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YONKERS, NY, Sunday, December 2, 2018 - Yonkers Raceway's Sunday (Dec. 2nd) harness racing matinee saw a down-the-road Mostinterestingman (Austin Siegelman, $11) winning the featured-and 'sloppy'--$44,000 Open Handicap Trot The Sunday feature went at the flat mile, one race after the seven added-distance 'French' trots. The intervals were :27.3, :57.3, 1:26.3, 1:55.4 as Mostinterestingman-from post position No. 4--never had an anxious moment. Jack Vernon (Dan Dube) rushed up around a breaking 8-5 favorite Celebrity Ruth (Trond Smedshammer) to grab the early pocket around another misbehaver in Crazy About Pat (Jordan Stratton). New Heaven (Joe Bongiorno) did not get close moving first-up from fourth as Mostinterestingman had 2¼ lengths in and out of the final turn. He finished it off by three lengths, with Jack Vernon coming back to get second. New Heaven, Royal Bachelor (Eric Abbatiello) and Andy Ray (Jason Bartlett) picked off the minors. For third choice Mostinterestingman, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions gelding co-owned by (trainer) Ricky Bucci and Richard Solano, it was his eighth win in 38 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $74.50, the triple returned $860 and the superfecta paid $5,358. Aqueduct was 'fogged out' Sunday, and with it this week's scheduled revival of the 'New York, New York Double'. The next Sunday matinee is Dec. 16th (final program of season, post time TBA). YONKERS’ MONDAY PICK 5 FEATURES $1,500 CARRYOVER, 10G GUARANTEE                         A friendly reminder from Yonkers Raceway that Monday evening’s (Dec. 3rd ) Pick 5 wager starts with a carryover of $1,540.12 and a $10,000 guaranteed pool. The guarantee is in conjunction with the U.S. Trotting Association’s Strategic Wagering Program. The Pick 5 is a 50-cent base wager comprising races 6 through 10 Monday night. It has no consolation payoff, meaning if no one selects all five winners (as was the case Sunday afternoon), the entire pool (minus takeout) moves to the next racing program. Frank Drucker

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 10, 2018 -- PL Jerico stalked Wind Of The North from the pocket, then kicked by him in the lane to capture Wednesday's $18,000 Preferred Handicap Trot at The Meadows in a sharp 1:53.3. Hammered down to 1-2. Wind Of The North was seeking his fourth straight win; when he got a 29.4 second-quarter breather, it appeared he would extend that streak. But when Dave Palone tipped PL Jerico off the cones at the top of the lane, he inched past the favorite and downed him by a neck. Chef Lee completed the ticket. Ron Burke trains PL Jerico, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions-Corinas Mission gelding who now boasts $228,480 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. It was one of four wins for Palone on the 13-race card. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino has increased — to $10,000 — the total-pool guarantee for its Thursday, Oct. 11 Pick 4 wager as part of the United States Trotting Association's Strategic Wagering Initiative. While $7,500 Pick 4 guarantees are offered each card, The Meadows sweetened the pot when Wednesday’s Pick 4 was uncovered, resulting in a carryover of $3,306.51. In addition, Thursday’s card includes a $5,000 total-pool guarantee for the Pick 5 as well as the Super Hi-5; each is a regular feature of each program at The Meadows. Minimum wager for the Pick 4 (races 4-7), Pick 5 (races 9-13) and Super Hi-5 (race 13) is 50 cents. Since Pennsylvania law requires a minimum per-race wager of $2, a player wagering at the 50-cent level must bet at least four tickets. First post for the special Thursday card is 1:05 PM. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Northmedo Mission became the fasted harness racing sophomore gelding trotter in the history of Northfield Park when he won a $10,500 conditioned trot in 1:53.3 on Tuesday (October 9). The previous mark was 1:54.3 and held by both Star Buster (Aaron Merriman) in 2017 and Get The Cash (Greg Grismore) in 2018. Mike Medors trains the trotter for owner Northmedo Stable of Painesville, Ohio. Aaron Merriman was in the sulky for the winning drive. Northmedo Mission (Manofmanymissions-Northmedo Blessing-Striking Sahbra) started from post two. He left from the gate and led every call through fractions of :27.3, :56, 1:24.1 and 1:53.3, destroying his competition by 11 ¼-lengths. Northmedo Mission now has six wins in 18 starts this year. Tuesday's victory represents his 10st career score and bolstered his bankroll to $115,778. He was heavily favored and returned $3.20 to win. Northfield Park is announcing the addition of a $35,000 20¢ Super High Five total pool guarantee to Wednesday’s (October 10th) program.  Offered in Race 13, the $35,000 20¢ Super High Five guaranteed total pool includes a carryover of $10,634.77. Northfield’s 20¢ Super High Five offers a reduced takeout rate of just 14 percent.    Wednesday’s post time is 6:00 p.m. by Ayers Ratliff, for Northfield Park

