a four and three-quarter length win in 1:52.2. The Mach Three colt jumped into third spot in the point standings with his first Grassroots win. In his three previous provincial appearances Dull Roar had finished second. Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh conditions Dull Roar for his partners Ken Henwood of Vaughan, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. Jamieson piloted another Gillis trainee to victory in the final division, giving him a Grassroots hat trick. Starting from Post 1 with Santanna One, Jamieson sent the gelding straight to the front and held on for a three-quarter length win in 1:53.4. The win was the Santanna Blue Chip son’s first of the season. Gillis and Mac Nichol share ownership of Santanna One with Ellen Ott of Buffalo, NY and Jamieson’s 1140545 Ontario Ltd. The other two Grassroots divisions were captured by The Real One in 1:54.3 and Thorn In Your Side in 1:54.3. The three-year-old pacing colts make their fifth Grassroots stop at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 26, while Grand River Raceway fans will be treated Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts on Aug. 23. For complete results       by Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Division leaders Champagne Phil and Panongahela will be looking to maintain their perfect Grassroots records with a second victory over the Mohawk Racetrack oval on Friday, Aug. 9. Champagne Phil is conditioned by Hamilton resident Kenneth Oliver for ICR Racing of Pefferlaw and Cheltenham resident Dave Menary trains Panongahela for Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. The duo landed the top spot in the three-year-old pacing colt division standings by sweeping their respective Grassroots divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on June 21 and Georgian Downs on July 27. On Friday the leaders will line up at Post 1 in the eleventh race and Post 9 in the eighth race, with Panongahela facing the bigger test in Race 8. Among the horses hoping to bring Panongahela's Grassroots win streak to a halt is Stonebridge Adam, who currently sits third in the point standings. The Gary Kingshott trainee will benefit from Post 1 in the $18,000 contest and will be reunited with Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou, who engineered the colt's victory in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 21. Rockwood resident Kingshott shares ownership of Stonebridge Adam with Shannon Bennett of Toronto, Gregory Kingshott of Rockwood and Terence Molony of Mississauga. Through 14 starts this season the Stonebridge Regal colt has tallied five wins and one third. Also hoping to unseat Panongahela in the eighth race are two colts tied for sixth spot in the standings. Chosen Hombre will make his bid from Post 7 for trainer Brian Collins of Peterborough and owner Brian Stephen Scott of Lakefield, while Dull Roar starts from Post 8 for trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh and his partners Ken Henwood of Vaughan, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The three-year-old pacing colts will strut their stuff in Races 2, 4, 8, 9, and 11 on Friday evening's program, which also features the $43,100 Girls Night Out Pacing Series Final in Race 5. Mohawk Racetrack sends its first race into the starter's hands at 7:25 pm. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0809mohsn.dat by Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 20…Market Share, trained by Linda Toscano and driven by Tim Tetrick, kept his 2013 record perfect with an awesome display in the featured $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. Sent postward the prohibitive 2-5 choice over seven rivals, Market Share was allowed to settle in fourth place for the first half mile before moving outside to challenge pacesetter Wishing Stone off the far turn. When the pair straightened for home, Market Share took over after three-quarters and pulled away easily, posting a two and one-half length score in 1:51.1 over defending champion Mister Herbie, who had tracked the favourite throughout. Uncle Peter came on for third, while Wishing Stone, who had taken over from Knows Nothing after a 26.3 opening quarter, clocking a half in 54.3 and three-quarters in 1:24, faded to fourth. It was the third win in just three starts this year for the four-year-old son of Revenue S-Classical Flirt, after a banner sophomore campaign which saw him win the famed Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic, en route to divisional honours while banking over $1.9 million in winning 10 of 20 starts. “They were racing up front,” explained Tetrick. “At the half they flushed me and I came first up. My horse was game, just trotted right up to the leader and went