Eight of the top four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R and their connections learned today what post-positions they have. The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card. “What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.” Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving and they drew post 5. World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip. They did not fare well in the draw and will start from the outside in post 8. The local favorite and all-age track record holder at the Hippodrome 3R is Duc D’Orleans, who starts from post 4. Back in 2013 he became the only horse ever to break the 1:53 mark at 3R, going in 1:52.4. He will be driven by native son Daniel Dube. Captive Audience leaves from post 7 for driver James MacDonald. The son of Art Major was an early season sensation and has recently being going against the best pacers at Mohawk. Lucan Hanover hails from the talented Casie Coleman Stable and starts from post 3. This son of Western Ideal has but one win this year but has been super game all season. Last week he was second by a nose on Yonkers half mile oval in 1:58 going extra distance at 1 1/16th mile and the prior week he won at Yonkers in 1:51.1. He will be driven by David Miller. Mach It So starts from post 6 for trainer P J Fraley and ships to 3R having won three of his last four starts, the fastest a 1:48.2 lifetime mark at Pocono Downs. The Mac Three gelding will be handled by Scott Zeron. Sunshine Beach drew the rail and is the highest money earner in the field at $913,702, so a victory would in the Prix D’Ete would make him a millionaire. He is locally co-owned by the Hudson Standardbred Stable of Montreal and has a record this year of 1:49 at Mohawk Raceway. He will be driven by Doug McNair. Si Semalu comes into the race after two sharp efforts at Mohawk Raceway, finishing second last week and the prior week posting his fifth win on the season for trainer Isaac Waxman in 1:52. He drew well with post two and will be driven by local star Denis St Pierre. Here is the field in post-position order with driver and trainer: Sunshine Beach (Doug McNair) Mark Steacy Si Semalu (Denis St Pierre) Isaac Waxman Lucan Hanover (David Miller) Casie Coleman Duc D’Orleans (Daniel Dube) Jacques Dupont Apprentice Hanover (Jody Jamieson) Ben Wallace Mach It So (Scott Zeron) P J Fraley Captive Audience (James MacDonald) Corey Johnson Sunfire Blue Chip (Yannick Gingras) Jimmy Takter There will be no consolation race. Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm. For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
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Paymenowpaymelater added another Lady Slipper to her list of stake victories this season winning her eighth straight in going away fashion for driver Marc Campbell in 2:07. The undefeated two-year-old daughter of Northern Bailey was hustled out from the seven gate and dropped into the two-hole with an opening quarter in :31.4, Campbell was not content with a pocket ride and pulled out past a half in 1:03.2 before clearing to the lead and opening up by 7 lengths laying down the three-quaters in 1:34.2 and then picking up her largest victory to date winning by 14 lengths for owner Wade Peconi and trainer Earl Watts. It was one of two victories on the card for Campbell who also won with his own trainee Benny Rabbit. Driver Jason Hughes enjoyed a driving hat-trick on the night. He got the ball rolling in Race 4, a division of the Lady Slipper for three-year-old trotters. Aboard favourite Seanchai He used the same tactics as Campbell rushing his charge to the lead past the half, winning by three-lengths in 2:02 for the Buntainwood Farm. 'The Blue Knight' also picked up victories aboard Coconut Ladida and his own trainee Cambest Kisser. In the second division of two-year-old trotters, Windemere Ty and driver Jack Panting started to put together a little streak of their own. The son of Nureyev picked up his Third Straight victory in 2:04.3 holding off a hard closing Suicide Shift. Southfield Shadow made it back-to-back victories winning her division of the three-year-old Lady Slipper for driver Terry Gallant, she stopped the clock in 2:02.1. I D K inline to co-owner Vince Poulton took the evenings feature race converting off a perfect two-hole ride to win in 1:58.1 for co-owners Gary Poulton and Gail Macdonald. Judge Jon railed with a :28.3 kicker from sixth to nail the place prize while fraction setter Capitalism held on for third. Fresh off career win no. 2, 500 Gary Chappell was back in the winner circle again, he had two winners on the 13-dash card. He picked up his first with his own trainee Pownal Bay Tia in 2:04.1 and followed it up in race 10 aboard Lexis Mandy for trainer Chris MacKay in 1:58.1 Racing action returns to Red Shores Charlottetown on Saturday night with a 6 p.m. post-time, the card features some of the best free-for-allers the Maritimes has to offer, as well the top Open Mares on P.E.I. by Bo Ford, for Red Shores
It will be the battle of the Atlantic Sires Stakes freshman fillies at Northside Downs on Saturday. Two 'A' divisions of the two-year-old pacing fillies will be featured on the afternoon race card at the North Sydney oval. Over $9700 in purse money will be up for grabs in each of the two divisions. This will be the final meeting of the two-year-old fillies prior to the season-ending Atlantic Breeders Crown Championships. This year's championship weekend will be hosted by Red Shores at the Charlottetown Driving Park October 11 and 12. First race post time at Northside Downs on Saturday is 1 pm. by Lynne MacLennan, for the Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE - Paymenowpaymelater has yet to let a horse go past her in seven career starts and that streak will continue Thursday if she has any say in it. The two-year-old trotting daughter of Northern Bailey has post 7 in the race 2 $8,000 Lady Slipper trot Thursday night at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park with a 7 pm first race post time. Marc Campbell will drive the filly in the two-year-old trot division for owner Wade Peconi of Stanchel and trainer Earl Watts. Her main competition will come in the form of post 1 starter BJ Matador (Bert Honkoop) and Balanced Bailey (Kenny Arsenault) from post 5. The other Lady Slipper two-year-old trot division in race 6 has last week's runner-up to Paymenowpaymelater starting from post 4. Wait For Me has trainer Mark McKinnon in the bike for New Haven owners Mitchell and David Tierney fresh off a half-length second place finish in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes to the undefeated filly. Wait For Me has yet to see the winner's circle in her early career but that could all change Thursday night. Looking to get in her way is Summerside Raceway two-year-old trotting track record holder Suicide Shift, who is saddled with post 8 for trainer-driver Steven Shepherd, while Windemere Ty is riding a two-race win streak from post 2 for driver Jack Panting. The target is locked firmly on Seanchai as the one to beat in his $8,200 Lady Slipper three-year-old trot division in race 4 for driver Jason Hughes and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach. The three-year-old son of Northern Bailey devastated the field in his last outing with a 2:02 mile, with his closest rival 11-lengths in arrears in one of the fastest three-year-old trot miles of the 2014 Maritime racing season. Seanchai will leave from post 5 in an eight-horse-field with real threats from Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell), Phantom Beau (Arsenault) and Dunmore Chance (Panting). The other three-year-old trot division lines up in race 8 with Southfield Shadow leaving from post 3 for trainer Thane Mann, driver Terry Gallant and owner Southfield Farm Inc. of Summerside. The P Js Nabby filly is fresh off a win last week in the P.E.I. Colt Stakes and will face off with seven rivals including BJ Comanche (Clare MacDonald) and Playdale (Daniel MacDonald). The 13-dash card also includes a $2,000 feature pace in race 12 with I D K favored from the rail for driver Vincent Poulton over Capitalism (Hughes) and Judge Jon (Mike Stevenson). by Nicholas Oakes, for Red Shores
Fredericton Raceway will host its final live card of the 2104 racing season on Saturday, September 20th at 2:00 P.M. Nine dashes will be carded on the afternoon that features a full field of eight starters in the afternoon's featured event. Going as race nine, the race will feature last week's top-class winner at Exhibition Park Raceway, locally owned Joseph Michael. He captured his 43rd lifetime win and now has over $ 128,000 in earnings. He is owned by Andrea Dolan, Lower Cambridge-Valerie Phelan, Geary, NB. Todd Trites will drive the seven-year-old son of Jennas Beach Boy. He took a new lifetime record this season in Windsor, Maine of 1:53.3. Eric Wilson trains the pacer who has drawn post two. Wave That Banner, also hailing from the high producing Eric Wilson stable has drawn the rail position in the $ 1500 event and he too is coming off a win last week. Four-year-old pacing mare Ramblinglily also comes off a strong outing as she won a leg of the aged pacing marries series at Red Shores last Saturday in 1:56 which was a new record for the mare. In that race she unleashed a last quarter of :27.1 to take the new speed badge. Other starters in the Saturday top-class include Dance Hanover, Man In Pink, Magical Alex, American Captain and Kass Hall. Post time is scheduled for 2:00 P.M at the picturesque half-mile oval. by Scott Waddell, for HRNB
Anthony Haughan, an Ireland native, has a sure fire trifecta in his life; family, harness racing and Liverpool soccer. Whatever you do, never mention that you're a fan of Manchester United to Anthony! If you do, get ready for some good natured ribbing! In the late 90's, Anthony decided to leave Ireland before the winter season to try his hand in harness racing in Canada. "In Ireland, there is no racing during the winter time so I had to come to Canada to get my racing fix" admits Anthony. Shortly thereafter, Anthony went back home to Ireland however Canada must have had a special place in Anthony's heart as he returned to Canada in 2000. What was supposed to be a stay of only a few months turned out to be Anthony staying for good. Good turned to become great as Anthony met Meg (who trains as well), his partner. Anthony and Meg have a young son named Cian, (pronounced: Cane), who enjoys going to the race track to watch his dad in action. "Cian likes going to the barn and watching the horses. He likes coming to the races, though a little too often" says Anthony. "During the summer, Cian plays soccer so I do what I can to make sure I can watch him play." Anthony says. "Meg and I, we both go and watch him." Looking back over the years since coming to Canada, Anthony feels blessed to have made this transition for his career. "Making a living here doing what I love has been great." Anthony continues, "Not many people get to do a job they love, I'm very fortunate." "To come here, coming from Dublin and to have as many wins that I have, it's special." Anthony says, "I am grateful to everyone who has given me an opportunity." Aside from racing, training and family, Anthony is a director for the Ontario Harness Horse Association (OHHA). "Guys come to me for help with Judge's infractions" says Anthony. "I will go and talk to the judges on their behalf or go in with them when they speak to the judge to support them. I like being involved." "I'm a horseman, so I don't look out for just myself. I look out for all the horsemen". Anthony states. Anthony is very honest about how he's handled his role with OHHA. "The older I've gotten, the better I am with handling situations. I think in the past I may have gone about it in the wrong way" Anthony continues, "As you get older and do a little more, you realize there's better ways to go about it." How did Anthony get involved with OHHA? "I was approached and asked if I would be interested in becoming a director, which I was. I was voted in by the directors" Anthony says. "You have to be available as much as you can" says Anthony. The biggest take away is Anthony does his best to help fellow horsemen; he takes pride in being there for others, offering advice or helping in any way possible. At any workplace whether it be an office, factory or paddock, the essential part of enjoying what you do is having a light atmosphere with good personalities. So when it comes to having a laugh on race night, Anthony is game. "Sometimes we try to have fun with a guy if he is having a rough night. You spend so much time with drivers; it's like being on a football or hockey team." Anthony adds, "A lot of times you travel together and are in the locker room together yet we compete against one another. There's a fine line but I am friendly with everyone." Knowing if a problem arises and you need help, it's good to know you're not alone. People like Anthony help reassure fellow horsemen that this is a team sport. A family. by Roderick Balgobin, for Harnesslink.com
Many of the best four-year-old harness racing pacers in North America will do battle this Sunday in the $200,000 revival of the Prix D’Ete at the Hippodrome 3R. The drawing for post positions will take place at a special media function at the Hippodrome 3R on Thursday at 11:00 am. The Prix D’Ete is the richest race in North America this year for four-year-old pacers and many of the nation’s top harness racing drivers will be coming to Quebec province to compete on the race card. Headlining the field of eight starters will be Apprentice Hanover from the Ben Wallace Stable. The son of Somebeachsomewhere enters the race off of a lifetime mark performance last week at Mohawk Raceway in 1:49.2. Jody Jamieson will do the driving. World renowned trainer Jimmy Takter has entered his top pacer, Sunfire Blue Chip, who is on a four-race winning streak including a 1:49.2 triumph in the $50,000 Open at Pocono Downs in his last start. Yannick Gingras returns to his home track to drive Sunfire Blue Chip. Also entered are Captive Audience; local favorite and Hippodrome 3R all-age track record holder, Duc D’Orleans; Casie Coleman’s Lucan Hanover; PJ Fraley’s Mach It So, who has won three of his last four starts; Si Semalu and Sunshine Beach, the richest pacer in the field with career earnings of $971,037. “What a great field that has entered our revival of the Prix D’Ete,” said Vincent Trudel, the general manager of the Hippodrome 3R. “We could not have asked for a more competitive field. I am sure that Duc D’Orleans track record of 1:52.4 will be in jeopardy this Sunday and that our racing fans and horsemen are going to see a superb world-class race.” Here is the field in alphabetical order: Apprentice Hanover Jody Jamieson Benjamin Wallace Captive Audience James MacDonald Corey Johnson Duc Dorleans Daniel Dube Jacques Dupont Lucan Hanover David Miller Casie Coleman Mach It So Scott Zeron Paul Fraley Si Semalu Doug McNair Isaac Waxman Sunfire Blue Chip Yannick Gingras Jimmy Takter Sunshine Beach Chris Christoforou Mark Steacy There will be no consolation race. Initially known as the Prix d’Automne and won by older horses such as the three-time Horse of the Year Bret Hanover, the marquee event at Blue Bonnets racetrack in Montreal was converted into the Prix D’Ete race for 3-year-old pacers in 1970 and remained one of the major North American stakes in the division until its last running in 1992. Past winners included Cam Fella, Niatross, Albatross, Strike Out, Abercrombie, Matts Scooter and Beach Towel. The Prix D’Ete weekend gets underway Saturday evening with a special live race program beginning at 7:30 pm. Sunday’s Prix D’Ete race card first race post time is 1:00 pm. For additional information visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club
Grand River Raceway will stage a moment of silence tonight (Sept. 17) for local horseman Mark Austin, who passed away on Sunday. The moment of silence will take place at the start of tonight's broadcast, at approximately 6:05 p.m. Horsepeople wishing to participate are asked to make their way to the racetrack in front of the toteboard immediately following the playing of Oh! Canada (at approximately 6:02 p.m.) The moment of silence will be preceded by a short video. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway
The Little Brown Jug for three-year-old pacing colts and its filly companion race, the Jugette, are highly coveted races to win and this year Guelph, Ontario-based harness racing trainer Gregg McNair has a shot in each. Both of his Ontario-sired horses are regulars on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit. His filly, Lady Shadow, is the favourite in the first of three divisions of the Jugette, worth a total of $298,100, to be raced Wednesday afternoon at the Delaware County Fair in Ohio. The daughter of Shadow Play, owned by Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, Michigan, has won five races and finished second in two others in 10 starts so far this year. She comes into Wednesday’s race riding a two race winning streak, both in OSS Gold events. McNair’s son Doug, her regular driver, will once again be at the lines behind the winner of $454,000 so far in her career. The other Ontario-sired filly in the Jugette is the Major In Art daughter Sectionline Aqua who has post eight in the second elimination. She’ll have hometown support as all three of her owners are from Ohio. Sectionline Aqua finished second to Lady Shadow in her last two OSS Gold outings. The Jugette and Little Brown Jug are both heat races. The top three fillies from each elimination on Wednesday will return for a second heat, the winner of which will be crowned Jugette champion. Gregg McNair, the leading trainer in the OSS program so far in 2014, has yet to win either the Jug or Jugette so far in his impressive career, but he has come close. In 2011 his filly Swinging Beauty captured her first heat of the Jugette and finished third to Idyllic in the final. In 2000 he started George Scooter in the Little Brown Jug. The Matts Scooter son was third in the first heat and came back to win the second heat but finished third in the race off to Astreos. McNair’s 2014 Jug hopeful is the Mach Three colt Three Of Clubs. McNair co-owns the colt with Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario, and harness racing legend Keith Waples of Durham, Ontario. One of the most respected harness drivers in history, and a member of Canada’s Sports Hall of Fame and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, Waples won the 1972 Little Brown Jug with Strike Out. The horse’s owner, the late John Hayes, famously said prior to the race: “I’d rather win the Little Brown Jug than go to heaven.” That victory was the first time a Canadian-owned horse won the Jug and now the 91 year-old Waples has another chance to capture the famed event with Three Of Clubs on Thursday afternoon, but it will be a big undertaking given the talent of the 16 colts entered. Three Of Clubs has drawn post three in the $103,600 first heat alongside On Golden Ponder trained by Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ontario, who sits second to McNair in the OSS trainers’ standings. There are two colts entered in the second heat which also have Ontario trainers, Casie Coleman’s McWicked (post one) and Dave Menary’s Hes Watching (post six). The first four finishers will advance to the $310,800 second heat. A race-off, if required, will be worth $129,500. Other Ontario-sired performers racing at Delaware Wednesday include the Majestic Son daughter Yanks Ball Girl in the Standardbred Stakes for two-year-old trotting fillies. The second division finds OSS regular Gee OKeeffe who has two OSS wins to her credit this year. She’s owned by trainer Chris Beaver and Wilbur Lang, both of Ohio. Little Brown Jug day also finds one of the greatest mares to ever race in the OSS, Bee A Magician, competing. The four-year-old daughter of Kadabra, who has drawn post six in the 17th race of the day, the $121,000 Miss Versatility Final. Horse of the Year in both Canada and the US last year, Bee A Magician has earned $2.5 million to date in her career. Starting alongside in post seven is another top OSS graduate, $592,000 winner Charmed Life. For more information on the Little Brown Jug and Jugette, please visit their website Little Brown Jug website. By 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 .
The locally owned and homebred, Sectionline Aqua is looking for Jugette glory as she takes on a field of eight in the second of three eliminations for the $298,100 Jugette for three-year-old filly pacers at the Delaware County Fair. The Major In Art - Aquatic Yankee filly is owned by Harold Lee and Harold L Bauder of Delaware, Ohio, and Michael Dixon of Hilliard, Ohio. Steve Bauder, who recently moved back to his hometown of Delaware after residing in Chicago for a few years, trains the filly. Sectionline Aqua has finished on the board in each of her last five starts and has won 6 of 16 seasonal starts. In her last start, she raced in an Ontario Sire Stakes Gold event at Mohawk Raceway finishing second by a length and a quarter and was timed in 1:51. Native Central Ohioan Brett Miller will drive her in the Jugette. Steve Bauder emphasized the filly's easygoing nature and consistency in most of her races. "She's about as nice a horse to work with as you would ask," he noted. "Just really well-mannered and anybody could take of her. She's consistent and has been good all year." The trainer also expressed confidence in his driver, but added the intimidating factor of being in the outside post position. "It's pretty tough. She'll need a trip. It needs to work out for her in the eighth hole," he said, "Any horse--I don't care what it is--from the eighth hole on a half mile track will need a little bit of help. She's game though." Post time for the Jugette Day card will be at 10:50 a.m. at the Delaware County Fairgrounds. by Conor Golden, Little Brown Jug Publicity Intern
Dancin Caroll and Sports Chic, who are both half-sister to famous performers, are making themselves known as well after winning the pair of $105,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series contests for two-year-old pacing fillies on Monday night (September 15) at Mohawk Racetrack. Both races were conducted over a racetrack rated good and two seconds off due to rainy conditions. In the first division it was Wrangler Magic (Sylvain Filion) in the lead at the :27.4 opening quarter. She would yield the top spot to a parked-out I Wonder Why (Steve Condren) past that marker, and then I Wonder Why gave up command to public choice Win The Gold (James MacDonald) before the :56.3 half. Win The Gold would go to hit three-quarters in 1:26.1, but she was under a first-over attack from Southwind Mischief (Chris Christoforou), who towed Dancin Caroll (Randy Waples) into contention from second-over. In the stretch Southwind Mischief forged her way by Win The Gold, but a host of fillies, including Dancin Caroll began to close in inside the final sixteenth. Dancin Caroll proved best though, as she reached the finish line half a length in front of a re-emerging Wrangler Magic. Akissfromtheart (Jody Jamieson) rushed from seventh to third in the final quarter. The final time of the mile was 1:55.2. Tony Alagna trains Dancin Caroll, a daughter of Sportswriter, for owners Paymaq Racing of Long Grove, Illinois, Greg Gillis of Alliston, Ontario, and George Golemes of Oak Brook, Illinois. This was her second win from eight starts, and she has now earned $75,900. Dancin Caroll was bred by Elizabeth Wagner and was sold for $90,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale. She is the third foal out of the Cambest mare Dancewiththebest, which makes her a half-sister to world champion Dancin Yankee ($1,060,422). The second OSS Gold test saw Solar Sister (Doug McNair) work her way from post nine to first at the :26.2 opening quarter. She let longshot Palette Tina (Randy Waples) go to the top prior to the :55.3 half, but then McNair had his charge back out of the pocket on the far turn, and she regained the advantage well before the 1:25.2 three-quarters. Business As Usual (Christoforou) tried to challenge the pace-setter from first-over at that time with Northern Starlet (Sylvain Filion) positioned second-over and Sports Chic (Jody Jamieson) third-over. Jamieson fanned Sports Chic out wide for the stretch drive, and she caught Solar Sister at the eighth pole. Sports Chic powered her way past the leader for good past that marker, and she would go on to defeat a closing Little Miss Sporty (Jonathan Drury) by a length and three-quarters in 1:54.4. Cowgirl Tough (Jack Moiseyev), owned in part by 7th grade student Emma Christoforou (story here), came in third. Trainer Blake MacIntosh of Waterdown, Ontario, also co-owns Sports Chic, a daughter of Sportswriter, with partner Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Sports Chic, who has five wins from eight trips behind the gate overall, is a perfect four-for-four in Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series competition and leads the point standings for her group. Sports Chic, now an earner of $221,389, was also second against Grand Circuit company in a Champlain Stakes division at Mohawk. Sports Chic, a Winbak Farm-bred filly who fetched $35,000 at last year’s Lexington Selected Yearling Sale, is the 15th foal out of the On The Road Again mare Vesta Blue Chip, which means Sports Chic is a half-sister to the great Rainbow Blue ($1,600,012), the 2004 Canadian Horse of the Year. The two-year-old pacing fillies of the OSS Gold Series have one remaining event in their regular season, and it will occur on September 29 at Mohawk Racetrack. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
Arrangements have been announced for Mark Austin's funeral this week. Austin, 54, tragically died Sunday night in the race paddock at Flamboro Downs. He will be tremendously missed by his wife, Julie Ann (Davis) and his daughters Paige and Paula and daughter Marcie. He was the son of Thomas E. and Aileen Austin and the brother of Tim (Debbie), Perry and Kelly Klinard (Dan). He is remembered by his mother-in-law Rose Davis, brother-in-law Stephen and his wife Cynthia and was a very special uncle to many nieces and nephews. Friends will be received at the Graham A. Giddy Funeral Home & Chapel, 280 St. David St. South, Fergus, Ontario on Wednesday, September 17 from 3 to 7 p.m. Funeral Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Catholic Church, 760 St. David St. North, Fergus on Thursday, September 18 at 11 a.m. Interment at St. Joseph - St. Mary Catholic Church in Elora. Memorial donations can be directed to the Heart & Stroke Foundation. Those wishing to make online condolences can do so by clicking here.
On Monday, September 15, the Ontario Horse Racing Commission announced that Flamboro Downs and The Raceway at Western Fair District – with the support of the Standardbred Alliance – are requesting approval for a race-date variance for the 2014/15 race date schedule of each racetrack. The ORC announced via release that it is circulating the applications for an amendment to the approved race date schedule and will receive comments on the applications from interested industry participants before making its decision on the application. Copies of the applications and business cases to support these changes are accessible via the links which appear below. • Request for Race Date Variance for Flamboro Downs • Request for Race Date Variance for Western Fair • Request for Race Date Variance for The Alliance • Western Fair request to revise Race Date Calendar • Flamboro request to revise Race Date Calendar The application from Western Fair is as follows: WESTERN FAIR – REVISED DATES Delete Wednesday, October 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Wednesday, November 5, 12, 19, 26 Wednesday, December 3, 10, 17 (Total – 12 dates) Add Friday, January 2, 9, 16, 23, 30 Friday, February 6, 13, 20, 27 Friday, March 6, 13, 20, 27 (Total – 13 dates) Post time – 7:05 p.m. The application from Flamboro is as follows: FLAMBORO DOWNS – REVISED DATES Delete Wednesday, October 1 Wednesday, January 7, 14, 21, 28 Wednesday, February 4, 11, 18, 25 Wednesday, March 4, 11, 18, 25 (Total – 13 dates) Add Friday, December 12, 19 Thursday, January 1, 8, 15, 22, 29 Thursday, February 5, 12, 19, 26 Thursday, March 5, 12, 19, 26 (Total – 15 dates) Post time – 6:00 p.m. Input, comments or concerns must be received by September 23, 014 o be considered and can be forwarded to the Ontario Racing Commission as follows: Fax 416-13-7827 Email firstname.lastname@example.org From the Ontario Racing Commission
ELORA, ON - The most important job at Grand River Raceway in Elora may just belong to the harness racing track veterinarian Dr. Pat Meyers. "Essentially, you're looking after the welfare of the horse, but in addition to that you're also making sure the betting public is not betting on any lame horses, said Meyers, 59, who has been the track vet at Grand River Raceway since the track opened in 2003. Before that he was the vet at Elmira Raceway and Hanover Raceway going back to 1998. On a wet Wednesday night, Meyers was busy carefully watching a group of three-year-old pacing fillies warm up for an Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Grassroots event that was subsequently postponed due to the monsoon causing unsafe track conditions. The vet said one of his jobs on race nights is to watch every horse warm up. "You're looking for any possible signs of lameness," he said. "Then if you have one that is slightly off, you go and talk to the trainer and make sure that he's not racing a horse that's going to be lame." Meyers is also on hand to help horses injured while racing. "Usually if there is an accident on the track you have to make sure you take care of any horses that are injured at least from a remedial standpoint or from a first aid standpoint," he said. After races, Meyers also helps trainers determine why a horse may not have raced well by inserting a small camera called an endoscope into a horse's air passage to check their lungs. He also helps out, when necessary, to take blood samples of horses for testing. Though Meyers isn't in charge of the testing protocol, racehorses in Ontario undergo some of the strictest pre- and post-race testing in the world for performance enhancing drugs. "The only time I get involved in any of those things is, for instance, if a person has difficulty taking a blood sample from a particular horse, then I would go and assist or at the end of the night if there's no veterinary technician to take blood," Meyers said. "So, I'm not intimately involved in it, but I do on the periphery." Other than the small number of times he's had to deal with a catastrophic injury to a horse in his 26 years as a track vet, Meyers said he enjoys his work and being at Grand River Raceway. "The job is pretty fun because you get to talk to a lot of interesting people at the track and find out what's going on in the industry," he said. Meyers, who runs Emerald Ridge Farm in Rockwood, ON with his wife, Anna, hasn't bred any horses the last two years, but he's been in the breeding business for a long time. He said the horse that changed his life was Emerald Whisper, an Earl mare out of Royal Design he produced with Terry Devos. "She made about $180,000 for us as a two- and three-year-old and she almost won the (OSS) Grassroots Final for two-year-old trotting fillies (in 2007). That was the one that changed it for me personally." To hear our conversation with Dr. Pat Meyers - including his pick for the greatest fictional character in history - check out our weekly podcast, the Harness Racing Report, produced for Grand River Raceway by award-winning journalist Dave Briggs, at https://soundcloud.com/grandriverraceway