Day At The Track
Captainofrocknroll, harness racing

Captainofrocknroll takes Dream Maker leg

MILTON, ON - August 3, 2020 - Captainofrocknroll cruised to a coast-to-coast harness racing victory in Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of scratches brought the field for the second round down from 11 to eight. Trainer Casie Coleman-Herlihy's students made up more than a third of the field and didn't disappoint by taking three of the top four spots. The Captaintreacherous colt Captainofrocknroll left from the centre of the gate to grab the early-lead for driver Bob McClure. The $50,000 Harrisburg graduate cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:25.4, before pacing home in :27.2 while holding off stablemate Twin B Edge by half a length for a 1:53.1 score. Island Beach Boy, who won a first leg division, finished third, while Coleman Herlihy's third starter Amazing Bet was fourth. Captainofrocknroll is now two for two at Mohawk Park and two for three overall. His only loss was runner-up finish in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division on July 22 at The Meadows. Robert Hamather is the owner-breeder of Captainofrocknroll, who is the first foal from former Mares Preferred competitor Rock N Roll Xample ($370,055). The rookie pacing colt has now earned $31,116. He paid $3.40 to win. Coleman-Herlihy appears loaded with talent for next week's $88,500 final. Her trainee Dean B Hanover skipped Monday's second leg after scoring a 1:52.1 victory in last week's opening round. The Dream Maker Series final takes place next Monday (August 10). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for two-year-old pacing fillies headlines the action. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          

Bettor Sun, harness racing

Battle of Waterloo goes to Team McNair

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on August 3 sustained bouts of heavy rain during the 10-race anniversary card which boasted purses of $669,663 with nine harness racing stake events, featuring the track’s two marquee dashes. But it was a sunny finish for the Guelph, ON father-son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair who clinched their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory.  At 8-5, Bettor Sun was the co-favourite heading into post time for the $200,964 contest for rookie Ontario-sired pacing colts.  Trained by Gregg McNair for breeder/owner Willow Oak Ranch, the Sunshine Beach colt was piloted by Doug McNair, who left from post two and took control of the field by the half-mile marker. The pair finished a length ahead of Avion Seelster (Jody Jamieson) and Cantstoplying (Jonathan Drury). A 35-1 champ in last week’s maiden-breaking effort in his elimination division, Bettor Sun’s 1:54.1 finish in that dash set a Canadian season record for two-year-old pacing colts over a half-mile oval.  He bested his own record with today’s clocking of 1:53.4. “Last week he surprised a lot of people, including myself,” Doug McNair following the final. “He’s the colt I liked the most of dad’s two-year-olds this year.”  “He’s good gaited; he gets around like a hoop around a barrel.” The McNairs previously won the Battle Of Waterloo with Magnum J in 2017, Three Of Clubs in 2013, and Trail Boss in 2008. Bettor Sun’s triumph boosts his bankroll to $116,558 in three career starts. 12th annual Battle Of The Belles Scarlett Hanover and Ed Hensley left from the second tier and carved out a solid pocket trip to take the $128,149 Battle Of The Belles final in a new stakes record of 1:54.3. The mile also set a Canadian season record for rookie pacing fillies over a half-mile track and just missed the divisional track record by one-fifth of a second.  “I followed a good horse and got a great trip,” said Hensley of eventual runner-up, Ring Of Kerry, who led the field to the three-quarter marker. “My mare was getting a little rammy; she wanted out of the there and I was able to get out at the right time.” In last week’s elimination division, Scarlett Hanover wired the field to capture her maiden in 1:55.3. Ashleigh Hensley trains the Bettors Delight daughter, a $45,000 yearling purchase and winner of $101,855 in four career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Jandt Silva Purnel & Libb, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Ring Of Kerry was the runner-up with Sylvain Filion and Cyclone Seelster was close behind in third with Bob McClure. OSS undercard Three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) underpinned the card with two Gold Series divisions and five fields of Grassroots contenders. Last year’s Battle Of The Belles champ, Karma Seelster was an impressive winner in the first Gold Series division which kicked off the matinee program. Piloted by Doug McNair, the Sportswriter filly was 7-1 as she took to the front of the field early in the mile en route to clocking her 1:53 victory (just one-fifth of a second off the track record). Owned by Eileen and Keith Waples and Karen Hauver, the Gregg McNair trainee is a career winner of five races and $354,005. Sound Idea with Bob McClure and Betalady with Jody Jamieson rounded out the top three. Lauras Love took the second Gold Series division in 1:54.2 with a half-length advantage over Rose Run Vantage (Sylvain Filion) who cut out the mile. All Day Sunshine (Louis Philippe Roy) was third.  It was the second consecutive win for Lauras Love, and seventh of the season from 11 starts. John Pentland trains and co-owns the Betterthancheddar filly with Gracie Mae Barr. Her lion’s share of the $105,600 purse brings her career tally to $141,584.  Race favourite Kat captured her first season win in the first of five OSS Grassroots divisions (Race 2) for trainer James Dean. With Jody Jamieson in the bike, the pair took control of the field at the first quarter and staved off outside attackers at the final quarter, with a half-length score in 1:56. The daughter of Hes Watching is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie. Count To Three with Trevor Henry and Docs Harmony (Travis Cullen) were close behind at the wire. Free Flyin Ticket scored her second consecutive OSS Grassroots victory in Race 3. Paul MacDonell steered the Betterthancheddar filly to a three-length win in 1:54.1, elevating her to the top of the OSS division standings. Trainer Anthony Beaton co-owns with David Mercer, Gary Volpe and George Quarterone. The runner-up was High Roller Duke (Colin Kelly), while Tuggingoncredit finished third (Louis Philippe Roy). Bettorthanbobbie added another win to her burgeoning collection, with a half-length score in Race 5. Sylvain Filion steered the bettors’ top choice to her sixth season win in 1:54.4 for trainer Marcel Barrieau and owner Ian Smith. Bettorthanbobbie is a career winner of 11 races and $53,828. Doug McNair managed a wire-to-wire trip with Landry Seelster in Race 6. The race favourite posted her second consecutive OSS victory in 1:55 for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk. Jonathan Drury and Mary Kat finished second, followed by Coqui Coqui with Travis Cullen.   The final Grassroots division was the quickest, claimed by Preeminence, winning by open lengths with Bob McClure in the bike in a new career best of 1:54. Sent off at 9-5, The Sportswriter filly is trained by Marcel Barrieau for Claude Baril, Gilles Caouette and Michael Daneault.  Keystone Kalimba (Jody Jamieson) was second and race favourite Trafalgar (Sylvain Filion) rounded out the top three. The card’s only overnight race was a $15,000 Preferred in Race 4 which was contested under heavy rain. The sloppy track didn’t deter Pretty Handsome from claiming his 27th career win in 1:55. Sent off at 3-1 with Colin Kelly aboard, the five-year-old pacer began his first-over attack in the final quarter and finished a length ahead of Exit Smiling with J. R. Plante and Toot Toot N with Ed Hensley.  Pretty Handsome is trained by Lacey McCabe for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd and is a career winner of $270,975. Total handle for this year’s 10-race Industry Day was $392,062 which was down slightly from the 11-race card handle of $488,696 in 2019. From Grand River Raceway