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 9, 2018 -- Mission Accepted made it three straight victories when he demolished the field by 6-1/2 lengths in Tuesday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Mission Accepted got away fourth for Dave Palone and reached the top with an extended quarter-pole move. The 3-year-old son of Manofmanymissions-Witty Girl drew off as he pleased, scoring in a sharp 1:52.3. Classic Banker raced well first over for second while early leader Southwind Cobra completed the ticket. Jeff Conger trains Mission Accepted, who lifted his lifetime bankroll to $328,524, and owns with Knox Services and David Wills. Aaron Merriman collected three wins on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

WASHINGTON, PA, Oct. 1, 2018 -- The only 3-year-old in the field, Mission Accepted took it to his elders with a powerful uncovered move that carried him to victory in Monday's feature at The Meadows, a $13,000 Conditioned Trot. Mission Accepted entered the race off a victory in the $53,100 Ohio Breeders Championship and was hammered down to 3-5 as a result. He looked every bit the part, blowing by Top Dollar for Dave Palone mid-way down the backside and defeating him by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:54.1. Media Buzz completed the ticket. Jeff Conger trains the son of Manofmanymissions-Witty Girl, who now boasts $322,024 in career earnings, and owns with Knox Services Inc. and David Wills. It was one of three wins for Palone on the 13-race card. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows

Delaware, OH - The $129,706 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championship for two-year-old colt trotters highlighted the Tuesday action at the Delaware County Fair. Delaware's all-time leading driver David Miller made his presence known early this week when he piloted Pattis Main Man to victory in the first division. Pattis Main Man led gate-to-wire, but had to hold off a late rush by the bettor's choice, Wittyville (Chris Page) by a neck in 1:56 3/5. The freshman son of Manofmanymissions is owned and trained by Mike Sowers of McArthur, Ohio. Pattis Main Man was bred by Midland Acres and has five wins on the season. Never Say Uncle (Aaron Merriman) and Rose Run Urban (Peter Wrenn) completed the superfecta. With the win, David Miller increased his all-time win total at Delaware to 224. In the second $64,853 division, Kayne Kauffman used a patient drive with Cumberland Gap to win in 1:57 1/5. When the gate wing opened, Oh So Pine (Dan Noble) and Cumberland Gap battled for the early lead. The eventual winner yielded to Oh So Pine through the opening fractions of :28 2/5 and :58 2/5. Cumberland Gap took the lead just before the ¾ mile pole in 1:27 3/5. Oh So Pine tried to rally one more time in the lane but came up a ½ length short. Cumberland Gap won for the sixth time in 11 seasonal starts for owner/trainer Renee Bauslaugh of Delaware, Ohio and breeder Charles Stillings of DeLeon Springs, Florida. The final time equaled the Wishing Stone colt's lifetime mark. The 20 race Jugette Day card on Wednesday will kick off at 11:00 AM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Monday's harness racing action at the Delaware County Fair featured the $101,700 (div) Ohio Breeders Championship for three-year-old filly trotters. In the second $50,850 division, Impinktoo and Kayne Kauffman took the lead before the ¼ mile pole and cruised to a 2 1/2 length win in 1:55 4/5. Sesame (Ryan Stahl) and Non Smoker (Dan Noble) rounded off the top three. The daughter of Manofmanymissions has earned $401,610 in her career for William Walters, Joe McLead and RTK Racing. Impinktoo is trained by Ron Burke. Risky Deal with trainer Crist Hershberger in the bike edged California Love (Aaron Merriman) by a neck in the first division. The Break The Bank K lass scored for the fifth time this season in a lifetime best 1:56. To Russia (Ryan Stahl) rounded out the trifecta. Risky Deal owned by Deborah Kvernmo of Georgetown, Kentucky. The