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Dragin The Wagon (Angus Hall) became the fourth different horse to win the Open Trot at Saratoga Casino Hotel in the last four installments of the regular Sunday feature when he went coast-to-coast. Phil Fluet trains and drives Dragin The Wagon who had finished second a handful of times this season but had yet to secure a victory in the local Open heading into Sunday's try in the $20,000 feature. Fluet moved the veteran trotter out to the early lead in what became a five-horse Open following a scratch. Dragin The Wagon enjoyed comfortable first-half fractions and after clocking lap one in 58.2 wasn't challenged until three quarters when the race's favorite Cash Me Out (Mark Beckwith) came out of third to pressure the leader. Dragin The Wagon proved to be too tough for his rivals on Sunday as he dug in to score his first local Open win of the season, stopping the timer in 1:57 over a track labeled 'good.' Cash Me Out came up second-best for the second time in as many Sunday's while Mandeville (Jimmy Devaux) earned the show spot. Dragin The Wagon paid $9.70 to win in the mild upset and led an exacta with the favorite second that returned $21.60. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon at Saratoga with a 12:15pm start to the matinee. by Mike Sardella, for Saratoga Raceway  

Rain and fog greeted the three-year-old trotting colts and two-year-old pacing fillies as they gathered at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday night for their last regular season Grassroots events. Driver James MacDonald piloted one winner on each gait and said the rain-soaked track, which officials rated five seconds slower than normal, was tiring and difficult to navigate for both the trotters and pacers. "They were all struggling," said the Guelph resident. "It was deep and heavy." The trotting colts kicked things off in the first race and MacDonald had a few a stressful moments as Jammin Jack went off stride at the start. Fortunately the fan favourite recovered quickly and caught up with the field as they rolled into the first turn. A total of three horses made breaks before Legend Within reached the :30.1 quarter and two more went off stride heading for the 1:02 half, which left Jammin Jack sitting fifth. Heading for the 1:33.1 three-quarters MacDonald sent the gelding up the outside behind Daylon Phantom and Mister Magic and at the top of the stretch Jammin Jack found another gear, digging in to score a neck victory in 2:02.3. Mister Magic was second and Legend Within held on for third. "I was very worried, because he usually doesn't re-set like that, that was the first time I've ever seen him re-set that quick," said MacDonald of Jammin Jack's early miscue. "I thought he was the best horse in the race if he didn't get beat up too bad. After he run and he landed back, and I caught the field right away, I was confident he could still win." The win was Jammin Jack's first-ever in Grassroots action and his fourth of the season. The Angus Hall son is conditioned by Mark Steacy for owner-breeder Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. With the victory, Jammin Jack boosted his point tally to 68 and moved up to fifth spot in the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Grassroots standings, earning him a berth in the Sept. 21 Semi-Final. The only hiccup is that, because he also made a break at the start in the August 26 Grassroots event at Rideau Carleton Raceway, Jammin Jack will have to requalify before Steacy can enter him in the Semi-Final. The entry is due Tuesday, Sept. 18 by 10:30 am. "There's a chance he might not get to race in the Semi-Final," noted MacDonald, pointing out that the trotter will need to lay down a flawless qualifier before Tuesday morning. "But if we can get him qualified I think he'd be one of the horses to beat for sure. And Majestic Fire, same thing, if I can get him qualified. I think they both have a real good shot to get real good money in the final." Jammin Jack's stablemate Majestic Fire, who also went off as the fans' top choice, made a break heading for the three-quarters in the second $19,150 sophomore trotting colt division, just before Barney Mac unleashed a finishing kick that propelled him to a two and three-quarter length victory in 2:03.1. Say You Do finished second and pacesetter T Barrr held on for third. Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou piloted Barney Mac to the victory for trainer Per Henriksen and owners Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, Ontario and Adv Racing Stable LLC of Pawling, NY. The win was the Cornaro Dasolo son's second of the season and his first in Grassroots action. Barney Mac made his first four starts of the Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, so he will not be eligible to compete in the Grassroots Championship in spite of Monday's victory. Horses are required to start in at least two regular season events in order to compete in the post-season. MacDonald and Steacy were back in the winner's circle after the second $19,150 pacing filly division as Freya Seelster picked up her second Grassroots, and third straight, victory. The Sunshine Beach daughter delivered an impressive effort over the rain-soaked surface, sitting on the outside throughout the mile and refusing to yield in the stretch. The fan favourite hit the wire a neck ahead of Lyons Javelin in 1:58.4. Karans Choice completed the top three. "She raced huge, huge," said MacDonald. "I had put her on the lead her last two, so I was hoping I could find her a nice trip. I moved her first up, just grinding away slow, and when I called on her at the top of the track she really responded well." Freya Seelster is owned by Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Shawn Steacy and Guy Haskell of Guelph, Ontario and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, Alberta. In just five starts the filly has tallied three wins, one second and one third and heads into the Semi-Final in a three-way tie for third with 100 points. The other two pacing filly divisions were captured by Shadow Sparks and Turncoat, who both made their first visit to the Woodbine Mohawk Park winner's circle. Louis Philippe Roy piloted Shadow Sparks to her first lifetime victory for trainer Paul Reid and owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. The Shadow Play daughter paced under the wire in 1:59, one length ahead of fan favourite Free Exchange. Lady Driver was third. Shadow Sparks will advance to the Semi-Final round with a total of 55 points. Turncoat completed the stakes events in the tenth race, cruising home a two and one-half length winner in 1:59.4. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted the daughter of Badlands Hanover to the win for owner-trainer Matthew Waltz of Clayton, MI. Buckingham and Twin B Friendly finished second and third behind the fan favourite. Monday marked Turncoat's debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, so she will not be eligible to the post-season. The top 20 point earners with two regular season starts from the two-year-old pacing filly division will return to Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Sept. 20 for two $20,000 Semi-Finals. The trotting colt and gelding Semi-Finals go postward on Friday, Sept. 21. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will advance to their respective $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Saturday, Sept. 29. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Columbus, MN - The featured Harness Racing event on Saturday night (Sept. 1) at Running Aces was the $11,000 Open Handicap Trot, and it proved to be another exciting rendition with four current track record holders amongst the field of six contenders.   Banker Volo (Rick Magee) showed his customary early speed to take firm control early, and post a 27.2 opening quarter with the mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) getting away in the pocket and Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) getting away in third.   Banker Volo maintained honest fractions with a middle-half in 58 seconds and Pridecrest launched his first-over attack just past the half. Banker Volo still had command as they turned in for home but the challenges were coming on all sides, with Pridecrest bearing down just outside the leader, Silverlode ducking to the inside, and Ideal Jesse joining the frey on the far outside.   When the dust settled at the wire, Pridecrest ($3.60) had prevailed with another impressive effort and his second straight win in 1:54.3, and third straight overall. Leading trainer Kathleen Plested-Wiseman conditions the 6 year old Angus hall prodigy who has now won 5 of his last 6 races for owner Christopher Schick.   Giggle Monster was back in the spotlight on Saturday, turning in his biggest win of the season while capturing the $14,000 Minnesota-Sired 3 Year Old Pace in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.4 with Dean Magee at the lines.   Dream Chasin (Williams Hernandez) and Ridonkuloso (Steve Wiseman) had the early speed in the affair through a :57 opening half. Giggle Monster got rolling from fifth with a quick sweep to the leader down the backside and took control around the final turn with an impressive turn of foot.   Here Comes Teddy (Brian Detgen) closed well for second but Giggle Monster was 2 lengths ahead at the wire for his third win in 13 starts on the year for owners Alan & Cheryl Sandbulte and trainer Justin Anfinson.   Lemoyne "Mooney" Svendsen was the leader on the night with three wins, while Steve Wiseman and Dean Magee both picked up doubles on the card.   The 20 cent Pick-5 jackpot Carryover has grown to $31,010.39 for Sunday night (Sept. 2) and the 50 cent Hi-5 wager also offers a carryover of $3,420.87.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces  

Columbus, MN - The $12,000 Open Handicap Trot was the featured event on the Sunday evening (Aug 19) harness racing program at Running Aces, and a good field of seven lined up for battle, including 4 current track record holders.   Record holders Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) and Banker Volo (Rick Magee) were co-favorites at 9-5, while Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) and Ideal Jesse (James Yoder) were the next two public choices in that order, and those four would dominate the affair and comprise the superfecta.   Banker Volo was quickest off the gate, but Pridecrest came calling for the lead early, and took control just after the 28 second opening quarter. Pridecrest remained well in control form there, and was never in doubt, orchestrating a relaxed middle-half of 58.4 to have plenty left in the tank and kick home in 28.2 for a solid win by a length in 1:55.1.   Banker Volo was a strong second after turning back the challenge of Silverlode for the runner-up spot, and Ideal Jesse was home in fourth. Pridecrest ($5.80) is a 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall, he is owned by Christopher Schick and conditioned by leading trainer Kathleen Plested.   Bringoverthemoney (Rick Magee) found his way right back to the winner's circle in the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old trot "class A" event, after having his 6 race win streak snapped by a neck at the wire last week.   The ultra-impressive gelding by Money Talks fired sharply from the gate and right to the front from his assigned outside seven post and dominated affairs, while stealing soft fractions on the front. Bringoverthemoney ($5.00) had plenty left in the tank to hold off challengers from all sides in the home stretch, to arrive home a winner in 1:59.4 with the filly Dekker (Steve Wiseman) getting up for second by 3/4 of a length after finding herself 24 lengths in arrears following a break at the start.   Bringoverthemoney now has eight wins in thirteen starts this season and has banked $47,615 for owner Jasmine Horvat and trainer Brian Detgen.   Tinhorn Creek (Steve Wiseman) pulled the upset ($32.60) in a $9,000 conditioned pace with a sharp sweeping move to the front near the 3/8 pole, Wiseman took control and kept his pacer rolling through a solid middle-half of 56.1, while saving just enough in reserve to hold off the late closers and post a 3/4 length tally in 1:52.4 for his fourth win of the season.   The 8 year old son of Ameripan Gigolo is owned by Medinah Racing and Tyler Wiseman and trained by Kathleen Plested. The victory on Tinhorn Creek was another notch in a four-win night for leading driver Steve Wiseman, who also piloted another big longshot to victory when he wired the field with The Gobye Girl ($30.00) in the finale.   The 20 cent Jackpot-Pick 5 now has a $20,377.02 carryover, and the 50 cent Hi-5 also offers a carryover of $3,400.84 for Tuesday night (Aug 21) with first post at 7:00 pm CDT.   by Darin Gagne, for Running Aces

