Apprentice Hanover continued his winter win streak on Saturday evening, earning his sixth straight in the featured $34,000 Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack for driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Ben Wallace. Thepaninsulahotel (Randy Waples) was the first to the front through a :27-second opening panel, but his lead was short-lived as the pocket-pulling Casimir Jitterbug (Doug McNair) swept by with Apprentice Hanover hot on his heels after getting away third. Apprentice Hanover took over command at the half in :56.3 and proceeded to lead his six rivals past the third quarter station in 1:24. He cruised into the stretch while building up a six length lead to make his 1:51.2 victory look effortless. Sent postward as the heavy 2-5 favourite, Apprentice Hanover paid $2.90 to win. Mckinney (Sylvain Filion), the longest shot on the board at odds of 28-1, closed off cover in :26.4 for the runner-up honours over two lengths behind while early leader Thepaninsulahotel edged out first over Mystician (Billy Davis Jr.) and Frankies Dragon (Chris Christoforou) for third. Apprentice Hanover's win streak began at the end of November at Woodbine and includes a victory in the $126,000 Cleveland Classic at Northfield Park in mid-December. The four-year-old son of Somebeachsomewhere now boasts 13 wins in 31 career starts with earnings climbing to $546,474 for owner Brad Grant of Milton, Ont. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Apprentic Hanover made a triumphant four-year-old seasonal debut Saturday at Woodbine, posting his fifth straight victory, this time after a three-week layoff in winning the $34,000 Preferred Pace. After ending his three-year-old season with four consecutive wins, including victories in Northfield Park's Cleveland Classic and a Preferred pace on December 28 at Woodbine, Apprentice Hanover made it five in a row with a 1:52 effort. Driven by Jody Jamieson, the heavy 4-5 favourite left from post one and settled away third as Casimir Jitterbug (Doug McNair) and then outsider Modern Legend (Jack Moiseyev) sprinted by into a :27.1 opening quarter. Modern Legend continued to control the pace past the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24 while Mystician (Billy Davis Jr.) moved underway from the backfield and up to apply pressure around the final turn and into the stretch. However, Jamieson tipped Apprentice Hanover wide down the stretch and soared by to steal the spotlight. Mystician edged out Modern Legend for the runner-up honours two lengths behind. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, who was named United States Trotting Association's Horse of the Month in December 2013, is trained by Ben Wallace and owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ont. The win was his 12th in 30 career starts and boosted his bankroll to $529,474. Apprentice Hanover paid $3.80 to win. Trainers Carmen Auciello and Corey Johnson and driver Randy Waples led all winners on Saturday's 13-race card with three wins each. From WEG publicity department
Stompin Tom Creek didn’t just win Sunday’s $6,500 Preferred 3 at Flamboro Downs, he blew the competition out of the water thanks to his 1:54.2 triumph. With Billy Davis Jr. in the bike, Stompin Tom Creek blasted to the early lead from the rail and set sail through intervals of :28, :57.2 and 1:26.1 before using a :28.1 final frame to seal the deal. The margin of victory in the 1:54.2 decision was 5-3/4 lengths over runner-up Web Cam. Third prize went to Val America. Andrew McCabe conditions the seven-year-old son of Western Terror-Jacks Creek for Glenview Livestock Lt of Guelph and Len Christopher of Acton, Ontario. The gelding, who was sent off as the 2-5 favourite, is 2-for-2 this season after going 9-for-41 last year. The 24-time winner recently surpassed $200,000 in lifetime earnings. To view results for Sunday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Sunday Results – Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Thursday night's card of harness racing at Flamboro Downs featured a $10,000 Preferred 2 Trot, a $6,500 Preferred 3 Trot, as well as a moment of silence for one of the track's most popular horsemen. The top class of the night, the $10,000 Preferred 2 Trot, went to Thundering Ovation and driver Billy Davis Jr. -- but it wasn't easy. The five-year-old Thunder Road mare was pressured through the early parts of the mile by a persistent Long Ago (Bruce Richardson), with fractions of :29.2 and :58.1 over the off track. Long Ago failed to sustain that pressure along the backside and none of the other horses could get to within a length of Thundering Ovation, who tripped the timer in 1:59.4 for trainer Gerald Sloan and owners Joanne & Courtney Sloan of Harley, Ont. Pocket-sitter Keystone Orion (Dave Boughton) stayed for second with CIs Buckeye (Alfie Carroll) gobbling up racetrack late to finish third. Euro Classic found a different path than wire-to-wire to capture the $6,500 Preferred 3 Trot. Driver Per Henriksen settled Euro Classic into fourth while favoured Santo Domingo (Luc Ouellette) set out fractions of :28.3, :59.1, and 1:30.2. At the three quarter station, Henriksen was positioned second over but moved Euro Classic three-wide around the stalled cover and followed the backside brush of Holy Molie Maggie (Davis). With the pacesetter fading, Henriksen was able to follow new leader Holy Molie Maggie into the stretch and then trot on past for the 2:01 score. Ann Karin Larsen trains the six-year-old Chocolatier - Donven Fury gelding and co-owns as well along with Tor Jan Larsen of Norwood, Ont. and Odd Larsen of Joakobsli, Norway. Earlier on the card, driver Tony Kerwood took a nasty-looking tumble with pacer Santanna Man in the fifth race. The pacer fell at the half-mile point of the race and Kerwood was unseated. Officials from Flamboro reported that both horse and driver walked away from the mishap. As part of its Thursday night card Flamboro observed a moment of silence for horseman Paul Henry, whopassed away on Tuesday at the age of 48. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Harness racing returned to Woodbine Racetrack on a frigid Monday night in Rexdale, Ont. with four-year-old trotting mare Canbec Kadence winning the track's first race of the new year. Judges rated the track five seconds off in the blustery conditions for Woodbine's season opener with temperatures dropping 15 degrees below zero, but feeling much colder with the windchill. A full field of 10 trotters four years old and younger that were non-winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime comprised the $17,000 first race. Driver James MacDonald pulled Canbec Kadence from the pocket and sent her to the lead at the half-mile mark en route to a 2:03 triumph. Bop Too The Top (Sylvain Filion) finished one length back in second over George S P (Daniel Potvin) while early leader Ocean Mist Beauty (Chris Christoforou) trailed four lengths behind in fourth. Canbec Kadence paid $9.90 to win as 4-1 fourth choice. Favourite Muscle On Broadway (Paul MacDonell) made a break in stride taking himself out of contention when trying to challenge the winner just past the midway mark. Woodbine's first winner in 2014 is trained by Gerard Demers for owners Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, Que. and Les Ecuries GLD Inc. of Cambridge, Ont. The homebred Kadabra-Cr Firefly mare earned just her second career win. Demers doubled up during the 12-race card with another trotting mare, Whimzical Britt, scoring a 2:01.2 triumph two races later with Billy Davis Jr. aboard. MacDonald and Davis Jr. also ended the night with two wins each while O'Brien Award nominee Doug McNair and Keith Oliver scored three times to share the early lead in the Woodbine driver standings. Live harness racing returns to Woodbine on Friday, Jan. 10 at 7:25 p.m. To view Monday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Monday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Canada's first race of 2014 was won by five-year-old pacer Art The Third and driver Brad Watt on Wednesday afternoon's New Year's Day harness racing card at Fraser Downs. Art The Third sprinted home off a three-hole trip in the $3,000 claiming event to edge out the popular pacesetter Dontmakemebeg and Fraser's 2012 leading driver Jim Marino by half a length in 1:58.3 over the sloppy track. Pocket-sitter This American Life finished nearly four lengths behind in third for Carl Sibiga. Sent postward as the slight 3-2 second choice, Art The Third paid $5.20 to win. Allan Molloy trains the Mach Three gelding for local owner Bryan Buchanan. Watt swept the first two races after steering four-year-old pacer McBenz ($7.60) to his maiden-breaking victory in another close call for trainer and co-owner Ann Cooper. Prairie Illusion ($3.50) later won the first Open event of the New Year with Marino in the sulky. Prairie Illusion advanced first over from third en route to her 21st career win in the featured $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open. The 3-5 favourite prevailed by one length over a from-last Credit Card Junkie and Keith Clark in 1:55.3. Village Janus and Rod Therres came in third. Call Me Up, driven by four-time Wednesday winner Billy Davis Jr., finished fourth after leading through fractions of :28, :57.2 and 1:25.4. Prairie Illusion won 11 of her 21 starts last year while banking over $70,000. The first win of her five-year-old campaign pushed her career bankroll over the $150,000 mark. The Mach Three mare is owned and trained by William Young of Langley, B.C. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Canada's 2013 leading driver Trevor Henry enjoyed his second five-win performance of the weekend on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs. The Arthur, Ont. reinsman, who earned five victories on Western Fair Raceway's Friday card of harness racing, carried his winning momentum into Flamboro's 12-race card. His final win of the night came in the 11th race feature aboard Mach Of Ballykeel ($4.50). The five-year-old Mach Three gelding, who is a full brother to 2013 Metro Pace winner Boomboom Ballykeel, fought off Justalittleluck and Web Cam in a three-way battle into the stretch to win the $6,500 Preferred 3 Pace in 1:59.2 over the 'good' track for O'Brien Award nominee Richard Moreau, Ballykeel Racing and Mach Of Ballykeel Stable. Henry's first win of the night was with another Moreau trainee, sophomore pacer Adversary Seelster ($2.90), in the fourth race. He returned to the winner's circle after eight-year-old pacer Buckbuckbuck Mach ($5.60) scored his third in a row in the following dash for conditioner Stephane Larocque. Henry also won the seventh race with pacing sophomore Easton Bound ($4.90) for Joe Agostino before going back-to-back with freshman pacer Rebel Teen ($5.80) for Leonard Lalonde Jr. and the aforementioned Mach Of Ballykeel. Henry's 2013 win total climbed to 523 -- 96 more than his nearest rival in the national standings, Flamboro leader Billy Davis Jr. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca.
With a solid lead in the Canadian harness racing driver standings as the 2013 racing season nears the finish line, driver Trevor Henry is not slowing down. The Arthur, Ont. reinsman dominated Friday's harness racing card at the Raceway Western Fair winning five of the evening's 12 races. Henry was a winner right out of the starting gate, taking the opener with sophomore trotting filly Blush And Crush ($3.80), who was making her first start from the stable of Canada's leading trainer Richard Moreau. Henry then went on to win every other race through the first nine. Among his winners, freshman pacer Decroft Mr Fame ($5.40) broke his maiden in his second start for conditioner Paul Taylor. Henry also scored with Randy Marriage's five-year-old pacer Arnies Kick Start ($3.20) and John Holding's three-year-old trotting filly Hunter Valley ($8.60). Sophomore pacer J Jetstar ($5.70) was a repeat winner for Victor Puddy and completed Henry's five-bagger. Henry has dominated the driver standings at Western Fair all season long, winning 278 races at the London, Ont. oval. He boasts more than double the wins of his nearest rival, Alfie Carroll, who sits second on the local leaderboard with 110 victories. Henry also tops the charts nation-wide with a total of 518 victories on the year. Billy Davis Jr. trails 93 wins behind in second with 425. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Western Fair. reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca.
Thundering Ovation took top honours at Flamboro Downs in the Boxing Day feature with a wire-to-wire victory over a field of Preferred 2 trotters. Meet leader Billy Davis Jr. steered the homebred Thunder Road mare through fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:30.3 en route to the 2:01.3 score in the $10,000 trot over the 'good' track for trainer Gerald Sloan and owners Joanne and Courtney Sloan. Money Maven rallied home off cover, but missed by just a head for Daniel O'Brian. Favourite Amigo Loco and Trevor Henry finished third nearly three lengths behind. Thundering Ovation paid $12.10 to win as the 5-1 fourth choice. She earned the third win from 14 starts during her four-year-old campaign while pushing her seasonal earnings to $23,670. For Davis, the win was one of four on the 12-race card. He also picked up victories aboard American Fly and David Menary trainees Torches Angel and Holy Molie Maggie, who ran her win streak up to five. Sophomore pacing filly Foolish Mind ($9.80) converted off a pocket trip to win the $6,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace in 1:59 over pacesetter Mamasaidso and Anthony MacDonald. Bob McClure drove the daughter of I Am A Fool for trainer Sue Marie Gangell, who also co-owns with Barry Charles. Favourite Mc Taylor and Henry finished third. To view Thursday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Thursday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca
Billy Davis Jr. put on a driving clinic during Monday’s 12-race card at The Raceway at Western Fair District thanks to his five-win performance. Davis went wire-to-wire with Delta Grace Tone (2:03) in Race 3 before racking up four straight wins beginning in Race 8 with Katherine B (1:59). He came back to take Race 9 – the $6,500 Preferred 3 – with Hoboken Hanover (1:56.2), Race 10 with Woodmere Sandrop (1:59.2) and Race 11 with Taylorlane Fancy (1:58.1). The 2013 season marks the third consecutive season the young reinsman has registered more than 400 wins. The career winner of 1,566 races and purses of $13,510,268 is quickly closing in on $4 million in seasonal purse earnings. A change of scenery certainly suited Twin B Legend, who dug in late to win the $10,000 Preferred 2 in 1:57.2 for the tandem of driver Doug McNair and trainer Ron Adams. The five-year-old son of Mach Three-What An Attitude, who’d missed cheques in his two previous outings at Woodbine, took over command at the three-quarter pole and fended off a late-rushing Royal Outlook by a neck in a time of 1:57.2. Race favourite Monster In Law finished third. VIP Internet Stable LLC, David Rovine Stable LLC, Seafood Delight Stable and Keith Pippi share ownership on the 10-time winner who boosted his lifetime bankroll to $353,863 with the victory. Heres The Magic survived a first-over trip and won the $6,800 Preferred 3 for driver Alfie Carroll. The Victor Puddy trainee wore down the tempo-setting Cimeronken, who sliced out panels of :29, 1:00 and 1:29.1, en route to the 1:59.3 score. Cimeronken was second best, with Euro Man taking home the show dough. Keith Cassell of Smiths Falls, Ontario owns the four-year-old son of Kadabra-Blackberry Hanover who is now 4-for-34 this season after going 0-for-21 last year. The gelding has stashed away more than $270,000 to date. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.com
Favourite Noartographsplease wore down pacesetter Perfectly Royal to prevail by a nose in Wednesday's featured $6,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace at Flamboro Downs. Driver James MacDonald sent 3-5 choice Noartographsplease first over from third nearing the half-mile mark and edged out Perfectly Royal (J.R. Plante) at the wire for the 1:57.1 victory over the 'good' track. Mc Taylor (Billy Davis Jr.) finished third, nearly two lengths behind. The victory was the third in a row on the 12-race card for MacDonald. Ben Paquette trains and co-owns the six-year-old Artesian mare with Lise Carbonneau of Saint-Sulpice, Que. Noartographsplease has now earned 20 top three finishes in 28 starts this year, including six wins, to bankover $40,000 in purses. To view Wednesday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Wednesday's Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca.
Mach Three gelding Camaes Fellow won the $34,000 Preferred Pace for the seventh time from just his last 13 Preferred Paces at Woodbine Raceway, tonight Saturday the 30th of November in 1:49.4. The Billy Davis Jr driven five-year-old has been a model of consistancy since David Menry took over the training duties in June of this year. His winning times for his last six wins have been 1:49, 1:48, 1:48.1, 1:47.3, 1:50 and 1:49.4. Camaes Fellow's video is race 10. Videos of all races are attached.
Guns An Roses front-stepped his way to a season's best victory in the featured $10,000 Preferred 2 Pace at Flamboro Downs on Sunday night for Team Colville. Driven by Jack Moiseyev, Guns An Roses left from post three and retook the lead early on through a :28-second opening quarter. He proceeded then to the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:25 en route to the 1:53.4 triumph. Favourite Bestinthebusiness (Trevor Henry) advanced first over from fourth to challenge the pacesetter at the third quarter station, but couldn't get by as Guns An Roses drew clear down the stretch. Mach It Big (Nick Steward) finished three lengths behind in third. Sent postward as the 2-1 second choice, Guns An Roses paid $6.20 to win. He has now won two of his five starts in 2013. Frank Colville trains the five-year-old Life Sign gelding for Joanne Colville and Emma Christoforou. Earlier in the night, favourite Stompin Tom Creek and driver Billy Davis Jr. tracked down pacesetter Stoney Durkin (Bruce Richardson) to win the $6,500 Preferred 3 by half a length in 1:56.3. The six-year-old Western Terror gelding is trained by Andrew McCabe for owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. and Leonard Christopher. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.com
ELORA, ON - Hometown-boy-done-good Doug McNair is off to France to defend Canada's title in the 2013 International Weekend Of The French Trotter. The 23-year-old Guelph resident will be the fourth harness racing driver invited to represent Canada in this international race. Last year, Billy Davis Jr. of Cambridge won the competition. The event kicks off at the Hippodrome Paris-Vincennes on November 29 and concludes on December 1. McNair is currently second in the Canadian driver standings for earnings, having driven horses to purse earnings in excess of $5.6 million in 2013. He's also fourth in the top dash category with 283 season wins. The talented young reinsman has been a tour-de-force since his career launched in 2008 at the age of 18. Just two years after recording that first career win, he captured the $300,000 Battle Of Waterloo at his hometown track, Grand River Raceway, and later that month won the $547,000 Confederation Cup at Flamboro Downs. He capped 2010 with a history-making mile at Western Fair Raceway when he became the youngest driver in the history of the sport to reach 1,000 wins. Earlier this year, he and father Gregg McNair (one of the country's leading Standardbred horse trainers) teamed up to capture their second Battle Of Waterloo victory during Grand River Raceway's biggest event of the season, Industry Day, on August 6. In addition to winning the track's signature dash, they also scooped first-place in the event's sister-race, the Battle Of The Belles, on the same day. Other highlights from McNair's stellar season include piloting world-record holder Precocious Beauty to seven wins in 11 freshman starts for earnings of $468,000. by Kelly Spencer for Grand River Raceway
The 33rd Annual Charity Challenge held at Clinton Raceway this afternoon was a huge success. The point based challenge was contested over the twelve race card and featured Clinton Raceways top eight drivers. The battle went right down to the last race, with Trevor Henry taking back the title for the first time since 2007. Clinton's top trainer and driver was also presented on following the last race of the day. George McClure was the leading trainer, with the top driver coming down to a tie. Trevor Henry and Billy Davis Jr took home the title this year. The real winner's of the day were the families that are assisted by Childcan. Many volunteers were out, despite the less that perfect weather to help raise funds for this organization that is committed to helping families through childhood cancer diagnosis. All of the driver's donated their fees, there was a silent auction, twoonie auction, 50/50 draw and bake sale. While there wasn't a total available at press time they had a very successful day and was a great wrap up to the 2013 season at Clinton Raceway. Jessica Carnochan
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Super Final Night 2013 kicked off with a pair of trotting filly showdowns and Ontario harness racing fans witnessed impressive performances by two-year-old prodigy Riveting Rosie and three-year-old megastar Bee A Magician. Starting from Post 7 in the first $200,000 Super Final, driver Paul MacDonell sent Riveting Rosie straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1. The fan favourites cruised home two and one-half lengths ahead of Miss Aultsville and Luck Is All Ineed in 1:56. “She’s just so dominant, she’s big, she’s strong, I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think next year when she grows up and fills out she’ll be something else,” said MacDonell from the winner’s circle. “There’s no effort to her gait, she’s smooth, and got a nice mouth on her, she’s got all the attributes to a good one.” The Guelph resident piloted Riveting Rosie to her sixth lifetime win for trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. In addition to her Gold Series successes, the Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the Peaceful Way Final and Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and rounds out her freshman campaign with $468,613 in earnings. Bee A Magician captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final last November, kicking off a win streak that stood at 13 races heading into Saturday night’s showdown. With an impressive 1:52.2 triumph from Post 6 the filly became just the eighth horse to repeat as the Super Final champion and she extended her streak to 14 races. “She’s all business. She gets on the track, she just wants to go, and she wants to do it. She’s a dream,” said Ottawa resident Melvin Hartman, who shares ownership of Kadabra daughter Bee A Magician with Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL. “I will challenge anyone that Kadabra is as good, if not the best stallion in the world,” Hartman continued. “He has thrown some tremendous horses, they’ve raced in Ontario and they’ve gone on to race in North America, and it’s great for the Sires Stakes program.” Among Bee A Magician’s sophomore triumphs are the Hambletonian Oaks, Casual Breeze, Elegantimage, Del Miller Memorial and Simcoe Stakes, giving her a two season bank roll of $1,876,617. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee will make her fourteenth sophomore start in the Breeders Crown Eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct. 12. Anaffairtoremember and Charmed Life, with Paul MacDonell aboard for John Bax, completed the top three. MacDonell was back in the winner’s circle following the third Super Final battle, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra to a 1:50.4 personal best for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stable LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The win was the Mach Three daughter’s eleventh of the season and her second in Ontario Sires Stakes action. “Her form obviously shows that she’s been coming up to a good race, and they said that she was as sharp as she’s been,” said MacDonell, who had driven the filly earlier in the season. “You get a good feeling when you get on the bike and the connections say that to you.” MacDonell and Regil Elektra swept up the outside to grab the one and one-half length win over fan favourite Love Canal and Best Impressions. Muscle Matters delivered a commanding victory in the two-year-old trotting colt event, cruising home three lengths ahead of Massive Muscles and Valorscross. The 1:55.4 clocking was a personal best for the son of Muscle Mass trained by Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London. “The other thing is my son (Johnny) just got engaged today, so this is sweet, icing on the cake. It’s perfect, a perfect day,” said Santo Vena from a winner’s circle packed with family and friends. Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC was also celebrating perfection following the three-year-old trotting colt final. Flanagan Memory, named in honour of her late father and the colt’s breeder Michel Flanagan, trotted to his fifth win in five Ontario Sires Stakes starts. The Kadabra son and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Creampuff Macdaddy and Thankyoukessel in a personal best 1:53. Flanagan shares ownership of the colt with trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC. Two-year-old pacing colt favourite Bugger Bruiser also earned a Super Final crown off a front end effort that featured a sizzling :25.4 opening quarter. The Believeinbruiser son and driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph hung on for a neck victory over Crafty Master and Three of Clubs, both trained by Guelph resident Gregg McNair, in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Carmen Auciello of Stouffville trains Bugger Bruiser for his father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville and Denarben Stables of Thornhill. The partners purchased the gelding at the beginning of September and have banked $196,000 in four starts. “Nobody expected this,” said trainer Auciello with the Super Final trophy in his arms. “The horse has a heart bigger than this trophy here, and that’s a big trophy, the biggest one I’ve ever got in this business anyway. I’m just happy, I’ve got my family here, there’s tons of us here, and it’s just a thrill. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” The two-year-old pacing filly division was also decided by a neck as Performing Art, Lady Shadow and favourite Sudoku emerged from the rapidly gathering fog and battled to a 1:52 finish. Shadow Play daughter Performing Art’s personal best equaled the Ontario Sires Stakes record first set by Chancey Lady in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Apogee Hanover. Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. engineered the win on behalf of trainer Otis Hall of Ayr and his father Larry Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. The last Super Final trophy was awarded to Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC and Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, who bred and own three-year-old pacing gelding Duc Dorleans. The Shanghai Phil son and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton roared out of the fog and down the stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph over Tarpon Hanover and Brocks Fortune. Trained by Jacques Dupont, Duc Dorleans scored his fourth win of the season, and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, with the personal best effort. Ontario Sires Stakes fans will have one last opportunity to see the provincial stars in action as Grand River Raceway and Western Fair Raceway host Gold and Grassroots Consolation events on October 13, 14 and 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder