Day At The Track

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pocket ride was converted to a visit to the harness racing winner's circle in the Thursday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Adam Merner engineered the winning trip as the longest shot on the board for owners Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia and Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta. The Melissa Rennie trainee sat the pocket as Jeb (Jason Hughes) laid down fractions of 29.1, 58.3 and 1:27.4 before Merner used the passing lane to secure the 1:56.3 win at 10-1 by three-quarters-of-a-length over Oh To Be (Gary Chappell) with Elm Grove Kaboom (Earl Smith) third, and Jeb finishing fourth. Osprey Impact captured the Open trot in 1:59.3 for driver Walter Cheverie and owner-trainer Paul Larrabee of Belle River. Morosita Bi (Hughes) cut the fractions and finished second but was placed to seventh for interference on Freddie (Marc Campbell) early in the mile. Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell) was placed to second with Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) placed up the third spot. Mark Bradley scored a driving double on the card winning with his own trainee, Shesaroyalcowgirl, in 1:57.3 and Tipsy Mcstaggers in 2:03.1 for trainer Jay Noye of Pleasant Valley. Trainer Jackie Matheson had a pair of winners with Selkirk Sapphire (Gordie Hennessey) winning in 2:02.2 and Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau) a 1:58.3 victor. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown Saturday night at 6 P.M.with the Maritime Breeder's Finals for three-year-old pacers while the Summerside Raceway has a 1 P.M.Sunday post time for an action packed card including the Atlantic Aged Mares Pacing Series. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 15 - Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna is set to make his fifth appearance in the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 when he sends Western Hill, a Western Ideal gelding from the Art Major mare Cosmo Blue Chip, from post nine with Doug McNair driving the 20-1 morning-line shot. In 2013, Alagna won with, the favorite, Captaintreacherous and was third with stable mate Wake Up Peter. He is aiming for his second win in "The Cup", trying with Artspeak (who was fifth in the 2015 edition) and Racing Hill (second in 2016). "We tend to choose specific families of horses when we go to purchase yearlings,"Alagna said regarding his capability to send contenders into The Cup year in and year out. "If you follow the families of horses I've had in the North America Cup, they all usually come from great maternal pedigrees, so I feel that contributes greatly to get horses to the North America Cup for us." Going for a one-million dollar prize, Alagna does not have a ritualistic routine to ready his contenders for the race. "They kind of tell you going into the race what they're looking for," Alagna said. "[Western Hill] raced well in his start before [The Cup] eliminations, so he didn't require a lot of work. He pretty much had a couple of [training] trips before each race and has seemed to respond well." Leading up to The Cup, Western Hill, who is owned by Tom Hill, only raced twice, off a two-year-old campaign consisting of four wins in 10 starts. In his first start of the year, he lagged off the gate but sprinted home to finish seventh and followed that effort with a 1:51.4 victory against overnight stock at Mohawk. He's entering The Cup off his fastest mile to date, a 1:51.1 runner-up off-the-pace finish to elimination winner Downbytheseaside. "We had this horse last year but we didn't get him ready this winter," Alagna said. "Another trainer got the horse ready and qualified him, then we got the horse back after that. We made a few adjustments and got him back on the routine we had him on the year before and that's why the horse has responded as well as he has." Racing from far off the pace, on the front, and mid-pack, Western Hill has displayed a versatile racing style, though Western Hill's fastest race came off a trip. "Against these kind of horses, he's definitely better off a trip," Alagna said. "He likes to run horses down; he likes a target. Some of the races he was in last year he had to be forwardly placed just because I thought he was good enough to win either way and we couldn't take any chances of getting him into a traffic jam coming from off the pace." Alagna's past contenders, Captaintreacherous, Artspeak, and Racing Hill, entered The Cup as favorites or as major contenders. Western Hill approaches the event as a longer shot needing the correct circumstances to propel him to victory. "When you have a longer shot, you have less pressure, but you still want to see the horse continue to improve," Alagna said. "That's what we're looking for, especially with post position nine it makes [winning] a little bit tougher. We're going to need some speed up front; we're going to need a decent pace to be able to get money from the nine-hole. But we have a horse that was 15, 20-to-one in his elimination, so you hope the horse improves and then move onto the next stakes race and hope for a better post position." Alagna has in mind what he expects to see from Western Hill in the North America Cup final, but admits he doesn't get in his driver's ear and knows things don't always go as planned. "I'd probably say he's going to come from off the pace, but one thing about me is I never tell anybody that drives for me what to do," Alagna also said. "Things change too quickly--we had She's Watching in a [Fan Hanover] elimination and the plan was to come from off the pace because she has such a big last quarter in her, but nobody was on the gate so [Scott Zeron] left off the gate and got her in third. "So many things can happen once the gate folds and drivers have to make the split-second decisions they are paid to make." Here is the field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. 1. Ocean Colony (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 10-1 2. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 3-1 3. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick/Ray Schnittker) 8/5 4. Fear The Dragon (David Miller/Brian Brown) 2-1 5. Sports Column (Chris Christoforou/Blake MacIntosh) 25-1 6. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry/Dr. Ian Moore) 20-1 7. Ozone Blue Chip (Brett Miller/Ron Coyne) 25-1 8. Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 15-1 9. Western Hill (Doug McNair/Tony Alagna) 20-1 10. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 20-1 Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 15 - Mohawk Racetrack has released admission, entrance and harness racing event details for Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (ages 12-17) and children under 12 are free. Tickets will be on-sale beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Main Entrance and East Gate Entrance using cash, credit or debit. To avoid line-ups, fans are urged to purchase their tickets in advance through TicketMaster. A Will-Call table will be set up outside the Main Entrance for guests with reservations in the Terrace Dining Room and Lounge. Signage will be posted to direct guests with reservations to Will-Call. The pre-race concert with Kira Isabella begins at 5 p.m. The rising country star will also be performing the national anthems at 6:15 p.m. Jojo Mason will take the stage at approximately 7 p.m. and will be performing between races. Post time for Saturday's 15-race card is 6:30 p.m. There will also be several special food and drink options for fans to enjoy. A beer tent will be set up in the concert area (at the East End), while Woodbine's brand-new Food Truck will also be on-site The popular "First Bet on Us" promotion is back and the first 2,500 fans to sign up will receive a 2017 Pepsi North America Cup hat. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 and will go postward at approximately 10:40 p.m. The $100,000 All-Stakes Pick-4 starts in Race 9 and features the Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Pepsi North America Cup. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit   Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Speed has not been an issue for Mozartsplace in the early stages of his four-year-old season but he will have to overcome his breaking issue to knock off the iron tough harness racing competition in the Thursday night featured pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. First race post time is 6:30 P.M. for the 12-dash program with Mozartsplace shouldered with the outside post in the six-horse race 11 featured event. The $2,000 race has Gilles Barrieau driving the four-year-old son of Ponder for trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Shawn MacAdam and Brad Duplisea, all of Charlottetown. Mozartsplace was second in his four-year-old debut on June 3 but made a break at the start, subsequently qualifying in 1:58.4 with a quick 28.1 closing quarter on June 10 and is established as the morning line choice for Thursday's contest. Jeb is slated as second choice from post 3 while riding a two-race win streak including a 1:56.4 victory on June 3 for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and Island owners Robi Hughes and Eric and Blair MacLauchlan. Elm Grove Kaboom will be driven by Earl Smith from post 5 and has yet to finish worse than second in six seasonal starts but was placed sixth in his latest outing for a break late in the mile. Race analyst Les MacIsaac likes the inside post of Jeb in the Thursday evening feature. "Jeb has dominated from start to finish in both of his races this year and there aren't many out there that will catch him when he's throwing in those closing panels in 28 and change," MacIsaac said. "If he secures the lead uncontested there could be nothing bu open road ahead." Other entries include Likely To Win (Adam Merner), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) and Simon Said (Corey MacPherson). The Open trot lines up for a $1,850 purse with Freddie fresh off a 1:58.1 victory for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The post 6 starter will again face off with post 7 starter Morosita Bi (Hughes) who was an impressive 1:58.1 winner in her Island debut two starts ago. Other top entries include Osprey Impact (Walter Cheverie) and Holy Molie Maggie (Chappell). The Canadian Explosives Industry Association trot hits the track in race 6 with Phantom Beau (Mark Bradley) favoured over Parkhill Juggernaut (Ambyr Campbell) and Majian Chester (Jim Ripley). Catch the action live at the track or on By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

ELORA, ON - The Grand River Agricultural Society (GRAS) has announced the recipients of its new Community Mini-Grant program supporting projects related to agriculture and the environment. Eleven grants totaling $9,750 were awarded in amounts ranging from $250 to $1,000. The grants were awarded on June 13 at Grand River Raceway. The recipients and projects are summarized below: 1. $1,000 awarded to Beverley Cairns of Elora to fund the updating of cartographic maps for the reissue of the 1995 book "Elora Gorge: A Visitor's Guide" created by Dr. Kenneth Hewitt, professor emeritus in Geography and Environmental Studies at Wilfrid Laurier University in Waterloo. 2. $1,000 awarded to the Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society to fund new gates required for the relocation of 2017 cattle shows to a more visible area for spectators and a safer environment for cattle show participants. 3. $1,000 awarded to the Fergus Agricultural Society to offset costs of the Fergus Fall Fair's new venture, Breakfast On The Farm at Dirksen's Holsteins near Alma on June 24. The initiative is designed to provide an educational opportunity and social event for the general public to experience farm-to-fork and the operation of a local family-owned dairy farm. 4. $1,000 awarded to the EcoSchool Club at JD Hogarth Public School in Fergus to assist in the cost of acquiring 15 armour stones to be used for amphitheatre-style seating for a new outdoor class space. 5. $1,000 awarded to John Black Public School in Fergus for the purchase of planter boxes and materials for a project to improve to the school's play yard space. The boxes are also used by Kindergarten classes and by Grade 5 classes for class curriculum. 6. $1,000 awarded to Ontario Streams of Fergus to be applied to the funding of Environmental Explorations Workshops for Centre Wellington Grade 7 students on June 26 and the Artistic Responses To The Environment project for the general public. 7. $1,000 awarded to the Rotary Club Of Fergus-Elora to fund the planting of new Vimy Oak trees at Victoria Park in Elora, and accompanying cast bronze plaques. The beatification project is also aimed at educating next generations about Vimy Ridge and other battles during the First World War. 8. $250 awarded to Grand River Raceway employee Sarah Anthony of Fergus to fund a portion of her community contribution while volunteering with Operation Groundswell in small, rural communities in Peru. A fourth-year Bachelor Of Public Health (Honours) Co-Op student at Brock University, Sarah will be working on an organic traditional farm, making Andean medicines, tending to livestock and building a stove to make and sell food to the community. 9. $1,000 awarded to the St. Joseph Catholic School of Fergus for the completion of the Allison Brunt Memorial Butterfly Garden, which will function as a community installation, environmental learning space and designated outdoor classroom environment. 10. $500 awarded to Waterloo Rural Women to offset costs associated with the 22nd annual Children's Farm Safety Day on June 17 at Heritage Hill Farm in New Dundee. The event is geared for families with children ages 4 - 12 and is designed to teach safety and make families aware of the hazards on their farms. 