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

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

CAMPBELVILLE, ON- Seven And Seven lunged off cover and down the centre of the harness racing track to take the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final in 1:55.3 Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. International Moni led the field of rookie trotters to the opening-quarter in :28, in front of Signal Hill wide of Seven And Seven in second. Signal Hill obtained control into the backstretch and was soon pressured by International Moni, who was flushed first over by Seven And Seven. Off a half in :57.1, Signal Hill battled with International Moni around the final turn. Jake shot up the pylons into third while Seven And Seven stalked International Moni. At three-quarters in 1:26.1, Signal Hill clung to the lead. International Moni gradually edged by to his outside while Seven And Seven tipped towards the centre of the track and Jake split horses, diving towards the inside. Seven And Seven took the front into the final sixteenth and pulled away for a three-length score over Jake and International Moni, who held on for third. Seven And Seven is a two-year-old colt by Chapter Seven out of the Kadabra mare Ally Oop. Owned by trainer Thomas Durand along with wife June Durand and partner Allan Smith, the colt has won four races in seven starts, compiling $226,768 in earnings. John Campbell was in the bike. "It was a great surprise when I saw the changes and that I was on him," John Campbell said. "I've followed him and have known what he was capable of and how well he had raced for Tom [Durand] all along. I thought he was coming into the race very good." "He's just perfect to drive," Campbell also said. "Anybody can drive him; he's just like a pro." Saturday's Wellwood Memorial final was the first time trainer Tom Durand didn't drive Seven And Seven. "I had a couple of things to iron out with him," said Durand. "He was a little fussy behind the gate, so I got that smoothed out, and I thought it was time to turn the reigns over to the most experienced driver in the world." A $2 win ticket on Seven And Seven returned $7.30. Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing trainer Ron Burke will try to win the William Wellwood Memorial for the third consecutive year, and while this season’s contender What The Hill might not enter Saturday’s race with the same buildup as 2015 champion Southwind Frank, the colt has shown he possesses one extremely coveted talent -- the desire to get to the finish line first. “He just seems to be a winner,” Burke said about What The Hill, who heads to the C$350,000 Wellwood final for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack off a 1:55.3 victory in his elimination last weekend. “I’d like for him to show me a little more pure speed, but right now it just seems like all he wants to do is win. As long as he keeps doing that I’ll be happy. He’s first or second every week. I like the colt.” Later on Saturday’s card, Southwind Frank will try to join Father Patrick as the only horses to win the Wellwood and Canadian Trotting Classic since the Wellwood (which was raced as the Campbellville Stakes prior to 2005) went from divisions to a single-race final in 2001. Mohawk also on Saturday hosts the Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters, and two eliminations for the Milton Stakes for older female pacers. Post time is 7:30 for the night’s first race. What The Hill, who defeated Signal Hill by a neck in his Wellwood elimination, has won three of seven starts and finished second on three occasions, good for a division-leading $233,718 in purses. His other victories were in the Peter Haughton Memorial and New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. David Miller will drive What The Hill in the Wellwood final, starting from post three. Purchased for $65,000 at last fall’s Lexington Selected Sale, What The Hill is a son of stallion Muscle Hill, who won the 2009 Canadian Trotting Classic on his way to Horse of the Year honors. What The Hill’s dam, K T Cha Cha, is a full sister to Majestic Son, who won the 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic and was Canada’s Horse of the Year. The family also includes O’Brien Award-winning mare Ramerizi and stakes-winner Misterizi. What The Hill is owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stables, J&T Silva Stables, and Deo Volente Farms. “It seems like every year we have at least one very good Muscle Hill since the first crop,” said Burke, who has trained Muscle Hill’s top-earning offspring Southwind Frank ($1.70 million) and Mission Brief ($1.59 million). Other trotters sired by Muscle Hill include Hambletonian winners Marion Marauder and Trixton as well as Hambletonian Oaks winner All The Time, Maple Leaf Trot contender Resolve, and undefeated Peaceful Way favorite Ariana G. “When (Muscle Hill) came out I thought he would dominate, and he’s even more than dominated,” Burke said. Southwind Frank, last year’s Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter, goes into the Canadian Trotting Classic off a second-place elimination finish to Bar Hopping. It was Southwind Frank’s first start since winning the Colonial on Aug. 20 at Pocono. He will start the C$687,000 CTC final from post one with Yannick Gingras at the lines. “I wasn’t as upset as everybody else was with the race,” Burke said. “Maybe he wasn’t as tight, so I think he’ll rebound great. Thankfully he got a great draw; we didn’t pay the price for not winning our elimination. I think it puts him in a great spot to race him aggressively. I believe he’ll be good. I think he’ll be ready.” Southwind Frank has won six of 10 races this year and finished second in his remaining four starts. For his career, he has won 17 of 22 races. He is owned by the Southwind Frank Partners. Marion Marauder, who won the first of the two Canadian Trotting Classic eliminations, enters the final with a three-race win streak. He has won eight of his last nine starts, including the Hambletonian and Yonkers Trot, with his only setback being a second-place finish in the Colonial. Trained by Paula Wellwood and Mike Keeling, the colt has earned a division-best $1.14 million for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Bar Hopping will try to give trainer Jimmy Takter his third consecutive victory in the Canadian Trotting Classic. Following is the field for the Wellwood Memorial. Seven And Seven and What The Hill were elimination winners. C$350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 2-year-old male trotters Race 5 – Post time 8:50 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Real Lucky Day – Donato Hanover - Yves Filion – Richard Moreau 2. Seven And Seven – Chapter Seven - John Campbell – Thomas Durand 3. What The Hill – Muscle Hill - David Miller – Ron Burke 4. King On The Hill – Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick – Jimmy Takter 5. Victor Gio IT – Rady Cash - Yannick Gingras – Jimmy Takter 6. Mountain Of Love – Muscle Hill - TBA – Tony Alagna 7. International Moni – Love You - Scott Zeron – Frank Antonacci 8. Signal Hill – Muscle Hill - Randy Waples – Tony Alagna 9. Jake – Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion – Luc Blais 10. Soho Hanover – Cantab Hall - Doug McNair–Gregg McNair Follow is the field for the Canadian Trotting Classic. Bar Hopping and Marion Marauder were elimination winners. C$687,000 Canadian Trotting Classic 3-year-old male trotters Race 10 – Post time 10:30 p.m. (EDT) PP–Horse–Sire-Driver–Trainer 1. Southwind Frank - Muscle Hill - Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke 2. Waitlifter K - Muscles Yankee - Brian Sears - Andrew Harris 3. Bar Hopping - Muscle Hill - Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter 4. Marion Marauder - Muscle Hill - Scott Zeron - Mike Keeling 5. Tony Soprano - Kadabra - John Campbell - Bob McIntosh 6. Dia Monde - Deweycheatumnhowe - Randy Waples - Tom Durand 7. Winter Harbor - Muscle Hill - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna 8. Brooklyn Hill - Muscle Hill - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 9. Bee In Charge - Manofmnymissions - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 10. Warrawee Roo - Majestic Son - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais AE: Will Take Charge - Kadabra - Paul MacDonell - John Bax by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications 

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 9 - Elimination weekend continued Friday at Mohawk Racetrack with the harness racing qualifiers for the Elegantimage and William Wellwood Memorial. Each event required two eliminations with 14 rookie trotters competing in the Wellwood and 16 three-year-old trotting fillies battling in the Elegantimage. The complexion of the eliminations changed hours before the card began, as drivers John Campbell, David Miller, Brett Miller and Corey Callahan were unable to make it to Mohawk due to a mechanical issue with their plane from New Jersey. Several driver changes were made to the elimination races. Caprice Hill extended her current win streak to four with a career-best 1:52.4 victory in the $35,000 first Elegantimage elimination. The Tony Alagna trained filly got to the lead just after the opening-quarter with driver Randy Waples and it was game over from there. Caprice Hill posted fractions of :56.4 and 1:26, before trotting home in a flashy :26.4 to score the victory. Celebrity Eventsty, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Emoticon Hanover came first up and finished third. Worldclass Hanover and Dewdle All Day rounded out the top five to qualify for the final. Caprice Hill has been on fire since returning to Ontario after a second place finish in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 6th. The daughter of Kadabra has won four consecutive races, including three Grand Circuit events. "She's been such a blessing and she comes to work every time," said Alagna post-race. "She wasn't at her best on Hambo Day, she was fighting some sickness before that, and since she came back up to Canada she has been vicious." Owned by Tom Hill, Caprice Hill now has seven wins in 10 starts this season to bring her career win total to 14. She has never missed the board in 20 career starts for earnings of over $1 million. Caprice Hill paid $2.60 to win. Caprice Hill In the second elimination, Flowers N Songs made a big move to the front in the second-quarter and never looked back for a 1:53.2 victory. The Paul Reid trained filly got away fifth with driver Yannick Gingras, while Side Bet Hanover cut an opening-quarter of :27.3. As the tempo slowed down in the second-quarter, Gingras sent his filly to the front from fifth to grab command at the half in :57. Flowers N Songs posted a big third-quarter of :27.3, before finishing off the victory with a :28.4 last-quarter. Dream Child closed in on the winner late to finish second by three-quarters of a length. The top five finishers were rounded out by Royal Charm, Side Bet Hanover and Tymal Tempest. Flowers N Songs, who did not race as a two-year-old, now has nine wins from 23 starts this season. The Robert Key homebred by Deweycheatumnhowe filly has earned over $360,000 in 2016. "It's amazing that a filly that can have a year like this, can keep going week in and week out," said Reid following the victory. "She takes care of herself, she rests a lot, she eats good, we get her turned out all the time and she's just a pleasure to be around." Flowers N Songs paid $5.10 to win. Flowers N Songs The William Wellwood eliminations proved that two-year-old trotters are certainly unpredictable. What The Hill held off Signal Hill to capture the first $30,000 elimination in 1:55.3. The Wellwood picture changed before the start of the first elimination, as Jimmy Takter trainee and heavy-favourite, Rubio, made a break and never caught back up with the field. Signal Hill led the field by the opening-quarter in :28.4 and surrendered the lead just before the half to What The Hill, who was rushed up from fourth by driver Chris Christoforou to post a half-mile clocking of :58.3. The new leader trotted the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:27.4 to set up a stretch sprint. In the lane, Signal Hill was brought to the outside and did his best to grind down the leader, but What The Hill fought him off with a :27.4 final-quarter to win by a neck. Jake finished third, while International Moni and Real Luck Day were the final two rookies from the first split to qualify for the final. David Miller was originally scheduled to drive What The Hill, but Christoforou stepped in and got the job done with the Ron Burke trainee. "I didn't plan on racing my horse on the front with Rubio in there," said Christoforou, who noted his strategy changed after the favourite broke. "I talked to Dave Miller this afternoon and he thought he might be better out of a hole...but he was good enough to win up there tonight, so it was nice to get him moved along to the final." A son of Muscle Hill, What The Hill now has three wins in seven starts, including a victory in the $294,450 Peter Haughton Memorial last month. He was a $65,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. What The Hill has earned $243,233 for owners Burke Racing LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC and Deo Volente Farms LLC. He paid $9.30 to win. What The Hill The second elimination wasn't the prettiest race, but that doesn't matter to Tom Durand. Seven And Seven went from a four-hole trip to a two-hole trip in the blink of an eye and took full advantage of it to win in 1:56 for trainer/driver Durand. Soho Hanover was sent to the front and led the group into the first turn. Meanwhile, Southwind Cobra and Mountain Of Love, who were sitting second and third, both made first turn miscues to give second position to Seven And Seven. As Soho Hanover led the field to the half, Takter trainee Victor Gio IT, the 3/2 favourite, made a break while trotting along in fourth. There was little movement throughout the middle-half, as Soho Hanover posted fractions of :58.2 and 1:27.3. In the stretch, Soho Hanover quickly created a little separation on Seven And Seven at the top of the lane, but the Durand trainee was able to grind him down and power by in deep stretch for the victory. King On The Hill, who got a three-hole trip, finished second in a Place photo over Soho Hanover. Mountain Of Love and Victor Gio IT recovered from their miscues to grab the final two spots in next week's rich final. A son of Chapter Seven, Seven And Seven now has three wins in six starts to begin his career. He is owned and bred by June and Tom Durand and co-owned by Allan Smith. Following Friday's victory, Durand noted that Seven And Seven almost missed Friday's race. "I didn't get him trained in the middle of the week," said Durand. "He had a minor stall injury we think because in the middle of the week he had a little swelling in one leg. "Fortunately it came down three days later, so he missed his training this week." Seven And Seven, who won the Define The World Series, has banked $51,768 in six starts. He paid $7.30 to win. Seven And Seven Following Friday's eliminations, the $436,000 Elegantimage and $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial finals were drawn. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post for the final. The finals of both events will be contested next Saturday (September 17) on the Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic card. $436,000 Elegantimage 1. Emoticon Hanover 2. Worldclass Hanover 3. Flowers N Songs 4. Caprice Hill 5. Side Bet Hanover 6. Royal Charm 7. Dewdle All Day 8. Celebrity Eventsy 9. Dream Child 10. Tymal Tempest AE: Double Exposure $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial 1. Real Lucky Day 2. Seven And Seven 3. What The Hill 4. King On The Hill 5. Victor Gio IT 6. Mountain Of Love 7. International Moni 8. Signal Hill 9. Jake 10. Soho Hanover AE: Rubio   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 7 - After each winning consecutive harness racing 'Grand Circuit' events, Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover will meet up in one of two Elegantimage eliminations Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Elegantimage eliminations for three-year-old trotting fillies are joined by the eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial on Friday evening's 11-race card. Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover, both daughters of Kadabra, are each in the midst of fantastic sophomore campaigns. Over the last two weeks, the Ontario Sires Stakes standouts avoided each other in the Casual Breeze and Simcoe Stakes. Caprice Hill delivered powerful victories in both Grand Circuit events. The Tony Alagna trainee won her Casual Breeze division by a little over three lengths in 1:53.3 and followed that up with an emphatic 6½ length 1:53.1 score in last Friday's Simcoe. Emoticon Hanover also added the Casual Breeze and Simcoe Stakes to her list of accomplishments. The Luc Blais trained filly front-stepped her way to back to back 1:54.2 victories. The two fillies will not only meet up in the first $35,000 Elegantimage elimination Friday, but they will also line up side by side. Caprice Hill and driver Randy Waples will start from post six in the field of eight, while Emoticon Hanover and driver Sylvain Filion will start from post seven. After an O'Brien Award winning season at two, Caprice Hill has won six of nine starts this season and recently surpassed $1 million in career earnings. "Horses like her they don't come around too often," said Waples following Caprice Hill's Simcoe victory last Friday. "You got to enjoy it when you get that opportunity and she's about as professional of a racehorse as you're going to get." Emoticon Hanover won four of her first five starts last season, but ended up running into Caprice Hill in the Peaceful Way and OSS Super Final. This season, the Blais trainee has won five of nine starts, including victories in three of her last four outings, for earnings of over $272,000. "She's way stronger and way easier to drive," said Filion about Emoticon Hanover's progression from two to three. "Last year she was a little erratic and you had to be real careful behind the gate, but this year she's pretty good." The OSS stars have squared off twice this season with Emoticon Hanover finishing second to Caprice Hill on both occasions. If all goes well this week for both fillies, 'Emoticon' will likely have a pair of big stage opportunities (Elegantimage Final and OSS Super Final) to turn the tables on her rival in the next month. Another Ontario sired filly that can't be overlooked in the same Elegantimage elimination is Celebrity Eventsy. The Staffan Lind trainee has gone the Grand Circuit route this season with only a single OSS start. Celebrity Eventsy won her elimination of the Hambletonian Oaks, before finishing third in the $500,000 final. She followed up her Hambo experience with a victory in the $147,500 Moni Maker at The Meadows. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has four wins and hasn't missed the board in nine starts this season for earnings of over $253,000. Celebrity Eventsy will look to upstage her Ontario sired sisters from post two with driver John Campbell. The other Elegantimage elimination is headlined by OSS standout Flowers N Songs. The Paul Reid trained filly has eight wins this season, including victories in the $174,329 SBOA Final and $140,000 Zweig Filly Trot. In the midst of her first season on the track, Flowers N Songs has hit the board in 16 of 22 starts for earnings of over $343,000. The daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe will start from post six in a field of eight with Yannick Gingras at the controls. The top five finishers from the Elegantimage eliminations will advance to the $436,000 final on Saturday, September 17. Also on Friday, 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will meet in two $30,000 William Wellwood Memorial eliminations. The first elimination has Champlain Stakes division winners Rubio (PP4, Gingras) and Signal Hill (PP7, Brett Miller) along with Peter Haughton Memorial winner What The Hill (PP5, David Miller) headlining the field of seven. The second split features the local debut of Italian bred trotter Victor Gio IT (PP4, Gingras) and Define The World Series winner Seven And Seven (PP2, Tom Durand). The top five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $350,000 William Wellwood Memorial on September 17. The Wellwood eliminations are carded as Races 2 and 3, while the Elegantimage splits are carded as Races 8 and 9 on Friday's 11-race program. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Here are the full fields for Friday's eliminations. Race 8: Elegantimage - Elimination #1 1. Worldclass Hanover - Cantab Hall - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 2. Celebrity Eventsy - Manofmanymissions - John Campbell - Staffan Lind 3. Southwind Pearl - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Jonas Czernyson 4. Dewdle All Day - Deweycheatumnhowe - Yannick Gingras - Dustin Jones 5. Jangone - Johnny William - Chris Christoforou - Per Henriksen 6. Caprice Hill - Kadabra - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 7. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 8. Wanaka - Manofmanymissions - Trevor Henry - Shannon Henry   Race 9: Elegantimage - Elimination #2 1. Pennies From Above - Cantab Hall - Mike Saftic - Dustin Jones 2. Tymal Tempest - Deweycheatumnhowe - Jonathan Drury - Carmen Auciello 3. Dream Child - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Linda Toscano 4. Royal Charm - Majestic Son - Paul MacDonell - Mark Steacy 5. Side Bet Hanover - Donato Hanover - Corey Callahan - Jonas Czernyson 6. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - Yannick Gingras - Paul Reid 7. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - Chris Christoforou - Randy Van Meer 8. Double Exposure - Donato Hanover - Jody Jamieson - Tony Alagna   Race 2: William Wellwood Memorial - Elimination #1 1. Lucys Man - Muscle Mass - Anthony MacDonald - Tan Micallef 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais 3. International Moni - Love You - Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci 4. Rubio - Cantab Hall - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 5. What The Hill - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Ron Burke 6. Real Lucky Day - Donato Hanover - Yves Filion - Richard Moreau 7. Signal Hill - Muscle Hill - Brett Miller - Tony Alagna   Race 3: William Wellwood Memorial - Elimination #2 1. King On The Hill - Muscle Hill - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter 2. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - Tom Durand - Tom Durand 3. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - David Miller - Ron Burke 4. Mountain Of Love - Muscle Hill - Randy Waples - Tony Alagna 5. Victor Gio IT - Ready Cash - Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter 6. Soho Hanover - Cantab Hall - Doug McNair - Gregg McNair 7. Bills Man - Credit Winner - -Corey Callahan - John Butenschoen   Mark McKelvie

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

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - As Southwind Frank streaked to a seventh straight victory, harness racing driver Yannick Gingras picked up his third consecutive William Wellwood Memorial Trot trophy on Saturday evening at Mohawk Raceway, part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With the win in the $373,000 race for two-year-old trotters, trainer Ron Burke also captured back-to-back Wellwood finals. Both Burke and Gingras won the 2014 edition with Habitat and Gingras scored in 2013 with the Jimmy Takter-trained Father Patrick. In the 2015 dash, Brooklyn Hill was the fastest off the gate, taking the early command. Southwind Frank, the 1-9 favourite, following behind in second but never found a spot on the rail as the rookie colts and geldings went past the first quarter in :28-flat. Into the backstretch, Gingras sent Southwind Frank to the front and that is where he stayed, posting the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:25.4. In the final turn, Marion Marauder and driver Scott Zeron made a bid for the lead, but they couldn't catch Southwind Frank, who ultimately stopped the clock in 1:55.4 to win by one and one-quarter lengths. Marion Marauder finished second and Deep Impact got up for third. "He's raced good that way (on the front)," said Gingras. "There wasn't that much speed out of the gate so I figured to take control of the race and let him do his thing...I knew I had the best horse in the race. My job is to just keep him out of trouble and get him to the wire." Owner Jerry Silva is now looking to next year's stakes schedule due to the triumph. "It makes me think next year. Hambo. We're going to be in it," he said. "We tried this year with Mission Brief against the boys. We didn't have a boy, but now we got a real boy, Southwind Frank." The son of Muscle Hill and Flawless Lindy is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Our Horse Cents Stables and J And T Silva Stables LLC and boasts earning of $513,505. Southwind Frank now has eight wins from nine outing, which includes victories in a Champlain and Reynolds Stakes division, the Peter Haughton Memorial Final and a New Jersey Sires Stakes Championship. Southwind Frank paid $2.20 to win. Southwind Frank Mission Brief cruise to Elegantimage victory Mission Brief continued her dominance of the three-year-old trotting filly division with a crushing five and a half length victory in the $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Ron Burke trained filly came into the Elegantimage final off a 15-length victory in her elimination last week. Sent off as the 1/5 favourite, Mission Brief and driver Yannick Gingras were able to drop in fifth, while several fillies slugged it out in the early stages. Muscle Baby Doll and driver Doug McNair wanted the front and parked out Wild Honey by the opening-quarter in :26.4. Down the backstretch, Gingras made his move with Mission Brief, but was forced to go three-wide around Wild Honey before overtaking Muscle Baby Doll at the half in :55.2. It was game over once Mission Brief found the front, as the superstar filly trotted a third-quarter in :28.1 and a final-quarter under wraps in :28.3 to win in 1:52.1. "She was amazing tonight, I didn't even start her up," said Gingras following the race. "The plugs are still in and she's just toying with them. She's in another class." Wild Honey finished second, while Elegant Serenity, the daughter of race namesake Elegantimage, finished third. Trained by Ron Burke, Mission Brief has now won seven of nine starts this season and 16 overall. Gingras had high praise for how the filly gets the job done. "She makes the game plan, when she steps on the racetrack sometimes like last week she decided she was going to go all the way," he said. "Today she was a little bit more (easier) to handle so we just let the dust settle. I can't make plans with her, she makes them." A daughter of Muscle Hill, Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stables, J And T Silva Stables LLC. and Weaver Bruscemi. The Elegantimage victory increased her career earnings to over $1.3 million. Mission Brief paid $2.40 to win. Mission Brief Hill celebrates birthday with Peaceful Way win Rookie trotting filly Caprice Hill gave her owner Tom Hill an extra special 65th birthday present this year - a $410,000 Peaceful Way Stakes win on Saturday evening at Mohawk, which is part of the Maple Leaf Trot undercard. With Tim Tetrick in the sulky, the Tony Alagna-trained Caprice Hill also made her fourth consecutive trip to the winner's circle. The 4-5 favourite got away fourth and followed behind fractions of :27.1 posted by Celebrity Eventsy, and :56.3 then 1:27 put up by Emoticon Hanover. Into final turn, Could It Be Magic advanced first up from third and Caprice Hill tracked her cover. At the head of the lane, Caprice Hill kicked off cover and was fed open racetrack. The bay miss responded and trotted on by her rivals to score by one and one-quarter length and stop the teletimer in 1:56.1. Celebrity Eventsy finished second and Dewdle All Day rallied for third. "It's great to win a big race especially when it is your birthday," said Hill. "Yannick [Gingras] drove the filly along and he said when he drover she was Mission Brief with brains and she's proved it tonight. She is a gift from God. "Kadabra has proven to be as good a sire as any trotting sire in the world," added the longtime owner. "I don't know a lot about trotters. We asked Tony to get us a nice filly and he went and picked her out and he deserves all the credit and all the praise. He's picked her. He's trained her." Hill was then quick to correct himself. "He doesn't deserve all of it," the resident of Hamilton said, as Alagna chuckled. "His mother deserves a lot as well." Alagna's mother, Donna Lee Ozment, trains Hill's yearlings in Illinois. The daughter of Kadabra and Bramasole now boasts earnings of $377,730 and has six wins and one second-place finish from seven starts, which includes a victory in a Champlain Stakes division. Caprice Hill paid $3.90 to win. Caprice Hill Mark McKelvie

Ron Burke says he was all wrong about Southwind Frank. But with the way the horse has raced, the trainer is feeling all right. Southwind Frank is the 2-5 morning line favorite in Saturday's C$373,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack. The colt has won seven of eight career races -- all stakes events -- and enters Saturday with a six-race win streak. Last Friday, he won his Wellwood elimination by 1-1/2 lengths over Marion Marauder in 1:56.3 over a surface labeled "good" because of rain. "I don't think I've ever been as wrong on a horse as I've been with him," Burke said. "I can't believe how far he's come. It's amazing. I have a good feeling about him." The Wellwood is part of a stakes-filled card at Mohawk that also features the C$700,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old male trotters, C$680,000 Maple Leaf Trot for older trotters, C$410,000 Peaceful Way Stakes for 2-year-old female trotters, and C$404,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Burke's Mission Brief is the 2-5 favorite in the Elegantimage and his Crazy Wow is the third choice in the Canadian Trotting Classic, behind the Jimmy Takter-trained duo of Pinkman, the 7-5 favorite, and Uncle Lasse. Post time is 7:25 p.m. for the night's first race. Southwind Frank, a son of stallion Muscle Hill out of the mare Flawless Lindy, was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and comes from a family that includes stakes-winners Cayster, Giant Hit, Program Speed, and Rockaroundtheclock. He failed to impress Burke early in his training for this season, but improved as the work became more serious. "The faster you go, the better he gets," Burke said earlier this year. "He couldn't trot in three minutes to save his life. He was horrible gaited and didn't have a great attitude. But every time we trained him he got a little better and then at like 2:30 it clicked. He's been a completely different horse since then. Either we were doing a very bad job at first or we're doing a great job now. "Horses learn at their own rates. You can push them all you want; some of them are going to do it quick, some you're going to have to wait on. He was a $100,000 baby so we didn't just cut him loose. I thought I had to give him a chance and I kept making stakes payments, and worried I was throwing just good money after bad, but for once