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with five divisions of the Quebec Series for harness racing two and three-year-old trotters. The action begins right in the third race with the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotting fillies. Montanaalaska seeks her third straight win and starts from post two for driver Guy Gagnon. This daughter of Angus Hall wired the field in 2:00.2 last week at Rideau Carleton and in the second rounds of the Breeders Cup Series, won at H3R in 2:02.4. She is trained by Alain Martin and owned by Michel Grenier of Gatineau. The colts in the second round of the Breeders Cup Series get underway in the sixth race where Johnnys Revenge (post three) takes on Sir Chopin (post one) and Sombre (post five). The second division for colts is in the eighth race where SG Goliath King looks to extend his two-race winning streak for Sylvain Grenier of Saint-Rene. Grenier not only bred and owns the gelded son of Lucky Fool, but is also the trainer and driver. SG Goliath King has now won three of his last four starts and has finished first or second in his last six starts, the fastest a 2:01.2 record at H3R. They will start from post six and go against return winner Yankee Photo (post five) and Nobodynojustice (post three), all of whom have won prior legs of the series. The two-year-old trotters are featured first in the Future Stars Series in race four for the fillies. Newcomer to H3R is Kenogami Darling, who ships in from Toronto off a very impressive victory at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The daughter of Justice Hall came from off the trot in a $19,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroot Stake and won going away by six lengths in 1:59.2. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for breeder Jean Francois of Anjou, who co-owns the filly with Claude Reid of Jonquiere and starts from post six. Kenogami Darling will be taking on return Series winners The Only is Somolie (post seven) and My Lady Hall (post five), who is part of an entry with Claudi P V (post 2). The colts for the Future Stars have nine starters in the ninth race and the early favorite is trainer/driver and Hall of Famer Yves Filion's Money Hill from post seven. This colt by Muscle Hill won his qualifying event at Mohawk in 2:00.3 and in his first start in the Define World Series, was fourth, race timed in 1:58.4. He was bred and is owned by R L Belanger of Laval. Money Hill will go against opening round winner, El Bleu (post nine) and the Dany Fontaine entry of Only For Justice (post one) and Clevisse (post eight). They were both bred and are owned by Gaston Bono, Inc. of Montreal. First race post time is 12:50 pm Tuesday. Anyone wishing to get a free race program can visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The very first race on the harness racing program set the tone of action at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening as it took the photo finish camera to declare the winner of the first of four $30,000 finals for the Quebec-Bred Series. The first race featured the final for four and five-year-old pacing mares and it turned out to be exciting battle between two-time former champion, HP Sissy and Art De Gagnee. Race favorite Skyfall Sena (Guy Gagnon) was first on the lead but Stephane Brosseau wanted control of the race with HP Sissy and took over after a :27.3 opening quarter mile. Then before the half mile in :57, driver Pierre Luc Roy came first-over with Art De Gagnee and pushed HP Sissy for control, but could not pass her by as they raced head and head past the three-quarters in 1:25.4. Art De Gagnee then stuck a head out in front at the top of the stretch, but HP Sissy dug in some more for Brosseau, but it was not good enough as Roy kept after Art De Gagnee, who won the photo finish by a head in 1:56. Skyfall Sena was third. It was a lifetime mark for Art De Gagnee, a five-year-old mare by Shadow Play, owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Ste-Victoire De Sorel. She was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel and paid $15.80 to win. The sixth race $30,000 final for the trotting mares saw EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle go right to the front as expected, but a costly break by Lucky Promisses allowed race favorite Y S Suzanne and driver Guy Gagnon to get the two-hole trip. They raced Indian-style past the half and then in the backstretch, Gagnon made his move with Y S Suzanne and came first-over but could not pass by a determined EAU Naturelle as they raced head and head until mid-stretch when Y S Suzanne took over and won by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.3. EAU Naturelle was second with Vanilla Star (Yves St Jacques) third. It was the second Championship Final for Y S Suzanne, who also won at age 2. She is a five-year-old mare Angus Hall, co-owned and trained by Blake Curran with by Jason Jamieson of Perth, ON. She paid $2.40 to win. Wildriverbumble made it three straight championships as he ended up being an easy winner in the 7th race final for the pacing horses. It was Majo Lou Beka an driver Jonathan Lachance that put on a speed show as they left from the rail and opened up on the field immediately, going to the opening quarter mile in :26.4 and then to the half mile in :55.1. Dance With Joe and driver Daniel Dulude and troubles leaving and was in second place but quit after the half mile and that was when Guy Gagnon got Wildriverbumblebee on the move on the outside. They caught up with Major Lou Beka at the three-quarters in 1:24.1 and on the final turn Wildriverbumblebee took command for Gagnon and went on to win by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:55. HP Patriote (Pascal Berube) was second with C L Sportaction (Brosseau) third. It was the second straight win for Wildriverbumblebee. The four-year-old stallion by Sportswriter is trained by Francis Richard and was bred and is owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton. He paid $3.30 to win. The last $30,000 final was the 8th race for the trotting horses and it was quite a battle from the start. Both Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) and Kinnder Dangerous (Justin Filion) wanted the lead and by the opening quarter mile in :27.4, Filion took back into the two-hole with Kinnder Dangerous. Then on the second turn, Pierre Luc Roy started Capteur De Reve up on the outside and they started working their way to the front at the half mile in :58.2. Then by the three-quarters in 1:28, Capteur De Reve was able to collar Holiday Party as Filion and Kinnder Dangerous tried coming three-wide on the final turn. As they came down the stretch, Capteur De Reve proved to be the strong horse and went on to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:59.4. Sometimes When (Guy Gagnon) closed well to be second with Holiday Party third. It was the second straight Championship for Capteur De Reve, who won last year at age three. The four-year-old son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecuire Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid $4.80 to win. There were three divisions of the third round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old trotters Tuesday evening. The first colt division was the second race and saw Yankee Photo and driver Pascal Berube take early control from Sir Chopin (Simon Delisle) after the opening quarter mile in :29.4. From that point on Yankee Photo wired the field, winning by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Sir Chopin was second with Johnny's Revenge (David Pilon) third. It was the second win this season for Yankee Photo. The colt by Muscle Yankee is trained by Gerald Woodberry and was bred and is owned by Mario Gourgee of Stanbridge East and paid $3.90 to win. The second division, fifth race, belonged to SG Goliath King and driver Sylvain Grenier, who led from start to finish by two and one-quarter lengths in 2:03. SOS Irresistable (Daniel Laflamme) tried coming first-over at the opening quarter mile and was parked out the entire mile but still held on for second place. Nobodynojustice (Guy Gagnon) looped the field three-wide at the three-quarters and around the final turn but could not keep the momentum going and finished third. It was the second straight win and third victory on the year for SG Goliath King. The son of Lucky Feel was bred and is owned and trained by Grenier of Saint-Rene and paid $3.40 to win. The lone filly division in the third race saw race favorite Kinnder Prediction (Justin Filion) go off-stride at the start and that left Montanaalaska and driver Guy Gagnon all alone to lead the field with ease and win by five and three-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) was second with Stand For Justice (Brosseau) third. It was a lifetime mark and first career victory for the daughter of Angus Hall. She is trained by Alain Martin for owner Michel Grenier of Gatineau, paying $4.00 to win. In the Horse Power Challenge Race, featuring Grand Prix auto drivers Andrew Ranger vs LP (Louis-Philippe) Dumoulin in double-seater jogging carts, it was Quebec native Andrew Ranger with harness racing coach Simon Allard, beating LP Dumoulin and coach Stephane Brosseau by one length in 2:31.2. Track Notes: Live racing resumes on Tuesday with the second round of the Future Stars Pacing Series for two-year-old's. Also, on Tuesday is the draw for the $200,000 Prix D'Ete at H3R on Sunday, August 19. The post draw will be done live Tuesday in the winner's circle. Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For more information and a free program for Tuesday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - A large field of ten three-year-old trotting colts and geldings headline the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. There are three preliminary rounds of competition in the Breeders Cup Series culminating with the top eight point earners in the series eligible for the $65,000 finals in their respective divisions on Super Sunday, September 9. Last year's returning champion, Ganymede Lavec, seeking to regain his winning form of last year that saw him at his best in the $55,000 Future Stars final for breeder, owner and driver Jerome Lombart of Bromont, pulling off a big upset at odds of 17-1. Trained by Andreane Lapierre, Ganymede Lavec is sired by Ganymede and will start from post six in the fifth race feature. Ganymede Lavec is just getting his season underway, making his second start of the year on Tuesday. The race favorite is Nobodysjustce from post post four for driver Guy Gagnon. This gelded son of Justice Hall posted three wins last year, the fastest in 2:00 at Mohawk Raceway. Nobodysjustice has not fared that well this season as he has yet to win in six tries for trainer Dany Fontaine. Last week he raced in the Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots at Dresden Raceway and was fourth, racetimed in 2:01.4. With ten starters on a half mile oval, eight will go behind the starting gate and the other two will start behind the horses in posts one and two respectively. Other contenders in the large field include SG Goliath King (post seven), Yankee Photo (post 10), who is the only return winner in the field, coming off a lifetime best 2:01.1 victory at Saratoga Raceway, and Orlys Fury (post five). While the colts have a full field of ten starters, the filly division was not that fortunate. They had only three entered in the opening round and will race in a non-wagering heat between the 4th and 5th races on the program. Featured is last year's returning champion, Precieuse CC from post two for trainer/driver Claude Beausoleil. This daughter of Angus Hall had four wins in six starts last year. She has not fared that well in her lone start this year. The main rival in the race will be Denitza Petrova's Kinnder Prediction, who starts from post one and rounding out the short field is Montanalaska (post three). First race post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Due to a motorcycle event next to the racetrack, management at the Hippodrome 3R has moved post time on Tuesday night to 7:15 pm. The action on the harness racing track will also be furious as the third leg of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters will take place in two divisions. This is the last chance for horses to earn points to be one of the eight finalists that will race for $30,000 on a special race night, Thursday, August 9 at H3R. The mare's division comes first in the third race as Y S Suzanne will seek revenge against EAU Naturelle for handing her a nose defeat in the second leg. Y S Suzanne will once again try and lead from start to finish for driver Guy Gagnon. The five-year-old mare by Angus Hall has been razor sharp for trainer Blake T Curran, who co-owns the mare with Jason Jamison of Ontario. She has won two of her last three starts, including a 1:56.2 lifetime mark three starts back and has four wins this year. She will start from post three. EAU Naturelle and trainer/driver Simon Delisle pulled off a major upset victory last week over Y S Suzanne at odds of 22-1. Delisle timed it perfectly, getting up in the final stride to the wire in 2:00.4, a lifetime mark for the five-year-old Windsong Espoir mare. It was her third win this year. The horses do battle in the sixth race where once again we see the rivalry continue between Kinnder Dangerous, Capteur De Reve, Holiday Party and now added to the list, KFB Amigo Cool. Kinnder Dangerous is now the hot horse, winning his last start in the series with a very impressive wire-to-wire victory in a lifetime mark of 1:58.1 for driver Justin Filion. Starting from post two on Tuesday, Kinnder Dangerous and Filion will look to once again cut the mile and play catch us if you can. Bred, owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne, Kinnder Dangerous has two wins and two seconds in his four starts so far in 2018. Capteur De Reve hopes to put a stop to Kinnder Dangerous winning ways from post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy. It was two starts back that he was able to beat Kinnder Dangerous and will need that effort and maybe a little more from trainer Maxime Velaye. KFB Amigo Cool was a strong second last time out for driver Stephane Brosseau and they could be a factor in the race from post three. Please remember that post time Tuesday is 7:15 pm, not 6:30 pm and for a free race program for Tuesday, just visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

JULY 8, 2018 - The three-year-old fillies were flying around Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, sending track records toppling throughout the $144,350 Kin Pace program. Setting the tone for the afternoon in the first race, and first Grassroots division, trotter Ezee Tiguan and driver-trainer Lyle MacArthur held off a fast-closing Stormont Charlotte to reach the wire in a track record 2:00.3. P L Layla was four lengths back in third. The victory was a satisfying one for fan favourites MacArthur and Ezee Tiguan, who were caught at the wire in the June 7 season opener and had to settle for second. St. George Brant resident MacArthur conditions the Angus Hall miss for Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant and Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre, Ontario. The record fell for a second time after the third $14,450 division, captured by Melanie G in 2:00. In rein to Louis Philippe Roy, the fan's top choice cruised along on the front end, finishing three lengths ahead of Power And Grace and Shotgun Sally. "She is a nice size filly, a bit aggressive. The inside post for sure helped," said trainer Richard Moreau of Melanie G, who lined up at Post 3. "We have been working on her front gait and it seems like it worked out," the Puslinch resident continued, adding that his success with Melanie G is at least in part due to the mentorship of trotting specialist Per Henriksen. "He didn't suggest anything specific on this horse, but he has shared so much knowledge with me over the years I have known him." Moreau conditions Angus Hall daughter Melanie G for Mary Anne Lauzon and breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, Ontario. Sunday's track record effort was the filly's first lifetime victory. Two races later Clinton Raceway fans were once again applying their erasers to the track record page as Gotta Pay To Play rocketed around the half-mile oval to an eight and one-half length victory in 1:59.3. Frick and Dalliance Seelster battled into second and third behind the fan favourite. Driver-trainer Wayne Henry piloted Gotta Pay To Play to her second straight victory for his Henry Stable of Arthur, Ontario. A Gold Series winner at two, the Windsong Espoir daughter seems to be back on track after a lacklustre start to her sophomore season. "She had to have an operation on her throat; it seems to have worked," Henry explained. "She's a real good half-miler. She can trot a turn as fast as a straight-away." The other Grassroots division went to Miller Time, who was able to ease down the stretch to a 16 length victory after her main rivals broke stride around the final turn. The Windsong Espoir daughter and Travis Henry hit the wire in 2:01.3, well ahead of fan favourite Magics Lucky Charm and Trevor Henry and Agent Thirteen and Wayne Henry. "She can trot a half and she's honest, she doesn't make breaks, so that's pretty much her forte," said trainer Mark Etsell. "She tries and she's honest, two aspects you really like in a trotter." The win was Miller Time's third of the season for Rockwood resident Etsell and his partner Chaun Tan of Cambridge, Ontario. The afternoon's rich finale, the $60,900 Kin Pace Final, saw the record setting continue as heavy favourite Write Me A Song reeled off a gate-to-wire score in 1:54.3. Katniss S BG tucked in behind Write Me A Song at the start and crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. Askmysecretary, who, like Write Me A Song, won her elimination last weekend, finished four more lengths back in third. "Everything went well. It was a little tighter this week, but when you've got a final like that you're going to go a big mile, it was a big effort," said owner-trainer Jack Darling of the record setting mile. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to the win, subbing for regular reinsman Jody Jamieson whose transportation arrangements fell through on Friday. "He had this plan, it's his son's birthday party today, but he had a guy that was going to fly him to Clinton just for her race and then fly him back for the party, and then something happened that he couldn't get the plane," explained Exeter native Darling, who currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario. "So I got Mike Saftic last night to come take over. It was lucky because Mike had driven her, I think, two or three starts ago (June 23) so he knew her. It worked out well." Sportswriter daughter Write Me A Song will make her next start in the July 20 Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 5 with the fourth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts. Complete results for the July 8 Kin Pace program are available at http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0708clntnn.dat. From the Ontatio Sire Stakes     -30-       Photo attached 1: Gotta Pay To Play and Wayne Henry rewrote the three-year-old trotting filly track record winning their $14,450 Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway in 1:59.3 on Sunday, July 8. (AG Photography)       Photo attached 2: Write Me A Song captured the $60,900 Kin Pace Final in a track record 1:54.3 on Sunday, July 8. Mike Saftic piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to the win for Exeter native Jack Darling who owns and trains the Sportswriter daughter. 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Columbus, MN - The Saturday night (June 30) harness racing program at Running Aces was filled with impressive performances and fast miles, but the $11,000 featured Open Handicap Trotters stole the show, with a thrilling contest and a sparkling new Track record mile.   The razor sharp mare Silverlode (Lemoyne Svendsen) fired fast from her outside post 6, with the super Stallion Banker Volo (Rick Magee) surging fast from the next door spot, and these two squared off early.   Magee yielded to let Silverlode cut the speedy fractions of 27.2, 55.4 and 1:24, while Pridecrest (Steve Wiseman) settled away in pylon position third. Silverlode held the field at bay, until Banker Volo angled to the outside just before turning for home. Banker Volo and Silverlode were in deep battle as they straightened out for the stretch drive.    Pridecrest began his own attack along the inside, and Silverlode could not fend off the barrage from both sides. It was down to Banker Volo and Pridecrest with 100 yards to go,   Pridecrest took a slight advantage along the inside, and Banker Volo tried again with a desperate lunge right on the line. It would not be enough, as Pridecrest had gotten his nose to the wire first, by the slimmest of margins.   The teletimer read 1:53.4, to record the fastest trotting mile in the history of Minnesota and Running Aces. The previous record (1:54.1) had been established almost exactly 1 year ago by Banker Volo.   Pridecrest is a super-talented 6 year old gelding by Angus Hall out of the Westgate Crown mare Spilled Milk, he now has 24 career wins and earnings of $214,779. Pridecrest ($6.20) is owned by Christopher Schick and trained by Leading Trainer Kathleen Plested.   Also on the Saturday program, Dream Chasin completed a 3-race win streak by capturing the $10,200 Minnesota-Sired 3 year old pace class-A, in a lifetime best mile of 1:53.3 with driver Nick Roland aboard for owners Michelle and Gregory Budach.   Dream Chasin ($4.20) dominated the affair from gate-to-wire. The $6,800 class-B division went to Frewil Dakota Sven ($2.80), who picked up his first win of the season with a lifetime best mile in 1:54.1 for trainer/driver Brady Jenson and owners Brian and Kim Larson.   Driver Steve Wiseman had another big night, winning half the races on the card with his grand-slam. Wiseman also completed the sweep of the late Pick-3.   Live Racing continues at Running Aces on Sunday, July 1, with first post at 6:00 pm CDT with a $7,500 Guarantee in the 50 cent late Pick-4 wager, and The Dan Patch FFA eliminations are just one week away, on Sunday, July 8.   by Darin Gagne', for Running Aces 

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Rivalries are great in all sports whether it be hockey, football, baseball or harness racing. And a major rivalry will continue Tuesday night at the Hippodrome 3R with the second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters. There are two divisions, one for the mare's and one for the horses and it is in the fifth race horse division that the rivalry will continue once again between Kinnder Dangerous, Holiday Party and Capteur De Reve. These three horses have been battling for weeks and all three have captured one of their meetings. Capteur De Reve, after two unsuccessful attempts in the Invitational-Handicapped Trot (he had post 8 both weeks), came to life in the opening round of the series for trainer Maxime Velaye. It was an epic battle with rival Kinnder Dangerous as these two went head and head from after the half mile marker with Capteur De Reve digging in at the finish for a 2:00.1 triumph. "He is feeling great," Velaye said of Capteur De Reve. "Oh yeah is he ready for round 2 and I am pretty sure that Kindder Dangerous and Holiday Party will also be ready to battle." This week, Capteur De Reve drew post six for driver Pierre Luc Roy and they are the morning line favorite. "I was super happy that he was back to his old self last start," Velaye explained. "We made a couple changes in shoeing and his bridle and put a head pole inside. So that combined with the super drive of Pierre Luc was the ingredients for our success two weeks ago." Kinnder Dangerous has his best starting position of season, drawing post two for driver Justin Filion. They lost their last start to Capteur De Reve by three-quarters of a length. Prior to that they were second also to Holiday Party in the Invitational-Handicapped. In his first start of the season the four-year-old son of Northern Star not only won but scored a lifetime mark of 1:59.1 for owner, breeder, trainer Denitza Petrova. And there is also Holiday Party who starts from post five for driver Pascal Berube. After winning two starts back in the Invitational Trot, he was third to Capteur De Reve and Kinnder Dangerous. The trotting mares get underway in the third race where odds on favorite will be Y S Suzanne, who starts from the rail for driver Guy Gagnon. This superb mare by Angus Hall is trained and co-owned by Blake Curran of Perth, Ontario with Jason Jamieson. She now sports lifetime earnings of over $146,000. Shipping back to H3R for the series from Rideau Carlton, Y S Suzanne is on a two-race winning streak. Just two starts back the five-year-old mare took her lifetime mark at Rideau in 1:56.2 and at H3R she led from start to finish in 2:00.2. Other contenders in the race include Lucky Promesses (post 4), who was second to Y S Suzanne in their last start, Vanilla Star (post 3), a 2:01 winner in a qualifying race at H3R and Eau Naturelle (post two). Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

Dragin The Wagon (Aaron Byron) goes gate-to-wire to win the Saturday night (June 23) featured pace ($10,000) at Tioga Downs. Dragin The Wagon ($7.10) charged out of the gate from his outside position and put up all the fractions (:27.3, :571, 1:25.2, 1:55.0). Trained by Jeff Byron for owners Cary, David, and Michael Cantelon, Dragin the Wagon was pressured a little at the top of the stretch by second place finisher Noble Anthony (Atlee Bender), but the gelding found another gear and won easily. SR Radar finished third. Dragin The Wagon is an 8-year-old gelding by Angus Hall. It was his third win of the season and his 42nd career victory. Mike Merton won three races on the night. His wins were with Jupiter Johnny ($3.70), Commentary ($7.60), and Odds In Play ($13.20). Tioga Downs returns to live racing on Sunday (June 24) featuring three divisions of the New York Sire Stakes (NYSS) for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Also Tioga Downs, the Southern Tier Harness Horsemen's Association, and the Harness Horse Breeders' of NYS are joining together once again to host its Annual "Scholarship Race". It will be after race 2. The 15 race card starts at 1:00 p.m. by John Horne, for Tioga Downs

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Guy Gagnon was on a tear at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening, winning five of the nine races on the program. Gagnon started off like a rocket, winning the first race with Missionoftheheart in 2:01.3, then the second race with Mrs Dragonfire in 2:00. In the third race, the mares division of the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-old trotters, it was all Y S Suzanne and Guy Gagnon for his third straight win on the night. Lucky Promesses and trainer/driver Jerome Lombart were able to out leave Y S Suzanne and take early command of the lead, but Gagnon wanted his mare back on top and they were by the opening quarter mile in :29. From that point on, Y S Suzanne and Gagnon led to the half in :59.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3 before Lombart pulled the pocked going into the final turn and nearly caught up with Y S Suzanne at the top of the stretch. But Y S Suzanne kicked in another gear and went on to win by one length in 2:00.2. Lucky Promesses was second with EAU Naturelle (Simon Delisle) third. The Future Stars Champion in Quebec at age 2, Y S Suzanne is now 5. She is a daughter of Angus Hall, trained by Blake Curran and owned by Jason Jamieson and Blake Curran of Perth, Ontarion. It was her fourth win this year and she paid just $2.10 to win as the overwhelming race favorite. Gagnon then scored his fourth winner of the night in the sixth race with Yoshi in a lifetime best 2:00.2. The seventh race was the horse division of the Quebec-Bred Series and surprising to the wagering crowd, last year's three-year-old champion, Capteur De Reve and driver Pierre Luc Roy were the winners at odds of 8-1, but what a race it was. Kinnder Dangerous and driver Justin Filion left and got the lead away from Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) as they went to the opening quarter in :28.4. Then by the half mile in 1:00.3, it was Captuer De Reve and Roy coming first-over. Captuer De Reve was able to grind his way and collar Kinnder Dangerous at the three-quarters in 1:31.2 as Berube took Holiday Party three wide around the final turn. Kinnder Dangerous was back on top as they started down the stretch and battled Capteur De Reve head and head right to the finish and with a final surge, Capteur De Reve won by a neck in 2:00.1. Holiday Party was just one length back in third place. It was the first win in three starts for Capteur De Reve. The gelded son of Muscle Mass is trained by Maxime Velaye and was bred and is owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel. He paid an amazing $18.10 to win. Gagnon then picked up his fifth winner of the night in the eighth race with Beachrunner AM in 1:56.1. Gagnon is now tied with driver Stephane Brosseau as the only two drivers this season to score five winners on a program. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, first race post time is 12:50 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The trotters own the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening with the opening round of the Quebec-Bred Series for four and five-year-olds. There are two divisions, one each for mares and horses. After three weeks of preliminary competition, the top eight point earners in the series will come back on Thursday, August 9 for the $30,000 finals. The mares are up first in the third race where Y S Suzanne, who was the Future Stars Champion at age 2, comes home to H3R from Rideau Carleton Raceway. In her last start, the five-year-old mare by Angus Hall crushed the field by nine and one-quarter lengths in 1:56.3. She has three wins this season and will start from post two for driver Guy Gagnon. HP Run Like Mom also has three wins this season, all at H3R, the fastest a 2:01.1 score. She goes from post three for driver Stephane Brosseau. Other contenders include Lucky Promesses (post five), EAU Naturelle (post one) and Vanilla Star (post four). A classic rivalry continues in the seventh horse division as Holiday Party again takes on Kinnder Dangerous and Capteur De Reve. These three have gone head to head the last tw three fo weeks with Holiday Party and Kinnder Dangerous scoring wins while Capteur De Rene, last year's three-year-old champion, finally draws a decent post five after having the eight-hole last two starts. Holiday Party comes into the race off a 1:59.1 triumph. The son of Holiday Road is now 5 and two years back from the Breeder's Cup champion at age three. He will start from post three for driver Pascal Berube. Kinnder Dangerous goes from post six for driver Justin Filion. He was a winner two starts back in 1:59.1 and was second last week to Holiday Party. Capteur De Reve will be driven by Pierre Luc Roy and should show vast improvement from his last two starts with a much better post position. Capteur De Reve was last year's three-year-old champion. Other contenders include Majesti Sweetson (post one), Orly's Dream (post two) and Sometimes When (post four). Post time Tuesday is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau may have scored four winners at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, but the fastest mile on the day belonged to driver Jocelyn Gendron and National Debt in the Invitational-Handicap Pace. For the second straight week defending driving champion Stephane Brosseau was the best among the driving colony with four victories on the program. His wins came three straight, the 5th, 6th , 7th and then won the co-feature trot in race 9. Brosseau nearly made it four straight wins in the 8th race co-feature pace. The race began with the only mare in the field of eight, Rainbow Palace and driver Francis Picard shooting to the early lead, but they then gave way to D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) at the opening quarter mile in :27.4. And already on the move on the outside was Brosseau with the race favorite American Wiggle. They worked their way to the front and cut the mile to the half in :57. It was then that driver Jocelyn Gendron came first-over with National Debt and started grinding their way towards the race leader. In the backstretch, National Debt collared American Wiggle but could not pass them by at the three-quarters in 1:26. American Wiggle then gained ground on the final turn and took the lead away from National Debt. But that was only briefly as after they started down the stretch, National Debt was the strong horse, winning by one and one-half lengths in 1:55. American Wiggled barely held off Rainbow Palace for second place. It was the fifth win this year for National Debt ($5.50), a seven-year-old stallion by Allamerican Native. He is trained by Yves Tessier and owned by Francois Morin of Beauceville. Trainer Yves Tessier also trained the winner of the 9th race co-feature trot. It was none other than R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy scooting to the early with Stephane Brosseau and race favorite Torches Angel leaving from post eight and getting the two-hole trip by the opening quarter mile in :28.1. R Rkadabra then cut the mile to the half in :58.3 and was solid on the lead going into the backstretch. Before the three-quarters in 1:28.1, Brosseau moved Torches Angel to the outside and then the lead by the final turn. They then pulled away for an easy win by two and one-half lengths in 1:57.4. Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) closed well to be second with Rocky Boy (Marc Belanger) third. It was win number four on the day for driver Stephanie Brosseau and the second training score of the afternoon for Yves Tessier as he sent out the winners in both co-feature races. An eight-year-old mare by Angus Hall, it was the second straight win and fourth victory on the year for Torches Angel, who paid $4.00 to win. It was also an owner double for Morin Beauceville. Track Notes: With no rain and sunny skies, fans saw the H3R track in s good shape. In the very first race, Soccer Hanover ($7.80) and driver Pascale Berube came first-over from the half mile and wore down pacesetter and race favorite Rain Gage (Daniel Laflamme) at the wire to win by a half-length and tied his lifetime record in 1:57.1. The Hippodrome 3R website, www.quebecjockeyclub, now features a live feed of the harness races. Live racing resumes next Sunday, post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

Trois-Rivieres, QC - American Wiggle, in his debut at the Hippodrome 3R on Opening Day Sunday, gave notice to his 29 competitors in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete later this season that he is ready for action with an impressive score in the Invitational-Handicapped Pace. Mother Nature was not cooperative as constant rains made the track sloppy with a three-second allowance. It was the sixth opening day at H3R for the Quebec Jockey Club that purchased the track in 2012. The grounds were first developed for horse racing back in 1830. The seventh race co-feature pace saw D J Power (Pierre Luc Roy) determined to take the early lead but was parked out by El Torero (Denis Audet) to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Then Ninoscredit and driver Maxim Gaudreault tried coming first-over against D J Power to no avail as they passed the half mile marker in :58.4. As they came off that turn was when driver Stephane Brosseau moved to the outside with American Wiggle and the complexion of the race changed. Brosseau moved three-wide with American Wiggle and by the three-quarters in 1:28.3, they were able to get a minor breather behind pacesetter D J Power. Then on the final turn, Brosseau came out again with American Wiggle to challenge D J Power and they blew by them in the stretch to win going away by four lengths in 1:59.4 over the sloppy track. El Torero was third. It was the first start of the year first start ever at the Hippodrome 3R for American Wiggle. The four-year-old gelded son of American Ideal is trained and co-owned by Daniel Martin of St Barnabe Nord with Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. American Wiggle paid $4.20 to win. For defending leading driver from last year, Stephane Brosseau, the eighth race Invitational-Handicapped Trot capped the afternoon as he won it with a tough Torches Angel in 2:03. It was R Rkadabra and driver Pierre Luc Roy that led the field early on, tripping the opening quarter teletimer in :29.1 with Torches Angel following his cover. Then Brosseau came first-over after the half mile in 1:01 with Rocky Boy (Marc Bellanger) following their second-over cover. Torches Angel was able to clear to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:32.2 but Rocky Boy kept the pressure on around the final turn and in the stretch until Torches Angel kicked in another gear and won with ease by two lengths. Rocky Boy was second and Holiday Party (Pascal Berube) finished third. For Torches Angel, one of only two mares in the field against holder horses, it was third win this year for trainer Yves Tessier and owner Francois Morin of Beauceville, QC, paying $4.10 to win. The victory was the third winner on the day for Stephane Brosseau, who led all drivers on the wet afternoon. Track Notes: The first race pace saw Machin A Trick and driver Pierre Luc Roy, the older brother of Canada's top driver, Louis-Philippe Roy, lead from start to finish over the sloppy track, digging in throughout the stretch to win by a neck over race favorite Fortune Fella in 2:01.2 and paid $5.80 to win. Trainer Manon Lamothel was the only trainer to send out two winners on the day, both driven by Daniel LaFlamme. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. Live racing resumes next Sunday, May 6, first race post time at 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club

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