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Batavia, NY---It was much like a walk in the park for visiting Mohawk Raceway harness racing regular Rockin In Heaven as he went gate to wire without issue in the $10,000 Open Handicap pace at Batavia Downs on Saturday night (Aug. 26).   Driver Jim Morrill Jr. left decisively with Rockin In Heaven and gained a lead he would not relinquish. While touring the facility with the best view, he took his competitors to the half in :56.1 before getting it in gear in the second half.   With For A Bettor Time (Kevin Cummings) sitting behind him Rockin In Heaven was challenged by Believe This Bob (Drew Monti) moving to the three-quarters. But Morrill let him out a notch and posted a :27.4 third quarter to keep everyone in check. From there he swelled up and motored down the lane to a handy victory in 1:52.1, which was the fastest pacing mile of the 2017 meet.   It was the fourth win in 15 starts for Rockin In Heaven ($4.80) and it pushed his earnings for the year to $57,819. The 5-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven is owned by Dr. Ian Moore, Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Dr. Moore trains Rockin In Heaven.   In the co-featured $9,000 Open II pace, Show Stopping (Kevin Cummings) pulled first-over at the five-eighths and paced stride for stride with the front-running Lucky McTrucky (Jim Morrill Jr.), eventually out-duelling him at the wire to win by a nose in 1:53.4, equalling his seasonal mark.   Show Stopping ($26.60) is owned by Resiliant Racing Stable and trained by Rose Russo.   The Downs leading driver Drew Monti had a grand slam on Saturday night while Jim Morrill Jr., Kevin Cummings and Ron Beback Jr. each had two wins apiece.   Batavia Downs had a very special guest visit the track on Saturday. 2012 Olympic women's pole vault gold medalist Jenn Suhr was in the clubhouse enjoying the races. Suhr, who is also a 15-time U.S. National champion and holder of several women's pole vaulting records, most recently won a gold medal in the 2016 World championships in Portland, Oregon.   Racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Sunday (Aug. 27) at 1:15 p.m. The card features the the $107,000 New York Sires Stakes for 2-year-old Colts and geldings and also Family Fun Day and the "Dauschund Dash" wiener dog races.   By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 10 - The field may have been small, but the fight was big in Thursday's $37,200 Whenuwishuponastar Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of five harness racing rookie pacing fillies clashed in the Whenuwishuponastar Series finale, with all eyes on Dr. Ian Moore trainee Jan, who was seeking a series sweep. Driven by Trevor Henry, Jan shot off the wings of the gate seeking the lead and while she would clear to the pylons quickly, she was forced to deal with pressure from Lady Grande and driver Jonathan Drury. Lady Grande was right along side the 1-5 favourite at the opening-quarter in :26.2 and would clear to command entering the backstretch. Jan was quickly removed to the lead, but had to work hard to be in control at the half in :54.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4, Jan was ready for yet another duel with Lady Grande in the lane. The two rookies would slug it out in the stretch, with Jan holding off a weaving Lady Grande by half a length in 1:51.4. Precision Hanover, Intrepid Lady and Nurse Pie Q rounded out the field. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, Jan came into Thursday's final off a pair of easy victories and proved she was ready for a battle. "She had been winning very easy her last two races and I knew there was more there, but we never had to use it before," said Henry following the race. "She's a tough filly, like when they come at her she wants to fight back." Jan, who was a $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, now sports a record of three wins in five starts with $37,780 banked for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. Trainer Moore has a strong duo in the rookie pacing filly division, as Jan is a stablemate of Ontario sired standout Percy Bluechip. "I had three fillies this winter and they all trained together and Jan was one of them and Percy Bluechip, of course," Moore noted. "They took turns at beating each other in training miles all spring long, they were just right at it the whole time. "This filly (Jan) probably beat Percy Bluechip just as many times as Percy Bluechip beat her in training miles, so when we tipped one of the back of the other, it was all fight all the way down the stretch." Jan isn't heavily staked for her two-year-old season and Moore noted he will talk to the MacKenzie's about trying the New York Sires Stakes or looking at potential opportunities to supplement. Jan Also on Thursday, the Define The World Series for two-year-old trotters kicked off with an impressive performance in the $14,000 opening leg. Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector established a new national season's mark of 1:56 with a 6¼ lengths victory for Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. A $110,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Alarm Detector went coast to coast for Henry, posting fractions of :29.2, 1:00, 1:28.4, before trotting home in :27.1. Cantabernet finished second, while Hey Jock was third. Alarm Detector is now a perfect three for three with $21,000 earned for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. He paid $3.50 to win. Alarm Detector The second leg of the Define The World Series will take place next Thursday (August 17). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 3 - Jan and harness racing driver Trevor Henry made a :26 final-quarter look as easy as possible en route to winning Thursday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of six rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 second round of the three-week series. Rock N Roll Heaven filly Jan was made the 1/5 favourite on the heels of a 1:53.3 victory a week prior. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee lived up to the hype and got the respect you would expect for a heavy favourite. Jan was put on the lead by Henry and posted easy-fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2, before kicking home in :26 to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:53.2, which shaved a fifth off her previous mark. There was no change to the top-three finishers from a week prior, as Lady Grande and Nurse Pie Q once again finished second and third behind Jan. A $35,000 Harrisburg purchase, Jan is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. The rookie pacing filly is now two for four with $19,180 earned. Jan will be searching for a sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series in next Thursday's (August 10) final. Live racing continues Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Classic Pro might be the easiest horse to identify in Saturday's $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for harness racing 3-year-old pacers, but not because of any markings or equipment --- or even a number --- on the colt. It is because what Classic Pro will be missing: hobbles. Classic Pro, trained by Dr. Ian Moore, has raced free legged this year and enjoyed a fair amount of success along the way. The son of former Moore standout Shadow Play has won three of seven races and earned $101,975 this season