Day At The Track
Search Results
1 to 16 of 400
1 2 3 4 5 Next »

AUGUST 5, 2018 - Doug McNair delivered a dominant performance at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, capturing two of four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and four overnight events. The reinsman captured Race 2 with aged pacing gelding Stronski, Race 5 with aged trotting mare Pocket Popper and then made his first appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle with Pokerface Bluechip. Starting from Post 4 the pair landed fourth as Phantom Seelster led the field to a :29 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.4 half McNair sent Pokerface Bluechip into the outer lane behind Teen Idol, but was forced out three-wide when that horse started to stall going by the 1:27.2 three-quarters. Pokerface Bluechip dug hard through the stretch and got a nose in front of the pacesetter to claim the 1:56 victory. Fan favourite Casimir Richie P was a head back in third. "He dug pretty tough to win. It's tough to win on this track off the pace, especially when you've got to go around somebody down the backside," said McNair. "He raced really good. I wasn't sure what to expect from him, but he did everything right, good mile too." The Guelph, Ontario resident engineered the win for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion Jam Audet Inc. of Portneuf, Paul Lehoux of Sainte-Marie and Gestion C Levesque 2005inc of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The mile was a new personal best for Pokerface Bluechip and marked his first-ever Grassroots victory. The Shadow Play gelding finished second in both the June 29 and July 22 Grassroots events and now has 100 points in the race for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Semi-final. McNair then captured the seventh race, the Ross Jewitt Memorial Pace, with aged pacing mare Queenofhearts and capped off his day with back-to-back victories in Race 9, with sophomore pacing colt Dashmira, and Race 10, with Grassroots competitor Montys Play. Taking full advantage of Post 1, McNair fired heavy favourite Montys Play off the gate and led the field through fractions of :29.1, 58.4 and 1:27.4 on the way to a one-length victory in 1:57. Howmac Dancer finished second and Treasure Writer rounded out the top three. "He kind of got lucky you know, he drew into the right division where they didn't go 1:55," admitted McNair. "But he's a nice gaited little guy, he snapped off the gate good today. He won pretty handy, so I was happy with him." The driver's father, Gregg McNair, trains Montys Play for Wayne MacRae of Fall River, Nova Scotia, Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. of Harriston, Ontario and Gilles Barrieau of Saint John, New Brunswick. In his only other Grassroots start, at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 1, the Shadow Play son had finished second, giving him a total of 75 points with one event remaining before the Semi-final. In addition to his victories, McNair also finished second in the other two Grassroots divisions and second in one overnight event. In 10 drives his only off-the-board finish was a fourth. "I figured I had a couple of nice ones when I got here, but things have got to go right to win that many races," said the driver. "There was probably a lot of luck on my side today, especially, one caught a shoe at the three-quarter pole, I think it was my fifth win, and near went on his head and then come back pacing and won the race. You know you're lucky when that's happening." The driver also credited some of his success on the 'Huron Perth Lakers Day at the Races' program to the Clinton Raceway track maintenance staff. "Everything was pretty smooth up here today," said the 28-year-old. "They always get the track good up here, that's one thing about the guys, the surface is great." The other two $18,450 Grassroots divisions were captured by Hudson Phil and Luka Shenko. Hudson Phil stalked fan favourite Bo Mach from the pocket and swooped around the pacesetter in the stretch to score a 1:55.4 victory. McNair and Bo Mach settled for second and Gideon Seelster was third. James MacDonald piloted Shanghai Phil son Hudson Phil to his third Grassroots victory for trainer Mark Steacy and owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec. With 150 points Hudson Phil sits atop the division standings. As McNair did with Montys Play, driver Louis Philippe Roy sent Luka Shenko straight from Post 1 to the lead and never looked back, sailing under the wire one-half length the best in 1:55. Fan favourites McNair and Gold Rush settled for second and Wind Blast was third. Roy crafted the win for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Litwin Racing Team of Westmount, Quebec. The win was the Sportswriter son's first in Grassroots action and matched the Clinton Raceway track record for sophomore pacing colts. Gelding Modern Xhibit holds the overall three-year-old record, touring the half-mile oval in 1:53.4 in a 2012 Grassroots contest. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 7. Clinton Raceway will wrap up its 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Sunday, September 2 with the fourth Grassroots test for the two-year-old pacing fillies, part of the 38th annual Charity Drivers' Challenge. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Stay Hungry, driven by Doug McNair, charged down the stretch to win the 64th edition of $281,000 Cane Pace by 1 1-2 lengths over 60-1 longshot Grand Teton in stakes record-tying fashion of 1:47 3/5 to take the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, contested as the seventh race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Trained by Tony Alagna, Stay Hungry, who finished third to Courtly Choice in the Meadowlands Pace, overtook Grand Teton for his third win of the season, ninth of his career and setting a new stakes record and career mark. Stay Hungry tied the stakes record set by Dealt A Winner, driven by David Miller and trained by Mark Silva, in 2015. The O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry rewarded his backers by paying $9.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Grand Teton paid $40.20 and $15.60 while Babes Dig Me, with Brett Miller in the sulky, finished third, paying $9.40. "He has high, high speed. So if put you him in the right spot and there's lots of fractions he's gonna pay something and be real close," said McNair. This was McNair's first career Cane Pace win for McNair and the second for Alagna, who won in 2013 with Captaintreacherous. Stay Hungry races for the ownbership of Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario and Irwin Samelman of Las Vegas, NV. Subsequent legs of the Triple Crown include Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York on Sept. 1 and The Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

JULY 31, 2018 - For the second night this week the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings demonstrated a serious level of skill in Ontario Sires Stakes competition, this time in three Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the first $19,850 division, Carey On and driver Doug McNair took control of the race heading by the half and never had to look over their shoulder, cruising to a one and one-half length victory in 1:59.1. Early pacesetter Cousin Peter, who led the field to a :29 quarter and 1:01 half before the fan favourite took command and trotted to a 1:30 three-quarters, finished second and LMC Picasso was third. "He behaved tonight, which is key with two-year-old trotters," said Guelph resident McNair. "I thought if he stayed flat he would have a good shot, and even Grandma was here for her picture." McNair piloted Carey On to the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and grandmother, Gwendolyn McNair of Walkerton, Ontario, who bred and own the colt. A son of Kadabra and Nellie Mae Lavec, Carey On had started his Ontario Sires Stakes career in the Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 16, but made an early break and finished seventh. All three of the divisions were captured by homebred youngsters, with the other two hailing from the barn of Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh. Royal Rob was the first of the McIntosh trainees to grace the Grassroots winner's circle and the youngster arrived in impressive fashion. Getting away fourth from Post 1, Royal Rob made a powerful move to the front heading past the :59.2 half and then maintained his speed through a 1:28 three-quarters and on to a 1:56.1 victory. Pocket-sitter Okeanos made run at Royal Rob in the stretch, but the leader held him at bay and secured a one-half length victory. Royale Elite was well back in third. "He was a standout all winter training and he got a little bit off in spring, just kind of some growing pains, and I backed off on him, just gave him some time, because you can't fight with Mother Nature," said McIntosh of the son of Royalty For Life and Armbro Chelsea. "Now he's turning out to be the horse I thought he was. I was very high on him last winter. I thought he was one of the better trotters I've had for a while and he's proving me right now I guess." Tuesday's outing was Royal Rob's first and came after just one qualifier, a 2:01 effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 24. McIntosh bred the colt and owns him in partnership with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, Ontario, Gordon Wright of Charlotte, and Randy Liepa of Livonia, Michigan. Royal Rob's 1:56.1 clocking makes him the fastest two-year-old trotter in Canada so far this season. "He's a heck of an individual, he's very strong," said Windsor resident McIntosh. "Last summer, or the summer before I was up at David Heffering's farm (Tara Hills Stud) and I saw Royalty For Life, and he's the spitting image of his Dad, same colour and same build, same everything. "Hopefully he can make half as much money, I'm not greedy, just half as much," added the horseman with a laugh. Royalty For Life earned $1.6 million in a standout career that included victories in the Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic. The final division went to McIntosh trainee Judge Ken, who fired out of Post 10 and led the field through fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:28.2 on his way to a two and one-half length victory in 1:57.3. Scarlett Raider finished second and Clothier Hanover completed the top three. The win was Judge Ken's first in four starts. The son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken finished third in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 17, made a break and finished seventh in a June 28 overnight and stayed on gait for a second-place finish in a June 21 overnight, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McIntosh, Dave Boyle and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio bred and own the gelding and Bob McClure stepped into the race bike for Tuesday night's victory. "He's a nice little horse, not very big, but really mature," said McClure. "He did well to overcome the 10-hole. It's hard for young horses to do." Off their impressive efforts, Tuesday's winners will now have to decide whether to remain in the Grassroots Series for the third leg at Hiawatha Horse Park on August 11 or take on the Gold Series colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9. This Saturday, August 4 the three-year-old pacing colts will be part of Woodbine Mohawk Park's Civic Holiday celebrations, which feature fireworks following the races. The pacing colts will battle in a pair of Gold Series divisions, scheduled as Races 6 and 9 on the 7 pm program. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JULY 18, 2018 - Grand River Raceway hosted its first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Wednesday evening and local drivers Bob McClure and Doug McNair swept six of the nine Gold and Grassroots divisions. McClure teamed up with trainer Keith Jones of Barrie and owner Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ontario to sweep both of the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Gold divisions. In the first $94,800 split McClure left strongly from Post 3 with Henderson Seelster and settled the colt in second as Sicario sprinted out to a :28 quarter, :58.3 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters. In the stretch McClure sent Henderson Seelster around the tiring pacesetter and the colt powered home to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.2. Heavy favourite Run Director was second and Barney Mac rounded out the top three. "Both of Keith's are really good on a half, he has them set up and good gaited, so half-miles are an advantage to those two for sure," noted McClure. "Henderson can get a bit hot, so the pace didn't slow down very much and when he got out, he really exploded out of the hole, I didn't expect it, but he raced super. I was really happy with him." Henderson Seelster did not race in the Ontario Sires Stakes as a two-year-old, but in three sophomore starts at the Gold Series level the son of Holiday Road has now tallied one seventh, one third and one win. Wednesday's triumph boosted the trotter's lifetime earnings to $102,454. The second $95,600 Gold division saw McClure fire Joey Bats out of Post 6 and control the tempo, laying down fractions of :28.3, 1:00 and 1:29.2 on the way to a two length victory in 1:58. Fan favourite Stormont Ventnor was second and Winning American finished third. "He's a really nice horse to drive," said McClure. "At Woodbine Mohawk (Park), the stretch sometimes gets a little long for him, but he's really good gaited and he's really manageable and, like I say, he gets around a half like a hoop on a barrel, so I expected him to race good today and he did, we were really moving going into that last turn. "He got cheap fractions, which didn't hurt, but he did race really well," the Elora resident added. "Once he got the half in a minute I figured they'd have to do some racing to catch him." Like his stablemate, Holiday Road gelding Joey Bats did not race in the Ontario Sires Stakes last season, but he now has one win, one third and one seventh to his credit through three Gold Series appearances this season, boosting his earnings to $107,140. McClure completed the Ontario Sires Stakes hat trick in the fifth $18,450 two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots division, guiding Royalty Again to her first lifetime win in a 1:59.2 clocking. Favourite Rella Tivity was one-half length back in second and Sugar Shadow, driven by Doug McNair, was third. "She had a lot of racing luck which never hurts," admitted McClure. "It couldn't have worked out any better for her, but when she did get room she paced forward, so you can't knock her, she won." McClure crafted the victory for trainer Leon Mansfield and Antonia Smith of Strathroy, Ontario, who offered up $6,000 for the Royal Mattjesty daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. McNair collected his three Ontario Sires Stakes wins in the Grassroots divisions, guiding Bens Jenna, Kylie Seelster and Sports Flix to victory in the first, sixth and seventh splits. Bens Jenna recorded the quickest mile of the seven divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Ideation Hanover and Paris Rose. Ron Adams of LaSalle conditions the Mach Three daughter for David Kryway of Amherstburg and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, Ontario, who acquired the filly for $16,000 from the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Kylie Seelster paced home in the second fastest time, fighting off a top-of-the-stretch challenge from Whitehaven Beach to reach the wire two lengths the best in 1:57.4. Favourite Whitehaven Beach settled for second and Karans Choice was third. Gregg McNair of Guelph trains Kylie Seelster for his partner Keith Waples of Puslinch and Dr. Chris Robson of London, Ontario. The trio purchased the filly from the London Selected Yearling Sale last fall for $44,000. "The first filly is a handy little filly and she raced good, that was a good trip," said Doug McNair about Bens Jenna. "The second filly (Kylie Seelster) raced tough. She's been off a couple of weeks, so it was another impressive mile tonight." One race later the McNairs returned to the winner's circle with Sports Flix, who paced home one and one-half lengths ahead of favourite Lady Maya and Southwind Thundra, driven by McClure, in 2:00.3. James Fraleigh of Dresden, Ontario owns the daughter of Sportswriter and $1.3 million winner Moving Pictures, offering up $13,000 for her at the London Selected Yearling Sale. "She's been getting better since her first qualifier (June 29) and she got a good trip tonight," said McNair. "They didn't go as much as the rest, but she got the job done." The other three Grassroots divisions went to Better Now in 1:59.1, Jessicas Legacy in 1:58 and Twin B Friendly in 1:58.3. Heading into the evening's final race, a preferred trot, tied with three wins each, McNair and McClure put on a show for Grand River fans. First and second turning for home, McClure urged favourite Katch Kanna home to a one length victory in 1:59, leaving McNair to settle for second with pacesetter Spartan Victory. "Me and Dougie both had three going into the last. He cut the mile and I got by him late, and I was doing some chirping, I think," said McClure with a chuckle. The two-year-old pacing fillies make their third Grassroots start on August 20 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while the three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Gold Series appearance on August 26 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Grand River Raceway's second Ontario Sires Stakes event is on Monday, August 6, when the third three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event will be part of the Elora oval's annual Industry Day celebration. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Stay Hungry and Courtly Choice were the harness racing winners of the $50,000 eliminations for next week's Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace Saturday night at the Meadowlands. "(The trip) worked out great and he got the job done," said Doug McNair, who guided Stay Hungry to victory in the first elim. "The trips have not worked out 100 percent for him." Until Saturday night, that is. McNair was content to race Stay Hungry from off the pace, sitting fifth at the quarter before picking up live cover from 37-1 shot Ideal Feeling after the half, where even-money favorite Nutcracker Sweet had the lead in :55.1. Ideal Feeling continued to make progress on the rim passing three-quarters. After the field straightened away in the stretch, McNair tipped the son of Somebeachsomewhere off his cover, and Stay Hungry did the rest. He cruised to the wire, a three-quarter length winner over the pocket-sitting Hayden Hanover. Thinkbig Dreambig closed well for third, while Nutcracker Sweet and This Is The Plan finished fourth and fifth, respectively, to qualify for next week's $701,830 final. "He's come back well," said trainer Tony Alagna of Stay Hungry. "The five-eighths mile racing is really not his forte (he finished fourth at Pocono in the Hempt). Everything came together tonight." As the 2-1 second choice, Stay Hungry paid $6.40 to win. He competed the mile in a lifetime-best 1:49. Two races later, Courtly Choice, supplemented to the event by his connections for $61,690, sat third as 4-5 favorite Jimmy Freight (the other supplemental entrant) cut out fractions of :27, :54.2 and 1:22.2. David Miller moved his horse off the rail at the five-eighths and inched closer to the leader around the far turn and still had work to do at the head of the stretch. But he was up to the task. Courtly Choice eased past Jimmy Freight in deep stretch and had more than enough to hold off the late rally of the pocket-sitting American History, who finished three-quarters of a length back in second. Jimmy Freight and Dorsoduro Hanover finished in a dead-heat for third while Babes Dig Me claimed the last spot in the final by finishing fifth. "I actually got away where I expected to," said David Miller. "He felt really strong. I asked him and he paced really hard. He's got big lungs and can carry his speed." "From last year to this year, he's really matured," said winning trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He loves to race now." As the 2-1 second choice in the wagering, Courtly Choice returned $6.00 to his backers. The son of Art Major hit the wire in a lifetime-best 1:48.2. A LITTLE MORE:  No one hit the 50-Cent Pick-5, meaning that for the first time since January, the wager will have a carryover. The last time there was a Pick-5 carryover, the pool total exceeded $250,000. … Speaking of carryovers, the Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, bloating the carryover to $276,939. This Friday, July 13, the JSH5 will have a mandatory payout, meaning that to cash, one does not have to hold the only ticket with the winning combination. … For the second consecutive race card after a nearly two-month drought, the 50-Cent Pick-4 pool went past the $100,000 mark, as a total of $108,123 was poured into the pot. … The 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 was tough, with three early races going to a pair of 16-1 shots and a 26-1 chance. In the end, only one player survived six legs, and he or she cashed in for $12,491. … All-source wagering on the 12-race card totaled $2,513,366. … Racing resumes Friday at the Big M at 7:15 p.m. … Next Saturday has an early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event is the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. That morning, at 11 a.m., a new era in Big M history will be ushered in as sports betting will be available. The field for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, an open event for 3-year-olds, with post position, horse (driver, trainer) and morning-line odds. The Pace takes place on Saturday, July 14 and has an approximate post time of 9:45 p.m. PP HORSE (DRIVER, TRAINER), ODDS 1. Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair, Tony Alagna), 3-1 2. This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick, Chris Ryder), 15-1 3. American History by American Ideal (Yannick Gingras, Tony Alagna), 5-1 4. Jimmy Freight by Sportswriter - (Louis-Philippe Roy, Andrew Harris), 9-2 5. Courtly Choice by Art Major - (David Miller, Blake MacIntosh), 5-2 6. Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - (No Driver, Jimmy Takter), 15-1 7. Hayden Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Andy Miller, Julie Miller), 8-1 8. Thinkbig Dreambig by Bettor's Delight - (Jordan Stratton, Jimmy Takter), 12-1 9. Babes Dig Me by Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller, Tony Alagna), 30-1 10. Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere - (Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke), 15-1 by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