Stonebridge Armour, harness racing

Novice trotting colts shine in Dresden

DRESDEN, ON - AUG. 3, 2020 - One week after making their debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle, two-year-old trotting colts Stonebridge Armour, Tymal Chrome and Arch Hall collected their second provincial victories on Monday, Aug. 3 as Dresden Raceway hosted a trio of $22,000 Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite Stonebridge Armour opened the Grassroots action with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 2:04.1. Lovin Life Hanover finished second and Showme Some Muscle was third in the $22,800 test. "The gate was a little bit tricky with him in Sarnia, but I kind of knew him a little more today and he seemed to be a little more mature about it today too. He handled the gate really well and after that it was pretty much just a cake walk from there. I never pulled the plugs or nothing, I just sat on him the whole way," said driver Tyler Moore, who piloted the colt to his first Grassroots victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on July 25. "It was my 500th win too, so that was nice." Campbellville, ON resident Moore drives the Muscle Mass colt for trainer Jacques Dupont's Les Ecuries D'Orleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. A half-brother to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, Stonebridge Armour was a $45,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. With wins in both of his Grassroots starts Stonebridge Armour currently sits third in the freshman trotting colt standings with 100 points. Tymal Chrome earned his second Grassroots win with a gritty first-over trip, reeling in pacesetter Daylon Midnight and advancing down the stretch to a one length victory in 2:04.4. Doro Sogno tracked fan favourite Tymal Chrome from start to finish to secure the runner-up's share of the $22,450 purse and Diehard Seelster rounded out the top three. "He's been a nice horse all along. He just goes out, he just trots, it's like he refuses to make a mistake. He just wants to be a nice horse," said trainer Anthony Beaton. "He did the same thing in Sarnia, he went a big mile there first-up. He just seems like he wants to make you happy and not make mistakes, and that's great." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Tymal Chrome for Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The partners purchased the Muscle Mass son for $22,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With two wins and one third in Grassroots action, Tymal Chrome currently sits second in the division standings with 112 points. Division leader Arch Hall delivered his second Grassroots win off a pocket trip behind early pacesetter Insanity, who rang up fractions of :30 and 1:01.2 before being collared by Arch Hall heading by the 1:33 three-quarters. Once he was in command, fan favourite Arch Hall sailed home to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:03.1. Insanity settled for second with Willywin well back in third. "He just left out and that horse (Insanity) wanted to be on front so he just sat there. Down the backstretch he pulled him and just made sure he got through the turn fine, and then he asked him the top of the lane and he just took off again," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and anybody can drive him, he's pretty childproof right now. For a two-year-old trotting colt he's really smart." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. The Archangel colt has been no worse than fourth in four lifetime starts, with his two wins and one second putting him at the top of the Grassroots standings with 125 points. All three of Monday's winners are eligible to the Aug. 15 Balanced Image Eliminations at Hanover Raceway. The colts that make the Balanced Image Final on Aug. 22 will miss the fourth Grassroots event, which is slated for Aug. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dresden Raceway also hosted a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday. Los Ballykeelamigo scored his second Prospect Series win with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5 in the first division. The Amigo Hall son and driver Tyler Borth bested fan favourites The Reins Of Titan and driver Brett MacDonald and local colt Magnitude Ten and driver John Sullivan with the 2:02.4 effort. Cam McKnight trains Los Ballykeelamigo for his Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The second Prospect Series division saw pacesetting Northern Flame hang on for a neck victory over fan favourite Royal Jewels in 2:05.3. Goaltender rounded out the top three. Phil Hudon piloted the Muscle Mass colt to his first Prospect Series win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Prospect Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 6. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Adam Merner,Harness racing

Merner shines in Summerside

SUMMERSIDE, PE - Sunday afternoon was Adam Merner day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as the reinsman celebrated four harness racing victories including a win in the afternoon feature. Mystery Phil and Merner swept up in the final panel to land in the winner’s circle in the $2,700 featured pace stopping the clock in 1:55.1. Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with pacesetter Woodmere Ideal Art (Robert Laffin) third. Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale hold the ownership papers of Mystery Phil. Merner started off his grandslam winning race 1 in a maiden breaking score aboard two-year-old filly Southfield Skye in 1:58 For trainer Glen MacKay of Summerside. La Vie En Rose supplied another win in race 2 in 1:59.2 from the Stacey Lund stable while Khitam Image was the other piece of the puzzle winning in 1:59.2 for Merner and trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. Brodie MacPhee and Jason Hughes had driving doubles on the card. Total wager was $36,700. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Despite racing over a rain-soaked harness racing track with a two-second allowance, Hammering Haley was at her best on the front end, capturing the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. It was the race favorite, Wild River Swan (Francis Picard) who took the early over Hammering Haley and driver Pierre Luc Roy by the opening quarter mile in :29.1. The lead changed right away as Roy quarter-moved with Hammering Haley to take command. They went by the half mile marker in :59.3 as D Gs Fairystars (Stephane Brosseau) was first-over to challenge and following the outside flow second-over was Godiva Mackiavelyc (Stephane Gendron). D Gs Fairystars tried her best but could not pass by Hammering Haley past the three-quarters in 1:29. At this point Wild River Swan was boxed in behind Hammering Haley. Then, as they started down the stretch, daylight opened on the rail and Wild River Swan came charging through, but it was too late as a determined Hammering Haley held off Wild River Swan, winning by a head in 1:59.4. Way Over (Simon Delisle) was third. It was the third win this season for Hammering Haley. The five-year-old mare by Shanghai Phil is trained and co-owned by Francis Richard with Gaston Bibeau and Charles Marquis. She paid $6.90 to win. In the fourth race Two-Year-Old Pace, Realxample, a colt by So Surreal, upset the field at odds of 6-1, using two moves and some true grit in the victory. Loud (Marc Bellanger) shot right out to the early lead with Realxample leaving for driver Richard Veilleux and grabbing the two-hole spot by the opening quarter mile. Loud led the field past the half and through the backstretch when Veilluex vacated the pocket trip with Realxample to come after Loud. Those two raced neck and neck around the final turn and down the stretch until Realxample wore the pacesetter down and won by one and one-quarter lengths in 2:02.3. Full Power Sena (Steeven Genois) was third. It was the maiden victory for Realxample after five lifetime starts. He is trained by Alain Veilluex and owned by La Ferme Drummond, Inc. of Saint-Hugues and paid $15.40 to win. Track Notes: The Hippodrome 3R will have a full weekend of live harness racing next week as the track hosts the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit on Saturday. Friday post time is 4:00 pm and Saturday/Sunday post time is 1:00 pm. Next Sunday kicks-off the Quebec-Bred stakes with the opening round of the Breeders Trophy Series for three-year-old colt and filly pacers. There are three rounds of preliminary competition for each age, sex and gait. There will be $65,000 finals for the three-year-old's and $55,000 finals for the two-year-old's, all being held on Sunday, September 27. For more information, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