for owners Moore, R G McGroup Ltd., and hockey legend Serge Savard. In fact, excluding one race in which Classic Pro went off stride prior to the start, the only 3-year-olds to finish ahead of the colt this season are Fear The Dragon, Huntsville, and Downbytheseaside. Those three horses are ranked Nos. 1, 6 and 7, respectively, in the sport's Top 10 poll. Last year, Classic Pro was winless in 11 races but finished third on six occasions and earned $93,272. "He was a nice colt last year," Moore said. "He raced against some of the best ones last year. He just drew bad or just the way things went in the race. He never had a win but he still made a nice bit of money for us. "He's filled out more and got bigger and stronger. I trained him down free legged and he seemed good so we thought we'd try it. He seemed so much happier and had a big longer gait to him, especially behind. So we just left him alone and that's the way he's been." Moore can recall racing two other horses free legged during his training career. The first was in the mid-1970s. The second, Astronomical, was a decade ago. In 2007, Astronomical became the fastest free-legged pacer in history when he won in 1:50 at Georgian Downs. Classic Pro has a mark of 1:52.1 this year, which came in a conditioned race at Mohawk. Moore accepted a bye for Classic Pro to advance directly to the Meadowlands Pace final rather than race in last weekend's elimination for the event. The bye was based on seasonal earnings. The connections of Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast also accepted byes. Huntsville won the Meadowlands Pace elimination by 2-1/4 lengths over Blood Line in 1:48.4. Ray Schnittker, who trains and co-owns Huntsville, turned down a bye. "At first I thought we would go and race," Moore said. "Then I got thinking about it. He's free legged and you never know if something might happen and he might not make the final. And I figured Huntsville was going to race because he hadn't raced in two weeks, so I decided to take the bye. I trained him on Saturday and he should be ready to roll." Moore's decision to race Classic Pro without hobbles is not without trepidation since the colt went off stride in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes on June 3 at Mohawk. Moore drove the horse in a qualifier three days later and the horse made a break behind the gate again, this time wearing hobbles. "The little bump we did have, he started to get pretty hot behind the gate," Moore said. "After he got a few wins this year, it seemed to change his temperament a little bit. He's getting a bit more aggressive now. "He started getting geared up behind the gate. He hit the stirrups of the bike (sulky) and it was driving him crazy. We got a big bike for him now and have got ear plugs in him. He seems much better. But it's still kind of an adventure at that level with that speed." Classic Pro will start the Meadowlands Pace from post nine with Trevor Henry in the sulky. The horse is Moore's second Meadowlands Pace finalist and Henry's first. Moore finished seventh with State Treasurer in 2012. "That's the way it goes," Moore said about drawing post nine in the 10-horse field. "It would have been nice to draw better. There are at least three good ones there in Huntsville, Downbytheseaside and Miso Fast. After that it's kind of open a bit. We'll just hope to get a little bit of racing there." Following is the field for the $738,550 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace for 3-year-old pacers in post order with drivers, trainers and morning line. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Blood Line-Somebeachsomewhere-Mark MacDonald-Jimmy Takter-5/1 2-Mac's Jackpot-Somebeachsomewhere-David Miller-Jim Campbell-15/1 3-Boogie Shuffle-Well Said-Scott Zeron-Mark Harder-30/1 4-Huntsville-Somebeachsomewhere-Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-1/1 5-Downbytheseaside-Somebeachsomewhere-Brian Sears-Brian Brown-4/1 6-Miso Fast-Roll With Joe-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-10/1 7-Filibuster Hanover-Somebeacsomewhere-Yannick Gingras-Ron Burke-10/1 8-Santafe's Coach-Bettor' Delight-Corey Callahan-Leo Iordan-20/1 9-Classic Pro-Shadow Play-Trevor Henry-Dr. Ian Moore-15/1 10-Talent Soup-American Ideal-Eric Abbatiello-Bruce Saunders-30/1 Scheduled post time: 9:34 p.m. Ken Weingartner

JULY 1, 2017 - Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore has been clinging to the roller coaster that is Classic Pro for a month and, in spite of Saturday's Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series win at Mohawk Racetrack, the ride is showing no signs of levelling off. Starting from Post 7 in the last of three Gold divisions on the Campbellville oval's Canada Day program, Classic Pro swept to the front heading by the :55.2 half. The colt hit the three-quarters in 1:24, but seemed to labour through a :29.1 final quarter, hanging on to post a one length 1:53.1 win over fast-closing Red John and Makasi. "The track is off, but I don't know," said Moore of the colt's relatively flat effort. "Trevor (Henry) said he was pretty well all out there, which is odd." Mohawk fans sent Classic Pro off as their top choice Saturday after watching him deliver a pair of impressive performances in the Pepsi North America Cup. Classic Pro and Henry finished second in their June 10 elimination, hitting the wire in 1:50, and fourth in the June 17 final, pacing in 1:49.4. Following the final Moore opted to give the son of Shadow Play a week in the paddock and he speculated that the time off may have contributed to the colt's slower clocking on Saturday. "That week off might not have been good to him. He seems to love his track work, so maybe I shouldn't have done that," said Puslinch, ON resident Moore. "I just turned him out completely from Saturday to Saturday. I do that a lot with mine. They go tough races; it's hard to go week-after-week with them, that's for sure." Moore's decision to give Classic Pro a break stemmed from the colt's eligibility to The Meadowlands Pace, which kicks off with eliminations on July 8 followed by the final on July 15. Saturday's effort gave the trainer pause, but with horses required to arrive at an approved training facility within a 150 mile radius of The Meadowlands by 8 pm on Monday, July 3, he and partners Ron and Gail McLellan, principals in R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB, and Serge Savard of St.