July 4, 2015

Celebrate Canada’s Best

June 30, 2015 - Have you ever wanted to ask Bill O’Donnell about winning the richest race in harness racing, find out from Dr. Glen Brown what it was like to be the owner of Fan Hanover, or ask caretaker Sarah Scott about her special bond with Rocknroll Hanover? Here’s your chance!

The Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame and I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will host a special meet and greet with these Hall of Famers and more on Saturday, July 18 at Mohawk Racetrack from 6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

See and learn more about memorabilia displays like the Armstrong Bros. Trophy Showcase, the Somebeachsomewhere display, the Dr. Glen Brown showcase, a display case honouring Admirals Express and a cherished collection of items from Rocknroll Hanover’s career.

There will also be a Silent Auction of harness racing memorabilia and a raffle to win a framed, limited edition Somebeachsomewhere print by Canadian equine artist Linda Shantz, all to benefit the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame.

Watch for updates on Silent Auction items and the roster for the Meet and Greet!

Woodbine Donates $100K To Hospital

June 27, 2015 - The Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) has announced its support of the Milton District Hospital’s (MDH) expansion project with the donation of $100,000 to the MDH Foundation’s Our Home Our Hospital Campaign, in a special celebration with community members at Mohawk Racetrack on June 27.

WEG’s $100,000 gift to the MDH Foundation’s capital campaign will be matched by the Orlando Corporation through a matching challenge of up to $5 million.

“The MDH continues to have a significant impact and importance on the many people who depend on the hospital,” said Helen Vatistas, an executive director with MDHF. “Everyone in the area and surrounding communities is influenced by the hospital and the services it offers. Through the generosity, kindness and longtime support of organizations like WEG, we will be able to provide even more critical services to people in need.”

To recognize WEG’s support in the expansion of the Milton District Hospital, the Fracture Room, part of the hospital’s Emergency Department, will be named, ‘Woodbine Entertainment Group.’

“We are extremely proud to support both the MDH and the community in this critical expansion of the hospital,” said Jim Lawson, WEG’s chief executive officer. “Through our WEG Cares program, we are able to leverage the power of horse racing to assist and work within the communities in which we operate to create better places to live, learn and gather together.”

The Milton District Hospital expansion will add 330,000 square feet of space to the existing 125,000 square foot hospital. The project will address the needs of all with a focus on meeting the needs of those living in Milton, the fastest-growing community in Canada.

Project highlights include the expansion of emergency and surgical services, medical/surgical inpatient units, critical care, maternal newborn and diagnostic imaging and support services, overall capacity increase from 63 to 129 inpatient beds, and the addition of the hospital’s first Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) machine.

(WEG)
(Standardbred Canada)

Record Handle For N.A. Cup Night

June 23, 2015 - The 2015 Pepsi North America Cup not only set a Canadian record on the track, it was also the highlight of a record-setting evening Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack.

A handle of $4,292,777 on Saturday’s 15-race card broke the previous North America Cup card handle record of $3,820,598 set in 2005 at Woodbine. Saturday night’s wager was up 24.9 per cent over the all source wager of $3,437,076 in 2014.

A total of $681,716 was wagered on the Pepsi North America Cup race, a 43.8 per cent increase over the race handle on the 2014 edition.

On track, Mohawk Racetrack was packed from wall to wall with an attendance of approximately 12,000 people, which helped elevate the on track handle 20.6 per cent in comparison to last year’s Cup.

Wakizashi Hanover’s victory in the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup was also a Canadian record for a three-year-old pacing gelding on a seven-eighths mile track, one tick better than Michaels Power’s 1:48.1 mark.

Fans and horseplayers were entertained all evening with a fantastic card of harness racing, live music, food trucks and giveaways.

The hashtag #NACup was a top trend on social media in the Toronto area Saturday evening and was also trending across Canada.

Live harness racing continues at Mohawk every Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday all summer long. Post time each night is 7:25 p.m.

(with files from WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

‘Wakizashi’ Wins North America Cup

June 20, 2015 - Wakizashi Hanover defeated the 2-5 favourite Wiggle It Jiggleit to win the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup on Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack in Campbellville, Ont.

Wakizashi Hanover converted off a perfect pocket trip to prevail over world champion and previously undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit (Montrell Teague) in a career-best time of 1:48 flat while Betting Exchange (David Miller) finished third.

Tim Tetrick drove the Dragon Again-Western Gesture gelding for trainer Joann Looney-King and the Tri County Stable of Truro, N.S.

Leaving from post three, Wiggle It Jiggleit crossed over in front of fellow elimination winner and post two starter Wakizashi Hanover through a :25.1 stakes record tying first quarter. Meanwhile, Penji Hanover (Chris Christoforou) and the reigning divisional champion Artspeak (Scott Zeron) remained parked out after leaving from their assigned outside posts. Wiggle It Jiggleit continued to lead the field past the half in :53.3 and three-quarters in 1:21 while Artspeak fanned wide off fading cover. As the field turned for home, Wakizashi Hanover tipped out from the two-hole at the top of the stretch and wore down Wiggle It Jiggleit for the three-quarter-length victory with a :26.4 final frame.

The 1:48 clocking came within one-fifth of a second of the track and Canadian record for three-year-olds while establishing a new gelding record.

“It worked out perfect,” said Tetrick of his winning trip. “I got to follow a really good horse and the horse did the rest. My horse tipped and we got the job done. He’s a nice colt. The connections have done a great job with him. I appreciate them letting me drive the horse. He’s versatile. He’s a good horse and he’s got tons of speed.”

“Well, I feel like we’re the new Sheriff in town!” beamed an emotional Looney-King in the winner’s circle. “And you know, everybody said we weren’t good enough…it’s just overwhelming to show people that this is the good horse that we thought he was.”

Wakizashi Hanover had earned five wins and four seconds in 10 career starts competing solely in the Pennsylvania Sires Stakes program before tackling the sport’s top three-year-olds male pacers in the North America Cup eliminations and final.

Bred by Hanover Shoe Farms, Wakizashi Hanover was purchased for $23,000 at the Harrisburg sale as a yearling by his Maritimes ownership group consisting of Percy Bonnell, Scott Bowen, David Bugden, Wayne Burley, David Chabassol, and Bruce Kennedy. After working with trainer Gordon Corey in Pinehurst, North Carolina, the gelding joined Looney-King’s stable.

“As a two-year-old, we knew he was okay. We knew right from the start he was okay,” said Looney-King, who operates a stable out of Harrington, Delaware with her husband Jim King Jr. “He was lightly raced as a two-year-old and we knew when he came back as a three-year-old he was going to be good. We knew it, he was just a good horse.”

Wakizashi Hanover provided Tetrick with his second driving victory in the North America Cup over the past three years. He also won the prestigious race in 2013 with Captaintreacherous.

“When Tim came to Delaware and he came to Harrington, we became very good friends with Tim and love Tim like a son,” said Looney-King. “He is the best driver, we feel, on planet earth. He’s the best and he’s been a big, big force in this horse’s success.”

Sent postward as the 5-1 third choice on the toteboard, Wakizashi Hanover paid $13.40 to win. The complete order of finish was: Wakizashi Hanover, Wiggle It Jiggleit, Betting Exchange, the other elimination winner In The Arsenal, Artspeak, Hurrikane Ali, Arque Hanover, Yankee Bounty, Penji Hanover and Good Friday Three.

“It’s the best thing that’s ever happened in my life, bar none!” exclaimed Looney-King.

“Lots of supporters calling, sending messages in the last two days, it’s just been phenomenal,” said Kennedy. “We’re living a dream. Three of the six people are brand new owners, never owned a horse before. What a way to start a career. Now they’re hooked, I hope.

“We’ve got a great trainer in Joann Looney-King and her husband, Jim, and we have a great relationship. We’re all small time operators. I don’t know how you get Tim Tetrick as a driver, but we did. We had the package coming in.”


Click here for complete coverage of the Pepsi North America Cup undercard consisting of the $75,000 North America Cup Consolation, the $479,000 Fan Hanover Stakes for three-year-old pacing fillies, the $233,000 Goodtimes Trot for three-year-olds, the $272,000 Armbro Flight Stakes for older trotting mares, the $350,000 Roses Are Red Stakes for older pacing mares, $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup Invitational Pace, and a pair of Preferred events.

Important Links

  • Entries - Saturday’s overnight sheet
  • Results - Saturday’s racing results
  • Program Pages - past performance program page for each race, courtesy of TrackIT
  • News - all the previews and recaps leading up to Canadian harness racing’s richest prize
  • Handicapping Tips - advice and selections from WEG’s handicapping experts
  • Live Video - watch the races via live streaming online

(Standardbred Canada)

Clenbuterol Elimination Guideline Change

June 18, 2015 - On Thursday, June 18, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency issued a memorandum to provincial regulatory bodies, Canadian horse racing associations and horsepeople’s groups in regard to changes to the elimination guideline for Clenbuterol.

The contents of the memo appear below.

An official copy of the memo can be accessed by clicking here.


SUBJECT: Changes to the elimination guideline for CLENBUTEROL

This memo is to inform the horse racing industry of upcoming changes to the elimination guideline 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.

(CPMA/Standardbred Canada)

Mohawk Open For Training Wednesday

June 15, 2015 – The Mohawk race office would like to inform horsepeople that the racetrack will be open for training this Wednesday morning.

This week’s baby races will be held on Thursday and Friday morning, while the track will be closed on Saturday morning in preparation for North America Cup night.

Due to the change in the schedule, the track will be open for training this Wednesday.

Following this week, the track will return to the regular training schedule of each day except Sundays and Wednesdays.

(WEG)

(Standardbred Canada)

ORC Notice: CPMA Revises Policy

June 16, 2015 - On June 10, 2015, the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency announced that it had reviewed its document ‘CPMA Policy Paper P-006, Sample Residue Release’ and revised the policy to add greater clarity.

ORC licensees are expected to know the Rules of Racing, closely review all memos from the CPMA, and keep up to date on the Schedule of Prohibited Drugs.

CPMA Revises Policy

(ORC)

NA Cup Post Draw Complete

June 16, 2015 - The post position draw for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup took place today at Mohawk Racetrack. Ten of the top three-year-old male pacers in training are now set to take their best shot at the lucrative purse this Saturday (June 20) at the pristine Campbellville, Ont. raceway.

The field of 10 advanced to Saturday’s ‘ NA Cup’ final via their performances in last weekend’s elimination races. The top three finishers from each elimination and one fourth-place finisher gained entrance to the final. For comprehensive coverage of the elims, including race replays, charts, post-race reactions, analysis and more, click here).

The Pepsi North America Cup is the centerpiece of Mohawk’s fantastic Saturday card of racing that will also feature the $479,000 final of the Fan Hanover Stakes (which will showcase three-year-old pacing fillies), the $350,000 final of the Roses Are Red (pacing mares), the $272,000 final of the Armbro Flight (trotting mares), the $233,000 final of the Goodtimes Stakes (three-year-old trotting colts), the $100,000 Mohawk Gold Cup (invitational pacers) and the $75,000 North America Cup consolation.

TSN1 will televise the Cup final on Saturday. The race will also be featured on Sirius XM satellite radio during an edition of the ‘Saturday Night at the Races’ series. First-race post time for Mohawk’s Saturday card of racing is 6:30 p.m.

The connections of the NA Cup elimination winners (In The Arsenal, Wakizashi Hanover, Wiggle It Jiggleit) earned the right to select their horse’s post positions for the final. Peter Holland, currently a centre for the Toronto Maple Leafs, served as the special guest drawmaster.

The connections of Wiggle It Jiggleit won the draw to pick first and chose Post 3. The connections of In The Arsenal then picked second and selected Post 5. The connections of Wakizashi Hanover picked third and opted for Post 2.

The open draw then followed the winners’ draw. The post positions for the Pepsi North America Cup appear below.

$1 MILLION PEPSI NORTH AMERICA CUP
(Post – Horse – Listed Driver – Morning Line)
1 – Good Friday Three – Tim Tetrick – 20-1
2 – Wakizashi Hanover – Tim Tetrick – 5-2
3 – Wiggle It Jiggleit – Montrell Teague – 8-5
4 – Betting Exchange – David Miller – 15-1
5 – In The Arsenal – Brian Sears – 7-2
6 – Yankee Bounty – Corey Callahan – 20-1
7 – Arque Hanover – 25-1
8 – Hurrikane Ali – Yannick Gingras – 24-1
9 – Penji Hanover – Chris Christoforou – 20-1
10 – Artspeak – Scott Zeron – 5-1
AE – Split The House – Randy Waples

Earlier this year, Trot Magazine assembled its annual Pepsi North America Spring Bookand pegged Artspeak as its 3-1 choice. Prior to the eliminations, some of Ontario’s best-known horsemen offered their thoughts on who could possibly win the Cup. To hear what the horsemen had to say, click here.

(Standardbred Canada)

North America Cup Predictions

June 13, 2015 –  Drivers and trainers weigh in with their Pepsi North America Cup picks in this week’s Standardbred Canada video feature heading into the eliminations.

Who do you think will win the North America Cup?

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Twenty-four horses will start in three $50,000 North America Cup eliminations Saturday (June 13) at Mohawk in search of a spot in the $1 million final the following week. The first race will head to post at 7:25 p.m.

To view the harness racing entries for Saturday at Mohawk, click the following link:Saturday Entries – Mohawk Racetrack.

To access a free program for Mohawk’s Saturday card, courtesy of TrackIT, click here.

Trot Magazine assembled its annual Pepsi North America Spring Book earlier this year. A total of 72 colts and geldings had been nominated to the NA Cup back in February and the connections of 47 of those horses made the final sustaining payment in late May. After this past weekend’s card of racing, Trot Insider compiled a list that tracked how the eligibles have raced leading up to the eliminations. To view the list, click here.

It has been announced that TSN1 will televise the Cup final on June 20 and that the marquee race will also be featured on Sirius XM satellite radio during an edition of the ‘Saturday Night at the Races’ series.

North America Cup Elims Complete

June 13, 2015 –  Three eliminations were contested on Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack to determine the starters for this year’s $1 million Pepsi North America Cup.

The top three finishers in the $50,000 eliminations as well as one fourth-place finisher drawn by lot will advance to the rich final next Saturday, June 20 at Mohawk. The connections of the elimination winners will be able to select their post positions for the final at the post draw and press conference on Tuesday, June 16. Toronto Maple Leafs’ Peter Holland will serve as the guest drawmaster for Canada’s richest harness race.

Living up to his 1-9 expectations, undefeated Wiggle It Jiggleit was a 1:49.2 wire-to-wire in the first elimination for driver Montrell Teague, with Arque Hanover (Tim Tetrick) and Yankee Bounty (Corey Callahan) chasing him home from the outer flow. Hurrikane Ali (Yannick Gingras) finished fourth and was selected as the fourth-place finisher that will advance to the final.

Wiggle It Jiggleit chased the starting car away leaving from post five and put up a :26.2 first quarter before stealing a breather to the half in :56.3. With Arque Hanover moving first over, the Clyde Francis-trained Wiggle It Jiggleit picked up the pace en route to three-quarters in 1:23.3 and opened up six lengths down the stretch with :25.4 final quarter speed.

“I took him off the gate just in case I had to take him off and there was early speed,” said Montrell Teague of his racing strategy. “I timed the gate perfectly and he strolled out of there like it was nothing.

“That’s exactly how I wanted it. I didn’t want to go another [1]:48 or anything like that. Wait til next week for that when the money’s down.”

Wiggle It Jiggleit is now undefeated in 11 career starts with $167,242 earned in purses for owner George Teague Jr., the trainer of 2006 North America Cup champion Total Truth and Wiggle It Jiggleit’s millionaire sire Mr Wiggles.

“He’s the best horse I’ve ever trained by far,” stated George Teague. “He’s very intelligent and has speed. I’ve never trained one as fast as him so that’s a big plus in this game.”

Driven by Brian Sears, In The Arsenalcontinued his perfect sophomore campaign with a 1:49.4 first over triumph in the second elimination. Penji Hanover (Chris Christoforou) was the runner-up over Good Friday Three (Tim Tetrick).

With Go Daddy Go (John Campbell) at the inside and Penji Hanover filling the pocket, the leaving Allbeef N Nobull (David Miller) found a spot in third and In The Arsenal tucked in behind him from post seven. Go Daddy Go led the field through early fractions of :26.3 and :54.4 before 4-5 favourite In The Arsenal was flushed out and applied first over pressure as they raced by three-quarters in 1:22.3. In The Arsenal eventually wore down Go Daddy Go and held on to win by half a length as Penji Hanover squeezed through for second-place over the oncoming Good Friday Three, with Revenge Shark (Scott Zeron) and Dudes The Man (Corey Callahan) coming within a length of the winner.

“He did it the hard way, he came first up, but he was a safe winner,” said trainer Kelvin Harrison after the race. “He’s coming [into the final] in good shape. It wasn’t that hard a race for him. He seems nice and fresh when he came back so hopefully we’ll be okay.”

The American Ideal colt is now four-for-four in his sophomore season after winning six of his 11 starts last year. In The Arsenal’s elimination victory matched his lifetime mark and lifted his career bankroll over the $600,000 mark for breeder White Birch Farm and co-owner In The Arsenal Racing.

“I think the biggest thing this year is he is a whole lot smarter than last year,” noted Harrison. “If you started him up last year he was hard to stop, but now he’ll race smart and he’ll measure a horse. Last year in a situation like that he would have been gone.”

Wakizashi Hanover and Tim Tetrick came storming home from sixth-place off the cover of 1-5 favourite Artspeak to win the third elimination in a career-best 1:49.2 for the Tri County Stable of Truro, N.S. Artspeak (Scott Zeron) finished second with Betting Exchange (David Miller) third over Split The House (Randy Waples), who was named the Also Eligible for the final.

While Wakizashi Hanover was stepping up from Pennsylvania Sires Stakes competition, Tetrick was confident in the Joann Looney-King trainee.

“I know Artspeak is a great horse and would be tough to beat, but I had a lot of confidence in my horse,” he said. “He’s been good all along. He’s had some tough trips that hadn’t always work out, but he’s always right there, he’s always on the ticket. He likes to finish.

“My horse was really grabbing on and Artspeak was kind of struggling there in the turn so I just let him rip and he circled him and paced to the wire really strong.”

Rock N Roll World (Sylvain Filion) established the early lead ahead of Sicily (Yannick Gingras) before a parked out Split The House took over after the :26.3 first quarter. Meanwhile, Betting Exchange was out and rolling and he cleared to command just past the :54.2 half-mile mark. Split The House was then flushed back out as Sicily began to advance, with Artspeak following and Wakizashi Hanover on his back. Betting Exchange and Split The House battled past three-quarters in 1:22.4, but Wakizashi Hanover sprinted home in :25.3 to steal the spotlight with Artspeak following one and three-quarter lengths behind to his inside.

The Dragon Again gelding has finished first or second in 10 of his 11 career starts, including all five outings this season, and now has earnings just shy of $200,000.

“I’m really happy with the horse, he’s coming into the race great,” said Tetrick. “They’re doing a great job, the connections. If he gets the right trip, I think he can go with just about anything out there.”

The field for the $1 million Pepsi North America Cup, listed in alphabetical order:

Arque Hanover
Artspeak
Betting Exchange
Good Friday Three
Hurrikane Ali
In The Arsenal
Penji Hanover
Wakizashi Hanover
Wiggle It Jiggleit
Yankee Bounty
AE: Split The House

Field Set For Fan Hanover Stakes

While Wiggle It Jiggleit kept his undefeated win streak rolling, the season-debuting 2014 Horse of the Year JK Shesalady suffered her first career loss as Sassa Hanover rallied off her cover to win the first of two $35,000 Fan Hanover eliminations.

“That’s the the trip I was looking for,” said winning driver Yannick Gingras. “You know JK Shesalady will take you where you need to go. I figured if she gets roughed up a little bit I had a chance and that’s what happened.”

The Show Returns (John Campbell) sprinted across the track to establish the lead from post eight into a :26.1 first quarter, but insider Bettor Be Steppin (Corey Callahan) was on the move early and took over command down the backstretch. As she reached the half in :55.3, Single Me (David Miller) came rushing by with 1-9 favourite JK Shesalady (Tim Tetrick) in pursuit. Single Me continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:22.1 with JK Shesalady looming first over, but Sassa Hanover stormed past those rivals down the stretch and held off the quick-closing Wrangler Magic (Sylvain Filion) by half a length to win in a career-best 1:49.4. Single Me finished two lengths back in third. JK Shesalady was fourth and Bettor Be Steppin was fifth. The top five finishers from each elimination advance to next Saturday’s final.

Ron Burke trains Sassa Hanover, who won nine of her 13 races last year and banked $485,591 for owners Burke Racing Stable, The Panhellenic Stable Corp., Weaver Bruscemi and Lawrence Karr.

Sent postward as the 6-1 second choice, the Rock N Roll Heaven filly came into Saturday’s eliminations with a victory in a New York Sire Stakes at Vernon Downs on her sophomore record and a second-place finish in the Lismore Pace at Yonkers Raceway.

“It took her a little bit of time to come back,” noted Gingras. “I trained her a week before she qualified and she was just okay and the first qualifier she was okay, but then she really woke up after that. The second qualifier she was much better, and at Vernon, [driver] Andrew McCarthey told me she was very good there. At Yonkers, it was a tough track and tough trip as well, but tonight she was perfect.”

Local filly Moonlit Dance prevailed in a photo finish in the second elimination with James MacDonald in the sulky for trainer Tony O’Sullivan and the David Goodrow Stable of Cambridge, Ont.

The first filly to get a call was 3-2 favourite Solar Sister (Doug McNair) as she sprinted off the gate from post eight with Deli Beach (John Campbell) leaving to her outside and tucking into the two-hole through a :26.2 opening quarter. Momas Got A Gun (David Miller) was parked out and pressed on to clear the early leader at the :54 half-mile mark while Happiness (Yannick Gingras) tipped out from third and advanced alongside. Happiness took over the lead and then had Deli Beach matching strides as they travelled by three-quarters in 1:22.1, but the backfield began to converge on those two down the stretch. Moonlit Dance, who had settled away eighth early on, came through at the inside to prevail by a neck in a career-best 1:50.4 over the late-closing Doctor Terror (Corey Callahan), with Better Said (Tim Tetrick) a length behind in between the top pair. Solar Sister finished fourth and Storm Point (Brian Sears) was fifth.

Moonlit Dance was the 7-1 fifth choice on the toteboard following a pair of runner-up finishes in Mohawk’s Blossom and Princess series and a New York Sire Stakes victory at Vernon Downs this season.

After the race, O’Sullivan noted that the win was a special one for the homebred Art Major filly, who was developed by the late Mark Austin.

“Mark and Julie trained her as a two-year-old and we got her as a three-year-old,” said O’Sullivan. “She’s not easy to handle as you can see on the track. They dealt with it last year and it’s an elimination, but it’s just really nice to win for them.”

The field for the $479,000 Fan Hanover Stakes:

1. Better Said
2. Moonlit Hanover
3. Sassa Hanover
4. Doctor Terror
5. JK Shesalady
6. Solar Sister
7. Wrangler Magic
8. Storm Point
9. Single Me
10. Bettor Be Steppin
AE: The Show Returns

Mares Ready To Battle In Roses Are Red Stakes

Lady Shadow and Colors A Virgin were victors in their respective $35,000 Roses Are Red Stakes eliminations for older pacing mares on Saturday night’s action-packed card of harness racing.

With Doug McNair in the bike, 8-1 shotLady Shadow won the first elimination in front-stepping fashion.

As soon as the starting gate’s wings closed, Lady Shadow brushed to the lead from the outside post seven and that is where she remained, putting up fractions of :25.4, :54 and 1:21.3 before stopping the clock in a new lifetime mark of 1:48.3. Yagonnakissmeornot (Jody Jamieson) rallied home in :25.4 from the backfield, but came up a neck short and finished second while Anndrovette (Tim Tetrick), a three-time Rose Are Red Final winner, was third off the pocket trip. Even-money favourite Weeper (Yannick Gingras) was fourth and Waasmula (Trevor Henry) finished fifth.

“She has made almost $500,000 as a two and three-year-old,” said McNair. “She has always been a nice mare and she’ll go a big trip once in a while on the front end. Tonight I was just planning on racing her from off the pace and I had seen a couple that I thought were going to leave decided they were taking off so I just let her roll and the rest is history.”

The Ron Adams trainee notched her second triumph of the season from four starts for new owners David Kryway, Carl Atley, Edwin Gold and Richard Lombardo.
The four-year-old daughter of Shadow Play is now a 13-time career winner and has earnings of $517,679.

In the second elimination, Colors A Virgin and driver Trace Tetrick finished second, but inherited the victory after first-place finisher Venus Delight (Tim Tetrick) caused interference to Katie Said (Yannick Gingras) in the stretch and was placed eighth, according to Ontario Racing Commission judges.

Krispy Apple (Corey Callahan) put up fractions of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:22.2 with Colors A Virgin applying first over pressure before 8-5 favourite Venus Delight angled out from along the pylons in the stretch to get to the wire first in 1:49. Colors A Virgin finished second at odds of 8-1 and was placed first, with her mile clocked in a career-best 1:49.2. Sandbetweenurtoes (David Miller) finished third off the pocket trip and was placed second. Table Talk (Scott Zeron) inherited third while Skippin By (Brian Sears) and Krispy Apple were bumped up to fourth and fifth, respectively.

The Brian Brown trainee notched her fourth win of the season from seven outings. The four-year-old daughter of Always A Virgin is now a 22-time career winner with earnings approaching $800,000 for owner Emerald Highlands Farm.

The $350,000 Roses Are Red Stakes will be drawn on Tuesday.

(With files from WEG)

Shamballa Repeats In Preferred

In regular racing action, Shamballa earned his second straight win in Mohawk’s weekly $34,000 Preferred Pace, closing from second over with a wicked :25.2 final kicker to equal his lifetime mark of 1:49 flat.

Spinfiniti (Yannick Gingras) took the lead from the inside post while 8-5 favourite Vegas Vacation (Brian Sears) tucked into the two-hole after getting rough-gaited leaving in the center of the track. Spinfiniti carved out the fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:23 with Thinking Out Loud (John Campbell) moving up to challenge into the final turn. Down the stretch, Vegas Vacation shot up the pylons while Shamballa closed off cover and drew one and three-quarters lengths clear for the victory. Vegas Vacation was second and Bettorever (Corey Callahan) came on for third.

Rick Zeron trains and drives the five-year-old Somebeachsomewhere gelding and also shares ownership with Tao Racing.

To view Saturday’s harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results – Mohawk Racetrack.

(With files from WEG and Standardbred Canada)