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CLINTON, ON - SEPT. 1, 2019 - Clinton Raceway wrapped up its 2019 season on a high note Sunday afternoon with the 39th annual Charity Driver's Challenge and four OSS $22,800 Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old harness racing pacing colts. The first seven races were dedicated to the driver's challenge, which benefitted the Royal Canadian Legion branches in Clinton, Seaforth, Wingham and Brussels. The top four drivers from Clinton Raceway, Colin Kelly, Scott Wray, Natasha Day and Ryan Holliday, competed against four of the top drivers from Woodbine Mohawk Park, Sylvain Filion, Louis-Philippe Roy, Jonathan Drury and Jody Jamieson, with each driver looking to amass the most points through seven starts Louis-Philippe Roy got off to a quick start, winning the first two races, and finishing second to defending champ Jody Jamieson in the third. Canada's leading reinsman Sylvain Filion romped to an 11 length win in the fourth race and Natasha Day edged out Roy for the win in the fifth. Roy looked to have things well in hand, but the early leader finished last in the final two legs and Filion finished first. Filion took the win with 175 points through the seven races, Roy was second with 158 and Jamieson was third with 117. Once Filion had been crowned the winner of the Charity Driver's Challenge, which raised over $12,000 for the Royal Canadian Legion branches, the freshman pacing colts stepped to centre stage. Bettorbuckleup and driver Mike Saftic won the first $22,800 division with a sharp front end effort from Post 3, sailing home two and three-quarter lengths the best in 1:57.2. Usurper finished second and Twin B Watch Me was third. "He's been in the Gold a couple times, but he's just kind of a fringe payer in the Gold," said trainer Eric Adams. "He's got all kinds of go, but he's not quite a Gold horse so we're going to tackle the Grassroots and see if we can get to the Grassroots Semi-Final." Adams trains the son of Bettors Delight for Millar Farms of Stouffville, ON. The win was the colt's first in Ontario Sires Stakes action and his second through seven starts. In his three Gold Series appearances Bettorbuckleup's best finish was a second at Woodbine Mohawk Park on July 15. Century Grizzly has competed in all four of the Grassroots Legs this season and earned his first provincial victory with a track record equalling effort at Clinton on Sunday. With Jody Jamieson in the race bike the fan favourite controlled all the fractions, cruising through a :28.3 quarter, :59 half and 1:28 three-quarters on his way to the 1:57 victory. Sundown Kid was one and one-half lengths back in second and Bee Two Bee was three lengths back in third. The mile matched the 1:57 track record set by Thinkofagameplan in Grassroots action on Aug. 31, 2014. "He's turned the corner a bit. He was a slow starter, but he's figuring it out," said Jim Ritchie, who trains the Sunshine Beach colt for Paul Ritchie of Mono, ON. "He was always fast but he was goofy, like playing around and whinnying at horses, but he's starting to figure it out." After finishing no better than third in his first four starts, Century Grizzly recorded his first victory on Aug. 22, touring Woodbine Mohawk Park in 1:54.1. Sunday's win bumped him up among the top 20 point earners heading into the last regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 16. The top 20 point earners from the five regular season events will advance to the Sept. 27 Semi-Finals, with the top five finishers from each Semi-Final earning a berth in the Oct. 5 Grassroots Championship. In the third division, Doc Fanelli also took a front-end tour to the Grassroots winner's circle, battling down the stretch to a three-quarter length victory in 1:58.4. Fan favourite Gentry Seelster settled for second and Walk It Talk It rounded out the top three. Sunday's win was the Badlands Hanover son's second. He also won his career debut at Georgian Downs on June 29. "He was kind of lazy horse training down and after his first qualifier it just kind of clicked," said owner-trainer Kyle Bossence of Arthur, ON. "Great gaited, paced without the hopples right from Day 1, he just did what you asked him to do. He wasn't an overachiever, but he's kind of catching the hang of it now and wanting to go a little more." Colin Kelly, who finished the 2019 meet as Clinton Raceway's top reinsman, drove Doc Fanelli to the win. The reinsman - along with Clinton's leading trainer Andrew McCabe - was presented with his trophy just before he drove Doc Fanelli to the win. Captivate Hanover wrapped up the fourth Grassroots Leg and the 2019 Clinton meet with a 1:57.3 victory in the last division. The Bettors Delight son and driver Phil Hudon sat behind pacesetter Needless To Say through fractions of :29, :57.3 and 1:28.2 before sprinting down the stretch to a one and one-half length victory in 1:57.3. Mr Cheeseman finished second and Disneyman was third. "He put in a big effort, that's for sure. He got a little steppy from time to time, but he's quick and everything so he was able to make up for it," said trainer Shawn Steacy of the fan favourite. "He's just a nice horse. He comes to play all the time, so that's why we like him." Steacy trains Captivate Hanover for Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, QC, Stephen Klunowksi of North York, ON and James Feeley of Pine Bush, NY. The colt was also victorious in the July 5 Grassroots season opener at Woodbine Mohawk Park and currently sits second in the division standings with 116 points. In addition to supporting the Royal Canadian Legion through a bake sale, 50-50 draw and silent auction, fans wagered a total of $67,417 on the races, the biggest handle of Clinton Raceway's 2019 meet. Complete results for Sunday's program are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0901clntnn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

CLINTON, ON -  AUG. 11, 2019 - The trip to Clinton proved worthwhile for reinsman James MacDonald on Sunday as he notched a driving hat trick, with two of the wins coming in Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old trotting fillies. MacDonald kicked off the afternoon's Ontario Sires Stakes action with fan favourite Halo Its Me, taking the lead early and hanging on for a one-half length victory in 2:00. Blue Magic closed well, but could not catch the pacesetter, and Cambridge Kate was four lengths back in third. "I kind of took my time in the first turn. She was trotting good, but I didn't want to ask her to put Scott (Young with Blue Magic) in behind me so I just let her idle around, let Scott clear, and then as soon as we straightened out I came back around. And the rest is history," said MacDonald, who lined up at Post 3 with Halo Its Me. "She was really strong." Sunday's win was Halo Its Me's second in Grassroots action this season. The Archangel daughter also triumphed in the July 16 event at Georgian Downs. Along with a runner-up finish in the Grassroots season opener Halo Its Me now has 125 points and sole ownership of top spot in the division standings. MacDonald made his first appearance in the filly's race bike in an Aug. 1 overnight at Woodbine Mohawk Park and the Guelph, ON resident is confident Halo Its Me can pad her point total when the sophomore trotting fillies head to the Campbellville oval for their last regular season Grassroots test on Sept. 17. "She raced really well the last Grassroots starter race at Mohawk (Aug. 1). I was impressed with her," said the driver. "Hopefully she can get in a division at Mohawk (Sept. 17) where she can do some damage." Connie and David Chisholm of Brighton, ON bred and own Halo Its Me and Connie handles training duties on the winner of $43,445. Two races later MacDonald picked up his second win in an overnight event with two-year-old pacing colt Macpherson Thunder and two races after that he was back in the Grassroots winners circle with Rebellious Lady. Starting from Post 5, MacDonald fired Rebellious Lady to the front and the fans' second choice never faced a challenge. After cruising through fractions of :30.3, 1:02 and 1:32.3 the Angus Hall miss powered down the stretch to a four and one-quarter length victory in 2:02. Vimy Ridge Venus and Glide N Go rounded out the top three as the rest of the seven-horse field struggled with breaks. "She got out of the gate good and the race was never in question, she just drove forward from there and I never had to ask her," said MacDonald. "Never a worrisome moment, that's for sure." A two-time Grassroots winner as a two-year-old, Sunday's victory was Rebellious Lady's first of her sophomore campaign. Trainer Duane Marfisi leases the filly through his Green And Gold Ltd. of Guelph, ON. The other two Grassroots divisions went to first-time Ontario Sires Stakes winners Witches N