The Autumn series continued tonight Friday the 25th of October at Woodbine Raceway with two divisions for 2yo trotters and four divisions for the 2yo pacers (Colts and geldings). The first division of trotters went to Remas Last Son (Majestic Son) in 1:58.4 with the second division going to the Muscle Mass gelding Adventure in 1:57.4. The four winners for the pacing 2yos went to the Artistic Fella colt Allstar Seelster in 1:53.2, the Mach Three colt Brodys Scrapper in 1:54.2 , the Badlands Hanover gelding Italian Rebel in 1:54.1 and the Classic Card Shark gelding King Royalty in 1:54.1. . Videos of all races attached. .
LONDON, ON - Ontario's two-year-old Grassroots competitors wrapped up the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes season on an impressive note at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Tuesday evening. Next season's provincial stars gave London fans several heart-pumping finishes and one track record equaling mile in the eight $20,000 Grassroots Consolations. The record went to two-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who rocketed home to a 1:54.4 triumph in the ninth race. The clocking equaled the track record for a two-year-old male pacer at The Raceway and gave Regal Babe his second win of the season. Gregg McNair conditions Regal Babe for owner-breeder Rob Chapple of Chatham, ON and driver Doug McNair crafted the come-from-behind victory, which saw Regal Babe hit the wire five and one-half lengths ahead of Concert Artist and fan favourite King Royalty. The win boosted the Stonebridge Regal son's earnings to $23,983 through nine freshman starts. Driver Jody Jamieson picked up two Grassroots Consolation victories on Tuesday, with the first coming aboard freshman pacing filly Stellllllla in the third race. Jamieson guided the Mister Big daughter to a two and one-half length victory in 1:58.2, besting Hare To Eternity and Girlsgotmachzie. Daryl Sherman of Elmore, OH bred and owns Stellllllla and David Menary trains the two-time Grassroots winner, who was sent off as the favourite by London fans. The other pacing filly Consolation was captured by Brookdale Shadow and driver Sylvain Filion in 1:57.1. Jamieson's second visit to the winner's circle came in the last Grassroots Consolation with pacing colt Allstar Seelster. The duo reeled in pacesetter Hunch Man in the stretch to claim the one and one-quarter length victory in 1:56. Opening Line was another length back in third. Jack Darling of Cambridge, ON owns and trains Artistic Fella son Allstar Seelster, who posted a record of two wins, three seconds and two thirds in 11 starts this season. The Grassroots Consolation program got under way with a nail biting finish by the two-year-old trotting fillies that saw Just Call Me Lady reel in pacesetter Bit A Magic to score her second Grassroots victory. Just Call Me Lady hit the wire one-quarter length ahead of Bit A Magic in a personal best 2:02.1. Majestic Jewel was two more lengths back in third, while fan favourite Lenny Mac settled for fourth after making an early miscue. Cambridge, ON resident Blake Macintosh trains Angus Hall daughter Just Call Me Lady for his partners Anne Campbell and Stephen Waldman of North York, ON, and Trevor Ritchie piloted the filly to both of her Grassroots wins. Trevor Henry piloted Wonderland Snow to a commanding 2:01.3 triumph in the other trotting filly Consolation. Trotting colts Crowningcrest and Rival Seelster also battled to a tight finish, with Crowningcrest prevailing by a neck over the favourite in 2:02.3. Conway Escape rounded out the top three. Scott Coulter engineered the win for trainer Susanne Kerwood and owner-breeder Langcrest Farm of East Garafraxa, ON. The win was the Mutineer gelding's second straight and his third on the season. The other trotting colt trophy went home with Ramas Last Son, who was piloted to a 2:02.1 win by Steve Condren. The two-year-old trotters and pacers will now enjoy a winter break from provincial racing action before they begin preparations for the 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes campaign. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder
ELORA, ON - As has become their custom, local horsemen Gregg and Doug McNair had a stellar evening in Ontario Sires Stakes action at Grand River Raceway on Sunday. Competing in the Gold Series Consolations at the Elora oval trainer Gregg McNair earned two trophies, with two-year-old pacing filly Porsche Seelster and three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally, and driver Doug McNair picked up three, driving both of his father's horses and three-year-old pacing filly Jan It Jackson. Sent off as the fan favourite from Post 2, Porsche Seelster cruised to a two length victory in the fifth of eight $50,000 Consolations, besting Medoland Lindeylou and Goldies Mach. The 1:57.1 triumph was Porsche Seelster's first victory in 12 outings this season. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions Porsche Seelster for The Merks Stable of New York, NY. During the regular season the Artistic Fella daughter recorded one second, two thirds, one fifth and one seventh in six Gold Series starts to rank seventh in the division point standings. Buddy Hally's three and one-half length romp in the sophomore trotting colt Consolation went some way toward helping his owners forget the division point leader's disappointing eighth-place result in the Sept. 28 Super Final. The Angus Hall colt battled Tag Up And Go and Rock Of Cashel through much of the race, but was able to draw away in the stretch to the 1:58.3 victory. Tag Up And Go and Gotta Secret finished second and third behind the fan favourite. Trainer McNair shares ownership of the $275,400 winner with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, breeder Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. Doug McNair's driving triple came with Isaac Waxman trainee Jan It Jackson, who went gate-to-wire in the sophomore pacing filly division, stopping the Grand River Raceway teletimer at 1:54.3. Leaveumlady and Marlee B finished two and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. Fan favourite and division point leader Pan Luis Obispo finished fifth. Brenda Selwyn Waxman of Dundas owns Badlands Hanover daughter Jan It Jackson, who ranked second in the division point standings and finished just out of the money in sixth in the Sept. 28 Super Final. Grand River Raceway fans accurately selected the winners in five of the eight Gold Series Consolations. In addition to Porsche Seelster and Buddy Hally, fans sent off two-year-old pacing colt Play It Again Sam, three-year-old trotting filly Motown Muscle and three-year-old pacing colt Mach Pride as the favourites in their respective divisions. Upsets occurred in the two-year-old trotting colt division, which saw Dontcheatonmenow best favourite Deweykeepumnwhy, the two-year-old trotting filly contest, which saw Torches Star emerge victorious over Marcella Hall and fan favourite Margie, and the sophomore pacing filly division captured by Jan It Jackson. The Consolations completed the Gold Series schedule, and the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes program will draw to a close with 16 Grassroots Consolations at The Raceway at Western Fair District on Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Last season Gregg McNair clinched his first Johnston Cup title with three Grassroots Championship victories. This year the Guelph resident could watch Saturday’s festivities from the Mohawk Racetrack grandstand and still take home the Ontario Sires Stakes program’s leading trainer award. After jumping out to an early lead in June McNair has been unstoppable and currently sits 129 points ahead of his nearest rival, Puslinch resident Richard Moreau. The horseman has raced 24 different pacers and nine trotters this season, making winner’s circle appearances in every division except the two-year-old trotting colt. The trainer will only harness entries in two Grassroots Championships this season, but his starters make up almost one-third of the two-year-old pacing filly field and are headlined by division point leader Momara. “She’s had a surprisingly good year,” says McNair of the Lis Mara filly, who will start from Post 7. “She always had a lot of potential, but she wasn’t just the greatest gaited thing all winter, so she’s been a nice surprise.” McNair shares ownership of Momara with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The partners also bred the winner of $65,634, who has not been bested in Grassroots action since the July 2 season opener at Georgian Downs. McNair’s son Doug will steer Momara in Saturday’s $50,000 test, which is slated for Race 8. Momara’s stablemate Can Art finished third in the point standings and will attempt to capture the division title from Post 4. A daughter of Artistic Fella and former McNair trainee Canadette, who won $449,634 in her racing career, Can Art has always ranked near the top of the trainer’s freshman pacing filly group, which also includes the American-bred star Precocious Beauty ($376,062). “She trained down real big last winter,” says the horseman. “She’s a little like her grand dam, Legacy of Fame ($861,061). You get floating along with her and you really don’t realize how fast you’re going.” Chatham resident Rob Chapple bred and owns Can Art, who comes into the Championship off a three and one-quarter length win in the Sept. 11 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway. The final member of McNair’s potent two-year-old pacing filly trio is Regally Ready, who also reeled off a win in the last regular season event, posting a 1:56.4 personal best over the Grand River oval. The Royal Mattjesty daughter, owned by Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA, finished sixth in the point standings and will start from Post 2 on Saturday. “She’s got a lot better that mare. She’s stronger now than she was at the start of the year,” says McNair. “She’s got gate speed and she’ll race from out of it too.” The trainer’s fourth starter is three-year-old pacing colt Southwind Amazon, who gets Post 4 in the tenth race. The Camluck colt found the winner’s circle for the first time this season in the Sept. 8 Grassroots event at Clinton Raceway where he stopped the teletimer at 1:56.4. “I don’t think he got beat in the Grassroots as a two-year-old,” notes McNair. “But we tried to switch him over to the Gold at the end of last year and it ended up he had a cracked P1 bone or something. He had to have surgery on it. “He’s come back, but he’s not as dominant as he was,” the trainer continues. “The rest caught up to him I guess.” After going four-for-four in the Grassroots last season Southwind Amazon posted one win, two seconds and three thirds in six regular season starts, putting him fourth in the sophomore pacing colt point standings. Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, MI owns the winner of $94,184 and Doug McNair will be in the race bike for Saturday’s test. Mohawk Racetrack raises the curtain on its Saturday, Sept. 21 program at 7:25 pm, and turns the spotlight on the province’s best Grassroots competitors in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. Race 7 features the $284,000 Milton Final for aged pacing mares, highlighted by former Ontario Sires Stakes stars Monkey On My Wheel and Voelz Hanover. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0921mohsn.dat
ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway wraps up its Ontario Sires Stakes season on a high note this Friday, Sept. 20, hosting the final Gold Series leg for the province’s top two-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. The pacing fillies kick things off in the second race with a $105,000 division loaded with Top 10 talent. Second-ranked Yoselin Seelster gets Post 6, fourth-ranked Alibi Seelster will benefit from Post 1, number eight filly Porsche Seelster will line up at Post 5 for trainer Gregg McNair, and ninth-ranked Performing Art gets Post 2. Only the top 10 point earners will advance to next weekend’s Super Final and there are three fillies sitting right below the leaders who will be hoping to make the leap into the lucrative post season. Regil Meg is just four points back and comes into the contest off a runner-up finish in the Sept. 13 Gold event at Mohawk Racetrack. The Artistic Fella daughter will have to overcome the outside Post 8 to score a top three finish for trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. Also needing a top three result are Medoland Lindylou at Post 3 and Lady Jake at Post 7. The other pacing filly division goes postward in the tenth race and features Battle of the Belles champion Lady Shadow. The Gregg McNair trainee will be looking for her third victory over the Grand River Raceway oval from Post 6. Guelph resident McNair conditions the Shadow Play daughter, who is sitting sixth in the point standings, for owners Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The freshman trotting fillies battle in Races 5, 7, and 11 and McNair trainee Luck Is All Ineed will be looking for her second Gold Series win from Post 1 in the last $70,000 division. The Muscle Mass filly made her first appearance in the provincial winner’s circle on Aug. 15, circling the Rideau Carleton Raceway oval in 2:00.1. Tied for second in the trotting filly point race, Luck Is All Ineed is owned by McNair and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. Grand River Raceway’s starter will call the first horses to the gate at 7:05 pm on Friday. The two-year-old pacing fillies will show off their speed and skill in Races 2 and 10 and the two-year-old trotting fillies will star in Races 5, 7, and 11. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0920grvrn.dat by Sandra Snyder for the OSS
ELORA, ON - Father and son Gregg and Doug McNair captured three of five Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday in a dominant display that secured three of their freshman pacing fillies a berth in the Grassroots Championship. The McNair's exceptional evening got under way in the first $18,000 division with Regally Ready. Starting from Post 3 the Royal Mattjesty daughter cruised away from the starting gate and watched from third as Savhorsrideacowboy rolled through a :27.4 quarter and a :57.2 half. Doug McNair sent the fan favourite after the leaders heading for the 1:26.2 three-quarters and Regally Ready rocketed away to a six length triumph in a personal best 1:56.4. Gregg McNair conditions Regally Ready for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and sent the filly out in all six regular season Grassroots events, garnering one win, three seconds, one seventh and one ninth for a point tally of 127 and a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship. In the third division Doug McNair wasted no time putting Can Art on the lead from Post 4. The Artistic Fella daughter had a one length lead by the quarter pole and extended that to three and one-quarter lengths by the finish, halting the teletimer at 1:56.2. Robert Chapple of Chatham bred and owns Can Art, who wrapped up the regular season with three wins, one fourth and one sixth, putting her third in the division standings with 161 points. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be led into the post season by McNair trainee Momara, who recorded her fifth Grassroots win in the fourth division. The Lis Mara daughter and Doug McNair dominated the talent laden field from the start, sailing home six lengths on top in 1:56.3. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Momara with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, Don MacDonald of Amherstburg and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The McNair's came within a nose of a fourth trip to the winner's circle in the last division when Therese Killean almost reeled in pacesetter and heavy favourite Itsa Surprise Tome. The fillies hit the wire in 1:59. The other Grassroots division, the only one which did not feature a McNair entry, was captured by Skippin By in 1:58.1. Doug McNair finished third with Blair Burgess trainee Double Joy. The top 10 point earners will now begin preparations for the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack, and Doug McNair will begin deliberations about which of his father's trainees he will steer in the season finale. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Friday with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. For complete results Photo 1: Doug and Gregg McNair of Guelph celebrate at Grand River Raceway after winning three Grassroots divisions, with two-year-old pacing fillies Regally Ready, Can Art and Momara, on Sept. 11. Iron Horse Photo Photo 2: Momara and driver Doug McNair of Guelph post a 1:56.3 victory in their Grassroots division at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 11, wrapping up the regular season at the top of the two-year-old pacing filly standings. Iron Horse Photo For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder
Vegas Vacation set a new record of 1:48.3 in his division of the Simcoe stakes tonight Saturday the 7th of September at Mohawk Raceway. Harness racing driver Brian Sears swept the two divisions driving Fool Me Once to win the other division. The Champlain Stakes also featured on the night with Winds Of Change, Precious Beauty and Luck Be Withyou winning Race 1: 1st Shes Da Bomb (b,f,2 - Art Major-Armbro Bombay-Western Hanover 2nd Porsche Seelster (b,f,2 - Artistic Fella-Platinum Seelster-Western Hanover) 3rd Impatience (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Restive Hanover-The Panderosa) Race 2: 1st Your So Vain (b,c,3 - Donato Hanover-Tennis Lover-Muscles Yankee) 2nd Royalty For Life (b,c,3 - Rc Royalty-Bourbon N Grits-Donerail) 3rd Smilin Eli (b,c,3 - Muscles Yankee-Gerris Joy-Enjoy Lavec) Race 3: 1st Master Of Law (br,g,3 - Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic-Self Possessed) 2nd Punxsutawney (b,c,3 - Glidemaster-Sunseeker Kosmos-S Js Photo) 3rd Wheeling N Dealin (b,c,3 - Cantab Hall-Quick Credit-Credit Winner) Race 4: 1st Ideal Race (b,g,7 - Western Terror-Eidette Hanover-Big Towner) 2nd Thepaninsulahotel (b,h,7 - No Pan Intended-Onenightinpangkok-Matts Scooter) 3rd Twin B Impressive (b,g,4 - Bettors Delight-Impeccant-Jate Lobell) Race 5: 1st Fool Me Once (b,c,3 - Art Major-Fool That I Am-Jennas Beach Boy) 2nd Captive Audience (b,c,3 - Art Major-Captiva Island-Western Hanover) 3rd Lucan Hanover (b,g,3 - Western Ideal-Lauren Order-Dragon Again) Race 6: 1st Winds Of Change (b,c,2 - American Ideal-Arts Temptress-Artsplace) 2nd Jet Airway (br,c,2 - Jeremes Jet-Aromatic-Artiscape) 3rd Crafty Master (b,c,2 - Mister Big-Cam Odie-Camluck) Race 7: 1st Bestofbest Hanover (b,h,5 - Western Hanover-Bunny Lake-Precious Bunny) 2nd Sparky Mark (b,h,6 - Astreos-Luckbealadytonite-Camluck) 3rd Shelbys Cobra (b,g,6 - Western Ideal-Sounds Perfect-Artsplace) Race 8: 1st Precocious Beauty (b,f,2 - Art Major-Precious Beauty-Jate Lobell) 2nd Beach Gal (br,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Michelle My Gal-Dragon Again) 3rd Bahama Blue (b,f,2 - Somebeachsomewhere-Isabella Blue Chip-Bettors Delight) Race 9: 1st Luck Be Withyou (b,c,2 - Western Ideal-Trim Hanover-Camluck) 2nd Fort Knox (b,c,2 - American Ideal-The Art Museum-Artsplace) 3rd Some Major Beach (b,c,2 - Major In Art-Wheres The Beach-Beach Towel) Race 10: 1st Aslan (b,g,4 - Mach Three-Skyview-Falcon Seelster) 2nd Ellis Park (br,g,4 - Rocknroll Hanover-Roller Cam-Cambest) 3rd Smokin Bear (gr,g,4 - Grinfromeartoear-Smokin Pistol-Jate Lobell) Race 11: 1st Vegas Vacation (br,g,3 - Bettors Delight-Dont You Smile-Grinfromeartoear) 2nd Sunshine Beach (b,c,3 - Somebeachsomewhere-Light Up-Artsplace) 3rd Sunfire Blue Chip (b,c,3 - American Ideal-Shot Togo Bluechip-Cams Card Shark) Race 12: 1st Grande Seelster (br,g,5 - Camluck-Glendale Kim-Troublemaker) 2nd Bestinthebusiness (b,g,5 - Another Mile-Tendin To Business-Lon Todd Hanover) 3rd Top Gear (b,g,6 - Real Desire-Trust Me Ashley-Ball And Chain) Race 13: 1st Bay Of Sharks (b,h,7 - Cams Card Shark-Whitley Bay-Tylers Mark) 2nd Red Bugler (b,g,6 - Cammibest-My Friend Flicka-Firm Friend) 3rd Clic K (ch,g,5 - Shanghai Phil-Eclatante-Bullvons Dream) All videos are attached.
DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to five impressive Grassroots performances by Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Monday afternoon. Driver Paul Mackenzie kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, guiding King Royalty to a 1:58.4 score over Electric Western. Local favourite Regal Babe, owned by Rob Chapple of Chatham, finished third. All three colts were affected by an accident that saw driver Brad Forward thrown from Opening Line’s race bike heading into the final turn. Fortunately Forward was not seriously injured and was able to drive in the Monday evening program at Elora’s Grand River Raceway. Mackenzie crafted King Royalty’s first lifetime win for trainer David Menary of Cheltenham. The trainer shares ownership of the son of Classic Card Shark with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Two races later Puslinch resident Mackenzie was back in the Dresden winner’s circle with Concert Artist, who rang up the quickest clocking of the five Grassroots divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1. Tony O’Sullivan conditions the Artistic Fella gelding for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The colt’s second Grassroots win vaulted him into contention for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Division point leader Cheeky Fool scored his fourth Grassroots victory in the final division, going gate-to-wire in 1:59.3 for driver Scott Coulter and trainer Clifford Hill. Joshua Wade Jamieson owns the son of Western Maverick, who boasts a five race point tally of 196. The other divisions were captured by On The Big Swing, who bested Hoorei For Flash and Rather Swell, owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, with his 1:57.3 effort and V I P Bayama, who posted a 1:57.2 clocking. The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12. by Sandra Snyder
It was another good night on the track for 2013 Johnston Cup leading trainer Gregg McNair when seven divisions of two-year old pacing fillies rolled into Hanover Raceway. The Guelph, Ontario resident formerly of Walkerton, scored two grassroots division victories with Momara and Can Art in races five and nine respectively. 2013 Battle of the Belles runner-up Momara wired the field as the overwhelming post-time favorite. The daughter of Lis Mara cruised to an easy victory in 1:57.3 with Stuart Sowerby in the race bike. Momara now has four wins in six lifetime starts for earnings nearing the $50,000 mark. Sowerby was steering once again when McNair sent out Can Art in race nine. The Artistic Fella filly was a gate-to-wire winner in 1:58.3, as she was able to fend off all challengers in the stretch. The win was her second in six races. McNair also had a second place finish from Regally Ready in race seven, while Sowerby scored an OSS hat trick by adding a win with Gram Rules for Blake McIntosh in race three. Hanover was lucky to have Hall of Famer Clint Galbraith formerly of Tara on hand, as he visited with Peter and Jean Thibideau before heading to Clinton to compete in their Legends Day of Racing program. Galbraith trained and drove arguably the best horse of the last century in Niatross who was just this past week, was enshrined in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Niatross was the first pacer to earn over 2 million dollars and was named the hosre of the year in 1979 and 1980. Niatross was named the Horse of the year in both Canada and the United States during 2 year old campaign where we won all 13 of his races and won 37 of his 39 career starts. Hanover Raceway returns with All-Trot Night on Saturday, August 24th. The eleventh edition of the track’s all trotting card will feature eliminations for the Balanced Image stakes for two-year olds, the 39th annual Walker Memorial, and a RUS Ontario exhibition race. Hanover Raceway is also participating in the Bring A Friend to the Races Challenge, as fans who bring someone new to the races, will both be entered in a draw for special behind the scenes prizing. Fans who come early will get a chance to meet the RUS riders and several regular drivers including Jay Harris and Stuart Sowerby in a meet and greet session under the grandstand at 6:30pm. Post time next Saturday for the 11th annual ALL TROT DAY is 7:30pm.
For Michael Muscat it’s been a whirl wind ride to arrive at Tabcorp Park Melton this Sunday. The young New South Wales trainer/driver has only just turned 22-years-old and he will have a pair of Group 1 runners on one of the sport’s biggest days. It’s a massive occasion for any trainer or driver who strives for the pinnacle but for someone so young, he is still keen to take it all in his stride. “It is only my first season of training first time so it’s a massive thrill but having worked for some big trainers and having seen how they’ve coped I’ll just get through and enjoy the day,” Muscat said. “It was definitely one of the best weekend’s I’ve had at the track (last weekend), I’ll probably never forget it.” He will be hoping the memories just keep rolling with Majestic Amy and Heza Presidente set for their respective finals of the Blue Chip Farms Breeders Crown. The former was charged with the task of taking on arguably Australia’s best filly in her semi-final and almost unthinkably, she hit the line full of running, clear of her rivals. “I was pretty confident that with a bit of luck I’d run up to Mindarie Priddy, I just didn’t know where I’d be in the run. I thought if I got out I was a chance anyway,” Muscat said. “She won under double wraps, once she got away from them I stopped driving her and she got through the line good. All being equal Mindarie Priddy was clearly below her best on the day following the post-race news of a bleeding attack. Nevertheless, the winning daughter of Artistic Fella was so impressive she has been installed the $2.80 favourite for Super Sunday by TAB fixed odds. And Muscat was bringing with confidence earlier this week. “She seems good; she’s been bucking her brands off and eating up so we can’t complain,” he said. “She’s proven that she can race the best horses, she will always need a bit of luck but when she gets that she’s definitely up to them.” The second of the duo will be pitted against the well backed, and now $1.60 favourite, Ideal Scott in the four-year-old division. But the Londonderry trainer has already shown punters that an odds-on favourite is nothing to fear. “He just keeps getting better every time we send him around. I think six or seven starts ago he was a c0 but he’s just gone through his grades and now he is in a Group 1,” Muscat said. “He probably needed the run and he’s pulled up good and hopefully he can improve a bit more and be thereabouts.” by Blake Redden (Harness Racing Australia)
ELORA, ON — The stage is set for the July 29th elimination rounds of Grand River Raceway’s signature race, the 16th annual Battle Of Waterloo and its sister dash, the fifth annual Battle Of The Belles. The top nine finishers for each of these elimination events for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacers, advance to their respective finals during the track’s 23rd annual harness racing celebration, Industry Day, on August 5 (post time 1:30). Battle Of Waterloo Trainer Wayne McGean paid $12,500 to supplement Steady Warrior into the $125,000 Battle Of Waterloo and drew the rail in the third of four eight-horse divisions. The Royal Mattjesty colt is still on the hunt for his maiden win, but has racked up $61,300 in four starts, including a pair of runner-up finishes and a third in the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series. McGean and co-owner Michael Gouthro paid just $5,000 for the pacer as a yearling. He finished a half-length behind Arthur Blue Chip in the $150,000 OSS Gold Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack on July 19. But Steady Warrior won’t face Arthur Blue Chip on Monday night. The Ian Moore trainee will start from post six in the third division (race six). A winner of two from three starts, Arthur Blue Chip set a personal best of 1:52.4 in the OSS Mid-Summer Challenge. He has banked $110,000 and was a $135,000 yearling for the Shadow One Stable of Guelph, ON. Moore won the 2009 Battle Of Waterloo with Wellthereyougo. National speed leaders Rather Swell, Falcon Justice and Boomboom Ballykeel will also start in race six, from posts three, seven and eight respectively. Falcon Justice (Mister Big) is currently the quickest rookie gelding in the country. The Rod Boyd trainee won his first career start on June 20 at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:53.1. Boomboom Ballykeel holds the distinction on a half-miler after his maiden win at Hanover Raceway in 1:56.4 on July 20. He’s conditioned by Canada’s current leading trainer, Richard Moreau, and driven by the nation’s top dash driver, Trevor Henry. A maiden score of 1:54.4 in an OSS Grassroots division on July 6 at Georgian Downs made Rather Swell the quickest rookie pacing gelding over a five-eighths mile track. The Robert McIntosh homebred is a son of Western Maverick. Lucky King, in the first division, also holds a current Canadian speed record. The Camluck son’s most recent win at Georgian Downs on July 6 in 1:54.1 makes him the quickest rookie colt over a five-eighths surface in 2013. He starts from post seven in race four for trainer Andrew McCabe. Cluster Hanover starts to the right of Lucky King for trainer/owner Jack Darling. Still chasing his maiden win in this fifth start, Cluster Hanover has banked $40,725 and finished third in the OSS Mid-Summer Challenge. Darling purchased the Badlands Hanover gelding as a yearling for $95,000. Three-time Battle Of Waterloo champ Jody Jamieson will steer. Titus Seelster looks to double-up in the final boys’ division (race 10). The pacer captured his first lifetime victory in 1:53.1 with a driving-away win by seven lengths in the $50,000 OSS Mid-Summer Challenge Consolation on July 19. Stephane Larocque trains the Artistic Fella colt, a winner of $38,125 in two starts. Battle Of The Belles Eliminations for the $75,000 Battle Of The Belles will be contested by 24 fillies in three divisions (races 2, 3 and 5). Lady Shadow headlines the first group. She is represented by the Guelph, ON father-son, trainer-driver duo of Gregg and Doug McNair, winners of the 2008 Battle Of Waterloo with Trail Boss. Gregg McNair is also on-point to secure his second consecutive Johnston Cup (for leading trainer in the OSS). He has a stronghold on the standings, thanks to the likes of Lady Shadow. She leads this elimination field for earnings with $51,500 in three starts and a mark of 1:54.4. The McNairs also have Momara — the current leader for OSS Grassroots earnings ($17,356). She enters the second Belles division hoping for a hat-trick. She won by seven and nine lengths respectively in her last two OSS Grassroots outings. Performing Art leads all OSS freshman pacing fillies with $52,500 banked in three OSS starts. She also holds the current season’s record for her division over a five-eighths mile track with a 1:54.2 score at Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 11. She starts from post four in the second division for trainer Otis Hall. Alibi Seelster starts from post seven for Jack Darling in race five. The Shadow Play miss was third in the $150,000 OSS Mid-Summer Challenge. A winner of two from four, she was a $27,000 yearling who has already paid her way with $61,000 banked and a mark of 1:53.3. Finalists & Post Position Draw Post positions for the finals will be drawn as follows: • Post Position Draw for the Battle Of The Belles: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 6 on July 29. (Top three finishers from each of the three elimination divisions advance to the final on August 5.) • Post Position Draw for the Battle Of Waterloo: Drawn live on the Tarmac Show after race 11 on July 29. (Top two finishers from each of the four elimination divisions, plus one of the third-place finishers — as drawn by lot — advance to the final on August 5.) Post time for race one on Monday, July 29 is 7:05 p.m. For complete Industry Day details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Kelly Spencer
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Momara jumped to the top of the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots division with a commanding victory at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. In rein to Doug McNair, Momara took command of the race before the halfway marker and pulled away from her peers to a ninth length triumph in a personal best 1:55.1. Hit It Big and Jakardez finished second and third. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions Momara for his partners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, Don MacDonald of Amherstburg and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The partners also bred the daughter of Lis Mara and Mosaic, who posted her first Grassroots win at Georgian Downs on July 9 and finished second in the season opener, also at Georgian Downs, on July 2. The father and son duo of Gregg and Doug McNair teamed up for a second victory in the seventh race with Can Art, who overcame the outside Post 9 to eke out a head victory in 1:55. The Artistic Fella daughter bested Noble Jilly and An Angel Shes Not to secure her first ever victory for owner-breeder Robert Chapple of Chatham. Guelph resident Doug McNair made one more appearance in the Mohawk winner’s circle, steering Murray Brethour trainee Girlsgotmachzie to her first victory in the final Grassroots division. The Mach Three lass caught Thrill Chaser in the stretch to record the 1:55.3 win. Lyons Katrina rounded out the top three. Murray Brethour and Gary Brethour of Sunderland share ownership of Girlsgotmachzie. The other Grassroots divisions were captured by Skippin By (1:55.1), Hare To Eternity (1:54.4), Savhorsrideacowboy (1:55.4), and Delirium (1:55). The two-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 17. Ontario Sires Stakes action marches on at Mohawk Racetrack, with the two-year-old trotting fillies arriving at the Campbellville oval on Monday, July 29 for their third Grassroots skirmish. For complete results please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0722mohsn.dat by Sandra Snyder
Hanover Raceway played host to the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Saturday night. The twelve race card featured ten divisions of two-year-old pacing colts and the rookies did not disappoint. Driver Scott Coulter was making a rare appearance in Hanover and he guided three OSS colts to victory on the evening. The Brantford native nabbed his first win in the seventh race, as he helped Cheeky Fool stay unbeaten in OSS action this season. The Western Maverick novice shot out to an early lead from post two and never looked back, using a :28.3 final quarter kick to come through as the post-time favourite in 1:57.0. The division leader now boasts a 3-0-1 record through four lifetime starts for owner Joshua Wade Jamieson of Hagersville, ON and trainer Clifford Hill. Sword of the Spirit was an upset winner for Coulter in race 9, as the duo teamed up for a 1:57.3 victory over P L Haymaker and Waco Bruiser. The win was the first lifetime for the Artistic Fella colt, trained by Martin Lachance for Lomangino Standardbreds on Tinton Falls, New Jersey. Coulter’s final trip to the winner’s circle came with Alto Perro who overcame the seven-hole to convert on a second-over trip in the nightcap. Allen Tomlinson of Mason, Michigan trains and owns the gelded son of Another Mile, who has one win and a third place finish in two lifetime starts. The win for Alto Perro also clinched victory for Betty Gariepy in Hanover Raceway’s Survivor Handicapping Contest sponsored by Country 93 and Modern Appliances of Hanover. Gariepy took home a 58” television as reward for outlasting and out-handicapping the other 34 finalists. Other OSS divisional wins went to Shadow Place (Yves Filion – Stephane Larocque) in 1:58.1; Boomboom Ballykeel (Trevor Henry – Richard Moreau) in 1:56.4; Special Jackpot (Brad Forward – Casie Coleman) in 1:59; Hunch Man (Ryan Holliday – Robert Poljanski) in 1:56.4; Concert Artist (Paul Mackenzie – Tony O’Sullivan) in 1:57; Warrior Call (Robert Shepherd – David O’Brien) in 1:59.2; and Landfair Nipper (Paul MacKenzie – Ricky MacPhee) in 1:59.4. Fans pushed through a season-high $22,623 in handle on the evening, as a large crowd – including Hanover Mayor Kathi Maskell & MPP Bill Walker – enjoyed the OSS action. Hanover Raceway returns Saturday, July 27th with eliminations for the Dream of Glory Trot. The racetrack will play host to staff from 92.3 the Dock who will bring with them a 50 inch high definition television, which will be awarded in a free draw from all those in attendance. Post time Saturday July 27th is 7:30pm. Gord Dougan
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - While lightning circled around Campbellville on Friday evening, the top two-year-old pacers in the province lit things up at Mohawk Racetrack in the first Ontario Sires Stakes Mid-Summer Challenge. Two-year-old pacing colt Arthur Blue Chip delivered an outstanding effort in the $150,000 pacing colt challenge, coming on in the stretch to claim a one-half length victory over Steady Warrior and Cluster Hanover. The Shadow Play son stopped the teletimer in a personal best 1:52.4 over a track rated one second slower than normal. "I just told Randy (Waples), I said, he's lazy, but I said if you get him up in the rigging he'll go for you," said trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph. "He knows what it's all about now. Randy said he was good, perfect." Milton resident Randy Waples piloted Arthur Blue Chip to the win, his second in Gold Series competition, for Moore and his partners in the Shadow One Stable. The partners purchased the colt for $135,000 from last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale and have already recouped $110,000 after three starts. In addition to watching his own colt triumph over a deeply talented field, Moore also applauded the success of several other Shadow Play offspring. The horseman campaigned $1.5 million winner Shadow Play during his stellar racing career and is thrilled with the early season results the stallion is enjoying in Ontario. "It's quite a thrill for me, having had Shadow Play and now having some of his offspring to train and race, and also to see them race too," explains Moore. "Jack Darling, I was talking to him, his fillies did great - one and three right - so I'm very, very happy." Cambridge resident Jack Darling received congratulations from Moore after Shadow Play daughters Nefertiti Blue Chip and Alibi Seelster finished first and third in the $150,000 pacing filly challenge. After leading for much of the race fan favourite Alibi Seelster was edged out by her stablemate and runner-up Sudoku, leaving Darling surprised, but pleased, with the result. "I'm as shocked as anybody," admitted the trainer in the winner's circle. "Great drive, and she raced big, she came up big. Last week at Rideau she was just kind of a mediocre second, but she's been fighting off sickness and allergies, and I guess she's over it now." Moffat resident Jody Jamieson piloted Nefertiti Blue Chip to the 1:54 win, her second lifetime but first on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit. Darling acquired the daughter of Shadow Play and Rising Sun at last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale, offering up $50,000 for the filly. Before the division heavyweights waged their battles, two $50,000 Mid-Summer Consolations were contested and Regil Meg came up with a sharp effort to capture the pacing filly event. Guelph resident Doug McNair put the Artistic Fella daughter on the front end early and simply set the cruise control button. Regil Meg sailed home unchallenged in 1:55.3, two and one-quarter lengths ahead of Goldies Mach and Jokes Jet. Dr. Reginald Westgarth of Amherstberg bred, owns and trains Regil Meg, who earned her spot in the consolation with a fourth-place finish in the July 1 season opener at Mohawk. In the pacing colt consolation Artistic Fella son Titus Seelster simply dominated his peers, sailing across the wire seven and one-half lengths on top in 1:53.1. Fan favourite Weatherly settled for second and Bugger Bruiser was third. Milton resident Sylvain Filion piloted Titus Seelster to the win for trainer Stephane Larocque and owners Brian Paquet and Bayama Farms Inc. of Quebec. The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Gold Series start at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 13 and the pacing fillies return to Mohawk on the same day. The second of three Mid-Summer Challenges goes postward at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday, Aug. 5 and features the two-year-old trotting colts and fillies. For complete results. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. All videos from tonights meeting are attached next to the photo Races 7-10 are still pending Sandra Snyder
INNISFIL, ON - Murray Brethour trainee Justabit Mean improved on her result from the season opening Grassroots harness racing event with a 1:56.3 score at Georgian Downs on Tuesday, July 9.
Pelicanrama, Miss Galvinator, Lourdes and Cornsilk, four of the best harness racing mares ever raced in this country, will go up for auction at the Soho Standardbreds Weanling and Mares In Foal Sale to be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co Dubbo Pty Ltd on Sunday, July 28 at Tamarin Park, Toolern Vale.