Monday undercard featured six divisions of the Buckeye Stallion Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. Dancin Dragon (Dan Noble) took the fastest of the three $15,000 colt divisions with his 1:53 win over Mcwiz (Kayne Kauffman) and Rock On Creek (Ryan Stahl). The Dragon Again gelding is owned by trainer Jim Arledge, Jr. and breeder Mark Marroletti. The other sophomore colt paces went to Long Train Runnin (Chris Page) in 1:53 2/5, Bambino Joe (Aaron Merriman) in 1:53 2/5 and Medoland Brutus (Kayne Kauffman) in 1:55 1/5. The two filly divisions were won by Our Miss Reese (Hugh Beatty) in 1:56 2/5 and Bringhomethemail (Dan Noble) in 1:57 1/5. Tuesday's 13 race card will start at 1:00 PM. The simulcast show will begin at 12:30 PM. by Jay Wolf, for the Little Brown Jug

Kentuckiana Farms announces the retirement of Yankee Glide from active stud duty. Yankee Glide (Valley Victory – Gratis Yankee, 3, 1:55.1M, $506,904). At 2, winner of an elim. and final of the Peter Haughton Memorial, leg and final of the New Jersey Sire Stakes. At 3, winner of the Zweig Memorial and Hambletonian elim.; second in a Kentucky Futurity heat. It was in the breeding shed where Yankee Glide made his greatest impact as a regular at the top of all stallion categories throughout his stallion career. To date, his offspring have earned $93,463,131 and have averaged over $89,000 per starter. Yankee Glide has produced nine millionaires including Passionate Glide ($2,060,447), Glidemaster ($1,968,023), Mystical Sunshine ($1,793,755), Falls For You ($1,311,152) and Manofmanymissions ($1,215,000) to name a few. His offspring consistently topped the yearling sales with 18 crops having sold for over $40 million. Yankee Glide has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of Market Share ($3,792,101), Shake It Cerry ($2,786,104), Flanagan Memory ($1,609,330), and Lifetime Pursuit ($1,065,586) to name a few.  From Kentuckiana Farms

YONKERS, NY, Sunday, August 5, 2018--Favored Mostinterestingman (Jordan Stratton, $4.40) was the third and last leader Sunday afternoon (Aug. 5th), winning Yonkers Raceway's featured $54,800 Open Handicap Trot. The weekly trotting feature went as the early-PM opener, the first of a 10-race, all-trot card. Nine of 'em were at the overflow field, mile-and-a-quarter 'French' theme. Away alertly from post position No. 6, Mostinterestingman has to wait his turn. Inside rivals Fashion Creditor (Andy Miller) left, as did lass NF Happenstance (Jack Parker Jr.) It was after a 28-second opening quarter-mile that Mostinterestingman made the lead from the mare. He then found a :56.2 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters with the other ma'am, longshot Weslynn Dancer (Jason Bartlett) fighting the first-over fight. The 44-1 prompter hung in there while Mostinterestinman found a 1:54.2 milepost. He owned a length-and-a-quarter lead into the lane, with NF Happenstance angling out. That one couldn't reach, as Mostinterestingman prevailed by a length-and-three-quarters, getting the added distance in 2:24.1 Fashion Creditor, who left the cones, offered a solid close to get third, with Cash Me out (Jim Maroh Jr.) and Such an Angel (Brian Sears) coming away with the minors. For Mostinterestingman, a 5-year-old Manofmanymissions co-owned by (trainer) Ricky Bucci and Richard Solano, it was his sixth win in 26 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $26, the triple returned $108 and the superfecta paid $393.50. Sunday's card also featured the opening round for the French-American Trotting Club Series. A pair of $35,000 events for French-bred trotters that were purchased by 'local' interests. The first event went to a down-the-road Alpha D'Urzy (Brent Holland, $12.20) in 2:26.4, his fourth win in as many North American starts. "I did get lucky with this one," co-owner/trainer Rene Allard said. "He seemed to acclimate well, better than many of Australian and New Zealand horses that have come to me. He doesn't wear much and he gets over these tracks." The second Club event saw odds-on Ursis Des Caillons (Joe Bongiorno, $3.40) draw away from Undici (Steve Smith) in 2:26.2. "Good manners and quick-footed," Bongiorno said. "He opened up easily and I never took the ear plugs out." Sunday's latest installment of the 'New York, New York Double' featured a winning combination of 5-Into Mystic (Saratoga's 1st race, [winner for parimutuel purposes]) and 6-Ursis Des Caillons (Yonkers' 3rd race), returning $16.20 for every correct $1 ticket. Total pool was $4,415. The next Sunday matinee is Aug. 12th (post time TBA). by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway  

A pair of Ohio Sires Stakes for 3-year-old diagonally-gaited colts and geldings will be contested this evening at Northfield Park, with a first race post time of 6 pm, ET. Seventeen diagonally-gaited sophomores will line up behind the starting gate for these $50,000 events, scheduled as races three and 11. Stallions represented by foals in these two OSS events including Dejarmbro (4 foals); Cash Hall, Manofmanymissions & My MVP (with 3 foals each); Break The Bank K (2 foals); Dontyouforgetit & Stormin Normand (one foal each). Seven of tonight's contestants are homebreds, including: Pass The Vape (Race 3) was bred by owner Lionel Ray Waitker; Northmedo Mission (Race 3), bred by Northmedo Stable; Icingon De Cupcake (Race 3) was bred by partners William Jeff Johnson II and Douglas Millard; Banker Twentyfive (Race 3) was bred by owner Robert J. Key; Ride The Rails (Race 11) was bred by owner Robert J. Key; Magic MVP (Race 11) was bred and is owned by Midnight Stables; and Mission Accepted (Race 11) was bred by co-owner Knox Services. Looking to continue his sweep of the OSS series is Mission Accepted, a Manofmanymissions colt trained and co-owned by Jeff Conger, along with partners Knox Services and David B. Wills. He'll start from post seven for driver Ryan Stahl in the second OSS division (Race 11). This sophomore won Leg 1 at Miami Valley on May 6 in 1:53 and Leg 2 on June 15 at Scioto Downs in a career best 1:52. He also won a $25,000 Beal Elim at Pocono Downs in 1:53.2 and was sixth in the final, beaten only 3¼ lengths. From 12 career starts Mission Accepted has racked up eight wins and a third with $268,300. He is the fifth foal out of the SJ's Photo mare Witty Girl 3,1:58.2f ($32,602) and is a half-brother to March Awareness (by Ken Warkentin) 7, 1:53 ($400,899) and to Witty's Winner (by Jailhouse Jesse) 5, 1:54.4s ($95,757). The first OSS division (Race 3) is a wide-open event with no clear standout. Two O B Wonkenobi gets Sammy Widger in the sulky for trainer Earnie Gaskin from post five. This brown altered son by Dejarmbo is owned by Indiana partners Shara Weaver and Madeline Roche. Two O B Wonkenobi finished second in the first two legs of this series and has four wins in nine starts this season and a 6-6-1 record from 15 lifetime starts, and $59,395 in career earnings. He is the fifth of six foals out of the Garland Lobell mare Shannon Hall 3, 1:54.1m ($108,787) and is a half-brother to Massive Drama (by Credit Winner) 4, 1:57h ($204,802). by Kimberly Rinker, OSDF Administrator  

Five different Ohio-registered stallions were represented by the quintet of Ohio Sires Stakes winners on Monday, July 2, as 42 freshmen trotting colts and geldings lined up behind the Northfield Park starting gate.   Each division in Leg 1 of this OSS series carried a purse of $40,000 on a balmy summer evening at the Cleveland half-miler where rumbling clouds threatened but did not deliver.   In the first OSS division Homer Hall, a gelded son by Broadway Hall, took a solid, front-end journey with Ryan Stahl at the lines to nail down his third consecutive victory. A surprising 15-1 shot, Homer Hall was clocked in a career best 1:59.3, besting 15-1 rival Here Comes Moony (Tyler Smith) and 13-1 Yes (Anthony MacDonald) who got up for third.   Bred by Midland Acres, Homer Hall is conditioned and co-owned by Steve Carter, along with Jay Mossbarger and C P Gallagher. Previously, this youngster had scored triumphs at the Circleville and Ottawa county fairs, and his bankroll now stands at $23,559.   Homer Hall is the 11th foal out of the Armbro Iliad mare Cynthia Iliad 3, Q1:58.f ($219,824), and is a half-sibling to: Allthatnabagofchip (by Chip Chip Hooray) 6, 1:53.3 ($364,286); Hoorah Hoorah (by Chip Chip Hooray) 5, 1:56.3f ($74,605); and Jailbird Jesse (by Jailhouse Jesse) 3, 1:58.1f ($55,946), etc.   Driver Ryan Stahl was back in the winner's circle in the second OSS division, this time with Bosley, an altered son by Manofmanymissions, who was clocked in a snappy, front-stepping 1:59.2. Trained by Scott Cox for the Parent Racing Stable and G Peters, Bosley was sent off at 11-1, besting 9-5 favorite Cravin For Cash (Greg Grismore) by a length, with 2-1 Pattis Main Man (Kyle Ater) third.   Bred by Darwin and Ann E. Shaver, Bosley's financials now stand at $20,325. He is the first foal out of the unraced Chocolatier mare Nettie.   