Day At The Track

SUMMERSIDE, PE - It was all harness racing driver David Dowling, all day on the Sunday afternoon program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The reinsman scored seven wins on the 12-dash card to catapult him to top spot in the driver’s standings with 25 seasonal victories. Dowling's first four scores were with Rollwithitannie (2:01.3) from the Jeff Holmes stable, Khitam Image (1:59.3) for Marvyn Webster, Rash B Havior (1:58.2) for Mike Peters and Creepin (1:57.4) from the Jonah Moase stable. Love In Paradise (2:00.2) was placed first in race 9 for Dowling and trainer Sifroi Melanson, then Winter Blast (1:57.4) rallied to win in race 10 for conditioner Jennifer Doyle. Vegas Rich (1:58.3) was a victor in race 12 for trainer Jansen Sweet to complete the seven-win performance by Dowling. Heart And Soul scored a mild upset in the race 11 $2,700 feature with Brodie MacPhee at the lines for trainer George Riley and owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. Time of the mile was 1:56 with Mantario (Driven by Dowling) second and Soccer Hanover (Ken Murphy) third. Dylans Future captured the Bob MacInnis memorial in 202.2 for driver Norris Rogers and owner-trainer Frank Banks, Summerside, PE. The winning groom was Darla MacEachern. All grooms were recognized on the program as part of National Caretakers Appreciation Day an initiative from Standardbred Canada. Red Shores was proud to support along with PCHC and PEISHOA. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mickeymaksomespeed rebounded from his miscue last week and crushed a field of older harness racing pacers Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. One of only two three-year-old's in the seventh race, Mickeymaksomespeed and driver Steeven Genois bided their time as City Of The Year (Dany Mainguy), Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) and Stock (Pascal Berube) all battled it out for control of the race. Once past the opening quarter mile in :27.3, it was Stock in front with Outlaw Turn N Burn sitting the pocket trip. Then at the half mile marker in :56.4, it was Mickeymaksomespeed and Genois coming first-over and breezing to the lead. Mickeymaksomespeed held nothing back, pulling away from the field at the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and cruising to a 1:54.3 triumph. The other three-year-old in the field, Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron), was parked out four-wide on the final turn and was able to close to be second by three and one-half lengths. Blackjack Soleil (Eric Beausoleil) was third. It was the eighth win in ten starts for Mickeymaksomespeed. The son of Mickey Hanover was bred and is owned and trained by Michel Allard of Saint-Espirt and paid $7.50 to win. Both Mickeymaksomespeed and Eclat De Rire were prepping for next week's $65,000 Breeders Trophy Series Final where the two will battle one again. It is Super Sunday in Quebec with eight championship finals and $500,000 in purses, the richest day of racing for the year in Quebec. Sunday was National Caretaker Appreciation Day at the Hippodrome 3R. A blanket for each winning horse and gift bag for the groom was presented in each race. Every groom in the race paddock received a coupon for a free meal at the Paddock Restaurant and every groom was mentioned by name in the post parades. There were two races for two-year-old's Sunday. The 5th race pace saw SOS Faline ($29.10) and driver Stephane Brosseau sweep three-wide in the backstretch, stayed parked out past the three-quarters and around the final turn yet the daughter of Sportswriter showed true grit, coming on in the stretch to win by a half-length in 2:00.2. Brosseau is the trainer. The colt pace in race one was action-packed from the start as Godro Outofhisway (9.40) with driver Pierre-Luc Roy left out of the gate and never looked back. The Light Speed (Simon Delisle) tried early to get the lead away but had to settle for the pocket-trip. Godro Outofhisway then held the field at bay, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02. He is sired by Betterthancheddar and trained by Charles Gaudreault. Track Notes: Pierre-Luc Roy had the hot hands at H3R Sunday, scoring a driving triple. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday afternoon with first race post time at 4:00 pm. Quebec Super Sunday with eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotting and pacing colts and fillies, is set for September 27. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A scramble finish with multiple breakers saw Chestnut Hill at 60-1 shoot up the rail to a stunning harness racing victory in the $560,000 Canadian Trotting Classic on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. All eyes were on heavy-favourite Ready For Moni in the rich event for three-year-old trotters. The Nancy Takter trainee and driver Yannick Gingras made the front in the second-quarter and appeared poised to close out the victory coming down the lane, but a rare miscue in the final-eighth opened the door for several closing rivals. Chestnut Hill and driver Andy McCarthy had been following along sixth and had dived down to the rail for his late bid. The 'Nifty' Norman trainee was full of trot late and somehow was able to avoid losing all momentum when squeezing by the breaking Ready For Moni, reaching up by half a length in 1:53.2. "Pretty close," laughed McCarthy when asked about how close he was to danger when avoiding the breaking horse. "I kind of yelled out to let Yannick (Gingras) know there was someone on the inside of him. "It worked out that he heard me and didn't want to crash into me, so he did a good job getting that horse out of the way safely and it worked out good for me and I got to sneak up there." Play Trix On Me made a first-up bid on the far turn and nearly came through for the victory, finishing second in the middle of several rivals. HP Royal Theo was charging on the outside in the lane when he also made a break, finishing third placed sixth for a lapped on break. Jula Trix Treasure was moved up to third, while Threefiftytwo jumped up to fourth. A son of champions Muscle Hill and Poof Shes Gone, Chestnut Hill was coming into Saturday off a win in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Consolation and now has three wins in 11 starts this season and five wins overall. The Norman trainee made over $248,000 at age two and was sitting on $86,169 earned in 2020 prior to the Canadian Trotting Classic. "I've been watching this horse and he has been sneaky good," said McCarthy. "I ended up in a spot that I wasn't too happy about heading around the last turn, but I was able to shake him out and sneak him back up the inside." Chestnut Hill, who was a $410,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase in 2018, is owned by Mel Hartman, David McDuffee and Little E LLC. A $2 win ticket on Chestnut Hill returned $122.90. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - A rich stakes-filled harness racing card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park also included the eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady and Milton Stakes. A group of 14 two-year-old fillies met in a pair of $35,000 Shes A Great Lady divisions, while 13 older pacing mares were split into two $35,000 Milton eliminations. Driver Yannick Gingras swept the Shes A Great Lady eliminations, guiding Scarlett Hanover and Caviart Audrey to victories. Entering on a two-race win streak, Scarlett Hanover took top spot at the half and engaged in a third-quarter battle with Best Head West before turning that rival aside and finishing off her mile in :27.2 to win in 1:53.2. Notorious Pink finished second by a length and a half, while Best Head West was third. Spellcheck Hanover and Alumni Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Scarlett Hanover is now five for nine on the season with $222,890 earned for owners Burke Racing Stable LLC, Frank Baldachino, JandT Silva Purnel & Libb and Weaver Bruscemi. Ashleigh Hensley trains the rookie pacing filly. Scarlett Hanover paid $3.50 to win. Scarlett Hanover The next elimination saw Caviart Audrey move to the lead in the second-quarter and go the distance for a 1:52.4 victory. The daughter of Somebeachsomewhere was steered by Gingras for trainer Nancy Takter and owners Caviart Farms. A :27.4 final-quarter locked down a fourth win in five starts for Caviart Audrey, who is now three for three since arriving at Mohawk Park. Her earnings move up to $126,737 with the latest victory. Twin B Sunkissed closed up well to finish second by three-quarters of a length. Paulas Bet Hanover, Voelz Delight and Lady Arthur rounded out the top-five. Caviart Audrey paid $2.20 to win. Caviart Audrey The Milton eliminations each saw three-across finishes to set the scene for an intriguing final. Warrawee Ubeaut appeared home free in the first elimination, but hit a wall late and watched as Kissin In The Sand shot by for a 1:49.2 victory. Jody Jamieson steered the Takter trainee to her second win in six starts this season. Warrawee Ubeaut just held on for second over Treacherous Reign, while Lit De Rose and Stonebridge Soul also advanced to the final. A five-year-old by Somebeachsomewhere, Kissin In The Sand had been off over a month prior to Saturday's start. The career winner of 21 races and $1.3 million is owned by Marvin Katz and Hatfield Stables. Kissin In The Sand paid $8.10 to win. Kissin In The Sand Tom Fanning trained Trillions Hanover moved to the lead at the half and dug in gamely to hold off So Much More and Caviart Ally in the second split. Bob McClure guided the four-year-old to her second win of the season, stopping the clock in 1:50.3. Owned by VIP Internet Stables, Falcon Racing and Paul Lang, Trillions Hanover was making her first start since finishing second in the Roses Are Red on August 29. She's now earned over $110,000 this season and sports career numbers of 12 wins and $362,869 earned for the daughter of Somebeachsomewhere. Philly Hanover and Boadicea completed the top-five to advance to next week's $215,000 final. Trillions Hanover paid $10 to win. Trillions Hanover The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final and $215,000 Milton Stakes final will take place next Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The post positions for those races and the Metro Pace are listed below. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady 1 Voelz Delight 2 Twin B Sunkissed 3 Scarlett Hanover 4 Caviart Audrey 5 Notorious Pink 6 Spellcheck Hanover 7 Alumni Seelster 8 Paulas Bet Hanover 9 Lady Arthur 10 Best Head West AE: Postscript $215,000 Milton 1 Treacherous Reign 2 Warrawee Ubeaut 3 Kissin In The Sand 4 Trillions Hanover 5 Boadicea 6 So Much More 7 Philly Hanover 8 Lit De Rose 9 Stonebridge Soul 10 Caviart Ally AE: Sunny Dee Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - Ramona Hill continued her magical three-year-old season with a dominating harness racing victory in the $350,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Hambletonian champion and driver Andrew McCarthy displayed their confidence and patience en route to a 3¾ lengths score in an Elegantimage record-equaling 1:51.4. "She was as good as ever tonight," said McCarthy. "She's just such an amazing filly, it's just an unbelievable experience to sit behind a horse like that. "She never really got out of second gear tonight, just kind of worked her way to the front and never really had to ask her at all, she just did it pretty easy." The Tony Alagna trainee Ramona Hill watched early from in fifth as Trina shot out to post a :27 opening-quarter before Warrawee Vicky cleared to the top. Sister Sledge quickly moved up to the lead in the second-quarter and just as quick was confronted by Sorella, stretching that rival out to a :55.1 half. Ramona Hill got her cue to go just before the half and marched first-up around the far turn, overtaking Sorella by a pair of lengths at three-quarters in 1:23.1. The daughter of Muscle Hill cruised home confidently with the plugs still in to her sixth win in seven starts this season. Sister Sledge got by Sorella to finish second, while Fortune Starlet was fourth. Ramona Hill goes over $950,000 in seasonal earnings with the Elegantimage victory and now sports career numbers of 12 wins and $1.4 million earned in 14 starts for owners Brad Grant, Crawford Farms Racing, Robert LeBlanc and In The GYM Partners. "I've never won this race and it's on my bucket list being right in our own backyard," said Grant. "To have her here and really not know how good she is, as Andy said she was in second gear, so if that doesn't excite you I don't know what does." Ramona Hill paid $3.10 to win. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, September 19, 2020 - The field for the $720,000 Metro Pace is set following a pair of $40,000 harness racing eliminations on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Highlandbeachsbest came through with a 14-1 upset score in the first of two six-horse eliminations for the Metro. Driven by Trevor Henry, Highlandbeachsbest shot out to the early lead and hung up a :27.1 opening-quarter. Bettor Sun circled to the top before the half, reaching that station in :56. The third-quarter saw Twin B Fighter come first up, which allowed the 3/5 favourite Pirate Hanover and Doug McNair to follow in a perfect second-over spot. After the leader reached three-quarters in 1:24.3, Pirate Hanover tipped off cover, but made a nasty break, dropping to his knees, but luckily staying up thanks to some great work by driver McNair and athleticism by the rookie pacer. With the favourite out of the mix, Highlandbeachsbest shot through to a 1:51.4 victory. No Better Joy had good pace on the end to finish second by a length and a half. Bettor Sun, Exploit and Twin B Fighter completed the top-five. Trained by Amanda Fine, Highlandbeachsbest picks up his second win in eight starts, having recently broke his maiden two starts back in an overnight at Mohawk Park. The Somebeachsomewhere colt is owned by breeder Highland Thoroughbred FRM and Marty Fine. The victory vaults Highlandbeachsbest, who paid $31 to win, up to $49,686 in earnings. Highlandbeachsbest Abuckabett Hanover extended his win streak to four in a row with a confident 1:51 score in the second elimination for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. The son of Betting Line made a second-quarter move to the top, pacing by the half in a sensible :57 before pacing a :54 back-half, capped off by a :26.1 final-quarter. Lawless Shadow was the early leader and finished a length back of the winner in second. Bayfield Beach was third, while Control Heaven and Ucanttouchthisrounded out the top-five. A $160,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Abuckabett Hanover is now four for six with $165,234 earned for owners Barbera Stable, Jablonsky Held Stable, Joe Deguara and Alagna And Inthegym. The rookie pacer is now three for three in Grand Circuit action at Mohawk Park, including a career-best 1:50.3 victory in last week's Champlain. Abuckabett Hanover returned $2.30 to win. Abuckabett Hanover $720,000 Metro Pace Final 1 Ucanttouchthis 2 Exploit 3 Abuckabett Hanover 4 Highlandbeachsbest 5 Bayfield Beach 6 No Better Joy 7 Twin B Fighter 8 Lawless Shadow 9 Bettor Sun 10 Control Heaven AE: Pirate Hanover    Mark McKelvie

MILTON, SEPT. 19, 2020 - Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting colts were featured on another spectacular night of harness racing at Woodbine Mohawk Park Saturday, Sept. 19 and this week fortune smiled on Logan Park. The lightly rated son of Archangel and driver Louis-Philippe Roy got away fourth from Post 7 in the lone $158,000 Gold Series split and watched Emotions Riches ring up a :26.3 quarter before yielding to Sweet Soul David. Heading by the :56.4 quarter Roy sent Logan Park after the leaders and the colt had an edge on Sweet Soul David at the 1:26.4 three-quarters. In command at the top of the stretch, Logan Park dug in to hold off Full Of Muscles by a head in 1:55.3. Tokyo Seelster was three and three-quarter lengths back in third. Favourite Macho Martini finished at the back of the field after suffering interference and making a break in the stretch. "He was good. When he stays trotting he's as good as any of them," said trainer Rob Fellows. "He's made a lot of breaks at inopportune times and had to qualify and missed a couple sires stakes, but he was good tonight." The win was the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Logan Park and his second of the season. The colt's other victory came in the Aug. 6 leg of the Millard Farms Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Among Logan Park's miscues, which number four, was an error in last weekend's William Wellwood Memorial Final when he was sitting third heading into the final quarter. Fellows was hopeful a shoeing change would work in Logan Park's favour on Saturday, but admitted he and Roy had been hopeful before. "We've been confident before and lost him in the first turn. Last week I was confident when he got around the first turn and then of course he didn't get around the last turn," said Fellows, who noted that Saturday's shoeing change was far from the first. "It used to be trotting around the turns was his forte, but then he started making a lot of breaks in the turns and, you know, we have to take it as it is. I mean they're two-year-old trotters, they're growing every step as it goes too, they grow and their gait changes, it's very tough." Outofthepark Stable of Rockwood, breeder Reg Higgs of Strathroy and Arpad Szabo of Bradford, ON share ownership of Logan Park, who boosted his career earnings to $123,300 with the win and jumped from thirteenth to third in the division standings with 70 points. The top 10 point earners after the final Gold Series leg, Oct. 8 at Flamboro Downs, will advance to the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 17. Complete results from Saturday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard.   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

