YONKERS, NY, Saturday, January 24, 2015 - Harness racing driver Dan Dube, off to a solid start to the season, continue his roll Saturday night by sweeping both of Yonkers Raceway's Saturday night $35,000 co-features. In-form Not Again ($4.40) defended his marquee trot title, winning this Open Handicap event in 1:56.3. Assigned outside his six rivals, Not Again, as the second choice. was in play early. Eschewing a three-hole, he drove on, getting around Meadows invader Count Me In. That one, the 11-10 favorite, took over from lone lass Backstreet Hanover (Tyler Buter). Not Again threw down the gauntlet (:27.3, 57.3, 1:26.2), taking no outer-tier pressure whatsoever. Count Me In pulled pocket early, and that would cost him. Not Again wound up winning by length-and-a-quarter, with 45-1 rank outsider Sim Brown (Mark MacDonald) slipping up the cones for second. Count Me In was third, with Hoorayforvacation (Eric Carlson) and Star Photo (Eric Goodell) rounding out the payees. Backstreet Hanover jumped it off entering the final turn. For Not Afraid, a 6-year-old S J's Caviar gelding trained by Jimmy Takter for his wife, Christina, John Fielding and Goran Anderberg, it was his second win in three seasonal starts. The exacta paid $98, with the triple returning $228. Dube won the blind-draw Open Pace was a pocket-patrolling Michael's Power ($10.40). That one, from post No. 6, left outside of Sapphire City (Carlson). He then gave it up to a quarter-move by just-over-even-money favorite Warrawee Needy (MacDonald). It was "Needy" laying down the law through intervals of :27.1, :56 and 1:23.2, taking a length-and-a-half lead into the lane. However, that quick third quarter could not separate himself from the gang, and the gang swallowed him up. It was Michael's Power ducking inside, beating a closing Take it Back Terry (Brennan) by three-quarters of a length in 1:51.4 Sapphire City, Warrawee Needy and a season-debuting P H Supercam (Jason Bartlett) settled for the remainder. For third choice Michael's Power, a 6-yer-old Camluck homebred gelding owned by Jeff Snyder and trained by Mark Silva, it was his second win in three '15 tries. The exacta paid $52, with the triple returning $244. Dube won four races during Saturday's dozen-race card. The Raceway's live season continues (weather permitting) Monday (7:10 PM), then Tuesday (1 PM) and Thursday through Saturday (all at 7:10 PM). Frank Drucker
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – If the Boxing Day program at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park proved anything, it is that the race for top harness racing driver is going down to the final card. The second-last card of the year saw Jason Hughes score a driving triple, while leading driver Marc Campbell remained winless on the day. Hughes’ Boxing Day scores included a win aboard Astor in the $2,200 feature pace in 1:59.3 over Carnivore (Walter Cheverie) and The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson). Carnivore cut out the early road work with a scalding 28.3 opener from post 4, followed by a breather at the half-mile marker in 1:00 with Astor advancing first-over at him. Astor took control of the race at the 1:29.2 third station and never looked back en route to his two-and-three-quarter-length victory. Astor, a five-year-old son of Camluck, is owned by Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. and trained by Hughes. It was Astor’s sixth win on the season and his third top class victory in his last five starts. Hughes also visited the winner’s circle with Never Give Up Hope in 2:00.4 for Darren and Jennifer Trainor of Earnescliffe and SOS Grappa in 2:00.3 for Robi Hughes of Stratford. Caliban Hanover captured the top trot of the day in 2:04.2 for trainer-driver Ron Gass and owner Wendell MacDonald of Cornwall. The nine-year-old son of Andover Hall defeated cagey veteran Abundaspin (Steven Shepherd) and JK Queen (Cheverie). Corey MacPherson also scored a driving hat trick on the day, while Gary Chappell had two visits to the winner’s circle in the race bike. Campbell had a four race lead going into the card with the Hughes victories bringing it down to a one race advantage heading into the final card of the calendar year on Wednesday, Dec. 31 at 7 pm. The 2014 finale is sure to be a lively event, and one you will want to be there for. The total bet for the 15-dash Boxing Day card was $48,048. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Astor will look to continue his dominance of the top class at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park Friday afternoon during the special Boxing Day card of racing. First race post time is 1 pm for the 15-dash event. Astor has been handed post 7 in the race 9 feature for a $2,200 purse for trainer-driver Jason Hughes and owner Foxyhall Racing of Wallace, N.S. The five-year-old son of Camluck has great form including a 1:59.4 victory last week in this same class, while earlier on he had been competing with All Turain and Big Surf, who have both been put away for the 2014 season. Race analyst Les MacIsaac thinks Astor is the way to go in the Charlottetown feature. “He was a popular winner last week and tackles many of the same foes in here,” MacIsaac said. “He did it from the outside in that one and we don't see any reason he can't double up today.” The race also includes Tempo Seelster (Vincent Poulton), Eagle Jolt (Marc Campbell), The Big Bite (Corey MacPherson), Carnivore (Walter Cheverie), Machinthesand (Gary Chappell) and Cheyenne Ford (Kenny Arsenault). The top trotters will compete in race 5 for a $1,500 purse with Abundaspin headlining the field of six from post 4 for driver Steven Shepherd, trainer Harold Shepherd and owner Mikaela Lustic of Warren Grove. The 14-year-old son of Abundance is nearing his final career start unless the racing commission grants him the ability to race at age 15. Other entries include Honeymoonisover (Mark Bradley), I Aint No Lady (Brian MacPhee), Diamond Mine (MacPherson), Caliban Hanover (Ron Gass) and JK Queen (Cheverie). The back-up pace lines up in race 14 for a $1,800 with Perfect Escape favored off the rail for driver Ron Matheson, trainer Jackie Matheson and owners Jack Keenan of Stratford and Joseph Dahl of Ontario. His main competition will come from stable mate Oakrock Almighty (Gordie Hennessey) as well as Forever Paradise (Campbell) and Tyron My Gigolo (MacPherson). The race for leading driver of the 2014 season is winding down with Campbell holding a four-race advantage over Hughes. The final card of 2014 will be held on Dec. 31 at 7 pm, followed by Saturday racing on January 3 for the remainder of that month. by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
