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Following announcements made last week, the Board of the Ontario Racing Commission approved a set of Consolation Races for the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series and the Grassroots Series at its monthly meeting yesterday. The new races were developed through consultation with industry stakeholders and race secretaries to determine the best use of unallocated funds from the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes Program. The proposal was circulated to the Standardbred Advisory Group and was very favourably received. “The Board is very aware of the struggles experienced by the horse racing community in 2013. Early in the planning stages, the ORC had committed to ensuring that 2013 Program funds would be paid out in 2013”, said Rod Seiling, Chair of the ORC. “The concept for these new races balances the interests of the customer and the interests of the racing community, by creating new opportunities for our OSS horses to race and exciting betting opportunities for our customers.” Gold Series Consolation On Sunday, October 13th at Grand River Raceway, the Consolation for the Gold Series horses will be contested in one division per age, sex and gait for a purse of $50,000. The top 9 Gold point earners that are entered will be drawn in. To ensure full fields in both the Super Finals and the Gold Consolations, horses that competed but did not earn money in the Gold Super Final will also be allowed to enter the Consolation. Grassroots Series Consolation Two divisions of Grassroots Consolations for each age, sex and gait will be contested on October 14th and 15th at Western Fair Raceway. The top 16 point earners entered will compete for a purse of $20,000 for each division. As in the Gold Series, horses that raced in the Grassroots Finals but did not earn money will be allowed to enter into the Grassroots Consolations. Horses that are eligible to be entered into both the Gold and Grassroots Consolations due to their point accumulation can be entered into both, but will only be drawn into one. All horses must be declared by the box closing time at each track. The box for Western Fair for October 14th, however, will be held open for entries for the Grassroots Consolations until 12 noon on Wednesday, October 9th to allow for the completion of the Gold Consolation draw at Grand River.   Ontario Sires Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Doug McNair will steer eight talented horses during Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack, and while the Guelph resident cannot catch the leaders in the Ontario Sires Stakes drivers’ race a successful Super Final showing could move him closer to an even bigger goal. In the Ontario race McNair is over 100 points behind dueling leaders Jody Jamieson and Sylvain Filion, but in the Canadian rankings the 23-year-old reinsman is in a heated battle with Jamieson and Filion that sees the three separated by less than $250,000 in earnings. Just five years after he drove his first race, those numbers could put McNair among the contenders for a year-end O’Brien Award. “I think there are two or three guys who could win Driver of the Year,” says the young reinsman. “I’d love to be part of that.” Horses from his father Gregg McNair’s barn have been among those that have propelled McNair up the Canadian standings, including the three he will steer on the Super Final program. Two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed, three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally and two-year-old pacing colt Three Of Clubs have all been multiple winners on the Ontario Sires Stakes circuit this summer. Trainer Tony O’Sullivan has also contributed to McNair’s success and his two-year-old pacing filly Sudoku and three-year-old pacing filly Love Canal will benefit from the driver’s guidance on Saturday evening. “I personally think when you get to the top level, or at any level, the trainers are going to help you get there. The year they have is the kind of year you’re going to have,” says McNair. “My Dad’s had a great year and Tony O’Sullivan’s had a great year and that’s helped me be where I am.” McNair says his father’s support and guidance played a key role in his journey to the sport’s major leagues and he would love to steer one of his dad’s horses to a win on Saturday. While he has had multiple Grassroots Champions, including three in 2012, it has been 12 years since McNair Sr. captured a Super Final title. The father-son team will have their first opportunity to gather in the winner’s circle with two-year-old trotting filly Luck Is All Ineed. The Muscle Mass daughter finished atop the division point standings with two wins and two seconds in five regular season starts and will make her bid for the division title from Post 8. “She’s been pretty nice all year,” says McNair of the filly, who is owned by his father and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL. “I’m not expecting to win it, it’s a pretty tough field, but hopefully she gets a big piece of it.” McNair’s second mount of the evening comes in the three-year-old trotting filly Super Final, where he will drive heavy favourite Bee A Magician’s stablemate Choir Robe from the outside Post 10 for trainer Richard “Nifty” Norman and owners Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. In the three-year-old pacing filly showdown McNair and O’Sullivan trainee Love Canal will be looking to defend the Super Final title they earned in 2012. The Badlands Hanover daughter won her July 1 Gold Series start at Mohawk, but could only muster a runner-up effort at the Campbellville oval on Sept. 12. McNair is confident that O’Sullivan will have Love Canal firing on all cylinders for Saturday’s test and believes the filly can deliver a repeat even if she is not at her best. “If she races at 75 per cent I think she can win that race,” says the reinsman, who sends the filly out from Post 9. “She has a lot of talent; hopefully she’s on her game. I know the rest of them will be, going for that kind of money.” Let It Ride Stables Inc. and Robert Cooper Stables LLC of Boca Raton, FL and J And T Silva Stables LLC of Long Beach, NY share ownership of the winner of $570,420. McNair will steer a second “Nifty” Norman starter in the two-year-old trotting colt contest. The reinsman teamed up with Great White Way for a 1:58 score in the Sept. 21 Gold Series event at Mohawk and will be looking for a second win aboard the Deweycheatumnhowe son from Post 6. “I got lucky to pick him up,” says McNair of the colt, who is owned by Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA. “He raced awesome last week. He won his last few races; he’s getting hot right now.” Races 7 and 8 will be McNair’s second and third opportunity to land his father in the winner’s circle. Three-year-old trotting colt Buddy Hally will start from Post 4 for McNair Sr., Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The pair clocked an impressive 1:53.4 triumph in the Sept. 20 Gold event and McNair is hoping the Angus Hall colt has another one of those miles up his sleeve. In the two-year-old pacing colt final the driver had the choice of two colts from his father’s string and opted for Three Of Clubs from Post 9, rather than Crafty Master from Post 7. The Mach Three son won two of four Gold Series starts this summer and was metres away from a third win last weekend when he stepped on his quarter-boot in the stretch and made a break. “He was probably on top by 10 lengths,” says McNair, ruefully. “Any of the times he ever lost it was not his fault,” the driver continues. “He’s a really nice horse.” Gregg McNair, Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham share ownership on Three Of Clubs, who also won the Battle of Waterloo at Grand River Raceway in early August. McNair opted for O’Sullivan trainee Sudoku over two of his father’s starters in the two-year-old pacing filly showdown. Badlands Hanover daughter Sudoku, owned by Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Cooper LLC and Dana Parham of Boca Raton, FL and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA, will start from Post 4. The driver also left his father looking for a substitute in the three-year-old pacing colt final when he agreed to drive Windsong Jack for trainer Dave Menary. It will be McNair’s first appearance in the Santanna Blue Chip son’s race bike. “I was asked to drive him a couple of weeks ago and I think he’s good enough to finish first or second in there if he races good,” explains the driver. “He’s shown some huge speed.” McNair will steer Windsong Jack from Post 4 for Larry Menary of Cheltenham, Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown, Denis Breton of Welland and Geoffrey Lyons Mound of Burford. Mohawk Racetrack’s first race gets under way at 7:25 pm and the Super Finals are slated for Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. For complete entries  Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Ron Parsons started the season with four Ontario-sired trotters and landed all four in the post season, three of them in Saturday’s $1.6 million Super Final Night at Mohawk Racetrack. The Cambridge resident will start Striking Serenade in the $200,000 two-year-old trotting filly Super Final, Seeuinthespring in the three-year-old trotting filly final and Deweykeepumnwhy in the freshman trotting colt showdown. His other Ontario-sired youngster, Bit A Magic, finished sixth in the two-year-old trotting filly Grassroots Championship last weekend. Striking Serenade will make her bid for a division title from Post 5 in the first of eight Super Final divisions on the Saturday evening program. The Striking Sahbra daughter finished eleventh in the point standings, but snuck into the season finale when the filly ahead of her did not enter. Randy Waples will steer the winner of $30,360 and Parsons is hoping the Milton resident can work some of his post season magic on the fractious filly. “She has all kinds of ability, she just doesn’t have the manners yet,” explains Parsons. “I think Randy will get along good with her. He’s done good with those type of trotters over the years. He’s got a soft set of hands." Striking Serenade recorded a win in the July 5 season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, but has been unable to find her way back to the winner’s circle. She added one fourth, one fifth and one seventh to her Gold Series resume, and was a sharp second in an overnight event at Mohawk on Aug. 29. Richard and Regina Beinhauer of Venetia, PA bred and own Striking Serenade, who is a half-sister to $444,057 winner Springboard. The Beinhauer’s also bred and own Seeuinthespring, who has the distinction of parading onto the racetrack first in the division featuring the undefeated Bee A Magician. “She needs an act of God to win her race,” says Parsons with a chuckle. Seeuinthespring has not yet found the winner’s circle this season, earning her way into the three-year-old trotting filly final on the basis of two seconds, two fourths and one fifth in regular season action. Last season the Striking Sahbra daughter finished fourth in the Super Final, the race that launched Bee A Magician’s 13-race win streak. Parsons served as Seeuinthespring’s caretaker during her two-year-old campaign, but when trainer Paul Reid opted to remain in the United States for the 2013 season the horseman earned a promotion. “When Paul Reid decided not to come back to Canada he talked to the owner,” explains Parsons, who had not harnessed one of his own trainees in the Ontario Sires Stakes since 2009. “I went down and met him (Richard Beinhauer) in Florida and the relationship went from there.” Through 16 sophomore starts the chestnut filly has posted six seconds, one third and $129,938 in earnings. Waples will also steer Seeuinthespring on Saturday, starting from Post 1 in the third race. Parsons’ final entry, Deweykeepumnwhy, leads the two-year-old trotting colts into the Super Final. The gelding has not been bested in Ontario Sires Stakes action since July 22. After finishing tenth and third in the first two Gold Series events he dropped down to the Grassroots and logged two straight wins. Back up in the Gold Series Deweykeepumnwhy posted a neck victory at Georgian Downs on Aug. 17 and an impressive two and three-quarter length triumph at Mohawk on Sept. 20 in a personal best 1:55.4. “I tease his owner all the time; I tell her she’s like the lady who owned Secretariat. She always believed in the horse,” says Parsons of the gelding’s owner Norah Parks of New Lowell. “Paul (Reid) and I always had our reservations all winter.” Parsons says everything seemed to click for the Deweycheatumnhowe son when he finished third in the Gold Series leg at Grand River Raceway on July 22. Since then the youngster has improved with every start. “Every barrier he broke you could see him getting stronger and stronger,” explains Parsons. “The first time he went in 1:57 he was tired for a few days. After his last start he was bouncing around in his stall and outside with his tail up over his back.” Moffat resident Jody Jamieson will steer the division point leader on Saturday and is tasked with overcoming the outside Post 10. The two-year-old trotting colts will battle in the fifth race. The eight Super Final races will go postward as Races 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, and 10. In addition to the Super Finals, Mohawk Racetrack fans will be treated to a mounted trotting race, which will be contested as a non-wagering event in between the second and third races. All of the excitement gets under way at 7:25 pm. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

ELORA, ON — Grand River Raceway fans were treated to three bonus races on Sunday evening as the two-year-old trotting and pacing fillies returned to the Elora oval to compete in the Gold Series divisions that were cancelled due to extreme weather on Friday. The trotting lasses got things off to a rousing start with a tight finish that resulted in a track record. Pocketsitters Jack Moiseyev and Miss Aultsville reeled in pacesetters Paul MacDonell and Margie at the wire to score a nose victory in a record setting 1:59.2. The mile shaved two-fifths of a second off the former freshman trotting filly standard set by Princess Lilly last September. The win was the second straight and first in Ontario Sires Stakes action for Kadabra filly Miss Aultsville, who is owned by trainer John Kopas of Milton, Old Aultsville Stable of Mississauga, and Pealer Pen of Camp Hill, PA. The win puts the filly in third spot in the point standings heading for the Sept. 28 Super Final with one win, three seconds and one fifth in five Gold Series starts. The other two divisions, one pacing and one trotting, were swept by trainer Gregg McNair and his son Doug McNair of Guelph. In the pacing split Doug McNair put Battle of the Belles champion Lady Shadow on top heading for the half and the gifted youngster cruised home a six length winner in 1:56.2. Early leader Goldies Mach finished second, one length ahead of Jokes Jet. Gregg McNair conditions Lady Shadow, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts, for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The win boosted the Shadow Play daughter into top spot in the freshman pacing filly standings with 101 points from two wins, one fifth and one eighth in four starts. In the trotting filly division McNair trainee Luck Is All Ineed was equally impressive, controlling all the fractions en route to a three length 2:02.2 score. Nickange Two recovered from a break to finish second and Torches Star rounded out the top three. McNair and Thomas Harmer of Willowbrook, IL share ownership of Luck Is All Ineed, who also heads into the Super Final at the top of the point standings. The Muscle Mass daughter scored two wins, two seconds and one fifth in five Gold Series appearances. The top 10 point earners from each division will advance to the Sept. 28 Super Finals. Sunday’s rescheduled events marked the end of Grand River Raceway’s Ontario Sires Stakes season, which saw the province’s top trotters and pacers rewrite five of the Elora oval’s track records. For complete results  Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — It took two trips to Campbellville, but the province’s top two-year-old pacing and trotting colts wrapped up their Gold Series regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday evening. After a power outage forced the cancellation of the Friday, Sept. 20 program before all divisions of the last regular season leg could be completed, nine trotting colts and eight pacing colts returned to Mohawk for a pair of non-wagering races just before the Grassroots Championship program got under way on Saturday night. The trotters kicked things off and Guelph resident Doug McNair guided Great White Way to his first provincial victory with a come-from-behind effort. The Deweycheatumnhowe son sprinted home to a one length victory in 1:58, besting Massive Muscles and Massacaia. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Great White Way for Fashion Farms LLC of New Hope, PA and will be readying the colt for the Sept. 28 Super Final. The win boosted Great White Way from a four-way tie for twelfth up to second spot in the point standings. Turning for home in the pacing colt division moments later, Doug McNair looked to have a second victory locked up, but leader Three Of Clubs made an unprompted break and went from the front to the back of the field. After making his own error at the start of the race, Arthur Blue Chip took full advantage of his opponent’s miscue and powered up the stretch to a one-half length score in 1:53. Cluster Hanover also closed well to be second, with Marco De Vie completing the top three. Arthur Blue Chip, who was the winner of the Gold Series Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk Racetrack in July, finished at the top of the two-year-old pacing colt division with a record of three wins, one second and one sixth in five Gold Series outings. Dr. Ian Moore trains the Shadow Play son for his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The top 10 point earners from all eight Gold Series divisions will return to Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 28 for the $1,600,000 Super Final Night. For complete results       Sandr Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Milton resident Randy Waples and Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh dominated the freshman trotting divisions on the $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 21. Kicking off the Championship action in the second race, Waples guided McIntosh trainee Pasadena Star to a commanding three and three-quarter length victory over R Choochoo Charlie and Warrawee Promesse. The two-year-old son of top trotting sire Kadabra stopped the clock at 1:58 to record his sixth lifetime victory in eight starts for Windsor resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “You’re going out there with a horse that you think is very competitive, if not the best one and basically you’re just going to try not to screw things up. That’s what I was looking for, don’t screw it up, and it worked out,” quipped Waples following the victory aboard the fan favourite and division point leader. “Right from the time he went behind the gate as a baby he knew exactly what he was doing,” added the reinsman. “He was a smart horse and he’s always stayed that way. He’s got a little faster, but everything manner-wise is exactly the same.” Three races later Waples was back in the winner’s circle having achieved an identical result with two-year-old trotting filly Chelseas Chance. Once again sent off as the favourite based on a division leading record of four wins and one second in five starts, Waples engineered a come from behind trip for the Kadabra daughter that saw her pull away in the stretch to a three and three-quarter length victory in 1:59.2. Supreme Monarch and Erin Hall rounded out the top three. McIntosh and C S X Stables also bred and own Chelseas Chance, who boasts a freshman record of five wins in seven starts. The freshman pacing championships went to a pair of local horses that employed vastly different strategies to achieve their goal. Pacing colt Lucky King and driver James MacDonald of Guelph controlled the tempo from start to finish, sailing home one and one-half lengths ahead of VIP Bayama and Shadow Place in 1:52.2. Rockwood resident Andrew McCabe conditions Lucky King for Glenview Livestock of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton, who took temporary leave of a nearby wedding to watch his horse capture a provincial championship. “We came here to see him win, and he did! He didn’t disappoint us,” said Christopher with a laugh. “It was great.” The Camluck colt, a full brother to former Grassroots winner Red Carpet Dude ($160,330), was a $14,000 acquisition out of the 2012 Harrisburg Yearling Sale and returned $59,512 to his owners with his fourth win in 10 starts. In the freshman pacing filly Championship Shadows Wonder closed from sixth at the top of the stretch to a one and one-quarter length victory over Itsa Surprise Tome and favourite Momara. The Shadow Play daughter and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat stopped the clock in 1:54.2. “She’s been a just a lovely filly to work with, to do anything with, all summer long, she just had some bad luck starting out,” explained Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore. “She got the one win and then just figured, ‘Oh this is what I’ve got to do,’ and away she’s been, so it’s been great.” Moore trains and owns the filly in partnership with R G McGroup of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of Saint Bruno, QC. Three-year-old pacing colt Panpero Firpo wrote his name into the history books by defending the Grassroots title he claimed at two. The No Pan Intended son and driver Brett Miller achieved the rare feat by storming from the back of the pack to the front with a :26.3 final quarter. George Jettison and Sea Harrier also closed well to finish second and third in the 1:51.3 mile. David Menary of Cheltenham conditions Panpero Firpo for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Driver Brett Miller scored a second Grassroots Championship with sophomore pacing filly Mattys Big Day, who rolled out of the pocket to best pacesetter Betit To Getit in 1:53. Favourite Western Empress settled for third. Corey Johnson conditions Jeremes Jet daughter Mattys Big Day for Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg of Laval, QC. Reigning Lampman Cup titleholder Sylvain Filion of Milton piloted Legzy to a 1:56.3 victory in the three-year-old trotting filly Championship. The Amigo Hall miss, sent off as the fans’ top choice, bested Wind Stroll and Moms Apple Pie. Rockwood resident Rob Fellows conditions Legzy for owner-breeders Edward Wilson of Seagrave and Michael Pozefsky of Saratoga Springs, NY. The three-year-old trotting colt crown was captured in commanding fashion by Crosbys Clam Bake who rocketed down the stretch to an eight and one-quarter length victory over Photo Mass and Super Duke in 1:55.3. Guelph resident Doug McNair engineered the Kadabra gelding’s sixth lifetime win for trainer Per Henriksen of Norwood and owner Edward Lohmeyer of Cream Ridge, NJ. “Per’s done a great job getting him where he is now. He just told me, you don’t get paid at the quarter or the half,” said McNair after the race. “I could have got away last, that’s how much the best he was, as long as he stayed trotting. I knew he could win as long as he stayed trotting.” McNair and his peers will be back at Mohawk Racetrack next Saturday night, guiding the best Gold Series horses in the province on the $1,600,000 Super Final program. Videos for all races attached. For complete results         Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Weather brought Mohawk Racetrack’s Friday, Sept. 20 harness racing program to an early halt, but not before fans got a taste of what they can expect when the top Gold Series horses return to the Campbellville oval for Super Final Night. Two Gold divisions for the three-year-old trotting colts, two for the two-year-old trotting colts and one freshman pacing colt division were completed before ongoing power outages caused the cancellation of the program. The remaining divisions, one each for the freshman trotters and pacers, will be contested as non-wagering events beginning at 6:30 pm on Saturday, Sept. 21. All five Gold Series divisions that were completed featured impressive performances, highlighted by an Ontario Sires Stakes record clocking for William Wellwood Memorial Trot runner-up Harper Blue Chip. Sent off as the fan favourite, Harper Blue Chip eased off the starting gate into fourth as Muscle Matters powered out to a :28.1 opening quarter. Milton resident Sylvain Filion sent Harper Blue Chip up the outside heading for the :58 half and the colt had taken command by the 1:26.3 three-quarters. Muscle Matters mounted a fierce challenge in the stretch, but Harper Blue Chip was able to keep a head in front to claim the victory and the 1:55 Ontario Sires Stakes record. Alerthemedia finished well back in third. The mile eclipsed the 1:55.2 two-year-old trotting colt record set by Muscle Matters’ stablemate Murmur Hanover over the Mohawk oval in 2012. Lansdowne resident Mark Steacy conditions Harper Blue Chip for his partners Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The win gives the Majestic Son colt a record of one win and one sixth in two Gold Series starts, which will leave him short of the cut off for a post season berth. Fan favourites Deweykeepumnwhy and Moffat resident Jody Jamieson captured the other freshman trotting colt division with a 1:55.4 score for trainer Ronald Parsons and owner Norah Parks of New Lowell. The trotter will be back at Mohawk in next week’s $200,000 Super Final. The three-year-old trotting colt divisions featured personal best’s by both Buddy Hally and Flanagan Memory. Buddy Hally and Guelph reinsman Doug McNair captured the first $105,000 split with a 1:53.4 score for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Howmac Farms Ltd. of North Wiltshire, PEI, Reginald MacPherson of Stratford, PEI, and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS. The win vaulted last year’s Grassroots Champion to the top of the sophomore trotting colt point standings. Flanagan Memory and Campbellville resident Chris Christoforou cruised along on the front end to a 1:53.3 triumph in the other division. The win was the Kadabra colt’s sixth in 10 starts this season for trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC and his partner Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC. The winner of the Goodtimes Final is undefeated in three Gold Series starts and will be looking to make it four in next weekend’s Super Final. The sole two-year-old pacing colt division that was contested saw Bugger Bruiser edge out pacesetter Crafty Master at the wire in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Favourite Jet Airway finished third. Guelph resident Anthony MacDonald piloted the Believeinbruiser son to his third straight win for trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. The finalists for the freshman pacing colt and trotting colt Super Finals will be determined after the last two divisions are contested on Saturday. Post time for the rescheduled events is 6:30 pm, while Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program, featuring the $400,000 Grassroots Championships, gets under way at 7:25 pm. Videos for all races attached. For complete results Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON — Buffeted by extreme weather, Grand River Raceway was forced to cancel its program of racing after just two Gold Series divisions had gone to the post on Friday, Sept. 20. One freshman pacing filly division and one freshman trotting filly division were completed before the severe thunderstorms arrived. The remaining divisions, two for the trotting fillies and one for the pacing lasses, will be contested as non-betting events before the Elora oval’s Sunday evening program. The non-wagering events will begin at 5 pm, with the regularly scheduled card getting under way at 6 pm. Racing over a fast track in the second race of the evening, the $105,000 division of two-year-old pacing fillies did their part to give fans their money’s worth in spite of the abbreviated program. Starting from Post 5 Porsche Seelster sprinted away from the starting gate to a :27.1 opening quarter, but was quickly under siege from favourite Alibi Seelster, who took over before the :56.2 half. Alibi Seelster carried on to a 1:25.1 three-quarters and was on top by a length turning for home, but the rest of the field was just shifting into gear. In spite of traveling up the outside through the bulk of the race, Performing Art was able to put a nose in front of Alibi Seelster, Porsche Seelster and Medoland Lindeylou at the wire. All four fillies were clocked in 1:56.1. Otis Hall conditions Performing Art for Sauble Hill Farms of Tara and his Nasussito Racing Inc. of Ayr. Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. guided the Shadow Play daughter to her first lifetime victory, assuring her of a berth in next weekend’s Super Final. The $70,000 trotting filly division saw Toughs Legacy trot to a four length win in 2:01 in spite of a racing surface that had been downgraded to sloppy and three seconds slower than normal. The Kadabra daughter and Guelph resident Paul MacDonell bested Flexible Woman and Tosca. Richard “Nifty” Norman conditions Toughs Legacy for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. The filly’s first lifetime win also boosted her from sixteenth in the point standings into the top 10. The top 10 point earners advance to the $200,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 28. The remaining contestants for the rich freshman filly Super Finals will be decided following Sunday’s trio of rescheduled Gold Series divisions, which get under way at 5 pm over the Grand River Raceway oval. For complete results please go to  Ontario Sires Stakes

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 20 – Due to a power outage, Mohawk Racetrack was forced to cancel the remainder of its Friday night program following race six. A pair of Ontario Sires Stakes Gold divisions were scheduled to take place in races nine and 10, but have been postponed until Saturday evening with a 6:30 p.m. and 6:45 p.m. post time. Simulcast wagering is still available throughout the evening. Saturday night’s 13 race card will begin at 7:25 p.m.  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Bob McIntosh will harness a total of six starters on Saturday’s $400,000 Grassroots Championship program at Mohawk Racetrack, including four of the top freshman trotters in the province. Two-year-old trotting colts Pasadena Star and Tyrone Haji finished first and third in their division, while trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Lenny Mac finished one-two. McIntosh says the trotters, all offspring of Kadabra, trained well this week and are ready for a serious run at their respective division titles. “We were real lucky this year to have four nice trotters,” says the Windsor resident, who sends out Pasadena Star and Tyrone Haji from Posts 2 and 3 in the first of the eight Grassroots Championships on Saturday. Pasadena Star finished fourth in the June 29 season opener at Kawartha Downs, but the gelding has not been bested in Grassroots action since. In addition to his four Grassroots victories, the homebred son of former Gold Series competitor Pasadena Princess ($202,019) also captured his division of the Champlain Stakes at Mohawk on Aug. 30 and finished third in a leg of the Gold Series at Georgian Downs on Aug. 17. “He’s a very nice colt. He’s really not done a thing wrong since the day we started with him,” says McIntosh, who bred and owns the gelding in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. “He’s two fingers to drive; you can take him off or put him on the front end.” Stablemate Tyrone Haji was a winner in the Aug. 18 division at Clinton Raceway and finished second in his other four Grassroots outings. McIntosh shares ownership of the gelding with breeder Dave Boyle of Bowmanville and is expecting continued improvement from the long-legged youngster. “He’s a nice big colt and he’s got some talent,” notes McIntosh, a seven time winner of the Johnston Cup as the leading trainer in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. “He trained good on Wednesday and I expect he’ll race good. We made a little bridle change, opened him up a bit.” Randy Waples will pilot Pasadena Star and Steve Condren will steer Tyrone Haji in the second race and the Milton residents will also be in the race bikes behind trotting fillies Chelseas Chance and Lenny Mac. Chelseas Chance put together a regular season record of four wins and one second in five Grassroots starts for McIntosh and C S X Stables. The division point leader and Waples will start from Post 8 on Saturday and McIntosh is expecting her to be in the hunt. “She trained extremely well on Wednesday,” says the trainer. “She’s got a really high burst of speed. She can go as fast as a hoppled pacer for an eighth of a mile.” While Chelseas Chance has impressive tactical speed, McIntosh says the other half of his trotting filly entry is more of an endurance athlete. “She’s a nice size filly, she’s great gaited and she can go the distance. The more they move along the better she is,” says the Hall of Fame horseman of Lenny Mac. “She has a good set of lungs on her.” Lenny Mac posted three wins, one second and one fourth in her five regular season starts to finish 42 points behind her stablemate. McIntosh shares ownership of the filly with Earl Hill Jr. of Ohsweken and Condren will send her after a share of the $50,000 purse from Post 1 in Race 5. In addition to his impressive contingent of trotters, McIntosh will also have a starter in the two-year-old pacing colt and three-year-old pacing filly Championships. Rather Swell and Randy Waples take on a talented group of freshman pacing colts from Post 1 in the fourth race. In five regular season starts the Western Maverick son delivered one win, two seconds and two thirds to finish sixth in the point race. “He tries very hard; he’s had a couple of issues,” says McIntosh, who owns Rather Swell with Dave Boyle. “I think he’ll be a Gold colt next year.” Western Empress will wrap up the evening for the McIntosh stable, making her bid for the sophomore pacing filly crown from Post 3 in the sixth race. In four Grassroots starts the filly, also by Western Maverick, posted two wins and two thirds for McIntosh, Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington and Larry Pollard of Harrow. “She has a super drive to her, a heart to her,” says McIntosh. “I look for her to race good Saturday.” Waples guided the filly to her 1:51.3 personal best over the Mohawk oval in an Aug. 23 overnight contest and the pair will be looking to match that on Saturday. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday evening program is 7:25 pm and the Grassroots Championships will be featured in Races 2 through 6 and 8 through 10. For complete entries Sandra Snyder

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Metro Pace winner Boomboom Ballykeel returns to Ontario Sires Stakes action on Friday, Sept. 20 at Mohawk Racetrack and the two-year-old pacing colt is in a must win situation if he is to extend his season through next weekend’s $200,000 Super Final. The Mach Three son has just five points to his credit from a fifth-place finish in the July 8 Gold Series leg at Mohawk and the current cut off for a berth in the Super Final is 38. A win, worth 50 points, would launch the Richard Moreau trainee into the post season, but a runner- up result, worth 25 points, will leave him short. “He’s got himself in a jackpot,” says owner-breeder Cam McKnight ruefully. “He is sharp, he trained in 1:55 on Wednesday (Sept. 11) at Mohawk, but then again everything has to line up,” adds the Tillsonburg resident. “You’ve got to be lucky. You don’t just have to have a good horse; you have to have a lucky horse.” Boomboom Ballykeel and regular reinsman Sylvain Filion of Milton will be looking for luck from Post 5 in the tenth race on Friday, in a division that is loaded with talent. Point leader Three Of Clubs will start from Post 3 for trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph and his partners Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham and Mid-Summer Challenge winner Arthur Blue Chip gets Post 7 for trainer Dr. Ian Moore and Shadow One Stable of Guelph. Two other colts ranked in the top 10, Twin B Spy, who races out of Cambridge resident Casie Coleman’s barn for West Wins Stable of Cambridge, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Adriano Sorella of Milton, and Cluster Hanover, owned and trained by Cambridge resident Jack Darling, will start from Posts 1 and 4, respectively. The other $105,000 freshman pacing colt division goes postward as Race 5. In addition to the two-year-old pacing colts Mohawk will also host the regular season finales for the two and three-year-old trotting colts. The freshmen will star in Races 1, 2 and 9 and William Wellwood Memorial runner-up Harper Blue Chip is in the same dilemma as Boomboom Ballykeel, needing a win and some luck to land in the post season. The Mark Steacy trainee, who is also piloted by Filion, will start from Post 3 in the second race. The sophomore trotting colts will wage their battles in Races 3 and 6, and division point leader Thankyoukessel will be looking to make it two in a row for trainer Joseph MacIsaac and owner-breeder Carolyn Williston of Moffat from Post 6 in the sixth race. Post time for Friday’s Ontario Sires Stakes laden program is 7:25 pm. For complete entries      Sandra Snyder

On August 30, 2013, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) released a Ruling in the Matter of the Appeal of Jeffrey Brooks & Bulletproof Enterprises. The Panel denied the appeal. The circumstances of the case, including the large number of horses and races involved, are unique. The ORC Administration is working diligently to address the Panel’s orders, in accordance with its authority under the Racing Commission Act, 2000. To view the Notice to the Industry. The Notice is also available on the ORC web site Jacinth E. Chang Alloy  

ORC issues Notice of Decision to Rideau Carleton Raceway on redirection of purse funds and additional dates On September 13, 2013, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) issued a Notice of Decision to Rideau Carleton Raceway (RCR) in which the Director denied the application for the redirection of purse funds from the purse account that RCR holds "in trust for Belleville Area Horse People" to the purse account of RCR. As a result of the interrelation between the purse funding and the additional dates, the Director also did not approve the application for 14 additional Signature race dates. To view the Notice to the Industry, please use this link ORC Notice to Industry RCR The Notice is also available on the ORC web site Jacinth E. Chang Alloy Executive Assistant Ontario Racing Commission  

CAMPBELLVILLE, September 16 - Woodbine Entertainment Group would like to announce to all trainers and owners that Tuesday, October 1 is the closing date for nominations to the Ontario Sired Autumn Series. There are divisions for two-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters as well as three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. The series will get underway on Thursday, October 24 at Woodbine. Also, for the first time each series will consist of two preliminary legs and a final. The series for two-year-olds will begin on October 24, while three-year-olds will start on November 14. To view the nomination form, please click this link. A $100 nomination fee can be made online through this link If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than the said due date or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Greg Gangle  

ELORA, ON - Three Of Clubs returned to Grand River Raceway on Friday evening for the first time since capturing the Battle Of Waterloo Final and cruised right back to the winner's circle. In spite of starting from Post 7 in the second $70,000 Gold Series division, driver Doug McNair of Guelph fired Three Of Clubs straight to the front, reaching the opening quarter in :27. The Mach Three son sailed along to a :56.2 half and 1:25.3 three-quarters before accelerating away from the two-year-old pacing colt field to a four length win in 1:55. Marco De Vie and Twin B Spy rounded out the top three. Trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham share ownership of Three Of Clubs, who boosted his record to four wins and two thirds in seven starts. Team McNair had another exceptional night over their hometown oval, landing in the winner's circle for a second time with Crafty Master in the last division. Doug McNair employed a come-from-behind strategy with Crafty Master, reeling in the leaders through the final turn and sprinting home to a four and one-quarter length win in 1:55.1. Fan favourite Arthur Blue Chip finished second after making an early break and Victor Bayama was third. Gregg McNair conditions Crafty Master for Robert Hamather of Exeter. Through seven starts the Mister Big son has accumulated three wins and one third. The other Gold Series division was captured by Bugger Bruiser and Guelph resident Anthony Macdonald, who battled to a one-half length win over favourite Play It Again Sam and Weatherly. The 1:54.2 victory was the second straight for the Believeinbruiser gelding, who is trained by Carmen Auciello for Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. The two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their regular season at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 20, the same night Grand River Raceway hosts the regular season finale for the two-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - The chill in the air at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening did nothing to dampen the sizzle of Bee A Magician's sophomore season as the three-year-old  trotting filly extended her win streak to 13 in an Ontario Sires Stakes record 1:52.1. The clocking scraped one-fifth of a second off Bee A Magician's own record, set in the June 24 Gold Series season opener at Mohawk. Undefeated since last fall, Bee A Magician took command of Friday's Gold leg heading for the halfway marker and cruised across the finish three and three-quarter lengths ahead of Charmed Life and Angies Lucky Star. Oakville resident Rick Zeron piloted Bee A Magician to the win. Richard "Nifty" Norman trains the winner of $1,776,617 for Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL. The Kadabra daughter's next start will come in the Sept. 28 Super Final, where she will be joined by the other nine leading point earners from the Gold Series regular season. Princess Lilly captured the other sophomore trotting filly division on Friday, battling up the outside to a three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:54.2. Last year's Grassroots Champion, Princess Lilly bested Bee A Magician's stablemate Choir Robe and Samira Hanover. Milton resident Mario Baillargeon engineered the Muscle Mass daughter's second sophomore victory for his brother, trainer Benoit Baillargeon of Rockwood, and owner Les Ecuries Piramidan of Gatineau, QC. Also featured on Mohawk's Friday evening program were two Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Heavy favourites Sudoku and Doug McNair captured the first split with a 1:53.4 personal best. The duo cruised home two lengths ahead of Regil Meg and Performing Art Tony O'Sullivan of Cambridge trains Badlands Hanover daughter Sudoku for owners Let It Ride Stables Inc., Robert Copper Stables LLC and Dana Parham of Boca Raton, FL and Howard Taylor of Philadelphia, PA. Mohawk fans were treated to a fierce stretch battle in the other freshman pacing filly division, with Yoselin Seelster prevailing by a neck over Lady Jake and Porsche Seelster in 1:54.2. The win was Yoselin Seelster's second of the season and her first in Ontario Sires Stakes action. Ben Wallace trains the Shadow Play daughter for Bradley Grant of Milton and Rick Zeron engineered the win. The two-year-old pacing fillies will wrap up their regular season at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 20. For complete results  For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

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