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Ormstown (QUE), just above the New York State northern border, held the last scheduled stop on the 2018 Quebec regional circuit on Saturday afternoon, with the track record for pacers first being tied, then broken, and then the new mark being tied again.   El Torero, owned, trained and driven by Denis Audet, won both heats of a two-heat race, in the second heat covering the mile in 2:01.4, which equaled the previous Ormstown standard shared by Trys Little Prince, Bali, and Camco Richie.   In the race after that, owner/trainer/driver Audet came back with Northern Juno to obliterate that mark, winning on the engine from the rail in 2:00.1.   In that race after that, Whitemountain Nemo, who had won in 1:54.4 at Rideau Carleton Thursday night, came right back on Saturday afternoon to equal that newly-minted 2:00.1 Ormstown mark. Owned by 9267 7327 Quebec Inc., Whitemountain Nemo was driven by Samuel Fillion for trainer Charles Gaudreault.   by Jerry Connors

Guelph, ON - Sept, 17, 2018 - Just in time to kick start the upcoming Equine Industry Symposium hosted by the University of Guelph on October 27, 2018, a new discussion group has started on website.   In response to one of the suggestions that arose from the second Equine Industry Symposium held last February, the organizing committee has created this discussion group as a platform for anyone to share resources and knowledge, network, collaborate, identify common issues, discuss common solutions, and promote actions based on evidence and professionalism.   Discussion topics revolve around the six key themes that emerged from the first Equine Industry Symposium held in November 2016:  i.      Marketing – how can we promote our industry as a viable profession? ii.    Education vs employment – what challenges do we face in finding skilled employees? iii.   Industry standards – does our industry have standards? Do we need standards? iv.   Joining forces – can we gain some common ground with others through our connection with the horse? v.     Youth involvement – how do we attract and retain youth in our aging industry? vi.   Industry research – what research is needed to push our industry forward?   Registration to the Equine Industry Symposium discussion on is free. Simply go to, click on register, and use the coupon code EISforum2018 for your free registration. Then start participating in the discussion and let’s see where we can take our industry!   Don’t forget to register for the Equine Industry Symposium happening on October 27, 2018 at Or check out our facebook page for more details .   From Equine Guelph  

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The new Quebec Plus Series kicked off at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday with two divisions for two-year-old pacers and a track record was set in the series. The new series is only for those horses eligible to the Quebec Series that did not earn more than $7,500 as of September 10, 2018. In the eighth race second division, it was a cavalry charge for the early lead as Esprit Dequipe (Pierre Luc Roy) was in front early with Majeyca (Sylvain Lacaille) on the outside going for the lead. Then from the outside three-wide came the 1/9 race favorite Behavenmyself and driver Pascal Berube and they cleared to the lead by the opening quarter mile in :28.4. Behavenmyself then led the field through fractions of :58.4 and 1:28.1 with no one able to keep up with the filly. Then in the stretch Behavenmyself opened up on the field, winning by an impressive ten lengths in 1:56.2, a new track record. Esprit Dequipe was second with D Gs Fairystars (Stephane Brosseau) third. The previous track record for two-year-old pacing fillies was 1:56.4 set by Yaris Bayama in 2016. Sired by Badlands Hanover, Behavenmyself is trained by Gerard Demers. It was her maiden victory after eight starts, mainly in the Ontario Grassroots Series. She is owned by Les Ecuries GLD, inc. of St-Andre-Avelin with Jean Roch Marois of St-Joachim-De-Shefford and paid just $2.10 to win. The victory was one of three on the afternoon for driver Pascal Berube. The sixth race, first division of the Quebec Plus Series, saw Dernier Essai and driver Pierre Luc Roy able to lead from start to finish in 1:58.2 by two lengths over Blackjack Soleil (Claude Beausoleil) with Angelo Benjo (Pascal Berube) third. It was the maiden victory for Dernier Essai, a colt by Mach Three, who is trained by Maxime Velaye for owner Guy Corbeil of Mirabel. He paid $3.60 to win. The seventh race Open Handicap Trot saw Holiday Party ($7.40) and driver Pascal Berube able to lead from start to finish with an easy three length triumph in 1:58.2. Seeyou Men and driver Jocelyn Gendron caused interference in the race, breaking stride while going for the lead on the first turn. Holiday Party and 44-1 Holiday Spirit (Stephane Brosseau) cleared the incident and then raced first and second the rest of the race. Capteur De Reve (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. It was the fifth win this year for Holiday Party, who is trained by Isabelle Binet and owned by the Groupe Holiday Party Partnership of Portneul. Track Notes: Driver Francis Picard had the hot hands at H3R, leading all drivers with four winners on the afternoon program. With three wins from his stable on Sunday, Francis Richard took the lead in the training standing with 15 wins, Michel Allard is now in second with 13 and Maxime Velaye is third with 12 wins. Next Sunday, the Hippodrome 3R will host the 2018 Quebec Regional Fair Finals with ten championship races and more than $40,000 in purses. Post time is 12:50 pm. For more information, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

