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MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Phaetosive and trainer-driver Trond Smedshammer went from blocked at the rail to reaching up just in time on the outside in a wild $340,000 Elegantimage Stakes on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although it was a field of seven three-year-old trotting fillies competing, the Elegantimage Stakes was essentially a three-horse race with superstars Atlanta, Manchego and Phaetosive clashing for the first-time this season. Hambletonian champion Atlanta was blasted to the lead by driver Scott Zeron, posting a :27.1 opener. Manchego and driver Yannick Gingras got away right behind Atlanta, while Phaetosive and Smedshammer left from the rail in third. Zeron used his position on the lead to grab a soft second-quarter of :29.2. The tempo ramped up on the final-turn, as Blonde Magic and driver Jody Jamieson started pushing up on the outside from fifth. The outside mover gave Gingras his cue to pop the two-hole nearing three-quarters, while Smedshammer stayed in with Phaetosive. Atlanta reached three-quarters in 1:24.4 and led the fillies into the lane with Manchego at her wheel. The Hambletonian Day heroes engaged in battle with Manchego overtaking the lead in the final-eighth. As the lead pair battled, Phaetosive attempted to come up the inside, but no lane was available and Smedshammer went inside one pylon while taking back. Despite losing momentum, Phaetosive came across to the far outside and unleashed a furious late push to nail Manchego at the line for a 1:52.2 victory. The margin of victory was a neck. Atlanta finished third, beat 2½ lengths. The AGCO Judges reviewed Smedshammer's stretch drive and determined there was no violation committed. "Up until the three-quarter pole everything went like I planned," said Smedshammer following the victory. "When Yannick (Gingras) pulled in front of me, I thought it was going to be easier to go inside, I really thought they were going to sprint home a little bit more. "The rail didn't open up," continued Smedshammer. "I tried inside Scotty (Zeron), but he wasn't going to open up anything and I actually skimmed a pylon there, but I want back outside. She had every opportunity to get beat tonight." A daughter of Explosive Matter, Phaetosive picked up her sixth win of the season Saturday and 10th win in 15 career starts. The Smedshammer trainee has only two losses this season with the first being against colts in her season debut and most recent being a second-place finish to Manchego in the Hambletonian Oaks on August 4. "She's been great her whole life and Manchego's been getting the best of her in every start before, but today was our turn," said Smedshammer, who has managed his star filly carefully. "She is fresh. She had a couple of incidents after the Oaks that set her back a little bit. She shipped up here yesterday and I knew today she was very calm and very good in the paddock. Everything was her way tonight." Phaetosive, who entered the Elegantimage off a victory in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes Championship, has now earned $567,864 this season and $845,604 in her career for owner Purple Haze Stables LLC of Fairport, New York. A $2 win ticket on Phaetosive returned $11.30. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 - Captain Ahab and Stag Party punched their ticket to next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final with impressive harness racing victories in Saturday evening's eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 17 two-year-old pacing colts and geldings were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations. Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace final a perfect seven for seven after winning his elimination in 1:50.4 for driver Andrew McCarthy and trainer Tony Alagna. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab got away fourth in a field of eight and watched Captain Crunch cut an opening-quarter of :26.3. McCarthy sent 'Ahab' after the lead in the second-quarter, clearing to the top at a :55 half. Captain Ahab paced his third-quarter in :27.4 with first-up pressure from Lyons Night Hawk and the six for seven De Los Cielos Deo sitting second-over. In the stretch, Captain Ahab finished his mile with a :28 final-quarter to secure the victory. De Los Cielos Deo paced into second, getting to the leader's wheel at the wire. Goldberg finished third, while Lyons Night Hawk was fourth. The final ticket to next week's final was grabbed by Better Up. Captain Ahab established a new career-mark with the 1:50.4 victory and has now earned $137,616 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. "I kicked the ear-plugs out tonight and made him pace in the stretch because I've got so much respect for Burke's colt (De Los Cielos Deo)," said McCarthy following the victory. "I was getting flushed early, so I went ahead and put him on the front and he was fine about it." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab will head into the Metro Pace undefeated and as the likely favourite. The Alagna trainee has collected five of his seven wins at Mohawk Park. McCarthy is confident heading into the final, but not overlooking any of his opponents. "It's not going to be easy. I've got a lot of respect for the other colts, so we just got to figure out the trip and hopefully it works out for us." A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.50. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party rebounded from a second-place finish in the Champlain for an impressive 1:51 victory in the first Metro elimination. Driven by David Miller, Stag Party took his time in the beginning, getting away sixth in the field of nine. Cruise Captain, who defeated Stag Party in the Champlain, posted a :27.1 opening-quarter before surrendering the lead in the second-quarter. Shake That House moved third to first entering the backstretch, but was followed by Semi Tough, who overtook the top spot and led by the half in :55.4. Miller angled Stag Party to the outside at the half and the Coleman trainee charged first-up to draw within half a length of Semi Tough at three-quarters in 1:24. In the stretch, Semi Tough dug in gamely in an attempt to hold off Stag Party, but the Coleman student muscled by in deep stretch to win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:51. Semi Tough held second, while Shake That House was third. The top-five was completed by Lyons Johnnyjnr and Buddy Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party now has five wins in seven starts and has earned $197,489 for owners John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. "Casie told me he just wasn't right health wise (last week) and she got him good in a week and he went a big trip tonight," said Miller when asked about the rebound victory. "She does a great job conditioning horses and getting them ready." Stag Party was purchased as a yearling for $125,000 at the Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on the Coleman trainee returned $3.90. The post-positions for next week's $890,000 Metro Pace final were drawn following the eliminations. Captain Ahab and Stag Party earned their connections the right to select their post. Here is the field for the September 22 rich final. 