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MILTON, ON - June 16, 2018 - Sintra converted off a perfect second-over trip from driver Jody Jamieson to win the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup on Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup undercard at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A strong field of nine pacers, featuring eight older heavyweights and three-year-old Jimmy Freight, battled in the annual Invitational. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting early, cutting out fractions of :26.3, :54.3 and 1:21.2. Just after the half, Check Six angled out from third to come first-up and supplied cover for Sintra from fourth. In the stretch, Sintra exploded off cover to rocket by and storm home to a 2¾ lengths victory in 1:48. McWicked, who was fourth-over turning for home, got up for second. Jimmy Freight got an inside trip, racing seventh most of the mile. The son of Sportswriter charged home strong along the rail to finish a very respectable third. A five-year-old gelding, Sintra picked up his first win in three starts with Saturday's sizzling mile. The Dave Menary trainee had finished second in his first two outings this season, which come on the heels of an award-winning season in 2017. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra is now a 18-time winner with $988,425 in career earnings. He paid $18 to win. 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 8, 2018 - Trainer Dave Menary sends out several stakes prospects in elimination action this Saturday (June 9) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including two from his own barn and one that he owns in the Pepsi North America Cup. Menary's pair of 'Cup' trainees, Topville Olympian and Dragon Time, race in the first and second elimination respectively. St Lads Neptune, who Menary bought into earlier this season, goes in the third elimination. Starting from post 8, Topville Olympian, driven by Jody Jamieson, makes his third start of the year after finishing sixth in a $60,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere, losing to Burning Midnight who catapulted off a collapsing pace to a 28-1 upset. "Topville Olympian is just a super little horse; like the little engine that could," Menary said. "He's the kind of horse you'd want to marry--he never has a bad day. He's got a great attitude, always eating, always healthy; super sound. He's the kind of horse that doesn't give you gray hairs." Owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Jo and Anthony Timmons and Crawford Farms Racing, the gelded son of American Ideal lacked racing room off a pocket trip through the stretch in the Somebeachsomewhere, finishing two lengths off the winner. The start prior, his first of the season, he faltered from a similar setup to be fifth by nine lengths. "Instead of racing him like a long shot, we raced him like a contender last week [in the Somebeachsomewhere] and he got caught behind a wall of horses," Menary said. "I think if he got a seam somewhere, he could've possibly been the fast division and they'd be looking at him in a different light. "His first start of the year--I think he just needed that start. In qualifiers he flashed up some really fancy last quarters. He's going to need a little bit of luck but I know he's going to put forth a good effort." Dragon Time also makes his third start of the year in his Cup elimination, starting from post 10 with Jamieson in the sulky. The Bettors Delight gelding ended his freshman campaign in late September with a sixth-place finish in the Metro consolation. He returned to the track after a winter of maturing to win a qualifier on May 18 in 1:56.3. "Dragon Time may have been my top colt all winter," Menary said. "He's always been a little bit green and a little bit immature--kind of a big, fat, clumsy colt. But he's really put things together; he was legit enough last year. He won a leg of the Nassagaweya last year coming home in :26-and-a-fifth and paced in [1]:51. He's a nice colt, but he's right on the fringe and we'd like to get out of the green." Dragon Time also drew outside in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere and kicked home in :26.2 to finish sixth to Lather Up by eight-and-a-half lengths. In his first start of the year, he finished fourth against conditioned pacers from the rail in 1:51.1. "He trained super this week--I think it's the best he's ever trained in his life--he went by Sintra training this week," Menary said. "But from the 10-hole, he's going to need a little bit of luck and a miracle. But his best thing might be the consolation." Stephanie Jamieson trains St Lads Neptune for Carl and Jody Jamieson and Menary Racing. Knowing the horse and saying he knew "how much Jody and Carl thought of him,", Menary acquired a share prior to his first qualifier--a 1:51.1 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. "I take a lot of pride in the horses that are in [my] barn," Menary said. "The ones that I'm training have an uphill battle, but Steph[anie Jamieson]'s doing a really nice job with St Lads Neptune and I'm excited to see some good results." St Lads Neptune has two seconds from two starts this season, one in an Ontario Sires Stake split at Flamboro and the other in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere, where he rallied from several lengths off the lead to finish a close-second to Lather Up in a 1:50.3 mile. "Neptune was just awesome last week," Menary said. "Jody drove him pretty conservatively and ran him up into the back of Lather Up and then he moved right over him at the wire." Jody Jamieson will pilot the Mach Three gelding from post 7. Pepsi North America Cup night has the possibility to be a big evening for Menary, as his stable could be represented in a pair of under card stakes. Menary will also send out Pueblo Blue Chip in the Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday. Starting from post-four in the second of the two eliminations, Pueblo Blue Chip finds herself against the ranks of world-champion Youaremycandygirl, local freshmen stars Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster and Ubettergo Go, who enters off a national season's best of 1:50 at Tioga. "I think there's a big difference between those two divisions--she's definitely in the tough division so hopefully she brings her 'A'-game," Menary said. Pueblo Blue Chip won her lone start of the season, a 1:54.3 wire-to-wire performance in a division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Saratoga. Menary opted to skip the NYSS split at Tioga on Sunday, June 3, instead "trying to aim her for the Fan Hanover so she wouldn't have to go four weeks in a row then come back and race in six days," he said. "She came out of the [NYSS] a lot better than she came into it," Menary said. "She had never been to Saratoga. She raced well and came out of the race very well and trained very well this week. She got run at the whole way and still drew away from them, so it was a good first start of the year. "I think she's a nice filly, but it's up to her whether she wants to step up and advance with these kind of fillies." The sophomores may get most of the attention on Saturday, but Menary will also be sending out his stable star Sintra in the $34,000 Preferred. The Canadian Pacing Derby champion will be preparing for the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup and is making his second start of the season. "Sintra's come back