it worked out." Waiting on Southwind Frank has resulted in victories in the Peter Haughton Memorial, New Jersey Sire Stakes championship, and divisions of the Reynolds and Champlain stakes. The horse has earned $308,579 for owners Burke Racing, the partnership of Mark Weaver and Mike Bruscemi, Our Horse Cents Stables, and J&T Silva Stables. In his Wellwood elimination, Southwind Frank and driver Yannick Gingras were in third place until the halfway point, then moved to the lead entering the final turn. Marion Marauder pulled even with Southwind Frank at the top of the stretch, but Southwind Frank eased away to post the triumph. The remainder of the field was more than a dozen lengths behind Marion Marauder. Southwind Frank's most recent six wins each has been by at least 1-1/2 lengths. "Yannick was pretty chilly with him, just letting (Marion Marauder) trot to him," Burke said about the Wellwood elimination. "The announcer was way more worried than I was that we were going to get beat. I was pretty confident. I think that other colt is a nice colt, but I think our colt is starting to look like maybe even better than just a nice colt." Burke's Elegantimage finalist Mission Brief won her elimination last Friday by 15 lengths in 1:54.1 over a "sloppy" track. She has posted back-to-back victories since finishing second to Pinkman in the Hambletonian Stakes on Aug. 8. "She was vicious," Burke said about Mission Brief, who has won six of eight races this year and 15 of 21 lifetime starts, with career earnings of $1.16 million. "She couldn't have been better. She's just getting better and better. She's as good as she's been -- ever. I couldn't be happier with her." Muscle Baby Doll also won an Elegantimage elimination, beating Hambletonian Oaks champion Wild Honey by 1-1/4 lengths in 1:56. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan and driven by Doug McNair, the filly has won eight of nine races this year, including divisions of the Duenna and Casual Breeze Stakes. She brings a seven-race win streak into Saturday. "They said they could go with anybody and we're going to find out," Burke said. "If we get beat, it's going to take a good effort, I think." In the Canadian Trotting Classic, Crazy Wow will have to overcome an outside starting position --- post eight --- and a field that includes four Takter trainees, with French Laundry and The Bank joining CTC elimination winners Pinkman and Uncle Lasse. Crazy Wow, who counts the Colonial Trot among his six victories in 12 starts this year, was second by a head to Uncle Lasse in his elim. He has won 11 of 23 career races and earned $802,965. "The eight hole is not the best, but it's not the worst," Burke said. "He has a shot. It's going to take a little bit of luck on how he gets into it. That's what it's going to come down to." For a look at Saturday's complete card at Mohawk, click here. by Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communication USTA

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 11 - It was a wet night at Mohawk Racetrack Friday for the eliminations of the Elegantimage Stakes and William Wellwood Memorial. A pair of eliminations were needed for both events with the top five finishers in each division advancing to their respective finals next week. A talented pack of 16 three-year-old trotting fillies, highlighted by superstar Mission Brief, were split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes. World champion Mission Brief scored a dominating 15 length victory over the 'Sloppy' track in the second elimination for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. The daughter of Muscle Hill flashed good early speed to sprint out to the front. Once on the lead, Mission Brief got to call her own shots posting fractions of :28.1, :57.2 and 1:26. In the stretch, the superstar filly pulled away from her rivals with ease and left them in another area code. Mission Brief stopped the timer in 1:54.1, three-seconds better than second-place finisher Danielle Hall. Magic Marker, Youre Majestic and Amoureuse Hanover rounded out the top five to advance to next week's final. Following the race, Gingras said Mission Brief was a bit fired up Friday evening and he was trying to stretch her out for her first start in three-weeks. "She was a little bit grabby in the post parade, so when she got off on the right foot I figured I would just let her go," he said. "I just wanted to stretch her out, like I said she was a little bit too sharp and try to get the edge off of her a little bit. "She hasn't raced that many times this year, so it was not like it was going to hurt her. The plugs were still in and she had plenty left and it was just a matter of trying to get her tight for next week." Mission Brief has now won six of eight starts this season, including a heat of the Hambletonian. Burke added trotting hopples to his star filly in July to help her with some issues, but it appears they may not be need for much longer. "She's safe now, she's comfortable and she's confident and she's sound," said Gingras. "After next week the plan is to take them off and then go to Lexington, but we will see how it goes." Mission Brief is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable, J And T Silva Stables LLC., and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Friday night's win was the 15th career victory for the winner of over $1.1 million. Mission Brief paid $2.10 to win. Mission Brief In the first elimination, Muscle Baby Doll stretched her current win streak to seven in a row with a 1:56 victory. Driven by Doug McNair, Muscle Baby Doll left from post eight and took a seat early in sixth. Wild Honey, the even-money favourite, circled around from the two-hole to take command after the half in :57.2. Muscle Baby Doll began making up ground on the outside and was able to catch the cover of Elegant Serenity around the final turn. Wild Honey posted a three-quarter time of 1:27. In the stretch, Muscle Baby Doll flipped off cover and trotted up a storm to overtake the lead and score a length and a quarter victory over Wild Honey. Elegant Serenity finished third, while Bee The Queen and Smokinmombo were fourth and fifth, respectively. Trained by Tony O'Sullivan, Muscle Baby Doll has dominated the Ontario Sires Stakes scene this season and also has a Grand Circuit victory on her resume. The daughter of Muscle Mass now has eight wins from nine starts this season and 12 victories overall. Muscle Baby Doll was purchased by F Bellino And Sons LLC., early in her two-year-old season, as she raced on the Iowa fair circuit. Muscle Baby Doll career earnings now exceed $400,000. She paid $5.20 to win. Muscle Baby Doll A group of 14 two-year-old trotting colts and geldings were separated into two $30,000 eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial. In the first division, Deep Impact prevailed in a stretch duel over the 4/5 favourite Brooklyn Hill. Deep Impact and driver Steve Condren got away early in third, but quickly came to the outside nearing the opening-quarter to take the lead. Brooklyn Hill sat second on the back off Deep Impact passed the half in :59.1. Around the final turn, Brooklyn Hill came to the outside for driver David Miller to confront the leader. The colts were toe-to-toe at the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1 setting up a stretch battle. In the lane, Deep Impact refused to give up the lead and fought tough at the rail to defeat Brooklyn Hill by half a length in 1:57.4. Tony Soprano and Lean Hanover finished up well to grab third and fourth, while Will Take Charge finished fifth to secure a spot in the final. A son of Donato Hanover, Deep Impact scored his third career victory Friday evening for trainer Brad Maxwell. The rookie trotter was making his fifth start and increased his earnings to over $41,000 with the win. Deep Impact is owned by Maxwell, Van Camp Trotting Corp., Tim Murray and Doug Millard. The Maxwell trainee paid $7 to win. Deep Impact Southwind Frank extended his win streak to six in a row with a 1:56.3 victory in the second split. Sent off as the 1/9 favourite, Southwind Frank and driver Gingras got away in the three-hole. The heavy-favourite sat third until the half-mile when Gingras sent him on the attack. Southwind Frank quickly cleared to the front and trotted by the three-quarter pole in 1:28.1. Marion Marauder and driver John Campbell trotted up with a rush around the final turn to draw within half a length turning for home. In the stretch, Marion Marauder was able to poke a head in front with an eighth of a mile to go, but Southwind Frank showed his talent by battling back under minimal urging from Gingras to retake the lead and score a length and a half victory. Adored By Masses finished almost 14 lengths behind the winner in third, while Im A Mate and Zlatan finished fourth and fifth to advance to the final. A son of Muscle Hill, Southwind Frank now sports a record of seven wins from eight starts to begin his career for trainer Ron Burke. The rookie trotting colt now has earnings of over $327,000. Southwind Frank is owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC., Weaver Bruscemi LLC., Our Horse Cents Stable and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The Burke trainee paid $2.10 to win. Southwind Frank Following Friday night's eliminations, the post positions for next week's $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial final and $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes final were drawn. Elimination winners earned the right to select their post positions. Both finals will highlight a spectacular undercard on Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic night Saturday, September 19. Here are the post positions for next week's final. $404,000 Elegantimage Stakes Final 1. Elegant Serenity by Kadabra 2. Muscle Baby Doll by Muscle Mass 3. Youre Majestic by Majestic Son 4. Mission Brief by Muscle Hill 5. Smokinmombo by Explosive Matter 6. Danielle Hall by Deweycheatumnhowe 7. Wild Honey by Cantab Hall 8. Magic Marker by Andover Hall 9. Bee The Queen by Donato Hanover 10. Amoureuse Hanover by Pilgrims Taj AE: Juanitas Fury by Kadabra $370,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final 1. Zlatan by Muscle Mass 2. Tony Soprano by Kadabra 3. Deep Impact by Donato Hanover 4. Southwind Frank by Muscle Hill 5. Im A Mate by Muscle Mass 6. Will Take Charge by Kadabra 7. Brooklyn Hill by Muscle Hill 8. Lean Hanover by Donato Hanover 9. Marion Marauder by Muscle Hill 10. Adored By Masses by Muscle Mass AE: Deweylovernleaver by Deweycheatumnhowe Mark McKelvie

Deweylovernleaver heads to Friday's eliminations for the William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters at Mohawk Racetrack with a three-race win streak, not to mention the admiration of trainer/co-owner Chris Beaver. "He could be as good as anything I've trained, from what I can tell right now," Beaver said. "He does it all very easy. He moves very easy; he's not pushing himself to do what he's doing. And he's very easy on himself in the barn. "He doesn't do anything wrong. He's a very complete horse all the way around." Deweylovernleaver, who has won three of five races for owners Beaver, Synerco Ventures Inc. and Leo Fleming, is in the first of two seven-horse Wellwood eliminations on Friday. He will be driven by Trevor Henry and is 9-1 on the morning line. Brooklyn Hill, who has finished second to Southwind Frank in three consecutive starts, including the Peter Haughton Memorial, is the 9-5 favorite in the division. David Miller will drive the colt for trainer Jonas Czernyson. Interestingly, Millstream Inc., which is Czernyson and his wife Christine, is the breeder of Deweylovernleaver. Southwind Frank is the 1-5 favorite in the second Wellwood elimination. He has won six of seven races this year for driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Ron Burke. Beaver-trained Smoke Monkey is also in the second division. He is 20-1. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the C$373,000 final on Sept. 19 at Mohawk. Deweylovernleaver is a son of stallion Deweycheatumnhowe out of the mare Solovesick. Beaver bought the colt for $12,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. He finished third in his debut and fourth in his next start, when he was beaten by only a half-length despite racing on the outside for most of the mile. Since then, Deweylovernleaver has won three in a row on the Ontario Sire Stakes circuit. "He wasn't getting great trips his first few starts; Trevor was taking it easy with him off the gate," Beaver said. "He had a tendency to grab on a little bit, so he was teaching him to race off the pace. His last few races he's gotten right into it and had it his way." Deweylovernleaver, who has earned $88,046 in purses, was scratched from a division of the Champlain Stakes on Sept. 4 at Mohawk because of illness. "We didn't want to take a chance," Beaver said. Smoke Monkey, a son of Majestic Son out of the mare Nashotah, has two wins in seven starts and is owned by Synerco Ventures. He went off stride in two consecutive Ontario Sire Stakes races, but has since posted a win, two seconds and a third in four starts. He has earned $46,434 overall. "We had a little trouble with him going in a straight line," Beaver said about Smoke Monkey, who was purchased under the name Sal's Son for $9,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. "He was kind of a snaky horse, but very talented. I've got him rigged straight right now and he's staying off himself and trotting right now." Beaver was looking at a different yearling when he spotted Smoke Monkey at the sale. "I was looking at something and he walked by and caught my attention," Beaver said. "I watched his video and the video was really good. The dam hadn't produced anything yet, but I saw it was a different cross than the mare had seen before. I just liked the looks of him. I wouldn't say he's a fantastic looking horse, but he's better than average." In addition to the two Wellwood eliminations, Mohawk on Friday hosts two eliminations for the Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters. Mission Brief is the 1-5 morning line favorite in the second division, with Gingras driving for Burke, and Wild Honey is the 8-5 choice in the first division, with Gingras at the lines for trainer Jimmy Takter. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to the C$404,000 final on Sept. 19. Mission Brief, who finished second in the Hambletonian Stakes, has won five of seven races this year. Wild Honey has won four of nine races this season, including the Hambletonian Oaks. Beaver's Smokinmombo is 8-1 in the first elimination. A daughter of Explosive Matter-Horizontal Mombo, she won four of her first six starts this year before finishing fifth in her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and seventh in the final. She has a win and a third in three starts since then. "She was getting a little sore in a stifle, getting a little out of rhythm," Beaver said. "I think she lost her confidence a little bit. She's very sound now, but I had to snug the hobbles back tight on her to get her confidence back. It took her a few trainings and starts to have it come back together for her. "We drew pretty tough (Friday). Mission Brief isn't in there, but everything else is pretty good in that race." Following are the fields for the Wellwood eliminations in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Elimination One: 1. Deep Impact, Steve Condren, Brad Maxwell, 5-1; 2. Frankly Speaking, Randy Waples, Mark Steacy, 12-1; 3. Deweylovernleaver, Trevor Henry, Chris Beaver, 9-1; 4. Will Take Charge, James MacDonald, John Bax, 7-1; 5. Brooklyn Hill, David Miller, Jonas Czernyson, 9-5; 6. Tony Soprano, John Campbell, Bob McIntosh, 9-2; 7. Lean Hanover, Paul MacDonell, Mike Keeling, 3-1. Elimination Two: 1. Im A Mate, Don Dupont, Marie Dupont, 20-1; 2. Willyorwonthe, Mike Saftic, William Megens, 15-1; 3. Southwind Frank, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 1-5; 4. Marion Marauder, John Campbell, Mike Keeling, 6-1; 5. Adored By Masses, Sylvain Filion, Erv Miller, 10-1; 6. Zlatan, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 10-1; 7. Smoke Monkey, Trevor Henry, Chris Beaver, 20-1. Following are the fields for the Elegantimage eliminations in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds. Elimination One: 1. Wild Honey, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 8-5; 2. Juanitas Fury, Paul MacDonell, John Bax, 15-1; 3. Tymal Illbthere, Mario Baillargeon, Ervin Abdulov, 20-1; 4. Gatka Hanover, Tim Tetrick, Ron Burke, 7-1; 5. Smokinmombo, Aaron Merriman, Chris Beaver, 8-1; 6. Elegant Serenity, Roger Mayotte, Roger Mayotte, 7-2; 7. Bee The Queen, John Campbell, George Ducharme, 15-1; 8. Muscle Baby Doll, Doug McNair, Tony O'Sullivan, 5-2. Elimination Two: 1. Mission Brief, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 1-5; 2. Speak To Me, Jimmy Takter, Jimmy Takter, 5-1; 3. Danielle Hall, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1; 4. Magic Marker, Tim Tetrick, R. Nifty Norman, 15-1; 5. Stubborn Belle, Paul MacDonell, John Bax, 20-1; 6. Piscean, Jack Moiseyev, Clark Beelby, 20-1; 7. You're Majestic, Sylvain Filion, Tony O'Sullivan, 15-1; 8. Amoureuse Hanover, Mike Saftic, Brian Peterson, 20-1. Ken Weingartner 

Trainer Frank Antonacci liked what he saw when he purchased Sonic for $155,000 at last fall's yearling sale in Lexington. So much so that he was willing to spend another $155,000 on family member Whataworkout a month later in Harrisburg. On Friday, Antonacci sends the two sons of stallion Muscle Hill into separate Bluegrass Stakes divisions for 2-year-old male trotters at The Red Mile. Both will be making their second lifetime starts. Sonic's mother is Spice On Ice. Among Spice On Ice's other offspring is Southwind Sofia, who is the mother of Whataworkout. "We kind of went all-in on that family," Antonacci said. "We liked it once, so we might as well like it twice." It was actually the third time Antonacci liked the family and its connection with Muscle Hill. On the same day he purchased Sonic, he missed on a Muscle Hill-sired filly named Mission Brief. Her mother is Southwind Serena, who also is out of Spice On Ice. Mission Brief, who sold for $150,000, won this year's Merrie Annabelle Stakes in a world-record performance 1:52.2 performance, then lowered the mark to 1:52.1 in her elimination of the Peaceful Way Stakes. "I loved Mission Brief when I saw her in Kentucky, which is really the same family," Antonacci said. "I didn't get the job done buying her, although we focus more on the colts at the sale anyway." And Antonacci is happy with what he's seen from those colts so far. Whataworkout won his debut in 1:56.4 on Sept. 18 in a division of the Kindergarten Series at The Red Mile. Sonic went off stride from post eight in his Kindergarten split, but Antonacci was unfazed. "Sonic I think got a little lost from the eight hole," Antonacci said. "I'm going to give him a pass on his first performance. Hopefully this week (starting) from the rail he'll be a little more focused. "Whataworkout was kind of in a messed up race (with horses making breaks) but he showed his professionalism and stayed at it and got the job done. "They've both got big speed and big ability. I think they've got a bright future." Whataworkout, owned by Lindy Farms of Connecticut, is in the first of five Bluegrass divisions for the rookie trotters, where Peter Haughton Memorial winner Centurion ATM is the 8-5 morning line favorite. Sonic, owned by Lindy Racing, is in the fifth division, where The Bank is the 5-2 morning line choice. Antonacci also sends out homebred stakes-winner Iron in the fourth division and Mesmerized in the second division. The twice-raced Iron, a son of Cantab Hall out of the mare Ivory Lindy, is coming off a victory in the American-National Stakes at Balmoral Park. He is in the same Bluegrass split as Haughton runner-up Uncle Lasse, New Jersey Sire Stakes champ Guess Whos Back, and New York Sire Stakes champ Crazy Wow. Iron lost a month of time during the summer because of complications from what was believed to be a spider bite. "That kind of stalled him out just as we were about to get ready to qualify in July," Antonacci said. "It was pretty wild. He's recovered from that and he's starting to put it all together now. "We've liked him from the beginning and we're very happy with him. He's getting better every time we've brought him to the track and hopefully he keeps going that way." Mesmerized is winless in three starts, but the colt's mother, Gift Card, won a Bluegrass division in 2008 and is a full sister to Antonacci's million-dollar-earner Crazed. The homebred Mesmerized faces undefeated Pennsylvania Sire Stakes champ Billy Flynn in his Bluegrass division on Friday. "We've got primarily the same people who owned Crazed with us on him, so that's nice," Antonacci said. "He's just been Steady Eddie. He's had some races where racing luck didn't go his way, but he continues to improve. He's a good gaited, good looking horse. We're just looking for him to keep improving." The remaining Bluegrass Stakes division is headlined by Habitat, who won the William Wellwood Memorial on Sept. 13 at Mohawk Racetrack. by Ken Weingartner, for Harness Racing Communications

The Red Mile will play host to another powerful Grand Circuit card with eight divisions of the Bluegrass stakes drawn for Friday night. The Walnut Hall, LTD two-year-old colt trot required five races to accommodate the forty one entries and freshman filly pacers split three ways in the Crawford Farms.   All of the top trotting colts have been entered for the $393,000 Walnut Hall with Peter Haughton Memorial winner Centurion ATM, undefeated PASS champ Billy Flynn, William Wellwood Memorial winner Habitat, KYSS final winner Cinnabar Hall, American National winner Iron and the NYSS champ Crazy Wow sprinkled throughout the card.   The pacing fillies will race for a total of $287, 600 in the Crawford Farms and are evenly matched throughout the divisions. The last of the three (race 8) appears the deepest on paper with four fillies showing six-figure seasonal earnings thus far.   Bedroomconfessions has had a dreamy season thus far for Stephanie & Myron Bell's Riverview Racing and trainer/owner Tony Alagna. The American Ideal homebred has a pair of wins, five runner-ups and $187, 733 in eight starts with her last two defeats coming at the hand of division leader JK Shesalady who is sitting this one out. Scott Zeron is her regular driver and is listed for Friday.   Bedroomconfessions won't miss her nemesis here but she'll have her hooves full with the likes of Shakai Hanover who has been impressive enough to warrant her recent sale to Let It Ride Stables and Dana Parham. She moves from the Carl Jamieson barn to Ross "Croc" Croghan now and leaves from post one with Jody Jamieson retaining the mount.   The field also includes a pair of high dollar earners from the Ron Burke barn in Kays Dragon Lady and Bettor N Better.   Friday's twelve race program gets underway at 7:00pm. The forecast is fine and if you enjoy the very best Grand Circuit racing has to offer, make plans to attend.   From the Red Mile press box

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 13 - Habitat, driven by Yannick Gingras, wired his nine harness racing rivals to take the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial final by a widening six and three-quarter lengths, Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. On a night when the trotting stars of tomorrow shared the spotlight with the star trotters of today, Habitat announced his presence as a possible future champion. The 8-5 second choice went immediately to the front from the six-hole, chased by the 3-5 favourite Uncle Lasse, who suddenly made a break. After getting the opening quarter in 28 seconds flat, Habitat continued to motor along, reaching the half in :57.2 before sprinting away from his foes around the far turn. After three-quarters in 1:26.1, the two-year-old son of Conway Hall-Habits Best was five lengths in front and drew off for the impressive score in 1:54.2, his fourth win in seven starts for trainer and co-owner Ron Burke. Last week, he'd finished second to Uncle Lasse in one of the Wellwood elims, but when the favourite broke stride early, his main foe was eliminated. "My horse is really handy," said Gingras. "I knew the horse to beat was Uncle Lasse. Actually, I didn't realize that he run (broke stride). I've really liked him from the get-go. He's very well-mannered, good-gaited and does everything right, a real nice two-year-old." Last year, Father Patrick flashed his talent when romping in the Wellwood en route to divisional honours. He was also the heavy favourite in this year's Hambletonian but made an early break. Father Patrick was scheduled to race later Saturday night in the rich Canadian Trotting Classic. Habitat paid $5.20, $3.50 and $2.90, combining with longshot Jetpedia ($13.60, $7.60) for a $99.80 (6-7) exactor. A 6-7-8 (Southwind Stryker, $7.80) triactor was worth a huge $1,156.30, while a $1 Superfecta [6-7-8-10 (Big Rich)] came back a whopping $8,001.50. Jeff Timson - WEG Communications

Mohawk Racetrack offers a stakes laden harness racing card Saturday evening anchored by the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic which has two top Ontario-sired colts taking on five very talented sophomores. The card also features the $385,000 Peaceful Way final with several OSS fillies in contention, the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial with one lone Ontario-sired colt, and the $409,000 Elegantimage final with four OSS girls vying for their turn in the winner’s circle. In addition to those great trotting races, the program will also headline the top pacing mares in North America in two eliminations for the Milton Stakes which feature three OSS graduates including a Breeders Crown winner. In the showcase event Harper Blue Chip will attempt to duplicate his sire, Majestic Son’s, 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic victory. Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario, trained Majestic Son, who won the ’06 CTC by more than six lengths over a very talented field, and also conditions Harper Blue Chip. A son of Angus Hall, Majestic Son was a dominant force in the OSS during his sophomore season, winning seven of 10 OSS events. In total, he won $622,000 in the provincial program during his career. Majestic Son now stands at Tara Hills Stud Farm in Port Perry, Ontario, and Harper Blue Chip, with $547,000 in earnings, is his second richest performer to date, behind only Charmed Life ($592,000). So far this year Harper Blue Chip has a summary of 4-2-2 in 10 starts and although he’s won two OSS Gold events and swept the Canadian Breeders, he’s best known for finishing third in the $1,006,125 Hambletonian last month at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian winner, Trixton, is also slated to start in the CTC final, with post five. Trainer Jimmy Takter will drive the colt who has won eight of 10 starts this year. Tatker’s other talented colt in this division, Father Patrick (also eight for 10) is right alongside in post six. It’s a formidable duo facing Harper Blue Chip whose driver Sylvain Filion is cautiously optimistic, especially given that the colt has finally drawn a decent starting position, post two, compared to post 10 in the Goodtimes final and post nine in the Hambletonian. “He’s been drawing real bad all year and he finally gets a good post,” Filion noted earlier this week. “We’ve got a tough bunch of horses to race against, but he’s very good right now. I’m hoping for a good, close to the front trip and hopefully some top horses won’t be on their game, because we’ll need a lot of luck to beat those horses. It’s a very high quality group.” The other OSS colt joining Harper in the CTC final is Muscle Matters, a son of Muscle Mass who will start beside Harper Blue Chip in post three. Mario Baillargeon will be at the lines for his brother Ben who handles the colt’s training. Yet to win a race this year, Muscle Matters has been close, with five second place finishes in six starts, three of those to Harper Blue Chip. The CTC final goes as race nine on the card. In the third race, the $385,000 Peaceful Way final, there are six OSS fillies in the mix including a pair trained by John Bax, Stubborn Belle (post one, Paul MacDonell) and Juanitas Fury (post nine, Steve Condren). Both fillies have two OSS wins to their credit this season and both finished second in their respective Peaceful Way elims. Stubborn Belle was aptly named according to Bax. “She’s always been a lot like her name, that’s why she was named Stubborn Belle. She’s been a little hard to get to do it the way we want her to.” Despite that the Taurus Dream daughter, owned by Bax of Peterborough and Al Libfeld of Pickering, Ontario, has set two records so far this year – a track record at Rideau Carleton (1:55.4) in an OSS Gold event and a stakes record in a Champlain stake (1:54.2). Bax also starts the Muscle Hill filly Southwind Champagne in the Peaceful Way final. She has post six with Steve Byron at the controls. The other OSS rookies attempting to capture the event named for one of the greatest Ontario-sired trotting mares of all time, $3.2 million winner Peaceful Way, include Daneille Hall (post two, Jody Jamieson), Elegant Serenity (post four, Roger Mayotte), Amoureuse Hanover (post eight, Doug McNair) and Lady Caterina (post 10, Phil Hudon). The dam of Elegant Serenity, Elegantimage, is the namesake for the seventh race on the program. A star of the OSS in the late 1990s, Elegantimage earned just shy of a million dollars during her impressive racing career. A quartet of three-year-old Ontario-sired fillies will attempt to capture the $409,000 event including Bax’s Riveting Rose (post three, Paul MacDonell), Tosca (post two, Per Henriksen), Sweetie Hearts (post eight, Randy Waples) and Muscle Babe (post 10, James MacDonald). The other major trotting stake on the program is named for one of Canada’s most respected horsemen of all time, the late William Wellwood, a member of Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a successful participant in the OSS since its inception 40 years ago. The only Ontario-sired rookie colt in contention for this event is a son of Infinitif, Dont Rush who has drawn post four with Chris Christoforou in the bike. The colt captured a division of the first Gold event for this group in early July which surprised his trainer/owner and breeder Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario. “If you had told me in October he was going to win a Gold the first week of July I don’t think I would have believed you,” laughed Jones. “He’s exceeded my expectations since I brought him in the barn.” The OSS graduates competing in the two Milton eliminations are Monkey On My Wheel, a Breeders Crown winner at three and 10-2-6 in 24 starts this year for owner/breeder Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ontario. The winner of $1.5 million to date in her career has post seven in the sixth race which also features the Camluck mare Camille ($1.1 million to date) in post four. Voelz Hanover ($1.5 million lifetime) is the lone Ontario-sired distaffer in the second Milton elim, race 10. In addition to all of the on-track action, Mohawk is also celebrating their fans with Fan Appreciation Night Saturday featuring a first bet on the house, giveaways after each race and a $5 food voucher to the first 1,000 fans. To view the full card please click Mohawk Entries - September 13.

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