TORONTO, November 29 â€“ Woodbine Racetrack was the host of four Autumn Series finals on Friday evening, featuring sophomores of both gaits and sexes. In the $34,700 glamour boy final, Thorn In Your Side and Anthony Macdonald got the jump on their rivals down the stretch to score in a career-best clocking of 1:51. MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side were the first leaders, but allowed Grantor Hanover (Randy Waples) to command at the quarter in a quick :26. The lead wouldnâ€™t last long as Thorn In Your Side quickly retook command and laid down middle-half speed of :55 and 1:22. Turning for home, MacDonald and Thorn In Your Side appeared to get the jump on co-favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson), who had stalled cover from the half on. Down the stretch, MacDonald was in an all-out drive on Thorn In Your Side as he got the jump on his rivals to win for the tenth time on the year. Alexas Jackpot closed well to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) finishing third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Stable Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his sixth win in seven starts as he increased his lifetime earnings to $98,327. Thorn In Your Side finished first and second in both preliminary rounds. The son of Mach Three paid $4.60 to win. Be Winnin, driven by Chris Christoforou, posted the 35-1 upset as she defeated heavily-favoured Samira Hanover in the final strides to take the $33,600 final for sophomore trotting fillies. The daughter of Angus Hall sat In The Pocket throughout the mile as Samira Hanover laid down panels of :27.4, :58.2 and 1:27.3, before Be Winnin angled out to wear down the tempo-setter to score in 1:55.4 - a new stakes record. Fathers Amiga (Mike Saftic) finished third. Trained by Glenn Lalonde for owner/breeder Bob Key, Be Winnin increased her bankroll to $55,448 as she celebrated her fourth career tally. The trotting lass enjoyed a new career best in the process before returning $61.80 to her backers. In the $33,600 trotting colts and geldings division, Popeda and Sylvain Filion provided the 5-1 minor upset in 1:55.3. Popeda was in no hurry off the start as heavily-favoured Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) was the first leader through the opening quarter in a quick :26.4. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past the mid-way point in :56.4, before Popeda angled out of fourth and began the first over attack around the final turn. Doubledown Gass continued to lead past three-quarters in 1:27, but Popeda quickly surged to command down the stretch and held off a late challenge from Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou), who enjoyed a pocket trip throughout the mile. Doubledown Gass stayed for third. Owned by Overseas Farms Ltd and trained by Richard Moreau, Popeda enjoyed his fourth career victory as his lifetime earning now sit at $58,676. The son of Ken Warkentin celebrated a new lifetime best as he returned $13.60. Machnbyrd Princess and Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren clicked in the $35,300 pacing filly final in 1:53.1. Putmeintogo (Roger Mayotte) was the leader throughout most of the mile as she laid down panels of :27.2, :56.3 and 1:25.2. Condren used first-over tactics with Machnbyrd Princess around the final turn and was within striking range of the tempo-setter turning for home. Down the stretch, Machnbyrd Princess, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie (Randy Waples), who enjoyed a pocket trip, were all heads apart with Machnbyrd Princess getting the upper hand on her rivals in the final strides. Post time favourite Lyonssweetie finished second, with Putmeintogo completing the triactor. Shawn Robinson trains the six-time winner for owner Canamerica Capital Corp and Hyatt Holdings. The daughter of Mach Three increased her bankroll to $91,360. She paid $9.50 to win as the third choice. Videos of all races are attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
