September 4, 2015

Mohawk Qualifying Box Closes Thursday

September 2, 2015 - Officials in the Mohawk Racetrack race office have informed Trot Insider that, due to technical difficulties, the entry box for the track’s Friday qualifying session will be left open until Thursday at 10:30 a.m

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(Standardbred Canada)

CPMA Ractopamine Clarification

September 1, 2015 - On Tuesday, September 1, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) issued a further notice to the Canadian horse racing industry in regard to ractopamine.

The notice states that the CFIA’s ‘Type A’ commercial feed facility designation is limited to the drug ractopamine and means that the feed facility does not have ractopamine on its premises. However, it is important to note that this designation does not prevent such a facility from having other drugs on its premises that may be prohibited under the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervisions Regulations.

The release also states that Type A commercial feed facilities are not the only feed facilities that do not use ractopamine. There are other feed mills that do not have this designation that may be drug free and therefore would not have ractopamine on their premises.

The release concludes by stating that it remains the responsibility of owners and trainers to ensure that the horse feed and supplements they use are free from substances that may result in a positive test under the Regulations.

The contents of the release appear below.


Ractopamine in Feedstuffs – Clarification

This is further to the notices to industry issued by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA) regarding the use of ractopamine in feedstuffs and, more specifically, theAugust 21, 2015 update respecting the Canadian Food Inspection Agency’s Canadian Ractopamine Free Certification Program and the identification of Type A commercial feed facilities.

The CPMA wishes to clarify that the CFIA’s Type A commercial feed facility designation is limited to the drug ractopamine and means that the feed facility does not have ractopamine on its premises. However, it is important to note that this designation does not prevent such a facility from having other drugs on its premises that may be prohibited under the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Betting Supervisions Regulations (the Regulations).

In addition, Type A commercial feed facilities are not the only feed facilities that do not use ractopamine. There are other feed mills that do not have this designation that may be drug free and therefore would not have ractopamine on their premises.

The CPMA does not endorse any particular type of facility and does not provide any type of guarantee with respect to any feed supplier, its products or its facilities. It remains the responsibility of owners and trainers to ensure that the horse feed and supplements they use are free from substances that may result in a positive test under the Regulations.


Related Stories

• August 27: Purina’s Comments On The CPMA Ractopamine Update
• Sharpe: Letter Regarding Ractopamine
• CPMA Update On Ractopamine

New Clenbuterol Rules Now In Effect

September 1, 2015 - The Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency has issued an important reminder to the Canadian horse racing industry that a significant change to the elimination guideline for Clenbuterol will come into effect September 1. The change states that the current elimination guideline for Clenbuterol will be increased from 72 hours to 168 hours (seven days).

The main points from the CPMA’s changes to the elimination guidelines are as follows:

  1. The current elimination guideline for the 0.40 mg oral dose given twice daily for 5 days of clenbuterol (Ventipulmin) contained in the 2011 edition of the Schedule of Drugs booklet will be increased from 72 hours to 168 hours (7 days).
  2. CPMA is temporarily removing the elimination guideline for the 0.30 mg intravenous single administration until further studies are completed.
  3. The 0.32 mg oral single administration will no longer have an elimination guideline.

To view a copy of the CPMA’s memorandum, click here.

The CPMA has announced that the changes will come into effect on September 1, 2015.

The contents of the memorandum appear below.


This memo is to inform the horse racing industry of upcoming changes to the elimination guidelines for CLENBUTEROL.

Specifically:

  1. The current elimination guideline for the 0.40 mg oral dose given twice daily for 5 days of clenbuterol (Ventipulmin) contained in the 2011 edition of the Schedule of Drugs booklet will be increased from 72 hours to 168 hours (7 days).
  2. CPMA is temporarily removing the elimination guideline for the 0.30 mg intravenous single administration until further studies are completed.
  3. The 0.32 mg oral single administration will no longer have an elimination guideline.

There are several medications that may be used as alternatives for clenbuterol. The CPMA provides elimination guideline for some of these substances in the 2011 Schedule of Drugs.

To allow ample time for the industry to adjust to the new elimination guidelines, these changes will come into effect on September 1, 2015 and will be reflected in the next version of the Schedule of Drugs booklet expected to be released later this year.

As always, the CPMA recommends that owners and trainers consult their own veterinarian for advice and guidance in the use of all drugs.


La présente vise à informer l’industrie des courses de chevaux de la modification des lignes directrices d’élimination du CLENBUTEROL.

Plus précisément :

  1. La ligne directrice d’élimination actuelle pour la dose orale de 0,40 mg de clenbuterol (Ventipulmin) donnée deux fois par jour pendant cinq jours indiqué dans l’Annexe des drogues 2011 (brochure) passera de 72 heures à 168 heures (sept jours).
  2. L’ACPM supprime temporairement la ligne directrice d’élimination pour la dose unique de 0,30 mg par intraveineuse jusqu’à ce que plus d’études soient complétées.
  3. La dose orale unique de 0,32 mg ne sera plus assortie d’une ligne directrice d’élimination.

Plusieurs médicaments peuvent être utilisés à la place du clenbuterol. L’ACPM fournit des lignes directrices d’élimination pour certaines de ces substances dans l’Annexe des drogues de 2011.

Afin que l’industrie ait le temps de s’adapter aux nouvelles directives d’élimination, les modifications susmentionnées prendront effet le 1er septembre 2015 et seront incluses dans la prochaine version de l’Annexe des drogues, qui devrait être publiée plus tard cette année.

Comme toujours, l’ACPM recommande que les propriétaires et les entraîneurs consultent leur vétérinaire pour se faire conseiller sur l’utilisation de toutes les drogues.

(CPMA)
(Standardbred Canada)

 

Woodbine Announces WEGCares Details

September 1, 2015 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group has announced the 2015 edition of ‘WEGCares,’ a celebration and recognition of the numerous Woodbine-supported community organizations and causes that contribute to the life, health, vibrancy and vitality of neighbourhoods.

Launching at the Woodbine Mile Post Position Draw on September 10, WEGCares will showcase special announcements, events and an online charity challenge. The 11-day campaign will culminate on September 20 with the annual Woodbine Turf Races, the popular fundraising event where WEG employees and their families, along with business partners, and community organizations, participate in a series of races, contested on the world-famous E.P. Taylor Turf Course, to raise money for United Way Toronto & York Region.

The goal of WEGCares is to amplify and spotlight the spirit that drives Woodbine Entertainment Group’s ‘Strong Community Partner’ program, a multi-faceted initiative that invests in organizations and programs whose mandate is in building healthy and prosperous communities, educating, engaging and empowering children and youth, protecting the welfare of racehorses, while preserving, promoting and celebrating diverse cultures and heritages, among others.

“We are extremely proud of our longstanding relationship with the people and organizations who work tirelessly and unselfishly to improve the quality of life within our communities,” said Jim Lawson, CEO, Woodbine Entertainment Group. “WEGCares embodies our commitment and support of the fantastic work being done by our coveted partners. We hope all fans and supporters join us throughout the 10 days to celebrate these wonderful causes and charities.”

As part of WEGCares celebrations, Woodbine will once again offer the popular ‘Charity Challenge’ event online at wegcares.ca. Through WEGCares Week, 17 of WEG’s cherished charitable and community partners will be profiled and spotlighted on the site. Racing fans and customers, along with charitable supporters, will have the opportunity to vote for their favourite cause. The charity that gets the most votes by September 18 will be awarded a $7,500 donation by Woodbine Entertainment Group. The cause that garners the second-most votes will receive $2,500.

Fans can take to social media for updates and to show their support by following @WEGCares, using the hashtag #WEGCares on Twitter throughout the campaign, or on Woodbine Racetrack’s Facebook page.

The Woodbine Entertainment Group has been a ‘Caring Company’ since 1997 and is a member of Imagine Canada, a national program that promotes public and corporate giving, volunteerism and support to the community.

A list of WEG’s campaign partners and charities appears below.

• Pathways to Education Rexdale (pathwaystoeducation.ca)
• Albion Neighbourhood Services (albionneighbourhoodservices.ca)
• Community MicroSkills Development Centre (microskills.ca)
• Ernestine’s Women’s Shelter (ernestines.ca)
• Rethink Breast Cancer (rethinkbreastcancer.com)
• Arts for Children & Youth (afcy.ca)
• Youth Without Shelter (yws.on.ca)
• Horizons for Youth (horizonsforyouth.org)
• Trust15 (trust15.com)
• Arts Etobicoke (artsetobicoke.com)
• Community Association for Riding for the Disabled (CARD) (card.ca)
• LongRun Thoroughbred Retirement Society (longrunretirement.com)
• Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (osas.ca)
• Racetrack Chaplaincy of Canada (racetrackchaplaincyofcanada.com)
• Standardbred Race Track Chaplaincy of Canada (srtchaplaincyofcanada.com)
• Halton Women’s Place (haltonwomensplace.com)
• Conservation Halton Foundation (conservationhalton.ca)

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(Standardbred Canada)

Grassroots Double For Darling Pupils

August 31, 2015 - St Lads Moonwalk and Continual Hanover gave trainer Jack Darling two reasons to smile Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as each colt captured an $18,000 OSS Grassroots division for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings.

With five divisions in total, St Lads Moonwalk rallied to win his split in 1:53.3 for driver Jody Jamieson. The colt, who was riding a two-race winning streak coming into the contest, rallied past four foes in the final quarter to win by 1-1/4 lengths over odds-on favourite Derecho. Third prize was earned by Print Media.

Sent off at odds of 3-1, the son of Mach Three-Warrawee Cammy improved his rookie record to 3-1-1 from six starts with the win. Jack Darling Stables Ltd of Cambridge, ON owns the winner of $32,660.

Stablemate Continual Hanover was a popular winner later on the card, and once again it was Jody Jamieson who mapped out the winning trip. He got away fourth with the Darling trainee, before going first-over around the final turn. He stormed home in :28.3 to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Only Half Bad in 1:52.2. Big Yellow rallied to grab the show dough in the $18,000 contest.

The son of Bettors Delight-Current Hanover, who is owned by Jack Darling Stables Ltd of Cambridge, ON, came through as the 1-9 favourite. He now boasts a 2-2-0 record from seven starts. He’s banked $28,200 along the way.

Bingo Ingo was an upset winner to the tune of 24-1 in his division. The gelding rode cover from second-over and then fired home in :27.3 to win by 2-3/4 lengths over Macharoni N Cheese in 1:53.1. Southwind Mayhem took home third prize.

James MacDonald engineered the victory with the Tony O’Sullivan student, who is owned by Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. The son of Camluck-Lartesienne has recorded a 2-0-2 boxscore from seven trips postward. The lion’s share of the loot lifted his earnings to $23,340.

Secrecy also capitalized on a second-over trip en route to posting a win in his $18,000 assignment. The son of Mach Three-Unsolved Mystery tipped off cover in the lane and fired home in :28.2 to win by half a length over race favourite King Of Sports in 1:53.4. Tommys Trooper came on late to finish third.

Millar Farms of Newmarket, ON owns the Eric Adams trainee who now owns a 2-1-0 record from just five trips to the track. The gelding’s $9,000 payday bumped his earnings to $21,840.

Inspiration View was an overwhelming favourite in his division, and he didn’t let down his army of backers. The son of Shadow Play-Enjoy The View, who closed as the 3-5 choice, brushed to the lead in the second quarter and cruised to an easy win by 2-3/4 lengths over Daylight Rush in 1:52.2. Rounding out the top three finishers was Gerries Sport.

Trainer Mark Harder co-owns the colt with Rick Phillips and Peter Venturini, and together the partners watched the rookie win for the fourth time in six tries. Randy Waples manufactured the winning trip for the career winner of $41,816.

