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Considering Bob McIntosh has been training for 48 years, and considering he is tied with Ron Burke for second place among harness racing trainers in Breeders Crown wins, one almost has to heed McIntosh's statement about filly trotter Only Take Cash as a warning. "This one's kind of special," said McIntosh, whose 16 Breeders Crown victories place him behind only Jimmy Takter. McIntosh realizes, however, that it's unknown how "special" will translate on the track in Saturday's Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old filly trotters at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Only Take Cash is in the first of the two $25,000 eliminations, where she is the 3-1 second choice on the morning line behind 2-1 favorite Evident Beauty. When Dovescry is the 9-5 favorite in the second elimination. The top five finishers from each elim advance to the $500,000 final Oct. 26 at Mohawk. Evident Beauty edged Only Take Cash by half a length in September's Elegantimage Stakes at Mohawk while The Ice Duchess won the Dr. Harry M. Zweig Memorial. "Evident Beauty sat on (Only Take Cash's) back and just nailed us at the wire," McIntosh said about the Elegantimage. "When you race against the good ones it just comes down to the trip sometimes. I don't see anybody in the field just that dominant. It looks like a pretty close race to me. There's some very, very nice horses in there." McIntosh feels Only Take Cash is right up there with the best of them. She has won 15 of 19 career races, earned $648,561, and is a two-time Ohio Sire Stakes champion. This year she has hit the board in all 10 starts with seven wins and $376,421 in earnings. The homebred filly, by Cash Hall out of Armbro Affair, is owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, Dave Boyle, and Marv Chantler's Mardon Stables. "She's been amazing," McIntosh said. "She hasn't had that many starts but she's come up big every start. She's just been a dream come true. She's been special from day one and has a good attitude. She had an amazing 2-year-old year and this year just as good." The trainer is especially impressed by her gait and her grittiness. "She's not big, but she has no wasted motion in her gait," he said. "The biggest thing about her is, she'll give you 120 percent. She wants to win. You can't train that into them. They're either born with it or not." The best news for McIntosh is how Only Take Cash looks heading into the race. "I trained her a little bit this morning and she was as sharp as she can be," he said on Thursday. "When I came in this morning I was very pleased. She's healthy, she's sound, ready to go. The rest is up to her and the driver. It's just going to come down to trips, but I couldn't be happier with how she's going into it -- knock on my wooden head she stays healthy." If she gets the trips her trainer wants, McIntosh could add to his Breeders Crown wins, which is a source of pride for him. "I was in front for a while and then Jimmy came along," said McIntosh, who is in the U.S. Harness Racing Hall of Fame and Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. "But it's been a great series for me. I love the Breeders Crown. It all comes down to the Breeders Crown, and I think that's a good thing. It's at the end of the year, you're going against the best, and if you can pull that one off you stamp yourself as one of the best of the year." Racing begins at 7:10 p.m. (EDT) Saturday at Mohawk. The card features Breeders Crown eliminations for 3-year-old male and female trotters and pacers plus older female trotters. Eliminations were unnecessary for the Open Trot, Open Pace and Mare Pace. For complete entries, click here. Breeders Crown eliminations for 2-year-olds are tonight, with a 7:50 p.m. post time. For entries, click here. By Rich Fisher, for the Breeders Crown    

