Top Gear front-stepped his way to a top class victory at Woodbine Racetrack on Saturday night, winning a $28,000 event for conditioned pacers by a neck over a pair trained by meet leader Corey Johnson Driver Mike Saftic pulled Top Gear from the pocket after the :27-second opening quarter and he took over command from early leaver McKinney. He then led the way past middle splits of :56.2 and 1:24.3 before holding off a deep stretch challenge from McKinney for the 1:52.2 triumph. The runner-up's stablemate and odds-on favourite Wazzup Wazzup advanced first over to finish one length behind in third. Top Gear paid $5.80 to win as the slight second choice. He earned his second win of the year in seven starts. His first came in the same class (non-winners of $28,000 last five starts) on Feb. 8 prior to his last two races at the Preferred level. To read rest of story click here.
TORONTO, February 26 - If you take a close look at the Woodbine drivers standings this season, there is a noticeable change near the top of the leader board. Twenty four-year-old Jonathan Drury is currently in second place, three wins behind three-time O'Brien Award winner Jody Jamieson. Drury, a resident of Rockwood, has certainly made the most of his drives this season accumulating 23 trips to the winners circle and $335,471 in purse earnings. Drury is also the regular pilot behind Hldontghttoyurdrms, who has captured the $34,000 Preferred Trot for a fourth week in a row for trainer Corey Johnson. "It's definitely horse power," Drury said explaining his stellar start in 2014. "When you get that kind of power to sit behind every night and get results, obviously your confidence goes up. So far this season, everything couldn't be better and I'm very fortunate." Drury was born into the harness racing business. His father, Barry, has operated a small stable for many years. Drury, who appears poised in his yellow and blue silks, a nod to his father's colours, is thankful for the valuable lessons he learned at a young age. "All the fundamentals of this sport came from my parents," Drury said. "My dad was stabled along the Mohawk backstretch for many years and my mother (Patricia) was in the barn too. When I wasn't in school I was in the barn or on the track." Drury also ventured out to other trainers before and after getting his trainer's license and he gained valuable experience while working with such trainers as O'Brien Award winner Casie Coleman, Tracey Brainard and Tony Montini. "That was a great learning curve for me," Drury said. "I got to see other methods of training and see the way they do it and run their operation. I've worked for Casie off-and-on for the past three years and got the opportunity to drive for her, which was amazing." After gaining his license in 2008, Drury began driving at Flamboro and Georgian Downs, but the move to Kawartha Downs a few years later and teaming up with top trainers in Corey Johnson and Carmen Auciello yielded great dividends for the young reinsman. "I was a regular driver there (Kawartha Downs) and they started using me and we developed a relationship and it just snowballed from there," said Drury. "Now they both have powerful stables at Woodbine and I'm just thankful to get the work." Perhaps the most valuable experience Drury gained was a summer spent at Pocono Downs in Pennsylvania where he drove regularly for Ontario-based trainer Carmen Auciello, who sent a team of roughly 12 head. "Driving with a different bunch of guys at Pocono was a lot of fun," he said. "It's a little different style of driving and I learned so much in a short period of time. That was the most valuable experience I got, especially when I came back to Ontario." Drury was also a key player in the development of O'Brien Award winner Vegas Vacation. Drury "baby-raced" the son of Bettors Delight, before guiding the colt to victory in his first lifetime start at Mohawk Racetrack. "I was working for Casie at the time and would sit behind her two-year-olds on a regular basis," Drury said. "She asked me to baby-race him and teach him in his early stages and that was a lot of fun to sit behind that type of animal." Needless to say, Drury certainly has gained a lot of experience north and south of the border at a young age, and with a little patience and a lot of talent, it appears to be paying off nicely for the man they call JD. by Greg Gangle, for WEG
Hldontghttoyurdrms was pushed to the limit in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack, but he managed to stave off a late challenge from his stablemate Nowucit Nowudont en route to winning the top class for square gaiters for the third straight start. With Jonathan Drury at the controls, Hldontghttoyurdrms was parked by Amigo De Grande past the quarter pole in :26.2 before being released to the lead. Once he crossed over to the pylons, the Corey Johnson pupil managed to whack out middle panels of :56.2 and 1:25.4 before coming under attack. Amigo De Grande sprinted out of the two-hole to come after him while Nowucit Nowudont swung wide off cover and started to go to work. Hldontghttoyurdrms used a :28.1 closing quarter to win by a nose over Nowucit Nowudont in 1:54. Amigo De Grande was a head back in third. Frank Spagnolo, Frank Schimizzi and Saverio Spagnolo share ownership on the five-year-old son of Muscles Yankee-Sweet Gabriella who won for the third time in four starts this season. The 13-time winner pushed his lifetime earnings over $170,000 with the victory. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Ted Yates, from the Morning Show on Oldies 1150 CKOC, joined Flamboro Downs' Gary Guy in the announcer booth to call the third race as the track's Announcer Idol competition continued on Sunday evening. Stephen Morton's Pasta Vera ($5.30) made up a 10 length deficit in the final lap of the third race to win in 1:58.2 for brothers Robert and Patrick Shepherd. "And flying now is Pasta Vera and Pasta Vera has passed them all!" called Yates with assistance from Guy while Shepherd sent the five-year-old pacer wide from the backfield to take over command down the backstretch. "Look at that lead! Pasta Vera is going to win," said Yates as the leading horse opened up down the stretch. "Close for second, they're all there for second!" There was a five-across battle for the runner-up honours five lengths behind the winner. Pacesetter War Boots and Tyler Moore held on for second while Grissini and James MacDonald rounded out the top three finishers. The career-best win was Pasta Vera's third in a row over a span of nine days since shipping to Ontario. Andrew Gerrior from FreshFM 95.3 will take the mic for next Sunday's edition of Announcer Idol. The competition continues through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality calling the third race every Sunday night. Fans and patrons will get to vote for their favourite race call on the Flamboro Downs website and the winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. Sunday night's featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace was won by the repeating Nothingbutmach ($5.40), who fought off My Man Charley and Jody Jamieson for the 1:55.4 victory. Phil Hudon drove the winner for trainer Corey Johnson and owner Debbie Element. Web Cam and Scott Coulter finished third. Gaetan Hebert's homebred pacer Live And Learn ($7.30) won the $7,000 Preferred 3 in 1:57.2 with Bob McClure aboard. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Repriinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Ideal Shadow was bet off the board in Monday’s debut effort at Woodbine under the guidance of trainer/co-owner Ben Baillargeon, and the betting public was bang on in its assessment of the lightly-raced youngster. Purchased by Baillargeon and partners Nunzio & Santo Vena for $45,000 from the 2014 January Select Mixed Sale at The Meadowlands, Ideal Shadow appeared to barely break a sweat in what was just his second lifetime start. After making a break and failing to crack the top three in his first lifetime start on January 18 for former trainer Erv Miller, the three-year-old son of American Ideal-Shadow Baby cruised to an easy win by lengths in 1:54.3. Mario Baillargeon got away third with the new recruit, and the pacer maintained that position to the quarter pole before brushing his way to the lead in the backstretch. He cleared to the top without a tussle and successfully chopped out panels of :57.4 and 1:26.2 before using a :28.1 closing quarter to win by a pair of lengths in 1:54.3. Monday’s 11-race card also saw pacer All Chrome extend his personal winning streak to six thanks to a 1:54.4 score in come-from-behind fashion for the tandem of driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Corey Johnson. Filion got away fifth with the five-year-old son of Tell All-Ever Western before advancing the gelding on the rim in the middle stages of the mile. The 4-5 favourite then used a :28.4 final frame to prevail by a half-length margin over Canbec Kingkazimir, with third prize going to Rock N Go. Brian Paquet of Quebec owns the photogenic pacer who is now three-for-three this season after having gone 4-for-12 last year. The 10-time winner pushed his lifetime earnings over $50,000 with the victory. To view results for Monday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Monday Results – Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
There was a twist to this week's edition of Announcer Idol at Flamboro Downs as driver Anthony MacDonald filled in as a last minute replacement due to a late scratch sick. MacDonald subbed in for CHCH TV's Jason Portuondo, who was the next scheduled local broadcast media personality to participate in the contest for charity. With Scott Coulter in the bike, Theabilityofreason battled with pacesetter Rammy Girl, driven by MacDonald's brother James, for the final half-mile in the third race. "They're going to square off into the stretch...Down to the wire, two of them, heads apart," announced MacDonald, eventually making the close call at the wire. "On the outside it looks like it may have been Theabilityofreason!" Theabilityofreason prevailed by a neck over Rammy Girl in 2:00.2 over the 'good' track for Dutton, Ont. owner/trainer Gerald Lilley, who earned back-to-back wins on the card. MacDonald has previous practice calling a race as a participant in Grand River Raceway's From Bike To Mic contest for drivers and trainers. Announcer Idol continues through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality taking the mic for one race every Sunday night. At the end of March, fans and patrons will vote for their favourite race call on the Flamboro Downs website and the winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. Ted Yates, from the Morning Show on Oldies 1150 CKOC, is the next scheduled guest announcer and will take the mic for race three on Sunday, Feb. 16. One race prior to the Announcer Idol contest, Nothingbutmach went wire-to-wire in 1:57.3 to win the featured $11,000 Preferred 2 Pace. Driven by Ph il Hudon, the eight-year-old Mach Three gelding won by a length and a half over Web Cam, with Hidden Potential finsihing third. Nothingbutmach is trained by Corey Johnson and owned by Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ont. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Libertys Best Star notched his fifth straight victory on Friday at Woodbine Racetrack with a tough front-end effort in the evening's seventh race. Sent postward as the 5-2 favourite in the full field of $8,000 claiming pacers, Libertys Best Star ($7.10) front-stepped his way to a 1:54.2 victory with Jonathan Drury in the sulky. The 35-time career winner prevailed by three-quarters of a length over Duke Did It (Chris Christoforou) in 1:54.2 with a from-last First Impression (Sylvain Filion) closing for third-place honours. The six-year-old son of Cammibest is now six-for-seven this year. He was claimed for $5,000 two starts ago on Jan. 26 at Flamboro Downs by Jonah Moase of Cornwall, P.E.I. and is trained by Thomas Riley. Drury, who won four times on Friday's 11-race card, also teamed up with Riley to win the third race aboard Mopey Corey. His other winners were Rock N Roll Xample for trainer Shawn Robinson and Laneside Lexus for conditioner Corey Johnson. To view Friday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Friday Results - Woodbine Racetrack. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Since joining forces with trainer Corey Johnson, Hldontghttoyurdrms has been ultra-productive and incredibly fast. His performance in Monday’s $34,000 Preferred Trot at Woodbine Racetrack was no exception considering he became Canada’s fastest trotter of the season thanks to a 1:53 score. Hldontghttoyurdrms, who was sent off as the 3-5 favourite in the nine-horse affair, got away third while Cool Guy sprinted to the lead and supplied an opening quarter clocked in :26.4. Jonathan Drury right-lined the favourite going into the backstretch, and they cleared to the lead shortly past the mid-way point in :56.1. Nowucit Nowudont came first-over and pressed Hldontghttoyurdrms to the three-quarter pole in 1:24.4, but the leader shrugged off that challenge and drew clear to win by 1-1/2 lengths over a late-closing Catch The Dream. Nowucit Nowudont settled for third. Hldontghttoyurdrms, a five-year-old son of Muscles Yankee-Sweet Gabriella, now boasts a 2-0-0 record from three trips to the track this season. The 12-time winner, who is owned by Frank Spagnolo, Frank Schimizzi and Saverio Spagnolo, bumped his lifetime earnings to $153,615 with the victory. Steve Byron, who was sidelined from the racetrack since last May, captured his first victory since his layoff on Monday evening at Woodbine. The 51-year-old guided Andreios Kardia to an off-the-pace victory for trainer James Madill in the opening dash on the 12-race card The three-year-old son of Badlands Hanover paced in 1:55.1 and paid $4.10 to win. Byron, a resident of Thornton, Ontario, suffered a fractured left knee and ligament damage in a qualifying race at Kawartha Downs on May 20, 2013. Reprinted from StandardbredCanada and WEG
Things didn’t go so well for Thundering Ovation in last week’s Preferred 2 for trotters at The Raceway at Western Fair District, but the Gerry Sloan trainee was solid gold in Tuesday’s follow-up performance over the London half-miler. Thundering Ovation, in rein to J.R. Plante, played give-and-go with Cimeronken in the early stages of Monday's main event before chopping out fractions of :30, 1:01.3 and 1:30.4 over a track listed as “Good” with a two-second allowance. Thundering Ovation used a :30-second closing quarter to stave off Cimeronken by one-quarter of a length in 2:00.4. Savthelstdancforme rallied to finish third. Sent off as the 4-5 favourite in the eight-horse affair, the homebred won for the second time this season for owners Joanne and Courtney Sloan of Harley, Ontario. The five-year-old daughter of Thunder Road-Shesintuff, who is now a 13-time winner, bumped her career earnings to $176,415 with the victory. Lady Latte showed no mercy to the foes she sparred with in the $10,000 Fillies & Mares Preferred 2 later on card. The eight-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended-Miss Jeki got away third for Trevor Henry while Insincerity rolled to the front and threw down first-half fractions of :28.3 and :58.4. Lady Latte was on the move first-over approaching the half, and she took over command on the outside at the three-quarter pole in 1:28. She roared home in :29.2 to win by a decisive, seven-length margin over race favourite Insincerity in 1:57.2. Rachel Olivia nabbed the show dough. Gord McDonnell trains the 32-time winner for owners Craig Turner and Mhairi Kersel of Ingersoll, Ontario. The classy campaigner pushed her lifetime earnings to $421,885 with the win. The 12-race program also saw pacer All Chrome extend his winning streak to five-in-a-row thanks to his 1:58.2 triumph for the tandem of driver Phil Hudon and trainer Corey Johnson. The five-year-old son of Tell All-Ever Western came first-over and drew clear to win by 3-1/2 lengths in a time of 1:58.2 in the $5,800 event. Brian Paquet of Quebec owns the nine-time winner who has earned just shy of $43,000 to date. To view results for Tuesday's card of harness racing, click the following link: Tuesday Results – The Raceway at Western Fair District. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Flamboro Downs' Announcer Idol competition continued on Sunday night with Ted Michaels, Afternoon News Anchor for CHML 900AM, invading the announcer's booth for the third race. Driven by J.R. Plante, favourite Phillips Seelster ($3.20) romped to a nine length victory in 1:58 over the snow covered track in the fourth edition of Announcer Idol with Michaels giving the play-by-play. "No question here that Phillips Seelster is going to get the victory," called Michaels as the pacers turned for home with 'Phillips' leading by a widening six lengths. "The question now, who finishes in second and third position?" Twelve-year-old Strong Cam and Bob McClure were the best of the rest while Ziggy Sky and Lyle MacArthur rallied from last to show. Phillips Seelster earned his third win in a row. The three-year-old Camluck colt is trained by Patrick Shepherd and owned by Margo Fisher of Fredericton, N.B. Announcer Idol continues through March 23 with a different, local broadcast media personality taking the mic for the third race every Sunday night. At the end of March, fans and patrons will vote for their favourite race call on the Flamboro Downs website and the winning announcer will receive a donation to the local charity of their choice, compliments of Flamboro Downs and Great Canadian Gaming. The February line up includes Laura Leigh Groppo (105.7 EZ Rock), Jason Portuondo (CHCH TV), Ted Yates (Oldies 1150 CKOC), and Andrew Gerrior (FreshFM 95.3). In other action, favourite Nothingbutmach ($3) and driver Phil Hudon went wire-to-wire to win the $7,000 Preferred 3 Pace in 1:56.3. The Corey Johnson trainee held off fellow Mach Three son Mach It Big by a head for owner Debbie Element of Waterdown, Ont. To view Sunday's harness racing results, click on the following link: Sunday Results - Flamboro Downs. Reprinted with permission by www.standardbredcanada.ca
Apprentic Hanover made a triumphant four-year-old seasonal debut Saturday at Woodbine, posting his fifth straight victory, this time after a three-week layoff in winning the $34,000 Preferred Pace. After ending his three-year-old season with four consecutive wins, including victories in Northfield Park's Cleveland Classic and a Preferred pace on December 28 at Woodbine, Apprentice Hanover made it five in a row with a 1:52 effort. Driven by Jody Jamieson, the heavy 4-5 favourite left from post one and settled away third as Casimir Jitterbug (Doug McNair) and then outsider Modern Legend (Jack Moiseyev) sprinted by into a :27.1 opening quarter. Modern Legend continued to control the pace past the half in :56.1 and three-quarters in 1:24 while Mystician (Billy Davis Jr.) moved underway from the backfield and up to apply pressure around the final turn and into the stretch. However, Jamieson tipped Apprentice Hanover wide down the stretch and soared by to steal the spotlight. Mystician edged out Modern Legend for the runner-up honours two lengths behind. The son of Somebeachsomewhere, who was named United States Trotting Association's Horse of the Month in December 2013, is trained by Ben Wallace and owned by Brad Grant of Milton, Ont. The win was his 12th in 30 career starts and boosted his bankroll to $529,474. Apprentice Hanover paid $3.80 to win. Trainers Carmen Auciello and Corey Johnson and driver Randy Waples led all winners on Saturday's 13-race card with three wins each. From WEG publicity department
TORONTO, January 17 - The opening round of the Blizzard Series got underway on Friday evening at Woodbine Racetrack. Twenty-eight three- and four-year-old pacing fillies and mares were showcased in three $15,000 divisions. In the opening division, Sayitall BB and Jody Jamieson won in a nail-biter for trainer Ron Burke in 1:54. With the victory, the swift pacer remains undefeated in six career starts as she set a new lifetime best in the process. Jamieson and Sayitall BB were parked on the outside through the opening panel in :26.4, set by Miss Poppycock (Chris Christoforou). As soon as Sayitall BB cleared to the front, Miss Poppycock quickly regained command to lead past the half in :56 and three-quarters in 1:26. Turning for home, the pair of heavy favourites separated themselves from their rivals and began to duke it out down the stretch. In the end, Miss Poppycock gave way to Sayitall BB in the final strides to win by a nose. Ignite The Nite (Randy Waples) finished third. Owned by Burke Racing Stable LLC and Weaver Bruscemi LLC, Sayitall BB increased her bankroll to $29,350. She paid $3.70 to win. Sent off as the post time favourite, An Angel Shes Not, in rein to Paul Macdonell, came from off-the-pace to win in 1:56.3 to take the second division. Zip Car (Doug McNair) was parked to the opening quarter in :26.3 and would continue to set the pace past the half in :56.2. Lookers Destiny (Larry Small) remained parked on the outside for the mile, which gave cover to An Angel Shes Not as Zip Car led past three-quarters in 1:26.3. Down the stretch, Zip Car began to tire on the front end as An Angel Shes Not continued to grind away on the tempo-setter in deep stretch before getting up in the final strides. Twin B Amour (Jody Jamieson) finished third. Trained, owned and bred by David Snowden, An Angel Shes Not earned herself a new career best as she celebrated her second lifetime victory. Her bankroll now sits at $19,724. She paid $5.70 to win. Lyonsaura and Randy Waples provided the 3-1 minor upset to take the final division in 1:54.1. The pacing miss led from start to finish through panels of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.4, before fending off post time favourite Murrayfield (Keith Oliver) down the stretch to score. Rock N Roll Xample (Billy Davis, Jr.) was a distant third. Trained by Corey Johnson for owner Geoffrey Lyons Mound, Lyonsaura celebrated her second career victory as she earned a lifetime best. The daughter of Camluck now has earnings of $15,000. She paid $8.90 to win. The Blizzard Series is for three- and four-year-old fillies and mares, who are non winners of two races or $20,000 lifetime as of November 30, 2013. The second leg of the series is scheduled for Friday, January 24 with the $30,000 (added) final on Friday, January 31. Videos of most races attached. Some still pending. Greg Gangle
The three-year-old daughter of No Pan Intended "Lyonssweetie" won the Niagara Final at Woodbine Raceway tonight the 26th of December for trainer Corey Johnson and harness racing driver Randy Waples. D Gs Pesquero was second and Envious Hanover was third. Randy Waples and trainer Corey Johnson completed a Boxing Day sweep of stakes, taking the $33,900 Valedictory with Somebeachsomewhere colt Yucatan. Videos of all races attached.
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.