Day At The Track

The United States' Marcus Miller emerged with the early lead in the harness racing standings after driving a pair of winners during the 2017 World Driving Championship opener on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs Racetrack & Casino in Calgary, Alta. while Canada's James MacDonald also doubled up to finish the five-race leg in second-place.   The North American reinsmen dominated the first of five WDC legs hosted by Standardbred Canada, with Miller accumulating 57 points and MacDonald earning 50 points while Australia's Shane Graham put forth a consistent showing hitting the board in three of the races to secure third position in the standings, trailing MacDonald by just two points. Sweden's Bjorn Goop was the other first leg winner and finished in fourth-place with 43 points.   "I'm very happy," said Miller early on in the competition featuring 11 top international drivers. "There's a lot of races to go yet so I'm just going to try to hang in there and keeping doing the same thing."   Miller opened the 2017 World Driving Championship with a victory in the first race aboard 2-1 second choice Ashlynn Grace ($6.20) to take the early lead in the point standings. He secured a pocket trip with Ashlynn Grace, who started from the trailing tier in post 10, behind the inside leaver and found room between horses in the final turn to come through for the two-length victory, timed in 2:05.3 over the extended 1-1/16 mile distance.   The United States reinsman then sent 9-5 favourite Kavola ($5.60) three-wide from the outer flow approaching the third quarter mark to take over command in the third race and held off a wall of closers to win by one and a quarter lengths in 2:07.3.   "It's unbelievable. I know everybody at home is watching," said Miller of representing his country. "It's something else, this is one of the most exciting times in my life as far as harness racing goes."   MacDonald was victorious in the second and fifth races. In his first win, he cleared to command from post eight after the first quarter and held off the competition for the victory in 2:03.1 aboard Lucky Lucka ($19.70). His second victory came aboard Barossa Blue Genes ($6.70), tipping three-wide off cover approaching the third quarter mark and drawing clear in the stretch to win by two and a half lengths in 2:03.3.   "It's a whole different ball game and I've never been involved in anything like this," said MacDonald of the international tournament. "I'm really excited to be doing it and thankfully having a little bit of success."   The drivers will head to MacDonald's home track at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. for the second WDC leg on Monday, August 14.   "At Mohawk, I'll know all 11 horses in the race and I'll know their tendencies, not to say that's what they're going to do that given night, but I'll have a little bit of information," said MacDonald. "Every little bit you have ahead of someone else helps."   Goop's victory in the fourth race was his first in Canada as he made a power move in front of the grandstand sending Newport Min ($40.90) three-wide to the lead and then prevailed in a three-way photo finish in 2:07.1.    The opening WDC leg at Century Downs was the culmination of the First Annual Calgary Racing Festival. The week-long event, running through to Saturday, included an Industry Day, Mid-Summer Classic card, Charity Bowling and Charity Golf tournaments, and a Charity Gala.   After the next leg at Mohawk, the drivers will head to Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Que. on August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week.   The reinsmen will earn points based on their finishing position in each race and the top point-earner at the end of the five-day competition will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money.   The World Driving Championship -- along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown -- are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.    WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP LEG #1 LEADERBOARD   Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. Marcus Miller (United States) - 57 2. James MacDonald (Canada) - 50 3. Shane Graham (Australia) - 48 4. Bjorn Goop (Sweden) - 43 5. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 38 6. Mika Forss (Finland) - 34 7. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 29 8. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 25 9. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 24 10. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 21 11. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 16   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

AUGUST 12, 2017 - Dagfin Henriksen returned to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening and guided his harness racing two-year-old trotter North And South to an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots victory, the gelding's second of the season. Sent off as the second choice by Kawartha Downs fans, who strongly favoured the trotters with local connections, North And South got away sixth from Post 9 and avoided some early confusion caused when Irish Master made a miscue that pushed favourite Stormont Ventnor into the middle of the racetrack. Closing to fourth by the halfway marker, North And South had taken command by the three-quarters and sailed home a two and three-quarter length winner in a personal best 1:59.1. Stormont Ventnor, with Kawartha's top reinsman Reg Gassien of Lindsay in the race bike, recovered from his first quarter shuffle to finish second and third choice Chief Justice, trained by former Peterborough, ON resident John Bax, was third. "Nine-hole, you kind of have to plan as you go a little bit, and when the horse run out of the first turn there was a little bit of a confused first quarter, and then there was a big gap," said Henriksen. "I was just trying to close the gap and when he closed the gap he just swelled up, so I just moved him when I had to. It worked out perfect." Henriksen, a former resident of Peterborough who started his training and driving career at Kawartha Downs, shares ownership of North And South with Dr. Brett Anderson of Port Hope, ON and Kyle Anderson of Edmonton, AB. The partners anted up $10,000 to acquire North And South from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and through four starts the son of Southwind Lustre and Queen Nora has earned $18,975. "He raced really good. When I moved him he just fired right up. It was fun," said Henriksen, who now calls Cambridge, ON home. "He's learning the right way and does everything the right way." The victory bumped the gelding to the top of the division standings with 102 points, which should assure him of a berth in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack, but Henriksen was happy to just enjoy Saturday's win without looking too far into the future. "It's nice to win here. It's always been fun to win here," said the horseman. "The crowd's always cheering me on, everybody knows me; it's good." Veteran trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev also enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from Kawartha Downs' fans when he guided Charlie Ona Harley into the winner's circle after the second Grassroots division. The pair was part of a three-horse charge to the wire that required a photograph to determine that Charlie Ona Harley got a head in front of Nobodynosjustice and pacesetter Radical Attempt in the 1:59.2 mile. "Usually, you know he acted like a two-year-old, but tonight he got behind the gate and he just was a different horse," said Moiseyev. "I was happy with him." Saturday was Charlie Ona Harley's debut, both in the Grassroots and as a gelding. The son of Glidemaster and Carnac started the Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, finishing fifth in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, but his behaviour that night caused Moiseyev and owners Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON to make the decision to transform him from a colt to a gelding. "He was so bad in the paddock that night, he was trying to hurt people, so we just gelded him," explained Moffat resident Moiseyev. "He really calmed right down after about 10 days, now he's all business." With Saturday's win Charlie Ona Harley moved into ninth spot in the division standings and both he and North And South will have an opportunity to pad their point totals in the fifth event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sept. 2 at Flamboro Downs. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was on hand for Kawartha Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes event Saturday and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs made the trophy presentations to the winning connections of North And South and Charlie Ona Harley. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Fields are now set for the fourth leg of the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Wednesday, August 16 at Hippodrome 3R in Trois-Rivières, Quebec. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. The Championship will then continue on Monday, August 14 with the second leg, which will take place at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. To view the draw and complete information for the second leg, click here. The third leg will take place on Tuesday, August 15 at Georgian Downs in Innisfill, Ontario. To view the draw and the complete information for the third leg, click here.  Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the fourth of five legs.  Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Hippodrome 3R leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 5-8. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races.   World Driving Championship - Race 1 (3R - Race 5) Purse: $4,000 – 1 mile, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 8:54 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Loves A Challenge - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 2. Eataam Whosurboy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 3. Negligent Hanover - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 4. Lacaille Gabe - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 5. Maracasso - Marcus Miller (USA) 6. Ninoscredit - James MacDonald (Canada)  7. Imagine Speed - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 8. Taylor B Swift - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 9. First Shot - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 10. Cabernet Seelster - Shane Graham (Australia) 11. Fire Luck - Mika Forss (Finland)   World Driving Championship - Race 2 (3R - Race 6) Purse: $4,000 – 1 mile, Trot (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 9:24 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. (PP5) Holiday Spirit - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 1A. (PP7) Tymal Recap - Marcus Miller (USA) 2. (PP1) SOS Justice - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3. (PP2) Kim Sorel - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4. (PP3) Chinnys Wings - Mika Forss (Finland) 5. (PP4) Crown Point - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6. (PP6) Echos Funky Claude - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 7. (PP8) Tuscans Memory - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 8. (PP9) Y S Suzanne - Shane Graham (Australia) 9. (PP10) Abundasass - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 10. (PP11) Federal Strike - James MacDonald (Canada)    World Driving Championship - Race 3 (3R - Race 7) Purse: $4,200 – 1-1/16 miles, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 9:54 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Shanghai B G - Mika Forss (Finland) 2. Iron Phil - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 3. Noloseblues - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4. Terror Suspect - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 5. Jolts Prayer - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 6. Orator - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 7. Now What Hanover - James MacDonald (Canada)  8. Dont Tell Mom  - Shane Graham (Australia) 9. Davinci Seelster - Marcus Miller (USA) 10. Tickle My Fantasy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 11. Old Fashioned Gal - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway)   World Driving Championship - Race 4 (3R - Race 8) Purse: $4,400 – 1-1/16 miles, Pace (Eight horses on the gate; three trailers) Approx. Post time: 10:24 P.M.   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Wine After Five - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 2. Hard Rock - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3. Jds Caleb Man - Shane Graham (Australia) 4. Danzig Moon - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 5. Tidewater Tomahawk  - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 6. Wild River Swan - Mika Forss (Finland) 7. Appleby Hanover - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 8. Astreos Boy - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 9. P L Gyro - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 10. Winoc Jimmy - James MacDonald (Canada) 11. Road Warrior - Marcus Miller (USA)   Post time for the first race on the card is set for 7:18 p.m EDT. The action off the track includes a meet and greet autograph session for race fans with the WDC drivers starting in the Grandstand at 5:45 pm, Participation 150, a presentation by the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame as well as a miniature horse and face painting for kids. After the fourth race, 3R officials will conduct the post position draw for the 2017 Prix d'Ete.   The defending champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Hippodrome 3R leg, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship, which will take place on Friday, August 18 and will be one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Wednesday's card (morning line odds to be added when available http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0816trrvsn.dat   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races: https://goo.gl/jbFP2B   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - There was no looking back for Adkins Hanover as he dominated the feature event Friday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park as Old Home Week harness racing officially kicked off. Kenny Arsenault was serious from the word go, laying down fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:25.1 before finishing the mile in 1:54.1 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Intended Royalty (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) was second with Likely To Win (Adam Merner) completing the triactor. Stephane Brosseau enjoyed his short stay for Old Home Week 2017 as he was victorious in the Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial, presented by the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic. The Quebec driver visited the winner's circle with Brussebeach in 1:56.1 for trainer and co-owner Harold Duguay and fellow Quebec resident Dr. John Bradbury. Brosseau returns to Quebec five wins shy of 3,000 lifetime. Brandon Webster recorded the fastest win of his young driving career with a 1:56.4 score in race 7 with Shock The Rock for trainer Blair MacLeod and owner Bethany MacLeod of New Dominion. Twomacsoneshadow captured the James Aylward Leadership pace in 1:58.1 with Barrieau in the bike for trainer Earl Watts and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmacs Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. It was one of two wins on the card for Barrieau while driver Marc Campbell extended his Charlottetown driving lead with two more wins for 74 wins so far this season. Live racing continues at Red Shores with a Saturday doubleheader with cards at 1 P.M. and 7 P.M. as Old Home Week racing continues   By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island: Retromedia Publishing is pleased to announce the launch of World Harness Racing at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino in Charlottetown, Prince Edward Island, Canada, at 3:30 p.m., on Wednesday, August 