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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    

Elora, ON --- A total of seven $16,740 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series divisions for 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers were featured on Monday night (July 21) at Grand River Raceway and they saved the fastest split for last as Single White Sock toured the half-mile oval in 1:56. With Scott Coulter at the lines, Single White Sock was in front through fractions of :27.4, :58, and 1:27.3. Single White Sock turned away a big three-wide bid by Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) past three-quarters, and he then kicked clear in the lane to prevail by 2-1/4 lengths. Twin B Scandal wound up second with Pan Street USA (Bob McClure) back in third. It was the second win in three starts for Single White Sock, a Badlands Hanovercolt trained by Barry Treen for owner Len Gamble. Tanya Prescott bred Single White Sock, who was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale. Single White Sock, an earner of $17,281, is the fifth foal out of the Apaches Fame mare Love You Dear, making him a half-brother to millionaire and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Ramegade Bruiser. Camluck, the long-time stalwart sire of the Ontario Sires Stakes program, had a pair of winners with Big Moment winning the second division in 1:56.1 with Alfie Carroll handling the driving assignment and Mike's Powerhouse picking up a 1:56.4 victory in the third section for driver Trevor Henry. Big Moment broke his maiden in his second attempt for trainer Bob McIntosh, who also bred the colt with CSX Stables. McIntosh and partner Max Newham own Big Moment, the fourth foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Breathtacular. Breathtacular is related to two six-figure earners in Breathdefying and Lucky Encounter. Mike's Powerhouse, who is out of the Artsplace mare Michelle's Jackpot, making him a full brother to the likes of 2012 Little Brown Jug champion and millionaire Michael's Power and millionaire Michelle's Power, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner-breeder Jeff Snyder. Mike's Powerhouse was victorious at first asking after finishing fourth and first in two qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Coleman was right back in the winner’s circle in the next race after Mike's Powerhouse’s victory as her Sportskeeper (Jody Jamieson) romped to a an 8-1/4 length decision in 1:56.3. Coleman also bred and co-owns Sportskeeper, a Sportswriter colt, with partner Merlin Howse. Sportskeeper, who was also making the initial start of his racing career, is the third foal out of the Nuclear Flash mare Keeper Flying, which means Sportskeeper is a half-brother to former Ontario Sires Stakes competitor Keepers Destiny (Intrepid Seelster, $702,855). Sportswriter had another siring credit with Half A Billion, who was a 1:57.3 victor in the sixth Grassroots flight. Mike Saftic drove the colt for trainer Marcel Barrieau. Half A Billion is a homebred for the Hudson Standardbred Stable and he is a perfect two-for-two in his career and in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series competition. Half A Billion, the fifth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Racey Miss, is a half-brother to multiple OSS winner Racey Miss ($214,571) and Petite Courageuse ($195,733). Also picking up victories were: Bridge Of Stone, a Stonebridge Regal-Dreamlands Sachi (Western Hanover) gelding, who halted the clock in 1:57.3 for driver Scott Coulter, trainer Carmen Auciello, and owners Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello. He has won both of his Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series tries The Fire Within, a gelding by Whosurboy and out of the Big Towner mare Mollie Hanover. The half-brother to Illusionist ($893,246) picked up his second win from three attempts for driver Jody Jamieson and breeder/owner/trainer Fred Drouillard. The next time the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will be in action is August 15 at Mohawk Racetrack. For full results of Monday’s night’s events, click here. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Driver Bob McClure capped off a big night at Grand River Raceway with five-year-old trotting gelding Six Bax winning the $7,000 Preferred 3 over favourite Zorgwijk Jock. It was one of McClure's four winner on the evening. The young catch-driver pulled second choice Six Bax ($7.30) from the pocket in the stretch and got by Zorgwijk Jock for the quarter-length victory 1:58 flat. Radical Dreamer rounded out the top three finishers five and a half lengths behind. To view the rest of the story click here.

