Semi Automatic - Very impressive in his Battle of Waterloo elimination

Battle finalists determined

Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 25th annual harness racing Industry Day event (on Monday, August 3) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 27. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) were carded as races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division advance to the $141,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Tempus Seelster took home the first win of the elimination card and secured herself a spot in the $141,246 final of the 7th edition of the Battle of the Belles. The 1:56.1 score in the first division marked the Big Jim filly's maiden win. Trainer/driver Travis Henry piloted the filly for owners Benbar Stables, Glen Wark and Craig Wood. Henry and Tempus Seelster will leave from the trailing position in the final. Doug McNair and Sports Expert followed by a half-length to finish second for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Heavenly Bet was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer Des Tackoor. The second Belles elimination was stolen by Jody Jamieson and Free Show. The David Menary trainee challenged Bold Amoretto for the lead after Noone To Depend On and Radar Trap both broke stride around the first turn. Jamieson cut the entire mile for a length victory in 1:55.4 over Paul Mackenzie and Bold Amoretto. Blake Macintosh will have two hopefuls in the Belles final after McNair and Mattjestic Tempo left early and secured a four-length victory in the third and final Belles elimination. McNair and Mattjestic Tempo stopped the clock at 1:55.2 with James MacDonald and Golden Idol finishing second. Im In Luv and Jody Jamieson were third. Golden Idol will leave from the coveted rail position in the final for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON. O'Sullivan and MacDonald (of Guelph, ON) teamed up last year with Golden Idol's full sister, Win the Gold, and captured the Battle of the Belles final. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. O'Sullivan and MacDonald were back in action for the first of two Battle of Waterloo eliminations which saw a Canadian season's record set by Semi Automatic. The Badlands Hanover colt left from the two-hole and put in some work to reach the top after the rail horse, Think On It, broke stride off the gate. MacDonald took two seconds off the current Canadian season record when he stopped the clock at 1:53.4. Semi Automatic will trail the field (post 9) in the $207,397 Battle of Waterloo final. Think On It managed to come back and finish fifth for trainer/co-owner Robert McIntosh. The good fortune continued when the homebred son of Ponder drew the coveted rail position for the final. Imsporty and Carolina Hurricane were second and third respectively. Doug McNair and Magnum J captured the second and final elimination for the Battle of Waterloo. McNair steered the Gregg McNair conditioned colt around the seven horse, Chalk Player, at the first quarter to take the lead. The pair stayed on top for the remainder of the mile and crossed the finish line two lengths ahead of Chalk Player and Bob McClure. The seventh annual Battle of the Belles and 18th annual Battle of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day's 25th anniversary card at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 3. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 27. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $207,397 BATTLE OF WATERLOO HORSE             DRIVER             TRAINER 1. Think On It   John Campbell   Robert McIntosh   2. Stonebridge Beach   Stephane Pouliot   Stephane Larocque   3. A Bettors Risk   Jonathan Drury   Casie Coleman   4. Carolina Hurricane   Sylvain Filion   Ronald Adams   5. Continual Hanover   Michael Saftic  John Darling   6. Imsporty   Jody Jamieson  Carl Jamieson   7. Magnum J   Doug McNair   Gregg McNair   8. Chalk Player Bob McClure   Jeffrey Gillis   9. Semi Automatic   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan     POST POSITIONS FOR THE $141,246 BATTLE OF THE BELLES   HORSE                  DRIVER                 TRAINER 1. Golden Idol   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan   2. Mattjestic Tempo   Doug McNair   Blake MacIntosh   3. Im In Luv   Jody Jamieson   Carl Jamieson   4. Free Show  Jody Jamieson   David Menary   5. Betty Hill   Jonathan Drury   Carmen Auciello   6. Sports Expert   Doug McNaIr   Blake MacIntosh   7. Heavenly Bet   Jody Jamieson   Des Tackoor   8. Bold Amoretto   Paul Mackenzie   Ian Moore   9. Tempus Seelster   Travis Henry   Travis Henry   Kelly Spencer

Control The Moment - Scored his third straight win in 1:52.3

Control The Moment stays hot in Dream Maker

The second leg of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers was once again the Control The Moment show Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The two-year-old son of Well Said scored his third straight victory to begin his career over five rivals in 1:52.3. Driven by Randy Waples, Control The Moment got away in third and sat in that position until near the half-mile pole, at which point Waples gave the rookie pacer his cue to move up. The 3/5 favourite cleared to the front around the final turn and it was game over from there. Control The Moment cruised home in :28.2 to win by two lengths over Kokanee Seelster. Adrian Hanover finished third, while Derecho was fourth. A $47,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Control The Moment has earned $19,000 in three starts for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.3 knocked more than a second off his previous mark. Control The Moment paid $3.40 to win. The Maxwell trainee will now have a chance for a series sweep next Monday in the $36,400 final. Mark McKelvie

Mark Haig

New Brunswick Horse Wins Big

New Brunswick driver Mark Haig scored one of his biggest wins of his harness racing career on Sunday at Truro Raceway as part of their Grand Circuit week.   Winning a division of the prestigious Stanfield three-year-old filly stake was pacer Miss Oromocto.   She is owned by Mel Land of Hopewell Cape and Sharon Burchill of Oromocto, New Brunswick.   Haig, Saint John's top driver for last season is off to another great start this season and is just ten wins shy of five-hundred in his career.   He also has over $ 530,000 in lifetime earnings.   Time of the mile was a new lifetime best for the filly who earned over $ 11,000 in the victory.   She has now accumulated close to $ 31,000 in lifetime earnings.   Meanwhile, another New Brunswick owned filly was second in another division.   Jann Down, owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis was a runner-up in her race for driver Gilles Barrieau and earned $ 5900 for her effort.   In just two years of racing the local filly has close to $ 80,000 in earnings.   Scott Waddell    

