Two sets of OSS Gold Series divisions for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings went postward Tuesday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, with Muscle Up The Goal and A Little More Love striking gold for the second time this season. Muscle Up The Goal drew first blood with a front-stepping score in his $105,000 tilt. The son of Muscle Mass-Tags Goal got stole away with soft, first-half fractions of :29.3 and 1:00 before being pressured to the three-quarter pole in 1:28.2 by Alacrity. That foe leveled off in deep stretch, however, and that allowed Muscle Up The Goal to draw clear by 4-1/2 lengths in 1:57.2. Alacrity held on for the runner-up award, while Gronk rallied late to grab third. Chris Beaver trains the youngster for Synerco Ventures Inc of Toronto, Ontario. It was the colt’s second win in three tries, and the lion’s share of the purse boosted his earnings to $87,500. He was a $30,000 purchase from last year’s Harrisburg Yearling Sale. To view the rest of this story click here.
Erge Baboche and driver Stephane Brosseau were able to take advantage of a crazy three-horse speed duel early in the mile to come on later and nip 2/5 race favorite and track record hold Margarita Bi (Denis St Pierre) in winning the feature trot at Hippodrome 3R Tuesday. The ninth race feature started off with Beer Maggs (Kevin Maguire) and Bel Gazou (Martin Gingras) and Margarita Bi all vying for control of the early lead. As they race around the first turn they were three across and it looked at first that no one was going to give it up. That was nearly the case when Denis St Pierre backed off Margarita Bi and dropped her right into the two-hole spot after the opening quarter mile in :28.2. But the duel between Beer Maggs and Bel Gazou was not over yet. Those two locked horns and raced neck and neck to the half mile marker in a speedy :57.3 as Margarita Bi was content to sit the pocket trip and the newcomer in the picture was Erge Baboche and Brosseau as they came up second-over. When Bel Gazou had enough of being parked first-over and spit out the bit, Brosseau sent Erge Baboche three-wide and now they were working their way up to challenge Beer Maggs to the three-quarters in 1:27.3. The action only got tougher as once they straighten out in the stretch for the drive home, St Pierre sent Margarita Bi to the passing lane and she was able to collar and start to pass Beer Maggs only to see a very determined Erge Babouche, who still had a head of steam and trotted on by at the wire to win by a neck in 1:58.2. Margarita Bi was second with Beer Maggs third by only a half length in the photo finish. Sent off at odds of 5-1, Erge Babouche paid $12.90 to win. The seven-year-old grey gelding by Newtown is trained, owned and was bred by Eric Posson of Becancour, QC and posted his fourth win this year in ten starts. His time of 1:58.2 tied Erge Babouche’s lifetime mark. Race favorites had a rough night at 3R as only two of the ten races on the program saw the favorites come to the winner’s circle. The highest payoff of the evening came in the fourth race trot when Marie Auger drove McSween to victory at odds of 20-1 and paid $43.20 to win. From the Quebec Jockey Club
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TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 29, 2014 - Please note that with the long holiday weekend for Provincial Day this Monday, the first-race post time on Sunday, August 3, 2014 at the Hippodrome 3R has been moved to from 1:00 P.M. to 7:00 P.M. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Round two of the Dream Maker Series featured just a lone division during Tuesday evening’s 10-race card at Mohawk Racetrack, and The Wayfaring Man proved to be a cut above the other. Jack Moiseyev mapped out a second-over trip for The Wayfaring Man, and the colt punched home in :28.1 to win by a pair of lengths in 1:54.1. The Wayfaring Man got away fifth while Amora Beach and Migrate Blue Chip battled to the quarter pole in :28.4. Amora Beach worked his way to the top and sliced out middle splits of :57.2 and 1:25.2. Some Power put first-over pressure on the leader around the final turn, while The Wayfaring Man tracked that foe’s cover. Moiseyev pulled the trigger on his charge coming off the turn and he sailed past the leaders and drew away to the comfortable score. Amora Beach was next best, with third prize going to Migrate Blue Chip. To read the rest of this story click here.
It was Friday, August 19, 1960. Six starters lined up behind the starting gate for the once two dash event. Dee's Boy picked up the first dash victory in 2:06 for driver Lloyd MacAuley. Newport Frisco picked up the second dash victory in 2:06.3 but despite having the better summary (2-1), Dee's Boy and MacAuley were declared the first ever winner of the Gold Cup and Saucer. The first ever Gold Cup was contested for a purse of $2, 500, now in 2014, the 55th edition of the Sobey's Gold Cup and Saucer will race for the largest purse in the race's history $75, 000. The prestigious race isn't about the money. It's about the show. It's about the people. It's about Prince Edward Island. When the horses hit the track for post parade and they walk in front of the grandstand, the lights go dark and Kerri Wynn MacLeod sings the Island Hymn as thousands of people in attendance stand for this Island tradition. The only thing in site is the Farris Wheel from the carnival lit up in the background. The rail horse parades down the track, whether it be Eighteen, R Js Dexter. Winner's Accolade or Kilkerran Ingle, as soon as that spot light from above picks up the first horse and the sound of track announcer's voice booms over the crowd, chills instantly spill down a person's spine. During those 54 years of bone chilling action, there have not only been some great races but some memorable race calls as well. In 1968 Miramichi Post became the first Maritime-bred to ever win the Gold Cup. Ten-years later two-time winner Ventall Rainbow was the first horse to make Four appearances in the Cup and Saucer. That very same year Eric and Harry Webby of Dartmouth won a record fifth Gold Cup. In 1980, The Gold Cup trials were first introduced as well the Gold Cup and Saucer consolation debuted. Who can forget 1986 when Phil Pinkney flipped Rev Your Engine out three wide from last just past the 5/8's hooking up with fraction setter Angels Shadow past the three quarters and they battled the whole way down the lane before Rev Your Engine landed on the line a nose in front. How about 1993, When Little Black Book started to open up on the field up the back stretch, "Little Black Book is turning it on, look at her go! Little Black Book has them by four and she's looking for more," said track announcer Kevin 'Boomer' Gallant. She jogged in 1:54.1 just missing her own Canadian record for aged mares on a half mile track of 1:54 that she set in her Gold Cup trial. The record stood for 15 years. 1995, Mike MacDonald aboard Sandy Hanover converted off a three-wide move past the three quarters to become the winningest driver in Gold Cup and Saucer history with five victories. ( Ventall Rainbow twice, Pearl's Falcon, Winner's Accolade were his others). In 1993, Native Born and driver Brett Robinson moved out of the two-hole approaching three quarters, drawing away from the field winning by 12 lengths in 1:53.1 closing it out in :27 flat, setting a new Canadian record for aged stallions on a half mile track at the time. MacDonald almost had number six in 2003, Harmony P, raced in the Consolation the night before, and drew into the final after a scratch. It was a young protege of MacDonald's that nailed his on the line. Mark MacDonald had Sand Olls Dexter coming from the clouds just at wire to nail his old teacher by a nose. Sand Olls Dexter would then win it the following year in the slop giving Mark MacDonald his second of three career Cup victories. Hall-of-Famer Wally Hennessey picked up his second victory in 2005 aboard Driven To Win, establishing a new track record of 1:51.2. Long-time Island horsemen Earl Smith made history in 2008 aboard the longest shot on the board Pownal Bay Matt, leaving from post 8, Smith laid parked the entire mile before getting up in the final strides to become the oldest driver at 59 years of age to ever win the big event. That was also a special day as the Cup and Saucer was raced on Sunday afternoon due to the cancellation of the races on Saturday night. Over its 54 years of winners, The Gold Cup and Saucer has played host to many 'Boom, Just like that!" calls from track announce Vance Cameron. The island would become a buzz wondering who Mike MacDonald would have coming to the big race over the years, but over the last five years the race has grown to see trainers such as Mark Ford, Jeff Gillis and the top trainer in North America make his first trip to the Gold Cup and Saucer last year, Ron Burke. Who can forget last year's Gold Cup and Saucer. In a race full of Cameron's famous race calls, it was arguably one of his most entertaining Gold Cup's to date. As Up The Credit and Carl Jamieson parked out R Caan and Jason Ryan, Cameron voice started to electrify. "There's a brouhaha in the Cup and Saucer, opening quarter, Boom just like that! :26.2." Up The Credit and R Caan slugged it out to the half before R Caan cleared around the 5/8's turn. "Making the front now is R Caan, Up The Credit is second, WOW! :53.2," boomed Cameron. R Caan started to draw away from Up The Credit up the back stretch before the Burke Brigade of Hillbilly Hanover (Gilles Barrieau) and Escape The News (Marc Campbell) started to eat up race track. As they move three-wide past the three quarters with Escape The News the furthest one out, the track record was in clear sight. "Three quarters, amazing. 1:21.4, they got a shot at the track record, they got a shot at the Canadian record," said Cameron as every member in the crowd was now cheering for the record. As they hit the head of the lane it was a battle of the Burke Brigade. The two top drivers in the Maritimes, Campbell and Barrieau dueling it out, both with a pair of Burke horses, Escape The News paced onto the lead by the tote board. "Marc Campbell has won the Gold Cup and Saucer, Escape The News, a driving quadruple. Hillbilly Hanover is second, R Caan is third. 1:50.4, that's a new track record for the Charlottetown Driving Park, and that is, Marc Campbell's biggest lifetime win." So much history, so much class and so much excitement all build into one race. The Gold Cup and Saucer. This year, the 55th running will carry it's highest purse ever of $ 75,000. Rumours are starting to float on what trainers are coming and what horses they will be bringing. One thing that can be guaranteed, No matter who comes, the Gold Cup and Saucer will still be one of the greatest shows in North American racing. Nominations for this year's Gold Cup and Saucer are due Monday, August 4. The post position draw for the trials will be held on Tuesday, August 5, with Trial 1 scheduled to go post ward on August 9. The final for the Gold Cup and Saucer, presented by Sobeys, is held on Saturday, August 16. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
If you like stake races, Red Shores' Summerside is the place to be Wednesday night. The 15-dash card gets under way with a special 6:30 p.m. post time. A total of 13 divisions of the two-year-old Callbeck stake as well as two divisions of the P.E.I Trotting Series are scheduled to line up behind the starting gate. There will be a number of undefeated streaks on the line in the Callbeck Stakes and there is one bound to fall in the first of five two-year-old filly divisions. In Race 2, the undefeated Dusty Lane Bria has drawn post 4 for owners Kenny Wilkie and Larry Chappell. The Ameripan Gigolo - Briannas Attitude filly comes in off back-to-back 2:00 and change scores, all of which came off of the front end with Kenny Arsenault in the bike. He'll be handling the driving duties Wednesday. Woodmere Articblue is also undefeated in her young career. The Articulator - Blue Violet filly is owned by first time owners Tayna Tremblett and Stevi Jardine of Nova Scotia. Kenny Collins handles the training duties and regular pilot Clare MacDonald will be back in the bike from post 2. Danny Romo picked up the catch-driving victory in 2:00.2 in her last outing at Truro Raceway. Bossy Brilla, Casa Miasa, Swift Taylor and Sweetwater Rayne round out the field. The first of five colt divisions start in Race 3. Putnams Legacy is the morning line favourite for Gordon McCabe and Blaise Duff. Another undefeated two-year-old in action, the Cookie Dough Boy colt was a winner in his last start in 2:00.3 for trainer - driver Bernard McCallum. The first leg of the P.E.I. trotting series for aged trotters goes in Race 4. Newcomer to red soil, Mopey Corey, is the early favourite. He comes in from the Invitational ranks in Kawartha his last start, Amanda Riley owns the eight-year-old Southwind Lustre gelding, Tommy Riley does the training. Mopey Corey will unite with his name sake Corey MacPherson for the first time. Frill Seeker has drawn post 3 for trainer - driver Kenny Arsenault, the last time he toured Red Shores' Summerside, he just missed the track record by one fifth of a second. Caliban Hanover, Lyrical Lindy, Saulsbrook Balance and Zip The Lip round out the field. Race 6 is the second division of the Callbeck stakes for two-year-old trotters, Paymenowpaymelater will put her undefeated streak on the line from the rail. Owned by Wade Peconi and trained by Earl Watts, the daughter of Northern Bailey - Credibility hasn't faced a challenger yet winning both of her previous starts by five lengths. Arsenault will be in the bike. Dialamara shocked Summerside last Wednesday when he made his maiden voyage and impressive one, winning by 15 lengths in 1:59.3 closing it out with a :28.2 last quarter. The two-year-old Lis Mara colt will look to make it a repeat performance for Doug Mac Phee. Tom Weatherbie handles the training duties and Jason Hughes will drive from post 2. A pair of Proven Lover colts will look to play spoiler. J J Romeo has drawn the rail for owner Dan Ross of Belfast. Mike Stevenson recently notched his 1,500 driving victory and handles the training and driving duties on J J Romeo. Proven Desire was second in his last start out for owners Blair Hansen, John Thomas and Meghan MacDonald. Summerside's leading driver Marc Campbell handles the training and the driving. He leaves from Post 6 For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca . by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
ELORA, ON - Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 24th annual Industry Day event were contested this evening, July 28. A total of five elimination dashes were featured for two stake events: the $217,000 Battle Of Waterloo (ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) and the $138,000 Battle Of The Belles (ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies). Both stake finals will be featured during the 11-race afternoon card valued at more than $560,000 on Monday, August 4. It was a big night for local trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge, ON, who secured two hopefuls in the Battle Of The Belles, and four colts in the Battle Of Waterloo. In addition, finalists sired by her powerhouse stallion Sportswriter account for five of the nine starters in each race. At just 33, Coleman is a five-time winner of the O'Brien Award for Canadian Trainer Of The Year. She has already won many of harness racing's biggest races, but is still chasing her first victory in the Battle Of Waterloo. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Solar Seelster secured the first of two spots in the final for the race's 2013 winning trainer, Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON. The 1:58 score in the first division marked the Mach Three filly's maiden win. Doug McNair piloted the regally-bred daughter of millionaire pacer Cabrini Hanover from post seven for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. Jody Jamieson and Win The Gold closed well to finish second for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. Shes Dignified was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer Stephen Gillard and driver Stuart Sowerby. The pair won the 2011 edition of the Battle Of The Belles with another homebred, Your Beautiful. The filly's sire, Your Nemesis was the winner of the second edition of the Battle Of Waterloo in 1999. McNair secured a second spot in the Belles final with Betty And The Jets, who finished second to cand driver Chris Christoforou. Leaving from the outside post eight, the 5-1 shot powered down the stretch to finish a quarter length the best over Betty And The Jets and Sassafras Girl, trained by Murray Brethour and driven by Rick Zeron. Sportswriter daughters swept the third and final division where Sports Chic didn't disappoint as the 7-5 favourite for trainer and co-owner Blake Macintosh. A $35,000 yearling, the miss has amassed $70,000 and three wins in four starts. Jody Jamieson was aboard for the 1:57 mile - the quickest elimination clocking on an unusually chilly summer eve. Business As Usual was three lengths behind to finish in the runner-up spot with Chris Christoforou for Coleman. Capela rounded out the top three for trainer Linda Toscano and reinsman John Campbell. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Carl Jamieson is a five-time winner of the Battle Of Waterloo, including the inaugural edition in 1998. His race favourite in the first division of the Battle Of Waterloo, Sporting The Look, recorded his second win in three starts. Purchased as a yearling for $72,000, the colt was driven by three-time Battle Of Waterloo winning driver Jody Jamieson. Go Daddy Go, driven by John Campbell for Robert McIntosh was the runner-up, followed by Casie Coleman pupils Southwind Indy and Mikes Powerhouse. Fifth-place finisher Win One Soon drew into the final field during the post position draw conducted after the final elimination division. Sportskeeper and Jody Jamieson wired the field in the second division to win by two lengths for Coleman and co-owner Merlin Howse. The homebred colt is unbeaten in two career starts. Sports Bettor was the runner-up for local trainer Mark Austin of Fergus, ON. Race favourite Bob Ben And John overcame traffic troubles and an outside post to finish third for Coleman. A double-placing in the second division ultimately gave Supersonic Jet the final berth in the Battle Of Waterloo. The Jeremes Jet son is trained by Dr. Ian Moore, winning trainer of the 2009 edition of the race. The placings unfolded when Seaforth (#2) went off-stride approaching the quarter and made a brief break, but enough to interfere with Supersonic Jet (#5) which resulted in the placing of #2 behind #5. In addition, Robert Hill (#3) made a break on the first turn and caused interference to #2 and was placed behind #2. Because of the double placings, #5 who finished 6th was placed up to 5th as a result of the first placing, then to 4th as a result of the second placing. The sixth annual Battle Of The Belles and 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 4. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 28. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $217,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO Post position/Horse name/Trainer/Driver 1. Southwind Indy Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 2. Supersonic Jet Dr. Ian Moore Paul Mackenzie 3. Bob Ben And John Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 4. Sporting The Look Carl Jamieson Jody Jamieson 5. Mikes Powerhouse Casie Coleman Trevor Henry 6. Win One Soon Ken Fritsch Phil Hudon 7. Go Daddy Go Robert McIntosh John Campbell 8. Sportskeeper Casie Coleman Jody Jamieson 9. Sports Bettor Mark Austin Trevor Henry POST POSITIONS FOR THE $138,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES Post position/Horse name/Trainer/Driver 1. Business As Usual Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 2. Win The Gold Tony O'Sullivan Jody Jamieson 3. Capela Linda Toscano John Campbell 4. Betty And The Jets Gregg McNair Jody Jamieson 5. Sassafras Girl Murray Brethour Rick Zeron 6. Sports Chic Blake Macintosh Jody Jamieson 7. Southwind Mischief Casie Coleman Chris Christoforou 8. Shes Dignified Stephen Gillard Stuart Sowerby 9. Solar Seelster Gregg McNair Doug McNair Kelly Spencer
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 28 - A group of seven freshman pacers dueled Monday night at Mohawk in the $12,000 second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series. With leg one winner Pierce Hanover skipping round two, the door was left open for a new winner to pick up momentum heading into next week's $43,200 final. Besides Pierce Hanover, the colt that caught the attention of many in leg one was The Wayfaring Man, a son of Dragon Again - Armbro Wichita, who finished in a dead-heat for second in his career debut with a last half of :54.4. That strong debut had the betting public all over the Nicky Comenga trainee in leg two and he did not disappoint with a 1:54.1 victory. The Wayfaring Man, driven by Jack Moiseyev, got away fifth into the first turn and sat in that position through the opening half. As the field made their way around the final turn, Some Power was sent first up from third to challenge the leader Amora Beach. The Wayfaring Man was able to catch Some Power's cover and sat second over as the field came off the turn. In the stretch, Some Power could not get by a game Amora Beach, but Moiseyev and The Wayfaring Man capitalized off their perfect second over positioning to go by the leaders for a two length victory, with a last quarter of :28.1 into a head wind. Amora Beach dug in to hold on for second, while Migrate Seelster took the show spot ahead of Some Power who finished fourth. The leg two victory was a maiden breaking score for The Wayfaring Man in his second career start for owner Bruno Comenga. The Dragon Again son was a $62,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase and now has career earnings of just over $8,000. The Wayfaring Man paid $3.70 to win. The final for the Dream Maker Series is set for next Monday (August 4) at Mohawk. Eleven freshman pacers have competed in the first two legs of the series. All horses that have started in any leg of the Dream Maker can enter the $43,200 final. Mark McKelvie
Track record holder Margarita Bi headlines the ninth race feature trot at the Hippodrome 3R as the five-year-old mare tries for her sixth win of the year. Trained by Tiffany Staley for driver/owner Denis St Pierre, Margarita Bi loves racing at the Hippodrome 3R and has not lost at the track the entire season. The daughter of Andover Hall from the Valley Victory mare Avona Bessi, trotted the fastest mile ever by a mare on June 14 with a 1:57.2 lifetime mark. She will start from post six against eight rivals, three of them are also mares. Margarita Bi is the 5/2 morning line favorite and has won four of her last six starts. Her main competition will come from Bel Gazou in post two. The oldest competitor in the field at age 10, Bel Gazou was second in his last start despite being parked out first-over for the mile race. He has two wins this year in five starts for driver/trainer Martin Gingras, who also owns Bel Gazou. Other rivals are Beer Maggs (post 1), Erge Baboche (post 3) and Caroluzzo (post 5). From the Quebec Jockey Club
The biggest week in Maritime harness racing, Old Home Week is less than two weeks away. Ten-days of power packed action at Red Shores' Charlottetown starts on August 7, 2014. There will be 16 cards of racing over 10 days. Old Home Week will play host to many key racing events including the Atlantic Sire Stakes, P.E.I Trotting Series, Spud Island Classic for Open Mares, the Premiers Pace and one of the biggest shows in harness racing, the $75, 000 Gold Cup and Saucer on August 16, 2014. With the construction complete for the new barn structure, unlike any other Old Home Week, Red Shores' Charlottetown is able to offer a large amount of "on-site" stabling to the Maritime racing community. "The success of Old Home Week, from a bottom line revenue perspective, is significantly aided by having a robust inventory of horses for the race office to card full fields, and competitive race cards," said Tom Clark of the P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association. "In order that we are successful in this regard, we need to have the support of our neighbours around the region. Stabling has always been a challenge in years past, and this year we are in a position that with the old barns still standing we can extend an invitation for folks to come join us." Horsemen that are interested in on track stabling for Old Home Week 2014 are asked to call (902) 629 - 6636 before Monday, August 4. For Old Home Week this year the P.E.I Harness Racing Industry Association announced on May 31 2014, there will be a 10 per cent increase to all over night purses for Old Home Week. Some other Old Home Week enhancements in that announcement were purse increases for the Gold Cup and Saucer, The Premiers Pace, Spud Island Classic and the P.E.I Trotting Series. Horsemen are reminded this year, Old Home Week event passes are $20.00 for the 10-day event. Daily admission is $12.00. Week-long passes are available at Murphy's Pharmacies across P.E.I., Red Shores Racetrack and Casino Gift Shop, Eastlink Centre Box Office and the Old Home Week office. by Lee Drake, for Red Shores