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London, October 20, 2017 -- Saulsbrook Peach captured harness racing's inaugural Veterans Classic Pace - part of the first ever Veterans' Classic night held on Friday at The Raceway at Western Fair District. The London oval was playing host to the first-time event which honoured Military Veterans, past and present, in a unique way during the night's 10-race harness racing program. The evening began prior to the race program with opening ceremonies performed by 1st Hussars Military Troop, followed by the official unveiling of the Raceway's new 'Veterans Inspired' winner's circle. Fans also had a chance to meet several veterans and check out the various military vehicles and displays that were on hand throughout the facility. Video tributes were shown between races as well. The inaugural Veterans Classic Pace went in race 7 and it was the Isabelle Darveau trainee Saulsbrook Peach who went wire-to-wire in 1:56. The eight-year-old notched his 23rd career win for driver Robert Shepherd and owner Catheline Pelletier. Live racing resumes at The Raceway this Monday night with a first post of 6:15 p.m. Greg Blanchard      

TORONTO, October 19 - The 2017-18 Woodbine Standardbred Fall-Winter meet got underway Thursday evening with an exciting 10-race harness racing card. The meet got off to an intriguing start, as two-year-old pacing filly Quite A Sight scored a 12-1 upset in the opening race for driver Randy Waples and breeder/owner/trainer Bob McIntosh. The daughter of Camluck stopped the timer in 1:54.4 to improve to two for three to start her career. Quite A Sight was not the only rookie to grab the opening night spotlight, as Wind Blast and You Said It brought the heat on Thursday. Mach Three gelding Wind Blast blew the doors off his rivals with a front-end score in 1:53 for Waples at 3-1. The Jack Darling trained rookie was able to knock almost a full-second off his previous mark of 1:53.4, which was established in his most recent outing on October 2 at Mohawk. Wind Blast, who competed earlier this season in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action, is now two for five and has banked $25,087 for Jack Darling Stables Ltd. The evening's seventh-race saw Well Said colt You Said It overcome an interference break early to rally and win in impressive fashion. The Ben Wallace trained rookie was knocked off-stride by a breaking rival an eighth of a mile into the race and had to reset for driver Doug McNair in eighth. You Said It would move to the outside nearing the half and ended up fourth-over and eighth in the field turning for home. You Said It unleashed a :27 final-quarter to zoom late and score a victory by a neck in 1:55.2. It was the first win in 11 outings for the son of Well Said, who was purchased privately in August by Brad Grant. Driver Sylvain Filion led the way Thursday by each picking up three victories, including a 29-1 upset with five-year-old claiming pacer Er Quinn in the finale. Leading trainer Richard Moreau wasted no time adding to his strong numbers, as he sent out two winners on Thursday. Horseplayers were ready to jump in and play on opening night at Woodbine. The Pick-5 pool attracted $66,088 and paid $1,345.50 for a $0.20 winning ticket, while the Early Pick-4 had a pool of $56,660 and returned $138.65 for a $1 ticket. Live racing continues Friday night at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Quite A Sight Wind Blast You Said It Er Quinn Mark McKelvie

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Eagle Jolt contributed to what has become a common night for P.E.I.'s top harness racing trainer-driver during the Thursday evening card at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Marc Campbell guided the son of Village Jolt to the winner's circle in the $2,100 featured pace at the capital oval in a time of 1:57.3 for owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. Eagle Jolt used advantage of his rail control as he made front from the start, released Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes) to the lead before moving out to retake the front past the quarter. Dial The Bossman (Mark Bradley) was second with Good Luck Kathy (Walter Cheverie) third. Eagle Jolt was part of a regular night for the 'King' of Island racing as Campbell sent three horses out from his own stable and made three trips to the winner's circle. Freddie and trainer-driver Campbell captured the $1,850 Open trot in 2:01.2 for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston over Wedgewood (Gary Chappell) and Zip The Lip (Brian MacPhee). Nikes Cowgirl was the other Campbell winner as she recorded a time of 2:00.1 in her $1,500 event for owner Jamie Struthers of Port Morien, N.S. Race 8 on the program was ruled a no contest by the officials from the Atlantic Province's Harness Racing Commission when the Campbell driven Scarlet Safari fell to the track past the quarter mile mark. Both horse and driver walked away from the incident unscathed. Live racing continues Saturday evening at 6 P.M. at Red Shores Charlottetown. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

