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MILTON, ON - August 14, 2018 - Tall Drink Hanover avoided a second-quarter jam up to win Tuesday's $37,000 Whenuwishuponastar Series Final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A field of eight rookie pacing fillies competed in the finale of the three-week Whenuwishuponastar Series. Trainer Tony Alagna sent out the strong duo of round one winners Key West and Tall Drink Hanover. The betting public made Key West the heavy 1-5 favourite, but a second-quarter incident likely cost her a third-consecutive victory. Carousel and driver Doug McNair blasted off the wings of the gate to grab the early lead and post a :27.4 opening-quarter. Tall Drink Hanover got away third, while Key West was following fourth. As the field entered the backstretch, driver Andrew McCarthy angled Tall Drink Hanover to the outside, which turned out to be the winning move. Carousel appeared to pull herself up, leading to Tarryn A Strip and Key West getting into a jam up collision. Key West made a break due to the interference. The favourite did reset to stay in the race mid-pack. Meanwhile, Tall Drink Hanover scooted away and posted fractions of :56.3 and 1:24.2. In the stretch, Tall Drink Hanover cruised home in :27.4 to collect her second win in four starts. Key West grinded through the mix up on the outside around the final turn and ultimately finished up in :27.3 to cross the wire second, beat 3 ½ lengths. Deb finished third, while Abuelita Hanover and Beach Bar finished in a dead-heat for fourth. 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. The Alagna trainee has followed up back-to-back third-place finishes at The Meadowlands with a pair of wins at Mohawk Park. "She's pretty nice this filly, does everything right, covers a lot of ground and really handy," said McCarthy after driving Tall Drink Hanover for the first-time Tuesday. "We got lucky coming out of the first turn, we missed that carnage...we weren't going a helluva lot at that stage, so I thought I would get her out and getting her moving and try and get her up front there close enough and I just got lucky that I did move her when I did." On the heels of Captain Ahab's Dream Maker victory Monday, Tall Drink Hanover gave the Alagna barn its second series victory in as many nights. "This filly has been improving," said Alagna post-race. "She came from the Harrisburg Sale as opposed to the Lexington Sale, like Key West did, and she's been on the improve and we were just lucky that Key West and this filly didn't get in trouble when that filly of Doug's (McNair) made a break or pulled up on the front." Tall Drink Hanover established a new career-mark with her 1:52.1 clocking and has now earned $27,900 for her connections. She paid $15.80 to win. Tuesday evening's card also saw Dancer Hall collect his fourth Preferred victory of the season for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Paul Reid. The four-year-old was a coast to coast in 1:52.3 over four rivals in the $34,000 top-trot. The victory was the seventh in 12 starts this season and 15th overall for the Reid trainee, Dancer Hall has now earned $136,000 of his $235,650 career earnings this season for owners 1187422 Ontario Inc. He paid $3.30 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - August 13, 2018 - Captain Ahab remained undefeated with a dominating performance in Monday's $39,000 Dream Maker Series final at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A full field of 10 rookie pacing colts and geldings squared off in the finale of the three-week event. Captain Ahab went off as the 3/5 favourite, as he entered the final undefeated in three starts, including a convincing first leg score. The Tony Alagna trained son of Captaintreacherous was to team up with driver Andrew McCarthy, but travel issues for McCarthy led to veteran reinsman Paul MacDonell picking up the assignment. Best In Show got the affair rolling by storming out to the lead and posting a :27 opener. A charged-up Shipshape sat in the pocket, while stablemate Captain Ahab got away third. The heavy-favourite got his cue from MacDonell entering the backstretch and made an effortless move to the lead, pacing by the half in :55.1. Despite Captain Ahab rolling right along on the lead, several of the rookies got jammed up entering the far turn. Blank Canvas, who was also undefeated entering Monday's final, moved to the outside from sixth before the half and came with a hard first-up attack at the leader on the far turn. The undefeated rookies were side by side at three-quarters in 1:23.3. Captain Ahab didn't shy away from the pressure and instead stepped his game up a level. The Alagna student put away Blank Canvas at the top of the lane and proceeded to pull away from his rivals with ease to win by 3¾ lengths in a career-best equaling 1:51.1. Best In Show finished second, while Captain Nash was third. Blank Canvas dropped back to finish eighth. "I just barely scratched the surface here tonight," said MacDonell post-race. "There was so much left in the tank and he does it so easy. He's got a great future." A $100,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase, Captain Ahab is currently the top colt from sire Captaintreacherous' first crop of two-year-olds. The undefeated rookie is the second foal, first colt, out of Western Ideal mare Acquavella, who is a full-sister to 2014 Metro Pace champion Artspeak. With his fingerprints all over the family, Alagna had an easy-decision to make when deciding to pursue Captain Ahab as a yearling. "I trained the mare Acquavella and she was meant to be a great mare, got hurt early and she was responsible for Artspeak because I went back and bought Artspeak because I liked the mare so much," said Alagna. "Training the mare and knowing what kind of ability she had, she got hurt and never got to live up to her potential, so when we saw this colt, being by Captain, it was a no-brainer." Captain Ahab has now earned $36,500 for owners Brittany Farms LLC, Brad Grant, Vincent Barbera and Captain Ahab Racing. Alagna noted Captain Ahab will remain in Ontario and compete in upcoming Grand Circuit events at Woodbine Mohawk Park, with eyes on the September 22nd Metro Pace. Captaintreacherous, who won the Metro Pace as a rookie in 2012, is enjoying a tremendous start to his career as a stallion. Alagna trained the two-time U.S. Pacer of the Year and is proud of what he is seeing unfold this season. "We started with 18 Captaintreaherous, 17 are racing and I think 12 of them have already won and taken marks," said Alagna. "We're very proud of what he has done so far." Captain Ahab's next start is scheduled for the Nassagaweya Stakes on Saturday, August 25. Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with the $37,000 Whenuwishuponastar Series final headlining an 11-race card. Post time is 7:10 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

MILTON, ON - August 11, 2018 - Dr J Hanover was all business winning Saturday evening's $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Tony Alagna trained five-year-old did the heavy-lifting en route to a 1:50 score over seven rivals. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Dr J Hanover blasted out to the lead and hung up a :26.3 opener. Fine Diamond flashed good speed at the start from the outside post, but ended up parked until grabbing the lead at three-eighths. Dr J Hanover immediately came back around to retake the lead before the half and proceeded to post fractions of :54.3 and 1:22.1. In the stretch, Dr J Hanover opened nearly four-lengths on his rivals and paced home in :27.4 to secure the victory by a length and a quarter. Carmen Auciello trainees Physicallyinclined and Always A Hotshot finished second and third, while Continual Hanover rallied from eighth to just miss hitting the board. Sintra, last year's Canadian Pacing Derby champion, finished seventh after racing mid-pack most of the mile. It was his first start since the Haughton Memorial on July 14 at The Meadowlands. Dr J Hanover has now won two of three starts since returning from a mini-holiday of more than a month and a half between starts. The Alagna trainee picked up his fifth win in 13 starts Saturday, increasing his 2018 bankroll to $164,680 for owners Brad Grant, Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman. Dr J Hanover's career numbers now sit at 18 wins and $677,416 earned. He paid $7.10 to win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk with a new post time of 7:10 p.m. The $39,000 Dream Maker Series final headlines a 10-race card. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. --- August 4, 2018 - Stay Hungry, driven by Doug McNair, charged down the stretch to win the 64th edition of $281,000 Cane Pace by 1 1-2 lengths over 60-1 longshot Grand Teton in stakes record-tying fashion of 1:47 3/5 to take the first leg of Pacing's Triple Crown for 3-year-olds, contested as the seventh race on Saturday afternoon at the Meadowlands. Trained by Tony Alagna, Stay Hungry, who finished third to Courtly Choice in the Meadowlands Pace, overtook Grand Teton for his third win of the season, ninth of his career and setting a new stakes record and career mark. Stay Hungry tied the stakes record set by Dealt A Winner, driven by David Miller and trained by Mark Silva, in 2015. The O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry rewarded his backers by paying $9.40, $5.00 and $3.40. Grand Teton paid $40.20 and $15.60 while Babes Dig Me, with Brett Miller in the sulky, finished third, paying $9.40. "He has high, high speed. So if put you him in the right spot and there's lots of fractions he's gonna pay something and be real close," said McNair. This was McNair's first career Cane Pace win for McNair and the second for Alagna, who won in 2013 with Captaintreacherous. Stay Hungry races for the ownbership of Bradley Grant of Milton, Ontario and Irwin Samelman of Las Vegas, NV. Subsequent legs of the Triple Crown include Messenger Stakes at Yonkers Raceway in Yonkers, New York on Sept. 1 and The Little Brown Jug at the Delaware County Fair in Delaware, Ohio on Sept. 20. From the Meadowlands Publicity Department

MILTON, ON - July 28, 2018 - A freshened up Dr J Hanover returned to the races Saturday to capture the $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The five-year-old Tony Alagna trainee was making his first start since June 9 and got the better of seven-rivals to post a 1:49.4 victory. Driven by Sylvain Filion, Dr J Hanover paced out to the early lead and posted sensible opening fractions of :27.1 and :56. Easy Lover Hanover, the 3/5 favourite, angled out from fourth nearing the half and made a strong rush towards the lead, hooking up with the early-leader for a far turn battle. Easy Lover Hanover finally cleared the lead after five-eighths of a mile was completed and posted a huge individual third-quarter of :26.1 to reach the third-station in 1:22.2. In the stretch, Dr J Hanover showed no signs of being short and came to the outside in the final-eighth to power by Easy Lover Hanover for a length and a half score. Nirvana Seelster finished third, while Traceur Hanover was fourth. The one-two finish by 'Dr J' and 'Easy Lover' gave owner Brad Grant the Exacta, as he co-owns the winner and is the sole owner of the runner-up. Robert LeBlanc, Steven Wienick and Irwin Samelman share ownership of Dr J Hanover with Grant. A five-year-old gelding, Dr J Hanover was making his 11th start of the season Saturday. The Alagna trainee now has four wins and $143,600 earned this season. Dr J Hanover, a now 17-time winner with over $650,000 in career earnings, made headlines last season at Mohawk Park when he won a division of the Graduate Series in 1:46.4, the fastest mile in Canadian harness racing history. A $2 win ticket on Dr J Hanover returned $14. Live racing resumes Monday night at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The opening-leg of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers highlights an 11-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

