CAMPBELLVILLE, August 18 - On Monday evening, harness racing driver Doug McNair recorded his 2,000 career driving victory at Mohawk Racetrack with the three-year-old pacer Eastender. McNair, a resident of Guelph, Ontario, entered the evening two wins away from reaching the 2,000 win plateau. In the evening's third race, McNair picked up his 1,999th victory with Youre Majestic in a $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold event for two-year-old trotting fillies. McNair would then reach the milestone in the final race of the night with the three-year-old gelding, Eastender, who is trained by his father Gregg. Over the last few years, McNair has been consistently among the top drivers on the WEG circuit and has quickly become one of the top young reinsman in the entire sport. At the age of 18, Doug became the youngest driver in the history of harness racing to reach $1 million in career earnings In December of 2010, McNair became the youngest driver to reach 1,000 wins, reaching the milestone at Western Fair Raceway just weeks before his 21st birthday. This season, Doug is sixth in the WEG driver's standings with 90 wins and over $1.6 million in earnings. In total this season, McNair has made 129 trips to the winner's circle and has earnings exceeding $2.4 million. In his young career, Doug has competed in and won many of the sport's top events. Races such as the Battle of Waterloo, Confederation Cup and She's A Great Lady are just some of the major stakes victories on McNair's resume. Just this past Saturday night, McNair recorded a Grand Circuit driving victory at Mohawk by steering Solar Sister to victory in the $77,745 Eternal Camnation Stakes. McNair is currently in his seventh full season of driving and in that time period has career earnings of just less than $27 million. Doug reaches the 2,000 win mark at the age of 24. The Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to congratulate Doug on the accomplishment and wish him continued success on his journey to 3,000 wins. Mark McKelvie
There is an old saying in harness racing that the best will always stand up on the big occasion. Thats how it was over the weekend for the super sire Art Major with his sons and daughters in both hemispheres dominating their opposition. In the Breeders Crown semi finals at Ballarat, Art Major sired horses won five of the eight semi finals for the two and three year olds. The fields were incredibly strong but that didn't stop Art Major from making it a one sire show. Both of the 3 year old fillies semi finals fell to Art Majors with the recent Kiwi import Just Cala winning her semi final in a 1:57 mile rate while in the other semi final Quick Draft defeated Nike Franco and Barynya in a 1:57.5 mile rate and in a manner that left few excuses for the beaten division. The Art Major 2 year old colt Follow The Stars showed why he is rated the best juvenile in Australasia with a powerhouse performance in his semi final, running away over the last 400 meters to win by over four lengths with the last half in a brilliant 55.5 To wrap up the night both the 3 year old colt/geldings semi finals were won by sons of Art Major. First up Major Crocker showed his class with an all the way win in a mile rate of 1:58, with closing sectionals of 55.5 and 26.9 which suggest he is a serious chance in the final. In the second semi final, the race was seen as a match race between Bling It On and Sky Major and thats how it turned out. Bling It On got away with some cheap sectionals mid race in front and sprinted home in 26.4 from the 400 meters but still got nailed late by Art Major's son Sky Major with the overall mile rate being 1:59.8. At Mohawk in Canada on Saturday night was one of the first stakes races for the season that were open to all comers with divisions of the Eternal Camnation for fillies. Easily the most impressive of the Eternal Camnation divisional winners was the Art Major filly Jk Shesalady who made it four from four for the season with a huge win by seven lengths in 1:53.4 Jk Shesalady now looms as one of the early favourites for the $450,000 Shes A Great Lady final on August 30th. Another highlight for Art Major recently has been his achievement in topping the $100,000,000 mark in stake earnings worldwide. The 15 year old son of Artsplace has $72.6 million in North America, $23.6 million in Australia and $4.6 million in New Zealand which are great figures for a sire with so many years still in front of him. Alabar Stud must be smiling 24/7 at the moment with the results that their premier stallion is churning out week after week. Harnesslink Media Jk Shesalady
CAMPBELLVILLE, August 15 - Hope For Paddy pulled off a large 35-1 upset in the Fillies and Mares Preferred pace Friday night at Mohawk. A field of seven harness racing mares, highlighted by the 2014 debut of last year's three-year-old pacing filly of the year I Luv The Nitelife, lined up for the $30,000 feature race. I Luv The Nitelife, who has been sidelined since last November with a knee fracture, was sent straight to the lead by driver Jack Moiseyev and got to call the shots throughout the mile. After setting fractions of :26.4, :54.4 and 1:23.3, I Luv The Nitelife was confronted at the three-quarter pole by the first up challenge of Hope For Paddy and driver James MacDonald. In the stretch, Hope For Paddy overtook the lead from I Luv The Nitelife and held off second place finisher American In Paris, who was towed around the final turn second over, and third place finisher Voelz Hanover, who got a two-hole trip behind I Luv The Nitelife, to pick up the victory in 1:50.4. I Luv The Nitelife faded back finishing fifth, while D Gs Pesquero rounded out the Superfecta in fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Mach Three - Hope For Life, the Preferred upset was the sixth win in 22 starts this season for Hope For Paddy and it was her first career victory at the Preferred level. Hope For Paddy is trained by Anthony Montini for owners Holland Racing Stable of Niagara-On-The-Lake, Ontario. Hope For Paddy's seasonal earnings increase to over $81,000 with the victory and her career earnings now sit at over $363,000. The Preferred score was Hope For Paddy's 23rd career visit to the winner's circle. She returned an eye-catching $80.30 to win. Live racing continues tomorrow night at Mohawk with a 13-race card beginning at 7:25 p.m. Tomorrow night's card features three divisions of both the Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation Stakes. Mark McKelvie