super," Menary said. "It's a privilege to train a horse like him--he's the kind of horse that makes you get up and go out to the barn in the morning. I've had nice horses in the past and every time you have a good one you pray it's not your last because you can only have so many once in a lifetime horses. He's another one and hopefully there's more to follow. But he wintered very, very well. He's just such a doer and makes my job real easy." Sintra returned to the track on May 18, qualifying in 1:53.4 with a :25.2 final quarter. The five-year-old made his season debut a week later and came from off the pace to finish second. "He was excellent in his qualifier; he probably could've come home in :24--Jody started pulling him up at the top of the stretch. Then in his first start of the year he had an outside post and we raced him from the back, but he was pacing really hard to the wire. He just got beat by math." Menary has his eyes on many big events for Sintra, with his first stakes engagement being the always-star studded Mohawk Gold Cup on Cup night. This Saturday's 13-race program at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red (pacing mares). A free program for Saturday's card can be downloaded by clicking here. by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Communications    

TORONTO, February 17, 2018 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson may want to trademark the name "Mr. Saturday Night" after having another big evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Jamieson has been racking up the victories over the past few Saturdays, but that reached a new level this week when he drove five-winners on Saturday's 10-race card. The Moffat, Ontario resident's most notable victory Saturday came with eight-year-old pacer The Rev in the $34,000 Preferred Pace. It was the third straight win for the Gregg McNair trainee, who was moving up to the top level this week. The Rev ($7.40) and Jamieson went coast to coast and won by nearly two lengths in 1:51. Jamieson's first of five wins came in the evening's third-race with five-year-old pacer Xternal ($14.40) for trainer Rene Bourassa. The next two victories for Jamieson would both come for trainer Carmen Auciello. Five-year-old pacer Major Hill ($10.10) scored by a neck in the fifth-race, while seven-year-old pacing mare Exhilarated ($17.30) finished in a Dead-Heat for win just a race later. Jamieson reached "Grand Slam" status in the eighth-race with five-year-old pacer Big Yellow ($6.60) for trainer Ben Wallace. The Rev's score in the ninth-race completed the five win night for Jamieson. Jamieson has now won 12 races over the last three Saturdays. He posted a four-win evening on February 3 and followed that up with three-win performance on February 10. Saturday's five-win night gives Jamieson 25 victories this season at Woodbine, which is tied for third in the Driver Standings. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - Four-year-old gelding Sintra and harness racing driver Jody Jamieson rallied up the pylons to capture the $615,000 Canadian Pacing Derby at odds of 12-1 Saturday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. The Dave Menary stable star unleashed a furious stretch rally to charge up the inside and nail Rockin Ron at the wire in 1:48.1 for driver Jamieson and trainer Gaetan Hebert. "It's pretty awesome," said co-owner Menary following the victory. "He's a special horse that I thought was a half-mile track horse at the start of the year, but that hasn't worked out well this year. "He likes the big track and he likes to flaunt his speed and I'm happy to be here." Sintra and Jamieson left from post-nine and were able to drop in fourth heading into the first turn. Nirvana Seelster claimed the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26. Elimination winner Rockin Ron and driver Louis Philippe Roy would circle around to the lead from second heading up the backside and led by the half in :54. Similar to his elimination, Roy allowed Rockin Ron to roll in the third-quarter and open up a 2½ length lead at three-quarters in 1:21. Sintra and Jamieson stayed in on the far turn and sat fifth, buried along the pylons turning for home. In the stretch, Rockin Ron continued to pace strongly and had a sizeable lead with less than an eighth of a mile to go. Staying along the rail proved to be the winning move by Jamieson, as room was available and Sintra took dead aim at the leader. The four-year-old used every inch of a racetrack to track down and surpass Rockin Ron by a neck. McWicked rallied from seventh to finish third, while All Bets Off and Nirvana Seelster finished in a dead-heat for fourth. Keystone Velocity, the even-money favourite, finished sixth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Sintra came into the 'Pacing Derby' off a second-place finish to Rockin Ron in his elimination. "I wasn't sure what I was going to do off the gate," said Jamieson following the race. "Dave didn't want me to get away tenth and I didn't want to be blasting out to the lead. "As it worked out, I got away fourth and (Keystone Velocity) moved quickly to get his position and I wasn't sure it was going to work out, even at the head of the stretch. (All Bets Off) was on a left line and (Rockin Ron) run out a bit, (Nirvana Seelster) was on the left line and it opened up and Sintra with any kind of a trip at all...he just explodes through." The 'Pacing Derby' victory is the first for Jamieson, who was very honest with his emotions following the race. "The last couple years, just the positions I've put myself in to not be overly successful, I got to tell you this one feels really good. It feels as good as any of the big wins I've ever had." Rockin Ron, who was the 2/1 second-choice, almost pulled off another front-end mission for the team of Roy and trainer Ron Burke. "It was what I wanted to do," said Roy following the race. "I had (Nirvana Seelster) leaving out so I couldn't keep him there, I just wanted to take him on and pace up front. "He wasn't steering as good as he was last week. Last week he was perfectly straight, but he was a little bit on the line today. Ron will correct that and he'll come back as good as he was last week." Sintra is owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc. The four-year-old is now eight for 13 with $578,735 banked this season, while his career totals now sit at 16 wins and $882,385 earned. A $2 win ticket on Sintra returned $27.40. The $2 Exacta (Sintra-Rockin Ron) paid $184.90, while the $1 Trifecta (Sintra-Rockin Ron-McWicked) checked in at $476.45. Mark McKelvie

