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JULY 24, 2018 - Three fresh faces graced the winner's circle as the two-year-old trotting fillies made their second Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Tuesday evening. Royaltys Pearl opened the program in the first race and made winning look easy, going gate-to-wire from Post 7 for trainer-driver Wayne Henry. The filly finished one and three-quarter lengths ahead of Order Mattie, with Galaxy Seelster well back in third. "I've always liked her, she'd been a nice filly all winter," said Henry. "She raced very well. She is nice and strong, how fast she is I don't know." Henry started Royaltys Pearl at the Gold Series level in the July 15 season opener at Georgian Downs, but an early break saw her finish seventh and required her to return to the qualifying ranks. Henry added a set of trotting hopples to her equipment for the July 18 qualifier and the move clearly paid off on Tuesday evening. The Arthur resident and his partners Daylon Farms Ltd. of Komoka, Ontario and Gordon Yeo of Calgary, Alberta acquired the daughter of Royalty For Life and Hawaiian Viva for $28,000 US at the 2017 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and they have not yet decided whether she will remain at the Grassroots level or return to the Gold. "She's kind of one of those inbetweeners I think - real good in one, and just average in the other," noted Henry, whose choices will be August 7 for the Grassroots or August 10 for Gold, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the second $18,800 division Splurge On Me and driver Bob McClure left strongly from Post 2 and were able to settle in behind fan favourite Snooker as she trotted to fractions of :29.3, 1:00.3 and 1:29.2. Turning for home McClure gave Splurge On Me a clear look at the finish and the filly responded with a kick that propelled her to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:59. Snooker settled for second and Miss Congeniality was well back in third. "She's a very smart filly," said McClure. "She has a good gait and can race any way. She's very handy for a Grassroots filly." The Elora resident drives Splurge On Me for Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. The partners also bred the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge, who finished fifth in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 15. The last Grassroots division went to Delilah Seelster, who spent most of the mile at the back of the pack. Getting away seventh from Post 3, driver Louis Philippe Roy shifted the filly into the outer lane heading for the half but waited to ask for another gear until the field was squared up in the stretch. That gear was a big one however, as Delilah Seelster reeled off a :27.4 final quarter to get a head in front of fan favourite At Will in 2:00.4. Nifty Trick finished third, giving trotting sire Kadabra a sweep of the top three spots. Thursday's appearance was Delilah Seelster's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program; in her only other start she had finished sixth in a July 19 overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park after making a break at the mid-way point. The daughter of Kadabra and Donatos Classic had also made breaks in her first three qualifiers so trainer Richard Moreau was pleasantly surprised with her victory. "I never expected that, so it's a good thing," said the Puslinch resident. "She's two-years-old, she's trying hard, and she has a big heart." Moreau conditions Delilah Seelster for Gestion J. Y. Blais Inc. of Montreal, Quebec, who acquired the filly at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale for $34,000. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their third Grassroots start back at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 7. On Friday, July 27 the Campbellville oval will once again roll out the red carpet for the two-year-old trotting fillies, this time a trio of $67,200 Gold Series divisions, slated as Races 3, 6, and 8. Friday's first race rolls in behind the starting gate at 7:30 pm. From the Quebec Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - July 21, 2018 - The Woodbine Standardbred Jackpot Hi-5 had just a single-winning ticket Saturday for an incredible payout of $426,370.80 (USD). American Wiggle (#6) turned in a career-best effort of 1:49.2 to win the Jackpot Hi-5 race at odds of 7/1. The winner was followed across the line by several longshots, as race-favourite Fool Me Once (#10), who was 3/2, finished ninth. The top-five finishers from Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5 race were as follows: 1st: #6 American Wiggle (7/1) 2nd: #1 Beach House (13/1) 3rd: #9 Bet On Brett (11/1) 4th: #3 Freddy Bear (9/1) 5th: #5 Major Hill (5/2) The single-winning ticket cost just $3, as it was a $3 straight wager 6/1/9/3/5. The carryover entering Saturday's card was $476,868 and had been building since June 18. A total of $96,090 was wagered on Saturday's Jackpot Hi-5. The Jackpot Hi-5 wager requires horseplayers to select the top-five finishers in order. The wager features a $0.20 minimum and a low takeout of 15 per cent. The Hi-5 will now start from scratch on Monday evening's card. McWicked unleashed an incredible :25 final-quarter to capture Saturday’s $34,000 Preferred at Woodbine Mohawk Park. The Casie Coleman trained seven-year-old was returning to the Campbellville oval fresh off a victory in last Saturday’s $471,100 Haughton Memorial at The Meadowlands and riding a three-race win streak, which included a score in the $500,000 Franklin at Pocono. McWicked and driver Bob McClure got away fifth in the field of eight. Nirvana Seelster charged out to grab the lead and got to call the shots, posting sensible fractions of :26.4, :56.4 and 1:24.2. McClure angled out on the far turn to situate second-over and just over four-lengths from the lead at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, McWicked paced up a storm on the outside to reach up and edge Easy Lover Hanover, who enjoyed a two-hole trip, by a neck in 1:50.1. Nirvana Seelster finished third, while Rockin In Heaven was fourth. Owned by SSG Stables, McWicked is now six for eight this season with $574,561 earned. The Coleman trainee is approaching $3 million in career earnings and is currently the top-horse in harness racing’s older pacer division. McWicked’s victory Saturday was his 28th career score. He paid $2.30 to win. Live racing resumes Monday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park with a rookie-filled 12-race card. Monday’s card features 10 Ontario Sires Stakes events for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Entertainment

JULY 18, 2018 - Grand River Raceway hosted its first Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Wednesday evening and local drivers Bob McClure and Doug McNair swept six of the nine Gold and Grassroots divisions. McClure teamed up with trainer Keith Jones of Barrie and owner Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, Ontario to sweep both of the three-year-old trotting colt and gelding Gold divisions. In the first $94,800 split McClure left strongly from Post 3 with Henderson Seelster and settled the colt in second as Sicario sprinted out to a :28 quarter, :58.3 half and 1:28.1 three-quarters. In the stretch McClure sent Henderson Seelster around the tiring pacesetter and the colt powered home to a one and one-quarter length victory in 1:57.2. Heavy favourite Run Director was second and Barney Mac rounded out the top three. "Both of Keith's are really good on a half, he has them set up and good gaited, so half-miles are an advantage to those two for sure," noted McClure. "Henderson can get a bit hot, so the pace didn't slow down very much and when he got out, he really exploded out of the hole, I didn't expect it, but he raced super. I was really happy with him." Henderson Seelster did not race in the Ontario Sires Stakes as a two-year-old, but in three sophomore starts at the Gold Series level the son of Holiday Road has now tallied one seventh, one third and one win. Wednesday's triumph boosted the trotter's lifetime earnings to $102,454. The second $95,600 Gold division saw McClure fire Joey Bats out of Post 6 and control the tempo, laying down fractions of :28.3, 1:00 and 1:29.2 on the way to a two length victory in 1:58. Fan favourite Stormont Ventnor was second and Winning American finished third. "He's a really nice horse to drive," said McClure. "At Woodbine Mohawk (Park), the stretch sometimes gets a little long for him, but he's really good gaited and he's really manageable and, like I say, he gets around a half like a hoop on a barrel, so I expected him to race good today and he did, we were really moving going into that last turn. "He got cheap fractions, which didn't hurt, but he did race really well," the Elora resident added. "Once he got the half in a minute I figured they'd have to do some racing to catch him." Like his stablemate, Holiday Road gelding Joey Bats did not race in the Ontario Sires Stakes last season, but he now has one win, one third and one seventh to his credit through three Gold Series appearances this season, boosting his earnings to $107,140. McClure completed the Ontario Sires Stakes hat trick in the fifth $18,450 two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots division, guiding Royalty Again to her first lifetime win in a 1:59.2 clocking. Favourite Rella Tivity was one-half length back in second and Sugar Shadow, driven by Doug McNair, was third. "She had a lot of racing luck which never hurts," admitted McClure. "It couldn't have worked out any better for her, but when she did get room she paced forward, so you can't knock her, she won." McClure crafted the victory for trainer Leon Mansfield and Antonia Smith of Strathroy, Ontario, who offered up $6,000 for the Royal Mattjesty daughter at last fall's London Selected Yearling Sale. McNair collected his three Ontario Sires Stakes wins in the Grassroots divisions, guiding Bens Jenna, Kylie Seelster and Sports Flix to victory in the first, sixth and seventh splits. Bens Jenna recorded the quickest mile of the seven divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1, one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Ideation Hanover and Paris Rose. Ron Adams of LaSalle conditions the Mach Three daughter for David Kryway of Amherstburg and 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, Ontario, who acquired the filly for $16,000 from the 2017 Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. Kylie Seelster paced home in the second fastest time, fighting off a top-of-the-stretch challenge from Whitehaven Beach to reach the wire two lengths the best in 1:57.4. Favourite Whitehaven Beach settled for second and Karans Choice was third. Gregg McNair of Guelph trains Kylie Seelster for his partner Keith Waples of Puslinch and Dr. Chris Robson of London, Ontario. The trio purchased the filly from the London Selected Yearling Sale last fall for $44,000. "The first filly is a handy little filly and she raced good, that was a good trip," said Doug McNair about Bens Jenna. "The second filly (Kylie Seelster) raced tough. She's been off a couple of weeks, so it was another impressive mile tonight." One race later the McNairs returned to the winner's circle with Sports Flix, who paced home one and one-half lengths ahead of favourite Lady Maya and Southwind Thundra, driven by McClure, in 2:00.3. James Fraleigh of Dresden, Ontario owns the daughter of Sportswriter and $1.3 million winner Moving Pictures, offering up $13,000 for her at the London Selected Yearling Sale. "She's been getting better since her first qualifier (June 29) and she got a good trip tonight," said McNair. "They didn't go as much as the rest, but she got the job done." The other three Grassroots divisions went to Better Now in 1:59.1, Jessicas Legacy in 1:58 and Twin B Friendly in 1:58.3. Heading into the evening's final race, a preferred trot, tied with three wins each, McNair and McClure put on a show for Grand River fans. First and second turning for home, McClure urged favourite Katch Kanna home to a one length victory in 1:59, leaving McNair to settle for second with pacesetter Spartan Victory. "Me and Dougie both had three going into the last. He cut the mile and I got by him late, and I was doing some chirping, I think," said McClure with a chuckle. The two-year-old pacing fillies make their third Grassroots start on August 20 at Woodbine Mohawk Park, while the three-year-old trotting colts will make their fourth Gold Series appearance on August 26 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Grand River Raceway's second Ontario Sires Stakes event is on Monday, August 6, when the third three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots event will be part of the Elora oval's annual Industry Day celebration. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

TORONTO, March 15, 2018 - No harness racing driver has won more races in Canada over the past two seasons than Bob McClure and Thursday night at Woodbine Racetrack saw the young reinsman reach a career-milestone. McClure, 27, steered Princess Jewels to victory in the evening's tenth race to record his 2,000th career driving victory.   A resident of Elora, Ontario, McClure has been racking up the wins and driving titles at tracks throughout Ontario over the last few seasons.   In 2016, McClure won a nation's best 576-races and was named a finalist for the O'Brien Award as Canada's Driver of the Year.   McClure once again topped 500 wins in 2017 with 508 trips to the winner's circle. He also posted a career-high for earnings by driving the winners of over $3.1 million during the 2017 campaign.   The current Woodbine Fall-Winter meet has been a breakout of sorts for McClure, as he has focused more attention on driving regularly at Canada's top harness track.   McClure has amassed 38 wins during the Woodbine Winter-Fall meet and ranks among the track's top-10 drivers.   Woodbine Entertainment would like to congratulate Bob McClure on reaching 2,000 career wins.   Woodbine Communications Office

TORONTO, October 27 - Witch Dali was able to get the better of harness racing stablemate Ms Mac N Cheese to capture Friday's $30,000 Mares Preferred Pace at Woodbine Racetrack. The Richard Moreau trained pacing mares finished first and second, with Witch Dali edging by in deep stretch to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:52. It was just the second win of the season for the six-year-old pacing mare, who was making her 18th start of 2017. Driven for the first-time by Bob McClure, Witch Dali was blasted to the lead in a field of seven and posted a :26.4 opening-panel. Ms Mac N Cheese made a second-quarter move to the lead from third, but didn't clear until reaching the half in :56.1. The leaders did not change positions on the far turn, which set up a stretch duel between the Moreau trainees. Witch Dali powered by on the outside for the victory, which also snapped a three-race win streak for Ms Mac N Cheese. Owned by Brad Grant, Witch Dali has now banked $74,820 this season to bring her career earnings to $423,168. Friday's victory was her 21st career score. A $2 win ticket on Witch Dali returned $6.80. Live harness racing continues Saturday evening at Woodbine Racetrack with the $34,000 Preferred Pace headlining a 10-race card. Post time is 7:30 p.m. Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 4, 2017 - Harness racing drivers Bob McClure and Doug McNair have been attending Industry Day at Grand River Raceway since they were young enough to spend most of the Civic Holiday afternoon in the bouncy castle. "I've been going there every year since I was pretty young, young as I can remember," said 27-year-old McNair, who hails from Guelph-Eramosa Township. "I remember running around with those water buckets, rolling bandages in the bandage contest and stuff like that. It's always a lot of fun there." This Monday, in the 27th edition of the Elora oval's signature event, the pair will be hard at work. Both drivers compete in 10 of the day's 11 races, including three Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for three-year-old pacing colts, the $139,250 Battle of the Belles for Ontario Sired two-year-old pacing fillies and the $200,200 Battle of Waterloo for Ontario Sired two-year-old pacing colts. "I'm very much looking forward to Industry Day. It's the highlight of the Grand River Raceway season and they really put a lot into it, and it shows. Ted Clarke and his team do a great job putting on a great show," said 26-year-old McClure, who is Grand River Raceway's leading driver. "They put together a really great card of racing this year and it's great to be part of it. "I spent many years watching these races from the backstretch, but I'll take the current view just as well," added the Elora resident with a laugh. In the first $18,450 Grassroots event, which will kick off the racing action at 1:30 pm, McClure will steer Three More Smiles from Post 3 while McNair gets All It Takes at Post 7. The $18,800 second division will go postward in Race 5 and the reinsmen will line up side-by-side, McNair at Post 3 with division point leader Dream Of Luck and McClure at Post 4 with the fourth-ranked Oak Island. "I think he'll love a half-mile racetrack because he's so fast off the gate," said McNair of the Camluck gelding he drives for trainer Jeff Gillis of Everett, ON, Mac Nichol of Burlington, ON and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. "He's good gaited. I mean he'll just get beat the odd time at Mohawk, just late in the stretch, so I think a shorter stretch will really help him. I think he looks real good in there." The final Grassroots division, also worth $18,800, is slated as Race 7 and sees McClure at Post 2 with Ugottobinittowinit and McNair at Post 3 with Pickled Preacher. In the Battle of the Belles and Battle of Waterloo McNair has the post position edge with his mounts - Post 3 with Sudden Passing and Post 2 with Southwind Grizzly - but McClure is aboard two elimination winners and looks to have his best chance thus far to win one of his hometown oval's signature events. "Play The Bell was huge in her elimination. She had the eight-hole and got spotted okay, but they went a crawling first half and she came a wicked back half to chase them down, and did it very easy," said McClure of his Battle of the Belles mount, who posted a 1:56.2 clocking in the elimination round. "She's great gaited and very mature. Casie and her team did a great job training her down." McClure will steer Shadow Play daughter Play The Bell from Post 5 for trainer Casie Coleman of Cambridge and her partners in the West Wins Stable of Cambridge, along with Mac Nichol of Burlington and Calhoun Racing Ltd. of Chatham, ON. In the afternoon's finale McClure will also line up at Post 5 with Avalon Hanover, sending the Shadow Play gelding after his second straight win for trainer Dave Menary of Cambridge, ON and his partners Billy Joe Timmins of Birmingham, GB and Anthony Timmins of Wolverhamton, GB. "Avalon Hanover was a big surprise to I think everybody in his elimination, but Dave told me before the race he made some equipment changes and that made him more manageable and, well, the results speak for themselves," said McClure. "Hopefully he has some luck on Monday. If things go well I'd say he has a decent shot." Avalon Hanover stopped the teletimer at 1:54.2 in his first-ever victory, matching the effort of earlier elimination winner Stock. Another Menary trainee, Lucky Sport, won the third elimination in a more sedate 1:56.4. In Monday's final Stock will start from the outside Post 8 while Lucky Sport gets the trailing Post 9. "There's some top notch horses in there I think; some fast horses," said McNair, who finished second by a neck to Lucky Sport with Southwind Grizzly in the elimination round and will be taking a shot at his fourth Battle of Waterloo title in Monday's final. "It should be a fun race." In addition to the racing, Grand River Raceway has an action-packed line-up of trackside activities for fans of all ages. From the bouncy castle, face painting, pony rides and petting zoo in the children's area to the prize table laden with items valued at more than $3,000 there is something for everyone. Doors open at noon, children's activities start at 1 pm and the racing gets under way at 1:30 pm. 10 -- Pace, purse $139,250 (EX, LD, SF, TR) BATTLE OF THE BELLES - FINAL Post time: 04:35 P.M. Lasix: 12:20 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Azure Seelster S Filion J Dupont 8-5 (ShadowPlay/WinbakAlice) 2 Ashlees Sport C Christoforou B Macintosh 10-1 (Sportswriter/AshleesStar) 3 Sudden Passing D Mcnair R Mcnair 5-2 (MachThree/GoldNotSilver) 4 Oxford Comma R Shepherd I Darveau 6-1 (Sportswriter/DemottaBing) 5 Play The Bell B Mcclure C Coleman 3-1 (ShadowPlay/BellBottomPans) 6 Neon Moon J Jamieson J Darling 7-1 (Sportswriter/BeachOfATime) 7 Write Me A Song C Callahan J Darling 10-1 (Sportswriter/SongWriter) 8 Rendezvous Hanover Ja Macdonald B Macintosh 12-1 (Sportswriter/RiverHanover) 9 Lady Ella Ri Zeron Ri Zeron 7-2 (Sportswriter/SpunSugar) AE1 Hey Sweetie S Filion N Harding (MachThree/NaughtyNettieG) AE2 Lady Bubbles Ja Macdonald M Steacy (Sportswriter/MatterOfStyle) 11 -- Pace, purse $200,200 (EX, SF, SH, TR) BATTLE OF WATERLOO - FINAL Post time: 04:58 P.M. Lasix: 12:43 P.M. Horses Entered: 11 1 Burning Midnight Trev Henry C Giles 2-1 (MachThree/Respectednbeloved) 2 Southwind Grizzly D Mcnair T Alagna 3-1 (Sportswriter/GiannaHanover) 3 Simple Kinda Man C Callahan S Mceneny 4-1 (Sportswriter/SorchaBluestone) 4 Taste Of History L Roy R Allard 7-2 (BadlandsHanover/Rafanelli) 5 Avalon Hanover B Mcclure D Menary 4-1 (ShadowPlay/AppleoniaArt) 6 Hudson Phil Ja Macdonald M Steacy 8-1 (ShanghaiPhil/Hazel) 7 Casimir Richie P T Moore Dr I Moore 9-1 (Astronomical/CasimirHugs) 8 Stock S Filion D Fontaine 5-1 (Sportswriter/Whycantiforgetyou) 9 Lucky Sport J Jamieson D Menary 5-2 (Sportswriter/HighIntentions) AE1 Phantom Seelster Trev Henry M Barrieau (MachThree/Pantecostal) AE2 Atomic Seelster D Mcnair Dr I Moore (ShadowPlay/AngelinaSeelster) Full details about Industry Day are available here. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

JULY 28, 2017 - Three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies will serve as the warm-up act on Clinton Raceway's highly anticipated Legends Day harness racing program this Sunday, July 30. Driver Bob McClure will steer one filly in each of the $18,450 Grassroots divisions and will also compete in five other races, but the young reinsman admits the event he is most looking forward to is the program finale, the $15,000 Legends Trot featuring eight of the greatest drivers to ever grace a race bike. "I took myself off Georgian. I wanted to be there to celebrate, not only John Campbell's last drive, but Bill O'Donnell's last drive. All those drivers, as far as intelligence on the racetrack, they're a class above everybody. Just to watch those drivers in one race, it's really exciting to me," said McClure. "So yeah, I took the night off, and I'm going to go down and enjoy it. I think I'm going to look like an idiot running around getting them all to sign my program for me, but you only get one opportunity so I'm going to do it." In between the 1 to 2 pm autograph session with Campbell, O'Donnell, Doug Brown, Steve Condren, Mike Lachance, Dave Miller, Dave Wall and Ron Waples, who will participate in the Legends Trot, and Bud Fritz and Keith Waples, who have retired from active driving duty, and the Legends Trot, McClure will be calling on his own driving smarts, hoping to guide one of his Grassroots mounts to the Clinton winner's circle. The Elora, ON resident will steer Mackenzie O from Post 2 in the first race, Justice Rules from Post 2 in the second and Kant Afford It from Post 4 in the third. McClure has one start behind Mackenzie O, in her first qualifier, and has never driven Justice Rules, but the reinsman is confident that both fillies will be ready for action in their Grassroots debuts. "She qualified just okay," said McClure of Mackenzie O, "But the best thing about her, she's very good gaited so - getting around Clinton with a two-year-old trotter, that's half the battle - hopefully that gives her an upper hand. Anyway, Ben doesn't like racing them unless they're ready so I'm sure she'll be in much better form on Sunday." Guelph, ON resident Ben Baillargeon conditions the daughter of Angus Hall for his partners Santo Vena of Brampton, ON, Nunzio Vena of Bolton, ON and Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, QC. The filly comes into Sunday's first race off a trio of qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Justice Hall daughter Justice Rules has two starts under her belt at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres, where she finished third and fifth for trainer Dany Fontaine of Terrebonne, QC and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. "All I know is every horse I've ever driven for Dany is ready," noted McClure. "She has had some trouble making breaks and he is very capable of correcting any issues they have. He's a really good horseman, especially with trotters." In the third division McClure will steer Kant Afford It, and the driver is hoping they can atone for a loss in the second Grassroots event at Georgian Downs on July 16. "In Georgian there was a lot of stuff happening off the gate, and I wanted to take care of her so I eased her off, and all I ended up doing was getting myself in a whole lot of traffic," McClure recalled. "She never should have been beat in that Grassroots at Georgian, she should have definitely won, I just did not have her in positon at all. So, as long as she can handle the turns, handle the track, I would say she is the one to beat in there, because she's built like a three-year-old and her attitude is like a racehorse. I think she's the best two-year-old trotter I've driven to this point." Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON conditions Kant Afford It for his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The partners also bred the daughter of Kadabra, who was guided through her qualifiers and first Grassroots test by Hall of Famer and Legends Trot reinsman Steve Condren. In addition to the on track action, which gets under way at 1:30 pm, Clinton Raceway has a full slate of trackside activities for fans. The gates open at 11:30 am and there will be a variety of activities for the smallest fans, a CosyCan photo booth, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and a Legends Trot sign contest. A booklet commemorating John Campbell's driving career is free with a program purchase or $5 on its own, and John Campbell t-shirts are also just $5. The afternoon will wrap up with a Pineridge Chicken Barbecue from 4 to 5:30 pm, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the event's charity partner, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Full details, including parking information, are available at "I hear they closed the road off behind the racetrack and put bleachers up, so they must be expecting a huge crowd, and rightly so because it's going to be a great show," said McClure. "There's nowhere better to host something like this than Clinton." OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: Ontario Racing

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, or by visiting or "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

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