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AUGUST 19, 2017 - Two-year-old pacers were in the harness racing spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night, competing in four Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions worth a total of $390,400. The two fastest divisions were clocked in 1:51.4, one by pacing colt Declan Seelster in his first lifetime start, and the other by pacing filly Percy Bluechip in her third straight Gold win. In the first pacing colt division, Declan Seelster and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON lined up at Post 6 and landed on the rail in seventh as Jimmy Freight took the field to a :27 opening quarter. Fan favourite Shadow Moon took command on the way to the :55.3 half and continued to lead at the 1:23.3 three-quarters, while Jamieson opted to keep Declan Seelster on the rail. In the stretch a sliver of racetrack opened up on the rail and, after some manoeuvering, Jamieson was able to squeeze Declan Seelster up the inside to a head victory over a duelling Shadow Moon and Jimmy Freight. "Putting him in there tonight, I really wished I could have had a maiden start into him. I just told Jody (Jamieson) not to sacrifice him, you know, put him in a spot where if he can win he can win, but it's an awful lot to ask," said trainer Dave Menary. "That qualifier (1:55.4 on August 8) was his very first time behind the gate. We did stretch him out a little bit the last three-quarters aiming for this, but you know there's a difference when they're down to the quarter in :27 or they're down to the quarter in :33." Declan Seelster's debut was a long-awaited one for the Cambridge resident and his partners Michael Guerriero of Brampton, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Tim Purkiss of Port Coquitlam, BC. Menary had been impressed with the colt early in his education, but some growing pains in the spring caused the trainer to back off with the son of Big Jim and Demi Seelster, who was a $48,000 purchase out of last fall's Forest City Yearling Sale. "February-March he was definitely my favourite colt. He just did a lot of growing and his feet were really bothering him right when baby races were getting started," recalled Menary. "I backed off and worked on his feet, and actually I sent him to a friend of mine, Brian Lee, to go on the TheraPlate and swim for two weeks. Brian did a great job and that really helped him turn the corner. "And Frank O'Toole was a very good help with the horse, and Jeff Courchesne takes care of him and does a very good job, so just everybody working together," Menary continued. "I appreciate my partners' patience, everybody was getting a little antsy because I touted the colt so much, so early, and they're watching all our other colts out there racing and winning, and I kept telling them. 'It's gonna be okay, it's gonna be okay,' and tonight their patience was rewarded." Declan Seelster The patience of trainer Dr. Ian Moore and driver Trevor Henry was tested in the evening's last Gold division as Percy Bluechip arrived at Mohawk for her third start with a newfound level of aggression. "She was a handful warming up tonight, holy smokes," said Dr. Moore. "She took off right there on the track on me, like pretty well ran away with me tonight warming up, and I turned her to go the right way thinking that might help and that was worse, so I put ear plugs in her to race, she's never had them in in her life." The ear plugs did not help Henry in the post parade as Percy Bluechip once again tried to start the race early. With some assistance Henry was able to get the filly settled and the Arthur, ON resident kept her at a walk until the starter called the fillies to the gate. Fortunately, once the gate started to roll Percy Bluechip was all business and after getting away second from Post 2, Henry sent her after the lead just after the :28 quarter and she rolled through a :56.2 half and 1:24.1 three-quarters on the way to her third Gold Series win. Kendall Seelster finished one and one-half lengths back in second and Play The Bell was another length back in third. "I think she took a lot out of herself warming up tonight, she had to, it's impossible that she didn't," said Dr. Moore. "She's a very smart filly so I'm hoping that this is a phase she's going through and that she will eventually settle down and relax a bit, but at least she was good in the race, so that's good to know." Moore shares ownership of the daughter of Shadow Play and Advantest with his partners in the Shadow Two Stable of Puslinch, ON, James and Wilma Mackenzie of Ennismore, ON and Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The group, who offered up $110,000 to acquire the filly from the Forest City Yearling Sale, was hoping Percy Bluechip would make her open stake debut in the Eternal Camnation at Mohawk on August 26, but Moore is tempering expectations after Saturday's fractious outing. "We're hoping to go in the Eternal Camnation next week, but it doesn't give me much time to resolve some of that situation, to get her under control," said the Puslinch resident. "Hopefully I'll have a little bit of equipment on her to settle her a bit. I don't want to T her off, but I've got to do something." Percy Bluechip The other pacing filly Gold trophy went home with Lady Grande, who went gate-to-wire from Post 6, hitting the wire three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Delaney R and Lady Ella in 1:52.3. Jonathan Drury of Guelph engineered the win for trainer Victor Puddy of Mountain, ON and owners Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Lloyd Stone of Portland, Jerome Voldock of Arnprior and numbered company Ontario 1085195 of Gloucester, ON. The group purchased the daughter of Big Jim and Lady Latte out of last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale for $25,000 and Lady Grande has returned $97,992 from one win, four seconds and one third in seven starts. Lady Grande Hudson Phil captured the other pacing colt division, making a successful leap up from the Grassroots Series for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and owner-breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC. The son of Shanghai Phil and Hazel, in rein to newly crowned World Driving Champion James MacDonald of Guelph, also found racing room along the rail, sprinting from fifth at the top of the stretch to a two and one-quarter length victory in 1:52.4. Favourite Evening Play was second and Taste Of History was third. Hudson Phil The two-year-old pacing fillies and colts return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Gold Series event, the fillies on Friday, Sept. 8 and the colts on Saturday, Sept. 9. Two-year-old pacing fillies will also be featured at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday, August 24 as the Campbellville oval hosts the fourth Grassroots event for the novices, with a first race post time of 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

