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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

Thundering Ovation took top honours at Flamboro Downs in the Boxing Day feature with a wire-to-wire victory over a field of Preferred 2 trotters. Meet leader Billy Davis Jr. steered the homebred Thunder Road mare through fractions of :29, :59.4 and 1:30.3 en route to the 2:01.3 score in the $10,000 trot over the 'good' track for trainer Gerald Sloan and owners Joanne and Courtney Sloan. Money Maven rallied home off cover, but missed by just a head for Daniel O'Brian. Favourite Amigo Loco and Trevor Henry finished third nearly three lengths behind. Thundering Ovation paid $12.10 to win as the 5-1 fourth choice. She earned the third win from 14 starts during her four-year-old campaign while pushing her seasonal earnings to $23,670. For Davis, the win was one of four on the 12-race card. He also picked up victories aboard American Fly and David Menary trainees Torches Angel and Holy Molie Maggie, who ran her win streak up to five. Sophomore pacing filly Foolish Mind ($9.80) converted off a pocket trip to win the $6,500 Fillies & Mares Preferred 3 Pace in 1:59 over pacesetter Mamasaidso and Anthony MacDonald. Bob McClure drove the daughter of I Am A Fool for trainer Sue Marie Gangell, who also co-owns with Barry Charles. Favourite Mc Taylor and Henry finished third. To view Thursday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Thursday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission from www.standardbredcanada.ca 

Grand River Raceway hosted its fifth annual backstretch Open House on Saturday, October 19. Despite dark skies and showers, 156 people of all ages attended for a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. More than $150 was raised at the door for the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society. A full tour of the Open House stations included: a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth with track announcer Gary Guy; the basics of breeding, owning, training, driving and caring for racehorses; a tour of the paddock, testing areas, starting car and track maintenance vehicles; and the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Grand River Raceway extends its sincere appreciation to people who volunteered their time to help with this event, and provided horsepower, including: staff of the Hands On Horses Program (Stacey Reinsma, Natalie Elliott, Ken Ellis), Brian Tropea of the Ontario Harness Horse Association, Kristen Cobb, Kyle Bossence, Paula McGuire, Ken Middleton, Ben Holliday, John Newell, Bob McClure, Caroline Holliday, Gary Guy, Joe Currie, Tom Williams and Debi O'Brien Moran. The Grand River Raceway event is the final Open House of the season presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horse Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Earlier events were staged at The Raceway at Western Fair District, Clinton Raceway and Hanover Raceway. For information about similar upcoming events, visit www.handsonhorsesprogram.com The Hands On Horses Program returns to Grand River Raceway for the track's 2013 season finale on Wednesday, October 30, when fans can win a spin around the track in a double-seated jog cart between the races. For more information about this event: http://grandriverraceway.com/final-race-night-2013/ To view photos from the Grand River Raceway Open House: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.602883986439651.1073741834.127947220599999&type=1&l=7b7fe3528f by Kelly Spencer for Grand River Raceway  

Clinton Raceway is getting set for its annual Charity Drivers Challenge on closing day, Sunday, September 29, and this year’s event will have a different twist. The Challenge usually pits the top four drivers from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit against the top four reinsmen from Clinton. However, for the first time ever, the challenge date will conflict with the Grand Circuit races in Lexington, Kentucky, meaning most of WEG’s top drivers will be there competing. Clinton management has opted to switch back to purely local challenge this year with the top eight dash-winning drivers being invited to take part. “It is too bad we had to change the format, but on the other hand, change is sometimes a good thing,” said Racing Manager Ian Fleming. “It also showcases our local guys who have been here all season and this year’s driving colony is one of the strongest we’ve ever had here.” Today's race card determined the top eight drivers to take part in the Challenge in a battle right down to the wire. Top drivers, based on dash winning drives, include Billy Davis Jr., Trevor Henry, Anthony MacDonald, James MacDonald, Bob McClure, Bruce Richardson, Ryan Holliday, and J Harris, who secured the final spot over Lorne House with one win on the card. The top two drivers were involved in a spill in Sunday's second race, but Davis Jr. said he is hoping to return to the sulky on Monday after suffering minor injuries to his leg and "will be at Clinton next Sunday with bells on." Henry was back in the bike for Sunday evening's Grand River Raceway program. This year will mark the 33rd year that Clinton has hosted the Drivers Challenge and the third time that it has been held as a fundraising effort for Childcan, an organization which supports families who are dealing with childhood cancer diagnosis. In the past, the Challenge has raised more than $250,000 for local charities, local clubs and organizations. “It just makes events like this that much more special when you get benefit a great cause at the same time and I can’t think of a better one than Childcan,” explained Fleming. As part of the day’s activities there will be a Twoonie Auction, Silent Auction, Barbecue and Bake Sale with all proceeds going towards Childcan. First post on closing day is 1:30 p.m. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Clinton Raceway. reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca)