-Bruno, QC, do not have the luxury of leisurely decision-making. As a result, unless the colt wakes up Sunday morning feeling under the weather, he will likely be heading south for another test against North America's top pacers. "Unless anything changes, I think that's what we're going to do. We'll just take that as a training mile I guess," said Moore. "He was good all week, but I don't know, just a little off that was all." Also worrying Moore as his prized pupil gets ready to leave home is the absence of O'Brien Award winning caretaker Teesha Symes, who flew to Pennsylvania last week when her father Chuck suffered a ruptured appendix while transporting a load of horses to the Maritimes. "He had to have emergency surgery down there, so she flew down there to truck the horses to Nova Scotia for him," explained Moore. "I kind of need somebody with him that knows him. I mean there's certain days you can't even catch him in the stall if he decides not to, that's the way he is. It'll all work out I'm sure." After being a model student through his freshman campaign - which saw Classic Pro earn $121,154 from six thirds in 11 starts - the pacer has grown trickier to handle as his sophomore season progresses. The quirks started around the barn, but they showed up on the racetrack in the June 3 Somebeachsomewhere at Mohawk when Classic Pro made a break and caused Moore to briefly reconsider his decision to race the colt without hopples. "I trained him down free-legged and we thought, well we'll try him one week to the next and see what happens," recalled the horseman. "He's gotten a lot stronger on the bit this year than he was last year, which is why he made the break that night, he was hitting the stirrups of the bike and hitting the wheel and it just drove him crazy I guess, but we bought a new bike for him. I borrowed one from Gregg McNair for the first couple of starts until we got one of our own. "And we have earplugs in him, which I think has made a huge difference in him, he's a lot calmer behind the gate," Moore continued. "He can obviously go all right free-legged, but I don't know, it's been a stressful few weeks with this guy for sure." Classic Pro Following his trip to The Meadowlands, Classic Pro will be back at Mohawk Racetrack on July 22 for the third Gold Series test on the three-year-old pacing colt calendar. He will be joined by the other two winners from Saturday's leg, C L Sportaction and Mc Mach. C L Sportaction floated away from Post 3 in the first $66,400 division, landing in fifth as Streakavana sprinted out to a :26.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :55 half, driver Jonathan Lachance sent C L Sportaction up the outside and the colt reached the front end before the 1:23.1 three-quarters. Under pressure from a closing Fireball in the stretch C L Sportaction dug in and fought off the challenge, hitting the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:52.4. Osborne Seelster completed the top three. Saturday's appearance was C L Sportaction's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and marked Lachance's first win on the Woodbine Entertainment Group circuit. Mario Lachance conditions the Sportswriter colt for owner-breeder Ecuries C. Leblanc Inc. of Saint-Eustache, QC. C L Sportaction Mc Mach scored the quickest win of the three divisions, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:51.3. The son of Mach Three and driver Paul MacDonell got away sixth from Post 2 and avoided an early battle on the front end that ended up with three horses going off stride. Moving toward the half MacDonell sent Mc Mach up the outside and the colt was on cruise control for the remainder of the mile, crossing the wire one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Arsenal Seelster and Saulsbrook Lanny in a personal best 1:51.2. Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON trains Mc Mach for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Randy Liepa of Livonia, MI. A three-time Grassroots winner at two, Mc Mach sits atop the three-year-old pacing colt point standings heading into the third Gold event on July 19. Mc Mach Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, July 6 with the debut of the two-year-old trotting fillies in both Gold and Grassroots action. Post time for Thursday's program is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 1 - Following a two-year-old season rife with bad trips and bad posts, Classic Pro returns to the harness racing Grand Circuit stage and will attempt to tap into his potential in the first of two $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere divisions on Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. "He was a pretty nice colt as a two-year-old, but he never got the chance to impress," trainer Dr. Ian Moore said. "He raced against all of the good ones in the Metro, the Champlain and in all of those other races. We thought that [with those trips] we left a lot in the tank for him." Competing for Dr. Moore, who owns with partners R G McGroup and Serge Savard, Classic Pro has won two races in 14 starts, compiling $140,904 in earnings. However, the Shadow Play colt from the Astreos mare Kattimon was winless as a two-year-old, racing 11 times and finishing no better than third. "During his season, he drew a lot of bad posts and had more than one driver, which I do not like," Moore said. "I like to have a regular, but as a result of that, he seemed to have gotten more test drives and got trips where he didn't pull when he could have pulled, so on." Leading up to his 2017 debut, Moore opted to remove hopples from Classic Pro, qualifying him free-legged twice in Florida before shipping to Mohawk to win his first race of the year, a 1:57.3 maiden-breaking score in the slop. "He has grown to be a nice big colt," Moore said. "He had wide strides last year, but now he's even wider now that I've taken the hopples off. He exhibited a lot of good stuff free legged last year training. "This year, he would take off on some days free legged and I thought 'we'll train him down as far as he can go [without hopples].' We got him trained down to [1]:54 before we qualified him, so I thought we'd give him a shot [free legged]. He seems a lot happier." The decision about whether to use hopples or not remains a debate among Moore and the connections. "I did get him a pair of light hopples, but when we put them on him, he would not go onto the track," noted Moore. "Ron, Serge, and I, have been back and forth about whether to kick the hopples off or not. If something were to happen in a big race that causes him to make a break, I'm probably going to be in trouble. But right now he's doing well free legged." Classic Pro was a regular in Ontario Sires Stakes action last season, but Moore opted to skip this year's opening leg and focus on the Grand Circuit. "I intentionally did not take him to London for the Ontario Sires Stakes, being that it's a tight track, because I want to give him every chance to prove that he is a top-level colt. He's a natural pacer." Classic Pro was steered by WEG driving sensation Louis Philippe Roy in his first two starts this season, winning both as the favourite. However, in his most recent start on May 22, Trevor Henry, who drove the Shadow Play colt twice last season, picked up the drive and finished second. "In his last race, we had a perfect two-hole trip for him, didn't have to move until the head of the stretch, and he never got moved," Moore said. "He had to wait an eighth-of-a-mile before he finally got clearance up the inside and meanwhile another horse came by on the outside. He could've easily been three-for-three instead of second. Those two wins can 'braven' some horses, though, so I think they were good for him emotionally." Moore will use Henry again behind Classic Pro from post-three in the first of two Somebeachsomewhere divisions on Saturday. "I don't think [Henry] realized how good [Classic Pro] is when he drove him last week. I was actually kind of disappointed in Louis Philippe Roy--he drove the horse to two wins, but then bailed pretty quickly. I like a horse to have a driver that knows their ability, knows what they're like, knows what they can do, and treats them accordingly." The combination of Moore and Henry has had success in the past, especially in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. "I've been a friend of Trevor and his family for many years; I raced against his father in the '70s