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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  

JULY 15, 2018 - One night after hosting the Grassroots season opener for the two-year-old trotting fillies, Georgian Downs rolled out the red carpet for their Gold level peers, who stepped up the tempo as they battled for a total of $200,000 in three divisions. HP Titania Runner captured the first Gold Series victory of the freshman trotting filly season with a 1:58.3 effort that saw her get away mid-pack from Post 7 and then power up the outer lane to catch pacesetter Angies Luckeylady. Accelerating down the stretch, HP Titania Runner opened up a five and one-quarter length lead over fan favourite Angies Luckeylady and Warrawee Ultra. Louis Philippe Roy piloted the E L Titan daughter to the win for trainer Rene Bourassa of Fergus, Ontario and owner-breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville, Quebec. Three races later, Roy was back in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle after guiding Cambridge Kate to a 1:58.3 score. Starting from Post 6 Roy eased the Royalty For Life filly away from the gate and settled her in seventh as fan favourite Shesa Sweetheart led the field to a :28.4 quarter and a :58.4 half. Heading for the 1:28.3 three-quarters Roy sent Cambridge Kate into the outer lane and turning for home the filly rolled out around the two horses in front of her and stormed to a one and three-quarter length victory. Champagne Jane and Witches N Angels also reeled in Shesa Sweetheart to earn second and third-place honours. "She's got lots of speed, I think she's got lots of speed," said trainer Carl Jamieson of Cambridge Kate. "She can leave too, I mean he didn't leave there at all tonight - and I was a little worried when he got away next to last - but she really closed excellent." Rockwood resident Jamieson conditions Cambridge Kate for his partners Glengate K Farms of Erin and Dr. Robert Boyce of London, Ontario. The partners acquired the filly from the 2017 London Selected Yearling Sale for $44,000 and she has banked $35,280 with a win and a third in her first two starts. "She's been good all along. Since the day we broke her she's had no problems whatsoever," noted Jamieson. "Anybody could train her all winter, like going sets, she didn't make breaks or nothing, she's always trotted good." Trainer John Rier felt the same way about Giving It All through the winter and the filly rewarded his confidence with a 2:00.2 victory in the last $66,400 division. Starting from Post 5, Giving It All and driver Mike Saftic took command early and trotted through fractions of :29.4, 1:01 and 1:30.4 before battling down the stretch to a three-quarter length victory over fan favourite Petro Hall and Pyrrha. "She raced good, she's a very good gaited filly," said Campbellville resident Saftic. "The track's a little deep there, a lot of the other fillies were having a hard time, but she was good. We got her good fractions and she gutted it out down the lane." Kitchener resident Rier shares ownership of Giving It All with his brother Randy Rier of Hanover. The brothers offered up $12,000 for the Angus Hall daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and have recouped $36,700 with one win and one second through the filly's first three starts. "I don't know how fast she'll end up being, but she's got that nice gait, and she's got gate speed, and she moves real nice," noted Saftic, who has driven the filly in all of her races and qualifiers. "We'll see down the road, but we'll take that one." Giving It All, Cambridge Kate, HP Titania Runner and their peers will make their second Gold Series start on July 27 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Ontario Sires Stakes spotlight remains on Georgian Downs this week as the Innisfil oval hosts the Grassroots season opener for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Tuesday, July 17. The colts and geldings will compete for a total of $55,700 in Races 2, 5 and 8. The evening's first race rolls in behind the starting car at 7:15 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres - With sunny skies and warm temperatures, the conditions were perfect for a harness racing track record to be set at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday and Hudson Phil made it happen. In the opening round first division of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old pacing colts, Hudson Phil put on a show of speed with a four-length romp in 1:53.2 for driver Stephane Brosseau. The third race got underway with Kinnder Jackson (Justin Filion) and Play Jet Hay (Guy Gagnon) battling for the early lead. Filion was able to clear to the front with Kinnder Jackson and then Gagnon came right back to take control with Play Jet Hay in :26.4 for the opening quarter mile. Then it was Hudson Phil's turn to speed things up. As they came off the second turn, Play Jet Hay bared out and made a slight break in stride and allowed just enough room for Brosseau to squeeze between the two horses and take the lead to the half mile marker in :55.2. With Kinnder Jackson in second place, Gagnon continued on the outside with Play Jet Bay and pressed Hudson Phil to the three-quarters in 1:23.4. Then by the stretch drive, Play Jet Bay had enough and began to fade as Hudson Phil went on to win by three and one-half lengths. Play Jet Bay held for second with The prior record for a three-year-old colt was 1:54.1, set by Eveil Dun Champion in 2014. The gelding record was not broken as that is still held by Duc D'Orleans at 1:52.4 in 2013. This was the first track record to be broken this season at H3R. A son of Shanghai Phil, Hudson Phil is trained by Mark Steacy and was bred and is owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson. Hudson Phil paid $2.70 to win. He was a winner of $171,000 last year and this was his second win in eight starts this year. The 1:53.2 clocking was the fastest mile this year at H3R. The ninth race second division of the Breeders Cup Series for colts saw last year's champion, Stock, wire the field with ease for driver Stephane Brosseau. Stock went right to the lead from post five and held the field at bay through the opening quarter mile in :27.4 and to the half mile in :57. Then in the backstretch, Brosseau asked Stock for a little more and the son of Sportswriter pulled away to a ten-length lead after the three-quarters in 1:25.2 and then went on to win in a huge romp by 15 and three-quarters lengths in 1:54.2. Big Mach (Guy Gagnon), who made a break at the start, then rebounded, came first-over in vain but held for second place with Challenge Magic (Jocelyn Gendron) third. It was the second win in nine starts this year for Stock. He is trained by Dany Fountaine and was bred by Sotirios Anastaspoulo of Sainte-Therese and co-owned with Ecurie Gaetan Bono of Montreal. He paid just $2.10 to win. The first division of the Breeders Cup for fillies was the fifth race that started off with Lune Bleu (Pierre Luc Roy) parking out Butterfly GB (Guy Gagnon) until nearly the opening quarter mile in :27.4. Then Butterfly BG led the field past the half mile in :57.4 as D Gs Shadowsbell and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them first-over and the two horses sped to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. D Gs Shadowsbell could not give up and pressed Butterfly BG on the outside until they started down the stretch. It was then that Butterfly BG proved to be the stronger filly, winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.2. Lune Bleu was third. It was a lifetime mark for Butterfly BG and the daughter of Sportswriter's second win in nine starts for Gagnon, who also trains the filly. She was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy and paid $2.50 to win as the wagering favorite. In the second division, eighth race for the fillies it was all Katniss S BG and driver Pascal Berube. They led from start to finish, had Lit De Rose (Pierre Luc Roy) come first-over and challenge but never was able to collar the leader. Katniss S BG won by two and one-quarter lengths in 1:57 with Miss Rockadale (Guy Gagnon) second with Lit De Rose third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for Katniss S BG. She is sired by Mach Three, trained by Richard Moreau and was bred and is co-owned by Sylvain Descheneaux and Gaston Bibeau or Sorel-Tracy. Katniss S BG paid just $2.30 to win. Pascal Berube led all drivers with a triple on the afternoon and Dany Fontaine sent two winners out from his stable. Track Notes: The opening round of the Breeders Cup for three-year-old trotters kicks off Tuesday evening. There is a full field of ten colts that will battle it out in the fifth race, while only three fillies entered the first race and will compete in a non-wagering race between the 4th and 5th races on the program. First post is 6:30 pm. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

SUMMERSIDE, PE – In nothing short of a perfect trip, Czar Seelster was steered to victory by veteran driver Kenny Arsenault in the Governor’s Plate final that capped off Governor’s Plate week racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Kenny Arsenault captured his second Governor’s Plate final Saturday night in the $25,000 event for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Post time favourite Euchred and driver Adam Merner set the early tempo with fractions of 27.1, 55.4 and 1:24.1 while being unchallenged on the front end with Czar Seelster sitting the pocket. Czar Seelster vacated the two-hole for the stretch drive to power past Euchred and capture the 50th edition of the Prince County Classic in 1:53.2. Euchred was second with Mr Irresistible (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) finishing third and defending champion Do Over Hanover (Jason Hughes) fourth. Driver Corey MacPherson had a night to remember on Saturday, winning five races on the 16-dash program. MacPherson won the fastest $12,800 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing colts with Sock It Away in 1:54.2 to remain undefeated on the season for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. MacPherson also had major wins in the $2,500 Andrew Perry Memorial Invitational trot in 1:59.2 for trainer-driver Keith Campbell of Tyne Valley and the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation with Tobinator in 1:58.3 for trainer Trevor Hicken of Montague. The Cornwall driver’s other trips to the winner’s circle came with Big Surf in a $1,900 event in 1:55.4 for trainer Hicken and in a $2,500 B-Division for three-year-old pacing colts with Dustylanekazaam in 1:59.4 for Paul MacDonald of Cornwall. The other $12,800 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for three-year-old pacing colts was won by Weekend Atnannies in 1:56.3 for driver Mike McGuigan, trainer Len McGuigan and owner Glen Dunn of Summerville. The $3,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace was won by Sodwana Bay to continue her undefeated streak in Atlantic Canada with a 1:55.2 win for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owners Wayne MacRae of Fall River, N.S., and Howmac Farms Ltd., of North Wiltshire. Live racing on Prince Edward Island returns to a regular schedule in the coming week with cards Thursday and Saturday at Red Shores Charlottetown with Red Shores Summerside holding its next card on Sunday (July 22). For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

JULY 14, 2018 - Georgian Downs kicked off its 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes season with three $18,450 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday evening. Scoring the first stakes victory of the freshman trotting filly campaign was Angel Status, who delivered a game effort from Post 7. Reaching the front just before the :30.1 quarter, Angel Status and driver Ryan Holliday led the field of seven to the 1:01.3 half and then faced pressure from Cadence Seelster, who had a slight lead at the 1:32 three-quarters. As the fillies turned for home Cadence Seelster appeared destined for a Grassroots victory, but Angel Status dug deep and regained a three-quarter length advantage by the wire. Cadence Seelster settled for second in the 2:03.2 mile and fan favourite Nifty Trick was third. "I didn't really plan on cutting it when I came up here, but you can't have too many plans with two-year-old trotting fillies. Knock on wood, she's pretty sure footed, so I thought we'd maybe take advantage of that," said Ryan Holliday. "She was parked past the quarter, and I mean she didn't want a whole lot more on