TORONTO, November 21 - After a comfortable victory in the second round of the Autumn Series, Samira Hanover has established herself as the horse to beat heading into the $33,600 final next Friday at Woodbine. The trotting miss captured her division in the opening round last week before cruising to a new lifetime best of 1:55 to kick off the Thursday programme. Keith Oliver and Magic Peach were first to the front before the opening station in :28, but Samira Hanover and Paul Macdonell quickly gained the lead well before the half in :57.4. MacDonell and the heavily-favoured daughter of Kadabra cruised past three quarters in 1:26.1, before dashing away from her rivals to win by one and a half lengths. Magic Peach stayed for second, with Katla (Sylvain Filion) finishing third. Trained by Mike Keeling for owners P C Wellwood Enterprises Inc, Steve Organ, William Weaver III and A K Malik Stable, Samira Hanover increased her bankroll to $67,480. She paid $2.40 to win. In the other split, Ocean Miss Beauty and Jody Jamieson provided the upset to complete the early double. Jamieson guided the daughter of Kadabra led from start to finish through panels of :27.1, :57.2 and 1:26.2, before fending off a late challenge from I Like My Kaddy (Paul Macdonell) to win in 1:57. Candida (Pat Hudon) finished third. Trained by Rene Dion for owner Ecurie Gaetan Bono Inc, Ocean Mist Beauty celebrated her first career tally as her bankroll climbed to $40,372. She paid $10.90 to win. Four Autumn Series divisions took place in total, featuring a pair for sophomore trotting fillies and two for three-year-old old pacing fillies. On the pacing side, Putmeintogo and Lyonssweetie stamped themselves into the $35,300 final with victories in their respective divisions. Putmeintogo, driven by Roger Mayotte, posted a 1:53.4 victory in the first division as the favourite. Mayotte put Putmeintogo on the front past the quarter in :26.4 and continued to lead past the middle-half in :57 and 1:25.2. Turning for home, Mayotte asked his charge for more pace and the four-time winner responded with a :28.2 final quarter to win by two and a quarter lengths. Stonebridge Adore (Doug McNair) finished second, with Miss Poppycock (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained/owned and bred by Robin Morley, Putmeintogo increased her lifetime earnings to $54,300. She paid $5.20 to win. In the other split, Lyons Sweetie and Randy Waples found the wire first in 1:52.3. Waples and the daughter of No Pan Intended were first to the front before the opening station in :27.1, but allowed Lutetia Semalu (Sylvain Filion) to pocket-pull their way to the front. As Lutetia Semalu marched towards the half in :56.2, heavily-favoured Machnbyrd Princess (Roger Mayotte) angled out of fifth and aimed towards the front, but couldn't pass the tempo-setter. Lyonssweetie continued to enjoy a perfect, pocket trip around three-quarters in 1:24.2, before wearing down the tempo-setter en route to victory. Lutetia Semalu stayed for second, over Panstakingly (Donald Jobin) finished third. Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonssweetie increased her bankroll to $53,210. She paid a handsome $23.80 to win. All four Autumn Series finals for three-year-olds of both gaits and sexes will take place next Friday, November 29. Videos of all races attached. Greg Gangle WEG Communications
Returning to the Preferred ranks and backed by the bettors, Voelz Hanover went wire-to-wire to win Friday's featured $30,000 event at Mohawk Racetrack. Overcoming her outside post position, the 6-5 favourite out-sprinted her five foes off the gate and rolled through fractions of :26.1, :55 and 1:23.3 en route to a 1:50.1 victory in the $30,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred Pace. Ferrari Sena, the second choice at the betting windows off the bench and a winner in the Preferred class just over a month ago, pulled the pocket at the three-quarters mark, but was no match for Voelz Hanover on this night. The class-climbing Hope For Paddy came from last to show as the third choice. Randy Waples drove the eight-year-old Astreos mare for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Richard Berthiaume of Pointe-Aux-Trembles, Que. The win was her ninth in 25 starts this year and lifted her seasonal bankroll to $152,700. Voelz Hanover, who finished seventh against stakes company in her last start on Sept. 21 in the Milton, paid $3.60 to win. The 38-time career winner is just shy of the $1.5 million earnings mark. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Mohawk Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
OTTAWA, ON — Mattys Big Day cemented her lead atop the three-year-old pacing filly Grassroots ranks with a gate-to-wire 1:54.3 tour of Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29. With leading Rideau Carleton driver Denis St. Pierre in the race bike for a second straight start, favourite Mattys Big Day fired straight to the front from Post 7 and never saw a challenge, cruising home one and one-half lengths ahead of Shanghai Mimi and Cams Macharena. St. Pierre crafted the Jeremes Jet daughter’s fourth Grassroots victory for trainer Corey Johnson and owners Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg. of Laval, QC. Driver Brad Forward captured the other two Grassroots divisions, piloting favourites Western Empress and Betit To Getit to 1:54 and 1:53.2 victories, respectively. Windsor resident Bob McIntosh trains Western Empress for his partners Al McIntosh Holdings Inc. of Leamington and Larry Pollard of Harrow. The partners also bred and raised the daughter of Western Maverick, who jumped into sixth spot in the standings with her second Grassroots victory. Betit To Getit recorded the quickest mile of the three Grassroots divisions for trainer Ben Wallace and owners Holland Racing Stable of Aurora. The No Pan Intended daughter is now tied for third in the point race with Cams Macharena. The three-year-old pacing fillies make their last regular season Grassroots start at Mohawk Racetrack on Sept. 9, while Rideau Carleton Raceway hosts the regular season finale for the three-year-old trotting colts next Thursday, Sept. 5. For complete results please click here.
OTTAWA, ON — Ontario’s three-year-old pacing fillies head to Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday, Aug. 29 with just two events remaining on their Grassroots calendar, and the pressure is building on the fillies hovering near the cut off mark to secure one of 10 berths in the season ending Grassroots Championship. With 65 points local filly Panstakingly is currently tied for ninth in the division standings and trainer-driver Donald Jobin will be looking to boost that tally from Post 5 in the third $18,000 Grassroots division. Through her first four Grassroots starts the No Pan Intended daughter has posted two seconds, one third and one sixth-place result. Owned by Jobin and Danielle Belisle of Clarence Creek, Panstakingly scored three wins over the Rideau Carleton oval in April and May, recording a personal best 1:58.4. Through 14 sophomore starts the filly has a record of three wins, five seconds and three thirds for earnings of $21,058. Among the fillies she will face in Thursday’s eighth race is Swingirl, owned and bred by Peter Haime of Ottawa, who will benefit from Post 1. Thursday’s first race features a battle between division point leader Mattys Big Day and last year’s Grassroots Champion Cams Macharena, who comes into the event off a 1:53.1 personal best at Georgian Downs in the Aug. 20 Grassroots test. Cams Macharena will start from Post 3 for trainer Tony O’Sullivan and owner-breeders Kenneth Kohut of Independence, OH and Chris Arold and Michael Drury of Strongsville, OH, while Mattys Big Day will start from Post 7 for trainer Corey Johnson and owners Debbie Element and Ecurie JGV Enrg. of Laval, QC. The division heavyweights will kick off the Thursday evening program at 6:30 pm, with the other two Grassroots divisions slated for Races 4 and 8. Before the racing gets under way Rideau Carleton Raceway fans will have an opportunity to meet some of the program’s top drivers and enter a prize draw for Ontario Sires Stakes apparel. For complete entries please go to http://www.standardbredcanada.ca/racing/entries/data/e0829ridcfn.dat by Sandra Snyder
Due to the cutbacks in slot machine revenue towards supporting the harness racing industry and reduction in race dates in the Ontario region by their government, there is beginning a small exodus of horsemen who usually do not exit the country but have now packed their bags and are leaving Canada and coming to race in the United States.
Jeremes Jet four year old mare Memumsnotnice started from the outside gate 8 and never surrended winning the richest race on the harness racing card at Woodbine tonight Friday the 3rd of May. It was a $20,000 race for fillies and mares and was timed in 1:51.4. Randy Waples did the driving for trainer Corey Johnson.
John Williamson has been in the harness racing business for more than 40 years, so it will be a special occasion when he watches his first Breeders Crown finalist -- Urbanite Hanover -- go behind the starting gate in Saturday's $600,000 Breeders Crown for 2-year-old male pacers at Woodbine Racetrack.
He got the sport's attention as a 44-1 outsider in the Champlain this year, but Captive Audience has easy to overlook in the days leading up to the $600,000 Breeders Crown juvenile colt pace. Most of the headlines have been reserved for the Metro and Wilson winner Captaintreacherous.
Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing fillies will battle at Rideau Carleton Raceway on Thursday evening (October 4) and the regular cast of Gold Series contenders are being joined by a couple of fillies who recently wrapped up their Grassroots harness racing season.
A pair of Champlain Stakes took place featuring rookie colts and fillies at Mohawk Racetrack on Saturday night (September 8). In the $226,763 filly division, L Dees Lioness and Scott Zeron scored a narrow harness racing victory in 1:51.4.
As the three-year-old trotting colts near the end of the Grassroots harness racing season, competition for the remaining points is growing fierce and Clinton Raceway fans were treated to eight exciting battles on Sunday afternoon (August 19).
The high speed of Ontario's talented three-year-old pacing colts will be on display at Georgian Downs on Saturday evening (August 18) as eight divisions of the gifted harness racing youngsters compete for a total of $192,000 in Grassroots action.
Harness racing trainer Corey Johnson trained a double tonight Friday the 29th of June at Mohawk Racetrack headed by the very good mare Laneside Lexus in the fillies and mares $42.000 Open and the Art Major mare Keep It Fair in a $15,000 to $20,000 Claiming handicap.
New Zealand harness racing import Goodbadanddeugly N slaughtered a good feild of $40,000 claimers tonight at Mohawk Racetrack taking a life mark in the process of 1:50.4 and winning by seven lengths. A recent claim from Corey Johnson for $25,000 by the Casie Coleman barn the ten year old daughter of Badlands Hanover took her life stakes to $287,000.
Harness racing trainer Corey Johnson made it a double tonight at Woodbine Raceway when Laneside Lexus won the $42,000 fillies and mares open. He won with the decent New Zealand mare Goodbadanddeugly N two races earlier.
The Corey Johnson trained The Barber recorded the fastest time at tonight's (Thursday April 19) harness racing meeting at Woodbine (Ontario, Canada).