MILTON, ON - August 1, 2020 - Matticulous GB came back strong from a disqualification last week to win Saturday's $36,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Colin Johnson trainee was first to the line for the second-week in a row, this time comitting no interference and taking home the winner's share of the $36,000 purse for owner Brett Thompson. Sylvain Filion fired Matticulous GB out to the early lead and forced Casimir Richie P to take a seat in the two-hole after an opening-quarter of :26. A returning Sintra made a second-quarter brush to the lead from third, leading by the half in :54.3 and three-quarters in 1:22.2. In the stretch, a large Matticulous GB came back out and powered by to score the win by a length and a half in a career-best 1:49.1. Always A Hotshot finished second, while Sintra was third and Wheels On Fire fourth. To watch replay click here. A five-year-old gelding, Matticulous GB is now four for 12 this season and has 23 career wins to his name. He paid $10.30 to win. Saturday evening's 11-race card was spoiled by an accident in the fifth-race. The accident saw four-year-old pacer Best In Show made a quick bolt towards the rail at the head of the lane, taking out six-year-old Sports Column and driver James MacDonald. The incident caused a chain reaction with five-year-old Yacht Seelster dumping driver Chris Christoforou and four-year-old Tyga Hanover falling to the track with driver Sylvain Filion remaining in the sulky. MacDonald was examined by paramedics on the track and transported to a local hospital for further evaluation. Early reports were a possible broken collarbone and concussion. Christoforou left the track under his own power, but did book off his remaining drives. All horses involved in the accident were okay from initial examinations and escaped with only cuts and bruises. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - With a perfect two-hole trip from 'The Maritime Magic Man' Avatar J got up in deep stretch to win the featured harness racing pace Saturday evening at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Gilles Barrieau left smartly with the Danny MacDonald trained pacer and sat second as Simple Kinda Man (Driven by Jason Hughes) supplied the speed on the front end. Simple Kinda Man rolled through splits of 28, 55.2 and 1:24 before Avatar J tipped into the passing lane to power by in 1:52.4 for owners Dean Larkin of Edwards, Ont., and Jody Sanderson of Cornwall. Simple Kinda Man had to settle for second while Screen Test (Corey MacPherson) was third. Barrieau had three winners on the program, both from the Ron Matheson stable of Charlottetown, as Outrageous Story won in 1:56.3 and Ashes To Ashes was a 1:56.2 victor. The biggest upset of the evening came in the race 11 finale as Legendary Ron and driver Dale Spence rolled off the front from post 1 to win in 1:55.4 paying $56.20 to win. Owned by Doug Matheson of Cornwall, Legendary Ron was on top of a $1,003.30 triactor ticket. Total wager was $44,884. For race replays and more go to Redshores.ca. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores

Trois-Rivieres, QC - After her very impressive victory last week in the Mares Preferred-Handicap Pace at the Hippodrome 3R, Wild River Swan has returned to take on the top mares again on Sunday afternoon. Last Sunday, Wild River Swan was letting no one pass her by in leading from start to finish for driver Francis Picard. She just hung on at the wire to win by a neck in 1:56, her fastest winning time in two years. Trained and owned by Dr. John Bradbury of Cookshire-Eaton, Wild River Swan is a seven-year-old mare by Sportswriter. She is a full sister to Quebec bred champion Wildriverbumblebee p.3.1:51.2 ($117,000). Last week's triumph was just the third start of the year for Wild River Swan, who had shown improvement in each of her first two starts. "I was very pleased with her mile last week, said Dr. John Bradbury. "Surprised, yes and no. She trained super all spring. "For Wild River Swan there is no secret to her training," Bradbury added. "Keep her happy and she'll race good for you. Mrs. Swan has her routine which consists of spending a major part of her day outside. Right now, because of the hot weather she sleeps out. So far everything seems good for tomorrow." Looking to rain on Wild River Swan's parade Sunday will be invader D Gs Fairy Stars. She starts from post six for driver Stephane Brosseau and two starts back at Rideau Carleton, she came from off the pace to win in a lifetime best 1:55.3. Other contenders in the field include Y C Easy (post 8) and Godiva Mackiavelyc (post 7), both of whom were victorious two starts back at H3R. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

MILTON, JULY 31, 2020 – A trio of fresh faces graced the harness racing winner’s circle at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Friday, July 31 as the two-year-old trotting fillies competed in leg two of their Gold Series campaign. Dicentra kicked off the Ontario Sires Stakes action with a mature effort from Post 3 in the first $73,867 split. The fan favourite left well and led the field toward a :28.3 quarter before yielding to Hadiknownbetter. Driver Bob McClure sent the filly back to the front before the :59 half, but a quick challenge from Midnight Miracle saw Dicentra back in second by the 1:28.1 three-quarters. Once the fillies squared up in the stretch McClure gave Dicentra an open lane and she powered home to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:56. Midnight Muscle finished second and Blackout Riley was seven lengths back in third. “She’s a very nice filly that seems to be improving in dramatic fashion. In Georgian she was very green and I don’t think the surface there helped her. Since being back she has become a very top notch filly,” said McClure. “Reminiscent of her big sis On A Sunny Day.” Dicentra finished sixth in the July 12 Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs and then captured her Pure Ivory Series division at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 23, giving the Muscle Mass daughter a record of two wins in three lifetime starts. Campbellville resident Luc Blais bred Dicentra and trains the full-sister to $700,000 winner On A Sunny Day for owner Determination of Montreal, QC. In the second division Dashing Muscle and driver James MacDonald settled in third from Post 1 and waited through fractions of :29.2 and :59.2 before tipping to the outside and seizing control from Ban Ban Deo soon after the 1:29.4. A :27.1 last quarter sealed the deal, giving Dashing Muscle her first Gold Series victory in a personal best 1:57.1. Fan favourite Meadowview Lilly was two lengths back in second and Hawaii completed the top three. “Her owner, James Armitage, he trained her down at his farm in Dunrobin and then when she was in 2:07 he gave me a call and asked me to take her and finish her off,” said trainer Chantal Mitchell of Waterdown, ON. “She’s just a very, very smart filly. The first time I jogged her she felt like an older horse and he said she was always like that. So that’s, I think, what her biggest attribute is, is she’s just very mature. For two-year-old trotting fillies, having some brains on your side is always a plus.” Like Dicentra, Dashing Muscle now has two wins to her credit through three starts. The Muscle Mass daughter, who was a $30,000 purchase out of the London Selected Yearling Sale, finished fourth in the Gold Series opener and then captured an overnight event at Grand River Raceway on July 24. “Up until today, every time I’d taken her to the racetrack it was different one, and every time she went somewhere it was like she’d been there before,” said Mitchell, adding that the filly had also been to Rideau Carleton Raceway under Armitage’s tutelage. ‘“She’s very nice, you couldn’t fault her. She doesn’t do anything wrong. It’s just like having an aged horse.” In the final $73,866 division, driver Doug McNair let Up And Ready float away from the starting gate and settle into a gap in fifth as Pixies Lady led the field to a :28.3 quarter. Great Dane took control before the :57.4 half and while she was fending off a challenge from fan favourite Fox Valley Liza, Up And Ready was revving up from fifth. Circling out three wide heading by the 1:26.3 three-quarters, Up And Ready drew away from her peers in the stretch on her way to a personal best 1:56.3 victory. Exclusive Rosette was three and one-half lengths back in second, with another length back to third-place finisher Anna Bolena. John Bax trains the Kadabra daughter, who was a $300,000 purchase out of the Lexington Selected Yearling Sale by Al Libfeld of Pickering, Marvin and Lynn Katz and Sam Goldband of Toronto, ON. While she was training down in Florida Up And Ready kicked Bax and fractured his elbow, so he is pleased to see that his perseverance with the fractious youngster is starting to pay off. “I still remember the kick,” said Campbellville, ON resident Bax. “She hasn’t changed that way. She’s best after the harness gets on her and she’s out on the track, then she’s good, but the rest of the time it’s very careful. You let her come to you, you don’t go to her.” Up And Ready finished sixth in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 3 and was third in the Gold Series season opener at Georgian Downs on July 12, just ahead of Dashing Muscle. The fillies will make their third Gold Series start at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 19 and then both Dicentra and Up And Ready are eligible to the Champlain and Peaceful Way Stakes at Woodbine Mohawk Park. “I think we’re Sires Stakes now and then you know, I’m hoping that she’ll progress enough to be aiming for the Peaceful Way and that kind of thing,” said Bax. “But we don’t want to get ahead of ourselves, its one step at a time.” Complete results for Friday’s program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results.   Ontario Racing c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park

DRESDEN, ON - JULY 31, 2020 - Dresden Raceway wraps up its 2020 season on Monday, Aug. 3 with a trio of $22,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts and a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts. Local colt Magnitude Ten will make his Prospect Series debut in the first division, starting from the advantageous Post 1. Owner-trainer John Sullivan of Dresden will be in the race bike for the Kadabra colt's stakes debut, looking to add a win to the trotter's resume of two seconds and one third in three lifetime starts. "He was so big as a two-year-old that I thought maybe I might hinder him by trying to race him, and I'm pretty patient, so what I did was I trained him down pretty good and then I stopped with him and gave him a rest and let him develop," said Sullivan, who sent the colt behind the gate for the first time on June 20 at Hiawatha Horse Park. "I am pretty happy with everything he has done. He's a nice horse." Magnitude Ten faces a field of four, including former Grassroots competitor The Reins Of Titan from Post 2 and July 11 Prospect Series winner Los Ballykeelamigo from Post 5. Sullivan hopes the colt can hold his own, but win or lose there will be a bag of carrots waiting for Magnitude Ten in the barn when he comes off the track. "He just loves his carrots. He costs me a lot by the amount of carrots that he eats. He doesn't like apples, but he loves carrots," said Sullivan with a chuckle. "He has to have something in his mouth all the time, whether it's a sleeve, a hat, part of the bridle or anything. He just has to have something in his mouth. He's quite a character." Magnitude Ten and his peers will kick off the Civic Holiday Monday program at 1 pm in the first race, with the second Prospect Series division going postward in Race 5. The Grassroots colts square off in Races 3, 7 and 8 and two-year-old trotting colt point leader Arch Hall will be looking for a second Grassroots win from Post 5 in the last division. Trainer Blake MacIntosh is expecting another strong performance from the son of Archangel and driver Paul Mackenzie. "He's just done everything we've asked him to do so far," said St. George, ON resident MacIntosh, who shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. "He's a very handy horse. He's very easy to drive, he doesn't do nothing wrong, and there's no real tricks to him. He's a pretty nice horse, for a two-year-old trotting colt he's pretty smart." Arch Hall will face off against six Grassroots foes in the eighth race, most of them veterans of the first two legs. In the July 11 season opener at Georgian Downs Arch Hall just got nipped at the wire and had to settle for second and in the July 25 contest at Hiawatha Horse Park he was a one and one-quarter length winner on the front end from Post 9, stopping the teletimer at 2:00.4. With a win and a second under his belt, Arch Hall sits atop the division standings with 75 points, 13 points ahead of Tymal Chrome who will start from Post 6 in the second Grassroots division. Fans can download a program and watch the live stream of Monday's races on the Dresden Raceway website. All the action gets underway at 1 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Mississauga, ON — On Friday (July 31), officials with Flamboro Downs announced that the 2020 edition of the Confederation Cup has been canceled. The event for 4-year-old pacers was scheduled to be contested in May, but Flamboro officials made the announcement in April that the race would be postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic and possibly rescheduled to the fall. “Management at Flamboro Downs have made the difficult decision to cancel the 2020 running of the Confederation Cup, which was originally scheduled to be contested in May and then re-scheduled to September 2020,” said the track’s general manager Chad Gates in a statement. “This was a difficult decision for management, but we felt that under the current operating protocols we could not present such a prestigious event in the manner it deserves. “We look forward to once again hosting the Confederation Cup in May 2021.” From Standardbred Canada

Trois-Rivieres - Samuel Fillion has emerged as a driving force in the driver's colony at the Hippodrome 3R this season as he drove the 7-1 D J Power to an upset victory in the Preferred-Handicap Pace Friday afternoon. Getting away in second place behind pacesetter Outlaw Turn N Burn (Francis Picard) after the start of the 4th race co-feature, Fillion knew he had to stay in place until the right moment. They went to the opening quarter mile in :28.1. Still leading at the half mile marker in :58.3, Outlaw Turn N Burn faced his first challenge from Surf Report (Martin Gingras) who came first-over followed by the race favorite, Windsun Cheyenne (Pascal Berube), who was going for his third straight win in the top class at H3R. Heading down the backstretch the final time, Outlaw Turn N Burn was still in command as Berube sent Windsun Cheyenne three-wide but had trouble getting by Surf Report at the three-quarters in 1:27.3. It was than that Fillion made his winning move. Pulling from the pocket-trip approaching the final turn, Fillion took D J Power to the outside as Windsun Cheyenne was stalled three-wide. Fillion urge his pacer on and as they started down the stretch, D J Power had all the momentum he needed to get the job done. Winning by three-quarters of a length in 1:56.4 over Outlaw Turn N Burn and a late closing Brunos From Mars (Pierre Luc Roy) was third. For D J Power, a nine-year-old gelded son of Major In Art, it was his third win this season, all at H3R for trainer and owner Jean Marc Roy of Mont-Joli. D J Power paid $17.40 to win. Fillion now has eight wins at H3R this meet. In the 5th race Preferred-Handicap Trot co-feature it was all Keepall from the very start. With regular pilot Carol Voyer in the sulky, Keepall left like a rocket and took early command of the race and was never headed, winning by one and one-quarter length in 1:59.2. Missionoftheheart (Stephane Gendron) tried two moves in coming after Keepall to no avail but held for second place with Lucky Promesses (Pascal Berube) third. It was the second straight win and fourth of the season for Keepall. The six-year-old gelding by Angus Hall is trained by Sylvain Tremblay for owners the Alpha Stable and Gino Curadeau. He paid $3.60 to win as the betting favorite. Track Notes: Both Samuel Fillion and Stephane Gendron scored driving doubles. With a training double on Friday, Maxime Velaye moved into a tie for the lead in the trainer standings. He now has seven wins along with Charles Gaudreault. Live racing resumes on Sunday afternoon, first race post time at 1:00 pm. Featured will be return winner Wild River Swan (post 4) heading the 6th race Preferred-Handicap Mares Pace against Godiva MacKiaveluc (post 7) and Y C Easy (post 8). For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3r.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club

CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - The fastest horse in the history of Nova Scotia harness racing will make the trek across the Northumberland Strait to take on the Saturday evening harness racing feature at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The 11-dash Saturday card has a 6 P.M. post time with Yankee Osborne drawing post 5 in the field of six featured pacers in race 10 fresh off a 1:52 victory in the Lindsay Construction Cup at Truro Raceway. Neill MacInnis will be driving the Gold Cup and Saucer hopeful in Saturday's $3,100 preferred pace for trainer Ross MacInnis and owner Sarah Jane Stables of Mono, Ontario. The five-year-old son of Yankee Cruiser was a private purchase from the Burke stable of Pennsylvania in the Spring. Simple Kinda Man was the runner-up to Yankee Osborne in that track record performance but he is being billed as the top choice with rail control for driver Jason Hughes, trainer Chris MacKay and owners D Racing Stable of New York and Don MacRae of Vernon Bridge. Simple Kinda Man knocked off the top pacers in Charlottetown last week with a head decision in 1:53.4. Third choice is Avatar J from the Danny MacDonald stable of Charlottetown with Gilles Barrieau at the lines from post 3. The 20-time winner last went to the gate in Truro, finishing fifth to Yankee Osborne, pacing his own mile in 1:53. Freddy Bear makes his East Coast debut from the outside post 6, moving into the Marc Campbell stable with Campbell at the lines. Owned by a numbered Ontario company out of Ottawa, Freddy Bear has been racing the conditioned ranks at Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville, Ontario. Race analyst Les MacIsaac takes Simple Kinda Man for the top of his triactor selection. "Simple Kinda Man is a versatile type with good early speed and a dangerous finishing kick, both of which he can exploit with rail control," MacIsaac said. "Timing and trip are crucial in a rfce like this and the post advantage he has can only boost his chances." Also in the field are Soccer Hanover (To be driven by Walter Cheverie) and Screen Test (Corey MacPherson). Former Stakes Star Favoured In Summerside Feature SUMMERSIDE, PE - A full slate of 12-dashes will be featured Sunday afternoon in Prince County Harness Racing at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway. The first of a dozen races has a 1 P.M. post time on Sunday afternoon and former Atlantic Stakes star Heart And Soul is the morning line favourite in the race 11 top class carrying a $2,700 purse. Walter Cheverie will steer the Maritime Champion son of Western Paradise from post 5 for trainer George Riley and owner Riley Farms of Summerside. A winner of 28 lifetime races and $104,849 in purses, Heart And Soul will leave from post 5 in the field of seven. Pillage And Burn has been unheeded at every fraction since being claimed for $8,500 in Truro by owner Perry Burke of Quebec and placed in the Trevor Hicken stable. The Cam's Card Shark nine-year-old will leave from post 3 on Sunday with Brodie MacPhee in the bike as he looks for his third straight Island victory. Mystery Phil knocked off the top event last Sunday and has another good starting spot from post 4 for trainer Melissa Rennie and driver Adam Merner. The Backstetch Beat in Sunday's program lists Pillage And Burn as the top choice to find his nose on the wire first. "Pillage And Burn has yet to taste defeat in the Hicken stable so we'll wager today will not be the day that changes," reads the beat. Also in the field are Phil Dorleans (To be driven by Ken Murphy), Woodmere Ideal Art (Robert Laffin), Jeb (Jason Hughes) and Mach It Again (Dale Spence). Mantario leads the way in the race 9 back-up pace for a $2,200 pot. MacPhee picks up the catch drive for trainer Dale Sobey and owner Walter Simmons of Summerside. Other top entries in that class are Howmac Magic (Hughes) and Painted Desert (Corey MacPherson). Go to Redshores.ca for race programs and more. Wager online at HPIBet.com. By Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores    

MILTON, ON - JULY 30, 2020 - Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted a pair of $108,000 Ontario Sire Stakes Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Wednesday, July 30 and Macho Martini and Tokyo Seelster both made their third straight harness racing appearance in the Milton oval's winner's circle. First off the gate was Macho Martini, starting from Post 8 with regular reinsman Bob McClure in the race bike. The pair had to dodge a breaking Royal Tyrone heading into the first turn and were six lengths off the pace when Rookie Season reached the :28.2 quarter, but Macho Martini had caught the leaders by the :58.3 half and established a comfortable lead before the 1:28.2 three-quarters. Heading for home the fan favourite opened up a four and one-half length margin on his peers and hit the wire in 1:56.4. Master Grand overcame a bobble at the start and interference at the half to finish second and Rookie Season was four more lengths back in third. "What a fun horse to be a part of. Every week he just goes out and does his job," said Rockwood, ON resident McClure. "His personality off the track too, he's just a big, cocky kid, just a lot of fun." Campbellville, ON resident Luc Blais conditions Macho Martini for Determination of Montreal, QC, who offered up $37,000 for the Muscle Mass son at the 2019 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. Blais said the colt demonstrated talent all winter and has already developed into a professional racehorse. "He was always the best colt in the winter, training. He's a mature horse, he looks like a three-year-old, strong and mature," said Blais. "He's very professional. He's got a nice presence. He's a proud horse, you know. What you see on the track, he's like that in the barn." With a full slate of stakes events on his calendar, including the Champlain and William Wellwood Memorial, Blais said Macho Martini will enjoy a mini-vacation next week after winning the first two Gold legs and the first leg of the Millard Farms Series. "He had three big weeks now and we're going to give him a week off," said Blais. "The season is going to be long now, the big race coming in a couple weeks. We're going to try to make him fresh as we can." In the second division Tokyo Seelster left smartly from Post 7 and was sitting third when Highland Mowgli reached the quarter in :29. Regular reinsman Sylvain Filion soon had Tokyo Seelster on the move and the fan favourite hit the half in :58.2. Harry mounted a challenge heading for the 1:29.1 three-quarters and got a head in front of Tokyo Seelster, but the colt kicked it into another gear and powered away to a three and one-half length victory in 1:57. Highland Mowgli finished second and Harry was third. "Leaving the gate I was just being careful to avoid breakers and stuff like that and once we turned on the backside, I pulled to go to the front, decided to control the pace," said Milton, ON resident Filion. "Once he got there he relaxed really good, he relaxed almost too much, he kind of fell asleep on me, until Paul Walker came alongside with his trotter (Harry) and then he took off again. He was really, really strong at the wire. "That's what I like about him, he's going to probably last longer that way," said Filion of the colt's laidback approach to racing. "I'd rather have him like this than the opposite, too rammy and stuff like that, no, that's a good quality in a two-year-old trotter." Richard Moreau trains Tokyo Seelster for Michael and Sam Sergi of Canton, NY, who purchased the Kadabra son for $52,000 at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. The Sergi's watched the race from home and were impressed with the youngster's third effort. "At the top of the stretch they were all coming pretty good at him and I thought, 'Geez', but when he found that extra gear then we were all like, 'Wow'. He could be the real deal," said Michael Sergi. "It's sort of bittersweet that we can't come there to watch, because we can't cross the border, but we'll cheer from home I guess." Sam Sergi bought his first Standardbred four decades ago and has shared his love of harness racing with son Michael over the years, from driving and training to breeding mares and standing stallions. They typically start their young horses at their Canton farm before handing them over to trainers, but Tokyo Seelster remained in Ontario after the sale last fall. "My dad usually breaks them but he was having some health issues so we just decided to leave him there to be broke. We were actually going to bring him home and train him but we live in New York, our track was really bad, it was pure ice for most of the winter, so that's when we decided to send him to Robbie," said Sergi, noting that Tokyo Seelster learned his first lessons from Moreau and his staff, moved to the barn of Ottawa horseman Robbie Robinson for his winter conditioning, and then returned to Moreau in time for the Gold Series season opener on July 9. "Every time we would call and talk he (Robinson) was like, 'Yeah, he's doing great, feeling good'. And a couple of times he was even like, 'You know, I really don't want to jinx him, I just don't want to say, but he is special'." Sergi said Tokyo Seelster looks to be the best two-year-old trotting colt the family has owned, and they look forward to watching him battle in the remaining Gold events, as well as the Champlain and William Wellwood Memorial. The freshman trotting colts will make their third Gold Series start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Aug. 20. Complete results from Thursday's program are available at Woodbine Mohawk Park Results. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at the Milton oval on Friday, July 31 with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old trotting fillies. The fillies will compete in Races 1, 4 and 8, with the first race getting underway at 7 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Trois-Rivieres, QC - Claude Levesque, president of the Quebec Jockey Club (QJC), sent a notice to all harness racing people in Quebec on Wednesday, stating that the OJC board members felt the risks are too great right now to allow spectators to attend the races at the Hippodrome 3R this season. "If admitting spectators were to lead to more cases of Covid-19 and the racecourse was then forced to suspend racing, it would be catastrophic for the industry, its jobs and even its survival," said Claude Levesque. For the moment, the Club Jockey will continue to apply the same policy that is currently in progress, i.e. presenting races without spectators and continuing to apply to the paddock the same protocol approved a few weeks ago by the Public Health of Quebec. Two-year-old goes against older horses Harness racing fans will take notice of the first race Friday at the Hippodrome 3R. It's a trotting event that features a two-year-old, X O X O (that's its name), taking on older horses. Something you don't see every day. Breeder, owner and driver, Jerome Lombart of Bromont, owns just two broodmares, yet almost every year he has young horses ready to race. Over the years Lombart has a track record, his horses have won series championships at H3R and now he has high hopes for X O X O (the symbol for hugs and kisses). "She's a filly that does everything you want her to do well from the very beginning when I tamed her," Lombart said. "It doesn't guarantee anything, but at least it's going in the right direction. "The dam of this filly," Lombart explained. "Is Promising Lavec, and she gives offspring which generally go well at 2 years old. Sometimes things go bad at 3, however. These days I only count on Promising Lavec and Fauvette Gale for my foals. The first gives more calm horse, the second more speed but less calmness." X O X O is from the mare Promising Lavec, who is also the dam of Lucky Promesses, who also races Friday in the fifth race Preferred Trot. "X O X O is the half-sister of Lucky Promesses," Lombart said. "She's is sired by Lucky Fool, not by Angus Hall. In fact, the last three offspring of Promising Lavec are by Angus Hall (Silky Lavec, X OXO and a filly born this year that I called La Bromontoise). "And the good progress of X O X O," Lobart added. "prompted me to pay for its Ontario Sire Stakes eligibility. But there is still a long way to go. Keep in mind that last Saturday X O X O beat only two opponents. We will have a better idea this week." X O X O starts from the rail. She is trained by Andreane Lapierre and in her first career start last week in the Quebec Regional Fair Circuit, led from start to finish in 2:05.3. On Friday she goes against That's Hooligan (post 5), a four-year-old return winner, along with three-year-old winners Miss Melodie (post 2) and Indi (post 4). The fourth race Preferred-Handicap Pace has a full field of eight featuring the dominant Windsun Cheyenne, who has won this class the last two starts in 1:56.2 and 1:55.3. He won from post seven last week so being handicapped with post eight on Friday should not hinder his chances of making it three-straight wins for H3R's leading driver Pascal Berube. Also, in the field are rivals Hooter Shooter (post 7), the return of Surf Report (post 5) and D J Power (post 4), who has the red-hot young driver Samuel Fillion in the sulky. Then in the fifth race is the Preferred-Handicap co-feature trot headlined by two return winners in Missionoftheheart (post 6) and Keepall (post 5). Missionoftheheart was the best of her career last week at H3R, leading from start to finish for driver Stephane Gendron in a lifetime record mile of 1:58.2. The six-year-old mare by Manofmanymissions is trained by co-owner Michel Allard and romped last week by four and one-quarter lengths. Keepall has won his last starts at H3R, the fastest in 1:59.1 for driver Carol Voyer and trainer Sylvain Tremblay. He already has three wins this season. Post time on Friday is 4:00 pm. For a free race program, visit www.hippodrome3R.ca. From the Quebec Jockey Club      

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MILTON, ON - August 3, 2020 - Captainofrocknroll cruised to a coast-to-coast harness racing victory in Monday's second leg of the Dream Maker Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A trio of scratches brought the field for the second round down from 11 to eight. Trainer Casie Coleman-Herlihy's students made up more than a third of the field and didn't disappoint by taking three of the top four spots. The Captaintreacherous colt Captainofrocknroll left from the centre of the gate to grab the early-lead for driver Bob McClure. The $50,000 Harrisburg graduate cut out fractions of :28.3, :57.3 and 1:25.4, before pacing home in :27.2 while holding off stablemate Twin B Edge by half a length for a 1:53.1 score. Island Beach Boy, who won a first leg division, finished third, while Coleman Herlihy's third starter Amazing Bet was fourth. Captainofrocknroll is now two for two at Mohawk Park and two for three overall. His only loss was runner-up finish in a Pennsylvania Sires Stakes division on July 22 at The Meadows. Robert Hamather is the owner-breeder of Captainofrocknroll, who is the first foal from former Mares Preferred competitor Rock N Roll Xample ($370,055). The rookie pacing colt has now earned $31,116. He paid $3.40 to win. Coleman-Herlihy appears loaded with talent for next week's $88,500 final. Her trainee Dean B Hanover skipped Monday's second leg after scoring a 1:52.1 victory in last week's opening round. The Dream Maker Series final takes place next Monday (August 10). Live racing continues Tuesday evening at Mohawk Park. The second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series for two-year-old pacing fillies headlines the action. Post time is 7 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment          
ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway’s 30th annual Industry Day event on August 3 sustained bouts of heavy rain during the 10-race anniversary card which boasted purses of $669,663 with nine harness racing stake events, featuring the track’s two marquee dashes. But it was a sunny finish for the Guelph, ON father-son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair who clinched their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory.  At 8-5, Bettor Sun was the co-favourite heading into post time for the $200,964 contest for rookie Ontario-sired pacing colts.  Trained by Gregg McNair for breeder/owner Willow Oak Ranch, the Sunshine Beach colt was piloted by Doug McNair, who left from post two and took control of the field by the half-mile marker. The pair finished a length ahead of Avion Seelster (Jody Jamieson) and Cantstoplying (Jonathan Drury). A 35-1 champ in last week’s maiden-breaking effort in his elimination division, Bettor Sun’s 1:54.1 finish in that dash set a Canadian season record for two-year-old pacing colts over a half-mile oval.  He bested his own record with today’s clocking of 1:53.4. “Last week he surprised a lot of people, including myself,” Doug McNair following the final. “He’s the colt I liked the most of dad’s two-year-olds this year.”  “He’s good gaited; he gets around like a hoop around a barrel.” The McNairs previously won the Battle Of Waterloo with Magnum J in 2017, Three Of Clubs in 2013, and Trail Boss in 2008. Bettor Sun’s triumph boosts his bankroll to $116,558 in three career starts. 12th annual Battle Of The Belles Scarlett Hanover and Ed Hensley left from the second tier and carved out a solid pocket trip to take the $128,149 Battle Of The Belles final in a new stakes record of 1:54.3. The mile also set a Canadian season record for rookie pacing fillies over a half-mile track and just missed the divisional track record by one-fifth of a second.  “I followed a good horse and got a great trip,” said Hensley of eventual runner-up, Ring Of Kerry, who led the field to the three-quarter marker. “My mare was getting a little rammy; she wanted out of the there and I was able to get out at the right time.” In last week’s elimination division, Scarlett Hanover wired the field to capture her maiden in 1:55.3. Ashleigh Hensley trains the Bettors Delight daughter, a $45,000 yearling purchase and winner of $101,855 in four career starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Frank Baldachino, Jandt Silva Purnel & Libb, and Weaver Bruscemi LLC. Ring Of Kerry was the runner-up with Sylvain Filion and Cyclone Seelster was close behind in third with Bob McClure. OSS undercard Three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) underpinned the card with two Gold Series divisions and five fields of Grassroots contenders. Last year’s Battle Of The Belles champ, Karma Seelster was an impressive winner in the first Gold Series division which kicked off the matinee program. Piloted by Doug McNair, the Sportswriter filly was 7-1 as she took to the front of the field early in the mile en route to clocking her 1:53 victory (just one-fifth of a second off the track record). Owned by Eileen and Keith Waples and Karen Hauver, the Gregg McNair trainee is a career winner of five races and $354,005. Sound Idea with Bob McClure and Betalady with Jody Jamieson rounded out the top three. Lauras Love took the second Gold Series division in 1:54.2 with a half-length advantage over Rose Run Vantage (Sylvain Filion) who cut out the mile. All Day Sunshine (Louis Philippe Roy) was third.  It was the second consecutive win for Lauras Love, and seventh of the season from 11 starts. John Pentland trains and co-owns the Betterthancheddar filly with Gracie Mae Barr. Her lion’s share of the $105,600 purse brings her career tally to $141,584.  Race favourite Kat captured her first season win in the first of five OSS Grassroots divisions (Race 2) for trainer James Dean. With Jody Jamieson in the bike, the pair took control of the field at the first quarter and staved off outside attackers at the final quarter, with a half-length score in 1:56. The daughter of Hes Watching is owned by Wilma and James MacKenzie. Count To Three with Trevor Henry and Docs Harmony (Travis Cullen) were close behind at the wire. Free Flyin Ticket scored her second consecutive OSS Grassroots victory in Race 3. Paul MacDonell steered the Betterthancheddar filly to a three-length win in 1:54.1, elevating her to the top of the OSS division standings. Trainer Anthony Beaton co-owns with David Mercer, Gary Volpe and George Quarterone. The runner-up was High Roller Duke (Colin Kelly), while Tuggingoncredit finished third (Louis Philippe Roy). Bettorthanbobbie added another win to her burgeoning collection, with a half-length score in Race 5. Sylvain Filion steered the bettors’ top choice to her sixth season win in 1:54.4 for trainer Marcel Barrieau and owner Ian Smith. Bettorthanbobbie is a career winner of 11 races and $53,828. Doug McNair managed a wire-to-wire trip with Landry Seelster in Race 6. The race favourite posted her second consecutive OSS victory in 1:55 for trainer Michael Ellis and owner Kim Lezanchuk. Jonathan Drury and Mary Kat finished second, followed by Coqui Coqui with Travis Cullen.   The final Grassroots division was the quickest, claimed by Preeminence, winning by open lengths with Bob McClure in the bike in a new career best of 1:54. Sent off at 9-5, The Sportswriter filly is trained by Marcel Barrieau for Claude Baril, Gilles Caouette and Michael Daneault.  Keystone Kalimba (Jody Jamieson) was second and race favourite Trafalgar (Sylvain Filion) rounded out the top three. The card’s only overnight race was a $15,000 Preferred in Race 4 which was contested under heavy rain. The sloppy track didn’t deter Pretty Handsome from claiming his 27th career win in 1:55. Sent off at 3-1 with Colin Kelly aboard, the five-year-old pacer began his first-over attack in the final quarter and finished a length ahead of Exit Smiling with J. R. Plante and Toot Toot N with Ed Hensley.  Pretty Handsome is trained by Lacey McCabe for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd and is a career winner of $270,975. Total handle for this year’s 10-race Industry Day was $392,062 which was down slightly from the 11-race card handle of $488,696 in 2019. From Grand River Raceway
DRESDEN, ON - AUG. 3, 2020 - One week after making their debut in the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle, two-year-old trotting colts Stonebridge Armour, Tymal Chrome and Arch Hall collected their second provincial victories on Monday, Aug. 3 as Dresden Raceway hosted a trio of $22,000 Grassroots divisions. Fan favourite Stonebridge Armour opened the Grassroots action with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5, cruising home a three and one-half length winner in 2:04.1. Lovin Life Hanover finished second and Showme Some Muscle was third in the $22,800 test. "The gate was a little bit tricky with him in Sarnia, but I kind of knew him a little more today and he seemed to be a little more mature about it today too. He handled the gate really well and after that it was pretty much just a cake walk from there. I never pulled the plugs or nothing, I just sat on him the whole way," said driver Tyler Moore, who piloted the colt to his first Grassroots victory at Hiawatha Horse Park on July 25. "It was my 500th win too, so that was nice." Campbellville, ON resident Moore drives the Muscle Mass colt for trainer Jacques Dupont's Les Ecuries D'Orleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of St-Hyacinthe, Mario Bourgea of Stanbridge East and Marc Camirand of Montreal, QC. A half-brother to $1.2 million winner Manofmanymissions, Stonebridge Armour was a $45,000 acquisition from last fall's Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. With wins in both of his Grassroots starts Stonebridge Armour currently sits third in the freshman trotting colt standings with 100 points. Tymal Chrome earned his second Grassroots win with a gritty first-over trip, reeling in pacesetter Daylon Midnight and advancing down the stretch to a one length victory in 2:04.4. Doro Sogno tracked fan favourite Tymal Chrome from start to finish to secure the runner-up's share of the $22,450 purse and Diehard Seelster rounded out the top three. "He's been a nice horse all along. He just goes out, he just trots, it's like he refuses to make a mistake. He just wants to be a nice horse," said trainer Anthony Beaton. "He did the same thing in Sarnia, he went a big mile there first-up. He just seems like he wants to make you happy and not make mistakes, and that's great." Waterdown resident Beaton trains Tymal Chrome for Larry Menary of Branchton, Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON and George Harrison of Wanes Walton, England. The partners purchased the Muscle Mass son for $22,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale. With two wins and one third in Grassroots action, Tymal Chrome currently sits second in the division standings with 112 points. Division leader Arch Hall delivered his second Grassroots win off a pocket trip behind early pacesetter Insanity, who rang up fractions of :30 and 1:01.2 before being collared by Arch Hall heading by the 1:33 three-quarters. Once he was in command, fan favourite Arch Hall sailed home to a two and three-quarter length win in 2:03.1. Insanity settled for second with Willywin well back in third. "He just left out and that horse (Insanity) wanted to be on front so he just sat there. Down the backstretch he pulled him and just made sure he got through the turn fine, and then he asked him the top of the lane and he just took off again," said trainer Blake MacIntosh. "He's a nice colt and anybody can drive him, he's pretty childproof right now. For a two-year-old trotting colt he's really smart." St. George, ON resident MacIntosh shares ownership of Arch Hall with Hutt Racing Stable of Malvern, PA. The Archangel colt has been no worse than fourth in four lifetime starts, with his two wins and one second putting him at the top of the Grassroots standings with 125 points. All three of Monday's winners are eligible to the Aug. 15 Balanced Image Eliminations at Hanover Raceway. The colts that make the Balanced Image Final on Aug. 22 will miss the fourth Grassroots event, which is slated for Aug. 25 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Dresden Raceway also hosted a pair of $7,000 Prospect Series divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts on Monday. Los Ballykeelamigo scored his second Prospect Series win with a gate-to-wire effort from Post 5 in the first division. The Amigo Hall son and driver Tyler Borth bested fan favourites The Reins Of Titan and driver Brett MacDonald and local colt Magnitude Ten and driver John Sullivan with the 2:02.4 effort. Cam McKnight trains Los Ballykeelamigo for his Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The second Prospect Series division saw pacesetting Northern Flame hang on for a neck victory over fan favourite Royal Jewels in 2:05.3. Goaltender rounded out the top three. Phil Hudon piloted the Muscle Mass colt to his first Prospect Series win for trainer Jodie Cullen and owner Gestion J Y Blais of Montreal, QC. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Prospect Series start at Flamboro Downs on Sept. 6. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
SUMMERSIDE, PE - Sunday afternoon was Adam Merner day at Red Shores at the Summerside Raceway as the reinsman celebrated four harness racing victories including a win in the afternoon feature. Mystery Phil and Merner swept up in the final panel to land in the winner’s circle in the $2,700 featured pace stopping the clock in 1:55.1. Jeb (Driven by Jason Hughes) was second with pacesetter Woodmere Ideal Art (Robert Laffin) third. Dale and Ronnie Rennie of Elmsdale hold the ownership papers of Mystery Phil. Merner started off his grandslam winning race 1 in a maiden breaking score aboard two-year-old filly Southfield Skye in 1:58 For trainer Glen MacKay of Summerside. La Vie En Rose supplied another win in race 2 in 1:59.2 from the Stacey Lund stable while Khitam Image was the other piece of the puzzle winning in 1:59.2 for Merner and trainer Marvyn Webster of Kensington. Brodie MacPhee and Jason Hughes had driving doubles on the card. Total wager was $36,700. For more information go to Redshores.ca. By Nicholas Oakes For Red Shores
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