Harness racing father and son trainer and driver teams combined to win the final two $18,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots divisions for two-year-old pacing fillies this afternoon at Clinton Raceway. Both duos won their respective events with a daughter of Mach Three, the fastest of which was Wicked Speed. With Scott Young in the sulky for trainer, co-owner and dad Bob Young, the diminutive lass went gate to wire in :30, 1:00, 1:30.2 and stopped the clock in 1:59 over Brilliant Idea and Hurricane Trina. It was the second straight win in as many lifetime starts for Wicked Speed who made her debut in an overnight at Clinton last Sunday where she won by five lengths to earn $2,000. That effort combined with today’s winnings find the filly paid for as she cost $10,000 at last year’s Lexington Select Sale for Bob Young of Guelph, Ontario and partner Marsha Sugarman of Status Stables, Ma. Young noted that the filly’s price was likely as a result of her stature. “She’s grown quite a bit since we got her and I think she’ll grow more by the time she’s three. She has a big, powerful rear end on her. She wears a fairly long hopple, 57 1/2 inches and no boots. “She’s done everything right from day one. She’s got tons of brains and likes her work,” he praised. Doug McNair was at the lines for dad Gregg in the fourth division with Mach Denali who managed to win by more than two lengths despite suffering interference just past the three-quarters when the lead filly made a break. Mach Denali was home in 2:01 over Jinglewriter and Ok Heartbeat. Gregg McNair, also of Guelph, shares ownership of the filly with Tony Lawrence and William Brown of Hanover and Paul Kidd from Guelph. This was the first lifetime win for the filly in three tries. Doug McNair also piloted the fastest winner on this afternoon’s card, Kastie Snoops who tripped the timer in 1:58.4. Tony O’Sullivan trains the Sportswriter filly, a half-sister to $573,000 winner Dalhousie Dave, for owner/breeder John Fielding of Toronto. The other two divisions were captured by Stonebridge Quest (Camluck) and Trevor Henry in 2:00.4 and Chase The Shadows (Shadow Play) with Ryan Holliday up in 1:59. The next Grassroots test for this group will be at Mohawk on August 11. To view the complete results from today’s card, please click Clinton Results - July 20. Ontario Sire Stakes
ELORA, ON - Grand River Raceway's Industry Day Celebration is just around the corner, and the event esteems to be one of the best days of the summer for harness racing fans. Festivities and the TV broadcast kick off at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, August 4. Post time for the first dash is 1:30 p.m.. The 24th annual event includes an 11-race card worth more than $350,000 in purses. The main feature of the day is Grand River Raceway's signature dash, the 17th annual Battle Of Waterloo. There are 159 Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing colts eligible to start in the $180,000 (estimated) dash. The sixth annual Battle Of The Belles will be contested for $120,000 (estimated) and 150 Ontario-sired two-year-old pacing fillies remain eligible. The nine finalists for each of those races will be determined during eliminations contested a week prior (July 28, post time 6:30 p.m.). Post position draws for both finals will be conducted during the TV broadcast on July 28. Among the eligibles is Ace Of Clubs, a half-brother to 2013 Battle Of Waterloo champ Three Of Clubs. Trainer Gregg McNair of Guelph, ON co-owns both horses with Tony Lawrence and Hall Of Famer Keith Waples. Rounding out the Industry Day race card are consolation races for the Battles, plus a Gold Leg for three-year-old pacing colts in the Ontario Sires Stakes. During the afternoon event, Grand River Raceway and the Canadian Horse Racing Hall Of Fame will salute the track's General Manager, Dr. Ted Clarke, who will be inducted into the Hall Of Fame on August 6. As always, Industry Day offers many other horse racing delights: RUS Ontario will feature back-to-back racing under saddle events, beginning with a Canada vs. Norway race on Friday, August 1. On Industry Day, it's the RUS International, featuring riders from several different countries. Fans are invited to meet Paula Seelster and her Badlands Hanover youngster from 1:00 - 3:00 and submit their best entries for the Name The Foal contest to win a family dinner outing at Grand River Raceway. Grand River Raceway will donate $1 to the Ontario Standardbred Adoption Society for each name submission. Standardbred Canada's I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club will be on-hand with the Wheel Of Fame and Fan Club merchandise. The tenth annual Drivers' Edition of the Bouncy Pony Stakes. An All-Access Kid's Pass is available onsite for $5 and includes face painting, balloon artists, bouncy castles, and pony rides (1:00 - 5:00). Online Handicapping Challenge, presented by Standardbred Canada's I Love Canadian Harness Racing Fan Club (starting August 1). $500 Cheerleading Squads: $250 awarded to each cheerleader representing the winning horse in the Battle Of The Belles and Battle Of Waterloo. HorsePlayer Interactive (HPI) is offering the chance to win a $500 deposit for those who wager $50 or more on the 2014 Industry Day card through their HPI account. For complete event details, visit http://industrydaycelebration.com/ by Kelly Spencer, for Grand River Raceway
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 16 - Driver Doug McNair turned in a five-win performance Tuesday night at Mohawk Racetrack. McNair got his night off to a good start in the first race winning with Second Sister in the first $18,000 division of the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots for two-year-old filly trotters. Second Sister, who is trained by Doug's father Gregg, won by 3 Â¾ lengths in 2:00.3. She paid $10.80 to win. In the evening's fourth race, the McNair's teamed up again with three-year-old pacing gelding Regal Babe, who won by 5 Â½ lengths in 1:52.4. He returned $7.20 to win. The McNair's then completed the hat-trick in the seventh race with two-year-old pacing colt Late Night by three-quarters of a length in 1:55.4. Late Night, a son of Art Major - Dreamlands Jo Jo, was a $125,000 Harrisburg Yearling Sale purchase. The victory was the first of his career in his second start and he returned $5.60 to win. McNair reached the grand slam in the ninth race, the final $18,000 Grassroots division, with Bistrobistro Taj for trainer Rick Zeron. The daughter of Pilgrams Taj - Freda Hall won by 2 Â¼ lengths in 2:00.3 and paid $8.20 to win. In the final race of the evening, McNair picked up his fifth win with Sword Of The Spirit for trainer Tony O'Sullivan. McNair sent the three-year-old to the front and put up solid fractions en route to a four length victory in 1:51. He returned $5.80 to win. The five win night pushes McNair over the 100 win mark on the season and up to sixth in the WEG driver's standings. This season, McNair has 102 victories and earnings of over $1.5 million. by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
CAMPBELLVILLE, July 15 - A stellar 13-race card featuring the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot has been assembled for Saturday night (July 19) at Mohawk Racetrack. Sebastian K, the world's fastest trotter (1:49), highlights the field of ten for the 63rd edition of Canada's most storied trotting event, the Maple Leaf Trot (Race 9). The eight-year-old "Scandinavian Powerhouse" won his elimination last Friday (July 11) for trainer-driver Ake Svandstedt in 1:52.2. Upon earning the right to select his post position for the final, Svandstedt selected the rail as the starting spot for his prized trotter. Svandstedt, a top horseman in his native Sweden for many years, relocated his stable to North America this season and is in the midst of a successful campaign, thanks in large part to Sebastian K who is a perfect five for five on North American soil. The high point of the season thus far for Sebastian K was a seven-length victory in the Sun Invitational at Pocono Downs on June 28, in which he became the fastest trotter in the history of harness racing with a jaw-dropping mile time of 1:49. Before coming to North America, Sebastian K had victories in top events such as the 2013 Oslo Grand Prix, a heat of the 2013 Elitlopp and the 2012 UET Trotting Masters. The nine rivals who will look to knock Sebastian K off the top of the mountain, include the last two Maple Leaf Trot winners, Mister Herbie ('12) and Market Share ('13). Market Share won the second elimination last week in 1:53 with a last quarter of :26.4 for driver Tim Tetrick and trainer Linda Toscano. His connections