To no one's surprise, Oh So Pine captured the third OSS division impressively in 2:01.3 as the public's 1-2 favorite. Reined by Anthony MacDonald for Jason McGinnis, the brown son by Uncle Peter got a come-from-behind steer to notch his second career victory for Thestable Oh So Pine Group.   Sweet Dynamite got up the perfect trip behind the winner, finishing three-quarters of a length behind Oh So Pine, with Kenny Kidd in the sulky at odds of 30-1, with 7-2 Gallivant (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) third.   Bred by Gbw Breeding Farms, Oh So Pine is out of Pine Potion, an unraced daughter of world champion Pine Chip, and is a half-brother to: Bullet (by Windsong's Legacy) 5, 1:53.1s ($303,500) and At My Request (by Dejarmbro) 4, 1:56.1h ($68,316), among others.   TC's Best captured the fourth OSS division as the 3-5 choice with Aaron Merriman at the helm, timed in confident 1:59. This Triumphant Caviar colt looked every bit the determined combatant for trainer and co-owner Chris Beaver, and partners J. Gallagher, Moger-Delia Racing and Steven Zeehandelar, as he held off the 6-1 challenging Dylan The Great (Chris Page) by 1¾ lengths. Just A Passenger, an 80-1 longshot, nailed down show honors for driver Jeremy Indof.   TC's Best is the first foal out of the Andover Hall mare Curvature Hanover 3, 1:57.1f ($67,599).   In the final OSS division, it was a son of Wishing Stone who took home first place honors. Lane Of Stone, a 9-1 shot, stopped the clock in 1:59.3 for breeders/owners Harry & Iris Horowitz.   Jeff Nisonger was in the sulky behind the Mark Winters-trained youngster, who overtook the 60-1 leading Friggun Biggun (Anthony MacDonald) in the stretch to nail down his second career victory. Peter Trottintail (Tony Hall), a 25-1 longshot, was second, a quarter of a length behind the winner, while Friggun Biggun held on for third.   Lane Of Stone is the fourth foal out of the Lindy Lane mare Wisteria Lane 4, 1:57.3 ($18,559) and is a half-brother to Why Argue (by SJ's Caviar) 2, 1:59s ($21,255).   Ohio Sires Stakes action continues Tuesday night, July 3 at Northfield Park, with events for 2-year-old trotting fillies, and Wednesday afternoon, July 4 at Scioto Downs, with 2-year-old pacing colt races.   by Kimberly Rinker, for the Ohio Standardbred Development Fund

Trois-Rivieres, QC - The highest win payoff of the 2017 harness racing season at the Hippodrome 3R was recorded Sunday as The Rocket Man and trainer/driver Michel Audet blasted to the lead in the backstretch and then held off Bel Gazou to win by a head at odds of 55-1, paying $112.00 to win. The sixth race trot saw Federal Strike and driver Sylvain Fontaine go out to the early lead with The Rocket Man and Audet sitting on the outside in fifth place going to the opening quarter mile. Then by the half mile marker, The Rocket Man had a slight lead over Federal Strike and then took command in the backstretch as Federal Strike began to fade. As the came to the finish, Federal Strike caught a second wind and nearly collared The Rocket Man. Bel Gazou (Louis-Philippe Roy) closed with a burst of speed but it was too late to catch The Rocket Man. Federal Strike was third. Time for the one-mile race on off track was 2:04.4. The payoff was the first $100 plus winner to come in at H3R this season. The Rocket Man is a four-year-old gelded son of Manofmanymissions and is owned by Rexanne Viau of Bertheirville. It was his fourth win this year. With one of the most amazing racing efforts of the year at H3R, National Debt and driver Stephane Gendron swept three and four-wide in the backstretch, and came on to win the eighth race Invitational Pace going away. Getting away in last place at the start of the race, National Debut could see them all as Atomic Million AM (Mario Charron) led the field with Glass Shadow (Stephane Brosseau) sitting in the place to the opening quarter mile in :28. As they came to the half mile in :58.2, National Debt was still in last place, but horses began to come out to challenge, but that was not fast enough for National Debt and Gendron as they tipped three-wide heading to the backstretch. Then before the three-quarter mile marker in 1:28.1, Gendron was forced four-wide with National Debut and the pacer responded by circling the field on the final turn and collaring Atomic Million despite being three-wide. Coming down the stretch, National Debt was bearing out but still had plenty of pace left to win by one and one-quarter lengths in 1:58.1. Glass Shadow was second with Atomic Million AM third. It was the tenth victory of the season for National Debt, a six-year-old stallion trained by Yves Tessier for owner Francois Morin of Beauceville. He paid $5.70 to win. Track Notes: With next Sunday closing day for the 2017 live harness racing meet at H3R, it looks like both the driving and training titles are not wrapped up. Driver Stephane Brosseau holds a diminishing 51-46 lead over Stephane Gendron for the dash winning title. With two victories from his stable Sunday, Frances Richard looks to hold up as the leading trainer at H3R. He leads 26-19 over Yves Tessier, who also had a winner. Drivers Pascal Berube, Stephane Gendron and Louis-Philippe Roy all had two winners on the program Sunday. Post time next Sunday for the final live race card of the season is 12:30 pm. For more information, visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

Kentuckiana Farms announces that Manofmanymissions has been sold to a group of European owners for export and stud duty in 2017. Atlantic Trot, through Mario Zuanetti, represented the owners. FFI: Ken Jackson 859-335-0928  

CAMPBELLVILLE, October 18 - Powerful Mission will have an opportunity to sweep the Autumn Series for harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies after a 1:57.1 victory Tuesday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of 10 rookie trotting fillies clashed in a single $16,000 Autumn Series second leg division. The first leg featured two six-horse divisions, which were captured by Powerful Mission and Lady Eagle. Driven by Phil Hudon, Powerful Mission got away fifth and sat there until things quieted down on the front end. Hudon gave the rookie her cue to march up in the second-quarter and the 2/5 favourite was a first over and a couple lengths from leader Gaelic Lass at the half in :57.2. Mario Baillargeon was not in a giving mood, as he turned up the tempo with Gaelic Lass on the far turn, forcing Powerful Mission into the two-hole. After reaching three-quarters in a snappy 1:26.2, Gaelic Lass could not sustain the momentum and surrendered the lead to Powerful Mission, who angled from the two-hole and trotted by to win by four-lengths. Gaelic Lass held on for second, while Jilona was third. Lady Eagle finished eighth. A daughter of Manofmanymissions, Powerful Mission now has four wins in 10 starts and earnings of $39,200. She is trained by Kevin St. Charles for owners E C S Racing LLC. Powerful Mission paid $2.80 to win. The final of the Autumn Series for Ontario sired two-year-old trotting fillies will take place on Thursday, October 27. Mark McKelvie

Let’s take a look at how some of the better known stallions made out at Sunday’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Bettor’s Delight is the top pacing sire in Ontario, but he took a two-year sabbatical in Pennsylvania when the OSS program came under duress. He sells his second crop from the Keystone State this year, so he didn’t play a role in this sale. That can only hurt. Muscle Mass also took flight, to New York, when the OLG put the sport through the wringer. The son of Muscles Yankee regularly goes toe to toe with Kadabra at the top of the provincial trotting ranks, so his absence from the sale also hurts. Muscle Mass has returned to Canada, but he won’t be an Ontario eligible factor at this sale again until 2018. Manofmanymissions, the sire of Celebrity Eventsy, has also moved on to Ohio. Like Muscle Mass, he sold his final Ontario crop last year. Only one yearling by him was offered at this year’s sale. In no particular order, this is the fifth crop Sportswriter has sent to the Canadian Yearling sale. It’s taken time for the buyers to zero in on exactly who he is, and they’re still struggling to find the answer. Is he a journeyman regional stallion, or something more? His freshman star Sports Column impressed in the OSS this year, but he wasn’t staked to the Metro or Nassagaweya, forget about the Breeders Crown. He’s been MIA for the Grand Circuit meet at Mohawk. Reluctance to stake to the GC on the part of buyers and breeders has been an issue for the penultimate crop son of Artsplace. In 2013, thirteen by Sportswriter averaged $11,269 at the CYS, while the following year five averaged $41,000. Last year he only sold two colts and three fillies here and they averaged $31,200. This was from a crop of 57. His stud fee jumped from $4,000 to $6,500, which is where it is today. This year, from a huge crop of 141, he sold ten colts and nine fillies for a $22,500 average, with the colts outdoing their paternal sisters by about $4,000 each. The gross for this group was $427,500, and the average is fine for this sale, but