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ELORA, ON -- Grand River Raceway marked its 29th annual Industry Day celebration on August 5. The afternoon featured 11 races totaling $540,850 in purses, including the track's feature dashes, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. It was a homecoming of sorts for two families who have previously dominated these jewel races in the Elora, ON track's marquee event. 22nd annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine rookie two-year-old pacing colts vied for glory in the 22nd edition of the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Trainer Carl Jamieson and his son, driver Jody Jamieson, teamed up to win with Sports Obsession, their 7-1 starter from post five. Jamieson maneuvered traffic trouble past the halfway marker when Bettorbuckleup and Beach Blanket Book hooked wheels and were taken out of contention. Soon after, the winning pair cleared to the lead and remained on top to clinch the win. The 1:54 score was the Sportswriter son's second career win in five starts. Betting favourite Wind Blown with J Harris was second for trainer Teesha Symes. Aneto with Bob McClure rounded out the top three. Carl Jamieson co-owns Sports Obsession with George Harrison. "I told everyone that the horse had a good shot. We just needed a little luck," said Jamieson. Carl Jamieson trained and drove the first-ever Battle Of Waterloo winner Distinctiv Skeeter in 1998. He also piloted and trained CT Rocket in 2000 and went on to win three more editions with son Jody in the bike in 2002, 2004 and 2006. Neither has won the race since. "Dad and I did it again," Jody Jamieson beamed. "I think it was a special omen today, us teaming up again in the Battle of Waterloo after those victories in the past." 11th annual Battle Of The Belles A field of talented two-year-old pacing fillies contested the 11th edition of the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles. Doug McNair and Karma Seelster capitalized on early action to capture the win at 27-1 in 1:54.4, which matches the stake record set by Play The Bell in 2017. Karma Seelster scored her maiden win in her elimination division last week but drew the outside starting post (#8) in the final. She took to the top as heavy-favourite Alicorn (post four) and Louis Philippe Roy made a break at the first quarter. Alicorn matched the divisional track record in her elimination win last week in 1:54.2. She also holds an OSS speed record earned earlier this year. After her miscue, Roy quickly regrouped Alicorn and she came on strong to finish second for trainer Chantal Mitchell. Temagami Seelster and J Harris were third. This was the second Battle Of The Belles title for the father-son duo of driver Doug McNair and trainer Gregg McNair, both of Guelph, ON. The pair won the 2013 edition with Lady Shadow. They also paired up to win the Batlle Of Waterloo in 2008, 2013 and 2015. "I haven't been in the winner's circle for a while for one of these races," said Doug McNair. "I remember when I was 18 standing here. Time flies. It feels pretty good to be here today. And nice to get one for Keith (Waples)." Hall Of Fame horseman Keith Waples co-owns the Sportswriter filly with his wife Eileen and their daughter Karen Hauver. Karma Seelster was a $127,000 yearling purchase in 2018 at the London Select Sale. "We had a little trouble with her gait this winter (in Florida) but she has really come along since we've been back in Ontario," said Gregg McNair. "It's great to win at Grand River Raceway. It's our home track and we're here quite a bit in the spring training these horses down and I really like it here," he said. Undercard The Industry Day undercard included five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. Division leader Sugartown sweetened his hold on the year-end Grassroots title. The Sportswriter son held off Fast N First (James MacDonald) to win his third sophomore OSS race (and sixth season win) by a neck in 1:53.1 with Louis Philippe Roy for trainer Richard Moreau. That 1:53.1 clocking was the quickest of OSS action on Industry Day and matched the first division of the day when Travis Cullen steered Dreamfair Moxy to his sixth career win for owner John Lamers and trainer Jodie Cullen. The final division featured HP Napoleon in his fourth consecutive win from nine starts this season. Mario Baillargeon drove the Big Jim gelding for brother Ben Baillargeon to a three-quarter-length finish in 1:54.3. The quickest mile of the afternoon went to Ghost Dance in the Preferred pace (Race 9). Bob McClure piloted the Nick Gallucci student to a front-end win by 13 lengths in 1:51.1 for owner Millar Farms. It was the first win of the season for the four-year-old gelding. He has banked $166,000 in career earnings. Record Handle Today's handle of $488,696 is a new Industry Day record, besting the previous record of $481,239 set in 2016. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway   • Video: Battle of Waterloo       • Video: Battle Of Belles           Attached Photos: • Doug McNair winning with Karma Seelster in the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)     • Sports Obsession captures the $239,00 Battle Of Waterloo with Jody Jamieson (Emma Ongman/AG Photography)         FFI: Contact Jenna Knox at (519) 846-5455 ext. 247 or jknox@grandriverraceway.com               --   Kelly Spencer Co-Owner, True Nature Communications Inc.   kelly@truenaturecommunications.com   Cell: 519-465-7908   www.truenaturecommunications.com   >>> Explorers tell the best stories and the best stories win hearts.      

ELORA, ON - A race card worth $500K and a forecast of sunny skies will deliver one of the hottest afternoons in Canadian harness racing during Grand River Raceway's 29th Industry Day celebration on Monday, August 5. Industry Day kicks off its festivities and broadcast at 12:00 p.m. EST with first race going to post at 12:30 p.m. EST. Fans and families planning to attend the event should note that parking and admission are free. Activities will include a free kids' zone from 12:00 - 4:00 featuring a petting zoo, bouncy castles and face painting. A summer prize pack (valued at $2,000) and a $250 dollar betting voucher will also be up for grabs. The Central Ontario Standardbred Association will sponsor a Caretakers That Care Competition in which $1,500 in prize money will be won by Industry Day caretakers, recognizing their commitment and dedication to the sport's equine stars. A 50/50 draw will be offered by the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, and the Drive A Racehorse crew will provide free guided trips around the racetrack in double-seated jog carts, between the races, for a limited number of lucky guests. The much-loved Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes will headline the half-time show after race 5. Eleven races will be featured on the Industry Day card with purses amounting to $540,850. The 11-race card includes five divisions of Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) for three-year-old colt pacers. The $157,500 Battle Of The Belles and the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo each showcase nine of the province's best Ontario-sired rookie pacing fillies and colts. The finalists earned their berths in elimination races contested on July 29 at the Elora, ON half-miller. Featured in this year's Battle Of Waterloo is elimination winner Beach Blanket Book who leaves from post 4. Trainer Blake MacIntosh will look to score his second Battle Of Waterloo victory since winning with another son of Sportswriter, Sports Column, in 2016. Beach Blanket Book won his elimination with a sweep of the field in a maiden breaking score in 1:56.4. The colt is owned by Mac and Heim Stables as well as Hutt Racing Stable who also teamed up with Blake MacIntosh in 2016 as partners on Sports Column. Second Battle Of Waterloo elimination winner Aneto will leave from the trailing position 9 for trainer Tim Gillespie and owner Synerco Ventures Inc. The Bettors Delight colt (one of three offspring of Bettors Delight in this field) also broke his maiden with his elimination win and was a coast-to-coast winner in 1:55.4 with driver Bob McClure. The 22nd Battle of Waterloo also features trainers of past Battle champions such as Carl Jamieson who endeavours to score his sixth Battle Of Waterloo title with Sports Obsession leaving from post 5. Local trainers Scott McEneny and Ian Moore are seeking their second Battle title with Better B Swift (post 7) who was second in his elimination for McEneny and Denali Seelster (post 3) who finished fourth in his elimination. Young teamster Teesha Symes will send out Mach Three colt Wind Blown from the coveted rail position (post 1). He was second by a head to Aneto after a gritty first-up journey in his elimination race. If Wind Blown finds the winners circle for Symes, she would be the first female trainer, and the youngest (at 30) to win the Battle Of Waterloo. The victory would also give J Harris his first Battle Of Waterloo driving title. Wind Blown would also add his name to the list of Mach Three offspring that have won this race, joining Machapelo, Three Of Clubs and the immortal Somebeachsomewhere. The 11th annual Battle Of The Belles will feature Alicorn, a daughter of Bettors Delight, from post 4. Alicorn, matched the track record for two-year-old fillies with her elimination win in 1:54.2 and also holds the record for the fastest divisional mile in OSS history with her recent Gold Series win in 1:51 over Woodbine-Mohawk Park. With Louis Philippe Roy in the bike, Alicorn was missionized early with a bold first-up move before the half mile marker against Sound Idea (with Sylvain Filion). Alicorn then drew off from the field to a margin of three-and-a-quarter lengths for owners Windermere Stable LLC and Robert Muscara. Trainer Chantal Mitchell will also seek Battle redemption after finishing second to Bronx Seelster with Bettors Wish in last year's Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of The Belles will also feature elimination winner Queso Relleno with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Blake MacIntosh from post 3. Jamieson shoots for his fourth Battle Of The Belles title with Queso Relleno who broke her maiden in an elimination race victory where she breezed by the field in 1:55.4. MacIntosh co-owns the daughter of Betterthancheddar with Hutt Racing Stable, Sue Vernon Smith, and The Flanagan Sisters. MacIntosh will also send out Betterbeasecret from post 7 in the final. The local father-and-son duo of Gregg McNair and Doug McNair (both of Guelph, ON) will send out Karma Seelster from post 8 in the Battle Of The Belles final. She won the third of three elimination races on Monday night. Karma Seelster, who holds the highest yearling price of any horse in the Battle Of Waterloo or Battle Of The Belles ($127,000) is a sister to Kokanee Seelster, Kendall Seelster and Kylie Seelster and is one of three daughters of Sportswriter in the field. Karma Seelster would give sire Sportswriter his fourth Battle Of The Belles winner. For Team McNair, it would be their second Battle Of The Belles title. Also featured in the field for the Battle Of The Belles is Temagami Seelster, who leaves from post 2 and was second in her elimination to Queso Relleno. Temagami Seelster, driven by J Harris is trained by 2018 Battle Of Waterloo winning trainer, Wayne McGean. Trainer Amanda Fine, who celebrated her first training win in early July will send out elimination runner-up Highland Salsa from post 5, who impressively fought a closing Karma Seelster down the stretch. The five OSS divisions will feature Silas Seelster and Missile Seelster - the winner and runner-up (respectively) in the City Of London Series raced earlier this year at The Raceway at Western Fair District. Both are campaigned by trainer Ian Moore. 2018 Battle Of Waterloo finalists Prestige Seelster, Better Moonon Over, Fast N First and Sports Teen will also return to Industry Day for sophomore OSS Grassroots action. Leading OSS Grassroots starter Sugartown will also race on Industry Day, hunting for his third OSS Grassroots win of the season for trainer Richard Moreau and driver Louis Philippe Roy. Post time for Industry Day on August 5 is 12:30 p.m. EST. The broadcast and festivities kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST. Complete event details are available here. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Elora, ON, July 31, 2019 -- The highly anticipated Industry Day program is set for this Monday afternoon at Elora's Grand River Raceway and for those who can't make it out to the track, the Central Ontario Standardbred Association (COSA) will present the $157,000 Battle Of The Belles and $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo on Facebook Live. The one-hour broadcast produced by CUJO Entertainment will be aired on the Grand River Raceway, Flamboro Downs, Raceway at Western Fair District and Harness Racing Update (HRU) Facebook pages. It will also be shown on the Standardbred Canada website as well as the CUJO Entertainment Twitter page. Greg Blanchard, Mark McKelvie and Jaimi MacDonald will host the action. The show will include a feature on Industry Day which has become one of the most important dates on the Ontario racing calendar. The Facebook Live broadcast is the last in a series of four shows this season sponsored by COSA which also included the Confederation Cup, Camluck Classic and Legends Day programs. Monday's 11-race program boasts a strong undercard featuring Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old colt and gelding pacers. Fans are reminded of the special first race post time of 12:30 p.m. From the Central Ontario Standardbred Association ​ 

ELORA, ON - Despite uncertain weather looming over the Elora, ON oval, the talent was certain and impressive from freshman colts and fillies aiming for a spot in the $239,000 Battle Of Waterloo and the $157,500 Battle Of The Belles finals to be contested next Monday August, 5 during Grand River Raceway's 29th Industry Event. Battle Of Waterloo Thirteen of the nation's finest two-year-old colts battled for a spot in the track's coveted event with the top four from each division and one fifth place finisher advancing. The first Battle Of Waterloo elimination saw Blake MacIntosh trainee Beach Blanket Book and driver James MacDonald blaze by the field to win by a head in 1:56.4. The elimination victory also doubles as a maiden breaker for the two-year-old Sportswriter colt who is owned by Hutt Racing Stable and Mac And Heim Stables. With Beach Blanket Book being the only Battle Of Waterloo starter for MacIntosh, the St. George, ON resident -- who is coming off a record year -- will look to score his second Battle Of Waterloo title since winning with Sports Column in 2016. Beach Blanket Book will leave from post 4 in the final. Better B Swift finished second to Beach Blanket Book. The Scott McEneny trainee was driven by Sylvain Filion and dueled early with race favourite Denali Seelster (Doug McNair / Ian Moore). Upon clearing before the first quarter pole, a rough gaited Denali Seelster was out for the re-take. Denali Seelster then fronted the field to the top of the stretch where he was passed by Beach Blanket Book, Better B Swift and Sports Obsession (Jody Jamieson / Carl Jamieson). Both Scott McEneny and Ian Moore will vie for their second Battle Of Waterloo victory (McEneny won with Simple Kinda Man in 2017 and Moore won with Wellthereyougo in 2009) while Hall Of Famer Carl Jamieson will seek his sixth Battle Of Waterloo victory. Better B Swift will need to bring some swift skills to the table as he will leave from the outside post 7, while Sports Obsession and team Jamieson will battle from post 5. Denali Seelster will leave from post 3. Betterthancheddar colt Mr Cheeseman scored the final ticket to the big dance for driver Bob McClure and trainer Scott McNiven. The pacer was randomly drawn from the fifth-place finishers and will leave from post 6. A victory in the Battle Of Waterloo would serve as the first Battle title for both McClure and McNiven. In an exciting drive to the wire in the second division, Aneto and Bob McClure were able to fend off Wind Blown and J Harris. Aneto, trained by Tim Gillespie for Synerco Ventures Inc. was a $44,000 yearling and is yet another son of Bettors Delight to seek Battle glory. In a coast to coast mission, Aneto led the field from the word go to fractions of 28.4, 58.4, 1:26.4 with a mile time of 1:55.4 to hold off Wind Blown by a head. The elimination win is also the colt's maiden breaking victory. Aneto will leave from post 9 in the final. Wind Blown is trained by Teesha Symes and was an impressive runner-up finisher after a first-up journey. A win in the Battle Of Waterloo would give the dynamic duo of Symes and Harris a first Battle win for each of them and would make Symes the first female trainer to ever win the Battle Of Waterloo. The Battle Of Waterloo has been won by multiple sons of the late Mach Three including Machapelo, Three Of Clubs and the immortal Somebeachsomewhere. Leaving from post 1, Wind Blown could add his name to the list of Mach Three grandchildren to capture the Battle of Waterloo. Betterbuckleup will also advance to the final for driver James MacDonald and trainer Eric Adams who will leave from post 2. Tabloid Writer will start from post 8 for the brotherly tandem of Mario and Ben Baillargeon. Battle of the Belles Twenty-two rookie freshman fillies contested three eliminations to determine the contenders for the Battle Of The Belles. The top three from each division will advance to the final. The fastest freshman of the season thus far, Alicorn, was victorious in the first of three Battle Of The Belles eliminations. Driven by Louis Philippe Roy (hunting for his first Battle Of The Belles victory) Alicorn is trained by Chantal Mitchell who is looking for Battle redemption after finishing second with Bettors Wish in the 2018 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo. The daughter of Bettors Delight was missionized early with a first-up move before the half mile marker against Sound Idea (Sylvain Filion) who recorded the opening quarter in 27.2. Alicorn then fronted the field to fractions of 55.2, 1:25.2 to a mile time 1:54.2 where she won by a margin of three-and-a-quarter lengths. In addition to an Ontario Sires Stakes record she set earlier this month at Woodbine-Mohawk Park, Alicorn also matched the Grand River Raceway track record for two-year-old fillies set by Right On Molly in 2012. Owned by Windermere Stable Llc and Robert K Muscara, Alicorn will aspire to give her connections their first Belles victory from post 4 in the final. The rest of the first elimination was rounded out by Sound Idea, driven by Sylvain Filion and trained by John Balzer. She will leave from post 6 in the final. Preeminence, driven by Paul MacDonnell for trainer Marcel Barrieau will start from post 1. Also advancing to the Battle of the Belles final is Blake MacIntosh trainee Queso Relleno who was fantastic in her elimination with a sizzling sweep of the field with Jody Jamieson aboard. MacIntosh co-owns the daughter of Betterthancheddar with Hutt Racing Stable, Sue Vernon Smith and The Flanagan Sisters. She was a $26,000 yearling purchase for the group. Queso Relleno scored her maiden victory in the second elimination division in 1:55.4 and will leave from post 3 in the final. Joining Queso Relleno in the Battle of the Belles final will be Temagami Seelster (J Harris / Wayne McGean) who will leave from post 2 and race favourite All Day Sunshine (Sylvain Filion / Richard Moreau) who will start from post 9. Trainer Wayne McGean seeks his second Battle title after winning with Bronx Seelster in last year's Battle Of Waterloo. Harris, Moreau and Filion are all looking to score their first Belles title. It wouldn't be Industry Day without an entry from the local father and son duo of Doug and Gregg McNair who have been victorious in the Battle Of Waterloo and the Battle of the Belles with stable stars such as Trail Boss, Three of Clubs, Magnum J and Lady Shadow. This year, the team will send out Karma Seelster, the winner of the third and final elimination. Karma Seelster let the early action unfold before coming on to mark her first lifetime victory in 1:56.2 (after heavy rainfall degraded the track from a fast to good speed rating). Karma Seelster comes from the royal lineage of Kendall Seelster, Kokanee Seelster and Kylie Seelster and was a $127,000 yearling. She is owned by Eileen and Keith Waples and their daughter Karen Hauver and will eyeball a Battle Of The Belles victory for her connections from post 8. Finishing second to Karma Seelster and advancing to the final is the Amanda Fine trainee Highland Salsa, driven by J Harris. Highland Salsa will leave from post 5 for her young teamster. Trainer Blake MacIntosh will have another shot of capturing the Battle Of The Belles title with Bettorbeasecret, driven by Robert Shepherd. She will leave from post 7. With more local talent being featured in both the Battle of Waterloo and the Battle of the Belles, Industry Day 2019 could foresee many firsts for both veteran trainers and up-and-coming talent. Post time for Industry Day on August 5 is 12:30 p.m. EST The broadcast and festivities kick off at 12:00 p.m. EST. Complete event details are available here. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway marked its 28th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 6. The event featured 11 races totaling $565,855 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. 21st annual Battle Of Waterloo Nine of the best freshman two-year-old colts headed to battle this afternoon at Grand River Raceway. Amidst rain showers and overcast weather, Bronx Seelster parted the skies to win the $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo. Having drawn the trailing position of post nine, Bronx Seelster and Trevor Henry followed Prestige Seelster (Bob McClure) off the wings and landed fourth behind Wager On Me (Jody Jamieson) and Twin B Watching (Doug McNair). Wager On Me put up quarter fractions in a quick :27.1 as Twin B Watching pocket-pulled to lead the field to the half in :55.1 as Bronx Seelster came with the first-up attack to clear and lead his foes to the three-quarters in 1:24.1 with Bettors Wish (Paul MacDonnell) in pursuit. Stride for stride to the head of the stretch, Bronx Seelster and Bettors Wish dueled to the finish line with Bronx Seelster putting a neck in front of Bettors Wish to win in 1:53.1, narrowly missing Tarpon Hanover's 1:53 track record set in 2012. Wayne McGean trains the two-year-old son of Big Jim and celebrates his first Battle Of Waterloo victory with a colt who has now surpassed $225,000 in six starts. The $22,000 yearling has now returned his yearling price 10 times over for owners Capers 3 Stables of Sydney, NS. The victory was also the third win of the card and the first Battle Of Waterloo score for driver Trevor Henry. 10th annual Battle Of The Belles Trainer Dave Menary scored his third Battle Of The Belles title in a favored victory with Quebec Blue Chip and driver Jody Jamieson. The Sportswriter daughter fronted the field through fractions of :28, :57.2, and 1:26.2 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in the $163,840 race. Menary also trains the runner-up in the race, Ideation Hanover (James MacDonald). Powerful Chris (Bob McClure) was an elimination division winner last week and put forth a persistent first-up battle against front-facing Quebec Blue Chip, but faded to fifth in the later going. Track Records The 28th Industry Day undercard also featured two track record performances. Neon Moon set a new best for three-year-old pacing fillies during the second of four Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, coasting to a five-length victory in 1:52.4 for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling. The score bumps aside the 1:53.1 record set in 2013. At 8-1, Cousin Mary and Trevor Henry also lowered the aged pacing mares' track record to 1:53 after holding off Butter Milk Hanover and Bob McClure in race six. The clocking replaces five ties of the former 1:53.2 mark which was first established in 2013. OHHA Best Of Show The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Al Shelton, Emelia Svensson, Jennifer Harding, Steven Samis, Karen Laarman, Kathryn Gilfoy, Katie Graham, Kendal Middleton, Kim O' Reilly, Korina McLean, Lisa Mutter, Marie Brooking, Mary Lou Gingras, Robert Alliett, Steve Quinn and Susie McNair. Young Guns Race Six harness racing proteges took to the racetrack with their ponies (and accompanying drivers) in the Young Guns Race. Quinton was the race winner in the five-horse race, driven by Eric Lachance with help from his mother Marielle Enberg. Bouncy Pony Stakes Grand River Raceway's current leading driver, Colin Kelly, posted the biggest upset of the afternoon, defeating multiple Bouncy Pony Stakes champion James MacDonald in the 14th edition of the Industry Day fan favourite. MacDonald and fellow competitors J. Harris and Bob McClure cooled off the victor with a surprise tub of ice water during his trophy presentation. Garage Sale The Industry Day Garage Sale raised a total of $774.00 for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society, the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Standardbred Showcase and Racing Under Saddle Ontario. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - A total of seven elimination dashes on July 30 decided the finalists for Grand River Raceway's feature races on its 28th Industry Day event (August 6 at 12:30). Battle of Waterloo From three divisions of the nation's best freshman colts, nine have advanced to this Monday's $262,000 final of the Battle of Waterloo. Leaving from post number six will be Bettors Wish, a Bettors Delight colt who not only won his elimination, but demolished the current Canadian season record for two-year-old pacing colts on a half-mile track, winning in 1:54.3. Having already tripled his yearling price of $20,000, trainer Chantal Mitchell will seek her first Battle victory. If Bettors Wish was able to succeed in next week's final, Mitchell would also be the first female trainer to hold victory of the Battle Of Waterloo. Winning his elimination dash by a head, Bettors Wish was able to fend off a closing Sports Teen who will leave from post four for trainer Paul Reid, also seeking his first Battle Of Waterloo win. The Battle of Waterloo Final will also see Bronx Seelster, the maritime invader who has been ultra-impressive since moving west. Trainer Wayne McGean will send out the Big Jim colt from post nine as McGean seeks his first Battle of Waterloo victory. Bronx Seelster was missionized early by driver Trevor Henry from post seven while the tandem posted fractions of 27.2, 58.1, 1:27.1 for a mile time of 1:55.1 in a length and a quarter victory over Wager On Me who also advances to the final for the father-son duo of Jody and Carl Jamieson and will leave from post three. Heading into the final as the richest horse in the field with $94,000 banked in five starts, Bronx Seelster will have to overcome the trailing position as he starts behind Prestige Seelster (Post 1) who was second in his elimination to Blake MacIntosh trainee Better Moonon Over. MacIntosh, who won the Battle of Waterloo in 2016 with Sports Column, will look to build on a career year as he preps three colts for the final. Better Moonon Over (Post 7 in the final) won his elimination in 1:55.1 for driver Chris Christoforou who also guided MacIntosh's 2016 winner. MacIntosh will also send out Da Delightful (Post 5) and Fast N First (Post 8). Battle of Belles Through four eliminations, 33 fillies had to finish no worse than second in order to be guaranteed a spot in the $163,840 final. Trainer Dave Menary will send out two fillies, both winners of their elimination divisions, as he chases his third Battle of the Belles title. Ideation Hanover, a Bettors Delight filly who was purchased for $50,000 as a yearling, lowered the current Canadian record for two-year-old fillies on a half-mile track when she won by four lengths in 1:55. She draws post five in the final. Menary will also send out Quebec Blue Chip. The Sportswriter filly was a $40,000 yearling. She won her elimination race by five lengths in 1:55.4. Quebec Blue Chip will leave from post three in the final. Undefeated in her career thus far, Powerful Chris, will have to overcome post eight for trainer John Pentland. In the history of the Battle Of The Belles, no horse has ever won from post 8, however, Powerful Chris was able to conquer a tough first-up trip to win by a neck over Kylie Seelster who leaves from post two in the final for another father and son duo looking to score their second Battle Of The Belles title, Gregg and Doug McNair. Blake MacIntosh, who sends out three colts in the Battle Of Waterloo final, will also send forth Belles elimination winner Clearly Better, a Better Than Cheddar filly who took her elimination in 1:55.4 for driver Jonathan Drury. She will leave from Post 7 in the final. Post 9 will be the starting position of Village Joules, whose sister Village Janus won the Battle Of The Belles in 2010 for trainer Rod Therres, a co-owner in this filly. Below are the fields for the finals. Post position/Horse/Driver in Elim/Trainer $262,000 Battle Of Waterloo Post 1: Prestige Seelster  Bob McClure / Marcel Barrieau Post 2: Twin B Watching  Jody Jamieson / David Menary Post 3: Wager On Me   Jody Jamieson / Carl Jamieson Post 4: Sports Teen   Louis Philippe Roy / Paul Reid Post 5: DA Delightful   Chris Christoforou / Blake MacIntosh Post 6: Bettors Wish   Paul MacDonell / Chantal Mitchell Post 7: Better MoonOn Over   Chris Christoforou / Blake MacIntosh Post 8: Fast N First   James MacDonald / Blake MacIntosh Post 9: Bronx Seelster   Trevor Henry / Wayne McGean $163,840 Battle Of The Belles Post 1: ShesOneHotWriter   Sylvain Fillion / Eric Adams Post 2: Kylie Seelster   Doug McNair / Gregg McNair Post 3: Quebec Blue Chip   Jody Jamieson / David Menary Post 4: Green Point  Doug McNair / Eric Adams Post 5: Ideation Hanover   Jody Jamieson / David Menary Post 6: Rella Tivity   Jonathan Drury / Andrew McCabe Post 7: Clearly Better   Jonathan Drury / Blake MacIntosh Post 8: Powerful Chris   Bob McClure / John Pentland Post 9: Village Joules  Sylvain Fillion / Anthony Beaton Post time for #industryday28 on August 6 is 12:30 p.m. Festivities and the broadcast begin at 12:00 noon. Complete event details are available here. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - A total of seven elimination dashes on Monday (July 30) will determine the finalists for Grand River Raceway's feature races on its 28th Industry Day event (August 6 at 12:30). BATTLE OF WATERLOO Twenty freshmen colts and geldings will compete in three elimination divisions to earn a berth in the 21st annual Battle Of Waterloo. The top 3 finishers from each elimination race will advance to the $262,000 final. In Race 1, Chantal Mitchell trainee Bettors Wish will look to transfer his quick speed established at Woodbine Mohawk Park to Grand River's half mile oval. Bettors Wish, a son of Bettors Delight - Lifetime Star, has already recouped his yearling price three times over, having banked $64,560 in two lifetime starts. The first elimination race has also attracted the likes of Shadowofthenorth, a winner in his first career start in 1:57 at Mohawk, and Mo Bettor, the second of three Bettors Delight colts in the dash. Mo Bettor is the only horse in the field that has already raced over a half mile track. That 1:58.4 score at Grand River Raceway on June 25 is a current Canadian season's best. He is owned by a group within the fractional ownership outfit TheStable.ca which includes NHL alumni Doug Gilmour and Rick Vaive. The next two eliminations feature impressive looking colts that have shipped in from the Maritime Provinces. Boys Turn, trained by Rheal Bourgeois and Bronx Seelster for trainer Wayne McGean. Bronx Seelster has already won two Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold events, the quickest in a speedy 1:52 with a closing kick of 26.3. Trevor Henry will pilot the Big Jim colt who, like Bettors Wish, has paid for his yearling price four times over. Blake MacIntosh, who won the Battle Of Waterloo with Sports Column in 2016, will have three chances to make the final as he sends out Sports Hero, Better Moonon Over and Fast N First. Carl Jamieson - a five-time winner of the Battle Of Waterloo - and Dave Menary (a winner in 2010 and 2012) also have starters in this prelude to Grand River Raceway's most coveted event. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Elimination dashes for the 10th annual Battle Of The Belles spotlight 33 freshmen fillies spread across four divisions seeking a spot in the $163,840 final. To get there, they need to finish in the top two. One of the four third-place finishers will be drawn by lot to round out the field of nine. Race 7 feature one of the best two-year-old fillies in the country as Powerful Chris sets to race over a half mile surface for the first time in her career. The Betterthancheddar daughter was ultra-impressive in last week's 1:52.1 OSS Gold division with a last quarter in 26.4 for trainer John Pentland and driver Bob McClure. She is undefeated in both career starts. Among the 33 contenders are four fillies who have already won OSS Grassroots divisions: Buckingham (trainer Kevin McMaster), Bens Jenna (Ron Adams), Kylie Seelster (Gregg McNair), Blossum Onthebeach (Dave Menary) and Jessicas Legacy (Tony Beaton). Dave Menary, who has won the Battle Of The Belles twice, will have four opportunities to make the final. He sends out elimination starters Blossom Onthebeach, Summer Charm, Ideation Hanover and Quebec Blue Chip. Local trainer Gregg McNair (of Guelph, ON) also seeks his second Battle Of The Belles victory. Zeynep is 8-1 in the first division. Kylie Seelster starts from post position one in the fourth division. The regally bred filly is a sister to Kendall Seelster which recently broke the long standing Ontario Sires Stakes record of 1.50.1 for three-year-old fillies when she cruised to victory in 1:49.4. Post time for July 30 is 6:30 p.m. EST. Post positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be drawn live on the track's broadcast after Race 8. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway marked its 27th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration on August 7. The harness racing event featured 11 races totaling $460,000 in purses, including the track's biggest races, the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles. 20th annual Battle Of Waterloo Simple Kinda Man was crowned champ of the $200,200 Battle Of Waterloo for trainer Scott McEneny and owners M & L Of Delaware LLC. The freshman Sportswriter colt was 7-1 as he left from post three and took control of the field in the early stretch to finish a length ahead of hard-closing Hudson Phil (James MacDonald). Race favourite Burning Midnight was third with Trevor Henry. This was Simple Kinda Man's sixth career start and second win. He was third in last week's elimination division, where he started from post position seven. With the lion's share of the Battle Of Waterloo purse, his career earnings now total $105,080. Simple Kinda Man 9th annual Battle Of The Belles Play The Bell granted trainer Casie Coleman and local driver Bob McClure (of Elora) their first Battle Of The Belles victories. The two-year-old Shadow Play daughter finished five lengths the best in 1:54.4 with Rendezvous Hanover (Corey Callahan) in second, paying $45.30 to place. Also-eligible Lady Bubbles drew into the race after a scratch and finished third with James MacDonald. Play The Bell's career earnings climb to $96,888 for owners West Wins Stable, Mac Nichol and Calhoun Racing Ltd. Play The Bell Ontario Sires Stakes Kazimoto kicked off Industry Day in the first of three Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. The three-year-old pacing colt scored his fourth consecutive win in 1:56 for trainer Vic Puddy with Alfie Carroll at the reins. Rebel Voyager with Sylvain Filion and The Dark Shadow (Jody Jamieson) finished a length behind in the $18,450 dash. Dream Of Luck captured the second OSS division with Doug McNair in the bike. Jeff Gillis trains and co-owns the Camluck son with Mac Nichol. Dream Of Luck led gate-to-wire to finish three lengths the best over Play For Gold (Tyler Moore) and Thrownoutofbetter (Phil Hudon) in 1:55.1 - the quickest mile of the OSS divisions. Jody Jamieson steered Southwind General to his third career win in the third division. Jack Darling owns and trains the Sportswriter gelding who clocked his mile in 1:56.4. Ugottobinittowinit was the runner-up with Bob McClure, followed by Heza Big Dealer for the show money. Battle Of Waterloo Consolation Race Phantom Seelster secured his third career win for trainer/owner Marcel Barrieau in the Battle Of Waterloo Consolation Race. Trevor Henry piloted the grey Mach Three son to a two length win over Notabadgame (Doug McNair). OHHA Best Of Show The Best Of Show competition sponsored, by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA), awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Amy Cruise, Bailey Wright, Claude Grondin, Daryl Wayne, Alexis Hebert, Jennifer Defoy, Kayla Hendry, Lindsey Kerr, Mary Ferland, Natasha Day, Rachel Oenema, Richard Beaulieu, Shelley Henry, Tamara Vandewiel, and Tiffany Stein. Presentation of Canadian Driving Colours to James MacDonald Drivers' Edition - Bouncy Pony Stakes - Industry Day 2017 Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 27th annual Industry Day Horse Racing Celebration is set for this Monday afternoon with a powerful harness racing card and fun activities for all ages. The event showcases 11 races worth $460,000 in purses, featuring Grand River Raceway's biggest dash of the season, the 20th annual Battle Of Waterloo. The $200,200 race will be contested by nine Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts in Race 11. Burning Midnight is the early favourite in the race. The pacer left from post seven and endured a tough, first-over trip in Monday's elimination race to finish third. He drew the rail (#1) in the rich final for driver Trevor Henry and trainer Corey Giles. Both are looking for their first-ever wins in this race. Post 1 has produced a record four Battle Of Waterloo winners. Trainer David Menary has two starters in the race. Lucky Sport (#9, with driver Jody Jamieson) and Avalon Hanover (#5, with driver Bob McClure) were both winners in their respective elimination divisions. Menary is a two-time winner of this race. Jamieson has driven three Battle Of Waterloo winners. Local driver Bob McClure (of Elora) is the current dash-winning driver in Canada, and at Grand River Raceway. He's seeking his first Battle Of Waterloo title. Stock drew the outside post (#8) in the final. Sylvain Filion drove the Dany Fontaine trainee to a new career mark of 1:54.2 in Monday's second elimination division. The clocking set a new Canadian season record for freshmen pacing colts over a half-mile track. (The time was matched by Avalon Hanover in the next division). Stock is a perfect three-for-three in his budding career. The ninth annual Battle Of The Belles will be contested for $139,250 in Race 10. The stunning black filly Azure Seelster is likely to be the bettors' top pick after an impressive 1:54.3 win in her elimination race. With Sylvain Filion in the bike, she set a new Canadian season record and was just one-fifth of a second shy of the track record for two-year-old pacing fillies. Azure Seelster is trained by Jacques Dupont and will start from the rail (#1). Sudden Passing was the runner-up to Azure Seelster. Team McNair is hoping for a reverse finish on Industry Day as they chase their fourth Battle Of Waterloo victory. Trained by Gregg McNair and driven by son Doug McNair, Sudden Passing went off-stride at the start of the race but recouped quickly. She will start from post #3 on Monday afternoon. Play The Bell won the second elimination division, granting trainer Casie Coleman a shot at her first Battle Of The Belles title. She leaves from the middle of the pack (#5) in the final, but had to rally hard from the outside (#8) in her elimination race. Bob McClure will steer the filly in pursuit of his first Battle Of The Belles win. The Industry Day undercard also includes: three divisions of three-year-old pacing colts in the Grassroots series of the Ontario Sires Stakes; a Commemorative Mile to celebrate 250 years of horse racing in Canada; a memorial race for former Grand River Raceway Simulcast Manager Yvon Giguere. As always, Industry Day offers many other delights: All-Access Kids' Pass is available onsite for $5 and includes face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles, pony rides and a petting zoo (1:00 - 4:30). Enter to win one of 12 prizes valued at more than $3,000 including a $250 wager for the Battle Of Waterloo, designer purses and watches and a Kid Trax Dodge Viper. Enter to win a $500 credit towards the purchase of a share of a racehorse with TheStable.ca, compliments of HPIbet. Free flip-flops compliments of Ontario Racing. Pick The Winner contest for the Battle Of Waterloo, presented by Standardbred Canada. The winner receives a $50 I Love Canadian Harness Racing prize pack. Meet 'N Greet with Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society ambassador Ruff Me Up (1:00 - 3:00). Half-Time Show (after Race #5) featuring prize tosses and the 13th annual Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. Good Luck banner for guests to sign, wishing driver James MacDonald best wishes as he represents Canada in the upcoming World Driving Championship. Standardbred Canada will present MacDonald with the banner following Race #8. Best Of Show competition presented by the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Fifteen cash prizes totaling $1,500 are awarded to the caretakers of horses racing on Industry Day. Greg Blanchard from The Raceway at The Western Fair District and Mark McKelvie from the Woodbine Entertainment Group return to provide commentary for the broadcast which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. Complete event details Industry Day Race Program Live streaming video (starts at 1:00 p.m. EST on Aug. 7) The event hashtag is #industryday27 Kelly Spencer

AUG. 1, 2016 - Grand River Raceway's enthusiastic Industry Day crowd lent their full support to the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies competing in a pair of Gold Series divisions on Monday afternoon, propelling first Divas Image and then L A Delight to Canadian season's records. Warming up the large crowd for the track's signature races, the Battle of the Belles and Battle of Waterloo, the sophomore pacing fillies got the stakes action rolling in Race 2. Six fillies lined up behind the starting gate for the first $105,000 Gold division, and fan favourite Divas Image was quickest away from Post 1. Driver Joe Bongiorno allowed Maniana and Jody Jamieson to take up temporary residence on the front end heading by the :27.4 quarter, but Bongiorno quickly sent Divas Image back to the front and the filly led the field to a :57 half and 1:25.1 three-quarters. Party In Rome and driver Trevor Henry mounted a late challenge from the outer lane, but Divas Image prevailed by three-quarters of a length in a personal best 1:53.3. Party In Rome settled for second with Killean Finale three lengths back in third. The mile established a national season's mark for three-year-old pacing fillies on a half-mile oval. "She gets around it (half-mile track) perfect, like a hoop around a barrel, and she just does it so easily," said Bongiorno. "And believe it or not, she's better out of a hole." Monday's victory was the third straight for Bongiorno and the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Rocknroll Diva. After being purchased out of the Mark Steacy barn at the end of June by Our Horse Cents Stables of Melville, NY, and JT45 LLC and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY, the filly raced twice over the half-mile surface at Yonkers Raceway, winning both starts. The new ownership group and trainer Richard Johnson of Toms River, NJ asked Bongiorno to make the trip to Grand River for the Gold Series, an offer the young reinsman could not refuse. "These owners purchased a nice filly, and I've driven her two starts at Yonkers, and they wanted me to drive her today, and as good as she's been it was definitely a hard thing to turn down, they go for such good money, and I knew a smaller track suits her," explained the Colts Neck, NJ resident. "She is a smaller filly, but she raced excellent and I think she'll go wherever she has to go right now." Bongiorno added that Divas Image will compete in the fourth Gold Leg over Rideau Carleton Raceway's five-eighths mile oval on August 21. Four races later fans sent reigning division champion L A Delight off as the heavy favourite and the filly took two-fifths of a second off the newly minted Canadian season's mark and equalled the Grand River Raceway track record with an effort that barely saw her break a sweat. Goodwill Hanover and driver Chris Christoforou left smartly from Post 1, but L A Delight had taken command before the :27.4 quarter and proceeded to lead the field of six through a :55.4 half and 1:24 three-quarters before coasting to an eight length win in 1:53.1. Mayhem Seelster finished second and Free Show was third. "It was real easy for me, I haven't asked her yet," joked driver Randy Waples in the winner's circle. "For me, where I was sitting and everything, it was just a nice cool breeze and everything worked good." Waples steers the daughter of Bettor's Delight and West Of L A for owner-breeders Bob McIntosh of Windsor, who also trains the winner of $945,829, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and the reinsman says not much changed with the filly between her 11-win freshman season and her sophomore campaign. "She got a little thicker and maybe grew a little bit taller, not much though. The big thing with her last year was that she was a small horse with a big gait, now she's a medium-sized horse with a bigger gait, but she's still got the heart and the brains that she had last year," said the Milton, ON resident. "So nothing's really changed, and thank God the driver didn't change either. "Every time I see her name listed there and mine beside it, I'm very grateful," he added. The filly came into Monday's test off a rare break in stride in the July 16 Mistletoe Shalee at The Meadowlands in New Jersey, an event that Waples was at a loss to explain. "No one seems to know, it was just so out of the blue. This is a filly that's been racing two years and never made a break even training, and she certainly hasn't made one on me racing, but they're all capable of doing it if something's against them," said Waples, who handed the reins over to John Campbell for the July 16 start. "She was allowed to go one bad race in her career, and I guess that was it." Like Divas Image, L A Delight will make her next Gold Series start at Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 21, looking for the fourth Gold trophy of her sophomore campaign and the ninth of her career. Once the three-year-old pacing fillies had done their part to rev up the Industry Day crowd, they handed things over to the 2016 freshman pacing class. First up was the $107,800 Battle of the Belles and pacing filly Bid Writer took a page from her elder's book and fired out to the front from Post 2. Bid Writer and driver James MacDonald of Guelph, ON rolled through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.4 before battling down the stretch to a head victory over fan favourite Aint Three OK. The duelling fillies hit the wire in 1:57, leaving Shanghai Sugar four and three-quarter lengths back in third. Jeff Gillis of Everett trains and co-owns Bid Writer with Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, ON. The Sportswriter daughter captured her July 25 Battle of the Belles Elimination and also has a Grassroots win and a third-place result in Gold Series action to her credit through four starts. Not wanting to go against the trend, Chris Christoforou, Jr. put Sports Column on the lead from Post 1 in the Battle of Waterloo one race later, and the heavy favourite never faced a serious challenge as he posted fractions of :28.2, :57.3 and 1:26.4 on his way to a 1:55.4 victory. Happy Trio finished two lengths back in second and Aston Hill Dave was another length and three-quarters back in third. Campbellville resident Christoforou engineered the win for trainer Blake MacIntosh of Cambridge, ON and his partners Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and Daniel Plouffe of Bromont, QC. Like Bid Writer, Sports Column captured his Battle of Waterloo elimination and was a Gold Series winner on July 4. In both of the Sportswriter son's other starts he finished second by a neck, giving him a record of three wins and two seconds in five outings. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be back in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series action on August 12 at Mohawk Racetrack, while the pacing colts make their third Gold Series start at Mohawk on August 11. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, Aug. 10 with the fourth Gold Series contest for the two-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Racing

ELORA, ON - Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 26th annual harness racing Industry Day event (on Monday, August 1) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 25. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) were carded as races one, two and six. The top three finishers from each division advance to the $92,800 final of the 8th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 1 Aint Three OK kicked off the first elimination division in a new Canadian season's record of 1:55.1. Trevor Henry guided the Mach Three Miss to her first career win, finishing a length over Shanghai Sugar (Travis Henry) and Stonebridge Sundae (Mike Saftic). Bid Writer didn't disappoint her heavy backers in the second division, leading wire-to-wire to score a three-length score in 1:56.3 with James MacDonald. Jeff Gillis trains and co-owns the Sportswriter lass with Mac Nichol and Gerald Stay. The trio paid $52,000 for Bid Writer as a yearling. Village Jamie (Eddie Green) and The Joy Luck Club (Mike Horner) rounded out the top three. The final division went to Loves Angel with Doug McNair. The Big Jim daughter cut the mile and hung on to win by a neck over Warrawee Speedy (Eddie Green) in 1:58.1. Miss Mittzie Bee (Chris Christoforou) rounded out the top three. Tonight's elimination division win was a career first for Loves Angel. She's trained and co-owned by Gregg McNair of Guelph with partners Jim Newton and Kenneth Newton. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races four and eight. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) advance to the $139,500 final of the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 1. Calvin K set a new Canadian season's record with his commanding one-length win from post eight in the first division. Jody Jamieson piloted the Classic Card Shark colt to a clocking of 1:55.3. The duo previously set a North American season record of 1:52.3 in the colt's first outing on July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. Owned by breeder Winbak Farm, Calvin K is conditioned by Tony O'Sullivan, who celebrated his 1000th training win on July 23. Aston Hill Dave (Doug McNair), Silverinyourpocket (Sylvain Filion) and Bet On Brett (Mike Saftic) rounded out the top four in the first division. Calvin K's record was replaced in the next division, when Sports Column stormed home in 1:54.2. Chris Christoforou piloted the Sportswriter son, now a winner of $89,750 for trainer Blake MacIntosh and co-owners Hutt Racing Stable and Daniel Plouffe. Happy Trio (Sylvain Filion) finished one-and-a-half lengths in second, followed by Classic Pro (Jody Jamieson) and Mc Mach (Trevor Henry). The eighth annual Battle of the Belles and 19th annual Battle of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day's 26th card at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 1. Post time for race one is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit www.IndustryDayCelebration.com Post position draws for both stake races were conducted on July 25. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $139,500 BATTLE OF WATERLOO 1 - Sports Column 2 - Calvin K 3 - Happy Trio 4 - Silverinyourpocket 5 - Mc Mach 6 - Classic Pro 7 - Bet On Brett 8 - Dreamfair B J 9 - Aston Hill Dave POST POSITIONS FOR THE $92,800 BATTLE OF THE BELLES 1 - Stonebridge Sundae 2 - Bid Writer 3 - Village Jamie 4 - Aint Three Okay 5 - The Joy Luck Club 6 - Loves Angel 7 - Miss Mittzie Bee 8 - Warrawee Speedy 9 - Shanghai Sugar Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - On Monday night, 16 colts and 20 fillies will vie for a spot on center stage of Grand River Raceway's marquee harness racing event, Industry Day. While the 26th edition of the horse racing industry celebration is on August 1, finalists in the $139,500 Battle Of Waterloo and $92,800 Battle Of The Belles will be decided on July 25, as the Elora, ON track hosts a total of five elimination rounds. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) are carded for races four and eight. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) will advance to the final of the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 1. Past Battle Of Waterloo-winning trainers Ian Moore, Bob McIntosh, and Gregg McNair have one hopeful in each of the two divisions. Trainer Blake MacIntosh also has two contenders: Brave World from post seven in Race 4, and Sports Column in Race 8. The Sportswriter colt holds the current North American season's record for his 1:52.1 maiden win over Mohawk Racetrack on July 4. On July 16, he was second by a neck to Happy Trio, who will start to his left, from post one, in Monday's Battle elimination division. Happy Trio won that OSS Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack in 1:53.2m bumping his career earnings to $79,870 in three starts. He is conditioned by trainer Tony O'Sullivan who also campaigns the outside starter in the first division, Calvin K, a North American season's record-setter with a 1:52.3 triumph in his second career win on July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. Silverinyourpocket (R4 #3) is the morningline favourite in the first division for Canada's leading money-winning trainer, Richard Moreau, of Puslinch, ON. The Badlands Hanover colt is fresh off a 1:53.3 win in OSS Grassroots action at Mohawk Racetrack with driver Sylvain Filion. Although he enters Race 8 with less experience than the competition, Dreamfair B J set a Canadian season's record for a freshman colt over a half-mile track when he won his lone qualifying race at Grand River Raceway on July 13 for trainer Patrick Fletcher and driver Phil Hudon. Dreamfair B J is bred and owned by John Lamers, who won the 2001 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo with Dreamfair Vogel. BATTLE OF THE BELLES Three elimination divisions of the Battle Of The Belles (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) are carded for races one, two and six. The top three finishers from each division will advance to the final of the 8th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 1. Past Battle Of The Belles-winning trainers Gregg McNair and Stephen Gillard each have one campaigner in Monday's elims. Eddie Green has a pair of hopefuls, including Canadian season record-holder Warrawee Speedy. Her maiden win in 1:57.1 over Hiawatha Horse Park on June 18 remains the quickest of the season over a five-eighths oval. She will start from the rail in the third division (Race 6) with Green in the bike. Village Jamie will start from post four in the second division for Green. The Mach Three miss is a half-sister to the 2010 Battle Of The Belles champ, Village Janus. Mike Weller trains the 8-5 morningline favourite in the first division, Aint Three OK. The Mach Three daughter was scratched sick in last week's OSS Gold division at Mohawk Racetrack. She was second by a neck two weeks before, with Trevor Henry, who pilots her from post five on Monday. POST POSITION DRAW Starting positions for the finals of the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles will be determined during a post position draw which will be conducted and broadcast live following race nine on July 25. Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration on August 1 features an 11-race card which also includes racing under saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first race is 1:30 p.m. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/ Post time for race one of Monday's elimination races is 6:35 p.m. 1 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 06:35 P.M. Lasix: 02:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Stonebridge Sundae M Saftic M Barrieau 7-2 (Camluck/GlacierExpress) 2 Shanghai Sugar Tra Henry Tra Henry 4-1 (ShanghaiPhil/FastLaneCruizin) 3 Sports Beauty Ja Macdonald M Steacy 5-2 (Sportswriter/ShellysDelight) 4 Treasures Pearl S Filion R Adams 5-1 (Sportswriter/StLadsTreasure) 5 Aint Three Ok Trev Henry M Weller 8-5 (MachThree/AintGivenUp) 6 Odysseus D Mcnair T Macdonnell 10-1 (MachThree/OhioAnnie) 2 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 06:55 P.M. Lasix: 02:40 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Bid Writer Ja Macdonald J Gillis 2-1 (Sportswriter/BustOutTheBid) 2 Menagerie J Jamieson A Macdonald 9-1 (BigJim/LivingWithArt) 3 Ask For Me C Christoforou B Macintosh 3-1 (MisterBig/AskForIt) 4 Village Jamie A Green A Green 8-1 (MachThree/VillageJest) 5 The Joy Luck Club Mi Horner Ma Horner 12-1 (Camluck/OhTheJoy) 6 Vintage Book D Mcnair R Adams 5-2 (VintageMaster/AttackTheBooks) 7 P L Karis D Clements R Morales 5-1 (Sportswriter/TaylorlaneAction) 4 -- Pace, purse $15,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 07:35 P.M. Lasix: 03:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 16(split) 1 Shadow Rouge C Christoforou Dr I Moore 4-1 (ShadowPlay/BuyInHanover) 2 Test Ride Trev Henry R Mcintosh 7-2 (MachThree/LAConfidential) 3 Silverinyourpocket S Filion R Moreau 2-1 (BadlandsHanover/FillysVictory) 4 Machin A Trick Ja Macdonald J Gillis 15-1 (MachThree/Tricky) 5 Aston Hill Dave D Mcnair R Mcnair 9-2 (Sportswriter/MyPreciousKatie) 6 Bet On Brett M Saftic M Barrieau 12-1 (Sportswriter/TugRiverDella) 7 Brave World B Davis Jr B Macintosh 10-1 (RoyalMattjesty/FitNBad) 8 Calvin K J Jamieson T Osullivan 5-2 (ClassicCardShark/RoadToPandalay) 6 -- Pace, purse $10,000 BATTLE OF THE BELLES - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 08:15 P.M. Lasix: 04:00 P.M. Horses Entered: 20(split) 1 Warrawee Speedy A Green A Green 7-2 (WarraweeNeedy/WarraweeJangle) 2 Loves Angel D Mcnair R Mcnair 3-1 (BigJim/MossBlueChip) 3 Pl Katnisseverdeen D Clements R Morales 5-2 (MachThree/Proxahantis) 4 Twin B Cheeks S Filion R Adams 6-1 (Sportswriter/BeachBound) 5 Miss Mittzie Bee C Christoforou S Arsenault 7-1 (BadlandsHanover/OvenMitt) 6 White Dancer B Mcclure R Jones 2-1 (BigJim/DancingInthePark) 7 Fashion Writer J Jamieson S Gillard 10-1 (Sportswriter/CallMeYours) 8 -- Pace, purse $15,000 BATTLE OF WATERLOO - ELIMINATIONS Post time: 08:55 P.M. Lasix: 04:40 P.M. Horses Entered: 16(split) 1 Happy Trio S Filion T Osullivan 7-5 (MachThree/VillageJovial) 2 Sports Column C Christoforou B Macintosh 8-5 (Sportswriter/LadyLeslie) 3 Dreamfair B J Ph Hudon P Fletcher 4-1 (BigJim/DreamfairOrchid) 4 Down On My Luck B Forward R Adams 10-1 (Camluck/FalseAlert) 5 Mc Mach Trev Henry R Mcintosh 6-1 (MachThree/NorthernEmpress) 6 Classic Pro J Jamieson Dr I Moore 7-1 (ShadowPlay/Kattimon) 7 All It Takes D Mcnair R Mcnair 10-1 (MachThree/CamberHanover) 8 The Dark Shadow B Davis Jr J Darling 9-1 (ShadowPlay/Bestofbothworlds) Kelly Spencer

ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 26th annual Industry Day Celebration is just around the corner, and the event esteems to be one of the best days of the summer for harness racing fans. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 1. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m. The annual event showcases an 11-race card featuring Grand River Raceway's major dash, the 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo. There are 73 Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts eligible to start in the $200,000 (estimated) race. The eighth annual Battle Of The Belles will be contested for $140,000 (estimated) and 91 Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies remain eligible. The nine finalists for each of those races will be determined during eliminations contested a week prior (July 25, post time 6:30 p.m.). Post position draws for both finals will be conducted during the TV broadcast on July 25. The Industry Day undercard includes Racing Under Saddle, consolation races for the Battles, and a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes. As always, Industry Day offers many other delights: • An All-Access Kids’ Pass is available onsite for $5 and includes face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles, pony rides and a petting zoo (1:00 – 4:30). • Garage Sale in the Paddock Annex: all sales benefit the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society (12:30 p.m. – 4:30 p.m.). Donations of horse-related and horse racing-related memorabilia/collectibles/household items will be accepted until July 29. Contact (519) 846-5455 ext. 238 or kspencer@grandriverraceway.com to make arrangements for drop-off. • HPIbet 3% Cash Back for wagers through your account on Industry Day races (minimum $50 wager, maximum $100 cash back; other restrictions may apply). • Enter to win one of 11 prizes valued at more than $4,000.  The prizes include a print of New Kid on the Block by artist Vickie Lawrence. This limited edition (of 100) giclee print is 18” x 22” and is signed and numbered 4/100. It is from Lawrence’s original coloured pencil drawing of the same size and features a frame constructed from wood salvaged from a 100-year-old barn west of Kitchener, ON. The original drawing was recently published in a book, CP Treasures Colored Pencil Masterworks From Around The Globe, Volume IV by Ann Kullberg. Only 120 pieces were accepted from the 840+ international entries. Other prizes include designer watches, a purse by Rebecca Minkoff, Nexgrill Portable Grill, Oster Prima Espresso Maker, and Poulan Pro Gas Mower. An Industry Day program purchase is required to enter the draw. • First Bet Is On Us (some restrictions apply). • Horse Meet ‘N Greet (1:00 – 3:00).  • Standardbred Canada’s I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will be on-hand with the Wheel Of Fame and Fan Club merchandise. • The Ontario Sires Stakes will provide OSS hats for race participants and lip balm giveaway for fans (limited quantities). • The 12th annual Drivers’ Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. Greg Blanchard returns to provide commentary for the broadcast which kicks off at 1:00 p.m. To commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame, Blanchard will be joined by a handful of Hall Of Fame inductees as guest commentators throughout the afternoon.   For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/. The event hashtag is #industryday26. Kelly Spencer  

ELORA, ON - Nominations for Grand River Raceway's major races must be locked in by February 16. Following the final sustaining payment on April 15, a list of horses eligible to start in the elimination races will be posted, kicking off a Twitter/Facebook contest which will a VIP lunch for four during the 26th annual Industry Day event on August 1. The 19th annual Battle Of Waterloo (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) will be contested for an estimated $200,000. In 2015, the race went to Magnum J, granting father-son/trainer-driver duo Gregg McNair and Doug McNair their third Battle Of Waterloo title. The 8th annual Battle Of The Belles (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies) will be raced for an estimated $140,000. Last year, Free Show was the victor, making David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson two-time stakes winners. In the Twitter/Facebook Battle Contest, players will use event hashtag #industryday26 and endeavor to name one Battle Of Waterloo eligible which starts in the race's elimination divisions the week before Industry Day. In 2015, there were 138 eligibles and 17 starters. While both races (including the eliminations, consolations and finals) will be contested at Grand River Raceway, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will handle the stakes administration. As noted on the nomination forms, all payments must be made payable to, and sent to, WEG. Download nomination forms and complete conditions for both races here. Kelly Spencer Mgr. Marketing & Communications Grand River Raceway

Today was Industry Day at Grand River Raceway, Ontario and saw the running of their two premier pacing events - the Battle Of Waterloo for the two-year-old colts and the Battle Of The Belles for the two-year-old fillies. The Battle Of Waterloo is an iconic event on the Ontario racing calendar and has launched the careers of the likes of Somebeachsomewhere and Prodigal Seelster. Last year's winner, Go Daddy Go went on to be one of the best two-year-olds in North America. This year's $227,000 running of the Battle Of Waterloo was won by Magnum J. Trained by Gregg McNair and driven by his son Doug, Magnum J is a first crop son of the former US 2yo Pacer of the Year, Big Jim. Magnum J was most impressive, leading all the way from seven at the gate to win in 1:55.6 around the half-mile circuit. The victory was his second in a row having won his heat the week before in 1:54.6. Like so many winners of the Battle Of Waterloo before him, he looks like a horse with a bright future. Big Jim was a superstar juvenile himself on the track winning the Breeders Crown and breaking the world record for a two-year-old. He is off the an excellent start to his siring career with 34 of his 72 first crop foals having already raced, 13 having won in 2:00 and 4 already winning in under 1:55. But it was the victory of Magnum J today that alerted the breeding industries on both sides of the world that Big Jim is well on his way as a sire. Big Jim's first southern hemisphere crop of 91 foals (55 in New Zealand and 36 in Australia) will race as two-year-olds this season. Harnesslink Media        

Local father-son harness racing duo Gregg and Doug McNair captured their third Battle Of Waterloo victory during the 25th anniversary edition of Grand River Raceway's Industry Day celebration on August 3. The Guelph, ON residents won the race in 2008 with Trail Boss and again in 2013 with Three Of Clubs. A winner in his elimination division one week ago, Magnum J went off at odds of 3-1 leaving from post seven in the $227,397 final. Doug McNair, 25, guided the two-year-old pacer straight to the front of the nine-horse field and never looked back, maintaining the lead in the stretch against a fast-closing Stonebridge Beach with driver Stephane Pouliot. Magnum J finished a half-length the best in 1:55.3. Gregg McNair purchased Magnum J for $10,000 from last year's Forest City Yearling Sale for co-owners Tony Lawrence and William Brown. The black gelding's share of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo brings his career bankroll to $126,799. The McNairs also nailed back-to-back wins in races two and three of the 11-race card. Solar Sister was the betting favourite heading into the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions of the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS). Doug McNair dominated gate-to-wire, scoring the sophomore pacing filly's sixth win from nine season starts. The victory pushes her career bankroll to $540,190 for owners David Willmot and Clay Harland Horner. The 1:53.2 clocking set a new Canadian season's record and was just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Team McNair was back to the winners circle in the next dash for the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Stonebridge Pearl was sixth in last week's elimination division but scored handily in today's $15,000 contest. The Mach Three filly's maiden win clocked in at 1:57.3 for Gregg McNair who co-owns with Terry & Jake Davidson. In the Battle Of Belles final, trainer David Menary and driver Jody Jamieson teamed up for their second stakes win. The pair won the 2012 edition with Macharoundtheclock. This year's $141,246 final was all Free Show as she scored her second career win after last week's victory in the eliminations. Jamieson finished a length the best in 1:56.3 for Hutt Racing Stable, who paid just $14,000 for the Badlands Hanover filly as a yearling. She has now earned $110,623 in five career starts. The second OSS Gold Series division of the day was won by Ms Mac N Cheese. Driver Sylvain Filion fired the Badlands Hanover filly up the passing lane to win by a length over Sports Chic in 1:55.3. Richard Moreau trains Ms Mac N Cheese for David Ratchford. This is her fifth win in eight season starts. On the lighter side, driver James MacDonald stole the half-time show with an incredible repeat performance in the Industry Day Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. The Guelph, ON reinsman has won the event for the past five consecutive years. Fellow drivers Ryan Holliday, Tyler Moore and Travis Henry put up a good fight, but simply could not stack up against the unstoppable MacDonald. "Everyone's got their thing," said MacDonald in a post-race interview. "Gretzky had hockey and I've got the bounce." The Best In Show competition sponsored by the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA) awarded $1,500 to the caretakers of horses racing on the Industry Day card. Fifteen prizes of $100 were presented to the top five in each of the following categories: Best Of Show Head-To-Toe; Horse & Groom; Above & Beyond (braids, sparkles, etc.). The winners were: Sharleen MacDonald, Brandy Jamieson, Marylou Gingras, Nancy O'Hagan, Alexis Hebert, Ethan Gagnon, Laura Ireland, Leanne Murphy, Kellie Browne, J. Richards, Rick Welsh, Kelley McNiven, Gabriella Sasso, Jeff Williams, and Patty Drury. A crowd of approximately 5,000 people wagered $93,110 on-track. The total handle was $312,548.  Battle Of The Belles race video Battle Of Waterloo video  Bouncy Pony Stakes race video Kelly Spencer

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