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TORONTO, March 31 - It was a memorable night for Milton resident Randy Waples as the veteran driver notched his 6,000th career win. Waples guided Account Rollover to a 1:52.3 victory in the second of two Youthful series divisions for Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh to capture the milestone. "It's such a special feeling to reach any milestone let alone 6000," Waples said following the win. "It was even extra special because it was one of Bob's (McIntosh) horses. We've had a lot of success together, won a lot of major races and been friends for years. That was really the icing on the cake." Waples, who began his driving career in 1984 has over $114 million in purse earnings. Dragon Seelster (Paul Macdonell) was the first leader past the opening station in :27.3. As the field settled and headed towards the half, American Island (Doug McNair) made their way to the front and led past the half in :56.3. Waples and Account Rollover came first-over and cleared to the front before three-quarters in 1:24.2. From there, the son of Rocknroll Hanover fended off a late challenge from Dragon Seelster to capture the win. Kuchar (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Account Rollover increased his bankroll to $41,810 for McIntosh along with co-owners Al MacIntosh Holdings Inc, and CSX Stables. Unraced as a rookie, the bay gelding has a 5-2-1 record from eight starts this season. Twomickeytrip and Paul Macdonell teamed up to win the other $15,000 division as the pair got under the wire first in 1:56.3. Reasonable Force (Jody Jamieson) was hard-used to earn the front past the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. As the sophomores headed towards the half, Glory Beach (Sylvain Filion) angled out of third and took over command to lead past the mid-way point in :56.3 and three-quarters in 1:25.3. Regal Son (Randy Waples) began the first-over attack around the final turn, giving live cover to Twomickeytrip. Turning for home, GloryBeach was still in command, but the backfield began to close on the tempo-setter. MacDonell showed Twomickeytrip open racetrack and the four-time winner responded as he wore down the tempo-setter in deep stretch en route to victory. GloryBeach stayed for second, over Royal Reception (Chris Christoforou). Trained and co-owned by Richard Fife along with Grace George, Twomickeytrip increased his bankroll to $50,080. The bay gelding has a 3-1-1 record from nine starts this season. He paid $9.20 to win. The Youthful Series is for three-year-old colts and geldings, who are non winners for three races or $15,000 in 2013. by Greg Gangle, for WEG  

While his “pedigree” indicates that Trevor Henry would have success in the business of harness racing, it is his “inner drive,” his ability to place himself in a position to win on the racetrack and then successfully guide his charge home first, that made him 2013’s winningest Canadian-based driver, with 529 trips to Victory Lane. Well, better make that both his “inner drive” and his “outer drive.” For Henry achieved victory at no fewer than ten Ontario racetracks last year, across the province from London to Rideau Carleton, and achieved over half those triumphs at Western Fair Raceway (London), which is 160km from his home base of Arthur, Ontario. (The list of how many victories he achieved at each track accompanies this article.) Arthur, within 40km of both the old Orangeville and Elmira Raceways, was their residences and home base of Trevor’s father, horseman Ross Henry, and where the family lived. The elder Henry was famous as a conditioner in Canada’s most-populous province, and with his record combining with his son/Trevor’s brother Wayne, the name “Henry” appears on the Johnston Cup, emblematic of the most success in a year’s Ontario Sire Stakes action for a trainer, as much as any other – Ross led on five occasions, and Wayne two, with their combined seven putting them equal-top with Bob McIntosh. “Ross” seems to be a good first name to have if looking for success in the Ontario Sire Stakes, as most locals know that Ross Battin, a track criss-crosser before it became fashionable, is the leading driver in the standings in the Lampman Cup – the sulky equivalent of the Johnston Cup -- also with seven wins. Two-time world driving champion Jody Jamieson is second in Lampman history with three etchings into the Cup, with Trevor tied in third place at two with what he called “a pretty good group of guys to be associated with” – Sylvain Filion, Brad Forward, Don McElroy, Dave Wall, and Terry Kerr. The far-flung nature of the Ontario program may have helped Trevor get used to traveling a lot, but staying close to home was in his early career plans: “I had my first drive at Orangeville, and my first win at Elmira.” But Orangeville closed, and when Elmira-area residents rejected the introduction of slot machines, the racing moved to nearby Elora, which now has the iron quarter gobblers – and Grand River Raceway, where Trevor had his second-biggest win haul of the past year, 122, despite their limited schedule. The Ontario track that provided the most “stable” schedule, with racing in fall, winter, and spring several days a week, came to be Western Fair, where Henry now focuses his energies, with 284 visits to the winners circle in 2013, a good many coming from the ten or so horses supervised by Henry’s wife, Shannon, at a farm relatively close to London. “It’s basically me doing all the commuting,” Henry says. He adds, “It’s just part of doing the job,” in the matter-of-fact manner that belies his talent and, to this writer, the one surprising thing in Trevor Henry’s life (though he doesn’t agree with that statement, his wife does; that tale will be told in part two). Trevor says that his Dodge Ram has “about 278,000km on it,” and “I put over 1800km on just the other week, and it’s not even stakes season.” (That’s 170,000+ miles and 1,100 miles, respectively, for the “.6215-challenged” kilometer/mile conversion folks.) When a guess was hazarded that the truck was probably between three and four years old, Henry said, “That’s right – how did you know that?”, and it was explained that it was no surprise to an “insider” just how much mileage horsemen put on their vehicles – and themselves – in the pursuit of what looks like the glamorous job of racing for two minutes then appearing all bright and shiny in victory lane – which of course is far from the truth. Some mileage was added to both man and truck when Trevor added Flamboro to his regular schedule in November, getting 50 wins in his first two months there at season’s end. (“With the way things are in Ontario these days, the uncertainty, I felt I had to branch out and add Flamboro” – which, ironically, is almost 50 miles closer to Arthur than London.) And some mileage will be added to Trevor himself very soon to the appearance of this story, as he heads to Australia for a couple of drives at the invitation of an Aussie he became friendly with while representing Canada in the 2013 World Driving Championships. “Didn’t do too good over there racing in France,” Henry remembers honestly. “After racing mostly on the half-mile track as I do, those tracks seem to go on forever – it was hard to see the grandstand from the backstretch – and also I was unlucky and had to drive a lot of …” (here he paused, trying to be diplomatic, then agreed when, in the spirit of the location, the word merde was offered as a possibility to conclude the thought, a choice with which he agreed).   The trip Down Under, which is currently in its summertime (you could almost see Henry’s smile over the phone when he was reminded of the difference in seasons from Canada), will be a good visit to a warmer clime, and it is hoped will replace the memory of the clan Henry’s last journey southward – to Florida at year’s start, when Trevor’s brother Paul, a trainer at Flamboro, suddenly passed away at age 48. Paul’s passing may make passing through the Flamboro gates a little harder for Trevor, but anybody who knows him realizes he’s like the Energizer Bunny – he’ll just keep going and going and going, doing whatever he can, placing himself on the racetrack wherever he needs to (“lead, off cover … it doesn’t matter to me) in order to win. That’s the way you get to be #1 in Canada. IN PART 2 TOMORROW: Trevor breeds his 17-year-old mare to a 23-year-old Pennsylvania stallion, and has high hopes for the resultant foal … and more about Trevor’s “traveling companion” in all those miles in the truck – the same somebody who “helped Trevor name” the Pennsylvania colt. By Jerry Connors for

TORONTO, November 6 – It’s best known as “Harrisburg” in Harness racing. But to many others, it’s the Standardbred Horse Sales Company Annual Sale and the 2103 edition is underway with more than 2,100 racehorses offered at public auction. The ‘Black Book’ will feature a Select Yearling Sale held Monday through Thursday, followed by the Mixed Sale on Friday and Saturday at the PA Farm Show Complex in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania. Some of the sport’s brightest starts, including those who are currently racing at Woodbine, will be offered on Saturday during the Mixed Sale. Atop the list is the four-year-old Knows Nothing, who is fresh off an open-length victory in the $34,000 Preferred Trot at the Rexdale oval. Hillsborough conditioner Jeff Gillis will auction the top sales prospect. The trotting star has a terrific 5-4-2 record from 17 starts this season, along with his 1:51.4 career best. The talented son of Kadabra competed in the Grand Circuit this season when he contested in the Maple Leaf Trot, Arthur Cutler Memorial,and TVG Free-For-All Series. The Ontario Sires Stakes graduate has $729,356 in career earnings and will sell as hip number 1970. Click here to see Knows Nothing’s latest victory. Another Gillis-trainee that will sell at the Mixed Sale is Continual Velocity. The classy five-year-old has found the winner circle in 21 of 85 career starts along with $344,166 in career earnings. A regular overnight campaigner on the WEG Circuit, Continual Velocity has a 1:50.3 career best and has raced in the Fillies and Mares Preferred Pace. She will sell as hip number 1797. Cheltenham conditioner, Dave Menary will offer four top campaigners in Tarpon Hanover, Windsong Jack and Tea Party Princess and Macharoundtheclock. Tarpon Hanover, who captured the $300,000 Battle of Waterloo last season as a rookie, will sell as hip number 1947. The pacing son of Badlands Hanover has banked $503,854 in his two season of racing. Fresh off a second place finish in the $200,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final, Tarpon Hanover recently qualified at Mohawk on October 30 in 1:55.3. The brown colt has a 5-3-8 record from 24 career starts. His stablemate is another top OSS campaigner in Windsong Jack. A son of Santanna Blue Chip, Windsong Jack has banked $438,486 in his career for Menary. The brown gelding has amassed an impressive 6-7-2 record from 21 career starts along with a 1:49.4 career best. He recently qualified at Mohawk on October 30, winning gate-to-wire in 1:54. He will sell as hip number 1953. Macharoundtheclock, a daughter of Mach Three, has banked $239,837 in her young career. From 21 career starts, the bay filly has a 3-5-1 record and a 1:51.1 lifetime best. She talented filly competed in the Jugette, Shes A Great Lady, Canadian Breeders along with the OSS. She will sell as hip 1825. The richest of Menary’s offerings is Tea Party Princess, who has banked $666,934 in her career. The daughter of Art Major has found the winner circle in 18 of 73 career starts. A regular overnight competitor on the WEG Circuit, Tea Party Princess has competed in the Breeders Crown, Fan Hanover and Milton Stakes, just to name a few. The $40,000 yearling purchase will sell as hip 1836. Hall of Famer Bob McIntosh will sell top OSS graduate Pan Luis Obispo as hip 1832. The daughter of No Pan Intended enjoyed a terrific three-year-old season in 2013 with $240,833 banked from 16 starts and five wins. The pacing miss has a 1:51.4 lifetime best and was a top competitor in the Ontario Sires Stakes program this season. She was primarily driven by Randy Waples. WEG’s top conditioner Richard Moreau will sell top trotting mare Smarty Pants as hip 1807. The daughter of Kadabra banked $305,836 last season while racing primarily in the provincial program. She classy mare recently finished third in the $34,000 Preferred Trot as she took on aged pacing horses of both sexes. With career earnings of $389,017, Smarty Pants has a 1:54.3 lifetime best. She competed in the Miss Versatility, Armbro Flight, Elegantimage and Casual Breeze in her career. Greg Gangle