The way harness racing driver Jody Jamieson sees it, if stakes-winning pacer Sintra were human, he might be Mike Trout. "He's got speed, he's got stamina, he's got talent," Jamieson said. "When you add in smarts, where he'll let you drive him how you want, that's the total package right there. He's a five-tool baseball player." Sintra will get the chance to display his tools Saturday in the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace at Saratoga Casino Hotel. Sintra, coming off a 1:47.2 win in the Graduate Series championship July 8 at the Meadowlands, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite in the Gerrity's eight-horse field. Sintra and driver Jamieson will leave from post four. The Gerrity also includes Haughton Memorial winner Mach It So, Ben Franklin Pace and Levy Series champion Keystone Velocity, and Battle of Lake Erie winner All Bets Off. Completing the field are millionaires Clear Vision, Bit Of A Legend, Boston Red Rocks and Somewhere In LA. New Zealand-bred Bit Of A Legend finished second to Wiggle It Jiggleit in last year's Gerrity. Sintra, a 4-year-old gelded son of stallion Mach Three, has won six of eight races this year while competing primarily in races restricted to 4-year-olds, although he did win the Mohawk preferred against older foes on July 1. In the Gerrity, only Sintra and Boston Red Rocks are 4-year-olds; the remaining horses range in ages from 6 to 11. "It's a real advantage to be able to race against 4-year-olds, there's no question about it," said Jamieson, who drives Sintra for trainer/co-owner Dave Menary. "He's got a bit of a tougher test coming up here on Saturday in the Gerrity, but if he gets the trip he's tough." Last year Sintra won eight of 16 starts and earned $229,346 for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing. Five of the races he lost were won by Betting Line, who was Canada's Horse of the Year. "Anybody that had to race against Betting Line was racing for second money for the most part," Jamieson said. "A couple times I headed him and thought I had him beat and it just didn't work out. It's hard to say whether I've seen a difference in him (this year). He was awesome from day one. He rarely put a bad start in, if at all." Sintra, who was limited to three races at age 2 because of injury, competed mostly at Mohawk last year. His one trip to the Grand Circuit was for the Milstein Pace, where he finished fifth. "We only faced the open company a couple times last year," said Jamieson, who has driven Sintra in 22 of his last 24 races. "This year we're taking on the world. "Dave Menary has done a hell of a job managing him, you can't say enough about him. I think he's also done a hell of a job picking the driver for the horse too." Boston Red Rocks, who is winless in 10 races this year but a runner-up on six occasions, is the Gerrity's 5-2 second choice on the morning line, starting from post No. 1 with Brett Miller driving for trainer Steve Elliott. Keystone Velocity, who drew post eight, is 9-2 followed by All Bets Off at 5-1. "I got a great draw," Jamieson said. "I love the half-mile track, but when you put these kinds of horses on the half-mile track there's obviously a lot of luck and a little bit of a trip scenario that comes into play. But I think he's in the right spot with the four hole and he's in great form." Racing at Saratoga begins at 7:05 p.m. Saturday. The Gerrity is race No. 6 on the card, with post time at 8:45 p.m. approximately. In addition to the Gerrity, the card features eight New York Sire Stakes races. Fans will receive a coupon for a free commemorative 2017 Gerrity Night T-shirt with the purchase of a $2 race program, while supplies last. A variety of local food trucks will be on hand throughout the night near the track apron. As always, parking and admission are free. The Gerrity honors the memory of Joe Gerrity Jr. and his many contributions. A highly respected leader, inspiration and icon for Saratoga Raceway and the horse racing industry, he was a breeder of horses in Loudonville, a licensed harness driver and became Chairman of the Board of Saratoga Harness Racing, Inc. (now Saratoga Casino Hotel) in 1987. He later oversaw the expansion of the facility and the installation of video gaming machines, partially funding the project himself. He also served as a director for the Harness Horse Breeders of New York State for 20 years, and acted as treasurer for much of that time. He passed away in 2005. Below is the field for the $260,000 Joe Gerrity Jr. Memorial Pace. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Line 1-Boston Red Rocks-Brett Miller-Steve Elliott-5/2 2-All Bets Off-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/1 3-Somewhere In LA-Jason Bartlett-Richard Banca-6/1 4-Sintra-Jody Jamieson-David Menary-2/1 5-Bit Of A Legend N-Jordan Stratton-Peter Tritton-8/1 6-Clear Vision-Mark MacDonald-Jennifer Lappe-15/1 7-Mach It So-David Miller-Jeffrey Bamond Jr.-12/1 8-Keystone Velocity-Simon Allard-Rene Allard-9/2 Ken Weingartner

Marion Marauder returned to the winner's circle at the Meadowlands Racetrack, site of his Hambletonian victory last August, on Saturday night thanks to a 1:51.2 triumph in the $240,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old trotters. Warrawee Roo, sent off at 59-1, finished second, beaten by three-quarters of a length, and Dayson was third. In the $240,000 Graduate Series final for 4-year-old pacers, 6-5 favorite Sintra followed the cover of Check Six around the last turn before bursting through the stretch to win by 4-1/2 lengths over Boston Red Rocks in 1:47.2. Western Fame finished third. For Marion Marauder, who became the first Trotting Triple Crown winner to compete at the Meadowlands as a 4-year-old, it was his second win in three starts this season. Last year Marion Marauder swept the Triple Crown --- the Hambletonian, Yonkers Trot and Kentucky Futurity --- on his way to being named Trotter of the Year. Marion Marauder, the 4-5 favorite in the Graduate, and driver Scott Zeron started from post nine and were fifth through the opening half mile, but started a first-over march on the backstretch to overcome fraction-setting Trolley at the top of the stretch. Marion Marauder, who lowered his career mark by one-fifth of a second, paid $3.80 to win. "He's come back better than we expected," said Mike Keeling, who trains Marion Marauder with his wife Paula Wellwood. "He was in great form that first start at Tioga (winning in 1:52.4) and we were just pleased to come down here and get in the final. He was pretty impressive tonight." Marion Marauder, a son of Muscle Hill out of the mare Spellbound Hanover, has won 13 of 31 career races and earned $1.9 million in purses for owners Marion Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. Next up for Marion Marauder, who bypassed the breeding shed to continue racing this year, will be the Hambletonian Maturity for 4-year-old trotters at the Meadowlands on July 15. "It was the easiest tough decision we've ever made," Keeling said about continuing Marion Marauder's racing career. "We never really said goodbye to him last fall and bringing him back was something we really wanted to do. We just felt compelled to try the stallion route, but he loves racing and we love racing him." In the Graduate final for pacers, Western Fame, Lyons Snyder and Dr J Hanover all took turns on the front as the field reached the first quarter in :26.3, half in :53.2 and three-quarters in 1:20.4. Check Six battled with Dr J Hanover for the lead on the last turn, but Sintra was in striking position. "I thought I had the best horse, I just had to find the right spot with him," winning driver Jody Jamieson said. "It worked out good. I got to follow a live helmet, I almost ran over Yannick (Gingras with Check Six) at the head of the stretch I was so live. This horse just keeps bailing me out every time I get to sit behind him. "The sky is the limit. This horse has just been a champ ever since I started driving him. Last year Betting Line got the better of us most every time, but he's had another year to develop and he showed it tonight, wrapped up in (1):47.2. Simply amazing from where I was sitting." Sintra, who paid $4.60 to win, is trained by Dave Menary for owners Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing. He has won six of eight races this year and earned $209,202. For his career, the son of Mach Three out of Dancin Barefoot has won 14 of 27 starts and banked $445,762. By Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - If the morning line odds are true to form, then Louis-Philippe Roy will win Sunday afternoon's All-Star Drivers Tournament at the Hippodrome 3R. Then again, in past tournaments, the driver who is the morning line favorite, has never won. Louis-Philippe Roy (LPR) is the H3R driving champion last year and currently leads all drivers at the track early on this season. He is also the leading money winning driver in all of Canada so far, this year and is second in Canada in dash victories. But come this Sunday, LPR faces many of the world's top harness drivers in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament at H3R. Included in the line-up are Hall of Famer David Miller, returning tournament champion Jody Jamieson, two-time O'Brien Award Winning Driver of the Year, Sylvain Filion, Trotting Triple Crown winner last year, Scott Zeron, Grand Circuit driving champion Yannick Gingras, recent $529,000 Levy Series Final winning driver and Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube and the return to Quebec after 17 years, Stephane Bouchard, who has 8,576 career wins. All eight drivers will compete in eight tournament races starting at 12:30 pm. The eight races are the 2nd through 9th events and the tournament prize is $10,000. Calculating from the morning line odds, LPR wins the tournament with 149 points, followed by Stephane Bouchard 140 points, Jody Jamieson (112) and Scott Zeron with 97 points. But as these tournaments have shown in the past, the morning line favorites usually do not prevail. Jamieson just got up last year in the last of the tournament races with a second place finish. The "tail of the tape" as they say, belongs to none other than David Miller. Inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame last year, Miller has been the Dan Patch Award Winning Driver of the Year the past two seasons. He leads all drivers in the competition with over 10,200 wins, $212 million in purses won and he is the oldest competitor at age 53. LPR is the youngest of the eight drivers at age 27. Just three years ago he was driving mainly on the Quebec Fair Circuit and the last year has surged to become a national leader. LPR has only 540 career wins and $3.5 million in earnings, more than half of those earnings since January 2017 when he joined the WEG circuit. Two weeks ago, he set a track record at H3R, winning eight of his eleven drives on one card. Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion are hometown favorites at H3R as well as LPR. The morning line stats are interesting in that every driver in the tournament has only one morning line favorite to drive. If that statistic comes true, then the winner of the tournament is the driver who can finish 2nd through 6th the most, earning as many placing points as possible. Points are 1st - 50, 2nd - 25, 3rd - 12, 4th - 8, 5th - 5 and 6th - 2 points. No points for 7th and 8th place. A driver with a horse that is scratched gets the average points they have earned in the tournament. Last year it was Jody Jamieson that won the inaugural tournament because he was the only driver to score points in every race. That was his key to victory. Reading the morning line "points earned" for the tournament is sort of like calling a long race with some interesting turn of events. It starts out with Scott Zeron going to the early lead followed by LPR with Miller stuck first-over and Bouchard second over. Dube then sweeps three-wide and gets in front of Miller, who is tiring. Yannick Gingras, who followed Dube three-wide, gets into second-over position while Zeron still leads the field and LPR sitting good in the pocket-seat. Jamieson then goes three-wide, loops Gingras, but can't get by Zeron as Miller fades to the back and Bouchard ends up following Jamieson with Sylvain Filion getting into the outside flow as they enter the backstretch. Miller, who was shuffled back to last, gets a second wind and follows Filion as LPR finds clearance at the three-quarters and goes after Zeron on the final turn. Coming for home, Filion is three-wide and coming on, Zeron and LPR are neck and neck starting down the stretch. Bouchard looped Miller and followed Filion and then tips four-wide as Dube looks for an opening as Miller and Gingras fade out of the picture. Jamieson gets live cover following LPR. Down to the finish it's LPR winning by a half-length over the late closing Bouchard with Jamieson third over Zeron, Dube and Filion finish in a dead heat for fifth place with Gingras and Miller at the back of the pack. Then again, Jamieson and Filion were not expected to do that well last year and Jamieson won it and Filion was third with John Campbell second. I guess that's why this competition can be so exciting. You never know who can win it! There will be an autograph, meet and greet, with all the drivers in the grandstand at H3R starting at 11:15 am Sunday morning. To watch and wager on the H3R races, visit most any wagering website. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - This Sunday afternoon, harness racing driver Jody Jamieson will be at the Hippodrome 3R racetrack, defending his title in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament. There will be eight championship races featuring the sports top drivers in races 2 through 9. First race post time is 12:30 pm. Jamieson will be joined by Grand Circuit Champion, Yannick Gingras, Hall of Famer David Miller, Trois-Rivieres native, Daniel Dube, the return after 20 years of Stephane Bouchard, Canada's leading driver the past two years, Sylvain Filion, 2016 Trotting Triple Crown winning driver, Scott Zeron, and the current leading money winning driver in Canada, Louis-Philippe Roy. "First off," Jamieson said. "I am tremendously grateful to be invited back to come back to Trois-Rivieres. The last couple of times I have been there it's been first class. They give me the best horses to drive, which I appreciate." (Jody won the last two tournaments at H3R) "I hope that trend continues," Jamieson explained. "because I'm going against some of the best drivers in the world." Last year Jamieson was the only driver to score points in all eight championship races that lead to his triumph over Sylvain Filion and John Campbell. "That's part of racing.," Jamieson said. "In order to get money or points, you have to finish in at least the top five every race. I've always prided myself on putting horses in the right spot so they can earn money or get the most points they can for me." How does Jody Jamieson feel, going into this Sunday's tournament? "I don't know if I am in the best of shape," Jamieson admitted, "but I'm feeling really good. "I'm pumped for this weekend," He stated. "I'm driving, in my opinion, the best I have driven in a while. My confidence in the sulky has all to do with the horses I am driving. I have been fortunate recently to drive some really good horses and helps build up your confidence." Jamieson also flecked on the "new kids on the block" in the tournament, Scott Zeron (28) and Louis-Philippe Roy (27). "I have raced against Scotty his whole career," Jamieson said. "He is a very tough, good young driver. He's going to have a great career, actually he has already won the trotting triple crown last year. He comes from a great family in racing, just as I have and he will be, if not already, a great driver. "This Louis-Philippe