The field for the 2014 Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, May 9 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: • Alfie Carroll • Scott Coulter • Billy Davis Jr. • Trevor Henry • Jody Jamieson • James MacDonald • Doug McNair • J.R. Plante The top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2014 National Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Several drivers declined invitations to take part due to other commitments, including Sylvain Filion, Canada’s Driver of the Year for 2013, Randy Waples and Scott Zeron. To read the rest of the story click here.
Twin B Wrangler went to the front and didn’t look back en route to a narrow triumph in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Alfie Carroll hustled Twin B Wrangler through fractions of :27.4, :57 and 1:25.3 before using a :30.2 closing quarter to prevail by a neck over race favourite Leafs And Wings in 1:56. Ja El Pocketrocket was third. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario owns and Victor Puddy trains the five-year-old son of Mach Three-Stryper. To date, the pacer has managed to stash away career earnings of $120,290. Monday’s card also featured a set of Preferred-3 events – one for trotters and one for pacers. To read the rest of the story click here.
My Man Charley scored a wire-to-wire victory in Sunday's featured Preferred 3 Pace at Flamboro Downs for Canada's current 2014 win leaders, Alfie Carroll and Victor Puddy. Carroll and Puddy teamed up to take the evening's eighth race as favourite My Man Charley ($3.20) kept first over challenger Hoboken Hanover at bay to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.3. Astute finished two and three-quarter lengths behind off a pocket trip. To read the rest of the story click here.
Assigned the outside post position for the second week in a row, the streaking Thundering Ovation tried it first over this time out with a host of trotters leaving the gate, but couldn't catch the front-striding Heres The Magic in the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Handicap on Wednesday at Western Fair Raceway. Leaving from post three with Alfie Carroll aboard, Heres The Magic carved out fractions of :27.4, :58.3 and 1:27.2 with the favoured mare advancing from fifth to second into the stretch. But Heres The Magic rebuffed that rival to take a new season's mark of 1:58.1. Trained by Victor Puddy for Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ont., the victory was Heres The Magic's fourth in 11 starts this year. Sent postward as the 5-2 third choice in the field of seven, the five-year-old Kadabra gelding paid $7.20 to win. Aisling followed from the pocket to place, one and a half lengths behind. Finishing third through fifth, Cimeronken, CIS Buckeye and Thundering Ovation earned the final paycheques in the race. To read the rest of the story click here.
Within in minutes, I learned something special, this harness racing facility has a very unique approach in its desire to attract fans and future fans. There is something for everybody! Social media is very important at Western Fair Raceway, it's a great way for people like track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle and Racing Manager Greg Blanchard to reach out to new and old fans alike, keeping fans in the loop instantly. "I make myself approachable to everybody" says Sugar Doyle, "whether it is a fan in Chicago, California or Toronto or wherever, if they are letting you know they are playing your track, you got to get back to them and say thanks and wish them luck. Let's make it interesting for them, have them win something through a contest. Let's have fun! We can communicate through twitter and it doesn't cost them a thing." Saying this, Sugar had just finished packaging a prize to be shipped to a lucky contestant in Toronto. Speaking with track announcer Shannon 'Sugar' Doyle was great. Sugar is all passion, and that passion is fueled by harness racing. How come Shannon Doyle is called 'Sugar'? Well, back in his home province of Prince Edward Island, (he's a Summerside chap), Shannon was the coach of a novice A hockey team and all the kids on the team had nicknames. The kids wanted to call him 'Candy man' since he always had a lollipop or some type of candy in his mouth. Well, that name didn't really jive and then one of the hockey mom's coined him 'Sugar' instead and since that day he says "I've been rolling with Sugar ever since." Sugar is extremely stoked for the upcoming Molson Pace (Friday May 30th with a 7:05pm post time), and if Foiled Again were to show up to the Molson Pace, Sugar says "this was worth the move from Edmonton just to call this race." Prior to joining the Western Fair team in the summer of 2013, Sugar was the track announcer at Northlands Park in Edmonton, Alberta for both Standardbred and Thoroughbred races. "I'll admit this is closer for me to get back to PEI in the summer. I can drive there opposed to flying across the country." Sugar notes. In high school yearbooks, when students put down their "last will and testament" as Sugar describes it, his message was "One day I will be involved in horse racing". Truer words have never been written. When Sugar is calling a race he really feeds off the fans, and when he sees fans going wild, yelling and cheering their horses on, Sugar gets amped up even more! In 2002 due to a blood clot in his lungs, Sugar's dad passed away abruptly. "A lot of the reason I'm doing what I am doing, I am living my dream here calling races. I left work at the tax centre in Summerside to call horse races. A big part of that is my father passed away right after retirement, he had some dreams but didn't get to fulfill them." Sugar explains. Two years ago, Sugar had his plans set to co-host the O'Brien awards. The day before Sugar was set to fly out to attend the awards, he passed out on the roof of Northlands Park. "I thought I was a little bit nervous about the flight I was going to take the next day to Toronto to go to the O'Brien awards." Sugar notes. "I chalked it up to a bit of anxiety and I come back from the O'Brien's and I was in emergency about a month later and had a blood clot in my lungs. So I am just lucky to be here." Sugar's dad had to of been looking out for him From Above as a guardian angel. "To suffer one of those, I know how quick it could have been over. I was there the morning my dad dropped to the floor and how quick it was over. To have that happen and be on an airplane the next day, and to survive the flight back with a blood clot... my dad must have been looking out for me. The angels have been with me ever since." It's been a full year since Sugar has been given a clean bill of health and he's is still living his dream, enjoying every race, every day, wire to wire. Meeting with Greg Blanchard, the Racing Manager of Western Fair was a true delight. If you haven't met Greg, he's quite genuine and down to earth. As the night progressed, Greg was pulled aside for various reasons and with each interaction; Greg was always calm and classy. There was no 'show' to put on, the philosophy I observed was all about enjoying what you do, and if anything extra arises, there is a team behind you for support. Fans of horse racing may remember Greg from his on-air days with Woodbine Entertainment. "We are focused on having the best product out on the track... bringing more fans to the stands" Greg says. "You can't ignore technology and advancements, we have embraced that and it is a part of our growth strategy going forward but we are not losing sight of the live race fan and we are going to make coming to the races here in London a fantastic live experience." Greg joined the Western Fair team in the fall of 2010 as assistant racing manager and announcer. This is Greg's first season as Racing Manager and it's easy to understand what a difficult time he must have had with the transition given the outlook of the industry last fall. However Greg doesn't see it that way. Instead Greg sees opportunity for growth and expansion at every turn, asking how we can do more for the fans opposed to remain content with current success. One thing you quickly learn about Greg is he always looks at any approach from a team stand point, even if it means more work for himself. "It was a new role for me at a time where racing in Ontario faced its biggest challenge ever." Greg admits. "Going into next season, I think it will make it easier without all the external forces. Facility upgrades and improvements will help enhance the fan experience going into next season." Greg mentions they are planning on redoing the inner tack including the infield stage followed by improvements to the grandstands. "For the whole family, we make Family day a big event along with boxing day and several other days. We try and make it more fan friendly for the younger kids." Greg caught the 'bug' from an early age spending time at the races with his dad. Greg says, "We can't lose sight of that, I was a kid once and that's how I first got exposed (to harness racing). For me it was hanging out with my father, running around with the other kids just oblivious to racing but enjoying ourselves, having races amongst us." To cover all the amazing people who make up the Western Fair would take a couple of weeks, but what was so warm and welcoming was walking into the paddock and having talented drivers like J Bradley Harris walk up and shake your hand. Drivers, trainers and grooms came and went and everyone was either laughing or joking. If not, they were intensely focused on their horses. The bond horsemen have amongst themselves is unique, refreshing and pure. Truth be told, the only way to understand the experience is to see it for oneself and the team at Western Fair offers that opportunity to fans through open house events on qualifying days. Fans can get up close with the drivers and horses they cheer on, get an autograph or two as well as have their picture taken with one of the horses. Meeting Angie Carroll was a warming interaction, such a sweet person whose brother is Alfie Carroll, one of the leading drivers at Western Fair Raceway. Angie won the award of Caretaker of the year in 2013 as the Best Groom at Western Fair by an overwhelming vote. Every time I saw Angie, she was always beside her horse, the bond between the two being clearly strong and mutual. If Angie had to choose anything other than working with horses for a career, Angie would like to be an interior designer. As Sugar and I progressed through the paddock, we met many wonderful horsemen and women. Trainer John Blancher was kind enough to give