Day At The Track

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform horsepeople that Tuesday morning's (September 11) qualifiers have been postponed. The six-race qualifying session will now take place on Thursday morning (September 13) beginning at 10 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A packed house came out Sunday afternoon to the Hippodrome 3R for the tracks richest harness racing program of the season headed by eight Quebec Series Finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. For Super Sunday there was $512,000 in total purses over the 12-race program. Here is a breakdown of each of the eight championship divisions. $65,000 3YO Colt Pace - The fasted mile on the afternoon came in the colt division that turned out to be a two-hole race between Kinnder Jackson (Louis Philippe Roy) and track record holder Hudson Phil (James MacDonald). It was Kinnder Jackson that was first on the lead with Stock (Stephane Brosseau) in second place past the opening quarter in :27.3. MacDonald came first-over with Hudson Phil and going past the half mile in :56.4, nearly got the lead, but Roy kept them parked out. Then in the backstretch, the dogfight continues with Hudson Phil a head up on the outside at the three-quarters in 1:25. But on the final turn Kinnder Jackson took the lead back and was up over a length as they started down the stretch. It was then that Hudson Phil found another gear for MacDonald and they collared Kinnder Jackson before the wire to win by a half length in 1:54.1. Stock was third. Trained by Mark Steacy, it was the fifth win this year for Hudson Phil, who was bred and is owned by Tony Infilise's Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson. He paid $5.10 to win. $65,000 3YO Filly Pace - Driver Stephane Brosseau left quickly with All You Can Dream with race favorite Katniss S BG and driver Louis Philippe Roy sitting in second place as they went by the opening quarter mile in :27.2 and the half mile in :57.1. Then in the backstretch, Roy pulled the pocket and sent Katniss S BG to the front with Sharks Summershandy (Pascal Berube) following on the outside past the three-quarters in 1:27.2. Then in the stretch Katniss S BG was an easy winner by two lengths in 1:57. Sharks Summrshandy was second with Butterfly BG (Guy Gagnon) third. Sired by Mach Three, it was the fifth win this year for Katniss S BG. She is trained by Richard Moreau and was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. She paid $3.40 to win. $65,000 3YO Colt Trot - It was race favorite Nobodynojustice and driver Guy Gagnon who was not going to let anyone take the lead away from them. SOS Irresistable and driver Daniel Laflamme tried early on and those two played hardball, neck and neck, to the quarter mile in :29 and the half mile in :58 with neither horse giving way. Then in the backstretch, SG Goliath King and trainer/driver Sylvain Grenier got into the mix first-over and at the three-quarters in 1:29.4 they could not pass Nobodynojustice. As they came down the stretch Nobodynojustice could not maintain the lead and SG Goliath King came on to win by a half length in 2:02. SOS Irresistable was third. Owned and bred by Grenier of Saint-Rene, it was the fourth win this year for the son of Lucky Fool. SG Goliath King paid $7.20 to win. $65,000 3YO Filly Trot - Montanaalaska and driver Guy Gagnon was first on the lead with Precieuse CC and driver/trainer Claude Beausoliel following in second place as they went to the quarter in :29.2, the half mile in 1:00.2 and the three-quarters in 1:32.1. With no one challenging from the back of the pack, Beausoliel waited until the final turn and pulled Precieuse CC from the pocket and came after Montanaalaska. Those two locked horns coming down the stretch with Precieuse CC the stronger horse, going on to win by one length in 2:03.3. Montanaalaska was second with Stand For Justice (Stephane Brosseau) third. It was the second win and a lifetime mark for Precieuse CC, who is sired by Angus Hall and is owned by Marie Andree Cournoyer of Chicoutimi. She paid $6.10 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Pace - It was Ginness Panic and driver Louis Philippe Roy who shot out to the early lead and cut fast fractions of :27.1 and :55.4 with Dernier Essai (Sylvain Filion) trying to keep up in second place. Then in the backstretch Stephane Gendron came first-over with YS Sunshine and the not only collared Guinness Panic, but past them by before the three-quarters in 1:25.1. YS Sunshine then kicked in another gear for Gendron and pulled away in the stretch to win by three and one-quarter lengths in 1:55, a track record for two-year-old pacing geldings. GA Speed Gary (Guy Gagnon) was second with Guinness Panic third. It was the fourth win this year for YS Sunshine. The son of Sunshine Beach is trained by Michel Allard and was bred and is owned by Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. He paid $3.30 to win. The previous track record was 1:56.4 set by Sugarsam in 2014. $55,000 2YO Filly Pace - The biggest upset of the day came when Cooking The Speed and driver Stephane Gendron won at odds of 18-1. Hurryupatthebeach (Pascal Berube) cut the mile with Cooking The Speed sitting the pocket seat through fractions of :27.4 and :57.3. Jody Jamieson was already on the move with Better Now and as he approached the leaders in the backstretch, Gendron pulled the pocket with Cooking The Speed and the action heated up past the three-quarters in 1:27.3. All three horses were stacked three-wide around the final turn and as they started down the stretch, Hurrayupatthebeach began to fade as Cooking The Speed found another gear, winning by one length over Better Now in 1:57.3. Hurryupatthebeach was third. It was a lifetime mark for the daughter of So Surreal who is trained by Michel Allard and is co-owned and bred by Allard Racing of Saint-Esprit. She paid $38.90 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Trot - The 1/5 favorite, Cesar Dunharas and trainer/driver Stuart Sowerby went right to the lead with Mister Sky (Francis Picard) trying to follow the live cover in second place to the opening quarter mile in :30. Then at the half mile marker in 1:01.1, Stephanie Brosseau came first-over with Only For Justice but was unable to gain ground as Cesar Dunharas went to the three-quarters in 1:31. On the final turn Only For Justice found another gear and gained on Cesar Dunharas, collared him in the stretch and came on to win by a quarter length in 2:01.3. Mister Sky was third. It was the second straight win and a lifetime mark for Justice For All. The gelded son of Justice Hall is trained by Dany Fontain for breeder/owner Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. He paid $14.30 to win. $55,000 2YO Filly Trot - Claudi P V and driver Pascal Berube were the only one in the field to stay trotting and thus was an easy winner by five and one-half lengths in 2:01.1. Stablmate My Lady Hall (Jocelyn Gendron) was second with the 1/9 favorite, Kenogami Darling (Guy Gagnon), who was going for her fourth straight win, broke at the start. My Lady Hall led the field through fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:29.3 with Claudi P V in pursuit. Then coming down the stretch, My Lady Hall made a break and Claudi P V blew by her for the win by 15 and one-quarter lengths. It was the second win and a lifetime mark for the daughter of Holiday Road, who is trainer and co-owned and bred by Serge Nadeau with Marcel Brouillard of St-Marcel-De-Richelieu. She paid $9.70 to win. The Open Handicap Pace saw former Quebec Series Champion, Atomic Million AM ($3.80) and driver Guy Gagnon wire the field with ease in 1:54.2. Another Quebec Series Champion, Capteur De Reve ($6/90) and driver Pierre Luc Roy, were able to wire the field in winning the Open Handicap Trot in 1:59.1. Track Notes: Driver Stephane Gendron and trainer Michel Allard each had two wins in the championship finals and driver Louis Phillipe Roy has two wins, one in the finals. Live harness racing resumes at H3R next Sunday, September 16, first race post time at 12:50 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Euchred capped off David Dowling’s dominate day in Invitational action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Sent to the lead from the start in the $3,500 Invitational pace, Euchred felt no serious challenges through splits of 27.2, 56.1 and 1:24.4 before putting the finishes touches on a 1:54 victory. Sent off by the wagering public as third choice, Euchred defeated Czar Seelster (Driven by Kenny Arsenault) at the wire while race favourite Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) was third. Euchred is trained by Terry Gallant for owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Dowling had a total of five wins on the Sunday program including the $2,200 back-up class with Cartoon Daddy in 1:56.2 for train Rachel Andrew of Milton. Dowling also teamed up with trainer Gallant to win with Young Man Matt in 1:58.1, while his other wins came with Twice As Bright in 1:58.2 for Elton Millar of Tyne Valley and the still undefeated two-year-old After The Lovin with a 2:01 score for conditioner Earl Watts of Hampshire. Watts had two wins on the card as Better Than Tonys opened up the day with a maiden breaking score for driver Corey MacPherson and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Live racing continues Thursday Andy Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown and next Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. For race replays and more check out www.Redshores.ca.   Lee Drake