Harper Blue Chip made a triumphant return to the Ontario Sires Stakes tonight at Mohawk as he won the first of three $70,000 Gold divisions handily for Sylvain Filion. It marked the three-year-old trotting colt’s first 2014 harness racing appearance in the OSS and his first start since finishing third in the prestigious Hambletonian on August 2. In that race Moonlight Espoir hit the opening quarter first in :28.1 but was covered up by heavy favourite Harper Blue Chip, who was parked from the start, well before the :57 half. Up to challenge at the 1:26.4 three-quarters was Keystone Trevor but that colt couldn’t catch the leader who cruised to the finish line in 1:56.1. Ole Jack Magic, last in the early going, closed well to edge out Keystone Trevor for second. Mark Steacy trains the winner, a son of his former champion Majestic Son, for owners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall, David Reid of Glenburnie and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. It marked the third win in eight tries this year for Harper Blue Chip and upped his 2014 bankroll to $298,000. Lifetime he’s just shy of the half million mark in earnings. The second division saw Mr Lover on top early to hit the opening marker in :28.1. P L Hercules took over and was settled on top by the :57 half. Filion popped out of the pocket briefly with Mr Lover but P L Hercules wasn’t going to let him go by so he tucked back in. P L Hercules, with Doug McNair catch driving, hit the three-quarters in 1:26.2 and drifted out quite a bit down the lane but managed to hold off a late charging Windsun Revenge to narrowly win in 1:56. In the blanket finish for third it was a dead heat between Verdi and Jitterbug. Another son of Majestic Son, P L Hercules was recording his third straight win for owner/ breeder Prince Lee Acres of Uxbridge, Ontario and trainer Matt Dupuis. P L Hercules is the first foal from a daughter of $543,000 winner Corinas Mission, a winner of the OSS Super Final as a three-year-old in 2002. In the third, final and fastest division three colts miscued behind the gate leaving the remaining five colts on their own early. Maximuscle hit the first quarter in :28 and the half in a sedate :58 for Jody Jamieson. Mario Baillargeon then pulled favourite Muscle Matters out from second and was neck to neck with the leader at the 1:26 third panel. That pair battled through a thrilling stretch drive with a determined Maximuscle holding on in 1:54.3. Muscle Matters had to be content with second once again – he’s finished in that spot in all four of his starts to date this year. See The Wind was third. It marked the first start in Ontario this year for Maximuscle, a son of Angus Hall bred and owned by Ecurie Provoquante of Mirabel, Quebec and trained by Eric Valiquette. The colt, a half-brother to $379,000 winner Puissant, has yet to finish off the board this year with six wins and one second and one third in eight starts. The next Gold event scheduled for this group is slated for September 22 back at Mohawk. The complete results from tonight’s races may be viewed through this link Mohawk Results - August 14. Ontario Sire Stakes
Rookie colts, trotters and pacers, will star in Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots harness racing action over the next two nights at Mohawk Racetrack and Georgian Downs. On Friday night Mohawk will host the pacing colts and the following night the action shifts for Georgian for the trotting rookies. A total of seven $18,000 divisions for the freshman pacers are slated for Friday night. This is the third Grassroots of the season for this group and two of the starters are looking to remain undefeated in this division as they come in riding two race winning streaks. Single White Sock has been victorious in both previous Grassroots tests, at Mohawk and Grand River, winning his first lifetime OSS outing by more than six lengths in 1:56.2 early last month. He followed that up with a 1:56 two length score in the next event and will attempt the hat trick from post nine in race nine, the sixth OSS test of the night. Barry Treen trains the son of Badlands Hanover for Len Gamble of Etobicoke, Ontario who purchased him for $24,000 at the Canadian Classic Sale. Bred by Tanya Prescott of Southwold, Ontario, the colt is a half-brother to $1.1 million winner Ramegade Bruiser. The only other colt two for two in the OSS thus far entered in Friday’s tilts is Half A Billion who has drawn post three in the seventh and final division, race 11. Mike Saftic will be back at the lines behind the Sportswriter colt trained by Marcel Barrieau for breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable of Quebec. Half A Billion’s only career starts have both come in the OSS and resulted in wins in 1:54.3 at Mohawk and 1:57.3 over Grand River’s half-mile oval. Their contemporaries, the rookie trotting colts, have seen more action so far this season as Saturday’s outing marks their fifth Grassroots event. The colt with the best OSS record to date competing at Georgian is Mandeville who has two wins and a second on his OSS resume thus far. His only off the board finish came on July 20 when he made a break. Trainer Wayne Langille of Harley, Ontario co-owns the son of Majestic Son with Brett Burleigh of Paris, Ontario. Mandeville has drawn post two in race six. Alongside him in post three is Top Dollar, a half-brother to Snow White, a very talented rookie trotter back in 2007 who made $1.4 million from just 19 lifetime starts. Well known New York horseman Ray Schnittker and the Top Dollar Stable co-own the colt who finished third in his Grassroots test on August 8 at Mohawk after starting in the Gold division initially. Mohawk’s Friday night card kicks off at 7:25 p.m. with the pacing colts featured in races one, two, five, seven, eight, nine and 11 while Georgian’s first post is 7:15 p.m. the following evening featuring the OSS boys in races one, two, three, five, six and eight. The full program for each is available through these links Mohawk Entries - August 15. Georgian Entries - August 16.
