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INNISFIL, ON -  JULY 12, 2020 - Mark Etsell's two-year-old trotting fillies opened their Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing careers on a positive note Sunday night at Georgian Downs with Midnight Miracle scoring a win in her $72,267 Gold Series division and Meadowview Lilly finishing third. Midnight Miracle got a picture-perfect second-over trip from driver Bob McClure in the evening's first Gold Series battle. Starting from Post 2 McClure settled the Muscle Mass daughter in fourth and watched Tealicious ring up a :26 quarter and :58.2 half. Heading for the 1:29.1 three-quarters McClure tipped Midnight Miracle out behind Dashing Muscle, who was soon matching strides with the tiring pacesetter. When McClure asked for another gear in the stretch, Midnight Miracle powered by her peers and on to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. "I told Bobby to float her out of there and try to get away, top three I said, but he got four so that's okay. I said, 'Once she sees daylight she can kind of trot, but as soon as she doesn't see them she'll let up on you, so just be aware of that'. You time it kind of right, because she's green and she doesn't know any different. She knows enough to go by and then that's it and then she'll let up," said Rockwood, ON resident Etsell. "First lifetime start so we were pretty happy with her, at least I was anyways, I don't know about anybody else, but I was." Named Midnight Miracle due to a difficult birth, the filly has grown into a good-gaited, sensible filly who might just be a little spoiled by Etsell and his partners Robert Newton of Walkerton and Chuan Tan of Cambridge, ON. "She loves watermelon; she had a watermelon after she raced tonight and got out of the test barn. She loves watermelon and raspberries for some reason, I don't know why," said Etsell. "Bob Newton, when he comes down he brings her raspberries or something, stops at one of the grocery stores along the way." Two races later Meadowview Lilly delivered a third-place finish behind fan favourite Fox Valley Liza and Blackout Riley, a result that delighted Etsell and Charlie Reid, whose Meadowview Farms Inc. of Orono, ON, bred and owns the Archangel daughter. "She was good early, good gaited and everything, but didn't have no attitude to go, but when we hit around 2:20 she started coming to life and we thought, you know maybe we've got a couple," said Etsell, who also drove Meadowview Lilly on Sunday. "We were happy with both them fillies. Both homebreds, I raced both their mothers." Sent off as the heavy favourite in the second $72,267 division, Fox Valley Liza and driver Sylvain Filion wasted no time assuring bettors they had made the correct choice. Starting from Post 6 the pair carved out all the fractions on their way to a three length victory in 1:59.2. "She's just come to me 10 days ago. She's exactly everything that Erv Miller told me - she's very professional, a very nice filly to be around and she won pretty handy," said trainer Ben Baillargeon, who received the Muscle Mass daughter from US-based trainer Ervin Miller after she finished second in a two-year-old filly event at Pocono Downs on June 30. "She knows her business and Erv said she's been professional from Day 1. She's like a four-year-old horse, like a very nice mare." Anthony Lombardi of Morris, IL, Henshaut Stable of Montgomery, IN and George Golemes of Oak Brook, IL share ownership of Fox Valley Liza, who Baillargeon expects will remain in the province for the duration of the Ontario Sires Stakes season. The last division went to Classy Carol who sprinted from sixth to first in the stretch, sneaking up the inside past pacesetting favourite Warrawee Welcome to claim the 2:01.1 victory. Flanagan Destiny and All R Wishes finished just over one length back in second and third. "She's my daughter Robyn's favourite horse. She's spoiled and she's good natured, good to be around, and turns out she wants to win, so that's even better," said trainer John Bax. "She wants to go ahead, and you can't teach that, they've either got it or they don't, so it's nice." The Bax Stable of Campbellville, Robert Van Camp of Port Perry, ON, Dave Hudson of Dallas, TX and Gordon Wright of Charlotte, MI share ownership of Classy Carol, who was a $40,000 purchase from the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Bax trained both the Royalty For Life daughter's dam Very Classy and her grand-dam Ruling Class. Like Etsell, Bax had multiple fillies competing on Sunday and was pleased with the results of all three. IN addition to Classy Carol's win, Kadabra daughter Up And Ready finished third to Midnight Miracle and Royalty For Life miss Lifeintheslammer was fifth behind Fox Valley Liza. "We were pretty happy with them," said the Campbellville, ON resident. "They all did it right. Some have got to do it a little faster, but they all took positive steps ahead, that's for sure." The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their second Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 31. Complete results from Sunday's program are available at Georgian Downs Results. Next up on Georgian Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the second Gold Series Leg for two-year-old pacing fillies on Sunday, July 19. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Spotting race leader Hammering Haley a six-length lead going into the backstretch the final time, Twice An Angel and driver Stephane Gendron proved to be too tough in capturing the 6th race Mares Preferred at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The sixth race feature began with Hammering Haley and driver Francis Picard leaving from post one and shooting out to a three-length lead by the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Sitting second was Sophies Cam (Stephane Brosseau) with Twice An Angel in third place. Going by the half mile pole in :56.4, Hammering Haley was still in command by three lengths as Gendron moved Twice An Angel to the outside and slowly began picking up the pace. Then in the backstretch Twice An Angel nearly collared Hammering Haley as Picard pulled the earplugs and his mare was able to park out Twice An Angel past the three-quarters in 1:26.3 and kept her out around the final turn. Then as they straighten out for the stretch