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