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Rose Run Quest capped off a harness racing driving quadruple for Gilles Barrieau on Harness The Hope night Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park.  Barrieau hustled his trainee to the lead in the $3,150 preferred pace and lead through every call to a 1:54.1 victory for owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. Stablemate The Rev (Driven by Dale Spence) closed hard to fall a head short in second but was subsequently placed fifth for interference in the stretch drive. Woodmere Ideal Art (Brodie MacPhee) was elevated to second with Simple Kinda Man (Jason Hughes) completing the triactor.  Barrieau teamed up with trainer Ron Matheson earlier on the card to win with Selkirk Echo in 1:58.3 and Ashes To Ashes in 1:55.3. Spack Jarrow got up the passing lane for a 1:56.1 victory in race 6 for Barrieau and trainer Raymond White.  Adam Merner had a driving triple on the program with Woodmere Beachline (2:00.4) for trainer Marc Campbell and with the Ron Gass trained duo of Diamond Call (1:55.1) and Hemingway (1:56.3).  The final race of the evening saw the biggest upset of the night as Brandons Glory won the $2,800 event in 1:55.3 at 22-1 odds from the MacKenzie MacInnis stable of Tyne Valley.  For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca.    By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores 

DUNDAS, SEPT. 19, 2020 – It took a few days longer than anticipated, but the two and three-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Grassroots and Prospect Series regular harness racing season at Flamboro Downs on Saturday, Sept. 19. Originally scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 17, the event was suspended after just one Grassroots division had been contested due to an electrical fire in a light standard. As a result, two divisions of Grassroots fillies and both Prospect Series divisions returned to the Dundas oval on Saturday, competing in a special four-race, non-wagering event prior to the regularly scheduled Flamboro Downs program. Before Thursday’s program was suspended Top Of The Bar had romped around the half-mile oval to a three and one-half length victory in a personal best 2:02.1. The fan favourite and trainer Mark Etsell bested All Muscle N Sass and Snowfalla to score their third Grassroots victory and move to the top of the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings. “I kind of wanted to go to the front just to change it up a bit, make her not have to work so hard, because she’s come first up the last two starts,” said Etsell on Thursday. “And it just turned out with two horses breaking the decision was really easy. She’s a pleasure, she doesn’t get bully she just does whatever you ask her.” Rockwood resident Etsell shares ownership of Top Of The Bar with Robert Newton of Walkerton, Graham Hopkins of Chesley and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. The Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the July 29 Grassroots leg at Grand River Raceway and the Aug. 29 leg at Hanover Raceway and finished third in the July 13 season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park, giving her a total of 162 points and top spot in the standings heading into the postseason. When the fillies returned to Flamboro Downs on Saturday, Doing It All and driver Stephen Byron lined up at Post 5 in the first $22,450 Grassroots division and fired out to a :31.1 quarter. The filly marched on to a 1:02.2 half and, although she came under pressure from Ban Ban Deo heading by the 1:31.3 three-quarters, was able to accelerate away to a two length victory in a personal best 2:01.3. Ban Ban Deo finished second and Darling Please was eight lengths back in third. It was the Kadabra daughter’s second straight win in Grassroots action and impressed both Byron and John Bax, who trains Doing It All for Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY. “She opened up and won comfortably, I guess you could say, so she’s learning. Steve was pretty happy with her,” said Campbellville, ON resident Bax.  “I think we’re heading in the right direction.” With two wins, one fourth, one fifth and one seventh, Doing It All heads into the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals in fourth spot in the standings with 115 points. The top 20 point earners advance to the Semi-Finals and the top five finishers from each Semi-Final will earn a berth in the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. The second of Saturday’s Grassroots divisions was won in near-identical fashion by driver Mike Saftic and HP Mama B, who powered to the front from Post 2 and rang up fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:30.1 on their way to a five and one-half length win in 2:00. Tipsy In Dixie finished second and Kadillac Girl was four more lengths behind in third. “I said, ‘Call me when the race is behind the gate and tell me what’s going on’. So she called me and said, ‘Oh we’re parked, oh we’re clear now, we’re in the front’. And I said, ‘Okay, if we’re in the front the race is pretty much over if she doesn’t miscue or something’,” said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who was readying seven starters to compete at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday night and did not make the second trip to Dundas. “I think she’ll be a very nice three-year-old that mare, she’s very big. She made a few breaks at the beginning, it was just inexperience and immaturity, but she’s okay now.” Guelph resident Baillargeon also bred and raised HP Mama B, who is owned by Guylaine Picard of Guelph, ON and Celine Paquin of Ayers Cliff, QC. The Royalty For Life daughter wrapped up her regular season with two wins, one second and one ninth in Grassroots action for a total of 125 points and third spot in the standings. Both Craving You and Credits Celebrity made the shift from the Grassroots program to the Prospect Series for the final three-year-old trotting filly leg, and the move paid off as both Kadabra daughters visited the winner’s circle and earned a spot in the Sept. 25 Final at Grand River Raceway. In the first $7,200 Prospect Series split, Craving You reeled in pacesetter and point leader Wheely Twicky in the stretch to score a one and one-quarter length victory in  2:01.3. Pocket-sitter Ella finished second, edging out Wheely Twicky. Anthony Haughan engineered the win for trainer Meg Crone and the Cambridge, ON couple’s co-owner Enzed Racing Stable Inc. of Allentown, NJ. Credits Celebrity and trainer Wayne Henry opted for the front-end tour of the Flamboro oval in the last $7,300 division, cruising home three lengths in front in a personal best 1:59.2. Muscles Aplenty finished second and Kads Kiss was two more lengths back in third. Arthur resident Henry trains the filly for his co-owners Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Waples Stable Inc. of Baden, ON and Gordon Yeo of Calgary, AB. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available here and results from Saturday’s races are available here. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard and Prospect Series point standings are available on the Ontario Racing website. 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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - While this year's national Caretakers Appreciation Day is virtual, the Hippodrome 3R will be honoring all caretakers throughout the race card on Sunday that starts at 1:00 pm. The initiative by Standardbred Canada is more than worthy in celebrating the work that is done every day by the caretakers of the horses. Caretakers are the foundation of the harness racing industry and these men and women are deserving of the tribute being paid to them. Standardbred Canada has been focusing on caretakers through the country the past weeks leading towards this weekend's celebration. For the province of Quebec, caretakers Mathieu Nadeau (https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/9-11-20/faces-racing-mathieu-nadeau.html) and Clara Mary Corbin (https://standardbredcanada.ca/news/8-27-20/faces-racing-clara-mary-corbin.html) , were highlighted. Every caretaker in the race paddock Sunday will receive a coupon for a meal in the paddock restaurant. Each caretaker will be named for each horse that races on Sunday. Caretakers are the closest people to the horses, every day from early morning to late at night, especially on race days, they are devoted to their steeds and deserve all the recognition they can get. On the racetrack Sunday, the seventh race is the feature event where two top three-year-old pacing colts, Eclat De Rire (post 6) and Mickeymaksomespeed (post 9), will take on older horses as they are prepping for their $65,000 Quebec Championship Final next Sunday, Sept. 27. Eclat De Rire is the 2019 two-year-old Quebec champion and the son of Leader Bayama won a division of the Breeders Trophy Series in a lifetime best 1:56.1. He is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. Mickymaksomespeed never raced at age two for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. The Mickey Hanover colt has made up for lost time this year with seven wins in nine starts. He won two legs of the Breeders Trophy Series, the fastest in 1:55 and prior to that took a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The two colts will take on some tough competition going against Bali (post 3), Stock (post 8) and return winner Blackjack Soleil (post 2). Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

MILTON, SEPT. 18, 2020 - Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing colts returned to Gold Series harness racing competition on Friday, Sept. 18 at Woodbine Mohawk Park after spending the last month competing in Grand Circuit stakes. The sole $156,400 division featured a showdown between point leaders Beaumond Hanover and Tattoo Artist, both riding three-race win streaks in Ontario Sires Stakes action, along with six other Gold Series rivals. As they have in virtually every start this season, Tattoo Artist and driver Bob McClure rocketed away from Post 8 and led the field into the first turn. Beaumond Hanover and driver Jody Jamieson found themselves in the outer lane from Post 2 and opted to carry on, reaching the front heading by the :26.2 quarter, but McClure and Tattoo Artist quickly reclaimed the lead. The fan favourites rolled through a :54.4 half and 1:23 three-quarters and then kicked home for a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:50.1. Beaumond Hanover finished second and Rhythm In Motion was third. "He's really a pleasure to drive," said McClure. "Horses as handy as him, as smart as him and with the lungs he has don't come around often. I look forward to seeing him between every start." The win, Tattoo's Artist's seventh in 10 sophomore starts, came as a bit of a relief to trainer Dr. Ian Moore, who said the colt was not as sharp as he usually is on the training track this week. "He actually didn't train very good on Tuesday, for the first time. Normally he trains really good and he wasn't so keen there Tuesday. I didn't tell Bobby that of course, but he did warm up very sharp tonight so I did tell him that," said Moore with a chuckle. "I'm going to talk to Frank Cannon and Eric Cherry tomorrow and I think that we're probably going to try him in the US next Friday (Sept. 25) at Hoosier for the Jennas Beach Boy, which Century Farroh won last year, because Century Farroh has one the same night, so I think I'll send them both." Cannon of Sanford, FL and Cherry, through his Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL, share ownership of Tattoo Artist and if the pair is in agreement the colt will be reunited with his winter caretaker Brad Firlotte at Indiana's Hoosier Park. "He's worked for me in Florida for the last ten years and he looked after Tattoo as a two-year-old and then he looked after him again last fall until he left as three-year-old," said Moore of Florida-based Firlotte, who will fly up to Indiana. "He won't have Giselle with him, his regular caretaker Giselle Loder, but that's the way it is at the border, right." The three-year-old pacing colts have one Gold leg remaining, Oct. 9 at The Raceway at the Western Fair District, and the Super Final, Oct. 17 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Those are the only stakes engagements remaining on Tattoo Artist's calendar, unless Cannon and Cherry opt to supplement the son of Hes Watching to the Breeders Crown eliminations Oct. 24 at Hoosier Park. "No matter what happens for the rest of the year, he's had a great year. I think that puts him over half a million for the year, so I don't think anybody will complain," said Moore. "He's a sweet little guy, no doubt about it. We've had a lot of fun with him and enjoyed every minute of it." Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Gold Series point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. 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