World Champion Resolve 4,1:50.4 ($2,614,574) (Muscle Hill – Anikawiesahalee- Credit Winner), the fastest and richest son of champion sire Muscle Hill in North America, will be retired to stud at the conclusion of the harness racing season and stand at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry, Ontario, under the management of Southwind Farms. Owned by Hans Enggren of Abbottstown, Pennsylvania, who acquired  him in a private transaction at the beginning of his three year old season, RESOLVE achieved international success under the tutelage of trainer Ake Svanstadt. His 18 victories include the International Trot at Yonkers in a World Record 2:23.4h, the Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk, The Cashman Memorial, Cutler Memorial (twice) TVG elim and Final at The Meadowlands. He took his mark of 1:50.4 winning the Vincennes Trot also at The Meadowlands. He competed in the Elitlopp twice, finishing second to Nuncio in 2016 and third to Timoko and Propulsion in 2017. Bred in Ontario by Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, RESOLVE was a $115,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale graduate. Frozen semen will be available in Sweden through PONESIA AB/Sievert Ingvarsson. The stud fee for the 2018 breeding season will be $7500CD.  For inquiries please contact either Tara Hills Stud or Southwind Farms. Yonkers $1 million International Trot Resolve (Ake Svanstedt) Arthur J. Cutler Memorial (TVG) Final Vincennes Invitational - Resolve - August 8, 2015

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 19 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) today announced that per-race handle for the recently concluded harness racing meet at Mohawk Racetrack was up eight per cent. The 2017 Mohawk meet, which began on April 13, featured 127 race cards, 17 less than 2016, and had an "all-sources" wagering total of $202,145,413. The average per-race handle during the 2017 Mohawk meet was $152,908.78, up $12,279.27 from the 2016 meet. Support from U.S. horseplayers saw a per-race increase during the 2017 season, as they wagered an average of $94,231.14 per-race, up 9.8% from 2016. The nightly Pick-5 wager rose to new heights in popularity during the meet, as the first-race multi-leg wager had an average pool size of $73,437. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager continued to be a staple of the Mohawk wagering menu. A mandatory payout on October 14, featuring a record carryover of $978,779, saw $2.3 million wagered into the pool. Several top racing and community events were highlights for the 2017 season at Mohawk. On Tuesday, June 13, Woodbine Entertainment announced a $10 million investment and new branding for Mohawk Racetrack. Mohawk will become the home of year-round harness racing beginning in April of 2018 under the name Woodbine, Mohawk Park. The $10 million investment will upgrade the facility in multiple areas with the intent on continuing to be a leader in World Class Horse Racing. The 34th Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 once again attracted strong wagering and a large crowd to the Campbellville oval. Fear The Dragon captured the $1 million race for three-year-old pacers, while country star Kira Isabella rocked the house with a pre-race concert. The RCMP Musical Ride made a stop at Mohawk on August 1 and 2 for the first-time ever. Near-capacity crowds packed the Mohawk grandstand to watch the legendary Musical Ride performance in celebration of Canada 150. The Canadian Pacing Derby on September 2, Maple Leaf Trot and Canadian Trotting Classic on September 16 and Metro Pace on September 23 brought the finest pacers and trotters to Mohawk for a sensational month of Grand Circuit racing. Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario led all drivers during the Mohawk meet in wins with 155, while Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ontario was the top earning driver at $3.8 million. Trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, Ontario was the top conditioner for the 2017 season, as his stable recorded 78 wins and earned $1.4 million. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario led all owners in victories with 30, while Serge Godin's Determination stable of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Live Standardbred racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet starting Thursday, October 19. Mark McKelvie

