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YONKERS, NY, Wednesday, August 28, 2019- Of the dozen 3-year-olds who entered this season's Messenger Stakes, four were trained by Tony Alagna. Students of history should not have been surprised, as Alagna has come within a dirty nose of winning Yonkers Raceway's second jewel of the harness racing Pacing Triple Crown four years in a row. In 2015, Revenge Shark (Yannick Gingras) won a three-horse photo, upsetting in the Messenger at odds of 9-1. By contrast, in 2016, Racing Hill (Brett Miller), in the midst of a $1.5 million season, fooled no one (we checked), winning this race at five-cents-on-the-dollar. In 2017, 22-1 Art Scene (Jordan Stratton) closed inside, running out of racetrack against another 1-20 winner in Downbytheseaside. Last season, Stay Hungry (Doug McNair) outgamed Jimmy Freight in what was essentially a match race. "(The Messenger) is a race that's very important to us," Alagna said from Lexington, KY. "Obviously, you have to be lucky, but also versatile and quick off the gate." Of Alagna's barbershop quartet for this season's 64th edition, three advanced to Saturday night's (Aug. 31st) half-million-dollar final...though not necessarily the one the trainer figured. "I thought Captain Trevor was our best chance, but he didn't race well (last in his elim)," Alagna said. He scoped sick and we're not sure why-maybe the shipping-but that's horse racing. We just move on." Alagna is 'moving on' with U S Captain (Jason Bartlett, post 4), Waterway (Joe Bongiorno, post 6) and Escapetothebeach (Corey Callahan, post 7). The trainer opined about the trio. " U S Captain raced very well last week (second to Aflame Hanover). It looked to me as if he lost some momentum getting jammed up behind the leader (eventual winner). "Waterway (third to Aflame Hanover) seemed to be doing his pacing at the wire, which is all you can ask. Last season, he paced in (1):50 and 1 and won the consolation of the Kentucky Sire Stakes (Red Mile), so we thought he'd come back a bit better, but he gets around Yonkers very well. "Escapetothebeach came first-up against Bettor's Wish (finishing third), and that's been the story of his season. He's had some bad posts and bad trips, but I think he's had a really good season." U S Captain and Waterway both entered the Messenger off local overnight wins, a fact that wasn't lost on Alagna. "We wanted to try them there with the Messenger in mind," Alagna said. As for the three-head monster looking to take down pole-sitting behemoth Bettor's Wish, "They came out of last week well and are coming into the final training well. "I'm looking forward to it." The Messenger goes as the seventh of Yonkers' dozen Saturday races, the card also featuring the 65th Yonkers Trot ($500,000) as the sixth race, $124,334 Hudson Filly Trot (4th race) and $122,224 Lady Maud (5th race). Those program pages accompany this release. First post is the usual 6:50 PM. by Frank Drucker, for Yonkers Raceway

MILTON, ON - August 13, 2019 - Captaintreacherous filly Reflect With Me established a new series record of 1:50.3 with a dominating harness racing victory in Tuesday's final of the Whenuwishuponastar. A field of seven two-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $50,000 series final. Round one winners Reflect With Me and Alexa Skye returned to action after a week off, while Somebeachsometime entered with plenty of momentum after a stunning victory in the second leg. The opening-quarter saw Dr. Ian Moore trainee Kat storm out to the lead and post a :27.3 opener. Stablemate Alexa Skye tipped off her back entering the backstretch to circle to the lead, but that was short-lived as driver Andrew McCarthy started up Reflect With Me from third and the Tony Alagna trainee made a powerful brush to the lead. Reflect With Me proceeded to put the series final to bed by pacing a :27.3 third-quarter followed by an easy-looking :26.4 kicker to win impressively by four-lengths in 1:50.3. Kat finished second, while Somebeachsometime rallied from sixth to finish third. "I've been pretty careful with her just racing off the pace and I kind of wanted to prove a point tonight and let everyone know how good she actually is," said McCarthy following the victory. "She's so slick gaited and smart and just does everything so easy." A $120,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Reflect With Me has two wins and $35,800 earned in four starts for owners Brittany Farms and Brad Grant. The daughter of Captaintreacherous gives her conditioner Alagna back-to-back series victories following last year's triumph by Tall Drink Hanover. A $2 win ticket on Reflect With Me returned $3.90. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

WILKES-BARRE, PA - On Sunday night, The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono hosted three divisions of the $168,480 third preliminary leg of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies. Trainer Tony Alagna accounted for two divisions with Treacherous Reign (1:49.4) and Tall Drink Hanover (1:50.2), while last year's divisional champion Warrawee Ubeaut posted her second Sire Stakes win while posting a 1:50 mile. First up was Treacherous Reign, who started her season with four straight wins, including the Fan Hanover final on June 15, but had not won in four starts after that victory. Here driver Dexter Dunn put the Captaintreacherous filly on the lead before the :27 quarter, posted midrace splits of :55.4 and 1:22.3, then guided her home in 27.1, two lengths clear of pocketsitting Beach Bar. The winner of $482,797 is conditioned by Alagna for Alagna Racing LLC, Big Als Stables, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Mr. Dana Parham. Warrawee Ubeaut also had a hot start to her 2019, with four victories in her first five starts including a Sire Stakes division in the first prelim, but like Treacherous Reign she came into Sunday having not won in four straight races. Yannick Gingras got the daughter of Sweet Lou away second behind Stonebridge Soul before the :26.2 quarter, then moved her to command before the :55 half. Warrawee Ubeaut got a breather to the 1:23.3 three-quarters , then needed to turn on the afterburners with Stonebridge Soul on her back, and "Ubeaut" responded with a 26.2 last quarter which kept the pocketsitter 1 1/2 lengths in arrears to the wire. The Ron Burke-trained winner of $917,174 looked sharp for the partnership of Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Phil Collura, and J&T Silva- Purnel & Libby. Alagna got his second Sire Stakes win with another daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover, who had beaten both of the other PaSS winners in the Shady Daisy Pace at The Meadowlands on Hambletonian Day. Here Tall Drink Hanover and driver Andrew McCarthy pressed on to the lead passing the 27 quarter, got a short rest while reaching the half in :56.1, and then proceeded to throw a pair of 27.3 back quarters at her opponents, which put her 1½ lengths ahead on second-place Rockin Philly at the wire and 2½ lengths better than Philly Hanover, previously the only double Sire Stakes winner, in third. Tall Drink Hanover has now amassed $545,677 and has won three straight for Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz, and Riverview Racing LLC, and she also took a new mark with the victory. Fastest of four winners in the $20,000 divisions of the Stallion Series was the Sweet Lou filly Sweet Cherry, who left quickly from the outside post seven for driver Tim Tetrick and set the pace, then stepped home in :55.1 to earn a new mark of 1:51.3, two lengths ahead of A Beach Cowgirl. Jim King Jr. trains the winner for Tim Tetrick LLC and Jo Ann Looney-King. The Sweet Lou sophomore Alkippe posted her second Stallion Series win of the campaign when she shot up the Pocono Pike to post a 1:54.4 win, catching favored pacesetter Tee's Sweet Ryde by a half-length for driver Yannick Gingras, trainer Linda Toscano, and Enviro Stables LTD. Andrew McCarthy joined Gingras as a winning driver in both the Sire Stakes and Stallion Series when JK Mardi Says also took her second StS win, with the Somebeachsomewhere filly coming off cover to reduce her mark to 1:51.4. JK Mardi Says was 2¾ lengths clear of What A Fox in triumphing for trainer Brett Pelling and owner David McDuffee. In the final Stallion Series section, Annie Hill looked like she was going to be the only three-time winner in the PA-sired competitions when she came up the inside from the pocket to grab the stretch lead, but Marcus Miller swung the Captaintreacherous filly Michelon's Filly wide for the drive, and that one closed furiously to get past Annie Hill by a half-length. Michelon's Filly, who won for the first time this season, also reduced her mark by winning in 1:51.4 for trainer Erv Miller and owner/namesake Ronald Michelon, partner with Michael Anderson. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs

East Rutherford, NJ -- Tall Drink Hanover and driver Andy McCarthy were dominant in capturing the $100,362 Shady Daisy for sophomore pacing fillies at The Meadowlands on Saturday (Aug. 3). McCarthy used two moves to control the race and sprinted off in a track record-setting 1:48 performance.   Stonebridge Soul and Tall Drink Hanover exchanged the lead through the :26.4 opening quarter. McCarthy cleverly backed down the half to :54.3 with Tall Drink Hanover, and when Treacherous Reign and Dexter Dunn came on the offensive to try it first-over, McCarthy was cool in the bike keeping his rival at bay with a rated 1:22 three-quarter clocking.   Tall Drink Hanover was put into high gear turning the corner. Favorite Stonebridge Soul lost contact from the pocket, and second choice Warrawee Ubeaut circled off her cover but was unable to make up ground. A final-quarter sprint of :26 did the trick for Tony Alagna trainee Tall Drink Hanover, and she needed a light drive to hold off long shot Trillions Hanover. Warrawee Ubeaut settled for third and favorite Stonebridge Soul was fourth.   Owned by Alagna Racing, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing, Tall Drink Hanover scored for the fourth time in eight starts as a 3-year-old. Tall Drink Hanover returned $9.20 with the win.   "I had all the cards in my hand," said McCarthy following the race. "I wanted to control the race and I got a breather in the third quarter."   "She's been good all year," said Alagna. "We beat a good filly in Warrawee Ubeaut last week and I was expecting a good race out of her today."   by Jay Bergman

EAST RUTHERFORD, NJ - Trainer Tony Alagna was on target at the Meadowlands Friday night, scoring three times in the second harness racing leg of the Kindergarten Classic series for 2-year-olds. Ramona Hill got things going for Alagna in the second race filly trot. The daughter of Muscle Hill-Lock Down Lindy led at every call on the way to an easy 4¾-length score over Jula Beauty Am in 1:54.1, giving her two wins in as many Kindergarten - and lifetime - starts. Andy McCarthy was in the sulky behind the 1-9 favorite. In the very next race, 22-1 longshot Captain Kirk sat a three-hole trip before bursting through between rivals late to record a nose win over 3-5 shot Captain Nemo - who is also trained by Alagna - in a division for pacing colts and geldings. Captain Kirk, a son of Captaintreacherous-Aria Hanover who was driven by Yannick Gingras, completed the mile in 1:51.2 in winning his first career race in two tries. Alagna would have to wait until the 14th and final race on the program to complete his three-bagger, as his Chief Mate scored in 1:51.1 in another colts and geldings pace. The 2-5 public choice, who is a son of Captaintreacherous-Heaven Forbid, held on by a nose over a fast-closing Bombshell Hanover. Like Ramona Hill, Chief Mate has now made both of his lifetime starts in the Kindergarten and won them both. SATURDAY POST TIME CHANGE: Due to the anticipated extreme high heat, Saturday's 13-race program will begin at 8 p.m. A LITTLE MORE: McCarthy and Dave Miller paced the driver's colony with three wins apiece, while Gingras and Andy Miller each had a pair. ... Trainer Marcus Melander had two winners on the card. ... All-source handle on the 14-race program totaled $2,306,944. There have been 57 race dates at the Big M in 2019, and on 56 occasions, handle has exceeded the $2.3-million mark.   By Dave Little Meadowlands Media Relations  

WASHINGTON, PA, July 18, 2019 -- Entering five horses in the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids isn't a record, but it's a heckuva lot better than average. Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, who has accomplished that feat for the 53rd edition of the Adios, feels blessed to have such a large contingent of Adios-worthy sophomore pacing colts. It's nice to bring that many," he says. "We've had a good go at The Meadows, so we're happy to come." The $475,000 Adios kicks off Saturday at The Meadows with three $25,000 eliminations (races 7, 8, 10); the top three finishers in each elim return for the final. The card, which begins at 1:05 PM, also features a pair of stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. The $400,000 final anchors a July 27 program that includes a total of six Grand Circuit stakes as well as a $50,000 Invitational Pace. Foiled Again, who retired as the richest Standardbred all time with more than $7.5 million in earnings, will lead the post parades for the Adios and the Invitational, which has been named in his honor. First post Adios Day is 11:25 AM, with the Adios final scheduled as race 15. Trainer Ron Burke is believed to hold the record for most Adios entrants when he dropped six in the box in 2017, but Alagna knows his way to the orchids. He won the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill and finished second last year with American History. Here's how Alagna handicaps his quintet: Odds On Boca Raton (race 7, post 1, Dexter Dunn), who was second in the Hempt Consolation and won his last tune-up in 1:51.1 at Harrah's Philadelphia. "We've been picking and choosing our spots for him, but he's been racing phenomenal. He draws a good spot but in the toughest division. He'll have to go forward off the gate for sure." The son of Captaintreacherous-Captiva Island campaigns for Odds On Racing. Captain Trevor (race 7, post 9, David Miller), a son of Captaintreacherous-It Was Fascination owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Bradley Grant and Captain Trevor Racing. He won the Hempt Consolation in 1:50.1. "He just continues to get bad post positions. He had a ton of pace in the Meadowlands Pace final. He's very versatile, but he'll have to go forward off the gate to make anything happen." U S Captain (race 8, post 5, Dunn), third in a Meadowlands Pace elim. "He was parked out the whole way and behind dull cover in that race. With a smoother trip, he can do a lot more damage." Brittany Farms, Grant, Joseph Barbera and U S Captain Racing own the son of Captaintreacherous-American Jewel. Escapetothebeach (race 10, post 6, Tim Tetrick), whose dam, Shelliscape, banked more than $1.15 million. "He's definitely going in the right direction. He was good off the pace in the Meadowlands Pace final." The son of Somebeachsomewhere is owned by Alagna and Inthegym, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and William Donovan. Captain Cash (race 10, post 7, Andrew McCarthy), who hasn't faced stakes company this year. "He was lightly raced last year, so we've been racing him in non-winners events. We think it's a good time to see if he fits with the better colts." The son of Captaintreacherous-Authorize races for Brittany Farms, Grant, Vincent Barbera and Riverview Racing. It's no surprise that four of the colts are sons of Captaintreacherous, as Alagna trained that two-time Pacer of the Year. By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

WASHINGTON, PA, June 6, 2019 -- With World Champion Warrawee Ubeaut elsewhere, a number of talented 3-year-old filly pacers will be looking to earn their spurs in Saturday's $168,074 Pennsylvania Sires Stake at The Meadows. Two who appear especially promising are Odds On St Lucie from the Tony Alagna harnss racing stable and Philly Hanover, sent out by Ron Coyne, Jr.. The Belmont Day card kicks off at the special post time of 11:25 AM, with the sires stake spanning races 7-9. Odds On St Lucie leaves from post 3 in race 9 while Philly Hanover goes from post 6 in race 8. Both will have the services of Dexter Dunn. Warrawee Ubeaut and several other divisional standouts will compete in Saturday's Fan Hanover eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk, which is fine by Alagna. "I knew some of them would be heading there," he says, "so I thought it would be a good chance to get her in some stakes company without some of the top-tier fillies." A daughter of Sweet Lou-Shes Some Treasure who races for Dana Parham's Odds On Racing, Odds On St Lucie brought $110,000 at the Lexington yearling sale, but she popped a curb early in her training. "We had to give her some time to get that set," Alagna says. "She got really good at the end of the year and finished up well. She trained back well in Florida." Indeed, she won the $148,700 final of the Kindergarten series at The Meadowlands. She'll make her seasonal debut Saturday after three qualifiers -- the last in 1:50. One question about Odds On St Lucie remains. Why would Alagna, who trained Captain Treacherous and belongs to the Captain Treacherous syndicate, give $110,000 for a daughter of Sweet Lou, the Captain's chief rival in the breeding shed? "Her dam is a full sister to Captain," Alagna explains. "She was meant to be a very good mare and won her first start in a PA All-Stars event. The next morning, she spiked a fever of 106. She about died on us on several occasions. I knew I'd buy her first foal no matter what it took." Philly Hanover (Captain Treacherous-Paris Hanover) banked $111,415 at 2 and nearly pulled off the shocker of the year when she rallied from well back to finish second by a neck to Sylph Hanover -- at 39-1 -- in the PASS championship at The Meadows. That day, Warrawee Ubeaut was third. This year, she's captured three of her four outings, including a PASS split at Harrah's Philadelphia. "There's no one particular thing she does really well," says Coyne, who owns Philly Hanover with Blair Corbell, "but she does a lot of things pretty well. She's handy, has a little speed if you need it and can close off cover. I guess versatile is the word I want." The Belmont Day card also features three $20,000 divisions of a PA Stallion Series stake for sophomore filly pacers and a trio of carryovers: -- $4,166.94 in the Pick 5 (races 2-6), $2,050.65 in the Pick4 (races 3-6) and $491.44 in the final-race Super Hi-5. In addition, The Meadows and the Meadows Standardbred Owners Association (MSOA) will offer a number of fan activities, including paddock tours, starting gate rides and "Spin to Win" giveaways. DJ-AJ will play live music beginning at 3:30 PM, and the BBQ tent will be open on the apron.   By Evan Pattak for The Meadows Standardbred Owners Association

It is often said that sometimes the moves you don't make, or in this instance the races you don't make, turn out the best. Such appears to be the case for 3-year-old male trotter Pilot Discretion, who brings an undefeated slate to Friday's Goodtimes Stakes harness racing eliminations at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Pilot Discretion, from the stable of Tony Alagna, developed slowly last season at 2. When he was ready to go at Lexington's Red Mile in late September, he proved the trainer's patience was well invested by winning a late closer by 6-1/2 lengths in 1:56 and following up a week later with a five-length 1:55.1 score. After returning home to New Jersey in October, Pilot Discretion got sick. He was soon able to return to training and looked set to compete in a preliminary round of the Kindergarten Series at The Meadowlands, which would serve as a prep for the Valley Victory Stakes, but he spiked a temperature again. Alagna decided it was best to quit with the colt rather than push on. "It may be the best thing that ever happened to him long term because he's come back really good," Alagna said this week as he prepared to send Pilot Discretion to Canada for the Goodtimes. "Sometimes things work out the way they're supposed to." Pilot Discretion pushed his perfect slate to 4-for-4 by winning two conditioned races last month at The Meadowlands. His most recent victory came by 2-1/4 lengths over 5-year-old Stenhouse Hanover in a career-best 1:52.4. That time is tied for the fourth fastest by a 3-year-old this year. "He was an immature colt and we took our time with him," Alagna said. "He's really matured into himself nicely. It's a nice time to try him against stakes company. He couldn't be any sharper than he is right now. He trained great (Monday). For an inexperienced colt last year, he's really come back good." Pilot Discretion was one of 19 horses entered in the Goodtimes. The field was divided into two eliminations, with Pilot Discretion landing in the second. He will start from post No. 6 with regular driver Andy McCarthy. He is among three horses in the group, with Valley Victory winner Southwind Avenger and stakes winner Kings County, eligible to August's $1 million Hambletonian Stakes. The first elimination features eight Hambletonian eligibles: Smart As Hill, Trix And Stones, Swandre The Giant, Forbidden Trade, Magical Winner K, Blazing Trail, Only For Justice, and Super Schissel. Forbidden Trade was last year's Ontario Sire Stakes champion; Super Schissel captured the Matron Stakes. Pilot Discretion, whose four wins have resulted in $26,000 in purses, is a son of Muscle Hill out of Self Indulgent. He was purchased for $100,000 at the Lexington Selected Sale and is owned by Robert Leblanc, Dave Anderson, and John Fodera. "He acts like a horse that's going to be very versatile," Alagna said. "He acts like a horse that can leave, that can sit, he can do a lot of things. He's not aggressive, he's a nice horse to drive. That goes a long way. He's really done well." Friday's card at Mohawk also includes two eliminations for the Armbro Flight Stakes for older female trotters. The first elim includes 2018 Trotter of the Year Atlanta and world-record-holder Plunge Blue Chip, who is making her 4-year-old debut. The second elim includes 2017 Horse of the Year Hannelore Hanover, 2018 O'Brien Award winner Emoticon Hanover, 2017 Dan Patch Award winner Manchego, and Darling Mearas S, a Swedish standout making her North American debut. Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) at Mohawk. For Friday's complete entries, click here.   Ken Weingartner Media Relations Manager U.S. Trotting Association www.ustrotting.com

