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Trois-Rivieres, QC - Maracasso and trainer/driver Carol Voyer were able to steamroll over the field to capture the Preferred Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The fifth race feature first saw Ninoscredit and driver Stephane Gendron leave from the rail for the early lead. Voyer also had Maracasso on the move from post four, but Gendron was not going to let them get to the lead with ease and parked them out to the opening quarter mile in :27.1. Voyer pressed the issue with Maracasso and they took command by the half mile in :55.1. From that point on Maracasso took off, leading the field by three lengths in the backstretch. At the three-quarters in 1:24, Maracasso was still in command. Stock and driver Pascal Berube moved three-wide in the backstretch and was able to get behind Maracasso and gave a game effort, closing within a half length as Maracasso went on to win in 1:54.4. Ninocredit was second. It was the seventh win this year for Maracasso. The seven-year-old gelded son of Lis Mara is owned by the Alpha Stable of Metabetchouan and he paid $5.40 to win. Jimbelina, the long mare in the field, saw her five-race win streak come to close, finishing fifth. The Filly & Mares Preferred Pace saw Uptown Woman ($6.30) and driver Pascal Berube pulled the pocket at the three-quarters on pacesetter Sauble Bonnie and then scoot away from the field to win in a romp by six and one-quarter lengths in 1:57. Solid Man ($3.40), after overcoming going wide into the first turn, was an easy winner in the Two-Year-Old Open Pace, wiring the field by two and one-half lengths in 1:59.2. Histoire Enchantee ($2.10) continued his remarkable comeback after being away from the races for nearly two years, winning the tenth race pace in 1:56.4 for his third straight win. He was driven by Stephane Gendron for trainer Maxime Velaye. Francis Picard led all the drivers with a triple and H3R's leading trainer, Francis Richard, sent out two winners. Track Notes: The final stop of the Regional Fair Circuit in Quebec took place Saturday at Ormstown. The track record for 1 ½ mile race was broken by the pacer Hooter Shooter, who went in 3:11.1 for driver Sam Filion and owner/trainer Marc Andre Simoneau. The old record was 3:12.3 set by Strokin (LPR) on July 16, 2016. This was the fifth track record broken this year on the circuit. Next Sunday, H3R will host the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit Championships. From the Quebec Jockey Club

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Mando Fun took early control of the harness racing featured event and never relinquished it as part of a driving triple by Gilles Barrieau Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. Barrieau and Mando Fun guarded the rail in the $2,600 top event and rolled through fractions of 28, 57.4, 1:27.3 and 1:57.1 to win by two-and-a-quarter lengths. Second went to Best To Hurst (Driven By Walter Cheverie) with Dangle Ona Dime (Corey MacPherson) third. Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley co-owns and trains Mando Fun for co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Barrieau also found the winner's circle with Red Dirt Star in a maiden score of 1:59.3 from his own stable and with Give Em Heck in 1:58.2 for trainer Jackie Matheson of Charlottetown. Mantario won the $2,300 back-up pace in 1:57.3 in line to Norris Rogers for trainer Alex Sobey and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Varadero Hanover (Barrieau) earned the silver with Heart And Soul (Cheverie) completing the triactor. Trainer Melissa Rennie and driver Adam Merner teamed up for a triple as Howmac Napoleon won in 2:00.3, Chief Exec Officer was a 1:57.3 winner to remain undefeated in the Rennie stable and Always Reese hit the wire first in 2:01. For complete results and race replays go to www.redshores.ca.  By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Undefeated rookie Tall Dark Stranger established a new harness racing stakes record with a 1:49.1 victory in Saturday's $750,000 Metro Pace.   The son of Bettors Delight angled from the two-hole and cruised home in :27, giving his driver Yannick Gingras and trainer Nancy Johansson each their first victory in harness racing's richest race for two-year-olds.   "He's just a great colt," said Johansson. "He looked strong the whole way and still had his plugs in at the wire. If they were coming harder at him I think he still had some left in the tank."   Tall Dark Stranger left from post-four and circled around Easi Hanover, who blasted from the outside, to lead at the opening-quarter in :27. Race-favourite Capt Midnight moved out from third and went after the lead racing up the backstretch, getting stretched out by Tall Dark Stranger before clearing after a :54.1 half.   Capt Midnight carried the lead around the far turn with Tall Dark Stranger and Gingras angling from the two-hole ahead of the three-quarter pole. Ys Mathis was first-up, three-lengths from the lead, with Papi Rob Hanover on his back. The three-quarter time was 1:22.   In the stretch, Tall Dark Stranger powered by Capt Midnight to a clear lead with an eighth of a mile to go. Papi Rob Hanover made things interesting late, ultimately coming up half a length short to a steady Tall Dark Stranger. Capt Midnight finished third, while Seeyou At Thebeach was fourth.   Tall Dark Stranger grinded away to narrowly defeated Papi Rob Hanover in last week's elimination. Gingras felt that performance made a big impact on the colt.   "(Last week) it took him a long time in the stretch, but today I stretched the other colt and in the last turn he knew what it was about this time," said Gingras. "When I came out of the two-hole he went right by Capt Midnight and that was without even me asking him at that point.   "He's got some learning to do, but he's got all the tools to be a great one."   Tall Dark Stranger is owned by Crawford Farms Racing, Marvin Katz, Caviart Farms and Howard Taylor. The son of Bettors Delight is now six for six with $499,533 earned after being purchased for $330,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale.   The clocking of 1:49.1 shaved a fifth of a second off the previous stakes record set by Sportswriter in 2009. It also matches the track record set by A Rocknroll Dance in 2011.   Gingras and Johansson can now scratch the Metro Pace off their bucket list, as the duo teamed up in the 2011 edition to finish second with Western Vintage.   Johansson's victory with Tall Dark Stranger gives her a sweep of Mohawk Park's two richest races of the season, as she captured the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in June with Captain Crunch.   "Not bad for a girl born in Sweden," laughed Johansson. "I'm very lucky that I have owners that support me with great horses and makes my job a lot easier having the material to perform at the highest level."   Tall Dark Stranger paid $5.40 to win.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment  

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Lyons Sentinel entered the Canadian harness racing record books with a stunning 1:49.3 victory in Saturday's $540,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies.   The daughter of Captaintreacherous converted off a two-hole trip to win for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Jim King Jr. in a Stakes, Track and Canadian Record time.   "She's done things we didn't think could be done," said King Jr. post-race. "About time she walked in my barn I could tell she was really special."   The $540,000 contest carried the storyline of a showdown between impressive elimination winners Alicorn and Lyons Sentinel. The fillies didn't disappoint, sitting one-two from start to finish.   Alicorn and driver Louis Philippe Roy blasted from post-five and hung up an opening-quarter of :26.4, while Lyons Sentinel followed in second. Reflect With Me got away third and hugged the rail for most of the mile.   After a second-quarter breather of :28.4, Alicorn faced pressure from Somebeachsometime, who had been parked every step of the mile after starting from post-nine. Peaky Sneaky failed to stay with the first-up challenger while in a second-over position, which left room for Tetrick to slide off the rail at three-quarters with Lyons Sentinel.   Alicorn went into sprint mode after reaching three-quarters in 1:23.1, but Lyons Sentinel was too much to handle. The King Jr. trainee stormed by powerfully in :26 to win by half a length. Alicorn finished second, while Reflect With Me couldn't find room up the rail in the stretch and settled for third over JK First Lady.   "I just didn't want to give Roy too much space," said Tetrick. "I didn't want to give him three or four lengths and get the half cheap and take off from me, so I put her on the back and I took a chance of getting locked in, but it all worked out."   A $55,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Lyons Sentinel has stamped herself as harness racing's top two-year-old pacing filly for owners Threelyonsracing. The Captaintreacherous filly has now won five in a row and is six for nine on the season with $562,330 earned.   Lyons Sentinel's record mile broke the previous Canadian record of 1:50.1, which she matched in last week's elimination. The now-fastest two-year-old filly in Canadian racing history returned $3.40 for a $2 win ticket.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2019 - Caviart Ally defended her Milton Stakes title with a harness racing stakes record 1:48.3 victory in Saturday's $250,000 event at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   The five-year-old pacing mare shot to the front for driver Andrew McCarthy and never looked back, pacing a :53.3 back-half to secure her second Milton Stakes victory.   "I knew in the post parade she was going to be good," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally. "She usually tells me and she was very focused and had her mind on the job."   A model of consistency, Caviart Ally started from post-eight in the nine-horse field and went off at odds of 4/1. She posted opening fractions of :26.4 and :55, before race-favourite Youaremycandygirl started first-up from fourth.   McCarthy stomped on the gas pedal in the third-quarter, posting a :26.3 split. The duo proceeded to say goodnight to their rivals and sprinted home in :27 to win by a length and three-quarters. Kissin In The Sand finished second, while Seaswift Joy N and Apple Bottom Jeans completed the Superfecta. Youaremycandygirl finished eighth.   Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally joined the barn of trainer Pelling this season after former trainer Noel Daley returned to his home-country of Australia.   "She's so consistent," said Pelling, noting he was confident when his mare turned for home with the lead. "I just didn't think coming first-up on her and it was the favourite first-up and I said 'that's a big ask' and I was pretty confident. He hadn't pulled the plugs and I thought she was doing it tonight."   Caviart Ally is now six for 15 this season and has hit the board in every start. Her 22nd career victory gives her $432,064 earned this season, bringing her career earnings to $1.5 million for Caviart Farms.   A $2 win ticket on Caviart Ally returned $10.70.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

Trois-Rivieres, QC - When Histoire Enchantee comes on the track for the tenth race Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R, harness racing fans will see nearly a two-year gap in his racing schedule. That is because the stakes winner at age three in 2017 has made a remarkable comeback for trainer Maxime Velaye. Histoire Enchantee starts from post one for driver Stephane Gendron and is the overwhelming race favorite in the tenth race pace. As a three-year-old, Histoire Enchantee notched six wins with earnings of nearly $100,000. Then disaster struck the son of Shanghai Phil. "Histoire Enchantee was injured with the results of a severe suspensory," explained Velaye. "To make matters worse, it was not even a race injury. He had to be stopped training and immobilized in his stall for about ten months. This is the kind of injury that heals slowly over time. "After his successful season in 2017 at age 3, we stopped with him as usual," continued Velaye. "then we started again in the winter of 2017-2018 to be ready for the Quebec-Bred Series at age four. It was during this period that he was injured. "Then we waited with him because this horse is worth it," Velaye said. "He also proved that we were right, since his return he continues to improve, winning regularly in the 1.56, 1.57 range. His fitness is improving and we are crossing our fingers to make it last. We do not have big plans for him this fall. He will probably race at H3R until closing and then rest up again. We will then prepare him for April next season for the Quebec-Bred Series. That's the best scenario right now." Histoire Enchantee has most certainly been sharp in his comeback season this fall. He has four starts, two wins, the fastest last week in 1 :56.4. Bred to be a winner, Histoire Enchantee is owned and was bred by Guy Corbeil of Mirable. He owns the top mare Eclatante (Bullvons Dream), who has had eight foals, seven of whom have made the races. That makes Histoire Enchantee a full brother to both Clik K ($378,476, 1.50.1); a half brother to Advantage ($ 266,059, 1.51.1), and a full brother to Eternal History ($171,216, 1.51.3). Hoping for a an upset victory in the tenth race Sunday will be Captain Dragon (post 2), Ernie Panic (post 5), and Winoc Jimmy (post 3). For a free race program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. First race post time Sunday is 1 :00 pm. By Daniel Delisle, for the Quebec Jockey Club    

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Drafting a perfect two-hole trip while watching the front end resident besieged for the duration of the race, Lisburn captured the $4,000 P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association Invitational Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Kenny Arsenault sent Lisburn hard off the gate from post 1 and struck the lead before releasing Rose Run Quest (Marc Campbell) to the front in the first quarter of 27.3. Rose Run Quest was kept occupied on the front end for the rest of the mile as Euchred (Driven by Mike McGuigan) was parked out and moved up to engage Rose Run Quest through the half of 55.2 and faded before the three-quarters of 1:24.4. Lisburn left the two-hole and took his shot down the lane, getting up for a nose decision in 1:53 over Rose Run Quest with Bugsy Maguire (Jason Hughes) finishing third. Lisburn, who celebrated his third win in a row, is owned by Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. Driver David Dowling had a solid night at the capital oval winning four races on the card. The Warren Grove driver hit the line first with Silverhill Buddy in 1:58 for David Myers of Charlottetown, Dusty Lane Cortez in a 1:57.1 victory for trainer Devon Wallace of Alberton, Bank Of Dad in 1:57.4 from the Ambyr Campbell stable of Charlottetown and with Creepin in a 1:57 score for trainer Brittany Watts of Warren Grove. Leading driver Marc Campbell saw the winner's circle three times on the card as he scored in the $2,750 Fillies and Mares Open with Traces Of Purple in 1:56.1, Jetster in 1:57.2 and Zero Rate in 1:57.1. Trainer Kevin Gillis had a training double early on in the program as Top of Morning won in 2:01.4 with son Kyle Gillis in the bike and Mr Tucker had a maiden score in 2:00.1 with Hughes aboard. For race replays and more go to www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, SEPT. 20, 2019 - Trevor Henry wrapped up the Grassroots regular harness racing season with two wins at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday night, padding his lead atop the Ontario Sires Stakes driver standings. Heading into Friday night's regular season finale for the two-year-old pacing fillies Henry had a 56 point lead over his perpetual rival Sylvain Filion in the Lampman Cup race. With drives in all four divisions and wins with Kat and So Delightful, Henry added 12 points to his tally while Filion spent the night driving at Hoosier Park in Indiana. Henry picked up his first win in the second $23,500 division with Kat. Starting from Post 4 Henry sent the fan favourite straight to the front where she reeled off fractions of :26.4, :56.3 and 1:25 and then delivered a gritty effort down the stretch to hang on for a nose victory in 1:54. Shiraz Seelster snuck up the inside to be second and Siochan was three-quarters of a length back in third. "We got stung pretty good the first quarter, but she hung tough. She raced good," said Henry. "She's been a good filly all along. She's really big, she'll probably be a better three-year-old. She's a really big filly." Dr. Ian Moore trains Kat for Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, ON, but was not on hand to celebrate the filly's first lifetime win. The Cambridge resident was with Filion at Hoosier Park where his Gold Series star Century Farroh captured the $170,000 Jennas Beach Boy for three-year-old pacing colts. Kat While she had not found the winner's circle before Friday, Kat had been a model of consistency through her first seven starts, finishing second five times and third twice. The win bumped the Hes Watching daughter's Grassroots point total to 100 and assured her of a berth in next Friday's (Sept. 27) Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A top five finish in the Semi-Final would see the filly advance to the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. Henry's second Grassroots win came in the third division with So Delightful, who also went gate-to-wire from Post 4. The Bettors Delight daughter cruised through fractions of :27.2, :57 and 1:25.3 before pacing under the wire one and one-quarter lengths the best in 1:53.4. Fan favourite Coqui Coqui settled for second and Kit was elevated from fourth to third when Lady Natasha was found to have driven inside two pylons in the final turn. "She's a nice filly as well. She's a little smaller, but she raced really well tonight. I was happy with her," said Henry. "She's consistent, but tonight she raced really well on the front for a small filly. She's from a really good family. She has the pedigree to be good." Henry and So Delightful also won a division of the Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 9. In between wins the filly finished ninth, fifth and second in her Grassroots outings for a point tally of 130 and sole ownership of third spot in the division standings. So Delightful Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor bred and shares ownership of So Delightful with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The filly's dam You See L A is a half-sister to $1.9 million winner Thinking Out Loud and award winning broodmare West Of L A. In addition to the Grassroots victories, Henry also won a pair of overnight events, one with McIntosh trainee Judge Ken and the other with Moore trainee Denali Seelster. The other two Grassroots divisions went to Mach My Kiss, who picked up her second straight Grassroots win in spite of being saddled with Post 10. Guelph resident Doug McNair piloted the Mach Three daughter to the 1:53.4 personal best for trainer Rob Fellows and his wife Yolanda Fellows of Rockwood and Erna Corbeil of Beamont, AB. Trizzle Trazzle and Isla Seelster were a length back in second and third. Mach My Kiss Capistrano recorded her third Grassroots win in the last division to secure top spot in the standings with 175 points. The Warrawee Needy filly and driver Anthony MacDonald sprinted down the stretch to score a two and one-half length victory in 1:54.2 Preeminence was second and Rose Run Victory was third. Harry Poulton trains Capistrano for fractional ownership group TheStable Capistrano Group of Guelph, ON, whose members are looking forward to seeing the youngster compete in the Grassroots Semi-Finals. "I couldn't be prouder of this filly. Harry and his barn have done a great job with her," said MacDonald, who is also the co-founder and president of TheStable.ca. "Every year we have horses arrive from smaller breeding operations to partner with us and Capistrano was one of those from last year. She has over 30 owners and she's been a real breath of fresh air for us this year at TheStable.ca." Capistrano Before the Grassroots Semi-Finals get underway next Friday, Woodbine Mohawk Park will host the last Gold Series Leg for the two-year-old trotting fillies on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The fillies will compete for $108,000 in Races 5 and 7 on the Tuesday evening program, which begins at 7:10 pm. Complete results from Friday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - The $750,000 Metro Pace is harness racing's richest two-year-old race in 2019 and for most of the connections racing, it's exactly the spot they planned on being.   A field of 10 rookie harness racing pacing colts and geldings will line up in the Metro Pace with six of the 10 having been purchased for $100,000 or more at last fall's yearling sales. That number of six is one more than last year's five and potentially the highest ever.   Capt Midnight is the 7/5 favourite in the Metro and was the most expensive purchase in the field at $350,000 (Harrisburg). The Tony Alagna trained son of Captaintreacherous has won five of seven starts for his connections and is the nation's fastest rookie at 1:49.4.   A close second-choice at odds of 9/5 is the undefeated Tall Dark Stranger, who sold for $330,000 at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Bettors Delight colt is perfect in five career starts for trainer Nancy Johansson and connections.   The most-expensive yearling purchase to ever win the Metro Pace is Simply Business, who pulled off a 20/1 upset in the 2011 edition. The son of Rocknroll Hanover-Cathedra Dot Com sold for $350,000 and went on to make just over a million-dollars in 183 career starts, with $500,000 of those earnings coming from his Metro win.   Since 2000, Simply Business and five other $100,000-plus yearling purchases have won the Metro Pace. Captaintreacherous in 2012 at $250,000 is the second most-expensive followed by Rocknroll Hanover in 2004 ($190,000), Camelot Hall in 2003 ($175,000), Stag Party in last year's race ($125,000) and Artspeak in 2014 ($100,000).   This year's race matches up with the saying "spend money to make money" and that has regularly been the case in the Metro Pace. While the rag to riches stories do happen, the average price of the 16 winners since 2000 that sold at a yearling auction is $102,562.   Sir Luck was the "cheapest" purchase of the winners since 2000 as a $20,000 buy in November 2001 at Harrisburg.   Beach Blanket Book could steal that title away from Sir Luck with an upset win from post-ten. The son of Sportswriter was a $17,000 purchase at last year's Lexington Select sale.   As for the spot where the Metro winners have been purchased, graduates of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale have won seven-times since 2006 with Harrisburg grads winning four during that period. The Lexington Selected Yearling Sale began in 2005 after Tattersalls and Kentucky Standardbred teamed their sales.   The only Metro winner since 2006 not to be sold at either Lexington or Harrisburg was Mystician in 2010. The Canadian Open graduate brought $45,000 as a yearling and scored a 29/1 upset in his Metro victory.   The storyline for this year's race may be the expensive yearling buys, but a pair of homebreds will pace behind the gate in Saturday's $750,000 event.   Sportswriter colt Ys Mathis is owned by Yves Sarrazin, who co-bred the pacer with Carl Duguay. One For Julius is from the first-crop of stallion Hes Watching and races for breeders Andrea Lea Racingstables Inc.   The last homebred to win the Metro Pace was Boomboom Ballykeel in 2010. The 10/1 upset winner was trained by Richard Moreau, who conditions Ys Mathis in this year's race.   The Metro Pace is one of the most anticipated races each season and that anticipation begins for many while inspecting yearlings and purchasing their next great hope.   While it's still early in the careers for the Metro field, on paper and based on early results this group could leave quite the legacy on the racetrack. Only time will tell.   Here is the breakdown of the Metro Pace field by yearling price.   Capt Midnight - $350,000 (Harrisburg) Tall Dark Stranger - $330,000 (Lexington) Captain Kirk - $200,000 (Lexington) Esai Hanover - $155,000 (Harrisburg) Team Best - $150,000 (Lexington) Papi Rob Hanover - $130,000 (Harrisburg) Seeyou At Thebeach - $70,000 (Harrisburg) Beach Blanket Book - $17,000 (Lexington) Ys Mathis - Homebred One For Julius - Homebred   by Mark McKelvie,for Woodbine Entertainment   

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Jimbelina, the lone harness racing mare in the field against eight male rivals, will go for her sixth straight win on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The six-year-old daughter of Big Jim was assigned the far outside post eight in the 5th race Preferred Pace. She is trained by Jean Tourigny and owned by Roland Trudel of Becancour. "She (Jimbelina) really came to me to rest a little," said Tourigny. "But she is racing so well now we will continue with her." Jimbelina hails from a strong family lineage. Her dam, Buddys Gal, had five foals and all of them made the races. Jimbelina has a half-sister, Fast N Fiesty p,5,1:50f, who made $397,000 and a half-brother, Buddy Weiser p,1:52.1f, who made $174,000. "She is a beautiful mare," Tourigny said. "She's really very quiet and easy to get along with." Jimbelina has already shown she can beat the boys, having won a Preferred 3 race her first time over H3R's half mile oval. That was two starts back when she raced from off the pace to win in 1:55.4. When at Georgian Downs Jimbelina showed that she can also overcome post eight, winning on the front end in 1:54.2. So, does that mean she can overcome post eight again on Sunday at H3R? "You never know what may happened on Sunday," Touriney said. Jimbelina's main competition Sunday will come from a trio of male competition in the race. They are Maracasso (post 4), who won last weeks race but was disqualified for going inside the pylons, Mister Big Top (post 5) who was placed 1st in the race, and Surf Report (post 7), who was a game second in last week's top pace. Sunday's program also features a Preferred Pace for Fillies and Mares headed by Uptown Woman (post 7), Sauble Bonnie (post 6) and Rainbow Palace (post 8). There is also a Two-Year-Old Open Pace featuring Solid Man (post 5), Acaena De Chakrika (post 3) and SOS Cupcake (post 1). The 11-race Sunday race card gets underway at 1:00 pm. For a free program, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

MILTON, ON - September 20, 2019 - Harness racing fans will want to arrive early to Woodbine Mohawk Park this Saturday (September 21) to collect the third and final t-shirt in the 'Road to the Breeders Crown' giveaway series.   Sylvain Filion is the next driver to have his racing colours incorporated into a t-shirt. The four-time O'Brien Award winning Driver of the Year will be set up on the main grandstand floor beginning at 6 p.m. this Saturday (September 21) to giveaway t-shirts and sign autographs.   The $750,000 Metro Pace is the main event for this Saturday's stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment      

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - A pair of win streaks will collide as the top harness racing pacers in Eastern Canada meet Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash program gets underway at 6 P.M. at the Capital oval with the P.E.I. Harness Racing Industry Association Invitational lining up in race 12 for a $4,000 purse. Gold Cup and Saucer finalist Lisburn has rail control in the field of seven as he sits on two straight wins in preferred action for trainer-driver Kenny Arsenault and owner Kevin Harvey of Hammonds Plains, N.S. The four-year-old son of Rocknroll Heaven has yet to miss the board in Atlantic Canada this season including an open length win in 1:53.3 his last time out. Euchred scorched the Truro Raceway in identical time last week in the Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational but will have to overcome post 7 this week to find the winner's circle and extend his win streak to four straight. Trainer Walter Walker of Inverness, N.S., will entrust the driving duties to Mike McGuigan on Saturday evening. Woodmere Ideal Art was a runner-up to Euchred last week and has post 5 in Saturday's class with David Dowling in the race bike for Sifroi Melanson of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Top Island pacer Rose Run Quest is also in the field for trainer-driver Marc Campbell as the son of If I Can Dream boasts four straight top-three finishes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sees rail control as sealing the deal for Lisburn to find the winner's circle. "Lisburn dominated his last two races from start to finish and with him landing on the pylons tonight we'll likely be looking at the same scenario," MacIsaac said. "Other than the short price there's not much to dislike." Also in the field is Burn Out Hanover (Driven by Corey MacPherson), Bugsy Maguire (Jason Hughes) and Nogreatmischief (Walter Cheverie). Sodwana Bay will look continue her Fillies and Mares Open pace domination in race 9 of the program for a $2,750 purse. Dale Spence picks up the catch driving assignment from trainer Gilles Barrieau, who is competing in stakes action in Nova Scotia. With four straight wins on her card, Sodwana Bay's six rivals will have their hands full Saturday evening. Some top entries in that class include Jordies Hope (Arsenault) and Traces Of Purple (Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more go to www.Redshores.ca. JJ Powerball Takes On Sunday's Best SUMMERSIDE, PE - A field of hard hitting pacers will convene Sunday afternoon and a horse fresh out of Invitational action is pegged as the one to beat Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash Sunday afternoon presentation kicks off at 1 P.M. with the $2,600 top class assembling in the finale. JJ Powerball last competed in the Johnny Conroy Memorial Invitational at Truro Raceway in Bible Hill, N.S., finishing fourth while pacing in 1:54.3 for trainer Wade Sorrie. That mile puts the target squarely on his back as the top pick but he has his work cut out for him from post 7. Dale Spence will do the driving on Sunday as the son of Image Of Dawn looks for his 12th lifetime win for owners Austin Sorrie of Ontario and Tammy Collings of Hazel Brook. Mando Fun has rail control in the top event with Gilles Barrieau in the bike for co-owner and trainer Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley and co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington. Best To Hurst has post 2 with Walter Cheverie driving for trainer Earl Watts while former top class winner Phil Dorleans (Jason Hughes) leaves from post 3. Dangle Ona Dime (Corey MacPherson) has post 4 with Soccer Hanover (John Davidson) lining up from post 5. Heartland Eclipse cut out all the action last week and had to settle for a minor share. He gets leading driver David Dowling in the bike on Sunday from post 6. The far outside post 8 belongs to Red Magician with Adam Merner in the bike for trainer Melissa Rennie. The afternoon back-up pace hits the track in race 9 with Ramset the top pick in the $2,300 class for combination of driver Dowling and Red Shores Summerside leading trainer Elton Millar. The Rambaran pacer was a second place finisher his last time out for owners Ryan and Everett MacLeod of Souris. Other top entries include Heart And Soul (Cheverie) and Mantario (Norris Rogers). For live video and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

MILTON, SEPT. 19, 2019 - Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies wrapped up their Grassroots regular harness racing season at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening. Zebs Flur kicked off the finale with a bold move that saw her circle out three-wide heading by the three-quarters to secure a head victory in a personal best 1:57.4. Yen finished second and Ready To Deal was a length and one-quarter behind the duelling leaders in third. The win was the second straight for Zebs Flur, who was also victorious in the Sept. 4 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway. Stephen Byron drove the filly to both wins and said the Muscle Mass daughter is heading into the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals in top form. "She is pretty steady and now she is showing speed," said the Thornton, ON resident. "I'm really happy with her. She's coming into the Semi-Finals sharp." Byron steers Zebs Flur for trainer John Bax and owners Bax Stable of Campbellville, Don Allensen of Wyoming and Goin To The Show Stable of Peterborough. Through six starts the filly has tallied two wins, one second and two thirds for earnings of $48,114 with both wins and both thirds coming in Grassroots action. She will head into the Semi-Finals with 124 points, putting her third in the two-year-old trotting filly standings. In the second $23,850 division Scorched Romance and driver Paul MacDonell left smartly from Post 6 and shadowed fan favourite Goddess De Vie through fractions of :28.2, :58.3 and 1:28.1 before slipping out in the stretch and reeling in the pacesetter by a neck in a personal best 1:57.1. Warrawee Vulcan was four lengths back in third. "We kind of liked her all along, she was a good gaited wee thing but she just took a little while to grow up and get the hang of things," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "But now she looks like she can leave the gate, and she's getting more versatile, and she's got her confidence. She's got the Semi-Final and Final coming, hopefully, so she might be able to make a little bit of money here late in the year."   