ELORA, ON - Upsets stole the show in both of the biggest races of Grand River Raceway's 24th annual Industry Day celebration on August 4.
The afternoon card featured 12 races worth $655,640, including the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo.
BATTLE OF WATERLOO
Legendary Hall Of Fame drivermade his Grand River Raceway debut in last week's elimination races for the Battle Of Waterloo. This afternoon, the New Jersey based Ontario native posted a 7-1 win with Go Daddy Go in the $217,140 final.
The score also gave fellow Hall Of Famer, trainer Robert McIntosh, his first Battle Of Waterloo victory. McIntosh bred and co-owns the chestnut colt by Ponder with Dave Boyle. Go Daddy Go finished nearly two lengths ahead of race favourite Sporting The Look within the bike for five-time Battle Of Waterloo winning trainer . Trainer of Cambridge had four horses in the race, which finished third through sixth.
The Battle Of Waterloo is contested by two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts.
Go Daddy Go
BATTLE OF THE BELLES
In the fillies' sixth annual Battle Of the Belles, it was Guelph, ON driverat the helm in a 20-1 whopper with Win The Gold for trainer and owner/breeder Emerald Highlands Farm. Leaving from post two, the daughter moved first-over at the halfway marker and powered home in the stretch to overtake betting favourite Sports Chic and , winning by a neck. Capela and rounded out the top three.
The $138,000 race marked Win The Gold's maiden win in three career starts.
Win The Gold
ONTARIO SIRES STAKES
Jet Airway set a new track record for sophomore pacing colts with a 1:51.1 score in the first of three $70,000 divisions of sophomore pacing colts in a Gold Leg of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Driven byfor trainer , it was the colt's fifth win from 11 starts this year. The former record of 1:52.1 was set by Champagne Phil in August 2013.
Play It Again Sam andwere the even-money favourites in the second division where the colt led at every step in the mile, holding off to finish a neck over Speckled Door (with ) and Falcon Justice (with ) in 1:53.1. Play It Again Sam is a winner of two races this season for trainer Ian Moore and owners Wayne Eric Whebby and R G McGroup Ltd.
Moore was back in the winners circle for the final OSS dash with Silverhill Shadow who cruised gate-to-wire to win by two lengths in 1:53.2. Last year's Battle Of Waterloo champ Three Of Clubs was the runner-up with driver, followed by Victor Bayama and .
The Industry Day race card also featured a $30,000 consolation race for the Battle Of Waterloo and the $25,000 consolation for the Battle Of The Belles.
In the Battle Of The Belles Consolation,. steered Delightful Hill to her second career win with a half-length margin over Northern Starlet and Akissfromtheart in 1:56.1 for trainer and owner Tom Hill.
Seaforth made a strong comeback after last week's break in stride in his elimination division for the Battle Of Waterloo. He won the $30,000 Battle Of Waterloo Consolation dash by one-and-three-quarter lengths over Lyons Jimmydean and Jet Settin Mitt.steered the homebred trainee for Millar Farms. It was the colt's first career win in four starts.
RACING UNDER SADDLE
The International Trot presented by Racing Under Saddle (RUS) Ontario featured riders from Canada, Sweden, US, Finland, Norway and Belgium. Saara Jalasti of Finland was the champ, scoring her first Canadian win. She rode eight-year-old Tragically Shipp to a four-length win over Angies Lucky Star (Philippe Masschaele of Belgium) and Hetties Honey ( of Canada). The Monte Trot was Tragically Shipp's first win of the season for trainer Lee Watson and owners Lynne and .
BOUNCY PONY STAKES
Other Industry Day highlights included the tenth annual Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. Boldly predicting a huge win during a pre-race interview,won for the fourth consecutive year, finishing a mere nose over his brotherly rival, . and RUS rider rounded out the field
Bouncy Pony Stakes
HALL OF FAME PRESENTATION
The Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame made a special presentation to Grand River Raceway General Manager Dr. Ted Clarke, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame in the Builders Category on August 6. The congratulatory banner was signed by hundreds of fans and horsepeople and was presented by Linda Rainey of the Hall Of Fame, and, President of the Grand River Agricultural Society.
OHHA'S BEST OF SHOW
The Ontario Harness Horse Association held their annual Industry Day Best Of Show Competition, awarding $500 in prize money to the top horses and caretakers racing on Industry Day. The winners were:
Best Of Show Head-To-Toe:
1st: Maria Flink ($100) | 2nd: Kathy Edwards ($50) | 3rd: Amy Cruise ($25)
Horse & Groom:
1st: Linda Coleman ($100) | 2nd: Stacey Reinsma ($50) | 3rd: Amy Turcotte ($25)
Amy McNair: $75
Above & Beyond (bling):
Tiffany Stein: ($75)
The Industry Day on-track handle was $102,773 - an increase of 11 percent over 2013.
Photos from the afternoon can be viewed on the Grand River Raceway Facebook page: