The field for the 2014 Ontario Regional Driving Championship scheduled for Friday, May 9 at The Raceway at Western Fair District in London, Ont. has been confirmed. The participating drivers are: • Alfie Carroll • Scott Coulter • Billy Davis Jr. • Trevor Henry • Jody Jamieson • James MacDonald • Doug McNair • J.R. Plante The top two drivers from the eight-race competition will join six other drivers at the 2014 National Driving Championship scheduled for Tuesday, August 26 at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at Charlottetown Driving Park. Several drivers declined invitations to take part due to other commitments, including Sylvain Filion, Canada’s Driver of the Year for 2013, Randy Waples and Scott Zeron. To read the rest of the story click here.
The final round of Flamboro Downs' Announcer Idol was held on Sunday night with Y108's Scott Penfold taking the mic for the evening's third race. Penfold called the action as Best Risque and Billy Davis Jr. established the lead over the Anthony MacDonald-driven Moment To Cherish and raced by fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.2. "It's still Best Risque," said Penfold as the horses entered the home stretch. "But here she comes, getting really, really close, we've got Moment To Cherish coming up to the front spot. It looks like Moment To Cherish just taking it by a hair, literally...And very close for second was Best Risque and Bayamastar." To read rest of story click here.
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