11. $1,000 awarded to the Western Ontario 4-H Beef Invitational to offset costs of the 12th annual show on July 22 and 23 in Stratford, showcasing 80 - 120 4-H members between the ages of 9 - 21. The GRAS owns and operates Grand River Raceway in Elora, ON. The GRAS is a not-for-profit corporation, incorporated under the Agricultural and Horticultural Societies Act of Ontario and governed by a volunteer board of directors reporting to the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). The GRAS mandate is to encourage awareness of agriculture and to promote improvements in the quality of life of persons living in an agricultural community. Back Row (Left to Right): Ted Clarke - General Manager of Grand River Raceway, Doreen Shantz - Waterloo Rural Women, Arlie Zantinge - Drayton Mapleton Agricultural Society, Brooke Switzer, Marilyn Abraham - Ontario Streams, Kelly Harkness, Jim Gibbons - Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, Helen Broadfoot - Fergus Fall Fair "Breakfast on the Farm", Dr. Kenneth Hewitt Front Row (Left to Right): Loan De Bock - JD Hogarth Public School, Donna Rogers - Waterloo Rural Women, Sarah Taylor, Paul Walker - President of the Grand River Agricultural Society, Leanne Iravani - Rotary Club of Fergus-Elora, Beverley Cairns, Denise Kankainen - Fergus Fall Fair "Breakfast on the Farm", Melissa Mulligan - John Black Public School, Oliver Mulligan - John Black Public School Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 14 - Following a second-place finish to odds-on favourite Tequila Monday in an elimination for the Fan Hanover last week, Bettors Up, a Bettor's Delight filly from the Western Hanover mare Fresh Ideal, returns for the $440,000 final on Saturday's (June 17) North America Cup harness racing undercard. "She was a pretty good filly last year--she won in 1:51 in a division of Pennsylvania Sires [Stakes at The Meadows]," said Scott McEneny, who trains Bettors Up for owners Bradley Grant, Teresa Davidson, and Michelle McEneny. Over 14 starts in her career, Bettors Up has won seven, including three divisions of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) and a division of the Eternal Camnation last year, compiling $227,749 in earnings. She has made four starts this year, improving from a seventh-place finish in her debut against conditioned mares on May 6 to a sharp 1:51.1 victory on June 2nd ahead of the Fan Hanover eliminations. "Coming back up here to Canada we had a tough spring to get them ready," McEneny said, "A lot of rain, so getting some fast miles in them was tough. She had a couple of starts under her belt, but then I put her on Lasix [May 26] and it seemed to help her. We had missed three weeks [after scratching sick from a Sires Stake], so she needed that race because she's not a really good trainer; she's really lazy. "She's not a very big filly, but she's filled out over the year. She doesn't wear very long hopples--she just has a big heart. We paid $15,000 for her and she has a good pedigree, but her biggest problem is her size." As a two-year-old, Bettors Up's only other stakes venture following PASS action was in the Three Diamonds at Woodbine Racetrack. She finished sixth in the final. "The final of the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes was at Chester and she just didn't like that track," McEneny said. "When I raced her there the first time, she hit her knee real badly (because she never wore knee boots), and so I was fighting a bad knee the whole year. "Then we had six weeks off before any other stakes, and I think she just got a little stale; just wasn't sharp." Last Saturday, Bettors Up was sent to the front, attempting to wire the field in the second of two Fan Hanover eliminations before being caught in the final strides by Tequila Monday, who won by a length in 1:50.4. "I knew she'd be good because she likes to race tough. When she won in [1]:51, Doug McNair raced her first up," McEneny said. "I think she got a little lazy up front in the elimination, plus I thought we could've gotten the third-quarter to be a little slower; Scotty Zeron [driving Shes Watching] was coming kind of hard, so she went a big third-quarter but still came home in :27. I was pretty happy with her." Tequila Monday got the better of Bettors Up in their elimination, while Idyllic Beach took care of business in the other split. The elimination winners will likely be the favourites at post-time, but McEneny feels his filly, who will start from the rail, can be right with them and be a player. "That was a tough filly that beat her," McEneny said. "Some of the other fillies, like Idyllic Beach, we've beaten before, so I think she can go with them. It's going to come down to who gets the right trip and there are four, five, six good fillies in there. It's not going to be a cake walk for anybody." Here is the field for Saturday's $440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes. 1. Bettors Up by Bettor's Delight (Doug McNair/Scott McEneny) 2. Al Mar Got A Fever by Third Straight (Trevor Henry/Mike Weller) 3. Shes Watching by Rocknroll Hanover (Scott Zeron/Tony Alagna) 4. Idyllic Beach by Somebeachsomewhere  (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 5. Tequila Monday by American Ideal (Brian Sears/Chris Oakes) 6. Action Majesty  by Royal Mattjesty (Sylvain Filion/Gregg McNair) 7. Agent Q  by Western Terror (David Miller/Aaron Lambert) 8. Future Headlines by Sportswriter (Tim Tetrick/Colin Johnson) 9. Roaring To Go by Art Major (Brett Miller/Kevin Lare) 10. Dancing Shadows K  by Shadow Play (Randy Waples/Rod Boyd) Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 14 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to inform harness racing horsepeople that this week's two-year-old qualifiers will be held on Thursday and Friday. Thursday's qualifiers will be for two-year-old trotters and two-year-old pacing fillies. Friday's qualifiers will be for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Qualifiers begin each day at 10 a.m. Also, there will be no training available at Mohawk this Saturday (June 17) due to Pepsi North America Cup preparations. Mark McKelvie

Harness Racing This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Armbro Flight and Goodtimes finals, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ontario. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Mohawk Racetrack this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 17) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$440,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$365,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$253,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters and the C$251,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: On an absolutely picturesque evening at Eldorado Scioto Downs, Crazy Wow and Chris Page assumed command upon their departure from the gate and did not experience a truly tense moment en route to a powerful 1:52 track record score in the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial in front of a standing-room only crowd on Saturday (June 10). Defending older trotting champion Obrigado (Mark MacDonald) was second, with Canadian invader Musical Rhythm (Peter Wrenn) third. Commencing his journey from post position eight did not seem to hamper Crazy Wow's need to display his speed. Conditioned by Ron Burke and owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45, J&T Silva Stables and Deo Volente Farms, the 5-year-old stallion, fresh off his first victory in nearly a year in the $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational on May 28 at Harrah's Philadelphia, laid down a very swift first split of :26.2 with Obrigado in hot pursuit in the field of nine with the scratch of Homicide Hunter. In essence it was reduced to eight competitors after 2015 Dan Patch Award winner and world champion JL Cruze broke strode going into the first turn. As Crazy Wow and Page went past the half-mile marker in :55.1, Obrigado was hemmed in and slightly shuffled back to third as Hemi Seelster (Brett Holland) moved aggressively, intent on not allowing his top two rivals to stray too far. After Crazy Wow passed the three-quarter marker in 1:23.1, the rest of the field began their bids to overtake him in their quest for the wire. Both Centurion ATM (Aaron Merriman) and Musical Rhythm made their moves from sixth and fifth, respectively, as Hemi Seelster tired from his earlier efforts to drop back to fourth entering the top of the stretch. This transition of positions provided Obrigado, who was making his 2017 debut, with a desperately needed seam and he and MacDonald pulled to the outside in an attempt to chase down Crazy Wow. Their efforts, however, were in vain, as Crazy Wow appeared to lengthen his stride with each hoof he placed upon the Columbus oval and he maintained a comfortable 1-3/4 length advantage right to the wire. Musical Rhythm spurted up the rail after Obrigado vacated that area to finish third. Collecting his second consecutive triumph and propelling his 2017 record to 5-2-3-0, with his career resume now at 47-17-10-3, Crazy Wow has now earned more than $1.7 million. Sent off the as the second selection at 3-1, the stallion paid a generous $8.20 for his victory. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2017, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2017 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders through and including the races on June 10. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 211; 2. Jason Bartlett - 148; 3. Jordan Stratton - 136; 4. David Miller - 129; 5. Matt Kakaley - 128. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 238; 2. Peter Tritton - 132; 3. Rene Allard - 99; 4. Richard Banca - 86; 5. Noel Daley - 67. Owners: 1. Harry von Knoblauch Stable - 103.5; 2. Burke Racing Stable - 53; 3. Weaver Bruscemi - 44.2; 4. J&T Silva Stables - 43.2; 5. Determination - 37. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 24). Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director

JUNE 13, 2017 - While three-year-old trotting filly Literally may not be poised to follow in the footsteps of her illustrious elder brother Dont Rush, the Dustin Jones harness racing trainee earned her second Ontario Sires Stakes trophy with a Grassroots win at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening. A Justice Hall half-sister to two-time Ontario Sires Stakes division champion Dont Rush, who is closing in on $700,000 in career earnings, Literally sprinted from seventh to first through the final quarter of the first $19,500 Grassroots division on Tuesday. With Jones in the race bike the filly hit the wire in a personal best 1:57.2, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of pacesetter and favourite Expose Yourself. Hudsons Ya Ya also closed well to finish third. "Wayne Henry's filly (Expose Yourself) qualified pretty good, I didn't know whether I would be able to beat her or not, but I thought just following along she'd be as good as they were, as good as the rest," said Waterdown, ON resident Jones, who bred, owns, trains and drives Literally. Tuesday's outing was the filly's first of the season and marked her second lifetime trip to the Grassroots winner's circle; she was also victorious in the Grassroots season opener as a two-year-old. Following that victory Jones moved Literally up to the Gold Series level for the remainder of the season, but he does not expect her to follow the same path this year. "She has a conformation issue that probably stops her from being like her brother," Jones explains. "She's got the heart that she wants to overcome it, but when they have interfering issues it's hard to. She won't probably be able to be competitive in the Gold because of that." Literally Looking ahead to the second Grassroots event of the season, on July 1 at Dresden Raceway, Jones is hoping at least one of Tuesday's division winners decides to make the move up to the Gold Series. Gisele Treelane and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat, ON laid down a :27.3 final quarter to take the second split for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON and owner-breeder Patricia Whittaker Trust of Aspers, PA in a sharp 1:55.3. "Lucky I wasn't in with Murray Brethour's filly, I might hardly get a cheque," said Jones. "That's like a Gold filly." Like Literally, Gisele Treelane reeled in the pacesetter and fan favourite through the final quarter, storming from fifth to first. The Daylon Magician daughter hit the wire one length ahead of You Cant Afford Me with Hilarious Honey eight lengths back in third. The win was Gisele Treelane's second in four lifetime starts and her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Gisele Treelane The third division saw Bustingattheseams and Randy Waples find a sliver of daylight in the stretch and sprint under the wire to a 1:56.3 victory, three-quarters of a length ahead of Ticket To Seattle and favourite and pacesetter Anikadabra. Milton resident Waples engineered the win for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partner Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The win was the Kadabra daughter's third straight and her first in provincial competition. Bustingattheseams The final Grassroots battle saw another charge from the backfield as Delcrest Magicstar roared home to a 1:56.1 triumph over Crystal Gumdrop and Millers Song, who went off as the fan's top choice and did all the work on the front end. "She got away in a good spot and the trip worked out great, you know it usually doesn't, but today it did and luckily she was good and we capitalised on it," said driver James MacDonald, who landed the filly in sixth from Post 10 and was able to tuck in behind P C Pipe Dream for the journey up the outer lane. "She was stepping down the lane," MacDonald continued. "Last year she was green, she'd kind of blow by and pull up a little bit when she'd clear, and tonight she didn't, she felt like a real horse, she blew by and kept trotting ahead." Guelph resident MacDonald shares ownership of Delcrest Magicstar with Peter Porter of Port Dover and Johnathan McKinnon of Guelph, ON. A winner of two Grassroots trophies last season, including one in the Semi-final, the daughter of Majestic Son and Stars Balance is trained by Lansdowne, ON resident Mark Steacy. Delcrest Magicstar Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, June 22 with the second Grassroots event of the season for the three-year-old pacing colts. For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

TRIOS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The 1/5 wagering favorite Y S Suzanne saw her four-race winning streak come to an end Tuesday evening at the Hippodrome 3R as Y A Jailhouse Jodi wore her down in the stretch to pull off an upset victory in the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series. Seven four and five-year-old trotting mares went to post in the third race, the first of two divisions for mares and horses. It was the overwhelming favorite Y S Suzanne, who had soundly defeated Y A Jailhouse Jodi the last two weeks, who went right out to the early lead for driver Stephane Gendron with Grace And Claire (Sylvain Lacaille) grabbing the two-hole seat to the opening quarter in :29.4. Then before the half mile marker, driver Guy Gagnon sent Y A Jailhouse Jodi first over after Y S Suzanne, past the half mile pole in 1:00.4, Y A Jailhouse Jodi continued to gain ground and was head and head with Y S Suzanne at the three-quarters in 1:30.4. Nearly staying stride-for-stride around the final turn, Guy Gagnon kept after Y A Jailhouse Jodi down the stretch and they were able to collar Y S Suzanne and then beat them to the wire, winning by one-quarter of a length in 2:02. Grace And Claire was third. For Y A Jailhouse Jodi, who was the Quebec-Bred Series Champion last year at age 3, it was the first win in seven starts this year for the four-year-old mare by Andover Hall. She is trained by Michel Allard and co-owners Yves Sarrazin and the Allard Racing Stable. Sent off at odds of 9/2, Y A Jailhouse Jodi paid $11.00 to win. The horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series was a non-wagering race with just four started and was held between the fourth and fifth races on the program. KFB Amigo Cool and driver Stephane Brosseau were quickly on the lead with Holiday Gift (Sylvain Fontaine) grabbing the two-hold seat to the opening quarter mile. Then with a burst of speed, Holiday Party, who won last week's second round for driver Pascal Berube, shot to the lead before the half mile marker. Down the backstretch, Holiday Party, last year's three-year-old colt champion, held command of the race, but then in the stretch, Brosseau came after Holiday Party with KFB Amigo Cool and they were able to nip Holiday Party at the wire by a head in 2:02. Holiday Gift was third. It was the second win in five starts this year for KFB Amigo Cool. The four-year-old ridgling by Amigo Hall is trained by Dany Fontaine, who also trains Holiday Party. KFB Amigo Cool is owned by the KFB Stable. Track Notes: Trainer Michel Allard sent out two winners on the program, also the trainer of Herspeedfromheaven ($7.50) in the fourth race. Live racing resumes at H3R on Sunday, June 18 with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club      

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. — Brian Brown isn't the least bit concerned about not having the harness racing favourite for the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup. Brown will have two horses — Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside — in Canada's richest harness event at Mohawk Racetrack. Although both are coming off impressive wins in their respective elimination races last weekend, the horse to beat Saturday night will be Huntsville, the early 8-5 favourite. Huntsville posted the fastest time in the three elimination races. The son of 2008 Cup winner Somebeachsomewhere earned a 4 1/4-length victory in one minute 49.1 seconds, the third in four starts this season for U.S. racing's top two-year-old pacing colt last year. "I thought (Huntsville) should've been the favourite as good as he raced the other day," Brown said Tuesday after the race draw at Mohawk Racetrack. "I'm not a gambler of any type, I couldn't even tell you what three-to-five pays. "I'd like to be the favourite in every race I was ever in but in the end, to me, the odds don't mean anything. You just go out and race and hope everything works with no one getting into any trouble and everyone has a clean race." Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside aren't exactly chopped liver either. Both are undefeated this season, with Fear The Dragon winning all five starts in 2017 while Downbytheseaside has won four straight.  David Miller drove both American-owned and bred horses to their elimination wins, leaving him with a tough decision regarding which one he'd take Saturday night. Brown said Miller will drive Fear The Dragon in the Cup with fellow American Brian Sears replacing Miller with Downbytheseaside. While Brown handles preparations for the horses to race, he'll leave the driving to Miller and Sears on Saturday night. Miller won last year's Cup with Betting Line. "When I give the lines to David and Brian, I shut up," Brown said. "I don't want any opinions in their head but their own. "I expect other horses from the outside will be leaving hard for position. I think when the dust settles into the quarter, two or three of us will be moving on, trying to get to the front. I just hope I'm in a good spot by the half with both horses." Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, will go from post No. 3, flanked by Downbytheseaside (No. 2) and Fear The Dragon (No. 4). Fear The Dragon gave Brown some anxious moments in his elimination win. Leading in the deep stretch, Fear The Dragon jumped over a fallen racing head number and broke stride. Miller managed to get Fear The Dragon pacing again just steps before crossing the wire. "He was going right over it, he saw it and just stepped over it and got tangled up and made a break," Brown said. "Thankfully he recovered." Fortunately, Brown said the horse is none the worse for wear. "When we took his bandages off, there were no marks, no swelling," he said. "We jogged him (Monday) and today he seems like himself, everything looks fine." Despite Downbytheseaside's winning ways, the horse also has his issues. Brown said the richest horse in Saturday's field ($848,616) sometimes has difficulty running with the lead. "He just waits on the other horses when he gets away from them," Brown said. "But in this race, they're all going to be together and whoever is on the front, somebody is going to be right at their throat the whole step. "I feel good but I'm not overly confident. I feel I should get good money if I don't win but the object is to come here to win. I saw that Cup 20 years ago when I was up here and I've been eyeing it ever since." The remainder of the 10-horse field, with post, driver, (and hometown if Canadian), includes: 1) Ocean Colony, Yannick Gingras of Sorel, Que.; 5) Sports Column, Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, Ont.; 6) Classic Pro, Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ont.; 7) Ozone Blue Chip, Brett Miller; 8) Filibuster Hanover, Matt Kakaley; 9) Western Hill, Doug McNair of Guelph, Ont.; 10) Miso Fast, Matt Kakaley. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press Reprinted with permission of the Nanaimo News Now

Campbellville, ON, June 13, 2017 - Woodbine Entertainment today announced an investment of over $10 million for Mohawk Racetrack at Tuesday's harness racing Pepsi North America Cup post-position draw. The venture is intended to upgrade the facility so to be exclusively dedicated to Standardbred horse racing and capable of offering the sport year round. Currently, Mohawk operates from April to October. The investments will be phased in over the coming years and will include extensive renovations to winterize the facilities for fans and horsepeople. "The future is very bright for Standardbred racing and entertainment on this site," said Jim Lawson, CEO for Woodbine Entertainment. "With the long term gaming lease in place and with the Ontario Lottery and Gaming (OLG) expected to name a new gaming service provider soon, it's a very exciting time to be a racing fan and be involved in the sport. Standardbred horsepeople are a significant part of the fabric of this community and will soon be able to race 12 months of the year here." Construction will begin in the fall of 2017 and is scheduled to be completed by spring 2018. Once concluded, Standardbred horses will compete