There was a chill in the fall air Saturday but it did not deter an enthusiastic gathering from flocking trackside to cheer on their harness racing favourites at the 151st annual Six Nations fall fair in Ohsweken. The Ohsweken Fair, the lone fair conducting harness racing in Ontario in 2018, is one of Canada's oldest, conducting its initial fair in 1867, the year of Canadian Confederation. Veteran horsemen recall when harness racing was featured at more than 150 Ontario towns, cities and villages in the 1900's . Ohsweken, located on the Six Nations Reserve, is the largest reserve in Canada, extending six miles wide on each side of the Grand River from its northern source near Shelburne, Ont., to Lake Erie. The community's name comes from the Mohawk word "Tayoswaken" which translates to mean "the fork where one route goes to the happy hunting ground and the other leads to the place of torment. Ken Oliver scored a driving double on the four-race card with Flysantanna in the $5,000 Six Nations Elective Council Pace in the first race and Lyons Fairhanover in the Fred Hill Pace, honouring the late Fred Hill, in the second race , both trained by Ancaster horseman Alan Fair and owned by Alan and Elizabeth Fair , respectively. Mighty Mouse proved best in the third race with Scott Coulter driving the consistent seven-year-old bay mare for her eighth season victory for Brantford owners Nancy Coulter and his trainer- father Robert Paul Coulter. Morning line favourite, Vijayscam, trained and driven by veteran horseman Don Graham for Lynda Marshall of St.Thomas, reeled off a 2:02.2 winning effort in the $5,000 Earl Hill Memorial In the fourth race for his third season's tally. All participating horses received a spanking new blanket and horsepeople were treated to a tasty meal of roast beef, lasagna and other goodies in the stable area following the races.   Mohawk Marshall Joanne Colville and her daughter, Emma, led the horses in the post parades, Rob McKay presided in the judges stand, Eric Lauredson charted the races, John Chandler was Timer, and Gary Guy entertained the fans with his witty comments and exciting race calls. Albert Green, a retired iron worker and Ohsweken native, is the enthusiastic mover and shaker who organized the entire race program with the help of a hard working team of volunteers. Green was happy with the days results. "Everything went well. I am pleased with the tremendous support of the many sponsors and the fans who braved the chilly weather and bettered last year's mutuel handle of $1,994 by wagering $2,068 on the afternoon's four-race card." Band Chief, Ava Hill, daughter of Fred Hill, and a fourth generation harness racing enthusiast, welcomes the return of the trotters and pacers to Ohsweken. "Harness racing has always been a major event in our community for many years and we are so excited to have it back at the Ohsweken Fair. It brings an excitement back to the fair which can be enjoyed by our community members and the visitors we hope it will attract." With the addition of 21 new stalls, complete with modern lighting, washrooms and wash bays, the Ohsweken Fairgrounds backstretch is an excellent place for trainers to condition their horses. WILLIAM GALVIN  

MILTON, ON - September 8, 2018 - Grand Circuit harness racing week concluded Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with three divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were separated into a pair of $83,342 splits, while a talented field of six pacing fillies battled for a purse of $150,996. Just a week after winning the Messenger, Stay Hungry brought his 'A Game' to win a tough battle in the second Simcoe division. Driven by Doug McNair, Stay Hungry was unhurried in the beginning and got away fourth. Backstreet Shadow and driver Yannick Gingras circled from second to first at the opening-quarter and rolled the field by the half in :55. McNair gave Stay Hungry his cue to charge first-up going to the three-quarter pole and was almost three-lengths from the lead when Backstreet Shadow reached the third-station in 1:23.1. In the stretch, McNair dropped Stay Hungry onto the back of Gingras briefly before coming back out for an exciting stretch duel. Stay Hungry paced home in :25.4 and was able to edge a game Backstreet Shadow by a nose in 1:49.3. Hidden Delight was third. "The way the draw set up I figured that was the way the race would go," said McNair following the victory. "I would be a late first-over and Yannick's horse would be sprinting home hard." Trained by Tony Alagna, Stay Hungry is being pointed towards potential history at the Little Brown Jug on September 20. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has captured the opening-two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, Cane Pace and Messenger, and is now five for 11 with $683,031 earned this season for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. "The Jug is in a couple weeks and that's what they are aiming at, but it was great to get a win back home," said McNair. "That's all they are going to be talking about from now until the Jug is the Triple Crown, but he's won two of the first three legs and that's special." Stay Hungry's career numbers now sit at 11 wins and over $1.2 million earned. He paid $2.90 to win. Jeff Gillis trainee The Downtown Bus continued his run of stops at the winner's circle by posting a 1:50.2 victory in the first division for colts and geldings. Driven by Tim Tetrick, The Downtown Bus shot out to the lead and got to call the shots, posting fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:23.1 to lead into the stretch. Tetrick pulled the plugs on The Downtown Bus at the three-quarter pole and the Gillis trainee was able to last on the lead, finding the line in time to hold off a charge from Torrin Hanover was _ length score. Babes Dig Me finished third, while Dragon Time was fourth. The Simcoe victory extends The Downtown Bus' current win streak to three. "He's turned the corner and Jeff has done a great job with him," said Tetrick, who has driven the gelded son of Mach Three throughout his current win streak. "Last week he trained around there pretty good in (1):49 and today he was up in little more open class and some better-bred horses and he still got the job done. I was pretty proud of him." A homebred for Gillis and Ellen Ott, The Downtown Bus now has eight wins and $218,354 earned in 19 starts this season. The Grand Circuit victory increases his career earnings to $238,700. A $2 win ticket on The Downtown Bus returned $4.20. Shower Play continued her flare for the dramatic by delivering another stunning final-quarter rally to win the Simcoe Filly Stakes in 1:52. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Shower Play got away fifth in the field of six and appeared to have a mountain too big to overcome when Youaremycandygirl got her own way on the front, posting fractions of :26.4, :56.4 and 1:24.1. Youaremycandygirl opened up a lead of nearly four-lengths at three-quarters, while race-favourite Kissin In The Sand was second-over and Shower Play third over with more than seven-lengths to overcome. Kissin In The Sand and Shower Play both delivered furious stretch rallies to track down Youaremycandygirl in the final-eighth with Shower Play unleashing a :26.3 kicker to reach the line first. Kissin In The Sand finished second, beat a length and a quarter, while Youaremycandygirl crossed in third. "It's always fun to win races on the front, but to go by everybody is a better feeling for sure," said Roy following the race. "I give credit to Rene and Susie because in the middle of the summer we had some steering issues with her, so they worked a lot on her and did some changes and I think she's come back better than she was at the beginning at the season." Trained by Rene Dion, Shower Play also defeated Kissin In The Sand in June's $415,000 Fan Hanover. The daughter of Shadow Play has now earned $415,563 in 10 starts this season for owners Dion, Susie Kerwood and Martin Leveillee. The Simcoe victory gives Shower Play five wins this season and eight overall. Her career earnings jump to $454,300 with the victory. A $2 win ticket on Shower Play returned $14.10. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Nirvana Seelster becomes newest millionaire Bill Budd trainee Nirvana Seelster grinded out a third-place finish in Saturday’s $34,000 Preferred Pace to become harness racing’s newest millionaire. The seven-year-old gelding entered Saturday’s card just a little over $300 away from $1 million in career earnings. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting in the Preferred and despite surrendering the lead early in the lane, the Budd trainee battled hard to the line for a third-place finish, beat only three-quarters of a length. American Wiggle, driven by Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau, captured the $34,000 top-class in 1:49.4. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster is a 39-time winner with a mark of 1:48 taken last season at Mohawk Park. The Budd trainee has made 176 of his 178 career starts at either Woodbine Racetrack or Mohawk Park. Nirvana Seelster recently competed in his fourth consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The fan-favourite has seven wins, 20 top-three finishes and $191,170 earned in 27 starts this season. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 8, 2018 - Rookie trotters had their moment in the spotlight Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the eliminations of the William Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Each event required two $30,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers in each split advancing to next Saturday's (September 15) rich finals. Green Manalishi S posted a personal best 1:54.4 while making his Canadian debut in the first elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. Trained by Marcus Melander and perfectly handled by Tim Tetrick, Green Manalishi S found the point with little effort as CT Conabra went off stride into the first turn allowing the Muscle Hill colt to notch an opening quarter in :28.2. Green Manalishi S cruised through splits of :57.4 and 1:26.2 under no pressure from a chasing Hudson River who showed some energy late in the final turn, but a smooth moving Green Manalishi S easily powered away from the field with Kings County chasing in vain and the late trot of Smart As Hill providing little threat. "It looked very good. It was three weeks ago that he raced last time and he looked beautiful out there," said Melander. With three wins from five starts, the Melander charge has proven to be a successful purchase. "He was bought in Sweden as a yearling in August of last year. We shipped him over here in September or October and since we broke him, we've had him," noted Melander. With wins already in the All-Stars at Pocono Downs and the Kindergarten Classic at The Meadowlands, as well as a strong second behind Dont Letem in the Peter Haughton Memorial when hampered with an outside post, Melander was pleased to see his charge find an easier path on this night. "He was very good in the Peter Haughton. He was parked the entire mile. He has a lot of speed and a lot of stamina, so he can do whatever he wants," said Melander. "It was very good that he could be on the lead today. He had a tough trip in the Haughton." Green Manalishi S, bred by Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Sweden, paid $3.60 to win. Union Forces wrestled the lead away from Swandre The Giant late in the lane to post a shocking 33-1 upset in the second elimination of the William Wellwood Memorial. The previously undefeated Swandre The Giant, sent to post as the prohibitive 1/5 mutuel favourite, was purchased privately and making his first start for trainer Jimmy Takter and new owners Diamond Creek Racing, J and T Silva Stables LLC and Howard Taylor. However, the Domenico Cecere conditioned Union Forces, recently third in the Champlain after a pair of easy scores to start his career south of the border, proved to be a worthy adversary for owners Lindy Farms, Robert Rudolph, David Anderson and John Fielding. A talented field of rookie trotters went topsy turvy early as Trix And Stones went offstride and Gerry followed suit into the opening turn as Scott Zeron sent Union Forces to an uncontested lead through an opening quarter in :27.4. Yannick Gingras sent Swandre The Giant to challenge the leader down the backstretch and swept to the point to mark the half in :57.3 as While Your Up, White Tiger, and Royal Rob chased from a distance. Swandre The Giant continued to lead into the final turn with While Your Up making his move allowing White Tiger to follow his cover as three-quarters ticked by in 1:27.2. A precarious lead for the heavy favourite tumbled as upset-minded Union Forces put a strangle hold on Swandre The Giant to reign victorious in 1:55.3. "To me, it's not a surprise. I know he's 33-1 but I know the horse and it's no surprise," said Cecere. "He's a classy horse. Great horse, great gait, great head and it was perfect. Perfect trip. When I saw him in the two-hole I said, 'they're going to be careful'." Cecere is cautiously optimistic after the second elimination score noting that first elim winner Green Manalishi S looked strong. "He's a great horse and was great tonight. He took off good," said Cecere of Green Manalishi S. Union Forces, bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc. of New York, paid $68.90 to win. Doherty Memorial winner The Ice Dutchess got back on track with a 1:55.4 score in the first Peaceful Way elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Muscle Hill was making her first start under the lights with trotting hopples following back-to-back breaks. Driven by Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess circled from second to first heading up to the half and never looked back. She posted fractions of :58.4 and 1:27.2 before trotting home in :28.2 for the victory. "Just a matter of keeping her on stride and getting around the track and she was well-behaved tonight," said Gingras. "(Hopples) definitely make her a little safer...it's definitely a plus, but the way she was tonight she could've done it without." Evident Beauty finished second, beat a length and three-quarters, while Presto Change O was third. The top-five was completed by Angies Luckeylady and Hp Titania Runner. The Ice Dutchess improved to three for six with her elimination victory and will have an opportunity next week to make a significant add to her impressive bankroll of $204,790. Coyote Wynd Farms owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase. She paid $3.10 to win. Father Patrick filly Sisters Promise powered to a 1:55.4 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Tim Tetrick, Sisters Promise came first-up from fourth on the far turn to battle with Susy, who posted fractions of :28.1, :57.3 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Sisters Promise muscled by Susy and trotted home in :29.1 to defeat her rival by a length and a half. Speed Titan finished third, while Tommi Canu Hearme was fourth. The final spot in next week's final was secured by Teddys Littleangel. Sisters Promise turned the tables Saturday, as she finished second to Susy in last week's Champlain Stakes. "Last week we just got away too far back," said Tetrick about the previous meeting. "We were an easy second last week and today (Susy) had to leave and remove and got a half of :57 and from there I thought I had a good shot." Trained by Linda Toscano, Sisters Promise picked up her second in four starts. She is owned by Brittany Farms and has now earned $42,216. A $2 win ticket on Sisters Promise returned $8.30. The draws for the $385,000 Peaceful Way and $400,000 Wellwood Memorial finals took place following Saturday's elimination. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic and $340,000 Elegantimage were also drawn Saturday. The fields for each final are listed below. $385,000 Peaceful Way #1 Presto Change O #2 Susy #3 The Ice Dutchess #4 Sisters Promise #5 Evident Beauty #6 Angies Luckeylady #7 Teddys Littleangel #8 Tommi Canu Hearme #9 Speed Titan #10 HP Titania Runner AE: Fraulein Blucher $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial #1 White Tiger #2 Okeanos #3 Green Manalishi S #4 Union Forces #5 Hudson River #6 Smart As Hill #7 Swandre The Giant #8 Kings County #9 Southwind Avenger #10 While Your Up AE: CT Conabra $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic #1 Missle Hill #2 Mets Hall #3 You Know You Do #4 For A Dreamer #5 Lawmaker #6 Alarm Detector #7 Run Director #8 Fiftydallarbill #9 Winning American #10 Crystal Fashion #11 Zephyr Kronos $340,000 Elegantimage #1 Phaetosive #2 Manchego #3 Alloveragain #4 Blonde Magic #5 Jordan Blue Chip #6 Atlanta #7 Sneeker Hanover From Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Keep Coming teamed up with David Dowling to pose a mild upset in the Saturday night feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Race favourite Likely To Win was sent to the lead by driver Adam Merner in the $2,350 Preferred 2 pace and laid down a 27.3 opener before Keep Coming came calling at the half-mile marker. The half was tripped in 56.1 with Keep Coming taking control of the front for three-quarters in 1:25.2 en route to stopping the clock in 1:55.4. Second went to Rockin Indy (Driven by Corey MacPherson) while Machinthesand (Ken Murphy) completed the $727.10 triactor ticket. Brian Andrew of Milton Station, P.E.I., co-owns and trains Keep Coming for co-owner William Andrew of Calgary, Alta. Driver Gilles Barrieau put together a driving grand slam on the 12-dash program including a win in the $2,350 Fillies and Mares Open pace with Sodwana Bay. Time of the mile was 1:56.3 for Sodwana Bay who prevailed over Brodys Leona (MacPherson) and Ramblinglily (Murphy). Sodwana Bay is trained by Barrieau for owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire, P.E.I. Barrieau's other victories were with State Of Play in 1:59.3 for trainer Tom Weatherbie of Charlottetown, and with Lincoln Seelster and Starcastic in identical miles of 1:59.2 both for trainer Jackie Matheson of Stratford. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois Rivieres, QC - It's Super Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday, September 9 with the tracks richest harness racing program of the year, $512,000 in total purses headlined by eight Quebec Championship Finals. The Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters and pacers has four finals, each with a purse of $65,000. The two-year-old's also will compete in four finals, each with a purse of $55,000. Plus, there are two $8,000 Invitational events, one for trotters and one for pacers. For this rich days of racing, world class drivers Sylvain Filion, Jody Jamieson, Louis Philippe Roy and James MacDonald are coming in from Ontario to compete with H3R's top drivers. Here is a brief overview on each of the special races on Sunday. 2nd Race $55,000 2YO Colt Trot - Cesar Duharas is the race favorite and rightly so. Last week the son of Muscle Massive tied the track record for colts at H3R with a 2:01.3 triumph in the third round of the Future Stars Series. He will start from post five for trainer/driver Stuart Sowerby and breeder/owner Haras De Estrie, Inc. of Dunham. Cesar Duharas has three wins this season, the fastest a 1:58.3 record at Mohawk Park. Competition will come from Yves Filion's Money Hill (post eight), who has his son, Sylvain, driving the son of Muscle Hill and the entry of Only For Justice (post one) and Clevisse (post four) for trainer Dany Fontaine. 3rd Race $55,000 2YO Colt Pace - YS Sunshine (post six) gets the call in here off his last start, a very impressive 1:53.4 lifetime mark last week at Mohawk Park. The Sunshine Beach geldings other two wins this season came in legs of the Future Stars Series with driver Stephane Gendron back in the sulky for trainer Michel Allard and breeder/owner Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. Second choice is the undefeated D Gs De Vito (post eight) with driver Jonathan Lachance. This unbeaten son of Sportswriter is going for his fifth straight win, all at H3R and he has a record of 1:58 taken last week. Other contenders include Guinness Panic (post five) and GA Speed Gaby (post three). 4th Race $65,000 3YO Filly Trot - Provided they can stay on stride, Montanaalaska (post four) and Kinnder Prediction (post three) both have good chances of winning. Montanaalaska won two starts back for driver Guy Ganon 2:00.2 and 2:02.4 the prior week, but also shows tendency to break stride too. Sired by Angus Hall, Montanaalaska is trained by Alain Martin for owner Michel Grenier of Gastineau. Kinnder Prediction broke last week for driver Justin Filion. The prior week was first placed ninth and the week before won in 2:02.4 over Montanaalaska. The daughter of Northern Escort is trained, owned and bred by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. 5th Race $65,000 3YO Filly Pace - The entry of BG (post four) and Katniss S BG (post 8) loom over the field. Katniss S BG is the stronger of the entry. This daughter of Mach Three has four wins this year, the fastest in 1:53 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and has won three of her last four starts for trainer Richard Moreau and co-breeders and owners Sylvain Desvheneaux and Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. Lit De Rose (post seven) might have been made the betting favorite if not for her starting from an outside post. This daughter of Leader Bayama has been first, second or third in her last six starts with a record of 1:57 taken two starts back. She will be driven for the first time by Sylvain Filion. 6th Race $8,000 Invitational Pace - Hard to believe that four of nine horses in this race, Cee Pee Panic, HP Patriote, Atomic Million AM and Wildriverbumblebee, are all prior Championship winners. Cee Pee Panic (post three) is the oldest at age 9 and Wildriverbumblebee (post nine) the youngster at age 4 and the race favorite with Sylvain Filion in the sulky. Wildriverbumblebee is coming off a 1:54 triumph at H3R in his last start for trainer Francis Richard. UFdragons Rocket (post two) is the fastest return winner in the field, coming off a 1:52.1 triumph for driver Louis Philippe Roy. Other contenders include Atomic Million AM (post five) and Windsun Cheyenne (post eight). 7th Race $55,000 2YO Filly Trot - Kenogami Darling (post four) has dominated this division with back to back wins in the series and is going for her fourth straight win. The daughter of Justice Hall has been super for trainer Dany Fontaine and driver Guy Gagnon. Her record this year is 1:59.2 taken at Mohawk Park. She was bred and is co-owned by Jean Francois Reid of Anjou with Claude Reid of Jonquiere. Although Kenogami Darling has beaten everyone else in the field, watch for Kinderunbelievable (post five) and Claudi P V (post six) to be on the board. 8th Race $55,000 2YO Filly Pace - Better Now (post 3) is the race favorite having won two of the legs at H3R and also coming off a strong second in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots last week at Clinton Raceway for trainer and co-owner Pierre Ouellette. The filly by Betterthancheddar has Jody Jamieson in the sulky and can race well from on or off the pace. Second choice is the top filly Hurryupatthebeach (post five). This daughter of Up The Credit was undefeated in her first five wins for trainer Pierre Leclerc, getting beaten for the first time in the third leg of the series. She will again be driven by Pascal Berube. Also watch for Flower Sena (post eight), who was able to beat Hurryupatthebeach in her last start for driver Jocelyn Gendron, but the outside post position will hinder her chances somewhat. 9th Race $8,000 Invitational Trot - What a top-notch race this will be. There are three Quebec Series Champions in the field, Capteur De Reve (post five), who just won his second straight title, former track record holder Seeyou Men (post seven) and Holiday Party (post eight). Capteur De Reve with Pierre Luc Roy in the sulky is the race favorite, having won the Open Handicap last week and with a record of 1:58.4 at H3R for trainer Maxime Velaye. Seeyou Men has Guy Gagnon in the sulky after they won last week at Rideau Carleton in 1:58.4. Others to watch include the return of Rocky Boy (post three), Broadway Maija (post four) and Windsun Hugo (post nine). 10th Race $65,000 3YO Colt Pace - Great field of competition headed by race favorite Kinnder Jackson (post four) who has seven wins in ten starts, all at H3R for breeder, owner and trainer Deniza Petrova. This son of Allamerican Native has two wins in the series and will be driven for the first time by Louis Philippe Roy. Hudson Phil (post six) may show poor finishes last three starts for driver James MacDonald, but this son of Shanghai Phil was raced timed last week in 1:51.4 and has a record of 1:51.3 for trainer Mark Steacy. Play Jet Play (post seven) is part of an entry for trainer Dany Fontaine with last year's Champion, Stock (post five), who won a leg of the Series back in July in 1:54.2. 11th Race $65,000 3YO Colt Trot - SG Goliath King (post two) could be part of a double ­on the day for Hall of Fame trainer Yves Filion. This son of Lucky Fool has three wins in his last six starts and will have son Sylvain in the sulky. Other contenders include Yankee Photo (post four) for trainer Gerald Woodberry and driver Pascal Berube, Orlys Fury (post three) and Nobodynojustice (post one). Post time is 12:50 pm Sunday and for a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