1. Better Up 2. Semi Tough 3. Stag Party 4. Captain Ahab 5. Shake That House 6. Buddy Hill 7. Goldberg 8. Lyons Night Hawk 9. Lyons Johnnyjnr 10. De Los Cielos Deo AE: Captain Crunch by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 15, 2018 – Ideation Hanover and Tall Drink Hanover posted victories in Saturday’s Shes A Great Lady eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 19 rookie harness racing pacing fillies competed over two hotly contested $35,000 eliminations. Ideation Hanover and Jody Jamieson took charge early and made their point when it counted the first ‘Great Lady’ elimination. Never worse than third in her eight career races, Ideation Hanover was an overlooked 10/1 at the betting windows, motoring up the inside path to take down tiring leader Treacherous Reign and fend off a late-charging Sylph Hanover on the outside. The 1:51.2 clocking was a lifetime best for the Bettors Delight-Ideal Weather (Western Ideal) daughter. Trainer Dave Menary admitted post-race that he was pleasantly surprised: “I didn’t know how it would all play out.” Announcer Ken Middleton described the “backstretch blast” unleashed by Treacherous Reign as that filly powered out of third to circle Ideation Hanover and Sylph Hanover by the :56 half. Treacherous Reign continued to set the pace, leading by two open lengths over the eventual winner at the 1:23.4 three-quarter-mile mark. With that leader vulnerable in deep stretch, Jamieson’s tactics worked to Ideation Hanover’s perfect advantage. He called Ideation Hanover “the kind of filly who likes to go forward” every start. Stepping out of the shadow of stablemate Quebec Blue Chip after a “disappointing” third-place finish in her last race, a Champlain division at Woodbine Mohawk Park, Ideation Hanover was “back on track” for next week’s Shes A Great Lady final, said Menary. The winning filly’s conditioner noted the $50,000 yearling purchase was a bargain: “This family comes from a great pedigree. […] People got off the bandwagon for Bettors Delight. I was happy to bring her home for 50.” Queen of the Pride (Dave Miller) finished third, over Treacherous Reign (Andrew McCarthy) in the first elimination. Ideation Hanover is owned by Ontario-based Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, and Alan Alber. Saturday’s win was her third career victory, returning $22 for a $2 win ticket. An unfortunate incident in deep stretch removed two of the top contenders in the second Shes A Great Lady elimination. Dueling on the lead, Warrawee Ubeaut (Yannick Gingras) appeared to veer into Quebec Blue Chip (Jody Jamieson), taking both out of the race with late breaks and setting the scene of an inquiry. The inquiry resulted in Warrawee Ubeaut being set back twice for creating interference: from sixth back to seventh, then again to ninth in the nine-horse race. Quebec Blue Chip finished eighth, and was placed seventh. Blossom Onthebeach finished seventh and was placed sixth. Deb was ninth, placed eighth. Prescient Beauty (Doug McNair) had launched to a two-length lead on the front end (27.3), with Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut second and third behind her at the opening quarter. Quebec Blue Chip stepped out to claim the lead by the 55.2 half, with Prescient Beauty settling in third and Warrawee Ubeaut on the attack outside at the three-quarters, which was reached in 1:24.1. Tall Drink Hanover loomed second over in fourth at the three-quarters, a fortunate position for driver Andrew McCarthy’s filly. When the battling leaders made physical contact in the stretch, the Captaintreacherous-Take Into Account (The Panderosa) daughter escaped difficulty and powered to a going-away triumph in 1:51.2—a new personal best, by two-and-a-third lengths over Prescient Beauty. The judges inquiry did not affect the top four finishers in the elimination. Odds On Lucie (another Tony Alagna trainee) was third, over fourth-place Carousel. Winning conditioner Tony Alagna, who has three fillies going to the stake final, said Tall Drink Hanover (a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling sale purchase) had “a six-week deficit behind these other fillies [over the winter], but she just continues to improve.” Sympathizing with the connections of Quebec Blue Chip and Warrawee Ubeaut, he added that their accident took nothing away from Tall Drink Hanover’s performance: “I felt good halfway down the lane that she was going to get there anyway.” It was the fourth win in seven starts for the Eternal Camnation and Whenuwishuponastar winner, who is owned by Alagna Racing LLC of New Jersey, Marvin Katz of Ontario, and Riverview Racing LLC of Florida. The post-positions for next week’s $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final were drawn following the eliminations. 1. Treacherous Reign 2. Prescient Beauty 3. Ideation Hanover 4. Tall Drink Hanover 5. Carousel 6. Queen Of The Pride 7. Sylph Hanover 8. Odds On St Lucie 9. St Somewhere 10. Art Lecture AE: Money Shot Hanover Nivana Seelster defeats Lazarus N Nirvana Seelster denied Lazarus N a rebound victory with a huge coast-to-coast 1:48.1 victory in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The seven-year-old Bill Budd trainee was blasted to the lead by driver Trevor Henry and posted fractions of :26.3, :54.1 and 1:21 before powering home in :27.1 for his eighth win of the season. Lazarus N finished second, beat two-lengths. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old left from post-seven and settled in fourth. Driver Yannick Gingras angled Lazarus N to the outside nearing the half and grinded away first-up on the final turn, drawing to within a length and three-quarters of the lead at the third-marker. Nirvana Seelster had no quit in him pacing down the lane, as Lazarus N had to settle for the runner-up finish. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster just missed matching his career-mark of 1:48, which he took last season at Mohawk Park. The fan-favourite, who surpassed $1 million in career earnings last week, has now earned $208,170 in 28 starts this season Nirvana Seelster and Lazarus N were the only two-horses in Saturday's nine-horse field that competed in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. Lazarus N finished second, while Nirvana Seelster was eighth. A $2 win ticket on Nirvana Seelster returned $24.80. Mark McKelvie and Melissa Keith, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2018 - Caviart Ally stole the show Friday with a career-best 1:48.3 victory in one of two Milton Stakes eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 12 older pacing mares and a three-year-old filly were split into a pair of $35,000 eliminations to determine the field for next Saturday's (September 22) $255,000 final. The term 'easy-looking' isn't used often to describe a 1:48.3 mile, but Caviart Ally did exactly that in the second Milton split. Driven by Andrew McCarthy for trainer Noel Daley, Caviart Ally rushed out to the lead and posted a :27.2 opening-quarter. The four-year-old rolled right along in the second-quarter to reach the half in :55 and then proceeded to post a :26.4 third-quarter to reach that marker in 1:21.4. McCarthy sat motionless in the bike as Caviart Ally left her rivals behind and cruised home in :27.4 for the career-best 1:48.3 victory. "Extremely easy, it was surprising," said McCarthy of Caviart Ally's performance. "I was watching the half come up in :55 and I was hoping it was going to be a tick or two slower. "In the last turn she started to rev up and I couldn't really get her down there any slower than 1:21.4. Even finishing up, still had the bits up in her mouth. It was a huge mile, but she did it so easy." Bettors Up finished 4 ¾ lengths behind the winner in second, while Ella Christina was third. L A Delight and three-year-old filly Kendall Seelster completed the top-five. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Caviart Ally recorded her fifth win of the season and 14th overall. She now has $134,011 earned in 13 starts this season to bring her career earnings to $956,264 for owners Caviart Farms. Friday's victory also earned Caviart Ally's connections the opportunity to select her post, which comes as a big help after drawing the nine-hole in her last two stakes finals. Caviart Ally paid $3.80 to win and enters next week's final with two wins and two runner-up finishes in her last four starts. Chris Oakes trainee Tequila Monday held off Pure Country to win the first-elimination by the slimmest of margins in 1:50.1. Driver Louis Philippe Roy fired Tequila Monday out to the lead and got to call the shots, posting fractions of :27.1, :56.1 and 1:24. Pure Country and driver Yannick Gingras enjoyed a two-hole trip behind the leader and came to the outside turning for home. In the stretch, Tequila Monday and Pure Country sprinted home with powerful strides with the finish line coming just in time for Tequila Monday to hold off Pure Country by a nose. Twinkle finished third, while Nike Franco N and Frost Damage Blues were fourth and fifth, respectively. "Even after the wire I was a little disappointed because I thought Yannick (Gingras) beat me by a nose and even he thought he won too," said Roy following the victory. "She got easy fractions and we were both sprinting at the end. I think both mares will be good for next week because they didn't have to be used much in the first-half." A four-year-old daughter of American Ideal, Tequila Monday is now five for 15 this season with $158,720 earned this season. Her elimination victory improves her career numbers to 17 wins and $771,922 earned for owners Northfork Racing Stable and Chuck Pompey. Tequila Monday paid $5.10 to win. The post-positions for next week's $255,000 final were drawn immediately following the eliminations. The Milton Stakes final is part of the September 22 Metro Pace card. 1. Twinkle 2. Tequila Monday 3. Nike Franco N 4. LA Delight 5. Caviart Ally 6. Bettors Up 7. Frost Damage Blues 8. Ella Christina 9. Kendall Seelster 10. Pure Country AE: Artistic Madison by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 14, 2018 - Time is running out to submit nominations to the upcoming Ontario Sired Autumn Series at Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District. Nominations close this Monday (September 17) for the new Ontario Sired Autumn Series. The Autumn Series, for two and three-year-olds who are Non-Winners of $10,000 lifetime before September 15, will commence the week of September 30 and offer two legs, worth $8,500 each, followed by a $20,000-added final for each of the four divisions. Flamboro Downs will host the events for trotting fillies and pacing colts and geldings. Western Fair will host the events for pacing fillies and trotting colts and geldings. The nomination fee for the Autumn Series is $200. To view the nomination form, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications                 Mark McKelvie Woodbine Entertainment, Mohawk Park Media Communications C: 905-864-9110            

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Driver Jody Jamieson has been red-hot over the last month and his outstanding run continued Thursday with a five-win night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Jamieson, who had eight drives on the 11-race program, started his evening strong by sweeping the 'Early-Double' with two-year-old pacing filly Westbeach ($12.40) and two-year-old trotting colt Trix And Stones ($3.30). The reinsman in Green-Yellow-White recorded the Hat-Trick in the seventh-race with five-year-old trotting mare Major Muscle ($8.60). Jamieson finished the night the way he started by winning his final two drives with three-year-old pacers Dramatic Point ($9.80) and Westslucky Terror ($3.50). The five-win night pushes Jamieson into sole possession of fifth in the Mohawk Park driver standings with 91 wins. The Moffat, Ontario resident has more wins than any other Woodbine driver over the last month, recording 32 wins since August 16. Jamieson now has 170 driving wins this season, which is just two-less than his total of 172 for the entire 2017 season. He is scheduled to drive in six-races on Friday's 13-race card. Post time Friday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Owning a racehorse has never been easier and Woodbine Entertainment will continue to hold the door open by offering a New Owners Seminar this Saturday at Mohawk Park. The second annual New Owners Seminar starts at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup Room and is open to the public. Those in attendance at the seminar will enjoy presentations from Landmark Racing Stable and TheStable.ca. Each group offers affordable and easy options for becoming involved in racehorse ownership. Landmark Racing Stable and TheStable.ca operate differently, but both remove the potential intimidation factor for a person making the leap into the sport. Mark McDonald of Kingston, Ontario joined the Landmark Racing Stable last fall after being out of harness racing for many years. He attended the yearling sale in London and has since taken advantage of the access provided to the group by visiting the horses and even jogging a few. "It was a golden opportunity to get back in at a reasonable cost for the amount of enjoyment you could get out of it," said McDonald, who trained horses more than 20 years ago at Kingston Park. "Anybody that's been to the racetrack that wants to get into the game other than being a spectator or bettor, that's the best way to do it." Pep Moretti of Illinois joined TheStable.ca after dreaming for many years of owning a racehorse. "This has allowed me to achieve a lifetime dream I thought I would never be able to afford," said Moretti. "Getting into ownership was confusing and intimidating. The Stable made things easy." Attendees at Saturday's seminar will be able to ask any questions to the presenting groups. Representatives will also stick around following to answer questions one-on-one. Anyone attending Saturday's seminar will be eligible to enter a draw to win a share of a racehorse courtesy of Ontario Racing and in conjunction with Standardbred Canada. Ballots will be available upon arrival. The New Owners Seminar begins at 6 p.m. and will lead into Saturday's $2 million card, which begins at 7:25 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for- Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 13, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is pleased to announce that Foiled Again, the richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making a visit to Mohawk Park on Saturday, December 22 for the penultimate stop on his farewell tour. A career-winner of more than $7.5 million, Foiled Again is currently in his final season of racing before retirement. The connections of the 14-year-old gelding have taken the opportunity to showcase the legendary pacer to racing fans across North America. Foiled Again is trained by Ron Burke and owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC, Mark Weaver & Mike Bruscemi (Weaver Bruscemi LLC) and Joe & Kevin Koury (Jjk Stables LLC). Fans in attendance on December 22 will have the opportunity to see Foiled Again compete in a race. His visit to Mohawk Park is currently scheduled as the second-last start of his career before he races for a final-time on New Year's Eve (December 31) at The Meadows in Pennsylvania. Foiled Again has won 102 of 319 career starts. The legendary pacer has made 17 starts during his career at Mohawk Park and Woodbine Racetrack, recording five wins and 13 top-three finishes. Mohawk Park has been an important location during the career of Foiled Again. The Ron Burke trainee raced in five consecutive editions of the historic Canadian Pacing Derby from 2011 to 2015, winning the 2012 edition. His victory in the $787,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1, 2012 will go down as the richest win of his career. Foiled Again's lengthy list of accomplishments include multiple Dan Patch Awards, an O'Brien Award and victories in the Breeders Crown (2013), TVG Free-For-All (2013), Ben Franklin (2013) and Molson Pace (2011, 2012). More details regarding Foiled Again's visit to Mohawk Park will be released in the coming weeks. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON -  September 11, 2018 – Dancer Hall flexed his muscles to win Tuesday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A deep field of 10, featuring Maple Leaf Trot finalists Ariana G, Dancer Hall, Pinkman and Warrawee Roo, clashed in this week’s edition of the top-level trot. Paul Reid trainee Dancer Hall, making his first start since finishing fourth in the Maple Leaf Trot, came first-up on the far turn for driver Sylvain Filion after a relatively soft opening-half and grinded his way to a 1:53.3 score. Longshot B Yoyo sprinted off the wings of the gate from post-10, securing the early-lead and posting a :28 opening-quarter. Double-millionaire Ariana G floated away from post-eight and worked her way to the top, clearing entering the backstretch. After posting a :57 half, Ariana G carried the lead around the far turn and by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, while Dancer Hall was working his way closer after committing first-up from fifth. In the stretch, Ariana G tried to fight off Dancer Hall, but surrendered the lead entering the final-eighth of the mile. Several others put themselves in the mix for a top spot, as B Yoyo slipped up the rail, while Dunbar Hall, who got a three-hole trip, was searching for room behind the leader and Warrawee Roo was on the far outside after being second-over. Dancer Hall reached the wire first to win by three-quarters of a length. Dunbar Hall found room late to finish second, while B Yoyo and Warrawee Roo were third and fourth, respectively. Owned by 1187422 Ontario Inc, Dancer Hall scored his ninth win of the season and fifth in the Woodbine Preferred. The four-year-old son of Deweycheatumnhowe has had a breakout season, earning $247,372 in 16 starts. Tuesday’s victory was the 17th career win for Dancer Hall and pushes his career earnings to $347,022. He paid $4.60 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 11, 2018 - Over $2 million in purses will be up for grabs on a stakes-filled program this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic for three-year-olds is the evening's richest event and one of eight stakes races (four finals, four eliminations) on the card. The $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial (two-year-old trotters), $385,000 Peaceful Way (two-year-old filly trotters) and $340,000 Elegantimage (three-year-old filly trotters) complete the quartet of rich finals. The eliminations for the Metro Pace (two-year-old pacers) and Shes A Great Lady (two-year-old fillies) will also be contested with each event requiring two eliminations. Adding to the stacked program, Lazarus N, 'The Wonder from Down Under', will compete for just the third-time in North American and first-time since finishing second in the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Jimmy Takter trained six-year-old is entered in the $34,000 Preferred. A total of 13-races will take place on Saturday's $2 million card. Here is a look at the feature events. $665,000 Canadian Trotting Classic - Race 7 A field of 11 sophomore trotters will clash in Canada's richest trotting event of 2018. Crystal Fashion (PP10, Tim Tetrick) and Mets Hall (PP2, Andy Miller) lead the field in earners with each having banked over $800,000. Trained by Jim Campbell, Crystal Fashion captured the $253,000 Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) Championship in his last outing on September 2. The gelded son of Cantab Hall has won seven of his last eight starts with his only loss during the run begin a fourth-place finish in the $1 million Hambletonian final. Mets Hall comes into the Trotting Classic on a two-race win streak with victories in the $169,183 Simcoe on September 1 at Mohawk Park and $350,000 Zweig Memorial on August 17 at Vernon. The Julie Miller trainee is three for seven on the season. The overflow field for Saturday's rich event also includes last season's O'Brien Award winner Alarm Detector (PP6, Trevor Henry) and Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill (PP8, Brett Miller). Trainers Ben Baillargeon and Jimmy Takter will each send out a pair of starters. Alarm Detector joins Ontario Sires Stakes standout Run Director (PP7, Sylvain Filion) to make up the Baillargeon duo, while Takter's duo consists of last year's rookie sensation You Know You Do (PP3, Yannick Gingras) and Italian-bred Zephyr Kronos (PP11, Takter). The Canadian Trotting Classic is carded as Race 7 and post time is approximately 9:31 p.m. $340,000 Elegantimage - Race 10 Arguably the most-anticipated race of the evening, the Elegantimage for three-year-old trotting fillies is round-two in the Atlanta vs. Manchego rivalry. The Hambletonian champion Atlanta (PP6, Scott Zeron) and Oaks champion Manchego (PP2, Gingras) met for the first-time this season on August 24 at Mohawk Park in the Casual Breeze. Takter trainee Manchego came out on top in their first-meeting, improving her 2018 record to six wins in nine starts. Rick Zeron trained Atlanta finished second in the Casual Breeze and currently sports a record of six wins and two runner-up finishes in eight starts this season. Manchego and Atlanta finished more than 10 lengths ahead of the third-place finisher in the Casual Breeze, but that likely won't happen again Saturday. Trond Smedshammer trainee Phaetosive (PP1, Smedshammer) joins the mix for the Elegantimage and comes in off a victory in the PASS Championship. The daughter of Explosive Matter is five for seven this season and finished second to Manchego in the $500,000 Hambletonian Oaks. No eliminations were required for the Elegantimage, as only the connections of four other trotting fillies were brave enough to tackle the star fillies. The Elegantimage is carded as Race 10 with an approximate post time of 10:40 p.m. $400,000 William Wellwood Memorial - Race 5 Marcus Melander trainee Green Manalishi S posted an impressive elimination victory last Saturday and will likely be the morning-line choice in Canada's richest race for two-year-old trotters. A son of Muscle Hill, Green Manalishi (PP3, Tetrick) was a 1:54.4 gate-to-wire winner in his elimination. The Melander trainee improved to three for five with the career-best score. His richest payday to this point was a runner-up finish in the $422,350 Peter Haughton Memorial on August 4 at The Meadowlands. Domenico Cecere trainee Union Forces (PP4, Scott Zeron) pulled off a 33-1 upset victory in last Saturday's other elimination. The son of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to power by the previously undefeated Swandre The Giant in 1:55.3. Union Forces is one of two Cecere trainees competing in the Wellwood final. Kings County (PP8, David Miller) finished second to Green Manalishi S in his elimination, which came on the heels of a Champlain Stakes score. All the hype heading into the Wellwood eliminations was focused on Swandre The Giant (PP7, Gingras), who was debuting for new connections and trainer Takter following a private purchase, reported to be in the "seven-digits" range. The son of Swan For All surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second for the first-loss of his career. The William Wellwood Memorial is carded as Race 5 and post time is approximately 8:46 p.m. $385,000 Peaceful Way - Race 3 Elimination winners The Ice Dutchess (PP3, Gingras) and Sisters Promise (PP4, Tetrick) lead the field of 10 rookie trotting fillies for the Peaceful Way. Takter trainee The Ice Dutchess got back on track in her elimination after making back-to-back breaks. The daughter of Muscle Hill was competing for the first-time in a wagering event with trotting hopples and made no mistakes for a 1:55.4 score. The Ice Dutchess will be searching for another rich victory on Saturday to go with her win in the $357,450 Jim Doherty Memorial on August 4. Linda Toscano trainee Sisters Promise also won her elimination in 1:55.4. The daughter of Father Patrick came first-up and muscled by Takter trainee Susy (PP2, Takter) for her second win in four starts. The Peaceful Way is carded as Race 3 and post time is approximately 8:05 p.m. Metro Pace Eliminations - Races 1 and 2 This year's Metro Pace has attracted 17 rookie pacing colts and geldings. The group of 17 have been split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations with the top-five finishers from each advancing to the final on September 22. This year's Metro Pace final will go for a purse of $890,000, the highest purse for the event since 2012. The first split is headlined by Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP6, Miller), who suffered a surprising defeat in last Friday's Champlain Stakes. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party is four for six on the season and has multiple Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories, a Grand Circuit win and a Canadian Record to his name. His loss in the Champlain was the first-time another horse beat him to the wire, as his only other loss came via disqualification. Cruise Captain, who beat Stag Party in the Champlain, will also line up in the first-split. The Victor Puddy trained son of Captaintreacherous had been battling in PASS most of the summer before coming back to Mohawk Park and breaking his maiden in the Champlain. The second Metro elimination will feature a showdown between Captaintreacherous colts Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) and De Los Cielos Deo (PP8, Gingras). Tony Alagna trainee Captain Ahab is a perfect six for six entering his elimination with his most recent victories coming in the Champlain and Nassagaweya Stakes. A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, 'Ahab' has made four of his six starts at Mohawk Park. Ron Burke trainee De Los Cielos Deo started his career five for five before finishing second in the PASS Championship on September 1. A $140,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, De Los Cielos Deo will be making his first start outside Pennsylvania. The Metro Pace eliminations have been carded as Races 1 and 2. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 7:25 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Shes A Great Lady Eliminations - Races 6 and 8 A competitive group of 19 rookie pacing fillies will battle in a pair of $35,000 eliminations Saturday to qualify for the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady final on September 22. The Alagna stable sends out the strong duo of Captaintreacherous fillies Treacherous Reign (PP2, McCarthy) and Key West (PP10, Brett Miller) in the first split. Treacherous Reign will be making her Mohawk Park debut and enters off a fourth-place finish in the PASS Championship on September 1. The $50,000 Lexington Selected purchase is four for six and holds an impressive mark of 1:51.1. Key West will be making her fifth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. The $130,000 Lexington Selected buy is three for six and has Grand Circuit victories in a division of the Kindergarten and Eternal Camnation. Her most recent start was a fourth-place finish in last Friday's Champlain, which marked the first-time she didn't finish in the top-two. The first elimination also features Queen Of The Pride (PP5, David Miller), who returns to Mohawk Park off a victory in last Saturday's Ohio Sires Stakes Championship at Scioto Downs for trainer Kevin Lare. Her last visit to Mohawk Park was a third-place finish in a division of the Eternal Camnation on August 25. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip (PP2, Jody Jamieson) headlines the second elimination. A daughter of Sportswriter, Quebec Blue Chip is six for eight and riding a five-race win streak. Her victories during the win streak include divisions of the Champlain, Eternal Camnation and the final of the $163,840 Battle of the Belles. The Alagna barn continues their strong representation in the eliminations with Tall Drink Hanover (PP5, McCarthy) lining up in the second split. The daughter of Captaintreacherous is three for six with victories in a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Sportswriter filly Deb (PP8, Trevor Henry) is the other Grand Circuit winner in the second elimination. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee scored an upset victory in a division of the Champlain last Friday. The Shes A Great Lady eliminations have been carded as Races 6 and 8. Post time for the eliminations is approximately 9:06 p.m. and 9:55 p.m. Lazarus N to race again at Mohawk Park - Race 9 Lazarus N's visit to Canada has been extended by another start. 'The Wonder from Down Under' will compete in Saturday's $34,000 Preferred Pace and has drawn post-seven in a field of nine. Trained by Jimmy Takter, Lazarus N suffered his first-loss on North American soil when he surrendered the lead in the lane and finished second to McWicked in the $600,000 Canadian Pacing Derby on September 1. The Pacing Derby has been Lazarus N's only start since his North American debut on August 10. Takter noted after the Pacing Derby that the six-year-old needed some more North American racing experience. "I trained him a fast mile last week at home but that is not the same as having a race, especially with an older horse like him," said Takter to the New Zealand Herald after the Pacing Derby. "So missing an elimination last week didn't help and I honestly think it will still take him another two or three races up here learning how we race to get used to it." Regular driver Yannick Gingras will again sit behind Lazarus N. Nirvana Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) is the only other Canadian Pacing Derby finalist in the field. American Wiggle (PP6, Louis Philippe Roy) captured last Saturday's Preferred. The Preferred Pace has been carded as Race 9 and post time is approximately 10:15 p.m. Details for Saturday at Mohawk Park A special post time of 7:25 p.m. has been set for Saturday's $2 million card. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. and the first 1,000 fans will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring Hambletonian champion Atlanta. Mohawk Park will also be serving a special drink named 'The Atlanta' in its various dining locations and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. The second annual New Owners Seminar will be taking place prior to Saturday's card. The seminar is open to the public and anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership is invited. The seminar will start at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2018 - Superstar trotting filly Atlanta will be honoured this Saturday (September 15) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for her victory in this year's Hambletonian. The Rick Zeron trained three-year-old trotting filly will be competing in Saturday's $340,000 Elegantimage, which is part of the $1.8 million Canadian Trotting Classic card. The first 1,000 fans to arrive at Mohawk Park for live racing will receive a special commemorative postcard featuring a Claus Andersen photo of Atlanta and driver Scott Zeron winning the Hambletonian. The postcard includes signatures from driver Scott Zeron and trainer Rick Zeron. Woodbine will also be serving a special cocktail in the Mohawk Harvest Kitchen, Trackside Bar and Terrace Buffet named 'The Atlanta'. The drink is a Georgia Peach and $1 from each drink sold will be donated to the Milton District Hospital Foundation. Brad Grant, a co-owner of Atlanta, is a Co-Chair of the Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF). Fans can purchase 'The Atlanta' for $6 (plus taxes), while a non-alcoholic version of the drink will also be available for $4 (plus taxes). Atlanta became the first-filly in 22 years to win the Hambletonian when she captured the $1 million final on August 4 at The Meadowlands. Her victory gave longtime Woodbine trainer/driver Rick Zeron his first Hambletonian title and former Woodbine leading driver Scott Zeron his second. The Woodbine Cares team will also be kicking off a 50/50 raffle Saturday to raise funds for the MDHF. Full details regarding the 50/50 raffle will be released later this week.  