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Dangle Ona Dime trips out at Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – With a perfect two-hole ride, Dangle Ona Dime was first to the wire in the harness racing featured event Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to Ken Murphy, Dangle Ona Dime left well from post 5 to sit behind post 1 starter Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence) in the $2,600 featured event on the special Wednesday evening program at the Prince County Oval. Mando Fun cut out splits of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:26.2 before Dangle Ona Dime powered up in the stretch drive to win by a length in 1:56.2. Duane MacEachern conditions the four-year-old son of Pang Shui for owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. Mando Fun was second while Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) finished third. The Darren Crowe stable was in town shipping in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and scored a pair of wins. Crowe opened the card with a maiden score by Ashestodiamonds in 2:00.2, then Barona Lilac was a winner in 1:59.3 for trainer-driver Crowe. The Nova Scotia reinsman also picked up a catch driving win with WC Marys Buddy in 1:58.2 for trainer Don Sweet of O’Leary. Live racing at Red Shores Summerside returns to its normal slot on Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. post time featuring the Joe O’Brien Memorial and Lady Slipper stakes. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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Breakfast Television Broadcast on horse ownership

GUELPH, ON -- CityTV's Breakfast Television (BT) Toronto reported live-on-location from Tomiko Training Centre on Wednesday morning to explore fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and Ontario Racing. BT Live Eye host Nicole Servinis presented four segments from the Puslinch, ON training centre (base operations for TheStable.ca) during the national broadcast. The spots included conversations with Ontario Racing's John Siscos about the importance of horse racing in the province's rural economy; Lunch n Learn facilitator Elissa Blowe spoke about the program's mandate to educate groups about racehorse ownership; TheStable.ca President Anthony MacDonald discussed the evolution of his business to become the largest harness racing stable in Canada; TheStable.ca client James Traynor explained the benefits of owning small fractions of Standardbred racehorses. Servinis made her on-track debut in a double-seated jog cart accompanied by MacDonald as the pair drove two-year-old trotter Rooney Blue Chip. TheStable.ca is hosting an Open Barn on Saturday, August 24 at Tomiko Training Centre. The event provides guided tours of the barns, introductions to some of the 60 horses onsite, and an introduction to fractional Standardbred racehorse ownership. Admission is free but an RSVP is required: www.thestable.ca/openbarn Ontario Racing offers free Lunch n Learn sessions about racehorse ownership, hosted by Elissa Blowe, suitable for groups of all types and sizes : http://bit.ly/2TSG5Vf BT Segments: Introduction: http://bit.ly/2KVYYmc Interview with Ontario Racing: http://bit.ly/2Mv7uvM  Nicole jogs a horse: http://bit.ly/2Z8icPh TheStable.ca client James Traynor: http://bit.ly/30qgeGO by Kelly Spencer, for The Stable  

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Can Collective Wisdom drop & pop at Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a drop in class out of the Open mares harness racing ranks, Collective Wisdom is heralded as the one to beat in the Thursday evening top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with Collective Wisdom the favourite in race 9 of the card with a $2,300 purse at stake. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of American Ideal for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield while Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. Miss Sangria has post 3 with Corey MacPherson filling in in the driver's seat for trainer Melissa Rennie while Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) leaves from post 7 fresh off a second place finish in 1:57.4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will go with the class dropper for his top pick. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles, gets a much better post than her last two and exits the open mares," MacIsaac said. "Add all those positives together and she's the one to knock off." Also in the field are Jens Credit (Ryan Perrot), Imagine Speed (Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). Race 7 is the Accreon PEI pace with Hurricane Hill favoured from post 8 fresh off a win in 1:58.1. MacPherson is in the race bike for owner-trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. The top trot of the night lines up in race 6 for a $2,200 purse. Buckaroo is the morning line favourite from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. A winner in 2:01.3 during Old Home Week racing, Buckaroo will face off with five challengers in his Thursday evening assignment. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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Fireworks headline events for Community Night

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway has added fireworks to its harness racing Community Night celebration on Friday, August 30. The family-friendly festivities are free of charge and kick off with the first of 10 horse races at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. (30 minutes following the last horse race). BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop) will be available at two locations on the tarmac. Cash draws totaling $1,000 will be conducted for guests from the local community whose postal code begins with NOB or N1M. Proof of residency is required and draw participants must be 18 or older and present to win. Community Night also boasts the track's usual array of Friday race night offerings, including free kids' activities in The NEIGHbourhood (located in the First Turn Tent) and the chance for guests of all ages to drive a racehorse in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a pro. This opportunity is limited to seven spots and guests must sign-up at the tarmac booth beside the racetrack. Community Nights are presented by the track's parent organization, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS). During the event, GRAS will honour local resident Paul Kelly who has dedicated his life to preserving the bee population. Kelly will be onsite and available for questions and discussion about his work from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The fireworks display on Community Night will be coordinated by The Weinstein Group Inc. of Fergus, ON in partnership with Pyro World. The show will feature a massive display of fireworks choreographed to a collection of feel-good summertime songs. For complete event details: https://grandriverraceway.com/events/centre-wellington-derby-nights/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    

MILTON, ON - August 20, 2019 - World champion Lather Up and defending champion McWicked headline a group of nine entrants for this year's $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby. The entry box for Canada's oldest harness stakes race closed Tuesday morning with nine older pacers entered. Eliminations will not be required for this year's edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and all nine will compete in the $525,000 final on Saturday, August 31 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Lather Up, the co-fastest Standardbred of all-time, will return to the site of his richest victory and attempt to add another lucrative victory to his dream season. The four-year-old captured last year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Park and earlier this season matched Always B Miki's world record of 1:46 at The Meadowlands. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is undefeated in six career starts at Mohawk Park. The son of Im Gorgeous is currently riding a four-race win streak, which includes victories in the Dan Patch, Sam McKee Memorial, Haughton Memorial and Graduate Series, to bring his season record to eight wins in 11 starts and career record to 23 wins in 36 starts. A 50 per cent interest in Lather Up was recently purchased by Taylor Made Sales and Stallions, who owned last year's 'Pacing Derby' runner-up Lazarus N. The ownership group of Lather Up consists of his breeders Gary & Barbara Iles, George Teague and Taylor Made Stallions. The four-year-old currently sits at $1.7 million in career earnings. Casie Coleman trainee McWicked is returning to defend his 'Pacing Derby' title. The eight-year-old captured last year's edition in convincing fashion en route to being named the Horse of the Year in both Canada and the US. McWicked continues to add to incredible legacy with over $500,000 earned this season to bring his career earnings to $4.5 million for owner Ed James' S S G Stables. The superstar pacer led all Standardbreds in earnings last season, becoming the oldest horse in 43 years to top the money standings. He is also the oldest horse in harness racing history to receive Horse of the Year honours. The Coleman trained McWicked most recently captured the Roll With Joe last Sunday afternoon at Tioga. Lather Up and McWicked have competed against each other five-times this season. The season-series currently favours Lather Up, who has scored victories in four of those five meetings. Ron Burke trainee This Is The Plan heads towards the Canadian Pacing Derby with plenty of momentum on his side. The four-year-old gelding captured last Sunday's Prix D'Ete at Hippodrome 3R in a Canadian record of 1:49.1. This Is The Plan's only other victory this season came against four of his 'Pacing Derby' rivals in the $500,000 Ben Franklin at Pocono. He sports the second highest seasonal earnings in the field with $651,868 collected in 13 starts. Done Well and Filibuster Hanover join This Is The Plan to make up a trio of competitors in this year's edition from the Burke barn. There are plenty of local hopefuls joining McWicked in this year's 'Pacing Derby. Dr. Ian Moore trainee Casimir Richie P, Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice, Richard Moreau trainee Jimmy Freight and Carmen Auciello trainee Western Fame will all compete in the $525,000 contest. Courtly Choice captured last year's Little Brown Jug and tuned up last Saturday for the 'Pacing Derby' with a 1:49 victory in the Preferred at Mohawk Park. He's won three of 10 stars to this point in his four-year-old campaign. Casimir Richie P has quietly risen to the Preferred ranks during his four-year-old season, posting six wins in 15 starts. Despite just one win this season, Jimmy Freight has banked more than $250,000 in 11 starts. The four-year-old's lone victory came in the Mohawk Gold Cup and he's also finished second in the Confederation Cup and Battle of Lake Erie. Levy Series winner Western Fame ranks third among the nine entrants in seasonal earnings with $551,400 earned in 13 starts this season. The six-year-old joined the barn of Auciello for his most recent effort, a second-place finish to Courtly Choice in last Saturday's Preferred. The nine entrants in this year's Canadian Pacing Derby have combined career earnings of $14.2 million. The draw for the $525,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final will take place Saturday evening (August 24). The $600,000 Maple Leaf Trot joins the 'Pacing Derby' to headline an huge stakes program on August 31 at Mohawk Park. The entrants for this year's Canadian Pacing Derby are listed in alphabetical order: Casimir Richie P Courtly Choice Done Well Filibuster Hanover Jimmy Freight Lather Up McWicked This Is The Plan Western Fame by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Only missing the board twice all season, Dangle Ona Dime will look to extend his exceptional season in the Wednesday evening top class at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The special Wednesday evening cards comes after the Prince County oval took a two-week hiatus during Old Home Week racing at Red Shores Charlottetown. Wednesday's card kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with the top class lining up in race 12. Race Secretary Gerard Smith has placed Dangle Ona Dime as the morning line favourite from post 5 in the $2,600 top class with Ken Murphy filling in in the race bike for trainer Duane MacEachern and owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. The four-year-old son of Pang Shui equalled his lifetime best in his latest start winning in 1:55.4 over Charlottetown with Corey MacPherson at the lines that day. Catch Twenty Two ships in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and draws post 2 for trainer-driver Darren Crowe sporting a not worse than third record since the end of June. Rookie driver Kyle Mason has amassed a .351 driving average in his inaugural season and will again drive Ultimatelyhandsome from post 3. Also in the field is Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence), Coasttocoastshark (Devon Wallace), Pictonian Storm (John Davidson), Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) and Phil Dorleans (Jason Hughes). Face The Challenge makes his Prince County debut in race 4 of the program in a maiden event for a $1,600 purse. Norris Rogers will drive the Ed Harvey owned and trained pacer who made his Island debut during Old Home Week with a third place finish. The three-year-old son of Sportswriter has yet to win a race but paced in 1:53 and change as a two-year-old in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The winner of $15,627 lifetime has drawn post 4 after most recently racing at Rideau Carleton Raceway outside Ottawa before making the trek East. For race programs and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, AUG. 19, 2019 - Heading into Monday night's Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the pressure was on the three-year-old trotting colts. With just two regular season