Guelph, Ontario - Equine Guelph announces the free offering of the new 'Gut Health & Colic Prevention' online course to the first 50 grooms and trainers to register from each racing sector in Ontario: Standardbred, Thoroughbred and Quarter Horse racing. The three-week online course will run this winter from January 22 - February 11, 2018 on Equine Guelph's new online training platform, The Horse Portal.  According to the 2016 Equine Guelph Horse Racing Industry Survey, gut issues were ranked as the number three health issue behind respiratory issues and injuries. Not only is colic the number one killer of horses, but it is a major issue facing the horse racing industry. Excessive amounts of grain in the diet and forage variation are thought to contribute to an increased risk of colic and other gut issues. Changes in stabling, exercise level and stress may also cause an increased risk of colic.  "Educating the horse racing community on how to reduce the risk of colic and gut issues will be extremely valuable to grooms and trainers," says Hugh Mitchell, Chair of Ontario Racing. He adds, "This training will also benefit the health and well-being of the elite equine athletes as well." The three-week online short course will be flexible and practical with content appropriate for the racing industry. The course will be delivered from respected experts from the horse racing community. For the first time, trainers and grooms from the three sectors will come together in discussion groups to share expertise and experience with each other.  "Offering the 'Gut Health & Colic Prevention' course at no charge will be an appealing way to engage the racing community to try out flexible, online learning on The Horse Portal," says Gayle Ecker, director of Equine Guelph. To register, go to www.TheHorsePortal.ca/OntarioRacing and apply the appropriate coupon code for the free course valued at $95. Registration for the 150 free courses will be administered on a first-come-first-served basis to the first 50 trainers and grooms from each sector. This program is an online training partnership between Ontario Racing and Equine Guelph, with funding provided by Grand River Agricultural Society. Project partners include: Central Ontario Standardbred Association, The Horsemen's Benevolent and Protective Association of Ontario, Ontario Harness Horse Association, Quarter Racing Owners of Ontario Inc. and Standardbred Canada. The online course is sponsored by Intercity Insurance Services Inc. and Capri Insurance Services Ltd. For more information, go to TheHorsePortal.ca/Ontario Racing   Story by:  Henrietta Coole      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Early position will be key in the Thursday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-race card gets underway at 6:30 P.M. with two feature rivals fresh off wins at this same level in the evening finale. The $2,100 top event lines up in race 11 with Eagle Jolt controlling the rail for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owners Wilbur and Marie MacDonald of Orwell Cove. The veteran son of Village Jolt was a winner in 1:56 his last start in this group but post 6 starter Jeb can also lay claim to a victory against similar in his latest. Jason Hughes trains and drives Jeb who was a 1:57.1 winner last week but had rail control for that event. Race analyst Les MacIsaac gives the edge to Eagle Jolt with the favorable starting point. "Eagle Jolt employed a different racing strategy his last time out," MacIsaac said. "It was catch me if you can, and the result was a season's mark. Whether he duplicates that approach tonight or reverts back to the rallying style, he's still the one to knock off." Other race 11 entries include Artist List (Adam Merner), Oh To Be Me (Gary Chappell), Dial The Bossman (Mark Bradley), Good Luck Kathy (Walter Cheverie), Perfect Escape (Gilles Barrieau) and Keep Coming (Myles Heffernan). The Open trot reconvenes this week with Freddie back in action in that $1,850 meeting in race 3. Campbell trains and drives Freddie for owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston with the son of Majestic Son seeking to restart his win streak after having it snapped at four wins in his last start. Dusty Lane Jacob was victorious in last week's Open trot with Freddie absent and gets Adam Merner back in the bike for trainer Cindy MacDonald of Montague. Check out www.Redshores.ca for live video, race replays and promotional information. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