Angels and Kashe. Fan favourite Witches N Angels and driver Trevor Henry went straight to the front from Post 6 and never looked back, rolling through fractions of :29, 1:00 and 1:30.1 on their way to a 2:00 score. Warrawee Ultra and Angel Status finished second and third, six and one half lengths behind Witches N Angels. Joe MacIsaac of Freelton, ON trains Witches N Angels for Andy Stewart and Lennan MacIsaac of Inverness, NS and breeder Carolyn Williston of Carlisle, ON. Sunday's win was the Archangel daughter's first of the season. Lightly rated Kashe took full advantage of a late error by pacesetter and fan favourite Splurge On Me to pick up her first Grassroots win. Sitting second-over in the outer lane when Splurge On Me went off-stride, Kashe out-sprinted the rest of the challengers down the stretch to secure the 2:01 victory. Absynthe Hanover was one and three-quarter lengths back in second and Holiday Harlot was two more lengths back in third. Wayne Henry of Arthur, ON drives, trains and owns Justice Hall daughter Kashe, who now has three wins on her sophomore resume. In addition to the Grassroots action, Clinton Raceway fans were treated to a bake sale, barbecue, 50-50 draw and silent auction by the Stratford Warriors on Sunday. The Junior B hockey club raised over $3,000 thanks to the support of their Clinton-area fans. Complete results for Sunday's program, which saw $47,998 wagered, are available at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0811clntnn.dat. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JUNE 23, 2019 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting colts laid down some impressive miles in Grassroots action on Clinton Raceway's Legends Day program Sunday, capped off by a harness racing track record for Zorgwijk Tim. "He raced good, he got lucky though," said trainer Lyle MacArthur of Zorgwijk Tim's 1:58.1 record-setting effort. "He still went in 1:58.1, he went a real good mile, but it looked like he was just going to, probably, get a three and he ended up getting all the marbles so like I said, I like the thought of being lucky rather than good sometimes." After sitting fourth for much of the mile, watching Archway ring up fractions of :29.1, :59.2 and 1:28.3, driver Robert Shepherd had just swung out from behind fan favourite Royale Elite and driver Jonathan Drury when Archway made a break and interfered with pocket-sitter Windsong Pioneer and Royale Elite. Zorgwijk Tim sailed past the leaders and was six and one-quarter lengths ahead of runner-ups Royale Elite and Windsong Pioneer at the wire. "I thought I was maybe going to be third, and it just worked out they hooked up and the next thing I was by them," said Flamborough, ON resident Shepherd. "He's a nice horse to drive and situations like that, it worked out for him because he's so nice to drive and he trots good. He's handy that way. He's a nice little horse, not a real big horse, but he's really good to deal with." The mile was a personal best for Zorgwijk Tim and lowered the former track record for three-year-old trotting colts over the Clinton Raceway half-mile by one and two-fifths of a second. "Going up the backstretch I thought, 'I've got to get out on Jonathan's (Drury) back,' and I went to move him out and I kind of asked him to catch right up to Jonathan and he was struggling a little to get to his back, so I knew they were moving along pretty good," said Shepherd. "Good mile for a trotter over Clinton, especially three-year-olds." It was also something of a redemptive effort for the Angus Hall colt, who made his own break in the June 5 Grassroots season opener at Grand River Raceway and was placed from fifth back to seventh. Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant, Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre and Anna Ruijs of Ancaster, ON share ownership of Zorwijk Tim, who boosted his sophomore earnings to $34,473 with his first Ontario Sires Stakes win. Before Zorgwijk Tim lowered the track record in the fourth division, Gold Edition matched the former mark with a 1:59.3 effort in the second $22,100 split. Starting from Post 6, driver Alfie Carroll hustled Gold Edition off the starting gate and the pair led the field through fractions of :30, 1:01.3 and 1:31 before sailing home to a one length victory over Encarnacion. Mr Choo was well back in third. "He's a nice horse. I even had him staked a little bit in the open stakes in the fall, but I don't know if he's that kind of horse," said trainer Blair Burgess. "I always thought he was a borderline Gold horse, and now we're racing Grassroots because he likes the half, he really loves the half, as you can see today. He loved Grand River and loved it here. He's handy on the turns; I think he trots the turns even better than the straightaways." The win was Gold Edition's second straight in Grassroots action this season and boosted the E L Titan son's sophomore bank roll to $38,048 for owners Stirling Fisher of Waterloo and Karin Olsson Burgess of Campbellville, ON. Red Hot Torch opened the Legends Day program with a 2:02 score in the first Grassroots division, getting a head in front of pacesetter King For Life. Mackjustice finished well behind the duelling leaders in third. Jonathan Drury piloted Angus Hall son Red Hot Torch to his first lifetime win for trainer Shawn Steacy and owner 1187422 Ontario Inc. of Ottawa, ON. Debt Collector went gate-to-wire in the third Grassroots division, hanging on for a half-length 2:01.3 victory over Titan M Up and Justice For Narnia. Travis Henry engineered the Holiday Road gelding's third straight win for trainer Keith Jones and owner Douglas McCarthy of Holland Landing, ON. Raising Royalty earned his second Grassroots win, and fifth in six sophomore starts, with a 2:01 effort in the last division. The Royalty For Life son and driver Sylvain Filion controlled the pace from start to finish and sailed under the wire two and one-quarter lengths ahead of favourite LA Magic and The Great Farini. Stephen Bossence conditions Raising Royalty for Stephen Palermo of Etobicoke, ON. One race later the large crowd gathered along the rail for the Legends Day Trot and was treated to a thrilling finish by Hall of Fame drivers David Miller, Doug Brown, Trevor Ritchie, Steve Condren, Wally Hennessey, Dave Wall and Ron Waples. Miller and Dominum Deo would emerge the winners, getting a neck in front of Brown and Azucar with a 1:59.3 effort. Ritchie and Lets Leavem were just one-half length back in third. A large and enthusiastic crowd watches the Legends Day Trot at Clinton Raceway (AG Photography) Miller, making his second appearance at the biennial fundraiser for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, engineered the victory for trainer Mary Paulic and owner Allan Kuepfer of Newton, ON. The three-year-old trotting colts will make their third Grassroots start Rideau Carleton Raceway on July 21, while Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 11 with Grassroots action for the three-year-old trotting fillies. Complete results for Sunday's program can be found at https://standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0623clntnn.dat.   OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   OSS Program Administration Ontario Racing Woodbine Mohawk Park

Two years after travelling to Clinton Raceway to see harness racing driver John Campbell’s last race, Trevor Ritchie will be going behind the starting gate in the Legends Day Trot. Two years ago, driver Trevor Ritchie came to Legends Day at Clinton Raceway as a fan. On June 23, he suited up in his black and white colours as the newest addition to the Legends Day line-up. In 2017, Ritchie and his wife, Gemma, sat in lawn chairs near Clinton Raceway’s quarter pole and reveled in the atmosphere surrounding local legend John Campbell’s last career drive. “I’m a huge fan of John Campbell’s and have been forever, so I wanted to see him and say hello to him and see his last drive,” Ritchie said. “I decided to walk down to the tent and say hello to the guys and they were busy signing autographs, of course, but the activity going on down there – it was packed and pretty impressive to watch. “There’s no better place to be on a beautiful sunny afternoon than at a fair track at Clinton. The atmosphere is just great.” Ritchie will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame on Aug. 7, an honour that earned him inclusion in the Legends Day line-up and a spot on the starting gate for the $15,000 Legends Day Trot that will also featured Hall of Famers David Miller, Steve Condren, Dave Wall, Ron Waples, Doug Brown and Wally Hennessey. Joining those legends for an autograph session was retired drivers Campbell, Keith Waples and Bill O’Donnell. Ritchie hasn’t driven a horse in a race in almost five years, but said he’s not nervous about going behind the gate again. “I think it’s like riding a bike, once you’ve ridden it you know how to ride it again. Racing, in my opinion, is pretty much the same,” he said. “Every winter when I’m in Florida, the last few years, I’ve been helping (Somebeachsomewhere’s trainer) Brent MacGrath train and he’s usually got two babies down at Sunshine Meadows, so I go down and sometimes I’ll go with one and he’ll go with the other… So it’s not like I haven’t been on a jogger or a race bike in five years. I just haven’t been in behind the gate.” The 63-year-old London native and Acton resident retired due to injury in July 2014, but not before competing in some 25,000 races over nearly 40 years. Ritchie drove the winners of more than $70 million on the track, much of it on Canada’s top circuit that includes Woodbine Mohawk Park in Campbellville. He won 3,710 races, none bigger than when he drove Yankee Paco to victory in the 2000 Hambletonian in New Jersey for trainer Doug McIntosh. The victory, which came the same year the Hambletonian celebrated its 75th anniversary, marked the first time a Canadian-bred horse won harness racing’s premier event, making Ritchie the commander of a moon shot for the Canadian breed. Ritchie calls winning the Hambletonian with Yankee Paco the highlight of a career that also included driving Hall of Fame filly Peaceful Way to victory over the boys in the 2006 Maple Leaf Trot at Mohawk just three weeks before Ritchie won the $1-million Canadian Trotting Classic, also at Mohawk, with Majestic Son, who went on to be named Canada’s Horse of the Year. Ritchie also won seven Breeders Crowns; a $1 million Meadowlands Pace with Frugal Gourmet for trainer Blair Burgess of Milton in 1987; the 1986 North America Cup with Quite A Sensation; stakes races driving hockey Hall of Famer Mats Sundin’s trotter, Rotation, and even had the opportunity to drive in Sweden and Norway. Ritchie said he was excited for Legends Day and the opportunity to see old friends and faces and connect with fans. He saluted the work of Clinton general manager Ian Fleming, who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame this year as a builder. “Obviously, Ian does just a fantastic job. It’s great to see crowds at a harness racing track. You just don’t see that all that often, unfortunately, anymore outside of big nights.” Legends Day raised money for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Previous editions of Legends Day have raised more than $210,000 for the foundation. In 2017, Legends Day raised a record $60,000 and Fleming said he is hoping to break that record this year. By Postmedia Staff Reprinted with permission of The Clinton News Record

Clinton, ON, June 19, 2019 -- The Central Standardbred Association (COSA) is pleased to announce that it has added an additional Facebook Live broadcast of this Sunday's Legend's Day harness racing program from Clinton Raceway to its summer series of races. The show will air from 3:30 p.m. - 4:30 p.m. (ET) on Facebook and will be shown on the Clinton Raceway, Raceway at Western Fair District, Flamboro Downs and Grand River Raceway Facebook pages. Standardbred Canada has once again joined as a partner and will broadcast the show via live streaming on their website. Hosts Greg Blanchard, Mark McKelvie and Jaime MacDonald will provide coverage of the $15,000 Legend's Day Trot headlined this year by first time competitor Trevor Ritchie who will be inducted into the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame in August. He will be joined by an all-star cast that also includes David Miller, Steve Condren, Dave Wall, Ron Waples, Doug Brown and Wally Hennessey. Joining those legends for an autograph session will be retired drivers Keith Waples, John Campbell and Bill O'Donnell. The event will once again raise money for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Previous editions of Legends Day have raised more than $210,000 for the foundation. The Facebook Live show, produced by CUJO Entertainment of Guelph, is the third in a four-race series of shows which culminates with the Battle of Waterloo broadcast from Grand River Raceway on Monday, August 5th. Clinton Raceway

After a week off for the Clinton Spring Fair, live harness racing returned to the Huron County Oval with strong wagering numbers for the third week of the season. Mutuel betting totals topped $29,000 for the 10-race card on June 9. The trackside fundraiser was co-hosted by the Seaforth Stars and Blyth/Brussels Crusaders Minor Hockey Associations and through a barbecue, bake sale and 50/50 draw the organizations were able to raise just over $2,000 to go towards their upcoming seasons. “We’ve had such an overwhelming response to our fundraising program, that we are ending up with more groups than we have race dates,” said Jessica Carnochan, the marketing manager for the Clinton Raceway. “We thought, in order to accommodate as many groups as we can, we brought some organizations together, to co-host.” Funds from the day are shared between the two groups. Winning happened both on and off track with the Super Sunday Show, sponsored by Natures nest in Londesboro. Full details and information on the 2019 season can be found at www.clintonraceway.com Reprinted with permission of the Clinton News Record

Clinton Raceway closed out its 2018 season with an outstanding afternoon of racing on Sunday featuring the 38th annual Charity Driver's Challenge and four Grassroots divisions for the two-year-old pacing fillies. Contested over the first eight races, the Charity Driver's Challenge was a fierce battle between Jody Jamieson, Doug McNair and Bob McClure. Heading into the final leg of the challenge McNair was leading with 160 points, McClure sat second with 137 and Jamieson was in third with 128 points. With a gritty first-over effort aboard Grande Seelster, Jamieson claimed the victory and with it his sixth Clinton Charity Driver's Challenge title. "To win number six today was a bit of a shock really. Some of the top young drivers in the country were here today, so you never know how it will play out," said Jamieson, who hails from Moffat, Ontario. "Fortunately, I had the best horses today and made it look quite easy." The participating drivers and Clinton Raceway fans raised just over $5,000 for the Tanner Steffler Foundation, which aims to support Huron County youth aged 12 to 24, and their families, with issues surrounding mental health and addiction, with the long-term goal of building a treatment and wellness facility within the county. All eight drivers - Natasha Day, Jonathan Drury, Ryan Holliday, Jamieson, James MacDonald, McClure, McNair and Scott Wray - were enthusiastic participants in the annual event, both for the friendly rivalry and the cause they were supporting. "I was leading until the last race and then got beat by Jody," said McNair. "But it was all for a good cause. It is important for people to realise that everyone and anyone can have mental health challenges, and no one should feel like they are different because of it, or be unable to find help." Once the challenge had come to an end Jamieson, McNair and McClure continued their dominant performances in the Grassroots events, with each reinsman piloting one two-year-old pacing filly to victory. McClure kicked things off with Lady Driver, delivering an impressive performance from Post 7 that saw them battle up the outer lane to a head victory in 1:59. Pacesetter and fan favourite Twin B Friendly settled for second and Hard Eight was third. "She's a nice little filly," said McClure, who piloted Lady Driver to the win for trainer Mike Keeling. "She's great gaited and that makes her very handy on the small tracks." The win was the first of the season for Sportswriter daughter Lady Driver, who is owned by CTC Stable of Chestnut Ridge, NY, and David Hamm and Michael Hall of Dagsboro, DE. Jonathan Drury interrupted the Jamieson-McNair-McClure show with a victory in the second $18,800 Grassroots division, guiding favourite Clearly Better to her first Grassroots victory in 2:00.3. From Post 2 the Betterthancheddar daughter controlled all the fractions and bested Better Now and Three Rocks by one and one-half lengths. Cambridge resident Blake MacIntosh conditions Clearly Better for his partners Stuart McIntosh of Essex, Ontario and Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, PA. Jamieson was back in the winner's circle following the third Grassroots division with Jack Darling trainee Free Exchange. The fan favourites took command going by the quarter and sailed home to a one and one-half length victory in 1:59. Loves Delight was second and Turn Back Time completed the top three. "Free Exchange is getting stronger with each start," said Jamieson. "She is definitely one of the best Grassrooters around and I'm glad Jack has stuck with me to drive her." The win was Free Exchange's first Grassroots victory and her second lifetime. Exeter native Darling, who now calls Cambridge home, owns and trains the Betterthancheddar daughter. McNair wrapped up the program, and the Clinton Raceway season, in thrilling fashion, steering Sports Flix to a track record effort for his father Gregg McNair of Guelph and owner James Fraleigh of Dresden, Ontario. The Sportswriter daughter came from off the pace, swinging out three-wide at the three-quarter pole, and powered down the stretch to a four and one-half length victory in 1:57. Karans Choice was second and Aumydarlin was third. "She raced really good, that's a big mile up here," said the reinsman. The clocking took one-fifth of a second off the 1:57.1 standard established by Bourbon Seelster in an August 2015 Grassroots event. Sports Flix now has two Grassroots victories to her credit and sits atop the two-year-old pacing filly division with 117 points as they head into the fifth and final regular season Grassroots event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Sept. 10. In addition the Charity Driver's Challenge and Ontario Sires Stakes action, Clinton Raceway also hosted its first-ever Weiner Dog Race and the victorious canine was Zinc from Post 8. The six-year-old Zinc was cheered on to his victory by handlers Maggie and John. Racing will return to Clinton Raceway in 2019 with more Ontario Sires Stakes action, family friendly events and community fundraising activities. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

AUGUST 5, 2018 - Doug McNair delivered a dominant performance at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, capturing two of four Grassroots divisions for the three-year-old pacing colts and four overnight events. The reinsman captured Race 2 with aged pacing gelding Stronski, Race 5 with aged trotting mare Pocket Popper and then made his first appearance in the Grassroots winner's circle with Pokerface Bluechip. Starting from Post 4 the pair landed fourth as Phantom Seelster led the field to a :29 opening quarter. Heading for the :58.4 half McNair sent Pokerface Bluechip into the outer lane behind Teen Idol, but was forced out three-wide when that horse started to stall going by the 1:27.2 three-quarters. Pokerface Bluechip dug hard through the stretch and got a nose in front of the pacesetter to claim the 1:56 victory. Fan favourite Casimir Richie P was a head back in third. "He dug pretty tough to win. It's tough to win on this track off the pace, especially when you've got to go around somebody down the backside," said McNair. "He raced really good. I wasn't sure what to expect from him, but he did everything right, good mile too." The Guelph, Ontario resident engineered the win for trainer Jacques Dupont and owners Les Ecuries Dorleans Inc. of Repentigny, Gestion Jam Audet Inc. of Portneuf, Paul Lehoux of Sainte-Marie and Gestion C Levesque 2005inc of Saint-Hyacinthe, Quebec. The mile was a new personal best for Pokerface Bluechip and marked his first-ever Grassroots victory. The Shadow Play gelding finished second in both the June 29 and July 22 Grassroots events and now has 100 points in the race for a berth in the Sept. 21 Grassroots Semi-final. McNair then captured the seventh race, the Ross Jewitt Memorial Pace, with aged pacing mare Queenofhearts and capped off his day with back-to-back victories in Race 9, with sophomore pacing colt Dashmira, and Race 10, with Grassroots competitor Montys Play. Taking full advantage of Post 1, McNair fired heavy favourite Montys Play off the gate and led the field through fractions of :29.1, 58.4 and 1:27.4 on the way to a one-length victory in 1:57. Howmac Dancer finished second and Treasure Writer rounded out the top three. "He kind of got lucky you know, he drew into the right division where they didn't go 1:55," admitted McNair. "But he's a nice gaited little guy, he snapped off the gate good today. He won pretty handy, so I was happy with him." The driver's father, Gregg McNair, trains Montys Play for Wayne MacRae of Fall River, Nova Scotia, Bloomingwood Farms Ltd. of Harriston, Ontario and Gilles Barrieau of Saint John, New Brunswick. In his only other Grassroots start, at Woodbine Mohawk Park on June 1, the Shadow Play son had finished second, giving him a total of 75 points with one event remaining before the Semi-final. In addition to his victories, McNair also finished second in the other two Grassroots divisions and second in one overnight event. In 10 drives his only off-the-board finish was a fourth. "I figured I had a couple of nice ones when I got here, but things have got to go right to win that many races," said the driver. "There was probably a lot of luck on my side today, especially, one caught a shoe at the three-quarter pole, I think it was my fifth win, and near went on his head and then come back pacing and won the race. You know you're lucky when that's happening." The driver also credited some of his success on the 'Huron Perth Lakers Day at the Races' program to the Clinton Raceway track maintenance staff. "Everything was pretty smooth up here today," said the 28-year-old. "They always get the track good up here, that's one thing about the guys, the surface is great." The other two $18,450 Grassroots divisions were captured by Hudson Phil and Luka Shenko. Hudson Phil stalked fan favourite Bo Mach from the pocket and swooped around the pacesetter in the stretch to score a 1:55.4 victory. McNair and Bo Mach settled for second and Gideon Seelster was third. James MacDonald piloted Shanghai Phil son Hudson Phil to his third Grassroots victory for trainer Mark Steacy and owner-breeders Hudson Standardbred Stable Inc. of Hudson, Quebec. With 150 points Hudson Phil sits atop the division standings. As McNair did with Montys Play, driver Louis Philippe Roy sent Luka Shenko straight from Post 1 to the lead and never looked back, sailing under the wire one-half length the best in 1:55. Fan favourites McNair and Gold Rush settled for second and Wind Blast was third. Roy crafted the win for trainer Richard Moreau and owners Litwin Racing Team of Westmount, Quebec. The win was the Sportswriter son's first in Grassroots action and matched the Clinton Raceway track record for sophomore pacing colts. Gelding Modern Xhibit holds the overall three-year-old record, touring the half-mile oval in 1:53.4 in a 2012 Grassroots contest. The three-year-old pacing colts and geldings will make their last regular season Grassroots start at Woodbine Mohawk Park on September 7. Clinton Raceway will wrap up its 2018 Ontario Sires Stakes schedule on Sunday, September 2 with the fourth Grassroots test for the two-year-old pacing fillies, part of the 38th annual Charity Drivers' Challenge. From the Ontario Sire Stakes

JULY 8, 2018 - The three-year-old fillies were flying around Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon, sending track records toppling throughout the $144,350 Kin Pace program. Setting the tone for the afternoon in the first race, and first Grassroots division, trotter Ezee Tiguan and driver-trainer Lyle MacArthur held off a fast-closing Stormont Charlotte to reach the wire in a track record 2:00.3. P L Layla was four lengths back in third. The victory was a satisfying one for fan favourites MacArthur and Ezee Tiguan, who were caught at the wire in the June 7 season opener and had to settle for second. St. George Brant resident MacArthur conditions the Angus Hall miss for Linda Wellwood of St. George Brant and Tammy Aspden of Caistor Centre, Ontario. The record fell for a second time after the third $14,450 division, captured by Melanie G in 2:00. In rein to Louis Philippe Roy, the fan's top choice cruised along on the front end, finishing three lengths ahead of Power And Grace and Shotgun Sally. "She is a nice size filly, a bit aggressive. The inside post for sure helped," said trainer Richard Moreau of Melanie G, who lined up at Post 3. "We have been working on her front gait and it seems like it worked out," the Puslinch resident continued, adding that his success with Melanie G is at least in part due to the mentorship of trotting specialist Per Henriksen. "He didn't suggest anything specific on this horse, but he has shared so much knowledge with me over the years I have known him." Moreau conditions Angus Hall daughter Melanie G for Mary Anne Lauzon and breeder Dr. Ruth Irving of Russell, Ontario. Sunday's track record effort was the filly's first lifetime victory. Two races later Clinton Raceway fans were once again applying their erasers to the track record page as Gotta Pay To Play rocketed around the half-mile oval to an eight and one-half length victory in 1:59.3. Frick and Dalliance Seelster battled into second and third behind the fan favourite. Driver-trainer Wayne Henry piloted Gotta Pay To Play to her second straight victory for