Mopey Corey prevailed in a three-across finish in Sunday's featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Handicap Trot at Georgian Downs. Driver Bob McClure moved 8-1 shot Mopey Copey from the pocket and collared pacesetter Justasmalltowngirl (Scott Young) at the wire in 1:56.1 with Money Maven (Daniel O'Brian) sprinting into the win photo. The eight-year-old Southwind Lustre gelding earned his 30th career win (and sixth this year). Sent postward as the second longest shot on the board, he returned $19.60 to his backers at the betting windows. Thomas Riley trains the winner for Amanda Riley of Roseneath, Ont. Fantastic Flirt, one of two mares in the field and the longest shot in the race, pulled off a 25-1 upset in the $7,000 Preferred 3 as she rallied home from the backfield to win in a new lifetime mark of 1:57.1 for driver Jonathan Drury and trainer Brenda Lane. The six-year-old CR Excalibur mare paid $53.50 to win.

Ted Yates, from the Morning Show on Oldies 1150 CKOC, joined Flamboro Downs' Gary Guy in the announcer booth to call the third race as the track's Announcer Idol competition continued on Sunday evening. Stephen Morton's Pasta Vera ($5.30) made up a 10 length deficit in the final lap of the third race to win in 1:58.2 for brothers Robert and Patrick Shepherd. "And flying now is Pasta Vera and Pasta Vera has passed them all!" called Yates with assistance from Guy while Shepherd sent the five-year-old pacer wide from the backfield to take over command down the backstretch. "Look at that lead! Pasta Vera is going to win," said Yates as the leading horse opened up down the stretch. "Close for second, they're all there for second!" There was a five-across battle for the runner-up honours five lengths behind the winner. Pacesetter War Boots and Tyler Moore held on for second while Grissini and James MacDonald rounded out the top three finishers. The career-best win was Pasta Vera's third in a row over a span of nine days since shipping to Ontario. Andrew Gerrior from FreshFM 95.3 will take the mic for next Sunday's edition of Announcer Idol. The competition continues through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality calling the third race every Sunday night. Fans and patrons will get to vote for their favourite race call on the Flamboro Downs website and the winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. Sunday night's featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace was won by the repeating Nothingbutmach ($5.40), who fought off My Man Charley and Jody Jamieson for the 1:55.4 victory. Phil Hudon drove the winner for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Debbie Element. Web Cam and Scott Coulter finished third. Gaetan Hebert's homebred pacer Live And Learn ($7.30) won the $7,000 Preferred 3 in 1:57.2 with Bob McClure aboard. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Repriinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

Flamboro Downs' Announcer Idol competition continued on Sunday night with Ted Michaels, Afternoon News Anchor for CHML 900AM, invading the announcer's booth for the third race. Driven by J.R. Plante, favourite Phillips Seelster ($3.20) romped to a nine length victory in 1:58 over the snow covered track in the fourth edition of Announcer Idol with Michaels giving the play-by-play. "No question here that Phillips Seelster is going to get the victory," called Michaels as the pacers turned for home with 'Phillips' leading by a widening six lengths. "The question now, who finishes in second and third position?" Twelve-year-old Strong Cam and Bob McClure were the best of the rest while Ziggy Sky and Lyle MacArthur rallied from last to show. Phillips Seelster earned his third win in a row. The three-year-old Camluck colt is trained by Patrick Shepherd and owned by Margo Fisher of Fredericton, N.B. Announcer Idol continues through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality taking the mic for the third race every Sunday night. At the end of March, fans and patrons will vote for their favourite race call on the Flamboro Downs website and the winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. The February line up includes Laura Leigh Groppo (105.7 EZ Rock), Jason Portuondo (CHCH TV), Ted Yates (Oldies 1150 CKOC), and Andrew Gerrior (FreshFM 95.3). In other action, favourite Nothingbutmach ($3) and driver Phil Hudon went wire-to-wire to win the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace in 1:56.3. The Corey Johnson trainee held off fellow Mach Three son Mach It Big by a head for owner Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ont. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