drive, Twice An Angel showed why she was bet down as the even money favorite, pulling away for a three length triumph over Y C Easy (Steeven Genois) with Hammering Haley third. It was the second win this year for Twice An Angel. She is a seven-year-old mare by Dragon Again. Trained and co-owned by Charles Gaudreault with Maxim Gaudreault. She paid $4.00 to win. The two-year-old pacers were on display in the second race where GA Speed Arthur and driver Pascal Berube was able to come first-over in the backstretch to collar stablemate GA Speed Semy (Alain Carrier) and then beat Ibiza Panic (Francis Picard) to the wire in a close head triumph in 2:01.2. GA Speed Semy was third. It was the first career start for GA Speed Semy and thus a lifetime mark. The colt is sired by Sunshine Beach from the Yankee Skyscraper mare, R Ciao Baby. She is trained and owned by Alain Carrier of St-Henri-De-Levis and paid $3.10 to win. Zar E IP, the lone three-year-old pacing filly racing against four-year-old horses and mares in the 4th race, posted her third straight triumph of the year for driver Pascal Berube. The daughter of Up The Credit, a full sister to Hurryupatthebeach p,2,1:58.2f, won by one length in 1:58.2 over Gambler Panic (Francis Picard) and You Rock Girl Kir (Stephane Brosseau). She paid just $2.10 to win. Zar E IP is now tied with SOS Turbo as the winningest horses at H3R this year, each with three victories. Track Notes: Three drivers had two wins each on Sunday. They were Carol Voyer, Pascal Berube and Stephane Gendron. Also scoring trainer doubles were Carol Voyer and Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes at H3R next Friday afternoon with first race post time at 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON - July 12, 2020 - The latest Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout at Woodbine Mohawk Park generated $948,371 in new money wagered on Saturday night. Entering with a carryover of $250,903.30, harness racing horseplayers came out in full force to take a swing at the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout. Iwontdothatagain (#6, 7/2) and driver Louis Philippe Roy prevailed in a tight Win photo over Hervey Hanover (#8, 5/2) and driver Phil Hudon. The massive Jackpot Hi-5 combined with strong pools throughout the 11-race card generated a total handle of $3.3 million. Below are the results from the Jackpot Hi-5: 1st: #6 Iwontdothatagain - 7/2 2nd: #8 Hervey Hanover - 5/2 3rd: #5 Tyga Hanover - 3/1 4th: #4 Sir Pugsley - 30/1 5th: #1 Julerica - 16/1 $1 Payout: $5,072.15 $0.20 Payout: $1,014.43 Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Saturday night proved that harness racing dreams can come as Bugsy Maguire captured the 52nd running of the Governor’s Plate, presented by Summerside Chrysler Dodge, for the conclusion of Governor’s Plate week racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The $25,000 Governor’s Plate Invitational final saw Bugsy Maguire find the wire first to give 95-year-old owner Walter Simmons his first victory in the Prince County classic after chasing the race for decades. Brodie MacPhee was in the bike for trainer Wade Sorrie as he paid $28.80 to win over Time To Dance (Driven by Adam Merner) and defending champion Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell). The beginning saw Simple Kinda Man (Jason Hughes) fire to the front from post 7 to post a blistering 26.3 opener. The half was reached in 56 seconds with Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) engaging the leader first-over with eventual winner Bugsy Maguire following second-over. Screen Test took over the lead at the three-quarters of 1:24.4 while Bugsy Maguire moved up to take over for the stretch drive to prevail in 1:54.1 for a 13-1 upset. It was also the first Governor’s Plate victory for trainer Sorrie and driver MacPhee. The 13-dash program also featured a pair of $12,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-Divisions for three-year-old pacing colts won by Windemere Ryan (Merner) in 1:57.1 and Tobins Rebel (Gilles Barrieau) in 1:56. Driver Campbell also received the Basil Whelan Memorial trophy Saturday evening for leading driver of Governor’s Plate Week 2020. Trainer Melissa Rennie had a training double while driver David Dowling celebrated three trips to the winner’s circle. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

INNISFIL, ON - JULY 11, 2020 - Georgian Downs hosted a trio of $22,450 Grassroots harness racing divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night, and it was local youngster Master Grand who delivered the fastest mile of the Ontario Sires Stakes battles. Master Grand and trainer-driver Aaron Byron left with confidence from Post 5 and had established command by the :31 opening quarter. Byron allowed Randy Waples and Imasharpdealer to circle to the front heading for the 1:01.2 half, but were soon back out and pressing the pacesetter. Imasharpdealer could not handle the pressure and skipped off stride as the colts reached the 1:31.2 three-quarters. From there it was smooth sailing for fan favourite Master Grand, who hit the wire five and one-quarter lengths the best in 2:00.3. Diehard Seelster was second and Insanity was well back in third. "He's been training down great. We're local to Georgian and I wanted to give him a start here, and he really handled this well," said Byron, who trains Master Grand for Paul Kelly of Alliston, ON. "He's a nice horse and he trots very well. He's a nice, big Muscle Mass colt." Byron and Kelly travelled to Harrisburg, PA last November for the annual Black Book Yearling Sale and spent hours looking at a variety of yearlings before acquiring Master Grand for $28,000, time Byron says they could have spent elsewhere as it turned out. "He was the first horse we looked at. We drove, what seven, eight hours from here, and the first horse we saw we could have just bought that one, but instead we looked at about 1,000 more," said the Thornton, ON resident with a chuckle. "He was the very first horse because I went into Winbak (Farms) to get a pen, because I like their pens, and some young lady goes, 'Oh want to see my favourite horse?' And that just happened to be him. "He did everything right, like he's really easy on himself, so the winter in Canada didn't bother him too much. He's just kind of a nice horse to be around, he's a