AUGUST 18, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the two-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Friday evening and the harness racing novices put on an impressive show in a trio of Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions. The fillies jump started the evening and Apprentice M's effort had trainer Jonas Czernyson's heart beating a little quicker than normal as she toured the Mohawk oval on the front end. Starting from Post 5, Apprentice M was sitting fourth when Sorceress Seelster reached the opening quarter in :28.3, but driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON soon moved the fan favourite to the front and Apprentice M sailed through fractions of :59 and 1:28 on her way to a three-quarter length win in 1:57.2 Sorceress Seelster finished second and Miss Mimi was third. "I was hoping for a come from behind trip with her and not being in the lead, but she did it and she got the job done from there, so I'm very happy with that," said Czernyson, adding that his concern about her early move to the front was rooted in an equipment change made after her August 4 runner-up effort at The Meadowlands. "A green horse and the first time open bridle too, so it was a little like 'I don't know if this is going to work', but she got it done." The win was Apprentice M's first after a pair of runner-up finishes, the other coming in the July 25 Gold Leg at Mohawk. A Kadabra half-sister to $1.3 million winner Charmed Life, Apprentice M was an $85,000 yearling acquisition at last fall's Lexington Selected Sale by Menhammar Stuteri AB of Paris, KY and Czernyson had high expectations for her early in the training process. "She's done everything right from Day 1, pretty much, so I've been very pleased with her," said the New Jersey-based trainer. "She's kind of a nice going filly and pretty easy to get along with." Apprentice M The winner of the second $94,800 trotting filly division is also pretty easy to get along with, and just over an hour after her third straight Gold Series win Kadabra Queen was gobbling down her dinner and heading back outside to her paddock. "We're sitting here waiting for her to eat her dinner so I can turn her back out with her girlfriend and she'll go and spend the night outside tonight," said trainer Chad Milner. "She lived outside all winter, no blanket, the whole nine yards. I think she's maybe spent five nights in the barn this year." The natural life clearly suits the Kadabra daughter, who has not been worse than third in six starts through her freshman campaign. On Friday she and driver Scott Coulter of Brantford, ON went gate-to-wire from Post 4, rolling through fractions of :29.1, :58.3 and 1:27.2 on the way to a one length victory in a personal best 1:57.1. Northern Lightning and favourite Smoke And Mirrors finished second and third. "We're very happy with her, first time on the front end, wire-to-wire, real happy," said Milner, adding that he had considered making his own equipment change after the filly made a brief bobble at the start of an overnight event at Mohawk on August 4 that resulted in a third-place finish. "I was too scared to change anything," Milner admitted with a laugh. "I tried all week and I warmed her up in the (ear) plugs and she was fine, but I was like, you know what she's already won two Golds without them, I'm just going to leave them out." Owned by breeder Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville and Frank Monte of Markham, Kadabra Queen boosted her earnings to $150,900 with the win and stretched her lead out to 50 points in the two-year-old trotting filly division standings. Kadabra Queen In the $124,200 trotting colt Gold division, Perfetto got a steady steer from Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, who sat mid-pack with the fan favourite for much of the race, waiting until the stretch to ask the novice trotter for a second gear. Perfetto responded with a sharp finishing kick that propelled him to a two and three-quarter length victory over Winning American in 1:57.3. Union Jack was well behind the leaders in third. "I think he's going to be a really nice colt. He's very green and he's a little goofy, as we saw last week when he kind of made a break," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "He's just a little unsettled yet, but Trevor did a fantastic job driving him, and kept him really quiet. You know, the main thing was just to get him round in one piece and try and teach him something, and he did that and got paid for doing it, so it worked out really good." Friday's outing was just Perfetto's second lifetime, he finished third in the August 1 Gold Leg at Mohawk, recovering from a bobble going to the half. The Majestic Son gelding, who was a $32,000 purchase from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, is owned by Norman's Enzed Racing Stable of Allentown, NJ and his partners David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Joe Hansford of Foothill, AB. Perfetto The two-year-old trotting fillies and trotting colts will return to Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth Gold Series starts on Sept. 25 and 26 after a series of open stake events, starting with the Champlain Stakes on August 31 and Sept. 1. On Saturday the Campbellville oval will host the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies as they battle in their third Gold Series event. The pacing fillies will compete in Races 2 and 8, while the colts duel in Races 5 and 7. Mohawk Racetrack's first race goes in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. 