WASHINGTON, PA, Dec. 23, 2014 -- Camille, who had been battling some of the top mares in harness racing without recent success, found a spot to her liking Tuesday when she rolled to victory in the $18,000 Filly & Mare Not Listed Preferred/Preferred Handicap Pace at The Meadows in the track's final live card of 2014. Camille finished seventh to Rocklamation in the Artiscape and sixth to Shelliscape in the Breeders Crown. But the 6-year-old millionaire is not a mare to be trifled with, as she demonstrated Tuesday when she powered to the lead after a first-quarter duel and scored handily for Dave Palone in 1:51.2 over a "good" surface. The pocket-sitting R Marie Hanover was second, 2 lengths back, with Novascotia Hanover third. Ron Burke trains Camille, a daughter of Camluck-Art of Design who now boasts $1,188,232 in career earnings, for Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi LLC, M1 Stable and Jack Piatt III. Tony Hall and Aaron Merriman each piloted four winners on the 16-race card while Palone enjoyed a triple. The 2015 live racing season at The Meadows kicks off Monday, January 5, first post 12:55 PM. The track will continue to offer $5,000-guaranteed total pools for Monday and Tuesday Pick 4 wagers in 2015. by Evan Pattak, for the Meadows
Batavia, NY---It was business as usual at Batavia Downs on Wednesday night (Nov. 26) after a week long hiatus due to inclement weather. Although several feet of snow from the storm had already dissipated, a 32-degree temperature and flurries greeted the horses as they hit the track with mud-gear employed. The night's feature race hosted the top seven distaff pacers on the grounds in the $9,600 mares Open and when the slush had settled, Seascape Hanover had bagged her eighth win of the year. When the starter released the field, the group settled into post-position order for the first half of the mile. Rail rider Memumsnotnice (Kevin Cummings) cut the fractions through that segment before Mondatta (Jim McNeight) came first-over into the third turn. With those two carrying the mail, Seascape Hanover (Ron Beback Jr.) sat chilly in the garden spot just waiting to make her move. That time came at the head of the stretch when the passing lane opened up and Seascape Hanover made her move and paced right by Memumsnotnice to notch the 1:59 victory. Mondatta hung on for third. Seascape Hanover ($4.60) is owned by Tessa Roland and Mark Jakubik and is trained by J.D. Perrin. The win boosted her 2014 earnings to $43,877 and now the 8-year-old Camluck mare is just shy of a quarter-million dollars earned lifetime. Driver Ron Beback Jr. scored a driving hat trick on the night while Drew Monti, Ray Fisher Jr. and Jimmy Whittemore all doubled up. Superfecta players had a heyday Wednesday night as six races returned boxcar payouts. The 4-1-6-3 combination in the second race paid $5,542.00, 6-1-4-8 in the third returned $2,010.00, 1-4-2-6 in the ninth paid $3,997.00, 2-8-6-1 in the tenth paid $1,205.00, 3-1-8-2 in the eleventh returned $2,130.00 and the twelfth race featured a monster double payout due to a dead-heat for place. 5-3-6-1 paid $6,350.00 and 5-6-3-1 returned $4,234.00. And while we're on the topic of instant jackpots, the Pick-4 in races three through six rewarded players with a $5,339.00 bundle of cash. Live racing resumes at Batavia Downs on Friday night (Nov. 28). And the first of two Saturday double-headers will be held this Saturday (Nov. 29) with post times set at 12:15 and 6:35. By Tim Bojarski, for Batavia Downs
DOVER, Del. --- With no racing on Thanksgiving Day, the Wednesday card was power packed with both the $26,000 Delaware Special won by So Take That and Baximum winner of the $18,000 Open trot on a windy and rainy Nov. 26 at Dover Downs, over a sloppy track. Corey Callahan had a five bagger. So Take That has shown an affinity for the Dover five-eighths oval winning for the fourth consecutive time stepping up through the ranks to win the $26,000 Delaware Special. Claimed in August by Frank Chick, the Camluck-Everybreathutake gelding conditioned by Dan Munson, was bet down to favorite and driver Montrell Teague took care of the rest guiding a wire-to-wire 1:53 victory over the off track. Just A Jolt came on for Vic Kirby to finish second with Simon's Artist and Corey Callahan, a fast closing third. Bandolito was a program scratch. With two horses - Cash On Delivery and Wilamar Valley - both scratched, Baximum came from fifth at the half and rolled past the leaders to score a convincing 1:54.4 win in the $18,000 Open Handicap trot. Allan Davis picked up his third victory while trainer Bobby Clark and co-owner Tina Clark also recorded their third wins. Brian Clark, the other owner, became a two-time winner. Enrico As (Corey Callahan), last week's event winner, finished second and I Like My Boss (Jonathan Roberts) was the show finisher. In other races, Corey Callahan won his third of five wins steering People Are Crazy home in 1:54 to win the $16,000 4&5-Year-Old Open pace. Callahan completed his five win performance, taking both $14,500 events, winning his fourth driving KDM Stables' Pierce to a 1:54.4 success and closing out the night reining Mike Casalino and trainer Dylan Davis' Four Staces to victory 1:53, both Male Winners-Over paces for young horses. Eric Foster's Stirling Charisma, and Vic Kirby, won the secondary trot, a $14,000 4&5-Year-Old Winners Over. Others enjoying big winners in addition the Callahan (5), Allan Davis and the Clarks (3), were two-race winners, drivers Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stave Iaquinta. There is no racing Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, and as usual no live racing Friday and Saturday. Sunday racing resumes at 5:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday post time is 4:30 p.m. There is no charge for parking or admission when visiting Dover Downs. Leading harness and thoroughbred simulcasts are featured from 12 Noon until 12 Midnight daily in the Dover Downs Race and Sports Book. Dover Downs Extra The Delaware Standardbred Breeders Fund (DSBF) program for two-year-olds has reached $100,000 finals early next week. After two weeks of $20,000 preliminaries, filly trotters start off the week with a $100,000 final on Monday. Those who qualified for the finals were among the first eight point-getters