Day At The Track

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The 2017 Weekend Of Champions kicks off Saturday afternoon at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park featuring 11-dashes including the Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolations for two and three-year-old pacers. The card kicks off at 12:30 P.M. with the $5,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown consolations in races 4, 6, 8 and 10 featuring the top performers of the Atlantic Sires Stakes season who did not make the top eight spots for Sunday's championship finals. Mick Dundee has shown on numerous occasions he can tussle with the top colts and that earns him the status as morning line favorite in the race 10 three-year-old pacing colt consolation. Don MacNeill of Charlottetown owns, trains and drives the son of Aahm Canadian Now with him leaving from post 5 in Saturday's contest. Shesaroyal Cowgirl is top choice in the race 8 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old pacing filly consolation for trainer-driver Mark Bradley and owner William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. The post 4 starter will battle seven foes. The first crop of Image Of Dawn has been well represented by JJ Powerball who is the early favorite in the race 6 two-year-old pacing colt consolation for trainer Austin Sorrie and owners Walter Simmons of Summerside and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Leading driver Marc Campbell picks up the drive on the three-time winner as regular driver Gordie Hennessey has elected to drive fellow Sorrie trainee Dustylanesam off the rail. Woodmere Saphire closes out her two-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes season with post 4 in the race 4 two-year-old filly consolation. Gilles Barrieau drives the daughter of Articulator for trainer Jackie Matheson and New Brunswick owners Thomas McGuffog and Bruce MacDonald of Fredericton and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas. Saturday will also see a sold-out banquet presented by the P.E.I. Standardbred Horse Owners Association starting at 7 p.m. in the Top of the Park restaurant at Red Shores. The event will celebrate the achievements of several stars of the Atlantic Canadian breeding industry and four Atlantic Canadian racing families will be honoured. From New Brunswick, the family of Steve Mahar has been involved with standardbreds for over 50 years. Steve is the winningest driver from New Brunswick with over 5,000 victories in the sulky. From Newfoundland and Labrador, the Sheppard family will be recognized for their long involvement with standardbred racing. The Polley family of Amherst, Nova Scotia, who have experienced success locally and across North America, will be lauded. The MacDonald family from Charlottetown, PEI lived a block from the Charlottetown Driving Park and from the late 1960s, and brothers Mike and Paul would provide many memorable moments on the nearby racetrack and beyond. Check out www.Redshores.ca for live video, race program and more information on the Weekend Of Champions.   Championship Finals Set For Action CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The saying in harness racing goes 'It All Comes Down To The Breeder's Crown.' The Sunday afternoon program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park will be the main event on the Weekend Of Championships with the culmination of the 2017 Atlantic Sires Stakes season in the Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals. First race post time is 12:30 P.M. for the 14-dash program. The $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown finals for trotters line up in races 3 and 5 sponsored by Meridian Farms. Pappy Go Go has been on another world all season as he rides a nine-race win streak into the race 5 $9,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown three-year-old trot final from post 6 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Another Campbell trainee, Buckaroo, gets morning line status in the race 3 two-year-old trot Breeder's Crown from post 7 for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. The $9,000 event will see Buckaroo battle with arch rival Ticked (Driven by Myles Heffernan) from post 3. Buckaroo has the two-year-old trotting record to his credit but has yet to defeat Ticked in a race where both horses have stayed on stride. The draws in the two-year-old pacing Atlantic Breeder's Crowns were not kind to the presumptive favorites as both horses drew post 8. Royaltywestho has yet to finish worse than second in her rookie campaign but has to start on the far outside of her seven rivals in the race 7 two-year-old pacing filly final for a $20,000 purse. Walter Cheverie drives the daughter of Westwardho Hanover for co-owner and trainer Joseph Baxter and co-owner Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Sock It Away can claim both Island two-year-old pacing colt track records to his credit but has to contend with post 8 in his $20,000 Atlantic Breeder's Crown final. The son of Pang Shui will have to circle his seven contenders at some point in the mile whether it is off the gate or coming for home. Campbell will drive the colt for trainer Kevin Maclean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The draw was kinder to the top choices in the three-year-old championship finals. Filly Forty Seven is selected as top choice in the race 11 $20,000 three-year-old pacing filly Atlantic Breeder's Crown for trainer-driver Campbell but the division has been extremely competitive all season long. Fellow Campbell trainee Elektra Express leaves from post 5 in that race with Ryan Ellis handling the reins while Traces Of Purple has defeated both fillies on separate occasions and gets the services of Gilles Barrieau from post 3. The $20,000 three-year-old pacing colts championship final hits the track in race 13 with Mighty Cowboy the morning line choice with rail control for trainer-driver Darren Crowe and owner David MacDonald of Halifax, N.S., in a race where an argument can be made for any of the eight entries to land in the winner's circle. In other action, the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Open trot hits the track in 8 for a $2,500 purse, a $3,500 Open Pacing mares class lines up for a $3,500 pot in race 12 while a $5,000 Invitational pace closes out the card in race 14. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

OCTOBER 5, 2017 - Harness racing driver Randy Waples capped off the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series regular season with a pair of victories at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening, using similar tactics to get Draft Year and Kendall Seelster from Post 5 to the winner's circle. On an calm, clear October evening, Waples decided the front end was the best place for fan favourite Draft Year and the decision proved to be a wise one as the Kadabra gelding cruised to a five and one-half length victory in 1:56.4. Chief Justice enjoyed the outer lane windbreak offered by Levitation through the later stages of the mile and then circled around to be second, leaving Levitation to settle for third. "He's a really nice colt, he always has been a nice colt," said Waples from the winner's circle. "Tonight when he left the gate he was going forward and I looked over and Sylvain (Filion with Cousin Rickard) was already grabbing up, so I just kind of kept the whip on his tail and kept his mind on it and he just kept getting faster and faster as the race went on." Milton resident Waples crafted the win for trainer Brad Maxwell of Guelph and owners Doug Millard of Woodstock, Ben Mudry of Toronto, ON, Timothy Murray of Shawville, QC and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. The win was the first in Draft Year's five race career and it propelled the gelding from fifteenth to fifth in the point standings, giving him a berth in the Oct. 14 Super Final at Mohawk. Draft Year Five races later Waples lined up behind Post 5 for the second time and opted for the same strategy, sending the fans' second choice Kendall Seelster directly to the front. The three-year-old pacing filly rolled through fractions of :28, :56.2 and 1:24.1 and then kicked into high gear in the stretch, sprinting home to a 1:51.3 victory. Firestorm paced into second and Play The Bell closed hard, nudging favourite Percy Bluechip out for third. "Tonight I actually was looking to cut the mile out, I kept making her roll along because I wasn't looking for a re-move with her tonight," said Waples from the winner's circle. "It is the first time she's been in front, but she finished with the plugs still in her ears. "They both were very good, and both seemed strong at the finish," said the reinsman of his pair of winners. Waples piloted Kendall Seelster to the win for trainer Paul Reid and owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. Thursday's victory was the Shadow Play daughter's fourth of the season and second in Gold Series action, putting her in a tie for top spot in the point standings with three-time winner Percy Bluechip. "I didn't think she'd end up cutting it. With Percy (Bluechip) on the rail I thought we might have a little more tussle getting to the front, but it worked out all right for us," said trainer Paul Reid. "He (Waples) knows the filly and I trust him. He's come in a couple different times and trained her with me, and so he knows her as well as anybody. I know he has confidence in her, so any way he felt to drive her, I was fine with that." Kendall Seelster Reid also picked up a third-place finish in the other $95,600 three-year-old pacing filly Gold division with Just Her Luck, and the trainer is hoping both fillies can maintain their momentum heading into the Super Final. "She's had a little time off too and she finished up good in the end of that, so hopefully we look good going into next week," said Reid. "Sometimes plans work out, sometimes they don't, but right now if I can keep things going the way they are, I'll be happy." Just Her Luck finished a closing third behind winner Easy Three and Lady Grande in the 1:53.4 mile. Lady Grande did all the work on the front end, waging a fierce battle with fan favourite Cardiff, but a late sprint saw Easy Three and driver Jody Jamieson hit the wire on top by a two length margin. Jamieson drives Easy Three for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, ON, breeder Winbak Farm of Chesapeake City, MD and George Harrison of Preston, England, and the reinsman says the trip to the winner's circle has been a tough one with the daughter of Mach Three. "She's an absolute nut. She's just been a loon ever since Dad threw a harness on her. He's had a real tough time getting her to where I can actually drive her in a race," said the Moffat, ON resident. "Now that he's figured her out exactly, she has some talent. It's hard to say if she can go with the top fillies from the other division, but there's only one way to find out." Thursday's win, her first in 10 starts, boosted Easy Three from sixteenth to fifth in the standings and she will be part of the top 10 point earners competing in the $225,000 Super Final on Oct. 14. Easy Three The other two-year-old trotting colt and gelding Gold trophy went home with Barney Mac, who finished third in the division Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. Also starting from Post 5, driver Chris Christoforou eased Barney Mac into fifth as Spark A Dream led the field to a :28.3 quarter and a :59.2 half. When former Gold series winner T Barrr swung off the rail into the outer lane, Christoforou sent Barney Mac in his wake and stayed right on that colt's heels as he opened up a gap on the field heading for the 1:29.2 three-quarters. Squaring up in the stretch Christoforou asked Barney Mac for another gear and the gelding dug hard to the wire for his second lifetime victory in a personal best 1:58. T Barrr settled for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner, and Torches Pirate was third. "He's a nice little colt," said Christoforou. "We got a second over trip and he kicked home very well when I asked him." The Campbellville resident crafted the win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owners Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, ON and Adv Racing Stable LLC of Pawling, NY. The partners acquired Barney Mac two weeks before the Grassroots Championship and have recouped $53,800 of their investment in just two starts. Although the win would have given him enough points, Barney Mac is not eligible to compete in the Super Final due to his appearance in the Grassroots Championship. Barney Mac The top 10 trotting colts and geldings and pacing fillies will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Oct. 14, along with the leading point earners from the other six divisions, to compete for a total of $1.8 million in the season ending Super Final. 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 - Nobody could even make a move on Elm Grove Kaboom as he led at every call in the Thursday evening feature harness racing event at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell added to his season leading win total in the $2,100 Thursday top class as he sent the heavily favoured Elm Grove Kaboom to the lead and commanded every fraction through splits of 28.2, 57.1 and 1:26.1 before unleashing a 28.2 closer to win in 1:54.3. Oh To Be Me (Driven by Gary Chappell) was second with third going to Simon Said (Gilles Barrieau). Tyne Valley captured the $1,550 Tom and Margaret Claybourne Memorial trot in 2:02.1 for driver Walter Cheverie and co-owner and trainer Wiliam Roloson along with co-owner Scott Roloson, both of Belfast. Barrieau had a driving triple on the program winning with HP Rubis Joyce in 1:59.1 for Blaine Baglole of Cornwall and scored a pair of wins for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown as Four Corners was a 1:58.1 winner and Perfect Escape won his second-in-a-row, this time in 1:56.2. Jason Hughes of Stratford also scored three wins in the race bike opening the card up with his own Dusty Lane Min in 2:02.3. That win was followed by Yankee No More in a race 6 victory of 2:00.3 for trainer Darren Smith of Rocky Point then another win from Hughes' own stable closed the card out as Jeb was a 1:56.1 winner. Adam Merner of Charlottetown scored a driving double on the program. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Charlottetown, PE - The Atlantic Classic Sale will again kick off the Weekend of Champions, the fall feature event of Atlantic Canadian harness racing. The sale will start at 2 p.m. on Friday at the Crapaud Exhibition grounds, and will offer numerous siblings to 2017 stakes stars. In addition, there are several Ontario Sired entries that are expected to draw buyers' attention. On Saturday, the Atlantic Breeders Crown consolation races will start at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. There will also be a sold-out banquet presented by the PEI Standardbred Horse Owners Association starting at 7:00 p.m. that evening in the Top of the Park restaurant. The event will celebrate the achievements of several stars of the Atlantic Canadian breeding industry. Sunday will kick off with a complimentary pancake breakfast at 9:00 a.m. at Turfs Bar & Grill followed by a fan seminar in the Red Shores grandstand. The 2017 Atlantic Breeders Crown champions will be crowned Sunday afternoon starting at 12:30 p.m. at Red Shores. For more information on the Atlantic Breeders Crown weekend, race programs or live broadcasts go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

OCTOBER 4, 2017 - Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their regular season at Flamboro Downs on Wednesday and fans of the longshot had a field day as the harness racing favourites faltered in both $94,800 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold divisions. In the opener second choice Sorceress Seelster fired out of Post 4 to an early lead, reaching the quarter pole three and one-quarter lengths ahead of her peers in :28.1. The filly continued to draw away from the field heading for the :57.1 half, but skipped off stride in the third turn and left Allerage Stargazer in brief possession of the lead. Heading into the backstretch for the final time, driver Lyle MacArthur sent Zorgwijk Sophia to the front, reaching the three-quarters in 1:28.2, and the filly was on cruise control from there to the wire. The longest shot in the six-horse field, Zorgwijk Sophia stopped the Flamboro Downs teletimer at 2:00.1. Allerage Stargazer was four and one-half lengths back in second, holding off a charging P L Layla who finished third. Favourite Smoke And Mirrors recovered from a series of breaks to be fourth. St. George Brant resident MacArthur drives and trains Zorgwijk Sophia for Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant and Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre, ON. With Wednesday's win the Majestic Son daughter jumped into fourth spot in the division standings with 77 points from one win, two thirds, one seventh and one eighth in five Gold Series starts. The victory also more than tripled the filly's earnings, which now stand at $70,824 after eight starts. The second division saw Wayne Henry fire longshot Gotta Pay To Play out of Post 4 and take command of the early tempo. Illusioneesta and Shamrock Shaker took a run at the pacesetter heading by the :29.4 quarter, but Henry refused to yield control and they tucked back onto the rail in second and third. Gotta Pay To Play carried on to a :59.2 half and when heavy favourite Kadabra Queen mounted a challenge rolling off the third turn, Henry once again opted not to concede the lead and just after the 1:30.3 three-quarters Kadabra Queen went off stride. From there Gotta Pay To Play sailed home to a two length victory in 1:59.1. Illusioneesta finished second and Shamrock Shaker was third. Kadabra Queen finished well back in sixth. Arthur, ON resident Henry drives, trains and owns first-time winner Gotta Pay To Play, who had two fifths, one sixth and one seventh-place result in her first four Gold Series starts. The victory bumps the Windsong Espoir daughter up to seventh spot in the point standings and increases her freshman earnings to $62,020. Both Zorgwijk Sophia and Gotta Pay To Play will compete in the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Oct. 14, along with the other eight leading point earners, part of the Ontario Sires Stakes program's $1.8 million season finale. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Allstar Seelster played a game of "catch-me-if-you-can" in the Wednesday night harness racing feature at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway and was successful as he shocked his rivals. The Ed Harvey trainee was sent to the front by driver Norris Rogers and never looked back in a huge upset in the $2,100 featured event. Allstar Seelster led through fractions of 27.2, 57 and 1:26.1 before closing the mile out in 1:57.2 with Old Buck (Driven by Jason Hughes) finishing second with Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) finishing third. The winning pacer is owned by Harvey of Tyne Valley and paid a whopping $71.70 for a $2 win ticket while the triactor paid out at 4-3-ALL for $121.50. It was the second win of the night for the combination of trainer Harvey and driver Rogers. The top driver in Island racing only had one win on the Wednesday program but that is all it took to land him a career milestone. Marc Campbell teamed up to win with Rising Fella in 1:59.1 for trainer Jansen Sweet of O'Leary as the Winsloe reinsman scored win number 1,900 of his career. Hughes had a solid night at the office as he had three winners on the program including the $1,800 back-up pace with a front-end score of 1:58.1 aboard Ultimatelyhandsome. The son of Western Paradise is owned by the Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B., and trained by Sifroi Melanson. Hughes' other winners were Delightful Nights in 2:04.1 for trainer Blaine McKenna of Summerside and Sir Native from his own stable in 2:01.4. Goliath Reigns had the fastest mile of the night winning the evening finale in 1:56 for driver Dale Spence and trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott of Lower Onslow, N.S. Ken Murphy had two driving wins on the program. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Elm Grove Kaboom wears the title of morning line harness racing favorite in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park but he will have to break apart a pair of win streaks to land in the historic winner's circle. The Thursday evening program kicks off at 6:30 P.M. with 10-dash on tap. The race 9 Canadian Public Works Association Atlantic Chapter pace carries a $2,100 purse as the evening feature with a six-horse field. Elm Grove Kaboom is fresh off a 1:55.2 romp at Red Shores Charlottetown and reunited with driver Marc Campbell, who is on track to smash all driving records at the capital oval with 114 wins already this season. Elm Grove Kaboom is installed as top choice from post 3 Thursday for trainer Earl Smith and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Simon Said rides a two-race win streak into the event with post 4 for trainer Joey Squires but loses the pilot that delivered those victory as driver Corey MacPherson elects to drive Painted Desert from post 1. Gilles Barrieau picks up the drive on Simon Said this week. The other horse with a win streak on the line is Keep Coming from post 5 with Myles Heffernan in the bike for trainer Brian Andrew. Gary Chappell was in the bike for Keep Coming's last two victories but will drive his own horse, Oh To Be Me, from post 2 this week. Likely To Win leaves from post 6 for driver Adam Merner as third choice in the race. Race analyst Les MacIsaac puts his faith in the favoured Elm Grove Kaboom to stage a repeat of last week's performance. "Elm Grove Kaboom barely broke a sweat in delivering as the overwhelming favourite last week, a distinction he'll likely have again this week," MacIsaac said. "With him at basically the same level for this one he's got a good shot to double up." The Tom and Margaret Claybourne memorial trot will go on race 5 with Majian Chester installed as the morning line favorite for trainer-driver James Ripley. Cougar Gal makes her Island debut in race 8 leaving from post 2 for driver Merner and trainer Drew Neill. Neal Moase of Warren Grove owns the nine-year-old daughter of American Ideal who has 23 lifetime wins and over $75,000 in earnings but has not made a start since March at The Raceway At Western Fair District in London, Ont. Check out www.redshores.ca for race programs, live video and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Guelph, Ontario – With winter around the corner, now is the time for a dental check-up and nutritional status assessment, especially for older horses. Compared to spring and summer, horses burn significantly more calories through fall and winter simply to stay warm. As a result, they need to eat more – placing increased strain on the teeth and jaw. As well, with the dietary shift from pasture to hay, your horse will have to chew with more force to meet its nutritional requirements. Perhaps it’s time for a routine dental float? Or, maybe it’s the season to think about changing from hay to soaked hay cubes to maximize your aging horse’s feed efficiency during the upcoming winter season. Learn more about dental care for your senior horse on Equine Guelph’s online healthcare tool – the Senior Horse Challenge. Check out The Tale of the Teeth Video and read a new Senior Horse Dental Care fact sheet provided courtesy of Alex Bianco, MS, DVM, University of Minnesota Extension. This resource includes frequently asked questions about sedation, aftercare and recommended diets for horses with many missing teeth. Aside from the natural expiration of teeth, geriatric horses are also prone to dental disease that can result in teeth falling out or being extracted by a veterinarian. Because each set of premolars and molars erupts at a different age, they also expire at different ages. These can lead to gaps between teeth and teeth of varying heights (“wave mouth”) which causes abnormal chewing patterns and uneven wear on the teeth. These variations in dentition, combined with the rough nature of forage and the natural bacterial population of the mouth, can lead to secondary infections of the teeth below the gum line, at the tooth root. Bacterial tooth root infections typically result in loose, and/or fractured teeth. If the tooth is an upper molar, the infection may also spread in to the maxillary sinus and cause a secondary bacterial sinusitis. While dental infections rarely lead to systemic disease, dental abnormalities or tooth root infections often result in ineffective or painful chewing which results in decreased feed intake, weight loss, and increased risk of esophageal obstruction (“choke”). Remember that senior horses often need more frequent dental exams than the routine once a year check-up. Signs of dental issues include:  - dropping feed - bad breath - nasal discharge - weight loss While you’re visiting the Senior Horse Challenge to learn more about dental care for your aging horse, take five minutes to answer 20 questions to test your healthcare IQ for general geriatric care. This online tool will provide you information ranging from metabolic disorders to locomotion related concerns − pain recognition to general management including dental care. Equine Guelph thanks Boehringer Ingelheim for sponsoring the Senior Horse Challenge online healthcare tool. Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government – for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit TheHorsePortal.ca. by Henrietta Coole   Equine Guelph  

OCTOBER 3, 2017 - London area harness racing fans got a look at Ontario's talented two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Tuesday evening as the novices wrapped up their Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series season at The Raceway at Western Fair District. With a berth in the Oct. 14 Super Final at stake, driver Doug McNair and Bo Mach set the tenor for evening in the first $64,800 division, firing away from Post 1 and stacking Jimmy Freight and Burning Midnight up to their right through the opening turn. Bo Mach reached the quarter pole in :27.4, but that was the last fraction he would clock without company. By the :57.1 half Burning Midnight was sitting on his flank and that colt continued to press the pace through the 1:25.4 three-quarters. After a fierce stretch battle it was Burning Midnight with a neck in front of Bo Mach in 1:55.1. Unable to find a way up the inside, frustrated fan favourite Jimmy Freight settled for third, one and one-half length behind the leaders. Louis-Philippe Roy drove Burning Midnight to his first Gold Series win for trainer Corey Giles and owners Brad Gray of Dundas and Denise Guerriero of Toronto, ON. The Mach Three son also captured a Grassroots trophy in his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Mohawk Racetrack on July 20. The victory boosted Burning Midnight into the top ten point earners and landed him a berth in the $225,000 Super Final. The second division saw St Lads Neptune leave smartly from Post 1 and claim an early lead before ceding to Levis Day before the :28.2 quarter. Yacht Seelster led the charge up the outer lane as Levis Day led the field to a :58 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters, but it was fan favourite St Lads Neptune who slipped out of the pocket and on to a two length victory in 1:55.3 Levis Day stayed game for second and Sharp Action Money closed well for third. "He totally jogged tonight," said driver Jody Jamieson of