Day At The Track

Canadian Round-Up: Alberta, Northside & more

02:02 AM 13 Oct 2014 NZDT
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Jamie Gray, harness racing
Jamie Gray

Trainer/driver Jamie Gray swept both Alberta Sires Stakes Marquis eliminations with three-year-old pacing fillies Mothers Melody and Eliseuinthedust during Saturday afternoon's harness racing card at Alberta Downs, which also featured freshmen in a pair of ASHA Filly Stakes.

In the first of two the $10,000 ABSS eliminations, Mothers Melody sat seventh for most of the mile before storming home on the far outside in :28.1 for the 1:56.3 triumph to deliver on her pari-mutuel promise. She prevailed by half a length over Smilys Amira (Tyler Redwood), with Nighttraintovegas (Brandon Campbell) finishing over four lengths back in third. Pacesetter Make Three Wishes crossed the wire 10 lengths in arrears after leading through fractions of :28, :57.3 and 1:27.

Gray shares ownership of Mothers Melody with Neil Malloch. The Camystic filly also won her eliminations of the Alberta Princess and Diamond legs before finishing third in each of those finals. She is also an ASHA Filly Stakes winner and is five-for-13 in her debut year with $34,911 in purse earnings.

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Training triple for Sparling at Northside Downs

Greg Sparling enjoyed a training triple at Northside Downs and added to his successful Saturday also driving John Hawco trainee Boknows Momngranny to victory in the afternoon's top class.

Boknows Momngranny went wire-to-wire in the $1,100 feature pace, winning in 1:58.2 by more than one length over favourites Junebugs Baby and Silver Dragon. The victory was the 100th of Hawco's career and 11th of the season for the seven-year-old Bo Knows Jate gelding, who is owned by Thomas Hawco Jr. of Sydney, N.S.

Sparling also drove Saturday winners Elm Grove Harley and Tymal Torrance from his stable. In addition, Island Reactor picked up her second straight win for the Sydney, N.S. horseman with John Kennedy catch-driving.

Forest City Sale underway Sunday

The Forest City Sale, Canada's premier sale for Standardbred yearlings, gets underway this weekend at Western Fair District in London, Ontario.

Held in the newly renovated Agriplex, the sale will start at 12 noon on Sunday.

The yearlings are available for inspection beginning Saturday, October 11 at 10 a.m. The yearling video theatre will be available in the Agriplex lobby beginning Saturday and will be available during the sale on Sunday. As well, a live webcast of the sale will be broadcast on the website

The 149 yearlings include offerings from first crops sires Big Jim (9), Manofmanymissions (7), Roll With Joe (1), Up The Credit (5), and Vintage Master (8).

Bruce Allen Kemp passes at 85

Bruce Allen Kemp, a founding member of the Quinte Driving and Riding Club, passed away at the Trent Valley Lodge Nursing Home, Trenton on Thursday, September 25 at the age of 85.

Son of the late Harry and Evelyn Kemp (nee Wessels). Beloved husband and best friend of 66 years to Doreen Kemp (nee Johnston). Loving father to Sharon Wark (Howie), Joanne West (John), Cathy Clarke (Ron) and Julie Alexander (Steve). Missed by grandchildren Tracey Allin (Chris), Bradley West (Carrie), Trisha Sizer (Brad), Travis Clarke (Kristie), Karlie and Dakota Alexander and six great-grandchildren. Predeceased by brother Jack Kemp and brother-in-law Jerry Johnston. Survived by sister-in-laws Marg McPherson and Joan Tuck (late Ernie).

Bruce’s passion was standardbred horses. He owned, trained and drove horses in and around Belleville for many years.

In keeping with Bruce’s wishes, cremation has taken place. A memorial service was held at the Belleville Cemetery Columbarium Wall on Thursday, October 2. For online condolences, please visit the John R. Bush Funeral Home website at

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