the end, but neither did the rest of them, and she fought the one off that came up beside her so that was the important thing. Overall, I was very satisfied." Holliday drives Angel Status for his father, trainer David Holliday, and wife Caroline Holliday of Mount Forest, who shares ownership of the Archangel filly with Dennis Hannath of Harriston, Ontario. Hannath and the Holliday's acquired Angel Status at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale for $11,000 and recouped $9,225 with Saturday's victory. "She's not a world beater, but she's a nice steady, honest little racehorse I think, and that's kind of how she trained down," noted Mount Forest resident Holliday. "She hasn't flashed a whole lot of speed yet, but she's done what's been asked of her. I guess that's all she needs to do right now. We were quite happy with her performance. Hopefully she can rebound in ten days or so." Angel Status and her Grassroots peers will make their second Ontario Sires Stakes start on July 24 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Eramosa Magic captured the second division with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 1, reaching the finish three and one-half lengths ahead of the field in 2:00.3. Order Mattie finished second and Magically Hip was third. Campbellville resident Tyler Moore piloted Eramosa Magic to the win for trainer John Kopas of Milton and his partners 2 Johns Stable of Rockwood, Grieve Stables of Union and Avery Goodbadexample Stable of Toronto, Ontario. The Holiday Road daughter, a $21,000 purchase from the London Selected Yearling Sale, now has one win and one fourth to her credit through two lifetime starts. Teddys Littleangel recorded the quickest mile of the three Grassroots divisions, stopping the teletimer in 2:00.3. Starting from Post 7 driver Paul Mackenzie of Puslinch, Ontario settled the Archangel daughter in second through the early going and then moved her to the front heading for the three-quarters. From there it was smooth sailing and Teddys Littleangel trotted home a four and three-quarter length winner. Galaxy Seelster, in rein to Thornton resident Stephen Byron, finished second and fan favourite Miss Congeniality finished third. Ted MacDonnell trains Teddys Littleangel for owner-breeder Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and the Allenford, Ontario resident was relieved to see the filly deliver a strong effort in her career debut. "She's always been a nice filly training down, what I wasn't anticipating was her to be bad in her baby races," MacDonnell explained, referring to the trio of breaks Teddys Littleangel made in her June 22 and 29 and July 6 qualifiers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "It kind of caught me off guard, because she'd been pretty professional up until that point." The filly rebounded with a solid effort in a fourth qualifying attempt on July 10 and MacDonnell is hoping Saturday's victory will set her up for success through the rest of the season. "We added a screen to her, but that's basically it. It was just more her taking a couple extra baby steps on me that took a while to get figured out, but we really didn't do a lot different," the trainer noted. "She's always been one that's been a little bit aggressive. I knew it was always there so we've tried to be pretty careful with her, but hopefully we'll get a few races in her here and she'll behave herself and be fine, because she's always had a nice bit of go." The two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event was just the first in a week-long showcase of Ontario Sires Stakes events at Georgian Downs. On Sunday the Innisfil oval will roll out the red carpet for the Gold level two-year-old trotting fillies, who will battle for a total of $200,000 in Races 4, 7 and 9 on the 6 pm program. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – Royaltywestho has cruised through the first part of the 2018 season dominating the three-year-old pacing filly division but the former leading money winning three-year-old in North America returned to form Friday evening in Atlantic Sires Stakes action at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of Governor’s Plate week racing. Bettim Jackie had a solid winter season racing in Ontario but has remained winless since coming back East for the start of the Atlantic Stakes season, but that all changed Friday night. The daughter of Andreoli Hanover was sent first over in her $13,040 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-Division by driver Gilles Barrieau and powered past the undefeated Royaltywestho (Driven by Walter Cheverie) going to three-quarters. Bettim Jackie lengthened her advantage to a six-and-a-half length winning margin in 1:55.3, just two-fifth shy of Elm Grove Inarush's 2014 track record for sophomore pacing fillies. Royaltywestho had to settle for second while Woodmere Wyldstyle (Corey MacPherson) was third. Bettim Jackie is co-owned and trained by Jeff Lilley of Milton for co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. The other $13,040 A-division was won by Chocolate Terror and trainer-driver Darren Crowe in a race that was full of action from the start. Heavily favoured R Es Shabla (Mike McGuigan) made at the start to be a non-factor while Elm Grove Maddy (Dale Spence) tussled with Elm Grove Mistress (Earl Smith) to the quarter in 28.1. Elm Grove Mistress was forced to take a seat in second while Elm Grove Maddy hit the half in 57.3 then was overtaken by Chocolate Terror to the outside before the three-quarters in 1:26.4 with the final time of 1:56.3. Tobins Terror (Gary Chappell) was second with the 93-1 shot Kahlua Morning (Jason Hughes) in third. Chocolate Terror is owned by David Livingstone of Halifax, N.S. The trio of $2,500 B-Divisions were claimed by Izzies Angel in 1:58.4 for trainer-driver Terry Gallant of Summerside, Shy Artie in 2:00.1 with Dale Spence driving for trainer Tommy Gunn of New Brunswick and Howmac Impeccable in 2:00.4 for driver David Dowling and trainer Earl Watts of Hampshire. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - He was the two-year-old harness racing champion pacer in Quebec last year and Stock has now returned to defend his title at age three, competing in one of four divisions of the opening round of the Breeders Cup Series at the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday. Up until last week, Stock was not doing as well as he did last year when he won five of his eight starts for trainer Dany Fountaine and owner-breeder Sotiries Anastasopoulos of Sainte-Therese, who co-owns Stock with Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal. So far in 2018, Stock has just one win in eight starts. But that lone win was in his last start, where the colt by Sportswriter romped by seven opening lengths in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series in a lifetime best clocking of 1:51.4, last quarter mile in :27.3. That mile alone has made Stock the overwhelming favorite in the 9th race, the second of two divisions for colt pacers. He will start from post five for driver Stephane Brosseau and goes against minor foes Challenge Magic (post one), Big Mach (post three) and Classic Terror (post four). The first division is the third race where unbeaten Kinnder Jackson goes for his fifth straight win. This son of Allamerican Native is coming off a lifetime best 1:56 mile in his last start for breeder, owner and trainer Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He starts from post six for driver Justin Filion. "He came out of his last race in very good shape," Petrova said of Kinnder Jackson. "He is feeling very good. I don't know how he will do from post six and there are some nice horses in his race." "I was really impressed with him last week," said Filion. "He does it so easy and I never pulled the ear plugs on him. Tomorrow is depending on race luck, especially when you have an outside post on a half mile track." Other contenders in the field include two newcomers in Play Jet Bay (post one) and Hudson Phil (post two) who was just second by a nose in 1:51.1 last week in the Ontario Sire Stakes Gold division. The fillies see action beginning in the fifth race where H3R's own Lune Bleu goes for her fifth straight win. Last week she once again wired the field for driver Pierre Luc Roy in 2:01.2, the slowest of her four wins this year. She is a daughter of Big Jim, trained by Maxime Velaye and bred and owned by Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. She starts from post two. Her main rival will be the race favorite, Butterfly BG, from post three for trainer/driver Guy Gagnon. She is sired by Sportswriter and was bred and is owned by Gaston Bibeau of Sorel-Tracy. Butterfly GB was second this past Thursday at Rideau Carleton Raceway and prior to that had won impressively H3R in 1:57. Contenders include Hammering Haley (post seven), D G's Shadowsbell (post four) and Roxane (post one). Katniss S BG is the favorite in the eighth race second Breeders Cup division for fillies. She starts from post three for driver Pascal Berube and ships in from Clinton Raceway where she was second last week in the Ontario-Kid final for $60,000. Also, in the race is the hometown favorite, All You Can Dream, from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau. This filly by Sportswriter has won two of her three lifetime starts the past month at H3R, the fastest in 1:56 in her pari-mutuel debut mile. Other fillies to watch for include Lit De Rose (post seven), Flash Panic (post two) and Miss Rockadali (post five), who ships in from Rideau Carleton off a sharp victory in 1:55.2. First race post time is 12:50 pm Sunday. For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club        

JULY 13, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park was flooded with two-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Friday evening as 68 of the harness racing youngsters went postward in seven Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions. Driver Bob McClure kicked things off in the $19,150 first division, employing a come-from-behind strategy with B Stoney who paced under the wire three and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:54. Fan favourite Kenny Joe finished second and Century Farroh was third. "He has lots of go, he just needs some experience," said McClure of B Stoney, whose time would stand up as the fastest of the Grassroots divisions. "He's kind of goofy, but he was significantly smarter from his first start to this week." McClure piloted the Sunfire Blue Chip son to the win for trainer Murray Brethour of Sunderland and his partners, breeder Doug Millard of Woodstock and Barry McClennan of Cavan, Ontario. In B Stoney's first start, a July 1 two-year-old race at Georgian Downs, the Elora resident engineered a fourth-place result with the youngster. B Stoney Both McClure and Brethour would return to the winner's circle with a second Grassroots winner, McClure in the fourth division and Brethour in the sixth. Aboard Sauble Play in the $19,500 fourth division, McClure also opted for come-from-behind tactics, getting the Shadow Play gelding home to a one-half length victory over Balder Son in 1:55.2. Favourite DA Delightful was another length back in third. "He seems to have very high speed," said McClure of the gelding, who paced home in :27.1. "I think he'll keep improving." Tara, Ontario resident Larry Hall trains Sauble Play and shares ownership of the homebred with his wife Marilyn through their Sauble Hill Farms. A half-brother to $206,548 winner Sauble Claire, Sauble Play now has one win, one fourth and one fifth in his first three career starts. Sauble Play Brethour returned to the winner's circle with Machdavid, who hung on for a neck victory after carving out most of the fractions in the sixth division. Sylvain Filion drove the Mach Three son to the 1:55.1 victory for Brethour and breeders Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley, Ontario. Boys Turn settled for second and Carlisimo sprinted into third. Machdavid Like McClure and Brethour, Filion also picked up a pair of Grassroots wins. The Milton, Ontario resident guided Battle Strong to a commanding five and one-quarter length victory in the second division, stopping the teletimer at 1:55.2. Ballparkfrank finished second and Come On Barney was third. Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, Ontario trains Battle Strong for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania, who also bred the son of Betterthancheddar at their Winbak Farm of Chesapeake City, Maryland. Battle Strong In between McClure, Brethour and Filion's first and second victories, Mo Bettor captured the third division with a late sprint that saw him reach the wire in 1:55.1, one and one-half lengths ahead of Ys Sunshine and Big Kiz. Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald drove the Bettors Delight son to his second lifetime victory for trainer Kevin McMaster and owners Thestable Mo Bettor Group of Guelph and breeder Karry Howard of Wardsville, Ontario. "He's a medium-sized horse that's filled out well, and you know, he's ahead of the curve right now because it's early in the season," said MacDonald. "He's been good from Day 1, he never wore a boot or anything like that and he's really turned into a nice little colt. "We're probably going to aim him toward the (Aug. 6) Battle of Waterloo," MacDonald continued. "He wears a 56-inch hopple, I think, and no boots or nothing like that so he's built for a half, I think he'll excel on a half." Mo Bettor The other divisions went to Sports Hero and Keystone Concrete. Fan favourite Sports Hero led from gate-to-wire in the fifth split, laying down a 1:55.2 effort for driver Jonathan Drury of Guelph. Twin B Jays recovered from interference to be second and Mittnite Delight was third. Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge trains Sportswriter son Sports Hero for his partners in the 3 Hero Stables of Cambridge, the 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Touch Stone Farms of Guelph, Ontario. A half-brother to 2012 3-year-old pacing filly Super Final champion Mach A Wish ($601,975), Sports Hero was a $60,000 purchase from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Sports Hero In the last division Keystone Concrete took command early and never looked back, cruising home to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:54.3. Chiefs Beach followed the pacesetter into second and Ok Kudo closed well for third. Oakville resident Rick Zeron piloted the Bettors Delight colt to the win for trainer Rob Fellows and owners Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood, Arpad Szabo of Bradford, Ontario and Blair Corbeil of Beaumont, Alberta. The partners acquired the colt for $18,000 at the 2017 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Keystone Concrete The two-year-old pacing colts will make their second Grassroots start on July 23 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Monday, July 16 with four Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings. The trotters will make their Ontario Sires Stakes debuts in Races 2, 3, 6 and 9, with the evening's first race going behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. 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 top Invitational race in Atlantic Canadian harness racing goes to the gate in the Saturday evening finale at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway in the culmination of Governor’s Plate week racing at the Prince County oval. The 50th edition of the Governor’s Plate, presented by Township Chevrolet Buick GMC, carries a $25,000 purse in race 16 of the Saturday evening card at Red Shores Summerside. The program kicks off with a 6:30 P.M. first race post time featuring another chance at the $100,000 Dash For Cash in the Governor’s Plate final for two lucky patrons. Euchred has been installed as the morning line favourite in the $25,000 Governor’s Plate final with rail control gained at the Tuesday evening’s official post position draw. Adam Merner drives the son of Shadow Play for trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. Euchred won Governor’s Plate elimination one Sunday afternoon in 1:54 by five lengths. Gallant has won the Governor’s Plate twice before with Outlawpositivcharg in 2008 and 2009 Defending champion Do Over Hanover is selected as second choice by race secretary Gerard Smith from post 6. Jason Hughes drives the 2017 Governor’s Plate winner for trainer Chris MacKay and owners Red Isle Racing of North Granville, Donald MacRae of Vernon Bridge and Allard Racing Inc., of Quebec. Selected for third is post 2 starter, and Governor’s Plate elimination winner, Czar Seelster with Kenny Arsenault at the controls for trainer Todd Weatherbee and owner Tammy Johnston of Vernon Bridge. Arsenault won the race previously in 2011 with Serious Damage. Race analyst Bo Ford puts his faith in Euchred to capitalize on his inside post position and land in the winner’s circle in the historic race. “Euchred was dominant throughout the early part of the season and he hasn’t been too shabby lately either, offering a not worse than second in five of his last six starts,” Ford said. “With so many hard hitting contenders in here the rail could be the deciding factor.” Another piece of history could occur as post 7 starter In Spades is driven by 18-year-old driver Austin Sorrie, who will drive in the classic event in just his 74 scheduled lifetime drive. Sorrie trains the son of Bettors Delight for owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. In Spades shows the fastest miles so far this season with a blistering 1:53.1 victory over Red Shores Charlottetown on June 30. The ownership group of William Andrew of Calgary, Alta., and Brian Andrew of Milton, P.E.I., have two entries in the race with Keep Coming leaving from post 4 with Corey MacPherson in the bike and Cartoon Daddy leaving from post 8 for driver Dale Spence. Gilles Barrieau has won a record five Governor’s Plate finals and gets another chance Saturday evening from post 3 with Mr Irresistible for conditioner Jennifer Doyle and owner Danny Birt of Vernon Bridge. To complete the field, Nogreatmischief has post 5 for trainer-driver and co-owner Walter Cheverie of Nine Mile Creek and Brian Thompson of Charlottetown. The seven-year-old son of Bettors Delight will be making his first Governor’s Plate appearance while his driver has previously won the race with Barney Baren in 2000. The Saturday program also features the $5,000 Governor’s Plate consolation in race 5, the $2,500 Andrew Perry Invitational trot in race 8 and a $3,500 Fillies and Mares Open pace in race 15. Also on the docket is the Atlantic Sires Stakes for three-year-old pacing colts featuring a pair of $12,800 A-divisions in races 9 and 14. For more information go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE – For decades Earl Smith has been a force to be reckoned with on the Atlantic Sires Stakes circuit and that trend continued Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as part of the Governor’s Plate harness racing week. Woodmere Bolt captured the fastest Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division for two-year-old pacing colts on the Thursday program in Summerside winning in 2:01. The two-year-old gelded son of Malicious laid down the tempo at every station in the $12,680 event, cutting fractions of 29.3, 1:01.1 and 1:31.4 for trainer-driver Earl Smith before winning by two-and-a-quarter lengths in 2:01. Race favourite Red Dirt Boomer (Driven by Gilles Barrieau), another son of Malicious, was second while third went to Fern Hill Dynamic (Mark Bradley). Woodmere Bolt is owned by Peter Smith of Charlottetown, Gerald Morrissey of Vernon River and Arnold Hagen of Bible, N.S. The other $12,680 A-division for rookie pacers was won by Notorious with Walter Cheverie at the controls in 2:03.1. Darryl MacLean of Winsloe co-owns and trains the two-year-old son of Malicious for co-owners Gordon MacLean, also of Winsloe, and Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S. The Malicious trend continued in this division as another son of the first crop sire, Mrs Browns Boy, was second with Clare MacDonald at the lines while Red Dirt Rocknroll, by Articulator, was third for driver Lenny Myers. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old pacing colts were won by Flowersonthebeack in 2:01.1 for driver Ken Murphy and trainer Jeff Wallace and JJ Superman in 2:05.2 for trainer-driver Austin Sorrie. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Milton, ON - Thursday night marked the Ontario Sires Stakes debut of the two-year-old pacing colts and geldings, and fans at Woodbine Mohawk Park witnessed three dominant performances by the Gold division winners. Stag Party set the bar high in the first $68,000 division, powering out from Post 10 to take lead before the :27 opening quarter. Driver Doug McNair of Guelph, Ontario allowed Sunshines Finest to circle around Stag Party and set the tempo through the :56.1 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters, but when McNair opened Stag Party up in the stretch the colt laid down a :26.4 final quarter to secure the victory in 1:52.1. Sunshines Finest finished two and one-half lengths back in second while fan favourite Bettors Wish was five more lengths back in third. "From Day 1 he's always shown me he has that extra gear and winning attitude in him," said trainer Casie Coleman. "I think I got some nice colts, but he's always stood out from the rest." Cambridge resident Coleman conditions the son of Bettors Delight and My Lady Day for John and Jim Fielding of Toronto, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Kevin McKinlay of Holland Landing, Ontario. The partners acquired Stag Party at the 2017 Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $125,000. "I decided to downsize a lot, and a lot of my owners all wanted this horse and it ended up that I couldn't own any of him, and I own a piece of everything," Coleman told Woodbine Mohawk Park's Jason Portuondo in the winner's circle. "I had to beg and plead to be able to get a piece of this horse from them after I picked him out, and one of them let me in a little piece of him, but that's how much I like him is like, I can't train this horse and not own him." The win was Stag Party's second in two starts; he was also victorious in a July 3 overnight at the Campbellville oval, an outing that followed qualifying victories on June 15 and 25. The second division saw Bronx Seelster and driver Trevor Henry follow a similar path to the winner's circle. Moving strongly off the gate from Post 9, Henry dropped the Big Jim son onto the rail in third and was content to watch Maintenance Man roll through fractions of :26.3, :55.4 and 1:24.2 before asking his colt for another gear in the stretch. Bronx Seelster responded with a :27.4 final quarter that saw him draw away to a five and one-half length victory in 1:52.2. Coleman trainee Sporty Mcsportster finished second and Maintenance Man settled for third. "He's a nice colt, very handy and easy to drive," said Arthur, Ontario resident Henry who climbed onto the colt's race bike for the first time on Thursday and delivered a first-time Gold Series victory to trainer Wayne McGean. Sydney Mines resident McGean trains Bronx Seelster for his partners in the Capers 3 Stable of Sydney, Nova Scotia. The group offered up $22,000 for the colt at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale and have already recouped their investment, plus $15,500. The final division saw fan favourite Caviart Rockland deliver the fastest mile by a two-year-old in Canada so far this season, and the third fastest in North America. Starting from Post 2 the Sportswriter son and driver Marcus Johansson landed in fifth as Cant Be Better and Sports Charm duelled to a :27.3 quarter, then tipped into the outer lane heading for the :56.3 half. Steadily reeling in the leaders Caviart Rockland was just a length back at the 1:24.2 three-quarters and then proceeded to power down the stretch in :27.2 to a four and three-quarter length victory in 1:52. The Regulator and Coleman trainee Better Earl also closed well to be second and third. "I liked this colt from the get go, and he seems like he is actually a nice one," said Marcus Johansson from the winner's circle. "He's a little green and he was running in a little bit in the turns so I actually wanted to be first up, because I didn't want to be on the inside on the turn, so it kind of worked out good, and I knew if I asked him to go he would respond," the reinsman continued. Thursday was Caviart Rockland's first start after a trio of qualifiers at The Meadowlands. New Jersey-based Nancy Johansson trains the talented youngster for owner-breeders Caviart Farms of Vienna, Virginia. The freshman pacing colts will make their second Gold Series start on July 23, returning to Woodbine Mohawk Park. On Friday evening the Grassroots level two-year-old pacing colts will test their mettle over the Woodbine Mohawk Park surface, competing in Races 1, 3, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 11. The colts kick off the Friday evening festivities at 7:30 pm. From the Ontatrio Sire Stakes

