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London (Ontario) trainer and driver, Gorden McKnight, created his own little piece of harness racing history at the Hiawatha Horse Park on September 3 when he notched up his 400th training success. Now the 48-year-old St Marys native is keen to rack up another 46 driving wins so he can achieve the 1000-win milestone.

Trainer David Menary sent out a trio of Grassroots harness racing winners at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon (September 5) , as the half-mile oval showcased the province's best two-year-old pacing colts. Menary shipped four freshman colts to Dresden, and the first to carry the stable colours in front of the grandstand was Speed Addiction in Race 2.

In a very interesting special report on the insidehalton.com website by reporters Christina Commisso and Catherine O'Hara, they delved into the local harness racing industry in Off Track.

Dresden Raceway wraps up an exciting 2011 Ontario Sires Stakes harness racing season on Monday, Sept. 5 with eight $24,000 Grassroots divisions for the impressive two-year-old pacing colts.

Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting colts journeyed to Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon (August 28), battling in five $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions. Tymal Colossus opened the program with an impressive effort up the outside that saw him reel in pacesetter Winbak Hall in the stretch to score a 2:01.4 victory.

After four events, only two horses remain undefeated in the three-year-old trotting colt Grassroots harness racing division, and only Count Strike will have an opportunity to extend his streak to five when the colts arrive at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon (August 28).

Harlow Seelster was the only three-year-old trotting filly to leave Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon (July 3) with her flawless Grassroots harness racing record intact. The Ken Warkentin lass and driver Jason Brewer led from start to finish in their $24,000 division, reaching the wire one and three-quarter lengths on top in 2:01.2. Frances Fancy was hot on their heels in second, while L H Fillybuster was well back in third.

Ontario's talented three-year-old trotting fillies are back in Grassroots harness racing action on Sunday afternoon (July 3) at Dresden Raceway and four of the contenders will be aiming to extend a two-race unbeaten streak in the provincial program.

Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting fillies put on an impressive show at Dresden Raceway on Monday afternoon with close finishes in six of the seven $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions on the Labour Day card.

Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting fillies will celebrate Labour Day Monday at Dresden Raceway with seven $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions, and Dan Creighton is hoping his Jekyll and Hyde-like trainee Edens Cover Girl can match the winning effort she delivered in her provincial debut.

Village Janus rocketed around the Dresden Raceway oval on Wednesday evening to the fastest clocking of the four $24,000 Grassroots harness racing divisions. In rein to Don Rankin Jr., the two-year-old pacing filly eased away from Post 5 and settled into fifth as Look Cheap and Pockets Of Gold vied for top spot heading for a :29.3 opening quarter.

Two-year-old pacing filly Spare Time Vegas makes her third start at Dresden Raceway on Wednesday, July 14 in one of four Grassroots divisions, and harness racing trainer Darryl Laver is hoping the Scottish proverb 'the third time's lucky' holds true. 'I've raced her twice at Dresden, and she made a break in the first turn both times,' explains Laver.

Dresden Raceway harness racing fans were treated to six impressive performances by Ontario's talented two-year-old trotting colts on Monday afternoon, highlighted by a 2:02.1 victory in the last $24,000 Grassroots division by Lend Rover.

Malcolm and Robert MacPhail have enjoyed the view from the Dresden Raceway winner's circle in the past, but the Dover Centre residents are pitching their expectations significantly lower for Monday's two-year-old trotting colt Grassroots contest.

Lexilowguy scored one for the local team in the first of nine Grassroots divisions at Dresden Raceway on Sunday afternoon. With veteran reinsman Tony Kerwood in the race bike, three-year-old pacer Lexilowguy shadowed pacesetter Eh through fractions of :29, :59.3 and 1:28.4 before bursting out in the stretch to post a half length victory in 1:57.1.

Tommy Tiger will make his Ontario Sires Stakes debut in front of a hometown crowd on Sunday afternoon when the three-year-old pacing colts congregate at Dresden Raceway for their Grassroots season opener.

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