events left on the calendar, colts below the current cut off for the top 20 needed to accumulate points or face the possibility of not advancing to the post season. Heading into the first $23,500 Grassroots division, P L Matt was sitting in forty-third spot with three points earned in the June 5 event at Grand River Raceway. To give him any shot at a post season berth the Kadabra gelding needed a win. Starting from Post 4, driver Bob McClure eased the trotter away from the gate, a stage in the race that had been problematic in the past, and settled him in seventh as Gold Edition led the field to a :28 opening quarter. McClure and P L Matt remained on the rail in sixth as Arcanum took over heading to the :56.2 half and then tipped into the outer lane before the 1:24.3 three-quarters rung up by Gold Edition. As the colts straightened up in the stretch McClure gave P L Matt a clear look at the wire and the gelding shifted into a big gear, reeling in Gold Edition for a head victory in 1:54.3. Fan favourite CT Conabra settled for third, two and one-half lengths behind the leaders. "I started driving him a couple months ago. He's a real handful and he was having a hard time getting him gaited and relaxed, and he'd run off the gate," said McClure of the Matt Dupuis trainee. "Matt's done a lot of equipment changes and now he's two fingers, he's behaving, and the more he behaves the better he gets." Dupuis trains P L Matt for owner-breeders Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON and Monday's win gave the connections their first win with the young trotter, in his eleventh lifetime start. The win bumped the gelding's point total to 53, putting him above the cut off for a spot in the Grassroots Semi-Final heading into the Sept. 12 regular season finale at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "He always had a lot of ability, he just didn't have a lot of manners, and now that Matt's done a good job getting him settled down, now he's getting to really be a nice horse," said McClure. "I think he's coming into a real good form for the end of the year." In the second division Southwind Frost lined up behind Post 2 on the starting gate sitting just five points above the post season cut off line. Driver-trainer Michiel Vanderkemp settled the fan favourite in fifth and was content to let Priceless Ruler create some gaps in the field on the way to a :27.2 quarter. Those gaps had narrowed by the :56.3 half and by the 1:24.4 three-quarters Southwind Frost was rolling up the outer lane. The colt was just two lengths behind Priceless Ruler coming off the final turn and a big finishing gear saw him sail past the leaders and on to a two and one-half length win in 1:54.3. Priceless Ruler settled for second and pocket-sitter A Royal Line was another length back in third. "He's been sharp most of his starts, I thought he'd be good," said Vanderkemp. "He can race both ways so when you've got a good post you can just go with the flow, with what happens in the race." Vanderkemp conditions the E L Titan colt for Michael Andrew of Gorham, ME and Monday's win was his first in Grassroots action, but his second straight over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval and, like McClure, the driver-trainer thinks Southwind Frost is in top form for the end of the season. "I didn't want to race him on the smaller tracks and thought we'd take a shot later, he's a decent-sized horse," explained Vanderkemp. "I was borderline about going Gold with him, but there's some nice colts in there so I just stuck with the Grassroots. "He's a little weird," the horseman added. "He's scared of everything, like flags. Everything scares him, but once he's in a race he seems to throw it away. He's getting better and better every start." A two-time Grassroots winner last season, Judge Ken had yet to find the winner's circle as a sophomore heading into the final division. With Trevor Henry in the race bike Judge Ken left smartly from Post 9 and led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter before yielding to fan favourite Scarlet Raider. Henry and Judge Ken sat behind Scarlet Raider through a :56.4 half and 1:26.1 three-quarters and then fired up in the stretch, nipping up the inside to a one-half length victory in 1:55.4. Lifetime Royalty closed like a freight train to take second, nudging Esa into third. Henry piloted Judge Ken to the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The group also bred the son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken, who moved into the top 20 with the win. Complete results for Monday's program are available at http://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0819wbsbsn.dat. Ontario Sires Stakes action will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Aug. 30 with the fourth Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park www.ontarioracing.com

INNISFIL, AUG. 18, 2019 - Ontario's top three-year-old pacing colts co-headlined Sunday's harness racing Family Day event at Georgian Downs - sharing top billing with the older trotters competing in the Honourable Earl Rowe Invitational Trot - and they delivered a blockbuster performance in the $156,400 Gold Series event. Meadowlands Pace champion Best In Show was sent off the slight favourite over division point leader Century Farroh, and driver Bob McClure sent the fan's choice straight to the front from Post 3. Century Farroh dropped in behind Best In Show and was quickly hemmed in by Bronx Seelster powering up the outer lane. Through the :26.4 opening quarter and :55 half, not much changed; Best In Show led the field, Century Farroh was breathing down McClure's neck in the pocket and Bronx Seelster was menacing from the outer lane. As Best In Show paced toward the 1:23.1 three-quarters Bronx Seelster seemed to stall and the colts behind him ranged out three and four-wide, but Bronx Seelster battled back and kept Century Farroh pinned to the rail as the colts turned for home. In the stretch Best In Show drifted ever so slightly off the rail and driver Sylvain Filion did not waste a moment, sending Century Farroh surging toward the wire. Best In Show and Century Farroh finished in lock step and it took a magnifying glass to determine that Century Farroh's nose was in front. Stag Party closed hard to take third in the 1:51.1 mile. "I thought, oh we're in trouble here, because Bronx Seelster just hung on enough that he couldn't get out. I thought, oh boy, but he just got out very late," said Century Farroh's trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "Sylvain was coming in the gate, he didn't think he won, that's how close it was. Two noses on the line together. "I saw the photo there, they both had their nose on the line; I guess we had a little bit more of it." Century Farroh has been flawless through the first four Gold Series Legs this season and his Ontario Sires Stakes win streak extends back to last August. As a two-year-old the son of Mach Three and Beachy Girl finished up his Grassroots campaign with two regular season wins and a victory in the Grassroots Championship. Through all 10 of his sophomore starts, Century Farroh has only been bested twice. He finished seventh in his North America Cup elimination on June 8 and last Saturday (Aug. 10) he finished third in the Carl Milstein Memorial at Northfield Park in Ohio. "We were pleased, he got $44,000 American so it was worth the trip down," said Moore. "It's the only time he's going to be away from home really, he's not staked to anything else." Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, NS owns Century Farroh, who boosted his career earnings to $510,633 with Sunday's victory. The colt will make his next start in the Aug. 31 Simcoe Stake and then finish up the Gold Series regular season on Sept. 13, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The top 10 point earners will then compete in the season ending Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 12. "He can use a week off again, that's three in a row for him," said Moore. "With that level of horse you've got to give them time off, you can't keep racing their guts out all the time, very few of them will survive at the same level. "I'd like to have him still good for the Super Final, he must have made the Super Final by now," added the Cambridge, ON resident with a chuckle. Following Century Farroh's thrilling victory, eight of the top aged trotters stepped onto the track for the $75,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Invitational Trot and the two mares in the field gave fans another thrilling battle. P L Jill and Dream Together both left smartly from Posts 1 and 4 and the pair started their battle heading by the :56.4 half, Dream Together on the inside, P L Jill pressing her from the outer lane. Through the 1:24.1 three-quarters the mares went head-to-head and down the stretch they continued to battle tooth and nail with P L Jill getting by late for a three-quarter length score in 1:53.1. P L Jill Mario Baillargeon drove Kadabra daughter P L Jill to the win for trainer Ben Baillargeon of Guelph and owners Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, Jill Coleman of New York, NY and Alan Christensen of Calgary, AB. Prince Lee Acres also bred the mare, who now has seven wins and $177,620 in earnings in her six-year-old season. Complete results for Sunday's program are available by clicking on this link.    OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Driver Daniel Dube and harness racing assistant trainer Mickey Burke had but one plan going into the $200,000 Prix d'Ete Grand Circuit Stake at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, go to the front no matter what. And that is exactly what Dube did and This Is The Plan was up to the task as the four-year-old gelding by Somebeachsomewhere wired the field and rewrote the all-age track record with an amazing 1:49.1 triumph. This Is The Plan's only challenge came from rival Jimmy Freight (Louis Philippe Roy), who after a :26.2 first quarter, came first-over and challenged This Is The Plan to the half in :54.4 with The Downtown Bus (Doug McNair) second over and Done Well (Bob McClure) sitting the pocket trip. The tempo quickened going down the backstretch and past the three-quarters in 1:21.2, but This Is The Plan was in full control for Dube. McNair came three-wide on the final turn with The Downtown Bus too little too late as This Is The Plan was the strong horse down the stretch, winning by three lengths. The Downtown Bus was second with Jimmy Freight third. The time of the race, 1:49.1, is the fastest half mile track time ever registered in Canada and was just one-fifth of a second from the World Record (Cam's Valentino, Northfield Park 2018 in 1:49). The previous Canadian record of 1:49.2 was held by This Is The Plan's sire, Somebeachsomewhere in 2008, who set the record 11 years, one day from today. The previous all-age track record at H3R was co-held by Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015) at 1:50.3, both taking place in the Prix d'Ete. Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, was very pleased with the race. "I am so happy to have won today," Dube said. "And to have all my family and friends here makes it extra special. That was a big mile today, 1:49.1 for my horse. He was so good. My plan was to get to the lead right away and he responded so well." Trained by Ron Burke, it was the third Prix d'Ete that his stable has won (All Bets Off 2015) and (Rockin Ron 2016). This Is The Plan is co-owned by Burke Racing Stable, Weaver-Bruscemi, J and T Silva, Purnel & Libb and Larry Karr. It was his second win this year and he paid $4.60 to win as the betting favorite. "We have been very fortunate over the years that the miles have gone our way in the Prix d'Ete," said Mickey Burke. It was our plan all along to go to the front and see what happens and it worked out for us. I thought we looked really good at the start, getting one-two on the rail. "Today's mile really shocked me," Burke said. "I looked at the program last night and saw 1:50.3 and thought that record may stick around for a while. I was pretty wrong. I can't say enough how great this horse is." Driver Louis Philippe Roy was red-hot in the sulky Sunday as he won five of the first six races on the program. There were also seven lifetime marks taken on the 12-race card. The Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers was also on the program and the colts battled in the 9th race for a purse of $10,000 and it sorta was over after the start. Driver Pascal Berube and race favorite Ashleysbest shot out to the early lead and they never looked back, holding the field at bay as they cut fractions of :27, :55.2 and 1:23.3 as Ashelysbest and Berube scored by four and three-quarter lengths in 1:52.4, tying the track record for three-year-olds. Angers Bayama (Sylvain Filion) was second with GA Speed Gaby (Bob McClure) third. It was a lifetime mark for the son of Shanghai Phil, tying the record of Duc D'Orleans set in 2013. Ashleysbest is trained by Sylvain Cote and owned and bred by Marc Hebert of Masham. He paid $5.00 to win in scoring his seventh win in eleven lifetime starts. The first of two $7,500 division of the Breeders Cup Series Friday for three-year-old pacing fillies saw the closest finish of the afternoon as 20-1 long shot Olis Spirit and driver Louis Philippe Roy closed well from the back of the back to nip HP Xandau (Stephane Brosseau) by a long nose in 1:58.3. Akita Bayama (Justin Filion) was also in the photo, third by only a head. It was the maiden victory thus a lifetime mark for Olis Spirit, a daughter of Power Park, trained and owned by Lois Russell of Crabtree. She paid $42.80 to win. Then in the second filly division, the seventh race, it was a real dogfight early on between Espirit Dequipe (Tyler Jones) on the inside and Better Now (LPR) parked on the outside and they fought that way to the quarter in :27.3 and the half in :56. Then in the backstretch, Daniel Dube making a bold three-wide move with Moneymakehersmile and cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:25.1. Meanwhile, Sylvain Filion with Audi Bayama