Roy sorta came out of nowhere," Jamieson added. "He raced a little in PEI last year for Old Home Week. I was kinda surprised to see him there and I did not know he had driven there in the past in some overnights. "I didn't realize he was friends with some of the great trainers and drivers in our sport," Jamieson said. "and he has really taken off after winning the Gold Cup and Saucer last year. "He's a force to be reckoned with," Jamieson added. "Given time he is another kid whose career has taken off extremely fast and he has already done a great job for the people he races for." Aside from harness racing, Jody Jamieson's other sporting passion is hockey. And he has always been outspoken about the Montreal Canadian's, even when being interviewed in the winner's circle at H3R a few times. And he spoke about the Canadian's. "It's typical of the Montreal Canadian's trading their best players away." Jamieson said. "They let on that they want to win the Cup every year, but they keep making mistakes like trading away P.K. Subban to the Nashville Predators for Shea Weber. He was the only reason I tuned into the Canadian's games. To see what P.K. was up to and to watch the English commercials. "Now you see what P.J. has done to help the Predators. They are going for the Stanley Cup. I might even see if I can get a Predators tee-shirt to wear up there Sunday, just for the kicks." Jamieson laughed. It will be interesting to see what Jody Jamieson has to say in the winner's circle this Sunday at H3R, harness racing or hockey wise. From the Quebec Jockey Club

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Track management at the Hippodrome 3R today released the names of the eight harness racing drivers who will be competing in the second annual All-Star Drivers Tournament set for Sunday, June 4. Invited to participate in the tournament will be Stephane Bouchard, Daniel Dube, Sylvain Filion, Yannick Gingras, Jody Jamieson, David Miller, Louis-Philippe Roy and Scott Zeron. The tournament features a prize purse of $10,000 (US) as the eight drivers will compete in eight races with each driver starting once in posts 1-8. There will also be a special Meet & Greet before the start of the races where fans will be to get autographs, photos and chat will all eight of the drivers. Live interviews with all eight drivers will take place in the winner's circle throughout the afternoon. Last year's inaugural All-Star Drivers Tournament winner, Jody Jamieson, was able to pull away with the victory in the last race of the tournament and defeat John Campbell and Sylvain Filion. This year, a special newcomer to the tournament is Hall of Famer David Miller, who was last at H3R in 2014, driving Lucan Hanover in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete. Also, new to the tournament and representing H3R, is last year's leading driver at both H3R and Rideau Carlton, Louis-Phillip Roy, Montreal native Stephane Bouchard, a career winner of 8,555 races and another Quebec native, Scott Zeron, who last year won the Trotting Triple Crown with Marion Marauder, round out the rookies in the tournament. Of course, Quebec native drivers Yannick Gingras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion need no introduction to race fans at H3R or anywhere in harness racing. "This is a superb group of drivers we have coming to H3R on June 4." Said Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club. "I know the harness racing fans not just in Quebec but throughout North America will want to see these great drivers compete in our tournament. It has become one of our biggest events at H3R." More details about the All-Star Drivers Tournament will be announced shortly and you can also visit, www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, April 29 - It generally takes time for a four-year-old to step up and beat top harness racing overnight horses, but that was not the case Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Four-year-old gelding Sintra won Saturday's $27,000 feature event with a large 1:50.4 performance for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The former Ontario Sires Stakes star was making his four-year-old debut and first start since the OSS Super Final last October. Competing against seven rivals, including proven Preferred stars, Sintra got away sixth in the early-going. The tempo was modest, as Our Sky Major N led the field by the half in :56. Despite the easy-fractions for the group, Jamieson pulled first-up and unleashed his charge heading into the final turn. Sintra delivered an impressive :26.3 third-quarter to blow right by his opponents and snag command away from Our Sky Major N. In the stretch, the Menary trainee left his rivals well-behind and cruised home in :27.2 for a 3½ lengths score. Mach Code finished second, while Erle Dale N was third. The betting public was certainly hoping Sintra was ready to roll off the bench, as the four-year-old went off at odds of 7/2 and paid $9.40 to win. Owned by Brad Gray, Michael Guerriero and Menary Racing Inc, Sintra won eight of 16 starts last season for earnings of $294,500. Saturday's victory improves the Mach Three gelding's career record to nine wins in 20 starts. With his four-year-old debut now in the books, Sintra's next start could be in the Confederation Cup eliminations on Sunday, May 14 at Flamboro Downs. The Menary trainee is one of 32 four-year-olds eligible to this year's event. Sintra Also on Saturday, Jins Shark posted the first sub-1:50 mile of the Mohawk meet with a 1:49.4 score in the $22,000 opening race. The Isaac Waxman trainee made a third-quarter move to the lead from fourth to front the field by the three-quarter pole in 1:23. Jins Shark proceeded to pace a :26.4 final-quarter to score a dominating 5¼ lengths sub-1:50 victory. Doug McNair guided the six-year-old gelding to his third win of the season and 16th win overall. Jins Shark paid $3.60 to win. Jins Shark Live racing resumes Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

DUBLIN, Ireland - With just over 24 hours to go before the world record attempt for 2 miles, the last of the preparations are currently taking place at Portmarnock Raceway, ensuring optimum track conditions for the seasons finale. The weather forecast is currently good for this time of year with an expected high of 18 degrees and plenty of sunshine forecasted for tomorrow (Sunday). Five of Irelands top trotters are set to go to post at approx. 