WILKES-BARRE, PA - There were four divisions of the "non-winners 4 races lifetime" condition going for $15,000 each as the top purse events on the Tuesday night card at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Two of them were on the pace, with a favorite and a second choice taking the big end of the purse, and two were on the trot, where form took a bit of a holiday. The pacers hit the track first, and in the initial event for that gait Captain Deo, a sophomore son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the $1.9M-winning mare Worldly Beauty, justified his favoritism with a dominating 2¾ length tally for driver Marcus Miller, trainer Tony Alagna, and the ownership of Alagna Racing LLC, Joe Sbrocco, In The Gym Partners, and Captain Deo Partners. Captain Deo won on the engine in 1:51.1, which included a 30 second quarter in the second split - meaning in the other 3/4s Captain Deo flashed 1:21.1 speed. In the other pacing section, a distaff event, Saratoga invader Northern Swift equaled her lifetime mark of 1:53.3, overcoming a first-over journey for driver Matt Kakaley (who led the drivers' colony on Tuesday with four wins), trainer Jean Drolet, and the ownership of Funky Munky Stable LLC and Marthe Drolet. The victorious daughter of Mach Three won by 1¾ lengths over pocketsitting Don't Mach Mia, who photoed out favored Covfefe, who had set most of the pace, for second. On the trot, perhaps it was appropriate on Election Day that one of the winners would be QB Kemp, a Triumphant Caviar sophomore gelding named after the former pro football player turned politician. QB Kemp hung in there like a beleaguered quarterback or determined officeseeker, setting the pace while keeping favored Northern Major on the rim, yet still winning by two lengths while lowering his mark by two seconds to 1:56.1 as a 9-1 shot for driver Tyler Buter, trainer Rob Harmon, and Harmon Racing Stable LLC. A $21.00 win price, however, pales next to the $72.40 for $2 generated by the winner of the other featured trot, Nice Stuff. The Yankee Glide four-year-old mare, who started from the rail, got a literal break when a foe went offstride past the half, advanced to the pocket under the guidance of driver Tom Jackson, then rallied in the lane for a length win in 1:56.2. Acquired by trainer Bucky Angle and the ownership of Howard and Joshua Kaufman at the end of the summer, Nice Stuff now has won two of her last three starts after going 3-for-62 before her acquisition, and her surprise triumph here generated a $1295.00 1-4 exacta with 20-1 Campbellini, a single 50-cent 1-4-9 winning Trifecta ticket worth over $2900 with 21-1 Broadway Bruiser third, and a single 10-cent Superfecta ticket on a "1-4-9-all" payout also in the $2900 neighborhood. From the PHHA/Pocono Downs  

LEXINGTON, KY--Driver Andrew McCarthy sat patiently with Grand Teton while This Is The Plan blazed around The Red Mile and surged by all his competitors in the stretch to take the second of two harness racing divisions for the $225,000 Crawford Farms Tattersalls Pace, sponsored by Al & Michelle Crawford, in 1:48.1 on Sunday, Oct. 7. Ideal Feeling circled past This Is The Plan to lead heading through a :26 opening quarter but soon lost the lead as This Is The Plan sprinted back to the top heading to a :53.2 half mile. This Is The Plan widened his lead circling the final turn as Ideal Feeling chased from second and Dorsoduro Hanover advanced gradually from first over into third. Past three-quarters in 1:20.1, This Is The Plan slowed into the stretch and lost the lead to Dorsoduro Hanover sliding by first over. Grand Teton, from third over, came charging through the center of the course after Dorsoduro Hanover and eased past nearing the wire. Odds On Lauderdale, from last, rushed for third while This Is The Plan held fourth. A colt by A Rocknroll Dance, Grand Teton won his third race from 16 starts and his eighth from 28 overall, earning $454,152 for owner Diamond Creek Racing. Jimmy Takter trains the $9.60 winner. American History vaulted off cover and seized victory at the wire to take the other division of the Tattersalls in 1:48.3. Thinkbig Dreambig took the lead with Hayden Hanover in second and Done Well third. Past the quarter in :27.1, Thinkbig Dreambig continued his speed to the half in :54.4 while Courtly Choice, from fourth, tipped first over and supplied cover to Stay Hungry heading into the final turn. Courtly Choice drew closer passing three-quarters in 1:21.2 but stalled into the stretch while Thinkbig Dreambig dashed towards the finish. Stay Hungry moved three wide and American History four wide while Done Well weaved through competition and into contention late. American History had the most speed late to get a neck up on Stay Hungry in second while Done Well edged out Thinkbig Dreambig for third. Returning $17.40 to win, American History won his eighth race from 17 starts this season and his 11th from 21 overall, earning $592,065 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Andrew McCarthy drove the Tony Alagna trainee. By Ray Cotolo, for The Red Mile  

MILTON, ON - September 22, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover converted off a perfect second-over steer from driver Andrew McCarthy to win the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady on Saturday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna trained two-year-old pacing filly got away fifth and was able to pick up cover at half, which led to her powering by rivals in the lane for a career-best 1:51.1 victory. "I wasn't even too concerned if I had to come third-over, I knew that her kick in the stretch would probably be good enough," said McCarthy. "It worked out great that I got a second-over trip and I couldn't ask for any better." Longshot Art Lecture blasted from the outside to the top and battled with a parked out Queen Of The Pride to a :27 opening-quarter. The outside challenger cleared to the top entering the backstretch and reached the half in a sensible :55.4. Sylph Hanover committed first-up from fourth going into the final turn, which allowed Tall Drink Hanover to get towed towards the lead. Queen Of The Pride maintained a lead of just over a length at three-quarters in 1:23.3. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover shot off cover and powered home in :27 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. Treacherous Reign, who is also trained by Alagna, and Prescient Beauty rallied from third and fourth-over, respectively, to finish in a Dead-Heat for second. Queen Of The Pride crossed the line fourth, while elimination winner Ideation Hanover was fifth. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover swept the elimination and final of the Shes A Great Lady to improve her record to five wins in eight starts. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has now earned $406,392 for owners Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. "One of the rare occasions when normally it's $350,000 not $35,000 for us," said Katz of purchasing Tall Drink Hanover as a yearling. "There she was in the ring and nothing was going on for whatever reason. She was four or five from the end of the day at Harrisburg. We liked her and were able to buy her for $35,000 and it was a surprise to us." Tall Drink Hanover's victory gives McCarthy and Alagna there first Shes A Great Lady titles. A $2 win ticket on the Captaintreacherous filly returned $4.20. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications  