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Mag N Lady not only crushed the field in winning her $10,000 division for the Future Stars Series at the Hippodrome 3R Friday, but also smashed the track record for two-year-old trotting fillies by nearly two seconds. Starting from post one for trainer-driver Jean Francois Maguire in the non-wagering race, Mag N Lady led every step of the one-mile race, cutting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:28 before rolling away from the field, winning by 14 and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Finishing a distance second was XOXO (Jerome Lombart) with New Road (Steeven Genois) third. The previous track record for two-year-old trotting fillies was 2:01.1 and was co-held by Meganou (2014) and Claudi PV (2018). For Mag N Lady, it was her third straight win in the Future Stars Series. The Royalty For Life daughter is owned by Maguire with Julie Malenfant and Richard Legris and Pascale Maguire. She will now headline her $55,000 division of the Super Sunday Quebec Championship finals on Sunday, Sept. 27 at H3R. All eight of the finals will take place next week with more than $500,000 in total purses. In the first race $10,000 third leg division for the two-year-old trotting colts, undefeated Kinnder Dangerzone also made it a clean sweep of the three preliminary rounds, leading from start to finish. With Pierre-Luc Roy in the sulky, Kinnder Dangerzone was parked first-over past the opening quarter mile in :29.2 before taking command with Incredible Hall (Stephane Brosseau) following them in second place. They raced that way the rest of the mile with Kinnder Dangerzone holding off Incredible Hall to win by one length in 2:03.2. Hall Win (Kevin Maquire) was third. Sired by Northern Escort, it was third straight win for the unbeaten Kinnder Dangerzone, who is trained, owned and was bred by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $3.60 to win. In the sixth race, Streakazana ($5.80) and driver David Pilon swept three-wide in the backstretch, was parked out around the final turn and still was able to beat older pacers with a 1:58.4 triumph. It was her third straight win and fifth of the season. She was prepping for her $65,000 final next week at H3R. Petrova and Roy made it a double at H3R Friday as Kinnder Dangerzone's half-sister, Kinnder High Class, beat older rivals in the seventh race trot. The three-year-old filly by Royalty For Life chewed up a field of older trotting foes, winning with ease in 2:00 by three and one-half lengths. She paid $4.30 to win. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver Pascal Berube extended his lead Friday with a driving triple. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, which is National Caretakers Appreciation Day. All caretakers will be announced with their horses in each post parade and each caretaker will receive a coupon for a free meal in the Paddock Restaurant. Post time Sunday is 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

Toronto, On - September 18, 2020 - Woodbine Entertainment announced today that its Board of Directors has appointed Christine Magee as Chair effective immediately. As Chair of the Board of Directors, Magee will provide leadership, guidance and governance as Woodbine Entertainment fulfills its mandate to sustain and grow horse racing in Ontario. This includes advancing its master plan to develop the surrounding lands at Woodbine Racetrack and Woodbine Mohawk Park to be world-class entertainment destinations while creating new revenue streams that will support the horse racing industry and the tens of thousands of jobs it directly and indirectly supports throughout the province. "We are thrilled to have someone with Christine's business acumen, experience and leadership be the Chair of our Board of Directors while we continue to grow the sport of horse racing, support and sustain the entire industry in this province, and fulfill our vision of being the top horse racing destination in North America," said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment. "As we continue to advance our plans to diversify our business model to sustain the horse racing industry for decades to come, Christine's knowledge, experience and leadership will be invaluable to our efforts." Magee, who has been on Woodbine Entertainment's Board of Directors since 2015, is the Chair of Sleep Country, the company she co-founded in 1994 and served as its President until 2014. The resident of Oakville, Ontario is also the Chair of the Talent Fund Advisory Council and serves on the Board of Directors of TELUS, Metro Inc., Trillium Health Partners and Plan International Canada, and is a Member of the Morrissette Entrepreneurship Advisory Board of University Western Ontario. On July 1, 2015, Magee was appointed as a member of the Order of Canada in recognition of her significant contributions to the Canadian business community. "It's an absolute honour and privilege to step into this role for an organization that has such a rich history and bright future," said Magee. "It's also humbling as I have come to appreciate how important Woodbine Entertainment is to an entire industry that is the way of life for so many Ontarians and a passion for horse racing fans throughout the world." Magee replaces Clay Horner who is retiring from the organization following a successful tenure as Chair of Woodbine Entertainment since 2015 and a Director since 2002. As a member of the Board, Horner helped lead Woodbine Entertainment to become one of the top destinations in North America for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred racing. "Over the years, Clay's contributions to Woodbine Entertainment are significant and widely appreciated by the entire horse racing industry in Ontario," commented Lawson. "His passion for the sport of horse racing and his experience in business and law has served the organization well. On behalf of our Board of