his Henry Stable of Arthur, Ontario. A Gold Series winner at two, the Windsong Espoir daughter seems to be back on track after a lacklustre start to her sophomore season. "She had to have an operation on her throat; it seems to have worked," Henry explained. "She's a real good half-miler. She can trot a turn as fast as a straight-away." The other Grassroots division went to Miller Time, who was able to ease down the stretch to a 16 length victory after her main rivals broke stride around the final turn. The Windsong Espoir daughter and Travis Henry hit the wire in 2:01.3, well ahead of fan favourite Magics Lucky Charm and Trevor Henry and Agent Thirteen and Wayne Henry. "She can trot a half and she's honest, she doesn't make breaks, so that's pretty much her forte," said trainer Mark Etsell. "She tries and she's honest, two aspects you really like in a trotter." The win was Miller Time's third of the season for Rockwood resident Etsell and his partner Chaun Tan of Cambridge, Ontario. The afternoon's rich finale, the $60,900 Kin Pace Final, saw the record setting continue as heavy favourite Write Me A Song reeled off a gate-to-wire score in 1:54.3. Katniss S BG tucked in behind Write Me A Song at the start and crossed the wire one and three-quarter lengths behind the winner. Askmysecretary, who, like Write Me A Song, won her elimination last weekend, finished four more lengths back in third. "Everything went well. It was a little tighter this week, but when you've got a final like that you're going to go a big mile, it was a big effort," said owner-trainer Jack Darling of the record setting mile. Campbellville resident Mike Saftic piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to the win, subbing for regular reinsman Jody Jamieson whose transportation arrangements fell through on Friday. "He had this plan, it's his son's birthday party today, but he had a guy that was going to fly him to Clinton just for her race and then fly him back for the party, and then something happened that he couldn't get the plane," explained Exeter native Darling, who currently resides in Cambridge, Ontario. "So I got Mike Saftic last night to come take over. It was lucky because Mike had driven her, I think, two or three starts ago (June 23) so he knew her. It worked out well." Sportswriter daughter Write Me A Song will make her next start in the July 20 Gold Series event at Woodbine Mohawk Park. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, August 5 with the fourth Grassroots event for the three-year-old pacing colts. Complete results for the July 8 Kin Pace program are available at http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/results/data/r0708clntnn.dat. From the Ontatio Sire Stakes     -30-       Photo attached 1: Gotta Pay To Play and Wayne Henry rewrote the three-year-old trotting filly track record winning their $14,450 Grassroots division at Clinton Raceway in 1:59.3 on Sunday, July 8. (AG Photography)       Photo attached 2: Write Me A Song captured the $60,900 Kin Pace Final in a track record 1:54.3 on Sunday, July 8. Mike Saftic piloted the three-year-old pacing filly to the win for Exeter native Jack Darling who owns and trains the Sportswriter daughter. 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JULY 5, 2018 - Windsong Ophelia may not be a typical three-year-old trotting filly, but trainer Bud Sinclair is hoping the quirky youngster can earn a share of the $144,350 in purse money up for grabs at Clinton Raceway on Sunday afternoon. The filly will start from Post 6 in the first of four $14,000-plus Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions, and when she trots up behind the gate it will be the last step in a very specific race-day routine. "You've got to do everything the same, every day, or it just mentally doesn't work for her," explains Stratford, Ontario resident Sinclair. "As soon as we get her off the trailer we have to go out and warm her up one trip right away, and that seems to get her to mellow out. If she's got to stand around too long it doesn't work either," he continued. "We're in early so that should help her; we don't have to be there super early, and it's afternoon racing, so I'm hoping that maybe helps her nerves a bit too." Sinclair and his staff spent most of the winter developing the highly specific daily routines that keep Windsong Ophelia in a mindset conducive to racing and to date she has delivered one win, two seconds and two thirds in nine starts, earning owner Jerry VanBoekel of Woodstock, Ontario a total of $11,970. "You've got to get her mentally prepared for everything, and then once you do that, so far things have been working," noted Sinclair. "Hopefully it stays that way." Fergus, Ontario resident Bruce Richardson will steer Cornaro Dasolo daughter Windsong Ophelia from Post 6 in the first race on the Sunday afternoon program, which will be capped off by the $60,900 Kin Pace Final. Coming off an impressive 1:55.3 clocking in her Kin Pace elimination last Sunday, July 1, Write Me A Song is the early favourite to claim the 2018 Kin Pace title. The filly and driver Jody Jamieson of Moffat, Ontario led from start to finish in their elimination and will line up at Post 4 in Sunday's eleventh race. "She should be tough to beat if all goes well in Clinton. That was pretty impressive last week, I just hope she can do it again," said Jack Darling, who owns and trains the long-legged daughter of Sportswriter. "She gets around the turns pretty good, they're pretty tight for her, but she seemed to handle it okay." If Write Me A Song can deliver a victory, the filly will be joined in the winner's circle by a sizeable fan club. Darling grew up in the Exeter area and his family are planning to be on hand for Sunday's final. "I came from right down the road," said Darling, who now makes his home in Cambridge. "I've got some brothers from Exeter, so they'll be out to Clinton on Sunday." Raced just four times at two due to a season-ending injury, Write Me A Song has rapidly made up for lost time in her sophomore campaign. In nine starts she has posted five wins, two seconds and one third for earnings of $80,500. Competing on the Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series circuit, she has delivered one second and one third in two starts against the province's top fillies. "She's a good-sized filly, but very athletic, likes to do her work," noted Darling. ""She's very fast and she was, she could get a little bit speed crazy, but her last couple starts we've rigged her up a little differently and she's been a lot better." Grassroots regular Askmysecretary won the other Kin Pace elimination on July 1 with a 1:59.1 effort, also going gate-to-wire. The Mach Three daughter and driver Doug McNair of Guelph will start from the trailing Post 8 in Sunday's final for trainer Ted MacDonnell of Allenford and his partners Leonard Gamble of Etobicoke and Tony Lawrence of Hanover, Ontario. Sunday's program gets under way at 1:30 pm with the Grassroots contests slated as Races 1, 3, 5, and 7 and the Kin Pace going to post in Race 11. Complete entries for the program can be found at http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0708clntnn.dat. In addition to Sunday's contest, Clinton Raceway will also host Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots events on August 5 and September 2. A complete schedule is attached below and can also be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#CLNTN. From the Ontario SIre Stakes           -30-       Photo attached: Exeter native Jack Darling owns and trains Write Me A Song, the early favourite in Sunday's $60,900 Kin Pace Final at Clinton Raceway. (New Image Media photo)           Clinton Raceway   Race Date   Post Time   Age/Sex/Gait   Race Type   Event #   Sunday, July 8   1:30 pm   3-year-old Filly Trot   Grassroots Series   2 (of 5)   Sunday, August 5   1:30 pm   3-year-old Colt Pace   Grassroots Series   4 (of 5)   Sunday, September 2   1:30 pm   2-year-old Filly Pace   Grassroots Series   4 (of 5)               OSS Program Information   For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com   For background information and/or contact details for local Ontario Sires Stakes participants, feature stories, and photographs to complement your local coverage contact Sandra Snyder at 519-572-0167 or news@ontariosiresstakes.com.       OSS Program Administration   Ontario Racing   10 Carlson Court, Suite 400, Toronto, ON M9W 6L2   416-213-1800   www.ontarioracing.com       Follow the OSS on Social Media!   @ONTSSNews https://www.facebook.com/ONTSS/   You may unsubscribe at any time by clicking here.   Upon request, this document will be provided in an accessible format.   Vous pouvez vous désabonner à tout moment en cliquant ici.   Sur demande, ce document sera fournie dans un format accessible.              

