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SEPTEMBER 9, 2017 - Shadow Moon and Jimmy Freight earned their second Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series wins at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening, putting a little distance between themselves and their harness racing two-year-old pacing colt peers in the division point race. In the first $97,200 Gold contest driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON sent Shadow Moon directly to the front from Post 7 and the pair led the field through fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:24.4. In the stretch it appeared that fan favourite Declan Seelster would collar Shadow Moon, but the pacesetter dug in for a neck victory in 1:53. Declan Seelster and Avalon Hanover, both trained by Dave Menary of Cambridge, ON, finished second and third. "I said to Trevor, 'He all right', because he almost got beat there, and Trevor said, 'Well he kind of waits for them'. He watches for them, he turns his head and watches for them. He has a Murphy blind on the outside and he likes to take them on when they come," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Shadow Moon's narrow victory. "He's like that when I'm out jogging, if somebody comes along in a hurry, he'll take them on jogging." The win was Shadow Moon's second in Gold Series action and his fifth of the season. His only loss came in the August 19 Gold Leg when he was caught at the wire by Declan Seelster. In addition to his Gold victories the Shadow Play son captured a Grassroots trophy in his July 10 debut and a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on August 26. "He's just gotten better and better over time. He's only a little guy, he's not real big, but he has the desire and grit to go," said Dr. Moore of the Gold Series point leader. "He's about the same size as ($2 million winner) State Treasurer was as a two-year-old, he's got the same kind of attitude as him, so hopefully that will carry him a long way." Puslinch, ON resident Dr. Moore shares ownership of Shadow Moon with R G McGroup of Bathurst, NB, Serge Savard of St-Bruno, QC and Gordon McComb of Fall River, NS. The partners offered up $60,000 for the youngster at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and have recouped $195,337 to date. Shadow Moon will make his seventh lifetime start in the Metro Pace Eliminations at Mohawk next Saturday, Sept. 16. "We're very happy and we are going to try the Metro," said Dr. Moore. "That was six races tonight, so hopefully there's a couple more in him. "It's hard to keep them going at that level for that long, I've always found anyways. When I think about it, I've only had one horse that was as good at the end of November as he was the first of May, and that was Shadow Play," added the horseman, who trained sire Shadow Play through his $1.5 million racing career. Shadow Moon Saturday's outing was rival Jimmy Freight's ninth of the season, and marked his seventh trip to the winner's circle. The son of Sportswriter started his career with five starts on the Iowa fair circuit, winning all five, and since being purchased by Milton, ON resident Adriano Sorella and arriving at Mohawk he has tallied two Gold Series wins, a third-place finish to Declan Seelster and Shadow Moon in the August 19 Gold Leg and a runner-up finish behind Shadow Moon in an August 11 overnight. In Saturday's $96,400 Gold split, regular reinsman Jonathan Drury of Guelph, ON sent Jimmy Freight to the front from Post 4 and faced immediate pressure from favourite Western Passage and driver Yannick Gingras. Drury opted to drive on and Jimmy Freight paced through fractions of :27.1, :55.2 and 1:24.1 on his way to a one and one-half length win in 1:52.3. Simple Kinda Man closed hard to be second and Sharp Action Money was third, giving sire Sportswriter a sweep of the top three. "His (Gingras') horse got running out pretty good in the first turn there and didn't really want to clear, so I figured I might as well keep going. I was able to get a little breather in the third-quarter and I think that helped a lot," said Drury of the colt's winning effort. "He's a real handy little fella, you can get out of there quick with him and he just settles right down as soon as you clear and you can do whatever you want." The win bumped Jimmy Freight's lifetime earnings to $118,526 and his Gold Series point tally to 112, 13 points behind Shadow Moon and 37 ahead of Declan Seelster. Jimmy Freight The two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at The Raceway at Western Fair District on October 3 and the top 10 point earners from the five regular season events will advance to the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 14. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Campbellville oval on Monday, Sept. 11 with two Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm and the sophomore pacing colts will compete in Races 4 and 7. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - The 2017 Simcoe Stakes wrapped up Saturday with two harness racing events for three-year-old pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 10 colts and geldings competed for a purse of $162,838, while nine fillies battled for $163,872. Knocking on the door coming into the Simcoe, Art Scene kicked the door down with an impressive five length victory in a career-best 1:49.4 for driver Scott Zeron and trainer Tony Alagna. The son of American Ideal got away fourth in the early stages. Penzance Hanover posted an opening-quarter of :26.2, before allowing Classic Pro to clear and hang up a half of :55. Zeron got Art Scene in motion approaching the half and rushed up to take the lead entering the final turn. The Alagna trainee reached three-quarters in 1:22.1 and then said goodnight to his rivals by pulling well ahead and pacing home in :27.3 for the impressive victory. "I know he's raced really well his last two races over at Yonkers, but that was impressive right there." said Zeron post-race. Ocean Colony finished second, while HurricaneBeach was third. Art Scene only made one start as a rookie, but his connections knew he had potential. "We had to really be patient with him," said Zeron. "Tony (Alagna) did a great job with him all throughout the beginning of the year. "We really thought he was going to be a top colt right at the beginning and it took us a while to get to the point where we're at right now, but it's exciting to have a horse finishing off the year and peaking right now." Art Scene is owned by Brittany Farms LLC, Alagna Racing LLC, In The GYM Partners and Americam Art Stable. He is now three for 13 this season with $255,936 in earnings. The Alagna trainee paid $4.40 to win. Art Scene Fan Hanover champ Bettors Up picked up another stakes victory at Mohawk with a huge performance in the Simcoe Filly Stakes. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Up got away fifth in the early stages, while Obvious Blue Chip had to work for more than a quarter of a mile to get the lead and post a :54.2 opening-half. Idyllic Beach came first up from fourth on the far turn and that allowed McNair to situate Bettors Up in a perfect second-over spot. Obvious Blue Chip led by three-quarters in 1:22.3. In the stretch, Bettors Up rocketed off cover and stormed home for an impressive 6½ lengths victory in 1:50. Dudesalady finished second, while Stonebridge Sundae was third and Idyllic Beach fourth. Trained by Scott McEneny, Bettors Up (Bettor's Delight) came into the Simcoe Stakes off a solid victory in last Sunday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation. "I didn't want to be first up," said McNair post-race. "I floated and found a good spot and live cover. On the last turn I thought I was in a good spot and she still felt good, but that's the best she's felt since the Fan Hanover." Bettors Up is now four for 12 this season with earnings of $415,735. Her career totals now sit an impressive 10 wins and $631,964 earned. She is owned by Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Bettors Up paid $12.60 to win. Bettors Up Live racing continues Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes will highlight the 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - The harness racing team of driver Corey Callahan and trainer John Butenschoen connected to capture both eliminations of the Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 13 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings were split into two $40,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (September 16) $684,000 final. The first elimination saw Bills Man charge home in :27.2 to win in 1:53.2 for Callahan and Butenschoen. The son of Credit Winner got away fourth with Callahan and would sit in that position until the final turn. Victor Gio IT showed the way, posting fractions of :27.3, :56.4 and 1:25.2. What The Hill enjoyed a two-hole trip and was angled out of the pocket approaching three-quarters, which provided cover for a moving Bills Man. In the stretch, What The Hill took the lead with an eighth of a mile to go, but couldn't fight off Bills Man on the outside and Dancer Hall on the inside. Bills Man would reach the wire first, defeating Dancer Hall by a neck. "I knew I had (What The Hill) beat and then I saw (Dancer Hall) sneaking up through there, but the horse had plenty of trot," said Callahan about the victory. "The main thing is we just wanted to get through there error free." Lindy The Great got up for