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Its Academic had the win wrapped up in Woodbine Mohawk Park's highest condition on Monday, Feb. 22, but gait issues wiped away the victory.   Harness racing driver Doug McNair crafted a perfect pocket trip for the four-year-old trotter, and the pair appeared to be clear in the last eighth of a mile. In the final few yards, however, the horse began pacing. He crossed the line first, but the judges found he violated the breaking rule and placed him last. Perfetto, who finished second for driver/trainer Dagfin Henriksen gained the win through disqualification.   P L Jill hit the front first for Mario Baillargeon from post five and set a 27.4 first quarter. Its Academic settled into the pocket spot from post four, and Perfetto sat sixth at that point. The order remained the same until Perfetto blinked first, moving to the outside past three-eighths. Meanwhile, Baillargeon gave the leader a breather with a 57.2 half.   Perfetto got properly into gear as the field hit the far turn, making it up to third before three-quarters in 1:26.3. This triggered Its Academic, the 7/5 favourite, to swing to the outside from second and make his move. P L Jill fought bravely, but Its Academic had slightly more after the pocket trip. The latter went by the former and it seemed like he would win comfortably, but he suddenly switched to the pace with meters remaining. Perfetto continued to gain all the way to the wire and fell short by about a neck in a very game effort. P L Jill crossed the line third, and Memo came from last to pick up fourth.   The officials decided that Its Academic did violate the breaking rule and disqualified him. Perfetto took his 17th lifetime win through promotion, and P L Jill and Memo were given second and third, respectively.   Perfetto surpasses $400,000 in earnings with this win. The six-year-old Majestic Son gelding is owned by Gerald Haggerty of Camden East. For full race results, click here.   by Nicholas Barnsdale for Harnesslink

JUNE 4, 2019 - Ontario's three-year-old trotting colts and geldings will be the stars of Grand River Raceway's opening night, this Wednesday, June 5, competing in four $22,800 harness racing divisions. Trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen will send The Great Farini after a share of the purse in the third division and the Guelph, ON resident is hoping the colt extends the consistent run that has seen him finish in the top three in seven of 10 lifetime starts. "He never raced last year; he grew so much we just turned him out. He came around this year real nice and he developed into a fairly nice racehorse," said Henriksen, who shares ownership of The Great Farini with Barry McClennan of Cavan, ON. "He's been pretty much on the board almost every start and he's getting better and learning. He just started out this year, but he's starting to get the hang of it I think." The colt heads into Wednesday's test looking to atone for an early miscue in the City of London Trotting Series Final at The Raceway at Western Fair District on May 31, where he was sent off as the favourite after an impressive runner-up effort from the outside Post 7 in his May 24 elimination. That result was the second straight race in which The Great Farini had demonstrated an ability to hustle off the starting gate from an outside post and the colt will have to put that skill to work again on Wednesday as he starts from Post 8 in the fourth race. "Sometimes you draw better, sometimes you draw worse," said the pragmatic Henriksen. "He can leave good and get off the gate, so I think he'll be able to get a good position in the race." Henriksen expects to make regular trips to the popular Elora, ON oval this summer from his base at the First Line Training Centre outside of Guelph. The native of Norway is currently training 16 horses, including a group of two and three-year-olds he hopes to race in the Ontario Sires Stakes program. "I like racing at Grand River, it's a nice track," said Henriksen. "And some horses can't go on the 'A' track, they just can't handle the bigger track and you bring them to the small tracks, and Grand River is definitely a good option for me because it's not far away." The Great Farini and his peers will show off their skills in Races 1, 2, 4 and 7 on Wednesday night, with the first division getting under way at 6:30 pm. A complete program for Wednesday's opening night is available at https://grandriverraceway.com/horse-racing/programs/ and fans unable to get to Grand River Raceway can watch the trotters compete at https://grandriverraceway.com/horse-racing/streaming-video/. In addition to Wednesday's opening night event, Grand River Raceway will also host three additional Grassroots events and four Gold Series Legs this season. A complete schedule is attached below and can also be found at http://www.ontariosiresstakes.com/schedule/schedule_loc.html#GRVR.   