Heavenly Hill benefited from a front-end duel to win the harness racing Blossom Series final Monday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of ten three-year-old pacing fillies contested the $40,400 Blossom Final. Heavenly Hill was sent off as the heavy favourite after a convincing victory in last week's second leg. The public's choice got away third for driver Jonathan Drury, as 90-1 shot Radar Trap and Randy Waples made the front from post-nine to post an opening-quarter of :27.2. Jody Jamieson quickly pulled the pocket in the second-quarter with Noone To Depend On, but Waples was not in a giving mood. Radar Trap and Noone To Depend On waged war by the half in :55.2. Around the final turn, Drury angled Heavenly Hill out from third and went three-wide around the lead pair, who began to fade. The favourite posted a three-quarter time of 1:24.2 and pulled away from her rivals in the lane. Heavenly Hill stopped the clock for a three-length victory in 1:53.4. Windsun Glory finished second, while Evangelin Seelster was third. Heavenly Hill's victory was the second series final victory in three-days for owner George Munniksma and trainer Carmen Auciello. The daughter of Art Colony now has three wins in six starts this season. The Blossom final was the fifth career victory for Heavenly Hill and pushes her career earnings over $138,000. The clocking of 1:53.4 knocked two-fifths of a second off her previous career-best. Heavenly Hill paid $2.90 to win. In order to be eligible to the Blossom, the sophomore pacing fillies had to be non-winners of three-races or $15,000 in 2015. The opening round of the Tie Silk Series for three-year-old trotters also took place Monday. In the first $16,000 division, Muscle Hustle made a second-quarter move to the lead for trainer/driver Per Henriksen and never looked back. The son of Muscle Mass scored a 2¼ lengths victory in 1:57.1. Chestnut Schofield finished second, while On The Ridge was third. Muscle Hustle was making his season debut Monday and now has two wins in four career starts for owner Ecruie Bergh. He paid $20.30 to win. Donicus lived up to his heavy-favourite status and scored a blow out victory in the second division. Owner/trainer Eddie Green steered the son of Deweycheathumnhowe to a 13 length triumph in 1:56. P C Foreign Affair finished second and two-lengths ahead of Blownoutofthewater. Donicus now has six wins in eight starts this season and seven career victories overall. The Green trainee has banked $45,520 of his $54,680 career earnings this season. Donicus paid $3.40 to win. In order to be eligible to the Tie Silk, the three-year-old trotters had to be non-winners of $30,000 in 2015. Also on Monday, Fearless Man scored his second Preferred win in his last three starts. Trainer/driver Rick Zeron put Fearless Man in his usual spot on the lead and never looked back. The Zeron trainee posted solid fractions of :27, :55 and 1:23.4. In the stretch, Fearless Man trotted home in :31.1 over the 'Good' track and secured his fourth win of the year by half a length in 1:55. Hldontghttoyurdrms rallied for second, while Exemplar finished third. Owned by Rick Zeron Stables, Noblock Racing Stable, Murray Greenfield and Cool Cat Racing, Fearless Man now has four wins in 10 starts this season for earnings exceeding $93,000. The six-year-old gelded son of Elegant Man now has 26 career victories and earnings of over $465,000. Fearless Man paid $5.10 to win. Live racing resumes Thursday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
The 2015-16 Woodbine Fall/Winter meet concluded Monday night with the second leg of the Blossom Series and a Preferred Trot highlighting harness racing action. The two $17,000 Blossom Series divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies featured new winners to open the doors for an intriguing final next week. In the first division, Mattjestic Tempo took full advantage of a pocket-trip to win at 5/1 in a field of six. Driven by James MacDonald, Mattjestic Tempo flashed early speed to head towards the front. Newcomer Westsluckycam cleared to the front at the opening-quarter of :27.4 and proceeded to lead the field through middle-half fractions of :57.2 and 1:26.3. In the stretch, Mattjestic Tempo came to the outside and surged by to victory in 1:55.3. Noone To Depend rallied late and finished 1¾ lengths behind the winner in second. Westsluckycam dropped back to finish third. Blueberry Will, who won a leg one division last week, struggled in Monday's first division and finished sixth and last. A daughter of Royal Mattjesty, Mattjestic Tempo entered Monday's contest off a third-place effort in leg one. The sophomore pacing filly is trained by Blake MacIntosh, who shares ownership of the filly with Stuart McIntosh. Mattjestic Tempo's leg two victory is her first win in 11 starts this season and third overall. She pushes her career earnings over $50,000 with Monday's victory. The MacIntosh trainee paid $13.80 to win. Mattjestic Tempo The second division saw a familiar face on the Woodbine circuit return to score a career-best victory. Heavenly Hill and driver Jonathan Drury got away third in the early stages before brushing to the lead in the second-quarter. It was lights out from there, as Drury and the 3/2 second-choice cruised home in :28.4 to win by 2½ lengths in 1:54.1. Bas As Leader finished second, while the 7/5 favourite Evangelin Seelster finished third. Windsun Glory, who won a leg one division, crossed the wire in fourth. A daughter of Art Colony, Heavenly Hill competed last season locally for trainer Dave Menary and captured an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold division. The sophomore pacing filly was purchased in January by owner George Munniksma and was recently competing at Yonkers. Heavenly Hill, who was debuting Monday for trainer Carmen Auciello, picked up her second win in five starts this season and knocked a fifth of a second off her previous career-mark. She now has four career victories and earnings exceeding $117,000. Heavenly Hill paid $5.10 to win. Heavenly Hill Also on Monday, Hldontghttoyurdrms scored an 8/1 mild upset in the $34,000 Preferred Trot. Fearless Man, who was aiming for a second consecutive Preferred win, trotted out to his usally spot on the front. After posting fractions of :27.3, :57 and 1:25.1, Fearless Man led the field into the stretch, but the 4/5 favourite had several challenger close in behind. In the stretch, Hldontghttoyurdrms and driver Jonathan Drury came off third-over cover to storm by their rivals to win by a length in 1:55. Zeus Lightning trotted home well and just missed the victory in second, while Fearless Man dropped back to finish third. A seven-year-old son of Muscles Yankee, Hldontghttoyurdrms is trained by Richard Moreau for owner Frank Spagnolo. The veteran trotter picked up his second win in a row Monday and second in 12 starts this season. Hldontghttoyurdrms pushed his career earnings over $400,000 with his 23rd career victory Monday. He paid $19.30 to win. Hldontghttoyurdrms Live racing now moves to Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. A 10-race card will kick-off the Mohawk meet. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie
Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Three sons of the top stallion Sportswriter headline the $250,000 second round of the Quebec-Bred Series for three-year-old pacers at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. Two of the colts are owned and were bred by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Hudson, QC and will race as an entry in the sixth race co-feature for trainer Daniel Martin. Antar Phil is currently the better of the pair and starts from post two for driver Gaetan Lamy. Antar Phil, while winless last year in five starts, is making up for lost time this season. He has won his last two starts, both in the Ontario Sire Stakes last week at Georgian Downs and the prior week at Mohawk Raceway in identical clocking's of 1:53.2. This is his first start ever at the Hippodrome 3R. Half A Billion is the stablemate and starts from post eight and will be driven by his trainer, Daniel Martin. This year Half A Billion has gotten off to a slow start and is 0 for 7, but he was a very promising two-year-old last season, winning more than $36,000. The entry is listed as the 5/2 morning line favorite. The field of nine starter also features SOS Justified from post nine for driver Mario Charron. Last week this son of Art Colony dazzled racing fans in just his second lifetime start, grabbing the lead after the opening quarter mile in zooming to a 1:56 triumph in the opening round of the series. The colt never raced at age two for trainer and co-owner Jean Tourgny, and SOS Justified looks to be the sleeper in the series. Also on a two-race winning streak from post five is Bayama Farms Western Bayama. This son of Lis Mara was a top two-year-old and won the final of this series last year at 3R for trainer/driver Yves Filion. They come into the race with back-to-back wins at Clinton Raceway and Georgian Downs, the fastest a lifetime mark of 1:53.4 in the Ontario Sire Stakes. Other contenders include the third Sportswriter colt, Sugarsam (post 1), newcomer Mach On The Beach (post 4) and HP Rayan Art Jules (post 3). There are two divisions of the series for three-year-old pacing fillies in the first race and the third race. The first race features the very impressive Voodoo Charm, who is on a two-race win streak for trainer Maxime Velaye. This daughter of Ponder was an easy winner last week in the opening round in 1:58.2 and the prior week won at Mohawk Raceway in a lifetime best 1:53.4. Voodoo Charm starts from post four with Charron in the sulky. Voodoo Charm faces a formidable foe in the field with HP Rubis Joyce starting from post two. This daughter of Perfect Union won the other division of the series last week in 1:59 for driver Louis Philippe Roy and joins other contenders No Panic (post 1) and First Girl (post 6). The third race is headed by Wanda Bayama from post two for trainer/driver Yves Filion taking on Kinnder Elegane (post five) and iss Bro (post six). The Quebec-Bred Series features four weeks of preliminary competition with the top eight point earners from each division returning to the Hippodrome 3R on Sunday, September 6 for their respective $65,000 finals. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
June 27, 2015 - It wasn’t much of a night weather wise, but several children were happy they went to the harness racing racetrack on Saturday night. In celebration of our favorite sport, and the end of school, Hanover Raceway held Hockeyville Night sponsored by Hanover Walmart. Children 13 and under wearing hockey jerseys got to enter to win take home a brand new bicycle. The winners included Bryer Nicole Hooyenga of Durham. Other winners included newborn Kantayah, Justin Francis of Hanover and Josh Sicard of Markdale. On the track, Bruce Richardson, Jay Harris, and Stu Sowerby all had 2 wins each, while Terry Fritz won for the 4th time in a row in the final dash with Preppy Art. The 3 year old son of Art Colony who is owned and trained by Terry Fritz, led from start to finish in a time of 2:02.3 on a track listed as 5 seconds off due to heavy rains. July 4th marks the start of the Country 93 Survivor handicapping contest. Fans will find a ballot in their program and are asked to pick 1 horse in each of 4 races. If all 4 finish in first, second or third place in their respective races, the fan gets to come back for the Survivor finale on August 15th for a chance at 3 great prizes including a High Definition big screen TV. Post time Saturday July 4th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan
The 2014 harness racing season at Clinton Raceway came to a close on Sunday afternoon (August 31), and six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions were contested on the program. The star of those races was Thinkofagameplan, who moved into sole possession of the top spot in the Grassroots point standings with a 1:57 track record performance in the third split. With Randy Waples handling the driving assignment, Thinkofagameplan overtook leader Pan Street USA (Doug McNair) from first-over past three-quarters and then drew away in the stretch to win by four lengths in the new track record clocking. Pan Street USA wound up second with Pair Of Deuces (Paul MacDonell) back in third. The 1:57 effort dropped the track record for a two-year-old pacing colt by a fifth of a second. It had belonged to Front Row since he won a Grassroots division in 1:57.1 on September 21, 2003. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his third win (all in Grassroots competition) from six attempts and pushed his bankroll to $36,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. In other action three horses picked up their second Grassroots wins of the season. The first to do it was Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who backed up his victory last Sunday at Georgian Downs with a 1:59.2 tally in the Grassroots opener. He was followed up by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon), who bagged the fourth section in 1:58 after a two-hole trip, and The Fire Within (Jody Jamieson) was the last to double up as he snagged the fifth flight in 1:58.4. Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now two-for-five in the win column with a bankroll of $30,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Joe Hudon, who resides in Acton, Ontario, also co-owns Twin B Scandal, a gelded son of Mach Three-Twin B Intrigue (McArdle), with partner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Twin B Scandal now has a pair of triumphs from seven efforts, and he has banked $28,440. The dam of Twin B Scandal is out of Daylon Magic, who won 18 times in Ontario Sires Stakes competition between her two- and three-year-old seasons. Twin B Scandal, who brought $32,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale, was bred by Twinbrook Limited and James Kirk. The Fire Within is a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover ($311,480). The half-brother to millionaire Illusionist picked up his third win from six attempts and ran his rookie season earnings to $23,620 for breeder, owner, trainer Fred Drouillard of Dutton, Ontario. Also winning in Grassroots competition today were: --Star Cover (Jody Jamieson, 1:57.3). This son of Royal Mattjesty is owned and trained by Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario. Star Cover has won twice from seven trips behind the gate, and he has put away $14,060. He was bred by Winbak Farm and fetched $4,500 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale. Star Cover’s dam is the Dexter Nukes mare Armbro Rosebud ($721,057), an Ontario Sires Stakes superstar who won 11 times from 14 attempts during her OSS career. --Charlottes Colony (Trevor Henry, 1:58). An Art Colony colt, Charlottes Colony broke his maiden in his fifth try and boosted his output to $16,800. Charlottes Colony is trained by Richard Moreau for owners Thomas McGuffog of Hanwell and Geoffrey Macneish of Douglas, New Brunswick. Charlottes Colony, whose dam is the Mohican Pride mare OGs Starlett ($536,647), was bred by Dan Belliveau and was hammered down for $4,200 at last year’s Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. The next Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots event for rookie pacing males will take place on September 12 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results and charts click here. Ontario Sire Stakes
Eight $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots contests for two-year-old colt and gelding pacers were staged on Sunday night (August 24) at Georgian Downs, and the last of those eight splits saw a new track record of 1:52.2 turned in by Seaforth. Driven by Mike Saftic, Seaforth was up to grab the lead away from Pan Street USA (Randy Waples) after the :27.2 opening quarter. From there, Seaforth hit the half in :56 and the three-quarters in 1:23.4 before he paced a final quarter in :28.3 to seal the win and the record. Pan Street USA held second, beaten just over a length by the winner, and Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair) finished third. The clocking lowered the previous rookie gelding pace record of 1:53.1 set earlier this year by Southwind Indy, and also is better than Sportskeeper’s colt record of 1:52.3 by a fifth of a second. Eric Adams trains Seaforth, a No Pan Intended gelding, for owner/breeder Millar Farms of Newmarket, Ont. This was Seaforth’s second win from six starts and he has now earned $38,260. He’s the first foal out of the Western Hanover mare Chocolate Truffle, a half-sister to five six-figure earners, including multi-time Grassroots winner Rare Copy (Grinfromeartoear, $158,213). Driver Paul MacDonell also enjoyed a fine trip to Georgian Downs as he racked up three Grassroots wins, including a pair for trainer Jack Darling. Darling and MacDonell connected for the first time in the sixth flight withMoonwards Hanover (1:54) and then came right back in the next dash with York Seelster (1:54). MacDonell also prevailed in the fifth division with Pair Of Deuces (1:54.1). Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ont. owns both Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter, and York Seelster, a Mach Three gelding. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who broke his maiden in his fourth try and pushed his bankroll to $21,500, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. York Seelster, bred by Seelster Farms Inc. and sold for $55,000 at the 2013 Forest City Yearling Sale, is now one-for-five in the win column to go with earnings of $24,900. The fourth foal out of the Artsplace mare Yankee Athena, York Seelster is a half-brother to Yoselin Seelster (Shadow Play, $109,432), an OSS Gold winner last season for two-year-old pacing fillies. Richard “Nifty” Norman trains Pair Of Deuces, MacDonell’s other winner, for owner/breeder Pinske Stables of Plato, Minnesota. The Badlands Hanover colt is now a two-time winner from five trips behind the gate and he has stashed away $19,500. He’s the first foal out of the Pinske’s Dragon Again mare Pacific Dragonette, a sister to horses like Doubleshotascotch ($683,773). In other action Jeb (Phil Hudon, 1:54.3) and Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples, 1:54.2) both posted their second victories in Grassroots competition this season. Jeb, a colt by Camluck, is trained by James “Friday” Dean for owners Wilma and James MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ont. Jeb, who has banked $26,160 to go with his pair of wins, was bred by Seawind Amg Stbs 2005 Inc. and was taken out of the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale for $22,000. He’s the second foal out of the Western Hanover mare Keystone Treasure, a half-sister to a pair of former OSS standouts in Invitro (Camluck, $2,383,597) and Bigtime Ball (Camluck, $1,625,073). Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his second win from five attempts and pushed his bankroll to $27,660, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ont. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. The other Grassroots winners on Sunday night were: --Midnight Play (Shadow Play), a 1:54.2 maiden-breaking winner for driver Jonathan Drury, trainer Bill Cass, and owner John Craig of North York, Ont. Bred by Winbak Farm, he was sold for $72,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Midnight Play’s dam Midnight Art (Artsplace) is a half-sister to the likes of Manchine ($257,361). --Fightmaster (Art Colony, 1:55). He also won for the first time in his career with James MacDonald at the controls for trainer Ben Baillargeon and owners Jack Quinn and Michael McGuigan of Charlottetown, P.E.I. Fightmaster was bred by Charlotte Ranch and Caneast Standards Inc. and fetched $24,000 at the 2013 Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale. His dam is the Bo Knows Jate mare Ardor Chymes ($497,707), a multiple-time OSS winner in her racing career. The two-year-old male pacers of the OSS Grassroots will be back in action next Sunday afternoon (August 31) at Clinton Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Record figures were achieved from 115 lots at the Gold Crown Yearling Sale at Bathurst last weekend. Sale organiser Graeme Board said it was the best sale he has been involved with. "I've been doing the sale at Bathurst for nearly 20 years and this is by far the best I have seen," said Board. "Everyone wanted to be a part of the action and the results are great for the future of harness racing." Yearling colt sales hit an average price of $9,000 while the fillies were close to the $7,000 mark. The sale turned over just shy of $1 million, a significant increase on 2013. The top price lot was a for Sportswriter-Sixteen Carat colt purchased by Emilio Rosati for $34,000, while Pat Bourke purchased a Courage Under Fire-Lombo Silhouette colt for $27,000. Bred by Laurie and Gwen Paton, the sale-topping colt is out of the 1:55.5 Menangle winner Sixteen Carat, a Blissfull Hall mare. Rosati also shelled $27,000 for the Rocknroll Hanover-Counterfeit Chic colt and $25,000 for the American Ideal-Superstar Lady filly, the top-priced filly at the sale. Other lots to fetch $20,000 or more were the Courage Under Fire-Pleasure Machine colt at $21,500 and the Rock N Roll Heaven-So Savvy colt and the Art Colony-Jillette colt both at $20,000. For a full list of results go to graemeboard.com Dale Walker | Manager - Marketing | Harness Racing New South Wales 22 Meredith Street Bankstown NSW 2200 T: 02 9722 6677| F: 02 8580 5795 |M: 0411 627 113 |E: firstname.lastname@example.org| W: www.hrnsw.com.au
Purchasers at next month’s Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale in Launceston will be eligible for a range of rich incentives should their purchase win as a two, three or four-year-old. All horses in the sale are eligible for a $2,000 Tasbred win bonus for each of their first two race wins as both as a two and three-year-old. If a horse does not win at two and three a $2,000 bonus will be paid for their first win as a four-year-old or older. Tasbred win bonuses apply only to races conducted in Tasmania. A total of $280,000 is paid out to breeders and owners in the Tasbred Bonus scheme each year. Furthermore, yearlings presented at the sale will be eligible for a one off $2,000 First Win Bonus for their first race win anywhere in Australia before reaching four years of age. As an added incentive, all horses presented for sale will be eligible to compete in $10,000 Yearling Sale Classics for two and three-year-olds of both sexes. The 2014 Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale will be conducted on Friday, February 14 at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston. The sale has attracted 39 entries – all eligible for the Tasbred scheme – including youngsters by Art Major, Rocknroll Hanover, Shadow Play, Courage Under Fire, Mister Big, Elsu and Four Starzzz Shark. An additional entry is a filly by the Artsplace horse Art Colony out of the New York Motoring mare Motoring Rivers, a half-sister to the Hobart Cup winner Purple Haze and a close relative of Miracle Mile hero Beautide. For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. Neilson@tasracing.com.au or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355. The online catalogue for the Tasmanian sale can be viewed at www.graemeboard.com By Peter Wharton
CAMPBELLVILLE, August 9 - It was a milestone night on Friday evening at Mohawk. After driver Jody Jamieson celebrated $100-million in career earnings as a driver in race two, trainer Casie Coleman notched her 2,000th win later on the card in race ten. Coleman’s Beat The Drum got under the wire first in a condition event for driver Scott Zeron in 1:53 to reach the 2,000 win plateau. Coleman, a resident of Cambridge, has been named Canada’s Trainer of the Year five times and has career earnings approaching $45 million as a trainer. “When I first came to Ontario, I never dreamed I’d win 1,000 races lifetime let alone 2,000 at my age,” Coleman said. “It’s pretty surreal to think that my team and I have accomplished this. It’s just a great feeling.” The 33-year-old’s top horses in recent years include North America Cup winner Sportswriter, Breeders Crown winner Betterthancheddar, Little Brown Jug winner Michaels Power, American Ideal, Art Colony, Idyllic and Moving Pictures, just to name a few. by Greg Gangle
Winbak Farm's foaling season begins with the start of the new year. From January to June, Winbak Farm is expected to welcome close to 400 foals. The first to come is always highly anticipated by all of the employees and harness racing associates of the farm.
The Artsplace horse Stonebridge Regal (1:48.2), who has shuttled between Canada and New South Wales and New Zealand for the last three years, is to stand his first harness racing season in Victoria at the Loddon Valley stud, Lockwood, near Bendigo, of one of Australia's leading studmasters John Campbell.
Winbak Farm is sad to announce the passing of Art Colony, p, 2, 1:51s ($762,840), owned by Tom Hill of Great Britain. With his first crop on the ground, the six-year-old harness racing stallion was in the middle of his second breeding season.
Winbak Farm of Ontario is proud to announce that its harness racing stallions on their 2012 roster have all arrived. Winbak Farm will be standing 11 stallions in 2012, including 5 millionaires. We are proud to welcome two new stallions to its lineup this year, along with welcoming back three pacing stallions returning from the southern hemisphere.