SUMMERSIDE, PE – It was déjà vu for driver David Dowling at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway on Sunday afternoon as he captured the top pace of the day and won five races for a second straight week. Dowling used rail control with Mando Fun to carve out all the fractions in the $2,200 featured pace through fractions of 28.1, 58.1 and 1:27.3. The mile was closed out in 29.1 for a 1:56.4 mile time with Mando Fun prevailing over KD Overdrive (Driven by Corey MacPhersoN) and third place Goliath Reigns (Dale Spence). Mando Fun is co-owned and trained by Paul Biggar of Tyne Valley along with co-owner Donald Callbeck of Kensington, P.E.I. Dowling also visited the winner’s circle with Heart And Guts for owner Shirlene O’Brien of Burton, P.E.I., after a 1:58.3 mile and Windemereimalright for trainer Earl Watts of North Wiltshire, P.E.I., in a time of 2:00. Dowling’s other wins came with Young Man Matt in 1:57.3 for Terry Gallant of Summerside, P.E.I., and Cal Hanover for trainer Watts in 2:02.4. Heart And Soul captured the back-up class for a $1,900 with Walter Cheverie engineering the winning trip in 1:57.3 for owner Riley Farms Ltd., of Summerside. The race saw a deadheat for second place with Salmonier Storm (Ambyr Campbell) and Pictonian Storm (Ken Murphy) hitting the wire together. For more information visit By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - This year's edition of the $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic was a hoof-to-hoof harness racing heavyweight battle from start to finish, with Crystal Fashion coming out on top in the final strides. Saddled with the daunting post 10, Crystal Fashion, a bay son of Cantab Hall, needed a little racing luck and plenty of grit to get the job done in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. On Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park, the Jim Campbell trainee had plenty of the latter. Sent off as the 5-2 second choice to 3-5 Mets Hall, Crystal Fashion, piloted by Tim Tetrick, was full of trot as the gate took off from the field of 11 sophomore stars. After taking his rivals through an opening quarter in :27.3, Crystal Fashion then found himself sitting in second spot once Mets Hall, with Andy Miller driving, went from second to first. The see-saw tussle between the leaders continued through a half in :56.2 and three-quarters in 1.25-flat, with the final round coming as the field straightened for home. Down the stretch, Crystal Fashion, on the outside, and Mets Hall, to his inside, put on a show for the packed house at Woodbine Mohawk Park. At the wire, Crystal Fashion ($7.90 to win) eked out a hard-fought half-length triumph over his rival, in 1:52.1. Fiftydallarbill was third, while Lawmaker was fourth. The 10-2 exactor returned $21 and a 10-2-8 triactor paid $91.60. A $1 superfecta (10-2-8-5) was worth $444.85. There was a pari-mutuel refund for Winning American, who had a broken equipment issue prior to the start of the race. "It worked out good today," said Tetrick who two races earlier teamed with Green Manalishi S to win the William Wellwood Memorial. "We got out of there good and got on the right foot. He crossed over well, in-hand, and the favourite came and we had to let him go, so I got a dream trip." Both Crystal Fashion and Tetrick had to work overtime to finally reel in a stubborn Mets Hall. "I went ahead and pulled the pocket at the top of the lane," he said. "We had a horse race to the wire, but today my horse outgrinded him. With Crystal, you never know for sure. He always gives a pretty good effort, but sometimes he can look at butterflies." Tonight, he stung like a bee. It was lifetime win No. 13 from 25 starts for the bay gelding, owned by Fashion Farms LLC. In 13 starts this year, Crystal Fashion, bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, has nine wins and a trio of seconds. "Very impressed," said Campbell. "Timmy did a great job getting him out of there to put him in good position. The horse, he digs. If he's got a target to go at, he goes after it. He's just been a tremendous horse to train this year." Crystal Fashion will soon head to the Bluegrass State for his next engagements. "He's been good at both two and three," said Campbell. "He seems to get better. He'll go down to Lexington and have two races there and then he'll go to the Breeders Crown." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Phaetosive and trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer went from blocked at the rail to reaching up just in time on the outside in a wild $340,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although it was a field of seven three-year-old trotting fillies competing, the Elegantimage Stakes was essentially a three-horse race with superstars Atlanta, Manchego and Phaetosive clashing for the first-time this season. Hambletonian champion Atlanta was blasted to the lead by driver Scott Zeron, posting a :27.1 opener. Manchego and driver Yannick Gingras got away right behind Atlanta, while Phaetosive and Smedshammer left from the rail in third. Zeron used his position on the lead to grab a soft second-quarter of :29.2. The tempo ramped up on the final-turn, as Blonde Magic and driver Jody Jamieson started pushing up on the outside from fifth. The outside mover gave Gingras his cue to pop the two-hole nearing three-quarters, while Smedshammer stayed in with Phaetosive. Atlanta reached three-quarters in 1:24.4 and led the fillies into the lane with Manchego at her wheel. The Hambletonian Day heroes engaged in battle with Manchego overtaking the lead in the final-eighth. As the lead pair battled, Phaetosive attempted to come up the inside, but no lane was available and Smedshammer went inside one pylon while taking back. Despite losing momentum, Phaetosive came across to the far outside and unleashed a furious late push to nail Manchego at the line for a 1:52.2 victory. The margin of victory was a neck. Atlanta finished third, beat 2½ lengths. The AGCO Judges reviewed Smedshammer's stretch drive and determined there was no violation committed. "Up until the three-quarter pole everything went like I planned," said Smedshammer following the victory. "When Yannick (Gingras) pulled in front of me, I thought it was going to be easier to go inside, I really thought they were going to sprint home a little bit more. "The rail didn't open up," continued Smedshammer. "I tried inside Scotty (Zeron), but he wasn't going to open up anything and I actually skimmed a pylon there, but I want back outside. She had every opportunity to get beat tonight." A daughter of Explosive Matter, Phaetosive picked up her sixth win of the season Saturday and 10th win in 15 career starts. The Smedshammer trainee has only two losses this season with the first being against colts in her season debut and most recent being a second-place finish to Manchego in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 4. "She's been great her whole life and Manchego's been getting the best of her in every start before, but today was our turn," said Smedshammer, who has managed his star filly carefully. "She is fresh. She had a couple of incidents after the Oaks that set her back a little bit. She shipped up here yesterday and I knew today she was very calm and very good in the paddock. Everything was her way tonight." Phaetosive, who entered the Elegantimage off a victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, has now earned $567,864 this season and $845,604 in her career for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, New York. A $2 win ticket on Phaetosive returned $11.30. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Captain Ahab and Stag Party punched their ticket to next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final with impressive harness racing victories in Saturday evening's eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace final a perfect seven for seven after winning his elimination in 1:50.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab got away fourth in a field of eight and watched Captain Crunch cut an opening-quarter of :26.3. McCarthy sent 'Ahab' after the lead in the second-quarter, clearing to the top at a :55 half. Captain Ahab paced his third-quarter in :27.4 with first-up pressure from Lyons Night Hawk and the six for seven De Los Cielos Deo sitting second-over. In the stretch, Captain Ahab finished his mile with a :28 final-quarter to secure the victory. De Los Cielos Deo paced into second, getting to the leader's wheel at the wire. Goldberg finished third, while Lyons Night Hawk was fourth. The final ticket to next week's final was grabbed by Better Up. Captain Ahab established a new career-mark with the 1:50.4 victory and has now earned $137,616 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. "I kicked the ear-plugs out tonight and made him pace in the stretch because I've got so much respect for Burke's colt (De Los Cielos Deo)," said McCarthy following the victory. "I was getting flushed early, so I went ahead and put him on the front and he was fine about it." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace undefeated and as the likely favourite. The Alagna trainee has collected five of his seven wins at Mohawk Park. McCarthy is confident heading into the final, but not overlooking any of his opponents. "It's not going to be easy. I've got a lot of respect for the other colts, so we just got to figure out the trip and hopefully it works out for us." A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.50. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party rebounded from a second-place finish in the Champlain for an impressive 1:51 victory in the first Metro elimination. Driven by David Miller, Stag Party took his time in the beginning, getting away sixth in the field of nine. Cruise Captain, who defeated Stag Party in the Champlain, posted a :27.1 opening-quarter before surrendering the lead in the second-quarter. Shake That House moved third to first entering the backstretch, but was followed by Semi Tough, who overtook the top spot and led by the half in :55.4. Miller angled Stag Party to the outside at the half and the Coleman trainee charged first-up to draw within half a length of Semi Tough at three-quarters in 1:24. In the stretch, Semi Tough dug in gamely in an attempt to hold off Stag Party, but the Coleman student muscled by in deep stretch to win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:51. Semi Tough held second, while Shake That House was third. The top-five was completed by Lyons Johnnyjnr and Buddy Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party now has five wins in seven starts and has earned $197,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "Casie told me he just wasn't right health wise (last week) and she got him good in a week and he went a big trip tonight," said Miller when asked about the rebound victory. "She does a great job conditioning horses and getting them ready." Stag Party was purchased as a yearling for $125,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on the Coleman trainee returned $3.90. The post-positions for next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final were drawn following the eliminations. Captain Ahab and Stag Party earned their connections the right to select their post. Here is the field for the September 22 rich final. 1. Better Up 2. Semi Tough 3. Stag Party 4. Captain Ahab 5. Shake That House 6. Buddy Hill 7. Goldberg 8. Lyons Night Hawk 9. Lyons Johnnyjnr 10. De Los Cielos Deo AE: Captain Crunch by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Harness racing trainer Marcus Melander admitted he was a bit nervous before the start of the $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for two-year-old trotting colts on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. As it turned out, he didn't need to be. In the seconds leading up to Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters, Melander, who conditions top-flight trotter Green Manalishi S, admitted he was battling butterflies before the field of 10 got underway. A three-length triumph, timed in a career-best 1:53.4, changed that trepidation to pure elation. "He was very good tonight as well," said Melander, of the horse that took one of two Wellwood eliminations last Saturday. "I'm very happy to win this race. I was a little nervous before the race, actually. I'm not normally like that. After that race last week, he was really impressive. I was just very happy that we could show them that he's as good as he was last week." Sent off as the 3-5 mutuel favourite, Green Manalishi S, with Tim Tetrick in the sulky, got away third as Swandre The Giant and Yannick Gingras powered to the front as the trotters made their way into the first turn. After a quarter-mile in a tepid :28.2, Tetrick made the decision to go for the front after Union Forces, a 33-1 upset winner in the other Wellwood elimination, broke stride. With a confident Tetrick at the controls, Green Manalishi, who reached the half in :57.1, began to dash away from Swandre The Giant, who broke stride as the field turned for home. Easily keep his rivals at bay, the son of Muscle Hill, who won his Wellwood elim seven days ago, flexed his muscles down the lane, crossing the wire the easiest of winners. "That was really fun," said Tetrick. "First off, I just want to say it's a great honour to win the Wellwood race. A great family and proud to get to win this race. "I was going to go ahead and go," continued the veteran reinsman of his decision to push for the lead prior to the mid-way point. "I wanted to get through the first turn clear and safe. Down the backside, I let him trot. We got a good half and from there it was his race to win or lose." The longshot parade for second, third and fourth spots went to Smart As Hill (27-1), Okeanos (50-1) and Kings County (27-1), respectively. Green Manalishi S paid $3.30 for the win, combining with Smart As Hill for a $45.40 exactor. Okenaos capped a $378.80 triactor, while a $1 superfecta (Kings County) returned $2,876.45. Members of the Wellwood family were on hand to make the trophy presentation. It was the fourth win from six starts for the bay colt that had a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. "He's special," praised Tetrick. "He trots beautiful and he acts like an eight-year-old out there. He loves his work. Marcus and the crew have done a great job with him. He makes me look really good out there." Owned by Courant Inc. and bred Ab Svensk Reklamfinans of Solne, Sweden, Green Manalishi S will now set his sights south of the border. "We'll ship him down to Lexington next week and he's going to race there one or two times," noted Melander. "We've got the Breeders Crown left and I think we have the Valedictory as well. But we'll take one race at a time. He's a very nice horse." by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Even-money betting favourite The Ice Dutchess made every step a sure one on her way to victory in the $385,000 Peaceful Way final for two-year-old harness racing trotting filly on Saturday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Jimmy Takter trainee won in 1:54.2, three open lengths ahead of her nearest rival, Evident Beauty (Dave Miller; 4/1). 51/1 longshot Angies Luckeylady (Trevor Henry) was a distant third. Evident Beauty cut the 27.1 opening quarter after four fillies' hopes were dashed in the early going. In rein to Yannick Gingras, The Ice Dutchess made front easily by the 57.1 half, trotting past the early leader without a fight and taking command. She led by two lengths over Evident Beauty at the three-quarter pole, reached in 1:26.0, and sustained her reign right to the wire. A late effort from the other elimination winner, Sisters Promise, ended when she broke stride moving from fourth to third in the stretch. John Floren's Coyote Wynd Farms of Vancouver, British Columbia owns The Ice Dutchess, who was a $320,000 yearling purchase. Floren noted he bought the daughter of Muscle Hill after selling a Muscle Hill colt for the same price. "I said, 'she's the nicest filly in the sale, if I get her for $320,000, not a dollar more, I'll go for it' and that was my last bid," said Floren. "You look for these kind of horses your whole career. I've been in this sport for 30 years and you get one now and then. I always was patient and always was hopeful and now we have one and we're going to enjoy every step of the way." The Jim Doherty Memorial champion has rebounded strongly after consecutive early breaks and distanced finishes in both a Pennsylvania Sire Stakes event at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono and a Champlain Stake division at Woodbine Mohawk Park last month. The Ice Dutchess is undefeated since the addition of trotting hobbles, which trainer Takter remarked upon from the winner's circle. "I think she will grow out of that...I think she will be better without that," said Takter, who feels The Ice Dutchess has another step to take. "I don't think she is quite ready...I don't feel that she's really there yet." Dr. Cal and Angie Stiller, the breeders and former owners of Canadian Hall of Fame trotter Peaceful Way (inducted 2008), presented the namesake stake's trophy to the winning connections. The Ice Dutchess paid $4 to win. by Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The top stakes pacers on the Eastern Seaboard of Canada converged on Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park for a harness racing doubleheader of P.E.I. Colt Stakes action with a number of win streaks on the line. Magical Mistress saw her streak live to see another day on the afternoon card as she won a $6,900 P.E.I. Colt Stakes division for her seventh win from as many starts in her career. The two-year-old pacing filly was guided to the wire in 1:56.2 by driver Adam Merner for trainer Stephen Gass and owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S. Therealdeal also had her win streak remain intact in another two-year-old pacing filly division for a $6,900 pot. Walter Cheverie supplied the 1:57.2 victory for trainer Joe Baxter and owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. Arc Light also captured a two-year-old pacing filly division in 1:59.4 for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. Two-year-old pacing colt divisional leader Woodmere Bolt did not see his win streak through on the P.E.I Colt Stakes program. The $6,700 rookie pacing colt division saw Red Dirt Boomer prevail off a pocket trip in 1:58.1 for trainer-driver Gilles Barrieau and owner Daniel Ross of Belfast, P.E.I. Pacesetter Woodmere Bolt had to settle for second in his first career loss with his win streak ended at seven wins. Red Dirt Rocknroll was another $6,700 P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old pacing colt winner in 1:59.3 with Campbell at the controls for trainer Lenny Myers, who co-owns with Jack Quinn of Charlottetown. Dusty Lane Cortez gave driver David Dowling his first P.E.I. Colt Stakes victory in the other two-year-old colt division. Devon Wallace trains the colt for owners David and Jordan Lewis of Alberton, P.E.I. Evening Program P.E.I. Colt Stakes action continued on the Saturday evening program and Sock It Away was first at every station and found himself to the winner's circle to continue his undefeated three-year-old season. The son of Pang Shui has yet to taste defeat in 12 seasonal outings for trainer Kevin MacLean and owner Reg MacPherson of Stratford, P.E.I. Campbell was in the bike for the win in his $7,200 P.E.I. Colt Stakes three-year-old pacing colt division with a mile time of 1:55.2. In other three-year-old pacing colt action, Half Cut captured his division in 1:56.2 for driver Mark Bradley, trainer Tom Weatherbie and Island owners Kyle Gardiner and Mike Currie of Cardigan, Joseph Gardiner of Mount Stewart and Jerry MacKinnon of St. Peter's Bay. Woodmere Ideal Art also hit the winner's circle in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes as the three-year-old son of Articulator was on top at every call for a 1:57.1 win with Jason Hughes at the lines for trainer Sifroi Melanson and owner Ultimate Stable of Greater Lakeburn, N.B. Favourites prevailed in every three-year-old pacing filly division of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes on the evening card. Tobins Terror started the action with a 1:56.1 win in her $5,800 division for driver Campbell, trainer Gary Chappell and owners Daniel Ross of Belfast and Boyd MacDonald Produce Ltd of Crapaud, P.E.I. The next sophomore $5,800 filly split had Maybeitsmaybelline hit the winner's circle in a mile time of 1:59.2 as the betting favourite. Kenny Arsenault supplied the drive for trainer Weatherbie and owners Blair Hansen of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Cheryl Geldart Greer of Norton, N.B. R Es Shabla was the favourite at post time but was refunded by racing officials after pulling up before the start. Bettim Jackie won her division as the heavy favourite by three-and-three-quarter lengths in 1:56.2 for driver Gilles Barrieau, trainer and co-owner Jeff Lilley of Milton, Blair MacLauchlan of Charlottetown, P.E.I., and Danny Purcell of Newport, N.S. The final $5,800 filly bout had Royaltywestho land on top, stopping the clock in 1:58.1 for driver Walter Cheverie and trainer Joe Baxter, who co-owns the filly with fellow Windsor, N.S., resident Gregory Francis. The evening program also featured the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series with a pair of $3,720 divisions. Collective Wisdom won the first division in 1:57.1 for driver Barrieau and trainer Jackie Matheson, while Barrieau also prevailed in the second split with a 1:54.4 victory aboard his own Sodwana Bay. Euchred won the $2,650 preferred pace in a 1:53.2 mile for driver Barrieau, trainer Terry Gallant and owner Kayla Habicht Walker of Inverness, N.S. It was win number 13 on the season for the six-year-old son of Shadow Play and it gave Barrieau six wins on the day. For more information check out By Nicholas Oakes ,for Red Shores  

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 – Ideation Hanover and Tall Drink Hanover posted victories in Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 19 rookie harness racing pacing fillies competed over two hotly contested $35,000 eliminations. Ideation Hanover and Jody Jamieson took charge early and made their point when it counted the first ‘Great Lady’ elimination. Never worse than third in her eight career races, Ideation Hanover was an overlooked 10/1 at the betting windows, motoring up the inside path to take down tiring leader Treacherous Reign and fend off a late-charging Sylph Hanover on the outside. The 1:51.2 clocking was a lifetime best for the Bettors Delight-Ideal Weather (Western Ideal) daughter. Trainer Dave Menary admitted post-race that he was pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t know how it would all play out.” Announcer Ken Middleton described the “backstretch blast” unleashed by Treacherous Reign as that filly powered out of third to circle Ideation Hanover and Sylph Hanover by the :56 half. Treacherous Reign continued to set the pace, leading by two open lengths over the eventual winner at the 1:23.4 three-quarter-mile mark. With that leader vulnerable in deep stretch, Jamieson’s tactics worked to Ideation Hanover’s perfect advantage. He called Ideation Hanover “the kind of filly who likes to go forward” every start. Stepping out of the shadow of stablemate Quebec Blue Chip after a “disappointing” third-place finish in her last race, a Champlain division at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ideation Hanover was “back on track” for next week’s Shes A Great Lady final, said Menary. The winning filly’s conditioner noted the $50,000 yearling purchase was a bargain: “This family comes from a great pedigree. […] People got off the bandwagon for Bettors Delight. I was happy to bring her home for 50.” Queen of the Pride (Dave Miller) finished third, over Treacherous Reign (Andrew McCarthy) in the first elimination. Ideation Hanover is owned by Ontario-based Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, and Alan Alber. Saturday’s win was her third career victory, returning $22 for a $2 win ticket. An unfortunate incident in deep stretch removed two of the top contenders in the second Shes A Great Lady elimination. Dueling on the lead, Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) appeared to veer into Quebec Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson), taking both out of the race with late breaks and setting the scene of an inquiry. The inquiry resulted in Warrawee Ubeaut being set back twice for creating interference: from sixth back to seventh, then again to ninth in the nine-horse race. Quebec Blue Chip finished eighth, and was placed seventh. Blossom Onthebeach finished seventh and was placed sixth. Deb was ninth, placed eighth. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) had launched to a two-length lead on the front end (27.3), with Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut second and third behind her at the opening quarter. Quebec Blue Chip stepped out to claim the lead by the 55.2 half, with Prescient Beauty settling in third and Warrawee Ubeaut on the attack outside at the three-quarters, which was reached in 1:24.1. Tall Drink Hanover loomed second over in fourth at the three-quarters, a fortunate position for driver Andrew McCarthy’s filly. When the battling leaders made physical contact in the stretch, the Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account (The Panderosa) daughter escaped difficulty and powered to a going-away triumph in 1:51.2—a new personal best, by two-and-a-third lengths over Prescient Beauty. The judges inquiry did not affect the top four finishers in the elimination. Odds On Lucie (another Tony Alagna trainee) was third, over fourth-place Carousel. Winning conditioner Tony Alagna, who has three fillies going to the stake final, said Tall Drink Hanover (a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase) had “a six-week deficit behind these other fillies [over the winter], but she just continues to improve.” Sympathizing with the connections of Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut, he added that their accident took nothing away from Tall Drink Hanover’s performance: “I felt good halfway down the lane that she was going to get there anyway.” It was the fourth win in seven starts for the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar winner, who is owned by Alagna Racing LLC of New Jersey, Marvin Katz of Ontario, and Riverview Racing LLC of Florida. The post-positions for next week’s $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final were drawn following the eliminations. 1. Treacherous Reign 2. Prescient Beauty 3. Ideation Hanover 4. Tall Drink Hanover 5. Carousel 6. Queen Of The Pride 7. Sylph Hanover 8. Odds On St Lucie 9. St Somewhere 10. Art Lecture AE: Money Shot Hanover Nivana Seelster defeats Lazarus N Nirvana Seelster denied Lazarus N a rebound victory with a huge coast-to-coast 1:48.1 victory in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old Bill Budd trainee was blasted to the lead by driver Trevor Henry and posted fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 before powering home in :27.1 for his eighth win of the season. Lazarus N finished second, beat two-lengths. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old left from post-seven and settled in fourth. Driver Yannick Gingras angled Lazarus N to the outside nearing the half and grinded away first-up on the final turn, drawing to within a length and three-quarters of the lead at the third-marker. Nirvana Seelster had no quit in him pacing down the lane, as Lazarus N had to settle for the runner-up finish. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster just missed matching his career-mark of 1:48, which he took last season at Mohawk Park. The fan-favourite, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings last week, has now earned $208,170 in 28 starts this season Nirvana Seelster and Lazarus N were the only two-horses in Saturday's nine-horse field that competed in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. Lazarus N finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was eighth. A $2 win ticket on Nirvana Seelster returned $24.80. Mark McKelvie and Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The Quebec Jockey Club that manages the Hippodrome 3R will see their new series, the Quebec Plus Series, get underway this Sunday with two divisions for two-year-old pacers, one for colts and one for fillies. The series is for two, three, four and five-year-old horses that were eligible for the Quebec Series this summer, but did not make more than $7,500 this season as of September 10. There will be two preliminary rounds for $4,000 and then a $10,000 final on October 7. Fillies will race against colts. Due to lack of entries there will no series for the two-year-old trotters. The series gets started in the sixth race first division and is headed by trainer Maxime Velaye's Dernier Essai, which translates to English as Last Test. This son of Mach Three starts from post four for driver Pierre Luc Roy. "He has been dropping seconds since his first qualifier," Maxime Velaye explained. "I think the reason he has yet to win a race is because he was beat by better horses." In the $55,000 Future Stars Final last week, Dernier Essai finished fifth and was race timed in 1:57.3, his fastest clocking yet. "It is a great idea to have this Quebec Plus Series," Velaye said. "To give these young horses, and I talking for myself as my horse is VERY VERY green, and this series will help him a lot. I think he is the one to beat (and is still VERY green) but he is learning from every start he made so far." And where did this name, Dernier Essai, come from? "His name came from the movie The Longest Yard," Velaye explained. "with Adam Sandler, and in French the movie title was Dernier Essai and his owner, Guy Corbeil of Mirabel, just loved that movie." Other horses to watch in the first division include Angelo Benjo (post five) with driver Jonathan Lachance and Moneymakehersmith (post two) for driver Stephane Brosseau. The second division is the eighth race and the morning line favorite is the filly Behavenmyself, who starts from post two for owners Jean-Roch Marois and the GLD Stables. This daughter of Badlands Hanover has never raced at H3R, and her career so far in Ontario has been competing in the Grassroots for trainer Gerald Demers. While she has no wins in seven starts she has been race-timed in under two-minutes, the fastest in 1:55.3. She will be driven by Pascal Berube. Likely contenders in the race include Esprit Dequipe (post one) for driver Pierre Luc Roy, Lovelouguys (post seven) with driver Jocelyn Gendron and D Gs Fairystars (post nine) for driver Jonathan Lachance. The Open Handicap Trot in the seventh race will be perhaps one of the best races of the day. Capteur De Reve (post eight) is the favorite because he won this class his last two starts and shows for trainer Maxime Velaye that he can win from on or off the pace. The competition will be fierce with Rocky Boy (post seven) back in gear, Broadway Maija (post six) was second last week and the return of Fortunes Friend (post four) who returns from Rideau Carleton off a 1:59 victory. Also, of note, Precieuse CC, fresh off her triumph in the $65,000 Breeders Cup last week, faces the best trotters for driver/trainer Claude Beausoleil. Precieuse CC was given the rail as she is the only three-year-old in the field. She is going for her third straight win. Post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. For a free race program, visit From the Quebec Jockey Club  

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2018 - Caviart Ally stole the show Friday with a career-best 1:48.3 victory in one of two Milton Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 12 older pacing mares and a three-year-old filly were split into a pair of $35,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (September 22) $255,000 final. The term 'easy-looking' isn't used often to describe a 1:48.3 mile, but Caviart Ally did exactly that in the second Milton split. Driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Noel Daley, Caviart Ally rushed out to the lead and posted a :27.2 opening-quarter. The four-year-old rolled right along in the second-quarter to reach the half in :55 and then proceeded to post a :26.4 third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:21.4. McCarthy sat motionless in the bike as Caviart Ally left her rivals behind and cruised home in :27.4 for the career-best 1:48.3 victory. "Extremely easy, it was surprising," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally's performance. "I was watching the half come up in :55 and I was hoping it was going to be a tick or two slower. "In the last turn she started to rev up and I couldn't really get her down there any slower than 1:21.4. Even finishing up, still had the bits up in her mouth. It was a huge mile, but she did it so easy." Bettors Up finished 4 ¾ lengths behind the winner in second, while Ella Christina was third. L A Delight and three-year-old filly Kendall Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally recorded her fifth win of the season and 14th overall. She now has $134,011 earned in 13 starts this season to bring her career earnings to $956,264 for owners Caviart Farms. Friday's victory also earned Caviart Ally's connections the opportunity to select her post, which comes as a big help after drawing the nine-hole in her last two stakes finals. Caviart Ally paid $3.80 to win and enters next week's final with two wins and two runner-up finishes in her last four starts. Chris Oakes trainee Tequila Monday held off Pure Country to win the first-elimination by the slimmest of margins in 1:50.1. Driver Louis Philippe Roy fired Tequila Monday out to the lead and got to call the shots, posting fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24. Pure Country and driver Yannick Gingras enjoyed a two-hole trip behind the leader and came to the outside turning for home. In the stretch, Tequila Monday and Pure Country sprinted home with powerful strides with the finish line coming just in time for Tequila Monday to hold off Pure Country by a nose. Twinkle finished third, while Nike Franco N and Frost Damage Blues were fourth and fifth, respectively. "Even after the wire I was a little disappointed because I thought Yannick (Gingras) beat me by a nose and even he thought he won too," said Roy following the victory. "She got easy fractions and we were both sprinting at the end. I think both mares will be good for next week because they didn't have to be used much in the first-half." A four-year-old daughter of American Ideal, Tequila Monday is now five for 15 this season with $158,720 earned this season. Her elimination victory improves her career numbers to 17 wins and $771,922 earned for owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday paid $5.10 to win. The post-positions for next week's $255,000 final were drawn immediately following the eliminations. The Milton Stakes final is part of the September 22 Metro Pace card. 1. Twinkle 2. Tequila Monday 3. Nike Franco N 4. LA Delight 5. Caviart Ally 6. Bettors Up 7. Frost Damage Blues 8. Ella Christina 9. Kendall Seelster 10. Pure Country AE: Artistic Madison by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Saturday promises to be full of high speed talent as the P.E.I. Colt Stakes is on display during a doubleheader at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 12-dash afternoon card kicks off at 1 P.M. with the two-year-old pacers featured on the program in divisions of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes including a quartet of undefeated pacers in three straight races. Magical Mistress will be the first one to put her undefeated streak to the test in race 8 for a $6,900 purse. Adam Merner handles the talented daughter of Camystic for owner Barry Martin of Sydney, N.S., and trainer Stephen Gass. The daughter of Maritime Champion Meridan Magic has been superb all season with six wins from six starts in her career. Magical Mistress draws post 2 on Saturday afternoon but will contend with another undefeated filly in post 7 entry After The Lovin who has won all three of her starts this year. Race analyst Les MacIsaac sides with Magical Mistress to continue her winning ways fresh off her 1:56.1 lifetime best in her latest start. "If you want to see a two year old filly with some gate speed take a look at the replay of her last one," MacIsaac said of Magical Mistress. "She's six for six and yet to be seriously challenged. Enough said." Race 9 has another undefeated pacer as the two-year-old pacing colts take the track for a $6,700 pot. Woodmere Bolt is unbeaten in seven starts in his career and retains the services of veteran reinsman Earl Smith from post 3 for Island owners Peter Smith and Gerald Morrisey, along with Arnold Hagen of Nova Scotia. The son of Malicious has been on front at the quarter in every one of his races to date and has won by open space in all but one race. Next up on the day, Therealdeal puts it all on the line from post 3 in race 10 for a $6,900 purse in P.E.I. Colt Stakes two-year-old filly action. Walter Cheverie drives the filly for trainer Joe Baxter and owners Jennifer Baxter and Gregory Francis of Windsor, N.S. With five wins from five starts, it has been a month since Therealdeal last races during Old Home Week in Charlottetown. Races 2, 4 and 6 on the program are also P.E.I. Colt Stakes divisions for two-year-old pacers. Evening Card at Charlottetown The second half of Saturday P.E.I. Colt Stakes action has an evening program kicking off at 7 P.M. The 12-dash program features the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for three-year-old pacers along with the Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series. The three-year-old pacing fillies compete in four divisions of the P.E.I. Colt Stakes for $5,800 purses. Tobins Terror is favoured in the first division in race 1 drawing post 4 for driver Marc Campbell and trainer Gary Chappell. R Es Shabla leads the way as the morning line choice in race 3 for driver Mike McGuigan and trainer Len McGuigan, while Bettim Jackie has rail control in another split in race 6 with Gilles Barrieau at the lines for trainer Jeff Lilley. The final three-year-old filly division is in race 9 as Royaltywestho looks to re-establish dominance from post 3 for driver Walter Cheverie and trainer Joe Baxter. In pacing colt action, Sock It Away will put his perfect season to the test in race 7 for a $7,200 pot. Marc Campbell drives the post 7 starter for trainer Kevin MacLean after the son of Pang Shui has won all 11 of his sophomore starts in 2018. The other three-year-old pacing colt divisions are in races 5 and 11. The Atlantic Aged Pacing Mares Series has divisions in races 4 and 10 with a $3,720 purse in each event. The Saturday program will also feature special guests from the UPEI Athletics Department with the athletes enjoying a night at the track. Go to for race programs and more details. Mainland Pacers Face Off Sunday at Summerside SUMMERSIDE, PE – A pair of top notch mainland pacers will take on some of P.E.I.’s finest overnight pacers in top class action Sunday afternoon at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The 12-dash program starts off at 1 P.M. on Sunday afternoon with the top class going to gate in race 11 for a $2,200 purse. K D Overdrive has been installed as the morning line favourite as the New Brunswick pacer ships in after last racing at Bangor Raceway in Maine. Stephen Mason trains the winner of 21 lifetime races for owner Stephen Downey of Quispamsis, N.B. Corey MacPherson receives the catch driving call in the Sunday feature and will leave from post 4 with K D Overdrive. Goliaths Reigns also makes the trek from the mainland for the top event fresh off a pair of wins at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, N.B. Dale Spence drives the winner of $96,000 in purses for Truro, N.S., trainer Dawn Ellis Abbott. Race analyst Bo Ford goes a different direction and looks at post 5 starter Likely To Win to visit the winner’s circle at 4-1 morning line odds at the Prince County half-miler. Adam