Clinton, September 21, 2013 -- Clinton Raceway is getting set for its annual Charity Drivers Challenge on closing Day, Sunday, September 29 and this year’s event will have a different twist. The Challenge usually pits the top four drivers from the WEG circuit against the top four reinsmen from Clinton. However, for the first time ever, the challenge date will conflict with the Grand Circuit races in Lexington, Kentucky, meaning most of WEG’s top drivers will be there competing. Clinton management has opted to switch back to purely local challenge this year with the top eight dash-winning drivers – following this Sunday’s program – being invited to take part. “It is too bad we had to change the format but, on the other hand, change is sometimes a good thing,” said Racing Manager Ian Fleming. “It also showcases our local guys who have been here all season and this year’s driving colony is one of the strongest we’ve ever had here.” Today's race card is needed to determine the top eight, it's a battle right down to the wire. Top driver's, based on dash winning drives include, Billy Davis Jr., Trevor Henry, Anthony MacDonald, James MacDonald, Bob McClure, Bruce Richardson and Ryan Holliday. Currently J. Bradley Harris and Lorne House are tied for the 8th and final spot. "This could make for a little excitement and entertainment on today's race card" states Jessica Carnochan, Marketing Manager at Clinton Raceway. "We'll keep fans updated as the day progresses, both on track and through our social media outlets."  This year will mark the 33rd year that Clinton has hosted the Driver Challenge and the third time that it has been held as a fundraising effort for Childcan, an organization which supports families who are dealing with Childhood Cancer diagnosis. In the past, the Challenge has raised more than $250,000 for local charities, local clubs and organizations. “It just makes events like this that much more special when you get benefit a great cause at the same time and I can’t think of a better one than Childcan,” explained Fleming. As part of the day’s activities there will be a Twoonie Auction, Silent Auction, Barbecue and Bake Sale with all proceeds going towards Childcan. First post on closing day is 1:30 p.m. and for more information, visit www.clintonraceway.com. by Jessica Carnochan for Clinton Raceway  

INNISFIL, ON — Ontario’s exciting three-year-old pacing colts sweep into Georgian Downs on Saturday, July 27 for six Grassroots divisions and local colt Champagne Phil will be looking for his second victory on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit. Champagne Phil posted a 1:52.4 personal best in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack and will be looking to replicate that effort from Post 2 in the fourth $15,000 division on Saturday. In eight sophomore starts Champagne Phil has posted two wins, with his other victory coming over the Georgian Downs oval on July 6. Competing against non-winners of three races, the Shanghai Phil son and driver Brad Forward logged a 1:53.4 triumph. Kenneth Oliver conditions Champagne Phil for ICR Racing of Pefferlaw. Joining Champagne Phil on the gate in the fourth division is Rude Boy, who faded to seventh in the season opener after suffering broken equipment. The Armbro Deuce gelding will be looking to atone for that result from Post 3 at Georgian Downs. Michael Sinclair trains Rude Boy for Rosemary Shelswell of Cookstown, Steve Organ of Aurora and Guy Beaulieu of Chelmsford. Through 12 starts this season the gelding has tallied two wins and two seconds. Trainer Gary Kingshott gave Stonebridge Adam a test run over the Georgian Downs oval on July 20 and the colt delivered a 1:55.2 victory. The Stonebridge Regal son was a winner in the Grassroots season opener, laying down a personal best 1:53. Bob McClure will steer Stonebridge Adam from Post 5 in the tenth race for Rockwood resident Kingshott and his partners Shannon Bennett of Toronto, Gregory Kingshott of Rockwood and Terence Molony of Mississauga. The three-year-old pacing colts will wage their Grassroots battles in Races 2, 3, 4, 6, 9, and 10 on Saturday evening, with Georgian Downs sending its first race behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm. For complete entries click here Ontario Sires Stakes

Voting closes Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 a.m. (EST) for the best guest announcer in Grand River Raceway's FROM BIKE TO MIC series. The initiative put 16 drivers, trainers and track personnel in the announcer's booth during Grand River Raceway's Fun & Frivolity Friday Night harness racing cards.

Orangevill (Ontario) harness racing driver Bob McClure remained cool under pressure tonight with a tough field in his announcing debut on From Bike To Mic McClure was Grand River Raceway's newest guest announcer during its Fun & Frivolity Friday Night card of July 6.

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