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The much anticipated harness racing match up between State Treasurer and Wiggle It Jiggleit developed around the final turn Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack, but neither horse came away with a victory. Nickle Bag spoiled the Horse of the Year showdown with his 10th victory of the season in Saturday's seven-horse $34,000 Preferred. State Treasurer showed good early speed and cleared to the front ahead of Nickle Bag heading into the first turn. The 2015 Canadian Horse of the Year posted opening-fractions of :26.2 and :55. Wiggle It Jiggleit left alertly, but was quickly dropped into fourth by driver Montrell Teague. The 2015 U.S. Horse of the Year got his cue to charge first up heading into the final turn. State Treasurer and Wiggle It Jiggleit went toe-to-toe by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.4, but waiting patiently in behind the superstars was Nickle Bag and driver Trevor Henry. Wiggle It Jiggleit wrestled the lead away from State Treasurer and had a few lengths on Nickle Bag with an eighth of a mile to go, but the classy veteran tracked down the Teague stable star to win the Preferred by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.1. State Treasurer battled hard to finish third. A six-year-old gelded son of Rocknroll Hanover, Nickle Bag scored his eighth Preferred victory of the season Saturday. The Bill Robinson trainee has now won two of his last three starts to improve his overall 2016 record to 10 wins from 16 starts. Nickle Bag has earned $184,860 in 2016 for owners Linda and Harry Loyens. His latest Preferred victory gives him 29 career wins and pushes his career earnings over $640,000. Nickle Bag paid $14.90 to win. Nickle Bag Wiggle It Jiggleit's second-place finish was just his sixth loss in 33 career starts and trainer Clyde Francis admitted he was disappointed. "We thought he would race a little better than he did," said Francis. "He didn't look as good as he did when we trained him the other day. I hope there is not much to it." Francis indicated that Wiggle It Jiggleit never really found comfort during the course of Saturday's race and at moments appeared to be close to going off stride. "He's always had a little funny way of going, but he was worse tonight." Wiggle It Jiggleit's next start is just a week away in the Confederation Cup on Sunday, May 15 at Flamboro Downs. Francis has full confidence the 2015 U.S Horse of the Year will bounce back. "You just back up and regroup and try to find out what the problem is." Wiggle It Jiggleit last start at Mohawk before Saturday's contest was a second-place finish in last year's Pepsi North America Cup. Also on Saturday, War N Munn recorded the WEG Series hat-trick with a huge performance in The Diplomat final. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings battled in the $57,600 Diplomat final and it was action packed from start to finish. Dreamfair Mesa fired out from the middle of the gate to grab command and post a hot opening-quarter of :25.3. Several rivals began to charge up on the outside in the second-quarter, including the 1/5 favourite Gerries Sport. Dreamfair Mesa surrendered the lead to Worthy Art moments after posting a half-mile time of :54.3. Gerries Sport and Sylvain Filion were left first-over, while War N Munn, who had yet to see the pylons after leaving from post-nine, sat second-over. Gerries Sport took a narrow lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:22. The heavy-favourite tried to seal the deal in the stretch, but War N Munn and driver Jonathan Drury fired off cover and grabbed the lead midway down the lane. War N Munn finished the job in a career-best 1:50.2 for a two-length victory over Shocking Image and Worthy Art. Gerries Sport dropped back to finish fourth. Trained by Carmen Auciello, War N Munn turned in a massive parked-out effort for his sixth win in 10 starts this season. The three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal has now scored victories in The Count B, Youthful and The Diplomat Series finals this season. "He shows up every night," said Auciello following the victory. "I knew tonight was going to be tough with the nine-hole, but J.D. (Jonathan Drury) couldn't have done a better job at working out a trip." War N Munn pushed his seasonal earnings over the $100,000 mark with the victory for owner George Munniksma. The sophomore pacer now has career totals of eight victories and earnings exceeding $148,000. War N Munn paid $11.50 to win. War N Munn Pacing fillies and mares also shared the spotlight on Saturday night. Chris Matthews trainee Lay Lady Lay went gate-to-wire to win the $57,400 Princess Series final for three-year-old fillies in 1:54. Doug McNair guided the daughter of Up The Credit to her first win in three starts this season. Lay Lady Lay is owned by 1posse2steves3brothersstb of Guelph, Ontario. She paid $5.60 to win. Lay Lady Lay Waasmula posted the fastest mile of the night in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred. The Bruce Goit trainee stopped the clock in 1:49.3 for her fifth win of the season. Driven by Trevor Henry, Wassmula has now recorded victories in three of her last four starts. She has banked $88,240 this season for owner Brent Vincent. Waasmula Henry finished the night with four driving victories. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 9 - J Js Delivery brought his 'A' game Saturday night to Mohawk Racetrack to win a harness racing action-packed final of The Diplomat. A field of nine three-year-old pacing colts and geldings clashed Saturday evening for the $60,000 final of The Diplomat series. Fresh off a victory in leg two, The Wayfaring Man was sent off as the 4/5 favourite, while leg one winner J Js Delivery was the second choice at 5/2. J Js Delivery and James MacDonald were the quickest off the gate and sprinted to the opening-quarter in a speedy :26.2. The Wayfaring Man and Jack Moiseyev wasted no time moving from fifth in the second-quarter to challenge the leader. The pace was hot down the backstretch and The Wayfaring Man did not clear by J Js Delivery until reaching the half in :54.3. The public's choice kept the speed going by pacing a :27.4 third-quarter to get the field down to that station in 1:22.2. In the stretch, J Js Delivery came off the rail for MacDonald to tango with The Wayfaring Man. The two favourites went toe-to-toe down the lane, but J Js Delivery had just a bit more fight and was able to edge by The Wayfaring Man to win in a career-best 1:50.1. The Wayfaring Man finished a game second and was beat by a length and a quarter. American Rock finished third, while Good Friday Three was fourth. J Js Delivery is trained Dave Menary for Robert Hamather and was the only horse in that final that did not race in the second leg. Following the race, MacDonald said he wanted to be near the front. "He's got a lot of speed and I just wanted to get him up close," said MacDonald. "I thought if I could cut it he would be good or if I could find a good hole." A son of Jeremes Jet, J Js Delivery now has four wins from six starts this season. Saturday's victory was the sixth of his career and pushes his career earnings to $98,686. J Js Delivery paid $7.90 to win. J Js Delivery In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Cast No Shadow comes up big in Princess final Cast No Shadow turned in a stakes record performance to win the $59,600 Princess Series final Saturday night at Mohawk. A field of six three-year-old pacing fillies lined up to contest the Princess final and on paper it appeared to be a three-horse race between leg one winner Moonlit Dance, leg two winner Maplelea and Cast No Shadow. The top three fillies on paper were the top three fillies Saturday night. Moonlit Dance made a move from second to overtake the lead in the second-quarter, but was quickly confronted by Cast No Shadow and Chris Christoforou from third. Cast No Shadow cleared to the front just after the midway point of :55.2. Around the final turn, Maplelea came first up from fifth to situate the top three fillies in the top three spots at the three-quarter pole in 1:23.2. In the stretch, Cast No Shadow was able to put away the pressure from her rivals and paced on to a 1 ¾ length victory in a stakes record clocking of 1:50.4. Moonlit Dance was able to battle by Maplelea on the inside to finish second. "I wanted to be in control coming around the last turn because I wanted to get away from Rick's (Zeron) filly, Maplelea," said Christoforou following the race. "She can sprint so fast, so when I heard them come he was about two or three lengths behind on the turn and I just pulled the trigger and hoped I could hold on." A daughter of Shadow Play, Cast No Shadow is trained by Nick Gallucci for owner Millard Adams and now has a 2015 record of six wins from eight starts. The Princess Series final victory pushes her bankroll over $80,000. Cast No Shadow returned $5.90 to win. Cast No Shadow In order to be eligible to the Princess Series, the three-year-old pacing fillies had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, May 2 - The Wayfaring Man and Star Cover scored round two harness racing victories in The Diplomat series Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A total of 12 three-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into two $20,000 divisions for the second leg of the three-week Diplomat series. J Js Delivery, the winner of leg one, did not enter round two leaving the door open for some fresh blood to get on the scoreboard. In the first division, Pepsi North America Cup eligible The Wayfaring Man used a solid :26.4 final-quarter to get his first victory of the season. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, The Wayfaring Man made a second-quarter brush to the lead from fourth and reached the half in :56.2. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:25, The Wayfaring Man hit his best stride in the lane to cruise home and win by 2 ½ lengths in a career-best 1:51.4. Nobettorplacetobe, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Good Friday Three, another Pepsi North America Cup eligible, finished third. A son of Dragon Again, The Wayfaring Man is trained by Nicky Comegna and owned by Bruno Comegna. The sophomore pacing colt finished fourth in his season debut last week and now sports a career record of three wins from nine starts. The Wayfaring Man's career bankroll now exceeds $61,000. The Comegna trainee returned $3.80 to win. In the second division, Star Cover came out on top of a stretch duel with Dialamara in 1:52.1. Dialamara flashed early speed to take the lead, while Star Cover and driver Doug McNair took a seat in the two-hole. Those two pacers would sit one-two through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25. Star Cover popped the pocket coming off the final turn to engage in a battle with the leader. Dialamara was game along this inside, but Star Cover had just a bit more and edge by in deep stretch to prevail by a neck. Windsong Lightning finished just a length back in third. A son of Royal Mattjesty, Star Cover is co-owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh. The sophomore pacing colt finished third in his season debut in last week's first leg. Star Cover now has four wins from 12 career starts and earnings of over $60,000 for owners MacIntosh, Stuart McIntosh and Brett Authier. The clocking of 1:52.1 established a new career-mark for the three-year-old pacer. Star Cover paid $6.90 to win. In order to be eligible to The Diplomat, the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings had to be non-winners of $100,000 in 2014. The final of The Diplomat will take place next Saturday (May 9) and will be contested for a purse of $60,000. Mark McKelvie