TORONTO, November 22 - The final four preliminary divisions of the Autumn Series for three-year-olds were featured on the 12-race programme Friday evening at Woodbine. Three-year-old colt and gelding trotters and sophomore pacing colts and geldings each clashed in a set of $15,000 divisions. After finishing second in the opening round, post time favourite Doubledown Gass (Reg Gassien) redeemed himself with a 1:56.3 victory. Gassien and Doubledown Gass led from start-to-finish through panels of :27.4, :56.2 and 1:25.3, before using a :30-second final quarter to seal the win. Lets Leavem (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Popeda (Sylvain Filion) third. Gassien also trains, owns and bred the youngster, who enjoyed his fifth career tally. His bankroll now sits at $61,863. He paid $6.40 to win. One race later, Sir William celebrated his fifth career tally due to disqualification of Rock Of Cashel. Random Dynasty, driven by James MacDonald, was the quickest to the to lead past the opening quarter in :28.4 and the half in :59.3. Around the final turn, heavily-favoured Ozzy Ozzy (Jody Jamieson) began the first-over attack, but Rock Of Cashel angled out of the pocket before three-quarters in 1:29.1. Turning for home, Rock Of Cashel had command while Ozzy Ozzy appeared to be trotting by, but make a break in stride due to interference. Rock Of Cashel quickly regained the lead en route to the victory in 1:59. Following the win, the Ontario Racing Commission (ORC) judges ruled that Rock Of Cashel interfered with Ozzy Ozzy. As a result, Rock Of Cashel was placed from first-to-fifth. That allowed, Sir William to be second-placed first for driver Sylvain Filion. The son of Muscle Mass increased his bankroll to $38,439 for trainer Gerard Demers and owner Robert Montgomery. He paid a handsome $58.60 to win. Later on the card, Ja El Pocketrocket (Doug McNair) won the first of the two pacing divisions. The son of Santanna Blue Chip came from off-the-pace through panels of :27.4, :57.2 and 1:26.1, before wearing down tempo-setter Lyonsparkhavenlake (Sylvain Filion) in deep stretch to score in 1:55.2. Tauranga (Chris Christoforou) finished second, with Lyonsparkhavenlake third. Trained by Barry Treen for owner Leonard Gamble, Ja El Pocketrocket enjoyed his seventh career victory as his bankroll now sits at $77,510. He paid $6.10 to win as the second choice. In the other split, Thorn In Your Side went gate-to-wire in 1:52.1. Driven by Anthony Macdonald, the son of Mach Three led through panels of :27, :55.3 and 1:23.1, before getting the jump on post time favourite Alexas Jackpot (Jody Jamieson) en route to the victory. Alexas Jackpot came from off the pace to finish second, with Sea Harrier (James MacDonald) third. Trained by Carmen Auciello for owner High Stakes Inc, Thorn In Your Side earned his ninth career victory as his bankroll grew to $80,977. He paid $6.70 as the second choice. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Greg Gangle
TORONTO, November 21 - Since arriving in the Carmen Auciello barn, Thorn In Your Side has found a new stride and the conditioner hopes that continues when he begins in the second leg of the Autumn Series, Friday at Woodbine. The talented sophomore has posted a 4-1-0 record from five starts since arriving in the Stouffville trainer's stable. Auciello, who has enjoyed a career year with over $1.8 million in purse earnings, recalls his first glance at the sophomore. "My first impression of him was 'wow this horse is fast,'" he said. "He's big and strong and he's built like a machine." Auciello admits not many changes were made to the eight-time winner until he lined up behind the gate. "I thought maybe a different driving strategy might work out against the lower non-winners conditions," Auciello said. "I love sending them right to the front and so far it's worked out well for him." Auciello admires many qualities in his youngster, but one particular admiration stands out. "It's definitely his gate speed," he said. "Anthony (driver Anthony Macdonald) says he's the fastest horse off the gate that he's driven in a long time. That's a very important quality to have, especially when you're racing at Woodbine." Auciello says he has high hopes in the Autumn Series for Thorn In Your Side. "Going into the series I thought he was the horse to beat, and I think he still is," he said. "He got out-sprinted last week, but I've made a request to keep the fractions honest this week and not turn the race into a sprint. "I'm confident he can bounce back and win this week and have a good shot in the final," he continued. The end of the calendar year is near and Auciello has bigger things in mind for Thorn In Your Side. "I think he's going to get stronger and mature into a real nice animal," he said. "He's still fairly green and lightly raced and that sets him up well for next year and beyond." The son of Mach Three has banked $73,477 in his career for owner High Stakes Stable Inc of Farmington Hills, Michigan. Auciello is also on the verge of a career milestone. His talented stable has earned 105 victories this season, one shy of his career high set last season. When Thorn In Your Side begins in race 10 in his division of the Autumn Series, he will look to match his trainers record from last year and provide a record-setting victory in the rich $34,700 final next Friday, November 29. Race 10 1. Sea Harrier 2. Stonebridge Adam 3. Alexas Jackpot 4. D Gs Camme 5. Trys Little Prince 6. Southwind Amazon 7. Thorn In Your Side 8. State Of Euphoria by Greg Gangle for WEG
St Lads Moxie (Camotion) scored a nose victory in the Fillies and Mares Open at Saratoga on Sunday afternoon. The six year old mare was making her local debut and though things looked dicey for her early on, St Lads Moxie toughed it out in the outer flow to secure a 1:55 victory while overcoming a first over trip. Aaron Byron piloted the invading mare for trainer Carmen Auciello. Paints Hall (Stephane Bouchard) finished second while Unred Hanover (Billy Dobson) held on for third. For St Lads Moxie, the victory in the $15,000 Open was her tenth win in seventeen seasonal tries. Live racing resumes on Wednesday night with a first post time of 6:45pm. by Mike Sardella for Saratoga Raceway
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 — 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 - 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 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 — Kims Royal Day, Windsong Jacoba and Mach Away spent the bulk of their sophomore seasons racing in the Gold Series, but all three fillies will be back in the Grassroots program for Monday’s regular season finale at Mohawk Racetrack, making a last effort to secure a berth in the $50,000 Grassroots Championship. Kims Royal Day and Windsong Jacoba are currently tied for sixteenth in the standings with 55 points, while Mach Away sits twenty-first with 50. The current cut off for the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots Championship is 80 points, so only a win will extend their seasons. Kims Royal Day will make her run at the Mohawk winner’s circle from Post 3 in Monday’s fifth race. The Royal Mattjesty daughter started her season at the Gold Series level, recording one sixth and one seventh before dropping into the Grassroots program where she picked up her first win of the season at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 5. A fifth at Georgian Downs on Aug. 20 gave the filly her 55 points. Cambridge resident Blake MacIntosh trains Kims Royal Day — who earned $295,080 in the Gold Series last season — for his partner Stuart McIntosh of Essex. Like Kims Royal Day, Windsong Jacoba started her season with a pair of out of the money finishes in the Gold Series, and then dropped down to the Grassroots where she also captured her division at Grand River and finished fifth at Georgian Downs. Unlike her rival, the Mach Three filly took one last run at the Gold Series fillies at Grand River Raceway on Aug. 26, but once again finished at the back of the pack. Windsong Jacoba will attempt to score her third lifetime win from Post 3 in the eleventh race for trainer Barry Treen and owners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke, Relatively Stable of Toronto, Charalambos Christoforou of Campbellville and William Loyens of London. Unlike her peers, Mach Away debuted in the June 3 Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack, scoring a 1:53.3 victory, and then jumped up to the Gold Series level where she was fourth twice and seventh once. The Mach Three filly makes her return to the Grassroots program from Post 1 in the seventh race, carrying the hopes of trainer Carmen Auciello and owners Denarben Stables of Thornhill and Rocco Auciello of Stouffville. Mohawk Racetrack sends its first race behind the starting gate at 7:25 pm, and turns the spotlight on the three-year-old pacing fillies in Races 4, 5, 7, and 11. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0909mohsn.dat by Sandra Snyder
CAMPBELLVILLE, ON — August has already been an exceptional month for trainer Carmen Auciello and the Stouffville resident is hoping there is a bit of excitement left to come as he readies five starters for Saturday night’s Mid-Summer Challenge event at Mohawk Racetrack. On August 3 the trainer celebrated his biggest stakes victory to date when three-year-old trotting gelding Enough About You captured the Dream Of Glory Final at Hanover Raceway. The Mutineer son dominated the field in both his elimination and the final, clocking a 1:59.1 score off the front end in the elimination and coming from the back to post a seven and one-quarter length 1:57.3 victory in the final. “He was very impressive in his last two races,” says Auciello, adding that the gelding had been battling sickness for much of July. “This is a horse that raced in 1:54.2 back in June, and if he can trot back to that, he has a good shot in there (Saturday).” Enough About You will start at Post 1 in the $150,000 sophomore trotting colt Mid-Summer Challenge, drawing into the main event when some of the colts ahead of him in the point standings opted not to enter. Auciello and owners Wheelhouse Racing Stable of Mississauga were delighted with the draw and are looking forward to seeing how the colt, currently ranked thirteenth in the division, measures up in a head-to-head battle against the cream of the crop. “We plan to keep him in the Gold for the rest of the year, and these are the horses he has to beat if he’s going to do any damage and make the Super Final,” says Auciello of the fifth race field. “It’s tough, very tough, but he’s got a chance at some money.” The gelding’s stablemate Brenway Dixie will battle in the three-year-old trotting filly Challenge and while Auciello is conceding top spot to world champion Bee A Magician, who will start from Post 10, he is hoping the filly can earn a share of the $150,000 pie from Post 3. “Nobody is going to beat Bee A Magician,” says Auciello. “But she’s got as good a shot as anybody to finish second, third, fourth if she’s on top of her game.” Denarben Stables of Thornhill and the trainer’s father Rocco Auciello of Stouffville purchased Brenway Dixie in mid-June and the Oaklea Julian daughter immediately paid off her $30,000 purchase price by finishing third and second in the first two Gold Series legs. The filly made an error in her most recent start, an Aug. 3 overnight at Mohawk, but Auciello expects her to be back on track for Saturday’s test, slated for Race 2. One race later Auciello trainees will occupy the centre of the starting gate in the three-year-old pacing filly Mid-Summer Consolation as Kamkar Kutie, Mach Away and In The Wheelhouse landed Posts 3, 4, and 5, respectively. All three fillies were affected by the virus that felled Enough About You, but the trainer is hoping they can bounce back in time for the $50,000 Consolation. “I had a virus go through my barn like I’ve never had before. One older horse didn’t get sick, but every single two and three-year-old got it,” he explains. “I think (these fillies) are probably over it now, but they didn’t bounce back as good as I thought they would. “All three are competitive in there if they’re healthy and they get a trip,” he adds. Jeffrey Goldenthal of Toronto bred and owns No Pan Intended daughter Kamkar Kutie, who posted a 1:54.3 win at Mohawk on July 11, but struggled to a ninth-place result in her July 26 start at the Campbellville oval. Mach Three daughter Mach Away finished seventh in her Aug. 2 prep at Mohawk for Denarben Stables and Rocco Auciello, and Stonebridge Regal daughter In The Wheelhouse was eighth in her Aug. 2 test for Wheelhouse Racing Stable. In addition to the three races Auciello trainees will participate in, Mohawk Racetrack will feature the $50,000 three-year-old trotting filly Consolation in Race 1, the $150,000 sophomore pacing filly Challenge in Race 6, and the $150,000 sophomore pacing colt Challenge in Race 9. Post time for Saturday’s Mid-Summer Challenge event, the final one on the 2013 Ontario Sires Stakes calendar, is 7:25 pm.
ELORA, ON - A hefty lineup of activities at Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration this Monday afternoon (Aug. 5) includes three special presentations. Trainer Carmen Auciello will kick off the afternoon from a familiar place (the winner's circle) but for a different reason. The multi-talented horseman will sing the Canadian and American anthems at the beginning of the Industry Day broadcast at 1:00. There is a small caveat, though: Auciello's wife Ashley is expecting the couple's second child on August 5. Should their bundle arrive on-time, fans will have to settle for an instrumental version of Oh! Canada. Standardbred Canada will make a special presentation to Canadian Sportsman assistant editor, Lauren Lee after race six. Lee will receive an International Media Award in the Best Magazine Article category, as announced at the 2013 World Trotting Conference held in Paris, France earlier this summer. All Hail The Pail was published in the August 5, 2011 edition of The Canadian Sportsman and tells the story of San Pail and the impact he made on trainer and co-owner Rod Hughes' life and family. Lauren also won Standardbred Canada's 2011 Media Excellence award for this story. Following race seven, Grand River Raceway and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame will salute Carl Jamieson, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on August 15. Jamieson is a five-time winning trainer of the Battle Of Waterloo. The Rockwood, ON horseman won the race every other year from the inaugural edition (at Elmira Raceway) in 1998 through 2006. In 2000, he trained the top three finishers: C T Rocket, Warrawee Caesar and Futurestarkillean. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. Post time for the first dash is 1:30. The all-stakes card includes consolations and finals for the Battle Of Waterloo and Battle Of The Belles, plus seven divisions of three-year-old pacing fillies in the Grassroots Series of the Ontario Sires Stakes. For complete event details. Kelly Spencer