MILTON, ON - June 15, 2018 - Every trainers path to the Pepsi North America Cup is an interesting journey. Long hours, tough decisions, fast horses, slow horses and disappointing races is part of the business. But having a dream is what keeps many barns ticking. For most the dream is finding the horse that'll take them to the highest level. A field of 10 three-year-old pacers will line up this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park seeking to fulfill that dream for their connections in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Each horse in Saturday's million-dollar classic has different traits and a story behind them. Tony Alagna has been to the top of the North America Cup mountain. The Manalapan, New Jersey conditioner won the 2013 edition with Captaintreacherous and nearly captured his second-title with runner-up Racing Hill in 2016. Alagna's barn will send out a pair of starters, Stay Hungry and American History, in Saturday's main event. Stay Hungry (PP2, Doug McNair) was the pick of many during the winter months to win this year's Cup. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had a fantastic two-year-old season that saw him win the $600,000 Breeders Crown and named the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt. Alagna's standout makes a ton of noise on the track, but is a calm, cool and collected character when the bright lights are off. "(Stay Hungry) is a very laid-back horse, he's very easy to get along with," Alagna said. "He's very quiet, just a real pleasure to be around. No quirky habits. Walks out of the paddock hooked to the jog cart or walks out of the barn in the morning and stops every morning and just looks around." Stay Hungry could have an opportunity to stop and look at thousands of fans if all goes well in Saturday's North America Cup. The chill-individual is coming in off a victory in his elimination. American History (PP5, Yannick Gingras) is the second-representative from the Alagna barn and a perfect example that just like in any sport, every team has different characters. "He is always on go and he's just the opposite of Stay Hungry," said Alagna about American History. "Where Stay Hungry is very relaxed, (American History) goes to the track and is ready to work. He's (got a) totally different mindset and mentality than the other horse but nothing out of the ordinary, he likes to work." A son of American Ideal, American History has shown big speed and holds a mark of 1:49.1, tied for the fastest in the field. Brian Brown realized his million-dollar classic dream last year when he won the Cup with Fear The Dragon. The Ohio-based trainer is back looking for a repeat with a talented son of Well Said named Done Well (PP7, Tim Tetrick), who suffered his first loss in six-career starts last week, losing by a head to Stay Hungry. Done Well is a tough individual that battled back from injury last year, but grit doesn't make a horse exempt from having fears. "He used to be really scared of tractors," Brown shared about his rising star. "He's gotten over that mainly, still looks at them but he's pretty good that way." Luckily for Done Well, there will be no tractors on the track when the field lines up at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Like Done Well, Hitman Hill (PP10, Brett Miller) knows a thing about winning streaks. The Chris Oakes trainee started his career by winning six-consecutive starts and dominating the New York Sires Stakes last season. Hitman Hill won his second-lifetime start in 1:50.4, showing incredible speed and superstar potential. However, the American Ideal colt became a little too charged up during his run of victories and big speed as a rookie. "I drove him last year and raced him three starts where I thought he was the best colt in the country," driver Brett Miller said. "But he got really hot where we couldn't control him and it kind of ruined the rest of his year." Settling down Hitman Hill became the focus for the Oakes team. The American Ideal gelding has been raced much differently in three starts this season with Miller admitting he's been hesitant to send him to the front. "So far he's been very calm and I can do anything I want with him. Last year his game was he was best on the front, but I'm afraid to put him there again." Hitman Hill unleashed a :26.2 final-quarter to rally from eighth and finish third in his Cup elimination. Miller is hopeful the relaxed nature continues for the Oakes trainee. "I just hope we can keep him calm because in my opinion, he can go with any horse in here." The field of ten for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is comprised of eight colts and two geldings. All ten are writing different stories, but only one will have a fairytale ending to their current chapter this Saturday The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's program from Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the stakes-filled card is 6:30 p.m. To download a free program for Saturday's card, click here. Here is the full field for Saturday's race. #1 St Lads Neptune - Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson - 8/1 #2 Stay Hungry - Doug McNair/Tony Alagna - 5/2 #3 Wes Delight - Corey Callahan/Mark Harder - 9/2 #4 Lather Up - Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis - 2/1 #5 American History - Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna - 10/1 #6 Lost In Time - Scott Zeron/Jimmy Takter - 8/1 #7 Done Well - Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown - 4/1 #8 Nutcracker Sweet - David Miller/Jimmy Takter - 15/1 #9 Hayden Hanover - Andy Miller/Julie Miller - 20/1 #10 Hitman Hill - Brett Miller/Chris Oakes - 20/1 AE: Burning Midnight - Trevor Henry/Corey Giles - 20/1 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - June 12 – Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight, all impressive winners in last weekend’s eliminations, headline a field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10:00 – 11:00 .m. EDT. The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year’s marks the 18th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race. Post positions were drawn today at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenceman Connor Carrick as the guest drawmaster. A total of 29 three-year-old pacers competed over three $50,000 eliminations last Saturday to determine the field for this year’s race. The top-three finishers from each division, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the $1 million final. The group of 29 entered in this year’s eliminations was the highest turnout since 2010. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post position for the final. Nineteen of the 34 Cup winners won their elimination. Lather Up (PP4), an Ohio-sired son of Im Gorgeous, was the fastest elimination winner, as he shot up the inside to win his division by nearly three-lengths in 1:49.2 for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. A homebred for owners Gary & Barbara Iles, Lather Up is undefeated in five starts this season and currently holds a record of nine wins and 11 top-three finishes from 12 career-starts. The bay colt holds a pair of Track Records in the state of Ohio and enters the Pepsi North America Cup with $167,100 in career earnings. The combination of Francis and Teague will be looking for redemption in this Saturday’s $1 million race after they finished second with superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 2015 Cup. Teague understands the pressure that is on him and Lather Up following their dazzling elimination performance. “Adds more pressure (winning an elimination). I mean, you always got to figure out the next trip that’s going to be next week,” said Teague. “You got to make sure the horse is healthy, make sure I do my job, make sure he does his job. I had the best horse in 2015 and I got beat, so you never know.” Stay Hungry (PP2), last year’s Breeders Crown champion, came from third-over on the final turn to power by rivals in the lane and win his elimination in 1:50 for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry was one of the Winter-Book favourites for this year’s Cup after winning six of nine starts and being named Canada’s Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt at the O’Brien Awards. His trainer Alagna won the 2013 Cup with Captaintreacherous, while driver McNair, last year’s Driver of the Year in Canada, will be seeking his first Cup in his third try. “It feels good (winning an elimination),” said McNair following last Saturday’s victory. “That’s always what you dream of when you’re growing up watching the race, so to be in the race and have one that’s legit and low odds is a great feeling.” Stay Hungry has won seven of 11 career starts and earned $588,760 for owners Brad Grant, Woodbine’s leading owner, and the late-Irwin Samelman. Wes Delight (PP3) split rivals late to prevail victorious in the tightest finish of last Saturday’s eliminations for trainer Mark Harder and driver Corey Callahan. The son Bettors Delight stopped the timer in 1:50.2 for his fifth win in six starts this season. “I was kind of worried I wasn’t going to get any room,” said Callahan following the elimination. “But (American History) went on enough I could sneak out there and this little horse is so gritty, he just loves to win.” Owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Rachel Frost and Mark Harder, Wes Delight has had a powerful start to his three-year-old campaign after being competitive in his rookie season, winning three of 11 starts. The Harder trainee has made more starts (17) than any other horse in this year’s Cup. Wes Delight’s career-totals sit at eight wins and $232,573 earned going into Saturday’s $1 million race. Trainer Brian Brown, who won last year’s Cup with Fear The Dragon, has a chance at a repeat with Done Well (PP7). The son of Well Said finished second to Stay Hungry to suffer his first loss in six career starts. Jimmy Takter has won nearly all the sport’s biggest races, but the Pepsi North America Cup has yet to come his way in five-previous attempts. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Nutcracker Sweet (PP8), who finished second by a neck to Wes Delight, and Lost In Time (PP6), the fourth-place finisher to draw in. Lost In Time captured last year’s Metro Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was named the Dan Patch Award winner as Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt in the U.S. A pair of Husband-Wife, Driver-Trainer teams will compete in this year’s Pepsi North America Cup. Jody and Stephanie Jamieson will send out Ontario-sired gelding St Lads Neptune (PP1), who finished second to Lather Up in his elimination. Jody is a two-time Cup winning-driver, having won in 2007 with Tell All and 2011 with Up The Credit. Andy and Julie Miller team up to compete with Hayden Hanover (PP9), a third-place finisher in last Saturday’s eliminations. The New Jersey based Miller’s have had a good run with Hayden Hanover, as the son of Somebeachsomewhere has two wins, 11 top-three finishes in 14 career starts. Stay Hungry may grab the headlines, but trainer Alagna is another trainer in this year’s race with two-entries. American History (PP5) finished third, beat less than a length, in the elimination won by Wes Delight. The son of American Ideal has won four of eight starts and is tied with Lather Up for the fastest career-mark in this year’s field at 1:49.1. Driver Brett Miller will sit behind Hitman Hill (PP10) in Saturday’s race hoping to change his luck and capture his first Pepsi North America Cup. The 44-year-old driver has finished second in three-different editions of the Cup and will be making his seventh appearance in Canada’s richest race. A son of American Ideal, Hitman Hill was nearly perfect in his rookie season, winning six of seven starts. The Chris Oakes trainee is winless in three starts this season. The North America Cup stakes record is 1:47.4, set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012 and equaled in 2016 by Betting Line. Hall of famer Bettors Delight holds the record for the largest margin of victory, four and half lengths in 2001. The list of past Cup winners is a who’s who of Standardbred greats, including Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cams Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The shortest-priced winners in Cup history are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball at $2.70, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the biggest upset, returning $93.60 for a $2 Win bet. The Cup was raced at Greenwood Raceway from 1984-03, followed by Woodbine Racetrack from 1994-2006. The North America Cup was moved to Mohawk in 2007 and this year’s edition marks the first Cup since the renaming to Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup night card will offer three Pick-4 wagers, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising of Races 9 through 12. There will also be a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. The North America Cup undercard features the $415,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, $266,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson  2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna  3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder  4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis  5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna  6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown  8-Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter  9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller  10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes  by Mark McKelive, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - June 5, 2018 - The connections of 29 three-year-old pacers have decided to take their shot at harness racing glory and enter the eliminations for the 35th Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of three $50,000 eliminations, two fields of ten and a field of nine, will take place this Saturday (June 9) evening. The top-three finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final on Saturday, June 16. This year's number of entrants (29) is up by four over last year's number of 25 and is the highest number the event has seen since 30 entered in 2010. The first elimination features a field of ten headlined by O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry (PP3, Doug McNair). The Tony Alagna trainee will be making his second start of the season after finishing third, beat a neck, in his season debut on May 19 at Pocono Downs. Co-owned by Woodbine's top owner Brad Grant, Stay Hungry won six of nine starts as a rookie, including the $600,000 Breeders Crown. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has a mark of 1:50.2, taken at Woodbine Mohawk Park as a two-year-old, and career earnings of $563,760. Another notable in the first elimination is Done Well (PP5, Tim Tetrick), who is undefeated in five career starts. The son of Well Said is trained by last year's Cup winning trainer Brian Brown, who will send out a total of three starters in this year's eliminations as he seeks a Cup-repeat. The second elimination appears to be a wide-open contest with a field of ten battling. Trainer Ron Burke, who won the 2014 North America Cup with JK Endofanera, is represented by Dorsoduro Hanover (PP8, Matt Kakaley). The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is a perfect three for three this season after winning two of 14 as a rookie. All three wins have come in Pennsylvania sired events. Alagna student American History (PP7, Yannick Gingras) is the lone horse in the second-split with a sub-1:50 career mark. The son of American Ideal enters his elimination off an impressive 1:49.1 victory in a New York Sires Stakes division at Vernon Downs on May 28. American History has won four of seven career starts. Bettors Delight colt Wes Delight (PP4, Corey Callahan) has made a name for himself early in the season and will be looking to extend his current win streak to four. The Mark Harder trainee has won four of five starts this season, which includes a major win over award-winners Stay Hungry and Lost In Time on May 19 at Pocono. The third elimination has the makings of a speed show with a pair of sub-1:50 performers leading the field of nine. Ohio sired standout Lather Up (PP2, Montrell Teague) has risen to stardom in recent weeks and is looking to improve to five for five this season. A son of Im Gorgeous, Lather Up set a Track Record of 1:50 in early-May at Miami Valley and then proceeded to post a 1:49.1 statement victory on May 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Clyde Francis trainee won his Somebeachsomewhere division with ease last Saturday and is entering his elimination with eight wins in 11 career outings. Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice (PP8, David Miller) is currently the fastest three-year-old in North America with a mark of 1:48.4 taken on May 28 at Vernon Downs in a New York Sires Stakes division. The son of Art Major is two for two this season after winning two of 12 during his rookie campaign. Not to overlooked, Metro Pace champion Lost In Time (PP1, Scott Zeron) will be looking to rebound and go back to the top of the division. The Jimmy Takter trainee had issues on the final turn in last Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere, but did grind away in the stretch to finish second. A son of A Rocknroll Dance, Lost In Time has finished second in both of his starts this season. The Metro champion finished his rookie season with five wins in nine starts and was named the Dan Patch Award-winner for his division. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations have been carded as Race 4,5 and 8 on Saturday's program. The elimination winners will earn the right to select their post position for the $1 million final. The post-position draw will take place next Tuesday (June 12) during a special luncheon and media conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. An early program for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card is available by clicking here. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations: Elimination #1 (Race 4) 1. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller - Julie Miller) 2. Summer Travel (David Miller - Casie Coleman) 3. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 4. Major Authority (David Miller - Andrew Harris) 5. Done Well (Tim Tetrick - Brian Brown) 6. Sports Legend (Bob McClure - Richard Moreau) 7. Rootin Tootin (Mark MacDonald - Blake MacIntosh) 8. Topville Olympian (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) 9. Grand Teton (Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter) 10. Captain Deo (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) Elimination #2 (Race 5) 1. Whos Better (David Miller - Brian Brown) 2. Sometimesawinner (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 3. Beachin Lindy (Louis Philippe Roy - Steve Charlton) 4. Wes Delight (Corey Callahan - Mark Harder) 5. Burning Midnight (Trevor Henry - Corey Giles) 6. When You Dance (Jonathan Drury - Ben Wallace) 7. American History (Yannick Gingras - Tony Alagna) 8. Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 9. Nutcracker Sweet (Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter) 10. Dragon Time (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Lost In Time (Scott Zeron - Jimmy Takter) 2. Lather Up (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 3. Venom (David Miller - Brian Brown) 4. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) 5. Shnitzledosomethin (Peter Wrenn - Dylan Davis) 6. Hitman Hill (Brett Miller - Chris Oakes) 7. St Lads Neptune (Jody Jamieson - Stephanie Jamieson) 8. Courtly Choice (David Miller - Blake MacIntosh) 9. Levis Day (Tim Tetrick - Victor Puddy) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

London, ON... May 26 - When Easy Lover Hanover lines up behind the gate in the inaugural Camluck Classic, trainer Ben Wallace admits he's quite humbled to be involved in the Grand Circuit.   Following the devastating barn fire at Classy Lane Training Center in January of 2016, which claimed the lives of more than 40 horses, including 15 of Wallace's, the veteran conditioner is thankful to be in the sport.   "In one day I was out of business," Wallace said. "Just like that, but I'm certainly thankful to where we're at today and just being able to see my name on the program."   Wallace lost his standout pacer Apprentice Hanover ($1 million) in the tragic fire, but he soon found another superstar in the making.   His name is Easy Lover Hanover.   "That was the very first horse we bought following the fire," Wallace said. "He certainly was a turning point for me and helped with some bad memories of the past."   Purchased for $70,000 by long-time owner Brad Grant, Easy Lover Hanover made an immediate impact in the Wallace barn.   The son of Somebeachsomwhere captured his first six races early in his three-year-old year with a sign of bigger and better things to come.   The 28-time winner capped off his sophomore season with a victory in the $314,000 Progress Pace before continuing his success as an aged horse.   "He's always showed high speed and I think giving him the proper time off has paid off well. We had to give him a break at some point during his three-year-old year because he started racing very early otherwise it's such a long season for him. "   Last season, the Wallace trainee earned $215,000 and ended his campaign with six consecutive wins at the Preferred level on the WEG Circuit.   The now five-year-old picked up right where he left off winning his first three starts of the season, before tasting defeat for the first time last week.   "I was disappointed with his effort," said Wallace. "I wish I had some sort of reason for the effort, but I don't. He simply got beat."   When mapping out the schedule for Easy Lover Hanover, Wallace had the inaugural Camluck Classic on the radar as the horses first major stakes event.   "It's definitely something that Brad and I had talked about for this season. He's bigger and stronger this year and he's become a man. I think he can do some pretty nice things this season and we're hopeful."   Easy Lover Hanover will line up from post five in the Camluck Classic and will be reunited with regular pilot Doug McNair.   "I think you're always worried about coming to the half, because it all depends on the draw and trip. I think any trainer will tell you that. We're excited to be a part of the night and we're hoping for the best."   The field for the Camluck Classic (which includes post positions, horses, drivers, trainers and morning line odds) appears below.   CAMLUCK CLASSIC (Post - Horse - Driver - Trainer - Morning Line Odds) 1 - Sunfire Blue Chip - T. Henry - J. Takter - 9-2 2 - Isitfridayyet - A. Carroll - R. Moreau - 8-1 3 - Killer Martini - S. Coulter - R. Bucci - 10-1 4 - Rockin Ron - L. Roy - R. Burke - 5-2 5 - Easy Lover Hanover - D. McNair - B. Wallace - 7-2 6 - Evenin Of Pleasure - J. Bongiorno - J. Bongiorno - 4-1 7 - Dr J Hanover - Ja. MacDonald - T. Alagna - 8-1 8 - Bit Of A Legend N - J. Stratton - P. Tritton - 2-1   by Greg Gangle, for The Raceway    

MILTON, ON May 25, 2018 - Doug McNair steered 25-1 longshot Jdcyril to victory in Friday's final-race at Woodbine Mohawk Park to register his 3,000th career driving victory. Canada's reigning harness racing Driver of the Year entered the evening just two wins shy of the 3,000 wins mark. After winning the evening's ninth-race with pacing mare E R Rhonda ($4.30), McNair reached the milestone in dramatic fashion by making a big three-wide move on the far turn and ultimately prevailing in a three-horse photo with claiming pacer Jdcyril ($54.40) in the evening's final dash. A resident of Guelph, McNair is currently in his 11th season of driving and has been racking up the victories since day one. His 2017 season saw him earn his first O'Brien Award after posting 325 wins and a career-high $6.5 million in earnings. McNair also captured his first Woodbine Entertainment driving title in 2017 and currently leads all reinsmen in wins this season at Woodbine Mohawk Park with 34. McNair reaches 3,000 career wins at just the age of 28. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine@Mohawk Park              

Doug McNair does not remember the exact moment he knew driving racehorses is what he wanted to do for a living, but he knows it came early. Probably around the time he was 6 or 7 years old and his father, harness racing trainer Gregg McNair, would let Doug hop into the race bike following a training mile and bring the horse back to the barn. “I’d go on Saturdays down to the farm and watch them,” McNair said. “I’d walk a quarter of a mile up the track and as soon as they got done finishing, dad would jump off and let me drive the horse back in the race bike and he would walk back. That was pretty cool, especially being 7 years old or 6 years old, whatever it was. “That’s probably when I knew that’s what I wanted to do. That was a lot of fun.” A little more than two decades later, McNair is still having a lot of fun. Eleven days ago, McNair received the O’Brien Award for Canada’s Driver of the Year. McNair, who was a finalist for the honor in 2013, was the top driver on the WEG circuit. He led all drivers in Canada with C$5.92 million in purses and was third in wins with 318. In addition, McNair was the regular driver of three O’Brien Award winners -- Stay Hungry, Bettor’s Up, and Sandbetweenurtoes -- captured his first Breeders Crown (with Stay Hungry), won two Ontario Sire Stakes championships (with Western Passage and The Joy Luck Club) and drove Dr J Hanover to the fastest mile in Canadian history, 1:46.4, in June at Mohawk Racetrack. “It’s a pretty good feeling when they call your name,” the 28-year-old McNair said. “I was nervous. I had a pretty good year, and you never know if you’re going to have a nice year like that again to have a shot at winning an O’Brien. I’m glad I got it.” McNair started driving in 2008 and has won at least $1 million in purses every year of his career. He was the youngest driver to earn $1 million, at the age of 18, and in 2010 became, at the time, the youngest driver to 1,000 wins. He has won 2,906 races lifetime. Over the years, McNair has seen himself mature as a driver. “You just take it race by race,” he said. “You race horses the style they like to race. You try not to get in too much of a hurry. I noticed that (I’m not in as much of a hurry) in the last year and a half, even in overnight races. I see myself not getting in a big hurry off the gate. Sometimes, you have to. Other times, you just slow things down and watch what everyone else is doing and try to make the best choices as it comes. “Everybody has one or two game plans, but it doesn’t always work out, and you don’t have much time to think. I think I’ve been able to read a race a lot different. Confidence is a big thing, too, for a driver. Even if you get a lot of top drives, you have to have the confidence or you’re not going to win those races. You have to be confident in yourself and know the right choices are coming.” McNair hopes to build off his 2017 campaign and continue to attract attention, particularly when it comes to Grand Circuit races. “I’m hopefully going to get a lot of opportunities when guys are bringing live horses up from the States for stakes races,” McNair said. “Hopefully they’ll think of my name. I think (the O’Brien Award) really helps. There are a lot of good drivers. You want to be on the best horse. When you’re winning a lot of races, guys are going to give you a shot. I used to be second and third shot and now you get top shots at it. It makes a big difference. “I just hope I stay at the same level; that things keep working out. There are going to be a lot of bad days, too, so you just have to stay positive. I just want to keep trying to win a lot of races.” by Ken Weingartner, USTA Media Relations Manager 

TORONTO, December 8, 2017 - Sophomore pacing fillies grabbed the harness racing spotlight Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack for the start of the Niagara Series. A group of 18 three-year-old pacing fillies were split into two $17,000 divisions for the first leg of the three-week event. The series wraps up on Boxing Day with an added-money final. Jazzy Image seized the lead after the opening-quarter and never looked back to win the first division in a career-best 1:53.1. Doug McNair steered the Aaron Lambert trainee to her second consecutive victory. The daughter of Rockin Image is now two for two for new owner Trent Stohler Stable Inc. Jazzy Image paced home in :28 to win by half a length over Cloud Diva, while Party Beach finished a pair of lengths back in third. Friday's victory was the fourth in 30 starts this season for Jazzy Image and her fifth overall. She has now earned $46,085 this season to bring her career earnings north of $52,000. The Lambert trainee paid $8.30 to win. McNair returned to the winner's circle in the second division with race-favourite Teachers Vet. The Richard Moreau trainee was put on the front, fought off a rival at the half and went on to win in 1:54. A daughter of Yankee Cruiser, Teachers Vet was recently purchased at the Harrisburg Mixed Sale for $55,000 by leading owner Brad Grant. The sophomore pacing filly is now two for two for her new connections. Nasty Rumor finished second by half a length, while Mach The Cut edged Manhattan Again for third. Teachers Vet, who is in her first season on the track, now has six wins in 21 starts and earnings of $75,180. She paid $3.80 to win. Sophomore pacing fillies, who were non-winners of $60,000 lifetime as of October 31, were eligible for nomination to the Niagara. The second leg will take place next Friday (December 15). Winter Series action continues Saturday night at Woodbine with the opening round of the Valedictory for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 18 -Leading owner Brad Grant and leading harness racing driver Doug McNair teamed up to once again sweep the Preferred paces on Saturday night at Woodbine Racetrack,. It was a rainy Saturday evening at the Toronto oval, but that didn't slow down the momentum of last week's Preferred winners Easy Lover Hanover and Witch Dali. Easy Lover Hanover was the 2/5 favourite in the $34,000 Preferred and picked up his third consecutive victory with an easy-looking 1:53 score. Driver Doug McNair got away third with the Ben Wallace trainee and made a backstretch brush to the lead before the half. 'Easy Lover' proceeded to post fractions of :56.1 and 1:25, before stepping home in :28 for the victory. Nirvana Seelster was second, while Ellis Park was third. Saturday's victory gives Easy Lover Hanover six wins in 21 starts this season. The four-year-old gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere has banked over $164,000 this season to bring his career totals to 22 wins and $530,509 earned. McNair's victory with 'Easy Lover' gave him four on the card. The Wallace trainee paid $2.90 to win. Easy Lover Hanover Witch Dali went coast to coast to win the $30,000 Mares Preferred in 1:53.3. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old cut out fractions of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:25.2, before kicking home in :28.1 to win by a length and a half. Moreau's other student Ms Mac N Cheese finished second, while L A Delight was third. Witch Dali is now three for 20 this season with $97,320 banked. The daughter of Dali is now a 22-time winner and her career earnings now sit at $445,668. The Moreau trainee paid $7.70 to win. Witch Dali Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, November 6 - Doug McNair has been posting big numbers all season long and Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack was no different for the Woodbine Entertainment Group's leading harness racing driver. McNair participated in eight-races on Monday's card and posted an impressive four victories and four runner-up finishes. The evening started off well for the Guelph, Ontario resident, as he swept the "Early-Double" with claiming pacer Four Card Major and veteran trotter Wild And Crazy Guy. McNair would then finish second in the evening's fourth and fifth-races before steering claiming trotter The Power Of Many to a 7-1 upset in the sixth-race. After once again posting back-to-back runner-up finishes in races-seven and eight, McNair would pick up his "Grand Slam" victory with claiming pacer Think On It in the ninth-race to complete his successful evening. A leading candidate for Canada's Driver of the Year, McNair leads all drivers on the WEG Circuit in wins and dollars this season with 254 victories and over $5 million in earnings. Over the weekend while driving in stakes action at HoosierPark, McNair surpassed his previous season's best for earnings set in 2012 and Monday evening he added to that career high total by raising it to $5.9 million. Following Monday's card, McNair now holds a 26-win lead over nearest rival Louis Philippe Roy for top spot in the 2017 WEG driver's standings. Live racing continues Thursday at Woodbine Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. McNair's four winners; Four Card Major Wild And Crazy Guy The Power Of Many Think On It Mark McKelvie

ANDERSON, Ind. - Stay Hungry charged off the final turn to overtake Western Passage and then held off Shnitzledosomethin by a neck to win Saturday night's $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers in 1:50.4 at Hoosier Park. Closing Statement was third. Shnitzledosomethin, Karpathian Kid and Western Pleasure all spent time in front during the first three-quarters of the race, with the quarter in :26.1, half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Stay Hungry was sixth up the backstretch and three wide coming off the final turn. Doug McNair guided Stay Hungry to victory and earned his first Breeders Crown win. It was the third trophy for trainer Tony Alagna. "It worked out but I moved him pretty early down the backstretch," said McNair. "This track with the long stretch, it worked out pretty good. This colt, I moved him, and he knew what to do and he raced awesome. It's exciting. I think I've driven in five or six of these Breeders Crowns and never won, so it's a big thrill for me." Stay Hungry has won six of eight races and earned $437,964 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. It was the first Breeders Crown win for both. "At the head of the lane I was a little worried having to go three wide," said Grant. "But he's showed up every race for us this year. Dougie gave us a great drive. "We were confident. Tony and I talk a lot and we were very confident with the colt and believed he deserved to be here and could get it done and he did. It's rewarding. My dad won this with Bettor's Delight and to win it tonight means a lot." Stay Hungry is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare My Little Dragon, who was a three-time Breeders Crown champion. The colt was bred by AV & Son Bloodstock. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Stay Hungry paid $11.00 to win. Favorite Lost In Time was sixth-placed-fifth because of interference. By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

Campbellville, September 2 - Stay Hungry, with Doug McNair at the controls for harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, maintained his healthy appetite for winning with a romping score in Saturday's first $97,880 Champlain Stakes division for freshman pacers, at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon colt, a $150,000 Lexington Select purchase for owner Brad Grant, was an impressive winner on debut last week and passed a serious class test on Saturday with a first-up score in 1:52.1. Evening Play made the early pace through splits of :13.1 and :27.3 with Trump That, Odds On Lauderdale and Stay Hungry chasing. Odds On Lauderdale (Scott Zeron) swept to the front to mark the half in :56.3 as Stay Hungry waited patiently for McNair to push the button on the first-up trip. Stay Hungry, once asked, paced menacingly to the wire with Im A Big Deal and Phil The Thrill followed his cover, while Odds On Lauderdale faded after setting the pace. McNair and Stay Hungry gobbled up ground with ease down the lane and were never threatened for an impressive first stakes score. Trump That edged Torrin Hanover for place. Stay Hungry, the third foal of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon, has lived up to all expectations thus far including winning both qualifying efforts. "They've been high on this horse all winter long," said McNair. "I trained him a few times before I qualified him and he showed tonight that he's a pretty serious horse." Could a shot at the Metro Pace be next for Stay Hungry? "I hope so. He beat some pretty nice colts tonight so he'll move forward," said McNair. Stay Hungry paid $3.80 to win. Stay Hungry Dragon Time was full of pace down the lane drawing clear to a comfortable score in the second division of the $96,880 Champlain. The Menary stable student followed Hudson Phil through comfortable splits of :13.4 and :28.2 from a patient steer by Yannick Gingras. Simple Kinda Man (Trevor Henry) made a first-up move with Courtly Choice and Babes Dig Me following his cover, but a determined Dragon Time was game down the lane finding his best pace late to easily overtake Hudson Phil for the win. The victory, which came just two races after Menary won the Canadian Pacing Derby with Sintra, didn't come as a surprise to Menary. "I knew from the get go he was going to improve. He's a Bettors Delight out of a Dragon Again mare. He has a lot of pedigree but sometimes that breed takes a little longer to come," said Menary. Dragon Time finished fourth last time out in the Nassagaweya after holding the lead briefly at the top of the lane. "Last week, first up was not his ideal trip and he raced really tough," said Menary. "This week he had some cover and he dug all the way to the wire. Yannick gave him a really good trip." Dragon Time, who stopped the clock in 1:52, paid $9.40 to win. Dragon Time Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications

1 to 16 of 400
1 2 3 4 5 Next »