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CAMPBELLVILLE, August 10 - The field may have been small, but the fight was big in Thursday's $37,200 Whenuwishuponastar Series final at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of five harness racing rookie pacing fillies clashed in the Whenuwishuponastar Series finale, with all eyes on Dr. Ian Moore trainee Jan, who was seeking a series sweep. Driven by Trevor Henry, Jan shot off the wings of the gate seeking the lead and while she would clear to the pylons quickly, she was forced to deal with pressure from Lady Grande and driver Jonathan Drury. Lady Grande was right along side the 1-5 favourite at the opening-quarter in :26.2 and would clear to command entering the backstretch. Jan was quickly removed to the lead, but had to work hard to be in control at the half in :54.3. After reaching three-quarters in 1:23.4, Jan was ready for yet another duel with Lady Grande in the lane. The two rookies would slug it out in the stretch, with Jan holding off a weaving Lady Grande by half a length in 1:51.4. Precision Hanover, Intrepid Lady and Nurse Pie Q rounded out the field. A daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven, Jan came into Thursday's final off a pair of easy victories and proved she was ready for a battle. "She had been winning very easy her last two races and I knew there was more there, but we never had to use it before," said Henry following the race. "She's a tough filly, like when they come at her she wants to fight back." Jan, who was a $35,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, now sports a record of three wins in five starts with $37,780 banked for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. Trainer Moore has a strong duo in the rookie pacing filly division, as Jan is a stablemate of Ontario sired standout Percy Bluechip. "I had three fillies this winter and they all trained together and Jan was one of them and Percy Bluechip, of course," Moore noted. "They took turns at beating each other in training miles all spring long, they were just right at it the whole time. "This filly (Jan) probably beat Percy Bluechip just as many times as Percy Bluechip beat her in training miles, so when we tipped one of the back of the other, it was all fight all the way down the stretch." Jan isn't heavily staked for her two-year-old season and Moore noted he will talk to the MacKenzie's about trying the New York Sires Stakes or looking at potential opportunities to supplement. Jan Also on Thursday, the Define The World Series for two-year-old trotters kicked off with an impressive performance in the $14,000 opening leg. Chapter Seven colt Alarm Detector established a new national season's mark of 1:56 with a 6¼ lengths victory for Henry and trainer Ben Baillargeon. A $110,000 yearling purchase at Harrisburg, Alarm Detector went coast to coast for Henry, posting fractions of :29.2, 1:00, 1:28.4, before trotting home in :27.1. Cantabernet finished second, while Hey Jock was third. Alarm Detector is now a perfect three for three with $21,000 earned for owners Tom and Elizabeth Rankin, Claude Hamel and Santo Vena. He paid $3.50 to win. Alarm Detector The second leg of the Define The World Series will take place next Thursday (August 17). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 3 - Jan and harness racing driver Trevor Henry made a :26 final-quarter look as easy as possible en route to winning Thursday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of six rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 second round of the three-week series. Rock N Roll Heaven filly Jan was made the 1/5 favourite on the heels of a 1:53.3 victory a week prior. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee lived up to the hype and got the respect you would expect for a heavy favourite. Jan was put on the lead by Henry and posted easy-fractions of :29, :58.4 and 1:27.2, before kicking home in :26 to win by a length and three-quarters in 1:53.2, which shaved a fifth off her previous mark. There was no change to the top-three finishers from a week prior, as Lady Grande and Nurse Pie Q once again finished second and third behind Jan. A $35,000 Harrisburg purchase, Jan is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. The rookie pacing filly is now two for four with $19,180 earned. Jan will be searching for a sweep of the Whenuwishuponastar Series in next Thursday's (August 10) final. Live racing continues Friday and Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 27 - The harness racing duo of Trevor Henry and Dr. Ian Moore clicked with rookie pacing filly Jan in Thursday's opening leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk Racetrack. A compact group of six two-year-old pacing fillies battled for a purse of $14,000 in the opening round of the three-week series. Rock N Roll Heaven filly Jan was used a few times during the mile, but delivered a top notch effort to break her maiden in 1:53.3. Henry pointed Jan to the lead and the Moore trainee shot to the front to post an opening-quarter of :28.1. The second-quarter saw plenty of movement, as Jan would be shuffled back to third, while Lady Grande, the 3/5 favourite, became the third-leader of the race and reached the half in :57.4. Henry didn't sit third for long and had Jan moving just before the half and back on top entering the far turn. The Moore trainee reached the three-quarter pole in 1:26 and then paced home in :27.3 to win by almost two-lengths over Lady Grande. Nurse Pie Q finished third, while Save Your Breathe was fourth. Jan came into Thursday's start off a pair of top-three finishes against older rivals to start her career. She now has $12,180 banked in three starts for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie. The daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven was a $35,000 yearling purchase at last November's Harrisburg Sale. Jan paid $4.90 to win. She was one of four winning drives for Henry on the evening. Jan The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (August 3). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 4 - Candlelight Dinner appears to be on the path to stardom after another fabulous harness racing performance in the Whenuwishuponastar Series final Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack. The Casie Coleman trained filly was clearly the horse to beat in Thursday's final after an outstanding six length victory in the opening leg. A field of eight went behind the gate for the $39,800 event with $75,759 of the $83,172 in the Win pool wagered on Candlelight Dinner. The American Ideal filly didn't appear to break a sweat, as she jogged to a five length victory in 1:52.2. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Candlelight Dinner got away fifth, before making a brush to the front at the half in :56.3. The Coleman trainee made a :27.2 third-quarter look easy, before cruising home in :28.2 for the victory. Black Jack Pat, who won the second leg, finished second, while Moment To Ponder was third. A $110,000 purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Candlelight Dinner is now three for three to start her career for owners Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stable and Howard Taylor. "Right from the get-go she has just been a sweetheart," said Coleman. "She got a little hot on me like most American Ideal's can, but we taught her out of that right away, that's why J.D.'s (Jonathan Drury) been racing her the way he is. "He's handled her really well, teaching her how to race when she is a dead favourite." Through three starts, Candlelight Dinner's smallest margin of victory is four and a half lengths. Coleman noted that the filly will be aimed towards the upcoming Grand Circuit events at Mohawk. "I have no plans to take her to New York for Sires Stakes," Coleman said. "She'll have a week off and then she is in the four stakes in a row here with the Eternal Camnation, (Shes A) Great Lady and stuff like that." Candlelight Dinner's Whenuwishuponastar victory gives Coleman two victories in the last three editions of the event, as Happy Becky captured the 2014 edition for the five-time O'Brien Award winning Trainer of the Year. Candlelight Dinner While the Whenuwishuponastar Series concluded Thursday, the Define The World Series got underway. A scratched down field of five rookie trotting colts and geldings met up for the $14,000 first leg. Tom Durand trainee Seven And Seven powered by a pair of rivals in deep stretch for a 1:57.4 victory. The son of Chapter Seven followed along closely, as Cant U Spell led the compact group through fractions of :29.4, 1:00.2 and 1:29.1 In the stretch, the favourite Awol Hanover came off the back of the leader looking to score the victory, but Seven And Seven had the most trot on the far outside and got up for trainer/driver Durand to win by a length. A $17,000 purchase at last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Seven And Seven is owned by June & Tom Durand and Allan Smith. The rookie trotting colt was making his second career start Thursday after a fourth place finish in his debut on July 14. Seven And Seven The second leg of the Define The World Series will take place next Thursday (August 11). Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - With Candlelight Dinner skipping round two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series, it was time for another rookie pacing filly to step up and visit the harness racing winner's circle Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A compact field of six two-year-old pacing fillies clashed in the $14,000 second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Black Jack Pat, who finished second in round one, was able to get up in the final strides to score her first career victory in 1:56.2. Sent off as the 4/5 favourite, Black Jack Pat and driver Jody Jamieson got away second behind Touching Thought and Paul MacDonell. The fillies would remain in the same positions for three-quarters of a mile, as MacDonell and his charge cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.4 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Black Jack Pat came to the outside to try and track down the leader. Touching Thought dug in and did her best to hold off the favourite, but Black Jack Pat was able to grind away and got by in the final strides to win by a head. Come What May also made a late bid to finish right along side the top two fillies for a third-place finish. Warrawee Star finished fourth, while Ohello Blue Chip was fifth. The final filly in the field, Southwind Gio, broke a hopple before the start and was pulled up in the first turn. A daughter of Well Said, Black Jack Pat is trained by Dave Menary for owner Dave Van Camp. The rookie pacing filly was making her third career start Thursday and now has a win and runner-up finish on her record. A $13,000 purchase at last fall's Harrisburg Sale, Black Jack Pat is the second foal out of Camluck mare Mrs Noce, who is a full-sister to Ontario Sires Stakes star Luck Of Michelle ($907,709 - 1:53.1). Candlelight Dinner, who won last week's opening leg by six lengths, is expected to compete in next week's series final. The Whenuwishuponastar Series finale is scheduled for next Thursday (August 4). Live racing continues Friday evening at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Art Major filly Candlelight Dinner turned in an impressive six-length victory in the opening leg of the Whenuwishuponastar harness racing series Thursday at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of seven rookie pacing fillies met up for the $14,000 first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar. The annual series has produced many top fillies, including last year's winner L A Delight. Casie Coleman trainee Candlelight Dinner entered the opening round off a strong 1:54.1 victory in her career debut July 5. With a strong debut to go with a pair of impressive qualifiers, the betting public made the Art Major filly 1/9. Driven by Jonathan Drury, Candlelight Dinner left from post five and was unhurried into the first turn. The Coleman trainee was parked around the opening bend, but cleared to the front with ease before three-eighths. After reaching the half in :58.3, Candlelight Dinner surrendered the lead to a blasting Touching Thought, who paced up from sixth to first. The new leader's time on the front end was short-lived, as Drury angled the heavy-favourite to the outside at the three-quarter pole in 1:27. Retaking the lead at the top of the lane, Candlelight Dinner pulled away from her rivals with ease and cruised home in :27.2 for a 1:54.2 victory. Black Jack Pat, who sat on the back of the favourite, finished second. Moment To Ponder was third, while Touching Thought dropped back to finish fourth. A Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Candlelight Dinner was purchased for $110,000 last fall. She is the eighth foal out of Jate Lobell mare Time N Again and a full-sister to millionaire pacing mare Romantic Moment. Candlelight Dinner is owned by Mac Nichol, Let It Ride Stables Inc., and Howard Taylor. She now has two wins in two starts and $14,000 in earnings. The second round of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (July 28). Live racing continues Friday night at Mohawk. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

All eyes were on the heavy 1/9 favourite L A Delight in Thursday night's final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Raceway and she did not disappoint. The Bob McIntosh trainee cruised to victory over five other rookie pacing fillies in 1:53.4 to take the $36,800 series finale. Driven by Randy Waples, L A Delight, who won the second leg of the series, made a second-quarter move to the lead to grab the front from round one winner Shes Lights Out. After posting a half of :58, L A Delight was challenged first up around the final turn by 24/1 shot Bad Lightning and the fillies dueled by the three-quarter pole in 1:26.1. In the stretch, Bad Lightning was no match for the heavy favourite, as L A Delight pulled away from her challenger and cruised home easily in :27.3 for the 4 ¼ length victory. Bad Lightning turned in a good effort to finish second, while Shes Lights Out was third. "It looked like that (a training mile), but you take them however you get them," said Al McIntosh, co-owner of L A Delight following the race. "We are very pleased with the way she's coming now and it looks like better things could be ahead." A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacing filly now has four wins from five starts this season for earnings of $70,080 L A Delight is eligible to the upcoming Eternal Camnation and Shes A Great Lady Stakes and McIntosh indicated that both are likely on the horizon for the filly along with Ontario Sires Stakes action. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight returned $2.10.   Also on Thursday night, the first round of the Define The World series was contested for two-year-old trotters. A field of eight competed in the $12,000 first leg of the three-week series event. Blenheim was sent off as the 3/5 favourite for trainer/driver Per Henriksen and the veteran conditioner sent the son of Yankee Glide to the front. The public's choice got to call the shots in the middle-half posting panels of :59 and 1:28.1. In the stretch, Brad Maxwell trainee Bucketlist Hanover and driver Randy Waples shot up the rail from fourth to overtake the lead from the heavy favourite. Stablemate Deep Impact also had plenty of trot on the far outside to set up a tight finish between the Maxwell trainees. At the wire, Bucketlist Hanover prevailed by half a length over Deep Impact for an 11/1 upset. Lean Hanover rallied for third, while Blenheim finished fourth. A son of Cantab Hall, Bucketlist Hanover was making his career debut Thursday evening and is now one for one for owners Van Camp Trotting Corp. and Maxwell. The rookie trotter was purchased for $11,000 as a yearling at last year's Harrisburg Sale. A $2 win ticket on Bucketlist Hanover returned $24.60. The second leg of the Define The World will take place next Thursday (August 13). Mark McKelvie  

Ontario Sires Stakes Gold winner L A Delight scored another impressive victory Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in second leg action of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. A field of seven rookie pacing fillies squared off in the $12,000 second round of the three-week series event. The Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight, who did not compete in round one, was made the heavy 1/5 favourite over leg one winner Shes Lights Out. The round one winner sprinted to the front for driver Paul MacDonell in Thursday's contest, while L A Delight and driver Randy Waples got away just behind in second. Shes Lights Out set fractions of :28, :57.1 and 1:26.2 with L A Delight waiting patiently in the pocket for the stretch drive. In the stretch, L A Delight powered by Shes Lights Out on the outside and cruised home under a hand drive from Waples to win by 2 ½ lengths in 1:54. Shes Lights Out battled to the wire to finish second, while Bad Lightning, who was green behind the gate and got away sixth, finished third. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is the third foal out of the talented pacing filly West Of L A and is a half-sister to the $632,000 winning gelding Somewhere In L A. L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. The rookie pacing filly now has three wins from four starts for earnings of $51,680. A $2 win ticket on L A Delight paid $2.40. The final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series will take place next Thursday (August 6). Mark McKelvie

A group of six rookie pacing fillies squared off Thursday night at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack in the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series. Shes Lights Out and driver Paul MacDonell came out on top in the field of six to win the $12,000 opening leg in 1:53.4. A daughter of Somebeachsomewhere, Shes Lights Out showed early speed to grab the lead ahead of Miss Print and posted an opening-quarter of :28.3. The top-two fillies would remain one-two through the middle-half splits of :57.1 and 1:25.2. In the stretch, Miss Print was angled to the outside to take a shot at the leader, but had to settle for second, as Shes Lights Out had plenty of pace and cruised home in :28.2 for the 2 ½ length victory. Itsallaboutthebass finished third, while Not Now They Said was fourth. Shes Lights Out is trained by Ken Sucee for owner/breeders Brian Legge and Dr. David Legge. Thursday evening's victory was a maiden-breaking score for the rookie pacer in her third career start and increases her earnings to $8,800. Shes Lights Out paid $6.70 to win. The Whenuwishuponastar Series is a three-week event for two-year-old pacing fillies. The second leg of the series will take place next Thursday (July 30). Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 7 - Happy Becky squashed her five opponents Thursday night in the final of the harness racing Whenuwishuponastar Series at Mohawk. A field of eight was scratched down to six for the $37,800 final of the three-week series for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Show Returns, the leg one winner, skipped the second leg and Happy Becky, who skipped the first leg, captured the second leg setting up a battle between the two fillies. Both fillies left hard at the start, but Yes You Can and driver Jody Jamieson outsprinted them all to carry the lead at the opening quarter in :27. In the second quarter, Jack Moiseyev quickly right lined The Show Returns from the two-hole and pushed his filly to the lead, but Chris Christoforou and Happy Becky followed from third and crossed over in front at the half-mile pole in :55.3. Around the final turn, Happy Becky posted a third-quarter of :27.4, with The Show Returns waiting In The Pocket to challenge in the final quarter. At the top of the stretch, Happy Becky quickly took off from The Show Returns and her four other rivals and sailed home to capture the Whenuwishuponastar by 6 ¼ lengths in 1:53.4. A daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris, the series victory for Happy Becky improved her record to four for four in her young career for trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down all winter like a real nice filly," said Coleman following the race. "To think she was going to be this nice was kind of hard, but I've been extremely high on her and as she races with each start she just seems to get better and better." Float On By finished second, but was placed back to sixth for going inside pylons on the final turn. With the placing, Mo Molly Blue Chip was moved into second, while Yes You Can was bumped up to third and The Show Returns was placed from fifth to fourth. A $30,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, Coleman said she immediately loved Happy Becky when looking at her before the sale. "I loved her, I liked everything about her, she was just a sweetheart and had nothing to fault on her so I brought her home." Coleman's West Wins Stable shares ownership with J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and David Miller. The Whenuwishuponastar Series victory bumps Happy Becky's career earnings to $36,900. Happy Becky Coleman confirmed that Happy Becky will now head to the Eternal Camnation Stakes next Saturday night (August 16) and then on to the Shes A Great Lady eliminations on Saturday, August 23 at Mohawk. Mark McKelvie

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 31 - Happy Becky improved to three for three capturing the second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Thursday night at Mohawk. Leg one winner The Show Returns elected to sit out the $12,000 second leg and Happy Becky, who did not race in leg one, stepped in as the 3/5 favourite and cruised to victory in 1:53. Happy Becky and driver Chris Christoforou got away fifth around the first turn, but made a powerful backside brush to the lead in the second quarter. After overtaking the lead at the half in :57.2, Happy Becky posted a :28. third-quarter, followed by an easy looking :27.3 final panel to win by a length and a half over Our Hot Majorette. Float On By finished just ahead of Macarena Mama in a show photograph, but eight lengths back of the winner. Happy Becky remains undefeated at three for three with the leg two victory and dropped more than a second off her previous career best for trainer Casie Coleman. The daughter of Cams Card Shark - Happy Doris now has earnings of $18,000 for owners West Win Stables, J Robert Darrow, Ron Broadstone and David Miller. Happy Becky paid $3.50. Leg one winner The Show Returns is expected to return for next week's final setting up a potential showdown between the two winners. The final of the Whenuwishuponastar Series goes next Thursday night (August 7) at Mohawk for a purse of $37,800. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG 

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 24 - The Show Returns, a full sister to world champion Put On A Show, captured the first leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Only one $12,000 division was needed for leg one of the three-week series for two-year-old pacing fillies. The Show Returns and driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth and make a second-quarter brush to the lead through a sensible half of :58.4. After leading the field past the three-quarter pole, Moiseyev turned up the tempo with The Show Returns for a final quarter of :27 to win by a length over Sheeztoughenough in 1:55.1. Aintsheasweetie and Yes You Can finished third and fourth respectively. The leg one victory was a maiden breaking score for The Show Returns in her third start of her young career. A daughter of Rocknroll Hanover - Stienams Place, The Show Returns is trained by Chris Ryder for owners Richard and Joanne Young. The same connections campaigned world champion Put On A Show ($2,459,903 - 1:47.3), a full-sister to The Show Returns, and I Luv The Nitelife ($1,946,011 - 1:48.4), last year's three-year-old pacing filly of the year. The Show Returns was $180,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and in three starts has earned just over $17,000. She paid $4.30 to win. Leg two of the Whenuwishuponastar Series goes next Thursday (July 31) at Mohawk, with the final scheduled to take place on Thursday, August 7. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG  

Parlee Beach distinguished herself as one of North America's top rookie pacing fillies as she lowered the stakes record to 1:50.4 in the $50,000 Whenuwishuponastar harness racing final on Thursday evening (August 2) at Mohawk.

The Whenuwishuponastar Series, which features harness racing rookie filly pacers, can also be referred to as the 'Robert McIntosh Series.'

Favourites Love Canal and L Dees Lioness emerged victorious in a pair of $30,000 second-round harness racing divisions of the Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series for 2-year-old fillies on Monday night at Mohawk (July 23).

The Summertime Pacing Series and Whenuwishuponastar Pacing Series kicked off on Thursday evening (July 19) at Ontario's harness racing track at Mohawk.

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