Georgian Downs rolled out the red carpet on Saturday night for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series with five $18,000 dashes going behind the gate. When the dust had cleared, it was Shadios who shined brightest, turning in a career-best 1:50.3 clocking in the fourth Grassroots flight. With Billy Davis Jr. in the bike, Shadios sat in second while Warrawee Phoenix (Scott Coulter) rattled off fast fractions of :26.4, :53.4, and 1:22.2. Davis Jr. already had his charge out of the pocket at three-quarters and he took control entering the far turn. From there, Shadios set sail for the wire, which he reached five lengths to the good over runner-up Regal Babe (Mike Saftic). Twin B Spy (Robert Shepherd) finished in third. Tony Alagna trains Shadios, a Shadow Play gelding, for Great Britain-based owner Tom Hill. Shadios has won three times from six starts this year and he has four career victories. He has earned $26,860 in 2014 and $41,150 in his life. Davis Jr. also won the Grassroots opener with Some Major Beach, the Major In Art half-brother to the great Somebeachsomewhere. Making his first start for trainer Dave Menary, Some Major Beach worked out a second-over trip and then converted it into a 1:52.4 victory. He defeated Major Homer (Travis Henry) by two and three-quarters lengths with Allstar Seelster (Mike Saftic) back in third. Muscara Racing Trust of Ivyland, Pennsylvania, Robert Watson of Ashfield, Australia and Martinez Equine of Mechanicsburg, Pennsylvania own Some Major Beach. This was his second career win from 17 tries and he has banked $154,226. The other three divisions were all won by driver Scott Coulter. He guided Andreios Kardia to a 1:53.1 decision in the second split; Regal Son to a 1:54.1 tally in the third division; and Lucky King to a 1:53.1 triumph in the Grassroots nightcap. Andreios Kardia, a gelding by Badlands Hanover, is trained by Jeff Madill for owner/breeder Ina Madill of Innisfil, Ont. Unraced as a freshman, Andreios Kardia is four-for-16 this year with $55,350 in the bank. Regal Son, a Stonebridge Regal colt, is trained by Bob McIntosh of Windsor, Ont, who also bred Regal Son with long-time partner C S X Stables of Liberty Center, Ohio. Gordon Wright of Charlotte, Michigan is also part of the ownership contingent. Regal Son is a four-time winner in his racing career and he has earned over $55,550. Andrew McCabe sent out Camluck colt Lucky King for owner Glenview Livestock Ltd. of Guelph-Eramosa, Ont. This was the first Ontario Sires Stakes win this year for Lucky King, who won last year’s Grassroots Championship for two-year-old pacing colts and geldings. He has six career victories and he has stashed away $91,053 for his connections. The next event for the three-year-old colt and gelding pacers of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots Series is slated for August 3 at Hanover Raceway. From the Ontario Sire Stakes
One of Southland's true harness racing icons, Jim Holland, passed away last week aged 94. Holland's biggest achievements in the sport include breeding and owning smart fillies Some Legacy, Shania Patron and It's Ella, as well as being the winner of the 2000 Southland Harness Racing Personality of the Year Award.
Junior harness racing drivers had a day out like never before when they won the first seven races at the Wairio Trotting Club's special Mile Day fixture at the Central Southland Raceway in Winton today Sunday 18 October 2009.
All indications point to leading trainer Geoff Small landing himself in more strife with harness racing stewards and officialdom after an unfortunate sequence of events at Addington Raceway in Christchurch tonight (Friday 16 October 2009).
Amazing Art, a quality Artsplace colt from well performed In The Pocket mare Pacing Grace (8 wins) fetched top harness racing price of $170,000 at the 2009 PGG Wrightson Two Year Old Ready To Run Sale at Addington Raceway in Christchurch today (Wednesday 14 October 2009).
Harness racing driver Jamie Keast knew One For His Knob was getting close to his mark but he was so unlucky when seventh at his previous start at Methven on Sunday that he was expecting a big run from him at Addington today (Tuesday 13 October 2009).
Despite the considerably smaller number of catalogued lots, senior harness racing representatives of the auctioneers PGG Wrightson are still expecting a successful ninth Ready To Run Two Year Old Sale at Addington Raceway in Christchurch tomorrow Wednesday 14 October.
Cullen's Creek, a half brother to open class harness racing pacer Harnett's Creek, has come of age if his comprehensive success in he PGG Wrightson Ltd Handicap Pace (2400m) at Methven today Sunday 11 October proves a reliable guide to his class and fitness.
Harness racing trainer Robert Dunn called it right when he said some bad luck might have to befall favourite Tennis Ball if one of his three representatives was to win the $35,000 Gr 3 Mountain River Processors Methven Cup at Mt Harding today Sunday 11 October.
Master harness racing trotting trainer Tim Butt justifiably predicted a bright future for Quality Invasion after he staged an auspicious winning debut in the R and R Haulage Trot (2400 metres) on grass at the Methven fixture at Mt Harding Raceway today Sunday 11 October.
The New Zealand Standardbred Breeders' Association can justifiably feel proud of its 2009-2010 Register of Standardbred Stallions. The Register has continued to grow in terms of content and annual additions to whereby it provides the most demanding readers and harness racing breeders virtually everything they want to know before making a choice of sires for their mares.
Astute Canterbury harness racing trainer Robert Dunn is aware of his stable and family's formidable hand in the $35,000 Gr 3 Methven Cup (3000 metres) that will provide a searching test of stamina on grass at the Mount Harding track tomorrow Sunday 12 October.
The outcome of a familiar David and Goliath passage in the Holy Bible was reversed at the Forbury Park harness racing meeting in Dunedin tonight Thursday 8 October when giant pacer Star Friendship proved too strong for gallant little runner up Lord Forbes.
Exciting Central Southland 3 year old harness racing pacer Motu Crusader underlined his potential with a stunning success in the third heat of the NRM NZ Sires' Stakes Series over 1700 metres at Forbury Park in Dunedin tonight Thursday 8 October.
Last night's annual general meeting of the Forbury Park Trotting Club in Dunedin has sanctioned the replacement of the unsafe stewards' stand with a new harness racing administration facility.
Distinguished Papakura harness racing trainer Tony Herlihy is '85 percent certain' his champion trotting mare One Over Kenny will have to miss next month's Dominion Handicap at Addington because of a quarter crack in her off fore foot.