It is a surprise to us that even today a lot of breeders in the harness racing industry in New Zealand like to see stallions with a bit of size to them. They want to see that 15.3 hand stallion with an athletic appearance when appraising a stallion Smaller stallions often get a big cross beside their name from a lot of breeders just because they are not as big as the competition. Does size correlate to success in the siring barn.? In our opinion the answer is a resounding no as champion stallions that have stood in New Zealand have shown us time and time again. In New Zealand, smaller stallions have done a great job over the last forty plus years. Vance Hanover was a champion sire in the 80s and 90s but would have never topped 15 hands on his best day. It didn't stop him from being a great sire and broodmare sire. Likewise Lordship and Smooth Fella were two other great sires in the 70s and 80s who dominated the racing scene and both were on the smallish side with both barely 15 hands at best. Another stallion who falls into the same category in New Zealand was Soky's Atom and like the ones mentioned above he was small in statue but a great sire nevertheless. The legendary trotting sire Game Pride was another stallion to miss the 15 hand mark. More recently Courage Under Fire was yet another stallion to show that size doesn't count in the stallion barn. And then we come to the best of the smallish stallions to have stood at stud in New Zealand. Bettors Delight would have to be one of the smallish stallions to have ever stood at stud in New Zealand but it hasn't stopped him being the most dominant sire in the country over the last few years. Bettors Delight is closing in on $200,000,000 in earnings worldwide which tends to suggest even in the North American market size does not equal success. Breeding to smaller stallions means you do have to be a bit more cautious in the type of mare you send to them but in our opinion the size of the stallion has no relation to their chances of being successful. So when breeders are going to the open days at the studs in the next few weeks, it may pay to remember the great record smaller stallions have in New Zealand. Harnesslink Media
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 26 - Venus Delight and harness racing driver James MacDonald surged to the lead in deep stretch to capture the $300,000 Milton Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A five-year-old daughter of Bettor's Delight, Venus Delight captured her Milton Stakes elimination last week and started from post three in Saturday's rich event for older pacing mares. The Jeff Bamond Jr. trainee got away fifth in the early stages for MacDonald, while Lady Shadow and driver Doug McNair touched down on the front at the opening-quarter in :26. Lady Shadow and McNair were able to dictate the pace and took the field by the half in :54.4. Down the backstretch, Yagonnakissmeornot and Jody Jamieson came first up from fourth, allowing MacDonald to catch cover and situate Venus Delight second-over heading into the final turn. Lady Shadow paced by the three-quarter pole in 1:22.3 and appeared to create a few lengths of separation on her rivals at the top of the lane. Venus Delight flipped off cover in the lane and took aim at tracking down Lady Shadow. Several mares began to close in on the leader, but Venus Delight had the most pace and powered by in deep stretch to win by half a length over Lady Shadow in 1:50.1. Sandbetweenurtoes finished third, while Katie Said was fourth to round out the Superfecta. The driving victory with Venus Delight in the $300,000 event is one of the biggest triumphs to date for MacDonald. "I feel great," said MacDonald in the winner's circle. "You always feel great after a win, but after a $300,000 win it's pretty special." The Milton Stakes victory gives Venus Delight seven wins from 16 starts this season. "The trip was great, I wasn't sure what was going to happen," said MacDonald. "I was worried maybe I would get stuck first up, but when Jody didn't go out of there and I caught his cover I was more than happy. "She stalled a little bit in the last turn and I got taken out a bit, but a good horse can overcome a bad trip." Owned by Bamond Racing LLC., Venus Delight has earned over $500,000 this season to bring her career earnings to $758,133. Saturday's victory was her 24th lifetime. A $2 win ticket on Venus Delight returned $6.30. Mark McKelvie
Despite mild traffic trouble on the far turn, Looney Dune ($9.50) demonstrated a powerful late kick en route to her 2-1/2 length win in Wednesday (September 23) evening's featured $7,000 top-level distaff pace at the harness racing meeting at Vernon Downs. Ben McNeil settled the 7-year-old Bettor's Delight mare just off pacesetters Express Jet (John MacDonald) and Table Games (Frank Davis) through a :26.4 initial quarter, tracking while in the clear through a softer 29.4 second quarter--but soon finding herself mired in traffic as the outer flow developed. After she was shuffled on the far turn, Looney Dune swung four-wide at the top of the stretch, working out around the second-over Asset Management (Dan Daley) before commencing her slingshot move to the lead in mid-stretch. Looney Dune drew off for a 1:53 score over Asset Management and Table Games, while longtime pacesetter Express Jet was worn down by the pressure of Aritzia Hanover (Chris Lems) through the far turn. John McNeil, III trains Looney Dune for owner Ellen McNeil. Live racing returns to Vernon Downs on Friday (September 25) evening, with the first of 11 races due off at 6:45 p.m. Eastern time. James Witherite
Harness racing legend Maurice McKendry is never one to overstate or inflate his opinion of a horse so when he does give a horse a wrap it pays to sit up and take notice. Shandale was a smart two year old last year, mixing it with the big boys in the major end of season races and showing he was more than capable of holding his own on the big stage. This season he won his first start back in the manner of a horse on the rise, making up several lengths on a 26.5 quarter against most of the best three year olds in the North. Purchased out of the 2014 Australasian Classic sale at Auckland by Maurice on behalf of longtime owner Gerald Shand for $52,000, Shandale is bred to be good being by Art Major from a Bettor's Delight grand-daughter of the champion two and three year old filly, Megaera 1:56.8 ($250,646). Maurice has always had a good opinion of Shandale since he broke him in. " He is a lovely horse to do anything with and has always impressed me right from the start." " I looked after him at two and only give him a handful of starts as I thought time would be his biggest friend." " He has definitely come back a bigger and better horse at three." " His first up win did surprise me a little bit." " He wasn't really tight being his first run back and to run home like he did was a top effort," Maurice said. This week Maurice lines Shandale up in the first of the New Zealand Sires Stakes heats at Cambridge on Friday night. Although only small in number with six runners, the field comprises the six best three year olds in the North. Walkinshaw and Motown look the two biggest dangers to Shandale but Maurice is quietly confident going into the race. " Shandale has really improved with that first up run and his work since has been right up to the mark". " He should give a really good account of himself but it is a good field all the same," Maurice said. Shandale looks on track for a big season and looks capable of challenging the All Stars juggernaut in the classics. Harnesslink Media
Nocturnal Bluechip made his Ontario Sires Stakes debut at the harness racing meeting at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday and sailed to an effortless win in the first of two $105,000 Gold Series divisions. Starting from Post 5 Nocturnal Bluechip and driver Paul MacDonnell of Guelph, ON led the field of two-year-old pacing colts and geldings to the quarter in :27 and then allowed Cruise Patrol to take command heading for the :55.1 half. Content to sit in second through the 1:23.1 three-quarters, MacDonell rolled Nocturnal Bluechip back to the front coming off the final turn and the colt powered home to a five and one-half length win in a personal best 1:51.1. Arsenic and Stonebridge Beach paced into second and third. “I spotted him at Blue Chip Farm last year and loved his looks and conformation,” recalled trainer Mark Steacy, who bid $97,000 for the son of Bettors Delight and Mcarts N Crafts at the 2014 Harrisburg Yearling Sale. “I passed on a few at Harrisburg to go after him. I thought at the time I overpaid, but was happy to have him.” Nocturnal Bluechip made his first lifetime start in an Aug. 11 overnight event at Mohawk, finishing fifth. In his next two overnight outings the colt posted a win and a second, so Steacy entered him in the Sept. 12 Champlain Stakes at Mohawk, where he finished second to Gold Series regular Betting Line. In just five starts Nocturnal Bluechip has almost repaid his purchase price, earning $93,601 for owners Landmark 8 Racing Stable of Kingston, ON, NLG Racing Stable of Wallkill, NY and Jane Phair of Wasaga Beach, ON. “He trained down very lazy, but always enjoyed his work,” noted Lansdowne, ON resident Steacy. “We gave him a late qualifier hoping to be good in the latter half and possibly catch the Breeders Crown.” The two-year-old pacing colts and geldings will compete in their last Gold Leg on Oct. 1 at Flamboro Downs, with the top 10 point earners from the regular season advancing to the $250,000 Super Final at Woodbine Racetrack on Oct. 10. If everything continues to go well for Nocturnal Bluechip, eliminations for the Breeders Crown are Oct. 16 at Woodbine, with the finals slated for Oct. 24. Trainer Dave Menary is also contemplating a Breeders Crown appearance for Nvestment Bluechip, who captured the second Gold division on Tuesday. From Post 6, reinsman Jody Jamieson of Moffat, ON fired Nvestment Bluechip out to a :27 quarter and eventually yielded to fan favourite Betting Line, who hit the half in :54.4. Betting Line continued to lead through the 1:24.1 three-quarters and was still on top when the colts turned for home, but Nvestment Bluechip rolled out of the pocket and hit the wire one-half length on top in a personal best 1:51.1. Betting Line settled for second and Voracity completed the top three. “I think we’re all pretty confident in him. He’s been a good colt all the way along, but everything’s really, really coming together,” said Menary. “His confidence is up, and our confidence is up in him.” The Cambridge, ON resident shares ownership of Nvestment Bluechip with Michael Guerriero of Brampton, ON, Denis Breton of Welland, ON and Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. In eight starts the son of Shadow Play and Hazes Zure Bet has posted four wins — three in the Gold Series and one in the Champlain Stakes — and one third for earnings of $219,283. The only disappointing performance on the pacer’s record came in the $685,000 Metro Pace Final when he made a miscue behind the starting gate and finished out of the money in sixth. “He can get a little sideways the odd time, and it was just bad timing, he made a little bobble for two steps, but it was at the wrong time on the wrong night,” said Menary. “When you’re going for that kind of money and you don’t even get a shot at it, that was pretty disappointing that week, but each week he is making up for it.” A $40,000 acquisition from the Harrisburg Yearling Sale, Nvestment Bluechip moved ahead of Voracity and Betting Line to take over top spot in the Gold Series standings with 158 points. Next up on Mohawk Racetrack’s Ontario Sires Stakes calendar is the 2015 Grassroots Championship Night this Saturday, Sept. 26, featuring $50,000 Grassroots showdowns in Races 1, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 9 and 11. Ontario Horse Racing
Dual Inter Dominion winner Beautide was crowned NSW Horse of the Year at the Harness Racing NSW Awards Night tonight in Sydney. The James Rattray trained gelding won his second successive Horse of the Year title joining recent winners Smoken Up and Lombo Pocket Watch as multiple title winners. Beautide raced ten times in the 2014/15 season winning on five occasions and was placed a further three times. The son of Bettor's Delight won twice at Gr.1 level during the season after winning the Inter Dominion in March and the Coca Cola Amatil Sprint in November. Beautide was also placed second in the Miracle Mile and the Len Smith Mile, the two feature sprint races in Australia. HRNSW CEO John Dumesny congratulated Beautide and his connections, singling out James Rattray for special praise. "James has done a tremendous job with Beautide, every sport needs heroes and after winning his second Inter Dominion at Tabcorp Park Menangle I think Beautide has truly shown his status within the harness racing industry," Mr Dumesny said. "I would like to take this chance to congratulate all of tonight's winners, it has been another great season of racing and these nights are important because while the participants are fierce rivals on the track, it is good to see them enjoying one another's company here at Doltone House." Beautide has been nominated to defend his Inter Dominion title in Western Australia later this year and is expected to return to the trials in the next month. Trainer/driver James Rattray is hoping to give the eight-year old at least one run in NSW before heading to Perth. Other awards winners Arthur J Gallagher NSW Horse of the Year - Beautide Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Horse of the Year - Beautide Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Entire/Gelding of the Year - Beautide Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Mare of the Year - Frith Garrards Horse & Hound NSW Aged Trotter of the Year - Flying Isa IntelliTek NSW 3YO of the Year - Read About Lexy NSW Harness Racing Club NSW 3YO Colt/Gelding of the Year - Kept Under Wraps NSW Owners Association NSW 3YO Filly of the Year - Read About Lexy Bulli Harness Racing Club NSW 3YO Trotter of the Year - Fiery Mountain Girl IntelliTek NSW 2YO of the Year - Our Waikiki Beach NSW Harness Racing Club NSW 2YO Colt/Gelding of the Year - Our Waikiki Beach Albury Harness Racing Club NSW 2YO Filly of the Year - Hot Shot Woman Bulli Harness Racing Club NSW 2YO Trotter of the Year - Parisian Chic Greg Hayes
Following another great harness racing season, Beautide (Bettor's Delight USA – Gorse Bush), was today announced the 2015 Australian Harness Horse of the Year. This is the second consecutive year he has won this coveted award. Second by just a solitary vote, was star three year old Menin Gate. During the 2014/2015 season the gelding raced 10 times for 5 wins and 3 placings. Group level successes include the Inter Dominion Grand Final and the Coca Cola Amatil Sprint - amassing $681,375 in stakemoney along the way. Trained and driven by James Rattray and owned by the Rattray Family Trust, Beautide’s lifetime statistics stand at 74 starts 45 wins 18 placings for $2,020,212. The HRA Australian Horse of the Year Awards are voted upon by over 60 judges including media and administrators spread across the country. The full list of Australian Horse of the Year winners and their performances across all categories is Lawn Derby Awards - Pacers Vancleve Awards - Trotters For details of previous winners see: Harness Horse of the Year Lawn Derby Awards Vancleve Awards For more information, contact Andrew Kelly on 03 9227 3000.
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - Miss Babe Delight continued her winning ways, leading from start to finish in capturing the $35,200 Lucien Bombardier Stake at the Hippodrome 3R Sunday. The stakes race, just for two-year-old pacing fillies, saw earlier rain storms pummel the racetrack surface, which was labeled sloppy with a four second allowance. But the muddy surface did not deter the racing action in the ninth race feature. Starting from post three, driver Mario Ballargeon sent Miss Babe Delight right to the front but also determined on the outside was HP Sissy and driver Guy Gagnon. They pressed Miss Babe Delight to a speedy :29 opening quarter mile and kept the pressure on to the half mile marker in 1:00.2 on the sloppy surface. Then as if the rest of the field had had enough, Miss Babe Delight and Ballargeon took off and opened up on the field after three quarters in 1:32.3 and then went on to win by the length of the stretch in 2:05.4. The official margin of victory was 15 open lengths. Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) was second with HP Sissy third. The race was marred by an accident as Casimir Pucker Up (Denis St Pierre) ran into and unseated Gaetan Lamy driving SOS Bambie, who did not finish the race. Both horse and driver were uninjured. "After seeing how the earlier races went, said driver Mario Baillargeon, "I had come to the conclusion that it would be better today to be on the lead and that is what I did. I had a little moment of hesitation when HP Sissy came up alongside us, but I soon changed his mind, I kept on the lead, period. The strategy worked out very well." For Miss Babe Delight, it was the second straight win and third victory of the season for the daughter of Bettor's Delight. Trained by Dany Fontaine and owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal QC, Miss Babe Delight has now earned $66,400 this season in ten starts. She paid $5.00 to win. One of the "pioneers" of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, Que., Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. TRACK NOTES: Mario Charron had the hot hands among the drivers Sunday, scoring a triple on the afternoon. Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R next Sunday with post time at 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steven Wolf, for the Quebec Jockey Club
YONKERS, NY, Saturday, September 12, 2015-It was a dark and stormy night, but undeterred, Yonkers Raceway forged ahead for the first of two harness racing New York Nights of Champions. For the first time since its inception in 1990, the eight sire stakes finals were halved. Saturday night, the Empire's best 3-year-olds had the marquee, with four, $225,000 sire stakes finals. The NYSS events were each again sponsored by a prominent breeding farm. The skinny... Majestic View Farms Filly Trot - Second choice Jewels in Hock (Jim Morrill Jr., $6.20), leaving from post position No. 4, needed every bit of her lead. She was just sway against the relentless chase of last season's divisional champ, 3-5 favorite Barn Doll (Jeff Gregory). The final margin, after fractions of :28.1, :57, 1:26. and a sloppy 1:56.3, was a narrow nostril, with both drifting late (though not near one another). Lady Winona (Jason Bartlett) was a pocket third. For Jewels in Hock, a daughter of Credit Winner trained by Linda Toscano for KJ Stables, it was her ninth win in 17 seasonal starts. The exacta paid $12.20, with the triple returning $27.60. "The advantage we had (over Barn Doll) was this filly can leave the gate," Toscano said. "She hasn't always been the easiest horse to work with and we've tinkered with the equipment, but she's shown she has the talent." After the race, it was revealed Barn Doll had been sold to William Weaver III for an undisclosed amount, with Gregory taking over the training. Cameo Hill Farm Filly Pace - Props to Bartlett, who launched Band of Angels ($21.60) from an eight-hole and went the distance. She looped defending champ (and 2-1 choice) Mosquito Blue Chip (Morrill Jr.), forcing that one into a seat and a second move. Band of Angels was able to rate early (:28.2, :58, 1:26.1, 1:54), then whip pocket-protecting Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore) by a wet nose. Mosquito Blue Chip was a credible third. For sixth choice Band of Angels, a daughter of Rock N Roll Heaven owned by W J Donovan and trained by Ron Burke, she's now 6-for-13 this season. The exacts paid $124.50, with the triple returning $458.50. "I was going to duck her inside (Mosquito Blue Chip), but she was so good leaving, I just went on with it," Bartlett said. "The half was cheap, even with the sloppy track and she felt strong. We beat some nice fillies in here." Morrisville College Equine Institute Colt/Gelding Trot - In bingo, Habitat (Morrill Jr. $2.70) would have been your proverbial free space. A Yonkers Trot champ last Saturday was a statebred champ this Saturday. From post No. 3, Habitat saw Wings of Royalty (Bartlett) grab the first lead, then did his thing (:29, :58.2, 1:28. 1:56.3). The final margin was a never-threatened length-and-a-quarter over Wings of Royalty, with Mythology Bluechip (Andy Miller) third. For Habitat, a Conway Hall colt co-owned (as Burke Racing) by (trainer) Burke, Weaver Bruscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable, it was his eighth win (fourth consecutive) in 15 '15 tries. The exacta paid $13.20, with the triple returning $83.50. "A training mile," Morrill Jr. said. Blue Chips Farms Colt/Gelding Pace - "He just shows up every start." That's what co-owner/trainer Tom Fanning appreciates about odds-on Betting Exchange (Bartlett, $3.70) after that one's solid win in the finale of the sire stakes quartet. Two-moving to the lead from post No. 5, he controlled the conversation (:27.1; 56.4; 1:24.4; 1:52.4), dispatching a first-up Rockin' in Heaven (Trevor Henry) en route to a handy, 3¼-length victory. Rank outsider Americanprimetime (Eric Carlson) skimmed the cones for second at 41-1, with first leader National Seelster (Miller) lasting for third. For Betting Exchange, a son of Bettor's Delight also co-owned by Howard Taylor and Susan Kajfasz, he's now 3-for-14 this season after beginning 0-for-7. The exacta paid $77.50, with the triple returning $393.50. Scheduled superfecta wagering was cancelled after a pair of scratches, including the winner's entrymate. "We closed up his bridle and that's made him more aggressive," Fanning said. "He's not waiting on horses anymore." The Raceway hosts New York Night of Champions (Part II)-four, $225,000 sire stakes finals for 2-year-olds-Saturday night. Sept. 26. Saturday's pair of $48,000 Open Handicaps were won by... --Pace, Sapphire City (Jordan Stratton, $26.80) in 1:52.2; --Trot, Luminosity (George Brennan, $10) in 1:55.2. Frank Drucker
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Tony Alagna trainee Artspeak turned in a career-best harness racing performance of 1:48.2 to win the Simcoe Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A field of nine three-year-old pacers squared off in the $224,907 Simcoe Stakes. Casie Coleman trainee Reverend Hanover was sent off as the heavy 3/5 favourite off a pair of impressive victories leading up to Saturday's contest. The public's choice got away third, as Go Daddy Go blasted to the front and posted an opening-quarter of :26.1. Artpseak, the 7/5 second choice, dropped in fourth for driver Scott Zeron. Reverend Hanover made a second-quarter move to the lead for driver Steve Condren and posted a speedy half of :53.2. Around the final turn, Artspeak was given his cue to move from Zeron and came first up to draw within a length and a quarter of Revenred Hanvoer at the three-quarter pole in 1:21.1. In the stretch, Artspeak quickly erased Reverend Hanover's lead and paced by the leader with powerful strides to score an impressive 2¼ length victory in a Stakes Record time of 1:48.2. Reverend Hanover held on to finish second, while Split The House and The Wayfaring Man finished third and fourth, respectively. Artspeak, who was last year's two-year-old champion, came into Saturday night with three victories from 11 starts on the season, but most recently turned in a strong 1:50.1 qualifying mile at Mohawk on September 4. "I felt in the post parade that he was back to the way he started this year," said Zeron following the race. "He was aggressive and Tony did a great job prepping him for this race. "He had a couple weeks off and he qualified here in (1):50 and when I was racing here full-time that was a big mile qualifying." The son of Western Ideal came first up to score the victory Saturday and Zeron was very impressed with the effort. "I knew he was ready to rock tonight, doing a first-up trip like that, that was steep and to finish the way he did, it was amazing." Artspeak is owned by Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco and In The Gym Partners. The three-year-old colt now has four wins and over $500,000 earned this season. A $100,000 yearling purchase at the Lexington Selected Sale, Artspeak's career totals currently sit at 12 wins and over $1.3 million in earnings. The Alagna trainee returned $4.80 to win. Artspeak L A Delight makes it nine straight in Champlain CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - L A Delight continued her dominance in the Champlain Filly Stakes Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Just a single division was needed for the Champlain Filly Stakes, as a field of nine competed for a rich purse of $241,380. One week after capturing the Shes A Great Lady Stakes, L A Delight returned to Mohawk and put on another impressive display. L A Delight, the 1/9 favourite, was sent to the front by driver Randy Waples and touched down on the lead at the opening-quarter in :26.4. It was game over from there, as the Bob McIntosh trainee cruised through fractions of :55.2 and 1:24, before waving goodbye to her rivals and drawing off for a 4½ length victory in 1:52.1. "She's just getting more professional every week," said McIntosh following the race. "I just feel lucky to have her and when you breed these things and they turn out like this, it's just extra special." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight has now won nine consecutive starts after dropping her career debut. She is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. Good Will Hanover finished second, while Ivy League was third. L A Delight has now banked over $500,000 this season and a $2 win ticket Saturday night on the star filly returned $2.30. Following the race, McIntosh confirmed that L A Delight will race in an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold leg before finishing her season in the Super Final. The OSS Super Finals will take place on Saturday, October 10 at Woodbine Racetrack. L A Delight Ontario sired colts take Champlain divisions CAMPBELLVILLE, September 12 - Betting Line and Nvestment Bluechip scored victories in the Champlain Stakes for two-year-old pacers Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Over $100,000 was on the line in each division, as 16 rookie pacing colts and gelding competed. Control The Moment, this year's Metro Pace champion, was suppose to headline the $117,407 first division Saturday, but the Brad Maxwell trainee was a late scratch due to sickness. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line, who finished second to Control The Moment in the Metro, took full advantage of the scratch to the favourite. Driven by Steve Condren, Betting Line was able to drop in fifth in the early stages, as the lead changed hand several times through opening fractions of :26.3 and :55.2. Around the final turn, Betting Line came to the outside for Condren and tried to catch the cover of Racing Hill, but the Coleman trainee struggled to keep up and sat _ lengths off the leader Nocturnal Bluechip turning for home. In the stretch, Nocturnal Bluechip and Racing Hill went toe-to-toe and it appeared the race would come down to the pair, but Betting Line was able to straight things out and charge by the leaders with a wicked rush late to win by 1¾ lengths in 1:52. Nocturnal Bluechip finished second, while Inspiration View got through late to grab third from Racing Hill. A son of Bettors Delight, Betting Line has now won five of eight starts for earnings of over $325,000. Following the race, Coleman noted that her trainee was on the right line and will be visiting the vet Monday to address an issue. Betting Line has found success on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this season and that is where Coleman has him aimed for next. "There's a Gold here (Mohawk) the next Tuesday (September 22) and if he's ready I'll probably take him there," said Coleman. "I'll probably skip Flamboro and then Super Finals and he's also in the Breeders Crown." Betting Line is owned by West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. The son of Bettors Delight paid $3 to win. Betting Line Jody Jamieson worked out a perfect trip to allow Nvestment Bluechip to capture the $115,906 second division. A son of Shadow Play, Nvestment Bluechip charged out to the front and took the field by the opening-panel in :27. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, made a second-quarter brush from fourth to take command at the half in :56. Voracity turned up the tempo in the third-quarter in :27.4, as Kokanee Seelster pressed at him first-over. In the stretch, Voracity tried to pace away to victory, but Jamieson brought Nvestment Bluechip off his back and the son of Shadow Play paced on by for the victory in 1:52.1. New Talent made a late rush to finish a length and a half back in second, while Sossys King Kong finished third ahead of Voracity. Nvestment Bluechip is trained by Dave Menary and the conditioner said things went exactly as planned Saturday night. "It kind of went like I thought it was going to go," said Menary. "The colt had a really good week and I've always been pretty high on the colt and tonight we got paid for it." Menary Racing Inc., Michael Guerriero, Denis Breton and Thomas Kyron share ownership of Nvestment Bluchip, who now has three wins from seven starts this season. The rookie pacing colt has banked over $160,000 for his connections. Nvestment Bluechip paid $8.20 to win. Nvestment Bluechip Mark McKelvie
TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec - This Sunday eight two-year-old pacing fillies will battle it out at the Hippodrome 3R in the annual Lucien Bombardier Stakes, going for a purse of $35,200. One of the "pioneers" of horse racing in Canada, but especially Quebec, Lucien Bombardier devoted his entire life to the industry. Born and raised near Bedford, Que., Bombardier retired in 1992 after 16 years on the board of directors of the Canadian Standardbred Horse Society. The following year, at age 86, Bombardier became the first honorary director of the CSHS. His appointment by the board of directors in January 1993 was in recognition of achievement and contribution to the Society and the Standardbred industry. Bombardier was also honored in 1985 when he was recognized for his life-long devotion to the industry when he was the recipient of the Society's General Achievement Award for his excellence, leadership and contribution to the breeding industry and by his election into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame the following year. Bombardier started training and driving harness horses at agricultural fair meetings in Quebec at an early age. In the early 1940s he left a business career to open a large racing stable at Richelieu Park in Montreal and in 1953 he accepted an executive position with Blue Bonnets (now Hippodrome de Montreal). During 25 years in racetrack management he played a role in developing many changes and innovations that helped make harness racing a major sport industry and earned him an enviable reputation on both sides of the border. He also served as a director of Harness Tracks of America and the Canadian Trotting Association. At age 68 Bombardier retired from Blue Bonnets and embarked upon a new career when he became an executive with Angus Farms in Bedford, Que., one of the province's most successful breeding establishments. Bombardier died in 1995 and was honored each year at Hippodrome de Montreal with the running of the Lucien Bombardier Stakes for 2-year-old pacing fillies. With sponsorship from Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club, the Hippodrome 3R revived the stakes race in 2011. This year's stakes event features Miss Babe Delight, who last week put in her best performance of the year with a one length triumph in the $55,000 Quebec-Bred Series final at 3R. With Mario Ballargeon in the sulky, the daughter of Bettors Delight, was given a perfect two-hole trip and came on to win in a lifetime best 1:58.2 clocking. Unraced at age 2, Miss Babe Delight has made up for lost time with earnings this year of $48,000 for trainer Dany Fontaine and owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, QC. Miss Babe Delight is the morning line favorite and starts from post three. The Jean Tourgny trainer entry of HP Mercedes and HP Sissy will be out for revenge against Miss Babe Delight as they finished second and third in last week's series finale. HP Sissy is the stronger of the two fillies and has been first or second in four of her last five starts. Two starts back she beat Miss Babe Delight, but the tables were turned last week. HP Sissy will start from post four for driver Guy Gagnon. HP Mercedes will start from post two for driver Louis Phillipe Roy and the entry are second choice in the race. Two newcomers to 3R will also add to the well balanced field. They are Casimir Pucker Up and Bad In Paradise. Casimir Pucker Up comes to 3R on a three-race winning streak and starts from post five for driver Denis St Pierre. This daughter of Astronomical has been racing well on the front end and took her record of 1:57.1 at Georgian Downs. Bad In Paradise is the fastest filly in the field with a record of 1:54.3 at Mohawk Raceway this season but is saddled with starting from post seven for driver Marc Belanger. Completing the field are recent winners Art De Gagnee (post one), SOS Bambie (post six) and Jimbelina (post eight). Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. By Steve Wolf
SEPT. 9, 2015 - Southwind Shania clocked the quickest mile in a quartet of harness racing Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday evening. In rein to Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry, favourite Southwind Shania fired straight to the front from Post 4 and sailed through fractions of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:26.3 on her way to a 1:56.3 clocking. Dancin Inthe Nude and Northern Prima were three lengths back in second and third. "Hopefully tonight is a step in the right direction for her," said trainer Casie Coleman. "She trained down like a real good filly, I thought like a Gold and maybe open calibre, and things haven't panned out. She's been disappointing so far." Coleman shares ownership of Southwind Shania with her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, ON, Let It Ride Stables Inc. of Boca Raton, FL and Steve Calhoun of Chatham, ON. Wednesday's victory was the Sportswriter daughter's first in nine starts, with three of them coming in the Grassroots program and two at the Gold Series level. With just one win, one third and one fourth in her Grassroots appearances, Southwind Shania finished short of the cut off for the Grassroots post season. Coleman said the filly will have an opportunity to maintain her forward progress in a few more overnight events before being sold in November. "She is a nice filly, but I don't believe Grand Circuit, so she will be sold in Harrisburg," said the Cambridge resident. Driver Trevor Henry also piloted St Lads Smokin Hot to a win in the final Grassroots division of the evening. Also starting from Post 4, Henry settled St Lads Smokin Hot into third as Noone To Depend On rolled out to a :28.3 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.2 half Henry tipped the fan favourite into the outer lane and St Lads Smokin Hot had taken control before the 1:27.3 three-quarters. From there the filly cruised home to a two length victory in 1:57.2, besting Endless Legacy and Buttermilk Hanover. Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON conditions St Lads Smokin Hot for Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, ON. In five Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter posted two wins, two thirds and one sixth for a point total of 127, good enough for fifth spot in the division standings. "She's a big filly that only gives as much as she has to, but she is game and they will know she is there next week," said Henry, who will steer the filly in one of two $20,000 Semi-finals at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17. The largest margin of victory on the evening went to Divas Image, who hit the wire 10 and one-half lengths ahead of the third division field in a sharp 1:56.4. Stonebridge Pearl and Tempus Seelster followed the fan favourite down the stretch into second and third. Guelph, ON resident Paul MacDonell crafted the win, the filly's second of the season, for trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON and his partners Bannon Stables of Napanee, ON and Diane Bertrand, Edmonton, AB. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Bettor's Delight and Rocknroll Diva. "She is a real sweetheart of a filly that we bred because we really believed in her mother, but she was injured badly at two," explained Steacy. "Although she's small, Diva has a great gait and lots of brains," the trainer continued. "We have raced her from off the pace in most of her races and I think it has allowed her to develop into a very nice filly who should go into the Semi-final very brave." Divas Image finished the regular season with one win, two seconds, two thirds and one fifth in six Grassroots starts, earning 129 points and putting her in fourth spot in the standings. The other $18,000 Grassroots division was captured by Im In Luv who tipped out of the outer lane turning for home and paced under the wire a one length victor in 1:58.1. Pocket-sitter Glorious Delight finished second and the leader of the outer lane parade, Specialcelebration, finished third. "She got a perfect trip and she responded well," said Moffat, ON resident Jody Jamieson, who guided the filly to her second Grassroots victory. "Semi-finals next." Jamieson's father Carl of Rockwood, ON trains Im In Luv and shares ownership of the Badlands Hanover daughter with Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON and George Harrison of Preston, England. In six Grassroots outings the filly posted two wins, two fourths and two fifths for a total of 126 points and sixth spot in the standings. Wednesday's event completed the regular season events for all eight Grassroots divisions. The top 20 point earners from each two-year-old division will battle in Semi-final action at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 17 and the three-year-olds on Sept. 18. The top five finishers from each Semi-final will make their way back to Mohawk on Sept. 26 for the Grassroots Championships. The Ontario Sires Stakes program makes one more stop at Grand River Raceway, a Gold leg for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday, Sept. 21. Ontario Horse Racing
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 4 - The Metro Pace has consistently been the biggest race for harness racing two-year-old pacers in the sport. Each Labour Day weekend, the top two-year-old pacers from different states and provinces converge on Mohawk Racetrack for the richest race for freshmen. Over the years, the Metro Pace champion has quickly stamped himself as the top rookie pacer. This year, the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) has a big chance to be home of the top rookie pacer in harness racing. A group of four OSS competitors will compete in the ten-horse $685,000 Metro Pace Saturday night. Voracity and Betting Line have both won multiple OSS Gold events this season and last Saturday both proved to be Grand Circuit contenders with victories in their respective Metro eliminations. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity won divisions of the first two Gold events, before finishing second by a nose at Rideau. The Tony Alagna trainee rebounded with a victory in the Nassagaweya heading into his Metro elimination. Through the first five starts of his career, Voracity has shown versatility that has impressed his conditioner. "I think that's the true test of any great horse is that they have versatility where they can leave off the switch and they can come right back off the next week," said Alagna, following Voracity's Metro elimination. "These horses have to be versatile now a days because it's a speed game and they have to be able to start and stop at a seconds notice." Voracity is out of the second-crop of Sportswriter, who cleaned up last season in the OSS and appears to be on pace for another solid season thanks in large part to the Alagna trainee. Voracity will be looking for his fifth win from six starts Saturday and he enters the Metro the highest earning two-year-old pacing colt in the sport with over $170,000 banked. Casie Coleman trainee Betting Line also has two victories this season in Gold events. The son of Bettor's Delight has four victories from six starts and will be meeting Voracity for the first time in the Metro Pace. Coleman, who trained Sportswriter, is excited to see his offspring performing at the highest level, but she is confident in her son of Bettors Delight. "(Voracity) is a Sportswriter colt and I was real excited to see a Sportswriter win a Metro elim and he was very impressive," said Coleman, last Saturday. "I've been real happy with everything (Betting Line's) done so far, he's a really talented colt." Bettors Delight is currently in his first season in the OSS after many years as one of the top sires in New York. Betting Line's early-season success has made a major impact for Bettors Delight in the Ontario market. Bettors Delight will also be represented by Jimmy Takter trainee Cruise Patrol in Saturday's rich contest. Cruise Patrol has yet to win a race in seven starts, but Takter is no stranger to a Metro upset, having won the 2011 edition with Simply Business at 20/1. Nvestment Bluechip, a son of Shadow Play, is the fourth and final OSS competitor in the field. The Dave Menary trainee won a division of the first Gold event this season and finished third by just half a length in his Metro elimination. Nvestment Bluechip, who has a record of two wins from five starts, impressed his conditioner training down, convincing his connections to pay him up to the Metro and other Grand Circuit events. "He was kind of my favourite colt all winter," said Menary. "His schedule he doesn't have to leave Canada, but it still gives him a little bit of opportunity to step up." Although Nvestment Bluechip will face his toughest challenge this Saturday, Menary believes the tasks will be tough all season in the OSS. "It is (a deep group). He's been lucky so far, but there are a lot of good colts and hopefully he can have a little more luck going to the end of the year." Voracity and Betting Line have been installed as the second and third choice on the morning line for Saturday's final at 3/1 and 7/2, respectively. Nvestment Bluechip and Cruise Patrol may be long shots on the morning line, but it was just a few years ago that Ontario sired colt Boomboom Ballykeel scored a 10/1 upset in the 2013 Metro. The 2015 Metro Pace will go forward as the Seventh Race Saturday evening at approximately 9:17 p.m. Here is the full field for the Metro Pace. 1. The Catamount Kid by Well Said, Jody Jamieson, Carl Jamieson, 10-1 2. Betting Line by Bettor's Delight, Steve Condren, Casie Coleman, 7-2 3. Voracity by Sportswriter, Sylvain Filion, Tony Alagna, 3-1 4. Control The Moment by Well Said, Randy Waples, Brad Maxwell, 9-5 5. Racing Hill by Roll With Joe, Doug McNair, Tony Alagna, 8-1 6. Nvestment Bluechip by Shadow Play, James MacDonald, Dave Menary, 15-1 7. Pretty Boy Hill by Somebeachsomewhere, Matt Kakaley, Ron Burke, 15-1 8. Ideal Rocky by Rocknroll Hanover, John Campbell, John Butenschoen, 12-1 9. Cruise Patrol by Bettor's Delight, Brett Miller, Jimmy Takter, 20-1 10. American Passport by American Ideal, Scott Zeron, Tony Alagna, 15-1 Mark McKelvie -30- Mark McKelvie WEG Communications - Standardbred Work - (416) 675-7223) x4367 Cell - (905) 864-9110 @MohawkMarkM P Please consider the environment before printing this email. - Proud Member of Imagine Canada, achieving Caring Company Status - Recycling Council of Ontario's Platinum Waste Minimization Award - Quality ERA Gold Award winner for continuous improvements This e-mail and any attachments may contain confidential and privileged information. If you are not the intended recipient, please notify the sender immediately by return e-mail, delete this e-mail and destroy any copies. 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CAMPBELLVILLE, September 3 - With a golden pedigree to back up her nearly perfect record this year, it comes as no surprise that L A Delight has become a contender to be reckoned with in the harness racing two-year-old pacing division. Trainer and owner Bob McIntosh has a better understanding of her impressive maternal line than most. Purchased for $115,000 as a yearling, L A Delight's grand-dam Los Angeles became a fixture on racing's Grand Circuit under McIntosh's tutelage. The Camluck mare was retired after her three-year-old season, hanging up the hopples with a mark of 1:53.4 to her name and taking up residence in the breeding shed. In eleven years since her transition, Los Angeles has produced eight horses with total earnings of over $2.5 million dollars. Among her offspring was the great son of Ponder, Thinking Out Loud. Capturing the US Pacing Derby in a sharp 1:47.2 as a four-year-old, he built up an extensive highlight reel over a career that put nearly $2 million in the bank. Her first foal, however, was a Western Hanover filly named West of L A. "We bought Los Angeles as a yearling and she turned out to be a really solid race mare, and then she turned out to be a great producer," said McIntosh. "She has produced a couple of really great horses, and West of L A was a very good filly. The family worked out really well for me." West of L A bankrolled $257,150 for connections Robert McIntosh, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., taking a mark at the Red Mile of 1:53.2, but was retired off her fastest mile, 1:50.1 at Dover Downs, at the end of her three-year-old season. She wasted no time in setting a very high standard for her offspring, producing Somewhere in L A, who has posted a record of 12-9-7 in 46 starts with nearly $700,000 in earnings. This season, her Bettor's Delight filly L A Delight has become a dominating presence in Ontario racing. Having spent many years with her family, McIntosh believes they all have the most important thing in common. "All three of them have had really quick speed. They're all good gaited and have quick speed to match." Training down for this season, McIntosh had no way of knowing the hidden potential in his homebred. Quiet and unassuming around the barn, she had yet to stand out in the group. "She was perfect, she was just one of those really easy to get along with fillies. She had no real quirks. In the winter, I thought she was a nice filly, but I never dreamt this. It was a nice surprise. I actually thought I had a couple that were better back then," said McIntosh. "She never did anything wrong but she never stood out. She was always there with the group, just never a show off. But when she started racing that obviously changed. " L A Delight started her freshman campaign with a third place performance, closing hard in 27 seconds to hit the board. Likely not a fan of being denied victory, the filly has since set a seven race win streak and will be looking to make it eight on Saturday night in the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady final. L A Delight set a flashy mark of 1:51.4 in the Eternal Camnation stakes on August 22, the final prep heading into the Shes a Great Lady eliminations. Leaving from the two hole in last Saturday's elimination, she sat third to the quarter, but was not content to wait for long. Gaining the lead by the three quarters, she cruised home easily for driver Randy Waples to win in 1:54.2. "She came out of it perfect, there was no real stress for her last week," said McIntosh. "Randy never had to ask her and it's been a good week since. At this point, she's very tight, so she doesn't need a lot of work. I'll go a couple slow miles with her on Thursday." After earning the right to select post four for Saturday's final, L A Delight will square off against the other elimination winner Thatsoveryverynice, who starts directly to her inside in the three hole. Conditioned by Tony Alagna, she is four for five with an Ontario Sires Stakes record mark of 1:51.2. "I've got a lot of faith in her, she hasn't been to the bottom of the well yet," said McIntosh. "I expect a lot from Alagna's filly, she's been spectacular. Hopefully we have some good racing luck." Staked lightly for her freshman season, L A Delight has remained close to home. Only one start has seen her away from the Campbellville oval, shipping to Georgian Downs for an Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event. "She wasn't staked to a lot of events because I didn't think she was that spectacular early on," said McIntosh with a laugh. "If everything goes as planned, she's going to have thirteen starts which I think is funny for a two-year-old. I think she has another Sires Stakes Gold and then the Super Final. She's got plenty of races right here at home, but hindsight is always 20/20." Next year, her full sister will take to the track to contest her own freshman campaign. Way Bettor, bred and owned by the same connections, will be looking to follow in L A Delight's footsteps. Those who may be eyeing the youngster will be sadly disappointed, her name absent from the fall yearling sales. "We're going to retain her; I don't send yearlings to the sale that I raise. I sell off pieces, but there's nothing for sale in that full sister, she's already divided up. I haven't seen her lately but the last time I saw her, she was a really nice, good looking filly." With another convincing victory in the books in last Saturday's eliminations, L A Delight will be the one to watch as she looks to do what her dam and grand-dam could not: capture the Shes a Great Lady stakes final. McIntosh is confident in her ability, three generations in the making. "Hopefully the racing gods are on our side, we'll look to leave the bad luck at home and get a good, clean trip out there. I wouldn't trade fillies with anyone." Hannah Beckett for WEG Communications
CAMPBELLVILLE, September 2 - The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace headline a $2.4 million harness racing card this Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack. The 'Pacing Derby', Canada's oldest harness race, and the Metro Pace, the richest race for two-year-olds, will both be contested for a purse of $685,000. Joining the two signature events on the card is the $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes, the $229,000 Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and the $223,193 Simcoe for three-year-old pacing fillies. The Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET features a field of ten with over $18.6 million in combined earnings. Foiled Again, the 2012 Derby winner and richest Standardbred of all-time, will be making his fifth start in Canada's oldest harness race. The Ron Burke trainee, who finished fourth in his elimination, will start from post position nine and look to add to his earnings of $7.1 million. Canadian owned and trained, State Treasurer enters the 'Pacing Derby' as the hottest older pacer in harness racing. The Dr. Ian Moore trainee won his elimination last Saturday to extend his current win streak to three. State Treasurer will start from post-two with driver Randy Waples and seeks a 'Pacing Derby' title to go with his victories this season in the Molson Pace, Mohawk Gold Cup and U.S. Pacing Championship. JK Endofanera, the other elimination winner, will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup winner to also win the 'Pacing Derby' since Gallo Blue Chip accomplished the feat in 2001. Brett Miller drives the Jimmy Takter trainee, who won last year's edition of Canada's richest harness race and has returned to win four of nine starts in his four-year-old season. JK Endofanera will leave from post-three in Saturday's classic. The Canadian Pacing Derby has been carded as Race Eight and will go postward at approximately 9:43 p.m. The Metro Pace is the richest contest in the sport for two-year-olds and has served as a stepping stone to greatness for many greats over the years. Control The Moment enters the Metro final as the lone undefeated horse in the field. The son of Well Said won his elimination easily in 1:52.1 to improve to six for six on the season. The Brad Maxwell trainee will start from post position four with Waples in the sulky. Betting Line will look to give trainer Casie Coleman her second Metro title from post two Saturday. The son of Bettor's Delight won his elimination in 1:52.2 for his fourth victory in six starts. Betting Line has two Ontario Sires Stakes Gold victories on his resume this season. Steve Condren will handle the driving duties. Voracity, also an Ontario Sires Stakes star, won his elimination last Saturday in 1:54.3 to earn the right to select post three in the Metro final. The Tony Alagna trainee has a near perfect record with four wins in five starts. The son of Sportswriter's only loss was by a nose and he also has two Gold victories on the season. Alagna will also send out Racing Hill from post five and American Passport from post ten, as he seeks his third career Metro victory. The Metro Pace has been scheduled as Race Seven and the rookies will line up behind the gate at approximately 9:17 p.m. The $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes will feature a showdown between two red-hot fillies. Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight captured their respective eliminations last Saturday and have both dominated Ontario Sires Stakes action this season. Thatsoveryverynice, a daughter of Vintage Master, is trained by Alagna and won her elimination in 1:54.2 for her fourth win in five starts. A daughter of Bettors Delight, L A Delight is trained by Bob McIntosh. The rookie won her elimination in 1:54.2 and will ride a seven-race win streak into Saturday's final. The Shes A Great Lady Stakes is carded as Race Ten and post time is approximately 10:27 p.m. Also on the rich program Saturday is two divisions of the Simcoe Stakes for three-year-old trotters and single rich division of the Simcoe Stakes for sophomore pacing fillies. A group of 15 sophomore trotters have been split into two Simcoe divisions (Races Two and Nine), while a field of 12 three-year-old pacing fillies will compete in their Simcoe Stakes for a purse of $223,193. The Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace will air live on TSN1 Saturday evening from 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. The 13-race card will feature a special first-race post time of 7:05 p.m. Doors open at 5 p.m. and the first 2,500 fans to register for their "First Bet on Us" will receive a special commemorative Canadian Pacing Derby T-Shirt. Mark McKelvie
AUGUST 31, 2015 - For the second straight week harness racing driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Jack Darling teamed up to win a pair of two-year-old pacing colt Grassroots divisions with St Lads Moonwalk and Continual Hanover. The duo first achieved the freshman pacing colt Grassroots double at Georgian Downs on August 23 and they reprised the effort at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. "I wasn't really following their schedule, and noticed when the sheet came out that they were back in and I was pleasantly surprised, I'll say that," said Moffat, ON resident Jamieson, who has been increasingly impressed with both colts in recent weeks. Darling and Jamieson's first attempt at the repeat came in the third Grassroots division with St Lads Moonwalk, who started from Post 3 and sat mid-pack through the bulk of the race, watching Sutton Seelster and Derecho put up fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.3. Once they hit the stretch Jamieson asked the Mach Three son for another gear and St Lads Moonwalk sprinted by his peers to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.3. Fan favourite Derecho settled for second and Print Media paced into third. "I was very, very impressed with St Lads Moonwalk's victory tonight," said Jamieson. "He got a good enough trip to get lucky to slide out, and the straight run up in the stretch, but he did have to make up about four or five lengths to get the win and did it very, very easily. So he was very impressive tonight." Cambridge, ON resident Darling owns and trains St Lads Moonwalk, who jumped to the top of the division standings with the win, his third straight in Grassroots action. Along with his three victories, the colt has a third and a seventh-place Grassroots result for a total of 164 points. St Lads Moonwalk Continual Hanover went looking for his second win from Post 3 in the last division. The Bettor's Delight son and Jamieson got away fifth and allowed Baddestnbestest to pace by the quarter in :27 and the half in :55.1 before mounting a challenge on the way to the 1:23.3 three-quarters. Fan favourite Continual Hanover had taken command before the colts entered the stretch and pulled away to a one and one-half length victory in 1:52.2.Only Half Bad and Big Yellow closed well to be second and third. "Continual Hanover, he just does as much as you ask him to do or as little as you ask him to do, and he's a fun horse to drive," said Jamieson. "I think he paced his own last quarter in :28.3 or :28.4, but I'm sure that if I needed any more out of him he would have gone more for me. He makes it fun to drive." A half-brother to Darling's 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes two-year-old pacing filly division champion Code One Hanover, Continual Hanover now has two wins, two seconds and one seventh on his resume in five Grassroots appearances, putting him right behind his stablemate in the division standings with 152 points. Continual Hanover Darling also sent out Notetoself Hanover, who finished fourth in the first division, King Of Sports, who was second in the second split, and Vegas Dream, who finished eighth in the fourth division. Bingo Ingo kicked off the Grassroots festivities by capturing his first Grassroots trophy in the first $18,000 division. Driver James MacDonald crafted a come-from-behind trip for the Camluck son that saw them use Southwind Mayhem as a windbreak in the outer lane before sprinting down the stretch to a two and three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:53.1. Macharoni N Cheese and Southwind Mayhem captured the second and third spots. Guelph, ON resident MacDonald pilots Bingo Ingo for trainer Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge, ON and Stephen Sexton of Xenia, OH. After two starts at the Gold Series level, O'Sullivan moved Bingo Ingo down to the Grassroots program and he now has one win, one third and one sixth to his credit for a total of 65 points. Bingo Ingo Mach Three gelding Secrecy claimed his second straight Grassroots trophy in the second division, swinging out from behind the first over King Of Sports to hit the wire one-half length on top in 1:53.4. Darling trainee King Of Sports stayed game for second and Tommys Trooper came on for third. The mile was a personal best for Secrecy, who earned his first Grassroots trophy in the Aug. 13 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Coupled with one fourth and one fifth-place result, the gelding has accumulated 113 points in the race toward a post season berth. Milton, ON resident Sylvain Filion engineered both of Secrecy's wins for trainer Eric Adams and owner Millar Farms of Newmarket, ON. Secrecy The fourth division saw Inspiration View make his debut at the Grassroots level after starting his Ontario Sires Stakes career with the Gold Series colts, where he finished fourth in the Aug. 13 event at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Starting from Post 6, Inspiration View and driver Randy Waples took command heading for the halfway marker and never looked back, sailing home two and three-quarter length winners in 1:52.2. Daylight Rush and Gerries Sport completed the top three. Milton, ON resident Waples engineered the win for trainer Mark Harder of Freehold, NJ and his partners Rick Phillips of Tappan, NY and Peter Venturini of Rockaway, NJ. Through six starts the Shadow Play son now has four wins and earnings of $41,816. Inspiration View The two-year-old pacing colts have one more opportunity to pad their point totals, on Sept. 7 at Grand River Raceway. The top 20 point earners advance to the Sept. 17 Grassroots Semi-finals at Mohawk, with the top five finishers from each Semi-final earning a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 26. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be on the hunt for Grassroots points at Mohawk Racetrack on Tuesday evening, battling in Races 4, 5, 7, 8 and 11. The first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm. Ontario Horse Racing