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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

Rural Guelph residents Gregg and Doug McNair had another outstanding afternoon during their local oval's annual showcase of harness racing. The father-son duo - the top trainer and driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program in 2014 - took four horses to Grand River Raceway on Monday for the 25th Industry Day program and went home with three wins and one third. Kicking off Team McNair's impressive afternoon was three-year-old pacing filly Solar Sister, who captured the first $105,000 Gold Series division in 1:53.2, just one-fifth of a second off the track record. Starting from Post 1 the Mach Three filly and driver Doug McNair took command of the race just past the :26.3 opening quarter and carried on to a :54.4 half and a 1:24 three-quarters before hitting the wire three-quarters of a length ahead of Wrangler Magic. Stonebridge Quest finished two and one-half lengths back of the favourites in third. "She drew good and took advantage of it," said Gregg McNair, who conditions Solar Sister for owner-breeders David Willmot of King City, ON and Clay Harland Horner of Toronto, ON. "It was a big mile. We had a lot of rain around here yesterday so the track, it's good now, but it'll likely even get faster by the end of the day." "They done a good job, this morning I was up here and it had a few ruts in it," he added. "They did quite a bit of work." The win was Solar Sister's third in Gold Series action this season, giving her a perfect 150 points and top spot in the division standings. Through nine sophomore starts the filly boasts a record of six wins and one third for earnings of $325,362. In addition to her Gold Series trophies she also captured the SBOA Stake Final at Mohawk Racetrack on May 30 and finished third in the Fan Hanover Final at Mohawk on June 20. Doug and Gregg McNair returned to the Grand River Raceway winner's circle one race later, with two-year-old pacing filly Stonebridge Pearl, who sprinted down the stretch to a 1:57.3 score in the Battle Of The Belles Consolation. Doug McNair and the Mach Three daughter, who is a Gold Series regular, bested Miss Babe Delight and favourite Twin B Virtue by a length. Gregg McNair trains Stonebridge Pearl for his partners Terry and Jake Davidson of Walkerton, ON. Five-year-old trotting gelding Buddy Hally, who was a Grassroots Champion at two and a Gold Series Consolation winner at three, was the next horse out of the McNair barn and he posted a third-place result in the Doug Gamsby Memorial Trot, behind 1:58.2 winner Extracurricular and Stormont Kate. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Buddy Hally with Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The McNair's capped off their spectacular afternoon by capturing their third Battle Of Waterloo title with Magnum J, who rocketed away from Post 7 and around the half-mile oval to a 1:55.3 victory. Stonebridge Beach closed hard to finish one-half length back in second and Carolina Hurricane rounded out the top three. From the first crop of Ontario stallion Big Jim, Gold Series regular Magnum J is owned by Gregg McNair and Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover, ON. The other Gold Series division went to Ms Mac N Cheese and driver Sylvain Filion. The fan favourites landed in second spot from Post 4 and stalked pacesetter Sports Chic through fractions of :27.2, :57.2 and 1:26 before sprinting up the inside in the stretch to a 1:55.3 triumph. Sports Chic settled for second, one length behind the winner, and Ride Away Shark completed the top three. "I really thought I could maybe cut it out but I could see that Jody wanted to cut it out," said Filion. "I didn't mind the two-hole, and she just responded great. "She's pretty much a push-button filly," added the Milton, ON resident. "She showed today she was real good." Filion engineered Ms Mac N Cheese's second Gold Series win for trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON and owner David Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. The Badlands Hanover daughter currently sits second in the division standings with 125 points from two wins and one second in three Gold Series starts. Second by a neck to Solar Sister in the SBOA Stake Final, Ms Mac N Cheese boasts a record of five wins, two seconds and one third in eight starts for earnings of $210,805. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their fourth Gold Series start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 27. Rounding out the stakes action on the 25th anniversary Industry Day program was the Battle Of The Belles, which went home with driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary for the second time since its inception in 2009. Moffat, ON resident Jamieson piloted Badlands Hanover daughter Free Show to an effortless 1:56.3 score over Betty Hill and Golden Idol for Cambridge, ON resident Menary and owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Stakes action returns to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Aug. 14 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. August 14 is Ontario Sires Stakes Fan Celebration night at the Elora oval and fans can dress up in the likeness of one of the freshman trotting colt's names for a shot at $500 in prizes, or receive an OSS t-shirt autographed by some of the province's top sires and racehorses. Ontario Horse Racing

Louisville, KY ---He is not a loaded gun. He is, however, a 2-year-old colt that paced in 1:53.4h in his third lifetime start for a seasonal Canadian record. Therefore, harness racing trainer Tony O’Sullivan is thrilled with the potential that Semi Automatic possesses. Especially since this guy did not stand out training down. “Eric Cherry was responsible for the deal that brought him to us,” said O’Sullivan. “I have trained some horses for him before and he asked if I was willing to take a chance on this one. He was purchased privately because he was a smallish individual and not a horse that was one for the sales. He was sound all winter but had a lot of health problems. He didn’t really come around until February and then he just blossomed the more we trained him.” The son of Badlands Hanover and the D M Dilinger mare Topgun Lady, who is owned by Cherry's Let It Ride Stables, O’Sullivan and J&T Silva Stables, will take aim on his opponents in the C$227,397 Battle of Waterloo final at Grand River Raceway on Monday (Aug. 3) in the 11th and last race on the card. Unfortunately, his triumph in his elimination did not carry enough weight to have his nose on the gate. Semi Automatic will trail the field from post nine with James MacDonald steering him for the mile. “He has only three starts and has improved with each one,” O’Sullivan said. “It was like something changed in him when he qualified. Like he knew what he was supposed to do and enjoyed it.” Although he wasn’t exactly the best looking colt or the most physically gifted, Semi Automatic, with a record of 3-1-1-1 and just under $30,000 in the bank, has the pedigree to be any kind of horse. His dam never made it past a qualifying race, but his granddam, the Albatross mare Keystone Trinidad, earned $181,787 on the racetrack and produced Invitro (by Camluck) p,4,1:50s ($1,983,077) and Bigtime Ball (by Presidential Ball) p,5,1:48.2s ($1,558,519). “He definitely has the pedigree to be a nice horse,” O’Sullivan said. “But he also has such a nice mind. He is so willing. He wears no boots or headpoles and still came home his last quarters in his first two races in :26.2. His second race he even had the nine hole and still raced very well.” Semi Automatic was third and second in his two qualifying races on June 27 and July 4 at Mohawk Racetrack. In his career debut on July 11 over the same surface he was again a bridesmaid in a $55,300 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold contest. His second start, in an $80,850 Sires Stakes Gold engagement on July 18, was a third place finish after an outside trip. In his Battle of Waterloo elimination, which was his third trip to the post, the colt showed he had plenty of ammunition in reserve. O’Sullivan was concerned as he watched the race unfold and was fearful of how his horse would finish. “(A time of) 1:53.4 is a serious mile for any horse on a half-(mile track) let alone a 2-year-old,” he said. “I saw those fractions when he went to the front and was very nervous. He had never shown gate speed. I knew he had it because he is an easy horse and doesn’t show everything, we just had not seen it yet, but he had never been on the front before. I was not sure he was that kind of horse to be able to do it cutting out the mile. James (MacDonald) said after the race was over he did it well within himself. He never even realized he was going that fast.” Despite his obvious prowess during the latter stages of his fledging career, Semi Automatic will only compete in Ontario Sires Stakes contests throughout 2015. “Because he was sick so often and small we did not stake him to anything other than those races,” O’Sullivan said. “It was also a significant amount to make him eligible because payments were not made on him when he was a weanling. There is plenty of money to be made in these events and if we decide we want to supplement him to other races we always can. It depends on him. “I did take note of how he looked after his race last week. He’s not a flashy horse, but he is well put together. All his parts are in the right places and it looks like he could be a really nice horse. Anything in this business is a risk and Eric asked me if I was willing to take a chance on him. This is one occasion where the risk was worth the reward.” Below is the field, with drivers, trainers and morning line, for the Battle of Waterloo final. C$227,397 Battle of Waterloo Horse-Driver-Trainer 1. Think On It by Ponder - John Campbell-Robert McIntosh-9-2 2. Stonebridge Beach by Mach Three - Stephane Pouliot-Stephane Larocque-8-1 3. A Bettors Risk by Bettor's Delight - Jonathan Drury-Casie Coleman-5-1 4. Carolina Hurricane by Sportswriter - Sylvain Filion-Ronald Adams-12-1 5. Continual Hanover by Bettor's Delight - Mike Saftic-Jack Darling-15-1 6. Imsporty by Sportswriter - Jody Jamieson-Carl Jamieson-3-1 7. Magnum J by Big Jim - Doug McNair-Gregg McNair-5-2 8. Chalk Player by Camluck - Bob McClure-Jeffrey Gillis-20-1 9. Semi Automatic by Badlands Hanover - James MacDonald-Tony O’Sullivan-8-5 by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

Elimination races for Grand River Raceway's 25th annual harness racing Industry Day event (on Monday, August 3) were contested during five elimination rounds this evening, July 27. 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, three and six. The top three finishers from each division advance to the $141,246 final of the 7th annual Battle Of The Belles on August 3. Tempus Seelster took home the first win of the elimination card and secured herself a spot in the $141,246 final of the 7th edition of the Battle of the Belles. The 1:56.1 score in the first division marked the Big Jim filly's maiden win. Trainer/driver Travis Henry piloted the filly for owners Benbar Stables, Glen Wark and Craig Wood. Henry and Tempus Seelster will leave from the trailing position in the final. Doug McNair and Sports Expert followed by a half-length to finish second for trainer Blake MacIntosh. Heavenly Bet was third, securing a spot in the final for trainer Des Tackoor. The second Belles elimination was stolen by Jody Jamieson and Free Show. The David Menary trainee challenged Bold Amoretto for the lead after Noone To Depend On and Radar Trap both broke stride around the first turn. Jamieson cut the entire mile for a length victory in 1:55.4 over Paul Mackenzie and Bold Amoretto. Blake Macintosh will have two hopefuls in the Belles final after McNair and Mattjestic Tempo left early and secured a four-length victory in the third and final Belles elimination. McNair and Mattjestic Tempo stopped the clock at 1:55.2 with James MacDonald and Golden Idol finishing second. Im In Luv and Jody Jamieson were third. Golden Idol will leave from the coveted rail position in the final for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON. O'Sullivan and MacDonald (of Guelph, ON) teamed up last year with Golden Idol's full sister, Win the Gold, and captured the Battle of the Belles final. BATTLE OF WATERLOO Two elimination divisions of the Battle Of Waterloo (for Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts) were carded as races two and seven. The top four finishers from each division, plus one of the two fifth-place finishers (as determined by draw) advance to the $207,397 final of the 18th annual Battle Of Waterloo on August 3. O'Sullivan and MacDonald were back in action for the first of two Battle of Waterloo eliminations which saw a Canadian season's record set by Semi Automatic. The Badlands Hanover colt left from the two-hole and put in some work to reach the top after the rail horse, Think On It, broke stride off the gate. MacDonald took two seconds off the current Canadian season record when he stopped the clock at 1:53.4. Semi Automatic will trail the field (post 9) in the $207,397 Battle of Waterloo final. Think On It managed to come back and finish fifth for trainer/co-owner Robert McIntosh. The good fortune continued when the homebred son of Ponder drew the coveted rail position for the final. Imsporty and Carolina Hurricane were second and third respectively. Doug McNair and Magnum J captured the second and final elimination for the Battle of Waterloo. McNair steered the Gregg McNair conditioned colt around the seven horse, Chalk Player, at the first quarter to take the lead. The pair stayed on top for the remainder of the mile and crossed the finish line two lengths ahead of Chalk Player and Bob McClure. The seventh annual Battle of the Belles and 18th annual Battle of Waterloo will be contested during Industry Day's 25th anniversary card at Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 3. 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 27. The following are the fields for the finals on Industry Day: POST POSITIONS FOR THE $207,397 BATTLE OF WATERLOO HORSE             DRIVER             TRAINER 1. Think On It   John Campbell   Robert McIntosh   2. Stonebridge Beach   Stephane Pouliot   Stephane Larocque   3. A Bettors Risk   Jonathan Drury   Casie Coleman   4. Carolina Hurricane   Sylvain Filion   Ronald Adams   5. Continual Hanover   Michael Saftic  John Darling   6. Imsporty   Jody Jamieson  Carl Jamieson   7. Magnum J   Doug McNair   Gregg McNair   8. Chalk Player Bob McClure   Jeffrey Gillis   9. Semi Automatic   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan     POST POSITIONS FOR THE $141,246 BATTLE OF THE BELLES   HORSE                  DRIVER                 TRAINER 1. Golden Idol   James MacDonald   Tony O'Sullivan   2. Mattjestic Tempo   Doug McNair   Blake MacIntosh   3. Im In Luv   Jody Jamieson   Carl Jamieson   4. Free Show  Jody Jamieson   David Menary   5. Betty Hill   Jonathan Drury   Carmen Auciello   6. Sports Expert   Doug McNaIr   Blake MacIntosh   7. Heavenly Bet   Jody Jamieson   Des Tackoor   8. Bold Amoretto   Paul Mackenzie   Ian Moore   9. Tempus Seelster   Travis Henry   Travis Henry   Kelly Spencer

From humble beginnings to this year’s silver anniversary blowout, Grand River Raceway’s premier event has become one of the great days on the Canadian racing calendar. It began on a meagre budget as a way to help a struggling racetrack build an identity. Twenty-five years later, Industry Day has grown into one of the best events on the Canadian horse-racing calendar. The annual fete that has been instrumental in helping put Grand River Raceway on the map. On Monday, Aug. 3, the Elora, Ont. track will mark the silver anniversary of Industry Day, a celebration of the business of harness racing that began in 1990 at the track’s predecessor, Elmira Raceway. Dr. Ted Clarke, general manager of Grand River Raceway, said Industry Day was the brainchild of the late Ken Middleton, Sr., Elmira Raceway’s former race secretary, who “was instrumental in those early discussions.” At the time, Elmira Raceway was just three years removed from shutting down because it didn’t have enough money to operate. Clarke said Industry Day would never have happened without what was then a controversial decision in January of 1990 to begin taking the simulcast signal for one race program a week from Greenwood Raceway in Toronto. “It was the first time there had been common pool wagering in the province,” Clarke said. “Greenwood sent its signal in January on Saturday afternoons. We only ran one program a week, but it was extremely successful and it changed the menu that was before us, so to speak. We had to opportunity to take some of the revenue gained from that and try to do things that would build the success of that operation. So, one of the things that came up was, ‘We really need a day that identifies Elmira Raceway that can be that signature event.’” Clarke said Industry Day, “started with a cost structure that wasn’t too extravagant but depended, largely, on people who volunteered their activities.” Early Industry Days featured well-attended seminars on a variety of important industry topics. Clarke remembers breeder Jack McNiven of Killean Acres giving a talk on how to prepare yearlings for the auction ring. Trainer Doug Arthur spoke about selecting yearlings at a sale. “At that time many people hadn’t spent a lot of time associating with the best practices of the industry. In some cases, if you had a bit of an advantage in your ability to select a yearling over somebody else, it wasn’t exactly knowledge that you might willingly share, because it was your advantage. So, we sort of went out on a limb a little bit and had, what I thought were pretty good, semi-educational seminars and certainly knowledge sharing,” Clarke said. In 1998, Elmira Raceway launched the Battle of Waterloo, and added it to the Industry Day celebration. The track’s marquee stakes race proved to be an instant hit. It’s estimated 8,000 people were at Industry Day that year to see Distinctiv Seelster and trainer/driver Carl Jamieson win the inaugural Battle. The race for two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing colts will have its 18th edition on Aug. 3, along with a companion race for two-year-old Ontario-sired pacing fillies called the Battle of the Belles that was added to Industry Day in 2009. Clarke said Industry Day even had an influence on the design of Grand River Raceway, which opened in 2003. “As part of the design, there was a lot of topsoil on this site that had to be stripped when we started into the redevelopment. Rather than truck it away, we simply piled it in piles around the track and created the berms on which people now can sit and watch the races. It was, again, making use of what we had and it created a circumstance that at least for that day is the right venue,” said Clarke, who was also a proponent of keeping Grand River a smaller, half-mile oval like Elmira Raceway that is more fan friendly. In time, the seminars faded from the lineup and the Battle of Waterloo and Battle of the Belles became the main attraction to Industry Day, which has always been an afternoon card held on the Civic Holiday Monday in August. Over time, Industry Day became a family friendly day complete with a long list of activities for kids, which has proven especially popular in recent years since the Grand River Agricultural Society that owns and operates the track no longer holds a fall fair. This year, Industry Day will feature the usual face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles and pony rides for the kids and two backstretch beer tents for the adults. Kelly Spencer, Grand River’s manager of marketing and communications, has a range of fun activities and special giveaways planned to celebrate the 25th anniversary, including $5,000 in prizes such as Callaway Golf Clubs, Kate Spade and Tony Burch purses, a barbecue and a lawn mower. This year will also mark the 11th edition of the popular Bouncy Pony Stakes where trainers and drivers race each other by bouncing down the track on inflatable ponies. Eliminations for the two Battle races, will be held the evening of Monday, July 27, with two eliminations needed to determine the eight finalists for the $207,397 final of the Battle of Waterloo and three required to whittle the field to eight for the $140,246 final of the Battle of the Belles. Post time is 1:30 p.m. for the 12-race Industry Day card that also features Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series legs for three-year-old pacing fillies and a Racing Under Saddle event. Clarke, who was part of the management team in 1990 at Elmira Raceway when Industry Day started, said he can’t believe how much the harness racing industry has changed in a quarter century. Twenty-five years ago, even beaming in one card of racing a week from another track was considered controversial. Today, patrons can easily wager on horse racing from around the world by using their smart phones. “I had a birthday yesterday, so I’m aware of the time that’s passed,” Clarke said last week. “The time has gone very quickly and I’m sure everybody else my age would say the same thing. But, it’s been fun.” For more information on Industry Day, please visit: www.grandriverraceway.com Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing

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