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MILTON, May 15, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment is set to debut a new Facebook Live harness racing series titled 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. The five-episode series will feature past champions of the Pepsi North America Cup reflecting on their victories, close calls and other memorable moments from Canada's richest harness race. 'Capturing The Cup' will air each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. on the Woodbine Mohawk Park Facebook Page from May 17 until the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup on June 16. Mark McKelvie of Woodbine's Communications Team will host the series and sit down with some of the sport's biggest names for a one-on-one interview in a casual setting. The Woodbine Broadcast Department will produce the series, while Woodbine's Social Media Team will interact with fans and viewers through the comment section to field questions for the guests. Jody Jamieson, a two-time Pepsi North America Cup champion with Tell All (2007) and Up The Credit (2011), will be the first guest on 'Capturing The Cup' this Thursday. Fans can head to Woodbine Mohawk Park's Facebook Page to start submitting questions for Jamieson. To live stream 'Capturing The Cup', visit Woodbine Mohawk Park on Facebook each Thursday at 5:30 p.m. For those unable to catch the show live, each episode will be archived and available on Facebook. Mark McKelvie

MILTON, May 7, 2018 - A pair of Blake MacIntosh trained three-year-old pacers stole the show during a qualifying session that included harness racing superstar Marion Marauder on Monday morning at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 10 qualifying races were contested under sunny skies with a nice breeze on the back of the pacers and trotters in the lane. Pepsi North America Cup eligible Courtly Choice made a statement with a sizzling 1:51 victory in the morning's sixth-dash. The Blake MacIntosh trained son of Art Major was making his second qualifying appearance of the season after a strong 1:53.2 victory (last-quarter :26) on April 27. Driven by James MacDonald, Courtly Choice made a leapfrog move from second to first nearing the half and reached the midway marker in :57.4. The son of Art Major proceeded to pace a :27.1 third-quarter and :26 final-quarter to win a career-best 1:51. The dazzling performance by Courtly Choice shouldn't take any marks away from the effort by runner-up St Lads Neptune. The gelded son of Mach Three surrendered the lead to Courtly Choice at the half, but paced a huge mile of his own by finishing just a little over a length behind the winner and pacing a final-quarter of :25.4. Monday's qualifier was the first of the season for the Stephanie Jamieson trained and Jody Jamieson driven St Lads Neptune, who won five of eight during his rookie season. Courtly Choice won two of 12 and banked $54,995 during his rookie season. He is owned by Hutt Racing Stable, MacIntosh, Touch Stone Farms and Daniel Plouffe. MacIntosh's Ubettergo Go followed up her stablemate's monster mile with a huge effort of her own in the eighth-race. The three-year-old daughter of Art Major went coast-to-coast in a career-best 1:51.3. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Ubettergo Go posted opening-fractions of :28 and :57.2 before ramping up the tempo in the back-half. The MacIntosh trainee paced a :27.1 third-quarter followed by a :27 kicker to win by 20 lengths. Owned by MacIntosh, Tony Basile, Reginald Petitpas and Ozzie MacKay, Ubettergo Go was qualifying for the second-time this season. Her first qualifier saw her cross the wire first in 1:54.3, while pacing a :26.2 final-quarter. Ubettergo Go went three for eight during her rookie campaign and banked $90,084. She is eligible to next month's Fan Hanover stakes. While rising stars were the talk of the morning, top performers Marion Marauder and Bettors Up were also victorious. Marion Marauder, the 2016 Triple Crown champion, followed up his season debut winning-qualifier from a week ago with a 1:54.4 score. The five-year-old and driver Roger Mayotte did all the work on the front by posting fractions of :28.4, :58.3 and 1:27.2 before sprinting home in :27.2 for the victory. Four-year-old R First Class, last season's OSS champion, finished second, while star trotting mare Emoticon Hanover was third in her second qualifier of the season. Now five-years-old, Marion Marauder enters his second season in the older ranks with 14 wins and $2.6 million in career earnings for owners Jean Wellwood and Devin Keeling. The Mike Keeling and Paula Wellwood trainee went three for 10 last season, earning $770,120. Four-year-old pacing mare Bettors Up rebounded from a fluke break last week to win her second qualifier of the season in 1:53.1. The Scott McEneny trainee made a mid-stretch break in her debut qualifier when a piece of paper or napkin blew across her path. Driven by Doug McNair, Bettors Up made a quick move from third to first at the half and then finished the job with a :27.2 final-quarter. The daughter of Bettors Delight won six of 17 last season and made just over $500,000. She enters the older ranks with 12 wins and $717,955 in career earnings for owners Brad Grant, Teresa Davidson and Michelle McEneny. Below is the full list of Monday's qualifying winners. Click here to view the charted results. The next qualifying session is Friday morning (May 11) at 10 a.m. Woodbine Mohawk Park - Monday, May 7, 2018 Q1 (Pace): Bettors Up - D. McNair/S. McEneny - 1:53.1 Q2 (Trot): Finish Line - L. Roy/R. Moreau - 1:57.3 Q3 (Trot): Marion Marauder - R. Mayotte/M. Keeling - 1:54.4 Q4 (Pace): Kiwi Focus N - D. McNair/A. Montini - 1:55.3 Q5 (Trot): Galary Girl - R. Zeron/R. Zeron - 2:00.1 Q6 (Pace): Courtly Choice - J. MacDonald/B. MacIntosh - 1:51 Q7 (Trot): Mister Magic - P. Henriksen/P. Henriksen - 2:00.4 Q8 (Pace): Ubettergo Go - J. Drury/B. MacIntosh - 1:51.3 Q9 (Trot): Evan Hanover - T. Henry/G. Lance - 1:56.4 Q10 (Pace): Delorean Seelster - R. Holliday/K. Haskell - 1:55.1 Mark McKelvie

MILTON, April 24, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment today released the 70 three-year-old pacers still eligible to this year's harness racing Pepsi North America Cup following the April 15 sustaining payment. A total of 79 horses were originally nominated to this year's Pepsi North America Cup. The first sustaining payment (March 15) saw just four horses drop out, while the most recent payment (April 15) reduced the number of eligible horses by just five. Lost In Time and Stay Hungry, last season's award-winners, continue to headline the group of 70 eligible three-year-old pacers. Both standouts are Pennsylvania Sired and reported to be aimed towards competing in a PASS (Pennsylvania Sires Stakes) event on May 21 at Pocono. Lost In Time is trained by Jimmy Takter, while Stay Hungry is trained by Tony Alagna. The last week saw many Cup eligible horses qualify and it's expected many more will resurface this coming weekend. As of April 24, 43 of the 70 eligible sophomores have either raced or qualified in 2018. Sires Stakes competition will be the route many Cup eligible horses take in preparation for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations on June 9. Here is the date and location for the first Sires Stakes event in each State/Province with a Cup eligible: Pennsylvania (33 eligible) - May 5 at The Meadows Ohio (4 eligible) - May 6 at Miami Valley Ontario (18 eligible) - May 20 at Flamboro Indiana (3 eligible) - May 25 at Hoosier New York (12 eligible) - May 28 at Vernon This year's Pepsi North America Cup will be the 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race. The $1 million race will take place on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Tickets to this year's Pepsi North America Cup can be purchased through Ticketmaster. Below is the full list of sophomores still eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. ALWAYS BET DE GREY by Always A Virgin out of a Bettor's Delight mare AMERICAN HISTORY by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare ATOMIC SEELSTER by Shadow Play out of a Astreos mare AVALON HANOVER by Shadow Play out of a Artsplace mare BABES DIG ME by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare BACKSTREET SHADOW by Shadow Play out of a Dragon Again mare BEACHIN LINDY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Real Desire mare BIG TALKING MAN by Big Jim out of a Real Artist mare BURNING MIDNIGHT by Mach Three out of a Dream Away mare CALIFORNIA CRUISIN by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Sportsmaster mare CAM I AM by Camluck out of a Real Desire mare CAPTAIN DEO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare CASIMIR RICHIE P by Astronomical out of a Sir Luck mare CHOCOLATE SWIRL by Mach Three out of a Western Hanover mare CINNAMACK by McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare CLOSING STATEMENT by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare COURTLY CHOICE by Art Major out of a Camtastic mare DECLAN SEELSTER by Big Jim out of a Camluck mare DONE WELL by Well Said out of a Allamerican Native mare DORSODURO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare DRAGON TIME by Bettor's Delight out of a Dragon Again mare FASHIONONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare GD WESTERN JOE by Real Desire out of a Western Ideal mare GHOST DANCE by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare GRAND TETON by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Western Hanover mare HAYDEN HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare HITMAN HILL by American Ideal out of a Incredible Finale mare HUDSON PHIL by Shanghai Phil out of a The Panderosa mare JIMTASTIC by Art Major out of a Western Terror mare JUSTWIGGLEIT by Bettor's Delight out of a Life Sign mare KARPATHIAN KID by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Dragons Lair mare KWIK TALKIN by Well Said out of a Cams Card Shark mare LARRYS PETROCK by Pet Rock out of a Sportsmaster mare LATHER UP by Im Gorgeous out of a In The Pocket mare LEVIS DAY by Shadow Play out of a Royal Mattjesty mare LOST IN TIME by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Artiscape mare MACADOODLEDOO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare MAJOR AUTHORITY by Art Major out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare MISSION THREE by Mach Three out of a Grinfromeartoear mare MISTER MOJO RISIN by Sportswriter out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare NOAHS MILL by Camluck out of a Bettor's Delight mare NUTCRACKER SWEET by Bettor's Delight out of a Falcons Future mare ODDS ON LAUDERDALE by Western Ideal out of a Lis Mara mare PEDRO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Pro Bono Best mare PHIL THE THRILL by Western Ideal out of a Art Major mare POINTS NORTH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare PRO BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Bettor's Delight mare ROOTIN TOOTIN by Roll With Joe out of a Allamerican Ingot mare SCOUTS REPORT by Bettor's Delight out of a Real Desire mare SEEING EYE SINGLE by Dragon Again out of a Western Ideal mare SHADOW MOON by Shadow Play out of a Western Hanover mare SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN by Fred And Ginger out of a Sand Shooter mare SOMETIMESAWINNER by Well Said out of a Armbro MacIntosh mare SPORTS LEGEND by Sportswriter out of a Western Terror mare SPRINGSTEEN by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a American Ideal mare ST LADS NEPTUNE by Mach Three out of a Dragon Again mare STAY HUNGRY by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare SUMMER TRAVEL by Western Ideal out of a Cams Card Shark mare TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare THOMAS B HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN by American Ideal out of a Art Major mare TORRIN HANOVER by Well Said from a Camluck mare TRUMP THAT by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare TURBO HILL by American Ideal out of a Bettor's Delight mare TWIN B TUFFENUFF by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare VENOM by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare WES DELIGHT by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Hanover mare WESTERN PASSAGE by Sportswriter out of a Western Hanover mare WHATSTROUBLNUROCKY by A Rocknroll Dance out of a The Panderosa Mare WHEN YOU DANCE by Mach Three out of a Blissfull Hall mare WHOS BETTER by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Ideal mare Total Nominations: 79 Horses Sustained after March 15: 75 Horses Sustained After April 15: 70 Mark McKelvie

MILTON, April 2, 2018 - Only four horses dropped off the harness racing eligibility list for this year's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup following the first sustaining payment on March 15. A total of 79 three-year-olds pacers were originally nominated to this year's edition of the Pepsi North America Cup and now 75 remain eligible heading towards the next sustaining payment (April 15). Award-winners Stay Hungry and Lost In Time continue to headline the group of eligible sophomores. Stay Hungry, who is trained by Tony Alagna, captured the O'Brien Award as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt after a rookie season that saw him win six of nine starts, including the $600,000 Breeders Crown, and banked $557,088 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. Lost In Time, who is trained by Jimmy Takter, won the $816,000 Metro Pace and $411,700 Governor's Cup during his two-year-old campaign and finished five for nine with $687,432 earned. He was named the Dan Patch Award winner as top rookie pacing colt in the US. Lost In Time enters his three-year-old season racing for Diamond Creek Racing, J And T Silva Stables LLC, William Rufenacht, Scott Robinson's Team S Racing Stable and professional wrestling legend Ric Flair. Other notable Pepsi North America Cup eligible three-year-olds include Shnitzledosomethin ($355,337), Pedro Hanover ($348,784), Hayden Hanover ($324,840) and Closing Statement ($286,281). The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ontario. The Woodbine Standardbred Race Office has compiled and provided the full lists of eligible horses (following March 15) for all of Woodbine's stakes events in 2018. To view the Woodbine stakes eligible horses, click here. The next sustaining payment for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and all Woodbine major stakes is Sunday, April 15. Owners, trainers and all horsepeople can find full Woodbine stakes information and more by clicking here. Here is the group of 75 three-year-old pacers still eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup following the first sustaining payment (March 15): ALWAYS BET DE GREY by Always A Virgin out of a Bettor's Delight mare AMERICAN HISTORY by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare ATOMIC SEELSTER by Shadow Play out of a Astreos mare AVALON HANOVER by Shadow Play out of a Artsplace mare BABES DIG ME by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare BACKSTREET SHADOW by Shadow Play out of a Dragon Again mare BEACHIN LINDY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Real Desire mare BIG TALKING MAN by Big Jim out of a Real Artist mare BURNING MIDNIGHT by Mach Three out of a Dream Away mare CALIFORNIA CRUISIN by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Sportsmaster mare CAM I AM by Camluck out of a Real Desire mare CAPTAIN DEO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare CASIMIR RICHIE P by Astronomical out of a Sir Luck mare CHOCOLATE SWIRL by Mach Three out of a Western Hanover mare CINNAMACK by McArdle out of a Western Ideal mare CLOSING STATEMENT by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare COURTLY CHOICE by Art Major out of a Camtastic mare DECLAN SEELSTER by Big Jim out of a Camluck mare DONE WELL by Well Said out of a Allamerican Native mare DORSODURO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare DRAGON TIME by Bettor's Delight out of a Dragon Again mare FASHIONONTHEBEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Artsplace mare GD WESTERN JOE by Real Desire out of a Western Ideal mare GHOST DANCE by American Ideal out of a Camluck mare GRAND TETON by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Western Hanover mare HAYDEN HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare HITMAN HILL by American Ideal out of a Incredible Finale mare HUDSON PHIL by Shanghai Phil out of a The Panderosa mare INTERNET HANOVER by Mach Three out of a Artsplace mare JIMTASTIC by Art Major out of a Western Terror mare JUSTWIGGLEIT by Bettor's Delight out of a Life Sign mare KARPATHIAN KID by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Dragons Lair mare KWIK TALKIN by Well Said out of a Cams Card Shark mare LARRYS PETROCK by Pet Rock out of a Sportsmaster mare LATHER UP by Im Gorgeous out of a In The Pocket mare LEVIS DAY by Shadow Play out of a Royal Mattjesty mare LOST IN TIME by A Rocknroll Dance out of a Artiscape mare MACADOODLEDOO by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Ideal mare MAJOR AUTHORITY by Art Major out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare MASON HANOVER by Well Said out of a Real Artist mare MISSION THREE by Mach Three out of a Grinfromeartoear mare MISTER MOJO RISIN by Sportswriter out of a Rocknroll Hanover mare NOAHS MILL by Camluck out of a Bettor's Delight mare NUTCRACKER SWEET by Bettor's Delight out of a Falcons Future mare ODDS ON LAUDERDALE by Western Ideal out of a Lis Mara mare PANTHER SEELSTER by Camluck out of a Western Hanover mare PARISI by American Ideal out of a Artsplace mare PEDRO HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Pro Bono Best mare PHIL THE THRILL by Western Ideal out of a Art Major mare POINTS NORTH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Western Hanover mare PRO BEACH by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Bettor's Delight mare ROOTIN TOOTIN by Roll With Joe out of a Allamerican Ingot mare SCOUTS REPORT by Bettor's Delight out of a Real Desire mare SEEING EYE SINGLE by Dragon Again out of a Western Ideal mare SHADOW MOON by Shadow Play out of a Western Hanover mare SHNITZLEDOSOMETHIN by Fred And Ginger out of a Sand Shooter mare SOMETIMESAWINNER by Well Said out of a Armbro MacIntosh mare SPORTS LEGEND by Sportswriter out of a Western Terror mare SPRINGSTEEN by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a American Ideal mare ST LADS NEPTUNE by Mach Three out of a Dragon Again mare STAY HUNGRY by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare SUMMER TRAVEL by Western Ideal out of a Cams Card Shark mare TALBOTCREEKWHISKEY by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare THOMAS B HANOVER by Somebeachsomewhere out of a Camluck mare TOPVILLE OLYMPIAN by American Ideal out of a Art Major mare TORRIN HANOVER by Well Said from a Camluck mare TRUMP THAT by Somebeachsomewhere from a Dragon Again mare TURBO HILL by American Ideal out of a Bettor's Delight mare TWIN B TUFFENUFF by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare VENOM by Rock N Roll Heaven out of a Dragon Again mare WES DELIGHT by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Hanover mare WESTERN PASSAGE by Sportswriter out of a Western Hanover mare WHATSTROUBLNUROCKY by A Rocknroll Dance out of a The Panderosa Mare WHEN YOU DANCE by Mach Three out of a Blissfull Hall mare WHOS BETTER by Bettor's Delight out of a Western Ideal mare Total Nominated: 79 Horses Sustained (After March 15): 75 Mark McKelvie          

TORONTO, April 2, 2018 - The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup returns bigger than ever this year to the newly renovated Woodbine Mohawk Park. The harness racing signature race of the 2018 standardbred season will take place Saturday, June 16, with K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from Letterkenny and live music from country duo Buck Twenty. Advance tickets are now available at General admission tickets are $10 for guests aged 18+ and guests under 17 receive free admission. Tickets purchased on site at Woodbine Mohawk Park on opening weekend (April 12) will receive 25% off. The Milton District Hospital Foundation will be the official charity partner for this year's Pepsi North America Cup, with a percentage of all ticket sales going towards the Foundation. Hosts K. Trevor Wilson and Dylan Playfair from acclaimed Comedy Network series, Letterkenny, will guide guests through the thrilling evening of live racing and are sure to provide some comic relief along the way. Their popular show won the 2017 Canadian Screen Award for Best Comedy Series and has amassed fans across the country. Mike Ure and Aidan Johnson-Bujold of Buck Twenty will treat the crowd to a rousing live concert. The singer/songwriter duo from Harrow, Ontario, are best known for their single "Here's To The Nights" which received prolific play on Canadian Country Radio. The 2017 CMAO Rising Star Award Nominees take pride in the musical presentation of their live show and most definitely aren't afraid to bring a surplus of feel good energy to the stage. Guests can enjoy refreshments in the event's Beer Garden or the exclusive Corona Deck viewing area, as well as samplings of Pepsi Pure Leaf and Colio on site. Contesting, carnival games and driver autograph signings will round out the evening, providing fun for the whole family. This year's Pepsi North America Cup for three-year-old pacers will be the 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race. It will also be the 12th edition held at the newly renamed Woodbine Mohawk Park. Now the permanent home of Canada's finest standardbreds and year-round harness racing, the picturesque racetrack in the heart of Campbellville has recently undergone a series of renovations and upgrades. Woodbine Entertainment's commitment to World Class Horse Racing and providing customers with first-class experiences will be front and centre when the track unveils its new improvements. Post time for the Pepsi North America Cup is set for 6:30 pm. Doors open at 5 pm with the action concluding around 11:30 pm. The event day box office will be open from 4 pm until 10:30 pm and is located at the main entrance. Website: Facebook: Twitter: Instagram: YouTube: ABOUT THE MILTON DISTRICT HOSPITAL FOUNDATION Transforming Giving. Transforming Care. It may surprise you to know that government funding does not support equipment purchases. That means, 100% of essential medical equipment required for Milton District Hospital must be funded through donations from our community. The Milton District Hospital Foundation (MDHF) is proud to work with the community of Milton to support Milton District Hospital. MDHF raises funds to help purchase essential medical equipment, technology and improve the facilities through annual fundraising initiatives, community events, and a combination of various other programs. Together, we are transforming healthcare in Milton now, and for generations to come. For more information on the Pepsi North America Cup or to request interviews with spokespeople including musicians and Woodbine Entertainment staff please contact: Mark McKelvie Woodbine Communications - Standardbred 416 675 7223 x4367

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Fear The Dragon, driven by David Miller, defeated the harness racing bettor's choice Huntsville by a three-quarters of a length to capture the prestigious $1 million Pepsi North America Cup in 1:48.4, Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Trained by Delaware, Ohio's Brian Brown, Fear The Dragon, gave his conditioner his first Cup victory and his driver back-to back Cup wins. Miller, who now has two trophies, won last year's edition with Betting Line. Stablemate Downbytheseaside, who is also trained by Brown, finished a third. "It's unexplainable; you would have to ask the guys that win these races regularly," said Brown following the race. "This is my first time, I don't know what to say, it's incredible that were even here with two horses and to come away with a win is just something that is unexplainable." Sports Column and driver Chris Christoforou was quickest off the gate from post five and grabbed the front on the rail. Classic Pro and driver Trevor Henry was close on his heels from post six, making a rush for the lead from the outside. Classic Pro was able to take command at the quarter pole posting a flashy :25.2 opening panel. The speed revved up in the backstretch. Filibuster Hanover and driver Louis Philippe Roy came first-over from third to clear to the front but a stalking Downbytheseaside, driven by Brian Sears, caught second-over cover and was quick to steal the lead at the midway point. Downbytheseaside posted a scorching :52.1 half, the fastest half-mile in Mohawk history. The 4-5 favourite, Huntsville, driven by Tim Tetrick, was on the move first-up from fifth before the half. Fear Of The Dragon followed behind the advancing 4-5 favourite. Downbytheseaside remained in command past the three-quarters in 1:19.3 and into the lane. All three Cup elimination winners--Downbytheseaside on rail, Huntsville in the middle and Fear The Dragon on the outside--battled into the stretch. It then became a two-horse duel between Huntsville and Fear Of The Dragon, but it was the Brian Brown trainee who crossed the wire first, taking a new lifetime mark in the process. Huntsville was second and Downbytheseaside was third. "My horse was having a hard time keeping up," said Miller of the quick fractions. "He was gapping and I was chasing him and he didn't really get into contention until right at the head of the stretch and then he dug, he fought, Huntsville he kept fighting and it was a battle right to the wire." Fear The Dragon remains unbeaten as a three-year-old with six victories from six outings. He notched his 11th lifetime victory in 17 starts. The son of Dragon Again and Armbro Cinnamon picked up $750,000 for winning the Cup, which increases his career earnings to $1,075,844 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon paid $4.90, 2.60 and $2.10, combining with Huntsville ($2.40, $2.10) for a $8.60 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-2 (Downbytheseaside, $2.80) triactor was worth $19.90, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-2-6 (Classic Pro)] returned $59.55. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 16 - Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) is pleased to announce that Lou Lamoriello, General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs, will be making the winner's circle presentation for this Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Mohawk Racetrack. A native of Rhode Island, Lamoriello became exposed to harness racing during his 28 years as the General Manager of the New Jersey Devils. During his time in the Garden State, Lamoriello led the Devils organization to three Stanley Cups, five conference titles and nine division titles. In July of 2015, Lamoriello was named the General Manager of the Toronto Maple Leafs and recently led the organization to a playoff appearance. Lamoriello was inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame in 2009. The $1 million North America Cup features the continent's finest three-year-old pacers and is Canada's richest harness race. This year's event marks the 34th edition of the North America Cup. Lamoriello, who recently attended the North America Cup eliminations, will present the prestigious trophy to the connections of the winning horse along with Michael Hall, Director of Business Development for PepsiCo. The Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's 15-race card. Live racing begins at 6:30 p.m., with the North America Cup scheduled for approximately 10:40 p.m. Mark McKelvie

Freehold, NJ --- Harness racing driver Tim Tetrick knows Huntsville will face challenges in Saturday’s C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup. His goal is to make the race even more challenging for those that oppose him. “It’s like a chess match,” said Tetrick, who will drive 8-5 morning line favorite Huntsville in the season’s first major open stakes event for 3-year-old male pacers. “I try to drive three or four horses in a race all the time. I know where everyone is, and where I can put them. I always try to put them where they don’t want to be. That’s the name of catch driving. “And you’ve got to think about speed and time and who’s leaving and who you want to follow. You’re looking for a little bit of an edge, where you can get a jump on somebody or keep them locked in.” Huntsville is trying to become the fifth horse this century to receive a Dan Patch Award at age 2 and capture the North America Cup the following year. He would join Captaintreacherous, Sportswriter, Somebeachsomewhere and Bettor's Delight. All but Sportswriter, who retired midseason because of injury, went on to claim a Dan Patch Award at 3. The 35-year-old Tetrick won the North America Cup with Captaintreacherous in 2013 and Wakizashi Hanover in 2015. In addition to the 34th edition of the North America Cup, Saturday’s card at Mohawk Racetrack includes the C$440,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for 3-year-old female pacers, C$365,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older female pacers, C$253,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters, and C$251,000 Goodtimes Stakes for 3-year-old male trotters. Post time for the first of the 15 races Saturday is 6:30 p.m. Huntsville, a son of  Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare Wild West Show, has won 10 of 15 career races and never finished worse than second. Last year he enjoyed a six-race win streak that included victories in the Breeders Crown, divisions of the Bluegrass and International Stallion Stakes, and Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. His 1:49 mile in the International Stallion equaled the world record for a 2-year-old pacer. He is trained by Ray Schnittker, who bred the colt with Charlie Iannazzo and owns the horse with Iannazzo, Ted Gewertz, and Steven Arnold. Huntsville has earned $764,093 in his career. Last week Huntsville won his North America Cup elimination by 4-1/4 lengths over Classic Pro in 1:49.1. Fear The Dragon, the 2-1 second choice, won his elim by 1-1/2 lengths over Filibuster Hanover in 1:50 and Downbytheseaside, who is 3-1, won his elim by two lengths over Western Hill in 1:50.4. Four of Huntsville’s second-place finishes have come to either Fear The Dragon or Downbytheseaside. The other, in his first career start, was to Filibuster Hanover. In fact, three of Huntsville’s five lifetime runner-up finishes came in his first four races. “I think I’ve got one of the best horses, if not the best,” Tetrick said. “I’m very confident. He was super last week and I think I’ve got a great shot. When he’s on his game he’s very hard to catch. “He’s a big strong horse and he can take air and he’s very, very fast. He’s had some (steering) issues, but other than that he’s got all the attributes of a great horse. He’s got tons of speed. I’ve never gotten him tired. He’s been beaten, but never tired. Once you get him in high gear he can carry his speed a long way.” Huntsville will start the North America Cup from post No. 3, with Fear The Dragon and driver David Miller in post four and Downbytheseaside and driver Brian Sears in post two. Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside are trained by Brian Brown. Jimmy Takter’s Ocean Colony, with driver Yannick Gingras, in post No. 1 completes the list of horses with inside starting positions. “It’s all going to play out there in the first eighth (of a mile) or first quarter and we’ll see what happens,” Tetrick said. “I think the best four horses are 1-2-3-4. I’m sure someone on the outside is going to take a flyer. “Mohawk is a very fair track; you can win both ways (from the front and from behind). But I’m just really super happy with my colt. It should be a great race.” Following is the field for the Pepsi North America Cup. The race, scheduled for 10:40 p.m., will be part of a live broadcast from 10-11 p.m. on TSN3 and TSN5. PP-Horse-Sire-Driver-Trainer-Line 1 - Ocean Colony - Somebeacsomewhere - Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter-10/1 2 - Downbytheseaside - Somebeacsomewhere - Brian Sears-Brian Brown-3/1 3 - Huntsville - Somebeacsomewhere - Tim Tetrick-Ray Schnittker-8/5 4 - Fear The Dragon - Dragon Again - David Miller-Brian Brown-2/1 5 - Sports Column - Sportswriter - Chris Christoforou-Blake MacIntosh-25/1 6 - Classic Pro - Shadow Play - Trevor Henry-Ian Moore-20/1 7 - Ozone Blue Chip - Bettor's Delight - Brett Miller-Ron Coyne Jr.-25/1 8 - Filibuster Hanover - Somebeacsomewhere - Louis-Philippe Roy-Ron Burke-15/1 9 - Western Hill - Western Ideal - Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-20/1 10  - Miso Fast - Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, Harness Racing Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 15 - Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna is set to make his fifth appearance in the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 17 when he sends Western Hill, a Western Ideal gelding from the Art Major mare Cosmo Blue Chip, from post nine with Doug McNair driving the 20-1 morning-line shot. In 2013, Alagna won with, the favorite, Captaintreacherous and was third with stable mate Wake Up Peter. He is aiming for his second win in "The Cup", trying with Artspeak (who was fifth in the 2015 edition) and Racing Hill (second in 2016). "We tend to choose specific families of horses when we go to purchase yearlings,"Alagna said regarding his capability to send contenders into The Cup year in and year out. "If you follow the families of horses I've had in the North America Cup, they all usually come from great maternal pedigrees, so I feel that contributes greatly to get horses to the North America Cup for us." Going for a one-million dollar prize, Alagna does not have a ritualistic routine to ready his contenders for the race. "They kind of tell you going into the race what they're looking for," Alagna said. "[Western Hill] raced well in his start before [The Cup] eliminations, so he didn't require a lot of work. He pretty much had a couple of [training] trips before each race and has seemed to respond well." Leading up to The Cup, Western Hill, who is owned by Tom Hill, only raced twice, off a two-year-old campaign consisting of four wins in 10 starts. In his first start of the year, he lagged off the gate but sprinted home to finish seventh and followed that effort with a 1:51.4 victory against overnight stock at Mohawk. He's entering The Cup off his fastest mile to date, a 1:51.1 runner-up off-the-pace finish to elimination winner Downbytheseaside. "We had this horse last year but we didn't get him ready this winter," Alagna said. "Another trainer got the horse ready and qualified him, then we got the horse back after that. We made a few adjustments and got him back on the routine we had him on the year before and that's why the horse has responded as well as he has." Racing from far off the pace, on the front, and mid-pack, Western Hill has displayed a versatile racing style, though Western Hill's fastest race came off a trip. "Against these kind of horses, he's definitely better off a trip," Alagna said. "He likes to run horses down; he likes a target. Some of the races he was in last year he had to be forwardly placed just because I thought he was good enough to win either way and we couldn't take any chances of getting him into a traffic jam coming from off the pace." Alagna's past contenders, Captaintreacherous, Artspeak, and Racing Hill, entered The Cup as favorites or as major contenders. Western Hill approaches the event as a longer shot needing the correct circumstances to propel him to victory. "When you have a longer shot, you have less pressure, but you still want to see the horse continue to improve," Alagna said. "That's what we're looking for, especially with post position nine it makes [winning] a little bit tougher. We're going to need some speed up front; we're going to need a decent pace to be able to get money from the nine-hole. But we have a horse that was 15, 20-to-one in his elimination, so you hope the horse improves and then move onto the next stakes race and hope for a better post position." Alagna has in mind what he expects to see from Western Hill in the North America Cup final, but admits he doesn't get in his driver's ear and knows things don't always go as planned. "I'd probably say he's going to come from off the pace, but one thing about me is I never tell anybody that drives for me what to do," Alagna also said. "Things change too quickly--we had She's Watching in a [Fan Hanover] elimination and the plan was to come from off the pace because she has such a big last quarter in her, but nobody was on the gate so [Scott Zeron] left off the gate and got her in third. "So many things can happen once the gate folds and drivers have to make the split-second decisions they are paid to make." Here is the field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. 1. Ocean Colony (Yannick Gingras/Jimmy Takter) 10-1 2. Downbytheseaside (Brian Sears/Brian Brown) 3-1 3. Huntsville (Tim Tetrick/Ray Schnittker) 8/5 4. Fear The Dragon (David Miller/Brian Brown) 2-1 5. Sports Column (Chris Christoforou/Blake MacIntosh) 25-1 6. Classic Pro (Trevor Henry/Dr. Ian Moore) 20-1 7. Ozone Blue Chip (Brett Miller/Ron Coyne) 25-1 8. Filibuster Hanover (Louis Philippe Roy/Ron Burke) 15-1 9. Western Hill (Doug McNair/Tony Alagna) 20-1 10. Miso Fast (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke) 20-1 Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 15 - Mohawk Racetrack has released admission, entrance and harness racing event details for Saturday's $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Tickets are $10 for adults, $5 for kids (ages 12-17) and children under 12 are free. Tickets will be on-sale beginning at 3 p.m. Saturday and doors will open at 4 p.m. Tickets will be available for purchase at the Main Entrance and East Gate Entrance using cash, credit or debit. To avoid line-ups, fans are urged to purchase their tickets in advance through TicketMaster. A Will-Call table will be set up outside the Main Entrance for guests with reservations in the Terrace Dining Room and Lounge. Signage will be posted to direct guests with reservations to Will-Call. The pre-race concert with Kira Isabella begins at 5 p.m. The rising country star will also be performing the national anthems at 6:15 p.m. Jojo Mason will take the stage at approximately 7 p.m. and will be performing between races. Post time for Saturday's 15-race card is 6:30 p.m. There will also be several special food and drink options for fans to enjoy. A beer tent will be set up in the concert area (at the East End), while Woodbine's brand-new Food Truck will also be on-site The popular "First Bet on Us" promotion is back and the first 2,500 fans to sign up will receive a 2017 Pepsi North America Cup hat. The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 and will go postward at approximately 10:40 p.m. The $100,000 All-Stakes Pick-4 starts in Race 9 and features the Fan Hanover, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Pepsi North America Cup. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, Ont. — Brian Brown isn't the least bit concerned about not having the harness racing favourite for the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup. Brown will have two horses — Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside — in Canada's richest harness event at Mohawk Racetrack. Although both are coming off impressive wins in their respective elimination races last weekend, the horse to beat Saturday night will be Huntsville, the early 8-5 favourite. Huntsville posted the fastest time in the three elimination races. The son of 2008 Cup winner Somebeachsomewhere earned a 4 1/4-length victory in one minute 49.1 seconds, the third in four starts this season for U.S. racing's top two-year-old pacing colt last year. "I thought (Huntsville) should've been the favourite as good as he raced the other day," Brown said Tuesday after the race draw at Mohawk Racetrack. "I'm not a gambler of any type, I couldn't even tell you what three-to-five pays. "I'd like to be the favourite in every race I was ever in but in the end, to me, the odds don't mean anything. You just go out and race and hope everything works with no one getting into any trouble and everyone has a clean race." Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside aren't exactly chopped liver either. Both are undefeated this season, with Fear The Dragon winning all five starts in 2017 while Downbytheseaside has won four straight.  David Miller drove both American-owned and bred horses to their elimination wins, leaving him with a tough decision regarding which one he'd take Saturday night. Brown said Miller will drive Fear The Dragon in the Cup with fellow American Brian Sears replacing Miller with Downbytheseaside. While Brown handles preparations for the horses to race, he'll leave the driving to Miller and Sears on Saturday night. Miller won last year's Cup with Betting Line. "When I give the lines to David and Brian, I shut up," Brown said. "I don't want any opinions in their head but their own. "I expect other horses from the outside will be leaving hard for position. I think when the dust settles into the quarter, two or three of us will be moving on, trying to get to the front. I just hope I'm in a good spot by the half with both horses." Huntsville, trained by Ray Schnittker and driven by Tim Tetrick, will go from post No. 3, flanked by Downbytheseaside (No. 2) and Fear The Dragon (No. 4). Fear The Dragon gave Brown some anxious moments in his elimination win. Leading in the deep stretch, Fear The Dragon jumped over a fallen racing head number and broke stride. Miller managed to get Fear The Dragon pacing again just steps before crossing the wire. "He was going right over it, he saw it and just stepped over it and got tangled up and made a break," Brown said. "Thankfully he recovered." Fortunately, Brown said the horse is none the worse for wear. "When we took his bandages off, there were no marks, no swelling," he said. "We jogged him (Monday) and today he seems like himself, everything looks fine." Despite Downbytheseaside's winning ways, the horse also has his issues. Brown said the richest horse in Saturday's field ($848,616) sometimes has difficulty running with the lead. "He just waits on the other horses when he gets away from them," Brown said. "But in this race, they're all going to be together and whoever is on the front, somebody is going to be right at their throat the whole step. "I feel good but I'm not overly confident. I feel I should get good money if I don't win but the object is to come here to win. I saw that Cup 20 years ago when I was up here and I've been eyeing it ever since." The remainder of the 10-horse field, with post, driver, (and hometown if Canadian), includes: 1) Ocean Colony, Yannick Gingras of Sorel, Que.; 5) Sports Column, Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, Ont.; 6) Classic Pro, Trevor Henry of Arthur, Ont.; 7) Ozone Blue Chip, Brett Miller; 8) Filibuster Hanover, Matt Kakaley; 9) Western Hill, Doug McNair of Guelph, Ont.; 10) Miso Fast, Matt Kakaley. Dan Ralph, The Canadian Press Reprinted with permission of the Nanaimo News Now

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 10 - Harness racing's finest three-year-old pacing colts and geldings faced off Saturday at Mohawk to contest three $50,000 eliminations to determine the starters for the $1-million Pepsi North America Cup on June 17. Winning was a breeze for Downbytheseaside and driver David Miller in the first elimination. Downbytheseaside got away fifth as Sports Column marched his way to the early lead, pacing past the first quarter in :27. Into the backstretch, Lawrencetown Beach, who was fourth on the rail, was first to make a bid for the front. Downbytheseaside followed. Lawrencetown Beach took command before the midway point, but a looming Downbytheseaside snatched the lead at the half in :54.4. Once the Brian Brown trainee cleared, he started to pull away from his seven rivals. Ultimately, no one could catch the 1-9 favourite. He cruised by the three-quarter pole in 1:21.4 and crossed the wire first by two lengths in 1:50.4. Western Hill and Sports Column rallied for second and third respectively. "I don't think he was at his best tonight for whatever reason. I've seen him better," said Miller. "[The wind] could be playing a factor. You're leaving into it and you're finishing into it and it might have something to do with it. "He was a pretty solid horse last year and got better as the year went on, which is unusual," Miller said. "He came back this year and we can't be happier with him. Just tonight, I wouldn't say he was at his best." Downbytheseaside remains unbeaten as a three-year-old with four victories from four outings. He notched his 12th lifetime victory in 17 starts. With the win, the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Sprig Hanover lifts his career earnings to $858,616 for owners Country Club Acres Inc, Joe Sbrocco, Richard Lombardo and Diamond Creek Racing. Downbytheseaside paid $2.10 to win and place, combining with Western Hill ($8.40) for a $19.80 (4-3) exactor. A 4-3-7 (Sports Column) triactor was worth $254.60, while a $1 superfecta [4-3-7-5 (Some Attitude)] returned $670.55. There was no show wagering. Downbytheseaside Huntsville, who has never been worse than second in his career, added another victory to his record with a 1:49.1 score in the second North America Cup elimination. Huntsville and driver Tim Tetrick dropped into fourth as Classic Pro, Ozone Blue Chip and NormandyBeach battled three-wide into the first turn. Ozone Blue Chip drop back to third while Normandy Beach drove on for the lead, leaving Classic Pro to take the pocket spot. Just after Normandy Beach posted the opening quarter in :26.3, Huntsville was on the move first up. The 1-9 favourite brushed to the front and held command past the half in :55.2 and three-quarters in 1:22.1. Into the stretch, Huntsville was untouchable adding distance between himself and the rest of the field. The sophomore scored by four and a quarter lengths en route to the winner's circle. Classic Pro surged to finish second and Ozone Blue Chip was third. "It looked like it was easy enough and he caught a nice division and he raced really well," said trainer Ray Schnittker. "It was a good mile. Probably in the afternoon or something like that it would be a [1]:48 and a piece mile, I would think. "He's a very fast colt," he added. "He's a great big colt so hopefully he just keeps getting better as the year goes on. You never know though." Huntsville scored his third triumph of the season from four outings and 10th career victory. With the win, the son of Somebeachsomewhere and Wild West Show increases his career earnings to $801,263 for trainer Ray Schnittker, who shares ownership with Theodore Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo, and Steven Arnold. Huntsville paid $2.10 to win and place, combining with Classic Pro ($11.50) for a $39.70 (2-4) exactor. A 2-4-5 (Ozone Blue Chip) triactor was worth $214, while a $1 superfecta [2-4-5-8 (Miso Fast)] returned $951.20. There was no show wagering. Huntsville Driver Dave Miller and trainer Brain Brown teamed up to win their second 'Cup' tilt in the third and final elimination. Fear The Dragon, who is now five-for-five this season, overcame a break in stride to scorch his foes in 1:50. When the gate wings folded, Miller pointed Fear The Dragon towards the three-hole while Ocean Colony was taken to the front and Hurricane Beach took the two-hole spot. After Ocean Colony posted a :27.2 opening panel, Fear The Dragon was given the signal it was time to make a move. Launching a first-over attack on the leader, Fear The Dragon surged to the lead before the half. The 1-5 bettor's choice held command past the mid-way point in :55, which is when an eager Ocean Colony made his bid for the front. The 9-2 third choice couldn't catch up to his front-stepping foe but added pressure as they passed the three-quarters in 1:22. In deep stretch, Fear The Dragon opened up on pack, but the colt jumped over a fallen head number and broke stride. Miller was able to get Fear The Dragon pacing again just steps before crossing the wire. Filibuster Hanover rallied for second and Ocean Colon dropped back to third. "If you watch leaving the gate, Yannick's horse (Ocean Colony) lost his head number as he was crossing over," said Miller. "I didn't even think of it. My horse stepped over it." "I was real happy with him," he added. "He was just cruising along there. I asked him a little bit. He is a little lazy at times. I was real happy with him. He was real comfortable." With the win, the son of Dragon Again and Armbro Cinnamon is captured his 10th career victory and lifts his career earnings to $325,844 for Emerald Highlands Farm. Fear The Dragon paid $2.70 and $2,10, combining with Filibuster Hanover ($5.80) for a $21.70 (7-3) exactor. A 7-3-6 (Ocean Colony) triactor was worth $44.50, while a $1 superfecta [7-3-6-2 (Miso Fast)] returned $56.10. There was no show wagering. Fear The Dragon The top three finishers from each elimination along with Miso Fast, who was the fourth-place finisher to draw into the final, will compete in the $1 million final on Saturday, June 17 at Mohawk. The connections of the elimination winner may select their post positions for the final, which will take place at a press conference held on Tuesday, June 13 at Mohawk. Toronto Maple Leafs winger Matt Martin will be the guest drawmaster for Canada's richest Standardbred race.   Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 8 - Nine years after coming together to win the Pepsi North America Cup with the great Somebeachsomewhere, the Schooner Stables and harness racing driver Paul MacDonell team up again with Lawrencetown Beach, a lightly raced son Somebeachsomewhere, in Saturday's (June 10) Cup eliminations. Unraced at two, Lawrencetown Beach qualified for the first-time back in February and made his pari-mutuel debut in March with eyes set on a solid three-year-old season and potential North America Cup appearance. Over the course of four-months, the bay gelding has competed mainly in overnight events at Woodbine and Mohawk, picking up two victories and $39,040 earned over eight starts. "He had some chips that were bothering him as a two-year-old," trainer-driver Paul MacDonell said. "Originally, the vets thought that he would be fine with them still in, but they just plagued him through the season. It got to a point where he couldn't go with them so we laid him off and they were removed. Missing his entire two-year-old season came with pros and cons for Lawrencetown Beach. "He might be a bit fresher than most of the others, but he's not as experienced," MacDonell said. "The two-year-olds that raced definitely have a touch of experience over him, but there are advantages both ways I suppose. It kind of evens itself out--would you want a horse entering fresh or a horse with experience? It's six of one, half a dozen of the other; really depends on the horse." Lawrencetown Beach scored the first win of his career in his fifth outing, beating maiden company at Mohawk in 1:53.1. He followed that effort with a nine-length romp against non-winners of two in a lifetime-best mile of 1:52.2. "When the owners made a payment on the North America Cup, I thought that was an extreme long shot," MacDonell said. "But here we are--he has just improved week after week; every time he raced he seemed to be better. Confidence seems to be coming to him, too. He's right on schedule. He grew to be a muscular colt and he has all the tools he needs." Competing in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes a week ago, Lawrencetown Beach rallied to finish second after being caught first over for most of the mile. "I knew he was coming up to a big race, and I still think he's coming up to some big races," MacDonell noted. "The colt has shown me progression or else we wouldn't be where we are. He's been drawing really well--there're a lot of things going his way right now. He has some kind of touch that's been helping him along as he goes." LawrencetownBeach will start from post one in the first of three $50,000 eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, drawing in against world-champion Downbytheseaside. "He definitely has the potential to make the final," MacDonell said. "There are probably three or four horses that are probably above everybody else [in the division]. And then there's the next group of colts, which he probably fits into. "I think you're going to see Huntsville and [Downbythe]seaside and Fear The Dragon and maybe another one that are just a touch better than the rest. But he's definitely in the mix. While reaching his full potential in time for the Pepsi North America Cup might be a stretch, MacDonell thinks the future is very bright for Lawrencetown Beach. "I think you'll see a nicer horse later on," MacDonell said. "By this time next year, he should be an even stronger colt. He may not be right at his peak yet, but when he is, he'll be a top horse I believe." Ray Cotolo for WEG Communications

Beckhams Z Tam is the type of horse that likes to have fun. But when it comes time to work, the colt is all business. And after watching Beckhams Z Tam take care of business in his most recent start, his harness racing connections are ready to send the Indiana-bred pacer on a business trip --- to the Pepsi North America Cup at Ontario's Mohawk Racetrack. Beckhams Z Tam was among 25 horses entered in the North America Cup, which is for 3-year-old pacers and features a C$1 million final on June 17. The 25 horses were divided into three eliminations, to be contested Saturday, with the top three finishers from each division plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot advancing to the final. The connections of elimination winners earn the right to select their post position for the final. Post time is 7:30 p.m. for Saturday's card. Beckhams Z Tam is in the second of the three North America Cup eliminations. The division also includes returning Dan Patch Award winner Huntsville and Metro Pace winner Beyond Delight. Beckhams Z Tam will start from post three with driver Ricky Macomber Jr., who is making his first appearance in the North America Cup. Jamie Macomber, Ricky's wife, trains Beckhams Z Tam, who is 4-for-4 this year but will be stepping up in competition at Mohawk. All of the colt's wins have been against conditioned-level horses at Hoosier Park, but Beckhams Z Tam's most recent triumph in 1:51 is tied for the 12th fastest win time of the season by a 3-year-old pacer. The victory followed a nearly one-month layoff because of sickness. Following the win, the Macombers consulted with owner Bill Matz of Z Tam Stables and Beckhams Z Tam's former trainer Wilbur Eash regarding the trip to the North America Cup. "Ricky said when he came off the track after his last start that he thought we should enter him," Jamie Macomber said. "I asked Mr. Matz what he was leaning toward and he said he was always game to take a shot. We have nothing to lose. He's not going to miss any racing in Indiana if we're fortunate enough to be up there for two weeks. "Wilbur said all along this is a nice colt. When it came to staking him this winter, we all talked and came up with a little schedule for him. Wilbur made a comment earlier this season that he'd been waiting on a horse like this for 40 years. Wilbur knew he was special." Macomber is in her first year of running her own stable after spending the past 10 years handling trainer Ron Burke's Indiana-stabled horses. She received support, as well as horses, from the 61-year-old Eash, who was looking to slow down with an eye toward retirement. Macomber took over the training of Beckhams Z Tam in March. "He's a really nice colt," Macomber said. "Unfortunately he hasn't faced the competition that the others we're racing against have faced. So far he's done everything we've asked of him." Last year, Beckhams Z Tam was winless in six races, but finished second on three occasions. Two of his runner-up finishes came in $75,000 Indiana Sire Stakes finals at Hoosier Park. Macomber was able to bring the horse along slowly this year because he fit in low-level conditioned races. The horse romped in his four victories, with no margin of triumph less than 1-1/2 lengths. "He's matured a lot," Macomber said. "Ricky likes him and has confidence in him, so that's a good thing. "Off the track, I love his personality. He's always happy. In the barn he acts like a good horse; he rests a lot, he eats well and he loves to play. He's a ham. He's always got his head out the gate when he's awake. On the track, he's fun and playful when we first go out, but when it's time to go to work he gets down to business. There's really nothing to dislike about him." Beckhams Z Tam is a son of stallion Always A Virgin out of the mare Sara's Lucky Charm. His second dam is Modern Bobbi, who is the mother of last season's Indiana Sire Stakes 2-year-old male pacing champion On The Virg. Interestingly, On The Virg and Beckhams Z Tam finished 1-2 in one of the $75,000 finals at Hoosier last year. In addition to being staked to the North America Cup, Beckhams Z Tam is eligible to the Breeders Crown, which will be held at Hoosier Park in October, as well as the Jenna's Beach Boy and Monument Circle stakes. Beckhams Z Tam hopes to follow in the hoof prints of Indiana-bred horses that have enjoyed success on the Grand Circuit in recent years, including the past two Horse of the Year Award winners, Always B Miki and Wiggle It Jiggleit. "They've really stepped up a lot in the last few years, so that's very encouraging," Macomber said. "It's fun to think we could possibly have a good one on our hands." For more information on the Pepsi North America Cup and all the festivities, visit Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations. Elimination 1 (Race 3) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Lawrencetown Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 2 – Ideal Wheel – American Ideal - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Western Hill – Western Ideal - Doug McNair 4 – Downbytheseaside – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 5 – Some Attitude – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 6 – Eddard Hanover – Dragon Again - Matt Kakaley 7 – Sports Column – Sportswriter - Chris Christoforou 8 – Stealth Bomber – Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller Elimination 2 (Race 8) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Arsenal Seelster – Artistic Fella - Jonathan Drury 2 – Huntsville – Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick 3 – Beckhams Z Tam – Always A Virgin - Richard Macomber 4 – Classic Pro – Shadow Play - Trevor Henry 5 – Ozone Blue Chip – Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick 6 – Normandy Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Beyond Delight – Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion 8 – Miso Fast – Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley 9 – Richard Hill – Mach Three - Doug McNair Elimination 3 (Race 9) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Mac's Jackpot – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 2 – Hurricane Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Filibuster Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 4 – Mc Mach – Mach Three - Paul MacDonell 5 – Darling's Dragon – Dragon Again - Donald Dupont 6 – Ocean Colony – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Fear The Dragon – Dragon Again - David Miller 8 – Streakavana – Big Jim - Sylvain Filion Ken Weingartner

CAMPBELLVILLE, June 6 - The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations may snag most of the headlines, but Friday and Saturday's cards of harness racing are flooded with stars of the sport competing in a variety of elimination races. Saturday evening's card features the eliminations for the Fan Hanover Stakes and Roses Are Red. A total of 19 three-year-old pacing fillies have been split into two $35,000 eliminations for the Fan Hanover. Idyllic Beach (PP7, Yannick Gingras), who won last year's Shes A Great Lady Stakes, will look to create more magic at Mohawk in the first elimination. The Jimmy Takter trained daughter of Somebeachsomewhere won eight of 14 starts as a rookie and is one for one to start her three-year-old campaign. The second elimination will see Tequila Monday (PP6, Brian Sears) make her Mohawk debut. The Chris Oakes trainee is coming into the Fan Hanover off victories in the $140,770 Lismore at Yonkers and a division of the New York Sires Stakes at Saratoga. The daughter of American Ideal won four of five starts as a rookie and has a career record of six wins in nine starts. A field of nine will battle in the first elimination (Race 5), while ten pacing fillies will compete in the second split (Race 7). The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $440,000 Fan Hanover final. The Roses Are Red Stakes will require three $35,000 eliminations for the second year in a row, as 23 of the finest older pacing mares will display their talents at Mohawk. Four-year-old Pure Country (PP7, Brett Miller) will look to continue her success at Mohawk and pick up her first victory of the season in the first elimination. The Takter trainee won the Fan Hanover final and the Simcoe Stakes last season at Mohawk. The second elimination will see local star Sandbetweenurtoes (PP3, Doug McNair) attempt to protect her home track. The Richard Moreau trained six-year-old has won eight of 16 starts this season and has racked up the dollars in the WEG Mares Preferred. Sandbetweenurtoes has banked over $150,000 this season for owner Brad Grant and is less than $70,000 away from reaching $1 million in career earnings. Division leader Lady Shadow (PP5, Yannick Gingras) highlights the third elimination. The Ron Adams trained five-year-old has picked right up where she left off at the end of last season, with victories in the Chip Noble Memorial and Betsy Ross to sit two for two entering the Roses Are Red eliminations. Lady Shadow won 12 of 20 starts last season and banked over $900,000. Her career earnings currently sit at $1.9 million. The top-three finishers, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $365,000 Roses Are Red final. The eliminations are carded as Races 2, 6 and 10. The stakes action isn't limited to Saturday night this weekend at Mohawk, as Friday evening's card will also have plenty of eliminations for Pepsi North America Cup night stakes. The Armbro Flight for trotting mares and Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters will each have two eliminations on Friday evening. Superstar trotter Hannelore Hanover is back to defend her Armbro Flight crown in the first of two $35,000 seven-horse eliminations. The Ron Burke trainee is one for two this season after winning 17 of 20 and banking over $1.1 million last season. Hannelore Hanover's most recent start was an easy-looking victory in a division of the Miss Versatility on May 22. The second split features last season's top-two three-year-old trotting fillies, as Broadway Donna (PP1, David Miller) and Caprice Hill (PP2, Doug McNair) will clash for the first-time in the older ranks. Broadway Donna, a winner of over $1.2 million, finished third against male counterparts in a division of the Graduate on Saturday at Mohawk, while Caprice Hill is coming in off a victory in her four-year-old debut last Friday at Mohawk. The top-five finishers from each Armbro Flight split will advance to the $253,000 final on Saturday, June 17. A group of 17 three-year-old trotters have been divided into two $30,000 Goodtimes eliminations. Wellwood Memorial winner Seven And Seven (PP4, Tom Durand) will make his three-year-old debut in the nine-horse opening split. The son of Chapter Seven won four of eight starts and banked $226,768 last season. Snowstorm Hanover (PP3, Matt Kakaley), who won last year's Valley Victory at Woodbine, will hope a return to Canadian soil will help him get back into the winner's circle, as the Burke trainee is winless in three starts this season. The second elimination, which has a field of eight, is headlined by Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final champ Mass Production (PP3, Rick Zeron). The gelded son of Muscle Mass made a break in his only start this season after winning five of nine and banking $285,673 as a rookie. The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $251,000 Goodtimes final on Saturday, June 17. The eliminations are carded as Races 5 and 8 on Friday. Post time on Friday and Saturday night is 7:30 p.m. The finals of all the stakes eliminations being contested this weekend will take place on the Pepsi North America Cup card on Saturday, June 17. Total purses for Pepsi North America Cup night will exceed $2.4 million. Tickets are currently available for the Pepsi North America Cup and can be purchased by clicking here. Below are the full fields for the eliminations of the Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover.   Friday, June 9 Armbro Flight - Sire - Elimination #1 (Race 3) 1. Hannelore Hanover - Swan For All - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 2. Emoticon Hanover - Kadabra - (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 3. Non Stick - Lucky Chucky - (Chris Christoforou - Ake Svanstedt) 4. Oho Diamond - Ken Warkentin - (Chris Christoforou - Renaldo Morales III) 5. Ready Any Time - Kadabra - (Jack Moiseyev - Dagfin Henriksen) 6. Kestrel - Triumphant Caviar - (Trevor Henry - Chris Beaver) 7. Renegade Magic - Kadabra - (Trevor Henry - Jeffrey Thomson)   Armbro Flight - Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Broadway Donna - Donato Hanover - (David Miller - Jim Campbell) 2. Caprice Hill - Kadaba - (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 3. Lady Ping - Muscle Mass - (Jack Moiseyev - Dagfin Henriksen) 4. Flowers N Songs - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Randy Waples - Paul Reid) 5. Charmed Life - Majestic Son - (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 6. Pink Pistol - Cantab Hall - (Tim Tetrick - Peter Shody) 7. Majestic Presence - Majestic Son - (Chris Christoforou - Dagfin Henriksen)   Goodtimes - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Ice Hockey Hanover - Donato Hanover - (Paul MacDonell - Mike Keeling) 2. Jake - Muscle Hill - (Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais) 3. Snowstorm Hanover - Muscle Massive - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 4. Seven And Seven - Chapter Seven - (Tom Durand - Tom Durand) 5. Guardian Angel As - Archangel - (Tim Tetrick - Anette Lorentzon) 6. Scene A Magician - Daylon Magician (Jack Moiseyev - Jennifer Pinkerton) 7. Southwind Woody - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke) 8. Dunbar Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Jody Jamieson - Carl Jamieson) 9. International Moni - Love You - (Scott Zeron - Frank Antonacci)   Goodtimes - Elimination #2 (Race 8) 1. Shake It Off Lindy - Crazed - (Brett Miller - Frank Antonacci) 2. Manssive -  Muscle Mass - (Jody Jamieson - Howard Okusko Jr) 3. Mass Production - Muscle Mass - (Rick Zeron - Rick Zeron) 4. Resita - Manofmanymission - (Randy Waples - Per Henriksen) 5. Enterprise - Chapter Seven - (Tim Tetrick - Marcus Melander) 6. Awol Hanover - Donato Hanover - (TBA - Luc Blais) 7. Dancer Hall - Deweycheatumnhowe - (Sylvain Filion - Paul Reid) 8. Southwind Cobra - Muscle Hill - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Burke)   Saturday, June 10 Roses Are Red - Elimination #1 (Race 2) 1. Witch Dali - Dali - (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 2. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - (Andrew McCarthy - Mark Harder) 3. Bernadette - Big Jim - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams) 4. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Lakeisha Hall - Third Straight - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 6. Frost Damage Blues - Western Ideal - (Brett Miller - Tom Fanning) 7. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter)   Roses Are Red - Elimination #2 (Race 6) 1. Penpal - American Ideal - (Pat Lachance - Pat Lachance) 2. Call Me Queen Be - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron - Tony O'Sullivan) 3. Sandbetweenurtoes - Somebeachsomewhere - (Doug McNair - Richard Moreau) 4. Windsun Glory - Mach Three - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 5. Nike Franco N - McArdle - (Tim Tetrick - Joann Looney King) 6. Solar Sister - Mach Three - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 7. Bedroomconfessions - American Ideal - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Lyons River Pride - Somebeachsomewhere - (Jody Jamieson - Bruce Goit)   Roses Are Red - Elimination #3 (Race 10) 1. Wrangler Magic - Mach Three - (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 2. Sassa Hanover - Rock N Roll Heaven - (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 3. Seventimesavirgin - Always A Virgin - (John De Long - John De Long) 4. Waasmula - Million Dollar Cam - (Trevor Henry - Bruce Goit) 5. Lady Shadow - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Ron Adams) 6. Lay Lady Lay - Up The Credit - (Trevor Henry - Chris Matthews) 7. Prairie Sweetheart - Royal Milennium - (Matt Kakaley - Tony O'Sullivan) 8. Ms Mac N Cheese - Badlands Hanover - (Sylvain Filion - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #1 (Race 5) 1. Al Mar Got A Fever - Third Straight - (Brian Sears - Mike Weller) 2. Roaring To Go - Art Major - (Brett Miller - Kevin Lare) 3. Soiree Seelster - Big Jim - (Sylvain Filion - Tony O'Sullivan) 4. Jayes A Lady - McArdle - (Brett Miller - Nancy Johansson) 5. Dancing Shadows K - Shadow Play - (Yannick Gingras - Rod Boyd) 6. Future Headlines - Sportswriter - (Jonathan Drury - Colin Johnson) 7. Idyllic Beach - Somebeachsomewhere - (Yannick Gingras - Jimmy Takter) 8. Blameitonthenight  - Mach Three - (Jonathan Drury - Tony Alagna) 9. Roselily - Big Jim - (Travis Cullen - Richard Moreau)   Fan Hanover - Elimination #2 (Race 7) 1. Agent Q - Western Terror - (David Miller - Aaron Lambert) 2. Obvious Blue Chip - Roll With Joe - (James MacDonald - Mark Steacy) 3. Action Majesty - Royal Mattjesty - (Brian Sears - Gregg McNair) 4. Dudesalady - Shadow Play - (TBA - Howard Okusko Jr) 5. American Sara - American Ideal - (Sylvain Filion - Murray Brethour) 6. Tequila Monday - American Ideal - (Brian Sears - Chris Oakes) 7. Shes Watching - Rocknroll Hanover - (Scott Zeron - Tony Alagna) 8. Bettors Up - Bettor's Delight - (Doug McNair - Scott McEneny) 9. Someomensomewhere - Somebeachsomewhere - (Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter) 10. Aint Three Ok - Mach Three - (Trevor Henry - Mike Weller) Mark McKelvie

Campbellville, ON --- Mohawk Racetrack has announced that 25 sophomore pacing colts and geldings have been entered in this year’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. The entry box for the Pepsi North America Cup closed this morning at 10:30 a.m.  The 25 pacers will be drawn into three eliminations, to be contested this Saturday (June 10). The top three finishers plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $1 million final on Saturday (June 17). The entry total of 25 is the largest number of entries received for the Pepsi North America Cup since 2010 when 30 were entered. Below are the fields: Elimination 1 (Race 3) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Lawrencetown Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Paul MacDonell 2 – Ideal Wheel – American Ideal - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Western Hill – Western Ideal - Doug McNair 4 – Downbytheseaside – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 5 – Some Attitude – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 6 – Eddard Hanover – Dragon Again - Matt Kakaley 7 – Sports Column – Sportswriter - Chris Christoforou 8 – Stealth Bomber – Rocknroll Hanover - Brett Miller Elimination 2 (Race 8) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Arsenal Seelster – Artistic Fella - Jonathan Drury 2 – Huntsville – Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick 3 – Beckhams Z Tam – Always A Virgin - Richard Macomber 4 – Classic Pro – Shadow Play - Trevor Henry 5 – Ozone Blue Chip – Bettor's Delight - Tim Tetrick 6 – Normandy Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Beyond Delight – Bettor's Delight - Sylvain Filion 8 – Miso Fast – Roll With Joe - Matt Kakaley 9 – Richard Hill – Mach Three - Doug McNair Elimination 3 (Race 9) (Post – Horse – Sire - Listed Driver) 1 – Mac's Jackpot – Somebeachsomewhere - David Miller 2 – Hurricane Beach – Somebeachsomewhere - Louis-Philippe Roy 3 – Filibuster Hanover – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 4 – Mc Mach – Mach Three - Paul MacDonell 5 – Darling's Dragon – Dragon Again - Donald Dupont 6 – Ocean Colony – Somebeachsomewhere - Yannick Gingras 7 – Fear The Dragon – Dragon Again - David Miller 8 – Streakavana – Big Jim - Sylvain Filion  

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