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AUGUST 17, 2017 - Fresh off a runner-up performance in the Hambletonian Oaks, Magic Presto returned to Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing competition at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday and cruised to her second Gold Series win of the season. Starting from Post 1, driver Trevor Henry settled Magic Presto in third as Winter Sweet Frost rang up early fractions of :28.1 and :57.1. Heading for the 1:26.1 three-quarters Henry sent the heavy favourite to the outside and Magic Presto coasted down the stretch to a one length victory in 1:55.1. Winter Sweet Frost finished second and Gravitator was third. "Nice and handy and not too hard a run, so I was pleased with the way things worked out," said trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman. "We've got a really busy month coming up, so anytime you can get a relatively easy run, it's good for everybody." In the next month Magic Presto and her peers have a series of open stake races at Mohawk starting with the Casual Breeze on August 25, followed by the Simcoe Stakes on Sept. 1 and the Elegantimage eliminations Sept. 9, with the final on Sept. 16. The last Gold Series event goes postward at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 27 and the season ending Super Final is Oct. 14 at Mohawk. With that schedule in mind Norman said Magic Presto will enjoy a lighter than normal training routine in the coming weeks, but overall the New Jersey-based trainer is pleased with the filly's condition at the mid-point of her sophomore campaign. "She's in really good shape physically, she's carrying a lot of weight, so I'm really happy with that part of it," said the trainer. "She's pretty laid back, and she's a good eater; she's a pretty happy horse, so not much worries her." In her 18 career starts the laidback daughter of Kadabra and In The Mean Time boasts a record of nine wins, five seconds and two thirds for total earnings of $755,159. Norman trains the filly for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, ON, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL, David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL and Little E LLC of New York, NY. Magic Presto Sweet Of My Heart also picked up her second Gold Series win on Thursday, although her journey back to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle was far more tortured than Magic Presto's. Both fillies scored their first Gold Series win at Mohawk on June 8, but since then Magic Presto has not been worse than second racing against the very best fillies in North America while Sweet Of My Heart checked herself out of two straight Gold Legs after making breaks behind the starting gate and was forced to requalify. "That running off a couple starts was no fun for anybody," said trainer Paul Reid. "When you don't even get to race because you're on the break, that makes for a long night." After the miscues Reid and his wife Laurie teamed up with driver Jody Jamieson and the group has been working tirelessly, on and off the racetrack, to keep Sweet Of My Heart on an even keel. Their efforts paid off Thursday as the Angus Hall daughter got away cleanly from Post 6 and led the field through fractions of :27.1, :57.1 and 1:26 on her way to a 1:55.4 victory, keeping a head in front of fan favourite and division point leader On A Sunny Day. Majestic Kat was well back of the leaders in third. "Jody did a good job of keeping her quiet in the post parade. Usually, as soon as she sees the starting gate, a little switch flips, and he's been putting her right up on it and just kind of letting her get more relaxed behind it, kind of forcing her to get more relaxed behind it," said Reid, who trains Sweet Of My Heart for owner-breeder Robert Key of Leechburg, PA. "And we've schooled her a couple times, and he qualified her for me, and he's been working with me so we've re-rigged her and right now she's controllable, so that's our main thing. If she's controllable she can trot with them. Otherwise, you've seen what can happen when she's not." For his part, Jamieson was pleased with Sweet Of My Heart's performance, but said there is still room for improvement from the winner of $207,900. "Tonight she was much improved, but she's still not back to where she was when Louis (Roy) won with her early in the summer," said the Moffat, ON resident, referring to the 1:55 personal best the filly recorded in her June 8 victory. Sweet Of My Heart Like Magic Presto, Sweet Of My Heart is eligible to all of the open stake events in the coming weeks, but Reid said the decision to compete in each event will depend on the filly's performance in the days leading up to the entry deadlines. Mohawk Racetrack continues to showcase the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series this weekend, hosting the two-year-old trotting colts and fillies on Friday, August 25 and the two-year-old pacing colts and fillies on Saturday, August 19. Post time for both events is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

