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Kj Erich won the Monticello Raceway harness racing Open Pace for the first time since January as he finished strongly in the Apr. 13 contest.   Driver Jim Taggart Jr. utilized the horse's best post draw in weeks to drop him into the four-hole early, but he pulled the gelding back out before the quarter in :28. Kj Erich marched to the front and cleared easily. He then took the field to the half in :57 and three-quarters in 1:26.2.   First-over challenger Blacktree (Michael Merton) and pocket horse Weekend Atnannies (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) took their shots down the stretch, but Kj Erich repelled both to win by three quarters of a length in 1:55.4. Blacktree got second, and Epaulette A circled up for show.   KJ ERICH REPLAY     Kj Erich is now 33-for-171 lifetime with more than $205,000 earned for owners and breeders Scott Woogen of North Chesterfield, Brenda Messenger of Monticello, and Philip Shapiro of Haworth. Gary Messenger trains the eight-year-old son of Roll With Joe.   Taggart completed a "Kj" triple on the day as he also won the second with Kj Michael Gary (1:59) and third with Kj Chico (1:59.1).   Monticello Raceway is back on Wednesday, Apr. 14 with seven races beginning at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Special Graduate was in command in the first of three conditioned harness racing co-features at a muddy Monticello Raceway on Apr. 12.   Driver Bruce Aldrich Jr. pushed the Art Major mare to the top through the quarter in :29.2. He sliced out middle fractions of :59.4 and 1:29.4 while maintaining a length-and-a-quarter gap to first-over Delilah De Vie (Jim Taggart Jr.).   Special Graduate pulled away with ease and was wrapped up crossing the finish line in 2:00.2. Rella Tivity's (Drew Chellis) pocket trip landed her the place spot, and Delilah De Vie stayed on for third. The winner paid $3.20.   SPECIAL GRADUATE REPLAY     Special Graduate's win was her 10th on 35 lifetime attempts, and it increased her bankroll to more than $45,000. David Dziengiel trains and co-owns with Robert Sholes and Edward Davis, all of whom are residents of Bloomingburg.   Quick Summer took the second co-feature in similar fashion, though she was under duress for the entire back half and won a close photo.   Quick Summer sprinted out to the lead and enjoyed opening splits of :30.4 and 1:02.1 under the guidance of Michael Merton. Er Betty (Taggart) went first up going past the half and attacked the leader, drawing level at one point but backing off as they approached three-quarters in 1:32.1.   Er Betty persisted through, and Mayfair Well (Cory Stratton) slid up the inside as they straightened for home, setting the stage for a three-across finish. Mayfair Well went strongly on the inside, but Quick Summer was too determined and edged the victory by a neck in 2:02.4. The former was a game second, and Er Betty fought on for third.   QUICK SUMMER REPLAY     Quick Summer is now 12-for-87 lifetime with just shy of $85,000 in earnings. Barbara Schlosser of The Bronx owns the seven-year-old Prayer I Am mare and employs Dennis Laterza as the trainer. The horse paid $5.60 to win.   Best Choice captured the final co-feature, going first-up in a double move effort.   She pressed on from post six, vying for early position and settling for the third spot on the rail just past the quarter in :29.3. Merton kept her on the inside going by the half in 1:00.3 as the outer flow got moving. That choice paid off as the first-over contender backed up on the final backside trip, allowing Best Choice to make a first-up move of her own to go after leader The New Americana (Justin Huckabone).   Best Choice was at the leader's bridle at three-quarters in 1:30.3 and went by, but she was unable to clear turning for home, allowing The New Americana to re-rally up the pylons. They dueled down the lane, but Best Choice earned the victory and won by a half length in 2:00.1 The New Americana settled for place, and Realistic (John De Simone Jr.) followed the winner's cover for show.   BEST CHOICE REPLAY     Best choice won first off the claim for Mo Coo Inc of Merrick and Andew Adamcyzk of Middletown. Adamcyzk also trains the five-year-old Ponder mare that has won 13 of her 58 starts and earned more than $55,000 lifetime.   Monticello Raceway will return on Tuesday, Apr. 13 with nine races kicking off at 12:10 EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

In the midst of a downpour, Armycaptin Hanover emerged best of a three-across finish in the Fraser Downs Open Pace harness racing feature on Apr. 9 to complete a last-to-first stunner.   Scott Knight withheld the gelding from the gate and sent him to last of six early as Kneedeep N Custard (Kelly Hoerdt) and Just A Start (Brandon Campbell) fought for the lead through a :27.3 first quarter. The latter won that duel before the half in :54.4.   Armycaptin Hanover started rolling at that point, moving second-over on the backside behind the cover of Dontpokethedragon (William Tainsh), who bested him in the previous week's open. Dontpokethedragon and Just A Start threw down going past three-quarters in 1:24 as Armycaptin Hanover loomed in third.   Just A Start appeared to get away from the first-over challenger, but he tired in the stretch and both Dontpokethedragon and Armycaptin Hanover laid siege coming to the wire. The trio hit the finish line together in a tight photo, but it was Armycaptin Hanover who crossed it first in 1:53.4. Dontpokethedragon got up for place, and Just A Start was a game third.   ARMYCAPTIN HANOVER REPLAY     Armycaptin Hanover, a five-year-old son of Captaintreacherous, has now made $72,559 and has a record of 13-for-54. Hoerdt trains and co-owns with Blair Corbeil of Beaumont. That victory was the horse's first of the season. He paid $11.60 to win.   Campbell clawed two back in the race for the drivers' title. He scored five wins on the night to Hoerdt's three. Hoerdt now has only one win over his rival, with the score sitting at 26-25. Knight is third with seven.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Chase The Ace captured the Handicap Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares at a muddy Fraser Downs on Apr. 7, 2021 while making her 2021 debut.   Driver Brandon Campbell tucked her into third through a first quarter in :29.3. They remained inside as consistent open contender Cusdmagicdragon (Kelly Hoerdt) carved out fractions of :58.3 and 1:27.1 on the front end.   Campbell triggered Chase The Ace's move coming around the final turn, and the pair easily stepped around the top two. She won by four and a half lengths in 1:55.4 going away. Rockin Mystery (Rod Therres) reached up for second over Cusdmagicdragon, who finished third.   CHASE THE ACE REPLAY     Chase The Ace has now won 14 of her 44 lifetime tries and earned more than $75,000. Campbell also trains the five-year-old Armbro Baylor mare for Jodi Loftus of Calgary. The horse went eight-for-23 last season and made just shy of $50,000.   Hoerdt and Campbell renewed their battle for the top of the drivers' standings, winning five and three races, respectively. Hoerdt holds a three-win advantage over Campbell after the Apr. 7 program. Scott Knight won two to improve his tally to six on the evening and jump Therres for third place.   Hoerdt also trained five winners and leads Jim Marino in the trainers' table by 11.   Fraser Downs will be back on Friday, Apr. 9 with 10 races starting at 8 p.m. PDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Credit List's late swoop in the Apr. 7 feature at Monticello Raceway earned him a third Open Trot win in four weeks.   With Justin Huckabone at the controls, the six-year-old gelding settled into the four-hole going through the first turn and continued in that spot through the :29.3 opening quarter. He went to the outside approaching the half in :58.1 and caught the cover of Cinnamon Stick (Bruce Aldrich Jr.) as they pursued longshot leader American JJ (Michael Miller).   Credit List forged to the three-path going by three-quarters in 1:27.3 as Cinnamon Stick began to stall and accelerated coming off the turn. Kabang (Michael Merton), who saved ground and went up the rail, briefly gained a stretch advantage. Credit List was brimming with late pace, though, and outkicked Kabang to win by half a length in 1:57.3.   Kabang was second, and Cinnamon Stick stayed on for show. The winner paid $3.   CREDIT LIST REPLAY     Credit List breaks the $150,000 earnings mark with the victory and improve his lifetime record to 15-for-103. Justin Huckabone also trains the son of Credit Winner for Jonathan Appelbaum of Yorktown Heights.   Monticello will be back with an extended 13-race card on Thursday, Apr. 8.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Australian-born harness racing gelding Epaulette A drew away following a confident steer from Bruce Aldrich Jr. in the Open Pace at Monticello Raceway on Tuesday, Apr. 6.   Aldrich slotted him into second before the first turn as Weekend Atnannies (Cory Stratton) went forward to take the lead. Epaulette A then went back around and took command in a :28 first panel. He led through splits of :58 and 1:27 before repelling all prospective challengers in the final quarter to win by two and three quarter lengths in 1:56.3.   Weekend Atnannies took second, and first-over challenger KJ Erich (Jim Taggart Jr.) fought on for show. The winner was a well-backed favourite, paying $2.70.   EPAULETTE A REPLAY     Epaulette A is now 37-for-153 lifetime and has earned more than $360,000. Laura Perino trains and co-owns the son of Four Starzzz Shark with Aldrich.   Monticello Raceway will return on Wednesday, Mar. 7 with an eight-race card beginning at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Lacarmeliliana was in command throughout the Monticello Raceway conditioned harness racing feature pace on Monday, Apr. 5.   Bruce Aldrich Jr. authoritatively drove on to the front with the eight-year-old, reaching the lead with little difficulty in a :28 first split. Aldrich managed fractions of :58.4 to the half and 1:28.3 to three-quarters.   Jericho Diva (Shane Taggart) made a first-over push turning for home, but Lacarmeliliana turned her away with no encouragement needed from Aldrich. Lacarmeliliana sprinted home under wraps to win by four lengths in 1:58. Jericho Diva's efforts resulted in the place spot, and Tyronbettorsella N (Cory Stratton) was third.   LACARMELILIANA REPLAY     Lacarmeliliana is an Ashlee's Big Guy mare trained by Christopher Petrelli for George Dremonas of Oak Lawn. The horse is now 22-for-174 lifetime with more than $125,000 in earnings. She paid $3.60.   Aldrich had two more winners on the afternoon: Metro Glide (1:58) in the second and Sweet Ginger (1:59.2) in the eighth.   Monticello Raceway will return on Tuesday, Apr. 6 with an eight-race program starting at 12:10 p.m. EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Dontpokethedragon remained undefeated in 2021 as he won the harness racing Open Handicap Pace at Fraser Downs with a late rail dive on Friday, Apr. 2.   Driver Brandon Campbell urged him fastest off the gate, reaching the top briefly before Kneedeep N Custard (Kelly Hoerdt) drove on to assume command. Kneedeep N Custard led through fractions of :27.2, :57, and 1:26.3.   Armycaptin Hanover (Scott Knight) lurked first-over turning for home and Dontpokethedragon remained in the pocket. Kneedeep N Custard fought on, but Dontpokethedragon unfurled his wings with a 1/16th to go and slid up the passing lane to win by half a length in 1:55.2.   Armycaptin Hanover just got up for second over Kneedeep N Custard, who finished third. The winner was a mild upset, paying $15.30.   DONTPOKETHEDRAGON REPLAY     Dontpokethedragon is a four-year-old Custard The Dragon gelding. He has won eight of his 30 lifetime tries and brought in just less than $100,000. Jim Marino trains and co-owns with Paul Sanders of Surrey and J J J Stables of Prince George.   Both Campbell and Hoerdt, the top two reinsmen at Fraser Downs, steered four winners on the evening. Hoerdt narrowly tops the drivers' standings with 18 wins over Campbell, who has 17. Rod Therres is a distant third with five winners so far this season.   