fourth, while Victor Gio IT dropped back to finish fifth. Owned by William Wiswell and M And L of Delaware LLC, Bills Man has had a lot of close calls, including a loss by a nose in his Hambletonian elimination. He was winless in his last nine coming into Saturday. "He's had a lot of bad luck," said Callahan. "You know you don't get many chances to win the Hambletonian and he raced his heart out in the elimination and then drew post 10 and I mean that was really a heartbreaker. "He puts forth his best effort and he's going to have his day." Bills Man is now three for 14 with $248,986 earned this season, which boosts his career totals to five wins and $319,427 in lifetime earnings. The Butenschoen trainee paid $7.20 to win. Bills Man The same duo would return to the winner's circle in the second split, but this time it was a front-end mission that got the job done. Dover Dan went coast-to-coast for a 1:52.3 victory. The son of Andover Hall shot out quickly to the lead and proceeded to hang up fractions of :27.4 :56.1 and 1:24.1. Long Tom and International Moni sat second and third, respectively, throughout the early-going, but both were moved to the outside nearing three-quarters. In the stretch, Dover Dan dug in to fight off his outside rivals and score the victory by three-quarters of a length. Long Tom finished second, while International Moni was third. Seven And Seven finished two-lengths behind the winner in fourth, while Southwind Cobra was fifth to make the final. Owned by Wiswell, Jean Goehlen and Eugene Schick, Dover Dan came into Saturday's contest with plenty of momentum after winning last Sunday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. "He's always been better for me when you leave with him a little bit and kind of get him interested," said Callahan. "I told John (Butenschoen) ahead of the race that Scotty (Zeron - International Moni) usually kind of ducks his horse off, so I was going to push off and hopefully follow Tetrick (Long Tom), but he was content to follow me and I kept the fractions honest and everything worked out good." Dover Dan's victory improves his three-year-old record to four wins in 14 starts and nearly $230,000 earned. The Butenschoen trainee sports career totals of eight wins and $352,047 earned. Dover Dan paid $14.40 to win. Dover Dan Forced to choose which elimination winner he will drive in next week's final, Callahan wasn't shy in sharing which direction he will likely go. "I'll likely stick with Bills Man. I think he's the fastest of the two, even though (Dover Dan) went a bigger heat tonight, I think just pure speed wise, Bills Man is just a little bit quicker." Trainer Butenschoen also had a decision to make, as he got to select which posts his duo will start from in the final. Bills Man will start from post two, while Dover Dan will start from post three. The $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic final will take place next Saturday (September 16). It joins the Maple Leaf Trot to make up a huge night of racing with purses expected to top $2 million. The three-year-old trotting fillies also had a chance to shine on Saturday evening in a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage. As expected, Ariana G took care of business in the first elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Jimmy Takter. The daughter of Muscle Hill and winner of over $1.4 million got away fifth before moving first-up at the half. She cleared to the lead at three-quarters in 1:25.4, before trotting home effortlessly in :27.3 to win by nearly five-lengths in 1:53.2. Coming in off a strong victory in last week's Casual Breeze, Gingras thought Ariana G was even better on Saturday. "Last week she was very good, but I think tonight she was vicious." Magic Presto finished second, while On A Sunny Day was third. Lady Grey and Sweet Of My Heart rounded out the top-five finishers. Owned by Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld, Ariana G is now eight for 10 this season with $645,027 earned and 17 for 20 overall. Ariana G paid $2.10 to win. Ariana G The second elimination saw Dream Together turn in a :27.1 final-quarter to track down Feed Your Head and win in 1:53.3. Driven by Daniel Dube for trainer Luc Blais, Dream Together got a three-hole ride, as Feed Your Head got her way on the front. The Takter trainee posted fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:25.4 to lead into the lane. Dream Together avoided a three-quarter breaking Thats All Moni and then found her best stride in the lane. The Blais trainee rocketed home and zoomed by Feed Your Head to win by two lengths. "Got away third and moved her late and she responded well," said Dube, who had last drove Dream Together in the Hambletonian Oaks. "The last time at The Meadowlands I left and moved first over and she raced real good and now she finally got a better trip and raced good." Winter Sweet Frost finished third, while Glitzey Gal was fourth. Dream Baby Dream made a break at the start, but recovered to finish fifth after a few others made miscues. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Dream Together picked up just her second win of the season, but has been consistent all year. She's hit the board in seven of eight starts and earned $130,341. Dream Together is now a six-time winner with career earnings of $230,934 for owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec. She paid $8.30 to win. Dream Together The $385,000 Elegantimage Stakes final will also take place next Saturday. The finals for both the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage were drawn following the eliminations. Here is how they will lineup in each event. $684,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Cobra by Muscle Hill 2. Bills Man by Credit Winner 3. Dover Dan by Andover Hall 4. What The Hill by Muscle Hill 5. International Moni by Love You 6. Seven And Seven by Chapter Seven 7. Long Tom by Muscle Hill 8. Dancer Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe 9. Victor Gio IT by Ready Cash 10. Lindy The Great by Crazed AE: Dunbar Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe   $385,000 Elegantimage 1. Winter Sweet Frost by Kadabra 2. Lady Grey by Muscle Hill 3. Dream Together by Muscle Hill 4. Ariana G by Muscle Hill 5. Sweet Of My Heart by Angus Hall 6. Glitzey Gal by Muscle Hill 7. Magic Presto by Kadabra 8. Feed Your Head by Muscle Hill 9. Dream Baby Dream by Muscle Hill 10. On A Sunny Day by Muscle Mass AE: Mrstery Bear by Majestic Son Mark McKelvie

SEPTEMBER 8, 2017 - Kendall Seelster added an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold trophy to her harness racing collection at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday with a commanding victory in the $125,800 two-year-old pacing filly Gold Series contest. The win was the Shadow Play daughter's second straight at the Campbellville oval - she was also victorious in the $169,381 Champlain Stakes on Sept. 2 - and Mohawk fans sent her off as the heavy favourite in Race 5. Starting from the trailing Post 11, driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON settled Kendall Seelster in sixth on the rail, behind two-time Gold Series winner Big Thong, as Play The Bell and Lady Grande battled to a :27.3 opening quarter. As Cardiff took control heading for the :55.3 half, driver James MacDonald tipped Big Thong into the outer lane and Waples sent Kendall Seelster out in her wake. Cardiff led the field of 10 past the 1:25.1 three-quarters, but Waples swung Kendall Seelster out from behind Big Thong coming off the corner and the fan favourite cruised by her peers to a three and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.4. Lady Grande closed hard to be second, as did Kendall Seelster's stablemate Just Her Luck to claim the third-place finisher's spoils. "Randy had mentioned it before that he didn't have to gun her out of there, that she would come from off the pace, and she proved it tonight," said trainer Paul Reid of Kendall Seelster's victory. "It's always good to see when you're not one dimensional; it just makes it so tough if you are." Reid, whose Ontario operation is based at First Line Training Centre in rural Milton, conditions both Kendall Seelster and Just Her Luck for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and has been impressed with both youngsters since their arrival in his barn. "I picked them up the first of May and they'd been in like 2:25, 2:20 I guess, and we finished them off and started to race them. She (Kendall Seelster) felt like a nice filly right from the start, obviously I didn't think she was going to be this good," admitted the horseman. "She did feel like she had the ability, but she's a smaller filly you know, I was a little concerned. "When we first started going fast with her, training fast miles, it was just like flipping a switch, two different horses, because she's kind of short, even in the post parade she's kind of short and trappy going, and then as soon as she hits a nice gear boy it just smooths out and it's just great," the trainer added. In addition to Monday's win and her Champlain victory, where she dealt Ontario Sires Stakes rival Percy Bluechip her first loss, Kendall Seelster has an overnight win in an August 1 event at Mohawk and four runner-up efforts, three of them behind Percy Bluechip, to her credit. A $47,000 purchase at the 2016 Forest City Yearling Sale, the filly has amassed $262,085 through eight lifetime starts. Friday's victory boosted Kendall Seelster's Gold Series point total to 108, putting her in a tie for second behind Percy Bluechip, who skipped Friday's event. Kendall Seelster Stablemate Just Her Luck has accumulated 31 points and currently sits seventh in the standings. The homebred daughter of Sportswriter and Just Luck has made just five starts to date, recording one second and two thirds for earnings of $34,888, but Reid is hopeful that Friday's result means things are moving in the right direction for the youngster. "(Just Her Luck)'s very, very nice, better gait, more fluid right from the word go," recalled Reid. "Honestly, when I started with them I thought she might have been the better of the two. It didn't take long to figure out that the other one was, but she's a very nice filly. "She's been fighting sickness and hasn't been 100 per cent and we give her a little time, and she's coming back around now. I think she's a fast filly, like she's already paced 1:52.3, so I mean she's no slouch," Reid continued. "I think this start will help get her a little tighter and hopefully we can keep her healthy. I think she's competitive, maybe not with the top two, but she's only a step behind." Kendall Seelster will put her two-race win streak on the line against North America's top fillies in the Shes A Great Lady Eliminations at Mohawk on Saturday, Sept. 16, and Reid hopes she continues to channel her growing feistiness into winning races. "Last week after she win, on the way home she kicked the back window out of my horse trailer. She doesn't get very tired either," said Reid with a rueful chuckle. "A lot of them, as they get racier they get a little more feisty, so hopefully she just keeps putting that feistiness toward the race like she has been." Following the break for the Shes A Great Lady, Ontario's talented two-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk on Oct. 5, with the top 10 point earners advancing to the $225,000 Super Final at the Campbellville oval on Oct. 14. Ontario's top two-year-old pacing colts will battle in their fourth Gold Series event on Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday evening program, competing in Races 8 and 10 on a card that also features eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes and the Simcoe Stakes divisions for three-year-old pacing colts and fillies. Saturday's program gets under way at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - The harness racing field is set for the $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot on Saturday, September 16 following Friday's eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack. An All-Star group of 15 older trotters were split into two $40,000 eliminations. For the second consecutive year, Hannelore Hanover will head into the Maple Leaf Trot final off a victory in her elimination, as the Ron Burke trainee was victorious in Friday's first split. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Hannelore Hanover got away fifth in the field of seven, while J L Cruze stepped out to post a sharp :26.4 opening-quarter. Lookslikeachpndale was parked to three-eighths before clearing to the lead, but the lead was brief, as J L Cruze immediately circled back around for driver David Miller at the half in :55.1. The intense action up front set up well for Hannelore Hanover, as Gingras moved her to the outside entering the far turn and was able to pick up the cover of first-over challenger Homicide Hunter. J L Cruze reached three-quarters in 1:23.4, but then gave way to the outside challengers. Homicide Hunter got the lead for a moment before 'Hannelore' powered by in the final-eighth and pulled ahead for a 2¼ lengths victory in 1:52. Homicide Hunter held second, while J L Cruze was third. Odds On Amethyst and Pasithea Face S rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Hannelore Hanover was in a slump by her standards coming into Friday's contest, as the five-year-old snapped a three-race losing streak with her Maple Leaf Trot elimination score. "We wanted to take it easy a little bit on her," said Gingras post-race. "I didn't care which way I was going to race her, but I didn't want to torture her. She's had many tough trips in a row, but tonight it worked out perfect. "I thought she was very good at Tioga last time, but she hadn't raced in a little while and it was a World Record mile, so it was nothing to worry too much about, but I think she's coming back around and she was really sharp tonight." Hannelore Hanover is now five for nine this season with $338,486 banked. Her career totals now sit at 31 wins and over $1.8 million earned for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Frank Baldachino and J And T Silva Stables LLC. Hannelore Hanover, who captured the Armbro Flight for the second consecutive year back in June at Mohawk, is a big fan of the Campbellville oval. "She's a big strong mare," said Gingras. "She likes to stretch her legs and she seems to like this place a lot." Hannelore Hanover will be looking for redemption in next week's final after finishing second in last year's event. She paid $3.90 to win. Hannelore Hanover The second elimination featured defending champion Resolve and Trotting Triple Crown winner Marion Marauder, but neither would advance when all was said and done. Mambo Lindy struck for a 26-1 upset for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Frank Antonacci. Windsun Revenge blasted out to the lead and called the shots through the opening three-quarters of the mile. The Jeff Durham trainee posted fractions of :27.1, :55.3 and 1:23.3 for driver Rick Zeron. Around the final turn, Crazy Wow came first up and was supplying cover for Resolve, but the defending champ couldn't keep up and dropped back to ultimately finish seventh. Resolve's struggles also cost Marion Marauder, who was following him. The four-year-old star was seven lengths from the lead turning for home. There was no rally from Marion Marauder, who finished eighth. Meanwhile, Mambo Lindy and Tetrick, who got away seventh, saved ground moving up the inside on the turn. Resolve's struggles allowed Tetrick to slide into the second-over position turning for home. Mambo Lindy exploded off cover and shot by his rivals to trot home to a 1:52.2 victory. Gural Hanover finished second by a length and a quarter, while Windsun Revenge was third. The top-five was completed by Musical Rhythm and Warrawee Roo. A six-year-old gelding, Mambo Lindy had been racing exclusively at Plainridge Park prior to stepping up into the Maple Leaf Trot elimination. He is now eight for 11 this season. "He's just a really sharp horse," said Tetrick following the victory. "He thinks he's still King Kong because he's been winning every week at Plainridge and you know horses can't read a program. "When I tipped him off (Gural Hanover's) back at the top of the lane, he gave me a really good step and from then on it was just my job not to fall off." Owned by Greathorse of Hampden, Massachusetts, Mambo Lindy is now a 22-time winner with $175,260 earned. The clocking of 1:52.2 lowered his career-mark by a full-second. A $2 win ticket on Mambo Lindy returned $54.50. Mambo Lindy The draw for the $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot final took place following the eliminations. By virtue of their victories, Hannelore Hanover and Mambo Lindy's connections were able to select their post. The $593,000 Maple Leaf Trot final will take place on Saturday, September 16. Here is the field for the Maple Leaf Trot. 1. Windsun Revenge by Kadabra 2. Odds On Amethyst by Muscle Hill 3. Pasithea Face S by Muscle Hill 4. Mambo Lindy by Donato Hanover 5. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All 6. JL Cruze by Crazed 7. Warrawee Roo by Majestic Son 8. Homicide Hunter by Mr Cantab 9. Musical Rhythm by Cantab Hall 10. Gural Hanover by Crazed AE: Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Harness racing four-year-olds Pure Country and Blue Moon Stride captured Friday night's $35,000 Milton Stakes eliminations at Mohawk Racetrack. A loaded group of 15 pacing mares were split into a pair of eliminations to determine the field for the $256,000 Milton Stakes on Saturday, September 16. Double millionaire Pure Country started things off by turning in a huge effort to extend her current win streak to three. The Jimmy Takter trainee got away fourth in a field of seven with driver Mark MacDonald, who wasn't content to sit for long. Pure Country was right-lined entering the backstretch and quickly overtook a second-quarter moving Call Me Queen Be for the lead before the half. The fractions were hot, as Pure Country was forced to pace a :53.3 opening-half to secure the lead. The Takter trainee rolled right along in third-quarter to reach that station in 1:21.4 and carry the lead into the lane. Pure Country sealed the deal by edging away from her rivals and pacing home in :28.1 for a 1:50 score. "She's got a huge set of lungs," said MacDonald post-race. "I was like 'I'd rather be on the front than first-over, so I may as well keep pushing' and I was confident she would be strong." L A Delight turned in a :27.2 final-quarter to rally for second, beat just a length. Lyons River Pride, Witch Dali and Wrangler Magic rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. MacDonald, a former leading driver on the WEG Circuit, took over the driving duties behind Pure Country on July 28 and has since driven her to three wins in four starts. "I think this game is all timing," said MacDonald. "I caught her at the right time. She was kind of in a four-year-old slump and I got on her right when she was getting on a good roll and we've been a good roll together." A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Pure Country is now three for nine with over $230,000 banked this season to bring her career totals to 23 wins and nearly $2.2 million earned. She is owned by Diamond Creek Racing. Pure Country paid $2.90 to win. Pure Country The second elimination saw all eyes on defending champion Lady Shadow, but Friday wasn't her night to shine. Blue Moon Stride and driver David Miller capitalized on an off night by Lady Shadow to win in 1:50 at 7/1. Sent off at 1/9, Lady Shadow was parked for more than three-eighths before clearing Blue Moon Stride for the lead ahead of a :54.4 opening-half. Blue Moon Stride had also been parked early before finding the front just after the opening-quarter. Lady Shadow and driver Yannick Gingras turned up the heat with a :27.3 third-quarter to reach that station in 1:22.2. The heavy-favourite didn't have anything left to offer in the lane and drifted out. Blue Moon Stride took full advantage by powering up in the inside and taking the lead home to win by a length. Sandbetweenurtoes finished second, while Frost Damage Blues was third and Darlinonthebeach was fourth. Lady Shadow was able to find a way to hold on for fifth to make the Milton Stakes final. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover, Blue Moon Stride was just two for 11 coming into Friday's contest, but was coming in off a victory on August 20 at Pocono. "I raced her a couple weeks ago and she went a big mile on the front end and she beat a couple nice mares," said Miller post-race. "I thought if she could hold that form she would be alright tonight." Owned by Emilio & Maria Rosati, Blue Moon Stride made over $400,000 last season as a three-year-old and Friday's victory pushes her over the $100,000 mark this season. She is now a 13-time winner with $826,421 in lifetime earnings. The Harder trainee paid $17.70 to win. Blue Moon Stride The post positions for next week's $256,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. Pure Country and Blue Moon Stride earned the right to select their posts for the final. Here is the field for the Milton Stakes final. 1. Lady Shadow by Shadow Pay 2. Blue Moon Stride by Rocknroll Hanover 3. Pure Country by Somebeachsomewhere 4. Wrangler Magic by Mach Three 5. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight 6. Darlinonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere 7. Frost Damage Blues by Western Ideal 8. Lyons River Pride by Somebeachsomewhere 9. Sandbetweenurtoes by Somebeachsomewhere 10. Witch Dali by Dali AE: Penpal by American Ideal Mark McKelvie

SEPTEMBER 7, 2017 - Thursday evening was the last opportunity for the harness racing three-year-old trotting colts and the three-year-old pacing fillies to accumulate points toward a berth in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championship as both divisions wrapped up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack. The trotting colts kicked things off in the first race and division point leader Rose Run Speedster put an exclamation mark on his season, capturing his fourth straight Grassroots trophy in a 1:57.3 personal best. Starting from Post 9, driver Louis-Philippe Roy sat fourth with the fan favourite through the first half of the mile and then sent Rose Run Speedster into the outer lane heading for the three-quarters. Enchanted Mission mounted a furious challenge through the stretch, but Rose Run Speedster hung on for a neck victory. Upvote Hanover finished third. Roy piloted Rose Run Speedster to the win for trainer Rene Allard of Matamoras, PA and his partner Rose Run Speedster Stable of Guelph, ON. The win gives the Windsong Espoir colt a perfect 200 points from four wins in four Grassroots starts. Rose Run Speedster In the second $19,500 trotting colt split, Charmbo Chrome stormed away from the field to a personal best 1:56 for driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON. The Manofmanymissions son finished three and one-half lengths ahead of favourite Warrawee Shipshape, with Vesuvio Bi six more lengths back in third. "He got pretty brave in that Dream Of Glory thing and when he got on the front there last week (Aug. 26), his last win, he was really brave. Right now he's as smooth and sharp and raring to go as he's ever been," said trainer John Rier of Kitchener, who bred and owns the colt in partnership with his brother Randy Rier of Hanover, ON. After two eighth-place finishes and one fifth in the first three Grassroots events, Rier added trotting hopples to Charmbo Chrome's equipment list and altered the colt's shoeing. Since the mid-July changes Charmbo Chrome has posted a record of three wins, one third and two fifths, with back-to-back Grassroots victories giving the colt 107 points and a berth in the Sept. 30 championship. "He's pretty smooth and right now he's pretty honest. I put hopples on him, I changed his shoes - I took the toe weights off - that's about it," said Rier. "And I've got to thank Ross Battin and Mike Saftic also for their persistent and consistent driving, because they never got him riled up, and they kept him within himself, and he responded to that very nicely." Over the next two weeks Rier plans to race Charmbo Chrome in an overnight at Mohawk, in preparation for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 30, and says the colt will continue to compete at the Campbellville oval after his Ontario Sires Stakes career comes to a close. "I'll keep on. He'll be my winter horse," said the trainer, who also campaigned the colt's mother Hetties Charm, herself a Grassroots winner at both two and three. Charmbo Chrome In the last trotting colt division Radical Road came up with a big effort, reeling in the leaders through the final quarter for his first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory. In rein to Travis Henry of Embro, ON, Radical Road hit the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Yo Yo Mass and favourite Euro Gap in 1:56.2. The win propelled the son of Kadabra, who is trained by Martin Lachance for Royal Wire Products of North Royalton, OH, up the standings and into the Grassroots Championship. Radical Road In the two $19,150 sophomore pacing filly splits, first-time Grassroots starter Mach The Cut (Mach Three) and division point leader Shewearsthepants captured their respective divisions. Mach The Cut rocketed from sixth to first in the final quarter to earn her first Grassroots victory, hitting the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of pacesetter and favourite C Mary in a personal best 1:53.1. Fading Shadow was well back in third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion piloted Mach The Cut to the win for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Puslinch, ON and his partner Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL. With just 50 points, Mach The Cut will miss the cut off for the Grassroots Championship by 18 points. Mach The Cut Shewearsthepants added a fourth Grassroots trophy to her collection, holding off a charging Treasures Pearl for a one-half length win in a personal best 1:52.2. Gottalovemyshadow was three more lengths back in third. Guelph resident Doug McNair piloted the filly to her ninth win of the season for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and owner-breeders Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. "She's the one to beat for sure," said Doug McNair of the Big Jim daughter's chances in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship. "I hope she stays healthy for the final; if she does she'll have a real good shot." Shewearsthepants Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening with a single $125,800 Gold Series contest for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The fillies will compete in Race 5 on a program that also features eliminations for the Milton Stakes for aged pacing mares and the Maple Leaf Trot for aged trotters. Post time for Friday's program is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: For results click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 7 - Many of the best harness racing two-year-old trotters in the sport will be converging on Mohawk Racetrack this Monday (September 11) for the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes eliminations. Each event requires two $30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for the finals on Monday, September 18. The Wellwood Memorial has attracted 19 colts and geldings, while 18 fillies will battle in the Peaceful Way eliminations. Trainer Jimmy Takter will be front and centre with the leading trotter in each event. Muscle Hill colt You Know You Do headlines the Wellwood eliminations. The Peter Haughton winner starts from post-three in the second split (Race 8) for Takter and driver Yannick Gingras. A winner of $253,872, You Know You Do is four for six with a mark of 1:54.2. The $350,000 yearling purchase most recently captured a division of the Champlain Stakes on September 1 at Mohawk. The second elimination also includes Ben Baillargeon trainee Alarm Detector. The son of Chapter Seven suffered his first defeat when he finished second to You Know You Do in the Champlain. Alarm Detector, a $110,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, is four for five with $61,870 earned. Trevor Henry will steer the