16, 2017. Special head table guests include Hall of Famers Wally Hennessey and John Campbell, as well as Hon. Robert Mitchell who will give their thoughts on the book, which gives prominence to the harness racing histories and legends of 17 cooperating countries and the histories of several industry leaders. Publisher Larry Resnitzky says he published World Harness Racing to tie in with the 2017 World Trotting Conference and the fifth leg of the World Driving Championship – both being held in Prince Edward Island, Canada. Every International Trotting Association delegate and official observer to the conference will receive a complimentary copy of this book, courtesy of the sponsors, as a keepsake for their time on the Island. Jerry McCabe, managing editor and co-author of World Harness Racing, says the mini-chapters, with over 100 photos are as fascinating as they are familiar and he’s sure there will be stories read that move the industry forward. The selection of driving legends chosen by the sport-governing bodies for each of the cooperating countries for the book will spark reaction. “Any time you have to narrow a list of all-time greats, there’s going to be discussion,” he said. “There’s going to be some that will surprise in a pleasant way, and some that will surprise by omission.” “John Campbell will be at the launch in his new capacity as the president and CEO of The Hambletonian Society, which is one of the 16 sponsors of the book,” he added. Many from around the world will be familiar with the front cover which features Wally Hennessey and Moni Maker; Varenne; and the flags of the contributing countries: Canada, United States, Ireland, United Kingdom, Norway, Sweden, Finland, Denmark, Russia, Germany, Australia, France, Spain, Italy, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. The 176-page paperback book will be available for sale and signing by John Campbell, Wally Hennessey and a few of the co-authors at the main-floor event. It will also be available at select bookstores and online at retromedia.ca. ......................................................................................................... AT A GLANCE Special head table guests at the book launch will include Wally Hennessey and John Campbell – two of the greatest harness drivers in history and two of the most humble, professional and accessible people in the industry, along with the Hon. Robert Mitchell, who gave his unfettered support from the outset for this commemorative harness racing book. Under the government letterhead, a letter bearing Robert Mitchell’s signature was sent out to the harness racing governing bodies of 20 countries from five continents. In it, a request was made for a short review of harness racing history, as well as their selection for three of their country’s driving legends, related biographies and accompanying photos. An amazing 17 countries responded to the minister’s request. Support from sponsors, beginning with Red Shores Racetrack and Casino/Atlantic Lottery Corporation and the Government of PEI, and also from some of the best-known breeders, racetracks and organizations in the harness racing world, made the project possible. Wally Hennessey is a third generation of Hennessey horsemen and the Prince Edward Island native is most famous for his driving career with the trotter Moni Maker, once the richest Standardbred in history. Hennessey continues to be one of the most consistent top drivers in the sport today. He has been inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, the United States Harness Racing Hall of Fame, The Florida Sports Hall of Fame and the PEI Sports Hall of Fame. John Campbell, a native of Ontario, is a third generation Campbell horsemen. He is the leading money winning driver in the world with close to $300 million won. Campbell is also the youngest person ever to be inducted into the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame. He’s also an inductee in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame. Some of the great horses he’s driven include Mack Lobell and Tagliabue. Campbell recently retired from driving and is now the president and CEO of the The Hambletonian Society, one of the sponsors with a mini-chapter on its history in this book. This unique World Harness Racing book is a labour of true love provided to the reader for their enjoyment, thanks to the people from each of the 17 cooperating countries, Retromedia Publishing’s team and the sponsors. Sponsors include some of the best-known breeders, racetracks and organizations in the sport: Century Downs/Alberta Standardbred Horse Association, Government of Prince Edward Island, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino/Atlantic Lottery Corporation, Schooner Stables/Hanover Shoe Farms, Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry Association, Meridian Farms, The Hambletonian Society, Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, Hippodrome 3R, Standardbred Canada, Tara Hills Stud, WinBak Farm, Preferred Equine, Woodbine Entertainment Group, Woodlands Stud and The Raceway at Western Fair District.

AUGUST 11, 2017 - Ontario's best three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will roll into Rideau Carleton Raceway on Sunday evening to compete for almost $250,000 in three harness racing Gold and three Grassroots divisions. The Ontario Sires Stakes program's leading trainer, Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, will send out one Gold Series starter and two Grassroots contenders in Sunday's event, with Dream Massive helping to kick things off in the first $65,600 Gold Series division. "He's been good. He seems to show up, especially in most of his sires stakes, he holds his own quite well," said Steacy about the Muscle Mass colt, who will start from Post 7 in Race 2. "He's not real flashy, but he always seems to get the job done. Unfortunately he drew a tough post in a tough division this time, but I'm sure he'll do well." Dream Massive faces a field of six that includes the top three point earners in the division, Magic Night at Post 4, R First Class at Post 2 and Try Try Again at Post 1. With one win, one third and one fourth through the first three Gold Series events, Dream Massive currently sits fifth in the standings with 70 points. The colt's regular reinsman, James MacDonald, is representing Canada in the World Driving Championship which gets under way August 12 at Alberta's Century Downs, so Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will pick up Dream Massive's lines in Sunday's contest. "Trevor should be a good back-up plan," said Steacy, who trains Dream Massive for Michael Soehnlen of Dalton, OH. "I think he'll fit that horse good." Steacy's Grassroots starters, More Than Majestic and Dontcrampmystyle, will compete in the second and third divisions, lining up behind Posts 2 and 7, respectively. "They both should like Rideau I think," said Steacy. "I know that More Than Majestic will, because he's been over it a couple times now." More Than Majestic shipped into Ottawa in mid-July and has a hard-closing second and a win to his credit in two starts over the Rideau Carleton oval, on July 27 and August 3. The August 3 win was the Majestic Son gelding's second lifetime and came in a personal best 1:58.4. "Again, he's not a real flashy horse either, but he's always knocking on the door and he raced good last week," said the trainer. "I think he'll do okay." Steacy's son Clarke, who also makes his home in Lansdowne, will steer More Than Majestic in Sunday's sixth race for owners Landmark 9 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY. Like Dream Massive, Dontcrampmystyle will be hampered by Post 7 in his quest for a second Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Another son of Muscle Mass, Dontcrampmystyle has one win, one second and one seventh through the first three Grassroots events and currently sits third in the standings with 77 points. "I'm not sure what he's in against, but he did get one OSS win and it's possible he could do that again," said Steacy, who conditions the gelding for owner-breeder Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON and will hand the lines over to Trevor Henry in the ninth race. "He's always kind of the same way, knocking at the doors, and if somebody makes an error he'll be there." The Grassroots competitors will be featured in Races 1, 6 and 9, with the Gold Series colts showing off their skills in Races 2, 8 and 13. The first race goes in behind the starting gate at 6:30 pm. In addition to the Ontario Sires Stakes battles, Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will also be treated to a Racing Under Saddle (RUS) contest in the fourth race. Among the trotters that will don a saddle and rider rather than a race bike and driver are three former Ontario Sires Stakes competitors, Thor Seelster, Amityville Lindy and Lets Leavem. Thor Seelster, who will start from Post 2 with Clinton, ON resident Natalie Elliott aboard, was a two-time RUS winner in 2015, Amityville Lindy makes his RUS debut from Post 4 with Stacey Reinsma, of Cambridge, ON, in the saddle, and Lets Leavem comes into Sunday's contest off an August 4 RUS victory at Grand River Raceway. Freelton, ON resident Sarah Town piloted Lets Leavem to the August 4 win and will be back in the saddle on Sunday, guiding the Angus Hall son from Post 5. Racing Under Saddle volunteers will be on hand all evening to answer questions about the program and fans are invited to meet the riders following the fifth race. More information about Racing Under Saddle is available at http://rusontario.com. Fans will also have an opportunity to win one of 10 Ontario Sires Stakes prize packages, with ballots available in the program. The first 100 people to arrive for the evening's festivities will receive a $2 betting voucher with their program purchase and all programs contain a coupon for a $2.50 hot dog and pop combo. In addition to Sunday's Ontario Sires Stakes event, Rideau Carleton Raceway will also host the final regular season Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday, Sept. 10. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 11, 2017 - Stormont Ventnor and North And South will be lined up one in front of the other in the first $19,150 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division at Kawartha Downs on Saturday night and the connections of both two-year-old trotting geldings are hoping their insider knowledge of the Peterborough harness racing oval lands them in the winner's circle. "I schooled him there - it's the closest track for us -and qualified him there myself," said trainer Kevin Benn of Stormont Ventnor, who toured the five-eighths oval in a July 8 qualifying event. "The rail isn't always the best for a trotter, I don't think, but he's got a capable driver and he knows the track so he should be okay." Stormont Ventnor will start from Post 1 with Kawartha's leading driver Reg Gassien of Lindsay, ON in the race bike. Lined up behind the pair at Post 9 will be North And South, with trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen at the helm. "He's never had the nine-hole; it will be new for him, so just get him off from the start and see how he handles it. I think he'll be all right, he's pretty handy," said Henriksen, who called Peterborough home during the early stages of his career. "I had my start down there, so it's kind of my home track still. I'm comfortable down there for sure." Through the first three regular season events, not much separates the trotters in the point standings either. With a win in the July 18 event and a seventh in the Aug. 3 test, both at Mohawk Racetrack, North And South currently sits in sixth spot with 52 points. A pair of runner-up finishes in the same events has Stormont Ventnor sitting in a two-way tie for seventh with 50 points. The top 10 point earners through six regular season events will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 30. "He's been decent, he's been good," said Napanee, ON resident Benn of Stormont Ventnor. "I had his brother last year as a three-year-old, (Stormont) Dundas, and he was just an honest horse, he never made any breaks. This horse seems to be faster than him though, so that's a good thing. So, you know, we'll keep him healthy and sound and hope for the best." Saturday's start will be Stormont Ventnor's third. The son of Justice Hall and Lady Grenville, bred and owned by Eric Baker of Long Sault, ON, has just the two Grassroots starts under his belt, while North And South also has an appearance in the Gold Series. After a pair of qualifiers at Mohawk in June, North And South made his debut in the July 9 Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs, finishing seventh. The move to the Grassroots for the July 18 event resulted in a win and Henriksen was not dissatisfied with the Southwind Lustre son's effort in the Aug.3 event, in spite of the seventh-place result. "I drove him from the back and the flow didn't really move much. He had a good last quarter, so he raced good, but didn't have the race luck we needed that day," said the trainer. "That's how it is with the young ones I find. You need a little bit of race luck when you teach them to race." Henriksen, who now calls Cambridge, ON home, shares ownership of North And South with Dr. Brett Anderson of Port Hope, ON and Kyle Anderson of Edmonton, AB. The partners purchased the half-brother to $165,000 winner Cracker Zack for $10,000 from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and have recouped $9,400 to date. Both trotters will be keeping an eye on Chief Justice from Post 2, who currently sits second in the point standings with a pair of seconds and one third in the first three Grassroots events. Former Peterborough resident John Bax trains the Justice Hall colt for Midnight Sun Partners of Delray Beach, FL and Stephen Byron will be in the race bike. Bax and Byron also have the top ranked entry in the second division, sending division point leader Delcrest Holiday after his second Grassroots win from Post 8. Bax, who now resides in Campbellville, shares ownership of the Holiday Road gelding with Gaelic Stable of Sharon, Ken Bax of Cavan Monaghan and John Houston of Cobourg, ON. In addition to the on track Ontario Sires Stakes action, Kawartha Downs fans will have an opportunity to win OSS ball caps and Ontario Racing flip-flops throughout the evening. The youngest fans will enjoy the Kawartha Downs Kids' Activity Centre, which sees one lucky youngster join the winner's circle celebrations following Race 5, making a presentation and taking home a commemorative photograph. And, as always, fans are encouraged to drop their non-winning wagering tickets into the second chance ballot box, with draws held after the third, sixth and ninth races. The first race on Kawartha Downs' Saturday evening program goes behind the starting gate at 7 pm and the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings will square off in Races 2 and 7. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 10 - The field may have been small, but the fight was big in Thursday's $37,200 Whenuwishuponastar Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of five harness racing rookie pacing fillies clashed in the Whenuwishuponastar Series finale, with all eyes on Dr. Ian Moore trainee Jan, who was seeking a series sweep. Driven by Trevor Henry, Jan shot off the wings of the gate seeking the lead and while she would clear to the pylons quickly, she was forced to deal with pressure from Lady Grande and driver Jonathan Drury. Lady Grande was right along side the 1-5 favourite at the opening-quarter in :26.2 and would clear to command entering the backstretch. Jan was quickly removed to the lead, but had to work hard to be in control at the half in :54.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4, Jan was ready for yet another duel with Lady Grande in the lane. The two rookies would slug it out in the stretch, with Jan holding off a weaving Lady Grande by half a length in 1:51.4. Precision Hanover, Intrepid Lady and Nurse Pie Q rounded out the field. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, Jan came into Thursday's final off a pair of easy victories and proved she was ready for a battle. "She had been winning very easy her last two races and I knew there was more there, but we never had to use it before," said Henry following the race. "She's a tough filly, like when they come at her she wants to fight back." Jan, who was a $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, now sports a record of three wins in five starts with $37,780 banked for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. Trainer Moore has a strong duo in the rookie pacing filly division, as Jan is a stablemate of Ontario sired standout Percy Bluechip. "I had three fillies this winter and they all trained together and Jan was one of them and Percy Bluechip, of course," Moore noted. "They took turns at beating each other in training miles all spring long, they were just right at it the whole time. "This filly (Jan) probably beat Percy Bluechip just as many times as Percy Bluechip beat her in training miles, so when we tipped one of the back of the other, it was all fight all the way down the stretch." Jan isn't heavily staked for her two-year-old season and Moore noted he will talk to the MacKenzie's about trying the New York Sires Stakes or looking at potential opportunities to supplement. Jan Also on Thursday, the Define The World Series for two-year-old trotters kicked off with an impressive performance in the $14,000 opening leg. Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector established a new national season's mark of 1:56 with a 6¼ lengths victory for Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. A $110,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Alarm Detector went coast to coast for Henry, posting fractions of :29.2, 1:00, 1:28.4, before trotting home in :27.1. Cantabernet finished second, while Hey Jock was third. Alarm Detector is now a perfect three for three with $21,000 earned for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. He paid $3.50 to win. Alarm Detector The second leg of the Define The World Series will take place next Thursday (August 17). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 10, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack fans had their pencils sharpened to a fine point on Thursday evening, correctly predicting the winners of all three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies. In spite of her outside Post 10, fans were partial to P L Layla in the first $19,500 division and the daughter of Glidemaster did not disappoint, rolling out three-wide at the three-quarter pole and reeling in the leaders for a one length victory in 1:59.2. Stand For Justice and Gradabra finished second and third. It was the second Grassroots win for P L Layla and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON, who were also victorious in the July 6 season opener at Mohawk. The pair moved up to the Gold Series for their second start, but were saddled with another Post 10 and finished seventh. With two victories P L Layla, who is trained by Matthew Dupuis for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, currently sits atop the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings with 100 points. P L Layla The second division saw Allerage Stargazer sent off as the fans' top choice, and the filly powered away from Post 4 and sailed around the Mohawk oval to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:59.1. Ladys Intuition and Bonnie Breeze rounded out the top three. "She raced good," said driver Doug McNair. "She was a little bit aggressive on the gate, but was nice in the race. She's learning." Guelph, ON resident McNair piloted the daughter of Angus Hall and Starry Eyed to the victory for trainer Paul Reid and numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. A $35,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the full-sister to $420,090 winner Allerage Star started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing fourth and sixth in the July 6 and 25 events at Mohawk. Allerage Stargazer The final division saw trainer Tom Riley and his wife, owner Amanda Riley, earn just their second Ontario Sires Stakes trophy courtesy of fan favourite Ms Miller. Starting from Post 9 driver Louis-Philippe Roy left the gate with confidence and sat in the outer lane before reaching the front just past the halfway marker. Precieuse CC mounted a challenge in the stretch, but Ms Miller trotted home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Precieuse CC settled for second and Kant Afford It was third. "We actually just our had our first one (OSS win) two weeks ago at Grand River with our three-year-old trotting filly. We call them the Miller sisters, because we have Millers Song, which is our three-year-old, and then we have Ms Miller," said Tom Riley. "All winter I was telling my wife I thought that they had some talent, and so far they both actually have done us well." Like Allerage Stargazer, Ms Miller started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing fifth and eighth in the first two events before Riley decided a change of scenery was in order for the daughter of Southwind Lustre and Zorgwijk Diamond. "She showed promise right from the get go. She's had the attitude of wanting to do it," said Riley, noting that an absence of racing luck was the filly's biggest problem through her first five starts. "I know she's a decent filly, it's just she hasn't had the opportunity to kind of flaunt herself yet. Tonight she did, being parked to the half and hanging on and still winning in 1:58.2, for a two-year-old that's pretty impressive." The Roseneath, ON residents purchased Ms Miller out of last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale for $5,000 and the Southwind Lustre filly boosted her lifetime earnings to $16,905 with Thursday's victory. She will have an opportunity to add to both her earnings and her Grassroots point total in the fifth two-year-old trotting filly event on September 4 at Mohawk. The top 10 point earners from the six regular season events will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on September 30. Ms Miller Next up on Mohawk Racetrack's Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are the three-year-old trotting fillies, competing as part of the undercard on Monday's World Driving Championship program. The Grassroots fillies will battle in Races 1, 4, 8, and 9, while 11 of the top drivers from across the globe, including Canadian representative and Ontario Sires Stakes regular James MacDonald of Guelph, go head-to-head in Races 2, 3, 5 and 6. First race post time is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Winning two straight Open trots has been a tough feat this harness racing season but Osprey Impact accomplished the goal Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Walter Cheverie engineered the winning trip in the $1,850 Open trot with a 1:58.2 score for owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. Newcomer Murmur Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes) laid down the fractions of 29.1, 58.4 and 1:29.1 before making a break late in the mile to finish third while Freddie (Marc Campbell) got up for second. Cheverie worked some magic earlier in the night in the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series as he found the winner's circle with In Cahoots at 35-1 odds. The 1:58.3 victory was scored in the $1,750 first leg of the claiming series for trainer Kenneth Wilkie, who had two wins on the night, and owner Jamie Whalen of Vernon Bridge. There was a placing in the second $1,750 Alpine division as Beechwood Tiger (Myles Heffernan) won the event but was placed third for interference while Beau Seelster was awarded the win in 1:58.1 as part of a Campbell driving quadruple for trainer Keith Barrington of Nova Scotia. The $1,200 Macpherson Roche Smith Chartered Professional Accountants and Management Advisors pace was captured by Best Risque in 1:56.2 with Hughes at the lines. Live racing continues Friday evening at 7 P.M. with the official opening of Old Home Week 2017. Go to www.Redshores.ca for full race results and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Harness racing fields are now set for the second leg of the 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Monday, August 14 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta.   