To view results for Monday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

Enhanced Vet Exams Before Premier Races

August 31, 2015 - On Monday, August 31, the Ontario Racing Commission issued a Notice to the Industry stating that official veterinarians will be conducting enhanced examinations of horses entered into upcoming premier events, starting with this coming weekend’s stakes action at Mohawk Racetrack.

The notice states that trainers with entries in the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby are requested to make their horses available for a hands-on, pre-race veterinary examination a minimum of one hour before their horse’s post time. Lasix horses are required to be at the track four hours before post time, and will be examined within that timeframe.

Additionally, the ORC is asking that trainers not have any bandages or topical poultices, or liniments on the horse.

“This is an enhancement of the ORC’s existing protocol for Official Veterinarian examination prior to Standardbred racing,” Dr. Bruce Duncan, Supervisor Commission Standardbred Veterinarians, was quoted as saying in the notice. “The health and welfare of the racehorse and the safety of the participants are of paramount concern to the ORC and we believe the racing community supports these efforts.”

The contents of the notice appear below.


Enhanced Vet Examination Prior To Premier Standardbred Races At WEG

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015.

“This is an enhancement of the ORC’s existing protocol for Official Veterinarian examination prior to standardbred racing,” said Dr. Bruce Duncan, Supervisor Commission Standardbred Veterinarians. “The health and welfare of the race horse and the safety of the participants are of paramount concern to the ORC and we believe the racing community supports these efforts.” He pointed out the ORC consulted with racetrack management, its own racing officials, as well as representatives of COSA.

Trainers with entries in the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby are requested to make their horses available for this hands-on pre-race veterinary examination a minimum of one hour before their horse’s post time. Lasix horses are required to be at the track four hours before post time, and will be examined within that timeframe.

“We also ask that trainers not have any bandages or topical poultices, or liniments on the horse,” said Duncan.

Applying this enhancement to other events is under active consideration. Further information will be made available when finalized.

‘Golden’ Girls Impress At Mohawk

August 28, 2015 - Solar Sister has been unstoppable this season in the OSS, and it was more of the same when she took on five foes in the second of two Gold Series divisions Thursday evening at Mohawk Racetrack.

With three wins in as many tries against Gold Series foes this season, Solar Sisterturned a two-hole trip into an eye-catching score in 1:50.4 in her $105,000 assignment for Team McNair.

She rushed to the early lead and threw down a :26.2 opening quarter before taking a backseat to Tessa Seelster as the field moved into the backstretch. Tessa Seelster sprinted through middle panels of :54.4 and 1:23 before being challenged in deep stretch by Solar Sister. Doug McNair summoned up :27.2 closing speed from Solar Sister who edged past Tessa Seelster by a neck in the closing strides. Capela rallied to finish third.

Gregg McNair trains the homebred daughter of Mach Three-Cabrini Hanover for partners David Willmot of King City and Clay Horner of Toronto, ON. The victory was the seventh of the season in 11 tries for the career winner of $598,940.

Cast No Shadow turned her two-hole trip into a 1:51 triumph in the first division for driver Randy Waples. The daughter of Shadow Play-Hypnotize stalked race favourite Wrangler Magic through sensible fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:24.1 before going on the offensive in the lane. Cast No Shadow rolled alongside Wrangler Magic before using a :26.3 kicker to prevail by one-quarter of a length over the late-rushing Glamour Seelster. Wrangler Magic managed to hold on for the show dough.

Nick Gallucci trains the photogenic pacer for owner Millard Adams of Carlisle, OH. The victory was her eighth of the season in 15 tries, and the lion’s share of the purse bumped her bankroll to $185,784

The three-year-old pacing fillies have one more Gold Series event prior to the Super Final. The fifth – and final – leg will be hosted by Flamboro Downs on October 1.

To view results for Thursday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Thursday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(Standardbred Canada)

August 27: Purina’s comments on the CPMA Ractopamine Update

August 27, 2015 - You have received a memo regarding Ractopamine on August 21st from the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (see below), suggesting to purchase horse feed from Type A feed mills to avoid Ractopamine contamination.

We feel the information sent is misleading and is potentially putting horses at risk of being in contact with other feed medication, including ionophores (eg Rumensin). Relying on the Type A feed mill designation when purchasing horse feed creates a false sense of security, because the facility can use all other feed medications except Ractopamine.

Moreover, the CPMA press release gives a CFIA link to view the status of mills involved in the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification program. This list is far from being inclusive in terms of safe options available for horse owners. The list does not include any drug free equine production facilities like the Purina plant in Strathroy, Ontario

As you probably already know, Strathroy does not manufacture pig feed, therefore is not part of the CFIA Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Program. The Purina Strathroy feed plant is not a Type A facility. Strathroy is a drug free facility, which is a class by itself.

We would like to clarify a few key points as follows and we feel it is important that your members are aware of these:

  • In 2013 CFIA on initiative of the Canadian pork industry developed the Canadian Ractopamine-Free Pork Certification Program (a 57 page copy of the program is available upon request). This to allow continued export of Canadian pork to Russia which did not permit use of Ractopamine for the production of pork.
  • Within this pork certification program CFIA created two types of feed mill designations;
    • Type A Ractopamine-free: Feed mills that do not have Ractopamine on their premises (they either never used the drug or stopped using it)
    • Type B Ractopamine-free: Feed mills that use Ractopamine and use sequencing and flushing procedures to avoid cross-contamination of Ractopamine with feeds that should not contain this drug.
  • What does it mean for a horse owner to buy horse feed from a Type A feed mill?
    • The horse feed would be manufactured in a feed mill that does not have Ractopamine on site but the mill may be using any other feed medication, including ionophores. (eg Rumensin)
    • Simply stated, Type A feed mills can use all medications except Ractopamine. In addition, Type A facilities are permitted to source ingredients from Type A and Type B facilities. Therefore, ingredients used at a Type A feed mill could come from facilities that use Ractopamine (Type B).
  • Which type is the Purina Strathroy plant?
    • The Purina Strathroy plant is medication free, a classification far above the Type A or Type B Ractopamine-free designation. Strathroy simply has no drugs of any kind.
    • Ingredients used at Strathroy are sourced from facilities that do not use medicated feed additives in their production systems.
    • Ingredients received at Strathroy are unloaded only if the previous loads was a verified approved material.
    • Purina horse feed is shipped in bags, preventing contamination during transport.

You will find more information on our Strathroy Facility via this short video:

 


 

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Ideal Rocky Seeks Metro Knockout

August 27, 2015 - “It will be interesting to see which ones are going to step up. Time will tell. We’ll know in another week for sure. Hopefully when they push them a little harder he will have enough fight left in him to push on and be a good colt.”

The test is coming soon. John Butenschoen hopes his young student Ideal Rocky is ready to excel.

Ideal Rocky is among 23 horses preparing for Saturday’s (Aug. 29) three eliminations for the Metro Pace for two-year-old male pacers at Mohawk Racetrack. The top three finishers from each division plus a fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the $685,000 final on Sept. 5.

The Mohawk card also includes eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby for older male pacers and the Shes A Great Lady Stakes for two-year-old female pacers.

Ideal Rocky, the New Jersey Sire Stakes champion, is in the second of the three Metro eliminations. He is 6-1 on the morning line, with Corey Callahan driving for trainer Butenschoen. Brad Maxwell’s Control The Moment, undefeated in five lifetime starts, is the 7-5 choice.

Eight of the last nine editions of the Metro Pace on a fast track have been won with times faster than 1:51, with four triumphs in less than 1:50. None of this year’s 23 Metro hopefuls have been quicker than 1:51.1 so far, and only four have won with times faster than 1:52. Ideal Rocky’s mark is 1:52.4, set in a non-stakes start Aug. 7 at the Meadowlands.

“It looks like it’s a real evenly matched group of colts up there,” Butenschoen said. “A lot of these horses are pacing big last halves and quarters. We know they have speed, but when they stretch them out and get to the three-quarters in 1:21 or 1:22 we’ll see which ones get tired and which ones have fight to them. We don’t know.”

With a name like “Rocky,” he should show some fight.

“Hopefully he’ll be on the right side of the way we’re thinking than on the wrong side,” Butenschoen said, laughing.

Ideal Rocky is a son of stallion Rocknroll Hanover, who won the 2004 Metro Pace in 1:49.4, out of the mare Eternitys Delight, who won the 2006 Jugette. He was purchased for $47,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale and is owned by Bill Wiswell, Jean Goehlen, and Eugene Schick. His family also includes previous New Jersey Sire Stakes champion colt I Fought Dalaw as well as stakes-winners Emeritus Maximus, Racing Star, and Western Glory.

“We spend as much time at the farms as we can,” Butenschoen said. “We probably look at two-thirds of all the horses that are in the sale. He was on Bill’s list of pedigree and my list of conformation, so we went after him. He’s a real well-bred colt. He looked the part.

“If he had been New York-eligible or Pennsylvania-eligible, I think he would have been well over a six-figure horse. We got a discount for the New Jersey program. It’s hard to make money there. Hopefully things will get changed around; some legislation (in New Jersey) will prove fruitful. My Pennsylvania colts aren’t eligible to the Metro because they can race for enough money without having to go. But this colt has to go somewhere to get a shot at better money.”

Ideal Rocky has won three of six races and earned $82,144. He heads to his Metro Pace elimination off a third-place finish in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes on Aug. 22 at Mohawk. The Catamount Kid won the race, with Sossys King Kong finishing second.

“We made a couple little equipment changes on him after his start up there,” Butenschoen said. “He had the rail and was looking at stuff down on the inside. We kind of gave up the race a little bit last week when he wasn’t able to get out of there how we wanted to. Then coming first up into soft fractions wasn’t quite his trip.

“But it was a good race for him and a learning lesson for us. We trained him yesterday and he trained good. Hopefully with a start up there over the track he should be ready to roll. We’ll see what we’ve got.”

Below are the fields for the Metro eliminations, with drivers, trainers and morning line.

Elimination One
1. Bank Shot Hanover, Corey Callahan, Daniel Renaud, 12-1
2. Blayde Hanover, Sylvain Filion, Tony O’Sullivan, 15-1
3. Stonebridge Beach, Stephane Pouliot, Stephane Larocque, 12-1
4. Check Six, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 5-2
5. Voracity, Randy Waples, Tony Alagna, 2-1
6. American Passport, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 4-1
7. Cruise Patrol, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 6-1
8. Nvestment Bluechip, Jody Jamieson, Dave Menary, 8-1

Elimination Two
1. Carter Beach, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1
2. Highlandbeachycove, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 12-1
3. Sossys King Kong, Doug McNair, R. Nifty Norman, 8-1
4. Ideal Rocky, Corey Callahan, John Butenschoen, 6-1
5. Manny, David Miller, Howard Okusko Jr., 10-1
6. Control The Moment, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 7-5
7. Racing Hill, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1
8. Manhattan Beach, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 7-2

Elimination Three
1. Mind Trip, Brett Miller, Tony Alagna, 5-1
2. Talk Show, John Campbell, Steve Elliott, 2-1
3. Betting Line, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 3-1
4. Pretty Boy Hill, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 6-1
5. Rodeo Rock, Randy Waples, Don Swick, 12-1
6. The Catamount Kid, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 5-2
7. Real Kid, Doug McNair, Larry Ainsworth, 15-1

To view entries for Saturday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.


This story courtesy of Harness Racing Communications, a division of the U.S. Trotting Association. For more information, visit www.ustrotting.com.

Elimination Mania Hits Mohawk

August 25, 2015 – The present and future of harness racing’s pacing ranks will be on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack for the eliminations of the Canadian Pacing Derby, Metro Pace and Shes A Great Lady.

An all-star group of 18 older pacers have been split into two $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The Metro Pace for two-year-old pacing colts has attracted 23 rookies separated into three $40,000 eliminations, while 12 two-year-old pacing fillies will contest a pair of $35,000 eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes.

The Canadian Pacing Derby is Canada’s oldest harness race and annually serves as one of the premier events in the sport.

This year’s ‘Pacing Derby’ once again has attracted the finest older pacers in the sport.

The first elimination Saturday is highlighted by the red-hot State Treasurer (PP4, David Miller). The Dr. Ian Moore trainee enters his Derby elimination off back-to-back victories in the U.S. Pacing Championship and the Roll With Joe Stakes.

State Treasurer has won six of 12 starts this season and earned over $500,000 to bring his career bankroll to north of $1.4 million.

The Ron Burke trainee All Bets Off (PP7, Matt Kakaley) also enters the first elimination with plenty of confidence. The four-year-old pacer captured the Prix D’Ete last Sunday in Quebec and has hit the board in four of his last five starts. All Bets Off has banked over $400,000 this season to bring his career total to over $1.5 million.

The second elimination features the richest Standardbred of all-time Foiled Again (PP5, Yannick Gingras).

A winner of over $7.1 million, Foiled Again won the 2012 edition of the Canadian Pacing Derby and a top-five finish in this Saturday’s elimination will secure the 11-year-old his fifth appearance in the ‘Pacing Derby’ final.

The Burke trainee finished second in last year’s Derby and has finished no worse than third in his four Derby appearances.

The second split will also feature the hottest horse on the Woodbine Entertainment circuit Shamballa (PP1, Rick Zeron).

The Rick Zeron trainee has been dominating the Preferred level at Mohawk and enters his elimination on a five-race win streak. Known for his wicked closing speed, Shamballa will be making his first career Grand Circuit start.

The five-year-old gelding has eight wins in 11 starts this season for $138,000 in earnings.

Another notable in the second elimination is four-year-old JK Endofanera (PP7, Brett Miller), who will be making his first start at Mohawk since capturing the 2014 Pepsi North America Cup.

The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby final on Saturday, September 5. The eliminations have been carded as races five and seven on Saturday.

The Metro Pace has annually been the top race for two-year-old pacers and has severed as a launching pad to impressive careers for many greats.

The first elimination Saturday will feature Ontario Sires Stakes standout Voracity (PP5, Randy Waples). The son of Sportswriter is fresh off a victory in a division of the Nassagaweya Stakes and has three wins from four starts this season.

Voracity is trained by Tony Alagna, who captured last year’s Metro Pace with Artspeak. Alagna also sends out American Passport (PP6, Scott Zeron) in the first elimination and three other rookies (Highlandbeachycove, Racing Hill, Mindtrip) in the final two eliminations.

The undefeated colt Control The Moment (PP6, Randy Waples) highlights the second elimination. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment captured his Nassagaweya split last Saturday with ease to improve to five for five.

The Brad Maxwell trainee is the only undefeated rookie of the 23 entered in this year’s Metro eliminations.

The third and final Metro elimination will feature a field of seven rookies. The Catamount Kid (PP6, Jody Jamieson) will look to carry the momentum from his victory in last Saturday’s Nassagaweya into his preliminary.

The son of Well Said comes into the Metro on a two-race win streak for trainer Carl Jamieson.

Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line (PP3, Tim Tetrick), a two-time OSS Gold series winner, will look to rebound from a break in his most recent start in the final elimination. The son of Sportswriter has won three of five starts to begin his career.

The top-three finishers from each elimination and a fourth-place finisher drawn by a lot will advance to the $685,000 Metro Pace final on Saturday, September 5.

Two-year-old pacing fillies will also share the spotlight Saturday in a pair of eliminations for the Shes A Great Lady Stakes.

Thatsoveryverynice (PP5, Jody Jamieson), an Eternal Camnation division winner, will highlight the first elimination. The daughter of Vintage Master has won three of four starts for trainer and co-owner Tony Alagna.

The second split features Bob McIntosh trainee L A Delight (PP2, Randy Waples). The daughter of Bettors Delight won her division of the Eternal Camnation Saturday to extend her current win streak to six starts in a row.

The top-five finishers from each elimination will advance to the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final on Saturday, September 5.

The winners of each elimination Saturday will earn the right to select their post position for the final of their respective race.

Post time for Saturday’s star-studded 12-race card is 7:25 p.m.

The full fields for all the stakes eliminations can be found below.

PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer

Canadian Pacing Derby – Elimination 1 – Race 5
1. Ellis Park – Randy Waples – Brad Maxwell
2. Piston Broke – Tim Tetrick – Rob Fellows
3. Bettorever – Corey Callahan – Jeff Bamond, Jr.
4. State Treasurer – David Miller – Dr. Ian Moore
5. Mcwicked – David Miller – Casie Coleman
6. Captive Audience – Andrew McCarthy – Colin Johnson
7. All Bets Off – Matt Kakaley – Ron Burke
8. Luck Be Withyou – Luc Ouellette – Bill Cass
9. Bettors Edge – TBA – Ron Burke

Canadian Pacing Derby Elimination 2 – Race 7
1. Shamballa – Rick Zeron – Rick Zeron
2. Mach It So – Corey Callahan – Jeff Bamond, Jr.
3. Evenin Of Pleasure – Sylvain Filion – Richard Moreau
4. Melmerby Beach – Paul MacDonell – Paul MacDonell
5. Foiled Again – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
6. Nirvana Seelster – Sylvain Filion – Bill Budd
7. JK Endofanera – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter
8. Limelight Beach – TBA – Ron Burke
9. Clear Vision – Brett Miller – Ron Burke

Metro Pace – Elimination 1 – Race 6
1. Bank Shot Hanover – Mark MacDonald – Daniel Renaud
2. Blayde Hanover – Sylvain Filion – Tony O’Sullivan
3. Stonebridge Beach – Stephane Pouliot – Stephane Larocque
4. Check Six – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
5. Voracity – Randy Waples – Tony Alagna
6. American Passport – Scott Zeron – Tony Alagna
7. Cruise Patrol – Sylvain Filion – Jimmy Takter
8. Nvestment Bluechip – Jody Jamieson – Dave Menary

Metro Pace – Elimination 2 – Race 8
1. Carter Beach – Jody Jamieson – Carl Jamieson
2. Highlandbeachycove – Scott Zeron – Tony Alagna
3. Sossys King Kong – Doug McNair – Richard ‘Nifty’ Norman
4. Ideal Rocky – Corey Callahan – John Butenschoen
5. Manny – Corey Callahan – Howie Okusko, Jr.
6. Control The Moment – Randy Waples – Brad Maxwell
7. Racing Hill – Brett Miller – Tony Alagna
8. Manhattan Beach – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke

Metro Pace – Elimination 3 – Race 10
1. Mindtrip – Brett Miller – Tony Alagna
2. Talk Show – John Campbell – Steve Elliott
3. Betting Line – Tim Tetrick – Casie Coleman
4. Pretty Boy Hill – Yannick Gingras – Ron Burke
5. Rodeo Rock – Randy Waples – Don Swick
6. The Catamount Kid – Jody Jamieson – Carl Jamieson
7. Real Kid – Doug McNair – Larry Ainsworth

Shes A Great Lady – Elimination 1 – Race 2
1. JK Fannie – Matt Kakaley – Nancy Johansson
2. Upside Surprise – Andrew McCarthy – Tony O’Sullivan
3. Albany Girl – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter
4. Thisorthat Hanover – Tim Tetrick – James ‘Friday’ Dean
5. Thatsoveryverynice – Jody Jamieson – Tony Alagna
6. Highland Rocksolid – TBA – Marty Fine

Shes A Great Lady – Elimination 2 – Race 3
1. Ivy League – Brett Miller – Jimmy Takter
2. L A Delight – Randy Waples – Bob McIntosh
3. Show Time Hill – Andrew McCarthy – Tony Alagna
4. Three Dreams – James MacDonald – Jeff Bamond, Jr.
5. Darlinonthebeach – David Miller – Nancy Johansson
6. Blue Moon Stride – Andrew McCarthy – Mark Harder

(WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

To view entries for Saturday’s card of harness racing, click the following link: Saturday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.