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AUGUST 16, 2018 - Sophomore trotting fillies were the stars of the show at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday evening, competing in a pair of Gold Series divisions, and while one filly's connections were ready to celebrate the others were headed straight back to work. The first $95,600 contest saw daughters of top Ontario sire Kadabra sweep the podium. Starting from Post 2, fan favourite Smoke And Mirrors and driver Trevor Henry took command heading by the halfway marker and were able to cruise home to a two length victory in 1:56.1. Pocket-sitter Collateral Beauty finished second and Miss Loo Loo Belle closed well to be third. Richard "Nifty" Norman conditions Smoke And Mirrors for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Ontario, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, Florida and Little E LLC of New York, New York, and while the horseman was satisfied with the win he admits the filly has not regained the form that saw her earn $163,236 in the Ontario Sires Stakes program at two. "She looks good on the track and she's sound and trotting good, but she just looks like she's waiting to get beat," said the New Jersey-based trainer. "I don't really know what it is, but she doesn't get to the wire. Last year she used to charge home all the time and now she really looks like she doesn't want to be there." Cambridge, Ontario resident Anthony Haughan handles the Ontario arm of Norman's operation and soon after Smoke And Mirror's first victory of the season the horsemen were discussing strategies to boost her performance. "I was just talking to Anthony Haughan there. I said maybe we just change her attitude around, try and change a few ways we do work with her," said Norman. "And she's a good eater, but most horses have stomach problems somewhere along the line, so I think maybe we'll just start doing that, maybe treat her stomach a little bit and see if we can get her a little happier. "We've got quite a big break now until the next Gold. I'll probably race her somewhere in between, but it's a good opportunity to get her a little better," noted Norman. "Time to freshen her up a little bit and see if we can make her a little better." The three-year-old trotting fillies do not make their fifth Gold Series start until October 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, just one week before the Oct. 13 Super Final. In the second division Sorceress Seelster had things her own way from Post 5, sailing through fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26 on her way to a three and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:54.1. Superlative finished second in her Gold Series debut and fan favourite Illusioneesta was third. Scott Wray engineered the win for trainer Jack Wray of London and his partner Thomas Wray of Schomberg, and the whole Wray family was on hand to celebrate the filly's second Gold Series win and the driver's 37th birthday. "We've got a little celebration back at the farm after. It wasn't going to be as good if we didn't win, but she might be a blow out now," said Scott Wray to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Chad Rozema in the winner's circle. The win was Sorceress Seelster's third in six starts this season, with all three coming over the Woodbine Mohawk Park oval, two in Gold Series action and one in a July 12 overnight event. The only hiccup in her sophomore campaign to date was a break in the July 21 Gold event at Georgian Downs, but Wray was confident the return to Campbellville would find the Holiday Road daughter back in the winner's circle. "After that last race she was here (July 12) I was so impressed. I got home and I watched the replay and I thought, wow, the sky is the limit," said Wray. "And then we went to Georgian and the track was a little inconsistent, and she wears flip-flops. Around the first turn I could feel she was kind of fumbly and then around the last turn I thought, oh please don't do it, and she did it. So I had a lot of faith tonight that this track and these turns would be the answer." Provided she remains happy and healthy, Sorceress Seelster will have an opportunity to test her skills against the best trotting fillies in North America. She is eligible for the Aug. 24 Casual Breeze Stakes and the Sept. 8 Elegantimage eliminations, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park and both expected to feature Hambletonian winner Atlanta. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday, Aug. 20 with six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. The novice pacers will battle in Races 3, 5, 6, 8, 10 and 11 on the Monday evening program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JULY 24, 2018 - Three fresh faces graced the winner's circle as the two-year-old trotting fillies made their second Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. Royaltys Pearl opened the program in the first race and made winning look easy, going gate-to-wire from Post 7 for trainer-driver Wayne Henry. The filly finished one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Order Mattie, with Galaxy Seelster well back in third. "I've always liked her, she'd been a nice filly all winter," said Henry. "She raced very well. She is nice and strong, how fast she is I don't know." Henry started Royaltys Pearl at the Gold Series level in the July 15 season opener at Georgian Downs, but an early break saw her finish seventh and required her to return to the qualifying ranks. Henry added a set of trotting hopples to her equipment for the July 18 qualifier and the move clearly paid off on