it falls well short of Mach Three and Shadow Play. Six colts and three fillies by Sportswriter will be offered in Lexington. Monday at Grand River his freshman daughter Windy Sport and son Yogi Bayama won $105,000 Gold splits. He’s second to Mach Three in the OSS right now. Sportswriter’s oldest are four, so his opportunity has been somewhat limited, but Reverend Hanover is his richest offspring, and he still hasn’t cracked $500,000, or won a stakes race outside the restricted program. Let’s hope Sports Column doesn’t go the way of the Rev next year. Shadow Play is a couple of years older than Sportswriter. His timing with regard to entering the Ontario Sire Stakes program was not impeccable. In 2012, when the end of SARP had been announced the previous March, he entered the marketplace with 11 yearlings averaging less than $12,000 at this sale. His fee dropped from a modest $5,000 to $4,000.  The following year a handful averaged $26,000. It was very helpful that first cropper Arthur Blue Chip won the Nassagaweya and was successful in the OSS that year. Five-year-old Lady Shadow has displayed wicked, world record speed this year in winning the Roses Are Red, Lady Liberty and Golden Girls. This year nine fillies and six colts averaged $27,746, down from $30,125 for eight in 2015. Brad Grant and Jack Darling each bought a couple, and Dr Ian Moore, who campaigned the black colt, bought one. So, Shadow Play’s average was about $5,000 more than Sportswriter for four fewer yearlings. Seventeen-year-old Mach Three, who is the leading OSS pacing sire right now, has been standing in Ontario for 14 years. During that stretch he gave us SBSW, Mach It So, Solar Sister, Monkey On My Wheel and a host of other good ones. His $7,500 cdn fee is second only to Bettor’s Delight in the pacing ranks. This year he averaged $30,681 for seven colts and nine fillies from a crop of 103 foals. Having sale topper Brunos From Mars in the fold helped pump up that average. Jack Darling paid $105,000 for him.  Last year five colts and six fillies averaged a shade under $39,000. This was Big Jim’s third trip to this sale. He received a lukewarm greeting in 2014 as six fillies and two colts averaged a shade over $13,000. Last year from a small crop of 41, he sold a filly for $29,000 and a gelding for $13,000. That was it. Things were looking up on Sunday as five colts and two fillies averaged $25,885, with one colt going to Brad Grant for $45,000 and another to Tony O’Sullivan for $44,000. His owner, the late Jim Carr, was deluged by cancellations for his Western Ideal stallion’s services when the Ontario program was fighting for survival: Big Jim bred 55 fewer mares his second year at stud. It’s been a difficult slog out of that hole, but successful offspring like Good Will Hanover, Magnum J, Streakavana and Soiree Seelster have helped define him for buyers. Jim ranks fourth in the OSS. Kadabra, who turns 18 in a few months, has always been a gynocentric stallion: Bee A Magician, Poof She’s Gone, Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover trump the likes of Daylon Magician, Flanagan Memory, Knows Nothing and Prestidigitator. The boys always seem to come up short in open company. That situation has always been reflected in Kadabra’s sale results: in 2014 at Harrisburg the colts averaged $22,000 while the fillies averaged $58,000. That trend started to shift last year when Kadabra averaged an eye opening $80,000 for 20 yearlings sold at Harrisburg and the colts averaged $68,000 and the fillies $62,000. Last year three colts and four fillies by Kadabra averaged $40,000 at the Canadian Yearling Sale. This year four colts and five fillies averaged about the same, with the colts averaging $46,000 and the fillies $34,000. Six colts and five fillies will be available in Lexington in a couple of weeks. Caprice Hill and Emoticon Hanover, a pair of fillies, led the way for Kadabra in the OSS this year, both earning the same $157,500 in sire stakes dollars, as well as lots of Grand Circuit money. Tony Soprano, on the other hand, is still searching for that first win. Flat seems to be the theme for sales held thus far in 2016. The loss of Bettor’s Delight, Muscle Mass and MOMM is certainly a mitigating factor in this case, but knowing that two of them will be back should inspire confidence. Joe FitzGerald has been an avid harness racing fan and historian for the last half-century. He writes a weekly blog for  http://viewfromthegrandstand.blogspot.com/.  Joe’s commentary reflects his own views and not that of Harnesslink..