real gentleman." Byron has spent most of the last decade plying his trade south of the border, but with a growing family - he and wife Carylyn welcomed twins three weeks ago - he decided it was time to come home. The reinsman has been making regular appearances at Georgian Downs in addition to trips to Woodbine Mohawk Park and Grand River Raceway. The other two divisions were clocked in an identical 2:00.4. Four Wheelin captured the first Grassroots win of the two-year-old trotting colt season, getting a neck in front of fan favourite Arch Hall and Tymal Chrome at the wire with a big late effort. "I don't drive that much so I was confident of him, but I didn't drive him that confident. He helped me get the job done," said trainer-driver Marcel Barrieau. "It was unbelievable what he did tonight. I really like him all that much more, because he showed a lot of grit, he trotted home real well." After leaving sharply from Post 2 Barrieau and Four Wheelin led the field at the :30.4 opening quarter then yielded to Showme Some Muscle heading for the 1:00 half. As Arch Hall and Tymal Chrome powered up the outside lane on the way to the 1:31 three-quarters Four Wheelin was pinned on the rail in fourth, but when Showme Some Money skipped off stride in the stretch Barrieau was able to squeeze Four Wheelin up the inside for the narrow victory. "He's got a big burst. He showed that in Mohawk qualifying there (June 18), home in :27.4," said Cambridge resident Barrieau, who shares ownership of the Wheeling N Dealin colt with Gestion Mastel Inc. of Longueil, QC. "He did tonight too, to come home like that, so we hope that he's got a good heart so he can keep going." Four Wheelin was a $32,000 acquisition from last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Top Hall captured the other Grassroots division with a commanding front-end performance from Post 6 that saw him hit the wire two lengths ahead of The Wheel and Moscow Moon. "He said he qualified really good, Gerard did, and he said he trained good. He said he's been pretty solid, so he said just be careful with him off the gate and if he seems good you can let him roll," said Paul Mackenzie, who piloted the gelding to the win for trainer Gerard Demers. "I just let him float out of there and he did everything pretty good. He got a little green around the last turn, but when I asked him he still had some go to him. He's nice and solid, a nice trotter. Gerard did a great job of training him down and bringing him to the races." Demers conditions the Angus Hall son for Les Ecuries GLD Inc. of Dundas, ON, Jean Roch Marois, St-Joachim-de-Shefford and La Ferme Tag Inc. of Papineauville, QC. The partners acquired Top Hall from the London Selected Yearling Sale for $22,000. The two-year-old trotting colts will make their second Grassroots start at Hiawatha Horse Park on July 25. Complete results for Saturday night's program are available at Georgian Downs Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Georgian Downs on Sunday night with three $72,267 Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies make their Ontario Sires Stakes debut in Races 3, 5, 7 on the program, which gets underway at 6 pm. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream on the Georgian Downs website. Fromm the Ontario Sire Stakes      

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite having to race in windy, raining weather, two-year-old trotting colt Emotions Riches opened some eyes Saturday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R. Competing in the first event on the harness racing program that was dedicated to the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, Emotion Riches nearly tied the track record for his age, gait and gender. Owned and trained by Cassandra Lecourt of Mirabel, Emotions Riches was driven by Tyler Jones. They started from post five and left some out of the starting gate as Eyes Of Justice (Steeven Genois) was first on the lead. Jones kept Emotions Riches on the outside and was parked out by Eyes Of Justice through a :30.1 first quarter before being able to clear to the lead. Once on top, Emotions Riches kept the field at bay, going to the half mile in 1:01.3 and the three-quarters in 1:32.2 before kicking in a :29.3 last quarter mile and pulling away from the field to win by ten and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.1. Eyes Of Justice was second with Aoki (Herve Kirouas) third. For Emotions Riches, his time of 2:02.1 was just three-fifths of a second from tying the track record of 2:01.3 that is co-held by Jobie Tempest (1993) and Cesar Duharas (2018). The two-year-old son of Wheeling N Dealing paid $5.50 to win. The two-year-old pace in the second race saw Shanghibluebeach and driver Pascal Berube lead from start to finish in 2:04.3. The filly by Shanghai Phil won by four open lengths for owner/trainer Pierre Leclerc of Louisville and paid $4.00 to win. In the 8th race Challenge Cup for Quebec Regional Fair Drivers only, Antoine Desrochers, 32, of Warwick was able to lead from start to finish with Matts Phil in 2:03.3. They won by one and one-quarter lengths over SOS Mach Xtreme (Roxanne Viau) and Lookin Ata Winner (Mario Morel). Matts Phil is trained and co-owned by Antoine with Louis Desrocher. Track Notes: Because of COVID-19, the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit that is usually held at fair tracks throughout Quebec, was canceled for 2020. The Quebec Jockey Club agreed to have four special Saturday programs devoted to horses who would have raced in the fairs. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday with a full race program beginning at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, JULY 10, 2020 - Rain caused a brief delay in Friday night's harness racing program at Woodbine Mohawk Park, but it did nothing to dampen the efforts put forward by the two-year-old pacing fillies in their Grassroots debut. Five $22,000 divisions went postward Friday and Sportsfire delivered the quickest result in the first split. The daughter of Sportswriter and driver Bob McClure left smartly from Post 2 and reached the quarter in :27.2 and the half in :56. Fan favourite Ourlittlemiracle revved up at the half, looking to take command, but Sportsfire battled back and the fillies matched strides through the 1:24.1 three-quarters. Down the stretch Sportsfire had a little more in the tank than her rival, hanging on for a three-quarter length victory in 1:53.2. Ourlittlemiracle was second and pocket-sitter Turning The Table was third. "She got stretched in the quarter and pushed in the third-quarter," said Guelph, ON resident McClure. "But she's a quick little filly, very honest. She'll give you a solid effort." Fred Brayford of Alliston, ON bred and owns Sportsfire and Daniel Lagace trains the filly, who now has a win and a fourth on her resume through two lifetime starts. McClure also piloted the winner of the fourth division, Cyclone Sister. Starting from Post 4 the pair sat mid-pack through much of the race, tipping out past the half behind Siri Blue Chip and advancing to third by the top of the stretch. A big :26.4 final quarter saw the Shadow Play daughter sprint by the leaders and on to a one length victory in 1:55.4. Fan favourite Celia Bayama snuck up the inside to be second and Siri Blue Chip was third.   "She's very fast, but very flighty," said McClure, who drives Cyclone Sister for trainer Nick Gallucci and owner-breeder Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. "She's scared of her own shadow, and drivers' colours and loud noises, but she has a lot of ability and should only improve." The rain started to fall as the second division got underway and fan favourite Drinks All Round led the field to a :28.1 quarter. Drinks All Round and A La Mode Seelster traded places twice on the way to the :56.1 half, leaving many of their peers well behind, including CL Sportsextreme who was 11 lengths back in sixth. The gap closed heading for the 1:26.2 three-quarters and as the fillies turned for home the leaders were tiring and CL Sportsextreme was rolling out three-wide and taking aim on the wire. The lightly regarded CL Sportsextreme powered home to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:56.2. A La Mode Hanover stayed game for second and Watching Cassie was third. "She's a very willing filly that qualified nicely," said driver Chris Christoforou of CL Sportsextreme. "She got towed into a slowing pace after an unusually quick second quarter. She took full advantage of that and finished strong." Christoforou crafted the Sportswriter daughter's come-from-behind victory for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecuries C. LeBlanc Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC. The Campbellville resident also scored a second Grassroots victory, piloting Chiefs Dream Girl to a front end score in 1:55.4. Annies Legacy finished two and one-quarter lengths behind the favourite and just a nose ahead of Wasaga to wrap up the Grassroots program. "She's a big, strong filly. She raced great her last start (July 3), Jack has been patient with her and it's paid off," said Christoforou. "She made a nice move in the second quarter and was very strong the rest of the mile." Jack Moiseyev trains the homebred daughter of Sunshine Beach for High Stakes Inc. of Moffat, ON and LSC Stables of North Brunswick, NJ. The third division saw Jackieofalltrades sprint away from Post 5 to a :28.2 quarter, then yield to Twin B Sunkissed heading for the :58.3 half. Twin B Sunkissed went unchallenged to the 1:27.1 three-quarters, but Jackieofalltrades and driver Sylvain Filion stepped out of the pocket in the stretch and out-duelled the fan favourite for a one-half length win in 1:55. "All winter she's been a nice little filly. She was not really one of the stars or anything, but she just seemed to do everything right and every time we trained her, she'd show us a little more," said trainer Tony Beaton. "She just seemed to keep going forward and improving every training, and she showed it tonight." Waterdown resident Beaton shares ownership of Jackieofalltrades with David Lumsden of Ancaster, ON and David Mercer of Sydney, NS. The partners offered up $20,000 for the Betterthancheddar daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. Jackieofalltrades earned back half of her purchase price on Friday and will have an opportunity to add to her lifetime total when the fillies head to Grand River Raceway next Friday, July 17 for their second Grassroots leg. Complete results for Friday night's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action resumes at the Milton oval on Monday, July 13 with the Grassroots season opener for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will debut their skills in Races 2, 3, 6, and 8 on the 7 pm program.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing www.ontarioracing.com

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The upset driven Myles Heffernan Jr., stable was razor sharp in three-year-old pacing filly Atlantic Sires Stakes action Friday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate week racing. Lorne Valley Barb scored a 19-1 shocker in her $9,360 Atlantic Sires stakes A-Division for sophomore fillies. Myles Heffernan Sr., was in the bike behind his son's trainee for the 1:57.2 upset for owner Barry Macleod of Cardigan. The Heffernan stable also won a $2,500 B-division in 1:58.2 with Woodmere Harriet for driver Greg Bailey at 21-1. Dustylane Zambucca was another 1:56.3 upset winner in her $9,360 Sires stakes A-split for driver Corey MacPherson trainer Ron Gass and owner Dianne Gass of Cornwall. The other A-division was claimed by Woodmere Skyroller (Brodie MacPhee) in 1:56 for trainer Kevin Maclean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. Ezra Express prevailed in her $2,500 B-division in a blistering 1:56.4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell. Glider Man was a winner in the $2,700 Andrew Perry Memorial trot in a front end score of 1:58.4 for driver Kenny Arsenault, co-owner and trainer Jennifer Doyle and co-owner Danny Birt of Earnescliffe. Jason Hughes celebrated a driving triple including two wins from his own stable. For more information go to Redshores.ca. Lee A. Drake Manager Racing, Brands & Broadcast Red Shores Racetrack & Casino Charlottetown & Summerside Locations 58 Kensington Road l Charlottetown, PEI l C1A 9S8 p: 902-620-4222 Ext 4263 l c: 902-629.0836 l f: 902-620-4324 www.redshores.ca Twitter @leedrake01 by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Harness racing driver Stephane Brosseau had the hot hands at the Hippodrome 3R Friday afternoon, scoring a driving triple that included