TORONTO, October 18 - Live harness racing returns to Woodbine Racetrack on Thursday, October 17 for the 2017-18 Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. The Fall-Winter meet will feature live racing every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. The lone exception is a special matinee card on Boxing Day (December 26) at 1 p.m. The final number of race dates for the meet is pending regulatory approval. The upcoming meet will be the last for harness racing at Woodbine, as Mohawk Racetrack will become the home of year-round Woodbine harness racing beginning in April of 2018. Doug McNair captured the driving title last season at Woodbine and while he carried that momentum over to post leading numbers during the Mohawk meet, the Guelph, Ontario reinsman feels he is a perfect match for racing at Woodbine. "It's good for my style, I like to be aggressive and it's more of a front end track," noted McNair. "They're going such big speed now a days, especially back-halves, you can come a half in :53 and not get a cheque, so you got to be up in the hunt especially going back to Woodbine. "The front end is a real good spot to be and first-over is not that bad either if you have the right horse." As always, Horseplayers can expect competitive racing and strong pool sizes throughout the Woodbine Fall-Winter meet. The wagering menu for Woodbine Standardbreds remains the same and continues to feature the popular multi-leg wagers, including the $50,000 guaranteed Pick-5 and $50,000 guaranteed Early Pick-4. The popularity of the Pick-5 wager reached new heights during the recently concluded Mohawk meet. The average Pick-5 pool for the Mohawk meet was $73,437 and horseplayers can expect much of the same this season at Woodbine. Thursday's opening card features 10-races. A free program can be downloaded by clicking here. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLEVILLE, ONT -- It was the last day of the lengthy harness racing race meet at Mohawk Racetrack and among the 10 races offered on the Monday, Oct 16th card were two events for Billings amateur drivers. And once again they were well received. "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello was victorious in the first trot with Taurus du Parc in 2:00 while the second went to Lets Leavem, driven by Shane "The Freelton Flash" Arsenault in a 1:57 clocking. Both winners were mostly dismissed by the betting public. In his contest Zuccarello gunned his trotter to the lead from the six-hole and they had command as they passed the first stanza in :28.4. with Dave "Modern Legend" Drew in hot pursuit with Swan For Dee. The two leaders raced one-two until the top of the stretch when they were joined by The Power Of Many and driver David "Poppa Glasser When the field headed for home a real horse race ensued as the three aforementioned trotters raced side by side all the way to the wire with 7-1 shot Taurus du Parc finishing a head in front of Swan For Dee. A head farther back in third place was The Power Of Many. For Zuccarello it marked his first winning drive of the 2017 season and the 12th of his amateur driving career. Lets Leavem is owned by Fellows, Knechtel, and Szabo of Bradford, Ont. and trained by Robert Fellows , He returned a $17.80 win mutuel. Pay-offs to those with winning tickets were even bigger in the second Billings split when Shane Arsenault swept the field around the final turn with Lets Leavem and then rallied to an easy 2-1/2 length triumph over Justasmalltowngirl in rein to Daniel "In The Lion's Den" St Pierre. Third place went to Bobby "I'm Back" Ciavardini. Disregarded by the betting public Lets Leavem paid $33.10; $11.10 and $6.40 across the board. The veteran Angus Hall gelding is owned by Sarah Town and trained by Arsenault. It was the second winning drive of the season for Arsenault and 129th of his career, as well as his 654th victory as a trainer. Next Billings action will be at Yonkers Raceway on October 19th. by John Manzi for the Billings Amateur Series

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 16 - The 54th season of live harness racing at Mohawk Racetrack came to a close Monday evening with a 10-race card taking place. The final night of the meet, which began on April 13, saw driver Doug McNair wrap up the driving title, while Richard Moreau added to his impressive numbers atop the trainer standings. McNair was held off the board Monday, but finished the meet with 155 wins, six ahead of nearest rival Trevor Henry. Meanwhile, Moreau picked up a victory in Monday's opening-race to finish off the season with 78 victories, 38 more than runner-up Carmen Auciello. A resident of Guelph, Ontario, McNair, 27, picks up his second consecutive meet title after leading all drivers during the 2016-17 Woodbine Winter meet. McNair heads to Woodbine looking to finish the season strong in order to capture his first WEG Driving Title. He currently leads Louis Philippe Roy by 19-wins for top driver this year. Moreau, 52, adds the 2017 Mohawk meet to a long list of training titles. The Puslinch, Ontario resident is well on his way to capturing the 2017 WEG Training title, as he heads to Woodbine with a sizeable 53-win lead. Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, who connected with McNair and Moreau for many victories this season, led all owners with 30 wins during the Mohawk meet. Determination of Montreal, Quebec led all owners in earnings with $839,604. Harness racing now shifts to Woodbine Racetrack for the Fall-Winter meet beginning on Thursday (October 19). Live racing will take place every Monday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday at Woodbine with post time set for 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 16 - The Mohawk Harness Racing Office would like to remind horsepeople of the draw schedule for the upcoming Woodbine Racetrack meet. Effective immediately, draws for Saturday cards will take place on Wednesday mornings. The entry box closes at 10:30 a.m. The draw schedule for the other nights of racing remains the same as the Mohawk meet. Here is the full draw schedule: Enter Monday for Thursday Enter Tuesday for Friday Enter Wednesday for Saturday Enter Thursday for Monday Beginning Thursday, October 26, qualifiers will take place each Thursday at Woodbine starting at 4 p.m. The entry box for qualifiers closes Wednesday mornings at 10:30 a.m. Mark McKelvie

Adding harness racing clients and adding horses to thestable.ca daily is an unbelievable feeling.  We have simply done what said couldnt be done.  We are now catering to all forms of horse ownership. Yesterday we sold five shares of two yearlings to a couple from Ontario. They both decided that it would be a great anniversary present and have now become harness racings newest owners.    Their social media feeds will have horse racing information, testimonials and pictures for all their other non horse racing friends to see. Extrapolate that outward and you begin to see the sheer scope of what we are doing considering how many new people we have brought into our game already.   35 minutes after meeting Steve and Dawn Fitzsimmons I was biding for a different type of client. This gentleman just wanted the best. A great sire, a great mare and a horse that made you stop and look.    Unfortunately everyone stopped and looked. I can't say we were the under bidder of the $220,000 final price, but we held the $190,000 bid.    To me, when someone thinks enough of our program to entrust us with that amount of confidence, it's a pretty good feeling to say the least.   When looking at the two polar opposite scenarios at the London select sale yesterday, its pretty clear we have built exactly what we said we would two years ago. A place where people would invest in horse racing as much as horse ownership.   The entertainment of it all and the experience along the way making the financial outcome secondary.   Bringing the sport of kings back to where it all started, and what it started for. Excitement, competitiveness, and athleticism.    You may laugh, but think of it for a moment; as horsemen and stables in many jurisdictions are finding it difficult to make their way in this sport around the world, we are growing at incredible rate.   As down sizing is abundant with some really gifted horsemen actually leaving our industry, thestable.ca has swelled to 92 horses with no signs of slowing down as we now house every type of owner.    Our platform is beginning to really take shape.    As we move forward people will see how important fractional ownership is.   Let me give you the Cliff notes version:   The negatives of our industry are abundant.   1) our clientelle is aging.   2) we have an incredibly difficult time attracting younger fans and investors to our sport.   3) our b tracks dont race for enough, so our literal grass roots foudation is eroding in front of our very eyes.   4) we are completely subsidized which means the portion of society that hasnt got very much right since Confederation are now running our industry.   Simply put we have lost our industry. This is how we get it back:   We should have investment from our Government. But not because we desperately need it, but becuase we can offer something they desperately need also. That being the attention of the general public.   By bringing people into our industry from the general public we are exposing all their friends and family to our sport and if treated right, they all become living billboards for horseracing. This creates a rather large forum with the ability to speak to everyday people directly. The key to marrying the gaming crowd, agriculture and the general public at large together was always us, yet we werent equipt to do so.   We are now.   Casinos do not want to give us a dime because they believe its a waste of revenue. From a business standpoint presently they are likely right.   You see they know exactly how much they have to spend in advertising to attract clients. But our clients, the ones looking for a good time. The ones you call the "one percenters", most of them would never dawn the doorway of a casino. So what we have is a unique doorway to an untapped market for our gaming partners.   For instance, thestable.ca raced at the Meadows racetrack and Casino this summer. 14 of our clients ended up on the tarmac of that racetrack and many likely went to the casino.   What would have happened if the management for the Meadows reached out to our client list and said they'd love to see us at tge meadows that day. A ticket to the buffet? A night at the hotel casino? Who knows?   Maybe this spring when our clients want to get away they chose the Meadows again rather than Vegas, or Disneyworld?   When else could Pittsburg ever compete in that way? Now imagine if there 50 or 100 stables working with all tracks and casinos in that manner? What would our grandstands and affiliate casino attendance look like?    That ladies and gentlemen would be our industry working together to maximise its revenue. For the nahsayers who believe we wouldnt see a dime more as horsemen? I would disagree, with honestly no proof. Well...other than a sound business plan and of course the key to all the clients I'm speaking of.   You see we dont have to be friends to be good business partners. We now have something racetracks and affiliate casinos need and cannot attain without us. New clientele, new revenue streams.    I said a flood is coming and it is.   Im not Noah building a boat in the rain, but with fractional ownership horsemen now possess the ability to speak to the general public and deliver and unmatched affordable experience for everyone in society. We have something tangible that gets us our seat back at the table and the key to the future of our industry.   This will be a long process that will take a lot of work. Join the next generation of horse racing.    You already work incredibly hard every day.   Now you just have to work incredibly smart.   Anthony MacDonald

Mississauga, ON --- Mohawk Seelster fetched the highest price of the second session of the London Selected Yearling Sale as the inaugural two-day harness racing sale concluded in London, Ont. on Sunday (Oct. 15). Mohawk Seelster sold for C$220,000 to Millar Farms of Stouffville, Ont. A son of Sportswriter-Macapelo Rose, Mohawk Seelster is a half-brother to speedy pacing mare Mayhem Seelster p,2,1:53s; 3,1:51.3s-'16 ($300,709). "It was the place to be this weekend," said Standardbred Canada's Heather Reid, co-manager of the London Selected Yearling Sale. "Wonderful sale, the crowds were great and consistent throughout the weekend. With the way the industry has been the last couple of years I was glad to see a horse sell for more than C$200,000." Reid believes that the C$220,000 price tag is a record price for a Standardbred yearling sold in Canada. "He's been a standout since he was a young colt," Seelster Farms' Ann Straatman told Trot Insider. "So intelligent, just perfect conformation, great pedigree to go along with it. We knew he was special but we didn't think he'd bring that amount of money...we expected maybe C$100,000 for him but a lot of people waited for him. "I think that's fantastic that you can sell high-priced horses in Ontario." The second day featured 192 yearlings, with total sales of C$5,051,500 and an average of C$26,309. Overall, 306 yearlings passed through the sales ring at the inaugural London Selected Yearling Sale. Gross sales surpassed C$7.5 million at C$7,536,000, providing a sale average of C$24,627. Speaking as the co-manager of the sale, Straatman was elated with the overall sale results. "I'm thrilled with how things have turned out today, beyond our expectations. We thought about a C$23,000 average -- which was the combined average of the two great sales last year. And to exceed that is beyond expectations. "I think the format was great, the auctioneers and the ringmen were superb, everything ran very smooth today. I'm thrilled with how things have worked out." Straatman feels the sale's strength speaks to both the quality of the horses entered as well as the demand for Ontario sired product. "People recognize the strength of the Ontario Sires Stakes program and they showed that; they paid some top dollar for some really nice horses. I think that speaks volumes for what we have here in Ontario. "I think this sale, this venue, having all the horses together under one roof...I thought everyone was very enthusiastic about this combination." Average-wise, trotting and pacing colts boasted a higher average than their female counterparts. Pacing colts (115 sold) averaged C$26,978, while pacing fillies (100 sold) brought an average of C$21,645. The 51 trotting colts sold averaged C$27,480 while trotting fillies (40 sold) provided an average of C$21,687. To view results from the second session of the London Selected Yearling Sale, click the following link. A video of Mohawk Seelster the top priced lot. A pedigree of the top priced lot   from Standardbred Canada

Harness racing's greatest traveling roadshow, the CKG Billings Amateur Driving Series, employed plenty of action on Sunday, October 15 when the granddaddy of all amateur racing organizations had contests at two different racetracks, one in the USA at Northfield Park in greater Cleveland, Ohio and the other in Canada at Flamboro Downs in Dundas, Ont. "Tiny Tim" Miller won the Midwest region Northfield trot with Song In My Heart while "Gentle Ben" Hollingsworth copped the Canadian event- a pace-behind with Michelle's Deuce over Flamboro's double oval. In his event Miller took no prisoners and sent his trotter down the road from the four-hole and made every pole a winning one en route to a solid 1-1/2 length triumph over Kelly "Sky" Walker's Stemilt Touch. Patricia "the Write Stuff" Miller took home the show dough with 45-1 shot, Keep The Cash. The winner, owned by Bert Hershberger and trained by JD Wengerd, was sent off the 6-5 favorite and returned a $4.40 win mutuel. For hot-handed Miller it was his fifth driving victory in just 10 seasonal starts. In the Canadian Billings pace later Sunday evening "Gentle Ben" had the prohibitive favorite Michelle's Deuce and drove like one is supposed to when deemed the best in the filed and rushed the 8-year-old Armbro Duece mare to the lead and remained unchallenged throughout coasting to an easy 1:59.1 triumph to notch the mare's 6th seasonal victory. The battle for second money saw Steve "You're Never Too" Oldford and No Teasing Me out-foot Thrift Shop with David "Poppa" Glasser to the wire to garner the place dough. Owned by the LINK Stable and trained by Corey Johnson, Michelle's Deuce paid $3.50 for win. It was Hollingsworth's first seasonal driving victory(from just 4 starts) and 21st of his limited career. Billings action continues on Monday night with two trots on the card at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. by John Manzi for the Billings Series

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - First up tactics play right into Marc Campbell's driving style and when asked, Rose Run Quest responded in the Saturday evening harness racing feature pace at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Atlantic Canada's leading reinsman got away third in the $2,400 Saturday nightpreferred pace with Rose Run Quest and watched as Carracci Hanover and Jason Hughes tripped the fractions on front in 28.1, 56.2 and 1:25.3. Campbell then moved his charge into contention, showing him open air and gobbling up his rivals for a mile of 1:55.1 as part of a training and driving triple for the Winsloe horseman. Mick Dundee (Don MacNeill) got up for second with Carracci Hanover hanging onto third. Rose Run Quest, who now rides a three race win streak, is owned by Blair Hansen of Charlottetown. In other Saturday action, the Maritime Breeder's Eliminations were held for two and three-year-old trotters with the top four from each race advancing to next Saturday's final. Pappy Go Go kept his undefeated season intact with win number 11-in-a-row in a $3,000 elimination for three-year-old trotters for trainer-driver Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. The mile time was 2:00.4 with second going to Oceanview Deb (Henry Smallwood) followed by Majian Cash (Jim Ripley) and Half Note (Terry Gallant) earned a berth into Saturday's final. The other $3,000 three-year-old trot Maritime Breeder's elimination was won by Wicked Nick in 2:00.3 for trainer-driver Gary Chappell and owners Cam Trail of O'Leary and Peter Buchanan of North Wiltshire. Majian Tango (Ripley) was second with the final two spots in next week's final going to Hop Up (Corey MacPherson) and Miss Neala Ridge (Clare MacDonald). In two-year-old Maritime Breeder's trot elimination action, Atlantic Breeder's Crown champion Windemeredontuworry claimed his division in 2:02.2 with Gilles Barrieau at the lines for co-owner and trainer Terry Gallant and co-owner Eric Johnston of Summerside. Oceanview Tadpole (Chappell) was second, A Pure Heart (Danny MacDonald) was third and Daisy River (Paul Lanigan) was fourth to secure his place in next Saturday two-year-old final. Buckaroo claimed the other elimination for trainer-driver Campbell, who steered the two-year-old son of Tad The Stud to a 2:02.1 victory for owners Larry