With a  total of 23 three-year-olds competing this Saturday in three $75,000 divisions of the Somebeachsomewhere plus the $159,000 and $178,000 finals of the SBOA Stakes for three-year-old pacing and trotting filly respectively, Mohawk Racetrack has a star-studded lineup for harness racing fans.. These will be the final tune-ups for the pacing colts and gelding heading towards the eliminations of the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup, set for Saturday June 7 with the final on June 14. The first division boasts multiple-sub-1:50 performer JK Endofanera (PP6, Brian Sears, and the 2013 Breeders Crown champ Luck Be Withyou (PP7, Ron Pierce). The second division features The Diplomat winner Somewhere In L A (PP2, Steve Condren, who is not N.A. Cup-eligible) and the horse that last beat him, Somestarsomewhere (PP7, Brian Sears) After his first lifetime loss last weekend, Hes Watching (PP5, Jody Jamieson) looks to atone for that loss against seven rivals, most notable 2013 Metro winner Boomboom Ballykeel (PP3, Sylvain Filion) and 2013 OSS Super Final winner Bugger Bruiser (PP7, Anthony MacDonald). Also in the limelight this year is Let's Drink On It (PP6) who has two straight impressive victories already this season. The Somebeachsomewhere divisions will go off as races 3, 8 and 10 on Saturday with a first race post time of 7:25 p.m. The colt pacers share the Saturday spotlight with finals of the SBOA Stakes for fillies. The sophomore pacers go for $159,287 in Race 2, while the trotting lasses will compete for a $178,287 prize in Race 5. Somebeachsomewhere - Division 1 1. Marco De Vie 2. Three Of Clubs 3. Play It Again Sam 4. Somewhere Fancy 5. Falcon Justice 6. JK Endofanera 7. Luck Be Withyou Somebeachsomewhere - Division 2 1. Here Comes William 2. Somewhere In L A 3. McWicked 4. Always B Miki 5. Silverhill Shadow 6. Roger Mach Em 7. Somestarsomewhere 8. Capital Account Somebeachsomewhere - Division 3 1. Melmerby Beach 2. Jet Airway 3. Boomboom Ballykeel 4. Thats My Opinion 5. Hes Watching 6. Lets Drink On It 7. Bugger Bruiser 8. Surprise Hanover by Steve Wolf, for

The stake season shifts into high gear with Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action at both Pocono Downs and the Meadows Racetrack this Saturday, May 17th.  Eleven North America Cup eligibles will be in action in four divisions of  three-year-old pacing colts at Pocono Downs, with $266,252 in purses. Shake It Cerry, last year's Dan Patch Award winning Two-Year-Old Filly Trotter of the Year, makes her three-year-old debut with two divisions of three-year-old trotting fillies in action for $199,400 at the Meadows Racetrack. The three-year-old colts will feature the eleven North America Cup eligibles highlighted by Somestarsomewhere, Sometimes Said, Tellitlikeitis, Limelight Beach, Let's Drink On It,  and McWicked.    The first division features the Jim Campbell trained Sometimes Said driven by his brother John. Something Said paced a final half in :53.2 on the end of a 151 mile on May 6 at Pocono. Sometimes Said was second losing only by a neck in last year's Breeders Crown final. He banked close to $300,000 in 10 starts in 2013.   The first division also has Jimmy Takter's Tellitlikeitis. The Well Said pacer showed he is going to have a big year with an amazing 1:50.1 qualifying mile, last quarter in a crazy 25.2, at the Meadowlands on May 10. Limelight Beach comes in off a solid sophomore year with six wins in 10 starts, highlighted by two grand circuit victories in Lexington and a 149.4 mark at the Red Mile.   The third division features four North America Cup eligibles in Somestarsomewhere, Here Comes William, Avalanche Hanover, and Parnu Hanover. Ron Burke's Somestarsomewhere was third in the Breeders Crown final last year. His two-year-old campaign was highlighted by a 1:49.4 mile victory in the Breeders Crown elims and a 1:49.2 World Record mark at the Red Mile.   The third division also features Bob Mcintosh's Somewhere in L A. Somewhere In L A comes into the race fresh off a victory over early sensation National Debt in the Diplomat at Woodbine. North America Cup eligibles Parnu Hanover, Here Comes William, and Avalanche Hanover round out the third division.   The forth division features several outstanding colts. The race has four North America Cup eligibles in Let's Drink On It, McWicked, Somewhere Fancy, and Sweet Talkin Clyde.   The forth division also features John Butenscheon's Allstar Partner. Allstar Partner won last season’s Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship for two-year-old male pacers on his way to earning $282,454 for owners VIP Internet Stable and Michael Foti. He was victorious in seven of ten races, including divisions of the Historic-Goshen Cup and Arden Downs, while making all of his starts in Pennsylvania.   McWicked comes into the race for Casie Coleman fresh off a convincing victory over older horses in 1:51 at Pocono on May 11th. Let's Drink On It was victorious in last year's American National at Balmoral and comes in fresh off a 1:50.3 score at Hoosier Park. Tyler Smith jets in from the midwest to drive.   Rounding out the forth division is early sensation Fire In The Belly. Lightly raced at age two, he has six victories in eight starts in 2014. He has been racing against quality older pacers in all his starts and has a 150.4 mark on the year at Dover Downs   The Meadows Racetrack features three-year-trotting fillies in two divisions for $199,400. Last year's champion filly makes her three-year-old debut for trainer Jimmy Takter from post seven in the second division. Shake It Cerry will be driven by Ron Pierce for Solveig's Racing Partners ownership group, captured eight of 11 starts and earned $827,769. Her victories included the Breeders Crown for two-year-old filly trotters, Goldsmith Maid, and Merrie Annabelle.   Shake It Cerry will be tested by Julie Miller's Take The Money and Harley Momma. Take The Money comes into the race with five victories in six starts on the year. She was parked to the half before clearing to the lead in her last start, losing by a nose at the wire to Harley Momma. Take the Money won three divisions of the Weiss Series at Pocono Downs in easy fashion earlier this year.   Harley Momma comes into the race with three victories in four starts for the year. She was victorious over Take the Money in the first Pennsylavnia Sire Stakes race of the year on May 8th at Harrah's Chester. She has already banked $51,000 in purses.   The first division of trotting fillies features another outstanding trotter trained by Jimmy Takter, Lifetime Pursuit. Lifetime Pursuit was a winner of six races in eleven starts in her two-year-old campaign. She finished second to Shake It Cerry in last year's Breeders Crown elims for two-year-old trotting fillies. She will need to mind her manners having made a break in last year's Breeders Crown final.   Competition in the first division should come from Steppin Out, Nitro Nittany, and Global Magic. Nitro Nittany steps up in class fresh off a 155.1 victory in the Stallion Series on May 17th at Harrah's Chester.  Steppin Out is coming into the race off a victory in Pennsylvania Sire Stakes action on May 8th at Harrah's Chester. Global Magic showed some talent banking over $75,000 last year.   Pocono Downs Race 1 Sometimes Said is coming in off a big mile with a 53.2 second half. The Breeders Crown runner up is in with two tough customers. Tellitlikeis comes in off a monster qualifier at the Big M 1:50.1, last quarter in 25.2. Limelight Beach had a stellar two-year-old season. He should be better in second start. Race 4 Maxi Bon is hit or miss. He has a outstanding mile at the Big M on May 3rd, in 1:49.4. He didn't mind his manners in his last start and made a break. Cammikey comes in with a five-race race winning streak at the Meadows. At Press Time will battle for the show money. Race 6 Somestarsomewhere is the class horse in here. He showed his talent last year in the Breeders Crown. He comes in off a second place finish to Tellitlikeitis in qualifier. Somewhere In L A looks like an improving colt.  He has sharp come from behind win in Diplomat at Woodbine. Parnu Hanover chased Sometimes Said in  his last race. Race 8 This is the most interesting race on the card. McWicked came from off the pace to win impressively over the front favoring Pocono oval. Allstar Partner faded in last against a monster performance by Jk Endofanera. Fire In The Belly has been racing against some quality older horses. He is race ready with eight starts already. Let's Drink On it comes in off a huge win at Hoosier in 1:50.1. Tyler Smith comes in to drive.   The Meadows Race 4 The only question is can Lifetime Pursuit stay flat. She is by far the best in the weaker division if she minds her manners. Nitro Nittany is six for seven lifetime. She steps up in class with easy win in stallion series. Global Magic showed some talent at two in winning over $75,000. Race 8 The queen continues to wear her crown. Shake it Cerry takes home the jewels despite starting from the outside. Take The Money and Harley Momma should battle it out for second. Take The Money had a bad trip in last against Harley Momma. Harley Momma gets third.   by Brian McEvoy, for

WILKES-BARRE PA - Harness racing's "glamour division," the three-year-old pacing colts, will open the 2014 Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs Pennsylvania Sire Stakes season this Saturday night, with four divisions of sophomores contesting the $266,252 event. Captaintreacherous, 2013's Pacer of the Year, opened his 3YO campaign in this same event 52 weeks ago with a victory, and many of this year's stars in the sophomore colt pacing crop will be seeing early-season action this Saturday at the lightning-fast mountain oval. The first division opens the evening's 15-race card, with Sometimes Said accorded 5-2 early favoritism starting from post two for Hall of Fame driver John Campbell (who must think a lot of the colt trained by his brother Jim, since this is his only Pocono drive of the night; he'll head right to The Meadowlands afterwards for other stakes competition). Sometimes Said was first or second in 8 of 10 freshman starts, including seconds in his PA Sires Championship and the Breeders Crown, and he started his 2014 campaign in very photogenic style with a 1:51 / 53.2 / 26.2 front-end triumph at Pocono last week. Also highly-regarded in the first cut are Tellitlikeitis (3-1, post four, driver Brett Miller), debuting in 2014 for the all-conquering Jimmy Takter barn after a devastating 1:50.1 qualifier in which he paced his own last quarter in 25.2, and Limelight Beach (7-2, post six, David Miller), a double winner in Grand Circuit action at Lexington last year. Race 4 will gather the PA colts for the second time, with the early 5-2 chalk being Maxi Bon (post four, driver Dave Palone). Maxi Bon is a late-developing colt, but he showed his promise by winning his seasonal debut in 1:49.4 despite being parked to the half. Cammikey (3-1, post one, Brain Zendt) seems the major danger here after opening his 2014 campaign with five victories, including a 1:51.1 / 26.4 triumph at The Meadows last start. Race 6's third cut finds the early pick to be Somestarsomewhere, at 5-2 from post six for the top team of trainer Ron Burke and driver Matt Kakaley. Somestarsomewhere set a world record of 1:49.4f for 2PC in his Breeders Crown elim last year, then was third in the Crown Championship. This will be his seasonal debut off of three qualifiers. Rated next 3-1 is Somewhere in L A (post four, driver Mark MacDonald, fresh off a win in the Diplomat Series Championship at Woodbine. Race 8 rounds out the Sire Stakes action, with McWicked the 5-2 choice off a McWicked 2014 debut at Pocono last Sunday, overcoming post nine and an overland trip to tally in 1:51. Simon Allard will have the sulky duty from post six. Allstar Partner is rated next at 3-1 for driver George Napolitano Jr., but last year's PA Sire Stakes champ for this division will have to overcome the outside post eight. Also on the Pocono card is a super $25,000 Preferred handicap pace, featuring the likes of Dancin Yankee, winner of the Van Rose Memorial here in 1:49 on a good track on Kentucky Derby Day; Emeritus Maximus, gritty as he can be taking last week's feature here; and Clear Vision, winner of the Levy Consolation. Post time for the 15-race card at Pocono on Saturday is slotted for 6:30, though that may be delayed a few minutes dependent on a thoroughbred race in Baltimore immediately previously. From the PHHA for Pocono Downs

TORONTO, May 10 - Woodbine Racetrack played host to a pair of stakes events on Saturday evening featuring sophomore pacers. After handing National Debt his first career loss last week, Somewhere In L A proved that effort was no fluke as he captured Saturday's $59,800 final of The Diplomat Series. A pair of Hall of Famers, Steve Condren and Bob McIntosh, teamed up with the pacer to capture the event in 1:51.4. Condren guided the son of Somebeachsomewhere to command before the opening station in :26.1 with Silverhill Shadow (Jody Jamieson) In The Pocket. Heading towards the half, Silverhill Shadow pocket-pulled and cleared to lead past the half in :54.4 and three-quarters in 1:23. Heavily-favoured National Debt, who was rough-gaited and made a break in the early stages, was the first-over attacker around the final turn. Turning for home, Silverhill Shadow put away National Debt, but couldn't fend off a late rally from pocket-sitter Somewhere In L A. Big Surf (Jonathan Drury) finished third. National Debt faded to seventh. Trained and co-owned by McIntosh along with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings, Somewhere In L A celebrated his biggest payday as his bankroll now sits at $115,792. The bay has crafted a 2-0-1 record from three starts this season.He paid $8.60 as the third choice. The Diplomat Series was for three-year-olds, who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013. Rock N Roll Xample, driven by James MacDonald, redeemed herself after faltering last week with a 1:51.4 performance to take the $59,200 Princess Series final. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Bahama Blue (Jody Jamieson) laid down panels of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24. Turning for home, Rock N Roll Xample angled to the outside and marched past the tempo-setter en route to victory. Take That Hanover (Mike Saftic) came on for second, over Bahama Blue. Trained by Shawn Robinson for owner/breeder Robert Hamather, Rock N Roll Xample celebrated her ninth win of the season as her lifetime earnings increased to $128,690. The talented lass has amassed a 9-3-1 record from 15 starts this season. She paid $5.00 to win. The Princess Series was for three-year-old fillies, who were non-winners of $100,000 in 2013. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

Last week we had five chalk winners out of nine races and lost money. Go figure…This week we have high octane trotters and pacers going at it at the Meadowlands Saturday in the eliminations for the Cutler Series FFA Trot and the TVG FFA Pace which headlines the action. Also the Diplomat and Princess Series Finals at Woodbine and even a trip to Ohio for the opening weekend Open Pace. Good Luck! $59,800 Final Diplomat Pacing Series Woodbine 3rd race SATURDAY –Last week in the second preliminary round, National Debt came up short in the stretch but still held for second place. Hopefully whatever was wrong is fixed now and he should return with a vengeance to take the final. Use Somewhere In L A and Silverhill Shadow in exotic plays. $17,500 Open Pace Scioto Downs 6th race SATURDAY – In this race is one of the few horses to have beaten Captaintreacherous last season. Dedi’s Dragon has not really come alive after four this season for the Ron Burke Stable and I expect him to really “wake up” against this field. Use Beach Memories and Twilight Bonfire in exotic plays. $38,000 Open Handicap Pace Yonkers Raceway 6th race SATURDAY – This race, despite the short field, could develop into a really good race. P H Supercam has been living up to his name as of late and is coming off winning the $567,000 Levy Final two weeks ago. But I think the call in here goes to Take It Back Terry who has also been sharp but on the front end and in control of the race. I see him coming right back again and wiring the field. Use P H Supercam and Statesman N in exotic plays. $40,000 Arthur Cutler Memorial Trot Prelim Meadowlands 6th race – Everyone in this field is a strong contender except Americash Express (why pay to race her in this series when you have no shot in hell of getting a check?). Have to stick by Modern Family who has done me right for four straight starts. This guy could develop into on the top trotters in racing at the rate he is going, winning first-over, on the lead or racing off the helmet. Use DW’s NY Yank and Sebastian K in exotic plays. $50,000 TVG FFA Championship Pace Meadowlands 7th race – This could well be the top race of the weekend action wise. I hemmed and hawed over the three-horse Burke entry or the return of Bold The Duer. The Burke Stable has Foiled Again, Sweet Lou and Bettor’s Edge. But last season Bolt the Duer was super fast and strong throughout the season and he has three strong qualifying wins to show he is ready to take on anyone and thus I am going with Bolt The Duer. Use the Burke entry and Thinking Out Loud in exotic plays. $59,200 Final Princesses Pacing Series Woodbine 7th race SATURDAY – It looks like the draw for the final really favored the favorites and posts 7 to 10 are all the 15-1 and 20-1 long shots in the race. Rock N Roll Xample has been super with 8 wins in 14 starts already this year. She looms are this field and rightly so. Only question is if she can wire the field one more time and get away with it. Use take That Hanover and Bahama Blue in exotic plays. $34,000 Preferred Pace Woodbine 10th race SATURDAY --- Half million dollar winner last year, Lucan Hanover, makes his four-year-old debut for trainer Casie  Coleman off of two strong qualifiers and should be ready to take on this local group of pacers. Use State Treasurer and Dapper Dube in exotic plays. $40,000 Cutler Memorial Trot Preliminary Meadowlands 11th race – It’s the debut of world champion and $3 million winner Market Share, who last week won his qualifying race in 1:52.3 and seems to be ready for action. It will not be a cakewalk against some of the best trotters in the country but I think he is primed and ready to get the job done. Use Sevruga and Quick Deal in exotic plays.