right on by. He continued to trot all the way to the wire. I was playing it by ear (leaving from post 8).” Added Toscano, “I was really concerned because of the crazy heat that we’ve had. So, it was about keeping him hydrated. He was real good after the qualifier last week (a 1:50.3 mark at the Meadowlands) and I was hoping he was going to hold his form at least for today. “You worry (about only two previous starts) because some of these horses are race tight. It’s really a great group of horses. I did what I could to keep him tight. I was hoping to get another start into him earlier this month but it didn’t work out. “He’s such an incredible over-achiever. If anyone had told me that he was this kind of horse early last year I would have said ‘they were nuts’. But he’s really got it figured out and proved he’s one of the best right now.” Indeed he is. Now, Market Share joins an illustrious list of past champions who won this classic recently, horses such as San Pail, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winner from 2009-2011, Peaceful Way in 2006 and Mr. Muscleman in 2004-05. With the $271,500 winner’s share, he upped his career bankroll to over $2.3 million. Mister Herbie, who has won over $1.3 million, was making only his fourth start of the campaign for trainer and co-owner Jeff Gillis and driver Jody Jamieson. “He was as ready as he could be for today with his health issues, but no excuses, Market Share has been awesome all year and continues to be,” said Jamieson. “We have three weeks until Hambo day, that’s when the Nat Ray is, and we hope to have him peaking then.” Market Share paid $2.80, $2.10 and $2.10, combining with Mister Herbie ($3.70, $2.70) for a $9.80 (8-2) exactor. A 8-2-5 (Uncle Peter, $2.70) triactor returned $12.20, while a $1 Superfecta [8-2-5-6 (Wishing Stone)] was worth $48.80. Anndrovette defends Roses Are Red title in record time CAMPBELLVILLE, July 20…Anndrovette, with driver Tim Tetrick, overhauled pacesetter Drop the Ball in deep stretch to successfully defend her Roses Are Red title Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in a stake, track and Canadian record time of 1:48. What a night it was for Tetrick, as he also won the prestigious Maple Leaf Trot with champion Market Share and took a Canadian Breeders Championship final earlier on the card with longshot Thankyoukessel. Anndrovette, who won last year’s renewal of the Roses Are Red, defeating Drop the Ball and Rocklamation, once again faced her bitter rivals in this year’s edition for filly and mare pacers. Send postward the 6-5 choice, Anndrovette, who was coming off an elim win last week, when she fended off a closing Rocklamation, was hustled to the front by Tetrick, getting an opening quarter in 26.2, before Drop the Ball, the other elim winner last week, blasted by before the half in 53.2. Drop the Ball and driver Doug McNair took the field through three-quarters in a blistering 1:20.1 but braced for the challenge of Anndrovette down the stretch. Inch by inch, the two-time Breeders Crown winner closed the margin and finally got by the pacesetter for the record-setting half-length score in the $323,500 event. “We left hard,” said Tetrick. “I knew Dougie was going to come. Dougie’s mare, when he starts her up, she can go really fast. It was all she could do to get by her. The connections have done a great job with her. She just loves to race. She’s so nice to handle.” Anndrovette picked up $161,750 for the win, as the six-year-old daughter of Riverboat King-Easy Miss pushed her career bankroll to over $2.4 million while winning her 34th race in a career best time, clipping one-fifth of a second off her previous mark of 1:48.1, set last year in the Roses Are Red. “I got away third, so I had to go back to the front, and I made sure I came hard because that mare of Tim's (Anndrovette), she can go all day,” said McNair, about Drop the Ball. “I don't think she could have paced any better. She got beat by an iron tough mare. She was awesome.” As the favourite, Anndrovette, trained by PJ Fraley, paid $5.20, $3.60 and $2.30, combining with Drop the Ball ($4, $2.60) for a $19.50 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-7 (Rocklamation, $2.30) triactor came back $23.70 while a $1 Superfecta [4-3-7-10 (Krispy Apple)] was worth $301.60. by Greg Gangle  

Idealbeach Hanover with harness racing driver Jody Jamieson in the bike scored a good win in the $16,000 two-year-old race at Mohawk tonight Thursday the 18th of July. The Somebeachsomewhere colt trained by Jeff Gillis was having just his second start lifetime and scored in 1:53 with a last quarter in a sparkling 26.2. Idealbeach Hanover has now had the two starts lifetime for two wins. All videos are attached from tonights racing.