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 16 – Burnin Money is considered a longshot for Saturday’s $543,000 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk, but conditioner Carmen Auciello doesn’t mind being an outsider. Burnin Money, a five-year-old son of Cash Hall, has banked $124,760 this season and will face the toughest task of his career against seven of the finest trotters in North America in the 61st edition. “I know we're considered a longshot, but I also know what my horse is capable of,” Auciello said. “It’s a great group of horses this year and it’s going to be a great race. With the right trip, I think we can hopefully get a piece of it.” Last time out, on July 8 at Mohawk, the 15-time winner put in an uncharacteristic break at the gate, which spotted the field 18-lengths. The speedy trotter then caught the field, using a :27.1 final quarter to finish eighth, defeated just 5 1/4-lengths. “The start before we wanted to leave with him and Anthony (MacDonald) got him down to the quarter on top in :26.3 and we wanted to do that again," explained Auciello. "But, I think he just got too hot on us at the gate. He trotted his last three-quarters in 1:23 or close to it, so he was still impressive and couldn’t be faulted for his effort.” Rockwood native, Jonathan Drury, who has been racing in Pennsylvania this summer, will return home this weekend to team up with Auciello in hopes of guiding Burnin Money to a thrilling victory. The $543,000 purse will be the richest prize ever contested for both Auciello and Drury. “He will have to come up with the biggest mile of his career on Saturday,” Drury said. “He’s facing off against the best trotters in North America and it’s going to be a great race with honest fractions. Burnin Money has been racing well all year, we have the inside post and all we can do is hope for the best trip possible.” Drury, just 24-years-old, is well aware of the rich history of the Maple Leaf Trot. “This race has been around for years and I’ve seen it live many times since I was a kid,” he said. “You get the best horses, drivers and trainers. To be a part of it is such a great feeling.” Owned by Wheelhouse Racing, Burnin Money has banked $205,136 with a mark of 1:52.4. The race will line up as follows: 1) Burnin Money – Jonathan Drury 2) Mister Herbie – Jody Jamieson 3) Arch Madness – Scott Zeron 4) Knows Nothing – Jody Jamieson 5) Uncle Peter –Jim Takter 6) Wishing Stone – Jody Jamieson 7) Guccio – Jim Takter 8) Market Share – Tim Tetrick Also on the programme, North America’s top pacing mares will contest the $391,000 Roses Are Red final. The field will line up as follows: 1) Monkey On My Wheel – Keith Oliver 2) Bettor B Lucky – David Miller 3) Drop The Ball – Doug McNair 4) Anndrovette – Tim Tetrick 5) Economy Terror – Ron Pierce 6) Camille – Sylvain Filion 7) Rocklamation – Yannick Gingras 8) Shelliscape – Randy Waples 9) Greystone Ladylike – Scott Zeron 10) Krispy Apple – Billy Davis, Jr. A lucrative night of racing also includes four Canadian Breeders Championship finals featuring the province’s finest three-year-olds. First race post time is 7:25 p.m. Greg Gangle
After finding the winner's circle in both preliminary rounds of the Don Mills Series, Burnin Money completed the series sweep in a harness racing stakes record time of 1:52.4.
The end result was a neck victory for Burnin Money in the lone $20,000 division of the second leg of the harness racing Don Mills Series on Saturday evening at Woodbine.
Canadian harness racing driver, James MacDonald is pumped! The 27-year-old told Harnesslink that's exactly how he felt about being able to drive again at Woodbine on Thursday (March 21).
Harness racing trainer Carmen Auciello is hoping his Ontario Sires Stakes (OSS) starters, Goban and Kamkar Kutie, are on par for harness racing victory this Saturday night (november 10) at Woodbine. The former avid golfer has three hole-in-ones to his name, but he would gladly trade them all for a trip or two to the winner's circle in the upcoming OSS Super Finals at the Toronto oval.