Directors, and our entire horse racing community, I would like to thank Clay for everything he did." "My service on the Board has been one of the most rewarding experiences in my life," said Horner. "I have been fortunate to work with so many excellent board members and employees, and three terrific CEOs in David Willmot, Nick Eaves and Jim Lawson who are also cherished friends. Woodbine is an industry leader in all aspects and is wonderfully positioned for further growth and success in horse racing and development initiatives. I am proud of the commitments and involvement of Woodbine and our employees to our broader communities. As I retire from the Board, I look forward to watching Woodbine deliver in spades on its mandate to further the best interests of racing in Ontario." Long-time board member John Fielding also announced he is retiring from the organization as Director and Chair of the Standardbred Racing Committee. Current Woodbine Entertainment Director and former President of Western Fair District Hugh Mitchell has been appointed to Chair of the Standardbred Racing Committee. From Woodbine Entertainment  

The last 3 year old harness racing pacing colt and filly Atlantic Sire Stakes races takes place at Inverness Raceway this Sunday September 20, 2020. Two Divisions of 6 fillies go behind the gate in Races 6 and 8 for a purse of $10,000. Race 6 will has Woodmere Skyroller (Dale Spence) trying to keep her spot at top of the Point standings. Rounding out the top three is Tobins Choice (Gilles Barrieau) and Elm Grove Ocean ( Redmond Doucet). The second Division of A fillies go in race 8 with the favorite Red Dirt Star ( Gilles Barrieau) having rail control, the other top 2 picks are Bellafornow (Clair MacDonald) and Saulsbrook Ocean (Dale Spence) One A Division of 3 year old colts race for a purse of $18,100 in Race 8. Favorite Woodmere Rollnpop ( Clair MacDonad) leaves from post one with Mr Kelly (Adam Merner) and Tobins Rebel (Gilles Barrieau) listed as the other top 2 contenders. Point leader Windemere Ryan has post 8. There is one B Division for each, the colts (Race 4) and fillies (Race 2). Sundays race is the last opportunity for the colts and fillies to earn points towards the Atlantic Breeders Crown Weekend. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires 'A' division pacing event go towards earning a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships which takes place October 10 and 11, 2020 at Red Shores Charlottetown. First race post time at Inverness Raceway is 1pm. by Debbie Francis, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Rose Run Quest will look to use rail control to his advantage on Harness The Hope night Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Red Shores and Standardbred Canada will also salute the harness racing grooms part of National Caretaker's Appreciation weekend. The 12-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. first race post time with Rose Run Quest the morning line favourite in race 11 of the program. The Harness The Hope program will feature cooler presentations on every race along with a chance for on track customers to purchase a key for a chance to win fabulous prizes for the online event taking place on Sunday beginning at 7pm. The evening will also feature the Bouncy Pony stakes with 2019 champion Steven Shepherd back to defend his title. The race by drivers on the inflatable bouncy ponies will take place after race 5. Rose Run Quest has scored a pair of second place finishes since moving into the Gilles Barrieau stable but will draw clear of Time To Dance in this week's $3,150 preferred pace as he looks to find the wire first. Owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, Rose Run Quest boasts 46 lifetime wins. His stablemate in the dash is the richest Maritime Bred of all-time, The Rev, from post 3 with Dale Spence picking up the catch drive behind the $612,000 winner. Lisburn has the far outside in the field of seven for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault. Peter MacPhee with Post Time Picks likes the chances of Rose Run Quest to get it all. "Rose Run Quest was sent to the point last time and was just collared at the wire by Time To Dance. We think the game plan will be the same this week only this time he may go all the way." Other entries in the preferred field are Woodmere Ideal Art (To be driven by Brodie MacPhee), Simple Kinda Man (Jason Hughes), Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) and Freddy Bear (Adam Merner). Silver Beast in favoured in the race 7 The Gray Group Real Estate Development pace with Dale Spence driving the MacKenzie MacInnis trainee from post 3 in the $2,500 event. The four-year-old son of Betterthancheddar was a winner his last two starts with his latest in 1:54.4. Other top entries are Three Truths (MacPhee) from post 6 and Jordies Hope (Barrieau) taking on the boys from post 5. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. Mantario Takes On Summerside's Finest SUMMERSIDE, PE - After closing hard against the richest Maritime bred even his last week, Mantario will try to get it all in the Sunday afternoon feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Red Shores, The Prince County Horsemen's Club and Standardbred Canada will also salute the grooms part of National Caretaker's Appreciation weekend. The 12-dash Sunday afternoon presentation at the Prince County oval has the top class lining up in race 11 of the day with Mantario the favourite from the outside post 6. David Dowling will drive the Jennifer Doyle trainee in the $2,700 event for owners Doyle and Danny Birt of Earnscliffe. The Sportswriter pacer closed hard to finish second to The Rev in a 1:53.4 mile last week, pacing his own mile in 1:54 flat. The Governor's Plate finalist will have some sturdy competition on his way to the winner's circle on Sunday. Heart And Soul will leave from post 4 as he looks to add to his 10 top-three finishes from 13 seasonal outings with Brodie MacPhee in the bike for trainer George Riley. Soccer Hanover will hold down post 5 with Ken Murphy in the driver's seat while the lone mare in the field, Misty Memory N, has rail control with Jason Hughes at the lines. The Backstretch Beat in Sunday's card pegs Mantario for the top spot. "Mantario came out of the clouds to just miss in 1:54 his first start for conditioner Doyle. He is sure to get a more aggressive steer this time and we like his chances to get it all." Other entries are Adkins Hanover (To be driven by Ambyr Campbell) and Hungers Pangs (Taylor Doyle). Dylan's Future has been installed as the morning line favorite in the Bob MacInnis memorial in race 5. Norris Rogers will handle the two-year-old colt for owner-trainer Frank Banks, Summerside, PE. Pictonian Storm is favoured in the race 8 back-up class with Brodie MacPhee driving the 37-time winner in the $2,250 race. Wade Sorrie trains the son of Western Paradise for owner Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Other top entrants include Power Of A Cruiser (Norris Rogers) and Howmac Magic (Hughes). Catch the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, SEPT. 17, 2020 – All four of the winners in Thursday night’s two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots action at Woodbine Mohawk Park picked up their second harness racing victory of the Ontario Sires Stakes program and marked themselves as horses to be reckoned with heading into the postseason. In the first $23,150 division Proline and driver Bob McClure eased away from Post 1 into seventh as Kyuquot led the field to a :27.3 opening quarter. As Mustang Beach completed the third lead change heading by the :57.3 half, McClure was tipping Proline out behind fan favourite Stonebridge Rex, who shadowed Rau Ru. The challengers marched steadily forward and although Mustang Beach had a two length margin at the 1:25.3 three-quarters, he was soon under heavy attack. Rolling out from behind Stonebridge Rex, Proline unleashed a :26.3 last quarter to claim the victory in a personal best 1:53.1. Stonebridge Rex was one and one-quarter lengths back in second and Rau Ru was two lengths back in third. “He’s got lots of speed. I’m very pleased with him now,” said Campbellville, ON resident Luc Blais, who trains the colt for Determination of Montreal, QC. “His last two races, we can’t get better than that I think with the way he did that.” The win was Proline’s second straight in Grassroots action, with the first coming in the Sept. 8 leg at Woodbine Mohawk Park. With two wins and one sixth, the speedy youngster finishes up the Grassroots regular season in sixth spot in the standings with 103 points. No Plan Intended and driver Jody Jamieson also employed a come-from-behind strategy to capture the second division from Post 7. The fan favourites powered down the stretch to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.1. Proline’s stablemate Shazam Blue Chip finished second and Big Bang Bang completed the top three. “Honestly tonight he didn’t seem as strong as last week (Sept. 8), but a couple of two-year-olds in the barn have been coughing. We did take his blood the other day and he didn’t show any signs of sickness, but we might have to keep an eye on him because he didn’t finish as strong, not terrible, but he was a lot better last week,” said trainer Stephanie Jamieson. “He’s got a lot of heart that horse, he’s a tough little bugger.” Moffat resident Jamieson trains No Plan Intended for her father-in-law Carl Jamieson of Puslinch, ON and Brian Paquet of Quebec, QC. The partners also bred the son of Up The Credit, who the elder Jamieson trained and the pair co-owned through his $1.3 million racing career. With two wins, one second and one sixth in his Grassroots career, No Plan Intended heads into the postseason in a two-way tie for second with 128 points. Sharing second spot with No Plan Intended is Take Control, who cruised along on the front end to a one and one-half length victory in the third division. In rein to Louis-Philippe Roy, the Control The Moment son  stopped the teletimer in a personal best 1:52.3. Big Teddy finished second and Last Bet was third. “The 10-hole last week (Sept. 8), he kind of didn’t get into the race, but he finished really strong. So today was good that he had a chance to get into the race,” said trainer Dan Lagace of Cambridge, who shares ownership of the gelding with Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON. “He’s been a nice little colt. He was only $8,000 so with a good finish in the next couple of weeks he’s had a pretty good year.” Thursday’s victory boosted Take Control’s earnings to $30,982 through seven lifetime starts. Unlike Proline and No Pan Intended, he posted his first Grassroots win in the Aug. 22 leg at Hiawatha Horse Park and finished sixth from Post 10 in the Sept. 8 leg. The final $23,150 division saw Second Bruiser romp to his second straight 1:51.4 victory, hitting the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Cadillac Bayama. Watch My Beverage was seven lengths back in third. “He’s pretty awesome. He was amazing last week and I think he was even better tonight,” said driver James MacDonald. “It’s a cool night, a little breezy and 1:51.4 for a two-year-old this time of year, and the way he did it, he’s just a really nice colt. Hopefully he keeps progressing. He could be anything.” Guelph resident MacDonald drove the Believeinbruiser son to the win, his second in three lifetime starts, for trainer Vernon Cochrane of Fergus and his co-owner Stefan Piekos of Palgrave, ON. The win netted Second Bruiser 100 points and puts him in seventh spot in the standings. The top 20 point earners now advance to the Oct. 1 Semi-Finals from which the top five finishers will move on to the $75,000 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Oct. 10. Complete results from Thursday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Grassroots point standings can be found on the Ontario Sires Stakes Leaderboard. On Friday night the three-year-old pacing colts resume their Gold Series rivalry at Woodbine Mohawk Park after taking a break to compete in Grand Circuit action in recent weeks. The colts will battle for $156,400 in Race 8 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Fans can download a program here.   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 www.ontarioracing.com