ELORA, ON - SEPT. 9, 2019 - Driver Trevor Henry and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to win two of five Grassroots harness racing divisions at Grand River Raceway on Monday evening. Henry and McIntosh captured the first $23,150 two-year-old pacing filly division with Miss L A, who powered up the outer lane to take on early leader Tuggingoncredit and then dug in down the stretch to hold off fan favourite Queso Relleno and Trizzle Trazzle. Miss L A won her Grassroots debut by half a length in 1:56.4. "She's a great big filly. She's kind of like a six foot six kid in Grade 8, and I look for her to be much better next year, but she's improving every start, so who knows what might happen this fall," said McIntosh of the daughter of Bettors Delight and West Of L A. "She's a big filly - she's going to be over 16 hands - and kind of rangy. Once she gets muscle on that frame, then she's going to be serious. I hope so anyway." "She definitely will be better next year, but if she can get some points in the next one (Grassroots), she will definitely be tough in the Semis," added Arthur, On resident Henry, who padded his lead in the Lampman Cup race for the leading driver in the Ontario Sires Stakes program with Monday's driving double. McIntosh shares ownership of Miss L A with Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Deo Volente Farms LLC and Cool Cat Racing Inc. of Flemington, NJ. The Hall of Fame horseman also bred Miss L A and her illustrious siblings; Somewhere in L A and L A Delight, who have both amassed $1.7 million in their racing careers, and current three-year-old Ontario Sires Stakes star Sunny Dee. "She's different than the rest of her siblings," noted the Windsor, ON resident. "It's hard to think of what she's going to do, because she's got a big motor, I just think she'll be a better three-year-old." After settling for second with So Delightful in the second division, won by Coco Beach De Vie and driver Jody Jamieson in 1:57, Henry and McIntosh were back in the winner's circle with Even Louder. Starting from Post 1 Henry sent Even Louder straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :56 and 1:26 on their way to a 1:57 personal best. Fan favourite Ms Brampton Beast was one length back in second and Chasethecloudsaway rounded out the top three. "The thing with that filly, she's maybe not the fastest filly in Canada, but she's the most honest filly. And Trevor gave her a hell of a drive, because he had them all kind of where he wanted them at the three-quarter pole. That was a great drive," said McIntosh, who bred and owns the daughter of Thinking Out Loud. "When he hit the half in :56 I went 'Whoa', but he got the next quarter in 30 seconds and he had them all stacked up and where he wanted them," the trainer continued. "She's the most honest filly you'd ever draw a line over, she's really good that way and super gaited, good mannered, but great drive too." Mach My Kiss and driver Doug McNair delivered the quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, tracking Mystic Shadow through fractions of :27.1, :56.2 and 1:25.1 before zipping up the passing lane to a one-half length victory in 1:55. Mystic Shadow settled for second and Wiggle Delight was six lengths behind the leaders in third. Monday's outing was Mach My Kiss's debut at the Grassroots level after three starts with the Gold Series fillies and trainer Robert Fellows is hoping the Mach Three daughter can deliver another strong effort in the last regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 20 to finish among the top 20 point earners and advance to the post season. "She did nothing wrong all the way down, trained good, and then I started her in the Gold and that teased me, because she finished third in the first one and I left her there for a couple," said Fellows. "Now I've got to hope I can get some points in the last two here, just to try and salvage her year. She's a nice little filly." The Rockwood, ON resident trains Mach My Kiss for his wife Yolanda Fellows and Erna Corbeil of Beaumont, AB. Jody Jamieson piloted Coco Beach De Vie to her 1:57 win in the second division for trainer Daryl Roberts and owners Walter and Ruth Ann Parkinson of Lucan and Rachel Roberts of Dorchester, ON. The win was the Sunshine Beach daughter's first and Jamieson said she is finally delivering on the promise she showed when he drove her in qualifying action in June. "Daryl has been really patient with her," said Jamieson. "She was real quick in June and needed most of July to learn to handle the speed. Tonight she raced tough and rewarded Daryl for his patience." The other Grassroots division went to Siochan, who captured her first lifetime victory with a 1:55.2 effort for driver Paul MacKenzie and owner-trainer Deb O'Brian Moran of Carlisle, ON. Lady Natasha finished one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Century Gianna was well back in third. Grand River Raceway will wrap up its 2019 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Monday, Sept. 23 with the fourth Gold Series event for the two-year-old trotting colts. Complete results from Monday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0909grvrn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Woodbine Mohawk Park hosted the two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals on Thursday and the youngsters put on a tremendous show for fans, with five of the eight races decided by less than one length. The two-year-old trotting colts set the tone in the first $20,000 contest as the division's point leaders A Royal Line and Royale Elite battled tooth and nail down the stretch. A Royal Line had controlled the tempo for much of the race and Royale Elite appeared to have him beat at the top of the stretch, but A Royal Line fought back and put a head in front as the trotters reached the wire in 1:59. Favourite LA Magic was three lengths behind the leaders in third and Northern Tailwind and Fitzgibbons also advanced to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship. "I thought A Royal Line fought hard, he was beat and he come back," said trainer Bob McIntosh. "I was pretty proud of him." The Windsor resident bred and owns the son of Royalty For Life and Direct Dial with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and Mardon Stables of Loretto, Ontario and Paul MacDonell piloted the gelding to his fourth lifetime win. McIntosh, who watched the Semi-Finals from his vehicle on the way home from the Little Brown Jug in Delaware, Ohio, had reason to celebrate again following the second trotting colt Semi-Final. With Phil Hudon filling in for the scheduled Bob McClure, Judge Ken got away sharply from Post 7 and rang up fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:27.3 on the way to a 1:57.4 score. Priceless Ruler finished one-half length back in second and favourite Cousin Peter was hot on his heels in third. LMC Picasso and Lariat Seelster also advanced to next weekend's final. "Pretty proud of both colts, they were gritty, they were good," said McIntosh, who bred and owns the son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken in partnership with Boyle and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. "It's been a good year. Hopefully we can finish it off with a bang." McIntosh's trotting fillies Splurge On Me and Nifty Trick also advanced to the Championship. Splurge On Me made an early break leaving from Post 10, but recovered to finish fifth behind heavy favourite At Will, who stopped the teletimer at 1:58.1. Eramosa Magic was three and three-quarter lengths back in second, Galaxy Seelster was third and P L Molly fourth. Sylvain Filion piloted the Kadabra daughter At Will to the win for trainer Julie Walker of Carlisle and her partners, breeder Layhoon Chan Brunner of Etobicoke and Ronald Piers of Georgetown, Ontario. Nifty Trick finished second to Rebellious Lady, who sprinted down the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.1. Royaltys Pearl was third and Pyrrha and Luckyjohanna completed the top five. Scott Young crafted the win for his father, trainer Bob Young, and owner Hugh Fitzpatrick of Guelph, Ontario. "She's always a complete pro," said the driver, who was making his first-ever appearance in the post-season winner's circle. "She always shows up and does her job. For a two-year-old Angus Hall filly, she's a pleasure to drive." The pacing filly divisions went to Freya Seelster and Jessicas Legacy, who both started from Post 1 with James MacDonald in the race bike. Freya Seelster took command before the :56.3 half and opened up a gap on the field heading by the 1:25.2 three-quarters that runner-up Free Exchange was unable to close. The fan favourite hit the wire three-quarters of a length the best in 1:53.1. Sports Flix was third, Whitehaven Beach fourth and Saulsbrook Jessie fifth. Mark Steacy trains Sunshine Beach daughter Freya Seelster for Katherine Steacy of Lansdowne, Shawn Steacy and Guy Haskell of Guelph, Ontario and Bertrand Gilhespy Stable of Edmonton, Alberta. Of the six freshmen Steacy started in Thursday's Semi-Finals, Freya Seelster was one of four that qualified for the Championships. Jessicas Legacy enjoyed a pocket trip behind Lady Driver, stepping out in the stretch to claim the one and one-quarter length victory in 1:53.3. Favourite Shadow Sparks was second, Twin B Friendly third, Lady Driver settled for fourth and Buckingham was fifth. MacDonald crafted the win for trainer Anthony Beaton and owner-breeder Robert Hamather of Exeter, Ontario. Chanting Hanover mounted a late charge to win the first $20,000 pacing colt and gelding Semi-Final, which saw less than two lengths separate the top six horses. The Sportswriter son and driver Louis Philippe Roy hit the wire in 1:54.1, one half length ahead of The First Step and B Stoney. Mo Bettor was third and Ahi and Sports Hero finished in a dead heat for fifth. Repentigny, Quebec resident Colin Johnson trains Chanting Hanover for Paul Johnson of Durham, England, and William Greenhorn and Andrew Dick of Stirling, Scotland. The final honour of the evening went to fan favourites Century Farroh and driver Sylvain Filion, who powered to the front early and held on for a three-quarter length victory over Wager On Me. JMs Delight was third, Boys Turn fourth and Maintenance Man fifth. Dr. Ian Moore trains the pacing colt for Ratchford Stable NS of North Sydney, Nova Scotia and says the Ratchfords may not recognise the son of Mach Three when they arrive for next weekend's Championship. "He's grown a lot. He (Dave Ratchford) won't even know him when he sees him. He was just an average-sized colt when he came and now he's a nice, good-sized muscular colt, really solid, so we like him pretty good," said Moore of Century Farroh. "So hopefully he stays good for at least one more week." The top five finishers from each two-year-old Semi-Final will be back at Woodbine Mohawk Park next Saturday, Sept. 29 for the Grassroots Championships. They will be joined by the three-year-olds, who compete in their Semi-Finals at the Campbellville oval on Friday evening. The three-year-olds will battle in Races 2 through 7, 9 and 10 on the Friday evening program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

Trainer Bob McIntosh will start a quartet of custom-made harness racing trotters in Thursday's two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals at Woodbine Mohawk Park, qualifying A Royal Line and Judge Ken in the trotting colt division and Splurge On Me and Nifty Trick in the trotting filly category. A Royal Line finished the regular season with a record of three wins in four Grassroots starts, good enough for second in the point standings, with Judge Ken not far behind in fourth. Splurge On Me leads the trotting fillies into the Semi-Final with a record of two wins in five starts for 133 points, and Nifty Trick comes in tied for fourteenth. In addition to being trained by the Hall of Fame horseman, all four youngsters were also bred by McIntosh and his partners. "I don't know, it's just, it happened," said McIntosh of this year's success in the freshman trotting ranks. "When I breed them all and they come out of the field, that's what you get, you've got to deal with them. I don't get to go to the sale and pick out the best ones. Whatever comes out of the field is it. "But I'm still open for business if somebody wants to send me some store-bought ones," he added with a laugh. In rein to Guelph resident Paul MacDonell, A Royal Line will kick off Thursday's Semi-Final action in the second race, lining up at Post 2, alongside division point leader Royale Elite who will start from Post 1. "I like my colt," said McIntosh, who shares ownership of A Royal Line with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and Mardon Stables of Loretto, Ontario. "He's got a great personality and a great attitude and a great gait. I'm not saying we can beat the other horse, but he'll make a good account of himself. I think it will be a good match up." Both sons of Royalty For Life, A Royal Line and Royale Elite head into Thursday's test from the Sept. 12 Grassroots event at Grand River Raceway. Royale Elite was an easy 2:02.4 winner in his division, while A Royal Line finished third to LA Magic in a 2:01.2 mile. Ninth-ranked LA Magic will challenge the point leaders from Post 4 in the first $20,000 trotting colt Semi-Final. Judge Ken will start from Post 7 in the second trotting colt Semi-Final, slated as Race 7, and McIntosh is hoping the son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken can mind his manners and advance to the Sept. 29 Championship. The youngster made an early break in the Grand River event and finished third behind Royale Elite. "A couple of starts ago (July 31) they left with him out of the 10-hole and after that he got a little bit wound-up, so it's just a matter of getting him relaxed again. As far as his gait and his soundness it's good, so I wouldn't rule him out," noted the trainer. "He's his own worst enemy, he gets a little bit hyper, but there's nothing wrong with his ability." McIntosh, Boyle and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio bred and own Judge Ken, who will be driven by Elora resident Bob McClure. Trotting filly Splurge On Me will be hampered by the outside Post 10 in the third race, but McIntosh is optimistic that the division leader can still advance to the $50,000 final. "I think the 10-hole is a big handicap," admitted McIntosh. "But she's good; she trained good the other day. So I don't know if we can win it, but hopefully we will make it into the final and draw a little better, because she's a sweetheart of a filly." Louis Philippe Roy will steer Splurge On Me, who heads into the Semi-Final off an effortless three and one-half length victory in the Sept. 11 regular season finale at Woodbine Mohawk Park, clocked in a personal best 1:58.4. McIntosh and C S X Stables bred and own the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge. Nifty Trick finished up the regular season with four thirds in five Grassroots appearances and will start from Post 7 in the second trotting filly Semi-Final with Louis Philippe Roy in the race bike. "You know what, she's kind of coming around," says the trainer. "She was a little wound up training too, but she seems to have settled down, so she could be anything." McIntosh and Boyle bred and own the daughter of Kadabra and Cash Is Best. Whether his full trotting contingent advances to the Sept. 29 Grassroots Championship or not, McIntosh expects all four to continue their development through the winter and return to Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) action as three-year-olds. "There's no doubt about it, when you've got good two-year-olds you look for good three-year-olds. The last couple years I haven't had those, but this is a good bunch of two-year-olds," said the eight-time winner of the Johnston Cup as the top trainer in the OSS program. "I've got 27 yearlings coming in this year, homebreds, so if they show some promise it's going to make it good for the next couple years." The two-year-old Grassroots Semi-Finals, worth a total of $160,000, will take place in Races 2, 3 and 7 through 12 on Woodbine Mohawk Park's Thursday, Sept. 20 program, which gets under way at 7:10 pm. The top five finishers from each Semi-Final will advance to next week's Grassroots Championships at the Campbellville oval. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

MILTON, ON - August 7, 2018 - Bob McIntosh trainee Undefiable turned in a game performance to win Tuesday's second leg of the Whenuwishuponastar Series at Woodbine Mohawk Park. A group of eight rookie pacing fillies competed in the $14,000 second round of the three-week event. Round one winners Tall Drink Hanover and Key West were given the week off after impressive victories a week ago. Undefiable, who didn't compete in the first leg, was fired out to the lead by driver Bob McClure to post a :28.1 opener. Abuelita Hanover rushed from third to first in the second-quarter and led the rookies by the half in :56.3 and would carry the lead to three-quarters in 1:24.4. McClure pulled from the two-hole before reaching three-quarters to get a strong-looking Undefiable up alongside the leader and ahead of a rushing Deb. In the stretch, Undefiable grinded away to regain the lead and paced to the wire first to defeat a late-splitting Beach Bar by a neck in 1:52.2. Deb finished third, while Abuelita Hanover was fourth. Undefiable entered Tuesday's contest off a 1:55 maiden-breaking score on July 27. She now has two wins and two runner-up finishes in four starts for $21,000 in earnings. A daughter of Ponder, Undefiable is a homebred for Robert McIntosh Stables Inc, C S X Stables and Dave Boyle. She paid $15.60 to win. The $37,000 Whenuwishuponastar Series final will take place next Tuesday. Live racing resumes Thursday evening at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Post time is 7:30 p.m. by Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

JULY 31, 2018 - For the second night this week the two-year-old trotting colts and geldings demonstrated a serious level of skill in Ontario Sires Stakes competition, this time in three Grassroots divisions at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the first $19,850 division, Carey On and driver Doug McNair took control of the race heading by the half and never had to look over their shoulder, cruising to a one and one-half length victory in 1:59.1. Early pacesetter Cousin Peter, who led the field to a :29 quarter and 1:01 half before the fan favourite took command and trotted to a 1:30 three-quarters, finished second and LMC Picasso was third. "He behaved tonight, which is key with two-year-old trotters," said Guelph resident McNair. "I thought if he stayed flat he would have a good shot, and even Grandma was here for her picture." McNair piloted Carey On to the win for his father, trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, and grandmother, Gwendolyn McNair of Walkerton, Ontario, who bred and own the colt. A son of Kadabra and Nellie Mae Lavec, Carey On had started his Ontario Sires Stakes career in the Gold Series season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 16, but made an early break and finished seventh. All three of the divisions were captured by homebred youngsters, with the other two hailing from the barn of Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh. Royal Rob was the first of the McIntosh trainees to grace the Grassroots winner's circle and the youngster arrived in impressive fashion. Getting away fourth from Post 1, Royal Rob made a powerful move to the front heading past the :59.2 half and then maintained his speed through a 1:28 three-quarters and on to a 1:56.1 victory. Pocket-sitter Okeanos made run at Royal Rob in the stretch, but the leader held him at bay and secured a one-half length victory. Royale Elite was well back in third. "He was a standout all winter training and he got a little bit off in spring, just kind of some growing pains, and I backed off on him, just gave him some time, because you can't fight with Mother Nature," said McIntosh of the son of Royalty For Life and Armbro Chelsea. "Now he's turning out to be the horse I thought he was. I was very high on him last winter. I thought he was one of the better trotters I've had for a while and he's proving me right now I guess." Tuesday's outing was Royal Rob's first and came after just one qualifier, a 2:01 effort at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 24. McIntosh bred the colt and owns him in partnership with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, Ontario, Gordon Wright of Charlotte, and Randy Liepa of Livonia, Michigan. Royal Rob's 1:56.1 clocking makes him the fastest two-year-old trotter in Canada so far this season. "He's a heck of an individual, he's very strong," said Windsor resident McIntosh. "Last summer, or the summer before I was up at David Heffering's farm (Tara Hills Stud) and I saw Royalty For Life, and he's the spitting image of his Dad, same colour and same build, same everything. "Hopefully he can make half as much money, I'm not greedy, just half as much," added the horseman with a laugh. Royalty For Life earned $1.6 million in a standout career that included victories in the Hambletonian and Canadian Trotting Classic. The final division went to McIntosh trainee Judge Ken, who fired out of Post 10 and led the field through fractions of :28.2, :59.1 and 1:28.2 on his way to a two and one-half length victory in 1:57.3. Scarlett Raider finished second and Clothier Hanover completed the top three. The win was Judge Ken's first in four starts. The son of Justice Hall and Barbie And Ken finished third in the Grassroots season opener at Georgian Downs on July 17, made a break and finished seventh in a June 28 overnight and stayed on gait for a second-place finish in a June 21 overnight, both at Woodbine Mohawk Park. McIntosh, Dave Boyle and C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio bred and own the gelding and Bob McClure stepped into the race bike for Tuesday night's victory. "He's a nice little horse, not very big, but really mature," said McClure. "He did well to overcome the 10-hole. It's hard for young horses to do." Off their impressive efforts, Tuesday's winners will now have to decide whether to remain in the Grassroots Series for the third leg at Hiawatha Horse Park on August 11 or take on the Gold Series colts at Woodbine Mohawk Park on August 9. This Saturday, August 4 the three-year-old pacing colts will be part of Woodbine Mohawk Park's Civic Holiday celebrations, which feature fireworks following the races. The pacing colts will battle in a pair of Gold Series divisions, scheduled as Races 6 and 9 on the 7 pm program. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

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

Trenton, NJ --- Forget about holiday protocol, harness racing trainer Bob McIntosh is jumping right over Halloween and American Thanksgiving. “It will be a little bit of Christmas if we get the right trip,” said McIntosh, referring to his horse L A Delight in Saturday’s (Oct. 29) $500,000 Breeders Crown for 3-year-old female pacers at the Meadowlands. McIntosh is the trainer and co-owner and co-breeder, along with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. He is once again teamed up with driver John Campbell, as the two have won five Breeders Crowns together. “John and I have been together for, I don’t know how many years, 30 years or more I guess,” McIntosh said. “I’ve got confidence in John and I’ve got confidence in the filly.” Their most recent win came with Thinking Out Loud, another McIntosh homebred, in 2014. Their first successes came in 1992 with Artsplace and So Fresh. They won with Immortality the following year, and took first with Western Shooter in 2001. And while McIntosh feels every win is special, two Breeders Crown triumphs that jump out to him did not involve Campbell as the driver. One was his first Crown win with Sunset Warrior in 1986, who was a longshot going in. The other came in 1997 with Artiscape, who was co-owned by Brian Monieson and George Segal's Brittany Farms. Monieson had cancer that year and it was the last time he got to see Artiscape race, as he passed away a short time later. “That brought a tear to my eye when I saw Brian in the winner’s circle,” McIntosh said. “It was karma. Good things happen to good people. Brian was a great owner and a great guy.” McIntosh would love nothing more than to create another great moment and feels he has a horse capable of doing so. L A Delight, by Bettor’s Delight out of the Western Hanover mare West of L A, has won nine races and $540,276 this season, hitting the board in 13 of 16 starts. She has earned $1,073,403 in her short career. “She’s had a great season,” the trainer said. Campbell drove her to the win in the Jugette at Delaware on Sept. 21, which McIntosh felt, “was the ultimate.” “She’s in against those top fillies and beat them,” he said. “Any time you win one of those big races, it’s always great.” He also felt it was “pretty sweet” that she went undefeated in the Ontario Sires Stakes. In her Breeders Crown elimination last weekend she got away last but managed to rally to a second-place finish despite some fatigue. “I think she raced as good as she could in the elimination, she got a nice trip,” McIntosh said. “She spent 15 hours on a truck going down there, but that’s the way it goes. I think she’ll even be better this week.” L A Delight drew the eight hole, which doesn’t have the trainer too thrilled. But with the Breeders Crown’s all-time winningest driver in the bike he doesn’t discount the McIntosh-Campbell magic being conjured once more. “We didn’t draw where I wanted to, we’ve got some good fillies on the inside of us, but I’ll leave it up to John to figure out the trip,” McIntosh said. “John is Mr. Dependable. The more there is in the purse the better he drives. With big money he’s a great driver. He’s one of the best big money drivers. “If the trip comes up favorable I think we can get the job done with a little luck -- a lot of luck. I have great respect for the other fillies too. She’ll figure it out, I guess. But who knows? If she finishes in the top three I’ll be happy.” McIntosh said his horse is very laid back, unassuming and easy on herself. But that changes once she is on the track. “I trained her down as a 2-year-old, by then I had two or three better than her,” he said. “Then she got behind the starting gate, she showed she’s a warrior and wanted to win. She has a big time desire to win. “She’s just perfect. No lameness issues, no nothing. I would say she makes us all look smart. Some of them are a little tougher to get where you want them, but she’s been just picture perfect.” McIntosh enters the race second to Jimmy Takter in Breeders Crown wins and wouldn’t mind getting closer. “I was leading for a long time, but he got me,” McIntosh said with a laugh. “But I’ll settle for one more -- this year, anyway.” Should it happen, feel free to stop by the McIntosh stable for a celebratory eggnog. For Friday’s complete Meadowlands/Breeders Crown card, click here. For Saturday’s complete Meadowlands/Breeders Crown card, click here. For more information go to www.Hambletonian.com or www.playmeadowlands.com. Follow Breeders Crown news and updates on Twitter @Breeders_Crown, using #BCrown16 and on Facebook at www.facebook.com/BreedersCrown. Fans can also go to http://harnessracingfanzone.com/, the Place for Harness Racing Fans to See, Share, Connect and Play. by Rich Fisher, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent 

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

Delaware, Ohio - L A Delight and John Campbell in the sulky used a perfect pocket trip to win the $239,400 46th Jugette at the Delaware County Fair on Wednesday. First heat winner Call Me Queen Be (Scott Zeron) used his rail position to take the early lead. A leaving attempt by Blue Moon Stride (Andrew McCarthy) was thwarted by a break in stride allowing L A Delight into the two-hole and Pure Country (Brett Miller) into third. The top trio raced without further movement through the quarters of :27 1/5, :56 2/5 and 1:25. Campbell eased the winner off the rail in the final turn and edged past the pacesetting Call Me Queen Be by ¾ length in 1:51.3. Yankee Moonshine (Yannick Gingras) rallied for third and Pure Country (Brett Miller) held on for fourth. Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings own the homebred daughter of Bettor's Delight, who earned $98,578 for her efforts. John Campbell hoisted the Jugette trophy for a record fifth time and trainer Bob McIntosh won for record tying third time. Campbell and McIntosh teamed up with So Fresh to capture the 1992 Jugette. World record set in first heat of Jugette In the $95,760 first heat, Call Me Queen Be grabbed the racetrack and took the lead before the field hit the first turn. Yankee Moonshine protected his rail position and sat second at the quarter in :26 4/5. Second tier starter Pure Country was the first to challenge the leader and was parked second at the half in :55. As the field headed to the ¾ mile pole, Scott Zeron asked his horse for more and she responded by opening drawing away from Pure Country. Using a :27 1/5 last quarter, Call Me Queen Be won by 4½ lengths over L A Delight and Pure Country in a world record record clocking of 1:50.1. Ella Christina Takes 2FP Standardbred David Miller guided Ella Christina to a narrow neck win over Caviart Cherie (Andrew McCarthy) and Kim's Desire (Yannick Gingras) in lifetime best 1:54 3/5. Miller sent the daughter of Western Ideal after the early lead and was allowed to control the field of eight through fractions of :27 4/5, :57 4/5 and 1:26 1/5. Pittstop Danika (Matt Kakaley) tried to pressure the winner but could not get past the leader and her :28 2/5 last quarter. Ella Christina is owned and trained by Nancy Johansson. Miss Tezsla Takes Buckette Miss Tezsla (Brett Miller) came off the rail at the three quarter pole and wore down the pacesetting Haughty III (Peter Wrenn) to win the $86,200 Buckette for three-year-old filly trotters in 1:55 1/5. Haughty III held on for second and Ultimate Shopper (Tim Tetrick) closed for third. Jimmy Takter trains the Andover Hall filly for the Miss Tezsla Stable. Ohio Breds In Action Uncle Leroy (Mike Wilder) took the lead just before the quarter mile pole and pulled away from his competitors to win the first division of the $96,300 (div.) Ohio Breeders Championships for sophomore colt trotters. The Neely Dunn gelding was a half length clear of Deep Question (David Miller) and Chips So Fast (Aaron Merriman) in 1:55 3/5. Uncle Leroy is owned by Cheryl Vigneron and trained by Charles Vigneron. The Ohio Sire Stake champion, Wegoferdaprize (Chris Page) took the second division in 1:56 2/5. The Next Triumph (Ronnie Wrenn, Jr.) and MJB Got Faith (Kayne Kauffman) and the eventual winner all battled for the lead in the final turn and late breaks in stride by The Next Triumph and MJB Got Faith sealed the victory for the And Away We Go gelding. The 3 1/2 length score was his eight win in a row for Curran Racing and trainer Jessica Millner. The final division was won by Lets Go Bucks (Dan Noble). The partisan crowd cheered the And Away We Go gelding to a 6 1/2 length victory over Roundtown Rocker (Peter Wrenn) and Speedy Translation (Kurt Sugg) in 1:54 4/5. Jim Dailey trains Lets Go Bucks for Jim S. Burnett and Tim S. Homan. The two divisions of the $114,440 (div.) two-year-old filly trot went to Let's Get Started (Josh Sutton) and Chim Swift (David Miller). Let's Get Stated scored a 1 1/4 length victory over Rose Run Sydney (Ryan Holton) in a stakes record 1:57.4. In the second division, Chim Swift overcame the outside post #8 and defeated Renee Lu (Yannick Gingras) in 1:58. by Jay Wolf, for the Delaware County Fair      

Columbus, OH --- While Dan Patch Award winner Pure Country and her extremely accomplished rival Darlinonthebeach are dominating the headlines for the 46th edition of the Jugette, Canadian L A Delight is not only a force to be reckoned with, but if she secures the victory, she will not only redeem her dam’s loss in this very event, but will secure her pilot and her harness racing breeder/owner/trainer a place in Jugette history. “I think she is not receiving much attention because she has only raced twice outside of Canada,” said John Campbell, who will be guiding the filly over the Delaware County Fair oval on Wednesday (Sept. 21) in the $239,400 Jugette. “The first time she raced in the U.S. she made that break on me at the Meadowlands (on July 16 in the Mistletoe Shalee) for some reason we have never determined, but in the Nadia Lobell, her second start here (Aug. 27) she beat some quality fillies at The Meadows with Dave Palone driving her in a personal best 1:49.1 and just missed setting a track record. She certainly has a very good chance to win this race.” A daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, L A Delight was the 2015 O’Brien Award winner as the sport’s best 2-year-old pacing filly in Canada. In last year’s campaign, she finished third in her first start and continued her season with 11 consecutive trips to the winner’s circle. Trained by Bob McIntosh, who captured this very contest in 1994 with Electric Slide and in 1992 with So Fresh, she competes as a homebred for her trainer in conjunction with C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. L A Delight will leave from post position three in rein to the most prolific driver in the race’s history, as Campbell has captured the Jugette on four occasions. Rated as the fourth selection on the morning line, behind Pure Country (5-2, post nine), Darlinonthebeach (7-2, post seven) and Call Me Queen Be (9-2, post five), the filly merits serious consideration after a sophomore season that has netted $310,548 with a resume of 11-6-1-1. If she hits the finish line ahead of her eight rivals, the victory will indeed be sweet for her connections, as it will place McIntosh in a tie with Bill Haughton for the most wins by a trainer in this race and will reverse the sting of her mother’s seventh place finish to Showherthemoney in 2009. McIntosh also trained, owned and bred West Of L A with the same parties and always takes great pride when a product of his breeding program gets their picture taken. “Winning any race is always special,” he said last fall. “But there is something extra special when it’s a horse you bred and raised from a baby and were responsible for generations of the family. There is a sense of great pride that comes when one of your very own horses wins a big race.” It certainly increases the filly’s chances to become a Jugette winner when a pilot with Campbell’s expertise is satisfied with how the draw unfolded for the duo’s journey at Delaware. “It is very important to have an inside post draw over this specific track,” he said. “I am pleased with our post position as we can get our nose right on the gate, which is key in races at Delaware. When you are six or seven lengths off the pace, it is extremely difficult to make that up in any races there, even with a very nice horse. When you have a post position like this it definitely helps and allows you to put your horse right in the race off the starting gate.” When asked if an unrivaled fifth Jugette win would hold especially high esteem within the context of his storied career, Campbell, as usual, was exceptionally humble and blatantly honest. “I have been fortunate with the opportunities I have been offered to drive horses of this caliber in races like this,” he said. “Of course winning this race is always enjoyable, but being in the winner’s circle for any race at Delaware is special. It does not matter what race it is. You have such a big audience that is so close to the track and they are so involved and supportive. There is also the history there and it holds a unique place within the industry. Any win there is one you will always remember.” Wednesday's Jugette will be raced in two heats. All the first heat finishers will advance to the second heat. The winner of the second heat will be declared the Jugette champion. The first heat will be raced for $95,760 and the second heat will carry a purse of $143,640. The complete Jugette field: PP-Horse-Sire-(Driver/Trainer)-Morning Line Odds 1. Yankee Moonshine - Yankee Cruiser - (Yannick Gingras/Ron Burke)-8/1 2. Marty Party Two - Yankee Cruiser - (Ronnie Wrenn Jr./Ron Steck)-15/1 3. L A Delight - Bettor's Delight - (John Campbell/Robert McIntosh)-6/1 4. Hug A Dragoness - Dragon Again - (Matt Kakaley/Ron Burke)-10/1 5. Call Me Queen B - Somebeachsomewhere - (Scott Zeron/Ross Croghan)-9/2 6. I Said Diamonds - Well Said - (Tim Tetrick/Matias Ruiz)-12/1 7. Darlinonthebeach - Somebeachsomewhere - (David Miller/Nancy Johansson)-7/2 8. Blue Moon Stride - Rocknroll Hanover - (Andrew McCarthy-Mark Harder)-12/1 9. Pure Country - Somebeachsomewhere - (Brett Miller/Jimmy Takter)-5/2 by Kim French, USTA Internet News Editor 

SEPT. 5, 2016 - Harness racing driver Randy Waples and trainer Bob McIntosh teamed up to win two Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots trophies at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening. First to line up behind the Mohawk starting gate from the McIntosh barn was Many A Man, and Waples sent the two-year-old trotting colt away from Post 2 and landed third on the rail as Little Lion Man trotted to fractions of :28.3 and :59. Heading for the 1:29 three-quarters Waples sent the favourite up the outside behind Radical Road and then tipped out in the stretch and took aim on the wire. Many A Man sprinted home to a one-half length victory in a personal best 1:57.4, leaving Little Lion Man and Radical Road to settle for second and third. "He's a very nice colt who's getting stronger all the time, that was an impressive last quarter tonight," said McIntosh. "He also has perfect manners." Windsor, ON resident McIntosh bred and owns Many A Man in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, ON. The son of Manofmanymissions and Armbro Sylvie was also a Grassroots winner at Mohawk Racetrack on July 28 and Rideau Carleton Raceway on August 4. With one fourth and one fifth-place finish in his other two Grassroots starts, Many A Man finishes the regular season with 163 points and leads the freshman trotting colts into the post season. Many A Man Five races later Waples paraded onto the Campbellville oval with McIntosh trainee Willie Wonka and lined up behind the number one on the starting gate. The pair dropped into the pocket spot behind Mr Marshmellow and watched that colt roll through fractions of :28.3, :58.2 and 1:28.3. As the colts turned for home Waples once again gave his mount an open lane and Willie Wonka trotted by the pacesetter and held off a closing Zorgwijk Rocket to earn his first lifetime victory in 1:59.2 Charmbo Chrome also closed hard to be third. "He's been a late bloomer," said McIntosh of Willie Wonka. "I was never that high on him, but Randy liked him from the beginning and thinks he will be a good one. "He's a big growthy colt, should be even better next year I think," added the Hall of Fame horseman. McIntosh and Dave Boyle bred and own Willie Wonka, who is a Kadabra gelding out of Amour Chocolat. In his first three Grassroots outings Willie Wonka finished seventh, third and sixth which, combined with Monday's win, give him a point total of 67 and a chance to join his stablemate in the Sept. 15 Semi-finals at Mohawk. Willie Wonka McIntosh's other entry in Monday's Grassroots test, My Big Kadillac, finished sixth in the second division, but also secured a berth in the post season, giving Milton, ON resident Waples a choice of Semi-final mounts. The victor in the second division was Head Turning Jag, who stalked favourite Santini from third and then rolled up the outside behind Yo Yo Mass and on to a three and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:57.2. Santini and Yo Yo Mass settled for second and third. The win was the second straight and the first in Grassroots action for Head Turning Jag and driver Trevor Henry of Arthur, ON. Along with two fourths and one third, the son of Angus Hall and Vanilla Rainbow accumulated 78 points and will join McIntosh's starters in the Semi-final round. "He is a nice mannered colt that just took a little longer to figure it out than others," said Henry, who pilots Head Turning Jag for trainer John Cecchin of Arthur and owner-breeder Robert Pooley of Exeter, ON. "He is just like his trainer, he will make a real nice horse down the road because of his manners," add Henry, with a chuckle. Head Turning Jag A total of 20 top point earners from the six regular season events will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 15 for two Semi-finals, and the top five finishers from each Semi-final will earn a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 24. The two-year-old trotting fillies wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk on Tuesday night, competing in Races 1, 2 and 8. The fillies get things under way at 7:30 pm. Ontario Racing

WASHINGTON, PA, Aug. 27, 2016 -- Denied the early lead by a stubborn I Said Diamonds, L A Delight stalked her from the pocket and blew by her in the Lightning Lane to capture Saturday's $140,000 Nadia Lobell for harness racing 3-year-old filly pacers at The Meadows. The field of five was compact but distinguished; the quintet boasted nearly $2.2 million in combined career earnings entering the Nadia Lobell. But the equation changed with the break of one of the favorites, Call Me Queen Be, at the start. With that, Jim Pantaleano hustled I Said Diamonds from the rail to the lead and would not release L A Delight and Dave Palone. "I think Jim did the right thing," Palone said. "When Call Me Queen Be ran, he probably thought it was a two-horse race. He wanted to make me work, and I was lucky enough to get behind him. It turned into a sprint." When it became just that two-horse race that Pantaleano may have envisioned, Palone wasn't sure he'd have the stronger filly late. "I thought Jim would have two handfuls left," he said. "Anytime you have to head one into our passing lane when she's not familiar with it, you're concerned. I knew I had a handful of pace. It was just a question if I could get to him quick enough." L A Delight powered through the Lightning Lane and scored in 1:49.1, a career best and the fastest of the three Nadia Lobell editions hosted by The Meadows through the years. I Said Diamonds was 1/2 length back in second, with Yankee Moonshine third. Bob McIntosh trains the homebred daughter of Bettor's Delight-West Of L A, who soared over $800,000 in career earnings, and owns with CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. "I've driven a lot of good fillies, won a couple Jugettes, but this filly ranks right up there," Palone said. "She's so handy she makes your job easy." $186,672 Pennsylvania Sires Stake -- 2-Year-Old Colt & Gelding Pacers When trainer Ray Schnittker was en route to The Meadows for Saturday's co-feature, A PA Sires Stake known as the Tyler B, he contemplated the possibility of a sweep with his youngsters, Huntsville and Summer Side. "I thought we had a shot," Schnittker said. "We had the right driver on them." That driver, Tim Tetrick, transformed Schnittker's daydream to reality when he piloted both colts to victory in their $93,336 divisions. Huntsville's win was the more spectacular, as he triumphed in 1:50, erasing Yankee Bounty's stake record of 1:50.4 and the track record for freshman colt pacers of 1:50.3 held jointly by I'm Some Graduate and Fear The Dragon. A son of Somebeachsomewhere-Wild West Show, Huntsville was away third before quarter-poling to the top. He was unthreatened thereafter, downing Boogie Shuffle by 1-3/4 lengths. Fear The Dragon, who was seeking a sweep of PASS preliminary legs, had to settle for show in a vain effort to defend his track record. Schnittker owns Huntsville with Ted Gewertz, Charles Iannazzo and Steven Arnold. Summer Side seized the early lead but, shuffled to third, was forced to come first over. He did so powerfully, prevailing in 1:51.4. Normandy Beach was second, a neck back, while Downbytheseaside earned show. "He's had two straight tough trips coming first over, and he got the job done this week," Schnittker said of the son of Well Said-Beachy Lady, a $15,000 yearling acquisition for Schnittker and co-owner Howard Taylor. "I think he's a real horse. He's bred great -- She's A Great Lady is his second dam. If he stays sound, he could be anything." Both Schnittker colts cemented spots in the $250,000 PASS championship. Asked to compare the two, Schnittker said: "Huntsville is a foot bigger, probably has hopples six inches longer. He's a different type of horse than Summer Side." In the $18,000 Winners Over $10,000 Life/Preferred Handicap Pace, Hawk's Red Chief made it two straight with a gritty victory in 1:49.4, matching his personal best. Early leader Unlocked was a game second, a length back, while the first-over Dapper Dude completed the ticket. Palone drove for trainer Ron Burke and owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC and Michelle Yanek. The 5-year-old I Scoot Hanover-Fancy Trouble gelding extended his career earnings to $118,892. Live racing at The Meadows resumes Monday, when the card features an $80,000 PA Stallion Series stake for freshman filly pacers. First post is 1 PM. The Meadows Racetrack & Casino

AUGUST 9, 2016 - Harness racing driver Alfie Carroll and trainer Bob McIntosh captured two of four Grassroots divisions for the freshman pacing colts at Georgian Downs on Tuesday evening. Starting from Post 5 in the first $18,000 Grassroots division, Carroll fired Mc Mach off the gate and the heavy favourites were two lengths in front of the field at the :27.3 opening quarter. Mc Mach maintained control through the :58 half and 1:26 three-quarters and then sailed down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:55. Heza Big Dealer and Thrownoutofbetter finished second and third. "He showed being on front in Toronto (July 7 at Mohawk Racetrack) and so I figured he'd probably end up cutting the race out, because he was favourite and showed being good on front. So it was kind of easy," said Carroll with a chuckle. "He does it all on his own, I didn't have to urge him at all really." Carroll engineered the win for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON and Randy Liepa of Livonia, MI. The homebred son of Mach Three and Northern Empress now has two Grassroots wins to his credit and currently sits third in the division standings with 100 points. Carroll also employed a front end strategy with Test Ride in the second division. From Post 1 the favourites controlled the tempo through fractions of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:25.3 before accelerating away from the field to a four and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:55.2. Kentucky Nick finished second and Brave World was four more lengths back in third. "They said he had lots of talent, he just hadn't been giving 100 per cent, but he raced real good tonight," noted the Iona Station, ON resident. "He had some pressure, a horse first up pressured him, but he fought him off good. "I was pretty confident, he's just a little bit on the lazy side, but he felt good," added Carroll. "I was happy with both of them." Tuesday's win was also Test Ride's second in Grassroots action, and the son of Mach Three and L A Confidential sits just ahead of his stablemate in the standings with 103 points. Bob and Al McIntosh bred and share ownership of the gelding with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Down On My Luck claimed the third Grassroots trophy, powering out of the pocket to a neck victory in 1:55. Fan favourite Tigers Way settled for second and pacesetter One Source was third. London resident Nick Steward piloted Down On My Luck to his first lifetime victory for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle and owners 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor and David Kryway of Amherstburg, ON. The son of Camluck and False Alert was a modest $10,000 purchase from the 2015 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and has banked $13,500 in his first four starts. The final Grassroots division went to Silverinyourpocket and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton, ON, who motored up the outer lane to a three-quarter length decision in 1:55. Tremendous Play settled for second after serving as a wind break for Silverinyourpocket and pocket-sitter Master The View finished third. "This colt has got talent. We don't pretend he's a Gold, but for sure a decent Grassrooter," said trainer Richard Moreau of Puslinch, ON. "We're looking forward to his next race." Moreau conditions the son of Badlands Hanover and Fillys Victory for David and Marguerite Ratchford of North Sydney, NS. The colt was a $19,000 acquisition from the Forest City Yearling Sale and boasts a record of two wins and two thirds in five starts. A pair of wins and one third in Grassroots action has Silverinyourpocket atop the division standings with 112 points. The two-year-old pacing colts will make their fourth Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway on August 17. Next up on Georgian Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes schedule is the fifth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts on Tuesday, August 23. Ontario Racing

Over his more than four decades in the harness racing business, it’s safe to say harness racing Owner/ Trainer Bob McIntosh has seen more than his fair share of horses. Second only to Jimmy Takter in the number of Breeders Crown training trophies (16) he possesses, the Windsor, Ontario, resident knows talent when he sees it, so when he says Mach Power has caught his eye, it’s time to sit up and take notice. “When we brought him in from the field as a yearling, he was tall enough but he needed to put some weight on his bones,” said McIntosh. “Especially some muscle. I’m not sure what happened out there except maybe he got shoved out of the feed tub, but we gave him some time and he came back in with some muscle on him. “We did not have him ready until late last year, so we just shut him down and waited for this year. He didn’t train down like he was anything special and only did what he had to do. In his second start though he really was eye-catching. He broke behind the gate and spotted the field about seven lengths then came back to win in 2:01.1. You don’t see that very often in a young horse like that. Especially on a track (The Raceway at Western Fair District) that doesn’t have the best footing in the winter. I sure did start paying attention to him then.” A son of Mach Three and the Camluck mare Power Outrage, Mach Power competes as a homebred for McIntosh, who is the conditioner of record, and Dave Boyle. The colt is the fourth generation of a female family the Hall of Famer has been involved with since the 1980s. He trained, bred and still owns Mach Power’s dam ($54,016), did the same with his granddam Electrical Art (Artsplace, $1,010,568) and trained and owned the great granddam Electrical Express (Storm Damage, $318,633). Mach Power is a perfect 4-for-4 in his young career, established his lifetime mark of 1:53.2s in his last start on Feb. 15 and has banked just shy of $16,000. He is the third of five foals from his mother and the only one of her progeny that is male. Although he did not initially appear to be a future champion, the colt has all the pedigree in the world to become one. “Wow, I’m getting old because when we start talking about how long I’ve been around the family it shows how many years I have on me,” McIntosh said. “His dam was kind of a hard luck filly. Then her first foal got caught in a hole in the field and died. This colt certainly has the right blood as his granddam was quite a race mare and his great granddam was too. After seeing him out on the track I bred Power Outage back to Mach Three and hope to get another colt out of it.” Mach Power debuted on Jan. 25 at Western Fair in a $4,200 non-winners contest. He came home with the victory in 1:59.4 and didn’t exactly knock McIntosh out of his chair with how he paced. It was that next performance on Feb. 1, however, that piqued his interest and was over the same surface as well as in the same class. Since transitioning to Woodbine Racetrack the colt has only continued to impress McIntosh. On Feb. 8 he climbed up the condition ladder to a $10,080 non-winners engagement and triumphed in 1:55.2 in rein to Randy Waples. His last quarter was a smart :27.1. Mach Power’s latest pacing mile was on Feb. 15 over the same oval where he was contending for a $12,240 purse. It was his swiftest journey yet (1:53.2) and only made McIntosh’s eyes open ever wider. “I thought we might have a horse on our hands after that start in London,” McIntosh said. “But moving him to Woodbine was a whole different ball game. The competition is a lot deeper there and although the surface is better, this colt gets around very well on a half-mile track. Randy was really pleased with him in his first race there, but was very happy with him in his last race. To pace in 1:53.2 in only your fourth start without being asked is excellent. Randy said all he had to do was shake the reins and he took off. He never had to ask him for anything. I think he can easily go in 1:51 quite soon.” Despite not having much in the way of expectations for Mach Power when he first started, McIntosh is now very excited about how the rest of the year will go. “I have to say this colt has shocked me and in this game it is spectacular to be shocked in this way,” he said. “Usually it’s the other way around. They train down like they have all the ability in the world and you think they might be a champion. Then reality hits and they never end up doing a thing. This horse has been exactly the opposite and I think he can go with nicer horses. “We are giving him a couple weeks off before his next start and then pointing him to the Youthful Series at Woodbine at the end of next month. There’s another pacing series the month after that up at Mohawk for him and then the sire stakes. “That is the problem with starting them early because when you have a nice horse you don’t want them beat up when the fall comes around. It depends on him and what kind of breaks he needs as to where I put him the rest of the season, but I wouldn’t rule anything out. “I’ve already had a lot of offers to buy this horse, but the price hasn’t been right. Besides, why not race him and just see what he’s got? Maybe he’ll become more of a pleasant surprise than he already is.” by Kimberly French, USTA Web Newsroom Senior Correspondent

Bob McIntosh is a little embarrassed to admit even he didn’t fully realize how much he had earned in Ontario Bred Rewards with his star homebred pacing filly L A Delight in her rookie harness racing season in 2015. “To tell the truth, I didn’t even know all these things were available. I was as shocked as anybody when I got the cheque,” said the Hall of Fame trainer from LaSalle, ON. L A Delight earned $704,335 on the track and collected an additional $179,959 in Ontario Bred Rewards throughout the season the daughter of Bettor's Delight is Ontario Sired and McIntosh paid the $50 to enroll her dam, West Of L A, in the Ontario Resident Mare Program. (Those living outside of Ontario please note: the resident mare program is open to horse owners anywhere in the world. The ‘resident’ part refers to the mare needing to reside in Ontario for a minimum of 180 days, including the date of foaling, to remain eligible). Since West Of L A was enrolled in the Program and remained in Ontario for at least 180 days, L A Delight qualifies as being Ontario Bred. She is also Ontario Sired because Bettor's Delight stood in the province the year L A Delight was conceived. He is standing at Winbak Canada in the Toronto area for 2016. McIntosh and his partners — C S X Stables of Ohio and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, ON — first earned $99,113 rewards because L A Delight is Ontario Bred. That amount is 15 per cent of $660,755, which is the combined total of the $256,500 she earned in Ontario Sires Stakes competition and the $404,255 she made in selected open stakes. Since L A Delight is both Ontario Sired and Ontario Bred, she earned an additional $80,846 in bonus money because she qualified for the Standardbred Breeders of Ontario Association (SBOA) Enhanced Breeders’ Program that split $1 million on a pro-rata basis between all eligible horses. In 2015, that bonus amounted to over 12 per cent of what each horse earned in Ontario Sires Stakes and selected open stakes. McIntosh owns some 50 broodmares, making his one of the largest Standardbred bands in Ontario. Asked whether nearly $180,000 in bonus money was critical to his bottom line, he said, “It sure is… It pays a lot of bills on the ones that don’t produce those types. It’s a major incentive.” The trainer said L A Delight returned to his farm on Jan. 9 after spending a few months turned out at Carter Duer’s Peninsula Farm in Kentucky. “She looks good. She grew a bit. She’s a good-looking filly,” said McIntosh who has a huge number of young horses in training for 2016, many of them homebreds. “I have 69 horses here in training and 35 of them are two-year-olds,” McIntosh said. Today, he’s giving thanks that a large number of those are eligible to Ontario’s lucrative Resident Mare Program. To learn more about Ontario’s breeding programs please click here. For more information please contact: Dave Briggs Standardbred Communications Ontario Horse Racing standardbrednews@ontariohorseracing.ca   Please visit: www.ontariohorseracing.ca

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