The follow story appeared today at www.theguardian.pe.ca  SUMMERSIDE, PE – There is one familiar face missing from the track at Governor’s Plate Week harness racing in Summerside, and it all appears to be caused by a case of gout. Marc Campbell, a regular driver in both Summerside and Charlottetown, is serving a suspension from July 8 to 22, after a horse he trains and drives –  Freddie – had a Class 4 positive test at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park on June 14. Standardbred Canada’s website notes that Freddie has been suspended for 15 days, and must requalify within three seconds of the June 14th race. Trainers are held responsible when horses test positive, and Campbell was previously suspended for a Class 4 positive test in August 2013. Paul Hogan, director of racing for the Atlantic Provinces Harness Racing Commission, noted there are five classes of violations, and Freddie’s test was the second-least serious. “Class 1 is the most severe, Class 2 lesser, Class 3, Class 4 and Class 5,” explained Hogan. “This is on the lower end of the scale in terms of the classifications.” Hogan explained the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) looks after post-race testing that is done at a lab in British Columbia. “They have a company called Racing Forensics Incorporated, and they are contracted by CPMA to collect the samples,” continued Hogan, who added, “Sometimes it’s a quick turnaround, and sometimes it could be getting close to three weeks before the test results are finally received.” The results of Freddie’s positive test were received the first week of July. Marc Campbell’s side Campbell, who represented P.E.I. in the Atlantic regional driving championship in Truro, N.S., on June 29, offered his side of the story. “(Freddie) races from our farm in Winsloe,” explained Campbell. “That particular night, we had no stalls available in our main barn, so I arranged for a stall next door. “It was empty for quite a time, we went in and the stall looked clean to us, there might have been a mouthful of hay there or whatever. It turns out the gentleman next door who does the stalls over there was on a medication for gout. The medication is called Probenecid. “Anyway, I got a call last week on Wednesday night (July 4) telling me I had a positive test for Probenecid. “I had no idea what Probenecid was, and I had to look it up. After a day or two of trying to think and figure out what happened, because obviously I didn’t give my horse medication for gout, we figured out that the gentleman next door was on this particular drug." To read th.e rest of the story click here

TORONTO, ON - The evening of August 8 promises to be exciting an exciting one as the Class of 2018 is formally inducted to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.  In addition to a four course dinner and the induction ceremonies a live and silent auction will feature a fantastic line up of items including Standardbred and Thoroughbred breedings, racing memorabilia and art as well one of a kind sport and event experiences.   Proceeds from the auction support the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame's ongoing efforts to preserve and celebrate the history of Canadian horse racing.  Held at the Mississauga Convention Centre, co-hosting duties will be shared by CHRHF honoured member and Woodbine Entertainment Group Thoroughbred Racing Analyst Jim Bannon, along with Greg Blanchard, racing commentator and Raceway Manager at the Raceway at Western Fair.  The reception and silent auction will commence at 5:30 p.m., followed by a four course dinner, live auction and induction ceremonies at 6:30 p.m.  Tickets are $175 per person, or $1,700 for a table sponsorship which includes 8 tickets, a $300.00 donation to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a total of $700 charitable receipts. This year’s inductees highlight Canadian horse racing success stories from across the country and the international racing world.   The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Class of 2018 includes: Ontario-born Thoroughbred breeder, John G. Sikura, operator of one of the most successful breeding farms in Kentucky; Bill Andrew, a breeder with ties to Alberta and PEI, who continues to generously give back to the racing industry. Dan Loiselle, the track announcer known for his iconic calls of Canadian Triple Crown races Ontario based photographer Dave Landry whose work has been recognized in Canada and internationally Ontario based, Sovereign Award winning trainer Reade Baker, who has also been a jockey's agent, operated an international bloodstock service and been a successful breeder.  The late Jim Doherty, a gentlemanly trainer-driver from New Brunswick with a career spanning six-decades, much of which took place on US tracks Blissfull Hall, Quebec-owned winner of North America's Pacing Triple Crown.  Chancey Lady, Ontario-sired, BC owned pacing mare who earned over $2-million Two horses bred by Adena Springs --Breeder's Cup winner Judy the Beauty and Queen's Plate winner Shaman Ghost.  Homage will also be paid to 2018 Legend honourees, Frank McMahon and Hector Clouthier, Sr. McMahon, a Queen’s Plate and Kentucky Derby winning owner opened up the Northwest Canadian wilderness for oil production and owned the first major thoroughbred racing stable in western Canada. Standardbred horseman Hector Clouthier Sr. was instrumental in forming horsemen’s groups in Ontario, enabling many to make a career in the sport.  Event tickets may be purchased by visiting the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame Online Store at http://shop.horseracinghalloffame.com/ or by contacting Linda Rainey 416-417-9404 or linda.rainey@horseracinghalloffame.com. Opportunities to advertise in the souvenir induction program and event sponsorship packages are also available The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame acknowledges the generous sponsorship and valued support for the 2018 Induction Gala by the following sponsors:  Platinum Sponsor – OLG, video production sponsor Woodbine Entertainment Group, audio visual supplier FMAV plus Reception and Wine sponsor COSA and photography sponsor Omega Alpha. by Linda Rainey, for the Horse Racing Hall of Fame . 

This years Hambletonian is shaping up to be a particularly exciting one for many new people to the sport of harness racing. A big reason being that Lawmaker is a real possibility to be in the eliminations this year. Since his third place finish in the Beal memorial at the poconos, our flagship three year old is likely to be added to the august third card in East Rutherford.   Given this news, we have put together a bus trip for anyone looking to experience one of the biggest spectacles in horse racing. We have , transportation, accommodation, and a large group area and buffet on the roof of the meadowlands for Hambo day.   We are filling the bus quickly and only have 56 seats available. When we are sold out we will be finalizing the transportation portion of the trip.   The Stable's 2018 Hambo Trip looks like this:   Trip Package - $910 per couple - All figures are in CDN $ and include applicable tax.   Travel Dates:  Depart August 3 at 8:00 a.m. from Tomiko Training Centre (arrive 6:00 p.m.)  Return August 5 at 8:00 a.m. from Holiday Inn Meadowlands (arrive 6:00 p.m.) Included in this package: Round trip transportation from Tomiko Training Centre to the Holiday Inn Meadowlands on a coach bus equipped with WI-FI.   Hotel accommodations: One room per couple. Singles will be paired with another single of the same sex.   Admission to the Hambletonian and Race Day Program.   Private Viewing Area at The Meadowlands.   Food Ticket for Hambo Day, includes:             Choice of: cheeseburger, 2 hot dogs, or pulled pork; plus potato salad or coleslaw.             Choice of: 2 waters or 1 Bud or Bud Lite Draft Beer.   There is an option for couples to share a room with another couple for a package cost of $670 per couple.   If you have a family, please contact Justin to discuss accommodation options.   Please Note:  Vehicles can be left at Tomiko for the duration of the trip. The Stable and Tomiko Training Centre are not responsible for the security of your vehicle during this time.     All passengers must have a valid passport for crossing the border.     Please contact Justin if you are not taking the bus, but would like to be part of the on-scene group (hotel and race day activities).     If you expressed interest in our original survey about this trip a few months ago, please reconfirm your intentions to participate.   Contact Justin with any questions, or to book your spot: justin@thestable.ca or call (519) 400-5672   From TheStable.ca  

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Overcoming an early break in stride, Therealdeal lived up to her harness racing name in the first Atlantic Sires Stakes A-division of the season for two-year-old pacing fillies Wednesday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Walter Cheverie was in the race bike for the 1:59 victory behind the two-year-old daughter of Westwardho Hanover in her $9,020 A-division for rookie pacing fillies. Therealdeal is trained by Joseph Baxter for owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Second went to Woodmere Rio (Driven by Earl Smith) with Lady N Paradise (Dave Carey) finishing third. Howmac Sabrina had an identical mile time winning the second $9,020 A-division for two-year-old pacing fillies in 1:59 with David Dowling at the lines for trainer Earl Watts and owners Windemere Farms of Hampshire and Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. Im A Miracle (Dale Spence) finished second while the $191.20 triactor ticket was completed by Elm Grove Nellie (Gilles Barrieau). The final A-split was claimed by Magical Mistress and driver Adam Merner, winning the $9,020 division in 2:02.3 with a 28.1 closing panel for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. Pacesetter Foxy Gigolo (Mike McGuigan) hung on for second with the first-over challenging Woodmere Tango (Clare MacDonald) finishing third. Merner had four wins on the program also clicking with Whosurwinner in 1:59 for trainer Deanna Clow of New Haven, Tell Me Why in 1:59.1 for Joe MacDonald of Breadalbane and Shadows Mystery in 1:56.3 for trainer Gordie Ford. The $2,500 B-divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were won by Tobins Hope in 2:03.3 with Jack Panting in the bike and Something Reel in 2:03.3 for trainer-driver Darren Crowe. Dana Sweet of Bloomfield Station celebrated his first victory as a pari-mutuel driver winning Hurricane EJ in the first dash of the Wednesday program in 2:02.1. Go to www.Redshores.ca for race replays and more. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The rookie pacing colts start their quest for the Atlantic Breeder's Crown Thursday evening at Red Shores at the Summerside in the first leg of the Atlantic Sires Stakes as part of Governor's Plate Week racing. The 11-dash program has a 7 P.M. start time featuring a duo of $12,680 Atlantic Sires Stakes A-divisions in races 7 and 9. The first split in race 7 has Notorious for top billing with rail control for trainer Darryl MacLean, who co-owns the son of Malicious with Gordon MacLean of Winsloe and Shirley Symes of Springhill, N.S. Walter Cheverie gets the catch driving call on the colt fresh off a 2:02.4 qualifier. Other top contenders are Mrs Browns Boy (Driven by Clare MacDonald) and Red Dirt Rocknroll (Lenny Myers). The other $12,680 A-division lines up behind the Noonan Petroleum Starting Gate in race 9 with Red Dirt Boomer favoured after an impressive 2:01.4 qualifier with a 28.2 closing quarter. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the son of Malicious for owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. Woodmere Bolt is the lone to colt to taste pair-mutuel victory in the field and receives 3-1 morning line odds from post 2, while Fern Hill Dynamic is selected for third from post 4 with Mark Bradley at the controls. The program also features a pair of $2,500 B-divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts in races 3 and 5. The Henry, Philip and Marlene Doucette Memorial hits the track in race 6 for a $1,300 purse. Ultimatelyhandsome is the race favourite from post 6 with Jason Hughes is the bike for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Race 8 is sponsored by Gentleman Jim's Restaurant in memory of Cam Cameron with Southfield Sassy favoured for Driver Corey MacPherson and trainer Frank Banks. Go to www.Redshores.ca for more information. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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