a victory in the Preferred Trot. Sent off as the 2-1 betting favorite, Brosseau was patient with Upvote Hanover after the start of the race as Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) went off stride on the lead. After the break, driver Pascal Berube inherited the lead with Lucky Promesses, who may have seemed to be riled up by Precieuse CC as she trotted to the opening quarter mile in a speedy :27.2. Lucky Promesses cut the mile to the half in :58.1 with Stpattysday (Stephane Gendron) sitting the pocked seat and Upvote Hanover coming first-over for Brosseau and the war horse, Caroluzzo (Pierre Luc Roy) second-over. As the field reached the three-quarter mile pole in 1:28.3, Lucky Promesses was still in the lead as Berube pulled from the pocked with Stpaddysday and came after Lucky Promesses on the final turn. They cleared to the lead with Upvote Hanover still first-over but now gaining ground. Coming off the final turn, Upvote Hanover was able to collar Stpaddysday and beat her to the wire by a long neck in 2:00.1. Eau Naturelle (Steeven Genois) was third. It was the third win this year for the six-year-old gelded son of Kadabra. He is trained by Brosseau for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. It was Upvote Hanover's 22nd career win and he paid $6.80 to win as the mild favorite. For Brosseau, it was his second driving triple of the H3R meeting. 15YO trotter racing on Saturday Chinnys Wings, who is 15 years old, gets another chance at racing Saturday when the Quebec Jockey Club hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit races at H3R starting at 1:00 pm. H3R is hosting four special Saturday Fair Circuit events. A career winner of $382,000 and 45 races, Chinnys Wings starts from post 8 in the third race trot. He is trained and will be driven by Jean Lord and is owned by his wife, Nancy, of Trois-Rivieres. Chinnys Wings is allowed to race on the Fair Circuit until he turns age 17 and that is when he must retire from racing. This is his first start back at the track since December 19. Track Notes: Driver David Pilon and trainer Francis Richard both had doubles on the program Friday. Live racing takes place all weekend at H3R. There are eight races both Saturday and Sunday with first race post time at 1:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - July 10, 2020 - A Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout highlights a competitive 11-race harness racing card on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Frozen since the completion of last Saturday's program, the carryover for the Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout is $250,903.30. Jackpot Hi-5 wagering will be offered on Race 11 and features many of Mohawk Park's notable weekly warrior lining up in an overflow field of 11. The purse for the Non-Winners of $11,000 last five starts or $22,000 last 10 starts pacing contest has been bumped to $30,000. The most recent Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout was held on June 6 and saw $594,669 in new money wagered. The carryover on that occasion was $236,338.67. A $1 winning ticket scored $6,562.75 ($0.20 ticket $1,312.55). This Saturday's carryover of $250,903.30 is the highest carryover entering a mandatory payout since March 30, 2019. Each of the last four mandatory payouts has seen the new money total come in at more than double the amount of the carryover. Horseplayers can start studying for the Jackpot Hi-5 (Race 11) by downloading a free program. Woodbine offers free programs for each card of live racing at www.Woodbine.com/Mohawk/Free-Programs/. Saturday evening's card is intriguing from start to finish with many of the regular overnight pacers competing, plus several Pepsi North America Cup eligible and a two-year-old pace event. The list of Pepsi North America Cup eligible horses racing Saturday is available below: Race 8: #1 Aneto (Chris Christoforou/Rod Boyd) #2 Indictable Hanover (Bob McClure/Casie Coleman-Herlihy) #7 Velocity Rukkus (Paul MacDonell/Paul MacDonell) Race 10: #1 Mayhem Hanover (Doug McNair/Gregg McNair) #3 Denali Seelster (Sylvain Filion/Dr. Ian Moore) #4 Ys Mathis (Louis Philippe Roy/Richard Moreau) Post time for Saturday evening's card is 7:10 p.m. The Jackpot Hi-5 mandatory payout (Race 11) is scheduled for approximately 11:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, JULY 9, 2020 - It was debut night for the two-year-old trotting colts on Thursday and the 25 harness racing youngsters put on an impressive show for Woodbine Mohawk Park fans in a trio of $73,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series divisions. Tokyo Seelster went off as the heavy favourite in the first division and the Kadabra son delivered a commanding front end performance that saw him trot under the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of his peers in 1:58.1. Rookie Season shadowed the fan favourite to claim runner-up honours and C My Kicks Hanover closed hard to be third. "We broke him and then he went on to Robbie Robinson and we just got him back last week," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, tipping his hat to Robinson for teaching the colt his early lessons. "He's a beautiful colt, mature for his age." Moreau selected Tokyo Seelster from the London Yearling Sale last fall, offering up $52,000 for the colt on behalf of owners Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY. Ottawa-based Robinson gave the young trotter two qualifiers at Rideau Carleton Raceway in June and then brought him to Woodbine Mohawk Park for a June 30 race, which he won by a neck in 1:58. "He's big and strong and mature for his age and his size. Usually those big kind of trotters are kind of clumsy and stuff, but he's all business and he knows what to do. I give credit to Robbie Robinson, he did a great job with the horse to have him the way he is now, he just did a great job with him," said driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, echoing Moreau's praise. "I could have raced him any way I wanted, but once I cleared the front, I knew I was in control of the race and that was it, he was an easy winner." The second division saw Woodbine Mohawk Park fans put their money behind Walkonthemoon, but Macho Martini caught the pacesetting favourite in the stretch to claim the 1:57.2 victory by three-quarters of a length. Walkonthemoon settled for second and Greg finished seven lengths back in third. The win may have come as a surprise to fans, but driver Bob McClure has been convinced of Macho Martini's star potential for several weeks. "The first time he came to Mohawk was probably a month ago. I had heard about him from Luc (Blais) and the first time I went with him I said, 'Either this one is really, really good or the rest are really, really bad', because he was just waves ahead of the other ones and such a natural," said McClure. "And then the first time I ever stretched him out was his last qualifier (July 3), and I had no idea I was coming :27 flat, all I knew was that he just kept getting faster and faster and faster. Even tonight, down by the wire is where he was trotting his fastest, so he's had me excited for about a month now." McClure, trainer Luc Blais and owner Determination of Montreal, QC are no strangers to success in the trotting colt ranks. Macho Martini's stablemate Forbidden Trade was an Ontario Sires Stakes star at two and three and captured the Hambletonian Final last summer. McClure points out that young horses can change a great deal over the season, sometimes for the better and sometimes not, but for now he is allowing himself to imagine unlimited potential for Macho Martini. "At this point you don't know what they're going to be, the sky's the limit," said the Guelph resident. "Especially when they go out and the open their career that way, you know. You start thinking down the road and it's pretty exciting." The Muscle Mass son was a $37,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale and provided a quick return on investment Thursday, banking $36,933 with the win. Not to be outdone by his peers, in the final division favourite Royal Tyrone halted the teletimer at 1:57.1, overcoming a couple of awkward moments in the stretch to keep a head in front of Mystic and Logan Park. "When I tried to get him into gear in the lane he was trying to trot fast, but he was getting a little mixed up. He can go a lot faster if I can iron him out," said driver Robert Shepherd with a rueful chuckle. "He's a really manageable colt, but when one comes he wants to race, he wants to go fast, he wants to win, right, and then he just gets a little mixed up late." Shepherd and his partner Isabelle Darveau condition Royal Tyrone for 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON and they will spend the next three weeks trying to help the Royalty For Life gelding maximize his speed in preparation for the second Gold Leg on July 30 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "I'm going to maybe change some things, see if I can maybe just mess around with some gear and stuff I think," said Flamborough resident Shepherd of the gelding, who was a $13,000 acquisition from the London Selected Yearling Sale. "I can't fault the colt, he always tries, he always wants to go forward." Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Two-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 10 with five Grassroots divisions for the pacing fillies. The fillies will make their provincial debut in Races 2, 4, 6, 9 and 10 on the program, which gets under way at 7 pm. Video: Race 2 - Tokyo Seelster; Race 6 - Macho Martini; Race 8 - Royal Tyrone OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The first and only crop of Steelhead Hanover was out to impress Thursday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week of harness racing. Steel Reefer took first the first bite out the Atlantic Sires Stakes for two-year-old pacing colts, winning his $12,880 A-division in 1:57.2 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau. The Steelhead Hanover rookie is owned by Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Robert Tilley and Gary Mott of Saint John, N.B. It was a Steelhead Hanover triactor in that division as Mr Rielly (Driven by Corey MacPherson) was beat a neck for second while Dollars And Spence (Redmond Doucet) cut out the mile to finish third in a deadheat with Cougar Hall colt Moneyorroses (Steven Shepherd). Another Steelhead Hanover colt, Woodmere Stealdeal, easily disposed of his maiden status in the second $12,880 A-division winning by eight lengths in 1:57.1 for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Danny Romo and Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax. Woodmere Alvin (Mike McGuigan) was second while Bettim Again (Darren Crowe) completed the $112.60 triactor ticket. Silver Jake won a $2,500 Atlantic Sires Stakes B-division for two-year-old pacing colts in 2:00.3 for driver David Dowling and trainer Devon Wallace. The other B-split was claimed by Class Hero (MacPherson) in 2:04 from the Greg Weatherbee stable. In a rarity in Island racing a pair of siblings born outside the region both won races on the same card. Shes In The Moment, by Control The Moment, had a maiden breaking win in race 1 in 1:58.3 for trainer-driver Campbell then her half-brother Cowboy Logic, by Western Ideal, cruised the oval in an open-length score in 1:56.3 for driver Steven Shepherd and trainer Harold Shepherd. Both horses are out of the Art Major mare Sara Sue. The Shepherd duo also celebrated a win with Harbourlite Jerry in 1:57.4 in race 9 overnight action. For more information go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

MILTON, ON - July 9, 2020 - The Milton Sports Hall of Fame today announced that Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame harness racing driver Steve Condren has been elected to the town's sports hall as part of their 2020 induction class. Condren is one of the most respected and recognized drivers in Canadian harness racing history and has been associated with Milton's Mohawk Racetrack/Park for over 30 years. He was the leader of the Ontario Jockey Club/Woodbine Entertainment circuit as its top driver for multiple years throughout the 80's, 90's and 2000's. Throughout his Hall of Fame career, Condren amassed 6,859 wins and drove horses earning a combined $114 million. His career highlights include a victory in the 1989 $1-million North America Cup with Goalie Jeff, along with multiple Breeders Crown victories and numerous other Grand Circuit wins. Condren was named Canada's Driver of the Year in 1997 and elected to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in 2011. The 2020 Milton Sports Hall of Fame class will feature five inductees. Condren is joined by athletes Darlene Kranstz (Jiu-Jitsu), Travis Gerrits (Freestyle Skiing) and builders Bill Rowney (Minor Hockey) and Martha & Pat Gleason (Basketball). "The Milton Sports Hall of Fame is pleased to invite these esteemed sporting legends as honoured members," said Joe Yaworski, Chairman of the Milton Sports Hall of Fame. "For over 160 years, the Town of Milton has witnessed and benefited substantially due to the contributions of great athletes, teams and great sports builders, and these five inductees represent the upper echelon of our town's rich sporting history." This is the fifth induction class elected by the Milton Sports Hall Of Fame, with 20 previous inductees having been bestowed with Milton's highest athletic honour. The 2020 Milton Sports Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony and Wall Unveiling are tentatively scheduled for Thursday, November 19th at the Milton Sports Centre. Due to the unpredictable nature of public health restrictions surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, the Milton Sports Hall of Fame is presently not opening up ticket sales. Further updates and announcements will be made in the weeks to come and will be communicated via the Hall's social media channels, as well as its website at www.milton.ca/sportshalloffame. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Since the day his harness racing homebred trotter was foaled, owner/breeder Michael Cote Gagnon of Terrebonne, knew that this foal was special. And Gagnon gave him a special name, Caroluzzo. The two-time former Quebec champion trotter is now age 11 and you cannot tell that from the way he has been beating his younger rivals at the Hippodrome 3R. On Friday, Caroluzzo headlines the seventh race Preferred-Handicapped Trot and the beautiful chestnut stallion by Musclesextrodinair is seeking his third straight win. Winning is nothing new for Caroluzzo. He's been doing it since he first started the races at age 2. Now let's go back to when Caroluzzo was foaled and how he got his name. "Caroluzzo is the last foal of a mare that I bought in Ontario, named Sardula," explained Gagnon. "But above all, he is the only Quebec offspring of the Musclextrodinair (Muscle Yankee) stallion that I had discovered and purchased in Delaware. The racing industry in Quebec had collapsed in the months before he was born and I no longer knew what I would do with all these mares full of my Quebec stallion. "My mother, Elaine Cote, insisted that we keep her during the winter of 2009," Gagnon said. "Destiny was going to be special for this horse. On March 28, 2009, my grandfather, whom I considered my own father, died suddenly of a heart attack. Our family was obviously in shock. As we were planning the funeral, on April 1st we received a call that Sardula was preparing to have her foal, two weeks ahead of the schedule, the same day my grandfather was cremated. Gagnon owns a farm in Jupiter, Florida and that is where Caroluzzo was foaled. "What a surprise to discover this blond foal with 4 white legs," Gagnon explained. "when you know that the mother was completely black! Of course, we saw a sign into this and we named it after my grandfather, who was named Carolus. "The colt was trained by Jean Beaulieu at 18 months old in Florida," Gagnon said. "but he did not show any particular aptitude according to him. Many laughed "he's very beautiful, it will make a beautiful riding horse!" "At 3 years old," Gagnon added. "we brought him back to Florida because my mother didn't want him to stay alone in Quebec. But Donald Dupont found him so beautiful and well-formed that he insisted on trying him for a few weeks, which I accepted without much hope. "We know the rest, Gagnon smiled. "He is a horse that my mother has carefully raised, it is very calm for a stallion and especially for a trotter. I never thought he would win not one, but two Trotter of the Year championships at Trois-Rivières, in 2015 and 2016. Daniel Martin and Dominique Michel, have been training since his first qualification at Mohawk in 2012. "They take jealous care of him, Gagnon said. "Although he won on different sized tracks in Ontario and Quebec, he loves the half mile track. He is not the fastest one (1:57.2 lifetime mark), but he is a war horse, enduring and that often makes the difference. When you think he had no stakes at 2 and 3, his earnings are close to $200,000 lifetime, which is very respectable with soon 40 career wins." Caroluzzo starts from post six on Friday and is the 3-1 second choice in the race. Last week Caroluzzo was able to lead from start to finish at H3R in 2:00.2, winning in a romp by four open lengths and paid a generous $20.20 to win. "I'm very grateful for the work Stéphane Gendron has made with him over the years," Gagnon said. "He has been his perfect match driver in his success. Richard Simard also makes a good pair with Caroluzzo as evidenced by his latest victory last week. Although he did not have a good season last year, he bounced back this year and we are still as proud as he is not only popular on the track, but in the race paddock too! "It is not uncommon for people to ask to be posed with him," Gagnon said. "it always gives us great pleasure because yes, he is a horse of beauty. We hope being able to race him the rest of his career if possible as he will always represent something special for us, reminding us the love of our late father Carolus Côté. Hoping to put an end to Caroluzzo's winning ways will be the race favorite, Eau Naturelle, who starts from post five for driver Steeven Genois. Last week Eau Naturelle was a game second in her race, timed in 1:59.2. She already has three wins this season. Other competitors include Upvote Hanover (post 7), Stpattysday (post 2) and Precieuse CC (post 1). As a special remembrance this year for Mother's Day, Michael Cote Gagnon took a photo of Caroluzzo and driver Stephane Gendron and had it blown up and wrapped on the sides of his big horse trailer. "I used that picture on my trailer for my mother on Mother's Day," Gagnon said. "It made her cry when she saw that photo as she entered the driveway at my farm in Florida." First race post time Friday afternoon is 4:00 pm. This weekend the Hippodrome 3R is hosting the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit so there will be live racing both Saturday and Sunday with post time at 1:00 pm. For more information and a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

SUMMERSIDE, PE - After being crowned champion in 2019, Woodmere Skyroller will look for her first win of her three-year-old campaign in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Friday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continues. The 11-dash Friday card has a 6:30 P.M. start time featuring the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. The card will feature a trio of $9,360 A-divisions for the sophomore fillies in races 2, 5 and 9 and a pair of $2,500 B-divisions in races 4 and 6. The first division in race 2 has Woodmere Skyroller leaving from post 3 in a compact field of five for driver Brodie MacPhee, trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Rollwithitharry filly was top of her class as a rookie, winning the $20,000 Atlantic Breeders Crown final last season and sits on a pair of second place finishes so far in 2020. Also in the field are Live And Let Di (To be driven by Marc Campbell) and Gotta Love Cabot (Clare MacDonald). The second $9,360 A-division in race 5 will see last year's Maritime Breeder's winner, Na Naa Said So, with post 2 on the gate for the Cape Breton connections of driver Redmond Doucet, trainer Robert MacLeod and owners Hugh MacEachern of Inverness and Ali MacEachern of Truro, N.S. The talented daughter of Westwardo Hanover easily toured the oval at Inverness, N.S., in her lone seasonal start in 1:56.4. Her main rival on Friday will be the currently undefeated Red Dirt Star (Gilles Barrieau) from post 1 sitting on a trio of victories from as many starts in 2020. Tobins Choice has top billing in the final $9,360 Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing filly split in race 9 with Barrieau at the lines for trainer Gary Chappell and owners Boyd MacDonald Produce of Crapaud and Daniel Ross of Belfast. The Camystic filly has already seen the winner's circle twice this season and has drawn post 5 for Friday's contest. Other top contenders are Woodmere Nasha (Kenny Arsenault) and Streakazana (Marc Campbell). Race 8 of the card features the $2,700 Andrew Perry Memorial trot with the top five trotters on the East Coast. Freddie has yet to be defeated this season and is relegated to the outside post 5 for trainer-driver Campbell and owners Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. His top rivals will be Glider Man (Arsenault) and Star Photo (Hughes). Catch the action live on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The Nova Scotia harness racing horses came to play in Atlantic Sires Stakes action Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as Governor's Plate Week racing continued. The Atlantic Sires stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies was the main event of the Wednesday program with a pair of $12,620 A-divisions as the Maritime bred youngsters kicked off their careers. Aspoonfulofsugar was much the best in her $12,620 A-split opening up at every call to cruise to an eight-length victory in 2:02.4 over a sloppy track rated two-seconds off. Dale Spence steered the daughter of Rollwithitharry for trainer Joe Baxter and Nova Scotia owners Jennifer Baxter of Falmouth, Sean Baxter and Trish Hardy of Windsor and Matthew Williams of Newport Station. Woodmere Stella (Driven by Earl Smith) finished second while Elm Grove Prerush (Clare MacDonald) was third. Cape Breton rookie Jj Talisa took top prize in the other A-division to give first crop sire Hilarious Halo his first stakes winner. The two-year-old filly got up in the final strides off a pocket ride in 2:02.4 for driver Redmond Doucet, co-owner and trainer Robert MacLeod and co-owner Maria MacLeod, both of South West Margaree, N.S. Race favourite The Real Mccoy (Marc Campbell) cut out the mile to finish second with Terrormasue (MacDonald) completing the triactor ticket. Reademandweep was a 2:04.4 winner in her $2,500 sires stakes B-Division for trainer-driver Jason Hughes. The other B-division was part of a four-win performance by Campbell as he steered Maggiesdelight to a 2:06.1 maiden score for trainer Michelle Myers of Cardigan. Campbell also won with Mayhem Man in 1:59.3 for Jay Noye of Cornwall and scored a pair of wins from his Charlottetown stable aboard Messier Seelster in 1:57.3 and Power Of A Cruiser in 2:00.1. Atlantic Sire Stakes on Thursday The first crop of Steelhead Hanover will look to make a major impact in Thursday evenings Atlantic Sires Stakes competition for two-year-old harness racing pacing colts at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The Thursday card features 10-dashes starting at 6:30 P.M. with eyes fixed firmly on the $12,880 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for two-year-old pacing colts in races 6 and 8. Dollars And Spence is the morning line favourite in the first A-division in race 6 with Redmond Doucet in the bike for owner-trainer John MacLellan of Mabou, N.S. The rookie is sired by Steelhead Hanover, who will have his lone crop go the races this season after the sire passed away midway through the breeding season in 2017. Dollars And Spence was a winner in his first lifetime start, touring the oval at Inverness Raceway in Nova Scotia in 2:00. Other top entries are Steelhead Hanover sons Mr Rielly (To be driven by Corey MacPherson) and Steel Reefer (Gilles Barrieau). The second $12,880 split in race 8 is more of the same as sires go with Woodmere Stealdeal the morning line choice with post 6 in the field of seven for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Danny Romo and owners Kevin Dorey of Middle Sackville and Robert Sumarah of Halifax, N.S. The son of Steelhead Hanover has put in the fastest qualifier to date for Atlantic sired rookies as he pounded out a 1:59.3 trip over the Truro Raceway in Nova Scotia. Dustylanegoliath looks to be another talented Steelhead Hanover from post 7 for trainer-driver Barrieau while Ameripan Gigolo pacer Dusty Lane Morgan is third choice from post 3 for trainer-driver Clare MacDonald. The program will also feature a pair of $2,500 Atlantic Sires B-divisions for rookie colts in races 2 and 4. Check out the action live at Redshores.ca and bet online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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