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MILTON, ON - June 15, 2018 - Every trainers path to the Pepsi North America Cup is an interesting journey. Long hours, tough decisions, fast horses, slow horses and disappointing races is part of the business. But having a dream is what keeps many barns ticking. For most the dream is finding the horse that'll take them to the highest level. A field of 10 three-year-old pacers will line up this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park seeking to fulfill that dream for their connections in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup. Each horse in Saturday's million-dollar classic has different traits and a story behind them. Tony Alagna has been to the top of the North America Cup mountain. The Manalapan, New Jersey conditioner won the 2013 edition with Captaintreacherous and nearly captured his second-title with runner-up Racing Hill in 2016. Alagna's barn will send out a pair of starters, Stay Hungry and American History, in Saturday's main event. Stay Hungry (PP2, Doug McNair) was the pick of many during the winter months to win this year's Cup. The son of Somebeachsomewhere had a fantastic two-year-old season that saw him win the $600,000 Breeders Crown and named the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's top two-year-old pacing colt. Alagna's standout makes a ton of noise on the track, but is a calm, cool and collected character when the bright lights are off. "(Stay Hungry) is a very laid-back horse, he's very easy to get along with," Alagna said. "He's very quiet, just a real pleasure to be around. No quirky habits. Walks out of the paddock hooked to the jog cart or walks out of the barn in the morning and stops every morning and just looks around." Stay Hungry could have an opportunity to stop and look at thousands of fans if all goes well in Saturday's North America Cup. The chill-individual is coming in off a victory in his elimination. American History (PP5, Yannick Gingras) is the second-representative from the Alagna barn and a perfect example that just like in any sport, every team has different characters. "He is always on go and he's just the opposite of Stay Hungry," said Alagna about American History. "Where Stay Hungry is very relaxed, (American History) goes to the track and is ready to work. He's (got a) totally different mindset and mentality than the other horse but nothing out of the ordinary, he likes to work." A son of American Ideal, American History has shown big speed and holds a mark of 1:49.1, tied for the fastest in the field. Brian Brown realized his million-dollar classic dream last year when he won the Cup with Fear The Dragon. The Ohio-based trainer is back looking for a repeat with a talented son of Well Said named Done Well (PP7, Tim Tetrick), who suffered his first loss in six-career starts last week, losing by a head to Stay Hungry. Done Well is a tough individual that battled back from injury last year, but grit doesn't make a horse exempt from having fears. "He used to be really scared of tractors," Brown shared about his rising star. "He's gotten over that mainly, still looks at them but he's pretty good that way." Luckily for Done Well, there will be no tractors on the track when the field lines up at approximately 10:40 p.m. Saturday. Like Done Well, Hitman Hill (PP10, Brett Miller) knows a thing about winning streaks. The Chris Oakes trainee started his career by winning six-consecutive starts and dominating the New York Sires Stakes last season. Hitman Hill won his second-lifetime start in 1:50.4, showing incredible speed and superstar potential. However, the American Ideal colt became a little too charged up during his run of victories and big speed as a rookie. "I drove him last year and raced him three starts where I thought he was the best colt in the country," driver Brett Miller said. "But he got really hot where we couldn't control him and it kind of ruined the rest of his year." Settling down Hitman Hill became the focus for the Oakes team. The American Ideal gelding has been raced much differently in three starts this season with Miller admitting he's been hesitant to send him to the front. "So far he's been very calm and I can do anything I want with him. Last year his game was he was best on the front, but I'm afraid to put him there again." Hitman Hill unleashed a :26.2 final-quarter to rally from eighth and finish third in his Cup elimination. Miller is hopeful the relaxed nature continues for the Oakes trainee. "I just hope we can keep him calm because in my opinion, he can go with any horse in here." The field of ten for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is comprised of eight colts and two geldings. All ten are writing different stories, but only one will have a fairytale ending to their current chapter this Saturday The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is carded as Race 12 on Saturday's program from Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time for the stakes-filled card is 6:30 p.m. To download a free program for Saturday's card, click here. Here is the full field for Saturday's race. #1 St Lads Neptune - Jody Jamieson/Stephanie Jamieson - 8/1 #2 Stay Hungry - Doug McNair/Tony Alagna - 5/2 #3 Wes Delight - Corey Callahan/Mark Harder - 9/2 #4 Lather Up - Montrell Teague/Clyde Francis - 2/1 #5 American History - Yannick Gingras/Tony Alagna - 10/1 #6 Lost In Time - Scott Zeron/Jimmy Takter - 8/1 #7 Done Well - Tim Tetrick/Brian Brown - 4/1 #8 Nutcracker Sweet - David Miller/Jimmy Takter - 15/1 #9 Hayden Hanover - Andy Miller/Julie Miller - 20/1 #10 Hitman Hill - Brett Miller/Chris Oakes - 20/1 AE: Burning Midnight - Trevor Henry/Corey Giles - 20/1 by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

It's like deja vu all over again for the connections of Hayden Hanover as they prepare to watch their colt in Saturday's C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Julie Miller-trained Hayden Hanover finished third last week in his North America Cup elimination, which was won by Stay Hungry, and will start Saturday's final from post No. 9. His elimination finish and draw for the final were nearly identical to his trip to Mohawk in September for the Metro Pace, when Hayden Hanover finished third in an elimination won by Stay Hungry and started the final from post No. 10. Despite his unfavorable Metro starting spot, which produced a track-low 4.4 percent winners last year, Hayden Hanover finished second to Lost In Time, so his connections might hope for the deja vu to continue. "Your starting point is only a position," said Miller, who will watch her husband Andy drive Hayden Hanover in Saturday's North America Cup final. "If Andy can maneuver a nice trip I hope we can take advantage of it. It's a deep field, a lot of nice horses, and I think it's going to come down to the trip." Hayden Hanover, a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the millionaire Hana Hanover, has started three times this year and posted a second and a third. For his career, the colt has won two of 14 races and hit the board a total of 11 times to earn $303,992. He is owned by Pinske Stables and Jim Simpson. Last year, Hayden Hanover had the fastest winning mile of the season for a 2-year-old male pacer thanks to his 1:50 score in a division of the International Stallion Stakes. In addition to finishing second in the Metro, he was runner-up in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes championship. Hayden Hanover remained in Canada following his North America Cup elimination rather than returning to the Millers' base in New Jersey. He also remained in Canada last year for the Metro. "Last year he had a good experience up there, so I'm OK with leaving him up there for the week," Miller said. "He's good in the fact that he takes care of himself. He's a good eater, he loves the field, and he's an easy horse to jog and train, so I'm not on pins and needles in that respect. I have a lot of confidence in how he is up in Canada." Although post No. 9 at Woodbine Mohawk Park has produced only eight wins in 156 pacing races this year (5.1 percent), Miller is happy for the opportunity to experience the North America Cup with Hayden Hanover. "It's an honor just to make the final," Miller said. "It's a magical day up there in Canada. If we can have some success in it, it will even be better. We just need a lot of luck, a lot of racing luck." Andy Miller hopes Hayden Hanover's versatility can be a benefit on Saturday. "He can leave, or like on Saturday, I raced him off of cover and he was good that way," he said. "It's not like he's one dimensional. It will be a great race." Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight won last week's North America Cup eliminations. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year to lead a deep group into the final. Lather Up, who is unbeaten in five races this year, is the 2-1 morning-line favorite. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race, showcasing the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10-11 p.m. The North America Cup undercard features the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies, C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters and the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-8/1 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-5/2 3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-9/2 4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-2/1 5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-10/1 6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-8/1 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-4/1 8-Nutcracker Sweet-David Miller-Jimmy Takter-15/1 9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-20/1 10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-20/1  by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

Elkton, MD --- Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica continues their Grand Circuit tour with a stop at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday to cover the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup. Mike and Mike will have extensive coverage of the North America Cup beginning at 9:00 PM and will run for three consecutive hours. The broadcast will highlight the all-stakes Pick 4, the mandatory payout super hi-5, and the North America Cup race live. During the broadcast, the team of Michael Carter, Mike Bozich, Garnet Barnsdale and Jessica Otten will present live interviews from the paddock, handicapping analysis, and winners' circle reaction as the night goes on. Tickets are still on sale for the North America Cup and can be purchased through Ticketmaster. The ticket includes general admission to the beer garden, live performances by Buck Twenty, and apron access to the $1,000,000 Pepsi North America Cup. Also on site during the races will be a food truck festival, a driver's autograph session beginning at 5:30, and a t-shirt giveaway to the first 500 ticket holders. Woodbine Mohawk Park will also features many lucrative wagering opportunities. The early Pick 4 (Race 4) will be guaranteed at $50,000, the All Stakes Pick 4 (Race 9) will be guaranteed at $100,000, and the Pick 5 (Race 1) will be guaranteed at $50,000. Post Time with Mike and Mike will have a table set up between 5:30 and 6:30 for a meet and greet with fans while also talking to them about racehorse aftercare. Donations will be accepted for the New Vocations Racehorse Adoption Program and the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. Post Time on Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park is 6:30 PM. Post Time with Mike and Mike's live show can be heard via their website, www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com and on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN.  by Mike Carter, for the Mike & Mike Show

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - The Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace is a just little more than four weeks away (July 14), which means the final major prep before the Big M's signature race - the C$1 million North America Cup for 3-year-old pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park - is the highlighted simulcast event this Saturday night at the mile oval. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race will head to the gate at 10:40 p.m. Lather Up, Wes Delight and Stay Hungry were the winners of last week's three eliminations. The NA Cup will have five Meadowlands Pace eligibles get behind the starting gate: Stay Hungry, American History, Hayden Hanover, Lost In Time and Nutcracker Sweet. It should be noted that supplementing to the Meadowlands Pace is still on the table for interested connections. Also on the NA Cup program, which will have a mandatory High-5 payout on the last race (the carryover was at $160,000 at the conclusion of racing Tuesday), are the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting fillies and mares (featuring Hannelore Hanover), C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters, C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers and the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing fillies and mares. Post time for the 15-race program is 6:30 p.m. CAMEL AND OSTRICH DERBIES: On Saturday night at the Meadowlands, patrons will be in for something a little different as the sixth annual Camel and Ostrich Derbies are certain to bring out both the hardcore and the curious. The camels and ostriches will race in between the live action, with the ostriches hitting the track after the third race and the camels after the eighth. TRY FOR A QUARTER-MILLION: Friday night's ninth and final race will offer harness racing's pot of gold, as the carryover for the Big M's Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five now stands at $252,765. As usual, the pools for the track's signature Pick-4 have been big. During the month of June, the average pool has been $84,777. Both the Late JSH5 and Pick-4 sport low 15 percent takeouts. Free program pages for the Meadowlands Pick-4, courtesy of Track Master, are available on the Meadowlands' website (www.playmeadowlands.com) and on the handicapping section at www.ustrotting.com. Live racing at the Meadowlands is this Friday and Saturday. Post time is 7:15 p.m. Coming attractions.... JUNE 23: The Meadowlands' Summer Wine Festival takes place with local wineries from New York and New Jersey participating. They'll be more than 25 total producers - wineries. For complete information, go to www.playmeadowlands.com. JUNE 30: College students can enter to win one of ten $1,000 college scholarships sponsored by Jeff and Paula Gural's Allerage Farm. Those showing a valid college ID will receive a voucher good for a $5 wager as well as a free program. They'll also a be a handicapping contest that night for those 18-30 years of age and the guaranteed prize pool of $5,000 is also being sponsored by the Gurals. JULY 7: It's Fan Appreciation Night, and it's also wiener take all, as the Big M hosts its 1st annual Wiener Dog Races. For those who own a dachshund and want to enter, go to http://playmeadowlands.com/uploadedFiles/wiener_racing_sign-up_sheet.pdf. At the conclusion of the races, stay for a fantastic fireworks display. They'll be beer and food specials all night long. There is a special early post time of 6:35 p.m. The featured event are the eliminations for the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace. JULY 14: The Meadowlands' signature event, the Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace, takes center stage. Post time is 6:35 p.m. AUGUST 4: Harness racing's signature event, the $1 million Hambletonian, brings the best 3-year-old trotters to not only the Big M, but to a national television audience (on the CBS Sports Network). Post time is noon for harness racing's biggest day. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands    

Trainer Mark Harder says Saturday's Pepsi North America Cup might lack a prohibitive favorite, but it does not suffer from a lack of talent. "Just because there's not a standout doesn't mean there's not a lot of good horses," said Harder, who will send out Wes Delight in the C$1 million event for 3-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "There is probably a bunch of them that can win it. No one is running away from anybody, I don't think. It's a deep group." Wes Delight was one of three North America Cup elimination winners last weekend, along with Lather Up and Stay Hungry. That trio has won 11 of 13 races this year, with no finishes worse than third. In the eliminations, Wes Delight won by a neck over Nutcracker Sweet in 1:50.2, Stay Hungry won by a head over Done Well in 1:50, and Lather Up won by 2-3/4 lengths over St Lads Neptune in 1:49.2. "He's been good all along (this year) and he was good again," Harder said about Wes Delight, who has won five of six races this season. "He's just doing his thing and racing great every week." For his career, Wes Delight has won eight of 17 starts and earned $226,823. The son of Bettor's Delight-Maid West is owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Frost, and Harder. "He showed a lot of talent last year at 2, but just struggled with his gait a little bit," Harder said earlier this year. As for whether the colt has fulfilled Harder's expectations this year, the trainer said, "He's been what I hoped, more than what I expected. You hope for the best and hope you don't get the worst." The connections of the elimination winners picked their starting positions for the final and Wes Delight will leave from post No. 3 with driver Corey Callahan. Stay Hungry will start from post two and Lather Up will start from post four. "They'll race hard; they always do when it's a million dollars," Harder said. "(Wes Delight) is so handy; he can leave, he can duck, he can sit. He's a complete racehorse. If he has a good healthy week, it's up to the driver to figure it out." Stay Hungry, trained by Tony Alagna and driven by Doug McNair, was the O'Brien Award winner as Canada's best 2-year-old male pacer in 2017. The son of Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon has won one of two races this year and seven of 11 lifetime, totaling $561,664 in purses for owners Brad Grant and the late Irwin Samelman. He was the 2017 Breeders Crown champion. Alagna, who won the North America Cup in 2013 with Captaintreacherous, also sends out American History in the North America Cup final. American History was third in his elimination, setting the fractions from post seven before finishing three-quarters of a length behind Wes Delight. The son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch has won four of eight career races and will have Yannick Gingras in the sulky. Lather Up, who set multiple track records in Ohio last year at age 2 before being sidelined because of illness and a near-fatal reaction to antibiotics, is a perfect 5-for-5 this season for driver Montrell Teague and trainer Clyde Francis. The homebred son of I'm Gorgeous-Pocket Comb is owned by Gary and Barbara Iles. He has won nine of 12 career races and earned $152,265. The North America Cup field also includes Lost In Time, who was the Dan Patch Award winner for best 2-year-old male pacer in the U.S., and Nutcracker Sweet, both from the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter. David Miller, who has won the past two North America Cup finals, will drive Nutcracker Sweet. Scott Zeron will pilot Lost In Time, whose ownership group includes professional wrestling legend Ric Flair. Over the past 10 years, three 2-year-old divisional champions have returned the following year and captured the North America Cup: Captaintreacherous in 2013, Sportswriter in 2010, and Somebeachsomewhere in 2008. All three received both Dan Patch and O'Brien awards at age 2. Done Well lost for the first time in six career races when he finished behind Stay Hungry in his elimination. Brian Brown, who won last year's North America Cup with Fear The Dragon, trains Done Well. Two-time North America Cup-winner Tim Tetrick will drive the colt, who won four races last year before being sidelined by injury. The 35th edition of Canada's richest harness race, showcasing the finest 3-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. (EDT) and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10-11 p.m. The North America Cup undercard features the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies, C$370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, C$250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotters and the C$100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the Pepsi North America Cup field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson 2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder 4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis 5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna 6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter 7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown 8-Nutcracker Sweet-David Miller-Jimmy Takter 9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller 10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA   

Elkton, MD - Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica, is excited to announce their line-up for Thursday morning (June 14) at 10:30 a.m. They will be joined by Ken Middleton, Woodbine Mohawk Park's announcer; Clay Horner, Chairman Woodbine Entertainment Group; and the connections of Wes Delight, Mark Harder and Corey Callahan. Post Time will have a special guest co-host on Thursday as USTA Social Media and Publicity Coordinator Wendy Ross will join the program, as Michael Bozich will be on assignment. Middleton, the announcer at Woodbine Mohawk Park, joins the program this week to discuss the 2018 Pepsi North America Cup. Middleton will discuss the race and also discuss some of the great promotions that are going on around the facility. Horner, Chairman of Woodbine Entertainment Group, sparked lively conversation over the weekend as he raised an idea for the future of the North America Cup. Ross and Carter will discuss with Horner where those thoughts came from and what might be in store for the historic race. The connections of Wes Delight, Corey Callahan and Mark Harder, will join this week to talk about their star three-year-old who has proven he has what it takes to race against the top horses in the country. Wes Delight will race from post three on Saturday night. Post Time with Mike and Mike will be live from the Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday night. The time of the show will be announced on Thursday. Post Time with Mike and Mike presented by BetAmerica can be heard live every Thursday at 10:30 a.m. via their website www.posttimewithmikeandmike.com or on the archive at www.betamerica.com/BARN. by Michael Carter, for Post Time with Mike and Mike  

This Week: North America Cup, Fan Hanover, Roses Are Red, Goodtimes and Armbro Flight finals, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario. Schedule of events: The Grand Circuit spotlight will be on Woodbine Mohawk Park this weekend as the Ontario oval hosts five lucrative stakes finals on Saturday night (June 16) led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old colt pacers. Also on the card will be the C$415,000 Fan Hanover for 3-year-old filly pacers, the C$370,000 Roses Are Red for older mare pacers, the C$266,000 Goodtimes for 3-year-old colt trotters and the C$250,000 Armbro Flight for older mare trotters. Complete entries for the Mohawk races can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: Homicide Hunter and driver Aaron Merriman moved to the lead following the halfway point of Saturday's (June 9) Charlie Hill Memorial and never looked back, winning the $200,000 event for older trotters by 4-1/2 lengths over In Secret in 1:50.3 on a track labeled good at Eldorado Scioto Downs. Charmed Life finished third. Homicide Hunter was a 1:50.3 winner in the Charlie Hill Memorial. The winning time equaled the world record for an older gelding trotter on a five-eighths-mile track and was a stakes and track record. Defending champion Crazy Wow and two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Marion Marauder were scratched sick, reducing the field to seven horses. Race favorite Will Take Charge went off stride at the start and finished sixth. I Know My Chip took the early lead in a :26.3 opening quarter-mile before seeing Smalltownthrowdown get the top spot prior to the half-mile point. Driver Sam Widger moved I Know My Chip back to the lead at the half, reached in :54.2, but faced pressure from Homicide Hunter, who was in front by the time he reached three-quarters in 1:22. Homicide Hunter is a 6-year-old gelding by Mr Cantab out of Evening Prayer. He is owned by Crawford Farms Racing of New York and trained by Chris Oakes. The horse was bred by Patrick Graham. For the year, Homicide Hunter has won two of three races and earned $116,500. For his career, he has won 32 of 65 starts and banked $1.22 million. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 311; 2. Yannick Gingras - 211; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. David Miller - 82.5. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 238; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 121; 4. Jimmy Takter - 85; 5. Richard Banca - 75. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2t. Burke Racing Stable - 57.9; 2t. Weaver Bruscemi - 57.9; 4. Richard Poillucci - 56; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Next weekend will see Grand Circuit action taking place at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono, with eliminations for the Ben Franklin (older pacers), Earl Beal Memorial (3-year-old colt trotters), Max Hempt Memorial (3-year-old colt pacers) and James Lynch (3-year-old filly pacers) on Saturday (June 23). by Paul Ramlow, publicity director  

MILTON, ON - June 12 – Lather Up, Stay Hungry and Wes Delight, all impressive winners in last weekend’s eliminations, headline a field of 10 for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The 35th edition of Canada’s richest harness race, showcasing the finest three-year-old pacers on the continent, will go postward at 10:40 p.m. EDT and will be broadcast live on TSN2 from 10:00 – 11:00 .m. EDT. The winner of the Pepsi North America Cup earns $500,000. This year’s marks the 18th anniversary of Pepsi’s sponsorship of the race. Post positions were drawn today at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with Toronto Maple Leafs’ defenceman Connor Carrick as the guest drawmaster. A total of 29 three-year-old pacers competed over three $50,000 eliminations last Saturday to determine the field for this year’s race. The top-three finishers from each division, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, qualified for the $1 million final. The group of 29 entered in this year’s eliminations was the highest turnout since 2010. Elimination winners earned their connections the right to select their post position for the final. Nineteen of the 34 Cup winners won their elimination. Lather Up (PP4), an Ohio-sired son of Im Gorgeous, was the fastest elimination winner, as he shot up the inside to win his division by nearly three-lengths in 1:49.2 for trainer Clyde Francis and driver Montrell Teague. A homebred for owners Gary & Barbara Iles, Lather Up is undefeated in five starts this season and currently holds a record of nine wins and 11 top-three finishes from 12 career-starts. The bay colt holds a pair of Track Records in the state of Ohio and enters the Pepsi North America Cup with $167,100 in career earnings. The combination of Francis and Teague will be looking for redemption in this Saturday’s $1 million race after they finished second with superstar Wiggle It Jiggleit in the 2015 Cup. Teague understands the pressure that is on him and Lather Up following their dazzling elimination performance. “Adds more pressure (winning an elimination). I mean, you always got to figure out the next trip that’s going to be next week,” said Teague. “You got to make sure the horse is healthy, make sure I do my job, make sure he does his job. I had the best horse in 2015 and I got beat, so you never know.” Stay Hungry (PP2), last year’s Breeders Crown champion, came from third-over on the final turn to power by rivals in the lane and win his elimination in 1:50 for trainer Tony Alagna and driver Doug McNair. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Stay Hungry was one of the Winter-Book favourites for this year’s Cup after winning six of nine starts and being named Canada’s Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt at the O’Brien Awards. His trainer Alagna won the 2013 Cup with Captaintreacherous, while driver McNair, last year’s Driver of the Year in Canada, will be seeking his first Cup in his third try. “It feels good (winning an elimination),” said McNair following last Saturday’s victory. “That’s always what you dream of when you’re growing up watching the race, so to be in the race and have one that’s legit and low odds is a great feeling.” Stay Hungry has won seven of 11 career starts and earned $588,760 for owners Brad Grant, Woodbine’s leading owner, and the late-Irwin Samelman. Wes Delight (PP3) split rivals late to prevail victorious in the tightest finish of last Saturday’s eliminations for trainer Mark Harder and driver Corey Callahan. The son Bettors Delight stopped the timer in 1:50.2 for his fifth win in six starts this season. “I was kind of worried I wasn’t going to get any room,” said Callahan following the elimination. “But (American History) went on enough I could sneak out there and this little horse is so gritty, he just loves to win.” Owned by Rick Phillips, Deena Rachel Frost and Mark Harder, Wes Delight has had a powerful start to his three-year-old campaign after being competitive in his rookie season, winning three of 11 starts. The Harder trainee has made more starts (17) than any other horse in this year’s Cup. Wes Delight’s career-totals sit at eight wins and $232,573 earned going into Saturday’s $1 million race. Trainer Brian Brown, who won last year’s Cup with Fear The Dragon, has a chance at a repeat with Done Well (PP7). The son of Well Said finished second to Stay Hungry to suffer his first loss in six career starts. Jimmy Takter has won nearly all the sport’s biggest races, but the Pepsi North America Cup has yet to come his way in five-previous attempts. The Hall of Fame trainer will send out Nutcracker Sweet (PP8), who finished second by a neck to Wes Delight, and Lost In Time (PP6), the fourth-place finisher to draw in. Lost In Time captured last year’s Metro Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park and was named the Dan Patch Award winner as Top 2-Year-Old Pacing Colt in the U.S. A pair of Husband-Wife, Driver-Trainer teams will compete in this year’s Pepsi North America Cup. Jody and Stephanie Jamieson will send out Ontario-sired gelding St Lads Neptune (PP1), who finished second to Lather Up in his elimination. Jody is a two-time Cup winning-driver, having won in 2007 with Tell All and 2011 with Up The Credit. Andy and Julie Miller team up to compete with Hayden Hanover (PP9), a third-place finisher in last Saturday’s eliminations. The New Jersey based Miller’s have had a good run with Hayden Hanover, as the son of Somebeachsomewhere has two wins, 11 top-three finishes in 14 career starts. Stay Hungry may grab the headlines, but trainer Alagna is another trainer in this year’s race with two-entries. American History (PP5) finished third, beat less than a length, in the elimination won by Wes Delight. The son of American Ideal has won four of eight starts and is tied with Lather Up for the fastest career-mark in this year’s field at 1:49.1. Driver Brett Miller will sit behind Hitman Hill (PP10) in Saturday’s race hoping to change his luck and capture his first Pepsi North America Cup. The 44-year-old driver has finished second in three-different editions of the Cup and will be making his seventh appearance in Canada’s richest race. A son of American Ideal, Hitman Hill was nearly perfect in his rookie season, winning six of seven starts. The Chris Oakes trainee is winless in three starts this season. The North America Cup stakes record is 1:47.4, set by Thinking Out Loud in 2012 and equaled in 2016 by Betting Line. Hall of famer Bettors Delight holds the record for the largest margin of victory, four and half lengths in 2001. The list of past Cup winners is a who’s who of Standardbred greats, including Jate Lobell (1987), Precious Bunny (1991), Presidential Ball (1993), Cams Card Shark (1994), Gallo Blue Chip (2000), Rocknroll Hanover (2005), Somebeachsomewhere (2008) and Captaintreacherous (2013). The shortest-priced winners in Cup history are Jate Lobell and Presidential Ball at $2.70, while Goalie Jeff, in 1989, provided the biggest upset, returning $93.60 for a $2 Win bet. The Cup was raced at Greenwood Raceway from 1984-03, followed by Woodbine Racetrack from 1994-2006. The North America Cup was moved to Mohawk in 2007 and this year’s edition marks the first Cup since the renaming to Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Cup night card will offer three Pick-4 wagers, including an All Stakes Pick-4 with a $100,000 guaranteed pool, comprising of Races 9 through 12. There will also be a mandatory payout on the Jackpot Hi-5. The North America Cup undercard features the $415,000 Fan Hanover for three-year-old pacing fillies, $370,000 Roses Are Red for pacing mares, $250,000 Armbro Flight for trotting mares, $266,000 Goodtimes for three-year-old trotters and the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational for older pacers. Post time for the first of 15 races on the Pepsi North America Cup card is 6:30 p.m. Here is the field in post position order: PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson  2-Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna  3-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder  4-Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis  5-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna  6-Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter  7-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown  8-Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter  9-Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller  10-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes  by Mark McKelive, for Woodbine Communications

Wolfgang will try to continue his rise among Hambletonian Stakes contenders when he faces nine rivals in Saturday's C$266,000 Goodtimes Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Goodtimes is one of the stakes stops on the road to August's $1.2 million Hambletonian, which is the sport's premier race for 3-year-old trotters. Two of the past four winners of the Goodtimes have gone on to capture the Hambletonian, Marion Marauder in 2016 and Trixton in 2014. In addition, last year's winner International Moni won an elimination of the Hambletonian. Saturday's Goodtimes is part of a stakes-filled card at Woodbine Mohawk Park, headlined by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old male pacers. The night also includes the Armbro Flight for older female trotters, Roses Are Red for older female pacers, and Fan Hanover for 3-year-old female pacers. Wolfgang, who was ranked No. 9 in last week's Road to the Hambletonian, compiled by Meadowlands Racetrack announcer and analyst Ken Warkentin, is among seven Hambletonian-eligible trotters in the Goodtimes. The others are Alarm Detector, Cruising In Style, Hat Trick Habit, Hill Street, Lawmaker, and Missle Hill. Alarm Detector, who was No. 3 in last week's Hambletonian rankings, and Wolfgang each won his Goodtimes elimination. Wolfgang, making his first start of the season, captured his division by 2-3/4 lengths over Lawmaker in a career-best 1:52.2. "I'm very happy with the way he went last week," said Yannick Gingras, who drives Wolfgang for trainer Jimmy Takter. "It was his first time out and he was loaded with trot. I think he did it the right way and I think he's got a big chance." Last year, Wolfgang won three of 10 races and earned $316,275, which ranked fifth among 2-year-old male trotters. The colt's victories included the Matron Stakes and he finished second in the Kentucky Sire Stakes championship and season-ending Valley Victory Stakes. Fourth Dimension, who was last year's Dan Patch Award winner for 2-year-old male trotters and was No. 1 in last week's Road to the Hambletonian, won the Valley Victory. Fourth Dimension is yet to race this year. "I think if I got loose a little earlier in the Valley Victory I could have given Fourth Dimension all he wanted," said Gingras, who has driven Wolfgang in his past four starts. "Even before that, I watched him race and he looked like a horse that could go a long ways. "I thought coming into the year he was probably the best trotter I had to drive for the Hambletonian. Jimmy said all along he was coming back strong. We couldn't be any happier with where he's at right now." Wolfgang, who hails from a family with chef-inspired names, is a son of My MVP out of Summer Savory. He was purchased for $60,000 at the 2016 Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Brixton Medical Inc., Goran Falk, Hatfield Stables, and breeder Fair Island Farm. Alarm Detector, who was the O'Brien Award winner for best 2-year-old male trotter in Canada, won his Goodtimes elimination by three-quarters of a length over Breeders Crown champion Fiftydallarbill in 1:53.1. Alarm Detector also was making his seasonal debut. "I was okay with it, mile in (1):53, it's getting a little cooler right now at this time and you can train them as much as you want, but it's not like racing," trainer Ben Baillargeon said after the win. "He was ready and up to the task." Alarm Detector, a son of Chapter Seven out of Final Countdown, has won seven of eight career races and earned $237,032. His victories last year included the William Wellwood Memorial at Woodbine Mohawk Park. He was purchased for $110,000 at the 2016 Standardbred Horse Sale and his family includes Dan Patch and O'Brien awards winner Ken Warkentin, who was named in honor of the Meadowlands' announcer. The colt is owned by Thomas Rankin, Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel, and Santo Vena. Following is the field for the Goodtimes Stakes. The connections of Wolfgang and Alarm Detector, as elimination winners, selected their respective post positions. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer 1-Stormont Ventnor-Phil Hudon-Kevin Benn 2-Hill Street-Jimmy Takter-Jimmy Takter 3-Alarm Detector-Trevor Henry-Benoit Baillargeon 4-Wolfgang-Yannick Gingras-Jimmy Takter 5-Lawmaker-Anthony MacDonald-Jason McGinnis 6-Hat Trick Habit-David Miller-Domenico Cecere 7-Fiftydallarbill-Trace Tetrick-William Crone 8-Run Director-Sylvain Filion-Benoit Baillargeon 9-Missle Hill-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna 10-Cruising In Style-James MacDonald-Kevin McMaster by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA  

FAN HANOVER & ROSES ARE RED ELIMS

MILTON, ON - June 8, 2018 - Trainer Dave Menary sends out several stakes prospects in elimination action this Saturday (June 9) at Woodbine Mohawk Park, including two from his own barn and one that he owns in the Pepsi North America Cup. Menary's pair of 'Cup' trainees, Topville Olympian and Dragon Time, race in the first and second elimination respectively. St Lads Neptune, who Menary bought into earlier this season, goes in the third elimination. Starting from post 8, Topville Olympian, driven by Jody Jamieson, makes his third start of the year after finishing sixth in a $60,000 division of the Somebeachsomewhere, losing to Burning Midnight who catapulted off a collapsing pace to a 28-1 upset. "Topville Olympian is just a super little horse; like the little engine that could," Menary said. "He's the kind of horse you'd want to marry--he never has a bad day. He's got a great attitude, always eating, always healthy; super sound. He's the kind of horse that doesn't give you gray hairs." Owned by Menary Racing Inc., Billy Jo and Anthony Timmons and Crawford Farms Racing, the gelded son of American Ideal lacked racing room off a pocket trip through the stretch in the Somebeachsomewhere, finishing two lengths off the winner. The start prior, his first of the season, he faltered from a similar setup to be fifth by nine lengths. "Instead of racing him like a long shot, we raced him like a contender last week [in the Somebeachsomewhere] and he got caught behind a wall of horses," Menary said. "I think if he got a seam somewhere, he could've possibly been the fast division and they'd be looking at him in a different light. "His first start of the year--I think he just needed that start. In qualifiers he flashed up some really fancy last quarters. He's going to need a little bit of luck but I know he's going to put forth a good effort." Dragon Time also makes his third start of the year in his Cup elimination, starting from post 10 with Jamieson in the sulky. The Bettors Delight gelding ended his freshman campaign in late September with a sixth-place finish in the Metro consolation. He returned to the track after a winter of maturing to win a qualifier on May 18 in 1:56.3. "Dragon Time may have been my top colt all winter," Menary said. "He's always been a little bit green and a little bit immature--kind of a big, fat, clumsy colt. But he's really put things together; he was legit enough last year. He won a leg of the Nassagaweya last year coming home in :26-and-a-fifth and paced in [1]:51. He's a nice colt, but he's right on the fringe and we'd like to get out of the green." Dragon Time also drew outside in his division of the Somebeachsomewhere and kicked home in :26.2 to finish sixth to Lather Up by eight-and-a-half lengths. In his first start of the year, he finished fourth against conditioned pacers from the rail in 1:51.1. "He trained super this week--I think it's the best he's ever trained in his life--he went by Sintra training this week," Menary said. "But from the 10-hole, he's going to need a little bit of luck and a miracle. But his best thing might be the consolation." Stephanie Jamieson trains St Lads Neptune for Carl and Jody Jamieson and Menary Racing. Knowing the horse and saying he knew "how much Jody and Carl thought of him,", Menary acquired a share prior to his first qualifier--a 1:51.1 mile with a :25.4 final quarter. "I take a lot of pride in the horses that are in [my] barn," Menary said. "The ones that I'm training have an uphill battle, but Steph[anie Jamieson]'s doing a really nice job with St Lads Neptune and I'm excited to see some good results." St Lads Neptune has two seconds from two starts this season, one in an Ontario Sires Stake split at Flamboro and the other in a division of the Somebeachsomewhere, where he rallied from several lengths off the lead to finish a close-second to Lather Up in a 1:50.3 mile. "Neptune was just awesome last week," Menary said. "Jody drove him pretty conservatively and ran him up into the back of Lather Up and then he moved right over him at the wire." Jody Jamieson will pilot the Mach Three gelding from post 7. Pepsi North America Cup night has the possibility to be a big evening for Menary, as his stable could be represented in a pair of under card stakes. Menary will also send out Pueblo Blue Chip in the Fan Hanover eliminations on Saturday. Starting from post-four in the second of the two eliminations, Pueblo Blue Chip finds herself against the ranks of world-champion Youaremycandygirl, local freshmen stars Percy Bluechip and Kendall Seelster and Ubettergo Go, who enters off a national season's best of 1:50 at Tioga. "I think there's a big difference between those two divisions--she's definitely in the tough division so hopefully she brings her 'A'-game," Menary said. Pueblo Blue Chip won her lone start of the season, a 1:54.3 wire-to-wire performance in a division of New York Sires Stakes (NYSS) at Saratoga. Menary opted to skip the NYSS split at Tioga on Sunday, June 3, instead "trying to aim her for the Fan Hanover so she wouldn't have to go four weeks in a row then come back and race in six days," he said. "She came out of the [NYSS] a lot better than she came into it," Menary said. "She had never been to Saratoga. She raced well and came out of the race very well and trained very well this week. She got run at the whole way and still drew away from them, so it was a good first start of the year. "I think she's a nice filly, but it's up to her whether she wants to step up and advance with these kind of fillies." The sophomores may get most of the attention on Saturday, but Menary will also be sending out his stable star Sintra in the $34,000 Preferred. The Canadian Pacing Derby champion will be preparing for the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup and is making his second start of the season. "Sintra's come back super," Menary said. "It's a privilege to train a horse like him--he's the kind of horse that makes you get up and go out to the barn in the morning. I've had nice horses in the past and every time you have a good one you pray it's not your last because you can only have so many once in a lifetime horses. He's another one and hopefully there's more to follow. But he wintered very, very well. He's just such a doer and makes my job real easy." Sintra returned to the track on May 18, qualifying in 1:53.4 with a :25.2 final quarter. The five-year-old made his season debut a week later and came from off the pace to finish second. "He was excellent in his qualifier; he probably could've come home in :24--Jody started pulling him up at the top of the stretch. Then in his first start of the year he had an outside post and we raced him from the back, but he was pacing really hard to the wire. He just got beat by math." Menary has his eyes on many big events for Sintra, with his first stakes engagement being the always-star studded Mohawk Gold Cup on Cup night. This Saturday's 13-race program at Woodbine Mohawk Park kicks off at 7:30 p.m. and features the eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red (pacing mares). A free program for Saturday's card can be downloaded by clicking here. by Ray Cotolo, for Woodbine Communications    

MILTON, ON - June 7, 2018 - There was a time trainer Brian Brown stopped and stared at the Pepsi North America Cup trophy and wondered what it would feel like to hold it aloft. Now that he's done that, he's hoping this time will be twice as nice. It was just over 20 years ago when Brown walked through the Woodbine Mohawk Park grandstand and eyed the ornate trophy associated with one of standardbred racing's highest profile events. "It's a race you dream of winning," said the Ohio native, who trains at the fairgrounds in the Little Brown Jug's hometown. "But it takes a lot of things to make it happen and it takes a total team effort. It's a great feeling to say that you've won it." In 2017, a pair of Brown's sensational sophomore pacing stars, Fear The Dragon and Downbytheseaside, each enjoyed stellar campaigns. It was the former who delivered the trainer his coveted North America Cup crown. A son of Dragon Again, Fear the Dragon rallied stoutly down the lane to win the $1 million race by three-quarters of a length in 1:48.2. Downbytheseaside, who led by a head at the stretch call, held for third to give Brown the top and bottom ends of the Trifecta. At season's end, the duo earned $2.95 million (US) between them, playing a big part in Brown earning Trainer of the Year Award honours in the United States, as voted by the U.S. Harness Writers Association. He was also voted USHWA's Good Guy Award winner for 'consistent, intelligent cooperation with the sport's media.' Now, he's hoping good guys can finish first in the 35th edition of the Pepsi North America Cup. Brown has three horses - Done Well, Whos Better and Venom - set to contest this Saturday evening's Cup eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park, all seeking a shot at a spot in the six-figure final to be contested at the Milton oval on June 16. His best chance for a return trip to the winner's circle could be the aptly named Done Well, an undefeated son of Well Said, only the second horse in history to win pacing's Big 3 - The Little Brown Jug, Meadowlands Pace and North America Cup. The bay colt, to be driven by Tim Tetrick in the second of three Cup eliminations this Saturday night, heads into the race off a win in a division of the Pennsylvania All-Stars event for three-year-old pacing colts. The sharp victory came after almost 10 months away from racing action. "He's coming into the race well," said Brown, of the Pennsylvania-bred owned by James Stambaugh, Wingfield Brothers LLC, Milton Leeman, and Alan Keith. "I would have liked to have had one more race in him, but that just didn't happen. He's a very nice horse. Unfortunately, he had to deal with an injury that occurred in Florida last August and it set him back. He was just getting rolling, so it was disappointing. But he's doing everything right and so easy. Timmy (Tetrick) isn't worried about him." Whos Better, a one-time winner from 13 starts, also has one second and six thirds for Brown. The gelded son of Bettors Delight, a sire of 22 millionaires, Living Harness Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee and Canadian Racing Hall Of Fame Inductee, has tackled some top competition over his career. Last October, Whos Better finished eighth in a Breeders Crown final at Hoosier Park. The bay heads into his elimination off a runner-up effort in a Pennsylvania All-Stars division on May 28. David Miller will drive again for owners Country Club Inc., Joe Sbrocco and W J Donovan. "He's come back this year, had some solid starts and put up pretty good times," said Brown. "He had throat surgery, but he's come back well. He's a pretty-laid back horse now. He wasn't that way before he had him gelded. He was a tough horse to be around and a tough horse on himself." Venom, a son of the legendary Rock N Roll Heaven, a world champion at both two and three, voted Horse of the Year, Pacer of the Year and 3-Year-old of the Year, will look to get over the sting of an eighth-place finish as the mutuel favourite at Vernon Downs on May 28. Prior to that result, the bay colt, owned by Frank Bellino and Sons LLC, had won three straight after finishing second in his career bow on April 22 at Miami Valley. Miller gets the call in the third and final elim. "We're not sure what happened after that race at Vernon," offered Brown. "He was very distressed after the race, so we did everything we could think of to find out what it was. Everything checked out okay and he was fine. He trained so well yesterday. We trained all three of them together and they were all within a quarter of a length of each other." With three chances to make it to the big dance and a second Cup trophy opportunity, Brown is looking forward to returning to familiar ground this Saturday. No need to ask if he'd like a repeat of last year's result. "That would be nice for sure," said Brown. Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. by Chris Lomon, for Woodbine Communications          

Peter Wrenn expects Shnitzledosomethin to do something he always does when it comes time to race at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Saturday in his Pepsi North America Cup elimination -- be right in the mix. Over the course of his 15-race career, Shnitzledosomethin has posted seven wins and hit the board a total of 14 times. The only time the colt finished outside the top three came last October when he was pulled up because of broken equipment. Three of his five runner-up finishes came by a neck or less, including his setback to Stay Hungry in last season's Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers. "He's not scared of speed and he's got good manners, so those are probably two things in his favor," Wrenn said. "He doesn't get too wound up and he's a big enough horse where fractions don't hurt him too bad. He's not going to walk away from nobody, but they're going to know he's in the race some. He's a very nice horse. "He was a player last year, and he's a player this year." A total of 29 horses entered the 35th North America Cup, one of the sport's premier events for 3-year-old male pacers, and the group was divided into three eliminations. The top three finishers from each division plus one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the C$1 million final, which is June 16 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Shnitzledosomethin is in the third elimination, which also includes Dan Patch Award-winner Lost In Time and two horses that are unbeaten this year, Courtly Choice and Lather Up. Lost In Time won last year's Metro Pace at Mohawk while Courtly Choice (2-for-2 in 2018) and Lather Up (4-for-4) are two of the three fastest 3-year-old pacers this season. Lather Up is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. Shnitzledosomethin, who has a win and a second in two starts this year on the Indiana Sire Stakes circuit, is 8-1. The first elimination features Breeders Crown 2-year-old champion Stay Hungry, stakes-winner Hayden Hanover, and undefeated Done Well. Hayden Hanover was last season's fastest 2-year-old male pacer, with a mark of 1:50. Done Well, who was sidelined by a cannon bone fracture last year, is 5-for-5 lifetime. Stay Hungry is the 9-5 morning-line favorite. The second elimination includes Somebeachsomewhere division winner Burning Midnight as well as two more of the season's hottest 3-year-olds, Dorsoduro Hanover and Wes Delight. Dorsoduro Hanover is undefeated in three races this year while Wes Delight has won four of five in 2018, with his lone setback a second-place finish to Dorsoduro Hanover. Dorsoduro Hanover is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations have been carded as races four, five and eight on Saturday's program. The elimination winners will earn the right to select their post position for the final. The post-position draw will take place Tuesday during a special luncheon and media conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. "There are a lot of horses in these divisions that could step up and get the job done," Wrenn said. "There are no horses that lay five lengths over the field. It's an evenly matched group." Wrenn, who last appeared in a North America Cup final in 1999, finishing fourth with Sioux Dawn, has driven Shnitzledosomethin every start of his career. All but one of those races came in Indiana, a third-place finish in the Matron Stakes at Dover Downs in Delaware. Shnitzledosomethin, a son of Fred And Ginger out of Summer N Sand, is trained by Dylan Davis. He is owned by BFJ Stable, Thomas Lazzaro, Ed Gold, and Abraham Basen. "He's a bigger, stronger horse, which a lot of them get that way," Wrenn said about the 2018 version of Shnitzledosomethin. "He had a lot of natural talent last year, which has carried over to this year for sure." Wrenn is looking forward to driving at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Although he does not drive regularly in Canada, he enjoyed one of his biggest wins north of the border, capturing a Breeders Crown with Yankee Cashmere in 1994 at Woodbine. "I've had a little luck up there in the past," Wrenn said. "Maybe not always coming home with a big W, but some nice paychecks. Maybe it will work out. I hope I make the final. They put on a nice show. It's always got a good feeling about being there. The fan base really enjoys racing and they put it all forward. They love it. They're very enthusiastic." Post time for Saturday's card is 7:30 p.m. An early program for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations card is available by clicking here. The card also includes eliminations for the Roses Are Red and Fan Hanover stakes. Here are the full elimination fields, with drivers, trainers, and morning line. Elimination 1 (Race 4) 1. Hayden Hanover-Andy Miller-Julie Miller-5/1 2. Summer Travel-David Miller-Casie Coleman-6/1 3. Stay Hungry-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-9/5 4. Major Authority-Yannick Gingras-Andrew Harris-20/1 5. Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-2/1 6. Sports Legend-Bob McClure-Richard Moreau-20/1 7. Rootin Tootin-Mark MacDonald-Blake MacIntosh-15/1 8. Topville Olympian-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-15/1 9. Grand Teton-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-10/1 10. Captain Deo-Brett Miller-Tony Alagna-8/1 Elimination 2 (Race 5) 1. Whos Better-David Miller-Brian Brown-8/1 2. Sometimesawinner-Louis-Philippe Roy-Rene Allard-10/1 3. Beachin Lindy-Mark MacDonald-Steve Charlton-20/1 4. Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-7/2 5. Burning Midnight-Trevor Henry-Corey Giles-6/1 6. When You Dance-Jonathan Drury-Ben Wallace-12/1 7. American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-3/1 8. Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-5/2 9. Nutcracker Sweet-Tim Tetrick-Jimmy Takter-10/1 10. Dragon Time-Jody Jamieson-Dave Menary-20/1 Elimination 3 (Race 8) 1. Lost In Time-Scott Zeron-Jimmy Takter-4/1 2. Lather Up-Montrell Teague-Clyde Francis-9/5 3. Venom-Yannick Gingras-Brian Brown-12/1 4. Babes Dig Me-Doug McNair-Tony Alagna-15/1 5. Shnitzledosomethin-Peter Wrenn-Dylan Davis-8/1 6. Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-6/1 7. St Lads Neptune-Jody Jamieson-Stephanie Jamieson-5/1 8. Courtly Choice-David Miller-Blake MacIntosh-7/2 9. Levis Day-Tim Tetrick-Victor Puddy-20/1 by Ken Weingartner, for the USTA 

This Week: Currier & Ives, The Meadows, Washington, Pa.; Armbro Flight, Goodtimes, Pepsi North America Cup, Fan Hanover and Roses Are Red eliminations, Woodbine Mohawk Park, Milton, Ontario; Charlie Hill Memorial, Scioto Downs, Columbus, Ohio; and Graduate Series third leg, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: Grand Circuit action this week began on Tuesday (June 5) at The Meadows with three divisions in the $73,835 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old filly trotters. Looking For Zelda rolled home in a stakes record 1:54.1 in her division, while Nixie Volo and Bill's Lady captured the other splits. On Wednesday (June 6) The Meadows will offer two divisions in the $110,260 Currier & Ives for 3-year-old male trotters. Action resumes on Friday (June 8) at Woodbine Mohawk Park with two C$35,000 eliminations in the Armbro Flight for trotting mares and two C$30,000 eliminations in the Goodtimes for 3-year-old trotting colts. The Saturday (June 9) card at Mohawk features a trio of C$50,000 eliminations for the Pepsi North America Cup for 3-year-old pacing colts, two C$35,000 eliminations in the Roses Are Red for pacing mares and two C$35,000 eliminations in the Fan Hanover for 3-year-old pacing fillies. Scioto Downs will also host Grand Circuit racing on Saturday as the central Ohio oval features the $200,000 Charlie Hill Memorial for older trotters. Tioga Downs will round out a busy Grand Circuit week on Sunday (June 10) with $75,000 (est.) third leg contests in the Graduate Series for 4-year-old open pacers and trotters. Complete entries for the U.S. races can be found by clicking on this link. Mohawk entries can be found by clicking on this link. Last time: The road to the Pepsi North America Cup made a final stop on Saturday (June 2) at Woodbine Mohawk Park for the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes. A group of 28 3-year-old pacing colts and geldings competed over three $46,200 divisions with 19 of the 28 competitors eligible to the Pepsi North America Cup. Burning Midnight paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. The first division saw Burning Midnight and driver Trevor Henry pull off a 28-1 stunner in a wild finish that had six horses across the track. Nutcracker Sweet, the 6-5 favorite, cleared early-leader Hidden Delight entering the backstretch and led the field through middle-half fractions of :54.2 and 1 22.1. The speedy Summer Travel left from post 10 and was parked the entire mile, grinding away first-over, while eventual winner Burning Midnight was in that outside flow sitting ninth and fourth-over turning for home. In the stretch, Hidden Delight popped from the two-hole and took the lead, but couldn't hold off rivals on his outside. Simple Kinda Man angled from a buried spot and came flying, but the fastest of them all was Burning Midnight, who paced home in :27 to hit the wire first in 1:50.4. Simple Kinda Man was second, while Grand Teton got third despite a quick mid-stretch break. Hidden Delight settled for fourth. A gelded son of Mach Three, Burning Midnight came into Saturday's contest off a third-place finish in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for his season's debut. The Corey Giles trainee went three-for-eight during his rookie campaign, posting a mark of 1:51.3. The Somebeachsomewhere victory gives Giles his first career Grand Circuit score. Burning Midnight now has $107,292 in career earnings for owners Brad Gray and Denise Guerriero, who will be making the starting fee payment this Saturday to take a shot at the Pepsi North America Cup. Lather Up remained undefeated in 2018 with an easy victory in the second Somebeachsomewhere division. Driven by Montrell Teague, Lather Up got 1-9 favorite respect and called all the shots. The son of I'm Gorgeous posted fractions of :27, :55.4 and 1:23.4, before pacing off on his rivals and winning in 1:50.3. St Lads Neptune delivered a strong final quarter charge to finish second, beaten 1-1/4 lengths, while Scouts Report and Stock were six-plus lengths back rounding out the top four. Trained by Clyde Francis, Lather Up is now four-for-four as a 3-year-old and eight-for-11 overall in his career. Saturday's score increased his career earnings to $133,015 for owners Gary and Barbara Iles. The final division was captured by Jimmy Freight. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy, Jimmy Freight was fired out to the lead and never looked back. The Richard Moreau trainee posted fractions of :26, :55.2 and 1:22.4, before pacing home in :27.3 to win by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:50.2. Metro Pace champion Lost In Time was forced to come first-up and struggled on the far turn. The Jimmy Takter trainee lost significant ground on the leader, but kept battling in the lane and fought off rivals to finish second. When You Dance finished third, Chocolate Swirl was fourth. Owned by Adriano Sorella, Jimmy Freight is now three-for-four this season with all three wins by more than three lengths. The son of Sportswriter was not paid into the Pepsi North America Cup. Jimmy Freight now has 10 wins and a career bankroll of $211,524. Complete recaps of the weekend races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2018, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2018 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Tim Tetrick - 269; 2. Yannick Gingras - 184; 3. Jordan Stratton - 154; 4. Jason Bartlett - 139; 5. Daniel Dube - 75. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 213; 2. Peter Tritton - 122; 3. Jim King Jr. - 119; 4. Richard Banca - 75; 5t. Jimmy Takter - 70; 5t. Rene Allard - 70. Owners: 1. Vonknoblauch Stable - 107; 2. Richard Poillucci - 54; 3t. Burke Racing Stable - 52.9; 3t. Weaver Bruscemi - 52.9; 5. Jo Ann Looney-King - 50. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will again take place at Mohawk next weekend as the track will host its five stakes finals, led by the C$1 million Pepsi North America Cup, on Saturday night (June 16). by Paul Ramlow, for the Grand Circuit    

MILTON, ON -  June, 5, 2018 - Woodbine Mohawk Park is pleased to announce Connor Carrick, Toronto Maple Leafs defenceman, as this year's drawmaster for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.   The post position draw and media conference for the Pepsi North America Cup is scheduled for Tuesday, June 12 at Woodbine Mohawk Park.   A native of Orland Park, Illinois, Carrick, 24, was drafted in the fifth-round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitals after playing two-seasons with the U.S. National Development Team. He then joined the Plymouth Whalers of the Ontario Hockey League for a season prior to his first-professional season in 2013-14.   Carrick spent parts of three-seasons with the Capitals organization before being traded in February of 2016 to the Maple Leafs. The right-shot defenceman has played 130 games for the Maple Leafs, having spent the entire last-two seasons at the NHL level.   Carrick recorded four goals and eight assists for 12 points in 47 games played last season.   His career totals currently sit at nine goals, 21 assists, 30 points and 116 penalty minutes in 167 NHL games played.   The $1 million Pepsi North America Cup is for harness racing's finest three-year-old pacers and will take place on Saturday, June 16. The field of 10 that will receive their post positions at next Tuesday's draw will be determined during this Saturday's (June 9) elimination races.   The post position draw and media conference, featuring Carrick, will get underway at noon on Tuesday, June 12.   by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment    

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