With Bill Toffan, Morning Show Host at KX 94.7, a late scratch sick from the Announcer Idol line-up, his co-host Melissa Forsyth drew in off the Also Eligible list to call the evening's third race as part of Flamboro Downs' Announcer Idol competition on Sunday night. Random Scandal ($11.20) was last at the half, but driver Trevor Henry maneuvered the four-year-old mare through rivals down the backstretch and fanned wide around the final turn en route to her first career win in 2:04.3 over the 'good' track, which was rated three seconds off. "Random Scandal took that from behind!" called a surprised Forsyth at the finish. "Holy smokes! Where did Random Scandal come from? That was scandalous." The winner is trained by Andrew McCabe for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. Badlands Princess and Tyler Moore finished half a length behind in second while Three Handbags and Anthony Haughan were third.   Strong Cam ($20) also scored a maiden-breaking victory on Sunday's card...at the age of 12 years old. Driven by Bob McClure for trainer Terry McCormick and owner/breeder Thomas Hughes, the Strong Clan gelding held on by a head to win the ninth race in 2:01. Strong Cam began his career at the Port Perry fair last September before racing at Grand River Raceway and Flamboro Downs. He earned cheques in all 10 of his 2013 races with his first win coming three starts into the new year. Henry dominated the 12-race card winning five times. In addition to driving Random Scandal, he won with Panedictine ($4.80), Cashem In ($4.90), In Dinos Pocket ($6.20) and Preferred 3 pacer Thats The Life ($4.70). Announcer Idol continues every Sunday through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality stepping into the announcer's booth to call the third race on the card. At the end of March, fans and patrons will have their say by visiting the Flamboro Downs website to vote for their favourite race call. The winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. Ted Michaels, Afternoon News Anchor at CHML 900AM, will take over the announcer's booth for race three next Sunday, January 26. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca 

The sixth race on Flamboro Downs' Saturday afternoon card of harness racing was declared a 'No Contest' following an accident involving two horses in the first turn. Leaving from post two, Carsons Cracker fell going into the turn unseating trainer/driver Doug Bowins, who tumbled away from the impending collision. Inside starter After The Fame was following behind and piled over top of the fallen horse, also dumping driver Bob McClure from his sulky. Both horses were up on their feet immediately after the incident and ran loose with Carsons Cracker turning to run in the opposite direction before wandering into the infield, prompting the rest of the starters to pull up due to safety concerns. The race was declared a 'No Contest' and all pari-mutuel tickets were refunded. Officials from Flamboro Downs stated via Twitter that both drivers were stiff and sore, but otherwise okay. McClure returned to the sulky in the following race while Bowins did not have any other drives on the program. The track was rated 'good' with a one second variant. To view Saturday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Saturday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca 

It started at a very young age, spending time with his cousin on the family farm working and racing horses. By the age of 12, Bob McClure knew being a harness driver was his career of choice.   Sure, as he matured and grew, Bob had a contingency plan of working in the construction industry, but only if he had to, not because he wanted to. Bob wanted to be a top flight harness driver and so far he is working hard achieving his goal. Bob is a third generation horseman, and his uncle Jim McClure is another top harness driver in Ontario amassing over 4000 wins throughout his career. Certainly Bob will one day pass his uncle's win total and further adding to the legacy of the McClure family. "I am the type of person to never sit still." says Bob. "I always keep myself busy and anything I do, I like to do it well". One can attest to that as Bob has raced at 11 different raceways, (Meadowlands, Sarnia, Flamboro, Grand River, Hanover, Clinton to name a few), and he is only 23. His passion for harness racing has increased over the years and nothing bigger was when Bob won his first race at Meadowlands. "It's been the biggest time of my life, Southwind Vavoom was a strong horse and when I pulled the plugs going into the stretch, the horse took off." "As the wire drew near and we crossed the finish I saw Tim Tetrick right beside me, I couldn't believe it, we won by a nose. I was so pumped when we got to the winners circle, it's a feeling I will never forget" What a win to have by the age of 20. "Looking back at the time, I didn't appreciate the horse. I was a new driver making mistakes, but no matter what I did, Southwind Vavoom knew what to do." It's a definite learning opportunity Bob had and now it seems with every race, he appreciates all of it more and more. The horses, fellow drivers, the words of wisdom passed on to him from his uncle Jim. "My uncle always told me to be positive and give off positivity, never be negative. Sometimes you have a bad race, but you need to get over it and do your best. As well, I always want to tell the trainers and (patrons) that I tried my best. We race horses and I do my best to put them in the proper positions to win." Sometimes Bob admits it's hard to get over tough races, he ponders about possible mistakes and how he could have handled the situation differently. It shows he's a man of good conscious, in today's era where many people shrug things off and blame others, it is mightily refreshing to hear someone admit to a mistake yet in the same breath you know it was made in good faith and with positive intentions. We all live ....we all learn. As a new driver, even though Bob comes from a horse racing family, he still has to work for it. "As the new kid on the block (in the driver's lounge), you have to stand up for yourself and not let anyone push you around. At times there are feuds, but we get over it quick. We race horses, not each other, so there is a mutual respect between drivers." If by chance Bob is not having a good night at the races, you can anticipate him throwing out his goggles and gloves, even if they are new. Bob openly says he is superstitious, "If I have a new pair of goggles, gloves or even a whip and I am not winning, I will throw them all out. Even getting to Flamboro I have a route that I always take. There's several ways to get there, but I have to go my way." If not, he agrees he will be "upset all night". What is Bob's path for 2014? "To be a top 10 driver at Flamboro. The last three months of 2013 was unbelievable, I had some powerful stables behind me and it really helped my career. To be a top ten driver at Flamboro is difficult. There are 10 good drivers sitting on the couch for every race. It has to be one of the strongest driving colonies outside of Mohawk/Woodbine." There is no doubt in my mind, in the near future when looking at a race program at Mohawk, you will see the name 'Bob McClure' listed to drive horses in stake races. Meadowlands was where he won his first 'big' race, but who knows, he could be the winning driver of the Hambletonian in 2015, or 2016 or both. The possibilities are endless and when you see someone who has so much drive and passion for what they love, it only leads to great things, wonderful memories and milestones. by Roderick Balgobin for the Supernova Sports Club www.supernovasportsclub.com   Twitter: @ScSupernova        

Kashs Caviar pulled off a mild 8-1 upset in winning Flamboro Downs' featured $6,500 Preferred 3 Trot off the claim for trainer and co-owner Craig Yates on a frigid Thursday evening. With Robert Shepherd catch-driving, Kashs Caviar braved temperatures of 18 degrees below zero as he trotted off to a 2:01.1 victory over the 'good' track rated three seconds slow. Favourite Lakefield and Trevor Henry worked their way to the front of the eight-horse field into a :29-second opening quarter and proceeded to lead to the half in 1:00 flat. But Shepherd made his move aboard Kashs Caviar from sixth at the midway mark and took over command down the backstretch, reaching three-quarters in 1:30.3. The 8-1 fourth choice then drew off to win by more than four lengths in 2:01.1. Kashs Caviar paid $18.20 to win. Lakefield faded to fourth behind the late-charging Euro Classic (Per Henriksen) and Chewey (Bob McClure). The seven-year-old SJs Caviar gelding was claimed for $15,000 in his last start on Dec. 19 at Woodbine Racetrack by the Paris, Ont. based Yates and Marilyn Horner of Aurora, Ont. The 2011 Frank Ryan champion earned his 17th career win and lifted his bankroll to $411,072. Shepherd also won the following race with Bud Sinclair's four-year-old pacer Phil Your Boots ($5.90) to sweep the late Daily Double. To view Thursday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Thursday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca

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