was closing in on the leader and was four-wide at the three-quarters, cleared to be first-over by the top of the stretch, and collared Moneymakehersmile in the stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.2. D Gs Airystars (Jonathan Lachance) made a break at the start and rebounded to finish third. It was a lifetime mark for Audi Bayama and the second win in just three starts this season for the filly by Sportswriter. Her time was just one-fifth of a second from the track record of 1:55.1. She is trained by Yves Filion and owned by Bayama Farms, Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil. Audi Bayama paid $6.90 to win. Track Notes: Live racing will resume at the Hippodrome 3R on Friday with first race post time at 7:00 pm. For more information go to www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Swift early fractions poised Rock Diamonds N and 21-year-old New England native Mitchell Cushing to rip through the field and claim victory in the 60th renewal of the Guardian Gold Cup & Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park on Saturday, Aug. 17 as reports by Standardbred Canada. The inside three starters shot for the front with Bet On Brett brushing quickest to the top. Trial-winner Sir Pugsley sat second while Bettors Fire N, driven by Mitchell’s father Ron Cushing, ducking to third. Rock Diamonds N sat sixth past a :26.3 opening quarter and glided along the cones as Bettors Fire N pulled first over into a :54.1 half. Pacesetter Bet On Brett began to retreat up the backside. Sir Pugsley pulled pocket to take command while Bet On Brett got circled by defending champion Somewhere Fancy, with Lisburn stacked three wide and Midway Island, the other trial winner, four wide. Sir Pugsley passed three-quarters in 1:23.2 but clung to the lead as Somewhere Fancy and Lisburn loomed closer and eventually moved to the front turning for the finish. Rock Diamonds N remained at the pylons and shot through the open stretch to power past everyone and stop the clock in 1:51.4. Somewhere Fancy finished second while Lisburn took third. “I really thought my dad’s [horse] was going to step around Sir Pugsley, but we got a nice spot that opened up,” Cushing said after the race. “They all left out of there real hard, so I just took back and, after that, you just have to go with instinct—what you see with the other as they’re running out of gas and whatnot.” Winning his eighth race from 16 starts this season and his 24th from 62 overall, Rock Diamonds N races for owners Kevin Sywyk, Ron Cushing and Frank Ranaldi and has earned $282,362. Mitchell Cushing, growing up driving at the fairs in Maine and now the leading driver at Plainridge Park in Massachusetts, won in his first start in the Gold Cup & Saucer. “I thought Fryeburg Fair was pretty cool,” Cushing said, “but this is completely different. This is like what you see at a professional sports game.” Father Ron had driven Rock Diamonds N in all his stateside starts previously, including when the six-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding finished second as the favourite to Sir Pugsley in his trial last week. Ron, siding with Bettors Fire N in the final, invited Mitchell to drive the eventual winner while Bettors Fire N finished off the board. “We’re the biggest competitors,” Cushing said of racing against his father. “If we’re in against each other, I can’t wait to beat him because it means my paycheck is more than his. I wanted to beat him more than anybody on the racetrack tonight.” Rock Diamonds N returned $12.80 to win. From Standardbred Canada

MILTON, ON -  AUG. 17, 2019 - Harness racing drivers Doug McNair and Bob McClure split the three-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions down the middle on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park, McNair taking the first two and McClure the second pair. McNair kicked things off in the first $23,500 split with Fast N First and had the heavy favourite on top before the halfway marker. Fast N First never saw another challenger as he cruised home a one and one-quarter length winner in 1:51.2. Pocket-sitter Carlisimo finished second and HP Napoleon was third. "He was a little lazy in the lead," said McNair of Blake MacIntosh trainee Fast N First. "But it takes a lot to get him tired." It was the first Grassroots win for Fast N First, who started his sophomore campaign at the Gold Series level. In 15 starts this season the Bettors Delight son has tallied six wins, three seconds and two thirds, netting owners Blake MacIntosh of St. George, Ridgeway Racing of Ridgeway and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON $87,334. Fast N First Guelph resident McNair also guided Cliffhanger to his first Grassroots victory in the second division. Like Fast N First the pair were sent off as the favourites from Post 4, but this time McNair opted to follow pacesetter Priceless Beach through fractions of :27.2, :55.2 and 1:24.2. Cliffhanger then unleashed a :26.4 final quarter to catch the leader and pull away to a two length victory in 1:51.2. Machdavid also closed hard, and he and Priceless Beach finished in a dead heat for second. "Cliffhanger raced good," said McNair, who subbed for regular reinsman Louis-Philippe Roy on Saturday. "He is turning into a nice colt." McNair engineered the win for owner and trainer Tony Alagna of Manalapan, NJ. The win was the fourth of the sophomore campaign for Vintage Master son Cliffhanger and boosted his season earnings to $50,402. Cliffhanger McClure picked up where McNair left off in the third Grassroots division, employing a come-from-behind effort to put Carsons Shadow in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle for the first time. The pair caught favourite Sugartown in the stretch with a determined effort that saw them stop the clock at 1:51.2. Sugartown was one-half length back in second, just ahead of third-place finisher Better Moonon Over. "He's a nice little colt. He's not big, but he's quick, and he's a tough little bugger," said McClure of the Shadow Play colt. Like both Fast N First and Cliffhanger, Carsons Shadow tested the Gold Series waters before finding success in the Grassroots. In 14 sophomore starts the gelding has amassed a record of six wins, two seconds and earnings of $62,200. Vicki Gregg trains Carsons Shadow for owner-breeder David Carson of Listowel, ON. Carsons Shadow One race later Rockwood resident McClure was back in the winner's circle with fan favourite Dreamfair Moxy, who stalked pacesetter Sportsline through fractions of :26.2, :55.4 and 1:23.3 before circling around the tiring leader in the stretch. Dreamfair Moxy sprinted home to a three and one-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. The Regulator and Silver Beast finished second and third. "He is a real nice little colt with a nice gait and he's sweet to drive," said McClure, who was in the race bike in place of regular reinsman Travis Cullen. "He always goes ahead when you ask him." The win was Dreamfair Moxy's second straight in Grassroots action. The Bettors Delight son was also a winner in the third leg at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 5. Jodie Cullen trains the winner of $77,322 for John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON. Dreamfair Moxy The three-year-old pacing colts will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 2. The top 20 point earners will then compete in the Sept. 28 Grassroots Semi-Finals, hoping to land one of 10 spots in the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. Click here for complete results from Saturday's program. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday Aug. 19 with a trio of Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. The colts will raise the curtain on the program at 7:10 pm in Race 1 and will also battle in Races 3 and 7. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing Standardbred owner Adriano Sorella of Guelph, Ontario is one of the industry's most prominent and outgoing Standardbred owners in the sport. His top racehorse, Jimmy Freight, races this Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000C Prix d'Ete race for four-year-olds and Sorella will be there to watch his son of Sportswriter do his thing, and Sorella is bringing five friends with him to help root Jimmy Freight on. "I'm extremely happy with Jimmy Freight, Sorella added. "He's been tough all year long and I wouldn't trade him for anyone. He's a 1.2-million-dollar earner. He's been hitting the board over 90% of his races, and racing vs the best." Jimmy Freight drew post six for the Prix d'Ete and will, of course, have Louis Philippe Roy in the sulky. He is listed as the second choice in the race at odds of 3-1. The entry of This Is The Plan and Done Well are the 5/2 morning line favorite. "I expect him to be as good as he's always been on a half," Sorella explained. "He's versatile and has raced on every size track and all over NA. He's not afraid of anyone, and neither am I." A six-figure purchase from Iowa as an undefeated Sportswriter colt by Sorella. Jimmy Freight has been a big money maker for Sorella and the Jimmy Freight team. And Jimmy Freight also has a big following on Social Media, thanks to Sorella, with fans cheering him on from around the world. "Our team does a great job, Sorella said. "From his caretaker Lynn Cameron in Canada and Leo Herrera in the States, to his trainers Richard Moreau locally and Andrew Harris out of New Jersey. It also nice to see Louis Roy and Richard Moreau have a real nice animal racing in their home province of Quebec. And for the fans, they will get to see what I think will be a great race." This year Jimmy Freight scored his lifetime mark at Mohawk Raceway, winning the $100,000 Gold Cup in a sizzling 1:48.1 over the great McWicked. With great weather predicted for Sunday's Prix d'Ete, the track record at H3R will be in jeopardy. The all-age record of 1:50.3 is co-held by previous Prix d'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Jonathan Drury-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 Sunday's race card also features three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacers plus there is a Preferred Pace and Trot on the 12-race program. The Prix d'Ete will be the 11th race on Sunday. First race post time is 1:00 pm. For a free race program or to watching the races live at H3R, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

MILTON, ON - AUG. 16, 2019 - Tall Dark Stranger made his harness racing debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening and padded his growing resume with a seemingly effortless three length victory in 1:51.2. Lining up at Post 8 in the second $108,000 Gold Series division, driver Yannick Gingras eased Tall Dark Stranger away from the starting gate and settled in fifth as Bettor At Hightide rolled out to a :26.3 opening quarter. Heavy favourites Gingras and Tall Dark Stranger started their advance up the outer lane heading for the :56 half and at the 1:24 three-quarters they matched strides briefly with Bettor At Hightide before taking command and sailing home to a comfortable victory. Pocket-sitter Sports Obsession finished second and YS Mathis closed well to claim third-place honours. "He's been pretty easy to train and he's always kind of done what he's supposed to do, for the most part, so it makes my job a little bit easier for sure," said trainer Nancy Johansson of the colt, who is now perfect through two qualifiers and three races, with all three races clocked in 1:51.3 or faster. Tall Dark Stranger The son of Bettors Delight and $869,920 winner Precocious Beauty was a $330,000 purchase from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and Friday's win boosted his early career earnings to $68,000 for owners Marvin Katz of Toronto, ON, Crawford Farms Racing of Syracuse, NY, Caviart Farms of Vienna, VA and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. Tall Dark Stranger started his career at The Meadowlands, near Johansson's Allentown, NJ base, but he has taken up residence at Classy Lane Training Centre in Puslinch in preparation for the next Gold event and the Sept. 14 Metro Pace eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I have nine horses at Classy Lane, so I have a few up here and some of my staff stays up here with them. And I've been spending essentially Tuesday through Saturday in Canada," said Johansson. "I think we might race him in the Gold on the 31st, we'll race him that Gold and then he'll go to the Metro from there, most likely. Obviously he needs to stay healthy and sound and everything." Gingras, who also calls Allentown, NJ home, has been in the race bike for all of Tall Dark Stranger's appearances and Johansson does not expect the reinsman to miss any of the colt's starts, which she expects will number 12 or 13 by the end of the season. "We got lucky there were no conflicts tonight, so that he was able to come up, but I do really like to keep the same driver on a two-year-old, so that they get comfortable with each other and confidence in each other," said Johansson. "And obviously Yannick is one of the top drivers in our sport, so if he wants to come and drive him, I'm not going to fight him not to do it. "I think it will probably be in his best interest too, to keep showing up," she added with a chuckle. While Tall Dark Stranger has been straightforward to train and a gentleman to work with, that was not the case for the winner of the other Gold Series division. In the weeks after Examiner Hanover arrived at Casie Coleman's winter base in Florida last November the trainer was so unimpressed with the $80,000 yearling she suggested owners Brad Grant of Milton and Steve Heimbecker of Conestogo, ON should either send him back to breeder Hanover Shoe Farms or give him to another trainer. The son of Hes Watching was extremely difficult to work with and seemed physically unable to learn his early lessons. "He was so bad that I actually tried to give him back to Hanover Shoe Farms, saying this horse can't even, like I can't do anything with him, he can't function. I even told Brad Grant, 'If they won't take him back just try him with one of your other trainers or something, because I can't figure this horse out'," Coleman recalled. "He ended up having a lot of chiropractic issues basically, so I don't know if something happened on the ship or what, but they got fixed up and then he was training down like a beast. He couldn't have trained any better all winter once we figured that part out." Examiner Hanover continued to train well when Coleman returned to Ontario in the spring and delivered two sharp qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 14 and 22, but things went off the rails for a second time in July 6 Gold Series opener when the gelding's knee boots slid down his legs. "He went the entire mile with two knee boots down, and he got all hot and rattled up because of that," said Cambridge resident Coleman. "He qualified great, I was thrilled with him, then his first few starts weren't so good at all." After a fourth-place result in the second Gold Leg, Examiner Hanover rebounded with an overnight win at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 26 and then finished fourth to Tall Dark Stranger in the Dream Maker Series on Aug. 5. In Friday's Gold Series test driver Bob McClure settled Examiner Hanover in fifth through the :28.1 opening quarter and then sent the gelding up the outside heading for the :57 half. The pair was able to follow Wind Blown to the 1:24.4 three-quarters and then sprint home for a neck victory over Rhythm In Motion and Aneto in 1:52.3. Examiner Hanover "He went from a disaster, to awesome, to a little bit of a disaster again, to good again now," said Coleman with a chuckle. "Hopefully he's on the track right now." Complete results from Friday's program are available by clicking on this link. Next up on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Ontario Sires Stakes schedule are four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, Aug. 17. Post time for Saturday's program is 7:10 pm and the colts will compete in Races 3, 5, 7 and 8. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Wins have been hard to come by, but that hasn't diminished This Is The Plan's performances in the eyes of his owners. After all, if not for history's co-fastest horse Lather Up and defending Horse of the Year McWicked, the 4-year-old gelding would have plenty more to show for his efforts. This Is The Plan has won one of 12 races this year, with his triumph coming in the Ben Franklin Pace on June 29. Since then, he has been runner-up to Lather Up three times (Graduate championship, William R. Haughton Memorial, Sam McKee Memorial) and McWicked once (Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial). Overall, This Is The Plan has six second-place finishes in his past seven starts. The Somebeachsomewhere gelding will try to get back to the winner's circle Sunday (Aug. 18) in the C$200,000 Prix d'Ete for 4-year-old pacers at Hippodrome 3R in Quebec. There is no Lather Up, but plenty of competition, including O'Brien Award winner Jimmy Freight and Confederation Cup champ Done Well. This Is The Plan will start from post four with driver Dan Dube at the lines for trainer Ron Burke. He is 5-2 on the morning line, part of the favored entry with stablemate Done Well. "We can't complain, he's been super," said Mark Weaver, who is a member of This Is The Plan's ownership group. "Ronnie has thought all along he would be a good fit for us just because he is so handy. He's been able to leave (the starting gate) and put himself in a good position. Unfortunately, when Lather Up comes moving to the front there's not much you can do except try to hold on for second. That's what he's been able to do, which is fine." This Is The Plan has won eight of 45 career races and earned $1.19 million. He was purchased by the Burke Brigade last September and paid immediate dividends with wins in the Matron Stakes (in a dead heat) and Progress Pace. He also finished third in the Breeders Crown. This season, he is No. 2 in purses among older male pacers, with $551,618. Only Lather Up is richer, with $677,448. "Nowadays, especially for the 4-year-olds, so much money is on the smaller tracks," said Weaver, who shares ownership of This Is The Plan with Mike Bruscemi (as Weaver Bruscemi LLC), Burke Racing Stable, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Larry Karr. "We try to acquire horses that we think can get around the turns. He can leave and get around smaller tracks so well. That was one of the reasons we were interested in him last year." Done Well joined the Burke stable at the same time as This Is The Plan. He began this season well, with a second in a preliminary round of the Graduate Series and wins in his Confederation Cup elimination and the final. He was found to be sick following a fourth-place finish in the Camluck Classic and has been off the board in his past six starts. During that stretch, he has started from post eight twice, post nine twice and post 11 once. For his career, Done Well has won nine of 32 races and $533,245. He is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, J&T Silva-Purnel & Libby, and Wingfield Brothers. Done Well will start the Prix d'Ete from post three with driver Bob McClure. "To start the year, Done Well was super and This Is The Plan was drawing bad and having bad racing luck," Weaver said. "Now the last month and a half, it's kind of flip-flopped. (Done Well) has been racing against the best and has gone through a couple little ups and downs. But he's certainly a factor. "We like our horses, we like our posts, we like our drivers, so we'll take our chances from there." Racing begins at 1 p.m. (EDT) Sunday at Hippodrome 3R. The Prix d'Ete is race 11 on the card. Following is the field. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-M/L 1-Hitman Hill-Eric Goodell-Hunter Oakes-7/2 2-Pretty Handsome-Trevor Henry-Andrew McCabe-6/1 3-Done Well-Bob McClure-Ron Burke-5/2 4-This Is The Plan-Dan Dube-Ron Burke-5/2 5-The Downtown Bus-Doug McNair-Jeff Gillis-4/1 6-Jimmy Freight-Louis Roy-Richard Moreau-3/1 7-Turbo Hill-Hunter Oakes-Hunter Oakes-7/2 8-Casimir Richie P-Sylvain Filion-Dr. Ian Moore-5/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

CHARLOTTETOWN, P.E.I. — The field is set for The Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final Saturday and Sir Pugsley will leave from the coveted rail in the finale of Old Home Week 2019 at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park. A winner in Trial 2 in 1:52.4, Sir Pugsley will leave from Post 1 after drawing the position during the official ceremony featuring the Gold Cup and Saucer ambassadors. Jason Hughes drove Sir Pugsley to his trial victory for trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Robert Woodburn of St. Thomas, Ont. Trial 1 winner Midway Island will leave from Post 7 in the 60th edition of the Gold Cup and Saucer for driver Travis Cullen and trainer Rachel Andrew. The Maine duo of Bettors Fire N and Rock Diamonds N will leave from Posts 2 and 6, respectively, in the $60,000 race set for midnight on Saturday evening. Post positions Post – Horse – Trainer 1 – Sir Pugsley – Patrick Shepherd 2 – Bettors Fire N – Heidi Gibbs 3 – Bet On Brett – Rene Allard 4 – Somewhere Fancy – Rene Allard 5 – Lisburn – Robert Cleary 6 – Rock Diamonds N – Heidi Gibbs 7 – Midway Island – Rachel Andrew 8 – National Debt – Jackie Matheson by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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SUMMERSIDE, PE – With a perfect two-hole ride, Dangle Ona Dime was first to the wire in the harness racing featured event Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. In line to Ken Murphy, Dangle Ona Dime left well from post 5 to sit behind post 1 starter Mando Fun (Driven by Dale Spence) in the $2,600 featured event on the special Wednesday evening program at the Prince County Oval. Mando Fun cut out splits of 27.3, 56.3 and 1:26.2 before Dangle Ona Dime powered up in the stretch drive to win by a length in 1:56.2. Duane MacEachern conditions the four-year-old son of Pang Shui for owner Darla MacEachern of Summerside. Mando Fun was second while Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie) finished third. The Darren Crowe stable was in town shipping in from Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia and scored a pair of wins. Crowe opened the card with a maiden score by Ashestodiamonds in 2:00.2, then Barona Lilac was a winner in 1:59.3 for trainer-driver Crowe. The Nova Scotia reinsman also picked up a catch driving win with WC Marys Buddy in 1:58.2 for trainer Don Sweet of O’Leary. Live racing at Red Shores Summerside returns to its normal slot on Sunday afternoon with a 1 P.M. post time featuring the Joe O’Brien Memorial and Lady Slipper stakes. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
GUELPH, ON -- CityTV's Breakfast Television (BT) Toronto reported live-on-location from Tomiko Training Centre on Wednesday morning to explore fractional racehorse ownership with TheStable.ca and Ontario Racing. BT Live Eye host Nicole Servinis presented four segments from the Puslinch, ON training centre (base operations for TheStable.ca) during the national broadcast. The spots included conversations with Ontario Racing's John Siscos about the importance of horse racing in the province's rural economy; Lunch n Learn facilitator Elissa Blowe spoke about the program's mandate to educate groups about racehorse ownership; TheStable.ca President Anthony MacDonald discussed the evolution of his business to become the largest harness racing stable in Canada; TheStable.ca client James Traynor explained the benefits of owning small fractions of Standardbred racehorses. Servinis made her on-track debut in a double-seated jog cart accompanied by MacDonald as the pair drove two-year-old trotter Rooney Blue Chip. TheStable.ca is hosting an Open Barn on Saturday, August 24 at Tomiko Training Centre. The event provides guided tours of the barns, introductions to some of the 60 horses onsite, and an introduction to fractional Standardbred racehorse ownership. Admission is free but an RSVP is required: www.thestable.ca/openbarn Ontario Racing offers free Lunch n Learn sessions about racehorse ownership, hosted by Elissa Blowe, suitable for groups of all types and sizes : http://bit.ly/2TSG5Vf BT Segments: Introduction: http://bit.ly/2KVYYmc Interview with Ontario Racing: http://bit.ly/2Mv7uvM  Nicole jogs a horse: http://bit.ly/2Z8icPh TheStable.ca client James Traynor: http://bit.ly/30qgeGO by Kelly Spencer, for The Stable  
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a drop in class out of the Open mares harness racing ranks, Collective Wisdom is heralded as the one to beat in the Thursday evening top event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 10-dash Thursday card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with Collective Wisdom the favourite in race 9 of the card with a $2,300 purse at stake. Jackie Matheson trains the daughter of American Ideal for owner Woodmere Farms of Marshfield while Gilles Barrieau will handle the driving duties. Miss Sangria has post 3 with Corey MacPherson filling in in the driver's seat for trainer Melissa Rennie while Drivingthedragon N (Driven by Jason Hughes) leaves from post 7 fresh off a second place finish in 1:57.4. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will go with the class dropper for his top pick. "Collective Wisdom is reunited with Gilles, gets a much better post than her last two and exits the open mares," MacIsaac said. "Add all those positives together and she's the one to knock off." Also in the field are Jens Credit (Ryan Perrot), Imagine Speed (Ken Murphy), Julep Hanover (Wade Myers) and Dancers Pass (David Dowling). Race 7 is the Accreon PEI pace with Hurricane Hill favoured from post 8 fresh off a win in 1:58.1. MacPherson is in the race bike for owner-trainer Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane. The top trot of the night lines up in race 6 for a $2,200 purse. Buckaroo is the morning line favourite from post 5 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. A winner in 2:01.3 during Old Home Week racing, Buckaroo will face off with five challengers in his Thursday evening assignment. For race programs, live video and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway has added fireworks to its harness racing Community Night celebration on Friday, August 30. The family-friendly festivities are free of charge and kick off with the first of 10 horse races at 6:30 p.m. The fireworks display will begin at approximately 10:30 p.m. (30 minutes following the last horse race). BBQ specials ($2 hamburgers and hotdogs, $1 pop) will be available at two locations on the tarmac. Cash draws totaling $1,000 will be conducted for guests from the local community whose postal code begins with NOB or N1M. Proof of residency is required and draw participants must be 18 or older and present to win. Community Night also boasts the track's usual array of Friday race night offerings, including free kids' activities in The NEIGHbourhood (located in the First Turn Tent) and the chance for guests of all ages to drive a racehorse in a double-seated jog cart, accompanied by a pro. This opportunity is limited to seven spots and guests must sign-up at the tarmac booth beside the racetrack. Community Nights are presented by the track's parent organization, the Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS). During the event, GRAS will honour local resident Paul Kelly who has dedicated his life to preserving the bee population. Kelly will be onsite and available for questions and discussion about his work from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. The fireworks display on Community Night will be coordinated by The Weinstein Group Inc. of Fergus, ON in partnership with Pyro World. The show will feature a massive display of fireworks choreographed to a collection of feel-good summertime songs. For complete event details: https://grandriverraceway.com/events/centre-wellington-derby-nights/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway    
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