and '80s," recalled Moore. "[Trevor] won for us with Rockin In Heaven in the Somebeachsomewhere two years ago as a long shot and we decided to stick with a local driver so we'd have an opportunity to have a consistent driver every week." Moore has opted to use American drivers in the past with Grand Circuit horses, but finding a local driver for Classic Pro makes the most sense to the veteran conditioner, as the Ontario Sires Stakes schedule can potential cause conflicts when trying to bring in an out of town driver. From the Somebeachsomewhere, Classic Pro will be taking on the challenge of tackling the division leaders, such as Downbytheseaside and Huntsville, in the Pepsi North America Cup. "We're basically untested," Moore said. "[Classic Pro] paced probably [1]:50, [1]:51 at his fastest last year, but like I've said, I feel we didn't get to the bottom of his tank as a two-year-old, so it will be interesting to see how he matches up." Here are the fields for Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #1 - Race 4) 1. Sports Column by Sportswriter (Chris Christoforou - Blake MacIntosh) 2. Some Attitude by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Bob McIntosh) 3. Classic Pro by Shadow Play (Trevor Henry - Dr. Ian Moore) 4. Lawrencetown Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Paul MacDonell - Paul MacDonell) 5. Southwind General by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 6. American Sportsman by Somebeachsomewhere (Doug McNair - Gregg McNair) 7. Beyond Delight by Bettor's Delight (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Red John by Mach Three (Trevor Henry - Victor Puddy) 9. Hurricane Beach by Somebeachsomewhere (Louis Philippe Roy - Luc Blais) 10. Manceiver by Sportswriter (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr.) 11. Who Said Not To by Well Said (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy)   $70,000 Somebeachsomewhere (Division #2 - Race 8) 1. Makasi by Shanghia Phil (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 2. Ideal Wheel by American Ideal (Louis Philippe Roy - Casie Coleman) 3. Streakavana by Big Jim (Sylvain Filion - Scott McEneny) 4. Stealth Bomber by Rocknroll Hanover  (Brett Miller - Tony O'Sullivan) 5. Richard Hill by Mach Three (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 6. Mc Mach by Mach Three (Paul MacDonell - Bob McIntosh) 7. Frontier Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jody Jamieson - Jack Darling) 8. Rock This Way by Rocknroll Hanover (Mario Baillargeon - Ben Baillargeon) 9. Macs Jackpot by Somebeachsomewhere (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 10. Henry The Dragon by Custard The Dragon (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 11. Arsenal Seelster by Artistic Fella (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson)   Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred

LONDON, Ontario . . .Noted Canadian trainer Dr. Ian Moore is looking to replace his recently retired champion harness racing pacer State Treasurer and he took the first steps this afternoon at the Forest City Yearling Sale as he purchased the two sale toppers, both sired by another one of his outstanding performers, Shadow Play. Dr. Moore shelled out $110,000 for Percy Bluechip who was consigned by Preferred Equine as agent for breeder Blue Chip Farms of New York. Percy is a full brother to Arthur Blue Chip who earned more than $550,000 for Moore and his partners a few years back. The colt is also a half-brother to $1.5 million winner Kenneth J. The second highest price at the sale was the $100,000 Moore paid for Atomic Seelster. Consigned by breeder Seelster Farms of Lucan, Ontario, the colt is a half-brother to two $100,000+ winners including Aniston Seelster ($193,000). It was announced last week that State Treasurer, last year’s Horse of the Year in Canada, would begin stud duties at Seelster starting in 2017. A great crowd was on hand to watch a total of 133 colts and fillies go through the sales ring today at Western Fair’s Metroland Media Agriplex in London for an average of $26,308 which is up approximately 11 per cent from last year’s $23,507 average for 136 sold. “I think the sale reflected a show of optimism for the industry and confidence in the product.  The industry seems to be turning a corner especially with the incentives now being offered,” noted sale manager Ann Straatman. “It appears that breeders are looking at offering quality over quantity. “I’d like to thank auctioneers Ryan Dorran Marketing, now in their fourth year with FCYS, all of the staff of the sale and Randy Manges and Bruce Brinkerhoff for assisting with inspections,” she added. In addition to the sale of many of Ontario’s best bred yearlings, the weekend also included The Forest City Preview at The Raceway which were four divisional races open to three-year-old trotters and pacers who raced in the Ontario Sires Stakes this season. Thanks to the sponsorship from Ontario Lottery and Gaming and Ontario Racing, Forest City Yearling Sale and Western Fair District put together an innovative Info Zone for fans and owners. A number of organizations presented information on fractional ownership, horse registration and licensing, pedigree interpretation, Ontario's new owners' bonus and life after racing for our equine athletes. Complete sales results are available here.

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 1 - Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer, the 2015 O'Brien Award Horse of the Year, returns to the harness racing stakes ranks to defend his Canadian Pacing Derby crown Saturday (September 3) at Mohawk Racetrack. State Treasurer, who won last year's edition in 1:47.4, is one of two starters sent out by Moore in Saturday's $616,000 contest. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire, from the Western Ideal mare Ideal Treasure, made his last stakes appearance in the $500,000 Ben Franklin Final on July 2 at Pocono Downs, where he raced from off the pace and finished seventh to Always B Miki in a 1:47 mile. "I think he got tired of chasing them," Dr. Ian Moore said. "I'm not saying that he'll step right up and go [1]:47 again, but I am saying that he seems different this time of year than he was earlier in the year." State Treasurer's first win this season was in his tenth start, on July 23, at Mohawk in the Preferred, where he paced in 1:48.4. "He maybe wasn't quite as good at the start of the year," Moore said. "But he's the type of horse that really excels on winning because it instills confidence into him. I know people may wonder when I say that, but some horses definitely become confident when they win. He's one of them." Entered into a $34,000 Preferred on August 6 at Mohawk, State Treasurer was lame in his jog the day prior and was scratched. Moore found that the horse had stepped on a two-inch #10 screw that burrowed into his left hind hoof. He was given antibiotics to prevent infection from the injury and returned to race on August 13, winning the Preferred in 1:50.1 from post nine. Then on August 20, he won as the 4-5 favorite in 1:48.3. "One of the owners wanted to race him [in the Preferred] last week and I thought a week off would be best," Moore said. "But it didn't matter anyway; [Mohawk] didn't go with the top class. He jogged very sharp all last week." "I trained him today [Wednesday], and he trained probably as good as he ever trained," Moore also said. Earning $2,058,130 