exclusively in Milton after racing at Woodbine for the final time through the 2017-18 winter months. The upgrades include winterization of the grandstand, race paddock and maintenance facilities, new glass windows across the Terrace Dining Room, VIP suites and further customer amenities. Investment in the Milton track is not limited to the construction projects and plant upgrades. Woodbine Entertainment also unveiled new corporate branding today including a new look and new name. The company will be unifying its racetracks under one brand, Woodbine. Two breeds, one brand. The new branding will be rolled out across all Woodbine Entertainment properties, beginning with the racetrack sites, throughout 2017 and 2018. The Woodbine track will retain its name while Mohawk will become Woodbine at Mohawk Park, set to be implemented when harness racing returns to the site full time in May 2018. "We look forward to welcoming fans to Woodbine at Mohawk Park for world-class harness racing and to experience the new entertainment uses that will become part of the many offerings at Mohawk Park," Lawson said. "The fan experience is outstanding, with great sightlines and fan proximity to the racing action, but this investment will take it to an entirely new level." The property will continue to contribute positively as an entertainment destination within the surrounding Milton community, while looking to expand and diversify its offerings. As such, Woodbine will be looking at other opportunities on the site to incorporate a mix of uses, complementary to horseracing and entertainment, on the idle lands. LiveWorkLearnPlay (LWLP), Woodbine's lead real estate development partner, has completed a first phase Highest and Best Use Study, which set the vision, programming and development direction for the property. Woodbine will be working with SWA Group, a leading landscape architecture, planning and urban design firm that has been engaged to create the master plan to guide the long-term vision for the site's overall development across its 440 acres. SWA previously collaborated with Woodbine Entertainment on the recently completed master plan for the redevelopment of Woodbine Racetrack. "We are committed to creating an environment that attracts top Standardbred equine athletes and community members from Milton and the surrounding areas," said Lawson. "Woodbine Entertainment will continue to lead the way working toward sustainability for horse racing in the region for generations to come." The 34th edition of the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, featuring North America's finest 3-year-old pacers, is set for this Saturday, June 17. Tickets are available at John Siscos

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Ask any harness racing trainer what is the most difficult horse to train and they will tell you it's trotting fillies and mares. Owner/trainer Carl Duguay of Deschambault knows this all so well and is very appreciative of his mare, Y S Suzanne, who goes for her fifth straight win Tuesday evening in the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old mares and horses at the Hippodrome 3R. The daughter of Angus Hall is off to her best season ever for Duguay and currently sports six wins this season and over C$104,000 in career earnings. She starts from post two in the third race Tuesday for driver Stephane Gendron. "I try and keep her relaxed as much as possible," Duguay said about Y S Suzanne's weekly training schedule. "She goes out to jog every day, time in the paddock, just want her to be at ease." Before coming home to Quebec, Y S Suzanne was racing at Saratoga Raceway's half mile oval in New York. The last two years Duguay has given his mare to trainer Heidi Rohr, who has also done well with her. "Heidi does a super job with my mare," Duguay said. "When Heidi sent her back to Quebec for this series she told me about some changes she did in training her and it has really helped." Last week was the first time since her first win this season that any horse has gotten within less than a length of Y S Suzanne at the finish. She won last week by three-quarters of a length in 2:01.1, her slowest winning time this year. "She was in heat last week," Duguay explained. "She was not at her best. She has been feeling much better this week and I think she will race much better tomorrow." Y S Suzanne shows that she can win from both on the off the pace. The last two weeks she led from start to finish. The prior weeks she had good cover and won with ease from off the helmet. Last week regular pilot Stephane Gendron, scored his 4,000th career win with Y S Suzanne. "This mare loves during the race to be held on the bit," Duguay explained. "As long as you never give her her head, she will always race strong. She likes it best to follow another horse." Y S Suzanne was nearly caught last week by Artemis Duharas, who closed well from sixth place on the final turn to be second. She starts again for driver Raymond Gingras from post seven. Another contender in the race is Y A Jailhouse Jody from post three for driver Guy Gagnon. She was second to Y S Suzanne two starts back in the Quebec-Bred Series. The horses do battle in a non-wagering division of the series with just four starters going to post between the 4th and 5th races on Tuesday's program. Missing from the lineup is the entry from trainer Isabelle Darveau stable of track record holder, Wildwild Men and his full brother, Seeyou Men, both of whom were Quebec-Bred champions in prior years. "We only planned to race them in the first two legs," Darveau explained. "That was good enough for them to make the final. They are fine and will be rested up now." With Wildwild Men, who won the opening round of the series, and Seeyou Men out this week, it opens the door for last week's winner, Holiday Party to battle with KFB Amigo Cool. In his first start back at H3R, Holiday Party, who last year won nine times and was the Quebec-Bred Series Champion at age 3, made a rare and costly break at the start. He then put it all together last week in defeating Wildwild Men and KFB Amigo Cool with a 1:59.1 triumph. He will start from post two for driver Pascal Berube against KFB Amigo Cool, who starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. First, second and third in his four starts this year, KFM Amigo Cool has been close to the action every start. Also entered are Holiday Gift (post one) and Mc Garreth (post three), who have not been very competitive in the series. One thing is guaranteed in the non-wagering race, and that is the winner trainer's last name will be Fontaine. Both Holiday Party and KFB Amigo Cool are trained by Dany Fontaine while Holiday Gift and Mc Garreth are trained by Michel Fontaine. After Tuesday's third preliminary round of the Quebec-Bred Series, the top eight point earners will return on Sunday, June 25 for their respective $30,000 finals. Post time Tuesday evening is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The King of Island harness racing again reigned supreme during Maritime Breeder's elimination action for three-year-old pacers Saturday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell swept both $3,000 eliminations for three-year-old pacing fillies off the front end as a trainer-driver with Elektra Express posting the fastest divisional win with a 1:55.4 victory for owner Danica Ellis of Nova Scotia. Kinda Like Her (Kenny Arsenault) was second, with Traces Of Purple (Walter Cheverie) third and Tobins Secret (Earl Smith) finishing fourth to also earn her way into next Saturday's (June 17) Ken Starrat Memorial Maritime Breeder's final. Filly Forty Seven won the other split with a front end mission of 1:56.1 with trainer Campbell in the bike for owners Darryl MacLean of Winsloe, Katelyn Smallwood of Stratford, Corey Carver of Montague and Tanya Tremblett of Nova Scotia. Second place went to Bonzai Beach (Clare MacDonald) with Elm Grove Ladyluck (Gilles Barrieau) and Oceanview Beemer (Smith) also advancing to the championship final. In the three eliminations for three-year-old pacing colts, Island Energetic recorded the fastest time winning in 1:55.4 to give the Campbell stable a training and driving Saturday triple and the colt now boasts a six-race win streak. The three-year-old son of Articulator used first over tactics to wear down pacesetter Ashes To Ashes (Barrieau) and establish himself as the one to beat in Saturday's Doug Harkness Memorial Maritime Breeder's final for pacing colts. Island Energetic is owned by Grayland Farms and Bernadette Burgess, both of Nova Scotia. Ashes To Ashes was second with Nameisonthehalter (Corey MacPherson) getting the show prize and advancing to the final. Ic A Free Spirit was victorious in his elimination for trainer-driver-owner Ernie Laffin of Nova Scotia in 1:57.4. Carters Caper (MacDonald) was second with Cowboys Dont Cry (MacPherson) finishing third and earning a berth in the Maritime Breeder's Final. Complete Player and Mark Bradley converted a pocket ride into a trip to the winner's circle in his $3,000 elimination for trainer Tom Weatherbie and owner David Kennedy of Charlottetown. The 1:56.3 mile saw Tobinator (MacPherson) finish second with Johnny Moe (Campbell) finishing third but failing to advance to Saturday's final as the slowest third place finisher in the three eliminations. The preferred pace saw Give Em Heck upset the field as the longest shot on the board. At 11-1 odds, Barrieau mapped out a perfect two-hole trip to brush past pacesetter Adkins Hanover (MacPherson) late in the 1:55.3 mile while Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell) finished third. Colin Sheppard of Newfoundland owns the six-year-old pacer with Jackie Matheson doing the training. Bradley, Barrieau and Ken Murphy all recorded driving doubles on the card while Matheson had a pair of training victories. Live racing continues at Red Shores Charlottetown Thursday night at 6:30 P.M. and Saturday with a 6 P.M. first race post time. Mando Fun Repeats At Summerside; Grand Slam For Campbell The Sunday afternoon feature saw Mando Fun victorious again this week at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Dale Spence drove the four-year-old son of Badlands Hanover for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington to a 1:57.4 victory. D Bs Rosco (Kenny Arsenault) did all the roadwork in the $2,300 event laying down fractions of 28.2, 59.1 and 1:28.2 before being collared late and finishing second with Narragansett (Jason Hughes) getting the show prize. Mando Fun's win gave Spence a Sunday driving double as he visited the winner's circle earlier on the program with Woodmere Fools Son in 2:02.4. Rash B Havior recorded the fastest mile of the program with a 1:57.1 victory as part of a driving grand slam for leading driver Marc Campbell. Owner Mike Peters of Emyvale also trains the seven-year-old son of Lis Mara as he recorded his 24th lifetime win with all but one of those victories coming under Peters' tutelage. The first-over Sunday afternoon journey turned into a four-and-three-quarter length victory for Rash B Havior over Instant Shadow (Hughes) and George (Walter Cheverie). Campbell's other three driving wins came aboard Sandinista in 1:58.1 for trainer Clair Sweet of O'Leary, Bet Er All in 1:58.2 for trainer Ralph Sweet of O'Leary and The Jig Is Up in a 2:01.2 maiden breaking performance for trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. Watts had a training triple of his own on the afternoon card as he teamed up with driver Gary Chappell for a pair of victories with Woodmere Lukypercy in 2:02 and Windemere Rene in 2:01.1. Windemere Johny, trained by Phil Sizer, was another Chappell winner as part of a Sunday afternoon driving triple for the Charlottetown horseman. For complete results go to By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Sling-shotting to the lead after a torrid early pace, Half A Billion and driver Louis-Philippe Roy re-wrote the Quebec-Bred Series all-age record with an amazing 1:52.2 victory Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The record-setting one mile pace was set in the sixth race, the $30,000 final of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old horses. It was Sports Authority and driver Pierre-Luc Roy who set the fast-early fractions, going to the lead from post three and cutting the mile to the opening quarter in :26.3, then to the half mile marker in :55 with Mr Match On Beach (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in second place and Half A Billion in third. It was at the half that Louis-Philippe Roy pulled on the right line and sent Half A Billion after the race leaders and the five-year-old gelding by Sportswriter responded with a burst of speed, clearing to the lead in the backstretch, opening up at the three-quarters in 1:23.3 and winning by nearly the length of the stretch (16 ½ lengths) over Sports Authority with Mr Match On Beach third. The prior record was held in 2015 by three-time Quebec-Bred Series Champion, Atomic Million AM in 1:52.3. The track record for older geldings is 1:52 set by Rockin Ron last year in the Prix D'Ete. "The thing I wanted most in the race with Half A Billion was fast fractions," Roy said. "It was an ideal mile for my horse. Sports Authority was to be feared, but I knew that my horse would respond the second half and once I asked him (Half A Billion) he just took off. He was perfect today thanks to trainer Richard Francis." For Half A Billion, it made for a clean sweep of the Quebec-Bred Series, his fourth straight win and sixth triumph of the year. He is trained by Francis Richard for owners Michel & Francois Letarte, Jean Allaire and Corey Giles, paying just $2.20 to win as the 1/9 wagering favorite. In the $30,000 final for the pacing mares, it was another clean sweep of the series as HP Sissy and driver Louis-Philippe Roy were once again easy winners by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:55. It was Wanda Bayama and trainer/driver/owner Yves Filion that began the ninth race final, shooting to the early lead and then stinging a first-over HP Sissy to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :26.4. But Roy and HP Sissy wanted the lead and they eventually got it. Once on top, HP Sissy cut fractions of :56.3 and 1:25.4, holding the field at bay through to the winner's circle. Wanda Bayama was second with Skyfall Sena (Jocelyn Gendron) third. "I don't think that Yves Filion was trying to park me," Roy said. "They were going fast early fractions all day. Once we got to the lead my mare felt fine as she has done all throughout the series." "What a great race," said breeder and co-owner Claude Hamel, "a beautiful effort that made us so happy, a beautiful drive from Louis Philippe, what more can you ask for?" "I expected to win at least two races today," Roy added, "and it is great that it was these two finals." It was the fourth straight win for the Up The Credit four-year-old mare and her fifth win this year. She is trained by Jean Tourigny for breeder Claude Hamel, who co-owns HP Sissy with Michel Damphpusse. She paid $2.80 to win. Track Notes: Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands Sunday, scoring a driving triple. On Tuesday evening the third and final preliminary rounds of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotting mares and horses will take place. Heading the mares is Y S Suzanne while Holiday Party is featured in the older horse division. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Harness racing's finest three-year-old pacing colts and geldings faced off Saturday at Mohawk to contest three $50,000 eliminations to determine the starters for the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup on June 17. Winning was a breeze for Downbytheseaside and driver David Miller in the first elimination. Downbytheseaside got away fifth as Sports Column marched his way to the early lead, pacing past the first quarter in :27. Into the backstretch, Lawrencetown Beach, who was fourth on the rail, was first to make a bid for the front. Downbytheseaside followed. Lawrencetown Beach took command before the midway point, but a looming Downbytheseaside snatched the lead at the half in :54.4. Once the Brian Brown trainee cleared, he started to pull away from his seven rivals. Ultimately, no one could catch the 1-9 favourite. He cruised by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4 and crossed the wire first by two lengths in 1:50.4. Western Hill and Sports Column rallied for second and third respectively. "I don't think he was at his best tonight for whatever reason. I've seen him better," said Miller. "[The wind] could be playing a factor. You're leaving into it and you're finishing into it and it might have something to do with it. "He was a pretty solid horse last year and got better as the year went on, which is unusual," Miller said. "He came back this year and we can't be happier with him. Just tonight, I wouldn't say he was at his best." Downbytheseaside remains unbeaten as a three-year-old with four victories from four outings. He notched his 12th lifetime victory in 17 starts. With the win, the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Sprig Hanover lifts his career earnings to $858,616 for owners Country Club Acres Inc, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside paid $2.10 to win and place, combining with Western Hill ($8.40) for a $19.80 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-7 (Sports Column) triactor was worth $254.60, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-5 (Some Attitude)] returned $670.55. There was no show wagering. Downbytheseaside Huntsville, who has never been worse than second in his career, added another victory to his record with a 1:49.1 score in the second North America Cup elimination. Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick dropped into fourth as Classic Pro, Ozone Blue Chip and NormandyBeach battled three-wide into the first turn. Ozone Blue Chip drop back to third while Normandy Beach drove on for the lead, leaving Classic Pro to take the pocket spot. Just after Normandy Beach posted the opening quarter in :26.3, Huntsville was on the move first up. The 1-9 favourite brushed to the front and held command past the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Into the stretch, Huntsville was untouchable adding distance between himself and the rest of the field. The sophomore scored by four and a quarter lengths en route to the winner's circle. Classic Pro surged to finish second and Ozone Blue Chip was third. "It looked like it was easy enough and he caught a nice division and he raced really well," said trainer Ray Schnittker. "It was a good mile. Probably in the afternoon or something like that it would be a [1]:48 and a piece mile, I would think. "He's a very fast colt," he added. "He's a great big colt so hopefully he just keeps getting better as the year goes on. You never know though." Huntsville scored his third triumph of the season from four outings and 10th career victory. With the win, the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Wild West Show increases his career earnings to $801,263 for trainer Ray Schnittker, who shares ownership with Theodore Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold. Huntsville paid $2.10 to win and place, combining with Classic Pro ($11.50) for a $39.70 (2-4) exactor. A 2-4-5 (Ozone Blue Chip) triactor was worth $214, while a $1 superfecta [2-4-5-8 (Miso Fast)] returned $951.20. There was no show wagering. Huntsville Driver Dave Miller and trainer Brain Brown teamed up to win their second 'Cup' tilt in the third and final elimination. Fear The Dragon, who is now five-for-five this season, overcame a break in stride to scorch his foes in 1:50. When the gate wings folded, Miller pointed Fear The Dragon towards the three-hole while Ocean Colony was taken to the front and Hurricane Beach took the two-hole spot. After Ocean Colony posted a :27.2 opening panel, Fear The Dragon was given the signal it was time to make a move. Launching a first-over attack on the leader, Fear The Dragon surged to the lead before the half. The 1-5 bettor's choice held command past the mid-way point in :55, which is when an eager Ocean Colony made his bid for the front. The 9-2 third choice couldn't catch up to his front-stepping foe but added pressure as they passed the three-quarters in 1:22. In deep stretch, Fear The Dragon opened up on pack, but the colt jumped over a fallen head number and broke stride. Miller was able to get Fear The Dragon pacing again just steps before crossing the wire. Filibuster Hanover rallied for second and Ocean Colon dropped back to third. "If you watch leaving the gate, Yannick's horse (Ocean Colony) lost his head number as he was crossing over," said Miller. "I didn't even think of it. My horse stepped over it." "I was real happy with him," he added. "He was just cruising along there. I asked him a little bit. He is a little lazy at times. I was real happy with him. He was real comfortable." With the win, the son of Dragon Again and Armbro Cinnamon is captured his 10th career victory and lifts his career earnings to $325,844 for Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon paid $2.70 and $2,10, combining with Filibuster Hanover ($5.80) for a $21.70 (7-3) exactor. A 7-3-6 (Ocean Colony) triactor was worth $44.50, while a $1 superfecta [7-3-6-2 (Miso Fast)] returned $56.10. There was no show wagering. Fear The Dragon The top three finishers from each elimination along with Miso Fast, who was the fourth-place finisher to draw into the final, will compete in the $1 million final on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk. The connections of the elimination winner may select their post positions for the final, which will take place at a press conference held on Tuesday, June 13 at Mohawk. Toronto Maple Leafs winger Matt Martin will be the guest drawmaster for Canada's richest Standardbred race.   Mark McKelvie