Grand River Raceway Race Date Post Time Age/Sex/Gait Race Type           Wednesday, June 5 6:30 pm 3-year-old Colt Trot Grassroots Series           Wednesday, July 3 6:30 pm 3-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Wednesday, July 24 6:30 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Gold Leg           Monday, Aug. 5 12:30 pm 3-year-old Colt Pace Grassroots Series           Wednesday, Aug. 14 6:30 pm 2-year-old Filly Pace Gold Leg           Wednesday, Sept. 4 6:30 pm 2-year-old Filly Trot Grassroots Series           Monday, Sept. 9 6:30 pm 2-year-old Filly Pace Grassroots Series           Monday, Sept. 23 6:30 pm 2-year-old Colt Trot Gold Leg 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 c/o Woodbine Mohawk Park      

MAY 28, 2018 - Upsets were the name of the game as the three-year-old harness racing trotting colts and geldings made their Ontario Sires Stakes debut at Woodbine Mohawk Park on Monday evening. The favourites in both $97,200 Gold Series divisions made early mistakes that left the door open for their less celebrated peers, and Jula Downton and Tinas Majesty took full advantage. In the first division fan favourite, and 2017 Grassroots champion, Stormont Ventnor went off-stride as the gate swept away from the field of nine, leaving front-end control to rail sitter Joey Bats. Joey Bats and driver Bob McClure rolled through fractions of :28.2, :57.4 and 1:26.4, maintaining a robust distance in front of pocket-sitter Jula Downton. However, turning for home driver Louis Philippe Roy sent Jula Downton into the outer lane and the colt found a whole other gear, pulling away to a two length victory in a personal best 1:54.3. Run Director closed sharply to finish second and Joey Bats settled for third. "That was the third time I was sitting behind him," noted Roy from the winner's circle. "Last time he had some steering issues and down the stretch I worked on him like maybe half the stretch just to try to get him out and I couldn't get him out, couldn't get him out, and once he cleared he was flying, so I thought tonight if he was going to steer a little bit better that he had a good shot at it." Jula Downton was a Grassroots winner as a two-year-old and also tested his mettle against the Gold Series colts. He arrived in trainer Susanne Kerwood's barn in late April and the Rockwood resident has been impressed with the son of Kadabra and Abbey Craig's progress through a May 14 qualifier, May 19 overnight and Monday's Gold Leg. "He was in Florida all winter and the guy who trained him down there (Tommy Andersson) said he really, really likes him. 'He's a nice big colt, he's strong', he says, and he says, 'I think you're going to like him', and he was right," said Kerwood with a laugh. "He can get on a line a little bit and we've been trying to play with the rigging a little bit," Kerwood continued. "I guess he was a little bit like that last year, that's what Tommy was telling me anyways, that he had a little bit of issues last year too. But you know what, I know one thing, he's fast, so we'll keep trying and hopefully I'll have him straightened out one of these days. He wasn't too bad today, he was better today than he was last week." Kerwood conditions Jula Downton for Karljohan Blank of Delray Beach, Florida. Monday's victory boosted the colt's lifetime earnings to $65,440. In the second division it was favourite Perfetto who broke stride heading for the half, leaving lightly rated Henderson Seelster to carry the field to fractions of :27, :55.3 and 1:25.2. Spring Holiday and Tinas Majesty followed Henderson Seelster through the sharp early fractions and when the pacesetter began to falter they tipped into the outer lane. As the colts squared up in the stretch Tinas Majesty had gained a three-quarter length lead and the Majestic Son gelding fought hard all the way to the wire, keeping a very short whisker in front of Winning American. Spring Holiday picked up the third-place finisher's share. Unraced at two, Monday was the first-ever Ontario Sires Stakes start for Tinas Majesty. It was also trainer-driver Dagfin Henriksen's first-ever Gold Series win, and the first Ontario Sires Stakes victory for owner-breeder Shelley Racing Stables of Omemee, Ontario. "He's a homebred, Shelley Racing Stable, they bred this horse," said Henriksen. "And it's the first Gold I ever won. We had some Grassroots winners before, but I never had a Gold winner, so that's exciting." When Tinas Majesty posted his first lifetime victory in an overnight event at Woodbine Mohawk Park on April 26, stopping the teletimer at 1:59, Henriksen was confident that the trotter could compete with the best in Ontario and he was delighted when Monday's finish line photograph proved him right. "He showed me something at two-year-old that I thought he was going to be a decent horse, but I didn't have it in my thoughts that he was going to be a Gold winner first time in the Gold," noted the Cambridge resident. "When he won his maiden - I think that was his third lifetime start or something - when he won his maiden race I could tell I had so much horse left, and I told the owners right after I raced him, I said, 'I think we have a Gold horse, I think he'll be good enough to go in the Gold'." Through six lifetime starts Tinas Majesty now has two wins and two seconds for earnings of $64,800. The second leg of the Gold Series takes place June 26 at Woodbine Mohawk Park. In the coming weeks some of the Gold Series competitors will step up to battle North America's best in the Campbellville oval's Goodtimes Stake, with eliminations on June 8 and the final on June 16. From the Ontario Sire Stakes  

AUGUST 12, 2017 - Dagfin Henriksen returned to Kawartha Downs on Saturday evening and guided his harness racing two-year-old trotter North And South to an Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots victory, the gelding's second of the season. Sent off as the second choice by Kawartha Downs fans, who strongly favoured the trotters with local connections, North And South got away sixth from Post 9 and avoided some early confusion caused when Irish Master made a miscue that pushed favourite Stormont Ventnor into the middle of the racetrack. Closing to fourth by the halfway marker, North And South had taken command by the three-quarters and sailed home a two and three-quarter length winner in a personal best 1:59.1. Stormont Ventnor, with Kawartha's top reinsman Reg Gassien of Lindsay in the race bike, recovered from his first quarter shuffle to finish second and third choice Chief Justice, trained by former Peterborough, ON resident John Bax, was third. "Nine-hole, you kind of have to plan as you go a little bit, and when the horse run out of the first turn there was a little bit of a confused first quarter, and then there was a big gap," said Henriksen. "I was just trying to close the gap and when he closed the gap he just swelled up, so I just moved him when I had to. It worked out perfect." Henriksen, a former resident of Peterborough who started his training and driving career at Kawartha Downs, shares ownership of North And South with Dr. Brett Anderson of Port Hope, ON and Kyle Anderson of Edmonton, AB. The partners anted up $10,000 to acquire North And South from last fall's Canadian Yearling Sale and through four starts the son of Southwind Lustre and Queen Nora has earned $18,975. "He raced really good. When I moved him he just fired right up. It was fun," said Henriksen, who now calls Cambridge, ON home. "He's learning the right way and does everything the right way." The victory bumped the gelding to the top of the division standings with 102 points, which should assure him of a berth in the Sept. 30 Grassroots Championship at Mohawk Racetrack, but Henriksen was happy to just enjoy Saturday's win without looking too far into the future. "It's nice to win here. It's always been fun to win here," said the horseman. "The crowd's always cheering me on, everybody knows me; it's good." Veteran trainer-driver Jack Moiseyev also enjoyed an enthusiastic reception from Kawartha Downs' fans when he guided Charlie Ona Harley into the winner's circle after the second Grassroots division. The pair was part of a three-horse charge to the wire that required a photograph to determine that Charlie Ona Harley got a head in front of Nobodynosjustice and pacesetter Radical Attempt in the 1:59.2 mile. "Usually, you know he acted like a two-year-old, but tonight he got behind the gate and he just was a different horse," said Moiseyev. "I was happy with him." Saturday was Charlie Ona Harley's debut, both in the Grassroots and as a gelding. The son of Glidemaster and Carnac started the Ontario Sires Stakes season at the Gold Series level, finishing fifth in the July 9 season opener at Georgian Downs, but his behaviour that night caused Moiseyev and owners Joanne Colville of Moffat and Nancy MacNevin of Essex, ON to make the decision to transform him from a colt to a gelding. "He was so bad in the paddock that night, he was trying to hurt people, so we just gelded him," explained Moffat resident Moiseyev. "He really calmed right down after about 10 days, now he's all business." With Saturday's win Charlie Ona Harley moved into ninth spot in the division standings and both he and North And South will have an opportunity to pad their point totals in the fifth event for two-year-old trotting colts and geldings on Sept. 2 at Flamboro Downs. Peterborough MPP Jeff Leal was on hand for Kawartha Downs' Ontario Sires Stakes event Saturday and the Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs made the trophy presentations to the winning connections of North And South and Charlie Ona Harley. OSS Program Information For rules, notices, Program changes, up-to-date point standings, race replays, and more, visit: www.ontariosiresstakes.com Ontario Racing

TORONTO, January 18 - Domedomedome and Lady Ping scored repeat harness racing victories in the second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series Monday night at Woodbine Racetrack. A pair of $20,000 second leg divisions were contested under chilly conditions Monday. In the first split, Domedomedome continued her hot start to 2016 with a 1:57.1 victory. Sent off as the 2/5 favourite, Domedomedome and trainer/driver Jack Moiseyev got away fourth, while AspenCalifornia cut an opening-panel of :28.1. I Jasmin circled around the leader from second to lead the field by the half in :58.1. Moiseyev was able to pick up cover around the final turn and had Domedomedome poised to strike from second-over turning for home. In the lane, the public's choice surged by to the lead and trotted home comfortably in :29.1 to win by 3 ¼ lengths over Piscean. I Jasmin finished third, while AspenCalifornia was fourth. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome has now visited the winner's circle twice in three starts this season and nine-times overall. Owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt, Domedomedome increased her career earnings to $120,550 with Monday's victory. She paid $2.90 to win. Domedomedome A pair of scratches left just a field of four for the second division, but the small field put on a good show. Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, and trainer/driver Dagfin Henriksen trotted along third in the early stages, while Giona cut out opening-fractions of :29.1 and :59.2. After trotting by the half, Henriksen brought his mare to the outside and trotted up to within a length of Giona at the three-quarter pole. In the stretch, Giona battled tough and refused to surrender the lead to the public's choice. Lady Ping needed every inch of racetrack to get by the leader and did so in the final stride to win by a head in 1:58.1. Luau Hanover finished third, while MissysGa Ga, who made a break at the start, was fourth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Henriksen, Dr. Brett Anderson and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare now has two wins from three outings in 2016 after winning four of 24 last year. Lady Ping's sixth career triumph pushes her career bankroll over $131,000. She paid $3.30 to win. Lady Ping In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the four and five-year-old trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. Domedomedome and Lady Ping will both be aiming for a series sweep in next Monday's (January 25) $44,200 final. Mark McKelvie

TORONTO, January 11 - Lady Ping and Domedomedome were popular harness racing winners in Monday night's first leg of the Lifetime Dream Series at Woodbine Racetrack. A group of 12 four and five-year-old trotting mares were split into two $20,000 first leg divisions. In the first split, Lady Ping converted off a second-over trip for a 1:58.3 victory. Trained and driven by Dagfin Henriksen, Lady Ping got away in fifth, while Piscean cut out opening fractions of :29.2 and 1:00. Sheguindah came first-up to challenge the leader, which allowed Lady Ping to pick up cover. In the stretch, Lady Ping, the 3/5 favourite, came off cover and trotted by her rivals with ease to score a 3¾ length victory with a :29.2 final-quarter. Luau Hanover got up for second, while Sheguindah was third. Piscean dropped back to finish fifth. A four-year-old daughter of Muscle Mass, Lady Ping is owned by Dr. Brett Anderson, Henriksen and Kyle Anderson. The trotting mare won four of 24 starts in 2015 and banked over $109,000. Lady Ping now has five career victories and a bankroll of $121,700. She paid $3.50 to win. Lady Ping Domedomedome kept things rolling for the favourites in the second division, as the Jack Moiseyev trainee won easily at 4/5. Driven by Phil Hudon, Domedomedome made a second-quarter move to the lead from fourth to post a half-mile clocking of :58.3. After reaching the three-quarter pole in 1:27.3, the public's choice stretched her lead out to as many as seven-lengths before stopping the clocking in 1:57.4 for a 4¼ length victory. Aspen California rallied nicely to finish second, while Tymal Fireitup finished third. A five-year-old daughter of Deweycheatumnhowe, Domedomedome is owned by Joanne Colville and Pamela Schmidt. The Moiseyev trainee won seven of 31 starts in 2015 for over $90,000 in earnings. Domedomedome, who was making her second start of 2016, now has eight career wins and a bankroll exceeding $110,000. A $2 win ticket on the favourite returned $3.80. Domedomedome In order to be eligible to the Lifetime Dream, the trotting mares had to be non-winners of $100,000 lifetime as of October 31, 2015. The second leg of the Lifetime Dream Series is schedule for next Monday (January 18). Mark McKelvie - WEG Communications

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