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 18 - Just six month ago, the prospect of driver James MacDonald driving in the $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot would have been dreamed a dream, but on Saturday, that dream will be reality, at Mohawk The Guelph resident, who was involved in a serious race accident on January 12 at Woodbine Racetrack, will steer the Jeff Gillis-trained Knows Nothing in the 61st edition of the Maple Leaf Trot. MacDonald, 27, suffered a broken right ankle along with torn ligaments following the spill. He required surgery on January 14, which resulted in the addition of two plates and eight screws for corrective healing. MacDonald was sidelined over two months following the accident. “If you told me a few months ago when I was laying on the couch with a broken leg that I would have been driving in the Maple Leaf Trot, I would have said you were crazy,” MacDonald said with a chuckle. “When I heard I was driving Knows Nothing, I was just ecstatic. MacDonald doesn’t take the opportunity for granted and is keen to be a part of Maple Leaf Trot history. “To be in this race is really a dream come true for me,” said MacDonald. “I love driving trotters and just to be in such a prestigious race with its history is incredible. The best horses in the world have been in this race and this year is no different.” The Cornwall, PEI native will also embark on another milestone on Saturday. “It will be the biggest purse I’ve ever raced for,” he said. “It’s a pretty amazing feeling. I was privileged enough to drive Jet Wash in the Breeders Crown last year (purse of $492,700), also for Jeff (Gillis), and this is even sweeter. Jeff has been very good to me and it’s a privilege to drive for him and him allowing me the chance.” Knows Nothing, who has been installed as a longshot with a 30-1 morning line, will begin from post four. It will be the first time MacDonald has teamed up with the talented son of Kadabra. “I have watched him (Knows Nothing) race many times he is a very nice horse and is very versatile,” said MacDonald. “He is a great horse in with a field of great horses so really anything can happen. He has gone some huge trips at Mohawk in the past, so we just need him to go the trip of his life on Saturday.” MacDonald, who has posted 714 victories in his career along with $6,362,122 in earnings, dismisses any pressure heading into this weekend. “I don't feel a ton of pressure,” he said. “If it is meant to be, it will be. As long as the trip works out and the horse gives a hundred percent, I'm sure we will be happy afterwards.” Knows Nothing has banked $645,076 in his career for Gillis along with partners Marvin Katz, Al Libfeld, Gerald Stay and Mac Nichol. The four-year-old bay has a career record of 10-4-3 from 15 career starts. His 1:51.4 speed badge was taken earlier this year at Mohawk in the Preferred Trot. The field will line up as follow: 1) Burnin Money – Jonathan Drury 2) Mister Herbie – Jody Jamieson 3) Arch Madness – Scott Zeron 4) Knows Nothing – James MacDonald 5) Uncle Peter –David Miller 6) Wishing Stone – Jody Jamieson 7) Guccio – Ron Pierce 8) Market Share – Tim Tetrick Also on the programme, North America’s top pacing mares will contest the $391,000 Roses Are Red final. The field will line up as follows: 1) Monkey On My Wheel – Keith Oliver 2) Bettor B Lucky – David Miller 3) Drop The Ball – Doug McNair 4) Anndrovette – Tim Tetrick 5) Economy Terror – Ron Pierce 6) Camille – Sylvain Filion 7) Rocklamation – Yannick Gingras 8) Shelliscape – Randy Waples 9) Greystone Ladylike – Scott Zeron 10) Krispy Apple – Billy Davis, Jr. A lucrative night of racing also includes four Canadian Breeders Championship finals featuring the province’s finest three-year-olds. Post time for the 12-race programme is slated for 7:25 p.m. by Greg Gangle