Also on the card, the three-year-old Shadow Play gelding, Helter Skelter ($2.60), broke his maiden in the fifth race pace. He crushed a nine-horse maiden field in wire-to-wire fashion on his 14th start for owner/trainer/breeder Randy Rutledge of Aldergrove. Campbell drove that one to victory in 1:58.4.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Captain Video blew away five harness racing stakes foes to win the $35,000 Valedictory Pacing Series final at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, Apr. 2.   Sylvain Filion deployed the four-year-old stallion to the front end, and they led through the opening quarter in :28. One-to-five favourite Beyond Bettor (Trevor Henry) stormed up approaching the half in :56, but Filion parked him out.   Captain Video retained the lead going to three-quarters in 1:23 and blasted away as the field came down the lane, extending his margin to six and a quarter lengths by the time he crossed the finish line victorious in 1:51.2. Beyond Bettor stayed on for place, and Bee Two Bee (Scott Coulter) grabbed third.   CAPTAIN VIDEO REPLAY     Captain Video, a son of Captaintreacherous, has now won 11 races from 22 starts and surpassed the $100,000 earnings mark with the win. Richard Moreau trains for 1876472 Ontario Inc of Guelph, Ecurie CSL of Boynton Beach, Visionary Breeders LLC of Manalapan, and Joseph Di Scala of Somers.   The horse paid $8.20 to win. The Valedictory Series was open to three and four-year-old colts and geldings. Its first two legs were contested in December 2020, but the final was postponed due to a Covid-19-related shutdown of racing.   Rose Run Victory captured the other stakes final on the night, sweeping by opponents late in the $35,000 Niagara Pacing Series conclusion.   She took back and dropped into sixth at the behest of driver Ed Hensley, riding along through a first split of :28. Hensley moved her into the flow going to the half in :57.3. She ended up third-over, and Hensley remained patient past the three-quarters in 1:26.2, only swinging the mare wide for her move as the field entered the stretch.   The four-year-old mare made little headway through the first half of the stretch, but she found another gear in the final eighth and rolled by four foes to win by three quarters of a length in 1:54.2. She outkicked her cover of Man Dontforget Me (Doug McNair), who was second; Filter Hanover (Jody Jamieson) was third.   ROSE RUN VICTORY REPLAY     Rose Run Victory improved her record to 10-for-39 lifetime and her bankroll to $166,491. Ashleigh Hensley trains for Burke Racing Stable LLC of Fredericktown, Weaver Bruscemi LLC of Canonsburg, and Phillip Collura of Mountain Top. The four-year-old by Shadow Play paid $2.70 to win.   Rose Run Victory swept the Niagara Series, the first two legs of which were also held in December 2020.   So Much More, Canada's 2020 Older Pacing Mare of the Year, took the $30,000 Preferred Handicap for aged distaffers.   Driver James MacDonald sent her to the front for the first time this season, and they led through the quarter in :27.3, half in :55.4, and three-quarters in 1:24.3. Ivana Flybye N (Jody Jamieson) pressured from first-over, but So Much More was solid and held off all challengers to win by a length and a half in 1:51.4.   Major Occasion A (Bob McClure) rode the pocket for place, and Ivana Flybye N got third. A correct $2 win ticket returned $5.60.   SO MUCH MORE REPLAY     So Much More has now racked up 33 wins and just shy of $600,000 in her 70-race career. Don Beatson of Granton trains and co-owns the five-year-old Big Jim mare with Kenneth Beatson of Palgrave and Cole England of Exeter.   This will likely be Woodbine Mohawk Park's final card for at least four weeks as Ontario will move into lockdown as of 12:01 a.m. EDT on Saturday, Apr. 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

New Zealand import Smoke N Reactor N retained her victory in The Raceway at Western Fair's co-featured harness racing Preferred 3 Pace after deep-stretch stickhandling drew the interest of the stewards.   Driver Jean Rene Plante sent the mare out sharply from post five, but Powerful Chris (Colin Kelly) forced her into the pocket entering the first turn. The latter led to the quarter in :28.1, half in :58.3, and three-quarters in 1:28.   Saulsbrook Jessie (Brett Macdonald) attacked from first-up going into the final turn, and a compact outside flow left Smoke N Reactor N trapped on the rail. She found room when second-over Sirius Star (Michael Horner) shifted into the three-path, and Plante lunged his charge to the rail as Powerful Chris faded, causing the latter to toss her head and bear in.   Smoke N Reactor N then shot up the pylons, going by both of the top two to win by three quarters of a length in 1:58. Sirius Star got up for place, and Saulsbrook Jessie was third. The judges investigated Plante's stretch drive but ruled that there were no sufficient grounds for disqualification.   SMOKE N REACTOR N REPLAY     Smoke N Reactor N has now won eight of her 62 lifetime appearances and earned more than $65,000. She's now three-for-four for Plante since he took over ownership and training duties on Mar. 4. Plante guided the Auckland Reactor mare to her first win since moving to Canada.   Letstaketothesky scored in the second co-feature, sliding out of the pocket late and sneaking by to capture the extended distance conditioned trot.   Driver Anthony Haughan contested the early lead with her but ultimately settled for the two-hole and followed Twin B Hugs through the quarter in :29.1 and half in 1:00. Letstaketothesky was bottled up in the pocket going to three-quarters in 1:30.4. First-up Twin B Hugs (Paul Mackenzie) drifted out just enough to allow Haughan enough room to squeeze his charge through traffic and get up for the win.   Letstaketothesky got up to win by a neck in 2:09.2 over a mile and a sixteenth. Twin B Hugs was second, and Black Seven (George Ketros) was third best.   LETSTAKETOTHESKY REPLAY     Letstaketothesky is now three-for-26 lifetime with just shy of $50,000 in earnings for owners David and Ben Holliday of Mount Forest. They bred the four-year-old by Wheeling N Dealin; David trains.   Also on the card, the four-year-old Muscle Mass gelding Rubbleonthedouble broke his maiden in race two in 2:04.3 with Haughan in the bike. The Holliday Duo also own, train, and bred him.   The Raceway at Western Fair will likely not return for at least four weeks as the province of Ontario will move into lockdown on Saturday, Apr. 3 at 12:01 a.m EDT.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Tymal Tarot's made three moves in the conditioned feature harness racing trot at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Thursday, Apr. 1, the last of which got him to the line first.   His first effort was pushing out to a short-lived early lead as Heaven (Scott Young) drove on to grab front-end control through the first panel in :27.3. Driver Sylvain Filion then sent Tymal Tarot quickly back around as they straightened onto the backstretch, but Tymal Riggs (James MacDonald) pulled out behind him and vaulted to the lead.   Tymal Tarot remained in the pocket through the half in :57.3 and three-quarters in 1:27.2 as Hp Starlette (Louis-Philippe Roy) provided the leader with first-over pressure. Tymal Tarot swung to the outside in the stretch and accelerated by the top two with mild urging from Filion to take the lead -- permanently this time -- and win by three quarters of a length in 1:56.2.   Hp Starlette was a game second, and Tymal Riggs held the show spot. The $2 win payoff was $5.60.   TYMAL TAROT REPLAY     Tymal Tarot is a four-year-old Kadabra gelding. He's now two-for-29 lifetime with more than $40,000 earned for Rod Hughes of Rockwood, who also trains. Filion had a driving triple on the evening.   Woodbine Mohawk Park will return on Friday, Apr. 2. with an 11-race program that includes the finals of the Valedictory Pacing Series and Niagara Pacing Series. That card, which starts at 7:00 p.m. EDT, could be the track's last for four weeks, as the province of Ontario will move into lockdown starting on Apr. 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink  

Share The Moment blew away conditioned harness racing fillies and mares by more than 10 lengths in The Raceway at Western Fair's Thursday, Apr. 1 feature pace.   Driver Travis Cullen acted accordingly with his mount's superiority, sending her to the front in a :30.2 first quarter. He laid down an identical second panel, reaching the half in 1:00.4.   The field appeared to reel in the 1/9 favourite slightly going towards three-quarters in 1:30.2, but Share The Moment kicked away at that point. The filly turned on the jets and widened the gap throughout the final quarter, winning by ten and three quarter lengths in 1:59.2. Cherie Amour (Tyler Moore) was second, and Littlebearcat (Michael Horner) circled up for show.   SHARE THE MOMENT REPLAY     Share The Moment is now five-for-13 lifetime with earnings of more than $20,000. She's a three-year-old Control The Moment filly owned and bred by Cullen. Jodie Cullen trains. The horse paid $2.20 to win.   Also on the card, trainer Darren Rayner took his first win of 2021 in the opener as Hard Rock (Bruce Richardson) circled the field in 2:00.3. Caleb Stephens did the same in the seventh race with Chuck Heaton Love, who went wire-to-wire in 2:01.3 at the hands of Paul MacKenzie. Jason Sherman won his first of the year in the finale as his mare, Rollwithitannie, brushed and crushed in 2:06.1 with Scott Coulter in the bike.   Steelmeatreasure, a three-year-old State Treasurer filly, broke her maiden on 13 tries in the fourth race in 2:00. Victory Puddy co-owns and trains for partners Lloyd Stone of Portland (ON), Michael Horwood of Tecumseh, and 10462217 Canada Inc of Gloucester. Lorne House handled the filly.   The Raceway at Western Fair's next card will be on Friday, Apr. 2, which will consist of 10 races beginning at 5:50 p.m. EDT. It will be the Elora, Ontario track's final program for at least four weeks as the province moves into a lockdown on Apr. 3.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

All harness racing in Ontario will stop again as Premier Doug Ford announced today (Thursday, Apr. 1) that Ontario will move into a province-wide lockdown effective Saturday, Apr. 3 at 12:01 a.m. EDT.   The provincial government said that it is "pulling the emergency brake" as Covid-19 cases begin to rise again. This will result in the temporary closure of Woodbine Mohawk Park, The Raceway at Western Fair District, and Rideau Carleton Raceway. Flamboro Downs has previously been placed in lockdown and planned to move its cards to Mohawk Park.   The racing industry in Ontario was closed for seven weeks during the last lockdown, which began on Dec. 26, 2020 and ended on Feb. 16.   Ontario's last race programs before shutting down will be the Friday, Apr. 1 cards of Woodbine Mohawk Park and The Raceway at Western Fair.    by Nicholas Barndsale, for Harnesslink

Paperback Thriller confidently brushed to the front and capture the Handicap Open Pace for harness racing fillies and mares at Fraser Downs on Wednesday, Mar. 31.   Brandon Campbell dropped Paperback Thriller into the two-hole through the opening quarter in :29.3 before sweeping to the front by three-eighths. They continued to lead unopposed in middle splits of :58.2 and 1:26.4.   Paperback thriller was solid and finished the job, withstanding a charge from the heavily favoured Cusdmagicdragon (Kelly Hoerdt) and cruising to a three-quarter-length victory in 1:54.4. Cusdmagicdragon got up for place, and Rockin Mystery (Rod Therres) was third. The winner paid $11.50.   PAPERBACK THRILLER REPLAY     That was Paperback Thriller's first win of the season. The six-year-old Mystery Chase mare has won 20 of her 94 lifetime starts and earned just shy of $150,000. Jim Marino trains for Raymond Henry of Calgary.   Also on the card, Hoerdt had a natural hat trick with wins aboard Night Stick (1:54.2) in the fourth, Chase Me Forever (1:54.4) in the fifth, and Im Too Sexy (1:56.4) in the sixth.   Fraser Downs' next card will consist of nine dashes and is scheduled for Friday, Apr. 2.   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barndsale, for Harnesslink

Brady Bunch led throughout the Wednesday, Mar. 31 harness racing Preferred 2 Trot at The Raceway at Western Fair and won fairly comfortably. Bob McClure procured the early lead for Brady Bunch, sending the gelding out best in a :28.2 opening panel. McClure gave the horse a handy breather to the half in :59.2. Odds-on favourite Veyron (J Bradley Harris) pursued the first-over path and hurried the leader going to three-quarters in 1:27.3. Brady Bunch had ample trot remaining in the stretch and won by a length and a half in 1:58. Veyron sustained his bid to take second, and Willyorwonthe (Colin Kelly) had to settle for third after being trapped on the rail. The winner paid $7.10. BRADY BUNCH REPLAY   Brady Bunch is now 9-for-30 lifetime with more than $210,000 earned. Jacques Dupont trains the five-year-old Muscle Mass gelding for Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc of Sainte-Julie, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East, Gestion C Levesque 2005 Inc of St-Hyacinthe, and Ecurie CSL of Sorel-Tracy. Coulter went on to take a triple on the evening. Also on the card, trainer Kenneth Mathieson took his first career win as Life Is Better scored in the fifth race. Scott Coulter drove the five-year-old Betterthancheddar stallion to a 1:57.4 victory. LIFE IS BETTER REPLAY   Mathieson, a resident of Hamilton, co-owns with Henry Banakiewicz of Jerseyville. Lawmen Reign (1:59.4) won the Seniors Pace at the hands of Ross Battin, giving the reinsman and trainer his first driving and conditioning win of the year. The Raceway at Western Fair will return on Thursday, Apr. 1 with 11 races starting at 5:50 p.m. EDT. The Saturday, Apr. 3 card will most likely be the track's last for at least four weeks, as the province of Ontario will enter a month-long lockdown on that date due to a rise in Covid-19 cases. This will also almost certainly result in the closure of all other Ontario racetracks. For full race results, click here. by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

Big Sir was awarded the victory in The Raceway at Western Fair's harness racing feature on Tuesday, Mar. 30 after Shadow Tail drifted into his path and stopped his late charge.   Driver Doug McNair slotted the heavily favoured Big Sir into the pocket through the first turn, quickly abandoning his bid for leadership. Shadow Tail (Austin Sorrie) led the way through opening splits of 27.1 and 57.3. Podium Seelster advanced first up going through the third panel timed in 1:26.2, and Big Sir swung around him coming into the final turn.   McNair lunged his gelding to the outside, and the horse took off with the newfound racetrack, bearing down on the leader. Shadow Tail drifted out in the stretch and hooked wheels with the oncoming challenger, causing the two to maintain position crossing the finish line.   Shadow Tail went over the wire first, but officials ruled he caused interference to Big Sir and placed him second. Big Sir received the victory. Heza Handy Man came up the rail for show. The winner paid $2.70.   BIG SIR REPLAY     Big Sir is now 11-for-30 lifetime with more than $65,000 in earnings. Tony Montini trains the four-year-old by Big Jim for Albina Montini of Acton, Kwong Sum Low of Etobicoke, William Rogers of Aurora, and Rick Rier of Hanover.   Also on the card, the three-year-old State Treasurer colt Hollys Treasure broke his maiden despite being parked for the entire mile and was a 25-1 longshot. Driver Bruce Richardson sent him out quickly and battled with Hes A Littleterror (George Ketros) throughout the contest, eventually pacing him into submission and surviving a late move from Sunseeker (Lorne House).   HOLLYS TREASURE REPLAY     Colonel Schneider of Arthur owns, and Cassidy Schneider trains.   Trainer Ashley Duford took her first win of the year with Jooner (2:02) in the fifth. Madalyn Henry accomplished the same feat with Windemere McSeek (1:59) in the sixth, as did Otis Hall in the 10th with Sauble Attack (1:57).   For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale, for Harnesslink

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