WASHINGTON, PA, July 26, 2018 -- Trainer Tony Alagna has a shot to win his second blanket of Adios orchids in three years -- two shots, actually, as he'll send out both American History and Babes Dig Me in Saturday's $400,000 final of the Delvin Miller Adios Pace for the Orchids at The Meadows. Alagna captured the 2016 Adios with Racing Hill. His hopefuls for this year's 52nd edition are Adios elimination winner American History -- the 5-2 morning line favorite -- who goes from post 4 with Yannick Gingras up, and Babes Dig Me leaving from post 9 for Jim Pantaleano. The blockbuster Adios Day card features five Grand Circuit stakes in addition to the Adios as well as three rich pool guarantees totaling $35,000. First post is 12 noon, with the Adios set for approximately 4 PM. American History, a son of American Ideal-Perfect Touch, was bred and sold at auction for $150,000 by Brittany Farms, which later bought back an interest in him from Marvin Katz and American History Racing. Among his credentials are a second-place finish in a Meadowlands Pace elimination and a show finish in an elim for the North America Cup. However, the colt has been burned a number of times vying for the front in killer early fractions. In his Adios elimination, Gingras changed tactics, ducking before brushing to the point at the quarter. American History responded eagerly to the trip, opening a daylight lead before Gingras geared him down late. "His best trip, the best trip for most horses, is to leave, sit and come with cover," Alagna says. "He has quick speed and can carry it a long way. As long as he doesn't have to scorch out fractions that are too unkind for him, he can do it from any trip." As one of two elimination winners, Alagna had his choice of post positions for the final -- once the connections of the other elim winner, Hitman Hill, won a draw for first choice and selected post 3. Although post 5 is the "winningest" slot at The Meadows, Alagna opted for post 4 at Gingras' recommendation. "I always defer to the driver," Alagna says. "That's where Yannick wants to be. He feels it gives him the most options." As for Babes Dig Me, who finished fourth in his Adios elim after leaving aggressively from post 8, Alagna is realistic about the chances of the son of Somebeachsomewhere-Western Babe campaigned by Bradley Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc and In The Gym Partners. "From that post, it's tough to expect a whole lot," he says. "He can definitely leave for position, but so can a lot of others. It's a matter of, do we really want to be that hard on a horse two weeks in a row?" Here's the field for the Adios in post position order with drivers, trainers and morning line odds: 1-Summer Travel-David Miller-Andrew Harris-20/1 2-Gd Western Joe-Dave Palone-Ron Burke-20/1 3-Hitman Hill-Brett Miller-Chris Oakes-7/2 4-American History-Yannick Gingras-Tony Alagna-5/2 5-Dorsoduro Hanover-Matt Kakaley-Ron Burke-3/1 6-Done Well-Tim Tetrick-Brian Brown-9/2 7-Wes Delight-Corey Callahan-Mark Harder-15/1 8-Thinkbig Dreambig-Jordan Stratton-Jimmy Takter-9/2 9-Babes Dig Me-Jim Pantaleano-Tony Alagna-20/1 by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows                    

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. - Trainer Tony Alagna is undoubtedly hoping he can carry his momentum from one night to the next. Alagna, who has a total of five horses in the two Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace eliminations Saturday night, started his weekend in a big way, winning four times on the Friday program at the Meadowlands. The trainer got things going in the first race with Mollydooker ($4.20 to win as the second choice, Brett Miller driving) in a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. The daughter of Great Vintage completed the mile in 1:55.1. Treacherous Reign ($4.60 as the second choice, Andy McCarthy) took race four, a division of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old fillies on the pace. The time for the mile was 1:53.1 for the daughter of Captaintreacherous. Odds On Boca Raton ($9.00 as the second choice, Scott Zeron) won the sixth race, a Kindergarten for 2-year-old colts and geldings on the pace. The Captaintreacherous product stopped the clock in 1:53.4. Alagna's four-bagger was completed in race 13, as Captain Ahab ($5.40 as the third choice, McCarthy), won another Kindergarten for juvenile male pacers. Sired by Captaintreacherous, Captain Ahab hit the wire in 1:52.2. A LITTLE MORE: The Big M's signature 50-Cent Pick-4 was extremely popular, as the pool reached the $100,000 mark for the first time since May 19. A total of $112,478 was poured into pot, and the odds of the winners in the sequence were 2-1, 3-1, 6-5 and even-money, leading to a payoff of $73.10. ... McCarthy guided Mother Bonnie to a 12-1 upset in the 12th race for NJSS 2-year-old filly trotters, giving him career win 2,000. ... A pair of lucky players went 10-for-10 in the 20-Cent Survivor Pick-10 and cashed in for $6,989. ... The Late 20-Cent Jackpot Super High-Five failed to result in a single-ticket winner, upping the carryover to $273,937. In the event no one hits the jackpot Saturday, the wager will have a mandatory payout on Friday, July 13. ... All-source wagering on the card was $2,318,503. ... Racing resumes Saturday at the Big M with a special post time of 6:35 p.m. Food and drink specials, the 1st annual Wiener Dog Derby, a fabulous fireworks show and eliminations for the $701,830 Crawford Farms Meadowlands Pace will all be a part of what promises to be a big night. by Dave Little, for the Meadowlands  

Owner Brad Grant hopes the best is yet to come from O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry, who will be among eight harness racing horses trying to hand Lather Up his first loss of the year in Saturday's $500,000 Max C. Hempt Memorial for 3-year-old male pacers at The Downs at Mohegan Sun Pocono. Stay Hungry, trained by Tony Alagna, finished a troubled-trip third last week in his Hempt elimination, beaten a half-length by winner Hitman Hill. Stay Hungry and driver Doug McNair will start the final from post No. 5, which has produced a track-best 16.2 win percentage this year, and are the 7-2 second choice on the morning line behind favorite Lather Up. Lather Up, the North America Cup champion who improved to 7-for-7 this season with his Hempt elimination victory, is 2-1 with driver Montrell Teague from post seven. "It's a tough division and Lather Up at this point is probably a head better than everybody else," Grant said. "You could be racing for second money, but you never know. When they're going for half-a-million dollars they're going to be racing. We lucked out getting (post) five. There is going to be a lot of front-end speed and this colt seems to like to come from the back end." The Hempt is one of four marquee events that make up Sun Stakes Saturday at Pocono. The card also features the $500,000 Earl Beal Jr. Memorial for 3-year-old trotters, where filly Manchego is the 5-2 morning-line favorite; $500,000 Ben Franklin Pace for older male pacers, with McWicked the 5-2 favorite; and the $300,000 James M. Lynch Memorial for 3-year-old female pacers, where Sidewalk Dancer is the 5-2 choice. Stay Hungry is a son of 2008 Horse of the Year winner Somebeachsomewhere out of My Little Dragon, who was a multiple Dan Patch Award winner. Last year, Stay Hungry won six of nine races, including the Breeders Crown, and earned $535,742 for owners Grant and Irwin Samelman on his way to receiving the O'Brien Award as Canada's best 2-year-old male pacer. Samelman passed away in May at the age of 87. "We had a lot of fun with the horse last year," said Grant, whose partnership with Samelman on Stay Hungry was his first. "It was the first time for both of us winning a Breeders Crown and winning an O'Brien. It was great that we got to share that together. In the little time I knew him, he was a gentleman's gentleman." Stay Hungry has won one of four races this year and earned $83,642. He finished third, beaten by a neck, in his seasonal debut in the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes before winning an elimination of the North America Cup. He finished fourth in the Cup final. "I was a little disappointed with his results in the North America Cup, but he wasn't a hundred percent after the race," Grant said. "You can't take anything away from Lather Up, he's just outstanding, but I thought Dougie had given (Stay Hungry) a great drive and we would finish second. He just was off a little bit and didn't fire like the week before." In his Hempt elimination, Stay Hungry was following Sometimesawinner on the outside when Sometimesawinner went off stride and caused McNair and Stay Hungry to lose momentum. Stay Hungry finished with a :26.4 last quarter-mile to rally for third place. "The horse raced great considering we came to a stop up the backstretch," Grant said. "I think we haven't seen the best of this colt yet, so you keep looking forward. "It's all about being the right horse on the right day and when they're on their game." Joining Lather Up and Hitman Hill as Hempt elimination winners was Dorsoduro Hanover, who won for the fourth time in five starts this season. The top-three finishers from each of the three eliminations advanced to the final. Racing begins at 7 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Pocono. The Hempt is race No. 10 on the card, preceded by the Lynch and followed by the Franklin and Beal. Max C. Hempt was a renowned Pennsylvania-based breeder, whose horses were known for the prefix "Keystone," as well as a longtime director of the U.S. Trotting Association and Hambletonian Society. He served as the Hambletonian Society president from 1966-1984 and the creation of the Breeders Crown series evolved under his leadership. Hempt, who passed away in 1999, was inducted into the Harness Racing Hall of Fame in 1980. Following is the field for this year's Max C. Hempt Memorial. PP-Horse-Driver-Trainer-Morning Line 1 - Nutcracker Sweet by Bettor's Delight - David Miller - Jimmy Takter - 10/1 2 - Hitman Hill by American Ideal - Brett Miller - Chris Oakes - 9/2 3 - Springsteen by Rock N Roll Heaven - Simon Allard - Rene Allard - 8/1 4 - Dorsoduro Hanover by Somebeachsomewhere -Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke - 6/1 5 - Stay Hungry by Somebeachsomewhere - Doug McNair - Tony Alagna - 7/2 6  -Shnitzledosomethin by Fred And Ginger -Yannick Gingras - Dylan Davis - 12/1 7 - Lather Up by Im Gorgeous - Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis - 2/1 8 - Wes Delight by Bettor's Delight - Corey Callahan - Mark Harder - 15/1 9 - This Is The Plan by Somebeachsomewhere - Tim Tetrick-Chris Ryder-20/1 Complete entries for the card are available at this link. by Ken Weingartner for the USTA 

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  

MILTON, ON - June 5, 2018 - The connections of 29 three-year-old pacers have decided to take their shot at harness racing glory and enter the eliminations for the 35th Pepsi North America Cup at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A total of three $50,000 eliminations, two fields of ten and a field of nine, will take place this Saturday (June 9) evening. The top-three finishers from each elimination, plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot, will advance to the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup final on Saturday, June 16. This year's number of entrants (29) is up by four over last year's number of 25 and is the highest number the event has seen since 30 entered in 2010. The first elimination features a field of ten headlined by O'Brien Award-winner Stay Hungry (PP3, Doug McNair). The Tony Alagna trainee will be making his second start of the season after finishing third, beat a neck, in his season debut on May 19 at Pocono Downs. Co-owned by Woodbine's top owner Brad Grant, Stay Hungry won six of nine starts as a rookie, including the $600,000 Breeders Crown. The son of Somebeachsomewhere has a mark of 1:50.2, taken at Woodbine Mohawk Park as a two-year-old, and career earnings of $563,760. Another notable in the first elimination is Done Well (PP5, Tim Tetrick), who is undefeated in five career starts. The son of Well Said is trained by last year's Cup winning trainer Brian Brown, who will send out a total of three starters in this year's eliminations as he seeks a Cup-repeat. The second elimination appears to be a wide-open contest with a field of ten battling. Trainer Ron Burke, who won the 2014 North America Cup with JK Endofanera, is represented by Dorsoduro Hanover (PP8, Matt Kakaley). The gelded son of Somebeachsomewhere is a perfect three for three this season after winning two of 14 as a rookie. All three wins have come in Pennsylvania sired events. Alagna student American History (PP7, Yannick Gingras) is the lone horse in the second-split with a sub-1:50 career mark. The son of American Ideal enters his elimination off an impressive 1:49.1 victory in a New York Sires Stakes division at Vernon Downs on May 28. American History has won four of seven career starts. Bettors Delight colt Wes Delight (PP4, Corey Callahan) has made a name for himself early in the season and will be looking to extend his current win streak to four. The Mark Harder trainee has won four of five starts this season, which includes a major win over award-winners Stay Hungry and Lost In Time on May 19 at Pocono. The third elimination has the makings of a speed show with a pair of sub-1:50 performers leading the field of nine. Ohio sired standout Lather Up (PP2, Montrell Teague) has risen to stardom in recent weeks and is looking to improve to five for five this season. A son of Im Gorgeous, Lather Up set a Track Record of 1:50 in early-May at Miami Valley and then proceeded to post a 1:49.1 statement victory on May 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Clyde Francis trainee won his Somebeachsomewhere division with ease last Saturday and is entering his elimination with eight wins in 11 career outings. Blake MacIntosh trainee Courtly Choice (PP8, David Miller) is currently the fastest three-year-old in North America with a mark of 1:48.4 taken on May 28 at Vernon Downs in a New York Sires Stakes division. The son of Art Major is two for two this season after winning two of 12 during his rookie campaign. Not to overlooked, Metro Pace champion Lost In Time (PP1, Scott Zeron) will be looking to rebound and go back to the top of the division. The Jimmy Takter trainee had issues on the final turn in last Saturday's Somebeachsomewhere, but did grind away in the stretch to finish second. A son of A Rocknroll Dance, Lost In Time has finished second in both of his starts this season. The Metro champion finished his rookie season with five wins in nine starts and was named the Dan Patch Award-winner for his division. The Pepsi North America Cup eliminations have been carded as Race 4,5 and 8 on Saturday's program. The elimination winners will earn the right to select their post position for the $1 million final. The post-position draw will take place next Tuesday (June 12) during a special luncheon and media conference at Woodbine Mohawk Park. 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. Here are the full fields for the Pepsi North America Cup eliminations: Elimination #1 (Race 4) 1. Hayden Hanover (Andy Miller - Julie Miller) 2. Summer Travel (David Miller - Casie Coleman) 3. Stay Hungry (Doug McNair - Tony Alagna) 4. Major Authority (David Miller - Andrew Harris) 5. Done Well (Tim Tetrick - Brian Brown) 6. Sports Legend (Bob McClure - Richard Moreau) 7. Rootin Tootin (Mark MacDonald - Blake MacIntosh) 8. Topville Olympian (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) 9. Grand Teton (Brett Miller - Jimmy Takter) 10. Captain Deo (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) Elimination #2 (Race 5) 1. Whos Better (David Miller - Brian Brown) 2. Sometimesawinner (Louis Philippe Roy - Rene Allard) 3. Beachin Lindy (Louis Philippe Roy - Steve Charlton) 4. Wes Delight (Corey Callahan - Mark Harder) 5. Burning Midnight (Trevor Henry - Corey Giles) 6. When You Dance (Jonathan Drury - Ben Wallace) 7. American History (Yannick Gingras - Tony Alagna) 8. Dorsoduro Hanover (Matt Kakaley - Ron Burke) 9. Nutcracker Sweet (Tim Tetrick - Jimmy Takter) 10. Dragon Time (Jody Jamieson - Dave Menary) Elimination #3 (Race 8) 1. Lost In Time (Scott Zeron - Jimmy Takter) 2. Lather Up (Montrell Teague - Clyde Francis) 3. Venom (David Miller - Brian Brown) 4. Babes Dig Me (Brett Miller - Tony Alagna) 5. Shnitzledosomethin (Peter Wrenn - Dylan Davis) 6. Hitman Hill (Brett Miller - Chris Oakes) 7. St Lads Neptune (Jody Jamieson - Stephanie Jamieson) 8. Courtly Choice (David Miller - Blake MacIntosh) 9. Levis Day (Tim Tetrick - Victor Puddy) by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna will send out three horses in each the Escort and Rainbow Blue series Saturday (May 12) at the Meadowlands Racetrack while also on the card two-time Dan Patch Award-winner Broadway Donna and stakes-winners Bill's Man and Lagerfeld all will make their seasonal debuts in the Preferred Handicap Trot. The opening leg of the conditioned Escort Series, for 3-year-old male pacers, attracted 14 horses, with the group divided into two $12,500 seven-horse divisions. The conditioned Rainbow Blue Series, for 3-year-old female pacers, also was split into two $12,500 divisions after a total of 13 horses entered the first round. Also on Saturday's card is the first round of the conditioned Hot Lead Series, for pacers of all ages. Second-round action in all three events will be May 19. The finals are May 26. Alagna's entries in the first Escort division are Odds On Lauderdale and Legal Power. Both horses are making their seasonal debuts. Odds On Lauderdale (Western Ideal-Worldly Deo) was winless in 11 races last year, but hit the board in two divisions of the Kindergarten Series and an elimination of the Metro Pace. He also earned paychecks in divisions of the Nassagaweya, Champlain, and International Stallion stakes as well as an elimination of the Breeders Crown. The colt, who is fully staked, is owned by Odds On Racing. His family includes stakes-winners World Of Rocknroll and Rock N' Roll World, and that duo's dam, multiple Dan Patch Award-winner Worldly Beauty. Legal Power (Somebeachsomewhere-Authorize) was winless in five starts last year. He is owned by breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, and Legal Power Racing. His family includes his stakes-winning dam as well as Dan Patch Award-winner Artiscape. "Odds On Lauderdale was a very nice colt last year," Alagna said. "He didn't have the best of luck last year. But he's a real nice horse. He's got a huge turn of speed. If you don't use him hard early, he can really kick home hard. I think the big track really suits him. "Legal Power showed ability last year but just never really fulfilled what we thought he should do. We (gelded) him over the winter and it seemed to really help." Alagna's Babes Dig Me (Somebeachsomewhere-Western Babe) is the 8-5 morning-line favorite in the second Escort division. The colt won a conditioned race last year in eight starts and hit the board in divisions of the International Stallion and Champlain. He is owned by Brad Grant, Joe Sbrocco, Robert Leblanc, and In The Gym Partners. Babes Dig Me, whose family includes 2006 Pacer of the Year Total Truth, made his debut last week with a second-place finish to This Is The Plan in a division of the Pennsylvania Sire Stakes at The Meadows. "He ended up stuck on the front, which isn't his forte, but he still was a good second," Alagna said. "He's eligible to the (upcoming Art Rooney Pace) so I wanted to get a start in him here in case the Rooney doesn't have eliminations. That way he can have a start beforehand. He's heavily staked. He's a nice colt." In the Rainbow Blue, Alagna sends out first-time starter Odds On Ashley in the first division followed by first-time starter Studio Girl and lightly raced Someangelsomewhere in the second. Odds On Ashley (Rock N Roll Heaven-Docdor Cameo) is owned by Odds On Racing. Studio Girl (American Ideal-The Art Museum) is owned by breeders Brittany Farms and Mel Hartman. Someangelsomewhere (Somebeachsomewhere-Angel Scent) was winless in three races last year and is making her 2018 debut. She is owned by breeders Spring Haven Farm and Doug Millard as well as Brad Grant and Joe Sbrocco. "Odds On Ashley trained down good last year, but was just very immature," Alagna said. "It took her a little time to get going. She's come back good. Studio Girl is a sister to (Dan Patch Award-winner) Artspeak. Someangelsomewhere had a lot of sickness issues last year, so we turned her out. She's come back much better. I'll be glad to get a start in them and see where we're at. I think they've come back well so far." In the Preferred Handicap Trot, Broadway Donna is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Bill's Man is 5-1 and Lagerfeld is 8-1. For the Meadowlands complete Saturday entries, click here. For track announcer Ken Warkentin's analysis, click here. Ken Weingartner

Harness racing trainer Tony Alagna knows Breeders Crown champion Stay Hungry will race in next week's $411,700 Governor's Cup final and he hopes to send the colt some company for the event. Alagna-trained American History and Captain Deo are among the 2-year-old male pacers in Saturday's single Governor's Cup elimination at the Meadowlands Racetrack. The top nine horses from the $20,000 elimination will join Stay Hungry in the $411,700 final on Nov. 25 at the Big M. Stay Hungry received a bye based on earnings. The Governor's Cup is part of the "Fall Final Four," four stakes for 2-year-old pacers and trotters. Saturday's card also includes single $20,000 eliminations for next week's $464,650 Valley Victory for male trotters, the $420,750 Goldsmith Maid for trotting fillies and the $381,200 Three Diamonds for pacing fillies. Post time is 7:15 p.m. (EST) for the night's first race. Fourth Dimension is the 3-1 morning-line favorite in the elimination for the Valley Victory, where Samo Different Day received a bye. Basquiat is the 3-1 choice in the Goldsmith Maid elimination (bye to Hey Blondie) and Kissin In The Sand is the 2-1 pick in the Three Diamonds elimination (byes to Youaremycandygirl, Majorsspeciallady, and Rainbow Room). Elimination winners will draw for posts one through six for their respective finals. All other finalists will be in an open draw. American History, undefeated in three races since launching his career a month ago, is the 7-2 second choice in the Governor's Cup elimination, leaving from post nine with driver Yannick Gingras. Metro Pace winner Lost In Time, now in the stable of trainer Jimmy Takter, is the 3-1 favorite from post 10. Captain Deo, who has a win in three starts and was second to American History in his most recent race, is 15-1 from post three with driver Joe Bongiorno. "Both colts just needed a little time," Alagna said about their late starts to the season. "We were high on them all along and they trained down with Stay Hungry and Key Advisor and our better colts. "So far (American History) has put it together on the racetrack. I sure wish he'd drawn better, but I'll leave it up to Yannick. "(Captain Deo) I thought came up a little short the other night, but he was used pretty good getting out of there so I think that's why he was a little flat on the end of it. He scoped clean, his blood work was good, and he trained back good. Hopefully with a trip he'll fire right back." Alagna anticipated a bye for Stay Hungry, so he had the horse in a qualifier last Saturday at the Meadowlands. The colt won in 1:53. "We got a good work into him last weekend," Alagna said. "I'll train him a pretty good trip on Saturday and he'll be fit going into the final." In addition to sending horses to the Governor's Cup, Alagna will have Missle Hill in the Valley Victory elimination. Missle Hill was third in his Breeders Crown elimination and seventh in the final, when he started from post eight. He is 15-1 in the Valley Victory elim, leaving from post three with driver Peter Wrenn. "He's shown in the last couple starts he can go with the better colts when he gets a decent shot," Alagna said. "He had bad luck in the Breeders Crown and just got away too far back. But he showed good trot on the end of it. If he races as good as he did in his elimination of the Breeders Crown he can get some money." The sport's top pacing mares also will be in action Saturday, competing in the final preliminary round of the TVG Series. Nike Franco N is the 5-2 morning-line favorite. Alagna's Bedroomconfessions is 5-1. The 5-year-old mare has won 20 of 77 career races and earned $952,754. She was second to Pure Country in the Breeders Crown Mare Pace. "She's had a solid career," Alagna said. "Every year she shows up and does her work and puts a couple hundred thousand on her card. She's almost to a million dollars, and for a homebred, we're tickled to death with that. Hopefully she races as well as she did in (the Breeders Crown) because she was excellent. "After this year we'll most likely breed her to (Captaintreacherous). That's been our plan all along. We always hoped we could get her to a million dollars, but if we didn't it wasn't the end of the world. It would be a nice feather in her cap because she's earned it. She got a new lifetime mark (1:48.4) this year. She deserves it." For Saturday's complete Meadowlands entries, click here. Ken Weingartner

YONKERS, NY, Saturday, October 28, 2017- Harness racing odds-on Dr.J Hanover (Brent Holland, $3.90) took it to the house (call) Saturday night (Oct. 28th), winning Yonkers Raceway's $50,000 Open Handicap Pace. Sent right down the road from assigned post position No. 4, Dr. J Hanover left around pole-sitting Thisjetsabookin' (Jason Bartlett), then had few issues (:27.4, :56.3, 1:23.4, 1:52). It was Bit of a Legend N (Jordan Stratton) settling third, then unable to author a second move down the backside before backtracking to the cones. Meanwhile, Dr. J Hanover opened a length-and-a-half lead into the lane, then held sway by a length. Bit of a Legend N did close inside for second, with a belated The Real One (Pat Lachance), Thisjetsabookin' and Scott Rocks (Eric Goodell) settling for the remainder. For Dr. J Hanover, a 4-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding co-owned by Brad Grant, Robert Leblanc, Steven Wienick & Irwin Samelman and trained by Tony Alagna, it was his fifth win in 21 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $16, with the triple returning $48.60. A remainder Yonkers races Sunday (Oct. 29th) with a 12-race, all-trot program and a High Noon first post. The remaining five Sunday matinees through the end of the season are post time TBA. Frank Drucker

ANDERSON, Ind. - Stay Hungry charged off the final turn to overtake Western Passage and then held off Shnitzledosomethin by a neck to win Saturday night's $600,000 Breeders Crown for harness racing 2-year-old male pacers in 1:50.4 at Hoosier Park. Closing Statement was third. Shnitzledosomethin, Karpathian Kid and Western Pleasure all spent time in front during the first three-quarters of the race, with the quarter in :26.1, half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.3. Stay Hungry was sixth up the backstretch and three wide coming off the final turn. Doug McNair guided Stay Hungry to victory and earned his first Breeders Crown win. It was the third trophy for trainer Tony Alagna. "It worked out but I moved him pretty early down the backstretch," said McNair. "This track with the long stretch, it worked out pretty good. This colt, I moved him, and he knew what to do and he raced awesome. It's exciting. I think I've driven in five or six of these Breeders Crowns and never won, so it's a big thrill for me." Stay Hungry has won six of eight races and earned $437,964 for owners Brad Grant and Irwin Samelman. It was the first Breeders Crown win for both. "At the head of the lane I was a little worried having to go three wide," said Grant. "But he's showed up every race for us this year. Dougie gave us a great drive. "We were confident. Tony and I talk a lot and we were very confident with the colt and believed he deserved to be here and could get it done and he did. It's rewarding. My dad won this with Bettor's Delight and to win it tonight means a lot." Stay Hungry is a son of Somebeachsomewhere out of the mare My Little Dragon, who was a three-time Breeders Crown champion. The colt was bred by AV & Son Bloodstock. Sent off at odds of 9-2, Stay Hungry paid $11.00 to win. Favorite Lost In Time was sixth-placed-fifth because of interference. By Ken Weingartner, for Breeders Crown

Lexington, KY - On a warm late-summer evening in the Bluegrass, The Red Mile hosted the annual Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) Super Night on Sunday, Sept. 17, with $1.7 million in purses awarded in the eight harness racing finals for 2 and 3 year olds of both gaits and sexes. Under new conditions this year that resulted in each of the four 2-year-old finals having a purse of $250,000, while the 3 year olds raced for $175,000 in each of those four divisions. Trainer Tony Alagna, racing in the KYSS program for the first time as a direct result of the new conditions that allowed eligibility to progeny of mares who resided at least six months in the Commonwealth, sent out seven in the finals and had a pair of winners in the 2-year-old colt pacer Key Advisor and the 2-year-old filly pacer Band Stand. Both winners were driven by Joe Bongiorno. Key Advisor held game down the stretch to hold off favorite Grand Teton and driver Mark MacDonald and win by 2 1/2 lengths in 1:51.1. Trajectory and Yannick Gingras finished third. Key Advisor was one of six newly-crowned KYSS champions who were purchased at the 2016 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale; the other two are homebreds. A son of Somebeachsomewhere, Key Advisor was a $200,000 purchase by Brittany Farms and Key Advisor Racing from breeder Courant Ab. His KYSS final win was his third straight and a career best, increasing his earnings to $164,350. Presenting the trophy to the winning connections was Kelly Knight Craft, who was recently confirmed as the U.S. ambassador to Canada. Band Stand completed a sweep of the three KYSS preliminaries and final with a 1:52.4 effort. Bongiorno rallied the daughter of A Rocknroll Dance from fifth early, moving third-over and then three wide in the final turn to win by a half-length over Let's Fall In Love and Gingras, with Dance Blue and MacDonald third. Now a perfect five-for-five in her brief career, Band Stand is a $40,000 yearling purchase by Brad Grant from breeders Steve Stewart and John Carver. The freshman filly now has earnings of $171,550. Top Expectations sprung a 10-1 upset in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly trotters. Driven by Marcus Miller, Top Expectations closed late in a 1:54.1 mile to edge Lily Stride and Jeff Gregory by a neck, with Zoe Bi and Aaron Merriman third. Top Expectations had won once in the KYSS preliminaries and needed all she had to best Lily Stride, who was a winner earlier this year on the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes circuit but was able to race in Kentucky as a result of the new dual eligibility conditions. The daughter of Cantab Hall was a $120,000 yearling purchase from breeder Dunroven Stud by Quebec-based owner Daniel Plouffe, best known as owner of Triple Crown champion Blissful Hall. Trained by Erv Miller, Top Expectations won for the second time in eight starts while increasing his earnings to $168,378. Hat Trick Habit, directed by the sport's all-time winningest driver Dave Palone, captured the KYSS final for freshman male trotters. The son of Donato Hanover held off Wolfgang and Jimmy Takter for his second win in four starts. Dawson Springs and Bongiorno finished third. Bred by Frederika Caldwell, Hat Trick Habit is a $65,000 yearling purchase of Fred Monteleone Stable. Frank Antonacci is the trainer. In The Dark was the only 2016 KYSS champion to successfully defend the title when she scored a 1:51.2 victory in the $175,000 final for 3-year-old filly pacers. Trace Tetrick was in the sulky behind In The Dark as she bested runner-up Al-Mar-Got A Fever by a half length, with Straightontherocks and Merriman third. Bred by Stewart and Rick Rader, In The Dark was a $8,000 yearling purchase by Jim Avritt Jr. The Jack Gray Jr.-trained daughter of Cambest won for the fifth time in seven starts this year, with her prior scores coming on the Kentucky fair circuit. Sunday's KYSS final win increased her career earnigs to $199,825. Tetric and Gray made a second trip to the winner's circle with the 3-year-old colt pacer Beer Dad, who led wire to wire in 1:55.3. Defending KYSS champ Starlight AS and Elliott Deaton finished 1 3/4 lengths behind in second, with He's On A Mission and Tim Tetrick third. A homebred of longtime Kentucky-based breeder-owner Dr. James Sautter, Beer Dad is a son of Tequila Spur. The win was his second in eight starts this year after going unraced last year at two. Beer Dad's earnings now stand at $91,000. Cassandra AS led from start to finish in the final for 3-year-old filly trotters. Tyler Smith was in the sulky as Cassandra AS bested Sadie's Trouble and Tim Tetrick by 1 3/4 lengths, with the winner's stablemater Almondy AS third for Deaton. Defending KYSS champ Sheas Victory made a break early and was never in contention. Anette Lorentzon trains Cassandra As, an ACL Stuteri Ab-bred daughter of Allstar Hall, who was second by a head to Sheas Victory in last year's KYSS final. Sunday's win was her second in four starts this year, bringing her career earnings to $145,150. The Super Night program actually kicked off with a bang whgen the 3-year-old male pace went to Mt. Sterling Mafia, a son of Cambest owned in part by Red Mile announcer and Kentucky Harness Horsemen's Association executive director Gabe Prewitt. Driven by Corey Callahan, Mt. Sterling Mafia wore down odds-on favorite and defending champ V Power and driver Palone in deep stretch to score in 1:51.1. Best Trick Hanover and Bongiorno finished third. Prewitt, in partnershp with James McLaughlin and trainer Kevin Thomas, purchased Mt. Sterling Mafia as a yearling for $35,000 from breeder Walnut Hall Ltd. Winless last year in six starts, Mt. Sterling Mafia now has four wins in 10 starts this year. His career-best effort on Sunday night increased his earnings to $152,870. The Kentucky Super Night card wraps up the early portion of the 2017 meet at The Red Mile. After a 10-day hiatus, racing returns to the historic racetrack in Lexington on Thursday, Sept. 28, the first of eight cards of the traditional Grand Circuit stand. (KYSS). From the Kentucky Sire Stakes

Campbellville, September 2 - Stay Hungry, with Doug McNair at the controls for harness racing trainer Tony Alagna, maintained his healthy appetite for winning with a romping score in Saturday's first $97,880 Champlain Stakes division for freshman pacers, at Mohawk Racetrack. The Somebeachsomewhere-My Little Dragon colt, a $150,000 Lexington Select purchase for owner Brad Grant, was an impressive winner on debut last week and passed a serious class test on Saturday with a first-up score in 1:52.1. Evening Play made the early pace through splits of :13.1 and :27.3 with Trump That, Odds On Lauderdale and Stay Hungry chasing. Odds On Lauderdale (Scott Zeron) swept to the front to mark the half in :56.3 as Stay Hungry waited patiently for McNair to push the button on the first-up trip. Stay Hungry, once asked, paced menacingly to the wire with Im A Big Deal and Phil The Thrill followed his cover, while Odds On Lauderdale faded after setting the pace. McNair and Stay Hungry gobbled up ground with ease down the lane and were never threatened for an impressive first stakes score. Trump That edged Torrin Hanover for place. Stay Hungry, the third foal of three-time Breeders Crown winner My Little Dragon, has lived up to all expectations thus far including winning both qualifying efforts. "They've been high on this horse all winter long," said McNair. "I trained him a few times before I qualified him and he showed tonight that he's a pretty serious horse." Could a shot at the Metro Pace be next for Stay Hungry? "I hope so. He beat some pretty nice colts tonight so he'll move forward," said McNair. Stay Hungry paid $3.80 to win. Stay Hungry Dragon Time was full of pace down the lane drawing clear to a comfortable score in the second division of the $96,880 Champlain. The Menary stable student followed Hudson Phil through comfortable splits of :13.4 and :28.2 from a patient steer by Yannick Gingras. Simple Kinda Man (Trevor Henry) made a first-up move with Courtly Choice and Babes Dig Me following his cover, but a determined Dragon Time was game down the lane finding his best pace late to easily overtake Hudson Phil for the win. The victory, which came just two races after Menary won the Canadian Pacing Derby with Sintra, didn't come as a surprise to Menary. "I knew from the get go he was going to improve. He's a Bettors Delight out of a Dragon Again mare. He has a lot of pedigree but sometimes that breed takes a little longer to come," said Menary. Dragon Time finished fourth last time out in the Nassagaweya after holding the lead briefly at the top of the lane. "Last week, first up was not his ideal trip and he raced really tough," said Menary. "This week he had some cover and he dug all the way to the wire. Yannick gave him a really good trip." Dragon Time, who stopped the clock in 1:52, paid $9.40 to win. Dragon Time Keith McCalmont - WEG Communications

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