The third time's a charm for The Art Museum. At least that's how it's shaping up for the harness racing pacing broodmare. Her third foal is Artspeak, who has started his career with three consecutive wins, including the New Jersey Sire Stakes championship. Artspeak, a son of stallion Western Ideal, races in the third of three Nassagaweya Stakes divisions for 2-year-old pacers Saturday at Mohawk Racetrack in Ontario. He heads to Canada off a 2-1/2 length win in 1:50.4 in a conditioned race Aug. 1 at the Meadowlands. No 2-year-old pacer has gone faster this season. "The mare's been knocking on the door and maybe this is the one that's going to make her a little more prolific," said Tony Alagna, who trains Artspeak. "It's too early to tell, but he's done everything we asked him to do so far. Now he'll go from the Jersey breds to open company, but he was very good in his last start at the Meadowlands. Saturday night we'll know more." Alagna is quite familiar with The Art Museum and her racing-aged offspring. The Art Museum was in the stable of trainer Erv Miller, where Alagna worked prior to starting his own barn, but never made it to the races because of an injury. Yet she made an impression. "She was a great gaited mare with a great pedigree and I had a feeling at some point she was going to throw something decent," Alagna said. "The first two foals were close, but not what this one has been. He seems like he'll be the best one the mare's had so far." The Art Museum's first foal, the filly Acquavella, at age 2 won a division of the New Jersey Sire Stakes and finished second in a division of the Reynolds Memorial, but struggled with health issues. Her second foal, the now 3-year-old colt Fort Knox, last season finished second to Luck Be Withyou in a Champlain Stakes division and has earned $65,241. "Acquavella was meant to be a top filly," Alagna said. "She had some health problems and never reached her full potential. I thought she was meant to be a really good filly, so I went back the next year and bought Fort Knox. He's a nice horse, but just couldn't go to the next level. Artspeak looks like he's got all the tools to be a top horse." Purchased for $100,000 at the 2013 Lexington Selected Sale, Artspeak's family also includes 2007 Meadowlands Pace winner Southwind Lynx. Artspeak is owned by co-breeder Brittany Farms, Marvin Katz, Joe Sbrocco, and In The Gym Partners. Artspeak is the 4-5 morning line favorite in his division of the Nassagaweya, starting from post eight with driver Scott Zeron. His division includes Battle of Waterloo runner-up Sporting The Look, plus Some Power, Read The Proposal, and Pierce Hanover. Some Power sold for $270,000 at the Standardbred Horse Sale under the name Way Bay Hanover. His family includes Dan Patch Award winner Popcorn Penny and he is a half-brother to stakes-winners Westwardho Hanover and Woodstock Hanover. Read The Proposal is a full brother to stakes-winners Lucky Bettor, Bettor B Lucky, and Bet On Luck. Pierce Hanover is a full brother to stakes-winner Passmaster Hanover and top open performer Philos Hanover in addition to being a half-brother to stakes-winner Panther Hanover. Artspeak is among four horses from Alagna's stable competing in the Nassagaweya divisions. Edison -- whose family includes millionaires Delinquent Account, Artiscape, and Western Shore -- is in the first division while Trading Up and Rock On The Hill are in the second split. For many of the horses in the Nassagaweya, it is either a final prep for the upcoming Metro Pace at Mohawk, or an audition. "Myron Bell picked (Edison) out of the catalog because he's got a phenomenal pedigree and he's really started to come into himself his last couple starts," Alagna said, referring to co-owner Brittany Farms' racing manager. "Rock On The Hill was much improved his last start. I want to give him a shot to see if he's ready to go in the Metro, and if he's not, we'll skip it. But he's a horse on the improve. Trading Up was very sick his last start at The Meadows. He was loaded with mucous. We'll see if he fits in, as well. "It's a lot better to spend the $1,500 starting fee in the Nassagaweya to see how you fit compared to the starting fee in the Metro." The first Nassagaweya division also features Dream Maker Series champion The Wayfaring Man, as well as Late Night, who is a half-brother to millionaire Real Nice, and Asap Hanover, whose family includes multiple Dan Patch Award winner Eternal Camnation. Mohawk hosts a stakes event in Eternal Camnation's honor earlier on Saturday's card. Battle of Waterloo winner Go Daddy Go is in the second division, which also includes Badix Hanover, who is a full brother to millionaire Big Jim. Alagna also has three horses in Saturday's Eternal Camnation divisions for 2-year-old female pacers - Bedroomconfessions, Cashaway, and A Plus. In addition, two-time defending Pacer of the Year Captaintreacherous is in the preferred pace. Ken Weingartner Harness Racing Communications
