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Paphos looks to keep streak alive at Summerside

Summerside PE - After six consecutive days of power packed racing last week, the horses are set to return to Red Shores' Summerside Wednesday night. The 12-dash card gets underway at 7 p.m. Paphos has drawn post 4 for owner-trainer Donald Milligan of Tyne Vally. The 11-year-old Astreos - Lucky Bobbi D gelding heads into the feature race with a three race win streak on the line. Terry Gallant will drive. Lucky Encounter has drawn post 1 and will look to play spoiler for owner Jeff Ferrish. He has been listed as the morning line favourite at 5-2, for trainer Dale Sobey and driver Walter Cheverie. He was a bang up second place finisher on Governor's Plate night in 1:55.4. Keystone Nobility, owned by Kent Livingston, will look to keep her own streak alive in Race 11. The daughter of Western Hanover has only missed one top three finish during the 2014 campaign. She will score from the outside post 8. Fresh off a second place finish in the Lobsterfest Open mares final, trainer Alan Taylor will call on Corey MacPherson to do the driving. Tyber Champ ( Post 2 ), Windemere Eric (Post 3), Ultimate Faith ( Post 5 ), All Out ( Post 6 ) and Lisfinny ( Post 7 ) round out the field. Marc Campbell, Summerside's leading driver with 32 wins this season, is in action Wednesday night. Campbell won the Basil Whelan Memorial trophy for having the most wins during Governor's Plate week, last week. He has nine drives on the program. Three veteran pacers will square off in Race 10. Nine-year-old Flaming Prince has drawn the rail for owners Thane Mann and Justin Campbell. The free legged pacer will get his regular pilot, Gallant, back in the sulky after winning in 1:56.4 for National Driving Championship finalist Ryan Ellis. Incredible Mike comes into Race 10 with back-to-back victories for owner Judy Macleod. Cheverie is back in the bike Wednesday after stoping the clock in 1:57.3 in his last start. The age-less wonder Blu Meadow Willie has drawn the dreaded post 8 for owners Bob and Brenda MacInnis. The 10-year-old son of Drop Off rocked the Summerside oval last Friday when he won in 1:55.3, a new career best. Bob MacInnis will drive. For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores

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Pierce Hanover takes opening leg of Dream Maker

CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Pierce Hanover delivered a big last quarter kick to take an action packed first leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine battled in the $12,000 first leg of the Dream Maker for freshmen pacers. Pierce Hanover, a son of Cams Card Shark - Panned Out, and driver Paul Macdonell got away in fifth around the first turn with long shot Late Night hanging up a first-quarter of :27.4. On the way to the half, Amora Beach was sent after the lead from third, but was stretched out by Late Night. The public's choice, Some Power, followed Amora Beach and was forced to go three-wide for a few strides before clearing to the front at the half in :55.4. Around the final turn, Some Power turned in a :27.1 third-quarter (1:23.0) with Amora Beach following right in behind, while the rest of the field sat several lengths off from the top two. In the stretch, Amora Beach overtook Some Power for the lead, but Pierce Hanover and The Wayfaring Man, who were both more than ten lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole, made up ground with every stride. Pierce Hanover took the lead in the final steps to win by three-quarters of length in 1:52.1, the nation's fastest mile by a two-year-old this season. Amora Beach held on to share the place spot with The Wayfaring Man in a dead heat, while Some Power finished fourth. Pierce Hanover turned in a last quarter of :27.3, while The Wayfaring Man, in his debut start, posted a final-panel of :27.2. The leg one victory was the second win in a row for Pierce Hanover and his second win in three starts. Ken Sucee trains and co-owns the $38,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase with Ralph Sucee. Pierce Hanover paid $9.80 to win. The second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series goes next Monday (July 28) at Mohawk. An army of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings marched into battle Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the oval hosted six OSS Grassroots divisions. Lexus Magnum kicked things off with a 1:59.3 in his $18,000 split. James MacDonald worked out a two-hole trip for the youngster while Dream Persuasion whacked out fractions of :28.4, 1:00 and 1:29.3. Lexus Magnum angled off the rail in the lane and used a :29.2 kicker to win by a half-length margin over race favourite Mandeville. Dream Persuasion faded to finish third. Norm Dunstan of Caledon Village, Ontario bred, owns and trains the gelded son of Windsong Espoir-Lexus Hall, who was sent off at odds of 6-1. He’s banked $13,500 to date. Stormont Wizard took over command at the mid-way point of the second division, and once he cleared it was game over for the others. The colt, who proved to be the only favourite to win an OSS Grassroots division, led to the three-quarter pole of 1:30.3 and used a :29-second closing quarter to win by a neck over Great Magic in 1:59.3. Chuckalo Evan rounded out the top three finishers. Rick Zeron mapped out the winning trip for the Kevin Benn-trained son of Kadabra-Stormont Cinderella. The homebred, who is owned by Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario, has banked $13,500 in his first two starts. Hemi Seelster was collared in deep stretch in the third division, but he battled back for a 1:58.4 score for the tandem of driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax. The gelding sat second through first-half fractions of :28.2 and :59 before sprinting past the tempo-setting Benvenuti on the final turn. Hemi Seelster had the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1, but he quickly came under heavy pressure from Pilgrims Joy. That foe took over command in deep stretch, but Hemi Seelster fought gamely to reclaim the lead en route to the 1:58.4 win. Pilgrims Joy was a neck back in second, with Winning Wizard third best. John Bax trains the son of Holiday Road-Hollywood Beauty for Parkhill Stud Farm, Matt Bax, John Houston and Goin To The Show Stable. It was the second consecutive stakes score for the career winner of $18,000. He was a $19,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale. Grandprix Seelster got off to a slow start in his OSS assignment, but he finished quicker than the competition en route to posting a 2:00.2 triumph for driver Randy Waples. The son of Federal Flex dug himself a 15-length hole at the quarter pole while sitting ninth, and things weren’t much better when he was nearly 14 lengths off the lead at the mid-way point. He improved steadily, however, in the back-half of the mile and when the leaders tired he fired out a :28.4 closing panel to secure the win by three-quarters of a length over Ontheroad De Vie. Taking home the show dough was Federal. Trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge co-owns the colt with Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Goldfinger Stables of Burlington, Ontario. The youngster was collared for $8,000 from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale and he’s already racked up earnings that exceed that purchase price. Its Huw You Know pulled off a stunning upset when he rallied home in the fifth division at odds of 78-1 for trainer/driver Keith Jones. The gelding enjoyed a two-hole trip for most of the mile, and he rallied in the lane and produced the 2:00.3 decision by three-quarters of a length over fellow longshot Featured Illusion, who was 36-1. Caulfield rounded out the top three finishers in the nine-horse affair. Doug McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ontario owns the stakes winning son of Holiday Road-Lukes Elvira. The $21,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale is a sibling to the likes of Tymal Timeout (1:58.2 - $356,252), Lookit (1:59.3 - $187,033) and Tymal Recap (1:55.2 - $161,333). Pridecrest didn’t have much luck in his debut performance against OSS Gold Series foes at Georgian Downs on July 13. The shift to the Grassroots level of the OSS program clearly proved to be his cup of tea thanks to his 2:00.3 triumph for the duo of driver Roger Mayotte and trainer Susie Kerwood. The son of Angus Hall-Spilled Milk avoided a pair of breakers in the first turn before muscling his way to the lead in the backstretch. Once he cleared to the lead he strolled through middle panels of 1:00.2 and 1:31 before kicking home in :29.3 en route to the win. Runner-up Parkhill Lancelot’s late rally came up just a head short, while Jayport All Muscle came first-over and still managed to hang on for the show dough. Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, Ontario bred and owns the maiden-breaking rookie who has won $9,000 to date. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG

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Single White Sock is fastest in OSS at GRR

Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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There is a new leader in H.R.N.B. handicaping contest

There is a change atop the standings in the year-long H.R.N.B handicapping contest after week nine action.   Brad MacPherson had a strong week with $ 33.70 earned in the three selected races. He now leads the pack with a grand total of $137.60.   He now leads Rose Doyle who checks in this week with $134.30 while Kayden Buchanan leaps into the top three at $121.40.   This week's individual winner for the most winnings this past week is Kayden Buchanan who led all players with $49.40. He picks up a $ 25.00 H.P.I. prize.   Week 10 will take place this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Here are the complete standings.   Brad MacPherson 137.60 Rose Doyle 134.30 Kayden Buchanan 121.40 Adam Saunders 113.10 Jenn Ritchie 93.30 Bruce Smith 43.50 Roy Flowers 31.00 Wayne Hubbard 30.50   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB

After crossing Canada in April and May of 2014, Bike 7650 will end its fundraising goal as a part of Clinton Raceway's Family day event, Sunday August 10 from 1:30-4:00pm. The brother and sister duo from Londesboro ON, set out from Vancouver, B.C. on Sunday April 13, 2014 and made the 45 day trek across Canada, covering 7650kms in a variety of weather all in the name of Canadian Tire's Jumpstart Program. The goal was to raise one dollar for every kilometer biked, never did they imagine they would end up raising in excess of $38,000, giving kids in this area a sporting chance. The event coincides with Clinton Raceway's Family and Fan Appreciation day. There will be plenty of activities during the live race card. Will and Claire will be on site for a meet and greet and to say "Thank You" to all of those who have contributed to their success. A Jumpstart representative will say a few words of thanks, and local Canadian Tire owners will be on hand to show their appreciation as well. Piller's will be giving out free hot dogs, along with face painting, a bouncy castle, mascot race and more. Part of the day will include a Loonie Raffle for both a girls and boys bike. Tickets are just $1 each and all monies raised will be added to Bike 7650's fundraising efforts. Post time for the days live race card is 1:30pm with events wrapping up at 4:00pm. by Jessica Carnochan, for Clinton Raceway  

City Loft and the red hot driver, Denis St Pierre, go for their third straight win in the sixth race feature at the Hippodrome 3R Tuesday evening. A three-year-old gelded son of Shadow Play, City Loft was feeling his oats last time out as Pierre sent the youngster right to the front from post seven and they wired the field in a lifetime best clocking of 1:57.3. Pierre, who currently has an impressive Universal Driving Rating (UDR) or “batting average” of .450 at the Hippodrome 3R, will start with City Loft from post three. City Loft is trained by Francis Richard. Other contenders in the race are Shanghai Bem (post 7) for driver Pierre Luc Roy and F G L Rapide (post 5) for driver Francis Picard. On Tuesday’s program there are four horses making their 2014 debuts at 3R off winning qualifiers. Three of them are actually making their career debuts. Two of them are the two-year-old trotters Tia Maria Seelster in race one, post position one and the pacer, Windsong Lassie, in race three, post position three. The third is the pacer Boogie Panic, who is in race two starting from post seven. The fourth one making its 2014 is unique is Hay Hay Charlay, who has not lost a race in 378 days! He lost his 2013 debut on that day, then won on July 28, 2013 and hasn’t raced since then, and is making his comeback at 3R on Tuesday. Also of note, the trotter, Little Paco, who starts from post five in the first race, might not look like much with a second in a 2:02.1 mile in his last start, but the track trotting record at the regional track, Saint Esprit, was 2:03 at the start of the 2014 season. Now Little Paco, in his second heat of the day at Saint Esprit, carved out blazing fractions of :29.1; :59.4, and 1:30 before getting caught at the wire by Keystone Bounty. Thus he could well be a contender Tuesday at 3R. From the Quebec Jockey Club

The best two and three-year-old trotters and pacers in the Maritimes will be showcased at Truro Raceway this week as part of Atlantic Grand Circuit Week harness racing action. The Atlantic Sires Stakes-Meridian Farms two and three-year-old trotting events will be featured during Tuesday evening's card of racing. The two-year-old trotters will go in two divisions, each with a substantial purse pool of $8420. Meanwhile the three-year-old trotters will also go in two divisions each with a purse pool of $8360. Joining the trotters on Tuesday's race card will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing fillies. First race post time on Tuesday is 6:30 pm. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action will continue on Thursday evening when the two-year-old pacing colts meet for some serious competition. Two 'A' divisions, each worth over $10,000, will be highlights on the race card. Two $2500 'B' divisions will round out the card. First race post time on Thursday is 6:30 pm. On Saturday it will be the Atlantic Sires Stakes three-year-old pacing colts time to shine. This will be the fourth meeting of the colts this race season and the racing is sure to be competitive and fast. Points earned in each Atlantic Sires Stakes trot and 'A' pace event go towards securing entry to the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. For the complete Atlantic Sires Stakes race calendar, as well as current point standings, visit www.atlanticsiresstakes.ca. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association  

Not even Mother Nature's fury could keep fans from attending Georgian Downs' Family Day experience last weekend. Despite dark clouds and a few raindrops fans lined up to enjoy miniature pony racing, bouncy castles, mini golf and rides around the track with a standardbred racehorse. In fact, the sign-up list to hop in the double-seated jog cart for a tour of the oval was filled in less than a half hour. People came from all over to take part in the fun, including one family that came straight from a Blue Jays game earlier that day. "We were rushing checking the time hoping that we wouldn't miss our chance to ride behind a racehorse," said Stacey Marchand. When asked if it was worth the rush she said, "Yes! It was great, but it goes by a lot quicker than you think - probably because you don't want the ride to end." Al Whiteside, a newcomer to the track, learned of the event via a radio promotion. "I won my chance to ride with a horse on the radio and my friend's wife tried to trade me my ride for concert tickets because she loves horses that much," said Whiteside. Over forty racing fans - young and old - enjoyed the adrenaline rush of sitting behind a racehorse for the first time, and for each of them it was an experience they won't soon forget. For your chance to drive a racehorse here are events coming up at a track near you: Saturday, July 26 - Hanover Raceway (Hanover) Saturday, August 2 - Hiawatha Horse Park (Sarnia) Friday, August 8 - Grand River Raceway (Elora) Sunday, August 10 - Dresden Raceway (Dresden) Friday, August 29 - Grand River Raceway (Elora) Saturday, August 31 - Clinton Raceway (Clinton) For photos from Georgian Downs' Family Day event, visitwww.handsonhorsesprogram.ca by Stacey Reinsma, for Hands On Horses Program      

Junebugs Baby was a wire-to-wire winner in the Louis Beaton Memorial Pace at Inverness Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The race, which carried a purse of $1,500, was named in honour of standardbred owner Louis Beaton, who passed away last year. During the featured finale, favourite Junebugs Baby turned back a challenge from eventual third-place finisher Salute and paced home to win in 1:59.2. Schooner, who is owned and trained by Beaton's son Anthony, finished one and a half lengths behind in second. To view the rest of this story click here.

Say It Again Sam kept his perfect sophomore record in tact as he earned his eighth straight victory on Sunday afternoon at Truro Raceway. Competing in the Harris Home Hardware Series eliminations, Say It Again Sam and trainer/driver Jason Hughes persevered in a three-wide battle for the early lead and paced home to win by two lengths in 1:56.4. Fedora (Darren Crowe) was second and Arizona Bucks (Mark Whidden) finished back in third with equipment issues. After going winless in four Ontario starts as a two-year-old, the Well Said gelding has done nothing but win for his new East Coast connections. Owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S., Say It Again Sam began his sophomore streak climbing the class ladder in Charlottetown, P.E.I. before making his Truro debut this afternoon. To read the rest of this story click here.

Inspired Art took top honours in the Preferred Pace for the third straight week at St. John's Racing and Entertainment Centre. Inspired Art was reunited with driver Brad Forward, who was also aboard the nine-year-old Artiscape gelding for his St. John's opening day feature win two weeks ago. Inspired Art established the lead from post six and went wire-to-wire in 2:05 for a perfect three-for-three record this season. He won by four and three-quarter lengths over stablemate Go With It (Wayne Williams) while Roberto (Robert Forward Jr.) recovered from an early break in stride and advanced into third. To view the rest of the story click here.

Eliminations for the Manitoba Standardbred Sires & Breeders Association (MSSBA) Futurity and a track record performance highlighted this weekend's harness racing programs at Glenboro Fair. The $4,603 eliminations were contested on Saturday with Whats Divine, Home Matter, and Elska Min coming away with wins. Making just his third career start, three-year-old Whats Divine earned his first victory in 2:03.2, prevailing by a head over filly Broadway Pebbles after Reys N A Champ broke stride on top and caused interference. Heartland Slushie finished third. The homebred Whatayasay-Divine Design colt is owned by trainer/driver Dean Rey and Michelle Mowat. To view the rest of this story click here.

Comes Home First lived up to his name, kicking home off a pocket trip to win the $45,000 final of the Brad Gunn Stake for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs. Driven by Jim Marino, the Brandons Cowboy-Cinderella Cam colt provided owner Rick Mowles of the J J J Stables with his first stakes win since his B.C. outfit was destroyed in a devastating barn fire on June 1. To view the rest of this story click here.

JULY 20, 2014 (DRESDEN) – Nick Steward was once again the main man with the golden hands at Dresden Raceway as he knocked off four wins including the second in a row for Callmeinthemorning. Steward started the day driving Mack Baran to the winner’s circle for owners Dominic DeSantis of Windsor and Tom Jacobs of Kingsville. The 10-year-old Rambaran gelding is conditioned by Greg Price and paced in 1:59.1. Dresden’s dash leader then picked up first prize while driving Junior Pride in the third race. The four-year-old Banlands Hanover horse is owned by Betty Grove of London and trained by Larry Johnson. Junior Pride paced the mile in 1:58 flat. Steward scored the hat trick in the fifth race with Gracies Harmony. Al Steeves of London is the owner/trainer of the seven-year-old Hard Rocknroll mare. Gracies Harmony trotted the mile in 2:01 flat. Callmeinthemorning was the fourth winner of the day for Steward for her second win in a row at Dresden. The nine-year-old Western Hanover mare is owned and trained by Brittany Kennedy of Ingersoll. Callmeinthemorning paced the mile in 1:58 flat after being parked out for the first half of the mile. Just over 700 people today be $20,630.  TRACK TIDBITS…The largest payout of the day was the ninth race triactor. The 6-1-ALL combination paid $1,205.70…The fastest mile of the day was shared between Junior Pride and Callmeinthemorning…They both paced in 1:58 flat…Kesons Reign and Stimuls Spending both won their second in a row…Kilmartin Liberator made a breakthrough today, winning for the first time in two years… by Gary Patterson, for Dresden Raceway

Harness racing father and son trainer and driver teams combined to win the final two $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. Both duos won their respective events with a daughter of Mach Three, the fastest of which was Wicked Speed. With Scott Young in the sulky for trainer, co-owner and dad Bob Young, the diminutive lass went gate to wire in :30, 1:00, 1:30.2 and stopped the clock in 1:59 over Brilliant Idea and Hurricane Trina. It was the second straight win in as many lifetime starts for Wicked Speed who made her debut in an overnight at Clinton last Sunday where she won by five lengths to earn $2,000. That effort combined with today’s winnings find the filly paid for as she cost $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Select Sale for Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario and partner Marsha Sugarman of Status Stables, Ma. Young noted that the filly’s price was likely as a result of her stature. “She’s grown quite a bit since we got her and I think she’ll grow more by the time she’s three. She has a big, powerful rear end on her. She wears a fairly long hopple, 57 1/2 inches and no boots. “She’s done everything right from day one. She’s got tons of brains and likes her work,” he praised. Doug McNair was at the lines for dad Gregg in the fourth division with Mach Denali who managed to win by more than two lengths despite suffering interference just past the three-quarters when the lead filly made a break. Mach Denali was home in 2:01 over Jinglewriter and Ok Heartbeat. Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of the filly with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover and Paul Kidd from Guelph. This was the first lifetime win for the filly in three tries. Doug McNair also piloted the fastest winner on this afternoon’s card, Kastie Snoops who tripped the timer in 1:58.4. Tony O’Sullivan trains the Sportswriter filly, a half-sister to $573,000 winner Dalhousie Dave, for owner/breeder John Fielding of Toronto. The other two divisions were captured by Stonebridge Quest (Camluck) and Trevor Henry in 2:00.4 and Chase The Shadows (Shadow Play) with Ryan Holliday up in 1:59. The next Grassroots test for this group will be at Mohawk on August 11. To view the complete results from today’s card, please click Clinton Results - July 20. Ontario Sire Stakes

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Summerside PE - After six consecutive days of power packed racing last week, the horses are set to return to Red Shores' Summerside Wednesday night. The 12-dash card gets underway at 7 p.m. Paphos has drawn post 4 for owner-trainer Donald Milligan of Tyne Vally. The 11-year-old Astreos - Lucky Bobbi D gelding heads into the feature race with a three race win streak on the line. Terry Gallant will drive. Lucky Encounter has drawn post 1 and will look to play spoiler for owner Jeff Ferrish. He has been listed as the morning line favourite at 5-2, for trainer Dale Sobey and driver Walter Cheverie. He was a bang up second place finisher on Governor's Plate night in 1:55.4. Keystone Nobility, owned by Kent Livingston, will look to keep her own streak alive in Race 11. The daughter of Western Hanover has only missed one top three finish during the 2014 campaign. She will score from the outside post 8. Fresh off a second place finish in the Lobsterfest Open mares final, trainer Alan Taylor will call on Corey MacPherson to do the driving. Tyber Champ ( Post 2 ), Windemere Eric (Post 3), Ultimate Faith ( Post 5 ), All Out ( Post 6 ) and Lisfinny ( Post 7 ) round out the field. Marc Campbell, Summerside's leading driver with 32 wins this season, is in action Wednesday night. Campbell won the Basil Whelan Memorial trophy for having the most wins during Governor's Plate week, last week. He has nine drives on the program. Three veteran pacers will square off in Race 10. Nine-year-old Flaming Prince has drawn the rail for owners Thane Mann and Justin Campbell. The free legged pacer will get his regular pilot, Gallant, back in the sulky after winning in 1:56.4 for National Driving Championship finalist Ryan Ellis. Incredible Mike comes into Race 10 with back-to-back victories for owner Judy Macleod. Cheverie is back in the bike Wednesday after stoping the clock in 1:57.3 in his last start. The age-less wonder Blu Meadow Willie has drawn the dreaded post 8 for owners Bob and Brenda MacInnis. The 10-year-old son of Drop Off rocked the Summerside oval last Friday when he won in 1:55.3, a new career best. Bob MacInnis will drive. For the complete list of entries, results or live broadcast go to www.redshores.ca by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 21 - Pierce Hanover delivered a big last quarter kick to take an action packed first leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine battled in the $12,000 first leg of the Dream Maker for freshmen pacers. Pierce Hanover, a son of Cams Card Shark - Panned Out, and driver Paul Macdonell got away in fifth around the first turn with long shot Late Night hanging up a first-quarter of :27.4. On the way to the half, Amora Beach was sent after the lead from third, but was stretched out by Late Night. The public's choice, Some Power, followed Amora Beach and was forced to go three-wide for a few strides before clearing to the front at the half in :55.4. Around the final turn, Some Power turned in a :27.1 third-quarter (1:23.0) with Amora Beach following right in behind, while the rest of the field sat several lengths off from the top two. In the stretch, Amora Beach overtook Some Power for the lead, but Pierce Hanover and The Wayfaring Man, who were both more than ten lengths off the lead at the three-quarter pole, made up ground with every stride. Pierce Hanover took the lead in the final steps to win by three-quarters of length in 1:52.1, the nation's fastest mile by a two-year-old this season. Amora Beach held on to share the place spot with The Wayfaring Man in a dead heat, while Some Power finished fourth. Pierce Hanover turned in a last quarter of :27.3, while The Wayfaring Man, in his debut start, posted a final-panel of :27.2. The leg one victory was the second win in a row for Pierce Hanover and his second win in three starts. Ken Sucee trains and co-owns the $38,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale purchase with Ralph Sucee. Pierce Hanover paid $9.80 to win. The second leg of the Dream Maker Pacing Series goes next Monday (July 28) at Mohawk. An army of two-year-old trotting colts and geldings marched into battle Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, as the oval hosted six OSS Grassroots divisions. Lexus Magnum kicked things off with a 1:59.3 in his $18,000 split. James MacDonald worked out a two-hole trip for the youngster while Dream Persuasion whacked out fractions of :28.4, 1:00 and 1:29.3. Lexus Magnum angled off the rail in the lane and used a :29.2 kicker to win by a half-length margin over race favourite Mandeville. Dream Persuasion faded to finish third. Norm Dunstan of Caledon Village, Ontario bred, owns and trains the gelded son of Windsong Espoir-Lexus Hall, who was sent off at odds of 6-1. He’s banked $13,500 to date. Stormont Wizard took over command at the mid-way point of the second division, and once he cleared it was game over for the others. The colt, who proved to be the only favourite to win an OSS Grassroots division, led to the three-quarter pole of 1:30.3 and used a :29-second closing quarter to win by a neck over Great Magic in 1:59.3. Chuckalo Evan rounded out the top three finishers. Rick Zeron mapped out the winning trip for the Kevin Benn-trained son of Kadabra-Stormont Cinderella. The homebred, who is owned by Stormont Meadows of Long Sault, Ontario, has banked $13,500 in his first two starts. Hemi Seelster was collared in deep stretch in the third division, but he battled back for a 1:58.4 score for the tandem of driver Steve Byron and trainer John Bax. The gelding sat second through first-half fractions of :28.2 and :59 before sprinting past the tempo-setting Benvenuti on the final turn. Hemi Seelster had the lead at the three-quarter pole in 1:29.1, but he quickly came under heavy pressure from Pilgrims Joy. That foe took over command in deep stretch, but Hemi Seelster fought gamely to reclaim the lead en route to the 1:58.4 win. Pilgrims Joy was a neck back in second, with Winning Wizard third best. John Bax trains the son of Holiday Road-Hollywood Beauty for Parkhill Stud Farm, Matt Bax, John Houston and Goin To The Show Stable. It was the second consecutive stakes score for the career winner of $18,000. He was a $19,000 purchase from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale. Grandprix Seelster got off to a slow start in his OSS assignment, but he finished quicker than the competition en route to posting a 2:00.2 triumph for driver Randy Waples. The son of Federal Flex dug himself a 15-length hole at the quarter pole while sitting ninth, and things weren’t much better when he was nearly 14 lengths off the lead at the mid-way point. He improved steadily, however, in the back-half of the mile and when the leaders tired he fired out a :28.4 closing panel to secure the win by three-quarters of a length over Ontheroad De Vie. Taking home the show dough was Federal. Trainer Pat Hunt of Cambridge co-owns the colt with Glengate Farms of Campbellville and Goldfinger Stables of Burlington, Ontario. The youngster was collared for $8,000 from last year’s Forest City Yearling Sale and he’s already racked up earnings that exceed that purchase price. Its Huw You Know pulled off a stunning upset when he rallied home in the fifth division at odds of 78-1 for trainer/driver Keith Jones. The gelding enjoyed a two-hole trip for most of the mile, and he rallied in the lane and produced the 2:00.3 decision by three-quarters of a length over fellow longshot Featured Illusion, who was 36-1. Caulfield rounded out the top three finishers in the nine-horse affair. Doug McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ontario owns the stakes winning son of Holiday Road-Lukes Elvira. The $21,000 purchase from last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale is a sibling to the likes of Tymal Timeout (1:58.2 - $356,252), Lookit (1:59.3 - $187,033) and Tymal Recap (1:55.2 - $161,333). Pridecrest didn’t have much luck in his debut performance against OSS Gold Series foes at Georgian Downs on July 13. The shift to the Grassroots level of the OSS program clearly proved to be his cup of tea thanks to his 2:00.3 triumph for the duo of driver Roger Mayotte and trainer Susie Kerwood. The son of Angus Hall-Spilled Milk avoided a pair of breakers in the first turn before muscling his way to the lead in the backstretch. Once he cleared to the lead he strolled through middle panels of 1:00.2 and 1:31 before kicking home in :29.3 en route to the win. Runner-up Parkhill Lancelot’s late rally came up just a head short, while Jayport All Muscle came first-over and still managed to hang on for the show dough. Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, Ontario bred and owns the maiden-breaking rookie who has won $9,000 to date. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
There is a change atop the standings in the year-long H.R.N.B handicapping contest after week nine action.   Brad MacPherson had a strong week with $ 33.70 earned in the three selected races. He now leads the pack with a grand total of $137.60.   He now leads Rose Doyle who checks in this week with $134.30 while Kayden Buchanan leaps into the top three at $121.40.   This week's individual winner for the most winnings this past week is Kayden Buchanan who led all players with $49.40. He picks up a $ 25.00 H.P.I. prize.   Week 10 will take place this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Here are the complete standings.   Brad MacPherson 137.60 Rose Doyle 134.30 Kayden Buchanan 121.40 Adam Saunders 113.10 Jenn Ritchie 93.30 Bruce Smith 43.50 Roy Flowers 31.00 Wayne Hubbard 30.50   by Scott Waddell, for HRNB
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