WILKES-BARRE PA--The terrific two-year-old trotting colt Father Patrick got Saturday's $5.75M Breeders Crown Championship Night at Mohegan Sun at Pocono Downs off to a formful start with his tenth victory in 11 lifetime starts, an easy engine triumph in 1:54 for driver Yannick Gingras, who rolled a natural sulky triple to start off the monster card. Gingras decided to take the shortest route to Victory Lane, leaving very hard from post two and put everybody in behind through a solid 26.4 first quarter. From there it was a relative walk in the Pocono park, as Father Patrick got to the half in 57 and the 3/4s in 1:26 before picking up the pace approaching headstretch under mild Gingras tapping, winning much more easily than the 1 1/4 length margin would suggest. Nuncio, forced to take back to an early rail spot on the rail after a quick start, came up the inside for second a neck ahead of pocketsitting Credit Fashion; Southwind Spirit and Expressive Action got the final checks. Hall of Fame trainer Jimmy Takter, who became the Breeders Crown's all-time leading trainer with his 16th Crown, ahead of Bob McIntosh by one now, commented afterwards: "Father Patrick is just a wonderful creature. Others in this division do have ability, high speed, but no one has the total package put together like he does. I hope that we haven't seen the best of him yet." That sentiment is surely echoed by his ownership, the Father Patrick Stable flock, and breeders Brittany Farms.   Driver Gingras stated that "I left hard because I didn't want anybody but Nuncio ahead of me at any point, and when he took a tuck, the race was basically over." Asked about possible Trotter of the Year honors, Yannick opined: "Should Bee A Magician get beaten tonight, I think he deserves serious consideration." Vibe Blue Chip completed a Daily Double sweep for North America's leading trainer, Ron Burke, and Gingras when he won a $75,000 Invitational trot for sophomores in 1:53.3, taking a new mark. Major Athens posted early fractions of 27.2 and 56.1; Gingras rolled raw with the Andover Hall gelding in front of the stands, with "Vibe" sustaining the bid to clear to the lead at the 1:24.1 3/4s and never being threatened from there. Rossini outbobbed Picture This for second behind the winner, owned by Joseph DiScala Jr. and Cynthia Massari.  Former world champion Ultimate Beachboy was parked to a 26 quarter, but was in control the rest of the way in the curtainraiser, a $75,000 Invitational pace for three-year-olds, scoring in 1:49.1. Driver Gingras and the Somebeachsomewhere gelding posted middle splits of 54.2 and 1:21.3; Lonewolf Currier loomed boldly off of cover at headstretch and paced well through the lane, but came up a length shy while just holding off Mach It So, who was on his back, for the deuce. The seven-time seasonal winner is owned by Burke Racing, Weaver Bruscemi, and Jack Piatt III. The large Breeders Crown crowd of enthusiasts showed their handicapping savvy by making the winner of these three races betting favorites. Video attached Jerry Connors for

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Randy Waples and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh dominated the freshman trotting divisions on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kicking off the Championship action in the second race, Waples guided McIntosh trainee Pasadena Star to a commanding three and three-quarter length victory over R Choochoo Charlie and Warrawee Promesse. The two-year-old son of top trotting sire Kadabra stopped the clock at 1:58 to record his sixth lifetime victory in eight starts for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “You’re going out there with a horse that you think is very competitive, if not the best one and basically you’re just going to try not to screw things up. That’s what I was looking for, don’t screw it up, and it worked out,” quipped Waples following the victory aboard the fan favourite and division point leader. “Right from the time he went behind the gate as a baby he knew exactly what he was doing,” added the reinsman. “He was a smart horse and he’s always stayed that way. He’s got a little faster, but everything manner-wise is exactly the same.” Three races later Waples was back in the winner’s circle having achieved an identical result with two-year-old trotting filly Chelseas Chance. Once again sent off as the favourite based on a division leading record of four wins and one second in five starts, Waples engineered a come from behind trip for the Kadabra daughter that saw her pull away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Supreme Monarch and Erin Hall rounded out the top three. McIntosh and C S X Stables also bred and own Chelseas Chance, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts. The freshman pacing championships went to a pair of local horses that employed vastly different strategies to achieve their goal. Pacing colt Lucky King and driver James MacDonald of Guelph controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing home one and one-half lengths ahead of VIP Bayama and Shadow Place in 1:52.2. Rockwood resident Andrew McCabe conditions Lucky King for Glenview Livestock of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton, who took temporary leave of a nearby wedding to watch his horse capture a provincial championship. “We came here to see him win, and he did! He didn’t disappoint us,” said Christopher with a laugh. “It was great.” The Camluck colt, a full brother to former Grassroots winner Red Carpet Dude ($160,330), was a $14,000 acquisition out of the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and returned $59,512 to his owners with his fourth win in 10 starts. In the freshman pacing filly Championship Shadows Wonder closed from sixth at the top of the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory over Itsa Surprise Tome and favourite Momara. The Shadow Play daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat stopped the clock in 1:54.2. “She’s been a just a lovely filly to work with, to do anything with, all summer long, she just had some bad luck starting out,” explained Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore. “She got the one win and then just figured, ‘Oh this is what I’ve got to do,’ and away she’s been, so it’s been great.” Moore trains and owns the filly in partnership with R G McGroup of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of Saint Bruno, QC. Three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo wrote his name into the history books by defending the Grassroots title he claimed at two. The No Pan Intended son and driver Brett Miller achieved the rare feat by storming from the back of the pack to the front with a :26.3 final quarter. George Jettison and Sea Harrier also closed well to finish second and third in the 1:51.3 mile. David Menary of Cheltenham conditions Panpero Firpo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Driver Brett Miller scored a second Grassroots Championship with sophomore pacing filly Mattys Big Day, who rolled out of the pocket to best pacesetter Betit To Getit in 1:53. Favourite Western Empress settled for third. Corey Johnson conditions Jeremes Jet daughter Mattys Big Day for Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Reigning Lampman Cup titleholder Sylvain Filion of Milton piloted Legzy to a 1:56.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly Championship. The Amigo Hall miss, sent off as the fans’ top choice, bested Wind Stroll and Moms Apple Pie. Rockwood resident Rob Fellows conditions Legzy for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The three-year-old trotting colt crown was captured in commanding fashion by Crosbys Clam Bake who rocketed down the stretch to an eight and one-quarter length victory over Photo Mass and Super Duke in 1:55.3. Guelph resident Doug McNair engineered the Kadabra gelding’s sixth lifetime win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owner Edward Lohmeyer of Cream Ridge, NJ. “Per’s done a great job getting him where he is now. He just told me, you don’t get paid at the quarter or the half,” said McNair after the race. “I could have got away last, that’s how much the best he was, as long as he stayed trotting. I knew he could win as long as he stayed trotting.” McNair and his peers will be back at Mohawk Racetrack next Saturday night, guiding the best Gold Series horses in the province on the $1,600,000 Super Final program. Videos for all races attached. For complete results         Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Bob McIntosh will harness a total of six starters on Saturday’s $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack, including four of the top freshman trotters in the province. Two-year-old trotting colts Pasadena Star and Tyrone Haji finished first and third in their division, while trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Lenny Mac finished one-two. McIntosh says the trotters, all offspring of Kadabra, trained well this week and are ready for a serious run at their respective division titles. “We were real lucky this year to have four nice trotters,” says the Windsor resident, who sends out Pasadena Star and Tyrone Haji from Posts 2 and 3 in the first of the eight Grassroots Championships on Saturday. Pasadena Star finished fourth in the June 29 season opener at Kawartha Downs, but the gelding has not been bested in Grassroots action since. In addition to his four Grassroots victories, the homebred son of former Gold Series competitor Pasadena Princess ($202,019) also captured his division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk on Aug. 30 and finished third in a leg of the Gold Series at Georgian Downs on Aug. 17. “He’s a very nice colt. He’s really not done a thing wrong since the day we started with him,” says McIntosh, who bred and owns the gelding in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “He’s two fingers to drive; you can take him off or put him on the front end.” Stablemate Tyrone Haji was a winner in the Aug. 18 division at Clinton Raceway and finished second in his other four Grassroots outings. McIntosh shares ownership of the gelding with breeder Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and is expecting continued improvement from the long-legged youngster. “He’s a nice big colt and he’s got some talent,” notes McIntosh, a seven time winner of the Johnston Cup as the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. “He trained good on Wednesday and I expect he’ll race good. We made a little bridle change, opened him up a bit.” Randy Waples will pilot Pasadena Star and Steve Condren will steer Tyrone Haji in the second race and the Milton residents will also be in the race bikes behind trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Lenny Mac. Chelseas Chance put together a regular season record of four wins and one second in five Grassroots starts for McIntosh and C S X Stables. The division point leader and Waples will start from Post 8 on Saturday and McIntosh is expecting her to be in the hunt. “She trained extremely well on Wednesday,” says the trainer. “She’s got a really high burst of speed. She can go as fast as a hoppled pacer for an eighth of a mile.” While Chelseas Chance has impressive tactical speed, McIntosh says the other half of his trotting filly entry is more of an endurance athlete. “She’s a nice size filly, she’s great gaited and she can go the distance. The more they move along the better she is,” says the Hall of Fame horseman of Lenny Mac. “She has a good set of lungs on her.” Lenny Mac posted three wins, one second and one fourth in her five regular season starts to finish 42 points behind her stablemate. McIntosh shares ownership of the filly with Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken and Condren will send her after a share of the $50,000 purse from Post 1 in Race 5. In addition to his impressive contingent of trotters, McIntosh will also have a starter in the two-year-old pacing colt and three-year-old pacing filly Championships. Rather Swell and Randy Waples take on a talented group of freshman pacing colts from Post 1 in the fourth race. In five regular season starts the Western Maverick son delivered one win, two seconds and two thirds to finish sixth in the point race. “He tries very hard; he’s had a couple of issues,” says McIntosh, who owns Rather Swell with Dave Boyle. “I think he’ll be a Gold colt next year.” Western Empress will wrap up the evening for the McIntosh stable, making her bid for the sophomore pacing filly crown from Post 3 in the sixth race. In four Grassroots starts the filly, also by Western Maverick, posted two wins and two thirds for McIntosh, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington and Larry Pollard of Harrow. “She has a super drive to her, a heart to her,” says McIntosh. “I look for her to race good Saturday.” Waples guided the filly to her 1:51.3 personal best over the Mohawk oval in an Aug. 23 overnight contest and the pair will be looking to match that on Saturday. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program is 7:25 pm and the Grassroots Championships will be featured in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

Delaware, OH --- CSX Stables both presented and received the trophy for the $52,544 Standardbred for 2-year-old colt pacers, when their On Golden Ponder(Ponder-In Trepid Water, by Intrepid Seelster) won in a 1:52.2 world record, withJohn Campbell in the sulky, on Thursday (Sept. 19) at the Delaware County Fair. The winner made a bold move from fourth after the half and drew away from Totally Kissed (Montrell Teague) and He’s Got It (David Miller) in the late stages. On Golden Ponder has won four of seven as a freshman and is trained by Bob McIntosh. The trainer also bred him, along with CSX Stables. That duo shares ownership with Michael Kohler. The clocking of 1:52.2 was a new stakes and track record, as well as a world record for a freshman pacing colt on a half-mile track. by John Pawlak, the U.S. Trotting Association Courtesy of the United States Trotting Association Web Newsroom    

ELORA, ON — Just two days after scoring a Grassroots double at Hanover Raceway, Hall of Fame reinsman Steve Condren added two more Grassroots wins to his resume in Monday evening’s two-year-old trotting colt action at Grand River Raceway. The Milton resident struck early, guiding division point leader Pasadena Star to a commanding seven length victory from Post 7 in the first $15,000 division. Hetties Commander and Strike It Big battled into second and third in the mile, which was clocked in 2:01.1. Windsor trainer Bob McIntosh bred and owns the Kadabra gelding in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Through seven starts this season Pasadena Star has recorded five wins and one third for earnings of $79,763. Condren was back in the winner’s circle following the eighth race, carving another winning trip out from Post 7 for long shot Ramas Last Son. The Majestic Son gelding reeled in pacesetter Rival Seelster in the stretch to claim the three-quarter length victory in 2:02.2. Verdi was well back in third. The win was the first in seven outings for Ramas Last Son, who is trained by Edward Peconi Jr. for Garry Patterson of Kirkfield. In his first two Grassroots appearances the gelding made errors and finished ninth and tenth, so he will not advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. Local colt Warrawee Promesse will advance, however, after scoring a 2:03.4 victory from Post 7 in the final division on Monday. Trainer Wayne Henry guided the son of Windsong Espoir to the four and one-quarter length win over Aventure and favourite Passed Dat Point. The Arthur resident shares ownership of Warrawee Promesse with Fred Brayford of Alliston. R Choochoo Charlie will join Pasadena Star and Warrawee Promesse in the post season after clocking a 2:03.2 win, but the other two winners, Illseeuincourt (2:04.1) and Crowningcrest (2:03.4), did not accumulate enough points prior to Monday’s test to land them in the Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway this week with the regular season Grassroots finale for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday and the second last Gold Series event for the two-year-old pacing colts on Friday evening. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old trotting colts will wrap up their Grassroots season at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 9, and David Holliday is hoping Striking Patrick can preserve his spot among the top 10 point earners with a strong effort over his local oval. Striking Patrick debuted with a victory in the Grassroots season opener at Kawartha Downs on June 29, circling the Fraserville oval in 2:01.3. He followed that up with a second at Mohawk Racetrack on July 15 and then missed one Grassroots event due to sickness. Back at Mohawk on Aug. 8 the Striking Sahbra gelding finished sixth and on Aug. 18 he delivered a strong effort from the outside Post 7 at Clinton Raceway to finish third. Heading into Monday’s regular season finale Striking Patrick sits ninth in the standings with 90 points. Only the top 10 point earners are assured of a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk, so the gelding will be looking to add a few points to his tally on Monday. Mount Forest resident Holliday owns and trains Striking Patrick, and his son Ryan will steer the gelding from Post 4 in Monday’s third race. Holliday purchased the trotter from last fall’s Canadian Yearling Sale, offering up $3,500 for the full brother to $133,729 winner Swing Anna Miss. Division point leader Pasadena Star will be looking for win number four from Post 7 in the first $15,000 Grassroots division. The Kadabra gelding is trained by Windsor resident Bob McIntosh for his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Pasadena Star is one of two Kadabra colts the Hall of Fame horseman has in the top 10. Tyrone Haji is currently tied for third and will start from Post 4 in Monday’s sixth race for McIntosh and breeder Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. Post time for Grand River Raceway’s Monday, Sept. 9 program is 7:05 pm, with the two-year-old trotting colts featured in Races 2, 3, 6, 7, 8, and 10. For complete entries please go to by Sandra Snyder

DRESDEN, ON — Dresden Raceway fans were treated to five impressive Grassroots performances by Ontario’s talented two-year-old pacing colts on Monday afternoon. Driver Paul Mackenzie kicked things off in the first $18,000 division, guiding King Royalty to a 1:58.4 score over Electric Western. Local favourite Regal Babe, owned by Rob Chapple of Chatham, finished third. All three colts were affected by an accident that saw driver Brad Forward thrown from Opening Line’s race bike heading into the final turn. Fortunately Forward was not seriously injured and was able to drive in the Monday evening program at Elora’s Grand River Raceway. Mackenzie crafted King Royalty’s first lifetime win for trainer David Menary of Cheltenham. The trainer shares ownership of the son of Classic Card Shark with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Two races later Puslinch resident Mackenzie was back in the Dresden winner’s circle with Concert Artist, who rang up the quickest clocking of the five Grassroots divisions, hitting the wire in 1:57.1. Tony O’Sullivan conditions the Artistic Fella gelding for owner-breeder Emerald Highlands Farm of Mount Vernon, OH. The colt’s second Grassroots win vaulted him into contention for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Division point leader Cheeky Fool scored his fourth Grassroots victory in the final division, going gate-to-wire in 1:59.3 for driver Scott Coulter and trainer Clifford Hill. Joshua Wade Jamieson owns the son of Western Maverick, who boasts a five race point tally of 196. The other divisions were captured by On The Big Swing, who bested Hoorei For Flash and Rather Swell, owned by trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Dave Boyle of Bowmanville, with his 1:57.3 effort and V I P Bayama, who posted a 1:57.2 clocking. The two-year-old pacing colts wrap up their Grassroots regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12. by Sandra Snyder  

The best of racing in the Bluegrass State was on display Sunday night at The Mile as the historic track hosted the $2 million Kentucky Super Night with eight $250,000 Kentucky Sires Stakes (KYSS) finals for 2 and 3 year olds highlighting the program. Included among the large crowd at The Red Mile was Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear and his wife, Jane. Six different stallions were represented among the eight championship winners, with only Deweycheatumnhowe and Ponder having double winners. It was a big night for Alan and Meg Leavitt's Walnut Hall Ltd. as the Lexington farm bred and own a pair of KYSS final winners in the 2-year-old gelding trotter Sorrento Hall and the 3-year-old filly trotter Ma Chere Hall. Sorrento Hall broke her maiden in her fourth career start with a 1:59 effort for driver Mike Lachance. The son of Groton Hall-SB Fuchias Image dropped in third from post 9 and then moved to the lead around the final turn, drawing clear to win by 2 1/4 lengths over Samburu and Trace Tetrick, with Scacco Matto and Jeff Nisonger third. Fred Grant trains Sorrento Hall, who came into the race with just $5,550 in earnings but leaves $125,000 richer with the winner's share of the purse. Ma Chere Hall had no problems in capturing her $250,000 final with a career-best 1:52.3 effort for driver Corey Callahan. Rockin With Dewey and Lachance finished second, with Little Bitty Lies and Tim Tetrick third. Jonas Czernyson trains the winning daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe-Margarita Hall for Walnut Hall Ltd. and partners Aldebaran Park Inc. and Joe Sbrocco. Ma Chere Hall was a three-time winner in 2012, including the $202,500 Kindergarten Series final at Vernon Downs, and she is now five for nine this year as she increased her career earnings to $351,408. It was also a big night for Master Of Law, who had no problems with post 10 in the KYSS final for 3- year-old male trotters as he cruised to a 1:52.4 triumph for driver Scott Zeron. Lauderdale and driver Callahan finished second, with Dewey Luvs Britt and Kevin Oscarsson third to complete the Deweycheatumnhowe-sired trifecta. A gelded son of Deweycheatumnhowe-Possess The Magic, Master Of Law posted his fifth straight victory as Zeron go away third and then made a move to the front approaching the half, taking control and never looking back as he scored a career mark. Trained by Frank Antonacci and owned by Lindy Racing Stable, Brittany Farms and Adam Victor & Son Stable, Master Of Law is headed next to the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk, according to driver Zeron. Bandolito stretched his winning streak to nine in what trainer and co-owner Daryl Bier was his last start of the year in the rich final for 3-year-old colt pacers. Although Bier had been driving the son of Ponder-Sody's Home Brew, he turned the lines over to Tim Tetrick on Sunday and the decision paid off with a 1:49.4 victory. Duel In The Sun and Callahan finished second, with Phenomenon and Lachance third. Bier shares ownership of Bandolito with his brother, Tommy, and Charles Dombeck. Unraced at two, Bandolito finished third in his career debut but hasn't been beaten since as he increased his earnings to $188,940. Gov. Beshear presented the trophy for the KYSS final for 2-year-old colt pacers and it was the connections of Last Best Chance who were celebrating in the winner's circle. The race got off on a bad note for the heavily-favored On Golden Ponder, who made a break for driver Lachance, but that paved the way for Tim Tetrick to go on to post the 1:56.2 victory with Last Best Chance. Proceed To Party and Tyler Smith was three-quarters of a length behind in second, with Up N At It and Doug McNair third. Trained by David Nelson, Last Best Chance is a son of Cambest-Pinehurst Lady. The win was his second in four starts and came after a pair of third-place finishes behind On Golden Ponder in the KYSS preliminaries. He boosted his earnings to $133,250 with the career-best victory. Things went much better for Lachance in the KYSS final for 2-year-old filly pacers as he directed Somethinincredible to a 1:55.3 victory, besting runner-up Salsa Star and Randy Tharps by 8 1/2 lengths, with Magical Bestern and Jimmy Stiltner II third. Sent off the 1-9 favorite after two easy wins in the KYSS opening rounds, Somethinincredible is a daughter of Ponder-Breathdefying trained by Bob McIntosh and owned by Robert McIntosh Stables, CSX Stables and Dave Boyle. The win was a career best as she boosted her earnings to $161,825. "She's a pretty good filly," said Lachance. "It's easy to say she could be a Grand Circuit filly, but I think she could be. She's beautiful and good gaited." Petticoat Affair and driver Brad Hanners romped to a 7 1/4-length win in 1:56.4 in the final for 2- year-old filly trotters. KJ Brenda and Lachance were second, with Dress For Success and Callahan third. Bobby Brower trains and co-owns the daughter of Valley Victor-Katie Hall with Mystical Marker Farms. The career-best win was Petticoat Affair's fourth in a row in six career starts, increasing her earnings to $160,063. KZ Beach Girl was a 1:53.2 winner in the KYSS final for 3-year-old filly pacers with Chris Page driving for trainer Steve Carter. So Nice and Peter Wrenn were second, with Diligent Prospect and Callahan third. A daughter of Jenna's Beach Boy-Artical, KZ Beach Girl is owned by Peggy and Steve Cater, Chuck Grubbs and RB Reid. The win was her fifth of the year and a career best, increasing her earnings to $220,825.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 30 – Father Patrick, who captured the Peter Haughton Memorial earlier this year, set a new stakes, track and Canadian record of 1:54 in his division of the Champlain Stakes. Driven by Yannick Gingras and trained by Jimmy Takter, Father Patrick has now won five of six starts in his young career. Gingras marched the son of Cantab Hall to the front before the opening quarter in :28, before allowing Il Sogno Dream (David Miller) to the front. Father Patrick quickly regained the lead before the mid-way point in :56.2 and continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:25.3, before dashing away from his rivals under a comfortable steer to win by open lengths. E L Titan (Riina Rekila) finished second with Deweykeepumnwhy (Jody Jamieson) grabbing third prize. Father Patrick’s 1:54 effort was just two-fifths off the world record set by the great Muscle Hill. Owned by Father Patrick Stable, Father Patrick now has $247,348 in lifetime earnings. He paid $2.40 to win. Two other $90,531 Champlain Stakes divisions took place with Pasadena Star and Harper Blue Chip finding the winner’s circle. Hall of fame conditioner Bob McIntosh teamed up with Randy Waples in the first divisions as Pasadena Star found the wire first in 1:57.1. The talented son of Kadabra came from off-the-speed through panels of :28.2, :58.4 and 1:28.2, before wearing down post time favourite Massacaia (Sylvain Filion) in deep stretch to score the win. O Narutac Perfetto (Billy Davis, Jr.) rallied to finish third. Pasadena Star now has crafted a 4-0-1 record from six starts this season along with $72,173 for McIntosh and co-owner C S X Stables. He paid $10.20 to win as the second choice. In the second division, Harper Blue Chip defeated his eight rivals in 1:56 at odds of 3-1. The son of Majestic Son was quickest to the front before the opening station in :28.2, but allowed longshot Derby (Mario Baillargeon) to clear to the position of command. Harper Blue Chip quickly regained control to lead past the mid-way point in :58 and the three-quarter pole 1:27.1 before dashing away from favourite Damfoolrmillionair (Randy Waples) in deep stretch to win by three and a quarter lengths. Raise The Curtain (Paul MacDonell) finished third. Trained and co-owned by Mark Steacy along with Landmark 6 Racing Stable, David Reid and David McDonald, Harper Blue Chip increased his bankroll to $55,633. The young trotter now has a 2-1-0 record from five starts this season. He paid $8.10 to win. Videos of all races attached. Greg Gangle

 DRESDEN, ON — Ontario Sires Stakes excitement roars into Dresden Raceway on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2 with five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. Leading the charge is top point earner Cheeky Fool, featured in the last $18,000 division, who will benefit from Post 1 in his quest for a fourth Grassroots victory. The Western Maverick son races out of the Clifford Hill barn for owner Joshua Wade Jamieson of Hagersville. A pair of local colts, Regal Babe and Rather Swell, will be on the hunt for their second Grassroots victories on Monday. Regal Babe scored a 1:55.2 win in the Aug. 24 stop at Kawartha Downs after finishing out of the money in his other two Grassroots starts. Regal Babe will tackle the third race field from Post 3, with Doug McNair in the race bike for trainer Gregg McNair. Bred and owned by Chatham’s Rob Chapple, Monday’s start will be a homecoming for the son of Stonebridge Regal and Nascar Babe. Unlike Regal Babe, Rather Swell has been the model of consistency through his first three Grassroots starts. The son of Western Maverick and Breathtacular finished second in his June 27 debut at Mohawk Racetrack, won his July 6 start at Georgian Downs with a 1:54.4 mile, and finished second to Regal Babe in the Aug. 24 test. In between the gelding posted two thirds in his elimination and the consolation of the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Rather Swell, bred the colt in partnership with Ohio-based C S X Stables and shares ownership of him with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. Currently ranked fifth in the point standings, Rather Swell will start from Post 4 in Race 7. Dresden Raceway’s Labour Day Monday program gets under way at 1 pm and features five prize draws for Ontario Sires Stakes apparel in addition to the five Grassroots divisions, slated for Races 3, 5, 7, 9 and 11. For complete entries please go to by Sandra Snyder        

ELORA, ON - Seaside Rory picked up her second Gold Series win on Monday evening at Grand River Raceway and the three-year-old pacing filly did it in impressive fashion. Getting away from Post 3 with regular reinsman Jody Jamieson in the race bike, Seaside Rory sat just off the pace in fifth as fan favourite Jan It Jackson rolled through sharp early fractions of :27, :54.3 and 1:24.1. Rolling down the backstretch for the second time Jamieson sent Seaside Rory up the outside and the filly had edged by Jan It Jackson before the head of the stretch. With a little more gas in her tank than her rival, Seaside Rory was able to accelerate away to a one and one-half length victory in a track record 1:53.1. The mile shaved one-fifth of a second off the mark set by Jet Speed in last fall's Grassroots Semifinals. Jan It Jackson settled for second, with Wildcat Hanna another length back in third. Hillsburgh resident Jeff Gillis trains Seaside Rory for his partners Mac Nichol of Burlington, M And L Of Delaware LLC of Wilmington, DE and Ellen Ott of Buffalo, NY. The victory, the Mach Three daughter's sixth of the season, boosted her career earnings to $116,608. The second $70,000 Gold division saw Gillis trainee Bad Feeling finish third behind division point leader Pan Luis Obispo and Leaveumlady. The field finished more than six lengths behind fan favourites Pan Luis Obispo and Randy Waples, who stopped the Grand River teletimer at 1:54.3.  Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh conditions Pan Luis Obispo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Through 11 sophomore starts the No Pan Intended daughter has tallied five wins, three seconds, two thirds and earnings of $232,333.  The final battle was won by first time Gold Series starter Regil Elektra, who rocketed down the stretch to a three length triumph over Request For Parole and Marlee B in a personal best 1:53.3. Brad Forward crafted the win for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stbl LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The three-year-old pacing fillies wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 12, while Ontario Sires Stakes action is back at Grand River Raceway this Wednesday, Aug. 28 with a pair of Gold divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts. For complete results.             For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Photo: Seaside Rory and driver Jody Jamieson streak to a 1:53.1 track record in three-year-old pacing filly Gold Series action at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 26. Iron Horse Photo  

FRASERVILLE, ON — As the two-year-old pacing colts hit the halfway mark in their season, Twomickeytrip is making the move from the Gold to the Grassroots Series and hoping to hit the board when the provincial program stops at his hometown oval on Saturday, Aug. 24.  Twomickeytrip and trainer-driver Rick Fife will line up behind Post 1 on the Kawartha Downs starting gate, battling an eighth race field full of Grassroots regulars. Among the colts who have already accumulated points toward a berth in the post season are seventh and eighth ranked Mach Stockn Barrel and Major Starlight, who will start from Posts 2 and 9, respectively. Ennismore resident Fife shares ownership of Twomickeytrip with breeder Grace George of Cavan, and the partners started the half-brother to $425,424 winner Watermelonwine in the June 28 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk Racetrack. The Mach Three colt finished a respectable third, but missed the second event due to sickness, leaving him out of the July 19 Mid-Summer Challenge. Two more starts in open competition at Mohawk saw Twomickeytrip fail to hit the board so Fife and George opted for the move into the Grassroots Series. Unlike Twomickeytrip, Rather Swell has already garnered 75 points toward a post season berth, tallying one win and one second in his two Grassroots appearances. The Bob McIntosh trainee is currently tied for fifth in the division point standings, from which the top 10 will advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. McIntosh, who makes his home in Windsor, shares ownership of Rather Swell with Dave Boyle of Bowmanville. The Western Maverick son will make his bid for a second Grassroots win from Post 1 in the ninth race, taking on a field laden with newcomers to the provincial circuit. The two-year-old pacing colts will look to impress Kawartha Downs’ fans in Races 1, 3, 5, 6, 8, 9, and 10 on Saturday’s program, which gets under way at 7 pm. For complete entries please go to by Sandra Snyder      

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 17 – A trio of the sports top freshmen pacers were showcased on Saturday evening with $81,811 divisions of the Nassagaweya Stakes taking place. Play It Again Sam, Arthur Blue Chip and Somewhere In L A all found the wire first for their respective connections. Play It Again Sam, driven by Randy Waples, notched his seventh straight win as he stopped the timer in 1:52. The talented son of Shadow Play was hard-used to earn the front as he was parked to the opening station in :27.1. From there, favourite Play It Again Sam lead his eight rivals past the mid-way point in :55 and 1:24, before Waples called on him for more speed en route to victory. Victory Bayama (Sylvain Filion) finished second, ahead of Winds Of Change (Scott Zeron). Owned by Wayne Whebby and R G McGroup Ltd, Play It Again Sam increased his career earnings to $50,827. He paid $3.50 to win, Moore would return to the winners circle once again as Arthur Blue Chip and Paul MacDonell got under the wire first in 1:52 in the first division. The son of Shadow Play marched to the front past the opening station in :27.1 and never looked back as he laid down fractions of :55.3 and 1:24.2, before edging away from his eight rivals to win by one and a half lengths. Boomboom Ballykeel (Sylvain Filion) finished second, over Three Of Clubs (Doug McNair). Owned by Shadow One Stable, Arthur Blue Chip now has a 4-0-1 record from six starts this season along with $174,494 in earnings. He paid $3.50 to win. In the final division, Somewhere In L A converted off a perfect, pocket trip to win in 1:52.1. Driven by Randy Waples, the son of Somebeachsomewhere cleared to the front past the opening station in :27.2, before getting covered up by Idealbeach Hanover (Paul MacDonell). Idealbeach Hanover continued to lead his eight rivals past the mid-way point in:55.3 and 1:23.3. Down the stretch, Idealbeach Hanover began to tire as Somewhere In L A angled out of the pocket to score the victory. Twin B Speedo (Jack Moiseyev) finished second with Idealbeach Hanover third. Trained by co-owned by Bob McIntosh along with CSX Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc., Somewhere In L A now has a 3-1-1 record from six starts this season along with $68,105. He paid $17.10 to win. All three winners remain eligible to the $700,000E Metro Pace on Saturday, August 31 at Mohawk with eliminations taking place on August 24. Videos of the three races attached. Greg Gangle

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