MILTON, ON - September 21, 2018 - The $890,000 Metro Pace for two-year-old pacers headlines a $1.9 million harness racing card this Saturday at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The $590,000 Shes A Great Lady for two-year-old pacing fillies and the $255,000 Milton Stakes for pacing mares will also take place on Saturday's stakes card. This year's Metro Pace purse of $890,000 will be the third-highest purse for a horse race in Canada during 2018, trailing only the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup and $1 million Queen's Plate. The undefeated Captain Ahab (PP4) will be looking to repeat history for his trainer Tony Alagna and sire Captaintreacherous. The $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase is seven for seven and the looking to mimic his sire, who won the 2012 Metro Pace in a stakes-record equaling 1:49.2. Driver Andrew McCarthy will sit behind Captain Ahab, the 9/5 morning-line choice, searching for the biggest win of his career. The 32-year-old driver from Down Under has 2,092 wins and $35 million in career earnings. Captain Ahab captured his elimination last Saturday in 1:50.4 by rushing to the top in the second-quarter from fourth and pacing a :55.4 back-half (:28 final-quarter) to secure the victory. The Metro Pace has been the target for trainer Alagna with Captain Ahab, who arrived at Mohawk Park in late-July for the Dream Maker and will be making his sixth start at the Campbellville oval on Saturday. Trainer Casie Coleman will be searching for her second Metro title on Saturday with Bettors Delight colt Stag Party (PP3). A $125,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase, Stag Party came first-up in his elimination and powered to a career-best 1:51 victory. The Ontario sired standout has won five of seven starts heading into the Metro. Coleman's first Metro victory came back in 2009 with Sportswriter, who established a new event record of 1:49.2. Driver David Miller, who earlier this week captured his fifth Little Brown Jug, will sit behind Stag Party and is seeking his first Metro title. Stag Party, a winner of $197,489, is owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable. The $890,000 Metro Pace has been carded as Race 9. Saturday night could be a big night for the duo of McCarthy and Alagna, who also team up with 3-1 morning-line choice Tall Drink Hanover (PP4) in the $590,000 Shes A Great Lady. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover paced home in :26.3 to win her elimination in a career-best 1:51.2. The $35,000 Harrisburg yearling buy has won four of seven starts, including a division of the Eternal Camnation and final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Alagna will send a power trio in the Shes A Great Lady, as Tall Drink Hanover joins Treacherous Reign (PP1, Yannick Gingras) and Odds On St Lucie (PP8, Brett Miller). Ideation Hanover is the other elimination winner in Saturday's final and will start from post-two for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. A daughter of Bettors Delight, Ideation Hanover converted off a two-hole trip for a 10-1 upset in 1:51.2. The $50,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase has never missed the board in eight starts, reaching the winner's circle three-times. The Shes A Great Lady, featuring a field of nine, is carded as Race 5. Rookie pacers won't be the only stars Saturday, as a deep field of 10 pacing mares will duel in the $255,000 Milton Stakes. Sticking with the trend from the rookie events, McCarthy will drive another morning-line favourite in the Milton, sitting behind dominating elimination winner Caviart Ally (PP5). Trained by Noel Daley, Caviart Ally went coast-to-coast in her elimination for a career-best 1:48.3 victory. The daughter of Bettors Delight is five for 13 this season and is inching towards $1 million in career earnings. The Milton final doesn't expect to be a walk in the park for Caviart Ally, as the field also includes stars Tequila Monday (PP2, B. Miller), Nike Franco N (PP3, Matt Kakaley), L A Delight (PP4, Randy Waples), Bettors Up (PP6, Doug McNair) and Pure Country (PP10, Gingras). The Milton Stakes has been carded as Race 7. To download a free program for Saturday's $1.9 million card, click here. Post time for the Metro Pace card is 7:10 p.m. Track Suface and paddock closed Saturday Woodbine Mohawk Park would like to inform all horsepeople that the track surface and paddock will not be open for training on Saturday morning (September 22). Only horses in retention for Saturday evening's stakes races will be permitted to use the track from 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m.  by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Lexington, KY - The postponed third and last $30,000 leg of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-olds was raced on Monday at The Red Mile on a cool, overcast evening with the track rated "Good". There was no wagering on the races due to the postponement. American History went another big mile tonight, going under the wire in hand to Yannick Gingras with the greatest of ease in 1:49. The pair settled in fifth early as first Decoy (M. Johansson) then Thinkbig Dreambig (Jimmy Takter) ripped off fast fractions, then came uncovered and went right by the leader just off the last turn and opened up a long lead while restrained. Grand Teton (Andy McCarthy) went another big trip here to be second and Rush To Judgement (Matt Kruger) was third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a son of American Ideal, for owners Brittany Farms (also the breeder) Marvin Katz and American History Racing. He went through the ring at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale (LSYS) for $150,000. The colt trot was won by Classichap in 1:53.2, driven tonight by Corey Callahan for trainer Trond Smedshammer. Callahan left for position and was rewarded with an up close view of the speed duel that developed just in front as Eurobond (Domenico Cecere) and Wolfgang traded blows through the 1:23.4 three quarters. From there it was easy with an opening at the rail providing a clear path to victory. EL Platinum (M. Johansson) rallied up for the place and Wolfgang won the showdown for third. Classichap is owned by the Purple Haze Stable who bought him from breeder Hayley Moore at the Lexington sale for $95,000. He went over $100,000 in career earnings with tonight's win. The first of two pacing filly divisions got things underway and Cuts Like A Knife (Marcus Miller) was the winner for local connections, trainer Kevin Thomas and owners Cotton, Francine and Julie Nash. Marcus took the uncovered route with the filly rolling up on Hurikane Express (Corey Callahan) around the second turn and wearing that one down late for the win. Cabowabocuttie (Pete Wrenn) was third. Diamond Creek Farm bred the winner, a $55,000 (LSYS) purchase. Lindy Farms continued their strong roll in the KYSS program winning with yet another homebred, this one the Somebeachsomewhere filly Belle in a career best equaling 1:53.2. Marcus Miller picked up the drive with the defection of Dave Miller after last night's cancellation and gave Belle a perfect steer, landing the pocket behind eventual second place finisher Neverforgetwhour (Elliott Deaton) and getting out just when she needed to for a half-length success. Fine Art (Callahan) was third. Belle is trained by Domenico Cecere. Gingras also drove Ciao Dolce to a win in the first filly trotting race for trainer Bob Stewart in 1:55. Yannick sat in third as Lily Stride (M. Miller) cut the fractions, found a seam in the stretch then wore that rival down in the drive. Bandol Rose (Chuck Norris) was third. Kjell Andersen owns the winner, a $300,000 LSYS graduate bred by Steve Stewart, D. Robinson and Black Creek Farm. Pat Matters, catch driven by Jimmy Takter for trainer Paul Kelley, took the second filly trot split in a new record for her of 1:54.2. Takter sat chilly as first Nixie Volo (Callahan) then Live Laugh Love (Wrenn) took turns on the lead through moderate fractions then split rivals late with good trot to get up. Nixie Volo held second and Supergirl Riley (M. Miller) closed to be third. The Patricia Stable bred and owns the winner, an Explosive Matter filly. The $2 million finals of the KYSS are a part of the championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experiences. by Nick Salvi, for The Red Mile