To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the second of five legs. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Mohawk Racetrack leg consists of four races, with the WDC races slated for Races 2, 3, 5 and 6. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races. World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 2) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post – Horse – Driver – Country) 1 – Smoke Monkey – Mika Forss (Finland) 2 – Vics Royal Lady – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 3 – Justasmalltowngirl – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 4 – Marty De Vie – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 5 – Windsong Magic – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 6 – Burnin Money – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 7 – Mystery Bet – James MacDonald (Canada) 8 – Avuncular – Shane Graham (Australia) 9 – Nightontheroad – Marcus Miller (USA) 10 – Harper Blue Chip – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 11 – Musical Spell – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) World Driving Championship - Race 2 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 3) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 – On Golden Ponder – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 2 – Bugger Bruiser – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 3 – Grand Seelster – Shane Graham (Australia) 4 – Ourea Nourrir – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 5 – Kingsley B – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 6 – Dialamara – Mika Forss (Finland) 7 – Machapelo – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 8 – Harttattack – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 9 – Shock N Rock – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 10 – Oldfriendskentucky – James MacDonald (Canada) 11 – Big Petes Style – Marcus Miller (USA) World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 5) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 – Mischieviousgirls – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 2 – Lights Go Out – Mika Forss (Finland) 3 – Life Is A Lady – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 4 – Double T Grrr – James MacDonald (Canada) 5 – Legal Process – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 6 – Pretty Hot – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 7 – Justabit Mean – Shane Graham (Australia) 8 – Maxim Seelster – Marcus Miller (USA) 9 – Duncs Diamond – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 10 – Artiawitchtoyou – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 11 – Miss Coco Luck – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Mohawk Racetrack - Race 6) Purse: $15,000 – one mile (ten on the gate, one trailer) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 – St James Gate – Marcus Miller (USA) 2 – Sky Lav – Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 3 – Presquille – Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 4 – Willyorwonthe – Shane Graham (Australia) 5 – Holiday Party – James MacDonald (Canada) 6 – Grana Padanno – Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 7 – Domitian Hall – Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 8 – Lmc Mass Oak – Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 9 – Neils Golden Girl – Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 10 – Mego Moss – Mika Forss (Finland) 11 – Deweykeepumnwhy – Noel Baldacchino (Malta) Post time for Mohawk’s Monday card is 7:30 p.m. (EDT). The wagering program will feature a $50,000 Guaranteed Pick-5 (starts in Race 1) and Early Pick-4 (starts in Race 4). An autograph session with the World Driving Championship participants will take place from 6:30 – 7 p.m. The Terrace Dining Room will be open with a special $22.95 buffet with reservation (for more info, call 1-888-675-7223). Additionally, Monday will be Wing Night in the Trackside Bar (wings will be 75 cents apiece and buckets of Bud will be $25). The defending WDC champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Mohawk leg, the drivers will then head to Georgian Downs in Innisfil on Tuesday, August 15. The action will then move to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will then head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Monday's card (morning line odds to be added when available) http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0814mohsn.dat   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races: https://goo.gl/wzPL6C   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com   Draw Complete for Third Leg of 2017 World Driving Championship Fields are now set for the third leg of the 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Tuesday, August 15 at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ontario. The WDC will kick off with its first leg on Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. To view the draw and complete information for the first leg, click here. The Championship will then continue on Monday, August 14 with the second leg, which will take place at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ontario. To view the draw and complete information for the second leg, click here. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the third of five legs. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The Georgian Downs leg consists of five races, with the WDC races slated for Races 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10. Each race will feature 11-horse fields. Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races. World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Georgian Downs - Race 6) Purse: $10,000 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Shemars Lulu - James MacDonald (Canada) 2 - Scarlet Saphire - Marcus Miller (USA) 3 - Lilys Penelope - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 4 - Mega Sportsstar - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 5 - No Teasing Me - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 6 - Hoosier Lucky Lady - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 7 - Action Royal Grin - Mika Forss (Finland) 8 - Jeremeyes Jewel - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 9 - Acefourtyfouramber - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 10 - I C Anastro - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 11 - Romance In Camelot - Shane Graham (Australia) World Driving Championship - Race 2 (Georgian Downs - Race 7) Purse: $10,000 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Chief Talkalot - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 2 - Adamncam - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 3 - Jansen Hanover - Marcus Miller (USA) 4 - Capitol Trip - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 5 - A Boy Named Suuzz - Mika Forss (Finland) 6 - Docs Hoss - Shane Graham (Australia) 7 - Cyrax - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 8 - Dont Tell Terry - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 9 - Western Rocker - James MacDonald (Canada) 10 - Idole Duharas - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 11 - American Paradise - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Georgian Downs - Race 8) Purse: $10,200 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Gliding Senorita - Shane Graham (Australia) 2 - Federal Army - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 3 - Walk The Plank - James MacDonald (Canada) 4 - Cheeky Monkey - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 5 - Chestnut Schofield - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 6 - Whosgoingtocatchus - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 7 - Labatt Hanover - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 8 - Igocrazy Without U - Mika Forss (Finland) 9 - Mandeville - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 10 - Angels Kid - Marcus Miller (USA) 11 - Daytrooper - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Georgian Downs - Race 9) Purse: $10,000 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Mighty Mouse - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 2 - Santannas Gal - Shane Graham (Australia) 3 - James And Morgan - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 4 - Windsun Ready - Mika Forss (Finland) 5 - Nomatterwhen - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 6 - Michelles Deuce - Marcus Miller (USA) 7 - Sportsillustrator - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 8 - Art Of The Deal - James MacDonald (Canada) 9 - Holiday Romance - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 10 - Miss Dragonfire - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 11 - Strong Alibi - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) World Driving Championship - Race 5 (Georgian Downs - Race 10) Purse: $10,400 - one mile (nine on the gate, two trailers) (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1 - Hetties Commander - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 2 - Im The Man - James MacDonald (Canada) 3 - Allies Gift - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 4 - Waikiki Hanover - Marcus Miller (USA) 5 - Hetties Honey - Shane Graham (Australia) 6 - Excellence - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 7 - Ill Stay Here - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 8 - Little Stuie - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 9 - Ken Kan Win - Mika Forss (Finland) 10 - Oaklea Uptown - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 11 - Air Glider - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) Post time for Georgian's Tuesday card is 7:15 p.m. (ET). There will be a meet-and-greet autograph session with all of the WDC drivers so fans can get to know them. There will also be a t-shirt giveaway with the purchase of a live program (while supplies last). Additionally, there will also be an online survivor handicapping contest where the winner will take home $250 (visit georgiandowns.com for more info). The defending WDC champion, New Zealand's Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Rik Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. After the Georgian leg, the drivers will then go to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will then head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship - along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown - are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Tuesday's card (morning line odds to be added when available)   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races.   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Old Home Week officially kicks off on the Friday evening harness racing card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park and the featured pace is packed with firepower. First race post time is 7 P.M. for the 11-dash card and the WG Barbour Pace takes centre stage in race 11 for a $2,250 purse. The top notch field of pacers is headlined by Adkins Hanover from post 4 fresh off a second place finish to Gold Cup and Saucer trial entry Do Over Hanover. The Trevor Hicken trained Adkins Hanover paced in 1:54.3 that night and gets the services of Kenny Arsenault again this week for owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile, Que. Likely To Win rides a two-race win streak into the Friday feature with Adam Merner at the controls while Forever Paradise and driver Mike McGuigan reignite their chemistry from post 5. The race also has a number of off-island entries with Intended Royalty (Gilles Barrieau) getting rail control with his last 11 starts seeing him finish no worse than second at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia. Veroi Bayama has 6 shipping in from the fair circuit in Quebec and gets accomplished French-Canadian driver Stephane Brosseau bring his talents to Old Home Week racing this year. It is quite possible Brosseau will make some history of his own during the next nine days as he is just seven wins short of 3,000 career victories. KD Overdrive (Stephen Mason) gets post 2 fresh off racing at Bangor in Maine, while Distinctiv Rusty (Jason Hughes) brings his impressive streak of 1:57 miles over him home base of Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia into post 8. Eagle Jolt has post 7 with Charlottetown's leading driver, Marc Campbell, at the lines as the driver looks to add to his 68 victories so far this season, not counting action Thursday evening. The James Aylward Leadership Pace hits the track in race 3 with Twomacsoneshadow favoured from post 5 with Barrieau in the bike for owners Howmac Farms Ltd of North Wiltshire and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S. Narragansett is the morning line choice from post 6 in the race 9 Dr. Blair Kelly Memorial, presented by the Charlottetown Veterinary Clinic. Hughes drives the eight-year-old son of Rocknroll Hanover for owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. Check out www.redshores.ca for live video, race programs, race replays and promotional information during all the Old Home Week action. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Fields are now set for the first leg of the harness racing 2017 World Driving Championship, set for Saturday, August 12 at Century Downs in Balzac, Alberta. Eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will compete in the first of five legs.  Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money.   The Century Downs leg consists of five races, with the WDC races slated for Races 4-8. Each race will feature 11-horse fields, with Century offering a special seeded $5,000 Pick 5 on the WDC races.   Here are the entries for the World Driving Championship races.   World Driving Championship - Race 1 (Century Downs - Race 4) Purse: $5,400 - 1-1/16 miles (nine on gate, two trailers)   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Drawing Dead - Shane Graham (Australia) 2. Tigra Seelster - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 3. Dream N Of Mona - James MacDonald (Canada) 4. Freesia - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 5. Viola - Mark Purdon (New Zealand)             6. Run And Tell - Gerhard Mayr (Austria)  7. Sacred Valley - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 8. Whitehouse Secret - Mika Forss (Finland) 9. Janet Rose - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 10. Ashlynn Grace - Marcus Miller (USA)           11. Triple Action - Rik Depuydt (Belgium)   World Driving Championship - Race 2  (Century Downs - Race 5)  Purse: $9,200 - 1-1/16 miles (nine on gate, two trailers)   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Emmas Big Girl - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 2. Mystery Mania - Shane Graham (Australia) 3. You Name It - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 4. Brighten Your Life - Mika Forss (Finland)  5. Big Shir - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 6. Moon Struct - Marcus Miller (USA) 7. Im Gracies Wigwam - Mark Purdon (New Zealand)   8. Lucky Lucka - James MacDonald (Canada)           9. Lissoy - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 10. Wild Chic - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 11. Remember Terror - Gerhard Mayr (Austria)    World Driving Championship - Race 3 (Century Downs - Race 6)  Purse: $6,500 - 1-1/16 miles (nine on gate, two trailers)   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Debonator - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 2. Exclusive - James MacDonald (Canada)  3. Crack The Cognac - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 4. Kavola - Marcus Miller (USA) 5. Pinkmakesboyswink - Shane Graham (Australia) 6. Miss Bojangles - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 7. Mods Mystery - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 8. Alfa Bagel Hanover - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 9. Rain Delay - Mika Forss (Finland) 10. Wazzup Buttercup - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 11. Astrid The Axe - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand)   World Driving Championship - Race 4 (Century Downs - Race 7)  Purse: $6,100 - 1-1/16 miles (nine on gate, two trailers)   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Test Pattern - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 2. Is Santa Real - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 3. Sufferin Succotash - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 4. Starry Eyes - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 5. Orangevale Gazette - Marcus Miller (USA) 6. Blue Star Eclipse - James MacDonald (Canada)  7. Make Some Smiles - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 8. Newport Min - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 9. Barbarela Rose - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 10. Outlawintriguedbyu - Shane Graham (Australia) 11. Wild Flight - Mika Forss (Finland)               World Driving Championship - Race 5 (Century Downs - Race 8)  Purse: $6,500 - 1-1/16 miles (nine on gate, two trailers)   (Post - Horse - Driver - Country) 1. Pocket Novel - Dexter Dunn (Defending Champion / New Zealand) 2. Coliseum Hanover - Rik Depuydt (Belgium) 3. Vow To Win - Mika Forss (Finland) 4. Sin Machqueen - Gerhard Mayr (Austria) 5. Big Zeus - Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) 6. Charge And Go - Mark Purdon (New Zealand) 7. Gray Zee - Marcus Miller (USA) 8. Amysterytome - Noel Baldacchino (Malta) 9. Chief Saratoga - Shane Graham (Australia) 10. Cenalta Eclipse - Bjorn Goop (Sweden) 11. Barossa Blue Genes - James MacDonald (Canada)   The WDC leg is the culmination of the First Annual Calgary Racing Festival. The week-long event, running through to Saturday, includes an Industry Day, Mid-Summer Classic card, Charity Bowling and Charity Golf tournaments, and a Charity Gala.   Live harness racing starts at 5:10 p.m MDT (7:10 EDT) on Saturday. Between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m., live music by The Dungarees will greet and entertain fans with Lori Kole performing between races. A parade of champions will take place at 4:30 to introduce the drivers, with a meet & greet scheduled from 5:00 - 5:30 p.m. The defending champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Ric Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. The drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville on August 14 and Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Que. on August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week.   The World Driving Championship -- along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown --  are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   Important Links:   Full entries for Saturday's card (morning line odds to be added when available) http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0812cnden.dat   Electronic program pages for the World Driving Championship races: https://goo.gl/AystvB   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com

The owners of Lady Shadow are pleased to announce that the Horse Racing Appeal Panel of the AGCO in Ontario has issued a stay of the 90 day rule such that Lady Shadow will be permitted to race on the harness racing WEG circuit effective immediately.  "It is our intention to enter Lady Shadow in an overnight race at Mohawk next weekend," Said attorney/co-owner Howard Taylor. "It is further our intention to enter Lady Shadow in the Artiscape at Tioga on August 27.  "While we do recognize that Tioga Downs is owned by Jeff Gural, it is our sincere hope that he will allow this great mare race in light of the Canadian action. "We look forward to watching what we hope will continue to be a successful season.  "While we did contemplate selling Lady Shadow due to our limited racing opportunities, this is a once in a lifetime mare and we felt that we could not part with her." Taylor concluded.  From Harnesslink Media

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The busiest 10 days in Canadian harness racing kick off Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park as the capital oval prepares for Old Home Week racing. First race post time is 7 P.M. for the 12-dash card featuring the first leg of the Alpine $5,000 claiming series with divisions in races 7 and 11. Come On Eileen is favoured in the first $1,750 Alpine split with Kenny Arsenault in the bike for owner-trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. The four-year-old daughter of Sportswriter was a winner in 1:57.4 in her latest outing and faces seven Thursday rivals including My Ideal Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and Scarlet Safari (Marc Campbell). The second division has Macnamarra favoured with Barrieau in the bike for owner-trainer Walter Walker of Inverness, N.S. Four Brass Starz (Ken Murphy) and Windsong Lisa (Arsenault) are also picked for top spots in the nine-horse field. The $1,850 Open trot takes the spotlight in race 10 on the program with two rivals renewing their struggle but with a new addition to the mix. Post 7 and 8 belong to Osprey Impact (Walter Cheverie) and Freddie (Campbell), respectively, with the top notch pair of trotters trading blows with neither winning two weeks in a row. Murmur Hanover now lands in P.E.I. and gets post 6 in his Island debut for driver Jason Hughes, conditioner Jennifer Trainor and owner Danny Birt of Stratford. The classy seven-year-old son of Majestic Son has 18 lifetime victories and $734,099 in career earnings while racing the Woodbine Entertainment Group Circuit in Ontario, trotting in 1:55.1 in his latest outing. Race 9 is sponsored by Macpherson Roche Smith Chartered Professional Accountants and Management Advisors with Jinglewriter getting the nod as the morning line choice with Adam Merner steering for trainer Ron Gass and owner Alex MacPhee of Clyde River. Jayport Sport ships into P.E.I. for Old Home Week action in race 5 for trainer-driver Danny O'Brian and owner Everette Hanson of Maugerville, N.B. The post 4 starter had been racing at Georgian Downs in Ontario for O'Brian, formerly of New Brunswick. Check out www.Redshores.ca for live video, race replays, programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

On Saturday, August 12, eleven of the top harness racing drivers from around the globe will assemble at Century Downs Racetrack and Casino, near Calgary, Alta., to kick off the 2017 World Driving Championship (WDC). The World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada, will take place at five different racetracks in four provinces, with 11 drivers from around the world competing. Drivers will earn points based on their finishing position and the top point-earner will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The defending champion, New Zealand’s Dexter Dunn, represents the International Trotting Association. The World Driving Championship will also consist of the following top-ranked international competitors: Shane Graham of Australia; Gerhard Mayr of Austria; Ric Depuydt of Belgium; James MacDonald of Canada; Mika Forss of Finland; Noel Baldacchino of Malta; Mark Purdon of New Zealand; Eirik Hoitomt of Norway; Bjorn Goop of Sweden; and Marcus Miller of the United States. Century Downs hosts the first leg on Saturday, August 12. The WDC leg is the culmination of the First Annual Calgary Racing Festival. The week-long event, running through to Saturday, includes an Industry Day, Mid-Summer Classic card, Charity Bowling and Charity Golf tournaments, and a Charity Gala. The drivers will then head to Ontario for the next two legs at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville on August 14 and Georgian Downs in Innisfil on August 15. The action then moves to Trois-Rivières, Que. on August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg before the drivers head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The World Driving Championship -- along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown --  are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations.   For more information about the 2017 World Driving Championship, visit www.worlddrivingchamps.com