in two weeks of preliminaries. ------------------------------------ Ross Wolfenden drove four feature race winners on Monday including Penny Paratrooper who took command on the backstretch and opened up romping to a 1:58.2 victory her fifth in six races.”Tthe only time she didn’t win was after breaking stride early in the $100,000 final at Harrington,” remarked Wolfenden. ----------------------------------- On Tuesday, a Bib and Jonathan Roberts family homebred, Egosnattidues pulled a mild surprise winning the $100,000 DSBF Colt Final. “This is the first time that [Egosnattitudes] ever put it all together,” said driver Jonathan Roberts. “Last month he set a track record at Harrington (in a DSBF prelim) but he came up with some issues after that, so this is a pleasant surprise.” --------------------------------------------------------- So Take That has shown an affinity for the Dover five-eighths oval winning for the fourth consecutive time, stepping up through the ranks to win the $26,000 Delaware Special. Claimed in August by Frank Chick, the five-year-old gelding conditioned by Dan Munson, was bet down to favorite and driver Montrell Teague took care of the rest guiding a wire-to-wire 1:53 victory over an off track. ------------------------------------ Thursday was a big night for several local horsemen. Corey Callahan drove five winners, Allan Davis and trainer Bobby Clark and his wife, owner Tina Clark) had three wins. Two-race winners were drivers Vic Kirby and Ross Wolfenden, trainer Eric Ell and owners Ken Wood, Bill Dittmar and Stave Iaquinta. ------------------------------ Corley Callahan had another big week driving winners as he seeking his sixth straight track title. Callahan added nine wins in three days of racing to total 54. His UDRS or batting average is now .389. Allan Davis, second in the standing is now at 37. Ross Wolfenden had a big week and holds third place with 29. Vic Kirby moves into fourth place with 27 wins, two more than Tony Morgan with 25. ----------------------------------------------------- Doug Lewis and Wayne Givens are atop the leading trainer standings with 15 winners each. Jim King is now third with 11 wins. Nick Surick is in third place with nine wins. Joe Hundertpfund, fourth, with eight wins. Dylan Davis and Dan Munson are tied for fifth with seven wins each. ------------------------------------------------------ The long eight-race win-streak of Willow Mill Faith came to a close on Monday, in a Delaware $7,500-$10,000 Claiming Handicap. Quick Pulse Daisy moved past on the backstretch on the way to a 1:55 victory. by Marv Bachrad, for Dover Downs
Lucan, ON --- Seelster Farms, along with harness racing owners, New Destiny Stable and Al McIntosh Holdings Ltd., announce the retirement of Camluck from active stud duty. As a racehorse, Camluck himself earned more than a million dollars and took a time trial mark at the age of five of 1:48.4 at Lexington more than 22 years ago. Camluck was inducted into the Horse Racing Hall Of Fame in 2003 and was also the first Canadian horse to be inducted in the United States Harness Racing Hall Of Fame in 2008. Camluck winning The Provincial Cup Today Camluck is the sire with total progeny earnings of more than $215 million - more than any other North American sire! The Cam Fella - Lucky Lady stallion is the sire of 28 millionaires including: BURNING POINT p, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.2 ($2,853,28), DREAMFAIR ETERNAL p, 3, 1:55.3h, 1:49f ($2,478,093), INVITRO p, 2, 1:53s, 4, 1:50s ($1,983,077), CHANCEY LADY p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3f, 1:48.4f ($2,072,092), MYSTICIAN p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:49.2s ($1,910,829), MICHAELS POWER p, 3, 1:48.1s ($1,623,721), just to name a few. Camluck has also made his mark as a prolific broodmare sire, with his daughters producing the likes of I LUV THE NITELIFE p, 2, 1:50.1s, 3, 1:48.4f ($1,944,667), AMERICAN JEWEL p, 2, 1:50.2s, 3, 1:48.2s($1,840,565), ARACACHE HANOVER p, 2, 1:53.1s, 3, 1:50.1f, 1:48.1f ($1,713,617), THINKING OUT LOUD p, 2, 1:52.4s, 3, 1:47.4s, 4, 1:47.2 ($1,581,644), DEUCE SEELSTER p, 2, 1:52s, 3, 1:50.3s, 1:49.4($1,141,102), KINDLY POET p, 3, 1:51s, 1:49.4s ($958,263), etc. "It has been an honor to work with Camluck and owners Bob and Al McIntosh and New Destiny Stable, for all of his stallion career." said Ann Straatman, reproduction manager at Seelster. "He has been a once-in-a-lifetime horse and it is a privilege to continue to care for Camluck into his retirement." Seelster Farms
Seelster Farms announced today that their 2014 yearling videos are now available online at www.seelsterfarms.com Click here for the full draft of yearlings. The farm’s entire 2014 yearling consignment will sell at the Forest City Yearling Sale on October 12 at the Western Fair Agriplex in London, Ontario. Yearlings will be available for viewing at the Agriplex on Saturday, October 11. This year’s consignment features the much-anticipated first crops of World Champion & Breeders Crown winner Big Jim p, 2, 1:49.1s ($1,544,580) and North America Cup winner Up The Credit p, 2, 1:51.4s; 3, 1:49s; 1:48.3s’ 13 ($1,331,623). An impressive group of first foals are featured in this season’s consignment, including: Absolut Seelster, an Angus Hall filly from Amazing Adventure 3, 1:56.2 ($50,432), the half sister to Peach Martini 3, 1:55f ($587,319). Bourbon Seelster, a Camluck filly from the full sister to Mr Apples p, 1:49 ($668,808). Evangelin Seelster, a Camluck filly from Eagle Kelly p, 2, 1:56.4h ($118,765). Ganacus Seelster, a Big Jim colt from the half sister to Goddesss Justin p, 3, 1:49.4f ($450,438). Kokanee Seelster, a Camluck colt from Kiddie Cocktail p, 3, 1:54.2 ($47,598), the half sister to Bikini Bottom p, 3, 1:51.1 ($531,229). Las Vegas Seelster, a Kadabra filly from the full sister to Miss Wisconsin 3, 1:55 ($525,551). Mayhem Seelster, a Mach Three filly from Macapelo Rose p, 3, 1:53.3f ($50,806), the half sister to Machapelo p, 1:51.2 ($593,973), Resistance Futile p, 4, 1:49.1s’ 14 ($277,078) & 2014 OSS Gold winner Capela p, 2, 1:53.1s’ 14 ($91,690). Mayhem Seelster Standout siblings to leading 2014 performers include: Nila Seelster, the Mach Three half sister to Nitro Seelster p, 4, 1:49.4f’ 14 ($103,973) & Nirvana Seelster p, 3, 1:52.3s’ 14 ($58,296). Toureg Seelster, the Shadow Play half brother to Titus Seelster p, 3, 1:51s’ 14 ($82,912). Tala Seelster, the Muscle Mass half sister to Traverse Seelster 1:51.2f’ 13 ($594,761).
Harness racing three-year-olds of both sexes and gaits set the fields for their $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series Finals with eight $20,000 Semifinals Saturday (September 20) at Mohawk Racetrack. The top five horses in each Semifinal moved on to next week’s Finals. Pacing Males High Flier (J. Harris) left out fast from his post nine starting spot in the first Semifinal, and he had the lead at the :26.1 opening quarter. Shadow Place (Trevor Henry) was in second at that point, but he moved to the outside and took control before the :55.1 half. Regal Son (Randy Waples) then rolled the dice first-over out of fourth, and he would match strides with Shadow Place at the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Regal Son forged his way around Shadow Place in the lane, but High Flier got a lane up the inside, and he took advantage, getting up to win by a head in 1:52.1. Shadowbriand (Mike Saftic) turned a second-over trip into the runner-up spot and Regal Son finished third. Some Major Beach (Doug McNair) came in fourth, followed by V I P Bayama (Sylvain Filion). Trainer David Taff of Waterdown, Ontario, shares ownership of High Flier, a Shadow Play colt, with Christopher Nicol of West Yorkshire, England. High Flier, who won at the Grassroots level on June 13 at Mohawk, has won five times from 11 attempts in 2014, and he has six career tallies. He has earned $43,436 this year and $47,386 in his life. Atomic Million AM (Rick Zeron) shot through from the pole position to take the field of ten to the :27.1 first quarter in the second Semifinal, but favoured Titus Seelster (Sylvain Filion) vacated the pocket past that marker, and he became the new front-stepper before the :56.3 half. Titus Seelster still had command at the 1:24.4 three-quarters while he felt some first-over pressure from Regal Babe (Doug McNair). Titus Seelster continued to hold Regal Babe off as they raced through the lane, but a number of horses began to close in on the leaders inside the final sixteenth, and it would be 50-1 shot Nirvana Seelster (Phil Hudon) charging up on the far outside to win the race in 1:53.4. Atomic Million AM, who lacked room for much of the stretch drive, was the runner-up and Regal Babe checked in third. Titus Seelster faded to fourth and Little Ben (Luc Ouellette) rallied to get fifth. Nirvana Seelster is a Camluck gelding trained by Bill Budd for owner Bruce Davy of Brockville, Ont. Nirvana Seelster, who was unraced at two, now has a trio of wins from 19 efforts and has put away $52,296. He was bred by Seelster Farms. Trotting Males Warrawee Promesse (Wayne Henry), who was starting from post ten and gunning for his eighth consecutive victory, took the lead away from 80-1 shot Hetties Commander (Paul MacKenzie) just after the :27.4 first quarter in the Semifinal opener for this bunch. Warrawee Promesse would go on to reach the half in :57.2 and the three-quarters in 1:27, never facing a serious challenge along the way. At the top of the lane Henry asked Warrawee Promesse to kick away, but inside the final sixteenth he was overhauled by several challengers, including Kremlin (Sylvain Filion), who rallied from next-to-last at three-quarters to the win by a quarter of a length in 1:57.1. Hetties Commander shook loose from the pocket and wound up second with Tyrone Haji (Randy Waples) nabbed third. Warrawee Promesse had to settle for fourth and Massive Pockets (Jody Jamieson) survived a tough outside journey to finish fifth. Richard Moreau trains Kremlin, a Kadabra gelding, for owner Mike Wassilyn of Rockwood, Ontario. Kremlin, a winner in Grassroots competition on June 9 at Mohawk, scored his fifth triumph from 15 efforts this season and his seventh career victory. Bred by Overseas Farms Ltd., Kremlin has put away $45,472 on the campaign and $55,352 lifetime. It looked like Totally Ripped (Steve Byron) was going to the lead in the other Semifinal, but then he went off-stride, leaving Jack Litten (Doug McNair) in first at the :27.3 opening quarter. Justcallmeronald (Jody Jamieson) then popped out of the pocket, and he would take the lead before the 58 second half-mile marker. Justcallmeronald would go on to click off three-quarters in 1:27.4, but McNair angled Jack Litten back out of the two-hole in the lane, and he would out-trot Justcallmeronald late in the mile to prevail by just over a length in 1:57.4. Justcallmeronald, Ramas Last Son (Steve Condren), Crowningcrest (James MacDonald) and Taurus Seelster (Randy Waples) rounded out the top-five finishers. Jack Litten is a Muscle Mass gelding trained by Gregg McNair for owner Jarold Hawks of Jeddo, Michigan. Jack Litten, who did not compete as a two-year-old, has three wins from 12 starts in 2014, and he has put away $48,962. Jack Litten, who was bred by Tony Holmes and Walter Zent, also won in Grassroots competition on June 26 and September 2 at Mohawk. Pacing Fillies 70-1 shot Stellllllla (Jody Jamieson) held the lead at the :27.2 first quarter in the Semifinal opener, but Murrayfield (Sylvain Filion) would take over the front prior to the :56.1 half. Murrayfield then came under siege from first-over challenger Regally Ready (Doug McNair), and Murrayfield and Regally Ready were head-and-head at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. In the stretch Regally Ready put away Murrayfield, but then Bet Ya (Paul MacDonell) came from off cover to duel with the new leader. Meanwhile, 3-5 favourite Dana Dearest (Chris Christoforou), who had been fourth-over at three-quarters, began to close in as well. Regally Ready managed to fight off Bet Ya, but Dana Dearest was unrelenting with her brush, and she got up to win by about a neck in 1:53.3. Regally Ready came in second and Bet Ya was third. Mea Lilley Mark (Mike Saftic) checked in fourth and Double Joy (Mario Baillargeon) finished fifth. Dana Dearest, a daughter of Jeremes Jet, is trained by Casie Coleman for owner/breeder Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville, Ontario. Dana Dearest was winless in four starts last year, but she’s turned it around in her sophomore campaign, going eight-for-15. She has season’s earnings of $77,820 and a career bankroll of $82,048. Dana Dearest has only been defeated once in five Grassroots starts in 2014. Her Own Land (James MacDonald), the public’s 4-5 choice, led through fractions of :26.4, :56.1, and 1:24 on her way to a 1:54 decision in the second Semifinal. She beat runner-up Shadows Wonder (Chris Christoforou) by about two lengths with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) back in third. Fourth went to Born To Dream and Royal Mama (Steve Condren) collected fifth. Dave Menary trains Her Own Land, a filly by Blissfull Hall, for owner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land now has five wins in Grassroots company and six wins from 14 starts overall this year. Now a seven-time winner in her career, Her Own Land has earned $77,490 in 2014 and $87,050 lifetime. Trotting Fillies In the first Semifinal for this group it would be Serendipitious (Chris Christoforou) who took the field of ten through fractions of :27.4, :58.3, and 1:28. Flexible Woman (Steve Byron) attacked the pace-setter from first-over on the final bend, and that gave a second-over tow to public choice Mystical Wishes (Doug McNair). Serendiptious put away Flexible Woman turning for home, but Mystical Wishes was sent into three-wide territory for McNair, and she would trot past the pace-setter on her way to a 1:56.4 victory. Serendiptious held second, beaten a length by the winner, and Diamonds For Life (Sylvain Filion) took third. Also securing positions in next week’s final were fourth-place finisher Missys Ga Ga (John Campbell) and fifth-place filly Chelseas Chance (Randy Waples). Tony Alagna trains the winner, a daughter of Muscle Mass, for co-owner/breeder Mystical Marker Farms LLC. of Dyer and co-owner Peggy Hood of Valparaiso, Indiana. Mystical Wishes is eight-for-13 in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes has earned $63,990 in 2014 and $67,740 lifetime. This was Mystical Wishes’s fourth OSS win of the year, joining her successes on August 12 at Mohawk, September 2 at Mohawk, and September 11 at Flamboro Downs. Quadrophenia (James MacDonald) blasted out from post ten to take the second Semifinal field to the opening quarter in 28 seconds, but 3-5 favourite and point standings leader Torches Star (Steve Condren) trotted her way to the top before the :57.1 half. Torches Star was still the boss at the 1:27.2 three-quarters, but she didn’t have her best game on this night, and she was overtaken by first-over challenger Doweypuffandhow (Steve Byron) with an eighth of a mile to go. A host of closers were coming after the new leader, though, and trotting fastest of all was Lenny Mac (Randy Waples), who surged from third-over at the top of the lane to win in 1:57.3. Wonderland Snow (Trevor Henry) split horses to get second and Quadrophenia was third. Nickange Two (Mike Saftic) got fourth at 60-1 and Northern Secret (Mario Baillargeon) nailed down the last spot in the final. Trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, also co-owns Lenny Mac, a filly by Kadabra, with partner Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken, Ontario. McIntosh also bred Lenny Mac with C S X Stables and Michael Kohler. Lenny Mac has four triumphs from 14 trips behind the gate this year, and this was her seventh career trip to the winner’s circle. She has banked $57,759 this season and $97,099 in her life. This was Lenny Mac’s third Grassroots win of the season, matching her total from her freshman campaign. Mohawk Racetrack will roll out the red carpet again next Saturday night with eight $50,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Finals for two- and three-year-olds. For full results of this Saturday night’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0920mohsn.dat. OSS News
The father-son team of harness racing trainer Carl Jamieson and driver Jody Jamieson won two of the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series contests for rookie colt and gelding pacers on Tuesday night (September 16) at Mohawk Racetrack. The Jamiesons' first victory came in the second division with Sporting The Look, who now leads the point standings for the group. Sporting The Look shot to the front in the early going and was ahead of a parked-out Sportskeeper (Randy Waples) by a nose at the :27.2 opening quarter. Sportskeeper would clear to the top past that post, and he would go on to reach the half in 57 seconds. Sportskeeper was under attack from a first-over Lancaster Park (Doug McNair) at the half, and those two would continue to slug it out over to the 1:24 three-quarters. In the stretch Sportskeeper put away Lancaster Park’s bid, but the fight to hold the lead took its toll inside the final eighth, and he began to drift off the rail, which gave Sporting The Look clearance to come through. Sporting The Look had plenty of pep to go with the room, and he would go on to win by a length, stopping the clock in 1:53. Seaforth (Mike Saftic) rallied from fifth to second in the final quarter, and Sportskeeper had to settle for third. The elder Jamieson of Rockwood, Ontario, also co-owns Sporting The Look, who has been victorious four times from nine starts, with breeder 30 Plus Stable of Trenton and Tom Kyron of Toronto, Ontario. Sporting The Look, the third foal out of The Panderosa mare Lyons Mandi ($162,482), did go through last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale in Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, where he brought $72,000. The victorious Sportswriter colt, who also won Gold Series events on July 7 at Mohawk and on August 10 at Georgian Downs, has now banked $178,594. Jody and Carl also prevailed in the Gold Series nightcap with Make Some Luck. Jody sent him to the point from his post two starting spot, and he was unchallenged through the :27.2 first quarter and the :56.3 half. Public choice Drachan Hanover (Rick Zeron) then rolled the dice first-over out of third on the far turn, but Make Some Luck was able to keep him just over a length behind at the 1:24.3 three-quarters. Drachan Hanover kept trying to get to Make Some Luck through the lane, but it was no avail as Make Some Luck maintained his lead on his way to a one and a quarter length victory in a final clocking of 1:53 flat. Bob Ben And John (Chris Christoforou) was third after a two-hole trip. Carl trains Make Some Luck, a gelded son of Camluck, for owner 1140545 Ontario Ltd. of Moffat, Ontario. Make Some Luck, who won at the Grassroots level on July 8 at Mohawk, has a pair of victories from four trips behind the gate, and he has pocketed $62,700. Make Some Luck was bred by Stan Klemencic and fetched $19,000 at last year’s Canadian Yearling Sale. Make Some Luck is the fourth foal out of the Western Hanover mare Mustang Kensley, a half-sister to horses such as Shake That Junk (Camluck, $388,610), a six-time OSS winner during her time on the racetrack. If interested, Make Some Luck has a Twitter account, which can be accessed by clicking here. The non-Jamieson winner on the night was Reverend Hanover (Chris Christoforou) in the Gold Series opener. Reverend Hanover, making his first appearance in the OSS, led through fractions of :26.3, :55.2, and 1:23.3 on his way to a one length victory in 1:51.1. Manny In Sports (James MacDonald) tracked the eventual winner the whole way from the pocket and finished second with Moonwriter (Randy Waples) back in third. Casie Coleman trains Reverend Hanover, a colt by Sportswriter, for owners West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Steve Calhoun of Chatam, and Anthony Beaton of Waterdown, Ontario. Reverend Hanover, who was bred by Hanover Shoe Farms Inc. and was purchased for $24,000 at the 2013 Standardbred Horse Sale, is a perfect two-for-two in his life with earnings of $41,000. He’s the fifth foal out of the Cams Card Shark mare Razzle My Tazzle, who is a half-sister to the likes of Manvers Short Cut (Astreos, $263,021), a one-time OSS winner in her career. This was the next-to-last regular season event for the two-year-old male pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series. They will head back to Mohawk Racetrack on September 29 to conclude things and set the field for the Super Final. For full results of Tuesday night’s races at Mohawk By OSS News .
A solid group of yearlings and a 2015 two-year-old purse bonus announcement helped substantially raise the average price at Sunday's 2014 Canadian Yearling Sale. Topping the sale was regally-bred yearling Sports Cowboy. The colt, sired by O'Brien Award winner Sportswriter out of O'Brien Award winner Moving Pictures, was sold for $100,000 to Determination of Westmount, Quebec. Sports Cowboy was consigned to the sale by Preferred Equine. Also garnering much attention from the Preferred Equine consignment was pacing colt Rothwell. The son of two Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Famers -- Camluck and Mystic Mistress -- sold for $61,000 to Gino Toscani of Mount Hope, Ont. An enthusiastic crowd was present at the SC Sales Pavilion at Flamboro Downs and eagerly shelled out $1.955 million for the 155 yearlings available, resulting in an average of $12,614 -- up 24 percent from the 2013 yearling average. The full list of yearling sale results is available at the following link: 2014 Canadian Yearling Sale Results. From the Canadian Yearling Sale Company
Make plans to attend the Canadian Yearling Sale Preview Day Saturday at Flamboro Downs. All yearlings set for auction on Sunday will be ready for viewing. The sale is set to start at 12:00 p.m. on Sunday, Sept. 14. Complete sale information is available on theCanadian Yearling Sale page. Offspring from Ontario’s top stallions will be offered at the Canadian Yearling Sale, such as trotters sired by Angus Hall, Kadabra, Majestic Son and Muscle Mass, and pacers sired by Camluck, Mach Three, Shadow Play and Sportswriter. First crop Ontario-eligible stallions with yearlings available include pacers Big Jim, Bettors Delight, Up The Credit and Vintage Master, and trotter Manofmanymissions. To view the online catalogue, click the following link: Canadian Yearling Sale Online Catalogue From the Canadian Yearling Sales Company
Mohawk Racetrack offers a stakes laden harness racing card Saturday evening anchored by the $682,000 Canadian Trotting Classic which has two top Ontario-sired colts taking on five very talented sophomores. The card also features the $385,000 Peaceful Way final with several OSS fillies in contention, the $390,000 William Wellwood Memorial with one lone Ontario-sired colt, and the $409,000 Elegantimage final with four OSS girls vying for their turn in the winner’s circle. In addition to those great trotting races, the program will also headline the top pacing mares in North America in two eliminations for the Milton Stakes which feature three OSS graduates including a Breeders Crown winner. In the showcase event Harper Blue Chip will attempt to duplicate his sire, Majestic Son’s, 2006 Canadian Trotting Classic victory. Mark Steacy of Lansdowne, Ontario, trained Majestic Son, who won the ’06 CTC by more than six lengths over a very talented field, and also conditions Harper Blue Chip. A son of Angus Hall, Majestic Son was a dominant force in the OSS during his sophomore season, winning seven of 10 OSS events. In total, he won $622,000 in the provincial program during his career. Majestic Son now stands at Tara Hills Stud Farm in Port Perry, Ontario, and Harper Blue Chip, with $547,000 in earnings, is his second richest performer to date, behind only Charmed Life ($592,000). So far this year Harper Blue Chip has a summary of 4-2-2 in 10 starts and although he’s won two OSS Gold events and swept the Canadian Breeders, he’s best known for finishing third in the $1,006,125 Hambletonian last month at the Meadowlands. The Hambletonian winner, Trixton, is also slated to start in the CTC final, with post five. Trainer Jimmy Takter will drive the colt who has won eight of 10 starts this year. Tatker’s other talented colt in this division, Father Patrick (also eight for 10) is right alongside in post six. It’s a formidable duo facing Harper Blue Chip whose driver Sylvain Filion is cautiously optimistic, especially given that the colt has finally drawn a decent starting position, post two, compared to post 10 in the Goodtimes final and post nine in the Hambletonian. “He’s been drawing real bad all year and he finally gets a good post,” Filion noted earlier this week. “We’ve got a tough bunch of horses to race against, but he’s very good right now. I’m hoping for a good, close to the front trip and hopefully some top horses won’t be on their game, because we’ll need a lot of luck to beat those horses. It’s a very high quality group.” The other OSS colt joining Harper in the CTC final is Muscle Matters, a son of Muscle Mass who will start beside Harper Blue Chip in post three. Mario Baillargeon will be at the lines for his brother Ben who handles the colt’s training. Yet to win a race this year, Muscle Matters has been close, with five second place finishes in six starts, three of those to Harper Blue Chip. The CTC final goes as race nine on the card. In the third race, the $385,000 Peaceful Way final, there are six OSS fillies in the mix including a pair trained by John Bax, Stubborn Belle (post one, Paul MacDonell) and Juanitas Fury (post nine, Steve Condren). Both fillies have two OSS wins to their credit this season and both finished second in their respective Peaceful Way elims. Stubborn Belle was aptly named according to Bax. “She’s always been a lot like her name, that’s why she was named Stubborn Belle. She’s been a little hard to get to do it the way we want her to.” Despite that the Taurus Dream daughter, owned by Bax of Peterborough and Al Libfeld of Pickering, Ontario, has set two records so far this year – a track record at Rideau Carleton (1:55.4) in an OSS Gold event and a stakes record in a Champlain stake (1:54.2). Bax also starts the Muscle Hill filly Southwind Champagne in the Peaceful Way final. She has post six with Steve Byron at the controls. The other OSS rookies attempting to capture the event named for one of the greatest Ontario-sired trotting mares of all time, $3.2 million winner Peaceful Way, include Daneille Hall (post two, Jody Jamieson), Elegant Serenity (post four, Roger Mayotte), Amoureuse Hanover (post eight, Doug McNair) and Lady Caterina (post 10, Phil Hudon). The dam of Elegant Serenity, Elegantimage, is the namesake for the seventh race on the program. A star of the OSS in the late 1990s, Elegantimage earned just shy of a million dollars during her impressive racing career. A quartet of three-year-old Ontario-sired fillies will attempt to capture the $409,000 event including Bax’s Riveting Rose (post three, Paul MacDonell), Tosca (post two, Per Henriksen), Sweetie Hearts (post eight, Randy Waples) and Muscle Babe (post 10, James MacDonald). The other major trotting stake on the program is named for one of Canada’s most respected horsemen of all time, the late William Wellwood, a member of Canada’s Horse Racing Hall of Fame and a successful participant in the OSS since its inception 40 years ago. The only Ontario-sired rookie colt in contention for this event is a son of Infinitif, Dont Rush who has drawn post four with Chris Christoforou in the bike. The colt captured a division of the first Gold event for this group in early July which surprised his trainer/owner and breeder Dustin Jones of Waterdown, Ontario. “If you had told me in October he was going to win a Gold the first week of July I don’t think I would have believed you,” laughed Jones. “He’s exceeded my expectations since I brought him in the barn.” The OSS graduates competing in the two Milton eliminations are Monkey On My Wheel, a Breeders Crown winner at three and 10-2-6 in 24 starts this year for owner/breeder Mac Nichol of Burlington, Ontario. The winner of $1.5 million to date in her career has post seven in the sixth race which also features the Camluck mare Camille ($1.1 million to date) in post four. Voelz Hanover ($1.5 million lifetime) is the lone Ontario-sired distaffer in the second Milton elim, race 10. In addition to all of the on-track action, Mohawk is also celebrating their fans with Fan Appreciation Night Saturday featuring a first bet on the house, giveaways after each race and a $5 food voucher to the first 1,000 fans. To view the full card please click Mohawk Entries - September 13.
The regular harness racing season for the two-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series concluded on Friday (September 12) night at Mohawk Racetrack with five $18,000 divisions, and Moonwards Hanover and Thinkofagameplan both kept their Grassroots win streaks intact. Competing in the opening event, Moonwards Hanover (Paul MacDonell), who came into this race off Grassroots successes on August 24 at Georgian Downs and August 31 at Clinton Raceway, circled from third to first before the :56.3 half. He would go on to post three-quarters in 1:26.1 and then kicked home in :28.4 to win by half a length over a closing Rightinthekisser (Doug McNair). There was a dead-heat for third between Big Moment (Randy Waples) and Ballybunion (James MacDonald). Trainer Jack Darling’s stable of Cambridge, Ontario, owns Moonwards Hanover, a son of Sportswriter. Darling purchased Moonwards Hanover, who is now three-for-six in the win column with a bankroll of $36,000, for $35,000 at last year’s Standardbred Horse Sale. The Hanover Shoe Farms Inc.-bred is the third foal out of the Western Ideal mare Mouse Hanover, a half-sister to the likes of Mt Vernon Hanover (Rustler Hanover, $623,067), a two-time OSS winner. Thinkofagameplan (Randy Waples), the points leader in this group, was behind the gate in the second Grassroots split, and he would pull out of the pocket to take command after the 27 second opening quarter. Thinkofagameplan, who was second in a division of the Grand Circuit Champlain Stakes at Mohawk in his last try, would then click off the half in 57 seconds and the three-quarters in 1:26.2 en route to a 1:54.3 score. He defeated runner-up Mybestolxfriendray (Phil Hudon) by a length and three-quarters with Ace Of Clubs (Doug McNair) back in third. Thinkofagameplan, a Ponder colt who scored his fourth win (all in Grassroots competition) from eight attempts and pushed his earnings to $76.440, is a homebred for trainer Bob McIntosh of Windsor and Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington, Ontario. The winner is the second foal out of the Camluck mare Noshameinmygame. She was a Grassroots winner at both two and three. While those familiar faces were victorious, the other three Grassroots flights were all won by horses who hadn’t yet tasted a win in the provincial program this season. Mr Carrotts (Phil Hudon) was the first to break through as he won the third section in 1:54.2. He was first at the :27.2 opening quarter and the :56.4 half, but first-over challenger Star Cover (Jody Jamieson) put a head in front at the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Mr Carrotts would battle back on the inside in the lane, and he would go on to beat Star Cover by a length at the finish line with Windsong Lord (Chris Christoforou) in third. Murray Brethour trains Mr Carrotts, a colt by Mach Three, for owner-breeder Melvyn Varcoe of Thornton, Ontario. Mr Carrotts broke his maiden in his fifth trip behind the gate, and he has now put away $10,000. He’s the fourth foal out of the Run The Table mare Cueless ($466,638), who was a three-time winner in OSS competition during her racing career. Robert Hill (James MacDonald) had been picking up minor shares against Gold Series competition, but a drop to the Grassroots level made him a 1:54.1 winner on this night. He left from post eight in the fourth Grassroots test, and he was up to grab the front after the :27.4 opening quarter. Robert Hill would go on to put the :56.3 half and the 1:25.3 three-quarters on the board before a :28.3 final kicker sealed his two and a quarter length triumph. Halton Hurricane (Rick Zeron) was second and Pace Seelster (Jody Jamieson) nabbed third. Tony Alagna trains the winner, a Jeremes Jet colt, for owner Thomas Hill of England. Robert Hill, who was bred by Perretti Farms and sold for $30,000 at the 2013 Canadian Yearling Sale, picked up his first win from six attempts, and he has now pocketed $19,220. He’s the seventh foal out of the Caprock mare Smooth Latin N ($217,884), which makes him a half-brother to two six-figure earners in McApulco ($365,942) and Mcaracas ($170,579) and to three-year-old Shadios, who has won twice in Grassroots competition this year for the Alagna/Hill combination. In the nightcap it was Supersonic Jet (Trevor Henry) who chopped out the :26.4 first quarter, but he would be overtaken by both Pier Ho Temptation (Chris Christoforou) and Shippen Out (Doug McNair) prior to the :56.2 half. Shippen Out then got to three-quarters first in 1:25, fighting off a first-over test by Jeb (Phil Hudon) in the process. Shippen Out put away Jeb for good early in the stretch drive and then held his pursuers at bay late in the mile to win by a length and a quarter in 1:54. Mystical Jet (Jody Jamieson) came in second and Twin B Scandal (Joe Hudon) took third. Blair Burgess trains the victorious Badlands Hanover colt for owner Karin Olsson-Burgess of Milton, Ontario. Shippen Out won for the first time in eight starts, and he has now earned $16,150. Winbak Farm bred Shippen Out, who fetched $9,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. He’s the first foal out of the No Pan Intended mare Shipps Bikini ($410,500), who won a Grassroots division herself as a two-year-old. The two-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series will return to Mohawk next Friday (September 19) to compete in their Semifinal events. For full results and charts of this Friday’s races at Mohawk, please visit - http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0912mohsn.dat.
Her Own Land concluded the regular season Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots season atop the leader board in points with a convincing seven-length victory this afternoon at Grand River Raceway in the first of four $18,000 divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies. These races were slated to be raced last Wednesday evening but when the card of racing was cancelled due to poor track conditions they were rescheduled to today. In the first split, James MacDonald sent Her Own Land directly to the top and she never looked back through fractions of :28.2, :57.3, 1:26.2 and widened her margin to more than seven lengths by the time she hit the wire in 1:54.2. Kyles Secret was second followed by Always Sunday. A daughter of Blissfull Hall trained by Dave Menary for owner Hutt Racing Stable, Pa., Her Own Land now has four OSS victories from six tries this year. Born To Dream also went gate to wire in her division for Doug McNair to win by a head over a fast-closing Nefertiti Blue Chip. Medowland Lindeylou was third. Lomangino Standardbreds of New Jersey bred and own the winner, a daughter of Camluck, who was recording her third OSS win of the season. Trevor Henry guided Shadows Wonder to a front-end effort in the third division to win by more than five lengths in 1:56.4 over Double Joy and Can Art. Trainer Dr. Ian Moore co-owns the winner, a daughter of Shadow Play, with R G McGroup Ltd., New Brunswick and Serge Savard of Quebec. The final division also saw the front-end hold up, as Jack Moiseyev drove the Royal Mattjesty filly Royal Mamato a gate-to-wire 1:57 score. Murrayfield battled the winner down the stretch and was a nose short at the wire. Momara was third. Also owned by Hutt Racing Stable, Royal Mama is trained by John Kopas. This was the final regular season Grassroots event for this group of the 2014 season. The top point earners will face off in the Semi-Finals on September 20 at Mohawk. To view the harness racing results for Friday at Grand River, click the following link: Friday Results – Grand River Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Veteran pacer Man In Pink, a son of Camluck will look to continue his impressive season in New Brunswick this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Mark Haig, one of the most consistent drivers in the province, will drive for owner Gordon White in the top-class offering a purse of $ 1500. Haig goes into Saturday's card with twenty-one wins and a .398 driving average. Man In Pink comes off an eye popping win this past Saturday at Fredericton Raceway as he scored a 1:56.3 win and recorded his 29th career win. He will have post four in the five horse field. Joseph Michael, a third place finisher in the prestigious Joe & Jennie Chippin Memorial on Saturday will have the challenge of the outside post-five for driver Todd Trites. Other starters are Magical Alex, American Captain and J Rs Hurricane. Racing will start at E.P.R at 2:00 P.M presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick. There will be a total of seven races on the afternoon. Week 16 standings in HRNB Handicapping tourny Week sixteen proved to be another challenge for those partaking in the year-long handicapping challenge presented by Horse Racing New Brunswick. Two players, Adam Saunders and Rose Doyle shared the top honours with just $ 10.40 earned in the three selected dashes. They will split a $ 25.00 prize from Horse Player Interactive. Overall, Adam Saunders leads the way with $ 268.60 good enough for first place. Rose Doyle made a move and now sits in second place with $ 216.40 with Kayden Buchanan rounding out the top-three. Week seventeen will take place this Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway. Below are the complete standings after the sixteenth week. Adam Saunders 268.60 Rose Doyle 216.40 Kayden Buchanan 208.20 Brad MacPherson 207.10 Jenn Ritchie 164.90 Bruce Smith 105.50 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr 18.60 Overall winner will receive a trip for two to Toronto. Best of luck to those playing along this week. by Scott Waddell, for HRNB