 ‘The Queen’ with the connections of Distinctive Skeeter

25th anniversary a cause for celebration and reflection

From humble beginnings to this year’s silver anniversary blowout, Grand River Raceway’s premier event has become one of the great days on the Canadian racing calendar. It began on a meagre budget as a way to help a struggling racetrack build an identity. Twenty-five years later, Industry Day has grown into one of the best events on the Canadian horse-racing calendar. The annual fete that has been instrumental in helping put Grand River Raceway on the map. On Monday, Aug. 3, the Elora, Ont. track will mark the silver anniversary of Industry Day, a celebration of the business of harness racing that began in 1990 at the track’s predecessor, Elmira Raceway. Dr. Ted Clarke, general manager of Grand River Raceway, said Industry Day was the brainchild of the late Ken Middleton, Sr., Elmira Raceway’s former race secretary, who “was instrumental in those early discussions.” At the time, Elmira Raceway was just three years removed from shutting down because it didn’t have enough money to operate. Clarke said Industry Day would never have happened without what was then a controversial decision in January of 1990 to begin taking the simulcast signal for one race program a week from Greenwood Raceway in Toronto. “It was the first time there had been common pool wagering in the province,” Clarke said. “Greenwood sent its signal in January on Saturday afternoons. We only ran one program a week, but it was extremely successful and it changed the menu that was before us, so to speak. We had to opportunity to take some of the revenue gained from that and try to do things that would build the success of that operation. So, one of the things that came up was, ‘We really need a day that identifies Elmira Raceway that can be that signature event.’” Clarke said Industry Day, “started with a cost structure that wasn’t too extravagant but depended, largely, on people who volunteered their activities.” Early Industry Days featured well-attended seminars on a variety of important industry topics. Clarke remembers breeder Jack McNiven of Killean Acres giving a talk on how to prepare yearlings for the auction ring. Trainer Doug Arthur spoke about selecting yearlings at a sale. “At that time many people hadn’t spent a lot of time associating with the best practices of the industry. In some cases, if you had a bit of an advantage in your ability to select a yearling over somebody else, it wasn’t exactly knowledge that you might willingly share, because it was your advantage. So, we sort of went out on a limb a little bit and had, what I thought were pretty good, semi-educational seminars and certainly knowledge sharing,” Clarke said. In 1998, Elmira Raceway launched the Battle of Waterloo, and added it to the Industry Day celebration. The track’s marquee stakes race proved to be an instant hit. It’s estimated 8,000 people were at Industry Day that year to see Distinctiv Seelster and trainer/driver Carl Jamieson win the inaugural Battle. The race for two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts will have its 18th edition on Aug. 3, along with a companion race for two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing fillies called the Battle of the Belles that was added to Industry Day in 2009. Clarke said Industry Day even had an influence on the design of Grand River Raceway, which opened in 2003. “As part of the design, there was a lot of topsoil on this site that had to be stripped when we started into the redevelopment. Rather than truck it away, we simply piled it in piles around the track and created the berms on which people now can sit and watch the races. It was, again, making use of what we had and it created a circumstance that at least for that day is the right venue,” said Clarke, who was also a proponent of keeping Grand River a smaller, half-mile oval like Elmira Raceway that is more fan friendly. In time, the seminars faded from the lineup and the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles became the main attraction to Industry Day, which has always been an afternoon card held on the Civic Holiday Monday in August. Over time, Industry Day became a family friendly day complete with a long list of activities for kids, which has proven especially popular in recent years since the Grand River Agricultural Society that owns and operates the track no longer holds a fall fair. This year, Industry Day will feature the usual face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles and pony rides for the kids and two backstretch beer tents for the adults. Kelly Spencer, Grand River’s manager of marketing and communications, has a range of fun activities and special giveaways planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary, including $5,000 in prizes such as Callaway Golf Clubs, Kate Spade and Tony Burch purses, a barbecue and a lawn mower. This year will also mark the 11th edition of the popular Bouncy Pony Stakes where trainers and drivers race each other by bouncing down the track on inflatable ponies. Eliminations for the two Battle races, will be held the evening of Monday, July 27, with two eliminations needed to determine the eight finalists for the $207,397 final of the Battle of Waterloo and three required to whittle the field to eight for the $140,246 final of the Battle of the Belles. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 12-race Industry Day card that also features Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series legs for three-year-old pacing fillies and a Racing Under Saddle event. Clarke, who was part of the management team in 1990 at Elmira Raceway when Industry Day started, said he can’t believe how much the harness racing industry has changed in a quarter century. Twenty-five years ago, even beaming in one card of racing a week from another track was considered controversial. Today, patrons can easily wager on horse racing from around the world by using their smart phones. “I had a birthday yesterday, so I’m aware of the time that’s passed,” Clarke said last week. “The time has gone very quickly and I’m sure everybody else my age would say the same thing. But, it’s been fun.” For more information on Industry Day, please visit: www.grandriverraceway.com Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, July 26, 2015 - Three-year-old pacers were featured Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R, with an event for each sex in the fourth and final preliminary round of their Quebec-Bred series, with the top horses advancing to their respective $65,000 final on September 6. Trainer Dany Fontaine probably wishes the final was next week, as his Mach On The Beach has really found himself in his last three starts, on Sunday taking a new mark of 1:54.3 in winning the final $7500 colt/gelding elimination. Driver Pascal Berube sent the Mach Three gelding swiftly out of the gate, with the rest of the field of five in a post positional lineup. (Western Bayama, the division's defending champion, was scratched; in fact, trainer Yves Filion had a scratch in each Q-series event -- filly Wanda Bayama, who had won two prelims, was also withdrawn.) Sitting next-to-last early didn't sit too well with odds-on favorite Sugarsam, though, and the meet's leading driver, Denis St Pierre, moved him out midbackstretch to rush at the leader by the 28.1 quarter. Berube played some hardball, though, and while challenging in the middle of the second turn, Sugarsam took some nasty steps and drifted wide (not unprecedented behavior for him), finally settling back in last as Mach On The Beach got to the half in 56.2. At a bad positional disadvantage but game as can be, Sugarsam made another move frontward from about the same spot he had done a half-mile earlier, getting to Mach On The Beach by the 1:25 3/4s. Sugarsam behaved himself around the final bend this time, but he could not get by the determined pacesetter in a bitter stretch duel, with Mach On The Beach hanging on by a neck on the wire. Mach On The Beach didn't race at two and had been off the board in his first 10 career starts in Ontario until making the switch to 3R, where he has a record of 3-2-1-0, and he has shown that he should be competitive in the Championship for Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. Nine of the originally-programmed ten horses went postward in the filly division for $8250, with Voodoo Charm, winner of two of her prelim starts, also favored by the Quebec bettors at 2-5. (In the Quebec program, nine or fewer horses as entrants dictate a purse of $7500; if ten, one division goes for $8250; if 11 or more, the event is split for $7500 a division.) Unlike Sugarsam, Voodoo Charm did get to visit Victory Lane -- but only after a seven-minute inquiry into the action early on the second turn, the turn which had also plagued Sugarsam earlier. Big Bertha and Sylvain Lacaille left the gate quickly to get the lead before the 27.2 opening split, with Mario Charron moving just before the quarter from third with "Voodoo." As Voodoo Charm, who had made an early break in her previous start, started to go around Big Bertha to the lead into the second curve, the two came in very close quarters, and Big Bertha took a small stumblestep, which was the source of the inquiry, but no reason for placing was eventually found. Voodoo Charm went on to post splits of 57.2 and 1:27.4, and despite bearing out slightly in the lane she was strong to the wire, winning by a clear margin over Big Bertha in 1:57.2. The meet's leading trainer, Maxime Velaye, combined with Charron, who earlier had swept the Daily Double, to establish this filly as the favorite for her final for owners Yvan Mondoux, Guy Corbeil, Alexandre Morin, and Francois Laverdiere. Hippodrome 3R will now shift its focus to another type of horsepower for the next two weeks, as the Trois-Rivieres Grand Prix auto race will be the focus the next two weeks. The casino and simulcast wagering will be available at 3R during this period, and on the return card Wednesday, August 12, two-year-old trotters will begin their preliminaries in the Quebec-Bred series. Quebec Jockey Club  