Doors open Saturday at 5:30 p.m. and fans will be able to pick up their Atlanta postcard near the program desk on the main level. The first 300 fans will receive a free program. The second annual New Owners Seminar will also take place ahead of Saturday's card. The seminar begins at 6 p.m. in the North America Cup room and is open to anyone interested in learning more about racehorse ownership. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:25 p.m. For more information, visit www.WoodbineMohawkPark.com. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications        

MILTON, ON - September 10, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform horsepeople that Tuesday morning's (September 11) qualifiers have been postponed. The six-race qualifying session will now take place on Thursday morning (September 13) beginning at 10 a.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 8, 2018 - Grand Circuit harness racing week concluded Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park with three divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers. A group of 14 sophomore pacing colts and geldings were separated into a pair of $83,342 splits, while a talented field of six pacing fillies battled for a purse of $150,996. Just a week after winning the Messenger, Stay Hungry brought his 'A Game' to win a tough battle in the second Simcoe division. Driven by Doug McNair, Stay Hungry was unhurried in the beginning and got away fourth. Backstreet Shadow and driver Yannick Gingras circled from second to first at the opening-quarter and rolled the field by the half in :55. McNair gave Stay Hungry his cue to charge first-up going to the three-quarter pole and was almost three-lengths from the lead when Backstreet Shadow reached the third-station in 1:23.1. In the stretch, McNair dropped Stay Hungry onto the back of Gingras briefly before coming back out for an exciting stretch duel. Stay Hungry paced home in :25.4 and was able to edge a game Backstreet Shadow by a nose in 1:49.3. Hidden Delight was third. "The way the draw set up I figured that was the way the race would go," said McNair following the victory. "I would be a late first-over and Yannick's horse would be sprinting home hard." Trained by Tony Alagna, Stay Hungry is being pointed towards potential history at the Little Brown Jug on September 20. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has captured the opening-two legs of the Pacing Triple Crown, Cane Pace and Messenger, and is now five for 11 with $683,031 earned this season for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. "The Jug is in a couple weeks and that's what they are aiming at, but it was great to get a win back home," said McNair. "That's all they are going to be talking about from now until the Jug is the Triple Crown, but he's won two of the first three legs and that's special." Stay Hungry's career numbers now sit at 11 wins and over $1.2 million earned. He paid $2.90 to win. Jeff Gillis trainee The Downtown Bus continued his run of stops at the winner's circle by posting a 1:50.2 victory in the first division for colts and geldings. Driven by Tim Tetrick, The Downtown Bus shot out to the lead and got to call the shots, posting fractions of :27.3, :56.1 and 1:23.1 to lead into the stretch. Tetrick pulled the plugs on The Downtown Bus at the three-quarter pole and the Gillis trainee was able to last on the lead, finding the line in time to hold off a charge from Torrin Hanover was _ length score. Babes Dig Me finished third, while Dragon Time was fourth. The Simcoe victory extends The Downtown Bus' current win streak to three. "He's turned the corner and Jeff has done a great job with him," said Tetrick, who has driven the gelded son of Mach Three throughout his current win streak. "Last week he trained around there pretty good in (1):49 and today he was up in little more open class and some better-bred horses and he still got the job done. I was pretty proud of him." A homebred for Gillis and Ellen Ott, The Downtown Bus now has eight wins and $218,354 earned in 19 starts this season. The Grand Circuit victory increases his career earnings to $238,700. A $2 win ticket on The Downtown Bus returned $4.20. Shower Play continued her flare for the dramatic by delivering another stunning final-quarter rally to win the Simcoe Filly Stakes in 1:52. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Shower Play got away fifth in the field of six and appeared to have a mountain too big to overcome when Youaremycandygirl got her own way on the front, posting fractions of :26.4, :56.4 and 1:24.1. Youaremycandygirl opened up a lead of nearly four-lengths at three-quarters, while race-favourite Kissin In The Sand was second-over and Shower Play third over with more than seven-lengths to overcome. Kissin In The Sand and Shower Play both delivered furious stretch rallies to track down Youaremycandygirl in the final-eighth with Shower Play unleashing a :26.3 kicker to reach the line first. Kissin In The Sand finished second, beat a length and a quarter, while Youaremycandygirl crossed in third. "It's always fun to win races on the front, but to go by everybody is a better feeling for sure," said Roy following the race. "I give credit to Rene and Susie because in the middle of the summer we had some steering issues with her, so they worked a lot on her and did some changes and I think she's come back better than she was at the beginning at the season." Trained by Rene Dion, Shower Play also defeated Kissin In The Sand in June's $415,000 Fan Hanover. The daughter of Shadow Play has now earned $415,563 in 10 starts this season for owners Dion, Susie Kerwood and Martin Leveillee. The Simcoe victory gives Shower Play five wins this season and eight overall. Her career earnings jump to $454,300 with the victory. A $2 win ticket on Shower Play returned $14.10. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. Nirvana Seelster becomes newest millionaire Bill Budd trainee Nirvana Seelster grinded out a third-place finish in Saturday’s $34,000 Preferred Pace to become harness racing’s newest millionaire. The seven-year-old gelding entered Saturday’s card just a little over $300 away from $1 million in career earnings. Nirvana Seelster and driver Trevor Henry did the heavy-lifting in the Preferred and despite surrendering the lead early in the lane, the Budd trainee battled hard to the line for a third-place finish, beat only three-quarters of a length. American Wiggle, driven by Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau, captured the $34,000 top-class in 1:49.4. Owned by Bruce Davy, Nirvana Seelster is a 39-time winner with a mark of 1:48 taken last season at Mohawk Park. The Budd trainee has made 176 of his 178 career starts at either Woodbine Racetrack or Mohawk Park. Nirvana Seelster recently competed in his fourth consecutive Canadian Pacing Derby. The fan-favourite has seven wins, 20 top-three finishes and $191,170 earned in 27 starts this season. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 7, 2018 - Rookie pacers were in the spotlight Friday for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of $70,107 eight-horse divisions for colts and geldings were contested, while a pair of $95,738 nine-horse splits for pacing fillies also took place. The undefeated Captain Ahab sent another message to the rookie pacing colt division with an impressive 1:52.3 victory in Friday's second Champlain division. A son of Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab and driver Andrew McCarthy took their time at the beginning and settled in fifth, while Captain Crunch, who was undefeated entering the Champlain, was sent to the top and posted a :27.2 opener. Driver Scott Zeron was able to steal a :29.4 second-quarter with Captain Crunch, which forced McCarthy to get underway with Captain Ahab ahead of the half. The Captaintreacherous colts 'Crunch' and 'Ahab' would battle on the far turn, reaching three-quarters in 1:25.2. In the stretch, Captain Ahab powered by Captain Crunch and cruised home effortlessly in :27 for the victory. Better Up, who got a two-hole trip, finished second, while Captain Crunch was third. "They got out of there that first-quarter pretty good, so I was happy just to sit back and wait and I got to ride up there very slow first-over," said McCarthy following the victory. "That's what great about this horse, he'll sit out there and just grind on up there and does his thing. I chirped at him a little bit at the head of the stretch and away he goes." Trained by Tony Alagna, Captain Ahab was prepping Friday for next weekend's Metro Pace eliminations and is the headliner heading into this season's richest race for two-year-olds. "We brought the colts and fillies in here (to Mohawk Park) on Tuesday and trained them and he trained great," said Alagna. "I was really happy with how he trained Tuesday and he's been very sharp all week. The week off last week really helped him." Captain Ahab is from the first-crop of Captaintreacherous and Alagna noted there are many similarities between the two. "I see a lot of (Captaintreacherous) in him," said Alagna. "His characteristics, the way he is so easy on himself, the way he lets you drive him...his work ethic. He reminds me a lot of 'Captain' and hopefully he can keep reminding me of 'Captain'". Captain Ahab improved to six for six with his Champlain score and has now earned $117,616 for owners Brittany Farms, Brad Grant, Vince Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. He was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Captain Ahab returned $2.90. Bronx Seelster was Friday's fastest winner, making a statement with a 1:51.2 score in the evening's first division for colts and geldings. A son of Big Jim, Bronx Seelster and driver Trevor Henry angled out from fifth to start a first-over bid approaching the half. Blank Canvas shot to the lead and posted a :27 opening-quarter before slamming the brakes to lead by the half in :56.3. The tempo ramped up on the far turn, as Blank Canvas paced a :27.1 third-quarter with Bronx Seelster pressing at his side. In the stretch, Bronx Seelster immediately powered by Blank Canvas and pulled away impressively to win by five-lengths for the career-best 1:51.2 score. Blank Canvas held second, while Lyons Night Hawk was third. Trained by Wayne McGean, Bronx Seelster improved his record to six wins and $292,810 earned in nine starts for owners Capers 3 Stable. "Nobody wanted to move and he come first-up kind of early I thought tonight, but he's a tough little horse," said McGean, who showed some emotion when talking about the season he's enjoyed with Bronx Seelster. "It's unreal. It's hard to put into words. You look for this once in your lifetime and we have it now." Bronx Seelster's trophy case now consists of the Battle of Waterloo, Champlain Stakes and a pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions. The $22,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase paid $2.70 to win. The final division for colts and geldings saw Cruise Captain upset the 1/9 favourite Stag Party in 1:52.2. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Cruise Captain left from post-six and dropped down to the pylons in third, holding onto his rail spot throughout. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party, who entered off a blowout win in the Nassagaweya, got away one spot back in fourth and sat there until the half. Do Ya Think cut out fractions of :26.4 and :55.4 before taking on Stag Party, who came first-up on the far turn. Unlike the Nassagaweya, Stag Party didn't fire by the leader in the third-quarter and was at the leader's saddle pad when they hit three-quarters in 1:24.3. In the stretch, Stag Party overtook the lead from Do Ya Think, but couldn't create much separation. Meanwhile, Cruise Captain found his best stride, shooting up the rail to overtake the lead in deep stretch and score the victory. Stag Party finished second, beat three-quarters of a length, while Do Ya Think was third. Cruise Captain had to survive an inquiry for a possible first-turn pylon violation before getting his photo taken. The second son of Captaintreacherous to win a Champlain, Cruise Captain was winless in six starts entering Friday and picked the perfect moment to break his maiden for trainer Victor Puddy and owners Bill Manes, James Ruhl, Lloyd Stone and 10462217 Canada Inc. "We've raced this guy in Pennsylvania all summer and he's had many trips like he had tonight and he never got out," said co-owner Manes. "He's one of them Captaintreacherous' and they try. "He's had a good summer chasing them good colts and now we'll have to sit down and we've talked about entering him in the Metro and he deserves it now." Cruise Captain, who was a $25,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, increased his earnings to $68,414 with Friday's victory. He paid $15 to win. Dave Menary trainee Quebec Blue Chip captured the first division for pacing fillies in a career-best 1:52.2. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Quebec Blue Chip hustled from post-seven to make the top and post a :27.4 opening-quarter. Longshot Revival Cards and driver David Miller moved out of third in the second-quarter and cleared to the top just after a :56.3 opening-half. Key West, the 3/5 favourite, came first up from fourth on the far turn and was on even terms with Revival Cards at three-quarters in 1:24.2, while Quebec Blue Chip and Jamieson were locked in behind the leader hoping room would develop in the lane. In the stretch, Key West poked a head in front, but couldn't power away, which led to a scene of five fillies across the track all within a length at the eighth pole. Jamieson was able to get around a fading Revival Cards and dip back to the rail with Quebec Blue Chip. Undefiable and driver Trevor Henry rallied from fourth-over to shoot by their rivals on the extreme outside. Despite the fantastic effort, Undefiable couldn't best Quebec Blue Chip, who reached the line first for a half length score. Crisp Mane was third. "I got caught with my pants down in front of the class," said Jamieson of his less than ideal route to victory with Quebec Blue Chip. "I was looking for a cheap half and Dave (Miller) recognized that...and kind of caught me sleeping and I didn't want to let him go, but as it turned out it worked out for our filly." Trainer Dave Menary has been high on the Sportswriter filly since the winter months. "This is the pacer that I pegged all winter," said Menary. "She's such a handy filly and at Grand River she was doing it so easy, but here I didn't know how she would be able to translate the speed to the big track. "She's just so willing and so quick, so fast." Quebec Blue Chip improved her stats to six wins and $256,914 earned in eight starts with her fifth-consecutive score Friday. She was a $40,000 Harrisburg purchase as a yearling and is owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Kenneth Ewen and Bruce Norris. A $2 win ticket on Quebec Blue Chip returned $5.60. Deb and driver Trevor Henry saw patience pay off, as they pulled off a 17-1 upset in the second division for pacing fillies. Race-favourite Tall Drink Hanover made a move from fourth to first entering the backstretch and led by the half in :56.2. Prescient Beauty came first-up from fifth entering the far turn and engaged in a gritty third-quarter battle with Tall Drink Hanover, who held a lead of less than a length at three-quarters in 1:24.1. Deb and Henry got a three-hole trip through the middle-half and were able to slip off the rail to take a shot in the lane. Tall Drink Hanover dug in trying to fight off rivals, as Ideation Hanover, who sat in the two-hole, pressured along with Deb on the outside. Prescient Beauty drifted out in the lane and finished seventh. At the wire, Deb was able to muscle by for a 1:53.2 victory. Tall Drink Hanover didn't fold and finished second, beat half a length, while Ideation Hanover was third. "She's the type of the filly that's been roughed up first-up in her last three starts," said Henry post-race. "I had to keep her in and I had a good hold on her through the last turn and it just worked out we got out and she got up to win." A daughter of Sportswriter, Deb picked up her third win in eight starts with Friday's score. Her three victories have all come in three different levels of stakes events (OSS Gold, OSS Grassroots and Grand Circuit). A $24,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Deb has now earned $108,328 for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. She paid $36.60 to win. Next up for many of the Champlain competitors is the Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady eliminations next Saturday (September 15). Bronx Seelster is the only winner from Friday not eligible to next weekend's stakes. Live racing continues Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 13-race card is headlined by three divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old pacers and the eliminations of the Wellwood Memorial and Peaceful Way. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 6, 2018 - Rookie pacers will take the spotlight for five divisions of the Champlain Stakes on Friday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 24 colts and geldings have been split into three $70,107 divisions, while 18 fillies have been separated into a pair of $95,738 divisions. Undefeated Captaintreacherous colts Captain Crunch (PP1, Scott Zeron) and #5 Captain Ahab (PP5, Andrew McCarthy) will clash in the evening's eighth-race. Captain Ahab has been dominating at Mohawk Park with three consecutive victories, including the final of the Dream Maker and most recently a division of the Nassagaweya. The Tony Alagna trainee is five for five overall and has three sub-1:52 victories. "We're surprised that he came as good as he did as quick as he did because he's such a tall colt," said Alagna following Captain Ahab's Nassagaweya score. "He's just doing everything he is doing now on raw ability and it's funny to say, but I'm even more excited about what he can do next year at (age) three." Captain Crunch is three for three and entering off a Nassagaweya victory. The Nancy Johansson trainee posted back-to-back wins at Pocono Downs before making his stakes debut at Mohawk Park. "I find every very good horse you drive, everything is effortless and it's just so easy for them to do and he covers the ground so well I thought he had the potential to be this kind of caliber" said driver Scott Zeron of Captain Crunch. "He's very well-mannered, very good to drive and I think he can do good anyway." Both colts are from the first-crop of Captaintreacherous. 'Ahab' was a $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, while 'Crunch' was an $85,000 purchase at Harrisburg. A pair of Ontario sired standouts will headline the other two Champlain splits for the boys. Big Jim colt Bronx Seelster (PP5, Trevor Henry) has won five of eight starts and comes into Friday off an impressive :26 final-quarter to win on August 28 in 1:51.4. The Wayne McGean trainee captured the Battle of Waterloo in early-August and has two OSS Gold trophies. Bronx Seelster ($22,000 London Selected Yearling Sale purchase) headlines the evening's first division (Race 2) and will be taking on Grand Circuit foes for the first-time. Casie Coleman trainee Stag Party (PP1, David Miller) has been racking up the victories and making statements along the way. The son of Bettors Delight most recently won a division of the Nassagaweya by 10 lengths, which came on the heels of a Canadian Record performance (1:52.3) at Grand River in an OSS Gold on August 15. Stag Party ($125,000 Harrisburg purchase) is four for five with his only loss being a disqualification from first to second for interference. He is expected to be the heavy-favourite in the evening's third division (Race 9). The Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacing fillies features a matchup between Eternal Camnation division winners Key West (PP1, Brett Miller) and Quebec Blue Chip (PP7, Jody Jamieson). Alagna trainee Key West held off rivals in her Eternal Camnation score to improve her record to three-wins and two runner-up finishes in five starts. The daughter of Captaintreacherous was a $130,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and is making her fourth consecutive start at Mohawk Park. Quebec Blue Chip, a $40,000 Harrisburg yearling buy, will be searching for a fifth straight victory in Friday's contest. The Dave Menary trained daughter of Sportswriter has victories in the Battle of the Belles (elimination and final) and an OSS Gold to go with her Eternal Camnation score. The Alagna barn could be poised for a big Friday, as they will send out the top-two choices on the morning line for the second Champlain Filly division. Tall Drink Hanover (PP6, McCarthy) is three for five entering the Champlain with all three victories coming at Mohawk Park. The Alagna trained daughter of Captaintreacherous was a $35,000 Harrisburg purchase. Odds On St Lucie is a daughter of Sweet Lou, out of a full-sister to Captaintreacherous. The Alagna trainee started her career with back-to-back victories before finishing second to Quebec Blue Chip in the Eternal Camnation. She was a $110,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. The Champlain divisions for pacing fillies have been carded as Races 3 and 4. Post time for Friday's stakes-filled program is 7:10 p.m. To view the full entries and a program for the card, click here. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - September 6, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park has announced details for its second annual New Owners Seminar to take place on Saturday, September 15. The seminar will feature presentations from ownership groups LandMark Racing Stables and TheStable.ca. Each group offers an affordable and easy way to become involved in racehorse ownership. The inaugural New Owners Seminar attracted a good crowd with several of those in attendance becoming involved in racehorse ownership. Mark McKelvie will moderate the discussion and open up the floor to allow potential owners the opportunity to ask questions to any of the presenters. Representatives from LandMark Racing Stables and TheStable.ca will be available following the seminar to chat with individuals one-on-one. The New Owners Seminar will take place in the North America Cup Room and begins at 6 p.m. Any horsepeople or owners that would like to be involved in the New Owners Seminar can contact Megan Walker (mwalker@woodbine.com). by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

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