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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - Tony Alagna sends out three of the ten pacers competing in the $204,040 Simcoe for harness racing three-year-old pacers on Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Voracity, American Passport, and Tom Hill will all challenge and neighbor the 4-5 morning line favorite Betting Line, starting from posts seven, eight, nine, and ten respectively. His inside-most starter, Voracity has one win in ten starts this season, which came in a conditioned race at Harrah's Philadelphia in 1:52.2. Competing mainly on the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) circuit this year, his most recent open stakes appearance was in the $100,000 Battle of Brandywine Consolation II, where he finished fourth. He enters the Simcoe from a second-place finish in an OSS division on Saturday, September 3. "He's coming around," Alagna said. "Last week was one of his better efforts; a much-improved effort. He's coming into the race in good shape." Winning four of nine starts last year, including an elimination for the Metro Pace, Voracity, a son of Sportswriter from the Mcardle mare Lu Lu Q, has earned $376,469 in his career, taking a mark of 1:51.2 at Mohawk. "When we first started off [his three-year-old season], he wasn't as sharp as I thought he should've been," Alagna said. "He had a good winter and I expected him to come out stronger than he did in his first couple of starts, but now he seems to be rounding back into form." Corey Callahan will drive Voracity for owners Brad Grant, Alagna Racing, and John Fodera. "It's a tough bunch, but if he races as good as he has been, he can definitely pick up a cheque," Alagna said. "He can leave for position, but he can also sit. He likes to be involved." Alagna's star two-year-old pupil last year, American Passport, enters the Simcoe from a third-place finish as the 1-5 favorite in the $240,475 Empire Breeders Classic. "He was very good in a [New York] Sires Stake [at Tioga Downs] and in the elimination [for the Empire Breeders Classic], but he was a little sick in the final," Alagna said. "We scoped him and his blood work was also really out of whack. We've rectified his blood-work and he scoped clean training." American Passport has raced 11 times this year, winning two and earning $299,176 over his career. Since failing to qualify for the North America Cup final, American Passport has raced in the Max Hempt Memorial, Adios, and Cane Pace. He broke in both the elimination for the Hempt, not qualifying for the final, and for the Adios, regaining his stride to make the $400,000 final, where he finished seventh stalking a fast pace. Then, in the Cane Pace, he trailed the field throughout, passing horses to finish eighth. "Everything that could go wrong has gone wrong for him," Alagna said. "Or the only time he ever had luck was bad luck. He had one start where he came up sick, then he had one start where he had a bad trip. And when it seemed like we had everything solved with him, he came up sick in the Empire Breeders Classic Final." Scott Zeron pilots the son of American Ideal, from the Four Starzzz Shark mare Star Of The Show, for owners Brittany Farms and Alagna Racing LLC. "Although Betting Line is in another league against these horses, if he's as good as he was in his two starts before the Empire Breeders Classic final, he's as good as anybody in there," Alagna said. The final member of the Alagna Armada is Tom Hill, an American Ideal colt from the Real Desire mare Baberhood. Earning $48,265 in his career, he has raced entirely on the conditioned circuit this year, making his first move into the Grand Circuit ranks. "He's been really good racing against non-winners up here," Alagna said. "He was very good on Monday night [September 5] and we decided to take a shot to see how he stacks up, so we can get an idea of where we should go for the rest of the season." Making five starts at Mohawk heading into the Simcoe, Tom Hill has won twice, with two seconds and a third. He has three wins over 10 starts this season. "He's a very talented colt," Alagna said. "He has a lot of speed, but we've had to wait on him a little bit. He wasn't quite ready to go with the better colts, but the more he races the better he gets. Now's a good time to put him against them since he's been so good up at Mohawk." Randy Waples will drive Tom Hill for owner Tom Hill. "If he trips out, he can get money here," Alagna said. "He's extremely fast off a helmet; loves a covered trip. He can pace home as hard as any horse when he's on his game." Alagna's trio drew next to Betting Line, a winner of $1,792,922 including 16 wins in 23 starts. He races from post 10 as he goes for his eleventh win in 12 starts this year. "He's in a class of his own against those kind of horses," Alagna said. "But it's a big field, he drew the outside and there could be a lot of activity, so we'll see what happens." The Simcoe Three-Year-Old Pace goes as Race 10 on Saturday's 13-race program. Here's the field for the $204,040 Simcoe: 1. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 2. Major Hill - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - David Menary 3. Cruise Patrol - Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion - James Ciaran Morrison 4. Nocturnal Bluechip - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Mark Steacy 5. Magnum J - Big Jim - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 6. Easy Lover Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Trevor Henry - Ben Wallace 7. Voracity - Sportswriter - Corey Callahan - Tony Alagna 8. American Passport - American Ideal - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 9. Tom Hill - American Ideal - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman By Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 6 - The sport's finest trotters will be on display at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday (September 10) for the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, as part of a stellar Grand Circuit card of harness racing. An outstanding group of 12 older trotters were entered for the eliminations of the 65th Maple Leaf Trot, while the Canadian Trotting Classic attracted 13 three-year-old trotters. Each event will feature two $40,000 eliminations with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals on Saturday, September 17. Many eyes will be on the second Maple Leaf Trot elimination, as supplemental entry Hannelore Hanover and Swedish star Nahar will line up. The connections of Hannelore Hanover put up $45,000 to supplement their trotting mare to the event and she will start from post five in her elimination with regular driver Yannick Gingras. The Ron Burke trainee has tasted defeat just once in 14 starts this season and has earned $699,134. European invader Nahar will start to the right of Hannelore Hanover in post six. The Robert Bergh trained 11-year-old will have Ake Svanstedt in the sulky. Nahar, who won the 2013 Elitlopp, is owned by Daniel and Henrik Sedin of the National Hockey League's Vancouver Caucks and is 39-time winner with career earnings of over $1.8 million. Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot elimination will be Nahar's first start in North America. The first elimination features local stars Flanagan Memory and Musical Rhythm along with last year's Maple Leaf Trot runner up Resolve. Trained by Rene Dion, Flanagan Memory has torn up the Mohawk Preferred this season with all four of his 2016 victories coming in the circuit's top trot. The six-year-old and winner of over $1.1 million is coming off back to back third-place finishes in the Cashman Memorial and Crawford Farms Trot. He will be driven by Chris Christoforou. Musical Rhythm was the talk of the circuit during his dominating winter and spring run. The Ben Baillargeon trainee has won 12 of 18 starts this season, including the $250,000 Graduate Series Final for four-year-olds. The son of Cantab Hall will be looking for his first major victory against older rivals and starts from post six with driver Mario Baillargeon. Svanstedt trainee Resolve starts from post five in the first elimination. The five-year-old son of Muscle Hill was last year's O'Brien Award winner for Top Older Trotter and is having another strong season. Resolve traveled to Sweden and finished second in the Elitlopp earlier this year. Since returning from his adventure, he has made four starts and captured the Cutler Memorial and Cashman Memorial. The Svanstedt trainee will start from post five Saturday with his trainer in the bike. The top five finishers from each Maple Leaf Trot elimination advance to the $632,000 final. The eliminations are carded as Races 6 and 9. The Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations will see the return of Hambletonian champion Marion Marauder to home soil. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee will start from post six with driver Scott Zeron in the seven-horse first elimination. Marion Marauder, who's last start at Mohawk was a victory in the Goodtimes final, is coming into the Trotting Classic off a victory in last Saturday's $500,000 Yonkers Trot. The son of Muscle Hill has won eight of 10 starts this season and earned over $1.1 million to bring his career total to $1.5 million. Marion Marauder became the first Canadian trained horse to win the $1 million Hambletonian since Glidemaster in 2006. Powerhouse Southwind Frank headlines the six-horse second elimination. The Ron Burke trainee finished second in the Hambletonian to Marion Marauder, but turned the tables in the Colonial on August 20th, as he defeated his rival in the $500,000 event. Southwind Frank has won six of nine starts this season after winning 11 of 12 as a rookie. The son of Muscle Hill has earned over $1.8 million in his career and is undefeated in five starts on the WEG Circuit. Last season, 'Frank' won the Wellwood Memorial and Breeders Crown. He will start from post three Saturday with driver Yannick Gingras. The top five finishers from each Canadian Trotting Classic elimination advance to the $687,000 final. The eliminations are carded as Races 2 and 3. While trotters will be front and centre on Saturday, the Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line will also share the spotlight. The Casie Coleman trained sophomore pacing colt headlines a field of 10 for the $204,040 Simcoe Stakes. Betting Line is currently on a 10 race win streak, but will have to overcome post 10 in order to keep his streak alive. David Miller will drive the winner of over $1.7 million, who also has victories this season in the Battle of Brandywine and Carl Milstein Memorial. The Simcoe field also includes notables Lyons Snyder (PP1, Gingras), Magnum J (PP5, Doug McNair) and American Passport (PP8, Zeron). It is carded as Race 10. The newest star of harness racing, Beyond Delight, will compete in the Champlain Stakes a week after capturing the $661,000 Metro Pace. The Tony O'Sullivan trained two-year-old pacing colt will start from post four in the second of two $105,474 Champlain Stakes divisions. A son of Bettors Delight, Beyond Delight was winless in seven starts before winning his elimination and then the final of the Metro. Sylvain Filion will be back in the sulky behind the rookie. The second division also features Metro Pace finalists Classic Pro (PP1, Randy Waples), Windsong Napoleon (PP2, Jody Jamieson), Blood Line (PP5, Gingras) and Bettors Dream (PP9, Tim Tetrick). Metro Pace finalists Ideal Wheel (PP6, David Miller) and Bobcat Bound (PP7, Jamieson) along with Metro Consolation winner Odds On Delray (PP1, Gingras) are three of the nine rookies competing in the first Champlain division. The Champlain divisions are carded as Races 4 and 8. Rookie pacing fillies will also compete in their Champlain Stakes on Saturday. Six of the 13 fillies entered competed in the $427,000 Shes A Great Lady final last Saturday. The Champlain Filly divisions are carded as Races 1 and 11. Post time for Saturday's sensational 13-race card is 7:30 p.m. Below are the full fields for the Maple Leaf Trot eliminations, Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations and Simcoe Stakes.   Race 6: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Lookslikeachpndale - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 2. Shake It Cerry - Donato Hanover - David Miller - Jimmy Takter 3. Whiskey Tax - Revenue S - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 4. Flanagan Memory - Kadabra - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion 5. Resolve - Muscle Hill - Ake Svanstedt - Ake Svanstedt 6. Musical Rhythm - Cantab Hall - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon   Race 9: Maple Leaf Trot - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Il Sogno Dream - Cantab Hall - Scott Zeron - Chris Beaver 2. JL Cruze - Crazed - John Campbell - Eric Ell 3. Etruscan Hanover - Donato Hanover - Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon 4. Windsun Revenge - Kadabra - Rick Zeron - Jeff Durham 5. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 6. Nahar - Love You - Ake Svanstedt - Robert Bergh   Race 2: Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #1 - Purse: $40,000 1. Blenheim - Yankee Glide - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Matt Kakaley - Andrew Harris 3. WinterHarbor - Muscle Hill -  Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 4. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 5. Merchandiser - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Greg Peck 6. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 7. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh   Race 3: Canadian Trotting Classic - Elimination #2 - Purse: $40,000 1. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 2. Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax 3. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 4. Bee In Charge - Manofmanymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 5. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 6. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter   Race 10: Simcoe Stakes - Purse: $204,040 1. Lyons Snyder - Well Said - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 2. Major Hill - Art Major - Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary 3. Cruise Patrol - Yankee Cruiser - Yannick Gingras - James Ciaran Morrison 4. Nocturnal Bluechip - Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick - Mark Steacy 5. Magnum J - Big Jim - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 6. Easy Lover Hanover - Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair - Ben Wallace 7. Voracity - Sportswriter - David Miller - Tony Alagna 8. American Passport - American Ideal - Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna 9. Tom Hill - American Ideal - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 10. Betting Line - Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Casie Coleman   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 - The Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacing fillies made up a portion of the harness racing action packed Canadian Pacing Derby undercard Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The $215,704 Simcoe for three-year-old pacing fillies featured a single division of ten-horses, while the $208,040 Simcoe for three-year-old open trot featured two divisions. Pure Country overcame interference to win the Simcoe Filly Pace in a great stretch duel against Darlinonthebeach. The Jimmy Takter trained filly had a new driver for the first time Saturday, as Yannick Gingras subbed in for Brett Miller. Pure Country got away fourth and Gingras opted to move her towards the front in the second-quarter, but a break by Lay Lady Lay directly in front of Pure Country halted her momentum. Unfazed, Pure Country blasted to the front to reach the half in :54.3. Darlinonthebeach followed the move by the new leader and pulled right up along side her and eventually by on the far turn to lead the field to three-quarters in 1:21.3. In the stretch, the two top fillies went toe-to-toe with Pure Country powering by on the outside in deep stretch to win in 1:49.2. Mayhem Seelster was third, while L A Delight finished fourth. Saturday's victory was the seventh visit to the winner's circle in 2016 for Pure Country. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere has tackled the boys on a couple occasions this season. Owned by Diamond Creek Racing, PureCounty now has 17 career wins and earnings of over $1.6 million. She paid $5 to win. Pure Country Over on the trotting side, Bee In Charge scored the 12-1 upset by 1¾ lengths to win the first $104,020 tilt. The Per Henriksen trainee and driver Chris Christoforou sat patiently in the two-hole while the even-money favourite Sutton broke stride in to the first turn and Waitlifter K put up factions of : 27.1, :57 and 1:25.1. Into the stretch, Bee In Charge was fed open racetrack. The gelding quickly responded and proceeded to trotted by Waitlifter K and capture the win in a new lifetime mark of 1:52.4. Winter Harbor rallied for second and Muscle Hustle got up for third as Waitlifter K faded to fourth. The son of Manofmanymissions and Beehive notched his sixth victory in 13 career outings and lifted his lifetime purse earnings to $205,950 for owners Melvin Hartman and David Mc Duffee. Bee In Charge paid $26.10 to win. Bee In Charge Muscles For Life scored a 25-1 upset in the $104,020 second division. Driven by Doug McNair, Muscles For Life was sent to the front and posted an opening-quarter of :27.2. Dia Monde circled to the lead from second and led the field through panels of :56.4 and 1:25.4. In the stretch, Dia Monde began to fade in deep stretch and Muscles For Life made a late bit along with Taco Tuesday for a three-horse photo. At the wire, Muscles For Life prevailed by a nose in 1:54.4 over Taco Tuesday and Dia Monde. A son of Muscle Mass, Muscles For Life is trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks. The sophomore trotter now has three wins in 12 starts this season and seven victories overall in his career. Muscles For Life boosted his career earnings to over $150,000 with the victory. He paid $60.10 to win. Muscles For Life Video still to come   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Grand Circuit week continued Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack with three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old trotting colts and geldings in the harness racing spotlight. The $221,204 Simcoe Stakes and $212,447 Champlain Stakes each featured two divisions on Friday evening. In the $111,352 second Simcoe division, Caprice Hill was back in her familiar spot in the Mohawk winner's circle after another dominating victory. Leaving from post nine, Caprice Hill and driver Randy Waples were parked around the first turn, but eventually got the front at three-eighths. The daughter of Kadabra cruised through middle-half fractions of :57 and 1:25.4. In the stretch, Caprice Hill trotted home effortlessly in :27.2 to win by 6½ lengths in 1:53.1. Miss Tezsla finished second, while Gin And Lindy was third. "Horses like (Caprice Hill), they don't come around too often," said Waples. "I just hope that she keeps her form and carries on through the rest of the year because she is just an amazing filly to be around, like she is so smart and a complete professional." A daughter of Kadabra, Caprice Hill surpassed the $1 million mark in career earnings with her Simcoe Stakes victory. She now has six wins in nine starts this season and 13 victories overall for owner Tom Hill. Caprice Hill won a division of the Casual Breeze Stakes last week and now has three wins in a row. She paid $2.50 to win. Caprice Hill Just like Caprice Hill, Emoticon Hanover picked up her second consecutive Grand Circuit victory in the $109,852 first Simcoe division. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Emoticon Hanover got stretched out around the first turn, as she was parked by the first station in :26.4, before clearing to command. After catching a second-quarter breather, Emoticon Hanover was confronted around the final turn by Double Exposure. Emoticon Hanover reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1 and promptly turned aside her challenger and pulled away to win by two lengths in 1:54.2. "That was the first time I got strung out like that with her," said Filion following the victory. "But as soon as I cleared to the front I was able to relax in the middle-half and she was real strong on the end of it." Dream Child finished second, while Royal Charm was third. A daughter of Kadabra, Emoticon Hanover is trained by Luc Blais for owner Determination of Montreal, Quebec. She now has five wins in nine starts this season for earnings of over $272,000. Thursday's victory was the ninth career score for the Ontario Sires Stakes standout and her career bankroll now sits at $491,584. Emoticon Hanover paid $2.60 to win. Emoticon Hanover Signal Hill stunned his rivals at 25-1 in the $106,974 first Champlain division. The son of Muscle Hill shot off the wings of the gate and straight to the front for driver Yannick Gingras. Signal Hill posted an opening-quarter of :27.4, but Gingras was able to slow things down in the backstretch to reach the half in :57.3. Unchallenged around the far turn, Gingras said goodbye to the field and let Signal Hill trot out to a six-length lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:26. The Tony Alagna trainee trotted home in :29.1 to win by 4¼ lengths. King Of The Hill, the 3/5 favourite, finished second, while Jake grabbed third. Friday was the first time Gingras sat behind Signal Hill and the rookie trotter was a handful for the reinsman prior to the race. "I liked him after he was trying to kick me out of the bike the whole post parade," joked Gingras. "I could tell Timmy (Tetrick) was struggling a little bit with (King Of The Hill) behind the gate to get him out cleanly, so I just took my chance and tried to put mine in play." A $250,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Signal Hill now has two wins in four starts with both victories coming at Mohawk. He is trained by Alagna for owners Brittany Farms, David McDuffee, Marvin Katz and Adriano Sorella. Signal Hill now has $64,312 earned in four starts. He paid $55.60 to win Signal Hill Gingras returned to the winner's circle in the $105,473 second division with Rubio. The Jimmy Takter trained colt was sent off as the 3-5 favourite and followed Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill around the oval through fractions of :28.4, 58.3 and 1:27.4. In the stretch, Rubio edged to the outside and went toe-to-toe with What The Hill, ultimately powering by to win by a length and a half in 1:56. Mountain Of Love and Soho Hanover rounded out the Superfecta. A son of Cantab Hall, Rubio entered Friday's contest off his only loss, a third-place effort in the Haughton Memorial. The Takter trainee now has five wins, including a dead-heat victory in the Haughton elimination, in six starts to begin his career. "He's got great manners, but he has high speed," said Gingras following the victory. "He likes to track horses and he likes to get his nose up front. "In the Peter Haughton elimination, he really should've gotten beat, but he was digging in at the wire and trying to win, you can't teach that. They either want to win or they don't." Rubio, who was a $75,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, is owned by Christina Takter, John Fielding, Brixton Medical Inc. and Jim Fielding. He now has over $120,000 in earnings. Rubio paid $3.20 to win. Rubio Grand Circuit action continues Saturday evening with over $2.4 million up for grabs on the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace card. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - The $661,000 Metro Pace and $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby will highlight Saturday's $2.4 million harness racing card at Mohawk Racetrack. One of the biggest nights of the season, the 'Pacing Derby' and Metro card will put the sport's top older pacers and the stars of the future on display. The $427,000 Shes A Great Lady is also a main event on the card. Saturday's card is filled with stakes action from start to finish. Joining the big three events is the $215,704 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, $208,040 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters (two divisions) and the $210,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings (two divisions). Harness racing fans are in for a treat, as three of the top four horses in the current Top 10 - Horse of the Year poll will be racing on Saturday. Wiggle It Jiggleit (#1) and Always B Miki (#4) will compete in the Canadian Pacing Derby, while Pepsi North America Cup champion Betting Line (#3) is racing in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The Canadian Pacing Derby will be the main event Saturday and is carded as Race 10. Another classic battle is expected between heavyweights Wiggle It Jiggleit (PP1, Montrell Teague), Shamballa (PP4, Rick Zeron) and Always B Miki (PP8, David Miller). Wiggle It Jiggleit has won 11 of 18 this season, including the $325,000 Dan Patch on August 12 at Hoosier Park. The winner of over $3.3 million has hit the board in all 18 starts this season for another $1 million season. Trained by Clyde Francis for George Teague, Wiggle It Jiggleit holds a career mark of 1:47.2 taken over a sloppy track at The Meadowlands. Shamballa has made major noise this season to be linked with the heavyweights of pacing. The Rick Zeron trainee won the US Pacing Championship on August 6 at The Meadowlands in 1:47.1 and finished second in the William Haughton Memorial in July. A winner of over $800,000, Shamballa will be looking to use home track advantage. Always B Miki has had a monstrous 2016 with six wins from 10 starts, including triumphs in the Mohawk Gold Cup, Ben Franklin and Haughton Memorial. The Jimmy Takter trainee became the fastest horse in the history of Mohawk Racetrack when he won the Gold Cup in 1:47.1 earlier this season. Approaching double millionaire status, Always B Miki is undefeated in three starts north of the border. The 'Pacing Derby' field also includes last year's champion State Treasurer (PP3, Chris Christoforou). The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings is headlined by last Saturday's three elimination winners. Takter trainee Ocean Colony (PP4, Yannick Gingras) was the fastest elimination winner with a 1:50.1 score by a head over Ideal Wheel (David Miller, PP8). Windsong Napoleon (PP3, Phil Hudon) pulled off a stunning 54-1 upset in the first Metro elimination, while the final division saw Beyond Delight (PP1, Sylvain Filion) surprise at 20-1. The Metro Pace is the sport's richest race for two-year-olds and is carded as Race 7. The Shes A Great Lady for rookie pacing fillies also had a major upset in last Saturday's eliminations. Thats The Ticket (PP2, Sylvain Filion) struck for a 58-1 shocker in the first elimination, while the second split went to even-money favourite Idyllic Beach (PP4, Yannick Gingras). The Shes A Great Lady is carded as Race 4. Also on Saturday, Grand Circuit week continues with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and pacing fillies. A fantastic group of 10 three-year-old pacing fillies will square off in the $215,704 Simcoe Filly Pace. L A Delight (PP8, Randy Waples), who won last year's Shes A Great Lady, will look for her second consecutive Grand Circuit victory after capturing the Nadia Lobell last Saturday at The Meadows. The Bob McIntosh trainee recently went over $1 million in earnings and has won six of 10 starts this season. Pure Country (PP1, Yannick Gingras) is returning to Mohawk for the first time since capturing the Fan Hanover Stakes in June. The Takter trained filly has competed against the boys on two occasions this season and sports a record of six wins in 12 starts. Her career bankroll entering the Simcoe sits at over $1.5 million. Darlinonthebeach (PP2, David Miller) will be looking to turn the tables on Pure Country at Mohawk, as she finished second in the Fan Hanover Stakes. The Nancy Johansson trainee has eight victories in 13 starts this season and over $722,000 in career earnings. The Simcoe Filly Pace is carded as Race 6. The Simcoe Trot attracted 16 three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. A pair of eight-horse $104,020 divisions will be contested Saturday and are headlined by a pair of Julie Miller trainees. Sutton (PP3, Andy Miller) stars in the first division for the Miller's. A two-time winner this season, he finished third in the $1 million Hambletonian final and has banked over $241,000 in 2016. Milligans School (PP8, Andy Miller) will be looking to get back in the winner's circle for the first time since early July in the second split. The son of Yankee Glide has three wins in 10 starts this season for earnings of over $187,000. The Simcoe Trot divisions have been carded as Races 8 and 11. The best Ontario sired three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will also compete on Saturday's super card in two $105,000 Gold divisions. Betting Line (PP2, David Miller), this year's Pepsi North America Cup champion, will headline the OSS action in the second division. The Casie Coleman trainee has won nine of 10 starts this season with his only defeat coming in his season debut. Betting Line has earned over $1.1 million this season to bring his career earnings total to more than $1.6 million. The OSS Gold divisions have been carded as Races 2 and 3. Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and the 13-race program gets started at 7:30 p.m. Fans will be able to meet several former Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace winning drivers during an autograph session getting underway 6:20 p.m. Fans will also be able to sign up for a sulky ride (limited spots), enjoy live music and receive their 'First Bet on Us'. For more information, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com The entries and an early program proof for Saturday's card can be view by clicking here.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Tony Alagna trainee Artspeak turned in a career-best harness racing performance of 1:48.2 to win the Simcoe Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers squared off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes. Casie Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover was sent off as the heavy 3/5 favourite off a pair of impressive victories leading up to Saturday's contest. The public's choice got away third, as Go Daddy Go blasted to the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26.1. Artpseak, the 7/5 second choice, dropped in fourth for driver Scott Zeron. Reverend Hanover made a second-quarter move to the lead for driver Steve Condren and posted a speedy half of :53.2. Around the final turn, Artspeak was given his cue to move from Zeron and came first up to draw within a length and a quarter of Revenred Hanvoer at the three-quarter pole in 1:21.1. In the stretch, Artspeak quickly erased Reverend Hanover's lead and paced by the leader with powerful strides to score an impressive 2¼ length victory in a Stakes Record time of 1:48.2. Reverend Hanover held on to finish second, while Split The House and The Wayfaring Man finished third and fourth, respectively. Artspeak, who was last year's two-year-old champion, came into Saturday night with three victories from 11 starts on the season, but most recently turned in a strong 1:50.1 qualifying mile at Mohawk on September 4. "I felt in the post parade that he was back to the way he started this year," said Zeron following the race. "He was aggressive and Tony did a great job prepping him for this race. "He had a couple weeks off and he qualified here in (1):50 and when I was racing here full-time that was a big mile qualifying." The son of Western Ideal came first up to score the victory Saturday and Zeron was very impressed with the effort. "I knew he was ready to rock tonight, doing a first-up trip like that, that was steep and to finish the way he did, it was amazing." Artspeak is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. The three-year-old colt now has four wins and over $500,000 earned this season. A $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, Artspeak's career totals currently sit at 12 wins and over $1.3 million in earnings. The Alagna trainee returned $4.80 to win. Artspeak L A Delight makes it nine straight in Champlain CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - L A Delight continued her dominance in the Champlain Filly Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Just a single division was needed for the Champlain Filly Stakes, as a field of nine competed for a rich purse of $241,380. One week after capturing the Shes A Great Lady Stakes, L A Delight returned to Mohawk and put on another impressive display. L A Delight, the 1/9 favourite, was sent to the front by driver Randy Waples and touched down on the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. It was game over from there, as the Bob McIntosh trainee cruised through fractions of :55.2 and 1:24, before waving goodbye to her rivals and drawing off for a 4½ length victory in 1:52.1. "She's just getting more professional every week," said McIntosh following the race. "I just feel lucky to have her and when you breed these things and they turn out like this, it's just extra special." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight has now won nine consecutive starts after dropping her career debut. She is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Good Will Hanover finished second, while Ivy League was third. L A Delight has now banked over $500,000 this season and a $2 win ticket Saturday night on the star filly returned $2.30. Following the race, McIntosh confirmed that L A Delight will race in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg before finishing her season in the Super Final. The OSS Super Finals will take place on Saturday, October 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. L A Delight Ontario sired colts take Champlain divisions CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Betting Line and Nvestment Bluechip scored victories in the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Over $100,000 was on the line in each division, as 16 rookie pacing colts and gelding competed. Control The Moment, this year's Metro Pace champion, was suppose to headline the $117,407 first division Saturday, but the Brad Maxwell trainee was a late scratch due to sickness. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line, who finished second to Control The Moment in the Metro, took full advantage of the scratch to the favourite. Driven by Steve Condren, Betting Line was able to drop in fifth in the early stages, as the lead changed hand several times through opening fractions of :26.3 and :55.2. Around the final turn, Betting Line came to the outside for Condren and tried to catch the cover of Racing Hill, but the Coleman trainee struggled to keep up and sat _ lengths off the leader Nocturnal Bluechip turning for home. In the stretch, Nocturnal Bluechip and Racing Hill went toe-to-toe and it appeared the race would come down to the pair, but Betting Line was able to straight things out and charge by the leaders with a wicked rush late to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:52. Nocturnal Bluechip finished second, while Inspiration View got through late to grab third from Racing Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Betting Line has now won five of eight starts for earnings of over $325,000. Following the race, Coleman noted that her trainee was on the right line and will be visiting the vet Monday to address an issue. Betting Line has found success on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season and that is where Coleman has him aimed for next. "There's a Gold here (Mohawk) the next Tuesday (September 22) and if he's ready I'll probably take him there," said Coleman. "I'll probably skip Flamboro and then Super Finals and he's also in the Breeders Crown." Betting Line is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. The son of Bettors Delight paid $3 to win. Betting Line Jody Jamieson worked out a perfect trip to allow Nvestment Bluechip to capture the $115,906 second division. A son of Shadow Play, Nvestment Bluechip charged out to the front and took the field by the opening-panel in :27. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, made a second-quarter brush from fourth to take command at the half in :56. Voracity turned up the tempo in the third-quarter in :27.4, as Kokanee Seelster pressed at him first-over. In the stretch, Voracity tried to pace away to victory, but Jamieson brought Nvestment Bluechip off his back and the son of Shadow Play paced on by for the victory in 1:52.1. New Talent made a late rush to finish a length and a half back in second, while Sossys King Kong finished third ahead of Voracity. Nvestment Bluechip is trained by Dave Menary and the conditioner said things went exactly as planned Saturday night. "It kind of went like I thought it was going to go," said Menary. "The colt had a really good week and I've always been pretty high on the colt and tonight we got paid for it." Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton and Thomas Kyron share ownership of Nvestment Bluchip, who now has three wins from seven starts this season. The rookie pacing colt has banked over $160,000 for his connections. Nvestment Bluechip paid $8.20 to win. Nvestment Bluechip Mark McKelvie    

Grand Circuit week continued Friday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies and the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotters A group of 12 three-year-old trotting fillies contested a rich $223,193 division of the Simcoe Stakes. Roger Mayotte trainee Elegant Serenity was sent off as the 3/5 favourite from post six, as she entered Friday's contest on a two-race win streak. Driven by Mayotte, Elegant Serenity and several fillies flashed early speed heading into the first turn. The public's choice was parked around the first turn, but quickly cleared to the front ahead of Danielle Hall in the second-quarter. Lock Down Lindy pressed at Elegant Serenity in the middle-half, but Mayotte put away the challenger in the third-quarter and took his filly by the station in 1:25. In the stretch, Elegant Serenity showed plenty of determination and trotted home in :28.2 to win by a length over a hard-closing Speak To Me. Bee The Queen finished third, while Danielle Hall was fourth. A daughter of Kadabra and out of the great Elegantimage, Elegant Serenity is owned and bred by Doug Millard. Following the race, Millard talked about his homebred star filly. "She's really come on strong the last two or three starts," said Millard. "Middle of winter I was about ready to breed her because she was quite a handful. Sandra (Burns) had to really work at her to get her right. She got her right and we turned her over to Roger and he's done the rest." Elegant Serenity now has five victories from seven starts this season after going winless in seven starts last season. The sophomore trotter increased her bankroll to over $288,000 with the victory. The clocking of 1:53.2 was a new career-best for the Mayotte trainee and she paid $3.20 to win. Elegant Serenity will now head to the race named for her mother, the Elegantimage Stakes. Elegant Serenity A total of 19 two-year-old trotting colts were split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes Friday. In the $117,406 first division, Southwind Frank continued his dominance of the rookie trotting division with a 1:54.1 victory. Driven by Yannick Gingras, Southwind Frank got away third, but was quickly moved to the front in the second-quarter and reached the half in :57.1. The Ron Burke trainee trotted his third-panel in :29, before drawing away from his rivals with ease in the stretch to score a 4 ¼ length victory. Brooklyn Hill, who got a two-hole trip, held position for second, while Zlatan was third. A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank added the Champlain Stakes to his impressive resume, which includes the Peter Haughton Memorial and the New Jersey Sires Stakes. Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J And T Silva Stables LLC. He was purchased for $100,000 at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Southwind Frank's record now sits at five wins from six starts and earnings of over $310,000. The Burke trainee paid $2.50 to win. Southwind Frank Dominion Beach capitalized on breaks by the favourites to win the $118,907 second division. Driven by Brett Miller, Dominion Beach showed good early speed to grab the front heading into the first turn. Tony Soprano, the 3/2 second-choice, got away second, but made a break in the first turn. Deep Impact, the 6/5 favourite, inherited the second spot following the break, but he made a miscue of his own in the second-quarter. Dominion Beach was able to take full advantage of the situation by posting middle-fractions of :59.2 and 1:28, before trotting home in :28 to score a maiden breaking victory by a length and half in 1:56. Lean Hanover finished second, while Dreamliner rounded out the top-three. A son of Muscle Hill, Dominion Beach is trained by Nancy Johansson for owner Courant Ab and was purchased for $90,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. The rookie trotting colt was making his sixth career start Friday and bumped his earnings to over $86,000 with the victory. Dominion Beach paid $15.50 to win. Dominion Beach The three-year-old trotting fillies and two-year-old trotting colts will return to Mohawk Racetrack next Friday (September 11) for more Grand Circuit action. Up next for the fillies is the Elegantimage Stakes eliminations, while the rookie trotters will contest the eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial. Grand Circuit action continues Saturday night with over $2.4 million up for grabs. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby and $685,000 Metro Pace headline the rich card. Post time is 7:05 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace headline a $2.4 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 'Pacing Derby', Canada's oldest harness race, and the Metro Pace, the richest race for two-year-olds, will both be contested for a purse of $685,000. Joining the two signature events on the card is the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes, the $229,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and the $223,193 Simcoe for three-year-old pacing fillies. The Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET features a field of ten with over $18.6 million in combined earnings. Foiled Again, the 2012 Derby winner and richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making his fifth start in Canada's oldest harness race. The Ron Burke trainee, who finished fourth in his elimination, will start from post position nine and look to add to his earnings of $7.1 million. Canadian owned and trained, State Treasurer enters the 'Pacing Derby' as the hottest older pacer in harness racing. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his elimination last Saturday to extend his current win streak to three. State Treasurer will start from post-two with driver Randy Waples and seeks a 'Pacing Derby' title to go with his victories this season in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup and U.S. Pacing Championship. JK Endofanera, the other elimination winner, will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup winner to also win the 'Pacing Derby' since Gallo Blue Chip accomplished the feat in 2001. Brett Miller drives the Jimmy Takter trainee, who won last year's edition of Canada's richest harness race and has returned to win four of nine starts in his four-year-old season. JK Endofanera will leave from post-three in Saturday's classic. The Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race Eight and will go postward at approximately 9:43 p.m. The Metro Pace is the richest contest in the sport for two-year-olds and has served as a stepping stone to greatness for many greats over the years. Control The Moment enters the Metro final as the lone undefeated horse in the field. The son of Well Said won his elimination easily in 1:52.1 to improve to six for six on the season. The Brad Maxwell trainee will start from post position four with Waples in the sulky. Betting Line will look to give trainer Casie Coleman her second Metro title from post two Saturday. The son of Bettor's Delight won his elimination in 1:52.2 for his fourth victory in six starts. Betting Line has two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories on his resume this season. Steve Condren will handle the driving duties. Voracity, also an Ontario Sires Stakes star, won his elimination last Saturday in 1:54.3 to earn the right to select post three in the Metro final. The Tony Alagna trainee has a near perfect record with four wins in five starts. The son of Sportswriter's only loss was by a nose and he also has two Gold victories on the season. Alagna will also send out Racing Hill from post five and American Passport from post ten, as he seeks his third career Metro victory. The Metro Pace has been scheduled as Race Seven and the rookies will line up behind the gate at approximately 9:17 p.m. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will feature a showdown between two red-hot fillies. Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight captured their respective eliminations last Saturday and have both dominated Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of Vintage Master, is trained by Alagna and won her elimination in 1:54.2 for her fourth win in five starts. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is trained by Bob McIntosh. The rookie won her elimination in 1:54.2 and will ride a seven-race win streak into Saturday's final. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes is carded as Race Ten and post time is approximately 10:27 p.m. Also on the rich program Saturday is two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and single rich division of the Simcoe Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. A group of 15 sophomore trotters have been split into two Simcoe divisions (Races Two and Nine), while a field of 12 three-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $223,193. The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will air live on TSN1 Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 13-race card will feature a special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans to register for their "First Bet on Us" will receive a special commemorative Canadian Pacing Derby T-Shirt. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 6 - Grand Circuit week wrapped up with a bang Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and two divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers of both sexes highlighted the 12-race card. In the first $106,038 Simcoe Stakes division, Dancin Hill and driver Scott Zeron picked up the victory in a career best clocking of 1:50.1 Trained by Tony Alagna, Dancin Hill sat off the early pace as the lead changed hands a few times in the opening half mile. In the third quarter, Zeron fired up Dancin Hill and brought him first up to challenge the leader Western Vintage. After a three-quarter time of 1:22.3, Dancin Hill powered by Western Vintage in the lane and paced strong to the wire to win by 2 ¼ lengths over Winds Of Change. Carracci Hanover took the show spot. A son of Rocknroll Hanover - Beyonce Blue Chip, Dancin Hill has now won two of his last three starts and improved his seasonal record to three wins in 12 starts. "I was very happy with him," said Alagna following the race. "I felt good at the head of the lane because I know he always kicks home hard and Scott (Zeron) said he was super." Dancin Hill is owned by Tom Hill of Lancashire, Great Britain and has now won five races in his career for earnings of more than $133,000. He paid $3.80 to win. Melmerby Beach and Paul Macdonell scored their second victory in back-to-back weeks to take the second $107,538 division. Melmerby Beach sprinted off the gate to grab the lead and paced by the opening quarter in :26.4. After putting up fractions of :54.4 and 1:22.1, Melmerby Beach led the field into that lane, while Play It Again Sam was sticking close first up and Jet Airway was second over. In the stretch, Melmerby Beach dug in and held off Play It Again Sam to win by half a length in 1:50.2. Jet Airway couldn't find his best stride and finished third, while Surprise Hanover got up for fourth. A son of Somebeachsomewhere - Db Blue Chip, Melmerby Beach has now won three of his last five starts. "The last few weeks we've been leaving with him pretty good and haven't really done that much most of the year," said MacDonell following the race. "He seems to be responding to that style of racing so far." MacDonell also said that Melmerby Beach may be better suited for the cooler weather. "I think the fall weather is going to help him. He suffered a bit of allergy symptoms most of the summer and he is just getting stronger and better and we are hoping for a good fall season with him." Trained by Brent MacGrath for Schooner II Stable, Melmerby Beach has now won six of his 14 starts this year and seven in his career for earnings of more than $159,000. He paid $6.50 to win. 18 freshman pacing colts and geldings were split into two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. In the first $123,120 division, Lyons Levi Lewis delivered a 1:52.1 victory as the 3/5 favourite. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Lyons Levi Lewis got away in fourth and made a second quarter brush and touched down on the lead at the half in :55.1. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2, Lyons Levi Lewis kept his rivals away to win by a length. Thinkofagameplan finished second, while Some Power was third. Following the race, Filion explained his strategy with the heavy favourite. "Leaving the gate I just didn't want to get caught up in the speed duel," said Filion. "Let them settle and then retake the lead down the backside and control the pace." Lyons Levi Lewis, who is owned by Joseph Lyons Mound, has now won twice in eight starts for earnings of more than $265,000. He paid $2.70 to win. As the field approached the start in the first division, Sports Bettor fell down and tossed driver James MacDonald to the track. Sports Bettor was caught outside the paddock, while James MacDonald was able to get up under his own power and continued driving on the remainder of the card. If You Want Fire and Chris Christoforou benefited from hot fractions in the second $123,120 division to come from sixth at three-quarter pole and pace by his rivals to win in 1:52.2. A first quarter battle saw Kona Kid, Southwind Indy and Mitt Jagger fly by the opening quarter in :26. Mitt Jagger, who was three-wide around the first turn, finally took the lead, but Lyons Again paced up from fourth to take control at the half in :54. Lyons Again reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.2 to lead the field into the stretch, while Traceur Hanover sat two lengths back in second. In the stretch, Lyons Again began to tire and needed the wire, but couldn't hold on as If You Want Fire surged by the favourite to win by three-quarters of a length. Lyons Again held on for second over a late charging Mikes Powerhouse. A son of Bettors Delight - Dream Of Treasure, If You Want Fire lost the first four starts of his career, but has now won three races in a row for earnings of over $75,000. Trained by Casie Coleman, If You Want Fire is owned by West Wins Stable, Ron Broadstone, Leslie Halsted and Dr. Fred Kruszelnicki. He paid $8.60 to win. 14 two-year-old pacing fillies were also on display in two divisions of the Champlain Stakes. Happy Becky and Chris Christoforou made a second quarter move to the lead and never looked back to win the first $117,557 division. A daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris, Christoforou sent Happy Becky from fourth to the lead in the second quarter. Happy Becky paced by the three-quarter pole in 1:23.4 and then paced a strong final quarter to fight off Shakai Hanover, who was stuck in the two-hole, and Shes A Hot Mess, who came first up in the third quarter. Trained by Casie Coleman, the clocking of 1:52.2 is a new career best for Happy Becky. Following the race, Christoforou said racing luck just hadn't been a friend of Happy Becky in her most recent starts. "She had a little bad luck in her last couple starts...she got locked in last time and just circumstances," said Christoforou. "I wanted to give her the best chance I could, so that's how it worked out." Happy Becky is owned by West Wins Stable, J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and Dave Miller. She has now won five of her first seven starts and has earnings of more than $104,000. Happy Becky paid $6.00. The Show Returns and Scott Zeron took the second $117,557 division in 1:52. Coming into the Champlain Stakes off a victory in the Shes A Great Lady Stakes consolation, The Show Returns grabbed the early lead over Sports Chic and Solar Sister. Solar Sister made a move to the lead in the second quarter and carried that lead to the three-quarter pole as The Show Returns sat in the two-hole. In the stretch, Zeron found room for The Show Returns and powered past Solar Sister to win by a length. Sports Chic took second, while Solar Sister held on for third. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienams Place, The Show Returns was making her debut in the Tony O'Sullivan barn. Owned by Richard and Joanne Young, she has now won three times in eight starts for earnings of more than $90,000. She paid $4.90 to win. The final rounds of the Champlain and Simcoe Stakes concludes Grand Circuit week, but harness racing's finest will return next Saturday night for the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic. Also on next Saturday's card is the Elegantimage Stakes, William Wellwood Memorial and the Peaceful Way Stakes. Post time is 7:25 p.m. and more information can be found at www.MohawkRacetrack.com. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 5 - Hot off the heels of a successful Canadian Pacing Derby night, Mohawk Racetrack will play host to another stakes filled card tomorrow night. Grand Circuit week will wrap up with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the Champlain Stakes for the two-year-old pacers of both sexes. Lyons Levi Lewis (PP4), the runner-up in last Saturday's $667,000 Metro Pace, headlines the first $123,120 Champlain Stakes division for two-year-old pacers. Trained by Ron Burke, Lyons Levi Lewis finished 3 ½ lengths behind Artspeak in the Metro, but paced his final quarter in a solid :26.3. A son of Well Said - Tongue In Cheek, Lyons Levi Lewis has one win in seven starts, but has finished second on four of those occasions. Owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyons Levi Lewis will team up with driver Sylvain Filion for the first time tomorrow night and is listed as the 5/2 morning line favourite. Also in the field of eight is Freedomformysoul (PP2) for trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Marcus Johansson. A son of If I Can Dream - Hello Grin, Freedomformysoul has shown a lot of promise with two victories in the New York Sires Stakes, but has not been able to find consistency in his performances. "He is wicked fast that one, but he is kind of green," said Marcus Johansson, "You don't know what side he wakes up on, but if he wake up on the right side he can go as fast as any horse I've ever sat behind." Freedomformysoul sold for $12,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and has earned more than $35,000 in six career starts. In the second $123,120 division, another Ron Burke trainee is the 5/2 morning line choice. Lyons Again (PP1) races for the same connections as Lyons Levi Lewis and just like his stablemate took home a big chunk of the Metro Pace purse when he finished third in last Saturday's final. A son of Dragon Again - A Filly To Fear, Lyons Again has yet to win in six career starts, but has finished second three times, along with two third place finishes. A consistent performer, Lyons Again has the highest earnings ($130,821) in the field of nine despite having never won a race. Starting beside Lyons Again is Nassagaweya Stakes division winner Traceur Hanover (PP2). Trained by Normand Bardier Jr, Traceur Hanover finished fourth in the Metro Pace final and has won three times in six career starts. Randy Waples will drive the son of Western Ideal. Two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes will also take place for the three-year-old pacers. The first $106,038 division will feature a small, but talented group of six lining up behind the gate. Western Vintage (PP1) has been installed as the 7/5 morning line favourite for trainer Nancy Johansson and driver Marcus Johansson. After a successful two-year-old campaign, Western Vintage's three-year-old season hasn't gone exactly as planned with only one win in seven starts, but he is coming off a good second place effort in last week's three-year-old open. Marcus Johansson noted the son of Western Ideal had a bit of a health issue earlier in the season that was holding him back. "We had a little trouble with his blood in the beginning of the year," said Johansson. "But he seems like he is getting better now and hopefully he can put a good effort in." Western Vintage was just a $7,000 yearling purchase and has earned more than $412,000 in his career. Also in the field of six is the Tony Alagna trainee, Dancin Hill (PP4). Dancin Hill won two starts back in a conditioned event at Mohawk and last week finished third in the three-year-old open. The son of Rocknroll Hanover has picked up a cheque in all eleven starts this season and will once again team up with driver Scott Zeron. Starting from post six in the opening division is On Golden Ponder for trainer Bob McIntosh and driver Randy Waples. On Golden Ponder most recently won the $175,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes final last Sunday night at The Red Mile. Rounding out the field is Winds Of Change (PP2), Carracci Hanover (PP3) and Major Deagan (PP5). Seven three-year-old pacers will contest the second division for a purse of $107,538. Ontario Sires Stakes star Jet Airway (PP2) is the 7/5 morning line favourite. Before finishing fourth in last week's three-year-old open, Jet Airway had won three starts in a row, including a seven length blowout victory in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg on August 4 at Grand River. Trained by Tony Alagna, regular pilot Randy Waples will be at the controls. Looking to build off his victory in last week's three-year-old open is Melmerby Beach (PP5). Last week's victory earned a new career mark for Melmerby Beach of 1:50. Melmerby Beach races for the same duo that raced his sire, Somebeachsomewhere, trainer Brent MacGrath and driver Paul Macdonell. The other five starters in the second division are Three Of Clubs (PP1), Victor Bayama (PP3), Somewhere Fancy (PP4), Play It Again Sam (PP6) and Surprise Hanover (PP7). 14 freshman pacing fillies have been split into two Champlain Stakes divisions. Despite having three starters from last week's $480,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes final, the first $117,557 division could be the breakout party for a filly making her Grand Circuit debut. Shes A Hot Mess (PP3) broke her maiden last Friday at Mohawk in a dazzling 1:52.1. Trained by Tony Alagna, Shes A Hot Mess struggled in her first two starts, but after a few weeks off those issues appear to be put to rest as she won by seven lengths last week. Scott Zeron will sit behind the daughter of American Ideal - Sure Fun Tryin, who is the second choice on the morning line at 3-1. Shakai Hanover (PP7) is the morning line favourite at 2-1 and is coming into the Champlain off a third place finish in the Shes A Great Lady. Trained by Carl Jamieson and driven by Jody Jamieson, Shakai Hanover won a division of the Eternal Camnation Stakes at Mohawk on August 16. The daughter of Well Said - Shes A Fan has two victories in six career starts and earnings of over $139,000. The second $117,557 division appears to be a wide open affair. Sports Chic, the 5/2 morning line choice, has been having a ton of success racing on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit. A daughter of Sportswriter - Vesta Blue Chip, Sports Chic is trained by Blake Macintosh and has won four times in six starts, while never finishing worse than second. Jody Jamieson will sit behind Sports Chic who has earned more than $139,000 in her young career. Looking to build off her victory in the Shes A Great Lady consolation is The Show Returns (PP6). A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienams Place, The Show Returns broke her maiden in a leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series on July 24, but was never better than fourth in her next three starts. Last Saturday night, The Show Returns got back on track with a career best victory of 1:52. This week, the filly moves into the Tony O'Sullivan barn and will be driven by Scott Zeron. Originally scheduled for tomorrow night, eliminations were not needed for the Canadian Trotting Classic as the field of seven trotters will head straight to the rich final on Saturday, September 13. Post time for tomorrow night's stakes filled card is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Seven three-year-old trotters were entered Tuesday morning for the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday, September 13. With only seven horses entered, eliminations are not required for this year's edition of the 'Trotting Classic.' Headlining the group of seven is the Jimmy Takter trained duo of Father Patrick and Trixton. Father Patrick is coming into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a victory last Friday night in the $340,000 Zweig Memorial at Vernon Downs. A son of Cantab Hall - Gala Dream, Father Patrick has won 17 of his 20 career starts, including capturing last year's William Wellwood Memorial at Mohawk in a Track and Canadian record time of 1:53.4. Father Patrick was named last year's Two-year-old Trotting Colt of the Year on both sides of the border and has earned $1,452,396 in his career. The other half of the Takter duo, Trixton, most recently won the $218,076 Simcoe Stakes last Saturday night at Mohawk. A son of Muscle Hill - Emilie Cas El, Trixton won this year's $1 million Hambletonian at the Meadowlands on August 2. He also found success earlier this season at Mohawk when he won the $272,100 Goodtimes Stakes on June 14 in a Track and Canadian record clocking of 1:51.3. Trixton has 12 victories in 18 career starts for earnings of more than $960,000. Also joining the Takter duo in the rich final is Ontario Sires Stakes star Harper Blue Chip. Trained by Mark Steacy, Harper Blue Chip won this year's Canadian Breeders Championship and finished third in the Hambletonian. A son of Canadian Trotting Classic winner Majestic Son, Harper Blue Chip has visited the winner's circle eight times in his career for earnings of more than $547,000. The other four horses in this year's Canadian Trotting Classic field are Damfoolrmillionair, E L Titan, Il Sogno Dream and Muscle Matters. Established in 1976, the Canadian Trotting Classic has been won by many great trotters including, Joie de Vie, Giant Victory, Yankee Paco, Kadabra, Mr Muscleman, Windsongs Legacy, Donato Hanover, Deweycheatumnhowe and Muscle Hill. Also on Tuesday morning, 11 three-year-old trotting fillies were entered for this year's Elegantimage Stakes. Those 11 fillies will go directly to the $409,000 final on Canadian Trotting Classic night (September 13). Leading the group of fillies is Shake It Cerry, a winner of more than $1.2 million, from the Jimmy Takter barn. A daughter of Donato Hanover - Solveig, Shake It Cerry is coming off a victory in the $150,000 filly edition of the Zweig Memorial last Friday at Vernon Downs. Shake It Cerry has won 16 of 21 career starts and has won many notable stakes events, including the Del Miller Memorial back in July and last year's two-year-old filly trot Breeders Crown. Also highlighting the group of 11 is the Julie Miller trained Designed To Be. The daughter of Donato Hanover - Sheer Soul won a division of the $103,845 Simcoe Stakes last Friday night at Mohawk. Designed To Be has won three times and has never been worst than third in seven starts this season. She has seven career victories for earnings of more than $593,000 and has only missed board once in 15 career starts. Muscle Babe and Riveting Rosie are two of four Ontario sired fillies in the field. Trained by Dave Menary, Muscle Babe has won four times in 10 starts this season, including the $178,287 SBOA Stakes on May 31 at Mohawk. She has six wins in 18 career starts and career earnings exceeding $248,000. Riveting Rosie was last year's Two-year-old Filly Trotter of the Year in Canada. She only lost twice last season in eight starts and captured $374,000 Peaceful Way Stakes at Mohawk. Trained by John Bax, Riveting Rosie has not had nearly as much success this season, but recently picked up her first win of 2014 in a $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event at Grand River Raceway on August 13. Riveting Rosie has won seven times in 18 career starts for earnings of more than $550,000. Here is the full field for the $409,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday, September 13. Chivaree Hanover Demanding Sam Designed To Be Heavens Door Muscle Babe Riveting Rosie Scream And Shout Shake It Cerry Sweetie Hearts Tosca Vanity Matters Along with the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage Stakes finals on September 13, Mohawk will also have the finals for the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial and the $385,000 Peaceful Way. Also on that evening, Mohawk will be hosting customer appreciation night. Visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com for more details in the coming days. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 - The Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotters highlighted the Canadian Pacing Derby undercard Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of twelve three-year-old trotters, headlined by Hambletonian winner Trixton, battled for a purse of $218,076. Making his first start since his Hambletonian victory, Trixton did not disappoint the 2/5 favourite despite starting from the second tier in post position eleven. Trained and driven by Jimmy Takter, Trixton got away seventh, but was buried along the rail as the field went by the opening quarter in :26.4. In the second quarter, Takter got Trixton off the pylons and third over behind Il Sogno Dream. However, Il Sogno Dream stopped advancing in the third quarter and Takter was forced to send Trixton three-wide as he was fifth at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.1. El Titan led the field into the stretch, but Damfoolrmillionair overtook the lead and had a four length advantage on Trixton with an eighth of a mile to go. In the final eighth, Trixton would show his abilites to track down Damfoolrmillionair and trot by to win by 2 ¾ lengths in 1:52.2. "It's really hard to predict a race like this," said Takter about starting from post eleven. "He hadn't raced for a month and he needed this start." Damfoolrmillionair held on for second, while P L Hercules was third. A son of Muscle Hill - Emilie Cas El, Trixton is owned by Brixton Medical Ab and Christina Takter. The Simcoe Stakes victory was Trixton's eighth win in 10 starts this season and the 12th victory of his career. He now has career earnings of $961,876. Trixton paid $2.80 to win. Trixton A field of nine three-year-old pacing fillies contested their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $207,689. Gettingreadytoroll showed a ton of grit to capture the event after a tough first over trip. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Captain Holly, Gettingreadytoroll came first up after Precocious Beauty rolled along on the lead and set opening fractions of :26.4 and :54.3. Precocious Beauty reached the three-quarter pole in 1:22.2 with Nat A Virgin in the two-hole, Gettingreadytoroll first up and Uffizi Hanover second over. In the stretch, Gettingreadytoroll powered her way to the lead and held off Beach Gal, who came from third over to finish second, and Nat A Virgin, who came up the rail to take third, to win by half a length in 1:49.4. The Simcoe Stakes start was the first start for Gettingreadytorollsince winning the Miss New Jersey Stakes at the Meadowlands on August 2. Following the race, trainer Jimmy Takter said he was a little worried his filly might be short after the long layoff. "Actually I was (worried about the layoff). It's a long gap, I qualified her myself in Pocono last week and I just gave her a little workout," said Takter. "Staying sharp is a big factor, but she's a game girl." Gettingreadytoroll is owned by Christina Takter and John and Jim Fielding. The Simcoe Stakes victory was her fifth win in ten starts this season and the sixth victory of her career. The winner's share of the purse boosts Gettingreadytoroll earnings to more than $208,000. She paid $10.10 to win. The Simcoe/Champlain Grand Circuit Stakes continue next Saturday with the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the Champlain Stakes for both the two-year-old filly pacers and the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Gettingreadytoroll by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Last week for the first time in five weeks we broke even. We didn’t lose money but we were on a four-weekend winning streak for making money. But this now old news and on to this great weekend of racing. It’s the “Roaring Grand Circuit” big time this weekend and it kicks off Friday night at both Vernon Downs and Mohawk Raceway with the Zweig Trot, Crawford Farms Trot plus the Champlain Stakes. And the top horses are competing to make it even better. Then on Saturday the night belongs to Mohawk with the Metro Final, Canadian Pacing Derby, She’s A Great Lady final and the Simcoe Stakes. Super weekend and don’t forget on Labor Day Monday it’s the Cane Pace and Shady Daisy at Tioga Downs. Good Luck! $150,000 Trot Harry M Zweig 3YO Fillies Vernon Downs 6th race FRIDAY – Earlier this season she would have been 1/5 in the morning line but after a tough loss in the Hambletonian Oakes, Shake It Cerry has not yet gotten back the respect she once had. Don’t out this filly out. Last year she crushed at the end of the season and looks to be back in shape. Jump all over her if she goes off at 5/2. Class will tell. Use Broadway Socks and Avalicious in exotic plays. $124,621 Trot Champlain Stake 2YO Open Mohawk Raceway 6th race FRIDAY – Draws the rail and he is on a two-race winning streak. Habitat may be pressed a little early on but he should have things his own way in here. Can sit the pocket or go to the front and not look back. Use Muscle Diamond and Gifted Way in exotic plays. $340,000 Trot Final Harry M Zweig 3YO Colts Vernon Downs 8th race FRIDAY – How on god’s earth can you not even think of going again an entry of Father Patrick and Nuncio against this field. Two of the three best colt trotters in racing and all from the Jimmy Takter Stable. I am surprised they are allowing win betting. Use Flyhawk El Durado and Martiniwithmuscle in exotic plays. $124,621 Trot Champlain Stake 2YO Open Mohawk Raceway 8th race FRIDAY – Having won three times already this season, French Laundry is the horse to beat in here. He is usually hot on the lead and usually wires the field with ease as he can do again. Use Wheels An Smokin and Don’t Rush in exotic plays. $236,000 Trot Crawford Farms Open Vernon Downs 9th race FRIDAY – Last time this world champion was well rested he came back to win with a vengeance. Sebastian K goes for his eighth victory this year and should enjoy Vernon’s oval but wouldn’t count on a world record, just a nice easy win. Remember to watch the mare, Bee A Magician, as she has yet to face Sebastian K. use Bee A Magician and Market Share in exotic plays. $207,689 Pace 3YO Fillies Simcoe Stakes Mohawk Raceway 4th race SATURDAY – This is a very well matched field of top fillies. I am taking a shot that Beach Gal can upset. She has been razor sharp winning two of last three starts including lifetime mark of 1:49.3 right here at Mohawk. Use Precocious Beauty and Uffizi Hanover in exotic plays. $480,000 Pace 2YO Fillies She’s A Great Lady Final Mohawk 5th race SATURDAY – After watching her last couple of starts I am convinced that unbeaten JK Shesalady is the top two-year-old filly of the year and she will prove it in here. She has the ability to get geared up and once in motion she blows by everyone else. Use Band Of Angels and Bedroomconfessions in exotic plays. $667,000 Pace 2YO Colts The Metro Final Mohawk Raceway 7th race SATURDAY – Unbeaten in five starts so far, but what impressive miles they have been for Artspeak. He can just bully his way to the front and never look back, especially in his last two starts at Mohawk. Use Go Daddy Go and Lyons Again in exotic plays. $218,076 Trot 3YO Open Simcoe Stakes Mohawk Raceway 9th race SATURDAY – Since he has never been a rocket ship out of the starting gate, it really does not bother me that Trixton is starting in the second tier here in post 11. Jimmy Takter will weave his magic and once Trixton gets some clearance he will stalk down the field, take the lead and win for fun. It’s the first start back for the Hambletonian winner but he loves Mohawk Raceway. Use P L Hercules and Harper Blue Chip in exotic plays. $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final Mohawk Raceway 10th race SATURDAY – It’s almost not fair anymore like with Sebastian K. Sweet Lou is pretty near perfection this season and goes for his eleventh straight win. He has mowed this opponents down left and right, week after week. When is Ron Burke gonna let Ron Piece cut loose with Sweet Lou and go for a 1:45 mile? More than likely in Lexington. Use State Treasurer and Clear Vision in exotic plays.

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Lifetime Pursuit continued her incredible hot streak Friday night at Mohawk by winning a division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. 13 three-year-old trotting fillies were split into two Simcoe Stakes divisions worth more than $103,000. Lifetime Pursuit picked up her fourth win in a row in the second $105,344 division. Leaving from post six with driver Brett Miller, Lifetime Pursuit was parked fourth around the first turn and followed Cantabs Fortune to the front in the second quarter. As soon as Cantabs Fortune touched down on the front, Lifetime Pursuit cleared to take control at the half-mile pole in :56. Lifetime Pursuit trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4 and turned for home without much challenge from her six other rivals. In the stretch, the daughter of Cantab Hall - Queen Of Grace never allowed her rivals to get any closer than a few lengths and strolled home to win by 2 ¼ lengths in 1:53.4. Sweetie Hearts finished second, while Chivaree Hanover was third and My Inspiration was fourth. Lifetime Pursuit is trained by Jimmy Takter for the Brittany Farms. Following the race, Myron Bell, the racing manager for Brittany Farms, noted that Lifetime Pursuit is a third generation filly for the farm. "We bought a daughter of Me Maggie back about 20 years ago and her name was Prime Mistress and she won about $20,000 on the racetrack and had a record of about :58," said Bell. "Her daughter is the dam of this filly and three generations later it's paid off." Lifetime Pursuit has now won four stake races in a row dating back to the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks on August 2. The Simcoe Stakes victory was her sixth win in 11 starts this year, the 12th win of her career and pushes her career earnings over $760,000. She paid $2.10 to win. In the first $103,845 Simcoe Stakes division, Designed To Be broke her streak of three second place finishes to win in a stakes record equaling time of 1:52.3. Scream And Shout was sent hard to the lead by Brett Miller and posted an opening quarter of :27.1, while Designed To Be and Sylvain Filion followed along in fourth. Miller didn't slow down the tempo in the middle half as Scream And Shout opened up a good sized lead on the field trotting by the half in :56.1 and the three-quarter pole in 1:24.2. In the third quarter, Filion right lined Designed To Be to the outside and she began the first over journey. Designed To Be would erase Scream And Shout's sizeable lead and trot by her half way down the lane to win by 3¼ lengths. Muscle Babe finished third, while Tosca was fourth. "Brett (Miller) was trying to give us the slip, but we caught him in the nick of time," said Designed To Be's trainer Julie Miller in the winner's circle. "The way the races are setting up she needs a target and she's willing to follow and attack." Miller trains the daughter of Donato Hanover - Sheer Soul Be for owners Al Libfeld and Marvin Katz. The Simcoe Stakes victory was Designed To Be's third win in seven starts this season and the eighth win of her career. She now has career earnings of more than $500,000. Designed To Be paid $2.10 to win. The three-year-old trotting fillies will be back in action next Friday at Mohawk for the eliminations of the $365,000 Elegantimage Stakes. Also on Friday night, two divisions were contested of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotters. Habitat and Sylvain Filion took the first $124,621 Champlain division. A son of Conway Hall - Habits Best, Habitat, who was the 3/5 favourite, was put right on the front by Filion and set fractions of :27.4, :58. and 1:26.3. After opening up a sizable lead on the final turn, Habitat strolled home under wraps in :28.2 to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:55. Muscle Diamond and Rick Zeron trotted a big last quarter of :27. to come from seventh to finish second. Aldebaran Eagle finish third, while Jetpedia rounded out the Superfecta. "He's not very big, but he's very powerful," said Filion following the race. "Turning for him he kind of got a little lost out there on the front end on a big track like this and I could hear Ricky (Zeron) coming at me, so I just asked him a bit and he took off right away." Trained by Ron Burke, Habitat is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and Weaver Bruscemi. Habitat was a $50,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. He has now won three times in five career starts and has earnings exceeding $94,000. Habitat paid $3.40 to win. In the second $124,621 division, another heavy favourite came through as French Laundry and Brett Miller won in 1:55.4. Sent off as the 3/5 favourite, French Laundry got away in fourth as the field made their way by the opening quarter marker. In the second quarter, French Laundry followed Lookslikeachipndale, who made a first up move to the lead, right to front to take control at the half in :57.4. After trotting by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.2, French Laundry quickly opened up a couple lengths at the top of the lane and trotted home under a confident hand drive from Miller to win by 2 ¾ lengths. Don't Rush, who was first over around the final turn, trotted a good final clip to finish second, while Lookslikeachipndale and Southwind Stryker were third and fourth respectively. "I've raced against him (French Laudnry) many times and he looks like a Cadillac to drive and he is," Miller said following the race. "I just kind of waited for the dust to settle and moved him to the front and he was very good." A son of Muscles Yankee - Creamy Mimi, French Laundry is conditioned by Jimmy Takter for owners Christina Takter, John and Jim Fielding, Marvin Katz and Al Libfeld. A $115,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, French Laundry has now won four time in his six career starts. The Champlain Stakes victory pushes his earnings over the $100,000 mark. He paid $3.40 to win. Next up for the two-year-old trotters is the eliminations for the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial next Friday. Grand Circuit action continues tomorrow night with the $634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby, the $667,000 Metro Pace, the $480,000 She's A Great Lady Stakes, the $207,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies and the $218,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters. Post time is 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - Grand Circuit week got underway with the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies Thursday night at Mohawk. 26 freshman fillies were split into three divisions worth more than $83,000. Stubborn Belle captured the first division in style with a 1:54.2 stakes record performance. A daughter of Taurus Dream - Musetta Hanover, Paul Macdonell sent the filly to the lead and posted an opening quarter of :27.3 and a half mile time of :57.1. As the field made their way to the half, Speak To Me, the second choice at odds of 7/5, made a break while racing along in fifth. In the third quarter, Spirit To Win, the even money favourite, was sent first up to challenge Stubborn Belle and the fillies went toe-to-toe as they reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26.2. In the stretch, Stubborn Belle turned aside the favourite and trotted away by two lengths to win the first division in a stakes and career best 1:54.2. Spirit To Win held on for second, while Summer Jewel took the show spot. Speak To Me recovered to finish up her mile strong and pick up a fourth place cheque. Trained by John Bax for owners Al Libfeld and Parkhill Stud Farm, Stubborn Belle was bought as a yearling at Harrisburg for $85,000. Stubborn Belle has had success on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season and has now won three times in six career starts for earnings of over $108,000. She paid $9.70 to win. Stubborn Belle In the second division, Danielle Hall cut the mile and showed a lot of heart to win in 1:55.1. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe - Debbie Hall, Danielle Hall was sent to the lead by driver Jody Jamieson, while Lock Down Lindy, the 1/2 favourite, got away in seventh. As the field reached the half, Southwind Champane was brought off the pylons from fourth allowing Lock Down Lindy to pick up cover second over. In the third-quarter, Southwind Champane challenged Danielle Hall, while Smexi sat in the two-hole and Lock Down Lindy gapped her cover a bit. In the stretch, Danielle Hall put away Southwind Champane, allowing Smexi to come out of the two-hole to take a challenge at the leader. Lock Down Lindy made a bid on the far outside, while Smokinmombo came up the rail to make it a close four horse finish. At the wire, Danielle Hall held off Smexi by a neck in 1:55.1, while Lock Down Lindy and Smokinmombo finished third and fourth respectively by three-quarters of a length. Carl Jamieson trains and co-owns Danielle Hall with Winnipeg Racing. Danielle Hall sold for $21,000 at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and has now won five times in six career starts. Three of her five victories have been in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold events. The winner's share of the $84,871 purse increases Danielle Hall's earnings to over $179,000. The clocking of 1:55.1 was also a new career mark. She paid $9.80 to win. Danielle Hall The final division went to Jolene Jolene and David Miller. A daughter of Muscle Hill - Celebrity Speedie, Jolene Jolene, the 1/2 favourite, got away third and made a quick move to the lead in the second quarter. After posting a half-mile time of :58.1 and a three-quarter time of 1:27., the two-year-old filly trotted strong down the lane under a hand drive from Miller to win by three lengths in 1:55.1. Juanitas Fury finished second, while Dynamite Dame was third. Trained by Jonas Czernyson for owner William Joseph Donovan, Jolene Jolene was entering the Champlain Stakes off a victory in the Tompkins Stakes at Tioga. Jolene Jolene was purchased for $87,000 last fall at Harrisburg and has now won two times in five career starts. She has never finished off the board and has earnings of over $151,000. She paid $3.10 to win. Jolene Jolene Grand Circuit action continues tomorrow night at Mohawk with two divisions of the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old trotters and two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotting fillies. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

This Week: Canadian Pacing Derby final, Metro final, She's A Great Lady final, Champlain Stakes and Simcoe Stakes, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario; Zweig Memorial, Zweig Memorial Filly and Crawford Farms Trot, Vernon Downs, Vernon, N.Y.; and Cane Pace, Shady Daisy and Miss Versatility, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action kicks off on Thursday (Aug. 28) at Mohawk Racetrack with three divisions in the C$253,114 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old filly trotters. The Friday (Aug. 29) card at Mohawk features two divisions in the C$249,242 Champlain Stakes for 2-year-old colt trotters and two divisions in the C$209,189 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly trotters. The big Saturday (Aug. 30) program is highlighted by the C$667,000 Metro final for 2-year-old colt pacers, the C$634,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final for open pacers, the C$480,000 She's A Great Lady final for 2-year-old filly pacers, the C$218,076 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$207,689 Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action will take place at Vernon Downs on Friday night (Aug. 29) with the $340,000 Zweig Memorial main event and $60,000 consolation for 3-year-old male trotters, the $150,000 Zweig Memorial Filly for 3-year-old filly trotters and the $236,000 Crawford Farms Trot for older open trotters. On Monday (Sept. 1), Tioga Downs will host a trio of Grand Circuit events, led by the $437,325 Cane Pace, the first leg of the Pacing Triple Crown. Tioga will also feature the $125,000 (est.) Shady Daisy for 3-year-old filly pacers and the $40,000 (est.) fourth leg of the Miss Versatility for older trotting mares. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Mohawk races are available at this link. Last time: The Grand Circuit spotlight was on Mohawk Racetrack this past Saturday night with eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby, the Metro Pace and the She's A Great Lady. Sweet Lou was a 1:48.1 winner in his Canadian Pacing Derby elimination. Leaving no doubt as to his current superiority, Sweet Lou powered his way to victory in the first Canadian Pacing Derby elimination in preparation for this week's Canadian Pacing Derby final. With Ron Pierce simply a passenger, Sweet Lou, the prohibitive 1-9 choice, was initially tucked in third as Thinking Out Loud clocked the first quarter in a blistering :25, before blowing by the leader and taking the field to the half in :53.3. After opening a couple of lengths on his pursuers while reaching three-quarters in 1:22, Sweet Lou easily prevailed by one length in a stretch drive over the determined veteran Foiled Again, the world's richest pacer, and Domethatagain in 1:48.1. It was Sweet Lou's 10th consecutive win of the year on a 2014 resume which includes victories in the Dan Patch at Hoosier Park, U.S. Pacing Championship and William Haughton Memorial at the Meadowlands and the Ben Franklin at Pocono Downs. Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou, a 5-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser-Sweet Future, has banked more than $3 million, but has enjoyed more success this year than in past seasons, including his 2-year-old campaign in 2011 when he won 10 of 12 starts, capped by the Breeders Crown, and was named divisional champion. Clear Vision, with Brett Miller, nailed stablemate Bettor's Edge at the wire to take the second elimination. The top two finishers are both trained by Ron Burke. Bettor's Edge, the even money choice, had things all his own way for all but the final strides, cutting out leisurely fractions of :26.3, :56.2 and 1:24.3. But somehow Clear Vision, who finished second by a nose to A Rocknroll Dance in last year's Canadian Pacing Derby, came flying late from last for the nose win in a three-horse photo in 1:50.3. State Treasurer finished a neck behind the winner in third. It was only the fourth win in 19 starts this year for the 8-year-old gelded son of Western Hanover, but by doing so, he went over the $2 million mark in career earnings with his 27th lifetime victory. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, 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 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 826; 2. Tim Tetrick - 514; 3. Ron Pierce - 396.5; 4. David Miller - 369.5; 5. Brian Sears - 245. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,171.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 569; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 199; 5. Julie Miller - 180. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 258.6; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 231.1; 3. 3 Brothers Stable - 162; 4. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 5. Robert Key - 125. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Tioga Downs and Mohawk Racetrack. Tioga will host the Reynolds Memorial events for 2-year-old trotters. Mohawk will offer the Simcoe Stakes for 3-year-old colt pacers, Champlain Stakes races for 2-year-old colt and filly pacers and eliminations for the Canadian Trotting Classic and Elegantimage for 3-year-olds and William Wellwood and Peaceful Way for 2-year-olds. by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit  

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