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ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway hosted more than 400 guests at its 10th annual backstretch Open House on Sunday, May 27. Guests were treated to a rare glimpse of horse racing behind-the-scenes. The full tour of the Open House's seven stations included the unique opportunity to drive a racehorse. Admission was free, but participants made donations totaling $300 at the door to support local organizations which aid in the retraining and placement of retired racehorses into new riding and driving careers. Other interactive stations included a tour of the judges' stand and announcer's booth, a mare and foal, horse themed crafts and face painting, and photos in the starting car. Members of Racing Under Saddle Ontario were onsite to demonstrate the versatility of the Standardbred racehorse in different disciplines. Representatives from the Youth Literary Derby chatted with kids and parents about their horse-themed writing contest designed to engage Ontario-resident youngsters in Grades 5 through 8. The Grand River Raceway Open House is presented in cooperation with the Hands On Horses Program and the Ontario Harness Horse Association. Grand River Raceway extends it appreciation to all of the associations and volunteers who assisted with this event. More than 3,500 people have attended Grand River Raceway's Open House events over the past ten years. Grand River Raceway's live racing season opens this Friday at 6:30 p.m. and continues most Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

Local media celebs swapped headlines for harness racing driving lines on Friday night in Grand River Raceway's third annual Media Race. Each media personality was paired with a professional driver in a custom two-person jog cart for the half-mile exhibition race. Award-winning equine photographer Dave Landry was the victor alongside pro driver Bruce Richardson. The pair piloted 16-year-old Killean Sweep in the half-mile dash. Darryl Law of The Morning Buzz on 107.5 DAVE ROCKS was a half-length back with top Grand River Raceway driver Bob McClure and Little Miss Sporty. Morning show host Lisa Richards of Magic 106.1 FM was close behind with Brad Forward and Callie Magoo. Last year's champ, Barry Finn, the editor at The Rider newspaper rounded out the field with Robert Shepherd and Calamar. Law captured an entertaining POV Facebook Live video of the entire race and winners circle which can be viewed here. Photos from the event can be viewed here. Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

The following is a summary of local winning horses and/or harness racing people during the races on the date below. Sept 16th / 2015 The top local horseman for Wednesday night at Grand River Raceway was Bruce Richardson. He was the winner of the 5th race aboard Addicted To Love. The win pushed Bruce closer to 89 season driving wins. It was Addicted To Love's first win of the season in 15 attempts. Bruce has amassed 3124 driving wins throughout his 25-year career. The Arthur, ON horseman is consistently one of the top reinsmen at several tracks throughout Ontario. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday and Wednesday nights throughout September.  Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer

AUGUST 1, 2015 - In front of an enthusiastic Dream Of Glory night crowd, local harness racing reinsman Bruce Richardson piloted a pair of three-year-old pacing fillies to Grassroots victory on Saturday evening. "It's just like playing for the Leafs," quipped Richardson from the Hanover Raceway winner's circle. "A jam-packed house." The Arthur, ON resident made his first visit to the winner's circle in the opening division, guiding Dublin Rose to a 1:55 victory over Aniston Seelster and Code One Hanover. Starting from Post 5, Richardson and Dublin Rose watched from sixth as Code One Hanover rocketed out to a :26.4 opening quarter. Heading for the :56.3 half the reinsman tipped Dublin Rose into the outer lane and the fan favourites made steady progress up the outside through the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Turning for home Dublin Rose was one-half length back and she powered down the stretch to score a half-length victory, just one-fifth of a second off the track record for sophomore pacing fillies. "She's a real nice filly," said Richardson. "I drove her up in Clinton (July 5) and got locked in the two-hole with her and she finished okay, she finished third up there. Tonight she raced just real tough, I come first up with her and just grinded it out, and she raced right to the wire." Richardson engineered the win for Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI, who bred, owns and trains the daughter of Major In Art and Bronwen Seelster. The win was the filly's second in Grassroots action and gives her 100 points in the race toward a post season berth. The driver's second Grassroots victory came in the fourth division, with lightly rated Happy Ending Gal, who lived up to her name after a rocky start to the evening. "He said that she made a break warming up, and she pulled a shoe, he said she did everything bad that she wasn't supposed to tonight," said Richardson of his pre-race conversation with trainer Gerald Lilley. "And he said that she sometimes doesn't finish her mile very good, but she got a good enough trip. They battled up at the front end and kind of slowed up, and we were in a lucky spot and got through, and she win." Starting from the trailing Post 8, Happy Ending Gal was sixth at the :27.4 quarter and :56.4 half. Richardson tipped the Jeremes Jet daughter into the outer lane behind three other horses heading for the 1:25.3 three-quarters and when the leaders seemed to stall in the stretch he sent her wider still and Happy Ending Gal sprinted home to a one and three-quarter length victory in a personal best 1:56. Southwind Geisha and Got Some Spark also closed well to be second and third. The win was both Happy Ending Gal and trainer Gerald Lilley's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Dutton, ON resident Lilley conditions the filly for Bill Manes and Steven Papillon of Rockwood, ON and Donald Swackhamer and William Cripps of Acton, ON. In addition to his pair of Grassroots victories Richardson, currently second in the driver standings at Hanover Raceway, also won the evening's first race with maiden trotter Mulan Road. The other three Grassroots trophies went home with Warrawee Qually, Northern Starlet and OK Heavenly. Warrawee Qually earned her first Grassroots win of the season with a 1:55.4 effort in the second division for driver Steve Byron and trainer Pat Hunt. The Jeremes Jet daughter went gate-to-wire, besting Wishes For You and Mystical Wonder. Hunt trains Warrawee Qually for his partners Glengate Farms of Campbellville, ON and Goldfinger Stables of Burlington, ON. The win was the first of three on the night for Thornton, ON resident Byron, including a romp to victory with heavy favourite Hemi Seelster in the featured $75,000 Dream Of Glory Trot Final. Northern Starlet posted her first victory of 2015 in the third division, circling the Hanover oval on the front end for driver Jean Bernard Renaud. The favourites hit the wire one length ahead of Amazing Control and Evas Girl in 1:57. Stephane Larocque of Carlisle, ON trains Sportswriter daughter Northern Starlet for Bayama Farms Inc. of Saint-Andre-d'Argenteuil, QC. The final Grassroots division was captured by Clarke Steacy and OK Heavenly, who was also making her first appearance in the winner's circle this season. Another daughter of Sportswriter, OK Heavenly powered down the stretch to a one-quarter length victory over Windsun Chanel and Much Adoo in 1:58. Steacy crafted the come-from-behind victory for his father, trainer Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, ON, and owners Oak Knoll Stables of Campbellcroft, ON, Conrad Leber of Montreal, QC, Richard Karper of Saint-Laurent, QC and Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga, ON. The three-year-old pacing fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 14. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Hanover Raceway on Saturday, Sept. 5 with the last Grassroots test for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Ontario Horse Racing

The top local harness racing horseman for Friday night at Grand River Raceway was Bruce Richardson. Bruce was able to score the driving double. He was the winner of back-to-back races in the 5th and 6th races. Bruce was aboard Star Struck Luck in the 5th and I Feel Good in the 4th. Bruce has amassed 3124 wins as a driver throughout his career. Bruce is a native of Arthur, ON and has been a part of the southern Ontario harness racing scene for over 30 years. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer

Top local harness racing horseman Bruce Richardson was at Grand River Raceway on Friday night. Bruce was the winner of two races. He was able to steer Richlyn Ombretta (rich-lin om-bretta) to an upset victory in the 6th race and was aboard Distinctive Rusty in the 10th race. Bruce is a career winner of over 3100 races. Bruce is a native of Arthur and is one of the top drivers at Grand River Raceway year in and year out. Grand River Raceway features live harness racing on Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Complete schedule info at www.grandriverraceway.com . Kelly Spencer

It was a perfect weather night for a harness racing Pepsi Day at Hanover Raceway. Pepsi provided close to $2,000 dollars in prizes including a Patio Set, BBQ,  Bicycles, and much more.  Fans also got a chance to taste test their new lines of Starbucks coffee, Pure Leaf iced tea, and Mountain Dew Energy drinks. On the track, Top driver Bruce Richardson who won three races on week one continued his winning ways with 2 wins, 2 seconds and 3 third place finishes. Richardsons first win was in race two with Pembroke Chip (Malabar Man) in 1:59.4 for owner Dale McFadden of Ayton.   The Arthur native also won race 6 which was the featured Pepsi Pace with Skyway Boomer (Sportswriter) in 1:58.4 for owner Glenview Livestock of Guelph. Jay Harris of Dundas also had 2 wins on the card.   The 30 year old won race 3 with Euchred (Shadow Play) in 1:57.1 for owner David Yuzpe of London and the nightcap with Modern Best (Modern Art) in 1:59.1 for owner Stephen Morton of Nova Scotia. Next Saturday is Molson Mens night at Hanover, in honour of Fathers Day.  Fathers in attendance can win some fabulous prized courtesy of Molson.   Post time Saturday June 20th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan Hanover Raceway

Great weather and a good crowd opened Hanover Raceway's 51st harness racing season of pari-mutuel wagering on Saturday night. Hanover fans enjoyed a new sound system in the grandstand and new LED Lighting as well as a number of new promotions. Teresa Marshall of Hanover was the first winner of the Best Seats in the House sponsored by 92.3 The Dock and Leons of Owen Sound and Collingwood, and Teresa Seifert of Hanover was the first winner of the Lucky 7's race when My Friend Diaz won the 7th race in a time of 1:56.1. On the track, Bruce Richardson who was the tracks top driver last year started off the season with a hat-trick winning race 2 with Oh Hannah in 2:03.1 for owner Linda Denis of Oro-Medonte. Richardson was back in the winner's circle in Race 4 with Adventure Luck for owner Bruce Winning of Madoc, Ontario in 1:58.3 and won Race 5 with Tymal Flare in 2:01.3 for owner Glenview Livestock of Guelph. J B Renaud got the ball rolling winning the opening race of the 2015 season with Sixth Man for owner and trainer Julie Walker of Owen Sound in 1:57.3. Terry Fritz of Walkerton also had a good night with a win in Race 3 with Preppy Art in 1:57.1, and won the nightcap with Campus Cutie Pie for owner Dennis Jewett of Wingham in 1:59. Next Saturday is Pepsi night at the races. Close to 2,000 dollars in prizes will be up for grabs for fans of all ages, and Pepsi staff will be on hand showcasing some of their products in a taste testing table. Post time at Hanover raceway is 7:15pm. For Wightman TV subscribers who missed the races they can watch the Hanover Raceway replay show on Fridays on Channel 6. Gord Dougan G.M. Hanover Raceway

ELORA, ON ­— Local media celebs swapped headlines for driving lines on Friday night in Grand River Raceway’s second annual harness racing Media Race.   Each media personality was paired with a professional driver in a custom two-person jog cart for the half-mile exhibition race. Barry Finn, the editor at The Rider newspaper was the victor with Spago Hall, swooping out four-wide in the stretch to overcome the leader along the rail, Jaime Myslik and Killean Sweep. Assisted by pro driver Robert Shepherd, Finn finished just a head over the field in a thrilling finish. “Being that close to the horses … it’s an amazing experience. It was just a wild ride,” said Finn from the winners circle. Jaime Myslik, a reporter for the Wellington Advertiser was accompanied by Arthur, ON driver Bruce Richardson. The pair drove the veteran of the field, 15-year-old Killean Sweep who finished second. Gayle O’Brien, Morning Buzz personality on 107.5 Dave FM, was aboard seven-year-old Hollywood Ham. She was accompanied by Paul MacKenzie, who celebrated his 8,000th career driving win on June 3 at Grand River Raceway. The duo finished third. Rounding out the field was defending champion Kelly Waterhouse. She took home the hardware in last year’s inaugural edition with pro driver Bob McClure and the seven-year-old mare, Echos Black Dress. The News Director for The Grand 92.9 FM, Waterhouse was reunited with her horse and driver for the 2015 edition. 2015 Media Race • Photos from the event:  Live racing continues Monday, Wednesday and Friday nights all summer. Post time is 6:30 p.m. Kelly Spencer

Clinton -- Two years ago, James MacDonald was winning Clinton Raceways' annual harness racing drivers challenge heading into the final race when Trevor Henry pulled off a last second victory. MacDonald got his revenge a year ago, winning his first title with a decisive victory over Jody Jamieson. Henry was third. On Sunday, May 31, the trio, along with five other top reinsmen, will suit up against each other again as the 35th annual Drivers Challenge hits the track in support of the Clinton branch of the Royal Canadian Legion. "Legions are having a tough time financially across the province. Every cause is a good one, but we think this will be a nice tie-in for us," said Clinton Raceway general manager Ian Fleming. Though it's a fun, relaxed atmosphere in which all proceeds of the day, including the drivers' fees, will go to the Legion, MacDonald said the drivers don't take the competition lightly. "Everyone's really competitive," he said. "You put a bunch of egos in together and one's a winner and you're going to get people trying pretty hard. There's no favours there, that's for sure." Henry, a finalist for the O'Brien Award for Canada's driver of the year in 2014, said pride is on the line. "It's always nice to have the bragging rights," Henry said, "But it's just a lot of fun. It's a good day out." The Drivers Challenge will pit Clinton's top three drivers of 2014 -- Henry, Ryan Holliday and Bruce Richardson-- against MacDonald, Jamieson, Doug McNair and Mike Saftic from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit and Canada's leading dash winner, Alfie Carroll, who turned 30 in early May, and is leading the nation with nearly 200 wins already in 2015. For the first time in its long history, the Drivers Challenge is being held at the beginning, rather than at the end of the season, to make room for the eighth edition of Clinton Raceway's biannual Legends Day classic that will close out the track's 16-race season on Sept. 6 in support of the Clinton Public Hospital. Henry, long the king of Ontario's smaller tracks and now a regular fixture on the WEG circuit, said he's a big fan of Clinton Raceway. "It's just good to go there and give back to the town of Clinton," Henry said. "They do a lot of good there. It's a good town and a nice track and a good spot." MacDonald said he likes making the trip to Clinton because the Drivers Challenge usually draws a huge crowd and, "the people there seem to appreciate it and they put on a good show." MacDonald currently ranks a close second on Canada's driver earnings list with over $1.35 million made in 2015. McNair is a close third ($1.23 million), following by Henry in fifth ($1.09 million), Jamieson in sixth ($980,000) and Carroll in eighth ($890,000). In the wins department, after Carroll, McNair currently ranks sixth in the nation with 90 wins, followed by MacDonald in seventh (88) and Henry tied for ninth (80). The eight reinsmen participating in the Drivers Challenge have more than 26,300 career wins between them and combined career earnings of around $300 million.     Jessica Carnochan

An enthusiastic harness racing crowd braved the cold and rainy weather at Hanover Raceway Saturday night. The staff from CKNX, 101.7 The One and 94.5 Classic rock brought with them a 50 inch Smart TV and blue ray player and the winner was Dave Middleton of Port Elgin. Middleton was on hand as part of a 40 person group from Sun Life in Hanover and Owen Sound. The group enjoyed an afternoon BBQ with their families and stayed around for the evening harness races. On the track, a pair of drivers picked up Hat-tricks. Bruce Richardson who leads all dash winning drivers with 29 wins started off the hat-trick winning race 4 with Emerald Echo in 2:05 for owners Dayle McFadden of Ayton and Lynne McFadden of Barrie. The Arthur native won the very next race with The Voice in 2:05.1 which he shares ownership on with Joe Coffey of Orangeville and Terry Oneil of Arthur. Richardson capped off the night with his final win in Race 9 driving Adventure Luck to victory in 1:59.1 for owner Bruce Winning of Madoc. House meanwhile started off his winning streak in Race 3 with American Grace in 2:01.2 for the Kevin Mcmaster stables of Guelph. Win number 2 was in race 6 with Serious Fool in 1:59.4 for owner Robert Daer of Goderich and House capped the hat-trick in the nightcap with Sandburg Hanover for the Kevin Mcmaster stables of Guelph. Hanover Raceway also held Horse Racing Bingo for the first time, and unfortunately no one in the crowd filled out a full bingo card. Because of that, Hanover Raceway is going to play BINGO again next Saturday for the first 250 people who are 18 and over at the program information booth. Post time next Saturday night is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

The three-year-old trotting fillies completed their Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots regular season Thursday at Flamboro Downs in five $18,000 divisions. The fastest division was dominated by Stormont Kate and Bruce Richardson who got the girls by the opening marker in :29, the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.3 and were home easily in 1:58.2. Chelseas Chance was second followed by Torches Star. Richardson, of Arthur, Ontario, owns and trains the winner, a daughter of Kadabra who was recording her fourth win this year. Stormont Kate is the second foal from a half-sister to $912,000 winner Lord Stormont. KD Bella was the early leader in the first division, getting the field by the first quarter in :29.2, the half in :59.2 and three-quarters in 1:28.4. As the field was half-way through the final turn KD Bella went offstride allowing Viva Bayama to inherit the lead but Flexible Woman closed hard through the stretch to win in 1:59.3 for Steve Byron. Viva Bayama was a neck behind in second while Magic Factory was a close third. John Bax trains the winner, a daughter of Federal Flex he co-owns with breeder Glengate Farms of Campbellville, Ontario. This was the third win of the year for Flexible Woman. The second division saw Erin Hall and Travis Henry in the lead early and that pair trotted by the opening quarter in :28.2 and the half in :59.2. Serendipitious took over the lead by the 1:29.2 three-quarters but was overtaken in deep stretch by Mystical Wishes who hit the wire first in 1:59. Serendipitious held for second while Ja El Diamond was third. A daughter of Muscle Mass trained by Tony Alagna for owners Mystical Marker Farms and Peggy Hood of Indiana, Mystical Wishes was notching her seventh win in 12 starts this year. Lenny Mac and Scott Coulter went to the top first in the third division, and never gave up that position through fractions of :30.1, 1:01.1, 1:30.2 and was home easily in 2:00. Osprey Impact took second while Do The Wheelhouse finished third. Trainer Bob McIntosh bred and co-owns the winner, a daughter of Kadabra, with Earl Hill of Ohsweken, Ontario. This was Lenny Mac’s third win of her sophomore campaign. The final split was controlled the entire mile by Northern Secret who was by the first panel in :28.4, the half in :59.2, the three-quarters in 1:29.1 and was home first in 1:59.1. Doweeypuffandhow was second followed by Wawona. Mario Baillargeon was up behind the winner, trained by his brother Ben who co-owns with Nunzio Vena of Bolton and Santo Veno of Brampton, Ontario. The Angus Hall miss earned a new life record with tonight’s effort, her second win this year. This was the final Grassroots event for this group. The top point earners will now face off in the Semi-Finals on September 20 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s races, please clickFlamboro Results - September 11. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

Clinton Raceway will end their 2014 harness racing season this Sunday with a jammed packed card which includes Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots action for two-year-old pacing colts, the track’s 34th annual Charity Drivers’ Challenge and a fundraiser for Childcan. The eight drivers participating in the drivers’ challenge, Trevor Henry, Bruce Richardson, Ryan Holliday, Chris Christoforou, Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair, Phil Hudon and James MacDonald, have all generously donated their driving fees from the competition to Childcan. “We’ve had a great season in 2014 and I’d like to thank all of our horse people, fans and staff who have contributed to its success. We’re very appreciative of the drivers who have donated their fees from Sunday’s card to our fundraiser. We’re looking forward to another great season next year,” noted Clinton’s General Manager Ian Fleming. In addition to participating in the driving challenge, all of the drivers will also be piloting colts in the six OSS divisions. Jamieson, MacDonald and Henry have drives in all six splits. McNair has five OSS steers, Christoforou is listed on four colts, Hudon has three OSS mounts while Holiday and Richardson will each guide one. The first OSS division, race four, features two colts who won a Grassroots event in their most recent outing. The simply named Jeb was a winner at Georgian on August 24 and will leave from the rail with Hudon driving for trainer James ‘Friday’ Dean and owners Wilma and Jim MacKenzie of Ennismore, Ontario. The Camluck son is looking for his third OSS victory this year having also won the first event for this group at Mohawk in early July. Jeb is tied as the leading point earner in this division with 137 points. Big Moment, who also has 137 points, has drawn post three in the second division, race five. Randy Waples will be at the lines as usual for trainer Bob McIntosh behind the son of Camluck who has won three Grassroots to date and was second in another. Moonwards Hanover will also look for his second straight Grassroots win in the first split. He won at Georgian in a life best 1:54. Paul MacDonell will be up behind the son of Sportswriter owned and trained by Jack Darling of Cambridge, Ontario. The third division, race six, finds two colts vying for their third straight Grassroots win. Thinkofagameplan, who has won his last two events, will leave from post two with Waples up for trainer McIntosh. The son of Ponder, owned by McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario and his cousin Al McIntosh of Leamington, Ontario, has yet to finish off the board in five starts to date. Pair Of Deuces has also captured his last two Grassroots outings, at Georgian and Mohawk, for trainer Nifty Norman and owner/breeder Pinske Stables. The son of Badlands Hanover will depart from post six with MacDonell at the lines. The two-year-old pacing colts are featured in races four, five, six, nine, 11 and 12 on Sunday’s card. To view the full program, please click Clinton Entries - August 31. Ontario Sire Stakes

Clinton -- Ryan Holliday of Mount Forest, Ont. said he has extra incentive to win the 34th Annual Drivers Challenge Aug. 31 at Clinton Raceway that extends beyond trying to prove himself against a group of top drivers from Toronto. Holliday's cousin, Lindsay Foulon, has a two-year-old daughter with leukemia. While Hayden Foulon is being treated at Children's Hospital in London, her family has received support from Childcan (www.childcan.com), the charitable recipient of Clinton's Drivers Challenge for the fourth consecutive year. When Holliday, 26, was recovering from a broken elbow and wrist suffered in an accident in January at The Raceway at The Western Fair District in London, he spent a few days in the same hospital where Heyden was having some tests. "We were talking there one day and my cousin told me about how Childcan helps them. I said, 'Childcan? I'm pretty sure I drive for them in the charity event.' It makes you realize a little more about the good they do. I actually saw firsthand what the money does." The Drivers Challenge will pit Clinton's top three drivers -- Trevor Henry, Bruce Richardson and Holliday -- against Chris Christoforou, Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair, Sylvain Filion and James MacDonald from the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) circuit. "That day there's a great crowd and there's a lot of good drivers there and it makes for a good day," McNair said. "It's definitely a fun event, but we race pretty tough out there, especially that day. No one does anybody any favours out there, that's for sure. Everybody wants to win and obviously it's for a good cause." All driver fees and proceeds from the day will be donated to Childcan. The charity has already received more than $40,000 from the Clinton Raceway event. The Drivers Challenge has raised more than $275,000 for various charities since its inception in 1981. Renee Simmons is in charge of Family Support for Childcan. She said the charity helps families with simple, daily expenses while they have a child being treated for cancer. "We offer every family a (hospital) parking pass and that is theirs until their child has completed treatment," Simmons said. "When they're in-patient, we set families up with two cafeteria vouchers per day. So, they have two $10 vouchers to spend on meals. "Then, we have an emergency financial assistance fund that our families can access, especially for our families that travel... Our mission is to make sure that the parents can focus on their child's care." Simmons, along with Hayden and Lindsay Foulon are expected to be at Clinton Raceway Aug. 31 for the Drivers Challenge. The program will also feature an Ontario Sires Stakes grassroots event for two-year-old pacing colts, as well as a charity barbeque, loom bracelet sale, 50/50 draw, bake sale, various auctions and a petting zoo, bouncy castle and face painting for the kids. The card starts at 1:30 p.m. "I'm looking forward to the pig roast, I'll be honest with you," Simmons said, laughing. "I always eat very well when I'm in Clinton." Holliday said Hayden's treatment is going well. "They're monitoring her counts all the time. As long as everything's good, she'll be out for the event," he said. As for the racing, Holliday said he's looking forward to testing his mettle against the big city boys, particularly at a track he calls home. "Clinton's a great place to race," he said. "They do a really good job there. They make sure there's a good show every week for everybody. The Drivers Challenge will be no different. They seem to go the extra mile there." Holliday said he might even have a little home track edge. "I know the horses there really well," he said. "I drive them week in and week out. So, maybe I have an advantage. Even to be recognized driving against those guys is pretty cool to me in general. I'm just glad I'm at that stage." by Jessica Carnochan, for Clinton Raceway  

Harness racing three-year-old trotting colts bred and raised by Dr. Mike Wilson’s Warrawee Farm of Rockwood, Ontario, captured two of the six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions tonight at Grand River Raceway. The fastest victory of the night was recorded by Warrawee Promesse who was on top through every fraction, :28.4, :58.4, 1:28.2, and was home with more than three lengths to spare in 1:57.2. Striking Hurricane was second followed by Enthusiast. Trainer Wayne Henry was in the sulky behind the Windsong Espoir gelding he co-owns with Fred Brayford of Alliston, Ontario. It was the fourth consecutive victory for Warrawee Promesse who came into tonight’s contest fresh from a sweep of the Dream Of Glory series at Hanover Raceway. Warrawee Promesse’s former stablemate at the farm, Warrawee Preferred, used different tactics to capture his division for trainer Per Henriksen. They watched as Passed Dat Point carved out fractions of :29, :59 and 1:30.1 but were first at the wire reached in 2:01.3 over Tymal Showman and Passed Dat Point. Henriksen’s Asa Farm of Norwood, Ontario, shares ownership of son of Federal Flex with breeder Mike Wilson of Rockwood and Darryl Drain of Tweed, Ontario. This was the first victory in seven starts this year for Warrawee Preferred whose dam is a half-sister to $1.8 million winner Here Comes Herbie. Henry’s brother Trevor captured the first division with Aventure in 1:58 over Oliver Slik and Massacaia. Aventure finished second to Warrawee Promesse in the Dream Of Glory final after winning an elimination. He is trained by Bill Bud for owner Orville Rursch of Illinois. This was the fifth win in 14 tries this year for the Muscle Mass colt. Another Muscle Mass winner came in the second division when Phil Hudon and R Choochoo Charlie connected for a 1:57.3 score to defeat Stonebridge Rich and Redemption Road. Elizabeth and Tom Rankin of St. Catharines, Ontario, own the winner trained by Mark Steacy. The remaining two divisions were captured by Hetties Commander (The Pres) in 1:58.3 for Bruce Richardson and trainer Michel Rivest who co-owns with Gary Silliphant and Denis Rivest and Me The Boss (Keystone Nordic) and driver Scott Coulter in 1:59.1 for trainer Steve Charlton and owner Larocque Racing Stable of Thornhill, Ontario. The next Grassroots test for this group goes August 21 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. The full results from tonight’s contest Ontario Sire Stakes

Hanover Raceway wrapped up its summer handicapping harness racing contest on Saturday night. 30 handicappers qualified for the Country 93 sponsored contest, and all were hoping to win the first prize, a 51 inch High Definition TV. The contest started in Race 2 and 21 of the 30 competitors picked favorite Lucky Dunk driven by J Bradley Harris, but the 3 year old colt broke in the final turn knocking out all but 9 of the competitors.   The contest was quickly down to the final four, and Susan Weatherall of Flesherton won the contest in Race 7 when the horse picked by runner-up Shelley Johnston of Chatsworth finished 4th.  Susan picked her father Wil’s horse who won the race. Johnston won a prize package including a 250 dollar shopping voucher courtesy of the Hanover Chamber of Commerce. Joe Allison of Kincardine finished 3rd winning Golf for 2 at Cobble Beach, and Bill Fitzsimmons of Meaford was 4th winning a 100 dollar prize pack courtesy of Hanover Raceway. On the track, it was the Bruce Richardson and Garret Rooney show, as the 2 Arthur men won 6 of the 10 races on the night. Richardson kicked off the night winning the opener with Passion Delight in 2:00.3  for owners Glenview Livestock.  Richardson also won 4th race with Quarter past Six in 2:03 for owners Dayle and Lynn Mcfadden of Barrie and the 8th race with Elle Machferson in 1:57.4 for owner Eugene Bauman of Drayton.   Rooney meanwhile won Race 3 with favorite All Muscled Up in 2:02.4 for owner Jim Wilson of Melancthon, Ont, Race 6 with Prettyndangerous in 1:57 for owner Hutt Stables of Pennsylvania, and got the hatrick in Race 7 with Dervish Hanover in 1:59.1 for owner Doug Riley of Seaforth. Hanover Raceway resumes its 2014 season in 2 weeks, as they break for the 150th annual Hanover Bentinck and Brant Agricultural Fair starting on Friday August 15th. Event brochures are available at the Racetrack restaurant and slot bar, or details of all the activities can be found online at www.hanoverfair.ca Hanover Raceway

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