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CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Three-time Grassroots winner Racey Miss finally found her way into a Gold Series winner's circle with a 1:51.3 personal best at Mohawk Racetrack on Thursday evening. Oakville resident Scott Zeron hustled Racey Miss off the gate from Post 6, reaching the quarter in :26.2, but then opted to drop into the pocket behind Regil Elektra. Regil Elektra carried the three-year-old pacing filly field to a :54.3 half and a 1:23 three-quarters, turning for home with a one and one-half length lead, but when Zeron asked Racey Miss for another gear the fan favourite responded with a finishing kick that propelled her by the leader and on to a neck victory. Best Impressions finished third in the $105,000 Gold Series division. Zeron engineered the win for trainer Mark Steacy and owner-breeder Hudson Standrdbrd Stb. Inc. of Hudson, QC. The victory, the Shanghai Phil daughter's eighth of the season, boosted Racey Miss into the tenth and final berth in the Sept. 28 Super Final. Lightly rated Request For Parole captured the other Gold Series division with a 1:52 come-from-behind effort for driver Rick Zeron of Oakville, trainer Normand Bardier Jr. and owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, QC. Also featured on the Thursday evening program were five Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts and Lucky King posted the quickest mile of the five, halting the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52.2. Guelph resident James MacDonald crafted the Camluck colt's third Grassroots win for trainer Andrew McCabe and owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa and Leonard Christopher of Acton. Lucky King heads into the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship ranked second in the point standings. After capturing three Grassroots events at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday, father-son team Gregg and Doug McNair added one more to their tally on Thursday with OK Gladiator. The 1:53.4 win was the Mach Three colt's first in eight starts and was not enough to boost him into the post season. Guelph resident Gregg McNair shares ownership of OK Gladiator with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Wayne MacRae of Fall River, NS The other Grassroots divisions were captured by V I P Bayama in 1:53.4; Big Green Tractor in 1:54.2; and Concert Artist in 1:53. On Friday, Sept. 13 Mohawk Racetrack welcomes the two-year-old pacing fillies and three-year-old trotting fillies for Gold Series action. The first race goes to the post at 7:25 pm. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - North America's trotting elite will congregate at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday, Sept. 14 and among the contestants in the William Wellwood Memorial, Peaceful Way and Canadian Trotting Classic Finals are 10 Ontario-sired stars hoping to keep the trophies close to home.  After winning his elimination from Post 10, Harper Blue Chip is among the favourites in the $365,000 William Wellwood Memorial Final. The Majestic Son colt and Milton resident Sylvain Filion will line up at Post 3 in the final and trainer Mark Steacy is expecting a world class battle. "I think he's got his work cut out for him," says the Lansdowne resident. "Father Patrick is pretty highly rated, and rightly so with the races he's won, but he did look a little vulnerable on the last turn." Favourite Father Patrick will start from Post 4 and comes into the contest on a five race win streak. Harper Blue Chip's streak only extends to two races, but Steacy feels the colt is showing steady improvement. "He broke well, trained down well. He was quiet, well mannered, smart - similar to his father. He never showed high speed, but he always did what you wanted," recalls Steacy, who trained Majestic Son to $1,993,157 in career earnings. "With each race he got better, and the speed started to come. "Sylvain Filion really likes this horse and we both hope we haven't hit the bottom of the well yet," adds the horseman. Steacy shares ownership of Harper Blue Chip with Landmark 6 Racing Stable of Kingston, David McDonald of Cornwall and David Reid of Glenburnie. The partners purchased the colt out of last fall's Harrisburg Yearling Sale for $40,000. "I always go looking for Majestic Son's. I'm a true believer," says Steacy. "I really believe Majestic Son is a great sire, and I've trained quite a few of his. He didn't catch the Grand Circuit mares like Donato Hanover and the likes of that did, but I think if he had you'd see a lot more than three in these Finals." In addition to Harper Blue Chip, Majestic Son gelding P L Hercules will also compete in the William Wellwood Memorial from Post 6 and filly Serendipitious will start from Post 8 in the Peaceful Way Final.  In last week's Peaceful Way Eliminations, two of the three winners were Ontario-sired fillies. I Jasmin and Danica Hall trotted to 1:57.1 and 1:57.3 victories respectively and will line up at Posts 2 and 3 in the $374,000 final. "It tells you that we're producing quality horses, doesn't it," says trainer Doug McIntosh, who sends the  Deweycheatumnhowe daughter into Saturday's final on behalf of owner-breeder Walnut Hall Limited of Lexington, KY. Like Harper Blue Chip, Danica Hall captured her elimination and her Champlain Stakes division one week earlier to ride into Saturday's final on a two race win streak. And like Steacy, McIntosh knows Danica Hall is in for a tough battle in the $374,000 Final. "She's a nice filly, but that race on Saturday night is a tough race. Whoever gets a trip in there will win," says the Wheatley resident. "That two-year-old trotting filly division is very deep." Trotting specialist Trevor Ritchie of Acton will steer Danica Hall in pursuit of the biggest prize of her young career. Among the other fillies expected to be favoured in the final is Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series division leader Riveting Rose, who will start from Post 5. The Muscle Mass daughter rallied from an early break in the elimination round to finish third for driver Paul Macdonell of Guelph, trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stables of Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. Rounding out the Ontario-sired hopefuls in the two-year-old finals are colt Massive Talent, who gets Post 1 in the William Wellwood Memorial, and fillies Toughs Legacy and White Becomes Her, who will start from Posts 9 and 10 in the Peaceful Way.  In the $686,000 Canadian Trotting Classic Final Toocool Forschool carries the Ontario-sired torch from Post 5. The Kadabra colt finished fifth behind Master Of Law in the elimination round and will be looking for a return to the form that saw him post a personal best 1:53.4 at Mohawk in his June 8 Goodtimes Elimination. Moffat resident Jody Jamieson will steer Toocool Forschool for Glenn Lalonde of Guelph and owners Roland Rocco of Lasalle, QC and Benoit Gendron of Beaconsfield, QC. The 10 Ontario-sired entries are matched only by the number of young trotters hailing from Pennsylvania. The other jurisdictions represented are New Jersey with six hopefuls, New York with three and Kentucky with one. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack's Saturday, Sept. 14 program is 7:25 pm, with the William Wellwood Memorial Final slated as Race 3, the Peaceful Way Final going postward in Race 5 and the Canadian Trotting Classic rounding out the evening in Race 8. For complete entries. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - Father and son Gregg and Doug McNair captured three of five Grassroots divisions at Grand River Raceway on Wednesday in a dominant display that secured three of their freshman pacing fillies a berth in the Grassroots Championship. The McNair's exceptional evening got under way in the first $18,000 division with Regally Ready. Starting from Post 3 the Royal Mattjesty daughter cruised away from the starting gate and watched from third as Savhorsrideacowboy rolled through a :27.4 quarter and a :57.2 half. Doug McNair sent the fan favourite after the leaders heading for the 1:26.2 three-quarters and Regally Ready rocketed away to a six length triumph in a personal best 1:56.4. Gregg McNair conditions Regally Ready for Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA and sent the filly out in all six regular season Grassroots events, garnering one win, three seconds, one seventh and one ninth for a point tally of 127 and a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship. In the third division Doug McNair wasted no time putting Can Art on the lead from Post 4. The Artistic Fella daughter had a one length lead by the quarter pole and extended that to three and one-quarter lengths by the finish, halting the teletimer at 1:56.2. Robert Chapple of Chatham bred and owns Can Art, who wrapped up the regular season with three wins, one fourth and one sixth, putting her third in the division standings with 161 points. The two-year-old pacing fillies will be led into the post season by McNair trainee Momara, who recorded her fifth Grassroots win in the fourth division. The Lis Mara daughter and Doug McNair dominated the talent laden field from the start, sailing home six lengths on top in 1:56.3. Gregg McNair shares ownership of Momara with Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, Don MacDonald of Amherstburg and David Kryway of Amherstburg. The McNair's came within a nose of a fourth trip to the winner's circle in the last division when Therese Killean almost reeled in pacesetter and heavy favourite Itsa Surprise Tome. The fillies hit the wire in 1:59. The other Grassroots division, the only one which did not feature a McNair entry, was captured by Skippin By in 1:58.1. Doug McNair finished third with Blair Burgess trainee Double Joy. The top 10 point earners will now begin preparations for the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack, and Doug McNair will begin deliberations about which of his father's trainees he will steer in the season finale. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway on Friday with three Gold Series divisions for the two-year-old pacing colts. For complete results Photo 1: Doug and Gregg McNair of Guelph celebrate at Grand River Raceway after winning three Grassroots divisions, with two-year-old pacing fillies Regally Ready, Can Art and Momara, on Sept. 11. Iron Horse Photo Photo 2: Momara and driver Doug McNair of Guelph post a 1:56.3 victory in their Grassroots division at Grand River Raceway on Sept. 11, wrapping up the regular season at the top of the two-year-old pacing filly standings. Iron Horse Photo For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Fillies are in the spotlight at Mohawk Racetrack on Friday evening, as the Campbellville oval hosts Gold Series legs for the two-year-old pacing and three-year-old trotting lasses. Undefeated Bee A Magician puts her 12 race win streak on the line from Post 4 in the first of two $105,000 sophomore trotting filly divisions. The Kadabra daughter and driver Rick Zeron of Oakville tackle a field of seven fillies in their final prep before the Sept. 28 Super Final, where Bee A Magician hopes to repeat as the division champion. Melvin Hartman of Ottawa, Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach, FL share ownership of Bee A Magician, who has banked $966,979 in her flawless 11-race sophomore season while battling the best fillies in North America. Current division point leader Motown Muscle will square off against Bee A Magician for the seventh time this season from Post 2. The Muscle Mass daughter came within a head of halting her rival’s win streak in the Aug. 10 Mid-Summer Challenge, and will be taking another shot at the task on Friday. Ben Baillargeon of Rockwood conditions Motown Muscle for owner-breeders Bet Max Sables Inc. of Casco, MI and Benenati Inc. of Clinton Twp., MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies return to Gold Series action on Friday for the first time since their Mid-Summer Challenge at Mohawk on July 19. Division leader and Mid-Summer Challenge victor Nefertiti Bluechip will be looking for her fourth victory from Post 8 in the first $105,000 division. Jack Darling of Cambridge owns and trains the Shadow Play daughter, who prepped for Friday’s test with a  Sept. 4 qualifier over the Mohawk oval, finishing second to her stablemate Alibi Seelster in a 1:57.1 clocking. Alibi Seelster will make her own bid for a fourth victory from Post 10 in the second division. Among the fillies Alibi Seelster will face is Battle of the Belles winner Lady Shadow, who has not raced since she captured the Aug. 5 event at Grand River Raceway. Guelph resident Gregg McNair conditions the Shadow Play filly for Lindsey and Connie Rankin of Lexington, MI. The two-year-old pacing fillies are featured in Races 1 and 6 on Friday, while the three-year-old trotting fillies will impress Mohawk Racetrack fans in Races 2 and 3. The evening’s first race goes behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON — Just two days after scoring a Grassroots double at Hanover Raceway, Hall of Fame reinsman Steve Condren added two more Grassroots wins to his resume in Monday evening’s two-year-old trotting colt action at Grand River Raceway. The Milton resident struck early, guiding division point leader Pasadena Star to a commanding seven length victory from Post 7 in the first $15,000 division. Hetties Commander and Strike It Big battled into second and third in the mile, which was clocked in 2:01.1. Windsor trainer Bob McIntosh bred and owns the Kadabra gelding in partnership with C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. Through seven starts this season Pasadena Star has recorded five wins and one third for earnings of $79,763. Condren was back in the winner’s circle following the eighth race, carving another winning trip out from Post 7 for long shot Ramas Last Son. The Majestic Son gelding reeled in pacesetter Rival Seelster in the stretch to claim the three-quarter length victory in 2:02.2. Verdi was well back in third. The win was the first in seven outings for Ramas Last Son, who is trained by Edward Peconi Jr. for Garry Patterson of Kirkfield. In his first two Grassroots appearances the gelding made errors and finished ninth and tenth, so he will not advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack. Local colt Warrawee Promesse will advance, however, after scoring a 2:03.4 victory from Post 7 in the final division on Monday. Trainer Wayne Henry guided the son of Windsong Espoir to the four and one-quarter length win over Aventure and favourite Passed Dat Point. The Arthur resident shares ownership of Warrawee Promesse with Fred Brayford of Alliston. R Choochoo Charlie will join Pasadena Star and Warrawee Promesse in the post season after clocking a 2:03.2 win, but the other two winners, Illseeuincourt (2:04.1) and Crowningcrest (2:03.4), did not accumulate enough points prior to Monday’s test to land them in the Grassroots Championship. Ontario Sires Stakes action continues at Grand River Raceway this week with the regular season Grassroots finale for the two-year-old pacing fillies on Wednesday and the second last Gold Series event for the two-year-old pacing colts on Friday evening. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON — Ontario’s two-year-old pacing colts return to Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 13 for the first time since they thrilled fans in the 2013 edition of the Battle Of Waterloo. This year’s champion Three Of Clubs headlines the group of 19 hopefuls heading to the Elora oval for three Gold Series divisions and the colt will start from Post 7 in the second $70,000 split, aiming to get back to business after missing the Aug. 24 Metro Pace Eliminations due to sickness. Guelph resident Gregg McNair trains Three Of Clubs and shares ownership on the winner of $116,367 with Tony Lawrence of Hanover and Shady Hill Racing Stable of Durham. Through six lifetime starts the Mach Three son boasts a record of three wins and two thirds, with his 1:53.4 personal best coming in the Aug. 5 Battle Of Waterloo Final. Arthur Blue Chip won his Battle Of Waterloo Elimination and finished third in the Final, but the Shadow Play son has been flawless ever since, capturing his Nassagaweya division and Metro Pace Elimination at Mohawk Racetrack. Considered one of the favourites for the $683,000 Metro Pace Final, Arthur Blue Chip was scratched due to sickness just one day before the event went postward, so Friday’s event is also a rebounding opportunity for the winner of $194,495. Dr. Ian Moore of Guelph conditions Arthur Blue Chip and shares ownership of the colt with his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Guelph. The colt will make his eighth lifetime start from Post 2 in the last Gold division, hoping to pad a resume that includes five wins, one third and a personal best 1:51.2. In addition to their stable stars, McNair and Moore will harness three other hopefuls on Friday. McNair sends out Crafty Master from Post 6 in the third division, while Moore will start Play It Again Sam from Post 6 in the first division and Im Drinkin Doubles from Post 5 in the second. Grand River Raceway’s Friday evening program begins at 7:05 pm and the exciting two-year-old pacing colt battles will take place in Races 2, 6 and 10. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — The three-year-old pacing fillies were upset minded at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening, as only one favourite emerged victorious from four Grassroots divisions. Upfrontwhosurlady was the only top choice to get the job done, rolling home to a three and three-quarter length victory over Lyonssweetie and Hippie Chic. The 1:51.2 clocking — engineered by Moffat resident Jody Jamieson — matched the Whosurboy daughter’s personal best. Hillsburgh resident Jeff Gillis trains Upfrontwhosurlady for Up Front Racing LLC of Amherst, OH. Monday’s appearance was the filly’s first of the season in the Grassroots program, coming after four Gold Series starts. Driver Scott Zeron of Oakville captured the next two Grassroots divisions, guiding lightly rated Raise Your Glass to a hard closing nose victory over Senorita Santanna and favourite Western Empress in the fifth race, and third choice Betit To Getit to a front end score over division leader Mattys Big Day and Godiva Seelster in the seventh. Raise Your Glass stopped the Mohawk teletimer at 1:52 for her first win of the season. Howell, NJ resident Anthony Monica conditions the homebred daughter of Santanna Blue Chip for his partner Michael Timpano of Phelpston. Betit To Getit also hit the wire in 1:52, but the win was the filly’s second straight and third this season in Grassroots action. Milton resident Ben Wallace trains the No Pan Intended daughter — who wrapped up the regular season in second spot in the point standings — for Holland Racing Stable of Aurora. The final Grassroots division was captured by Cambridge reinsman Billy Davis Jr. and Burlesque, who reeled in pacesetter and favourite Windsong Jacoba in the stretch. Miss Machqueen rounded out the top three in the 1:51.4 mile. The win was the first of the season for Mach Three daughter Burlesque, who is trained by Carmen Auciello for Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga. Added to the second, third and sixth Burlesque posted in her first three Grassroots appearances, Monday’s win was just enough to squeak the filly into the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship, which features the top 10 point earners from the six regular season events. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack this week on Thursday and Friday, with the first races getting under way at 7:25 pm. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Thursday’s Ontario Sires Stakes event at Mohawk Racetrack will mark the end of the trail for many of the province’s two-year-old pacing colts and three-year-old pacing fillies, but trainer Dave Menary is hoping King Royalty and Macharoundtheclock are not among those hanging up their equipment bags Friday morning. Only the top 10 point earners from the freshman pacing colt Grassroots division and the sophomore pacing filly Gold Series division will advance to their respective Grassroots Championship and Super Final later this month. Heading into Thursday’s contest King Royalty is 10 points short of a berth in the post season and Macharoundtheclock is 14. King Royalty comes into the regular season finale off a 1:58.4 victory at Dresden Raceway in the Sept. 2 Grassroots event, giving him a record of one win, two thirds, one sixth and one seventh through the first five legs for a total of 79 points. The Classic Card Shark son makes his bid for a second victory from Post 4 in the ninth race, facing just one colt ranked ahead of him in the standings, Major Homer at Post 1. Cheltenham resident Menary shares ownership of King Royalty with his father Larry Menary of Cheltenham and Michael Guerriero of Puslinch. Macharoundtheclock will benefit from Post 2 in the tenth race, but the filly faces a stiff test in her quest for a top two finish. Among the contenders in the second Gold Series division are second ranked Jan It Jackson at Post 1, sixth-ranked Seaside Rory at Post 7, seventh-ranked Leaveumlady at Post 5 and last year’s Super Final champion Love Canal at Post 6. The Mach Three daughter comes into the final Gold Series test off a 1:54.2 qualifier over the Mohawk oval that was required when she made a break and was pulled up by driver Jody Jamieson in the Aug. 26 Gold event at Grand River Raceway. Prior to that outing Macharoundtheclock had finished second in the Mid-Summer Challenge and second in the July 1 Gold leg, both at Mohawk, but points were not awarded in the Mid-Summer Challenge leaving the filly with just 25 on her resume. The Menarys share ownership of Macharoundtheclock with Kenneth Ewen of Georgetown and Denis Breton of Welland. Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Thursday evening program is 7:25 pm and the two-year-old pacing colts will wrap up their Grassroots regular season in Races 2, 5, 7, 9, and 11, while the three-year-old pacing fillies bring their Gold Series season to a close in Races 6 and 10. For complete entries For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

CLINTON, ON - Dull Roar emerged victorious from the clash of the three-year-old pacing colt titans at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon and heads into the post season on a three-race Grassroots win streak. Starting from the outside Post 7, Dull Roar and driver Jody Jamieson were sent off as the second favourites behind reigning Grassroots champion Panpero Firpo and driver Billy Davis Jr. Getting away fifth on the rail, Dull Roar was able to draft up the outside behind Panpero Firpo, who was going head-to head with pacesetter Mach Set Go. Heading by the three-quarters Jamieson sent Dull Roar out three-wide around the dueling leaders and the colt accelerated away to a two length lead. Classic Gent mounted a late challenge in the stretch, but Dull Roar was able to keep a nose in front to secure the 1:55.3 victory. Classic Gent took home the second-place share of the $18,000 Grassroots purse and Ja El Pocketrocket completed the top three. Jamieson engineered the win for trainer Jeff Gillis of Hillsburgh, who shares ownership of the Mach Three colt with Ken Henwood of Vaughan, Mac Nichol of Burlington and Gerald Stay of Buffalo, NY. The colt's third straight Grassroots win bumped him to the top of the division point standings. One race later Panongahela closed out the regular season with a flawless record of four Grassroots wins in four  appearances. The No Pan Intended son and driver Bill Davis Jr. cruised along on the front end to reach the wire two and one-quarter lengths on top in 1:56.2. Thorn In Your Side and Pointsman rounded out the top three. David Menary conditions Panongahela for owner-breeder Peter Pan Stables Inc. of Pepper Pike, OH. Jamieson and Gillis teamed up for a second victory with Santanna One, who locked up a berth in the post season with his 1:56.2 clocking in Race 3, and father-son team Gregg and Doug McNair captured the remaining Grassroots division, posing with Southwind Amazon after his 1:56.4 score in the first race. All four of the afternoon's winners secured one of 10 berths in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championships at Mohawk Racetrack. Sunday's program wrapped up another outstanding Ontario Sires Stakes season at Clinton Raceway, which hosted four Grassroots divisions in 2013. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more Sandra Snyder  

ELORA, ON - Moms Apple Pie jumped to the top of the three-year-old trotting filly point standings with her third Grassroots win of the season on Friday evening, circling the Grand River Raceway oval in 1:58.3. With Robert Shepherd in the race bike the Striking Sahbra daughter sprinted past Cardio Pump in the stretch to snatch the half-length victory from the pacesetter. I Like My Kaddy rounded out the top three. Bill Budd conditions Moms Apple Pie for William Dixon of Caledon and has sent the filly out 11 times this season, watching her post three wins, two seconds and $41,460. Friday's triumph boosted her Grassroots point tally to 200, 13 more than former division leader Muscle Magic. Wind Stroll posted the quickest mile of the five Grassroots divisions, stopping the Grand River teletimer at 1:57.2 in Race 2. Jean Bernard Renaud piloted the Muscle Mass daughter to the win, her third in four Grassroots starts. Julie Walker trains Wind Stroll for Tony Holmes and Walter Zent of Lexington, KY and will be prepping the winner of $63,900 for the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Hetties Honey heads into the post season tied for third with Wind Stroll after recording a 2:00.4 win in the fourth $18,000 division. The Duke Of York daughter and driver Larry Small cruised home four and one-half lengths ahead of the their peers to the delight of trainer Mario Macri and owner Harness Horsepower Inc. of Campbellville. The other two Grassroots divisions went to Standing My Ground and Be Winnin, both clocked in 1:59.2, but the 50 points they earned from the effort were not enough to propel either filly into one of the 10 berths available in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championships. Grassroots action continues at Grand River Raceway on Monday, Sept. 9 with six divisions for the two-year-old trotting colts. Post time for the first race is 7:05 pm. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON - Shadow Play daughters Shadows Wonder and Brookdale Shadow provided Guelph resident Dr. Ian Moore with a small measure of consolation at Mohawk Racetrack on Monday evening as they battled to victory in their respective Grassroots divisions. The fillies' Ontario Sires Stakes success helped ease the disappointment felt in the Moore barn late last week when Arthur Blue Chip, another Shadow Play freshman, had to be scratched from Saturday night's Metro Pace Final due to sickness. The colt had been installed as one of the favourites for the $683,000 Final after capturing his Aug. 24 elimination. Shadows Wonder and driver Jack Moiseyev of Moffat started the mood-brightening in the second division with a charge around the final turn that saw them reel in the leaders and battle home to a half-length victory in 1:55. Artful Impulse paced into second, leaving pacesetter and fan favourite Somebaysomewhere to settle for third. The win was the second straight for Shadows Wonder, who is owned by Moore, R G McGroup Ltd. of Bathurst, NB and Serge Savard of Saint-Bruno, QC. The partners also bred the daughter of Shadow Play and Putnams Wonder. One race later Milton resident Randy Waples partnered with Moore's second entry Brookdale Shadow, guiding the filly to a three-quarter length win in a personal best 1:55.1. Wishful Luck and favourite Hare To Eternity rounded out the top three. Monday's outing was Brookdale Shadow's first in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. Up until late August the filly had been racing in the Maritimes for owners Douglas R. and Douglas E. Polley of Amherst, NB. In the other three $18,000 divisions, point leader and heavy favourite Momara sprinted around the Mohawk oval to her fourth straight Grassroots victory, stopping the clock at 1:55.3; Stellllllla earned her first lifetime victory with a 1:54.3 effort; and favourite Skippin By paced to a personal best 1:53.4, trouncing the twelfth race field by eight lengths. The freshman pacing fillies make their last regular season Grassroots start at Grand River Raceway Sept. 11. In other action on the Monday evening program, Ontario Sires Stakes superstar Bee A Magician extended her win streak to 12 with a 1:52.3 stakes record in the three-year-old trotting filly Simcoe Stakes. Ontario Sires Stakes excitement continues at Mohawk Racetrack next Monday, Sept. 9 with the regular season finale for the three-year-old pacing fillies. For complete results For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old trotting colts have one last opportunity to qualify for the Grassroots post season on Thursday, Sept. 5 at Rideau Carleton Raceway. Two local colts, Northern Matador and Cabertoss, currently sit among the top 20 point earners after the first five regular season events. To extend their Ontario Sires Stakes season both colts need a victory over the Rideau Carleton oval on Thursday; only the top 10 point earners will advance to the Sept. 21 Grassroots Championship. Northern Matador has accumulated 67 points from one win, one fourth and three seventh-place finishes in Grassroots action and is currently ranked sixteenth. The Muscle Mass gelding will make his bid for a second victory from Post 5 in the first of four $18,000 divisions Thursday. From 10 sophomore starts the Mark Steacy trainee has two wins, one second and one third for earnings of $10,540. He posted a personal best 2:00.2 clocking at Rideau Carleton in a July 25 overnight event. Clarke Steacy of Gananoque, Landmark V Racing Stable of Kingston, Diane Bertrand of Edmonton, AB and Bridle Path Stables Ltd. of Ossining, NY share ownership of Northern Matador. From just three Grassroots starts, Cabertoss has one win and one fourth to his credit for 58 points and a number 18 ranking. William Murray Jr. of Mountain owns the Muscle Mass colt, and his father William Murray of Kingston trains. Cabertoss will start from Post 6 in Thursday’s eleventh race, and heads into the test off a second-place result in an overnight event at Rideau Carleton on Aug. 29. In 11 starts this season the colt has delivered two wins and two seconds for earnings of $11,838. The three-year-old trotting colts will be spotlighted in Races 2, 4, 8, and 11 on Rideau Carleton Raceway’s Thursday evening program, which gets under way at 6:30 pm. by Sandra Snyder  

Hippodrome 3R Two-year-old pacing filly Alevala Hanover celebrated her first career win in a big way on Sunday afternoon at Hippodrome 3R for her local connections as she prevailed in the $31,600 Lucien Bombardier Stakes, which is co-sponsored by Standardbred Canada and the Quebec Jockey Club. Owned by driver Marc Belanger and trainer Stephane Beaudoin, both of Trois-Rivieres, Que., Alevala Hanover overcame early interference from post eight and made up her double-digit deficit by the half-mile mark. She then held off race favourite Champagne Shower (Dennis St. Pierre), who was a riding a three-race win streak in Quebecoise Series action, to win by three-quarters of a length in 1:59.3. Third-place finisher C L Infinite (David Pilon) followed nearly 10 lengths behind. The Allamerican Native-Armbro Odessa filly now sports a career record reading 1-2-2 in six starts with earnings soaring to more than $20,000. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Hippodrome 3R. Inverness Raceway Junebugs Baby closed out Sunday afternoon's harness racing card at Inverness Raceway with a victory in the featured $1,500 Frank MacInnis Memorial Pace. Junebugs Baby watched as favourite J B Bolt and Macnamarra battled on top through fractions of :28.3, :57.2 and 1:29.4 in the ninth race before flying by in the stretch to win in 2:01.4. Art I Special came on for second, finishing three-quarters of a length behind, while J B Bolt and Macnamarra settled for third and fourth respectively. The homebred son of Western Paradise was driven by Dominion, N.S. horseman Fraser Turnbull, who shares ownership with John Turnbull Jr. of Glace Bay, N.S. The Atlantic Sires Stakes graduate earned the second win of his four-year-old campaign and 16th lifetime. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Inverness Raceway. Holland Fair Outlaw I See Red wired a field of Open pacers in the $2,200 Murray Cumberland Memorial featured at Holland Fair on Sunday afternoon. Driver Ron Cullen steered Outlaw I See Red ($8.90) to the 2:02.3 two and three-quarter length victory with Playboy Killean (Dean Rey) and Outlaw Spider (Don Howlett) finishing second and third, respectively. Jodie Cullen trains the five-year-old Brandons Cowboy gelding for owners Derek and Fred Gilbert of Brandon, MB. The race was named in honour of horseman Murray Cumberland, who passed away in July 2012. The winning connections swept the late Daily Double with eight-year-old pacing mare Judges Discretion ($6.80), driven by Greg Manning, taking the finale. The Cullen combination paid $12.60. The Manitoba Great Western Fair circuit wraps up next weekend back in Miami with Saturday and Sunday live harness racing beginning at 1:30 p.m. each day. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Holland Fair. Fraser Downs Open pacing mare Prairie Illusion returned to racing action on Sunday after four months off and found herself right back where she left off...in the Fraser Downs winner's circle. The four-year-old Mach Three mare won the $10,500 Fillies & Mares Open back on May 3 in a career-best 1:52.4 and matched that mark in Sunday's feature event with another dominating score. Jim Marino, who won four races on the card, sent the favourite to the lead from post five and never looked back through fractions of :27.4, :56.4 and 1:25.2 en route to the six and three-quarter length victory. The winning time was just two-fifths of a second off Furious Five's track record for aged pacing mares. Early trailers Phone Terror (Serge Masse) and Jans Rich Girl (Scott Knight) finished second and third. Prairie Illusion has now won all three of her starts since being claimed by trainer William Young in mid-April for $30,000. She is now six-for-12 this season and has yet to miss a paycheque throughout her four-year-old campaign. While Prairie Illusion missed the track record for her age and sex, the Fraser debuting Need You So Bad established one for two-year-old geldings with a 1:56.2 three length romp for trainer/driver Bill Davis. The son of American Ideal was two-fifths of a second faster than the former record-holder Nobody Can. The J J J Stables owns the Horizon Pace champion who is undefeated in three pari-mutuel starts. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Fraser Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca  

OTTAWA, ON — Mattys Big Day cemented her lead atop the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots ranks with a gate-to-wire 1:54.3 tour of Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29. With leading Rideau Carleton driver Denis St. Pierre in the race bike for a second straight start, favourite Mattys Big Day fired straight to the front from Post 7 and never saw a challenge, cruising home one and one-half lengths ahead of Shanghai Mimi and Cams Macharena. St. Pierre crafted the Jeremes Jet daughter’s fourth Grassroots victory for trainer Corey Johnson and owners Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg. of Laval, QC. Driver Brad Forward captured the other two Grassroots divisions, piloting favourites Western Empress and Betit To Getit to 1:54 and 1:53.2 victories, respectively. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Western Empress for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington and Larry Pollard of Harrow. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Western Maverick, who jumped into sixth spot in the standings with her second Grassroots victory. Betit To Getit recorded the quickest mile of the three Grassroots divisions for trainer Ben Wallace and owners Holland Racing Stable of Aurora. The No Pan Intended daughter is now tied for third in the point race with Cams Macharena. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their last regular season Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 9, while Rideau Carleton Raceway hosts the regular season finale for the three-year-old trotting colts next Thursday, Sept. 5. For complete results please click here.    

CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Trainer Gregg McNair captured his first Johnston Cup award last season, and the Guelph resident is on track to repeat as the Ontario Sires Stakes’ leading trainer in 2013. Twenty different pacers and nine trotters have contributed to McNair’s second superlative season, which sees him leading the trainer standings by 67 points just past the halfway mark. Two of those pacers are currently ranked first and second in the two-year-old pacing filly Grassroots standings and Momara and Can Art will be looking to maintain their standing when the fillies arrive at Mohawk Racetrack on Labour Day Monday, Sept. 2. Division leader Momara will be first out of the barn on Monday for the McNair contingent, which also includes Regally Ready and Eagle Molly. The Lis Mara daughter has been near flawless in Grassroots action, recording three wins and one second, but she faces a stiff test Monday starting from the outside Post 10 in the first $18,000 division. McNair’s son Doug, also of Guelph, will steer all four fillies, piloting Momara on behalf of his father, Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, and Don MacDonald and David Kryway of Amherstburg. All four of the McNair trainees will start on the outer half of the gate and second-ranked Can Art landed Post 9 in the third race. The daughter of Artistic Fella and former Ontario Sires Stakes winner Canadette is owned by breeder Robert Chapple of Chatham and has two wins and one fourth to her credit through three Grassroots starts. Regally Ready will also start from Post 9, looking for her first Grassroots win in the fifth race. The Royal Mattjesty daughter has been close, recording a pair of seconds, but has yet to land owners Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA in the winner’s circle. The final member of team McNair, Eagle Molly, will start from Post 8 in the last division. The Eagle Luck lass, bred and owned by McNair and Ian Fleming of Londesborough, has just one start under her belt and will be looking to improve on the fifth-place result she earned at Hanover Raceway on Aug. 17. The two-year-old pacing fillies will wage their second last regular season battle in Races 1, 2, 3, 5, and 12 on Mohawk Racetrack’s holiday Monday program, which also features the Simcoe Stakes for the three-year-old pacing fillies and trotting fillies. At least half the field in each $216,429 Simcoe Stake is Ontario-sired, including trotting superstar Bee A Magician from Post 11 in the sixth race. For complete entries please click here    

ELORA, ON - On Wednesday evening three-year-old pacer Mach It So rocketed around Grand River Raceway in a track record clocking, the fourth record-setting mile by an Ontario Sires Stakes competitor at the Elora oval this month. Starting from Post 2 Mach It So and driver Scott Zeron got away second, getting a bird's eye view of the :26.2 opening quarter clocked by Duc Dorleans. Oakville resident Zeron moved Mach It So to the lead heading for the :55.1 half and the gelding had things comfortably in hand by the 1:23.2 three-quarters. Cruising down the stretch, Mach It So hit the wire one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Duc Dorleans and Tarpon Hanover, halting the Grand River teletimer at 1:51.4. The record-setting mile stripped two-fifths of a second off the 1:52.1 effort recorded by Grassroots division leader Champagne Phil on Aug. 16. Mach It So now boasts a flawless record of four wins in four Gold Series starts. In 11 sophomore starts the Mach Three son has tallied eight wins, one second and earnings of $337,837 for trainer Richard "Nifty" Norman and owner Bamond Racing LLC of Brick, NJ. Zeron had the hottest set of hands at Grand River on Wednesday, guiding Validus Deo to a neck victory in the other $105,000 Gold Series division. Getting away fifth from Post 1, the pair clawed their way up the outside to grab the victory over Up Up And Out and pacesetter OK Fantastic. Fan favourite Windsong Jack ran out of gas after providing a wind break to Validus Deo and finished at the back of the eight-horse field. The 1:53.4 victory was the first in Gold Series action for Validus Deo, who is trained by Tony Alagna for owners Alan Alber of Thornhill and Cheap Speed Stable of Steger, IL. The Lis Mara son was a two-time Grassroots winner last season. Wednesday's event completed the Gold Series regular season for the three-year-old pacing colts. The top 10 point earners will now begin preparations for the Sept. 28 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack. Ontario Sires Stakes fans will be back at Grand River Raceway on Friday, Sept. 6 to catch the final Grassroots event of the regular season for the three-year-old trotting fillies. For complete results. For up to date point standings, race replays, and more. Sandra Snyder  

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