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
Clic K did all the road work in Monday’s $10,000 Preferred 2 at The Raceway at Western Fair District, but Royal Outlook got the lion’s share of the loot thanks in large part to a beautiful trip. Alfie Carroll carved out a two-hole ride for Royal Outlook while Clic K supplied the field with fractions of :28.4, :59.3 and 1:30.2 over a track rated ‘good’ with a four-second allowance. Carroll shot up the rail and used a :29.3 closing panel to win by a head over Clic K in 2:00.2. Third prize was earned by Hoboken Hanover. Tom Hamm trains Royal Outlook, who was recently named the track’s Older Pacing Horse of the Year for 2013, for owner Dave Hudson of Dallas, Texas. The six-year-old son of Royal Mattjesty is a 24-time winner with lifetime earnings in excess of $275,000. He’s scheduled to sell as Hip 248 in next Monday’s 2014 January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands. Art Professor blew away the foes he faced in the $6,500 Preferred 3. Tony Kerwood came first-over with the Ben Wallace pupil who drew clear to win by 3-3/4 lengths over Thats The Life in 2:00.3. Western Captive rounded out the top three finishers. Art Professor, who is owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, won for the 19th time in his career while pushing his lifetime earnings to $584,624. The seven-year-old son of Art Major-Allamerican Toffee is schedule to sell as Hip 221 in the 2014 January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands. Savthelstdancforme pulled off a 25-1 stunner in the $6,500 Preferred 3 for trotters. Dennis Duford treated the Ashley Duford trainee to a two-hole trip, and the eight-year-old son of Striking Sahbra-Iam Worthy Too turned it into a 2:03.1 triumph. Winkys Pride was second best, with Fiery Manes finishing third. It was the first win of the season in two tries for Savthelstdancforme, who is quickly closing in on $120,000 in lifetime earnings. 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
Thursday night's card of harness racing at Flamboro Downs featured a $10,000 Preferred 2 Trot, a $6,500 Preferred 3 Trot, as well as a moment of silence for one of the track's most popular horsemen. The top class of the night, the $10,000 Preferred 2 Trot, went to Thundering Ovation and driver Billy Davis Jr. -- but it wasn't easy. The five-year-old Thunder Road mare was pressured through the early parts of the mile by a persistent Long Ago (Bruce Richardson), with fractions of :29.2 and :58.1 over the off track. Long Ago failed to sustain that pressure along the backside and none of the other horses could get to within a length of Thundering Ovation, who tripped the timer in 1:59.4 for trainer Gerald Sloan and owners Joanne & Courtney Sloan of Harley, Ont. Pocket-sitter Keystone Orion (Dave Boughton) stayed for second with CIs Buckeye (Alfie Carroll) gobbling up racetrack late to finish third. Euro Classic found a different path than wire-to-wire to capture the $6,500 Preferred 3 Trot. Driver Per Henriksen settled Euro Classic into fourth while favoured Santo Domingo (Luc Ouellette) set out fractions of :28.3, :59.1, and 1:30.2. At the three quarter station, Henriksen was positioned second over but moved Euro Classic three-wide around the stalled cover and followed the backside brush of Holy Molie Maggie (Davis). With the pacesetter fading, Henriksen was able to follow new leader Holy Molie Maggie into the stretch and then trot on past for the 2:01 score. Ann Karin Larsen trains the six-year-old Chocolatier - Donven Fury gelding and co-owns as well along with Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, Ont. and Odd Larsen of Joakobsli, Norway. Earlier on the card, driver Tony Kerwood took a nasty-looking tumble with pacer Santanna Man in the fifth race. The pacer fell at the half-mile point of the race and Kerwood was unseated. Officials from Flamboro reported that both horse and driver walked away from the mishap. As part of its Thursday night card Flamboro observed a moment of silence for horseman Paul Henry, whopassed away on Tuesday at the age of 48. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
With a solid lead in the Canadian harness racing driver standings as the 2013 racing season nears the finish line, driver Trevor Henry is not slowing down. The Arthur, Ont. reinsman dominated Friday's harness racing card at the Raceway Western Fair winning five of the evening's 12 races. Henry was a winner right out of the starting gate, taking the opener with sophomore trotting filly Blush And Crush ($3.80), who was making her first start from the stable of Canada's leading trainer Richard Moreau. Henry then went on to win every other race through the first nine. Among his winners, freshman pacer Decroft Mr Fame ($5.40) broke his maiden in his second start for conditioner Paul Taylor. Henry also scored with Randy Marriage's five-year-old pacer Arnies Kick Start ($3.20) and John Holding's three-year-old trotting filly Hunter Valley ($8.60). Sophomore pacer J Jetstar ($5.70) was a repeat winner for Victor Puddy and completed Henry's five-bagger. Henry has dominated the driver standings at Western Fair all season long, winning 278 races at the London, Ont. oval. He boasts more than double the wins of his nearest rival, Alfie Carroll, who sits second on the local leaderboard with 110 victories. Henry also tops the charts nation-wide with a total of 518 victories on the year. Billy Davis Jr. trails 93 wins behind in second with 425. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Western Fair. reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca.
Rachel Olivia turned back a challenge from Its No Secret to win Western Fair Raceway's Boxing Day feature Preferred race on Thursday afternoon for driver Alfie Carroll and local connections Daryl and Rasa Roberts. With the inside post advantage in the $9,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 Pace, Rachel Olivia quickly established the lead and carved out fractions of :28.3, :59 and 1:28.2 while keeping first over Its No Secret and Bruce Richardson at bay. The four-year-old Western Maverick mare widened her leading margin to one and a half lengths turning for home and held off the wide-rallying Lady Latte and Mark Williams for the 1:58.2 triumph. The pocket-sitting Insincerity, driven by Scott Coulter, finished third over Its No Secret. Send postward as the 2-1 second choice in the field of eight, Rachel Olivia paid $6.60 to win. Favourite Greystone Ladylike and Ross Battin finished sixth after gapping cover. The win was Rachel Olivia's second in her last three London outings and seventh in 29 seasonal starts leaving her 2013 bankroll just shy of the $50,000 mark. Carroll was the leading driver on the 12-race program with four wins. He also scored with the streaking Vegas Strip Three, Hippie Chic and his own pacer Singin Blues. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcaanda.ca
Billy Davis Jr. put on a driving clinic during Monday’s 12-race card at The Raceway at Western Fair District thanks to his five-win performance. Davis went wire-to-wire with Delta Grace Tone (2:03) in Race 3 before racking up four straight wins beginning in Race 8 with Katherine B (1:59). He came back to take Race 9 – the $6,500 Preferred 3 – with Hoboken Hanover (1:56.2), Race 10 with Woodmere Sandrop (1:59.2) and Race 11 with Taylorlane Fancy (1:58.1). The 2013 season marks the third consecutive season the young reinsman has registered more than 400 wins. The career winner of 1,566 races and purses of $13,510,268 is quickly closing in on $4 million in seasonal purse earnings. A change of scenery certainly suited Twin B Legend, who dug in late to win the $10,000 Preferred 2 in 1:57.2 for the tandem of driver Doug McNair and trainer Ron Adams. The five-year-old son of Mach Three-What An Attitude, who’d missed cheques in his two previous outings at Woodbine, took over command at the three-quarter pole and fended off a late-rushing Royal Outlook by a neck in a time of 1:57.2. Race favourite Monster In Law finished third. VIP Internet Stable LLC, David Rovine Stable LLC, Seafood Delight Stable and Keith Pippi share ownership on the 10-time winner who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $353,863 with the victory. Heres The Magic survived a first-over trip and won the $6,800 Preferred 3 for driver Alfie Carroll. The Victor Puddy trainee wore down the tempo-setting Cimeronken, who sliced out panels of :29, 1:00 and 1:29.1, en route to the 1:59.3 score. Cimeronken was second best, with Euro Man taking home the show dough. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario owns the four-year-old son of Kadabra-Blackberry Hanover who is now 4-for-34 this season after going 0-for-21 last year. The gelding has stashed away more than $270,000 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.com
Shellace did all the work and Rachel Olivia got all the glory in Tuesday’s $8,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 for pacers at The Raceway at The Western Fair District. Rachel Olivia and driver Alfie Carroll left out and dropped into the two-hole behind Shellace in the featured tilt, and they held those positions through panels of :28.1, :58.2 and 1:27.1. Race favourite Gracie Montana applied first-over pressure on Shellace at the mid-way point, and they continued to battle throughout the back half of the mile. Shellace put away Gracie Montana in the lane, but she drifted off the rail in the closing strides permitting Rachel Olivia enough space to shoot through and celebrate the win. Shellace was second, with Gracie Montana holding on for third prize. Daryl Roberts trains the four-year-old daughter of Western Maverick-Julo for Rasa Roberts of London, ON. The homebred is now 4-for-20 this season, and the 18-time winner has banked in excess of $95,857. Mamasaidso has been on a tear in recent weeks for trainer Victory Puddy, and she kept the ball rolling with a 1:54 score in Tuesday’s $5,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred-3 for pacers. Since being reunited with Puddy in late August, the mare had put together a 4-1-0 record from five starts and she bolstered her record with her most impressive victory of the season. Trevor Henry hustled her right to the lead from the pole position, and after being pressed by Misty Moonstone through fractions of :27.2, :55.4 and 1:24.2 she used a :29.3 closing quarter to win by 8-3/4 lengths over Twilight Seelster in 1:54. Misty Moonstone took home the show dough. Mamasaidso, who was sent off as the 1-9 favourite, is a four-year-old daughter of Cambest-Fox Valley Surreal. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, ON owns the 11-time winner who boosted her lifetime earnings to $86,725 with the win. To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at The Western Fair District.
Longtime harness racing trainer Larry Fitzsimmons achieved a significant milestone at his home track, The Raceway at Western Fair District, on Saturday night.