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>He certainly knows something, as his reigning harness racing 'Trainer of the Year' in Canada honour attests. But Jeff Gillis also Knows Nothing...and he couldn't be prouder. Gearing up for the summer stakes-filled months on the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit is one of the most enjoyable times of the year for Gillis.

The conditioner hopes his three-year-old trotting colt Knows Nothing can provide a thrill ride in the coming months.

The son of Kadabra has a perfect two-for-two record in his young career with an impressive mark of 1:56.4, when he romped by seven lengths in his first lifetime start on April 5.

“We always thought a lot of him, but we had to wait on him,” Gillis said. “We had to take a chip out of him last year, so instead of getting him ready for the fall, we wanted to give him the time and get him ready for the summer.”

With a victory in the second leg of the Tie Silk Series, Gillis remains optimistic about his chances in the $50,000 final, slated for Thursday at Woodbine.

“He has progressed very well so far and is building off each effort,” he said. “We have an unfavourable post (nine) in the final, but I think he can overcome that.”

Knows Nothing was scheduled to sell as hip number 805 at the Harrisburg Yearling Sale in 2010, but was pulled out.

“We waited around for him to sell and passed on a few horses because we wanted to see him sell,” Gillis said. “On the morning of the sale, we found out he was pulled out and was on his way home to New Jersey. We immediately called the owner and we were lucky enough to buy him privately.”

Gillis is hoping Knows Something can be something special, just like a top trotter he had a few years ago, when Federal Flex ($840,643) captured the 2009 edition of the Goodtimes Trot.

“That would be pretty incredible,” he said. “It’s still early in the season, but he acts like a professional on the track. Off the track, he’s like a big, goofy teenager at home, but he makes up for it with his looks. He’s big and beautiful. That’s the best way to describe him.”

Knows Nothing, who has banked $24,000 in earnings so far, is co-owned by Gillis, along with Al Libfeld, Marvin Katz, Gerald Stay, and Mac Nichol.

Along with being eligible to the Goodtimes Trot, Knows Nothing is also eligible to the Breeders Crown, Hambletonian, Canadian Trotting Classic, Simcoe and Canadian Breeders, just to name a few.

Stablemate Windsong Ingenious (post four) will also contest the rich final.

“He will need some good fortune,” Gillis said. “He’s better than he’s shown and he’s shown some flashes of quick speed. Hopefully, we have some racing luck on Thursday.”

Gillis also provided an update on pacing sophomore Speed Again ($497,421), who is being pointed towards the $1.5 million Pepsi North America Cup, set for June 16 at Mohawk.

“He is a few weeks away,” Gillis said. “His first test will be the Somebeachsomewhere Stakes, then the ‘Cup.’ He will qualify a few times, likely, but he’s right on schedule.”

Also, on Thursday’s 11-race programme, the Swing Into Spring Trotting Series continues with a pair of second leg divisions. First race post time is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.