selected post position two for the final. The five-year-son of Revenue - Classical Flirt is the richest horse in the field with over $3.2 million in career earnings. Market Share followed up his Maple Leaf Trot victory last year with a triumph in the Breeders Crown. His career highlights also include two million-dollar race victories in 2012 in the Hambletonian at the Meadowlands and the Canadian Trotting Classic at Mohawk. Leading the charge for the local horses will be Mister Herbie, who finished runner-up to Market Share in not only his elimination last week, but also in last year's final. The Jeff Gillis trainee won the 2012 edition of the Maple Leaf Trot in a stakes and track record clocking of 1:50.4 and was last year's O'Brien Award winner as top older trotter in Canada. Mister Herbie will start from post six and will be driven by Hall of Fame driver Steve Condren who won his first and only Maple Leaf Trot in 1988 with Natural Image. The seven other challengers in the field are a group of well accomplished standardbreds. Intimidate, a past Breeders Crown and O'Brien Award winner, will start from post three for driver Sylvain Filion and trainer Luc Blais. Ron Burke, North America's leading trainer, will send out two starters. Archangel, post four, was the 2012 Yonkers Trot champion, while Wishing Stone, post five, has had success in both North America and Europe with victories in the 2012 Copenhagen Cup in Denmark and the 2013 Maxie Lee Memorial at Harrah's Philadelphia. Creatine, last year's Kentucky Futurity winner, will start from post seven for the duo of Hall of Fame driver Mike Lachance and trotting conditioner Bob Stewart. Undercover Strike will leave from post eight and is a Preferred winner at both Mohawk and the Meadows. He is sent out by trainer Tony O'Sullivan and will be driven by Doug McNair. Flanagan Memory, who won last year's Goodtimes, Ontario Sires Stakes Super Final and an O'Brien Award, starts from post nine for trainer Rene Dion and Woodbine/Mohawk's leading driver Chris Christoforou. Modern Family, a multiple stakes winner, will start from post ten for trainer Daryl Bier and will have Ron Pierce, a two-time Maple Leaf Trot winner, in the sulky. The field of ten for the Maple Leaf Trot has combined for 188 career victories and career earnings of $13,837,506. The Maple Leaf Trot undercard will feature four Canadian Breeders Championships (Races 2,3,7,10) for three-year-olds. Trevor Ritchie, a three-time Maple Leaf Trot winning driver ('03 Rotation, '06 Peaceful Way, '07 Equinox Bi), recently announced his retirement from driving. Ritchie will be on hand Saturday night to present the trophy to this year's winner and will be a special guest on Mohawk Racing Live's pre-game show beginning at 6:45 p.m. Post time for Saturday's Maple Leaf Trot card is 7:25 p.m, with the Maple Leaf Trot expected to go behind the gate at 10:05 p.m. Here is the field for the $603,000 Maple Leaf Trot. Race 9 - Maple Leaf Trot - Purse: $603,000 PP/Horse/Driver/Trainer/Morning Line 1. Sebastian K - Ake Svandstedt - Ake Svandstedt - 2/5 2. Market Share - Tim Tetrick - Linda Toscano - 6-1 3. Intimidate - Sylvain Filion - Luc Blais - 12-1 4. Archangel - Jody Jamieson - Ron Burke - 10-1 5. Wishing Stone - Randall Waples - Ron Burke - 20-1 6. Mister Herbie - Steve Condren - Jeff Gillis - 15-1 7. Creatine - Mike Lachance - Bob Stewart - 15-1 8. Undercover Strike - Doug McNair - Tony O'Sullivan - 25-1 9. Flanagan Memory - Chris Christoforou - Rene Dion - 25-1 10. Modern Family - Ron Pierce - Daryl Bier - 20-1 AE: Wheeling N Dealin - Jody Jamieson - Luc Blais - N/A by Mark McKelvie, for WEG
Two-year-old trotting fillies sparred in four OSS Gold Series divisions Monday evening at Mohawk Racetrack, and it was a night dominated by the favourites. Youre Majestic, who was sent off at odds of 1-2 in her $52,500 division, was a going away winner in 1:57.4 for driver Doug McNair. The daughter of Majestic Son-Youre Adorable rallied for her second win in as many tries. Allerage Star was next best, with third prize earned by Desis Dream. Tony O’Sullivan took over the training on the youngster following a private purchase by F Bellino And Sons LLC of Bronxville, New York. The rookie won her debut over Northfield Park’s half-mile oval in 1:58.1 for former trainer Ladarrius Whittaker. To view the rest of this story click here.
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's plenty to see and do at Buffalo Raceway Sunday afternoon (July 13) when the popular 'Back To The Track' promotion takes place along with a 13-race program featuring the New York Sire Stakes for the 2-year-old pacing fillies. The action gets underway at 1:05 p.m. The 'Back To The Track' day, in conjunction with the United States Trotting Association and Buffalo Raceway, features harness racing bingo, free programs, sno-cones, cotton candy, pony rides and t-shirts. It's a great day of activities for those of all ages. There will be plenty of action on the Hamburg half-mile oval as well with three $36,566 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes, slated as the second, fourth and sixth races, along with three $12,700 legs of the Excelsior Class A series. The young ladies will be gunning for the divisional track record of 1:56.3 set by Silk Purse (2011) and Summertime Lea (2012). A total of six track marks have been either broken or tied at Buffalo Raceway this season so hang onto your hats. The first division of the Sire Stakes features Sheeztoughenough (Art Dealer-Sheezadiamondealer) who'll score from the two post with Jim Morrill Jr. Installed as the 5-2 morning line favorite, Sheeztoughenough's last outing was a beauty with a 1:55 win at Mohawk in a $11,280 conditioned pace. The main threat should come from Ameritime (American Ideal-L'Charm) who enters with two straight victories. She scored in a Excelsior A Class race with a 1:58 mark at Monticello and captured a fillies and mares maiden conditioned race at Tioga in 1:58. Mark MacDonald will get the call on the 7-2 second choice. The remainder of the field includes My Little Delight (Jeff Gregory), Mo Molly Blue Chip (Kevin Cummings), Our Hot Majorette (Mike Saftic) and Heavens Legacy (Brent Holland). The inside posts are the place to look in the second division as favorites will start from there. Mosquito Blue Chip gets the two hole for Morrill Jr. and is the 2-1 favorite. She comes to town after finishing a solid second at Monticello on July 4 in a $27,750 Sires Stakes race. Lurking on the rail is Bin N Heaven (Rock N Roll Heaven-Binions) with Doug McNair in the bike. She was won both her qualifiers including a 1:56.3 at Mohawk Raceway back on June 29 and is the 3-1 second pick. Others in the division include Amazing Phrasing (Jim Mettinis), Float On By (Saftic), Fan Mail (MacDonald) and Devil Child (Jimmy Whittemore). The final leg has Neverhaditsogood (Art Major-Indulge Me) who finished second behind Bettor N Bettor in the Sire Stakes at Monticello on July 4. She finished 2-3/4 lengths back. McNair will be at the controls for Neverhaditsogood, who'll score from the four post. The main threat could come from the rail-sitting Bullville Maggie with MacDonald set to go in the sulky. Bullville Maggie finished third in a $27,250 at Monticello on July 4 and was 6-1/2 lengths. She was straddled with the seven post, however, so the inside draw here could make a huge difference. Also in the race as Mydelight Bluechip (Chirs Lems), Crucial Moment (Whittemore), Bachata Hanover (Morrill Jr.), Bussers Joy (Holland) and Yes You Can (Saftic). After Sunday, it will be closing week at Buffalo Raceway with just four cards remaining. The racing schedule shows a 5 p.m. post on Wednesday while Friday and Saturdays will start at 6:40 p.m. Next Sunday is closing day with a 1:05 p.m. matinee slated. For more information including upcoming promotions, race replays, results and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
MARKET SHARE WINS HIS ELIM IN 1:53
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's another bull's eye on a Buffalo Raceway track record on Wednesday night when the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old colt and gelding trotters take dead aim at the 2:01.2 mark set by Timothy Patrick (2012) and The Lindy Treaty (2013). With this classification's time either broke or tied the past two seasons, a new mark could easily be established. There's been a total of five standards either tied or broken at Buffalo Raceway this season. There's total of 30 talented freshmen trotters that are entered in the the four $27,250 division, all ready to take their best shot. For most, this will be their first 'real' start. Lucky Chucky has sired eight of the entrants while Conway Hall is next with seven, RC Royalty six, Crazed five, Credit Winner three and Cash Hall one. The first division will go off as the second race with Royal Conway (RC Royalty-Miss Conway) scoring from the two post as the 5-2 favorite with Gates Brunet in the sulky. Royal Conway registered a 1:58.2 qualifier at Vernon Downs on June 27. The main threat could come from Lucky Ten K (Lucky Chucky-Promising Deal) who gets the services of Chris Lems out of the six spot. Lucky Ten K has a 2:00 and a 2:00.3 qualifier under his belt at Vernon and is the 3-1 second choice. In the second division, set as the third race, Azucar (Crazed-Lindy Loves Candy) has a pari-mutual win already after scoring a two-length victory at Vernon Downs in 1:58.1. He'll start from the six post for Brunet and open at 3-1 odds. The morning line favorite, however, is Wings Of Royalty (RC Royalty-Sparkling Cider) at 5-2. He gets the seven post for Lems. Wings Of Royalty opened with a 2:02.2 qualifier then sprung a 1:59.1 time over the Vernon Downs surface. It could be a battle from the inside posts in the third leg, scheduled as the fifth race. Drinksforthehouse (Conway Hall-Pacific Photo) gets the garden spot and Lems. He enters as the 5-2 morning line choice thanks to a 1:58.4 qualifier at Vernon Downs. He'll be challenged from the inside by Four Buck Chuck (Lucky Chucky-Bama Hall) who has Doug McNair in the bike. Four Buck Chuck has a 2:03.4 clocking in a qualifier over the 7/8-mile Mohawk Raceway Track. He's listed at 3-1. Habitat (Conway Hall-Habit's Best) has been sensational over the Gaitway Farm's mile track, producing times of 1:58.1 and 1:59.4, winning his two qualifiers by a combined 33 lengths. He'll have Jim Morrill Jr. at the controls and is the 5-2 morning line selection. Mambo Blue Chip (Lucky Chucky-Flirty Two) arrives from the Meadowlands with miles of 2:01 and 2:03. He'll begin out of the four post at 3-1 for Jeff Gregory. While Morrill Jr. is listed on just one favorite in the four Sires Stakes races, be very aware of him. He's been in 40 races thus far in the Sire Stakes with 15 victories. He's been in the money another 14 times and has earned $463,493, far and away the best among all drivers. Looking at his Excelsior Series statistics, Morrill Jr. has been in 64 races and has won 18 of them and has been in the money 27 other times. His seasonal totals at Buffalo Raceway are astounding as well with 66 starts, 25 victories and has been in the money 71 percent of the time with $257,463 in winnings. There will be a non-betting $6,300 Excelsior Series B races at 4:40 p.m. while a pair of $12,500 Excelsior Series A races will be sprinkled in the regular 12-race card that gets underway at 5 p.m. For more information, including upcoming promotions, news, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- There's been five track records either tied or broken this season at Buffalo Raceway but the 2-year-old colt and gelding pacers came up empty in trying to challenge any of the marks in the three $37,266 divisions of the New York Sires Stakes on a steamy Wednesday night (July 2). While not breaking the 2-year-old standard of 1:55.4 set by He's Watching in 2013, there were still plenty of impressive times for the winners, all of whom made their first pari-mutual start of their careers. The fastest mile of the Sire Stakes went to Mikado Blue Chip who posted an impressive 1:57.2 time over the track in the second division. It was a gate-to-wire win for Mikado Blue Chip ($7.50) who beat Perfect Bid (Jeff Dauplaise) by a throttled down five lengths after posting fractions of 29.3, 59.0 and 1:28.4. Old Man Cleary (Brent Holland) finished in third. "He has a lot of get up and go," driver Doug McNair said of Mikado Blue Chip. "He really seems to like a half-mile track." Mikado Blue Chip (American Ideal-Ichiban Blue Chip) is owned by Mark Ford and trained by Gregg McNair. In the opening $37,266 division, Cartoon Daddy avoided potentially huge trouble just past the half as he was drafting the first-over K Ryan Bluechip who broke stride. Driver Jim Morrill Jr. reacted quickly and swung Cartoon Daddy extremely wide to avoid the trouble and eventually scooted past the pace-setting Derby Dale by the time they hit at the three-quarter marker. From there, Cartoon Daddy ($3.50) cruised to the finish line with with no serious threats. He crossed the line in 1:58.1 and beat App Heaven (Jordan Stratton) by 1-1/2 lengths while KJ Brent (Holland) took third. "He's very handy," said Morrill Jr. of Cartoon Daddy. "He was like driving a little car." Owned by the Burke Racing Stable and Joseph DiScala, Cartoon Daddy was sired by Art Major out of Ask Alice. Ron Burke handled the training duties. The third and final division saw Aimo Hanover spring the upset with a 1:58.0 time and paid $18.40 to his followers. Aimo Hanover went first over just before the half and took command from Starznheaven just before the three-quarter pole and never looked back. Play The Field (Morrill Jr.) had late pace to pick up second place but was two lengths behind while Mystical Pacer (Holland) rounded out the top three. "He did everything perfect tonight," winning driver Jeff Gregory stated. "He's a handy little horse and was perfect." Aimo Hanover (Artiscape-Allamerican Celeb) is owned by the Doug Ackerman Stables Inc. and and conditioned by D.R. Ackerman. The $12,800 Excelsior Series A class for the 2-year-old colts and geldings saw Artistic Major (Holland)) take the first division in 1:58.2 and returned $11.20 for the victory. American Anthem (McNair) rallied in the stretch and scored the $19.00 win in 1:59.3 in the second leg. In the non-betting $6,600 Excelsior Series B class for the 2-year-old colts and gelding pacers, Mr. Wiskers and Morrill Jr. covered the mile in 2:01.2 to register the decision. You're Too Funny took the weekly $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace for driver Mark MacDonald in 1:55.1. Owned by Greg Capell and trained by Lisa Zgodzinski, You're Too Funny ($13.00) held off the hard-charging Dontch Remember (Morrill) and Mondatta (Jim McNeight). Racing resumes on Friday night with the 13-race program card getting started at 6:40 p.m. For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, results and race replays, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
Classic Martine showed once again that she is one of the top trotting mares currently in harness racing as she easily won the $40,000 second leg of the Miss Versatility Trotting Series at Mohawk Raceway Monday. The race favorite, world champion Maven, was making her first start since returning from racing in Europe, was hopelessly boxed in throughout the mile and finished fifth. It was Classic Martine and driver Tim Tetrick going out to the early lead from post six with Rockin With Dewey (Mario Baillargeon) and Cowgirl Hall (Doug McNair) also leaving from their outside positions. Past the opening quarter mile in :27, Classic Martine has just settled in on the lead when Rockin With Dewey came alongside her and took command of the race. That left Cowgirl Hall parked out first-over and when Handover Belle (Jack Moiseyev) followed the outside flow second-over, there was Maven (Yannick Gingras) boxed in along the rail in fifth place with nowhere to go. Going past the half mile in :56 and then the three-quarters in 1:25 there was no change in position with the exception that Cowgirl Hall was no long gaining any ground so when they started down the stretch it was easy for Tetrick to slip out with Classic Martine. Once the mare had clearance, Classic Martine had little trouble collaring Rockin With Dewey and she went on to win by two open lengths in 1:52.3. Rockin With Dewey held for second with D’Orsay (Sylvain Filion) third after sitting behind Classic Martine the entire mile. It was the second straight win and fifth victory in six starts this year for Classic Martine. The four-year-old mare by Classic Photo is trained by Chris Oakes and is owned by the Hauser Brothers Racing, Susan Oakes, Conrad Zurich and Ed Gold. Sent off as the even money second choice in the race, Classic Martine paid $4.30 to win. By Steve Wolf, for Harnesslink.com
The three-year-old pacing filly Her Own Land and driver James MacDonald kicked off the Kin Pace elimination round on Sunday afternoon with a 1:55 track record performance at Clinton Raceway. MacDonald also drove Skippin By to victory lane in another $8,000 elimination while driver Doug McNair doubled up with a pair of homebred fillies Can Art and Born To Dream. With the inside post advantage in the afternoon's opener, favourite Her Own Land set up shop on the front end and carved out panels of :27.4, :57.4 and 1:26.2 before holding off the late-rallying Shadows Wonder (Trevor Henry) for the half-length victory. Haute Couture (Alfie Carroll) finished seven and a half lengths behind in third. Fresh off a career-best 1:54 victory in her last start in the Ontario Sires Stakes Grassroots at Mohawk Racetrack on June 19, Her Own Land now has two wins in six starts this year. She is trained by David Menary and owned by Hutt Racing Stable of Paoli, Pennsylvania. Her Own Land was just a $2,000 Canadian Yearling Sale purchase, who now boasts $27,660 in purses and is the favourite heading into next weekend's $65,800 stake final. To view the rest of the story click here.
Driver Sylvain Filion captured two of the three $70,000 Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series events for three-year-old pacing colts and geldings featured on Saturday night's card at Mohawk Racetrack while Preferred pacer State Treasurer equalled the fastest mile on Canadian soil so far this year. Boomboom Ballykeel, who won the 2013 Metro Pace at Mohawk, zoomed to a 1:50.3 effort in the first division, giving him his second OSS Gold victory of the season. With driver Sylvain Filion at the lines, Boomboom Ballykeel followed from the pocket while Three Of Clubs (Doug McNair) chopped out fractions of :26.3, :55.1, and 1:23.3. Filion sent his charge on the attack in the stretch and he collared the pacesetter before pulling clear to win by a length. Three Of Clubs held second and Hunch Man (Mike Saftic) came home in third. Richard Moreau trains Boomboom Ballykeel, a Mach Three-Teig N Riley (Presidential Ball) colt for owner/breeder Ballykeel Racing Inc. of Tillsonburg, Ont. Boomboom Ballykeel has a pair of wins from four starts this year and he has five career victories. He has earned $76,000 in 2014 and $465,702 lifetime. Boomboom Ballykeel is a full brother to Mach Of Ballykeel ($369,770), a former Ontario Sires Stakes Gold Series winner as well. To view the rest of the story click here.
The first leg of the Town Pro Pacing Series got underway on Friday night at Mohawk Racetrack, with two $18,000 divisions taking place. In the first division, heavy favourite Major Dancer lived up to expectations with a two and three-quarter length victory in 1:53. Driver Chris Christoforou dropped the Casie Coleman trainee in sixth early and got a second over trip on the back of Unique Rock N Roll (Doug McNair). At the top of the stretch, Christoforou brought her off that cover and never looked back with the daughter of Art Major-Two Steppin Sally. Major Dancer used a :26.3 last quarter to draw away from her competitors. In a tight four-horse photo for place, Poppies Pride (Randy Waples) and Sam (Roger Mayotte) finished in a dead-heat for second, while Polk Dot Hanover (Rick Zeron) was fourth. To read the rest of the story click here.
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- The last time Sweetnsinful was at Buffalo Raceway, it was on July 12, 2013 in the New York Sire Stakes for 2-year-old filly pacers. It was a day many will never forget as she was involved in one of the most horrific accidents ever seen at the Hamburg half-mile oval. This season she returned and this time was involved in a race many will remember for better reasons. Sweetnsinful came out swinging and absolutely destroyed the 3-year-old filly pacing track record with a 1:54.1 clocking to highlight the two $60,200 division of the New York Sires Stakes at Buffalo Raceway Wednesday night (June 18). Besides the 3-year-old filly standard, it was the fastest mile ever by any pacing filly or mare over the track. The time smashed the all-time 3-year-old filly pacing mark of 1:55 set by New Album in 2011 and the all-aged female record of 1:54.2 registered earlier this season by Majic Laughter. "She was involved in that bad accident last year as a two-year-old. I was worried she might remember that," winning driver Jimmy Whittemore said of Sweetnsinful. "But she just flew around the track tonight. She's a really nice filly." Sitting third at the half, Whittemore sent Sweetnsinful ($13.00) first over and never looked back when getting the lead just before the three-quarter pole. Spreester (Jim McNeight) tried in vain in the stretch to get past Sweetnsinful but the 28.0 final panel was too much. The margin of victory was 1-1/4 lengths. Anegada (Jack Flanigen) managed to get the show spot. Sweetnsinful (American Ideal-Ali Badali) is owed by Connie and Homer Hochstetler and is trained by Homer Hochstetler. It was her first win in three starts in 2014 and fifth in 12 lifetime starts. She has now earned $32,536 this year and $252,533 lifetime. In the $60,200 first division, Blush Hanover ($3.10) and driver Jim Morrill Jr. got up in the shadow of the wire and snatched the victory away from front-running Barefoot Beauty (Doug McNair) by a head in 1:55.1. Barefoot Beauty had posted the fractions of 27.4, 57.0 and 1:25.4. Blush Hanover began the first-over trip just before the half mile marker and used a steady grind get into contention at the three-quarter pole. From there, it was a classic stretch battle with Blush Hanover and Morrill Jr. just squeaking by Barefoot Beauty to record the win. Just Add Vodka (Kevin Cummings) rallied late for third. "She was very good," Morrill Jr. said of Blush Hanover. "She was nice and in control all the way. She fought hard right to the end." It was the fourth win in seven career starts for Blush Hanover (Art Major-Brissonte Hanover), all coming in 2014. She is owned by Stake Your Claim Stable, Seth Coen and George Derocker with Linda Toscano the trainer. Blush Hanover's seasonal and lifetime bankroll is now at $70,442. In the $12,800 Excelsior A division, Whimsies (Ray Fisher Jr.) went the mile in 1:58 and returned $24.80. Mark McDonald made his first trip ever to Buffalo Raceway and found the winner's circle in his first attempt by driving Anty Entity to an $11.60 victory. They covered the mile in 1:57.4 in the the first division of the $6.500 Excelsior Series B classification. The second division saw Raye With An E post a $48.80 victory in 2:00.4 for David McNeight III. In the $10,500 Fillies and Mares Open Pace, You're Too Funny (Jim Morrill Jr.) scored the $7.20 win in 1:55. By Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- Glowngold set a new track record and Market Rally got that winning feeling back to highlight the two $59,100 divisions of the New York Sire Stakes for the 3-year-old filly trotters at Buffalo Raceway on a picture perfect Sunday afternoon (June 15). Former Buffalo Raceway regular Jim Morrill Jr. was in the sulky for both the Sire Stakes victories. Was it home track advantage? Morrill Jr. grinned and said, "Not sure cause you still gotta have the horses." Glowngold ($4.70) went wire-to-wire in the first division, covering the mile in 1:59.0, breaking the old mark of 1:59.1 for 3-year-old filly trotters set by Brandnewgirlfriend in 2009. "She settled in perfectly on the front end," Morrill Jr. said of Glowngold, who posted the fractions of 29.4, 1:00 and 1:29.2. "I was a little surprised I got the lead...I wasn't looking for it. I figured I'd be sitting no worse than fourth at the start. I was actually looking for Avalicious (Doug McNair) but she broke." He admitted in the winner's circle that he was surprised with setting a track record but said, "The track was fast and she (Glowngold) did everything she needed to do. It was a smooth trip." Beauty Of Gray (Jim Meittinis) looked like she might collar Glowngold in the stretch but finished a length back while Flyhawk Falina (Dan Daley) took the show spot. Glowngold (Conway Hall-Glow) is owned by the Andy Miller Stables, Blue Chip Stables and Highland Green Fins with Julie Miller the trainer. It was her second win in 11 starts this season and has now earned $85,726 this season. Market Rally, the NYSS 2-year-old filly trotting champion, has gotten off to a rough start in 2014 but Buffalo Raceway and the services of Morrill Jr. proved to be the perfect cure. Sitting in the garden spot, Market Rally ($3.30) went to the passing lane in the stretch and caught L Dees Scripture (Chris Lems) and the pace-setting Winning Pursuit (Doug McNair), scoring by a half length in 2:00.4. "She got a good trip," Morrill Jr. said of Market Rally. "She's gotten off to a bad start this year so it was nice to see her to have this kind of race." Trained by Ron Burke and owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Our Horse Cents Stable, Panhellenic Stables and Weaver Bruscemi, it was the first win of the year for Market Rally (Cash Hall-Supreme Dish). The victory was worth $29,500 and increased her lifetime bankroll to $311,316. In the $12,500 Excelsior Series A classification for 3-year-old filly trotters, Maiden Knight (Dan Daley) won the first division in 2:01.3 and Emiliana (Jack Flanigen) took the second division in 2:00.1. The $6,600 Excelsior Series B classification saw Dreamsteeler (Doug Ackley) make it a perfect 11-for-11 in her career with a 2:00.2 time while Driving Me Linda (Jeff Gregory) won the second division in 2:02.4. There were three events in the CKG Billings Amateur Series with Steve Oldford, Dr. Scott Woogen and Anthony Verruso all driving home winners. Racing will return on Wednesday night with a 13-race card set for 5 p.m. The New York Sires Stakes will be back with the 3-year-old filly pacers in the spotlight. For more information including race replays, results, upcoming promotions and the latest news, go to www.buffaloraceway.com by Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway
HAMBURG, N.Y. --- It may be Father's Day on Sunday afternoon (June 15) but it will be the ladies taking center stage at Buffalo Raceway as the New York State Sires Stakes comes to town with a pair of $59,100 divisions on tap for the 3-year-old trotting fillies. The day will feature the return of NYSS 2-year-old trotting champion Market Rally to Western New York along with past Buffalo Raceway regular drivers Jim Morrill Jr, and Jeff Gregory along with trainer Ray Schnittker. The 12-race card gets underway at 1:05 p.m. Market Rally returns to her home base in 2013. John Yoder and Megan Wilson co-owned Market Rally with Wilson handling the training duties and John Cummings Jr. the driving. But things are different in 2014 as the 3-year-old Cash Hall-Supreme Dish filly is now owned by the Burke Racing Stable, Panhellenic Stakes, Weaver Buscemi and Our Horse Cents Stable and trained by Ron Burke. She was the winner of the $225,000 NYS Sires Stakes final at Yonkers by a neck over Maud Blue Chip on September 28 in 1:59.1. Later in the season, Market Rally finished third in the $500,000 Breeders' Crown race at Pocono Downs. She finished with earnings of $281,816 in 2013. She'll be scoring off the rail in Sunday's eighth race for Morrill Jr. and will be looking to regain her winning form. Market Rally, installed as the 3-1 morning line choice, has struggled in her first two appearances thus far in 2014, finishing six and seventh. In the $62,400 Sires Stakes at Vernon Downs on May 17, she set the tempo but tired badly and finished in seventh. Annies Lite seems to be the top foe for Market Rally. A winner of $147,205 lifetime, she has been in the money in all four of her starts in 2014 with a trio of second place finishes and a third. She'll start from the five post for Tyler Buter. Maud Blue Chip leads the first division, scheduled as the fourth race. As mentioned earlier, she lost by a head to Market Rally in the Sire Stakes finale. She bankrolled $232,215 last season and will start from the three post with Buter in the bike. Maud Blue Chip is at 9-2 in the morning line. Her main rival should be Avalicious (8-5 morning line) who finished in second place in the $217,725 EBC finals at Vernon Downs in her last start on June 8. Avalicious has won two of her first five starts in 2014 and had been in the money two other times, earning $70,173 on the season. She will start from the six position with Doug McNair in the sulky. With mild temperatures along with a fast half-mile racing oval expected, the track record for the 3-year-old trotting fillies of 1:59.1, set by Brandnewgirlfriend in 2009, could be in serious jeopardy. Besides the two featured Sires Stakes events, there will be also be a pair of $12,500 Excelsior Class A trotting events for the 3-year-old fillies and two $6,600 Excelsior Class B races. There will also be three CKG Billings Amateur races sprinkled in among the races. The Father's Day card will also feature free sno cones, cotton candy and pony rides. For more information including the latest news, upcoming promotions, race replays and results, go to www.buffaloraceway.com By Brian J. Mazurek, for Buffalo Raceway