Last year’s two-year-old trotting filly of the year in Canada, Riveting Rosie, recorded her first 2014 victory in the second of two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old harness racing trotting fillies tonight at Grand River Raceway. A winner of $468,000 last year, the daughter of Muscle Mass had a rough start to her three-year-old season when she cut both of her back legs fairly seriously this spring and it took her awhile to recover from those injuries. Given her impressive effort tonight, she now seems to be fully healed. It was a compact group in her division with just five fillies competing. The simply named Margie and Sylvain Filion controlled the tempo early, hitting the opening panel in :29.2 and the half in :59.1. As the field trotted down the backside Paul MacDonell pulled the right line on Riveting Rose from third and she took over by the three-quarters in 1:29.2. Riveting Rosie opened up to win comfortably in 1:58.1 over Miss Liv and Stormont Kate, both daughters of Kadabra. For Rosie it was her first win in eight tries this year for trainer John Bax of Peterborough who co-owns with J and T Stable of Newmarket, Don Allensen of Wyoming and John Hayes of Sharon, Ontario. Tonight’s efforts put Rosie’s life earnings over $550,000. Bred by Schare Adams of Kentucky, Rosie was a $17,000 yearling at the Lexington Select Sale. In the first division three fillies were determined to control the tempo and were three wide early with White Becomes Her, the furthest wide, gaining the top by the first quarter in :27 for Mario Baillargeon. She had a breather in the next quarter, hitting the half mile marker in :57 and trotted by the three-quarters in 1:27 but was collared midway down the stretch by Sweetie Hearts and Jody Jamieson who hit the wire first in 1:57.4. Mayberry managed to nip White Becomes Her for second. It was the second win in 10 tries this year for the daughter of Angus Hall trained by Ron Parsons for owner/breeder Bob Key of Pennsylvania. The filly hails from one of Key’s top maternal families as her second dam is a sister to American Winner ($1.3 million), Super Pleasure ($827,000), etc. It’s also the immediate family of Ontario-sired Harper Blue Chip who finished third in this year’s Hambletonian. This group now has more than a month off before their next Gold test on September 21 at Flamboro. To view the full results from tonight’s card click here. Ontario Sire Stakes
Harper Blue Chip will make his first Ontario Sires Stakes start of 2014 tomorrow night in the first of three $70,000 Gold divisions for three-year-old trotting colts at Mohawk. It will also be the first start for the colt since the most lucrative outing of his career, in the $1,006,125 Hambletonian on August 2 at the Meadowlands. Driven by Brian Sears, Harper Blue Chip, the only Ontario-sired competitor in the talented field, finished third to earn his thrilled connections $106,247. It was more than many of them expected. "It was quite a decision about whether to go; it's not inexpensive to get in the race. But we agreed that we thought he was fifth best in the field and if he finished there we would make a little money. Some even thought maybe fourth best but when he drew post nine we were hoping for fifth,” explained Howard Pearce who manages a group of people who make up the colt’s co-owner Landmark 6 Racing Stable. "As it turned out we were all wrong and the race turned out great for Harper. There were some pretty happy people." For several years Pearce, who is retired from Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, has brought together groups of people to share ownership in colts and fillies trained by Mark Steacy of nearby Gananoque. The Landmark name comes from Steacy and the town where his training stable is located, Lansdowne. Pearce acts as syndicate manager and administrator. The group which co-owns Harper Blue Chip, the sixth iteration of Landmark, includes Joe Loring, Jane Phair, Mike Grace, Conrad Leber, Shaun Finucane, Diane Bertrand, Robert Gilhespy, Barry White, Diane McPerson, Mitche Donoghue, David Reid, Rick Karper, Craig MacKay and Pearce. The other owners on the colt are David McDonald of Cornwall and George Judson of Athens, Ontario. Reid, an accountant from Kingston, also owns an additional share along with his Landmark cut. The Landmark syndicates, which have included owners from just about every province and several states, allow people to share ownership of a horse at a reduced cost, but still enjoy the excitement of owning a harness horse. To have one of their charges reach a coveted race like the Hambletonian, and even better, earn a substantial cheque in such a rich event, is a dream come true for anyone who has ever owned a Standardbred. Harper Blue Chip, who won two OSS events last year at two, is a son of Steacy’s former champion Majestic Son, Canada’s Horse of the Year in 2006. He was bred by noted New York horseman Ray Schnittker and Blue Chip Farms and sold as a yearling for $40,000 the Harrisburg sale. In addition to racing in the OSS this year, he’ll also have an opportunity to compete against the elite of this division in North America in next month’s Canadian Trotting Classic. The richest race for this division in Canada, the final goes September 13 at Mohawk for an estimated $685,000. When he lines up behind the gate tomorrow night at Mohawk Harper will start from post three with Sylvain Filion at the lines. It’s a pattern for the colt – he seems to either draw way outside or post three this year. In eight starts he’s had post 10 once, post nine three times (including the Hambo) and the three spot on three occasions. The three OSS events are featured in races two, six and 10 at the Campbellville oval. The full card may be viewed through this link . Ontario Sire Stakes