us a few minutes of his time while taking care of Sure As Shooting. "I started out in 1973 with my first race horse when the Sired Stakes first started" John says. You wouldn't know it but John is 70 going on 45! "My family had been involved with work horses growing up on the farm and I've done it up til now." John as he says, "laid himself off" or retired from work three months ago. John admits he has much more time to devout to his horses without having to work fulltime. When you hear what some people contend with willingly because they truly love the animals they work with is inspirational. To the horsemen and women it's not work at all. It really makes one think and contemplate what truly matters in the world, work hard play hard and enjoy the fruits of life is the motto I am left with. There's something John told me that I will carry for the rest of my life; "The outside of the horse is good for the inside of a man." As John spoke those words, I happened to be staring into the eyes of Sure As Shooting and I couldn't look away. The soul combined with the energy and power these majestic animals possess has no relation. Western Fair Raceway is a part of the Western Fair District which is comprised of a sporting complex which hosts four ice rinks, three of which are set to NHL size standards and the fourth set to Olympic size standards. A great deal for anyone wanting to have a fun and thrilling night out is to go to the Western Fair Raceway on Friday nights. For an awesome price of $40 per person, you are treated to a buffet dinner at the Top of the Fair restaurant starting at 6pm followed by live harness racing which kicks off at 7:10pm. Aside from the competitive racing, patrons can dine on delicious dishes such as chipotle pork which has just enough kick to the taste buds that will leave you wanting another bite. The jerk chicken is spiced so well, all you need is some reggae music to make you feel you were dining on the beaches of Jamaica. The fajita bar and taco pasta salad are must haves as well, and all the servers are very polite and attentive. You can follow all the live action from any vantage point with TVs at every dining table and larger screens along the top so if you're grabbing another bite or two, you can still take hold of all the action. Truly neat is how the Top of the Fair restaurant lays out the selection of dishes. Instead of the traditional mesh hall line up for selecting food, is the great idea of having selections spread throughout the length of the top floor so if you are coming up for seconds, you are not stuck waiting in the traditional long line seen at most buffets. Once you're a fully satisfied of food and competitive racing, your $40 also includes a 10:30pm comedy show at Yuk Yuk's which is only a short walk away, while remaining indoors. Not to forget Western Fair will also include $15 in casino play. Another facet to the Western Fair District, which was formed in 1867, is its agriculture aspect, hosting Artisan and Farmer markets which are second to none. The true beauty of the Western Fair District is it is a not for profit agriculture association that continuously reinvests revenue into the District and community itself, boasting a proud and proper slogan of 'Our Roots Run Deep'. By: Roderick Balgobin www.supernovasportsclub.com Twitter: ScSupernova
Two harness racing horses died on impact Thursday night at Flamboro Downs after they collided in a tragic accident. The accident occurred in the 12th and final race for the evening. It was a $3,800 pace for $5,000 claimers. As the field went into the first turn, Buckbuckbuck Mach, driven by James MacDonald, was in third place and made a break, stuck in his toes and was immediately run into from behind by Stonebridge Wish, driven by Scott Coulter. Both drivers were unseated and Buckbuckbuck Mach fell to the track and broke off his race bike. The drivers were able to get their feet and walked off into the infield. But Buckbuckbuck Mach had the misfortune to get back up and started to run the wrong way on the track. As the field past the opening quarter mile and headed around the second turn, Buckbuckbuck Mach was at a full gallop the wrong way of the track, had ducked in towards the rail, avoided three horses, but then ran head first into A Sudden Twist, driven by Alfie Carroll. The end result was that both horses died immediately on impact and luckily Alfie Carroll was able to escape serious injury. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
A five-win performance during Tuesday’s 12-race card at The Raceway at Western Fair District helped driver Alfie Carroll open up a few lengths on the competition in the quest for the Canadian dash title. Recently feted for notching his 1,000th win, Carroll kicked off the card winning with Traumatized in 2:00.4. He returned to victory lane in Race 3 with Aberarder Smitty in 2:01.4 and tacked on triumphs with Forever La Night (2:00.2) in Race 6, Vegas Strip Three (1:59.1) in Race 8 and Cat Four (1:58.1) in Race 12. The resident of Iona Station, Ontario pushed this year’s win total to 90 while lifting his seasonal earnings to $421,513. Trevor Henry holds down second spot in the Canadian standings with 77wins, while James MacDonald finds himself sitting third with 73 scores. To read the rest of the story click here.
Moving up in class with ease, the Victor Puddy-trained Twin B Wrangler cruised gate-to-wire in the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace on Monday at The Raceway at the Western Fair District. A winner in the Preferred 3 last Monday night, Twin B Wrangler ($10) and driver Alfie Carroll left from post one in this evening's ninth race feature and carved out fractions of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:25.3 en route to the one and a half length victory in 1:55.3. Mach It Big and Robert Shepherd followed in second while Leafs And Wings (Scott Wray) rounded out the top three finishers. The five-year-old Mach Three gelding now has two wins in four London starts this year for owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ont. The win was his 10th lifetime and bumped his bankroll to $113,910. To read rest of story click here.
London, March 21, 2014 -- With his victory aboard Daylon Melody in Friday's second race at The Raceway in London, driver Alfie Carroll reached the 1,000 win milestone. Carroll, a resident of nearby Iona, got away second with the trotting daughter of Pegasus Spur and then converted from the pocket trip to stop the clock in 2:03. The victory was the third this season for Daylon Melody who is owned by Daylon Farms Ltd. and trained by Jennifer Pinkerton. Carroll leads the current driver standings at The Raceway for 2014 with 55 wins so far at the Meet as he looks for his first driving title at the London oval. Greg Blanchard
In scanning the list of the leading North American drivers in terms of winning races so far in 2014, quite a few familiar names are at the top. The first four at press time read Corey Callahan, Aaron Merriman, Ron Pierce, and Dave Palone, all of whom were among the top ten in this category in 2013 ... ...and then you get to the fifth name. "Alfred Carroll." Hmmm ... never heard of him ... wonder what his story is? And when a writer has a thought like that, it's like waving a red cape in front of a bull. (Well, not really - bulls are colorblind, and it's the motion of the cape that sets them a-runnin' - but that's for another day.) So we went in search of the story behind this "Alfred Carroll." To begin with, to find out what's it all about, "Alfie" is the name you better call the 28-year-old from Iona, Ontario, about 20 miles west of London. "My father (the well-known horseman Richard Carroll) was given the middle name 'Alfred,' but I don't like that much at all. I probably could have done better than 'Alfie,' too, but that's what everybody has called me since I was in school, so I'm used to it." Where the youngster is being called to most these days is Ontario winners circles, as his total of 60 visits to Victory Lane already this year - 46 times at London, 14 at Flamboro - puts him fifth in North America, as noted, and #1 among all Canadian-based sulkysmiths. (If you think you might have heard a story something like this before, you have, but wait a couple paragraphs - let's give Alfie his well-deserved due.) Sporting green-and-white colors as did his father, a longtime success on the Detroit-Windsor circuit, Alfie has done about everything right on the track so far this year - on and off the pace, with cheaper horses and top-class animals, with trotters and pacers, and at both the tighter confines of seven-wide Western Fair (London) and eight-wide-with-passing-lane Flamboro. His success with the best horses racing in Ontario outside the WEG is especially intriguing. Carroll has taken eight Preferred events already this year between the two tracks - the first seven with different horses, finally repeating on Tuesday at London with trotter Here's The Magic. This horse was stepping up from Open-3 to Open-2, but he'd drawn post two (from which he showed three wins on his lines) and has the ability to race as the unfolding dictates. The London crowd didn't miss the horse guided by the hot hands, did they? Well, um ... Carroll may not be as well-known as the area veterans (the over/under on when he'll get win #1000 is March 15), but the in-form horse survived going first-over into a 1:28 3/4s to win handily ... and pay $23.40! "The groom and I were shaking our heads over him paying so much," Alfie noted with a chuckle. Here's The Magic comes from the hot barn of trainer Vic Puddy, who has been a big springboard to success for Carroll - he trains three of the seven different Preferred horses with which Alfie has won. Another good source of quality horseflesh is his dad, who turned 78 just this past Monday, but teamed with his son to win a London Preferred with Slots Of Fun (sorry for the irony, Ontarians) earlier this year. There's no doubt that Alfie Carroll is a worker - as we've seen in other recent stories, there's a lot of kilometerage (Canadian equivalent of mileage) on both Alfie's '03 Ford 350 truck (which he uses when he hauls horses or his race bike, and "it has about 500,000km on it," or over 300,000 miles) and his '04 Jetta (at 300,000km, or approaching 200,000 miles). When it was noted that those figures signify tremendous machines, and ones that had to be well-maintained, Carroll admitted, "Well, I did give some thought to being a mechanic, but then I went with the horses." It's evident he can rev up either kind of horsepower for maximum performance. Carroll was second in the London driver standings last year - and that brown-and-gold shadow we mentioned a few paragraphs back? That belongs to Trevor "Howie" Henry, the leading Canadian-based driver last year with 529 triumphs, who has been on vacation the last few weeks but by reports is ready to return to regular action - at his home base of London. "I may lose a few drives to Trevor when he's back," Alfie notes realistically, "but I hope that I've been doing a good enough job for the trainers I've been driving for that they will keep using me." With a .365 UDR, and behind only the most select of company in 2014 North America driving wins, here's betting (and at less than 10-1) that we haven't seen the best of Alfie Carroll yet, and that he'll hold his own against most anything he'll have to face. By Jerry Connors for Harnesslink.com
A class-dropping CIS Buckeye came up big in Monday’s $7.350 Preferred 3 for trotters, and in doing so he provided driver Alfie Carroll with one of his four trips to victory lane on the 12-race card. Carroll got away fourth from Post 8 with CIS Buckeye, who watched Sombrero Hall throw down first-half fractions of :28.3 and :59.2. CIS Buckeye was first-over and driving as the field moved to the half, and he eventually muscled his way to the lead and led the field to the three-quarter pole in 1:30.1 before using a :30-second final frame to win by a pair of lengths over longshot Sonny Vale in 2:00.1. Third prize went to Rainbow Gold. Keith Cullen trains the six-year-old son of Ilooklikemymom-LRs Peanut for James Morency of Windsor, Ontario. The victory was the first of the season in five attempts for the career winner of $139,056. Doing Some Damage did just that to the competition he faced in Monday’s $7,000 Preferred 3 for pacers. The former claimer went the front and didn’t look back for driver J.R. Plante who successfully sliced out splits of :28.1, :57.4 and 1:27 before cruising home in a :30-second clip en route to the 1:57 victory. It was 1-1/2 lengths in arrears to runner-up Judge Jon, with the show dough going to Calgary Seelster. Sent off as the even-money favourite, Doing Some Damage won for the fifth time in six starts this season. George Robinson of Windsor, Ontario owns and trains the 19-time winner who pushed his lifetime earnings to $60,899 with the score. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Dave Boughton went to the front with Keystone Orion in Wednesday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 at Flamboro Downs, and the tandem didn’t look back en route to a 1:58.2 score in this week’s trotting feature. Keystone Orion shot to the top from Post 1 and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:28.4. The five-year-old son of Angus Hall-Ozone Hanover then used a :29.3 closing quarter to seal the deal. He won by a length over Long Ago in 1:58.2, with Amigo Loco rounding out the top three in the eight-horse affair. Don Lindsey of Fergus, Ontario owns and trains the OSS graduate, who won for the first time this season and the tenth time in his career. The lion’s share of the purse bumped the square gaiter’s career bankroll to $291,770. The undercard also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 events – one for pacing fillies and mares and another one for trotters. Perfectly Royal turned a two-hole trip into a 1:57.3 tally in the $7,000 Preferred 3 tilt for pacing fillies and mares. J.R. Plante tripped her out behind Macho Chick, who threw down panels of :28, :58 and 1:27.3. Perfectly Royal used a :29.4 final frame to rally to the head decision over Farmers Tuition, with Macho Chick finishing a lapped-on third. Sent off as the 6-5 favourite, Perfectly Royal won for the first time this season for trainer Joe Pereira. The 23-time winner, who is owned by 6824871 Canada Inc of Gatineau, Quebec, pushed her lifetime earnings over $150,000 in the process. Heres The Magic front-stepped to a 1:59.4 score for driver Alfie Carroll in the Preferred 3 for trotters. The Victor Puddy pupil led the field through intervals of :28.4, :58.4 and 1:29.3 before using a :30.1 kicker to win by three-quarters of a length over Osprey Vision, with Fiery Manes taking home the show dough. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario owns the five-year-old son of Kadabra-Blackberry Hanover, who returned $8.30 to his backers. It was second win of the season in five tries for the career winner of $280,066. To view results for Wednesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Wednesday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Fresh off a front-stepping score in the Preferred 3 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Leafs And Wings used his come-from-behind skills to notch an impressive tally in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 & 3 at the London half-miler. Sent off at odds of 6-1 in the eight-horse affair, Leafs And Wings got away seventh for driver Scott Wray while Smokin Bear shot to the front and supplied the field with fractions of :28, :57 and 1:27.1. Leafs And Wings was third-over and covered up through the middle stages of the mile, but his :30.1 closing panel propelled him to the top and he drew clear to win by 1-1/4 lengths over race favourite Smokin Bear in 1:58.1. Thats The Life finished third. Mike Rogers trains the seven-year-old son of Rambaran-Rockton Road for owner/breeder Gregory Rogers of Auburn Hills, Michigan. It was the second win of the season and the 25th lifetime tally for the career winner of $283,766. Monday’s card also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 events, with My Man Charley and Winzel taking home weekly bragging rights in their respective assignments. Alfie Carroll manufactured the winning trip My Man Charley in his tilt, and in doing so the pacer cracked the goose egg that had been residing in his 2014 win column. After going 0-for-3 to start the year, the six-year-old son of Mach Three-Break Of Day survived a first-over trip to win today’s effort by 2-1/2 lengths over Stoney Durkin in 1:57.4. Judge Jon took home the show dough. The 19-time winner, who hangs his harness bag in the barn of trainer Victor Puddy, is owned by Susan Strongman, Jerome Voldock and Limco Inc. His share of the loot lifted his lifetime earnings to $274,040. Winzel demolished the trotting foes he faced in his $7,000 test. Nick Steward sat third with the Todd Kennedy trainee for the first half of the mile before brushing to the lead in the third quarter. The gelding eventually drew clear to win by 7-1/2 lengths in a time of 2:00.3. Sonny Vale was next best, with Elmo Rockbottom taking home third prize. It was the first win of the year for the nine-year-old son of Royal Strength-Worthy Outlaw, who is now a 34-time winner to date. Janet Fairall, Britt Kennedy and Nancy & Jack Holmes share ownership on the career winner of $217,007. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
After surviving late pressure from a first-over foe, Thats The Life then had to survive a Judges’ inquiry and a driver’s objection to take home top prize in Monday’s featured $11,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Thats The Life, who was sent off as the 9-5 favourite, got away third in the eight-horse affair while Clic K powered the field through first-half panels of :28.4 and :59. Thats The Life and Alfie Carroll moved to the outside halfway around the second turn and managed to drop into the two-hole nearing the mid-way point. Kendal Gustav was left first-over, and shortly past the half-mile marker he and Thats The Life raced in tight quarters and made contact with one another when Thats The Life manoeuvred out of the pocket position. Thats The Life brushed to the front in the backstretch and led at the three-quarter pole in 1:29. He then used a :30.2 closing quarter to stave off a determined Kendal Gustav by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.2. Smokin Bear was third. Lorne House, the driver of Kendal Gustav, filed an objection against Alfie Carroll, the driver of Thats The Life, claiming interference was caused by that foe shortly past the half. The ORC Judges disallowed the objection and let the original numbers stand. Victor Puddy trains Thats The Life for owner Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario. The six-year-old son of Life Sign-All That now owns a 2-3-0 record from five trips to the track this season. The 19-time winner has banked more than $225,000 to date. Monday’s card also featured a set of $7,000 Preferred 3 affairs – one for pacers and one for trotters. Leafs And Wings was a front-stepping winner in the pacing affair for the tandem of driver Scott Coulter and trainer Michael Rogers. The seven-year-old son of Rambaran-Rockton Road parked past the quarter pole in :28.2 before clearing to the lead and tossing out middle splits of :59.4 and 1:29.2. The public’s top choice then used a :30.2 final frame to win by one-quarter of a length over Twin B Brat in 1:59.4. Judge Jon survived a tough, first-over trip to finish third. Gregory Rogers of Auburn Hills, Michigan bred and owns the 24-time winner who broke into the win column for the first time this season. The lion’s share of the purse increased his career cash stash to $278,266. The $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters went to Joyful Road, who erupted for a 38-1 upset in her assignment for driver Lorne House. The five-year-old daughter of Thunder Road-Hasty Image rallied into the slowing tempo and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over Winkys Pride, with the show dough going to House Of Cash. Peter Core of Sarnia, Ontario shares ownership on the mare with partners Raymond Core, Daniel Diebold and Don Allensen. The homebred improved this year’s record to 2-1-0 from five starters while her overall bank account climbed upwards of $77,000. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
In a pair of close calls, trotter Kashs Caviar and pacing mare Andro Madi captured the co-featured Preferred events on Wednesday's harness racing card at Flamboro Downs. Driver Robert Shepherd sent Kashs Caviar to the lead from post six in the $7,000 Preferred 3 Trot and carved out fractions of :29.4, 1:00.4 and 1:31 before holding off the pocket-sitting Out Of The Hat (J.R. Plante) to win by a nose in 2:03.1. Closing from the backfield, longshot Tornado Tim (Daniel O'Brian) finished one and a quarter lengths behind in third. The track was listed as 'good' with a two second variant and the temperature a chilly -14 degrees. Sent postward as the 5-2 second choice to Out Of The Hat, Kashs Caviar paid $7.40 to win. The seven-year-old son of SJs Caviar earned his second win in four starts since being claimed by trainer Craig Yates of Paris, Ont. and Marilyn Horner of Aurora, Ont. for $15,000 on Dec. 19 at Woodbine Racetrack. Wednesday's win was his 18th lifetime and lifted his earnings to $417,122. In the Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace, Andro Madi prevailed off a pocket trip while making her first start for new connections, trainer Patrick Shepherd and owner Jonah Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. Favourite Mamasaids (Alfie Carroll) had the inside post advantage and led the field through intervals of :27.4, :58 and 1:27 with Posey Tina (Robert Shepherd) challenging. Those two eventually finished third in a dead-heat, just half a length behind the winner. When the field turned for home, J.R. Plante sent Andro Madi up the passing lane and she prevailed by a nose in 1:58.2 over longshot Stryking Dove (Bruce Richardson), who rallied home from second over. Andro Madi paid $7 to win as the 5-2 second choice. The six-year-old Shanghai Phil mare, who has 21 career wins and earnings just shy of the $100,000 mark, was claimed by Moase on Jan. 21 at Western Fair Raceway for $10,000. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
The trip was sweet and the end result was even sweeter for Kendal Gustav who erupted for a 22-1 upset in Monday’s $11,000 Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Lorne House carved out a second over trip for Kendal Gustav in the featured event, and the gelding did the rest en route to an easy score in the eight-horse affair. Kendal Gustav got away fifth before slipping to the outside and grabbing cover for the back-half of the contest. Clic K steamrolled through solid panels of :27.1, :56.4 and 1:26 before coming to a walk by the time the field turned for home. Smokin Bear was first-over and driving at that leader in the final half of the mile, and hot on hisheels was the eventual winner. Kendal Gustav kicked home in :30 en route to winning by 2-1/2 lengths over Rays San in 1:56.2. Smokin Bear managed to hold on for third prize. Trainer Scott McNiven co-owns the five-year-old son of Life Sign-City Of Dreams with Tom Brodhurst and Shirley Griffin, and collectively they’ve watched the gelding racked up 19 lifetime wins while stashing away close to $130,000 in career earnings. Just two races earlier it was Slots Of Fun turning in a front-stepping score in the $7,350 Preferred 3 for horse and gelding pacers. Driver/co-owner Alfie Carroll hustled the six-year-old son of Grinfromeartoear-High Pressure through panels of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:29.2 before sprinting home in :29.3 to win by a half-length margin over Leafs And Wings in 1:59. Stoney Durkin, who was eighth at the head of the lane, came on strong to finish third. Richard Carroll trains the 18-time winner, who is now 2-for-3 this season. He boosted his overall cash stash to $115,223 with the win. Savthelstdancforme captured the $7,000 Preferred 3 for trotters for the second week in-a-row, and he did so with authority for catch-driver Tyler Borth. The eight-year-old son of Striking Sahbra-Iam Worthy Too chopped out fractions of :29.2, 1:00.2 and 1:30 before coasting home in :30.3 to win by three lengths over Windsun Fireball in 2:00.3. Sonny Vale came first-over and finished a distant third. Ashley Duford trains the 14-time winner for Dennis Duford of Dresden, Ontario. The trotter has managed to bank $122,887 to date. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca