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ELORA, ON - Bob McClure has been circling Canada's biggest harness racing title for the past few years, inching closer to the top of the driving ranks. In 2016, he captured not only the winning statistics, but also a prestigious award nomination. The 26-year-old reinsman from Elora, ON secured his first national title in 2016, winning 576 races while earning driving titles at Flamboro Downs, Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs. He drove 2,418 horses to purse earnings of $3 million. It was just his eighth year as a professional driver. McClure surpassed 1,000 career wins during 2016, and on several occasions scored four, five or six wins during a 10-race card. He currently sits at 1,436 wins and $8.1 million in purse earnings. "As much as I'm looking forward to 2017, I can't see how it could top this year," says McClure. "I've been so lucky, and I have to admit, I'm sad to see the season come to an end. I'm really thankful to all the grooms, trainers, owners, racing fans and everyone else that made it an unforgettable year." At the end of this month, McClure will vie for his first O'Brien Award for Driver Of The Year. The O'Brien Awards celebrate the absolute best in harness racing over a given year. They are the highest honour the sport bestows upon its heroes in this country and the winners are decided by a panel of voters consisting of media, racing publicists and race secretaries. McClure is up against veteran driver Sylvain Filion, a three-time O'Brien Award winner. The gala awards ceremony takes place on January 28 at The Meadowvale Hotel in Mississauga, ON. McClure and his partner Jody Howard and their one-year-old son Ryder moved to Elora in 2015. The location is central to the many tracks where McClure plies his trade, including those in Elora, Dundas, London, Clinton, Innisfil and Campbellville. 2016 Grand River Raceway Driving Champion - Bob McClure Kelly Spencer  

ELORA, ON - It was the Tale Of Two Bobs in the Top Performer standings for Grand River Raceway's 2016 live harness racing season which wrapped up September 28. Bob McClure secured his second consecutive driving title at the track, while Bob McIntosh adds the Top Trainer award to his long list of accomplishments. McClure's 2016 season has been a career-best, securing titles at Grand River, Flamboro Downs and Georgian Downs. The 26-year-old Elora, ON resident finished the Grand River Raceway season with 84 wins, including a driving triple during the season finale. McClure surpassed 1,000 career wins during 2016, and currently sits at 378 season wins and $2 million in purse earnings. On several occasions this year he bagged four or five drives during a 10-race card. McClure began driving in 2009. In 2014, the young reinsman's career picked up major steam, doubling his 2013 figures and landing in the top 10 in the Canadian drivers' standings. He finished the 2015 season sitting third for wins in the national standings. He's currently positioned second for wins, fifth for UDR and 10th for earnings. While veteran Windsor, ON trainer Bob McIntosh has conquered most of harness racing's biggest races and awards, he secured his first Grand River Raceway training title in 2016. The Hall Of Famer made 56 starts in Elora this season and sent 12 starters to the winners circle, including L A Delight. On August 1, she paced to her seventh consecutive OSS Gold victory with a track record-equaling performance of 1:53.1 for filly sophomores during the Industry Day card at Grand River Raceway. Last week, she captured the esteemed Jugette at Ohio's Delaware County Fair, bumping her career bankroll to $1,174,163. McIntosh is a career winner of 4198 races and $96 million in purse earnings. 2016 Grand River Raceway Driving Champion - Bob McClure Kelly Spencer

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 19 - Driver Bob McClure made the most of his Monday night visit to Mohawk Racetrack by posting five victories on the 10-race harness racing card. Several regular WEG reinsmen were out of town Monday competing in Ontario Sires Stakes action, leaving the door open for rising star McClure to make a statement. The young driver started off his evening by winning the first three races on the card, including a 29-1 upset in the opener with claiming pacer Nicholas Ryan for trainer Carmen Auciello, who sent out three winners on Monday's card. McClure's win streak was snapped in the fourth-race, but he quickly got back to his winning ways in the fifth-dash with rookie pacing colt Osborne Seelster for trainer Ted MacDonnell. The fifth and final victory of the night for McClure came in the sixth-race with Joe Pereira trainee Par Intended. McClure, who had nine drives on the card, entered Monday's action with two wins from 34 drives on the WEG Circuit in 2016. The Elora, Ontario native is currently in the midst of a career best season. McClure has won a career high 357 races this season and is well on pace to top his single season earnings mark of $2.1 million. Live racing continues Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Nicholas Ryan Light Foot Rd Stormont Viceroy Osborne Seelster Par Intended Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

JULY 11, 2016 - Harness racing driver Bob McClure continued his winning ways at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening, winning four of six Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing fillies. The Elora oval's leading driver, McClure kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, going gate-to-wire with fan favourite Barbaras Shadow. The Shadow Play daughter paced under the wire in 1:55.4, one-half length ahead of Im In Luv, who was well ahead of third-place finisher More Than Many "She raced good. She got the front real easy, she got a real easy half and then she just had to pace home hard," said McClure. "She did everything you asked of her and she was really well brought along." The Elora resident piloted Barbaras Shadow to her second win of 2016 for trainer Rick Zeron of Oakville, ON and owners Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. McClure had watched Zeron guide the filly to her first win, in an overnight event at Georgian Downs on July 5, so he had a fair bit of confidence in Barbaras Shadow heading into the race. "I actually raced against her in Georgian Downs," McClure explained. "I raced against her and I followed her in the two-hole, so I watched her pretty closely knowing the Grassroots was coming up. She seemed to be strong through the wire there and she did everything right." In the second Grassroots division McClure climbed aboard the first of four fillies he would drive for trainer Dave Menary. Westsluckycam got away last from Post 8 and McClure thought he was well out of contention, but sharp early fractions came back to haunt pacesetter and fan favourite This Day Forward, and Westsluckycam was able to sprint down the stretch to a nose victory. This Day Forward settled for second, with Life Groove a head back in third. "Grand River is not an easy place to make up a lot of ground and pass horses, but she really earned it," said McClure. "She did it the hard way to get her nose out in front, because she had to do a whole lot of work on the outside and she didn't get a winning trip." Cambridge, ON resident Menary conditions Westsluckycam for Jerry Clark of Finksburg, MD. Through 18 sophomore starts the Camluck miss has seven wins, two seconds and four thirds for earnings of $59,170, but Monday's victory was her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. McClure did not hit the board with his second Menary-trained mount, Rosy Outlook, finishing seventh behind Ladyhardt, Dewar N Soda and Glorious Delight. Jack Moiseyev of Moffat, ON teamed Vintage Master daughter Ladyhardt to the 1:56.3 score for trainer Howard Okusko Jr. and M And L of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE. One race later, however, McClure and Menary were back in the winner's circle with Maniana, who delivered a commanding five and one-half length victory in 1:54.1. Heavenly Bet and Startled paced into second and third behind the fan favourite. "I don't know if in any division she would have got beat today, because she made front fairly easy and she was gone," said McClure of the Sportswriter daughter, who started her season at the Gold Series level. "I got after her a little bit up the backside and kept her attention coming home, but she went the mile, I think, in 1:54.1 and had a lot left at the end. She was very strong." W. J. Donovan owns Maniana, who had been winless in five starts heading into Monday's contest. The filly was a Gold Series regular at two, posting a record of one win, three seconds and one third in 10 starts for earnings of $95,760. Fan favourite Killean Finale won the fifth Grassroots division in 1:56.4 for driver Jason Ryan of Guelph, trainer Nick Gallucci of Brantford, ON and owner Paul Tolmazoff of Bedford, NS. The win was the Sportswriter daughter's fourth of the season, but her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Tahiti Seelster and Noone To Depend On rounded out the top three. The last division saw McClure team his third Menary trainee to victory, as Free Show sprinted down the stretch to a one-half length victory over Selling The Dream and Specialcelebration in 1:56.1. "She was probably the best filly of all of them. She had to really step out from the eight-hole and she made front, and that's saying a lot at Grand River, because that is the dreaded eight-hole," noted McClure. "And the cover, Sports Expert, she didn't take me near as far as I wanted to, and I was very lucky to get out in the last turn, but when I got out I actually thought that those two front horses were gone and away from me. I thought I had been taken out of the race completely, and then when she saw daylight she just snapped into a high gear and took off. I mean if the wire was 10 feet further I think she'd have won by two lengths. She was just flying at the wire." Hutt Racing Stable also owns Free Show, who seems to have a special affinity for Grand River Raceway. The Badlands Hanover daughter swept her elimination and the final of last year's Battle of the Belles and she won her only Gold Series trophy at the Elora oval last September. Monday's victory was the filly's first in seven sophomore starts and boosts her lifetime earnings to $228,623. Monday was not the first time this month McClure has posted a multiple win night at his local oval. The reinsman also captured five races on the track's July 1 program and is poised to match last year's career best totals. "To be honest last year was such a great year, I had a lot of fun, I drove a lot of good horses, a calibre of horses I hadn't driven before, and if I could maintain last year I would be happy," said the 25-year-old driver, whose mounts earned $2.1 million in 2015. "Obviously you always want to move forward, onward and upward, but last year I was really fortunate and I wouldn't be disappointed to match last year honestly." McClure will have his next opportunity to drive some of Ontario's finest racehorses when the two-year-old trotting colts arrive in Elora next Wednesday, July 20 for their second Grassroots event. Ontario Racing

ELORA, ON - Harness racing driver Bob McClure won five of the 10 races on Friday's card at Grand River Raceway. Two days prior, he won another three, good for a total of nine over three race days in the week. McClure started his night with a wire-to-wire cruise in Race 3 from the rail with Maximus Decimus in 1:58. His second victory came in Race 6, rallying from the back of the pack to win a tight photo finish in 2:01 with Wings Of Ballykeel. McClure finished the night off winning the final three races on the card, narrowly missing four straight with a runner-up finish by a head in Race 7. He wired the field in Race 8 with Mystic Ice in 1:59 and capitalized on a perfect pocket trip up the passing lane in the stretch to win Race 9 with Kablooie in 1:59.3. He wrapped it up in the final dash, setting the fractions on the front-end with an easy winner in Dutch Seelster in 1:59.3. Tonight's wins bump McClure into a tie with Alfie Carroll for the current top dash driver title at Grand River Raceway with 23 wins apiece. McClure won the title for the first time in 2015. He's currently second in the national standings for wins (211). The 25-year-old Elora resident is a career winner of 1076 and $6.3 million in purse earnings. Kelly Spencer

Boca Raton, FL - Meadow Skipper will be at the Harrisburg, PA Standardbred Yearling Sales starting on Sunday, November 1. At least in spirit and bloodlines he will be! Meadow Skipper, the untold story, written by Victoria Howard and Bob Marks, is an unofficial biography of the world champion harness racing horse, who singlehandedly changed the direction of an entire breed of animal. Every pacing horse sold at the upcoming sale can trace their bloodlines to Meadow Skipper, who passed away in 1982. The book will be available at the table area throughout the sale in Harrisburg and co-author Bob Marks will be there to autograph copies. Meadow Skipper, the untold story, is an unforgettable saga of an equine Rocky Balboa, who overcame insurmountable odds to emerge as harness racing's greatest progenitor since Adam. This story is relayed in a unique way to authors Howard and Marks -- straight from the horse's mouth as only he could tell it. "The book is not just for equine lovers," said author Victoria M. Howard, "but also for sports enthusiasts and those who cherish the rags-to-riches underdogs who overcome challenges at any cost. It reads like a breathtaking feel-good roller-coaster ride, and in the end, you too will believe!" Published by Tate Publishing and Enterprises, the book is available through bookstores nationwide, from the publisher at www.tatepublishing.com/bookstore, or by visiting barnesandnoble.com or amazon.com. "I encourage everyone coming to the Harrisburg sale to stop by and see me," Marks said, "We can talk about the book and about Meadow Skipper as I saw him race throughout most of his career. The book will make the perfect holiday present for the equine lover in your family." By Steve Wolf

Nichols, N.Y. -- Fresh off her upset in the Earl Rowe Memorial at Georgian Downs nine days ago, Rockin With Dewey ($5.40, part of entry) once again sustained a first-over bid en route to victory, collaring harness racing millionaire Classic Martine in a $40,000 Miss Versatility preliminary event on Monday (September 7) afternoon at Tioga Downs.   Away last in the field of five, the 5-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe commenced her rally with a circuit to go, beginning to advance as 3-5 favourite Classic Martine (Matt Kakaley) cleared the lead. After a :56.3 half mile, Bob McClure turned up the pressure with Rockin With Dewey, closing to within a length of Classic Martine through a 1:24.4 three-quarter sectional. The two dueled through the far turn, and Rockin With Dewey ultimately wore down her main adversary, prevailing by three-quarters of a length in 1:53.1.   Trainer Benoit Baillargeon co-owns Rockin With Dewey with Diane Ingham.   In addition to the Miss Versatility, the 13-race program featured a pair of sub-featured Open events--one for trotters and one for pacers.   The $14,000 Open Trot saw Bourbon Bay ($4.10) set blistering fractions, fully extended on the far turn but able to hold sway from Smoother Ride in 1:54.1. In the $14,000 Open Pace, JK Panache ($18.80) likewise controlled the terms, holding off the steadily advancing Rockeyed Optimist for a 1:50.2 triumph. John Cummings, Jr. handled the driving duties of both Open winners on the day.   Live racing returns to Tioga Downs on Thursday (September 10) evening, with post time at 6:15 p.m. Eastern.   by James Witherite, Tioga Downs

On Tuesday evening fans at the harness racing meeting at Georgian Downs experienced a moment of deja vu when Bob McClure piloted three-year-old trotting filly Judy The Beauty to her first win of the season in the last of seven Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions. "I won my first Grassroots with her almost a year ago today at this track," recalled McClure, who piloted Judy The Beauty to her first lifetime win in a division of that July 22, 2014 Grassroots event. The pair went on to capture one more Grassroots trophy last season, with Judy The Beauty earning $31,320 and McClure's mounts reaching the $1 million mark for the first time in his career. This season McClure has chosen to concentrate on driving every card at Georgian Downs and Grand River Raceway, so Tuesday was the first stakes event he has partnered with Judy The Beauty. Starting from Post 1 McClure was content to get away mid-pack and watch the pacesetters battle to a :28.2 quarter and :56.3 half. Heading by the 1:27 three-quarters the 24-year-old reinsman tipped Judy The Beauty into the outer lane and the pair steadily reeled in the front-runners, reaching the wire half a length ahead of favourite Railee Priti and Ill Stay Here in 1:57.2. "She's just a very nice filly to drive, even last year when she was a two-year-old it was just like I was driving a three or four-year-old because she was just so smart," said McClure. "She really makes life easy because you can leave or race from off." "Last year towards the end she seemed to have a few growing pains and this year she's really filled out, she's got a more powerful stride," continued the Orangeville, ON resident. "I would just say she's a lot stronger, and she'll continue to get better because she still is just a touch green." McClure crafted the win, a personal best for the Muscle Mass daughter, for trainer Keith Jones of Midland, ON and owner Randy Zhok of Dover Centre, ON. The victory boosted Judy The Beauty up the division standings, moving her into a tie for third with 100 points. While McClure would like to maintain his successful partnership with Judy The Beauty, he has been turning down Ontario Sires Stakes mounts this summer in an effort to achieve a different goal. "I'm leading driver at Grand River and Georgian right now, and I'm trying to hold that, and it's hard when you have to leave on Saturday nights to go to stake races," explained the young reinsman. "I'm trying not to get too far away from them." "It's hard to turn down stake drives, but I'm trying to keep most of my business there right now." If McClure can maintain his leading driver status through the Georgian Downs and Grand River Raceway meets this season, he hopes that level of success will allow him to pursue a few more Ontario Sires Stakes opportunities in 2016. In addition to McClure and Judy The Beauty's repeat performance, six other fillies took home Grassroots trophies from Georgian Downs on Tuesday. La Bella Rosa captured the first Grassroots division in commanding style, sailing from Post 6 to the finish without seeing a challenger. The Holiday Road filly and river Mario Baillargeon hit the wire nine and one-half lengths on top in 1:56.3. Lady Caterina and Magic Dancing finished second and third. The win was La Bella Rosa's second straight in Grassroots action and vaulted her to the top of the division standings with 108 points. Reaume Bouvier of Guelph, ON conditions La Bella Rosa for breeder Bella Fortuna Stables of Laval, QC and Patricia McGuirl Bouvier of Guelph. Campbellville, ON resident Mike Saftic piloted fan favourite Renegade Magic to a 1:57 victory in the second division for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford, ON and owner-breeder Jeff and Lori Thomson of Chesley, ON. Kadabra daughter Renegade Magic hit the wire two lengths ahead of Cincinnati Miss and California Rachel. Sumthintotalkabout went gate-to-wire from Post 9 in the third division, battling all the way to the wire for a neck victory over favourite Tymal Signature and Ladyone in 1:57. Arthur, ON resident Trevor Henry guided the Muscle Mass filly to her second straight Grassroots victory for trainer Steve Bossence of London, ON and his partner Stephen Palermo of Brampton, ON. The fourth division saw Holiday Road daughter Meadow Seelster drop down from the Gold Series to find her first Ontario Sires Stakes victory, cruising home a seven length winner over Aunt Lottie and Sheguindah. Robert Shepherd engineered the 1:56.1 mile, the quickest of the seven Grassroots divisions, for trainer Bill Budd of Waterdown, ON and owner William Dixon of Caledon, ON. Hape also posted her first Grassroots win with a 1:58.2 clocking in the fifth division, besting favourite Summers Jewel and Tyrone Zoey. Moffat, ON resident Jack Moiseyev trains and drives the Pilgrims Taj filly for Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON. Luc Ouellette and Allies Gift controlled the pace from start to finish in the sixth division, cruising home two lengths ahead of Flexceptional and Pinky The Intern in a personal best 1:57.1. The Campbellville resident drives and trains the Holiday Road daughter for Ecuries Richelieu Inc. of Venise-En-Quebec, QC. The three-year-old trotting fillies make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 10. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement returns to Georgian Downs this Sunday, July 19 with the second Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

ELORA, ON ­— Local media celebs swapped headlines for driving lines on Friday night in Grand River Raceway’s second annual harness racing Media Race.   Each media personality was paired with a professional driver in a custom two-person jog cart for the half-mile exhibition race. Barry Finn, the editor at The Rider newspaper was the victor with Spago Hall, swooping out four-wide in the stretch to overcome the leader along the rail, Jaime Myslik and Killean Sweep. Assisted by pro driver Robert Shepherd, Finn finished just a head over the field in a thrilling finish. “Being that close to the horses … it’s an amazing experience. It was just a wild ride,” said Finn from the winners circle. Jaime Myslik, a reporter for the Wellington Advertiser was accompanied by Arthur, ON driver Bruce Richardson. The pair drove the veteran of the field, 15-year-old Killean Sweep who finished second. Gayle O’Brien, Morning Buzz personality on 107.5 Dave FM, was aboard seven-year-old Hollywood Ham. She was accompanied by Paul MacKenzie, who celebrated his 8,000th career driving win on June 3 at Grand River Raceway. The duo finished third. Rounding out the field was defending champion Kelly Waterhouse. She took home the hardware in last year’s inaugural edition with pro driver Bob McClure and the seven-year-old mare, Echos Black Dress. The News Director for The Grand 92.9 FM, Waterhouse was reunited with her horse and driver for the 2015 edition. 2015 Media Race • Photos from the event:  Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

What are two things harness racing fans cannot see in a race program? Who is Bob McClure's number one fan and Bob's down to earth nature. Every race Bob wins he always waves to his mom Jennifer McClure, his number one fan, from the winner's circle. "After every win, when I get to the paddock there is a text from my mom congratulating me" says Bob. 2014 has been a good year, especially the second half where Bob McClure who surpassed 500 career wins. The 500th win for Bob was at Flamboro Downs. "I personally don't keep track of my wins" Bob says. "I saw them coming out with a sign but the thought didn't cross my mind." "I've never seen a driver being acknowledged for 500 wins. Normally it's at the 1,000 mark." Bob continues, "It was really nice. I didn't expect it at all, when I saw them coming out with the sign I wasn't sure what it was for." "I wasn't tracking how many lifetime wins I actually had." Bob says. "It was really nice of Flamboro Downs to do." Who do we owe for this thoughtfulness? Was it the race secretary at Flamboro Downs or even the Racetrack manager? Whoever it is, Bob is very grateful. 2014 has also seen Bob surpass the $1,000,000 plateau. For all the accomplishments, Bob makes it clear that without the support of his owners and trainers such a goal would have been difficult to reach. "It's the people who were supporting me before the million dollar season that I have to thank" says Bob. "Without them I would be stuck on the sidelines. To be able to be in a position to prove yourself, you need to be given an opportunity. They didn't have to give me the opportunity and I am very grateful to them." Having horses that are more competitive in races has changed Bob's perspective during races. "I started driving more aggressively and that is mostly because I was driving more power" Bob notes. "When you're driving better horses you need to drive them more aggressively. If you're driving favorites, you have to put them in the race. That's your job." Bob explains about his recent success. To further elaborate on Bob's down to earth nature, just as he is open about success, Bob is equally open about his mistakes he's made in races. "I make a mistake every time I drive a horse. I've made a lot of mistakes.... I don't think it is a problem so long as you learn from your mistakes." Bob continues, "I've driven horses too aggressively and some not aggressive enough. You turn the page and move on to the next race. You correct your mistakes along the way." Reflecting on the 2014 season, Bob says 80% of his success came during the second half. With the recent success, this has enabled Bob to move to bigger and better projects away from the racetrack. One new project for Bob is working on a farm he bought which he has plans to renovate, sell and continue to grow. "I need to renovate to the entire place, so it's a lot of work and a lot of time" Bob admits. "A lot of money too!" A year ago, Bob supplemented his time working on construction sites, now he's his own boss. Going into 2015, Bob wants to keep the ball rolling! "I'm driving some really good horses right now. On my off nights from Flamboro Downs I would like to drive more at Woodbine but I know that doesn't come easy." Bob admits. For the 2015 summer season, Bob's goal is to drive more stake horses in the grassroots series. "Either the stake horses will come or not, that's out of my hands" states Bob. By Roderick Balgobin, for Harnesslink.com    

After looking dominant in her elimination assignment one week earlier, Rummys Command returned to Northlands Park and sped to an impressive Saturday night victory in the $70,000 Northlands Filly Pace Final for three-year-old pacers. Trainer/driver Keith Clark wasted no time in hustling Rummys Command to the lead from Post 3, and once they cleared to the top it was game over for the others. The daughter of Cams Card Shark-Streisands Fan threw down splits of :27.2, :57.1 and 1:25.3 before using a :30-second closing quarter to win by 1-1/2 lengths over race favourite Nighttraintovegas in 1:55.3. Charismatic Art tagged along to finish third in the rich tilt. "I wanted her on the front or very close to it," said Clark after the win. "I wanted to try to put (Charismatic Art) in the 2 hole if I could. If I couldn't, I probably would have let (driver Gerry Hudon) go and come back." To view the rest of this story click here. Charmed Life takes Preferred again For the second week in-a-row the $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack went to Charmed Life for the tandem of driver Jody Jamieson and trainer Dave Menary. The hard-closing campaigner utilized her off-the-speed skills to perfection once again en route to capturing her eighth win of the season. Jamieson tucked into an early five hole with Charmed Life while a host of foes took turns on the lead. Fearless Man and Samira Hanover battled to the quarter pole in :27.1 before the latter worked her way to the front, and she came under quick pressure in the backstretch from Slip Into Glide. To view the rest of this story click here. Five winners for Bob McClure at Flamboro Driver Bob McClure had a productive Saturday evening at Flamboro Downs thanks to a five-win performance on the 11-race program. McClure took the opener with Shiningstaratnight (2:03.2) before adding wins with Coco Bino (2:00.4), Warrawee Preferred (1:59.4), Knee Slapper (2:00.2) and Campus Cutie Pie (1:59.4). To view the rest of this story click here.

The 2014 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots regular season for two-year trotting fillies came to a close on Tuesday night (September 9) at Mohawk Racetrack as the Campbellville harness racing oval played host to six $18,000 divisions. Sires Kadabra and Deweycheatumnhowe dominated the action with Kadabra picking up a trio of winners and Deweycheatumnhowe grabbing two credits. Magical Lass was the first winner for Kadabra as she took the opener in 1:59.1 for driver Paul MacDonell. She swept from third to first prior to the 1:30.1 three-quarters and then held sway through the lane to prevail by half a length over public choice Mass Rail (Trevor Henry). Lmc Marshmellow (Jack Moiseyev) checked in third. Richard “Nifty” Norman trains Magical Lass, who is the first foal out of the Cantab Hall mare Priceless Lass, for co-owner/breeder Mel Hartman of Ottawa and co-owner R A W Equine Inc. of Burlington, Ontario. Magical Lass broke her maiden in her fifth attempt, and she has now earned $11,875. The Murmuring Pan then made it a "Kadabra Daily Double" as she won the second race in 1:58.2 with Hall of Famer Steve Condren in the bike. The Murmuring Pan made a first-over move into the lead at the 1:00 half and didn’t look back from there on her way to a five and a quarter length decision. Giona (Wayne MacLean) was the runner-up and Desis Dream (Steve Byron) nabbed third. Paul Reid trains The Murmuring Pan for owner/breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, Ohio. She is now two-for-four in the win column with earnings of $18,000. Both of her wins have come in Grassroots competition as she also clicked at Mohawk on July 31. The Murmuring Pan is the second foal out of $448,000 earner Epangeline (Conway Hall). The final Kadabra winner was Wing Flash, who got up out of the pocket in the stretch to win the fifth Grassroots flight in 1:57.3 for trainer/driver Wayne Henry. Stay In Touch (Randy Waples), the leader at the head of the lane, had to settle for second and Hape (Riina Rekila) finished third. Henry Stable of Arthur and Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario, own Wing Flash, who was bred by Steve Stewart, Black Creek Farm, and Donald Robinson and sold for $30,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale. Wing Flash has a pair of victories from seven attempts, and she has now put away $30,725. A winner in Grassroots action on August 17 at Clinton Raceway, Wing Flash is the fourth foal out of the Andover Hall mare Armbro Everlasting. The dam is a half-sister to the likes of millionaire Armbro Keepsake. As for Deweycheatumnhowe, his initial siring triumph came with Tymal Illbthere (Chris Christoforou) in the third section. She followed the cover of divisional point standings leader Summers Jewel (Mario Baillargeon) and then got around her late in the mile to win by a neck in 1:57.1. Muscle Kit (Randy Waples) was third, more than 14 lengths behind the top two finishers. Erv Abdulov trains Tymal Illbthere for co-owner/breeder Tymal Farms of Oldcastle, Timothy Varey of London, and Shawn Dixon of London, Ontario. Tymal Illbthere won for the first time from six trips behind the gate, and she has now pocketed $37,660. She’s the first foal out of the Kadabra mare Ill Be There ($398,603), a six-time winner in OSS competition during her racing career. Solar Sister provided Deweycheatumnhowe with his other tally as she rallied from sixth at three-quarters to take the fourth division by a neck in 1:58.1. Magic Shelley (Trevor Henry) was up for second and Railee Priti (Steve Byron) collected third. Gregg McNair trains Second Sister, who has two triumphs from six starts and a bankroll of $29,160, for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Bred by Diamond Creek Farm LLC., Second Sister was purchased for $32,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She’s the seventh foal out of the Yankee Glide mare Sister Sammy, and Second Sister is a half-sister to the likes of $210,000 earner Unshakeable. Second Sister also won in the Grassroots Series on July 15 at Mohawk. The other winner on the night was Bistrobistro Taj (Rick Zeron). Competing in the nightcap, Bistrobistro Taj popped the pocket to take command past the :27.3 opening quarter . She then reached the half in :58.1 and the three-quarters in 1:28.2 before she kicked away to win by three and three-quarters lengths in 1:57.3. Mets Life (Mario Baillargeon) was next, followed by Judy The Beauty (Bob McClure). Zeron also trains Bistrobistro Taj, a filly from the first crop of former Breeders Crown champion Pilgrims Taj, for owner 9215 6447 Quebec Inc. of Montreal, Quebec. Bistrobistro Taj, who was bred by Gestion Belvidere Inc., was successful for the second time from five starts, and she has now banked $58,250. Bistrobistro Taj, who also prevailed in Grassroots action on July 15 at Mohawk before she stepped up to take on Gold foes in her next few attempts, is the second foal out of the Angus Hall mare Freda Hall. The two-year-old trotting fillies of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be back in action on September 19 at Mohawk Racetrack as they clash in their Semifinal round. Click here for full results Ontario Sire Stakes  

Bestinthebusiness proved to be the best on Sunday evening at Flamboro Downs, winning the $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace for horses and geldings. Leaving from post seven, Bestinthebusiness ($14.80) out-sprinted outside assignee Adkins Hanover to the lead during a :26.4 opening panel. He continued on to the half in :55.4 and three-quarters in 1:25 and then cruised home for the 1:54.3 triumph. Adkins Hanover followed one length behind while the hard-charging Tendtowin rallied wide from the backfield to show. Ryan Holliday was the winning driver behind the six-year-old Another Mile gelding, who is trained by Stephen Davis and owned and bred by the Mighican-based Brett Boyd Racing Inc. Eat Me Up ($14.50) left from outside her five rivals and went wire-to-wire to win the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 in 1:56.3 with Insincerity following two and a half lengths behind from the pocket and Shellace rounding out the top three finishers. Bob McClure steered the five-year-old Mach Three mare down the road for trainer Richard Moreau and owner L. David Ratchford of North Sydney, N.S. To view the rest of this story click here. Wire to wire victory for Oakmont at Truro Oakmont went wire-to-wire to win the top class at Truro Raceway for the third consecutive week during Sunday afternoon's harness racing card. Oakmont held a commanding lead in the $1,275 Winners Over Pace through fractions of :28.1, :57.1 and 1:26 and cruised home for the season's best 1:55.4 triumph with pocket-sitter Sf Razamatazz following one and three-quarter lengths behind under the wire and Electric Syl closing from the back of the five-horse field for third. Danny Romo trains and drove Oakmont for his last two wins -- one of which was a dead-heat -- while Robert Laffin took the lines for Sunday's score. Oakmont now has six wins in 15 starts this year in Nova Scotia and P.E.I. after a winless seven-race 2013 campaign in Ontario. The seven-year-old I Am A Fool gelding is owned by Grayland Farm of Pugwash, N.S. To view the rest of the story click here. Johnny Gun shoots his way to Alberta win Two-year-old pacing colt Johnny Gun won the fastest of the three Alberta Sires Stakes Lonestar divisions on Sunday afternoon at Alberta Downs while Darryl Cutting trainees Pablos First and undefeated Urcutoff were victorious in the other races. The Sires Stakes divisions carried purses ranging from $16,800 to $17,100. Favourite Johnny Gun ($3.40) was first up and first home to equal his lifetime mark of 1:56.2 in Sunday's middle split. Johnny Gun and driver Travis Cullen settled off the pace in sixth place from post five and began to chip away at their 14-length deficit after the :27.1 opening panel. They advanced into second by the half in :59.4 and took over command from Chillinlikeavillin (Kelly Hoerdt) approaching the final turn. Johnny Gun then began to open up on top by the 1:28 third quarter station and extended that lead to fourth lengths as he kicked home in :28.2 to secure the victory. Withflyingcolours (Keith Clark) finished second off a pocket trip while early trailer Senga Shaganappi (Ryan Grundy) followed the winner's cover and finished third. To view the rest of the story click here. Make it two straight for Carrera Angel at Summerside Carrera Angel made it back-to-back victories taking the Sunday feature race for the second week in a row at Red Shores Summerside. The time of the mile was 1:59 flat. Owner/driver Rocky Schurman hustled the nine-year-son of Camluck off the gate to the lead into the turn and then released Say It Again Sam (Jason Hughes) en route to the opening quarter in :28-seconds flat. Carrera Angel tracked the pacesetter through splits of :58.3 and 1:28.4 before unleashing a powerful finishing kick to notch his fifth score from 18 starts this season. Cambest Kisser (Kenny Arsenault) found racing room in the stretch to finish second with Van Zant (Ron Matheson) rallying late to complete the triactor. Action O So Royal edged out Paphos to claim the Peter Coughlin Memorial in 1:59. Brian MacPhee did the driving for owner/trainer Wayne Pike of Winsloe, P.E.I. MacPhee came right back in the next race with Jarretts Jet to record a driving double. Garth Cole was the winning trainer. Bakardi Arti posted the fastest mile of the afternoon going right to his lifetime mark of 1:56.4 for Walter Cheverie, trainer Jonah Moase and owners Neal Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. and Heather Neill of North Milton, P.E.I. Driver Todd Walsh enjoyed a great weekend competing in the Billings Driving Challenge. The Charlottetown resident won another division of the Billings with In Cahoots for owner Leon Stewart of Summerside, P.E.I. Jason Hughes, Walter Cheverie and Kenny Arsenault also recorded driving doubles on the program. From Red Shores  

Three-year-old pacers Lyons Likethewind and filly Kyles Secret took new lifetime marks with a pair of victories in their respective Innisfil Summer Claiming Series finals on Saturday night at Georgian Downs. With Tyler Moore catch-driving for trainer Richard Moreau, 13-1 longshot Lyons Likethewind advanced first over from the third to take over the lead approaching the third quarter mark and held off the rallying Lucky Shot (Scott Coulter) to win the $22,400 final for horses and geldings in 1:56.1 by three-quarters of a length. Roan Bruiser (Bob McClure) finished four lengths behind in third. The Camluck-Windwatch gelding is owned by Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Brantford, Ont. He earned just his second win in 10 starts this season and fourth lifetime, boosting his bankroll to $28,350. Lyons Likethewind returned $29.60 to his backers at the betting windows. To view the rest of this story click here.

Torches Star maintained her position atop the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots division for three-year-old trotting fillies with a comfortable victory in one of five $18,000 divisions tonight at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Kadabrina and Gord Brown grabbed control early in that split and hit the quarter in :28.3. She was passed by Wings Of Ballykeel before the :58.1 half. At that point Steve Condren pulled the right line on Torches Star and she took over confidently and hit the third marker in 1:27.4 and was an easy winner in 1:57.3 over Watch Her Dangle and Northern Secret. Torches Star, who came into the contest with 105 points, was recording her second straight Grassroots victory. The second place filly before tonight’s races was Love Detective who also competed in this race but broke stride and finished last. Ben Wallace trains the daughter of Angus Hall for Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario. Condren controlled the tempo in the fifth and final division with Lenny Mac through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:27.3 but was hauled down late by Wonderland Snow who scored in 1:57.2. Right there for place was Lenny Mac with Evolution of Dance third. Bob McClure drove the winner, a daughter of Angus Hall bred and owned by Bob Key of Pennsylvania and trained by Ronald Parsons. It was the filly’s fourth win of the season. In the first and fastest test Thisgirlisonfire cleared the lead by the opening quarter in 28.4 but was covered up by Audrey Pearl well before the half in :58.4. Missys Ga Ga pulled from third before the 1:27.3 third panel and took over control down the lane to win comfortably in 1:56.4. Chelseas Chance finished well for Condren to take second while Capturethememory was third. It was the second win in eight starts this year for the daughter of Kadabra owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc., of Montreal, Quebec and trained by Rene Dion. The second division saw favourite Mystical Wishes take herself out early with a break. K D Bella and Steve Byron were in charge through the early going, hitting the first quarter in :28.3. She turned back Diamonds For Life to reach the half in :57.1 and the three-quarters in 1:26.1 and was first to the wire In 1:58.1. Jayport Princess was second with Muscle Girl edging out Diamonds For Life for third. Dr. Peter Johnston of Cavan, Ontario, trains the homebred he co-owns with fellow breeder Watkins Equine of Newcastle. Unraced last year at two, the daughter of Pegasus Spur, a half-sister to $520,000 winner Watkins, was recording her second win in 17 starts this year. I Jasmin refused to give up the rail spot in the third division, hitting the first marker in :28.2. She continued on top for Denis St Pierre and trotted by the half in :58.2 and three-quarters in 1:27.1. She managed to get to the wire in front in 1:57.2 with a blanket finish of fillies a half length behind her. Wawona and Dream Act took second and third spots. Ming Siu of Richmond, BC, bred and owns the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Michael Bourgeois. This was her first sophomore win. This group will meet next on September 2 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s races, please click Rideau Results - August 24. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Harness racing driver Scott Young aka 'The Answer' was kind enough to take a few moments to chat between races at Georgian Downs, (Innisfil, ON). Driving horses at Grand River Raceway and Georgian Downs, Scott acknowledges that a lot of strategy comes in to play when racing at the two tracks. Georgian Downs is a 5/8 mile track while Grand River Raceway is a ½ mile track. "This track, Georgian Downs, is known as a speed track" says Scott. "If you lead with your horse from the start off the gate, you're better for it. It's really hard to make up ground on this track if they don't go any fractions up front. You really try to get yourself well positioned here." Scott confirms the same type of strategy works well at Grand River Raceway. One thing Scott enjoys about driving at Georgian Downs is getting the opportunity to drive better horses. "I find there are better horses and the trainers you drive for are a lot of Mohawk Raceway trainers and they're bringing young horses here.... You get a chance to drive for some class stables and some decent horses." Scott has driven some horses for his dad, Bob Young. Scott admits his dad's horses make him look good! "He gives me a shot to win every time." Scott says. "My dad has a really nice filly named Wicked Speed and she's 3 for 3 this year with 2 Grass Roots (Ontario Sire Stakes)." Scott continues, "I drive a horse for my dad named Mitt Jagger and he's a pretty nice horse." When he isn't racing, Scott works for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. Well, why not his dad 'Bob Knowledge'? "We are the same person" Scott confirms, "I can work for him for about three weeks. We are too much alike. We always want to change stuff all the time... so I drive for him at night and this way when I see him, I am just driving." With that being said, Scott knows his dad is his biggest fan and Bob always does his best to watch all of Scott's drives. So what does Scott and his fellow horsemen do when they are in between races and have a few minutes? Play practical jokes of course. Scott speaks about times where he has found his gloves stuffed with candy wrappers or even stones. It seems to always take place when he's trying to rush onto the track. "There I am looking for my gloves with one minute before the post parade" says Scott. "And I am trying to empty them out. Or I will find my gloves pulled inside out." "Sometimes someone will switch whips with you. They'll leave you with a broken whip and they go and take your good one." Scott says with a laugh. "There's always something going on." Pranksters being called out are J Harris, Bob McClure and James MacDonald! It's safe to say Scott doesn't play any pranks as he admits the favor will be returned twice as harsh. "I try and stay clear of that" Scott says. Coming to the track is a delight for Scott, "I am friends with everybody and there's nothing like doing what you love with your friends." As mentioned before, 'The Answer' is a big Bruins fans and he's ready for the NHL season to kick off. In the mean time, Scotty is enjoying cheering on the Blue Jays as they fight for a wild card ticket to the post season. "The last five games I've been to the Blue Jays won each time" says Scott. If that's the case, I say we make sure Scott goes to every remaining home game! Third baseman Brett Lawrie of the Blue Jays is Scott's favorite player. "My dad says we are a lot alike. When something goes bad for Brett, he has a little freak out." Scott explains. "When I was younger and I got beat with a favorite, I would throw a fit and my dad would say 'Easy Brett, easy'..."   by Roderick Balgobin, www.supernovasportsclub.com    

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