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MILTON, September 12, 2020 - On A Streak punched his ticket to the Mohawk Million at Woodbine Mohawk Park with an upset in Saturday's harness racing  $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial for driver Scott Young, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination. The Wellwood Memorial was hyped as the showdown between undefeated colts Macho Martini and Southwind Tyrion, but both saw their perfect records broken when Macho Martini's Blais stablemate On A Streak gamely dug in to hold off 'Tyrion' in a thrilling stretch drive. "This is incredible, even a guy like me doesn't have a whole lot of words," said Young after the biggest win of his career. "I took a look over and saw (Southwind Tyrion) first up and (Macho Martini) following him obviously and I thought I could try and get a little distance in the last turn and my colt dug all the way down the lane and I still thought (Southwind Tyrion) was going to get me halfway down the lane, but he kept digging and we got it." On A Streak and Young got away third in a :27.2 opening-quarter set by Logan Park. Southwind Tyrion and Yannick Gingras got away fourth, while Macho Martini and driver Bob McClure were kept wide by their rival going into the turn. On A Streak got his cue to go in the second-quarter and made the front before hitting the half in :57.2. The second-quarter also saw Macho Martini ready to go on, but waiting on Southwind Tyrion to move. That move to the outside by 'Tyrion' ultimately forced Macho Martini three-wide going into the final turn before finding room to slide in a lane onto his rival's back. On A Streak and Young ramped up the tempo on the far turn to race by three-quarters in 1:25.4 with Southwind Tyrion approaching first-up. In the stretch, Southwind Tyrion confronted On A Streak and the rookies went to war. Macho Martini dipped to the inside and stayed with the top pair, finishing third by just over a length. The final strides saw On A Streak prevail by a head for a timely maiden-breaking score. The result was a flip of last week's elimination where 'Tyrion' prevailed by a nose over On A Streak. "The day they finalized (the drivers) Bobby (McClure) texted me," said Young about finding out he'd be driving On A Streak and Dicentra in Saturday's rich finals. "Luc (Blais) had talked to me the day before and asked me if I was going to be here and I said 'I'll be around'. "The nerves were good and I was even surprised by myself, but it's my job, I'm here to work and do the best I can. The two colts that were undefeated had all eyes on them, but I had complete confidence in my colt and he just missed Yannick's colt last week and with an inside post I figured he would be top-three for sure, anything better would be great and we got the big one." A son of Cantab Hall, On A Streak was a $155,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase by Serge Godin's Determination. The Blais trainee entered the Wellwood Memorial with three runner-up finishes, a third and a fourth in five starts. On A Streak paid $32 to win. On A Streak The winner of this year's William Wellwood Memorial is guaranteed a free slot in the inaugural Mohawk Million on September 26. On A Streak is the first confirmed horse in the field. Godin's Determination already owned a slot and will now have an opportunity to race two horses in the field. Godin's second spot could be reserved for a special filly that dominated again on Saturday night. Donna Soprano made a three-wide move up the backstretch moving to the lead and never looked back for a dominating 1:53.3 victory in the $335,000 Peaceful Way for the team of McClure, Blais and Determination. "I've talked many times about her temperament and she's a little flighty, but I've also said she's getting better every week and she was perfect tonight," said McClure. "I moved her three-wide, she landed on the front and she came right back to me and just coasted home. "She's a very special filly and I'm just very lucky to drive her." The early-stages of the Peaceful Way saw many starters leaving for position with Dream Chapter stretching out Dicentra through a :27.1 opening-quarter. Donna Soprano had yet to see the rail in mid-pack when McClure opted to circle three-wide around Amazone Duharas. The heavy-favourite cleared stablemate Dicentra just after a :56.4 half. Donna Soprano Donna Soprano trotted by three-quarters in 1:25.2 with slight pressure from Amazone Duharas before leaving her rivals far behind with a wrapped up :28.1 final-quarter to win by 4¼ lengths. Lady Chaos rallied for second, while You Will Be Queen and Imextraspecial completed the Superfecta. A $190,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Donna Soprano adds another Peaceful Way trophy to her family's connection, joining her dam, Windsong Soprano, who won the race in 2008. Owner Godin's Determination sits loaded with top two-year-old trotting talent. Donna Soprano is now five for five with $278,082 earned. The clocking of 1:53.3 is a new career-best and is the second fastest in event history behind Manchego's 1:52.4 mile in 2017. Donna Soprano paid $2.70 to win. Mark McKelvie

This Week in Harness Racing: Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial finals, Somebeachsomewhere, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ont. Schedule of events: Another busy weekend of Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off this Friday (Sept. 11) with two divisions in the C$177,789 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters (featuring Hambletonian champion Ramona Hill) and a single C$167,511 Simcoe Stakes division for 3-year-old male trotters. The Saturday (Sept. 12) Mohawk Park card is led by the C$535,000 William Wellwood Memorial final for 2-year-old male trotters and the C$335,000 Peaceful Way final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Also on the card will be two divisions each in the C$187,518 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old male pacers, the C$177,789 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$173,328 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers and the C$155,000 Somebeachsomewhere for 3-year-old male pacers. Complete entries for the Mohawk Park races are available at this link. Last time: Atlanta bounced back from a miscue in her last start to win the C$560,000 Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4 on Saturday night (Sept. 5) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Atlanta bounced back from a miscue in her last start to win the C$560,000 Maple Leaf Trot in 1:50.4. New Image Media photo. The 5-year-old mare shot off cover for driver Yannick Gingras at the head of the stretch and powered by rivals for a four length score. The Ron Burke trainee matched the stakes record held by Guardian Angel As (2019) and Mister Herbie (2012). "All the credit goes to Ron Burke," said Gingras of Atlanta's bounce back performance off a break in the previous Saturday's Armbro Flight. "A guy like him with the brain he has, right away after the race last week he called me and said I know what the problem is. "We changed the shoes four starts back and it went good the first start, the next start it was a little worse and then a little worse and then last week she made a break, but the memory the guy has is unreal and all the credit to him tonight because she definitely bounced back big." Early action saw Crystal Fashion blast to the lead for a :26.3 opening quarter. Lindy The Great ignored a rail spot and kept marching on, clearing to command quickly in the second split. The new leader saw the front briefly, as Manchego and driver Louis Philippe Roy had their eyes on making the front despite a second-tier starting spot. Manchego hit the half in :54.3 and Roy kept his foot on the gas pedal, trotting a :27.2 third quarter to reach that marker in 1:22. Guardian Angel As, last year's champion, moved to the outside racing to the half to lead the outside charge, while Atlanta and driver Gingras moved out from fifth and received a second-over tow around the final turn. In the stretch, Atlanta stormed by her rivals and was off to her third win of the season and 23rd lifetime. Lindy The Great dug in and grabbed second, while Gimpanzee, the even-money favorite, finished third after following Atlanta. Crystal Fashion was fourth, while Manchego dropped back to fifth. Atlanta is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Brad Grant and Howard Taylor. Driver James MacDonald engineered his second consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby stunner, guiding Dorsoduro Hanover to a 40-1 upset. New Image Media photo. Driver James MacDonald engineered his second consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby stunner, guiding Dorsoduro Hanover to a 40-1 upset at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ron Burke trained Dorsoduro Hanover and MacDonald sat fifth-over turning for home and swept by rivals promptly for a 1:48.4 victory in the C$540,000 event. "I always thought the seven claimer was my race," joked MacDonald, who also drove Courtly Choice to a 34-1 upset in last year's event. "I'll take the Derby, it's a real honor just to be in it and to win it...I can't even put it in words." A hot opening quarter of :25.1 was put up by American History after rocketing off the gate along with rail starter Bettor's Wish and Backstreet Shadow. Bettor's Wish quickly rushed from third to first and led by the half in :52.4. The third quarter saw Backstreet Shadow come first up at Bettor's Wish with the pacers dueling by three-quarters in 1:21.1. The field fanned out wide with the front horses tiring at the head of the lane, setting up a wild finish that saw Dorsoduro Hanover sweep by after being ninth to win by 3-1/2 lengths. Dancin Lou came from third-over to finish second, while Century Farroh was third after sitting second-over turning for home. Sintra finished fourth. A 5-year-old gelding, Dorsoduro Hanover is now one for nine on the season for owners Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby, Weaver Bruscemi and Wingfield Five. Complete recaps of all the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2020, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2020 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following this past weekend: Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 508; 2. Tim Tetrick - 284; 3. Andrew McCarthy - 257; 4t. Dexter Dunn - 239; 4t. Brian Sears - 239. Trainers: 1. Nancy Takter - 390; 2. Ron Burke - 376; 3. Tony Alagna - 277; 4. Ake Svanstedt - 234; 5. Marcus Melander - 233. Owners: 1. Determination - 125; 2. Brad Grant - 105.4; 3. S R F Stable - 92.5; 4. Crawford Farms Racing - 85.6; 5. Courant Inc. - 84.5. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Meadowlands. Mohawk Park's week will feature the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage for sophomore trotters and eliminations in the Metro Pace and She's A Great Lady for freshman pacers and the Milton for older pacing mares. The Meadowlands will host the first leg of the Kindergarten Series for freshman pacers and trotters. by Paul Ramlow, for the USTA  

MILTON, ON - September 3, 2020 - Undefeated rookie harness racing trotters were the stars of the show in Thursday evening's eliminations for the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Each event for two-year-old trotters required two $30,000 eliminations to determine the fields for their respective finals, to be held on Saturday, September 12. This year's William Wellwood Memorial comes with added stakes, as the winner will receive the tenth and final slot in the $1 million (USD) Mohawk Million. Ake Svanstedt's Southwind Tyrion remained undefeated in the first Wellwood split, holding off a late push from On A Streak for a 1:54.4 score. Yannick Gingras sat behind the son of Muscle Hill, guiding him to his fourth win. Logan Park set hot fractions, sprinting away from rivals early to hang up a :55.4 first-half. The early-leader saw his sizable lead shrink to two-lengths around the far turn, as Southwind Tyrion started marching from fourth. In the stretch, Southwind Tyrion made his way around a drifting Logan Park and trotted home to the victory. On A Streak made things interesting late to finish second by just a nose. Logan Park was third, while Tokyo Seelster and Muscle Dynasty completed the top-five. To see race replay click here. "They gave me a couple of instructions with the horse and he was exactly what they said he would be," said Gingras, who was driving Southwind Tyrion for the first time Thursday. "When he cleared, he got a little bit lonely there, but he also hasn't raced in a month, so I'm sure he'll be a lot stronger next week." A $145,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Southwind Tyrion captured the New Jersey Sires Stakes final in late-July and has now earned $137,500 for owners SRF Stable, Svanstedt, Knutsson Trotting, Brittany Farms and Riverview Racing. He paid $2.30 to win. Macho Martini cruised to a 1:56 victory in the second elimination to run his perfect record to seven for seven. Luc Blais' Macho Martini and driver Bob McClure made their way confidently towards the front in the early-going, riding on the outside through an opening-quarter of :29.1 before clearing to command. The son of Muscle Mass led to the half in :58.4 and three-quarters in 1:26.4. The stretch drive saw Macho Martini put away his rivals with ease and coast home in :29.1 to win by a length and three-quarters over Warrawee Whisper. Magical Muscle Man finished third, but was placed back to fifth for a pylon violation. Full Of Muscles and Locatelli, who came first-up on the far turn and took a shot in the lane, were vaulted up a spot to complete the Superfecta. To see race replay click here. Macho Martini has now earned $255,513 through seven starts for owner Determination. He was purchased for $37,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. "He's just so handy, so nice, so good gaited and so smart," said McClure of Macho Martini. "I'm just repeating myself at this point, but he's very special and I'm just fortunate to be a part of it." A $2 win ticket returned $2.70 on Macho Martini. The undefeated colts Southwind Tyrion and Macho Martini will square off in the $535,000 final on September 12. The Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies saw the Blais barn sweep the eliminations with Dicentra and Donna Soprano. Dicentra and driver McClure went to the front and never looked back to win the first split in 1:55.4. The Blais homebred got a :30 second-quarter to reach the half in :58.3 and then put up a :28 third-quarter before a :29.1 kicker wrapped up the 3 ¼ length victory. To see race replay click here. "She was very strong through the wire and I couldn't be any happier," said McClure of Dicentra. "That's as good a start as she's had. She's so push-button you can do whatever you want with her...she's exactly the type of horse that has the ability and the brains to make a lot of money this year." Imextraspecial finished second, while Fox Valley Liza and Lady Chaos finished in a dead-heat for third. Amazone Duharas grabbed the fifth-place spot. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Dicentra now has back-to-back wins to bring her rookie record to four for seven with $125,890 earned for Determination. She paid $6.80 to win. Donna Soprano came first-up on the final-turn and powered by Dream Chapter to win the second elimination in 1:55.1. A slow start from the Blais trainee Donna Soprano had her get away fifth with McClure, as Dream Chapter posted fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:26.1. Donna Soprano made up ground quickly on the far turn and pulled up alongside Dream Chapter. In the stretch, Donna Soprano wore down Dream Chapter and crossed the line first by a length and a half in 1:55.1. You Will Be Queen finished third, while Midnight Miracle and Up And Ready completed the top-five. To see race replay click here. A daughter of Donato Hanover, Donna Soprano gives McClure, Blais and Determination a pair of undefeated horses for next week's rich finals. Donna Soprano sold for $190,000 at last fall's Harrisburg yearling sale. She is now four for four with $91,015 earned for Serge Godin's Determination. She paid $2.60 to win. The finals of the $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $335,000 Peaceful Way will take place on Saturday, September 12. The post positions for the finals were drawn Thursday evening with the elimination winners choosing their posts for the final. The full fields can be found below. Live racing continues Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. $535,000 William Wellwood Memorial 1 Locatelli 2 On A Streak 3 Southwind Tyrion 4 Full Of Muscles 5 Logan Park 6 Macho Martini 7 Warrawee Whisper 8 Tokyo Seelster 9 Muscle Dynasty 10 Magical Muscle Man AE Jula Muscle Pack $335,000 Peaceful Way 1 Lady Chaos 2 Fox Valley Liza 3 Amazone Duharas 4 Dicentra 5 You Will Be Queen 6 Up And Ready 7 Donna Soprano 8 Dream Chapter 9 Midnight Miracle 10 Imextraspecial AE. Rubys Are Nice by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2019 - Dip Me Hanover powered to a 1:55.2 harness racing victory in Saturday evening's $405,000 Peaceful Way Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The Linda Toscano trainee and driver David Miller angled out from third on the final turn and wore down rival Hello Tomorrow in the stretch to capture the rich event for two-year-old trotting fillies.   "Coming first up on Hello Tomorrow that was a big challenge and she stood up to it there," said Miller following Dip Me Hanover's victory. "They had her really sharp and she just raced great."   Hello Tomorrow left quickly from an outside post-nine and cleared to the lead shortly after hitting the opening-quarter in :28.2. Elimination winners Panem and Dip Me Hanover sat second and third throughout, as the leader reached the middle-half stations in :57.4 and 1:26.2.   Dip Me Hanover slid out from third to attack first-up heading to three-quarters and sat just under two-lengths from the lead turning for home.   The stretch drive saw Hello Tomorrow battle tough in an attempt to hold the lead, but Dip Me Hanover moved by in the final-eighth to win by a length. P L Notsonice came from fifth to grab third, while Panem was fourth.   A $52,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Dip Me Hanover now sports a record of two wins and $237,016 earned in eight starts for owners Camelot Stable Inc, Dreamville Stable and Randi Farms LLC. The daughter of Father Patrick had entered last week's elimination as a maiden.   "She was a little high strung, so we spent a lot of time kind of getting her quiet and taking her back," said Toscano. "She's been just waiting for a good post and it came along last week and David (Miller) took it from there."   Dip Me Hanover   A $2 win ticket on the Toscano trained Dip Me Hanover returned $4.90.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 5, 2019 - The harness racing field is set for the $405,000 Peaceful Way following a pair of eliminations on Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 14 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into a pair of $30,000 eliminations to determine the field for the rich final on September 14. The top-five finishers from each division advanced to the final. Donato Hanover filly Dip Me Hanover broke her maiden in the first elimination with a 1:55.1 victory. The Linda Toscano trainee and driver David Miller angled out of third going around the far turn to sit only a length away from leader P L Notsonice turning for home and powered by in the lane for a length victory. "She's been racing really well and she has gate speed, but just hasn't been using it," said Miller following the victory. "I thought tonight I'd try and get her into the race and she finished up really good." P L Notsonice cleared to the lead shortly after a :28.3 opener, proceeding to post fractions of :58.2 and 1:27 before surrendering the lead to Dip Me Hanover. She Rocks Kemp finished third, while the top-five was completed by Intense Justice and She Must Be Magic. Race-favourite Whose Blues was off her game and failed to make the final by finishing sixth. The Luc Blais trainee got away at the rear of the field and could only pass one rival in the lane. "(Bob McClure) didn't leave, so I didn't know how far back (Whose Blues) was," said Miller. "I got away in a really good spot. I thought she'd be strong enough to be able to take first over and she sure did." Dip Me Hanover is now one for seven with $34,516 earned for owners Camelot Stable Inc, Dreamville Stable and Randi Farms LLC. The Toscano trainee was a $52,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. A $2 win ticket on Dip Me Hanover returned $7.50 to win. Panem followed up her Champlain victory from a week ago with a 1:55.4 score in the second division. The Nancy Johnasson trainee and driver Dexter Dunn cleared to the lead just after the half and held off a late inside push from Hello Tomorrow to win by a head. "I was really proud of her tonight and the way she dug in," said Johansson. "Hello Tomorrow is obviously a very nice filly and she fought all the way to the finish line, so obviously that makes me happy that she's learning that you're supposed to be first." Hello Tomorrow made the top shortly after a :29 opener. Dunn started up Panem from third entering the backstretch and cleared just after a :58.2 half to then lead the field to three-quarters in 1:27. Panem drifted off the rail enough in the lane for Hello Tomorrow to make an inside bid, but the leader fought her off to win. Jula Shes Magic finished third, while Heat Wave Hanover and Sheer Energy also made the final. A daughter of Father Patrick, Panem is a homebred for owners Diamond Creek Racing. She now has back-to-back victories to improve her record to two wins and $77,206 earned in seven starts. Panem paid $8.30 to win. The $405,000 Peaceful Way final joins the Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage and William Wellwood Memorial for a rich stakes-card on Saturday, September 14. The post positions for next week's final were drawn following the eliminations. The elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post for the final. 1 - Intense Justice 2 - She Must Be Magic 3 - Dip Me Hanover 4 - Panem 5 - She Rocks Kemp 6 - Jula Shes Magic 7 - Heat Wave Hanover 8 - PL Notsonice 9 - Hello Tomorrow 10 - Sheer Energy AE - Whose Blues by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Hello Tomorrow was one of the top-selling harness racing yearling trotters at this past fall's Standardbred Horse Sale and trainer Per Engblom is more than pleased to have the 2-year-old in his stable today. "I love that filly," Engblom said about the daughter of Muscle Hill out of Armbro Deja Vu, who was purchased for $380,000. "She's got a great way (of moving); she covers a lot of ground. She's got a very efficient way of going. Everything is pretty much good about her. She's got what a good filly needs. I think she's got very high potential." Hello Tomorrow is a half-sister to millionaire Dejarmbro. She is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Hatfield Stables, Marvin Katz and Lynn Katz. The filly's results in four starts this season include winning a division of the Kindergarten Classic Series, finishing second by a nose in her elimination of the James Doherty Memorial, and finishing third in the Doherty final from post nine. On Thursday (Sept. 5), Hello Tomorrow competes in the second of two eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. She is the 9-5 morning-line favorite in a field of seven, with David Miller driving for Engblom. The filly will be looking to rebound from her only misstep this year, having gone off stride in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono on Aug. 19. "Last start at Pocono, she just didn't get around the track good at all," Engblom said. "I don't really have a reason. We did a little work on her, it wasn't anything major, just small adjustments we had to make to get her right. They're young horses and go through those kinds of things." Hello Tomorrow's start at Pocono was her first on a five-eighths-mile oval, following her three races around The Meadowlands' one-mile surface. She returns to a bigger track Thursday at Mohawk. "She trained super in between here and I think the bigger track is definitely going to help her," Engblom said. "She's a bigger filly and she was great at The Meadowlands. I think she's going to be OK." Hello Tomorrow's Peaceful Way elimination includes two fillies coming off wins in divisions of the Champlain Stakes last week at Mohawk: Spoiled Princess, who is 2-1 on the morning line for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman, and Panem, who is 5-2 for Dexter Dunn and Nancy Johansson. The first elimination is led by Whose Blues from the stable of trainer Luc Blais. The filly won her first four races, including the Pure Ivory Series final, before finishing second to Spoiled Princess in the Champlain. Whose Blues and driver Bob McClure are 8-5 on the morning line. Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) Thursday at Mohawk. The Peaceful Way eliminations are races three and six. On Friday, the track hosts two eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters. Engblom will send out once-beaten Synergy in the second elim. Synergy won his first two races, a division of the Kindergarten Classic Series and his elimination for the Peter Haughton Memorial, before finishing fifth in the Haughton final. He was found to be sick and was unraced for 27 days, returning last week with a nose victory in the Champlain Stakes. "I was happy to see him win the race," Engblom said. "I think with that race in him, he will be even a little sharper." Synergy is a son of Father Patrick out of Southwind Sauna. He is a half-brother to stakes-winner Southwind Tesla, from the family of O'Brien Award-winner Federal Flex. Synergy was purchased under the name Southwind Saranac for $275,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale. He is owned by Brittany Farms, John Fielding, Herb Liverman, and David Anderson. "He's a big very laid back colt," Engblom said. "We could tell he had a lot of ability, but he didn't show it. He always did what we asked, but never more than that. But never less than that, either. He was one of those colts that you had to put behind the gate and then you saw what you had." Racing begins at 7:50 p.m. (EDT) Friday at Mohawk. The Wellwood eliminations are races two and five. Friday's card also includes the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old female and male trotters. Hambletonian Oaks winner When Dovescry is in the first of two divisions of the Simcoe for the fillies. There is only one Simcoe for the colts and geldings, which includes Hambletonian fifth-place finisher Green Manalishi S. For Thursday's complete entries, click here. For Friday's complete entries, click here. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Even-money betting favourite The Ice Dutchess made every step a sure one on her way to victory in the $385,000 Peaceful Way final for two-year-old harness racing trotting filly on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jimmy Takter trainee won in 1:54.2, three open lengths ahead of her nearest rival, Evident Beauty (Dave Miller; 4/1). 51/1 longshot Angies Luckeylady (Trevor Henry) was a distant third. Evident Beauty cut the 27.1 opening quarter after four fillies' hopes were dashed in the early going. In rein to Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess made front easily by the 57.1 half, trotting past the early leader without a fight and taking command. She led by two lengths over Evident Beauty at the three-quarter pole, reached in 1:26.0, and sustained her reign right to the wire. A late effort from the other elimination winner, Sisters Promise, ended when she broke stride moving from fourth to third in the stretch. John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms of Vancouver, British Columbia owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 yearling purchase. Floren noted he bought the daughter of Muscle Hill after selling a Muscle Hill colt for the same price. "I said, 'she's the nicest filly in the sale, if I get her for $320,000, not a dollar more, I'll go for it' and that was my last bid," said Floren. "You look for these kind of horses your whole career. I've been in this sport for 30 years and you get one now and then. I always was patient and always was hopeful and now we have one and we're going to enjoy every step of the way." The Jim Doherty Memorial champion has rebounded strongly after consecutive early breaks and distanced finishes in both a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and a Champlain Stake division at Woodbine Mohawk Park last month. The Ice Dutchess is undefeated since the addition of trotting hobbles, which trainer Takter remarked upon from the winner's circle. "I think she will grow out of that...I think she will be better without that," said Takter, who feels The Ice Dutchess has another step to take. "I don't think she is quite ready...I don't feel that she's really there yet." Dr. Cal and Angie Stiller, the breeders and former owners of Canadian Hall of Fame trotter Peaceful Way (inducted 2008), presented the namesake stake's trophy to the winning connections. The Ice Dutchess paid $4 to win. by Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

This Week: Canadian Trotting Classic, Elegantimage, William Wellwood Memorial, and Peaceful Way finals; and Milton Stakes, Metro and She's A Great Lady eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; and Kindergarten Series, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off at Tioga Downs on Friday (Sept. 14) with two $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old filly trotters and single $10,000 divisions in the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old colt trotters, 2-year-old colt pacers and 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action at Woodbine Mohawk Park also begins on Friday with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Milton for older pacing mares. A big Saturday card will feature the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old open trotters, the C$340,000 Elegantimage for 3-year-old filly trotters, the C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old trotting colts, the C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old trotting fillies, two C$40,000 eliminations in the Metro for 2-year-old pacing colts and two C$35,000 eliminations in the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old pacing fillies. Complete entries for the Tioga races are available at this link. Entries for the Woodbine Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: On Saturday evening (Sept. 8) at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Split The House (Aaron Merriman) demonstrated why he is the defending Breeders Crown champion with a 1:49.1 triumph over Nuclear Dragon (Dan Noble) in the $250,000 Jim Ewart Memorial. Split The House was a neck winner over Nuclear Dragon in 1:49.1 on a sloppy track. Filibuster Hanover (Tony Hall) was third, with Western Fame (Tyler Smith) and favored McWicked (David Miller) dead-heating for fourth on the sloppy track. Merriman and his charge stated their case when leaving with conviction from post position six. Nuclear Dragon, however, snatched the front to lead the field through a sharp :26.2 first quarter-mile. Noble continued to sulky-sit as Nuclear Dragon paced his splits in :53.2 and 1:20.4. It appeared the 6-year-old gelding was on his way to his first Grand Circuit victory. That is until a resurgent Split The House rallied on the rail to win by a neck and collect his second victory of the season in nine starts and 14th in 39 career efforts. Owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Split The House is trained by Chris Oakes. He has now earned $306,846 in 2018 and $913,179 lifetime. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 843.5; 2. Yannick Gingras - 820.5; 3. David Miller - 539.5; 4. Scott Zeron - 402; 5. Jordan Stratton - 288. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 697.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 629; 3. Tony Alagna - 440; 4. Jim Campbell - 256; 5. Erv Miller - 245. Owners: 1. Fashion Farms - 169; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 154.3; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 149.3; 4. Brittany Farms - 147.4; 5. Robert Key - 122. Looking ahead: A busy schedule of Grand Circuit racing will be taking place next week at the Delaware County Fair, Woodbine Mohawk Park and Hoosier Park. Delaware will be hosting nine Grand Circuit events, led by the Little Brown Jug, the third and final leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds; Woodbine Mohawk will feature the finals of the Milton for older pacing mares and Metro and She's A Great Lady for freshman pacers; Hoosier will host seven Grand Circuit races, including the Caesars Trotting Classic for open trotters and the Hoosier Park Pacing Derby for open pacers. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON - September 8, 2018 - Rookie trotters had their moment in the spotlight Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Each event required two $30,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers in each split advancing to next Saturday's (September 15) rich finals. Green Manalishi S posted a personal best 1:54.4 while making his Canadian debut in the first elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. Trained by Marcus Melander and perfectly handled by Tim Tetrick, Green Manalishi S found the point with little effort as CT Conabra went off stride into the first turn allowing the Muscle Hill colt to notch an opening quarter in :28.2. Green Manalishi S cruised through splits of :57.4 and 1:26.2 under no pressure from a chasing Hudson River who showed some energy late in the final turn, but a smooth moving Green Manalishi S easily powered away from the field with Kings County chasing in vain and the late trot of Smart As Hill providing little threat. "It looked very good. It was three weeks ago that he raced last time and he looked beautiful out there," said Melander. With three wins from five starts, the Melander charge has proven to be a successful purchase. "He was bought in Sweden as a yearling in August of last year. We shipped him over here in September or October and since we broke him, we've had him," noted Melander. With wins already in the All-Stars at Pocono Downs and the Kindergarten Classic at The Meadowlands, as well as a strong second behind Dont Letem in the Peter Haughton Memorial when hampered with an outside post, Melander was pleased to see his charge find an easier path on this night. "He was very good in the Peter Haughton. He was parked the entire mile. He has a lot of speed and a lot of stamina, so he can do whatever he wants," said Melander. "It was very good that he could be on the lead today. He had a tough trip in the Haughton." Green Manalishi S, bred by Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Sweden, paid $3.60 to win. Union Forces wrestled the lead away from Swandre The Giant late in the lane to post a shocking 33-1 upset in the second elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. The previously undefeated Swandre The Giant, sent to post as the prohibitive 1/5 mutuel favourite, was purchased privately and making his first start for trainer Jimmy Takter and new owners Diamond Creek Racing, J and T Silva Stables LLC and Howard Taylor. However, the Domenico Cecere conditioned Union Forces, recently third in the Champlain after a pair of easy scores to start his career south of the border, proved to be a worthy adversary for owners Lindy Farms, Robert Rudolph, David Anderson and John Fielding. A talented field of rookie trotters went topsy turvy early as Trix And Stones went offstride and Gerry followed suit into the opening turn as Scott Zeron sent Union Forces to an uncontested lead through an opening quarter in :27.4. Yannick Gingras sent Swandre The Giant to challenge the leader down the backstretch and swept to the point to mark the half in :57.3 as While Your Up, White Tiger, and Royal Rob chased from a distance. Swandre The Giant continued to lead into the final turn with While Your Up making his move allowing White Tiger to follow his cover as three-quarters ticked by in 1:27.2. A precarious lead for the heavy favourite tumbled as upset-minded Union Forces put a strangle hold on Swandre The Giant to reign victorious in 1:55.3. "To me, it's not a surprise. I know he's 33-1 but I know the horse and it's no surprise," said Cecere. "He's a classy horse. Great horse, great gait, great head and it was perfect. Perfect trip. When I saw him in the two-hole I said, 'they're going to be careful'." Cecere is cautiously optimistic after the second elimination score noting that first elim winner Green Manalishi S looked strong. "He's a great horse and was great tonight. He took off good," said Cecere of Green Manalishi S. Union Forces, bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of New York, paid $68.90 to win. Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess got back on track with a 1:55.4 score in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Muscle Hill was making her first start under the lights with trotting hopples following back-to-back breaks. Driven by Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess circled from second to first heading up to the half and never looked back. She posted fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.2 before trotting home in :28.2 for the victory. "Just a matter of keeping her on stride and getting around the track and she was well-behaved tonight," said Gingras. "(Hopples) definitely make her a little's definitely a plus, but the way she was tonight she could've done it without." Evident Beauty finished second, beat a length and three-quarters, while Presto Change O was third. The top-five was completed by Angies Luckeylady and Hp Titania Runner. The Ice Dutchess improved to three for six with her elimination victory and will have an opportunity next week to make a significant add to her impressive bankroll of $204,790. Coyote Wynd Farms owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. She paid $3.10 to win. Father Patrick filly Sisters Promise powered to a 1:55.4 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Sisters Promise came first-up from fourth on the far turn to battle with Susy, who posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Sisters Promise muscled by Susy and trotted home in :29.1 to defeat her rival by a length and a half. Speed Titan finished third, while Tommi Canu Hearme was fourth. The final spot in next week's final was secured by Teddys Littleangel. Sisters Promise turned the tables Saturday, as she finished second to Susy in last week's Champlain Stakes. "Last week we just got away too far back," said Tetrick about the previous meeting. "We were an easy second last week and today (Susy) had to leave and remove and got a half of :57 and from there I thought I had a good shot." Trained by Linda Toscano, Sisters Promise picked up her second in four starts. She is owned by Brittany Farms and has now earned $42,216. A $2 win ticket on Sisters Promise returned $8.30. The draws for the $385,000 Peaceful Way and $400,000 Wellwood Memorial finals took place following Saturday's elimination. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $340,000 Elegantimage were also drawn Saturday. The fields for each final are listed below. $385,000 Peaceful Way #1 Presto Change O #2 Susy #3 The Ice Dutchess #4 Sisters Promise #5 Evident Beauty #6 Angies Luckeylady #7 Teddys Littleangel #8 Tommi Canu Hearme #9 Speed Titan #10 HP Titania Runner AE: Fraulein Blucher $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial #1 White Tiger #2 Okeanos #3 Green Manalishi S #4 Union Forces #5 Hudson River #6 Smart As Hill #7 Swandre The Giant #8 Kings County #9 Southwind Avenger #10 While Your Up AE: CT Conabra $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic #1 Missle Hill #2 Mets Hall #3 You Know You Do #4 For A Dreamer #5 Lawmaker #6 Alarm Detector #7 Run Director #8 Fiftydallarbill #9 Winning American #10 Crystal Fashion #11 Zephyr Kronos $340,000 Elegantimage #1 Phaetosive #2 Manchego #3 Alloveragain #4 Blonde Magic #5 Jordan Blue Chip #6 Atlanta #7 Sneeker Hanover From Woodbine Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 - Rookie trotters stepped into the harness racing spotlight for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way Stakes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of four $30,000 eliminations were contested, two for each event, with 18 fillies in the Peaceful Way and 18 colts and geldings in the Wellwood. The Peaceful Way saw a pair of powerful performances from heavy-favourites Manchego and Phaetosive. Jimmy Takter trainee Manchego is now a perfect seven for seven after taking the first elimination in 1:54.1. Driver Yannick Gingras took his time going into the first turn with the daughter of Muscle Hill, before letting her roll up from fourth to take the lead entering the backstretch. Manchego reached the half in :57.2 and then opened up an eight-length advantage at three-quarters in 1:25.3. The Takter student finished off her mile with a :28.3 final-quarter to win by 5½ lengths. Courtney Hanover rallied to finish second, while Repentance edged out Jordan Blue Chip for third. Illusioneesta finished fifth to advance to the final. Owned by Black Horse Racing, John Fielding and Herb Liverman, Manchego has earned an impressive $350,898 in seven starts. Her accomplishments include the Doherty Memorial and Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship. Manchego is following in the footsteps of another talented Takter trainee, Ariana G, and the conditioner sees some similarities. "She's the same type as Ariana G, she just loves to win," said Takter. "She's not a very big filly, but for her size she has an extremely effective gait. She covers much ground and she seems like she doesn't get tired." Manchego, who was a $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, paid $2.20 to win. Manchego Trainer Trond Smedshammer didn't mess around in the second elimination and steered his student Phaetosive to a 1:54.2 score. The daughter of Explosive Matter left from the outside post-nine with Smedshammer and was parked in third around the first turn. Phaetosive kept marching on in the second-quarter and had to work to clear Bella Glos for the lead before a :57 half. The Smedshammer trainee led to three-quarters in 1:26.1 before stepping home in :28.1 to win by 3¾ lengths. Monday's start was the first charted line since August 5 for Phaetosive. "She's been doing a lot of slow work (preparing for Monday), but I was a little bit worried that she was going to be short," said Smedshammer, who purposely spaced out the starts for his filly. "When you have this kind of horse with this talent as a two-year-old, I don't want to race them more than I have to and when I found out it was a 45 day rule I didn't plan on racing anywhere (in) between." Phaetosive is now three for four with $118,565 earned for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC. She was a $65,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg. The top-five finishers were rounded out by Tiffanys Flash, All Over Again, Bella Glos and Blonde Magic, who originally finished third, but was placed fifth for breaking at the wire. A $2 win ticket on Phaetosive returned $3.50. Phaetosive The Takter barn also found the winner's circle in the William Wellwood Memorial, as Maxus pulled off a mild 6-1 upset in the first split. Driven by Gingras, Maxus left from post-nine and was able to get away in fourth moving around the first turn. Stablemate Samo Different Day, the 7/5 favourite, shot out to the lead and got things his own way, including a :31.3 second-quarter to lead by a :59.3 half. Maxus stayed along the pylons in the three-hole around the far turn, as Samo Different Day led by three-quarters in 1:27.4 with Canale Hanover pressuring first-up. Canale Hanover made a break at the top of the lane, which opened up room for Gingras to split between rivals and charge through to win in 1:56.2 by a length and three-quarters. Sweet Talkin Hall finished second after getting away last. Kinda Lucky Lindy finished third, while Cruising In Style was fourth. Samo Different Day faded back to finish fifth. "Around the last turn I was a little worried I was going to get through it, but when (Canale Hanover) made a break everything opened up in front of me," said Gingras about the trip. "I think he would've won the (Pennsylvania) Sires Stakes final last week, I got shuffled back and he had plenty of trot finishing, so I knew he was sharp and he had a good trip tonight. It worked out." A son of Muscle Hill, Maxus is owned by Christina Takter and Brixton Medical Inc. He is now two for eight with $92,325 earned. Maxus paid $14.30 to win. Maxus Local standout Alarm Detector made a big third-quarter move to go on and capture the second elimination in 1:54.4. Driven by Trevor Henry, Alarm Detector trotted out hard to be in the early mix and was able to take a seat in the two-hole. Lawmaker cut an opening-quarter of :28.2, before giving way to a second-quarter moving You Know You Do, who was the 3/5 favourite. You Know You Do led by the half in :58.2. Henry pulled on the right line entering the far turn and allowed Alarm Detector to rush up and engage in battle with the favourite. The colts were side by side at three-quarters in 1:27.1. In the stretch, Alarm Detector carried his momentum and went right by You Know You Do and trotted home to win by a length and three-quarters. You Know You Do held second, while Lawmaker was third. Clive Bigsby and Union Jack rounded out the top-five to advance to next week's final. A son of Chapter Seven, Alarm Detector has impressed many since his debut. The Ben Baillargeon trainee was coming into Monday's race off his first loss, when he finished second to You Know You Do in a division of the Champlain Stakes. Alarm Detector is now five for six in his career and continues to impress his trainer. "He's got a beautiful gait and he's quick and he loves to do it," said Baillargeon. "When you bring him up here at night, he puts his game face on." Alarm Detector is owned by Thomas & Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. His elimination victory pushes his earnings up to $76,870. The Baillargeon trainee paid $7.30 to win. Alarm Detector The post position draws for each final were held following the eliminations. Monday's winners earned the right to select their post for the final. The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial and $375,000 Peaceful Way will take place next Monday (September 18). Here is how they will lineup for each final. $375,000 Peaceful Way 1. Bella Glos by Cantab Hall 2. Blonde Magic by Muscle Massive 3. Phaetosive by Explosive Matter 4. Manchego by Muscle Hill 5. Jordan Blue Chip by Chapter Seven 6. Alloveragain by Credit Winner 7. Tiffanys Flash by Cantab Hall 8. Illusioneesta by Kadabra 9. Repentance by Chapter Seven 10. Courtney Hanover by Cantab Hall AE: Apprentice M by Kadabra   $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial 1. Cruising In Style by Muscle Mass 2. Clive Bigsby by Muscle Mass 3. Maxus by Muscle Hill 4. Alarm Detector by Chapter Seven 5. Samo Different Day by Cantab Hall 6. Sweet Talkin Hall by Muscle Hill 7. You Know You Do by Muscle Hill 8. Kinda Lucky Lindy by Lucky Chucky 9. Lawmaker by Muscle Massive 10. Union Jack by Kadabra AE: Bautista by Muscle Hill   Mark McKelvie

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON- Securing the lead after the half, Ariana G advanced towards a 1:54 harness racing victory in the $363,000 Peaceful Way Final on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Ariana G sat off a :27.3 opening quarter while Pure Kemp took the lead, parking Dream Together. Thats All Moni began her brush to the lead, getting away third behind Stuck In My Spanks. Clearing into the backstretch, Thats All Moni was challenged by Ariana G, who edged to control after a :56.1 half. Gaining the lead around the far turn, Ariana G started to kick away from Thats All Moni sitting second. Stuck In My Spanks, Dream Together, and Southwind Avanti all lost stride, leaving Pure Kemp trotting in third and Winter Sweet Frost inheriting fourth. Leading by two lengths, Ariana G trotted to three-quarters in 1:25.1 before pulling away for a 3¼ lengths victory over Thats All Moni and Magic Presto, who trotted down the center of the track to take third. A two-year-old filly trotter by Muscle Hill out of the Cantab Hall mare Cantab It All, Ariana G is a homebred for Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. Undefeated in seven starts, she has earned $467,370. She is trained by Jimmy Takter and was driven by Yannick Gingras. "She's just incredible," Gingras said. "From the first time I trained her, she's just a pure professional. She feels like a three-year-old filly and you can do whatever you want with her. Seemed like the move to make today was to the front, and it cost us a little bit but I felt I was the one to beat and I would take my chances from there." Asked if Ariana G is the best two-year-old filly he has driven, Gingras said "She's pretty close to it, there's no doubt about that. She's very natural and can be driven with two fingers. There's nothing wrong with her; she has the whole package." "We'll see how she comes out of this," Marvin Katz said about Ariana G's next race. "We'd go to Lexington, all things being equal." Takter now holds the record for most Peaceful Way victories by a trainer with his fourth title courtesy of Ariana G. The daughter of Muscle Hill paid $2.10 to win. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Everyone in this business longs for that horse; the one that is a harness racing world champion, a Horse of the Year and charts the course of history so their name is forever distinguished, remembered and revered. Although Magic Presto has only just begun her career, the inspiration behind her purchase was the premonition that lightning may be captured in a bottle, not once, but twice and that she could follow in the hoofprints of another filly that first served notice of her superiority with a victory in the 2012 Peaceful Way -- Bee A Magician. "She was a big, beautiful, strong yearling," said Richard "Nifty" Norman, the filly's conditioner. "My owners always support Kadabra because they have shares in him, but this filly reminded me of Bee A Magician. That is why we went to $160,000 for her." Those are exceptionally high expectations for the daughter of Kadabra-In The Mean Time, who is owned by the same connections as the horse she was compared to in Mel Hartman, Herb Liverman and David McDuffee, along with Little E LLC. She may not be dominating the headlines, yet Magic Presto certainly has been living up to what her connections anticipate for her future. In her short career, the filly's resume stands at 5-2-2-0 and she has banked $59,677. Magic Presto will attempt to replicate the feat of her older stablemate when she leaves from post position 10 in the C$363,000 Peaceful Way final on Saturday (Sept. 17) at Mohawk Racetrack. The filly will have the services of one of Canada's best reinsman in Trevor Henry and enters this contest after a very strong second in her elimination to Thats All Moni (post two). Unfortunately, Magic Presto will have to contend with post position 10, when she takes on the likes of freshman trotting sensation Ariana G (post four). After being hampered by post nine in her elimination, Magic Presto was hung wide leaving the gate, was settled in fourth and then endured a first-over journey commencing at the three-quarter marker only to be out-finished by Thats All Moni by 2-1/4 lengths at the wire. "You can't do anything about where you draw," Norman said. "I would not have selected either post for her in the elimination and final, but was very pleased with how she performed in the elimination. She will do anything you ask of her and is so willing. To come first-over and to have that kind of finish, you can't ask anything more of her." As for Bee A Magician, the horse whose shoes Magic Presto is anticipated to fill, it is possible the 6-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Beehive will return prior to the end of the season. "She has been swimming," Norman said. "We put her back in light training this week and all seems to be well. We would like to bring her back for the Breeders Crown, but there is still some time to go before we can see what will happen. I'm not really sure what we would use for a prep race for her as it depends on what is available and how she progresses." When it comes to Magic Presto, however, the filly will have plenty of opportunities to stake her claim for divisional honors. "Kadabra is a provincial stallion," Norman said. "But my owners and I have done quite well with him and we think this filly has ability. She is cleanly gaited, you can put her anywhere you want to and she is staked to everything for the rest of the year. She will have the opportunities to progress and develop." C$363,000 Peaceful Way 2-year-old filly trotters Race 2 - Post time 7:50 p.m. (EDT) PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Stuck In My Spanks-Paul MacDonell-Scott McEneny 2. Thats All Moni-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter 3. Pure Kemp-Rick Zeron-Rick Zeron 4. Ariana G-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5. Cameron Hill-John Campbell-John Bax 6. Southwind Avanti-David Miller-Nancy Johansson 7. Winter Sweet Frost-Scott Zeron-Paul Reid 8. The Erm-Mike Saftic-Clark Beelby 9. Dream Together-Sylvain Filion-Luc Blais 10. Magic Presto-Trevor Henry-Nifty Norman  by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 14 - All eyes will be on harness racing's finest trotters Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack for Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night. An outstanding card featuring the best trotters of all ages has been assembled with over $2.6 million in purse money on the line. The $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds and the $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters headline the 13-race program. The stacked undercard features the $436,000 Elegantimgage for three-year-old trotting fillies, $363,000 Peaceful Way for two-year-old trotting fillies and the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotters. Marion Marauder will look to add a victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic to his fairytale season. The son of Muscle Hill is the favourite to win Canada's biggest trotting event for local trainers Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood. Marion Marauder won just once in 13 starts last season, but has dominated as a three-year-old with nine wins in 11 starts this season. The Keeling-Wellwood trainee won the Goodtimes at Mohawk on June 18th to start his dream summer. The Muscle Hill colt captured the $1 million Hambletonian on August 6th at The Meadowlands and the $500,000 Yonkers Trot on September 3rd at Yonkers Raceway. Owned by Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling, Marion Marauder has earned more than $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings to over $1.5 million. Marion Marauder made a triumphant return to his home track last week by capturing his Canadian Trotting Classic elimination by four lengths in 1:52. Former WEG regular Scott Zeron sits behind the son of Muscle Hill and the duo will start from post four. Bar Hopping upset Southwind Frank to win the other "Trotting Classic" elimination last Saturday. The Jimmy Takter trainee has won four of 12 starts this season, including the $300,000 Zweig Memorial. Tim Tetrick will drive Bar Hopping from post position three. Southwind Frank will look to bounce back and capture another major race in Canada. The Ron Burke trainee didn't have his best in the "Trotting Classic" elimination, but is always dangerous, especially at Mohawk. Last year, Southwind Frank captured the William Wellwood Memorial over Marion Marauder. He also defeated the Hambletonian champion in the $500,000 Colonial Trot on August 20th at Pocono. Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras will start from the rail. The Hambletonian winner has won three of the last four editions of the Canadian Trotting Classic. The $687,000 "Trotting Classic" is carded as Race 10. The Maple Leaf Trot is annually one of the biggest trotting events in the world and the international flavour is certainly felt in this year's edition. Five-year-old stallion Resolve and four-year-old mare Hannelore Hanover captured last Saturday's eliminations. Resolve is searching for redemption after finishing second in last year's event, while Hannelore Hanover was a $45,000 supplemental entry. Trained by Swedish native Ake Svanstedt, Resolve has won three of nine starts this season and was second in Sweden's Elitlopp back in May. The son of Muscle Hill is a 13-time winner with over $1.4 million in earnings. Resolve will be driven by Svanstedt and start from post position one. Hannelore Hanover has dominated this season, but faces her toughest challenge in the Maple Leaf Trot. The Ron Burke trainee has won 14 of 15 starts this season, but is tackling the sport's best older trotters for the first time. A daughter of Swan For All, Hannelore Hanover was an easy-winner in her elimination and has victories this season in the Armbro Flight, Hambletonian Maturity and Muscle Hill. She has banked $719,134 this year to bring her career earnings to over $1 million. Hannelore Hanover and driver Yannick Gingras will start from post four. The Maple Leaf Trot has attracted many stars from overseas throughout the years and this year's edition features 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. The 11-year-old Swedish sensation is trained by Robert Bergh for owners Daniel & Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks. Nahar, who finished fourth in his elimination, is a 39-time winner with over $1.8 million in career earnings. He will start from post eight with trainer Bergh handling the driving duties. The $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot is carded as Race 7. The Elegantimage Stakes headlines the undercard with Caprice Hill going for her fifth consecutive victory. The Tony Alagna trained sophomore trotting filly has seven wins this season and has yet to finish out of the top two in 10 starts. Caprice Hill fired home in :26.4 to win her elimination last week in 1:52.4. The daughter of Kadabra recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings and will start from post four with driver Randy Waples at the controls. The $436,000 Elegantimage Stakes is carded as Race 9. The top rookie trotters will also be on display Saturday in the $363,000 Peaceful Way and $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial. Ariana G has been arguably the top two-year-old in the sport this season and the rookie trotting filly is the horse to beat in the Peaceful Way. The Jimmy Takter trained filly is undefeated in six starts and won her elimination last week by almost eight lengths in 1:53.2. A daughter of Muscle Hill, Ariana G has earned $285,870 and is a homebred for owners Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She will start from post four with Yannick Gingras driving. The William Wellwood Memorial will feature local standout Seven And Seven. The Tom Durand trainee won his elimination in 1:56 and has won three of six starts to begin his career. A son of Chapter Seven, Seven And Seven has shown impressive closing speed early in his career and has banked $51,768. Durand has driven the rookie trotting colt in each of his previous six starts, but will hand the lines over to John Campbell for the Wellwood final. Ron Burke trainee What The Hill will be looking for another major victory in the Wellwood. The son of Muscle Hill captured the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 6th at The Meadowlands. What The Hill won his Wellwood elimination last Friday in 1:55.3 for his third victory of the season. David Miller will drive the rookie trotter in Saturday's final. Seven And Seven will start from post two, while What The Hill has post three. The $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night is also "Fan Appreciate Night" at Mohawk Racetrack. Fans on-track will receive a free program and their "First Bet on Us". The first 500 guests will also receive a $5 food voucher. There will also be t-shirt tosses after each race and live music entertaining the crowd. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and post time is 7:30 p.m. For more information, visit Here are the fields for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic. $687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax   $632,000 Maple Leaf Trot 1. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 2. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Brian Sears - Rene Dion 4. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 5. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 6. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 7. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 8. Nahar - Love You - Robert Bergh - Robert Bergh 9. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hll - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 10. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter AE: Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 8 - Harness racing driver Yannick Gingras and Jimmy Takter swept the eliminations of the Peaceful Way Stakes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack with Thats All Moni and Ariana G. A group of 17 two-year-old trotting fillies were split into two $30,000 eliminations for the $363,000 Peaceful Way Stakes. Thats All Moni got a perfect trip to capture the first elimination in 1:54.4. The Takter trained filly got away fifth in the field of nine and sat in that position until near the midway point. Gingras was able to catch cover with Thats All Moni behind Magic Presto, who was sent first up. Grandmas Moni cut out opening fractions of :28.1 and :58.3, but didn't have any trot on the final turn and went off stride just after giving up the lead to Magic Presto. The new leader reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.3, while Gingras dropped his filly in behind to sit on the leader's back turning for home. In the stretch, Thats All Moni edged to the outside and rocketed by to defeat Magic Presto by 2¼ lengths. Winter Sweet Frost finished third, while Southwind Avanti and Cameron Hill grabbed the final two spots to qualify for next week's final. "She felt real strong," said Gingras post-race about Thats All Moni . "I dropped back in behind (Magic Presto) at the end of the last turn because I could, but my filly was really strong all the way through the stretch." The daughter of Cantab Hall is a three-quarter sister to the $1.4 million winning Snow White and was purchased for $230,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Thats All Moni, who paid $3.30 to win, is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. She now has three wins in six starts and over $121,000 in earnings. Thats All Moni The second elimination featured arguably the top two-year-old in the sport and she didn't disappoint. Ariana G crushed her rivals by 7¾ lengths in a flashy 1:53.2. The daughter of Muscle Hill and driver Gingras got away third before brushing to the lead at the half in :56.3. Ariana G trotted to the three-quarter pole in 1:25.1 and then pulled away without breaking a sweat for a :28.1 last-quarter and another dominating victory. "She's unbelievable" said Gingras following the victory. "I've been really blessed the last three years with trotting fillies. I've got three Hambletonian Oaks in a row, but this filly ranks right up there with them." Ariana G is a full-sister to Breeders Crown and Hambletonian Oaks champion All The Time and the rookie trotting filly is quickly upstaging her big sister. "She had a lot more tonight, that's for sure," Gingras said. "Turning for home she was really latched onto the bit in a good way. She wasn't being too grabby or nothing, but she just had a whole awful lot of trot and all the way through the wire I had a handful and I was really impressed." Dream Together finished second to Ariana G, while Pure Kemp was third. The final two spots in the Peaceful Way final were secured by Stuck In My Spanks and The Erm. Ariana G, who paid $2.10 to win, improves to six for six with her victory Thursday. The Katz and Libfeld homebred will carry earnings of $295,870 into next week's rich final. Ariana G Following the eliminations, the post positions for the $363,000 Peaceful Way final were drawn. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post for the final. The Peaceful Way Stakes final will take place on the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic card on Saturday, September 17th. 1. Stuck In My Spanks 2. Thats All Moni 3. Pure Kemp 4. Ariana G 5. Cameron Hill 6. Southwind Avanti 7. Winter Sweet Frost 8. The Erm 9. Dream Together 10. Magic Presto AE: Glitzey Gal Mark McKelvie

To paraphrase the poet Robert Burns, the best laid plans of mice and horse trainers often go awry. Harness racing trainer Frank Antonacci had mapped out a schedule for 2-year-old female trotter Grandma's Moni, but the filly got sick after winning her debut in a sharp 1:55.2 at the Meadowlands Racetrack and the trainer was forced to abandon his early-season plans. She missed two races, but Grandma's Moni is back on track for Thursday's eliminations for the Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk. Grandma's Moni is in the first of two Peaceful Way eliminations and is 9-2 on the morning line. She will start from post four with driver Scott Zeron in a nine-horse field. "Plan --- and then plan to have your plan go wrong," Antonacci said with a laugh about Grandma's Moni's early setback to illness. "We made a conscious decision to race her lightly until the fall. We're really not too far off where we wanted to be, but I would have preferred to have another race into her going into this week. "But good horses can overcome, so hopefully she's as good as we think she may be." Bred and owned by the Moni Maker Stable, Grandma's Moni is a daughter of stallion Donato Hanover, the Horse of the Year in 2007, out of the mare All Our Moni. Her second dam is two-time Horse of the Year Moni Maker and she is a full sister to Reigning Moni, who competes in Saturday's Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship at The Meadows. Antonacci was impressed with Grandma's Moni from the beginning. "She was head and shoulders better than the rest all winter," Antonacci said. "She was the most talented. She's an impressive horse. Hopefully things continue to go well now. Hopefully she's the one we've been waiting for." Grandma's Moni won her first start by 2-1/2 lengths over Crann Tara in a division of the Kindergarten Series for 2-year-old female trotters at the Meadowlands on July 22. Her winning time of 1:55.2 is tied for the eighth fastest among all 2-year-old female trotters this season. The plan was to race Grandma's Moni in the second leg of the Kindergarten Series on Aug. 18 at Vernon and then head to Mohawk for the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes. Instead, Antonacci decided to skip the Champlain and qualify Grandma's Moni on Aug. 30 at Mohawk. She won in 1:58.1. "We just focused on getting her healthy," Antonacci said. "We qualified her there last week and she felt good and she trained good again over the weekend. Talent-wise, I think she belongs with those other fillies (in the Peaceful Way). Hopefully she'll get a good start back this week and then be primed and ready to go for the final." The Peaceful Way final is Sept. 17 at Mohawk. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the final. Thats All Moni is the 5-2 morning line favorite in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter-trained filly has a win on the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes circuit and finished second to Ariana G in a division of last week's Champlain. Ariana G, undefeated in five career starts, is the 3-5 choice in the second Peaceful Way elim. She also is from the Takter Stable. Antonacci's visit to Mohawk for stakes eliminations is not limited to Grandma's Moni in the Peaceful Way. A day later, the trainer will send out International Moni in the first of two eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters. International Moni is the penultimate foal out of the late Moni Maker. He is by accomplished French sire Love You, whose offspring include 2013 Elitlopp winner Nahar. On Saturday night, Nahar - owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Canucks - makes his first start in North America in an elimination for the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk. Winless in four starts, International Moni is 15-1 on the morning line in his elimination. He also is owned by breeder Moni Maker Stable, which is made up of members of the Antonacci family and David Reid. "He's in tough, but he's a pretty nice horse," Antonacci said. "We expect he will keep improving." Takter-trained Rubio, the winner of a Champlain division last week, is the even-money favorite in the first Wellwood elimination. Rubio, bred by the Antonacci-Reid connected Moni Market Breeders, is a son of stallion Cantab Hall with foreign blood courtesy of his dam, Italienne Girl. Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill, from the stable of trainer Ron Burke, is the 9-5 second choice in that elimination. In the second elimination, Italian-born Victor Gio, by the French star Ready Cash, is the 2-1 favorite for the Takter Stable. "It seems like there are some nice horses, especially this year, coming from that out-crossing," Antonacci said. "It's something that's been working out well for us. It makes it a little more interesting than seeing the same old same old." Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager Harness Racing Communications A division of the U.S. Trotting Association

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