Tuesday evening. The Arthur resident and his partners Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario and Gordon Yeo of Calgary, Alberta acquired the daughter of Royalty For Life and Hawaiian Viva for $28,000 US at the 2017 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and they have not yet decided whether she will remain at the Grassroots level or return to the Gold. "She's kind of one of those inbetweeners I think - real good in one, and just average in the other," noted Henry, whose choices will be August 7 for the Grassroots or August 10 for Gold, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the second $18,800 division Splurge On Me and driver Bob McClure left strongly from Post 2 and were able to settle in behind fan favourite Snooker as she trotted to fractions of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:29.2. Turning for home McClure gave Splurge On Me a clear look at the finish and the filly responded with a kick that propelled her to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:59. Snooker settled for second and Miss Congeniality was well back in third. "She's a very smart filly," said McClure. "She has a good gait and can race any way. She's very handy for a Grassroots filly." The Elora resident drives Splurge On Me for Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. The partners also bred the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge, who finished fifth in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 15. The last Grassroots division went to Delilah Seelster, who spent most of the mile at the back of the pack. Getting away seventh from Post 3, driver Louis Philippe Roy shifted the filly into the outer lane heading for the half but waited to ask for another gear until the field was squared up in the stretch. That gear was a big one however, as Delilah Seelster reeled off a :27.4 final quarter to get a head in front of fan favourite At Will in 2:00.4. Nifty Trick finished third, giving trotting sire Kadabra a sweep of the top three spots. Thursday's appearance was Delilah Seelster's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program; in her only other start she had finished sixth in a July 19 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park after making a break at the mid-way point. The daughter of Kadabra and Donatos Classic had also made breaks in her first three qualifiers so trainer Richard Moreau was pleasantly surprised with her victory. "I never expected that, so it's a good thing," said the Puslinch resident. "She's two-years-old, she's trying hard, and she has a big heart." Moreau conditions Delilah Seelster for Gestion J. Y. Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, who acquired the filly at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale for $34,000. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 7. On Friday, July 27 the Campbellville oval will once again roll out the red carpet for the two-year-old trotting fillies, this time a trio of $67,200 Gold Series divisions, slated as Races 3, 6, and 8. Friday's first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. From the Quebec Sire Stakes

JULY 21, 2018 - Georgian Downs hosted both the Gold and Grassroots legs for the thee-year-old trotting fillies on Saturday evening and Illusioneesta took sole control of top spot in the Gold Series standings with her second straight victory in the provincial program. Starting from Post 3 in the second $95,600 Gold division, Illusioneesta and driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. employed their usual come-from-behind tactics, getting away in the middle of the pack and allowing Magical Lady to ring up fractions of :28, :59.1 and 1:28.4 before shifting into high gear and sprinting home to a one length victory in 1:58. Magical Lady settled for second and pocket-sitter Gotta Pay To Play was third. "That's what she do, she don't like to go early, she likes to race at the end of it, and that's where the money is," said trainer Per Henriksen of the fan favourite. She's nice, very nice, and she's made a pile of money so far this year, and quite a few Golds and the Super Final left, if everything goes right." Norwood resident Henriksen conditions Illusioneesta for Harbor Racing Stable LLC of Aurora and Asa Farm of Norwood, Ontario. Through eight sophomore starts the Kadabra daughter has tallied four wins and three thirds for earnings of $191,546. "And you know, she's just such a pleasure to be around and don't have no issues or nothing," added Henriksen. "The only thing we've got to watch with her is that we don't feed her too much, because she'd look like a drum if you'd let her." With two wins and one second through the first three Gold events Illusioneesta has accumulated 125 points, putting her almost 50 points ahead of the competition with two events remaining. In the first Gold division, Collateral Beauty earned her first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes victory with a come-from-behind trip that saw her reel in the leaders through the stretch and trot under the wire in 1:58. Apprentice M finished two and three-quarter lengths back in second and Town Hall Justice was third. "She raced phenomenal for me, I was extremely happy. She's very nice to drive," said reinsman Rick Zeron, who drove the filly to the win for trainer Herb Holland and owner Carolyn MacIsaac of Milton, Ontario. "She seems to be just getting better and better every week, and I was extremely happy for Herb and Carolyn, because they're hard-working people and they love their horses." The win was the Kadabra daughter's first through six starts this season and boosts her lifetime earnings to $79,504. Seventh in the Gold Series season opener, the win also bumped Collateral Beauty up to 52 points, putting her among the top 10 point earners. All three Grassroots divisions were also captured by first-time OSS winners. Fan favourite Stormont Charlotte led off with a 1:57.3 victory in the first $19,150 division for driver Scott Coulter and owner-trainer Alan Fair of Ancaster, Ontario. The Justice Hall daughter bested Hopes Solo and Power And Grace. In the second division Robert Shepherd steered fan favourite Pretty N Well to a 2:00.4 score for trainer Mark Johnson and owner-breeder Denise Ball of Bailieboro, Ontario. Northern Lightning finished second and Gradabra was third, giving Ontario trotting sire Kadabra a sweep of the top three spots. The final Grassroots division saw Sharpes Summer Series winner Superlative retain her hold on the Georgian Downs winner's circle. Making her Ontario Sires Stakes debut, Superlative allowed P L Layla to control the early tempo, leading the field through fractions of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27 before kicking into gear in the final quarter and storming home to a three length victory in 1:57.3. P L Layla settled for second and Frick was third. Thornton resident Stephen Byron was in Superlative's race bike for the win, as he has been for all five of her lifetime starts. After a bobble in her May 21 debut the Holiday Road daughter has been flawless, sweeping both legs and the final of the Sharpes Summer Series and Saturday's Grassroots division. Rob Walker, Jr. of Sharon trains Superlative for his partners Brilo Farms of Sharon and A J Cachia Sales Ltd. of Newmarket, Ontario. Superlative and her peers will have an opportunity to add to their Grassroots point tally in the fourth event on August 27 at Grand River Raceway, while the Gold Series fillies will compete in their fourth event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 16. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Georgian Downs next Sunday, July 29 with the second Gold event for the two-year-old trotting colts. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

WASHINGTON, PA, July 11, 2018 -- Ready Any Time was set to her task in mid-stretch and responded, just holding off the relentless charge of Barn Girl to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Filly & Mare Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a career-best 1:53. Ready Any Time vaulted to the front from post 5 for Dave Palone but soon faced the first-over challenge of Barn Girl, who was seeking her fourth straight victory. When Palone asked her for more, the 5-year-old daughter of Kadabra-Spice Queen found it, edging Barn Girl by a head, with Bessie third. Ron Burke trains Ready Any Time, who lifted her lifetime bankroll to $161,513, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Palone, harness racing's all-time "winningest" driver, enjoyed a big day with six victories, including one each for trainers Randy Bendis, Scott Betts, Gerald Lee, Jr., Dirk Simpson, Leslie Zendt and Burke. Jim Pantaleano fashioned a triple on the 13-race card. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Saturday, first post 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

HAMBURG, NY--- After tying the Buffalo Raceway all-time trotting track record and smashing the aged (5+) mare mark as well last week with a 1:56.1 mile, Chelseas Chance was rewarded with a date with the boys in the $11,500 Open Trot on Friday night (June 8).   No problem.   Decked out in hot pink, Chelseas Chance (Billy Davis Jr.) showed the fellas that she was a 'dangerous damsel' as she turned them back in 1:57.1 over the fast track. Besides stunning the gentlemen on the Hamburg half-mile oval, she surprised the betting public with a $20.00 win price.   Empire Earl N (Jim Morrill Jr.) got to the lead early by posting fractions of :28.4, :59.2 and 1:27.4. Sitting fourth past the half, Chelseas Chance was first over down the back stretch and was stride-for-stride with the pace-setter with a panel to go.   In the stretch, Chelseas Chance eventually wore down Empire Earl N and posted the neck win while Southern Palms (Kevin Cummings) finished in third. A :57.4 back half helped key the victory for the 7-year-old mare Chelseas Chance.   Owned and trained by Sabrina Clevenger, Chelseas Chance (Kadabra-Armbro Chelsea) has now won five times in 11 appearances this season. With the victory, her earnings jumped to $23,991 this year and $244,822 lifetime.   Davis Jr. completed the night with four wins while Ray Fisher Jr. and Drew Monti each doubled. Angelo Nappo and Rose Russo each had a pair of training victories.   Racing will continue on Saturday night with an 11-race program set with a special post time of 7:00 p.m. (approximate) to accommodate racing fans to watch and wager on the Belmont Stakes from Belmont Park.   For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, simulcast schedule, race replays, results and entries, go to www.buffaloraceway.com.   by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway    

HARRINGTON, DE. - Theresademoninme ($4.60, Jon Roberts) notched his 7th win of the season with a 1:56 triumph in the $16,000 Open Trot Wednesday at Harrington Raceway. Owned by Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis, the 7-year-old Kadabra gelding led most of the way in his victory over I Like My Boss and Common Parlance. It was the 30th career win for "Demon," as his seasonal earnings closed in on $110,000. In the sub-featured $11,000 Open II, William Moffett's Gillie The Kid ($9, Ross Wolfenden) prevailed in 1:56.4 over Spunky Jack and Drazzmatazz. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway  

Will Take Charge charges into Sunday's $150,000 Maxie Lee Invitational at Harrah's Philadelphi off a win in a leg of the Great Northeast Open Series for trotters; a victory that saw the 5-year-old gelding make a four-wide move around the final turn to complete a last-to-first rally after a few missteps at the start of the race. "He can trot the turns as fast as any horse I've ever had," trainer Jeff Gillis said. "He's like a hobbled pacer almost. You can move him anywhere; he's very handy. He's just got a lot of good qualities that make him very versatile." Will Take Charge joined Gillis' stable after owner Mac Nichol purchased the horse in November. The gelding was previously trained by John Bax and was runner-up in the Ontario Sire Stakes championships at ages 2 and 3. For his career, Will Take Charge has won 17 of 60 races, going 8-for-14 with Gillis, and earned $561,169. He made a splash with his seasonal stakes debut on May 5 by finishing second to defending Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover in the Cutler Memorial at the Meadowlands. His Great Northeast Open win at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono followed on May 13. "There were a couple issues with his blood that we got corrected and he's just been a nice horse for us," Gillis said. "There were a lot of things that I liked about him. Obviously, his gate speed, and he looked like a really sound horse that carried good flesh. He was the kind you like to try to buy. "The other thing was I knew Bax had kept him through his 4-year-old year because he really liked him. Sometimes horses get stale and need a change. To say that he would be this good, no I didn't really expect that. But I thought he could be a nice horse." Will Take Charge is a son of Kadabra out of Celebrity Angel, who is a half-sister to Dan Patch Award-winner Almost An Angel. He is fully staked this year. "We'll let him tell us," Gillis said. "We intend to race him in all of those (stakes) if he's healthy and sound. Of course the big ones for us are the Maple Leaf Trot and the Breeders Crown. Hopefully he will be good for those." The Maxie Lee is part of an invitational tripleheader at Philly with the Commodore Barry for older male pacers and Betsy Ross for older female pacers. In addition, the card includes a Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters -- featuring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover -- and Great Northeast Open Series races for male and female pacers. There also will be two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Action begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). Will Take Charge will face a deep field in the Maxie Lee, where two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Will Take Charge is the 3-1 second choice, followed by the event's defending champion, Crazy Wow, at 7-2. Broadway Donna, another multiple Dan Patch Award-winner and the only mare in the race, is 6-1. "I think we drew well," Gillis said, referring to Will Take Charge's post four starting spot with driver Tim Tetrick. "I think it's a good spot. I'm pretty confident in him based on what he's done the last couple times on a small track. He's shown the ability to race on or near the lead as well as off the pace. I feel confident in whatever Timmy decides." Broadway Donna will try to join Buck I St Pat as the only female winners of the Maxie Lee Invitational, which debuted in 2008. Buck I St Pat, herself a multiple Dan Patch Award-winner, was a two-time champ. Other Dan Patch Award-honorees to capture the event were Obrigado, Father Patrick, Market Share, Chapter Seven, and Lucky Jim. "I was very happy with the way she got started," trainer Jim Campbell said about 5-year-old Broadway Donna, who won her seasonal debut in 1:51.4 at the Meadowlands on May 12. "There are no easy spots for her. No matter where she goes it's going to be tough racing. That's the way it is and you just have to adapt to it." The Maxie Lee is named after longtime horsemen Maxie Lee. A native of North Carolina, Lee made a name for himself as a trainer and driver in the Philadelphia area at Liberty Bell and Brandywine. He had back-to-back Delaware Valley Harness Horse of the Year winners in the mid-1970s with Black Gamecock and Valley Ken. In 1990, Lee became the first African-American with a starter in the Hambletonian, with the Peter Haughton Memorial winner Backstreet Guy. Following is the field for the Maxie Lee Invitational with drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds. 1. Marion Marauder, Scott Zeron, Paula Wellwood, 5-2; 2. Rubber Duck, Joe Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno, 15-1; 3. I Know My Chip, Victor Kirby, Walter Haynes Jr., 12-1; 4. Will Take Charge, Tim Tetrick, Jeff Gillis, 3-1; 5. Crazy Wow, Yannick Gingras, Ron Burke, 7-2; 6. Warrawee Roo, Dan Dube, Luc Blais, 9-1; 7. Broadway Donna, David Miller, Jim Campbell, 6-1; 8. Tuonoblu Rex, Andy Miller, Julie Miller, 8-1. Caviart Ally looks to step up in Betsy Ross Friday, May 25, 2018 - by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent Trainer Noel Daley does not seem too concerned about Caviart Ally making the jump to racing older horses, and feels his confidence will be proven as the year goes on. "People say sometimes it's a little harder for the 4-year-olds to actually go against the older mares," Daley said. "Physically and mentally I think she'll do the job. I don't think she's going to out-muscle them straight away. She's going to have to have a bit of luck the way the races go and all that. But I think as the season goes on especially, I really think she'll match it up with them. "She's a very hearty mare. If anything, she always looks too big. She's not one you have to worry about eating and things like that. You've got to worry about her being too big, actually." Caviart Ally is coming off an outstanding 3-year-old season in which she was the straight-heat winner of the Jugette, and also captured a division of the Bluegrass Stakes along with two legs and the final of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes. She won seven of 20 races and finished second in the Breeders Crown, Lynch Memorial, Glen Garnsey and Shady Daisy. For her career, Caviart Ally has won 11 of 36 races and earned $828,510. After winning her first two starts this year, she faces the first stakes-level race of her 4-year-old season Sunday in the $150,000 Betsy Ross Invitational for older female pacers at Harrah's Philadelphia. The Betsy Ross is part of an invitational tripleheader at Philly with the Commodore Barry for older male pacers and Maxie Lee for older trotters. In addition, the card includes a Great Northeast Open Series event for trotters -- featuring 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover -- and Great Northeast Open Series races for male and female pacers. There also will be two divisions of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers. Action begins at 12:40 p.m. (EDT). Caviart Ally will get a stern test as the Betsy Ross field includes three-time Dan Patch Award-winner Pure Country, Blue Chip Matchmaker Series champion Shartin N, and stakes-winners Agent Q, Darlinonthebeach, and Blue Moon Stride. Caviart Ally will start from post No. 2 with Andy McCarthy in the sulky. "It's a very competitive race which makes it good," Daley said. "No one's going to be able to waltz around and do their own thing. There's too many in there that can win. There's very few in there that can't win it; in my estimation anyhow. Whoever has a good trip and has a good day. It's a deep field, there's no dominant one there, I don't think." Owned by Caviart Farms, Caviart Ally was sired by Bettor's Delight. She was purchased at Harrisburg -- at Daley's recommendation -- for $35,000 by Buck and Judy Chaffee, who were looking for a broodmare but figured they would race the horse if she showed potential. In her two wins this year, Daley liked her in the first at Philly on May 9, but was not thrilled with her second race at the same track on May 18. She won her seasonal debut in 1:50.4 and her second start in 1:52. "She was very good the first start; she bounced a bit the second start and was just OK," he said. "She switched off the last little bit but she can do that. I think we'll be fine on Sunday." Her opening races this year sound a little like a microcosm of her career. "She's a funny mare," Daley said. "She can have an average day here and there, she's been disappointing a couple times and then obviously she can be very good. The first part of the year she was solid last year. I think she really stepped out there when she won the Sire Stakes final, she was just super that day. "She was very good in the Breeders Crown, she got outdrawn there and had to come first over and stuck in very well. She went fifth in the last one of the year in the Matron. If she had won the Matron, I think she would have probably got the (3-year-old filly pacer) of the year. To me it was a three-way battle between Agent Q and (divisional award-winner) Blazin Britches." And although she was not an award-winner last year, Caviart Ally showed enough to get heavily staked in her first year with the older horses. "We have her in everything," Daley said. "If you're going to bring them back and try to race them...she's in a lot, she's in every race an older mare could be in. She's paid up. I'll be shocked if she doesn't come back very good. She's a beautiful type of mare, she's just a big strong mare; has a great temperament." And Daley is excited for the upcoming big races, as the only people he would rather be other than himself are the Chaffees. "I'm happy to have her," he said, adding with a laugh, "I wish I owned her." Following is the field for the Betsy Ross with drivers, trainers, and morning-line odds. 1. Pure Country, Yannick Gingras, Jimmy Takter, 5-1; 2. Caviart Ally, Andy McCarthy, Noel Daley, 12-1; 3. Divas Image, Joe Bongiorno, Jennifer Bongiorno, 15-1; 4. Shartin N, Tim Tetrick, Jim King Jr., 9-5; 5. Agent Q, Brett Miller, Chris Oakes, 7-2; 6. Apple Bottom Jeans, Victor Kirby, Kevin Switzer, 20-1; 7. Darlinonthebeach, David Miller, R. Nifty Norman, 9-2; 8. Blue Moon Stride, Corey Callahan, Mark Harder, 8-1. by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

HARRINGTON, DE - Mike Casalino Jr. and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($3.60, Jon Roberts) was a 1:56 winner in the $17,500 Open Trot at Harrington Raceway Wednesday. A full field of eight lined up behind the gate for the weekly feature for trotters. Last week's winner, I Like My Boss charged out of the gate from post six for the early lead. Race favorite Theresademoninme settled in fourth from post seven, but did not sit long as he marched first over towards the half-mile. I Like My Boss led through three-quarters in 1:26.3 as "Demon" gained slowly and eventually edged clear in deep stretch for the win. Royal Becca J put together a fierce stretch rally to be second while I Like My Boss held third. It was the sixth win of the year for "Demon," who is trained by Davis. The 7-year-old Kadabra gelding closed out the Dover Downs meet with three consecutive wins before a stint at Hoosier Park (Indiana). Iron Mine Branch's Fight The Truth improved to 5-for-5 at the meet with a 1:55.2 win for trainer Greg Haverstick. The 6-year-old Total Truth gelding was claimed for $7,500 however, for new connections and trainer Justin Brenneman. Tony Morgan had three wins on the program. by Matt Sparacino, for Harrington Raceway    

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Oh what a difference a year can make. That's the tune that harness racing trainer Jean Tourigny is humming these days since his trotting mare, HP Run Like Mom, is unbeaten in three starts this year. She goes for her fourth straight win on Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. The four-year-old mare by Kadabra from the Promising Catch mare, Canaco Runner, is co-owned by Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff and Michel Damphousse of Louiseville and was bred by Hamel with Lapharmaciedekedgwick Inc., NB. A five-time winner last year at age three, HP Run Like Mom was headed into the $65,000 final of the Breeders Cup Final as the morning line betting favorite, looking to cap off a pretty good season. That did not happen, in fact the mare broke stride from post eight and was unable to rebound. Then the following week she broke again in a qualifying race, then stayed trotting in the next qualifying race, but that was it, HP Run Like Mom was to be turned out for next season. "She was deconcentrated and lost confidence after going to Toronto to race," Said Tourigny. "She disappointed me at Mohawk. I thought she would be able to trot a mile in 1:54." Before HP Run Like Mom when to Mohawk Raceway, her last start was a 25 and one-half length romp in the Breeders Cup third leg at H3R and she scored a lifetime best 1:59.4 triumph. "Now she is four years old and has really matured," Tourigny explained. "We go week by week with her and we let her decide how fast she wants to go. She is now building up confidence from week to week." Last week was perhaps HP Run Like Mom's best win of the season. With Stephane Brosseau her regular driver, last week she came after the race leader at the half, took command of the lead and held the field at bay in scoring a 2:01.1 triumph. "My father Leo and I," Tourigny added. "trained and raced her mother (Canaco Runner 6, 1:54.4s $443,545) and it makes for me a challenge more to have the honor to take care of her foals that Claude Hamel, Celine Paquin and Michel Damphousse have given me this great opportunity. "I have three teams that help with the care and racing of the horses," Tourigny said. "We have 16 horses in the stable now. Barry Robert and Jules Girard are the main caretakers. Then there is myself, Trudel Rolland and my dad doing the training and my paddock team at the track are Yves Corbin and his daughter Clare. "I must give credit to my dad," Tourigny said. "He comes every morning to train. He is going to be 79 soon. I am so happy to have these great people working with me and, of course, all the owners who have put their trust in me. Without Michel Damphousse, Claude Hamel and Celine Paquin, Rolland Trudel, Brian Paquette, and Steve Garceau, I would be nothing." Tourigny is also excited that his top pacing mare, HP Sissy, is coming back to the stable this weekend to begin prepping for the Quebec-Bred Series at the Hippodrome 3R. She was a prior champion at H3R and went on to race in Toronto and then New York, winning $229,000 with a record of 1:52.1h. HP Run Like Mom is not the morning line favorite in the sixth race trot on Sunday at H3R. She will be tested Sunday, having to start from the far outside in post eight. A The honor of being the morning line favorite goes to another good mare named Lucky Promesses from post four for owner, breeder and driver, Jerome Lombart. This is just the second start this year for the five-year-old mare by Lucky Fool. Last year was her best season ever as she was the winningest horse to race at H3R. She closed out the season with ten wins for trainer Andreane Lapierre, taking a record of 1:58.2 at Rideau Carleton. Other contenders in the race include KFB Amigo Cool (post two), EAU Naturelle (post five) and Abundasass (post three). Track Notes: Defending H3R leading driver, Stephane Brosseau, is off to the best start of his career, winning 12 of the 29 races (41%) held so far at the Hippodrome 3R. His record is 25-12-4-3 and his "batting average" or UDR is an amazing .596. He will be driving in the first eight races at H3R Sunday before heading over to Rideau Carleton. For a free race program for Sunday, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. First race post time Sunday is 12:50 pm. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program is pleased to announce that a breeding to the leading Canadian trotting sire Kadabra has been donated to support its efforts to rehabilitate, retrain and rehome Standardbreds retiring from the track. Mrs. Isabelle Vartanian donated the breeding in memory of her husband Norman that passed away in September. Norman was avidly involved in the harness racing industry for many years. The breeding will be offered at in an open-ended auction via OnGait.com from 8:00 a.m. Tues. Feb.27 through 12:00 noon Wed. Feb. 28. The purchaser owes a refundable 10% deposit with the balance due to New Vocations with a live foal. Interested parties are encouraged to bid only for a mare that is a good breeding candidate and is not already booked. New Vocations reserves the right to void the purchase if the mare is over 18, has been barren two consecutive years or is due after May 5. FMI contact Dot Morgan at (937) 947-4020 or dot@horseadoption.com Dot Morgan