St Lads Neptune. "He got the best trip possible on a half mile track though, and that really helps." Jamieson drives the Mach Three son for his father, trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood, and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In seven lifetime starts the gelding has tallied five wins, including Grassroots victories at Clinton Raceway on Aug. 27 and Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 4. St Lads Neptune finished third in his Metro Pace elimination at Mohawk on Sept. 16, but came up a bit sick for the Sept. 23 final and finished ninth. "He had a high white blood cell count after the Metro, so that was real disappointing, because I thought he'd go with them," said Jamieson. "Hopefully he stays healthy enough to race them again at the end of the month." Before he heads south for the Oct. 21 Breeders Crown eliminations at Indiana's Hoosier Park, St Lads Neptune will compete in the Oct. 14 Super Final after squeaking into ninth spot in the point standings with Tuesday's win. The winner of the third division will also compete in the Super Final, and trainer Casie Coleman is hoping Western Passage is poised for a strong finish to the season after a mid-summer hiccup caused him to miss six weeks of racing action. "After his second in the second Gold (July 20), I really though he cheated on me and needed to be gelded," said Coleman. "So I gelded him and we lost a lot of time, as he got a lot of complications after and went in for a second surgery. "He's coming around now again, hopefully in time for the Super Finals," added the Cambridge, ON resident. "He's a really nice colt." Starting from Post 4 with driver Doug McNair in the race bike, Western Passage was sitting third when favourite Simple Kinda Man reached the quarter in :29.3, but he did not sit there long as McNair quickly sent the colt after the leader. Although Western Passage had a nose in front at the :58 half Simple Kinda Man did not give way without a fight, and the colts were by the 1:25.4 three-quarters before Western Passage finally took control and powered away from the field to an eight length victory in 1:55.4. Declan Seelster finished second and Hudson Phil closed hard for third. Coleman shares ownership of Western Passage with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, along with John and McKinlay Fielding of Toronto and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, ON. With one win, two seconds and one seventh in Gold Series action the Sportswriter son finished the regular season in third spot in the standings with 102 points. The top 10 point earners will compete for $225,000 and divisional honours in their Oct. 14 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack, part of the Ontario Sires Stakes' $1.8 million season finale. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

OCTOBER 3, 2017 – Harness racing yearling sale season swings into high gear with the first session of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale on Tuesday, Oct. 3. Of the more than 580 Ontario Sired young horses that will parade into an auction ring this fall, buyers will find almost 100 of them at the five-day Lexington sale. More than 300 will be on offer at the London Selected Sale October 14 and 15, and the remainder will be found in the Harrisburg Black Book Sale November 6 through 10. In addition to yearlings by leading Ontario Sires Stakes stallions Kadabra and Sportswriter, buyers are eagerly anticipating the first Ontario-eligible crops from pacing stallions Betterthancheddar, Sunfire Blue Chip and Sunshine Beach, and trotting stallions Archangel, E L Titan and Royalty For Life, This fall’s sales will also feature the second Ontario-eligible crop from pacing stallion Bettors Delight. “It's an exciting time of year for both breeders and buyers,” said Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association president Walter Parkinson. “This sale season, we have the first Ontario-eligible crops of several high end pacing and trotting stallions, something we have not seen in the past few years.  This will make for some exciting racing for the 2018 stakes season.” Buyers selecting Ontario Sired yearlings will have an opportunity to compete for an estimated $13.25 million in the 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes program, up slightly from 2017. Full details about the 2018 Standardbred Improvement Program are available at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/about_oss/program_notices.html. This season Ontario Sired horses have delivered impressive performances in both the Ontario Sires Stakes program and open stake events. Three-year-old trotting filly Magic Presto (Kadabra – In The Mean Time) captured her Hambletonian Oaks elimination and finished second in the final and has added $417,434 to her bankroll. Percy Bluechip (Shadow Play – Advantest) won the sole Eternal Camnation division and Kendall Seelster (Shadow Play – Kiddie Cocktail) triumphed in the Champlain Stakes, putting both pacing fillies well over $300,000 in earnings for their novice campaigns. And, although she was not eligible to any open stake events, two-year-old trotting filly Kadabra Queen (Kadabra – Queen Street) has still managed to amass $215,000 with her perfect record of four wins in four Gold Series starts with the $225,000 Super Final still to come on Oct. 14. In addition, Ontario Sires Stakes graduates Emoticon Hanover (Kadabra – Emmylou Who) and Sintra (Mach Three – Dancin Barefoot) have captured multiple open stakes in their four-year-old campaigns. With her victory in the Miss Versatility Final trotting mare Emoticon Hanover became the latest Ontario Sired millionaire and pacing gelding Sintra is less than $100,000 away from the milestone after capturing the Canadian Pacing Derby Final. “Ontario Sired performers have continually proven that they are able to compete against the best in the world,” noted Parkinson. “With the strength of the OSS program and the ability to compete in Grand Circuit and Open stakes events, Ontario Sired yearlings have a lot to offer to buyers this fall.” For detailed pedigrees and video of all the Ontario Sired youngsters on offer at the fall yearling sales please visit… Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (Oct. 3 to 7) — lexingtonselected.com London Selected Yearling Sale (Oct. 14 and 15) — londonselectedyearlingsale.com Harrisburg Black Book Sale (Nov. 6 to 10) — theblackbook.com Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Rash B Havior has not missed the board in five straight starts at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway but six feature pace foes will put that record to the test on a special Wednesday evening harness racing program. The 12-dash card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. at the Prince County Oval with the Mike Peters trained and owned Rash B Havior drawing post 5 in the race 11 featured pace for a $2,100 purse. Marc Campbell gets the catch driving call for the special mid-week program after showing his chemistry with the seven-year-old son of Lis Mara earlier in the season. A field of seven will assemble for the Red Shores Summerside top affair including a pair of top pacers shipping in from the mainland. Western has rail control for owner-trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott of Lower Onslow, N.S., with Dale Spence doing the driving behind the winner of 33 races and $213,000 in prize money. The far outside has Wave That Banner getting Walter Cheverie at the lines for trainer Eric Wilson of New Brunswick, who has been racing the 10-year-old son of Banner Yankee on the Maine fair circuit where he won in 1:56.2 two starts back over the fair track Oxford. Race analyst Bo Ford is going for the hometown advantage with Emyvale owned pacer Rash B Havior pegged for the top spot. "Rash B Havior has had a few weeks since Campbell last hopped up on him and if you follow him at all, this guy puts his best foot forward for Marc," Ford said. "He made up a ton of ground last week and ran out of real estate, expect him to be in play early." Other feature entries include Dbs Rosco (Driven by Kenny Arsenault), Old Buck (Jason Hughes), Allstar Seelster (Norris Rogers) and Machinthesand (Ken Murphy). Cyrax has been undefeated since relocating to red soil but faces his toughest test to date in the race 7 back-up class with Spence driving for owner-trainer Barry Biggar of Summerside from post 2. The four-year-old son of Intrepid Seelster had his latest victory in a snappy 1:57 mile as he readies himself for a hardened field of Prince County pacers. One of Cyrax's rivals is Culpepper, who was ninth his last start in the only blemish of his previously perfect top two record on P.E.I. Culpepper gets rail control this week in the $1,800 class with Adam Merner at the controls for trainer Kristina McCourt of Kensington. Pictonian Storm (Gary Chappell) has been a force all season at Summerside and gets the notoriety of being the post time favorite in the Wednesday evening back-up pace from post 5. Ultimatelyhandsome (Hughes) could slip under the radar in the class after being a defeated post time favorite last week at Red Shores Charlottetown after an early break. The son of Western Paradise had been racing the top group Summerside has to offer previous to that start. Catch all the action live at the track or check out www.redshores.ca live video, race programs and more. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

OCTOBER 2, 2017 - The sophomore pacers wrapped up their Ontario Sires Stakes regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening and harness racing driver Sylvain Filion came within three lengths of sweeping all three Gold Series divisions. The Milton, ON resident piloted Histoire Enchantee to victory in the first $98,000 three-year-old pacing colt contest, sprinting away from the outside Post 10 to a :26.4 opening quarter. The fan favourites continued to lead the field through a :54.3 half and 1:21.4 three-quarters and held off a charging Bills Fella in the stretch for a neck victory in 1:50.4. Saulsbrook Lanny closed to be third. "He impresses me every time I drive him, he's getting better and better," said Filion. "Tonight from the 10-hole we left hard, Louis (Roy and Mach Deja Vu) came at us and he just kept digging. He raced really big tonight." Monday's appearance was Histoire Enchantee's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, but not his first in the winner's circle. The son of Shanghai Phil and Eclatante has six wins to his credit through 13 sophomore starts for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, QC. Monday's Gold Series win more than doubled Histoire Enchantee's earnings, boosting his lifetime bankroll to $80,633. With one win in one appearance, Histoire Enchantee tallied 50 points in the race for a Super Final berth and sits fourteenth in the three-year-old pacing colt standings. The top 10 point earners will compete in the $225,000 Super Final at Mohawk on Oct. 14 and Histoire Enchantee could sneak in if some of the colts ahead of him in the point standings are not entered for the final. "Sometimes horses like him - he hasn't raced against the top colts all year, so he's kind of fresh," noted Filion. "It's probably perfect timing for him." Histoire Enchantee Three races later Filion scored his second Gold Series win, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Yaris Bayama to a 1:51.2 personal best. Yaris Bayama nabbed fan favourite The Joy Luck Club in the stretch, powering home to a two and one-quarter length victory. Dancing Shadows K was hot on The Joy Luck Club's heels in third. "When I moved her three-wide off cover, she really showed some grit," said Filion, who drives the filly for trainer Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON and his father Yves Filion's Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-D'Argenteuil, QC. "That was probably her best race yet. I think she's coming into the Super Final in top shape." The win was the second of the season and the first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Yaris Bayama, who was the Super Final and two-year-old pacing filly division champion last year. Through her first four Gold Series starts the daughter of Sportswriter and Lucky Josie tallied one second, one third and two fourths which, added to Monday's victory, gives her a total of 103 points and a berth in the Oct. 14 Super Final. Yaris Bayama In the second pacing colt division, Filion and Tymal Peacemaker turned for home with a one-half length advantage, but could not hold off a hard charging Dreamfair B J and had to settle for second, three lengths behind the winner. Tigers Way also closed hard to be third. "It was close, for a while I thought I had it," said Filion, who is also in a heated battle with Trevor Henry for his third straight and fifth overall Lampman Cup title as the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes. "He raced good though; he just got picked up in the last sixteenth. If he draws good in the Super Final he's got a good shot." Dreamfair B J hit the wire in 1:50.3 for his second straight victory and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. The son of Big Jim and Dreamfair Orchid had finished second, third, fifth and sixth in his first four Gold Series starts and was sitting twelfth on the list heading into Monday's regular season finale. The victory boosted the gelding into third spot with 95 points and positions him as a serious contender in the season finale. Louis-Philippe Roy crafted the win for trainer Patrick Fletcher of Tillsonburg and owner-breeder John Lamers of Ingersoll, ON Dreamfair B J Mohawk Racetrack hosts one last evening of Gold Series action before the Super Finals, welcoming the two-year-old trotting colts and pacing fillies back to Campbellville for their last regular season event on Thursday, Oct. 5. The colts will kick things off at 7:30 pm in Race 1 and wrap up their season in Race 3, while the fillies compete in Races 6 and 8. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

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SUMMERSIDE, PE - Sunday afternoon was a good day to have ticket on Brodys Leona as he decimated her foes in the final strides to score a huge upset in the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares final as the highlight of the all-stakes harness racing program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The $15,417 championship final, sponsored by Standardbred Canada, saw Ramblinglily driven aggressively off the gate from post 7 for driver Ken Murphy. Rambinglily laid down a first quarter of 27.3 then attempted to control her destiny with a 58.2 half and three-quarters in 1:28 while Brodys Leona laid fifth on the rail for driver Corey MacPherson. Ramblinglily gave way in the stretch drive as it was Brodys Leona's day to shine when she got up at the wire to win in 1:57.3 at 31-1 odds. Race favorite Prettyndangerous (Driven by Adam Merner) was second with West River Ambyr (Clare MacDonald) completing the $429.85 triactor ticket. Brodys Leona is trained by Melissa Rennie for owners Kerry and Emily Taylor of Stratford and Lisa Richards of Cornwall. While the main event was an upset victory, favorites prevailed in much of the rest of the afternoon of mega-stakes action. Filly Forty Seven was the heavy favorite in her $11,600 Lady Slipper gold division and controlled the tempo every step of the mile as she won by eight lengths in 1:57.1 as one of four wins on the day for Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell. Dubbed the 'King' of Island racing, Campbell also trains the daughter of Proven Lover for owners Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Cory Carver of Montague and Nova Scotia owner Tanya Tremblett of Sydney Mines. Traces Of Purple was part of a more reserved victory for driver Gilles Barrieau in the other $11,600 division as he cleared past a 27.3 opening quarter then eased the tempo to win in a 1:59.1 mile. The three-year-old daughter of Brandon's Cowboy is co-owned and trained by Robert Phillips of South Pinette along with co-owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. Ashes To Ashes was a popular winner in a $9,000 gold division of the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake for three-year-old pacing colts as he won in 1:57 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Linda Somers of Cornwall, Lynn Livingstone of Kensington and Alan Conway of Summerside. Island Energetic delivered as favorite in another of three $9,000 splits in 1:56.4 for trainer-driver Campbell and Nova Scotia owners Grayland Farm of Pugwash and Bernadette Burgess of Dartmouth. Lucbobski scored a mild upset at 3-1 odds in the final $9,000 O'Brien Gold division in 1:56.1 for trainer-driver Danny Romo and Nova Scotia owners Robert Skinner of Truro and Jeff Skinner of Hammonds Plains. Pappy Go Go continued his trotting dominance of the three-year-old division as he scored win number nine of his undefeated campaign in a $7,800 division of the Lady Slipper. Time of the mile was 2:00.3 for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Grayland Farm. The other three-year-old trot lady slipper division was won by Bj Lorado in 2:01.1 for driver Brian MacPhee and owner-trainer Bert Honkoop of Montague. In two-year-old Lady Slipper trot action, Buckaroo delivered as the favorite in 2:01.1 in his $7,300 split for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Ticked prevailed in the other division with a 2:03.1 victory for the combination of trainer Gerald MacDougall and driver Myles Heffernan, who co-owns with Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Hippodrome 3R's leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, had the hot hands Sunday afternoon, scoring four winners on the program, including the feature pace. Brosseau, who now holds a 49 to 35-win lead over Stephane Gendron for the 2017 driving title, scored his driving quadruple with victories in the 3rd, 7th , 9th and 10th races on the program. Brosseau's most impressive victory came in the ninth race feature, the Silver Invitational Pace. Both Highpoint Chip (Pascal Berube) and race favorite, Bali (Brosseau), left from posts six and seven respectively, but once Highpoint Chip looked to settle in on the rail, he broke stride and that allowed Brosseau to have the easy lead with Bali, going to the opening quarter mile in :27.2. Brosseau and Bali held the field at bay as they led to the half mile in :56.2, then to the three-quarter mile marker in 1:25. Coming down the stretch with a seven length lead, Brosseau and Bali coasted to the wire, winning by five and one-half lengths in 1:56. Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron) was second with Pantheon Seelster (Steeven Genois) third. It was the eighth win of the year for Bali. The six-year-old gelded son of Bali is trained by Marie Claude Auger and is owned and was bred by Denise Auger of Trois-Rivieres and co-owned with Emilie Auger of Welland, ON. Bali paid $4.50 to win. It was the third time this season that Brosseau has scored a driving quadruple. Track Notes: Driver Stephanie Gendron also had a good day in the sulky with a driving triple as the two reinsman combined to win seven of the ten races on the program. Live racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, October 8 with first race post time at 12:30 pm and H3R will also feature a special Monday live race card on Thanksgiving Day, October 9m with first race post time also at 12:30 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

SEPTEMBER 30, 2017 - Eighty of the best trotters and pacers in Ontario gathered at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening for the 2017 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots Championships, competing for a total of $400,000 in eight divisional harness racing battles. The two-year-old trotting fillies kicked things off in the first race and trainer John Bax swept the top three spots with his entry of Dalliance Seelster, Warrawee Trip and Gradabra. In rein to Guelph, ON resident James MacDonald, Dalliance Seelster left smartly from Post 2, yielded to P L Layla just after the quarter pole and then circled out around that filly and Warrawee Trip before powering down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory over her stablemates in 2:00. "James gave that filly a great drive, I mean you couldn't have mapped it out any better than that," said Bax, also complimenting the efforts of drivers Steve Byron and Paul MacDonell. "She's been half sick all summer so the stars all lined up tonight. I'm happy for all the owners, including Matt and I. It couldn't be any better than that." The Bax Stable, the trainer and his son Matt, shares ownership of the daughter of Holiday Road and Desi Sweet Sixteen with Glengate Farms of Mississauga, ON. A $30,000 purchase at last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale, Dalliance Seelster wrapped up her freshman campaign with one win, two seconds and two thirds in 10 starts and earnings of $40,487. "John does a great job with them. I give him a hard time because that's the one I picked out you see. The two he picked out were second and third," said Glengate Farms' Jim Bullock with a chuckle. "No. I don't buy anything without him looking at it, and we've been together a long time." Dalliance Seelster After the win, MacDonald recorded one second, a pair of thirds and three off the board results before returning to the Grassroots winners circle in the last showdown with three-year-old trotting filly Delcrest Magicstar. Starting from Post 9, the recently crowned World Driving Champion had Delcrest Magicstar in high gear as soon as the wings folded and the pair rang up all the fractions on their way to a one and one-half length victory in 1:56.1. The Ontario Sires Stakes' leading trainer Mark Steacy, who calls Lansdowne, ON home, came close to replicating Bax's result from the first race as Ticket To Seattle and Stritch finished third and fourth behind their stablemate. Bustingattheseams broke up the Steacy trio, shadowing Delcrest Magicstar from start to finish and collecting the second-place share of the $50,000 purse. "I really thought, as long as she got an okay trip, I thought she was the one to beat so I raced her like that and she didn't let me down," said MacDonald, who shares ownership of the Majestic Son filly with Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph and Peter Porter of Port Dover, ON. "Front end's not her cup of tea and then coming back in four days, but it just, it didn't matter, she was the best tonight." Delcrest Magicstar, who finished second in a Canadian record mile against the Gold Series fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening, wrapped up her Grassroots season with a flawless record of four wins in four starts and boosted her season earnings to $103,617 with the victory. Delcrest Magicstar Driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph also piloted two division winners, scoring with two-year-old pacing filly Love Kills and two-year-old pacing colt Pretty Handsome. Love Kills reeled in division point leader and fan favourite Neon Moon with a 1:54.1 effort for trainer Carmen Auciello of Stouffville and owner Denarben Stables of Thornhill, ON. Ashlees Sport was third. Love Kills In the two-year-old pacing colt contest, Pretty Handsome was elevated to the top spot when winner Phantom Seelster was ruled to have caused interference while manoeuvering from the rail to an open lane in the stretch. Pretty Handsome finished one length ahead of Letjimmytakeover and two lengths up on Sprocket in the 1:54 mile. Andrew McCabe of Guelph-Eramosa conditions the Mach Three son for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, ON. Pretty Handsome Like Delcrest Magicstar, three-year-old pacing colt Wildriverbumblebee wrapped up his Grassroots campaign with a flawless record and a commanding gate-to-wire performance. The Sportswriter son cruised to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:52.1, with The Dark Shadow and Dream Of Luck battling it out for second and third. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion engineered Wildriverbumblebee's third Grassroots win for trainer Francis Richard of Becancour, QC and owner-breeder Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, QC, boosting the fan favourite's sophomore earnings to $87,125. Wildriverbumblebee Just two division point leaders converted their regular season success into a division crown - two-year-old trotting gelding Stormont Ventnor and three-year-old pacing filly Shewearsthepants. Stormont Ventnor delivered an impressive effort to earn the freshman trotting colt title, sitting in the outer lane for the better part of the mile before pulling away in the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.4. James MacDonald piloted John Bax trainee Chief Justice into second and Barney Mac rounded out the top three. "He raced huge," said Guelph, ON resident Phil Hudon, who drove the Justice Hall gelding to the win for trainer Kevin Benn of Napanee and owner-breeder Eric Baker of Long Sault, ON. "I didn't want to be locked in, but I wouldn't have minded being second over. It didn't work out, but I was pretty confident in the colt." Sent off the fans' top choice, Stormont Ventnor wrapped up his freshman Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with two wins and four seconds in six starts, for earnings of $52,937. Stormont Ventnor Favourite Shewearsthepants also delivered an impressive effort to claim the sophomore pacing filly crown, taking command at the :55.3 half and then battling all the way down the stretch to a 1:53 victory, one and one-half lengths ahead of Manhattan Play and Treasures Pearl. "I actually did think we were in a little bit of trouble at the head of the stretch, because you can't torture her that way. I know she's got a lot of wins this year, but a lot of them have been off cover or like a first over or something. She hasn't win too many off the front the whole way, but she dug in tough," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "She knows how to win, that's for sure. If she'd come in not winning as many she probably would have stopped in the stretch, but she's brave so she was good." McNair engineered the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner-breeder Anatolia Farm LLC of New Holland, PA. In seven Grassroots starts the daughter of Big Jim and Simply Liz recorded five wins and two seconds and Saturday's victory boosted her season earnings to $119,182. Shewearsthepants The other Grassroots trophy went home with three-year-old trotting gelding Yo Yo Mass, who squeaked up the inside to nab pacesetter Charmbo Chrome at the wire in 1:56.3. Vesuvio Bi came up the outside for third and the three colts were separated by a lean neck at the wire. "All week I figured, this horse, he's better off the front end, we're better just to roll him and play catch me if you can," said trainer Kyle Reibeling. "But Jody (Jamieson) was patient, he gave him a great drive, everything worked out. I'm just tickled pink with the way things worked out." Moffat resident Jamieson piloted Yo Yo Mass to the win for Reibeling, who hails from Campbellville, and Nancy Grimble of Newcastle, ON. The Muscle Mass son was the runner-up in the point standings with two wins, two seconds and one fourth in five regular season Grassroots starts. His championship victory boosted the gelding's sophomore earnings to $81,780. Yo Yo Mass Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Oct, 2 as the Gold Series three-year-old pacing colts and fillies wrap up their regular season. The first race gets under way at 7:30 pm. 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