The third and last preliminary of Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old pacers and trotters is set for Sunday, Sept. 9, at The Red Mile, with a first-race post time of 7 p.m. There are two divisions for filly trotters and filly pacers and single heats for the male trotters and male pacers, and when the night is over the fields will be set for the $250,000 KYSS finals on Sunday afternoon, Sept. 16. It's "Team Alagna" vs. "Team Takter" in the seven-horse contest for sophomore male pacers (Race 5). Trainer Tony Alagna sends out four starters, including second-leg winner American History, who starts from the outside post 7 with driver Yannick Gingras, while trainer Jimmy Takter sends out the other three starters, including first-leg winner Grand Teton (post 5, Takter driving) and two-time runner-up Thinkbig Dreambig (post 6, Jordan Stratton). Respectively sitting in the top three positions in the standings, Grand Teton, Thinkbig Dreambig and American History are secure in their places for the rich final. Earning one point by starting on Sunday, Key Advisor and Legal Power will also advance. The Takter-trained Decoy (post 1, David Miller), making his first KYSS appearance this year, will need a top-five finish to guarantee a ticket to the big dance. The Takter-trained Wolfgang and Tactical Landing are one-two in the standings among male trotters, and while the former will be in action in Sunday's lone 10-horse contest (post 9, Gingras), the latter will sit this week out secure in his spot on the starting gate in the final. The race sees three newcomers-American Moni (post 2, Takter), US Marshall (post 5, Brett MacDonald) and Classichap (post 6, Trond Smedshammer)-who all have a chance to make the final with a good performance. In the first of two KYSS divisions for filly pacers (Race 1), Hurrikane Empress is the lone prelim winner lining up behind the gate. Daniel Dube drives for trainer John McDermott Jr. The second split (Race 3) sees two-time prelim winner Dance Blue lining up in post 3 for driver Andy McCarthy and trainer Nancy Johansson, with first-leg winner Pure Paradise in post 2 for driver Chris Page and Brian Brown. Neverforgetwhour, who has finished second twice to Dance Blue, starts from post 4 for driver Elliott Deaton and trainer Anette Lorentzon. In the first filly trot division (Race 2), defending champ Top Expectations hopes for a sweep will be hampered a bit as she drew the outside post 9 for driver Stratton and trainer Erv Miller. Bandol Rose, a 14-1 upset winner in leg two, starts from post 4 for trainer-driver Charlie Norris. Lily Stride, who finished a close second in last year's KYSS final behind Top Expectations, will make her first 2018 appearance, starting from post 1 with Gingras driving for trainer Mark Harder. Lily Stride comes into the race off a third-place finish in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes (PASS) championship on Sept. 2 at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Live Laugh Love, a first-leg KYSS winner and fourth-place finisher in the PASS championship, starts from post 3 for driver David Miller and trainer Nifty Norman in the second filly trot division (Race 4). Her rivals include first-leg winner Urban Legend (post 1, Marcus Johansson) and Nixie Volo, who has finished third twice after starting from post 7 and will line up again in that same slot on the gate with Stratton driving for trainer John Butenschoen. One interesting newcomer to the race is Supergirl Riley, who won the $180,000 Zweig Filly Trot on Aug. 17 at Vernon Downs and was third in the $129,014 Hudson Filly Trot on Sept. 1 at Yonkers. Driven by Marcus Miller and trained by Erv Miller, Supergirl Riley was also entered in a New York Sires Stakes event on Friday, Sept. 7, at Saratoga Harness, but she was scratched in lieu of Sunday's KYSS race. Supergirl Riley starts from post 6. The KYSS championship card on Sept. 16 has a first-race post time of 3 p.m. The Fayette County Fair will run from noon until 6 p.m. Admission is free and the fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Several music acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery, Avery Crabtree and Conch Republic among the performers. Montgomery is slated to perform on the outdoor stage from 4-6 p.m. The racing program will kick off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. The up-to-date point standings for each KYSS division can be viewed by clicking here. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes             Gordon Waterstone   The Horseman And Fair World  

The second round of the Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) for 3-year-old harness racing pacers and trotters is set for Thursday night, Aug. 29, at The Red Mile. Six $30,000 KYSS races open up the 13-race card which kicks off at 7 p.m. (EDT). Race 1 is the lone division for male trotters and the Jimmy Takter-trained stablemates Wolfgang and Tactical Landing will start from posts 1 and 2, respectively, in the 10-horse field. Wolfgang, who won the Goodtimes final at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Stanley Dancer Memorial at the Meadowlands, bounced back from a disappointing off-the-board finish in his Hambletonian elimination to capture the first KYSS leg in 1:53.2 for driver Jordan Stratton. Stratton is back behind the son of My MVP who is listed as the 5-2 second choice on the morning line behind Tactical Landing, who is the 8-5 favorite. Tactical Landing, with Takter in the sulky, made a break at the start of last week's KYSS heat but after falling nearly two dozen lengths behind, caught the field and closed rapidly down the stretch to finish just 4 ¼ lengths behind Wolfgang in third. The son of Muscle Hill, who was an $800,000 yearling purchase, has shown quick improvement this year, capturing his Hambletonian elimination and then finishing third in the $1 million final. The single KYSS division for male pacers is an 11-horse field (Race 6) with the Takter-trained (and driven) Grand Teton drawing the trailing 11 post. Despite overcoming the far outside post 10 in the opening round to score a 1:51 victory and moving inside on Thursday, Grand Teton, a son of A Rocknroll Dance, is listed as the 4-1 third choice. Favored at 2-1 from post 4 is KYSS newcomer American History, a four-time winner this year including a 1:47 sizzler at the Meadowlands. Trained by Tony Alagna, the son of American Ideal is coming off a second-place finish in the Empire Breeders Classic final at Tioga Downs. Andy McCarthy will drive American History, who also has a runner-up finish on his ledger in the Adios final at The Meadows. The 5-2 second choice is recent Carl Milstein Memorial (at Northfield Park) champ Thinkbig Dreambig, who will start from post 6 for trainer Takter and driver Stratton. The son of Bettor's Delight was a half-length back of Grand Teton in second in the KYSS opener as the 1-9 betting favorite. There are two KYSS divisions for filly pacers and the second split (Race 4) is stacked as the one-two finishers in each split last week have landed in this heat. Dance Blue, a most-impressive 1:50.2 winner in leg one starts from post 4 for driver McCarthy and trainer Nancy Johansson at morning-line odds of 7-5, while Pure Paradise, who scored a first-leg win in 1:55, starts from post 6 for driver David Miller and trainer Brian Brown as the 3-1 second choice. Runners-up Neverforgetwhour and Band Stand start from posts 2 and 5, with drivers Elliott Deaton and Matt Krueger, respectively. The first division (Race 2) appears wide open, with Hurrikane Empress (Peter Wrenn, post 2) and Sun Shines Bright (Stratton, post 7), who were third and fourth, respectively, last time out to Dance Blue, the program favorites. Three divisions for 3-year-old filly trotters last week have turned into a pair of 10-horse splits this time out. While first-leg winner Live Laugh Love sits this round out, Urban Legend and Top Expectations, who captured the other two splits, are out to repeat. Urban Legend, who was a 1:54.2 winner, drew post 6 in the first division (Race 3), for driver Marcus Johansson and trainer Nancy Johansson. Despite the victory, Urban Legend is the 3-1 second choice behind 2-1 favorite Pat Matters, who closed fast to finish second to Live Laugh Love in the opening round. Pat Matters will be driven by Takter for trainer Paul Kelley. Top Expectations, who was a 1:55.4 winner and is looking to defend her 2017 KYSS title, starts from post 1 in the second division (Race 5). Stratton drives the 2-1 favorite for trainer Erv Miller. The third and final KYSS prelims for 2-year-old trotters is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 8, with the last leg for 2-year-old pacers on Saturday, Sept. 9. Leg three for the 3-year-old divisions will be contested on Sunday, Sept. 9. The up-to-date point standings for each division can be viewed by clicking here. The top-10 point-earners in each of the eight divisions will return for the $2 million KYSS championships on Sunday, Sept. 16, with a special afternoon post time of 3 p.m. The eight $250,000 finals will be the centerpiece of the new Fayette County Fair, which will take place that day from noon to 6 p.m. The fair will include food trucks, local craft breweries, bourbon tastings and an arts and crafts market. Also, several musical acts will play on two stages (one inside and one outside), with rising country star and Lexington native Walker Montgomery among the performers. The racing program will be kicked off with a horse parade of various breeds and the Harness Horse Youth Foundation will offer hands-on equine experience. From the Kentucky Sire Stakes       Gordon Waterstone   The Horseman And Fair World  

MILTON, August 25, 2018 - Captain Crunch, Captain Ahab and Stag Party all turned in statement performances in Saturday's Nassagaweya Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of 24 rookie pacing colts and geldings were entered in the Nassagaweya and split into three divisions. Captain Crunch stayed undefeated through three career starts with a prominent score in the first division of Saturday's $92,127 Nassagaweya Stakes, at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Trained by Nancy Johansson for owners 3 Brothers Stables, Christina Takter, Rojan Stables and Caviart Farms, Captain Crunch was steered aggressively to the front by Scott Zeron, overtaking the quick leaving Acton Hanover and Machdavid, to mark the opening quarter in :27.1. Captain Crunch and Acton Hanover separated themselves from the pack down the backstretch and milked the half-mile in :56 flat as Lyons Johnny Jr was sent first up to try and reel in the leaders. However, Captain Crunch was not to be tested and easily put away their bids with plenty in reserve to hold off a belated charge from Goldberg. The undefeated son of Captaintreacherous stopped the clock in 1:52 flat. The lightly-raced colt was earning his first added-money score with the Nassagaweya coup. "They chose to stay away from the Grand Circuit horses for awhile and just aim at the Metro Pace and so far, it's worked out," said Zeron. Zeron feels that Captain Crunch, a serial victor thus far, can only improve going forward. "I find with every good horse you drive, everything's effortless," said Zeron. "It's so easy for him to do and he covers the ground so well. I thought he had the potential to be this kind of calibre and hopefully he gets better." Although Captain Crunch bowled quickly to the lead off the gate, he did so well in hand for Zeron. "He's very well mannered, very good to drive and I think he can do it any way...versatile on the track. We chose to stay out of people's way and go to the front," said Zeron. The veteran driver, who recently took the Hambletonian with filly Atlanta, may have another star on his hands with the Metro Pace eliminations looming on September 15, at Mohawk Park. "Hopefully he's just at the right point to be fresh and win that," said Zeron. Captain Crunch, bred by Walnridge Farm Inc, and Sherri K. Meir of Creamridge NJ, banked $46,063 in victory. He paid $3.10 to win. Captain Ahab converted off a perfect second-over steer from Andrew McCarthy to win the $92,127 second Nassagaweya Stakes division in 1:51.4. Trained by Tony Alagna for Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing, Captain Ahab got away fifth and watched Maintenance Man charge out to post a :26.4 opening-quarter. Maintenance Man raced by the half in :55.4 and led into the far turn. Sporty McSportster committed first up from fourth, supplying cover for Captain Ahab and the outside pair powered up towards the leader at three-quarters in 1:24. Captain Ahab came out of the turn three-wide and immediately paced by his rivals to claim the lead and cruise home for his fifth win in five starts. Lyons Night Hawk followed the winner's path and finished a length and a quarter back in second. The Superfecta was completed by Sports Teen and Tyga Hanover. "It worked out great tonight," said McCarthy following the race. "They sped out of there and I got to race him the way I like to race him. He does love passing horses." Captain Ahab has the look of a special colt and continues to impress his trainer with each start. "The only thing we were concerned about a little bit is he's such a tall colt we wanted to make sure he had enough power," said Alagna. "It's amazing the more I do with him and the more I race him the healthier he gets. He looks great tonight." Captain Ahab was a $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase. He paid $2.10 to win. Stag Party put a beating on his rivals in the $92,127 third Nassagaweya Stakes division for driver David Miller and trainer Casie Coleman. A son of Bettors Delight, Stag Party got away fifth and allowed his rivals to shake things out before making an effortless rush to the lead. The Coleman trainee reached three-quarters in 1:24. and proceeded to draw away with ease to win by 10 lengths in 1:52.2. "Leaving the gate it looked like a couple guys going at it pretty hard, so I jumped in a hole," said Miller post-race. "I was hoping to get cover but when he was first up I went ahead and took a run for the lead and he cleared and did everything else very easy. "He's pretty handy, he's great gaited and he's got a lot of go, so good qualities." The Regulator finished second, while Odds On Boca Raton and Macs Power were third and fourth, respectively. Owned by John Fielding, Mac Nichol, McKinlay & Fielding and West Wins Stable, Stag Party now has four wins in five starts with his only loss being a disqualification from first to second. Stag Party was a $125,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. A $2 win ticket on Stag Party returned $2.60. All three Nassagaweya winners are eligible to the Champlain Stakes on September 8. Alagna fillies dominate Eternal Camnation MILTON, August 25, 2018 - Trainer Tony Alagna and his Captaintreacherous fillies led the way with two wins in Saturday's Eternal Camnation Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of 23 pacing fillies were split into three divisions of the Grand Circuit event. Key West, sent to post as the overwhelming 1-5 mutuel favourite, held on for a narrow score in the first $84,116 Eternal Camnation Stakes division. Trained by Tony Alagna for owners Brittany Farms LLC and Brad Grant, the daughter of Captaintreacherous-Bodacious Hanover made a bold move down the back straight to take command en route to a precarious score in the first of three divisions for juvenile pacing fillies. Ideation Hanover was sent to the point by Jody Jamieson to carve out the opening quarter in :28 flat with Key West, in rein to Brett Miller, tracking her early pace. Miller made the quick move to the lead on the backstretch to mark the half-mile in :56.3, however Ideation Hanover continued to pressure the new leader. Tim Tetrick pushed Deb into motion to attack the pacesetters through the final turn, but a game and determined Key West found another gear and held off the late pace of Ideation Hanover and a rail skimming Queen Of The Pride to earn the victory in 1:52.4. Key West's backstretch swoop proved decisive, but Miller admits to regretting the bold call. "As soon as I moved her to the front, I knew I'd made a mistake. When I was moving her to the front she was wanting to pull up and a lot of two-year-olds do that," said Miller. "She definitely didn't want to be on the front tonight. She has always been better from off the pace or following a horse. It's starting to show a little more and she didn't like that on the front today. "I will say when they started getting to her," continued Miller, "she did dig right back in." Key West, who was bred by Vieux Carre Farms of Gettysburg, PA, banked $42,058 in victory. She paid $2.50 to win. Quebec Blue Chip notched her fifth career win, and fourth in succession, with a prominent effort under a heady drive by Jody Jamieson in the second $83,115 Eternal Camnation Stakes. Bestseller Hanover and Izzy Hanover were quickest off the gate in the test for juvenile pacing fillies, but Jamieson urged Quebec Blue Chip to the front to notch the opening quarter in :27. Jamieson put the field to sleep through a half in :57.1 allowing the precocious Sportswriter filly an important breather through the middle stages. Quebec Blue Chip maintained her lead through the turn as Odds On St Lucie moved first up for driver Brett Miller with Bestseller Hanover (Sylvain Filion) content to sit in the two-hole. Odds On St Lucie, the even-money favourite, ranged to the wheels of Quebec Blue Chip down the lane, but the pacesetter had plenty in reserve to repel that charge and secure the win. Prescient Beauty rallied wide down the lane to earn the show position. Quebec Blue Chip stopped the clock in 1:53.2. Jamieson credited the important Grand Circuit score to conditioner Dave Menary. "The main development for this filly all along has been Dave Menary and everything he does," said Jamieson. "He's proven year in and year out that he's an amazing developer of young talent. He picks them out, trains them down, he owns a piece of them and I'm just lucky enough to be a part of it." Owned by Menary Racing Inc, Michael A. Guerriero, Kenneth R. Ewen and Bruce H. Norris, Quebec Blue Chop arrived at the Eternal Camnation from a score in the Battle of the Belles at Grand River Raceway. That victory, also in front-running fashion, proved a reliable blueprint for Jamieson in the Eternal Camnation. "I looked at the program and there were some lightly raced fillies in there. Obviously, the one horse (Odds On St Lucie), I wasn't sure what Brett was going to do with her and being lightly raced and first time going for big money it was going to be a race. But, I got real lucky and got to steal that second quarter. This filly, just like she did in Grand River, she did it herself," said Jamieson. Jamieson believes he may have found yet another rookie pacer with She's A Great Lady potential. "I don't know why not," said Jamieson. "She just showed a bunch of real good fillies in there how to go about winning. There's no reason why she can't be competitive in there and competitive enough to win it." Quebec Blue Chip, bred by Blue Chip Bloodstock Inc of Wallkill, NY, banked $41,557 in victory. She paid $10.80 to win. Tall Drink Hanover performed to her 1-9 odds with a convincing score in the third division of $84,116 Eternal Camnation division. Trained by Tony Alagna and expertly piloted by Andrew McCarthy, Tall Drink Hanover made short work of her fellow rookie pacing fillies with a prominent effort. After Crisp Mane set the opening quarter in :27.4, McCarthy let Tall Drink Hanover loose and took control at the half-mile marker in :56.3. Tall Drink Hanover improved her advantage to the final turn with Crisp Mane holding second position and Kylie Seelster treading water in third. The speedy Tall Drink Hanover reached three-quarters in 1:24.4 and would not be denied as she paced through the wire in 1:52.4. Kylie Seelster arrived in time for place with Blossom Onthebeach completing the trifecta. "She was really great tonight. She's very typical of Captaintreacherous', she's push button to drive," said McCarthy. "She does everything right, gets there and relaxes. I asked her to pace a little bit at the top of the stretch and off she went. "I looked over and saw Trevor Henry (Kylie Seelster) was making up a little bit of ground and that's when I asked her to pace a little bit," continued McCarthy. "The way she responded when I did, I knew I was pretty good." Tall Drink Hanover arrived at the Eternal Camnation from a romping effort in the Whenuwishuponastar final on August 14 at Mohawk Park. She's one of several talented juvenile fillies under Alagna's tutelage including Key West who took the first division of the Eternal Camnation and Odds On St Lucie who completed the exacta in the second division, earlier on the card, that will be serious contenders in the Shes A Great Lady eliminations on September 15. "I also have a filly that won yesterday at Chester, Treacherous Reign, another Captaintreacherous filly, she'll head to the PA Sires Final and then after that come up for the Shes a Great Lady as well," said Alagna. "We have four really super nice fillies and we're excited about what 'Captain' has done so far." Alagna was pleased with the effort from Tall Drink Hanover who is improving with every start. "I liked her in Florida and she was a little bit behind the other fillies that were up here tonight. They all came from Lexington and this filly came from Harrisburg, so she had six weeks of a deficit behind them, but she's just gotten better and better," said Alagna. A daughter of Captaintreacherous, Tall Drink Hanover was a $35,000 Harrisburg yearling purchase and is owned by Alagna Racing LLC, Marvin Katz and Riverview Racing LLC. She paid $2.30 to win. All three of Saturday's winners are eligible to the Champlain Stakes on September 8. by Mark McKelvie & Keith McCalmont, for Woodbine Communications

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