ANDERSON, Ind. - Emoticon Hanover and harness racing driver Daniel Dube went to the front and never looked back to win Friday night's $250,000 Breeders Crown Mare Trot by three-quarters of a length over Caprice Hill in 1:53.4 at Hoosier Park. Pink Pistol was third and Flowers N Songs, who went off stride on the final turn, completed the order of finish in the four-horse field. Emoticon Hanover finished second in last year's Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female trotters. A 4-year-old has won four of the last five Breeders Crown events for the mare trotters. Emoticon Hanover is a 4-year-old daughter of Kadabra out of the mare Emmylou Who. She is trained by Luc Blais for owner Serge Godin's Determination Stable. This is Godin's third Breeders Crown trophy. Blais won one previous Crown with Intimidate in 2012. Dube has won six Breeders Crown finals in his career. For the year, Emoticon Hanover has won five of 12 races and earned $373,166. She has won 16 of 37 lifetime starts and earned $1.03 million. Emoticon Hanover was bred by Linda Wellwood, Tammy Aspden, Anne Shunock and Diane Ingham. She paid $2.20 to win as the 1-9 favorite. Emoticon Hanover By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown   -

HARRINGTON, Del. - Mike Casalino and Dylan Davis' Theresademoninme ($16, Jon Roberts) notched his 21st career win in upset fashion Wednesday at Harrington Raceway with a 1:55.3 harness racing victory in the $16,000 Open Trot. Trained by co-owner Davis, Roberts put the 6-year-old Kadabra gelding on the early lead, where he would never relent in a powerful score over Wind Of The North and Tymal Signature. Victor Kirby continued to maintain a slim margin in the driver standings with his 3,991st career win with Wingus ($3.80). Kirby currently has a two win lead over Allan Davis, who won the fourth race with Explosive Jet ($5) and 10th with Delaware Hanover ($3), as the race for the meet's leading driver heats up with five nights of racing remaining in the season. Vince Bradley and Louis Catana had an owner double when Sunset Mike ($3.80, Art Stafford Jr.) scored a 1:57.1 win in a sub-featured $11,000 trot. The win also gave Bradley a training double. Ross Wolfenden, who is third in the driver standings, won a pair of races. Brian Malone (30 victories) is the leader over Josh Green in the trainer standings by two wins. Matthew Sparacino

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - The trotters are in the limelight Tuesday at the Hippodrome 3R with three divisions of the Breeders Cup Series, two divisions of the Future Stars Series plus an Invitational Trot. There is a total of 13 harness races at H3R Tuesday and eight of them are trotting races. The main focus will be on three races that are not on the wagering program but will be held between races. These are the final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series for three-year-old colt and filly trotters. Due to short fields, these races will be held between wagering races on the program. These young trotters are vying for points in the third and final preliminary round of the Breeders Cup Series. After Tuesday's races, the top eight point earners from both the filly and colt divisions return on Sunday, September 8 for their respective C$65,000 finals. The first division for fillies takes place after the second race and featured is the leading contest to sweep the entire series, HP Run Like Mom, who is going for her fifth straight victory. The daughter of Kadabra starts from post three for trainer Jean Tourigny and will be driven by Stephane Brosseau. Last week she tied her lifetime best mile with a 2:00.4 triumph. The second division for colts goes after the fourth race where Kinnder Dangerous is also looking to sweep the series. He starts from post three for driver Justin Filion and goes for his third straight win. He has won his last two starts in 2:00 and 1:59.3 for owner/breeder/trainer Denitza Petrova. The third division takes place after the sixth race where Affirmee and driver Pierre-Luc Roy start from post four and heads the field. Last week the son of Angus Hall wired the field for his first win of the season. The two-year-old trotters in the start of the Future Stars Series are featured in the fourth and sixth races. The fillies are first with nine starters in the fourth race. Magic Lady, who drew the rail, is the favorite, having won her baby race last week at H3R for trainer/driver Yves Filion. Another return winner is Poupee (post five) for driver Gaetan Lamy. The colts go in the sixth race headed by Nobodynosjustic from post one for driver Stephane Brosseau. The son of Justice Hall won two starts back at Mohawk Raceway in 2:02.2. The top trotters at H3R will do battle in the eighth race. The early favorite is Unabating, who starts from the far outside in post eight for driver/trainer Guy Gagnon. Last week Unabating made his debut at H3R a memorable one, going first-over against Caroluzzo and grinding out an impressive 1:58.3 triumph. It was his third straight win and will have his work cut out for him starting from the far outside. Torches Angel is the second choice in the race. She is one of three mares in the field and starts from post three for driver Pierre-Luc Roy. She was second to Unabating last week. Other contenders include KFB Amigo Cool (post five), Four Starz Speed (post four) and Wings Of Ballykeep (post one). Post time is 7:00 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

JULY 8, 2017 - Driver Stephen Byron and trainer John Bax teamed up for one win and one second in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots opener for the two-year-old trotting colts at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening. The pair captured the second $18,450 Grassroots division with Delcrest Holiday, who toured the Innisfil oval in 2:03.1. Starting from Post 4 Byron eased the novice trotter off the gate and settled in fourth as Smart Pick took the field to a :31 quarter. Heading for the 1:03.2 half Delcrest Holiday was challenging for the lead and once he reached the front Byron was able to set the cruise control, reaching the three-quarters in 1:33.3 and sailing home a three and one-half length winner. Smart Pick settled for second and Audacious closed to be third. "It was his first start," said Byron of Delcrest Holiday. "They really like the colt, he'd qualified real well, and he did everything right again tonight, so hopefully he keeps going. "He's got some natural speed, he should get better," the Thornton, ON resident added. Trainer Bax shares ownership of Delcrest Holiday with Gaelic Stable of Sharon and Ken Bax of Cavan Monaghan, ON. The trio acquired the son of Holiday Road and Northern Kitti from the 2016 Canadian Yearling Sale for a modest $9,000 after the colt impressed Bax in the paddock at breeder Doug Delaney's Acton, ON farm last summer. "I went out to Doug Delaney's farm and he turned him out - and Doug's on a pretty hilly property - and he just trotted up and down the hill and I said, wow I've got to have him," recalled Bax. "And I actually, I raced the second dam (Northern Fuchsia). Anyway, I didn't mind the family, I knew the family, and I don't mind Holiday Road, I've had a little success with them, and I just liked the way he carried himself. I was shocked that I got him for $9,000. "Doug was here tonight too," Bax continued. "It was really good to see him, his wife (Betty) just passed away a few weeks ago, and so it was a nice thing for him." Both breeder and owners will be hoping Delcrest Holiday can replicate Saturday's solid effort when the two-year-old trotting colts head to Mohawk Racetrack for their second Grassroots event on July 18. Bax and Byron will also be hoping for another solid effort from Chief Justice, who stayed on task as two-thirds of the first division field self-destructed and trotted home to the runner-up's share of the $18,100 purse. Jula Downton took the victor's spoils, reaching the wire 10 lengths ahead of Chief Justice in 2:02.4. Spin the Vinyl recovered from a break near the mid-way point to finish third. "He stayed trotting so he picked up a second. It was a good night," said Campbellville, ON resident Bax about Chief Justice, who is owned by Midnight Sun Partners Inc. of Delray Beach, FL. Like Delcrest Holiday, Jula Downton was making his first lifetime start after a single qualifier and the son of Kadabra and $225,757 winner Abbey Craig was flawless for trainer-driver Per Henriksen of Norwood, ON. Henriksen conditions the colt for Jula Racing Inc. of Delray Beach, FL, who offered up $30,000 for the trotter at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Georgian Downs on Sunday, July 9 as the Innisfil oval hosts the Gold Series debut for both the two-year-old trotting colts and the two-year-old pacing fillies. The trotting colts will test their skills in Races 5 and 9, while the fillies compete in Race 7. Post time for Sunday's program is 6 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Boli (Kadabra) was one of the trotting stars at the Isle of Pompano Park in Florida this season for harness racing trainer Dan Hennessey. The five year old trotter returned to Saratoga earlier this month and finished second and third in his two tries in the local Open Trot but was a beaten favorite both times. On Sunday afternoon, Boli was once again the public's top choice and driver Wally Hennessey wasted little time moving the talented high-stepper to the outside in the early going. The 6-5 favorite toughed it out first over, grinding the leader into submission before drawing away late to prevail in 1:56. The victory was the seventh in thirteen seasonal tries for Boli who scored ten wins in 2016. Black Broadway (Chris Long) followed the winner's cover and wound up winning a photo for place with Twisted Pretzel (Jim Devaux) who earned the show spot. The exacta and triple in the $17,120 Open paid $22.40 and $96, respectively. The feature victory was one of two on the card for conditioner Dan Hennessey and one of three driving scores on the day for Hall of Famer Wally Hennessey. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a matinee beginning at 12:15pm. Mike Sardella

Cincinnati Miss (Kadabra) gave harness racing trainer Jackie Greene and driver Frank Coppola Jr. another feature win on Sunday afternoon as the mare prevailed in the $14,500 Open Trot. On Saturday night, Greene and Coppola teamed up for a win in the Open Pace with Artful Way (Artistic Fella). Cincinnati Miss was the lone lady among the group of featured trotters on Sunday and moved out to the early lead. The five year old highstepper never faced a legitimate challenge before stopping the timer in 1:56.2 for her sixth victory of the season but first while in Open company. Just Make Believe (Mark Beckwith) sat the pocket to the winner and came up second best while Lucid Thoughts (John Macdonald) kept his incredible "on the board" streak alive by finishing third. The race's favorite Cash Me Out (Jim Devaux) was never much of a factor before settling for a fourth place finish. Cincinnati Miss returned $9.00 to win in the mild Sunday upset and led an exacta and triple that paid $71.50 and $300.50, respectively. Live racing resumes on Thursday afternoon with a 12:15pm first post. Mike Sardella

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