Baillargeon trainee from post-five against eight other rivals. Lawmaker (PP2, Anthony MacDonald), the runner-up in last Sunday's Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, and Levitation (PP8, Doug McNair), an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner, are two of the other notables in the field. The first elimination (Race 5) will see a very competitive field of ten competing. The Takter barn will send out a strong duo in the first split, as Samo Different Day (PP2, Gingras) and Maxus (PP10, Gingras) will seek a spot in the rich final. A son of Cantab Hall, Samo Different Day is just one for six, but has hit the board in five of those starts and banked $126,747. Maxus, a son of Muscle Hill, also has just one victory, but has earned a cheque in all seven of his starts to carry earnings of $77,325 into Monday's contest. The second highest earner in the first elimination is Paul Reid trainee Winning American (PP5, Jody Jamieson). The son of Kadabra is still a maiden, but has finished second in three of four starts to bring his earnings to $100,060. Another notable in the first elimination is Cruising In Style (PP1, Jason Bartlett), a New York Sires Stakes winner. The Amy MacDonald trainee is two for six with five top-three finishes and earnings of $52,240. The top-five finishers in each Wellwood split will advance to the $400,000 final. Following in a long line of talented trotting fillies before her, Manchego appears to be the next big thing from the Takter barn. The daughter of Muscle Hill is six for six with $335,898 earned heading into Monday's Peaceful Way eliminations. A $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Manchego has victories in the Jim Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship to her name. The Takter star will start from post-two in Race 2 and will have Gingras in the sulky. The first Peaceful Way elimination also features Pure Ivory and Champlain winner Courtney Hanover. Trainer/driver Rick Zeron will send out the daughter of Cantab Hall from post-six. Courtney Hanover is three for six with $71,570 earned. The second elimination is carded as Race 3 and is headlined by Explosive Matter filly Phaetosive. The Trond Smedshammer trained rookie is two for three with $103,565 banked. Phaetosive has drawn the outside post-nine and will be making her first start since finishing second to Manchego in the Doherty Memorial on August 5. The Zeron barn will also be represented in the second split, as Champlain winner Atlanta starts from post-eight. The daughter of Chapter Seven is on a two-race win streak and is two for five overall with $55,025 earned. The top-five finishers in each Peaceful Way elimination will advance to the $375,000 final. Post time for Monday's card is 7:30 p.m. A program proof for the Wellwood and Peaceful Way eliminations can be viewed by clicking here. The Mohawk Terrace Dining Room will be open for the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way finals on Monday, September 18. A special buffet will be offered for $22.95 and reservations can be made by calling 1-888-675-7223.   Mark McKelvie

It did not take long for harness racing trainer Jimmy Takter to fall in love with Pasithea Face. "It was the first time I trained her," Takter said about the 5-year-old Swedish-born mare, who arrived in his stable on June 19 and two months later trotted one of the fastest miles in history by a female trotter. "She came here and she looked fantastic and she adapted very easily to my way of training. "I drove her in her first qualifier and I thought, wow, what a nice filly. She is a fantastic horse." Pasithea Face has won two of four races since arriving in North America, including a 1:50.4 triumph in a division of the Miss Versatility Series on Aug. 20 at Tioga Downs. At the time, it was the sixth-fastest winning mile by a trotting mare in history and only three-fifths of a second off Giant Diablo's world record. On Friday, Pasithea Face will compete in the first of two eliminations of the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. It will be her first try against male rivals since arriving from Europe, although the 5-2 morning-line favorite in her race is another mare, Hannelore Hanover. She finished second in last year's Maple Leaf Trot. Pasithea Face is the 7-2 third choice and will have Tim Tetrick in the sulky. The favorite in the second elimination is defending champion Resolve, who is 9-5 on the morning line. The top-five finishers from each C$40,000 elimination return Sept. 16 for the C$593,000 final. Pasithea Face, owned by Courant Inc. and trained previously by Lutfi Kolgjini, is a daughter of 2009 Horse of the Year Muscle Hill out of the French mare Jovelinotte. Courant Inc.'s Anders Strom found Pasithea Face as a yearling while looking at several other horses. "I was in the paddock to see some yearling fillies by Muscle Hill that I was interested in on the recommendation of Thomas Moberg, primarily Princess Face and Pandora Face," Strom said via email. "One more horse caught my eyes and that was Pasithea Face, so I basically told Kolgjini I wanted to buy her in the package as well. "It was her fantastic conformation and Muscle Hill on a brilliant French maternal line that attracted me most. I already owned her big brother Opitergium (by Pine Chip) at the time, a really strong horse that did well in Group races. I now also own a half-sister, Lovelinotte (by Toss Out), who is a broodmare with Am Bloodstock (our breeding operation). She has already started to produce nice young horses." Pasithea Face enjoyed a strong career in Europe, winning nine of 31 starts and earning $301,199, but Strom and Kolgjini thought the mare's racing style might be better suited for North America. "Lutfi and I discussed this at length and decided the mile tracks in the U.S. would be ideal for her, and also that she might be a good mare to breed in Kentucky for the future," said Strom, who can be followed on Twitter at @Courant_AB. "A broodmare that could show 1:50 capacity with some French outcross will obviously yield attractive offspring for the U.S. yearling market in the future." Pasithea Face finished second in her U.S. debut, but found the winner's circle on her second try, capturing the Dr. John R. Steele Memorial on Hambletonian Day (Aug. 5) at the Meadowlands in 1:51.2. Next was her 1:50.4 victory at Tioga, where a week later she finished fourth in Emoticon Hanover's 1:50.2 mile in the Joie De Vie Stakes. "She raced well," Takter said. "They went (1):50.2, how are you going to make up ground in that kind of mile? Those (mares) are very good. It was a tough race." Takter expects the ladies to give the gentlemen a battle in the Maple Leaf Trot. "I think both Hannelore and Pasithea are competitive with those horses," Takter said. "We'll see; maybe I'm wrong. I'm not going to say (Pasithea Face) is going to go out and win, but I think she will be good. "She's a sweetheart. Kolgjini did a good job developing her. He always has his horses looking great. A horse like that makes me look good. I don't take much credit. But I'm the babysitter and I make sure she's happy." Pasithea Face's future will be determined by how she handles the remainder of the campaign. "We will race her the rest of the season and then listen to the horse; if she is sound, we might do another year of racing," Strom said. "There is even an option to try the big races in France with her if Jimmy Takter thinks she can do it. He should know having had Moni Maker racing the long-distance races in Paris before." For now, Strom is simply happy to watch Pasithea Face compete in her new environment. "She seems to enjoy racing the way races are run in the U.S.," Strom said. "Besides that, she goes along well with Tim Tetrick. I do as well. I really enjoy seeing Timmy driving my best horses over there. He is a class act." Following are the fields in post order for the two Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line. Elimination One: 1. Homicide Hunter by Mr Cantab -Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-3/1; 2. Il Sogno Dream by Cantab Hall -Trevor Henry-Victor Puddy-10/1; 3. Hannelore Hanover by Swan For All -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/2; 4. Lookslikeachpndale by Muscle Hill -Dan Dube-Luc Blais-9/2; 5. Odds On Amethyst by Muscle Hill -Patrick Hudon-Patrick Hudon-12/1; 6. JL Cruze by Crazed -David Miller-Eric Ell-6/1; 7. Pasithea Face by Muscle Hill -Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-7/2. Elimination Two: 1. Crazy Wow by Crazed -Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-5/1; 2. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill -Scott Zeron-Mike Keeling-3/1; 3. Gural Hanover by Crazed -David Miller-Ron Burke-8/1; 4. Mambo Lindy by Donato Hanover -Tim Tetrick-Frank Antonacci-10/1; 5. Musical Rhythm by Cantab Hall -Mario Baillargeon-Benoit Baillargeon-10/1; 6. Warrawee Roo by Majestic Son -Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais-12/1; 7. Resolve by Muscle Hill -Ake Svanstedt-Ake Svanstedt-9/5; 8. Windsun Revenge  by Kadabra -Rick Zeron-Jeff Durham-6/1. Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - The eliminations for several harness racing events, including the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic, were drawn Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. An All-Star group of 15 older trotters were entered in this year's Maple Leaf Trot, while the Canadian Trotting Classic attracted 13 sophomore colts and geldings. The Maple Leaf Trot eliminations will take place on Friday (September 8) and will feature two $40,000 splits, with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the $593,000 final. Friday's opening elimination (Race 8) is highlighted by a pair of trotting mares. Hannelore Hanover (PP3, Yannick Gingras) and Pasithea Face (PP7, Tim Tetrick) will tackle the boys in search of becoming the latest female winner of Canada's most storied trotting race. The last mare to win the Maple Leaf Trot was Bee A Magician in 2015. Hannelore Hanover will be seeking redemption after finishing second in last year's event. The Ron Burke trained five-year-old has four wins and three seconds in eight starts this season to bring her career totals to 30 wins from 49 starts and over $1.8 million earned. Last year's Dan Patch and O'Brien Award winner, Hannelore Hanover is seven for eight at Mohawk, including victories in the last two editions of the Armbro Flight. Pasithea Face is new to the North American racing scene, but has quickly made an impact. The five-year-old daughter of Muscle Hill was foaled and raced in Sweden before coming to North America this season. Pasithea Face racked up impressive victories and earnings in Sweden for trainer Lutfi Kolgjini prior to joining the Jimmy Takter barn a few months ago. Owned by Courant Inc, the five-year-old is two for four in North America with victories in the $176,250 Steele Memorial at The Meadowlands and a leg of the Miss Versatility at Tioga, where she set a Track Record of 1:50.4. The first elimination is completed by Homicide Hunter (PP1, Brett Miller), Il Sogno Dream (PP2, Trevor Henry), Lookslikeachpndale (PP4, Dan Dube), Odds On Amethyst (PP5, Pat Hudon) and JL Cruze (PP6, David Miller). Defending champion Resolve (PP7) headlines the second elimination (Race 9). The Ake Svanstedt trainee is looking to become the first back-to-back Maple Leaf Trot winner since San Pail pulled off a three-peat in 2011. A six-year-old son of Muscle Hill, Resolve is four for nine this season and is coming in off victories in the $170,000 Crawford Farms Trot at Tioga and $303,050 Cashman Memorial at The Meadowlands. Resolve's career totals currently sit at 18 wins and over $2.7 million earned for owner Hans Enggren. Marion Marauder (PP2, Scott Zeron), last year's Triple Crown hero, returns to Mohawk in the second split. The Mike Keeling-Paula Wellwood trainee is three for six this season and has certainly held his own since moving up to the older ranks. The four-year-old son of Muscle Hill is a 14-time winner with over $2.4 million earned for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. The second elimination is rounded out by Crazy Wow (PP1, Yannick Gingras), Gural Hanover (PP3, Matt Kakaley), Mambo Lindy (PP4, Tim Tetrick), Musical Rhythm (PP5, Mario Baillargeon), Warrawee Roo (PP6, Sylvain Filion) and Windsun Revenge (PP8, Rick Zeron). The Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations will open up Saturday evening's 12-race card as Races 1 and 2. Each elimination goes for a purse of $40,000 with the top-five finishers advancing to the $684,000 final. The opening split features a field of seven and is led by What The Hill (PP2, David Miller). The Ron Burke trained son of Muscle Hill will be making his first start since being disqualified from first in the Hambletonian final on August 5. What The Hill has won half of his eight starts this season and sports career totals of seven wins and $454,947 earned. The field for the first elimination also includes Bills Man (PP1, Corey Callahan), Dancer Hall (PP3, Doug McNair), Lindy The Great (PP4, Tim Tetrick), Victor Gio (PP5, Yannick Gingras), Try Try Again (PP6, Chris Christoforou) and Southwind Hydro (PP7, Marcus Johansson). International Moni (PP4, Scott Zeron) will look to continue his success at Mohawk in the second elimination. The Frank Antonacci trainee is a son of French stallion Love You and the great mare Moni Maker. International Moni captured last Saturday's $165,838 Simcoe Stakes to improve to three for three this season at Mohawk. Owned and bred by the Moni Maker Stable, International Moni is five for seven in 2017 to bring his career totals to six wins and $508,282 earned. The second elimination is completed by Seven And Seven (PP1, Doug McNair), Long Tom (PP2, Tim Tetrick), Dunbar Hall (PP3, Jody Jamieson), Dover Dan (PP5, Corey Callahan) and Southwind Cobra (PP6, Yannick Gingras). The elimination winners in both the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic earn the right to select their post for the final. The Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic finals will take place on Saturday, September 16. While Canada's two biggest trotting events are the main attraction, several other stakes eliminations and events are set for this weekend at Mohawk. Friday evening's card will also feature the eliminations for the Milton Stakes, as a tremendous group of 15 older pacing mares have been split into two $35,000 divisions. Double millionaires Pure Country and Lady Shadow headline the eliminations. A four-year-old daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Pure Country (PP2, Mark MacDonald) is coming in hot to the first Milton elimination. The Jimmy Takter trainee is riding a two-race win streak with scores in the $158,000 Artiscape at Tioga and $200,400 Lady Liberty at The Meadowlands. Sitting at two for eight this season, Pure Country is a 22-time winner with over $2.1 million in career earnings. Six-year-old Lady Shadow (PP7, Yannick Gingras) has been the talk of the division for quite some time and the daughter of Shadow Play is looking to repeat as Milton Stakes champion after capturing last year's edition. Debuting for new trainer Dave Menary, Lady Shadow comes into Friday's second elimination with six wins in seven starts this season. The champion mare added to her impressive list of accomplishments earlier this season by capturing the Roses Are Red Stakes at Mohawk for the third consecutive year. Lady Shadow is a 34-time winner with career earnings exceeding $2.1 million. The top five finishers from each Milton split will advance to the $256,000 final on September 16. The full fields for the Milton eliminations and Friday's card can be viewed by clicking here. Saturday evening's card also features the Elegantimage Stakes eliminations and the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. Ariana G headlines a group of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies entered in the Elegantimage. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Muscle Hill will start from post eight in Saturday's first elimination with driver Yannick Gingras. A winner of over $1.4 million, Ariana G is seven for nine this season and is coming in off a strong 1:53.1 victory in last Friday's $166,872 Simcoe Stakes. The Takter trainee is 16 for 20 lifetime. The top five finishers in the Elegantimage eliminations (Races 3 and 6) will advance to the $385,000 final on September 16. The annual Grand Circuit week at Mohawk concludes Saturday with $162,838 Simcoe for three-year-old pacers and the $163,872 Simcoe Filly for three-year-old pacing fillies. A field of 10 colts and geldings will meet in the Simcoe Open Stakes (Race 5). Dr. Ian Moore trainee Classic Pro (PP7, Trevor Henry) is the highest earner in the field with $414,799 earned lifetime. The Simcoe Filly Stakes features a field of nine and goes as Race 9. IdyllicBeach (PP4, Yannick Gingras) and Bettors Up (PP9, Doug McNair) headline the Grand Circuit event. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, IdyllicBeach is approaching $1 million in career earnings and is an 11-time winner for trainer Takter. Scott McEneny trainee Bettors Up captured this year's Fan Hanover Stakes and is a 9-time winner. The daughter of Bettors Delight has earned over $300,000 this season to bring her career earnings up to $550,028. The full fields for all of Saturday's races can be viewed by clicking here. The finals for all of this weekend's stakes eliminations will take place on Saturday, September 16. The card on that evening will feature purses of over $2 million. Post time for Friday and Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening and, by virtue of one win and two seconds, harness racing trainer Mark Steacy landed three fillies in the Grassroots Championship. The first $18,800 division saw point leader Gisele Treelane maintain her flawless record in Grassroots action with a 1:56.3 score. The Daylon Magician daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat, ON posted wins in four Grassroots legs for a total of 200 points. Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON trains Gisele Treelane for owner-breeder Patricia Whittaker Trust of Aspers, PA. Starting from Post 4, Gisele Treelane used Mark Steacy trainee Stritch as her windbreak, tipping into the outer lane behind Stritch and driver James MacDonald heading for the three-quarters and then out-sprinting the pair in the stretch. The duelling leaders were one length ahead of third-place finisher Holiday Promise. "I kind of like her, I always thought she was going to be the best one besides Delcrest (Magicstar)," said Steacy of Stritch, comparing her to stablemate Delcrest Magicstar, who won three Grassroots divisions before jumping up to the Gold Series. "She should be good in the final too if she draws right." The runner-up effort moved Stritch into seventh spot in the point standings with 110. The Majestic Son daughter is owned by David Reid of Glenburnie, ON, James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY, Bridle Path Stables Ltd of Ossining, NY and Stephen Klunowski of North York, ON. Gisele Treelane In the second division Steacy trainee Ticket To Seattle was the one taking advantage of a wind break in the outer lane and sprinting down the stretch to a one-half length victory. Another daughter of Majestic Son, Ticket To Seattle trotted under the wire in a personal best 1:56.1, outsprinting favourite Crystal Gumdrop and Jilona. No worse than fifth in her six regular season appearances, Ticket To Seattle was also a winner in the July 1 Grassroots event at Dresden Raceway and finished with 150 points, tied for third in the standings with stablemate Delcrest Magicstar. "She kind of slipped a little bit there mid-season, she just got on a line a little bit, we've been working on that," said Steacy of Ticket To Seattle. "She looks like she's coming together again now, at the right time I hope. James (MacDonald) gave her a perfect steer tonight too, and that always helps. "At the start of the year I thought she was going to be even maybe a borderline Gold horse and then, whether it was allergies or what not, she just kind of slipped mid-summer," the Lansdowne, ON resident added. "It just kind of knocked her off, she'd pick away at her feed and wouldn't clean it and stuff, and now she's a lot more comfortable and happy and it showed tonight." Landmark 9 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and David Reid of Glenburnie, ON share ownership of Ticket To Seattle. Ticket To Seattle The last Grassroots trophy went home with Bustingattheseams, who swung out three-wide to get a clear look at the finish and then powered away to a three and one-half length victory in 1:56.4. Milton resident Steve Condren crafted the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his co-owner Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The win boosted the Kadabra daughter to second in the standings with 172 points from three Grassroots wins, one third, one fourth and one seventh. Also sprinting hard to the wire was Steacy trainee Late Shift, finishing one length ahead of Kuil Deva. The runner-up effort gave Late Shift 90 points, one point shy of the top ten. Should one of the fillies in front of her bow out of the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship, Late Shift could join her stablemates in the $50,000 season finale and give Steacy a quartet of sophomore trotting filly hopefuls. "It makes it a little easier, but there's still another couple good ones in there too, Murray Brethour's (Gisele Treelane) looks pretty good," said Steacy of his chances in the championship. Steacy and Guelph resident MacDonald train and drive Majestic Son filly Late Shift for Landmark 9 Racing Stable of Kingston, David Reid of Glenburnie, Stephen Klunowski of North York and Claus Jorgensen of Etobicoke, ON. Bustingattheseams On Thursday evening the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings and three-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack, competing in Races 1, 4, 6, 7, and 10. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: To view results click the following link: Tuesday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

SEPTEMBER 2, 2017 - On a harness racing program full of Grand Circuit Stakes, Ontario's top three-year-old pacing colts put on an impressive show in two $98,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. After spending five weeks battling some of the top pacers on the Mohawk circuit, Sports Column celebrated his return to Ontario Sires Stakes action with an impressive 1:50.1 victory over Nascar Seelster and Mach Deja Vu. Lining up behind Post 4 with Brett Miller in the race bike, Sports Column landed in third as Manceiver took the field of 10 to a :27 quarter, but the fan favourite was soon rolling up the outside and had taken command by the :54.4 half. Under pressure from Mach Deja Vu at the 1:22.3 three-quarters, Sports Column found another gear in the stretch and pulled away to a two length victory, his second straight in Gold Series competition. "He was impressive tonight," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's come back to form since we put him on Lasix (July 22) and hopefully everything keeps going right and we can finish off the year the way I was hoping we'd start it." Cambridge, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Sports Column with Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, QC. In 11 sophomore starts the Sportswriter colt has posted two wins, both in Gold Series action, two seconds and four thirds for earnings of $130,000. Monday's victory propelled him to the top of the three-year-old pacing colt point standings with a total of 110. The sophomore pacing colts make their last regular season Gold start at Mohawk on Oct. 2 and the top 10 points earners will return to the Campbellville oval for the $225,000 Super Final on Oct 14. Before he wraps up his Ontario Sires Stakes career, however, Sports Column has a pair of open stake engagements south of the border. "He's eligible to the race at Scioto (Downs) next week (Sept. 9), the Jug Preview, and then he's got the Jennas Beach Boy in Indiana (Hoosier Park, Sept. 22)," said MacIntosh. "And then he's got the next Gold on Oct. 2, then Super Finals on Oct 14 and then the Matron (Dover Downs, Nov. 9)." Sports Column The second Gold division saw heavy favourite Classic Pro suffer his first defeat of the season against Ontario Sires Stakes company. Rather than the two-time Gold Series winner it was first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winner Bills Fella who hit the wire first, stopping the clock in a personal best 1:51.1. "Something was bothering Classic Pro there tonight, and it ended up things worked out great for us," said trainer Gregg McNair. "I inherited the win I think somehow, that horse wasn't himself tonight, Classic Pro, but our horse raced real good, he paced strong to the wire." Bills Fella and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville, ON lined up behind Post 5 in the nine-horse second division and were sitting fifth when Arsenal Seelster reached the quarter in :26.4. Saftic was looking to follow Classic Pro into the outer lane, but was forced to go around the favourite when driver Trevor Henry dropped back down onto the rail before the :55.4 half. Instead of Classic Pro, Bills Fella ended up following Dreamfair BJ up the outside to the 1:23.2 three-quarters, and when Saftic tipped the gelding out in the stretch Bills Fells sprinted under the wire a one and one-half length winner over pocket-sitter Red John and pacesetter Arsenal Seelster. The win was the third of the season for Bills Fella and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The son of Artistic Fella and Lucky Louisa started the season with a third-place finish at the Grassroots level and then finished third to Sports Column in the July 22 Gold event. "I think this is his second Gold. We raced him in one before and he was third, but he was all out," recalled McNair, who bred and owns Bills Fella with Ian Fleming of Londesborough. "I mean much further to go and I think he was going to be fourth that night, but tonight he was good and strong. Mike said he paced strong, right to the wire, so we were happy with that." Bills Fella is the grandson of McNair and Fleming's former Gold Series star Claires Apache and the trainer says her sophomore season in 2005 may be the last time the pair hoisted a Gold trophy. "I don't think we've had a Gold win for, well Claires Apache would be our last Gold win, I believe. We've been putting lots back in, so it's nice to get a little out once in a while," added the Guelph, ON resident, ruefully. Bills Fella Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Sept. 4 with Grassroots action for the two-year-old pacing colts and two-year-old trotting fillies. The pacing colts will kick things off in the first race at 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Four-year-old gelding Sintra and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson rallied up the pylons to capture the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 12-1 Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dave Menary stable star unleashed a furious stretch rally to charge up the inside and nail Rockin Ron at the wire in 1:48.1 for driver Jamieson and trainer Gaetan Hebert. "It's pretty awesome," said co-owner Menary following the victory. "He's a special horse that I thought was a half-mile track horse at the start of the year, but that hasn't worked out well this year. "He likes the big track and he likes to flaunt his speed and I'm happy to be here." Sintra and Jamieson left from post-nine and were able to drop in fourth heading into the first turn. Nirvana Seelster claimed the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26. Elimination winner Rockin Ron and driver Louis Philippe Roy would circle around to the lead from second heading up the backside and led by the half in :54. Similar to his elimination, Roy allowed Rockin Ron to roll in the third-quarter and open up a 2½ length lead at three-quarters in 1:21. Sintra and Jamieson stayed in on the far turn and sat fifth, buried along the pylons turning for home. In the stretch, Rockin Ron continued to pace strongly and had a sizeable lead with less than an eighth of a mile to go. Staying along the rail proved to be the winning move by Jamieson, as room was available and Sintra took dead aim at the leader. The four-year-old used every inch of a racetrack to track down and surpass Rockin Ron by a neck. McWicked rallied from seventh to finish third, while All Bets Off and Nirvana Seelster finished in a dead-heat for fourth. Keystone Velocity, the even-money favourite, finished sixth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra came into the 'Pacing Derby' off a second-place finish to Rockin Ron in his elimination. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do off the gate," said Jamieson following the race. "Dave didn't want me to get away tenth and I didn't want to be blasting out to the lead. "As it worked out, I got away fourth and (Keystone Velocity) moved quickly to get his position and I wasn't sure it was going to work out, even at the head of the stretch. (All Bets Off) was on a left line and (Rockin Ron) run out a bit, (Nirvana Seelster) was on the left line and it opened up and Sintra with any kind of a trip at all...he just explodes through." The 'Pacing Derby' victory is the first for Jamieson, who was very honest with his emotions following the race. "The last couple years, just the positions I've put myself in to not be overly successful, I got to tell you this one feels really good. It feels as good as any of the big wins I've ever had." Rockin Ron, who was the 2/1 second-choice, almost pulled off another front-end mission for the team of Roy and trainer Ron Burke. "It was what I wanted to do," said Roy following the race. "I had (Nirvana Seelster) leaving out so I couldn't keep him there, I just wanted to take him on and pace up front. "He wasn't steering as good as he was last week. Last week he was perfectly straight, but he was a little bit on the line today. Ron will correct that and he'll come back as good as he was last week." Sintra is owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. The four-year-old is now eight for 13 with $578,735 banked this season, while his career totals now sit at 16 wins and $882,385 earned. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $27.40. The $2 Exacta (Sintra-Rockin Ron) paid $184.90, while the $1 Trifecta (Sintra-Rockin Ron-McWicked) checked in at $476.45. Mark McKelvie

Campbellville, September 2 - Stay Hungry, with Doug McNair at the controls for harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, maintained his healthy appetite for winning with a romping score in Saturday's first $97,880 Champlain Stakes division for freshman pacers, at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon colt, a $150,000 Lexington Select purchase for owner Brad Grant, was an impressive winner on debut last week and passed a serious class test on Saturday with a first-up score in 1:52.1. Evening Play made the early pace through splits of :13.1 and :27.3 with Trump That, Odds On Lauderdale and Stay Hungry chasing. Odds On Lauderdale (Scott Zeron) swept to the front to mark the half in :56.3 as Stay Hungry waited patiently for McNair to push the button on the first-up trip. Stay Hungry, once asked, paced menacingly to the wire with Im A Big Deal and Phil The Thrill followed his cover, while Odds On Lauderdale faded after setting the pace. McNair and Stay Hungry gobbled up ground with ease down the lane and were never threatened for an impressive first stakes score. Trump That edged Torrin Hanover for place. Stay Hungry, the third foal of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon, has lived up to all expectations thus far including winning both qualifying efforts. "They've been high on this horse all winter long," said McNair. "I trained him a few times before I qualified him and he showed tonight that he's a pretty serious horse." Could a shot at the Metro Pace be next for Stay Hungry? "I hope so. He beat some pretty nice colts tonight so he'll move forward," said McNair. Stay Hungry paid $3.80 to win. Stay Hungry Dragon Time was full of pace down the lane drawing clear to a comfortable score in the second division of the $96,880 Champlain. The Menary stable student followed Hudson Phil through comfortable splits of :13.4 and :28.2 from a patient steer by Yannick Gingras. Simple Kinda Man (Trevor Henry) made a first-up move with Courtly Choice and Babes Dig Me following his cover, but a determined Dragon Time was game down the lane finding his best pace late to easily overtake Hudson Phil for the win. The victory, which came just two races after Menary won the Canadian Pacing Derby with Sintra, didn't come as a surprise to Menary. "I knew from the get go he was going to improve. He's a Bettors Delight out of a Dragon Again mare. He has a lot of pedigree but sometimes that breed takes a little longer to come," said Menary. Dragon Time finished fourth last time out in the Nassagaweya after holding the lead briefly at the top of the lane. "Last week, first up was not his ideal trip and he raced really tough," said Menary. "This week he had some cover and he dug all the way to the wire. Yannick gave him a really good trip." Dragon Time, who stopped the clock in 1:52, paid $9.40 to win. Dragon Time Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The regally-bred International Moni showed his grit to win Saturday's $165,838 Simcoe Stakes for harness racing sophomore trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 12 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings competed in the annual Grand Circuit event. International Moni, a son of Love You-Moni Maker, was made the 3/5 favourite and lived up the hype. The Frank Antonacci trainee and driver Scott Zeron got away fifth in the early going, while R First Class pocket-pulled and secured the lead heading to the half. R First Class posted a half of :57.1 and led into the far turn, while International Moni came first up and grinded his way up to the leader at three-quarters in 1:26. The stretch drive was a duel between R First Class and International Moni, as neither wanted to give in. At the wire, International Moni prevailed by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.3. Magic Night finished third, while Dunbar Hall was fourth. "Heading into the first turn I didn't know what was going to happen," said Zeron post-race. "We had a lot of us heading into there, so I just protected my position, was able to control when I came first up with him and he had to work today coming first up and coming home in :27.3, it was big." Owned and bred by Moni Maker Stable, International Moni is now five for seven this season to bring his career totals to six wins and over $500,000 earned. The Lindy Farms star will now prepare for next Saturday's Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations. International Moni paid $3.20 to win. Mark McKelvie

Campbelville, September 2 - Kendal Seelster, the distant 9-1 second choice, used a perfect pocket trip to upset the previously undefeated Percy Bluechip in Saturday night's $169,831 Champlain Stakes for harness racing rookie filly pacers, at Mohawk. Trained by Paul Reid and piloted by Randy Waples, Kendall Seelster arrived at the Champlain from a runner-up effort to Percy Bluechip in the Eternal Camnation but the filly turned the tables on her heavily-backed rival (1-5). Kendall Seelster showed speed off the gate but it was Percy Bluechip (Trevor Henry) who would demand the lead through an opening-quarter of :26.2 with Waples content to sit the trip with Pueblo Blue Chip and Kissin In The Sand following their early foot. Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster separated from the field down the back straight marking the half in :55.3 as Big Thong made a first-over attempt but flattened as the field straightened for home. Percy Bluechip maintained a precarious lead at the top of the lane but there was no denying Kendall Seelster who angled out and powered to a four-length score in a Champlain record time of 1:51.1. Percy Bluechip finished second, while Pueblo Blue Chip was third. Waples was pleased with the determined effort from his filly to finally take down Percy Bluechip in her fifth attempt. "I seem to draw her every week (Percy Bluechip) and I always seem to get away close to her or on her back," said Waples. "I can never beat her and sometimes I don't get out to get the chance. The first couple times I raced against her, even if I got out there was no beating her." Waples believes the previously frustrated trips may have been to their advantage on this night. "My filly is really fresh right now because she hasn't been getting out," said Waples. "Tonight things worked out and she got out and raced really well. Take nothing away from that other mare, she's about as good a two-year-old filly as I've seen in a long time." The bay daughter of Shadow Play-Kiddie Cocktail is now a two-time winner for owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. from seven starts and Waples is looking forward to a bright future. "It will be interesting to see how much better she can get," said Waples. "She doesn't necessarily have to leave out of there, she does have great gate speed, but she races quite well the other way too. It will be interesting to see when she gets the right kind of trip just who she can beat." Bred in Ontario by Seelster Farms Inc., Kendall Seelster was purchased for $47,000 at the Forest City Yearling Sale. She paid $21.80 to win. Kendall Seelster Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications  

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