After Market Share won the Hambletonian Stakes last year, trainer Linda Toscano had one worrisome thought. "I said please don't let him be a one-hit wonder," Toscano said, laughing. Toscano's fears were put to rest in the following weeks as Market Share won the Canadian Trotting Classic, Zweig Memorial, American-National, and Galt stakes on his way to being named the Dan Patch Award winner for best 3-year-old male trotter and finishing second to stablemate Chapter Seven for Horse of the Year. On Saturday, the 4-year-old trotter will try to add to his list of accomplishments by winning the C$543,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. Market Share, starting from post eight in an eight-horse field, is the 4-5 morning line favorite with Tim Tetrick driving. Market Share last raced June 21 when he won the third round of the TVG Free For All Championship Series for trotters by a half-length over Uncle Peter in 1:51.1 at the Meadowlands. His only other race this year came on May 31 when he won the FFA Handicap at the Big M by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1. To get ready for the Maple Leaf Trot, Market Share raced in a qualifier on July 13 at the Meadowlands, winning by 5-1/2 lengths over Uncle Peter in 1:50.3. The time equaled the fastest mile of the year by any trotter. "Unfortunately we haven't been able to get him as many starts as we'd like," Toscano said. "I was forced to qualify him, but he's great. He's actually real sharp as evidenced by his qualifier. When he gets a little bit of a break he's been really good so I don't think it's going to affect him. I think he's ready to roll." The Maple Leaf field includes 2012 winner Mister Herbie, who captured the event in a stakes-record 1:50.4. Mister Herbie, starting from post two, is the 5-2 second choice with Jody Jamieson driving for trainer Jeff Gillis. Also in the race is the Jimmy Takter-trained duo of Uncle Peter and Guccio. Uncle Peter, who is 8-1 on the morning line, set the world record for trotting on a five-eighths-mile track when he won the preferred handicap in 1:50.3 on June 29 at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs. He has won three of eight races this year and finished no worse than third in any start. Arch Madness, who was second to Uncle Peter in his world-record performance and finished second in the Elitlopp in May in Sweden, is the 5-1 third choice. The 9-year-old gelding is winless in seven starts, but has earned $202,327 this season. For his career, he has won 31 of 96 starts and banked $3.92 million. Maxie Lee Memorial winner Wishing Stone also is in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I think it's an incredibly deep group of trotters this year," Toscano said. "I think that any horse is capable of winning the race. I'm leery of Uncle Peter and Guccio is always finishing at the end of the mile. Mister Herbie has shown his class and Arch Madness is an amazing, amazing animal. I just absolutely smile every time I see him on the racetrack. He just keeps going; he's like the Energizer bunny. He just goes forever." Market Share, owned by Richard Gutnick, TLP Stable and Bill Augustine, raced from April into November last year, winning 10 of 20 races and earning $2 million. He finished worse than third only twice. "I just never dreamed (last year) he was this kind of horse so I wanted to get the early money because I knew the bears were going to come," Toscano said. "He just kind of evolved into the horse he is today. "About halfway through last year he started to get it and he started to get very racy. That's held through to this year. He's just a good feeling, easy horse to be around. I don't know if he knows he's good or not, but he really enjoys his work. To me, that's the No. 1 thing for a horse. I've been very fortunate over the last couple years and trained some good horses and they all seem to enjoy their work." Market Share's late start to this year was by design, and takes into account the connection's plan to race the trotter as a 5-year-old. "It's not a one-year plan," Toscano said. "I planned kind of the same schedule that we did with Chapter Seven last year. I had to start a little bit later with him because he raced so late into (last) year and started so early. I wanted him to have a good rest and I wanted to try to build momentum for the bigger and more premier races at the end of the year." All as Market Share tries to add to his string of hits. by Ken Weingartner  

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