AUGUST 15, 2016 - A moment of pique almost cost Stuck In My Spanks a Grassroots trophy at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, but the harness racing  two-year-old trotting filly mounted a remarkable recovery to earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Starting from Post 7 in the second $18,000 Grassroots division, Stuck In My Spanks went off stride soon after the gate had pulled away from the field of nine. As Jilona took the fillies by the quarter in a sharp :27.4, Stuck In My Spanks and driver Paul MacDonell were 30 lengths behind the leader. By the :58.1 half they had gained back seven lengths and by the 1:29 three-quarters they were just seven lengths behind leader Inner Drive. Turning for home Stuck In My Spanks was three and three-quarter lengths off the pace, but when Guelph resident MacDonell asked her for another gear she dropped into overdrive and powered to a one-half length win in 1:59.1. Early leader Jilona was second and Hilarious Honey was three more lengths back in third. "She's scary fast; she's just got a little bit of an attitude. She gets a little mad, and that's what she did tonight," said trainer Scott McEneny. "It's very frustrating, because I know I didn't give much money for her, but I know she's one of the top fillies, I think, because she's got tons of speed. She just gets kind of a little silly with her mouth, and she got a little mad and shook her head and just made a break." McEneny acquired Stuck In My Spanks from last year's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for a bargain $3,500. Through four starts the daughter of Manofmanymissions and Puta Ring On It has recorded two wins and banked $19,500, but the trainer thinks she has the potential to accomplish much more. "Hopefully we can get her figured out here, because I think she's got some big money to go for, and I think she can go with the good ones," said the Waterdown resident. "We're going to try and do a couple little things here, but in a couple weeks we'll hopefully race her in the Champlain and then the Peaceful Way, if she behaves herself and gets on the right foot." McEneny trains Stuck In My Spanks for his wife Michelle McEneny of Waterdown and Teresa Davidson of Milton, ON. The filly started her Ontario Sires Stakes career at the Gold Series level, posting one fifth and one seventh. Stuck In My Spanks The other three division winners also arrived at Monday's test from the Aug. 2 Gold Series event at Mohawk, where they enjoyed varying levels of success. Powerful Mission won her Grassroots debut at Mohawk on July 21, and then moved up to the Gold Series for the Aug. 2 event, where she made a late break and finished eighth. Back in the Grassroots on Monday, the filly floated away from Post 9 and cruised up the outside until she took control heading by the halfway marker. From there the outcome was never in doubt as Powerful Mission reached the finish four and one-half lengths on top in a personal best 1:58. McEneny trainee and fan favourite You Cant Afford Me finished second and Late Shift was third. "She's a nice filly with a great attitude. I scored her out and had her on the bit more, because last start I didn't have her on the bit, and the track was also a little deeper, and I asked her too quickly," said driver Phil Hudon of Guelph, ON. "I believe she has a lot of potential." Hudon steers Powerful Mission for trainer Kevin St. Charles and owners E C S Racing LLC of Rockford, MI. In four starts the daughter of Manofmanymissions and The Power Of Magic now has two wins and earnings of $18,700. Powerful Mission Like Powerful Mission, Anikadabra won her Grassroots division on July 21 and moved up to the Gold level for the Aug. 2 event. Anikadabra finished third against the Gold fillies, but trainer Rob Fellows opted not to repeat the experience and returned the daughter of Kadabra and Anikawiesahalee to the Grassroots on Monday. Starting from Post 6, Anikadabra took control before the half and cruised to a five and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:59. The heavy favourite bested Crystal Gumdrop and Stritch. "She's a very versatile filly. I could have sat her in a hole and moved her, but I saw that Sylvain (Filion and Crystal Gumdrop) got up to the front, so I just kind of floated up and cleared around him and man, she did the rest by herself," said driver Rick Zeron. "She's getting to be, she's not green anymore, she's smart, she's like driving an aged three-year-old filly now, you know, she just does everything that you ask her." Rockwood resident Fellows conditions Anikadabra for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. In four starts the filly now has two wins and one third for earnings of $27,840. Anikadabra The final division went to Magic Presto, who also has one win and one second in Gold Series action to her credit. The daughter of Kadabra and In The Mean Time sprinted by the leaders to a 1:58.2 victory, four and three-quarter lengths ahead of Royal Witch and Northern Oath. "She looked very comfortable and professional," noted trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "She's heading in the right direction." New Jersey resident Norman trains Magic Presto for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, breeder Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Arthur resident Trevor Henry has piloted the filly to her two and one record. Magic Presto The final two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots event will go postward at Mohawk on Sept. 5, but several of Monday's competitors could appear in the Sept. 1 Champlain Stakes at the Campbellville oval. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, Aug. 18 with two $105,000 Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Post time is 7:30 pm.   Ontario Racing

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