New Jersey-based Norman trains Scorched Romance for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. In six starts the Kadabra daughter has recorded two wins and two thirds for earnings of $29,525. Like Zebs Flur, Scorched Romance was a winner in the Sept. 4 Grassroots event. With two wins, one third, one fourth and one sixth-place finish in Grassroots action she accumulated 123 points and heads into the Semi-Final ranked fourth. The top 20 point earners advance to next Friday's Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final moving on to the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championships. While Zebs Flur and Scorched Romance were already among the top 20 point earners before Thursday's contest, Shes Kadabra Cool was sitting among the bottom 20. The Kadabra miss made her debut in the July 30 Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park, finishing sixth. She stepped up to the Gold Series on Aug. 9, where she finished fifth, but then made breaks in two overnight starts. Needing to requalify after the breaks, Shes Kadabra Cool missed the Sept. 4 Grassroots event, so a win on Thursday was the only way to extend her Ontario Sires Stakes season. Starting from Post 5 the filly and driver Sylvain Filion sat seventh through the first half of the mile, moved up to fifth by the three-quarters as other fillies moved into the outer lane, and then muscled their way through a gap in the stretch to secure a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Fan favourite Moana finished second, just ahead of third-place finisher Zakarina. "She's always had the talent, she just was very green and always looking at stuff. She's just finally starting to get it... I think," said trainer Scott McEneny. "I think she just needs to learn, and I think that was a great trip for her, to get up the rail and have somebody outside of her the whole time, and she did some body-checking there through the lane and got out, and did it at the right time." Puslinch resident McEneny shares ownership of Shes Kadabra Cool with Martwest Racing Stable of Mississauga and breeder Harry Rutherford of Mount Pleasant, ON. The win was the filly's first on the board finish in five lifetime starts and gave her a total of 53 Grassroots points, just ahead of the 50 point cut-off for the post season. The Grassroots regular season comes to a close on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park as the two-year-old pacing fillies wrap things up in Races 2, 3, 6 and 9. Friday's program gets under way at 7:50 pm. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   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 www.ontarioracing.com

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - It was just another night at the office for the "King" of Island racing as harness racing driver Marc Campbell captured both top events Thursday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Campbell trained and driven Freddie found the wire first in the $2,350 Open Trot as he benefited from some brisk early fractions supplied by Hop Up (Driven by Corey MacPherson). Hop Up struck the front and laid down splits of 28.4 and 58.2 before relinquishing the front to Star Photo (Jason Hughes) at the half-mile marker. Freddie then took a first-over assault from fourth on that leader and powered by in the stretch to win by two-and-a-half lengths in 1:58.3 with Star Photo second and Hop Up third. Freddie is owned by Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. The top pace of the evening was more of the same for the Winsloe driver as he teamed up with Bettim Vicky to win the $2,300 class in 1:57.4. Jeff Lilley of Milton Station co-owns and trains the daughter of Aahm Canadian Now for co-owners Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S., and Greg Goldberg of Victoria, B.C. Innocent Kiss (Adam Merner) got the deuce with Collective Wisdom (Gilles Barrieau) completing the $459.00 triactor. Campbell's other win came with Paythelinebluechip in 1:59.1 for trainer Jay Noye. For complete results go to redshores.ca by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Saturday, October 5th, at Red Shores in Charlottetown, the Island Breeders Championships will take place featuring the best two and three year old harness racing trotters and pacers in the Maritimes. The entrants in the six Championship races were among the top money earners in the preliminary Island Breeders series raced at Charlottetown and Summerside. The breeders of the winning horses will receive a crystal Globetrotter trophy provided by Norman Hall of Pedigree Matching in recognition of their breeding success. Trophy cooler presentations will be made to the winning owners in memory of individuals who have made significant contributions as owners, trainers or volunteers in support of the PEI Colt Stakes, sponsor of the Island Breeders Series. Island Breeders 2018 - Memorials 2 Year Old Trot Mrs James "Ma" Poulton was the matriarch of an extended harness racing family and the first woman owner/breeder to win a Colt Stakes race. She won the 2YO trot in consecutive years with New Forest in 1951 and Robert Lee in 1952. Her son Harry, as owner and driver won the 2YO trot two years later with Jolly Dick. Harry's brother Oliver is the father of Harry Poulton Jr, trainer of world champion On The Road Again. Harry also had two sons who made their mark in the Colt Stakes. Alan won in 1981 with Race Time Robbi while Vince won in the same year with Moldaus Boy, a unique first for brothers in PEI Colt Stakes history. 3 Year Old Trot Albert Bernard grew up in the harness racing hotbed of Hunter River PEI, the son of Emmett Bernard, an accomplished Colt Stakes winning trainer, and became a top trainer of young horses himself. He won thirteen Colt Stakes races as trainer/driver for former Colt Stakes president Ron Kennedy primarily with trotters. Albert's son Shane also won a Colt Stakes race with Scarlet Hussy in 1996 to complete a rare three generation record of stakes wins for a family. Albert also served as a director of the Colt Stakes. 2 Year Old Pacing Filly Brian Andrew, a retired school principal, operated Meridian Farms East in Milton, P.E.I. along with his wife, Carol. The fourth-generation horseman possessed a strong passion for the breeding and raising of Standardbreds which resulted in numerous stakes wins resulting from the farm breeding operation. He also trained and drove Colt Stakes winners on two occasions as well as volunteering his time serving as a director and a supporter of the annual PEI Colt Stakes Select Sale. 3 Year Old Pacing Filly Ron McInnis was a long time member of the Colt Stakes and served as director for several years and President from 1993-1995. He kept a small breeding operation in Earnscliffe and raised yearlings with the Edgewater name. He won a PEI Colt Stake in 1999 with his own Edgewater Wave and another one called Brendons Gal in partnership with breeder Jim Quinn of Belfast. 2 Year Old Pacing Colt Pat McHugh held the office of President in 1999 - 2001. He was not involved in racing or breeding but worked for Hollylaine Island Farm on occasion. A strong minded individual, it was he who spurred on the process, while President, that led to the formation of the PEI Harness Racing Industry Association in 2000. It was at a meeting he chaired in 1999 that representatives of various tracks and organizations first seriously considered forming an Association for the Maritimes. It was a turning point for the industry on PEI in particular. 3 Year Old Pacing Colt Harry O'Brien was one of the founding directors, and the second President, of the PEI Harness Racing Club, the predecessor of the PEI Colt Stakes. He had three sons, Claude, Lloyd and Joe, who all took up the call and made their marks in the history of the sport on PEI and throughout North America. Claude drove Nita Volo to a heat win in 1937, and his son, Mike, won a Colt Stakes race in 1984. Lloyd was a winner in 1935 with Paddy Aubrey and Joe became one of the greatest trainer/drivers in the history of the sport in North America. Joe was a three time winner in Colt Stakes action and would go on to fame in the United States, winning virtually every major stakes race and blazing the way for Island horsemen to compete and succeed anywhere. Family members and friends of the memorial honourees are invited to join in the winners circle presentations. Further information contact Norman Hall, Manager PEI Colt Stakes 902-368-2340 by Norman Hall of PEI Colt Stakes

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Freddie has the lead in the harness racing win department but recent weeks have shown the Open Trot is anyone's race to win at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. A 12-dash Thursday evening presentation at the capital oval will kick off at 6:30 P.M. while the $2,350 Open Trot hits the track in race 8. Freddie has compiled eight wins on the season to dwarf his competition but recent racing action has seen its share of different winners in this class. Post 7 will not make the road easy for Freddie, with trainer-driver Marc Campbell at the lines for owner Three Wisemen Stable of Kingston. Hop Up (Driven by Corey MacPherson) has a one-two record her last two starts from post 4 while Star Photo (Jason Hughes) has been in the triactor his last five races. Majian Tango (Jim Ripley) has been rock solid all season and will look to rebound off a fourth place finish his last start to those three foes. Race analyst Les MacIsaac will cast aside the post-position disadvantage and go with Freddie for the top spot. "Freddie hit the front by the quarter last week and never looked back in scoring his 55th career win," MacIsaac said. "We can't imagine it being that easy tonight but regardless, it's hard to rule out a repeat." Also in the field is Frill Seeker (Kenny Arsenault), Suicide Shift (Steven Shepherd) and Daisy River (Walter Cheverie). The top pace of the evening lines up in the finale as a quartet of talented pacing mares drops out of the Fillies and Mares Open class. Rocknrols Image will leave from post 2 Thursday evening in race 12 as she looks for the lion's share of the $2,300 purse. Hughes is in the bike behind the Kevin Gillis trained pacer for owner David MacDonald of Belfast. A third place finisher pacing in 1:56.1 her last start, Rocknrols Image has earned the respect of morning line favourite. Also making the drop from the top mare's class is Innocent Kiss (Adam Merner), Collective Wisdom (Gilles Barrieau) and Bettim Vicky (Marc Campbell). For race programs, promotional information and more check out www.Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

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