Merner will drive the Melissa Rennie trainee as he drops out of preferred action into his Sunday contest. “You want to serve this horse at or above the morning line and we will be a happy camper,” Ford said of Likely To Win. “He got kicked out the back in his last start, but there will be no out the back today. On the class drop, catch him if you can.” Other entries include Mando Fun (Driven by David Dowling), Narragansett (Jason Hughes) and White Fish Flash (Norris Rogers). Twice As Bright rides a two-race win streak into race 12 as the morning line favourite in the $1,500 event from post 2 for driver Dowling and trainer Elton Millar. The eight-year-old son of Armbro Deuce was a winner in 1:58 and change in both of his last two starts for owners Kyle Williams of Ellerslie and Catlin Blaisdell of Souris, P.E.I. For live video, race programs and more go to By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2018 - Time is running out to submit nominations to the upcoming Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District. Nominations close this Monday (September 17) for the new Ontario Sired Autumn Series. The Autumn Series, for two and three-year-olds who are Non-Winners of $10,000 lifetime before September 15, will commence the week of September 30 and offer two legs, worth $8,500 each, followed by a $20,000-added final for each of the four divisions. Flamboro Downs will host the events for trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings. Western Fair will host the events for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. The nomination fee for the Autumn Series is $200. To view the nomination form, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications                 Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Media Communications C: 905-864-9110            

Wanda Polisseni does not know what will happen in Saturday's C$340,000 Elegantimage Stakes for 3-year-old female trotters at Ontario's Woodbine Mohawk Park, where her Purple Haze Stables' Phaetosive meets harness racing's top-ranked horses, No. 1 Atlanta and No. 2 Manchego. But she already knows how she will feel about her filly at the end of the day. "It's a tough race, but she will do the best she can," Polisseni said. "And whatever she does, I'm all for it and I will be very appreciative. My horses never have to win for me to be happy. I love them and I want them to be healthy and have a good race and do the best they can. "Those other two fillies are absolutely terrific," she added. "There are a lot of people that want to see them, myself included." Hambletonian champion Atlanta and Hambletonian Oaks winner Manchego will be meeting for the second time this year. Manchego, the 2017 Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old female trotter, won the first encounter by 1-3/4 lengths in the Casual Breeze Stakes on Aug. 24 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Phaetosive, who finished second to Manchego in the Hambletonian Oaks, will join them for the first time this season. The trio met once last year, in the Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. Manchego won, capping a perfect 12-for-12 campaign, while Phaetosive finished third and Atlanta fourth. In the Elegantimage, Manchego is the 6-5 morning-line favorite in the seven-horse field, followed by Atlanta at 7-5 and Phaetosive at 8-5. "It's a hell of a race," said Trond Smedshammer, who trains and drives Phaetosive. "I'm sure (Atlanta) is going to be looking for a rebound. They're going to be racing, that's for sure. Hopefully I can sit close enough to be a part of it." Saturday's Woodbine Mohawk card also includes the C$665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for 3-year-old trotters, C$400,000 William Wellwood Memorial for 2-year-old male trotters, C$385,000 Peaceful Way for 2-year-old female trotters, two eliminations for the Metro Pace for 2-year-old pacers, and two eliminations for the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old female pacers. Phaetosive, a daughter of Explosive Matter out of Phaeton, has won five of seven races this year and heads to the Elegantimage off a win in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship on Sept. 2. For her career, the filly has won nine of 14 races and never finished worse than third. She has earned $657,717. "I love her; she's terrific," Polisseni said. "She is gutsy. I can't describe it, but she is gutsy. I love her form and I love to watch her race." Phaetosive had breathing problems earlier this season, but the issue was corrected with a minor procedure rather than surgery, which would have prevented her from racing in the Hambletonian Oaks. She also tied up the day prior to her first race following the Oaks, Aug. 21, but recovered and won a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. "It's something you've got to watch with her," Smedshammer said about the tying up. "She's done it before. She hasn't done it since, but we've been obviously very careful watching her schedule. It's not a big problem, but it's something you've got to watch." Polisseni's Purple Haze Stables ranks sixth among all owners in purses this season, with trotters Perlucky and Classichap joining Phaetosive as six-figure earners. Polisseni's past stars included millionaire Dejarmbro and Blacktuxwhitesocks, who were both New York Sire Stakes champions. Blacktuxwhitesocks also won once in Norway. "I love all my horses, each of them for a different reason or something special," Polisseni said. She added, "Every horse in every race deserves to get a cheer at the end of the race." Racing at Woodbine Mohawk begins at 7:25 p.m. (EDT) with the Metro eliminations. The Peaceful Way follows as race three, the Wellwood race five, Canadian Trotting Classic race seven, and Elegantimage race 10. The She's A Great Lady elims are races six and eight. Complete entries can be found here. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named "The Atlanta" in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. Following is the field in post-position order for the Elegantimage Stakes. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-Phaetosive-Trond Smedshammer-Trond Smedshammer-8/5 2-Manchego-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-6/5 3-Alloveragain-Randy Waples-John Bax-30/1 4-Blonde Magic-Jody Jamieson-Tom Durand-20/1 5-Jordan Blue Chip-Tim Tetrick-Mike Keeling-20/1 6-Atlanta-Scott Zeron-Rick Zeron-7/5 7-Sneeker Hanover-Paul MacDonell-Duane Marfisi-30/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA

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