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The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015. The Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) advises trainers and owners that Official Veterinarians will be conducting an enhanced examination of horses entered into upcoming premier events. This will commence with the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby, held at Mohawk Racetrack on September 5, 2015. “This is an enhancement of the ORC’s existing protocol for Official Veterinarian examination prior to standardbred racing,” said Dr. Bruce Duncan, Supervisor Commission Standardbred Veterinarians. “The health and welfare of the race horse and the safety of the participants are of paramount concern to the ORC and we believe the racing community supports these efforts.” He pointed out the ORC consulted with racetrack management, its own racing officials, as well as representatives of COSA. Trainers with entries in the Metro Pace and the Canadian Pacing Derby are requested to make their horses available for this hands-on pre-race veterinary examination a minimum of one hour before their horse’s post time. Lasix horses are required to be at the track four hours before post time, and will be examined within that timeframe. “We also ask that trainers not have any bandages or topical poultices, or liniments on the horse,” said Duncan. Applying this enhancement to other events is under active consideration. Further information will be made available when finalized. For more information: Dr Bruce Duncan Dr. Adam Chambers 416 213-0520 Rob McKinney Deputy Director      

Harness racing was front and center on Sunday afternoon at Red Shores in Summerside, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick horses did extremely well in stakes action.   Two New Brunswick owned two-year-olds were victorious in the Gold divisions of the lucrative Lady Slipper Stakes.   Gilles Barrieau, fresh off recording his 4000th career win on Saturday night in P.E.I drove K D Overdrive to victory for the Downey Stables of Saint John. He stopped the clock in a quick 1:57.4 win to take the lions share of the $ 11,000 purse.   Steve Mason trains the pacer who has won four of six races so far this season. He has bankrolled close to $ 17,000 in his first year at the races.   Meanwhile, Scott Hubbard drove Amirightorwrong to victory for owner Traci Friars of Quispamsis, N.B. Wayne Hubbard trains the filly who paced a dazzling final quarter of :28 seconds flat to secure the victory. It was her first lifetime win and pushed her earnings at close to $ 14,000.   Also on Sunday, Cindy Gunn and Dale Spence owned Brandons Cowboy was a runner-up in his stakes test while Jackson K Down also finished second in his Gold division.   Dieppe, N.B native Gilles Barrieau collected a total of three-wins on the afternoon card.   Racing in New Brunswick is scheduled for this Friday at Saint John's Exhibition Park Raceway at 5:00 P.M as part of exhibition week in the port city.

It's been a wonderful harness racing story in New Brunswick this season, one of many but a standout performance by filly Miss Oromocto in the classic Maritimer stake was one for the ages on Saturday at Exhibition Park Raceway.   Purchased at the Atlantic Classic P.E.I sale in 2013, hip # 95 garnered a final bid of $ 2000. Mel Land of Cookies Lighting fame and Sharon Burchill who owned stakes winner Camco Kyle, purchased the filly.   As a two-year-old she showed tremendous potential in winning three of five races and bankrolled close to $7500. Not a bad year for her connections who decided to lightly race the daughter of former P.E.I track record holder, Driven To Win.   Land, a well known and respected trainer in the region was busy prepping the promising filly this spring and she made her 2015 debut in Summerside with Mark Haig in the drivers seat and notched a new lifetime mark of 1:59.4.   She continued to improve and has gone on to win five stake races this season including the one and only Maritimer stake. This unique event in the Maritimes tests the endurance of young fillies by having them win both the elimination and the final to claim the overall title in one afternoon.   Miss Oromocto did just that for her driver Mark Haig and owners Land and Burchill. She captured her elimination heat and advanced to the final to take on seven other quality fillies for the showdown.   Stage was set and because of her elimination win, she had the chance at either post one or two in the draw. As luck would have it, she drew the rail for last year's driver of the year in Saint John, Mark Haig.   Haig went into the final confident and poised as they set up behind the starting gate. When the wings flew open it was a surprise to many to see a filly from the far outside, post position eight go for the lead as they sped to the opening eighth.   This is where things got really scary not only for her cheering owners and fans, but every driver in the race. Woodmere Arcticblue, in line to Stephen Trites made a horrible misstep while going for the lead as they battled past the first turn. Luckily, no horses or drivers were hurt but the incident left a couple horses breaking stride including Haig and Miss Oromocto.   Haig, who has developed into one of the most underrated drivers in the region did an outstanding job getting the filly back on track and she then inherited the lead. It was up to her after that as she controlled her own destiny.   After the rock dust had settled the small but mighty filly was not to be beat on this afternoon and stopped the clock in 1:59.4. She is Maritimer champion and now has earned over $44,000 lifetime. Not bad at all for a $2000 yearling purchase named Miss Oromocto who caught the eye of the sharp conditioner Mel Land.   As history will write, Miss Oromocto was champion of the 2015 Maritimer stake in Saint John for her elated connections and talented teamster, Mark Haig. With the industry struggling in the province, this is one of the feel good stories of 2015 and it looks like she may not be done yet.   Scott Waddell

Summerside, PE - Heart and Soul, owned by George & Earith Riley, Kensington, PE, established a new track record for two-year-old colts stopping the timer in 1:56.2 for driver-trainer Clare MacDonald Sunday at Red Shores Summerside. The record breaking mile took place in a gold division of the Joe O'Brien memorial in race 12. The colt picked up his fourth victory from six starts. The previous record of 1:57.2 was held by Forever Paradise set on August 22, 2012. The other gold O'Brien stake went to KD Overdrive and Gilles Barrieau in 1:57.4. The top performers in the O'Brien grassroots were Howmacsblackjack (Earl Smith), Rosewood (Kenny Arsenault), JJ Jodster (Marc Campbell) and Windemere Rene (Campbell) The Lady Slipper gold stakes for $11,000 each went to Amirightorwrong (Scott Hubbard) in 2:02 while Dixie Lullaby (Todd Trites) won her assignment in 1:58.2. Also taking top honors in the Lady Slipper grassroots were Every Time (Mark Bradley), R Es Miss Amy, (Barrieau), Riverboat Dancer (Mike Stevenson). Gilles Barrieau had a driving triple putting his lifetime total after weekend at 4003. Campbell had a driving double while trainer Earl Watts recorded two victories from his stable. For complete results and payouts go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Summerside Raceway

Trois-Rivieres, Quebec - Mr Mach Jimmy did not disappoint any of his harness racing fans Sunday at the Hippodrome 3R as the two-year-old gelding scored his third straight victory in the $200,000 Quebec-Bred Series. It was the third and final preliminary round of the series and now Mr Mach Jimmy will return next Sunday for his $65,000 divisional final and he will be the betting favorite, despite what post position he draws. Competing in one of three divisions Sunday, Mr Mach Jimmy started from the rail for driver Pascal Berube and trainer Dany Fontaine and led from start to finish, winning by three and one-half lengths in 1:59. Co-favorite, YS Artistic Fella (Stephane Brosseau) made a break right at the start of the race. That was the fastest of the three divisions Sunday. Sagawi (Francis Picard) was second after leaving hard to the lead early and then by the opening quarter mile, had the two-hold trip behind Mr Mach Jimmy. Shanghai Warrior (Clarke Steacy) was third. Owned by Ecurie Gaetan Bono, Inc. of Montreal, it was a lifetime mark for Mr Mach Jimmy, a son of Mach Three. He paid $4.00 to win. The second colt division saw 1/5 wagering favorite Pudong Phil and driver Clarke Steacy get a scare at the three-quarters before scoring an eight and three-quarter length romp in 1:59.2. Going right to the lead from post two, Pudong Phil had only Power Fun (Stephane Brosseau) sitting on his back and no pressure on the outside until after the half mile marker in a mild 1:01. It was then that Chummy Park and Denis St Pierre made it a race by coming first-over. Chummy Park kept grinding it out and by the three-quarters in 1:30.1, had collared pacesetter Pudong Phil and looked him right in the eye. But all Steacy had to do was lift the lines and Pudong Phil shot away from the field to win in a romp. EY Cowboy (Stephane Gendron) was second with HO Patriote (Louis Phillipe Roy) third. It was the maiden victory in three lifetime starts for Pudong Phil. The son of Sportswriter is trained by Mark Steacy for owner/breeder Hudson Standardbred Stable, Inc. of Hudson, QC. He paid $2.40 to win. The lone filly division saw a mild upset as the ¼ favorite, Miss Babe Delight (Mario Ballargeon), was nipped at the wire by Art De Gagnee (Mario Charron) by a nose in 2:00.2. It was all Miss Babe Delight leading most of the entire race with Art De Gagnee sitting on their back until the stretch drive where Charron sent Art De Gagnee into the passing lane and the daughter of Shadow Play used the live cover the entire mile to her advantage. HP Mercedes (Louis Phillipe Roy) was third. It was the second win in six starts for Art De Gagnee. She paid $11.60 to win for trainer Maxime Velaye and owner/breeder Guy Corbell of Mirabel, QC. Track Notes: Live racing resumes at the Hippodrome 3R on Wednesday, post time 7:00 pm. Next Sunday, September 6, will be the richest day of racing at 3R this year with the $500,000 finals of the Quebec-Bred Series for two and three-year-old trotters and pacers. Each of the eight divisional races will compete for a purse of $65,000. For more information, free race programs and live video/replays visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com. From the Quebec Jockey Club  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Harness racings top older pacers and rising stars were on display Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack in eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace. A solid group of 18 older pacers were split into a pair of $40,000 eliminations for the Canadian Pacing Derby. The top-five finishers from each nine-horse elimination earned a spot in next week's $685,000 final. In the first elimination, State Treasurer continued his hot streak with a narrow 1:50.1 victory. The six-year-old son of Real Desire was sent off as the heavy 1/5 favourite and got away fourth in the early stages for driver David Miller. Ellis Park made a second-quarter move to the front and took the field by the half in :54.4. Around the final turn, Miller sent State Treasurer first up and the Dr. Ian Moore trainee got on even ground with Ellis Park at the third station in 1:23. State Treasurer grabbed sole position of the lead in the stretch, but had to dig in deep to get the victory, as All Bets Off made a late charge to finish second by a neck. "It was a pretty good pace and I was able to sit in passed the half there and when I moved him I just let him come easy there," said Miller, following the race. "Head of the lane I asked him and he finished it off." Captive Audience shot up the rail to finish third, while Piston Broke and Mcwicked rounded out the top-five. Trained by Dr. Ian Moore, State Treasurer now has three consecutive victories and seven from 13 starts in 2015. Saturday's 28th career victory increased his earnings to just under $1.5 million for owners Sally MacDonald and Paul MacDonald. State Treasurer paid $2.70 to win. State Treasurer Returning to the site of his 2014 Pepsi North America Cup victory for the first time, JK Endofanera took the second elimination in 1:50.1. Driven by Brett Miller, JK Endofanera left from post seven and was parked around the first turn before clearing to the front as he entered the backstretch. Shamballa, the 6/5 favourite, got away fourth and made a second-quarter move to the lead for trainer/driver Rick Zeron. The public's choice posted a half-mile clocking of :54.1 to take the field into the final turn. Mach It So challenged first up at Shamballa in the third-quarter, as JK Endofanera followed closely in the pocket. The three-quarter time was 1:22, as Shamballa carried the lead into the lane. In the stretch, Shamballa tried to pace away from his rivals, but JK Endofanera moved to the outside and was able to track down the favourite and score a 1¾ length victory. "I wanted to kind of get away up close," said Miller, following the race. "I still feel this horse is better off the pace and off a helmet, but being an elimination race I didn't want to get eliminated, so I wanted to kind of be up close." JK Endofanera now has three wins in four career starts at Mohawk and Miller noted the long stretch favours the Jimmy Takter trainee. "He's a great big horse and the long stretch is definitely to his advantage." Nirvana Seelster shot through late for third, while Foiled Again and Limelight Beach from the Ron Burke barn finished fourth and fifth, respectively. JK Endofanera now has four wins from nine starts this season for owners 3 Brothers Stable. The son of Art Major has three victories to his credit since joining the Takter barn six starts ago. Saturday's victory was the 18th of JK Endofanera's career and increases his earnings to just shy of $1.8 million. He paid $6.70 to win. JK Endofanera will look to become the first Pepsi North America Cup champion since Gallo Blue Chip in 2001 to also win the Canadian Pacing Derby. JK Endofanera The Metro Pace has served as launching ground to stardom for many pacers over the years and 21 two-year-old pacers contested three $40,000 eliminations for the 2015 edition. Tony Alagna trainees finished one-two in the first elimination with Voracity getting up the final strides to defeat American Passport in 1:54.3. Several horses fired out at the start with American Passport getting the front and posting an opening-panel of :26. Cruise Patrol, who was parked around the first turn, cleared to the lead in the second-quarter and reached the half in :54.4. Voracity, the 3/5 favourite, was taken to the back by Waples and picked up cover in the middle-half. American Passport edged out of the pocket nearing the third station, as Voracity was sent three-wide and sat 2½ lengths off the lead turning for home. In the stretch, American Passport took the lead and was quickly confronted by Voracity. The Alagna trainees slugged it out down the lane and American Passport held the narrow advantage late, but Voracity edged by his stablemate in the final steps to win by a nose. Nvestment Bluechip finished third, while Cruise Patrol was fourth. A son of Sportswriter, Voracity now has four wins from five starts to begin his career. Although the rookie has been doing most of the work on the front end, Alagna noted that Waples said taking to the back was by design. "(Randy) said everybody looked like that wanted to go out of there a hundred, so I just took him back and I know he's so good off a helmet as well, so I wasn't concerned about it," said Alagna. "That's a big mile tonight, the track is pretty tiring especially for these young horses and I think you will see them all fire right back next week." Voracity increased his earnings to $172,000 with the victory for owners Brad Grant, Alagna Racing LLC., and John Fodera. The Alagna trainee paid $3.40 to win. Voracity Control The Moment remained undefeated with an eye-catching 1:52.1 victory in the second elimination. Driven by Waples, Control The Moment left from post six and the 1/5 favourite was able to take a seat in third around the first turn. As the field paced by the three-eighths, Waples gave the Brad Maxwell trainee his cue to brush to the front and he posted a half of :55.4. After pacing a third-quarter of :29, Control The Moment left his rivals far behind and paced home comfortably in :27.2 to score a 3 ½ length victory. "He felt the same as he always does, he just feels like he's a really unbelievably nice horse," said Waples, post-race. "There's more in there that I haven't found yet, like he can do things there that make me in awe." Ideal Rocky split rivals late to finish second, while Racing Hill made a charge on the outside to edge by Manhattan Beach for third. A son of Well Said, Control The Moment, who was a $47,000 yearling purchase last fall in Lexington, is owned by Maxwell, Howard Taylor, Edwin Gold and Ben Mudry. The Maxwell trainee is now six for six to start his career and has $98,187 in earnings. Control The Moment paid $2.60 to win. Control The Moment Betting Line bounced back from a break in his most recent start to win the third and final elimination in 1:52.2. The Casie Coleman trainee left from post three with driver Steve Condren and got away in third. In the second-quarter, Condren sent Betting Line, the even-money favourite, to the front to overtake the lead from The Catamount Kid at the half in :56. After pacing by the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, Betting Line kicked clear from his rivals by a pair of lengths in mid-stretch and cruised home in :27.3 to win by 2 ¼ lengths. The Catamount Kid finished second, while Pretty Boy Hill was third. Following the race, Coleman said she was happy to see Betting Line back on track after his break at Rideau Carleton. "I really don't know what that Ottawa start was all about, it's uncharacteristic for him to make a break," said Coleman. "We did a little bit of tinkering. I brought his hopples in a half an inch and we changed his bridle." A son of Bettor's Delight, Betting Line now has four wins from six starts and earnings of $117,000 for owners West Wins Stable, Christine Calhoun and Mac Nichol. Betting Line was purchased for $60,000 as a yearling at Harrisburg. The Coleman trainee paid $4 to win. Cruise Patrol, the fourth-place finisher from the first elimination, drew into the final to complete the field of ten for next week's championship. Betting Line The finals for both the Canadian Pacing Derby and Metro Pace were drawn Saturday night. Elimination winners earned the right to select their posts for the final. The $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby - Presented by HPIBET and the $685,000 Metro Pace will take place next Saturday (September 5). Post time is 7:05 p.m. $685,000 Canadian Pacing Derby Final PP/Horse 1. Mcwicked 2. State Treasurer 3. JK Endofanera 4. All Bets Off 5. Shamballa 6. Nirvana Seelster 7. LimelightBeach 8. Captive Audience 9. Foiled Again 10. Piston Broke AE: Clear Vision $685,000 Metro Pace Final PP/Horse 1. The Catamount Kid 2. Betting Line 3. Voracity 4. Control The Moment 5. Racing Hill 6. Nvestment Bluechip 7. Pretty Boy Hill 8. Ideal Rocky 9. Cruise Patrol 10. American Passport AE: Manhattan Beach Mark McKelvie

Winning races is nothing new for Dein "the Jupiter Gem" Spriggs. In his amateur career the two-time USHWA Amateur Driver of the Year has won over 400 times. Last night, Saturday, August 29, the real estate mogul from South Florida added two more to his career total after having won both Billings races at Charlottetown Driving Park on Prince Edward Island, Canada. But living up to its claim as an international amateur driving competition the CKG Billings Series also offered a trot last night in the USA at Tioga Downs in New York's southern tier where Dave "Steady As" Yarock emerged victorious. Eight top class amateur drivers winged their way to PEI for the always enjoyable races there which also includes a great comradery with the local officials and local horsemen. Besides Spriggs, the USA participants also included Billing Series point- leader, "Hurricane Hannah" Miller and last year's Billings Series Gold Cup winner, "Mighty Matt" Zuccarello. In the first Billings split, pace, Hannah Miller sent All Out to the lead from the five hole and they were challenged nearly every step of the mile. After Zuccarello had Caughtfoolinaround a head in front on the outside at the halfway point they tired and although All Out got a short breather up the backside when he turned for home he was all out and Dein Spriggs and Windmere Express shadowing Miller's pacer throughout the mile rallied in the final strides to notch a neck victory in a 1:59.4 clocking. Eyes Of Glory finished third for "Bullet Bob" Davis. Owned by Windmere Farms the winner returned a returned a $16.80 mutuel. In the second Billings event, also a pace, Spriggs never had a bit of trouble after he sent the odds-on favorite, Red Magician, to the lead from two hole and they rebuffed all others en route to a 1:59.1 triumph. However, in the deep stretch, the winner had to reach down for more to hold off a fast closing Whitesand Artist and driver Bob Davis at bay at the finish. Draven Seelster garnered the show dough for Dave "the Litigator" Glasser. Owned by Dan and Ronnie Rennie red Magician paid $3.70 for win. Meanwhile back in the States, Dave Yarock added insult to injury in his Billings event at Tioga Downs when his trotter, Mr Ridgetaker, made a break at the start and then went on to score an eight-length victory in the 1:58 mile. Mr Ridgetaker overtook the pace-setter, Gimme The Loot (Bobby "Rapid Rail" Krivelin), at the halfway point and then trotted away from his competition for an easy victory. Sam's Honeybee with Billings Series president Tony "the Capo" Verruso at the lines rallied from far back to finished second in a tight photo over third place finisher Gimme The Loot. The race winner, owned by his driver, returned a $7.30 mutuel payoff. For Dave Yarock it marked his 54 amateur driving victory in a career which began in 2007. Next up for the Billings drivers will be a contest at Scioto Downs on Fri. Sept. 4 followed by a return trip to Canada in mid-September at tracks in Ontario. by John Manzi, for the C K G Billings Series

Charlottetown, PE – Driver Gilles Barrieau is now an official member of the 4,000 win club. Barrieau reached the milestone with four victories on the day, one at Exhibition Park Raceway in Saint John, NB and three more during the 12 dash program Saturday at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The NB native won with Pictonian Edge for trainer Kevin MacLean and then swept the late daily double with the Ron Matheson stable aboard Clic K, who won the feature in a sparking 1:54.3, and Artners in Crime, owned by Bobbi Jo Gaudet, notching the career milestone. Barrieau was joined in the winner’s circle by family, friends and Red Shores race manager Adam Walsh presented him with a special sign to mark the occasion. Marc Campbell and Gordie Hennessey recorded driving doubles. For complete results go to www.redshores.ca by Lee Drake, for Red Shores

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 29 - Thatsoveryverynice and L A Delight continued their respective hot streaks with harness racing victories in the She's A Great Lady eliminations Saturday night at Mohawk Racetrack. A group of 12 two-year-old pacing fillies were split into a pair of six-horse $35,000 eliminations. The top-five finishers from each elimination punched their ticket to the final, while the winners also earned the right to select their post. In the first split, Thatsoveryverynice went gate-to-wire with ease to score her fourth win of the season. Driven by Jody Jamieson, Thatsoveryverynice, the 1/5 faovurite, stepped out to the front without any challengers and posted an opening-panel of :28.4. The daughter of Vintage Master went unchallenged through the middle-half panels of :58.1 and 1:26.3 before pacing home under no urging in :27.4 for a 2½ length 1:54.2 victory. Upside Surprise finished second, while JK Fannie rounded out the Triactor. Albany Girl and Highland Rocksolid also secured spots in next week's final. A Tony Alagna trainee, Thatsoveryverynice entered her elimination off a comfortable victory in the Eternal Camnation Stakes. Following the race, Jamieson noted that his filly got the job done easily once again. "Didn't even have to pull the plugs tonight and she was very strong," said Jamieson. "Each time I drive her she gets more impressive and tonight was no exception. Slow fractions, but to have no one around her and to be able to pull away under minimal urging and then shut her down halfway down the stretch, I mean I don't think she could be coming into the final in much better form." Thatsoveryverynice increased her earnings to over $142,000 for owners Alagna Racing LLC. and Marvin Katz with the victory. A $2 win ticket on the Alagna rookie paid $2.50. Thatsoveryverynice L A Delight extended her win streak to seven with a 1:54.2 victory in the second elimination. The Bob McIntosh trainee got away third with driver Randy Waples, while Blue Moon Stride posted fractions of :28.2 and :57.4. Around the final turn, Waples sent the 1/5 favourite first up, as the field paced by three-quarters in 1:26.1. In the stretch, L A Delight quickly paced by Blue Moon Stride and cruised home under minimal urging to win by a length and a half over a hard-closing Darlinonthebeach. Three Dreams finished third, while Blue Moon Stride and Ivy League rounded out the top-five to advance to the final. Following the race, Waples noted that McIntosh made an equipment change heading into this week's start. "Bob added them (earplugs) this week...I said to him last week after I raced her that she was just maybe getting a little bit warm compared to what she had been and he said okay no problem. He goes out changes her equipment, takes a filly that hasn't been beat (in five-starts) and makes her better. That's Bob McIntosh." A daughter of Bettor's Delight, L A Delight is owned and bred by Robert McIntosh Stables Inc., C S X Stables and Al McIntosh Holdings. The rookie pacer now has seven wins in eight starts and earnings of over $178,000. L A Delight paid $2.50 to win. L A Delight The post positions for next Saturday's (September 5) $455,000 final were drawn following the eliminations. $455,000 Shes A Great Lady Stakes Final PP/Horse 1. Three Dreams 2. Albany Girl 3. Thatsoveryverynice 4. L A Delight 5. Upside Surprise 6. Darlinonthebeach 7. Highland Rocksolid 8. Ivy League 9. JK Fannie 10.Blue Moon Stride AE: Show Time Hill Mark McKelvie

AUGUST 29, 2015 - Georgian Downs wrapped up their 2015 Ontario Sires Stakes season on Saturday evening with four impressive Grassroots performances from the harness racing three-year-old pacing fillies. Stonebridge Quest paced the quickest mile of the four $18,000 divisions, rocketing around the Georgian Downs oval to a one and one-half length victory in 1:51.4. The Camluck daughter and driver Trevor Henry powered away from Post 7 as the heavy favourites and controlled the pace from start to finish, ringing up fractions of :27.2, :56 and 1:23.3 on their way to the win. Warrawee Qually and Brown Brinny finished second and third. Arthur, ON resident Henry engineered Stonebridge Quest's third Grassroots win of the season for trainer Andrew McCabe and owners Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph, ON and Angie Stiller of Arva, ON. The Grassroots Championship winner at two, Stonebridge Quest currently sits second in the division standings with 150 points, assuring her of a berth in the Semi-finals. The top 20 point earners following the last regular season event, at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 7, will compete in the Sept. 18 Semi-finals, also at Mohawk, and the top five finishers from each Semi-final will return to the Campbellville oval for the $50,000 Grassroots Championship on Sept. 26. In addition to the win with Stonebridge Quest, Henry also piloted Evas Girl to victory in the last Grassroots division. Evas Girl also lined up behind the number seven on the Georgian Downs starting gate, but Henry opted for a different strategy with the Rambaran daughter, easing away from the start and landing on the rail in fifth. From that vantage point Henry watched Nationalize lead the field to a :26.4 quarter and a :55.3 half and then decided to send Evas Girl into the outer lane. When the fillies leading the charge up the outer lane failed to make any gains on the leader, Henry sent Evas Girl out three-wide and the filly had a short lead by the 1:24.2 three-quarters which she had increased to five lengths by the finish. The 1:53.2 clocking was a personal best for Evas Girl. I Wonder Why and Windsun Chanel completed the top three. Isaac Waxman of Dundas, ON trains Evas Girl for Aaron Waxman of Hamilton, ON, Alan Alber of Thornhill, ON and Crawford Partners LLC of Syracuse, NY. In three Grassroots starts the filly now has two wins and one third for a total of 112 points and a share of fourth spot in the standings. Division leader Dublin Rose captured her third Grassroots trophy in the third division at Georgian Downs on Saturday. The Major In Art daughter delivered an impressive effort that saw her pressing pacesetter Machmeter for most of the mile before pulling away to a one-half length victory in the stretch. Much Adoo and Twin B Honour finished second and third in the 1:53 mile. Purchased by Finksburg, MD resident Jerry Clark from breeder Allen Tomlinson of Mason, MI following her Aug. 14 Grassroots start, Saturday's outing was Dublin Rose's first from trainer Dave Menary's Rockton, ON barn. Driver Robert Shepherd of Cambridge, ON steered the fan favourite to the win. With three wins and one second in the first four Grassroots events, Dublin Rose has accumulated 175 points. The other Grassroots division saw Lovely Erin earn the first Grassroots trophy of her career with a hard fought effort that saw her pressed through every step of the mile. The Sportswriter daughter hit the wire a neck in front of Got Some Spark and War Filly in 1:54.1 to secure the win. London, ON resident Nick Steward piloted Lovely Erin to the win for trainer Ron Adams of LaSalle, ON and owner 1362313 Ontario Ltd. of Windsor, ON. Third in her Grassroots debut at Mohawk Racetrack on Aug. 14, Lovely Erin has 62 points and will be looking to pad that total in the last regular season event. In addition to the four Grassroots divisions, Georgian Downs fans were also treated to the $100,000 Honourable Earl Rowe Memorial Trot, which was captured by Rockin With Dewey in 1:53.2. Bob McClure of Orangeville, ON crafted the win for trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, ON and his partner Diane Ingham of Mount Pleasant, ON. Ontario Horse Racing

The Atlantic Sires Stakes-Meridian Farms two and three-old trotters are heading to Inverness Raceway on Wednesday night for what is sure to be some competitive harness racing action. Two divisions of the two-year-old trotters will each go for a purse pool of $9060. Meanwhile the three-year-olds will also go in two divisions each trying to capture the winner's share of the $8280 purse. Meridian Farms, Atlantic Canada's largest Standardbred breeding operation, is a major sponsor of the Atlantic Sires Stakes trotting events. First race post time on Wednesday at Inverness Raceway is 7:30 pm. Lynne MacLennan Atlantic Standardbred Breeders Association

TROIS-RIVIERES, Quebec, August 29, 2015 - Trainer Dany Fontaine really likes his two-year-old harness racing pacer, Mr Mach Jimmy....and what's not to like? Since switching from the Ontario Sire Stakes to the Hippodrome 3R, Mr Mach Jimmy in undefeated in two starts, both in the Quebec-Bred Series. The son of Mach Three is the morning line favorite in Sunday's final preliminary round at 3R, starting from the rail in the first race for driver Pascal Berube. "I have had this colt since he was a yearling," Fontaine said. "He was a private purchase by Gaetan Bono from breeder Rejean Lassonde. When did Fontaine know he would have a good racehorse this season? "I first knew he would be good early in the spring," Fontaine said, "He showed me some early speed and had a good attitude and I knew he would be a racehorse. When I would turn him on the training track he was always business. How fast he would go I did not know back then. But towards the summer he was one of the best on the farm." Flashing some good last half's and quarters at Mohawk Raceway early on, Mr Mach Jimmy was facing stiff competition in the Ontario Sire Stakes. The best he could do was a third place finish, race timed in 1:55.4. "In both his first two qualifying races," Fontaine explained, "my horse came home in around :55 flat the last half, one last quarter in :26.3. I knew he was very good, but since he was eligible to the Quebec-Bred Series, I figured to bring him here and let him race, let him get brave and he has really come around. Who does Dany Fontaine see as the best this Sunday in the Quebec-Bred Series? "I don't think we will have a problem with anybody in the race," Fontaine said. "I think he is a little bit better than the other colts in the race. He is in the top three at least. We will see more from him this Sunday and then the following week in the final. "Last week his driver, Pascal Berube," Fontaine said, "came off the bike and told me all he had to do was ask him and he pulled away from the other colt." On Sunday Mr Mach Jimmy will face a tough challenge from both YS Artistic Fella and Sagawi. In his debut last week at the Hippodrome 3R, YS Artistic Fella was an easy winner, wiring the field in 1:59. He starts from post four for driver Stephane Brosseau. Sagawi, who starts from post six, was second last week to YS Artistic Fella and the prior week won in the opening round of the series in 2:00.3. He will be driven by Francis Picard. The third race, second colt division of the series on Sunday, is headed by Pudong Phil from post two for driver Clarke Steacy. Pudong Phil was a game second to Mr Mach Jimmy last week. The lone filly division in the fifth race has nine starters featuring HP Mercedes (post 9), Miss Babe Delight (post 1) and an entry from the Helene Filion Stable of Whysantanna (post 3) and Flysantanna (post 4). Track Notes: Trainer Dany Fontaine is looking to start seven horses on the program at 3R on Sept. 6 for the $500,000 Quebec-Bred Finals Day and is moving his operation from Mohawk to Montreal this weekend to prepare for next week's big day. He also trains Miss Babe Delight, KFB Amigo Cool, Tuscans Memory, Holiday Party, National Trace and Mach On The Beach, all of whom will be in the $500,000 finals. Post time Sunday is 1:30 pm. For more information, free program and live video visit www.quebecjockeyclub.com.  From the Quebec Jockey Club

Smoke Monkey set the Hanover Raceway track record last Saturday when he won his elimination of the Balanced Image in 1:59.2 and was the favorite going into the harness racing final. However Ginger Road used his rail advantage to jump out to the early lead past the quarter in 28.2 and the half in 59.4.   Smoke Monkey got away 3rd at the quarter and moved to the outside before the half and following his first over lead was Georgies Pockets and driver Michael Vanderkemp. Smoke Monkey took over the lead at the ¾’s in 1:29 and it looked like it might be another track record for the 2 year old, but Georgies Pockets came out 3 wide to win the race in 1:59.1, one fifth of a second better than last weeks record.  Magical Steph got up for 2nd just ahead of Smoke Monkey who finished 3rd. Georgies Pockets is owned by the M T Pockets stable from Pompano Florida.   Driver Michiel Vanderkemp said afterwards he was grinning the whole mile because he followed Smoke Monkey around the whole trip and just had more to give in the stretch. Long time Farm Manager Doug Nash was on hand to present the Balanced Image trophy to the new champion. It was also 92.3 The Dock night at the races, and Jean Yenssen of Mount Forest won a $1,000 dollar travel voucher from Hanover Travel. Next week, Hanover Raceway plays host to 3 year old Trotting Fillies in the Ontario Sires Stakes.   The OSS program will provide 100 T shirts to fans who purchase the 1st 100 programs at the information Kiosk, and CKNX Radio will be on hand to give away a 50 inch Smart TV to one lucky fan.   There will also be a live band playing as Craig Dougan from the Almost Hip will be on hand with music in between the races. Post time next Saturday September 5th is 7:15pm. Gord Dougan

ELORA, ON - There was a full parking lot, a packed house and 30 wiener dogs on the racetrack for Grand River Raceway's first annual Wiener Dog Race during the horse races on August 28. The Elora, ON racetrack conducted three 10-dog heats in the middle of the horse racing card. The winner of each 20-metre heat advanced to the final race-off. The first heat featured 10 Dachshunds between the ages of five and 13. Leaving from post eight, five-year-old Lilly was the winner for owner Rob Swiech. Junebug took the next heat for local owner Shawn McFalls. Bred in West Virginia, Junebug is four and weighs in at seven pounds. The final heat went to the freshman two-year-old, Alley. Owned by harness driver Billy Davis Jr. and his partner Amy McNair, the 14-pound pooch has reportedly been training with the two-year-old horses at the Gregg McNair Stable in Guelph. Lilly, Junebug and Alley advanced to the race-off where all three made a wholehearted dash to the finish, but it was Junebug that prevailed at the wire to win the $100 grand prize. Lilly and Alley received $50 apiece. Each contestant received a participatory prize compliments of event sponsors Loyall Pet Food and Legendary Canine. • Video of the Wiener Dog Races Grand River Raceway continues to race Monday and Wednesday nights until September 30, but next Friday (September 4) marks the final Fun & Frivolity Friday race night of the season. The tiny-animal theme continues then with a miniature horse race. The Wanna Drive program will also be on-tap, giving fans the chance to drive a racehorse (accompanied by a pro) between the races. by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway  

CAMPBELLVILLE, August 28 - Many of harness racings finest three-year-old trotting fillies took centre-stage at Mohawk Racetrack Friday night for the Casual Breeze Stakes. A total of 15 sophomore trotting fillies were split into two divisions of the Grand Circuit event. In the $91,475 first division, Doug Millard's homebred, Elegant Serenity, went gate to wire for 3½ length victory. Starting from post position six, trainer/driver Roger Mayotte immediately took the filly to the lead, opening up by as much as two lengths by the half. Elegant Serenity controlled the tempo throughout, posting fractions of 27:4, 57:2, and 1.25:4. She opened up her lead down the stretch by up to five lengths, being chased late by Lilu Hanover to close the gap. Smokinmombo, the odds on favourite, stalked the pace to the half, made a brief bid at the top of the stretch and eased out to a sixth place finish. Second place finisher Lilu Hanover trailed the field down the stretch, making a late surge in the final eighth to pass Piscean three wide. Juanitas Fury was fourth by 5¼ lengths. "She had no real races over the last month" said Mayotte, following the race. "We knew she has a big plate ahead of her over the next six weeks, so we thought it was a good chance to give her a freshener". Owner/breeder Doug Millard later added that Elegant Serenity will likely be aimed towards the Elegantimage Stakes, which is fittingly named in honour of her dam. Friday's score was Elegant Serenity's fourth out of her six starts in 2015. She has now bumped her lifetime earnings to over $150,000 after Friday's stakes victory. Elegant Serenity paid $4.90 to win. Elegant Serenity Ontario Sires Stakes star Muscle Baby Doll scored her sixth consecutive victory with another dominating effort in the $92,475 second Casual Breeze split. Muscle Baby Doll, the 2/5 favourite, and driver Doug McNair left from the rail and got situated third, before making a quick second-quarter move to overtake the lead from Danielle Hall. The public's choice posted a half-mile time of :56.3 to take the field into the final turn. Lock Down Lindy, a Hambletonian Oaks elimination winner, picked up cover around the final turn and was placed second-over. After trotting by the three-quarter pole in 1:25.4, Muscle Baby Doll waved goodbye to her rivals and quickly extended her lead. Lock Down Lindy was unable to fire off her cover in the lane, leaving Danielle Hall to chase the favourite and finish second by two-lengths, as Muscle Baby Doll stopped the timer in 1:53.3. Speak To Me trotted up to get third, while Tymal Illbthere was fourth. A daughter of Muscle Mass, Muscle Baby Doll is trained by Tony O'Sullivan for owner F Bellino And Sons Llc. The sophomore trotting filly was making her first start since a 6¾ length victory in the Duenna Stakes at The Meadowlands on August 7. "What she did at The Meadowlands was pretty spectacular and she was good again tonight," said O'Sullivan, following the race. "She's a beautiful filly, she's a professional and she does everything good and she just wants to win." Muscle Baby Doll improved her record to seven wins from eight starts in 2015 with her 11th career victory Friday. The Casual Breeze score increases her earnings to over $390,000. Following the race, O'Sullivan confirmed that Muscle Baby Doll is being pointed towards the Elegantimage eliminations in two weeks. Muscle Baby Doll paid $2.90 to win. Muscle Baby Doll   The sophomore trotting fillies will have a final opportunity to prep for the Elegantimage Stakes next Friday (September 4) in the Simcoe Stakes. Mark McKelvie

The Big Bite, with Walter Cheverie catch-driving, pulled off an upset to win the Friday night feature event at the harness racing meeting at Red Shores Racetrack & Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The time of the mile was 1:57.3.   Forever Paradise (Gilles Barrieau) found racing room late to finish second while Waterside Light (Kenny Arsenault) completed the triactor.   The 2-5-1 combination paid $449.25.   The Big Bite is owned by Jack Arsenault, Charlottetown, Donna McIver, Edward Blaisdell and Deborah Wilson.   Thane Arsenault is the trainer.   Incredibility nosed out Kims PJ to win the opening trot class on the card for driver Marc Campbell, trainer Earl Watts and owners Wade Peconi, Stanchel, PE and Windemere Farm, North Wiltshire, PE, while Frill Seeker and Kenny Arsenault landed on the line first to take the second trot division in 2:01.4. Arsenault did the driving for Ebbsfleet Stables, Stratford, Ontario. Arsenault, Campbell, Cheverie and Corey MacPherson recorded driving doubles. Racing returns Saturday in Charlottetown. Post time is 6m. Red Shores Summerside hosts the Lady Slipper and Joe O'Brien stakes Sunday at 1pm. Lee Drake

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