There were few surprises as the three-year-old pacing colts and geldings wrapped up their Grassroots regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday evening, with either the favourite or the fans' second choice winning all three divisions. In the first $19,150 division, second choice Casimir Richie P and driver Trevor Henry went directly to the lead from Post 5 and never relinquished control. The son of Astronomical rang up fractions of :26.2, :55.3 and 1:24.2 on his way to a personal best 1:51.2. Favourite Luka Shenko and Gold Rush finished in a dead heat for second, one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. "He's been a really nice colt for us. Only cost me $6,000 and he must be getting close to $100,000 life now," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore. "He's just not quite good enough for the Gold, he got third, fourth maybe, but he seems to relish the Grassroots side. He was in record form tonight, so that was good." Cambridge resident Moore shares ownership of Casimir Richie P with his son Tyler Moore of Campbellville and Michael Goldberg of Toronto, Ontario. Through two seasons of racing the colt has earned $93,818 and will be looking to pad that in the Grassroots post season. With two wins and one third to his credit in three Grassroots starts, Casimir Richie P tallied 112 points and heads into the Sept. 21 Semi-Final ranked fourth in the division. "I gave him a week off last week and trained him on Tuesday, and he trained wicked good over the farm track, so I might give him another week off," said Dr. Moore of the colt's schedule heading into the Semi-Finals. "I'm not sure yet, I'll see how he comes out of this one." Second choice When You Dance had a much tougher trip to the winner's circle in the second $19,150 division. Starting from Post 9, the Mach Three gelding and driver Jody Jamieson were parked for much of the :26.1 first quarter and enjoyed just a brief hold of the lead before Wind Blast circled back around to the front. Tucked in second at the :54.3 half, Jamieson sent When You Dance back into the outer lane heading by the 1:23.2 three-quarters and then waged a fierce battle in the stretch with Shadow Moon before prevailing by a nose in 1:53. Shadow Moon settled for second and fan favourite Bit Of Luck was third. "It was a tough, gritty win. He was parked past the eighth in 12 seconds and cleared ,and then had to let a high odds horse go," said trainer Ben Wallace. "Then he was lucky to squeeze out in the top and take him to come again. So it was gutty win. I know they only went in 1:53, but it wasn't an easy 1:53, if you know what I mean." The Puslinch, Ontario resident owns When You Dance in partnership with Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, Quebec and Birnam Wood Farms of Boca Raton, Florida. The gelding was also victorious in his only other Grassroots start, at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 22, and heads into the post-season in sixth spot with 100 points. "He's a deserving winner, he's had a tough summer," said Wallace, adding that the gelding will not start again before the Sept. 21 Semi-Final. "He hasn't had the best luck with trips and situations and maybe showing up, when he did draw good, maybe not as healthy as he could have been, so it was a nice win." With a flawless record of three wins in three Grassroots starts, reigning division champion Pretty Handsome heads back to the post-season tied for top spot in the standings with 150 points. The Mach Three son and driver Jonathan Drury cruised to victory in the third $19,500 division on Friday, sailing home five and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:50.2. JM Jack Of Hearts followed the favourite around the oval and into second and Gideon Seelster was third. "He seems to be in top form right now, always good heading towards the Semi-Final," said Andrew McCabe, who trains Pretty Handsome for Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Wallenstein, Ontario. "We had a little bit of a hiccup with him there. He kind of earned the chance to try the Gold and he got sick on us up there in Ottawa (July 22). "We're really trying to win a Gold in the worst way, never won one. Not ever. It's never, ever, ever worked out," McCabe added. "Every time we try and make that approach something backfires on us." Pretty Handsome finished seventh in the July 22 Gold Leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway and eighth in a second attempt against the top colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 4. After almost a month off, the gelding returned to action in a Sept. 1 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park and regained his winning form, touring the Campbellville oval in 1:51. Friday's victory was his seventh of the season from 11 starts. Pretty Handsome will begin defense of his division title on Sept. 21. The top 20 point earners will compete in the Semi-Final round, with the top five finishers in each Semi-Final advancing to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - September 7, 2018 - Rookie pacers were in the spotlight Friday for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of $70,107 eight-horse divisions for colts and geldings were contested, while a pair of $95,738 nine-horse splits for pacing fillies also took place. The undefeated Captain Ahab sent another message to the rookie pacing colt division with an impressive 1:52.3 victory in Friday's second Champlain division. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy took their time at the beginning and settled in fifth, while Captain Crunch, who was undefeated entering the Champlain, was sent to the top and posted a :27.2 opener. Driver Scott Zeron was able to steal a :29.4 second-quarter with Captain Crunch, which forced McCarthy to get underway with Captain Ahab ahead of the half. The Captaintreacherous colts 'Crunch' and 'Ahab' would battle on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Captain Ahab powered by Captain Crunch and cruised home effortlessly in :27 for the victory. Better Up, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Captain Crunch was third. "They got out of there that first-quarter pretty good, so I was happy just to sit back and wait and I got to ride up there very slow first-over," said McCarthy following the victory. "That's what great about this horse, he'll sit out there and just grind on up there and does his thing. I chirped at him a little bit at the head of the stretch and away he goes." Trained by Tony Alagna, Captain Ahab was prepping Friday for next weekend's Metro Pace eliminations and is the headliner heading into this season's richest race for two-year-olds. "We brought the colts and fillies in here (to Mohawk Park) on Tuesday and trained them and he trained great," said Alagna. "I was really happy with how he trained Tuesday and he's been very sharp all week. The week off last week really helped him." Captain Ahab is from the first-crop of Captaintreacherous and Alagna noted there are many similarities between the two. "I see a lot of (Captaintreacherous) in him," said Alagna. "His characteristics, the way he is so easy on himself, the way he lets you drive him...his work ethic. He reminds me a lot of 'Captain' and hopefully he can keep reminding me of 'Captain'". Captain Ahab improved to six for six with his Champlain score and has now earned $117,616 for owners Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.90. Bronx Seelster was Friday's fastest winner, making a statement with a 1:51.2 score in the evening's first division for colts and geldings. A son of Big Jim, Bronx Seelster and driver Trevor Henry angled out from fifth to start a first-over bid approaching the half. Blank Canvas shot to the lead and posted a :27 opening-quarter before slamming the brakes to lead by the half in :56.3. The tempo ramped up on the far turn, as Blank Canvas paced a :27.1 third-quarter with Bronx Seelster pressing at his side. In the stretch, Bronx Seelster immediately powered by Blank Canvas and pulled away impressively to win by five-lengths for the career-best 1:51.2 score. Blank Canvas held second, while Lyons Night Hawk was third. Trained by Wayne McGean, Bronx Seelster improved his record to six wins and $292,810 earned in nine starts for owners Capers 3 Stable. "Nobody wanted to move and he come first-up kind of early I thought tonight, but he's a tough little horse," said McGean, who showed some emotion when talking about the season he's enjoyed with Bronx Seelster. "It's unreal. It's hard to put into words. You look for this once in your lifetime and we have it now." Bronx Seelster's trophy case now consists of the Battle of Waterloo, Champlain Stakes and a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. The $22,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase paid $2.70 to win. The final division for colts and geldings saw Cruise Captain upset the 1/9 favourite Stag Party in 1:52.2. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Cruise Captain left from post-six and dropped down to the pylons in third, holding onto his rail spot throughout. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party, who entered off a blowout win in the Nassagaweya, got away one spot back in fourth and sat there until the half. Do Ya Think cut out fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before taking on Stag Party, who came first-up on the far turn. Unlike the Nassagaweya, Stag Party didn't fire by the leader in the third-quarter and was at the leader's saddle pad when they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Stag Party overtook the lead from Do Ya Think, but couldn't create much separation. Meanwhile, Cruise Captain found his best stride, shooting up the rail to overtake the lead in deep stretch and score the victory. Stag Party finished second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Do Ya Think was third. Cruise Captain had to survive an inquiry for a possible first-turn pylon violation before getting his photo taken. The second son of Captaintreacherous to win a Champlain, Cruise Captain was winless in six starts entering Friday and picked the perfect moment to break his maiden for trainer Victor Puddy and owners Bill Manes, James Ruhl, Lloyd Stone and 10462217 Canada Inc. "We've raced this guy in Pennsylvania all summer and he's had many trips like he had tonight and he never got out," said co-owner Manes. "He's one of them Captaintreacherous' and they try. "He's had a good summer chasing them good colts and now we'll have to sit down and we've talked about entering him in the Metro and he deserves it now." Cruise Captain, who was a $25,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, increased his earnings to $68,414 with Friday's victory. He paid $15 to win. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip captured the first division for pacing fillies in a career-best 1:52.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Quebec Blue Chip hustled from post-seven to make the top and post a :27.4 opening-quarter. Longshot Revival Cards and driver David Miller moved out of third in the second-quarter and cleared to the top just after a :56.3 opening-half. Key West, the 3/5 favourite, came first up from fourth on the far turn and was on even terms with Revival Cards at three-quarters in 1:24.2, while Quebec Blue Chip and Jamieson were locked in behind the leader hoping room would develop in the lane. In the stretch, Key West poked a head in front, but couldn't power away, which led to a scene of five fillies across the track all within a length at the eighth pole. Jamieson was able to get around a fading Revival Cards and dip back to the rail with Quebec Blue Chip. Undefiable and driver Trevor Henry rallied from fourth-over to shoot by their rivals on the extreme outside. Despite the fantastic effort, Undefiable couldn't best Quebec Blue Chip, who reached the line first for a half length score. Crisp Mane was third. "I got caught with my pants down in front of the class," said Jamieson of his less than ideal route to victory with Quebec Blue Chip. "I was looking for a cheap half and Dave (Miller) recognized that...and kind of caught me sleeping and I didn't want to let him go, but as it turned out it worked out for our filly." Trainer Dave Menary has been high on the Sportswriter filly since the winter months. "This is the pacer that I pegged all winter," said Menary. "She's such a handy filly and at Grand River she was doing it so easy, but here I didn't know how she would be able to translate the speed to the big track. "She's just so willing and so quick, so fast." Quebec Blue Chip improved her stats to six wins and $256,914 earned in eight starts with her fifth-consecutive score Friday. She was a $40,000 Harrisburg purchase as a yearling and is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Quebec Blue Chip returned $5.60. Deb and driver Trevor Henry saw patience pay off, as they pulled off a 17-1 upset in the second division for pacing fillies. Race-favourite Tall Drink Hanover made a move from fourth to first entering the backstretch and led by the half in :56.2. Prescient Beauty came first-up from fifth entering the far turn and engaged in a gritty third-quarter battle with Tall Drink Hanover, who held a lead of less than a length at three-quarters in 1:24.1. Deb and Henry got a three-hole trip through the middle-half and were able to slip off the rail to take a shot in the lane. Tall Drink Hanover dug in trying to fight off rivals, as Ideation Hanover, who sat in the two-hole, pressured along with Deb on the outside. Prescient Beauty drifted out in the lane and finished seventh. At the wire, Deb was able to muscle by for a 1:53.2 victory. Tall Drink Hanover didn't fold and finished second, beat half a length, while Ideation Hanover was third. "She's the type of the filly that's been roughed up first-up in her last three starts," said Henry post-race. "I had to keep her in and I had a good hold on her through the last turn and it just worked out we got out and she got up to win." A daughter of Sportswriter, Deb picked up her third win in eight starts with Friday's score. Her three victories have all come in three different levels of stakes events (OSS Gold, OSS Grassroots and Grand Circuit). A $24,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Deb has now earned $108,328 for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. She paid $36.60 to win. Next up for many of the Champlain competitors is the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations next Saturday (September 15). Bronx Seelster is the only winner from Friday not eligible to next weekend's stakes. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 13-race card is headlined by three divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the eliminations of the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Machinthesand has been red hot in recent weeks but Likely To Win will control the rail in Saturday's matchup at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program gets underway at 6 P.M., with the $2,350 feature hitting the track in race 11. Likely To Win gets the respect of classifier Gerard Smith as the morning line favourite from post 1 for driver Adam Merner and trainer Melissa Rennie. Owned by Blenise Young and Lester Campbell of Nova Scotia, along with Jeffrey Campbell of Alberta, Likely To Win has had five trips to the winner's circle from 19 starts and will have rail control this week for the first time since May. Machinthesand has drawn post 4 in the Saturday Preferred class while sporting five wins in his last six starts. Ken Murphy gets the catch driving call for trainer Barry Folland and owner Noonan Holdings Ltd., of Summerside, P.E.I. Keep Coming is selected for third from post 3 for driver David Dowling and trainer Brian Andrew. Race analyst Les MacIsaac is giving the edge to Machinthesand to continue his winning season. "Machinthesand was just going through the motions early in the season but he's really taken it up a notch the past few weeks winning five of his last six," MacIsaac said. "With form like that you got to think the road to the winners circle goes through him." Also in the field is Zero Rate (Driven by Marc Campbell), Nabber Again (Ambyr Campbell) and Rockin Indy (Corey MacPherson). The Fillies and Mares Open pace goes behind the gate in race 7 for a $2,350 purse with Shadows Mystery riding a two-race win streak into post 3. The Gordie Ford owned and trained daughter of Shadow Play was a winner in this class in her latest start and retains the services of driver Merner. Ramblinglily also has a pair of wins in her latest starts including the $5,000 Jim Doherty Memorial Invitational at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B., last week. Murphy is at the lines for trainer Allan Jones, while Sodwana Bay is also pegged as a top threat from post 4 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. The Saturday program is the final day of the $100,000 Dash For Cash Promotion at the Capital oval. For promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. Rose Run Quest, Czar Seelster Continue Battle For Dominance SUMMERSIDE, PE - Rose Run Quest and Czar Seelster have proven to be the top pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada but Euchred could have something to say about that in Invitational action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. There will be 13-dashes on tap Sunday afternoon at the Prince County half-miler including a $3,500 Invitational pace in race 12 with the best pacers in Atlantic Canada. Rose Run Quest was a narrow winner over Czar Seelster in his latest start for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, P.E.I. The six-year-old son of If I Can Dream finished third in the $60,000 Guardian Gold Cup and Saucer final the start prior during Old Home Week racing at Red Shores Charlottetown. Old Home Week was also kind to Czar Seelster, who captured the $20,000 James (Roach) MacGregor Gold Cup and Saucer consolation then just fell short of Rose Run Quest last week. While those two pacers as heralded as the top picks, race analyst Bo Ford is headed in a different direction as the dominate pacer of the first part of the season, Euchred, has drawn post 2 with David Dowling in the bike for the first time behind the Terry Gallant trainee. "We're playing a hunch on this horse," Ford said. "Euchred will prove to be mighty tough off the front Sunday and with the inside post and Dave Dowling at the helm, the rest of them may want to make sure they have their holders in place." Other entrants in the Invitational pace are Do Over Hanover (Driven by Jason Hughes), Red Magician (Adam Merner), Winter Blast (Kyle Gillis) and Tobinator (Corey MacPherson). After The Lovin puts her undefeated career on the line is race 5 for a $1,350 purse with Dowling at the lines for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire, P.E.I., and River Valley Management of New Brunswick. The two-year-old daughter of Carnivore is a sister to Maritime Champion Lovineveryminute, and is looking to make a name for herself with no blemishes at this early point of her two-race career. For live video, race programs, and information on the $100,000 Dash For Cash, which ends Sunday in Summerside, go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - September 7, 2018 - Trainer Jeff Gillis will send his homebred pupil The Downtown Bus into his first harness racing Grand Circuit event when he competes in the $83,342 first division of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers on Saturday (September 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Gillis, who bred and shares ownership of The Downtown Bus with Ellen Ott, has always felt that his colt by Mach Three has the talent to be a star despite a less-than-ideal start to his career. "To be honest, I really expected him to have a much more impressive two-year-old year," Gillis said. "His first lifetime start, he paced [1]:53 [and] came home in :27. There's a whole list of things that went wrong--he jumped on his quarter in the paddock and dealt with a sore hoof, he tied up once. It just wasn't meant to be; everything that could go wrong did go wrong. " The Downtown Bus was winless in seven starts as a rookie with his best placings for the year being two runner-up finishes. His season concluded with a vet scratch out of a Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division at Western Fair in October to finish with just over $20,000 in earnings. He was also gelded. "That scratch at London] was his foot," Gillis said. "I thought I could get him ready and he wasn't responding quite the way I wanted. He could've raced but I thought enough of him that I just didn't want [to race him]. I've always been afraid of favouring one issue and cracking the opposite knee or something because he's favouring a foot. It just wasn't coming together the way I wanted so I just shut him down." Gillis brought The Downtown Bus back to the track with a 1:57.2 qualifier at Woodbine on February 22. He made his sophomore debut on March 1 and broke his maiden with a 1:54 half-length victory. "The big reason I wanted to bring him back early was--number one, I didn't want to waste his non-winners of one and non-winners of two wins and money in sires stakes because you never get that back," Gillis said. "And number two, I wanted to establish him a little bit. I didn't have much luck getting a driver to stick with him at two and I wanted him to establish himself as a quality horse. Jody Jamieson picked up the drive on The Downtown Bus through the early part of his three-year-old season. Gillis continued to race him in overnights until the Ontario Sires Stakes season commenced and has kept him off the Grand Circuit trail to this point despite having been eligible to the North America Cup and Meadowlands Pace. "I knew we were only scratching the surface of his ability [at two]," Gillis said. "I staked him not quite as aggressively this year but last year he was eligible to everything [including] the Metro. I really, really thought a lot of him. I'll be honest, I'm not going to tell you I never had my doubts. There were times last year I'd ask myself 'Could I possibly be wrong?' I believed he was but I'm not going to say there weren't moments of doubt. "There's a difference between being a Gold colt and Grand Circuit quality," Gillis also said. "When you typically have to bypass a Gold or something to follow those types of races, it makes it hard for an Ontario colt unless you're elite. But I'm happy with him finding his form when he did. There's still plenty of money left and he's only three. He's got a lot ahead of him." Doug McNair then sat behind The Downtown Bus when he collected his first win in the Gold Series with a 1:51.1 victory at Rideau Carlton the same night Jimmy Freight, sires-stakes star turned Grand Circuit competitor, paced a track-record 1:50.3. "The Gold he won at [Rideau Carlton] I thought was kind of his coming out party," Gillis said. "Dougie [McNair] made a comment to me that night that he would've been kind of curious to see how he would've fared against Jimmy Freight. Now Jimmy Freight has gone on to play at the Grand Circuit level and I don't think we're there yet but we certainly hope to be at some point. I'm very happy with where he's at right now. The Downtown Bus competed against Jimmy Freight in the next round of Gold action, finishing third by eight lengths as Jimmy Freight won in 1:48.3. But The Downtown Bus enters the Simcoe with seven wins on his record from 18 starts this season and $176,000 in earnings. He also enters off a 1:49.3 lifetime-best performance in a Gold division at Woodbine Mohawk Park and, prior to that, a 1:51.1 mile also at Mohawk Park. "He's won his last two with the earplugs in so I'm hoping there's a little more there," Gillis said. I'm just cautiously optimistic I guess." Tim Tetrick, who has driven The Downtown Bus in his last two starts, will again sit in the bike. The Downtown Bus starts from post four against Messenger elim-winner Babes Dig Me and North America Cup finalist St Lads Neptune. The two $83,342 Simcoe divisions for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers go as Races 10 and 11 on the 13-race program Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The card also features two eliminations each for the Peaceful Way and William Wellwood Memorial as well as a $150,996 single dash of the Simcoe for three-year-old filly pacers. All the action kicks off with the first-race post at 7:10 p.m. by Ray Cotolo for Woodbine Communications

Thursday night marked the end of the Grassroots regular harness racing season for the three-year-old trotting fillies and Whip N Neigh Neigh wiggled up the inside and right into the post season with her first-ever Grassroots win. "The trip worked out perfect," said top Woodbine Mohawk Park driver Doug McNair. "She's been knocking at the door, so it was nice to get a win." Kicking things off in the first $18,450 division, McNair and Whip N Neigh Neigh got away fourth and sat tight as Galary Girl took the field to a :28 opening quarter and :58.1 half. Around the final turn McNair tipped Whip N Neigh Neigh into the outer lane and the filly was making steady gains on Galary Girl and pocket-sitter Melanie G as they passed the 1:28.3 three-quarters. In the stretch McNair sent Whip N Neigh Neigh up the inside and the filly hustled home to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:58.4. Fan favourite Melanie G took the right hand route around Galary Girl, who went off stride as she was being flanked, and finished second. Hay Darlene completed the top three. "With a win today she should be in the Semi-Finals. So she'll be there, race the Semi-Final, and hopefully the Final," said Per Henriksen, who trains the daughter of Cornaro Dasolo for Adv Racing Stable LLC of Pawling, NY. "She's just a sweetheart to be around and never do nothing wrong basically, and she came a long way since the beginning of the year." Whip N Neigh Neigh started the season with a tenth-place result in the June 7 event and followed that up with a fourth on July 8 and a sixth on July 21. In the August 27 event at Grand River Raceway she was sitting third when she made a late break and had to settle for fifth. Heading into Tuesday's contest she was tied for 24th, just shy of qualifying for the post-season, but the victory boosted her point tally to 66 and will see her start in a Sept. 21 Semi-Final. Joining Whip N Neigh Neigh will be the other two division winners, Pretty N Well and Hopes Solo. Pretty N Well took full advantage of an early miscue by heavy favourite Sorceress Seelster, winding up in the pocket spot behind Gotta Pay To Play just past the :28.4 quarter. Content to follow the pacesetter through the 1:00.1 half, driver Bob McClure sent Pretty N Well up the outer lane heading by the 1:29.3 three-quarters and then shifted the filly into high gear in the stretch. Pretty N Well reeled in Gotta Pay To Play and held off a late charge from Stormont Charlotte to record the neck