The harness racing action heats up on Saturday (August 16th) at Mohawk Raceway when the eliminations for the Eternal Camnation and Nassagaweya Stakes are held. There are three divisions for both the Eternal Camnation and The Nassagaweya and picking a standout in either series is tough at this point. In the first division of the Eternal Camnation, Happy Becky 1:53 looks a big chance from barrier two. The daughter of Cams Card Shark is trained by Casie Coleman and is to be driven by David Miller. In the second division of the Eternal Camnation, J K Shesalady 1:52 looks the toughest to beat although her draw of seven evens things out a bit. The daughter of Art Major is trained by Nancy Johansson and will have the brilliant Yannick Gingras in the bike. In the third division of the Eternal Camnation it is a very even field with perhaps A Plus 1:54.1 just getting the nod here. The daughter of American Ideal is trained by Tony Alagna and will have Scott Zeron in the bike on Saturday night. The most heavily represented sire in the Eternal Camnation elimanations is Art Major with four with Western Ideal next best with three. In the first division of the Nassagaweya Stakes, two of the smarter colts so far this season square off with The Wayfaring Man and Asap Hanover locking horns. The Wayfaring Man 1:52.2, a son of Dragon Again is trained by Nicky Comenga and will have the great Jack Moiseyev in the bike. Asap Hanover 1:52, a son of Somebeachsomewhere is trained by Linda Toscano and will have the outstanding Ti Tetrick in the bike. The second division of the Nassagaweya Stakes looks a bit more clear cut with the Battle Of Waterloo winner Go Daddy Go 1:54 looking the one to beat. The son of Ponder is trained by Bob McIntosh and will driven by the legendary John Campbell. The third division of the Nassagaweya Stakes contains the fastest horse in the three heats and likely favourite in Artspeak 1:50.4. The son of Western Ideal is another one from the barn of Tony Alagna and will be driven by Scott Zeron. The most heavily represented sire in the three divisions of the Nassagaweya eliminations is Somebeachsomewhere with five with the next best being Western Ideal with four. All up we have six great races to look forward to on Saturday night. For the fields click here. Harnesslink Media
The three-year-old trotting fillies of the Ontario Sires Stakes are back in harness racing action in both Gold and Grassroots action over the next two days. Six $18,000 Grassroots divisions highlight tonight's night’s card at Mohawk Racetrack. The following evening two $105,000 Gold divisions will be part of Grand River’s Wednesday night program. Making her OSS debut tonight at Mohawk is Acapulco Hall, a daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe who has post five in race five. A winner in her only lifetime start, on July 29 at Pocono Downs, in 1:57.4 for former trainer Fred Grant, the filly has been transferred to the Rick Zeron barn for her Ontario stay. What makes her appearance notable is the fact that she’s a half-sister to 2003 Hambletonian winner Amigo Hall, the second Ontario-sired horse to ever win the coveted event. Ontario trainer Blair Burgess orchestrated that Balanced Image horse’s career which saw him earn in excess of $1 million lifetime. In addition to being a top Grand Circuit performer, Amigo Hall was also dominant in the Ontario Sires Stakes program during his sophomore season, earning over $270,000 from just five starts. Amigo Hall’s baby sister Acapulco Hall is owned by breeder Walnut Hall Limited of Kentucky. She is the 11th foal from the Meadow Road daughter Alis Cat. Amigo Hall stood stud at Tara Hills Stud in Port Perry. He has one starter in the Grassroots event in Valencia Sol who has post one in race 11. Another filly with a brother who was very successful in the Hambletonian is Tosca who has post four in the first of the two Gold splits at Grand River Wednesday. Trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood, Ontario, trains the Muscle Mass daughter he co-owns with Steve Organ of Aurora, Ontario. Tosca’s half-brother Guccio came within a whisker of winning the 2012 Hambletonian, finishing a neck back in second to winner Market Share. Ironically their dam, Southern Senorita, is sired by Yankee Paco, who was the first Ontario-sired horse to win the Hambletonian. He accomplished the feat in 2000 for trainer Doug McIntosh. Both Amigo Hall and Yankee Paco, the only two Ontario-sired colts to capture the Hambletonian to date, were sired by the late, great Balanced Image, a member of the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame. Tomorrow’s divisions at Mohawk Racetrack go postward as races two, three, five, six, 10 and 11 while the two Gold divisions at Grand River on Wednesday are in races one and three. The programs for each may be viewed through these links. Mohawk Entries - August 12. Grand River Entries - August 13. Ontario Sire Stakes
A sloppy harness racing surface did not deter Lady Shadow and My Secret Belle from recording convincing victories in the two $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions for three-year-old pacing fillies tonight at Georigan Downs. Lady Shadow overcame the less than perfect racing conditions and pressure for almost a half mile to win the first division in impressive fashion. Sectionline Aqua was the early leader in the race and hit the first quarter in :27.3 for Mike Saftic. Doug McNair and Lady Shadow took over just past that point and had pressure from a first up Skippin By as they reached the half in :55.1. That filly continued to stalk the leader and was at her saddle pad by the 1:23.1 third panel but tired at that point allowing Lady Shadow to draw away and win in 1:51.4. Sectionline Aqua took place with Justabit Mean winning the show photo over A Filly Affair. Gregg McNair trais the daughter of Shadow Play owned by Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Michigan. The filly was recording her fourth win in nine tries this year to up her earnings to $247,000. Bred by Winbak Farm, Lady Shadow was a $19,000 yearling at the Forest City Sale. She is the ninth foal from the $200,000 winning Camluck mare Lady Camella and a half-sister to Lady Meghan O ($465,000). A patient steer by Joe Hudon paid off handsomely in the second division. He sat back with My Secret Belle as three of the fillies, Alibi Seelster, Jakardez and Brescia Seelster fought for the early lead. Alilbi prevailed for Jody Jamieson and set the tempo of :26.4, :55.1 and 1:23.4 but broke as the field came out of the final turn. Hudon meanwhile sat second to last during most of the race before unleashing his filly as the field entered the final turn. My Secret Belle gobbled up the racetrack four wide and was an open length winner in 1:53.1 over Shadows Wonder and Jakardez. Hudon bred, owns and trains the winner, a daughter of Mach Three who is now 7-4-3 in 20 starts this year for $214,000 in earnings. The filly is the fourth foal from the Jennas Beach Boy mare Kindly Jenna, and a half-sister to $411,000 winner This Is Wyatt. These fillies will meet again for Gold action on September 8 at Mohawk. To view the complete results from tonight’s card at Georgian. Ontario Sire Stakes
Tuesday night (August 12) marked the second straight harness racing card Mohawk Racetrack hosted with six $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series races. This time it was the three-year-old trotting fillies who got to take a turn over the seven-eighths mile oval, and it was Mystical Wishes who led the way with a 1:55.1 performance. Competing in the second division, Mystical Wishes (Billy Davis Jr.) took over the lead in the stretch after being angled out of the pocket, and she would power away to win by three and a half lengths over Quadrophenia (James MacDonald), who had led through panels of :29, :57.3, and 1:26.1. Chelseas Chance (Steve Condren) was third. 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, whose two-year-old full sister Mystical Brat won in Grassroots action last Saturday at Georgian Downs, is five-for-nine in the win column this year after going winless in four tries as a rookie. Mystical Wishes, who won for the third consecutive time, has earned $35,990 in 2014 and $39,740 lifetime. Mystical Wishes Trainer Herb Holland had two wins in Grassroots competition, striking with Cornaro Dasolo fillies Audrey Pearl (Anthony MacDonald, 1:56.4) and Kate Smith (James MacDonald, 1:57.1). Holland, who hails from Milton, Ontario, also co-owns and has a breeding credit on Audrey Pearl, who won the third flight by three and a half lengths. Vincenzo Strangis of Toronto and Mike Pelosi of Woodbridge, Ontario, co-own the filly, who has a pair of wins from nine attempts this year after not scratching out a victory in seven attempts last season. She has pocketed $26,280 on the campaign and $36,355 in her life. Kate Smith, the winner in the Grassroots nightcap, is a home-bred for Carolyn MacIsaac of Milton, Ontario. Kate Smith didn’t make a pari-mutuel start as a two-year-old, but she has a trio of triumphs from 13 efforts this year, giving her a bankroll of $25,960. Audrey Pearl Kate Smith ; Sire Kadabra also had two winners in Magic Factory (Lorne House, 1:57.3) and Miss Aultsville (Jack Moiseyev, 1:57.4). House also trains Magic Factory, who has three wins from nine attempts this year after not getting a tally from three tries as a rookie, for owner Chantal Ruijs of Harley, Ontario. Magic Factory has put away $16,584 this season and $18,684 lifetime. Miss Aultsville, a Gold Series winner and runner-up in the Super Final last year, won for the first time in five efforts this year and for the third occasion in her career. She is trained by John Kopas, of Milton, Ontario, who also co-owns the filly with Old Aultsville Stable of Mississauga, Ontario, and Pealer Pen of Camp Hill, Pennsylvania. The connections also bred the filly, who has banked $10,440 in 2014 and $161,565 in her life. Magic Factory Miss Aultsville The remaining Grassroots winner was Torches Star, an Angus Hall filly who won in 1:57.3 for Hall of Famer Steve Condren and trainer Ben Wallace. Owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ontario, Torches Star has won twice from nine tries this year, and she posted her third career win. She has earned $22,980 on the campaign and $70,144 lifetime. She also won in Grassroots competition at Mohawk on June 17 of this year. Torches Star The next Grassroots event for three-year-old filly trotters will be held on August 24 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Full charts and results of Tuesday night’s events at Mohawk Racetrack are available here. Ontario Sire Stakes
Guelph, Ontario - August 7, 2014 - When it comes to breeding the importance of sound management and health practices play a key role in building a solid foundation toward a horse's future. Equine Guelph is pleased to offer its newly updated "Growth and Development" online course as part of its Fall 2014 lineup, which has been designed to increase awareness by incorporating the advances in research and evolving management practices for the broodmare and stallion. "The Growth and Development course will eliminate all the old wives' tales and myths, and replace tradition with hard facts from research and development," says course instructor Doug Nash who served as farm manager at Glengate Farms in Campbellville, Ontario for almost 30 years. "It will also bring those same people up to date with the latest technology, nutrition and methods used today by the professionals of the trade, through class discussion and the use of guest speakers, as well as the new audio/visuals and revised textbook." Offered as a 12-week online course through the University of Guelph in September, key topics include examining barn and breeding facilities, property location and renovation of an existing facility, water sources and quality, bio-security, nutrition, and animal conditioning for reproduction, as well as encompassing all aspects of reproduction and sound management practices prior to conception and beyond. The course will also consist of video interviews with experienced industry breeders; along with video demonstrations of preparing for semen collection and new technological advances such as embryo transfer. "This is a course for anyone who might be contemplating horse ownership and breeding, as well as future veterinarians considering large animal practice, and veterinarian assistants," says Nash. "It would also benefit those working in the production for sales of equine breeding supplies and building design for the horse industry, as well as the area of bio-security with regard to producing or selling mare and foal feeds, supplements and milk replacers and those boarding mares and foals as a profession or producing weanlings to yearlings for sale or training." Registration for Equine Guelph's Fall 2014 semester is now open with courses beginning on September 15, 2014. Other Fall course offerings include Management of the Equine Environment, Equine Health & Disease Prevention, Equine Nutrition, Equine Functional Anatomy, Equine Business Management, Stewardship of the Equine Environment, Equine Journalism, Advanced Equine Functional Anatomy, and Advanced Equine Behaviour. The early bird deadline is Friday, August 15, 2014. More information can be found at www.EquineStudiesOnline.ca or by contacting Open Learning and Educational Support at info@OpenEd.uoguelph.ca or 519-767-5000. Equine Guelph is the horse owners' and care givers' Centre at the University of Guelph. It is a unique partnership dedicated to the health and well-being of horses, supported and overseen by equine industry groups. Equine Guelph is the epicentre for academia, industry and government - for the good of the equine industry as a whole. For further information, visit www.EquineGuelph.ca. by: Barbara Sheridan Photo Captions: Understanding the birth cycle of the horse and related warning signs of problems is just one of the many topics that will be explored in Equine Guelph's Growth and Development online course.
CAMPBELLVILLE, August 8 - Spirit To Win turned the tables on Southwind Champane in leg two of the Pure Ivory Series Monday night at Mohawk. A field of five lined up to contest the $12,000 second leg of the trotting series for harness racing two-year-old fillies. Southwind Champane, the leg one winner, trotted out to the early lead, with Spirit To Win, the runner-up in leg one, following close behind in second. After setting fractions of :30.2, 1:01.2, 1:31.1, Southwind Champane and driver Steve Byron were challenged by Spirit To Win and driver Chris Christoforou for the stretch drive. Spirit To Win overtook the lead part way down the lane and cruised to victory in 1:58.2. Southwind Champane made a break late in the stretch and through the wire, but despite going off stride still finished second. Elegant Serenity, who finished third, was the only trotter of the other three starters not to make a break. The leg two victory was the second win in three starts for Spirit To Win and was a new career best. The daughter of Cantab Hall - Celebrity Spirit is trained by Dustin Jones for owners Frederick Hertrich and Noblock Racing Stable. Spirit To Win was a $35,000 yearling purchase last fall at the Harrisburg Sale. She paid $3.40 to win. The $45,800 final of the Pure Ivory Series will take place next Monday night (August 18) at Mohawk. Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications
This Week: Review Stakes, Illinois State Fair, Springfield, Ill.; Fox Stake, the Ralph Wilfong, the Horseman Stakes and the Hoosier Stakes, Indiana State Fair, Indianapolis, Ind.; Carl Milstein Memorial, Northfield Park, Northfield, Ohio; Gold Cup and Saucer final, Red Shores Racetrack & Casino, Charlottetown, PEI; Joe Gerrity final, Saratoga Casino and Raceway, Saratoga Springs, N.Y.; Nassagaweya and Eternal Camnation, Mohawk Racetrack, Campbellville, Ont.; and Tompkins-Geers, Tioga Downs, Nichols, N.Y. Schedule of events: An extremely busy week of Grand Circuit action kicks off on Monday (Aug. 11) at the Illinois State Fair with the $35,900 Review Stake for 2-year-old trotters, the $21,450 Review Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers and the $18,800 Review Stake for 2-year-old filly pacers. The Tuesday (Aug. 12) program features the $30,500 Review Stake for 3-year-old pacers and the $28,600 Review Stake for 3-year-old trotters. The Indiana State Fair will host one day of Grand Circuit racing on Wednesday (Aug. 13) with the feature being the $55,462 Fox Stake for 2-year-old colt pacers. The co-featured event is the $36,080 Ralph Wilfong for 2-year-old colt trotters. The Hoosier Stakes for 2-year-olds will see two divisions each in the $26,920 2-year-old colt pace, the $26,632 2-year-old filly pace, the $25,928 2-year-old filly trot and the $22,404 2-year-old colt trot. The Horseman Stakes for 3-year-olds features single divisions in the $36,028 3-year-old colt pace, the $33,664 3-year-old filly pace, the $32,728 3-year-old filly trot and the $32,156 3-year-old colt trot. Then on Friday (Aug. 15), Northfield Park will host the $400,000 (est.) Carl Milstein Memorial for 3-year-old colt pacers and a $100,000 (est.) consolation in the same event. Red Shores Racetrack & Casino will host the C$60,000 (est.) Gold Cup and Saucer final for older pacers on Saturday (Aug. 16) and a C$20,000 (est.) consolation on Friday (Aug. 15). Also on Saturday, Saratoga Casino and Raceway will feature the $260,000 Joe Gerrity for open pacers and Mohawk Racetrack will contest the C$245,000 (est.) Nassagaweya for 2-year-old colt pacers and the C$215,000 (est.) Eternal Camnation for 2-year-old filly pacers. Grand Circuit action concludes on Sunday (Aug. 17) at Tioga Downs with Tompkins-Geers stakes for 3-year-olds of both sexes and gaits, as well as the 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. These events carry purses estimated from $53,000 for the 3-year-old filly pacers to $85,000 for the freshman colt trotters. Complete entries for the races at the U.S. tracks are available at this link. Entries for the Canadian tracks are available at this link. Last time: Sweet Lou, driven by Ron Pierce, paced the fastest mile in Hoosier Park history with a 1:47.2 score in the $250,000 Dan Patch Invitational on Friday (Aug. 8). Sweet Lou defeated stablemate Bettor's Edge in 1:47.2 in the Dan Patch. In a talented group of nine, Pierce sent Sweet Lou away from the gate firing, but stablemate Bettor's Edge and Ricky Macomber Jr. were quickest off the car and reached the opening panel in a speedy :25. Carol's Comet and Aaron Merriman were well-placed In The Pocket second with the 1-5 favorite, Sweet Lou, next in line in third. Pierce, sensing the outer flow starting to form, gave Sweet Lou the green light and he easily reached the front at the second station in a blazing :52.4. Heston Blue Chip and Corey Callahan had the daunting task of beginning the first-over charge down the backside and had reached the leader's wheel at the three-quarter mark in 1:20.1. With the torrid pace taking its toll, Bettor's Edge and Sweet Lou settled into a match race and paced away from the rest of the field. Using a :27.1 final panel, Sweet Lou was able to hold off his stablemate by a half-length to score his ninth win of the season and first Dan Patch Invitational win. Bettor's Edge was a game second while Carol's Comet finished third as the longest shot on the board at 53-1. Sweet Lou returned $2.40 to his backers at the window. Trained by Ron Burke, Sweet Lou won for the 31st time in 67 lifetime starts for owners Burke Racing Stable, Weaver Bruscemi, Larry Karr, and Phil Collura. The victory pushed his career earnings over $3 million to $3,033,961. The 5-year-old has now paced a record six consecutive winning miles under 1:48. Complete recaps of all the races are available at the Grand Circuit website. Grand Circuit Standings: In 2014, the Grand Circuit leaders in three categories (driver, trainer and owner) will once again be tracked on a points system (20-10-5 for the top three finishers in divisions/finals and 10-5-2 for the top three finishers in eliminations/legs). Winbak Farms is the sponsor for the 2014 Grand Circuit awards. Here are the leaders following the past weekend. Drivers: 1. Yannick Gingras - 646; 2. Tim Tetrick - 502; 3. Ron Pierce - 369; 4. David Miller - 290; 5. Brian Sears - 245. Trainers: 1. Ron Burke - 1,016.5; 2. Jimmy Takter - 529; 3. PJ Fraley - 204; 4. Ray Schnittker - 189; 5. Ake Svanstedt - 172. Owners: 1. Burke Racing - 233.05; 2. Weaver Bruscemi - 211.8; 3. Bamond Racing - 156.5; 4. 3 Brothers Stable - 112; 5. Knutsson Trotting - 105. Looking ahead: Grand Circuit action will be taking place next week at Mohawk Racetrack and Tioga Downs. Mohawk Racetrack with contest eliminations in the Canadian Pacing Derby for older pacers, the Metro for 2-year-old colt pacers and the She's A Great Lady for 2-year-old filly pacers on Saturday (Aug. 23). The Sunday (Aug. 24) card at Tioga Downs will offer eliminations for the Cane Pace for 3-year-olds and the second leg of the Kindergarten for 2-year-old colt and filly trotters. Paul Ramlow Grand Circuit Publicity Director
What a difference a week has made in the Horse Racing New Brunswick year long harness racing handicapping contest. After week number twelve ( 12 ) there is a new leader who has leap-frogged into first place. Rose Doyle had an outstanding week, earning $ 30.70 for her wagers which puts her in first. Her new total after week twelve is $ 186.50. Adam Saunders has also made a bold move into the number two slot. He has now earned $ 178.00 while last week's leader, Brad MacPherson drops to third with a total of $ 174.90. Also of note, Kayden Buchanan is just eighty-cents behind Saunders in fourth place. Next leg will be hosted on Saturday, August 23rd at Exhibition Park Raceway. This week's co-winners of Horse Player Interactive prizes are Rose Doyle and Adam Saunders. Both had an identical week's total with $ 30.70 as they both selected the same horses. Horse Racing New Brunswick reminds patrons, there is no racing this coming Saturday. Rose Doyle 186.50 Adam Saunders 178.00 Brad MacPherson 174.90 Kayden Buchanan 174.10 Jenn Ritchie 126.70 Bruce Smith 93.50 Wayne Hubbard 45.30 Roy Flowers 31.00 Dale Spence Sr 18.60 Scott Waddell