and Kathy Chappell of Marshfield. Buddy White (MacPherson) was second with Majian Gilroy (Jim Ripley) third and Ticked (Myles Heffernan) making multiple breaks in the mile but clinging onto fourth place to earn his way to the final. Hughes had a driving double on the 14-dash card that also saw the first P.E.I. driving victory for Gregory Weatherbee, who last campaigned an East Coast stable in the early 2000's in Nova Scotia. Weatherbee drove Czar Seelster to victory on the Saturday program in a time of 1:58.4 for owner Tammy Johnston of Stratford. Painted Desert Aids In Sunday MacPherson Red Shores Grand Slam If your last name wasn't MacPherson, Spence, Rogers or Arsenault you did not see much of the winner's circle Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval played host to 12-dashes with all but one race won by those four reinsman. Corey MacPherson had four wins on the day as he captured the $2,200 feature with Painted Desert in a time of 1:56.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken and owner Perry Burke of Grosse-Ile., Que. Machinthesand (Driven by Ken Murphy) was second with Rash B Havior (Norris Rogers) finishing third. MacPherson's other wins on the program came with Minor Wisdom in a 1:58.1 score for owner-trainer Kristina McCourt of Kensington, Positive Art in a 25-1 upset in 1:58 for Bing Easter of O'Leary and Delightful Nights in 2:01 for trainer Blaine McKenna of Summerside. Norris Rogers had three wins on the afternoon card including Sporty B Skipalong in 2:01.2 and Goodmorning Ky in 1:59.1, both for trainer Frank Banks of Summerside and Allstar Seelster in a 1:57 score for owner-trainer Ed Harvey of Tyne Valley. Drivers Dale Spence and Kenny Arsenault both had driving doubles on the program. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Mario Charron stole the spotlight at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday, not only scoring a driving triple over the sloppy track, but his third win came in the feature pace with Atomic Million AM. Charron started off the day capturing the third race with the long shot Winco Jimmy ($25.10), then the fifth race with Onyx V A ($5.90) and capped the day in the eighth race. The eighth race was the Silver Invitational Pace and starting off from the gate was Mister Big Top (Stephane Gendron), who went right to the front with Beach Runner A M (Pierre Luc Roy) grabbing the pocket-seat to the opening quarter mile in :29. Already on the move first-over was Atomic Million AM and Charron, just as they did last week, grinding their way to collar Mister Big Top by the half mile marker in 1:01.3. Atomic Million AM just continued to grind away and cleared to the lead by the three-quarters in 1:32.1 as Mr Mach Jimmy (Stephane Brosseau) who had been second-over, starting to come after the race leader. Atomic Million AM was just too strong in the stretch, winning by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.4. Mr Mach Jimmy was second with the lone mare in the field, Rainbow Palace (Francis Picard) third. Now two-for-two since coming back to H3R, it was the third win this year for Atomic Million AM. He is bred, owned and trained by Alain Martin of Gatineau and paid $3.80 to win. He also won the Quebec-Bred Series Finals at age 2, 3 and 4, one of only two horses every to achieve that feat. The seventh race top trot was a real slugfest with Echos Funky Claude (Steeve Genois), Dance Hall George (Mario Charron) and R Rkadabra (Pierre Luc Roy) all vying for the early lead. Parked three-wide, R Rkadabra finally cleared to the lead over Dance Hall George by the opening quarter mile in :29. Then R Rkadabra and Roy led through the half mile in 1:00.2. Then by the backstretch, R Rkadabra started to pull away from the field as Lucky Promesses (Jerome Lombart) came first-over and then Artemis Duharas with Raymond Gingras came charging first-over at the three-quarters in 1:32.4 and was able to collar R Rkadabra around the final turn. Continuing to advance on the race leader, Artemis Duharas and Gingras were able to pull away slowly from R Rkadabra and win by three and one-quarter lengths in 2:05.4. Toga Town (Francis Picard) was third. It was the third win this year for Artemis Duharas, a four-year-old mare by Andover Hall, who is trained by Manon Levasseur and owned and bred by Haras De L Estrie of Dunham. She paid $7.30 to win. Track Notes: The three-year-old trotter, Bastino, showed his heels to older rivals once again Sunday. It was his fourth straight win at H3R and fifth victory of the year for trainer/co-owner/co-breeder Eric Gnocchini of Saint-Sebastian. Live racing resumes next Sunday with first race post time at 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

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