3.30pm (10.30am USA) and for those that cannot make it in person, this race will be covered LIVE on Portmarnock Raceways Facebook page. Likely favourite is renowned stayer Vichy De Moem and trainer/driver Alan Richardson has oozed confidence all week in the run up to the 2 mile marathon. Brenda Hudson drivers her own Scoops Team and there wont be a dry eye in the house should the only female driver in the line-up beat the boys on the day. Billy Star the youngest in the field at only 5 years old will be driven by the oldest driver in the race Christy "Hopper" Foran and a win for him will ensure SHRI Trotter Of The Year honours for popular local trainer Stephen Foran. Silvano Bello for West Cork's Donal Murphy has hit form with a vengeance in recent weeks whilst Patrick Kanes Twist Du Layon claimed the last invitation to the race with a track record win over 1¼ miles at the venue last Sunday. Both look to be up against it on form but over this extreme trip of 2 miles, four laps, all 5 runners have live chances of landing the spoils. This event has captured the imagination of harness fans worldwide with luminaries such as top announcer Roger Huston, Australian broadcaster Gareth Hall, current record holder Ake Svanstedt, world driving champion Jody Jamieson from Canada, journalist Bill Hutchinson and US based driver "Irish" Joe Hanney all posting up messages of support on Portmarnock Raceway's Facebook page so far with many more well-wishing videos expecting to being posted up by the great and the good of the sport every other hour in the lead up to the contest. Local track promoter and photographer Nadina Ironia has been thrilled with the interest that this world record attempt has generated and for such a small trotting community the Irish are certainly punching above their weight knowing the eyes of the harness racing world will be on focussed on Portmarnock tomorrow afternoon. A recent on-line poll has revealed that over 75% of respondents believe that this record of 4:06.8 held by Svansted's Clear Sign, will be broken and it will be the first time that the Irish will hold a harness racing world record. So will it be victory for Vichy? can Hudson Scoop the pot? Is there a new Star about to be born? will Silvano be the saviour for the bookies? or will there be one final Twist on the final day of the season. Come out for the closing day of racing at Portmarnock tomorrow or watch on Facebook LIVE - Portmarnock Raceway Facebook page approx 3.30 local time (10.30am in USA). by Thomas Bennett, for Harnesslink

AUGUST 23, 2016 - Harness racing driver Jody Jamieson made the trip to Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening to drive a quartet of three-year-old pacing colts in their second last regular season Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots start and scored two wins, one second and one third. Jamieson posted his first win with Piranha, guiding the Badlands Hanover son to a front-end victory in a sharp 1:50.4. The gelding hit the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Arsenic, who pursued the fan favourite from the pocket. Tango Star finished third in the $18,000 Grassroots division. "That was the first time I've driven Piranha and he was ultra-impressive," said Jamieson. "That was a huge mile at Georgian." Jamieson crafted the win for trainer Raymond Farmer of Erie, MI and owner John Turigliatto of Temperance, MI. It was Piranha's second appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle this season; the gelding was also victorious in the season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on June 16. With 100 points earned through those two Grassroots victories, Piranha is assured of a berth in the Sept. 16 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack and Jamieson expects him to earn a shot at the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 24. "He'll be tough to beat come the Semi-finals and Final of this series," said the Moffat, ON resident. Jamieson's second victory came with Continual Hanover in the last Grassroots division. After an early skirmish that took them by the quarter in :26.4, Jamieson settled Continual Hanover in behind fan favourite Blaise Mm Hanover and stalked the pace through a :55.3 half and 1:23.4 three-quarters. Turning for home Jamieson pointed Continual Hanover at the wire and the colt sprinted by the pacesetter to a three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. "Continual was back to his harder-trying self," noted Jamieson. "He's been hit and miss this year, with a bit more miss than hit lately. Tonight he beat a well-meant favourite in Blaise Mm Hanover, so I'm hoping he stays with this form until, at least, I'm driving a different horse, most likely his stablemate St Lads Moonwalk or maybe even Piranha." Jamieson pilots Continual Hanover for owner-trainer Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON. The Bettors Delight colt was victorious in the Grassroots season opener and in the July 1 event at Mohawk, but finished third on July 30 at Hanover Raceway and fourth on Aug. 13 at Kawartha Downs. In spite of his mid-season misses, Continual Hanover sits second in the three-year-old pacing colt division with 170 points, five points behind stablemate St Lads Moonwalk. Sent off the favourite in the first division on Tuesday, Jamieson and St Lads Moonwalk had to settle for the runner-up spot as Red Dog Saloon sprinted up from the backfield to grab a head victory in a personal best 1:51.4. Sports Authority finished three-quarters of a length back in third. Erin, ON resident Steven Hudon owns, trains and drives Red Dog Saloon, who jumped into third spot in the division standings with his second Grassroots win of the season. The Mister Big gelding was also victorious in the July 1 event at Mohawk Racetrack. The other Grassroots trophy went home with first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winner Big Place, who watched a speed duel between Wichita Lineman and Day Trade Hanover from the middle of the pack and then powered by the tiring leaders to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:53. Bettor Memories also closed well to take the runner-up spot away from Jamieson and Wichita Lineman, who settled for third. Alfie Carroll of Iona Station piloted Big Place to his first Grassroots win for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON and owner Roderick Smith of Inverness, NS. In his first four provincial starts the Big Jim colt had posted one second, two fourths and one sixth, giving him a point tally of 94 and a shot at the Grassroots post season. The three-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 1, and then the top 20 point earners will begin preparations for the Sept. 16 Semi-finals. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will secure a berth in the Sept. 24 Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs this Saturday, Aug. 27 as the Innisfil oval celebrates Customer Appreciation Night with Gold Series action for the three-year-old trotting colts and the Honourable Earl Rowe Trot. Saturday's action-packed program gets under way at 7:15 pm. Ontario Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 20, 2016 - Without the other "Big Three" to contend with this weekend, Wiggle It Jiggleit could very well have an easy time Sunday in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete Sunday afternoon at the Hippodrome 3R.ham Racing fans throughout Quebec will have the rare chance to see this world champion performer in their backyard. The Prix D'Ete is just for four-year-old pacers and Team Teague is taking full advantage of the opportunity for what many consider to be an easy payday. Just don't try and tell that to the other four contenders in the race. Wiggle It Jiggleit comes into the Prix D'Ete off a dramatic comeback victory in the $325,000 Dan Patch at Hoosier Park where he defeated rivals Always B Miki, All Bets Off, Shamballa and Freaky Feet Pete. None of those rivals are in the race on Sunday. The 2015 Harness Horse of the Year is the current money winner leader in 2016 with more than $1 million bankrolled this season. He sports 11 wins in 17 starts, four seconds and two third place finishes, thus he has never finished off the board this season. Owned by George Teague, Jr. and the Teague Racing Partnership of Delaware, WIJI starts from the rail on Sunday in the 10th race feature with George Teague's son, Montrell, handling the lines as he has done all season long. Most figure that WIJI, a son of Mr. Wiggles, will