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Ontario Racing handicapper Nicholas "Ace" Barnsdale made a move in this week's installment of the $500 Leamington Raceway Handicapping Challenge, closing the gap on Leamington track announcer Nathan Bain by 11 points.   It was tough Sunday afternoon sledding for both of the young handicappers, as each had three winners on the 10-race card, with Barnsdale also clicking with his best bet Debs New Man in race one. Bain still holds a commanding lead with 607 points to Barnsdale's 565, but there are four cards left in the season and plenty of opportunity for Barnsdale to make a race of it. The Handicapping Challenge is co-sponsored by the Canadian chapter of the United States Harness Writers Association (USHWA) and online Standardbred marketplace HoofBid. It is contested every week to the final day of the 2020 Leamington Raceway meet on October 25, with $300 awarded to the winner and $200 to the runner-up. Check out Nick's selections at "Tips from the Pros" at ontarioracing.com, and Nathan's picks on the Leamington Raceway website, lakeshorehorseraceway.com. Leamington remains open to up to 100 spectators who contact the track ahead of time to reserve their spot. The live races can be viewed on the website, and online wagering is available via HorseplayerInteractive.com and TwinSpires.com.   by Garnet Barnsdale,, for USHWA Canada

LONDON, ON - Officials with The Raceway at Western Fair District have announced an important change to the weekly training/qualifying schedule for the upcoming Fall harness racing meet. Training and qualifying will be held each Thursday until further notice. Training will commence from 8 a.m. until 11 a.m. followed by qualifiers and schoolers. Qualifiers will begin at 11 a.m. At this time access to the The Raceway's paddock is limited to essential staff, AGCO licensed drivers, trainers, and grooms. No owners or patrons without an AGCO license shall enter. All horses must be removed from the paddock one hour following the last schooling session. Anyone permitted to be onsite is subject to the Covid protocols without exception. by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway

DUNDAS, SEPT. 27, 2020 – Trainer Scott McEneny had Sunday’s three-year-old trotting filly Gold Leg at Flamboro Downs circled on his calendar as soon as the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule was published. His filly, Warrawee Vicky, is a handy, good gaited filly who can tour a half-mile track as fast as she can a larger oval and the fourth Gold Leg looked like a good spot to pad her point total. Starting from Post 5, and with the rail horse scratched, Warrawee Vicky fired off the starting gate to a :29 quarter. Through a :59.1 half and a 1:28.4 three-quarters the fan favourite and driver Doug McNair never saw a challenger. The pair cruised home one and three-quarter length winners in 1:57. Susies Lady finished second and She Rocks Kemp was six lengths back in third. “She is very handy on a half. I was kind of glad they had one here, because she won two of them last year, Grand River and here. I wish they had the Super Finals on the half,” said trainer Scott McEneny with a laugh. “She is very handy” The win was the Royalty For Life daughter’s third in Gold Series action this season, she was also victorious in the July 2 season opener and the July 26 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. In addition to her Gold Series engagements, Warrawee Vicky has also battled North America’s best in open stake action at Woodbine Mohawk Park in recent weeks, finishing fifth in her Aug. 28 Casual Breeze division, winning her Sept. 11 Simcoe Stakes division in a personal best 1:54 and finishing well out of the money in the Sept. 19 Elegantimage Stake. “She won two weeks ago in the Simcoe and then last week she was in with Ramona Hill and that, it was way too tough and she got roughed up the first half, got a little tired,” said Puslinch, ON resident McEneny. “So we just kind of worked on her all week, looking forward to this race, and she did it pretty handy.” Brad Grant of Milton, ON owns Warrawee Vicky, who boosted her lifetime earnings to $375,048 with Sunday’s win and moved well out in front of her peers in the three-year-old trotting filly standings with 175 points. The top 10 point earners advance to the Oct. 17 Super Finals, which will actually take place at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the second $105,600 division, Massive Flirt and driver Jody Jamieson were sent off as the fan favourites from Post 2. The duo got away second behind Trina, watched GP Dreamin and Wine Rack Hanover go off-stride in the outer lane and then snuck up the inside to take the lead when Trina veered out wide coming out of the first turn. From there Massive Flirt put up a :28.4 quarter, :58.1 half, 1:27.3 three-quarters and powered home to a three and one-half length victory in a track record 1:55.4. Magic Cape finished second and Modern Mass completed the top three in the mile, which also equalled the Ontario Sires Stakes record for three-year-old trotting fillies on a half-mile track. “Pretty cool to have a track record and the filly was simply the best tonight,” said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson. “She’s been a hard hitter this year but, fingers crossed, she’s got it down pat now.” Trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh and Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON bred and own Massive Flirt, who was also a winner in the July 26 Gold leg at Rideau Carleton Raceway. With two wins, one fourth and one fifth the Muscle Mass daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 113 points. The three-year-old trotting fillies will wrap up their Gold Series regular season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday, Oct. 6.   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 Woodbine Mohawk Park

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Two track records fell by the wayside as the Hippodrome 3R played host to their Super Sunday featuring eight harness racing series championship finals with purses on the card totaling more than $508,000. It was the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec and Mother Nature cooperated with warm temperatures and plenty of sunshine. Here is a brief description of all eight finals. $55,000 2YO Filly Trot Final - No surprises in this non-wagering division as track record holder Mag N Lady once again distanced the field (the other three in the race all broke stride). Trained, driven and co-owned by Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario with Julie Malenfant, Richard Legris and Pascale Maguire, Mag N Lady covered the one-mile trot in 2:02. New Road (Steeven Genois) was second with XOXO (Jerome Lombart) third. Sired by Royalty For Life, it was the fourth straight win for Mag N Lady, a clean sweep of all three preliminary rounds and the final. She was bred by Jeffrey Gillis and Gerald Stay. $55,000 2YO Colt Trot Final - Undefeated Kinnder Dangerzone made it four for four in his young career as he grinded out an impressive 2:01 triumph. Parked out first-over against pacesetter Eyes For Justice (Steeven Genois), Kinnder Dangerzone and driver Pierre-Luc Roy sat first-over from the opening quarter mile until the backstretch and once on the lead he pulled away from the field to win by four and one-quarter lengths. Hall Win (Louis-Philippe Roy) was second with Eyes Of Justice was third. Sired by Northern Escort, it was a lifetime mark for Kinnder Dangerzone, who was bred and is owned and trained by Denitza Petrova of Melbourne. He paid $3.00 to win. $55,000 2YO Filly Pace Final - Driver Sylvain Filion did not come back to Quebec just for the poutine. He was back at H3R for Super Sunday to drive his dad's horses and he did not disappoint. Leaving with Celia Bayama, they had it easy through a :28.1 quarter and :58.4 half mile before CL Sportsextreme and driver Jonathan Lachance came after them and the two drew away from the field in the backstretch, battling head and head to the three-quarters in 1:26.2. Then Ceila Bayama pulled away and set the track record with a 1:55.3 clocking. CL Sportsextreme was second with Platine Alpha (Pascal Berube) third. The previous record for two-year-old pacing fillies was 1:56.2 set by Behaven Myself (Pascal Berube) in 2018. Trained by Yves Filion, owned and bred by his Bayama Farms of Saint-Andre-D'Agenteuil, it was the second straight win and four of the year for the daughter of Bettor's Delight. She paid $2.40 to win. $55,000 2YO Colt Pace Final - Cadillac Bayama (Sylvain Filion), the 1/5 betting favorite, got roughed up early by pacesetter YS Do It Right ($4.90) and driver Louis-Philippe Roy, and had nothing left in the tank in the stretch as YS Do It Right won by one length in a lifetime best mile of 1:55.2. Roy parked out Filion to a :27.2 opening quarter, forcing Filion into the two-hole. Then after a half in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:27, Cadillac Bayama could not catch YS Do It Right, who won by one and one-quarter lengths. The Light Speed (Pascal Berube) was third. It was the second win this year for YS Do It Right. The colt by Bettor's Delight is trained by Francis Richard for owner-breeder Yves Sarrazin of La Presentation. $65,000 3YO Filly Trot Final - Kinnder High Class ($2.20) was the overwhelming 1/9 favorite and raced like it as she set a track record. The daughter of Royalty For Life went right to the lead for driver Pierre-Luc Roy, held the field at bay through fractions of :29.1, :59.1 and 1:28.4 and as the field came at her at the three-quarters, she pulled away and scored a three and one-half length triumph in 1:58.1. HP Starlette (Stephane Brosseau) was second with Judy's Program (Sylvain Filion) third. The previous track record for three-year-old trotting fillies was 1:59.2 set by Viva Bayama (Yves Filion) in 2014. It was the third straight win, a lifetime mark and the seventh victory in ten starts this year for Kinnder High Class. It made for an exciting championship double for owner, trainer and breeder Denitza Petrova. Kinnder High Class is from the mare, Majestic Joy, and is a half-sister to Kinnder Dangerzone. $65,000 3YO Colt Trot Final - Babidibou was the reigning champion from last year but was denied a second title as Kenogami Coco ($5.50) was at his best. The gelded son of Wheeling N Dealin was parked out first-over against Frido PV through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:27.3, all the while giving Babidibou (Stephane Gendron) great second-over cover. All three trotters were in contention coming down the stretch and Kenogami Coco was much the best, winning by one length in 1:57.3. Babidibou was second with Frido PV third. It was the third straight win for Kenogami Coco, who is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Jean-Francis & Marie Claude Reid of Anjou. $65,000 3YO Filly Pace Final - The build-up of Acaena De Chakrika vs Streakazana lived up to its hype, but all the glory went to Godiva Lovely Lady ($9.30), who snuck up the inside to win it all in 1:56.4. Acaena De Chakrika (Stephane Brosseau) was parked out to the lead in a :27 first quarter by Godiva Lovely Lady and driver-trainer Guy Gagnon. She then took command and led to the half mile in :57 as co-favorite Streakazana and Louis-Philippe Roy came first-over and pressed the pace to the three-quarters in 1:26.4. Then coming for home as those two began to tire, Gagnon came up the inside for the win by one length over Acaena De Chakrika with Streakazana third. It was the third win this year for Godiva Lovely Lady and a lifetime mark. Sired by Badlands Hanover, she is owned and bred by Raymond Larose of St-Henri-De-Levis. $65,000 3YO Colt Pace Final - It was a Calvary charge from the start as four horses all left hard for the early lead, going three deep around the first turn. It was not until the opening quarter in a speedy :26 that Eclat De Rire (Stephane Gendron), the 2019 Champion, cleared to the lead from HP I Got To Play (Louis-Philippe Roy). Whitecookie (Marie Claude Auger) came first-over and pressed the field to the half mile in :54.2. In the backstretch, Brutus Bayama (Guy Gagnon) popped three-wide at the three-quarters in 1:24 to press the pace. As they came down the stretch, Roy was able to collar Eclat De Rire and go on to win by one and three-quarter lengths in 1:53.3. Brutus Bayama was third. It was a lifetime mark for the colt by Shadow Play. HP I Got To Play is trained by Francis Richard for co-owners/breeders Claude Hamel of Ayer S Cliff and Guy Desautels of Montreal. The winner paid $18.50 in scoring the upset victory. Track Notes: Driver Pierre-Luc Roy had a big day with a driving triple, two of them in championship races. Stephane Gendron, Sylvain Filion, Louis-Philippe Roy and Guy Gagnon each had driving doubles. Denitza Petrova and Francis Richard each had training double, both in the championship races. Live racing resumes next Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. First race post time is 4:00 pm. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

SUMMERSIDE, PE - The Ron Gass Stable was firing on all cylinders Sunday afternoon on an all-stakes harness racing program at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Cornwall based stable won both $12,500 Joe O'Brien Memorial Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing colts on the 12-dash program. The Big Chase rolled off the front to win his gold split in 1:58.4 for driver Corey MacPherson, trainer Gass and owner JTL Risk Stable of Port Morien, N.S. The Big Chase was bred by Mike Collings of Hazelbrook. Mr Kelly controlled the front in the other $12,500 division en route to a 1:56.4 victory while cutting the win streak of Tobins Rebel (Driven by Gilles Barrieau) short at eight races. Adam Merner was in the seat of the Rollwithitharry colt for trainer Gass and owners Marsha Knox and Kyle and Wade MacDonald of Stanhope. Eldred Nicholson of North Wiltshire bred the pacing colt. The $8,000 O'Brien Memorial grassroots splits were won by Outrageous Story (Barrieau) in 1:57.3 and JJ Patrick (MacPherson) in 1:59.3. Gass' third training win came in the lone $16,000 Lady Slipper trot division for two-year-olds as homebred Dusty Lane Milo prevailed in 2:04.2 for driver Merner and owner Knox. Tequila Tuesday won the $16,000 Lady Slipper three-year-old trot class in 2:01.1 with Myles Heffernan Sr., at the controls of the Myles Heffernan Jr., trainee for owner Jackie Heffernan of Summerville. William Andrew of Calgary bred the winning son of Armbro Barrister. Gotta Love Cabot delivered a 13-1 shocker in her $13,800 Lady Slipper Gold division for three-year-old pacing fillies as trainer Clare MacDonald steered her to a 2:00 victory for Nova Scotia owners Morah Kerrr and Phonsie MacEachern. A homebred of Kerr and MacEachern's, Gotta Love Cabot was raised at Gord Brown's farm in Greenvale, P.E.I. Driver Barrieau delivered in the other $13,800 Lady Slipper Gold division with Woodmere Skyroller in a 1:56.3 score for trainer Kevin MacLean, owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford and breeder Bruce Wood of Marshfield. The $9,100 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for sophomore fillies were also won by Barrieau as Thebossisagirl scored in 1:59.4 and JJ Gracie was a 1:58.2 winner. The Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series, presented by Standardbred Canada, had a single $6,140 division on the card with Dreamfair Zenfire (Merner) delivering an upset at 8-1 odds in 1:56.4 in the James "Jimmy" Smith memorial. Hop Up (MacPherson) overcame post 8 in the lone $5,100 Island Oceans Trot Classic division for aged mares in 2:00.1. The series is sponsored by JD Marine & Diving Inc. Check out Redshores.ca for race replays and more. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores  

MILTON, September 26, 2020 – Venerate and harness racing driver Andrew McCarthy powered off cover at the head of the stretch to win the $1,320,000 Mohawk Million on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  A full field of ten rookie trotters, including three fillies, met in the inaugural Mohawk Million, a “buy-in” race with nine slots available for the purchase of $110,000 each and a final slot awarded to the winner of the William Wellwood Memorial.  Racing in the slot of Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and partners, Venerate overcame a second-tier start with a perfect steer from McCarthy to win in 1:53.2. The Julie Miller trainee got away eighth and was able to follow the favourite Donna Soprano, eventually muscling by the previously undefeated filly to win by three-quarters of a lengh.  “I was hoping I’d get out of there a little closer, but after scoring him down I knew I couldn’t make him accelerate too fast, so I just wanted to get out of there upright,” said McCarthy. “He’s a very strong horse, I’ve seen that, I didn’t really care how far back I got, just figured I’d have to get through that first turn and then worry about where I’m going from there.  “The speed was pretty tough early, so it worked out where I could end up getting a pretty good trip, but when I looked up at the eighth-pole I was a long away back.”  The opening stages of the race saw several horses leaving hard, causing a four-wide push into the first-turn. Altar cut a :27 opening-quarter before handing the lead over to Wellwood winner On A Streak, who was four-wide entering the turn. Race-favourite Donna Soprano got away sixth, while Venerate was eighth.  On A Streak led to the half in 56.1 just as Insta Glam came with a powerful rush to claim the top spot going into the final-turn. Donna Soprano got her cue to go just before the half, as did Venerate and McCarthy seeing an opportunity to follow the favourite.  Insta Glam trotted a strong third-quarter to get the field to that station in 1:24 with a few lengths of separation.  In the stretch, Donna Soprano and Venerate trotted by Insta Glam to set up a battle of their own. The filly Donna Soprano tried to hold on, but the colt Venerate was too much to handle, powering by to victory.  “I’m so thankful for Andy and Julie and Pinske Stable,” said McCarthy. “And to Brad (Grant) for deciding to use me on this horse, I’m so thankful.”  On A Streak finished third, while Insta Glam was fourth.  A son of French stallion Love You, Venerate is owned by Pinske Stables and Andy Miller Stable. The connections negotiated a private deal with slot owner Brad Grant, Marvin Katz and partners to take a shot at the Mohawk Million.  “It makes me look pretty smart I guess,” laughed Grant. “We really believed in this race when we bought our slot. What Woodbine has done is something new and I think it’s great, it had a buzz to it all year long.”  Venerate is now four for seven and adds the winner’s share of the $1,320,000 purse to his previously earned $188,766.   The victory for driver McCarthy gives him a sweep of harness racing’s two richest races in 2020. McCarthy won the $1 million Hambletonian on August 8 at The Meadowlands in New Jersey.   “It feels amazing just to be involved in a race like this,” said McCarthy. “It’s important to hold races like this, it draws a lot of attention and hopefully it hangs around for next year.” The inaugural Mohawk Million was the richest standardbred race contested in Canada since the 2012 Pepsi North America Cup. The inaugural race headlined a $2.8 million card, which included the $720,000 Metro Pace, $455,000 Shes A Great Lady and $215,000 Milton.  A $2 win ticket on Venerate returned $6.80.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, September 26, 2020 – Exploit and harness racing driver Doug McNair stole the spotlight from Tony Alagna stablemate Abuckabett Hanover to win the $720,000 Metro Pace on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park.  McNair mapped out a perfect second-over trip for Exploit on the back of 1/5 favourite Abuckabett Hanover to surge by powerfully in the lane for a 1:50.4 win at odds of 35-1.  “He was feeling real good and we were following the best horse in the race I thought,” said McNair. “He swelled right up in the last turn and kind of surprised me a little bit when he blew them all and he raced great.”  Lawless Shadow rocketed out to the front, posting a :26 opener. Bayfield Beach looped to the top from second and led the field to the half in :55.1 and three-quarters in 1:22.1.  Abuckabett Hanover got away sixth and started the first-up bid in the second-quarter. The Alagna grinded to within a length of the lead at three-quarters, while Exploit followed his every move.  In the stretch, Exploit shot off cover to surge by his stablemate and eventually by a game Bayfield Beach to win by half a length in 1:50.4. Lawless Shadow crossed the line third, while Abuckabett Hanover was fourth.  A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Exploit was two for seven coming into the Metro final and had finished fourth in his elimination. The Alagna trainee was a $165,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and adds $360,000 in earnings to a previously earned $26,457 for owners LeBlanc and Kribbs, Joe Sbrocco, In The GYM Partners and Joe Barbera.  Exploit’s triumph gives driver McNair his first Metro title and trainer Alagna his third to go with wins in 2012 with Captaintreacherous and 2014 with Artspeak.  “They do a great job,” said McNair of the Alagna barn. “It’s great to get to drive for them and their horse showed up tonight.”  A $2 win ticket on Exploit returned $73.90.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, September 26, 2020 - Caviart Audrey went from second to first following a long inquiry in Saturday's $455,000 Shes A Great Lady at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Scarlett Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy found a seam late at the pylons after screaming for room throughout the stretch. It appeared instantly that Scarlett Hanover had grabbed the victory, however, the Judges lit the inquiry sign and found Scarlett Hanover caused interference to a pair of horses when searching for room, causing a disqualification to ninth. The incident was a bump to Lady Arthur, causing a chain-reaction bump into Twin B Sunkissed who went off stride. Nancy Takter trainee Caviart Audrey and driver Yannick Gingras inherited the victory after a very game effort in a race filled with action from start to finish. Scarlett Hanover blasted to the lead, posting a :26 opening-quarter. Notorious Pink rushed to the top in the second-quarter from fourth and posted blistering fractions of :53.4 and 1:21.4. Caviart Audrey moved from mid-pack at the half and pressed first-up around the final-turn. The lead fillies were clearly fatigued from the hot fractions, but gamely dug in. Notorious Pink kept the rail shut, as Scarlett Hanover and McCarthy were crying for room. As expected, the backfield came to life in the lane to set up a wild finish. A five-across finish saw Scarlett Hanover sneak up the rail to hit the wire first in 1:52.2. Caviart Audrey was second by a head, but was placed first following the inquiry. Notorious Pink was third placed second, while Paulas Bet Hanover was placed third and Best Head West placed fourth. A daughter of superstars Somebeachsomewhere and Darlins Delight, Caviart Audrey was a $280,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The victory gives her five wins in six starts and $354,237 in earnings for owners Caviart Farms. A $2 win ticket on Caviart Audrey returned $3.70.   Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

MILTON, September 26, 2020 – Kissin In The Sand brushed to the lead in the second-quarter and scooted away with ease to a 1:49 harness racing victory in the $215,000 Milton Stakes.  Jody Jamieson guided the Nancy Takter trainee to victory, moving to the lead from third, creating separation on rivals racing to three-quarters and then pacing home in :26.4 to close out a victory of five lengths.  “I just figured we’d get away a little bit close and see how it panned out,” said Jamieson. “It worked out perfectly to get back to the lead and she just did the rest. Nancy and her team had her awesome tonight and she was unbeatable really.”  The third-quarter was the decisive quarter in the race, as Kissin In The Sand paced a :28 split without any pressure. Treacherous Reign committed first-up going into the far turn, but didn’t gain much ground, leaving the leader untouched.  Kissin In The Sand with the jump on her rivals never had any anxious moments. Lit De Rose, who left hard, dug in at the rail to finish second. Caviart Ally sat second-over turning for home and edged Treacherous Reign for third.  A five-year-old, Kissin In The Sand was large in her elimination, pacing home in :25.2 to win in 1:49.2. The elimination was her first start in several weeks.  “This mare is entirely 100 per cent due to Nancy Takter,” praised co-owner Marvin Katz. “From the time she was a baby, developing her as a baby she’s loved her…Nancy and I have had 50 discussions about stopping with her, because we want to breed of course, and it’s Nancy who has insisted that she’s good and great, Nancy loves this filly and deserves absolutely all the credit in the world.”  Kissin In The Sand is owned by Katz and Hatfield Stables and goes over $2 million in career earnings with the Milton Stakes victory. She is now three for nine on the season and has 22 wins.  A $2 win ticket on Kissin In The Sand returned $5.    Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Manager, Communications & Content

The Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association would like to thank the Prince Edward Island Harness Racing Industry on the recent commitment of $300,000 to the Atlantic Sire Stakes program for 2021. The Atlantic Sires Stakes is steeped in history and has the distinction of being the first Sire Stakes program in Canada. The Atlantic Sires Stake program is open to two and three year old pacers and trotters sired by a stallion registered with the program. There are six divisions in the racing series that end off with Championship finals each October. "The success of the Atlantic Sires Stakes program has been from the support of the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia and in the past New Brunswick. We look forward to the continued support from all Provinces and their respective Industry Associations," said Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association President Wayne MacRae. Blaine MacPherson, Chairman of the Prince Edward island Harness Racing Industry Association said " The PEIHRIA is pleased to be able to announce an increase to $300,000 from the PEI industry to help continue to grow the Atlantic Sire Stakes program. With the upcoming Atlantic Classic Sale Friday October 9, 2020 it is a great financial boost for the industry. by Debbie Francis, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

Standardbred Canada's Trot Insider has learned that Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famer William ‘Bill’ Galvin of Mississauga, Ont. has passed away at the age of 89. A native of Arnprior, Ont., Galvin made a tremendous impact on horse racing in the country -- so much so that he was part of just the second class to be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame’s Communicator category. Galvin was a Canadian horse racing historian, poet, author, publisher, educator, horseman, humanitarian, publicist, former thoroughbred racing official and executive editor of TROT Magazine. His promotions transcended racing. He led a charge to bring harness racing onto the ice on Ottawa’s Rideau Canal and expose the sport to thousands of potential fans, one of those a young future Prime Minister of Canada, Justin Trudeau. He started the Race for MS fundraiser to gain exposure for the sport, and ran numerous other high profile campaigns dedicated to the well-being of horse racing during his career. He was also a member of the Advisory board for the School of Equine Studies at Toronto’s Humber College of Applied Arts. To read the rest of the story, click here.

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club, the only harness racing horsemen's association in North America that is run by horse people and is a not-for-profit group, is hosting the $508,000 Super Sunday in Quebec at the Hippodrome 3R this Sunday. The 12-race program will feature eight championship finals for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. It is the richest day of horse racing in all of Quebec. The finals for three-year-old's each race for a purse of $65,000 and the two-year-old finals each go for $55,000. There is one final for two-year-old trotting fillies that will be a non-wagering event held after the first race on the card Sunday. Post time for Super Sunday is 1:00 pm and joining the leading drivers at the track, Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron, Stephane Brosseau and Pierre-Luc Roy, will be two of the top drivers in all of Canada, Sylvain Filion and Louis-Philippe Roy. Both drivers began their careers at the Hippodrome 3R. Filion will be driving two horses that are trained by his father, Hall of Famer Yves Filion, in the finals. They are Celia Bayama (race 7) and Cadillac Bayama (race 9), both of whom are the betting favorites in their respective finals. Filion has a total of five drives in the finals. Louis-Philippe Roy has returned to drive on Super Sunday at the request of his longtime friend, trainer Francis Richard, who has five horses in the finals. They are Genetic Taurus (race 6), Ibiza Panic (race 7), YS Do It Right (race 9), Streakazana (race 10) and HP I Got To Play (race 11). Roy will drive in six of the finals. "It will be nice to see my friends from the track," Roy said. "And I also planned to spend the night in Quebec City with my parents after the races. My good friend Francis (Richard) asked me if I wanted to come and drive all of his horses in the finals, so I thought it would be a good time plan a little trip in Quebec, as I didn't have the chance to go back since Christmas with everything that happened with the Covid." There are two horses who are seeking sweeps of the series and finals. They are Mag N Lady and Acaena De Chakrika. Mag N Lady, a two-year-old trotting filly by Royalty For Life, headlines the non-wagering final. She has won her last three starts, all in the Future Stars Series for trainer-driver and co-owner Jean Francois Maguire of Ontario. In her last start, Mag N Lady set a track record with an amazing 1:59.2 victory, becoming the first two-year-old ever at H3R to trot under 2:00. Acaena De Chakrika goes from post 5 in the 10th race for driver Stephane Brosseau. The filly by Sunshine Beach was last year's two-year-old filly champion. This year she has swept all three preliminary legs, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. For a free race program for Super Sunday in Quebec, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Stakes Saturday was the Marc Campbell show thanks in part to the 10th straight win from Woodmere Stealdeal at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Campbell steered Woodmere Stealdeal to a 1:56.1 victory in his $12,000 Joe O'Brien Gold division for two-year-old pacing colts for the horse to remain undefeated in 10 lifetime outings. Danny Romo trains the Steelhead Hanover gelding for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey and Robert Sumarah. One of Campbell's other five wins was a $8,100 O'Brien grassroots division for rookie colt with Woodmere Beachline (1:57.3) from his own stable. The other $12,000 O'Brien Gold division saw Dustylanegoliath (1:57.3) on top at every call for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast.Gascoigne Sundae (1:57.3) hit the wire first in his $9,100 O'Brien grassroots split for the combination of driver Brodie MacPhee and trainer Wade Sorrie. Tobins Brownie recorded a new lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in a $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division for two-year-old pacing fillies on the Saturday card. David Dowling was in the driver's seat for trainer Jonah Moase and owners Amy Lakie of Greenfield, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Alex Quinn of York. Maggiesdelight (2:00.3) was an upset winner in the other $13,000 Lady Slipper Gold division with Corey MacPherson at the lines for co-owner and trainer Michelle Myers and co-owner Roger MacDonald of Cardigan. The $8,750 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies were won by Psili Ammos (2:00.1) for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and Doctor Sunshine (1:59.3) for the combo of driver Mark Bradley and trainer Tom Weatherbie. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

ELORA, SEPT. 25, 2020 – A perfect fall night greeted the top Prospect Series horses as they gathered at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 25 for eight $15,000 Finals. Local reinsman Bruce Richardson piloted the first Prospect Series champion, guiding A La Mode Seelster to a front-end harness racing victory in the two-year-old pacing filly Final for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner Murray Cox of Rockwood, ON. “She made front kind of easy and got things her way, and when I asked her going into the last turn she responded and win kind of handily,” said Fergus resident Richardson, who was making his first appearance in A La Mode Seelster’s race bike. “He thought she’d be decent in there, thought she’d race good, so that’s what we were hoping for.” The win was the first of the season for Sunshine Beach daughter A La Mode Seelster, who finished one length ahead of fan favourite Carnival Heart. Unfortunately Carnival Heart caused interference to three of her peers heading for the halfway marker so she was set back to sixth and Lets Roar and Century Havana were promoted to second and third. Arthur, ON  residents Wayne and George Henry teamed up to win the two-year-old trotting colt Final with Arch We Lucky, who also went gate-to-wire, cruising home four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Kiss My Mass and Willywin. Wayne Henry drives and George Henry trains the Archangel son for Arthur resident William Checkley. Sauble Attack and Anthony Haughan emerged victorious from the two-year-old pacing colt Final, stalking fan favourite Kodiak Seelster through fractions of :28.4, :59 and 1:28.3 before sprinting down the stretch to a three-quarter length win in 1:57.2. Kodiak Seelster settled for second and Dubai Seelster was third. “He has been growing a lot this summer and fall, and he has been progressing. His last few starts he’s been getting stronger every week and I thought he looked pretty strong tonight,” said trainer Otis Hall. “Everybody is happy, my parents are happy, and my family is happy and the driver was happy with him, just everybody is happy, and the horse himself is happy.” The Ayr resident bred and owns Sauble Attack, through his Nasussito Racing Inc., in partnership with his parents Larry and Marilyn Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. His children, Scott and Melanie Hall, are the Bettors Delight gelding’s primary caretakers. Like Sauble Attack, Radical J J scored her second straight win in the two-year-old trotting filly Final. The Muscle Mass daughter and driver Scott Young led the field through fractions of :29.3, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4 and then opened up a five length gap in the stretch, stopping the clock at 2:01.1. One Smart Cookie finished second and Somewhat Sacy was third. “She raced her best race tonight,” said Young. “She’s been racing well all year, but I was happy for the filly that she got the Final to end the year.” The Guelph resident piloted Radical J J to the win for trainer Shawn Steacy of Brantford and owners David Reid of Sydenham, A K Malik Stable of Ottawa, Carmen Chrysdale of Mississauga and Bruno Dipoce of Wasaga Beach, ON. Driver Travis Henry piloted two Prospect Series Final winners, with the first coming in the three-year-old pacing filly contest. Starting from Post 3 with Land of Paradise, Henry was part of a six filly stampede into the first turn as the finalists vied for early position. Land of Paradise reached the front coming off the first turn, but was quickly overtaken by favourite Watch My Speed who led the way to a :26.4 opening quarter, :56.3 half and 1:26.3 three-quarters. Land Of Paradise stepped out in the stretch and battled to one-half length win over Hallsglensmavis in 1:57.3. Southwind Bayou completed the top three. “She’s been plugging away all year. She’s really green, she just a slow learner I guess,” said Henry. “She has races where you can see that it kind of clicks in her brain, and then she’ll have races where she doesn’t even seem like she knows what she’s doing out there. Tonight obviously it clicked and she was good.” Putnam resident Scott McNiven trains the Badlands Hanover daughter for his co-owners Thomas Brodhurst of London, Bradley McNiven of Embro and Shirley Griffin of St. Thomas, ON. Henry’s second Prospect Series Final victory came in the three-year-old trotting colt contest with Muscle Mass son Northern Flame, who got a head in front of pacesetter Hall Of Secrets at the 2:01 finish. Traveller finished third. “Travis didn’t make it from Mohawk, so he asked if I would drive him,” said Henry, who was a last minute replacement for Travis Cullen. “He said, ‘Don’t look at the program, he should be good tonight.’ And he said, ‘He’s honest and he’s got a lot of go’. There was a ton of early speed and they were battling out to the half pretty good, so I got a second-over trip and it just kind of worked out good.” The Embro resident engineered the win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais Inc. of Montreal, QC. Driver Ryan DesRoche got his first Ontario-based stakes final victory in the three-year-old trotting filly division, guiding Muscles Aplenty to a 2:00.1 personal best for trainer Bill Shaw and owners Patricia Gibb of London and Jay Kressler of Kitchener, ON. Favourite Wheely Twicky was two and one-quarter lengths back in second and Credit Celebrity was third. “I knew if we could get away on the right foot that she was just as good as any of them in there,” said DesRoche, who had the Angus Hall daughter on the front before the quarter. “I kind of opened up a few lengths on the backside with her just because I knew she can get a little feeble late, so if I could open up enough on them I knew that she’d finish trotting the mile strong enough that they couldn’t get to her. And it worked out well.” In rein to Grand River Raceway’s leading driver Scott Coulter, Yannick Seelster clocked the fastest mile of the night in the three-year-old pacing colt Final, ringing up fractions of :27, :56.4 and 1:26.3 on his way to a 1:56 personal best. Favourite Dreaming Out Loud was one and one-half lengths back in second and Modern Writer was third. “He’s been racing well. Scott’s (Coulter) done a really good job with him, so I thought off the rail he’d have a pretty good shot, but there was a couple other decent ones in there, so I didn’t know,” said trainer Ted MacDonnell. “But he raced really well. He’s been kind of a slow learner and he still is just learning, but he’s putting the pieces together now.” Allenford resident MacDonnell shares ownership of the Big Jim gelding with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, ON. Complete results from Friday’s program are available at Grand River Raceway Results.   Prospect Series Administration  Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Trois-Rivieres, QC - This weekend is Super Sunday (Sept. 27) in Quebec with the Hippodrome 3R hosting eight championship harness racing finals of the Quebec-bred series and three return champions from 2019 will be defending their titles. It is the richest day of racing in Quebec for 2020 with more than $500,000 in purse money on Super Sunday. The three-year-old's compete for purses of $65,000 and the two-year-old's go for $55,000. The first return winner from 2019 is in the 6th race where Babidibou (post 6) defends this trotting title for trainer Maxime Velaye and owners Isidore Russo and Guy Corbeil. The son of Royalty For Life will have his regular pilot Stephane Gendron in the sulky. This year he has won four of eight starts including a lifetime mark of 1:57 in the Breeders Trophy Series. He was a game second against older horses in the Preferred Trot last week and prior to that had won two straight legs of the series. He is listed as the 5/2 second in the race. The race favorite is Kenogami Coco (post 1), who returns to H3R off two straight wins in the Grassroots at Mohawk Park, both in 1:56.2, his lifetime mark. The son of Wheeling N Dealin will be driven by Stephane Brosseau for trainer Dany Fountain and owner-breeder Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Laval. The next return winner is Acaena De Chakrika (post 5) in the 10th race championship for three-year-old pacing fillies. This daughter of Sunshine Beach is seeking to sweep the series after winning all three of her preliminary legs for driver Stephane Brosseau, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:56.4. She is trained by Dany Fontaine for owner-breeder Diane Lepine of Quebec City. The race favorite and rightly so is Steakazana from post six. This daughter of Western Paradise has exploded on the scene at H3R with three straight wins. She has a record of 1:55.3 and last week at H3R defeated a field of older pacing mares in 1:58.4. She is trained by Francis Richard for the MCR Streakazana Group of Charlottetown, PE and will be driven by Louis-Philippe Roy, who has come back home from Ontario to compete on Super Sunday. Perhaps the toughest of all eight championship finals is the 11th race for the three-year-old pacing colts. Here is the entry from trainer Maxime Velaye and owner-breeder Guy Corbeil of Mirabel of Eclat De Rire (post 2) and Retour Au Jeu (post 4). Eclat De Rire is the defending champion. The son of Leader Bayama sports three wins this year, but none of them came in the series. He barely made the final because he had two seconds and one third place finish in the preliminary rounds. Stephane Gendron will drive Eclat De Rire, who has a mark this season of 1:56.1. His stablemate, Retour Au Jeu, has five wins in ten starts already in 2020 and sizzled in the series two starts back with a lifetime mark of 1:54.2. He has won two rounds and will be driven by Jonathan Lachance. Mickymaksomespeed (post 6) has had a superb season for owner, breeder and trainer Michel Allard of Saint-Esprit. This son of Mickey Hanover sports eight wins in just ten starts. Last week he defeated a strong field of older horses, winning with ease in 1:54.3. He has a lifetime mark of 1:53.3 taken at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The field also features Whitecookie (post 5), who won a leg of the series for trainer-driver and co-owner Marie Claude Auger; return winner CL Big Beach (post 7) and HP I Got To Play (post 1). There is no return winner in the 2nd race trot final for the fillies which is headlined by Kinnder High Class (post 3), who has won two straight at H3R. The fourth race Preferred Trot at H3R Sunday nearly saw a triple dead heat finish for win in the fourth race. Keepall and driver Pascal Berube left from post five to take command with Precieuse CC (Claude Beausoleil) sitting the two-hole trip and Bucketlist Hanover (Samuel Fillion) to the opening quarter mile in :28. Stuck first-over, Bucketlist Hanover kept the pressure on as Capteur De Rive (Stephane Gendron) took advantage of the second-over cover past the half mile marker in :56.3. By the three-quarters in 1:26.3, Keepall was still strong on the lead but as Bucketlist Hanover was not gaining ground, Gendron went three-wide with Capteur De Reve and they raced three-wide around the final turn into the top of the stretch. Precieuse CC found room to come after Keepall as did Capteur De Reve and those three finished in a photo finish. Keepall ended up winning by a nose in 1:58 over Precieuse CC with Capteur De Reve third by a head. It was a lifetime mark for Keepall, a six-year-old gelded son of Angus Hall, trained by Sylvain Tremblay for the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and Gino Curadeau of Fermont. The winner paid $10.40. Both Precieuse CC and Capteur De Reve are former Quebec-bred Series Champions. Holiday Party ($15.80), also a former champion, won the 7th race trot in 1:59.4 for driver Pascal Berube. Track Notes: H3R's leading driver, Pascal Berube, had another big day with a driving triple. Live racing resumes Sunday at H3R at 1:00 pm with the $500,000 Quebec Series Championships. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The best in Island breeding will take the spotlight all weekend with harness racing stakes laden programs at both Island track. Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park the two-year-old pacing colts battle in the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake and the two-year-old pacing fillies meet in the Lady Slipper Stake. The 14-dash Saturday card starts off with a 6 P.M. post time. The first Lady Slipper Gold division carries a $13,000 purse in race 8 with Southfield Skye guarding the rail with Adam Merner in the seat for trainer Glen Mackay and owner Southfield Farms Inc., of Summerside. The Stonebridge Terror filly has three wins from five lifetime starts. Tobins Brownie is the favourite in the other $13,000 Gold split for rookie fillies in race 11 with post 4 for driver David Dowling and trainer Jonah Moase. A five-time winner, the Stonebridge Terror filly was bred by Wendell Williams of McNeills Mills and is owned by Alex Quinn of York, Carl Peterson of Hunter River and Amy Lakie of Greenfield. The $8,750 Lady Slipper grassroots divisions line up in races 2 and 5. Woodmere Stealdeal will look to extend his undefeated career to 10 races in his $12,000 Joe O'Brien Gold division in race 12. The Danny Romo trainee had Marc Campbell at the lines for Nova Scotia owners Kevin Dorey and Robert Sumarah. Bruce Wood of Marshfield raised the Steelhead Hanover pacer. Dustylanegoliath, a produce of Ron and Dianne Gass' Dusty Lane Farms in Cornwall, is the morning line choice in race 9 of the day in a $12,000 O'Brien Gold split. Gilles Barrieau trains and drives the Steelhead Hanover colt for Daniel Ross of Belfast. The $8,100 O'Brien grassroots have divisions in races 3 and 6. Catch all the action live on the worldwide broadcast at Redshores.ca and wager online at HPIBet.com. Three-Year-Olds Take Centre Stage In Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE - A 12-pack of stakes races will be unloaded Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The Prince County oval will kick off its card at 1 P.M. featuring the Joe O'Brien Memorial stake for three-year-old pacing colts, the Lady Slipper for three-year-old pacing fillies, a single division of the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series and a leg of the Island Oceans Trot Classic for aged trot mares, while the two and three-year-old trotters each have lone divisions of the Lady Slipper. Red Dirt Star is favoured in the first $13,800 Lady Slipper Gold division in race 4 from post 4 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast. The eight-time winning Malicious lass was bred by Lowell Balderston of North Wiltshire. Maritime Champion Woodmere Skyroller, from Bruce Wood's Woodmere Farms of Marshfield, will look to add to her $72,000 in lifetime earnings in the second Lady Slipper gold division in race 10. Barrieau gets the catch driving call for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford. The Lady Slipper stake has $9,100 Grassroots divisions in races 1 and 6. Tobins Rebel will attempt to stretch his win streak to nine-in-a-row in his $12,500 O'Brien Gold division for sophomore colts. Barrieau trains and drives the son of Camystic for owner Ross after already banking $59,000 so far in 2020. Wendell Williams of McNeills Mills bred Tobins Rebel. Imalookertoo, raised by Blaine Thibeau of Kensington, is the morning line choice in his $12,500 O'Brien gold division from post 2. Marc Campbell drives the Danny Romo trainee for owner Robert Sumarah of Halifax as the colt looks for his 10th lifetime win. Races 2 and 7 will feature $8,000 splits of the O'Brien grassroots. Dusty Lane Milo, raised at Ron and Dianne Gass' Dusty Lane Farms of Cornwall, rides a three-race win streak into race 3 of the program with $16,000 on the line in his Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division. Adam Merner drives the Tad The Stud colt for trainer Gass and owner Marsha Knox of Stanhope. Tequila Tuesday (To be driven by Myles Heffernan Sr.) and Go With Her (Brodie MacPhee) will face off in a compact field of five in the $16,000 Lady Slipper stake for three-year-old trotters in race 8. Maritime Champion Hop Up will have to overcome post 8 in the lone division of the Island Oceans Trot Classic presented by JD Marine and Diving Inc. Corey MacPherson is in the bike in the $5,100 event for owner-trainer Keith Campbell of Victoria West. Arc Light is the favourite in the race 12 Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series leg presented by Standardbred Canada for $6,140. Marc Campbell trains and drives the mare for Crossroads Racing Stable of Stratford. The race is in honor of James "Jimmy" Smith with members of the N.B. Ex and Fredericton Horseperson Association in attendance for the race. Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more and wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oake, for Red Shores

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