in his career, State Treasurer will race from post three for owners Sally and Paul MacDonald. Chris Christoforou will drive. "Obviously the big three are Wiggle It [Jiggleit], [Always B] Miki, and Shamballa, and everybody will be betting on those guys," Moore said. "But they'll know he's there; he'll give it his all. This is his home track and he has his regular driver with him that night, so he'll be very tough." Moore's other trainee, Rockin In Heaven, who he owns in partnership with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte, and Gordon McComb, drew post five for his first start since finishing third in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. "He has been a very nice surprise for us over the last couple of years for us and he continues to surprise us," Moore said. "He was charted going 1:48.3 this year and 1:48.2 in the mud. He's a pretty nice horse who always seems to give his best, too." The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven from the Jennas Beach Boy mare Tropics Beachgirl has earned $512,361 in his career. "We're very proud and pleased to have two in the [Canadian Pacing] Derby," Moore said. "We're hoping for a good trip and to pick up some money." The Canadian Pacing Derby is carded as the tenth race on the 13-race program. Here is the full field for the $616,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final. 1. Wiggle It Jiggleit - Mr Wiggles - Montrell Teague - Clyde Franics 2. Nickle Bag - Rocknroll Hanover - Trevor Henry - William Robinson 3. State Treasurer - Real Desire - Chris Christoforou - Dr. Ian Moore 4. Shamballa - Somebeachsomewhere - Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron 5. Rockin In Heaven - Rock N Roll Heaven - Jody Jamieson - Dr. Ian Moore 6. Nirvana Seelster - Camluck - Phil Hudon - William Budd 7. All Bets Off - Bettor's Delight - Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke 8. Always B Miki - Always A Virgin - David Miller - Jimmy Takter 9. Dealt A Winner - Cams Card Shark - Andy Miller - Mark Silva 10. Evenin Of Pleasure - Dragon Again - Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau by Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 23 - It may have taken a little longer than expected, but State Treasurer scored his first win of 2016 in style Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee captured the $34,000 Preferred Pace in 1:48.4 over six harness racing rivals Saturday. Driven by Chris Christoforou, State Treasurer got away fourth and was sent towards the front in the second-quarter. The Moore trainee was used hard, as he cleared Nickle Bag, who posted an opening-quarter of :26, for the lead at the half in :53.3. Despite the tough second-quarter, State Treasurer continued to power along around the final turn and paced a :27.3 third-quarter to reach the third station in 1:21.1. In the stretch, State Treasurer was asked to dig in and the seven-year-old responded by holding off a late push from the gritty Nickle Bag to win by half a length in 1:48.4. American Virgin finished third, while the other Moore trainee, Rockin In Heaven, was fourth. State Treasurer entered Saturday's contest winless in nine starts this season after winning nine of 19 and almost a $1 million last season en route to being named the Canadian Horse of the Year. The son of Real Desire now has 31 career wins and $2,022,430 earned over the course of his career for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $5.80 to win Saturday. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Columbus, OH --- Harness racing horses are named for many different reasons, such as a connection to their ancestry, a noteworthy event or individual and even for their personality traits. When it comes to Good Will Hanover, however, her official title is the polar opposite of her demeanor. In fact, this young lady, who has bested champions L A Delight and Pure Country in two out of her last three trips to the post, is anything but easy to get along with. In addition to requiring the services of two grooms to soothe her fractious nature, the daughter of Big Jim has provided both of her trainers with very memorable excursions in the infield each man would probably rather forget. "We got her in August of last year," said the filly's conditioner Dr. Ian Moore. "She comes from a very old, classy family but we were not the ones who selected her as a yearling. Actually Danny Romo, who is an outstanding horseman, was training her and just could not figure her out. He had her rigged up with all types of equipment like head poles, cones, blinkers and plugs, but she still ended up putting him upside down when he was driving her. "I've known both Danny and the owners, the Tufts (Karl and Deanna), for years from my veterinary work and the business. Even with all the work Danny put in to her to get her going, he was not getting anywhere, so they asked me to try her out. I was more than forewarned before she arrived in our barn about her antics, but she still managed to turn me upside down in the infield too.Then there was that situation with the ditch and some other interesting occasions behind her. "I have spent my fair share of time with her attempting to settle her down, but her groom, Tami Sepper, has put so much work into her and another one of my grooms, Vicki Paulic, has to help her on race night. We need two people to try and keep 'Hannah,' as we call her, calm." Sepper and Paulic will certainly be put through their paces on Saturday (June 18) as they prepare their charge for her appearance in the C$438,000 Fan Hanover final. Good Will Hanover, an elimination winner, will have the services of Chris Christoforou when she begins her mile from post position three in the evening's ninth race. The 3-year-old filly is 7-2 on the morning line and will once again compete against rivals L A Delight (4-1, post position six) and Pure Country (5-2, post position seven) as well as fellow elimination winner Darlinonthebeach (2-1, post position two). Owned by the Tufts' Glb Stables, Good Will Hanover was purchased for $15,000 at the 2014 Standardbred Horse Sale. The filly is out of the Cambest mare Go For Best, who only collected $3,915 on the racetrack, but has proven to be a goldmine in the breeding shed. Good Will Hanover is a half-sibling to Major General (Western Ideal, $345,378), Rough Sketch (Art Major, $117,226) and Givemybest Hanover (Dragon Again, $133,195). Two other members of her immediate family, Geraint Hanover (Western Hanover) and Gotta Go Hanover (Yankee Cruiser) just missed breaking the $100,000 barrier during their careers. This filly broke her maiden at first asking at Mohawk Racetrack on August 17, 2015, with Paul MacDonell in the bike and followed that up with two more triumphs prior to a second place finish to L A Delight in the $181,035 Champlain Stakes. She was then second in a $78,750 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series contest, before adding another win to her resume under the same conditions and for the same purse the following week. Good Will Hanover's 2-year-old campaign ended after an eighth-place showing in the $192,500 Ontario Sire Stakes Super Final, but the filly, who finished the season with a record of 7-4-2-0 and $122,857 in the bank, had an excuse and for once it was not her temperament. "She came up sick before the final and it's my fault she had nothing," Moore said. "I never should have raced her there because she was not at her best, but because we started later with her and there was nothing else really for her, I went ahead and put her in. That was a mistake." It has definitely required a nearly infinite reserve of patience and many, many hours of his time, but Moore feels he should not make any more errors with this filly now that he has a handle on how to manage her. He certainly wants her to have every opportunity to increase her already established purse earnings of $213,683 and add more wins to the seven she already possesses on her resume. "We thought she was seeing things and that was what was making her so excitable, but with her it is actually hearing things," Moore said. "One time before she was supposed to race at Mohawk she was stabled right by where the train comes through. Needless to say that was it for keeping her settled down the rest of the day. "I have to train her in at least 1:57 several times a week and train her even on days she's racing. It helps take the edge off of her. I have also changed her equipment and opened her up gradually because like we found out, it is not seeing things that bother her, but I had to keep the cones and plugs on her. She also had a driver change with Paul (MacDonell) getting off her and Chris (Christoforou) getting on. "When it comes to getting a horse to settle down Chris is one of the best. She was actually becoming so relaxed, he tried putting her right up on the gate in the sire stakes race before the Fan Hanover elimination. Obviously that did not work out with her breaking and he said he would never do that with her again. She's a horse that really does have to have her own way." Moore and his employees also employ other tactics to stabilize Good Will Hanover's mood, which may very well propel her to the top of her division before her sophomore season draws to a close. "Tami has to walk her constantly when she races and that is one of the things Vicki helps her with," he said. "She is quite something, that is for sure and we always worry she will take her race out of her before she ever gets to the gate. "The thing is she is as quiet as can be in the barn. It's only when she's on the track or getting ready to race that she acts like this and it's not because she doesn't have manners. It really is very rewarding to see all our work with this filly pay off, because she is so fast. She can definitely pace with the best of them as long as it is not consecutive :25 quarters. We just are responsible for keeping her together so she has the opportunity to show her talent. "We do have her quiet enough now where we can get her to stand and when we trailered her with (State) Treasurer she behaved perfectly. It just took us the time to figure her out and it is so very gratifying when she rewards us for those efforts. It is up to us to do our job and she will do the rest." Following is the field for the Fan Hanover in post order. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1. Lindwood Beachgirl by Somebeachsomewhere - James MacDonald - Mark Steacy - 12-1 2. Darlinonthebeach by Somebeachsomewhere  - David Miller -Nancy Johansson - 2-1 3. Good Will Hanover by Big Jim - Chris Christoforou - Ian Moore - 7-2 4. Newborn Sassy by Western Ideal - Tim Tetrick - Jo Ann Looney-King - 6-1 5. Penpal by American Ideal - Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance - 15-1 6. L A Delight by Bettor's Delight - Randy Waples - Robert McIntosh - 4-1 7. Pure Country by Somebeachsomewhere - Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter - 5-2 8. Lay Lady Lay by Up The Credit - Dough McNair - Chris Matthews - 15-1 9. Mayhem Seelster by Mach Three - Jack Moiseyev - Tony O'Sullivan - 15-1 10. Bad As Leader by Badlands Hanover - Trevor Henry - Gerald Lilley - 20-1 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor  

Nichols. N.Y. -- While Friday (June 17) evening's harness racing program at Tioga Downs will feature camels and ostriches in addition to horses, the main point of interest will be State Treasurer's defense of Sunday (June 19) afternoon's $179,000 Roll With Joe free-for-all pacing event.   Despite being winless in six starts so far this year, the 7-year-old Real Desire entire seeks to defend his title in the Southern Tier after his jaw-dropping 1:47.2 track-record effort in last year's renewal of the marquee pacing event at Tioga. David Miller is listed to drive the 30-time winner for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and owners Sally and Paul MacDonald.   A quartet of other millionaires are slated to line up, including Steve Elliott trainee McWicked and a trio of Ron Burke trainees in All Bets Off, Take It Back Terry, and Limelight Beach--three-quarters of a four-horse entry.   McWicked, a lunging third to Evenin of Pleasure in the $115,500 Molson Pace at Western Fair, makes his fourth start of the season after a stout chasing effort behind Mel Mara's scintillating 1:47 mile at the Meadowlands two weeks ago. Tim Tetrick is nominated to drive the 2014 Breeders Crown champion.   All Bets Off, runner-up to Bit of a Legend N in the $609,000 Levy Final at Yonkers and runner-up to Wiggle It Jiggleit in the Battle of Lake Erie at Northfield, has been forced to race from off the pace of late given a string of outside and second-row post draws. The 5-year-old Bettor's Delight entire gets some relief with an inside draw, and Matt Kakaley is nominated to drive.   Also looking to upend the defending champion is Rockeyed Optimist (Brett Miller listed), who drew off to a 10-length win in last week's Open at Tioga on the Graduate undercard. While he trails the septet in terms of career earnings, the 5-year-old Rocknroll Hanover gelding reeled off eight wins so far this year, mostly against top-level company at the Meadowlands and Dover.   Post time for Sunday's 11-race card is 1:30 p.m. Eastern.   Friday marks the end of a three-year hiatus for camel and ostrich races at Tioga Downs. The camels and ostriches, from Hedrick's Animal Farm in Kansas, will compete in the early part of the card, as they do at many events nationwide. Post time on Friday and Saturday evenings is slated for 6:30 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

Ontario sired sophomore fillies were the main attraction Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack and harness racing upsets was the theme of the night. The Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (S.B.O.A) Stakes for Ontario sired three-year-old fillies featured award winners in both the pacing and trotting divisions. O'Brien Award winner L A Delight was seeking her 13th consecutive victory in the $173,329 S.B.O.A Filly Pace Final, but Good Will Hanover stole the show. Driven by Chris Christoforou, Good Will Hanover went to the front and never looked back en route to a career-best 1:50 victory. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee posted fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.4. L A Delight got away fourth from post-four for driver Randy Waples, but was forced to come first up entering the final turn. The heavy 2/5 favourite never really got close to Good Will Hanover and had to settle for a fourth-place finish. Mayhem Seelster, who blasted out from the nine-hole to get away third, finished three-quarters of a length behind the winner in second, while Lay Lady Lay was third. Good Will Hanover won her elimination last week in 1:51.1, which was over a second faster than L A Delight's 1:52.2 victory last Saturday. The Dr. Moore trainee went off at odds of 6/1. "Our filly had a lot of speed last year and again this year, but she has a little bit of a mental type issue and it takes a lot to calm her down," said Moore, who noted he has two caretakers looking after his filly. "They've done a heck of a job with her keeping her calm, we had to walk her a lot and that of sort of thing, but she did very well and it's certainly worth it." A daughter of Big Jim, Good Will Hanover won four of seven starts last year and now has two wins in three starts as a sophomore. Moore didn't have any instructions for Christoforou, but the race didn't play out the way he envisioned. "When (Christoforou) drives them once, he pretty well gets a feel for them and knows what he wants to do," Moore said. "I thought maybe (L A Delight) might go to the front and we may be in the two-hole is what I was thinking, but it didn't shape up that way." Owned by Glb Stable of Lakeview, Nova Scotia, Good Will Hanover now has career-earnings of $263,759. Dr. Moore noted that the S.B.O.A Stakes champion will be pointed towards the upcoming Fan Hanover stakes. Good Will Hanover paid $14.10 to win. Flowers N Songs trotted up a storm to split the favourites late and win the $174,329 S.B.O.A Filly Trot Final. Most eyes were focused heavily on O'Brien Award winner Caprice Hill, who entered the Filly Trot final off a 1:53.1 elimination victory and was made the heavy 1/5 favourite. The Tony Alagna trainee got away fourth for driver Waples, but was almost 10 lengths behind the leader at the opening-quarter. Major Muscle posted a snappy :26.4 first-quarter, but the lead was short-lived. Celebrity Eventsy, the other elimination winner, trotted up from third to first moving to the half for driver Sylvain Filion. After a :55.3 half, Waples sent Caprice Hill first up to challenge Celebrity Eventsy, who reached the third-marker in 1:24.2. In the stretch, Caprice Hill closed in Celebrity Eventsy searching for the victory, but neither filly had nearly as much trot as Flowers N Songs. The Paul Reid trainee stayed along the pylons in mid-pack until the stretch, when driver Doug McNair found clear room and the 23-1 longshot blasted through to trot a tremendous final-eighth for the victory in 1:53. Caprice Hill finished 2¾ lengths back in second, while Celebrity Eventsy was third. A daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Flowers N Songs finished second in her elimination, 3½ lengths behind Celebrity Eventsy. The Robert Key homebred has been tremendous this season with six victories and five runner-up finishes from 12 starts. Unraced at two, Flowers N Songs now has career earnings of over $147,000. Her clocking of 1:53 knocked more than three-seconds off her previous career-best. A $2 win ticket on the Reid trainee returned $48.90. Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Harness racing trainer Dr. Ian Moore said winning a fourth straight Molson Pace with his pupil State Treasurer would be almost beyond comprehension. “It’s been fun just to win it once. A second was a bonus and the third was just unreal last year,” Moore said. “A fourth time would be unbelievable.” State Treasurer, the 2015 Horse of the Year in Canada owned by Sally and Allan MacDonald of Prince Edward Island and their nephew, Paul MacDonald of Toronto, has drawn the rail for Friday’s $150,000 invitational at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, ON. The pacer’s regular driver, Chris Christoforou, will be in the sulky. Moore, a PEI native who is based in Guelph, ON during the summer, acknowledged it won’t be easy for State Treasurer to become the first horse to win four Molson Pace titles in the race’s 44-year history. Race secretary Ian Fleming has assembled a crack field of eight tough older pacers, many coming in from the United States. The field has combined earnings of nearly $9 million. That includes the $1.96 million earned by State Treasurer, who is winless in his three 2016 starts since returning from wintering at Southern Oaks Training Center in Florida. “He hasn’t been quite as good his first few starts, obviously, this year,” Moore said. “It sort of was the same thing last year. It wasn’t until about the third start that he was good at Mohawk and I really think that the first three Saturdays that we’ve been back in Ontario since April 30th the (race nights) have all been very cold. In fact, 37 degrees Fahrenheit and wet snow the last time we raced. I think some of our horses had a little trouble acclimatizing to that.” Moore said State Treasurer had some mild sickness a few weeks ago and was given five days off after his last start — a fifth-place finish in the $34,000 preferred on May 14 at Mohawk Racetrack — but the seven-year-old son of Real Desire—Ideal Treasure seems fine this week and should be raring to go Friday in London. “He seems good in every other way. He’s been sound and everything and he’s steering well this year. We hope he’ll appreciate the return to London and away we go,” Moore said. “He obviously likes that track and has done well there in the past. Hopefully, he’ll be ready to roll for the fourth time.” State Treasurer is currently tied with Jambo Dancer for the most Molson Pace victories. Jambo Dancer also won the race three straight years, taking the title in 1976, 1977 and 1978. Post positions for the Molson Pace field are as follows: 1. State Treasurer – Chris Christoforou 2. Bettor Rock On N – Jody Jamieson 3. Sunfire Blue Chip – Mark MacDonald 4. Evenin Of Pleasure – Sylvain Filion 5. Machtu N – Trevor Henry 6. Mcwicked – Randy Waples 7. P H Supercam – James MacDonald 8. All Bets Off – Matt Kakaley The Molson Pace program will also feature the Ontario Sires Stakes for three-year-old colt pacers, a quartet of City of London Series finals, a pair of Alliance Claiming Series finals and an added-purse Junior Invitational Pace as part of the undercard. Total purses for the night will be more than $550,000. There will be a number of promotions on the night, including Scratch and Win program prizes, OSS ‘Be A Winner Contest,’ Party on the Patio, a Molson VIP infield event and much more. The wagering menu has been bolstered to include a $5,000 guaranteed early Pick-3, $10,000 guaranteed early Pick-4, $15,000 guaranteed late Pick-4 and the addition of a third Super Hi-5 – all low 15 per cent takeout wagers. For more information, visit Greg Blanchard

Rockin In Heaven made a name for himself last year as a surprising Grand Circuit harness racing competitor and Sunday he will look to continue making a mark in the $244,000 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee will be making his third start of his four-year-old season on Sunday after earning more than $367,000 last season as a sophomore. Rockin In Heaven was not on many, if any, radars to be a Grand Circuit level colt last year and his conditioner is not shy to admit even he was caught off guard by his trainee's breakout season. "As I stated last year, he has been one of the most pleasant surprising horses I've ever had in my entire life," said Dr. Moore, Thursday afternoon. "How he went from a two-year-old that was so-so to a nice stakes horse last year, hopefully he will become a nice four-year-old this year." The journey to a nice four-year-old season has certainly started off well for the son of Rock N Roll Heaven. Rockin In Heaven finished a close fourth in his season debut on April 30 and followed it up with an impressive 1:50.1 victory last Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dr. Moore trainee will now tackle his first stakes engagement of the season Sunday and will be forced to overcome the tough starting spot of post-seven. "He's really feeling good and all that sort of thing," Moore said. "It's really a shame that we drew so bad, which as everybody knows is very important in a half-mile track race of that caliber or any caliber." Rockin In Heaven, who is 7-1 on the morning line, is no stranger to stepping up in big moments. He was an 11-1 upset winner in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes last June at Mohawk and a few months later, at the exact same price, won the $290,000 Empire Breeders Classic at Tioga Downs. Rockin In Heaven spent most of last summer on the New York Sires Stakes circuit, becoming well adjusted to racing on a half-mile track. Sunday's Confederation Cup will put him against some familiar faces from his Empire State battles. "There is a lot of New York horses in there that he raced against, including National Seelster and Americanprimetime," said Moore. "So they are all good half-mile horses." Dr. Moore is confident his driver, who is very familiar with Ontario's half-mile tracks, gives Rockin In Heaven a bit of an added boost in Sunday's dash. "Trevor (Henry) is well-versed on a half-mile track, so I'm glad we have Trevor to drive," said Moore. "He got along very well with him last year and we are looking forward to Sunday." Henry and Rockin In Heaven have teamed up on 13 occasions and visited the winner's circle in six of those starts. Dr. Moore will leave the strategy up to his driver on Sunday, but with heavy-favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit starting from the second-tier, the start and first-turn at Flamboro could be interesting. "Our horse has raced at Flamboro as a two-year-old and he finished his two-year-old season there," noted Moore. "I presume there will be a bit of a mad dash (at the start)." Dr. Moore co-owns the four-year-old with Douglas Polley, Francois Lecomte and Gordon McComb. Rockin In Heaven is entering the Confederation Cup less than $2,000 away from $400,000 in career earnings. Whether Rockin In Heaven is able to stun his rivals on Sunday, Moore knows his pleasant surprise will certainly give him and his co-owners a great effort. "He's a very tough animal. He's always up to the task and no matter what he always gives us his best." Mark McKelvie

Canada's reigning Horse of the Year is set to return to the track Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Dr. Ian Moore trainee State Treasurer will look to start his 2016 harness racing campaign off on a winning note in the $34,000 Preferred Handicap. The seven-year-old son of Real Desire has been assigned the outside spot in a field of nine and will reunite with regular driver Chris Christoforou. State Treasurer put together a dream season last year with nine victories in 19 starts and just shy of $1 million in earnings. The Dr. Moore trainee posted victories in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup, US Pacing Championship, Roll With Joe and Canadian Pacing Derby en route to being named the top older pacer in both Canada and the United States. State Treasurer enters his seven-year-old season with a milestone in sight. Just a $6,500 yearling purchase, he is just over $51,000 away from $2 million in career earnings for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. Although State Treasurer has yet to make a start, the veteran pacing stallion has already made headlines this season. Dr. Moore qualified State Treasurer in an eye-popping 1:49.4 on April 15 at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Florida. The recorded fractions over the mile-oval at Southern Oaks were :26, :52.3, 1:19.4 and 1:49.4. State Treasurer's competition in Saturday's Preferred includes a stablemate and a trio of Preferred winners this season. Dr. Moore trainee Arthur Blue Chip is making his sixth start of the season from post-five in the Preferred. The five-year-old son of Shadow Play made all five previous starts at Pompano Park and scored two victories along with three runner-up finishes. Nickle Bag, who has six Preferred victories this season, will start from post-six. Ellis Park and Boomboom Ballykeel, who have each scored a Preferred victory in the last month, start from post-seven and eight, respectively. The Preferred Handicap has been carded as the tenth-race on the 11-race program. State Treasurer will not be the only Dr. Moore trainee to appear at Mohawk Saturday. The veteran conditioner sends out three starters in The Diplomat and former New York Sires Stakes standout Rockin In Heaven in an overnight event. Some Gold starts from post-two in the first Diplomat division for Dr. Moore, while Worthy Art and Sutton Seelster will leave from post position three and five in the second split. Rockin In Heaven will make his second start of the season in the evening's fourth-race. The four-year-old son of Rock N Roll Heaven scored victories in the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes and Empire Breeders Classic last season en route to banking over $367,000. The second leg of The Diplomat Series will feature two $20,000 divisions Saturday night. The Diplomat Series is for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings, who were non-winners of $100,000 last season. The opening-leg of the series failed to fill, as only four horses were entered, but leg two has attracted 13 pacers. Carmen Auciello trainee War N Munn will headline the first division from the rail. The three-year-old son of Stonebridge Regal has captured both The Count B and Youthful Series finals this season to help him sport a 2016 bankroll of over $66,000. The first division field of six also includes British Columbia star Kokanee Seelster. The Ming Siu trainee made his first four starts this season at Fraser Downs and captured the $75,000 Keith Linton Memorial on April 3. Unlike War N Munn, Kokanee Seelster is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. The second Diplomat Series division features a strong field of seven Bill Budd trainee Flaherty has won four of eight starts this season and holds a mark of 1:51.3. The son of Up The Credit will start from post-two and has been made the 9/5 morning line choice. Flaherty is eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Richard Moreau trainee Gerries Sport won his season debut last week at Mohawk in 1:52.3 and is the 5/2 second-choice on the morning line from post-seven. An Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots star last season, Gerries Sport appears ready to take a big step forward in 2016 with a pair of solid qualifying efforts before capturing his season debut. The Diplomat Series divisions are carded as the third and ninth-races on Saturday's card. Post time for Saturday's 11-race program is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

The fifth installment of the 2016 Chats with Champs video series features Dr. Ian Moore, harness racing trainer of 2015 Dan Patch Older Pacing Horse of the Year, State Treasurer. We visited Moore at his stable at Southern Oaks Training Center in Sorrento, Fla., to see State Treasurer, ask the trainer about State Treasurer’s award-winning 2015 season, and look ahead to this year’s stakes schedule. the USTA Communications Department 

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