go off at odds of 1-9 and rightly so off his past performances and uncanny ability to dig in when most horses would back off. "What I am most pleased about him right now," said owner George Teague, Jr. "Is that he has settled down into a groove and is relaxed more when he races. It took a few starts but I think he is at his best now and last week really showed it." "He (WIJI) arrived in good shape," said trainer Clyde Francis. "It took us around 12 hours to get to Quebec (I got a little lost finding the training center outside of Montreal) but once we arrived, WIJI was feeling pretty good. He ate up all his feed and this morning I jogged him and he was ready to go a mile. He will be in top shape for tomorrow." Is WIHI a sure bet? Perhaps, but then again, the other four rivals in the short field cannot read a program. Rival Rockin Ron from post five, beat WIJI back on May 15 in the Confederation Cup final at Flamboro Downs. At that time the son of Real Desire was undefeated in ten starts this season. Trained by Ron Burke and part of an entry in the race with Rock N Roll World, Rockin Ron starts from post five. The gelded son of Real Desire has yet to win a race since beating WIJI, but still has earned $324,000 this season and was fourth to WIJI in a leg and the final of the Graduate Series. "There are not many horses that can beat Rockin Ron out of the starting gate," said his driver, Yannick Gingras. "Starting from post five I plan on leaving hard and seeing how it develops. I really want to be on the lead early. With a five-horse field strategy is the key and I think the race will be won or lost by position by the opening quarter mile. Stablemate Rock N Roll World goes from post four for driver Daniel Dube. Dube is a native of Trois-Rivieres and Gringras also grew up in Sorel, Quebec. Both are world class drivers and will have the home town crowd rooting them on. Rock N Roll World is sired by Rocknroll Hanover and just pasted the $100,000 mark in earnings this season with just two wins. He was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Final, pacing his mile in 1:48, so he is also a contender in this race. In peak form coming into the Prix D'Ete is Rockin In Heaven from post three for driver Jody Jamieson. The son of Rock N Roll Heaven is trained by Dr. Ian Moore and in his last two starts at Mohawk Raceway he was victorious in 1:50.4 and 1:51.2. He has $105,000 in earnings this year. "He (Rockin In Heaven) has picked the perfect time to come into form," said Jamieson. "He won his last two starts both on the front end and from behind and we did not enter this race to go for second place money. If he feels good enough behind the gate, we might leave and see how the race goes early on, but WIGI or not, we came here to win it." The long shot of sorts in the field is ASAP Hanover. This son of Somebeachsomewhere drew post two in the Prix D'Ete for local driving sensation Louis-Philippe Roy, made only one start at age 3 and has but two wins this year, one of them coming three starts back at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best clocking of 1:50.2. He is trained by Sean Mehlenbacher of Ontario, who decided to take a chance with young driver Louis-Philippe Roy. "I had read some stories of how Roy was driving very well at 3R and Rideau Carlton," Mehlenbacher explained, "but last week he impressed me a lot with his win in the Gold Cup & Saucer and I like having the leading driver at a track drive my horses. "We did not come all the way from Ontario to race for fifth place money," Mehlenbacher said. "I was real pleased my horse drew post two and despite finishing 10th last week as he was never able to get into the race, he is feeling good and I think he will be heard from on Sunday." The Hippodrome 3R track announcer, Guy LaFontaine, sees the short field capable of breaking the all-age track record of 1:50.3 that is co-held by Prix D'Ete winners Sunfire Blue Chip (2014) and All Bets Off (2015). "I think the forecast for rain will hold off until after the races Sunday afternoon," Lafontaine said. "And with a fast track and a rich purse, they will be flying around the 3R oval and will break the track record. I predict it will be Wiggle It Jiggleit by a nose over Rockin In in 1:49.2." TRACK NOTES: There are four divisions, two for colts and two for fillies, of the third leg of the Future Stars Series for pacers on the Sunday program. Standouts include Makasi (race 3) for driver Yannick Gingras, who despite being winless in two starts, was race timed at Mohawk Raceway in 1:52.3 and 1:53.4. He takes on Wildriverbumblebee, who in his last start won a leg of the series at 3R in 1:57.4. The fourth race for fillies features Yaris Bayama for trainer Yves Filion. She will be driven by Yves son, Sylvan Filion, and last week won the $105,000 final of the Grassroots Series at Mohawk in a lifetime best 1:52.4. Most simulcasting outlets and ADW's will be carrying the 3R race program Sunday with first race post time at 1:30 pm. For a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club          

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - It might be a short field with just five horses going to post Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R in the $200,000 Prix D'Ete, but the drivers coming to compete are some of the best in all of harness racing. Yannick Gingras leads the pack as the top money winning driver in the world this season and the last few years. The Quebec native not only will drive Rockin Ron in the Prix D'Ete, but is also driving in other races on the program and won the first revival of the Prix D'Ete with Sunfire Blue Chip in 2014, setting the Canadian track record with a 1:50.3 triumph. "It's definitely great coming home to Quebec," Yannick Gingras said. "I will get to see my family and friends again and that is always good. As for racing Rockin Ron against Wiggle It Jiggleit, earlier this season Rockin Ron was 10 for 10 and beat WIJI in the Confederation Cup so maybe we can do it again Sunday!" Local driving sensation, Louis-Philippe Roy, is have a breakthrough year as he is the leading driver at the Hippodrome 3R and is in second place at Rideau Carlton. In addition, he recently won an Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots division and last week won an elimination division for the Gold Cup and Saucer at Charlottetown Driving Park and will be in the final Saturday night on Prince Edward Island and then fly right back to race at 3R. "I'm very happy to get a drive in the Prix D'Ete." Roy said. "Two weeks ago I never thought I was going to drive in both the Gold Cup and Saucer on Saturday and the Prix D'ete on Sunday. I'm so grateful to the trainers and owners that have given me these opportunities. "For sure the Prix D'Ete will be the biggest purse I have ever raced for," Roy added. "From what I remember the biggest purses I had ever raced in was last year in the Quebec Series Finals for $65,000. This is going to be so great." Montrell Teague is making his first journey to Quebec and the Hippodrome 3R. He was the 2015 USHWA Dan Patch Rising Star Award winner for his superb efforts last season with Wiggle It Jiggleit. "I usually have to adapt as it seems we go to a different track every week." Teague said. "I usually watch a couple of races before mine and see how they do their post parades, where all the poles are, and see where the car picks the horses up and lets them go. "Each track I race at has different times to be on the