The top local horseman for on Friday night at Grand River Raceway was Lyle MacArthur. Lyle completed the double win by being the winning driver and trainer of Sir Machalot (pronounced mock-a lot) in the 7th race. It was Sir Machalot's 2nd win of the season and 7th lifetime. Lyle has over 600 career training wins and over 2100 driving wins. Lyle is a resident of St. George and has been a regular on the Ontario harness racing circuit for almost 40 years. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Scott McNair

JULY 25, 2015 – Even before his three-year-old pacing geldings Robert Hill and J Js Delivery swept the Gold Series divisions at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, harness racing trainer Dave Menary was having a pretty amazing weekend. ‘I’m pretty pumped. I wasn’t at the races tonight myself. I was watching them at home on TV, because yesterday morning I had a daughter born,” explained the rural Cambridge, ON resident. “Julie and I, my fiancé, we had a beautiful baby girl born yesterday morning. We just come home from the hospital tonight.” As if in celebration of daughter Mikayla’s birth, the Menary Stable had an extraordinary evening at Mohawk. In addition to sweeping the Gold divisions, the trainer captured an overnight event and posted three seconds and one third. “I had seven in to go, including three colts in the Sires Stakes, and it couldn’t have gone any better,” said the trainer. “Everything we raced tonight has been unbelievable.” Adding another touch of the extraordinary to the evening was the fact that James MacDonald was in the race bike behind both of Menary’s Gold Series winners, just one night after being involved in an accident at Mohawk that sent him to the hospital for stitches in his arm. In the first $105,000 Gold test MacDonald and Robert Hill started from Post 6 and were sitting seventh when Shoe Shine reached the opening quarter in :26.4. At the :54.1 half and 1:22.1 three-quarters clocked by fan favourite Drachan Hanover, Robert Hill was still at the back of the pack, although MacDonald had moved him into the outer lane. At the top of the stretch Drachan Hanover still had a short lead and another Menary other starter, Sportsmanship, looked poised for victory, but when MacDonald gave Robert Hill a clear look at the wire the gelding powered down the stretch to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:51.1. Sportsmanship finished second, giving Menary a one-two sweep, and Thinkofagameplan rounded out the top three. “Last week I think Sportsmanship went the mile of his life, and tonight when they come up to the head of the stretch I was cheering for him, but then all of sudden, when he was getting conquered it was by my other horse, so I had to change cheering,” said Menary. “I had to jump off one bandwagon and get on the other bandwagon.” Menary conditions Jereme's Jet son Robert Hill for Tom Hill of Lancashire, GB and Sportswriter son Sportsmanship for Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON, Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and Parkinson Farms of Lucan, ON. Robert Hill In the second Gold division MacDonald and J Js Delivery also lined up at Post 6, but the Guelph, ON resident hustled the Jeremes Jet son away from the starting gate, reaching the opening quarter in :26.1. The duo yielded to Go Daddy Go through the :53.2 half, but were back out and powering toward the front at the 1:21.1 three-quarters. J Js Delivery turned for home with a narrow lead and had to battle all the way down the stretch to secure the victory, keeping a neck in front of Go Daddy Go and Star Cover. The 1:49.4 clocking was a personal best for J Js Delivery, who had posted one second and one third in the first two Gold Legs. Bob Hamather of Exeter, ON owns J Js Delivery, who is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Secrets Nephew. J Js Delivery “It’s been a non-sleep week. I’m lucky I have a good staff around me,” said Menary. “Everything has just fallen into place, partly because of luck, partly because of the people, but mostly because of the horses.” Joining J Js Delivery in the winner’s circle was lucky “Be A Winner” contestant Nick Toltl, who had his photo taken with the gelding and driver MacDonald. In addition, Toltl will be back at Mohawk for the Sept. 26 Grassroots Championships enjoying dinner for four and a $100 wagering voucher. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their fourth Gold Series start at Georgian Downs on August 25. Next on Mohawk Racetrack’s active Ontario Sires Stakes calendar are six Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts on Tuesday, July 28. The colts will battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 6, 9, and 10 on Tuesday’s program, which kids off at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing

Foxyhall racing stable from Summerside, PE enjoyed a big night at the track with two of their stable stars, Si Semalu and Thunderaway, winning their respective assignments at the harness racing meeting on Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. Si Semalu, under the command of driver Jason Hughes, was sent right to the lead from the rail and never looked back on route to a 1:55.4 clocking in the evening's feature event. The five- year-old son of Modern Art rolled through splits of 28.3, 58.4 and 1:27.3. Cabo Pan Lucas (Danny MacDonald) was second with Forever Paradise (Mike McGuigan) completing the triactor. Newcomer Thunderaway and Hughes were a two and half length winner in the first of two open trots carded on the program. The mare notched her 26th lifetime victory and her first on Island soil. Foxyhall racing also recorded a third place finish with Sam It Again Sam in The Class of 1958 St. Dunstan's University pace won by Perfect Escape in a dazzling 1:56 flat for Walter Cheverie. Cheverie, who had two winners on the program, did the driving for owners Jack Keenan, Stratford, PE and Joseph Dahl, Burlington, Ontario. Another newcomer to the Island racing ranks, Strike A Light, won the second open trot in 1:59.4 for driver Norris Rogers and trainer Blaine McKenna. Mike Stevenson had a driving double on the 12 dash program scoring with The Big Bite for trainer Thane Arsenault and the ownership group of Jack Arsenault, Charlottetown, Donna McIver, York, Edward Blaisdell, Montague and Deborah Wilson, Elmsdale, NS. The second score came with Shellys Man for owner Michael Collings, Charlottetown and trainer Gerald MacDougall. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca Lee Drake

The Atlantic Sires Stakes colts and geldings dominated  the harness racing meeting at Truro Raceway on Saturday evening, as five divisions of the three-year-old pacing colts were highlighted on the evening race card. R Es Aiden and driver Rodney Gillis captured their $6960 'A' division event in 2:00.4. The ownership papers on the bay pacing gelding are held by Donald Francis Beaton and Damian MacInnis of Port Hood, NS and Adam Pond of Fort McMurray, AB. The second 'A' division event of the evening went to Proven Desire and Marc Campbell in 1:56.3 for owners Blair Hansen and Meghan MacDonald of Charlottetown, PE and John Thomas of Dartmouth, NS. Dixieland Band continued his winning ways in the final 'A' division event on the race card, under the command of Gilles Barrieau. This is the third straight Atlantic Sires Stakes win for the three-year-old gelding owned by Reginald MacPherson and David MacKenzie of Stratford, PE and Aaron MacKenzie of Winsloe, PE. There were also two $2500 'B' division events on the race card with the first going to Gotta Move and driver Paul Langille for owner Debbie Denney of Mount Uniacke, NS. Eliminator and Gilles Barrieau won the other 'B' division for Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach, PE. Atlantic Sires Stakes racing action takes a short reprieve until Sunday, August 2, when the three-year-old pacing fillies meet for action at Inverness Raceway. Lynne MacLennan

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - The fourth and final preliminary round of the $250,000 Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers takes place Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R. This is also the final race day at 3R as live racing takes a bit of a holiday for the Trois-Rivieres auto Grand Prix racing. The track and casino will still be open every day. Live racing will resume on Wednesday, August 12. After this final preliminary round, the top eight point earners in the series will be eligible to return to 3R on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. There is a great match up in the third race first division of the series as Mach On The Beach takes on Sugarsam. Sugarsam is the strong horse of the two return winners. Two weeks back in his last start, the son of Sportwriter was parked out first-over against pacesetter Mach On The Beach, but driver Denis St Pierre kept Sugarsam alive on the outside to win in 1:55. Sugarsam starts from post six. Mach On The Beach came back last week in the series and regained winning form after being second to Sugarsam, winning a third round of the series wire to wire in 1:58. The fillies do battle in the eighth race with a large field of ten starters going one mile on the 3R half mile oval. All eyes will be on Voodoo Charm from the rail for driver Mario Charron. Last week the filly saw her three-race winning streak go down the tubes as she broke at the start of the race and ended up finishing fifth. This week Voodoo Charm, sired by Ponder, starts from the rail and is the 5/2 morning line favorite. Her main rival will be Wanda Bayama from post seven for trainer/driver Yves Filion. This Western Ideal filly has won her last two starts in the series, both on the front end. This race will not be a walk in the park for anyone in the field as other hopeful contenders include HP Rubis Joyce (post 3), No Panic (post 4), return series winner Big Bertha (post 8) and Miss Bro (post 9), all having a shot in the race. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club    

JULY 24, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack hosted the second Grassroots event for harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies on Friday night and there were four first-time visitors to the Ontario Sires Stakes winner's circle. Nationalize captured the first Grassroots division, sprinting from the back field in the last quarter to post a two and one-quarter length score in 1:52.3. Brown Binny and Lady Jen finished second and third. Camluck daughter Nationalize is trained by Ron Adams of Lasalle, ON for David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON, and Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson engineered the filly's first Ontario Sires Stakes victory. Milton, ON resident Randy Waples also used a come-from-behind strategy in the second $18,000 division, getting Ainsleynoelle into the outer flow at the halfway marker and then gearing her up in the final quarter. The Jeremes Jet daughter powered down the stretch to a one length score over Much Adoo and OK Heavenly, stopping the Mohawk teletimer at 1:53.2. Colin Johnson of Repentigny, QC conditions Ainsleynoelle for Debbie Element of Rockwood, ON, David Heffering of Port Perry, ON and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Friday's win was also Ainsleynoelle's first in the provincial stakes program. Paul MacDonell chose a different route to the winner's circle for Dublin Rose, putting the fan's second choice on the front heading for the half and pulling away to a five and one-quarter length victory over Twin B Honour and Windsun Chanel. Guelph, ON resident MacDonell crafted the win for trainer-owner-breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI. Tomlinson started Dublin Rose in the June 6 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk, where she finished third, then headed to Clinton Raceway for the Kin Pace where the Major In Art daughter won her June 28 division and finished third in the July 5 final. Through seven sophomore starts first-time OSS winner Dublin Rose has never been worse than third, posting two wins, two seconds and three thirds for earnings of $42,484. Stonebridge Quest earned the trophy in the fourth division, which was marred by an accident that sent driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville, ON to hospital in an ambulance and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON to the emergency room for stitches. Both of their mounts, Twin B Sweetheart and Betty And The Jets, returned to the race paddock under their own steam. On the front end from start to finish, Stonebridge Quest and driver Trevor Henry crossed the finish line three-quarters of a length in front of Northern Starlet in a personal best 1:51.1. Southwind Mischief was eight lengths back in third. Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON piloted Stonebridge Quest to her second Grassroots win of the season for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Camluck miss, who won the final of the Kin Pace, currently sits alone atop the three-year-old pacing filly standings with 100 points. The final Grassroots trophy of the evening went home with Sportswriter daughter Maplelea, who made a powerful move to the front heading by the three-quarters and drew away to a four length victory in 1:52.2. The fan favourite bested Southwind Geisha and Black Widow Baby. Oakville, ON resident Rick Zeron drove the filly to her first Ontario Sires Stakes win for owner-trainer Andrew Moore of Russell, ON. Friday's outing was Maplelea's first since she tested the provincial waters at the Gold Series level on June 6, finishing fourth. The filly spent the early months of 2015 competing in the Miss Vera Bars, HPI, Blossom and Princess Series' at Woodbine and Mohawk, winning both legs and the final of the HPI and taking at least one leg of the other three. Through 15 starts Maplelea boasts a record of nine wins, three seconds and one third for earnings of $124,198. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their third Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Aug. 1. On Saturday Mohawk Racetrack hosts a celebration of Ontario Sires Stakes racing that features two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts, the "Be A Winner" contest, an opportunity to meet OSS drivers, and great OSS giveaways. The pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8, with the first race going postward at 7:25 pm. Nationalize Ainsleynoelle Dublin Rose Stonebridge Quest Maplelea Ontario Horse Racing

The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) issued a Notice to the Industry on June 3, 2015 advising that Ontario will begin testing for cobalt with a threshold of 50ng/ml in blood, as of August 1, 2015. Racing participants are reminded that all horses that have been selected to provide an Official Sample (blood), as defined by the Canadian Pari-Mutuel Agency (CPMA), will also be tested for cobalt. Once the CPMA has completed the official testing, the ORC will subject the sample to enhanced testing for the presence of cobalt. On July 17, 2015, Steve Suttie, Executive Director of the CPMA, wrote to ORC CEO and Executive Director Jean Major. The letter summarized the CPMA’s continuing research on cobalt and provides additional information to help racing participants make informed decisions on the use of cobalt in race horses. The ORC will also be implementing a policy which allows for trainers and owners to have a claimed horse post-race tested for cobalt at their own expense. If you wish to have a horse tested that you have claimed, please note that on the Official Claim Form Please note that if a claimed horse is found to have unacceptable levels of cobalt during an approved post-race test, the Judges/Stewards have the authority, at the option of the claimant, to rule a claim invalid. The ORC believes that cobalt testing is not only a matter related to the integrity of horse racing but more importantly an animal welfare issue. When administered in appropriate quantities, there is likely very little performance benefit to cobalt. And when used in excess, this element can be toxic to horses. Brent Stone Acting Deputy Director  Ontario Racing Commission  

Make it four in a row for Fall Bliss as he quick stepped to a 1:58.3 win for owner/ trainer and driver Dr. Mitchell Downey on a beautiful Thursday night at New Brunswick's capital city at the harness racing meeting at Fredericton Raceway.   Downey was aggressive with the son of Blissful Hall early as he was fired off the gate and led at every marker to preserve the win.    He flashed a final half-mile of :58.3 as he toiled with his rivals en route to a six-length triumph.   Also on the seven-dash program American Terror came from off the pace to win for driver Ed Harvey in an equal effort of 1:58.3.   This may set up a clash of the titans of sorts this coming Thursday should the duo meet up in the top-class.   Harvey's pacer has won three straight in the weekly top-class.   Racing will continue on Thursday evening as Horse Racing New Brunswick hosts live racing on July 30th at 6:30 P.M.   Scott Waddell

JULY 23, 2015 - Mohawk Racetrack fans can get into the winner's circle this Saturday during the Ontario Sires Stakes "Be A Winner" contest. The Campbellville oval hosts two Gold Series divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts on Saturday, and the second $105,000 division will see a "Be A Winner" semi-finalist assigned to each horse. Each semi-finalist and one guest will be invited to tour the race paddock and watch the Gold Series colts battle from the winner's circle, and the semi-finalist who was assigned to the winning horse will be able to join in the post-race celebrations. The victorious semi-finalist will also receive a digital copy of the winner's circle photo, dinner for four during the Grassroots Championships at Mohawk on Sept. 26, and a $100 wagering voucher for the Sept. 26 program. Hoping to greet the "Be A Winner" victor after the eighth race is Guelph, ON resident Dr. Ian Moore, who will send out the division's number-three ranked colt Physicallyinclined. The Mach Three son and driver Paul MacDonell, also of Guelph, will start from Post 1, looking for their first Gold Series win after a pair of runner-up finishes in the first two Legs. "Hopefully his luck turns around this week," said Dr. Moore. "He's a very, very game, tough individual. "And actually this will be one of the first times that he's drew close to the rail in all his starts," the trainer continued. "He's been outside or in the middle in most all of them." Physicallyinclined boasts a sophomore record of 4 wins and two seconds through 7 starts, with his biggest win to date coming in the North America Cup Consolation at Mohawk on June 20. Owners Bruce McGean of Stewiacke, NS and Sterling Feener of Sydney, NS have attended all the colt's stakes starts and will be at Mohawk for Saturday's Gold Series test, hoping to share their enthusiasm for Physicallyinclined with the successful "Be A Winner" contestant. "He's the only horse they have and they're really, really excited," said Dr. Moore. "North America Cup Consolation night we're going up to the winner's circle, and I went to shake Bruce's hand and he's crying. He said. 'I can't help it'. He's a real good guy and it's nice to see people like that have success with their horses." In addition to Physicallyinclined, Moore will also send out Shoe Shine in the first Gold division. It will be the Shadow Play son's Ontario Sires Stakes debut and Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry will steer him from Post 3 in the sixth race. "He's been a surprise actually. He had a bad heel crack in one foot and we got that fixed up and it seemed to have made a big difference," said Dr. Moore, who still spends his afternoons working at his veterinary practice. "Now I know it's a little tougher in the Gold, but they wanted to try him and I was okay with that, so away we go on Saturday." Wayne Whebby of Dartmouth, NS and R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NS share ownership of Shoe Shine and Whebby trained the colt before leaving him with Moore following his first Mohawk start on June 29. Since arriving in Ontario the pacer has posted three wins and one fourth in four outings, starting in non-winners of $7,000 and moving up to non-winners of $25,000. "Both of those two colts have been pleasant surprises for all of us associated with them," noted Dr. Moore. "So hopefully we have a little more luck." Fans who do not reach the semifinals of the "Be A Winner" contest can still catch an Ontario Sires Stakes ball cap during the trackside hat toss, and the first 200 fans arriving for Saturday's festivities can have an OSS T-shirt autographed by their favourite drivers. The first race rolls in behind the Mohawk Racetrack starting gate at 7:25 pm on Saturday and the three-year-old pacing colts will be featured in Races 6 and 8. Ontario Horse Racing

Fresh off the $22, 000 Governor's Plate final, Si Semalu will have rail control in the Saturday night harness racing feature at Red Shores Charlottetown. Owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, NS, and a winner of over $150, 000 lifetime, the five-year-old son of Modern Art will look to pick up his first victory on Red Soil since reporting to P.E.I in mid June. He will gain the services of his trainer at top driver at Red Shores Charlottetown Jason Hughes. Forever Paradise will look to price them up from Post 6, listed as the morning line favourite and entered for a claiming tag, the five-year-old son of Western Paradise has been no worst then second in his first six starts off the bench including a lifetime best 1:55.1 two starts ago. Owned by Reg MacPherson, David and Aaron MacKenzie, the Kevin MacLean trainee will be driven by Mike McGuigan. Also in the feature Jersey Joe will put his three race win streak on the line from post seven. Tempo Seelster, Smiley Bayama, Likely To Win, Cabo Pan Lucas and Waterside Light round out the power packed field. A pair of Open Trots are set to go post ward as well on Saturday night, the first in Race 2 has Pleasure Girls pegged as the morning line choice for owner Shelley Gass and trainer, driver Ronnie Gass. The field also features Frill Seeker for the Ebbsfleet Stables and newcomer to Foxyhall Racing Thunderaway. Race 4 features a pair of newcomers, Post 4 starter Kennel Buddy comes in from Ontario for trainer David Dowling, Walter Cheverie gets the call on the five-year-old Ken Warkentin gelding who was a winner last time out in 1:57.2 over Georgian Downs. The second newcomer comes from the powerful Patrick Shepherd stable, a winner of 105 races this year, Shepherd a native of Stratford, P.E.I. currently sits second among trainers in all of Canada, he will send out Weskey for owner Stephen Morton of Windsor, NS. Harold Shepherd gets the call in the sulky on the winner of four races in a row, his last a lifetime best 1:56.4 over Georgian Downs. Racing action gets underway at 6 p.m. for the 12-dash card. By: Bo Ford

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Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 25th annual harness racing Industry Day event (on Monday, August 3) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 27. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) were carded as races one, three and six. The top three finishers from each division advance to the $141,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Tempus Seelster took home the first win of the elimination card and secured herself a spot in the $141,246 final of the 7th edition of the Battle of the Belles. The 1:56.1 score in the first division marked the Big Jim filly's maiden win. Trainer/driver Travis Henry piloted the filly for owners Benbar Stables, Glen Wark and Craig Wood. Henry and Tempus Seelster will leave from the trailing position in the final. Doug McNair and Sports Expert followed by a half-length to finish second for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Heavenly Bet was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer Des Tackoor. The second Belles elimination was stolen by Jody Jamieson and Free Show. The David Menary trainee challenged Bold Amoretto for the lead after Noone To Depend On and Radar Trap both broke stride around the first turn. Jamieson cut the entire mile for a length victory in 1:55.4 over Paul Mackenzie and Bold Amoretto. Blake Macintosh will have two hopefuls in the Belles final after McNair and Mattjestic Tempo left early and secured a four-length victory in the third and final Belles elimination. McNair and Mattjestic Tempo stopped the clock at 1:55.2 with James MacDonald and Golden Idol finishing second. Im In Luv and Jody Jamieson were third. Golden Idol will leave from the coveted rail position in the final for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON. O'Sullivan and MacDonald (of Guelph, ON) teamed up last year with Golden Idol's full sister, Win the Gold, and captured the Battle of the Belles final. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. O'Sullivan and MacDonald were back in action for the first of two Battle of Waterloo eliminations which saw a Canadian season's record set by Semi Automatic. The Badlands Hanover colt left from the two-hole and put in some work to reach the top after the rail horse, Think On It, broke stride off the gate. MacDonald took two seconds off the current Canadian season record when he stopped the clock at 1:53.4. Semi Automatic will trail the field (post 9) in the $207,397 Battle of Waterloo final. Think On It managed to come back and finish fifth for trainer/co-owner Robert McIntosh. The good fortune continued when the homebred son of Ponder drew the coveted rail position for the final. Imsporty and Carolina Hurricane were second and third respectively. Doug McNair and Magnum J captured the second and final elimination for the Battle of Waterloo. McNair steered the Gregg McNair conditioned colt around the seven horse, Chalk Player, at the first quarter to take the lead. The pair stayed on top for the remainder of the mile and crossed the finish line two lengths ahead of Chalk Player and Bob McClure. The seventh annual Battle of the Belles and 18th annual Battle of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day's 25th anniversary card at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 3. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 27. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $207,397 BATTLE OF WATERLOO HORSE             DRIVER             TRAINER 1. Think On It   John Campbell   Robert McIntosh   2. Stonebridge Beach   Stephane Pouliot   Stephane Larocque   3. A Bettors Risk   Jonathan Drury   Casie Coleman   4. Carolina Hurricane   Sylvain Filion   Ronald Adams   5. Continual Hanover   Michael Saftic  John Darling   6. Imsporty   Jody Jamieson  Carl Jamieson   7. Magnum J   Doug McNair   Gregg McNair   8. Chalk Player Bob McClure   Jeffrey Gillis   9. Semi Automatic   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan     POST POSITIONS FOR THE $141,246 BATTLE OF THE BELLES   HORSE                  DRIVER                 TRAINER 1. Golden Idol   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan   2. Mattjestic Tempo   Doug McNair   Blake MacIntosh   3. Im In Luv   Jody Jamieson   Carl Jamieson   4. Free Show  Jody Jamieson   David Menary   5. Betty Hill   Jonathan Drury   Carmen Auciello   6. Sports Expert   Doug McNaIr   Blake MacIntosh   7. Heavenly Bet   Jody Jamieson   Des Tackoor   8. Bold Amoretto   Paul Mackenzie   Ian Moore   9. Tempus Seelster   Travis Henry   Travis Henry   Kelly Spencer
The second leg of the Dream Maker Series for two-year-old pacers was once again the Control The Moment show Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. The two-year-old son of Well Said scored his third straight victory to begin his career over five rivals in 1:52.3. Driven by Randy Waples, Control The Moment got away in third and sat in that position until near the half-mile pole, at which point Waples gave the rookie pacer his cue to move up. The 3/5 favourite cleared to the front around the final turn and it was game over from there. Control The Moment cruised home in :28.2 to win by two lengths over Kokanee Seelster. Adrian Hanover finished third, while Derecho was fourth. A $47,000 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale graduate, Control The Moment has earned $19,000 in three starts for trainer Brad Maxwell, who shares ownership with Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The clocking of 1:52.3 knocked more than a second off his previous mark. Control The Moment paid $3.40 to win. The Maxwell trainee will now have a chance for a series sweep next Monday in the $36,400 final. Mark McKelvie
New Brunswick driver Mark Haig scored one of his biggest wins of his harness racing career on Sunday at Truro Raceway as part of their Grand Circuit week.   Winning a division of the prestigious Stanfield three-year-old filly stake was pacer Miss Oromocto.   She is owned by Mel Land of Hopewell Cape and Sharon Burchill of Oromocto, New Brunswick.   Haig, Saint John's top driver for last season is off to another great start this season and is just ten wins shy of five-hundred in his career.   He also has over $ 530,000 in lifetime earnings.   Time of the mile was a new lifetime best for the filly who earned over $ 11,000 in the victory.   She has now accumulated close to $ 31,000 in lifetime earnings.   Meanwhile, another New Brunswick owned filly was second in another division.   Jann Down, owned by the Downey Stables of Quispamsis was a runner-up in her race for driver Gilles Barrieau and earned $ 5900 for her effort.   In just two years of racing the local filly has close to $ 80,000 in earnings.   Scott Waddell    
From humble beginnings to this year’s silver anniversary blowout, Grand River Raceway’s premier event has become one of the great days on the Canadian racing calendar. It began on a meagre budget as a way to help a struggling racetrack build an identity. Twenty-five years later, Industry Day has grown into one of the best events on the Canadian horse-racing calendar. The annual fete that has been instrumental in helping put Grand River Raceway on the map. On Monday, Aug. 3, the Elora, Ont. track will mark the silver anniversary of Industry Day, a celebration of the business of harness racing that began in 1990 at the track’s predecessor, Elmira Raceway. Dr. Ted Clarke, general manager of Grand River Raceway, said Industry Day was the brainchild of the late Ken Middleton, Sr., Elmira Raceway’s former race secretary, who “was instrumental in those early discussions.” At the time, Elmira Raceway was just three years removed from shutting down because it didn’t have enough money to operate. Clarke said Industry Day would never have happened without what was then a controversial decision in January of 1990 to begin taking the simulcast signal for one race program a week from Greenwood Raceway in Toronto. “It was the first time there had been common pool wagering in the province,” Clarke said. “Greenwood sent its signal in January on Saturday afternoons. We only ran one program a week, but it was extremely successful and it changed the menu that was before us, so to speak. We had to opportunity to take some of the revenue gained from that and try to do things that would build the success of that operation. So, one of the things that came up was, ‘We really need a day that identifies Elmira Raceway that can be that signature event.’” Clarke said Industry Day, “started with a cost structure that wasn’t too extravagant but depended, largely, on people who volunteered their activities.” Early Industry Days featured well-attended seminars on a variety of important industry topics. Clarke remembers breeder Jack McNiven of Killean Acres giving a talk on how to prepare yearlings for the auction ring. Trainer Doug Arthur spoke about selecting yearlings at a sale. “At that time many people hadn’t spent a lot of time associating with the best practices of the industry. In some cases, if you had a bit of an advantage in your ability to select a yearling over somebody else, it wasn’t exactly knowledge that you might willingly share, because it was your advantage. So, we sort of went out on a limb a little bit and had, what I thought were pretty good, semi-educational seminars and certainly knowledge sharing,” Clarke said. In 1998, Elmira Raceway launched the Battle of Waterloo, and added it to the Industry Day celebration. The track’s marquee stakes race proved to be an instant hit. It’s estimated 8,000 people were at Industry Day that year to see Distinctiv Seelster and trainer/driver Carl Jamieson win the inaugural Battle. The race for two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts will have its 18th edition on Aug. 3, along with a companion race for two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing fillies called the Battle of the Belles that was added to Industry Day in 2009. Clarke said Industry Day even had an influence on the design of Grand River Raceway, which opened in 2003. “As part of the design, there was a lot of topsoil on this site that had to be stripped when we started into the redevelopment. Rather than truck it away, we simply piled it in piles around the track and created the berms on which people now can sit and watch the races. It was, again, making use of what we had and it created a circumstance that at least for that day is the right venue,” said Clarke, who was also a proponent of keeping Grand River a smaller, half-mile oval like Elmira Raceway that is more fan friendly. In time, the seminars faded from the lineup and the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles became the main attraction to Industry Day, which has always been an afternoon card held on the Civic Holiday Monday in August. Over time, Industry Day became a family friendly day complete with a long list of activities for kids, which has proven especially popular in recent years since the Grand River Agricultural Society that owns and operates the track no longer holds a fall fair. This year, Industry Day will feature the usual face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles and pony rides for the kids and two backstretch beer tents for the adults. Kelly Spencer, Grand River’s manager of marketing and communications, has a range of fun activities and special giveaways planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary, including $5,000 in prizes such as Callaway Golf Clubs, Kate Spade and Tony Burch purses, a barbecue and a lawn mower. This year will also mark the 11th edition of the popular Bouncy Pony Stakes where trainers and drivers race each other by bouncing down the track on inflatable ponies. Eliminations for the two Battle races, will be held the evening of Monday, July 27, with two eliminations needed to determine the eight finalists for the $207,397 final of the Battle of Waterloo and three required to whittle the field to eight for the $140,246 final of the Battle of the Belles. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 12-race Industry Day card that also features Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series legs for three-year-old pacing fillies and a Racing Under Saddle event. Clarke, who was part of the management team in 1990 at Elmira Raceway when Industry Day started, said he can’t believe how much the harness racing industry has changed in a quarter century. Twenty-five years ago, even beaming in one card of racing a week from another track was considered controversial. Today, patrons can easily wager on horse racing from around the world by using their smart phones. “I had a birthday yesterday, so I’m aware of the time that’s passed,” Clarke said last week. “The time has gone very quickly and I’m sure everybody else my age would say the same thing. But, it’s been fun.” For more information on Industry Day, please visit: www.grandriverraceway.com Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing
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