AUGUST 14, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second leg of the harness racing World Driving Championship on Monday evening and Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies showed off their skills to the international audience in four $19,150 Grassroots divisions. Reigning Grassroots champion Anikadabra opened the program with her first victory of the season, touring the Mohawk oval in 1:56.4. Sent off as the fan favourite, the Kadabra daughter controlled the tempo for most of the mile, reaching the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Kuil Diva and Millers Song. Oakville resident Rick Zeron piloted Anikadabra to the win for trainer Rob Fellows of Rockwood and owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave, ON and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. Bested just once in Grassroots action as a two-year-old, Anikadabra now has one win and one third under her belt in two sophomore starts. Anikadabra The second division saw Hudsons Ya Ya earn her first Ontario Sires Stakes win, powering out of Post 7 to take control of the lead and trot home a three-quarter length winner over favourite Inner Drive and Late Shift in 1:57. Guelph resident Paul MacDonell crafted the victory for trainer John Bax of Campbellville, Glengate Farms of Mississauga, Don Allensen of Wyoming, ON and Dave Hudson of Dallas, TX. "She always had a lot of potential," said Bax. "She's from a pretty good mare, and we thought a lot of her - we paid a lot for her - but I hope now that she's kind of over the hump. "She's got lots of power, she's a big strong mare, but now she seems to be getting a little racier and a little more sure-footed." The daughter of Kadabra and $224,136 winner Angostura was a $70,000 purchase out of the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. She made eight starts last season, four of them in the Ontario Sires Stakes program, and recorded one win and one third in overnight action. This season she has made 10 starts and now has two wins and two thirds to her credit for lifetime earnings of $38,691. "She had a bunch of issues last year and she was a little slow getting going this year. I've had a viral issue in the barn for most of the spring and part of the summer," explained Bax, "The bloods are just starting to get back to normal, so I'm hoping that it's onward and upward from here." Hudsons Ya Ya Moffat resident Jack Moiseyev piloted Gisele Treelane to her second Grassroots win of the season in the third division, closing from fifth to first through the final quarter. The fan favourites stopped the timer at 1:55.4, one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Whole Lot Of Sugar and Moni Justice. Murray Brethour of Sunderland, ON trains the daughter of Daylon Magician for owner-breeder Patricia Whittaker Trust of Aspers, PA and bumped the filly up to the Gold Series level after she won her division of the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk on June 13. One fifth and one third-place finish prompted the return to the Grassroots and Monday's win boosted Gisele Treelane into third spot in the Grassroots point standings. The top 10 point earners after six regular season events will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk on Sept. 30. Gisele Treelane In the evening's final division, Bustingattheseams moved into second place in the point race with her second Grassroots win. Another daughter of Kadabra, Bustingattheseams hit the wire in a personal best 1:55.2, three-quarters of a length ahead of Crystal Gumdrop and Ticket To Seattle. Milton resident Randy Waples steered Bustingattheseams to the victory for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and his partner Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. Bustingattheseams In addition to competing in the four races that contributed to their World Driving Championship rankings, four of the drivers also made an appearance in the Ontario Sires Stakes events. Canada's representative James MacDonald of Guelph had mounts in all four divisions, finishing third twice (Late Shift and Ticket To Seattle), fourth and eighth. Marcus Miller, representing the United States, finished fifth in the first division, Bjorn Goop, who represents Sweden, finished sixth in the third division and Dexter Dunn, the defending world champion from New Zealand, finished seventh in the last division. The World Driving Championship makes its third stop at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening, with a first race post time of 7:15 pm. The three-year-old trotting fillies will make their fifth Grassroots start at Georgian Downs on August 27, while their Gold Series peers arrive at Mohawk Racetrack for their fourth leg on Thursday, August 17. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Finland's Mika Forss took the lead in the 2017 World Driving Championship standings with three straight victories in the second leg of the competition on Monday evening (August 14) at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont. Canada's James MacDonald kicked off the second leg of the five-city World Driving Championship, hosted by Standardbred Canada, at his home track with a victory in the first trotting contest of the series aboard the late-closing Mystery Bet ($7.40). MacDonald, who entered the second leg sitting second in the standings with 50 points behind The United States' Marcus Miller (57 points), took the lead briefly on his home turf with the win, which was his third of the tournament that began in Alberta on Saturday at Century Downs. However, Finland's Mika Forss was a force to be reckoned with in the remainder of the second leg. He arrived at Mohawk sitting sixth in the point standings, but climbed to the top of the leaderboard by the end of the night. Forss sent pacer Dialamara ($3.60), the 2-1 second choice on the toteboard, to the lead from post six before the first turn and never looked back en route to a two-length victory in 1:53.3. It was a rare drive and just his second win on the pace for the European trotting specialist. The Finnish representative then fanned 6-5 favourite Lights Go Out ($4.70) three-wide off cover approaching the third quarter mark in the next race and took over command in the stretch with the pacing mare drawing off by three lengths to stop the clock in 1:54.3. Overcoming the outside post 10, Forss won the fourth and final race of the Mohawk leg with Mego Moss ($81.40), who swept off cover turning for home and trotted away for the 39-1 upset in 1:54.2. "I have to say, I love Mohawk!" laughed Forss, who celebrated his third victory by performing a dab in the sulky as he crossed the finish line. Forss now leads with 95 points heading into the third leg of the WDC, which will be held tomorrow evening (August 15) at Georgian Downs in Innisfil, Ont. "No [pressure] because it's a different day, different horses," said Forss. "We'll see, I'll do my best in all the races and we'll find out." The competition featuring 11 top international harness drivers remains fierce. MacDonald ranks second, only eight points behind Forss, while first leg leader Marcus Miller is third with 74.5 points just ahead of defending WDC champion Dexter Dunn of New Zealand, who climbed three spots with a solid performance that included three runner-up finishes in the Mohawk races. Shane Graham (Australia) and Bjorn Goop (Sweden) are tied for fifth with 62 points each, followed by Gerhard Mayr (Austria), Mark Purdon (New Zealand), Noel Baldacchino (Malta), Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) and Rik Depuydt (Belgium). Following Tuesday's Georgian Downs leg, the action will move to Trois-Rivières, Que. on Wednesday, August 16, where Hippodrome 3R will host the fourth leg. After that, the drivers will head to Prince Edward Island's Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park for the fifth and final leg of the Championship on Friday, August 18, one of the major highlights of Old Home Week. The top point-earner at the end of the five legs will be declared the 2017 World Driving Champion and win $25,000 in prize money. The World Driving Championship – along with the 25th anniversary edition of the World Trotting Conference, to be hosted in Charlottetown – are both held every two years and will coincide with the 250th Anniversary of horse racing in Canada, and Canada 150 celebrations. 2017 WORLD DRIVING CHAMPIONSHIP LEADERBOARD Rank - Driver (Country) - Points 1. Mika Forss (Finland) - 95 2. James MacDonald (Canada) - 83 3. Marcus Miller (United States) - 74.5 4. Dexter Dunn (ITA/New Zealand) - 71 5. Shane Graham (Australia) - 62 5. Bjorn Goop (Sweden) - 62 7. Gerhard Mayr (Austria) - 57 8. Mark Purdon (New Zealand) - 52 9. Noel Baldacchino (Malta) - 49 10. Eirik Hoitomt (Norway) - 44.5 11. Rik Depuydt (Belgium) - 43   Jeff Porchak World Driving Championship Media Liaison standardbredcanada.ca

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

AUGUST 10, 2017 - Mohawk Racetrack fans had their pencils sharpened to a fine point on Thursday evening, correctly predicting the winners of all three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the harness racing two-year-old trotting fillies. In spite of her outside Post 10, fans were partial to P L Layla in the first $19,500 division and the daughter of Glidemaster did not disappoint, rolling out three-wide at the three-quarter pole and reeling in the leaders for a one length victory in 1:59.2. Stand For Justice and Gradabra finished second and third. It was the second Grassroots win for P L Layla and driver Randy Waples of Milton, ON, who were also victorious in the July 6 season opener at Mohawk. The pair moved up to the Gold Series for their second start, but were saddled with another Post 10 and finished seventh. With two victories P L Layla, who is trained by Matthew Dupuis for owner-breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, ON, currently sits atop the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots standings with 100 points. P L Layla The second division saw Allerage Stargazer sent off as the fans' top choice, and the filly powered away from Post 4 and sailed around the Mohawk oval to a one and three-quarter length win in 1:59.1. Ladys Intuition and Bonnie Breeze rounded out the top three. "She raced good," said driver Doug McNair. "She was a little bit aggressive on the gate, but was nice in the race. She's learning." Guelph, ON resident McNair piloted the daughter of Angus Hall and Starry Eyed to the victory for trainer Paul Reid and numbered company 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. A $35,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, the full-sister to $420,090 winner Allerage Star started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing fourth and sixth in the July 6 and 25 events at Mohawk. Allerage Stargazer The final division saw trainer Tom Riley and his wife, owner Amanda Riley, earn just their second Ontario Sires Stakes trophy courtesy of fan favourite Ms Miller. Starting from Post 9 driver Louis-Philippe Roy left the gate with confidence and sat in the outer lane before reaching the front just past the halfway marker. Precieuse CC mounted a challenge in the stretch, but Ms Miller trotted home to a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Precieuse CC settled for second and Kant Afford It was third. "We actually just our had our first one (OSS win) two weeks ago at Grand River with our three-year-old trotting filly. We call them the Miller sisters, because we have Millers Song, which is our three-year-old, and then we have Ms Miller," said Tom Riley. "All winter I was telling my wife I thought that they had some talent, and so far they both actually have done us well." Like Allerage Stargazer, Ms Miller started her season at the Gold Series level, finishing fifth and eighth in the first two events before Riley decided a change of scenery was in order for the daughter of Southwind Lustre and Zorgwijk Diamond. "She showed promise right from the get go. She's had the attitude of wanting to do it," said Riley, noting that an absence of racing luck was the filly's biggest problem through her first five starts. "I know she's a decent filly, it's just she hasn't had the opportunity to kind of flaunt herself yet. Tonight she did, being parked to the half and hanging on and still winning in 1:58.2, for a two-year-old that's pretty impressive." The Roseneath, ON residents purchased Ms Miller out of last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale for $5,000 and the Southwind Lustre filly boosted her lifetime earnings to $16,905 with Thursday's victory. She will have an opportunity to add to both her earnings and her Grassroots point total in the fifth two-year-old trotting filly event on September 4 at Mohawk. The top 10 point earners from the six regular season events will compete in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on September 30. Ms Miller Next up on Mohawk Racetrack's Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are the three-year-old trotting fillies, competing as part of the undercard on Monday's World Driving Championship program. The Grassroots fillies will battle in Races 1, 4, 8, and 9, while 11 of the top drivers from across the globe, including Canadian representative and Ontario Sires Stakes regular James MacDonald of Guelph, go head-to-head in Races 2, 3, 5 and 6. First race post time is 7:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

The owners of Lady Shadow are pleased to announce that the Horse Racing Appeal Panel of the AGCO in Ontario has issued a stay of the 90 day rule such that Lady Shadow will be permitted to race on the harness racing WEG circuit effective immediately.  "It is our intention to enter Lady Shadow in an overnight race at Mohawk next weekend," Said attorney/co-owner Howard Taylor. "It is further our intention to enter Lady Shadow in the Artiscape at Tioga on August 27.  "While we do recognize that Tioga Downs is owned by Jeff Gural, it is our sincere hope that he will allow this great mare race in light of the Canadian action. "We look forward to watching what we hope will continue to be a successful season.  "While we did contemplate selling Lady Shadow due to our limited racing opportunities, this is a once in a lifetime mare and we felt that we could not part with her." Taylor concluded.  From Harnesslink Media

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Summer Travel became North America's fastest two-year-old of the season with a dominating 1:50.3 harness racing performance in Monday's $39,800 Dream Maker Final at Mohawk Racetrack. The son of Western Ideal improved to three for three by putting on a show against five rivals in the series finale. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Summer Travel got away third in the early stages, while Trump That moved up to take the lead away from Albergo Hanover at the opening-quarter in :27.4. Summer Travel got his cue to go entering the backstretch and rushed to the lead, posting a half of :56.1. The Casie Coleman trainee proceeded to pace back-to-back :27.1 quarters to leave his rivals well behind and pull off a sensational 9¾ lengths victory in a stakes record 1:50.3. Trump That finished second, while Albergo Hanover was third. A $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Summer Travel appears to be the next big star for his connections of West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Limited. "He's been impressive since day one," said Coleman. "He's really special. He shows a ton of speed. "I was worried about him, he's got a bit of a high stepping gait to him. I loved him as a yearling, but then when he had his gait I was a little bit worried about that, but it's obviously not slowing him down any." Coleman, who has trained many top colts, had high praise for where Summer Travel ranks at this point. "None of them had done what Summer Travel's done this early and he's doing it so easy, like you could see the plugs were in tonight. I've had a little bit of sickness, allergies that I've been battling with him and he's honestly not even 100 per cent yet, but I'm going to have him 100 per cent when it's time next month." Coleman confirmed that Summer Travel is being pointed towards the Grand Circuit events coming up at Mohawk, including the Nassagaweya, Champlain and Metro. Summer Travel paid $2.70 to win. Summer Travel While the Dream Maker Series concluded Monday, the Pure Ivory Series for two-year-old trotting fillies kicked off with a pair of $14,000 divisions. Conway Hall filly Shazamm was able to power by rivals in the stretch to win the first division in 1:58 for driver Chris Christoforou and trainer Renaldo Morales III. A $12,000 Harrisburg purchase, Shazamm was coming into Monday's start off a victory on July 31 at Ocean Downs in Maryland. The rookie trotting filly now has two wins in three starts and $16,775 earned for owner Dan Clements. Shazamm paid $14.90 to win. Shazamm Rick Zeron trainee Courtney Hanover broke through with a strong 1:56.3 winning performance in the second split. The daughter of Cantab Hall converted off a two-hole trip to break her maiden and post the nation's fastest two-year-old trotting mile of the season. Courtney Hanover, who had been racing in Pennsylvania Sires Stakes recently, was a $47,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg and is now one for four with $10,500 banked for owners Rick Zeron Stables, Paul Marion, Bruno Dipoce and Howard Taylor. She paid $13.10 to win. Courtney Hanover The second leg of the Pure Ivory will take place next Monday (August 14). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 3, 2017 - The rain did not dampen the efforts of the harness racing two-year-old trotting colts in their third Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots outing at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening as both divisions featured lively finishes. The first $19,500 contest saw Smart Pick seize early command and lead the field to a :28.3 opening quarter. Heading down the backstretch Randy Waples tipped P L Louigi out of the pocket and took control of the tempo, reaching the half in :58.4 and the three-quarters in 1:29.3. Around the final turn Rick Zeron launched an attack with Radical Attempt and was followed off the rail by Steve Condren and Barney Mac, who powered down the centre of the racetrack to a one and three-quarter length victory in 1:58.2. Stormont Ventnor, who was 17 lengths back at the half, snuck up the rail to be second, with Smart Pick completing the top three. Milton, ON resident Condren piloted Barney Mac to his first lifetime victory for trainer Kelly Sheppard, who shares ownership of the gelding with his father Cliff Sheppard through their Sea Of Green Inc. The Dundas residents also bred the son of Cornaro Dasolo and $313,339 winner Ziggy Wiggy. Barney Mac finished fourth in his Grassroots debut at Mohawk on July 18, delivering an impressive second half after making an early break, and now sits fourth in the standings with 58 points. Barney Mac In the $19,850 second division driver Chris Christoforou, Jr. fired Nobodynosjustice away from Post 7 and the gelding reached the quarter pole in :29.1. Yielding to Paul MacDonell and Audacious, Christoforou and Nobodynosjustice followed that colt through a 1:00 half and 1:30 three-quarters and then squeaked up the inside for a nose victory over Chief Justice and favourite Tymal Tino, who were duelling in the middle of the racetrack. "We almost squeezed out second over at the three-quarter pole, but didn't have enough clearance," said Christoforou. "Ducked up the inside in the stretch and had to check him, but when he got through he was all trot and just got his nose in front." The Campbellville, ON resident piloted Nobodynosjustice to his first Grassroots win for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. The son of Justice Hall and $111,186 winner Nobody Nos Butme earned his first win in the July 25 leg of the Coupe de l'Avenir at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres on July 25. He made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut in the Gold Series season opener at Mohawk on July 9, finishing sixth. "All winter he was almost my favourite, because all the time when he train he show me he is a nice colt," said Fontaine. "He is a classy colt, he like the gate, he like what he do. He is a nice horse everywhere, in the stall, when you jog him and take care, everything." Nobodynosjustice will make his second Grassroots start at Kawartha Downs on August 12, and Fontaine is hoping the colt enjoys a second dose of racing luck before he heads back to Quebec for the last leg and the final of the Coupe de l'Avenir. "Over there (Trois-Rivieres) the final is for $50,000 too, so I have to figure where I can make the more money for my owner, so that is why I figure if I race one more time in Kawartha I have a chance to get some good points and probably have a chance to make the final in the Grassroots at the end," explained the trainer, adding that the colt could also see one more start at the Gold Series level if he continues to develop. "So that is my schedule for him, but I have to go start-by-start, because with a baby like that you never know the next day." Thursday's victory gives Nobodynosjustice 50 points and a share of seventh spot in the point standings. The top 10 point earners will earn a berth in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk. Nobodynosjustice The Campbellville continues to feature the freshmen in Ontario Sires Stakes action this month, welcoming the two-year-old trotting fillies for their fourth Grassroots event on Thursday, Aug. 10. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com To view results for Thursday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 3 - Legendary harness racing announcer Roger Huston will be making a special appearance at Mohawk Racetrack this Saturday evening (August 5). Best known for calling the Little Brown Jug, Huston will be calling Races 2, 3 and 4, before heading downstairs for a meet and greet with fans on the main level of the Grandstand. A special commemorative T-Shirt will be for sale. Huston, who started his storied career in 1960, has called over 175,000 races at 138 different tracks, covering 17 states and seven countries. Huston will start his evening at Mohawk by appearing on the track's simuclast pre-game show at 6:45 p.m. Fans are encouraged to submit their questions for "The Voice" either through Twitter or by e-mailing them to Ken Middleton (kzm@woodbineentertainment.com). Saturday's evening's card features 10-races, including a $34,000 Preferred Pace. Post time is 7:30 p.m.   Mark McKelvie

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

AUGUST 1, 2017 - Levitation rose to the top of the two-year-old trotting colt class with a gate-to-wire harness racing victory in Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series action at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday, August 1. Starting from Post 4 driver Doug McNair of Guelph, ON sent the fan favourite directly to the front and set a very conservative tempo. Through fractions of :30, 1:00.2 and 1:30.4, McNair and Levitation maintained an almost two-length lead over pocket-sitters Jimmy Takter and Cousin Rickard. In the stretch Winning American and driver Jody Jamieson took aim on the leaders but, after a brief hesitation, Levitation found another gear and pulled away to a one length victory in 1:58.4. Winning American finished second while Perfetto, in rein to Trevor Henry, recovered from a break at the midway point to be third. "He raced good. The fractions were on his side, but he did it pretty handily," said McNair. "I think he's going to keep getting better and better. He's very green on the lead, still learning how to change gears." McNair drove the son of Kadabra and Southwind Amiga to his first lifetime win for New Jersey-based trainer Tony Alagna, David Anderson of Aurora, ON, who also bred the colt, and his partner Robert Leblanc of Austin, TX. In his Gold Series debut at Georgian Downs on July 9, Levitation finished third after leading early in the mile. The youngster prepped for the Ontario Sires Stakes campaign with a pair of qualifiers at New Jersey's The Meadowlands Racetrack in June. "When we shipped him up to race in the first Gold he'd missed a qualifier due to sickness so I didn't think he was quite as physically ready as he was coming into this race," noted Alagna. "I thought he would give a very good account of himself the first start at Georgian Downs, first lifetime start on the five-eighths mile track as well, but he came up short. We got him a little more fit, a little more healthy going into this race and I thought he raced super tonight. "He was kind of a late to mature colt, he was very tall, but he didn't really have a lot of muscle on him yet, and