victory in a personal best 1:58.2. Stormont Charlotte, who had also made an early error, finished second and Gotta Pay To Play settled for third. "She's a handy filly, she does everything right," said McClure. "She's really nice to drive and was able to capitalize on some breakers tonight." McClure crafted the win for trainer Mark Johnson and owner-breeder Denise Ball of Bailieboro, Ontario. The win was the Kadabra daughter's second in Grassroots action this season and puts her in fifth spot in the standings with 101 points. Fan favourite Hopes Solo also scored her second Grassroots victory on Thursday, stepping out of the pocket to catch pacesetter Magics Lucky Charm at the wire in 1:57.1. A scant neck separated the top two fillies and Miss Adam T was only one-half length back in third. "She got a nice two-hole trip and fought hard in the stretch to win," said driver Chris Christoforou, who steered the filly to her first Grassroots win in the August 27 event at Grand River Raceway. "I was very happy with her considering she had been battling some minor issues all week." The victory, the Cornaro Dasolo daughter's third in a row, gives Hopes Solo a total of 125 points and second spot in the standings behind Ezee Tiguan. Christoforou pilots the filly for his father, trainer Charalambos Christoforou, and owner Carolyn Polillo and said they will wait to see how the filly bounces back from Thursday's effort before deciding whether she will make an overnight start before the Sept. 21 Semi-Final. The top 20 point earners will advance to the Semi-Final, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final advancing to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship at Woodbine Mohawk Park. On Friday night the three-year-old pacing colts and gelding will arrive at Woodbine Mohawk Park to wrap up their Grassroots regular season. The pacers will raise the curtain on the evening's festivities at 7:10 pm in the first race and will also compete in Races 6 and 10. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

MILTON, ON - September 6, 2018 - Rookie pacers will take the spotlight for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 24 colts and geldings have been split into three $70,107 divisions, while 18 fillies have been separated into a pair of $95,738 divisions. Undefeated Captaintreacherous colts Captain Crunch (PP1, Scott Zeron) and #5 Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) will clash in the evening's eighth-race. Captain Ahab has been dominating at Mohawk Park with three consecutive victories, including the final of the Dream Maker and most recently a division of the Nassagaweya. The Tony Alagna trainee is five for five overall and has three sub-1:52 victories. "We're surprised that he came as good as he did as quick as he did because he's such a tall colt," said Alagna following Captain Ahab's Nassagaweya score. "He's just doing everything he is doing now on raw ability and it's funny to say, but I'm even more excited about what he can do next year at (age) three." Captain Crunch is three for three and entering off a Nassagaweya victory. The Nancy Johansson trainee posted back-to-back wins at Pocono Downs before making his stakes debut at Mohawk Park. "I find every very good horse you drive, everything is effortless and it's just so easy for them to do and he covers the ground so well I thought he had the potential to be this kind of caliber" said driver Scott Zeron of Captain Crunch. "He's very well-mannered, very good to drive and I think he can do good anyway." Both colts are from the first-crop of Captaintreacherous. 'Ahab' was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, while 'Crunch' was an $85,000 purchase at Harrisburg. A pair of Ontario sired standouts will headline the other two Champlain splits for the boys. Big Jim colt Bronx Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) has won five of eight starts and comes into Friday off an impressive :26 final-quarter to win on August 28 in 1:51.4. The Wayne McGean trainee captured the Battle of Waterloo in early-August and has two OSS Gold trophies. Bronx Seelster ($22,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase) headlines the evening's first division (Race 2) and will be taking on Grand Circuit foes for the first-time. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP1, David Miller) has been racking up the victories and making statements along the way. The son of Bettors Delight most recently won a division of the Nassagaweya by 10 lengths, which came on the heels of a Canadian Record performance (1:52.3) at Grand River in an OSS Gold on August 15. Stag Party ($125,000 Harrisburg purchase) is four for five with his only loss being a disqualification from first to second for interference. He is expected to be the heavy-favourite in the evening's third division (Race 9). The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies features a matchup between Eternal Camnation division winners Key West (PP1, Brett Miller) and Quebec Blue Chip (PP7, Jody Jamieson). Alagna trainee Key West held off rivals in her Eternal Camnation score to improve her record to three-wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was a $130,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is making her fourth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. Quebec Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, will be searching for a fifth straight victory in Friday's contest. The Dave Menary trained daughter of Sportswriter has victories in the Battle of the Belles (elimination and final) and an OSS Gold to go with her Eternal Camnation score. The Alagna barn could be poised for a big Friday, as they will send out the top-two choices on the morning line for the second Champlain Filly division. Tall Drink Hanover (PP6, McCarthy) is three for five entering the Champlain with all three victories coming at Mohawk Park. The Alagna trained daughter of Captaintreacherous was a $35,000 Harrisburg purchase. Odds On St Lucie is a daughter of Sweet Lou, out of a full-sister to Captaintreacherous. The Alagna trainee started her career with back-to-back victories before finishing second to Quebec Blue Chip in the Eternal Camnation. She was a $110,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The Champlain divisions for pacing fillies have been carded as Races 3 and 4. Post time for Friday's stakes-filled program is 7:10 p.m. To view the full entries and a program for the card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

It will be a stakes filled weekend for Cape Breton, as both the two and three-year-old Atlantic Sires Stakes pacing colts will meet for racing action on the island. Northside Downs will play host to the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday afternoon when two 'A' divisions each go for a purse pool of $10,020. This will be the final meeting of the three-year-old pacing colts before the season ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. First race post time in North Sydney is 1 pm. On Sunday the racing action will return to Inverness when the freshmen pacing colts roll into town. The Inverness oval will host two 'A' divisions, each going for $9620. First race post time on Sunday is 1:30 pm. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes pacing event and all trotting events go towards securing a spot in the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This year's Weekend of Champions will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park on Thanksgiving weekend. To view current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The Blair Andrew Memorial stake for two-year-old trotters took centre stage Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Little Miss Winnie opened up the program winning her $10,000 Andrew Memorial division in 2:04.1 on top at every call for driver Gilles Barrieau. Steven Sorrie of Montague owns the two-year-old daughter of Tad The Stud while veteran trainer Ralph Annear handles the conditioning duties. Dusty Lane Mavis (Driven by Gary Chappell) was second while Oceanview Hal (Henry Smallwood) was third. Dusty Lane Titan took the second split in an identical time of 2:04.1 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farms of Pugwash, N.S. Windemerebarrister picked up second place money with Walter Cheverie at the lines while the triactor was rounded out by Getting Messi (Corey MacPherson). Freddie captured the $1,950 Open trot for trainer-driver Campbell, stopping the clock in 2:00.1 over Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) and Glencove Carter (Steven Shepherd). Freddie is owned by Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Live racing continues Saturday evening at Red Shores Charlottetown at 6 P.M., while Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway will host a program at 1 P.M. on Sunday. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores