The 2014 book for first-year stallion A Rocknroll Dance is now full and closed, according to Diamond Creek Farm's Adam Bowden. A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2 ($2,429,441), a multiple World Champion and winner of the Meadowlands Pace, stands at Diamond Creek of Pennsylvania for a stud fee of $6,000. I'd like to thank all who booked to him, from the first one to the last one, Bowden said. We believed in him as a racehorse and we believe in him now as he embarks on his next career. His book is filled with quality from top to bottom. "We're breeding 19 of our own top mares to him, including three millionaires and two Dan Patch winners", he added. Included in that group is Diamond Creek's sparkling 2012 acquisition See You At Peelers p,2,1:51.3f; 3,1:49.2f ($1,573,260), a World Champion and two-time Dan Patch award winner. Other top mares in A Rocknroll Dance's initial court include Loyal Opposition, Loving Caroline, Isabella Blue Chip, Tidewaterdragonfly, Blood Diamond and Apple, the latter two from the immediate maternal families of great producers Cathedra and Arterra. "Dance is a gorgeous stallion, and hopefully his foals will have that great Western Hanover look that his inbreeding suggests", Bowden said. "I think they'll be very popular attractions at the select yearling sales." Diamond Creek Farm For further information contact Adam Bowden: (859) 707-5987, email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Signature 'Battle' races get a purse bump at Grand River Raceway ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's 2014 signature races will receive a bump in purse money over 2013 offerings, and the nomination process will return to a three-payment format. The 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo and 6th annual Battle Of The Belles will be raced during the track's annual Industry Day Celebration, on Monday, August 4 at 1:30 p.m. The Battle Of Waterloo final (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing colts) will be contested for an estimated $180,000. In 2013, the race went for $144,500 and was won by Three Of Clubs, for O'Brien Award nominees Gregg McNair and Doug McNair. The local father-son-trainer-driver duo also won the 2013 Battle Of The Belles (for ON-sired two-year-old pacing fillies). Lady Shadow took the lion's share of the $75,400 purse. In 2014, the race will be contested for an estimated $120,000. Both races return to a three-payment eligibility system, beginning with nominations which must be postmarked no later than February 18. While both races (including the eliminations, consolations and finals) will be contested at Grand River Raceway, the Woodbine Entertainment Group (WEG) will handle the stakes administration. As noted on the nomination forms, all payments must be made payable to, and sent to, WEG. To download nomination forms and complete conditions for both races click here.: For stakes administration inquiries, please contact at Kim Neelands at 416-675-7223 ext. 4306. Kelly Spencer
TORONTO, December 28 - Sylvain Filion and Richard Moreau retained their titles as Woodbine Entertainment Group's (WEG) leading harness racing driver and trainer, respectively, after the 2013 Standardbred racing season came to a close Saturday night at Woodbine. Filion finished with 248 wins at Woodbine and Mohawk Racetracks, five in front of Scott Zeron, who had 243 victories, while Jody Jamieson was third with 213, including a pair on the final night. Moreau collected his third WEG training title after winning 126 races. Jeff Gillis had 81 wins, while Carmen Auciello wound up third with 76 victories. Filion, who lives in Milton, had to share his first WEG driver championship with Jody Jamieson in 2012, each with 284 wins. But this year he stands alone. "This past year has been a memorable one for me both on and off the track," said Filion. "I drove many terrific horses and am very thankful for the opportunity. Winning with Boomboom Ballykeel (in the $683,000 Metro Pace for trainer Richard Moreau) was certainly unexpected and that was a great thrill. Off the track, my wife and I adopted a baby and that's something very special." The 44-year-old Filion, who also led all drivers in purse earnings on the WEG circuit with over $5.3 million, is seeking a second consecutive O'Brien Award as Canada's Top Driver, an honour he earned for the first time for his accomplishments last year. The 49-year-old Moreau, who captured his first WEG title in 2010, also led all trainers in purse earnings with over $2.5 million. The Puslinch, Ontario resident is an O'Brien Award finalist for Canada's Trainer of the Year. Live racing returns to Woodbine on Monday, January 6 and continues on a three-day-a-week schedule (Monday, Friday and Saturday). First race post time is 7:25 p.m. Videos of all Saturday night races are attached.
It was six months ago when Twilight Bonfire burst on the scene with a runner-up performance in The Pepsi North America Cup. Since then, it has been a year of ups and downs. In fact, he entered Saturday's Reynolds Stake at the Meadowlands with just 1 win from his last 13 starts. On this night, he asserted his class, making a long move to the lead under pilot Tim Tetrick and scored in a sharp 1:51.4. Twilight Bonfire was joined by a Breeders Crown winner in the field, in Rockin Amadeus, who has re-found his form in his last few starts and was a solid second at the finish. The buzz of the night took place in race 7, where Bolder came from far back at the top of the stretch and rallied to a shocking 92-1 victory to kick off the Late Pick 4 sequence. That resulted in a Late Pick 4 that returned $11,968 for a $1 bet. Yannick Gingras was the star of the driving colony as he won four races on the card, while Ron Pierce, who recently won his 9,000th race bagged three. Compared to the last time the Meadowlands raced on this Saturday in December, which took place in 2010, the total handle reflected an increase of 25-percent. Victory Night Club opened at the conclusion of the live racing card and saw a packed house enjoying the brand-new, state of the art venue. Racing returns on Friday with first post time at 7:15 P.M. For all information regarding Meadowlands Racing & Entertainment, head to www.playmeadowlands.com.
TORONTO, November 13 – When Allan Richardson describes his Autumn Series starter, Rock Of Cashel, only a few words came to mind. “He’s the size of a mouse with the heart of a lion.” The young trotter who is “barely fifteen hands” according to his trainer will leave from post-position five in the first of two $15,000 Autumn Series divisions on Friday evening. “He’s coming along very nicely,” Richardson said from his Campbellville home. “He’s had some back luck this season with sickness and allergies, but it seems the worst is behind him now.” The two-time winner has banked $49,808 in his career from just 19 career starts for Richardson, who trains/drives and co-owns with Jeff Ruch of Innisfil. “We only raced him once last season because he was just immature and wasn’t ready,” said the 42-year-old conditioner. “He raced in the Tie Silk back in April and he is still racing so I guess he’s built for longevity. That’s the approach we’re taking.” Rock Of Cashel has been racing at is best in his last four starts with a 2-0-1 record and Richardson attributes that to the addition of lasix. “Since we put him on lasix that has really seemed to help,” he said. “He has allergies and the lasix has seemed to help with that. He’s been a lot more consistent.” Richardson has steered his youngster in all but one career start and says his best driving style is racing from behind. “He really enjoys passing horses,” he said. “He’ll fight all day long to pass that horse he’s following. When he’s on the front he can get a little lost and green.” Richardson was the sole owner of Rock Of Cashel until co-owner Jeff Ruch got involved. “I owned the mother and bred her and I decided to send her to Jeff’s place to be foaled out,” he said. “Once the foal was on the ground, Jeff took an interest in him and wanted to be a partner. We have a Kadabra on the way and Jeff and I have a foal-sharing agreement.” Come Friday evening, the “mouse with the heart of a lion” will look for his third career tally. The Autumn Series is for Ontario-sired three-year-old colt trotters, who are non-winners of $50,000 lifetime as of September 30, 2013. The fields will line up as follows: Race 2 1. Cabertoss 2. Random Dynasty 3. Brass Knuckles 4. Sir William 5. Rock Of Cashel 6. Lime Strike 7. Lets Leavem 8. Alexander Lukas Race 3 1. Green Strike 2. Doubledown Gass 3. Pretty Boy 4. J Cs Jake 5. Mo Dhabi 6. Popeda 7. Ozzy Ozzy 8. Muscle On Broadway Also on Friday evening, a trio of $15,000 divisions for Ontario-sired three-year-old colts and geldings pacers. The field will line up as follows: Race 6 1. Clever Thing 2. Tex 3. Grantor Hanover 4. Trys Little Prince 5. Glammit 6. Bad Fox 7. Greystone Moe 8. Excessive Race 8 1. Hes A Sensation 2. Tauranga 3. Get Around Town 4. Chosen Hombre 5. Maple Leaf Matt 6. Alexas Jackpot 7. Lyonsparkhavenlake 8. Stonebridge Adam Race 11 1. Southwins Amazon 2. Ja El Pocketrocket 3. Canbec Kingkazimir 4. Thorn In Your Side 5. J Jetstar 6. Adversary Seelster 7. D Gs Camme 8. Sea Harrier Greg Gangle WEG Communications - Standardbred
Bee A Magician will do her best to keep her unblemished 3-year-old campaign intact tonight, when she goes postward in the American National for 3-year-old trotting fillies. Making her first start tonight since her Oct. 19 victory in the $500,000 Breeders Crown at Pocono Downs, the daughter of Kadabra has a perfect 15-for-15 record this year, with seasonal earnings of $1,359,184. Owned by David McDuffee, Mel Hartman and Herb Liverman, and conditioned by Richard “Nifty” Norman, Bee A Magician was a $10,000 supplement to tonight’s event. “It’s her attitude; she just wants it more than anything else,” said Norman after her 1:52.4 Breeders Crown victory. “She’s amazing. She makes the hair on the back of your neck stand up just when you’re warming her up. She’s special for sure.” Bred by White Birch Farm, Bee A Magician earned $766,652 as a freshman, winning ten of 13 starts while competing on Canadian ovals in nearly all Ontario Sire Stake events. She recorded her 2-year-old record of 1:53.4 while triumphing in the $448,050 Peaceful Way at Mohawk on Sept. 15, and capped off her freshman season by winning the $300,000 OSS Final in 1:53.4 by 9½ lengths at Woodbine. “It’s an honor to drive a filly like her,” admits driver Brian Sears. “Whenever you go behind the gate, you’ve got an awful lot of confidence. She’s awesome, real professional and very handy. She knows what we’re trying to accomplish out there and makes my job pretty easy. She’s been good every time I’ve sat behind her so I’ve got no complaints.” This season Bee A Magician has faced and conquered every challenge posted before her, beginning the season by winning Ontario Standardbred Breeders divisions on May 17 and 24 in 1:53.4 and 1:54.4; the $72,750 Casual Breeze in 1:54.2 on May 31 and her Elegant Image $34,300 elim in 1:53.3 on June 7 and the $356,981 final on June 15 in 1:53. On June 24 she captured a $99,750 Ontario Sire Stake at Mohawk in 1:52.2, then shipped to the Meadowlands on July 13 where she romped in the $265,500 Delvin Miller in a career best 1:51, drawing away by 4½ lengths. That clocking was the fastest mile of the year for a 3-year-old trotting distaff, and Bee A Magician thus joins Peace Corps (1989) and CR Kay Susie (1995) as only the third filly in the past quarter century to be the season’s fastest sophomore trotter. On July 27 she won her $35,000 Hambletonian Oaks elimination in 1:53.3, then returned a week later to capture the $500,000 Final in 1:51.4 by 3¼ lengths at the East Rutherford, NJ one miler. She then returned to Canada, rattling off four victories at Mohawk before shipping to Pocono Downs for her Breeders Crown elim and final. She took the $145,500 ONSS in 1:53.1 on Aug.10; the $205,608 Simcoe Stake on Sept. 9 in 1:52.3; the $101,808 ONSS in 1:52.1 on Sept. 13; and the $194,000 ONSS series final on Sept. 28 in 1:52.2. Bee A Magician’s career earnings now stand at $2,125,836, with 25 wins in 28 lifetime trips postward. The purse monies she’s accumulated have seen her establish a new earnings standard for a combined 2- and 3-year-old season among sophomore filly trotters, pushing her well past Pampered Princess’ 2006-2007 record of $1,648,362. If she wins the American National tonight, Bee A Magician will join Syrinx Hanover—who was never bested during her 2001 season when she went 12 for 12—as the sport’s second, $1 million-winning, undefeated single-season earner. Certainly, an American National victory would put Bee A Magician in serious contention for Horse of the Year honors, although only five of the 66 winners have had unblemished, single-season records. Thirty winners of that title have been trotters, and 13 have been females. If she is crowned Horse of the Year, Bee A Magician would join five other sophomore filly trotters who have been so honored: Stenographer in 1954; Emily’s Pride in 1958; Fancy Crown in 1984; CR Kay Suzie in 1995; and Continentalvictory in 1996. Bee A Magician was a $90,000 yearling purchase at the 2011 Standardbred Horse Sale at Harrisburg, and is the first foal out of the Balanced Image mare Beehive 3,Q1:57.3F ($8,791). She has 2-year-old half-sister in Dynamite Honey (by Explosive Matter) 2, 2:00.3F ($17,400), who is also conditioned by Norman and these same owners, and who scored her maiden victory on Oct. 31 at Harrah’s Philadelphia. By Kimberly Rinker…For Balmoral Park Publicity
Toronto, October 23 - Beginning tonight Woodbine Racetrack will be playing host to the Autumn Series featuring two-year-old colt and filly pacers and trotters as well as three-year-old pacers and trotters of both sexes. Each series will consist of two preliminary legs and a final. A quartet of divisions kicked off on Thursday evening. Two divisions for two-year-old filly trotters and a pair for rookie pacing fillies highlighted the 12-race programme. Trainer Ron Parsons and owner/breeder Bob Key took both trotting divisions to sweep the daily double. In the opening dash, Wonderland Snow, driven by Trevor Henry, let gate-to-wire in 2:00.1. The daughter of Angus Hall led through panels of :29, 1:00.1 and 1:31.2, before using a :28.4 final frame to seal the victory. Post time favourite Aphrodity (Rick Zeron) finished second with Andrea Lea (Per Henriksen) finishing third. onderland Snow, a two-time winner from 10 career starts, increased her rookie bankroll to $25,300. She paid $5.20 to win as the second choice. In the next race, Sweetie Hearts came from behind to score the win in 1:57.3. Mario Baillargeon guided the daughter of Angus Hall off the speed through panels of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.4, before showing his charge clear racetrack down the stretch to win by half a length. Torches Star (Steve Condren) finished second with Capturethememory (Scott Zeron) third. Sent off as the heavy favourite, Sweetie Hearts also enjoyed her second career victory as her lifetime earnings increased to $13,900. She paid $3 to win. Filly pacers were up next and Witch Dali, driven by Jack Moiseyev, kicked off the Early Pick 4 in the fourth with a 1:53.2 score. The heavily-favoured daughter of Dali cleared to the front past the :27.4 opening quarter and never looked back through the middle-half of :57 and 1:25.1 before sailing to an open length victory. Zenobia Blue Chip (Scott Zeron) finished second with Exhilarated (Sylvain Filion) completing the triactor. Trained and co-owned by Tony Alagna along with Aaron Waxman and Gaetan Hebert, Witch Dali increased her rookie bankroll to $28,320. She paid $3.20 to win. In the final division, Noble Jilly and Jody Jamieson found the wire first in 1:54.1. The daughter of Jeremes Jet came from well off the pace through fractions of :27.2, :56.2 and 1:25, before picking up all the pieces in deep stretch to seal the win. Stellllllla (Scott Zeron) finished second with Artful Impulse (Randy Waples) grabbing third. Trained by Harry Poulton for owner/breeder Banjo Farms, Noble Jilly now has back-to-back wins and $29,854 in career earnings. The pacing miss celebrated a new lifetime best in the process and paid $6.30. The Autumn Stakes returns to Woodbine tomorrow night with six divisions on the 13-race card. Post time is scheduled for 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle
Multiple World Champion and 2012 Meadowlands Pace winner A Rocknroll Dance has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career in 2014 at Diamond Creek Farm of Pennsylvania, according to Diamond Creek owner Adam Bowden. A Rocknroll Dance p,2,1:49.1; 3,1:48.1f; 4,1:47.2-’13, by Rocknroll Hanover and from a half-sister to supersire Western Hanover, won $2,429,441 and was the first horse in history to take three consecutive sub-1:48 wins. Those scores came this year in an invitational at Pocono (1:47.4f) and then the elim and final of the $651,000 Canadian Pacing Derby (1:47.3-1:47.2). He established World Records as a four year old on both five-eighths and half-mile tracks. His 1:49.1 world mark on a half was taken winning the Battle Of Lake Erie at Northfield over Foiled Again, and his 1:47.4 world mark on a five-eighths came in the invite at Pocono. In addition, he set the pace for World Record miles for Bolt The Duer as a three year old (1:47.4f in the Adios Final) and Pet Rock as a four year old (1:47.2f at Scioto). He would later defeat all three of those horses in his tour de force winning the Canadian Pacing Derby at Mohawk in track and Canadian record time. “I think fans know he was among the fastest of a tremendous group of FFA pacers this year,” Bowden said. “But his speed didn’t develop late… he won the Metro elim and the Governor’s Cup at two in 1:49.1 and 1:51, and at three he won the Meadowlands Pace and Battle of Brandywine in identical times of 1:48.1.” Bowden noted that the horse had evidently suffered an earlier undiagnosed injury, perhaps after his last race in Lexington, which led to a subpar performance in the recent Breeders Crown elim. Bowden said A Rocknroll Dance is now being syndicated, and that his fee will be announced soon. *video attached - A Rocknroll Dance winning the 2012 Meadowlands Pace * * * END * * * Diamond Creek Farm
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – Brodie MacPhee knows that Ramblinglily is going to need a little luck to find the winner’s circle Sunday afternoon in the Atlantic Breeder’s Crown final at Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at The Charlottetown Driving Park but he’s confident in her chances. First race post time for the 14-dash championship card is 1 pm. “She’s a good filly and she really impressed me last week in Fredericton,” MacPhee said of Ramblinglily 1:57.3 win Saturday in New Brunswick. “She was really strong.” The three-year-old Articulator filly, owned by Normand Leger of Shediac, N.B., and trained by Jean Belliveau, has post 3 in the race 11 $22,000 Atlantic Breeder’s Crown. Her main competition this season, Rose Valley, finished ninth in the Atlantic Sires Stakes points race and doesn’t make the rich final. “It’s good for my team,” MacPhee said. “(Rose Valley) was always there at the finish every week.” The 27-year-old Clyde River native’s main concern now lays in post 5 with Scootin For Joy (Mike Stevenson) but MacPhee isn’t going to make any concrete plans on how to defeat her. “I always try to go into those races with an open mind,” He said. “My filly is quick. If I decide to leave I’ll be going hard enough there will be a hole somewhere.” MacPhee has never won a Breeder’s Crown before. “It’d be nice to win it. It’s a big money event and she deserves it. She travelled all over the Maritimes this summer. She was at every race.” Other entries in that race are Missassy Attitude (Kenny Arsenault), Western Judy (Marc Campbell), Windemere Maggie (Walter Cheverie), Skip The Exam (Darren Crowe), Putnams Kream (Bernard McCallum), and Whistys Paradise (Ernie Laffin). MacPhee also has a live chance in the race 14 $10,700 Island Pacing Series Championship with All Turain off the rail for trainer and co-owner Trevor Hicken of Montague and co-owner Lee Hicken of Charlottetown. The four-year-old pacer is riding a five race win streak with victories in Invitational races in Truro, North Sydney and Fredericton, along with wins in the two preliminary legs of this series. “He raced awesome last week,” MacPhee said. “He wore down Earl Smith’s horse. My horse is on top of his game right now. He’s sharp and (trainer Trevor Hicken) has him really good right now. I think he has a big shot.” The horse who won the other two preliminary legs is Big League (Corey MacPherson), who has post 5. “Big League is a front end horse,” MacPhee said. “My horse is not a big leaver. I’m going to have him fired up to get out of there and he’ll get away third or fourth at best. He’s a plugger and he’ll have to go the long mile I am sure.” Also in that race is Narragansett (Norris Rogers), Wild Dragon (Gilles Barrieau), Cambest Kisser (Jason Hughes), Balanchine (Ron Matheson), Leading Camdidate (Arsenault), Touch Of Lightning (Earl Smith), and Lucky Encounter (Cheverie). Also on the Breeder’s Crown championship card, Race 3 features the $7,000 two-year-old colt trot invitational with Dusty Lane Galaxy (Gary Chappell) looking for his seventh win in a row for trainer Stacey Lund and owners Peter Buchanan and the estate of George Boswall. Other top entries are Glencove Yoshi (Stevenson) and Phantom Beau (Arsenault). Race 5 will see Taliesin search for win number eight on his undefeated season for trainer-driver Marc Campbell and owner Buntainwood Farm of Brackley Beach in the $7,000 three-year-old trot invitational. His competition includes Oceanview Kate (Stevenson) and West River Xcel (Clare MacDonald). Race 7 on the card is the $22,000 two-year-old filly pacing final with Canadian and Maritime champion Saulsbrook Alana (Campbell) riding a five-race win streak from post 3. Also in that race is Briannas Angel (Arsenault), Sail Through (John Holmes), Elm Grove Inarush (Mark Bradley), Pictonian Sareta (Stevenson), Lovineveryminute (Barrieau), Sea Anna Win (Earl Smith), and Absolootly Hot (Scott Hubbard). The $22,000 two-year-old colt pacing final lines up in race 9 with a tight knit group of eight horses. They are: Super S Yzerman (MacDonald), Rancousy (Crowe), Touch Of Thunder (Smith), Settlement Request (Romo), JJ Laser (Campbell), Dumas Walker (Heffernan), Tobins Fusion (Barrieau) and Mr Comraderie (Stevenson). Race 13 has the $22,000 three-year-old pacing colt final with Untouchable One (Arsenault) favored off the rail for owner Dooley Boys Racing stable of Halifax. Other entries are Jacobs Jackpot (Barrieau), Watersides Kipper (Hilliard Graves), Beach Paradise (Stevenson), Libertys Art (Hughes), The Rev (Romo), JB Bolt (Redmond Doucet), and Scarlet Chaser (MacDonald). Also on the card, race 8 has the $1,800 Open trot while race 12 sees a field of seven Open pacing mares for a purse of $2,200. SATURDAY Saturday afternoon features a 14-dash card at Red Shores Charlottetown featuring four $5,000 Breeder’s Crown consolation races. The two-year-old pacing fillies line up in race 6, the two-year-old pacing colts in race 8, the three-year-old pacing fillies in race 10 and the three-year-old pacing colts in race 12. By Nicholas Oakes
The greatest show in Maritime harness racing will take centre stage in Prince Edward Island this weekend. The Atlantic Breeders Crown Championship Weekend will feature the best two and three-year old performers of the 2013 Atlantic Sires Stakes racing season. This year's event is being hosted by Red Shores Racetrack and Casino at the Charlottetown Driving Park. The Atlantic Breeders Crown Weekend of Champions has become a premier event in Maritime harness racing and over $120,000 in purse monies will be handed out to the weekend's top performers. The weekend's events will feature the Atlantic Breeders Crown pacing consolation events on Saturday afternoon and the pacing finals and trot invitational events will take place on Sunday. Other weekend events include the Atlantic Classic Yearling Sale and the Atlantic Breeders Crown banquet honouring a year of harness racing excellence. The banquet will also see four Atlantic Canadian families recognized for their long time contributions to the harness racing industry. First race post time at Red Shores Charlottetown Driving Park on both Saturday and Sunday is 1 pm. Lynne MacLennan
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — Super Final Night 2013 kicked off with a pair of trotting filly showdowns and Ontario harness racing fans witnessed impressive performances by two-year-old prodigy Riveting Rosie and three-year-old megastar Bee A Magician. Starting from Post 7 in the first $200,000 Super Final, driver Paul MacDonell sent Riveting Rosie straight to the front and controlled the tempo through fractions of :28.1, :58.4 and 1:28.1. The fan favourites cruised home two and one-half lengths ahead of Miss Aultsville and Luck Is All Ineed in 1:56. “She’s just so dominant, she’s big, she’s strong, I think we haven’t seen the best of her yet. I think next year when she grows up and fills out she’ll be something else,” said MacDonell from the winner’s circle. “There’s no effort to her gait, she’s smooth, and got a nice mouth on her, she’s got all the attributes to a good one.” The Guelph resident piloted Riveting Rosie to her sixth lifetime win for trainer John Bax of Peterborough and his partners Don Allensen of Wyoming, J And T Stable Newmarket and John Hayes of Sharon. In addition to her Gold Series successes, the Muscle Mass daughter was also victorious in the Peaceful Way Final and Champlain Stakes at Mohawk and rounds out her freshman campaign with $468,613 in earnings. Bee A Magician captured the two-year-old trotting filly Super Final last November, kicking off a win streak that stood at 13 races heading into Saturday night’s showdown. With an impressive 1:52.2 triumph from Post 6 the filly became just the eighth horse to repeat as the Super Final champion and she extended her streak to 14 races. “She’s all business. She gets on the track, she just wants to go, and she wants to do it. She’s a dream,” said Ottawa resident Melvin Hartman, who shares ownership of Kadabra daughter Bee A Magician with Herb Liverman of Miami Beach, FL and David McDuffee of Delray Beach. FL. “I will challenge anyone that Kadabra is as good, if not the best stallion in the world,” Hartman continued. “He has thrown some tremendous horses, they’ve raced in Ontario and they’ve gone on to race in North America, and it’s great for the Sires Stakes program.” Among Bee A Magician’s sophomore triumphs are the Hambletonian Oaks, Casual Breeze, Elegantimage, Del Miller Memorial and Simcoe Stakes, giving her a two season bank roll of $1,876,617. The Richard “Nifty” Norman trainee will make her fourteenth sophomore start in the Breeders Crown Eliminations at Pocono Downs on Oct. 12. Anaffairtoremember and Charmed Life, with Paul MacDonell aboard for John Bax, completed the top three. MacDonell was back in the winner’s circle following the third Super Final battle, guiding three-year-old pacing filly Regil Elektra to a 1:50.4 personal best for trainer Shawn Robinson and owner Fred Monteleone Stable LLC of Pompano Beach, FL. The win was the Mach Three daughter’s eleventh of the season and her second in Ontario Sires Stakes action. “Her form obviously shows that she’s been coming up to a good race, and they said that she was as sharp as she’s been,” said MacDonell, who had driven the filly earlier in the season. “You get a good feeling when you get on the bike and the connections say that to you.” MacDonell and Regil Elektra swept up the outside to grab the one and one-half length win over fan favourite Love Canal and Best Impressions. Muscle Matters delivered a commanding victory in the two-year-old trotting colt event, cruising home three lengths ahead of Massive Muscles and Valorscross. The 1:55.4 clocking was a personal best for the son of Muscle Mass trained by Rockwood resident Benoit Baillargeon for his partners Nunzio Vena of Bolton, Santo Vena of Brampton and Richard Thompson of London. “The other thing is my son (Johnny) just got engaged today, so this is sweet, icing on the cake. It’s perfect, a perfect day,” said Santo Vena from a winner’s circle packed with family and friends. Liette Flanagan of Repentigny, QC was also celebrating perfection following the three-year-old trotting colt final. Flanagan Memory, named in honour of her late father and the colt’s breeder Michel Flanagan, trotted to his fifth win in five Ontario Sires Stakes starts. The Kadabra son and driver Chris Christoforou of Campbellville controlled the race from start to finish, sailing home one and one-quarter lengths ahead of Creampuff Macdaddy and Thankyoukessel in a personal best 1:53. Flanagan shares ownership of the colt with trainer Rene Dion of Saint-Lazare, QC. Two-year-old pacing colt favourite Bugger Bruiser also earned a Super Final crown off a front end effort that featured a sizzling :25.4 opening quarter. The Believeinbruiser son and driver Anthony MacDonald of Guelph hung on for a neck victory over Crafty Master and Three of Clubs, both trained by Guelph resident Gregg McNair, in a sharp 1:50.3 clocking. Carmen Auciello of Stouffville trains Bugger Bruiser for his father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville and Denarben Stables of Thornhill. The partners purchased the gelding at the beginning of September and have banked $196,000 in four starts. “Nobody expected this,” said trainer Auciello with the Super Final trophy in his arms. “The horse has a heart bigger than this trophy here, and that’s a big trophy, the biggest one I’ve ever got in this business anyway. I’m just happy, I’ve got my family here, there’s tons of us here, and it’s just a thrill. I’ve been waiting for this my whole life.” The two-year-old pacing filly division was also decided by a neck as Performing Art, Lady Shadow and favourite Sudoku emerged from the rapidly gathering fog and battled to a 1:52 finish. Shadow Play daughter Performing Art’s personal best equaled the Ontario Sires Stakes record first set by Chancey Lady in 2007 and matched in 2011 by Apogee Hanover. Cambridge resident Billy Davis Jr. engineered the win on behalf of trainer Otis Hall of Ayr and his father Larry Hall’s Sauble Hill Farms of Tara, ON. The last Super Final trophy was awarded to Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, QC and Gestion C. Levesque 2005 Inc. of Saint-Jean-Sur-Richelieu, QC, who bred and own three-year-old pacing gelding Duc Dorleans. The Shanghai Phil son and driver Sylvain Filion of Milton roared out of the fog and down the stretch to a 1:49.2 triumph over Tarpon Hanover and Brocks Fortune. Trained by Jacques Dupont, Duc Dorleans scored his fourth win of the season, and his first in Ontario Sires Stakes action, with the personal best effort. Ontario Sires Stakes fans will have one last opportunity to see the provincial stars in action as Grand River Raceway and Western Fair Raceway host Gold and Grassroots Consolation events on October 13, 14 and 15. For complete results Sandra Snyder
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — During the winter of 2010-11 long time Boston Bruins fans Joe MacIsaac was watching his team play the Toronto Maple Leafs while thinking up names for the latest foal from partner Carolyn Williston’s broodmare Chelemark Gizmo. As the Boston faithful chanted ‘Thank You Kessel’ — referencing the 2009 trade deal that sent Phil Kessel to the Leafs in exchange for draft picks that would become Boston stars Tyler Seguin and Dougie Hamilton — MacIsaac thought, ‘Why not?’ and weeks later the name Thankyoukessel was approved by Standardbred Canada. Thankyoukessel made his racing debut in the summer of 2012 and over the past two years has amassed a consistent record of seven wins, two seconds and three thirds in 19 starts for earnings of $212,445. Competing at the Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) Gold Series level this season the gelding has posted two wins, two thirds and one fifth, ranking him second in the point standings heading into Saturday night’s $200,000 Super Final at Mohawk Racetrack. “He started off the year good with a win down in London and he really, really didn’t give us a bad race all year,” says Moffat resident MacIsaac. “He doesn’t do a whole lot wrong; he’s a pretty nice boy.” In addition to his successes in the Gold Series, Thankyoukessel also captured the Canadian Breeders Championship at Mohawk on July 20 in a personal best 1:54.2 and his sophomore debut in a May 2 overnight event at Woodbine Racetrack. The Ken Warkentin gelding has surpassed the standard set by his full-sister Witch Way, who was a Gold Final winner and earned $170,833 in her career. “The best thing about that mare, all her foals have been good gaited,” says MacIsaac, who raced a two-year-old Federal Flex half-brother to Thankyoukessel this summer and will start training a yearling Federal Flex brother this fall. “That makes it a lot easier to get them to the races.” Thankyoukessel and driver Mike Saftic of Campbellville will make their run at the OSS division title from Post 3 in Saturday’s seventh race and MacIsaac is expecting another exciting show from the talented Ontario-sired colts. Point leader Buddy Hally will start from Post 4, Goodtimes and Mid-Summer Challenge winner Flanagan Memory gets Post 7, and Yonkers Trot Elimination winner and reigning Super Final champion Creampuff Macdaddy will start from Post 9. “I don’t know how it will end up shaping up,” notes the trainer, “But Flanagan Memory looks like the horse to beat.” Thankyoukessel finished third to Flanagan Memory in the Sept. 20 Gold Series event at Mohawk Racetrack, a mile timed in 1:53.3, and MacIsaac is not sure the gelding can alter that result on Saturday. However, whether Thankyoukessel finishes off his sophomore stakes campaign with a win or a loss, MacIsaac and Williston will head home just as happy with the trotter’s efforts as Boston fans have been with the Kessel trade. “We’re just looking forward to tomorrow (Saturday). I hope things work out for him and he gets a piece of it, but regardless, it’s been a great year for us,” MacIsaac explains. “Anything he gets will be a bonus for us right now. We’re going to enjoy it any way.” Post time for Mohawk Racetrack’s Saturday, Sept, 28 program is 7:25 pm, with the Ontario Sires Stakes Super Finals featured in Races 2 through 5 and 7 through 10. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0928mohsn.dat Ontario Sires Stakes
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, September 21 – The defending champion, Rocklamation, did it again once again as she posted the 12-1 upset in this year’s $284,000 Milton Stakes Final on Saturday evening at Mohawk. The pacing miss equaled her own stakes record of 1:49.4 taken last year at odds of 23-1. The race changed drastically from the start as even-money favourite Drop The Ball (Doug McNair) made a break behind the starting gate. With an outside post nine start, Rocklamation, driven by Brett Miller, was in no hurry off the gate as Voelz Hanover (Randy Waples) blasted to the front from post seven, but allowed the 5/2 second choice Anndrovette (Scott Zeron) to command at the opening quarter in a quick :26. Heading towards the half, Waples tried to regain the front with Voelz Hanover, but could only match strides with Anndrovette as the pair dueled past the half in a sizzling :53.2, before Voelz Hanover angled back into the pocket. Krispy Apple (Billy Davis, Jr.) began the first over attack around the final turn, but quickly flushed Voelz Hanover once again to the outside as Anndrovette marched past three quarters in 1:20.1. Rocklamation and Miller were sitting eighth, ten and three quarters lengths off the tempo setter turning for home. Down the stretch, Anndrovette was still in command, but the backfield began to fan across the racetrack. Swinging Beauty (Sylvain Filion) came from off the pace and was closing hard on the outside, but couldn’t match strides with Rocklamation, who unleashed a punishing late kick in deep stretch to score the one-length victory. Swinging Beauty finished second with Anndrovette third. “She’s so much better off the pace,” Miller said following the win. “Last year when I drove her in the elimination, she finished third then Ronnie (trainer Ron Burke) told me to not go forward with her and that she races so much better off the pace. She won the Milton last year off the pace and I raced her the same way and she was just awesome.” Miller admits he wasn’t as worried sitting at the three-quarter pole as he normally would. “Some of those mares looked like they were starting to struggle and I pulled her blinds down at the top of the stretch and she nearly pulled me out of the seat and when I fanned her out wide, it was over.” With the win, Rocklamation notched her fifth triumph of the season from 17 starts. The 19-time career winner is owned by Our Horse Cents Stables, Stable 45 and J And T Silva Stables LLC. The daughter of Rocknroll Hanover increased her bankroll to $1,649,812. She paid $27.10 to win. Greg Gangle
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
To say Garnet Barnsdale had a good day in HANA Harness' 2013 Grand Circuit Challenge sponsored by the Hambletonian Society, Chicago Harness, IHHA, Meadowlands, Tioga Downs, and Vernon Downs would be an understatement. Barnsdale had a fantastic day, netting $1,017.21 for the day which included races at the Little Brown Jug and The Red Mile. As a result of his performance Thursday, Barnsdale, who started the week in eighth place has moved to second place, less than $20 out of the top spot thanks to his net profit for the week of $1,796.66 with one more contest day remaining for this week.. No doubt his biggest hit was a $50 wager on Resistance is Futile in the 3rd elimination of the Jug who won and paid $50. When asked what made him pick the horse, Barnsdale stated, "Sharp horse, inside post. I expected about 6 or 8 to 1 to be honest". Well, that projected 8-1 grossed Barnsdale a cool $1,250 for his selection. Barnsdale closed the evening with the Pentafecta at the Red Mile which paid $125.21 for a $.10 wager (a $24 ticket). The contest resumes Saturday evening with the Milton Stakes at Mohawk and the Kentuckiana Stallion Management and Centaur Trotting Classic at Hoosier Park. Allan Schott HANA Harness Coordinator