the more we trained him through the winter the stronger he got," Alagna added. "Right before we left Florida you could really tell he was coming into himself and once we got him up north in Jersey he just really clicked and he's been good ever since." Levitation Tuesday's win moved Levitation to the top of the two-year-old trotting colt point standings with a total of 62 points, 12 points ahead of Winning American and Fordham Road, who won the opening leg, but was absent from the field on Tuesday. The two-year-old trotting colts will make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk on August 18. Tuesday's program also featured a performance by the RCMP Musical Ride, part of the cross Canada tour in celebration of Canada's 150th birthday. The Musical Ride will also perform on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at 2 pm. The doors open at 12 pm and there are bouncy castles, pony rides, face painting, glitter tattoos, balloon art, a dog agility show, Touch-A-Truck area and more to entertain the smallest fans while they wait for the ride to begin. Tickets are $10 in advance or $15 at the door and children 12 and under are free. For more information visit http://www.woodbineentertainment.com/Mohawk/Racing/Pages/RCMP-Musical-Ride-.aspx. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to the Campbellville oval on Thursday, August 3 with two Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts. Thursday's program gets under way at 7:30 pm, and the colts will compete in Races 3 and 6. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 31 - Harness racing trainer Dave Menary was expected to win Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker at Mohawk Racetrack, but it was the least likely of his two starters to come through with the victory. Menary trainee Trump That was the overwhelming favourite in a field of five two-year-old pacing colts and geldings competing for $14,000. Trump That enjoyed a two-hole ride and took the lead in the stretch, but couldn't kick away from his rivals and got picked off by a charging Dragon Time and driver James MacDonald. Dragon Time sat fourth throughout the opening stages before hitting full flight in the stretch and getting up to win in 1:53. The gelded son of Bettor's Delight paced a :27.3 final-quarter to win by a half a length. Brackley Beach finished third, while Albergo Hanover was fourth. Webmaster Hanover showed the way until the top of the lane and posted fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:24.2. He faded back to finish fifth. Owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael Guerriero, Larry Menary and Alan Alber, Dragon Time was a $50,000 purchase at last October's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. The Bettors Delight gelding now has two wins in four starts and $19,180 banked. Dragon Time paid $11.20 to win. Dragon Time The $39,800 Dream Maker Series final will take place next Monday (August 7). Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A special post time of 6 p.m. is in effect due to the RCMP Musical Ride performance taking place during Tuesday's card. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 31 - The Mohawk Race Office would like to remind harness racing horsepeople of tomorrow evening's (Tuesday, August 1) early post-time of 6 p.m. The early post-time is due to the RCMP Musical Ride performance taking place during Tuesday's card of racing at Mohawk Racetrack. The first-race will go at 6 p.m. and it is expected that the opening five-races will be completed by 7:30 p.m. There will then be a 90 minute break for warm ups and the RCMP Musical Ride performance. Racing will resume with the sixth-race at approximately 9 p.m. Horsepeople are reminded to double check the entries and overnight sheet for paddock and Lasix times. The RCMP Musical Ride is a ticketed event, therefore horsepeople are advised to go through the paddock when attending Tuesday's card of racing. The RCMP Musical Ride will also have a performance on Wednesday afternoon at Mohawk. Due to the daytime performance, the paddock and track will only be available for training from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. on Wednesday. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 27 - The RCMP Musical Ride is coming to Mohawk Racetrack for performances on Tuesday (August 1) and Wednesday (August 2) during live harness racing. A spectacle known around the world, the RCMP Musical Ride is performed by a full troop of 32 riders and their horses. The performance consists of intricate figures and drills choreographed to music. The first official musical ride was held in 1887. The RCMP Musical Ride will be making a stop at Mohawk as part of ongoing Canada 150 celebrations. The performances at Mohawk are scheduled for Tuesday evening and Wednesday afternoon. The Tuesday evening performance will take place during live racing. A special post-time of 6 p.m. has been announced for Tuesday's card and the RCMP Musical Ride performance will take place after the fifth-race at approximately 8 p.m. The opening-five races are scheduled to take place between 6 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., with the remaining races on the card set to resume at 9 p.m. Doors open for Tuesday's live racing and Musical Ride performance at 4 p.m. Wednesday afternoon's performance is scheduled for 2 p.m. with doors opening at 12 noon. Although there is no live racing on Wednesday, there will be plenty of entertainment on-site to accompany the Musical Ride. Kid's entertainment will include bouncy castles, pony rides, dog agility show, face paintings, glitter tattoos, balloon art and a Touch-A-Truck area. All these activities are included with admission. Tickets for the RCMP Musical Ride at Mohawk are $10 in advance and $15 at the door. Kids under the age of 12 are free. Tickets for either Tuesday or Wednesday can be purchased online by clicking here. For more information on the RCMP Muscial Ride at Mohawk, visit www.MohawkRacetrack.com Mark McKelvie

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