MILTON, ON - May 31, 2018 - Woodbine Entertainment has release details for a group of summer series, presented by Sharpe Farm Supplies Limited, to be raced at four-different tracks across Ontario. Clinton Raceway, Georgian Downs, Grand River Raceway and Hanover Raceway will all host events in the Sharpe's Summer Series. The group of series will be raced during the months of June and July. The Sharpe's Summer Series consists of six-different events, all featuring two preliminary legs and an added money final. Here are the details for the six events: Event A (TROT): Horses & Geldings, 4-year-olds & younger, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Georgian Downs. Event B (TROT): Fillies & Mares, 4-year-olds & younger, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Georgian Downs. Event C (PACE): Horses & Geldings, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Grand River Raceway. Event D (PACE): Fillies & Mares, Claiming $15,000 for Non-Winners of $30,000 lifetime as of midnight, May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Grand River Raceway. Event E (PACE): Horses & Geldings, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Hanover Raceway. Event F (PACE): Fillies & Mares, Non-Winners of a Race or $5,000 (Ont. Sired $7,500) lifetime as of midnight May 31st, 2018. To be raced at Clinton Raceway. The nomination fee for each event is $100 ($80 USD) and nominations close Friday, June 15. For more information about all stakes events administrated by Woodbine, click here. Payments can be made online by clicking here. If sending nominations by mail, envelopes must be clearly post-marked no later than June 15, 2018 or payment will not be accepted. Registered mail is recommended. Mark McKelvie, for Woodbine Communications

AUGUST 27, 2017 - Clinton Raceway hosted its last Ontario Sires Stakes event of the season on Sunday afternoon and harness racing reinsman Tyler Moore captured two freshman pacing colt Grassroots divisions and added a pair of overnight wins to his tally for the driving grand slam. "I was kind of hoping I would win one or two races today - like I always want when I go to Clinton - and enjoy the afternoon, I love it, going there," said Moore, who has been near the top of the Clinton driving standings all summer. "And sometimes you get these great moments where you have a big day like this. Like two Grassroots wins is one thing, but to win two more on the same day, that really made me happy and made for a great afternoon." Moore kicked off his successful afternoon with an overnight win behind Sporty Diva in the second race and captured the first of his two Grassroots wins one race later. Starting from Post 6 with Atomic Seelster, Moore opted to power off the gate and was matching strides with favourite Pokerface Bluechip at the :29.3 opening quarter. Clearing to the front, Atomic Seelster paced through fractions of :59 and 1:28.3 and then pulled away in the stretch to a two and one-half length victory in 1:58.3. Dam Lucky finished second and Pokerface Bluechip settled for third. "Dad was pretty high on him as a baby when he was training him down. He was one of his best, and he just kind of started to stall coming to the end of it," said Moore, who crafted the win for his father, trainer Dr. Ian Moore of Puslinch, ON. "I drove him two weeks ago (Aug. 16) at Grand River, and he really needed that trip. I went nice, cheap and easy fractions and he kicked right home. He went home a winner that day and he would have felt a lot better for that, so today I just kind of aired him out, and you know Clinton's a real small, tight half-mile track, especially for a two-year-old out of the six-hole, and he handled it really well. I thought he was great." Dr. Moore and his partners in the Shadow One Stable of Puslinch, Shawn Murphy of Charlottetown, PEI and Darcy Murphy of Rothesay, NB share ownership of Atomic Seelster, who was a $100,000 purchase from the Forest City Yearling Sale. Sunday's win was the Shadow Play son's second straight in Grassroots action following two starts in the Gold Series, where he finished third and eighth, and the elimination and consolation of Grand River Raceway's Battle of Waterloo, where he was fourth and third. "He is a sweetheart to drive, he's perfect gaited, he's a very nice horse. He will make a really good racehorse one day," added Moore. "Today he went a big mile, he was parked near to the quarter-pole and the heavy favourite sat on his back the whole mile and couldn't even get to him." After a second overnight win with Thrift Shop in the eighth race, Moore was back in the bike for the last of the four $18,800 Grassroots divisions. Opting for a similar approach, Moore sent Lucky Michael from Post 5 to the front and the pair cruised through fractions of :30, 1:00 and 1:29.2 on their way to a one length victory in 1:58. Fan favourite and division point leader Family Sports was second and On The Take was three more lengths back in third. "I had some high hopes on him today, especially once he was leaving out of the gate, because he was getting out of there really well and he literally, he just made front real easy, and he sat right back in my lap like he should, and when I asked on him he was there," said the Campbellville, ON resident. "To be honest I think he was just as impressive as the other horse." Moore says while his father's early expectations of Atomic Seelster were lofty, they were significantly less so for Lucky Michael, who was always closer to the back of the pack than the front during the winter training sessions. However, since making his debut in the Grassroots season opener at Mohawk Racetrack on July 10 the son of Camluck has posted one win, one second, one third and one fourth in Grassroots action and clocked a personal best 1:56 in an overnight event at Mohawk on July 27. "He's a big horse and with age and maturity, that should help, and he will get a lot better. Who knows how much better he will be, but I can see him getting to be a top horse one day, because he's just a baby and they learn so much in such a quick time, and he's so dopey and kind of just mellow-headed," said Moore, who drives the colt for owner-breeder Jeffrey Snyder of New York, NY. "Like today, he was just wandering over the track, just doing his thing, and then when I wanted him to go he just picked right up and was gone." The other two Grassroots divisions were captured by Louis-Philippe Roy, who guided Zen Da Ballykeel to a 2:00 score in the second division and St Lads Neptune to a 1:58 win in the third. The win was the first lifetime for Zen Da Ballykeel, who is trained by Richard Moreau of Puslinch for owner-breeder Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, ON. The son of Mach Three bested Blue Moose by a head, with Wild West a length behind the duelling the leaders in third. Sunday was the first Grassroots appearance for St Lads Neptune, but the Mach Three son is no stranger to the winner's circle, having won his first two starts for trainer Carl Jamieson of Rockwood and his partner Thomas Kyron of Toronto, ON. The gelding hit the wire two and one-half lengths ahead of Sizzling Summer and Notabadgame. In addition to the Grassroots action, the Vanastra Curling Club was trackside on Sunday conducting a 50/50 draw, silent auction and barbecue. The club raised a total of $4,200 thanks to the generosity of Clinton Raceway fans. The two-year-old pacing colts and gelding will make their fifth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 4. Clinton Raceway wraps up its 2017 harness racing season next Sunday, Sept. 3 with the annual Charity Drivers Challenge where Tyler Moore and fellow Clinton regular Ryan Holliday will take on six of Canada's top drivers in a benefit for the Clinton, Brussels and Seaforth branches of the Royal Canadian Legion. Post time for Sunday's event is 1:30 pm. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JULY 30, 2017 - Harness racing fans turned out in droves on Sunday afternoon to celebrate Clinton Raceway's Legends Day and the final drive of Ailsa Craig native John Campbell. "Good crowd today, the weather cooperated, it's great, great for the industry," said Hall of Fame trainer Bob McIntosh. "John deserves it." The autograph session with Campbell and his fellow legends Bill O'Donnell, Doug Brown, Steve Condren, Mike Lachance, Dave Miller, Dave Wall, Ron Waples, Bud Fritz and Keith Waples, was scheduled from 1 to 2 pm, but stretched on well past 3 pm as fans waited their turn to greet the legendary horsemen and bid farewell to both Campbell and O'Donnell. The pair hung up their driving suits in the afternoon's final race, the $15,000 Legends Trot, which went to Ontario Sired mare Lady Caterina, driven by Steve Condren. "I didn't know John made a break, so I feel a lot better now that he made a break," said Condren, to laughter from the large crowd gathered around the winner's circle. The reinsman piloted Lady Caterina to the 1:58.1 win for trainer Alan Fair and owner Elizabeth Fair of Ancaster, ON. Given the last opportunity at the microphone Campbell thanked the fans, the owners and trainers he worked with over his storied career, and most of all his family. The winner of over $300 million then reflected on his career. "It's funny how things work out, I made a break and finished last in my first race, 45 years later I finished last and made a break here at Clinton, but it's been okay in the middle," said Campbell to applause and laughter. "Anybody here that knows me knows what an influence my dad (Jack Campbell) was, and he always told me don't ever say never, it's a really long time. So with that caveat I'll say, in all probability, this will be my last drive," said Campbell, bringing his legendary driving career to an official, if qualified, close. While the legends greeted their autograph seeking fans, Ontario's two-year-old trotting fillies provided the on-track entertainment, competing in a trio of $18,450 Grassroots events. The fastest winner of the three divisions was Bob McIntosh trainee Kant Afford It, who cruised along on the front end to a 2:05 triumph, four and one-half lengths ahead of Melanie G and Dalliance Seelster. Elora, ON resident Bob McClure piloted the fan favourite to her first lifetime victory for Windsor, ON resident McIntosh and his partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH, who also bred the daughter of Kadabra and Urge To Splurge. "I was pretty confident. She trains on my half-mile track at home so I knew she was good in the turns, she's solid, so I had a good feeling," admitted McIntosh. "She's a big strong filly, she's really big and really growthy, so I think she'll get better and better. At the conclusion of the Legends Day festivities, which saw fans and supporters raise over $57,000 for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation, McIntosh said he and his wife Patty were having dinner with Campbell and his family. The Hall of Famers have been friends since their earliest days in the business. "Since we were kids in London, at Western Fair, back in the 60s, I'm dating myself," said McIntosh with a laugh. The other Grassroots divisions went to Frick and Sheza Chunkymonkey, who stopped the Clinton teletimer in 2:06 and 2:08.4 respectively, off front-end efforts. Arthur resident Trevor Henry piloted Frick to her first lifetime win for trainer Gary Oliver and his partners Oliver Delmaple Holdings Ltd. and Dawn Hass of Cobourg, ON. Bonnie Breeze and Stand For Justice finished one and one-quarter lengths back in second and third. "She does everything right, unbelievable," said Oliver, noting that the daughter of Johnny William and B Cor Tanya has been a pleasure to work with since arriving in his barn when she was a weanling. "And now we're having fun." Trainer Travis Henry piloted Sheza Chunkymonkey to her first victory for his wife Maddi Henry and their partners Princeton Farms Inc., all of Embro, ON. The daughter of Majestic Son and Stonebridge Amanda reached the wire one length ahead of Justice Rules and Carnegie Hall. "We saw her at Harrisburg, well Maddi McNiven, now Henry, picked her out," said Princeton Farms' Jesse Belore. "Training down all winter, we had a few bumps, but she pulled through today. "As long as she stayed trotting, that's what we were hoping for. It's nerve wracking here," Belore added. The two-year-old trotting fillies will make their fourth Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on August 10. Ontario Sires Stakes action returns to Clinton Raceway on Sunday, Aug. 27 with the fourth Grassroots event for the two-year-old pacing colts. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

JULY 28, 2017 - Three Ontario Sire Stakes Grassroots divisions of two-year-old trotting fillies will serve as the warm-up act on Clinton Raceway's highly anticipated Legends Day harness racing program this Sunday, July 30. Driver Bob McClure will steer one filly in each of the $18,450 Grassroots divisions and will also compete in five other races, but the young reinsman admits the event he is most looking forward to is the program finale, the $15,000 Legends Trot featuring eight of the greatest drivers to ever grace a race bike. "I took myself off Georgian. I wanted to be there to celebrate, not only John Campbell's last drive, but Bill O'Donnell's last drive. All those drivers, as far as intelligence on the racetrack, they're a class above everybody. Just to watch those drivers in one race, it's really exciting to me," said McClure. "So yeah, I took the night off, and I'm going to go down and enjoy it. I think I'm going to look like an idiot running around getting them all to sign my program for me, but you only get one opportunity so I'm going to do it." In between the 1 to 2 pm autograph session with Campbell, O'Donnell, Doug Brown, Steve Condren, Mike Lachance, Dave Miller, Dave Wall and Ron Waples, who will participate in the Legends Trot, and Bud Fritz and Keith Waples, who have retired from active driving duty, and the Legends Trot, McClure will be calling on his own driving smarts, hoping to guide one of his Grassroots mounts to the Clinton winner's circle. The Elora, ON resident will steer Mackenzie O from Post 2 in the first race, Justice Rules from Post 2 in the second and Kant Afford It from Post 4 in the third. McClure has one start behind Mackenzie O, in her first qualifier, and has never driven Justice Rules, but the reinsman is confident that both fillies will be ready for action in their Grassroots debuts. "She qualified just okay," said McClure of Mackenzie O, "But the best thing about her, she's very good gaited so - getting around Clinton with a two-year-old trotter, that's half the battle - hopefully that gives her an upper hand. Anyway, Ben doesn't like racing them unless they're ready so I'm sure she'll be in much better form on Sunday." Guelph, ON resident Ben Baillargeon conditions the daughter of Angus Hall for his partners Santo Vena of Brampton, ON, Nunzio Vena of Bolton, ON and Claude Hamel of Ayer's Cliff, QC. The filly comes into Sunday's first race off a trio of qualifiers at Mohawk Racetrack. Justice Hall daughter Justice Rules has two starts under her belt at Hippodrome Trois-Rivieres, where she finished third and fifth for trainer Dany Fontaine of Terrebonne, QC and owner-breeder Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc. of Montreal, QC. "All I know is every horse I've ever driven for Dany is ready," noted McClure. "She has had some trouble making breaks and he is very capable of correcting any issues they have. He's a really good horseman, especially with trotters." In the third division McClure will steer Kant Afford It, and the driver is hoping they can atone for a loss in the second Grassroots event at Georgian Downs on July 16. "In Georgian there was a lot of stuff happening off the gate, and I wanted to take care of her so I eased her off, and all I ended up doing was getting myself in a whole lot of traffic," McClure recalled. "She never should have been beat in that Grassroots at Georgian, she should have definitely won, I just did not have her in positon at all. So, as long as she can handle the turns, handle the track, I would say she is the one to beat in there, because she's built like a three-year-old and her attitude is like a racehorse. I think she's the best two-year-old trotter I've driven to this point." Hall of Fame horseman Bob McIntosh of Windsor, ON conditions Kant Afford It for his partners C S X Stables of Liberty Center, OH. The partners also bred the daughter of Kadabra, who was guided through her qualifiers and first Grassroots test by Hall of Famer and Legends Trot reinsman Steve Condren. In addition to the on track action, which gets under way at 1:30 pm, Clinton Raceway has a full slate of trackside activities for fans. The gates open at 11:30 am and there will be a variety of activities for the smallest fans, a CosyCan photo booth, silent auction, 50/50 draw, and a Legends Trot sign contest. A booklet commemorating John Campbell's driving career is free with a program purchase or $5 on its own, and John Campbell t-shirts are also just $5. The afternoon will wrap up with a Pineridge Chicken Barbecue from 4 to 5:30 pm, with 100 per cent of the proceeds going to the event's charity partner, the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Full details, including parking information, are available at http://www.clintonraceway.com/page/legends. "I hear they closed the road off behind the racetrack and put bleachers up, so they must be expecting a huge crowd, and rightly so because it's going to be a great show," said McClure. "There's nowhere better to host something like this than Clinton." OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

Clinton, ON --- Driver Doug Brown has won eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards, a stack of driver titles on the Toronto harness racing circuit and earned a berth in the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame, yet he thinks fellow Hall of Famer John Campbell stands above all others. “There’s just no question that he’s just been the greatest driver ever. It’s just fantastic to see what he’s done over the 40 years he’s been doing it,” Brown said, before comparing Campbell to a hockey legend. “I often compare him to Bobby Orr -- both on and off the track or ice. They’re very similar and I’ve got so much respect for them.” Brown, 61, has won nearly 8,500 races and $87 million. He said he’s delighted to be part of Campbell’s final career drive on July 30 at Clinton Raceway during Legends Day, but he’s not planning to make it easy for Campbell to go out a winner. “I’m sure we’re all hoping he wins his last drive, but it’s not going to stop anybody from trying to win themselves,” Brown said, chuckling. Campbell, a career winner of more than 10,000 races and $300 million, tops the sport in earnings by a wide margin. On July 1, he became the president and CEO of the Hambletonian Society, which owns and operates a number of major stakes races, including the Hambletonian and Breeders Crown series. In the C$15,000 Legends Day Trot, Brown and Campbell will also be taking on Hall of Famers Bill O’Donnell (5,445, $90 million) -- who is also retiring after the race -- as well as Mike Lachance (10,422, $190 million), Steve Condren (6,850 wins and $106 million), Ron Waples (6,923 wins, $74 million), David Miller (12,205 wins, $216 million) and Dave Wall (7,201, $58 million). The race is part of the ninth edition of the track’s biennial Legends Day, which is raising money for the Clinton Public Hospital Foundation. Combined, the eight legends have earned more than $1.15 billion and won nearly 69,000 races. Fellow legends Bud Fritz and 93-year-old Keith Waples -- both of whom are retired from driving -- will also be on hand for the autograph session. Brown said he has a blast at Legends Day and is pleasantly surprised at the fan reaction. “Getting together with all of those (fellow legends) for a few hours is pretty fun. You get to tell old stories, but the crowd is the main thing. That place is just packed and it makes you wonder how they can come back every two years, the same people, but they are there,” Brown said. Brown’s road to the Canadian Horse Racing Hall of Fame began in Oshawa, Ontario at his father Stan’s knee. Doug eagerly absorbed his father’s lessons and was just 17 when he earned his driver’s license. He quickly picked up his first win with a horse named Out Ahead at Kawartha Downs. While he called the Peterborough track home, he made his mark in the big city as top dog on Toronto’s old Ontario Jockey Club circuit in the 1980s and 1990s. Despite once having a fan throw a beer bottle at him at Greenwood Raceway in downtown Toronto (the bottle bounced, harmlessly, off his helmet), Doug has fond memories of Greenwood Raceway. “It was incredible. People were lined up getting in and that’s back when you had to pay to get in. As huge as that grandstand was, it was nearly full night after night,” Brown said. “When we went to Woodbine, I said after the first three or four days to one of the other guys, ‘You know what, I never thought I’d miss people yelling at me, but…’ At Woodbine, they were so far away you couldn’t hear them. “Most of the guys that raced back then, everyone misses Greenwood because it was downtown. People could walk to it, take a streetcar. It was just an incredible place.” For 10 consecutive years from 1988-1997, Doug held a firm grip on the OJC’s driver standings where he averaged 345.5 wins per year over the stretch. He was the circuit’s first driver to break the 400-win plateau, accomplishing it twice in back-to-back seasons with 411 (1994) and 417 (in 1995). It was no easy feat considering the depth of competition. Night after night, Doug battled with such luminaries as fellow Legends Day drivers Condren and Wall, as well as Paul MacDonell, Roger Mayotte and Mike Saftic. Doug was the king of the pre-slots era. He was the first OJC driver to top both $4 million (1989) and $5 million (1995) in a single season. Four of Doug’s eight Canadian Driver of the Year awards came in a row from 1993-1996. Seven of those awards came between 1989 and 1996. Over 40 years in the sulky, Doug has won five Breeders Crowns with Town Pro (twice), Headline Hanover, Topnotcher and Digger Almahurst; the Metro Pace (Historic, 1993); Maple Leaf Trot (Plesac, 2001); Yonkers Trot (Lord Stormont, 1997); World Trotting Derby (Lord Stormont, 1997); Cane Pace (Topnotcher, 1989); Roses Are Red (Shady Daisy, 1992); and Confederation Cup three times (BJ Scoot, 1988; Topnotcher, 1989; and Survivor Gold, 1992). In 1995, he drove Canada’s first sub-1:50 mile with Ball And Chain, when he upset Pacific Rocket and Ellamony in 1:49.4 at Woodbine. Doug was inducted into the Canadian Hall of Fame in 2006. He is a member of the Oshawa Sports Hall of Fame and was selected as the Harness Horse Youth Foundation’s recipient of the 1998 Service to Youth Award. In 1997, he was the winner of the prestigious Messenger Award from Harness Tracks of America for outstanding accomplishment and meritorious service to the sport. Yet, despite all of that, he said what he cherishes most from his career is the long-time relationship with Hall of Fame trainer Stew Firlotte. “Probably the biggest thing in my career was being hooked up with Stew Firlotte for close to 35 years. That just doesn’t happen. When the catch driver (era) came around, we were getting hired and fired and hired back and fired again, but with Stew it was more like a father-son, best friend thing. He and Joanne are godparents to one of our kids. I really value the dedication between the two of us. “I’d just love to see (Firlotte’s) record, as far as getting 2-year-olds to the races. His percentages must have been just incredible, because I hardly remember any of them that didn’t make the races. He was just a great horseman. Our relationship was probably the proudest moment for me; we just had so much fun together.” For more information about Legends Day, please visit www.clintonraceway.com. Clinton Raceway     

Uncooperative weather through early summer hasn’t stopped the fans and supporters from coming out to Clinton Raceway to take in an afternoon of harness racing, or support the local groups and clubs taking part in the Day at the Races fundraising program. Sunday afternoon was no different, it rained, was overcast and not the most beautiful day, but the Goderich and District Collegiate Institute was able to raise just under $1000 for their robotics club. The crowd on hand bet just over $27,000 and on track, Natasha Day, Bruce Richardson and Tyler Moore all scored driving doubles on the ten race card. Standardbred Canada’s Bring a Friend event saw many new faces on track, and Dale Howe brought his group out to the Winner’s Circle following race seven for a souvenir picture. The very first showdown of the Hillbilly Horses took place following race nine, and four employee’s of Blackburn Radio took to the track to bounce their way to the finish line. Susan Chapman, Tanya Merner, Julie B and Lauren Dietrich were vying for the $200 donation to the charity of their choice. Clinton Raceway and Blackburn Radio ponied up $100 each to donate. It was a tight race from the word go, but Tanya managed to sneak out the win at the wire, with the donation being made to the Head and Neck unit at the London Health Sciences Centre. Live harness racing return Sunday July 23, with the second annual Vic Hayter Memorial Trot. Visit www.clintonraceway.com for more information. by Jessica Carnochan Reprinted with permission of the BlackburnNews.com site

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