TORONTO, May 3 - National Debt, who has captured all seven of his career starts, tasted defeat Saturday evening at Woodbine in the lone $20,000 division of The Diplomat Series. The defeat came courtesy of 30-1 shot Somewhere In L A and Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren. The Pepsi North America Cup eligible National Debt (Sylvain Filion) attempted to lead gate-to-wire as the son of Allamerican Native carved out fractions of :28, :56.3 and 1:25, but he was collared in the final stages of the mile. Somewhere In L A was sitting third-over turning for home, before Condren showed his pupil open road and Somewhere In L A brushed past the tempo-setter in deep stretch to score the win in 1:54.3. National Debt finished second as the 1/9 favourite, over Prince Clyde (Keith Oliver). "My guess is that National Debt was off his game," Condren quickly said following the win. "That's a pretty strong head wind out there tonight and he was on the lead. I didn't angle off cover with my horse until late because of that and he responded. It's just his second start back this season and he's certainly going in the right direction." Trained and co-owned by Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh along with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc, Somewhere In L A enjoyed his first win of the season from two starts as his bankroll now sits at $85,892. The son of Somebeachsomewhere paid $64.10. by Greg Gangle, for WEG.

TORONTO, April 26 - West Side Story, driven by Chris Christoforou, stormed home to win the $43,000 final of the Don Mills Series on Saturday evening at Woodbine. After capturing his division in the opening round of the series, the Per Henriksen trainee scored back-to-back wins and his fifth tally of the year. Mego Moss (James MacDonald) was quickly marched to the front well before the opening quarter in a quick :26.4 with post time favourite Hldontghttoyurdrms (Jonathan Drury) sitting In The Pocket. As the talented trotters headed towards the half, Crosbys Clam Bake (Paul Macdonell) was still parked on the outside, but would cross over to the position of command before the half in :55.4. West Side Story was on the outside in the backfield and was able to catch live cover as Hldontghttoyurdrms heading to the outside before three-quarters. Crosbys Clam Bake opened up on his rivals at three-quarters in 1:24, but West Side Story angled off cover at the top of the stretch and used his patented closing kick to wear down Crosbys Clam Bake to win by two and a half lengths. Hldontghttoyurdrms stayed for third. Owned by Steve Organ and Asa Farm, West Side Story celebrated his biggest payday of his career as his bankroll now sits at $140,157. The four-year-old son of Conway Hall enjoyed his 11th career tally and now has a 5-2-0 record from eight starts this season. He paid $8.30 to win. Henriksen confirmed that West Side Story and stablemate Frisky Magic will head to France to compete overseas. Earlier on the card, the undefeated National Debt extended his win streak to seven as he cruised to victory in the lone $20,000 division of The Diplomat Series. Driven by Sylvain Filion, the heavily-favoured son of Allamerican Native led from start-to-finish through panels of :27, :55.4 and 1:24.3, before coasting to victory in 1:52.2 Roget Mach Em (Jack Moiseyev) finished second, with Somewhere In L A (Steve Condren) third. National Debt, who recently entered the Bob Young stable from previous trainer Ron Coyne, is owned by Kelly Hoerdt, Blair and Erna Corbeil and J and T Silva Stables LLC. "That's exactly what we wanted to see tonight," Young said following the race. "He went to the lead, got a nice second quarter breather and brushed home strong. He looked well within himself at the wire and we couldn't ask for more." The bay increased his bankroll to $70,750, while returning $3 to his backers. National Debt remains eligible to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup scheduled for June 14 at Mohawk Racetrack. The Diplomat series is for three-year-olds, who are non-winners of $100,000 in 2013. The second $20,000 leg of the series will take place on Saturday, May 3, with the $50,000 (added) final on Saturday, May 10. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

National Debt has been an early three-year-old sensation in harness racing this season.   He was a relatively unknown horse going undefeated in winning all four lifetime starts in Alberta Canada until winning the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour Memorial at the Meadowlands in 1:50.3 more than a month ago. The Buddy Gilmour Memorial was the first major test for the three-year-old pacing colts in 2014. National Debt brings a resume of being the fastest pacing colt in Alberta Downs history, in 153.3.   National Debt now shows six lifetime starts on his program. But, National Debt's last race will be 49 days ago when he puts his nose on the starting gate this Saturday in the first leg of the Diplomat Series at Woodbine. Does the betting public know how fit and ready National Debt is to race? Is he ready to win the race?   National Debt recently shipped north to Canada from the USA. and into the care of Bob Young. He had been trained in United States by Ron Coyne. He has been trained by Bob Young for the last month in Canada.   "We were going to qualify him but we were told that he is still eligible by date," Coyne said. "We schooled him twice. It was better than a qualifier. The qualifier he would have been in went in 1:55 and a piece. We went a lot faster than that. They called us and told us that he was still eligible by date, whatever it is, forty five or forty six days between starts. We didn't need to qualify.  We are fine. We didn't need to put a line on there. Sylvain Filion went with him and everything is good.   "The Diplomat is really a prep race," Coyne said. " He continues to get his legs under him and more seasoning. There are two legs and a final. This is a springboard  toward the major races he has coming up. He has the Somebeachsomewhere and the North America Cup in Canada, and then he comes back to the states for the Meadowlands Pace."   "I have had National Debt for about a month," Young said. "After the Gilmour he was turned out for a week with Ron Coyne. Ron trained him a couple times before he came to me. Ron and myself talk a couple times a week. We put a schedule together for him that would suit the Diplomat. The horse is healthy, he ate well, and his blood had come back perfect.   "He trained and we schooled him once at Woodbine." Young stated. "He schooled last Friday at Mohawk. He has been very good. We are very happy with him. There is no doubt in my mind, I don't think the horse is short at all. I am sure he is ready. I've trained horses here in Canada for a lot of years. When my horses go to the races they are ready to race!   "When we schooled him last, I told the driver to go in 1:55 with him." Young said. " The driver said he went a little faster with him.  He said you can fire me Bob. He showed me his watch. He said he went strong. He was well within himself and when he came back to the paddock he wouldn't blow out a match. Sylvain Filion has been on him for the schooling. He's been on him three times already."   What will the betting public see when they look at the program on Saturday? The public will see a last race line of 49 days ago. What has the horse done for the last 49 days? It is evident that the trainers did the right thing with getting National Debt ready for the Diplomat. But did the officials do the right thing?   The public will not have access to all this information unless they read this article. They will only see a gap of forty nine days between races. They will have to wonder if National Debt is ready to win and should we put our hard earned money down on him? It would have been really nice if the race officials had demanded an official workout that would be shown in the race program for the betting public.   By Brian McEvoy, for

TORONTO, April 24 - The undefeated National Debt will no doubt get the bulk of attention from the betting public on Saturday evening when he contests the lone division of The Diplomat Series. The son of Allamerican Native-Our Inheritance remains a perfect six-for-six in his career and is fresh off an eye catching 1:50.3 winning effort in the $60,500 Buddy Gilmour Memorial at The Meadowlands on March 8. The career winner of $60,750 in earnings recently shipped north to Canada from the US and into the care of veteran conditioner Bob Young from previous trainer Ron Coyne. "I've had him roughly a month today (Wednesday)," Young said. "He's trained once at Woodbine and schooled twice and it's all systems go for Saturday. He's had a really good month and settled in well." The youngster was a $17,000 yearling purchase for Kelly Hoerdt and Blair and Erna Corbeil of Edmonton. After going a perfect four-for-four last year in Alberta, Hoerdt and Corbeil elected to send their stable star to Ron Coyne in New Jersey at the start of this season to prepare for the Buddy Gilmour Memorial series at The Meadowlands. Prior to the series sweep, Jerry and Theresa Silva joined the ownership group following a private purchase. After his impressive victory in the rich final, National Debt was then sent to Young in Ontario to prepare for The Diplomat Series before aiming for the North America Cup. Although National Debt will make his first appearance on Ontario soil, it isn't the first time Young has laid eyes on the bay. "I saw him as a yearling after he was bought because he shipped to Mohawk then onto Edmonton to Kelly and Blair's," Young said. "I thought he looked a lot like his brother, Grin For Money ($476,632 - 1:49.4), but was a taller horse with more leg. Same type of head and stood well and very well built like his brother." After getting acquainted with the speedy pacer over this past month, Young admits that he likes what he sees in the North America Cup prospect. "He's very easy on himself and looked after himself very well," he said. "I wanted to train him this morning at 9 a.m., but he was sleeping so we waited for him to get up. That's just the type of horse he is. He's very laid back. "He gets over the ground very easy; he has a great attitude and is versatile," Young continued. "He doesn't need to be put on the front; he tracks cover really well and has a great kick to him." With the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup less than two months away, Young certainly has the June 14 date marked on his calendar. "It's a very exciting time of the year," Young said. "Piece Of The Rock was third in the North America Cup out of the 10-hole at 98-1 (2010 edition), so it just goes to show anything can happen in a race and that was a thrilling moment. To have a top horse like National Debt in the barn is really something special. All we can do is take it week-by-week and do out best to make sure he's at his best." "It said a lot about him when he won the Gilmour in (1):50," Young continued. "The question remains if he can go in (1):47 or (1):48 and be an elite three-year-old. We know he can go in (1):50 and hopefully there is another two seconds or so in him. Until he does it, we don't know." Following the North America Cup, National Debt will once again return to the US. "After The Diplomat he doesn't have anything to the Somebeachsomewhere then the North America Cup. After that he'll go back to Ronnie (Coyne) in the US and get ready for more stakes down there." National Debt will begin from post seven in the lone $20,000 division of The Diplomat in race three on Saturday evening. Sylvain Filion is scheduled to drive. The field will line up as follows: 1. Weather Hanover 2. Highland Tartan 3. Pop Pop Joe 4. Somewhere In L A 5. Roger Mach Em 6. Prince Clyde 7. National Debt 8. Account Rollover 9. Big Surf Also on Saturday, the $43,000 final of the Don Mills Series will take place in race seven. The field will line up as follows: 1. Its Payday Friday 2. Flight Of The Kiwi 3. Hldontghttoyurdrms 4. Crosbys Clam Bake 5. Our Mojo 6. Enough About You 7. West Side Story 8. Tough Mac 9. Mego Mossgal. by Greg Gangle, for WEG

TORONTO, April 12 - Dragon Seelster, a three-year-old son of Dragon Again, will seek his second career tally in Monday's $36,200 Youthful Series final at Woodbine. Trained and driven by Paul Macdonell, Dragon Seelster has had a credible to season to date in six appearances. The bay has crafted a 1-2-3 record this year along with $21,750 in earnings. "He's certainly been racing very well and most important is that he's been consistent," said MacDonell. "He's a beautiful horse to be around and he seems to be making a good showing of himself." The bay was a $19,000 yearling purchase for owner Dave Hudson along with former NHLer and head coach of the London Knights, Dale Hunter. Dallas Seelster, bred in Ontario by Seelster Farms, went winless as a rookie for previous trainer Charlie Norris while racing in Pennsylvania. He capped off his freshman campaign with $11,410 in earnings from five starts. This season, however, has been the turning point for the youngster. "I got him in February and to be honest, I wasn't sure what to expect from him," the Guelph resident said. "He's not the biggest horse and I wasn't sure how much speed was there. What I can say is that what he lacks in size, he makes up in determination. He's a gutsy horse and there's no quit in him." Heading into the final of the Youthful Series, MacDonell has his eye on a specific route for his pupil. "He's a trip kind of horse," he said. "He's better following horses and that's likely what's going to happen in the final. Post eight doesn't help us much either. Last week I put him on the front and he got a little lost." Following the Youthful Series, MacDonell will be getting his student ready for another up and coming series at the Rexdale oval. "The Diplomat begins in a couple of weeks, so that is What's Next for him," said MacDonell, the 2008 O'Brien Award winner as Driver of the Year. "I'm not sure what the plan is with him long term, but for now we'll take it week by week. He continues to improve and developing into a very useful racehorse." The Youthful Series final is slated as Race 7 on Monday's 10-race card. First post time is set for 7:25 p.m. The field will line up as follows: 1. Reasonable Force 2. Highland Tartan 3. Royal Reception 4. Andreios Kardia 5. Kuchar 6. Glory Beach 7. Regal Son 8. Dragon Seelster 9. Twomickeytrip 10. Account Rollover by Greg Gangle, for WEG

Alberta's Kelly Hoerdt, co-owner and developer of the undefeated top harness racing colt, National Debt, announced tonight that his next race will be in the Diplomat at Woodbine Entertainment & Gaming in Toronto on April 26th.   It was expected that his next race would have been in the Bobby Weiss at Pocono Downs. The first leg of the Diplomat on April 26th goes for $20,000. The second leg on May 3rd goes for $20,000, and the final on May 10th for $50,000. The Diplomat is for three-year-old colts that are non-winners of $100.000 in 2013.   "The schedule was going to be tight," Hoerdt said. "The Bobby Weiss Final was only a week away from the start of the Diplomat. The Diplomat goes for a little bit more money. We were deciding between the Diplomat and The Simpson at the Meadowlands for his next start. He needs to be up there anyway as he has the Somebeachsomewhere and the North America Cup after that at Woodbine.   "We are going to give him  a little time off," Hoerdt explained. "He is going to go in the care of Bob Young in Ontario. He is going to look after him for a month or so. We will qualify him around the 19th of April.   "We were estatic after winning the Buddy Gimour Final the other night," Hoerdt said. "Timmy ( Tetrick ) gave Ron Coyne a great report on the horse after the race.  Ronnie said he was fully recovered when he got back to the winner's circle. Ronnie said he was real happy with the way he came out of the race. Ron Coyne is going to be his trainer for the whole three-year-old campaign."   by Brian McEvoy, for

Varadero Hanover, driven by harness racing driver Scott Zeron, provided the 6-1 upset in The Diplomat Series final, Saturday at Woodbine.

The Diplomat and Princess Series resumed Thursday evening at Woodbine featuring lone divisions for harness racing three-year-old colts and geldings and sophomore pacing fillies.

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