track before we race," Teague said. "So I try and stay within the pack just to make sure I do not stray too far away. I usually go a slow trip with him just to show him what size track he's on so he knows what to do. He's always smart enough to pick it up. "He's feeling good and trained great Wednesday." Montrell added. "He seems ready to roll and what a great drawing horse he is. I'm always happy to get the rail in a small field like this. I'm looking forward to coming to Quebec and meeting more harness racing fans." Jody Jamieson is no longer a stranger to the Hippodrome 3R. He is coming to 3R from the WEG circuit in Ontario and is one of the top drivers in the sport. He drove in the Prix D'Ete last year and has captured two driving tournaments at 3R, most recently on June 5, against all an-star field that featured John Campbell, Tim Tetrick, Yannick Gringras, Daniel Dube and Sylvain Filion. He drives Rockin In Heaven from post three, who ships in from Mohawk Raceway where he has won his last two starts, the fastest in 1:50.4. "Anytime I can come back to 3R it's something I look forward to!" Jamieson said. "If there is ever a moment when Rockin In Heaven could beat WIJI in a race, it will be this Sunday at 3R. He's sharp and I'm hoping he can come up big." Last, but not least, is driver Daniel Dube, a native of Trois-Rivieres, who knows the 3R track like the back of his hand. In anticipation of his arrival, trainers and owners at 3R have put him up to drive in ten of the twelve races on the program Sunday. He will have his work cut out for him driving Rock N Roll World, who was third to WIJI three starts back in the Graduate Series Final at the Meadowlands. "I always look forward to coming back to Trois-Rivieres," Dube said. "It was my home and I have so many family and friends to see and will be cheering for me. I will be at my best with Rock N Roll World and maybe I can work a trip and take home the Prix D'Ete trophy this year!" In addition to the Prix D'ete race, the Sunday program has four divisions of the third round in the Future Stars Series for two-year-old pacers. This series has drawn another Quebec native, Sylvain Filion, the leading dash leader and top money winning driver at Mohawk Raceway in Ontario and the reigning champion in 2015. Filion will be driving for his father, Yves Filion, who was just inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Other top drivers on the card this Sunday will be Pascal Berube, Gaetan Lamy, Mario Charron and Stephane Brosseau. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

AUGUST 17, 2016 - Southwind General made his harness racing career debut in the third of three $18,000 Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening and may make his second start against North America's best two-year-old pacing colts. "To be honest, right now I'm thinking about the Metro (Pace), so he's going from a Grassroots to maybe the Metro," said owner-trainer Jack Darling. "If he comes out of it okay, and everything looks good, I'll give him a whirl in the Metro." Not every novice can proceed directly from the Grassroots to the Grand Circuit, but Southwind General impressed Darling from the start. The Cambridge resident offered up $110,000 for the son of Sportswriter and Gamblers Passion at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale and felt the colt was among his best all winter. "Early, he was our best one training down, and then kind of towards the end he was just okay. He's a very big colt and he kind of went through a bit of a growth stage where he got kind of flopping around, but just recently he's really come into his own again," noted Darling. "So I was hoping for a mile like he went tonight, but you never know until you see them do it." Southwind General and driver Jody Jamieson delivered a commanding performance from Post 3 in the third Grassroots division. Taking control of the pace going by the :27.3 quarter, the fan favourites proceeded through a :57 half and 1:27.1 three-quarters, and then sprinted away from the field to an eight length victory in 1:55.1. Stonebridge Pocket finished second and One Source was third. Wednesday's Grassroots outing was not originally on Southwind General's schedule, but a bout with sickness delayed his debut and caused Darling to go looking for an alternative to the August 11 Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack. "Things just really didn't work out for his schedule. Everything was going fine and then he got sick there (mid-July) and we had to qualify him again (Aug. 9), and then I couldn't get him a race at Mohawk, so I put him in here," Darling explained. "Luckily he got around the track good and he was pretty impressive. I really liked the looks of him at the wire." Southwind General's performance capped off a solid night of Grassroots competition for Darling and Moffat, ON resident Jamieson as the trainer-driver duo also finished in the runner-up spot in the other two divisions. Master The View finished second to Down On My Luck in the first split and Trident Seelster was second to Silverinyourpocket in the other tilt. Down On My Luck kicked things off with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 1, rolling through fractions of :29.2, 1:00.4 and 1:30.2 on his way to a 1:58.4 victory. Master The View and Jamieson sat in the pocket and hit the wire one and one-half lengths back in second, with Tigers Way on their heels in third. "He's a nice gaited colt. Very, very lazy, a four-year-old kid could jog him, but when a horse comes to him he keeps going," said driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON. "He's a tough horse not to like." McNair piloted the Camluck son to his second straight Grassroots win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor and David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON. The full brother to $284,615 winner Coach Cal was a $10,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Silverinyourpocket and driver Sylvain Filion also used front-end tactics to secure their victory from Post 7. The pair powered through fractions of :29, :59.2 and 1:29.2 on their way to a 1:57.2 victory, two and three-quarter lengths ahead of the pocket-sitting Jamieson and Trident Seelster and well ahead of third-place finisher Monty Mono. Milton resident Filion drives Silverinyourpocket for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owners David and Marguerite Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. In four Grassroots outings the son of Badlands Hanover has posted three wins and one third, putting him at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division standings with 162 points. A $19,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale, Silverinyourpocket will make his next start at Mohawk Racetrack in the fifth Grassroots event on August 29. "Our goal is to keep him together and healthy for this year," said Moreau. "I want to make sure he stays brave, and the hope is to have an even better horse next year." The two-year-old pacing colts have two regular season events remaining on their schedule, with the top 20 point earners from the six regular season events advancing to the Sept. 15 Semi-final at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 24. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Sept. 7 with the last regular season Grassroots event for the three-year-old trotting colts and geldings. Ontario Racing

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